Congratulations on your forthcoming Wedding…
What an exciting time you now have ahead of you – planning for your big day!
It’s one of the most special times, but we know, that getting ideas for your Wedding day can sometimes be difficult… so we’d like to help.
Over the last 3 months, we were organising the Tendring Wedding Fayre, to put you in touch with local wedding suppliers and experts, to give you ideas for your big day.
Here are 19 Reasons why the Tendring Kingscliff Hotel on Sunday, 22nd June 2014 was so useful to brides and grooms to be:
1) Chair Covers
These are now a huge part of weddings and they come in all sorts of designs and styles including various colours to match your colour scheme or themed wedding. Beautiful Occasions-Essex can provide all your chair cover needs within your budgets too. They also provide table swags and centre pieces if required. Chair covers and sashes can also be enhanced even further by adding small details such as flowers, ribbon and bling clasps or butterflies which add that extra wow factor to your chairs. They will even visit your venue with you at no extra cost to discuss what you need and what types of chairs that the venue have to ensure that your chair covers fit perfectly on the big day. They offer a friendly and professional service no matter how large or small the event is, you will always get their best service so that you do not have any worries regarding your chair cover needs. With their added service of balloons and table swags, you have all your decor needs with this local, Essex, professional, family run company.
This fun and innovative idea is now proving to be an added extra at all events and parties in Essex but is essentially a massive special addition to have at weddings. Not only is it great fun for you and your guests, but it’s also a ‘live’ reminder of how much fun everyone was having during your special day. It’s more of an individual photo opportunity for everyone to take part in and also keep after the big day as prints are available there and then for them to take home. Celebrations Photobooth are a local company who specialise in photobooths and so can provide you and your guests with all that fun and excitement with their booth. They have props and backgrounds that will accommodate up to 6 people at a time and prints are available within 10 seconds! Photobooths really add fun and laughter aspects to the evenings entertainment for your guests and this company can really deliver that guarantee for you. They run a professional business and supply uniformed and friendly staff to help your guests during their photobooth moments.
3) Creative Photography
Your wedding day photographs will be something that you can only capture once and cherish forever so you need to think about your photographer very carefully before making your decision. But how do you choose from the hundreds of professional photographers out there today? Well, visit them, have them visit you, see their work, get recommendations from people who have used them before; these must all be high on your list of requirements. Visiting them in their studio will give you an idea of how well organised they are and to view work that they have done. But what if you want something unique? Robert Wong from Robert Wong Creative Photography is East Anglia’s Top Award Winning Photographer. His established company specialises in all types of CREATIVE photography, including Wedding Photography. Robert is a true Professional and an excellent choice if you’re looking for something creative and fun for your wedding day photos.
4) Wedding Rings
Imagine not having to traipse around the shops and through the internet to choose your brand new wedding rings? Imagine being able to discuss them in the comfort of your own home and get them exactly how you both want them ? Well this is now something that you can do thanks to Smooch Wedding Rings. This company has various representatives across the country who will visit you in your home and help you to decide on the colour, style and design of your wedding rings. Then they will get them made to be the perfect pair of rings that you dreamed they would be. There are so many high-street jewellers but this is a unique way of avoiding that hassle and getting the rings you both really want. They have stunning designs already made if you would prefer too and can also repair or spruce up rings for you too so that your other rings sparkle just as nicely as your new ring on your magical day.
Do you need some accessories for your bridesmaids or mother of the bride/groom? We have a lovely business to talk about for you who can help! Asha & Rich is a luxury brand that produces bespoke pieces at a very affordable rate to help match with your event. Bridesmaids can have matching bags, evening dresses that double up as bridesmaid dresses and they also cater for flowergirls too so no-one is left out of this bespoke and very special service that they provide. Do you need any last minute alterations to your dress or dresses? They can help with this too as Lauren is a seamstress with years of experience and bespoke costumes and garments to her name. She can help with those little adjustments that may be needed due to loss of weight or simple changes like adding a bit more bling to the items! They can also cater for hen parties bringing the products to your home so that you can see what they are about before hand. They really are a great company and you will be happy with what you receive.
