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Lust-at-first-sight dresses for fashion-forward brides

come rain or shine

Top tips for weatherproofing your wedding

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Fancy flowers, stunning stationery and DIY décor




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14. HEAVENLY CREATURE Revel in an ethereal gown fusing whimsical lace, wispy tulle and divine accents 22. DRAMA QUEEN Work the aisle in a show-stopping gown finished with a twist of flamboyance 30. THE DRESS FACTOR The lowdown on finding and styling your dream wedding dress 38. WED’S BOUDOIR Bridal beauty tips and trends 40. ROCKS ON Bold and beautiful wedding rings embellished with colourful gemstones 58. WORKING THE GROOM Style tips for the man of the moment 60. SUIT YOURSELF Your wedding wardrobe woes resolved


42. THE WONDER STUFF Go vintage for unique and beautiful wedding jewellery 46. WHATEVER THE WEATHER A guide to weatherproofing your wedding 52. THE HEART OF THE MATTER Ensure your ceremony is unforgettable with these personalising tips

Editor Rebecca Matthews Chief features writer Hannah May Contributors Ali Berry, Aine Carlin, Sarah Christopher, Sarah Drew, Rachael D’Souza, Joella Hawley, Nathan Midgley, Leon Soulsby, Charity Wilson, Elle Winsor-Grime Design Matt Sanwell, Design UNLTD Advertising & Management Brendan Sleeman Publisher

wed Magazine F3 Champions Yard Causewayhead, Penzance Cornwall TR18 2TA 01736 368899 Print Four Way Print, Launceston Cover image Dress Annais Bridal Little Anne-Maids Model Eleanor Cooper Photography Harrera Images © wed magazine. All rights reserved. Nothing in this magazine may be published without written permission. While reasonable steps are taken to check the accuracy of the content within this publication, wed magazine cannot take any responsibility for any mistakes or omissions or the views of our contributors or advertisers. All views expressed in wed are not necessarily those of wed magazine.

62. SPIRIT OF THE OCCASION To booze or not to booze? A groom’s view on the big day drink debate 74. THE PERFECT MATCH Please both palates with a ‘his and hers’ wedding menu 67. GLAM PETAL Our pick of the top floral trends 74. LOVE LETTERS Add a fun twist to your party with these word play ideas

make your day Whether you’re newly engaged or winging your way to the altar, it’s that time of year to get stuck into your wedding planning – as I know only too well. I’ve finally set the date of my wedding for September this year so, lovely readers, I really am with you every step of the way! This issue, we’re stepping into a world of bespoke celebrations, handmade décor and lovingly crafted letter love. From the trend for weddings awash with personal touches to the stark reality of needing to save a few pennies, the modern matrimonial is bursting with creativity. As brides across the land reach for the nearest pair of scissors, PVA glue and floral fabric, we’re celebrating the mood with our DIY special ‘The Butterfly Effect’ where we show you how to create chic spring-themed details. ‘Love

76. SIGNED, SEALED, DELIVERED Impress your guests from the word go with these stationery sets

Letters’ provides some wonderful word play ideas and, as bespoke stationery is having

82. THE BUTTERFLY EFFECT DIY your details and look forward to a lovingly handmade spring wedding

For all you newly engaged brides-to-be, the prospect of finding your dress promises

89. SHADY LADIES AND TRUE HUES Solve your transport quandary and pick your perfect car by colour

Creature’ presents ethereal gowns embellished with wispy tulle and delicate lace shot

92. JEWELS OF THE OCEAN Dive into a dreamy world of coastal venue inspiration

and dramatic accents to create a look that guarantees all eyes on you.

107. WELCOME TO PARADISE Jet off to Mauritius for a loved-up and luxurious honeymoon 110. PANIC AT THE ALTAR Banish those pre-wedding nerves with these anxiety-busting tips


6. BRIDAL BUZZ What’s new, what’s hot, what’s on 100. THE VENUE Licensed venues for civil ceremonies in Cornwall 122. GOT WED Newly weds share a glimpse of their day 138. TROUBLE AND STRIFE Your wedding dilemmas resolved

a bit of a moment, ‘Signed, Sealed, Delivered’ delivers some pretty paper inspiration.

to be the most exciting part of the planning process – it certainly is for me. To get you started, these pages are brimming with divine dress inspiration: ‘Heavenly in the enchanting setting of Fowey Hall Hotel. And, captured against the spectacular backdrop of Pencarrow House, ‘Drama Queen’ plays with show-stealing silhouettes

It’s a national obsession – and never more so will the weather be so fretted over as during the run-up to your wedding. Let us put your mind at ease in ‘Whatever the Weather’, where we guide you through our top weatherproofing tips. Speaking of easing anxious minds, many brides face the reality of all-consuming nerves rather than giddy excitement as the wedding looms. ‘Panic at the Altar’ serves up some secrets to achieving a state of cool, calm and collected bridal bliss. Don’t overlook the importance of the ceremony – there is a world of choice open to you where it comes to personalising this oh-so special moment, as we reveal in ‘The Heart of the Matter’. Meet eight couples who did it their way in ‘Got Wed’ – a dreamy showcase of some recent weddings in this spectacular county of ours. Join us on Facebook and Twitter for more wedding news and ideas, and don’t miss the Wed Show on Sunday 15 April at Gonwin Manor, St Ives. I look forward to seeing you there! Rebecca


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Ensure your mum stands out from the crowd in a

simply stunning big day look. Specialising in outfits for the mother of the bride, mother of the groom and special occasion guests, Manor Fashions houses an extensive selection of stylish wares from the likes of Jaego, Sonia Pena, Carla Ruiz and Veni Infantino. Not forgetting those all-important finishing touches, the boutique stocks hats in a range of styles and colours, and offers an order service to supply a hat to match practically any outfit. You may also choose from a selection of satin shoes and handbags, which can be dyed to a specific colour for a coordinated and glamorous look. Visit Manor Fashions’ gorgeous listed manor house to view the collection. 01326 561455 |

ceILIDH FEVER Seeking show-stopping and foot-stomping entertainment for your reception? Perfect for Cornish themed weddings or those seeking to treat their guests to a live, engaging experience, Cornwall-based ceilidh band The Drekkers specialises in traditional Cornish Troyls, Scottish ceilidhs, barn dances or full interceltic ceilidhs. Having performed at events throughout the UK for over 15 years, the band is rapidly gaining a reputation for facilitating some of the best ceilidhs in the west. The three-piece band, comprising a piano accordion, guitar and percussion, performs an energetic repertoire that will fill the dance floor with a barrel of laughs and good old-fashioned entertainment. Providing a ‘caller’ who is continually on hand, all dances are expertly taught and tailored to suit each audience, so whether your guests are novices or experts, they’ll relish the opportunity for some proper Cornish music and dance. Looking every inch the part in their Cornish tartans, prepare for an uplifting and atmospheric dance extravaganza. 01208 79622 |

WATERSIDE WONDER Situated on a clifftop overlooking the stunning

the finest local ingredients, an abundance of function

seascapes of Newquay’s Towan Beach and

space and a dedicated team of professional staff

beyond, Hotel Bristol is one of the resort’s

to help coordinate intimate weddings through to

most prominent hotels. The family-run hotel

grand occasions for up to 200 guests. Every detail

has recently been granted a civil wedding

is managed with utmost professionalism, leaving

licence, opening the romantic setting for

you to relax and enjoy the spoils of your stay. Hotel

seaside wedding celebrations.

Bristol is hosting a wedding fair to celebrate its new status as a wedding venue on Sunday 19 February

Arranging unique packages tailored specifically

(see Hot Dates).

to suit each individual couple, the venue not only presents a prized location, but fabulous food using



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THE MANE EVENT Capella was borne from Sarah Hooper’s passion for creating beautiful bridal hairstyles that last for the duration of the wedding celebrations. Armed with professional qualifications and years of salon experience that includes Toni & Guy, Sarah decided to turn freelance and tailor her skills to individual clients for stylish and bespoke results. Specialising in wedding hair, Sarah relishes the opportunity to professionally engage with both her own and her brides’ imaginations. “I am privileged to be involved in one of the most important days of their lives and take my role very seriously - being a perfectionist at heart - to listen and interpret a bride’s vision,” she comments. Focusing on creating unique and individually designed hairstyles, Sarah will achieve a stunning look with polished and relaxed ease. Visit her new website for an extensive gallery of wedding hair inspiration and get in touch to discuss your requirements. The initial consultation is free of charge and obligation, and Sarah will travel to most parts of Cornwall. 07966 890582 |

wild at heart Located on the edge of Bodmin Moor amongst acres of rolling Cornish countryside, Trevenna provides a wildly beautiful setting for a private and picturesque wedding. Now entering its fifth year as a wedding venue, the range of Trevenna’s services continues to grow, offering couples more exciting new features within their package. Having developed a new wedding hosting team, the venue is expanding its staff with their innovative Trevenna Academy, which offers young adults opportunities for workplace learning and personal development. The restoration of the 500-year-old barn, The Loft, and the 600-year-old farmhouse provides further stylish accommodation within the existent cluster of luxury barns for up to 40 guests. A cosy and inviting space, the John Miles Photography

Farmhouse will also be licensed for ceremonies, offering an alternative setting for intimate wedding celebrations for up to 26 guests. Trevenna’s new garden marquee offers gloriously inspired interiors for up to 100 day and 125 evening guests all year round without the additional cost of marquee hire. As a result, the venue has introduced a one-day package for midweek and selected weekend weddings for even greater flexibility and value for money. Not neglecting the taste buds, the kitchen crew delivers freshly prepared

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gastro pub style wedding feasts infused with freshly grown ingredients from the kitchen garden. And the focal point of the party, the Threshing Barn Bar, now serves Trevenna’s very own welcome cocktail to guests! Keep your eyes peeled for more developments at this oh-so pretty party space. 07872 647730 |


The Roman goddess Juno was believed to rule over marriage and childbirth, which explains why June weddings are so popular.


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some kind of gorgeous Having moved to larger premises at 6 Southgate Place in

Launceston, Simply Gorgeous now boasts a chic and spacious new boutique full to the brim with an extensive selection of exquisite dresses, jewellery and accessories. The boutique has three dressing rooms, one of which has disabled access – making for a private and relaxed shopping experience. Expanding their range of services, the boutique’s hair and beauty rooms will be opening in February with various treatments available such as facials, makeup, manicures and hair styling for brides and their party. Further new services include a wedding planning service and an occasion wear boutique – including everything from evening dresses to party essentials such as paper plates and decorations – which is located in their previous premises at 7 White Hart Arcade, Launceston. Make a date in your diary for their Demetrios Trunk Show on 18 and 19 February. Showcasing the majority of Demetrios’ 2012 collections including Demetrios, Cosmobella and Oreasposa, it looks set to be a swoonsome day out. The boutique is also hosting a wedding fair and dinner on 10 and 11 March (see Hot Dates). 01566 773363 |

ONCE UPON A TIME… Set in the heart of Cornwall’s countryside, Pencarrow House makes for an enchanting backdrop for a wedding. Whether you opt for a relaxed, intimate do or a grand, large-scale celebration, the spectacular interiors of the Georgian family home and awe-inspiring grounds will lend themselves to a breathtakingly romantic event. There is a diverse choice of ceremony and reception settings: fall for the charms of the panelled music room and library, the decadent drawing room, the more informal old servants’ hall or the tearooms with their vaulted brick ceilings. For an alfresco twist, you might even tie the knot in the wisteria-draped arbour in the Grade II star listed gardens, while the idyllic east lawn makes a superb setting for a marquee. From the mile-long carriage drive to photographic backdrops such as the Italian garden and fountain, this dreamy venue is rich in the fairytale factor. Combined with a highly personal service, you are assured a bespoke and truly magnificent wedding in this secluded corner of Cornwall. 01208 841369 |


‘A great marriage is not when the ‘perfect couple’ comes together. It is when an imperfect couple learns to enjoy their differences.’ Dave Meurer



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Inspiring. Stylish.

And a fabulous day out. Sunday 15th April 2011 11am-4pm Gonwin Manor Cottages Gonwin Manor Drive, Carbis Bay, St Ives TR26 3GN

Venues. Bridal gowns. Flowers. Photography. Hair. Beauty. Catering. Transport. Décor. Accessories. Entertainment. Videography. Wedding rings. Stationery.

