Dream Weddings Magazine - Dorset & Hampshire - issue.38


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!


Y congratulations...

ou’ve dreamt of your wedding day since you were

a little girl - the fabulous dress, the handsome

groom, the flowers, the music, the blissful romance

of it all. And now you have organised the handsome

groom, it’s time to get down to the rest of the

planning so your wedding day turns out to be as magical

as you always imagined.

However daunting the whole organisation seems at the

outset, this is one celebration everyone wants to be a

spectacular success and you will find good wishes

and friendly faces wherever you turn for help.

Planning your wedding starts here and now and in

this issue of Dream Weddings you will find tips and

hints on every aspect of your big day, from the latest

collections of gowns to transport, from wedding

day etiquette to up-to-date fashions in flowers.

You’ll also find advertisements from a whole

army of local businesses, all with plenty of

experience to call on. They will work with your

ideas, offer creative suggestions of their own

and find solutions to match every budget. They know

the shortcuts and the pitfalls - and they’re fully aware

of how important it is to you that everything runs

smoothly. So turn the page, start planning your

big day.

And enjoy every minute of it!














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2-13 Stars in your eyes

Sparkling collections from top international

designers, all at a boutique near you

14-17 Of maids and men

Surround yourself with beautiful

bridesmaids and gorgeous groomsmen

18-19 A slice of heaven

Contemporary wedding cakes that taste

every bit as scrumptious as they look...

20-21 Picture perfect

Black & white photographs make a

welcome return to the wedding album

22 The ring’s the thing

Top tips on choosing the one piece of

jewellery you will wear every day

23-29 Now here’s the plan!

Follow our step-by-step guide all the way

from your engagement to the first dance

30-31 My fair lady

Check out the best of the counties’

wedding fairs at a venue near you

32-35 Mum’s the word

Head-turning new collections for the

Mother of the Bride and Groom

36-47 Set the scene

Venues to suit every bride’s style from a

casual reception to a grand formal affair

48 Brides’ directory

Our handy classified index, plus those allimportant

autumn dates for your diary

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Get all

loved up

in lace...

Figure-hugging fishtails, soft ruffles, romantic ballgowns,

flattering necklines from off-the-shoulder to deep Vs,

seductively strapless or high-necked with full sleeves: there’s

an almost bewildering choice for today’s bride-to-be. But the

one detail you will find everywhere is lace. From delicate

Chantilly to dramatic guipure or Honiton lace, there’s scarcely a style

that doesn’t make use of this most bridal of all bridal fabrics.

You’ll find it in exquisite overlays, in beautiful bodices, stunning

sleeves and cleverly combined with illusion necklines and backs to

give contemporary style to the traditional bridal gown.

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brides are in


Here comes the blushing bride... or is it the bride in

blush? When white or ivory just isn’t romantic

enough for you, or you want to kick against tradition

just a little bit, dreamy pastel pink and beautiful

blush are the most feminine of bridal colours.

Whether your bridal style is slim and slinky or an extravagant

confection of tulle, there’s a dress out there making your

bridal statement for you.

Traditional white and ivory still play a major part in the bridal

picture, but as more brides choose to marry in less formal

licensed venues, so their choice of what to wear is becoming

more relaxed too.

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bridal house

Now celebrating over 20 years helping brides

find their dream weddings gowns, Special

Occasions has built an enviable reputation

not just for beautiful dresses but also for

the friendliness and professionalism of their service.

The elegant bridal house in Poole is home to a

fabulous collection of wedding dresses and gorgeous

accessories, from city chic to romantic and elegant.

Dresses range from 6 to 28.

Special Occasions is renowned for the quality and fit of

their dresses, which can be individually styled with a

variety of design changes.

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

enjoy their experience with us from their first visit to the

final dress fitting.

“We pride ourselves on creating a relaxed and comfortable

atmosphere – which is also fun for the bride and

her party.’

