Cornwall Living 2018

Wedding preparations

Sharp suits and big smiles

Simpsons of Cornwall

Visit Simpsons of Cornwall to arrange your suit hire, choosing from a fantastic collection of designs. Established in the 1860s, Simpsons is an agent for Peter Posh, which has a huge range of styles, colours and choices of men’s suits for every type of occasion, whether formal or relaxed, traditional or contemporary, and with accessories to match. Simply pop in store to get everyone measured up and select your chosen suits for the big day. With stores in Penzance, Falmouth and Truro, Simpsons is your local solution wherever your Cornish wedding might be.

A blossoming romance

Ruby Alice Floral Design & Styling

Innovative, award-winning floral designer Alice Matthews, of Ruby Alice, marries modern romance with timeless, natural elegance. Alice simply loves the buzz of a wedding, ever passionate about creating the right look and guiding clients from idea to reality. Everything she uses is fresh, grown locally where possible and foraged. Alice offers free, no-obligation consultations to discuss all the design possibilities, as well as venue consultations, advising how to make the biggest impact with your budget. Look out for Alice’s blog and sign up to her newsletter for tips, competitions, ideas and upcoming workshops.

All made up

Stacey Cremin

Makeup artist Stacey Cremin has over ten years’ experience, recently scooping a gong at the South West Wedding Awards 2017. A member of the Wedding Alliance, Stacey is based in Falmouth, and can travel anywhere in Cornwall. Stacey tells us: “I love connecting with people, creating a look that’s right for them and the occasion. I’m a hopeless romantic at heart and love the build-up of a wedding. It’s a privilege to be a part of anyone’s big day and I pride myself on my personal, relaxed and professional approach.”

Mum’s the word

Manor Fashions

Manor Fashions, near Helston, has a huge selection of outfits for mothers of the bride and groom from 16 different designers. Selling only special occasion wear, along with matching hats and fascinators, customers receive expert advice so that they look fantastic on the special day. Proprietor Ann realised when her first daughter was married that Cornwall needed a specialist shop and hence Manor Fashions was born. It now attracts customers from all over Cornwall and beyond. Appointments are advised to ensure you enjoy the experience of choosing an outfit with individual attention from Ann.

Beautiful and blushing

Enhance Your Glow

Specialising in non-surgical skin treatments for both men and women, Enhance Your Glow’s highly qualified team offers a range of treatments to give you the glow you deserve on the most important day of your life. All questions are answered, so you’re guaranteed confidence in your chosen treatment. Most importantly, the team understands the importance of flexible hours for those with busy schedules (that’s you, wedding planners!), offering treatments late on Monday, Tuesday,
Thursday and Friday evenings and also on Saturdays.

Calm within the chaos

Simply Bridal Hair

Simply Bridal Hair is a multi-award-winning mobile bridal hairdresser. “I pride myself on providing a professional and reliable service,” says Andrea McNeil, “creating calm within the chaos. I always go above and beyond to make sure my brides, bridesmaids and mums have an amazing, hitch-free morning. I love weddings, creating everything from strong vintage looks to soft boho down dos, and I am always on hand to offer practical help.” Andrea also offers a dressing service, giving peace of mind that you’ll look your very best walking down the aisle, and that the dress will not shift all day!

Authentic, affordable

KinetIQue Jewellery

Created by Cornwall’s award-winning KinetIQue jewellery, the IQ Diamond is 30% tougher than your average diamond, with more sparkle and fire and by far more unique. Built around a core that can only be found naturally from an exploding star, these diamonds come at a fraction of the usual cost. How would you like to own a diamond worth £15,000 for just £1,500? Well, now you can!

Bridal boutique

With superior customer service, every bride and her party will find all they need at this dedicated bridal boutique, including a distinctive range of wedding gowns all under £1,000!

There’s also the ‘brides on a budget’ range, all under £500, wedding gowns on sale starting at £100! Brides to Be really has everything, including plus-sized gowns, veils, tiaras and shoes, making it the one-stop shop that every bride and her party needs!

Ideas and advice

Simply weddings

Simply Weddings organise fun and inspirational wedding fayre events all over Cornwall, from small, bespoke venue showcases to larger exciting shows. But why go to a Simply Weddings show?

Well, the internet is a great place to start planning your wedding, but nothing beats meeting suppliers face-to-face, seeing what they can do, exploring ideas and getting that expert advice. As a bride or groom you have to put your trust in people to make your dreams come true. Arguably, you cannot get this relationship without meeting someone face to face.

Entrance is free, and you’ll receive an amazing goody bag complete with fantastic discounts and offers, plus the chance to win a VIP bag, with bigger discounts and everything from pretty jewellery to something sweet, and lots of cute little gifts.

So, what are our best tips for attending a show? Firstly, keep an open mind. Ask lots of questions from suppliers. Keep it local – the Cornish wedding industry is rich with high-quality suppliers. Finally, if you see something you like, book it before someone else beats you to it!

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