Receive your wed bag full of goodies when you register for the event online. Admission £3 - Children free

• Meet an extensive selection of Cornwall’s quality wedding suppliers in the elegantly decorated setting of an Absolute Canvas marquee • Browse a wide selection of bridal gowns • Fabulous giveaways including wedding dresses, spa weekends and more • Budget-friendly discounts on wedding services available on the day • Live entertainment • Sup on a complimentary glass of bubbly and sample delicious canapés • Hair and make-up demonstrations • Tuck into lunch or a tasty snack while you relax in stylish surrounds and enjoy panoramic coastal views


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Menu maestro Seeking creative and top quality catering for your nuptials? Run by passionate foodie Sarah Talbot, catering company Miss Tea delivers wholesome and tremendously tasty dishes with a difference. Many of the ingredients are harvested, gathered or caught from the Cornish countryside by Sarah herself, making for a sustainable, seasonal and sumptuous feast. Tailoring her unique offerings to each individual couple, Miss Tea’s imaginative style is reflected in her customised menus and guests’ glowing testimonials. Always cooking with the key ingredient of love, you are assured a mouthwatering and memorable feast that perfectly compliments the theme and personality of your day while guaranteeing a belly fill of the very highest calibre. 01209 832260 |

DESIGNER DAZZLE Dreaming of a wedding ring that is oh-so you? Renowned jeweller Michael Spiers has launched a new service for couples seeking a unique token of their devotion. Their innovative iPad tool, ConfigureRing, allows couples to design their own rings by considering key aspects, such as alloy, width, shape and weight, resulting in distinctive creations tailored specifically to their personal requirements. With the added advantage of being able to see an image of the band at every stage of its development, couples can customise and create to suit their imagination and vision. The ring can be further personalised by any number of exquisite embellishments such as diamonds, patterns or a smooth satin finish. Book your appointment now. 01872 272264 |

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Strawberry Leisure’s fabulous trio of VW campervans – Lola, Lulu and Lily – provides the ultimate in super stylish wedding wheels. The fabulous transport company has now broadened its range of services for couples seeking to add an individual and imaginative twist to their day. A new wedding gift list exclusive to their clients houses a collection of unique and specially created, themed and personalised gifts and accessories to suit all budgets. An online gift shop, as well as a host of information, ideas and inspiration for a distinctive wedding, can be found on their fabulous new website, which will be online from late February.


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What’s on in wedding world…

Hotel Bristol Wedding Fair

Simply Gorgeous Wedding Fair


Launceston Town Hall, Launceston

Sunday 19 February, 11am-4pm

Saturday 10-Sunday 11 March, 10.30am-4pm

Located in a picturesque seaside setting, don’t miss this opportunity to look around

Enjoy a beautiful and benevolent day out while sourcing some supreme wedding

this new wedding venue, while meeting a varied selection of wedding suppliers

services and divine dresses at this wedding fair hosted by Simply Gorgeous Bridal

who will be present to help you plan your dream day.

Boutique in aid of local charities. With a charity catwalk dinner in the evening and a three-course feast on offer, expect an engaging event with a difference.

Free entry 01637 875181 |

Free entry (Tickets for charity dinner cost £20 per person with meal included)

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Sunday 19 February, 11am-4pm

Sunday 25 March, 11am-4pm

Set in the spectacular heart of Cornwall, this wedding fair will host a selection of

Enjoy an afternoon of wedding inspiration in the elegant surroundings of the

representatives from the Cornish wedding industry, from photographers to bridal

Atlantic Hotel. Combine the heady delights of exploring the venue, supping on a

boutiques. Commencing with a red carpet welcome greeting, chat to the various

complimentary glass of bubbly and watching the catwalk shows with discussing

suppliers and enjoy the pretty panoramas of the Cornish countryside.

your wedding requirements in a relaxed setting. 

Free entry

Free entry

01208 262570 |

07800 584681 |


Gonwin Manor

Sunday 26 February, 11am-3pm Hosting its first ever wedding fair, this is a sterling opportunity to visit The Esplanade, as well as its sister hotel, The Bay and Fistral Spa, while meeting a variety of local wedding suppliers. Attendees on the day will be entered into a prize draw to win a luxurious treatment at Fistral Spa, as well as numerous other prizes donated by some of the suppliers present. Free entry 01637 855521 |

THE SEAHORSE CENTRE WEDDING FAIR Pentewan Sands, Pentewan Sunday 4 March, 12noon – 4pm This wedding fair comprises a perfect opportunity to take a look around The Seahorse Centre, a stunning contemporary venue with a private beach. A host of suppliers will be on hand for all your wedding needs while you enjoy a day out in this truly spectacular waterside location.

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Free entry 01726 845210 |

Gonwin Manor, St Ives Sunday 15 April, 11am-4pm Take a trip to beautiful St Ives Bay for this oh-so special show. The most

MAKE WEDDING FAIR The Market House, St Austell Saturday 10 March, 10am-4pm This creative wedding fair promises a delightful day out brimming with handmade and vintage loveliness. With bespoke being the keynote, meet an eclectic mix of wedding service providers showcasing handmade accessories, dresses, flowers, décor and stylish, contemporary services. Expect a real treat for the senses, including free bubbly on arrival, live music and jewellery and knitting workshops.

anticipated event in the local wedding calendar will host the cream of Cornwall’s wedding suppliers, from photographers and florists to caterers and venues, while a selection of bridal boutiques will be showcasing their latest collections. With unmissable prize draws, live entertainment and a pop-up café supplying delectable treats before sensational sea views, this one-stop wedding planning event promises to be a fabulous day out. Don’t forget to pre-register on our website to claim a goodie bag on the door! £3 entry (children under 16 free) 01736 368899 |

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AN I NTI MATE VEN UE F OR YOUR P ER F EC T DAY For an intimate wedding with the emphasis on style, elegance and fabulous food, The Bay is your ideal venue. With glorious views across Mounts Bay and towards St Michaels Mount romance is all around. Take your vows here, or come to us for a bespoke celebration after your ceremony. Whether you are looking for a quiet ceremony in front of an open fire or a party on the terrace overlooking the sea we have the space to make your own. It is our pleasure to help you have your day, your way. Britons Hill Penzance TR18 3AE

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Photography Harrera Images



Enchant all in your wake with a soft, dreamy glamour. Revel in a haze of tulle, wispy layers and whimsical lace for an ethereal look that whispers romance



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Jenny Packham, County Cream Headpiece Holly Young Hats



Ellis Bridals, County Cream Necklace Sarah Drew and Remon Jephcott



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Annais Bridal, Little Anne-Maids Vivien Sheriff




Hilary Morgan, Little Anne-Maids Ellis Bridals, County Cream Veil County Cream Headpiece Sarah Drew

Tulle coat



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Romantica, County Cream Vivien Sheriff




Location Fowey

Hall Hotel, Fowey

01726 833866 | Hair Tori

Prescott, Inkfish, Truro

01872 222468 | Make-up Ella


07709 353097 | Model Eleanor


Photography Andy

Green and Barney Walters/Harrera Images

07795 608941 | Styling Aine

Carlin Stockists

County Cream Bridal House, Truro 01872 262271 |

Little Anne-Maids, Camborne 01209 613366 |

Holly Young Hats 07968 783320 |

Sarah Drew 07951 960647 |

Vivien Sheriff 01725 512983 |

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01872 573377 Beautiful wedding gowns for every ceremony Very large collection of bridesmaid dresses mother of the bride/groom On going wedding gown Sale Rail VIEWING BY APPOINTMENT ONLY

The Showroom, Goonhavern, Truro.


Telephone 01872 553080



Essense, Vu's Bridal Holly Young Hats


Lace cuffs stylist's own



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Photography Kirstin Prisk

Take centre stage in a captivating silhouette embellished with velvety black accents, theatrical detail and daringly decadent headwear



Venus, The Wedding Company Headpiece Holly Young Hats



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Venus, The Wedding Company Headband Holly Young Hats



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Private Label by G, Vu's Bridal Headpiece Holly Young Hats



Ella, Vu’s Bridal Holly Young Hats




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Location Pencarrow

House, Bodmin

01208 841369 | Hair Rachael

Eddy, Number 8 Hairdressing, Truro

01872 260424 | Make-up Suzi


07723 029548 | Model Scarlett


Photography Kirstin


01209 211821 | Styling Aine



Vu’s Bridal, Wadebridge 01208 815440 |

The Wedding Company, Bodmin 01209 75544 |

Holly Young Hats 07968 783320 |

Ella Rose, Vu’s Bridal Holly Young Hats




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THE DRESS FACTOR Light up the aisle in style with wed’s guide to finding, buying and accessorising your dream wedding dress

D'Zage, Little Anne-Maids

words Hannah May

It’s all about the dress. As a bride-to-be, you simply cannot escape the agony and ecstasy of ‘the search’. Indeed, your previous quest for ‘the one’ being the successful ensnaring of your soon-to-be husband pales in comparison when it comes to finding your ‘other one’. However modern you are or metro he is – it’s the dress that still demands the greatest consideration. You may be one of the lucky few that is fixated by the first and can smugly tick the biggest box of them all satisfyingly ahead of schedule. But for many, wedding dress shopping can be a frenzied affair. Engaging issues of style, taste, money, selfperception, desire and body issues – it’s rarely a simple case of budget, try and buy. Let Wed guide you through each step of the dress-buying experience with our trend tips and expert advice, ensuring you emerge a savvy and stress-free bridal beauty.



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Essense, Vu's Bridal

Alfred Angelo, The Wedding Company


Ellis Bridals, County Cream

Sottero and Midgley, Vu's Bridal

Ronald Joyce, Bliss Bridal Gowns

Victoria Jane, Bliss Bridal Gowns

D'Zage, Little Anne-Maids

Venus, The Wedding Company

Time The first step is to consider the type of dress you would like. Brainstorm, collect picture clippings and try on dozens of different styles to see what realistically suits – remember dresses can look dramatically different on

Opulence by Natalie M, Lavender Rose

and alter your own perception of self-styling in the process. Have a few trusted friends or relatives (note the word ‘few’ – too many opinions will cloud your vision) accompany you on shopping trips and trust shop owners’ expert advice – they’ve seen it all before and know what works.

Opulence by Natalie M, Lavender Rose

As you develop a more honed idea of your dress type, be receptive to all options

and ideas available. Being outright dismissive of alternate suggestions by nurturing childhood fantasies of 20 foot trains and skyscraping silhouettes may simply not be feasible – not to mention fashionable – in real wedding world. Time is an issue, but needn’t be a cause of grave panic. Most bridal shop owners agree that the lead-time for delivery can vary and usually takes four months or more. You’ll also need to factor in an alteration period, which is recommended you commence between six-eight weeks before the day. Realistically, eight–twelve months before the wedding is the ideal time to start searching for your dress.

Annais Bridal, Little Anne-Maids

If you’re planning a whirlwind wedding, fear not. You can fast-track your way via off-the-peg options, sample dresses and express delivery to ensure crucial timing is met, so speak to bridal shop owners who will advise the best course of action.



LouLou Bridal, Simply Gorgeous

Cosmobella, Simply Gorgeous

Romantica, County Cream

Style This is dependent on any number of factors from budget to body type, time of year to theme. Think of the gown as a distinct entity first. Does it fit and flatter, beautify or perfectly portray you? In short – does it do exactly what you want it to? Whether you’re seeking standout or subtle, decadent or demure – make sure you feel and look the part. Then think of everything else. Do you want it to match or contrast with your theme, colour scheme, bridesmaids, groomsmen, venue, season…? A holistic approach will help you to envision your part in the day as a complete

Opulence by Natalie M,

picture and feel comfortable throughout, allowing you to shimmy in supreme style

Lavender Rose

Essense, Vu's Bridal

for its entirety. As far as fashion goes, a tally of top trends for 2012 continue to reign supreme

with lace overlays and supremely sensuous fabrics – think satin, silk, chiffon and organza. Modern couture continues to redefine itself with multi-dimensional aplomb. Huge puffball skirts and sleeves, giant bows and tiered, architectural style skirts – specifically two-tier or double skirts – all represent towering, volumous and spotlight-stealing high fashion for glamorous brides. Enjoying its renaissance with renewed vigour, vintage is finding new forms. Fusing bygone glamour with contemporary glitz, the wave of retro-inspired dresses

Alfred Angelo, The Wedding Company

detailing such as floral embellishments and appliqués, embroidery and patterning

as new movements start to emerge. New romance is expressed with delicate

becomes even more individual as old gowns are refreshed and new designs ooze old school appeal. In particular, Victorian nostalgia is being made material, with high collars modernised via illusion (sheer) necklines, transparent trains, corsetry and underskirts being reversed as outer skirts. Styles and shapes remain whimsically romantic with a contemporary edge for a sense of fused fashions. Frothy, textural gowns incorporate intricate design with an ethereal look but are comprised of light fabrics for a floaty, airy feel and beautiful ballerina aesthetic. As well as clean white, colour is making its mark with blush and

Mori Lee, Amanda K Broal

dusty shades of pink.



