Tips and Advice

Wedding Tips and Advice

Updates from Portishead Wedding Network and our members...

By Matthew 05 Mar, 2017

When thinking about your wedding transport you should always view the cars so that you are clear in your mind how things will look on the day (the car is a very practical element of your special day) and ask questions. All reputable companies will understand how important these details are to you and be only to happy to help.

Questions could include:

  • Can the car(s) be decorated with ribbons and bows to match your colour scheme?
  • What will the driver wear?
  • Will the car(s) be required for other weddings on the day? If so, how long is given between each wedding?
  • Will there be the right size and colour umbrella available, just in case it rains?
  •  Is the car that you decide upon, the one that you will have on the day?
  • Can we use the car for two trips to the church?
  • How many can we seat in each car?
  • Can they accommodate child seats?
  • Do you provide a refreshment pack in the car (water, tissues & mints etc)?
  • Are they aware of any access issues at your venue?
  • Finally always ask for full details of all charges in writing when making the booking.

A great way to see all the various car options available for your wedding is to visit a wedding fayre. Spirit Wedding Car exhibiting at the following upcoming events:

Sunday 19th March 2017 - 11.00am to 3.00pm
The Grand Atlantic Hotel, Beach Road, Weston-super-Mare, North Somerset, BS23 1BA

Sunday 19th March 2017 - 10.00am to 1.00pm
Aztec Hotel & Spa, Aztec West, Almondsbury, Bristol, BS32 4TS

Sunday 23rd April 2017 - 10.00am to 2.00pm
The Bristol Hotel, Prince Street, Bristol, BS1 4QF

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 Pat Cooper 21 Oct, 2016

Care and storage of hats Keeping a hat in tip top condition is the best way to extend its’ life.

If your wool felt hat is looking tired and dirty, take a firm brush to it. Use a horsehair brush, those made from nylon bristles can be too abrasive for felt. A soft shoeshine brush will do.

Get a brush with light-coloured bristles for use on a light-coloured hat and vice versa for dark hats, as the colour of the bristles, sometimes transfers to the hat.

Gently brush your hat with the nap in small, counter-clockwise motions. Even when you can’t see the dirt, give your felt hat a regular brushing; it will prolong its life.

To remove dust, wipe with a slightly damp cloth. If your hat is covered with pet hair or fuzz, wipe it gently with a piece of sticky tape. Wrap it around your fingers, sticky side out and sweep gently across it.

To remove smudges and stains, on a wool felt hat, start by taking an eraser or a rubber sponge (like a make-up sponge) to the mark or smudge. There are also sponges made especially for hats and dry cleaning sponges can do the trick as well. Lavender or cedar wood balls placed in the felt hat boxes, will help prevent moth damage.

Hats should be stored dry in individual boxes, crown down, placed in a ring of twisted tissue paper to cushion the brim. This will avoid damaging the shape of the brim. The crown should be stuffed with white acid free tissue paper to help retain the shape. Prop up feathers with tissue and veiling needs more tissue to support the shape whilst in storage.

Do not leave hats in cars as the heat may distort them. Hats that shrink in the rain can be reshaped. If only the headband needs resizing, a hand held hat stretcher, can be used. Lining and sweatbands can be replaced to lengthen the life of a hat. Never steam fur or leather, use a soft bristle brush only.

Silk flowers, feathers and ribbon trimmings can be lightly steamed to bring them back to life after storage. An experienced milliner can replace trimmings to bring a fresh lease of life to an older hat. Straw hats should be steamed to repair the shape and brushed frequently to remove any debris.

You can chat with Jane at Walton Castle at the Portishead Wedding Network Wedding Fayre this Sunday 23rd October.

By Pat Cooper 14 Oct, 2016

Well hello, gorgeous bride-to be! Firstly, and most importantly, HUGE congratulations on your engagement! Welcome to my latest blog post - I'm guessing you're eager to find out what the big secret is and I'll get to that shortly, I promise! The title of this post should really read Somerset and the South West (and possibly beyond in some cases!), however if I did that I would have taken over this beautiful picture from Pat Cooper Photography , so I'm trusting you to spread the word far and wide!

