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The UK wedding supplier mapIt’s been a while since I mentioned the wedding supplier map. If you’re still looking for any wedding suppliers, particularly in your area, then I really recommend you give the map a whirl – it’s a great way of finding local businesses and especially the more surprising ones.

I was just exploring the shipping lanes on the wedding supplier map. Yep, there are wedding businesses working the shipping lanes between Wales, Ireland and Cornwall (actually that’s a lie – all the national wedding businesses on the map are in one place, having a little swim: so you know they supply the whole of the UK).

The UK wedding supplier map

The UK wedding supplier map

Anyway… I found Alex The Mind Reader.

Alex the Mind Reader

Alex the Mind Reader

Alex The Mind Reader?

Just in case his name hadn’t got my attention (surely it’s only women who can read minds?!) he’d uploaded a video onto the wedding supplier map via YouTube! And it’s proof positive that he really can read your mind!

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So I am getting very excited about the wedding show at Tatton Park this weekend. This Saturday I will be up bright and early on a mission to swoon at stationery, sample cupcakes and enjoy the fantastic catwalk show the show organisers always put on.

I had a lovely chat with Tatton wedding show organiser Laura yesterday and I’m looking forward to some real treats too: the teepee first, the jewellery boutique (a collaboration of four jewellers which sounds fab), and of course the helicopter that will be dropping in – but not literally!

More to come on Tatton Wedding Show this week as I blog about some of the suppliers I can’t wait to meet! Will you be there on Saturday?

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Vintage music sheets wedding confetti conesMy plan today was to write a little post about wedding accessories from Vintage Twee. Owned by the loveliest lady in all of weddingland, as inspiring and gorgeous as it gets, I was excited to hear last week about some new wedding favours and accessories Joanne had just designed.

That was the plan.

Vintage music sheet paper rose table decorationsQuality handcrafted vintage wedding decorations

Joanne had also mentioned a new website for Vintage Twee was on the way. Lovely, I thought. And as I sat down to write – I’ll just have a quick look, open up the website and have all the details to hand of these new rose confetti cones and vintage music sheet cones.

So I went to the Vintage Twee website, took one look at the new design and fell off my chair.

This is the perfect place for any and every vintage bride, a virtual aladdin’s cave of beautifully crafted wedding and dinner party accessories and favours – trust me, take one look and you’ll be there for half an hour or more choosing all your favourite things!

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Laughing bride and groom

Laughing bride and groom

This week is going to be all about smiles and happiness and wedding ideas. What better way to start than with a wedding, hey? So … your intrepid wedding blogger Claire runs off, checks files for smiliest bride and groom and… Oh yes. This is Perfect with a capital P! Nicola and Stewart at Cave Castle Hotel in East Yorkshire.

Nicola and Stewart’s wedding was just before Christmas at a venue I’ve not seen before (but instantly loved!) and their photos are beautiful and inspiring – their wedding photographer is Pete Barnes who’s based in Wakefield.

It made me laugh to read on Pete’s wedding photography blog that it was a freezing cold, snowy day but they were really keen to get some fantastic photos outdoors. It’s a sign of dedication that he soon found himself lying face down in the snow to get that perfect wedding photo!

The prettiest embroidered bridal shoes with a satin ribbon bow

The prettiest embroidered bridal shoes with a satin ribbon bow

A vintage inspired, exquisitely crafted wedding dress with the finest lace detailing

A vintage inspired, exquisitely crafted wedding dress with the finest lace detailing

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Wedding invitation made of magic!

Wedding invitation made of magic! by Hummingbird Cards

This is wedding stationery that will get everyone’s attention – if you want a dash of luxury, a hint of quirkiness and a sackful of originality, let me show you The Hummingbird Card Company!

They’re a bit of a UK wedding blog favourite having featured on some of the very best blogs I subscribe to… Love My Dress, OMG I’m Getting Married, Whimsical Wonderland Weddings… and with very good reason: The Hummingbird Card Company is creative and inspiring, different and unusual with a choice of designs for every kind of wedding – whether you’re a tad alternative or having a classic, luxury wedding day, you’ll find a Hummingbird wedding invitation that is perfect for you!

I love this framed design with the layered filigree butterflies – it’s incredible how complex and delicate a design can be, and then to layer the butterflies so the wings are in 3D as well… beats Avatar any day. This is a beautiful keepsake or gift – even for anniversaries.

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awardsReaction to the Wedding Ideas Magazine Awards last week was mixed, and really got me thinking. While I don’t want to criticise the organisers and I accept the results reflected popular opinion, I felt more than a little deflated after seeing the winners’ list on Friday evening. Why? It took me a few days to think about that one.

I’m a creative type. I wear rose-tinted specs. They go with my image.

I like to think the wedding industry is a creative place – and from where I’m sitting, it is! Lots of little businesses, talented craftsmen and women, devoted to the magic they make in their studios, boutiques and workshops. But what came out of the Wedding Ideas Magazine awards last week – with the exception of a few creative winners – was that people still can’t see us. Or more aptly, the majority of brides- and grooms-to-be still can’t see us. Because the guys with the money for marketing: Moss Bross, John Lewis and Confetti – are the brands most brides still know best.