Dream Weddings Magazine - Dorset & Hampshire - issue.35

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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-to-date fashions in flowers. You’ll also find advertisements from a whole army of local businesses, all with plenty of experience to call on. They will work with your ideas, offer creative suggestions of their own and find solutions to match every budget. They know the shortcuts and the pitfalls - and they’re fully aware of how important it is to you that everything runs smoothly. So start planning your big day. And enjoy every minute of it!

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WEDDINGS

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SPRING / SUMMER 2017 • ISSUE 35

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Y congratulations...

ou’ve found the man 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 P2-15

etiquette to up-to-date fashions in flowers.

DESIGNER

DAZZLE

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!

COVER PICTURE: GOWN FROM THE ALFRED ANGELO 2017 COLLECTION

AT CHERISHED BRIDAL WEAR IN BOURNEMOUTH AND BRIDAL &

BALL IN WEYMOUTH

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2-15 Glamour & glitz

Stunning international bridal collections

for the beautiful brides of 2017

16-17 Groom with a view

Well groomed looks for your men, from

traditional morning suits to classic kilts

18-19 Truly scrumptious

Sensational bridal flowers and cakes that

taste every bit as good as they look

20-21 Snapshot of the day

Don’t miss out on black & white photos

for a contemporary take on the day

23-29 Plan ahead

Our step-by-step guide to everything you

need to know – and then some...

SPRING / SUMMER 2017 • ISSUE 35

P20-21 - GRAB THEIR ATTENTION! ...IN BLACK & WHITE!

P18-19 ...TRULY SCRUMPTIOUS

30-31 All’s fair...

Check out the best of the counties’

wedding fairs at a venue near you

32-35 Mamma mia!

Glamorous new collections for Mums of

the Bride and Groom – and your guests

36-51 Picture the scene

Venues to suit every bride’s style and

budget and dressing them to perfection

52-53 Time to party

Play the tables at a fun casino – and round

off the fun with dazzling fireworks

54-56 Brides’ directory

Our handy classified index, plus those

all-important Spring dates for your diary

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PICTURED: BENJAMIN ROBERTS AT

A BRIDE 2 BEE IN SOUTHAMPTON

Spring

into the

New

Wave a fond farewell to 2016 and open

your arms to the promise of a brand

new year – and, if you’re one of the

lucky brides with a wedding scheduled

for 2017, savour the moment.

Among all the delicious decisions you’re going to have

to make about your big day, there can’t be one which

offers more unadulterated pleasure than deciding what

you’re going to wear.

Sleek and chic or all frills and flounces? Strapless

or illusion neckline? Understated or glamorously

glittering? Lace, tulle, organza, silk, satin, chiffon,

brocade, taffeta?

Take time to make the right choice for you –

don’t be persuaded into buying a dress you’re

not completely convinced about and don’t

be afraid to ask for help and advice

from the friendly staff in Dorset

and Hampshire’s bridal

shops.

Enjoy!

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Year

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Razzle


PICTURED: ALFRED ANGELO AT BRIDAL & BALL IN WEYMOUTH

AND CHERISHED BRIDAL WEAR IN BOURNEMOUTH

dazzle’em!

Glamour and glitz: if you’ve

always dreamed of being a

movie star, your wedding

day is your time to steal the

spotlight. The aisle is your red carpet

as you make your entrance,

shimmering centre stage in a

sparkling gown to match the sparkle

in your eyes.

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Amazing

lace

When it comes to choosing the most special dress of

your life, nothing says ‘Here Comes the Bride’ quite like

lace. Antique or modern, fine-textured Chantilly lace

or more dramatic Guipure lace, it weaves a spell of

romance around its wearer.

And it’s versatile enough to cover every fashion requirement,

trimming illusion necklines, emphasising dipping backs and

covering a froth of tulle underskirts with a perfectly beautiful overlay.

Whatever style of dress you choose for your wedding, from a

confection of tulle to a sleek, slim silhouette, lace will transform it to

a fairytale gown.

PICTURED: NICOLE SPOSE AT CHERISHED

BRIDAL WEAR IN BOURNEMOUTH

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ELLA ROSA AT

NEW FOREST &

DORSET BRIDES

IN HIGHCLIFFE

Pile on

the

drama

In so many ways your wedding is a like a

theatrical production with the beautiful

heroine and the handsome hero coming

together for their happy-ever-after in the last

scene of the play. Cue the ceremony, the sets,

the audience - and, of course, the costumes.

If you like to play the drama queen, this is an

opportunity like no other. Embrace the moment,

stand tall in your gorgeous gown and drink in the

love and good wishes bombarding you from

all sides.

It may be the last scene of one play, but there’s a

whole new future awaiting you in Part II.

LEFT: KENNETH WINSTON AT

NEW FOREST & DORSET

BRIDES IN HIGHCLIFFE

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ABOVE & BELOW: KENNETH WINSTON AT NEW

FOREST & DORSET BRIDES IN HIGHCLIFFE

ELLA ROSA AT NEW FOREST &

DORSET BRIDES IN HIGHCLIFFE

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PICTURED: STELLA YORK AT

WEDDING TIME IN DORCHESTER

Letthe

quest

begin...

