The Wedit: A Reet Good Look At The Newcastle Wedding Scene
This week Team ASTW are bringing you the And So To Wed Hometown Edit: The Wedit, if you so will, of the ones to watch in all of our respective home towns. We have Newcastle, Leeds, Chelmsford and Hull to tickle and tantalise you with - so today we're kicking off with Newc, by our very own gorgeous Geordie Charlotte Spain...
When we first discussed the idea for this hometown wedding feature, I started wondering how on earth I could make anything to do with Tyne and Wear sound cool and covetable. I love Newcastle, but it’s not exactly the style capital of the world. I’ve lived elsewhere during my 23 years - York and London are a couple of examples - and I can honestly say that Newcastle is like nowhere else on earth, except maybe Sunderland. But don’t tell any Geordies I said that…
So what can I say about Newcastle? Well I’m going to be bold here - it’s a city of legends. Cheryl Cole, Sting, and Alan Shearer are all from my neck of the woods. And if you’ve ever heard any of them talk you’ll know that our regional accent sounds like we are speaking a different language (don’t ask me how many times I’ve been asked to do ‘the Big Brother voice’) and we dance to the beat of our own drum with a fierce sense of pride. For example, every year in the depths of winter, the lasses of the toon (def: females from the North-East of England) get issued with a weather warning pleading them to put on tights and a jacket for a night out. Oh, and we’ve all met And and Dec at least once.
Newcastle is consistently named as the friendliest place in the country, and us Geordies are a welcoming bunch. We are born grafters who are always more than happy to help - so you better believe that our customer service skills know no bounds. A pretty important quality you’d want from your wedding suppliers, right?
So what’s a wedding in Newcastle really like? Is it really a bare-legged-booze-up in Tup Tup, featuring Charlotte Crosby as your bridesmaid, and catering provided for by Greggs? Having lived here my whole life I feel it is my job, nay my duty, to set the record straight. You can have a kick-ass wedding in the North-East of England and I’m about to let you in on the go-to people who can make it happen. If it’s good enough for our Declan Donnelly, then it’s good enough for us all!
The Venue - The Clayshed, Hoults Yard
The Clayshed is, in my opinion, the coolest venue in Newcastle. A reclaimed pottery warehouse, this event space has strong industrial vibes with its original steel pipeworks and exposed wooden beams. Very on-trend. This is very much a blank canvas venue, and couples can really make it their own on their wedding day. With the ability to split this venue into separate areas you can use each space for a different part of your day.
The Photographer - Gasp Photography Co.
I’m extremely fussy about wedding photography. I can tell that when I get married this is going to be the thing that I just cannot compromise on. Maybe it’s years of pouring over the high-fashion images in Vogue, but I’m now drawn to impactful, dramatic photography which makes me stop, stare and marvel. And that’s exactly what Gasp Photography’s ‘gram makes me do. Jade’s creative style makes you want to be the people in her photos, which I think is the epitome of an amazing photographer.
The Cake - Dreamworld Cakes
There’s something about Dreamworld’s cakes that I can’t take my eyes off - they are quite simply flawless. A Patisserie paradise and wedding cake supplier, what these guys don’t know about cake ain’t worth knowing! Their designs are slick, fashionable and flawless, and with flavours like belgian chocolate & baileys and caramelised biscuit - these are cakes to be very excited about. There’s no ring on my finger yet; but in the meantime I will be popping into quite literally my dreamworld to sample their lemon meringue tart that looks like it’s straight outta Paris, baby!
The Bar - Bar4Hire Gin Fizz Trailer
It’s no secret that us Geordies enjoy a drink or two, so a good bar is always going to be top on the list of our priorities. This Gin and Fizz Trailer, part of the Bar4Hire collection, was originally a Classic Rice Horsebox which has been painstakingly restored into a mobile bar providing cocktails, prosecco and of course, Gin! Perfect for a summer wedding, not only will this bar be a hit with all your guests (did you hear how much prosecco we drank as a country last year?!) but it adds a pretty stylish statement to the overall event too. So that’s the wedding insta shot taken care of!
The Florist - Bels Flowers
Helen and her team at Bels Flowers are just absolute dream-makers. I could spend hours on their Flowers website just scrolling through all of the incredible floral installations, centrepieces and bouquets that these lovelies produce. Theirs are the type of floral displays that you see on Pinterest and immediately declare that you need them for your wedding. So if you do something floral, fierce and fabulous for your wedding (and who doesn’t?!) like a flower-encased seating plan, then you know who to turn to. They’re the perfect wedding supplier, with bels on.
The Caterer - The Doughnut Guy
Food is one of the most difficult decisions you can make for your wedding. I say time and time again that it’s just so hard to please everyone when it comes to the wedding meal. Well stop right there, because I’ve achieved the impossible. I’ve found a catering option that no-one, and I mean no-one, could turn their nose up at; doughnuts! Already been done? Well these are not just any doughnuts - these are miniature artisan beauties that come served with a variety of toppings and sauces *drools*. Their website sums up this amazing addition to the food market better than I ever could - they’re “putting the excitement back into doughnuts”. And you’re a pretty cool bride and groom in my book if you serve up these gourmet treats for your family and friends. Adios doughnut wall, hello doughnut van!
The Stationery - Brooke Stationery
Brooke Stationery specialise in quality foil printed stationery which give your wedding invitations the most wonderful sparkle and shine. With over five years in the design business, Rachel is a true professional who will make designing your stationery a dream! Brooke Stationery give you the option to choose from their stunning collection, inspired by floral photography, or to produce something bespoke for your event. I’ve had the pleasure of featuring some of their beautiful designs in my styled shoots before, and they are luxe perfection! Rachel is also incredibly lovely and easy to work with - and let me tell you, that’s exactly what you want from your wedding suppliers!
So there we have it - can you have pretty canny wedding in the toon? Whey aye, man. After writing this I’m pretty proud of what the North-East can offer in terms of cool wedding suppliers, so I’ll raise a Newcastle Brown Ale to that! Champion.