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  1. The Marriage Makers : The Sweet Suite Artisan Cakery

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    Meet the Marriage Makers | The Sweet Suite Artisan Cakery
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    Tell us a little about you and your lovely business!

    My team consists of just little old me!  I make all my jams and caramels, bake and decorate every cake and create every sugar flower all on my own (I like to know it’s all done properly)!

    My kitchen is based in Poole, the perfect location to provide my cakes across both Dorset and Hampshire. I’ll happily go further afield though, I’ve delivered cakes to Wigan and had a cake flown to Canada!

    I offer my clients the ability to truly have a cake that suits them and their day. And if you’re after sugar flowers … I’m your girl! I’m happy to create realistic or stylised flowers that match your bouquet, I love to work with your florist to bring everything together. 

    I use British ingredients where I am able to, such as butter, milk, cream, eggs, flour and fruit when available.  I will only ever use free range eggs and Belgian chocolate. And, if there is a fair-trade option, I’ll go for it! 

    Most importantly, my business holds a 5* food hygiene rating (please always check your food supplier has been inspected by the council).

    I have been lucky enough to be shortlisted as a finalist at the Dorset wedding supplier awards. I have also won four international awards for the quality of my work, both sugar flowers and wedding cakes, for which I am incredibly proud!

    What is your favourite thing about working with Brides and Grooms?

    My favourite part of working with my couples is getting to know them and their day. I love holding consultations and designing a cake that truly reflects a couple's day.  The cake can bring together all parts of your day; your flowers, dress, colours, venue, or you can really go to town! I’ve made a Harry Potter themed cake, a grand piano and a boston terrier before. 

    Are you spotting any trends for 2019/2020?

    This year I am finding that geometrics, clean lines and succulents or statement flowers are a trend for my clients.  My couples are also starting to be more adventurous with cake flavour choices; cookies and cream, Black Forest and millionaire’s are the popular flavours this year.

    What do you offer that others can’t? What makes you unique?

    What makes my business unique is that I tailor make every cake I make to an individual customer's needs, I’m not a one trick pony! Five tier cake with a floral cascade or a dessert table made up of lots of little goodies, it’s YOUR day, not mine.

    What five words would you use to describe your business?

    Personal, Bespoke, Quality, British and Trusted.

    What top tips would you like to share with our lovely couples planning their big day?

    Please don’t leave booking your cake until 3 months before your date, especially if you are between the months of May – September. I hate turning people away, but I only have so many hours in the day! I always recommend that you get your cake maker booked in around 6-9 months before, if not more. We all get booked very quickly!

    How do I order my wedding cake?

    The first step is to pop me over an email with the date of your wedding, your venue, rough idea of guests and as much info as you can give me. This means I can check if I am free for you and get a rough idea of what size cake etc you may require. I can also give you an average price range for your needs.  
    We can then arrange a meeting where we can talk about your day, your likes/dislikes, you can sample some delicious cakes and most importantly, start designing your cake!
    I will then send you over your initial design and quote with all details of your day included. We can then make changes from the design if needed to make sure you are 100% happy with your cake in every way.
    Fast forward to your big day and you have no need to worry about setting up the cake. I deliver and set up all wedding cakes to ensure safe transit and proper handover to your venue.  

    Anything else you would like to tell us?

    If you are looking for a cake maker, or just fancy a sweet treat, I will be starting to run bake up days on my social media platforms. I will be having baking days through the year where I will be making trays of my scrummy gluten-free Belgian Chocolate brownies, cupcakes, baked cheesecake slices and even more.  My cookie dough cheesecake goes down a treat, so be careful not to miss out!

    I am also in the process of developing my next international competition piece for later this year, so keep an eye out for my progress and results on instagram and facebook.

    The Sweet Suite Dorset


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  2. The Marriage Makers : Saddlers Bar

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    Meet the Marriage Makers | Saddlers Bar
    proudly part of 'The Recommended Collection'


    Tell us a little about you and your lovely business!

    Saddlers Bar is a beautifully converted Horse Box Bar. Lined with copper, decked with oak and filled to the brim with delicious drinks. We serve a wide range to suit all tastes but can also specialise if you simply prefer a gin/prosecco/cocktail/pimms bar for your big day. A unique feature of our Horse Box is our on-board draft system serving icy cold lager, cider and ales. Essentially if it's drink-related, we have it covered!

