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EDITOR'S LETTER

Welcome to The Wedding Awards first Special Edition of The Finest Weddings magazine! Is there anything more thrilling than diving into a new magazine? Yes, diving into a new wedding magazine. And now you’ve said ‘I do’ you’re finally ready to see what we have to offer you. So welcome and congratulations because you’re reading a fresh new issue featuring the finest of everything to create your perfect wedding day. What a truly amazing time it is to be a bride-to-be. You have an eclectic choice of designers and artists to help create your special day. The people that are going to make you look more beautiful, feel more confident and loved than ever before. Now you have all this at your fingertips. Each wedding has its own special magic, something we celebrate in the pages of this issue. From awe-inspiring articles to advice from make-up artists, we will be quenching your thirst for inspiration and information to make your wedding a day to remember. This issue aims to put you in touch with award winning suppliers from The Wedding Awards 2018, so you will have everything you need to get your wedding off the ground. We hope these stunning weddings, gorgeous bridal stories and amazing tips and advice will help inspire your dream wedding. Just remember one thing: you can spend all the time in the world preparing, but at the end of the day, and in the legendary words of the Beatles – love is all you need. Here’s to celebrating the magic of your own love story! Best wishes, Wedding Industry Network Team

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Director: Yvonne Bennett info@weddingindustrynetwork.org Chief Editor: Liat Ken-Dror info@designedmemories.co.uk Design: Designed Memoires info@designedmemories.co.uk Design Junior: Rebecca Langton rebecca-catherine@outlook.com Sales: Nikki O'hare nikki@oharemail.com The Wedding Planners Guild UK Limited trades as The Finest Wedding Magazine


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Luxury Country House Venue Wedding Videography Why You MUST Have Wedding Photographer How to Choose the Best One Your Wedding Music Wedding Hair FAQs Wedding Makeup 6 Top Tips Favours Personalised Cookies Real Life Weddings Entertainment Laurel & Hardy Lookalikes Wedding Creche

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Luxury Country House Venue Glenfall House

Discover Glenfall House, a family run award winning beautiful exclusive venue in the heart of the Cotswolds situated just 2 miles from the beautiful spa town of Cheltenham. A striking 17th Century private Manor House lovingly restored to cater for luxury weddings, with over four acres of stunning historic gardens with breath taking views. Our venue can be exclusively yours for a lavish or intimate wedding celebration. 8

Glenfall House is licensed for Civil Ceremonies and Partnerships for between 6 and 150 guests. All our ceremony rooms overlook the stunning gardens. The Glen is a beautiful and most popular option for your indoor ceremony offering incredible views.

meadow, rolling lawns and double swing. Walk down the wisteria avenue to ‘The Alcove’ where you can exchange your vows outside overlooking the stunning views; you and your guests will be wowed when you see what our gardens have to offer for your big day.

“Glenfall House is in a beautiful setting, warm and welcoming as are the lovely staff who are so friendly. Please visit this amazing country house you won’t be disappointed. I can highly recommend it as a venue”

“Thank you or a great weekend. Your help and first-class service for the whole weekend made Claire and Robs Wedding Celebration and more than memorable occasion for all the family and friends. Thank you again.”

Our gardens are renowned for being the most beautiful and romantic in the area and have been lovingly looked after for hundreds of years. With amazing Cotswold views and secret gardens, you will feel as though you have entered a hushed retreat with yew trees, rose gardens, a pond,

After your ceremony (whether at a church or at Glenfall) you can party the night away with up to 200 guests in the house and gardens which are yours for the day when you book Glenfall House, you also have the option of using our hayloft to party in. Our gardens can be lit throughout the


A Manor for all Reasons Your Day, Your Way

evening, giving a chance for your guests to explore and relax in them. For cooler evenings, guests can cosy up around a roaring fire in one of our fire pits. “Thank you so much for last Saturday. The day was perfect, the venue was perfect and your attention to detail exceptional.” Sue and Colin We can help create your special day, giving you many ideas for entertaining your guests throughout the day and evening. As your magical day draws to a close, you and your guests can spend the night in our 21 luxury suites and bedrooms all with en-suite facilities. We have a choice of ten deluxe suites in the main house and eleven bedrooms in our neighbouring Coach House. Everything was amazing and wonderful! You and your team

were fantastic, made it feel like home, all our guests had an amazing time and were very, very complimentary! All your hard work was much appreciated and noted by everyone! Don’t know how you do it!” Rest your head in one of our bridal suites before joining your family and friends for breakfast, cooked with local farm produce. “Thank You for the hard work that you put in to make Lee and Katie’s wedding day so special. Glenfall is a magical setting, which we are sure will remain in the memories of all the family and friends who came to celebrate with the new Mr & Mrs Turley. Thank you for accommodating all our quirks with a smile, they made the day fun and relaxed and very memorable. Thanks again”

The Glenfall House team pride themselves on providing a professional, unique and special experience for every couple. We deliver a truly personalised service, with a luxurious feel, total quality and a complete service to ensure your day is exactly as you desire and is as perfect as it deserves to be. To find out more about what we can offer you for your special day glenfallhouse.co.uk tel: 01242-323889 9


Cherry Blossoms Boutique cherryblossomsboutique.net Tel: 0151 352 6779 10


We work closely with our clients to create bespoke wedding gowns. We offer a vast choice of designs and colours. All our products are manufactured to high standards using the finest fabrics, with exquisite detailing at affordable price. 11


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“The biggest regrets I often hear is, “we wished we’d hired a videographer”. Couples only remember about 25% of what has happened. A wedding video is the only way to remember the emotion of the day for many years to come.”

Why You

MUST Have Wedding Videography

Couples I have worked with previously have told me within feedback that they absolutely love their wedding pictures, as it gives them a way of reliving the story of their special day. After the wedding day, one of the biggest regrets for couples is not having a videographer to bring the story of their day to life. Normally couples will only remember about 25% of what has actually happened on the day, A wedding video will keep those memories with you forever; It is the only way to hear the laughter, see the tears of happiness and feel the emotion of the day for many years to come. If I could give future brides and grooms one piece of advice, it would be to budget for and consider booking a videographer to capture the memories of your day. As a photographer and videographer, I spend more time with the bride and groom on their wedding day than any other supplier. Therefore, I believe it’s important to know them as people, not just clients. Many of my former brides and grooms are now personal friends. I still get a buzz when editing a couple’s wedding pictures and videos. but the real buzz is the reaction the pictures and videos get from the newly-wedded couple. That feeling is what I really call job satisfaction! It’s why I love doing what I do!

I have been photographing and filming weddings for many years. I am also a fully approved and insured drone pilot meaning I can get shots for my couples from a truly unique perspective. To find out more about my wedding photography and videography visit my website at www.iainyarwood.com

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Regional Winners

The Wedding Awards this year, was once again a celebration of Excellency in the wedding industry. All wedding professionals and their brides and grooms from all over the UK were welcome to participate in its mission statement; to identify and acknowledge those businesses which set the highest standards in service, quality and integrity. This selection process also helps new brides & grooms to find with confidence, 14

the professional wedding suppliers and services they need for their own special Wedding Day. A Party Like No Other

The Wedding Awards took place on the 8th of March in the Epstein Theatre, Liverpool. As the doors opened, guests walked down the red-carpet aisle from all over the UK and were welcomed with fizz and canapĂŠs, sponsored by Fine Indian Restaurant Mayur whilst the very talented Martin Young sang in the background. The venue was decorated to perfection by Karena Floral & Event Artisan. The sponsorship logo backdrop was framed

by beautiful blossom trees provided by Thornton Events which soon became the centre of attention with photographer Antonio Franco stationed in front clicking away taking pictures of very excited finalists. The room was buzzing with anticipation.

