A bunting blog, all about the love of vintage bunting and much more.

  • By Pat Cooper
  • 27 Jan, 2016

One thing that always surprises me, is how variously Beez neez bunting is used. Mostly for decoration of course, to enhance any space. Brides love bunting for styling a wedding venue, we supply loads of hire bunting during the wedding season. The locations can vary immensely, from a country village hall, medieval stone barns, to marquees In a garden and hotels. Beez Neez bunting transforms them all.......

One thing that always surprises me, is how variously Beez neez bunting is used. Mostly for decoration of course, to enhance any space. Brides love bunting for styling a wedding venue, we supply loads of hire bunting during the wedding season. The locations can vary immensely, from a country village hall, medieval stone barns, to marquees In a garden and hotels. Beez Neez bunting transforms them all.

A vicar told me, they love to decorate the church with strings of colourful cotton bunting, on an on going basis, even the graveyard. On a trip to Greece I was surprised to see an orthodox church in Lixouri, festooned with bunting ?uttering in the bright sunshine. So maybe bunting is something religious orders are embracing. When a friends’ husband walked in the Himalayas, he brought back strings of prayer ?ags, to tie across their garden, it looked a lot like bunting to me! It is believed the mantras written on the prayer ?ags are carried by the wind to spread the bene?ts of the prayers to all beings. The best time to install prayer ?ags, is early in the morning on a windy day, in a high place. Prayer ?ags have been used for thousands of years in Tibet.

A recent bunting hire went to an up market location in Bristol, to attract additional visitors to a fundraising event, for a local horticultural society. They kindly sent some photos afterwards, which looked distinctly rural, despite being taken in central Bristol, a large city in South West England. The feedback was excellent, the brightly coloured ?ags, had been a beacon enticing visitors in, helping to boost their takings. When the Cora bunting, traditional red white and blue, was returned, it was accompanied by a thank you pumpkin. That really made me smile!

For more information on Beez Neez Bunting please click   here .

Updates from Portishead Wedding Network and our members...

By Pat Cooper 12 Jan, 2018
We are proud to announce our next Wedding Fayre will be held at St Peters Church, Portishead on Saturday 3rd March from 11am - 3pm. Come along and meet local suppliers offering great service and value. Free glass of bubbly and goody bag to first 50 brides.
By Wendy Thorne 29 Sep, 2017

Nailsea Tithe Barn dates from 1480 and with Holy Trinity Church is part of Nailsea’s historic heart. A school for over 200 years, it is now fully restored to its medieval origins. The vaulted ceiling, stonework and owl & putlog holes are beautiful features along with the modern facilities you need.

Perfect for Weddings or Receptions after Wedding Ceremonies held elsewhere. The combination of rooms allows you to have separate bar and dancing areas as well as changing areas.

The medieval Barn with its vaulted oak roof provides a unique atmosphere to enhance any event.

Why not pop along and see the Nailsea Tithe Barn for yourself along with visiting stands from other PWN Members on Sunday 8th October 2017 between 11am and 3pm for our Autumn Wedding Fayre.

By Wendy Thorne 18 Aug, 2017

Wedding fayres are a great way to meet wedding suppliers face to face and build a relationship with them so you can have confidence and feel less stressed when planning your wedding day. The Portishead Wedding Network (PWN) Wedding Fayre has everything you need for your wedding all under one roof.

We are a dynamic Network of high quality suppliers in the wedding industry covering Bristol, Bath, Somerset and the surrounding areas. Suppliers are invited to join either by invitation from existing members or by applying to the Network.

The Network provides a diverse range of wedding services to couples getting married in the local area ranging from bridal wear to venues and everything in between!

All PWN members are small businesses from the local area. The Network enables members to pool resources to make marketing easier, whether that’s the cost of wedding magazines to helping to raise each individual business profile on social media.

The Network hosts two annual wedding fayres allowing brides and grooms to meet members in person and to seek inspiration for their special day. Our wedding fayres are free entry and the first 50 wedding couples receive a goody bag!

Portishead Wedding Network are hosting the event in Nailsea Tithe Barn, Nailsea on Sunday 8th October 2017 from 11am to 3pm and is really your wedding non-stop-shop.