I want to share with you a great resource for brides and grooms in Somerset and the South West, which I believe could really help you with your wedding planning and save you a lot of stress too. Sounds great, right? Well that resource is called the Portishead Wedding Network , a collective of small wedding businesses who work together to provide happy couples with bespoke products and services to make their wedding day one to remember.

I was lucky enough to become part of the network almost two years ago with my brooch bouquets and accessories and I have met so many wonderful couples, like yourselves, and had the pleasure of working with some truly talented professionals, who all have excellent customer service at the heart of everything they do. The photos used throughout this post are all from a recent photo shoot we collaborated on, to give you some ideas for your wedding. Not only do we love helping you, but we love to help each other too!

Walton Castle, a unique venue tucked away in Clevedon with beautiful panoramic views of the South West. Available for hire for the whole weekend of your wedding, complete with accommodation, swimming pool and games room - find out more at waltoncastle.com

Image courtesy of Pat Cooper Photography at patcooper.net

So what does this mean for you, as a bride-to-be?

Firstly, we hold wedding fayres twice a year, where you can come along and meet us, tell us all about your engagement (we love hearing your stories!) talk through your ideas and get LOADS of advice, for free. Yes, FREE! No charge on the door and we even have goody bags for the first 50 brides through the door.

And those goody bags are much more than a pile of leaflets. Each member of the network goes the extra mile to give you something special; we want you to remember us, so we try and fill our goody bags with thoughtful extras like tissues for wiping away happy tears on your big day, to flower seeds that you can plant in your garden or, in my case, a little blue button so that you're guaranteed to have your "something blue" on your big day. You'll also find little extras such as sweets, hair conditioning treatments and maybe even some discount vouchers from the exhibitors too!

We also run competitions to win vouchers or money off goods and services for your wedding at our wedding fayres and members often post offers on the PWN site - you can see which offers are currently available here !

So who can you expect to see at our wedding fayres? The good news is that the network limits its members to three per category, and each of those three people should provide something a little different from the others, to cater for the varied tastes of the brides that take the time to come and see us. Not every couple wants the same thing for their wedding and that's why we try to recruit a range of lovely members to try and meet your needs. We have a dress maker, menswear, photographers, florists, hair and make-up artists, vintage and modern cars, stationers, cake makers who make beautiful cakes that taste as good as they look...and that's just the beginning!

Left: Castle Cake by Celia at Cemlyn Cakes ( www.cemlyncakes.co.uk ) Image courtesy of Scott Wilson at Life In Focus Photography ( www.lifeinfocusphotography.co.uk )

Top right: Modern Wedding Cars from Cadbury Cars ( www.cadburycars.co.uk ); Wedding dress from a selection at Katherine Jo ( www.katherinejo.co.uk ); Menswear available at Nailsea Men's Hire ( www.menshire.co.uk ); Bunting from Beez Neez Bunting Hire ( beezneezbuntinghire.co.uk ); Brooch bouquet and buttonhole from Elsa Rose Boutique Image courtesy of Pat Cooper Photography ( patcooper.net )

Bottom right: Pretty florals and vintage crockery are a match made in heaven Image courtesy of Scott Wilson at Life In Focus Photography ( www.lifeinfocus.co.uk )

We often invite non-members to attend if we feel that we haven't got something covered, so you can be sure that you'll meet a range of suppliers who will be happy to help you achieve your dream wedding.

Fancy joining us at our next event? You can see us at Walton Castle Clevedon  on Sunday 23rd October 2016 from 11am until 3pm. Our prize draw for this event will be the chance to win  over £1000 in vouchers towards your wedding so it's definitely an event you won't want to miss! Add the date to your diary and we'll look forward to seeing you there!

