Bewildered Bride

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April 2014



Supplier Spotlight – The Great British Wedding

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Today I have the pleasure in featuring The Great British Wedding – a one-stop shop for everything a couple needs for their big day. The website boasts a supplier directory, venue directory, comprehensive wedding fair list, a store and a stationery marketplace.



I asked Alex from the Great British Wedding what advice they would give to a couple planning their wedding. “The thing to remember when planning your big day, is that it is all about you as a couple. It isn’t about doing things that you think ‘should’ be done, or wearing something that makes you uncomfortable because you feel you should – it should be about what matters to you. If you feel strongly about the environment for example, perhaps choose recycled books to make your flowers; or if you really love superheroes how about theming your day around them (although maybe asking your guests to dress up is pushing it a BIT far…). Make your day unique by finding special finishing touches and fitting it around your personalities – not the other way around.

Above all relax – yes it is only one day, but it is YOUR day – you should not feel like you are out to please others, or feel bad about how much you have spent (or didn’t spend). Yes, make sure your guests are comfortable, but remember the main attraction for them is watching two people they love tying the knot… not the firework finale. Although if YOU want fireworks……”

All of the following items are available to purchase from The Great British Wedding.



Dance floor decal by Off the Wall


Superman and his Bride cake toppers by Lotty Lollipop


Storm Trooper wedding – Image by Nigel Neve


Flower Centerpiece by Full Bloom Flowers

GBW Rose Bouquet Top View

Bouquet by June Tree


Wedding Invitation by Only By Knight



Phone: 07921 469760




April 2014



My Top 10 Wedding Dresses With No Lace In Sight!

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Now, don’t get me wrong…..lace wedding dresses are beautiful and I don’t blame anyone for falling in love with them. But when you have worked in the wedding industry for as long as I have and you have seen the same style of dress for such a long period of time, they all start to look alike! I think it’s time to start moving in another direction and see more alternative styles of wedding dresses.

With so many amazing wedding dress  designers out there, it’s been hard for me to decided on just these 10…I could have done a top 100! But these 10 wedding dresses are styles I think should be celebrated! Let me know what you think of them and if you have a favourite.

Ian Stuart Dolcissimo

Dolcissimo by Ian Stuart - Layer upon layer of of soft silk gazar creates a waterfall effect which moves beautifully with every step.

 Enzoani BT14-06


BT14-06 Beautiful by Enzoani – Stunning chiffon with delicate beading giving a dramatic, elegant look.

11228 Ellis

11228 by Ellis Bridal – Pleated tulle gown with embellished duchess satin sash and button back.

Piacenza 66049 Ronald Joyce

Piacenza by Ronald Joyce - Silky taffeta encrusted with beads and crystals.

1910 Mori Lee

1910 by Mori Lee – Beaded embroidery on silk ruffled organza.

LAISSA 53 56 Pronovias

Laissa by Pronovias – A flared gauze dress with gold embroidery at the shoulder and waist, and an elbow-length sleeve open at the side.

Minerva Donna Salado

Minerva by Donna Solado – Thai silk taffeta strapless gown with silk flowers and a chapel length train.

D1440 Essense

D1440 by Essense of Australia - Taffeta mermaid dress with detachable peplum, ruffled chapel length train and diamante beaded belt.

Meera Sophia Tolli

Meera by Sophia Tolli – Slim A-line, sweetheart bodice, dropped waist taffeta dress with crystal beading.


Stephanie by Maggie Sottero – Lovelle taffeta ballgown with V-neckline, spaghetti straps and Swarovski crystal beaded waist band.



March 2014



Spectacular Wedding Firework Displays and Advice From Fantastic Fireworks

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Today I have the pleasure in featuring Fantastic Fireworks on the blog. If you are looking for fireworks for your wedding, check out the amazing heart shaped fireworks. Fantastic Fireworks also offer choreographed displays to your favourite song. I also love their idea of a ‘Bang in a Box’ for those on a budget!


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I asked Laura Whitley from Fantastic Fireworks what advice she would give to anyone looking to have fireworks at their wedding. “The first thing I would love to say when you’re planning a firework display is a quote from Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy ‘DON’T PANIC!’. There are a few things you need to think about but once you’ve covered these then the process is relatively simple.”


Is there enough space?

So this is a bit of an obvious one, but did you know that safety distances for some professional fireworks can be over 50m? That means you may need 50m between your guests and the fireworks, and space behind for a fallout area. This is not as scary as it sounds, it’s just the area that the fireworks are fired into and where the debris falls into. Now 50m sounds like a lot, but don’t worry, if you have less space at your venue we can tailor the show to avoid using fireworks that need larger distances. You can still have a great show with smaller distances, we just need to be clever about how it’s designed. If you’re not sure of the space the best thing to do is put us in contact with the venue and we’ll liaise for you. Venues tend to have certain areas that they set aside as regular firing areas and if not we can work with them to find the best site.  Of course if you have lots of space we have free reign over what we can offer you. We love large empty fields which gives us a lot of scope to be creative!

