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TWWWF Advent Calendar: Day Twenty Four

Christmas is finally upon us, and so we share our last day of Advent with you – Happy Christmas to all of our followers, supporters, and volunteers.

We would like to spend this final day of our advent calendar by reminding you that entry to The Bristol and Somerset Wedding Awards will be closing in exactly one week – you have just seven days to register your business with the awards, although your couples will have a little longer to vote for you. So, whatever your business – be it floristry, dress making, photography, videography, venue hire, or entertainment – make sure you tell us about yourselves. We can’t wait to celebrate the regions wedding achievements.

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TWWWF Advent Calendar: Day Twenty

There’s no doubt about it; Christmas is a time for sharing, love, family, and laughter, and we are so excited to hear about the couples that will be getting engaged this year – will there be an engagement ring hidden under the Christmas tree for you, or a loved one, this Christmas Day?

If you are lucky enough to receive a proposal this Christmas, or have already planned to say, “I do”, in the New Year, we would love to direct you to La Boutique for your bridal wear needs. On Day Twenty of Advent, we are here to remind you that La Boutique has a stunning array of dresses, in every size and style you can imagine, just waiting for you to try on, as well as accessories and jewellery. It’s your one-stop bridal boutique.

Dress shopping is by appointment only, allowing you to experience the true magic of trying dresses on in your own time, with one of our experienced sales consultants. For more information, and to book your appointment, please visit La Boutique’s website.

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We <3 The Little Wedding Space

Both a pop-up and wedding fair in essence, Little Wedding Space offers couples the opportunity to browse the gorgeous products and services on display, meet with the suppliers, and most importantly plan their wedding in a relaxed and stylish environment.

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Founded by Ruth Garner of Ruth Garner Photography and Kirsten Butler of The Little Wedding Helper, The Little Wedding Space is a unique venture; a pop-up showcase for the South West’s very best wedding suppliers.

So who will you meet? Exhibitors at this year’s Little Wedding Space include our very own Jo and Co, The Celebration Roadshow, Daisy Lane Floral, Velvet Teas, Biba & Rose, The Moss Letter Company, Pop Up and Cut Out, Perfect Bridal, 160° and Rising, Sweet and Pretty, The Rose Shed, Ido Wedding Films, Vintage Button Bridal Designs, Eco Chic Occasions, Anna Tyler Cakes, and Emma Norton Flowers – phew!

Browse through some beautiful examples of the suppliers’ work, ask any questions you may have, or simply stop by for a chat. There will be cups of tea, and cake, aplenty!

The Little Wedding Space will be open between May 12th and June 2nd 2014 – don’t miss out your chance to meet some truly talented individuals and companies – you may even spy a few trophies from The Bristol and Somerset Wedding Awards…!

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We are proud to be supported by The Little Wedding Space. For further details, please visit the Facebook page, or browse the website.

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The Little Wedding Space, Unit SU66, Glass Walk, Glass House, Bristol BS1 3BX

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February Fundraising – yet more great news!

We have had a brilliant start to 2014, with so many events and fundraisers going on.

Most recently Zoe Bromiley, Mike Parry, and their three gorgeous children ran the Bath Half Marathon Family Fun Run in just eight minutes. This is a fantastic achievement, and we are so proud of Zoe and Mike. They do so much to raise funds and awareness for the Foundation, and we couldn’t be more appreciative if we tried!

We have also received a fabulous donation from Emma Tasker, who raised £22.50 via sales of her Christmas cards – there are so many ways that you can get involved in raising funds, and we would like to thank Emma for being so creative.

The Guild of Professional Wedding Services recently presented the Wedding Wishing Well Foundation with a cheque for £155.60. Funds were raised via a charity raffle, as well as a voluntary entrance fee to their wedding fair on January 5th. An amazing result from the Guild, as always!

What can you give?

If you would like to donate to the Wedding Wishing Well Foundation but have never had the time to participate in a fundraising event, why not consider a monthly donation to the charity? Quick and easy to set up, the monthly direct debit will go towards helping couples affected by terminal and life-limiting illnesses to marry their soul mates. What an amazing way to give back! Kerry-Ann Gilmour has recently signed up, and we can’t thank her enough.

Did you know…?

You can now nominate the Wedding Wishing Well Foundation at any branch of Asda or Waitrose. Their Community Project schemes aim to raise awareness of local charities and ventures, so we are excited at the possibility of reaching a whole new audience.

We would also like to take this opportunity to tell you all about our nomination for the National Lottery Awards. Each year, the organisation offers hundreds of projects across the country the opportunity to receive a massive £2,000 for their charity or venture, as well as the chance to appear on television to raise awareness of their cause – it is amazing to be nominated. Fingers crossed that we’re one of the lucky seven chosen to win an award!

Naomi and the team are also thrilled by the announcement that the Little Wedding Helper’s Wedding Tweet Ups will be raising money for the Foundation from now on. These informal and fun networking events are designed for anyone in the wedding industry; why not join in and raise some money while you’re at it?