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Annais Bridal - Sweety

Little Anne-Maids Cornwall’s leading independent bridal house

01209 613366 View some of our range at

Celebrating 16 years of Excellence 47a Pendarves Street, Tuckingmill, Camborne, Cornwall TR14 8NP

Bridal Wear Mens Wear Bridesmaid dresses plus an extensive range of accessories for all occasions



Demetrios, Simply Gorgeous

Essense, Vu's Bridal

Mori Lee, Amanda K Bridal

D'Zage, Little Anne-Maids

Ronald Joyce, Bliss Bridal Gowns

D'Zage, Little Anne-Maids

Size Depending on how early you begin the dress shopping process, size can be something of an issue. Many brides decide to shape up a little so may drop a dress size or two. Though it’s always advised to lead an active and healthy lifestyle – and look your best for the day itself – do avoid extreme weight loss and drastic dieting. In reality, it won’t make you look or feel glamorous if your dress is gaping wide and you have to readjust yourself every two minutes. The dress alterations closer to the date will ensure a form-fitting gown, but beware: it’s tricky for a once perfectly fitting dress to remain so if it has to be taken in (or out) too much; so set yourself realistic and achievable goals for the way you want to look and sensibly stick with them. Of course, a number of brides find themselves in (or recently out of) the family way during the pre-wedding period, which, depending on timing, needn’t present major issues. Again, discuss all dilemmas and developments with your dress suppliers for the best solution.



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intage V wedding gowns Little Jems Bridal

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there’s a spectacular choice available – from jewel-encrusted kitten heels to skyscraping stilettos, weddified wedges and beautiful boots. Brides are dying their favourite pair, incorporating colour and personal style into the mix, and flashing their feet like never before.

Kathy Ireland 2be, Lavender Rose

something-to-be-seen-in. With designers creating ranges especially for weddings,

Shoes are the new statement-makers as they move from something-never-seen to

LouLou Bridal, Simply Gorgeous

means, it’s time to accessorise.

dress. It’s about the look, the ensemble, the whole shebang – which

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Veils are also a must-have for many a modern bride. Whether vintage birdcage, contemporary mini or a dramatic, floor-sweeping style, they are an integral part of the romantic trend and a classic way of making your look bespoke. Completing your look is a great excuse to play dress up and add a personal dimension. With a stack of ideas from fur shrugs to velvet capes, bejewelled

Donning family heirlooms creates a symbolic dialogue between the past and present in a mindful – not to mention – en vogue way. Other prominent jewellery trends this year include art deco, ‘40s and ‘70s, as well as big hits of colour – think a rainbow of crystals and host of hues for a vibrant head-to-toe palette. Hair and make-up are key elements in achieving your desired look – be it cute and casual, ballerina buns, stylised hive or slick ponytail teamed with vampy red lips, nude make-up and smoky eyes – dress every detail to impress yourself and the swooning crowds will most definitely follow.

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eye candy Fall for the beauty trend of the moment and revel in some pastel prettiness. Clinique’s Sugarfrosted Lid Smoothies come in a delicious selection of creamy sorbet shades, including soft green, pink and lilac, for sweet, chic and longwearing colour – perfect for your big day beauty bag.

locking good Eliminate the frizz factor and team your frock with sexy, silken hair. Keratin Revolution’s new tip-top range of smoothing hair products is just the ticket for your prewedding bouffant needs. The Keratin Infused Moisturising Shampoo and Conditioner are luscious, nourishing and aromatic, while the Reviving Serum ensures a smooth, shiny and show-stopping wedding day ‘do.

drops of juniper Bring the intoxicating glamour of the roaring ‘20s to your bridal beauty line-up. Inspired by London Dry Gin, Penhaligon’s Juniper Sling is a seductive cocktail of juniper, angelica, brandy, black cherry and amber. Crisp, elegant and oh-so covetable, this beautifully bottled potion is quite simply a must-have for vintage-loving brides.

she’s electric! Light up the aisle with a delicate twist of champagne colour. Blend Benefit’s Watt’s Up onto your cheek and brow bones, and pair your gown with an oh-so gorgeous glow.

some enchanted wedding Your wedding day is the perfect excuse to treat yourself to a luxe beauty palette. Estée Lauder’s new Pure Colour eyeshadow palette in Enchanted Berries is bursting with rich berry shades – think plum, taupe and lilac. Choose from a subtle flourish of colour to a stunning statement look for evening.



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Dive into a world of glittering gemstones for a wedding ring twinkling with colour, style and meaning words Hannah May

birthstones January – garnet (pink, purple, red, brown, orange)

Adorn your digits with designer dazzle and opt for one of the biggest trends of the moment: colour. Not only fronting catwalks and bridal boutiques the world over, brights are being incorporated into wedding rings for vibrant, standout style. Pick from any number of stunning shades for a distinctive, eye-catching look. Choose from the Royals’ favourite sapphire to breezier blues such as aquamarine, opal or topaz; make an opulent statement with ruby, amethyst or emerald; or fall for a cocktail of amber and diamonds. Personal significance may inform your selection of gemstone, be it your birthstone, your favourite colour or, as a sparkling nod to the wedding itself, the central colour adorning the details of the day. The bewildering range of stones, cuts, shapes and sizes available allows for a highly individual band that beautifully betrays your love.

Eternal friendship, confidence, trust February – amethyst (purple) Faithfulness, serenity, sincerity March – aquamarine (blue-green) Intelligence, understanding, courage April – diamond (colourless, pink, brown, black, green, blue, champagne) Innocence, peace, clarity, marital happiness May – emerald (green) Rebirth, romance, domestic harmony June – pearl (white, silver, gold, purple, blue, peach, pink) Health, wealth, longevity

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There is something wonderful about wearing a piece of jewellery with a story – and shaping its next chapter. From engagement and wedding rings through to finishing touches to compliment your bridal gown or bridesmaid dresses, the pretty possibilities are endless. What's more, the benefits are manifold. Not only is buying an antique ring a form of recycling, you can count on getting a lot for your money as well as the superb craftsmanship of yesteryear. The uniqueness of vintage items makes them perfect for brides who like to stand out from the crowd. And, as many are currently being melted down due to the high price of gold – buy one and it’ll just get rarer, making it a fabulous heirloom piece as well as conversation starter.



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Vintage, antique, estate or heirloom? Before you begin looking at vintage jewellery with a view to investing, it’s important you know the difference between vintage, antique, estate and heirloom jewellery. To be correctly classed as vintage or antique jewellery, items must be at least 100 years old. Estate items, on the other hand, are not necessarily old and can include costume jewellery from any period; essentially, estate means secondhand items, which have come from someone’s estate. Heirloom jewellery is simply a piece that has been passed down through generations of the same family, but again, this term doesn’t tell you how old the piece is – you may be looking at a vintage heirloom, or it maybe something more modern.

Vintage engagement rings As well as generally costing less, vintage or antique engagement rings have a uniqueness, history and personal appeal – you won’t see another bride-to-be wearing ‘your’ ring if it’s an antique item. Vintage rings vary massively in design according to era. Victorian engagement rings (1835-1900) were most often set in yellow or rose gold. Designs varied from simple through to very intricate, with many settings featuring rows of diamonds. A word of warning: many Victorian rings also included pearls and we don’t recommend these for everyday wear, so be careful if you fall for a Victorian style. Edwardian engagement rings (1900-1920) are typically made from platinum. Expect intricate work with scrollwork, milgraining and filigree detail on mountings, while rose-cut diamonds (the stone’s many facets resemble tightly packed rosebud petals) were popular at this time, as were sapphires. Art deco rings (1920-1930) are extremely popular and vary hugely in terms of design. Many boast colourful gemstones and others clusters of diamonds in platinum – they changed with the current fashion. Diamonds in art deco rings were often set in elaborately carved settings, making them appear bigger.

Questions to ask when buying a vintage ring 1) Is it a diamond? While diamonds are currently by far the most popular stone for engagement rings, in years gone by the use of other stones was popular too. Be careful of rings containing softer stones like emerald, opal and pearl, which can damage easily and may have internal cracks. 2) Is it a true antique? Make sure you study the craftsmanship of vintage items carefully. Vintage jewellery typically features superb craftsmanship – avoid modern replica rings, which are made in vintage styles, but lack the quality and character. It’s worth noting that if you were to commission a modern jeweller to make a ring in a vintage style with the same quality of craftsmanship, you would pay much more than you will for a true antique ring. 3) Can it be made to fit? Most vintage rings can be resized to fit your finger, depending on the style of the ring and the degree of alteration needed. If the shop you are buying from doesn’t offer alterations in-house, they should use a local goldsmith. Make sure any alterations needed are possible and that you know the costs involved before you hand over any money. 4) Is it in great condition? Buy a ring that is in excellent condition and will last your lifetime. Make sure the shank (the band that wraps around your finger) isn’t thin. If you are in doubt, don’t buy it. 5) What have I got in writing? As well as your receipt, ask for a written report of the ring: age, size, condition, colour, carat, clarity and cut.



All that sparkles… Already been presented with your engagement ring? You can still get in on the vintage action with other pieces. Necklaces, brooches, earrings, bracelets and cufflinks for the groom are all abundant from antique jewellery specialists. You’ll be amazed at what you can get for your money – for example, a beautiful and genuine 1940s necklace will often cost less than a new reproduction. Looking for something in particular? Don’t be afraid to tell the jeweller what you want – they’ll often take your number and call you if they source something you may be interested in.

jewellery emporiums There is a plethora of different places where you can buy vintage jewellery. If you are looking for inexpensive pieces, like brooches or necklaces for bridesmaids, you’ll find bargains in online auctions and junk shops, as well as antique shops and jewellers. If you’re shopping for engagement or wedding rings, we strongly advise you visit reputable jewellers and antique jewellery specialists, who will help you with your purchase. Little Jems in Truro and Penzance (01736 351400) houses an extensive selection of vintage stunners.

Symbolism Generally speaking, when buying jewellery we are mostly concerned with the quality and physical merits of a piece, but in the past people put a lot of emphasis on

evil, ruby means passion, amethyst signifies faithfulness and devotion and emerald

symbolism too. If you’re considering buying vintage wedding jewellery for yourself,

represents hope and harmony.

or as gifts for your wedding party, it’s worth having some knowledge of the hidden meanings – thereby adding another dimension to your treasure.

Early Victorians, known for being particularly romantic, went a step further with their jewellery symbolism and would actually spell words via the first letter of the

During the Victorian era, anything that Queen Victoria wore became high fashion, so

gems used in a piece of jewellery. For example, ‘love’ would be signified by lapis,

when Prince Albert gave her an engagement ring in the form of a snake, snake motifs

opal, vermeil and emerald.

instantly became popular. Snakes symbolise eternity. Other popular motifs include butterflies, which symbolise resurrection, inspired by the insect’s emergence from a chrysalis. Clasped hands signify friendship, anchors and chains signify faith in salvation,

A geology lesson

dogs signify fidelity and flies are a sign of humility. As they still do today, cupid and

All diamond engagement rings are in fact inherently old – well, the diamonds are

arrows mean love and hearts symbolise love and devotion. Flaming hearts mean

anyway. Diamonds are made from 99.95% pure crystallised carbon and are aged

passion and crowned hearts are a sign of triumphant love.

between one to three billion years old! They are formed beneath the Earth’s surface and are released when volcanoes erode down. Diamonds are the hardest naturally

You’ll find lots of vintage jewellery incorporates flowers and each means something

occurring substance known on Earth – and they’re pretty to boot.

different. Roses have always been popular, as they are today – red roses mean romantic love and pink roses mean friendship. The start of love is represented by lilac, mistletoe symbolises a kiss and ivy is the sign of both evergreen love and

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marriage. Pink carnations show devotion, pansies ask the recipient to ‘think of me’,

According to legend, we have Archduke Maximilian to thank for the tradition of giving

bluebells signify consistency, daisies say innocence and ferns symbolise fascination.

engagement rings. The Austrian man bought his beau, Mary of Burgundy, a diamond ring in 1477 to celebrate their imminent engagement and placed it on the third finger


Gemstones also had specific meanings places on them. Diamonds symbolise

of her left hand – said by ancient Egyptians to hold a vein that leads straight to the

consistency, hence their use for engagement rings. Coral was said to protect against

heart. What a romantic.


