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shop like a celeb: wedding gift list tips & inspiration

June 8th, 2017 | Rachel Parry

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We all love presents, right?! But we also understand that planning a wedding gift list can get a little overwhelming with so many options to choose from. Should you request luxurious homeware items, modern appliances, unforgettable experiences – or a combination of all three?

To help you narrow down the choices, our wonderful Sponsor, The Wedding Shop, is taking over the blog this afternoon. As a fee-free, multi-retailer gift list provider, these guys are experts when it comes to helping brides and grooms select their precious presents.

Couples can choose to build their wish list online, or alternatively within one of The Wedding Shop’s beautiful showrooms, including their recently launched Edinburgh store, as well as stores in London and Dublin.

To help get the present planning underway the team are sharing their gift list dos and don’ts followed by a speculative edit of what could be found on the hottest celebrity couples’ wedding wish lists this year to inspire your choices…

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Plan ahead and notify guests:

  • Guests will want to buy you something to mark your special day, so a gift list helps guide them in the right direction and takes the stress and worry out of buying that ‘perfect gift.’
  • We recommend setting up your list before your wedding invitations go out so that you can include list notification cards with your invite
  • Some guests will be very quick off the mark to look for your list once they receive their invitations so it’s best to have it all completed

Give guests plenty of choice:

  • Create a list that is slightly bigger than you would expect to receive. Guests like to be inspired and have a large choice of gifts to choose from.
  • Vary the price points; it’s important to include a good range of price points to allow for every guest’s budget.
  • If there is a really special item that’s a little bit more expensive, why not ask your guests to contribute to it?
  • Don’t forget some guests will be more traditional in what they want to buy you make sure you have options for all types of guests.

Get the groom involved:

  • The groom should also be just as involved in creating a gift list
  • We are seeing that men are starting to taking a much more active interest in ensuring the list reflects their personal preferences as much as the bride’s!
  • Especially with gadgets and technology products that are generally more interesting to guys

Enjoy the experience

Most importantly have fun! These are gifts that you will enjoy and treasure during your married life together, so it should be a fun and exciting process that you should enjoy doing together.

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Forget to think to the future:

  • Take time before compiling your list to decide exactly what you need, what you would really love, and what would be useful to have in the future
  • Always be mindful that your needs will most likely grow throughout your married life (e.g. A dinner service for four people may be sufficient at the moment but may not in years to come when entertaining extended family and friends)

Forget to make it personal:

  • A gift list is a really good opportunity to choose items that will enhance and suit your lifestyle
  • If you have certain hobbies that you both love, make sure you add items that will help you continue to enjoy your hobbies
  • Guests will enjoy buying you gifts that they know are more fun and personal to you

Worry about asking for monetary contributions:

  • If you already think you have all the ‘stuff’ you could possibly fit into your house, then don’t be afraid to ask for cash contributions – it is now become more popular and you shouldn’t be worried to offend guests
  • This could be for home improvements, honeymoon contributions, or landscaping the garden
  • Don’t just have cash only on your list – remember to give guests plenty of choice!

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celebrity gift lists

From Hollywood starlets and pop princesses, to the cream of British society, The Wedding Shop predicts what would be on some top celebrity couples’ gift lists, to inspire you to shop A-List style…

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The Hollywood couple: Rosie Huntington-Whiteley & Jason Statham

Believed to be planning to marry this summer, the LA-based British model and her action-hero fiancé are reported to enjoy fast cars, long walks with their beloved Daschunds and cocktails by the pool:

  • Vogue The Covers by Hamish Bowles, £35 – After gracing her first Vogue cover aged 21, Rosie may enjoy looking back at her shared history alongside fellow modelling greats.
  • Jonathan Adler Bar Cart, £1,450 – A sleek and glamorous drinks trolley, ideal for wheeling out the Martinis pool-side.
  • Samsonite Liote-Cube DLX Aluminum Suitcase, £429 – Sturdy with stylish metallic and leather finishes, this lightweight deluxe suitcase should serve the globe-trotting couple well.
  • Erik Magnussen Metallic Vacuum Jug, £129 – Perfect for keeping cocktails cool in LA or preserving Hot Toddies at Rosie’s Devonshire home.
  • Drive Italy’s Amalfi Coast for two by Maserati Granturismo by Truly Experiences, £3,375 – With a penchant for gleaming supercars the couple might enjoy navigating one of Europe’s most fashionable coastlines.
  • Dachshund Dog Ornament by The House, £43 – A fitting tribute to Rosie’s pet pooches, Peggy and Dolly.

