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Relaxed East London Wedding at The Roost

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Daisy and Graeme wanted a wedding with wanted no rules and no traditions, just a great big celebration with their friends and family. Their relaxed London wedding took place in East London.

“It sounds a bit cheesy, but our inspiration was each other” began the bride. “We were very stubborn about having things our own way, loads of our friends have had beautiful and amazing weddings, but we were adamant we wanted to have something that was completely inspired by us and not at all traditional.”

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They were married at Stoke Newington Town Hall with their reception at The Roost in Dalston, which is already decked out in vintage props. This mean they didn’t need to do much else to the space. “Some of our favourite aspects were our open mic session, the full on pie and mash for the catering and our wedding place names.”

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Steampunk Meets Alice in Wonderland Wedding With a Bride Wearing Wings!

Just loved yesterday's Steampunk bride and groom,  Jo-Anne and I

Jo-anne and Ian were married in May. Their wedding theme was Steampunk with a splash of Alice in Wonderland, “We met at a Steampunk themed war game tournament” explained Jo-anne, “and I love all things Steampunk so it seemed very fitting.”

Ian had planned lots of things for Jo-anne while she got ready on the morning of the wedding such as love letters to open. “She got letters that I had written delivered to her by the venue staff and friends ” Ian explained, “I also built a website and kept adding things throughout the morning for her to look at, read and listen to. I think she spent the morning mostly in tears!”

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All the guests also got involved and dressed up in-keeping with the theme, “The place was packed full of steampunk attired friends and family, it looked magical” Jo-ann continued. “We also lined the aisle with candles and lanterns and after we signed the register the guests threw paper planes they had made rather than confetti as we walked back down the aisle, it was just brilliant!”

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Festival Wedding with Campervans, Roald Dahl and a TARDIS!

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Manda and Harry didn’t have one specific wedding theme, they brought lots of things that they love into the mix. “Our wedding was a combination of VW Campervans, the 1950s, festivals, geekiness, colour, food, foxes and a hearty dollop of glitter!” said the bride, “We also wanted to use local produce, local flowers, and local vendors because we love Somerset and wanted to celebrate it too.”

The couple were married at Glastonbury’s town hall, “The main hall where our ceremony was held was so beautiful it didn’t need any extra decor. There were also all these amazing hanging baskets surrounding the entrance: when we left the building as Mr and Mrs Steele we felt like we were in a film.”

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The reception was held in a circus inspired striped marquee next to a big pink house, “The house was filled with quirky furnishings and the chequerboard floor hallway to our rooms gave off a very ‘Alice in Wonderland’ vibe” she continued. “I love Volkswagens ALMOST us much as I love Harry (maybe more when he’s out of earshot), so a VW Campervan presence at the wedding was a must. When our guests arrived at the reception they were greeted by the Cream Tease Bus serving massive homemade scones and damn fine coffee. Later, we had a second VW Campervan serving ice cream.”

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Halloween Costume Party Wedding with Rainbow Bridesmaids

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Yes, that’s right, Lizzy and Emma’s wedding was themed around Halloween and rainbows! It doesn’t get any better than that, right!? The couple were married on October 31st (when else?) at The Red Barn in Blindley Heath, Surrey.

“We have been to lots of lovely weddings but often found them to be quite similar” Lizzy explained. “We knew we didn’t want that. We wanted a Halloween wedding that was totally different. We had very unique outfits, there were skulls and pumpkins everywhere, and our little bridesmaids even carried Disney princess dolls instead of flowers because we knew they’d love that.”

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“We had a spooky theme for all the decor. I made 50 metres of bunting and pumpkins were carved with the help of friends and family. I also designed all the stationery and tableplan with a spooky theme. Our tables were named after scary ladies such as Lily Munster, Scary Spice, Sue Sylvester, Maleficent, Pam from True Blood, Magenta from the Rocky Horror Picture Show, and Wednesday Addams. We also put people’s photos on their place cards which everyone liked.”