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WHATEVER THE WEATHER Don’t let the elements rain on your parade. Prepare for all conditions with wed’s guide to weatherproofing your wedding words Rebecca Matthews

So this is it. The wedding day has dawned and, as you tentatively draw back the curtains, your gaze falls on the ominous sight of black clouds gathering on the horizon. Not the sun-drenched skies you’d been dreaming of, granted. But less-than-perfect weather conditions don’t necessarily mean a washout wedding. In some traditions, it’s even considered lucky to have rain on your wedding day. Rain symbolises cleansing, blessings, fertility and unity – after all, it is more difficult to untie a wet knot. Let’s face it – if you’re getting married on British shores, rain is a very real possibility whatever month you’ve chosen. What’s more, snow has become a more frequent sight here in the mild southwest, and even glaring sunshine comes with its challenges. So face the threat of the heavens head on – and maybe even enjoy a little precipitation – with these weatherproofing tips.

PLANNING MAKES PERFECT Tough as it is for your inner control freak to accept – some things are beyond your control, and the weather is one of them. “Always have a ‘wet-weather’ option in place!” says wedding planner Sarah Vaux ( Focus on the aspects you can control by preparing a back-up plan, and ensure you pay it as much attention as plan A – i.e. make sure plan B is pretty cool too. That way, your day will flow seamlessly whatever Mother Nature decides to throw at you. If you’ve opted for a reception at a venue, ask about contingency plans and indoor spaces available to you. “I always go through the weather options with the venue owners as often there is a short-cut if we are faced with a downpour. Check with the venue if there are rooms that can be used in the case of adverse weather conditions,” says Sarah. If you’re planning an outdoor ceremony, ask your wedding planner or the venue’s wedding coordinator to make the call if clearing skies allow for the original outdoor plan to go ahead – ensure they liaise with someone responsible, such as a mum or bridesmaid.



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celebration, bring the outside in with flowers, foliage, rustic décor or make like Kate Middleton and deck out your venue with trees. If you’ve booked open-air transport such as a horse and cart, ensure you have access to alternative wheels just in case. Dreaming of a string quartet entertaining guests during an al fresco champagne reception? Consider the logistics of moving the drinks and entertainment inside should the heavens open. Should snow be a very real possibility, then consider how your suppliers are going to get to the venue. “Use suppliers who are local to your venue and ensure that they have contingency plans should it snow, the most important being marriage officiant, photographer, hair and make-up stylist,” says wedding planner Ali Berry ( Some heavy-duty vehicles may prove essential, so be prepared. “If snow is expected, then I usually get out my ‘little black book’ of local contacts who have four-wheel drives or tractors and ask for them to be on stand-by to get the guests and wedding party to/from the church/venue,” says Sarah. Finally, consider the key elements that will ensure the comfort and fun factor are not diminished by the white stuff. “Have an iPod loaded with music should the DJ not be able to turn up. Also, ensure that there is sufficient heating at the venue and hire additional heaters if need be,” says Ali. And remember to wrap up warm and head outdoors to capture some magical wedding photos.

CREATIVE CANVAS When you booked your marquee reception, you may have envisioned a balmy day, with perhaps a light breeze toying with the bunting and fairy lights. Rain and wind probably didn’t figure in your perfect picture – but neither does it spell disaster for a marquee wedding. Consider the possibility of wet weather from the outset when deciding on the location. “Flat, mowed surfaces are always best,” advises Nick Seamark from Absolute Canvas. “If the marquee site is in a field, you’ll definitely need a hard floor.” That all-important contingency plan is also essential. “Always have a plan B in place,” continues Nick. “If your marquee site is two fields away from the road, think about how you’re going to get people there, as well as all the services.” You’ll also need to consider walking to the marquee yourself – so sensible shoes are a must-have. Once they’ve arrived, some savvy planning will minimise the necessity for guests to venture outside. “It is often possible to build the toilets into the marquee structure so nobody is required to go outside if they need to relieve themselves!” suggests Sarah Vaux. Strong winds can also prove problematic. “Don’t try to fight it – if there are gale force winds, bring everything indoors. In a marquee the noise of the wind blowing the metal frame can be quite deafening so ensure that there are microphones for the speeches and musicians are at optimal volume,” says Ali Berry. You might decide to take the pressure off your shoulders by hiring a wedding planner, from a full wedding planning service to an on-the-day planner who will coordinate the logistics on the day.

PHOTO CALL You know that image of the flawless blue skies and bright sunshine you’ve got in your head? Most photographers would take a steely sky over that any day. “Clouds are flattering – if the sun is shining you are likely to be squinting in your photos and the lines on your face will show up a lot more. Overcast skies soften shadows and make for more flattering portraits,” says Sarah Falugo from Green Photographic ( The dramatic dark skies and spontaneity of wet conditions can make for beautifully atmospheric photographs. Embrace it with some playful accessories such as welly Green Photographic

boots and umbrellas. “You might even consider a colourful rain mac for a few fun shots or how about a rainbow of umbrellas and wellies?” suggests Sarah.



For atmospheric wet wedding photos, again, preparation is key. “Agree with your photographer that you will still go outside if it rains. It will be a fun memory, and you’ll get some very individual wedding photos!” says Sarah. If you’re game for heading out into the elements, avoid the frizz factor by carefully prepping your hair. “You might want to have a backup hair style from your stylist, spray your hair into place using a super hold hairspray or simply get one of your bridesmaids to take a hairdryer to the venue,” suggests Ali. And waterproof make-up is always a good idea! Take a flexible and relaxed approach to your timetable for the day, so that you can organise your outdoor photos around the weather if necessary. However, you may need to modify your plans for group photos in the face of persistent rain. “Discuss with your photographer the possibility of doing less group shots in the event of rain. Let them know which group shots are high priority just in case it isn’t possible to get them all done indoors,” says Sarah. Chances are, there will be a break in the rain, so you can all head outside and capture those shots against a beautiful backdrop. If it looks like rain is due to set in for the duration of the reception, consider bringing the photographic fun inside – with a novel twist. “Set up a photo booth for more interesting indoor shots. Buy a huge piece of vintage material and photograph each other in front of it,” says Sarah. You might decide to set up your own photo booth or ask your photographer to provide the service. And if the weather really is too bad to get outside for any outdoor photos and you’ve set your heart on it, all is not lost – you can book a post-wedding shoot.



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THE HEAT IS ON Let’s not forget that the other end of the spectrum comes with its own challenges. If you’re blessed with blue skies and a hot sunny day, then ensure you take a few heatrelated precautions. I recently attended a wedding where the groom was a sweaty – though blissfully happy – mess throughout the ceremony. It was a humid July day and, in the absence of an air-conditioned room to get ready, the stifling conditions meant the man of the moment had barely put his immaculate morning suit on before he’d sweated through it. Take heed: an air-conditioned room for the preparations and celebrations are a must. If you’re having a marquee wedding, then open up the windows and allow the fresh air and views to pour in. “Make sure you have a few electric fans in place in case it rains and you can’t do so,” suggests Ali. Ensure you serve a selection of refreshing, non-alcoholic drinks alongside the boozy ones to keep guests hydrated. If you’re planning outdoor games, it may be wise to have a canopy to protect competitive guests from glaring sunshine. “Perhaps hire some brightly coloured parasols if there aren’t any shaded areas or trees, and serve plenty of water,” advises Ali. If a sizeable chunk of your celebrations will be taking place al fresco, ensure some bottles of sunscreen are readily available. “I always carry sunscreen as there is nothing worse than a bride getting sunburnt on a hot wedding day!” says Sarah Vaux. And how about handing out fans and serving a little sweet and cooling indulgence from an ice cream trike?


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ALL ABOUT THE ACCESSORIES Turn the weather into an opportunity to team your wedding attire with a fabulous accessory. Umbrellas are a must-have for rain or hot sunshine, and can double as a pretty and practical favour. “Make sure the ushers have umbrellas on their list of things to bring in the car. I often hire boxes of white umbrellas from Hire a Brolly (”, says Sarah Vaux. In response to the recent spate of wet summers, there’s a bewildering choice of chic bridal umbrellas and even bespoke bridal wellies on the market. Wedge Welly | Umbrella Boutique |


Chill out (if you’ll pardon the pun), forget about the weather and focus on what it’s all about. Seductive as those visions of sun-kissed celebrations might be – have faith in the fact that you’ll have a wonderful day come rain or shine. To really take the edge off the worry, consider investing in wedding insurance. “It you need to change the date or have to book another supplier to replace

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one which can’t turn up, it could be a wallet saver and offers peace of mind. Definitely worth budgeting for,” advises Ali Berry. Finally, be optimistic. Even if you wake to threatening skies, chances are it won’t pour down all day. The most important thing is that you’re celebrating with the people that matter most to you – and that rain might just bring a lot of luck your way!

MY WET WEDDING Recently married wedding blogger and stylist Sarah Christopher shares the story of her wet but wonderful day. “We knew it was a risk to plan the majority of our wedding outside and unfortunately the weather gods didn’t fall in our favour. But we had prepared to an extent. I bought some golf umbrellas in our wedding colour and the venue supplied large white ones – we also asked everyone to bring wellies just in case.

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With regards to a ‘plan B’, we had enquired with the venue a few days before the wedding if there was an alternative space to hold our blessing and drinks reception as a backup plan and they agreed to open the tiny but beautiful tea rooms just in case – lucky they did, as we weren’t just dealing with rain, but hail too! My hubby made the executive decision to let our guests into the reception barn early so we decided to do the speeches in there (they had originally been planned outside). The venue even managed to find some storage heaters and we have lovely memories of chatting with friends, Pimm’s in hand and our feet all up on the heaters! I think any couple planning a predominantly outdoor wedding in the UK should expect the unexpected. Our much dreamed of ‘Indian Summer’ September wedding was colder and wetter than we could have ever imagined. It was good that we had (mainly in jest) prepared our guests for a ‘come rain or shine’ outside do – and even when the registrar put the ceremony on hold halfway through to let the storm pass no-one seemed phased – in fact, those moments really made the day for us – there was so much laughter! I admit, when I woke up on our wedding morning and first saw how awful the weather was I felt gutted, but as soon as my friends and family started to arrive and my hubby sent me a photo text of his colourful brollie, all my upset disappeared. Come rain, hail or snow – what was happening that day was bigger than the weather: we were saying vows in front of our nearest and dearest and looking back now, we honestly wouldn’t change a thing.”



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THE HEART OF THE MATTER Look forward to an unforgettable ceremony full of love and personality with these inspiring ideas words Hannah May

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Short and sweet, right? Get it over with so you can sit down, swill some champagne and get the party started… The wedding ceremony can often be overlooked as the obligatory and formulaic preliminary to the party. Ultimately, however, it is the most important part of the day, and a moment that will be etched in your memory forever. As couples seek to place their stamp on every aspect of their wedding, the ceremony is being transformed into its own extraordinary event. It’s not a simple case of ‘I do’ – the ceremony is giving the reception a real run for its money when it comes to idiosyncrasy and inspiration. So step into the world of modern ceremonies – a feast of ideas await to make it a truly memorable and enlightened affair.