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get gifting: top present picks from the wedding shop

March 21st, 2017 | Rachel Parry

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This morning we’re focusing on one of our very favourite things – presents!! – as we catch up with our fabulous Sponsor, The Wedding Shop.

As a fee-free, multi-retailer gift list provider, The Wedding Shop, provides unrivalled choice when it comes to creating a personalised wedding gift list, with the option to combine products with honeymoon and cash contributions, and even set up a charity fund.

Couples can choose to build their wish list online, or alternatively within one of The Wedding Shop’s beautiful showrooms, including their newly launched Edinburgh store. Located on the Scottish capital’s prestigious shopping thoroughfare; Dundas Street, the launch follows The Wedding Shop’s luxurious revamp of their Selfridges London showroom last September, and expands their portfolio to four locations, including stores in Chelsea and Dublin.

The beautiful new showroom provides the perfect relaxing and inspirational environment for couples to meet with their own personal advisor and compile their dream list – over a glass of champagne, of course!

To celebrate the launch of the Scottish showroom, The Wedding Shop team has complied its top gift list must-haves for 2017, seeking inspiration from top product designers and looking across its range of unique real-life experiences.

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Commenting on current gift list trends, we speak to Edinburgh showroom manager Nicola Gemmell.

nicola says: Feedback from our clients indicates that ‘experience’ is the new luxury in gift lists, as couples wish to create life-long memories not just increase their collection of personal belongings.

For those that are looking to enhance their interiors through their gift choices, 2017 is all about bringing the outdoors indoors; from botanical-inspired and organic patterned homewares to the use of earthy tones and raw materials. That said, your home is a very personal space and should reflect your own tastes and experiences, not simply the trends. With thousands of products from over 350 brands to choose from at The Wedding Shop, you have the option to be able to select pieces which will ensure your home is fresh, fashionable and functional, but more importantly, you.

I look forward to welcoming couples to our inspiring space and helping them to choose from our portfolio of products as well as being able to add honeymoon vouchers, cash contributions, experiences, and anything else they desire.

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50 shades of green

Greenery’, Pantone’s colour of the year 2017, is a refreshing and revitalising shade, symbolic of new beginnings. Therefore, what better way to mark the commencement of married life than giving the gift of green? The Wedding Shop has a multitude of gorgeous green products, from Aquanova towels and LSA glassware to Pooky lampshades, Addison Ross picture frames and even vibrant kitchen appliances.

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your wedding gift list all wrapped up: introducing the wedding shop

July 18th, 2016 | Julia Braime

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There’s no doubt that planning a wedding is stressful, but there are enjoyable elements along the way too. One of these has to be drawing up the wedding gift list, because who doesn’t love presents?!

To help you explore options for items to go on that special gift list, and to offer advice on how to compile a list that’s easily accessible to all your guests, we’re introducing you to our new fabulous Sponsor The Wedding Shop.

Doing just as its name suggests, The Wedding Shop is an easy to use gift list service that offers an unbelievable amount of choice, expert advice and a personal service.

Whether couples set up their list online, or at one of the company’s showrooms, they can choose from an amazing array of traditional gifts, such as homeware and electric goods, or select a range of funds for anything from honeymoons and home renovations to cookery courses. Excited? Us too!

