Dream Weddings Magazine - Dorset & Hampshire - issue.34

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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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congratulations...

You’ve found the man or woman of your dreams and

you’re embarking on one of the happiest adventures of

your life. The months ahead will be full of the most

delicious decisions (what to wear, which flowers to carry,

how to decorate the tables at the reception) and some

stressful ones: if we invite Great Aunt Agatha, can we rely

on her not to come? Should we have an intimate wedding

breakfast or a buffet for scores of friends? Will it rain?

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

ideas on music, 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 turn the page, start planning your

big day.

And enjoy every minute of it!

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2-17 Glamour & glitz

Showstopping international designer

collections for tomorrow’s beautiful brides

18-19 Man of the moment

Make sure the men in your bridal party

look (nearly) as gorgeous as the bride

20-21 Hearts & flowers

Contemporary bridal flowers and

mouthwatering wedding cakes

22-23 Picture perfect

Retro black & white photographs capture

all those special moments in the day

25-31 Plan for perfection

Follow our step-by-step guide to the whole

process and you’ll never put a foot wrong

P18-19 ...& DON’T FORGET THE FELLAS!

32-33 My fair lady

Keep up to date with the latest wedding

trends at the region’s top wedding fairs

34-37 Yummy Mummy!

Check out the latest styles for the

fashionista that is your Mum

38-51 A rip-roaring reception

Top venues for every style of wedding -

and how to dress them to impress

52-53 Join the party

Entertainment to light up your evening –

and cater for your sweet-toothed guests

54-56 Brides’ directory

Classified guide plus our handy round-up

of autumn wedding fairs near you

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MAIN PICTURE: NICOLE SPOSE AT

CHERISHED BRIDAL WEAR IN BOURNEMOUTH

ALFRED ANGELO AT CLOUD NINE IN

LOCKS HEATH AND CHERISHED

BRIDAL WEAR IN BOURNEMOUTH

Pretty as

a princess...

Cinderella style or sleek and slinky; luscious lace, shimmering

satin or a confection of tulle; off-the-shoulder, illusion neckline,

dramatic back; mini, maxi, tea-length: the brand new 2017

collections offer tomorrow’s lucky brides more choice than

there’s ever been before.

And it’s all at a bridal boutique near you!

Try on lots of different styles – you’ll soon get a feel for what’s right for you

– and take time to savour the whole experience. Have fun!

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ABOVE & BELOW: NICOLE SPOSE AT

CHERISHED BRIDAL WEAR IN BOURNEMOUTH

ALFRED ANGELO AT CLOUD NINE IN

LOCKS HEATH AND CHERISHED

BRIDAL WEAR IN BOURNEMOUTH

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ART COUTURE AT SPECIAL

OCCASIONS IN POOLE

...or

cool

as an

ice

LEFT & INSET RIGHT:

KENNETH WINSTON AT

NEW FOREST & DORSET

BRIDES IN HIGHCLIFFE

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PICTURED & INSET LEFT:

ETERNITY BRIDE AT SPECIAL

OCCASIONS IN POOLE

queen?

You’re Queen for the Day, so set your sights on the regal

look. It’s not so much about what you wear as how you

wear it. And never, never let the dress wear you.

Supremely confident, unfailingly gracious, sail through

the day with your chin held high and your shoulders back in the

certain knowledge that you are beautiful, stylish and worth all

the admiration that comes your way.

Divine dignity is the keynote – at least until you let your hair

down at the evening party.

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PICTURED: STELLA YORK AT

MINSTER DESIGNS IN

WIMBORNE AND TILLY MINT

WEDDINGS IN FLEET

Feminine...

and

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fabulous!

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Big

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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MAIN PICTURE & LEFT:

LOVE BY CHRISTINA WU AT

SPECIAL OCCASIONS

IN POOLE

RIGHT AND BELOW:

BEAUTIFUL BRIDES PLUS

BY SPECIAL DAY AT NEW

FOREST & DORSET

BRIDES IN HIGHCLIFFE

AND CLOUD NINE IN

LOCKS HEATH

is beautiful...

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.

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special

ART COUTURE AT

SPECIAL OCCASIONS

IN POOLE

occasions

bridal house

Now celebrating 20 years helping brides find their dream

weddings gowns, Special Occasions has built an

enviable reputation not just for beautiful dresses

but also for the friendliness and professionalism of

their service.

The elegant bridal house in Poole is home to a fabulous

collection of wedding dresses and gorgeous accessories,

from city chic to romantic and elegant. Dresses range from

6 to 28.

Special Occasions is renowned for the quality and fit of their

dresses, which can be individually styled with a variety of

design changes.

Manageress Gina said: ‘It is important to us that brides enjoy

their experience with us from their first visit to the

final dress fitting.

“We pride ourselves on creating a relaxed

and comfortable atmosphere – which is

also fun for the bride and her party.’

Appointments are recommended so you

can make the most of the impeccable

personal service offered by the

experienced and friendly staff.

ETERNITY BRIDE AT SPECIAL

OCCASIONS IN POOLE

55 Commercial Road, Lower Parkstone, Poole, Dorset


where

happy

endings

begin!

THIS PAGE: CHRISTINA WU

AT SPECIAL OCCASIONS

IN POOLE

BH14 0JB • Tel: 01202 740072 • www.specialoccasionsweddings.co.uk

Opening hours: Tuesday to Friday 9:30 am to 4:30pm

Saturday 9:30 till 5pm. Brides are always welcome to browse,

but appointments are recommended, especially on Saturdays


Stunning gowns from

Kenneth Winston, Ella

Rosa and Femme

(for the curvier bride)

Something for every

budget Sizes 6 to 34

Top it off

with a tiara

Appointments only

Tel: 01425 616939 or

078513 85116

www.newforestbrides.co.uk

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

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.

www.tiarasandcrowns.net

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Make it

easy on

yourself...

PICTURED: MADELINE GARDNER NEW

YORK AT TILLY MINT WEDDINGS IN FLEET

Shopping for your dress should be an occasion of unadulterated joy, but it can turn

into a bit of a minefield, so we’ve put together our 10 top tips to make it the

experience of a lifetime. Here you go:

Tell it like it is

If you really hate a dress you’re trying on, say so. Bridal assistants work on

their own experience of what is going to suit your shape and your feedback,

so tell them what you like – and what you don’t – about the styles they give

you to try on.

