Guest Blog by Cheshire Bridal Wear: We’re Moving…

Hear the latest update from the lovely team at Cheshire Bridal Wear…

So 2020 hasn’t quite been the year we all hoped it would be, I think it’s fair to say that the last six months have been a bit of an ordeal for all of us!

We started this year with heavy hearts as we took the decision to close our Goose Green shop in Altrincham, it was one of the most difficult decisions we’ve ever had to make but sadly we didn’t feel like we had another choice.

There were a number of competing issues we had to contend with but chief amongst them was the flooding. Since the renovation of Goose Green in 2016 we have experienced terrible trouble flooding during heavy rain. Every time we saw storms forecast our hearts sank as we would have to rush to put sandbags across the doors. It was pretty soul-destroying, and sadly each time we flooded it forced us to close the shop for a time so we could make repairs and re-fit.

Eventually, we had to say enough is enough, we received no help from local authorities and had no support from our landlord, combined with a change in atmosphere in Goose Green with new businesses coming in, something had to give.

One lovely part of our closing was that so many of our dresses found homes with some fabulous brides but still, it was so sad to say goodbye to a place where we’d made so many fantastic memories over the last 8 years. Then as we closed our doors, the whole country joined in with us! 

Corona Virus hit the UK like a wrecking ball and life changed for everybody, in amongst all this chaos we got to thinking about all those wonderful moments over the years and how in our heart of hearts we really didn’t want to give up on our dream, so it gives me great pleasure to announce that as of July 2020 Cheshire Bridal Wear is coming back!

We are opening up a brand new shop in the middle of Stockport’s historic old town! Our boutique will be offering the same high-quality gowns at unbeatable prices alongside an amazing collection of end of line dresses available on our outlet rail. 

We’re ready to show our brides that we haven’t lost sight of our passion and cant wait to meet more lovely brides and make fantastic new memories together! We are limited to one bride at any one time so be sure to phone ahead or email to book your appointment now!

 

Phone: 0161 927 9393

Email: sales@cheshirebridalwear.co.uk 

Facebook: www.facebook.com/Cheshire-Bridal-Wear

Website: http://www.cheshirebridalwear.co.uk/contact/

 

10 DIY Wedding Favour Ideas

 

Wedding favours come in a whole manner of shapes and sizes nowadays, so you really can get as creative as you like. Whether you’re on a budget or not, creating your own wedding favours can add a much more sentimental touch. 

From cocktails to sentimental notes, the possibilities are endless so, to get your creative juices flowing, here’s 10 DIY wedding favour ideas that won’t be left on the table!…

 

  1. Coffee 

Coffee lover? Why not give your guests their own little fix. Yes, it may not be the most obvious choice but it’s becoming a highly practical and popular type of favour. Simple and relatively cheap to make; give your guests something to take away that you know most (if not all) will use. You can get as creative as you like with this one and include a quote on the bag like “grounds for celebration” or “the perfect blend”… we’ll let you take it from here.

  1. Candles 

Who doesn’t love a good candle? We’re not saying you have to make these from scratch – it’s all in the decoration. Track down some scented votives like these and get creative with a personalised design. You could use ribbons and postal tags to add a personalised messages. Or, if you’re feeling particularly artistic, take metallic markers and draw your own designs onto the glass. 

 

  1. A cocktail in a jar

Who doesn’t love a little tipple to get the party started? Why not treat guests to their own mini cocktail to enjoy before the wedding breakfast? Another relatively simple one (depending on your cocktail mixing skills!) Head to Pinterest to hunt down some recipes – just be sure to check your measurements – no one wants to be sozzled before the evening begins. Decorate with a personalised label describing the cocktail. 

 

  1. Mini Meringues 

Tasty and light, they’ll be sure to go down an absolute treat. This is one you can do yourself with a few simple ingredients and a piping bag. Decorate with edible glitter (or whatever you fancy) and present them in mini boxes. 

 

  1. Sparklers 

Want to make those wedding photos truly magical? Give each guest a cute box of sparklers so they can help to lighten up your evening pictures. Plus, who doesn’t love a good sparkler?

  1. Personalised note

If you’re struggling with budget and don’t have much allocated to spending on favours, why not write a personalised note for each guest? Thank them for attending your big day and include a personal memory or two to make it truly personal. Sometimes, little touches like this can make all the difference and really show you care. 

10 DIY Wedding Favour Ideas

  1. A vintage book 

Literature fan? English teacher maybe? Share your passion by providing everyone with a vintage novel. You can pick them up in charity shops and second hand book stores for next to nothing and it’ll add a real personal touch. 

 

  1. A ‘mixtape’

This one is a throwback to the days of the good old mix tape. Load up your wedding playlist to USB sticks so guests can continue to enjoy the tunes after the party is over. 

  1. Temporary tattoos 

Ok, so not the ones you used to get when you were 6. We’re talking metallic gold and silver colours to match your theme. They’re particularly fun if you’re hosting a festival style wedding and will help guests really get into the spirit of things. You can find plenty of designs available on eBay, ready to be placed into a handmade, personalised envelope. 

 

  1. Mini soaps 

Like candles, this is a trinket that guests can take away and use. If you’re not up to physically making the soap, you can source bars online and then decorate the bags or holders with a personalised message. 

 

To sum up 

When it comes to wedding favours, it’s the thought that counts. Whether you have the budget or not, there’s plenty you can do to add a special touch. If you’re still suck for ideas, head on over to our Pinterest where you’ll find a goldmine of DIY wedding favour ideas. 

