Dream Weddings Magazine - Dorset & Hampshire - issue.40


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!

As unique as your love.

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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!















TELEPHONE: 01626 873364



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2-13 Sensational style

Breathtaking international collections

for tomorrow’s beautiful brides

14-15 Of maids and men

When you’ve nailed your outfit, it’s time

to consider the rest of the bridal party

16-17 Roses, roses all the way

Glorious wedding flowers add scent

and style to your very special occasion

18-19 Let them eat cake

Scrumptious cakes that taste every

bit as good as they look

20-21 Ringing the changes

Choose your wedding ring with care – it’s

going to be with you for a long time

22 Flights of fancy

Special touches for your big day -

including a butterfly release


P34-35 - BLACK & WHITE...



23-29 Now, down to business

If you’re well organised, the planning

process won’t seem quite so daunting

30-33 Yummy Mummy

Gorgeous outfits to make every Mum feel a

million dollars on her daughter’s big day

34-35 Black & white magic

Capture all the colour of the day in retro

black & white reportage photographs

36-45 The party of your life

From rustic boho to stately home, venues

to complement your style and budget

46-47 My fair lady

Check out the best of the counties’

wedding fairs at a venue near you

48 Classified information

Our handy classified index, plus those

all-important dates for your diary

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Bohemian and free-spirited: the trend

towards festival-style weddings has

created some stunning new bridal

collections designed for the contemporary,

fashion savvy, confident bride.

One of the newest labels on the scene is Shikoba

Bride, founded by friends Fi and Becca who have

assembled an entrancing collection of beautiful

lace and silk gowns.

Look out for delicate detailing, from fringed sleeves

and opulent beading to lace-up backs – and bang

up-to-the-minute separates to mix and match.

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When we create a dress,’ says

international bridal designer

Madeline Gardner, ‘we’re not just

making something to wear.

‘We’re making magic.’

For more than 25 years, Madeline Gardner has

been the guiding force behind the success of the

Morilee collections of stunning wedding

dresses and evening gowns.

She combines rich fabrics with meticulously

detailed beadwork and seamlessly blends

traditional styling with contemporary

fashion trends.

If every bride-to-be is Cinderella,

Madeline Gardner is the fairy godmother

who can make her dreams come true.

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it up!

Choosing your wedding dress is an experience

you’ll get only once – and bridal boutiques

will go out of their way to may it the most

exciting shopping expedition you ever had.

They can even suggest ways to make the design you

choose completely individual to you.

International designer Kenneth Winston, for

instance, can add straps or sleeves to many of their

sleeveless designs or change a zipped back to a

corset tie.

Train not long enough? They’ll add up to three

feet of extra train just for you. Or what

about a sheer overskirt?

And if you want to glam your gown

up with some beaded accents, all

you have to do is ask –

particularly gorgeous are their

crystal and pearl beaded backs.

Statement crystal belts and

feminine wraps and boleros can all

help to stamp your own style on

your dress of a lifetime.

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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


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


Honiton lace: Its ornate sprigs or motifs and

complex patterns are created separately and

then sewn into the net fabric.




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For the dress of your dreams!

• Bridesmaids

• Menswear

• Accessories

Stunning gowns from

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including Ella Rosa

and Femme for the

curvier bride

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Leesa's company

is quite unique...

The New Bridal boutique in

Salisbury is filled with

stunning gowns, bridesmaids

dresses, and accessories but

together with the boutique

Leesa and her team also offers

all her bespoke dressmaking

services from full bespoke

wedding gowns, mother of

the bride, to bridesmaids and


Her company prides itself on

customer service. from

beginning to the end of the

process Leesa give 100% to

each bride.

By appointment only • Tuesday - Saturday 10.30 - 4.30 • Thursday 11 - 7

14 Ox Row, Salisbury, Wiltshire SP11 1EU • Tel: 07786 162736

www.milliecouturebridal.com • e: milliecouture@hotmail.com


& oh so sweet







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From the cutest, cheekiest micro

mini to the most elegant floating

ballerina-length, short wedding

dresses are taking the bridal fashion

business by storm. It all started

when hems started to rise on bridesmaid

dresses, and it wasn’t long before up-tothe-minute

brides wanted to share the

fun a tea-length (or shorter) wedding

dress provides.

Some come with detachable trains or

overskirts, so you can enjoy all the

glamour of a traditional bridal look for the

formal part of the day, before partying the

night away with complete freedom.








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Traditional or contemporary, worn with or without a veil, the tiara is the

headdress of choice for today’s brides. ‘Tiaras complement any style

of gown,’ says Ros Woodhouse of Tiaras and Crowns ‘and can be

worn with upswept, worn down or short hairstyles.’

When you’re choosing your tiara bear in mind that it should suit the shape of

your face, your wedding hairstyle and the style of your gown.

‘Diamante tiaras go with any colour of gown, says Ros, ‘while tiaras with pearls

should match either your jewellery or your gown.’

Tiaras and Crowns has a fantastic selection of bridal headdresses to

complement every bride.

For more information, call 01305

814950 or visit the website at www.tiarasandcrowns.net.

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the fellas!

The men’s formal hire department at

Chas Baker in Salisbury aims to fulfil

the groom’s dream of wearing the

perfect outfit. They set out to create a

relaxing atmosphere where grooms

and their partners can take time to select the look

they want to achieve, considering their huge

range of different styles from classic morning

suits to their new blue and light grey lounge suits

matched with a large range of waistcoats.

The formal hire department also runs alongside

the store’s wide range of quality menswear

selling high quality brands such as Gant, Meyer,

Barbour, Magee, Seidensticker/Olymp shirts and

a large selection of suits from Label and country

jackets from Douglas and Graham, Gurteen and

many more ranges.

Chas Baker, established in the city over 100

years ago, is still run by the same family – a

testimony to its outstanding reputation for

quality menswear and traditional service

For more information, call 01722 324234

or visit the website at www.salisbury-suithire.com.





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For Beautiful Wedding Flowers

Please contact us for a

FREE consultation 01202 746088

83, Commercial Road,

Lower Parkstone, Poole BH14 0JD


Stanton Flowers

For a hen party with a difference!

The selection of flowers you choose for your

wedding will say as much about you as your

ceremony and setting, says Janet Kirk, so you

should consider not only the type of flower,

but also colour, shape, and accents.

The highly experienced floral designer, based in Sway,

likes to have a number of personal consultations with


Stanton Flowers pix coming with this


I am so grateful that my beautiful friends brought Sarah

in to run a floristry activity at my Hen party! Everyone

loved it and were super chuffed with the arrangement they

took home! Fun-filled and a great one for everyone to

enjoy! THANKS SARAH! Cant recommend Stanton

Flowers highly enough! Xx”

The Gables. 186 Ham Lane, Wimborne Dorset BH21 7LT

Tel: 01202 576595 • 07903 422294


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ides to allow for big changes, small

amendments and adding the final special

touches – and she will work hard behind

the scenes to make your flowers and your

day breathtaking.



more details, call 01590 681387 or

visit www.jkfloraldesigns.co.uk.

Edwards are artisan florists, based in the

heart of Ashley Cross, Poole offering

beautifully natural, rustic styled flowers

for weddings and events across

Dorset. Let them create the perfect flowers for

your big day.

Call 01202 746088 or visit the website at

www.edwards-flowers.co.uk to arrange your

free consultation.