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It’s easy to feel completely bamboozled by the huge

choice of wedding dresses out there at a boutique near

you. Slim and slinky, chic and elegant, a confection of

tulle? Off-the-shoulder, halter neck, spaghetti-strapped,

strapless, backless? In virginal white, ivory, champagne,

the palest of baby pinks, blush..?

If you’re beginning to panic, don’t. Just get out there and

start looking! Your wedding dress is the most exciting dress

you will ever buy and most brides will tell you they knew

they’d found the right one as soon as they tried it on.

Don’t be afraid to ask for the advice from the experts in the

shop. They know their dresses and they know what’s going

to suit your shape and style.

Good luck!

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BEAUTIFUL WEDDING GOWNS

BRIDESMAIDS

MOTB • ACCESSORIES

Boutique bridal salon & men's formalwear

Established 1983

15 High East Street, Dorchester DT1 1HH

Tel: 01305 269555 • www.wedding-time.com

5-7 Warsash Road, Warsash, Southampton SO31 9HW

Tel: 01489 557553 • www.abride2bee.co.uk

Stunning gowns from

Kenneth Winston

including Ella Rosa

and Femme for the

curvier bride

Something for every

budget Sizes 6 to 34

Appointments only

Tel: 01425 616939 or

078513 85116

www.newforestbrides.co.uk

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

Bridal, Bridesmaids, Prom & Accessories

9 Abbotsbury Road, Weymouth DT4 OAD

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

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Cute

and

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

or 12. So what? That engagement ring

on your finger is proof positive that your

husband-to-be loves your sexy,

voluptuous curves. Beauty comes in all

shapes and sizes and brides with generously

curvaceous figures needn’t feel nervous about

choosing their bridal gowns. Most collections

come in sizes up to 30 and some collections,

specially designed to flatter fuller figures start at

size 16 and go up to 36.

LEFT: SONSIE AT BRIDAL & BALL

IN WEYMOUTH

RIGHT: FEMME AT NEW FOREST &

DORSET BRIDES IN HIGHCLIFFE

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PICTURED & INSETS RIGHT:

STELLA YORK AT WEDDING

TIME IN DORCHESTER

curvelicious!

If you’re looking for a few pointers:

• A streamlined design in a classically styled

gown will elongate your figure

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

tummy, and sleeves or a pretty wrap (so

fashionable at the moment) will cover less

than perfect arms.

• Perfectly fitted underwear makes a huge

difference, so invest in that before you start

looking for your dress.

• And finally, remember, every bride’s most

beautiful accessory is her smile. If you’re

happy and confident, you can’t help but

be a beautiful bride.

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Top it off

with a tiara

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.

Men's Formalwear & Boutique bridal Salon

Established 1983

15 High East Street, Dorchester DT1 1HH

Tel: 01305 269555 • www.wedding-time.com

www.tiarasandcrowns.net

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Man of the

moment...

Award-winning Dorchester boutique,

Wedding Time, now has a fully stocked

menswear department, offering not

only a complete range of formal wear

by Wilvorst for hire, but also their own slim fit

suits both for hire and to buy.

For details, call 01305 269555 or visit

www.wedding-time.com.

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-suithire.com.

PICTURED: PERFECTLY SUITED

AT CHAS H BAKER

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Award winning bespoke wedding cakes

tel. 01202 539120 | mob. 07789 000387

email. coastcakes@btinternet.com

www.coastcakes.co.uk

www.LinusMoranPhotography.co.uk

Subtle, Emotive & Raw

Wedding Photography –

Capturing the soul

of your wedding.

You can simply

be yourself.

A feast

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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for the eyes

Make it a joined up wedding, where

everything comes together in your

own unique style. Of course you will

have your favourite flowers, of course

they will echo the colours the bridesmaids are

wearing and of course the shape of your bouquet

will complement the style of your dress.

But it’s a great idea to bring your cake into the

picture too. It’s the centrepiece of your reception

after all, so give it a flavour of your style and

your colours - it could even echo the flowers

in your bouquet.

CAKES 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.

CAKE BY FILIGRANA

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PHOTO BY HOLLY MARSH PHOTOGRAPHY

PHOTO BY ROSIE CUTBILL PHOTOGRAPHY

Black& white...

PHOTO BY STUART

BRAMPTON PHOTOGRAPHY

PHOTO BY STUART BRAMPTON PHOTOGRAPHYY

PHOTO BY

ROSIE CUTBILL

PHOTOGRAPHY

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PHOTO BY HOLLY MARSH PHOTOGRAPHY

PHOTO BY STUART

BRAMPTON

PHOTOGRAPHY

PHOTO BY

CP PHOTOGRAPHY

It’s the new colour!

PHOTO BY

ROSIE CUTBILL

PHOTOGRAPHY

PHOTO BY

STUART BRAMPTON

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PHOTO BY HOLLY MARSH

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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.

