Dream Weddings Magazine - Devon & Cornwall - issue.32

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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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You’ve dreamt of your wedding day since you were a

little girl - the fabulous dress, the handsome groom,

the flowers, the music, the blissful romance of it all.

And now you have organised the handsome groom,

it’s time to get down to the rest of the planning so

your wedding day turns out to be as magical as

you always imagined.

However daunting the whole organisation seems

at the outset, this is one celebration everyone

wants to be a spectacular success and you will

find good wishes and friendly faces wherever

you turn for help.

Planning your wedding starts here and now and in

this issue of Dream Weddings you will find tips and

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

collections of gowns to transport, from wedding day

etiquette to up-to-date fashions in flowers.

You’ll also find advertisements from a whole army of

local businesses, all with plenty of experience to call on.

They will work with your ideas, offer creative

suggestions of their own and find solutions to

match every budget. They know the shortcuts

and the pitfalls - and they’re fully aware of

how important it is to you that everything

runs smoothly.

So turn the page, start planning your big

day. And enjoy every minute of it!

COVER PICTURE: BEAUTIFUL BY ENZOANI AT TRULY DELIGHTFUL IN

TOTNES AND CHAMPAGNE & CHARLOTTE IN BIDEFORD

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p2-15 GLAMOUR & GLITZ

2-15 Razzle dazzle ’em

Bridal fashion to die for whether you’re

a fairy princess or a drama queen

16-17 Well groomed

Dashing styles for your husband-to-be

and all the boys in the bridal party

18-21 Flowers galore

Gather ye rosebuds... and peonies and

poppies and lilies and lavender....

22-23 Slice of the action

Truly scrumptious cakes that taste

every bit as good as they look

24-25 Black & white magic

Capture all the colour of your big day in

candid black & white photographs

26-27 The ring’s the thing

Get the lowdown on sparkling wedding

jewellery made individually for you

28-29 Mum’s the word!

Head-turning style for the second most

important lady of the day - your Mum

AUTUMN / WINTER 2019 • ISSUE 32

P24-25 - PICTURE PERFECT IN BLACK & WHITE...

P22-23 - YUMMY-SCRUMMY STUFF!

31-37 Now here’s the plan

Follow our step-by-step guide for the

smoothest route to the altar

38-39 My fair lady

Check out the best of the counties’

wedding fairs at a venue near you

40-41 Every one a winner!

Meet the winners and finalists of the 2019

South West Wedding Awards

42-43 Transport of bliss

Arriving in style has never been so

much fun – on four wheels or even two

44-69 It’s your party!

The whole gamut of venues, plus

mouth-watering catering and fab decor

71 Light up the night

Round off your wedding day with

a professional firework display

72 Classified information

Our handy classified index, plus those

all-important dates for your diary

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PICTURED: ENZOANI AT

TRULY DELIGHTFUL IN

TOTNES AND CHAMPAGNE

& CHARLOTTE IN BIDEFORD

Faced with the wealth of choice available, finding the perfect bridal

gown can seem daunting, but it really doesn’t need to be. It’s simply

about choosing a gown that accentuates your best features and

makes you feel truly amazing.

For ‘triangle’ shapes (broader shoulders with narrower hips), A-line gowns

will streamline your figure, and a plunging V-neckline will flatter broad

shoulders.

A ball gown silhouette has layered fabrics below the waistline which will

flatter pear shapes (hips wider than shoulders) by shaping the top half

of the body and drawing attention to the waistline. And an ultra

feminine plunging sweetheart neckline will also complement a

smaller bust.

If you’re rocking an hourglass figure, then a full-length, mermaid

showstopper could be your perfect match. Figure-hugging

shapes, illusion bodice and illusion side panels are a little more

daring. Match them with a flattering and flirtatious back for an

all-round stunner of a mermaid gown.

Statement Trains

Long cathedral trains suit most figures, so all you need

to consider is your wedding location. If you’re tying the

knot in your back garden, then a cathedral train might

look a bit over the top and be impractical in a small

space.

However, if you’re planning on a luxurious

location with a long aisle to walk down, then a

statement train is a must – and it looks

incredible in photos, especially cascading

down a grand staircase.

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Cinderella gown or dramatic fishtail? An unadorned column

of pure elegance or a frothy confection of tulle? Your

bridal style should reflect your personality, not fight with

it and you should feel your most beautiful best on your

day of all days.

Begin shopping six to nine months before your wedding. It takes

about four months for a manufacturer to make a dress and another

two months to complete the alterations. Pore over bridal magazines

to learn about fabrics and silhouettes, so you have the start of an

idea what you’re looking for and cut out and file pictures of dresses

or details that appeal to you, so you can take them with you when

you shop.

But keep an open mind if bridal consultants suggest you try on a

dress that doesn’t seem quite your style. Some dresses don’t look

like much on the hanger but look fantastic on.

And finally, never let yourself be talked into buying a gown you’re

not completely in love with.

PICTURED & RIGHT:

PHOENIX GOWNS AT

LOWEN BRIDAL IN

LAUNCESTON

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PHOENIX GOWNS

AT LOWEN

BRIDAL IN

LAUNCESTON

LEFT & RIGHT:

PAUL ZENI BRIDAL

AT TI AMO IN

IVYBRIDGE

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Lovely

Lace

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Romantic, traditional yet timeless, lace is surely

the most feminine of bridal gown fabrics. But,

not all lace is created or looks the same. Here’s

a quick guide to a few of the most popular styles:

ALENÇON LACE: Originating from Alençon, France, this

needlepoint lace is usually found with a floral design on a

sheer or net background.

CHANTILLY LACE: Chantilly lace is known for its fine

ground, outline pattern and abundant detail. The pattern is

outlined in cordennet, a flat untwisted strand.

Embroidered lace: Delicate patterns are tightly stitched

onto an illusion base, forming the appearance of an

applique.

GUIPURE LACE: Also called Venetian lace, Guipure is a

firm, stiff lace without a net background. Patterns are

created by a series of close, embroidered stitches onto a

fine fabric that seems to disappear in the finished piece.

KNIT LACE: A softer lace, this lace lacks a tulle back,

making it more flexible, and contours around the body

with more ease.

And then, of course, there’s our very own Devon

speciality..

Honiton lace: Its ornate sprigs or motifs and

complex patterns are created separately and

then sewn into the net fabric.

PICTURED: ROMANTICA AT

BEE BEE GOWNS IN PLYMOUTH

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PICTURED: RONALD JOYCE AT AMICA

BRIDAL BOUTIQUE IN PLYMOUTH

loating tulle capes, stunning shrugs and fun

feather and fur wraps not only stamp your

individuality on your wedding look, but also

act as a little extra protection on potentially

inclement autumn and winter days.

And they’re a great way of giving you two different

looks on your wedding day, without having to change

your dress.

Short wedding capes that sit on or around your

shoulders are perfect if your dress is designed to do

the talking, while floatier bridal wraps bring an

ethereal dimension, just the thing for the bride who

has opted to go without a veil.

Complete the look with a stunning hair vine or

statement earrings.

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TI AMO BRIDAL

BOUTIQUE

For the dress of your dreams…

In store

alteration

service

available

“Helped me find

my perfect dress, very

helpful and offered lots

of advice. Lovely girls

that made me feel

at ease.”

Katie Burden,

Plymouth

BRIDAL • BRIDESMAIDS

OCCASION WEAR • ACCESSORIES

Bridesmaids • MOTB • Menswear • Prom Dresses • Accessories

434 Crownhill Rd. West Park, Plymouth PL5 2QS • Tel: 01752 350305

www.louannonmenswear.co.uk • www.beebeegowns.co.uk

• T: 01752 896192 • www.tiamobridalboutique.co.uk

3, Glanvilles Mill, Ivybridge PL21 9PS

www.trulydelightful.co.uk

CELEBRATING

The little

wedding

shop with

the big

8 The Plains Totnes TQ9 5DR

t: 01803 863583 • e: shop@trulydelightful.co.uk

By appointment only

T: 01237 237210

12, Allhalland Street, Bideford, EX39 2JD

www.champagneandcharlotte.co.uk

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F O R B E A U T I F U L W E D D I N G G O W N S

* Bridesmaid Dresses * Shoes * Veils * Tiaras

12 Church Street, Launceston PL15 8AP

Tel: 01566 778989 • Mob: 07516 646089

www.lowenbridal.co.uk

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THIS PAGE:

KENNETH WINSTON

AT THE BRIDAL BOX

IN TORQUAY

Established in 1999, The Bridal Box

Torquay offers a warm welcome and a

wealth of experience and knowledge

which will make your visit both enjoyable

and worthwhile. Among their large collection of

designer wedding dresses are stunning designs

by Kenneth Winston, Ella Rosa, White Rose and

Veromia and, of course there are also collections

of wedding shoes, tiaras, veils and accessories.

‘Being open six days a week and offering evening

appointments on request, we make it as easy as

possible for brides to be to visit us,’ says owner Helen

Taylor.

‘Dress samples in the boutique range in size

from 10 to 24 and are available to order from

sizes 4 to 30.

‘Our dresses are priced from £600 to £1,700 and

alongside these we have sale designs and off-thepeg

styles available. We also offer 0% payment

plans.’

Most of The Bridal Box accessory collection can

be purchased online and shipped anywhere in the

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UK or click away and collect from the boutique so you

can pop in and meet the girls!

‘We love being able to help our brides every step of the

way,’ said Helen, ‘from helping them find their dream

dress to making sure on their final fitting with

our experienced seamstress that everything is

absolutely perfect.’

It may be a long wedding journey ahead but The Bridal

Box team is there to hold your hand every step of the way!

For more details, call 01803 292222 or visit

www.thebridalbox.co.uk.

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Separate...

Bespoke Bridalwear

Bridesmaids & Mother of the

Bride/Groom outfits

Please contact Anne for an

informal chat or to make

an appointment.

