Wednesday, January 25, 2012
Need ideas for your perfect wedding? We’ve come up with some great products from in and around Cambridgeshire
WIN a pair of personalised knickers to start married life in style
These bespoke knickers from chic British lingerie brand Ell & Cee (ellandcee.co.uk) are a cheeky gift for the bride and will add a touch of stylish fun to proceedings. Made in the UK, they can be embroidered with the bride’s name or read Just Married and also come in cream or blue. One lucky Agenda reader will win a pair of bespoke knickers ready to be personalised. To be in with a chance of winning click on the link in the top tight of this screen to register and answer this question:
What is the name of the company that produces these embroidered knickers?
Closing date for entries is 29 March
Taking the leap
2012 is a Leap year and 29 February is traditionally the day on which women can ask men to marry them. The custom is said to date back to fifth century Ireland, when St. Bridget complained to St. Patrick about women having to wait for men to propose. Good old Bridg! Of course a woman can pop the question whenever she chooses these days but if you do need the tradition to help you get up the nerve then why not do it in style with a Take The Leap ring with Marry Me written on the inside? Made in silver by British jewellers Dower & Hall, it is intended as a token that can be redeemed against a gold or platinum ring later on, or simply worn as it is as an affordable and elegant option. £150 Wharton Goldsmith, 16 St Johns Street, Cambridge, CB2 1TW, 01223 303045
Mini wedding cakes
Why have just one wedding cake when you can have lots? A mountain of cupcakes is a more modern option that’s easier to serve but just as impressive. These ones from Cambourne company Hidden Gem Cupcakes are muffin sized and have been piped from the inside out to look like roses, but there are plenty of other designs and flavours including marshmallow or mocha, from £18.50 for 12 or call for a quote on larger orders, hiddengemcupcakes.com, 07732 426644
Nothing makes a man look more dashing and distinguished than a perfectly fitted suit and thanks to modern companies such as A Suit That Fits a bespoke suit can be more affordable than you might think and a lot less daunting than a visit to a traditional tailor. This bespoke morning suit is £673, The next available day to meet a stylist in the area is 4 February at the Great Northern Hotel, Peterborough, but go to asuitthatfits to make an appointment and find out more.
Take two…wedding dresses
The new season designs are bold and refreshing, peppered with hot pink and even black wedding dresses, but here are our pick of the bunch. The strapless Marianne gown is by Kate Sherford and has a subtle sash, in a demure nod to the royal theme that swept bridal catwalks last year, £1,235, The Bridal Boutique, 74 Shortmead Street, Biggleswade, SG18 0AP, 01767 318531.
The full-skirted Libertine gown is by Ian Stuart and we love the pale stripe, giving it a subtle but classy burlesque twist, £2,325, The Tailor’s Cat, 2 Sussex Street, Cambridge, CB1 1PA, 01223 366 700