Friday, 1 July 2011

A Few Of My Favourite Things

The images below are just a few of the things that encouragedand inspired me to start this blog.  From the landscapes and scenery to the creativity and skills amongst our suppliers, here are a few of my favourite (Lancashire) things...

Credits: Bride in wellies by Katy Lunsford Photography, The Lancashire Hotpots, couple holding hands at Rivington by Hannah Dornford-May Photography, invitation from, chair covers by Simply Bows and Chair Covers, table set-up from Martha Stewart, bride with red rose bouquet from, cupcakes by, cheese cake by Proctors Cheeses, a wedded couple on a typical Lancashire day by Nicola Grimshaw-Mitchell Photography, Southport Pier from, Blackpool Tower from

Using local suppliers can work in both the customer and the suppliers favour.  Why order your jewerelly over the internet from China when we have award winning designers right here in Lancashire?  It may appear cheaper at first glance but add on the postage and packaging costs and it often ends up more expensive. Even using suppliers in the bordering counties could end up more expensive.  Most suppliers offer free delivery within a certain distance so do your research and benefit from using local suppliers.  And with some suppliers charging by the mile the final price could end up pretty hefty!  With the average wedding costing £22,858 (according to Conde Naste Publications) why wouldn't you want to put that money back into your economy by supporting you local suppliers.

 And don't get me started on the quality!  Remember, that when you purchase items over the internet you never actually see the product so you could end up disappointed.  Those bridesmaids dresses that you ordered via Ebay may turn up and be the completely wrong shade of purple.  Do you really want to take risks on the biggest day of your life?

The experience local suppliers have within your venues can be second to none.  Ask your venues who their recommended suppliers are.  Remember, they are recommended for a reason.  Not just for their fantastic work but also for their knowledge of the venue.  A local wedding photographer will know the best places to shoot and where the best light can be found.  A local chair cover specialist will know the venues decor and can advise you on your colour scheme and they will already know the chair sizes to get the right fit of cover.  Their expertise is extensive and they are more than happy to share it with you.

After discussing all the technical points of using local suppliers, we must not forget to mention that Lancashire is full of talent.  This is seen in splendour at Wedding Fayres and in the local Wedding Magazines.  There are plenty of Wedding Fayres in the county so get out there and discover Lancashires talent! And not forgetting the stunning venues and scenery that we have in The Ribble Valley and Rivington and the picture perfect settings in Lytham and Southport.

As you can tell, I am all for using local suppliers (hence the blog!).  Lancashire Bride aims to promote local suppliers and create a one stop stop for those brides getting married in Lancashire.  By endorsing our Lancashire suppliers we hope to be able to showcase the best on offer so our Brides needn't look anywhere else!  And to give you brides a bit of inspiration when it comes to organising your own weddings, we'll also be blogging supplier shoots and real life weddings.

Watch this space!

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