Take a break

If you start getting overwhelmed by all the dresses out there, take some time

out to think it all over. It’s supposed to be the most exciting shopping of your

life, so as soon as you find yourself becoming confused, just stop. If you’ve

been sensible and given yourself plenty of time, you can ease up on the

pressure to find the one.

Stay inside your budget

If a dress is definitely out of your price range, don’t try it on. That’s a recipe for

tears and disappointment. It can be tempting to try on that really expensive dress

‘just to see’, but that can make it very difficult to step back and consider more

realistic options.

Don’t buy a dress that’s too small now

You may be intending to lose a dress size or two, but remember it’s easy to take dresses

in – and almost impossible to let them out. Start your diet or your workout regime before

you start looking, not afterwards.

Choose your friends carefully

...and take just one or two (and an absolute maximum of four) dress shopping with

you. The more people you take, the more opinions they will have – which can just

end up confusing you.

Start looking early

...at least six or seven months before the wedding. Dresses are usually

ordered individually and you need time to ensure delivery and

make any adjustments required by the final fittings.

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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 & Nicole

Spose bridal gowns

find ‘the one’ again...

Designers

Madeline Gardner New York

Stella York

Pronovias

Diane Harbridge

Ivory & Co

"

I just wanted to say Thank you so much for such a

lovely experience on Sat. We all had a fantastic time

with you at your beautiful shop and I really appreciate

all your help with finding my perfect dress.

The whole experience was perfect from start to finish

and I can’t wait to come back when the dress arrives

and sort out all the finishing touches.

I would not hesitate in recommending you

to any bride in the future " Kara

Tel: 01252 621950 • www.tillymint.co.uk

148 Fleet Road, Fleet, Hampshire GU51 4BE

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...and

love the

experience

PICTURED: CHRISTINA

WU AT SPECIAL

OCCASIONS IN POOLE

Wear sensible underwear!

Proper foundation garments, regardless of your shape or size, make trying on

a variety of dresses so much easier and they will all fit better too!

Less is more when it comes to make-up

Wedding dresses look better without heavy make-up, especially lipstick which

can transfer easily onto the dress.

You don’t have to cry

Lots of brides cry when they find the perfect dress, but it isn’t essential. Choose

the dress that makes you feel beautiful, not the one that makes you cry!

Make an appointment if you can

Lots of boutiques offer you the chance to browse and try on on spec, but for

individual full on service an appointment will ensure you get all the

attention you deserve. You may even get the whole boutique to

yourself, so you really can relax and love the experience.

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Uniquely

you...

THIS PAGE:

NEW SEPARATES RANGE

FROM MARTINA LIANA

EXCLUSIVELY AT

MINSTER DESIGNS IN

WIMBORNE

Become the bride you’ve always dreamt of at Minster

Designs in Wimborne. This independent boutique,

owned by professional creative stylist Oxana, offers a

huge range of bridal collections from mainstream to

niche and priced from £800 to £2,500.

Among their leading international designers are Martina Liana,

Stella York and Sorella Vita by Essense of Australia, St. Patrick

and White One by Pronovias, LouLou and also a new and

exclusive Separates collection. Each offers something unique

and different.

Minster Designs also offers a personal tailoring and fitting

service in-house. Designer and bridal specialist Oxana will

personally tailor your dress until it is perfect for you, allowing

special requirements and unique design ideas to be

incorporated.

Oxana and her team want you have an exceptional wedding

dress shopping experience so they work by appointment only,

ensuring there is only one bride in the boutique at any one time

and she will have the team’s full attention. They’ll fit round your

busy schedule as well, with special late appointments available.

There’s a complete range of hand-picked accessories,

bridesmaids’ dresses and even formal suit hire for the men in

the bridal party.

With everything styled to perfection under one roof, it’s little

surprise that Minster Designs was named winner of the New

Business Venus Awards in Dorset for 2015 and is a national

finalist for 2016.

Oxana and her team create a relaxed and unique experience for

every bride – and a glass of bubbly is always on hand to make

your entire bridal experience extra special.

For more details, call 01202 986040 or visit the website at

website at www.minsterdesigns.com

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Preparing for

your special day?

Visit Gibb Menswear for all

your formal wear needs.

We provide outfits for hire

for all occasions,

whether it be a wedding, business

function or black tie event, there

is something for everyone!

We also specialise

in men’s outfitting

GIBB MENSWEAR

62a Bargates, Christchurch, Dorset

01202 489621

www.gibbmenswear.co.uk

Groom

PICTURED: PERFECTLY SUITED AT CHAS H BAKER

The men’s formal hire

department at Chas

H. Baker in

Salisbury aims to

fulfil the groom’s dream of

wearing the perfect outfit.

They set out to create a

relaxing atmosphere where

grooms and their partners

can take time to select the

look they want to achieve,

considering their huge range

of different styles from

classic morning suits to

their new blue and light grey

lounge suits matched with a

large range of waistcoats.

The formal hire department

also runs alongside the

store’s wide range of quality

menswear selling high

quality brands such as Gant,

Meyer, Barbour, Magee,

Seidensticker/ Olymp shirts and a large selection of suits from Label and

country jackets from Douglas and Graham, Gurteen and many more

ranges.

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

For more information, call 01722 324234 or visit the website at

www.salisbury-suit-hire.com.

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BELOW: FORMAL WEAR BY GIBB MENSWEAR

with a view

Hired formal wear or an excuse to splash out

on a beautifully tailored suit? Tomorrow’s

groom is relishing the prospect of cutting a

dash at his own wedding almost as much

as the bride is enjoying choosing her dress – and

the trends are every bit as varied.

From traditional striped trousers and tailcoat

through swirling Highland dress to lounge suits,

dinner jackets and even casual separates.

