Your wedding might look a little different than you’d planned, but these fabulous local suppliers are guaranteed to make it extra special
Cambridge Tent Company
Specialising in unique tents and marquee alternatives, Cambridge Tent Company will help you find the perfect structure for your wedding celebration. Choose between tipis (traditional, Nordic style tents, akin to the Native American tepee), vintage-style sailcloth tents (with wooden central poles, and a parachute-style canopy that is flooded with light from clear sided walls), or stretch tents (a strong, flexible canopy stretched over a number of internal poles to create an eye-catching open structure). Alternatively, the team can help you create a completely bespoke combination of all of the above. The benefit of a tent, of course, is that you can bring the party to wherever you like – be it a gorgeous lakeside setting, family garden, rustic farm or anywhere else that’s special to you and your partner. Prices start at £5,000. cambridgetentcompany.com
The Garden Kitchen
As well as visiting its much-loved cafes on Mill Road and at the Botanic Gardens and Kettle’s Yard, you can now enjoy The Garden Kitchen’s vibrant food on your wedding day. Specialising in beautifully presented, colourful feasts, typical dishes include squash and beetroot salad, freshly baked tarts and homemade dips such as rocket and pumpkin seed pesto. This kind of food is designed for sharing, and ideal if you’re after a laid-back feast served with style. If you’re opting for a more DIY affair, you can collect your order from the shop or, alternatively, the team can deliver and arrange presentation. The Garden Kitchen is also happy to devise a bespoke menu for couples, and can even offer boxed lunches for each guest. Still looking for that perfect Cambridge venue? Garden Kitchen has use of the churchyard next to Kettle’s Yard, which would make a gorgeous spot for a big day gathering.
Anna’s Flower Farm
When she’s not tending to her Audley End flower farm or writing columns for this magazine, Anna Taylor creates showstopper bouquets made with homegrown, seasonal blooms. If you want her expert eye taking care of all of your wedding day floral arrangements, check out the Kit & Caboodle package, which includes bride and bridesmaid bouquets, boutonnières, corsages, a bucket of long-stem flowers ready to arrange, and a bucket of short-stem flowers ready to arrange – plus additional arrangements can be ordered in advance. You can be sure of sumptuous, beautiful displays: check out Anna’s Instagram for a look at her work.
The Snap Booth
Capturing memories that will be cherished for years to come, wedding photos are an important part of the planning and something you really want to get just right. A concept we love is The Snap Booth, a photo booth company based in Cambridge which offers a collection of open-air booths with a rustic style. Guests will have hours of fun posing and trying out the premium props, top quality lighting and stylish backdrops, and the team will provide the happy couple with a luxury leather-bound guest book for attendees to add their pics and messages. The booths allow you to procure unlimited prints and photo strips, too, so everyone leaves with a visual memento of the day’s highlights. With more people hosting micro weddings, the team is now also offering a more scaled-down, intimate ‘Snap Light’ booth – visit the website for more info.
Two Little Cats Bakery
There is no shortage of fantastic local bakeries to turn to for your wedding cake, but we have a particular fondness for Two Little Cats’ immaculately-iced confections. Whether you’re planning a low-key gathering or a big party surrounded by everyone you love (assuming that’s one day possible again), owner Jenni will create you a stunning centrepiece. Specialities include naked cakes, buttercream-blanketed tiers and wedding cupcakes – as well as courses on how to create your own wedding cake if you want to go DIY.