    - who are you/who's in the team? 
    Saddlers is a family affair. Lela looks after the customers and arranges our bookings. Al brings the muscle power and big smiles no matter what’s going on and Maddie, our daughter is great when we need an extra pair of hands behind the bar.   We work so well as a family because we know eachother’s strong points and weaknesses so we can really plough our efforts in to the things we are all good at. 

    - where are you based and where do you cover?
    Saddlers HQ is in the leafy outskirts of the beautiful city of Salisbury. We cover the whole of the South.

    - how long have you been trading?
    We launched in May 2018 with a very busy first year.  To date we have completed over 20 events.

    - what do you specialise in and offer?
    Aside from delivering a stylish luxury bar service with everything you would expect to find in a bar, we also offer drinks packages to suit all occasions; arrival/reception drinks, table wine, and bespoke themed cocktails designed and named especially for our clients.

    - any awards we should know about?
    AWARDS - YES! We were very fortunate to be nominated for the ‘Best British Newcomer’ in the British Wedding Awards. This category is voted for by the general public and so we were ecstatic when, in February this year, we were crowned winners. It is so nice to be recognised for our efforts and to have such a prestigious award in our first year. We’ve also been shortlisted as a finalist in the 2019 Muddy Stilettos Award for ‘Best Bar in Wiltshire’ – how exciting is that! Voting closes in 6 days, so if you’d like to vote for us, we would be super grateful - here’s the link >>

    What is your favourite thing about working in the wedding industry?

    Our speciality is weddings! We have been privileged to be part of so many weddings in quite a short period of time. There is something very special about being able to contribute to such an intimate and special event, which makes our job so rewarding.  The bar is an integral element to any good party and so we really enjoy making sure that every little detail is taken care of; from our polished paintwork and shiny hubcaps, through to the quality of the strawberries in our pimms. We get even more excited if we can get a little bit creative and encompass the theme of your wedding in to the décor of the bar for the day.

    Are you spotting any trends for 2019/2020?

    Our predictions are around the "less is more" theory. We are seeing more and more small and intimate DIY weddings as couples want to personalise with meaningful touches that reflect their relationship, interests, and sense of style. Our old friend ‘tradition’ is often being offered the day off and little miss ‘creativity’ is working overtime to create less with more.

    From a Bar perspective this is definitely the year of the cocktail but, with a growing focus on quality and provenance of ingredients. There are so many good spirits on the market now, but there are also some pretty awful ones too. We take the guess work out and ensure top notch tipples by road-testing all of our products (tough job we know!).

    Couples are also loving having a personalised cocktail designed for them and named after them, or their dog, or even a special place.  

    What is not in, is over-the-top, in-your-face, bigger-is-better weddings. ‘keeping up with trends’ and filling the day with fussy trinkets and ‘wedding-alia’ is out, out, out.

    What do you offer that others can’t? What makes you special?

    What attracts customers to our beautiful bar is our stunning good looks of course (the bar that is – not us)! We have spared no expense in creating a stunning addition to your big day with the highest grade materials of copper and oak, beautiful ambient lighting, and hi-tech equipment... the list goes on.

    What makes us different is that we invest a huge amount of time in sourcing great products from small batch producers and crafting excellent drinks from our finds. We meet the producers and each product has to earn a place on the shelf by demonstrating excellent craftsmanship, provenance and taste. This means that along with your all-time favourite drinks, in our bar you will always discover a new favourite to share with your friends. We believe this should be the benchmark standard for all bars and that everyone should be able to enjoy a little bit of luxury on their special day so, we keep our prices low. Simple.

    What five words would you use to describe your business?

    Stylish, Sophisticated and Seriously-Good Drinks (is that 6 words?!?)

    What top tips would you like to share with our lovely couples planning their big day?

    A common misconception is that it will be simple to buy your own alcohol and run a “DIY Bar”. The truth is, it can be achieved but it is certainly not simple. How much stock is needed? How do you chill your drinks? Glasswear? Who is responsible for the bar once everyone is tipsy? Who will clear up? What about allergies? And then there is the all-important ICE!!!! Who calls last orders? The outcome is often very messy.

    It can cost as little as £250 to hire a beautiful bar with licenced staff and all of the accompaniments needed, to serve deliciously chilled drinks to your guests, and we take care of the clear up operation too. After all of the effort that you will have invested in to planning your dream day, don’t leave this key element to chance.

