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Planning your wedding starts here and now and in Dream Weddings you will find tips and hints on every aspect of your big day, from the latest collections of gowns to transport, from wedding day etiquette to up-todate fashions in flowers. You’ll also find advertisements from a whole army of local businesses, all with plenty of experience to call on. They will work with your ideas, offer creative suggestions of their own and find solutions to match every budget. They know the shortcuts and the pitfalls - and they’re fully aware of how important it is to you that everything runs smoothly. So start planning your big day. And enjoy every minute of it!

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Perfect venues to suit every

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...GET THE

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Your step-by-step guide to

organising the perfect day

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WINTER 2015 / SPRING 2016 • ISSUE 32

p24-25 - BLACK & WHITE...

IT’S THE NEW COLOUR

You’ve dreamt of your wedding day since

you were a little girl – the fabulous dress, the

handsome groom, the flowers, the music, the

blissful romance of it all. And now you’ve

organised the handsome groom, it’s time to get

down to the rest of the planning, so your wedding

day is as magical as you always dreamed.

However daunting the whole prospect seems at the

outset, this is one celebration everyone wants to be a

spectacular success and you will find good wishes and

friendly faces wherever you turn for help.

Planning your wedding starts here and now and in this issue

of Dream Weddings you will find tips and hints on every aspect

of your big day. You’ll also find advertisements from a whole

army of local businesses, all with plenty of experience to call on.

They will work with your ideas, offer creative suggestions of

their own and find solutions to match every budget. They know

the shortcuts and pitfalls – and they’re fully aware of how

important it is to you that everything runs smoothly. So turn the

page, start planning your big day.

And enjoy every minute of it!

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2-19 Designer dazzle

International designers pull out all the

stops for tomorrow’s beautiful brides

20-21 Flower power

Stunning bridal flowers from top florists

add style and colour to your perfect day

22-23 Let them eat cake!

Wedding cakes come in all shapes

and flavours, from formal to funky...

24-25 Monochrome magic

Colour is cool, but black & white is

stylish when it comes to photographs

26 Boys & girls come out to play

How to make sure your hen and

stag parties are the talk of the town

p20-21 - BLOOMING DELICIOUS

27-33 Now here’s the plan...

Careful planning and attention to detail

will make the day run like clockwork

34-37 Fair deal

Get up-to-date ideas and inspiration

from the region’s top wedding fairs

38 Transport of delight

Make a spectacular entrance by

choosing wedding cars to turn all heads

39-55 Set the scene

Perfect venues for every wedding – and

special touches from decor to fireworks

56 Dates for your diary

Advertisers’ index plus our handy

round-up of Spring wedding fairs near you

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Winter

wonderl

ALL PICTURES: SOPHIA TOLLI AT SO GORGEOUS

IN WORLE AND ABBI CHAPEL IN WEST BUCKLAND

The magic of a winter wedding: it’s in the dark,

romantic evenings, the warmth of the love from

family and friends, the blazing log fires, the

dancing candlelight... and the Snow Queen bride.

Have your wedding in a winter wonderland and

you can often claim generous off-season discounts from a

variety of venues. Who knows? You may even have snow...

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and...

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...or

sizzling

PICTURED & INSET:

LOVE MARLEY AT

CLIFTON BRIDES

IN BRISTOL

into

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summer?

Bright, sunshiny days, balmy summer evenings:

it’s no surprise that the prime wedding season is

summer. Floating bridal gowns, the heady scent

of beautiful summer bouquets, bridesmaids as

pretty as sweet peas and groomsmen as handsome as

movie stars: it’s a recipe for absolute perfection.

Choose a venue with air conditioning in case it really is

a sizzling hot day – but be ready with a pretty bridal

umbrella in case the weather proves a little less

than seasonal.

PICTURED, ABOVE & RIGHT:

MORI LEE AT SPECIAL DAY & APPLETONS IN KEYNSHAM

AND WHITE LACE & PROMISES IN WESTON SUPER MARE

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LA SPOSA AT

BRIDE AT HOME

IN BRISTOL

Veiled

in

mystery...

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RIGHT:

JUSTIN ALEXANDER AT

WHITE LACE

& PROMISES IN

WESTON SUPER MARE

Brides often say that choosing their

dress was wonderful, but they really

felt like brides when they put on

their veils.

Our top tips?

Choose a veil which complements your dress

- if that has lots of lovely back detail, for

instance, you don’t want it hidden beneath layers

and layers of tulle.

Choose your hairstyle and your hair accessories

before deciding on your veil. Some look better

with a stylish updo or a sleek chignon, others

complement relaxed, informal hair.

Whatever your choice, take the whole

headdress along to your hairdresser

so you can both work out the perfect

look in advance of the big day.

PICTURED,

INSETS LEFT

& ABOVE:

LA SPOSA AT

BRIDE AT HOME

IN BRISTOL

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ELLA ROSA AT

A CLASS

BRIDES IN

BRISTOL

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...or

daringly

different ?

SOTTERO &

MIDGLEY AT

SPECIAL DAY

& APPLETONS

IN KEYNSHAM

BELOW & RIGHT:

INDIVIDUAL DESIGN BY LISA

KEATING BRIDAL IN YATTON

PHOTO BY MARIE MAN PHOTOGRAPHY

WWW.MARIEMAN.COM

You’re going to be the centre of attention on your wedding day,

and this is your opportunity to let the drama queen in you out

on the loose. Weddings are staged much like theatrical

productions – the lights, the scenery, the costumes – with

you (and your groom, of course) centre stage.

So you can safely allow yourself every last ounce of theatre when

you’re choosing your outfit and accessories. Wear them with a

dazzling smile as you step out in front of your adoring public.

PHOTO BY VENETIA NORRINGTON PHOTOGRAPHY

WWW.VENETIANORRINGTON.COM

PHOTO BY MARIE MAN PHOTOGRAPHY

WWW.MARIEMAN.COM

NICOLA ANNE AT A CLASS BRIDES IN BRISTOL

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MAIN PICTURE &

INSET RIGHT:

ALLURE WOMEN AT

A CLASS BRIDES

IN BRISTOL

So you’re not a perfect dress size 8, or 10

or 12. And that engagement ring on your

finger is nothing if not proof positive that

your husband-to-be loves your sexy,

voluptuous curves.

Beauty comes in all shapes and sizes and brides

with generously curvaceous figures needn’t feel

nervous about choosing their bridal gowns.

Most collections come in sizes up to 30 and some

collections, specially designed to flatter fuller figures

start at size 16 and go up to 36.

Cute &

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BELOW & RIGHT: SONSIE BY VERMONIA AT SPECIAL DAY & APPLETONS

IN KEYNSHAM AND SO GORGEOUS IN WORLE

curvelicious

If you’re looking for a few pointers:

• A streamlined design in a classically styled gown will elongate

your figure;

• A high-waisted, A-line gown will skim your tummy, and

sleeves or a pretty wrap will cover less than perfect arms;

• Perfectly fitting underwear makes a huge difference, so

invest in it before you start looking for your dress.

And finally, remember your most beautiful accessory is

your smile. If you’re happy and confident, you can’t help

but be a beautiful bride.

ALLURE WOMEN AT

A CLASS BRIDES

IN BRISTOL

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26 years of bridal styling


Dear Clifton Brides,

Thank you for all your help with the

dress and all the fittings. It really was

my dream dress. Thank you again.

Emily Hickman now Emily Corry



Dear all at Clifton Brides,

thank you all for your

assistance and kindness in

helping me find the perfect

dress. I always had such fun

at my fittings and you were

always so professional but

relaxed at the same time,

I'll miss coming to your

amazing shop. All the best

Emilie Sully

& Kelly Davidson


Sample gowns

often available

to take away

on the day...


To all at Clifton Brides,

Just a little note to say

thanks for the fantastic job

you did with my wedding dress-

I absolutely loved wearing it

and had many lovely comments

about how gorgeous it was.

We had a wonderful day with

memories we will treasure for

ever. Thanks again

Kate Langley,

Kev and baby Charlie


186 Whiteladies Road, Clifton, Bristol BS8 2XU • Tel: 0117 9237928

sales@cliftonbrides.co.uk • www.cliftonbrides.co.uk


Proud stockists

of world renowned

British &

international

designers

Personal one to one

consultations with

experienced stylists

and a fitting service

you can rely on.

186 Whiteladies Road, Clifton, Bristol BS8 2XU • Tel: 0117 9237928

sales@cliftonbrides.co.uk • www.cliftonbrides.co.uk


“Thankyou so much, I Love my dress more than

I can express. It has been an absolute pleasure

meeting you. I think you are amazing.”

Michelle Vincentelli

01934 830042 or 07984 896732

www.lkbespokebridal.co.uk

Simply

LADYBIRD AT FUTURE BRIDES IN CHIPPING SODBURY

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BELOW: LADYBIRD AT FUTURE

BRIDES IN CHIPPING SODBURY

As you start your search for that

special dress, why not make an

appointment at the wellestablished

Bride at Home

boutique? Situated within easy

reach of Bristol and Bath, on the Downend

High Street, the store offers a warm

welcome and friendly, top class service for

future brides and their bridal party.

Their stunning collection includes designs by La

Sposa, Jasmine, Eternity and Bonny Bridal, and

a brand new range from Allure Romance. As a

talented designer and seamstress with over 25

years’ experience, owner Jan Wright provides a

bespoke alterations service. ‘We often reshape

dresses to fit the bride’s different circumstances

and can customise each gown by adding or

removing straps, making a matching bolero or

adding extra beadwork,’ says Jan.

There’s also a gorgeous collection of

bridesmaids dresses and Mother of the Bride

outfits, complete with matching accessories.

Whether you take your mum along or bring all

your bridesmaids with you, the team of helpful

and professional bridal consultants at Bride at

Home will provide you with their undivided

attention and make your experience a very

happy one.

For more details, call 0117 956 8068 or visit

the website at www.brideathome.co.uk.

stunning

JASMINE BRIDAL AT BRIDE

AT HOME IN BRISTOL

F O R B E A U T I F U L

B R I D A L G O W N S

*Bridesmaids * Menswear *

Accessories

42, High Street, Chipping Sodbury,

Bristol BS37 6AH

Tel: 01454 311722

www.futurebrides.co.uk

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Tel: 01934 526914

210 High Street, Worle, Somerset BS22 6JE • www.sogorgeousbridal.co.uk

A stunning collection of gowns

for the bride looking for

something a little different.

"I visited Abbi Chapel yesterday and was

blown away! Wonderful service, exquisite

dresses and fabulous, experienced staff!

