Dreamy Wedding Photographer’s

If you’ve just entered the exciting wedding planning journey, or you’re a bride-to-be that’s further along the process and keen to find a wedding photographer that is A: available on your date, B: match your budget and C: snaps the style of wedding photographs you’ve always dreamt of, then stay tuned.

We are all about finding wedding photographers that capture them raw, authentic, unvarnished real moments. If you’re a couple that loves wildly and desires natural shots, you’ll be delighted to know that we have compiled some of our top favourites.


Destination Weddings

An absolute favourite goes to the incredibly talented Angie and Marco

If you’re planning a destination wedding, this boyfriend/ girlfriend team are worth giving a shout. Based in Orlando, Florida. They’ll pack their camera’s and travel to wherever you’re based.

Check out some of their work

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agical, dreamy, fairytale wedding

What a treat to stumble across this talented, multi-award winning, international female wedding photographer! Go check out Emma Jane Photography – named one of the top 50 wedding photographers of 2018 and 2019. Below is just a few of her magical, dreamy and fairy-tale like wedding shots. I am in LOVE with this style

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Alternative couples

This photographer can offer alternative, unique shots, so if you’re a bride-to-be, after an alternative twist to tradition, French Connection Photography could be a option worth exploring.

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For the fun-loving, relaxed couples

If you’re after wedding pictures that capture the spontaneity and real moments of the day; Surrey Lane Photographers are worth a shout. Here’s a flavour of the type of shots they capture. For more inspiration, head on over to their site Surrey Lane Wedding Photography and decide if they’re the right photographers for you.

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Well there it is! We’ve scoured the net to bring you our top picks of wedding photographers to suit a variety of brides! Of course there are lots more amazing wedding photographers out there so if there’s a particular photographer that you LOVE, let us know in the comments and we’ll do our best to give them a shout out.

Wedding cake Wednesdays

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With many opportunities for engaged couples to try a variety of cake, it can be somewhat overwhelming when making the final choice. But why stop with one cake on your big day when there’s limitless choice?

In this post, we are going to showcase some of our favourite Wedding Cake designs and the talented bakers behind it all.

Georgia’s Cakes

Want a baker to work with you and understand your exact requirements? If you haven’t already discovered Georgia’s Cakes, then you absolutely MUST head over to her site. Her designs are bespoke, beautiful and baked with love. There are 3 packages to choose from which each include a consultation and cake tasting. Starting price: £500.00

(Side note: If, like me, you love to bake, she also has some fantastic tutorials on her YouTube channel – definitely worth checking out!)

 

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Get in touch
Email:
info@georgiascakes.com
Tel: 02078560326

Rosalind Miller

Wow, we are blown away by the hand-crafted beautiful cake designs at Rosalind Miller. Couples can choose an existing design or adapt one. No matter the size or style of your big day, this company will work with you to ensure your cake compliments your theme.

There are 4 types of cake options to browse: “Abundance” “Elegance” “Grace” and “The Buttercream Collection”.

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My Baker

Another top favourite, My Baker is definitely worth taking a look at if you’re after a bespoke wedding cake design.

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Complimentary shipping on all orders over £75.00

Get in touch
Email: orders@mybaker.co
Tel: 020 3239 4399

We hope you’re mouth is watering and eyes popping just as much as ours are!
Leave a comment and let us know what your favourite cake is, or if you’ve been impressed by a wedding cake baker that we haven’t listed, please let us know. We look forward to your comments!

Hand-selected Acoustic Bands Perfect for Your Wedding Day

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Check out our hand-selected acoustic wedding bands perfect for your wedding day.

Maybe Baby

Two guitars, two voices and an arsenal of great songs – Maybe Baby are primed to bring background classics to your event or to get your guests up on their feet!

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The Jets Duo

High energy male duo, performing modern hits for everyone to enjoy, from The Jam and Oasis to Drake and Ed Sheeran.

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Marcel & Matt

Stylish and soulful acoustic guitar and vocal duo combining high calibre musicianship with an uplifting set spanning James Brown to James Bay. Incredible value and guaranteed to appeal to all ages! DJ service available.

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The Wildermen

Fun-loving folk-pop trio The Wildermen play uproarious folk, indie, rock and pop in their trademark upbeat acoustic style to get everyone stomping on the dance floor whatever the celebration! Featuring an exciting front man with rich and resonant vocal tones, impressive three-part harmonies and top-quality musicianship.

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The Wayfarers

Meet The Wayfarers, one of the UK’s most exciting acoustic folk bands. With their triumphant renditions of the biggest tracks in folk, pop, Motown and rock, the Wayfarers will make your occasion an unforgettable festival of feel-good tunes. Composed of 2 extraordinary vocalists in addition to guitar, keys, sax, double bass and drums,

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Let us know if you like any of our chosen acoustic bands or if you have a favourite already by leaving a comment below.