Looking for a hen party activity

with a difference? You can’t go

wrong with a floral workshop.

Sarah Le Clef, of Stanton Flowers

in Wimborne, is a passionate and

experienced florist who loves nothing

better than sharing the joy and love that

flowers bring.

And her courses, designed specially for hen

parties, are suitable for all abilities,

from your bridesmaids to your Grandma.

The cost includes all the materials

required for the workshop and all courses are

suitable for complete beginners. You even

get your own gorgeous arrangement to

take home.

For more details, call 07903 422294 or visit

www.www.facebook.com/ stantonflorists.




Spudworks, Station Road, Sway, Hampshire SO41 6BA • TEL: 01590 681387 • www.jkfloraldesigns.co.uk

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Beautiful, creative

& unique

cakes designed

for you

Tel: 01202 572021


1528, Wimborne Road, Kinson,

Bournemouth BH11 9AF


“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

Speciality Cakes of

Bournemouth pride

themselves on providing

personalised designs to fit all

wedding themes and budgets.

They are highly skilled in cake

decorating and provide

celebration cakes for all


For a free personal

consultation and advice,

call 01202 572021 or visit


Tel: 07884 060439 • www.pippaheath.com

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Jennifer Bronsell of

Bournemouth-based Coast

Cakes is an award-winning

cake artist who is a

preferred supplier to many of

the top wedding venues in

Dorset and Hampshire. A

qualified chef, she promises

both excellent service and

outstanding quality.

For details, call 01202 539120

or visit www.coastcakes.co.uk.


For sheer indulgent

decadence, you can’t

beat a chocolate

fountain at your reception. Dip bite-sized

pieces of fresh fruit, homemade biscuits

and other goodies in a warm cascade of

luxury Belgian chocolate and savour the

sensation. Well established family

business, Chocolate Fountains of Dorset,

offers packages to suit all budgets,

starting at just £295 for two fountains.

Call 01202 890033 or visit


for more details.

Award Winning Bespoke

Wedding Cakes

tel: 01202 539120

mob: 07789 000387

email: coastcakes@btinternet.com


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At Jordan’s Jewellers you

will find something

different, something

unique and extra special.

Apart from your engagement

ring, your wedding ring is the

one item of jewellery that you

will wear every day and it will

be asked to cope with everything from

gardening and washing up to glamorous

nights out, so buy the best quality

you can afford.

Family-owned jewellers Jordans in

Dorchester, advise you to choose rings

that fit your personalities and not to

worry if you both prefer something


Traditionally the plain ‘court’ wedding

band was the ring of choice and,

although it is still very popular today,

fashion runs to other styles including

lavish diamond-set bands, shaped

bands, hand-crafted bands and those

that are especially made to fit beautifully

round your engagement ring.

The ring’s

The choice is only limited by your own imagination, so when the time is right,

pop in to see the specialists at Jordans Jewellers and with their expert

knowledge they can guide you to your dream ring.

They also have a free wedding pack for all newly engaged and not so newly

engaged couples. The pack is full of useful information to help you plan your

big day and includes some vouchers offering a discount from some of the

very best local retailers including a bridal salon, ladies’ boutique, florist,

photography and, of course, Jordans Jewellers!

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

Jordans Jewellers, 1 Royal Mews,

Princes Street, Dorchester, DT1 1RL

Telephone: 01305 250413


Remember that hand-made

wedding rings will take four

to six weeks to be made from

the time of order, so don’t leave it

too close to your special day, say

Forum Jewellers, though of course

you can always find a wide range of

wedding rings for immediate


For more details call

01202 600350 or visit


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Award winning British designer

jeweller Liz Tyler is inspired by

movement in contemporary

dance and the natural world.

Her dynamic, graceful jewellery is

produced using carving and anti-clastic,

hand-raising skills. Liz welcomes

commissions to celebrate all

special occasions.

For more details

call 01258 820222

or visit


the thing!

Once you’ve got that precious engagement ring on your finger, you’ll

probably never want to take it off – but, if you want to keep it in

pristine condition, you need to take care of it. Fine jewellers

Charles Nobel of New Milton advise that there are some times

when you should definitely not be wearing your engagement ring.

When you’re getting ready to go out: moisturisers, lotions, cosmetics, hair

spray and perfume can all damage or tarnish your ring and cause a build-up

of grime. Make sure your hands are completely clean and dry before you

replace your ring.

The same goes for cooking and cleaning. Not only can you easily distort your

ring on hard surfaces, like kitchen tops and bathroom counters, but you can

also do serious damage to the stone and setting. You can even potentially

alter the colour if you expose it to harsh chemicals like bleach and ammonia.

Leave your ring at home when you go to the gym or participate in sporting

activities. Pressure on the metal could change its shape and bend the claws

that hold the gemstone in place.

And as for swimming: the cold water of the sea will shrink your fingers,

making it much easier for your ring to disappear without trace – and it’s no

better in the pool, where the chlorine can damage it, or even in the shower,

where oily soaps could dull its sparkle and exfoliating soaps may scratch it.

If your engagement ring does get dirty, you can gently rinse it with hot water

and dishwashing liquid, then dry it with a cotton or linen towel before using

a clean polishing cloth for a sparkling finish.

Alternatively, Charles Nobel will clean it

professionally for you.

For more details, call 01425 616347 or


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07958 984554 | 01672 540520


Flights of


Imagine a cloud of beautiful butterflies released to celebrate your

wedding. Based in the heart of the New Forest, Butterflies for

Occasions can make the magic happen for you – and you can either

have each of your guests releasing a butterfly or a single, collective

release of a mass of the colourful,

romantic creatures.

For more details,

call 07582 601462 or visit


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The Engagement

Traditionally, the first thing to do after telling

your family and close friends about your

forthcoming marriage is to announce your

engagement in your local and/or a national

newspaper. Do check how much it will cost

before you place the announcement.

It will usually read:

The engagement is announced between Michael,

elder son of Mr and Mrs David Jones, of Downend,

Bristol and Jennifer Anne, only daughter of Mr and

Mrs Simon Hayes, of Marlborough, Wiltshire.

Though the habit of giving engagement presents

has now fallen somewhat into disuse, if you are

lucky enough to receive some, don’t forget to write

and thank the senders.

Getting down

to Business

The very first things you must decide about

your wedding are where, when - and how

much. The most popular days for weddings

are Saturdays and the most popular months are

from May right through to September. If your

plans follow that pattern, be aware that the most

popular venues get booked up very early, so set

the date and book the venues as soon as

possible after your engagement.

Talk to both sets of parents about setting

budgets and who is going to pay for what.

It is increasingly common for bridesmaids to pay

for their own dresses, but if they do you should

allow them some say in what they are going to

wear. If you plan to pay for them yourself, you

can choose their outfits.

Your wedding will probably be the biggest

party you ever throw - which means it will

probably also be the most expensive. So it’s

vital that you set your budget and stick to it.

Nowadays it’s becoming much more common

for the bride and groom themselves and even

the groom’s parents to contribute towards the

cost. Again, whoever is contributing to the

cost should have some say in how the money

is spent.


Plan ahead for

your perfect day

So how much is it all

going to cost?

Basically, the answer is as much or as little as

you want it to. An intimate ceremony with

lunch in your favourite pub for your closest

family and friends can be every bit as special as a

huge event at a top venue for hundreds of guests.

