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Wedding Fayre will give you Inspiration T HE Wedding Fayre....! has been running inspirational quality wedding exhibitions for over 11 years and aim to present vibrant, well organised fayres with a wonderful and wide selection of wedding experts at some of the very best wedding venues in the region. Because your big day is all about the small details.

On the 25th March The Cameo Hotel at Copdock, Nr Ipswich, is the lovely backdrop for a wedding fayre. Acquired by new owners in 2011, The Cameo is gaining in reputation for it’s excellent service and food. It is having a facelift in all areas and is now able to accommodate receptions from 20-400! With a

beautiful walled garden, 75 bedrooms including a bridal suite and plenty of free parking The Cameo is a great place for your wedding. There will be two fabulous fashion shows at this fayre at 12.30pm and at 2.30pm and delicious catering available throughout the day plus FREE Wedding magazines on arrival and 20 bottles of Bucks Fizz to be given to the first 20 brides to be, plus bridal goody bags.

Event organiser Sharon Donaldson says, “I am thrilled to be working with The Cameo and quality wedding suppliers. We always try to have a selection of everything you need for your big day from bridalwear to mother of the bride outfits, hats, tiaras,

shoes, menswear, caterers, florists, photographers, cake makers, musicians, discos, wedding transport, jewellers, toastmasters, videographers, stationery, favours, chocolate fountains, candy buffets and much more. Bridal tours throughout the day will give everyone the chance to explore this excellent venue. “We always try and make our bride and grooms feel extra special when they visit our fayres, after all, they are planning what should be one of the most memorable days of their lives.” THE Wedding Fayre...! at The Cameo Hotel has everything you need for your Special day – come and be inspired!

Wedding Florist Offers over 30 Years Experience Deborah Buckles is a professional florist with over 30 years in the industry. Formerly of the well renowned BOA Florist in Woodbridge Road Ipswich, Deborah continues to work in the Ipswich area, specialising in Weddings. She treats every wedding as the unique event it is, working with the Bride from conception to completion to help create the perfect day. From elegant simplicity to modern and contemporary or traditional, her vast wealth of knowledge and experience not only of varieties and seasonal variations of flowers, colour combinations and design techniques,

but also local venues and Churches, means Deborah can remove some of the stress involved with organising a wedding, so you can relax and enjoy your special day. All aspects of Bridal flowers can be designed to suit your theme and budget from the bouquet, bridesmaids, buttonholes, corsages and hair flowers to Church flowers, reception arrangements and Thank You flowers, giving continuity throughout the day

The Finishing Touch to your Perfect Day Let’s Party is owned by Angela and her daughter Claire. The business which has been established for over 14 years covers Suffolk, Essex, Norfolk and further. The Team dedicate their time, energy, expertise and enthusiasm to ensuring that your celebrations are extra special. As a company they offer a full planning service for their clients and will always go that extra distance to ensure a successful event. Their knowledge and experience in event planning allows them to provide tailored, cost effective solutions to meet the requirements of all their customers. From the initial concept through to the final implementation they will

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and creating a look bespoke to you and your requirements. Deborah is happy to meet with you and discuss your ideas, offer advice tailored to your specifications. She has an extensive portfolio and testimonials to help aid your choice. Please feel able to call Deborah on 07885 524149 and arrange a Consultation and she will be happy to produce a quote bespoke to you and your requirements.

work with you to design a personal professional and imaginative event that you and your guests will truly remember. Offering – Bridal Flowers, Church Decoration, Reception Décor including Balloon Décor, Floral Arrangements, Table accessories, Chair Covers, and Backdrops, They even do Cold Buffet Catering. So, if you’re planning your wedding and you need help and ideas, or you are just looking for that special something to add the finishing touches to your special day, then give Lets Party a call on 01394 200134 or visit You are assured that your special day will sparkle and shine.




