Weddings

Your wedding is the day you dream of, something personal and something perfect. In order to ensure that it runs smoothly and that you achieve this dream day, you need to plan and arrange everything early. As a couple throughout the months leading up to your wedding you’ll be looking for businesses that can provide you with the services you will require for the big day.



As a result, one of the most popular features in The Yorkshire Herald & Advertiser are the ‘Weddings’ features that appear each issue. We bring to the Bride and Groom a range of high impact editorials that provide practical advice and guidance to achieving that perfect day. Blended with these editorials we feature a number of adverts from those who can provide these services and ensure a magical wedding day. Advertising wedding services or supplies is an essential part of success for service providers such as florists, venues, cake makers and for hiring of cars. This is especially true nowadays where the competition is strong and the amount of choice your potential customers have gets bigger by the day. Featuring within a reputable publication such as ‘The Yorkshire Herald & Advertiser’ will ensure that you achieve the highest possible return. So you see, your successful wedding advertising campaign needn’t cost the world.



As professional outside caterers we have vast experience in catering in a wide range of venue’s and offer a wide variety of wedding packages. Some of our services are;
Bespoke Wedding Packages catering to all budgets and customer needs Regular personal meetings with Bride and Groom Fully trained silver service staff.

Hot and Cold Buffets with Waitress Service

Canapé and Reception Drinks Packages
BBQ and Hog Roast Packages
Drinks Packages
Full Bar Service and Licence Application
All dietary needs are taken care of. Special menu’s are set in place and we are more than happy to speak directly with the customer on request.

We pride ourselves on offering our customers a personal bespoke service and show them the confidence from the beginning to ensure their day is full of treasured memories. We work closely with the bride and groom from the first initial enquiry right through to the finish of their day. We are a small family run business with over 28 years catering experience and are able to offer a wealth of knowledge and experience. Our aim is to meet all of our clients needs, helping us to ensure a long and rewarding relationship from start to finish.

As a company we use high quality, fresh local produce wherever possible and have strong links with local farmers and other local retailers. Our staff are fully trained and qualified and ooze professionalism setting high standards, which shows in their confidence for our clients big day.

New Bridal studio opens in Rothwell

Julie Ann’s Bridal Studio opened after owner Julie Ann was shopping for a wedding dress with her daughter in law and realised there was a gap in the market for a studio offering a personal, one to one service.

She only has one changing room, which makes trying on dresses a very private occasion; just you – the bride- your family and Julie Ann, which means she only sees one bride at a time.

Julie Ann’s vow is to make your special day simply the best!

she stocks a wide range of beautiful dresses, accessories and jewellery.

Appointments are not always necessary however on Saturdays in particular it’s best to book in advance. She also offers late night appointments.

This quaint studio is only two minutes from the M1 and M62 and there is ample parking available outside.

252 Wood Lane, Rothwell, Leeds LS26 0PL, 0113 282 0360, 07958 645911

Wedding day sweet treats

Wow factor

Dessert Tables

Move over chocolate fountains. There’s a hot trend in the wedding world of scrumptiousness. For something a little bit quirky to get your guests all in a flutter, I present to you….desert tables! Also known as cake tables, they are exquisitely stylish and truly delicious. A great spin on the old cake front. With couples increasingly keen to provide something unique and memorable on the day, having just one cake no longer seems enough…..especially when you can have many! With desert tables, couples can have a huge variety of delicious treats for their guests. It’s not to say you can’t have that traditional wedding cake, you just won’t require a towering 6 tier cake. It’s still the norm to have one cake that acts as the cutting cake anyway.

Deserts tables are also a fantastic way for brides to stamp their look on their day. For those who don’t know, it’s basically a table at the reception that showcases a selection of cakes and deserts in different shapes and sizes, all styled to fit in with the look of the day. You’ll need a reasonable sized long table or two tables pushed together covered with linens.

The fun part is arranging the gourmet desserts and/or sweets along with their custom designed dessert labels and tags, non-edible accessorize to add decoration, and of course plates and utensils.

The desserts could be anything from decadent sticky toffee puddings and rich rocky road to light as air meringues and melt in the mouth mini cheesecakes. Best bit, both families’ favourites can be included. Accessories could be wishing tees, candles, flower arrangements, bunting and even pretty bottled drinks that match the colour scheme. Just let your imagination free and you’ll be presently surprised at what you can come up with.

