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Just thought I’d do a quick update. We’ve booked a few more things now, so I can tell you about the suppliers we’ve booked:


We’ve met and looked at so many photographers since we started planning the wedding, but none made us go “Wow!”. Until we went to the wedding fayre at Horsley Lodge. Merv, from Field Photographic, is such a great guy, and was so friendly when we first met him. The work that he and his partner do is amazing. They take gorgeous photos. It was lovely that when we told Merv where we were getting married, he instantly found photos he had taken at our church to show us. It really helps to see photos from previous weddings at your venue. He also showed us pictures from all of our prospective reception venues (as we hadn’t decided one at the time). We knew as soon as we left the fayre that we wanted Merv to photograph our wedding, so booked him the next weekend at the Makeney Hall wedding fayre.


At our very first wedding fayre at Breadsall Priory, we saw two beautiful cars from I Do Wedding Cars. This was the first time I’d heard of a Beauford, and I completely fell in love. They are absolutely gorgeous cars. After this I went on a mission to find all wedding car companies in our area that had a Beauford. I contacted all the ones I found that I liked for quotes, and received 3 quotes back. 2 of the companies were based an hour from our house, so quite far to travel to see the car before we booked. The other, was from I Do Wedding Cars, so although they aren’t based very close to us, we’d already seen the car. It was also the cheapest quote, so we went with it!


I hadn’t really thought about booking the DJ until we met Paul from Spirits High DJ at the Makeney Hall wedding fayre. He was a really nice, down to earth guy, but really professional. I took his details home with me after, and just put them in my wedding folder. A while later, I added him on Facebook, and saw that he was taking bookings for 2014, and already had a few. I had always thought I wouldn’t book the DJ until about a year before, but hearing that he was already in demand made me change my mind! I emailed him for a quote, and he got back to me straight away. As soon as we’d secured Shottle Hall, we contacted Paul and booked.


I was thinking about what entertainment to have in the break between the speeches and the evening reception, browsing the internet, when I found a list of caricaturists in our area. I had my caricature drawn whilst on holiday in America when I was 12, and absolutely love the picture, so thought it was a great idea, and a lovely momento for our guests to take home with them. I found one caricaturist that I particularly liked the look of, and saved his website to my favourites. A couple of weeks after, I was showing my Man of Honour my idea, and noticed that Mark (caricaturist) had updated his website as he had started taking bookings for 2014. So I sent him an email asking whether he was available, and confirming the price. Thankfully, he was available, and so we added him to our list of suppliers!


That’s it for now! We think we’ve chosen our videographer, but haven’t booked him yet. Then I WILL stop planning until June!!!


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Wedding Fayres

So, as my first proper post, I thought I’d tell you about my experiences with wedding fayres! We decided to go to the fayres in order to primarily look around the venues, in order to choose the reception venue. So I’ll do a little report on each of them so far.

I went to my first last month, at Breadsall Priory.

Marriott Breadsall Priory Hotel and Country Club

Looks lovely in pictures, and the old building is gorgeous. However, wasn’t really my cup of tea in the end. I wasn’t expecting to like it anyway, so this just cemented that fact! However, I did get to meet the lovely ladies from Layers Cakes, who we’re now pretty sure we’re going to have our cake from, so it wasn’t all bad!



Lovely old building

Great surroundings/grounds

Close to the church



We’d need to hire the biggest room, which is in the new building, so not as nice as the old building

Tooooo many golfers about

They have more than 1 wedding a day

Bit poncy!


We went to the next fayre a couple of weeks ago, at Horsley Lodge.

Again, another lovely looking venue. Before J and I got engaged, this was my dream venue. I’d been looking at it for so long and dreaming about when I’d have my wedding there! So I was looking forward to the wedding fayre. To say I was disappointed would be an understatement. It wasn’t what I expected at all, and left me feeling a bit deflated. However, the fayre itself was good, I was able to speak to a great photographer who showed me photos he’d taken at all my potential venues. I also got to sit in some really lovely vintage cars, so I definitely want a vintage car now!



Close to the church

Quite cheap

Guests have a choice at the wedding breakfast



You only get one room out of quite a big building

The “wedding garden” is tiny and has no grass!



Last weekend, we went to Makeney Hall.

Another lovely venue. I was actually suprised with how nice it was, as it’s hard to tell from the website. They also had the rooms set up as they would be for either a ceremony or reception, which was nice in order to visualise how it would look. So far, Makeney is in the lead! All in all it was a good fair, as we booked Field Photographic as our TOG, who we met at Horsley Lodge! So that’s another thing ticked off the list!



Lovely building/reception rooms

Plenty of nice places for photos

Not too far from church



A little expensive

Not sure whether they have more than one wedding a day

The nicer room isn’t big enough for evening reception

Didn’t make me go “wow!”


So far, I’m not convinced! We’re going to Dovecliffe Hall this weekend, Shottle Hall in April, and I have to contact Sutton Bonington Hall to view as it’s their fayre the same day as Dovecliffe. Hopefully one of them will blow me away!

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