Add a splash of personality and meaning from start to finishing touches
Individuality, creativity and personality are just what many couples are looking to bring to their big day. Move aside ‘off the shelf weddings’ and shout hello to making your ideas come to life with the help of the local talents of wedding supplier’s right here on your doorstep.
Couples can make their ideas and dreams come to life with help from the creative talents and lovely products and services all available locally.
“Say hello to making your wedding dreams a reality”
As a starting point, couples can set the tone with save the dates and invitations designed to their brief then carry that style or theme through to the finishing touches for the day. Flowers are always a major statement at any wedding and by working with your florist you can create a floral theme to co-ordinate with; and compliment the bridal party, ceremony and venue. The venue can really create the wow factor and the styling can be just how you want it, all made affordable by the option of hiring décor and crockery too. Don’t stop there… your guests can leave with a gift to remember your wedding that can be fun, meaningful and as individual as you. And finally to remember it all, your photographs will be a lasting memory to treasure forever.
These featured images take on one of the hot trends for 2013 using baby blues and natural tones and were taken by Claire at Burns Rowatt Photography at the Jersey Farm Barnard Castle, to showcase the talents of a group of like minded wedding suppliers who share a common passion for creativity, and many have changed their hobbies into businesses to enable them to follow their creative dreams.
You may be mistaken for thinking that these luscious cupcakes are ready for eating but they are in fact couture silk soaps, made from natural ingredients by Deborah from Peculiar People. “Soap is to the body what laughter is to the soul” says Deborah “I started making soap because I wanted a new hobby. Things started innocently enough but before long I had cupboards full of stunning fragrances and exotic ingredients.
Individuality, creativity and personality are what couple are looking for.
There are only so many baths you can take in a day and only so much soap you can personally use, so I started giving away soaps, scrubs and lotions to my family and friends and not long after, people asked if I would make them for weddings, baby showers and birthdays. I find it so satisfying making them from scratch and coming up with unique formulations and product ideas for my clients.
What’s in favour?
Deborah’s soaps make great favours and the tradition of favours goes back a long way. The first wedding favours were known as ‘bonbonniere’, representing a symbol of good luck, they were given as glamorous gifts to the weddings guests of French Aristocrats to show off their wealth. If you want to learn more, then Mandy from Bonbonniere and Wells can help you out. Mandy set up her business creating bespoke favours when she spotted a gap in the market when her brother was getting married. Mandy explains “With the bride’s original heritage being Thai, they wanted something that married (excuse the pun!) their two cultures. Having searched with no luck I got my creative thinking cap on and came up with the idea of retro.
English sweets inside a traditional sticky rice basket, all decorated to co-ordinate with their theme of their special day, I received lots of great feedback from the wedding guests and the idea for my business was born.
Like Mandy, Alli from Ruby Shoes also set up her stationery business after helping out family and friends on their big day. Alli told us “I have always had a love of everything crafty and homemade and spent many years searching out special papers, delicious ribbons and learning new crafty techniques, so when my sister got married last year I jumped at the chance to design her stationery and help style the wedding day. I loved the idea of making something I love doing as a hobby into a business so I took the plunge and set up Ruby Shoes Wedding earlier this year and haven’t looked back since. As my designs are all bespoke, couples can have exactly what they want for their big day, whatever their style and see their ideas brought to life.
Vintage or va va vroom?
Whatever your style, there are suppliers out there who can help create your wedding dreams. If it’s a vintage twist you are looking for then vintage crockery is always a big style statement. Wendy combined her two passions of home baking and collecting vintage and retro home wares to create her company, Alice’s Vintage Kitchen. “After many year’s working as a trainer for a national charity, I took the plunge and started the business and I love the idea of giving weddings and parties some nostalgic style from china tea sets through to delicious authentic themed menus”.
Wendy specialises in giving the personal touch, which is reminiscent of the service offered by our suppliers featured here and that’s exactly what today’s couples are looking for.
Personal touches make the day special
Whether it’s more traditional or a bit of va va vroom you want then you can hire a wealth of props and paraphernalia from Karen at Definitions Event Solutions. From birdcages and feathers to chair covers and sashes in over 100 colours, Karen can help you create the wow factor for you and your guests. Having worked in the NHS for most of her career, the organisation was down sizing so Karen found herself facing a career choice. Karen says: Being a ‘glass half full’ sort of girl I decided to grab the opportunity of voluntary redundancy to help me dust off my creative side and move forward on my already established business plan. I can offer couples a range of centrepieces to hire or if they are looking for something extraordinary I work with them to help create exactly what they want.
Have your cake and eat it!
Cakes are not just for eating but are a real fashion statement, particularly wedding cakes. It is hard to believe that the one featured here by Prettyliciouz is not a result of many years of icing expertise but comes from Mother and daughter, Angie and Maxine, bringing together Angie’s lifelong love of baking and Maxine’s creative flair to realise their skills and launch Prettyliciouz just over a year ago. Maxine says “The response from friends and family was amazing and what initially started as a hobby soon developed into a business with more and more requests for cakes. Our portfolio quickly grew from dragons and dogs to intricately iced wedding cakes of all designs. Each cake is designed especially for every couple so they can have something individual and personal to them and their big day.
As the stationery, cakes, favours and styling are becoming more and more design led, the same is true for the florals. Being the owner of the longest established florist shop in Middlesbrough, Karen from Butterflies has seen trends change over the years. Karen says “I find that Brides now are looking for something different and individual, couples don’t just want bouquets and arrangements to match a particular colour scheme; they want their flowers to have a certain style or design. Vintage and country garden are very in vogue at the moment but trends change all of the time and this blue and natural trend for 2013 looks really striking. I love getting to know the people and their occasion so I can create fitting floral arrangements”. Karen has a real passion for everything floral and her daughter Jennifer has followed in her mums creative footsteps, so like Maxine and Angie, their business is very family orientated.
And when the day is done…
Wedding memories are as precious as the day itself, so after your vows are exchanged, the cake is cut and the dancing is over, your photographs will tell the story of your day for years to come. Claire from Burns Rowatt Photography believes in capturing the heart of your day. “I would describe my style as fresh and romantic” says Claire. “I believe in capturing the emotion of the occasion and recording the little details. A wedding is all about the love and bond between two people, their friends and families and I love being able to create lasting memories that will be treasured.
Cakes are not just for eating but are a real fashion statement
- Deborah, Peculiar People Bath and Body
- Mandy, Bonbonniere & Wells
- Alli, Ruby Shoes Wedding
- Karen, Definition Event Solutions
- Claire, Burns Rowatt Photography
- Wendy, Alice’s Vintage Kitchen
- Maxine, Prettyliciouz Cakes
- Karen, Butterflies Florist