Painting by Diane Bronstein

ust emerging as a new bridal trend is the

wedding two-piece, a fantastic way to way to find

an outfit that perfectly flatters your body shape –

and allows you to create your own individual

look.

It’s a particularly good option for brides who are different

sizes on the top and bottom and mixing and matching

different skirts and tops gives you complete control of

your bridal look.

There’s the added advantage of easily changing part of

your outfit to create a different look for your evening

reception.

Crop tops are hugely fashionable. They look stunning

paired with a long flowing skirt and, after the big day, you

can wear them again, teamed with a different skirt or even

a pair of smart trousers.

117 Roundtable Meet, Exeter EX4 8LG

but so

together!

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LILLY BRIDAL AT PRETTY

SMITHY IN TOTNES

riginal bridal hair accessories and

jewellery to suit all styles and budgets is

the hallmark of South Devon designer

Jane Elizabeth.

She likes to meet the bride personally, to chat about

the bride’s ideas, understand her vision for her

wedding day and get a feel for her personality

and style.

Once the design is finalised,

regular updates ensure a

perfect fit and the headpiece

can then be taken away for

practice hair trials and

subsequently tweaked if

necessary.

For more details, call

07816 677896 or visit

www.janelizabeth.co.uk.

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SAVE

THE

DATE

WEDDING

EXTRAVAGANZA

Sunday

September

22nd 2019

11am to 3pm

PLYMOUTH’S

PREMIER SHOW

- NOT TO BE

MISSED!

See page 39 for full details or call...

01626 873364

David Parish

M E N S W E A R

An independent menswear

shop with over 30 years

experience in formal hire

wear for men and boys.

Tel: 01566 772987

5-7 Broad Street, Launceston, Cornwall PL15 8AA

www.davidparishmenswear.co.uk

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...and don’t forget

PICTURED:

CAMERON ROSS AT DAVID

PARISH MENSWEAR IN LAUNCESTON

AND BEE BEE GOWNS IN PLYMOUTH

Traditional morning coat or Prince Edward

jacket? Striped trousers or herringbone?

Black or navy? Cravat or tie? And then

there’s the waistcoat… Grooms have never

had so much choice and they’re revelling in it.

For a formal wedding, the men in the bridal party

usually wear traditional morning dress in black or

grey – if you’re choosing black, it’s usually teamed

with grey pinstripe trousers and a grey waistcoat

together with a wing-collared shirt and cravat.

Top hats and gloves are invariably carried, not

worn and a pair of well-polished black shoes

completes the outfit.

But the choice doesn’t stop there. Instead of the

formal tailcoat, grooms are increasingly choosing

the flattering Prince Edward jacket or the stylish

Nehru jacket. For less formal weddings, lounge

suits are making a comeback too.

And when it comes to waistcoats and cravats, the

world is their oyster. This is where the groom’s

personality comes to the fore – as long as he

matches or tones in with the bridesmaids outfits for

maximum impact in your photographs!

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love flowers

Creative & individual flowers

for your special day

Tel: 01566 775717

20a Church Street, Launceston PL15 8AW

www.flowersceneflorists.co.uk

Award-winning florists Flower

Scene will work closely

with you, listening to and

discussing every element of

your wedding before planning bespoke flowers for your day. The Launcestonbased

professionals will take into consideration your dress design, colours,

venue, styles, season and atmosphere, helping you to reflect your personality,

style and theme in your wedding flowers.

For a free no obligation consultation, call 01566 775717 or visit the website

at www.flowersceneflorists.co.uk.

It’s all hearts

A family run business...

• Wholesale Flowers

• Cash & Carry Flowers

• Floral Sundries

Everyone is welcome

and there is no

Minimum Spend!

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email: 3or.amognamr@.rinlfa.

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Brides on a budget can save

money – and enjoy the

excitement of creating their own

wedding flowers – with the

help of Peamore Flora.

This family-run florist and flower

wholesaler, based near Exeter,

specialises in DIY wedding flower

supply, but also offers both part and full

wedding floristry services. Visitors are

welcome to browse, but for a

consultation, do book an appointment.

For more details, call 01392

833450 or visit the website at

www.peamoreflora.co.uk.

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stunning wedding flowers for Devon and Cornwall

brides for well over 10 years. Kate is a former

floristry lecturer and a British Master Florist.

For details, call 01626 833373 or visit

www.simplyflowersdevon.com.

Original designs are the trademark of Kate

Bainbridge at Simply Flowers in Newton

Abbot. A regular Chelsea Flower Show

exhibitor, she has Silver Gilt, Bronze and

Gold medals to her credit and has been providing

Over the past 25 years Exeter-based

Trugs Floral Designers have earned a

reputation as one of the most

creative florists in the county,

specialising in high quality, out-of-the-ordinary,

individual designs.

They will get to know you, combine their ideas

with yours and ensure that every detail of your

wedding flowers is taken care of.

For more details, call 01392 422522 or visit

www.trugs.co.uk.

PHOTO BY AMY STANFORD PHOTOGRAPHY

Summer brides have a wealth of choice when it comes to

their flowers, but autumn and winter weddings need a little

more thought. Those showers of trailing orchids or handtied

calla lilies are going to be expensive out of season, but

you can still have the bouquet you want. Simply choose fewer

blooms and complement them with luxurious foliage.

Table decorations can be expensive too – so consider using

table mirrors to double the effect or alternate two designs across

the tables, one lavish, one more discreet, perhaps accompanied

by everyone’s favourite winter accessory, candles.

Your florist is your best friend when it comes to this most

important wedding accessory. He or she will have a wealth of

tricks up his or her sleeve, so make the most of their experience

to help you make the most of your budget.

Amy Stanford Photograhy

Capturing your special moments

t: 07828 941706 • e: astanfordphotograpy@gmail.com

facebook.com/astanfordphotography/

MULTI AWARD WINNING FLORIST COVERING SOUTH DEVON

TEL: 01626 833373 • www.simplyflowersdevon.com

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Busy blooms pix coming with this

Wedding Specialists

We can make your dreams a reality!

Fresh & artificial flowers

46 Cromer Walk, Southway, Plymouth PL6 6HE

Tel: 01752 779518 • www,busybloomsflorist.co.uk

Mob: 07854 400835 • E-mail: busy.blooms@yahoo.co.uk

Independent florist Busy Blooms, a finalist

in this year’s South West Wedding

Awards, specialises in wedding flowers

and offers both fresh and artificial floral

displays. ‘Every bride is different,’ says

owner Avril Grinstead, ‘which is why every

one gets my full individual attention to ensure

she gets the best advice and ideas.

And, working from home, I can offer

competitive prices too.’

For a free, no obligation consultation,

call 01752 779518 or visit

www.busybloomsflorist.co.uk

...and it’s

Simply stunning wedding flowers!

Established 2009

33 Westgate Street, Launceston PL15 7AD F T

Tel: 01566 775178 • Mob: 07929 362070

www.flowersbydonnacornish.co.uk

In the 10 years since Donna Cornish achieved her ambition of setting up her

own floristry business, her reputation for beautiful wedding flowers has

blossomed. From her Launceston shop, she covers both Devon and

Cornwall, offering brides expert advice and finding the perfect flowers for

their perfect day.

No enquiry is too big or too small – and she will even liaise with your venue,

cake designer and hairdresser to ensure your flowers complement your day

in every detail.

For a no-obligation consultation and to view her portfolio, call 01566

775178 or visit www.flowersbydonnacornish.co.uk.

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Unique, imaginative wedding

flowers are the speciality of

H Watts Floral Design, established

in Plymouth for over 60 years and

now boasting six experienced and fully

qualified florists. Each is adept

at producing beautiful designs for

brides, including decorating the

church, ceremony and reception venues.

The family business is run by Sally

Edgcumbe, who said: ‘Each of our designs

is individual and created with great attention

to detail. We take time to listen to every

bride’s ideas and dreams and pride

ourselves on the quality of our flowers and

the originality of our arrangements.’

H Watts Floral Design sources flowers

locally wherever possible and also has top

quality Dutch wholesalers on hand to ensure

blooming

gorgeous!

they always have a large stock of beautifully fresh

flowers on a daily basis as well as being able to

source the most exotic of blooms if required. Sally

said: ‘We all enjoy supporting the bride through her

big day and designing each aspect of her wedding

flowers with her. And unusual designs are no

problem – we enjoy a challenge!’

For more details, visit the website at

www.hwattsflorist.co.uk or to discuss your

wedding design in detail and browse through

their extensive portfolio, call 01752 403617 for

an appointment.

From stunning posies of flowers to bridal

brooch bouquets, beautiful table

centrepieces to wands for the flower

girls and buttonholes for the men,

whatever your bridal requirements, Janet Mann

at More Than Perfect Wedding Flowers for You

has the answer.

A South West Wedding Awards winner, longstanding

finalist and Highly Commended again

this year, Janet uses the highest quality artificial

flowers and accessories and makes each order

uniquely for every bride.

For details, call 07525 638480 or visit

www.facebook.com/MoreThanPerfectWeddin

gFlowersForYou.

More Than Perfect

Wedding Flowers For You

Bridal and wedding

flowers made to your

specific requirements

With that

personal touch

Contact Jan 01395 225812 / 07525 638480

www.morethanperfectweddingflowersforyou.com

www.facebook.com/MoreThanPerfectWeddingFlowersForYou

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For cakes with the WOW factor!

Innovative, individual and

inspirational cakes are the

speciality of Lindy Adams Foster,

of Posh Cakes in Tavistock.

Romantic and indulgent, her

presentation and attention to detail

are stunning and she prides herself

www.love2bake.org • t: 07900 414 452

on using the best ingredients,

sourced locally where possible. Ask

about her new line in beautifully

boxed muffins for any occasion.

For details, call 01822 610219 or

visit www.lindyadamsfoster.co.uk.

