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I’ve been following the story on social media of a company called LA Weddings and Events, based in Peterborough, who have gone into liquidation, and as a result have let down so many brides. My heart goes out to these young people who have been left in the lurch, often at short notice, and with no money to pay for someone else to provide the venue dressing and many other items LA Weddings claimed to be able to provide.
1. Budget carefully. If money is tight, spend first on the things that REALLY matter. Do you really need a post box, a sweetie cart, or favours that people will often leave behind? Sure, they are nice to have, but not essential on the day. The things to spend time and money on are the things that will last the longest (long after people have forgotten what the table flowers looked like, or whether or not you had a bubble blowing machine…).
Your rings. Don’t go cheap – they will be with you the rest of your life. Seek out the Jewellery Quarters, in Birmingham or London. Watch out for the white gold – it will need to be dipped regularly or the yellow gold will show through. Better to get a good quality ring rather than a cheaper one with lots of bling.
Your photographs. Don’t be tempted to skimp here, and let Uncle John take them. It is stressful for Uncle John, and he doesn’t have the same editing equipment and software that a professional photographer has. And if you just have your pics on a stick, thinking you will get them developed and put into an album later, chances are, you won’t. And High Street processors just don’t cut it with colour reproduction. Also, what happens when technology moves on – floppy disk or VHS tape anyone?!
Your Vows. Something else to spend on. Spend time at least. And yes, being a Celebrant, I would say that, wouldn’t I? Don’t just repeat any old promises – adapt them; make them yours. Make sure your celebrant is someone you can work with – there are more and more out there. Does your celebrant have training? Are they articulate? Do they have a PA system for outdoor ceremonies? Are they experienced? Are they insured? Can you see testimonials and talk to previous couples?
2. Watch about putting all your eggs in one basket. By going to one supplier for everything, if they go into liquidation, you will lose everything they were going to provide to you. If using a Wedding Planner, check they belong to the UK Alliance of Wedding Planners, which has a Code of Practice., and who don’t work on a commission basis with their suppliers. Check they have their own insurance. They won’t mind you asking.
MOST IMPORTANT OF ALL!!! BUY WEDDING INSURANCE! Yes, I am shouting, because I can’t believe couples will spend upwards of £10k (and often a whole heap more) on their wedding day, yet won’t think of paying £35 or so to protect that money.
Just google Wedding Insurance and protect the biggest expenditure you will ever make in one day!
A simple insurance policy would have protected so many brides from this sad, sad scenario. Scores of brides left in tears.
Thanks for reading
Banburyshire Info Wedding Editor
International Civil Celebrant at Cherish Ceremonies
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From honeymoon experts to photographers, cake makers to boutique caterers, you’ll find plenty of local suppliers who can bring your wedding vision to life.
For YOUR Documentary Wedding Photography.
Ok, it may sound formal, but in fact it is anything but!
Documentary wedding photography means telling stories, documenting the wedding in the same way as a photojournalist would. Reportage, candid, observational wedding photography are other ways of describing our approach. We prefer “story telling”. However one chooses to describe our approach, the key point is this; we tell the story of your day in photographs. Who was there, what happened when, what was going on whilst that you missed in the excitement of the day. Everyone will tell you the day will go so quickly; its true.
Let us know all about your wedding plans and we will be in touch in a jiffy. If you use Hotmail, Gmail or similar, don’t forget to check your spam filter if you haven’t heard from us within a day or two.
Tel: 01869 226255
Address: 101 Isis Avenue, Bicester, Oxfordshire OX 26 2GR
Then take a look at Vine House Studios. Ivor McCullagh & Becky Moyce are one of the leading wedding photography duo’s in the Banbury area.
Experienced and trusted wedding photography by Vine House Studios
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Address: Vine House Studios Heath Farm Swerford Chipping Norton Oxfordshire OX7 4BN
Studio – 01608 683880
Becky – 07581 784707
Ivor – 07791 763329
Meet Darren Bedding wedding photography.
Known as the perfect gentleman who takes everything in his stride. With a fast developing reputation of delivering high quality photographs with excellent customer service. Both ensure a reassuring experience.
Capturing intimate moments enabling couples to relive their beautiful memories for a lifetime to come. This is where your family legacy begins.
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Darren mainly works throughout Oxfordshire, Northamptonshire, Buckinghamshire, Warwickshire, Gloucestershire, Berkshire, and the Cotswolds. Although has been contracted to work throughout the UK.
Address: Prescote Manor in Cropredy Oxfordshire.
Specialising in honeymoons, weddings abroad and tailor-made holidays. Whether it’s an exotic retreat to distant golden sands or your ultimate adventure trip, simply share your vision of the perfect wedding and honeymoon with us, and we’ll make it a reality.
Whatever your needs, Lindsay & Dawn are here to help you.
Tel: 07818 000671 or 07824 633865
Unique and beautiful ceremonies that you will always cherish.
Judy the Celebrant designs beautiful bespoke weddings ceremonies. Find out why more and more people are choosing Judy as their Celebrant by visiting Judy’s reviews
Judy is based in Warwickshire, but travels worldwide.
Tel: 07713 278699 or 01926 930393
Offering a same day delivery service, which we have FREE delivery in Banbury and only a small delivery charge elsewhere.
Over 21yrs experience. Modern, Classic, Dramatic and Elegant Floral Designs.
Offering you a home, business or venue consultation at a time that suits you. From large scale venue decoration to the smallest detailing in your bridal bouquet, we will design a package to suit tailored to your unique requirements.
