With only one week to go until Mothering Sunday we have rounded up twelve of our favourite gifts ideal for showing Mum how much you care. What's more they are all from some of the creative folks who will be exhibiting at THE BELFAST CATHEDRAL WEDDING FAIR on Saturday 10th March so if you like leaving things to the last minute then we have you sorted!
THE BELFAST CATHEDRAL WEDDING FAIR takes place from 12-5pm on Saturday 10th March at the Cathedral of St Annes, Belfast.
We do love a bit of cake and chocolate at Frock HQ, so with The Belfast Cathedral Wedding Fair just a few weeks away we thought we would introduce you to some of the exhibitors who will be showcasing stunning bespoke cakes and scrumptious sweet treats on the day.......
Barbara from Barbie Bakes Cakes is an award-winning cake artist based in Belfast who specialises in cakes made with love for special occasions.
She says 'I set up the company in 2015 after spending many many years baking cakes and treats for my friends and family! Each and every cake is baked using the finest and freshest ingredients, created with a lot of love and passion for the job! Traditional, bespoke, quirky, modern and fun - all tastes and styles are catered for!'
Her 5 most popular cake flavours are Ferrero Rocher chocolate cake, chocolate & salted caramel, lemon drizzle, Victoria sponge, and raspberry and white chocolate cake. Mmmmm, our mouths are watering!
WEE DELIGHTS is a mouth watering collaboration between Wee Mallows and Wee ChoCo.
Wee Mallows produce a lovingly crafted artisan range of marshmallows. These sumptuous bites use only natural flavours and are hand made to perfection to tantalise your taste buds. The majority of the marshmallows are gluten, egg and dairy free. Profits from the company go to children's charities supporting those with learning difficulties and Autism.
Wee ChoCo is a community interests company, helping to develop the needs of people with learning difficulties. As well as producing award-winning chocolate in scrumptious flavours including Eton Mess, Honeycomb, Lime & Chilli, and Ginger & Orange, they also offer chocolate making workshops as well as wedding and corporate gifts and favours.
Having baked bespoke cakes for family, friends and community events for many years, Naomi from Cakes By Naomi now specialises in unique, delicious, bespoke wedding and celebration cakes for any occasion, hand-made to your requirements. Her cakes are both a treat to the eyes and the palette, and her beautiful creations include wedding and celebration cakes, cupcakes, macarons, brownies and tray bakes.
For more information visit Cakes By Naomi on Facebook.
Rob from GET BAKED creates the most delicious chocolate based treats. GET BAKED is all about home baked goodness and he has you sorted with brownies, truffles, shortbread, bourbon creams and heaps more to give you and your wedding guests sweet love and sugar highs. GET BAKED even produce gluten free treats. Perfect for wedding favours, dessert tables, hot chocolate bars and making your Big Day as sweet as can be!
THE BELFAST CATHEDRAL WEDDING FAIR takes place from 12 to 5pm on Saturday 10th March at Belfast Cathedral (St Anne's), Donegall Street, Belfast BT1 2HB and admission costs £5.
In this evening's MEET THE WEDDING SUPPLIER post we are delighted to introduce you to Anne McBride from Eclectic Cake Box who creates beautiful bespoke cake designs to impress and leave you with your taste buds well and truly tickled! We are delighted that she will be exhibiting at The Vintage & Handmade Wedding Fair at Belfast Cathedral this Saturday 6th May, and she has also donated a fantastic prize for the day. This week we caught up with Anne for a chat about weddings and cakes, so why not make yourself a cup of tea and find out what goes on behind the scenes in her creative kitchen!
So Annie, tell us about your background and how your business started?
My love of cake was born at the same time as my kids. Having family means get-togethers, special events to celebrate and parties to cater for. Obviously a party without cake is just a meeting so I rolled up my sleeves, popped my little peeps into their daddy’s strong arms and taught myself to bake delicious cake and host fantastically themed parties! I may have a touch of OCD when it comes to making things aesthetically pleasing so everything had to tie together. The theme, colour scheme and décor, along with a striking cake centrepiece that would pull all this together!