Appointments are recommended so you can make the

most of the impeccable personal service offered by the

experienced and friendly staff.

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55 Commercial Road, Lower Parkstone, Poole, Dorset











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

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

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Saturday 9:30 till 5pm. Brides are always welcome to browse, 7

but appointments are recommended, especially on Saturdays

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


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

For Beautiful Wedding Gowns


Wedding Dresses *

Bridesmaids * Accessories

Tel: 02392556385

151 High Street, Lee On Solent PO13 9BX


Love the neckline, hate the skirt? Adore the hemline, loathe

the bodice? There’s a new move to allow brides to create

their own individual look with mix and match bridal

separates. A flurry in the latest international collections

allows you to design your own wedding style by

combining your favourite top with your dream skirt. Or cover a

strapless dress with a lace top or a jacket for the ceremony, so you

can remove it and have a different look for the evening.

Choose an on-trend superslim mini which you can wear again and

again after the wedding and team it with a bridal overskirt for the

big day.

Short of having a bespoke dress designed just for you, it’s never

been easier to create a wedding gown that reflects the unique bride

you are.

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Beautiful bridal gowns, bridesmaids and accessories





• Designer bridal gowns

• Made to measure


• Mother of the Bride

• Bridesmaids

• Shoes and accessories

Based in Salisbury

Tel: 07786 162736

www.milliecouturebridal.com • milliecouture@hotmail.com


Be the bride of his dreams in a beautiful gown

which you have had a hand in designing. Millie

Couture Bridal, based in a secluded private

location in Salisbury, specialises in involving

brides in the design process, whether they

choose a completely bespoke dress or a gown from the

best of the British collections.

Owner Leesa Miller said: ‘Our bridal collections

encompass designers who specialise in the bespoke area,

so brides don’t just choose a gown off the rails. They have

a range of styles and fabric choices, so the dress they

design becomes individually theirs.’

This unique boutique, purpose-built in the grounds of

Leesa’s home, nestles in a leafy lane between Salisbury

and Southampton.

A fashion and design graduate herself, Leesa

subsequently worked in the luxury end of bridal wear

before branching out under her own name.

Now she offers not only her own bespoke styling, but also

a range of carefully chosen collections which include

English Rose, Louise Bentley, Wendy Makin, Sophia &

Camilla and Felicity Cooper.

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Bridal gown prices range from £850 to £2,500 and

there’s a complete range of bridesmaids’ outfits plus

bridal accessories. Millie Couture Bridal works on an

appointments basis to ensure each bride can relax and

benefit from Leesa’s undivided attention. New this

season is Millie May Bridal, an affordable collection with

customisable design options from £695 up to £895,

alongside its sister collection, Millie Grace, for brides

with curves. And launching this year is a bespoke

collection for the mother of the bride.

Leesa said: ‘Whatever style you’re looking for, we can

give you help and advice. From beginning to end, we

give 100 per cent to each and every bride.’

For more details, call 07786 162736 or visit the

website at www.milliecouturebridal.com.

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Posh Togs

Bridal • Menswear

Bridesmaids • Flower Girls

Tel: 01202 522377

763 Wimborne Road, Bournemouth BH9 2BA www.tiarasandcrowns.net

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Get back

in the




Everything you’ve ever read about the importance of the back of your dress is

true. That’s what your guests will be looking at all through the ceremony. A

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

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

but think of the fun you’ll have practising in front of the mirror at home. You’ll

soon work out how to walk and turn gracefully and don’t forget your chief bridesmaid

will be there to ensure your train falls properly on the day.

Top if offwith 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


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


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Long gone are the days when you were

thrilled that your best friend asked you

to be her bridesmaid – but your heart

sank at the prospect of the fussy, frilly

confection she was going to expect you to wear.

Today’s bridesmaids can expect to be

completely spoilt by the delicious choice of

styles, fabrics and colours available – and

virtually all of them can be worn time and time

again after the wedding. Delicate pinks, lilacs,

blues and greens are perennially popular, but so

too are rich purples, vibrant fuchsias and

intense teals.