Planning Makes Perfect

cut out and keep

Much though we hate to say it, things can

go wrong at a wedding and it’s some

consolation to know that you won’t lose

out financially if they do. Insurance policies on

offer cover everything from damage to your

wedding dress to loss of deposits due to

cancellation of the wedding and theft of wedding

presents. Do get quotes before you decide which

one to take out - and do read the small print to

see exactly what each policy covers.

Should unforeseen circumstances mean the

postponment or cancellation of your wedding,

guests can either be notified by telephone or by

a personal or printed note saying:

Mr and Mrs Simon Hayes announce that the

wedding of their daughter Jennifer Anne to Mr

Michael Jones will be postponed until (date)/will

not now take place. If you have announced the

engagement in the newspaper, it would be

appropriate to place a similarly worded notice

there too.

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Planning Makes Perfect

The 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

cut out and keep


cut out and keep

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.

Marrying abroad

Second

Marriages

Though the Roman Catholic church does not

condone divorce, there are some

circumstances in which the Church of

England will marry divorced people, so it’s

worth consulting your vicar. Even if you are

limited to a civil ceremony, some ministers

will offer a Service of Blessing afterwards.

It’s important to establish early on what the

church’s policy is on photographs or video

being taken during the service, whetherany

secular music is allowed and on the throwing of

confetti within the church grounds.

Ask too about other couples marrying on the

same day as it may be possible to share the

cost of the church flowers.

Religious services in churches outside the

established Church of England require a licence

from the authorised registrar of your area and

will have different requirements, so see your

priest or minister as early as possible.

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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.

Before the wedding,

the best man should:

• Make sure he keeps himself up to date with

all the arrangements, liaising regularly with

the groom and the bride’s family

• Check the hiring, cleaning or collecting of suits

for himself and the groom

• Check the ordering of the flowers for the bride

and her attendants, sprays for the two

mothers and buttonholes for himself, the

groom and other immediate members of the

families

• Check the printing and collection of order of

service sheets and make sure that the ushers

know what their duties are

• Check arrangements for the first night and

honeymoon are in place and that necessary

passports and visas are in order

• Organise the groom’s stag night - preferably

some days in advance of the wedding - and

make sure the groom gets home safely

afterwards

• Check the rings have been collected

• Check the transport for the bridal party both to

the ceremony and from there to the reception

• Organise accommodation for the groom and

himself the night before the wedding

• He might also be asked to help with

accommodation for guests and to liaise with

live musicians or disco both before and during

the reception.

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On the day

• Take the groom’s going away clothes to the

reception venue

• Check the service sheets are delivered to the

church for the ushers to hand out to guests as

they arrive

• Make sure the groom arrives for the ceremony in

good time

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

the ceremony when they should be handed to

the groom or the minister

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

before the ceremony

• Sign the register as a witness to the marriage

• Get the bridal party together for photographs

• Make sure the ushers arrange lifts to the

reception for any guests who need them

• Escort the bride and groom to the bridal car and

then escort the bridesmaids to the reception

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

one, assume those duties himself - these

include announcing the speeches and the

cutting of the cake

• Reply to the groom’s toast to the bridesmaids

with a brief, polite and - if possible - funny speech

before reading out the cards and telegrams

• Announce the newlyweds’ departure from the

reception and ensure they have all

their tickets and luggage

• Make sure all the guests have

transport to their accommodation

• Arrange for any wedding presents

taken to the reception to be taken

home

• Take the groom’s wedding clothes

from the reception and, if necessary,

return hired suits.

The speech

When it comes to the speech, all the

advice is: Resist the temptation to

tell any juicy stories whatsoever

from the couple’s past. The escapades may have

been hilarious, but now is not the time for

embarrassing reminders about past romances

or past quarrels between the happy pair.

Because the best man’s speech is generally

regarded as the prime entertainment at the

reception, getting it together can be a daunting

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

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

polite and sincere speech wishing the couple

every happiness will fit the bill just as well.

Unless you’re experienced at this sort of thing,

write down exactly what you want to say and

practise it. Don’t be tempted to wing it 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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• Keeps an eye on young attendants during the reception

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

• 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.

Order of service

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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

The Transport

It’s lovely to have a luxury chauffeur-driven limousine to drive you to the ceremony - and it’s also a

practical choice. You can be sure you’ll arrive on time and with all that room in the car, you won’t have

to worry about your dress getting creased.

Normally the best man drives the groom to the ceremony and then takes the car to the reception. But

you will need transport for the bride’s mother and bridesmaids (who usually travel together) and for the

bride and her father to the ceremony and for the principals from

the ceremony to the reception. Whether you want a traditional

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

The Video

Much the same advice applies to choosing a videographer

as to choosing a photographer. Make sure you see

samples of recent work, make sure the videographer

you get is the one whose work you like best.

Again check with the priest first whether he is prepared

to give permission for filming during the ceremony.

PHOTO BY HOLLY MARSH PHOTOGRAPHY

you can save money on the reception by

choosing a wedding cake which will double as a

dessert. If you do this, you might want to cut

your cake early at the reception, so it can be cut

up ready to serve at the appropriate time.