Guest Blog by Ice Entertainment: Our Top Tips on Choosing Your Wedding Suppliers

Paul and Steven from Ice Entertainment share their top tips on choosing your wedding suppliers.

We are in an unprecedented situation, one that has never happened in our  lifetimes. The pandemic has been awfully close to home affecting us personally as well as the business.

At Ice Entertainment, we didn’t know that the people we work with would become more than colleagues. We’ve been reflecting on how they are in our lives every day, more than immediate family and at a time like this it becomes more apparent that their impact within daily life is bigger than we ever imagined.

We are sat here considering the future of the industry, discussing what we can do to maintain our place in the industry and to keep in touch with our customers both past, present and future. Whilst we brainstorm over Facetime and zoom, we are ensuring that we stay present on social media. 

What was apparent from the discussions is that we want to keep positive and put a positive into the situation. The most redeeming fact is that people will always fall in love even under the most stressful times and circumstances.

Love stories happen and have brought people together. From there they have their engagement, they organise each others milestone birthday parties, they work hard to build a life together, they get invited to other couples’ weddings and then set the date for their own big day.

People will always want to celebrate, they will never stop getting married and we must be grateful to be part of an industry that will never end.

If you’re planning your big day at the moment, here’s our top tips on choosing your wedding suppliers: 

Speak to your wedding coordinator and venue about their recommendations based on suppliers that they work with and trust. There is a good reason why a hotel/venue will work with them, consistency and reliability are two very important factors in planning.

Research the suppliers, browse their social media, look at their testimonials, are they frequently posting? This can be a good indication of how in demand they are.

Speak to the supplier, you are potentially employing someone to work alongside you, do they put you at ease? Someone who you feel comfortable with and knows what they are talking about from experience; elaborate websites can be bought but you can’t buy experience. 

Never be afraid to ask questions. Your supplier is there to help you and will be used to working with people, any doubts you have please ask. The less stressed you are, the fewer doubts you have and the better your whole wedding experience will be.

Do they hold the relevant certificates required? So many individual companies take short cuts and sadly this can be at your expense.

Say thank you! In a time where everyone is busy and under stress, if everything went well, show support for your suppliers by sharing a good review and recommending them to others.

 

Stay safe and stay well

Paul Atkinson & Steven Kynaston (with a combined experience of over 50 years within the wedding and events industry)

 

Paul, Steve & the ICE Entertainment UK Family

www.iceentertainmentuk.com

0845 475 1020

 

 

Guest Blog by DJ Chris G: 5 Top Tips When Choosing Your Wedding DJ

By DJ Chris Guttridge, Professional DJ, MC, and Lighting Specialist 

‘A genuinely great DJ, just for a moment can make a whole room fall in Love’

Choosing your DJ is not a decision to be rushed. Think about how much time you put into carefully selecting your venue and all the other details to ensure your wedding day reflects your couple style. 

With that in mind, ask yourself why would you not invest time in making sure your DJ is the best fit for you too? 

Afterall, a bad DJ can make an event one to forget and have your guests talking about your wedding for the wrong reasons. 

Don’t be afraid to do your research and ask questions to ensure it is a party to remember for the right reasons.

Here are my top 5 tips when it comes to choosing your wedding DJ:  

 

1. Hire a professional

Professional DJ’s are just that; Professional. Being a DJ is their full-time job and they will have the knowledge and skill set to understand the logistics of your venue, keeping your dance floor filled and most importantly understanding the timings of the day. For example, if you have also hired a band or another entertainment act, they will be able to work around them and provide a seamless transition between sets.

Professionals will also have the best equipment as they invest time and money into it to ensure it is reliable and produces the best sound quality and effects. 

“I always ensure I check my equipment before every gig and always have back ups should the unthinkable happen and something fail on the day.”

Additionally, a professional DJ will always provide a contract and their booking terms and conditions for full peace of mind. They can often supply bespoke lighting and other specials effects like indoor fireworks, light up dance floors, confetti canons and more!

 Many will also have contacts for other trusted suppliers from working the circuit and can be a valuable source of information and support when it comes to sourcing additional extras for your big day.

 

2. Check prices

What is your budget? And what are your expectations for that? A professional DJ will be able to tell you straightaway if your expectations are realistic and suggest a tailored package to suit you and fit in with your budget.

Cheap deals can often be an indication of cheap equipment and a hobbyist who is DJing as a sideline. This may well be good enough for an 18th birthday in a social club but when it comes to your wedding always question experience. 

3. Meet your DJ in person

Once I have established that I am free on a requested date I insist on meeting the couple to find out what they are looking for. If it is important to you to have a certain type of music talk to your DJ about that:

 Are they open to playlist suggestions? 

Do they understand the vibe you are after? 

 A meeting is your opportunity to establish trust and to see how well you get on.  If you are getting married some distance away don’t be afraid to ask for a video call.

4. Check your DJ is authentic

Anyone these days can have a great website so make sure you do your research. Dig a little deeper and have a look at Facebook and Google reviews. Ask if you can attend a gig where your DJ is playing or see if you can meet them at a wedding fayre to see their set up in person. 

If they say they have won awards or are members of associations, research those awards and organisations and don’t be afraid to ask as many questions as it takes for you to put your trust in this person.

5. Don’t rush your decision

Whilst good DJs get booked up early take your time to make your decision and to consider all the above. If you like a particular style find the right fit for you and most of all have fun with your wedding planning.

Do not be forced into accepting a DJ from your venues recommended supplier list if you have not seen or spoken to them. 

Good luck with your wedding planning and you can contact me via www.djchrisg.co.uk anytime or call me on 07411 636 675 if you have any further questions.