6) Balloon Decoration
Balloons can really add some sparkle to the decor of any event and they come in such a wide range of colours and designs now that there is something for everyone no matter what sort of tastes or themes you are going for at your wedding. Creating beautiful displays from balloons is an art form and businesses have to train in the art to become great at what they do. One of the businesses that are local to the Essex area are PS Party Supplies who have been providing balloons to people across Essex for many years now. They are professional and friendly and can create exactly the design that you wish to have for your perfect moments on your big day. From simple clusters of balloons to the more extravagant balloon arches, they can provide it and will be able to advise you on designs too with their years of experience in balloon decorating behind them.
7) Artificial Flowers
Deciding on your wedding day flowers can be another tricky decision as you have to firstly decide if you are going to have artificial flowers or fresh blooms on your big day or indeed a mixture if the two kinds. A local company called Renshaw Flowers can provide stunning artificial flowers which look amazing. Artificial flowers have now become very popular with brides because they can then keep them forever without the worry that they will die or the cost of having them preserved after the event. It’s also a great idea if you want a particular bloom which is not in season as it doesn’t matter with artificial flowers, they can be put together for you. They are also a lovely keepsake to hand down to the next generation if required. Creating each piece to match your perfect day, they can provide bridal bouquets, bridesmaid posies, buttonholes, corsages, room decor pieces and table pieces too.
Have you thought about how you want your hair and make up to look on your big day? Will you be going for the natural look or will you be opting for something a little bit different with your hair? This is something that needs to be thought of carefully as you do not want to look back at the pictures of the day and wonder why you chose that hairstyle or makeup. Have a trial makeup and hair run so you are happy with your decisions, this is essential and shouldn’t be a skipped procedure of your wedding planning. Sarah’s style & beauty can help you with this part of the day by coming to visit you in the comfort of your own home and discussing your ideas and looks that you would like to go for. With her training and professional outlook on beauty and styling, she will be able to tell you if a style will suit you or suit your tiara or veil on the big day. Try to have these items to hand at the trial so they can all be put in place.
9) Lady Photographer
Some people prefer to have a lady photographer to capture their big wedding day moments before and during the event. This is a personal preference but they are now much more popular than they used to be. A very talented lady photographer is Becky Long who is based in Frinton on Sea in Essex is a professional at what she does and she is also very creative bringing you great memories for all the family. She works tirelessly at each and every wedding to ensure that everyone gets exactly the look they want for their big day shoot. Becky has various ideas to help with this also and can visit you to discuss your ideas too so that your images are just how you want them to be. She can provide you with beautiful photo albums to store your photos in long after the day has finished. In a choice of designs and colours too!
How will you travel to your venue or reception? Will you choose classic, modern, a friend or families vehicle or something completely different? Many brides love this part of the planning and it’s a big factor for many reasons. Will the dress fit in the vehicle, will there be enough space to take everyone, is the weather going to cause problems for the convertible cars? There are many choices out there now and one big favourite is the classic car which one of our exhibitors has and it is truly stunning. Made entirely by the owner from scratch, this vehicle will be the talking point of your arrival on your big day. Hortons Wedding Services can be found in the lovely seaside location of Frinton on Sea, so why not check them out and go have a look at this beautiful vehicle to see if it’s perfect for your big day!
11) Venue Choices
Choosing the right venue for your ceremony and reception can be another tough decision for you to make but there are some ideas to help you along the way. Our seaside venue, The Legacy Kingscliff Hotel has recently had a massive renovation project and looks stunning with seaside views too! They offer the whole package making it easier for your guests to travel to the one site and then enjoy the whole day and staying at the hotel too. This 4 star wedding venue has two function rooms to choose from or you can occupy the both rooms depending on how many guests you need to accommodate during the day and evening. The ceremony can be performed in either of the function rooms as the hotel are registered to have ceremonies take place there. Your guests will be able to book in to stay at the hotel in one of their newly renovated rooms meaning that they do not have to worry about travelling home after the day is over and have a drink with you to celebrate your marriage.
Have you given any thought to what your wedding cake will look like for your big day? Many people have an idea of what they want when it comes to cakes but some people do struggle because of the vast amount of ideas, designs and flavours out there to choose from. One type of wedding cake that is fast becoming a favourite among brides are cupcakes! This means that they get an individual cupcake for each guest instead of a slice of cake. You can still have a tiered effect because of the many cupcake stands and displays that can be created. Poppy Love Bakery specialise in cupcakes for all occasions and can produce an array of designs to fit in with your colour scheme or theme for the day. Emma works tirelessly to ensure every single one of her cupcakes are perfected in taste and look so you will be completely happy with your choice of going with cupcakes. They can also be an accompaniment to the tradition wedding cake so that you get the best of both worlds for your bridal cake needs.
