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personal & unique: introducing one fine day bridal

August 15th, 2017 | Rachel Parry

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Our online ‘Suppliers We Love’ directory is a go-to for our readers looking for professional and trusted local businesses that can help to bring their wedding visions to life. From photographers and florists, to entertainment and accessories, there is a category for every requirement.

And this afternoon, we’re delighted to be introducing another gorgeous boutique to our ‘bride’ category, a useful source for those of you on the dream dress hunt. Our new Sponsor, One Fine Day Bridal, based in Hoole, Lancashire, was set up by owner Claire Bland after feeling underwhelmed by her own wedding dress shopping experience.

Running the boutique with her mum Pam, the duo have created a warm and welcoming atmosphere and have filled the shop’s rails with beautiful and unique dress designs to offer brides and memorable and exclusive experience.

Here to tell us more is the lady herself. Take it away Claire….

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Where is One Fine Day Bridal located and can you describe the style and feel of the boutique?

claire says: One Fine Day Bridal is in a small village called Little Hoole, Lancashire – we are located just of the A59 so you can’t miss us! Our boutique has a warm, friendly, homely feel. We want all of our brides to feel relaxed and at ease when finding their dream dress.

Can you tell us about the designers that you stock at the boutique and what type of brides they would appeal to?

We stock the Spanish designer Rosa Clara & Rosa Clara Soft, perfect for the bride who loves something a little different, using luxurious fabrics, such as silk Mikado, ottoman and brocade. Also in our boutique is the fabulous Watters Bride & Bridesmaid collections, both absolutely dreamy ideal for the modern bride. Nicole Spose is our last collection, gorgeous crepe fabrics and masters of ‘slinky’ gowns, perfect for the bride looking for a figure-hugging dress.

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How do you select the designers that you stock?

We like our designers to be unique, so we don’t stock designers that you will find in every other boutique. We make sure the gowns are well made and are of a great quality, but we also like to ensure that nobody else with our area stocks that particular designer. We like to be individual and make sure are brides are choosing something exclusive.

Can you tell us about the accessories that you stock at the boutique?

We stock Linzi Jay and Ariana Tiara for our head pieces, jewellery and veils, we also use Elizabeth Dickens for our veils ensuring we have a wide variety of choice to suit all dresses.

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How do you help brides to find their dream dress and to complete their look with accessories?

We like to make sure our brides try one of every style, even if they have an idea in their head, this some of the time doesn’t always look how they expected. Once they think they have found ‘the one’ we like to add in veils and accessories so the look is complete. Even once they have found their dress with us, we encourage them to come back for a styling appointment after their hair and makeup trial so the full vision can be seen.

What are your top tips for brides when dress shopping?

Be open minded and try something you never imaged you would go for – you could be surprised.

Even though it is nice to bring family and friends to enjoy the experience with, don’t be swayed by too many opinions – it’s the bride’s day! It is good to get a feel for style but when you think you’ve found the one, stop trying and stop looking, it is very easy to become overwhelmed and it can get very confusing.

What sets One Fine Day Bridal apart from other boutiques and what can brides expect from an appointment at the boutique?

We are a mother and daughter team here at the boutique. We decided to do this because of my own experience which I didn’t enjoy so we try to make sure our brides don’t feel deflated or under whelmed by their experience, like I did. We offer a relaxed and luxurious experience, we let the bride lead the appointment and offer our advice when we feel appropriate. We always offer to dress our bride the morning of the wedding, we know how stressful it can be so we like to ease the pressure wherever possible.

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What trends are you seeing coming through in bridalwear and accessories?

A flutter sleeve or capelet – we think these could be a huge trend for 2018, along with a statement bow which is a theme that runs through our Rosa Clara gowns.

What is the size and price range of the dresses that you stock?

We stock sample sizes from 6 to 16, and price range between £950 and £3,500.

What is the feedback like from brides who found their dress and One Fine Day?

Our brides always comment on what a lovely personal service we offer from beginning to end. We get a lot of comments about how welcoming and professional we are and how beautiful our boutique is. Our brides love that we are not pushy, in some cases we encourage the bride to go away and have a think, then come back.

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fun factor: add a burst of confetti to your big day decor

August 9th, 2017 | Rachel Parry

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A fluttering of confetti is an iconic tradition most couples embrace shortly after saying “I do”, but pretty dried petals can inject fun and colour into more than just this one element of the day.