Advice for brides? Don’t be afraid to choose

slightly different styles of dress to suit different

bridesmaids’ figures – and, if you really want to

stand out from the crowd, don’t be afraid to

choose different tones of the same colour, or

even toning but different colours.

Your bridesmaids will love you for it!

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all in a row





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...and don’t






Silver grey tails and Royal blue suits are the colours trending for the

stylish groom, say Gibb Menswear. The formal hire specialist has

been dressing the men of Dorset and Hampshire for over 30 years

and has both the resources and the experience to meet every need.

Whether it’s top hat and tails, tuxedo or a kilt, formal wear or casual, to hire

or to buy, the Christchurch men’s outfitter offers a wide range of styles and

accessories, combined with first class service.

For details, call 01202 489621 or visit


Preparing for your special day?

Visit Gibb Menswear for all your formal wear needs.

We provide outfits for hire for all occasions,

whether it be a wedding, business function or black tie

event, there is something for everyone!

We also specialise in men’s outfitting

62a Bargates, Christchurch, Dorset - 01202 489621


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the fellas!

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.



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For sheer indulgent decadence, you can’t beat a

chocolate fountain at your reception. Dip bitesized

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 £295 for two fountains.

Call 01202 890033 or visit


for more details.

Speciality Cakes of Bournemouth

pride themselves on providing

personalised designs to fit all

wedding themes and budgets. They

are highly skilled in cake decorating and

provide celebration cakes in a huge range

of flavours.

For a free personal consultation and

advice, call 01202 572021

or visit www.specialitycakes.biz.

We cater for the more discerning client

A prestige service at an affordable price

● Chocolate Fountains

● Wedding Favours

● Chocolate Trolley

David and Hazel Wilding

01202 890033

Exceptional value - Excellent service

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ABOVE & RIGHT: Jennifer Bronsell of Bournemouth-based Coast Cakes is an awardwinning

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.

Traditional, contemporary, novelty,

funky. Delicate sugar paste flowers

or vibrant gerberas? Tiered, or

with cupcakes or a dazzling

croquembouche tower? Your wedding cake

is the centrepiece of your reception and

should reflect both your own personalities

and the style of your wedding.

And, as for the flavours, forget fruit cake if

you don’t like it, choose lemon or red velvet

or sumptuous chocolate or hazelnut or a tier

of each.

One word of advice if you’re going down this

route, however: only cater for the number of

guests you’re having at the reception. If it’s

not fruit cake, it won’t keep.

Beautiful, creative

& unique

cakes designed

for you

Tel: 01202 572021

1528, Wimborne Road, Kinson,

Bournemouth BH11 9AF


Award winning bespoke wedding cakes

tel. 01202 539120 | mob. 07789 000387

email. coastcakes@btinternet.com


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Black & white... it’s












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the new colour!








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At Jordan’s Jewellers you

will find something

different, something

unique and extra special.



Your wedding ring is something you will cherish for the rest of your

life – and independent fine jewellers Jordans pride themselves on

helping brides and grooms make the perfect choice.

Owner Sandy Jordan has three top tips for couples:

• Choose rings that fit your individual personalities – you don’t have to

have matching rings if you each prefer something different.

• Brides should choose a wedding ring that sits perfectly with their

engagement ring – both are the most momentous pieces of jewellery

you will ever own.

• Your wedding ring is the one

piece of jewellery you will

wear every day and it will

be asked to cope with

everything from gardening

and washing up to glamorous

evenings out, so buy the best

quality you can afford.

Sandy said: ‘If you can’t see exactly what you’re looking for, we can make

you bespoke rings individually for you. We want you to enjoy choosing

your rings and we regard it as a real honour to play our part in your

wedding planning.’

For details, call 01305 250413 or visit www.jordansjewellers.co.uk.