You will need the cake to be delivered to the

reception venue on the morning of the wedding -

and don’t forget to check that the venue has a

cake stand and knife you can use.

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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STUART BRAMPTON

PHOTOGRAPHY

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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,

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

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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.

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11am-4pm

FREE ENTRY

Complimentary goodie bag for brides

Contact: 07464 973138

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The Riviera Hotel, Alum Chine,

Bournemouth

Sunday 19th March 2017 12pm-4pm

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CARLA RUIZ AT

IRENÉ IN

BROADSTONE

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

FREE

Parking

Parking

Carla Ruiz

www.charismafashions.com

It’s Mother’s

day too...

With a wealth

of experience in

dressing ladies for

their son’s or daughter’s

wedding, Charisma of

Fawley offers a truly

special service. Lesley

Bradsworth and her

team of friendly and

helpful staff carefully select

their stock from many of the best known

international names in special occasion

wear, Condici, John Charles, Ann Balon,

Gina Bacconi, Michaela Louisa and

Lizabella.

Over 20 top labels

of occasionwear,

many exclusive in the area

Opening hours: Sat 9.45 - 4.00

Tues - Fri 9.45 - 4.30

Closed Sun & Mon

Tel: 01202 659700

www.ireneofbroadstone.co.uk

3 Station Approach, Broadstone,

Dorset BH18 8AX

LEFT: VENI INFANTINO

AT FAB FROCKS IN

BOURNEMOUTH

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BELOW: CONDICI AT CHARISMA IN FAWLEY, IRENÉ IN BROADSTONE

AND FAB FROCKS IN BOURNEMOUTH

There really is something to suit every

lady’s budget, style and figure, with

sizes from 8 to 28.

The knowledgeable staff are happy to

help and advise as they understand the

pressure of choosing such an

important outfit.

They can suggest complementary hats,

fascinators and accessories from their

huge range to complete your look and

the expert tailoring service, if required,

will make your new outfit perfect.

It all adds up to an enjoyable, pressurefree

shopping experience and a

confident Mother of the Bride or

Groom who feels great on that most

special of days.

So if you have something to celebrate

this year, Charisma of Fawley should

be on your visiting list.

For more information visit the

website at

www.charismafashions.com or call

02380 894500.

JOHN CHARLES AT CHARISMA IN

FAWLEY, IRENÉ IN BROADSTONE

AND FAB FROCKS IN BOURNEMOUTH

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

bespoke and colour matching service, making the

perfectly styled bag for your outfit. You can even supply

your own material if you wish.

For more information, call 01202 738064 or visit

www.roseringrosehandbags.co.uk.

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Professional, fun and relaxed - Affordable

packages to suit every budget - Stunning photos

which will capture every moment

"I would just like to say a massive thank you for making us the most

perfect wedding album! The photos were just amazing and the album

was more beautifully put together than we could ever have imagined!! 1st

class photographer! Thank you so much xxx” - Katie King

Tel: 07795156338

www.stuartbramptonphotography.co.uk

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CARLA RUIZ AT IRENÉ

IN BROADSTONE

Strictly

fab-u-lous

CONDICI AT FAB FROCKS

IN BOURNEMOUTH,

CHARISMA IN FAWLEY

AND IRENÉ IN

BROADSTONE

ZEILA AT

FAB FROCKS IN

BOURNEMOUTH

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▼Kingston Country Courtyard, Corfe Castle

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.

PHOTO BY ROSIE CUTBILL PHOTOGRAPHY

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dreamvenues

▼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

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.

▼ The Victorian Barn,

Blandford Forum

The Victorian Barn offers a civil ceremony in the

stunning Osborne Hall for up to 120 guests or

the Garden Room for up to 200 guests.

The Osborne Hall can seat up to 120 for a formal

meal and up to 200 for a buffet and specialises in

bespoke weddings designed to meet your exclusive

requirements.

Working closely with a group of hand-picked local

suppliers, The Victorian Barn can offer excellent

food, discreet service, wonderful facilities and

an impressive backdrop for your photographs.

The Victorian Barn offers onsite luxury

accommodation for up to 66 guests.

For more information or an informal chat contact

wedding co-ordinator Isabelle on 01258 817501,

email: weddings@thevictorianbarn.co.uk or visit

the website at www.thevictorianbarn.co.uk.

PS: You can see the beautiful venue and all of its

fantastic facilities for yourself at the Victorian

Barn’s annual Wedding Showcase on Sunday,

February 26, 2017 from 11am to 3pm.

Let The Victorian

Barn provide the setting

for your special day

• Licensed for civil ceremonies.

Weddings up to 120

• Receptions up to 200

• Onsite luxury accommodation

Please contact Isabelle,

Wedding Co-ordinator:

Tel: 01258 817501

weddings@thevictorianbarn.co.uk

www.thevictorianbarn.co.uk

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Your special day in Poole, the wedding coast…

Upton House Upton House – 01202 262753

weddingsuptonhouse@poole.gov.uk

Scaplen’s Court Scaplen’s Court – 01202 262600

www.poolemuseum.com/hire/weddings

Branksome Dene Branksome Dene – 01202 708181

beachoffice@poole.gov.uk

The Guildhall The Guildhall – 01202 633744

www.poole.gov.uk

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Skip to the

loo, my darling!

