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Have you registered for the Bristol and Somerset Wedding Awards yet?

Have you registered for The Bristol and Somerset Wedding Awards 2015 yet? If not, why not?

Wedding Awards

Are you a wedding supplier based in the south west? Whether you’re a florist, jeweller, cake maker, venue dresser, photographer, or musician, we want to see you shine. There are currently over 70 entrants to the 2015 Bristol and Somerset Wedding Awards – you’ll be in fantastic company!

It is completely FREE to enter the awards, although please make sure that any couples voting for you are due to get married between 1st January – 31st December 2014. Couples can only vote for your services AFTER their wedding has taken place.

In order to be eligible, you must be located in any of the following postcode areas:  BS (all) / BA (all) / TA (all) / Southern GL Postcodes GL8/GL9/GL12/GL13.

Celebrating the cream of the Bristol and Somerset wedding industry, these unique awards will be presented on 27th February at The Bristol Hotel, Bristol.

Reminder… Tickets for this glittering event will be going on sale on September 1st 2014; don’t miss out!

Please keep an eye on the awards’ official website and Facebook page for more information.

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Warm up with some fundraising news

The weather may have taken a turn for the worse, but here at The Wedding Wishing Well Foundation HQ we’re feeling warm and fuzzy – and it’s all thanks to your most recent fundraising efforts.

Thank you to…

Held at the Vivary Centre, Taunton, on 17th August, this fantastic fun day raised just short of £150 for The Wedding Wishing Well Foundation – and it was a lot of fun too. Thank you to those who helped to organise and run the day, as well as those who turned up and participated in this event.



We would also like to thank Emma Folland, who organised and ran a quiz night at her local Walkabout recently. Thanks to the generosity of her friends, family, and colleagues, the quiz night was a great success, raising £160 for The Wedding Wishing Well Foundation. Thank you, we’re sure the competition was fierce but fun!


Jo Cook of Curves and Couture Bridal will be shaving off her hair tomorrow, Tuesday 26th August, and donating all of the proceeds from her sacrifice to The Wedding Wishing Well Foundation. So far she has raised over £1,000, although we will update you with Jo’s total after the event – thank you so much, Jo. To donate, please visit our website.

And finally…

We are thrilled to have been announced as one of Buckerell Lodge’s charities of the year – we can’t wait to work with them throughout 2014.

Don’t forget to vote for us with your green tokens at Sidmouth Waitrose!

Without our suppliers, supporters, and fundraisers, we are nothing – so THANK YOU. Please keep us updated with your fundraising news.

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Thank you, My Summer Wish

Naomi and the team would like to thank Daniela Bonetto of The Ink Edition, and The Little Red Napkin, for organising ‘My Summer Wish’, an incredibly successful pop-up shopping event, which recently raised much-needed funds for the charity. Held at Beaufort House on the Kings Road, Chelsea, the event aimed to bring together luxury suppliers, fabulous products, a fantastic raffle, and savvy shoppers to create a truly unique experience – all in aid of a great cause.

Daniela says, “It was a really lovely day, and we are thrilled with the total we managed to raise for Naomi and The Wedding Wishing Well Foundation.”

In total, the My Summer Wish shopping event raised £939.42 for The Wedding Wishing Well Foundation; an amazing achievement that will help our couples in so many ways. Thank you to everybody who took the time to be there – your support has been amazing.

Here are a few pictures of the event – it looked like our sort of day!
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My Summer Wish featured the talents of Palizzi, Nardis Beach, Penhaligon’s, Susy Tarquini, Atelier Chelsea, Marie Cuatre, Sofia Mac Mullen Millinery, My Love My Leggings, Etoile Daran, Fedra, Ela Design, Wax in the City, Sunita Mukhi, Key Leaf, Eco by Sonya, Tara Matthews, Orit, Maison de Marrakech, Chatelles Paris, Alphabet Bags, Valimare, Zule and Ruth Beachwear, and Betty Blythe – thank you to each and every one of you.

The event was hosted in partnership with Little red Napkin, The Ink Edition, and Betty Blythe, and was supported by GINO, Beaufort House, and Bride the Wedding Show.



