We hear you’ve just got engaged! Congratulations! We also hear that you don’t know where to start with your wedding plans, but don’t panic – Yattar Yattar is here. From venues to flowers, rings to cake and almost everything in between, our A – Z guide aims to answer some of your questions and, we hope, eliminate some of the pressure and anxiety along the way!
A is for awe-inspiring!
If a traditional church service isn’t for you and you fancy something a bit more unusual, the Marriage Act of 1994 allows couples to have their civil marriage or partnership solemnised in a variety of premises. These include hotels, stately homes, football grounds and historic buildings licensed by the local authority. Bearing this in mind, Plas Isaf, a family-run wedding venue in a Grade II listed barn in Corwen, Denbighshire, could be the perfect choice to host your big day. The barn beautifully restored to its former glory with oak trusses and slate floors – and Georgian country farmhouse set in landscaped, terraced gardens, offer a stunning and unique venue guaranteed to wow your guests and leave you with lasting memories of a magical day. Owner, Liza Francis, explains, ‘Our beautiful barn is open-plan and can hold ceremonies from 20 to 180 guests, and catering for up to 350 guests in the reception. This is a very popular option, offering the beauty and romance of a formal wedding in unique and impressive surroundings. We offer exclusive use of our venue for your wedding ceremony, wedding breakfast, evening reception and accommodation.'
For further information, contact Liza or Helen on 07891501833 or 01490412486 or visit www.plas-isaf.co.uk
B is for beauty
With so many options available, finding someone you trust with your hair and makeup for your wedding day can feel like a daunting task. Staff at the award-winning Toni & Guy salon, in Oswestry, know only too well how important it is for the bride to look and feel amazing on her wedding day and have a wealth of experience when it comes to creating a flattering and radiant look. Open since March 2004, the ever-popular salon now boasts a resident make-up artist and consultant in the capable form of Sophie Bebb. Sophie tells us, 'Most girls dream of their perfect wedding day and it’s my job to make that dream a reality. It’s important that they feel at ease and confident on this very special occasion so, with their input, I try to create an individualised look for them.’ Sophie trained at the prestigious Cassie Lomas academy, in Manchester, where she also studied fashion and editorial make-up. Other treatments available at the salon include eyebrow/eyelash tinting, manicures, pedicures, Minx Nails foil designs and threading... you can even treat yourself to a relaxing massage while you’re there! By the way, your beloved doesn’t have to miss out on the fun – he can also benefit from a pamper session with a stylish haircut or hot and cold towel shave with George in the Gents’ Lounge.
Phone 01691 653222 to arrange a free consultation.
C is for catering
'For better or worse' should not be a phrase used in connection with your caterer! Thankfully, the days when wedding guests were served uninspiring, predictable fare, i.e. melon balls or prawn cocktail, followed by chicken chasseur or salmon, with cheesecake to finish, are long gone and instead, the emphasis is very much on wedding feasts designed to reflect your individual personality and style.
Hughes Caterers based in Welshpool are approved caterers for the National Trust for a very good reason – they are experts at catering to every taste and dietary requirement, no matter how unusual or complicated. They have a wealth of experience in creating delicious wedding feasts, whether you want a small buffet or barbeque, or canapés and a full three-course meal for up to 500!
As well as the food itself, they offer a wide range of services such as advising you about menus, seating and seating plans, flower arrangements and the finest tableware and linen with their highly trained and uniformed staff providing a seamless level of service. With Hughes Caterers secured as your caterer, you’ll have one less thing to worry about, leaving you free to enjoy the day while you and your guests enjoy delicious food and beverages that are beautifully served.
Speak to Hughes Caterers on 01691 830055 to discuss your wedding, or visit their website at www.hughescaterers.co.uk
D is for dress
For many women, one of the first concerns is finding the perfect wedding dress. There are so many decisions to be made... which one? What style? Which designer? How much to spend? Wedding Bliss of Prestatyn, a gorgeous bridal boutique in Prestatyn, north Wales, may not have all the answers but they do have plenty of practical and impartial advice as well as a gorgeous array of gowns for brides and their party – there’s even a designated menswear department too! Lisa Cywinski, owner and advisor, is passionate about her business and gets almost as excited as her clients when they source the perfect outfit for their big day. She tells us, ‘We pride ourselves on the highest level of customer care, as buying the dress is one of the bride’s most important decisions for her wedding day and shouldn’t be rushed.’ Lisa is confident that the perfect dress is just waiting to be found at Wedding Bliss, adding, ‘We cater for all budgets and offer beautiful, well-tailored gowns from sizes 8 – 30.’
