Leeds Blog

This blog has been carefully created and designed to inspire Brides and Grooms with ideas and tips for their forthcoming weddings.

You can expect to see the very latest trends, advice and fashion alongside handpicked local suppliers to ensure you get the best deals

and service for your Big Day. After all, for most couples this will be a once in a lifetime opportunity to be surrounded by all your loved ones to celebrate your love for one another. Attention to detail is paramount and this blog will help to achieve the most memorable day of your lives.

Stay tuned for #weddingwednesday to see hot off the press blog posts.

Happy reading!

About the blogger:

As a Wedding Co-ordinator myself I have the privilege of being involved in the most memorable day of a couples' life. Without a shadow of a doubt I feel so lucky and honoured to have the best job in the World!


#1 - 3 reasons why it is important to visit Wedding Fayres:

  • Shop around! The best way to start looking for your perfect venue is to visit their Open Days. Depending on when you get engaged, hold off your plans until Open Day season – this is usually at the beginning of the year and September/October time. I would advise you to ask for wedding brochures 2-3 weeks prior to the open day, have a good read then visit the place to see what you think.
  • Wedding Open Day Deals. More often than not the venue will either have a raffle or promotional offers available on the day. They might offer complementary canapés or upgraded arrival drinks; these items are usually expensive so are great if you have a tight budget.
  • Get to know your wedding suppliers, take their business cards and follow their social media pages. Don’t feel pressured but don’t miss out!


#2 - Wedding Favours:

Wedding favours are traditionally used as a way of saying thank you to your loved ones on your wedding day. You can use almost anything!

I see a lot of cupcakes given as favours, especially if the Bride and Groom don’t want to share their wedding cake. Another popular idea I have seen this wedding season is coke bottles used as both name placers and they make cute favours (psstt.. they often work out cheaper than name cards) You can put each guest’s name on the labels and tie a key/bottle opener around the neck. Doubling up name cards and favours can de clutter the tables and leave more room for bottles of Prosecco!

Wedding favours can be easily handmade and tailored to suit the theme of your Big Day. They can be fun to make and are a more personalised way to say thanks.

My favourite handmade wedding favour ideas are:

  • Wedding survival kit – sewing kit, plasters, mints, chocolates and don’t forget the tissues!
  • Homemade baking – cupcakes, rocky road or biscuits can go down a treat
  • Message in a bottle – personalised message for each guest
  • Mini handmade soaps

My favourite wedding favours to buy:

  • Hangover rescue tea
  • Little box of Champagne chocolate truffles
  • Charity pins – A lovely way to remember any guests who have passed
  • Personalised wedding tea towels


You can find most of my wedding favour ideas on either:




#3 - Cakes:

My Top 3 Wedding Cake Trends for 2016

  • Naked Cakes – a classically beautiful Summer Wedding must-have.
  • Names, shapes and bunting for those couples looking for something a little different to wow your guests.
  • Foliage – who doesn’t love a floral cake? This is the easiest way to combine the colour of your theming with your cake. 

What can you expect to see for 2017 Wedding Cakes?

  • Dripped cakes – a modern, quirky and unique idea, these cakes are sure to be very popular next year. The best examples can be found on Instagram @lottieandbelle
  • Geode cakes – The centre of the Geode is usually edible and made from sugar, rock candy and food colouring. The design is
  • built into the cake and is certainly a show-stopper!
  • Silver and gold leaf – We’ve seen a few cakes endorse the gold and silver leaf edible paint in 2016 but I’m sure this trend will really take off next year.

Top tip:

Make sure you keep up to date with the most recent trends, especially if you book your wedding cake far in advance. The best way to keep up to date is through blogs and social media.

My recommended suppliers:

Finch Bakery – Twin duo Lauren and Rachel started the Finch Bakery in the early months of this year and have taken the cake industry by storm making and decorating around 20 cakes per week (!) They create a variety of wedding cakes from the traditional flowers and fruits, trendy naked cakes to sweet loaded cakes! Check them out on Instagram @finchbakery

Linda Hofmann – Linda has 25 years of experience in the cake industry and creates wonderful cakes for all occasions, with her speciality being in wedding cakes. http://www.lindahofmanncakes.co.uk/

Patisserie Viennoise – Based locally in Otley, the master cake maker, Trevor is very skilled and experienced. Patisserie Viennoise opened in 1986 and is still going strong today!


#4 - Be the perfect DIY Bride:

Wedding decorations can be a fun way to spend time with your Bridal party, family and partner-to-be. You don’t have to take days off work; you can use your spare time wisely in the run up to your Big Day to get your creative caps on over a glass of bubbly.  

My easiest DIY ideas:

  • Table Plan – You can purchase large boards of MDF from B&Q which make the ideal backdrop for your table plan. If you are going for a chic rustic theme you don’t even need to paint it. Just add string, flowers and attach your table names with small pegs.

  • Centrepieces – A firm favourite flower I believe should always be incorporated into a wedding is Baby Breath. Many people use this flower without knowing the deeper meaning behind it. Baby Breath symbolises everlasting and undying love including platonic, family and romantic bonds. You can purchase different sized bird cages from stores like Hobby Craft and fill these with Baby Breath which make very effective centrepieces.

  • Name cards – A brilliant idea I have recently come across is to ask all your guests for a song of their choice to be played at your wedding. Merge all the songs into a CD and have them as name placers/ favours. All the songs will be played on the night and is good memorabilia from your Big Day.

  • Confetti – All you need to do is separate the petals from a bunch of roses, leave them in a warm place (airing cupboard will suffice) for 2-3 days until they are dried out. Make cones out of thick paper, secure with sticky tape and fill with the petals. Hand them out to your guests before your photos. Alternatively, you can buy old books or music sheets from a charity shop and use a heart punch to make tiny confetti. This also works well as table scatter.

Although the prospect may be daunting, the outcome is worth every evening spent.