Found my perfect dress and was made to

feel like a princess! I would recommend

Abbi Chapel to anyone! X x"

Hannah Wright

Tel: 01823 690096

www.abbichapel.co.uk

Oake House, Silver Street, West Buckland,

Wellington, Somerset TA21 9LR

(Just under a mile from J26 M5)

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Special Day & Appletons

Fabulous wedding gowns from leading Designers

including Mori Lee, Sottero & Midgley, Mark Lesley,

Donna Salado, Diane Le Grand, Opulence by

Romantica, Lou Lou and for our curvaceous Brides

Julietta by Mori Lee, Silhouette & Sonsie

Over 500 Bridesmaid dresses in stock including

Mori Lee, Mark Lesley, Ebony Rose, Veromia and

the largest range in the South West of the

award winning Dessy collection

Huge range of Mother of the Bride/Groom outfits

Cabotine, Zelia, Mascara & L’Atelier

D E S I G N E R B R I D A L W E A R

MOTHER OF THE BRIDE AND GROOM

BRIDESMAIDS / MEN’S FORMAL HIRE

Exclusively offered by RBA Members, the RBA Brides'

Protection Scheme guarantees to each RBA Bride the peace of

mind that the dress she buys will be safe for her day - Special

Day & Appletons are the only RBA members in Bristol & Bath.

12 HIGH STREET, KEYNSHAM, BS31 1DQ - Tel: 0117 9860303 or 9863582

email: special.day@btconnect.com • www.specialdayandappletons.co.uk


BELOW: ELIZA & ETHAN AT A CLASS BRIDES IN BRISTOL AND SO GORGEOUS IN WORLE

LEFT & RIGHT: EBONY ROSE AT SPECIAL

Of maids

DAY & APPLETONS IN KEYNSHAM

So you’ve chosen your man,

you’ve chosen your dress,

you’ve chosen your

bridesmaids: now for the fun of

choosing the bridesmaids’ outfits! You

don’t want them to upstage you, of

course, but you want them to look pretty

gorgeous too, right? Colour is first on the

agenda: autumn weddings can opt for

ravishing russets, winter brides can go for rich,

deep reds, spring and summer naturally bring

out the pastels in all of us. Whatever your choice,

tie it in with your bouquet flowers to bring the

whole picture together.

A word of advice: this is not a dictatorship and if

you’re asking your bridesmaids to pay for their

own dresses, you should allow them some say in

what they’re going to wear.

Not every style will suit them all, but it’s possible to

choose the same shade - or complementary colour

tones - in different styles for each of your friends.

And do remember, they need to be comfortable!

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It’s easy for the groom to feel a bit left out in the

whirlwind of the wedding preparations, but what

he’s going to wear is (almost) as important as

that dress! Traditionally the groom and his

attendants wear morning dress – black morning

coat, black and grey striped trousers, a

waistcoat and tie. A morning coat is a singlebreasted

tail coat which fastens with one button.

Below the button, the coat sweeps away to the

sides to form the tails behind.

And you don’t have to stick to formal black. You

can get morning dress in stunning silver grey or

team your pants with a blue Prince Edward jacket.

It’s when it comes to the waistcoat and tie or

cravat that the groom gets a real chance to

express his personality.

If you’re going traditional, choose a plain or

delicately pattered dove grey or cream waistcoat,

with tie to match. If you want some colour, then it

really is important that it reflects the colour the

bridesmaids will be wearing.

And when you’re choosing your waistcoat, do bear

in mind that you may want to remove your jacket at

the evening reception.

ABOVE & BELOW: MEN'S FORMAL HIRE AT

men

FUTURE BRIDES IN CHIPPING SODBURY

and

ABOVE & BELOW: MEN’S FORMAL HIRE AT

SPECIAL DAY & APPLETONS IN KEYNSHAM

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Creative & individual flowers

for your special day

From her chic boutique florist in the heart of

Clifton Village, Lisa and her creative team will

design gorgeous wedding flowers to enhance

your perfect day – from beautiful bridal bouquets

to fabulous floral decorations.

lisa elliott

floral design

Bristol 0117 9732440

1 waterloo street, clifton village

Bristol BS8 4BT

email: lisa@lisa-elliott.co.uk

www.lisa-elliott.co.uk

Flowers with

true passion

Roses,

ABOVE & RIGHT:

Based in Cadbury Garden &

Leisure at Congresbury,

Kimberley’s the Florist are

specialists in luxurious

bespoke wedding flowers.

Call 01934 875736 or visit

www.kimberleystheflorist.co.uk

Classic & elegant to

contemporary & chic

Award winning flowers

Specialists in

the fine art

of floristry

Downend, Bristol

Tel: 07722 383601

www.tincanfloral.co.uk

Cadbury Garden & Leisure, Small Way,

Congresbury BS49 5AA

Tel: 01934 875736

www.kimberleystheflorist.co.uk

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oses

all the way...

Boutique florist Lisa Elliott, based in

the heart of Clifton Village,

specialises in wedding floristry,

creating beautiful bridal bouquets

and stunning decorations to adorn the

church and reception venue. Lisa and her

team bring a chic, contemporary touch and

can offer advice and solutions to suit all

styles, venues and budgets.

For details, call 0117 973 2440 or visit

www.lisa-elliott.co.uk.

PHOTO BY JO HANSFORD

PHOTOGRAPHY

Book Adele Brown of Tin Can Floral for your

wedding flowers and you can be sure of their

undivided attention. The Bristol-based florist

only takes one wedding per day and already has

bookings for dates in 12 months’ time.

Adele, who specialises in vintage-inspired

designs, works closely with each bride to create

bespoke florals that celebrate your individuality,

passions, love and dreams.

For more details, call 07722 383601 or visit

www.tincanfloral.co.uk.

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Award Winning

Wedding Cakes

£50

your wedding

cake.

Just quote DREAM50

(Terms and Conditions

apply)

“The cake was stunning!”

Jess, Orchardleigh, Sept 2015

15 Fountain Buildings,

Lansdown Road, Bath, BA1 5DX

www.bathcakecompany.co.uk

e: bathcakecompany@gmail.com

Tel: 01225 446094

Happily

Wedding Cakes, Celebration Cakes and Cupcakes

Cakes by Elan specialises in wedding

cakes that will be a stunning

centrepiece on your special day. Elan

offers a no obligation design

consultation and tasting to create your own

bespoke wedding cake. Various flavours are

available including an indulgent Belgian

chocolate cake with a ganache filling and

delicious lemon sponge with butter cream and

lemon curd filling. Your cake will taste as good

as it looks.

For more information, call 01275 399858 or

visit www.cakesbyelan.co.uk.

Handmade, contemporary & classical wedding cakes

All made to order and are one off original designs.

Tel: 07768 165792

www.carefreecakes.co.uk

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everafters...

Bath Cake Company provides award

winning bespoke wedding cakes for your

special day. Their wedding cake

showroom will inspire you with beautiful

designs to help you create a stylish wedding cake

unique to you.

Sarah Wring-Nash at

Carefree Cakes specialises

in hand-made contemporary

and classical wedding cakes, all

of them in one-off original

designs and all made to order.

She also makes individual

cupcakes and – the latest

thing in edible favours –

cakepops tailored to your

wedding theme.

For a free consultation,

where you can see some of

her work and taste some of the flavours

available, call 07768 165792 or visit the

website at www.carefreecakes.co.uk.

Why not book your complimentary wedding cake

consultation and tasting today to create your

dream wedding cake?

For more details, call 01225 446094 or visit

www.bathcakecompany.co.uk.

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PHOTO BY RYAN GOOLD PHOTOGRAPHY

PHOTO BY AJ PHOTOGRAPHIC

Black

& white?

PHOTO BY AJ PHOTOGRAPHIC

PHOTO BY RYAN GOOLD

PHOTOGRAPHY

PHOTO BY WHITE DOVE PHOTOGRAPHY

PHOTO BY

SIOBHAN AMY

PHOTOGRAPHY

PHOTO BY

WHITE DOVE

PHOTOGRAPHY

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PHOTO BY SIOBHAN AMY PHOTOGRAPHY

PHOTO BY AJ PHOTOGRAPHIC

PHOTO BY RYAN GOOLD PHOTOGRAPHY

It’s the new colour...

PHOTO BY

WHITE DOVE

PHOTOGRAPHY

PHOTO BY AJ PHOTOGRAPHIC

PHOTO BY

SIOBHAN AMY

PHOTOGRAPHY

PHOTO BY

RYAN GOOLD

PHOTOGRAPHY

PHOTO BY

WHITE DOVE PHOTOGRAPHY

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Running the best

hen & stag parties

So you’re the Best Man or

the Chief Bridesmaid,

congratulations! You

might think that the pressure

on the big day is going to be

enormous... but it’s nothing

compared with the headaches

(both literally and figuratively)

that the stag and hen parties

can throw up.

MAKE YOURS A

MEMORABLE ONE AND

AT A GREAT PRICE

FANCY AN

ACTION

PACKED

HEN OR

STAG PARTY?

Just 20 minutes from Bristol!

Call 01275 842225 or 07770 688918

www.westonlodgeshootingground.co.uk

So what should you bear in mind?

First, it’s about the bride or groom:

Choose the sort of party you know they

will enjoy and involve them in the

planning.

Second, consider everybody’s budget:

You may have money to burn, but other

potential attendees may be on limited

budgets for any number of reasons.

If you ask them to spend more than they

can afford, it will ruin their enjoyment and

consequently that of the rest of the party.

Third, set your date and location far

enough in advance to ensure the

maximum chance of attendees having

the date free.

David Down, who runs Weston Lodge

Shooting Ground just 20 minutes from

Bristol city centre, has been providing

activity-packed hen and stag parties for

21 years.

You can try your hand at clay pigeon

shooting, off road karting or quad biking

- in any combination you like. There are

experienced staff to help you get the most

out of the day and competitions with

Olympic-style medals for the winners.

David said: ‘We’re in a beautiful woodland

setting which is part of a working 200

acre farm and have 12 karts, six quad

bikes and highly experienced clay pigeon

instructors.

‘We have around 500 groups every

year, but we never mix the groups, so

all our parties have exclusive use of the

facilities they book.

‘I think we’re so popular because

Bristol is so easily accessible from all

corners of the country, there’s lots of

accommodation, tons of nightlife -

and we make sure everyone has a

great time.’

There’s food on site, but many parties

choose to do one or two activities in the

morning, head off to one of eight lovely

country pubs within easy reach for

lunch and return in the afternoon for

another activity.