This event has a great atmosphere and many exhibitors will have special offers on the day. Highlights of the event include:

- Complete the registration form when you arrive for your chance to win a £20 voucher to spend with any PWN wedding supplier member

- Taste some very delicious cake samples from Cemlyn Cakes

- There will be a bridal fashion advice from Katherine Jo Design

- To complement the dress, accessories from Elsa Rose Boutique

- Speak to Pat Cooper from Pat Cooper Photography or Scott from Life in Focus Photography about capturing those special moments

- For the all important bridal bouquet, button holes and all things wedding flowers see the Purple Violets stand

- Sit in Wedding Cars from Cadbury Cars and Spirit Wedding Cars

- See the teams from Portishead Church of England, Clevedon Pier and Nailsea Tithe Barn about your wedding ceremony and/or wedding reception venue

- Meet Gaynor from Topikki and chat about your wedding stationery from save the dates to thank you cards and everything in between

- Grooms that want to dress to impress see Nailsea Men’s Hire

Also, a BIG Thank you to our hosts. Thank you for letting us use your great space. See the team about using Nailsea Tithe Barn for your special day.

More details about each of the suppliers mentioned above can be found under the Directory tab of this website and in our facebook event ,  please pop over and click going.

Look forward to seeing you there.

By Wendy Thorne 17 Jun, 2017
The Band is currently operating as a concert ensemble and we have been busy rehearsing new music for 2017/18.

However, we are now looking for local venues where we can give our new repertoire an airing. We are happy to play indoors or out perhaps pubs, clubs, garden fetes/fairs etc. We are open to any suggestions and we are happy to discuss competitive rates. If you are interested please contact Anna Gent, Portishead Town Band Secretary on 07854015427 or annagent79@yahoo.co.uk. 

In addition, we always welcome new players so you are Looking for a new challenge come and give us a go. Its not the traditional brass band set up but still fun with no pressure and lots of humour and mistakes are allowed. Dilly Taylor ARNM ARMCM QTS is our MD and is VERY forgiving. 

If you to enjoy making music in a small group with affable like minded people contact John 01275818575 or Anna 07854015427. Rehearsal Tuesdays 7-45 pm Portishead Methodist Church

We also very much enjoying playing at special occasions such as weddings, please do get in touch, we can play at all venues and churches inside and outside.

By Wendy Thorne 09 Jun, 2017

Hi! I’m Martin a Bristol wedding photographer. I love capturing the little moments, the candid ones when nobody thinks I’m looking; memories that may otherwise be forgotten. When it comes to photographing the bride and groom, I take my inspiration from the couple themselves; their personalities, the way they are with one another, how their love shines through. I work with you to create dramatic and artistic images that perfectly capture your relationship. Most especially, I love bold colours and timeless black and white photographs.


I believe with all of my heart that your wedding pictures are the strongest memories that you will ever have of your wedding day. My skill as a wedding photographer ensures that you will be spellbound witnessing your wedding story unfold the first time you go through the pictures from your magical day. My dedication to capturing the nuances and details of the day ensure that your wedding pictures will tell a story that lasts forever; I want you to still be spellbound when you look through your pictures for the one-hundredth time.

I love being a wedding photographer in Bristol, but I also travel to many locations around the United Kingdom and for destination weddings. From rain or shine in summer weddings to sleet and snow during winter weddings, I always find the beauty in every moment shared by family and friends coming together to celebrate the extraordinary couple getting married.

Pop over to my directory page for more information here .
By Wendy Thorne 04 Jun, 2017

It's always so lovely that customers appreciate the love that goes into looking after the cars and the hardwork that goes on behind the scenes, thank you to all those customers that take the time to write to us to show that appreciation.

Here are a couple of reviews from recent weddings:

"Thank you all for being amazing!" - Suzie.

