What every bride in Somerset needs to know when planning her wedding

 A fairy tale photo shoot at Walton Castle, Clevedon, contributed to by members of the Portishead Wedding Network. Image courtesy of Pat Cooper Photography ( patcooper.net )

A fairy tale photo shoot at Walton Castle, Clevedon, contributed to by members of the Portishead Wedding Network. Image courtesy of Pat Cooper Photography (patcooper.net)

Well hello, gorgeous bride-to be! Firstly, and most importantly, HUGE congratulations on your engagement! Welcome to my latest blog post - I'm guessing you're eager to find out what the big secret is and I'll get to that shortly, I promise! The title of this post should really read Somerset and the South West (and possibly beyond in some cases!), however if I did that I would have taken over this beautiful picture from Pat Cooper Photography, so I'm trusting you to spread the word far and wide! 

I want to share with you a great resource for brides and grooms in Somerset and the South West, which I believe could really help you with your wedding planning and save you a lot of stress too. Sounds great, right? Well that resource is called the Portishead Wedding Network, a collective of small wedding businesses who work together to provide happy couples with bespoke products and services to make their wedding day one to remember.

I was lucky enough to become part of the network almost two years ago with my brooch bouquets and accessories and I have met so many wonderful couples, like yourselves, and had the pleasure of working with some truly talented professionals, who all have excellent customer service at the heart of everything they do. The photos used throughout this post are all from a recent photo shoot we collaborated on, to give you some ideas for your wedding. Not only do we love helping you, but we love to help each other too!

 Walton Castle, a unique venue tucked away in Clevedon with beautiful panoramic views of the South West. Available for hire for the whole weekend of your wedding, complete with accommodation, swimming pool and games room - find out more at  waltoncastle.com   Image courtesy of Pat Cooper Photography at  patcooper.net

Walton Castle, a unique venue tucked away in Clevedon with beautiful panoramic views of the South West. Available for hire for the whole weekend of your wedding, complete with accommodation, swimming pool and games room - find out more at waltoncastle.com

Image courtesy of Pat Cooper Photography at patcooper.net

So what does this mean for you, as a bride-to-be?

Firstly, we hold wedding fayres twice a year, where you can come along and meet us, tell us all about your engagement (we love hearing your stories!) talk through your ideas and get LOADS of advice, for free. Yes, FREE! No charge on the door and we even have goody bags for the first 50 brides through the door.

And those goody bags are much more than a pile of leaflets. Each member of the network goes the extra mile to give you something special; we want you to remember us, so we try and fill our goody bags with thoughtful extras like tissues for wiping away happy tears on your big day, to flower seeds that you can plant in your garden or, in my case, a little blue button so that you're guaranteed to have your "something blue" on your big day. You'll also find little extras such as sweets, hair conditioning treatments and maybe even some discount vouchers from the exhibitors too!

We also run competitions to win vouchers or money off goods and services for your wedding at our wedding fayres and members often post offers on the PWN site - you can see which offers are currently available here!

So who can you expect to see at our wedding fayres? The good news is that the network limits its members to three per category, and each of those three people should provide something a little different from the others, to cater for the varied tastes of the brides that take the time to come and see us. Not every couple wants the same thing for their wedding and that's why we try to recruit a range of lovely members to try and meet your needs. We have a dress maker, menswear, photographers, florists, hair and make-up artists, vintage and modern cars, stationers, cake makers who make beautiful cakes that taste as good as they look...and that's just the beginning!

  Left : Castle Cake by Celia at Cemlyn Cakes ( www.cemlyncakes.co.uk ) Image courtesy of Scott Wilson at Life In Focus Photography ( www.lifeinfocusphotography.co.uk )   Top right : Modern Wedding Cars from Cadbury Cars ( www.cadburycars.co.uk ); Wedding dress from a selection at Katherine Jo ( www.katherinejo.co.uk ); Menswear available at Nailsea Men's Hire ( www.menshire.co.uk ); Bunting from Beez Neez Bunting Hire ( beezneezbuntinghire.co.uk ); Brooch bouquet and buttonhole from Elsa Rose Boutique Image courtesy of Pat Cooper Photography ( patcooper.net )   Bottom right : Pretty florals and vintage crockery are a match made in heaven Image courtesy of Scott Wilson at Life In Focus Photography ( www.lifeinfocus.co.uk )

Left: Castle Cake by Celia at Cemlyn Cakes (www.cemlyncakes.co.uk) Image courtesy of Scott Wilson at Life In Focus Photography (www.lifeinfocusphotography.co.uk)

Top right: Modern Wedding Cars from Cadbury Cars (www.cadburycars.co.uk); Wedding dress from a selection at Katherine Jo (www.katherinejo.co.uk); Menswear available at Nailsea Men's Hire (www.menshire.co.uk); Bunting from Beez Neez Bunting Hire (beezneezbuntinghire.co.uk); Brooch bouquet and buttonhole from Elsa Rose Boutique Image courtesy of Pat Cooper Photography (patcooper.net)

Bottom right: Pretty florals and vintage crockery are a match made in heaven Image courtesy of Scott Wilson at Life In Focus Photography (www.lifeinfocus.co.uk)

We often invite non-members to attend if we feel that we haven't got something covered, so you can be sure that you'll meet a range of suppliers who will be happy to help you achieve your dream wedding.

Fancy joining us at our next event? You can see us at Walton Castle Clevedon on Sunday 23rd October 2016 from 11am until 3pm. Our prize draw for this event will be the chance to win over £1000 in vouchers towards your wedding so it's definitely an event you won't want to miss! Add the date to your diary and we'll look forward to seeing you there!

And if you'd like to keep yourself updated with event information and the latest news from the Portishead Wedding Network join us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter!

See you soon, lovely one!