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The icing on the cake! Plan the perfect Sussex wedding, part 2

The dress. The catering. The cake. The flowers. The photographer. And even the wedding night lingerie. Plan the ultimate Sussex wedding with our pick of the best local suppliers.

Ding dong! Do we hear the dulcet tone of wedding bells, maybe you’re a bridesmaid, maid of honour our even (gasp) mother of the bride, or perhaps you’re just planning a big bash? Now you’ve got the venue sorted and booked thanks to our guide to the best venues in the county, let’s organise the trimmings!

THE DRESS

Cath Adam @The Bride Shop

First up, head to Crawley to see Muddy Award winner 2021 Cath Adam @The Bride Shop. There’s many a reason you all voted this the best bridal boutique in Sussex, from the fab selection of vintage-style and modern dresses from labels like Kenneth Winston and Ella Rosa, as well as bespoke collection from Cath herself, to the relaxed environment and unhurried, appointment-only personal service. For hairpieces, garters and the like head to Billingshurst-based Garter & Veil, whose luxe handmade accessories have been featured in none other than Vogue.

THE CATERING

If your venue isn’t doing catering or you want to bring in something extra special, Haywards Heath-based Positively Delicious can whip up a scrumptious feast using seasonal, ethical ingredients. It’s run by a former Buckingham Palace, award-winning chef in Jacqueline Wise and hey, if it’s good enough for the Queen….. Meanwhile Chichester-based Saddlers Luxury Mobile Bar, a Muddy Award finalist, will take care of all your drinks requirements so your guests can quaff the night away at a cash bar, open bar or hosted bar. They’ll also organise a Temporary Events Notice if you need one to allow the sale of alcohol at your venue.

Saddler’s Bar

For nibbles with a difference, High Weald Dairy can knock you up a cheese cake, made with layers of their delicious hand crafted Sussex cheeses. It makes for a centrepiece with a difference for peckish guests.

Marples Cakery

And as for the main event, the cake itself, Alice at Marples Cakery can oversee the whole process for you from start to finish. Sit down and discuss initial ideas, have a tasting session complete with glass of bubbly, approve the designs before the final creation is made and voila! Your very own personalised cake, tailored to your exact requirements, and seriously delicious to boot.

THE FLOWERS

Caroline Sands Floral Design

If it’s a romantic and elegant floral display you’re after, put Caroline Sands Floral Design on speed-dial. Her customers describe her service as trustworthy, professional and calming – exactly what you want in the mayhem of wedding planning! After a personal consultation, East Sussex-based Caroline will be able to turn your dreams into a botanical reality.

THE PHOTOGRAPHER

Rose Bainbridge

The best wedding photographs are those you can look back on in 20 years time and instantly recall every single magic moment. Muddy loves Rose Bainbridge, who will shoot the upcoming Muddy Awards winners drinks, for her knack for capturing the moment with a ‘rockumentary’ approach and her ability to get stuck in – need somebody to hold your glass in one hand and point a camera with the other? Rose is your girl. Also check out Muddy Awards winner Georgina Piper.

THE EXTRAS

Liberty & Love

The vows have been exchanged, the cake eaten, the dancing is done and now it’s time for bed….. Slip between the sheets in something indulgent, sexy and decadent like this stunning, oh-so-wearable set from Liberty & Love that’s perfect for all shapes and sizes. We love the delicate lace detailing, which screams blushing bride. Liberty & Love gift sets, packed with goodies for pampering, also make brilliant presents for bridesmaids.

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