The rule today is that there are no rules – except

one: whatever you do, match the bride’s style. If

she’s going for a glorious traditional wedding dress,

you’ll look ridiculous if you turn up in jeans and T-

shirt. Conversely, if she’s going boho with flowers in

her hair, top hat and tails are unlikely to be an option

for you.

Most grooms choose to hire their formal outfits –

but do make sure you choose a reputable outfitter,

who will fit you properly. It’s a good idea for the

bride and groom to go for the initial consultation on

their own. Then they can choose exactly what the

men in the bridal party are going to wear.

Arrange a fitting for everyone well in advance of the

big day and expect to pick up your suits a couple of

days before the wedding. If you’re going on

honeymoon immediately after the wedding, do

organise for all the hired suits to be returned a

couple of days later.

Silver grey tails and

Royal blue suits

are the colours

trending for the stylish

groom, say Gibb

Menswear. The formal

hire specialist has been

dressing the men of

Dorset and Hampshire for

over 30 years and has

both the resources and

the experience to meet

every need.

Whether it’s top hat and

tails, tuxedo or a kilt,

formal wear or casual, to

hire or to buy, the

Christchurch men’s

outfitter offers a wide

range of styles and

accessories, combined with first class service.

For details, call 01202 489621 or visit

www.gibbmenswear.co.uk.

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Award winning bespoke wedding cakes

tel. 01202 539120 | mob. 07789 000387

email. coastcakes@btinternet.com

www.coastcakes.co.uk

Blooming

Anaturalistic approach and an

exacting eye for detail marks out

Bloom Floristry as one of the

county’s top florists. Victoria and her

team are genuinely inspired by the

freshest, most perfect seasonal flowers

and bring that enthusiasm to everything

they do.

For details, call 01929 426197 or visit

www.bloomfloristry.com.

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delicious!

Among all the details of your wedding, there’s

nothing more important than your flowers and your

cake. Both celebrate the occasion in a very special

way, both are focal points of your reception decor

and both should complement the style, theme and colours of

your wedding.

That said, there’s an almost limitless choice in everything

from bouquet shapes to cake decoration and an early visit to

both your florist and your cake designer will help you narrow

the field and make the final decision easier.

PICTURED:

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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Real Weddings...

We’d love to hear your stories and see your wedding pictures so we

can share your joy with nervous and excited brides-to-be everywhere.

Did you have an amazing proposal?

What are you planning for your wedding?

Will it be here or abroad?

Photos by Linus Moran Photography

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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

A STEP-BY-STEP GUIDE

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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The invitations...

Your wedding stationery is the first clue day.

your guests will have about the style of Invitations should be sent out six weeks before

your wedding, so it’s worth taking time to the wedding (see panel for suggested

choose something appropriate. wording), but many couples now use an early

If you’re planning a big formal affair, stiff cards and warning system in the form of a Save the Date

high quality envelopes will sing and dance card – particularly useful if your wedding is

traditional glamour.

planned for the busy summer months when

If your wedding theme is vintage or rustic, some of your most desired guests are likely to

you can go for floral decoration or vintage be taking holidays.

lace embellishments. Chic and classical? Allow your stationer or printer about three

Try contemporary stripes or bold colours. Going months to complete your order.

for a theme? Then match your stationery to it. Apart from Save the Date and invitation

Once you’re chosen the style, all your wedding cards, you’re going to need order of service

stationery should be in keeping, presenting a sheets (one for each guest plus a few

unified theme for the whole

spares), menus for the reception, place cards,

perhaps a table plan.

It’s always a good idea to include maps with your

invitations to help guests find their way easily, plus

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.

As a matter of courtesy, an invitation should be

English Rose

...and what they should say

The traditional invitation, with the

bride’s mother and father acting 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 and afterwards 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)

Invitations for civil ceremonies and

partnerships follow the same pattern.

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.

If you’re hosting the wedding

yourselves, change the

wording accordingly.

Invitations to the evening reception

only should be worded as follows:

BELOW: Invitations by Hand

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.

“...It’s always a

good idea to

include maps with

your invitations to

help guests find

their way easily...”

LEFT: English Rose Wedding Stationery

BELOW: Coral Wedding Invitations

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Mr and Mrs Simon Hayes request the

pleasure of your company at an

evening reception to celebrate the

marriage of their daughter Jennifer

Anne to Mr Michael Jones at The

County Hotel, Bournemouth on

Saturday August 19th at 8pm

RSVP 10 Marigold Gardens,

Bournemouth

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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.

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.

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Marrying abroad

Second

Marriages

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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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.

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• 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

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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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.

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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.

Now girl power

is more firmly

established, it is

not uncommon

now for the bride to

say a few words and

if she chooses to do

so, she should speak

after her new

husband. This is a

good opportunity for

her to thank all the

people who have

helped her plan the big day, to thank her own parents

for all their support and to thank the groom’s parents

for welcoming her into their family.

Last of the speeches is always the best man, who

replies to the groom’s toast to the bridesmaids,

wishes the happy couple well, read the cards and

telegrams and announces the cutting of the cake.

Many weddings now include an evening dance or

disco. Before it begins, the best man should make

sure the bride and groom are ready to take the floor

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

parents, the best man and chief bridesmaid.

The best man then returns to his seat.

After the ceremony, the minister leads the

couple to the altar for prayers, possibly a hymn

or psalm and a final blessing. The minister then

leads the couple to the vestry to sign the register

and they are usually joined by their parents, the

best man and the chief bridesmaid. The signing

of the register must be witnessed by two adults

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

While this is taking place, the choir may sing or

the organist play a piece of music.

The bridal procession then leaves the church in

the following order:

Bride and groom

Young attendants

Chief bridesmaid with the best man

Bride’s mother with the groom’s father

Groom’s mother with the bride’s father.

If you are having bells, they will peal out at

this point.

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Those all-important

The Photographs

If you’re anything like most brides, your wedding

day will fly by all too quickly and the best way of

reliving it in the months and years to come will be

through your photographs.

Though lots of your friends and family will take

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

a professional photographer for shots you can look

back on with pleasure.

Your choice of photographer should be based on

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

Visit a selection and ask to see examples of their

work from recent weddings. See how the

photographer has chosen his settings and make

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

the firm you visit employs several photographers,

find out who has taken the pictures you like best and

make sure you book that specific photographer for

your day - and find out what happens if that

photographer is suddenly not available.

