James and Fiona Rose, local wedding

A couple are turning their big day into a ‘Nantwich only’ wedding to help boost local traders!

Fiona Ridgway and fiance James Rose decided only to use Nantwich-based people and organisations when they tie the knot next month.

Former Brine Leas student Fiona, 32, said they were keen to “give something back” to the town.

So they have used all local contacts to stage the wedding – including the venue, catering, photography, disco, live music, and even the honeymoon!

“I love this community,” said Fiona, who runs her own business consultancy.

“I knew how hard it was to set up in business and have been running my own for five years – that’s why I always try to give back when I can.

“Spending locally increases our local wealth, prosperity and gives talented local businesses the confidence to grow!”

James, an accounts manager, and Fiona met at university in Bournemouth 13 years ago.

“I never knew he liked me, when I moved back up north we stayed best friends,” said Fiona.

“Until last year when he finally admitted it… we’ve been inseparable ever since!”

The couple (pictured, above) now live on the outskirts of the town, and are awaiting their big day.

They will marry at St Oswald’s Church in Worleston, Nantwich, before their reception at Goodwill Hall at Faddiley, Nantwich, where Gareth Samways has helped them arrange everything.

“I haven’t met a kinder man than Gareth who has helped no end with sourcing local suppliers too.

“He even picked us up and took us to the garage when our car broke down after visiting the hall!”

They are also having a hog roast, provided by The Big Pig Roast at Minshull Nurseries.

Liz Southall, at Redshift Radio, is helping out with the music and PA system for their disco.

Audlem group The Crofters Ceiledh Band will be providing the singing and dancing.

And Harvey Nurse at the Wickstead Arms in Nantwich is staging a pop-up bar from Battlefield Breweries.

Helen Williams photography in Nantwich will be capturing their big day on film.

And Emma Colclough, from Blue Sky Travel based in Audlem, sorted out their honeymoon in Florence.


  1. Just noticed Helen is doing your day time photos. We would still be happy to set up our Fun “Uve Been Framed” Photo Booth for your evening entertainment.

  2. Hi Guys. Love your story, we are committed as Nantwich Events Photographer and live local. We have a home grown Photo Booth for your evening fun we also do wedding photography at a low cost. Look forward to hearing from you if your looking for some fun for you big day.

    Paul & Denise

  3. Hi,
    I just read your story and am really impressed with your commitment to Nantwich.
    I don’t know if you’re aware but I have just recently taken over Wendy’s florist.
    I’m Nantwich born and bred so have been looking for a good way to invest back into our lovely town and this was the perfect opportunity.
    We re-opened Wednesday back in Hospital Street so if you haven’t already sorted your flowers please don’t hesitate to pop in and see us to see if we can help out.

  4. Love your story. It’s so true – it’s so important to spend locally to boost our home town economy. I’m a designer maker in Crewe. I design your story into jewellery from wedding rings to necklaces which I then hand craft. Ask Liz from Redshift about my work. Wishing you the best on your special day.

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