If you’re working on a limited budget, decide what’s

most important to you and spend your money on

that. Maybe you want a really spectacular dress and

are prepared to do without a flashy car to take you

to the reception. Or perhaps you’ve always wanted

to arrive at your wedding in a pony and trap, and will

settle for fewer guests.

Whatever you decide, do remember that many

guests may be coming a long way and spending

a lot of money simply to attend your wedding, so

it’s often better to look after a small number of

people well than to invite more than you can

comfortably cater for.

The important thing is that it’s your day and the last

thing you want to be worrying about is how you’re

going to find the money to pay for it. So be realistic

when you’re setting your budget - and remember

that, with a little imagination, you can make your

money go a lot further.

Your budget will need to cover:

• Wedding ring(s)

• Wedding dress

• Bridesmaids’ and attendants’ outfits

• Groom’s suit

• Stationery

• Flowers

• Fees for the ceremony

• Reception venue, food and drink

• Wedding cake

• Photographs/video

• Wedding transport

• Thank you gifts for best man and attendants

• Going away outfits

• Honeymoon





the bride’s parents pay for:

• Announcements in the newspapers

• All the wedding stationery

• Bride’s and bridesmaids’ dresses

• Transport for the bridal party to the

ceremony and from the ceremony

to the reception

• Flowers for the church and the reception

• The reception itself

• The wedding cake

The groom

traditionally pays for:

• All the fees - whether for church

officials (including vicar, organist,

choir, bellringers) or for the registrar

and civil licence.

• Bouquets for the bride and

bridesmaids, sprays of flowers for the

bride’s mother and his own mother and

buttonholes for himself, the best man

and the ushers.

• Engagement and wedding rings for the


• Presents for the best man and the

bride’s attendants.

• Transport to the ceremony for himself

and the best man and to the reception for

himself and the bride

• The honeymoon.

Planning Makes Perfect

cut out and keep

Much though we hate to say it, things can

go wrong at a wedding and it’s some

consolation to know that you won’t lose

out financially if they do. Insurance policies on

offer cover everything from damage to your

wedding dress to loss of deposits due to

cancellation of the wedding and theft of wedding

presents. Do get quotes before you decide which

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

see exactly what each policy covers.

Should unforeseen circumstances mean the

postponment or cancellation of your wedding,

guests can either be notified by telephone or by

a personal or printed note saying:

Mr and Mrs Simon Hayes announce that the

wedding of their daughter Jennifer Anne to Mr

Michael Jones will be postponed until (date)/will

not now take place. If you have announced the

engagement in the newspaper, it would be

appropriate to place a similarly worded notice

there too.

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Planning Makes Perfect

The invitations...

Your wedding stationery is the first clue day.

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

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

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

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

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

traditional glamour.

planned for the busy summer months when

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

unified theme for the whole

spares), menus for the reception, place cards,

perhaps a table plan.

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

invitations to help guests find their way easily, plus

details of where guests can park and, for those

who are coming long distances, a selection of

recommended accommodation.

For guests of the groom’s family, the groom’s

mother should send a list of names and addresses

to the bride’s mother so she can issue the


As a matter of courtesy, an invitation should be

English Rose

...and what they should say

The traditional invitation, with the

bride’s mother and father acting as

hosts, is worded as follows:

Mr and Mrs Simon Hayes request the

pleasure of your company at the marriage of

their daughter Jennifer Anne to Mr Michael

Jones at St Benedict’s Church,

Bournemouth on Saturday August 19th at

2pm and afterwards at The County Hotel,

Bournemouth RSVP 10 Marigold Gardens,


In this form, the names of the guests

are handwritten in the top left hand

corner of the invitation.

Alternatively a space is left in the invitation

for the guests’ names:

Mr and Mrs Simon Hayes request the

pleasure of the company of


at the marriage of their daughter

Jennifer Anne (etc)

Invitations for civil ceremonies and

partnerships follow the same pattern.

Make it clear precisely who is being

invited. For a married couple, Mr and

Mrs John Jeffries; for a family, Mr and

Mrs John Jeffries, Jeremy and Jemima.

If you’re hosting the wedding

yourselves, change the

wording accordingly.

Invitations to the evening reception

only should be worded as follows:

BELOW: Invitations by Hand

sent to the groom’s parents and to the minister

and his wife. When ordering your invitations,

remember you’ll only need one for each family,

plus a few spares for emergencies.

“...It’s always a

good idea to

include maps with

your invitations to

help guests find

their way easily...”

LEFT: English Rose Wedding Stationery

BELOW: Coral Wedding Invitations

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Mr and Mrs Simon Hayes request the

pleasure of your company at an

evening reception to celebrate the

marriage of their daughter Jennifer

Anne to Mr Michael Jones at The

County Hotel, Bournemouth on

Saturday August 19th at 8pm

RSVP 10 Marigold Gardens,


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To marry at a register office or building approved

for civil ceremonies, your first step is to contact

the registrar and/or venue to confirm registrar

and date are available.

Then both bride and groom must each give

notice of the wedding in person at the register

office covering the area where they live (and

where they must have been in residence for at

least seven days).

If you both live in the same district you should

attend the register office together - but whether

you do or not, ring your local office first as many

now operate appointment systems.

Each of you will have to produce evidence of your

name, age, marital status and nationality - for

example, a current valid full passport. If you

don’t have one, you’ll need two documents - for

example a birth certificate and utility bill.

The fee for giving notice is £35 each and,

normally, notices should be with the registrar

about eight weeks before the marriage. If either of

you have been married before, the notices should

be given 10 weeks before.

The minimum period before the date of the

proposed marriage is 28 days, but if you leave

things as late as this you could be faced with the

need to postpone your marriage.

In exceptional circumstances the Registrar

General may consider waiving the waiting period.

A notice of marriage is valid for 12 months.




Entrance of the bride •

Hymn • The marriage • Prayers

Hymn or psalm • Blessing

Signing of the register • Recessional


Over the past few years since a change

in the law many thousands of venues

throughout the country have become

licensed to hold civil weddings. They range

from hotels to stately homes, zoos to football

clubs. You still have to give notice of your

intention to marry in the same way as you do

for register office weddings and, in the same

way, you can personalise the ceremony to

suit yourselves although no religious music

is allowed. Though this option costs more

than a register office ceremony - you will

have to pay for the hire of the room and it

costs more to have the registrar travel to you

- it is becoming increasingly popular as

the trend away from church weddings


The Ceremony

church or civil

Religious or civil, register office or one of the new approved

venues, a wedding can take place on any day of the week

between 8am and 6pm. While most still take place on Saturdays,

Fridays are gaining in popularity allowing guests travelling a fair

distance to make a long weekend of the celebrations.

Church Weddings

The Church of England welcomes couples

who want to marry in church whatever

their beliefs, whether or not they are

christened and whether or not they are regular

churchgoers, though same sex couples are

currently limited to civil ceremonies.

A marriage conducted in church will include

asking for God’s guidance and blessing, adding

a spiritual dimension to the ceremony which

many couples find particularly special and


Your first step is to find a church, which need

not necessarily be your local one, and arrange

an appointment with the vicar so you can get to

know him or her and complete some forms.

The vicar will explain the church fees and the

system of reading the banns.

Banns are the public announcement of your

marriage and legally must be called in church

for three Sundays during the three months

before the wedding. They have to be read in the

parish where each of you lives and also

in the church where you will

marry, if this is different.