THE SETTING Work your logistics and layout around your venue’s shape and vibe. For example, if you’ve selected a small and intimate space, then consider seating your guests in a semi-circle around you to extend the cosy feel. For loftier locations and bigger spaces, consider an elevated position slightly raised above your guests on a decorated platform or even centre stage. Discuss what you’d like to achieve and how much you can bend ‘the rules’ to suit. Most venues are receptive to new ideas, so share your vision with them in order to formulate the best plan possible. Simple elements can make a huge difference on the actual day, and diverting from the norm just a little presents a fresh perspective that will make the ceremony all the more memorable. “I often encourage people to flout tradition and seat the bride’s guests on the right and the groom’s on the left – this way each family can see the face of their loved one throughout the ceremony,” comments wedding stylist Elle Winsor-Grime of Inspire Hire ( Andrew Hawker

Why not scatter the choir amongst the congregation, or stagger the seating so that everyone can see more clearly? Consider both the comfort and line of vision of both you and your congregation. Even extra cushions and strategically placed heating (if required)

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can make a tremendous and much-welcome difference – especially for older or younger guests. An alfresco ceremony affords you plenty of freedom to experiment with the layout. “If you’re getting married outside, there are many ways you can create an ‘impact’ aisle to walk down, from arranging the chairs on two sides or having hay bales for guests to sit on to using large balloons or shepherd hooks and jam jars to create a pretty walkway. It’s a great way to inject some colour and keep the styling relaxed for more informal dos,” suggests wedding stylist Sarah Christopher from Dressed With Love (dressedwithlove. A creative approach to the standard seating arrangements and overall design and floor plan will work wonders. Whether you emerge as an unexpected surprise from the side of the venue or even walk in front of your groom toward your guests from the other way – use your imagination for sweet and subtle shifts or to full, show-stopping effect.

THE DÉCOR Personalise your ceremony setting as much as your reception venue to enhance your theme or sense of individual style. Many couples rarely go much beyond floristry – but with a few inspired extras, the backdrop can be instantly transformed. “Your ceremony decorations are the first chance to create an impression on your guests,” advises Elle. “For a civil ceremony, think about your choice of seating – something like the Louis Ghost chair from Inspire Hire creates a real wow factor and can be used indoors or out. And a church wedding doesn’t have to be decorated with traditional flowers – how about bunting or homemade pom-poms to brighten up the pew ends?” Opt for a series of mini centrepieces scattered throughout the venue; use pre-existing photo Ashley Hampson Kirstin Prisk

features such as beams for hanging baskets or scatter petals from your bouquet across the floor like confetti.


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Wedding planner Sarah Vaux ( has some savvy money-saving advice: “If you’re having a

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church wedding, find out if there is another wedding on the same day as you could work together on the flowers and split the costs.” Alternatively you could have your floral arrangements moved from the ceremony venue to the reception. Compliment your flowers with scent by spraying some perfume, burning some incense or lighting scented candles for an added opulence and sensuous atmosphere. Opt for symbolic gestures that reflect the reception venue, giving a suggestion of what’s in store while providing a sense of continuity. Instead of rolling out the red carpet, choose a shade from your chosen colour scheme. Incorporate chair covers and sashes, bunting, imagery, furnishings and unique items of furniture as stylistic features. Rather than traditional lighting, consider lanterns, candles, chandeliers or even professional lighting where the spotlight literally follows your every move. Give special guests their own chair, such as a film director’s seat with their name inscribed on the back, and lay individually named welcome packs complete with a mini box of tissues, disposable camera and confetti. Don’t forget the minutiae such as the order of service, which needn’t be just a folded slip of white paper containing hymn lyrics. A professional print job with a unique or thematic design will look amazing and can serve as a keepsake for guests. It might feature a mini photo album, funny anecdotes, the engagement story, jokes, favourite quotes, special thank you notes or even love letters for a spellbinding storybook of your union. Kirstin Prisk

THE READINGS AND VOWS The readings are a prime opportunity to punctuate the

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ceremonials with a sense of personality, as well as a chance for you to lap up the moment. “Elements such as readings or music give you time to appreciate what is going on, look around and see the happy faces of your guests and partner,” says Elle. “For my own wedding, my husband and I each chose a reading as a special ‘gift’ to each other. We kept our choice a secret so it was a lovely surprise on the day!” Use your coupledom as a source of inspiration. For example, was there a specific song that led you to your love? A tune that ‘belongs’ to you both? There might be lyrics that can be incorporated or adapted into a meaningful reading. Perhaps choose heartfelt lines from a favourite film, poem, Shakespeare sonnet or children’s book. “Choose readings that are personal to you and ask special friends or family to read them. One couple chose their friend to read the lyrics of the ‘Baywatch’ theme – it was amazing. Half the guests rumbled straight away and were laughing out loud, whilst some were genuinely moved by the inspirational words,” says Sarah Christopher.



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If you are having a church wedding then there

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will have to be at least one Bible reading, chosen by you or your vicar. The resident vicar of Madron Parish, Reverend Tim Hawkins, advises couples to discuss options with the vicar conducting the service well in advance. He recommends no more than five readings, with no more than two to be read consecutively. Best spaced out throughout the service, the Bible reading/s are usually performed alongside the vicar’s meditations on marriage. Prayers can take the form of the standard wedding blessing or can strike a more personal chord, such as Celtic blessings or prayers, which accentuate a sense of place and continuity. With regards to vows, Tim advises not to tamper with the traditional too much, as church services have a legal form of words that have to be adhered to. Most people like them for their traditionalism and because, “they are mutual and even-handed, concise and say what couples want to say”, though many ministers will be receptive to some personal adaptations or additional exchanges between the couple. Other types of ceremony actively invite adaptations. “Personalise your vows,” suggests Sarah. “If you opt for a humanist ceremony, you can create a bespoke service. I know of a

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couple who created their ceremony around a tree that they’ve enjoyed many picnics under over the years – how romantic is that?”

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THE Music Personally selecting your soundtrack will not only provide the perfect ambience to the ceremony, it will serve as a definite nerve soother for both bride and groom on the day. “Choosing a song that meant a lot to us for my entrance dispelled any feeling of nerves. As soon as I heard the tune start, I relaxed and began to enjoy the experience,” says Elle. Again, talk to your vicar or registrar about when you can infuse some music. Throw in some live music – a choir, string quartet or soloist – alongside a CD of sounds (though always make a back-up!) and arrange acoustics for maximum impact. There’s nothing worse


than a medley of magical songs to fall on deaf ears because of ill-placed speakers or an

Religious wedding ceremony – religious and legally binding ceremony in a church or religious building.

excessively echoing building.

Civil marriage ceremony – legal, non-religious ceremony at an approved licensed venue. Civil partnership – non-religious, legal partnership for same sex couples at a registration office or approved

For a playful, informal feel, remember to


invite spontaneity and let personalities play

Humanist wedding and partnership celebration – non-legal ceremony to celebrate the commitment between

alongside the music. “I had a wedding this year

two people that can take place anywhere.

where the best men stood up and sang ‘All You

Pagan handfasting – a Celtic marriage ritual (only legally recognised in Scotland) that usually takes place in a

Need is Love’ by The Beatles and the whole

sacred outdoor setting.

congregation joined in!” Sarah Vaux recalls.

Wedding blessing – a short, non-legal ceremony that can be religious, spiritual or non-religious and can occur anywhere.


So get your thinking caps on and dream up the

Renewal of vows – a non-legal ceremony between married couples to renew their vows and commitment to each

ceremony that typifies your union. After all –

other that can take place at a register office, church/religious building or approved venue.

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WORKING THE GROOM Style tips for the man of the moment




words Hannah May

MAKE MINE MONOCHROME Opt for some striking modern shades with one of the coolest trends of the moment: monochrome. Making waves for its classic simplicity, this colour combo is being utilised to full effect in both clothing and accessories. Think two-tone brogues and sharp black suits teamed with crisp white shirts, then spliced with punches of texture and pattern for an oh-so debonair look. 1. Shirt and suit by William Hunt and tie by Kenneth Cole from House of Fraser |


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THIS TIME IT’S PERSONAL Going bespoke is a head-to-toe business. As grooms increasingly seek to customise the minutiae of their ensemble, creative cufflinks are very much a trend du jour. Whether you play with personal inscriptions or design, individual pieces portray personality and style for an eye-catching memento of your day. 1. Posh Totty Designs | 2. Chambers and Beau |



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Vintage isn’t just for the girls you know. Boys are also borrowing from timeless trends to look every inch the leading man. Think Boardwalk Empire; think The Great Gatsby; think immaculately dressed chaps oozing coolly old school style. The key to nailing the look is fearlessly fusing colours, patterns and fabrics with impeccable tailoring. Fitted waistcoats and flourishes of checked pattern scream dapper, while an eclectic mash-up of bow ties, colour blocking and retro prints ensure a contemporary and standout take on the trend. 1. Hackett available at Lugets of Exeter | 2. Vivienne Westwood |





THE POWER OF PRINT With prints still prevalent across designers’ moodboards, pick your favourite pattern and incorporate it into your look for original flair. Don a gingham, polka dot, geometric or floral design on a skinny tie,


cravat, handkerchief or even waistcoat to showcase your style and steal a little of your lady’s limelight. 1. Paul Smith at House of Fraser | 2. Alexandre Savile Row at House of Fraser |


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COUNTRY LOVING Rock the classic country gent with a generous sprinkle of contemporary style. Ideal for a rustic countryside wedding, explore your wild side with a suave fusion of textures and patterns from corduroy and tweed to a statement checked jacket. Accessorise with classic leather lace-ups and playful animal motifs for a fun take on a classic. 1. Hackett at Lugets of Exeter | 2. New and Lingwood at House of Fraser | 3. Cheaney shoes at Lugets of Exeter | 4. Stag cufflinks by Hannah Louise Lamb | 3.




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Stylists and men’s fashion experts Leon Soulsby and Lewis Tweddell solve your wedding wardrobe woes… Marc Wallace

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I would like to go for a classic look but want to avoid a black tux. What are my options?

groom say, “order me the 32 trousers”, and promising

If you’re looking for something timeless, get yourself

exposed! Be realistic; keep an eye on your body shape

a well fitting black single-breasted suit and a silver narrow tie. If you want to introduce eveningwear, why not go for a navy dinner suit? Not only is it something special, it’s the colour a tux should be and the only

they will fit come the event only to have a mad panic on the wedding day when their trousers won’t zip up and their Thomas The Tank Engine boxers are and in communication with either your hire shop or menswear store you are buying your suit from so the necessary alterations can be made.

colour Prince Charles ever wears! Look for peaked or shawl lapel and fabrics with a slight shimmer. Midnight

let’s face it, nobody wants to look like they got married

What shall I do with my hair for the big day and how far in advance should it be cut?

in green!

I see so many wedding photos where the bride’s dress

blue actually looks black under indoor lights anyway, while black dinner jackets tend to have a green tinge –

is out of this world and her hair and make-up are stunning, then I look at the groom and, while his outfit

Leon Soulsby is an experienced stylist and fashion brand consultant and Lewis Tweddell runs Drapers Award winning clothing store Lewis Yates in Billericay. The credits of their styling company Lewis & Leon include Hustle and Spooks (BBC) and celebrities such as Jude Law, Jamie Redknapp and Paul Weller. For styling advice for your big day, call 07515 522203.



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I’m planning on shaping up for my wedding. Should I tell my tailor at the start of the process or can my suit be altered closer to the day?

might be impeccable, his barnet just looks a mess.

If you’re having a made-to-measure suit, which would

local stylist about what would work with your hair type

take around eight weeks, you will have an initial

and the hair products it requires. David Beckham’s

consultation with your tailor where you should inform

latest rework of the 1940s’ short back and sides is so

them of your plans, whether it’s to lose weight or bulk

current and timeless, you wouldn’t go too far wrong

up on muscle mass. The tailor will then advise you

rocking that as your hairstyle of choice at the altar. As

and you’ll probably have another three fittings before

for when to have your hair cut, I would say the perfect

finally making the suit to your requirements. Hiring

time would be three to five days before the wedding

a suit can be tricky – how many times have I heard a

so your hair has time to settle into place.

Where it comes to style, I wouldn’t experiment with anything too radical close to the wedding day; if you have long hair and would like to have a neater, modern cut, try it a few months before to see how it suits you. Do some research on styles you like and speak to your

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Spirit of the occasion Don’t stop ‘til you get enough? Our groom dives into the intoxicating issue of drinking on the wedding day words Nathan Midgley

It’s 2012. I expect you’ve noticed, even if, given that you’re

Nuclear option, then: hold a dry affair. Live slow, marry sober, leave

reading this, you probably have a wedding on your mind. So did

a good-looking photo gallery. So outré is this idea that married

you have a nice Christmas? Yes? And a happy New Year? Good.

teetotallers in Poland have to hold an annual support and networking

Me too. Over imbibed a bit? Sure, sure. Ended up a bit squiffy?

shindig – called, with a dispiriting lack of imagination – the Wedding of

Certainly. Told your boss what you thought of him, I expect?

the Weddings. According to Wikipedia, this involves an ‘all-night non-

Sang along to the whole of Wyclef’s ‘Perfect Gentleman’, with

alcoholic dance party’, toasts drunk with goat milk instead of liquor, and

improvised actions, in the middle of a pub? At lunchtime? Yes,

a more or less constant stream of food to stave off the booze-deprived

we’ve all been there. Wonderful time of year.