"Can't say enough how lovely the Rolls Royce was, it was so comfortable and warm on a cold wet day. A really friendly driver took me to my wedding venue at Old down manor and also stayed until after the ceremony to take the newlyweds for a drive together. He helped me with my dress and made sure I was happy. I'd recommend Spirit Wedding Cars to anyone. Great service." - Stef

"Matthew helped us with our wedding car, he was excellent from start to finish, making sure that he drove the route before the wedding and map up alternate routes just incase there was traffic as the distance between the church and venue was 27 miles. Exceptional value for money and such a beautiful car which you can tell a lot of love goes into. I was very nervous on the day and Matthew made me feel quite at ease so thank you." - Mr and Mrs Way

For more information about our wedding cars and availability for 2017 and 2018, please contact Wendy or Matthew, details as follows:
Tel: 01934 516728 / 07742 820363
Email: spiritweddingcars@hotmail.co.uk
Web:   www.spiritweddingcars.co.uk

By Wendy Thorne 03 Jun, 2017

Summer has finally arrived and so has Walton Castle's Summer Wedding Open Day on Sunday 4th June 2017 from 10am to 3pm.

Calling all brides-to-be (and hubbies to be)! Join us for a day of wedding inspiration! With food tastings and live music, our Summer Wedding Open Day is the perfect opportunity to drop in and view our stunning venue.

To ignite your creativity and help you visualise your wedding day we will be decorating this beautiful castle with the help of our fabulous talented local suppliers. With music, jewellery, dresses, flowers and more, you will be filled with ideas to make your day one to remember.

Let the fairytale begin........................................

Joining us for the day are:

Gill - WishTree Weddings -WishTree Wedding provides a full Coordination Service seeing that your wedding day runs perfectly without any hitches and is a frequent visitor at Walton Castle. We offer an all inclusive solution to your wedding decor needs, including place names, table plans, chair covers, lanterns, lighting, table centre pieces and much more, thus allowing you to tie in all your styling without having to search through different suppliers, more of a one stop shop but with an individual & unique service.

Sam- Men’s Hire ‘Formal Hire for all Occasions’ -Men’s Hire is proud to have been voted 2016 & 2012 Wedding Industry Award winner for best men’s wear supplier in the south west region. Men’s Hire offers a totally new experience. Shop from the comfort of a sofa seated room, view Cameron Ross collections and play around with the outfit builder from our web page www.menshire.co.uk Three easy step appointments ‘evening and weekend appointments available’ accommodating you and your busy schedule.

Fran- Wedding works - Locally based in Portishead we can help brides & grooms with the Hire of many wedding related products including hire of Post Boxes, Bunting, Table arrangements, Sweet table glassware and Vintage Gramophone.  We also have a range of Do it yourself products from stationary to wedding favours.

Jo & Carol -  Katherine Jo Design - We are an independent, family run bridal studio providing couture bridal wear, designer bridesmaid dresses, beautiful accessories and a professional alteration service in a relaxed and friendly environment. We always feel privileged to be involved in the preparation of such an important day in your life. We work closely with each of our customers to create a reality from your initial ideas and vision of your wedding day look.

Sarah - Elsa Rose Boutique - I make bespoke wedding accessories, including cake toppers, hair accessories, buttonholes and brooch bouquets. I incorporate sentimental pieces of jewellery from brides into their bouquets and my personalised cake toppers are made from clay so they can be displayed on a bookshelf long after the big day – I can even make pets and children so no one gets left out! I love creative ideas and work hard to exceed expectations.

Andrew - DMC Dancefloor - We are a Weston Super Mare based local supplier of beautiful white starlit twinkling dancefloors for weddings and functions. With sizes from 10ft up to 30ft we can put together bridal catwalks, square, rectangular that look amazing as an enhancement to any event.

Wendy - Spirit Wedding Cars - Spirit Wedding Cars are a family run business with father and son Philip and Matthew looking after the cars and are the main chauffeurs, with Pat and Wendy in support looking after the marketing and administration. The Wedding Cars Include: 1930's Style White Beauford Wedding Car (4 Door), 1930's Style White Beauford Wedding Car (2 Door), Rolls Royce Silver Spirit Wedding Car and Seafrost Green Jaguar XJ8 Wedding Car.

Martin –Martin Dabek Photography - I love capturing the little moments, the candid ones when nobody thinks I’m looking; memories that may otherwise be forgotten. When it comes to photographing the bride and groom, I take my inspiration from the couple themselves; their personalities, the way they are with one another, how their love shines through. I work with couples to create dramatic and artistic images that perfectly capture their relationship. Most especially, I love bold colours and timeless black and white photographs.