Show Time

The red curtain opened, the audience was welcomed by Master Of Ceremonies Jon Jessop from Coast 1079 and our very own Yvonne Bennett, congratulating and thanking everyone for voting and taking part in The Wedding Awards. The evening was filled with an array of performers, singers, dancers and entertainment which included Victoria Sharpe Singer Pianist, Lookalikes Magic, Desi Nach, Joanne


Liverpool FC and Everton FC signed T-shirts as raffle prizes

Nasi Dach

Victoria Sharpe

Drinks for the Guests

Chris Murphy

Yvonne Bennett Jon Jessop

Lee Evans, Martin Young, Fun Casino Royale and speakers Arif Mashood from Mayur Restaurant, John Haynes from International Coaching Academy, CEO Chris Murphy from our nominated charity Merseyside Society for Deaf People.

Regional Winners

Gasps of surprise and screams of happiness were all you could hear when the Regional winners were announced for Scotland, Northern Ireland, Northern England, Wales, Midlands, South West and East West England. Winners were invited one by one to stage to collect their certificates and to join the rest of the ecstatic regional winning businesses for a group photo.

Arif Mashood

Aurora Vazquez, Yvonne Bennett, Concha Vazquez

Live Interviews

During the interval, businesses enjoyed more fizz and canapes whilst waiting in line to be photographed to show off their wins and to be interviewed live whilst being filmed by Iain Yarwood Photography. Everyone was excited to share their winning experience, but the tension and excitement was still growing as they still yet had to find if they had become one of National Winners...

National Winners

There were 25 categories and 25 businesses were asked to come to the stage to proudly accept their winning trophy. The tension and excitement in the atmosphere was at its peak at this point.

Everyone was on the edge of their seats waiting for their name to be called next. Each winner was called to get their trophy with the feeling of knowing that their hard work is acknowledged. The event was led by Yvonne Bennett from the Wedding Industry Network and winner of the LTG Service Excellence Award for the UK. Yvonne has worked within the industry for many years and has a wealth of knowledge. Working alongside Yvonne are Liat Ken-Dror of Designed Memories and Nikki O’Hare of APOC Events.

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On behalf of our nominated charity Merseyside Society for Deaf People, we would like to thank everyone for their generous donations to fund this outstanding organisation. MSDF are a charity that offer a variety of services ranging from social care, support work and equipment services. They also offer basic sign language courses, interpreting courses and deaf awareness training. We are so happy to support this charity and everything they stand for and glad to have helped gain some new supporters within The Wedding Awards community. We raised on the evening ÂŁ457.15

Guests enjoying the evening

Ann Dibbs, Leanne Smith

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THE JUDGING PANNEL Steve Mann, Churchtown Wedding Cars Ltd Helen Wynn, Carringtons Catering Ltd Iain Yarwood, Iain Yarwood Photography Karen Lappin, Karena Floral & Event Artisan Sarah Cunningham, UK Floristry Judges Guild Kevin Quartermaine ACIB Business Consultant Danielle Marouzet, DM Hair Design Marion Cotter, Radisson Blu Hotel Lynne Horton, Word-shed Jon Jessop, Radio Coast 1079 Gary Hill, Art of the Portrait Robyn Dunbar, Sian-Louise Gardner, So Coco Rouge

Lookalikes Magic, Jon Jessop

SPONSORS AND ASSOCIATES

Jessica Yox, Gemma Bithell

Alexa Cottier

Uzma and Yvonne presenting an award

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EVENING ENTERTAINMENT Joanne Lee Evans Victoria Sharpe Desi Nach Martin Young Lookalikes Magic DJ Jon Jessop

Beau Bridal Hair

Tilly Scrumptious

David Burgess Magician

Jeanette Roberts

Thornton Events

Florentyna Dawn

All Events Childcare

Stealh Weddings

Stealth Weddings Jimmy Lee Entertainments

Stacey Oliver Photography

PMN Wedding Fayres

P.V.P. Systems Television

Amanda Moss

Happy with their win

Crafty Tink

Joanne Lee Evans

Martin Young

The Presentors

Struth Photography

Glorious by Heidi

Lookalikes

Jeanette Flynn MUP

Bespoked Wedding Cars

Nasi Dach

Wedition

I Do Cumbria Wedding Hire

Yvonne bennet,

So coco-rouge

The Wedding Awards Ceremony has been such an exciting process with so many inspiring businesses and individuals being nominated for the win. On behalf of The Wedding Awards, our Sponsors and all the Nominees, Finalists & Winners, we would like to thank everyone who took the time to vote this year. We hope that you find your favourite Regional wedding business amongst those verified and selected by our panel of Judges on our website.

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Bespoked Wedding Cars 1920’s Vintage Style and Elegance for your Wedding Day. Getting you to your ceremony in style, comfort and on time!

Bespoked Wedding Cars have only the very finest wedding cars for hire. So whether it is a single car for the Bride and Groom or a larger vehicle for your Bridesmaids and families, we have a car for you in our matching fleet of stunning vehicles. Bespoked Wedding Cars is a long established family business with an enviable reputation for reliability, exceptional customer service and value for money. Offering a friendly, personalised service with attention to detail, that adds to those all important special touches to your Wedding Day.

We are based just 10 minutes from Mold, Wrexham, and Chester. Operating within the areas of Cheshire, Denbighshire, Flintshire, North Wales, North Shropshire and Wirral. Call or email us to arrange a viewing, or to get an instant quotation and advice about your wedding car arrangements. For more information visit:www.bespokedweddingcars.com email:- bespokecars@btinternet.com call :- 01978762015 or 07919273527 Find us on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/bespokedweddingcar Twitter:- https://bespokedweddingcars@bespokedwedding

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“I like to keep things simple. My core service is the coverage of your wedding. I endeavor to capture those fleeting moments that you will cherish for a lifetime“

How to Choose the

Meet your photographer.

Before hiring a photographer, take your time to research online and then meet your prospects in person. A good relationship is essential to build trust, and trust, in turn, is the key to the bride and groom relaxing during the day, and the photographs being a success. It is important that the bride and groom feel comfortable with their photographer, as well as their particular style. Be sure you get along with your photographer and you both like their personality!

Crystal clear communication.

The information about the services offered by the photographer and the prices for these services should be clear for the bride and groom. When you meet your prospects, it’s always good to make a list of all the questions you may have. Don’t assume anything. Ensure that the services offered by the photographer meet your expectations.

Best Wedding Photographer

Be open minded

Some couples already have an idea of how they want their photographs taken and the style and feel of the images that they want, so when they arrive to meet their photographer there is nothing left but to present the proposal and see if the photographer’s portfolio meets their expectations. But it is also valid for the bride and groom to be a bit more flexible and be open to the photographer’s suggestions on style and feel of the photos as there may be cases when the couple’s idea is not realistically achievable.

The photographs speak for themselves

In addition to the essence of the photo, which is the happy couple, photographer’s work must show attention to composition, lighting, and the angles of the camera. On top of that, photography is about capturing the right moments. These aspects are some of those that you must take into account to hire someone, so take a close look at the portfolio.

Options and references

A final recommendation is that you look for all the options you need until you find the right professional for you. Originality, style, techniques and quality are the features that you should appreciate in the photographs you see. You can also ask for references to former clients about the work of your prospects or review the blogs, magazines and websites in which they have participated. And, after your wedding, do not forget to give a good reference of your photographer: his/her work will immortalize your great day!

