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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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AUTUMN / WINTER 2015 • ISSUE 32

P24-27 - GO CRAZY.. GO BLACK & WHITE!

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 have organised the handsome groom, it’s time to get

down to the rest of the planning so your wedding day

turns out to be as magical as you always imagined.

However daunting the whole organisation 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, from

the latest collections of gowns to transport, from

wedding day etiquette to up-to-date 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 turn the page, start planning your big day.

And enjoy every minute of it!

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2-19 Shimmer and sparkle

From a fairytale princess to drama queen:

sizzling styles for the whole bridal party

P20-21 - FLOWER POWER

36-37 Mum’s the last word...

...in fashion with the stylish new

collections for the Mother of the Bride

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20-21Roses, roses all the way

Say it (beautifully) with roses or lilies,

lucky heather or dramatic hydrangeas

22-23 Let them eat cake!

Classic, contemporary, fun or novelty:

up-to-the-minute trends in fabulous cakes

24-27 Get the picture?

Retro black & white photography is

the in thing for stylish brides and grooms

28 Honeymoon heaven

Top tips for squeezing every drop of

romance from your holiday of a lifetime

29-35 Plan for perfection

Follow our step-by-step wedding plan

and you’ll never put a foot our of place

38-41 Fair enough

Find the top local wedding fairs and

discover what’s trending for your big day

42-59 Scene stealers

Great venues to suit every bride’s style and

budget - and how to dress them

60-61 It’s your party!

Live music, a fun casino and fireworks will

make your evening go with a swing

62-63 Brides’ directory

Your classified guide to wedding services

from recommended local professionals

64 Dates for your diary

Index to advertisers plus our handy roundup

of autumn wedding fairs near you

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LEFT: AMANDA WYATT AT CUPID’S

CORNER IN GILLINGHAM

Impossibly romantic yet oozing glamour and with enough sparkle to mirror the

excitement in the bride’s eyes: the 2015 bridal collections will knock your

socks off. Illusion sheer necklines and sleeves with hints of lace, glorious

embroidered detail with glitzy Swarovski crystals, shimmering satins, floating

organzas, luscious lace and confections of tulle mean the bride has never had

a more difficult choice to make.

We’re often asked for our top tips on choosing that all-important dress, so here

are a couple of things to bear in mind.

Be open-minded, don’t be tempted to try on anything over your budget, limit

the number of friends you take with you – and start looking early, it can take

months for your dress to arrive once you’ve ordered it!

Designer

dazzle

MAIN PICTURE, LEFT & TOP RIGHT:

ST PATRICK AT MINSTER DESIGNS IN WIMBORNE

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AMANDA WYATT AT CUPID’S CORNER IN GILLINGHAM

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Back to

the future

Everything you’ve ever read about the importance of the back of

your dress is true. That’s what your guests will be looking at all

through the ceremony - and there are some glorious backs in the

new collections. Think dramatically dipped, intriguingly keyholed,

beautifully draped with Twenties-style jewels and, newest of all,

perfect illusion backs with a delicate row of buttons.

A built-in train will give you a slimmer outline while you’re standing at the

altar and lend a special dignity to the occasion. Yes, they’re more difficult

to handle but think of the fun you’ll have practising in front of the mirror

at home. You’ll soon work out how to walk and turn gracefully and don’t

forget your chief bridesmaid will be there to ensure your train falls properly

on the day.

OPULENCE AT COURTYARD

BRIDAL IN LYTCHETT MINSTER

ABOVE: SINCERITY AT CLOUD NINE IN LOCKS

HEATH AND BRIDAL & BALL IN WEYMOUTH

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MAIN PICTURE & TOP RIGHT: STELLA YORK

AT BLISS BRIDAL BOUTIQUE IN CHRISTCHURCH

AND CUPID’S CORNER IN GILLINGHAM

LEFT: OPULENCE AT COURTYARD

BRIDAL IN LYTCHETT MINSTER

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RONALD JOYCE AT BLISS BRIDAL

BOUTIQUE IN CHRISTCHURCH

Out of

INSET ABOVE & CUT OUT RIGHT: ALFRED

ANGELO AT CLOUD NINE IN LOCKS HEATH

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the blue

KENNETH WINSTON AT

NEW FOREST & DORSET

BRIDES IN HIGHCLIFFE

RONALD JOYCE AT

BLISS BRIDAL

BOUTIQUE IN

CHRISTCHURCH

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NICOLA ANNE AT

COURTYARD

BRIDAL IN

LYTCHETT

MINSTER

ALEXIA DESIGNS AT

ALL ASPECTS IN

BOURNEMOUTH

Short...

and oh,

so sweet

Stylish, up-to-the-minute and with a Wow! factor all of

their own, short wedding dresses are everywhere in the

2015 bridal collections. You’ll find hemlines up and

down the scale, from ballerina-length to micro mini and

some come with fabulous detachable trains, combining all the

glamour of a traditional wedding dress with all the fun of a

contemporary style.

They’re especially suited to less formal occasions, like

weddings abroad or second marriages and, like traditional

styles, come in all sorts of colours.

Choose your accessories carefully if you’re thinking about

going the short route. Think about a hat with a short, sexy veil

or fresh flowers in casually-styled hair.

STELLA YORK AT CUPID'S

CORNER IN GILLINGHAM

AND BLISS BRIDAL BOUTIQUE

IN CHRISTCHURCH

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ALFRED ANGELO AT

CLOUD NINE IN

LOCKS HEATH

ST PATRICK AT MINSTER

DESIGNS IN WIMBORNE

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FEMME BY KENNETH WINSTON AT NEW

FOREST & DORSET BRIDES IN HIGHCLIFFE

Cute

SONSIE BY VEROMIA AT BRIDAL

& BALL IN WEYMOUTH

and

Over half of today’s brides

are a size 14 or more and

long gone are the days when

larger brides were routinely

snubbed in bridal shops...

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PICTURED & LEFT:

SONSIE BY VEROMIA AT

BRIDAL & BALL IN WEYMOUTH

curvelicious

Both designers and boutiques have woken up to the fact that

plus-size brides want to be beautiful too: international bridal

houses have launched their own plus-size collections and

bridal shops who stock them are witness to their popularity.

There’s nothing more disheartening for a generously proportioned

bride than finding nothing to try on in the shops she visits, so do a

little homework before you go. Call the bridal stores in advance and

ask what choice they have for you to try on in your size. If you want

our top tip: get your underwear professionally fitted to enhance all

your good points, and wear it when you head out on your big

adventure. Then simply get on with loving the experience.

RIGHT: FEMME BY

KENNETH WINSTON AT

NEW FOREST & DORSET

BRIDES IN HIGHCLIFFE

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BLISS BRIDAL BOUTIQUE

Stunning bridalwear and bridesmaids

By appointment

181 Barrack Road | Christchurch | Dorset | BH23 2AR

01202 482870 dresses@blissbridalwear.co.uk

blissbridalwear.co.uk

Cupid’s Corner Bridal Design

Dreamy Dresses, Shoes and Accessories For Your Special Day...

• Wedding Gowns

• Bridesmaids Dresses

• Prom & Ball Gowns

• Accessories

• Jewellery

• Shoes

Tel: 01747 825525

8 Newbury Court, High Street,

Gillingham, Dorset SP8 4QX

www.cupidscorner-bridalwear.com

Simply

Bliss Bridal Boutique is situated in the historic town of Christchurch.

Their beautiful collection of handpicked gowns by Essense of

Australia, Stella York and Ronald Joyce exude elegance,

sophistication and romance. Delicate embellishments, lace and

subtle tones of champagne and gold are a real feature in the collection.

