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!
▼Kingston Country Courtyard, Corfe Castle Photos by RB Shootinghip 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. PHOTO BY DEBORAH HURST PHOTOGRAPHY 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 JAKE MOOR 3 8 • D R E A M W E D D I N G S I N D O R S E T & H A M P S H I R E
▼Hotel Miramar, Bournemouth dreamvenues ▼Hooke Court, near Beaminster Whether you’re planning an intimate ceremony and reception for 25 guests or a lavish wedding for 130, friendly staff at the gracious Edwardian Hotel Miramar will ensure that no detail is overlooked. The country house hotel has one of the most spectacular vantage points in Bournemouth, looking across sweeping lawns to the glittering waters of the bay and providing a perfect backdrop for photographs. Three of the hotel’s rooms are licensed for civil weddings, two of which have stunning sea views. The Miramar can also offer outside weddings on the lawn overlooking the bay. The highly experienced banqueting team, led by an award-winning chef, will be delighted to help you plan your special day, from your choice of menu to the seating arrangements and from your floral decorations to those little individual touches which make the day special to you. PHOTO BY PARADOX PHOTOGRAPHY Hotel Director David Bailey says: ‘We have an enviable reputation as one of Bournemouth’s foremost wedding venues. Our aim is to leave you free to enjoy every moment – confident that every detail will be handled with care.’ For more details, call 01202 556581 or visit the website at www.miramar-bournemouth.com. Hooke Court is the perfect venue for your big day. The elegant estate and picturesque Grade II listed 14th century manor house provide the perfect backdrop for a truly magical wedding day. Every bride’s dream wedding is different and at Hooke Court they have the flexibility to accommodate your vision and your budget: whether it’s an intimate candlelit ceremony and reception for 20 in front of a roaring log fire or a weekend of celebration with exclusive use of Hooke Court for you and your guests. Whatever your ideas they can help you to plan the perfect wedding to suit your requirements. Hooke Court has four different licensed locations: the Aelfric Hall and three within the Manor House, which gives you the opportunity to create a wedding ceremony reflecting your personal style. Celebrate your wedding at Hooke Court. It’s the perfect venue for the biggest day of your life. To view Hooke Court for yourself and plan the wedding of your dreams, call Ros Bush on 01308 862260, email email@example.com or visit www.hookecourt.co.uk/weddings. Bournemouth’s Country House by the Sea... Weddings & Special Occasions The perfect venue for love, romance and celebration. D R E A M W E D D I N G S I N D O R S E T & H A M P S H I R E • 3 9