Finding the ideal photographer is one of the most important things that you will have to do while organizing your wedding. Capturing your big day is a duty that requires talent, skills and commitment, so you be sure that you choose the right professional to do this. For more information about Antonio antoniofranco.net 19


Big Brother Craig and Laura Share Their Wedding

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with Karen Lappin Owner of Karena & Event Artisan Images by Philip Burke Photography Venue: Peckforton Castle

How you meet?

Laura: We met at work in a T.V. green room, both working on different projects when Craig offered me chicken. Craig: She looked like she needed feeding up, so I offered her some chicken. Laura: And I declined! Then he came over to sit next to me, we got chatting and realised we had lots in common. We both liked snowboarding, sports, boxer dogs, I was from Southport he was from Liverpool, so everything was lining up. We really got on. He followed me on Twitter and asked me out. Craig: Our first date wasn’t quite a first date. Our first arrangement to meet up was Total Warrior Challenge. 20-30 military style obstacle course. Very muddy, river crossings and ran about half a marathon doing it. Laura: That was it pretty much. I moved in a week later. And a week after that he said ‘I’m going to marry you’ Craig: I knew within a week or two that I wanted to marry you. 20

How long after you met did you propose?

Laura: Seven months Craig: We had been on a few holidays and had a big holiday to coming up. We went to Thailand Singapore, Dubai, Sydney and Perth. Whilst in Sydney, I proposed on top of the Sydney Harbour Bridge, hence why our puppy is called Sydney Harbour Phillips.

How was the process of planning the wedding?

Laura: As soon Craig proposed, we knew what wedding we wanted. I always wanted to get married in a castle. When I mentioned that, Craig said that would be awesome. We never disagreed at any point on what we wanted, so that made things a lot easier. The most important thing to us was putting on a good party. We wanted everyone to come and have a really good time. As we have both worked in entertainment, we wanted our

wedding to reflect that. We wanted the day to flow, have meaning and have that personal touch. We wanted to work with people that we really got on with. Small, independent businesses who will go that extra mile for you and share your vision. Craig: We were maxed out with guests, so we didn’t want to overdo it. We wanted to get the balance right; with the décor, look, feeling and timings was a lot. We did have to rely on Karen’s expertise and other people’s expertise, so it really was like a production for us. We used friends, Laura’s old singing teacher to perform, she sang ‘You’ll never walk alone’ and there wasn’t a dry eye in the house. It all fitted in with the styling, the feel of the day, the venue, everything. As Karen had pointed out, we had a beautiful looking, listed building that didn’t need much decoration. We had a vision and Karen shared that with us. Karen: We wanted to use the original features of the venue and stick to the vision that they had. it didn’t need a lot.


How did you come up with the theme?

Laura: It was to do with the winter theme. We also knew where we wanted the wedding from the outset. Craig: We like our winter sports; we go skiing and snowboarding so in the alpine themed bars and houses, we wanted to incorporate that in.

How did you meet Karen?

Laura: As we are local to the area, we were walking past and spotted the candelabras and the logs in the window. We both agreed that the window had everything we needed. We wanted to go with an alpine theme so what we had seen in the window clicked with what we had been thinking about. We spotted the pine cone and knew that we wanted them. Craig: We wanted a natural theme; less is more. Laura: When we sat down with Karen, we knew that we wanted something a bit different; a bit more quirky. Luckily Karen

shared the vision and created incredible pieces. The bouquets made me cry because they were amazing. Also, because they are artificial, everyone has kept them and displayed them at home. I’ve got mine at home. Karen: They were lovely but tricky to create with all the different shapes. We used feathers to match in with the capes. I used owl feathers to fit perfectly with Craig’s jacket. I took ideas from the fabrics and incorporated them in. I stripped everything back rather than overloading everything which worked perfectly. The decoration was enough to highlight the features of the castle. Craig: The attention to detail just worked from morning to night.

Craig and Laura’s advice for future brides and grooms planning their wedding Craig: Try and be creative. The smaller things can make bigger differences. Laura: Make everything personal to you.

Also discuss what you both want, your vision for the wedding before you go and see anyone. We were very clear on what we wanted so we knew we had the right people working with us which made it a success. If someone doesn’t share your vision, then they aren’t the right people for you. Karen: The groom needs to be involved. It’s nice to do it together and to be fully involved. Craig: Don’t take your foot off the accelerator. Don’t think that you have all the time in the world before the wedding. It will creep up and before you know it, you will have a list that was only small which is now massive and panic sets it. Laura: Remember to ask about all the minor details. Are they all included? Are there any extras? Research and list every possible thing you will want or might need for the wedding and make sure they are all included in the rate. Your budget is really important. Karen: Be honest about your budget. Make sure your budget is made clear from the outset. Honesty is key. You can then have a real solid relationship and know exactly where you are.

Thank you to: Andy Abrahams: Singer; Karizmirror: Magic mirror; Nicky Howard: Singer; Kate Kerr: Cake; Justine Riddoch: Totally Tina; Paul reason: Robbie Williams Tribute; Kate&Milke: Cigam Productions; Karen Lappin: Florist and venue dresser; Stuart Arnold: Terminator; Ste Maddock: Little Macaron Shop; Danielle Davey: Makeup; Salon Collage: Sophie Burnham: Hair; Brides of Birkdale: Dress; Phil Burke: Photographer; Graham Sherriff: Stationary; Ben Sherriff: Camera; Paul Hill: Camera; 21


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“I adore playing at weddings and love to create the music for the day along with the couple. It’s great fun and I’m always surprised at how varied it can be. I love nothing more than a wedding chat and to answer any questions about music on your day”

Your Wedding

Music (I can also bring my white grand piano shell which looks so lovely in any room) I usually do a short upbeat song as you are both announced into the room (cue the cheering!) then at the start of the meal I would play and sing softly, creating a gentle ambiance that can then build as the meal progresses (and the wine flows!)

When I play, guests will tell me it’s often a useful icebreaker for those who are sat together but don’t know each other all that well as the music gives them a focal point.

Ceremonial Music

For the ceremony you need an entrance song. Whether you decide to enter together or traditionally, this is often the most moving part of the day as (tissues in hand!) your guests (and of course fiance) see you for the first time. Here you could have a classical piece of music or a song that’s special to you both. Never be afraid of asking for music you think might not fit – a good musician will always try to make it work. Just a note, if you’re having a civil ceremony, you won’t be allowed to have any religious reference in your music choices. After two to three songs during the signing of the register, the song as you exit together for the first time as a married couple will traditionally be a short burst of something upbeat and celebratory (Mendelssohn’s Wedding March Is often a traditional choice) but something like Stevie Wonder’s ‘Signed Sealed Delivered’

or even Bruno Mars’ ‘Marry You’ works perfectly especially if your friends and family are likely to applaud you down the aisle.

I go a bit more mid-tempo toward the end of the meal, usually playing up to the speeches (or until after dessert/coffee if the speeches are at the beginning) By that point your guests have had a day to remember and are all ready to party the night away!

Drinks Reception

The drinks reception, immediately after the ceremony, is the next key point for music. Although a lovely addition, I don’t always think music is essential here, as this is the first time your guests will properly have a chance to catch up with each other and are usually being herded outside by the photographer. So, the music here is often just pleasantly in the background. As well as piano, classical guitar, a string quartet or saxophone are all great options here.

The Wedding Breakfast

In addition to the ceremony, the wedding breakfast is my absolute favourite time to play. A tinkling piano creates the perfect atmosphere as your guests enter the room.