David said: ‘Lots of the groups get right

into the spirit of the day by dressing up

as country ladies or gentlemen and,

even if they’ve never tried any of the

activities before, they always have an

action-packed day, which everyone

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The Engagement

Traditionally, the first thing to do after telling

your family and close friends about your

forthcoming marriage is to announce your

engagement in your local and/or a national

newspaper. Do check how much it will cost

before you place the announcement.

It will usually read:

The engagement is announced between Michael,

elder son of Mr and Mrs David Jones, of

Downend, Bristol and Jennifer Anne, only

daughter of Mr and Mrs Simon Hayes, of

Marlborough, Wiltshire.

Though the habit of giving engagement presents

has now fallen somewhat into disuse, if you are

lucky enough to receive some, don’t forget to

write and thank the senders.

Getting down

to Business

The very first things you must decide about

your wedding are where, when - and how

much. The most popular days for weddings

are Saturdays and the most popular months are

from May right through to September. If your

plans follow that pattern, be aware that the most

popular venues get booked up very early, so set

the date and book the venues as soon as

possible after your engagement.

Talk to both sets of parents about setting

budgets and who is going to pay for what.

It is increasingly common for bridesmaids to pay

for their own dresses, but if they do you should

allow them some say in what they are going to

wear. If you plan to pay for them yourself, you

can choose their outfits.

Your wedding will probably be the biggest

party you ever throw - which means it will

probably also be the most expensive. So it’s

vital that you set your budget and stick to it.

Nowadays it’s becoming much more common

for the bride and groom themselves and even

the groom’s parents to contribute towards the

cost. Again, whoever is contributing to the

cost should have some say in how the money

is spent.

INSURANCE

Much though we hate to say it, things can

go wrong at a wedding and it’s some

consolation to know that you won’t lose

out financially if they do. Insurance policies

on offer cover everything from damage to

your wedding dress to loss of deposits due to

cancellation of the wedding and theft of

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So how much is it all

going to cost?

Basically, the answer is as much or as little

as you want it to. An intimate ceremony

with lunch in your favourite pub for your

closest family and friends can be every bit as

special as a huge event at a top venue for

hundreds of guests.

If you’re working on a limited budget, decide

what’s most important to you and spend your

money on that. Maybe you want a really

spectacular dress and are prepared to do without

a flashy car to take you to the reception. Or

perhaps you’ve always wanted to arrive at your

wedding in a pony and trap, and will settle for

fewer guests.

Whatever you decide, do remember that many

guests may be coming a long way and spending

a lot of money simply to attend your wedding, so

it’s often better to look after a small number of

people well than to invite more than you can

comfortably cater for.

The important thing is that it’s your day and the

last thing you want to be worrying about is how

you’re going to find the money to pay for it. So

be realistic when you’re setting your budget -

and remember that, with a little imagination, you

can make your money go a lot further.

Your budget will need to cover:

• Wedding ring(s)

• Wedding dress

• Bridesmaids’ and attendants’ outfits

• Groom’s suit

• Stationery

• Flowers

• Fees for the ceremony

• Reception venue, food and drink

• Wedding cake

• Photographs/video

• Wedding transport

• Thank you gifts for best man and attendants

• Going away outfits

• Honeymoon

wedding presents. Do get quotes before you

decide which one to take out - and do read

the small print to see exactly what each

policy covers.

Should unforeseen circumstances mean the

postponment or cancellation of your

wedding, guests can either be notified by

telephone or by a personal or printed

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TRADITIONALLY,

the bride’s parents pay for:

• Announcements in the newspapers

• All the wedding stationery

• Bride’s and bridesmaids’ dresses

• Transport for the bridal party to the

ceremony and from the ceremony

to the reception

• Flowers for the church and the reception

• The reception itself

• The wedding cake

The groom

traditionally pays for:

• All the fees - whether for church

officials (including vicar, organist,

choir, bellringers) or for the registrar

and civil licence.

• Bouquets for the bride and

bridesmaids, sprays of flowers for the

bride’s mother and his own mother and

buttonholes for himself, the best man

and the ushers.

• Engagement and wedding rings for the

bride.

• Presents for the best man and the

bride’s attendants.

• Transport to the ceremony for himself

and the best man and to the reception for

himself and the bride

• The honeymoon.

note saying:

Mr and Mrs Simon Hayes announce that the

wedding of their daughter Jennifer Anne to

Mr Michael Jones will be postponed until

(date)/will not now take place. If you have

announced the engagement in the

newspaper, it would be appropriate to place a

similarly worded notice there too.

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REGISTER OFFICE

To marry at a register office or building approved

for civil ceremonies, your first step is to contact

the registrar and/or venue to confirm registrar

and date are available.

Then both bride and groom must each give

notice of the wedding in person at the register

office covering the area where they live (and

where they must have been in residence for at

least seven days).

If you both live in the same district you should

attend the register office together - but whether

you do or not, ring your local office first as many

now operate appointment systems.

Each of you will have to produce evidence of your

name, age, marital status and nationality - for

example, a current valid full passport. If you

don’t have one, you’ll need two documents - for

example a birth certificate and utility bill.

If you have been married before, you’ll need

evidence that you are now free to marry - for

instance a decree absolute or former spouse’s

death certificate.

Photocopies of any documents are not normally

acceptable.

The fee for giving notice is £35.00 each and you

must wait 15 clear days before the wedding.

In exceptional circumstances the Registrar

General may consider waiving the waiting period.

A notice of marriage is valid for 12 months.

THE NORMAL ORDER

OF SERVICE FOR A

CHURCH WEDDING IS:

Entrance of the bride •

Hymn • The marriage • Prayers

Hymn or psalm • Blessing

Signing of the register • Recessional

LICENSED VENUES

Over the past few years since a change

in the law some 2,000 venues

throughout the country have become

licensed to hold civil weddings. They range

from hotels to stately homes, zoos to football

clubs. You still have to give notice of your

intention to marry in the same way as you do

for register office weddings and, in the same

way, you can personalise the ceremony to

suit yourselves although no religious music

is allowed. Though this option costs more

than a register office ceremony - you will

have to pay for the hire of the room and it

costs more to have the registrar travel to you

- it is becoming increasingly popular as the

trend away from church weddings

continues.

The Ceremony

church or civil

Religious or civil, register office or one of the new approved

venues, a wedding can take place on any day of the week

between 8am and 6pm. While most still take place on Saturdays,

Fridays are gaining in popularity allowing guests travelling a fair

distance to make a long weekend of the celebrations.

Church Weddings

The Church of England welcomes couples

who want to marry in church whatever

their beliefs, whether or not they are

christened and whether or not they are regular

churchgoers, though same sex couples are

currently limited to civil ceremonies.

A marriage conducted in church will include

asking for God’s guidance and blessing,

adding a spiritual dimension to the ceremony

which many couples find particularly special

and moving.

Your first step is to find a church, which need

not necessarily be your local one, and arrange

an appointment with the vicar so you can get

to know him or her and complete some forms.

The vicar will explain the church fees and the

system of reading the banns.

Banns are the public announcement of your

marriage and legally must be called in church

for three Sundays during the three months

before the wedding. They have to be read in

the parish where each of you lives and also

in the church where you will marry, if this

is different.

Although the vows you make to each other in

church are those which have been handed

down through generations, you still have a

huge amount of influence over the service.

You can choose your hymns and music,

readings and what prayers you would like

and family and friends can contribute to the

service.

It’s important to establish early on what the

church’s policy is on photographs or video

being taken during the service, whether

any secular music is allowed and on

the throwing of confetti within the

church grounds.

Ask too about other couples marrying on

the same day as it may be possible to share

Marrying abroad

Combining your wedding with the holiday of a lifetime is gaining in popularity with exotic destinations

luring an increasing number of couples. The sun-kissed beaches of the Caribbean, the Maldives and

Bali are among the most popular choices and many tour operators now offer all-inclusive packages.

The legal requirements for each country may differ but generally if a marriage is recognised as legally binding

in the country in which it takes place, it will be recognised in the UK as well. Consult your tour operator and

allow at least three months for all the paperwork to be properly processed.

Second

Marriages

Though the Roman Catholic Church does

not condone divorce, there are some

circumstances in which the Church of

England will marry divorced people, so it’s

worth consulting your vicar. Even if you are

limited to a civil ceremony, some ministers

will offer a Service of Blessing afterwards.

the cost of the church flowers.

Religious services in churches outside the

established Church of England require a

licence from the authorised registrar of your

area and will have different requirements, so

see your priest or minister as early as possible.

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The Best Man

If the bride is the star of the wedding show, the

best man is the kingpin of a successful wedding

day, so make sure your groom chooses him with

care. However tempting it might be to choose the

joker who’s the life and soul of every party, you’re

far better off with someone who will take his

responsibilities seriously, keep all the

organisation under control and leave you to enjoy

your day without any niggling worries about how

many guests have been stranded at the church.

The part that worries most best men is the

speech, but that should be the least of their

problems. The best man’s job, in a nutshell, is to

support the groom both in the run-up to the

wedding and on the day itself.

Before the wedding,

the best man should:

• Make sure he keeps himself up to date with all the

arrangements, liaising regularly with the groom and

the bride’s family

• Check the hiring, cleaning or collecting of suits for

himself and the groom

• Check the ordering of the flowers for the bride and

her attendants, sprays for the two mothers and

buttonholes for himself, the groom and other

immediate members of the families

• Check the printing and collection of order of service

sheets and make sure that the ushers know what

their duties are

• Check arrangements for the first night and

honeymoon are in place and that necessary

passports and visas are in order

• Organise the groom’s stag night - preferably some

days in advance of the wedding - and make sure the

groom gets home safely afterwards

• Check the rings have been collected

• Check the transport for the bridal party both to the

ceremony and from there to the reception

• Organise accommodation for the groom and

himself the night before the wedding

• He might also be asked to help with

accommodation for guests and to liaise with

live musicians or disco both before and during

the reception.

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On the day

• Take the groom’s going away clothes to the

reception venue

• Check the service sheets are delivered to the church

for the ushers to hand out to guests as they arrive

• Make sure the groom arrives for the ceremony in

good time

• Hold the ring(s) until the appropriate moment in the

ceremony when they should be handed to the

groom or the minister

• Pay all the church fees on the groom’s behalf before

the ceremony

• Sign the register as a witness to the marriage

• Get the bridal party together for photographs

• Make sure the ushers arrange lifts to the reception

for any guests who need them

• Escort the bride and groom to the bridal

car and then escort the bridesmaids to

the reception

• Liaise with the toastmaster or, if there isn’t

one, assume those duties himself - these

include announcing the speeches and the

cutting of the cake

• Reply to the groom’s toast to the bridesmaids

with a brief, polite and - if possible - funny

speech before reading out the cards and

telegrams

• Announce the newlyweds’ departure from the

reception and ensure they have all their tickets

and luggage

• Make sure all the guests have transport to their

accommodation

• Arrange for any wedding presents taken to the

reception to be taken home

• Take the groom’s wedding clothes from the

reception and, if necessary, return hired suits.