Truly

Wedding cake specialists

Love 2 Bake put their

heart and soul into

every cake, aiming to

create an edible piece of cake art for

your big day. Based in Plymouth,

they guarantee to use top quality

ingredients, so your cake tastes as

good as it looks – and, as they’re

members of the British Sugarcraft

Guild, you can be sure it will

look amazing.

Beautiful cakes designed with you… for you!

Tel: 07703 113742 • www.whitescakehouse.co.uk

They’re so popular their diary fills

up very quickly, so be sure to

book early.

For details, call 07900 414452

or visit www.love2bake.org.

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PHOTO BY AMY STANFORD PHOTOGRAPHY

Choose your wedding

cake designer early –

top wedding cake

specialists have very

busy diaries, especially

in the summer months, so make

your booking as early as you can.

The good news is you don’t have to

set about the difficult business of

choosing your cake until much later

in the proceedings! That delicious

job should be left until you have

your venue, your style, your theme

and your colours all worked out, not

to mention a fairly good idea of

how many people the cake is

meant to feed.

scrumptious!

Then you can consult your cake

designer, taking along all the

information you can give him or her,

plus some ideas of the kind of cake

you’re thinking of.

If you’re on a tight budget, you’ll find

that fresh fruit or flowers will be

considerably less expensive than

intricate hand-made sugar flowers,

which are painstakingly created one

petal at a time.

Bear in mind that your cake will be

the centrepiece of your reception,

so take time to present it beautifully,

perhaps on a table draped with

luxurious fabric and strewn with

matching flowers.

Arecommended supplier at the

prestigious Bedford and Two Bridges

hotels, Debbie White started White’s

Cake House from her family home in

2013 and hasn’t looked back since.

The Tavistock-based business started making

celebration cakes for all occasions and has now

moved on to her passion for mainly wedding

cakes. She is proud to have been a finalist

in both 2018 and 2019 in South West

Wedding Awards.

For more details, call 07703 113742 or visit

www.whitescakehouse.co.uk.

LEFT: PHOTO BY

LOUISE RICHEY

PHOTOGRAPHY

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“We instantly relaxed in Pippa’s

company, she is talented, elegant

and dynamic and this comes

across in her photography. Her

professionalism from brief to

delivery was superb”

Erin & James

Diamonds

Simply

perfection

Having a bespoke engagement or wedding ring made is the ideal

way to ensure your rings are exactly right for you – and it needn’t

be more expensive than buying off-the-shelf from a high street

jeweller. Plymouth fine jewellers Robins Brothers have built an

enviable reputation for quality and service over the past 30 years and

specialise in bespoke jewellery.

Since their foundation in 1988

the family-owned business has

become a destination store for

exquisite custom-made jewellery,

recognised for its inspired design

and meticulous craftsmanship.

Following the recent expansion and

refurbishment of their premises on

Plymouth’s Cornwall Street, the

newly outfitted workshop is ‘on view’. Here you can see internationally

trained goldsmiths, blending traditional techniques with cutting edge

technologies to deliver a breadth of services simply unrivalled by high street

chain jewellers.

Director Paul Robins said: ‘With each piece that leaves the workshop the

standard of our work never falters. Our jewellery is made to last a lifetime

with a quality that speaks for itself.

‘We enjoy working closely with our customers to create unique yet

timeless pieces, either by developing an idea together or by working to a

specific design.

‘Whether you have a clear idea in mind or need help to decide on the right

design, we can guide you through the options and bring your dream piece

of jewellery to life. So when the occasion demands something exceptional,

come and talk to us. We will be delighted to assist you.’

For more information, call 01752 229319 or visit the website at

www.robinsbrothers.co.uk.

14 High Street, Barnstaple

t: 01271 342777

e: catherine@catherine-bishop.com

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are for ever

Choosing a diamond is always exciting

and every good jeweller will take time

to explain the differences between

them and help you choose the perfect

piece of jewellery for you.

Natasha Manning of Drakes jewellers in Plymouth

explains the five Cs, the five key things to consider

when choosing a diamond.

COLOUR

To the naked eye most diamonds appear

colourless although there are subtle differences in

shade. Diamonds are colour graded from

colourless (D) to yellow (Z). These grades play a

vital role in establishing the value of a diamond.

CARAT

A carat is a measure of weight so this also

indicates the size of a diamond. The larger the

diamond, the higher the carat weight will be.

However, this does not solely determine the value

of the diamond; cut, clarity and colour will also be

taken into consideration.

CLARITY

The vast majority of diamonds have internal

characteristics that indicate their growth and these

are known as inclusions. These imperfections

should not be seen as faults; they are simply

‘nature’s hallmark’ and contribute to the unique

beauty of each diamond. The fewer of them,

however, the rarer the diamond and this will

naturally be reflected in its value.

CUT

When a diamond is cut, facets are created and the

beauty of the diamond is revealed. The prime

object of the cutter is to always achieve the best

sparkle or brilliance of the diamond from the

rough. Cutting a diamond too shallow or too deep

will affect this sparkle. With the perfect cut, you

can really see the amazing beauty.

By far the most popular cut and shape of diamond

is the round brilliant, with its 57 facets allowing

total internal reflection, so light travels through the

stone giving optimum sparkle. Other diamond

shapes include pear, heart, princess to name a few,

known as fancy cuts.

CONFIDENCE

Always, always choose your diamond from experts

you can trust. To the naked eye one diamond may

look very like another, so you need to have

complete confidence in your jeweller.

For more information, call 01752 227775 or visit

www.drakesjewellers.co.uk.

Catherine Bishop’s passion is simply

jewellery – and bespoke rings, locally

crafted to your desire, will add an extra

special touch to the centrepiece of

your wedding. Catherine has been a jeweller for

over 30 years and, she says, more and more

people want the ring they wear for life to be

unique. She said: ‘We design here in the shop

and have our own specialist jewellers, so really

anything is possible.

‘People can come in with the seed of an idea

which we transform into the ring they have

dreamed about. And it is often less expensive

than a similar, off the shelf ring, from a high

street shop.’

Catherine offers a free consultation and can

work in all three colours of gold, silver,

palladium and platinum.

For more details call 01271 342777

or visit www.catherine-bishop.com.

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Boutique & Tea Room

Beautiful Wedding Outfits & matching Accessories

Hats to buy or hire with co-ordinating

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Opening Hours: Monday - Saturday 10am - 5pm

Evening Appointments Available

O'Meara House, Leg O'Mutton Yelverton Devon PL20 6AA

Tel: 01822 853900 - email: Beauboutique1@aol.com

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Started in 1985, Jane Louise has built up a

loyal customer base. They pride

themselves on the quality of the clothing

they sell and they have a passion for

wowing all of their customers.

Using a one-to-one approach, they can delight

their customers and they love to make everyone

feel amazing for their very special day.

Complete your look with their range of hats,

fascinators and accessories. They stock a wide

range of beautifully crafted hats ranging from wide

brim occasion hats to smaller delicate fascinators,

so you can be sure to find something to suit your

style. Whether you need to complete the look of your

bridal dress, mother of the bride outfit, evening dress,

prom dress or anything else, Jane Louise has you

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Looking for a range of stylish shoes and bags? You have

chosen the right place. Offering you a variety of designs

and sizes, the shop in Liskeard town centre is the perfect

place to start planning your dream outfit.

For more details, call 01579 348304 or visit

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Clever tailoring, empire line cuts

and three-quarter sleeves

disguise a multitude of the faults

(real or imagined) that the typical

Mother of the Bride is apt to find with her

own figure. And on a day when she’s under

almost as much scrutiny as the bride, it’s

important for Mums not just to look like a

million dollars, but to feel like it too.

Bear in mind that you have to feel

comfortable in your chosen outfit. Walk

around in it in the shop – and don’t forget

to make sure you can sit comfortably as

well, there’s the reception and the

speeches to cope with. It’s a good idea to

wear your shoes in too, sore feet have a

tendency to show in your face.

Listen to the advice of the experts in the

boutiques you visit: there’s nothing they

enjoy more than helping their customers

look their absolute best – in fact, they’ll get

almost as much pleasure for finding your

perfect outfit as you do!

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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 Truro,

Cornwall and Jennifer Anne, only daughter of Mr and

Mrs Simon Hayes, of Exeter, Devon .

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

your guests will have about the style of

your wedding, so it’s worth taking time to

choose something appropriate.

If you’re planning a big formal affair, stiff cards and

high quality envelopes will sing and dance

traditional glamour.

If your wedding theme is vintage or rustic,

you can go for floral decoration or vintage

lace embellishments. Chic and classical?

Try contemporary stripes or bold colours. Going

for a theme? Then match your stationery to it.

Once you’re chosen the style, all your wedding

stationery should be in keeping,

English Rose

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, Plymouth on

Saturday August 19th at 2pm and

afterwards at The County Hotel, Plymouth

RSVP 10 Marigold Gardens, Plymouth

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:

presenting a unified theme for the whole day.

Invitations should be sent out six weeks before

the wedding (see panel for suggested

wording), but many couples now use an early

warning system in the form of a Save the Date

card – particularly useful if your wedding is

planned for the busy summer months when

some of your most desired guests are likely to

be taking holidays.

Allow your stationer or printer about three

months to complete your order.

Apart from Save the Date and invitation

cards, you’re going to need order of service

sheets (one for each guest plus a few 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.

...and what they should say

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.

BELOW: Invitations by Hand

As a matter of courtesy, an invitation

should be sent to the groom’s parents and to the

minister and his wife. When ordering your

invitations, remember you’ll only need one for

each family, plus a few spares for emergencies.

“...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

Invitations to the evening reception

only should be worded as follows:

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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, Plymouth on Saturday

August 19th at 8pm

RSVP 10 Marigold Gardens,

Plymouth

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.

If you have been married before, you’ll need

evidence that you are now free to marry - for

instance a decree absolute or former spouse’s

death certificate.

Photocopies of any documents are not normally

acceptable.

