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About this booklet. Thank you for visiting us at a Bridefayre wedding fayre, hopefully you picked up some great ideas, possibly enjoyed a drink with us and we hope to see you again soon. In this booklet are some of my very best wedding contacts, honest, decent suppliers who I believe will give excellent service at a fair price. Full page adverts are paid advertisements – everyone else is someone I trust and who has appeared at a Bridefayre wedding fayre in 2016-2017. Website addresses are correct at the time of printing if you have trouble contacting anyone, MY email address is I have not listed most email addresses because usually the ones I have are personal email addresses and... Sorry for the tiny type - there's a lot to cram in!

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Congratulations! It's Exciting, isn't it? You are enjoying what should be the highlight of your life. I believe that planning a wedding should be fun, sampling, testing, trying on and then choosing the suppliers to help you create the most memorable day in everyone's year. You'll find that most wedding suppliers are in business mainly because they love weddings, and who wouldn't want to make a living from what they love? Finding scammers and idiots is quite hard, but I wanted to use this page to remind you things that you already know ...    

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If something sounds too good to be true, it is! A long and complicated contract is never there to protect YOU. Be prepared to read it all or walk away. Everyone is an expert on facebook. Meet your suppliers face to face, grill them, and make sure they know what they say they know. Paper RULES! You NEED written confirmations, paper receipts and copies of the contract signed by all parties, emails and calls, facebook PM's and texts aren't worth the paper they aren't written on. The cheapest is NEVER the best. A "Limited time only special offer" is usually a lie, and usually from someone struggling to get work, ask yourself why that would be.

You'll have a great wedding and I hope this booklet helps you find some great suppliers. Merv Sheldon -

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Wedding Venues! Wow - what a choice you have now, you can have a humanist wedding in a private forest or a full blown Cathedral and castle affair. It is a deeply personal choice and this is just a list of my current venue partners for 2017, with a few of my own observations. Always select a venue appropriate to your budget, your guests budget (consider taxi costs and bar prices) and, often overlooked, a venue that's just the right size, preferably, just a tiny bit too small (always a better atmosphere that way). Listed Alphabetically.

Alfreton Hall Alfreton DE55 7AH - 01773 838200 An "exclusive use" venue with 300 years of history. Featuring a ballroom, a drawing room and a private bar and guest bedrooms for the wedding including the most amazing honeymoon suite. This stately home in the middle of Alfreton is a real joy and offers you the full "Downton" experience.

Burton Town Hall Burton on Trent DE14 2EB - 01283 508547 An impressive "main room" that wouldn't look out of place in a cathedral, some smaller modern suites and the attraction of a fully working rare Wurlitzer organ. The town hall has something for everyone and is possibly the best "budget" venue in the country for large weddings offering a totally blank canvas in terms of decor, catering and entertainment.

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Cattows Farm Heather, Leicestershire LE67 2RF - 07917 163368 Imagine that you have your own rural farm to play with and the things you could do, Marquee, Teepee or festival style, Hog roasts or five course gourmet dining, Live bands or acoustic chillout. This is Cattows Farm, a few miles from the A42, and heartbeat away from paradise. Your wedding, your budget, your way!

Elvaston Castle Country Park, Derbyshire DE72 3EP – Saffron Catering 07989 985401 For the first time in over ten years Elvaston Castle is open for business, plans are afoot for weddings in the famous Gothic Hall and already made for a glamourous marquee wedding reception. Be the talk of the county and soak up the atmosphere of this sumptuous film set, the beauty of the woodland and formal gardens and the backdrop of nearly 400 years of local history.

The Glade at Rosliston Forestry Centre DE12 8JX - Saffron Catering 07989 985401 A unique wedding location with elegance and more than a little "wow". Through an enchanted forest down a secret path, The ceremony is conducted in a pretty wooden gazebo and your reception will be held in the accompanying large marquee, which is situated within the private glade. Tailored to your requirements, the Glade is a venue like no other.

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Grange Banqueting Suite, Derby DE23 6FN - 01332 771770 A large venue, a hidden stately home in the city with beautiful gardens and a most unique wedding chapel (for up to 300 guests!) The Grange has two function suites to seat between 20 and 200 diners and is Derby's best kept secret venue. The Grange is yours exclusively on your wedding day and the guests rave about the food and the excellent service.

Hallmark Hotel Mickleover Court Derby DE3 0XX 01332 523642 A stylish modern hotel with three ground floor function suites catering for weddings of all size. The atrium and entrance make for some of the most amazing photo shoots and the "vanilla" stylish interior lends itself to your decor plans. Excellent parking and road links, close to the Derbyshire countryside and a leisurely sunken lounge bar make this a hit with guests.

Holiday Inn Derby-Nottingham Sandiacre NG10 5NJ - 01159 210541 A modern hotel with fantastic road links, perfect for a wedding with a large accommodation requirement and lots of car parking. You'll be impressed at the excellent value for money this venue offers and the Holiday Inn breakfast with all the guests present the next morning is a must. Both Nottingham and Derby are within 15 minutes by road with the Nottingham Tram service just up the A52. Even the airport is just 15 minutes away.

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The Link Hotel at Loughborough LE11 4EX - 01509 633033 A smart modern hotel with excellent road links, perfect for weddings of all sizes with good accommodation and lots of car parking. You'll be impressed at the excellent value for money this venue offers and the proximity to excellent phot backdrops in Charnwood forest. 1 mile or so from the M1, 2 miles from Loughborough and within easy reach of the airports (Birmingham and East Midlands) The Rail Network (Loughborough, East Midlands Parkway) and the cities of Derby and Leicester..