Jordans Jewellers, 1 Royal Mews,

Princes Street, Dorchester, DT1 1RL

Telephone: 01305 250413


New from Jordans Jewellery is the

Lapidary range, high class jewellery

set with Korean Crystal, cut in the

same way as a diamond is cut.

Sandy Jordan said: ‘It has a fantastic

dazzle and could fool the most discerning


It is set on silver and then plated in platinum,

palladium and rhodium and prices start at

just £58.

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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.


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





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


• 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


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,


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,


cut out and keep

cut out and keep


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.




Entrance of the bride •

Hymn • The marriage • Prayers

Hymn or psalm • Blessing

Signing of the register • Recessional


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


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


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



Though the Roman Catholic church does not

condone divorce, there are some

circumstances in which the Church of

England will marry divorced people, so it’s

worth consulting your vicar. Even if you are

limited to a civil ceremony, some ministers

will offer a Service of Blessing afterwards.

It’s important to establish early on what the

church’s policy is on photographs or video

being taken during the service, whetherany

secular music is allowed and on the throwing of

confetti within the church grounds.

Ask too about other couples marrying on the

same day as it may be possible to share the

cost of the church flowers.

Religious services in churches outside the

established Church of England require a licence

from the authorised registrar of your area and

will have different requirements, so see your

priest or minister as early as possible.


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

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

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

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

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

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

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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


• 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


• 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.

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


• 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.



• Arranges the hen night and make sure the bride gets home safely

• Arranges for the bride’s going away outfit and honeymoon

luggage to be taken to the reception venue

• Helps the bride to dress for the ceremony

• Makes sure the flowers and bouquets have arrived on schedule

• Supervises the other bridesmaids and attendants and

assembles them at the church ready for the arrival of the bride

• Arranges the bride’s dress and veil before the procession

down the aisle

• Takes the bride’s bouquet at the start of the wedding service and carries

it to the vestry ready to give back to the bride after the signing of

the register

• Keeps an eye on young attendants during the reception

• Helps the bride change from her wedding dress into her going away outfit

• Arranges for the wedding dress to be returned home

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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


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.



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


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

Order of service

The order of service is variable and your

minister or priest will advise you. Often a

hymn is sung after the bride’s procession,

followed by readings and an address by the


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


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


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.

bridesmaids. Now

girl power is more

firmly established, it

is not uncommon

now for the bride to

say a few words and

if she chooses to

do so, she should

speak after her new

husband. This is a

good opportunity for

her to thank all the

people who have

helped her plan the big

day, to thank her own

parents for all their support 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.


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.


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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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


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

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


Departure of bride and groom

Top Table Seating Plan

Groom’s father

Bride’s mother




Bride’s father

Groom’s mother

Best Man

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.


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

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

wedding, meet bridalwear specialists and generally get you excited in

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

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

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

shows, you’ll be caught up in the bubble of scores of brides-to-be all together

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You’re the second most important lady of the day, the last to

arrive before the bride so, as her Mum, you want to look the

business and make your daughter proud. Choosing that allimportant

outfit can be almost as stressful for the Mother of

the Bride (or Groom) as it is for the bride herself, so here

are our top tips:

Be yourself...

...and be comfortable. Choose an outfit which looks a million dollars, but

still suits your individual style - whether that’s fitted and formal, relaxed

and floaty or even elegant trousers.

Consider the colour...

You should complement (though not necessarily match) your daughter’s

wedding colours, so it can be wise to wait until she’s chosen the

bridesmaids’ dresses before shopping for your own. Loud patterns can

overwhelm you in photographs, so be careful around them - and if

you’re the Mother of the Groom, it’s good manners to find out what the

MotB is wearing to avoid a clash.

Continued on page 34...

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Finding the

...from page 33

Think about the material...