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Jewellery Box Felixstowe expands wedding day range

Bridal Boutique now offers bespoke Mother of the Bride Outfits


lready well known for stocking a large range of bridal gowns and promwear, Jewellery Box in Felixstowe is pleased to announce that they will now be specialising in a bespoke "Mother of the Bride" service. Mothers of both Brides and Grooms to be can visit the boutique in Orwell Road, where they can choose the style, fabric and colour and have an outfit designed exclusively for them. (Takes approx eight weeks). Jewelley Box is now stocking the Ronald Joyce Veni Infantino range. Now becoming one of the best designers for mother of the bride and groom, Veni Infantino has bought her own signature to classic tailoring. Using beautiful silks and lace, in a stunning pallet of colours, from soft pastels to striking citrus. Veni Infantino will be sure to have a style you feel you can make look your own. Once you have chosen your design and colours for your dress, Jewellery Box also stocks a large

range of hats, fascinators, shoes and handbags, plus a shoe and handbag dying service, so you are sure to find everything you require for your perfect outfit. Mother of the bride dresses, outfits and suits are essential not only to the bride´s mother but the mother of the groom, family and friends. As the mother of the bride, not only will all eyes be on your daughter or daughter in law to be, they will be on you. Your role in the wedding will be the main hostess; talking, introducing, and entertaining the guests that the bride is too busy to. You require an outfit that is not to out shine the bride, but in its elegance and style, self proclaiming. Let the experienced staff at Jewellery Box help you find that perfect outfit, one that you feel comfortable wearing, so all you have to think out is enjoying that special day. The Jewellery Box is at 7 Orwell Road, Felixstowe you can contact the boutique on 01394 or visit their website at

A New Hat for the Wedding Day Ladies Hatz is a new hat shop that has opened at Red House Farm, Ashbocking, in view of the lack of places to buy a formal lady's hat around the Ipswich area. Even if you manage to find a hat for that wedding, the races or some other event you are going to, you can usually pay a high price for the privilege. Ladies Hatz has therefore opened in order to fulfill the gap – at the shop you will find a very wide range of styles and colours of both hats and fascinators, all at very sensible prices. In addition you will receive excellent personal service as all sales are made by appointment. You are invited to make an appointment during which you can try on any number of hats / fascinators to see which suit you best. You are encouraged to bring along the outfit you will be wearing to assist with colour matching and feel free to bring a friend for that second opinion! In addition, if you allow enough time, you could have a fascinator specially made for you, or a hat changed to include colours that match your outfit better. The hats are mostly last year's stock from the large retailers, and as such there are usually only a couple of each, sometimes only one. This can be of advantage though, as you should not find yourself, at your function, sitting next to someone wearing the same hat!

At Ladies Hatz the prices are very reasonable with fascinators starting as low as £15 and hats from as little as £25, with the most expensive hat only £45! There are great names such as Jacques Vert, Bettley, Debenhams, and Hat Box to name just a few. At Ladies Hatz you may even find yourself a matching handbag, or pair of shoes! So if you’re looking for a hat to finish off your outfit then call 01473 833585 for an appointment - don't waste your time hunting around - try 'Ladies Hatz' first. You will be pleasantly surprised!





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Bus is Just the Ticket for Wedding Transport For all your wedding travel needs, why not choose Carters Heritage Bus Services. The company offers a 1963 Bristol Lodekka double decker bus or a 1972 Bristol RE single deck bus to transport the wedding party and/or guests to locations and venues in the Essex, Suffolk and Norfolk areas. The Heritage Bus Service has been in operation for the last four years and all vehicles are fully maintained to the highest standard with a professional, reliable and friendly service being offered by the bus crew. Late night return journeys can also be arranged prior to booking and Carters Heritage Bus Services can also accommodate birthdays, retirements, anniversaries, etc. For more information about how Carters Heritage Bus Services can get you friends and family to your wedding in style you can contact them on 01473 313188.

Gorgeous Setting for Your Reception Fynn Valley Golf Club really does provide the perfect setting for a truly memorable day – a sympathetically converted Edwardian barn set in acres of rolling Suffolk countryside. Outside offers wonderful backdrops for a wedding album to be treasured, including the surrounding immaculately tended grounds and golf course, with the option of the private gardens for the immediate wedding party. Another reason for choosing Fynn Valley is the expertise of the in-house chefs. There is no need to choose which caterer to use – their team can prepare

whatever you desire, from a three-course a la carte style meal to a sumptuous fork buffet to a barbecue. Executive Chef, Ben Taylor, appeared in 2010’s Master Chef – The Professionals, will sit down with each couple to discuss their ideal menu, ensuring that meals are prepared using fresh local produce and presented to the highest standard. To find out more, go along to Fynn Valley’s Wedding Fayre on Sunday 26th February, visit the website or call them on 01473 785267.