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How to Find Wedding Suppliers You Can Trust

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A wedding day is one of the most significant and expensive days of a couple’s life. A perfectly planned stress-free occasion might be top of your agenda, yet the final outcome often lies in the hands of your suppliers. Booking a team of trusted, reputable suppliers to handle your day is of the utmost importance if you want to deliver a seamless celebration.

Today, Be Wedding Wise, the UK’s first fully vetted reviews-based website, are sharing their top tips for spotting the good, the bad and the ugly when it comes to booking your dream team.

Do your homework

The power of the internet

Before booking any suppliers, be sure to check that they have a physical, concrete address and working phone number. Companies House has a free service that lets you check these details, however do be aware that they only cover limited companies so many suppliers will not be found on there. If they’re not a limited company then do a Google Maps search to check the address is genuine and simply pick up the phone to check the number given gets you through to them. It’s also useful to do an Internet search of your supplier’s name and their company name to ensure nothing alarming comes up on any bridal forums or previous negative press coverage.

Where possible, seek personal recommendations and read trusted reviews. There’s nothing more reassuring than knowing another bride and groom are willing to personally verify how great their supplier was for their big day.

It’s also a good idea to see how active a supplier is on any social media sites. This will not only give an insight into how they promote their business but enables you to check that they are active and working in the months leading up to your wedding. Nobody wants their supplier to suddenly go AWOL a few weeks before their wedding day.

Read reviews 

Be Wedding Wise, the UK’s first ever reviews based wedding directory, was started to provide engaged couples with a platform to access thoroughly vetted and validated wedding supplier reviews for their big day. Be Wedding Wise is set to shake up the industry and take the standards of service to new heights.

The company has a strict policy of only accepting suppliers as permanent members once they have received a minimum of two verified customer reviews, the only site in the UK insisting upon this verification process. Every customer testimonial and review is read and verified by the Be Wedding Wise team before being made live, who personally call to check the authenticity. Once suppliers become permanent members, future reviews are randomly spot-checked to ensure continuous credibility.

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Ask plenty of questions

When making the decision on suppliers its important to ask lots of questions such as:

Who do they work with?
If they work with an assistant (florist/photographer) then consider asking to see some of the assistant’s work too.

What if something goes wrong?
Check that they have a contingency plan in the unlikely event that they are ill on your wedding day. Would any of your day be affected by rain? Ask the relevant supplier how they would handle it if the dreaded drops do start to fall.

Are their photos up to date?
When looking at supplier’s product photos (wedding cars, equipment hire etc.) check with the supplier to see how recent their images are. The car may have been photographed 10 years ago when it was shiny and new – it may not be looking quite so smart 10 years on!

Meet face-to-face

Nothing can beat the power of a face-to-face meeting. You can ask as many questions as you like and you won’t have to wait for any answers. It’s also really important to know that you actually like your suppliers and there’s good chemistry. If you love their personality as well as their work then you know it’ll be a match made in heaven. If, on the other hand, you find you’re struggling to ‘click’ face to face then this should perhaps prompt you to look elsewhere.

Trust your gut

Follow your gut instinct. If you’re getting a bad feeling about a supplier then you’re most probably right. If they’re being slow at getting back to you, they’re unwilling to discuss finer details, answer specific questions or the tone of their email isn’t friendly and open, then you should most certainly listen to those alarm bells ringing in your head and consider going elsewhere.

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An Anti-Cookie Cutter and Unscripted Wedding

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Melissa and Matt wanted a day that was the ‘anti-cookie cutter’ wedding. With vintage and bohemian influences but in a modern setting, their November celebration was relaxed and intimate with a small guest list.

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“We began the day with a non-religious, unscripted ceremony which was very short and sweet” explained Melissa. “We didn’t have a rehearsal, we just organically said our vows in front of our favourite people, then went right on to cocktails! We had the open bar set up outside in the garden and the weather was perfect.”

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