We’ll hand you over to the experts themselves now to inspire you further…

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When was The Wedding Shop set up and what does it bring to the wedding industry?

the wedding shop says: The Wedding Shop is the UK and Ireland’s leading and longest established independent wedding list company. We were founded in 1990 with the goal of providing the best and most adaptable wedding list offering delivered with outstanding customer service. We now have showrooms in Chelsea, Selfridges and Dublin and a head office in Barnes, South West London. In the past 26 years we have advised and managed the lists of tens of thousands of couples. The company remains family owned.

Why would you encourage brides and grooms to set up an online wedding gift list?

Research tells us that wedding guests prefer to be given guidance on what to buy as a wedding gift. Not only does it make the process easier for guests, it ensures that they are spending their money on something that is genuinely useful and desirable to the couple.

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What sets The Wedding Shop apart from other wedding gift list websites?

In 2015 we launched the first truly unlimited wedding lift service available, meaning our couples can choose a gift from literally anywhere and we will include that within their list, with no fees. This gives them complete freedom from the restrictions traditionally placed upon them by wedding list services.

Something we are very proud to have innovated is the establishment of a separate Trust Account to hold the pledged monies required to complete lists for couples. This ensures that no matter what happens to The Wedding Shop, each and every list will be honoured in full. We believe this is remains unique to The Wedding Shop.

Is it simple to set up a gift list with The Wedding Shop? What is the process?

Very! Simply visit www.weddingshop.com to complete a simple form. This stores your details, your partner’s details and allows you to go on and personalise your very own wedding list page or start adding items right away. Alternatively, you can visit one of our showrooms.

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What are the different gift list options available through The Wedding Shop?

We categorise our products either by room (bedroom, bathroom, kitchen), by product category (kitchenware, home & décor, travel & luggage) or by brand. We also have ready-made ‘Starter Collections’ that include list suggestions for ‘Setting Up Home’, ‘City Living’ and ‘Country Escape’ to make things even easier for couples. Aside from traditional gifts we offer a wide range of funds for anything from honeymoons to home renovations, cookery courses and driving lessons!

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Very Vintage! A Real Wedding At The Bowdon Rooms – Ellie & David

April 22nd, 2014 | Julia Braime

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We’re so excited for our return to The Bowdon Rooms this coming Sunday 27th April 2014 for our third Brides Up North Luxury & Vintage Wedding Exhibition at this stunning venue.  You can’t beat a sunny April day in Altrincham (here’s hoping!) and a unique and authentic vintage wedding venue packed full of lovely local suppliers and wedding pretty.  Seriously, you need to see our stellar exhibitor line up!

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Is the date in your diary?  You can pre-register here.  Go, go, go!

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If you’ve picked up one of our leaflets in the area (it’s been blanketed!) or received one of our subscriber emails about the event, you’ll recognise our lovely bride & groom from today’s Real Wedding. Ellie and David’s wedding day shows off exactly what can be made of this stunning venue and their celebration, full of love, music, excitement, humour and delectable vintage details, is an absolute corker! 

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I rarely re-blog content on these pages (I prefer to keep things fresh, y’know?) but I wanted to revisit their big day ahead of the weekend’s festivities because, well, you’ll see.

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Enjoy!  And see you on Sunday…

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Ellie says: This was not an ordinary proposal. it being leap year and all!

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David took me to Paris in February 2012 and everyone thought he would propose.  On our return (no proposal had been made) which was Valentine’s Day I suggested we stay in London overnight, although we will just stay in a Travel lodge as we had just come back from Paris. Little did David know that I had booked a 5 star hotel called ‘The Corinthia’ off Whitehall for us to stay in all as part of my master plan proposal. I had already contact the hotel and told them my plan and they provided an upgrade and other goodies!

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David was overwhelmed by the hotel and thought it was a lovely thing to do on Valentine’s day. We went to our room and unpacked, then I pulled out his valentine’s present – a shirt from Zara. I then gave a him a little package and said these are to wear with it. 

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Inside were silver heart shaped cufflinks my sister had made and engraved on were the words ‘David will you’ on one and ‘Marry me?’ on the other.  Now David being David couldn’t read them properly and didn’t have his glasses on, he thought one said David and the other Ellie – a bit cheesy he thought, then he said “This shirt doesn’t have cufflink holes” so I said “Put your glasses on and read them”!