The fee for giving notice is £35 each and you

must wait 28 clear days before the wedding.

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 some 2,000 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.

It’s important to establish early on what the

church’s policy is on photographs or video

being taken during the service, whether any

Marrying abroad

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.

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.

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.

PHOTO BY LOUISE RICHEY PHOTOGRAPHY

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

destinations luring an increasing number of couples. The sun-kissed beaches of the Caribbean,

the Maldives and Bali are among the most popular choices and many tour operators now offer

all-inclusive packages. The legal requirements for each country may differ but generally if a marriage

is recognised as legally binding in the country in which it takes place, it will be recognised in the UK

as well. Consult your tour operator and allow at least three months for all the paperwork to be

properly processed.

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Planning Makes Perfect


Planning Makes Perfect

The Best Man

If the bride is the star of the wedding show, the best

man is the kingpin of a successful wedding day, so

make sure your groom chooses him with care.

However tempting it might be to choose the joker

who’s the life and soul of every party, you’re

far better off with someone who will take his

responsibilities seriously, keep all the

organisation under control and leave you to

enjoy your day without any niggling worries

about how many guests have been stranded

at the church. The part that worries most

best men is the speech, but that should be

the least of their problems. The best man’s

job, in a nutshell, is to support the groom

both in the run-up to the wedding and on

the day itself.

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 chief bridesmaid

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

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.

THE CHIEF BRIDESMAID:

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

• Arranges for the bride’s going away outfit and honeymoon luggage to be taken to the reception venue

• Helps the bride to dress for the ceremony

• Makes sure the flowers and bouquets have arrived on schedule

• Supervises the other bridesmaids and attendants and assembles them at the church ready for the

arrival of the bride

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

• Takes the bride’s bouquet at the start of

the wedding service and carries it to the

vestry ready to give back to the bride

after the signing of the register

• Keeps an eye on young attendants during

the reception

• Helps the bride change from her wedding

dress into her going away outfit

• Arranges for the wedding dress to be

returned home

PHOTO BY LOUISE RICHEY PHOTOGRAPHY

PHOTO BY FOCUS WEDDINGS

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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 onthe 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 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.

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FOCUS WEDDINGS

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

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.

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 and the best way of reliving it in the

years to come will be through your photographs.

So how do you go about choosing your

photographer?

The Professional Wedding Photographers Network

(PWPN) advises:

• Base your selection on whether you like the kind of

work your photographer does. Visit a selection (in

person or by website) and ask to see examples of

their work from recent weddings. Notice 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.

• Decide whether you want formally posed shots, or

whether you would like the photographer to take

informal pictures as they happen.

• Black and white photographs are now as popular

as colour so find out whether your photographer

will shoot in black and white film or turn colour

pictures into black and white afterwards. Ask

whether proofs will be available at the reception.

• Your photographer may well know the church and

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.

All PWPN member

are professional wedding

photographers and only ever take

one wedding per day. Fully insured

they use the latest technology

and have back-up cameras.

For more information – and

an instant availability check –

visit the website at

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The Flowers

details

The Cake

Ideally your cake should be ordered at least

three months before the wedding. Though the

tradition is for a multi-tiered fruit cake, the rich

variety of styles and designs now means you can

have anything from profiteroles to a rich

chocolate fudge. The only thing to remember is

that it will have to be big enough to give

everyone a slice at the reception and to send

slices to absent friends. Traditionally the top tier

of a wedding cake was kept for the christening of

the first child - if you want to follow that

tradition, you’ll have to opt for a cake that will

last that long. Ask to see designs of wedding

cake and find out whether bakers will create one

to your own specifications. Try to match the style

of cake to the style of your wedding - and

remember that you can save money on the

reception by choosing a wedding cake which will

The Transport

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.

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

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

have to worry about your dress getting creased.

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

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

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

the ceremony to the reception. Whether you want a traditional

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

The Video

Much the same advice applies to choosing a videographer

as to choosing a photographer. Make sure you see

samples of recent work, make sure the videographer you

get is the one whose work you like best. Again check with

the priest first whether he is prepared to give permission

for filming during the ceremony.

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AMY STANFORD

PHOTOGRAPHY

PHOTO BY

PIPPA HEATH

PHOTOGRAPHY

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.

Your florist will help you match both the colours and the arrangement of your flowers to the

style of the wedding, teasing out the shades of your bridesmaids’ dresses, matching the men’s

buttonholes and styling the arrangements for both church and reception to help you create an

atmosphere which may be country style, dreamily romantic, classically elegant or even based

on a theme.

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As this is likely

to be the most

expensive part of

your wedding day,

it’s important to set the

standard early on in your

planning. Popular venues get

booked up well in advance,

particularly on Saturdays

during the peak wedding

months so make sure of

your choice by booking as

early as you can. Do also

make sure you confirm all

the details with the venue in

writing, paying particular

attention to what is included

in the price.

Depending on your budget, you can have anything

from a buffet catered for at home by family and

friends to hiring outside caterers for a church or

village hall to a formal sit-down meal at a hotel

followed by an evening dance.

A sit-down meal is obviously the most

expensive option, but there are all sorts of

alternatives from drinks and canapes to a buffet

or even a barbecue. Whichever you choose, do

make sure there are plenty of chairs for people

to sit down while they’re eating - standing up

balancing a drink and a plate while trying to eat

is virtually never comfortable for guests.

If you choose a hotel, do try to eat there and sample

the food before making your booking. Check such

details as corkage, parking space and whether the

hotel will offer a cake stand and knife and a room for

the bride and groom to change into their going away

outfits. Many hotels offer a package which includes

the services of a toastmaster and a complimentary

room for the first night of the honeymoon.

Once you have chosen your venue,

confirm in writing what you understand is

included in the price.

Drinks for your guests will take up a large

part of your budget. It’s reasonable to

assume each will drink one or two glasses

on arrival at the reception, three or four

glasses with their meal and another glass

with the toasts.

A right royal reception

Whether it’s a small buffet for a few close family and friends or a lavish do at

the smartest of venues, your reception is the big celebration of your wedding -

a chance for people to share your happiness and an opportunity for you to

thank them for their presents and for coming to see you married.

Though champagne is the traditional

wedding drink, you can offer sherry,

Pimms or Bucks Fizz on arrival and wine

with the meal, saving the champagne - or,

PHOTO BY FOCUS WEDDINGS

Chief bridesmaid

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 vvceremony 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 served)

Departure of bride and groom

Top Table Seating Plan

Groom’s father

Bride’s mother

Groom

Bride

Bride’s father

Groom’s mother

Best Man

If you are having a sitdown

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.

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 semi-formal 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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Finalists in the 2019 South West Wedding

Awards were (winners first in bold):

BEST BESPOKE PHOTOGRAPHER

Alex Toze Wedding Photographer

Emma Stoner Photography (Highly commended)

Budleigh Photography

Cruz Photography

Helen Court Photography

Jennifer Jane Photography

Kay Clark Photography

Khalile Saddiqui Photography

Lucy Wallace Photography

Macleod Paul Photography

Mark Noall Photography

Michelle Ley Photography

Paul Kepple Photography

Tim Woolcock Photography

BEST BEAUTY SERVICES

Stacey Cremin Make Up Artist

Fiona Miller Makeup Artist (Highly commended)

Sitting Pretty (Highly commended)

Claire Bowring Makeup Artist

Glam Ward

Hands & Tans Liskeard

Harriet Lucille Beauty

Laura Butson Makeup & Beauty

Laura Elisabeth Avery MUA

Makeup by Hannah Symons

Sophie White Makeup Artist

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BRIDAL HAIR SERVICES

HairByEmmaC

Chloe Bridal

All about the Bride

Lily of the Valley Hair Design

Emilie's Professional Hairdressing

Hair by Hannah

LJP Bridal Hair and Makeup

Red Hairdressing

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Bruckshaw Photography

Images Wedding Photography

Jessica Apps Photography

Julie Louise Photography

Rachael Amos Photography

TC Photography

The Perfect Day Photography

Tom Robinson Photography

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Casterley Barn

Ooh Nice Productions (Highly commended)

All Floral

Blooming Buds Florist

Chilled Out Bride

Cotswold Tipis

Hannah Wilde Photography

Paige Grace Photography

Pendeza Events

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Bowleys Booth

ArtPhotoBooth

Glitz Photo Booth

Prism Photo Booth

BEST REPORTAGE PHOTOGRAPHER

Yeti Photography

Louise Richey Photography (Highly commended)

Alexa Poppe Wedding Photography

Amy Sampson Photography

Anthony and Danny Wedding Photography

Brian Robinson Photography

Christian Michael Photography

Cindy James Photography

Elizabeth Barrett Photography

Emma Morgan Photography

Grant Lampard Photography

Hannah Marie Wedding Photography

Mark Shaw Photography

Somethingblue Photography

Special Day Wedding Photos

WEDDING ACCESSORIES

Claire Austin

Blushing Flamingos

Tessa's Tiaras

The Hat Shop

WEDDING CAKE DESIGNER

Sweet Satisfaction, Creative Cake Design

Louise’s Bespoke Bakes (Highly commended)

Cakes by Hannah

Celebrations Cakes By Kelly

Crafty Cakes

Dawn's Edible Elegance

Dollybird Bakes

Jenna's Signature Bakes

Konra'di Cakes

Melanie Todd Cake Design

Nina's Cakey Bakies

Sam Cakes

Sugar Bowl Bakes

Swirls & Pearls Cakes

Wakey Cakey Kitchen

White's Cake House

2019

On top of the

They came, they saw, they sparkled. The area’s

finest wedding suppliers were out in force at the

Crowne Plaza in Plymouth earlier this year for the

glittering spectacle that is the South West

Wedding Awards.

A gala dinner was followed by the presentation of the

‘Wedding Oscars’ by Heart FM’s Matt and Victoria, before

the evening was rounded off in exuberant style to music

by live band Keiko Rise and Chance2Dance Disco.