Bridesmaid dresses by Two Birds are extremely popular in the boutique:

one dress, over 15 ways to wrap, for the wedding day and for ever after

and proudly made in London. They are the perfect choice for your

bridesmaids and are available in stunning colours, rosewater is a current

favourite!

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ALL PICTURED:

STELLA YORK AT CUPID’S

CORNER IN GILLINGHAM AND

BLISS BRIDAL BOUTIQUE IN

CHRISTCHURCH

stunning

Bliss understands body shapes, fabrics, styles and cut. They listen to how

you want to look, offer suggestions and inspiration. They are truly

passionate about providing their brides with the best possible service

which is why many brides come via recommendation.

When asked ‘What is the best part of your job?’, the answer is simple:

‘Seeing the look of excitement on a bride’s face when she has fallen in love

with a dress.’

They always recommend that you book an appointment to try on dresses

and very much look forward to meeting you.

For more details, call 01202 482870 or visit the website at

www.blissbridalwear.co.uk.

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Creative,Innovative design

Bespoke Bridalwear,

Bridesmaids & Mother

of the Bride

From the initial idea to the

finished garment, I consult

at every stage with you to

create a sensational,

exclusive look,

sculptured to your

figure and made to

the highest quality

Award winning

tiaras & headpieces

Handmade • Affordable • Unique

Tel: 07436 260251

www.tiarasbybecky.co.uk

Full references &

portfolio available

to view. All enquiries

welcome, any budget

without obligation

01202 821710

07887 522826

www.zip-up.com

Address: 1082 Christchurch Road, Bournemouth, BH7 6DS - Tel: 01202 432800

Monday 11am till 4pm, Tuesday 10am till 4pm, Wednesday closed, Thursday 10am

till 4pm, Friday 11am till 4pm and Saturday 10am till 5pm. Sundays

appointment only. Evening appointments available on request.

Official stockists for

Alfred Angelo

Wedding Gowns

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Stunning gowns from

Kenneth Winston, Ella

Rosa and Femme

(for the curvier bride)

Something for every

budget Sizes 6 to 34

Appointments only

Tel: 01425 616939 or

078513 85116

www.newforestbrides.co.uk

404 Lymington Road, Highcliffe, Dorset, BH23 5HE.

Bridal, Bridesmaids, Prom & Accessories

9 Abbotsbury Road, Weymouth DT4 OAD

Tel: 01305 773940 • www.bridalandball.co.uk

For Beautiful Bridal Gowns

Tel: 01202 625494

www.courtyardbridal.co.uk

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Simple stunning gowns!

Bridal Boutique

Choose from bespoke designs,

ready & Tailoring to wear or redesign.

Full alteration service available.

Tel: 01202-986040

www.minsterdesigns.com

Millstream Close, Wimborne BH21 1DW

All Aspects Wedding Services

The One Stop

Wedding Shop for...

• B R I D A L G O W N S

• B R I D E S M A I D S

• M E N ’ S S U I T H I R E

• W E D D I N G S TAT I O N E RY

• C A R H I R E

(Nr Iford Roundabout)

1227 Christchurch Rd

Bournemouth • BH7 6BW

Tel: 01202 427539 or email us at

allaspects@btinternet.com

www.allaspectsweddingservices.co.uk

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ABOVE: Tiaras by Becky offers a collection of beautiful bridal headpieces

which can be tailored to suit your theme. She also offers a bespoke

service, where you can let your imagination run wild.

For more details, call 07436 260251 or visit www.tiarasbybecky.co.uk.

Photos by Adrian Lambert, hair and make-up by Sapphire Styling

Glamour

Traditional or contemporary, worn with or without a veil, the tiara is the

headdress of choice for today’s brides. ‘Tiaras complement any style of

gown,’ says Ros Woodhouse of Tiaras and Crowns ‘and can be worn with

upswept, worn down or short hairstyles.’

When you’re choosing your tiara bear in mind that it should suit the shape of

your face, your wedding hairstyle and the style of your gown.

‘Diamante tiaras go with any colour of gown, says Ros, ‘while tiaras with pearls

should match either your jewellery or your gown.’

Tiaras and Crowns has a fantastic selection of bridal headdresses to

complement every bride.

For more information, call 01305 814950 or visit the website at

www.tiarasandcrowns.net.

From coloured, through to Diamante,

Over 300 stunning designs to choose from

Tel: 01305 814950

Longford, Littlemead, Weymouth, Dorset DT3 5DL

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RIGHT: THE FRENCH

COLLECTION AT MINSTER

DESIGNS IN WIMBORNE

Visit Minster Designs in

Wimborne and you walk into

a haven of peace and

relaxation, guaranteeing a

unique bridal experience individually

tailored to each individual bride.

Minster Designs stocks an eclectic

range of bridal dresses hand-picked

from the top international collections.

You’ll find Essense of Australia, St

Patrick from Spanish designer

Pronovias, The French Collection,

Diane Legrand, White One and a host

of others, all beautiful, elegant and

romantic.

Owner – and experienced designer –

Oxana Ruckhaber has chosen her

collections for style, quality and

exceptional value.

from

top to toe

PRONOVIAS AT

MINSTER

DESIGNS IN

WIMBORNE

And, because she does all the fittings and

alterations herself, special requirements and

unique design ideas can be incorporated into

your dress.

Minster Designs offers everything for the bride

from shoes to veils, tiaras, headpieces and

jewellery, so you can see the final look come

together.

And the rest of the bridal party can get involved

too, with the vast array of stunning bridesmaid

dresses and mother of the bride outfits, again

tailored to perfection.

Oxana is passionate about satisfying her

customers, a passion recognised by being a

semi-finalist in the Venus Award Dorset 2015

for best new business and customer service.

For more details, call 01202 986040 or visit

the website at www.minsterdesigns.com.

ABOVE & BELOW: DIANE HARBRIDGE AT

ALL ASPECTS IN BOURNEMOUTH

Areal one-stop wedding shop, with the

emphasis on fabulous bridal fashion, All

Aspects Wedding Services in Bournemouth

can provide every detail to make your wedding

perfect. Choose your dress and your bridesmaids’ outfits

from international collections including Trudy Lee,

Phoenix Gowns, Diane Harbridge and Alexia.

Find your groom’s outfit from the huge selection of

formal hire by Cameron Ross and Peter Posh.

Co-ordinate the day with your choice of a wide range of

stationery and choose from four immaculate cars to

ensure you arrive on time and in style.

Owner Gill Price offers all brides a warm welcome, and

she and her experienced staff will be delighted to help

you plan the big day.

She said: ‘We can guide you through the maze of

decision-making step by step. We know how to advise

and when to listen.’ All Aspects Wedding Services

encourages brides to make an appointment so they are

guaranteed a more personal service.

For more information, call 01202 427539 or visit the

website at www.allaspectsweddingservices.co.uk.

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PICTURED: KELSEY ROSE AT FAB FROCKS IN

BOURNEMOUTH AND BRIDAL & BALL IN WEYMOUTH


Of maids...

Choosing how to dress your bridesmaids

may not be quite as exciting as choosing

your own gown for the big day – but your

girlfriends will thank you for taking time

and trouble deciding what you want them to wear.

Our top tips? Choose a style that complements

your own dress and will flatter the different sizes

and shapes of your friends. High-waisted empire

line and flowing A-line skirts suit most body types,

but you can also buy dresses which can be worn in

a slightly different way by each girl.

When it comes to colour, don’t think all your

bridesmaids have to wear identical hues.

Complementary tones of the same colour or a

sweet pea selection of different pastels can look

fabulous together – and that way, each bridesmaid

can wear a colour that really suits her.

