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2014 Wedding Industry Awards – Full Results

The best of the UK’s wedding suppliers were celebrating this month at The 2014 Wedding Industry 

Hosted by Sky News’ Sarah Hewson, the awards recognise the very best in service, innovation, professionalism and passion.

From bridal gowns, wedding flowers, hair and make-up to venues, transport, entertainment and photography, every winner was cheered by the 450 strong audience and everyone who had reached the shortlist for each of the 24 categories had much to celebrate.

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Why use an agency when booking your wedding entertainment?

Possibly the biggest day in your life, you want things to be perfect and choosing live entertainment for your wedding is an important decision. Using an agency can help, maybe you need a little inspiration too?

The Emporer

Using an agency makes hiring a wedding band or live wedding entertainment easy by providing hundreds of reviews from previous customers as well as videos of the artists.Read More

Some great ideas from the National Wedding Show Olympia

Over the three days at the National Wedding Show every 10 – 15 minutes you could hear a group of men burst into song. These were the Singing Waiters!

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Most of them are classically trained, so not only did they have great voices but they could perform a wide range of music from classical to rock.
Music aside the guys had a huge amount of charisma and certainly knew how to pull in a crowd and perform.
So if you are looking for different ideas to surprise your guests or your partner at your Wedding Reception, what a great idea!

Chris Barber – 2013 winner of Wedding Ideas Magazine ‘Photographer of the year’


“I am Chris Barber and I crash weddings with my camera. My style is different because it’s inconsistent. I could write what it is in this answer right now and by next week it’ll be something else. The thing that links in everything I do is expression with creativity and the desire to keep pushing my work as an artist… not as a ‘vendor’ – if that makes sense? Expressions are so important to me because you can’t pose them. Shooting a belly laugh requires so much more than qualifications and technical training – I have to interact and lose myself in what I do.

I like to people watch and I’ve never seen a couple just casually romantically posing in the street. I see couples in fits of laughter all the time. So I like to shoot stuff that resembles who these people really are. All of my couples tell me they hate having their photo taken. I hate having my photo taken too. So immediately we’re on the same page and we work from there. For me, photography is all about the interaction between photographer and subject – not their technical abilities. These days – anyone with a half decent camera can take ‘good’ pictures. But there’s a big difference between ‘good’ pictures and pictures that actually speak to you.Read More

My wedding countdown

Hi all brides to be, my name is Sarah and I am getting married on the 22nd September – a week tomorrow!

I would like to share with you all what I am doing in the week leading up to the big day, which will hopefully give you an insight into how hectic it can be and also the emotions that you may experience.

Don’t forget to check in with me again on Monday morning!

Sarah x

Countdown to Trudi’s wedding

Trudi has been part of Guides for Brides for nearly 10 years – it seems that most of that time she was waiting for Ian to finally get down on one knee.

But he eventually did, and after many months of preparation the big day is just 5 days away and we thought it would be fun to share the trials and tribulations of a bride who has all the possible contacts and connections to ensure that her wedding does without a murmer of a problem … if only life was that simple.

Today, a big “thumbs down” to Sainsburys in Wantage. We would always recommend that you use a catering hire company for all your glasses, and Trudi has used Oxford Event Hire for mst things, but when supermarkets offer free or cheap glass hire it is tempting. Needless to say the order, placed many months ago, was lost by Sainsbury’s staff. We will be sipping champagne straight from the bottle.

And another thumbs down, again for Sainsbury’s. They need 7 days notice, not 5 days, to supply fresh bread rolls. They don’t sound that fresh if they need that much notice. Now, I don’t mind sipping champagne from the bottle but eating hog roast without the roll might get messy. Hoping that our friends at GW Shepherd Bakery in Chieveley may come to the rescue.

Macaron Wedding Cakes

Hot on the heels of the trend for French Croquembouche at weddings, macaron pyramids are making an appearance at weddings this summer, particularly in London where specialist French bakeries are more accessible, although the chain bakeries are not always delivering the quality required for weddings.

Macaron Wedding Cakes

Macaron Wedding Cakes are set to be the next big trend

The colourful macarons (pronounced macaroons in the UK) are sandwiched with a light filling and displayed on an inverted cone.

As macarons can be made in virtually any colour and flavour we can see these being a huge hit for anyone wanting to add a splash of colour to their reception, and vintage colours; mint green, cream, dusky rose and lavender, work particularly well.

As specialist wedding cake suppliers catch on to the trend we can see this being 2012’s “must have” celebrity wedding cake.

On a wet Wedding Day…

Wedding Wellies

If your Wedding Day is looking like it might rain, then plan ahead! Don’t just consider your hair and dress getting wet, but what about your feet as well?
Not all brides have the luxury of being able to arrive on the doorstep of their church or venue, so why not make sure your feet remain dry with a pair of wedding wellies.
Perdita’s Wedding Shoes supply wedding wellies that are already decorated and some that even have a heel. But if you are a bit creative, why not buy a plain pair of wellies and decorate them yourself.
Not only is this a very practical option if the ground is wet, but what a great opportunity for some fun photos!

How should you deal with Price Shoppers ?

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Budgeting for a wedding

PRICE is often the first question Brides ask…even before they know if we’re even available for their date!

The economy is slowly recovering, but the mindset of Brides has changed. Shopping by price is here to stay, but wedding services are rarely cheap.

Don’t focus on price, or tell horror stories about the couple who hired an amateur, the more you focus on price, the more the Bride will !Read More

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