Sir John Moore Foundation, Appleby Magna DE12 7AH – 01530 273629 Sir John Moore Hall is a beautiful, 300 year old , grade I listed building designed by Sir Christopher Wren. Within easy reach of Tamworth, Ashby de la Zouch, Nuneaton, Hinckley & Leicester, this remarkable red brick building, stands in open fields at the edge of the village, dignified and grand, creating a magnificent backdrop to your wedding celebration. With all the features to satisfy whatever plans you may have, Sir John Moore Hall delivers a venue ideal for you to set the scene and create a personal, innovative celebration with friends and family in a private location.

Your own Venue Notes.

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Wedding Suppliers Some suppliers offering multiple services may be listed twice. Not all suppliers have a website, many home-based businesses don't use them and even some smaller retail units have never needed one, where I have no website, I have listed an email address.

Beauty (see also hair and dentistry) Make-up By Sophie Downing

Bridalwear Allison Louise Jon Paul Opulence Bridals Something Special Bridal White Blossom Bridal

Cakes (wedding) Amy's Cupcakes and cakes Cameo Cupcakes Eat My Muffin Bakery Harriets Cakes Julia Florence Cake Design Lemon Balloon Cakes Little bit of heaven Slice of heaven Cakery The Butterfly Bakehouse The Old Manor House Bakery

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Campervans (see also cars) Californian Campers Camper Weddings Cool Camper Weddings The Little Blue Van

Candy Carts and Buffets A Treat cart named Desire Amy's Cupcakes and cakes Candy Stand Celebration Belles (Ripley) Ltd Sweet-a-fayre Woody's Sweet Delights

2CV Wedding Cars A and C Cars Capital Limousines Chic Wedding Cars Luxury Chauffeured cars Nightingale wedding cars


Catering Aegir Hospitality LTD Sadler Gates to You Saffron Catering

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Specialist Catering Ice cream, Nachos, Popcorn, Waffles, Crepes Sweet-a-fayre

Confectionery Eclat Bakery

Gluten Free Bakery Slice of Heaven G F Cakery

Pizza The Pizza Pod The Hidden Gem

Dancefloors Distinct event solutions

GC Events

Spirits High

The Dancefloor Company

Dentistry Tooth Whitening providers Etwall Dental Practice

Measham Dental

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Entertainment Options Caricaturist Andy Gilbert Caricatures

Casino Little Las Vegas

Children's Entertainment Bugs n bones Eddie Young Magician

Dance Lessons Valery Dance Studio

GC Events ICE Discos Leslie Ball Wedding DJ Monteray Roadshow Spirits High


Live Music Clarismatic Perfect Harmony Jess Hughes Saxophonist

Live Vocalists Emily White Music Linsey Hardy Martin Leonard Natalie Nightingale

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Magicians Eddie Young Magician

Paul Grundle Magician

Starman Magic


Toastmaster Tamworth Toastmaster

Favours Candle Tree Crafts RSPB Mugs Of Love Personalised Printing

Flowers Avant Garden Bells Flowers Fletcher's Floral Design Studio Forever in Bloom Funky Florists Sarahs Floral Studio The Blossom Branch Florist www.fletchersfloristofDerby

Formal Attire Burton's Menswear Greenwoods Menswear Jon Paul Derby Jon Paul Swadlincote

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Garden Games Spirits High

Giant Letters LOVE Capturing Memories photobooths Distinct event solutions GC Events Nuptia Weddings Spirits High The Dancefloor Company Tracylea Weddings Weddings R Us

I DO Leslie Ball Wedding DJ

Made to Order Distinct event solutions

Giftware Laser Cut with Love

Hair Beau Hair GM Travelling Hairdressing

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Honeymoon/Wedding Night Bellows Glamping

Jewellery (see also Giftware) Adorn Jewellers Perfect jewellery

Looking good and Party Plan ideas Ann Summers with Sam Forever Living Templespa Consultant UK Jam Wraps

Mobile Bar Flow-Motion mobile cocktail bars

Saffron Catering

Photobooths Capturing Memories Distinct event solutions Instant image

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Photography Andrea Palmer Weddings Chris Loneragan Photography Electra Films Elizabeth Orridge Photography Field Photographic Gemma Yeomans Photography Infinite Symmetry Photography Jonty Howe Photography Kevin Matthews Photography Kevin Paul Photography Martelle Photography Martin Cheung Photography Neal Morgan Photography Neil Bennett Photography Petries Photography Samantha Whiting Photography Shipley Photographic Shoot Photographic Vicki Clayson Photography

Postboxes NOTE:- Most venue dressers also have postboxes, below is the only supplier I know with a range of Royal Mail boxes in numerous colours.

Postbox for my wedding

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Stationery Absolute Weddings By Helena By Personal Request Cards4U Celebration Belles (Ripley) Ltd Che Chic Stationery Mulberry Lime Paper Veil Weddings Sally-Ann's wedding Boutique The Little Stationery House

Venues Alfreton Hall Burton upon Trent Town Hall Cattows Farm Weddings Elvaston Castle Holiday Inn Sandiacre John Moore Foundation Mickleover Court Hotel National Brewery Centre The Glade at Rosliston The Grange Banqueting Suite The Link Hotel

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Venue Dressing A Personalised Touch Absolute Weddings Ambience (Burton) Ambience Derbyshire Apricot Events Distinct event solutions Nuptia Weddings Redshine design The Vintage House That Could Tracylea Weddings Weddings R Us Wonderland Weddings

Bunting Custom Bunting Company

Quirky Signage The Daisy Shack

Videography Bramblehedge wedding videos

Electra Films

WB Media

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My Own Wedding Suppliers.

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Important Dates.

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The Bride Guide Winter Spring 2017  

The early 2017 of the essential guide for East Midlands Wedding Planners

The Bride Guide Winter Spring 2017  

The early 2017 of the essential guide for East Midlands Wedding Planners