The speech

When it comes to the speech, all the advice is:

Resist the temptation to tell any juicy stories

whatsoever from the couple’s past. The escapades

may have been hilarious, but now is not the time for

embarrassing reminders about past romances or

past quarrels between the happy pair.

Because the best man’s speech is generally

regarded as the prime entertainment at the

reception, getting it together can be a daunting

prospect - but don’t panic. If you can tell jokes -

clean ones, please - that’s fine, but a short, polite

and sincere speech wishing the couple every

happiness will fit the bill just as well.

Unless you’re experienced at this sort of thing, write

down exactly what you want to say and practise it.

Don’t be tempted to wing it onthe day.

The three essential parts of the speech are to

thank the groom on behalf of the bridesmaids for

his kind words about them, to read the cards and

telegrams that have arrived and to announce the

cutting of the cake.

The chief bridesmaid

The bride’s equivalent of a best man also needs to be chosen with care as it is she who will support the bride

in the run-up to the ceremony and on the day itself. Though her duties aren’t as arduous as those of her male

equivalent, they’re every bit as important in ensuring the bride has a worry-free day.

THE CHIEF BRIDESMAID:

• Arranges the hen night and

make sure the bride gets

home safely

• Arranges for the bride’s going

away outfit and honeymoon

luggage to be taken to the

reception venue

• Helps the bride to dress for the

ceremony

• Makes sure the flowers and

bouquets have arrived on

schedule

• Supervises the other

bridesmaids and attendants and

assembles

them at the church ready for the

arrival of the bride

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• Arranges the bride’s dress and

veil before the

procession down the aisle

• Takes the bride’s bouquet at

the start of the wedding

service

and carries it to the vestry

ready to give back to the bride

after the signing of the register

• Keeps an eye on young

attendants during

the reception

• Helps the bride change from

her wedding dress into her

going away outfit

• Arranges for the wedding

dress to be returned home

THE USHERS

Church weddings normally have three

ushers who should arrive at the

church about 40 minutes before the

wedding is due to start.

Their principal job is to hand out the order

of service sheets to guests as they arrive

and show them to their seats - friends and

family of the bride on the left of the aisle,

friends and family of the groom on

the right.

They should make sure one of them pays

special attention to the groom’s parents and

the bride’s mother as they arrive and

escorts them to their places.

They should also help the best man

organise lifts to the reception for guests

who may need them.

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Who does what

- and when...

If you think military precision takes the fun out of a

wedding, you’d be wrong. The essence of a trouble-free

day is that everyone knows where they’re supposed

to be and what they’re supposed to be doing.

Your civil

ceremony explained

Gone are the days when a civil marriage was a

hasty 15-minute affair, conducted in a small

room at the register office. Nowadays many

register offices have light, spacious ceremony

rooms or suites accommodating reasonably large

wedding parties and even a separate bride’s

waiting room and garden for photographs.

A large number of venues are now also licensed

for civil ceremonies and the only major restriction

is that no religious music or reading may be used.

Otherwise, you may personalise your ceremony in

terms of vows, readings, music, dedicating

candles and lots more. The registrar will offer help

and advice in planning your ceremony and will

normally meet you a few weeks in advance to go

over the format which could be:

• Pre-arrival music

• Entrance music

• Welcome by the registrar

• Reading

• Legal declarations and vows

• Promises and exchange of rings

• Signing the register

• Reading or music

• Presentation of the certificate

• Leaving music

You can also have a ‘dual’ ceremony – after a

short ceremony at the register office to fulfil the

legal requirements, you can have a further

ceremony of your choosing in front of family and

friends on the beach or in a woodland glade, for

instance.

Most registrars will try to be as flexible as

possible to accommodate individual requests

and they will lead you through your declarations,

vows and promises.

The one thing you must do is agree all of your

selections in advance to ensure they comply with

the law.

GOODBYE AND

GOOD LUCK

The bride and groom should always be

the first to leave the reception.

The best man announces their

departure after they have changed into

their going away clothes and, if the

bride is going to throw her bouquet,

she should do so just before she

leaves for her honeymoon.

At the Reception

The formal receiving line at the reception should take

the following order:

Bride’s parents

Groom’s parents

Bride and Groom

Chief bridesmaid

and best man

After the meal, the best man (or toastmaster, if you have

one) introduces the speeches in the following order:

The bride’s father (or an old family friend) always

speaks first, welcoming the guests to the reception and

his new son-in-law to the family. He will complement the

bride and often thanks her mother for their many happy

years together. He ends by proposing the toast to the

bride and groom.

The groom replies to his father-in-law’s toast, thanking

him and the bride’s mother for their daughter, for their

welcome into the family and for the reception (the

wording can be discreetly changed here if the

newlyweds and/or the groom’s parents have contributed

to the expense).

He thanks the guests for coming to celebrate the day

and for the presents they have given. He thanks his best

man and the bride’s attendants for the help they have

given to the bride. He then proposes the toast to the

bridesmaids.

Now girl power is more firmly established, it is not

uncommon now for the bride to say a few words

and if she chooses to do so, she should speak after

her new husband. This is a good opportunity for her

to thank all the people who have helped her plan the

big day, to thank her own parents for all their support

Order of service

The order of service is variable and your

minister or priest will advise you. Often a

hymn is sung after the bride’s procession,

followed by readings and an address by the

minister.

The marriage itself follows. The minister asks:

“Who giveth this woman to be married to this

man?” and the bride’s father silently gives his

daughter’s right hand to the minister, who passes

it to the groom.

The bride’s father takes his seat beside the bride’s

mother.

The vows are made and the best man may either

pass the ring(s) to the groom or they may be

placed on the minister’s prayer book before he

passes them to the groom.

Arrival at the

church

The ushers should arrive about 40 minutes before

the ceremony is due to begin

The groom and best man should arrive about 15

minutes before the ceremony is due to begin

The bridesmaids and attendants should arrive about

five minutes before the ceremony is due to begin

The bride’s mother should be the last to arrive before

the bride - when she is shown to her seat that is a signal

to the congregation that the wedding is about to start

The bride will be met on her arrival at the church by the

minister, who precedes the bride and her father down

the aisle As the congregation rises, the groom and best

man take their places at the chancel steps. The order of

the bride’s procession is: Minister, Bride on her father’s

right arm, Attendants.

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and to thank the groom’s parents for welcoming her

into their family.

Last of the speeches is always the best man, who

replies to the groom’s toast to the bridesmaids,

wishes the happy couple well, read the cards and

telegrams and announces the cutting of the cake.

Many weddings now include an evening dance or

disco. Before it begins, the best man should make

sure the bride and groom are ready to take the floor

first, followed by the bride’s parents, the groom’s

parents, the best man and chief bridesmaid.

The best man then returns to his seat.

After the ceremony, the minister leads the

couple to the altar for prayers, possibly a hymn

or psalm and a final blessing. The minister then

leads the couple to the vestry to sign the register

and they are usually joined by their parents, the

best man and the chief bridesmaid. The signing

of the register must be witnessed by two adults

and it is at this point that the bride raises her veil.

While this is taking place, the choir may sing or

the organist play a piece of music.

The bridal procession then leaves the church in

the following order:

Bride and groom

Young attendants

Chief bridesmaid with the best man

Bride’s mother with the groom’s father

Groom’s mother with the bride’s father.

If you are having bells, they will peal out at

this point.

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Those all-important

The Photographs

If you’re anything like most brides, your

wedding day will fly by all too quickly and the

best way of reliving it in the months and years

to come will be through your photographs.

Though lots of your friends and family will take

pictures on the day, it’s always a good idea to

book a professional photographer for shots you

can look back on with pleasure.

Your choice of photographer should be based on

whether you like the type of work he or she does.

Visit a selection and ask to see examples of their

work from recent weddings. See how the

photographer has chosen his settings and make

sure there’s a mixture of different types of shots.

If the firm you visit employs several

photographers, find out who has taken the

pictures you like best and make sure you book

that specific photographer for your day - and

find out what happens if that photographer is

suddenly not available.

Discuss whether you want formally posed shots,

or whether you would like the photographer to

take informal pictures as they happen. Find out

whether proofs will be available at the reception.

Your photographer may well know the church

and the reception venue you have chosen, but if

he doesn’t, check he will visit both before the

day so he can choose the best locations.

Make sure you get a written quotation which

specifies exactly how many

photographs will be taken, at

what points during the day and

how much extra prints

will cost.

If you want photographs taken

in the church, check that the

priest is happy for this to

happen and at what points

during the service.

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The

Transport

It’s lovely to have a luxury chauffeur-driven

limousine to drive you to the ceremony - and it’s

also a practical choice. You can be sure you’ll

arrive on time and with all that room in the car,

you won’t have to worry about your dress getting

creased.

Normally the best man drives the groom to the

ceremony and then takes the car to the reception.

But you will need transport for the bride’s mother

and bridesmaids (who usually travel together) and

for the bride and her father to the ceremony and

for the principals from the ceremony to the

reception. Whether you want a traditional Rolls

The Cake

Ideally your cake should be ordered at least

three months before the wedding. Though

the tradition is for a multi-tiered fruit cake,

the rich variety of styles and designs now

means you can have anything from

profiteroles to a rich chocolate fudge. The

only thing to remember is that it will have to

be big enough to give everyone a slice at the

The Video

Much the same advice applies to choosing a videographer as to

choosing a photographer. Make sure you see samples of recent work,

make sure the videographer you get is the one whose work you like

best. Again check with the priest first whether he is prepared to give

permission for filming during the ceremony.

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Royce, a classic Daimler, a convertible Cadillac,

a stretch limo or even a horse and carriage,

contact a variety of companies in your area and

ask to see the cars themselves, not just pictures of

them. Some companies offer a service which

includes flowers in the cars and a glass of

champagne for the bride and groom on their way

to the reception.

