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...

The Dorset Wedding Supplier Awards 2015

If you’re a Dorset wedding supplier, take a look at weddingsupplierawards. There is a category for every business to enter. Bridal Wear Cake Maker Caterer Entertainment (non musical) Entertainment Musical – DJ Entertainment Musical – Live Florist Grooms Wear Hair Stylist Makeup Marquee Newcomer Photography Stationery Transportation Venue Venue Stylist Videography Wedding Accessory Wedding Attire Wedding Extra Wedding Planner “Darren Northeast PR are delighted, once again, to be sponsoring the 2015 Dorset Wedding Supplier Awards. Each year the awards have proven to be instrumental in showcasing some fantastic suppliers to the wedding industry as a whole. We’re passionate about being involved in such platforms that allow people to be proud of what they do. Last year’s event was great, but we know that this year’s is going to go to another level – and all the team at Darren Northeast PR are delighted to be involved once again!” HEADLINE SPONSOR, Darren Northeast PR The unique judging process The Judging Process We ask that when filling in your application form, care is taken to remove the name and address of you and your business. This ensures the integrity of the ‘blind judging’ process. Each application is judged on its content alone, along with any photos and videos submitted. The decision to have this process in place was to allow applicants to use their passion and evidence of their commitment to their job to persuade judges, rather than outside factors such as websites and blogs, which can be paid for. Blog entries can be submitted, so long as they do not mention the company name or details which can allude to...

A fab Dorset Wedding Festival

On Sunday, 10th May, The Dorset Wedding Festival was held at Farmer Palmer’s Field. It started off quite wet but it didn’t dampen the spirits of visitors. The event, organised by Something Borrowed Magazine said that the sponsors helped make it all possible! Headline sponsors – Camelot Marquees Ltd Neal, Ray, Lee & all the team worked tirelessly through the wind & rain in the lead up to the event to make sure everything was ready and then all had smiles on the day ready to greet visitors. True professionals! Dorset Dub Hire Catherine & Jason, who own local vintage VW campervan company, Dorset Dub Hire, have been sponsors of the event since it began three years ago. Their company has grown immensely in that time and they have expanded again to launch DDH wedding and event hire at this year’s Dorset Wedding Festival. They are always a big hit at the event! A&D Mobile Bars Andy, Darren & team are new sponsors this year but welcome ones – after all, what’s a festival without drinks!? Their mobile bar business, which you can hire for marquee, halls or garden weddings, provides an excellent service. Having them at this year’s festival was also special because Andy and his partner, Melissa, are having their wedding reception at Farmer Palmer’s Field this summer. Luxury Little Rooms Nick & Nina have sponsored the event for two years now and we wouldn’t be without them. Who knew toilets could bring such glamour to a field. Any festival/field wedding should have them! The Photo Booth Bournemouth John & James are new sponsors to this year’s event...

How to plan your last minute wedding

If time is of the essence, where do you start with the planning? Getting a wedding planning with months to spare is hard enough, but what’s the protocol if you have just weeks to pull it all together? Our guide to planning a wedding in weeks should help you get it done without breaking a sweat… ONE Location, location, location If you’re planning on a spring or summer wedding, you’re likely to have to be flexible on either date or venue, if not both. Research venues and make a list of those that you prefer, start with your top choice and work your way down. If you go for a mid-week wedding, you’re not only likely to secure your venue, you may even get a discounted rate! TWO Food Glorious Food Assuming that a last minute wedding means that you have less time to save, and therefore a lower budget there are ways of feeding a lot of people for less money. Afternoon teas are not only easy to cater for a variety of diets and tastes, but also still the trend for more informal weddings. You could even host a cake competition amongst your guests by asking them to bring a cake with them and you and your beloved judging – much fun and dessert sorted! THREE Dress to impress Ah, the dress. Arguably the most important thing on the list (well, for the bride anyway!) Given your short time frame, it’s unlikely that you’ll be able to get a bespoke gown. No worries though, because many shops have dresses that can be bought off the rack. Some...

Wedding Traditions – The first dance

As we all know, the first dance is where the bride and groom glide elegantly around the dance floor (or not in some cases), to lead the way for the rest of us to take to the dance floor and party the night away. This tradition didn’t start with weddings though… The first dance originates from balls being held by wealthy families. It was custom for the host of the event or the guest of honour to have the first dance of the evening. The idea being, just as it is today, that this opens the dancing for the rest of the evening. Traditionally the first dance was a waltz but today anything goes! Dances now range from ballroom and salsa to swaying (for those with two left feet) or a surprise choreographed dance just for the couple. Whatever dance you choose, who doesn’t love a good...

Grooming the groomsmen

The girls make a day of it – Why not the boys? When it comes to the big day, instead of twiddling your thumbs all morning, why not treat your groomsmen to a sharpening up session as well? Make a morning of it! Groomsmen: How to prepare yourself for the big day (and night): A wet shave at home with a visit from a traditional barber will get you and the groomsmen looking dapper for the day. The ladies get the hair and make-up treatment. It’s only fair you boys get something done so you’re feeling particularly smart on the day. Treat yourself and the boys to some special occasion beers – only one or two of course. Nibbles and canapés? Man them up with some miniature burgers and beer shots to settle any nervous stomachs. This is an alternative to the type of champagne breakfast the girls have. This might be the right time to give your groomsmen a small token of your appreciation. How about a ‘Broquet’? A fun basket like bundle of man gifts like drinks, cufflinks, trinkets and gimmicks – maybe something meaningful as...