Updates from Portishead Wedding Network and our members...

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

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 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.
By Pat Cooper 02 Dec, 2016

Here at Portishead Wedding Network we are a group of independent small businesses that support each other from the local wedding industry.

Did you know that....

  • Small businesses accounted for 99.3% of all private sector businesses at the start of 2016 and 99.9% were small or medium sized (SMEs).
  • Total employment in SMEs was 15.7 million; 60% of all private sector employment in the UK.
  • The combined annual turnover of SMEs was £1.8 trillion, 47% of all private sector turnover in the UK.

(Source: Federation of Small Business (FSB)) 

So how to we provide each other with support:

  •  Monthly Networking Meetings
  •  Seminars from experts to help us market our business
  •  2 Wedding Fayres each year for members to showcase their work at affordable prices
  •  Sharing social media content
  •  Listing on this website with backlink to members websites
  •  Having a chat and a cuppa whilst sharing experience and in some cases members have skills swapps
  •  We recomend each other to our clients 

That's why this Saturday we will be supporting Small Business Saturday.  Please make sure to support your local small businesses that make a massive contribution!

Please show you support by either liking sharing or commenting about your small business on our socal media pages.  You can find us on Facebook, Twitter, Pintrest and Google+.

By Pat Cooper 08 Jul, 2016

I (Gaynor at ) am currently working with Jane Eveleigh from   Beez-Neez Bunting   and Jane Eveleigh Millinery on my website.

I am introducing a new Blog page to my website and Jane is helping me with it.

It's part of what the Portishead Wedding Network is all about - the help and support that we are able to give each other, in order to give of our best for the customer.

Please keep your eyes open for publishing info on my   Facebook page /TopikkiStationery .

By Pat Cooper 24 Jun, 2016

A lovely email from Becky and Alex who married on Friday.....

"Hi Kathryn,

Thank you so much for our beautiful flowers, they were more beautiful than I could imagine, truely took my breath away. I am waiting for the professional photos to come back and I will send you a photo of your fantastic work. I had so many compliments and people asking who they were from.

It was a joy working with you and I can't thank you enough for your support throughout the planning experience!

I wish you all the best for your business in the future! And I will certainly recommend you to new brides.

Take care!

Best wishes and many many thanks

Becky and Alex (Mr and Mrs Vernon)."

To find out more contact Kathryn at:


204 Mendip Road Yatton Bristol North Somerset BS49 4BZ

Tel: 01934 310561


By Pat Cooper 10 Jun, 2016

I am a small local Business which started in 2004 by organising childrens parties. Part of this involved helium balloons  and I was getting asked more and more to supply just balloons and soon realised there was a much greater demand for balloons than anything else.

Just over a year later, I made the decision to concentrate solely on specialty balloons  as I quickly learned how much fun they were to work with and discovered after attending several workshops, just how many wonderful displays  and settings can be created using them!

Party From A Box  can supply unique and imaginative balloon decoration for any occasion  including:-

All my balloon decorations  are prepared on site on the day of the event, ensuring they will always look at their very best when it most matters.

Please pop out to the website to take a look:

Contact Amanda on Telephone: 01454 631169  or Email:

By Pat Cooper 17 Apr, 2016

If you are in the Wedding Industry in Bristol and North Somerset, you may have heard of the Portishead Wedding Network (PWN). This group offers many member benefits including:

-         Monthly networking meetings with like minded wedding industry service providers

-         Organising 2 annual wedding fayres, which as a members you have a say in how they are marketed and run

-         Website listing, but not just a static advert also special offer listing and sharing your news on the regular blog posts

-         Your social media posts shared to the PWN pages

-         Photo-shoots to showcase members products and services

Here’s what our members have to say about being members benefit their business:

“The best thing about being a member is that we are stronger as a group than as individuals. As a group we can promote what we do as a well organised collective as well individuals. For me its about being committed to the group and making a contribution that plays to one's strengths. For the group to work well it takes a variety of people each playing different roles and finding something each member can contribute. By harnessing each individuals strengths to serve the group we promote healthy positive businesses.” Tracey – Walton Castle.

“The best thing about being a member of this not-for-profit group is to share experience and costs of marketing with like minded local businesses in a time when the traditional business model of just advertising is no longer able to provide a return on investment and is therefore unaffordable for many sole traders.  The power of newer marketing technology such as social media is made easier with a group raising awareness being much more effective than attempting this as an individual.” Wendy – Spirit Wedding Cars.

“The PWN offers the opportunity brainstorm and share common experiences.  The variety of services and talents can work together to produce our own momentum through wedding fairs, photo shoots, publicity opportunities etc. Also a networking group, with a pool of local knowledge.” Jane – Beez Neez Bunting Hire.

For more information about becoming a PWN member please pop over to the “JOIN US” page on the website:

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