Imogen - Butterflies Hire - For 25 years Butterflies has built numerous long-standing relationships with their customers and businesses within the wedding and events industry, and are thrilled to be the preferred supplier for over 25 caterers and venues to ensure the planning for your special day is stress free and the event is perfect in every way. If you want to view the breadth and depth of the hire stock available, Butterflies would be delighted for you to visit its premises in Portishead.

Ross & Liann –  R-Tea Ltd - We are a Bristol based company specialising in unique and personalised loose leaf tea wedding favours. We make to order so can offer a completely bespoke product using your choice of packaging, colours, labels and tea. We have over 20 blends available but always enjoy requests for new flavours. We use 100% natural ingredients with no added flavourings.

Andy & Adrian - Castle Chef Company – We bring you food services of the highest level - good quality wholesome food, sourced locally and developed out of our many years of experience. What makes us different is the passion we have in the search for the best ingredients, to bring you the best food, delivered by the best service.

We believe that menus should be bespoke and while we have a raft of menus ready written, we are happy to quote on any menu you desire. We will guide you to make the perfect choice for your day and with our vast experience of crafting menus, we are able to perfectly blend both English and Mediterranean ingredients and cuisine, with innovative trends in cuisine from across the World.

Claire – Bramblewood Flowers – An independent floral designer who can produce beautiful enchanting displays for any occasion, creatively transforming your ideas and dreams into reality.

Portishead Town Band -As a Brass ensemble we offer a diverse selection of musical styles ranging from traditional Brass band, to classical, jazz, swing, modern and folk. We are always keen to add new numbers to our repertoire. Whether you want a traditional fanfare as a processional piece, an old favourite with a Brass twist as a recessional or some light swing for your guests to enjoy while you are signing the register and having photographs, we can offer a bespoke and polished performance to suit your big day.

 

By Pat Cooper 05 May, 2017

A warm welcome to recent new Portishead Wedding Network member Andrew from DMC Dance Floor Hire. Based in Weston-super-Mare, but covering the whole of the Bristol and Somerset areas.

DMC Dance Floor Hire specialise in twinkle dance floor and light up LOVE letters adding those very special touches to your wedding day.

To become a PWN member you have to deliver high quality service to your customers, here are some examples of 5* Facebook reviews from recent customers.....

"We booked with Andrew mainly because of his efficient, courteous & helpful replies whenever we messaged him. There are similar companies closer to where our wedding was but they were nowhere near as prompt with their replies & that is ultimately why we chose to book DMC Dancefloor Hire to provide the starlit dancefloor & LOVE lights. We were not disappointed at all & they were both a perfect addition to our wedding on St. Patrick's Day!!! Thank you so much Andrew, you provide a brilliant service from start to finish & you will be recommended to everyone & anyone that wants to add the wow factor to their function."  Clara.

"Wow is all we can say absolutely fantastic thought we would hire a starlit dance floor and backdrop for our daughters wedding as a surprise and wow was she surprised she cried they both loved it it finished the room off beautifully and was a talking point all night will definatlly will be hiring again many thanks to Andrew he's been fantastic in all communications and fitting everything around our timings many thanks again Andrew will be recommending you every time !!!!!" Heather.

By Pat Cooper 28 Apr, 2017

We are delighted to welcome and annouce new member Wish Tree Wedding.

Based in Clevedon North Somerset, WishTree Wedding can dress any event to an exquisite standard, from an Intimate Dinner Party to Corporate Events & Bespoke Weddings. Get in touch with Gill for a free Consultation.

Services Available:

  • Event / Wedding Planning
  • On Day Coordination
  • Chair Covers / Sashes & Embellishments / Table Runners
  • Table Decoration
  • Sweet Tables
  • Lighting
  • Table Plans / Place Names & Signs
  • Favours
  • Wedding Post Box
  • Guest book Wishing Tree
  • Christmas Tree Dressing
  • Plus Much More     

You can keep up to date with the latest from Gill and WishTree Wedding by popping over to their facebook page  here  and also take a hop over to the website for more photographs and inspiration on how Gill can add those special touches to you wedding day here in the Bristol and Somerset area  here .

By Pat Cooper 17 Mar, 2017
As from April it will now be possible to get married at Clevedon's historic pier! Clevedon Pier offers a unique and truely beautiful setting for your special day.    This is an ideal venue for small intimate weddings and what better place to have your photographs.
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