And as for the cost: if you’re buying the dresses,

you get the last word. If they’re buying their own,

try to choose something they can wear again after

the wedding. And make sure you stick to their

budget - or, if you really want to go over, consider

offering to pay the difference yourself.

and men

Wearing the perfect outfit for a wedding

isn’t just the prerogative of the bride

and her entourage. The men in the

bridal party want to look and feel

special too. The men’s formal department at Chas

H. Baker in Salisbury aims to fulfil that dream.

Formal wear manager Peter Northover said: ‘We

set out to create a relaxing atmosphere where

grooms and their partners can take time to select

the look they want to achieve, considering our

huge range of different styles, colours, textures

and combinations.

‘Our range of waistcoats and colours of our

accessories are vast – whether you are looking for

classic simplicity or dramatic flamboyance.

‘Chas H. Baker, established in the city over 100

years ago, is still run by the same family – a

testimony to its outstanding reputation for quality

menswear and traditional service.’

The formal hire department runs alongside the

store’s wide range of quality menswear to buy.

For more information, call 01722 324234

or visit the website at

www.salisbury-suit-hire.com.

INSET LEFT & RIGHT:

ALEXIA AT ALL ASPECTS IN BOURNEMOUTH

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MAIN PICTURE, BELOW & RIGHT: STUNNING BRIDAL FLOWERS BY JULES FLORIST

Blooming

ABOVE: STYLISH BRIDAL FLOWERS BY BLOOM FLORISTRY

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Your bridal bouquet is a once-in-a-lifetime accessory, and it will

give you more pleasure than any other bouquet you ever receive,

so take time to choose it carefully. A good florist will put his or

her knowledge and experience at your disposal when it comes to

colours and shapes and flowers which will come inside your budget – but

you can help by doing a little

thinking and planning in

advance.

Book your florist early, but

don’t have your initial

consultation until you’ve

chosen your dress. Then

take along a picture so the

florist can balance the

bouquet with the outfit.

As a general rule, the more

detailed the dress, the

simpler the bouquet.

Conversely, simple, elegant

BOUQUET BY JULES FLORIST


Flower

Power!

gorgeous!

dress designs cry out for dramatic flowers.

Take along swatches of your bridesmaids’ dresses so

your florist can recommend flowers which will work well

with the colours.

The language of flowers is well known, so you might

consider planning a message into your bouquet – or include

flowers which have a personal meaning for you.

Kate Middleton included sweet william in her understated

bouquet for her wedding to Prince William but you could

also include, say, a beloved Grandmother’s favourite flower

or an antique brooch pinned to the ribbon which wraps

the stems.

Whatever you choose, do make sure you’re comfortable with

the size and shape of your bouquet – you don’t want

anything that’s awkward to carry.

And do practise holding it: so many brides hold their flowers

too high or turn the stems to the camera.

Hold it below your hip and slightly away from your dress,

this will relax and open your shoulders, improve your

posture and create the best pose for your photographer.

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ABOVE & BELOW: Bespoke cakery Fancie Buns

has a well deserved reputation for designing

and making scrumptious cakes, cupcakes and

sweet treats. The Poole-based wedding cake

specialist tailors every cake individually for each

bride and all are made using only the finest and

freshest ingredients. Free consultations are by

appointment

– and you get to sample selected flavours!

For details, call 07796 614978 or visit

www.fanciebunscakery.co.uk.

Let them

LEFT & ABOVE:

Jennifer Bronsell of

Bournemouth-based Coast Cakes

is an award-winning cake artist

who is a preferred supplier to

many of the top wedding venues

in Dorset and Hampshire.

A qualified chef, she promises

both excellent service and

outstanding quality.

For details, call

01202 539120 or

visit www.coastcakes.co.uk.

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your Dream Cake!

Celebrating its 30th anniversary this year

with a newly refurbished shop, the Cake

Workshop in Shirley is a celebration

cake specialist – and regularly makes

cakes for Royalty.

Owner Wendy Spreadbury and her team of five

have been providing the cake for the Duke of

Edinburgh Award ceremonies at Buckingham

Palace for the past 15 years – and they understand

Prince Edward is partial to a slice or several!

Wendy herself started working at the Cake

Workshop when she was 21 and bought the

business three years later. That was 20 years ago

and she has never looked back.

eat cake!

She said: ‘We care about every cake we make and

our constant emphasis is on quality, imagination

and taste.

‘Our prices are very competitive – including

wedding cakes – and customers come back year

after year, some after moving miles away.’

The Cake Workshop has a large selection of

decorating equipment, food colours, toppers,

stand and knife hire, cutters, sugar flowers,

feathers, diamanté, glitters and so on if you want

to make your own wedding cake. And they are also

happy to decorate cakes provided by the bride.

‘Our aim,’ said Wendy, ‘is always to create

stunning designs that taste fabulous!’

For more details, call 02380 771458 or visit the

website at www.cakeworkshop.co.uk.

Cake and sugarcraft specialist Filigrana of

Sherborne will transform your dreams into

that very special wedding cake.

All cakes are individually hand crafted and

decorated and they pride themselves on the

quality of their cakes, baked using only the finest

ingredients, most sourced locally.

For details, call 01935 816245 or visit

www.filigranacakes.co.uk

Amazing Cakes... Fantastic Prices... Beautiful • Creative • Delicious

Tel: 02380 771458 - 68 Romsey Road, Shirley, Southampton SO16 4DB

e: cakeworkshop@btinternet.com • www.cakeworkshop.co.uk

Award winning bespoke wedding cakes

tel. 01202 539120 | mob. 07789 000387

email. coastcakes@btinternet.com

www.coastcakes.co.uk

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romance

Snow-capped mountains or sun-kissed beaches, bustling world capitals or

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going to be your trip of a lifetime, so make the most of it.

1 Set your budget and tell your travel agent it’s for your honeymoon. Hotels

often offer special packages for honeymooners which can include anything

from Champagne and flowers on arrival to an upgraded room

2 Remember it’s all in the detail, so check the fine points of your booking. You

might expect to have to confirm that you want a room with a view, but

sometimes you even have to spell out that you want a double bed. If possible,

get the details confirmed in writing.

3 While you don’t want to skimp, spend your budget wisely on what’s important to you.

If you’re the sort of couple who like finding interesting local places to eat, make sure

you don’t book full board. If a four-poster bed isn’t one of your must-haves, you could

have more budget to spend on exotic cocktails, water sports or wonderful day trips.

4 Remember no trip is trouble-free, and sometimes luggage goes astray. Pack

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goes missing. And take some essentials, like underwear, toiletries and any

valuables, in your hand luggage.

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bottles of water – and beware of ice cubes, which may have been made with

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pre-boiled water.

8 Pack some romantic scented candles in your luggage or ask your hotel to

provide some in your bedroom and bathroom.

9 All the world loves a lover, so don’t be shy about telling people you’re on

honeymoon. In hotels, restaurants – even on aeroplanes – you’ll get special

service and you may even get a free gift or complimentary glass of champagne.

10 Remember you don’t have to spend every minute of your honeymoon

together. If your new husband wants to play golf, take the opportunity to head

off to the shops or indulge in some beauty treatments.

And finally, don’t expect everything to be perfect. Sometimes it’s the things that go

wrong that will give you memories to cherish in the years to come.

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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

Plan ahead for

your perfect day

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

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TO ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW

- AND THEN SOME...

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.

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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 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 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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Planning Makes Perfect

The traditional invitation, with the bride’s

parents as hosts is worded as follows:

Mr and Mrs Simon Hayes request the pleasure

of your company at the marriage of their

daughter Jennifer Anne to Mr Michael Jones at

St Benedict’s Church, Bournemouth on Saturday

August 19th at 2pm followed by a reception at

The County Hotel, Bournemouth

RSVP 10 Marigold Gardens, Bournemouth

In this form, the names of the guests are

handwritten in the top left hand corner

of the invitation.