As for budget, you don’t necessarily want to spend half your budget on a desert table, but at the same time you want it to look special. You can have both, asks your baker to work with what you have. If money’s an issue, bulk up your display with co-ordinating sweets and fruit. Remember that desert tables are very versatile and can even bring their own homemade creations to help save on costs. Another thing as well, some venues allows the desert tables to replace the desert course at the end of the meal.

The secret to a desert table is to create a feast for the senses and always have just enough to satisfy guests, but leaving them wanting more. It’s about being totally unique, a little daring and always one step ahead of the rest!

Variations

Candy buffets (also known as sweetie bars or tables) are displays of confectionary and retro sweets which are all presented in lovely bowls and glassware. When we see a table adorned with sweets and mini treats our eyes instantly widen and were taken back to the days of being a kiddie in a sweet shop. Themes such as mad hatter work very well with these sweet displays.

Ever heard of Cake Pops? There yummy bites of cake on a lollipop stick which often form part of a desert table or candy buffet, but they work equally well on their own as favours. There just the right size to nibble on and can be dipped to match your colour theme. What’s more, they can be decorated with glitter, edible flowers or just a simple but effective ribbon tied into a bow around the stick.

Wrapped up in love: a magical winter wedding There is something about a winter wedding that brings a touch of fairy tale to the occasion. One of the best things about winter is that the evenings start early. This means more celebration time, and plenty of room for candles, fairy lights or even some fireworks. Summer may be brighter, but in winter you can create your own light. The beauty of winter lies in its ability to paint a stunning picture. Winter always has a way of bringing out the beauty in its surroundings. Think of frosty mornings, mystical days and crisp clear nights. Choosing winter means you could pick from Christmas, New Year and even Valentine’s Day for a truly indulgent day. And as winter weddings become more and more popular, designers are focusing harder to create stunning dresses fit for a winter bride. Look for styles made in heavier fabric like satin or taffeta, steering clear of chiffons or silks. And if you’re wearing a strapless dress, accessorise with a fur shrug to achieve the ultimate glamorous winter look. Complete with ivory gloves and sparkling jewellery for a sprinkle of wintery lust. It is clear to see why a winter wedding works so well, couples love the dramatic scene a winter wedding brings, but there are more reasons to choose a winter wedding. You’ll find off-season rates and always good availability too, and with many venues offering incentives to choose them for your winter wedding wonderland, you’ll have more to spend on a lovely honeymoon designed for two.

Marquees If you like the idea of celebrating your wedding party under the stars, then do just that, under canvas in a truly personal venue. Marquees are great for those who have a dream location in mind, as they can be erected almost anywhere, from the grounds of an elegant country house to a coastal beech or even a cliff top. Do double check first with your venue though just to make sure they are happy for you to hire a marquee. But if you’re thinking about having your celebrations, a little off the beaten track, do ask the local landowner if you can hire the space. Marquees can be decorated beautifully, completed with tables and chairs, flowers and lights and a whole lot more. A marquee package is only limited by your imagination. A marquee can hold a large number of guests too, often more than the average venue. Summertime is the peak seasons for hiring a marque, so if you’ve got a date in mind, do give yourself plenty of time to book. It might seem like there’s a lot to think about and sort out but there really isn’t, leave the stress behind and let them do all the hard work. Remember that marquee companies deal with hundreds of weddings and, whilst yours is obviously unique, they will have the experience with all sorts of issues and have lots of solutions up their sleeves, let them worry about the marquee and you just enjoy the experience.