Makes you worry, though. Nobody minds if you make a boozy, slightly

Let’s asset-strip that for the ‘all-night party’ and ‘constant stream of

sicky mess of the festive season, because it’s commonly understood

food’ bits. Enjoying yourself is fine, after all – it’s just the puking, leering

that the festive season drowns you in booze through no particular fault

and falling over that tend to divide the crowd. Problem is there aren’t

of your own. In certain circles – City of London traders and Young

many middle-ground strategies, although 20 years ago Wills and Kate’s

Conservatives, mainly – the ill effects are positively expected of you, to

British-only wine policy might have been considered a smart way to

the extent that keeping your pants the proper distance from your head

ensure nobody drank very much. Excess is expected; austerity is clear

for most of the evening can seriously damage your career prospects.

and enforceable. Moderation is the hard one. In Greek mythology it was among the attributes of Apollo, so perhaps we’ll start by pouring

But certain occasions drown you in drink without giving you the requisite

one tenth of the hard stuff onto the ground in libation.

license to get drunk, which seems a little unwise, if not outright unfair. You can see where I’m going with this. Give a man a sharpener before

And if he decides not to give us his blessing in return, I’ve come up with

the ceremony and a glass of bubbly straight after, let red and white wine

a toast: “To absent gods and present spirits. May the hedges you wake

flow with dinner, and then tell him to make a speech? Bring out the

up under never have thorns. Sorry about the mess. Bottoms up.”

aperitifs, get the beers in, and then tell him to dance?



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THE PERFECT MATCH Menu meltdowns, be gone. Ensure a harmonious fusion of flavours with a ’his and hers’ wedding menu words Rebecca Matthews photography Simon Green

‘His and hers’ has moved far beyond the realms

pièce de résistance, some sweet-toothed couples are

of towelling robes and pillowcases. As the trend

opting for individual cakes, which signify something

for personalising your wedding reaches a whole

about their personality.

new delicious level, foodie brides and grooms are designing tailor-made menus to satiate each of

So tap into the trend and wile away a mouth-watering

their personal tastes.

few hours dreaming up your favourite combinations of flavours. It might be your childhood favourite, a meal

Forget the wrangle over the fish dish versus the steak

that reminds you of a special holiday or even your

dinner, or the chocolate mousse over the fruit crumble

grandmother’s culinary speciality.

– this novel approach to designing your menu ensures that you both get to tuck into your favourite dishes on

For a lip-smacking feast of inspiration, Jamie has

that most important of days.

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“It is becoming really popular,” says Jamie Beetham

is a passion for sourcing seasonal local produce; from

of Beetham Food. “The design of a tailor-made menu

fresh fish landed in Newlyn, vegetables grown by local

enables us to go one step further when trying to meet

farmers and bread from Da Bara Bakery made a stone’s

a bride and groom’s individual requirements as well as

throw from Jamie’s kitchen on the Roseland Peninsula

make it their own.”

– Jamie combines top-notch ingredients to create a delicious menu bursting with Cornish flavour.

The trend for ‘his and hers’ has even reached the

realms of the wedding cake. A tradition that can be



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GLAM PETAL Look forward to lust-have flowers with wed’s pick of the top floral trends words Rebecca Matthews photography Ben Photography

THE BRIGHT STUFF Be bold and beautiful with a joyous riot of orange, green, pink and yellow punctuated by shimmering silver – a super bright and totally tropical statement for a modern wedding. Wheal Sara Flowers 01736 797788 | Votives Inspire Hire 07977 574597 |



GOING FOR GOLD Embrace the luxe look of gold. As Olympics mania hits British shores, gold is a fitting and glorious aesthetic for your wedding blooms. Think lots of cream and white flowers adorned with gold accents and spilling from containers laced with glinting detail. Wedding Flowers in Cornwall 01872 553080 | Teapots The Creative Crockery Company 01326 375747 | Bird cage Inspire Hire 07977 574597 |



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OH YOU PRETTY THINGS! Treat your guests to a delicious palette of peach, cream and blush pink. Arrange your flowers in vintage bottles, lace-edged jam jars, antique glassware and delicate milk jugs for a sweet and chic flourish to your tabletops. Wedding Flowers in Cornwall 01872 553080 | China and glassware The Creative Crockery Company 01326 375747 | Radio Inspire Hire 07977 574597 |



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BESPOKE BLOOMS Lend a pretty and personalised twist to your wedding flowers with

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For a chic and oh-so vintage sense of continuity, work lace from your mother or grandmother’s wedding dress into the design of your bouquet. Incorporate jewels into your flowers, such as vintage bracelets or brooche

down through generations of your family. Maybe even pin a brooch to the

a novel and meaningful twist on your ‘something borrowed’.

s that have been passed handle of the bouquet as

Use flowers that mean something to you: for example, a flower your grandmo

The scent will bring back memories as well as look beautiful on the day.

ther used to grow.

Have your initials, and those of your groom, threaded into your bouquet . Choose diamanté initials for a glinting and gorgeous look. For a playful, modern statement, weave buttons and trinkets that reflect your wedding theme or personality into your arrangements. Make like Kate Middleton and choose flowers according to their symbolic meanings, e.g. roses for love, baby’s breath for innocence, sweet pea for pleasure and lily of the valley for happiness.



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Personalised porcelain Guests’ messages needn’t be hidden away in a book – why not have them

Inject a little word play into your festivities for a personal and playful party

out on show instead? One creative way to display your nearest and dearest’s

words Sarah Christopher

You’ve been framed

There’s a world of choice open to you where it comes to beautiful design

This is the perfect way to show off your favourite wedding photo: choose a

details to personalise your day – and there’s nothing like a creative approach

frame, mount in advance of your wedding and place the mount on an easel at

to words for spelling out your individuality as a couple. These fab ideas will

your reception. Ask your guests to write messages or their signatures on the

ensure your nearest and dearest get the message.

mount and, once you’ve received your wedding images, frame your favourite

wedding comments is by asking them to sign some crockery which can then be hung on a wall in your kitchen or even on the stairs – inexpensive and a real talking point, they look great mixed in with patterned plates.

surrounded by the heartfelt mementoes of your day. The Wedding of my Dreams

Say it with a letter

photo Lucy Shergold

If you want to make your guests feel really special, personalise their place setting or seat with their initial. It not only works as a great favour but, for more intimate weddings, you could even incorporate it into an ice-breaker game

Picture perfect Incorporate your guests’ well wishes into a work of art and ask them to contribute their scrawlings onto a canvas, which can then be mounted in your home. Whether it’s a signature tag or something all together more ornate, use paint in your wedding colours to create the artwork and you’ll have a modern masterpiece that serves as a unique reminder of your day.



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for guests to find their place by hunting down the seat with their initial. And by painting the letters you can add some eye-catching colour to your scheme.

LOVE LETTERS photo Paul Keppel

The Wedding of my Dreams

Poster it up! ‘Keep Calm and Party On’ and ‘Eat Drink and Be


Married’ are just some of the iconic posters that will add some fun and colour to your day. Create

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their range of delightful décor available to hire. The hand-painted signs include ‘Just Married’ hearts, which

in an inexpensive frame – and voila! Some eye-

can be personalised with the names of the bride and groom, as well as point signs to adorn your wedding

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Monogram MAGIC Make like the celebs and get branded! Creating a monogram of your initials is not only a great way of adding personal touches to your day, but looks incredibly chic too. Monograms are most effective when consistently used throughout your theme; introduce it to your guests through your invites and sustain it through the wedding itself, on napkins, favours and even your cake!


photo Green Photographic

Thank you notes

Words, words, words Words can be very evocative, so how about creating the perfect atmosphere by spelling out a subtle message to your guests? Ask them to RELAX at the bar, SMILE at the photo booth or ENJOY the dessert bar. Or perhaps give guests a

A thoughtful idea that’s kooky and creative too – sneak off with your beloved

hint of what’s to come and spell out a line from your first dance.

and pose for a photo with a thank you card on the big day itself! Write ‘thank you’ on a card and strike a pose. A few weeks down the line your guests will enjoy tearing the envelope open to see a beautiful reminder of your day that

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SIGNED, SEALED, DELIVERED Address to impress with these creative and beautifully crafted stationery ideas words Rebecca Matthews photography Ben Photography and Lee Searle



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PRETTY PERSONAL Embellish your stationery with illustrations which are bespoke, beautiful and oh-so you. Whether you choose to enshrine your venue, theme, elements of your personalities or simply a pretty tailor-made design, these hand-illustrated works of art will charm your guests from the first clatter of the letterbox. Charlie Scribble

MOVING PICTURES The save the date card is your first opportunity to stamp the personality of your wedding on your guests’ minds. Bespoke wedding stationery company Charlie Scribble creates unique handillustrated save the date animations, which make a quirky alternative to a save the date card. The animations can be sent out to guests via email link, DVD or embedded to a wedding website or blog. Choose from a selection of stock designs or commission your own personalised save the date animation, designed specifically around your wedding ideas.



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FLUTTER BY Bursting with colour and incredible detail, these hand drawn creations turn words and dates into exquisite works of art. Sure to set the wow factor to max, your guests will delight in these tailor-made treasures. The Considerate Card Company by Lisa Dionne 07940 576310 |

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THE BUTTERFLY EFFECT Get crafty with wed’s step-by-step guide to a fabulously fluttery party words Elle Winsor-Grime and Sarah Drew photography Ben Photography

A butterfly theme sets the perfect mood for a spring wedding. Dressing up your venue – and yourself – with some prettiness crafted by your own fair hands makes for a spring celebration full of handmade accents and personal touches. So roll up those sleeves, reacquaint yourself with PVA glue and embrace your creative side with these dainty DIY details.

DARLING DÉCOR Eco, thrifty and oh-so chic, these fabulous DIY projects recycle scraps of old paper to create décor for your reception. The distinctive centrepiece makes for a striking statement on your tabletops, while the mobiles will add colour and movement as they flutter around your party space. Handcrafted découpage letters are a pretty and personal way to decorate your cake or gift table; they also make a lovely keepsake to adorn a shelf or mantelpiece after the wedding.

You will need Butterfly wrapping or wallpaper Scraps of old wallpaper or wrapping paper Florist’s wire Glass vase (wide range available to hire from Inspire Hire) Piece of cardboard Bamboo cane Ribbon PVA glue Papier-mâché letters (available from Inspire Hire) Double sided sticky pads Clear fishing line



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Butterfly table centrepiece 1) Take the butterfly wrapping paper or wallpaper and carefully cut out pairs of matching butterflies. 2) Create a coil or spiral of florist’s wire. 3) Take each pair of butterflies and attach to either side of the florist’s wire using the sticky pads. 4) Place the coil of wire into an eye-catching vase.

Butterfly mobile 1) Cover a length of bamboo cane with PVA glue and bind it with ribbon. 2) Take a piece of cardboard and draw a butterfly template. 3) Use the template to draw butterfly shapes onto the rear of the decorative paper. Then cut out each butterfly. 4) Attach a length of clear fishing wire to the covered bamboo cane and carefully attach pairs of butterflies with sticky pads along the length. Repeat this process along the cane. 5) Attach the ribbon to the cane to suspend.



Découpage letters 1) Cover one side of the papier-mâché letter with PVA glue. 2) Attach scraps of paper to the letters using small cuts around the edges to fold the paper around the corners. 3) Build up a patchwork of papers to cover the letter. Finish with a thin layer of PVA glue painted over the top of the letters. 4) Allow to dry and repeat the process on each side of each letter.

Inspire Hire offers a bespoke DIY wedding service to help you create your dream DIY wedding and a huge range of items available to hire. If you don’t fancy doing it yourself, Inspire Hire offers a bespoke venue styling service covering every aspect of venue decoration and design. 07977 574597 |



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imagine... Celebrate your special day at our premier exclusive use venue in St Ives, Cornwall. Enjoy a day you and your guests will never forget.