Phew, what a lot of news! As always, we are eternally grateful to those who dedicate their time to raising money for the Wedding Wishing Well Foundation, and to those who work tirelessly to raise awareness of the charity. We couldn’t continue our valuable work without you, so THANK YOU.

Keep you eyes peeled for future events and fundraising news.

Events, Naomi ~ The Founder, Suppliers News

The Wedding Professionals’ Ball

It was an evening that the Wedding Industry had been looking forward to for quite some time, and the Wedding Professionals’ Ball certainly didn’t disappoint!

Held on Saturday 15th February at the Hilton Hotel in Canary Wharf, London, the Wedding Professionals’ Ball promised an evening of entertainment, delicious food, and fantastic opportunities for networking, as well as a celebration of achievement across the wedding industry. The Ball was organised by students of the Wedding Planner School in Portishead as part of their coursework, and we couldn’t have been more impressed!

A fantastic night was had by all; we dined on a beautiful three-course meal, enjoyed the talents of a magician, and even posed for a snap or two for the event’s photographer. How glamorous! There was a serious side to the evening though, as Naomi was in attendance as guest speaker. Following a showing of the brilliant film by Vogue Wedding Films, Naomi brought the room to silence as she discussed life with cancer and the inspiration behind the Wedding Wishing Well Foundation, which was honoured by the Ball.

In total, the Wedding Professionals’ Ball raised £1,659.74 for the Foundation, hosting a spectacular raffle with some amazing prizes. Thank you to the organisers; what a fabulous job you did!

It was lovely to see so many faces at the Ball, and to let our hair down for a change – we look forward to seeing many of you during the course of the next year and beyond.

 

Events, Naomi ~ The Founder, Suppliers News

A night not to be missed: Happy 10th Anniversary, Vanilla Catering!

It was with great excitement that Naomi recently headed off to Portsmouth to celebrate the 10th anniversary of one of our supporters, the sublime Vanilla Catering. We are proud to list the team among our friends here at the Wedding Wishing Well Foundation, and couldn’t be more pleased that they have once again chosen us as their charity for the year.

Vanilla Catering’s support during the last year, and through into this year, has been amazing. For every meal that they produce, 20p is donated directly to the Foundation; £1,300 was raised for the Foundation last year alone – who knows where 2014 will take us!

Attended by around 100 guests, the evening’s festivities were held at the Mary Rose Museum in Portsmouth’s Historic Dockyards. A delicious menu of canapés, each prepared by Vanilla Catering, was served throughout the evening. The tasty treats on offer included vegetable tempura with sweet soy dipping sauce, smoked ham hock, onion chutney on a cheese and chive scone, pan fried beef strips, and rosemary and smoked garlic parmentier potatoes with roasted tomatoes – heaven!

The evening also provided the opportunity for Naomi to discuss the work of the Wedding Wishing Well Foundation, and guests were able to watch an emotional video charting her experiences with cancer and the decision to found a charity that would help others in her situation.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank Vanilla Catering for their continued support. Happy anniversary!

 

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To our wonderful suppliers: A great big thank you…

Christmas is a fantastic time for reflection, and for celebrating the things we have achieved throughout the year. The Wedding Wishing Well Foundation has experienced a remarkable 2013, filled with laughter, tears, tremendous pride, and – most importantly – some truly magical wedding days. Watching a special couple say, “I do” is the reason we exist; their happiness is our inspiration, and the very centre of our operation.

While fundraising is absolutely key to our foundation, we simply wouldn’t be able to organise these amazing weddings without the dedication, generosity, and downright brilliance of our suppliers. Whatever your talent or speciality, you have approached the foundation in your droves to offer support, a helping hand, and your expertise – for that, we can’t say thank you enough.

Each and every one of our suppliers is a shining star, an inspiration in their field. Thank you for being a part of something amazing; for helping The Wedding Wishing Well Foundation to flourish.

A very Merry Christmas to you, and a prosperous New Year – we look forward to working with you in the year ahead.

To all wedding suppliers: Can you help?

As a New Year dawns, we need the help of our suppliers – new and old – more than ever. We are hoping to make 2014 our best year yet, filled with abundant happy memories, love, laughter, and even more fantastic weddings. We receive hundreds of applications from deserving couples, each of them affected by terminal and life-limiting illnesses; it would be amazing to think that, in 2014, we can help to organise and fund their nuptials.

Whatever your talent or service – floristry, wedding invitations, dressmaking, venue decorating, chauffeuring, wedding planning, or more – we need to hear from YOU. It doesn’t matter how small or large your contribution; with your help, we can help more couples to marry and enjoy the special day they deserve.

If you would like to be added to our supplier database, please email us on info@weddingwishingwell.org.uk. Be sure to include details of your company, as well as your website and contact details.

We look forward to working with you in the coming year.

MERRY CHRISTMAS, AND A HAPPY NEW YEAR.