Discuss whether you want formally posed shots, or

whether you would like the photographer to take

informal pictures as they happen. Find out whether

proofs will be available at the reception.

Your photographer may well know the church and

the reception venue you have chosen, but if he

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

can choose the best locations.

Make sure you get a written quotation which

specifies exactly how many

photographs will be taken, at

what points during the day

and how much extra prints

will cost.

If you want photographs

taken in the church, check

that the priest is happy for

this to happen and at what

points during the service.

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.

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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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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,

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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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Forthcoming Dorset Events

11

Sept

Wedding Fair

Parley Country Club

12 noon - 3pm

275 Christchurch Rd

West Parley, Ferndown BH22 8SQ

18

Sept

Vintage Wedding Fair

& Bridal Boot Sale

10am - 3pm

Bournemouth Pier, Bar Key West

Bournemouth BH2 5AA

2

Oct

Wedding Fair

1pm - 4pm

Thistle Hotel Poole Quay

The Quay, Poole BH15 1HD

9

Oct

Wedding Venue Open Day

The Garden Room

12 noon - 3pm

Cranborne Garden Centre

Cranborne, Dorset BH21 5PP

16

Oct

Vintage Wedding Fair

& Bridal Boot Sale

12 noon -3pm

The Victorian Barn,

Dairy House Farm

Woolland, Blandford Forum

DT11 0EY

Free Entry and

Bridal Magazines

4th September

Holiday Inn Hotel, Eastleigh

11th September

Holiday Inn Hotel, Southsea

18th September

Winchester Royal Hotel,

Winchester

25th September

Holiday Inn Hotel

Basingstoke

All fairs 11am until 3.30pm

2nd October

Langstone Hotel

Hayling

9th October

The Inn Lodge Hotel

Portsmouth

16th October

Marriott Hotel and

Country Club

Meon Valley

Shedfield

30th October

Holiday Inn Hotel

Titchfield, Fareham

Tel: 02380 560073 or 07885 834476

For a comprehensive list of all our shows, please

visit www.weddingexhibitionpromotions.co.uk

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All’s

fair...PHOTOS BY LINUS MORAN PHOTOGRAPHY

Bold make-up, Hollywood glamour, healthy canapés and menus, pink

Champagne, colourful wedding shoes and unique venues are all set to

dominate the wedding scene. Never before has there been so much

emphasis on individualism and originality.

With this in mind, Bournemouth Pavilion’s Wedding Fair returns in September to

show the very best of the region’s exclusive celebration services. Whether it’s a

wedding at home or abroad, this year’s show will bring an abundance of inspiring

ideas to add warmth, sparkle and, most of all, exclusivity.

The fair runs from 10am to 5pm on Saturday, September 17 and 11am to 4pm on

Sunday, September 18.

Around 70 local and regional industry specialists are

expected to exhibit, including bridal and menswear,

venues, cars, photography, photo booths, sweet carts,

stationery, accessories, wedding breakfasts, and

more.

‘More and more couples are wanting to create their

own distinctive day. Because we are able to attract a

great range of talented event specialists, our wedding

fairs remain as popular as ever,’ says BH Live Director

of Venues Pat Coyne. ‘We estimate that more than

40,000 people have come to us over the past 21 years

and this year we hope to attract a record crowd.’

Stands will occupy the whole of the Grade II listed Art

Deco ballroom. Wedding cars will be on show outside

the main entrance.

An all-day entry ticket costs £2 per person and includes an exclusive

show guide.

Tickets can be bought online at bhlivetickets.co.uk, by phone on 0844 576 3000

or at Bournemouth Pavilion and Bournemouth International Centre box offices.

Visitors can also pay on the day.

For a round-up of wedding fairs near

you, see Dates for your Diary on page 56

More dates

& venues

added regularly

Secret Garden

Wedding Fayre

Winchester

Cathedral Garden

Marquee

Sunday 18th

September

11am - 3pm

Vintage

Wedding Fayre

Mercure Winchester

Wessex Hotel

Sunday

2nd October -

1pm - 4:30pm

Wedding

Spectacular

Holiday Inn

Winchester

Sunday

23rd October

2016 -

11 am - 3pm

Please visit www.littlestarevents.co.uk

07894 915114 • e: gem@littlestarevents.co.uk

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Going for

PICTURED: STUNNING RINGS

BY CHARLES NOBEL IN NEW

MILTON AND FORUM

JEWELLERS IN BROADSTONE

gold

When the guests

have left and the

dress has been

carefully packed

away, when the flowers have

faded and the honeymoon is

over, there is one part of your

wedding that will be with you

every day for the rest of your

life. So it’s worth spending

time choosing the perfect

wedding ring.

Bespoke wedding rings are increasingly popular and will commonly cost

around the same as an off-the-peg ring of similar quality. This could be your

heirloom of the future, so consult a reputable jeweller who will be delighted

to offer help and advice.

Traditionally your wedding ring will be the same material as your

engagement ring. White gold, platinum and palladium have become the

most popular contemporary styles and rose gold has seen a surge in

popularity, as has mixing and matching metals and, of course, there’s

always the wedding band set with diamonds. If you’re choosing yellow gold,

– go for 14- or 18-carat, which is stronger than 22-carat and so more

suitable for everyday wear.

Consider how your wedding band will sit with your engagement ring.

Aesthetically they should be similar in width, but if your engagement ring

has a very large central stone, you might like to think about a shaped

wedding band or one which interlocks with the stone.

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ABOVE: LINEA RAFFAELLI AT FAB FROCKS IN WESTBOURNE

Mum’s

the word...

Fitted and formal, elegant but casual, relaxed and

floaty: the new collections for the Mother of the

Bride and wedding guests are the most versatile –

and the most tempting – ever.

Dresses have ruching, beautiful lace bodies and sleeves,

beading and scallops. Formal jackets are boxy, edge-toedge

and mainly collarless, but for a less formal look there

are soft, floaty, feminine styles – and all of them will take

you to any number of occasions after the wedding.