The awards are the UK’s oldest and most prestigious

regional wedding awards, allowing the people who

provide outstanding service for their brides to step out of

the background into the limelight for one night a year.

New organiser Tina Heron said: ‘The awards recognise

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ever since they began 11 years ago and has watched

them grow every year both in stature and in numbers

of entries.

Editor Julia Snow said: ‘Wedding suppliers are the

unsung heroes of every wedding. Their boundless

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to be celebrated and we’re proud to be part of

that celebration.’

If you want to be among next year’s winners, visit the

website at www.wedding-awards.co.uk.

It could be YOU in 2020!

The search for the 2020 winners of the South West Wedding Awards has

already begun and there’s an even better chance of ending up with a trophy.

Some of the winners from previous years have become sponsors for next

year, so you won’t have them to beat!

It’s easy to enter and it’s completely free. All you have to do is encourage your

brides to vote for you if they think that you offered outstanding service for

their wedding. The competition has been carefully thought out so that both

larger and smaller companies can be judged on an equal footing. National

chains are prohibited from entering and finalists are chosen purely on the

results of votes by brides.

There’s a trophy, of course, for the winners in each category, but perhaps

more importantly, there’s also the kudos and prestige of being able to display

the finalist and/or winner’s logo in your marketing.

Closing date is November 1st 2019.

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Sparkling scenes

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‘Wedding Oscars’

SOMETHING DIFFERENT

Kensa Boudoir

Vintage Camper Booths (Highly commended)

Hannah's Busy Bees Childcare

Kezzies Creations

Kimmys

The Dance Shed

BEST WEDDING CATERER

M Welsh Catering Services

Devon and Cornwall Caterers

Peter Mundy Catering Services LTD

Posh Nosh Event Catering

Seadog

BEST WEDDING ENTERTAINMENT (MUSICAL - LIVE)

4tissimo String Quartet

Chris Thomas Devon Wedding Singer

Double A & The Bay

Harbottle & Jonas

Howard & Baker Entertainment

Josh Curnow

Roger Miners Wedding Pianist

Steve Dott Sings

WEDDING ENTERTAINMENTS (MUSICAL - RECORDED)

Southwest Discos Direct

The Wedding Spinner DJ Services (Highly commended)

Cornwall Parties

DJ in Cornwall

Hotshots Entertainment

Shot in the Dark Disco

Tim Coleman Entertainments

WEDDING ENTERTAINMENT (NON-MUSICAL)

Ailin Chambers Caricatures

Caricatures by Luke Warm

Clayzer laser clay pigeon shooting

BEST WEDDING FLOWERS

Rachael's Flowers

More Than Perfect Wedding Flowers For You (Highly

commended)

Busy Blooms Florist

Fleur Amour

Fuller Blooms

Jamelias Flowers

Les Fleurs Florist

Wedding Flowers in Cornwall

BEST WEDDING OUTFITTER

Suave Owl Menswear Ltd

The Bridal Studio (Highly commended)

Abbi Chapel Bridal

All Aspects Wedding Services

Bliss Bridal Gowns

Brides at Waterfields

Champagne & Charlotte Bridal

The Bridal Corner

White Lace and Promises

BEST WEDDING STATIONERY

Making Brides Smile Stationery

PMGD Cutz

Vintage Fleur Designs

WEDDING TRANSPORT

The Wedding Sidecar

Cinderella Dream Motors (Highly commended)

Honey Bugs Cornwall

K & H Cockington Carriages

BEST WEDDING VENUE - COUNTRY

Tree Top Escape

The Horn of Plenty (Highly commended)

Elfordleigh Hotel

Hartnoll Hotel

Landal Gwel an Mor

Moorland Garden Hotel

St Mellion International Resort

The Edgemoor Hotel

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WEDDING VENUE DECOR

Lovingly By Lesley Weddings & Events

The Venue Dressing Company (Highly commended)

Do Me A Favour UK

My Special Day Wedding Planning & Events

Simply Celebrate Wedding Hire

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The Devon Wedding & Event Company

Vintage Rose Wedding Boutiquey

BEST WEDDING VIDEOGRAPHY

Babalu Films

Yeti Films (Highly commended)

Focused Memory Productions

Galaxy3CMedia

I Do Film Weddings

Pura Vida Cornwall

Rowe Films

Tristan Adams Photography and Videography

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Licensed for Civil Ceremonies and Civil Partnerships

Seated wedding breakfast for 20 - 110 guests

Evening reception capacity of 200

31 luxurious bedrooms

Small intimate ceremonies also available

Walled Garden - perfect for welcome drinks

and wedding photographs

Licensed for Civil Ceremonies and Civil Partnerships

Seated wedding breakfast for 20 - 130 guests

Evening reception capacity of 200

32 luxurious bedrooms

Small intimate ceremonies also available

Stunning location in Dartmoor National Park

Riverside Pagoda available for outdoor ceremonies

01822 613221 01822 892300

Two Bridges Hotel, Dartmoor National Park, Dartmoor, PL20 6SW

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▼ The Two Bridges Hotel, Dartmoor

dreamvenues

▼ Lakeview Manor, near Honiton

Amoorland oasis, famed for its awardwinning

food, the Two Bridges Hotel also

has the perfect recipe (and all the

ingredients) for an utterly romantic Devon

wedding. The location is simply stunning, with

wide lawns sweeping towards the banks of the

majestic West Dart River, and glorious Dartmoor

views in every direction.

The oak-panelled Tors Room is a delightful setting

for your ceremony – but the option of an outdoor

wedding in the beautiful Riverside Pagoda

is tempting.

With two recent Gold Awards from Taste of the

West, you can be sure that your wedding guests

will enjoy the wow-factor when it’s time to eat.

The light-filled Fountain Room suite is spacious

and stylish, with plenty of space for your wedding

▼ Humber Barn, Bishopsteignton

Choose a stunning setting

and a venue which is a blank

canvas, then use your

imagination to create the

perfect day for your Wedding.

Humber Barn in Bishopsteignton has

a rustic feel but offers contemporary

touches such as bi-folding doors and

a built in sound system.

Charming just as it is or completely transformed by

decoration, the fairy-lit barn will take you from a

bright, relaxed daytime to an atmospheric evening

with all of your guests.

Licensed for civil ceremonies, the barn can

accommodate 150 guests for a seated wedding

reception, with capacity for up to 250 in

the evening.

There’s an in-house chef and catering options

flexible to suit every taste as well as a fully

licensed bar.

breakfast and for your evening celebrations.

Getting married at the Two Bridges Hotel is

surprisingly affordable, with a range of packages on

offer including a great value Winter Weddings

package (imagine the romantic glow and flicker of

giant open fires to warm your guests).

For more information, call 01822 892300 or visit

the webswite at www.twobridges.co.uk.

You can even arrange extras like fire pits and hay

bales for outdoor seating.

And to give you the chance to get everything just

right, you have exclusive use from 12noon the day

before your wedding until 12noon the day after.

Just minutes from the main road between Exeter

and Plymouth, Humber Barn also offers campsite

accommodation just a three minute walk from

the venue.

For more information, call 01626 779981 or visit

the website at www.humberbarn.co.uk.

At Lakeview Manor they believe your

special day deserves only the best in

surroundings, service and professional

attention to detail. Licensed for civil

ceremonies and with stunning grounds and

lakes, Lakeview Manor is renowned for weddings

and receptions.

Ceremonies for up to 100 guests are conducted

in the beautiful conservatory overlooking the

front lawn and lake, while the permanent

marquee provides a fabulous reception venue,

accommodating up to 150 guests.

Experienced wedding co-ordinator Julie Whitfield

is happy to help and advise and will work

alongside you from the beginning of the planning

process right up to the day itself, to ensure

everything runs smoothly and you have a

spectacular day.

All food is locally sourced, freshly prepared and

presented by the experienced head chef and his

team – you will be spoilt for choice – and there

are 15 en-suite bedrooms for guests who want to

stay overnight. Julie said: ‘Whether your wedding

is large or small, you will be looked after and we

can guarantee an experience to remember.’

Lakeview Manor is offering a special package for

up to 50 guests, to include welcome drinks, three

course wedding breakfast, glass of wine with

your meal, sparkling wine toast and evening

buffet for only £3,795 Monday to Thursday,

£4,295 on Fridays and £4,995 on Saturdays.

For more information or to arrange a visit call

01404 891358 or visit the website at

www.lakeviewmanor.co.uk.

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ount Edgcumbe House, with over 500 years of history,

is one of the most beautiful venues in the south west,

standing in 865 acres of stunning landscape overlooking

Plymouth Sound.

There are seven acres of formal gardens, 10 miles of coastline and

more historic buildings and follies than you could want as a

backdrop for your photographs.

The house has three licensed rooms for civil ceremonies,

accommodating from two to 120 guests, plus the outdoor option of

the elegant Summer House overlooking the Earl’s Garden.

For your reception, there’s the historic Orangery overlooking the

Italian Garden, which seats up to 120 guests or combine the new

with the old by choosing the new, state-of-the-art reinforced glass

marquee nestling in the exclusive Earl’s Garden.

With the added bonus of our experienced wedding co-ordinator, your

wedding day at this very flexible venue will truly be a day to remember.

Mount Edgcumbe is now offering a special price for weddings –

venue hire for up to 120 guests for a civil ceremony and venue hire

for up to 150 guests in the luxury marquee for £4,000. Also included

in the package are ample parking, confetti, transport from the

Cremyll Ferry for your guests and a bridal dressing room for use

on the day.

Mount Edgcumbe House and Country Park - Tel: 01752 822236

email: mt.edgcumbe@plymouth.gov.uk • www.mountedgcumbe.gov.uk


NOW LICENSED

FOR CIVIL

CEREMONIES…

QUIRKY & UNIQUE, WITH BREATHTAKING SURROUNDINGS

& SPECTACULAR COASTAL VIEWS!