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He did and was overwhelmed and said yes! He wore the cufflinks on our wedding day.  The hotel then brought a bottle of Champagne and a congratulations cake to the room.  We can’t wait to go back next year for our anniversary!

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We were married on Saturday 25th May 2013 at The Bowdon Rooms, Altrincham, Cheshire.   We loved the space inside and the sprung wooden floor for dancing, it was a great Edwardian building that had so much character and history, plus Karen and the team were so open to all the ideas I had that we didn’t want to get married anywhere else!

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The theme was very vintage!  With homemade bunting, we had bought all our own vintage mismatched china for cups, saucers and side plates, plus sugar bowls and milk jugs. We also scoured car boots and charity shops for tea pots as these were our centre pieces with flowers in them.

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The wedding colour scheme only came about after we had chosen the bridesmaids’ dresses and we chose blue floral for my sister who was matron of honour and pink floral for the other seven bridesmaids.  So the colour scheme ended up being blue and pink.

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I tried on so many dresses and always had in my mind I would like a short one and I did. I went for a strapless ballerina length 1950’s dress. It was by the designer Enzoani in the Blue range. I bought it from The Wedding Shop in Alderley Edge and I couldn’t have asked for anything better. The customer service was fantastic and everyone was so helpful!

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I bought my Benjamin Adams shoes from the same shop and they dyed them blue to match my sister’s bridesmaid dress. I also bought a sash from there by Sash & Co.

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My bridesmaid dresses (all eight of them) were from Vivien of Holloway as were the petticoats. Everyone had a white petticoat underneath apart from my sister who had pink, which went perfectly with her blue dress.

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We didn’t really use many suppliers as we did a lot ourselves, but our food was supplied by Herb and Spice and our photography by Foley Photography, Scott captured the day perfectly! Our wedding video was by www.wedding-productions.com and it was fantastic!

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I had two bouquets.  One was a brooch bouquet that i made myself, comprising of all different brooches i had collected over the years which meant something to me, I loved making this and I look at it every day on my dressing table. 

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We made all the bouquets and centre pieces ourselves and just bought them from a wholesaler, this was so cost effective and as I had made a brooch bouquet i didn’t think I would want a flower one, but as my family and David’s cousin Lesley were making the bridesmaids, I thought it might be nice for photos to have one. Luckily we had some flowers left over and made mine out of all the bits leftover. It was beautiful, my sister made mine and did an amazing job!

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I think my favourite part of the day was seeing David at the end of the aisle when I started dancing down, as he was so overwhelmed and happy I knew he was the one for me!

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I travelled in an open top Beetle called Suzi provided by Little Limos. They were fantastic and it was so lovely to drive through my Village with everyone waving. My Dad loved the car and it went perfectly with our day!

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To make the day more personal, I made and sewed pink floral and blue floral napkins for everyone. We also used the same material to make over 60 metres of bunting which decorated the room.

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Our table names were David’s favourite Coronation Street characters, the head table being Steve McDonald!

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Our favours were white chocolate coconut covered truffles that u had made for everyone and came in a floral handkerchief for the ladies and white handkerchief for the men. I love using handkerchiefs and wanted to bring it back.

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We had an American styled buffet with burgers and chicken wings and hotdogs! It was delicious. 

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David and I are not big fans of traditional wedding cakes so we asked my Mum to make us a three tiered Rice Krispie cake. this was my favourite treat as a child and it meant so much that my mum had made it, plus it didn’t cost the earth!

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We also asked our guests to make and bring a cake as part of the desert. This proved a great idea and I couldn’t believe how many gorgeous cakes there were.  There was definitely plenty of food for everyone!

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Being a Drama Teacher, entertainment was high on my list of priorities. We had several pieces of entertainment during the service, provided by my students from school. Two girls Samantha Jabangwe and Nicole Hodson sang a song each and then also wrote and played a song they had written especially for me.

