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Issue 4 - 2011/2012

County

Everything you’ll need for the perfect county wedding

stunning designer gowns

www.countybrides.com

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£55,000 worTH oF wEddINg prIzES

Everything you’ll need for the perfect county wedding

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AN EXCLUSIVE

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for your favourite wedding supplier Issue No. 4 2011/2012 £4.25 www.countybrides.com

inspiring honeymoons • gift list must haves • 24 real life weddings


COUNTY

2nd Annual Northwest

WEDDING AWARDS 2011 / 2012 Saturday 23rd June 2012

The Midland Hotel Peter Street Manchester M60 2DS

Dress Code - Black Tie The evening will start with a sparkling drinks reception followed by a decadent three course meal and wine. The 2nd northwest wedding awards will follow dinner. Due to the huge amount of votes we had this year we have increased the categories to 21 (see a full list on the opposite page). After the awards ceremony we will have live music followed by a DJ. For those of you who like a flutter we have the ever popular fun casino tables. The evening will come to an end at 1.00am. During the evening we will be raising money for a well deserved charity, the Tim Parry Jonathan Ball foundation for peace. For general information regarding the event including the ticket price, how to purchase tickets and how you can sponsor the event please contact Sarah Shackleton on 07816 539671, fayres@countybrides.com, www.countybrides.com

VOTE NOW! In June 2011 County Brides hosted the very first northwest wedding awards. The evening saw some of the most prestigious wedding industry professionals enjoy a night of fun, great food & great company. All the suppliers were voted for by their clients, people like you the bride and groom. The evening was such a great success we are doing it again!! On Saturday 23rd June 2012 County Brides is hosting the 2nd annual northwest wedding awards. The wedding professionals are voted for by you the bride and groom. We just ask for 5 minutes of your time to log onto the county brides website and fill in the nomination form and vote for the people that helped make your wedding day dream a reality.

TO VOTE FOR YOUR FAVOURITE WEDDING SUPPLIER LOG ONTO:

www.countybrides.com or contact us at fayres@countybrides.com

Award Categories 2011/2012: Best Bridal Category Best Cake Category Best Menswear Category

elegance, elegance, elegance

Best Venue Dresser Category Best Florist Category

Best Entertainment Agency Category The west Tower is truly something special for your unique Best Entertainment ActHotel Category day; it has reinvented itself into Merseyside’s only exclusive wedding

Best Wedding Transport Category

venue, By Appointment Only. It is the finest luxury hill top venue, oozing

Best Mother of the Bride Category

understated elegance set in 8 acres of Lancashire’s countryside.

Best Photographer Category

Opulent, indulgent and sumptuous are the words couples use when

Best Videographer Category

describing West Tower. Seeing is believing, we guarantee you will be

Best Stationery Category

blown away. This is a magnificent venue, we think you and your guests

Best Event /will Wedding Planner Category agree. Best Hotel / Venue Category Best Marquee Category Best Jeweller Category Best Travel Agent Category Best Toastmaster Category

Best Hair Beauty If you&would like Category to find out more or make an appointment to discuss Best Outside Catering Category your needs please comtact us at:

Best Accessories Category

Thecostume West Tower Hotel (Tiaras, jewellery etc) Mill Lane, Aughton, Lancashire L39 7HJ t: 01695 423328 e: sales@westtower.com


VOTE NOW! In June 2011 County Brides hosted the very first northwest wedding awards. The evening saw some of the most prestigious wedding industry professionals enjoy a night of fun, great food & great company. All the suppliers were voted for by their clients, people like you the bride and groom. The evening was such a great success we are doing it again!! On Saturday 23rd June 2012 County Brides is hosting the 2nd annual northwest wedding awards. The wedding professionals are voted for by you the bride and groom. We just ask for 5 minutes of your time to log onto the county brides website and fill in the nomination form and vote for the people that helped make your wedding day dream a reality.

TO VOTE FOR YOUR FAVOURITE WEDDING SUPPLIER LOG ONTO:

www.countybrides.com or contact us at fayres@countybrides.com

Award Categories 2011/2012: Best Bridal Category Best Cake Category Best Menswear Category Best Venue Dresser Category Best Florist Category Best Entertainment Agency Category Best Entertainment Act Category Best Wedding Transport Category Best Mother of the Bride Category Best Photographer Category Best Videographer Category Best Stationery Category Best Event / Wedding Planner Category Best Hotel / Venue Category Best Marquee Category Best Jeweller Category Best Travel Agent Category Best Toastmaster Category Best Hair & Beauty Category Best Outside Catering Category Best Accessories Category (Tiaras, costume jewellery etc)


Cover

STORY We hope you agree that this years cover shoot is absolutely stunning. Our thanks goes to all those people who helped us to create such incredible images. Bridal Lounge Cheshire - 0161 483 2222 Henry D Johnstone Jewellers - 01625 583565 Lesley Meredith Photography - 01270 829191 Nina Wren Hair & Make Up - 07971 512 813 Red Floral Architecture - 07739 709400 Swarbricks Menswear - 0161 643 4040


editors letter

it back, relax and indulge yourself, the waiting is finally over. Welcome to Issue 4 of the award winning County Brides magazine. A whirlwind 12 months is an understatement to say the least. We’ve worked tirelessly to bring you the Northwest’s most comprehensive guide for brides. We have enlisted some of the most prestigious wedding professionals in the industry to inspire, advise and guide you through the ups and downs of planning your special day. Planning your wedding day is lots of fun, but sometimes it feels like such a daunting task that will never come together! Don’t worry, it does. The magazine offers you the chance to read some real life wedding stories written by brides and bridegrooms themselves, the people that were once where you are now. Believe us when we say, you will wake up on your special day and everything will fall into place.

