Creating the perfect Hungerford wedding
You've booked the venue, you've chosen the dress and you even know what flowers you want, but still you realise you've barely made a beginning. Weddings are sprawling unmanageable beasts, many-headed monsters which produce exhausting to-do lists. You don't have a clue about wedding photographers, the best place to get the rings or even the all-important wedding underwear! Fortunately Hungerford is served by some very talented individuals and businesses who are able to provide exactly those goods and services you don't even realise you need. Below are a selection of Townsite's favourites:
Jewellery is a solid place to start. Once you see how that ring is going to look on your finger there occurs a 'this is really happening' moment . Don't bother with chain store jewellers, they're rarely cheaper and they don't offer the intimacy of an independent expert. Bespoke is the only way to go. Hungerford Jewellers, 129 High Street, Hungerford,
www.hungerfordjewellers.co.ukis a family run business which offers a friendly, expert service and can guide you through the labyrinth of wedding band options. Custom made from templates which come in 4 different styles, 8 different widths and in a choice of white or yellow gold, platinum or palladium, plain or pattern finish, your wedding ring will be a truly unique piece. You can also have stones set or the band shaped to fit your engagement ring snugly; some people even use treasured, if neglected, items of family jewellery as the basis for a whole new piece.
The most intimate and secret part of the wedding preparations is surely what lies beneath the bridal gown. This not the time to skimp; you should instead invest in pieces that are appropriate for the happiest day of your life. You will need the services of a lingerie expert for this part of your bridal journey and they come no finer than Angela Knight Lingerie, 29 Bridge Street, Hungerford. www.angelaknightlingerie.comWith its own range of pure silk wedding lingerie and a bespoke fitting service that can cater from AA to K cup sizes, here you will find a haven of femininity and expertise with a full range of luxury brands as well as basques, garters and those other little touches which make a woman feel cherished. Angela Knight also supply their innovative Love Vouchers, so you can gift the lucky lady a shopping experience like no other.
Even though there are important matters like what to feed the guests, most brides and their female friends and relations will primarily be concerned with what they are going to wear on the big day. Finding a wedding outfit presents its own peculiar challenge if you don't want to end up looking like a set of bedroom curtains. You want to look smart, but with a twist and few of us can afford the designer labels which might fit the bill. Salvation is at hand in the form of a good dress agency like CoCo and Co, 13 Bridge Street, Hungerford 01488 686319. www.coco-co.co.uk. This perfect little gem of a shop sells designer and top quality pre-loved items in mint condition enabling you to look like a million dollars for a fraction of the cost.
A haven for funky and affordable vintage clothing as well as a great range of hand-made gifts and items for the home which would make ideal wedding presents, is New Beginnings, 2 High Street, Hungerford. www.newbeginningsvintage.co.uk. A proper Aladdin's cave, here you will find everything from chalk paint to gorgeous 1950s inspired clothing which will make you stand out from the wedding crowd. The price point is as fabulous as the frocks with dresses from as little as £25 and there is zero chance of you turning up in the same outfit as any of the other guests.
Finding the right wedding photographer can be a tricky business. There are no shortage of contenders but it's often a gamble. You can feel totally secure in the hands of West Berkshire's most outstanding wedding photographer, Annabel Farley, whose timeless, classic and emotive images have won accolades. Annabel's reputation for excellence is built not just on technical expertise but her willingness to tailor each shoot according to the wishes of the bridal couple and her calm, unobtrusive way of working- she shoots by stealth! Rather than herd her subjects into standard portrait formats, she works with the peculiarity of each venue and the conditions on the day to create her memorable, standout images. She has shot weddings in just about every venue in the county and knows the ins and outs of getting the best shots in the best places. See for yourself at www.annabelfarleyphotography.co.uk
When a bale of towels simply won't do and you need that very special wedding gift, why not go to a source of the truly unique? Hungerford institution, The Emporium, 112 High Street, Hungerford www.emporium-hungerford.co.uk
is browsing heaven. Two floors rammed to the gunnels with antiques and collectables which cater to all ages, pockets and styles. Whether you fancy some antique silver, a beautiful piece of furniture or any number of unusual and stylish items for the home, this is the place to find that gift which will last a lifetime.