Find out more about Victoria Sharpe her music and advice with your music choices throughout your wedding day

victoriasharpe.com Tel: 07880790217

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“Your hair is your best accessory and is an important part of your look on your wedding day. I am passionate about creating beautiful bespoke hairstyles.�

FAQs About Wedding Hair How should I prepare for my hair trial? Gather as many style ideas you may have through pictures, this gives your hairdresser an idea of styles you are attracted to. Personally, I like to consult with you before your trial to gather these ideas amongst other information, for a successful and productive trial run. Wash your hair the day before or if you normally wash your hair daily then do so the morning of your trial. Do not use anything on your hair such as leave-in conditioner or styling products or even heated tools as this may affect the styling process.

Katie Cowell Photography

What do I need to do to make sure my hair is the best it can be for my wedding?

Katie Cowell Photography

To get more information or request a quote please see: leannevictoriahairdesign. com of Phone: 07490236966

Having strong, nourished healthy hair shines and holds a style better. I advise to discuss with your hairdresser the best shampoo, conditioner and styling products to suit your hair type. Though I am happy to help anyone who would like my professional advice. My recommendation: hair colouring to be done one to two weeks before your wedding. A haircut depends on the hair style you have chosen for your wedding and your hairdresser should be able to advise you on this recommendation once you have had your hair trial.

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As a passionate, highly qualified and experienced hairstylist, the service you will receive from me will be professional and bespoke to you. Your hair is your best accessory and is an important part of your look on your wedding day. I listen to your wants and needs and consider the whole look of your wedding outfit and personalise a hairstyle to suit you and, most importantly, for you to be happy with the style. I am passionate about making you look and feel beautiful on your wedding day.


“Make up worries should not be the concern of any savvy Bride-to-be. Award winning Makeup Artist, Laura-Louise, offers some advice for how to make the weeks before your wedding, stress-free and spot-free too!

6 Top Makeup Tips #4 Photo-shoot day

If you are having a pre-wedding shoot, do the shoot on the same day as your trials, this way you can see how your makeup looks on the camera and ensure that you are 100% happy ahead of your wedding day.

#5 Invest in your skin early

#1 Research and Book a

Approximately two months before your wedding (or earlier if possible), invest in your skin. Cleanse, tone and moisturise daily and exfoliate gently twice a week. Maintaining this will give you results that you can see and feel. Top Tip: Hydrated skin helps makeup last longer.

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Research the type of makeup look you want to achieve as soon as possible e.g.: Natural, dramatic, vintage, boho etc. By getting organized you can have the pick of the best Makeup Artists rather than panic booking the only available makeup artist. Top Tip: Always read their reviews as these will give you an insight to their approach and consistency too.

#2 Be Smart! Always have a Trial! Use your trial makeup appointment wisely and co-ordinate your hair trial before or after. This way you can see the complete hair and makeup look as it will be on your big day.

#3 Wear similar colour in the

trial

Wear a top that is a similar colour to your wedding dress. This will give you’re a more realistic impression of your makeup look too. Remember: Light colours reflect light, dark colours absorb light.

#6 Eat well, Sleep well

It’s pretty obvious, but what we eat and drink shows on our skin. Give your body the best chance to be in tip top condition by eating healthily and increase your water intake. You don’t have to live like a saint, but if you do indulge rehydrate afterwards and of course always maintain your skincare regime. Top Tip: Go to bed before 11pm, this maximizes the time our body/skin/cells have to regenerate and renew.

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“Ring cushions decorated with lace and ribbons attached to beautiful handmade collars and leads with shiny gold and silver buckles, with gorgeous fabrics in beautiful designs. The choice is endless...”

Must-Have Wedding Accessories

for your pets More and more couples are including their beloved four-legged family to their Special Day when “Tying the Knot” together.

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Whether it’s the beloved family dog, cat or maybe the local donkey or even a pair of lovely alpacas. They can all be part of the big day as Ring Bearers, Best Man/Girl or even Bridesmaid. Adorned in flower garlands, velvets and tweeds. Poshed-up in bling with pearls and Swarovski crystals.

Meet Angie Merry of Merrytails Dog Accessories I started my business Merrytails in 2016 after having many unsuccessful shopping trips to local Pet Stores searching for a dog collar for my gorgeous 7yr old Cavachon “Muffin” my inspiration. I wanted something that was different to the norm. So my idea was to bring Handmade Dog Accessories that were upmarket, beautifully designed and different from 26

what was on sale locally, and of course made in England. But not stopping here, I decided to add another line of Bespoke Wedding Accessories that can be matched to the happy couples wedding scheme too, something that I hope will be just as successful. I absolutely love this side of my business, knowing some gorgeous pooch will be walking up the aisle wearing a Merrytails Accessory and looking chic, is a dream come true. There is also help on hand in the way of Wedding Chaperones, who will ensure that your special day will go smoothly. They will look after your precious pooch and arrange to groom, dress and chaperone them to your chosen venue and also home sit after. All the hassle of arrangement details taken away, so your day is stress free. Just to end on a note of safety, please check regularly your dogs collar, lead and accessory for any wear and tear.

Who could resist saying Oooo and Ahh, when any of these beauties stride up the aisle. For more information merrytailsdogboutique. com Tel:07598909109


Five Ways to

Dress Your Pooch for Your Wedding with Merrytails.

Delightful Muffin a Cavachon is wearing a handmade collar with a faux flower corsage, made up of pale pink and cream roses and is attached to her collar, which is a lovely blush pink embroidered with flowers.

Timmy the gorgeous Terrier looks so proud wearing his black and white Tuxedo Bandana which is fastened with adjustable snaps for a perfect fit.

Lottie and Rufus two handsome Vizsla’s are wearing fabulous accessories. Lottie’s collar is covered with pearls and crystals, tied around her neck with a cream boucle ribbon and Rufus wears a hessian bandana with a lace covered ivory bow tie with adjustable snaps.

By using faux flowers they will not wilt or get crushed if your dog decides to have a roll about. They can then be placed in a box frame with a photo for a lovely keepsake of the special day.

Arlo the Dashound looks so cute dressed in a mini waistcoat. Who could resist giving him a cuddle and having a photograph taken holding this little beauty.

Dolly the beautiful black Labrador wears a flower garland and looks a dream. The beautiful pink and mauve colours of the faux flowers with eucalyptus leaves, look striking on her smooth black coat.

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“I love working with people to use their likes and interests to create something perfect for that special occasion. The cookies are baked fresh before I ice them and paint on whatever message, symbol or design they like”

Favour-It Cookies Meet Jessica, owner and creator of FavourIt-Cookies. She bakes bespoke, hand decorated cookies for all occasions. Initially I baked cookies as a hobby while working overseas in the Middle East. I was inspired by beautiful artwork and henna designs over there and would often spent free time sketching designs and ideas. I wanted a way of sharing my designs with friends that would be a bit different than giving drawings or images via social media. I enjoy the challenge of creating something unique and experimenting with intricate designs and wondered what other

outlets could use this. My hobby of baking seemed a natural place to try it out. My hobby became a way for me to create gifts for friends and colleagues that allowed me to harness my creativity while giving them a present that was unique. Through word of mouth, people began asking me to bake cookies for birthdays, anniversaries, and national holidays. The

The best thing about having bespoke cookies at your event or occasion is knowing nobody else will have the same thing as you! more I made, the more I enjoyed all of the many quirky things that people wanted to

I have loads of different shapes and styles available, from hearts to stars, gowns and cakes, with the odd Disney character thrown into the mix for good measure. see on a cookie! Favour-It Cookies was born. I moved back home to Merseyside in Summer 2017 and couldn’t wait to get baking again. With some help and funding through the Prince’s Trust to get me started, I’m proud to be able to provide a ‘Favour-It’ touch to special occasions in the North West.

them as unique as the person ordering them. I have loads of different shapes and styles available, from hearts to stars, baby feet to elephants, via Hawaiian skirts and houses, with the odd Disney character thrown into the mix for good measure. The most popular is the vanilla sugar cookie with royal icing, but I can also make chocolate chip, chocolate, peanut butter and orange chocolate too. The cookies are baked fresh before I ice them and paint on whatever message, symbol or design they like. Each cookie is decorated by hand allowing me to make

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Written by Yvonne Bennett, Wedding Industry Network. Yvonne, winner of the LTG Service Excellence Award for the UK, has worked within the industry for many years and has a wealth of knowledge.