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This year we are offering an astonishing £56,000 worth of competition prizes in the magazine. What are you waiting for, log on and enter everything! On our website, you will find more real life weddings, write ups, hints and tips from our customers, vouchers and of course the brides’ forum. Why not bookmark us www.countybrides.com What’s one of the biggest things none of us seem to have much of these days... Time! Why not use your time best by gathering information from lots of the best wedding suppliers all at once? Come along to one of our wedding fayres and chat to between 26 and 70 exhibitors all under one roof. We have wedding fayres around the northwest, all with a variety of exhibitors and catwalk shows presenting exclusive wedding gowns, bridesmaid dresses, mother of the bride/bridegroom outfits and of course menswear.

“We have enlisted some of the most prestigious wedding professionals in the industry to inspire, advise and guide you.”

Throughout the planning process, whether it takes you a month or two years to plan your perfect day, the wedding professionals are on hand to offer their knowledge and support every step of the way. At County Brides we are passionate about supporting the very best wedding suppliers. That’s why on 24th June 2011, County Brides hosted the very first annual Northwest Wedding awards. It was a huge success so we are doing it again. Have you ever wanted to give something back to those people that have helped you? Now you can, vote for your favourite wedding supplier by logging onto our website, it takes less than three minutes and costs you nothing. So enjoy reading the magazine, good luck planning your wedding day and congratulations.

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celebrating 10 years Tel: 0161 483 2222 95 – 97 London Road, Stockport, Cheshire SK7 4AX Car park at rear of shop info@thebridalloungecheshire.co.uk www.thebridalloungecheshire.co.uk


bridal lounge cheshire Stockists of: Alan Hannah | Justin Alexander | Martina Liana Essense | Benjamin Roberts | Bridesmaids & Occasional wear Bespoke millinery service, hats for sale and hire Formal menswear suit hire and specialist stockist of coloured petticoats


Contents BRIDAL WEAR 4-31 Stunning dress suppliers and designers for brides and bridesmaids

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BEAUTY, HAIR & MAKE UP 47-51 How to look your best on the big day

Bill Tarmey’s Daughter gets married

JEWELLERY & TIARA’S 58-64 For him and her

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WEDDING FAYRES 65-67 & 229 A list of the best wedding fayres in the Northwest for 2011/12

Bridal gowns

LINGERIE & SWIMWEAR 70-73 Sexy smalls MENS FORMAL WEAR 74-78 Ideas and advice from formal hire experts for the bridegroom

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Retro Glamour

74 ar Menswe

65 Wedding Fayres

HEN & STAG IDEAS 82-85 Fun and ‘relaxing’ inspiration for that all important celebration

WEDDING TRANSPORT 88-92 A great selection of chauffeurs to get you to the church on time!

LADIES FASHIONS 96-109 Ladies fashion and accessories PHOTOGRAPHY 116-145 A fantastic choice of the best professionals in the Northwest

VIDEOGRAPHY 149-153 Capture your special day on film

ENTERTAINMENT 154-160 Keep your guests happy with a great choice of professional entertainers

10 county brides 2011/2012


FLORISTS, BOUQUETS & DISPLAYS 161-167 The best florists offer their advice on which flowers are suitable for your wedding

WEDDING CAKES 173-175 A selection of ‘delicious’ wedding

203

cakes created by professionals

STATIONERY 179-184 Creative ideas to get your

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Amazing Honeymoons

guests attention

WEDDING CO-ORDINATORS 187-193 Let someone else have the stress of organising your wedding

VENUE DRESSERS & LIGHTING 193-198 Get the perfect look for your day CATERING, MARQUEES & LIGHTING 200-202 Great choice for a wedding venue

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Wedding Photogra phy

r your Vote four ite favo g weddiner li p p su

with a range of outdoor services including catering and lighting options

HONEYMOONS 203-211 Suggestions for some of the most exotic and exciting locations in the world

VENUES 212-251 The best venues in the Northwest COMPETITIONS County Brides are offering a staggering £55,000 worth of competitions in the magazine and on the website

52 Wish List

www.facebook.com/countybrides

Editor: Sales: Bridal Fayres: Magazine Design:

@countybridesltd

Dawn Thornborough - dawn@countybrides.com Duane Thornborough - duane@countybrides.com Sarah Shackleton - fayres@countybrides com Fluid - www.fluidweb.co.uk

For more information please contact: County Brides Ltd, 11 Longton Avenue, Lowton, Warrington, Cheshire, WA3 2RP Tel: 01942 270777 www.countybrides.com © Copyright. No part of this publication may be reproduced in any form without the prior written permission of the publisher County Brides Ltd. Whilst every care is taken, the publisher cannot accept responsibility for errors and/or omissions in advertisements, venue information, photographs or illustrations. The opinions given in this magazine do not necessarily express the view of the Editor or publisher.

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The Confetti Box Bridal Centre

www.confettibox.com

Est 24 years


also

Diva Couture

Diva Couture: The sister store to The Confetti Box. Exclusively for Mother of the Bride and Mother of the Groom. Also, Bridesmaids, over sixty styles to choose from. 23 Church Street Eccles Manchester M30 0DF Tel: 0161 707 8880

The Confetti Box: Exclusive bridal wear over two oors from top designers also the grooms department has fantastic choices for the decerning groom and his party. 19 Church Street Eccles Manchester M30 0DF Tel: 0161 788 8210 Opening times: 10 am to 5 pm Tuesday to Saturday Please ring for an appointment.

National Award Winning Store


County Brides 2011-2012