And if you'd like to keep yourself updated with event information and the latest news from the Portishead Wedding Network join us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter !

See you soon, lovely one!

Sarah.

By Pat Cooper 12 Jul, 2015

Your wedding dress should the most fabulously flattering outfit you have ever bought.

It should make you feel the centre of attention, make all your guests green with envy and make you smile all day long at how happy you feel in your best dress ever.

Which is all very well… but how on earth do you know what style to choose and where to start looking for this fabulous dress?

The main aspects to consider when choosing your ideal dress are:

  • the neckline – does it flatter your body shape and enhance your features?
  • the material – does it cling unforgivably to every lump or skim your line to perfection?
  • the length – does it elongate you if you are on the short side or serve to make the most of your elegant stature if you’re tall?
  • the skirt shape – does it fall elegantly to the floor?
  • the colour – does it lift your skin tone and make you look like a well-lit film star or drain you of colour and leave you looking unwell?
  • the detail – do you want to sparkle with beading and crystals?

Portishead Wedding network is privileged to have KatherineJo Design as a member.

Joanna is a qualified designer and dressmaker offering a personal bespoke design and creation service.

We will advise you in fabric choices and styling to create a special outfit for those all important occasions & apply close attention to detail for that perfect fit.

We can also offer a range of ready made dresses and also bridal dresses made from light weight fabrics that would be perfect for an exotic Wedding location.

For bridesmaids we carry the Dessy range, they produce a beautiful and elegant range of bridesmaid dresses in contemporary styles with a fabulous range of colours in full and cocktail lengths.

You can chat to Joanna at the Portishead Wedding Network Wedding Fayre on Sunday 20th September 2015 at Somerset Hall, Portishead from 11am.

By Pat Cooper 13 Jun, 2015
A wedding seating plan allows you to choose who sits where and who sits with whom. This allows guests to find their ‘place’ in the reception room quickly, and also helps your caterer to know exactly where guests with specific menu choices are sitting. Finally, it means you can seat people together who you feel will get on well (or apart if you think they won’t!).

The shape of the room will play a large part in determining the way in which the tables are arranged to create a great atmosphere.

Top Tips
  • Remember, if the tables are spread too far apart your guests will feel very isolated at their tables. If you place the tables too close together guests will feel uneasy and not have any room to extend their chairs.
  • Spare a thought for elderly guests. If your evening entertainment is in the same room as your wedding breakfast, it can be best to sit them furthest away from the music.
  • Keep all children relatively close to their parents so they can be supervised.
  • Traditionally, parents of the bride and groom sit on the top table. However, in some cases, this doesn't work well. If, for example, parents are divorced and perhaps remarried and relationships are strained, consider an alternative option.
  • Pay particular consideration to guests who know very few people, sit them with guests who will be friendly and welcoming. Equally, separate guests who you know don’t get on well. Your wedding is not the time to mend family feuds or force friends to get along.
  • Hand out seating cards when the guests arrive with the table name or number inside. There is a traditional order for seating the bridal party. If rectangular, the top table seating is in this order, from left to right facing the guests: chief bridesmaid, groom’s father, bride’s mother, bride, bride’s father, groom’s mother, best man.

For the table plans themselves here at Portishead Wedding Network we have two members that can help:

  • Topikki (click   here   for more information)
  • Whoopee Design (click   here   for more information)

Looking for more wedding planning inspiriation then pop along to the Portishead Wedding Network Wedding Fayre on Sunday 20th September 2015 at Somerset Hall, Portishead 11am to 3pm.

By Pat Cooper 25 May, 2015

Your wedding cake will feature in a lot of wedding photographs, which you will be looking at for years to come. Thus, you should take some time to choose the perfect cake for you.

A few things that you should think about considering for your wedding cake includes, size, taste, colour, filling and decoration.

The Look – In terms of the look and appearance of the cake the best places to look for inspiration are magazines, books, wedding fayres and of course the internet.