Weddings from 2 to 200 in a choice of 3 locations

Special accommodation rates for the wedding party

A choice of packages or design your own!

Donkey Lane, Whitsand Bay, Torpoint PL10 1JZ

Tel: 01752 822597 • www.whitsandbay-weddings.co.uk

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▼ Whitsand Bay Fort, Torpoint

dreamvenues

▼ The Hannafore Point Hotel,

West Looe

In a breathtaking setting high above a four-mile

sweep of glorious Cornish beaches, Whitsand

Bay Fort provides a unique setting for

your wedding day.

There’s a choice of three locations for your

ceremony: the Fort Folly, or Wedding Arbour, on

one of the highest points of the Rame Peninsula,

provides the perfect outdoor venue.

Indoors are cosy, warm bricked rooms for an

intimate ceremony: choose the historic Vaulted

Chambers or the Library, complete with the original

19th century architecture and Cornish pews.

Both indoor and outdoor ceremony spaces are

licensed for up to 150 guests and the fort can

comfortably sit 130 for your wedding breakfast and

up to 200 for a more informal meal.

The English Heritage site dates back to the years of

smuggling and the fort’s underground tunnels

and gun emplacements provide unique photo

opportunities.

There are also fantastic views of the City of

Plymouth, the Hoe and the Barbican. And when the

sun sets, the lights provide a magical backdrop.

It’s little wonder that the location featured

prominently in a recent survey to find the top 20

views in Britain.

Set in 23 acres of land and with over 80 luxury

lodges, a 1930s converted cottage, hotel-inspired

bedroom suites, and tenting and touring facilities,

there’s plenty of room for your guests to stay over

and enjoy the festivities to the full.

For more details, call 01752 822597 or visit the

website at www.whitsandbay-weddings.co.uk.

The perfect waterside wedding location,

Hannafore Point Hotel is perched on a

rocky outcrop just 20 yards from the

water’s edge. It offers excellent facilities

for formal and less formal occasions with the

ability to cater for just two to 180 guests.

The location is stunning and provides the perfect

backdrop for photographs to be treasured, with

breathtaking panoramic views across the Looe

Bay and St. George’s Island – and it’s the perfect

venue for your wedding celebrations, promising a

day to remember and memories to treasure.

Friendly, experienced staff provide a very

personal and professional service, with

traditional hospitality and menus that can be

tailored to suit your requirements.

Licensed for civil ceremonies, the hotel offers

well-appointed AA three-star accommodation

with an indoor swimming pool, spa facilities and

on-site beauticians.

They would love to show you around so you can

see for yourself what they have to offer.

For more details, visit

www.hannaforepointhotel.com,

email stay@hannaforepointhotel.com or call

01503 263273.

▼ The Berry Head Hotel, Brixham

The Berry Head Hotel Brixham, nestling at

the water’s edge in six acres of gardens and

woodland, has a stunning location which

provides the perfect backdrop for

photographs to be treasured.

Licensed for indoor and outdoor civil ceremonies, it

offers excellent facilities for both formal and less

formal occasions, catering for between two and

250 guests.

As a family run business for over 24 years, they

pride themselves on offering a very personal and

professional service, with traditional hospitality and

menus that can be tailored to suit your

requirements.

The hotel offers well appointed AA three-star

accommodation with an indoor swimming pool,

spa pool and sauna.

It would be a pleasure for them to show you around

so you can see what this perfect waterside wedding

location has to offer: a day to remember, and a

pocketful of memories to treasure.

For more information, visit

www.berryheadhotel.com, email

stay@berryheadhotel.com or call 01803 853225.

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Steeped in history with impressive

architectural features…an impressive

setting for your special day

• Licensed for civil ceremonies

Weddings from 60 up to 600

• A choice of stunning rooms

• Very competitively priced

• Tailor made packages

• Set in the heart of Plymouth

• Friendly & professional staff

"I will definitely be

recommending the guildhall. We had

our wedding here and the staff did

an amazing job! They are so

friendly and welcoming, I'm glad

we picked them for our venue.”

Holly Palmer

Contact our wedding coordinator for more information

or to book a viewing on 01752 307764

Plymouth Guildhall, Royal Parade, Plymouth PL1 2AA • www.plymouth.gov.uk/plymouthguildhall

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Devon-based Scoff Catering

caters for both intimate

and grand events and is

proud of its fantastic

food and quality service, not to

mention its affordable prices.

Discuss your ideas and they will

work with you to produce

amazing wedding catering that

matches your vision and budget.

Fancy something different?

They’ll follow your theme from

mediaeval banquet to murder

mystery and everything in

between.

For more details, call 01884

855522 or visit

www.scoffcatering.co.uk.

Professional catering throughout

Cornwall and Devon

Eat,drink

and be merry

Tel: 01840 211118

www.thegoodfoodcompany.co.uk

Partners Lucy and Mike at The

Good Food Catering Company are

passionate in what they do and

have enjoyed a leading reputation as

wedding caterers for 15 years. They love to share wealth of experience to

create delicious, imaginative food that you and your guests will love to eat

and never forget.

To discuss ideas call 01840 211118 or email

enquiries@thegoodfoodcompany.co.uk.

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▼ The Moorland Garden Hotel, Yelverton

From the picturesque gardens to the moorland surrounds, the

Moorland Garden Hotel offers the perfect setting to celebrate your

special day in style. Nestled within nine acres of gardens on the edge

of Dartmoor National Park, this luxury hotel caters for wedding

parties from two to 160. Whether you choose to say ‘I do’ in the elegant

Crystal Room, or outside beneath the ornate Rose Arbour, this is your dream

destination to tie the knot.

The glittering Crystal Room, complete with 12 chandeliers and one of the

south west’s largest sprung wooden dance floors, is a dazzling space,

further enhanced with large ornate gold and silver mirrors which reflect the

light.

For the icing on the cake, the Forget-Me-Not suite is an ideal bridal boudoir

with its four poster bed.

Complementing this are three other, stylish bedroom suites and 40

bedrooms.

Every detail of your big day will be taken care of by the dedicated wedding

team, who are on hand to provide assistance and planning throughout.

For more details, call 01822 852245 or visit the website at

www.moorlandgardenhotel.co.uk.

Now

available

a range of vintage

china and

furniture.

Total Event Hire supply catering equipment, furniture, china,

cutlery and glassware to hire for your special day.

We can deliver to your chosen venue in Devon, Cornwall,

Somerset or Dorset and we even do the washing up!

Tel: 0800 019 7232

www.totaleventhire.co.uk • e: info@totaleventhire.co.uk

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‘An outstanding Georgian

Manor House set in glorious

landscaped gardens’

Photo by Luna Photography

• Licensed for civil ceremonies

• Exclusive use of the whole building £795

• Ceremonies up to 95 guests

• Evening celebrations up to 120 guests

The Manor House

Old Town Street, Dawlish EX7 9AP • Tel: 01626 863388 • www.dawlish.gov.uk • e: townclerk@dawlish.gov.uk

SET AMID BEAUTIFUL & TRANQUIL COUNTRYSIDE… THE PERFECT PLACE FOR YOUR SPECIAL DAY

Celebrate your special day surrounded by family and friends in a beautiful and tranquil setting. With a professional

team on hand, we will do everything to ensure that you relax and joyously treasure every moment of your

unforgettable day. We are licensed for civil ceremonies in both the Great Hall and Conservatory and can cater for

up to 20 guests in the Country House, 30 people in our Conservatory or up to 140 people in our Great Hall.

Old Coach Road, Lanivet, Bodmin, Cornwall PL30 5JJ • Tel: 01208 831808 • www.watersidecornwall.com

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Exeter Court

HOTEL

• Licensed for civil ceremonies

• Wedding parties up to 150

• Tailor made packages

• Dedicated wedding co-ordinator

• Packages from just £2995

for 50 day & 80 evening guests

Of all the events in life there is probably

nothing more important than marrying the one

you love!

The Exeter Court Hotel understands that your

wedding day is one to cherish together for years

to come. Using attention to the finest detail,

with a team of experienced staff and exquisite

food, the hotel will do their utmost to make

sure your Devon wedding is one to remember.

The Exeter Court Hotel provides all the

ingredients. With our newly refurbished bar and

restaurant and wonderfully spacious reception

rooms, the Exeter Court Hotel is an ideal setting

for any wedding, our hotel brings individuality

and charm to your day.

Exeter Court

HOTEL

EXETER COURT HOTEL KENNFORD, EXETER EX6 7UX

Tel: 01392 832121 • e: events@exetercourthotel.co.uk

www.exetercourthotel.co.uk


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WEDDING

PARTIES FROM

£75 PER

PERSON

(all inclusive)

• Licensed for civil marriages and civil partnerships

Weddings from 40 to over 200

An Inclusive Wedding Package Includes:

• Rum Punch reception drink

• 3 course candlelit wedding breakfast

• 2 glasses of wine with the meal

• Sparkling wine for toast

• Evening buffet

•Honeymoon suite with champagne,

chocolate, fruit and flowers.

• Fresh flower arrangements, place cards etc.

• Evening entertainment

"The whole day was brilliant, if we could do it all again we wouldn't

change a thing, great location, great food, great staff great wedding!"

Mr & Mrs. Dowty

For more information or to arrange an appointment please contact us on 01637 879292

email: reception@hotel-california.co.uk • www.hotel-california.co.uk

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St ives Hotel

With breathtaking views directly over Porthminster beach, you can enjoy a picture perfect setting

of golden sands, open skies and clear blue waters. Sip Champagne on the hotel’s private wedding

terrace, and celebrate your special day in a truly unforgettable venue.