As such, we’ve invited our fabulous Sponsor, Shropshire Petals, growers and producers of natural petal confetti, to take over the blog and inspire us with their top confetti décor ideas. They’ve also just launched an exciting new product that will help lift your confetti moment to the next level…

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shropshire petals say: There’s nothing we love more than a great confetti moment, though our pretty petals can be extended beyond sprinkling the newlyweds; to room decor, petal pathways and table centrepieces.

There are also ways to enhance the celebratory confetti throwing; from creating your own confetti bar to using our confetti pops, or perhaps our brand-new confetti balloons.

These attractive balloons instantly add the fun factor and look super stylish too. They can also make your confetti shot even more spectacular by asking a member of your bridal party or guest to pop them over you as the camera snaps. Filled with your choice of natural petal confetti, the giant and standard confetti balloons are a fabulous way to decorate your venue and are guaranteed to make a statement.

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Here are our top ideas for incorporating confetti balloons into your special day:

  • Place a giant confetti balloon at either side of your ceremony venue entrance for a touch of glamour.
  • Use a single giant confetti balloon on each of your reception tables surrounded by some colourful smaller balloons for an alternative table decoration. Make your own balloon tassel ribbon to add a dramatic effect.
  • Have a romantic photograph taken of you as a newlywed couple holding one or two giant confetti balloons.
  • Suspend giant confetti balloons from your venue ceiling for a fun, creative ceiling decoration.
  • Line your aisle with a mixture of giant and standard confetti balloons filled with confetti to match your colour scheme.
  • Use confetti balloons to take some fun photos of the bridal party and guests.
  • Group several confetti balloons together to make a feature or backdrop at your venue.
  • Place a single giant confetti balloon behind each of the bride and groom’s chairs on the top table.
  • Hang confetti balloons over your dance floor during your first dance, or with all of the bridal party, and have them popped over you to add a shower of magical confetti to the dancing.

Each 3ft giant confetti balloon comes deflated (customers are required to provide their own helium) and are pre-filled with 1.5 litres of beautiful natural petal confetti in your chosen colours. Standard confetti balloons are supplied with half a litre of confetti and measure 14 inches.

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style & elegance: say hello to chloe jane bridalwear

July 27th, 2017 | Rachel Parry

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If swishing around in a beautiful ballgown is something you consider to be an imperative part of your wedding dress shopping experience, then prepare to take a note of the boutique that we’re introducing as one of our new Sponsors on the blog today.

Chloë Jane Bridalwear is a super-friendly and super-stylish, family-run boutique, located in East Yorkshire, whose team loves nothing more than inviting brides for a good game of dress up to help narrow down their search to that one special dress, whilst having lots of fun along the way!

With a firm focus on fashion, the boutique houses a stunning array of designers and dress styles with something to suit all types of brides, plus helpful and honest advice at hand from owner Chloë Lindley, along with her sister and mum. Here to tell us more about their passion for all things wedding is the lovely Chloë herself.

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Where is Chloë Jane Bridalwear located and how would you describe the look and feel of the boutique?

chloe says: Our boutique is located in the small town of Howden, East Riding of Yorkshire, nestled in the market square just a stone’s throw from the Minster. Our chocolate-box style boutique has a warm welcoming appearance with a neutral colour pallet, chic hotel-style décor and modern furnishings to reflect our luxurious and stylish approach to weddings.

What designers do you stock and can you tell us a little about each one?

We are an exclusive stockist of Hayley Paige and Blush by Hayley Paige, a collection of unconventional gowns for the quirky bride. Ball gown silhouettes are Hayley’s thing, with waterfall tulle and delicate details, a fun and fresh collection that is sure to make any bride feel like a princess for the day, and we love her girly-girl style!

Alessandra Rinaudo is the queen of Italian couture; her gowns are exquisitely made with the finest quality fabrics and show stopping designs. The collection portrays timeless elegance within each style with sophisticated details, creating unforgettable brides.

We also stock Nicole Spose – a collection designed by Alessandra Rinaudo, which, of course, is inspired by Italian glamour. In my opinion Nicole Spose has the highest quality lace and that’s what the Italians do best, the figure hugging designs create sexy brides with traditional detailing. Think Dolce & Gabanna bride!