Getting Married Abroad? Questions you need to ask: • • • • • •

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Destination weddings are becoming more and more popular all around the world, and if you are one of the many wedding couples who dream to tie the knot in one of the many wonderful romantic settings that the world has to offer, you may first want to visit one of the many travel agents who offer various wedding packages to see first what the options are first. No matter which destination you have chosen, you will still need to follow the laws for marriage regulation in the country you have chosen to say your vows. Laws vary from country to country so research and talk to the correct officials in the country you have chosen to find out which documents are needed. Keep in mind that there will be additional costs for translating and legalisation of documents. The translations can only be done by professional translators that are accepted by the authorities of the country you have chosen to wed. If in doubt, it is always best to seek advice from the travel agents, or your wedding coordinator.

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Does the price quoted include legal fees? Will there be an onsite Wedding Coordinator? What are the menu choices, if any? Is a wedding cake included? Will the location be decorated? How many bouquets and button holes are included? Is there a colour and flower choice? Is transport needed? Are cars included? Do you have exclusivity of the venue? Are there any extra costs?

Document Definitions: Decree Absolute A final document issued by the court once a divorce is final. It will have either a red or embossed court seal. Legalised Document Legalising a document is done be the foreign and commonwealth office. It is a process of certifying a document to prove that it is authentic and will need to be done first before it will be accepted by overseas authorities. The office will attach a document known as an apostle. Certificate of no Impediment A local registrar will make a declaration that there is no known reason why a marriage cannot take place. It takes around a month to process and will be valid for six months from the date of issue. Affidavit/statuary declaration This is a document signed by the couple in front of the solicitor in which they swear that something is true. A document will then be drawn up on the solicitors headed paper, signed and stamped bearing his name and position.


Danielle & Michael Destination wedding Dubrovnik, Croatia

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Danielle & Michael Destination Wedding Images by FotoAdria

How did you meet?

Alma de Cuba and a lot of alcohol. I just loved his warm caring nature and he said the same. He loved how I was myself and very confident, although my confidence scared him a bit on our first date because I wasn’t nervous, and it made him nervous. After two and a half years we decided to get married.

How did he propose?

We went to Thailand for my friend’s wedding, and Michael decided to propose in a tree house outside a restaurant on the top of a hill that over looked Koh Samui. He involved the waiter who didn’t speak great English and was scared at one point he had done a runner with my ring. It was hysterical but also absolutely perfect and very romantic!

What made you decide to get married abroad?

We initially just wanted somewhere abroad, 32

something different to where everyone else goes and also somewhere that most of our guests wouldn’t have been to before and not too far so Dubrovnik seemed the perfect choice. We just fell in love with the views from the Excelsior terrace and loved the idea it would all be outside!

What was your wedding theme and venue decoration?

Colour scheme was lemon, cream and pink. Flowers, a mixture of local flowers and roses. Centrepieces, lots of floral and personal things about us. Place names, we had wooden ones made. Cake, red velvet cake. Favours, we had small bottles of personalised gin made at a local distillery.

What dress did you wear?

I chose a Paloma Blanca backless mermaid simple gown as I wanted to look timeless but also be comfortable to dance all night. I wore an Indian head dress to put my

own twist on it and Vivienne Westwood earrings and a cathedral length veil, with Sparkly Jimmy Choo shoes.

What outfit did the groom wear?

He is very particular and vain so I would never have chosen it for him! He chose navy pants a light blue shirt with white collars, tan loafers, belt and a cream/ oat coloured blazer plus pretty much the same for our best man and my dad.

What did the bridesmaids wear?

I wanted them to look just as beautiful, feel comfortable yet still a bit of sexy too, so chose cream ruffle cap sleeved dresses with a high split up and low v at front. Their head dresses where a mixture of gold leaf, made by Eden. I bought them designer shoes from Flannels and gold Vivienne Westwood earrings.


How did you entertain your guests?

We put on a surprise of hiring a boat and doing a boat party around Dubrovnik for part of the day plus we hired a beach bar.

What about music?

We had a sax player and DJ and everyone loved both of them. We choose house music, killers, kings of Leon. We walked down the aisle to Nathan Sykes (played by the sax player) and Bruno Mars ‘Amazing’ to come back up the aisle. We cut the cake to you are the best thing. Our first dance was an Adele song interrupted by Peter Andre Mysterious Girl to add a bit of humour plus it’s our best man’s guilty pleasure.

Memorable moments

We loved it and all our guests said it was the best wedding they had been to. They commented on the thoughtful attention to detail I had done. Made it so worthwhile.

Everyone laughed and had fun.

A funny story?

My fingers swelled up with the heat, so he couldn’t get the ring on. He did eventually near lacerating my finger and calling me fat fingers. Our best man handed us our rings still in their boxes during our vows and then he fell off the dance floor backwards into a plant pot.

Who made your day extra special?

Everyone flying out for our wedding and us all getting to enjoy a holiday away together made it very special.

When we decided we want to get married abroad we did our research mostly on the internet. We looked at venues all over Europe as we didn’t want to travel far. We came across Dubrovnik, it was beautiful, and we loved it. We had already booked a holiday to Montenegro even before Michael proposed, and when we went, we decided to drive to Croatia to see the place in person. From then on, we looked up on Google everything. We found a wedding planner Martina Raguž from Dubrovnik Luxury Weddings and she sorted nearly everything, we were very laid back and trusted her to arrange it all. I took a lot with me as well; I wanted to use local businesses from back home as much as I could. Although I found the documentation side of it quite tricky, we spent 10 days in Dubrovnik and it was amazing. 33


Katharine & Steve Images by Tux and Tales

How did you meet?

We met through the dating website, eHarmony. After a few weeks chatting to each other we had our first date at the Hard Days Night Hotel in Liverpool. We drank and laughed until the bar staff had to come and tell us it was closing time! We’d been together about 3 years when Steve popped the question.

How did he propose?

All credit to Steve for organising such a memorable proposal. He took me by complete surprise! I thought we were having one of our usual Saturday night meals out but as it turned out there was nothing average about it! Steve organised for me to be beautified at a local salon. Then we waited for our taxi to arrive but, a chauffeur came. We were driven in style, sipping champagne to the Hope Street Hotel. There we had the most wonderful meal in their restaurant, 34

The London Carriage Works. Towards the end of the evening Steve and I opened a bottle of fizz on the balcony of our hotel room and that’s when he popped the question. I think I screamed…I know I cried…and I definitely said YES!

Why did you choose the Concert Room, at St George’s Hall, Liverpool for your wedding venue?

For our big day we wanted the emphasis to be on celebrating and having fun. The aim was for it to be relaxed rather than a formal setting. Oh Me Oh My, which we chose for our reception, suited this idea exactly. It is the sister venue to one of our favour bars in Liverpool, called Leaf. One evening we were at an open mic night at Leaf, sitting on a comfy couch chatting wedding plans and we both commented that this was precisely the type of space

we wanted for our wedding party, so we were delighted to discover that Leaf were due to open their new venue Oh Me Oh My specifically for events. Perfect, it was meant to be! Choosing the venue for our ceremony was a no-brainer! Since we were to have a civil ceremony, in our opinion there is no better location in our home of Liverpool than the magnificent St George’s Hall. Friends of ours got married in the Concert Room and we fell in love with the room then. The room instantly takes your breath away. It had to be there.