2019 Wedding Open Days & Evenings:

Friday 11th October

Come and sample our delicious wedding breakfast menu and enjoy a glass of wine

£25.00 per person, 5.30pm – 9pm (booking essential)

Sunday 24th November

Wedding Open Day, 11am – 3pm

St Ives Harbour Hotel & Spa

The Terrace, St Ives, Cornwall, TR26 2BN

T: 01736 792934 E: stives.weddings@harbourhotels.co.uk

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dreamvenues

▼ The Elfordleigh Hotel, Colebrook

Set in 120 acres of stunning park and

woodland on the edge of Dartmoor,

Elfordleigh is truly a hidden gem

and an impressive venue to

celebrate your wedding day. It combines the

peace, calm and tranquillity of an English

country house with the warmth, ease and

charm of a privately owned hotel.

Elfordleigh is a new generation of country

house hotel, keeping the style modern by

using muted neutral tones, simple furniture

and an uncomplicated approach. A variety

of textures ensure the hotel feels cosy and

timeless. It has the feel of an English

country house with its heritage and serenity, minus the frills and frippery.

Elfordleigh has three beautiful licensed ceremony rooms and two impressive

function rooms with private bars to suit every sized wedding party.

In the south-facing Reynolds suite, flooded with natural light through its

Georgian windows, up to 70 guests can enjoy a reception while taking in

the stunning views of the golf course from its own sun terrace.

The Elite suite, which when dressed with floor to ceiling fairy-light draping, looks

absolutely magical and is one of the largest function rooms in the south west,

hosting parties up to 200.

Friendly and personable service, encompassed with delightful food will ensure a

memorable celebratory wedding day.

To make it even more special there is a choice of three bridal suites with spa

bath, each with their own individual character. After the celebrations are over,

there are 35 bedrooms for your loved ones to enjoy a comfortable night sleep

before joining the new Mr and Mrs for breakfast the next morning.

For details of this stunning venue, call 01752 336428 or visit

www.elfordleigh.co.uk.

PS: Elfordleigh also offers the chance to indulge in a relaxing spa break for

your hen party. Or stay the night before your wedding day to unwind in the

swimming pool, sauna, steam room and spa.

Your ceremony

in Plymouth

Licensed Venue or Register Office

Weddings, Civil Partnerships

and Renewal of Vows

For a full list of licensed

venues visit our website

Photo by Rob Frost

Photography

Tel: 01752 268331

www.plymouth.gov.uk

email: regoff@plymouth.gov.uk

Locker Street,

Plymouth PL1 2QD

Let us help

you to make

your perfect day

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▼ Exeter Guidhall, Exeter

Situated in the heart of Exeter, the historic Guildhall has been the

centrepiece of Exeter's civic life for 800 years. Bursting with history,

the Guildhall has received Royalty, dignitaries and now your ceremony

can be added to the list!

The opulent Great Hall adds a majestic feeling to your day, accommodating up

to 75 guests. For more intimate ceremonies, the Jury Room can host

weddings of up to 35, while still providing all the grandeur of a larger wedding.

For more details, contact guildhall.weddings@exeter.gov.uk, or call

01392 665 550.

Add the Wow!

Whether it’s simply hire of

venue decor, complete

venue styling and wedding

planning or even a lastminute

emergency 'rescue' service,

Lovingly by Lesley has a huge variety of

special touches which will make your

wedding stand out from the crowd.

Winner of the 2018 and 2019

South West Wedding Awards for

Best Venue Decor, Lesley also

offers handmade bespoke wedding

stationery and those extra wow

factor items such as light up

LOVE letters, fairylight backdrops,

candy carts and ferris wheel

sweet carousels.

For more details, call

07528 222500 or visit

www.lovinglybylesley.com.

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▼ TLH Toorak Hotel, Torquay

CASTLE HILL

Exclusively

Yours

Licensed for

civil weddings

This is a very special day in

your life. Trust the TLH Toorak

Hotel, Torquay, with its wealth

of experience, to make yours

a day to truly remember.

Whether it’s a traditional sit down

meal, a Champagne reception in their

lovely garden or a buffet, the TLH

Toorak team will ensure you have the

day of your dreams.

Several rooms are licensed for your

civil ceremony and, as part of the

TLH Leisure Resort group, there are

up to 400 bedrooms across the

hotels, so there’s plenty of room for

guests and you can keep everything

under one roof.

A dedicated wedding co-ordinator

will take you through your options so

you know you will have the wedding

you really want.

It’s the extras which make the TLH

Toorak so special and the Aztec Pool

complex and Aztec Spa are definitely

worth a mention. Book a manicure

or a de-stressing massage for the

day before or perhaps the groom

might like a relaxing swim or a run in

the gym to clear his head!

And if you’re looking for a prewedding

treat or a hen party get

together, then the Aztec Spa’s Day

packages are just the thing.

The TLH Toorak now has an outdoor

wedding venue. Get married in the

lovely gazebo, set in beautiful

landscaped gardens, for a truly

memorable experience.

Call events co-ordinator, Jocelyn

Smith on 01803 400131 or visit

www.tlh.co.uk/weddings.

Celebrate your wedding in one of two picture

perfect settings: The rustic charm of The Holwell

Temple or the elegance of The Stately Home

To plan your dream wedding contact

our wedding coordinator:

Tel: 01598 760421 • Filleigh, Barnstaple, Devon EX32 0RQ

weddings@castlehill-devon.com • www.castlehilldevon.co.uk

PHOTO BY EVOLVE PHOTOGRAPHY

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FOR CIVIL

CEREMONIES

Say “I do” in the most stunning location!

Immerse yourself in the magic of Tawstock Court where you can

have a grand wedding or an intimate ceremony. We have a variety of

elegant period spaces available to say your vows – from Georgian

panelled halls and drawing rooms to our unique Tudor Gatehouse.

There are original features at every turn and your wedding ceremony

will form part of the unique history of Tawstock Court.

For a no obligation quote please contact us... www.tawstockcourt.co.uk • e: info@tawstockcourt.co.uk.

Tawstock Court, Tawstock, North Devon EX31 3HY • Tel: 01271 446333

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best evening!’

Jen & Tom Lock

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Saunton Sands /

Beachside Gril

Chilled beach weddings

on the North Devon Coast

To discuss your dream coastal wedding

or evening party at our relaxed beachside

venue, please email eat@beachsidegrill.co.uk

and we can work together to create a day

and night to remember.

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dreamvenues

▼ Holne Park House, Ashburton

Looking like a set from a romantic Hollywood film, excitement

mounts as you follow the impressive driveway winding up through

the estate, leading you to Holne Park House. This historic manor

house rests dreamily in 90 acres of picturesque gardens and is

framed by the beautiful River Dart.

It’s the perfect Dartmoor wedding venue for couples looking to enjoy the

charm and comfort of a majestic manor house, but with the flexibility for

individual styling – classic, romantic, boho, vintage, garden party, modern.

The possibilities are endless and ensure a spectacular day regardless

of the weather!

Elegant, light-filled reception rooms have the ability to host intimate

‘elopement-style’ ceremonies or lavish affairs for 90, the choice is

all yours.

With an unrivalled range of en suite accommodation and menus to tempt all

palates, this breathtaking countryside retreat is perfect for making treasured

wedding day memories.

For more information, call 01364 655918 or visit the website at

www.holnepark.co.uk.

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▼ Staddon Heights Golf Club, Plymouth

Asuperb setting with unforgettable views, a choice of suites

accommodating from just a dozen to 150 guests and experienced

staff dedicated to making your wedding day everything you ever

dreamed of: Staddon Heights Golf Club offers the perfect location

for your wedding reception.

With menus to suit every budget, the club can arrange any option from a

buffet to a sit down meal.

For larger weddings,

the well-furnished and PHOTO BY LOUISE RICHEY PHOTOGRAPHY

comfortable clubhouse

can accommodate parties

of up 120 guests for a sit

down meal and 150 for a

buffet.

For groups of up to

around 50, the lovely

Centenary Room offers a

fantastic alternative, while

for a really intimate

atmosphere for 12 to 15,

The Palmer Suite is

perfect.

There is a built in dance

floor and Staddon Heights

Golf Club can also take care of all your entertainment requirements from DJs

to live bands and even table entertainment. Alternatively, you are welcome to

organise your own entertainment

Whatever your chosen style of reception, expert and attentive managers will

talk through all the potential options and offer any advice you need.

For more information call 01752 402475 or visit the website at

www.staddonheightsgolf.co.uk.

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▼ Ta Mill, Launceston

dreamvenues

You can feel the magic at Ta

Mill. Set in 45 acres of rolling

Cornish countryside, it

provides the perfect venue for

a secluded wedding in an idyllic

hideaway. Close to the North Cornwall

coastline and yet within easy reach of

the unspoilt tors of Bodmin

Moor, Ta Mill is located in an

Area of Outstanding Natural

Beauty. This magical site can be

yours exclusively for a two- or

three-day celebration which will

be tailored to suit your own

unique style: they work with

some of the best local suppliers

to help you create the wedding

of your dreams.

Say ‘I Do’ in front of your nearest and

dearest indoors in the beautifully

decorated Courtyard Suite. Or choose

an outdoor venue in the luscious green

gardens with far-reaching views, the

wildlife pond as the backdrop and

nature surrounding you.

Enjoy your bespoke wedding

breakfast in the Courtyard Suite or in

a personalised marquee erected in

the gardens at Ta Mill. Whether it’s a

formal three course wedding

breakfast or a simple hog roast, help

is on hand to choose one of the

recommended caterers to create an

unforgettable menu. Ta Mill can cater

for weddings from 40 to 140 guests,

with a superb marquee site available

for larger weddings.

After you have danced the night away

under the stars you can spend your

wedding night in your own luxury

honeymoon cottage.

With accommodation for up to 60

guests, spa facilities and stunning

wildlife walks, Ta Mill offers a unique

wedding experience – the perfect

romantic start to your married life.