The last thing you want is to walk down the aisle in a creased dress, so be

aware which fabrics will crease more than others – linen is a particularly

good example. Go for a fabric mix and, if there’s any danger of it clinging

to your tights, invest in an anti-static half-slip and/or aerosol spray.

Accessorise with care...

Big hats are gorgeous, but can make greeting guests awkward. Channel

your inner Meghan’s mother by choosing a discreet, small hat or go for one

worn tilted on the head. A simple clutch bag, with or without a chain, and

elegant but comfortable shoes complete the look.

Where to shop...

Don’t be tempted by the internet or the High Street (if you’ve ever walked

into an event to confront a lady wearing the same dress, you won’t need to

ask why). Independent boutiques not only have a bespoke selection of

special occasion outfits, they also have experienced, specialist staff and

will often keep a record of what they sell to whom to ensure the same outfit

doesn’t turn up twice at the same occasion.

And finally...

Think about changing into something more relaxed for the evening

celebrations. By that time, you’ll really want to let your hair down – not to

mention getting out of those shoes!

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mother of

all outfits...







of fun

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


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▼Merley House, Wimborne

Photos by RB Shootinghip

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! Merley House

offers 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

photographic opportunities while your guests enjoy the wide variety of

scrumptious food and fine beverages.

On the first floor, you will have the use of the bridal suite which also 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 Merley House contact the events team on

01202 885024 or enquiries@merleyhouseevents.co.uk.

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▼Kingston Country Courtyard, Corfe Castle


▼Kingston Maurward,

near Dorchester

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.



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.kmc.ac.uk/weddings

PS: See the venue for yourself

at Kingston Maurward’s Autumn wedding fair

on October 7th from 11am to 3pm.




Choice of 3 rooms - Monday to Saturday Mid-day

Council Chamber - available 7 days a week.

Telephone: 01202 451510


e-mail: registrars@bournemouth.gov.uk

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Golf Club•Hotel and Spa


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Your special day in Poole, the wedding coast…

Upton House Upton House – 01202 262753


Scaplen’s Court Scaplen’s Court – 01202 262600



Bournemouth Borough Council

Branksome Dene Branksome Dene – 01202 708181


The Guildhall The Guildhall – 01202 633744


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Set in the beautiful

Dorset countryside

• Licensed for civil ceremonies.

Weddings up to 120

• Receptions up to 200

• Onsite 4★ quality accommodation

Tel: 01258 817501



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▼The Italian Villa at Compton Acres



Together forever starts right here. Winner of Best Venue at the 2017

Dorset Wedding Supplier Awards and awarded Best Venue Award at the

national Wedding Industry Awards, The Italian Villa is the only venue of

its kind in the UK.

Set against a divine 10 acres of manicured gardens within the renowned Compton

Acres, it is the perfect setting for that magical day when you say ‘I do’.

This exclusive wedding venue provides bridal couples with three floors of

unrivalled elegance to lay on their dream wedding. It features a balcony

overlooking the breathtaking Italian Garden to ensure that wedding photos will be

truly unforgettable.

When you book The Italian Villa, the multi-award winning venue becomes yours

alone for the entire event, giving you a true fairytale wedding venue, never having

to worry about seeing ‘other guests at a hotel’, or have ‘staff attending to other

matters’. When at The Italian Villa, you are their only priority and the team’s

impeccable standards ensure that the entire wedding party feel like VIPs.

Along with direct access into the phenomenal Italian Garden, the Villa can cater

for small, intimate wedding receptions for 65, or provide a relaxed setting for up

to 180 guests in the Medici Suite. Well-appointed with lifts to all three floors, air

conditioning, built in sound systems and speakers, a stage, and audio-visual

screens, The Villa’s superb facilities enable couples to theme or create the most

memorable occasion.

And with catering from Dorset’s leading event caterers, Beales Gourmet, your

guests will savour the most spectacular cuisine from the talented team of chefs –

the perfect match for your magical wedding day.