Although the vows you make

to each other in church are

those which have been

handed down through

generations, you still have a

huge amount of influence

over the service.

You can choose your hymns

and music, readings and

what prayers you would like

and family and friends can

contribute to the service.

Marrying abroad



Though the Roman Catholic church does not

condone divorce, there are some

circumstances in which the Church of

England will marry divorced people, so it’s

worth consulting your vicar. Even if you are

limited to a civil ceremony, some ministers

will offer a Service of Blessing afterwards.

It’s important to establish early on what the

church’s policy is on photographs or video

being taken during the service, whetherany

secular music is allowed and on the throwing of

confetti within the church grounds.

Ask too about other couples marrying on the

same day as it may be possible to share the

cost of the church flowers.

Religious services in churches outside the

established Church of England require a licence

from the authorised registrar of your area and

will have different requirements, so see your

priest or minister as early as possible.


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

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

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

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

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

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

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The Best Man

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

best man is the kingpin of a successful wedding

day, so make sure your groom chooses him with

care. However tempting it might be to choose the

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

far better off with someone who will take his

responsibilities seriously, keep all the

organisation under control and leave you to

enjoy your day without any niggling worries

about how many guests have been stranded at

the church. The part that worries most best

men is the speech, but that should be the least

of their problems. The best man’s job, in a

nutshell, is to support the groom both in the

run-up to the wedding and on the day itself.

Before the wedding,

the best man should:

• Make sure he keeps himself up to date with

all the arrangements, liaising regularly with

the groom and the bride’s family

• Check the hiring, cleaning or collecting of suits

for himself and the groom

• Check the ordering of the flowers for the bride

and her attendants, sprays for the two

mothers and buttonholes for himself, the

groom and other immediate members of the


• Check the printing and collection of order of

service sheets and make sure that the ushers

know what their duties are

• Check arrangements for the first night and

honeymoon are in place and that necessary

passports and visas are in order

• Organise the groom’s stag night - preferably

some days in advance of the wedding - and

make sure the groom gets home safely


• Check the rings have been collected

• Check the transport for the bridal party both to

the ceremony and from there to the reception

• Organise accommodation for the groom and

himself the night before the wedding

• He might also be asked to help with

accommodation for guests and to liaise with

live musicians or disco both before and during

the reception.

On the day

• Take the groom’s going away clothes to the

reception venue

• Check the service sheets are delivered to the

church for the ushers to hand out to guests as

they arrive

• Make sure the groom arrives for the ceremony in

good time

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

the ceremony when they should be handed to

the groom or the minister

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

before the ceremony

• Sign the register as a witness to the marriage

• Get the bridal party together for photographs

• Make sure the ushers arrange lifts to the

reception for any guests who need them

• Escort the bride and groom to the bridal car and

then escort the bridesmaids to the reception

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

one, assume those duties himself - these

include announcing the speeches and the

cutting of the cake

• Reply to the groom’s toast to the bridesmaids

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

before reading out the cards and telegrams

• Announce the newlyweds’ departure from the

reception and ensure they have all

their tickets and luggage

• Make sure all the guests have

transport to their accommodation

• Arrange for any wedding presents

taken to the reception to be taken


• Take the groom’s wedding clothes

from the reception and, if necessary,

return hired suits.

The speech

When it comes to the speech, all the

advice is: Resist the temptation to

tell any juicy stories whatsoever

from the couple’s past. The escapades may have

been hilarious, but now is not the time for

embarrassing reminders about past romances

or past quarrels between the happy pair.

Because the best man’s speech is generally

regarded as the prime entertainment at the

reception, getting it together can be a daunting

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

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

polite and sincere speech wishing the couple

every happiness will fit the bill just as well.

Unless you’re experienced at this sort of thing,

write down exactly what you want to say and

practise it. Don’t be tempted to wing it on the day.

The three essential parts of the speech are to

thank the groom on behalf of the bridesmaids

for his kind words about them, to read the cards

and telegrams that have arrived and to

announce the cutting of the cake.




The chief bridesmaid

The bride’s equivalent of a best man also needs to be chosen with care as it is she who will support the

bride in the run-up to the ceremony and on the day itself. Though her duties aren’t as arduous as those

of her male equivalent, they’re every bit as important in ensuring the bride has a worry-free day.



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

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

luggage to be taken to the reception venue

• Helps the bride to dress for the ceremony

• Makes sure the flowers and bouquets have arrived on schedule

• Supervises the other bridesmaids and attendants and

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

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

down the aisle

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

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

the register

• Keeps an eye on young attendants during the reception

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

• Arranges for the wedding dress to be returned home

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Church weddings normally have

three ushers who should arrive at

the church about 40 minutes before

the wedding is due to start.

Their principal job is to hand out the order

of service sheets to guests as they arrive

and show them to their seats - friends and

family of the bride on the left of the

aisle, friends and family of the groom on

the right.

They should make sure one of them pays

special attention to the groom’s parents and

the bride’s mother as they arrive and

escorts them to their places.

They should also help the best man

organise lifts to the reception for guests

who may need them.

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Who does what

- and when...

If you think military precision takes the fun out of a

wedding, you’d be wrong. The essence of a trouble-free

day is that everyone knows where they’re supposed

to be and what they’re supposed to be doing.

Your civil

ceremony explained

Gone are the days when a civil marriage was a

hasty 15-minute affair, conducted in a small

room at the register office. Nowadays many

register offices have light, spacious ceremony

rooms or suites accommodating reasonably large

wedding parties and even a separate bride’s

waiting room and garden for photographs.

A large number of venues are now also licensed

for civil ceremonies and the only major restriction

is that no religious music or reading may be used.

Otherwise, you may personalise your ceremony in

terms of vows, readings, music, dedicating

candles and lots more. The registrar will offer help

and advice in planning your ceremony and will

normally meet you a few weeks in advance to go

over the format which could be:

• Pre-arrival music

• Entrance music

• Welcome by the registrar

• Reading

• Legal declarations and vows

• Promises and exchange of rings

• Signing the register

• Reading or music

• Presentation of the certificate

• Leaving music

You can also have a ‘dual’ ceremony – after a

short ceremony at the register office to fulfil the

legal requirements, you can have a further

ceremony of your choosing in front of family and

friends on the beach or in a woodland glade, for


Most registrars will try to be as flexible as

possible to accommodate individual requests

and they will lead you through your declarations,

vows and promises.

The one thing you must do is agree all of your

selections in advance to ensure they comply with

the law.



The bride and groom should always be

the first to leave the reception.

The best man announces their

departure after they have changed into

their going away clothes and, if the

bride is going to throw her bouquet,

she should do so just before she

leaves for her honeymoon.

At the Reception

The formal receiving line at the reception should take

the following order:

Bride’s parents

Groom’s parents

Bride and Groom

Chief bridesmaid

and best man

After the meal, the best man (or

toastmaster, if you have one)

introduces the speeches in the

following order:

The bride’s father (or an old family

friend) always speaks first,

welcoming the guests to the

reception and his new son-in-law

to the family. He will complement

the bride and often thanks her

mother for their many happy

years together. He ends by

proposing the toast to the bride

and groom.

The groom replies to his fatherin-law’s

toast, thanking him and

the bride’s mother for their

daughter, for their welcome into

the family and for the reception (the

wording can be discreetly changed here if the

newlyweds and/or the groom’s parents have contributed

to the expense).