RIGHT: ZEILA AT FAB FROCKS IN WESTBOURNE

Looking for the perfect handbag to match that

fabulous outfit? Poole-based Rosemary Ringrose

has been designing and making handbags for over

20 years – notably for Jimmy Choo and other well known

designers. Her own range has been lovingly created

using fine silks, satins and leather and she also offers a

LEFT: CABOTINE

AT FAB FROCKS

IN WESTBOURNE

bespoke and colour matching service, making the

perfectly styled bag for your outfit. You can even

supply your own material if you wish.

For For more more information, call call 01202 01202 738064 738064

or visit or visit www.roseringrosehandbags.co.uk.

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Specialists in Occasion

Wear & Millinery

One of the

largest stockists

in the south

for Mother

of the Bride

& wedding

guests.

Sizes 8 to 28

School Road

Fawley Village

Southampton

SO45 1EA

FREE Parking

OPEN: 9am to 5pm

Mon to Sat

Tel: 02380 894500

www.charismafashions.com

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...and the

word is

RIGHT: ZEILA AT

FAB FROCKS OF

WESTBOURNE

yummy!

Choosing her outfit can be as mindboggling

for the Mother of the

Bride as it can be for the bride

herself, so here are our top tips:

Consider the style of the wedding...

and match your outfit to it. Formal society

weddings demand equally formal clothes,

which would look quite out of place at a

boho wedding in a field or on a sunny

beach.

CONDICI AT

FAB FROCKS OF

WESTBOURNE

AND CHARISMA

OF FAWLEY

Accessorise with care

You can make or break an outfit with

accessories. Always take your outfit with

you when you’re making a decision and

use the expertise of the shop assistants

shamelessly.

CABOTINE AT

FAB FROCKS OF

WESTBOURNE

Be comfortable

It’s going to be a long day and you don’t

want to be worrying about whether your

fascinator will stay on or how soon you

can kick off your shoes.

Above all, make sure you wear your

outfit, don’t let it wear you.

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▼ 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 PHOTO BY PARADOX PHOTOGRAPHY

overlooking the lake to a treasured

photo with all of your family and friends gathered in front of the beautiful 14th

century manor house.

A member of the management team will help you plan the whole day, ensuring

you make the most of all

PHOTO BY LINUS MORAN PHOTOGRAPHY 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.venuehire

dorset.co.uk.

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▼Kingston Country Courtyard, Corfe Castle

dreamvenues

Kingston Country Courtyard

gives you a taste of

farmstead life in an area of

outstanding natural beauty. Set

on a ridge amid the beautiful

Purbeck hills, it offers

spectacular views stretching

from historic Corfe Castle to the

north to the Isle of Wight to the

east. Nearby are the golden

sands of Studland Bay and

Kimmeridge and the Dorset

Coastal Path.

The beautifully restored 16th

century barn is a blank canvas on

which couples can create their

unique wedding day. It is licensed for civil

ceremonies, so you can marry outside under a

pretty pagoda or inside the barn itself.

Wedding co-ordinators Bobbie and Lara work

closely with each individual couple’s ideas and the

barn is hired for two and a half days, so there’s

plenty of time to decorate

however you choose.

The high-beamed barn

can be simply strung with

fairy lights and ivy or

adorned with handmade

pompoms, lanterns,

vintage china, seaside

themes, rustic hay bales

or simply clever lighting

of the Purbeck stone

walls.

On-site caterers have

over 25 years’ experience

and each menu is tailored

to personal tastes.

With 25 en suite rooms available for guests,

often the celebrations start the day before – and

there’s a deluxe honeymoon suite for the

happy couple.

For further details call 01929 481066 or visit the

website at www.kingstoncountrycourtyard.com.

Aly and Julia are two friends who have

collected authentic beautiful teapots,

cups, saucers, plates, milk jugs and

cake stands over many years.

Blissfully Vintage, based in Bournemouth, has

been successfully supplying vintage and

country-inspired weddings and celebratory

events since 2013 and their stunning vintage

china will add colour and interest to your

reception – as well as providing an unfailing

talking point.

For more details and a free, no obligation

quote, call 07806 356633 (Aly) or 07889

905185 (Julia) or visit

www.blissfullyvintage.com.

Your ceremony

in Southampton

Licensed

Venue or

Register

Office

Weddings, Civil

Partnerships and

Renewal of Vows

Tel: 02380 915327

email: registrars@southampton.gov.uk

6a, Bugle Street, Southampton • www.southampton.gov.uk

The perfect place to hire

pretty vintage china for your

special celebration.

Contact Aly- 07806 356633

or Julia - 07889 905185

hello@blissfullyvintage.com

www.blissfullyvintage.com

Based in Dorset

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2016 Wedding

Open Day

11am - 3pm

Sunday

23rd October

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dreamvenues

▼The Italian Villa at Compton Acres, Poole

Set against a dramatic backdrop of 10 acres of manicured gardens, the

stunning Italian Villa is one of the UK’s best wedding venues, offering

chic sophistication, impeccable service and mouth-watering cuisine.

And it can be exclusively yours for your wedding.

Voted Best Venue at the National Wedding Awards and also Most Popular Allinclusive

Venue, Worldwide in the International Wedding Expert Awards, the

multi-award winning Italian Villa offers three floors of unrivalled elegance.

It is licensed for civil ceremonies and, with a balcony that overlooks the

stunning Italian Garden, you can be sure that your wedding photos will be

PHOTO BY DAVID

WHEELER PHOTOGRAPHY

sensational!

Book The Italian Villa and you’ll

enjoy full exclusivity of this

luxurious, fairytale venue – and

really WOW your guests! You don’t

have to worry about bumping into

other hotel guests or finding staff

attending to others’ needs. You will

be the only priority and their

impeccable standards mean every

couple and their guests are treated

like the VIPs they are.

The villa can cater for intimate

receptions for 60, or can provide a

relaxed setting for up to 250 by

using the direct access into the spectacular Italian Garden.

There are lifts to all three floors, air conditioning, built-in sound system and

speakers, a stage, and audio-visual screens.