Check exactly what’s included in the price and get

a written quotation.

reception and to send slices to absent

friends. Traditionally the top tier of a wedding

cake was kept for the christening of the first

child - if you want to follow that tradition,

you’ll have to opt for a cake that will last that

long. Ask to see designs of wedding cake and

find out whether bakers will create one to

your own specifications. Try to match the

style of cake to the style of your wedding -

and remember that you can save money on

the reception by choosing a wedding cake

which will double as a dessert. If you

do this, you might want to cut your

cake early at the reception, so it can

be cut up ready to serve at the

appropriate time. You will need the

cake to be delivered to the reception

venue on the morning of the wedding

- and don’t forget to check that the

venue has a cake stand and knife you

can use.

The Flowers

The cost of your flowers depends very much on the time of year, so if you want a huge display don’t

choose the middle of winter when you’ll have to pay a fortune for sufficient blooms. Spring and

early summer are when the biggest choice of blooms is available - it’s something of a myth that flowers

are easy to come by in the height of summer - though at other times of year dramatic effects can be achieved

with foliage.

Your florist will help you match both the colours and the arrangement of your flowers to the style of the wedding,

teasing out the shades of your bridesmaids’ dresses, matching the men’s buttonholes and styling the

arrangements for both church and reception to help you create an atmosphere which may be country style,

dreamily romantic, classically elegant or even based on a theme.

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cut out and keep

As this is likely to be the most expensive

part of your wedding day, it’s important

to set the standard early on in your

planning. Popular venues get booked up

well in advance, particularly on Saturdays during

the peak wedding months so make sure of your

choice by booking as early as you can. Do also

make sure you confirm all the

details with the venue in

writing, paying particular

attention to what is included in

the price.

Depending on your budget, you

can have anything from a buffet

catered for at home by family

and friends to hiring outside

caterers for a church or village

hall to a formal sit-down meal at

a hotel followed by an evening

dance.

A sit-down meal is obviously the

most expensive option, but there

are all sorts of alternatives from

drinks and canapes to a buffet or

even a barbecue. Whichever you

choose, do make sure there are

plenty of chairs for people to sit

down while they’re eating - standing up balancing a

drink and a plate while trying to eat is virtually never

comfortable for guests.

If you choose a hotel, do try to eat there and sample

the food before making your booking. Check such

details as corkage, parking space and whether the

hotel will offer a cake stand and knife and a room for

the bride and groom to change into their going away

outfits. Many hotels offer a package which includes

the services of a toastmaster and a complimentary

room for the first night of the honeymoon. Once you

have chosen your venue, confirm in writing what you

understand is included in the price.

Drinks for your guests will take up a large

part of your budget. It’s reasonable to

assume each will drink one or two glasses

on arrival at the reception, three or four

glasses with their meal and another glass

with the toasts.

A right royal reception

Whether it’s a small buffet for a few close family and friends or a lavish do at the

smartest of venues, your reception is the big celebration of your wedding - a

chance for people to share your happiness and an opportunity for you to thank

them for their presents and for coming to see you married.

Though champagne is the traditional

wedding drink, you can offer sherry,

Pimms or Bucks Fizz on arrival and wine

with the meal, saving the champagne - or,

indeed a good sparkling wine - for the

toasts. For reference, you will get between

Chief bridesmaid

10 and 12 glasses of sherry to each bottle and

between six and eight glasses of wine or champagne

per bottle. Do remember to provide plenty of soft

drinks for children and adults who prefer them or

who may be driving. Allow between half and one

litre per person.

There can be a long break between ceremony and

reception while photographs are being taken and

some couples are now offering a glass of sherry

outside the church and perhaps live music to

entertain guests as they arrive at the reception.

The usual order of events at the reception is:

The receiving line

The meal

Speeches and toasts

Cutting of the cake (though some couples prefer to

do this before the speeches to allow it to be cut and

served)

Top Table Seating Plan

Groom’s father

Bride’s mother

Groom

Bride

Departure of bride and groom

If you are having a sit-down meal, it is essential to

have a seating plan. Try to put together tables of

people who you think will get on well together. The

top table seating plan for a sit-down meal is shown

below.

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Bride’s father

Groom’s mother

Best Man

Don’t feel hidebound by what you think a traditional

wedding breakfast should

consists of - nowadays anything

goes, from bangers and mash

and jam roly-poly to pasta with

wedding cake for dessert. It’s

also worth remembering you

may need to cater for

vegetarians or guests on special

diets.

Do give considerable thought to

the room and table decorations

and the lighting at your

reception. Flowers should match

the theme colours of the

wedding and a little money spent

on atmospheric lighting can

make an enormous difference.

Favours for guests range from

the traditional small baskets of

sugared almonds or fortune

cookies to little books of love poems.

Crackers and balloons always help create an

atmosphere and many couple now put a disposable

camera on each table, so guests can record for you

the parts of your reception that you missed on the

day!

If you are having a number of small children at your

wedding, it’s worth giving some thought as to

whether you can organise a creche - both to stop

the youngsters getting bored and to give their

parents a chance to enjoy themselves without

worrying about what their offspring are up to.

WHATEVER THE SIZE OF

YOUR RECEPTION, it’s always nice to

have a formal or semi-formal receiving

line to welcome your guests. This

ensures that you get the chance to

meet everybody and accept their

congratulations.

The bride’s parents, as the hosts are

usually first in the receiving line,

followed by the groom’s parents, the

bride and groom and then the

bridesmaids and attendants.

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11am - 3pm, unless specified

FREE BUCKS FIZZ • FREE GIFT BAGS • FREE ADMISSION

Bristol Zoo CHRISTMAS Special

Clifton Pavilion, Bristol

6th December

The Grand Hotel

Broad Street, Bristol

3rd January

The Castle Hotel New Year Special

Castle Green, Taunton

10th January

Farrington Park

Farrington Gurney, Somerset

17th January

Tithe Barn Dunster

Priory Green, Dunster,

Somerset

24th January

Charlton House Somerset

Shepton Mallet, Near Glastonbury,

Somerset

31st January

Cheltenham Park Hotel

Cirencester Road, Charlton Kings,

Cheltenham

7th February

Sudeley Castle,

Valentines Day Special

Winchcombe, Nr Cheltenham,

Gloucestershire

14th February

Cotswold Water Park Hotel

Lake 6, Spine Road East, South Cerney,

Gloucestershire

21st February

Tortworth Court Gloucestershire

Tortworth, Wotton-under-Edge

Near Bristol

28th February

The Bishops Palace

Wells, Somerset

13th March

M-Shed Bristol

Princes Wharf, Wapping Road, Bristol

20th March

Hatton Court Gloucester

Upton Hill, Upton St Leonards

Gloucester

3rd April

Bristol Golf Club

Almondsbury, Bristol

10th April

Bristol Zoo SUMMER Special

Clifton Pavilion, Bristol

5th June

For more information about all other events, please visit:


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My fair lady...

Whatever stage you’re at with your wedding preparations,

whether you’re just looking for general inspiration or you only

have a few details to finalise, there’s always something to take

away from weddings fairs – there may even be a goody bag!

Wedding fairs are designed to give you ideas, help you meet a variety of

suppliers, tour a venue, listen to live music that could potentially play at

your wedding, meet bridalwear specialists and generally get you excited

in preparation for your big day – possibly all with a glass of bubbly in

your hand.

You’ll often find suppliers will offer special discounts to brides attending the

show, and even if you just pick up some leaflets and watch the fashion

shows, you’ll be caught up in the bubble of excitement generated by scores

of brides-to-be all together in one room. Enjoy!

PHOTO BY AJ PHOTOGRAPHIC

For a round-up of Spring wedding fairs near

you, see Dates for your Diary on p56

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Our Wedding Shows...

03/01/16, Chiseldon House, 12noon to 4pm

10/01/16, Lydiard House Conference Centre, 11am to 3pm

10/01/16, The Crown of Crucis, 11am to 3pm

17/01/16, White Horse Country Park, 12noon to 4pm

24/01/16, Marsh Farm Hotel, 11am to 3pm

31/01/16, Swindon Marriott Hotel, 11am to 3pm

07/02/16, Wrag Barn, 11am to 3pm

07/02/16, Wellington Barn, 11am to 3pm

21/02/16, Village Urban Resort, 11am to 3pm

21/02/16, Ingleside House, 12noon to 4pm

Tel: 01793 238921

e: hello@whitewed.co.uk • www.whitewed.directory

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All Occasions

Vintage Wedding Car Hire

A selection of spacious

chauffeur driven cars

Making your day extra special!

▼ ALL OCCASIONS VINTAGE CAR HIRE

337 North Road, Yate, Bristol BS37 7LJ

Tel: 01454 228192

Mobile: 07909 646847

Email: info@all-occasions-home.co.uk

www.all-occasions-home.co.uk

Choose your wedding transport from the head-turning fleet of genuine

vintage and classic cars lovingly restored and maintained in pristine

condition by Nick and Karen Quinlan of All Occasions vintage car hire

in Bristol. They offer four stunning cars from the Twenties and Thirties for

the bride and her entourage, plus a 1968 Ford Mustang to make sure the

groom arrives in style too. All of the cars come with a professional chauffeur

service and ribbons to match your bridal colours.

For more details, call 01454 228192 or 07909 646847 or visit

www.all-occasions-home.co.uk.

Making an

entrance...

C A R S O F C L A S S

▼ CARS OF CLASS

Agrand occasion needs to be approached in grand style - and there’s

no more luxurious wedding transport than a British classic Rolls

Royce. Taunton-based Cars of Class offers two immaculate Rolls

Royces, two stunning Mercedes and a stylish Jaguar to choose from for

your wedding transport.

Contact them to see how they can add those finishing touches to make

your wedding transport as individual as you are.

For details, call 01823 480898 or visit the website at

www.carsofclass.co.uk.

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▼ Swan Hotel, Wells

PHOTO BY

ERIC PURCHASE

PHOTOGRAPHY

Nestling in the shadow of Wells Cathedral, the Best Western Plus Swan

Hotel prides itself on providing the perfect wedding venue in Somerset,

whether it’s an intimate wedding, a large formal reception or the civil

wedding ceremony itself.

Civil ceremonies are held

in the light and airy

Garden Room, a

delightful room which

lends itself beautifully to

the occasion and opens

out onto a secluded

private walled garden.

The Oak Room, located

on the ground floor, has

its own reception and bar

area and seats up to 90 guests for a wedding breakfast. Evening functions for

up to 150 guests can be catered for by hiring the interconnecting Garden

Room.

At the front of the hotel, Swan Terrace provides a unique opportunity to

capture Wells Cathedral as a stunning backdrop for wedding photographs.