Visit their wedding show on 14th October from 11am to 3pm. Entrance is free and

you can register on their Facebook page.

For more details, call 01202 816074 or visit www.the-italian-villa.co.uk.

Wedding Fair Sunday 7th October 2018


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Skip to the

loo, my darling!

Ideal for marquee and home based weddings, Temporary Toilets supply

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

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

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

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

affair or small and intimate.

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

All units include the


• 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


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▼Hooke Court, near Beaminster


And the

toast is...

You may be under the impression that

all a toastmaster does is introduce

the speeches, but he does far more

than that. He will take a huge burden

off your shoulders and ensure your

reception runs smoothly from start to finish,

allowing you to relax and enjoy the day.

A good toastmaster is an expert in

procedure and etiquette and can tactfully and

diplomatically make sure everyone is in the right

place at the right time.

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 info@hookecourt.co.uk or

visit www.hookecourt.co.uk/weddings.

He will run the reception for you with the agreed

level of relaxedness or formality to ensure

everything goes smoothly.

He will certainly make all the standard

announcements: receiving line, entrance, grace,

speeches, cake cutting, first dance. He will also

act as a co-ordinating link, with all the other

professionals on the day ensuring all goes

according to plan.

If you want to know more, contact professional

toastmaster Brian Cox, who will arrange to meet

you to discuss your requirements.

For more details, call 01202 824885 or visit


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Your ceremony

in Southampton

Licensed Venue

or Register Office

Weddings, Civil Partnerships

and Renewal of Vows

Tel: 02380 915327

email: registrars@southampton.gov.uk


6a, Bugle Street, Southampton

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


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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...and off

with a bang!


30, Grosvenor Rd. Aldershot GU11 3EB


4, Queen's Rd. Alton GU34 1HU


Beech Hurst, Weyhill Rd. Andover SP10 3AJ


Goldings, London Rd. Basingstoke RG21 4AN

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


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



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


4, Osborn Rd. South, Fareham PO16 7DG


Gosport Discovery Centre, High Street, Gosport PO12 1BT


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


Lymington Library, North Close, Lymington SO41 9BW


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


Ringwood Gateway, The Furlong, Ringwood BH24 1AT


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


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


Castle Hill, High Street, Winchester SO23 8HU

For more information please contact us on 0845 603 5637

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

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dates for your diary

AUGUST 19: Rhinefield House Open Day, Brockenhurst

(11am to 4pm, contact 01590 622922 or


SEPTEMBER 2: Steeple Court Manor, Botley (11am to 3pm,

contact www.hampshireweddinggroup.co.uk)

SEPTEMBER 2: Holiday Inn Eastleigh (11am to 3.30pm,

contact 02380 560073 or


SEPTEMBER 2: Audleys Wood Hotel, Basingstoke (11.30am to

3.30pm, contact 01329 227437 or


SEPTEMBER 9: Holiday Inn, Winchester (11am to 3pm,

contact 07894 915114 or www.littlestarevents.co.uk)

SEPTEMBER 9: Lighthouse Arts Centre, Poole (11am to 3pm,

contact dawn@weddingdaze.co.uk)

SEPTEMBER 9: Oakley Hall Park, Basingstoke (11am to

3.30pm, contact 01329 227437 or


SEPTEMBER 9: Royal Beach Hotel, Southsea (11am to 3.30pm,

contact 02380 560073 or


SEPTEMBER 9: Solent Hotel, Fareham (11am to 3pm, contact

01329 227437 or www.pmnweddingfayres.co.uk)

SEPTEMBER 9: Hampshire Court Hotel, Chineham (11am to

3/.30pm, contact 08432 892742 or


SEPTEMBER 9: Norton Park Hotel, Sutton Scotney (11am to

3pm, contact 01962 763009 or ohitchens@gmail.com)

SEPTEMBER 9: Master Builder’s House Hotel, Beaulieu Estate

(12noon to 5pm, contact 01590 616253)