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I also provided some entertainment at the start of the service by having by bridesmaids dancing down the aisle followed by me dancing down with my Dad to a song I had pre-recorded for David, I changed to words to ‘Marry You’ by Bruno Mars to ‘Hey David I think I Want To Marry You’. This was all a complete to surprise for everyone including David.  I also sang and played the Ukulele for David during my speech.

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The main Entertainment was provided by a band a found at a vintage wedding fair in Liverpool called ‘Vintage Blossom’.  They were amazing, no one stopped dancing whilst they were playing and they also happened to be local to Manchester.

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We are going to America for three weeks at the end of July, starting in New York for a few days, then flying over to San Francisco for a few days then picking up a car and driving down the coast stopping off at Santa Cruz, Santa Barbara – where we stay in a horse ranch – Santa Monica, San Diego, Palm Springs and finally Vegas!

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My top tip for other Brides Up North would be to try and do as much of the wedding prep together as you can as we had so much fun making the bunting and searching car boots and also not to get too drunk, then you can remember the best day of your lives!

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Congratulations Ellie & David!

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Amazing Lace. Enzoani For A Real Wedding At Adlington Hall, Cheshire – Louisa & John

March 5th, 2014 | Julia Braime

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Flying by the seat of our skinny jeans this morning to bring you this rather late first instalment of the day!  What can I say, this week in the Brides Up North office is Hectic.  With that capital H.  We’re in the middle of an event sandwich: four beautiful Brides Up North wedding exhibitions over four adjacent weekends, with our biggest show of this season this weekend – but then you know all about that don’t you?  Throw in playtime with a (nearly) one year old, an appearance as official blogger at The North West Wedding Fair over in Manchester this Friday (I can’t wait), goody bag stuffing, floor plan drawing, sign writing and a husband who thinks its cool* to head off skiing with his mates during our busiest week yet… and you can see why we’re winging it a little.

*It’s so not cool Alan. 

We’re not skimping on the pretty though, because Louisa and John’s gorgeous Real Wedding at the always stunning Adlington Hall in Cheshire has real wow factor!  And that, Brides Up North, is exactly what we like around these parts. Enjoy.

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Jo Bradbury Photography at Adlington Hall

Louisa says:  We got engaged on 23 December 2011 at Tatton Park, Knutsford. John got down on one knee by the lake in the pouring rain!

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We were married on 8th December 2013 at Adlington Hall, Macclesfield, Cheshire. We had a civil ceremony in the Great Hall and the wedding breakfast and reception in the Hunting Lodge.

We wanted to have a venue where we could have a civil service and the wedding breakfast in one place. We were looking for a venue that had a room for the service that was a bit special, particularly given the time of year with the expectation that most of the day would be spent inside. We fell in love with Adlington Hall as soon as we looked round. It had the wow factor whilst still feeling really intimate. An added bonus is that the whole place is exclusively yours for the day and the staff were excellent, very professional but also extremely down to earth.

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A lace theme ran through the day, from my dress, to the invitations and table plan, to the detail on our wedding cake. We thought this helped to create a bit of a “winter wonderland” feel.

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I wore an Enzoani dress from The Wedding Shop in Alderley Edge with a lace bolero. It was totally different and much bigger than I thought I would go for but I loved it as soon as I tried it on. I also had pair of sparkly Jimmy Choos.

John, his best men and ushers hired navy morning suits from Savoy Tailors Guild (Moss Bros) in Manchester.

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Jo Bradbury Photography at Adlington Hall

Jo Bradbury Photography at Adlington Hall

Jo Bradbury Photography at Adlington Hall

Jo Bradbury Photography at Adlington Hall

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Set your Sky Boxes For ITV’s The Wedding Shop! Confetti & Lace Are Hitting The Small Screens!

February 25th, 2013 | Julia Braime

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Now, if you follow me over on Twitter or Facebook, you will know that I love a bit of telly as much as the next person.  My absolute favourite type of telly?  Downton Abbey.  End of.