For more details, call Helen on

01840 261797 or visit the website at

www.tamill.co.uk.

www.tamill.co.uk • 01840 261797 • helen@tamill.co.uk

• Kennaway House offers elegant, personal services

for an incredibly unique day

• Located only two minutes walk from the seafront

• Rooms that hold up to 100 guests

Weddings at

Kennaway House

Kennaway House is fully

licensed for wedding

ceremonies, civil ceremonies

and wedding receptions

• Fully licensed bar and welcoming, professional staff

• Located 40 minutes from Exeter centre, and Exeter

airport (our nearest train station is Honiton)

www.kennawayhouse.org.uk

T: 01395 515551 • e: mail@kennawayhouse.org.uk

Kennaway House, Coburg Road, Sidmouth EX10 8NG

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Devon Registration

Services

Say "I do" in Devon!

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Old Forde House

Brunel Road, Newton Abbot, TQ12 4XX

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your most perfect of days. With over 25 years’ experience, full-time

professional firework display company Celebration Pyrotechnics

has an extensive range of pyrotechnics and provides breathtaking displays

every time.

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aerial shell bursts, from theatrical effects to bespoke pyro-animation.

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highly trained and the company is a member of the CBI Explosive Industry

Group and the British Pyrotechnists Association.

They know most of the venues in the south west, but if they don’t know the

one you’ve chosen, they offer a free site inspection to advise on the suitability

of the venue and determine the best products and effects.

And if you’re looking for specially tailored fireworks for you to fire yourself,

they supply DIY fireworks all year round. They’ll even advise you on the best

firing order and how to waterproof your fireworks for bad weather.

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East Devon Registration Office

Exmouth Town Hall, St Andrews Road

Exmouth EX8 1AW

East Devon Registration Office

East Devon Business Centre

Heathpark Way

Heathpark, Honiton, EX14 1SF

Exeter Registration Office

Larkbeare House, Topsham Road,

Exeter, EX2 4NG

Mid Devon Registration Office

Old Heathcoat School Community Centre

King Street, Tiverton, EX16 5JJ

North Devon Registration Office

Taw View, North Walk, Barnstaple, EX31 1ED

South Hams Registration Office

Follaton House

Plymouth Road, Totnes, TQ9 5NE

Torridge Registration Office

Caddsdown Business Support Centre

Farm Road, Bideford, EX39 3DX

West Devon Registration Office

Okehampton Town Council Offices

Fore Street,

Okehampton, EX20 1AA

West Devon Registration Office

West Devon Borough Council Offices

Kilworthy Park, Tavistock PL19 0BZ

Tel: 0345 155 1002

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index to advertisers

BRIDAL ACCESSORIES

Jane Elizabeth....................................14

BRIDAL FASHION

Amica Bridal Boutique.......................11

Anne’s Bridal Designs........................14

Bee Bee Gowns .................................10

The Bridal Box.................................. 11

Champagne & Charlotte ....................10

Lowen Bridal .....................................11

Pretty Smithy.....................................14

Ti Amo...............................................10

Truly Delightful ..................................10

CAKES

Little Lark Cakes................................70

Love 2 Bake.......................................22

Posh Cakes........................................70

White’s Cake House...........................22

EQUIPMENT HIRE

Total Event Hire .................................53

FAVOURS

St Luke’s Hospice..............................70

FIREWORKS

Celebration Pyrotechnics...................70

FLOWERS

Busy Blooms .....................................20

Flowers by Donna..............................20

Please mention Dream Weddings magazine when replying to advertisements

FOLLOW

US ON:

dates for your diary

calling wedding fair organisers

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

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

you need under one roof - and there’s bound to be one near you soon.

So make a note of these dates, but do check locally nearer the time as they may change.

ENZOANI Pictures cover and pp2-3 courtesy of Photographer: @yasminekateb, Hair: @sydroze, Makeup: @tessanntoinette, Styled by: @arsine_karozabridalinc

JULY 7: Drum Inn, Cockington, Torquay (11am to

3pm, contact 07717 754240 or

www.primandproperevents.co.uk)

JULY 18: Buckerell Lodge Hotel, Topsham Road,

Exeter (6.30pm to 8pm, contact 01392 221111 or

www.buckerelllodgehotel.com)

JULY 26: Wedding Open Day, Moorland Garden

Hotel, Yelverton (12noon to 3pm, contact 01822

852245 or www.moorlandgardenhotel.co.uk)

SEPTEMBER 12: Boringdon Park Golf Club,

Plympton (6.30 to 9pm, contact 01752 339113 or

www.boringdonpark.com)

SEPTEMBER 15: Salcombe Harbour Hotel, Salcombe

(11am to 4pm, contact 01548 845081 or

www.harbourhotels.co.uk)

SEPTEMBER 15: Imperial Hotel, Torquay (11am to

3pm, contact 07804 283767 or

www.byinvitationevents.co.uk)

SEPTEMBER 15: Exeter Racecourse, Kennford

(11am to 3pm, contact 07969 762525 or

www.chicelite.co.uk)

Flower Scene.....................................18

H Watts Florist...................................21

More than Perfect Wedding Flowers for You ..21

Peamore Flora ...................................18

Simply Flowers..................................19

Trugs .................................................70

FOOD & DRINK

Benny’s Organic Ice Cream Trike.......70

The Good Food Co ............................52

Scoff Catering....................................52

JEWELLERY

Catherine Bishop ...............................26

Drakes Jewellers..............................IBC

Robins Brothers ...............................IFC

MENSWEAR

Bee Bee Gowns .................................10

David Parish Menswear.....................16

MOTHER OF THE BRIDE

Beau Boutique ...................................28

Jane Louise .......................................28

PHOTOGRAPHERS

Amy Stanford Photography...............19

Focus Weddings................................61

Louise Richey Photography ..............16

Pippa Heath Photography .................26

Twisty Focus Weddings.....................66

SEPTEMBER 21: Dainton Park Golf Club, Ipplepen

(11am to 3pm, contact 07717 754240 or

www.primandproperevents.co.uk)

SEPTEMBER 22: Wedding Extravaganza, Plymouth

Guildhall (11am to 3pm, contact 01626 873364 or

www.dream-weddings-magazine.co.uk)

SEPTEMBER 22: Holne Park House, Ashburton

(11am to 3pm, contact 01364 655918 or visit

www.holnepark.co.uk)

REGISTER OFFICES

Devon Registration Services .............71

Plymouth Register Office ..................59

TRANSPORT

Babbacombe Cars .............................42

Plymouth Citycoach ..........................42

The Wedding Sidecar ........................42

VENUE DECOR

Lovingly by Lesley.............................62

VENUES

Barnstaple Hotel ................................60

Beachside Grill...................................65

The Bedford Hotel .............................44

Berry Head Hotel ...............................48

Bickley Mill Inn..................................50

Castle Hill ..........................................63

The Edgemoor................................OBC

Elfordleigh .........................................58

Exeter Court Hotel .............................55

Exeter Guildhall .................................62

The Grand Hotel ................................68

Hannafore Point ................................48

Holne Park House..............................66

Hotel California..................................56

The Humber Barn..............................44

Kennaway House...............................69

Kitley House ......................................51

SEPTEMBER 22: Moorland Hotel, Haytor (11am to

3pm, contact 07969 762525 or www.chicelite.co.uk)

SEPTEMBER 22: Passage House Inn, Kingsteignton

(11am to 3pm, contact 07717 754240 or

www.primandproperevents.co.uk)

SEPTEMBER 29: The Big Sheep, Bideford (11am to

3pm, contact 01237 472366 or

www.northdevonweddingshow.co.uk)

OCTOBER 6: Lanhydrock Hotel, Bodmin (11am to

3pm, contact 01208 262570 or

www.lanhydrockhotel.com)

OCTOBER 6: Livermead Cliff Hotel, Torquay (11am to

3pm, contact 07717 754240 or

www.primandproperevents.co.uk)

Lakeview Manor ................................44

Lanhydrock........................................64

The Manor House Dawlish ................54

Moorland Garden Hotel .....................53

Mount Edgcumbe House...................47

National Marine Aquarium.................59

The Park Hotel...................................46

Plymouth Guildhall............................50

Salcombe Harbour Hotel ...................67

Staddon Heights Golf Club................68

St Ives Hotel......................................57

St Mellion International Resort .........61

Ta Mill................................................69

Tawstock Court..................................64

TLH Toorak Hotel...............................63

Trenython Manor...............................58

Two Bridges Hotel .............................44

Waterside Cornwall ...........................54

Whitsand Bay Fort.............................48

VIDEOS

I Do Film Weddings...........................70

WEDDING FAIRS

Art of Weddings ................................38

By Invitation Events...........................38

Chic Elite Wedding Fairs....................38

North Devon Wedding Show.............38

Wedding Extravaganza ......................39

OCTOBER 6: Tawstock Court, Barnstaple (11am to

4pm, contact 07845 147563 or

www.bluefizzevents.co.uk)

OCTOBER 13: Pendennis Castle, Falmouth (11am to

3pm, contact 01326 310106 or www.englishheritage.org.uk/wedding

showcases)

OCTOBER 19 & 20: Royal Cornwall Showground,

Wadebridge (11am to 4pm, contact 07500 868163

or www.artofweddings.uk)

OCTOBER 20: Heartlands, Redruth (10.30am to 3pm,

contact 07969 762525 or www.chicelite.co.uk)

NOVEMBER 3: Exeter Racecourse, Kennford (11am

to 3pm, contact 07969 762525 or

www.chicelite.co.uk)

NOVEMBER 24: St Ives Harbour Hotel (11am to

3pm, contact 01736 795221 or www.

DECEMBER 1: Salcombe Harbour Hotel, Salcombe

(11am to 4pm, contact 01548 845081 or

www.harbourhotels.co.uk)

Organisers of Spring 2020 wedding fairs who would like to have their dates included in the next issue of Dream

Weddings should call 01626 873364 or email editorial@countymagazines.co.uk by November 5, 2019.

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Contact Charles at: events@edgemoor.co.uk

www.edgemoor.co.uk

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