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Issue 06: Dare to be Different is now Available to Pre-Order!

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Cover Image: Wedding Photography by Joe Bickerton

Let me tell you something. Doing the job I do, I am privileged to see some of the most beautiful and inspirational weddings and shoots and we’ve celebrated that over the last five issues. But this time, I wanted to explore something a little different and step away from the norm. I began seeking content for this issue that focused on the smaller details and daring themes. I wanted to give you a taste of something different, with elements that you perhaps haven’t seen before.  So, I am proud to present to you ‘Dare to be Different’, the latest issue.

We’re also focusing on a colour you don’t see much of in the wedding world… ORANGE! Yep, we’re feeling a little ballsy and are showing you exactly not only how to make an orange theme work, but how to absolutely bloody nail it.

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We took over Chester Cathedral to shoot the cover of this issue, embracing the striking architecture and showcasing an alternative theme of ‘Gothic Glam’. Real couple Esmé & Rebecca effortlessly brought romance with an unconventional edge, shot by Wedding Photography by Joe Bickerton.

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All our issues include a full supplier directory filled with the businesses we have worked with and trust. There’s a huge selection including bridal wear, florists, entertainment and everything in-between. 

And, you don’t have to miss another issue. We recently introduced our brand new magazine subscription service, and I’ve been overwhelmed with your responses. You can now subscribe to this magazine, and automatically receive the latest issue straight to your doorstep. But even better, you can actually save money on every issue when you subscribe.

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Bouquet & Bells / The Magazine Issue 05: Available Now

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Bouquet & Bells / The Magazine Issue 05: Available Now!

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Cover Photography: Tanya Flannagan Photography

Well hello there! I can barely contain my excitement to share this full-to-bursting issue with you. ‘Spring Explosion’ is the theme this time around, where we showcase the most beautiful floral inspiration in a huge variation of styles and colours to suit every celebration. 

We are continuing to celebrate weddings getting back to ‘normal’. We feature a range of real weddings in this issue with the more alternative and intimate celebrations. And remember, no matter what, love always wins.

Once again, we have YOU to thank for the cover shot. Like all of our issues, we shared a poll on our Instagram (@bouquetandbells) and asked you to pick your fave image and this was the clear winner – I think it’s a bloody marvellous choice! We have the incredible Tanya Flannagan Photography to thank for capturing the striking image at our recent Bridgeton themed shoot.  

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All our issues include a full supplier directory filled with the businesses we have worked with and trust. There’s a huge selection including bridal wear, florists, entertainment and everything in between. 

This bumper issue also includes articles from some of the best in the industry, sharing their top planning tips to help make the process as easy and stress-free as possible.

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And, you don’t have to miss another issue. We recently introduced our brand new magazine subscription service, and I’ve been overwhelmed with your responses. You can now subscribe to this magazine, and automatically receive the latest issue straight to your doorstep. But even better, you can actually save money on every issue when you subscribe.

Simply click here to find out more and subscribe. 

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Inclusion Revolution at Bouton Hall

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Inclusion Revolution at Bourton Hall

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Shannon & Jack are Cheshire and London-based filmmakers. Their life was flipped upside down when Shannon injured her spine and became wheelchair bound. They were planning their own wedding at the time and Shannon felt totally alienated when there was no visible disabilities published in any magazines or online blogs.

“I couldn’t find one inspirational shoot or wedding that featured any kind of disability. No wheelchairs, no walking sticks, no visible disabilities. I reached out to fellow disabled brides and grooms and found the story didn’t stop there. There were brides fighting to find dress shops or venues with wheelchair access, and people of all visible and invisible disabilities feeling isolated and completely disheartened. So, Jack and I decided to build a wedding film and photo business that was inclusive of ALL bodies. We set our sights on starting a campaign of styled shoots that featured visibly disabled models, with an aim to inspire couples to dream big no matter their circumstances!”

They were inspired to start a campaign of bridal shoots to encourage disabled couples to dream big on their wedding day and give them hope.

‘I reached out to Zebedee Talent Management, an inclusive modelling agency of all bodies and disabilities, and decided to collaborate with models, Georgina and Rafi. Georgina says, “Representation is almost existent. It’s like it’s forgotten that disabled people also get married. We are still very much human and we dream of our big day”. 