    Above all, our general wedding planning advice would be to keep things simple. Work out a budget and keep a close eye on it. Pick your top 5 must-haves and build on them. Venue, dress/suits, bar, caterer, music.  If you are at the very early stages of planning, a good starting point for inspiration is pinterest.  Create a board for each of your top 5’s, but limit yourself to 10 images per board (one in, one out). This will help to narrow down what you want to achieve without swamping yourself with too many ideas.  

    Anything else you would like to tell us?

    We would absolutely love for you to follow us on instagram and facebook, and if you're looking for a beautiful bar for your big day, please do bear us in mind. "Cheers!"


    Saddlers Bar


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  3. The Marriage Makers : Emily Celebrant

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     Meet the Marriage Makers | Emily Celebrant
    proudly part of 'The Recommended Collection'


    Tell us a little about you and your lovely business!

    I’m Emily and I am an Independent Celebrant living Marlborough, Wiltshire with my husband and cat, Holly who sometimes likes to make an appearance on video calls!  I travel all over the country to conduct wedding celebration ceremonies and absolutely love the variety in my work.

    I have been a celebrant for five years and began when I conducted my sister's wedding celebrations on a farm in Sussex.  I was hooked from that moment!

    It is important to me that each couple feels confident that they are at the heart of what I do.  I take a limited number of ceremonies per year to ensure that they are all bespoke and highly personal.  I only conduct one per day so that I can be flexible when last minute issues may arise. I take great pleasure in writing unique scripts, weaving in the important moments, adventures and funny quirks so that, on the big day there are smiles, tears and laughter as the couple and their guests journey together through the telling of a beautiful love story.  Some couples wish to include unity ceremonies and if they are not too keen on the usual ones, I’m happy to create a new one (or add a twist to the old). 

    In 2018, I won the award for the Most Outstanding Celebrancy Practice for Families and Couples in the UK.  This award was so important to me because it was voted for by the families and couples I have worked with, and it is their opinion that matters to me the most.

    What is your favourite thing about working in the wedding industry?

    I love the variety in my work, and the buzz of love!  When I first meet my couples and watch them go from being a little nervous to completely relaxed as they share their wonderful stories, and all the fabulous details about their relationship, I am always filled with excitement!  I can’t wait to start creating their ceremony, and making it perfect for them.

    Are you spotting any trends for 2019/2020?

    Hoops in all manner of shapes and sizes are very popular this season.  Hoops are great because they are highly symbolic of unity and togetherness which are the underpinning themes of a wedding celebration ceremony.

    I’m liking the move towards more colourful wedding dresses as well.  There are going to be some real treats on the aisles over the next couple of years. I’m particularly looking forward to seeing one of my brides next February – her dress is a masterpiece!

    What do you offer that others can’t? What makes you special?

    My couples are at the heart of all I do, and so it is important to me that their ceremony is perfect.  From the moment a couple first makes contact I spend a lot of time communicating with them, sharing ideas and thoughts, working with them to ensure I know what they really want from their ceremony.  I am creative, flexible, an excellent listener and 100% dedicated to my work.  My ceremonies always become an integral part of the celebrations, not just the bit before the party starts.

    What five words would you use to describe your business?

    Bespoke | Heartfelt | Professional | Award-Winning | Personal

    What top tips would you like to share with our lovely couples planning their big day?

    Let your ceremony be a moment of sanctuary where you can reflect on your relationship, love, and the love you share with your family and friends.  Make it a true reflection of you as a couple, and allow your promises to come from the heart.  When you sit down to write these, don’t think too much; just feel.  Start by listing some key words, outlining what you love about one another and what promises you wish to make for your future together.  Use these as the core points, then your words will start to flow and your vows will be perfect!

    How are you different to a registrar?

    I am not a registrar, so I am unable to complete the actual legal signing of the marriage certificate or say the declaratory and legislative words.  However, there is no reason that I cannot work at licenced venues, because a celebrant-led ceremony has no legal status.  More often than not though, celebrant ceremonies are held in interesting or quirky locations in or outside unlicensed venues where a legal marriage ceremony is not permitted. 

    Many couples are now choosing to complete the legal ceremony on a different day during a more intimate ceremony with just their witnesses.  These tend to take place at the register office during the week.  It is always nice to follow this with a champagne lunch! 