After about 10 years of throwing awesome parties, I moved on to making novelty cakes for other’s special events. Then encouraged to try social media, I needed to come up with a name to represent my passion for all things quirky, my love for elegance with a dash of vintage charm and my darker side, where I get to set my inner goth free; Eclectic Cake-Box was the obvious choice!
How did you move into the wedding market?
Moving into the wedding market, meant I could further indulge my passion for styling and create stunning edible centrepieces, because let’s face it, weddings are magical and seem to make everything shimmer and sparkle. Not only am I able to create your dream wedding cake, I can set up and style your cake table, make and create coordinating dessert tables and supply creative favours for your guests.
Where do you get your inspiration?
The wedding cake is still very much an important tradition, although they have developed somewhat over the past few years. I believe this is for the better, it seems anything is possible and certainly makes the wedding much more personal to each couple. I design the cakes using your theme, colour scheme and any personal traits or quirks you want to include. Each one is unique and bespoke to you. I will spend a lot, some might say too much, time on Pinterest fanning over other’s cakey skills and becoming encouraged to push the boundaries and experiment with new techniques, always whilst adding my own twist. Using only the freshest eggs and butter, quality ingredients and luxury chocolate your cake is sure to not only wow your guests, but leave you all with your taste buds well and truly tickled.
Since my cake business is part time, I have the added luxury of giving your cake a lot of attention. I only take a maximum of 2 commissions a month. I am extremely passionate about what I do and often it can become all consuming. From the initial concept idea through to snapping the set up pic at the venue, I endeavour to make it the best I possibly can! I am also fortunate enough to have a Mr Eclectic who carefully drives me and my tasty creations to venues all over Northern Ireland and patiently waits while I tweak and style to perfection.
Do you have any tips for brides and grooms?
Remember all the planning and organising will pay off. Enjoying your wedding day is the most important aspect of all, it marks the next chapter in your love story. Also, aim to steal a moment just to savour all your efforts too.
I look forward to meeting many of you at the upcoming Fayre where we can talk cake, try some tasty samples and I'll be giving away some vouchers too. Anne x
For more information please visit the Eclectic Cake Box website and also follow on Facebook.
Competition Alert! One very lucky bride and groom visiting The Vintage & Handmade Wedding Fair at Belfast Cathedral this Saturday 6th May will win a £100 gift voucher to spend at Eclectic Cake Box as part of our fabulous wedding fair prize package!
In this evening's MEET THE WEDDING SUPPLIER post we are delighted to introduce you to Naomi Campbell who bakes wedding cakes that are a treat to the eyes and the palette! Cakes by Naomi bake unique, delicious, bespoke wedding and celebration cakes for any occasion, handmade to your requirements. With macarons, brownies and traybakes as well as celebration cakes, Naomi has been baking and delighting customers for many years. We are delighted that she will be exhibiting at The Vintage & Handmade Wedding Fair on Saturday 6th May, and she has also donated a fantastic prize for the day. This week we caught up with Naomi for a chat about weddings and cakes, so why not make yourself a cup of tea and find out what goes on behind the scenes in her creative kitchen!
So Naomi, tell us a bit about your background and how your cake business started?
I've always loved baking and people have always loved eating it! I have a large family of 5 children ranging from 17 yrs to 6yrs, and they are my inspiration. I discovered my love and natural talent for cake designing / decoration by making many Celebration cakes for family and friends, and I then went on to complete the ABC level 2 cake decoration course in which I passed all units with merits. I am fully registered with Belfast council and have a food hygiene rating of 5 ( scores of the doors 5) and am fully insured.
What services do you offer to brides and grooms?
I offer a friendly and personal service to all my clients. I work from home and use only the highest quality ingredients to ensure that your cake tastes divine. They are freshly baked to order and I offer an extensive range of flavours to suit every taste and am happy to accommodate any special requests. My champagne and strawberry cake is always popular for weddings and I can even turn your favourite cocktail into cake!
Do you offer a range of styles?
I offer wedding cake consultations where we can discuss the bride and grooms requirements and I then design the bespoke wedding cake of their dreams tailor made for their wedding, which can be anything from traditional, vintage, or sophisticated, to a unique and quirky novelty cake!