Bourton Hall, a stunning Italianate style mansion in Warwickshire, was the decided venue to hold this shoot. “As a team we decided to go big, refusing to allow any of their disabilities to limit our creativity, but only enhance it! Romina designed the most beautiful gown that could be comfortably worn in the wheelchair. The Country Garden Florist designed floral pieces to surround and highlight Georgina’s two wheelchairs, including her mobility chair by TGA mobility. And Neo Walk designed a pair of walking sticks for the models, including a slick T-shape design in black and white for the groom, which completed Rafi’s suave black and white suit and bow tie.” 

A gold accent was used throughout the styling of the shoot, along with a neutral Italian-inspired colour palette. This was highlights in the wedding cake by Amalina Bakes. “Elizabeth Terzza created nature-inspired custom accessories from recycled gold, including a stunning golden tiara. Events by Keenda designed a tablescape, accompanied by beautifully handcrafted stationery by The Whole Caboodle. Hannah Finn and Moira Borg created two looks for Georgina; the first was her more natural look for her bridal prep shoot. FOr extra luxury, Roisin Reuss sent us lingerie and a bridal robe! Georgina’s second hair and makeup look featured her in her wedding dress, compelted with a delicate pair of hand-crafted bridal shoes created by Di Hassall and detailed veil designed by Rebecca Anne Designs”. 

“We hope this shoot is a message and beacon of hope to bring disability awareness to the forefront of the wedding industry, and that it inspires couples and fellow suppliers to become advocates of the inclusion revolution movement. This is just the beginning!”

Suppliers: 
Photography, Videography & Concept: Forever Curious
Planner: Events by Keenda
Venue: Bouton Hall
Cake: Amalina Bakes
Dress: Romina Fochesatto
Makeup: Hannah Finn
Hair Stylist: Moira Borg
Veil: Rebecca Anne Designs
Lingerie: Rousin Reuss
Stationery: The Whole Caboodle
Flowers: The Country Garden Florist
Jewellery: Elizabeth Terzza Jewellery
Shoes: Di Hassall
Walking Sticks: Neo Walk Sticks
Power Chair: TGA Mobility
Corocheted Wheelchair Covers: Simeli
Body Candles: Caria Candles
Silk Fabrics: Laik Style
Nails: Nails by Marie
Model Agency: Zebedee Talent Management
Models: Georgina Wasdall & Rafi Solaiman

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30+ money saving tips for your wedding

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30+ money saving tips for your wedding

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Bouquet & Bells have worked with lots of couples that want nothing more than to have the wedding day of their dreams without completely emptying their bank accounts. Overtime, we have learnt clever little ways to save money and we’re going to share our top 30 with you. Not only will this help you to avoid costly mistakes but it could also spark new ideas. 

First things first, what actually IS your budget? Try to get an exact figure and write it down. 

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Venue 

Think before you start researching venues. 

What kind of wedding do you want? With how many guests? Only once you know the answers to these questions should you start researching possible venues. 

Create a venue comparison chart. 

Track exactly what’s included in each quoted venue package by creating a simple chart. Some venues cover everything you’ll ever need (cake table, table linen, etc), whereas others charge just for the hire of the venue. You’ll be surprised how quickly all the little extras can add up. 

Have the ceremony at your reception venue if you can. 

Church weddings are becoming increasingly expensive, at an average of £800 for a forty-minute ceremony. Book one location for both your ceremony and reception to save on multiple site fees. Plus, you’ll save on transportation costs between each venue.

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Guest List 

Invite more guests to the evening reception. 

The average venue charges £60 per head for the wedding breakfast, (and that’s without any drinks packages added on), whereas the evening food is only around £10 a head. So, only invite who you really want to the daytime reception. 

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Food and drink 

Cut bubbly out. 

With an average of £5 per glass, let guests toast with whatever they’re already drinking. 

Cater for around half your guests for the evening meal. 

Most of your daytime guests will be stuffed from the wedding breakfast, particularly if you don’t eat until mid-afternoon. Lots of the evening food is often wasted so only cater for around half the numbers. 

Make your own wedding favours. 

You can pay anything from around £3 per person for your wedding favours. Why not get creative and make your own? We always think a little bit of DIY is fun anyway! How about baking some stylish cake pops? Or yummy chocolate brownies? If you’re not feeling very creative you could buy £1 scratch cards for your guests, something that always proves a bit of fun! 

Don’t fork out for a costly evening meal. 

Chances are, your guests will be very merry by mid-evening and will just want some carbohydrates. Bacon baps, fish and chips and hog roasts are extremely popular as cheaper alternatives to a costly meal. 