A Magical Winter Wedding Dreaming of a winter wedding? Who can blame you, they are without a doubt, super glamorous, stylish and truly magical. With lots of preparation and clever ideas your winter wedding will be a wonderland to remember forever. Romantic and cosy venues are the key to creating a warm and inviting atmosphere. Think of atmospheric candle-lit castles complete with roaring open log fires, glorious historic buildings with high ceilings and original beams surrounded by acres of unspoilt countryside and lakes, enchanting churches amidst the most beautiful gardens you have ever seen or simply wonderfully charming hotels and lodges set in secluded gardens. All of these make for a very special wedding, unique to you and your loved one. Transform your winter venue into a magical grotto of twinkling lights, flickering candles and seasonal colours. Winter is the perfect time for seasonal favourites like smoked salmon, Palma ham and smoked sun-dried tomato bruschetta or warming winter soup entrees. Follow these with roast lamb or beef, rich desserts and cheese boards and one of my favourite winter necessities, mulled wine! You may wish to make the most of the early winter evenings and wow your guests with a fireworks display. With the sun setting as early as 4.15pm, a firework display timed to coincide with your first toast as husband and wife will make your champagne reception truly unforgettable. Keep warm and stylish with beautiful accessories from faux fur boleros, shrugs and capes to bride’s winter boots and willies. Winter wedding flower arrangements featuring seasonal elements such as pine cones holly and evergreen boughs add festive touch to your wintery celebration. Good luck, enjoy your big day and best wishes for your future together.

cheese wedding cakeCHEESE WEDDING CAKES Perfect for rustic, country style weddings and a gorgeous addition to a stylish urban city wedding. Not only is the cheese wedding cake a fashionable trend, it’s also a healthy and delicious alternative to the sweet cake. Yes it really is a wedding cake made entirely of cheese. They are the ultimate stylish cheeseboard made to resemble a multi-tiered wedding cake and they’re growing ever more fashionable. It does have a rather continental feel to it, but if you want something that bit different to wow your guests, the cheese wedding cake will definitely impress. For the ultimate wedding breakfast, you don’t have to choose between two options, you can have a traditional iced and decorated wedding cake for the ‘cutting of the cake’ photographs and also have a cake of cheese too. If you only want one wedding cake with a difference, go for the cheese cake alone, your guests will love the savoury option. There are cheese companies who will design and build tailor-made cheese wedding cakes for you, but you can easily build your own. To make your own you will need to decide on the suppliers you’ll be using to source your cheeses and the cheese selection. You’ll need to source a variety of different cheeses, using a selection similar to that found on a good cheese board. Your cheeses should vary in colour, texture and flavour, and come in wheels so they’re easy to stack. Allow around 100g of cheese per guest, or a minimum of 10kg per 100 guests. If you are providing this alongside a traditional wedding cake, you may need less than 100g per person. By having three to five layers of cheese in varying sizes from big to small, you’ll achieve the traditional tiered wedding cake look. When it’s time to present your cheeses, you can either use a wedding cake stand stacking the cheeses directly on top of one another, or put a circle of greaseproof paper between each cheese. To finish, decorate with grapes, flowers, fruits and leaves for a stunning effect and serve with crusty bread and/or savoury crackers on the side along with chutneys and pickles. Remember as well that if you have any cheese left over, it will keep for weeks in the fridge. Hard cheese like Cheddar can be grated and frozen for use in sauces, whilst 250 gram portions of Blue Stilton wrapped in foil can be frozen for up to 3 months. The trick then is to defrost the Stilton cheese slowly in the fridge overnight. And there you have it, a very stylish, low cost, waste free and delicious alternative to a traditional wedding cake.

Why you should get married in the North…. Tie the knot in the north and enjoy picturesque views. Enjoy all that this side of the country has to offer with miles upon miles of unspoilt natural beauty. Many of the country’s most romantic wedding venues are here. So make your dreams come true and choose from Lakeside hotels to fairy-tale castles, complete with roaring log fires and cosy walks. Set amongst the most beautiful and wonderful views, there’s no better place to make your fairy-tale wedding come true. Be spoilt for choose with mountain views. 95% of the country’s highest mountains are here with the majority confined to the Lakes, North Pennines and the Yorkshire Dales. With such a vast and impressive collection of unspoilt beauty, it’s no surprise to hear its home to a large variety of wildlife. Stunning scenery and breath-taking views that stretch as far as the eye can see make for fantastic picture opportunities and on top of that you have a perfectly romantic calm to your wedding day. Have your wedding day surrounded by pure beauty made by nature with hidden gems that are everywhere here; wild moors where the whistle blows free, towering peaks too high to reach, dramatic gorges and sheer cliffs, gently rolling hills, sandy beaches, spectacular cliffs, quiet coves to hide and reflect, rocky shores to relax and reflect, sandy dunes, salt marshes and estuaries. Be assured your wedding day will be as stunning as you are by choose to have your wedding here.

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