Orders can be taken on our website www.bloomin-events.co.uk/
Tel: 07880 618 899
Who doesn’t want a video as that special keep sake. Fresh Wed – capture your most special day with high attention to detail, quality and production value. Making your memories last forever with our bespoke video service.
Tel: 07815 311509
On-site balloon decorating service to suit all occasions as well as supplying top quality Balloons designs for collection.
Balloons are exciting and add magic to any size of celebration, function or party. They have versatility, movement, colour and tremendous visual impact.
At Sweet Celebrations we specialise in decorating venues, weddings, parties, christenings, anniversaries proms and corpoarte events from subtle table decorations to elaborate themed decorations to transform you venue.
Sweet Celebrations only use the highest quality qualatex balloons with a wide choice of colours and designs.
Balloon clusters starting at £8.00.
For more information or a balloon quote please call us on 01295 269472 or e mail Ken and Jane on
19-20 Church Lane
Traditional celebration, and wedding cakes by Kit.
Here at Cakes by Kit, I believe in making your cakes look amazing and taste amazing in equal measure!
I have been using my creativity and baking skills to make delicious cakes for over 20 years.
I can offer you beautiful and delicious cakes and cookies that are a great centerpiece for every occasion.
“If you are looking for that perfect cake for your special occasion, look no further than Cakes By Kit. They offer a 5 star service and VIP treatment for all their clients. I would highly recommend them as professional cake makers.” Source Google
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Contact Karen at Cakes by Kit
Tel: 07870 500919
Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/CakesByKit
Every bride-to-be wants a wedding cakes that looks as good as it tastes, and with Cakes by Smillies Cakes & Pops you can be sure to get the best of both worlds.
All products are made to order and use only quality ingredients including locally sourced free range eggs and our homemade jam in our filled cakes. Wherever possible Cakes are made within 24 hours of delivery to ensure freshness and allowing you to enjoy them for longer.
We can offer products to cater for specific dietary requirements such as diabetic, wheat intolerance and dairy free.
Plus; we offer, Sweetie Treats, Vintage Cart & 3ft Ferris Wheel, popcorn carts, cheese carts, 4ft LOVE, venue decoration including chair covers and much more.
Tel: 07969 728751
Facebook Page: Smillies Cakes Pops
Address: 2 Maple Close Woodford Halse, Daventry, Northamptonshire NN11 3ND
Whether you are looking for handmade chocolates as favours, a cake with a difference or to feed all your guests, we can help you make your event special.
We use only fresh ingredients – with as many as possible sourced locally. Special dietary needs are not a problem and we are happy to talk gluten, dairy and nut free menus. We have some example menus but all menus are tailored to your needs and budget.
We have catered for most things from corporate lunches through to weddings with over 120 guests – but also birthday parties, marriage blessings, christenings and engagement parties!
Why not give First We Eat a call on 0753 034 2312 or email .
At Sharon Priscilla everything is made to the highest quality standards for what we see as possibly the most important clothing purchase you will ever make.
Sharon Priscilla is a family run business based in the heart of Oxfordshire. Creating bespoke wedding dresses, bridesmaids dresses, occasion wear, veils, tiaras, bridal sash belts and jewellery.
Booking an appointment is essential;
Tel: Sharon 07866 742349 or Louise 07834 599865
Address: Crouch Street Banbury OX16 9PP
Everything to do at Sharon Priscilla is woven around the individual needs to create a truly unique item of clothing.
Award winning boutique caterers specialising in the creation of sensational menus. Experts in weddings.
Your dedicated Indulgence wedding expert will ensure your day is utter bliss, from the first sip of Champagne to the last crumb of cake.
A wedding is probably the most important day of two peoples’ lives. There are no rehearsals. Indulgence’s professional and talented team combined with their entirely bespoke wedding catering service, will ensure that whether your needs are simple or sumptuous, classic or contemporary, every culinary desire you have for your wedding day will be delivered with passion and meticulous attention to detail.
For enquiries, please contact us:
Tel: 01295 690888
Address: Main Street, Farnborough Banbury OX17 1DZ
A horse-drawn carriage is the perfect way to arrive at your wedding in style.
Our original Victorian carriage is drawn by two stunning black Fresian horses and can be decorated to complement your chosen flowers or colour scheme. The carriage can be used open or fully closed, ensuring your occasion is a success, regardless of the weather. This carriage can carry four people.
We have other horses and carriages, so your entourage can also travel in style – we can tailor our carriages to suit your personal needs.
Based in Oxfordshire, we offer our services throughout the south of England.
“The carriage, horses and of course yourself and staff really carried off the elegant and dignified start to our married life we were looking for…” Chris and Emma
“Thank you so much for being part of our special day. It was a dream come true to have such a beautiful horse and carriage, I felt like a princess!” Jess and Daniel
For more information about viewings, prices and availability, please do not hesitate to contact Kevin Merry, he will be more than happy to discuss your individual requirements.
Tel: 07976 219830
Here at Cherwell Edge we will play our part in ensuring that it will be one you remember for years to come.
We have a range of packages however, should you have any specific requests we would be very pleased to try and accommodate you.
Our Head Chef has put together some wonderful menus for you to choose from.
Please feel free to discuss these and any other dietary requirements with the Wedding Co-ordinator
Address: Cherwell Edge Golf Club, Appletree Road, Chacombe, Banbury, Oxford, OX17 2EN, UK
Phone: 01295 711591
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