And with catering from the award-winning Beales Gourmet, your guests will

savour spectacular cuisine from this talented team of chefs.

See the venue for yourself at the Autumn Wedding Open Day on Sunday,

October 23 from 11am to 3pm or for more information, call 01202 816074

or visit the website at www. www.the-italian-villa.co.uk.

W E D D I N G FA I R

Sunday 9th October • 11am - 3pm

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£2695.00

Sunday Offer

Based on 40 adult guests

Valid until April 2017

PACKAGE INCLUDES:

A glass of bucks fizz or pimms

for your drinks reception

3 course wedding breakfast from

our 2 rosette restaurant

Half a bottle of house wine

per person

Unlimited still and

sparkling water

Tea or coffee included

Use of cake stand and knife

Personalised place cards

A glass of prosecco for

speeches

Guaranteed sole wedding

on the day

Evening buffet

Complimentary bridal suite

for your wedding night

Discounted accommodation

for all wedding guests

Dedicated wedding coordinator

S TA N W E L L H O U S E

B O U T I Q U E H O T E L

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Weekend Showcase

Saturday & Sunday

7th & 8th January 2017

11.00am-4.00pm Free Entry

Your perfect day awaits...

A choice of two fabulous venues with a picturesque

backdrop for your ceremony & reception

See the region’s leading

wedding retailers

& specialists

64 Christchurch Road, Ferndown, Dorset, BH228ST.

Tel: 01202593499 E-mail: weddings@dudsburygolfclub.co.uk

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Pennsylvania Castle is a very special place to escape to.

Positioned upon a cliff top, overlooking the sea, it is a truly unique venue of pure luxury and elegance.

Licensed for both indoor and outdoor ceremonies, with lavish interiors and extensive terraces.

The Castle is hired exclusively for your wedding day.

Contact the Castle team on 01305 820659 or visit www.thepenn.co.uk

Photos by Angela Vincent, Ed Peers & Jude Middleton

Wedding packages from £3765*

Now

licensed

for

marriages

*Prices correct at time of going to print

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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*

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.


WWW.TIGERLILYOCCASIONS.COM

Email: TIGERLILYOCCASIONS@LIVE.CO.UK

PHONE: 07845 000454

Adding the

Beautiful chair covers & sashes,

elegant table decorations & bespoke

wedding stationery

Tel: 07584 495639

sales@ekcreations.co.uk

www.ekcreations.co.uk

EK Creations work closely with

their clients to ensure all

expectations and requests are

met, to the highest possible

standard. Emma and her team provide

a personal, yet professional service, to

ensure every bridal couple have the

memorable Wow! factor, they deserve.

Their decorative chair covers and

extensive array of coloured chair

sashes allow EK Creations to create a

unique feel to every event. They

also make bespoke, hand-crafted

stationery and have a stunning

selection of table centrepieces and

decorations for those finishing

touches.

All of their products are of the highest

quality and standard.

For details, call 07584 495639, or visit www.ekcreations.co.uk.

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Wow!

factor

Your One Stop Wedding Shop

Balloons • Chair Covers & Sashes

Sweet Carts • Table Centrepieces

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

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, 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.balloonaroomweddings.co.uk.

Tel: 01202 621550

www.balloonaroomweddings.co.uk

Unit 3, Birch Copse, Technology Road,

Poole, Dorset BH17 7FH

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Unique wedding and civil ceremony

venues available in Southampton

If you’re looking for that perfect place for your wedding or civil ceremony,

there are three gems in Southampton that should be top of your list.

Tudor House & Garden

Located in Southampton’s Old Town, Tudor House offers

couples a unique and beautiful setting. From the 16th

century Banqueting Hall, to the lovely Georgian Room

overlooking the Tudor knot garden, the house and gardens

provide the perfect backdrop for your special day.

Westgate Hall

Set in the heart of Southampton’s Old Town, this 15th

century timber-framed building provides a wonderful

setting for ceremonies and receptions. With its vaulted

ceilings and exposed beams, the hall has been

restored to create a venue with outstanding character.

Southampton City Art Gallery

The Gallery is one of the most stunning venues for

ceremonies in the city. Paintings and sculptures provide

a beautiful backdrop for couples seeking somewhere

unique, with ample space for guests to enjoy this

harmonious setting.

For more information

Please call 023 8083 4536 or email museums@southampton.gov.uk

www.southampton.gov.uk/museums

Quote ref: Dream Weddings


▼The Custom House, Poole

PHOTO BY TELL YOUR STORY PHOTOGRAPHY

U N I Q U E G E O R G I A N V E N U E W I T H W A T E R S I D E V I E W S

Apanoramic view over Poole Harbour and Quay is just one of the attractions

of the historic Custom House as your reception venue. Its elevated position

commands uninterrupted sea views. Elegant decor complements its

beamed ceilings and character nooks and crannies. Sumptuous food, fine wines

and friendly staff ensure both you and your guests will be well looked after.

And, as a bonus, for all but the

most intimate weddings, the

whole of the building is yours

for the day. Your guests can

meet in the informal

downstairs cafe bar, with an al

fresco patio for fine days, then

dine in the elegant dining

room, spilling out onto the

wonderful sweeping outside

staircase which is perfect for

photographs.

The Custom House has been perfecting its wedding service for nearly 20 years and

offers couples the chance to build whatever they like into their reception. Couples

are invited to discuss their requirements over a cup of coffee and staff are happy

to organise cake, flowers and evening entertainment if required. Up to 70 guests

can be catered for a sit-down meal, or 120 for a buffet. For more intimate

receptions, the Beamed Room upstairs, with its lovely waterside views, seats 30

for a meal or 50 for a buffet.

For more information, contact 01202 676767 or visit the website at

www.customhouse.co.uk.

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THE QUAY, POOLE, BH15 1HP

TELEPHONE 01202 676767

email: info@customhouse.co.uk • www.customhouse.co.uk

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▼Merley House, Wimborne

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

dreamvenues

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.

Divine

decadence...

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.


Photo by Linus Moran Photography

A choice

of3 rooms...

