One Stop Wedding Guide
Whether you are recently engaged or finally getting round to planning the wedding of your dreams, we have put together a guide of some of the top wedding businesses in the area to hopefully help give you some ideas and help make your wedding dreams become reality.
From planning those all important stag and hen do’s through to the cake, we even have someone to help you with pre-wedding nerves. What’s even better, all of these companies are local, making the planning and preparation much easier to manage!
One of the most important choices you will make, is the venue. With so many choices around, it is a good idea to firstly work out how many people you expect to invite, and your budget. Once you have done this, you will be in a better position to pick a venue.
For a wedding to really wow your guests Brunel’s SS Great Britain is the perfect venue to impress. Launched in 1843, it was the ship that changed the world, connecting all four corners of the globe and setting the blueprint for the luxury ocean travel we enjoy today. The SS Great Britain provides versatile spaces both above and below the deck. Lying in the picturesque Bristol harbourside, the views are breathtaking, and provide the perfect setting for your wedding photos.
You can choose to get married on The Promenade Deck, a light space lined with honey-toned timber panels and beautiful mirrors, which create a wonderfully romantic setting. Afterwards, you head to the First Class Dining Saloon, a luxurious space with marble pillars and candle lamps, where your every need is catered for by the ship’s discreetly hidden technology, which includes flexible air-cooling and a PA system for speeches. Just next door is the Hayward Saloon, which, complete with its own bar and dance floor, is the perfect place to round off the evening with a disco or a band.
Catering is all taken care of too, with the Chief Steward striving to ensure that every dining request is met. Delicious food is freshly cooked on board the ship, and served to your guests in the First Class Dining Saloon, so you are guaranteed of its freshness. The Steward and his team will always make sure that everything is of the highest standard.
Once you have decided on the venue, it’s time to send out ‘Save the Date’ cards, or even jump straight into sending out the invitations! Award winning Topikki, are a Bristol based stationers who make beautiful handmade Wedding Stationary. With a range of portfolios, you can choose from the Designer Portfolio, where you can pick from the range and personalise it with colours of your choice, the Bespoke Portfolio, where you can choose exactly what you like and even a DIY Portfolio, if you are creative and want to do it yourself. Infact, they even offer a workshop to provide you with professional tips on how to achieve exactly what you want, with ongoing help and advice through out the production. They can even provide you with raw materials, at much less than retail prices, and loan certain tools to assist you achieve the professional look you would want. Whichever option you wish to choose, Topikki offer a free, no obligation consultation – click here to make your enquiry.
Topikki are also able to make your Order or Service, Seating Plans and other wedding stationary. Their testimonials page is a true credit to them, and a reflection of the service and products they provide.
Topikki have a fantastic offer whereby they will give you FREE place cards with any order totalling £50+ (not including Seating plan-only orders).
Once you have decided on your location, you can set about arranging your wedding car. Englands Finest Wedding Cars can provide you with a stunning, vintage-style ivory convertible car.. Not only that, but Jayne will be your personal chauffeuse on the day. With years of experience in providing a quality service, Jayne will be on hand to help you at every step of the way – almost like your personal assistant! She will help you get in and out of the car whilst arranging your dress and veil, assist the wedding party, and even help with the boys and their buttonholes too! Have a look at her wedding stories pages to see why she would be our recommendation of choice!
The dress is a hugely important part of your wedding planning. Not only do you want one that makes you feel a million dollars, you also want one that you will feel comfortable in, as you will likely be wearing it for a long time! If you are looking for the perfect wedding dress, Jojo Handmade Bridal Wear can help. Jojo Handmade Bridal Wear will work alongside you to give you the exact dress you are looking for. From traditional to contemporary, Jojo Handmade Bridal Wear will design you the dress of your dreams. Jojo Handmade Bridal Wear also make bridesmaid dresses, Mother of the Bride outfits and accessories for the groom and wedding party, meaning you can get all dresses/outfits made at the same time.
Jojo Handmade Bridal Wear are definitely worth making your first port of call as they offer such a bespoke service tailoring to your every need.
Hair & Make Up
You want to make sure you look your best on your special day, and that is where Jax-Glam Beauty comes in! Striving to make your wedding day as stress free as possible, Jackie offers a wide range of hair and make up styles, meaning you don’t need to worry about finding separate make up artists and a hair stylist. Using professional brands including MAC, Bobbi Brown, NARS, Airbase Airbrush Makeup (a favourite for celebrities and used in HD TV and film, it provides a long lasting finish whilst creating a tear-resistant, flawless finish) and Laura Mercier, Jackie will come to you on the morning of your wedding with her fully mobile kit, to get you and your bridesmaids and bridal party ready too.
To ensure that your hair and make up is perfect on the day, Jackie always offers a trial, usually 2-3 months before the wedding day itself. This takes roughly one hour preservice, per person, and enables you to go through your ideas before the big day. You can read more here. Upon completion of your trial, a timing schedule will be created by Jackie, to ensure proceedings go to plan on the day!