I also offer a delivery and set up service locally or across Ireland to ensure your day is perfect. I can also supply cupcakes, macarons, biscotti and salted caramel chocolates and truffles all perfect for wedding favours.
Do you have any tips for brides and grooms?
My recommendations to brides and grooms would be to book their cake early to guarantee availability. The design can then be decided on once they have decided on a style, theme or colour scheme for their wedding. When consulting with couples I look at all aspects of their wedding from their venue, dresses, suits, colour schemes, decorations and personalities so that they get the perfect wedding cake design to suit them.
For more information please follow Cakes By Naomi on Facebook.
Competition Alert! One very lucky bride and groom visiting The Vintage & Handmade Wedding Fair at Belfast Cathedral on Saturday 6th May will win one of Naomi's wedding cakes to the value of £250 (or £250 off the value of their wedding cake). This is a fantastic prize, bound to really make a happy couple's day and is part of our fabulous wedding fair prize package.
Annie and John from Rose Cottage Events believe the only thing you should be worried about on your wedding day, is saying 'I Do'. They strive to make your special day as beautiful and effortless as possible with those final special elegant little touches, and take pride in going that 'Extra Mile' so you don't have to.
A small family run business, Rose Cottage Events have one goal - to ensure that you receive a first class service right from the initial point of contact right through to the end result. You deserve nothing less!
Rose Cottage Events have one of the largest selections of beautiful original Postboxes in Ireland, and also a vast variety of other lovely vintage props to hire which are suitable for any occasion. The beautiful postboxes come in red, white, green and ivory. All are originals, and come with a lovely personalised insert for you to keep as a memento of your day. They are also supplied with one key only to ensure you have complete peace of mind that all your messages and gift envelopes received from your guests are kept safe and secure, so all you have to worry about is having a wonderful memorable day....whatever the event.
You can also hire a candy cart, chocolate ferris wheels and LED bases, wishing trees, a Ferrero Rocher heart tree, vintage step ladders, birdcages, lanterns, steamer trunks and much more. Some of the other props available include a fabulous selection of original vintage typewriter’s dating from 1906 to the early 1930’s, gorgeous original ostrich feather fans dating back to the early 1900’s, a beautiful original telephone dating back to the 1920’s/30’s, and an original General Electric fan dating back to the late 1800’s/early 1900’s.
Rose Cottage Events offer a number of beautiful original vintage step ladders which have been lovingly restored by John and Annie, two sets of which are flat topped so they can be used to hold their unique postboxes. All of the step ladders can be used as seating plans and dressed to suit your theme, creating a strong focal point. They can also supply message boards which your guests can peg little personal messages on.
You can opt to collect any hire items yourself, or choose the Set Up option, whereby the lovely Rose Cottage folks will liaise with your venue to ensure the display is in keeping with your chosen theme. And they are also very keenly priced, so you can have a stress free day without breaking the bank!
There are also beautiful original steam trunks available which date from the 1920’s and 40’s, and which have also been lovingly restored. These can be used for seating plans, letters & messages, and of course as a lovely piece of art to have as a focal point for your occasion. There are also some smaller original vintage suitcases which can be used in the same way, or filled with beautiful flowers for a pretty and nostalgic display.
Annie and John want to make your day special and unique to you, and will ensure that everything is in place, right down to each and every last little detail. They will take the time to listen to you and co-ordinate your requirements to your colour scheme and theme, placing great importance on helping you achieve the very best experience for your special day.
No matter how large or small your event is, you can be sure that Rose Cottage Events will help make it a memorable one. For more information please visit the Rose Cottage Events website and follow on Facebook / Twitter / Instagram.
For more details on any of the services available please email email@example.com or call 07562 379701.
