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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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Introducing: Jack Bunneys Heritage Collection

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The boys tend to get a bit neglected in the wedding media, so I am super thrilled to be introducing you to a fantastic new collection from wedding menswear designer Jack Bunneys today.

With a reputation for innovation in design, Jack Bunneys have been making wedding suits from their East End of London base for the past 60 years. And this year, to reflect on this long history, they are launching a completely unique collection of men’s formal wedding clothing.

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The ‘Heritage Collection’ was inspired by wedding attire of a bygone era. The archetypal traditional English wedding suit – with a twist. Drawing inspiration from the British Aristocracy throughout the 20s and 30s, this collection was designed to be elegant, timeless and effortless in it’s sophistication.

Not only do they take pride in the design of these new suits, but Jack Bunneys even tirelessly researched the correct fabrics to create this homage to the past. They’ve used ‘English Flannel’ fabrics which give the impression of being dense with none of the weight. Each suit is made of a super-lightweight pure wool flannel cloth, brushed up with a ‘nap’ to give the fabric an extra dimension and density.

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Win a Retro Inspired Tea-Length Wedding Dress from True Bride!

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True Bride have fast become one of the bridal designers favoured by Rock n Roll brides. Why? Because not only are their gowns super flattering and available in over 250 bridal boutiques all over the UK, but they start from a quite frankly ridiculous £495!

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True Bride have been designing wedding and bridesmaid dresses from their Brighton base since 2005. The foundations of the company is its creatively driven, small team and a combination of directional yet wearable designs. High quality and attention to all the little details are vital to them too. Their belief is that brides should feel nothing less than gorgeous on their wedding day without breaking the bank!

Featured in this post is the newest gowns from the Brighton Belle collection, a selection of retro-inspired tea-length gowns in flattering 1950s shapes. Launched in 2015, this collection blends both style and comfort with a distinctively retro edge.

Win a ‘Bea’ Dress!

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If you’ve been searching for a tea-length gown and haven’t quite found ‘the one’ yet then today is your lucky day because one Rock n Roll Bride reader will win this utterly stunning ‘Bea’ dress, which is brand new for 2017!

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The For Her and For Him Annual Bridesmaid Dress Sale is Now On!

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When it came to finding bridesmaid dresses for my sister’s wedding last summer, I was quick to recommended that we looked at US based For Her and For Him. Not only do they offer hundreds of different styles in every colour you can think of (meaning even the pickiest of bridesmaids is sure to find something she likes!) but their incredible group discount pricing strategy means that the more dresses you buy from them, the greater the discount they give you on your order!

For the start of the new year, they’ve just released their 2017 collection and I’m thrilled to share some of my favourites with you today.

Do you want rich, deep tones for an autumn or winter wedding?

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Or pretty pastels for spring/ summer?

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The 2017 collection features some of the most fashion forward styles too (no frumpy bridesmaid dresses here!) including everything from two-pieces with cropped tops, high low hems, floral patterns and even head to toe sequins!

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Win Your Wedding Dress with David’s Bridal!

For more than 60 years, David’s Bridal has helped women look and feel their best on the most important day of their lives. As the world’s largest bridal retailer, they offer a wide range of designs, with sizes ranging from 4-34, to suit any style and budget. And with designer collections from well-known names including Wonder by Jenny Packham, White by Vera Wang and Truly Zac Posen you’ll be spoilt for choice.

I am thrilled to have partnered with David’s Bridal to host this competition for one lucky reader a £1200 gift certificate to spend in store!

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David’s Bridal can truly be your one stop wedding shop – as well as wedding dresses there’s lingerie, shoes, hair accessories, jewellery, and party dresses, too. To take the stress out of choosing your dress, they also offer a comprehensive service in each of their UK stores, including personalised styling advice, a wide-range of sizes to try on in store, and on-site alterations. To find out more information and to book an appointment, simply visit davidsbridal.co.uk.

To enter for your chance to win a £1200 voucher to spend in store, all you need to do is comment below with your wedding date and location and also let us know what your dream wedding dress might look like. Easy!

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Meet Our Bicester Village Competition Winners!

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Back in November I was super excited to host a competition for two readers to win a £2000 shopping spree at Bicester Village. Our lucky winners were Vicky, who brought along her mum, and Rachel who visited with her sister and her mum. I wanted to catch up with them both because I thought it would be fun to see what they bought and find out what their experience was like.

Rachel is marrying Scott at a festival in Lincolnshire in July 2018. Their wedding is going to be festival inspired with lots of art, performances and music, so she wanted to find quirky, colourful things to match that theme.

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Vicky is marrying Andy in October next year in an industrial chic style wedding with lots of metallics, lights and distressed wood everywhere! She went to Bicester Village hoping she’d find her wedding shoes or maybe even their rings.

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