Alternatively a space is left in the invitation

for the guests’ names:

Mr and Mrs Simon Hayes request the

pleasure of the company of

........................................................

at the marriage of their daughter Jennifer Anne (etc)

Make it clear precisely who is being invited.

For a married couple, Mr and Mrs John

Jeffries; for a family, Mr and Mrs John Jeffries,

Jeremy and Jemima.

The invitations...

Invitations should be sent out six weeks

before the wedding, so you will need to

order them from the printer about

three months in advance of the event.

It’s worth taking time to choose wedding

stationery which matches the style of your

wedding, whether it’s romantic and

traditional, chic and classical or off-the-wall

and bang-up-to-the -minute.

Then the rest of your wedding stationery can

be ordered in the same style, including maps to

help guests find their way easily, order of

service sheets (you’ll need one for each guest

plus a few spares), menus for the reception,

place cards and so on. The exact wording on

your invitations can be extremely complicated if

parents are divorced or you are hosting the

wedding yourselves.

...and what they should say

Bride’s mother as host,

if she is widowed:

Mrs David Jones requests the pleasure of your

company at the marriage of her daughter (etc)

Bride’s mother as host if

she is divorced:

Mrs Margaret Jones requests the pleasure of your

company (etc)

Bride’s mother if she has remarried and is

hosting the wedding with the bride’s

stepfather:

Mr and Mrs George Simpson request the

pleasure of your company at the marriage of her

daughter Jennifer Anne (etc)

Bride’s father as host:

Mr David Jones requests the pleasure of your

company at the marriage of his daughter

Jennifer Anne (etc)

See the panel for examples.

As well as a map detailing how to get there, it’s

useful to include with the invitation details of

where guests can park and, for those who

are coming long distances, a selection of

recommended accommodation.

For guests of the groom’s family, the groom’s

mother should send a list of names and addresses

to the bride’s mother so she can issue the

invitations. According to strict wedding etiquette,

envelopes should be addressed only to the wife of

a couple or family: Mrs Samuel Johnson. As a

matter of courtesy, an invitation should be sent to

the groom’s parents and to the minister and his

wife. When ordering your invitations, remember

you’ll only need one for each family, plus a few

spares for emergencies.

According to strict

wedding etiquette,

envelopes should

be addressed only

to the wife of a

couple or family

Where the bridal couple are the hosts, the

invitations should be worded:

Miss Jennifer Hayes and Mr Michael Jones

request the pleasure of your company

at their marriage (etc)

Divorced parents, if the bride’s

mother has remarried

Mr David Jones and Mrs Margaret Simpson

request the pleasure of your company at the

marriage of their daughter Jennifer Anne (etc)

Divorced parents, if the bride’s mother

has not remarried:

Mr David Jones and Mrs Margaret Jones request

the pleasure of your company at the marriage of

their daughter (etc)

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Bride’s father remarried and hosting the wedding

with the bride’s stepmother:

Mr and Mrs David Jones request the pleasure of

your company at the marriage of his daughter

Jennifer Anne (etc)

Invitations to civil weddings follow the same

format, substituting the name of the register

office or approved venue for the church in

the examples above.

Where space at the wedding ceremony is

limited, guests can be invited to the reception

only. For these invitations, the wording

(depending on the host) is:

Mr and Mrs Simon Hayes request the pleasure

of your company at a reception at the County

Hotel, Bournemouth on Saturday, 19th August

at 3pm following the marriage of their daughter

Jennifer Anne to Mr Michael Jones.

The same wording can be used to invite extra guests to

an evening party following the

main reception.

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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.

The fee for giving notice is £35 each and,

normally, notices should be with the registrar

about eight weeks before the marriage. If either of

you have been married before, the notices should

be given 10 weeks before.

The minimum period before the date of the

proposed marriage is 28 days, but if you leave

things as late as this you could be faced with the

need to postpone your marriage.

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 many thousands of 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.

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Marrying abroad

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.

It’s important to establish early on what the

church’s policy is on photographs or video

being taken during the service, whetherany

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 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.

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.

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Planning Makes Perfect

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.

• 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.

• 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.

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

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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

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 on the 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.

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THORNE PHOTOGRAPHY

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

• 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

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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

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.

support 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.

PHOTO BY

CERRIE SIMPSON

PHOTOGRAPHER

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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Planning Makes Perfect

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.

details

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 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

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 Royce, a classic Daimler, a convertible Cadillac, a stretch

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.

PHOTO BY LINUS MORAN PHOTOGRAPHY

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.

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.

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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PHOTO BY PARADOX

PHOTOGRAPHY

cut out and keep


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,

PHOTO BY CERRIE SIMPSON PHOTOGRAPHER

Chief bridesmaid

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 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

Top Table Seating Plan

Groom’s father

Bride’s mother

Groom

Bride

Bride’s father

Groom’s mother

Best Man

do this before the speeches to

allow it to be cut and served)

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.

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 semiformal

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.

Planning Makes Perfect

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The Bournemouth boutique is offering the Rainbow range of shoes and

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The shoes are all designed by Diane Hassall at Rainbow Club who learnt her

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The Rainbow range offers everything from high heeled bridal shoes to

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The 2015 Bournemouth Pavilion Wedding Show is back in September to

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The weekend event marks the 21st year of this successful show, which runs

from 10am to 5pm on Saturday, September 19 and 11am to 4pm on Sunday,

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Around 100 local and regional industry specialists will present their vast array

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sweet carts, stationery, accessories, wedding breakfasts and all the little extras

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Of course there will also be the highlight of entertaining, upbeat daily catwalk

shows, presenting the best of contemporary wedding outfits.

‘The Bournemouth Pavilion provides a stylish Art Deco setting and the event is

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‘Since we began our wedding fairs, we estimate that over 40,000 people have

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comes

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Kiss goodbye to the beautiful summer: now’s the time to get your

head down and start making those difficult wedding decisions.

Whatever stage you’re at with your wedding planning, there’s

always something to take away from wedding fairs (there may

even be a goodie bag!). They are designed to give you inspiration,

help you meet a variety of suppliers, tour a venue, listen to live music that

could potentially play at your wedding, meet bridalwear designers and get

you excited in the preparation for your big day – possibly with a glass of

bubbly in your hand.

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

attending the fair – and, even if you only pick up some leaflets and watch

the fashion show, you’ll be caught up in the bubble of scores of happy

brides-to-be, all together in one room and all bursting with excitement.

you, see Dates for your Diary on page 64

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▼HMS Warrior 1860, Portsmouth

PHOTOS BY

MARTIN LEWIS

Situated in the heart of Portsmouth’s

Historic Dockyard, HMS Warrior 1860

commands a prime position in the

harbour. The ship is one of the most unusual

attractions on the south coast and visited by

in excess of 350,000 people a year.

Romantic, atmospheric and entirely unique,

she provides a superb historical maritime

setting for wedding ceremonies and evening

receptions for the modern couple!

Licensed for ceremonies for up to 100

guests and able to accommodate from 20 to

288 people for exclusive formal receptions

and 600 cocktail style, the ship offers

flexible and spacious surroundings for

wedding parties of any size.

Warrior Preservation Trust is a self-funded

charity that is not supported by any Government grants or funding.

Warrior relies solely on daily visitors, donations, private hire, weddings, and

fundraising events. So, by choosing HMS Warrior for your most important of

days not only will you be giving your guests the opportunity to attend a

wedding like no other, you will also be directly helping to fund and preserve the

ship for the benefit of this and future generations.

For more information, call 02392 778604 or visit the website at

www.hmswarrior.org.

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▼Marsham Court Hotel, Bournemouth

The Marsham Court is a cliff-top,

Edwardian hotel overlooking the

beautiful Bournemouth bay and

award-winning beaches. Couples can

pledge their love beside the stunning

garden wedding pagoda, or choose one of

the elegant banqueting suites.

