For many it’s the biggest day of their lives, so they want to get it right.
So we asked the stall holders at the Wharf Wedding Fayre 2015 at Henry’s Cafe Bar on West India Quay for some advice.
Here is what they had to say (also see their advice in our picture gallery above)
1. Clare Lake Make-Up Artist (formerly TLC Beauty)
Owner Clare Lake said: “I always say to my brides at the start of the day: ‘Make sure you eat something’. Otherwise they find they get to 11am, are a few Bucks Fizzes down and they start to feel a little queasy.”
Clare uses Mac Pro and Airbased Pro – the same make-up used on the X-Factor and Britain’s Got Talent.
2. Dreams Fair Cinematic Film
Juliane Martignho and Eduardo Rodrigues can offer couples a mini film for their wedding video , complete with subtitles and rolling credits.
Eduardo said: “Having a videographer for your day is important as you can see people’s reactions through video that you can’t with photos.”
3. My Pink Cakes
Owner Raffaele Floris said the key to getting the best from a cake was simplicity.
He said: “I will usually spend two days making a cake, but the more ornate it is, the longer I will have to spend on it and then you begin to lose the freshness. You want the cake to taste good as well as look nice.”
4. Georgie H Photography
Nikki Hamersley, who works with photographer husband Neill Hamersley said her experience in event management could be very useful on the day.
Nikki said: “I always say to brides if you get to the day and things haven’t been done by now then they can’t have been that important, so don’t worry.
"The most important part of the day though is that the bride and groom get married and have a great time - Everything else is second to that."
5. USA Cops Cars
Lindsay Groves and his wife Pam run this slightly different wedding chauffeur service .
He said: “Be outrageous. Be utterly different. It’s your big day, so just make sure you get the most out of it.”
Customer advisor Terri Boyce said choosing to buy food or drink for a wedding from Waitrose could be a great way to save money.
She said: “We can offer wedding cakes, favours and cupcakes, as well as drinks and wedding food.
“For the favours, couples can chose our biscuits in the shape of a little wedding shoe or wedding cake.
“Also, at our Canada Place Mall branch, you can taste the wines and talk with our experts about what would match best with your wedding meal.
“If you choose to buy alcohol for the day through us just make sure your reception venue is OK with you bringing your own alcohol and they will most likely charge you a corkage fee.
“I don’t think a lot of people know that our wedding cakes are by Fiona Cairns, who designed the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s cake.”
7. Delights Lighting
Pauline Moore said: “We’ve got all sorts to offer – you could have a 16kg sweets ferris wheel a chocolate kebab, or one of our Mr and Mrs or Love lights, which come in various sizes.”
8. Molton Brown
Jubilee Place Mall store manager Kim Sharp said they had plenty of products that could be used for the day, like their Champagne and elderflower baubles (£11), which can be used as favours – especially for a winter wedding.
There are also black peppercorn and pink peppercorn fragrances that could be used as his and hers favours.
Kim said: “A couple could use one of our gift sets for a present for the mother of the bride, or bridesmaids, or get handwash and lotion and put it in the bathroom to add their own touch.”
9 Phunky Disco and Events Services
Director Dan Elliot said: “One thing we are finding recently is people are loving ambient light. It can be a really good way to brighten up or even ‘decorate’ a plain space, which can save money on extra decorations.”
10. Funky Pixel Photography
James Heffernan, who describes himself as a photography “ninja” said the best thing for couples to remember on their big day was to make time out for themselves.
He said: “Just make sure you get 10 to 15 minutes alone - go for a walk, or just be away from it for a little bit. It can be a good time to do it just before the photos, so I always suggest it to my clients.
“I also think you want a bit of personality in who you book - so if you don’t feel someone is right when you meet them initially, then move on.”
11. Creative Digital Playground
Ozzy Mirza and Shiva Mitter let their customers pay for 75% before the wedding and the remaining 25% to be paid when they’ve seen the finished product.
Shiva said: “Make sure you see full pieces from a videographer before you book them. It’s important you get full details and know what you want.
“Be clear with them and make sure you let them know who you want featured in the video and particular bits you want included.”
12. Henry’s Cafe Bar
The fayre’s host venue can be hired out for a maritime-themed reception, or styled for a rustic theme with its downstairs bar holding 200 people, upstairs 450 and outside area 500.
Sales and event manager Kieran O’Shea said: “We had a 1920s engagement party here recently and with just a little decoration, they made it look really good.
“The natural beams and layout make it a great space for a reception and we also can link up with the floating church in the dock St Peter’s Barge.
“Our outdoor area is really nice in the summer, but also as each table has its own umbrella it can be good for the cooler months.
“We don’t like to just be a ‘venue’ to our guests. There will always be room to manoeuvre and we can discuss plans and budgets to suit them – like if they can’t afford a DJ we could ask our guy to stay a little later and do it like that.”
13. Hilton London Tower Bridge
Sales executive Ben Black, said the riverside venue was perfect for a couple that wanted their day in the heart of London.
He said: “With Tower Bridge so close by there are fantastic photo opportunities for the bride and groom.
“The couple can get married here, have their reception here and then also stay, so you could have the whole day in the same place, which can be a lot easier.”
The hotel has 245 rooms and one suite.
14. Flair Beauty
Owner Hayley Wood said: “Make sure you know what you want and don’t want. Have an idea about the kind of look you would like for the day and make sure you’re going to feel comfortable with it.
“Current wedding hair trends seem to have been inspired by Game of Thrones – that whimsical and fairytale like look.”
15. The Kent Toastmasters
Jim Cattermole is there to make sure the day goes as smoothly as possible - and he has experienced a varied amount of problems in his job.
He said: “We had one wedding where the chef turned up an hour late as he had been drinking in the pub with his friends.
“For some reason once he’d cooked the hog roast he picked it up and of course because it was really hot he dropped it. Then in anger he kicked it around.
“I quickly dashed out to Tesco and got as many burgers and sausages I could to try to make sure the day wasn’t ruined.”