Fantastic Keep-sake for your Special Day Jars of Clay, the ceramic painting studio and café, are now offering commissioning service with local artists Gill Coutts and Keely Williams. If you are looking for a unique gift for the Bride and Groom or you wish to give your Bridesmaids and Best Man a personalised keepsake, then commissioning a piece is ideal, and, at Jar’s of Clay, doesn’t cost the earth. Unique plates are available to order for weddings and engagements as well as christenings and special occasions. Why not remember your wedding with a "signing plate". Everyone who attends your wedding signs a plate and Jars of Clay then fire it as a permanent reminder of your special day. Jars of Clay is also a great place to have your Hen Night. Get the girls together for a creative night, where you can create your own special pieces to remember your special night. You can find out more about what the ceramic cafe has to offer by either popping into the shop or seeing Jars of Clay at the Wedding Fayre at University Campus Suffolk, Ipswich on Sunday 19th February.





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Getting you to the church on time BKP Limousines is a locally owned and operated company based in Barham, just outside Ipswich. Darren and Frances operate one of the largest and newest fleets of limousines in the area and have something to suit everybody. If you’re getting married then what better way to arrive than in one of BKP’s white stretch or super stretch Lincoln limousines decked out with the ribbon colour of your choice and a flower bouquet inside. Leave the church with fresh bubbly nicely chilled for those first romantic moments together.

BKP can cater for all your wedding transport needs, whether it’s a limousine for your hen or stag night or you want to arrive in style on your wedding day in a Rolls Royce Silver Spirit, BKP are sure to have something perfect to complement your special day. If you’re planning your Stag or Hen night and you want your arrival to be memorable, then you need BKP Limousines. The locally owned Limousine company now have two very unusual vehicles, that will bring the wow factor to your pre wedding party.

Arrive in style in a 140" Stretch Hummer H3 limousine in black. The car is stylish by design and offers opulent luxury seating for ten people in the roomy cabin. There is much to occupy you with the option to watch one of the five flat screen TV's which are linked to DVD player and also a fully working playstation for your added enjoyment along with a full fibre optic lighting display and a truly mega sound system. Or why not arrive in something completely different? BKP Limousines are one of the few local operators that

Evening Entertainment


lanning your wedding reception can be a very hard task. You have to choose your location, food, decorations, and the entertainment. That is why hiring the right people for the job is essential. It doesn’t matter what kind of credentials a Disco has because it does not guarantee that it will be a success. Make sure you meet the person that will be the DJ at your reception. When you are meeting them ask them how many weddings they have done previously and if they can supply references from other couples. It is essential that you get a contract. In the contract you will need to have the cost, location of the event, date, time, name of the DJ, and any reasons which will make the contract will be void. Just make sure everything is in writing. This is the most important day of your life so make sure you get the music you want. Tell the DJ what kind of music you would like to be played before hand and in some cases what order, you don’t want to be on the dance floor for your first dance only to find that the DJ hasn’t got your special song! Remember the DJ is working for you not the other way around. Also you will want to make sure that their music is up to date. Remember your guests also should feel comfortable so make sure the DJ will accept their song requests too. Most of all make sure the DJ has a back up plan just in case the worst happens, because you never know if the equipment will fail!

have a fully working and operational working fire engine available to hire. The Fire Engine has seating for seven; the main inside cabin area is fitted with two excellent flat screen TV screens connected to DVD players along with full sound system. The exterior of the vehicle has all usual fire engine

equipment still fitted including ladders, pumps, hoses etc. For legal reasons there are no ‘blues and twos’ instead these have been replaced with a strobe effect white and amber light bar which is still very effective. The fire engine is a great for both hen and stag nights, or an unusual way to arrive at your wedding! As one Satisfied customer said “ BKP are fantastic, I have had the pleasure on hiring them for both my hen night and my wedding. Both times they turned up on time, the driver was dressed very smartly and always opened and closed the doors. The limo was exceptionally clean both inside and out”. For more information about BKP Limousines to view the cars and to learn more about their Wedding Car special offers, your can visit their website at or telephone them on 01473 830891

