About three years ago I decided to bite the bullet and join a business networking group and after some research and testing the waters, I opted for a ladies group that meet monthly and seemed to be both pro-active and supportive. Here I am , some three years later, chair of my own group [which is no where near as officious as it sounds] and a fully involved and active member of the Athena South East Herts & Enfield region. The region has four groups in total, my own, Radlett & Borehamwood, plus Enfield, Potters Bar and Enfield West – all full of members that are not only great business women, but friends and business support too.
So why am I telling you all this on my wedding & portrait blog? Well, following a very lively and fun Cappuccino Connections meeting last Friday [we also meet for a relaxed coffee and networking once a month, as well as the more formal lunchtime meetings] where members from across the four groups can get together, it got me thinking about how many of the ladies in the room have skills or products that could be very useful to anyone planning a wedding, special event or even a portrait shoot. I actually started to look through the member list and was surprised by how many of the businesses represented I could recommend to my clients. These are all ladies that I know well, can highly recommend what they do and how they do it and I know will provide you with the sort of friendly, helpful and expert service you want.
So, grab yourself a cup of tea, or glass of wine if it’s that time of day and have a look through this list of fantastic local businesses – you never know, you might just find exactly the supplier you have been looking for and perhaps a few you didn’t even realise you needed until now. If you have any questions, please feel free to post them in the comments section, and if you do get in touch with any of these ladies, please do mention I sent you.
Laura Felicity – Handmade Stationery
Known for her screen printed wallpapers and homewares, Laura Felicity has recently been commissioned by several couples who are Tying the Knot to create their wedding stationery for their special day. Carrying her romantic and elegant theme into the wedding world, Laura designs, hand prints, and hand embellishes wedding favour bags, name place cards, table numbers to name a few for the happy couple and their guests.
Laura works with the future bride and groom on personal touches they are wanting to involve within their stationery from imagery and colour to personalised finishing touches.
Laura has a small portfolio of her bespoke wedding stationery commissions, which you can view via her website, Laura Felicity. Alternatively contact Laura personally and she can show and guide you through possible ideas and designs you are looking for, for your Big Day.
Essendon Country Club – Venue
Essendon Country Club is located in 400 acres of leafy estate, boasting an historic 16th century Grand Barn as one of it’s focal points and providing the perfect location to host a wedding, or other celebration or event. Take a look at this beautiful venue on their website. Essendon Country Club
Penny Beral – Catering & Event Management
Looking for a caterer for your wedding, party celebration. Penny will help you through all the planning, giving advice and guidance from the first phone all right up to the last dance. With nearly 30 years running her own business, she has successfully catered numerous events, so you can benefit from her vast experience and expertise. Take a look at her Penny Beral website and if the catering is driving you mad, get in touch with Penny.
Pauline Harwood – Colour & Style Consultant
Every bride wants to look her best on her special day. It’s a day to realise your vision and to remember forever. It’s a day to fulfil your fantasy and be the most beautiful you can be. It’s a day when it’s all about you!
Your wedding dress, without a doubt, is the most important and most exciting clothing purchase you will ever make, so it’s crucial that you get it right and feel totally confident and thrilled with how your look on your special day. Together with your expert House of Colour consultant you will explore how to make the dream become a reality. Discover the best colour, the most flattering style and the loveliest fabrics that will enhance your natural beauty, and make you look and feel truly radiant.
The Big Picture – Your consultants expert advice on accessories, hairstyles, colours and flowers (for bouquets and buttonholes) means that you look beautifully co-ordinated so that you can feel confident and radiant. Mothers and bridesmaids can also be included (Maximum 3 in a group)… we look at ways of making your chosen colour look special on each and every one of your party so that you surround yourself with shades of colour that will make YOU look fabulous and the precious photographs stunning .
Character Bakes – Cookies
Our specialty is designing bespoke character cookies and sensational novelty cakes, adding a very unique and personal touch to the edible centerpieces of your events. So if you`re looking for something very special, Character Bakes will inspire you to think “outside the cake box” with perfect ideas for wedding favours and events gifts. To talk to Roz about your cookie inspired favour ideas, pop on over to her Character Bakes website
The Beautiful Burger Company – Catering
A ‘Beautiful Burger’ is a delicious, succulent delight; created from British sourced free-range beef, lamb or chicken and served with a choice of salad, onion, tomato relish and mayonnaise, all wrapped in an organic artisan bun. Also, Gluten-free & vegetarian are available together with a range of side dishes. The Beautiful Burger Company will serve these gourmet delights on your special day, either as part of your wedding breakfast, or as a feast for your evening guests. You can find more information about Sharon and her beautiful burgers on Beautiful Burgers Facebook page
Pretty Little Treasures Handmade Hats and Fascinators
Pretty Little Treasures Hand Design bespoke fascinators & hats, perfect for Mother of the Bride, and indeed the grooms Mum and other guests. They are colour matched to your outfits or to match your accessories and look truly stunning. You can have designer style head wear at a price you can afford. Find Kirstie and her hats on her Bespoke Hats Facebook page as well as in shops across the Enfield area.
Stella & Dot by Naddy J
Stella & Dot offer boutique jewellery and accessories, which make fantastic gifts to the Bridesmaids, Bride or even Mother of the Bride and with a newly launched little girls range – flower girls can be equally treated to a stunning keepsake! Naddy is an independent stylist and can offer help and advice on the best selection of jewellery for your needs. Have a look at her Stella & Dot page.
Diet & Fitness with Davina – 6 weeks to feeling great
A 6 week online diet and tone programme could help you look and feel your best on your special day. Offering you unlimited support and advice throughout this three step programme, Davina will help you discover a new you with a new healthier lifestyle based on the art of clean eating. Sounds like just what you need to make that wedding dress look even more stunning? Talk to Davina via her Diet & Fitness website for more information.
Pampered Chef Wedding List
With a Pampered Chef Wedding List, you can ensure that the bride and groom have a perfectly stocked kitchen to begin their married life together. We have everything from beautiful crockery – elegant or rustic, to knives, professional pans, and every gadget imaginable. The perfect present to suit every budget. You can contact Samina via her Pampered Chef Website
Another personal recommendation here, I have used Jenniphers services several time already and simply LOVE my gorgeous toe nails and the fantastic pedicures she does. She is based in Enfield and covers all the Nth London and SE Herts areas on a mobile basis. So, if you need to get your hands and feet wedding ready, you can get in touch via her Sapphire Nails Face Book Page
So if you are in the Barnet, Enfield and south Hertfordshire areas and are looking for the right suppliers for your wedding or special day, these businesses will offer the kind of service you want, locally. As always, you can always check out the I Recommend page too for more great suppliers and if you still can’t find what you are looking for, drop me an email and I can search a huge list of suppliers from a nationwide network of contacts.