A full service hotel with a strong family

history, the Marsham Court has recently

undergone extensive refurbishment of its

87 en-suite bedrooms, function suites,

reception and bar areas.

Bright, contemporary and extending a warm

welcome to all its guests, the hotel offers

experienced event co-ordinators and fully trained

staff to plan your special day.

The garden wedding pagoda is the perfect place to

get married and the quaint old stone steps leading

from the sun terrace offer the perfect entrance to

your ceremony and backdrop to your photographs.

Inside, the hotel’s elegant ceremony spaces include

the Bay Suite, a south-facing room with stunning

views across Bournemouth Bay. Decorated in

contemporary style, the suite has direct access to

the flower-filled terrace, which leads to the garden.

All food requirements are catered for and the

talented culinary team will create a specialised

menu to satisfy your taste, theme and budget.

With no detail considered too small, their goal is to

make your wedding by the sea a lifelong memory

for you and your guests.

For more details, call 01202 552111 or visit the

website at www.marshamcourthotel.co.uk.

PS: Don’t miss Marsham Court’s Winter Wedding

Fayre on Sunday, November 1 from 12noon to

4pm. Entry is free.

dreamvenues

▼ The Victorian Barn,

Blandford Forum

The Victorian Barn offers a civil ceremony in the

stunning Osborne Hall for up to 120 guests or

the Garden Room for up to 200 guests.

The Osborne Hall can seat up to 120 for a formal

meal and up to 200 for a buffet and specialises in

bespoke weddings designed to meet your exclusive

requirements.

Working closely with a group of hand-picked

local suppliers, The Victorian Barn can offer

excellent food, discreet service, wonderful facilities

and an impressive backdrop for your photographs.

The Victorian Barn offers onsite luxury

accommodation for up to 66 guests.

For more information or an informal chat

contact Penny or Claire on 01258 817501

email: weddings@thevictorianbarn.co.uk or visit

the website at www.thevictorianbarn.co.uk.

Let The Victorian

Barn provide the setting

for your special day

• Licensed for civil ceremonies.

Weddings up to 120

• Receptions up to 200

• Onsite luxury accommodation

Please contact Penny or Claire:

Tel: 01258 817501

weddings@thevictorianbarn.co.uk

www.thevictorianbarn.co.uk

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Welcome...

to Lulworth

Lulworth Castle and Lulworth Courtyard:

two individual venues for your wedding

ceremony and celebrations

At the heart of a 12,000 acre

private estate deep in the Purbeck

countryside, a more picture perfect

setting would be hard to find. Enter though

the castle gates, along the sweeping drive

and arrive at one of the most exclusive

locations in the south west. Choose from

the impressive Lulworth Castle or, for a

more intimate occasion, its charming

walled Courtyard.

LULWORTH CASTLE

The evocative and natural state of Lulworth

Castle interior makes it a unique and versatile

canvas for any wedding theme. This open

plan space is suitable for civil ceremonies, receptions, dining and dancing. There are

panoramic views across rolling countryside towards the sea and you have use of

Castle Lawn and Rose Garden.

LULWORTH COURTYARD

Set in the Castle grounds, Lulworth Courtyard is perfect for relaxed occasions. Its

light airy rooms are elegantly decorated while the walled courtyard provides a

sheltered outdoor space with an easy, convivial atmosphere. It is suitable for

gatherings of up to 80 inside and many more outside. For larger gatherings

marquee hire is available.

GETTING MARRIED

In addition to the Castle and Courtyard venues which are both licensed for civil

marriage ceremonies, applications can be made for religious ceremonies at St.

Mary’s Roman Catholic Chapel and St. Andrew’s Anglican Church, both in the

Castle grounds.

For a brochure or to view the options available on the Lulworth Estate for

ceremonies and receptions call Paul Pinnock on 01929 400352,

email:weddings@lulworth.com or visit www.lulworth.com

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2015

Wedding Open Day

11am - 3pm

Sunday

18th October

FREE ADMISSION

NO APPOINTMENT

NECESSARY

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▼ The Italian Villa at Compton Acres, Poole

▼ Highcliffe Castle, Highcliffe

Set against the dramatic backdrop of 10 acres of

manicured gardens, the Italian Villa has

recently been voted the 'Most Popular

Wedding Venue in the World' at the International

Wedding Expert Awards. Unique in the UK, the

multi-award winning Italian Villa offers couples

three floors of unrivalled elegance to lay on their

dream wedding.

This luxury venue, which has also been voted

Dorset's Best Wedding Venue, is licensed for civil

ceremonies and partnerships. And with a balcony

overlooking the stunning Italian Garden, you can be

sure your wedding photos will be

outstanding.

Book the Italian Villa and the whole venue is

yours exclusively for your entire celebration.

You are the centre of attention and the staff's

sole priority. And the team's impeccable

standards ensure you and your guests are

treated like the VIPs you are.

There's direct access into the spectacular

Italian Garden and the villa can cater for

intimate wedding receptions for 60, or can

provide a relaxed setting for up to 180.

Well-appointed with lifts to all three floors,

air conditioning, built-in sound systems and

speakers, a stage, and audio-visual screens, the

villa's superb facilities enable couples to create a

truly memorable occasion.

Catering is provided by award-winning Beales

Gourmet, whose talented team chefs offer

spectacular cuisine: the perfect match for your

magical wedding day.

See the venue for yourself at their Wedding Open

Day on Sunday, October 18 from 11am to 3pm or,

for more details, call 01202 816074 or visit

www.the-italian-villa.co.uk.

PHOTO BY

PARADOX

PHOTOGRAPHY

Built in an architectural style appropriately

called ‘Romantic and Picturesque’,

spectacular Highcliffe Castle provides a

stunning clifftop location for your wedding. The

Grade I listed castle specialises in both civil

ceremonies and receptions.

You can hold your ceremony in the beautiful

Wintergarden which seats 100 guests and then

enjoy your reception in the refurbished State

Dining Room, which seats 80, or the Great Hall

seating up to 100.

The Wedding Suite holds up to 150 for your

evening party. Alternatively you may wish to head

off to one of the many local restaurants or hotels

for your reception.

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You can hold your wedding on any day of the week

throughout the year, with several time options to

choose from. Following your ceremony why not

enjoy Champagne and canapés in the beautiful

grounds while your photographs are taken?

The beautiful sandy beach, just a gentle stroll

away, provides additional photo opportunities.

Contact the castle team on 01425 278807 to

receive a wedding pack and check availability

or visit www.highcliffecastle.co.uk.

Autumn Wedding Fair

Sunday 18th October 2015

10.30am - 4pm

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Crystal Ice Sculptures

For the WOW! Factor

• ICE SCULPTURES and VODKA LUGES

for EVERY OCCASION

• Traditional or unique.

You invent it. We’ll carve it!

• For your Wedding, Hen/Stag Night,

Celebration or Corporate Event

• Timed delivery and set up

• Extremely competitive prices

Contact Paul on (01202) 718500 or 07714 245000

email: skev001@hotmail.com

Go to www.crystalicesculptures.co.uk for ideas and prices

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Perfect for your evening party: it’s a pop-up pub

from Appetite for Adventure. As well as event

catering, the Hampshire-based company offers

an inflatable pub, which can be decorated to

complement your wedding theme.

They aim to create a traditional pub welcoming

atmosphere with a bit of a ‘wow’ factor! They can also

bring along coloured lighting and smoke machines.

The portable bar and inflatable pub both come fully

licensed and insured to sell alcohol.

Call 01590 681190 or visit

www.appetiteforadventure.co.uk for more details.

Now for something

completely

different...