What was your theme and the venue decoration?

The theme idea was to bring the outdoors, indoors keeping it natural with lots of flowers. Flowers, I wanted the flowers to be as natural as possible, almost so they looked handpicked. The colours were lilacs, blues,


pinks, white and lots of green. Bouquets were handtied with brown string. There were display pieces as well, a picnic basket bursting with flowers and also a cake-stand with a tea pot pouring out flowers. Centrepieces were a mixture of wooden crates, mini flower pots and glass jars displaying flowers. Our food formed part of the centrepieces as each course was presented on Afternoon Tea stands in the middle of the table. Table plan, Steve wanted to get creative too, so he made our table plan. Each table was named after a street in our home city of Liverpool. Each street had significance to us so were chosen for a reason, for instance Mathew Street where we had our first date. We spent a day visiting each street and taking photographs of the street signs. Steve then used these photographs on the table plan display which he mounted on a mock brick wall. It looked fantastic!

Oh Me Oh My already had some of its own décor which completely complimented our theme and taste. Comfy couches, antique display cabinets, candle sticks, tea lights. Cake, we had two cakes, one to satisfy Steve’s sweet tooth and one for my savoury taste…a cake of cheese! With the sweet cake we kept the design simple with 3 layers covered in white icing and then had it decorated by our florist. Each layer was a different flavour lemon, chocolate and sponge. The savoury cake was made up of 6 different cheeses, decorated with fruit and flowers all resting on a tree cake stand. Favours were handmade chocolates by a local lady who runs a business called The Chocolate Cellar. I boxed them up myself sourcing presentation boxes and raffia ribbon. I stamped guests names on luggage labels attaching them to the boxes which doubled up as place names for the tables.

What dress did you wear?

I wore a dress by Pronovias called Landel. It was a slim fitting lace dress with a mermaid tail and long train. It had a high neck and capped sleeves helping me stay warm in the February chill! I added a cathedral veil stretching just past the length of the train. I accessorised with Ted Baker blue shoes which bore a striking resemblance to the Manolo Blahnik’s I’d dreamed of but at a fraction of the price!

What outfit did the groom wear?

Steve wore a three-piece tailored navy suit, polka dot tie and pocket watch. Little did he know when he chose them, he opted for Ted Baker shoes, dark brown with a blue trim which matched the blue of my shoes. Steve is a fan of clothes, so his outfit was as important to him as my dress was to me. 35


He had a clear idea of what he wanted so was delighted to find Whitfield and Ward who stocked exactly what he had in mind.

The groomsmen wear?

The groomsmen wore grey two-piece suits with white shirts, matching white ties and pocket squares.

And the bridesmaids?

The bridesmaids wore bespoke dresses made by my Brother and Sister-In-Law who together run a fashion boutique, Queesra & King in Neston, Wirral. We agreed on a colour which was lilac. My favourite colour is purple so a shade of this was inevitable! I wanted all my bridesmaids to feel comfortable and special on the day so we decided to have a slightly different style dress for each with all of them being floor length. 36

Having them made rather than ‘off the peg’ worked well especially as one of my bridesmaids was pregnant and another had a six-weeks-old baby. We were able to have fittings and alterations right up to the week of the wedding.

How did you entertain your guests?

We love music and especially live music, so a band was top of the agenda for us for the evening party. We discovered New Power Soul Club at a music venue where they were playing a gig. We didn’t stop dancing all night, they were right up our street, so we were over the moon that we managed to book them. They did a brilliant job of filling the dance floor! During the meal, for a bit of fun and to break the ice between any guests that didn’t already know each other, we

nominated a ‘chef ’ per table to dish up the food as it was set out in the centre of each table. The chefs were all game and donned chef ’s hats and aprons! It went down well and gave everyone a bit of a giggle.

What music did you choose?

Steve was in charge of the playlist and he really pulled it out the bag! The songs were all personal to us. We also had music played constantly in the background during the sit-down meal. My Dad walked me down the aisle to an acoustic version of Sam Smith’s ‘Latch’ and Steve and I walked back down the aisle as man and wife to Billy Ocean’s ‘Caribbean Queen’. We entered our reception to David Bowie’s ‘Modern Love’ cranked up loudly!


Venue St George’s Hall, Liverpool Photographer Tux and Tales tuxandtalesphoto.co.uk

Bride’s dress Brides of Chester

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Bespoke Hairpiece Rocks for Frocks rocksforfrocks.co.uk

Hair Danielle Marouzet Hair Design Makeup So Coco Rouge sococorouge.com

Bridesmaids’ dresses Queesra & King www.queesraking.com

Memorable moment?

I was much more relaxed than I’d anticipated. I absolutely loved the morning of the wedding getting ready with my best friends and family. They made it so much fun and I’m sure it was them that managed to chill me out along with Danielle (hair) and Sian (make up) making me feel a million dollars. I can be quite self-conscious and am not a fan of having my photograph taken so that worried me but the approach of Jaye and Matt (photographers) really put me at ease and I barely noticed them snapping away in the background. I know Steve had a real giggle the morning of the wedding too. I can see that from the photographs! He got ready at our home with his groomsman and sank a few beers at a pub in town to settle the nerves. The day was everything we wanted it to be – FUN!!! We woke up the next day

both saying we’d had the best day ever and wished we could do it all again.

Who made your day extra special?

Our twin nieces who were only 6 at the time were our ring bearers, it was such a special touch to have them involved. They did a fabulous job and delivered the rings safe and sound!

Honeymoon, where did you go?

We went to the Far East for our Honeymoon. Our first stop was Hong Kong where we had a four-night stay. Then it was on to Thailand, staying in Bangkok for 3 nights. After a hectic first week of sightseeing we headed to Krabi for 8 days of relaxing and soaking up the sun.

Groom’s suit Whitfield and Ward whitfieldandward.co.uk

Wedding cake Terry Tang Designer Cakes terrytangdesignercakes.co.uk

Flowers The Flower Barn flower-barn.com

Transport Silverlady Wedding Cars silverladyliverpool.com

Entertainment New Power Soul Club newpowersoulclub.co.uk

Catering Oh Me Oh My

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Organised by: Yvonne Bennett, Wedding Planners Guild UK weddingplannersguilduk.com for the Wedding Industry Network; Organiser: Wedding Industry Network weddingindustrynetwork.org; Photographer: Antonio Franco Photography antoniofranco. net; Make-Up: Icon Brides Wedding Hair & Makeup Experts iconprocreatives.com; Hair: Yvonne Bennett, WIN & Heidi Ried; Headpiece: Glorious By Heidi gloriousbyheidi.com; Wedding Dress: Petticoats~A~Plenty facebook/Petticoats.A.Plenty; 1930s Dress: Models Own Car: Churchtown Wedding Cars churchtownweddingcars.co.uk; Flowers and Styling: Karena Floral & Event Artisan karenashop.co.uk; Wedding Album: Designed Memories designedmemories.co.uk; Models: marissa francesca pendlebury, Dave Burgess; Venue: Maritime Museum, Liverpool 39