Keeping Children Happy Whether to invite children is one of the most talked about questions when planning a wedding and that’s where Kidzone step in with their unique service so that the question doesn’t have to be asked. Let Kidzone entertain your younger guests, they can transform an area at your venue into an exciting, fun filled play area for any aged child. Kidzone cater for children from three months to twelve years. Parents can relax and enjoy the wedding safe with the knowledge that their children are being entertained by kidzone’s fun, enthusiastic staffing team who are fully qualified with many years experience; they work to a high standard to provide a professional service. Kidzone hold current CRB checks for each staff member. They are flexible and available from just two hours to the entire day to suit individual requirements. A huge variety of toys and activities are available including crafts, games, small world play, pool/air hockey table and much much more! Why not complete the children’s entertainment with a Kidzone bouncy castle, which comes free with all crèche services booked if required. Let Kidzone help make your wedding day special! When the kids are smiling you are too! – Happy kidz – Happy occasion!!





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Accessorising Your Wedding Venue If you’re planning your wedding then Cast A Smile, the party shop in Bramford Lane, is the place to visit. Cast A Smile offers balloons in every colour imaginable for your wedding and reception, with Wedding table centre pieces from just £3.94, and depending on your budget, these can include balloons inside larger balloons. Balloons can transform your wedding venue, and the party shop offers everything from balloon entrances, tall floor standing balloons as well as special feature balloons for top tables, added to this the wide range of table decorations, such as napkins, diamantes and miniature bubbles, which can be co-ordinated to match any colour scheme, and a range of wedding favours can be ordered to compliment any theme, with full personalisation included if required, Cast A Smile really can


Choosing a Theme

with Caroline Gould

make any hall, pub or other venue look really special. Caroline and Hayley, at Cast A Smile, have a wealth of experience and are always happy to offer help and advice, when it comes to all those little extra details for your wedding. And don’t forget the Wedding Car, Cast A Smile also have a range of Wedding Car ribbons and bows, so you can match your mode of transport with your wedding theme. So if you’re looking to cast a smile at your wedding, then look no further than, well, Cast A Smile, and let Caroline and Hayley do all the work, so that the bride and groom doesn't have to! • Cast A Smile is open from Monday to Saturday from 9am until 5pm, for more information you can contact the party shop on 01473 809447 or email

One of the things I do for my clients is help them choose a theme for their wedding. I’m not necessarily talking about a full on themed wedding for example a historical theme with horse drawn carriage, medieval food and guests in fancy dress – however that is absolutely fine if you like that! I think every single wedding has a theme of some sort. It may be a particular colour that is present on the invitations, the bridesmaid dresses, right through to the flowers. It may be a word like ‘love’, or the bride and grooms initials intertwined, or a symbol like a butterfly or heart. As long as it’s something that has meaning to the bride and groom, it will work. A wedding invitation should set the scene for the wedding day and be representative of the bride and groom. It is the first hint your guests will see of the overall wedding theme. Often when I ask a bride and groom what style/design their wedding will be the response is a rather blank look. You may think you don’t know what you want, but you do! The best way to start choosing your theme is to look at bridal magazines and on the internet, there are some fantastic and very inspiring wedding blogs out there with lots of real wedding features. Start collecting pictures of the things you like, don’t worry whether they match or not. Start a file with cakes you like, dresses you like, flowers you like, colours you like etc. Once you have started to build a collection a theme will soon naturally emerge. You could think about making something with your collection of cuttings. Something I do with all of my full planning clients is to put together a design board. A design board is a collation of all the things you like – it really helps to pull together the theme and it’s also a lovely keepsake. The design boards in the pictures on this page are for a Winter Sparkle theme and English Country Garden theme. The overall style of the wedding should represent the bride and groom, try not to get hung up on traditions or etiquette – if that’s just not you then it won’t work on your wedding Caroline Gould launched day. If you would like help choosing the theme Endless Love in 2009. With a for your wedding or putting together a design background in events and management, she plans board, visit to find weddings across East Anglia. out how Endless Love can help. We offer a To find out how Endless Love range of services from a bespoke hourly advice can help you visit session to full wedding planning, including on the day co-ordination. Contact Caroline Gould or call Caroline on 01473 on 01473 681201 or 07906 705191 for more 681201 or 07906 705191. information.

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