The Council Chamber

Domed ceiling, curved

seating &

Oak panels

Weddings up to 130

The Willows

An elegant room

with crystal

chandeliers

Weddings up to 50

Town Hall, Bournemouth • Weddings and civil partnerships

The Laurels

A cosy,

intimate room

Weddings

up to 10

Tel: 01202 454945 • www.bournemouth.gov.uk/living • e: registrars@bournemouth.gov.uk

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Wedding

fair,

see our

website

for more

details


dreamvenues

▼ University of Winchester, Winchester

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 up to 110 guests.

Picture beautiful oak panelling, a

PHOTO BY HOLLY

MARSH PHOTOGRAPHY

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.

Avington Park

PHOTO BY LINUS MORAN PHOTOGRAPHY

A stunning setting

for ceremonies and

receptions, from the

grandest wedding

to a small intimate

gathering, this

beautiful stately home in magnificent parkland

offers exclusive use to make your day truly

memorable.

Images courtesy of Dave Burlison and Jacques Eloff

Tel: 01962 779260 • www.avingtonpark.co.uk

Winchester, Hampshire SO21 1DB

e: enquiries@avingtonpark.co.uk

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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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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.

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.


And finally...

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.

Guaranteed to appeal to both the big and

the little kids at your reception is a

bespoke handmade vintage-style sweet

cart from Happy Hearts Candy Cart.

Owners Rachel and Adam love to decorate the

cart to match your individual theme – and it’s a

great mingling point for your guests.

For details, call 07922 071327 or visit

www.hirecandycart.co.uk.

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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

Castle Hill, High Street, Winchester SO23 8HU

For more information please contact us on 0845 603 5637

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


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For an appointment please call

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TOASTMASTER

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Brian is one of the highest quality

toastmasters and will

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dates for your diary

AUGUST 17: Mercure Dolphin Hotel, Southampton, Hampshire (6 to

9pm, contact 02380 386460 or www.dolphin-southampton.com)

SEPTEMBER 3: Wedding Fayre in the Square, Wimborne (10am to 4pm),

contact 07715 293080 or www.siennagraceweddings.co.uk)

SEPTEMBER 4: Carlton Hotel, Grove Road, Bournemouth (11am

to 3pm, contact 07429 110573 or www.thelittlewhiteheart.com)

SEPTEMBER 4: Botleigh Grange Hotel, Hedge End (10.30am to

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

SEPTEMBER 4: Holiday Inn, Eastleigh (11am to 3.30pm,

contact 07885 834 476 or

www.weddingexhibitionpromotions.co.uk)

SEPTEMBER 11: Parley Country Club, West Parley (12noon to

3pm, contact 07472 550567 or www.v-a-productions.com)

SEPTEMBER 14: Bournemouth Highcliffe Marriott Hotel, St

Michael’s Road, West Cliff (6 to 8pm, contact 01202 557702)

SEPTEMBER 17 & 18: Bournemouth Pavilion (10am to 5pm on

Saturday, 11am to 4pm on Sunday, contact 0844 576 3000 or

bhlivetickets.co.uk)

SEPTEMBER 18: Winchester Royal Hotel (11am to 3.30pm,

contact 023 8056 0073 or www.weddingexhibitionpromotions.co.uk)

SEPTEMBER 18: Open Day, Millstream Bistro, Walford Mill,

Knobcrook (10am to 4pm, contact 07715 293080 or

www.siennagraceweddings.co.uk)

SEPTEMBER 18: MacDonald Botley Park,

Winchester Road, Boorley Green (11am to 3.30pm, contact

07894 253981 or www.macdonaldhotels.co.uk)

SEPTEMBER 18: Winchester Cathedral, Garden Marquee & Paul

Woodhouse Suite (11am to 3pm, contact 07894 915114 or

01420 565997 or www.littlestarevents.co.uk)

SEPTEMBER 18: Bournemouth Pier Vintage Wedding Fair &

Bridal Boot Sale (10am to 3.30pm, call 07472 550567 or

www.v-a-productions.com)

SEPTEMBER 25: The Orangery Suite, Merley House Lane,

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

www.cjpromotions-events.co.uk)

SEPTEMBER 25: Crown Hotel, Blandford Forum (10am to 3pm,

contact 01258 456626 or www.crownhotelblandford.co.uk)

SEPTEMBER 25: Riviera Hotel, Alum Chine Bournemouth (noon

to 4pm, contact 07429 110573 or www.thelittlewhiteheart.com)

SEPTEMBER 25: Littledown Centre, Bournemouth (11am to

3pm, contact 01202 741650 or www.weddingdaze.co.uk)

SEPTEMBER 26: Christchurch Harbour Hotel (6 to 8pm, contact

01202 483434 or www.christchurch-harbour-hotel.co.uk)

OCTOBER 2: Grand Harbour Hotel, West Quay Road,

Southampton (10.30am to 3.30pm, contact 01329 227 437 or

www.pmnweddingfayres.co.uk)

OCTOBER 2: Holiday Inn, Southampton (11am to 3.30pm,

contact 07894 253981 or www.uniqueweddingfayres.co.uk

OCTOBER 2: Norton Park Hotel, Sutton Scotney (11am to

3.30pm, contact 07825 156716 or

www.captivatingevents.co.uk)

OCTOBER 2: Upton House, Upton Country Park, Poole, (11am

to 4pm, contact 01202 262753 or www.uptoncountrypark.org)

OCTOBER 2: Canford School, Canford Magna (11am to 3pm,

contact 01202 741650 or www.weddingdaze.co.uk)

OCTOBER 2: Thistle Hotel, Poole Quay (1 to 4pm,

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

OCTOBER 2: Mercure Wessex Hotel, Winchester

(1 to 4.30pm, contact 07894 915114 or 01420 565997 or

www.littlestarevents.co.uk)

calling wedding fair organisers

OCTOBER 2: Mercure Southampton Centre Dolphin Hotel

(6 to 9pm, contact 02380 386460 or www.dolphinsouthampton.com)

OCTOBER 9: Wedding Showcase, Merley House, Wimborne

(contact 01202 885024 or www.merleyhouseevents.co.uk)