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Will it be too noisy for my venues restrictions?

There’s no denying that part of the charm of a traditional firework display is the loud bangs, pops and crackles that are produced. However, it’s completely understandable that your venue’s neighbours may get a bit wound up about this if it’s happening every night and keeping them awake. We’ve developed a great ‘quiet range’. Now these are just normal fireworks with the bangs, pops and crackles minimised or removed. After all, many of these effects are added in so it’s easy to remove them! This range is ideal for the noise conscious venue or if you simply do not want to cause a racket! We love firing to music, so setting our ‘quiet range’ to your favourite song may result in your guests not even noticing the lack of noisy explosions!

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Do I have the budget?

Fireworks can sometimes be viewed as an extra to a wedding for those with a decent budget. However, fireworks are for everyone and we can offer packages to suit any budget. If you’d like us to design your show, liaise with your venue and turn up on the day and fire it for you, our packages start at £1000, they tend to go up in price with the length of the display and the amount of firing positions you’d like. If you phone us up we’d be happy to discuss this further. We specialise in setting displays to music so if you would like to set the fireworks to your favourite song we can design this for you.

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We know that not everyone has money spare, but would still like a display, so we’ve introduced our new ‘bang in a box’. This is a two and a half minute fireworks display with lots of different effects neatly contained in one box approximately the size of a small freezer. The best thing about the ‘bang in a box’ is that it has a single point of ignition. Your best man or maid of honour only has to light one fuse, which is much safer than firing many small fireworks. If you would like more information about single ignition fireworks then our retail department will be happy to help out.

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Aren’t fireworks really messy?

Not particularly, but dependent on the type of firework. We are working towards making as much of our firework packaging eco friendly, and as such the main components of our firework packaging are paper, card and cotton wool. What tends to be ejected from the fireworks are cardboard tubes and cotton wool bungs, plus a little plastic from our waterproofing. We always litter pick and all our teams come well equipped with rakes and brooms and love nothing more than having a good clean up at the end of the night! Of course if your venue is really worried about mess it might be worth putting them in touch with us.

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 I hope that’s answered some questions and given you some food for thought. The big thing to remember is that if you would like to book a display with us we can take care of everything. All you need to do is tell us the date, venue and how much you’d like to spend. Plus any creative ideas you may have for the display. Want to fire to ‘your song’, we can do that. Want it to be a surprise for your spouse? We can do that too! We also include 100 sparklers with every wedding package so your guests can get in on the action too. Check our website out for more ideas and prices.




Phone: 01582 485555

Address: Rocket Park, Pepper Stock, Luton, LU41LL.

Twitter: @fantasticfirewx




March 2014



Why Are There Gay Wedding Fairs? Shouldn’t A Wedding Fair Be For Everyone?

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I received an email today asking if I would like to exhibit at a gay wedding fair. It’s not the first time I’ve been asked to exhibit at a gay wedding fair, or other wedding fairs for that matter, but it did get me thinking about why people feel the need to organise a gay wedding fair.

Ferret Wedding

To me a wedding is a wedding. Whether you are straight, gay or two ferrets (yes, two ferrets did get married and I can prove it…this is the link) you’re getting married. So what is missing at a bog standard wedding fair that makes someone think there is a market for a gay wedding fair? Everyone needs a venue, if you need dresses, suits or one of each those can be found at a fair, surely someone who makes a wedding cake for a straight wedding can also make one for a gay wedding and a photographer can shoot any couple……am I missing something here?

I have looked at what a gay wedding show offers and I really am at a loss as to why these fairs exist. Haven’t we been campaigning for equality in marriage for years and years…..if you want a marriage to be a marriage whether straight or gay then why would you want a wedding fair that labels you as straight or gay? Are you not a bride or groom no matter who you are marrying? Should all wedding fairs not cater for anyone getting married?

Same-sex marriage

So, wedding fair organisers… are obviously missing something! Instead of people organising a gay wedding fair, why don’t you use your energy wisely and organise a wedding fair that really is for everyone….ensure that all suppliers exhibiting are geared for all couples and that there is plenty of diversity? And suppliers who are exhibiting, please make sure your display is appealing for as many people as possible…..and never presume anything about who’s getting married! 


As far as I’m concerned, a wedding fair should be a wedding fair. All couples should be catered for and there should be no labels. When marriage become legal for all couples, that should be the end of any segregation……my blog might be called Bewildered Bride but I aim my posts to men and women, gay and straight…..basically anyone who is getting married….wedding fairs, please do the same!