Luxurious Honeymoon Suite

The beautiful Cathedral Suite offers unrivalled panoramic views of Wells

Cathedral. The sumptuous and spacious bedroom, sitting room and

bathroom are furnished with gilded French furniture, fabulous silk curtains

and an eclectic mix of antiques. Guests enjoy a complimentary bottle of

Champagne, chocolates and fresh flowers in the suite on arrival.

To arrange a viewing, contact the hotel on 01749 836300 or visit

the website at www.swanhotelwells.co.uk.

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▼ Cotswold Water Park Four Pillars Hotel, near Cirencester

dreamvenues

▼ Dillington House, Ilminster

With no fewer than

seven beautiful

rooms licensed for

civil ceremonies and two

glorious suites for wedding

receptions, the lovely

Cotswold Water Park Four

Pillars Hotel makes the

perfect venue for your

wedding and/or reception.

Conveniently situated in the

heart of the Cotswolds, yet

close to Bristol and easily

accessed from both M4 and

M5 motorways, this luxury

four star hotel combines a beautiful setting and

spectacular views with state-of-the-art facilities.

All of the ceremony rooms have floor-to-ceiling

windows overlooking the lake and both suites –

which accommodate up to 200 and up to 360

people respectively – also have spectacular views

over the lake.

There are also rooms perfect for more intimate

weddings – and grand, formal events for up to 500

people can be accommodated in a marquee.

Expert chefs have devised a mouth-watering

selection of dishes using only the finest ingredients

– but will also be happy to cater for special

requests if you want particular favourites included

on your menu.

From the moment of your first enquiry to the end

of your special day you will

have the personal attention of

an experienced wedding coordinator,

who will offer all

the help and advice you need.

And with 328 luxurious

bedrooms and suites,

find out about special

accommodation rates for

your guests.

For more details, call 01285

864000 or visit the website

at www.cotswoldwaterpark

hotel.co.uk.

PS: Don’t forget to ask

about their seasonal wedding

packages.

Dillington is one of the most beautiful, historic

houses in Somerset, dating back to the

Elizabethan era and set in stunning parkland.

Exclusively yours, it has elegant reception rooms

and a choice of rooms for a civil ceremony: the

romantic, light filled Orangery with the option of a

part outdoor ceremony; the grand Hanning Room,

or the Theatre in the magnificent 1870s Mews

Building.

Dillington can seat up to 150 guests for your

ceremony and wedding breakfast with capacity for

up to 200 guests for the evening reception.

Up to 78 adult guests can be accommodated

overnight either in the house itself, in the

magnificent Mews or the award-winning Hyde

Building.

PHOTO BY RYAN GOOLD PHOTOGRAPHY

A dedicated wedding planner and the friendly

Dillington team will help you plan every aspect of

your wedding day and you can either opt for a

bespoke exclusive use wedding or the all-inclusive

package which is available for Mondays to

Thursdays.

For details, call 01460 258 648 or visit

www.dillington.com.

Bristol Register Office

Weddings, Civil Partnerships,

Renewal of Vows and Naming Ceremonies

Open Monday - Friday 9 am - 4 pm

Wednesdays 10 am - 4 pm

Saturday mornings by appointment only

The Old Council House, Bristol BS1 1JG • Tel: 0117 922 2800

For a full list list of our

licensed venues visit

www.bristol.gov.uk

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ASHTON COURT

Live the dream

at Ashton

Court Mansion

With spectacular packages

starting from under £5,000

and including drinks,

a three-course wedding breakfast, venue

decoration, an evening buffet and

disco, Ashton Court Mansion provides

a glorious setting for your wedding at

a dream price.

The 16th century mansion, with its

Gothic stonework and Georgian

panelling, sits in 860 acres of beautiful

parkland a short distance from the

Clifton Suspension Bridge and Bristol

city centre.

Licensed for civil ceremonies, it

specialises in weddings of all styles and

sizes and has a choice of rooms

accommodating from 40 to 400 guests.

All are south facing and gloriously

sunny, from the Music Room which has

spectacular views and opens directly

into the gardens, to the pretty Georgian

Panelled Lounges and the light and airy

Great Hall.

Enjoy the glorious garden setting,

watch the summer sun go down over

the city and linger over a sizzling

barbecue. Or choose a winter date

when the halls are already decked with

holly and ivy.

‘Every wedding at Ashton Court

is different,’ says co-ordinator Jodi

Bryce.

‘We know that it’s the personal

touches that make your day unique

and the whole team is dedicated to

making it a truly magical and

unforgettable experience.’

There are wedding packages to

choose from, but the team is happy to

create a bespoke event, just for you.

There’s even the option, for couples

who have married abroad, to hold an

evening party here on their return,

with prices from just £30 per head.

For more information, call 0117

963 3438 or visit the website

at www.ashtoncourtmansion.co.uk

or www.bristol.gov.uk/nav/ashtoncourt-mansion.

All You Need

Is Love...

This 16th century manor house is nestled in 860

acres of glorious parkland, with roaming deer.

An iconic wedding venue with fantastic

photography backdrops to capture your day.

The mansion can be hired for ceremonies,

wedding breakfasts or for an evening

reception, offering versatility from

40 - 400 guests.

All weddings at Ashton Court Mansion

are exclusive.

Tel: 0117 963 3438

www.ashtoncourtmansion.co.uk

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Marquee Hire...

...For occasions to remember!

Furniture • Matting • Lining • Starlight Linings •

Lighting • Dance Floors ...and much much more!

Nettwood Farm, Smitham's Hill,

East Harptree, Bristol BS40 6DA

Tel: 01761 221366 or 0117 904 7806

www.jgmarquees.co.uk

Tel: 0117 966 9990

www.enchantedweddingdecor.co.uk

GIVE YOUR WEDDING

THE WOW FACTOR!

• Balloon & Flower Decorations

• Chair cover and sash hire

• Starlight Backdrop hire

• Ceiling Drapery

• Candy Buffet

• Table centrepieces for hire

• Stationery & favours

SHOP 71, SANDY PARK ROAD,

BRISLINGTON BS4 3PQ

PICTURED: STYLING BY MULBERRY WEDDINGS & EVENTS,

PHOTOS BY DANIEL SPRACKMAN PHOTOGRAPHY

Adding the

BEAUTIFULLY STYLED & PERFECTLY PLANNED

Bespoke Venue Styling and Decoration Hire

Wedding Planning, Design & Co-ordinaton

Lorna Bell at Mulberry Weddings & Events will help you put together

your dream wedding, ensuring you have a perfect, stress-free day.

Using her creativity and experience, she offers a bespoke package

of services, including venue styling, tailored to help you with as

much or as little of the planning and co-ordination as you require.

For details, call 01454 419284 or visit

www.mulberryweddingsandevents.co.uk.

For more

information

and to book

your FREE

initial consultation

please contact us:

Tel: 01454 419284 / 07884 588221

hello@mulberryweddingsandevents.co.uk

www.mulberryweddingsandevents.co.uk

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PHOTO BY SIOBHAN AMY PHOTOGRAPHY

Looking for wedding inspiration?

Whether your wedding theme is

romantic vintage florals, rustic

Hessian and twine, pristine

white elegance or seaside fun

and games, your theme and colour

choice set the tone for your whole day.

And the choice is limited only by your

imagination. If you know what you

want, but have no idea how to get it,

venue stylists will help you transform

any venue into a magical space for your

reception – and, if you have no clear

ideas, they will spend time getting to

know you and your individual style

before offering a range of ideas that will

have you walking on air.

Wow! factor

PHOTO BY

RYAN GOOLD

PHOTOGRAPHY

Acomplete venue decoration service,

incorporating everything from balloons

and flowers to stationery, chair cover hire

to a candy buffet and all manner of special

touches from starlight backdrops to ceiling

draping, candelabras and ostrich feathers to

wishing well hire: Enchanted Weddings offers a

personal and completely flexible service.

Run by the appropriately-named Carollyn Magic, the

Bristol-based company can transform your venue,

working with you to create a personal and unique

atmosphere.

Carollyn said: ‘We know that the small things make

a big difference, so our attention to detail is second

to none. ‘We will meet you at the venue or at

our home office, when we can discuss your

requirements and you can browse through

our portfolio.

‘We can do as much or as little decoration as you

choose and on the day itself, we’ll ensure that all the

decorating is picture perfect, so you can relax

and enjoy yourself.’ Enchanted Weddings also

specialises in Asian wedding decor.

For more information, call 0117 966 9990

or visit the website at

www.enchantedweddingdecor.co.uk.

There’s a lot to be said for hiring

a wedding planner – and don’t

think it’s necessarily the

expensive option. A good planner

will have a range of contacts, will

often be able to negotiate

discounts to at least cover the

fees and will take the

organisational stress and strain

off your shoulders, while still

leaving you with all those exciting

decisions to make.

She’ll know how to make the

most of your budget and will

work within it - and she’ll ensure

everything on the day runs like

clockwork!

PHOTO BY RYAN GOOLD PHOTOGRAPHY

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Dillington

House

Tel: 01460 258648

Dillington House, Ilminster Somerset TA19 9D

www.dillington.com

The perfect setting for

your wedding celebrations

This beautiful

historic house, is set

in stunning

parkland, and offers

a wonderful

backdrop for

photographs with its

lovely grounds,

magical woodlands,

romantic orangery

and fountain.

• Licensed for civil ceremonies

Weddings up to 140

• Evening receptions up to 200

• Dedicated wedding planner

• All inclusive weekday packages available

• Gorgeous accommodation for up to 78 guests

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Skip to the

loo, my darling

Ideal for marquee and home

based weddings, Temporary

Toilets supply clean and

comfortable luxury lavatories,

ensuring that the facilities will be

in keeping with the rest of your

special day. They take care to

ensure that their units are

prepared to a high standard and

their wide range ensures that

your requirements can be met

no matter whether your wedding

is a large affair or small and intimate.

Director Rob Beale said: ‘As part of a family business, established over 25

years ago, you are in safe hands.

‘We provide a prompt and courteous service ensuring that your facilities are

on site and set up in good time. We will usually conduct a pre-hire site

inspection to ascertain the most

suitable location for the unit

based on both access and

convenience.’

The Ladies’ section of the 16ft

unit includes a full length mirror

and three separate cubicles, all

with porcelain WCs, and a builtin

CD player allows you to select

PHOTO BY SIOBHAN AMY PHOTOGRAPHY

any music of your choice.

All units include the following:

• Soft toilet tissue

• Hot and cold water

• Hand soap and paper towels

• Fresh flowers

• Vanity basket option

• Waste bin in each cubicle

• Warm air heaters

With Temporary Toilets you can be sure that the essentials are taken care of

in style.

