Choosing Local Wedding Suppliers

First things first to consider about wedding suppliers: Know what your priority is, be it food, photographer or venue, decide and plan ahead. Do your homework and lead with your head, not your heart. Do what’s best for the wedding as a whole. Find out what is included in their packages, check availability, read the small print and above all trust your instincts. Do not be afraid to ask questions, however silly you feel they may be. If they matter to you, they’ll matter to them. Get to know them on a personal level, you will be spending a lot of time working alongside them to reach your perfect day, and it’s far easier if you feel you can approach them. Keep a paper trail of all decisions or agreements made, sometimes things can get forgotten and it’s useful to have a reference and make sure the deposit is paid on time, and any future payments are to schedule. Now you know what to do; who to choose? Choosing a supplier that is nearby and local to you or the venue is a great way to create an ease of access, for both parties involved. Finding a reputable supplier can be made simple with directories, such as Wise Bride, wedding magazines and fairs happening regularly. This is a great way to see the options available, but also a chance to see the varying price ranges, style and personality of each individual business. You want suppliers you trust, feel comfortable with and admire their work, so looking and asking around for reputations or recommendations is a good idea. When dealing...

Wedding Photography

So, the wedding is planned down to the second, you know who is where, and when; but when you’re in amongst the celebrations it is a complete whirlwind of excitement, joy and love. You need the perfect way to capture the essence of the whole day, so you can cherish those moments for years to come. Photo Credit: Linus Moran Photography Where to begin?! Photography is a very skilled craft, and choosing the right photographer is like choosing the perfect dress. Every photographer is different in shooting style, creativity and vision. Research into what you like, and particular stills and frames that give an indication of style that suits you; be it wild and romantic shots out in the woods, fun and hilarious shots of the groomsmen at the bar – whatever it is that will capture you as a couple, and the whole wedding, needs careful consideration. Photo Credit: AJ Photographic A shoot to suit Each couple has their own flair and ideas for how their big day should be seen and remembered, as these are your timeless memories. By researching and looking at a large variety of different photographers can give more ideas and trigger new ones. Things to be looking for are the shooting styles, lighting, backgrounds, poses and setting, so you can create a plan in your mind of the creative direction you would like your photos to go in. Do you like contemporary? Documentary? Fashion? Humour? Whatever the style that suits you, the photographer, and their portfolio, needs to reflect this, as you want optimise their skills. Look through portfolios, and even ask to...

Guest Blog – Happily Ever Afters

This rustic cheese bar from Happily Ever Afters is guaranteed to satisfy any cheese artisan lover – the cheeses are all locally sourced and homemade by independent experts and come with a range of beautiful chutneys, crackers and seasonal fruit. Happily Ever Afters are based in Poole, Dorset and can cater for your wedding or event at the venue of your choice. In keeping with their rustic cheese bar they offer cheese wedding cakes. For a different slant on traditional wedding cakes. They make them to order stacked with wheels of cheese & finished them off with edible flowers & fruits. This provides a striking cake, which can also be served as evening food at the reception. It’s a real talking point for wedding guests too! The most popular cheese bar includes ‘the king of English cheeses’, Stilton, Brie, Cornish Yarg, Rosary Goat’s Cheese from the New Forest, Tunworth, Hereford Hop Cheddar and the Gold Award-winning Barkham Blue. The perfect wedding catering for the cheese lover! Looking for something sweeter? The profiterole & doughnut dipping tower flows with luxurious Belgium chocolate and it is always popular at weddings and functions of any kind. Happily Ever Afters also do popcorn hampers & sweet Ferris wheels loaded with all your childhood favourite sweets. These make a great addition to the cheese or can be offered as wedding favours. If you’re looking for a unique wedding evening buffet with a difference, give Happily Ever Afters a try! They’re located in Poole, Dorset.   See the full list of Caterers in Dorset on Wise...

Benefits of listing your Wedding Business

Picture the scene…a bride-to-be is planning her wedding. The go to place when starting her search for wedding suppliers is online. With pages and pages of wedding suppliers available, what she’s going to be drawn to, is a website that stands out. Wise Bride is a high ranking Wedding Directory, where people planning their weddings can search for suppliers. Not only that, they can see reviews from other couples who have hired the company. There is no stronger recommendation than a good testimonial from a client! An excellent example of this is Amazing Face Wedding Hair & Make Up, based in Dorset, who have a full profile, professional photographs and excellent reviews left by clients. They are using their page to their full advantage and putting their best foot (or face!) forward! Another listing, Courtyard Bridal, located near Poole, Dorset, also have a great profile on Wise Bride Wedding Directory. These wedding businesses realise that to have a great online presence, being on listings enhances their own website and increases the chances of being contacted by potential customers by reinforcing their company name. Wimborne based Dorset Dub Hire are another company with an excellent reputation and have one of the best online profiles in the business. It’s not easy being seen but being listed with Wise Bride makes things that little bit easier for small businesses. Wish annual listings being extremely reasonable, you don’t have to worry about breaking the bank! On your Wise Bride profile, you can add your website, social media links, website link and contact details, so that it couldn’t be easier for potential clients planning their...

What makes a bride wise?

In all likelihood, this is the first (and hopefully only) wedding you’ve planned. You know what you want for your big day, but now comes the job of finding the right suppliers to help you make it happen. Most of the time, you get a gut feeling about a person – you may meet a supplier at a wedding fair, have a chat, look over their wares and decide to book them. But how do you now that they’ll deliver what you want? Sadly, there are companies out there who are not afraid to let brides down, and with no real protection offered, you can stand to lose money. Which is why Wise Bride was created – as a site with real reviews, we allow any past bride to post their experience of a company, and although so far we only really hear glowing reviews, brides who have had a bad experience are also able to share this. We thoroughly investigate the situation, but if a company is found lacking, the review is posted – we believe in giving full information. We’re yet to have to do this, but we want brides to know that our reviews are real and factual – so making a decision about using a supplier is made easier, and you are safe in the knowledge that you are a wise...