OCTOBER 9: Kingston Maurward House, near Dorchester

(11am to 3pm, contact 01305 215050 or www.kmc.ac.uk)

OCTOBER 9: Marwell Hotel, Colden Common (11am to 3pm,

contact 01962 777681 or www.marwellhotel.co.uk)

OCTOBER 9: Old Thorns Manor Hotel, Liphook (11am to

3.30pm, contact 01329 227437 or

www.pmnweddingfayres.co.uk)

OCTOBER 9: Rhinefield House, Brockenhurst (10.30am to 3pm,

contact 01903 366163 or www.stylisheventsfayres.com)

OCTOBER 9: Wedding Open Day, The Garden Room, Cranborne

Garden Centre (12noon to 3pm, contact 07472 550567 or

www.v-a-productions.com

OCTOBER 16: Victorian Barn, Dairy House Farm, Woolland

(12noon to 3pm, contact 07472550567 or v-aproductions.com)

OCTOBER 16: Meon Valley Marriott Hotel, Shedfield

(11am to 3.30pm, contact 01329 833455 or

www.weddingexhibitionpromotions.co.uk)

OCTOBER 16: Lainston House Hotel, Sparsholt,

(11am to 3.30pm, contact 01329 227437 or

www.pmnweddingfayres.co.uk)

OCTOBER 23: The Italian Villa at Compton Acres (11am to 3pm,

contact 01202 816074 or www.the-italian-villa.co.uk)

OCTOBER 23: Highcliffe Castle (10am to 4pm, contact 01425

278807 or www.highcliffecastle.co.uk)

OCTOBER 23: Chilworth Manor Hotel, near Southampton

(11am to 3.30pm, contact 01329 227437 or www.

pmnweddingfayres.co.uk)

OCTOBER 23: Lighthouse Arts Centre, Poole (11am to 3pm,

contact 01202 741650 or www.weddingdaze.co.uk)

OCTOBER 23: East Horton Golf Club, Mortimers Lane, Fair Oak

(11am to 3pm, contact 02380 602111)

OCTOBER 23: Holiday Inn, Winchester (11 am to 3pm, contact

07894 915114 or 01420 565997 or www.littlestarevents.co.uk)

OCTOBER 30: Royal Bath Hotel, Bournemouth (11am to

3.30pm, contact 01202 204917 or www.britanniahotels.com)

OCTOBER 30: De Vere Venues New Place, Shirrell Heath

(11.30am to 4pm, contact 01329 227437 or

www.pmnweddingfayres.co.uk)

OCTOBER 30: Queens Hotel, Bournemouth (11am to 3pm,

contact 07717 507690 or www.tietheknotceremonies.co.uk)

NOVEMBER 6: Hilton at The Ageas Bowl, Southampton

(11am to 3.30pm, contact 01329 227437 or

www.pmnweddingfayres.co.uk)

NOVEMBER 6: Ocean View Hotel, Bournemouth (1 to 4pm,

contact 07427162282 or www.cjpromotions-events.co.uk)

JANUARY 7 & 8, 2017: Dudsbury Golf Club, Ferndown

(11am to 4pm, contact 01202 593499 or

weddings@dudsburygolfclub.co.uk)

JANUARY 15, 2017: Weymouth Pavilion (11am to 4pm,

contact 01305 783225 or www.weymouthpavilion.com)

Organisers of Spring 2017 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 2, 2016.

Please mention Dream Weddings magazine when replying to advertisements

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

FOLLOW

US ON:

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.

index to advertisers

BRIDAL ACCESSORIES

Tiaras & Crowns....................................12

BRIDAL FASHION

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

Cloud Nine.............................................12

Minster Designs ....................................17

New Forest & Dorset Brides..................12

Special Occasions Bridal House.......10/11

Tilly Mint Weddings...............................14

CAKES

Coast Cakes...........................................20

Filigrana.................................................55

FIREWORKS

Classic Fireworks...................................52

FLOWERS

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

FOOD & DRINK

Beales Gourmet.....................................41

FUN CASINO

Absolute Fun Casino..............................55

JEWELLERS

Charles Nobel.......................................IBC

Forum Jewellers ....................................34

MENSWEAR

Chas H Baker.........................................18

Gibb Menswear .....................................18

MOTHER OF THE BRIDE

Charisma of Fawley ...............................36

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

Rosemary Ringrose Handbags .............55

PHOTOGRAPHERS

CP Photography ....................................55

Holly Marsh Photography .....................55

Linus Moran Photography ....................34

Paradox Photography............................20

REGISTER OFFICES

Bournemouth Register Office................49

Hampshire Registration Services..........54

Poole Guildhall ......................................52

Southampton Register Office................39

SPECIAL TOUCHES

Balloon a Room Weddings....................45

Blissfully Vintage ...................................39

Chocolate Fountains of Dorset..............55

EK Creations..........................................44

Happy Hearts Candy Cart ......................55

Keep it Sweet.........................................52

Tiger Lily Occasions ..............................44

TOASTMASTER

Brian Cox...............................................55

WEDDING PLANNING

Bournemouth Pavilion Wedding Fair.....33

Little Star Events ...................................33

PMN Wedding Fayres............................32

Stylish Events........................................33

VA productions wedding fairs...............32

Wedding Exhibition Promotions............32

VENUES

Athelhampton House & Gardens...........50

Avington Park........................................51

The Custom House................................48

Dudsbury Golf Club...............................42

The Grange at Oborne ...........................50

Hallmark Carlton Hotel .........................IFC

Hallmark East Cliff Hotel ......................IFC

Hallmark West Cliff Hotel ....................IFC

Harbour Heights Hotel........................OBC

Highcliffe Castle.....................................51

Hooke Court ..........................................38

The Italian Villa......................................40

Kingston Country Courtyard..................38

Kingston Maurward...............................41

Lord Bute...............................................43

Macdonald Elmers Court.......................46

Meon Valley Marriott Hotel....................46

Merley House ........................................48

Old Thorns.............................................40

Pennsylvania Castle...............................43

Southampton City Art Gallery................47

Stanwell House......................................42

Tudor House & Garden..........................47

University of Winchester .......................50

Westgate Hall ........................................47

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