Chloe Bridals is a classic collection made up of beautiful designs, the built-in support and structure found in each gown create super flattering silhouettes and show off every curve to the max. Sparkles, lace, blush tones, pearls, lace applique, beading Chloe bridals have the prettiest designs to ensure a beautiful bride.

We also stock Sofia Bianca; the delicate feminine collection mixes silk Mikado fabrics with encrusted crystals and silk organza for the brides who love bling! Expect full skirts and fitted bodices with silk covered buttons flowing all the way to the train, who doesn’t love that?

Finally, we are excited to announce our newest arrival – SAVIN London, a beautiful couture collection of sharp cut gowns handmade in London. The craftsmanship and stunning details within the collection create show-stopping pieces. Alternative brides will also love SAVIN’s accessories, who wants a fur shrug when you can have a quirky lace biker jacket!?

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How do you pick the right designers for Chloë Jane Bridalwear and what do you think makes a good bridal collection?

Our collection of gowns took a lot of building; I researched like crazy to find the perfect designers for our boutique. My main intention was to offer exclusive designs, so it was essential that the designers weren’t stocked at every boutique in the area. I obviously had to love the collections and I think it’s also important to have a strong working relationship with each company. I wanted to offer a varied selection of styles and silhouettes in a range of sizes too so that we had a gown for everyone. I believe we have created the grounds of a good bridal collection in which to grow and flourish in the future, and I am excited to see the collection evolve.

What current trends are you seeing in bridal wear and can you forecast any future trends that will be coming through?

Being from a fashion background, I think my heart will always lie with fashion forward bridal gowns. I love to see how designers push the boundaries with bridal trends, this season we’ve seen more and more sheer gowns than we could ever have imagined! Quirky sleeves have made an appearance too in bell styles at Hayley Paige, oversized ruffles at Alessandra Rinaudo and don’t forget those Vera Wang super-long extended sleeves.

I think next season we can expect to see super daring gowns, more sheer fabrics, and barely-there bodices.

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dream venue: hornington manor

July 26th, 2017 | Rachel Parry

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There’s no doubt that the setting of a wedding is what makes it, and so it’s important to think what style you want for your big day and what each venue offers when beginning your search.

For those on the hunt for a blank canvas style venue with a hint of rustic charm, we’d highly recommended putting our stunning Sponsor venue Hornington Manor, on your must-visit list. Set within rural Yorkshire, this homely venue invites brides, grooms and their guests to enjoy a full weekend of celebrations with fabulous accommodation, ceremony and reception spaces, all on site.

Having held a number of our Luxury Wedding Fairs at Hornington, we know just how special this place is and are therefore excited to be announcing another super exciting bridal event at this venue soon – so watch this space! In the meantime, the team from Hornington are taking over the blog this afternoon to fill us in on what makes the Manor a dream venue…

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Where is Hornington Manor located?

hornington manor say: Our venue located in the picturesque village of Bolton Percy, nestled into the rolling North Yorkshire countryside. It is approximately ten miles from the historic city of York, and less than 20 miles from the bustling city of Leeds. With easy access from the A1 and M1 motorways – great for travelling guests.

Tell Brides Up North about the venue, what is its history?

Hornington Manor was built in 1770 and is set on a beautiful 300-acre working farm. The Grade II listed farm house was lovingly restored when farm was brought back to life in 2009 by local bed-makers Harrison Spinks, with the aim of growing some of its own natural mattress fillings. The 18th century Hornington Manor wedding barn was, until very recently, nothing more than a lambing barn.

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Is Hornington Manor licensed for civil ceremonies and, if so, what areas of the venue are available for weddings and what capacity can they cater for?

Hornington Manor is fully licensed to hold civil ceremonies at a number of remarkable locations around its grounds to suit couples’ individual preference. Hornington Gallery has huge floor-to-ceiling windows that frame the sheep grazing in the fields outside and is wonderfully bright and airy, holding 120 guests.

Our most popular place to hold wedding ceremonies is in the infamous Hornington Wedding Barn. The original 18th Century rustic barn can comfortably house up to 150 guests and is beautifully decorated with huge external doors opening onto the Manor courtyard.

For more intimate ceremonies, the lavish ballroom in the West Wing of the Manor could be perfect. Alternatively, couples may wish to take advantage of the stunning surroundings and hold their ceremony outside. Saying their vows under the charming Lych Gate in the Manor Courtyard, or facing the gentle fields on the Manor Lawn.

And what areas are available for the reception?

