The UK wedding industry is worth a huge £10 billion every year – that is a lot of happy couples, a lot of dresses, cake and confetti but also a lot of jobs and income for local people and communities. In 2020 it is estimated that 64% of weddings were unable to go ahead, with many being postponed until 2022. From 19th July, in England, there has been no limit on the number of guests at weddings and with many couples wanting to go big to make up for the delay, the big white wedding is definitely back on!
Shopping Small and Supporting Wedding Suppliers in the North of England
The Covid-19 pandemic affected us all, but it affected the wedding and hospitality industry more than most. With such a huge proportion of weddings planned for 2020 unable to go ahead and 220,000 being postponed until 2022, this caused revenue across the industry to fall considerably. For some wedding businesses, in 2020 they took just 10% of their usual annual income. To support the struggling wedding industry, the UK Weddings Taskforce was set up to help the industry get back on its feet after the pandemic so that wedding suppliers can continue to make dreams come true for the 279,000 couples who tie the knot annually.
Despite the formation of the Taskforce, many industry professionals feel that the wedding industry was not adequately supported during and following the pandemic. If you are one of the 95% of UK couples who choose to tie the knot here in the UK, now more than ever small wedding businesses need your support. As a wedding supplier based in the North of England, I am really passionate about supporting the other amazing Northern wedding businesses that can help bring your dream wedding to life. Assuming you have decided to get married here, in the North – arguably the best part of the UK to get married – this guide will help you find the best wedding suppliers for your big day.
This guide includes the best Northern wedding suppliers for all aspects of your big day including:
Makeup and hair
The Best Wedding Planners in the North of England
With the average couple in the UK spending £36,000 on their engagement, wedding and honeymoon, planning a wedding is no small task! From the venue and the transportation to the decor and the dress, there are so many details to arrange when organising your wedding. A wedding planner can make organising your dream wedding a stress-free experience, they will do all of the coordinating so that you can enjoy your engagement and wedding day! One of our favourite Northern Wedding Planners is VLW Events, who plan luxury Indian weddings both in the UK and abroad. Having all of the intricate details planned in advance can make a huge difference to ensuring that your wedding day runs smoothly and working with a Wedding Planner can help to give you this peace of mind.
The Best Wedding Invitations in the North of England
Once you have chosen your venue and decided on a date, sending out invitations is likely to be next on your list. Polka Dot Creations design bespoke wedding invitations to reflect you as a couple, from their base in the North of England. As well as helping you to set the tone of your wedding with beautiful bespoke invitations, Polka Dot Creations can also use sustainable FSC certified materials to make your invitations and will plant a tree for every stationery order they work on!
The Best Wedding Signage and Decor in the North of England
After you have decided on the theme for your wedding and established the tone with your bespoke wedding stationery, the next step is to find wedding decor items to bring your theme to life. Acrylic welcome wedding signs can help to establish your theme and add a personal touch to your wedding day, as well as providing a photo opportunity for your guests! As well as your acrylic wedding signage being modern, versatile and making a statement, tabletop wedding signage can also be used as a practical addition to your big day. Your tabletop wedding signage will show guests where they are sitting to ensure that your day runs smoothly whilst also bringing your wedding theme into the reception venue.
The Best Wedding Cakers in the North of England
No wedding is complete without a stunning wedding cake! I would recommend finding a cake maker once you have decided upon your wedding theme, so that you can find a caker who will incorporate your theme into your wedding cake. Different wedding cake makers will have different specialities, for example, Ripon based The Paradise Cake Company specialises in making sugar flowers. Hannah from The Paradise Cake Company creates realistic floral arrangements from sugar to decorate your wedding cake - perfect for an elegant floral themed wedding.
Another of my favourite wedding cake makers based in the North of England is Kate from Little Button Bakery who specialise in making modern and original wedding cakes. These stylish wedding cake designs are perfect for weddings with a modern edge and Kate has even had one of her cakes featured on Coronation Street!
The Best Wedding Hair and Makeup in the North of England
The final business I would like to feature in this guide to the best wedding suppliers in the North of England is Nicola Whitfield, cruelty-free hair and makeup artist. I particularly like Nicola as an MUA because as well as using cruelty-free products, Nicola also specialises in enhancing your natural beauty, so that you can still look and feel like you on your wedding day (with an added bit of glam of course). Just like all of these other amazing Northern wedding suppliers, Nicola is really passionate about what she does and will do everything she can to make your wedding day absolutely magical.
The Best Wedding Suppliers in the North of England - A Guide
From the perfect planner to divine decor, innovative invitations and magical makeup, these wedding suppliers in the North of England will go above and beyond to make sure that your wedding day exceeds your expectations.