He thanks the guests for coming to celebrate the day

and for the presents they have given. He thanks his best

man and the bride’s attendants for the help they have

given to the bride. He then proposes the toast to the

Order of service

The order of service is variable and your

minister or priest will advise you. Often a

hymn is sung after the bride’s procession,

followed by readings and an address by the


The marriage itself follows. The minister asks:

“Who giveth this woman to be married to this

man?” and the bride’s father silently gives his

daughter’s right hand to the minister, who passes

it to the groom.

The bride’s father takes his seat beside the bride’s


The vows are made and the best man may either

pass the ring(s) to the groom or they may be

placed on the minister’s prayer book before he

passes them to the groom.

Arrival at the


The ushers should arrive about 40 minutes before

the ceremony is due to begin

The groom and best man should arrive about 15

minutes before the ceremony is due to begin

The bridesmaids and attendants should arrive about

five minutes before the ceremony is due to begin

The bride’s mother should be the last to arrive before

the bride - when she is shown to her seat that is a

signal to the congregation that the wedding is about

to start

The bride will be met on her arrival at the church by

the minister, who precedes the bride and her father

down the aisle As the congregation rises, the groom

and best man take their places at the chancel steps

The order of the bride’s procession is: Minister,

Bride on her father’s right arm, Attendants.



bridesmaids. Now girl power

is more firmly established, it

is not uncommon now for

the bride to say a few words

and if she chooses to do so,

she should speak after her

new husband. This is a good

opportunity for her to thank all

the people who have helped

her plan the big day, to thank

her own parents for all their

support and to thank the

groom’s parents for welcoming

her into their family.

Last of the speeches is always

the best man, who replies to

the groom’s toast to the

bridesmaids, wishes the happy

couple well, read the cards and

telegrams and announces the cutting of the cake.

Many weddings now include an evening dance or

disco. Before it begins, the best man should make

sure the bride and groom are ready to take the floor

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

parents, the best man and chief bridesmaid.

The best man then returns to his seat.

After the ceremony, the minister leads the

couple to the altar for prayers, possibly a hymn

or psalm and a final blessing. The minister then

leads the couple to the vestry to sign the register

and they are usually joined by their parents, the

best man and the chief bridesmaid. The signing

of the register must be witnessed by two adults

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

While this is taking place, the choir may sing or

the organist play a piece of music.

The bridal procession then leaves the church in

the following order:

Bride and groom

Young attendants

Chief bridesmaid with the best man

Bride’s mother with the groom’s father

Groom’s mother with the bride’s father.

If you are having bells, they will peal out at

this point.

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Those all-important

The Photographs

If you’re anything like most brides, your wedding

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

reliving it in the months and years to come will be

through your photographs.

Though lots of your friends and family will take

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

a professional photographer for shots you can look

back on with pleasure.

Your choice of photographer should be based on

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

Visit a selection and ask to see examples of their

work from recent weddings. See how the

photographer has chosen his settings and make

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

the firm you visit employs several photographers,

find out who has taken the pictures you like best and

make sure you book that specific photographer for

your day - and find out what happens if that

photographer is suddenly not available.

Discuss whether you want formally posed shots, or

whether you would like the photographer to take

informal pictures as they happen. Find out whether

proofs will be available at the reception.

Your photographer may well know the church and

the reception venue you have chosen, but if he

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

can choose the best locations.

Make sure you get a written quotation which

specifies exactly how many

photographs will be taken, at

what points during the day

and how much extra prints

will cost.

If you want photographs

taken in the church, check

that the priest is happy for

this to happen and at what

points during the service.


The Cake

Ideally your cake should be ordered

at least three months before the

wedding. Though the tradition is

for a multi-tiered fruit cake, the rich

variety of styles and designs now

means you can have anything from

profiteroles to a rich chocolate fudge.

The only thing to remember is that it

will have to be big enough to give

everyone a slice at the reception and to send

slices to absent friends. Traditionally the top tier

of a wedding cake was kept for the christening of

the first child - if you want to follow that tradition,

you’ll have to opt for a cake that will last that

long. Ask to see designs of wedding cake and

find out whether bakers will create one to your

own specifications. Try to match the style of cake

to the style of your wedding - and remember that

The Transport

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

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

to worry about your dress getting creased.

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

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

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

the ceremony to the reception. Whether you want a traditional

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

The Video

Much the same advice applies to choosing a videographer

as to choosing a photographer. Make sure you see

samples of recent work, make sure the videographer

you get is the one whose work you like best.

Again check with the priest first whether he is prepared

to give permission for filming during the ceremony.




you can save money on the reception by

choosing a wedding cake which will double as a

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

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

up ready to serve at the appropriate time.

You will need the cake to be delivered to the

reception venue on the morning of the wedding -

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

cake stand and knife you can use.

limo or even a horse and carriage, contact a variety of

companies in your area and ask to see the cars themselves, not

just pictures of them.

Some companies offer a service which includes flowers in the

cars and a glass of champagne for the bride and groom on their

way to the reception. Check exactly what’s included in the price

and get a written quotation.

The Flowers

The cost of your flowers depends very much on the time of year, so if you want a huge

display don’t choose the middle of winter when you’ll have to pay a fortune for

sufficient blooms.

Spring and early summer are when the biggest choice of blooms is available - it’s

something of a myth that flowers are easy to come by in the height of summer - though at

other times of year dramatic effects can be achieved with foliage.

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

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

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

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As this is likely to be

the most expensive

part of your

wedding day, it’s

important to set the standard

early on in your planning.

Popular venues get booked up

well in advance, particularly

on Saturdays during the peak

wedding months so make

sure of your choice by

booking as early as you can.

Do also make sure you

confirm all the details with the

venue in writing, paying

particular attention to what is

included in the price.

Depending on your budget, you can have

anything from a buffet catered for at home by

family and friends to hiring outside caterers for a

church or village hall to a formal sit-down meal at

a hotel followed by an evening dance.

A sit-down meal is obviously the most expensive

option, but there are all sorts of alternatives from

drinks and canapes to a buffet or even a

barbecue. Whichever you choose, do make sure

there are plenty of chairs for people to sit down

while they’re eating - standing up balancing a

drink and a plate while trying to eat is virtually

never comfortable for guests.

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

sample the food before making your booking.

Check such details as corkage, parking space and

whether the hotel will offer a cake stand and knife

and a room for the bride and groom to change

into their going away outfits. Many hotels offer a

package which includes the services of a

toastmaster and a complimentary room for

the first night of the honeymoon. Once

you have chosen your venue, confirm in

writing what you understand is included

in the price.

Drinks for your guests will take up a

large part of your budget. It’s

reasonable to assume each will drink

one or two glasses on arrival at the

reception, three or four glasses with

their meal and another glass with the


A right royal reception

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

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

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

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

Though champagne is the traditional

wedding drink, you can offer sherry,

Chief bridesmaid

Pimms or Bucks Fizz on arrival and wine with the

meal, saving the champagne - or, indeed a good

sparkling wine - for the toasts. For reference, you

will get between 10 and 12 glasses of sherry to

each bottle and between six and eight glasses of

wine or champagne per bottle. Do remember to

provide plenty of soft drinks for children and

adults who prefer them or who may be driving.

Allow between half and one litre per person.

There can be a long break between ceremony and

reception while photographs are being taken and

some couples are now offering a glass of sherry

outside the church and perhaps live music to

entertain guests as they arrive at the reception.

