Your Bristol & Somerset Wedding - June/July 2022 (Issue 89)

Finally, the sun is shining! It feels like it’s been a long time coming doesn’t it? As much as I’m very much a winter bunny, I must admit that feeling a warm breeze on my face for a change has cheered me up. My friends and I have decided to compile a bucket list of activities we’d like to enjoy this summer, and plans are well underway for our very own CWM bride’s hen do. If you’re worried about what your best gals might have planned for yours, the best way is to maintain an open line of communication. Make sure you lay down perimeters and make it abundantly clear well in advance if L plates, sashes and the like aren’t your thing. Olivia, Nolwenn and I sat bride Melissa down for a chat first to make sure we didn’t make any faux pas and asked her to provide us with a guest list and options for available dates. No doubt you’ll have been careful about your bridesmaid choices, they love you and know you well, so we’re sure you’re in capable hands. Relax and enjoy the break from planning everything yourself. You’ll find this, our summer issue, brimming with plenty of inspiration and advice as always. We chatted to the region’s boutique owners for their take on what’s hot in bridal fashion at the moment. They’ve even given us the lowdown on styles to look out for in the future. Among these pages you’ll also find our ultimate guide to venue styling, where you’ll discover everything from how to choose a theme and colour palette to avoiding the most common pitfalls. Still hungry for more wedspiration? Don’t forget to check out our social media channels @YourBristolSomersetWedding, @cwm_wedding, @countyweddings and of course, the latest member of the family, our YouTube channel (to find it, just head over to and search “County Wedding Magazines”). Enjoy and keeeep planning! Kelly Andrews, editor Fun times 26 39 Kelly x ISSN 1755-4756 EDITORIAL 01376 535 611 Danielle Harvey | Managing Editor Kelly Andrews | Deputy Managing Editor and Beauty Editor Melissa Barker | Senior Editor, Grooms and Travel Editor Claire Ridley | Fashion Editor DESIGN 01376 535 616 | Graphic Designers | Sarah Hill Stephanie Hodder | Vicky O’Connor Production Assistant | Lorna Butcher Digital Marketing Coordinator Katie Laley Web Development Manager Stuart Weatherley ADVERTISING Sales & Events Director Sarah Ellis | 01376 538 490 Account Manager Rebecca Cane | 020 4505 9853 Subscriptions 01376 514 000 ACCOUNTS 01376 535 616 Accounting Manager | Derrick James Your Bristol & Somerset Wedding is solely owned, published and designed by KD Media Publishing. Whilst every effort was made to ensure the information in this magazine was correct at the time of going to press, the publishers cannot accept legal responsibility for any errors or omissions, nor can they accept responsibility for advert content, or of the standing of advertisers or by the editorial contributions. The views expressed do not necessarily reflect those of the publisher. Your Bristol & Somerset Wedding is published six times a year. Subscription rates are £18.20 per annum (incl. p+p). Cheques should be made out to KD Media Publishing and sent to Your Bristol & Somerset Wedding, c/o KD Media Publishing, Pantile House, Newlands Drive, Witham, Essex CM8 2AP. @CountyWeddingMagazines @CountyWeddings @cwm_wedding Visit us online at and cwe COUNTY WEDDING EVENTS 33 IT’S ALL ABOUT YOU I love hearing about the personal touches our real wedding couples add to their wedding days to celebrate their stories… Discover how doughnuts became a symbol of Hayley and James’ relationship, so much so they gifted as wedding favours. Jess and Jake met doing Ten Tors so they named their tables after their favourites. Shannon and Richard personalised their ceremony with readings and Shannon wrote her own poem. EDITOR’S LETTER 7