Call for an appointment on 01745 887037 or visit them at 98 High St, Prestatyn, LL19 9RN.
E is for entertainment
DJ or live band, dancers or karaoke — what or who you choose to entertain your guests should also complement the theme of your wedding. Also, consider your guests’ ages and backgrounds and aim for something which everybody will enjoy.
F is for fairytale
Did you dream of the classic fairytale wedding, as a young girl? Well, just because you’re all grown up now doesn’t mean that you have to put such ideas aside! Set against the historical waterside backdrop of Conwy Castle, the Quay Hotel and Spa in Deganwy is the ideal venue to host the wedding ceremony or reception you’ve always wanted. Commanding breath-taking views of the Conwy estuary, this fully licensed hotel offers a varied selection of luxury wedding packages to suit all budgets and tastes. Options include a dedicated wedding planner, complimentary room hire, a master of ceremonies, advice on floral arrangements, entertainment and other ancillary services and a Blue Carpet welcome, to name just a few. With mouth-watering gourmet food and fine Champagne, what more could a princess possibly desire?
For a comprehensive wedding brochure, visit www.quayhotel.co.uk or call manager, Steve Ogden, on 01492 564 100 for more information.
H is for hen party!
Not every hen party has to include tacky ‘L’ plates, inflatable unmentionables and falling over in fairy wings. For the more sophisticated bride-to-be, a visit to Solo Qui in the company of good friends, Champagne, and cake is the perfect way to relax, unwind and prepare for the big day. Based in the beautiful grounds of Glansevern Hall, a 19th century country house in Berriew, Welshpool, Solo Qui is a luxurious retreat and mind-spa with the emphasis firmly on you! Launched by Kay Jones and Carrie Jones, (no relation) this haven from everyday life offers a wide array of inspirational activities designed to revitalise both body and mind. Kay explains, ‘We provide brides-to-be with a day that meets all of their expectations. They might choose activities based around the wedding, for example, making invitations or cards, honing makeup and hairstyle techniques, or even creating their very own perfume. We also run activities such as murder mysteries, literature and music appreciation and male nude life drawing! In fact, the list is only limited by one’s imagination!’
Visit soloqui.co.uk or call 01686 641 974 or 01686 651 166 for more information.
J is for Jewellery
Brides should wear simple matching pieces that compliment their dress. Remember, the ring is the most important item, so other pieces of jewellery should not dominate.
L is for let them eat cake!
If you want to make a statement at your wedding, what better way than to proudly display your own custom-made weddings cake? Whatever design you have in mind, be it themed cupcakes, or a towering masterpiece, Sugar and Spice in Wrexham will be able to make something straight from your dreams.
Sugar and Spice offer wedding cakes made to order in a variety of styles, from the traditional to the unusual, and in any colour scheme you could possibly wish for. They can also include ornaments for the top of your cake and ribbons to complete the look.
To see more pictures of what Sugar and Spice can do, visit www.sugarandspice-wrexham.co.uk, or find them on Facebook as ‘Sugar & Spice – Wrexham’. If you’d like to visit the shop in person, you can find it on Charles Street in Wrexham town centre, and if you’d like to ask some questions ahead of time, you can always give them a call on 01978 264355.
P is for photographs
It’s vital to shop around for the perfect photographer, as your photos are a lasting record of the happiest day of your life. Make sure to ask to see their portfolio and, if possible, speak to some previous clients to ensure a ‘snap happy’ day!
John Quinn Photography is an established contemporary studio renowned for their high quality professional artistry in portraiture and wedding photography. With over 15 years of experience in the photographic industry, he has a passion for shooting memorable & striking images wedding images.