SEPTEMBER 16: Dorset Wedding Festival, Wareham (11am to

3.30pm, contact festival@southcoastevents.co.uk)

SEPTEMBER 16: Winchester Hotel & Spa (12noon to 3pm,

contact 01932 709988 or www.thewinchesterhotel.co.uk)

SEPTEMBER 16: Winchester Guildhall (11am to 3pm, contact


SEPTEMBER 22: Lockswood Community Centre, Locks Heath

Shopping Village (10.30am to 1.30pm, contact 07841 660177

or www.hantsevents.co.uk)

SEPTEMBER 23: Orangery Suite, Wimborne (11am to 3pm,

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

SEPTEMBER 23: Winchester Cathedral Gardens (11am to 3pm,

contact 07894 915114 or www.littlestarevents.co.uk)

SEPTEMBER 23: Lainston House Open Day, Sparsholt (11am

to 3pm, contact 01962 797824 or www.lainstonhouse.co.uk)

SEPTEMBER 23: Portsmouth Marriott Hotel (11am to 3pm,

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

SEPTEMBER 26: Rhinefield House, Brockenhurst (6 to 8pm,

contact 01590 622922 or


SEPTEMBER 30: Hilton at the Ageas Bowl, Southampton

(11am to 3pm, contact 01329 227437 or


calling wedding fair organisers

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

way of finding everything you need under one roof - and there’s

bound to be one near you soon. So make a note of these dates,

but do check locally nearer the time as they may change.

SEPTEMBER 30: Holiday Inn, Southsea (11am to 3.30pm,

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

SEPTEMBER 30: Thistle Hotel, Poole (1 to 4pm, contact


SEPTEMBER 30: Tylney Hall, Rotherwick (11am to 3pm,

contact 01256 745522 or www.luxuryweddingshow.co.uk)

SEPTEMBER 30: Green House, Bournemouth (12noon to 4pm,

contact 01202 498901 or www.thegreenhousehotel.com)

OCTOBER 7: Littledown Centre, Bournemouth (11am to

3.30pm, contact dawn@weddingdaze.co.uk)

OCTOBER 7: Kingston Maurward, near Dorchester (11am to

3pm, contact 01305 215050 or www.kmc.ac.uk/weddings)

OCTOBER 7: Mercure Winchester Wessex Hotel (1 to 4pm,

contact 07894 915114 or www.littlestarevents.co.uk)

OCTOBER 7: Old Thorns Manor, Liphook (11am to 3.30pm,

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

OCTOBER 7: Ampfield Golf Club, Romsey (11am to 3pm,

contact www.hampshireweddinggroup.co.uk)

OCTOBER 11: The Victorian Barn, Woolland (6 to 9pm, contact

01258 817501 or www.thevictorianbarn.co.uk)

OCTOBER 14: Italian Villa, Compton Acres, Poole (11am to

3pm, contact 01202 816074 or www.the-italian-villa.co.uk)

OCTOBER 14: Cumberland Hotel & Ocean Beach Hotel,

Bournemouth (12noon to 4pm, contact 01202 298350 or


OCTOBER 14: Grand Harbour Hotel, Southampton (11am to

3pm, contact 02380 633033 or www.grandharbourhotel.co.uk)

OCTOBER 14: Norton Park Hotel, Sutton Scotney (11am to

3.30pm, contact 08432 892742 or


OCTOBER 14: Stansted House, Rowlands Castle (11am to

3.30pm, contact 01329 227437 or


OCTOBER 14: Meon Valley Marriott Hotel, Shedfield (11am to

3.30pm, contact 02380 560073 or


OCTOBER 21: The Exchange, Sturminster Newton (11am to

3pm, contact 07944 246455 or www.lilyandlottieevents.co.uk)

OCTOBER 21: Chilworth Manor Hotel (11am to 3.30pm, contact

01329 227437 or www.pmnweddingfayres.co.uk)