The usual order of events at the reception is:

The receiving line

The meal

Speeches and toasts

Cutting of the cake (though some couples prefer to

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


Top Table Seating Plan

Groom’s father

Bride’s mother



Bride’s father


Groom’s mother

Best Man

Departure of bride and


If you are having a sit-down

meal, it is essential to have

a seating plan. Try to put

together tables of people

who you think will get on

well together. The top table

seating plan for a sit-down

meal is shown below.

Don’t feel hidebound by what

you think a traditional

wedding breakfast should

consists of - nowadays

anything goes, from bangers

and mash and jam roly-poly

to pasta with wedding cake for dessert. It’s also worth

remembering you may need to cater for vegetarians or

guests on special diets.

Do give considerable thought to the room and table

decorations and the lighting at your reception. Flowers

should match the theme colours of the wedding and a

little money spent on atmospheric lighting can make

an enormous difference.

Favours for guests range from the traditional small

baskets of sugared almonds or fortune cookies to little

books of love poems.

Crackers and balloons always help create an

atmosphere and many couple now put a disposable

camera on each table, so guests can record for you

the parts of your reception that you missed on

the day!

If you are having a number of small children at your

wedding, it’s worth giving some thought as to whether

you can organise a creche - both to stop the

youngsters getting bored and to give their parents a

chance to enjoy themselves without worrying

about what their offspring are up to.


it’s always nice to have a formal or semiformal

receiving line to welcome your

guests. This ensures that you get the

chance to meet everybody and

accept their congratulations.

The bride’s parents, as the hosts are

usually first in the receiving line,

followed by the groom’s parents,

the bride and groom and then the

bridesmaids and attendants.

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Mother of the Groom to ask the Mother of

the Bride what she’s planning to wear on

the big day – after all, she’s traditionally the

hostess at her daughter’s wedding and the

Mums wouldn’t want their outfits to clash.

Choice of colour is important – think about the

bridesmaids outfits too.

Be choosy about the fabric as well. The last

thing you want is to leave the house looking

immaculate and arrive at the wedding looking

creased and crumpled.

And as for the hat, choose something that’s

going to stay in place despite all that kissing

you’re going to have to do!

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▼Kingston Country Courtyard, Corfe Castle

Photos by RB Shootinghip




Kingston Country Courtyard gives

you a taste of farmstead life in an

Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Set on a ridge amid the beautiful Purbeck

Hills, it offers spectacular views

stretching from historic Corfe Castle to

the north to the Isle of Wight to the east.

Nearby are the golden sands of Studland

Bay and Kimmeridge and the Dorset

Coastal Path.

The beautifully restored 16th century

barn is a blank canvas on which couples

can create their unique wedding day. It is

licensed for civil ceremonies, so you can

marry outside under a pretty pagoda or

inside the barn itself.

Wedding co-ordinators Bobbie and Lara work closely with each individual

couple’s ideas and the barn is hired for two and a half days, so there’s plenty

of time to decorate however you choose.

The high-beamed barn can be simply strung with fairy lights and ivy or

adorned with handmade pompoms, lanterns, vintage china, seaside themes,

rustic hay bales or simply clever lighting of the Purbeck stone walls.

On-site caterers have over 25 years’ experience and each menu is tailored to

personal tastes.

With 25 en suite rooms available for guests, often the celebrations start the

day before – and there’s a deluxe honeymoon suite for the happy couple.

For further details call 01929 481066 or visit the website at


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▼The Bell Inn, New Forest


▼ Hooke Court, near Beaminster

Whether your big day is a small, private

affair or a large, lavish party with a

marquee in the garden, the Bell Inn is the

most versatile of venues. Celebrate your love

among roaming ponies, pigs and picture-perfect

thatched cottages; the unique 18th century

coaching inn provides a wonderful setting for you

to create your own special day – right in the heart

of the New Forest National Park.

The Bell Inn has two rooms licensed for civil

ceremonies, both of them ideal for a more intimate

wedding and you can even choose to have

complete privacy for your big day

with their ‘exclusively yours’


General Manager Mark Pinn said:

‘We love a wedding here at The

Bell Inn – we don’t see looking

after your wedding party as a job,

it is a privilege.

‘It goes without saying that we’ve

hosted rather a few weddings, so

you’ll benefit from our in-depth

knowledge, expertise and small

close-knit, friendly team who can’t wait to give you

a very personable experience.’

Conveniently located just a mile

from the M27 and with

a mainline station a mere

stone’s throw away, the inn has

28 sympathetically designed

bedrooms for guests who want

to stay overnight.

For more information or to book

a viewing, call 023 8081 2214

or visit the website at


Hooke Court is the perfect venue for your big

day. The elegant estate and picturesque

Grade II listed 14th century manor house

provide the perfect backdrop for a truly magical

wedding day.

Every bride’s dream wedding

is different and at Hooke

Court they have the flexibility

to accommodate your vision

and your budget: whether

it’s an intimate candlelit

ceremony and reception for

20 in front of a roaring log

fire or a weekend of

celebration with exclusive

use of Hooke Court for you

and your guests. Whatever

your ideas they can help you

to plan the perfect wedding

to suit your requirements.

Hooke Court has four different licensed locations:

the Aelfric Hall and three within the Manor House,

which gives you the opportunity to create a wedding

ceremony reflecting your personal style.

Celebrate your wedding at Hooke Court. It’s the

perfect venue for the biggest day of your life.

To view Hooke Court for yourself and plan the

wedding of your dreams, call Ros Bush on 01308

862260, email info@hookecourt.co.uk or visit


▼Oakley Hall Hotel, near Basingstoke

Whether you’re planning a small and intimate ceremony for

close friends and family or need space for up to 340 guests,

Oakley Hall Hotel provides the choice of several elegant

rooms that are licensed to hold civil ceremonies and partnerships.

For larger weddings, the brand new Garden Pavilion can hold up to

350 guests for a wedding breakfast and 400 for an evening reception.

The hotel is set in over 300 acres of grounds and is available for

exclusive use,which allows you and your guests private access to the

grounds, the house and all 50 luxury bedrooms.

For details, call 01256 783350 or visit www.oakleyhall-park.com.

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Christchurch Harbour

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11am - 3pm • FREE ENTRANCE

Come and visit our beautiful wedding venue and enjoy

a complementary glass of bubbles whilst you meet

some of the best wedding suppliers in the area.

West Street, Blandford, Dorset DT11 7AJ

Tel: 01258 456626 • www.crownhotelblandford.co.uk

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Let your co-ordinator

take the strain








How can you get the best out

of your venue’s wedding coordinator?

It can be a tricky

topic for couples to

negotiate, so we asked Francesca

Bethell, winner of Planner of the Year

at the Dorset Wedding Supplier

Awards 2018 for her top tips.

‘Prepare for your first meeting by

having an idea of the sort of wedding

you want,’ she said. ‘Then when you

visit a venue, you can ask the coordinator

questions to ensure they

will fit your brief.

‘It’s best to get answers up front so your

expectations are met.’

And once you’ve found your perfect venue, how do

you go on from there?

‘Find out how the co-ordinator likes to be

contacted,’ Francesca says. ‘Most will prefer email,

but do remember that you may not be top priority

all of the time, particularly during the peak wedding

season when your big day may still be months or

even years away but other couples

are busy tying the knot and

expecting their celebrations to run

like clockwork.’