Britain’s most quirkiest wedding venues

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If you’re after an alternative wedding, what better why to wow your guests than with an unusual wedding venue!

In this day and age, weddings are becoming increasingly relaxed and are steering away from tradition. I see many couples making the choice to get married in a venue other than church and with the increased popularity, many places have chosen to apply for a licence. I’m sure there will be plenty of venues in this post that you hadn’t possibly imagined would be a choice to host a wedding.

London Zoo

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Can you imagine tying the knot at London Zoo?! Well now you literally can…
With a range of versatile and interesting spaces to choose from, let London Zoo plan an unforgettable day for you and your guests.

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Dreamland

If you’re a big kid and want a fun-packed wedding day that you and all your guests will always remember as that ‘quirky’ wedding day, take a look at Dreamland in Margate. This venue has everything from rides, to roller disco rooms to a dreamland ark where you’ll meet rabbits, reptiles and much more. If this sounds like your kind of day, head on over.

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London Eye

Love London? After a city wedding? Why not consider the spectacular, iconic London Eye! Imagine the beautiful photographs you’d capture whilst overlooking the city of London.

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Spitbank Fort

If, like many, you feel calm at sea, why not take your first moments of married life just off the coast of Portsmouth at Spitbank Fort?
With glorious sea views during the day and sparkling starlit sky by night, this venue would offer some pretty spectacular and unusual shots for you to treasure a lifetime!

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So that’s our pick of the venues that are sure to wow your guests with their unique style. Would you shortlist any of them? Let us know below

Local Wedding Fayres you need to know about

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Recently engaged? We’ve got you covered. Our glorious directory covers a range of everything you could possibly imagine, from your dream wedding dress to the perfect wedding venue.

We are here to make planning your wedding convenient and enjoyable! First, lets get you to some wedding fayres.

Wedding fayres near you …

Sunday 13th October 2019 

Oatlands Park Hotel 

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Admission: Free
Opening times: 11:00 – 15:00
Address: Oatlands Park Hotel, Oatlands Drive – Weybridge, Surrey, KT13 9HB
Contact Telephone: 01376 535608

Free entry, goody bag & opportunity to win a luxury honeymoon and range of local suppliers exhibiting. For details and pre-registration, visit

Sunday 20th October 2019 

De Vere Horsley Estate

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Admission: Free
Opening times: 12:00 – 16:00
Contact Telephone: 01483286599

Sunday 27th October 2019

Frimley Hall Hotel

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Admission: Free
Opening times: 11:00 – 16:00
Contact Telephone: 01276413100

Sunday 10th November 2019

Gate Street Barn

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Admission: Free
Opening times: 12:00 – 17:00
Contact Telephone: 01483 894362

Come along to view on site accommodation, caterers & pop up evening food and browse evening entertainment options.

Leave a comment below to tell us if you’ve recently been to any wedding fayres.

How much does a wedding cake cost?

During the early stages of wedding planning, you’ll probably set at least a ballpark budget for each element of your wedding. Even if you’re just starting to plan, you’ll definitely have an idea in your head of how much you’d be willing to spend. But how much does a wedding cake cost, and what can you expect for your budget?

Well, the wedding cake cost can vary significantly, depending on so many different factors. Although you might think that the number of servings will play a large part, realistically, adding an extra tier of cake or switching to the next size up will only add a proportionately small additional cost. The biggest differences affecting the wedding cake cost will come from different bakers, their ingredient costs, skill level, location relative to venue, running costs and most importantly, your design. I thought it would be helpful to compare some of the different budget ranges when it comes to wedding cakes, and see what you can get for them. Although there’s no ‘standard’ cake size, let’s assume you need to serve about 80-100 people, with 1” x 1” slices (if using a professional baker), with the cake being delivered up to 15 minutes to the venue.

Lowest Wedding Cake Cost: £75

There are two quite different options in the lowest budget range: using standard supermarket/high street celebration cakes and making your own wedding cake (or having a family member do it).