Established in 2001, Crystal Ice Sculptures

of Bournemouth and Poole will create and

deliver stunning table centrepieces and

party and vodka luges, all specially carved in

crystal clear ice.

Choose a pair of elegant swans or have ice

champagne buckets inlaid with your bridal

flowers. You can even include special

messages or pictures in the sculpture and LED

lighting gives your display a shining sparkle.

For details, call 01202 718500 or visit

www.crystalicesculptures.co.uk.

Vodka luge from

Crystal Ice

Sculptures: Perfect

for those hen

and stag parties

Hire a premium mobile bar service for your

wedding reception (or even your hen party),

complete with the perfect drinks package for

the occasion.

Family-run Tom’s Bespoke Bartending Co will provide

impeccable service and incredible drinks made only

with premium products at an affordable price.

Professional bartenders ensure these bespoke

mobile bars offer the same quality, service and

experience as you’d expect from your favourite bar

on the high street.

For details, call 07572 857768 or visit

www.tomsbespokebartendingco.com.

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▼The Norfolk Hotel, Bournemouth

A magical setting with

breathtaking views

• A choice of rooms

• Licensed for civil

ceremonies

• Marquee available

Lighthouse Road, Swanage, Dorset BH19 2JL

Tel: 01929 424443 • www.durston.co.uk

Situated in the heart of Bournemouth, the four star Norfolk Hotel has been

fully restored to reflect its original Edwardian grandeur. It’s the perfect

choice for weddings and receptions of all styles and sizes.

Conveniently close to no fewer than nine churches, it also has a civil

ceremony licence, so you can hold your entire wedding celebration under one

roof if you choose.

While still epitomising the

splendour of that age, the

Norfolk Hotel now merges

traditional and contemporary

and offers a wide selection of

reception venues from small

intimate dining rooms to period

reception rooms, banqueting

suites and multi-purpose

function rooms.

And outside, the elegant private

garden and walled courtyard

is perfect for a wedding

breakfast, a Champagne

reception and those allimportant

photographs.

Creative and talented chefs will

work with you to provide

individual menus which

complement the style of the

wedding and the entire team

prides itself on its commitment

to service and careful attention

to detail.

At the end of the perfect day,

there are 95 well appointed

rooms for your guests.

The Norfolk Hotel understands

how important your wedding celebrations are and has years of experience in

hosting memorable occasions.

From your initial enquiry through to the day itself, they will go the extra mile

to help and assist you make your day perfect.

For more details, call 01202 414114 or visit the website at

www.thenorfolkhotel.co.uk.

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▼Durlston Castle, Swanage

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Divinely

decadent

Durlston Castle has become the venue of

choice for weddings in Purbeck. And it’s not

hard to see why, with woodland on one side

and on the other, unparalleled views from the

clifftops out over Durlston Bay and across to the

Isle of Wight.

Both the Gallery and the Belvedere are licensed for

civil weddings, with many couples choosing to

have their ceremony in the glass-sided Belvedere at

the top of the castle followed by their reception in

the Gallery.

The extraordinary Victorian building, nestling in the

280 acre Durlston Country Park, has been restored

and refurbished over the past eight years and can

accommodate weddings of all sizes.

There’s room to accommodate up to 120 guests for

a wedding breakfast, but this number can be

extended by using a marquee. Marquees come in

all shapes and sizes to suit your style and number

of guests.

For full details of availability and prices, contact

the castle’s wedding planner, Polly Smith, of

Blue Bay Events on 01929 509900 or visit the

website at www.durlston.co.uk.


For sheer indulgent decadence,

you can’t beat a chocolate

fountain at your reception. Dip bite-sized pieces

of fresh fruit, homemade biscuits and other

goodies in a warm cascade of luxury Belgian

chocolate and savour the sensation. Well

established family business, Chocolate

Fountains of Dorset, offers packages to suit all

budgets, starting at just £275 for two fountains.

Call 01202 890033 or visit

www.chocolatefountainsofdorset.co.uk

for more details.

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Wedding packages from £3765*

Now

licensed

for

marriages

*Prices correct at time of going to print

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Poole-based Tiger Lily

Occasions specialises in

hiring those little extras

which make your

wedding stand out from

the crowd. Services range

from chair covers, centrepieces

and accessories to chocolate

fountain and pick ’n’ mix

hire. They even have giant

garden games.

Call 0784 5000 454 or visit

www.tigerlilyoccasions.com.


An extensive range of quality China, Cutlery,

Glassware, Linens and much more for hire.

Just call to discuss your requirements

and leave the rest to us!

Adding the

TIGER LILY OCCASIONS

Wedding and Event Hire Specialists

CHAIR COVERS - CENTREPIECES

CHOCOLATE FOUNTAINS - TABLE LINEN

VENUE DECORATION - CANDY BUFFETS

EDIBLE PALM TREES - PICK 'N' MIX STAND

GIANT GARDEN GAMES - CANDY FLOSS

*WEDDING PACKAGES AVAILABLE*

WWW.TIGERLILYOCCASIONS.COM

Email: TIGERLILYOCCASIONS@LIVE.CO.UK

PHONE: 07845 000454


Beautiful classic white china, high quality cutlery and elegant

glassware, all perfectly arranged on crisp, clean table linen:

there’s nothing more guaranteed to add style and grace to your reception

venue. All of these, plus a whole host of additional finishing touches, can be

hired from Hampshire-based Jasmine

China Hire, who will be happy to show you

their wares to ensure they are exactly right

for your needs.

And the icing on this particular cake?

All the washing up is included in the

hire price.

For more details, call 07836 745603 or

visit www.jasminechinahire.co.uk.

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One stop party and wedding

shop Balloon a Room

Events is one of Dorset's

finest wedding and event

decor companies. The family-run

business, based in Corfe

Mullen, Broadstone and Poole,

Wow! factor

prides itself on providing exactly what the customer desires or dreams of and

no job is too big or too small.

There are balloons, chair covers, sweet carts and much more - and there’s a

huge selection of special touches to buy too, from confetti to attendants’ gifts.

Consultations are free and you can see everything for yourself at the

showroom in Poole.

For more details, call 01202 621550 or visit www.balloonaroom.co.uk

Your One Stop Wedding Shop

Balloons • Chair Covers & Sashes

Sweet Carts • Table Centrepieces

Table Linen • Gifts and much, much more...

Make your wedding day even sweeter by choosing from a

selection of sweet bars, candy crates, wedding favours, party

bags and even personalised sweets from Dorset-based Keep it Sweet.

For more details, call 01202 486256 or visit www.keepitsweet.co.uk.


Tel: 01202 621550

www.balloonaroom.co.uk

Unit 3, Birch Copse, Technology Road,

Poole, Dorset BH17 7FH

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▼ University of Winchester, Winchester

PHOTO BY SDM IMAGES

Licensed for civil ceremonies, the University of Winchester offers two great

locations where you can celebrate your wedding in style: whether you

prefer traditional and elegant or modern and striking, they have the right

venue for you. For traditional and elegant weddings, the Grade II listed

Victorian building (the West Downs Centre) is the perfect setting offering

style, charm and character for upto 110 guests. Picture beautiful oak

panelling, a restored parquet wooden floor and raised gallery offering a

stunning backdrop as you enter your wedding breakfast, sweeping down the

grand staircase as the newly announced Mr and Mrs. If you are looking for a

more modern and contemporary feel, the Dining Hall is a bright and sunny

space with a modern twist, best suited to larger weddings for up to 250

guests.

In the evening, you can choose to move downstairs to the Vault Venue, to

incorporate a funky feel for your evening reception.

For more details, call 01962 827322 or visit the website at

www.winchester.ac.uk/conferences.

PHOTO BY LINUS MORAN PHOTOGRAPHY

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▼Merley House, Wimborne

dreamvenues

▼ Hooke Court, near Beaminster

Hooke Court offers a choice of four fabulous

venues for your marriage ceremony and

wedding reception.