Are emails with long lists of

questions acceptable? ‘Absolutely,’

says Francesca. ‘In all probability

you won’t be asking any questions

which haven’t been asked before.’

And finally Francesca says: ‘Always

remember that your co-ordinator

will want you to have the best day

too, so work with them and your

day will be perfect.’

Francesca works for the Crown Hotel in Blandford,


For more information, call 01258 456626 or visit





Choice of 3 rooms - Monday to Saturday Mid-day

Council Chamber - available 7 days a week.

Telephone: 01202 451510


e-mail: registrars@bournemouth.gov.uk

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Royal Beach Hotel

For your special day!

Panoramic views over the

solent. Fully licensed for

civil ceremonies.

A choice of five beautiful function suites.

Range of wonderful wedding packages.

124 bedrooms available at special wedding rates.

Weddings from 30 to 300 guests.

Dedicated wedding co-ordinator.

St. Helen’s Parade, Portsmouth, Southsea, PO4 0RN

t: 02392 731281 • www.royalbeachhotel.co.uk

e: events@royalbeachhotel.co.uk

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▼ Holiday Inn, Winchester


▼Royal Beach Hotel, near Portsmouth



The award-winning four star Holiday Inn

Winchester, stunningly located on the

edge of the South Downs National Park,

is one of the most stylish wedding venues

in the area.

Fresh from a £2.5 million

refurbishment, the hotel has been

completely transformed with luxurious

contemporary décor and the addition

of a stunning spa – perfect for bridesto-be

for girlie parties with friends, to

tone and trim, to relax before the

ceremony and of course for that

important pre-wedding make-up.

The lure of the new spa might even

tempt you to arrive the day before your

wedding to relax and maybe enjoy

dinner in the new Odyssey Restaurant!

But back to the day itself: licensed for civil

ceremonies, the hotel offers individually tailored

wedding packages starting at just £2,659.

Receptions from 50 to 200 people can be

accommodated in the Hampshire Suite, a large,

bright room with direct access onto the beautiful

terrace – the perfect place for photographs, arrival

drinks or even a barbecue.

And with accolades for the excellence of its food,

you can be sure that all of your guests will enjoy

first class service, delicious menus and excellent

attention to detail.

There are even special accommodation rates in the

hotel’s 131 luxury bedrooms for guests who want

to stay over.

For more information, call 01962 670700 or visit


The Best Western Royal Beach Hotel is one of

only a few Portsmouth wedding venues

offering panoramic views over the Solent.

It has five superb suites with facilities for 30 to

300 guests and three suites are licensed for civil


You can either choose from the hotel’s popular allinclusive

packages or tailor make your special day

exactly as you want it.

And with special rates available for your guests in

the hotel’s 124 well appointed bedrooms, you can

be sure everyone will have a day to remember.

Your wedding day is a once-in-a-lifetime

experience and you will have the guidance and

expertise of your own wedding co-ordinator to

look after every aspect of your big day.

For more details, call 02392 731281 or visit


Your Wedding

in Southampton

Licensed venue or register office.

Tel: 02380 915327

email: registrars@southampton.gov.uk


6a, Bugle Street, Southampton

Let us help you to

make your perfect day

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▼Kingston Maurward, near Dorchester

We d d i n g Fa i r : Sunday O c tober 6th 2019

Avington Park

Enjoy your own English country house wedding at Kingston

Maurward in a tranquil, peaceful and intimate setting near

Dorchester. The Georgian mansion house is approached by a

sweeping drive and set in beautiful gardens, with a scenic lake,

extensive lawns and formal gardens.

It is licensed for civil ceremonies and

offers exclusive use of all state rooms

and suites during your reception.

You can choose how to use the

rooms to create your perfect layout

including reception room, quiet

rooms for tired adults or even a TV

lounge for restless youngsters.

Friendly, professional staff will

ensure that the entire day is tailored

to your individual requirements and will always go the extra mile to make

sure your day is one to remember for ever.

For more details, call 01305 215050 or visit the website at


PS: See the venue for yourself at Kingston Maurward’s Autumn

wedding fair on Sunday, October 6th from 11am to 3pm.

A stunning setting

for ceremonies and

receptions, from the

grandest wedding to

a small intimate

gathering, this beautiful stately home in

magnificent parkland offers exclusive use to

make your day truly memorable.

Images courtesy of Angela

Ward-Brown and Jacques Eloff

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

Winchester, Hampshire SO21 1DB

e: enquiries@avingtonpark.co.uk

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▼Avington Park, near Winchester

The perfect

setting for your

special day

SAVE 10%

Avington Park has all the

grace and elegance of a

fine country house and

stands in beautiful secluded

grounds – yet it’s only five

miles from Winchester.

Guests can be greeted in the

magnificently painted hall,

where in winter, log fires will

offer a warm welcome.

In summer, extensive lawns

provide a wonderful setting

for a drinks reception before

sitting down to a sumptuous

wedding breakfast in the Library.

The Library can hold 100 guests for a silver service wedding breakfast or,

for larger parties, a marquee can be erected adjoining the Library.

And as the venue is licensed for civil ceremonies and civil partnerships,

you can, if you wish, enjoy your wedding and reception under the

same roof.

You can even choose to get married outdoors, with the stunning Avington

Park as the picture-perfect backdrop to your special day.

And as they only offer exclusive use, it really is yours for the day.

For more details, call 01962 779260 or visit www.avingtonpark.co.uk.

on your wedding

when you

present this


From intimate gatherings to larger

celebrations for up to 200 guests, our

flexible and licensed event spaces offer

the perfect backdrop for your day.

Our professional and dedicated team

are with you every step of the way to

create a truly remarkable experience.

For more information

please contact us on

01202 666800 or e-mail

lets meet.poole@thistle.co.uk


*Terms and conditions apply. For more information please contact us.

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More dates & venues added regularly...

Holiday Inn Winchester

8th September

Winchester Cathedral Gardens

29th September


30, Grosvenor Rd. Aldershot GU11 3EB


4, Queen's Rd. Alton GU34 1HU


Beech Hurst, Weyhill Rd. Andover SP10 3AJ


Goldings, London Rd. Basingstoke RG21 4AN


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

Mercure Winchester Wessex Hotel

6th October

All shows open 11am - 3pm

Please visit www.littlestarevents.co.uk

Tel: 07894 915114

e: gem@littlestarevents.co.uk


4, Osborn Rd. South, Fareham PO16 7DG


Gosport Discovery Centre, High Street, Gosport PO12 1BT


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


Lymington Library, North Close, Lymington SO41 9BW


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


Ringwood Gateway, The Furlong, Ringwood BH24 1AT


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


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


Castle Hill, High Street, Winchester SO23 8HU

September 2019

01 | The Innlodge Hotel,


08 | Royal Beach Hotel,

Southsea, Portsmouth

15 | Queens Hotel, Southsea,


22 | Holiday Inn, Basingstoke

29 | The Winchester Royal

Hotel, Winchester

October 2019

13 | Meon Valley

Marriott Hotel

& Country Club,


27 | Holiday Inn,

Titchfield, Fareham

November 2019

03 | Novotel Hotel,


All fairs 11am until 3.30pm

For more information please contact us on 0845 603 5637

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

Tel: 02380 560073 or 07885 834476

For a comprehensive list of all our shows, please

visit www.weddingexhibitionpromotions.co.uk

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dates for your diary

SEPTEMBER 1: Audleys Wood Hotel, Basingstoke (11.30am to

3.30pm, contact 01329 227437 or


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

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

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

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

SEPTEMBER 29: Botleigh Grange Hotel, Southampton (11am

to 3pm, contact 01329 227437 or


index to



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SEPTEMBER 1: Innlodge Hotel, Portsmouth (11am to 3.30pm,

contact 07885 834476 or


SEPTEMBER 7: Mapperton House & Gardens, Beaminster

(11am to 3pm, contact 01308 800314 or


SEPTEMBER 7: The Green House, Bournemouth

(12noon to 4pm, contact 01202 498901)