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...a place like no other

Vean the

within Caerhays Estate on the South Cornish Coast

your very own perfect day Weddings & Receptions at the Vean A Luxurious Country House Retreat situated in private grounds with wonderful views across the magnificent Caerhays Castle Gardens The Vean is exclusively yours for the day, weekend or as long as you want. Define Your Dream Exceed Your Expectations

OPEN INVITATION TO VIEW ON SUNDAY 19TH FEBRUARY 11AM - 4PM For more information visit: or Telephone: 01872 501310 The Estate Office, Caerhays Castle, Gorran, St Austell, Cornwall PL26 6LY



HEAVENLY HEADDRESS Take three old brooches, some antique beads and retro flowers and craft yourself a dreamy vintage headdress that’s perfect for a laidback spring wedding. You might even use some jewellery belonging to your mother or grandmother for a unique and personal bridal accessory.

You will need A large piece of lace PVA glue Small scissors Two metres of 0.6mm and 0.4mm wire About 30 vintage pearls, diamantĂŠ and crystals An antique brooch (or more than one if you like) Approximately five fabric flowers Sarah Drew runs jewellery-making workshops and hen parties at various

A tiara base Pliers and snips A small file



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1) Having soaked a small piece of lace in watered-down PVA glue and allowed it to dry, cut around your design carefully with small scissors. Try and pick a shape that can sit along the band but will also go backwards into the hair for a retro look. 2) Bend the ends of the tiara out a bit to make more of a horseshoe shape, then snip a piece of wire about 30cm (12 inches) long and wrap this around the base three times, about 5cm from one end. 3) Thread the wire through the lace, wrap it once around the base behind the lace, and bring the wire back to the front again to attach a bead. Thread on a chosen pearl or crystal and hold it in place by snugly wrapping the wire around the bead from one hole to the other. 4) Take the wire and thread it through to the back of the lace, then wrap it once around the base and continue adding beads and tethering the lace to the tiara base. When you reach the other end of the lace, wrap the wire tightly round the base and snip off any excess wire. 5) Get your brooch ready by removing the pin from the back: carefully snip through the pin, close to the hinge then gently snip the pin base in one direction then the other. The old base metals are normally quite soft and it may come away quite easily; if it’s a bit tougher, just take your time and keep snipping round in different directions. Try not to pull the brooch backwards and forwards too much, as you can end up snapping it or loosening stones. 6) Add this to your lace structure and tiara base by just wrapping it on with a strand of 0.6mm wire about 15cm (6 inches) long. Wrap it about three times at one end and the same at the opposite end to make sure it sits properly and doesn’t wobble. 7) To attach the flowers, cut a piece of 0.4mm wire about 20cm long, thread a bead onto it and push it to the middle point of the wire. Fold the wire over and just twist the bead with your thumb and finger so that the wire twists; don’t do it too tight as it can snap. 8) Trim any extra plastic from the back of your flower, then just thread this wired bead through the middle of the flower front to back so the bead sits in the middle of the petals. Use the wire at the back to thread through the lace and wrap it round some of the 0.6mm wire structure or tiara base three times. Place all your flowers in this same way: then try it on and enjoy your glamorous handiwork!


Scorrier House

was built in 1778 by the Williams family and seven generations have been there ever since.

Historic manor house set in a beautiful flower-filled garden and acres of parkland Spacious reception rooms High quality accommodation Exclusive use

Tel: 01209 820264

The wedding venue for food lovers Friendly, helpful staff Where every wedding is as individual as you are Unrivalled menu choice



Gwinear Road, Connor Downs, Near Hayle TR27 5JQ 01209 610414 web.



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Cornwall VW Wedding Hire

SHADY LADIES AND TRUE HUES What does your wedding car colour say about you? Are you making your motoring mark or could you go a shade braver? wed indulges in a spot of colour therapy words Charity Wilson

It’s often the first question we’re asked on buying a new car: “What colour is it?” And if it wasn’t our first choice, we justify the decision: “I wanted black but they only had maroon.” If colour is significant for a car we buy, then why shouldn’t it be a factor for one of the most important car journeys of our lives?

Black Magic Black is pure sophistication. Sleek and timeless, every inch of this car expresses authority. Black cars denote power – as demonstrated by most world leaders – so if you’re looking to give it a bit of clout, this is the colour for you. Does it mean that you wear the trousers in your relationship? You know the answer to that question.

With an almost limitless array of wedding vehicles for hire, betrothed couples can become overwhelmed by the selection. Classic or modern? Retro or eco-friendly? Sporty twin tub or fun bus? We have been looking for a way to make the decision easier for all you soon-to-be-weds, and we think we’ve got it: pick a colour! And to help you, here’s a guide to what each colour traditionally represents…

Silver Stirling Silver is the colour of money and therefore denotes wealth. Traditionally a bride would have carried a silver sixpence in her shoe for good fortune, but why not see this superstition through with the car colour instead? Modest though you may be, a silver tone suggests prosperity. This may be a good omen for the future or it may

All White

encourage your guests to demand an open bar!

White denotes purity… obviously! The days of the virgin bride and groom may be a thing of the past for most western weddings, but the white gown has stuck and so too has the white car. Classic and elegant, this car not only makes for a striking wedding photo, but also signifies a new beginning. Purity of the body may be optional, but purity of love and hope for the future is essential on your wedding day – and this colour says exactly that.

True Blue Trust is represented with the colour blue and the message here is: only you. Arriving in this car, you imply that you have eyes for no other than your betrothed. Fidelity is usually a key feature of the vows and you take that seriously. You want the world to know that you are faithful and true and this is elegantly demonstrated with this classy hue!



Mysterious Mauve

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Purple is the colour of mystery. This regal tint suggests glamour and sophistication, with plenty left to the imagination. Though you are prepared to share your innermost secrets with your spouse, you still have a few surprises up your sleeve. Purple is unpredictable, exciting and always leaves them wanting more…

Go Green Like the rolling Cornish landscape, green denotes openness. This colour tells of growth and harmony – with nature (since it is often associated with eco-

Strawberry Leisure

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friendliness) or with one another. You cherish teamwork and you are prepared to share responsibilities in order to reach your mutual goals. Green cars are often associated with intelligence, but it’s your emotional intellect that will serve you best throughout your marriage.

Mellow Yellow A sunny disposition is represented by

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yellow – for optimism. This colour captures the joy of the day and marks you as the eternal optimist. No doubts plague your thoughts. This cheery colour proves that you have absolute faith in your partner and confidence in your future life together. You are feeling the joy and you want everybody else to feel it too. Arriving in a flash of yellow, you will bring a smile

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to every face that greets you.

Orange Wash What could orange be but fun? You live life to the full and this couldn’t be more evident than in your choice of car colour. Bold and daring, you know how to make a statement without taking yourself too seriously. Orange suggests summer

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fun, warm nights, childhood treats and Eastern delights. This colour will give your wedding day a splash of vibrancy and provide something for the more traditional members of the congregation to tut about. We say, go for it!

Red or Bed? It’s red hot and it’s passion. It may seem obvious, but on a day during which all mention of passion is restricted to the wedding night, it’s a subtle hint of what’s to follow! Like a daring pair of red shoes peeping under the bride’s gown, a red car says, I love you and I want you. It also suggests speed, but we’re not sure that we want to linger too long on that point…



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Hall for Cornwall Wedding Fayre

Sunday 12th February 10.30am 4.30pm For further information contact 01637 876321



jewels of the ocean Say ‘I do’ breathtakingly close to the water and revel in a laidback, sand-between-your-toes kind of loving words Rebecca Matthews

There’s nothing more romantic than locking lips and lives before an ethereal seascape – the sunlight glinting on the water, the seabirds gliding across the shore and the rhythmic murmur of the tide rolling upon the sands. It’s little wonder that ocean-loving souls flock to Cornwall for the spine-tingling beauty of a celebration by the sea – after all, it’s what we do best. A Cornish coastal wedding inspires a dreamy marine vibe. Imagine donning an enchanting fishtail gown or flowing frock of shimmering silks, accessorising with a bouquet woven with shells and adorning your reception with seahorses, starfish, pearls and coral-inspired detail. But first you’ll need to find your fantasy seaside venue. This issue, we treat you to a peek inside a cosy hideaway a stone’s throw from the beach, a chic hotel on the waterside of Falmouth and an ocean treasure crowning the cliff tops of Newquay. You might even hire a seaside property for a private and extended house party. Go on, dive in…



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For waterside glamour…

THE GREENBANK HOTEL Located achingly close to the water, The Greenbank Hotel sits on the side of a harbour with its own 17th century granite quay, the waters of the Fal estuary lapping below. A seductive setting for seaside-loving couples, the hotel has its own private sandy beach and breathtaking views across the maritime town of Falmouth, the harbour and beautiful estuary. It is a blissful spot to sit and watch boats bobbing on the rippling waters, the seabirds taking flight and the ferry chug across to the pretty village of Flushing. Dating back to 1640, The Greenbank is the oldest hotel in Falmouth. Stepping inside is reminiscent of stepping onto a rather grand ocean liner. The entrance, with its opulent tones of vivid purple, mahogany staircase and exquisite chandelier, give way to charming halls adorned with shipping artefacts and light and airy celebration spaces with views across the water. Fusing its classic character with chic, boutique styling, the decadent lounge opens onto a fabulously located terrace – an exceptional spot for a drinks reception, with its views across Falmouth, the spectacular array of vessels and the ocean beyond. Intimate weddings take place in The Sundeck, a light and cosy room at the water’s edge, which can accommodate up to 25 people. For a larger party, The Riverbank Suite offers the same sweeping views across the harbour, as well as a dance floor and balcony. Up to 90 people can be accommodated for a ceremony and wedding breakfast in this room, and 120 for an evening reception. The Greenbank prides itself on the quality of its food. With an emphasis on modern British cuisine and fresh, seasonal and locally sourced produce, you can look forward to a premium dining experience. Whether you opt for a sumptuous sit-down dinner or an informal bufffet, rest assured the attention to detail will be impeccable. What's more, the Greenbank’s popular cocktails are sure to go down a treat with your guests. The recently refurbished master suite is a luxurious setting for the wedding night. A roll-top bathtub, huge bed and private balcony with harbour views make for a lavish and romantic backdrop to begin the first chapter of married life. The Greenbank Hotel Falmouth | 01326 312440 |



For a private party by the sea‌


This majestic building sits in an elevated vantage point overlooking the fishing village of Mevagissey and the ocean beyond. Built in 1892, the crisp white, turreted house has recently been refurbished to create a stylish seaside sanctuary. A mellow palette of glacier white, clotted cream and dove grey creates a serene ambience; natural light and breathtaking views pour in through the large windows, while the rolltop bathtubs and cosy sitting rooms enhance the snug factor. The aesthetic is one of chic coastal style – the perfect compliment to the picture-perfect location. Accommodation for up to 16 people comes with extensive facilities, including a heated outdoor pool, tennis court, croquet lawn and home cinema. Designed with celebrations in mind, the house even has its own disco hall, complete with a DJ booth and light projection ball. Equally atmospheric in the summer months as the winter, you can imagine sun-kissed frolics on the terrace, lounging by the pool and competition on the croquet lawn. A magical winter retreat, picture cosying up before a roaring fire, sinking into a warm bathtub and enjoying a decadent candlelit dinner as the wind rattles the windows and the ocean pounds the harbour below. Silvanus makes a simply stunning venue for couples seeking an extended, secluded and entirely personal wedding celebration. While the venue does not currently hold a civil ceremony licence, there is a multitude of beautiful churches and civil ceremony venues in the area. Alternatively, you may opt for a humanist ceremony in the grounds of the house. Celebrate your union with champagne on the terrace before views across the sea and pose for photographs in the landscaped gardens. Whether you choose a marquee reception on the lawn or a party inside the property, a beautifully bespoke wedding is guaranteed, punctuated by dreamy moments from watching dusk fall across the ocean to dancing the night away in the Disco Room. The Honeymoon Suite is located in a private spot at the edge of the garden. With features including a dressing room, king-size bed and sliding doors opening onto a balcony, revel in blissed-out evenings supping champagne as the sky turns salmon pink, or cosy nights snuggled up before the wood-burner. Heavenly. Silvanus Mevagissey | 01637 881942 |



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Weddings The Driftwood Spars is now a licensed venue for holding wedding ceremonies. Our dining room with stunning seas views is the perfect location for your ceremony. Or you could choose the fishing loft with a woodburning stove and 400 year old exposed beams and walls, for a more intimate venue. We serve excellent food and drink to accompany your special day all in a relaxed but professional atmosphere. We are perfectly located for summer weddings but also cosy storm watching weddings in the winter.

