What every bride should know

Bridal BoutiqueNORWICH, United Kingdom — Everyone loves a wedding or so the saying goes, but are we not all just looking at it as the final show, the raising of the curtain with no thought to all the behind the scenes work that is necessary before the big day!?

I am sure that every bride, in hindsight, would have loved the possibility of having a Cheat Sheet to work from. Allowing them the time and grace to actually be knowledgeable in what their options are, so that they will not be frazzled and screaming at all who innocently cross their path.

Having recently attended the Sprowston Manor Marriott Hotel and Country Club Bridal Boutique, I can now offer you the ultimate Bridal Cheat Sheet; covering everything you will require for your big day, so that it is as magical as it should be and memorable for all the right reasons.

What is it that a woman requires for the big day; really for her to be the princess, for her knight in shining armour to admire her and for everything to run smoothly? For this to work in real life, just as it does in fairy tales, the bride first needs to know exactly what she wants and how to find it with ease.  Attending a Bridal Boutique, such as the one hosted by Sprowston Manor Marriott Hotel and Country Club, the bride-to-be can tick-off nearly everything; if not all just with an enjoyable and uplifting visit, making you feel as if the Big Day has begun with the slightest effort.  It is like looking through the keyhole of your Big Day and seeing infront of you all that you desire.

During this event, I was able to book my wedding venue, my bridal suite at the hotel, my make-up artist, a pampering session for myself and my bridesmaids, my hair stylist, my flowers, my photographer, my videographer, my DJ and band, as well as arrange my handmade chocolate favours and dessert table, choose and book my wedding stationery, my wedding cake, arrange the room decorations, book and choose the wedding design (chair coverings, theme colours, glassware, table linen, cutlery and crockery), pick and choose my dress, suits for the groom and ushers and page boys. All this in a matter of 3-4 hours! Leaving myself and my fiance time to relax and look forward to the Big Day and the Honeymoon.

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The Venue

If a hotel is your choice then you can be assured of being well taken care of at Sprowston Manor Marriott Hotel & Country Club, book the bridal suite to take your time in getting ready with your nearest and dearest by your side.

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Bridal and Bridal Party Make-Up

Get pampered in La Fontana Spa downstairs in the hotel, then let the Spa Make-Up Artist come directly to you and artistically create your chosen make-up style for the day.  Something you can be guaranteed about is exactly how your make-up will look, as at La Fontana Spa you would have already sampled your trial bridal make-up months ahead of your Big Day so you can rest easy and sip champagne whilst the pampering continues.

Grice & Foster Chair Covers & More 

With one of the partners an ex-ballroom dancer, she carries on this theme when you view the chair covers; these are no mere coloured fabric chair covers. The back of each chair resembles a ballgown and the attention to detail is fantastic, you want to rip it off the chair and put it on! The choice of design, colour, fabric is endless. Grice & Foster can offer much more than this, as they can supply everything, from the marquee to the cutlery, all in your chosen design.  On top of this, they are the most approachable and creative couple I have met in this business.

Wedding Stationery

Little Pea Designs offering bespoke entirely handmade and created specifically for your wedding stationery.  Everything from Invitations, Order of Service, Seating plans, Place name cards, Menus; each and every one with that personal touch. No need to purchase from a million different places, when all your wedding stationery requirements can be catered for in one stop.


Cocoa Delicious  provide handmade and absolutely delicious chocolate, it does what it says on the tin, Belgian chocolates for table favours or dessert tables.  This woman makes everything herself and her presentation is impecable, the way the chocolates are displayed is an art in itself, and it seems as if it is part of the decor.

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Select Cakes

Nicki at Select Cakes makes all the wedding cakes herself, taking extreme pride in the colours, the presentation and of course the taste.  All cakes, whether it be chocolate, fruit, lemon, carrot that were on sample were a picture to look at, light as a feather and scrumscious to eat.  With even a Mr & Mrs Pug Dog cake, it seems Nicki can create any themed cake that you desire.


Elizabeths is a family run florist and has been going and growing strongly since 1948. With Kevin currently at the helm, you can rest assured that each bridal bouquet, each bridesmaid bouquet, each place setting, hair decoration, buttonhole is just as important to this company now as it was back in 1948. With such high standards and quality, this definitely comes across in the presentation and decor of the floral arrangements that Elizabeths has to offer.

Wedding Decor

It’s My Party  is a lively company that can supply wedding decorations such as balloons, sweeties, bubbles with lights, alphabet letters to make your marquee or room as lively and as fun looking as you want it to be.

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Hair Stylist: Little Rasberry’s Hair Studio

Amy creates the most beautiful and intricate bridal party hairstyles for both long and short hair with interwoven flowers and beads.  Amy has several bridal packages to chose from inclusive of a bridal trial; ensuring that you can be confident of your selected style for the Big Day.


If you require music whether it be DJ or band or any other type of entertainment Connectionsents can supply and source the right person for you.

Bridal Party Wear

Camilla Brides has been in business for over 25 years and with a gorgeous array of handmade bespoke wedding dresses and designs to choose from there is sure to be one that captures your heart. With styles for every shape and height to ensure that beauty reigns on the day.  Not to be outdone the bridesmaids gowns are set to compliment the bride perfectly.

Groom, Ushers & Page Boys; Father of The Bride

Greenwoods Menswear  has been in business since 1860 and this well established firm can comfortably provide suits in a variety of styles and co-ordinating colours for all the gentlemen in the wedding party.  With expertly fitted attire each gentleman will feel like he is the prince.


Let Matt at I Do Photography capture your Big Day in an unforgettable manor. Focusing exclusively on weddings Matt has created several wedding packages for the special couple to be from the original contempary package, with album and DVD to an exclusively digital package with log-in and USB.  Not forgetting there is fun to be had even providing a selfie station photo booth at the venue.

I Do Videography  has three packages to chose from, from Elegant to Deluxe have your precious moments captured on video.

Carousel Films is the only 360 film company for weddings currently in the UK.  Capture the Big Day from every angle and really be in the moment for a lifetime.

So with all my boxes ticked in a blink of an eye, I can now relax with the knowledge that all I have to do is write my bespoke invitations and book my Honeymoon.  Now why wouldn’t you attend a Bridal Boutique? You know it makes sense and is stress free and fun.

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Mary-Ann McLaughlin About the author

Haut Couture knowledge with an eye for the next trend, whilst running a vintage and designer clothes business,
combined with yoga teaching and active family life, widely travelled, multi-cultural individual bringing the mixture of the fashion and spiritual world together in her multi-faceted lifestyle.