SECLUDED & BEAUTIFUL CLUSTER

OF BARNS IN CORNWALL

Ideal for marquee and home based weddings, Temporary Toilets supply

clean and comfortable luxury lavatories, ensuring that the facilities will be

in keeping with the rest of your special day. They take care to ensure that

their units are prepared to a high standard and their wide range ensures

that your requirements can be met no matter whether your wedding is a large

affair or small and intimate.

Director Rob Beale said: ‘As part of a family business, currently celebrating

our 30th anniversary, you are in safe hands. ‘We provide a prompt and

courteous service ensuring that your facilities are on site and set up in good

time. We will usually conduct a pre-hire site inspection to ascertain the most

suitable location for the unit based on both access and convenience.’

The Ladies’ section of the 3+1 (17ft) unit includes mirrors and three separate

cubicles, all with porcelain WCs, and a built-in CD player and iPod dock or

auxiliary input allows you to select any music of your choice.

EXCLUSIVE USE WEDDING VENUE

www.trevenna.co.uk

info@trevenna.co.uk • t: 01579 320013

photo by David Wilkins

All units include the

following:

• Soft toilet tissue

• Warm running water

• Hand soap and

paper towels

• Fresh flowers

• Vanity basket option

• Waste bin in

each cubicle

• Warm air heaters

With Temporary Toilets

you can be sure that the essentials are taken care of in style.

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

www.temporarytoilets.co.uk.

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▼ Highcliffe Castle, Highcliffe

dreamvenues

Avington Park

PHOTO BY WWW.CARRIEBUGGPHOTOGRAPHY.CO.UK

Built in an architectural style appropriately called ‘Romantic and

Picturesque’, spectacular Highcliffe Castle provides a stunning clifftop

location for your wedding. The Grade I listed castle specialises in both

civil ceremonies and receptions.

You can hold your ceremony in the

beautiful Wintergarden which seats

100 guests and then enjoy your

reception in the refurbished State

Dining Room, which seats 80, or

the Great Hall seating up to 100.

The Wedding Suite holds up to 150

for your evening party. Alternatively

you may wish to head off to one of

the many local restaurants or hotels

for your reception.

You can hold your wedding on any

day of the week throughout the year,

with several time options to choose

from. Following your ceremony why

PHOTO BY

CP PHOTOGRAPHY

not enjoy Champagne and canapés in the beautiful grounds while your

photographs are taken?

The beautiful sandy beach, just a gentle stroll away, provides additional photo

opportunities.

Contact the castle team on 01425 278807 to receive a wedding pack and

check availability or visit www.highcliffecastle.co.uk.

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.

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

Winchester, Hampshire SO21 1DB

e: enquiries@avingtonpark.co.uk

Images courtesy of Dave Burlison and Jacques Eloff

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Licensed for Civil

Ceremonies &

Partnerships

Tailor made wedding

packages

Your perfect day awaits...

A choice of two fabulous venues with a picturesque

backdrop for your ceremony & reception

64 Christchurch Road, Ferndown, Dorset, BH228ST.

Tel: 01202 593499 E-mail: weddings@dudsburygolfclub.co.uk

£2695.00

Based on 40 adult guests

Valid until April 2018

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

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

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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

www.rosiecutbillphotography.co.uk

07958 984554 | 01672 540520

info@rosiecutbillphotography.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

Beautiful chair covers & sashes,

elegant table decorations & bespoke

wedding stationery

Tel: 07584 495639

sales@ekcreations.co.uk

www.ekcreations.co.uk

Walk down an aisle fringed with

beautiful blossom trees, have

your photographs taken under

a romantic cherry tree in full

bloom and, in the evening, illuminate the

outdoors – and even the dance floor – with

stunning trees sparkling with LED lights.

Winchester-based Twilight Trees supply

some of the country’s best known venues and work with top event planners

to create a breathtaking result.

Now you can hire their wisteria and cherry blossom trees and their LED

cherry and maple trees to add romance and sparkle to your wedding day. The

realistic tree trunks are made of hand-painted resin, the branches are of real

wood and the petals are a silk blend.

They also have wisteria poms, stunning at the end of an aisle or inside a

marquee, as well as a selection of accessories.

The professional team from Twilight Trees will deliver and collect at your

convenience and set up the trees quickly and efficiently.

For more details, call 01962 877644 or visit www.twilight-trees.com.

The LED Tree Company

For indoors and out, to buy or to rent

01962 877644

info@twightlIght-trees.com

www.twightlight-trees.com

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W E D D I N G FA I R S

Sunday 19th February • Sunday 8th October • 11am - 3pm

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▼The Italian Villa at Compton Acres, Poole

dreamvenues

PHOTO BY DAVID

WHEELER PHOTOGRAPHY

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 All-Inclusive

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 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 65, or can

provide a relaxed setting for up to 250 guests by using

the direct access into the spectacular Italian Garden.

