Recommended wedding Suppliers
Here's some suppliers that we've worked with often and love their work. The list is not exhaustive, and there's plenty of talented people who we've not worked with yet or maybe forgotten to add.
In terms of photography, makeup is hugely important. We've worked with some amazing makeup artists. As they usually come into your home in the morning of the wedding, personality is almost as important as ability - the right makeup artist will not only get the job beautifully done, but he/she will make you feel at ease. Check out Paula Fraser, Jennifer Ireland, Clare Hogan and Tippy Logronio. All are fabulously talented ladies, and lovely people.
This is probably a question of personal taste, but we love beautiful natural bouquets that reflect the wild nature of the country we live in. Our good friend Hollie from the Rosehip and Berry Floral studio is not only expertly skilled in her craft, she's got wonderful taste when it comes to wedding flowers. She's also great craic! Tim and the guys at Floral Earth excel with both floral extravagance and minimalism and have produced some of the most stunning flowers we've ever seen. We love Marie Cafolla’s delicate, timeless arrangements while Kim from Victoriana Floral runs flower arrangement classes suitable for hen parties, as well as making gorgeous wedding flowers.
If you want a video of your wedding, it’s important to get someone who’s style and way of working is compatible with ours. Thankfully Northern Ireland has some superb talent in this department. Michael Toman from Story of Eve is world class and, like us, is willing to travel the globe for weddings. His approach is modern and beautiful, and he's great to work with. Clive from Pigment has a quirky style and a hilarious quirky personality to match. Karl from Ball and Wolf is really laid back, is easy to get along with and produces great work with a really unobtrusive style.
If you're planning on having a humanist wedding, we'd highly recommend that you get in touch with Joe Armstrong. We've never met a guest that didn't love one of his wedding ceremonies. If you're after an independent celebrant then look no further than Romy McAuley. She celebrates non-legal ceremonies which means they can be held absolutely anywhere, from beaches to mountain tops. This is very popular with couples who live abroad as you can do the legal bit on a different day with a registrar in the country you live.
Styling and Decor
Whether you’re going to go DIY or let someone else shoulder all the hard work, here’s a few businesses worth checking out. The fabulous Rachel from Blue Moon Events offers full wedding styling and never seems fazed by any job, no matter how big. Betty Williamson Planners can help you with everything from full-on glamour, to chic boho. Magpie Linens’ hire service can help elevate any venue with sequins and textured cloths.
Cakes and treats
We LOVE J-bird bakery. Jeannie’s cakes and cupcakes not only look good but they are absolute heaven to eat. Go visit her shop in East Belfast and be prepared to fall in love. French Village bakery are better known for their cafe's in Belfast but they've provided some of the most beautiful wedding doughnut displays (yes, doughnuts!!!!) we've ever seen. For evening food, we’ve never seen queues like those we seen when the Belfast Bap Company provided the food. Flipping Crepes provide, you guessed it, delicious crepes for evening guests and additionally have an ice cream stall.
Stop by Archive 12, Petticoat Lane and Ivory and Pearl to check out (and try on) their wonderful selection of gowns and dresses. If you’re more of a keyboard clicker, go to BHLDN. Their online shop has some of the most stunning dresses we’ve ever seen, and even after postage and import duties, won’t break the bank.
We have only one recommendation for wedding stationery: Arbee. Rachel’s work is sublime and she’s an absolute pleasure to work with. If you’re going the DIY route, Kaizen print in Belfast are great for printing out table plans, numbers and place settings that you might’ve designed yourself.
Ruth Corry is one of the best harpists we’ve seen at a wedding… ok, we aren’t experts in harp but we love good music beautifully played, and Ruth is great for that. Arco string quartet features members of the ulster orchestra and we’ve seen them play everything from sweet adagios to Arcade Fire. Rachel Toman has a gorgeous voice and brilliant wedding repertoire suitable for religious and civil ceremonies.
Bands and DJs
We have to admit that we like our music a little bit different rather than the usual wedding cliches. Dance Til Tomorrow have 2, 5 and 7 piece wedding bands as well as great DJs - they also do ceremony and drinks reception music. If you’re looking for something with a more Irish feel, the Rare Oul Stuff are fantastic.