The beautiful wedding barn is available for wedding receptions, and can seat 150 guests comfortably. Other than boasting a stunning bar and relaxing snug areas, the wood panelled walls and exposed brick is a blank canvas for brides and grooms to style as they wish.

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How would you describe the look and feel of Hornington Manor?

The Manor has a rustic feel to it whilst also being the perfect untouched setting. Brides and grooms can choose to draw on the organic features of the venue, or alternatively use the blank backdrop for a more glamorous theme – anything goes! We’ve seen some amazing ideas; some of which can be seen on the blog section of our website.

What makes Hornington Manor a special wedding venue?

Hornington Manor is so special due to its unique surroundings and its magical element of exclusivity. Not many people can say they’ve married with a flock of sheep as members of the audience! If you’re lucky enough to wed during lambing season, some guests have the extra bonus of feeding pet lambs before the wedding begins! Our team endeavour to do all they can to make each wedding day special, unique and seamless.

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What sort of bride would be a Hornington Manor bride?

A Hornington Manor bride is excited by the chance to create their very own dream wedding – brides can be as creative as they wish. A Hornington Manor bride also appreciates the time before and after their wedding – being able to spend the whole weekend with their family in the house and grounds of the Manor.

How can your staff help to make the planning process easier and the big day amazing?

Our wedding co-ordinator Jo and her assistant Hayley will be on hand from the moment you have your first viewing, to the moment you leave Hornington Manor as a married couple. Their nothing-is-too-much attitude means our brides and grooms can plan their wedding with peace of mind that everything will run smoothly. On call throughout the big day and in the lead up to a wedding, they will go the extra mile to make sure every couple has the wedding day of their dreams. We also have a number of trusted and recommended suppliers, many of which are regulars at Hornington weddings; and are featured on our website under Recommended Suppliers.

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relive the romance: introducing cine reportage

July 25th, 2017 | Julia Braime

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Beyond pro wedding photography, we’re often encouraging our readers to consider video too, for while photographs freeze those perfect moments in time, film footage enables you to relive the moments over and over again.

And just how there are many differing styles of photography, there are also lots of types of videographers, so it’s well worth exploring the options. For those wanting something super special and individual with a hint of nostalgia, we’d highly recommend checking out the awe-inspiring work of our fabulous new Sponsor William Cummock of Ciné Reportage.

Based in West-Yorkshire, William has an impressive collection of Super 8 and 16mm cameras, dating from the 1930s to the 1980s, which he uses to shoot, capturing weddings on real film – which we think you’ll agree is a great novelty and skill in this digital age!

The result is utterly beautiful and super romantic footage that will cause you to weaken at the knees (and tear ducts!). So, while we grab the Kleenex, we’ll hand over to William who’s here to share more details and examples of his stunning work…

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When did you first start filming weddings and how did you get into it?

william says: I studied Fine Art at university and purchased my first super 8 camera to record the process of painting, but it soon became more about the film than the painting. I teamed up with a friend to enter a Super 8 film competition called straight 8 that I’d seen on Channel 4 late one night. Amazingly, we were selected for their prestigious Cannes Film Festival screening for a record five consecutive years and had our work screened at festivals all over the world. Alongside a few exhibitions and screenings in London art galleries and forays into the world of music videos and animation, I took over the running of straight 8 full-time until 2012 and still help out today.

In 2010 I offered to shoot a few friend’s weddings on Super 8 as gifts and Ciné Reportage was born. I loved doing it and it’s what I’ve done ever since.

How would you describe your style videography and how does it set you apart?

I shoot on Super 8 and 16mm film. It’s real film, like the stuff that you used put in your camera 20 years ago – you need to send it to a lab to be processed and digitally transferred before you can see it. Film has a unique, tactile beauty that can’t be replicated digitally. It’s not the easiest format to shoot with, but I think it’s the most beautiful and the most romantic.

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What is it that you love most about your job?

I feel privileged to be doing what I do. I’m invited to witness and record incredibly important and intimate moments in people’s lives. I can’t think of many circumstances in commercial film production where a client would be so happy with your work that they’d shed tears of joy! It’s the most rewarding thing I’ve ever done.

In your opinion what are the most important things for a couple to consider when deciding which videographer to book for their wedding?

Videographers and filmmakers are definitely not one-size-fits-all. There’s a wealth of talent out there and a lot of different ways of working. It’s worth putting in some research to find films that you love and someone that will work in a way that you’re happy with. If you see films with loads of footage of the couple on their own, do bear in mind how much time you’d like to spend away from the party!