There are lifts to all three floors, air conditioning, builtin

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 their Wedding Open Day

on Sunday, January 29 from 11am to 3pm or for more

information, call 01202 816074 or visit the website at

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

▼Kingston Maurward, near Dorchester

Enjoy your own English country

house wedding at Kingston

Maurward in a tranquil, peaceful

and intimate setting near Dorchester.

The Georgian mansion house is

approached by a sweeping drive and set

in beautiful gardens, with a scenic lake,

extensive lawns and formal gardens.

It is licensed for civil ceremonies and

offers exclusive use of all state rooms

and suites during your reception.

You can choose how to use the

rooms to create your

perfect layout including

reception room, quiet

rooms for tired adults

or even a TV lounge for

restless youngsters.

Friendly, professional

staff will ensure that

the entire day is tailored to your

individual requirements and will

always go the extra mile to make sure

your day is one to remember for ever.

For more details, call 01305

215050 or visit the website at

www.kingstonmaurward.com/weddings

PS: See the venue for yourself

at Kingston Maurward’s Spring

wedding fair on February 19th from

11am to 3pm.

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▼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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The perfect venue for your perfect day. Hotel Miramar is the country house hotel overlooking

the bay - the ideal destination for your dream wedding or civil ceremony.

Please contact us for a Wedding Pack or to arrange a personal viewing

www.miramar-bournemouth.com | 01202 556581

Hotel Miramar, East Overcliff Drive, Bournemouth. BH1 3AL

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www.hookecourt.co.uk/weddings

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

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▼ Hooke Court, near Beaminster

dreamvenues

Divine

decadence...

Hooke Court offers a choice of four fabulous

venues for your marriage ceremony and

wedding reception. With a choice of historic

or contemporary rooms they can help you plan your

wedding to your own personal style. Whether it’s an

intimate candlelit ceremony for 20 guests or a

grand affair for 200 friends and family they can

assist you to make your dream wedding a reality.

Set in beautiful grounds, Hooke Court offers a

myriad of stunning locations

to capture your cherished

memories, from a quiet romantic

moment overlooking the lake to a

treasured photo with all of your

family and friends gathered in

front of the beautiful 14th

century manor house.

A member of the management

team will help you plan the whole

day, ensuring you make the most

of all Hooke Court has to offer.

They will also be on hand until the last guest leaves to

ensure that you can relax and enjoy your special day.

Perhaps you might like to extend your celebrations

by offering your guests the opportunity to stay

the night at Hooke Court, which can be hired

exclusively.

Call 01308 862260 to arrange a visit to see

all that Hooke Court has to offer or visit

www.hookecourt.co.uk/weddings

PHOTO BY STUART BRAMPTON PHOTOGRAPHY

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.


▼ Pennsylvania Castle, Isle of Portland

Set in stunning grounds on a clifftop with panoramic sea views, the

Grade II listed Pennsylvania Castle is a spectacular location for your

wedding.

Licensed for civil ceremonies both indoors and outside under the wedding

pergola, The Penn has been beautifully refurbished and can be hired

exclusively. Weddings of all sizes are welcomed, from intimate family

gatherings to parties of up to 100 guests for a wedding breakfast or more if

you choose a marquee in the beautifully landscaped gardens.

With nine luxurious en suite bedrooms, the castle offers accommodation for

up to 20 guests and although it is self catered, a number of recommended

caterers are available to meet every requirement.

For more details, call 01305 820659 or visit the website at

www.thepenn.co.uk.

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Bournemouth

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

Your ceremony

in Southampton

TOWN HALL, BOURNEMOUTH

Choice of 3 rooms - Monday to Saturday Mid-day

Council Chamber - available 7 days a week.

Telephone: 01202 451510

www.bournemouth.gov.uk/living

e-mail: registrars@bournemouth.gov.uk

Licensed Venue

or Register Office

Weddings, Civil Partnerships

and Renewal of Vows

Tel: 02380 915327

email: registrars@southampton.gov.uk

www.southampton.gov.uk

6a, Bugle Street, Southampton

Classic Fireworks believe in

giving a personal service and

with our guidance and skill we

aim to offer whatever you

require to create a spectacular

display.

We can provide for any event

from Weddings and Civil

Ceremonies to corporate and

other important events.

We also specialise in low

noise fireworks to suit the

most sensitive of locations.

• Indoor and outdoor flames

• Confetti cannons

• Snow and bubble machines

are also available.

Lance work fire pictures are

available - initials, red hearts,

champagne bottles and more...

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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. 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,

email leon@classicfireworks.co.uk or

visit the website at

www.classicfireworks.co.uk.

...and off with a bang!

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.

PHOTO BY CP PHOTOGRAPHY

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.

