Our on-line advertisers

When it's time for you look for local businesses to help you with your wedding, take a look at our advertisements below. Most will have links to their own websites. These advertisements are updated regularly so please revisit often and mention Your West Midlands Wedding when making any enquiries.

Editor loves and inspiration

Look what catches the eye of the editor with a special emphasis on local wedding businesses, shops and suppliers in the West Midlands.

Page: 1 2 3 4 5 6 

Chris Kelly from GingerJam Photography gives his top tips on finding the perfect photographer for your big day.

"Choosing your wedding photographer can seem pretty daunting, however there are a number of things you can do to refine your search before you even begin.

"Set a budget – decide on how important the images are to you. If the fairytale venue, perfect dress, delicious food and dream honeymoon are all higher priorities, then you may be left with a smaller figure to spend on your photography. Just remember, once you've invested in the areas that make your day special, the images that capture them will become pretty important.

"Search social media – Instagram is usually the best platform, with most photographers having a strong portfolio on there. It's easy to search with keywords and hashtags to find images you like. From there, it's a case of selecting their profile, looking at their website and reaching out. Most properties get tagged in images, so visiting your chosen venue's page and viewing images they've been tagged in will give you an idea of what photographers have worked there before."

See more from our Planning SOS feature in the current issue. Download your free copy at www.yourwestmidlands.wedding/free-download

Tamsin's Bridal Boutique is moving to a Grade II listed building on one of Kidderminster's oldest streets. Set to open in January 2023, the new boutique will feature three large bridal suites, two prom suites, a suite for the mother-of-the-bride/groom and bridesmaids, and a floor for menswear with options for both hire and sale.

“We are delighted to have been able to purchase this stunning building,” says Tamsin Hancocks-Guinan. “All the suites in the new boutique are private for just you and your party. Alongside a huge variety of shoes and accessories, our gowns-to-go selection will feature dresses from £299. We also offer a white wedding bouncy castle and two cars, so there's a lot on offer for the bride and groom and their party as well as those looking for outfits for prom or a special event.”

See more from local news in the current issue. Download your free copy at www.yourwestmidlands.wedding/free-download

Shannon and Tris met in 2017 while working as lifeguards. “I was working to help fund my master's degree, and Tris was learning to become a personal trainer before he headed off to university,” says Shannon. “I was attracted to Tris because he was quieter than the other guys I knew, and he was thoughtful and such a gentleman. We worked a lot of evening shifts together, which involved cleaning the leisure centre at the end of the day. He didn't shy away from the dirty work, and he always put others first.”

After carrying the ring around for two years, Tris proposed on New Year's Day in 2021. “We had spent New Year's Eve as just the two of us,” shares the bride. “I was feeling quite down as my family have a tradition of writing secret wishes for each other and ourselves, and we read these out from the previous year to see if they had come true. I knew that my wish hadn't come true, so I asked my mum and sisters not to open my letter and instead to put it into the fire. Tris and I played games all evening, but I couldn't shake the feeling of disappointment. After returning from the bathroom after getting ready for bed, I walked into the bedroom, and Tris was down on one knee asking: 'is this what you wished for?' It turns out that wishes really do come true!”

See more from their wedding in the current issue. Download your free copy at www.yourwestmidlands.wedding/free-download

Hair stylist, Louise Price tells us her trends predictions for 2023.

"Many people believe that next year's bridal trends will be influenced by the 80s, with lots of pearl detailing, bows getting bigger and the puff sleeve making a come back. Whilst flowers in a bride's hair can make a hairstyle pop, I predict that 2023 will be all about sleek waves and more structured up dos. The Hollywood wave can look beautifully understated, allowing a more extravagant dress to take centre stage. Pinning one side of the hair up with a satin bow is a simple yet effective way to complement the dress, along with some beautifully brushed-out waves, of course!

"You shouldn't feel that you have to wear your hair up just because it's your wedding day. If you're used to wearing your hair down, then there are still many ways of achieving a great look, with accessories playing a key role."

See more from our Looking Your Best feature in the current issue. Download your free copy at www.yourwestmidlands.wedding/free-download

Loved by the editor at Your West Midlands Wedding magazine Credit: DCWhittaker

Make-up artist, Louise A'Ness tells us how to treat dry lips this winter.