    There are no legalities around the exchanging of wedding rings, and so many couples like to include this in their celebrant-led ceremony (or in both)!   At the close of a wedding celebration ceremony, there is the opportunity to sign a complimentary keepsake certificate as a lovely reminder of the day. 

    As a celebrant, I am not restricted by marriage laws, so I can conduct a ceremony at whatever time and wherever you like.  We can include any content you choose, for example a toast, religious blessings or ritual. These would not be possible in the statutory ceremony.  I also like to include a lot of personal detail, creating a unique script for each of my couples, making their day extra special. 

    Anything else you would like to tell us?

    Do feel free to follow me on instagram and facebook, to get a better idea of how I can help!


    Emily Celebrant (Photographers - Pip and Simon)

    Photo Credit : Pip & Simon

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  4. The Marriage Makers : Primo Parties

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    Meet the Marriage Makers | Primo Parties
    proudly part of 'The Recommended Collection'


    Tell us a little about you and your lovely business!

    Primo Parties is made up of Adam and Jason (and our wives!).  We are two friends who have a love of DJing! Adam is based in Poole (our main office) while Jason is just outside of Dorchester. This means we are able to cover the area from Southampton right up to Yeovil - we also travel as far north as Salisbury.

    2019 is our 5th Anniversary, however as individuals we have been DJing for around 20 years combined! Specialising in music from the 1980's to now (we will also happily play songs from other eras), we believe we know everything there is to know about the last 30 years of music!

    In 2018, we were awarded the Dorset Wedding Supplier Award for best DJ.  An award we were also 2016 runners up in.  We also hold a platinum DJ mark, which assesses our professionalism and organisation regarding licences, testing and administration.

    What is your favourite thing about working in the wedding industry?

    Our favourite thing about working with our amazing couples is watching their faces when 'their song' comes on...the sheer joy of that song, on that day is something we will never tire of. The fantastic (sometimes not so!) sound of family and friends singing at the top of their voices to a song that we have chosen for them is an amazing feeling!

    Are you spotting any trends for 2019/2020?

    We offer a 'glo-wedding' package which is very popular at the moment. Those couples particularly into their 90's/00's dance music are opting to 'rave' for the last couple of hours of their reception. We provide the music (obviously) and the glo accessories and they show us their moves!

    What do you offer that others can’t? What makes you special?

    Primo Parties is unique because of us. With experience of planning weddings ourselves (Adam was a wedding planner in a previous life) we are able to advise our couples about anything and everything connected to their big day. We are happy to chat through timings and plans and will give our help and advice when required. We find that couples book us because we aren't the stereotypical DJs - we don't talk too much, hide behind our DJ booth or play the same songs every night. We invite children to take a look at what we do and we will happily demonstrate a party dance or two!

    What five words would you use to describe your business?

    Different | Bespoke | Modern | Passionate | Dedicated

    What top tips would you like to share with our lovely couples planning their big day?

    For us, we see too many couples plan their evening reception based on what they THINK their guests will want. This is your day and it is important that you get what you want from it.  If the bride and groom are stood at the bar or in another room then your guests will be doing the same. Make sure your night is perfect for you - your guests will love it because it will reflect you and your love for each other!

    Anything else you’d like to tell us?

    We would love for you to follow us on instagram and facebook and if you're looking for a DJ for your special day, please don't hesitate to get in touch.  

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  5. The Marriage Makers : Bride by Design

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    Meet the Marriage Makers | Bride by Design
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    Tell us a little about you and your lovely business!

    We are a small family-run business, run by Mother and Daughter team, Clare and Lisa.

    Based in the small market town of Warminster, Wiltshire, situated halfway between the cities of Bath and Salisbury, we also cover parts of Somerset and Dorset too, with towns including Frome, Shaftesbury, Gillingham, Westbury, Trowbridge and Melksham.Having a direct train line into Warminster means we also get lots of Brides travelling from London to come to us too. 

    We opened our boutique in January 2013, so we've just started our 7th year of trading.  We specialise in offering a beautiful range of designer wedding dresses, bridesmaid dresses and bridal accessories such as shoes, jewellery, veils and hair accessories. 

    We were one of three finalists in the Wedding Industry Awards 2018 for ‘Best Bridal Retailer- South West’. Sadly, we didn’t win but we were very proud to have been in the top three and have our fingers crossed again for the next industry awards!