For more information, call 01747 871464 or visit the website at

www.temporarytoilets.co.uk.

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▼ Leigh Court, Abbots Leigh

dreamvenues

▼ Kingswood, Bath

With magnificent views over the city, Kingswood

venues are among Bath’s best kept secrets –

and you can have exclusive use of this tranquil,

completely private setting for your wedding reception.

Smaller celebrations for 60 to 100 guests choose the

pretty Georgian Summerhill House, where the wedding

breakfast is served in the Lower Hall and the Upper

Gallery opened for dancing afterwards.

For larger gatherings of up to 160 people there’s the

beautiful Gothic dining hall, with its wood panelling

and stained glass windows.

Leigh Court is a magnificent Grade II* listed

mansion house set in 25 acres of private

parkland in Abbots Leigh, Bristol. With 19th

century heritage and traditional Palladian

architecture, the venue provides a stunning

backdrop to your wedding day.

Leigh Court prides itself on exceptional customer

service; the experienced events team will create a

special day that is personal to you. Whether you're

looking for an informal festival-style day on the

lawns, or a formal

evening dinner in an

ornate, elegant suite, the

team will create the

wedding of your dreams.

This stunning venue

offers a variety of both

large and intimate suites

that can be used for

ceremonies, receptions

and evening parties.

Award-winning in-house

caterers, Berry Blue, will

create a wedding menu

from fresh, locally sourced and seasonal produce

that will delight and impress your wedding party.

Leigh Court provides truly affordable luxury: a

variety of wedding packages are available that can

be adapted for any budget and style. In the heart of

the West Country, Leigh Court is within easy reach

of the M4 and M5 motorways, with ample free

parking.

To find out more or to book a venue tour, call 0844

704 8658 or visit www.leighcourt.co.uk.

PHOTO BY RYAN GOOLD PHOTOGRAPHY

A professional team of caterers and an extensive

range of menus, mean many different tastes and

requirements can easily be accommodated.

Your guests can enjoy drinks on the beautiful terrace or

take a stroll around the extensive grounds, admiring the

breathtaking views of the city, while you have your

photographs taken against the stunning backdrops.

Kingswood has a licence for serving alcohol, but, if you

choose, you can provide your own table wine, which

they will serve for a corkage fee and a cash bar can be

provided for the evening.

With exclusive use for your special day, you can truly

make Kingswood your own, enabling you to have the

most magical and memorable day.

For more details, call 01225 734340 or email

catering@kingswood.bath.sch.uk.

The World Heritage City of

Bath is the perfect setting

to celebrate the most

important day of your life.

Our Registration Team will help you create a beautiful and

meaningful ceremony to help you celebrate your special day.

For all enquires please call 01225 477234 or

e-mail: register_office@bathnes.gov.uk • www.bathweddings.co.uk

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The Grand

Hotel

A luxurious Victorian hotel in the heart of the city

Packages from £3,500 for

50 people. Licensed for

civil ceremonies

Broad Street,

Bristol BS1 2EL

Tel: 0117 930 3322

www.thehotelcollection.co.uk

thegrandevents@thehotelcollection.co.uk

Exclusively yours

A stunning location in Lansdown,

with beautiful views over the city of Bath.

* Our large outdoor terraces and gardens provide

the perfect extension to your wedding reception.

* First class food, fine wines, beautiful period settings.

* Wedding Coordinator on site to help with all arrangements.

For more information and a

wedding brochure please contact:

Catering Manager & Wedding Coordinator, Sharon Traylor

T: 01225 734340/430 or

email: catering@kingswood.bath.sch.uk

www.kingswood.bath.sch.uk

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Gants Mill Weddings

Romance in a Secluded and Historic Riverside Setting

G

ants Mill is the perfect romantic venue for your exclusive country wedding,

where you can be confident of an enchanting and memorable day.

We have a licence to hold civil ceremonies, and as a family concern we are

committed to making your day relaxing and enjoyable.

We do not charge corkage and you can choose your own caterers.

Contact us to make a viewing appointment as we would love to show you

romantic Gants Mill.

Contact Greg Beedle at:

Gants Mill Weddings

Gants Mill & Garden

Bruton, Somerset BA10 0DB

Tel: 07854 166624

Email: weddings@gantsmill.co.uk

Website: www.gantsmill.co.uk

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▼ Arnos Vale, Bristol

One of Bristol’s best kept secrets, Arnos Vale, is a tranquil, unique and beautiful

site located close to the centre of Bristol. It is a registered charity and a slice

of living history as well as being home to two gorgeous Grade II* listed

chapels and 45 acres of woodland full of British wildlife.

Recently licensed for civil ceremonies and

Church of England wedding ceremonies,

Arnos Vale offers a variety of options when it

comes to weddings: a traditional church

wedding in a beautiful chapel, a civil

ceremony in the elegant Spielman Centre or a

civil ceremony in the new woodlands area, the

Underwood Centre.

Arnos Vale is also licensed for music and

entertainment so you can hold just your

ceremony there or the ceremony, reception

and evening party.

The onsite catering company is the highly

acclaimed Whisk! and they cater for all events

and celebrations at Arnos Vale. Not only can

you mix and match the venues at Arnos Vale

to suit your own style and celebrations, but

Whisk! will work with you to come up with the perfect menu – whether that is a

formal seated reception or a rustic feast in the woodlands.

For more information contact Sarah Pavey on 0117 971 9117 or email

sarah.pavey@arnosvale.org.uk.

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▼ The Avon Gorge Hotel, Bristol

dreamvenues

▼ Farrington Park,Farrington Gurney

Book your big day at The Avon Gorge Hotel

and be prepared to take in the magnificent

views of Brunel’s famous suspension

bridge and the Avon Gorge as it spans for miles

beneath you.

The hotel is situated in the fashionable district of

Clifton, a beautiful and quintessentially British

suburb of Bristol renowned for having some of

the most iconic spots in the city.

The Avon Gorge Hotel has been offering

wedding packages for a number of years, and

hundreds of couples each year take advantage of

its excellent facilities and panoramic views,

providing the perfect backdrop for any bride

and groom.

With a dedicated team on hand to style your

wedding, your way, your big day can be as

bespoke or traditional as you like, and will

always be impeccably tailored to suit individual

tastes, budget and number of guests. No detail will

be spared!

The hotel offers six different wedding packages,

from £2,995 for a bronze package to £5,995 for a

platinum package, as well as a midweek option that

starts from £2,595.

You’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to deciding

where in this grand hotel to have

your wedding, with a choice of

several spaces - including the

Riverside Suite and the Clifton

Suite which both overlook the

Avon Gorge.

If that isn’t enough, the hotel comes

with a large terrace overlooking the

bridge and gorge, providing the

perfect spot for an alfresco cliff top

reception – weather permitting of

course!

For more information,

call 0117 973 8955 or

visit the website at

www.theavongorge.com/

weddings/yourday.

It’s the perfect place to celebrate: Farrington

Park’s beautiful and peaceful rural location, in

the heart of the Somerset countryside, lends

itself to memorable wedding photographs with

amazing views across the former Duchy of

Cornwall estate.

They can hold civil ceremonies, wedding

breakfasts and evening receptions in either of

two function suites.

The recently refurbished Montgomerie Suite, with

panoramic views of the surrounding countryside

and its own private balcony, leads down to an

exclusive use wedding garden with ample seating

and subtle lighting for evening. It can seat up to 90

guests for the wedding breakfast and up to 170

people for the evening celebrations.

PHOTO BY AJ PHOTOGRAPHIC

Or choose the King Charles Hall, set with its own

beautiful entrance of green oak, this very

intimate room has exposed rustic oak beams

and oak flooring and is licensed for civil wedding

ceremonies for up to 60 guests.

An experienced team, led by a dedicated

wedding co-ordinator, will help you tailor the day

to suit your requirements. And there’s the added

advantage of ample parking for you and

your guests.

For more information, call 01761 451596 or

visit the website at www.farringtonpark.co.uk.

Weston Super Mare

Register office

Choice of ceremony rooms Courtyard garden for photographs

Bookings can be made a year in advance

Town Hall, Walliscote Grove Road, Weston-super-Mare, BS23 1UJ

Tel: 01934 427552 • www.n-somerset.gov.uk

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The Royal Hotel

PHOTO BY

EVE DUNLOP

PHOTOGRAPHY

Our Bimbeck Suite, with its sweeping bay

windows, boasts idyllic sea views across

Weston Bay and our extensive lawns, making

it the perfect setting for your special day

We hold a Civil Wedding & Civil

Partnership licence, enabling you to

simplify your arrangements, by holding

all aspects of your special day in one ven

Midweek All Inclusive Weddings

now available for only £1995

Every wedding is inclusive of:

Red carpet arrival

Table linen

Coloured napkins

Table scatter crystals

Dressed top table & cake table

Cake stand and cake knife hire

Ambient lighting

Master of ceremonies

Background music

Private lounge and bar area

Preferential accommodation rates

Complimentary Bridal suite

1 South Parade, Weston-super-Mare, Somerset BS23 1JP 01934 423100

reservations@royalhotelweston.com • www.royalhotelweston.com

Every one

a winner

With its bold colours, spectacular decorations, out-of-this-world

performances and brightly painted faces, last year’s Bristol and

Somerset Wedding Awards evening was a sight to behold. While

the spectacle, quality of entertainment, and fine dining created an

evening that none of the guests would forget, they were not the sole reason for

each person to be there; that was for the awards themselves, presented to the

cream of the region’s wedding industry for the second successive year.

This is the only ceremony to celebrate the region’s wedding industry; there are

numerous awards around the country, and now Bristol and Somerset has one

of its own.

The awards are organised and judged by a team of just five people, who work

solidly throughout the year to make the event an evening to remember. They

are free to enter, and open to any wedding supplier with a registered address

in the BS, BA, TA, GL8/9/12/13, and SN10/12/13/14 postcodes.

Entering couldn’t be easier. Suppliers can nominate themselves or newlyweds

who have been astounded by the services they have received can nominate

their favourite suppliers.

Once a supplier has been nominated, they should let their couples know so

they can vote, because the finalists and winners are based on brides’ votes

every bit as much as on the judges’ views.

Voting for the 2016 awards is now open and all entrants will receive feedback

from their couples.

The Bristol and Somerset Wedding Awards ceremony will be held at The Bristol

Hotel, Bristol, on Friday, 26th February 2016 and while the next event’s theme

is a closely guarded secret, previous evenings have boasted the glamour of

Cirque de Soleil and a shimmering Winter Wonderland.