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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

Hampshire REg Office

REPEAT Art

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

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For more information please contact us on 0845 603 5637

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


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dates for your diary

JANUARY 7: The Millstream Bistro, Wimborne, Dorset (11am to 3pm,

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

JANUARY 7 & 8: Dudsbury Golf Club, Ferndown (11am to 4pm,

contact 01202 593499)

JANUARY 8: RNLI College, Poole (10am to 3pm, contact 01202

533014 or www.bellissimo-weddings.co.uk)

JANUARY 8: Spinnaker Tower, Portsmouth (11am to 3.30pm,

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

JANUARY 15: The Solent Hotel & Spa, Whiteley (11am to 3.30pm,

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

JANUARY 15: Weymouth Pavilion (11am to 4pm, contact 01305

783225 or www.weymouthpavilion.com)

JANUARY 22: Holiday Inn, Winchester (11am to 3pm, contact

www.littlestarevents.co.uk)

JANUARY 22: Meon Valley Marriott Hotel, Southampton (11am to

3.30pm, contact 02380 560073 or

www.weddingexhibitionpromotions.co.uk)

JANUARY 29: The Italian Villa, Compton Acres, Poole (11am to 3pm,

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

JANUARY 29: Botleigh Grange Hotel, Hedge End (10.30am to 3pm,

contact 01903 366163 or www.stylisheventsfayres.com)

JANUARY 29: Digby Hall, Sherborne (11am to 3pm, contact 01458

250755 or www.abcweddingdresses.co.uk)

JANUARY 29: Canford School, Wimborne (11am to 3pm, contact

01202 741650 or www.weddingdaze.co.uk)

JANUARY 29: Holiday Inn, Southsea (11am to 3.30pm, contact

02380 560073 or www.weddingexhibitionpromotions.co.uk)

JANUARY 29: De Vere New Place, Shirrel Heath (11.30am to 4pm,

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

FEBRUARY 5: Holiday Inn, Basingstoke (11am to 3.30pm, contact

02380 560073 or www.weddingexhibitionpromotions.co.uk)

FEBRUARY 5: Chilworth Manor, Southampton (11am to 3.30pm,

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

FEBRUARY 5: Rhinefield House, New Forest (10.30am to 3pm,

contact 01903 366163 or www.stylisheventsfayres.com)

FEBRUARY 12: Novotel Hotel, Southampton (11am to 3.30pm,

contact 02380 560073 or www.weddingexhibitionpromotions.co.uk)

FEBRUARY 12: Portsmouth Guildhall (11am to 3.30pm, contact

01329 227437 or www.pmnweddingfayres.co.uk)

FEBRUARY 12: Sunninghill Prep School, Dorchester (1 to 4pm,

contact 0747 2550567 or www.v-a-productions.com)

FEBRUARY 17 to 19: Bournemouth International Centre, (4.30 to

8pm Friday, 10am to 5pm Saturday and 11am to 4pm Sunday,

contact 01202 456592 or www.bhlivetickets.co.uk)

FEBRUARY 19: Holiday Inn, Tichfield, Fareham (11am to 3.30pm,

contact 02380 560073 or www.weddingexhibitionpromotions.co.uk)

FEBRUARY 19: Lighthouse, Poole Arts Centre (11am to 3pm, contact

01202 741650 or www.weddingdaze.co.uk)

FEBRUARY 19: Old Thorns Manor, Liphook (11am to 3.30pm,

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

FEBRUARY 19: Kingston Maurward House, Dorset (11am to 3pm,

contact 01305 215050)

FEBRUARY 26: Hallmark Hotels Collection Open Day, Carlton Hotel,

West Overcliff Drive, Bournemouth (11am to 3pm, contact 01202

552011)

FEBRUARY 26: Langstone Hotel, Hayling (11am to 3.30pm, contact

02380 560073 or www.weddingexhibitionpromotions.co.uk)

FEBRUARY 26: Bridal Boot Sale & Vintage wedding fayre, Thistle

Hotel, Poole (1pm to 4pm, contact 0747 2550567 or www.v-aproductions.com)

FEBRUARY 26: Victorian Barn, Blandford Forum (11am to 3pm,

contact 01258 817501 or www.thevictorianbarn.com)

calling wedding fair organisers

MARCH 5: Littledown Centre, Bournemouth (11am to 3pm, contact

01202 741650 or www.weddingdaze.co.uk)

MARCH 5: Holiday Inn, Eastleigh (11am to 3.30pm, contact 02380

560073 or www.weddingexhibitionpromotions.co.uk)

MARCH 5: Norton Park Hotel, Winchester (11am to 3.30pm, contact

0843 2892742 or www.captivatingevents.co.uk)

MARCH 5: George Albert Hotel, Wardon Hill, Dorchester (11am to

3pm, contact 01935 483430)

MARCH 5: Holiday Inn, Southampton (10am to 3pm, contact

02381205224 or www.southamptonhospitalcharity.org/calendar)

MARCH 5: Hilton Southampton (11am to 3pm, contact

www.littlestarevents.co.uk)

MARCH 5: Portsmouth Marriott, (11am to 3.30pm, contact 01329

227437 or www.pmnweddingfayres.co.uk)

MARCH 5: Upton House, Upton Country Park (11am to 3pm, contact

01202 262753 or www.uptoncountrypark.org)

MARCH 12: Lainston House, Winchester (11am to 3.30pm, contact

01329 227437 or www.pmnweddingfayres.co.uk)

