It is now less than three months until our blogging bride and groom, Rebecca and James, tie the knot at Wrenbury Hall. It has been lovely to follow their story and to meet them both at a wedding fayre last year. They have been putting everything in place for the big day and have let us in on who their key suppliers are in the first of two posts in the run up to the big day. Over to Rebecca…..
“We had NO idea where to start with our suppliers… there’s just so much choice and so many different styles that I think it can feel quite overwhelming.
We knew early on that we wanted to use as many local Cheshire businesses as possible; we wanted to support our local suppliers and so tried to book the majority of our suppliers from Cheshire or at least the North West. We chose some of our key suppliers based on our venue’s recommendations (and packages) ..I kind of think that it’s good to go with a supplier who knows your venue as they will know the best way to make the most of it. Plus, of course, they’re not spending time getting to know your venue and running around on the day because they’ve done it before!
I work as a mental health practitioner, so my job involves talking to people and trying to get to know them, therefore I took the view that I needed to be able to talk to and connect with any suppliers we would be working with (after all, this is a big deal right?!)
We chose our photographer, Richard Milnes Photography, after meeting him at an open day at Wrenbury Hall (big tip – go to the open days at your venue so that you can meet all of the suppliers they recommend and ask to look at the work they have done at your venue).
After chatting to Richard and looking through his photos we knew we would love to have him taking our photographs; Richard took the time to listen to what we wanted, answered all our questions, came up with some suggestions for some unique shots and really put us at ease (plus his photographs are amazing!)
Our florist is Emma Fawcett-Eustace who, again, we met at an open day at Wrenbury and instantly connected with. Emma is incredibly creative and understood exactly what I was looking for without me even knowing it myself at first!! We’ve met several times to discuss our flowers and I am so incredibly excited to see the ideas come to life.
Our cake maker is Paula from Crème de la Crème cakes and again, we chose her after meeting her face to face at an open day (and eating lots of samples of her cakes!).
During our consultation, Paula really wanted to know all about the wedding and all about our ideas and she sketched us several designs based on our ideas. I can’t wait for everyone to see the cake – it’s going to be fab!!
Our venue dresser (Urban Heritage) and sound/lighting/dancefloor provider (Hipswing) are also recommended by the venue which has taken some of the weight off my mind in that I know they are familiar with the venue and how to make the most of the space.
Another place to look for suppliers is through websites and magazines such as County Brides and also on wedding planning forums (there’s loads out there) where you can get recommendations. This is how we found Woodyatt Warner and I can see why they came recommended!
I am keeping some details secret until after the big day so there won’t be any sneak preview of my outfit (sorry James!) or pictures on the blog until after the wedding and we are keeping quiet about our transport choice although I will say that we chose to go with Horgans who were fantastic to deal with, especially Tony who is lovely and very professional. “
List of suppliers (that I can share with you at this stage)
Photographer – Richard Milnes http://www.richardmilnesphotography.com
Florist – Emma Fawcett-Eustace http://www.emmafawcett-eustace.com
Menswear – Groom, Chester
Venue Dresser – Urban Heritage http://www.urbanheritage.co.uk
Venue Stylist – Woodyatt Warner http://www.woodyattwarner.com
Entertainment supplies – Hipswing http://www.hipswing.co.uk
Hair – So Glamorous http://www.soglamoroushairandbeauty.co.uk
Makeup – Absolutely Flawless http://www.absolutely-flawless.net
Transport – Horgans http://www.horganscars.co.uk
Cake – Crème de la Crème cakes http://www.stunningcakes.com
We will catch up with Rebecca next month with the final details of the wedding plans and her Top Tips to help other couples choose their wedding suppliers.