"This is something that we all have to deal with, but the good news is there are lots of things you can do to correct it. At times when your lips are particularly flaky, use your toothbrush. Make sure it's wet and gently move it across your lips in circular motions. This will help to remove any dead skin.

"You can never apply too much lip balm but make sure you have the correct one for your needs. Some act as a barrier and sit on the skin to protect it. These very often contain an SPF. Others work deep down to replenish the moisture. You can even use both!

"When choosing a lipstick, steer clear of matte colours and go for moisturising ones with a dewy finish. You may need to re-apply these more often, but they will look much better as matte colours can show up every patch of dry skin."

See more from top tips in the current issue. Download your free copy at www.yourwestmidlands.wedding/free-download

Samantha and Aaron met online and had an instant attraction. Their relationship blossomed, and Aaron asked Samantha to be his wife at their home in November 2019.

"Hoar Cross Hall Hotel and Spa was absolutely stunning," says Samantha. "It had the perfect combination of old-fashioned and modern décor, and the ballroom was very grand."

See more from their wedding in the current issue. Download your free copy at www.yourwestmidlands.wedding/free-download

Demelza and James first met when they were in their early 20s. “We were introduced through mutual friends on a night out,” says Demelza. “About eight years passed, and we hadn't seen each other again until a night out in August 2014 when we bumped into one another and exchanged numbers. I believe in fate, and the timing was just right. I thought he was gorgeous, and most importantly, he made me laugh. We are best friends and inseparable.”

James proposed during a weekend away in Bath. “The weekend didn't go as planned as the heavens opened and we were soaked through,” shares the bride. “In all honesty, I didn't think James ever wanted to get married, so when he got down on one knee, I thought he was joking. Once I knew he was serious, I didn't hesitate with my answer, and I was in complete shock for the rest of the weekend. It wasn't the romantic story that everyone likes to hear, but it was perfect for us!”

See more from their wedding in the current issue. Download your free copy at www.yourwestmidlands.wedding/free-download

When this styled shoot landed in our inbox, we just knew that our lovely readers would adore it. To find out more, we spoke to Jess from April Days Design, who tells us: “I went to view Blithfield Lakeside Barns and was lead through beautiful country lanes, which I instantly fell in love with. I took this as inspiration for our styled shoot, using whimsical flowers, berries and foraged foliage. The wedding barn overlooks Blithfield Reservoir, and I wanted to style the inside of the venue to reflect the nature outside and its stunning surroundings. I got in touch with a group of talented local suppliers, all based in the West Midlands, to work together on this shoot to showcase our work."

See more from the shoot in the current issue. Download your free copy at www.yourwestmidlands.wedding/free-download

Your wedding album should be a treasured memento of your big day, so you want it to be packed with fab photos that reflect all of the magical moments. Although fashions may change and hairstyles come and go, the memories are timeless and will be captured forever if you find the right photographer to suit you as a couple and the style of your wedding. To help get you started, we've asked some Chris Kelly from Ginger Jam Photography to share one of their favourite wedding photos.

“Beth and James' wedding at Grittleton House was a dream to capture and a day full of emotion," says Chris. "Beth took it all in her stride and her excitement and joy was so clear to see during the ceremony.”

See more from our Photography feature in the current issue. Download your free copy at www.yourwestmidlands.wedding/free-download

Loved by the editor at Your West Midlands Wedding magazine

The National Wedding Fayre is back! With more than 100 exhibitors, a VIP lounge, fashion shows and the amazing win a wedding competition, the show has everything you need to plan the perfect day. There will be hands on advice from industry experts, luxury products, services at an affordable price and special promotions.

There is a VIP package available which includes access to the stunning new lounge, a complimentary drink of your choice, an upgraded gift bag, reserved seating for the fashion show and fast track entry.

The show is taking place on 18th and 19th February, 2023, at Coventry Building Society Arena between 10am and 3:30pm. Children under 15 are free of charge.

To get your tickets and find out more about the show, visit www.eventbrite.co.uk

See more from local news in the current issue. Download your free copy at www.yourwestmidlands.wedding/free-download

Page: 1 2 3 4 5 6