We are delighted to announce that next year we will be holding 2 bridal fairs, the first of which will be taking place at Belfast Cathedral on Saturday 6th May! The Cathedral is undoubtedly one of Belfast's greatest and most magnificent buildings in terms of size, architecture, mosaics, stone carvings, textiles and history. Above all it is a sacred place of worship and we are proud to have been invited to hold Rock The Frock : The Vintage & Handmade Wedding Fair in the beautiful main nave of the Cathedral where this event will feature 50+ sellers of gorgeous and original vintage and handmade treasures including bridal fashion & accessories, floral design, wedding cakes, stationery & jewellery as well as original, alternative and high quality photography, wedding transport, food, music & entertainment, and much more besides. Everything you will need to create the wedding day of your dreams! If you are planning your own big day then watch this space for lots more news about this exciting event coming your way.
Choosing your wedding stationery is a wonderful part of your wedding preparations – selecting the perfect design to announce your wedding date & details to your guests, as well as setting the tone for the theme or colour scheme of your big day.
Rachel at arbee* aims to make this process a pleasure & to offer you:
Specialising in vintage-inspired design, we are more than a little in love with Rachel's handcrafted wedding stationery and beautiful paper things.
Rachel's original designs are handcrafted with love from the finest artists’ materials, and the suite of arbee* stationery designs include Invitations – RSVP – Order of Service – Menus – Table Plans – Place Cards & Tags – Save The Date Cards & Magnets – Wedding Signs – Thank You cards – Guest Books – Bridal Party Thank You cards – and more..…
You can follow arbee* online - Website / Facebook / Twitter / Instagram / Pinterest
And you can buy arbee* designs online at Etsy and Not On The High Street. You can also visit Rachel at St George's Market Belfast on a Saturday.
Wedding consultations are by appointment only (in Belfast) or by telephone & email for UK/international bridal clients. Samples can be ordered by email.
To arrange an appointment to discuss your wedding needs, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 07523 290 293.
For more details please read the arbee* FAQs
© All designs copyright arbee* stationery & design
The lovely ladies at Hampton Blue are constantly sourcing new and exciting products so you can be assured that you will always find something unique for that special occasion or for that special someone - even if that special someone is you! And with free UK shipping on orders over £25 there is even more reason to treat yourself or your loved ones. Debra and Tracey now specialise in wedding decor though many of the beautiful items are suitable for other special occasions too. Right now they have some gorgeous new products available on the website and we have included a few of our favourites below (just click on the images to go to the relevant page on the website).
The Hampton Blue wish list service is a great way to let family and friends know what you like on the site, making your shopping experience worry free. You can add items to your wish list simply by browsing through the online store and clicking the 'Add to Wish List' button on each product details page. You can then either print out your wish list or email it to family and friends.
If you are gift shopping and unsure what to choose, Hampton Blue Gift Vouchers are also available to purchase. The gift voucher is emailed to the recipient right away or you can select a specific date you would like your friend to receive the electronic gift voucher. Alternatively, you can choose to have the gift voucher posted to the recipient using Royal Mail First Class Letter Service.
Hampton Blue also specialise in handmade painted wooden signs for your home and for weddings, anniversaries, baby gifts and other special occasions. The signs and plaques are all handmade in house by Debra and Tracey. They are made from wood, hand painted, finished with a coat of protective wax or varnish and can also be customised to suit your colour scheme. Please email email@example.com with any queries or for a quote if you have anything particular in mind.
A big Thank You to all the lovely brides who came along to our wedding event at Belfast Castle last Sunday with their grooms, Mums, sisters and friends. The sun was shining and our exhibitors stalls looked amazing - it was a really lovely day and now we can't wait 'til next May to do it all over again! Happy wedding planning and congratulations to all the couples getting married soon x
If you're planning a fun hen party where you want to spend some quality time with your best girls then you couldn't choose much better than an Edie Sloane crafting party! Run by talented crafter Karen Weston who makes all kind of beautiful gifts and decorative items for the home, Edie Sloane (named after Karen's grandmother) is also a local business which stages workshops and parties for all ages and abilities. Karen will be exhibiting at The Vintage & Handmade Wedding Fair at Belfast Castle this Sunday 8th May where she will be chatting to couples about hen parties which are all about crafting bridal favours and memory quilts. And if the groom and his best guys are interested in crafting stag parties they can ask for details too! For more details you can visit the Edie Sloane website and follow on Facebook.