MARCH 12: Winchester Royal Hotel, Winchester (11am to 3.30pm,

contact 02380 560073 or www.weddingexhibitionpromotions.co.uk)

MARCH 12: Winchester Cathedral (11am to 3pm, contact

www.littlestarevents.co.uk)

MARCH 12: Highcliffe Castle, Dorset (10.30am to 4pm, contact

01425 278807 or www.highcliffecastle.co.uk)

MARCH 19: Grand Harbour Hotel, Southampton (11am to 3.30pm,

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

MARCH 19: Riviera Hotel, Alum Chine, Bournemouth (12noon to

4pm, contact 07464973138)

MARCH 19: Inn Lodge Hotel, Portsmouth (11am to 3.30pm, contact

02380 560073 or www.weddingexhibitionpromotions.co.uk)

MARCH 26: Merley House, Wimborne (11am to 3pm, contact 01202

885024)

APRIL 2: Old Alresford Place, Alresford (11am to 3pm, contact

www.littlestarevents.co.uk)

APRIL 2: Basingstoke Hotel (The Crowne Plaza) Basingstoke (11am to

3.30pm, contact 02380 560073 or www.weddingexhibitionpromotions.co.uk)

APRIL 9: Beach Weddings Bournemouth (10am to 4pm, contact

01202 533014 or www.bellissimo-weddings.co.uk)

APRIL 9: Royal Beech Hotel, Southsea (11am to 3.30pm, contact

02380 560073 or www.weddingexhibitionpromotions.co.uk)

APRIL 23: Orangery Suite, Merley House Lane, Wimborne (11am to

3pm, contact 07427 162282 or www.cjpromotions-events.co.uk)

MAY 4: The Italian Villa, Compton Acres, Poole (5pm to 9pm, contact

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

MAY 6: Wedding Fayre in The Square, Wimborne, Dorset (10am to

4pm, contact 07715 293080 or www.siennagraceweddings.co.uk)

MAY 7: The Royal Marines Museum, Portsmouth (11am to 3.30pm,

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

MAY 14: The Cottonwood Boutique Hotel, Bournemouth (11am to

3pm, contact 07427 162282 or www.cjpromotions-events.co.uk)

MAY 14: Hilton at the Ageas Bowl, Southampton (11am to 3.30pm,

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

JUNE 4: Langstone Hotel, Hayling (11am to 3.30pm, contact 02380

560073 or www.weddingexhibitionpromotions.co.uk)

JUNE 18: Rhinefield House, New Forest (10.30am to 3pm, contact

01903 366163 or www.stylisheventsfayres.com)

JUNE 18: Holiday Inn, Tichfield (11am to 3.30pm, contact 02380

560073 or www.weddingexhibitionpromotions.co.uk)

JUNE 25: Holiday Inn, Eastleigh (11am to 3.30pm, contact 02380

560073 or www.weddingexhibitionpromotions.co.uk)

JULY 2: Coldeast Mansion, Sarisbury Green (11am to 3.30pm,

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

Organisers of Autumn 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 June 30th.

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....................................16

BRIDAL FASHION

Bridal & Ball...........................................12

A Bride 2 Bee.........................................12

Cherished Bridal Wear...........................13

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

Wedding Time .......................................12

CAKES

Coast Cakes...........................................18

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

ENTERTAINMENT

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

FIREWORKS

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

FLOWERS

Bloom Floristry......................................18

FOOD & DRINK

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

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

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

JEWELLERS

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

LUXURY LOOS

Temporary Toilets..................................40

MEN’S FORMAL HIRE

Chas H Baker.........................................16

Wedding Time .......................................16

MOTHER OF THE BRIDE

Charisma of Fawley ...............................32

Fab Frocks .............................................34

Irené ......................................................32

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

PHOTOGRAPHERS

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

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

Rosie Cutbill Photography.....................44

Stuart Brampton Photography ..............34

Twisty Focus Weddings.........................13

REGISTER OFFICES

Bournemouth Registration Service .......52

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

Southampton Register Office................52

SPECIAL TOUCHES

EK Creations..........................................45

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

Twilight Trees.........................................45

TOASTMASTER

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

VENUES

Athelhampton House ...........................IBC

Avington Park........................................41

Branksome Dene ...................................39

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

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

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

Hallmark Hotels..................................OBC

Highcliffe Castle.....................................41

Hooke Court ..........................................50

Hotel Miramar .......................................49

The Italian Villa......................................46

Kingston Country Courtyard..................36

Kingston Maurward...............................46

Meon Valley Marriott Hotel....................38

Merley House ........................................36

Norfolk Royale Hotel .............................38

Pennsylvania Castle...............................50

Poole Guildhall ......................................39

The Riviera Hotel...................................43

Russell-Cotes House............................IFC

Scaplen’s Court .....................................39

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

Trevenna ................................................40

Upton House .........................................39

The Victorian Barn.................................37

WEDDING FAIRS

BIC Wedding Show ...............................31

CCP Productions ...................................31

PMN Wedding Fayres............................30

Stylish Events........................................30

VA Productions......................................31

Wedding Exhibition Promotions............30

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