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Lady Mary and co aside though, reality style documentaries or shows like The Apprentice, Grand Designs or One Born Every Minute take the biscuit for me (although given my own personal circumstances right now – huge bump and just about to pop – I’ve been avoiding that last one diligently).  

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So imagine my excitement when my friend Abbi at Confeffi and Lace – remember our huge £2,000 wedding dress giveaway here on the wedding blog last year?! – told me all about the one hour ITV film documentary that has followed their boutiques (mainly their Pudsey branch here in Yorkshire) their staff, what bridal retailers do and some of their lovely customers over 10 months last year. 

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“Anyone can walk through the door. We never know what we’re getting. In our diary all we’ve got is a name. Three hours later we probably know their life story from start to finish.”  Marg, Wedding Shop Assistant

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The Wedding Shop is on prime time ITV, 9pm on Thursday 28th February (this Thursday!) and is estimated to draw over one million viewers. One million!  Abbi tells us that “We’re already overrun in the shops with appointments so it’s great for us, all our suppliers, associates, Leeds, Harrogate, Yorkshire and the Wedding Industry”.  And that, readers, makes me very happy indeed.

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From the ITV press centre: Every year around 250,000 couples tie the knot in the UK. Confetti and Lace is one of Yorkshire’s busiest wedding shops with up to 100 brides a month coming to choose that all important item, their wedding dress.

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The Wedding Shop provides a funny, heartfelt and unique insight into British lives and attitudes to marriage.  This new 60-minute documentary follows day-to-day life at the shop and the stories of three brides as they approach their big day. In doing so it captures a glimpse into the lives of families at one of the most stressful and happiest times they will ever experience. 

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From tears and tantrums to weather mishaps and family fallouts, shop owner Abbi Lewis has learnt to expect the unexpected and admits to having seen it all. She explains: “Not everything goes to plan. I’ve seen bridesmaids slap each other.”   But along with her two right-hand women Marg and Jane, their shared enthusiasm and love of their jobs is without question and they inevitably become very emotionally attached to their brides. As Marg explains: “Every single day we hear a different story and everything is different. You never, ever get bored of this job because every single girl is unique.” Jane explains: “Probably a good comparison, although not the same, is a midwife, who’s there for the birth of somebody’s child. You’re there for the build-up to somebody’s wedding day so if we can make that little bit of a difference, and make it perfect, then it’s a good job done.”

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We meet bride Tammy, 24, who has asked her nan Betty to help her choose a dress, as her mum isn’t invited to the wedding and they haven’t spoken for five years. Tammy explains “I do think about it a lot but then there’s a part of me that thinks – it’s her loss. There were just that many more bad times than good times, that the bad just overrules it and I just think – I don’t want you there to ruin it.” Tammy’s dad Chris is looking forward to walking her up the aisle, there is just the small matter to resolve over his preferred choice of attire for the occasion. He says “The outrageous option is the leather jacket with the big skull and the Mohican hair…”

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Jo is 36 and has been married to Darren for nine years. She wants to celebrate her ten-year anniversary by renewing her vows in a dress fit for a princess, as her family were absent from the first wedding due to religious differences. Jo is relishing the chance to be a bride all over again and there is no expense spared. She says: “We’ll do it more as a fairytale than as a proper traditional wedding. We’re not quite sure how I should arrive yet, whether it should be a glass carriage, a white horse or a pink helicopter…”

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Natasha is marrying Ches, her childhood sweetheart. Their teenage romance ended, only to be rekindled a decade later. Her daughter Taylor-Leigh is her chief bridesmaid. Taylor-Leigh’s dad died in a car accident before she was born and Natasha has been a single mum ever since. She says: “I’ve always been honest with her about the whole situation…so nobody else can ever say ‘this is what happened’…it’s hard sometimes because she’s never had a male figure in her life.”  But there is complete panic at the wedding shop the night before the wedding when Natasha still hasn’t arrived to collect her dress. Has she had second thoughts about the wedding?

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Will you be watching? 

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