OCTOBER 24 & 25: Wedding Open Evenings, Best Western

Hotel Royale (5.30 to 7.30pm, contact 01202 298350 or


OCTOBER 28: Marwell Hotel, Colden Common (11am to 3pm,

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

OCTOBER 28: Westgate Hall, Southampton (11am to 3pm,

contact 02380 915327)

OCTOBER 21: Bournemouth Town Hall (11am to 3pm, contact


OCTOBER 28: Bridal Boot Fair, Pavilion in the Park, Eastleigh

(9.30am to 12.30pm, contact willow@roseevents@gmail.com)

NOVEMBER 4: De Vere New Place, Shirrell Heath (11.30am to

3.30pm, contact 01329 227437 or


NOVEMBER 4: Allendale Centre, Wimborne (11am to 3pm,

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

Organisers of Spring 2019 wedding fairs who would like to have their

dates included in the next issue of Dream Weddings magazine should

email editorial@countymagazines.co.uk by December 30th 2018.

Please mention Dream Weddings magazine when replying to advertisements

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



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


Creatiques ........................................IFC

Eleanor Florence................................12

Kelly’s Bridal Couture..........................8

Millie Couture....................................10

New Forest & Dorset Brides ...............8

Posh Togs .........................................12

Special Occasions............................6/7


Beale’s Gourmet................................40

Coast Cakes.......................................19

Speciality Cakes ................................19


Jordans Jewellers .............................22


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

Gibb Menswear.................................16

Posh Togs .........................................12


Boutique at No6 ................................32


Rose Ringrose Handbags .................32


CP Photography................................18

Diamond & Silk Photography ...........10


Bournemouth Register Office ...........37

Hampshire Registration Services......47

Poole Guildhall..................................46

Southampton Register Office............46


Chocolate Fountains of Dorset..........18

Classic Fireworks ..............................46

Temporary Toilets..............................44

Toastmaster Brian Cox......................45


Borough of Poole..............................39

Cumberland Hotel .............................43

Dudsbury Golf Club ..........................38

The Grange at Oborne.......................41

Hallmark Bournemouth Carlton .......OBC

Hallmark Bournemouth East Cliff.....OBC

Hooke Court......................................44

Hotel Royale......................................43

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

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

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

Macdonald Botley Park Hotel............42

Macdonald Elmers Court Hotel.........42

Mayfair Hotel.....................................43

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

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

Oakley Hall ........................................43

Ocean Beach Hotel............................43

Southampton City Art Gallery..........IBC

Suncliff Hotel.....................................43

Tudor House & Garden....................IBC

The Victorian Barn ............................40

Westgate Hall...................................IBC


Little Star Events...............................30

PMN Wedding Fayres .......................31

Wedding Exhibition Promotions .......30

Unique wedding and Civil Ceremony

venues available in Southampton

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

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

Tudor House & Garden

Located in Southampton’s Old Town, Tudor House offers

couples a unique and beautiful setting. From the 16th

century Banqueting Hall, to the lovely Georgian Room

overlooking the Tudor knot garden, the house and gardens

provide the perfect backdrop for your special day.

Southampton City Art Gallery

The Gallery is one of the most stunning venues for

ceremonies in the city. Paintings and sculptures provide

a beautiful backdrop for couples seeking somewhere

unique, with ample space for guests to enjoy this

harmonious setting.

Westgate Hall

Westgate Hall is a beautiful setting for you to say ‘I do’

in Southampton. Hidden away amongst the Medieval

old town walls, this 15th century timber framed

building is a truly unique venue for your ceremony.

Recently restored and now beautifully decorated it’s a

picture perfect location for your special day.

Southampton City Art Gallery: call 023 8083 4536 or email art.gallery@southampton.gov.uk

Tudor House & Garden: call 023 8083 4536 or email museums@southampton.gov.uk

Westgate Hall: call 023 8091 5327 or email registrars@southampton.gov.uk

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