#BEATLES THEMED WEDDING

Organised by: Yvonne Bennett, Wedding Planners Guild UK weddingplannersguilduk.com for the Wedding Industry Network; Organiser: Wedding Industry Network weddingindustrynetwork.org; Photographer: Antonio Franco Photography antoniofranco. net; Wedding Dresses: Petticoats~A~Plenty facebook/Petticoats.A.Plenty; Flowers: Booker Flowers&Gifts bookerweddings.co.uk; 40


Hair and MUA: So coco-rouge sococorouge.com; Car: Hollywood limousines hollywood-limousines.co.uk; Models: kayla.sef, Tony Prince, Becky Golden; Venue: Hard Days Night Hotel, Liverpool harddaysnighthotel.com

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Organised by: Yvonne Bennett, Wedding Planners Guild UK weddingplannersguilduk.com for the Wedding Industry Network; Organiser: Wedding Industry Network weddingindustrynetwork.org; Photographer: Antonio Franco Photography antoniofranco.net; Flowers and Styling: Karena Floral & Event Artisan karenashop.co.uk; Hair and MUA: So coco-rouge sococorouge.com; Wedding Dresses: 42


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#CITY HOTEL WEDDING

Organised by: Yvonne Bennett, Wedding Planners Guild UK weddingplannersguilduk.com for the Wedding Industry Network; Organiser: Wedding Industry Network weddingindustrynetwork.org; Photographer: Antonio Franco Photography antoniofranco. net; Dresses Bridal Reloved Liverpool facebook.com/bridalrelovedliverpool; Hair and MUA: So coco-rouge sococorouge.com; Florist Booker Flowers and Gifts bookerweddings.co.uk; Stationery Hartiescraft hartiescraft.com; Venue Dresser: JQ Events facebookJQEvents; Models: Aurora Vรกzquez Vega facebook/auroradelandandora; Concha Vรกzquez facebook/conchavazquezvega; Soph Recovamp facebook/soph.recovamp;


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For booking contact: Lauren Moran T: +44 (0)151 966 1500, F:+44 (0)151 966 1501 Events.liverpool@radissonblu.com radissonblu.com 46


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Laurel and Hardy Lookalikes - Finalists of ‘The Wedding Awards 2018. “We are massive fans of slapstick comedy and been performing for 15 years. And what better, at an event than, 2 magicians performing as the greatest comedians ever Stan and Ollie”

Laurel & Hardy Lookalikes with Close-Up Magic

Laurel and Hardy Lookalikes are Gary Slade (Stan) and Robbie Graham (Ollie). They are based in the North West, have performed all over the UK and abroad and have been a comedy duo for 15 years. They have posed for thousands of photos and have entertained at over a thousand indoor and outdoor events in the UK and aboard.

Laurel and Hardy Lookalikes will meet and greet your guests on arrival with a bit of banter, pose for photos and entertain with close-up magic with cards, money ,rope and their famous fork bending illusion. Along with little witty remarks that will keep you smiling. Then perform amazing magical effects for everyone using everyday objects.

We are not like most magicians, we make fun out of ourselves, so people are not frightened to call us over to perform. They are highly recommended and will fit within your budget. They will add a real WOW factor to your party and they stay for around 2 - 3 hours. They are professional entertainers making them the perfect, unique choice

for your function. They provide lots of unforgettable moments and amazing photo opportunities as your guests react to them.

Please try to book them as far in advance as possible to make sure that the date you require is available. Close-up Magicians are a great addition to any event but having two that look, sound and perform as Laurel and Hardy is the ultimate party piece that the guests will be talking about for years to come. They can tailor their act to suit the client’s requirements.

Laurel and Hardy Lookalikes have performed all over the UK and abroad and have been a comedy duo for 15 years. They have posed for thousands of photos and have entertained at over a thousand events. Available for All events, for more information Tel: Robbie: 07977 008 546 lookalikesmagic.com 49


Exceptional stationery designed and hand-crafted for each wedding, with water-coloured or digitally created designs based on the venue, dress, jewellery and bridal bouquet. www.facebook.com/inkedbyhand www.instagram.com/inked_by_hand https://www.pinterest.co.uk/debborrett/wedding-stationery

“From the very beginning Deb had been so helpful and took everything I wanted into account. So friendly and sent me over something she had drawn up just a few hours after me asking!! I couldn't fault the service she has provided me and I've never met someone so kind and genuinely NICE” “Can't thank you enough Deborah great job very quick delivery beautiful x” “Deborah is a very talented and creative lady that we will definitely recommend to our clients and will use the service again. Once again, Deborah - a massive thank you!”


Wedding Creche Founder of Bluey and Baloo, Michelle Peters is studying an important subject; children and play and this has massively influenced the standard of childcare that is offered at Bluey and Baloo, no child should ever be left out. At events, this means that there is a very large range of activities and very experienced nannies that are used to settling children into a new space.

Activities include ball pools, den building kits, arts and crafts and balloon modelling

to name a few. The wedding creche service is not the only package too, we regularly look after children of the bride and groom, through the wedding nanny service.

Another reason to book a wedding creche is that it’s a brilliant way to include children and their parents and still have quiet times when needed. Having a conversation with other adults, a lovely meal and a beverage can be a rare treat for parents. A wedding creche would be a great way to enable this to happen. Not forgetting fun times for

the children in the creche.

“We booked Bluey and Baloo to provide wedding childcare for 18 children, what a fantastic job they did. I’ve had nothing but praise from the parents and when I asked my seven-year-old niece what her favourite part of the wedding had been she said, ‘when we went to play’. Couldn’t ask for a more perfect reply, thanks to Michelle, Linda and the team”

Bluey and Baloo have been providing event childcare since 2009 and are regional winners of wedding creche of the year North 2018. For more information 03300 881838 blueyandbaloo.co.uk

Wedding creche

WEDDING NANNY & SUPERVISED PLAY Get in touch to request a quote today

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Directory SCOTLAND

DJ’s and Entertainment Fife Wedding Entertainments 07594458365

fifeweddingentertainments.co.uk

Musicians, Bands and Singers Iainthepiper 07751180684 bookingapiper.com

Videographers UltimateMoments Videography 07513175765

ultimatemomentsvideography.co.uk

NORTHERN IRELAND

Favour-It-Cookies 07453 373718

facebook.com/favouritcookies

City/Town Wedding Venue Radisson Blu Liverpool 0151 966 1500

radissonblu.co.uk/hotel-liverpool

Stationery Cookstown Wedding Stationery 07719957280

cookstownweddingstationery.co.uk

NORTHERN ENGLAND Bridal Accessories Glorious by Heidi 07904301059 gloriousbyheidi.com

Bridal Boutiques Bridal Reloved Liverpool 01517277265 bridalreloved.co.uk

Cake Designers Custom Cake Art 07546996542

customcakeart.co.uk

Dinky Bakes 07900997001

facebook/dinky.bakes 52

magic-simon.co.uk

Mobile Bars and Catering Fancy Fizz 07584898981 fancyfizz.uk

iconprocreatives.com

The Bentley 01512364001

Jeanette Flynn Make-Up Artist 07780-570809

bentleyliverpool.co.uk

jeanetteflynn.co.uk

Titanic Hotel 01515591444

Musicians, Bands and Singers Victoria Sharpe 07880790217

thorntonmanor.co.uk

sophrmakeup.co.uk

Simon Hughes 7957937957

sirenliverpool.co.uk

Cake Designers Jills Cakes ni Make-up Artists SophRMakeUp 07845552704

dbmagician.co.uk

Make-up Artists Icon Brides 07968145622

titanichotelliverpool.com

jillscakes.co.uk

Magicians David Burgess Magician 07530340909

SIREN 01517068148

Bridal Boutiques Perfect Day 02838321607

perfectdayni.com

leannevictoriahairdesign.com

Countryside wedding venue Thornton Manor 01513531155 Customer Service Florentyna Dawn 07968543118