When it comes to picture perfect hair, Jackie will listen to whatever you are trying to achieve, whilst at the same time, she is more than happy to offer advice on what styles will suit in terms of your face shape, length and hair type. Once you are happy with the styles, Jackie will again provide a schedule, giving you real peace of mind that everything will sun smoothly on the day.
Your wedding photographs will be the only lasting memory from your special day, so choosing the right one is really important. It is a common misconception that a photographer will just snap away over the course of the day; they have their own shooting style, editing style and tell the story of your day in a way that suits you. One such photographer team, is Award Winning Admiral Photography. This father and son duo have a special relationship, and work together to encapsulate the essence of your day. They can even accommodate a pre-wedding or engagement photo shoot too.
Specialising in photographing people, Ian and Aaron love to capture people’s expressions, the love between people, the emotions, the joy and even the tears! Their experience allows them to be comfortable in any situation, either quietly in the background or directing the guests to help create that perfect image, which means the photographs are as natural as possible.
The best way to decide if Admiral Photography fit your requirements is to give them a call, meet them and let them answer your questions. As well as heading to their website, you can also find them on Facebook.
Whilst traditionally, weddings took place in the morning, followed by a wedding breakfast before the newlyweds went off on their honeymoons, today, a wedding is a much bigger deal! It is not unusual to have the service, followed by canapés, a breakfast, speeches and the cake cutting, before another evening event. This can mean that some guests are there for up to ten hours, so you need something to keep them entertained and not ‘clock watching’ on your special day. This is where Paul Preager Magic Up Close is a great man to enlist! He is an award winning magician who specialises in intimate ‘close-up magic’ – creating an exciting and unforgettable experience for all guests. Paul also caters for corporate events too.
If you mention Bristol Living when you book, you will receive a discount.
When it comes to choosing a cake, you want to be sure that it will fit all the criteria you are looking for. Chocolate Delores Cakes, based in Bristol, design and create sumptuous handmade chocolate cakes using only the best quality Organic and Fair Trade ingredients. Their mission is simple – to provide customers with an excellent service and create the most delicious, most amazing chocolate cakes ever – you will not be disappointed.
You can meet with Chocolate Delores Cakes to go through your ideas, and of course taste some cakes, before you pick your final choice. Take a look at a few on the Facebook pages – you really will be spoilt for choice!
Chocolate Delores Cakes also provide cakes for other occasions too, including birthdays, christenings, and other special occasions. Please contact them for more information.
The Wedding Favours
Your wedding favours are a means of saying ‘Thank You’ to your guests by way of a small token gift. In past days, guests would receive a small bag or box containing 5 sugared almonds representing the five blessings of health, wealth, happiness, long life and fertility, but now, wedding favours can be anything. A fantastic idea is lollipops!
The Little Lollipop Shop can provide you with bespoke lollipops that suit your theme. From heart shaped, to star shaped to sparkly ones and even edible flowers, the lollipops are vegan, Halal and gluten free (except for alcoholic flavours so do get in touch with them for more information), so you needn’t worry about guests dietary requirements.
There is an abundance of flavours to choose from too, including watermelon, marshmallow, champagne and more. Head to their website to find out more. You can also check out their testimonials page to see what happy customers have to say.
In the meantime, we have been given an amazing competition, courtesy of The Little Lollipop Shop where we have a voucher for £150 to be won, for you to spend on Lollipops of your choice. To be in with a chance of winning, just email firstname.lastname@example.org with Lollipop Shop as the subject. Closing date midnight, 31st August 2018.
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The Stag & Hen Do’s
Whilst a lot of stag and hen do’s seem to take place abroad now, there are plenty of activities in and around the Bristol area to get your friends together to celebrate your forthcoming nuptials. One such company is JDR Karting in Gloucester. Karting is extremely popular to get any stag or hen do underway and create some unforgettable memories. Fancy dress is actively encouraged – infact you can even buy the stag or hen a suit.
If you’re not convinced that karting might be the best start to the hen do, it is actually much more fun that you might think and often gets extremely competitive! Not being able to drive is not an issue, as tuition is given prior to the start, and the karts are easy to drive. The staff will take lots of pictures of you all too! A trophy presentation at the end is a great way to finish the event and we encourage you to take photos or our staff will willingly take a group shot for you.
Jojo Handmade Bridal Wear also provide a hen do with a difference – a bride and friends lingerie making tea party! Based in Bristol, the bride and her friends will be shown how to make a piece of lingerie – a really fun way to spend time with your friends! Click here for more information.
With the big day getting ever closer, it is perfectly natural to get some pre-wedding day nerves. Whether you are feeling anxious about the forthcoming speeches you will need to make, or perhaps you are just nervous about standing up and exchanging your vows infront of an audience, Frances Life Coach can help.
Frances is a Certified Lifeskills Consultant for Stress Management and Goal Achievement – offering Coaching to Wedding Party hosts i.e. Bride and Groom, Best Man, Father and Mother of the Bride and attendants, as well as helping you to overcome general stresses and strains. For more information, please head to her website or call Frances on 07731693082.