SEPTEMBER 8: Holiday Inn, Winchester (11am to 3pm,

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

SEPTEMBER 8: Connaught Hotel, Bournemouth (11.30 to 3pm,

contact 07713 844319 or www.loveactuallyweddings.co.uk)

SEPTEMBER 8: Solent Hotel & Spa, Whiteley (11am to 3pm,

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

SEPTEMBER 8: Holiday Inn, Winchester (11am to 3pm,

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

SEPTEMBER 8: Royal Beach Hotel, Southsea

(11am to 3.30pm, contact 07885 834476 or


SEPTEMBER 15: Queens Hotel, Southsea

(11am to 3.30pm, contact 07885 834476 or


SEPTEMBER 15: Once Upon a Woodland, Hurley Farm,

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


SEPTEMBER 15: Norton Park Hotel, Winchester

(11.30am to 3.30pm, contact 01329 227437 or


SEPTEMBER 15: Lighthouse, Poole (11am to 3pm, contact

01202 972092 or www.weddingdaze.co.uk)

SEPTEMBER 15: Bartley Lodge Hotel, near Southampton

(12noon to 3pm, contact 0800 444441 or


SEPTEMBER 22: Oakley Hall Hotel, near Basingstoke (11am to

3.30pm, contact 01256 783350 or www.oakleyhall-park.com)

SEPTEMBER 22: Rhinefield House Hotel, New Forest (11.30am

to 3.30pm, contact 01329 227437 or


SEPTEMBER 22: Littledown Centre, Bournemouth (11am to

3pm, contact 01202 972092 or www.weddingdaze.co.uk)

SEPTEMBER 22: Holiday Inn, Basingstoke (11am to 3.30pm,

contact 07885 834476 or


SEPTEMBER 22: Wedding Boot Fair, Victoria House, Hamble

(11am to 3pm, contact 07841 660177 or


SEPTEMBER 29: Winchester Cathedral Gardens (11am to 3pm,

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

calling wedding fair organisers

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SEPTEMBER 29: Winchester Royal Hotel (11am to 3.30pm,

contact 02380 560073 or


OCTOBER 6: Kingston Maurward, Dorchester (11am to 3pm,

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

OCTOBER 6: Mercure Winchester Wessex Hotel, Winchester

(11am to 3pm, contact 07894 915114 or


OCTOBER 6: Orangery Suite, Merley House Lane, Wimborne

(11am to 3pm, contact 07427 162282 or www.cjpromotionsevents.co.uk)

OCTOBER 13: The Italian Villa, Compton Acres (11am to 3pm,

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

OCTOBER 13: Old Thorns Manor, Liphook (11am to 3pm,

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

OCTOBER 13: Meon Valley Marriott Hotel (11am to 3.30pm,

contact 02380 560073 or


OCTOBER 13: Lismoyne Hotel, Fleet (11am to 3pm, contact

01276 451498)

OCTOBER 20: Crown Hotel, Blandford (11am to 3pm, contact

01258 456626 or www.crownhotelblandford.co.uk)

OCTOBER 20: Chilworth Manor Hotel, Southampton (11am to

3pm, contact 01329 227437 or www.pmnweddingfayres.co.uk)

OCTOBER 27: Cottonwood Boutique Hotel & Ocean View Hotel,

Bournemouth (12noon to 3pm,contact 07427 162282 or


OCTOBER 27: Langstone Quays Resort, Hayling (11am to 3pm,

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

OCTOBER 27: Holiday Inn, Titchfield (11am to 3.30pm, contact

02380 560073 or www.weddingexhibitionpromotions.co.uk)

NOVEMBER 3: New Place Hotel, Shirrell Heath

(11.30am to 3.30pm, contact 01329 227437 or


NOVEMBER 3: Novotel, Southampton (11am to 3.30pm,

contact 02380 560073 or


NOVEMBER 10: Oakley Hall, near Basingstoke (10am to 3pm,

contact 01256 783350 or www.oakleyhall-park.com)

JANUARY 5, 2020: Spinnaker Tower, Portsmouth (11am to

3pm, contact 01329 227437 or www.pmnweddingfayres.co.uk)

JANUARY 12: Solent Hotel & Spa, Whiteley (11am to 3pm,

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

JANUARY 19: Langstone Quays Resort, Hayling (11am to 3pm,

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

JANUARY 26: New Place Hotel, Shirrell Heath (11.30am to

3.30pm, contact 01329 227437 or


Organisers of Autumn Wedding 2020 who would like to have their dates

included in the next issue of Dream Weddings magazine should email

editorial@countymagazines.co.uk by December 13th, 2019.

Please mention Dream Weddings magazine when replying to advertisements

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




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New Forest & Dorset Brides .............10


Posh Togs .........................................10


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

Speciality Cakes ................................18


Edwards Flowers...............................16

Janet Kirk Floral Design ....................17

Stanton Flowers ................................16


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Charles Nobel...................................IFC

Forum Jewellers................................21

Jordans Jewellers .............................20

Liz Tyler Jewellery.............................21


Chas Baker ........................................14

Posh Togs .........................................10


Boutique at No 6 ...............................33

Charisma of Fawley...........................33

Perri Ashby .......................................30

Rosemary Ringrose Handbags.........30


CP Photography................................14

Pippa Heath Photography.................18

Rosie Cutbill Photography ................22


Bournemouth Registration Service .....41

Hampshire Registration Services......46

Poole Register Office ........................42

Southampton Register Office............43


Butterflies for Occasions...................22

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


Avington Park....................................44

The Bell Inn.......................................39

Christchurch Harbour Hotel..............38

The Crown Hotel ...............................40

Cumberland Hotel .............................39

Holiday Inn Winchester.....................42

Hooke Court......................................36

Hotel Royale......................................39

The King’s Arms ..............................IBC

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

Kingston Maurward ..........................44

Lord Bute .......................................OBC

Mayfair Hotel.....................................39

Oakley Hall ........................................40

Ocean Beach Hotel & Spa.................39

Poole Guildhall..................................42

Royal Beach Hotel.............................42

Thistle Hotel Poole............................45

Suncliff Hotel.....................................39


Little Star Events...............................46

PMN Wedding Fayres .......................47

Wedding Exhibition Promotions .......46

Weddings at The Kings Arms

Located in the quaint town of Christchurch, overlooking the River Avon and nestled between beautiful

castle ruins, The Kings Arms seamlessly blends tradition with exquisite contemporary style.

Contact us today to book a private tour with one of our in-house wedding planners.

T: 01202 588 933

E: kings.events@harbourhotels.co.uk

18 Castle Street, Christchurch, Dorset, BH23 1DT

Licensed for

Wedding Ceremonies

Photo by Fiona

Moorey Photography

*Prices correct at time of print July 2019

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