    What is your favourite thing about working in the wedding industry?

    Our favourite thing about working in the wedding industry is helping our customers find their dresses of course! Seeing their reaction when their dress arrives and it’s all hanging up in the changing room waiting for them is just great! Weddings are such a happy occasion, so we love being involved and helping our ladies' plans come to life. 

    Are you spotting any trends for 2019/2020?

    We are noticing a huge change in dress colours.  When we first opened we were selling lots of white dresses, whereas now our ladies are asking for golds, champagnes, blush pinks and ivory. A few trends for next year’s Brides include lots of lace and shaped trains (when is lace not on trend for weddings!!) We do have some stunning plainer styles in store too, as we have noticed more and more customers wanting something just as beautiful but a little more understated.

    What do you offer that others can’t? What makes you special?

    I think the main difference between us and our competitors and what makes us special is the fact we can have bespoke dresses made by one of our suppliers.  This gives our ladies the chance to make their dress completely unique and their own - it means if they find a dress which they love, but would like to add an illusion neckline of sleeves etc, then that’s exactly what we can do.  Even the smallest changes can make the biggest difference.  We are renowned in our area for giving excellent customer service too - nothing is ever too much trouble and we are here to help our customers every step of the way, from the moment they book an appointment with us right up until their wedding day! Our website testimonials speak for themselves and we are very proud to have such wonderful comments left about people’s experiences with us!

    What five words would you use to describe your business?

    Friendly, professional, accommodating, reliable and honest!

    What top tips would you like to share with our lovely Brides to-be planning their big day?

    A few top tips for wedding dress shopping… be open minded when trying on dresses, you may fall in love with a dress which you would never have imagined choosing - but that’s OK and happens all the time! They look completely different on the hanger so be brave and try them. Don’t start looking for your dress until around a year before your wedding (unless you are just super organised). Looking too early will result in you possibly falling in love with a dress which will not be available to order nearer your wedding. Dresses usually have a 6-month order time, so coming a year before is perfect. Another top tip we have learnt over the years is not to take too many people with you dress shopping (no more than 3).  Too many opinions makes it impossible and ultimately it’s your dress and you have to have what you love, you can always bring your friends back to see your chosen dress another time.

    Anything else you’d like to tell us about? 

    Being based in a military town we offer a 10% discount for military personnel, so please bring proof of this to your appointment and we will be more than happy to offer this to you.  Please follow us on instagram and facebook, which will give you a little more insight in to your bridal experience with us. We look forward to welcoming you soon.


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  6. The Marriage Makers : JASHAIR Group

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    Meet the Marriage Maker | JASHAIRGROUP
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    1.    Tell us a little about you and your fab business!
    Hello, I’m Jayne Prigent and I own the JASHAIRGroup – we’re pleased to be celebrating 30 years in business and are regionally renowned for offering the best hair and beauty in the area.  With a team of 40, we have three multi award-winning salons in Salisbury, Wilton and at Parkwood Health & Fitness.

    2.    What do you love most about weddings?

    Without doubt, our favourite thing about weddings is seeing a Bride’s reaction to the beautiful look we have created for her. We also love being part of the special day and meeting the family and close friends – it’s all so exciting and really does give you goosebumps!  
    3.    What’s hot right now?

    For hair and beauty, we’re finding more and more Brides would like a natural look, and are opting for soft bouncy curls that are pretty and graceful.

    4. What five words would you use to describe your business?

    We love what we do and do what we love (little more than five words!)

    5. What do you offer that others can’t?

    Our team is super friendly, they’re all experts in their field and together we offer a relaxed environment in our professional salons.

    6. What advice would you like to share with our lovely Brides to-be planning their big day?

    Start early and make time for a hair plan – think about your colour, work on your hair’s condition and think carefully about the look you want to achieve on your big day.

    7. Anything else you’d like to tell us?

    Couple of things ... firstly, we'd obviously love to chat wedding hair with you, so do give us a call to make an appointment and secondly, together with Love That Wedding! we’re thrilled to be giving you the opportunity to win a JAS ‘BeautifulME’ Pamper Package - 1 hour 45 minutes of pure indulgent bliss.  Look out for Love That Wedding!’s facebook post in the next few days to find out how you can enter. 

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