The Wedding Wishing Well Foundation

Next year’s ceremony will once again

support The Wedding Wishing Well

Foundation, a charity that funds and

organises weddings for couples affected

by terminal and life-limiting illnesses. To

date the Bristol and Somerset Wedding

Awards have raised a fantastic £5,000 for

the charity.

To find out more, view images from

previous events, enter yourself or

nominate another, vote for your favourite

wedding supplier or buy tickets for the

PHOTO BY EVE DUNLOP

PHOTOGRAPHY

award ceremony, visit www.bristolandsomersetweddingawards.co.uk.

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Light up the night!

Astunning firework display can

provide a magical end to your

perfect day – and you can either

go the whole hog and employ

professional firework experts or

ask them to put together a special DIY pack

for you. The sky is literally the limit when it

comes to fireworks – you can have displays

set to music, displays in your bridal colours,

fabulous special effects from hearts and

flowers to your names in lights. It makes

sense to employ a professional company –

they will custom-design a display uniquely for

you and be acutely safety-conscious,

something your best man might not be after

celebrating all day.

Celebration Pyrotechnics has over 15 years

experience in creating individual displays

for events and celebrations throughout the

region. They offer a free site inspection to

advise on the suitability of the venue and all

safety issues and to discuss your individual

requirements.

Call 01208 78790 or visit

www.celebrationpyro.com

R E G I S T E R O F F I C E

There is a choice of three rooms where marriages and civil partnership ceremonies

can be performed.

A specially-designed attractive photography area has been set up within the

gardens. We cater for wedding parties up to 60 Monday to Saturday.

Swindon Register Office,

Civic Offices, Euclid Street, Swindon SN1 2JH

Tel: 01793 521734 • www.swindon.gov.uk

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Abbi Chapel Bridal...........................16

A Class Brides ................................IFC

Bride at Home..................................15

Clifton Brides..............................12/13

Future Brides ...................................15

Lisa Keating Bridal...........................14

So Gorgeous ...................................16

Special Day & Appletons.................17

White Lace & Promises...................14

CAKES

The Bath Cake Company .................22

Cakes by Elan ..................................22

Carefree Cakes.................................22

FIREWORKS

Celebration Pyrotechnics.................54

FLOWERS

Kimberley’s the Florist.....................20

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FOLLOW

US ON:

NOVEMBER 8: Best Western Shrubbery Hotel, Station

Road, Ilminster (10am to 4pm, contact 01460 52108

or www.shrubberyhotel.com)

NOVEMBER 8: Mercure Bristol North The Grange,

Winterbourne (11am to 3pm, contact 01454 771423)

NOVEMBER 19: Rookery Manor, Edingworth (4.30pm

to 9pm, contact 01934 750200 or www.rookerymanor.co.uk)

DECEMBER 6: Clifton Pavilion, Bristol Zoo (11am to

3pm, contact www.loveactuallyweddings.co.uk)

JANUARY 3: Double Tree by Hilton, Congresbury

(11am to 3pm, contact 01934 834343)

JANUARY 3: Chiseldon House, Chiseldon (12 to 4pm,

contact 01793 238921 or

www.whitewed.directory)

JANUARY 3: Grand Hotel, Broad Street, Bristol (11am

to 3pm, contact www.loveactuallyweddings.co.uk)

JANUARY 10: Castle Hotel, Taunton (11am to 3pm,

contact www.loveactuallyweddings.co.uk)

JANUARY 10: Lydiard House Swindon (11am to 3pm,

contact 01793 238921 or

www.whitewed.directory)

JANUARY 10: Crown of Crucis, Cirencester (11am to

3pm, contact 01793 238921 or

www.whitewed.directory)

JANUARY 17: Civic Centre, Trowbridge (10.30am to

2pm, contact info@cow-parsley.co.uk)

JANUARY 17: White Horse Country Park, Westbury

(12 to 4pm, contact 01793 238921 or

www.whitewed.directory)

JANUARY 17: Farrington Park, Farrington Gurney

(11am to 3pm, see www.loveactuallyweddings.co.uk)

JANUARY 17: Cheese & Grain, Frome (11am to 3pm,

contact www.the-wedding-emporium.com)

JANUARY 24: Mount Somerset Hotel, Lower Henlade

(1pm to 4pm, contact www.thewordbristol.com)

JANUARY 24: Tithe Barn, Dunster (11am to 3pm,

contact www.loveactuallyweddings.co.uk)

Lisa Elliott Floral Design..................20

Tin Can Floral...................................20

HEN & STAG

Weston Lodge Shooting Ground.....26

LUXURY LOOS

Temporary Toilets............................48

MARQUEES

JG Marquees ...................................44

PHOTOGRAPHERS

AJ Photographic..............................51

Ryan Goold Photography................26

Siobhan Amy Photography .............35

A Tall Long-Legged Bird..................46

White Dove Photography ................42

REGISTER OFFICES

Bath Register Office.........................41

dates for your diary

calling wedding fair organisers

Bristol Register Office .....................53

North Somerset Register Office ......55

Swindon Register Office..................49

TRANSPORT

All Occasions Vintage Hire ..............38

Cars of Class ...................................38

VENUE DECORATION

Enchanted Weddings.......................44

Mulberry Weddings & Events .........44

VENUES

Arnos Vale .......................................52

Ashton Court Mansion ....................43

The Avon Gorge Hotel .....................52

Bristol Marriott Royal Hotel.............46

Bristol Pavilion ................................50

Clearwell Castle ...............................39

Clifton College ..............................OBC

Cotswold Water Park Four Pillars Hotel...40

Dillington House..............................47

Farrington Park................................47

Wedding fairs are a great source of ideas for brides as well as a way of finding everything

you need under one roof - and there’s bound to be one near you soon.

So make a note of these dates, but do check locally nearer the time as they may change.

JANUARY 24: Marsh Farm Hotel, Wootton Bassett

(11am to 3pm, contact 01793 238921 or

www.whitewed.directory)

JANUARY 24: Bath MacDonald Spa Hotel, (11am to

3pm, contact www.the-wedding-emporium.com)

JANUARY 24: Old Down Manor, near Tockington (12 to

4pm, contact 01454 414081 or

www.olddownmanor.co.uk)

JANUARY 31: Corn Exchange, Devizes (10.30am to

2pm, contact info@cow-parsley.co.uk)

JANUARY 31: Somerset County Cricket Club (10.30 to

3.30pm, contact 07804 283767)

JANUARY 31: The Wellsway, West Harptree (1pm to

4pm, contact www.thewordbristol.com)

JANUARY 31: Lackham House, Lacock (11am to 3pm,

contact www.the-wedding-emporium.com)

JANUARY 31: Charlton House, Shepton Mallet (11am

to 3pm, contact www.loveactuallyweddings.co.uk)

JANUARY 31: Marriott Hotel, Pipers Way, Swindon

(11am to 3pm, contact 01793 238921 or

www.whitewed.directory)

FEBRUARY 7: The Wrag Barn, Swindon(11am to 3pm,

contact 01793 238921 or www.whitewed.directory)

FEBRUARY 7: Wellington Barn, Calne (11am to 3pm,

contact 01793 238921 or www.whitewed.directory)

FEBRUARY 7: Cheltenham Park Hotel, Circencester

Road (11am to 3pm, contact

www.loveactuallyweddings.co.uk)

FEBRUARY 14: Sudeley Castle, Winchcombe (11am to

3pm, see www.loveactuallyweddings.co.uk)

FEBRUARY 20th & 21st: Royal Bath & West

Showground, Shepton Mallet (Saturday 10am to 5pm

and Sunday 10am to 4pm, contact www.weddingshowcase.com)

FEBRUARY 21: Civic Centre, Warminster (10.30am to

2pm, contact info@cow-parsley.co.uk)

FEBRUARY 21: Mercure Holland House Hotel, Bristol

(11am to 4pm, contact www.thewordbristol.com)

Gants Mill ........................................51

Gosfield Hall ....................................39

The Grand Hotel ..............................50

Kingswood ......................................50

Leez Priory ......................................39

Leigh Court......................................48

Mount Somerset Hotel & Spa .........42

The Royal Hotel...............................54

St Audries Park................................39

The Swan Hotel ...............................40

Thornbury Castle.............................50

Tortworth Court Four Pillars Hotel...IBC

WEDDING FAIRS

By Invitation Events.........................36

Cow Parsley.....................................36

Love Actually ...................................34

Wedding Showcase.........................37

White Wed Directory .......................36

The Word on Weddings ..................35

WEDDING PLANNERS

Mulberry Weddings & Events .........44

FEBRUARY 21: Cotswold Water Park, South Cerney

(11am to 3pm, contact

www.loveactuallyweddings.co.uk)

FEBRUARY 21: Village Urban Resort, Swindon (11am

to 3pm, contact 01793 238921 or

www.whitewed.directory)

FEBRUARY 28: Bowood Hotel, Calne (11am to 3pm,

contact 01249 822228 or www.bowood.org)

FEBRUARY 28: The Venue at Junction 24, Bridgwater

(11am to 3pm, contact www.the-weddingemporium.com)

FEBRUARY 28: Tortworth Court,Wotton-under-Edge

(11am to 3pm, contact

www.loveactuallyweddings.co.uk)

MARCH 6: Maunsel House, North Newton (11am to

3pm, contact 07804 283767)

MARCH 6: Taunton Racecourse (11am to 3pm,

contact www.the-wedding-emporium.com)

MARCH 13: Holiday Inn, Bristol City Centre (11am to

4pm, contact www.thewordbristol.com)

MARCH 13: Bishop’s Palace, Wells (11am to 3pm, see

www.loveactuallyweddings.co.uk)

MARCH 20: The Gables, Falfield (1pm to 4pm, contact

www.thewordbristol.com)

MARCH 20: Haynes Motor Museum, Sparkford (11am

to 3pm, contact www.the-wedding-emporium.com)

MARCH 20: M-Shed, Princes Wharf, Bristol (11am to

3pm, contact www.loveactuallyweddings.co.uk)

APRIL 3: Hatton Court, Upton St. Leonards (11am to

3pm, contact www.loveactuallyweddings.co.uk)

APRIL 10: Bristol Golf Club, Almondsbury (11am to

3pm, contact www.loveactuallyweddings.co.uk)

APRIL 14: Dillington House, Ilminster (5pm to 9pm,

contact 07804 283767)

Organisers of Autumn 2016 wedding fairs who would like to have their dates included in the next issue

of Dream Weddings should call 01626 873364 or email editorial@countymagazines.co.uk by April 1st.

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