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class acts: entertainment nation

July 24th, 2017 | Rachel Parry

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This afternoon on the blog, we’re catching up with our fabulous Sponsor Entertainment Nation, to hear their latest news whilst also getting some pro tips and advice on picking the right acts to enhance your big day.

Offering something for all, Entertainment Nation has an impressive choice of bands, musicians and performers to choose from, each reliable, professional and sure to delight and excite your wedding guests.

In this post, the friendly team are bringing us up to date with their wedding entertainment offering, but you can also find out more about their amazing services on their easy-to-use website and also via their fabulous Live Loft videos as detailed below. Take it away guys…

Can you give us an overview of the types of entertainment that you offer?

entertainment nation say: We offer a huge range of bands, performers and entertainers – including bands, soloists, duos and classical performers, plus tribute, themed and speciality acts. We provide anything from a rock and pop band, to a carnival show, a classical quartet to a DJ, a magician to a football freestyler! You name it, we’ve got it!

Do you have any exciting new acts or news to tell us about since we last spoke to you?

We are always hiring exciting new acts to our roster – so we encourage readers to go and check out the fresh blood we have on the site! We are branching out to all different kinds of acts at the moment and we can’t wait for them to head out and perform at our clients’ weddings

We’ve also had a brilliant start to our Entertainment Nation Live Loft series. A great range of acts have come in to perform in our live lounge style studio and we’ve loved hanging out with them! Every act performs two live acoustic covers, as well as taking part in an informal interview and a few ‘Guess the Intro’ games. There’s plenty more in the pipeline for the Live Loft, so keep an eye out for more videos!

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In your opinion, how can entertainment at a wedding enhance the day and make it more memorable?

Live entertainment is the only way to go in our eyes! If you book a professional live band, you are guaranteed a spectacular show that will wow all of your guests. Our bands are all very experienced performers, meaning your wedding is in safe hands. Our acts know what works for each event and can tailor their sets to cater for a particular audience. That dancefloor will be full until the early hours, for sure!

Wedding entertainment isn’t just restricted to the evening reception either – a classical string quartet or acoustic duo for your ceremony/drinks reception will add an elegant and romantic atmosphere. Trust us – there’s an act for every part of your big day!

How do you pick the bands and acts that you select and ensure that they are reliable?

We take the process of selecting new bands and acts very seriously. The acts we promote are a reflection of Entertainment Nation and we only want the best entertainment on our books. Acts are required to provide professional promotional material and accurate information regarding their act if they wish to sign up. Our expert team also read through the acts’ testimonials from previous clients – which tends to highlight anything that we might have missed.

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What do couples love about your service and what sets you apart from other entertainment companies?

Entertainment Nation stems from a background of experienced musicians who have played at thousands of weddings. We know how weddings work and can see both sides of the process. We bring the personal touch and will take time to answer every email and discuss every last detail of a couple’s wedding entertainment, to make sure it’s perfect on the day. During our many years of experience in the wedding entertainment industry, we have seen what happens when things aren’t done properly and we don’t want anyone else to suffer that experience – we do it right.

One of most attractive things about booking with Entertainment Nation is that we are available from 10am until 10pm, seven days a week, meaning we are always there to answer any questions or queries about the act you’ve booked.

What are your top five tips for couples when choosing their wedding entertainment?

Book early – We can’t emphasise this enough. We advise that clients book at least 12-18 months in advance to make sure they get plenty of choice when it comes to booking their entertainment. You don’t want to find the perfect wedding band and then be told they were snapped up six months ago!

Talk to your venue – Most venues know exactly what to tell a client regarding live entertainment. However, you need to ask the right questions. You need to know: if the venue allows live entertainment, if they have a sound limiter and how big the performance area is.

Explore the options – When searching for an act, make sure you look at different line ups, different genres and different styles of entertainment. We advise that clients explore all possible options to make sure they don’t miss out on their ideal act.

Watch promo videos and listen to demos – most bands and acts provide professional promotional videos or demo tracks on their profile. They are a great representation of what the act will be like on the day.

Book with an agency – Booking with an agency means you have someone to contact at all times as well as the security of a contract. We oversee everything from initial enquiries until the big day itself, and are on hand in case of an entertainment emergency.

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