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1. Using the supermarket’s ‘best quality’ sponge cakes, designed for afternoon tea with your friends, you could serve 100 guests for under £50. It doesn’t compare to a homemade cake by any stretch, and is filled with preservatives and additives, but if that’s not a concern to you, it’s a really cost effective way of feeding lots of guests with a tasty cake. As each cake only serves about 6 people, you could also go really wild with flavours, and mix and match from the different options they have (vanilla, chocolate, lemon, coffee, carrot). Even with their off-the-shelf party cake options, you could feed everyone for under £75, and have a fun themed cake to match your personality and wedding (roses, rainbows, animals, superheroes). If you’re really looking to save on your wedding cake cost, cupcakes are the cheapest option from the supermarket, and you can still have a larger cake to cut.
2. The other option in the under £75 range is to have a homemade cake. Either made yourself or by a family member. This definitely isn’t the cheapest option, despite most people’s assumptions, but it often lends a really personal touch for couples. Once you’ve purchased all of the ingredients, fillings and boards that you’ll need to make the cake, as well as some decorations, the wedding cake cost will start mounting up. Another thing to think about is that although this option is cheapest in terms of money you have to pay out, it can be quite a stressful job for you or other family members leading up to and on the big day, and it’s quite a big favour to ask someone. But if someone has offered and you trust them to do it, it will be a really special part of the wedding.

Lowest Mid Wedding Cake Cost: £75 – £300

In this budget range, there’s actually quite a few different options, from supermarkets to hobby and professional bakers. This category is also still below Bridebook’s average wedding cake cost for 2019, with most couples spending £331.

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1. A made-to-order, luxury supermarket wedding cake. Although these vary across almost the entire budget range, this means you have lots of flexibility on wedding cake cost. At the lower end is a very famous his and hers chocolate caterpillar cake, stretching to a more heavily decorated luxury white cake at the higher end. With multiple flavour choices and the reliability of a trusted high street brand, these are a really good option. However, they are not without their problems, and there have been a few stories of brides let down by stores. The only guaranteed downside is that you have to deliver them yourself, and often you need to stack them too. So just think about whether you need the added stress on your wedding day. Or even better, maybe it’s a job that you can delegate to a member of the wedding party or family?

2. Wedding cake from a ‘hobby’ baker or someone starting out. A ‘hobby baker’ (as I see it) is someone who is registered with the council (i.e. has a food hygiene rating) and follows all appropriate laws regarding food hygiene and selling their services (i.e. registers their income with HMRC). They may not make many cakes every year, and do not charge as much as professional bakers (although some of them certainly should!). This does not include bakers who are not registered and don’t log their income with HMRC – I definitely don’t advocate someone who operates like this (friends and family don’t fall into this group). Hobby and new bakers often just take on cakes they feel confident making or would enjoy making, so they tend to charge less. Like everything else, have a really good chat with them, get to know them, taste their cake and look at their work, and if you’re happy, agree on a price with them. You can’t expect a cake that will rival some of the most expensive London bakers, but you can expect a cake that has been lovingly made and looks good, but maybe with a few slight imperfections. They’re perfectly imperfect.

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3. Cupcakes from a professional baker is the final option in this category, falling at the higher end of the price budget. They might be at the higher end, but there are so many reasons why they are worth the extra wedding cake cost. They will be baked, just for you, in the flavours of your choice (often more than is available from hobby bakers or supermarkets, and they will be beautifully decorated, in whatever design you choose. On the day, they will be delivered to the venue and set up, with no effort required from you. This is arguably the most cost effective way to get a professional quality wedding cake.

Higher Mid Wedding Cake Cost: £300 – £750

I did say that the wedding cake cost can vary significantly! Within the middle bracket are professional cake makers, ranging from very good to phenomenal. You are almost guaranteed a very well finished cake, that is structurally sound, delivered to the venue and set up for you, with no hassle. These cake makers will come recommended by venues who have worked with them in the past, who know they are reliable and will leave couples and guests happy. At the lower end of the price range, you often find buttercream cakes, followed closely by naked or semi-naked cakes, costing in the £300-500 bracket. Fondant cakes are much more expensive because they take so much work, stretching up to approx. the £750 mark. In this category, you’ll also find some off-the-shelf options from some of the well-known, higher end cake studios. They won’t be very customisable, if at all, but they should be every bit perfect and flavourful.

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High End Wedding Cake Cost: £750 – £10,000+

Finally, you will know of some of the most luxurious wedding cake makers in the UK from royal weddings and trending cake styles. Although every studio will price differently, these are the kind of places where you don’t worry about the wedding cake cost, but know they will create a masterpiece that you could never have dreamt of in your wildest dreams. From 3 tier flower adorned simple beauties to 10 tier heavily decorated masterpieces, the journey and final cake from a luxury cake studio should be phenomenal.

When it comes down to wedding cake cost, there is no right or wrong budget that you should set. It’s completely up to you and your partner. How important is the cake to you? Do you want a cake that will be delicious, and wow guests because it’s been beautifully made and suits you and your wedding perfectly? If so, you’re probably going to have to invest a bit more money in the budget. If you and your partner just want something sweet for your guests to enjoy on the day, and it’s not important that it matches your theme or is a particular flavour, then you can definitely make some ‘smart swaps’ and find an option at the lower end of the scale. Whatever you choose, I hope you and your guests love it!

Good luck and happy planning!

Lara x

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