With a choice of historic or contemporary rooms

they can help you plan your wedding to your own

personal style. Whether it’s an intimate candlelit

ceremony for 20 guests or a grand affair for 200

friends and family they can assist you to make

your dream wedding a reality.

Set in beautiful grounds, Hooke Court offers a

myriad of stunning locations to capture your

cherished memories, from a quiet romantic

moment overlooking the lake to a treasured photo

with all of your family and friends gathered in

front of the beautiful 14th century Manor House.

PHOTO BY AJ

PHOTOGRAPHIC

Merley House is a stunning 18th century

Georgian manor house just south of

Wimborne, Dorset. If you

are looking for a venue for your

whole day then look no further!

They offer exclusivity for you and

your guests and a friendly personal

service tailored to your needs.

The ground floor has four state

rooms each individually decorated

with period features, enchanting

ceilings and impressive fireplaces.

The classic entrance hall and dramatic staircase

provide you with wonderful photograph

opportunities while your guests enjoy the wide

variety of sumptuous food and fine beverages.

On the first floor you have use of the bridal suite

which offers fantastic photo opportunities, including

use of the three balconies.

There are packages to suit every budget and

discounts for weekday and winter weddings.

If you are interested in viewing the venue,

contact the events team on 01202 885024 or

enquiries@merleyhouseevents.co.uk.

A member of the management team will help you

plan the whole day, ensuring you make the most

of all Hooke Court has to offer. They will also be

on hand until the last guest leaves to ensure that

you can relax and enjoy your special day.

Perhaps you might like to extend your

celebrations by offering your guests the

opportunity to stay the night at Hooke Court,

which can be hired exclusively.

Call 01308 862260 to arrange a visit to see all

that Hooke Court has to offer or visit

www.venuehiredorset.co.uk.

Bournemouth’s Country

House by the Sea...

Weddings & Special

Occasions

The perfect venue for love,

romance and celebration.

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Bournemouth

R E G I S T R A T I O N S E R V I C E

Your ceremony

in Southampton

TOWN HALL, BOURNEMOUTH

Choice of 3 rooms - Monday to Saturday Mid-day

Council Chamber - available 7 days a week.

Telephone: 01202 451510

www.bournemouth.gov.uk/living

e-mail: registrars@bournemouth.gov.uk

Licensed Venue

or Register Office

Weddings, Civil Partnerships

and Renewal of Vows

Tel: 02380 915327

email: registrars@southampton.gov.uk

www.southampton.gov.uk

6a, Bugle Street, Southampton

Classic Fireworks believe in

giving a personal service and

with our guidance and skill we

aim to offer whatever you

require to create a spectacular

display.

We can provide for any event

from Weddings and Civil

Ceremonies to corporate and

other important events.

We also specialise in low

noise fireworks to suit the

most sensitive of locations.

• Indoor and outdoor flames

• Confetti cannons

• Snow and bubble machines

are also available.

Lance work fire pictures are

available - initials, red hearts,

champagne bottles and more...

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All the atmosphere

and excitement of a

real casino with

none of the risks, that’s

what’s on offer from

Absolute Fun Casino who

will bring quality full size

blackjack and roulette

tables (staffed by

professional croupiers) to

your reception, where all

your guests are given a

piece of personalised fun

money with your names,

date and venue printed

on it.

Your guests bring this to the gaming tables where they will be taught to play and be entertained.

This is a great icebreaker which will bring your families and friends together and the winner will

receive a framed certificate and a bottle of Champagne.

Call 01202 600699 or visit www.absolutefuncasino.co.uk for more information.

PHOTO BY HOLLY MARSH PHOTOGRAPHY

...and out

with a bang!

Nothing entertains like a firework display and

the stunning colours and effects

will captivate all your guests and make

a memorable ending to the most perfect

of days.

Classic Fireworks provide breathtaking professional

firework displays, designed to your specific

requirements.

They can choreograph a display to music so you can

enjoy the fireworks dancing to your favourite song or

even light up the sky with lance work of your names,

heart, initials or champagne bottle. And their dancing

flames choreographed to music are 10 metres to 15

metres high.

Worried about the noise? They specialise in low noise

fireworks to suit even the most sensitive locations -

and if you want a white wedding, they can even provide

snow.

Classic Fireworks pride themselves on providing a first

class tailor made service offering value for money. As

a nationwide company they cover Dorset and

Hampshire with no extra costs.

Safety is paramount: all staff members are highly

trained and experienced and the company is a member

of the Explosives Industry Group and the British

Pyrotechnics Association.

For more details, call 0844 800 8542 or visit the

website at www.classicfireworks.co.uk.

Jazz trio Sharp 9 have been providing

stylish, smooth entertainment at all types

of function from weddings to major

corporate events for over 10 years. The

combination of guitar, keyboard and saxophone

can be booked as solo, duo or trio to provide

both light background jazz for your drinks

reception and wedding breakfast or an evening

band guaranteed to get your guests dancing.

For more information, call Claire Manners on

07976 632766 or Tony Reeves on 07747

777931 or visit www.sharp9jazz.com.

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Hampshire

R E G I S T R A T I O N

S E R V I C E S

ALDERSHOT

30, Grosvenor Rd. Aldershot GU11 3EB

ALTON

4, Queen's Rd. Alton GU34 1HU

ANDOVER

Beech Hurst, Weyhill Rd. Andover SP10 3AJ

BASINGSTOKE

Goldings, London Rd. Basingstoke RG21 4AN

EASTLEIGH

Eastleigh Library, 1st Floor Swan Centre, Eastleigh SO50 5SF

FAREHAM

4, Osborn Rd. South, Fareham PO16 7DG

GOSPORT

Gosport Discovery Centre, High Street, Gosport PO12 1BT

HAVANT

1st Floor, Havant Library, Meridian Centre, Havant PO9 1UN

LYMINGTON

Lymington Library, North Close, Lymington SO41 9BW

PETERSFIELD

Petersfield Library, 27, The Square, Petersfield GU32 3HH

RINGWOOD

Ringwood Gateway, The Furlong, Ringwood BH24 1AT

ROMSEY

Romsey Town Hall, 1, Market Place, Romsey SO51 8YZ

TOTTON

Totton Hub, 1, High Street, Totton SO40 8YZ

WINCHESTER

Station Hill, Winchester SO23 8TJ

For more information please contact us on 0845 603 5637

or visit www3.hants.gov.uk/registration.htm


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Tel: 07572 857768

Sharp 9

Contemporary Jazz & Pop

available as solo acts,

duo or trio

For bookings and further

information please call

Claire

07976 632766

claire@livesax.co.uk

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www.sharp9jazz.com

TOASTMASTER

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Brian is one of the highest

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ensure your day is

well organized

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824885

brian.handsandfeet@talktalk.net

www.toastmasterdorset.co.uk

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Tiaras & Crowns.............................................16

Tiaras by Becky ..............................................14

BRIDAL FASHION

All Aspects Wedding Services........................16

Bliss Bridal Boutique ......................................12

Bridal & Ball ...................................................15

Cherished Bridal Wear....................................14

Cloud Nine......................................................15

Cupid’s Corner................................................12

Courtyard Bridal .............................................15

Fab Frocks of Westbourne .............................18

Minster Designs .............................................16

New Forest & Dorset Brides...........................15

Zip-Up Ltd ......................................................14

CAKES

The Cake Workshop .......................................23

Coast Cakes....................................................23

Fancie Buns Cakery ........................................22

Filigrana..........................................................63

FIREWORKS

Classic Fireworks............................................60

FLOWERS

Bloom Floristry...............................................20

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AUGUST 13: Norton Park, Sutton Scotney (6 to 8pm, contact

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SEPTEMBER 6: Holiday Inn, Eastleigh (11am to 4pm, contact

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(11am to 3.30pm, contact 01329 227437 or

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Signature Flowers...........................................63

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Appetite for Adventure Inflatable Pub ............48

Beales Gourmet..............................................46

Chocolate Fountains of Dorset .......................63

Tom’s Bespoke Mobile Bar.............................63

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Fab Frocks of Westbourne .............................36

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Rosemary Ringrose Handbags.......................63

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Sharp 9 Jazz...................................................63

PHOTOGRAPHERS

AJ Photographic.............................................52

Cerrie Simpson Photographer ......................IBC

Charles Thorne Photography..........................51

Check out our great website www.dream-weddings-magazine.co.uk

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.