Function – What are the reasons for having a wedding cake, if it is simply decoration for your wedding reception, the taste and how many portions is not important however if you have 500 guests and the cake is to be given as deserts then make sure you have enough cake to go around.

Style and Colour – Think about if you want the style and colour of the wedding cake to match the colour scheme or theme of the wedding. Think about subtle touches of colour in the decoration.

Shape & Size – You can have a from 1 tier to 10 tiers, a round, square, hexagonal or diamond shape or even cup cakes to make up the display.

Taste – Fruit filling is tradition however there are plenty of options to choose from in terms of filling and make sure you remember to accommodate all guests with allergies.

Accessories – Make sure you have your sugar flowers, ribbons, flowers, cake toppers and candles included in your budget as your cake will not look so special without one or more of these.

Budget – How much do you want to spend? Always important when planning any aspect of your wedding.

Potential Suppliers – There are many local wedding cake suppliers with a large range of options and prices. Here at Portishead Wedding Network we have 2 specialist wedding cake designers and makers   Cakes by Elan   and   The IcingCentre .

By Neil Kinnerly 24 May, 2015

Your wedding cake will feature in a lot of wedding photographs, which you will be looking at for years to come. Thus, you should take some time to choose the perfect cake for you.

A few things that you should think about considering for your wedding cake includes, size, taste, colour, filling and decoration.

The Look – In terms of the look and appearance of the cake the best places to look for inspiration are magazines, books, wedding fayres and of course the internet.

Function – What are the reasons for having a wedding cake, if it is simply decoration for your wedding reception, the taste and how many portions is not important however if you have 500 guests and the cake is to be given as deserts then make sure you have enough cake to go around.

Style and Colour – Think about if you want the style and colour of the wedding cake to match the colour scheme or theme of the wedding. Think about subtle touches of colour in the decoration.

Shape & Size – You can have a from 1 tier to 10 tiers, a round, square, hexagonal or diamond shape or even cup cakes to make up the display.

Taste – Fruit filling is tradition however there are plenty of options to choose from in terms of filling and make sure you remember to accommodate all guests with allergies.

Accessories – Make sure you have your sugar flowers, ribbons, flowers, cake toppers and candles included in your budget as your cake will not look so special without one or more of these.

Budget – How much do you want to spend? Always important when planning any aspect of your wedding.

Potential Suppliers – There are many local wedding cake suppliers with a large range of options and prices. Here at Portishead Wedding Network we have 2 specialist wedding cake designers and makers   Cakes by Elan   and   The IcingCentre .

By Pat Cooper 17 May, 2015

There are so many wedding photographers and photography packages to choose from that it can be challenging to choose one. To help you make that decision why not meet with several photographers and see what each one has to offer. The most suitable candidate should be able to understand what you are looking for and provide the necessary service for what you are paying.

Considerations when comparing packages may include:

  1. Price / Budget: How much of the budget has been allocated for the wedding photography package.The price can be a major factor but should not be the most important. As an event that happens once in a life time, it is recommended that you find the best photographer and package that you can afford within the budget. Some factors that can change the fee or be negotiation points include the location, time of year, day of the week, available time, distances between multiple locations, weather and the number of guests. Be sure to inform the photographer about these to determine whether it can affect the final price.
  2. What’s Included: Some of the items included in a wedding package are the photo album, number of photographs or proofs and the enlargements. You can choose from a variety of album types to suit your taste and budget or choose to make their own for a cheaper price. Photographers can choose to hold on to the originals and you have to order reprints or they will provide you with original digital copies for you to reprint at will – make sure to check this.
  3. Style: The style of photography varies for different photographers. You may choose to have photos taken using a traditional, candid or photojournalistic style. A traditional style involves capturing the mood of the event, presented in a romantic fashion. Candid photography involves a more casual feel while the photojournalistic approach tells a story.