Your wedding day is one of the most important days of your life and your bridal dress is one of the biggest decisions you will make as this will reflect you as a person and will be the talk of the day because of how stunning you will look. Choosing the right dress can take weeks, months and sometimes longer for some people, but when you find the one, you just know! Serenity Brides who are based in Colchester, Essex, are a great company who have years of experience in the bridal industry. They have all the knowledge that you will need to find with regards to your dress and accessories. They stock a huge range of gorgeous designer dresses, shoes, veils, tiaras and much more. They give each customer their best attention and will ensure you are completely happy with your dress by the end of it. Serenity have various designs to choose from so that there is something for everyone’s taste whether it’s the full on ball gown type, fishtail or more of a vintage short style. They really do deliver when it comes to your perfect wedding day dress.
14) Fresh Flowers
Wedding Day Flowers can be a choice that is made easy but then it can also be another difficult one. Most brides will have an idea of the type of bouquet that they would like but there are now so many more designs around that it can be hard to choose. Your florist can give you the best advice when it comes to fresh flowers as they need to be in season depending on what time of the year you are getting married. W Flowers are a local Essex company who are highly talented and experienced in floristry and they have all the abilities to deliver you your perfect bouquet as well as all your wedding flower needs for the big day. From buttonholes to full on venue displays, they will make your flowers a talking point of the day. You and your guests will be amazed at what they can produce and how they can change the whole look of a site. They will also ensure that the flowers match your theme perfectly along with posies or bouquets for the bridesmaids, mothers and grooms buttonholes.
That 1st impression of your wedding day to your guests can be delivered through a save the date card to match with your complete wedding stationery collection. Getting the right stationer to provide your invitations etc is easy if you choose Blue Raspberry Events! Annie, who makes each individual piece bespoke to your requirements is a perfectionist and will discuss with you everything that you require and make everything just right for your invitations, order of service, save the date cards, thank you cards, evening reception invites….basically everything you need to make your stationery stand out from the rest. Her attention to detail really can be seen in the quality of her work. Embellishments can be added such as diamantes to add that extra bit of sparkle to the stationery. Annie will produce stunning stationery and table plans to suit your day.
What will you and your guests eat on the big day? Will you opt for a full on 3 course meal or a buffet where people can help themselves? Catering for a large amount of guests can be difficult because of the tastes and dietary requirements that some people may have. You need a company who can cater for everyone without the worry, a company that will go out of their way to ensure you have the best food and catering on your big day. Nigel and Graham from Taylor and Hall Event Catering Ltd. have experience in the catering world spanning over 22 years and have even cooked for royalty. Their ethos is to provide outstanding food and deliver a great service. This is their key to the success as they believe every customer deserves an individual catering experience as no two weddings are the same!
Have you thought about any extras that you may like to have at your wedding? There are now a huge range of wedding props from companies across the country offering various little added extras to make your day that extra bit special. One of our local exhibitors, Horton’s Wedding Services has thrones to hire, which not only look amazing, but they are comfortable too.! The picture to the right shows just one set that they offer and the cushions can be changed to suit your colour scheme or theme so they will not only look stunning but fit in too!
Buying gifts for the bride or indeed the bride’s helpers on the day can be a task in itself but this is where Scents For Success can help. They provide beautiful Scentsy warmers that do not use a flame so making them safer around the house especially if you have young children. The warmers use an in-built heating element and it heats the specially formulated wax which then melts into the small dish at the top. They really do smell lovely and look great too. They are designed to enhance your homes and there are now over 80 fragrances to choose from making it more readily available to more people. There is no flame as mentioned so this also means you will not get any soot or smoke from the product; just a soothing, relaxing and gorgeous smell aroma around your home. You simply plug it in, use 1-2 wax cubes and switch it on. There is also a small light which shines through the small holes on the product which adds to the enhancement.
Now that you have decided to get married in the Essex area, you will need to visit the Essex Registration Service. Firstly to register you upcoming wedding and to also discuss with them the legal requirements you need to finalise. They also have a great list of Essex venues that are available for you to get married in. You can now choose to have a civil ceremony or a religious ceremony depending on you and your partners needs. All of the registered venues will have a licence to marry people there and the registrars can be booked through the registration service so that you have a certified person to carry out your wedding.
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