florentynadawn.co.uk

DJ’s and Entertainment Aladdins Cave Entertainments 07715181188

victoriasharpe.com

Photographers Antonio Franco Photography 07957081974 antoniofranco.net

Iain Yarwood Photography 07764 270618 iainyarwood.com

Philip Antrobus Photography 07734 032397

philipantrobusphotography.co.uk

aladdinscaveentertainments.co.uk

The Struths Wedding Photographers

Florists Booker Flowers and Gifts 01517244850

struthphotography.com

bookerweddings.co.uk

Frog Flowers 01618333463

frogflowers.co.uk

Your Flower Company 07947215253

yourflowercompany.com

Hair Stylists Danielle Marouzet Hair Design 07912225235

facebook/dmhairdesign.vpweb.co.uk

Hairby Kathleen 07791236006

Facebook.com/HairbyKathleen

Leanne Victoria Hair Design 07490236966

07795553789

Special Effects Designed Memories 07940200942

designedmemories.co.uk

Thornton Events 07391470919

thorntonevents.com

Stationery Elizabeth Rose Designs 07951 320 991

elizabethrosedesigns.co.uk

Hartiescraft 078035386

hartiescraft.com

Venue Stylists Add a Little Sparkle 07972124217


WALES

addalittlesparkle.com

I Do Cumbria Wedding Hire 07742655676 idocumbriaweddinghire.com

Karena Floral & Event Artisan 07963 194969

facebook.com/karenaartisanflorist

Mels Events 07916729918

melsevents.co.uk

simply bows and chair covers 07530998786

simplybowsandchaircovers.co.uk.

Videographers Your Wedding Movie 07545245876

yourweddingmovie.co.uk

Apperture 07935 558 879

appertureteam.com

Wedding Celebrants Jeanette Roberts Civil Celebrant 07789866589 jeanetterobertscivilcelebrant.co.uk

Wedding Cars Churchtown Wedding Cars 07843392138

churchtownweddingcars.co.uk

Wedding Creche Bluey & Baloo 03300881838

blueyandbaloo.co.uk

Wedding Fair/Show Organisers Bliss Events Company 01512279179 blissweddingshows.co.uk

Wedding Planners Changing Events 07939 663182

changingevents.uk.com

Events By Dianna 07864931828

eventsbydianna.com

OffBeat Weddings and Events 07446578861

offbeatweddingsandevents.co.uk

Wedding Planners Guild UK 07943663074 weddingplannersguilduk.com

Cake Designers Tilly Scrumptious 07966547551

tillyscrumptious.com

Countryside Wedding Venue Ruthin Castle Events 01824702664 ruthincastle.co.uk

Make-up Artists Laura Louise MUA 07871521637

lauralouisemakeupartist.co.uk

Photographers Stacey Oliver Photography 07784443923

staceyoliverphotography.co.uk

Stationery

A Joy To Behold Wedding Stationery

01492512612

ajoytobehold.co.uk

Videographers P.V.P. Systems Television 01686430622 pvpsystemstelevision.co.uk

Wedding Cars Bespoked Wedding Cars 01978762015

bespokedweddingcars.com

MIDLANDS Bridal Accessories Crafty Tink 07585701069

craftytink.co.uk

Bridal Boutiques

Shakespeare in Love Bridal Boutique

01789295111

shakespeareinlove.co.uk

Cake Designers Amelia Rose Cake Studio 07935817730

ameliarosecakestudio.co.uk

Countryside Wedding Venue Walton Hall Hotel and Spa 01789842424 mercure.com

07738923940

beauhairacademy.com

Make-up Artists Rebecca Haines 07966295149

rebeccahaines.co.uk

Mobile Bars and Catering Sweet-a-Fayre 07790467948 sweetafayre.co.uk

Musicians, Bands and Singers Spektrum Party Band 07864327450 spektrum-party-band.com

Photographers Missy P Photography 07803337606

missypphotography.co.uk

Special Effects Candyland Birmingham 07925092883

candylandbirmingham.com

Stationery JNW Designs Ltd 07825984103 jnwdesigns.co.uk

Toastmasters Nigel Fielding - The Tamworth Toastmaster 07586929309 thetamworthtoastmaster.co.uk

Venue Stylists The Bee’s Knee’s Balloon Co 07800537331 thebeeskneesballoonco.co.uk

Videographers Polka Dot Productions 07930390583 polka-dot.co.uk

Wedding Cars Fiat 500 Hire 01905491347 fiat500hire.com

Wedding Creche All events Childcare 07538009512

alleventschildcare.co.uk

DJ’s and Entertainment Stealth Weddings 07490189012

Wedding Fair/Show Organisers Bridefayre Wedding Fayres 07973371769

stealthweddings.co.uk

bridefayre.com

Hair Stylists Beau Bridal Hair

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07399081776

thatblackandwhitecat.co.uk

SOUTH WEST Bridal Boutiques A Class Brides 01179193007

aclassbrides.co.uk

Cake Designers The Cheltenham Cakery 07766346788

thecheltenhamcakery.co.uk

Countryside Wedding Venue Glenfall House 01242323889 glenfallweddings.co.uk

DJ’s and Entertainment The Best Singing Waiters 01614520014

thebestsingingwaiters.com

Florists Mrs Bouquets Weddings & Events 07577962658 mrsbouquetweddings.biz

Make-up Artists Melissa Oldridge Hair and Makeup Artist 07966089693 melissaoldridgebridal.com

Musicians, Bands and Singers Lewis Hutton - Wedding Vocalist 07809294255 lewishuttonmusic.com

Photographers Jessica Hayman Photography 07921030192

jessicahaymanphotography.co.uk

Toastmasters David Stallworthy 07788827578

toastmaster4weddings.co.uk

Venue Stylists Decorations and Celebrations Ltd 01626245039 decorationsandcelebrations.co.uk

Wedding Cars Cinderella Dream Motors 07913201367

cinderelladreammotors.co.uk

Wedding Creche The Wedding Crecherz 07904159446

theweddingcrecherz.com 54

Wedding Fair/Show Organisers South Coast Events 01202959717 southcoastevents.co.uk

SOUTH EAST

wedition.co.uk

Venue Stylists The Original Draping Company 01403741898 originaldraping.co.uk

Bridal Accessories Elizabeth Rose London 07919522979

Videographers TRB Cinematography 02035381828

Bridal Boutiques Creatiques Bridal Boutique 02392826622

Wedding Fair/Show Organisers PMN Wedding Fayres Ltd 07816911310

Cake Designers Cakes by Jackie 07739370166

Wedding Planners Nova Wedding Planning 01892517073

elizabethroselondon.com

creatiques.co.uk

cakesbyjackie.co.uk

therealbride.com

pmnweddingfayres.co.uk

novaweddingplanning.co.uk

City/Town Wedding Venue One Warwick Park Hotel 01892520587 onewarwickpark.co.uk

Countryside Wedding Venue Sopley Mill 01423672586 sopleymill.co.uk

DJ’s and Entertainment Jimmy Lee Entertainments 01245350515 jimmylee.co.uk

Florists Someflower 01730300775

someflower.co.uk

Hair Stylists The Hairdressir 07785944449

hehairdressir.co.uk

Mobile Bars and Catering Soirée Mobile Bars Ltd 01375251200 soireebars.co.uk

Make-up Artists The Real Bride 0121 293 1193

therealbride.com

Photographers Ajie Jones Photography 07702008406

ajiejonesphotography.co.uk

Special Effects Wedition 01483677987

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