Portishead Wedding Network has 3 Bristol and Somerset Wedding Photographer members   CLICK HERE   to visit the Wedding Photograohers area in the directory to find out more.  Or pop along to the Portishead Wedding Network Wedding Fayre on Sunday 20th September 2015 at Somerset Hall - Portishead.

By Pat Cooper 10 May, 2015

Most brides will try and avoid it as long as possible, but choosing a wedding bouquet is something that all brides-to-be will have to do eventually. It's not an easy task though!

You have to pick a wedding bouquet that is right for you, and the rest of the bridal party, and suits the style and theme of your wedding.

And then you have to choose a bouquet that suits your body shape. Get this wrong, and rather than show off your best features, the bouquet will highlight your worst flaws. Definitely something you should avoid if you don’t want to be cringing every time you see the wedding photos.

Start by looking through some bridal magazines, and getting a sense of what you like, and what you don't like.

While looking through the magazines and photographs, try and answer these 6 questions in your head:

  1. What colours do you want?
  2. What flowers do you want?
  3. What shape do you want?
  4. What size bouquet do you want?
  5. What type of greenery do you want?
  6. Would you like fresh flowers, or silk flowers?

Other things to consider may be:

  • Silk flowers are cheaper than fresh flowers, but look just as good, and can be kept after the wedding without preserving.
  • The type of stems you choose (natural or wired), will limit the types of bouquet you can make.
  • You should try and keep the flower girl bouquets in a similar style, but try to make them smaller. After all, it's YOU who is the star of the wedding.

Another important thing to consider though is choosing the right style of bouquet for your body shape:

1. Short ladies:

A large teardrop or sheath bouquet, as they need to add height. These two types of bouquets give the illusion of length, were as a posy would make you look more compact and potentially shorten you.

2. Tall Ladies:

A large posy or a medium teardrop bouquet:

A large posy will draw the eye down and give people a focal point so that they won't be focusing on your height. A medium teardrop will also draw the eye down so that your height looks a little more even.

3. Large Ladies:

A large bouquet:

A small bouquet will exaggerate your width, and make you seem larger than you really are. Use a large bouquet, which will make you seem much slimmer.

The trick is to choose a wedding bouquet shape that flatters you, but at the same time, make sure that it doesn't take too much focus away from you. After all, you want to have a beautiful wedding bouquet, but you want people to be looking at you, not your flowers!

Here at Portishead Wedding Network we have two amazing local florists   Bespoke Blooms   and   Portishead Wedding Flowers .

Both are exhibiting at the Portishead Wedding Network Wedding Fayre on 20th September 2015 at Somerset Hall, Portishead.

By Pat Cooper 03 May, 2015

One of the traditions of a wedding ceremony is the exchanging of rings. The ring itself symbolises the complete circle of life without breaks, as your marriage will be after the fuss of the big day has died down. You will wear your ring everyday so it is a really important decision to make when you purchase them.

There are many different styles and materials to choose from including:

  • Classic band
  • Gold
  • Titanium
  • White Gold
  • Platinum
  • Two-colour
  • Engraved
  • Diamond set
  • Wishbone

Whether it’s off the shelf or made to order make sure that there is provision in your budget and time allocated in your plan to make sure you get the right one for you and your other half.

To help you achieve this you may wish to shop together or have matching rings. What about matching your wedding ring to your engagement ring. Many people will wear their engagement ring and wedding ring together. Having something to match it to will help you make your decision. You may want to visit the same jeweller you got the engagement ring from.

It is also important to consider your lifestyle. Rings should worn and bring out the best in your hands, not hinder them, especially if you use your hands a lot for your job and you do not want to damage your ring.

The three most popular are yellow gold, white gold and platinum. White gold is popular because it coordinates with both silver and gold and is less expensive than platinum (which does the same, but is much stronger). Yellow gold is traditional.

For more information about Add2Attract please pop over to the PWN directory listing here:  https://www.pwnweddings.co.uk/wedding-rings-add2attract

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