Cake tips

  • Choose buttercream or cream cheese instead of fondant. 
  • If you would like to incorporate fruits, go seasonal. 
  • Restrict how many different flavours you have. 
  • Keep the design simple. 
  • Double up. Julie from The Red Rose Cake Co says, “double up on your cake size so it does its wedding cake duty but also provides dessert for your guests”.

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Stationery 

Go paperless. 

More and more couples are opting for paperless invitations. Some websites now even allow you to design and send your personalised invitations without a single stamp in sight. Some couples are even creating personal websites to track RSVPs and store handy information for guests to read. 

Print your own. 

Get savvy with Photoshop or hop over to a website like Vistaprint with ready-made templates and create your own invitations. Yes, it may take a little extra time but printing costs are very reasonable. 

Save on the finishing touches. 

Believe it or not, classic white or cream-coloured invitations with black ink are the most cost-effective ones you can buy. Choose the details carefully by opting for cotton paper, rather than jacquard or linen – it’s a lot less expensive but looks just as luxe. Thermography is a printing process that uses heat to create a raised-letter look, and it looks exactly like engraving and is half the price. 

One between two.

Print one ceremony programme per couple rather than one per guest. 

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Photography

Cut down on the time your photographer stays at the reception. 

Schedule main events like the toasts, cutting of the cake and your first dance soon after the wedding breakfast so these moments are captured but your photographer can then leave shortly after. 

Did you know?

The number one biggest wedding regret is not having a professional video of the wedding day.

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Flowers

Go green. 

Foliage costs a fraction of what you’d pay for in flowers. It’s very much on trend at the moment too. 

Keep it simple.

Most of the florist’s fee goes towards the cost of labour, so the more elaborate your arrangements, the more expensive they will be. 

Use candles. 

Use candles in place of real flowers. They also act as great gap fillers whilst looking elegant and romantic. 

Pro tip:

If the flowers you love aren’t in season for your wedding, avoid hefty costs by adding silk versions to your bouquet and centrepieces instead. 

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Entertainment

Hire a band with fewer members.

When you pay for a six-piece band, you’re essentially paying to cover everyone’s individual costs. Opt for a three or four-piece instead. Your guests won’t notice a difference. 

Book locally. 

Travel costs make up a big part of wedding entertainers’ fees, as the further they travel, the more time it will take and the more money it will cost. By booking locally, you can keep fuel costs low, giving you more money to spend on the actual entertainment you want. If you’ve already decided to hire a smaller band or group of entertainers, you’ll only have to factor in the costs for one car rather than several cars or a petrol guzzling van. 

Cater for everyone. 

Opting for entertainment that can double up to both the adults and children will save you money. 

Avoid peak times. 

In-keeping with the rest of your wedding organisation, timing is extremely important. Avoiding peak times such as a Saturday in summer, will save you money on not only your venue, but also with your entertainment and every other aspect of your day. 

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Wedding shows

Visit a few local Wedding Shows. 

As an organiser of Wedding Shows, we can tell you that most suppliers exhibiting at the events offer some sort of on-the-day exclusive discount, special offer or incentive to couples that attend. It’s well worth visiting a few local shows, especially since many are free entry. Why not make a day of it, enter some competitions and gather up literature of local suppliers. 

Chat to numerous suppliers. 

Wedding Shows provide the perfect opportunity to chat with lots of suppliers and help you get a feel for what they offer. We’d particularly recommend visiting them during the early stages of planning as they help spark lots of ideas and will guide you to find the perfect supplier for your day that fits your style. 

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Extras

Be smart with your budget. 

If budgets are tight, I would always advise spending a little less on elements such as wedding cars or favours, but to get the reception looking right because that’s where you and your guests will be spending most of your time. 

Get organised. 

Create a master document with supplier names, contact numbers and other important details. Not only will you feel in complete control during the planning stages but this will also help avoid any costly mistakes! We have a selection of free planning documents, spreadsheets and planners ready to download on bouquetandbells.com. 

Tap into a friend’s talents. 

One way to avoid the price-trebling effects of getting married is to use the talents of your friends and family. Do you know a keen baker who could make the cake? Or a talented photographer or videographer? Do you have a family member with a large garden that they would let you use for the reception? 

Save on your dress at a trunk show. 

A trunk show is often a special event held at bridal boutiques. A chosen designer will send gowns from their newest collections available for a short time only. Some designers are exclusive to other countries, so if you’ve got your heart on a specific designer it may be worth visiting a few trunk shows to save on important fees and nab a bargain. Shopping during a designer trunk show means you could pay anywhere from £15o to £500 less on your gown. There are also plenty of lovely second-hand shops, such as the Bridal Reloved chain. 

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