John only ever photographs one wedding in a day – giving you his undivided attention for as long as he is needed. It also means he can offer a bespoke service to meet your needs. Their photographic style and approach allows them to capture precious moments in an unobtrusive and relaxed manner. Creating an album of timeless and beautiful images that is unique to each couple.
They supply beautiful black Italian matted albums as well as the more contemporary Storybook or Magazine style albums. Although based in Shropshire they travel extensively to exclusively photograph your wedding.
Visit www.johnqphoto.com to find out more, or call 01691 657555 with any questions.
R is for rings
The rings are one of the most significant aspects of a wedding ceremony, so why not make this symbolic exchange between the bride and groom extra special with a stunning, free-flying hawk or owl as your ring bearer! The Cheshire Falconry, on Chester Road in Northwich, can make this a reality with their unique wedding package, guaranteed to ensure that your wedding day memories last a lifetime. Managing Director, Steve Birchall, says, ‘Our ring delivery really does add an extra element of magic to any wedding day. Imagine an owl or hawk carrying your wedding rings silently across the heads of your wedding party, or down the aisle to the groom. The same service is also available for civil partnerships and is proving to be very popular. ’ This awe-inspiring package includes flying displays, hands-on handling for your guests, static bird of prey displays and the thing likely to cause the biggest lump in the throat of all – a white dove release which is the perfect end to a perfect day.
For more information, visit www.cheshirefalconry.com or give the team a call on 01606 882223 and ask to speak with their falconry wedding advisors, Steve Birchall or Tristan Lougher.
S is for splendour
If you want to hold your wedding in splendour, then Seiont Manor Hotel in Snowdonia could be the wedding venue for you! The 150 acres of grounds with the stunning scenery of Snowdonia as a backdrop is a great setting for snapping your wedding pictures, while the sophisticated interior is a more than adequate venue for the ceremony, wedding breakfast and reception.
Seiont Manor Hotel offers a variety of wedding packages to suit most needs, whether you want a small, intimate wedding, or a more extravagant affair. Should you want the hotel all to yourself, exclusive use packages are also available.
To find out more about the hotel and to see all the wedding packages available (as well as some last minute deals) visit www.handpickedhotels.co.uk/hotels/seiont-manor or give the hotel a call on 0845 072 7550.
T is for tan
It is a good idea to book yourself in for an all-over bronzing about two or three days before your wedding day. Fake tan is often hard to get right, but you obviously want it to be perfect on the most important day of your life, which is where the Golden Tan Salon, in Abergele steps in to the fore. This family-run business has been helping brides-to-be look fabulous for over 14 years, and specialises in spray tans, manicures and hairdressing. They even hold tailor made ‘pamper days’, ideal for pre-hen parties.
For a free consultation about your beauty needs, call Jennie and the team on 01745 826086 or visit the website at www.goldentanhairandbeautysalon.co.uk
W is for wow factor!
Firmly established as one of the leading wedding venues in north Wales, Plas Maenan is a beautifully restored Edwardian mansion situated on a sunny bluff 300 feet above the Conwy Valley. With its spectacular mountain and river views and award-winning kitchen and restaurant, this privately owned house is available exclusively for you on your wedding day. Owner, Caroline Burt, is justifiably proud of her five star property, telling us, ‘Plas Maenan has plenty of space for everyone to enjoy a wonderful wedding in their own way. We have a beamed and paneled music room with an oak block dance floor, stage area and nightclub atmosphere, a cosy bar, a separate room for the ceremony and evening buffet and a comfortable lounge where granny can order a pot of tea, away from the festivities if she wishes! Our staff are always discreet yet attentive – it almost feels as if you are hosting a wedding in your own home!’
For more information call 01492 660232 or visit www.plas-maenan-hotel.co.uk
Y is for young children
Ahh! Usually the cutest-looking guests at weddings but always the most demanding. (And difficult to keep entertained.) A designated children’s area with an entertainer is a great idea if your budget allows. A cheaper option is a goodie bag containing a colouring book, crayons and stickers.
Z is for Zzzz
According to recent reports, one third of newly-weds are so tired and refreshed (for want of a better word!) following their big day that they fall straight to sleep on their wedding night. Ah well, you do have the rest of your lives...
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