SEPTEMBER 20: Macdonald Botley Park Hotel, Botley (11am

to 3.30pm, contact 01329 227437 or

www.pmnweddingfayres.co.uk)

SEPTEMBER 27: Portsmouth Guildhall (11am to 3.30pm,

contact 01329 227437 or www.pmnweddingfayres.co.uk)

SEPTEMBER 27: Village Urban Resort, Bournemouth (12noon

to 4pm, contact 0871 222 4574)

SEPTEMBER 27: Orangery Suite, Merley House Lane,

Wimborne (11am to 3pm, contact 07427 162282 or

www.cjpromotions-events.co.uk)

CP Photography .............................................63

Holly Marsh Photography...............................63

Linus Moran Photography..............................41

Paradox Photography.....................................47

REGISTER OFFICES

Bournemouth Register Office.........................60

Hampshire Registration Services ...................62

Southampton Register Office .........................60

SPECIAL TOUCHES

Balloon a Room Events ..................................55

Crystal Ice Sculptures ....................................48

Jasmine China Hire ........................................54

Keep it Sweet Favours & Candies ..................48

Tiger Lily Occasions .......................................54

TOASTMASTER

Brian Cox........................................................63

VENUES

Ampfield Golf & Country Club........................56

Athelhampton House & Gardens....................46

Branksome Dene ............................................45

Cliff House Hotel ...........................................IFC

Durlston Castle...............................................50

The Grange at Oborne ....................................58

Highcliffe Castle..............................................47

SEPTEMBER 27: Holiday Inn, Southsea (11am to 4pm, contact

02380 560073 or www.weddingexhibitionpromotions.co.uk)

OCTOBER 4: Langstone Hotel, Hayling Island (11am to 4pm,

contact 07885 834476 or

www.weddingexhibitionpromotions.co.uk)

OCTOBER 4:: Upton House, Poole (11am to 4pm, contact

01202 262753 or www.uptoncountrypark.com)

OCTOBER 4: Mercure Dolphin Hotel, High Street, Southampton

(11am to 3pm, contact 02380386460 or www.dolphinsouthampton.com

OCTOBER 10: Royal Southampton Yacht Club, Ocean Village

(10am to 4pm, contact 02380 223352)

OCTOBER 11: Thistle Hotel, Poole Quay (1pm to 4pm, contact

07472 550567 or www.v-a-productions.com)

OCTOBER 11: Merley House, Wimborne (contact 01202 885024)

OCTOBER 11: Grand Harbour Hotel, West Quay Road,

Southampton (11am to 3.30pm, contact 01329 227437 or

www.pmnweddingfayres.co.uk)

OCTOBER 11: Kingston Maurward House, Dorchester (contact

01305 215050 or www.kingstonmaurward.com/weddings)

OCTOBER 17: Dorset Bridal Boot Sale, Verwood Methodist

Church (12noon to 5pm, contact 07472 550567 or

dorsetbridalbootsales.co.uk)

OCTOBER 18: Dorset Vintage Wedding Fair, Athelhampton

House & Gardens, near Dorchester

(11am to 3.30pm, contact 01305 848363)

OCTOBER 18: Italian Villa at Compton Acres (11am to 4pm ,

contact 01202 816074)

OCTOBER 18: Highcliffe Castle (10.30am to 4pm, contact

01425 278807 or www.highcliffecastle.co.uk)

HMS Warrior 1860 .........................................42

Hooke Court ...................................................58

Hotel Miramar ................................................59

The Italian Villa at Compton Acres .................46

Lord Bute........................................................53

Lulworth Castle & Courtyard..........................44

Marsham Court Hotel.....................................42

The Mayfair Hotel ...........................................52

Meon Valley Marriott Hotel.............................53

Merley House .................................................58

The Norfolk Hotel ...........................................50

Playgolf Bournemouth....................................58

Poole Guildhall ...............................................45

Riviera Hotel................................................OBC

Scaplen’s Court ..............................................45

The Silent Woman..........................................57

University of Winchester ................................56

Upton House ..................................................45

The Victorian Barn..........................................43

WEDDING PLANNING

Bournemouth Pavilion Wedding Show...........39

CJ Promotions Wedding Fairs........................40

Dream Wedding Fairs.....................................38

PMN Wedding Fairs........................................38

Stylish Events Wedding Fairs .........................40

VA Productions Wedding Fairs.......................39

OCTOBER 18: Botleigh Grange Hotel, Hedge End (5.30pm to

8pm, contact 01903 366163 or www.stylisheventsfayres.com)

OCTOBER 18: Royal Marine Museum, Portsmouth (11am to

3.30pm, contact 01329 227437 or www.pmnweddingfayres.co.uk)

OCTOBER 18: Rhinefield House, Brockenhurst (10.30am to

3pm, contact 01903 366163 or www.stylisheventsfayres.com)

OCTOBER 18: Norton Park Hotel, Sutton Scotney (11am to

3.30pm, contact 07825 or www.captivatingevents.co.uk)

OCTOBER 18: Meon Valley Marriott Hotel, Shedfield (11am to

4pm, contact 07885 834476 or

www.weddingexhibitionpromotions.co.uk)

OCTOBER 26: East Horton Golf Club, Fair Oak, Winchester

(11am to 3pm, contact 02380 697073 or www.easthorton.com)

NOVEMBER 1: Marsham Court Hotel, Bournemouth (12noon to

4pm, contact 01202 552111 or www.marshamcourthotel.com)

NOVEMBER 1: Highfield Park, Heckfield, Hook (11am to 4pm,

contact 0118 9326369)

NOVEMBER 1: Dorset Bridal Boot Sale, Herrison Hall, Charlton

Down, Dorchester (12noon to 3pm, contact 07472 550567 or

dorsetbridalbootsales.co.uk)

NOVEMBER 1: De Vere New Place, Shirrell Heath (11.30am to

4pm, contact 01329 227437 or

www.pmnweddingfayres.co.uk)

NOVEMBER 8: Hilton at the Ageas Bowl, Southampton (11am

to 3.30pm, contact 01329 227437 or

www.pmnweddingfayres.co.uk)

NOVEMBER 8: Ocean View Hotel, Bournemouth (12noon to

4pm, contact 07427 162282 or www.cjpromotionsevents.co.uk)

NOVEMBER 15: Norton Park Open day, Sutton Scotney (10am

to 4pm, contact 01962 763009)

NOVEMBER 19: Grand Harbour Hotel, West Quay Road,

Southampton (5pm to 8pm, contact 02380 633033 or

www.grandharbourhotel.co.uk)

JANUARY 10, 2016: Spinnaker Tower, Portsmouth (11am to

3.30pm, contact 01329 227437 or

www.pmnweddingfayres.co.uk)

JANUARY 24, 2016: Digby Hall, Sherborne (11am to 3.30pm,

contact 01935425331 or www.abcweddingdresses.co.uk)

calling wedding fair organisers

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

of Dream Weddings magazine should email editorial@countymagazines.co.uk by December 14.

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