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Reach for the skies…and other fundraising tidbits

We love bringing these updates to you – here’s what’s been happening at Wedding Wishing Well Foundation HQ recently…

Upcoming events…

Fancy leaping from a plane in the name of charity? We may just have the event for you, with an upcoming charity skydive organised. If you can raise a total of £395 you will jump for free, so be sure to get those sponsorship forms handed out! If you’d like to take part, please contact

We are also excited to be able to tell you about a brilliant event being held at Eastwood Park in September. If murder most foul is your thing you’ll love Deadly Diamonds, a Murder Mystery evening being hosted on 26th September 2014. The evening costs £32 per person, and will feature a charity raffle in aid of The Wedding Wishing Well Foundation. For more information, please click here.

DON’T FORGET… The Vivary Centre Fun Day, which is being held on the 17th August. All proceeds from the high ropes challenge, as well as donations from the food sold, will be donated to the Foundation.

If you live in Sidmouth, keep an eye out at your local Waitrose… we have once again been nominated as part of their Community Matters scheme, and you can donate their green tokens to us during August.

Thank you to…

We would like to thank our fantastic supporters Vanilla Catering. They are constantly going above and beyond for The Wedding Wishing Well Foundation, and have recently raised £530 for us – that is a fantastic total, and will go great lengths towards helping our special couples.

Keep an eye out for more exciting fundraising events coming soon and, as always, please contact us on if you have any ideas for fundraising, or wish to tell us about your event.

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No Ordinary Wedding Planner; A reminder

No Ordinary Wedding Planner is continuing to touch hearts across the country, receiving 5* reviews from all who pick it up. The perfect holiday read, No Ordinary Wedding Planner is available for download on Kindle, and other e-readers, and can be enjoyed in an evening – we dare you to put it down.

Here are just some of the amazing reviews written about Naomi’s book:

“A gripping emotional true life story which I read in one day. Would love to read a full version rather than a short book one but none the less it was honest and true, it’s clear Naomi is a wonderful person who you feel like you know by the end of the book and I would fully recommend it.”


“I was already inspired by this amazing lady, following her on Facebook. Reading her book i am in total awe of her dedication to the Wedding wishing well foundation, and the couples who contact her. Totally overwhelming, and so inspirational, my wedding dress is now boxed and ready to post x”


“Started and finished reading this in one sitting… couldn’t put it down. Naomi Thomas’ story is inspirational, moving, and incredibly humbling. Her ‘matter of fact’ way of accepting and writing about her illness is a heartfelt testimony to why we should never take anything for granted, make everyday count and certainly puts life into perspective. I don’t know why a documentary has not yet been made about this brave and courageous young Mum… people need to know about this amazing young mum and the work she is doing to help others in the same situation.”


No Ordinary Wedding Planner will be released in a paperback format on 25th September 2014. You can purchase your copy directly from Amazon – We hope you enjoy reading Naomi’s story as much as she has enjoyed telling it!

Signed by the lady herself…

If you would like a signed copy of ‘No Ordinary Wedding Planner’ when it is released in paperback, please keep an eye on The Wedding Wishing Well Foundation’s official website; a dedicated link will soon become available so that you can purchase the book directly from the foundation and ensure that your copy has been personally signed. The book will cost £4.99, plus postage and packing.

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Thank you for your selfies

If you have taken a moment to send us your wedding selfie and donate to The Wedding Wishing Well Foundation, then THANK YOU – we were particularly blown away by the reaction to our National Wedding Day campaign, which was a huge success.

It’s not too late for you to take part, though – the campaign is ongoing! So if you took a selfie at a recent wedding – whether you were the bride or groom, a member of the bridal party, or even a supplier – or are heading to a wedding at some point in the future, make sure you send us your selfie.

Donating couldn’t be easier; simply text “WISH09 £2” to 70070, remembering to claim Gift Aid when you receive your confirmation text. You can then share your selfie via Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter by using the hashtag #wedwishselfie. There is a prize for the best selfie – £150 worth of Johnsons Cleaners vouchers, so it really is worth entering!