Everything You Need to Plan the Perfect Wedding Day
Once the excitement of announcing the engagement starts to calm, it's time to start thinking about wedding planning
SUITED AND BOOTED
Grooms are spoilt for choice for the perfect suit at Dalton Park, with so many amazing menswear brands to choose from (and up to 70 percent off the RRP). Cavani is where to go for Peaky Blinder’s-style tweed suits and caps. Antique Rogue is a new addition to Suit Direct with a stylish selection of pastel checks and plaids. If you don’t know where to start, don’t worry, the experts at Skopes and Moss Bros are on hand to help.
ESPECIALLY FOR YOU
Independent celebrant Love Jo Ceremonies will work closely with you to ensure your ceremony reflects what’s most important to you as a couple. Whether it’s a celebration of a marriage, civil partnership or a vow renewal, they’ll help you to create your dream ceremony, wherever and whenever, helping you tell your magical story and ensuring a wedding ceremony that is fabulous, flawless and truly unforgettable.
PUT A RING ON IT
No matter which of David Summerfield’s wide selection of sleek and stylish engagement rings or wedding bands you choose, you’re promised a timeless piece you’ll cherish for life. They have a sparkling range of wedding rings including platinum, silver, gold and palladium, and also offer bridal sets for women and titanium wedding bands for men. If you still can’t find the perfect wedding ring for you, you can take advantage of their bespoke service to develop something new.
When you want to add some extra entertainment for your wedding guests why not book the 360 Photo Booth from Freddie Douglas Events, which brings a whole new and often hilarious dimension to wedding photographs and memories. They also supply a unique audio book in the shape of an iconic phone box where instead of the traditional notes, guests can leave voice messages on a vintage-style phone for the happy couple to listen to later! These party experts can also provide everything from balloon arches to candy floss machines to make sure your event is one to remember.
Archways, flower walls, centre pieces, seating plans, neon signs, and even swings: whatever you need to make your day picture perfect, the Pretty Picture Company have it. The floral specialists at Blaydon-based Pretty Picture Company know just how important it is to make sure the decor is looking, well… perfect. prettypicturecompany.co.uk
Inside the award-winning floral design studio in Newcastle, mother-daughter team of Jones & Jones Flowers spend their time creating beautiful floral creations for weddings and events across the North East and beyond. They design natural tablescapes, arrangements and installations to suit your individual style (whether that’s for intimate or grand weddings) by carefully selecting seasonal flowers and foliage that will be growing at the time of your wedding. jonesflowers.co.uk
Pink’s Flower Farm’s beautiful and fragrant British blooms are nurtured from seed at their Barnard Castle-based farm and are available for a select number of weddings each year. With thoughtful colour combinations, all carefully curated, they can supply flowers and foliage that reflect you and your wedding day and will happily interpret your designs, however small and intimate or grand and opulent the occasion. Pink’s Flower Farm are also happy to supply flowers if you wish to DIY your arrangements as they understand just how important the right flowers are. pinksflowerfarm.co.uk
Based in Rowlands Gill, Jasmine & Pear is a wedding and events florist which has fantastic relationships with local growers, and from hand-tied bouquets to their huge floral displays, they combine a love of beautiful blooms with sustainable practices, and their simple but sophisticated service makes them perfect for the modern bride. jasmineandpear.com
SAY YES TO THE DRESS
MRS W is the North East’s newest bridal shop dedicated to fashion-forward and non-traditional brides. Their minimal dresses and accessories are so effortlessly cool, you won’t find the same designers anywhere else in the region. Visit their Whitley Bay bridal shop by appointment, sip Champagne, and browse the alternative designs by Australia’s Bowie Rae and Lola Varma, London’s Bon Bride, America’s NEWHITE and South Africa’s Vagabond.
Makeup artist Jo Leversuch (Make-up by Jo) will help you achieve the perfect look for your wedding day. Her understanding of lighting, focus and photography means she can make sure you’re looking radiant for the all-important photos. At least six to eight weeks before the day, Jo will discuss the style, dress, venue and ideas with you and on the day she’ll work her magic at your home or the venue itself.
MOTHER OF BRIDE
The mother and daughter team behind Evie Black have put together the latest collections from leading designer labels from around the world to offer affordable, beautifully tailored, on-trend outfits for the Mother of the Bride and wedding guests. Head to their showroom in Coxhoe for a personal and knowledgeable service where you can book an individual appointment so you know you’ll be given the time and attention you need to find exactly the right outfit for you. They have a great range of hats to buy or hire too.
Newcastle based milliner Eleanor Bunney offers both beautiful bridal headwear and fabulous occasion hats for guests. From statement headbands and birdcage veils to bespoke cathedral veils, there’s a varied choice for brides and all Eleanor’s bridal designs can be customised to suit you. To make sure it’s the perfect match for your outfit, she offers free sample cards for all of her designs. Each piece is dyed and handmade to order and will be delivered to you in a hat box.
Newcastle-Based The Mix Events Are Your Go-To Event Management Company, And Will Help Deliver The Event Of Your Dreams. Part Of The Original Bar4Hire They Have Been Providing Mobile Bars Since 2005 (So They Know Exactly What Your Bar Needs, No Matter What Style Of Wedding You’ve Chosen). You’re Spoilt For Choice: There’s The Formal Bar, The Mirror Circle Bar, Wooden Circle Bar, Rustic Wooden Bar, Festival Bar, Led-Fronted Bar, The Mirror-Fronted Bar, And Not Forgetting The Rum Shack. No Matter How Big Or Small Your Wedding Is, They’ll Keep The Drinks Flowing.
THE WEDDING FEAST
Creating seasonal food which tastes and looks spectacular, family-run Ginger Snap provide everything from event management to food and styling, bringing you an unforgettable experience. Their top-notch chefs are passionate, driven and experienced, allowing them to push the boundaries of traditional British cuisine and create delicious, seasonal and exciting food. Their ethos is to source as much produce as possible locally, and with an innovative, flawless approach to service, Ginger Snap don’t offer packages, but use their extensive experience and ties with local suppliers to create unique, faultless events which work for you. ginger-snap.co.uk
Jacob & Tori deliver exclusive wedding and event catering throughout the North East and Cumbria. Passionate about food, they work closely with you to ensure their professional team deliver the highest standard of food and service and are happy to help you design a bespoke menu to reflect your own tastes whatever the occasion. jacobtoricaterers.co.uk
With more than 20 years of experience creating life-long memories for happy couples, Aurora Strings, the North East’s leading string quartet and trio, can play your favourite tracks from classical to pop and even film themes. They can even write an arrangement of your special song for your big day to play prior to the ceremony and at the reception, and if the Great British weather is proving kind, they will play outside for you too. Better still, because they’re an acoustic set-up, they can move easily between rooms.