To download our wedding pack, please go to www.driftwoodspars. or e-mail info@ to request more information and make an appointment.

The Driftwood Spars, Trevaunance Cove St. Agnes, Cornwall, TR5 0RT

Call us: 01872 552 428

Hotel Metropole ★★★★


Get Married in Padstow The four star Metropole Hotel is delighted to announce the approval of its Civil Wedding Licence, meaning that you can now take your vows in one of the most glorious locations in the South West. With a choice of five spectacular fully licensed rooms, most with panoramic views over the water and harbour, we can cater for the most intimate; through to the most grand scale of Wedding Days. With a loyal staff of dedicated professionals we are able to offer a truly bespoke event to ensure your every expectation is exceeded. The perfect location, AA award winning and Cornish Accredited food coupled with a truly professional, bespoke service guarantees you the Wedding Day of your dreams.

For more information please email our Wedding Coordinator

The Metropole • Padstow • Cornwall • PL28 8DB Tel: 01841 532486 • Fax: 01841 532867 Email:




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For pure, unadulterated escapism…


Take the long, winding road to the furthest edge of the Roseland peninsula and – as the hubbub of modern life recedes to barely a whisper – you’ll stumble across The Rosevine. Tucked away in an idyllic location, with sweeping views across Gerrans Bay and a short stroll from the sands of Porthcurnick beach, the extended Georgian manor house is an escapist’s dream. Hugged by waxy palms and manicured hedges, the house blends its 18th century elegance with the style of a contemporary seaside sanctuary. As soon as you step inside, you feel you’ve come home. A relaxed vibe is as palpable as the sense of historic charm, from the lofty ceilings of the hall to the ambience of the drawing room, with its muted colour scheme of

powder blue and dove grey, antique flourishes and sumptuous furnishings. Effortlessly fusing classic and contemporary style, this space makes an intimate setting for a ceremony with 50 guests. The restaurant epitomises a laidback coastal vibe; views across the sea come with Lloyd Loom furnishings and a smooth palette of cream, ivory and hints of blue. A civil ceremony may take place here or in the adjoining dining room for 50 guests. From the lawn, the water feels within pebble-hurling distance, making it a picturesque location for a marquee or tipi reception. Whether you opt for a barbecue or a formal dinner of rustic cuisine, the menu will be tailormade to your tastes using locally sourced produce. There is plenty to occupy child guests, from a trampoline, climbing frame and swings to a den complete with a TV, toys and games. The Rosevine apartments make chic boltholes for family and friends to relax. Feast, frolic and dance as the sun slips behind the sea, then retire to your comfy love nest in one of Cornwall’s best-kept secrets. The Rosevine

Hamish Mitchell

near Portscatho, Truro | 01872 580206 |



For ocean grandeur…

HOTEL VICTORIA Perched high on a cliff top in the heart of Newquay with magnificent views across Cornwall’s rugged north coast, the location of the Hotel Victoria positively oozes romance. Whether it’s the serene seascapes of summer or the sheer drama of the ocean vistas in winter, a staggering backdrop to your nuptials is guaranteed. The striking Victorian building exudes historic character, from the grand entrance and dark polished woods to the opulent leather furnishings and high ceilings with glittering chandeliers. Three rooms are licensed for civil ceremonies, and whether you envision an intimate celebration or a big bash, there will be an option to suit. La Rochelle is a large room typified by a sense of decadence; lit by chandeliers and huge bay windows beckoning in spectacular views across the coast, it makes a romantic backdrop to the ceremony and offers seating for up to 160 people. The sun lounge is a superb space flooded with natural light, which also boasts views across the hotel gardens and the bay beyond. If you love the idea of an al fresco wedding, with the murmur of the tide as your soundtrack and the fresh sea air filling your senses, the wedding pergoda is a dreamy option. With stunning views across the Atlantic Ocean, this unique spot can seat up to 70 guests with additional standing room. Up to 300 people may feast on a wedding breakfast in the hotel’s romantic showpiece restaurants. Alternatively, a marquee reception can be held in the hotel gardens, allowing you to create a bespoke party setting in an idyllic location with photographic opportunities aplenty. Come nightfall, the hotel ballroom becomes the party setting, a large space made for celebrating. After the shenanigans, retire to a suite with a four-poster bed and sea views. The hotel facilities include Ooh La La, the fabulous new beauty room which offers a range of pampering and relaxation treatments, an indoor heated pool, spa bath and solarium – ideal for a spot of pre or post-wedding relaxation and rejuvenation. With a series of sandy beaches on the doorstep and incredible views across the ocean, the Hotel Victoria is perfectly located to enjoy the beauty of this infamous Cornish setting. Hotel Victoria East Street, Newquay | 01637 872255 |



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The Millhouse Inn

Cornish Camels

Poldark Mine

Trebarwith, North Cornwall 07767 341234

St Martin, Helston 01326 231119

Wendron, Helston 01326 573173

Falmouth Beach Resort Hotel

Polurrian Hotel

Gyllngvase Beach, Falmouth 01326 310500

The Lizard Peninsula, Mullion 01326 240421

Bullers Arms Hotel Marhamchurch, Bude 01288 361277

Camelot Castle Hotel

Royal Duchy Hotel

Atlantic Road, Tintagel 01840 770202

Carruan Farm Centre St Minver, Nr Wadebridge 01208 869584

Cornish Tipi Weddings St Kew 01208 880781

Eagle House Hotel   3, Castle Street, Launceston 01566 774488

The Falcon Hotel Breakwater Road, Bude 01288 352005

Fentafriddle Farm Trebarwith Strand, Tintagel 01840 779190

Juliots Well Holiday Park Camelford 01840 213302

Lakeview Country Club Old Coach Road, Lanivet, Bodmin 01208 831808

Lanhydrock Hotel and Golf Club Lostwithiel Road, Bodmin 01208 262570

Lanteglos Country House Hotel Lanteglos-by-Camelford, Camelford 01840 213551

Roserrow Golf and Country Club St Minver, Nr Wadebridge 01208 863000

The Castle Bude 01288 350543

The Long Cross Hotel Port Isaac 01208 880243

The Old Custom House Hotel South Quay, Padstow 01841 532359



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Castle or country club? Historic home or hotel ? The choice of approved premises in Cornwall is vast. Here’s a rundown.

Flambards The Mill House is set in a beautiful secluded valley half a mile from the stunning surfing beach at Trebarwith Strand. It was once an 18th Century corn mill and the restaurant, with a capacity of 120, is set alongside the millstream. The Mill is licensed for wedding ceremonies, including outside on the front terrace and receptions are designed for individual requirements. The hotel has eight stylishly furnished rooms and live music or entertainment may be organised. For further details, please contact the owners Mark & Kep Forbes on the phone number above or by email:

Culdrose Manor, Helston 01326 573404

St Michael’s Hotel The Falmouth Hotel Castle Beach, Falmouth 01326 312671

Gyllyngvase Beach, Falmouth 01326 312707

Greenbank Hotel

Trevarno Manor

Harbourside, Falmouth 01326 312440

Trevarno Estate and Gardens, Helston 01326 574274

SOUTH WEST CORNWALL Blue Hayes Private Hotel St Ives 01736 797129

Pencarrow House Washaway, Bodmin 01208 841369

Pendragon Country House Davidstow, Camelford 01840 261131 www.

Prideaux Place Padstow 01841 532411

Perched on the side of a harbour with views across the Fal estuary, The Greenbank Hotel boasts a dreamy setting. Dating as far back as 1640, the historic building is rich in character, its interior styling typified by a rare level of elegance. Complete with a glowing reputation for supreme cuisine, a private quay and small beach and a fine standard in service, expect a ravishingly romantic celebration.

The Harbour Front, Port Isaac 01208 880264

Western Terrace, Falmouth 01326 312734

Crackington Haven, Bude 01840 230418

Blue Bar, Porthtowan 01209 890329

Cape Cornwall Golf and Country Club St Just 01736 788611

Carbis Bay, St Ives 01736 795311

Chy-an-Albany Hotel Nansloe Manor

Trevigue Farmhouse

The Boardroom

Carbis Bay Hotel Green Lawns Hotel

The Slipway Hotel

Cliff Road, Falmouth 01326 313042

Helston 01326 558400

Upton Farm

National Maritime Museum Cornwall

Delabole 01840 770225

Discovery Quay, Falmouth 01326 313388

The Well Parc Hotel

Pendennis Castle

Trevone, Padstow 01841 520318

Falmouth 01326 310106

Widemouth Manor

Penmere Manor Hotel

Widemouth Bay, Bude 01288 361207

Mongleath Road, Falmouth 0800 9804611

Albany Terrace, St Ives 01736 796759

The Coppice Inn Lanner, Redruth 01209 216668

The Cove Lamorna, Penzance 01736 731411

Crossroads Lodge Hotel

Godolphin Arms Penmorvah Manor Hotel

Falmouth area Budock Vean Hotel Mawnan Smith, Falmouth 01326 250288

Scorrier, Redruth 01209 820551

Budock Water, Falmouth 01326 250277 Penryn Town Hall Higher Market Street, Penryn 01326 373086

West End, Marazion 01736 710202

Hotel Penzance and The Bay Restaurant Penzance 01736 363117


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A place where you are free to do as you please, to create your very own bespoke wedding. A place you will have entirely to yourself with your friends and family for three or four days. An historic Fort with its own beach, in one of England’s most romantic settings.



The Venue Land’s End Hotel Sennen 01736 871844

Get wed before the infamous granite cliffs of Land’s End, one of the planet’s most dramatic backdrops. From a celebration for two to a party for 500, The Land’s End Hotel will deliver a wonderful wedding tailored to you. With a vast choice of menus, a heady dose of atmosphere and an incredible sunset, you’ll be hard pushed to find a more romantic setting.

Castle or country club? Historic home or hotel ? The choice of approved premises in Cornwall is vast. Here’s a rundown.

Surrounded by 450 acres of idyllic woods and parkland, this 18th century house offers splendour, romance and plentiful backdrops for photographs. Adopting a flexible approach to weddings, Scorrier offers a highly individual celebration complete with a sense of timeless elegance. Extend your exquisite experience by staying in the en suite accommodation in the property’s recently converted stables.

Mount Edgcumbe House

Tregenna Castle

Polhawn Fort

Treloyhan Avenue, St Ives 01736 795254

Military Road, Rame, Torpoint 01752 822864

Cremyll, Torpoint 01752 822236

Pentillie Castle and Estate St Mellion, Saltash 01579 350044

Port Eliot Estate St Germans, Saltash 01503 230211

Situated overlooking Fistral Beach, The Bay Hotel offers idyllic ocean views from the restaurant, lounge and many of its 92 bedrooms. Enjoying a glowing reputation for its stylish interiors, delicious food and premier Spa, The Bay offers a professional and friendly wedding service and can cater for up to 160 people. Call The Bay for more information on civil ceremonies and evening celebrations.

Bedruthan Steps Hotel

Carnmarth Hotel The Spaniards Inn

Trereife House Penzance 01736 362750

Mawgan Porth, Newquay 01637 860555

Saltash 01752 848177

Headland Road, Newquay 01637 872519

Talland Bay Hotel Little White Alice


Carnmenellis 01209 861000

Redruth 01209 219292

Porthallow, Nr Looe 01503 272667

Whitsand Bay Hotel

Lowenac Hotel


Portwrinkle, Torpoint 01503 230276

Basset Road, Camborne 01209 719295

Calstock Arts

Wringford Down Hotel

The Old Vicarage Hotel

Calstock 01822 833183

Cawsand 01752 822287

St Ives 01736 796124

China Fleet Country Club

Penventon Park Hotel

Saltash 01752 854664

West End, Redruth 01209 203000

Cowslip Workshops

Porth-en-Alls House Prussia Cove, Penzance 01736 762014

St Ives Harbour Hotel The Terrace, St Ives 01736 795221

St. Stephens, Launceston 01566 772654

Lusty Glaze, Porth 01637 874937

Great Western Hotel

Lantallack Farm

Perched on a cliff top above Newquay and boasting dramatic ocean views, the location of The Atlantic Hotel takes some beating. With a large function room and glamorous ballroom, as well as Silks, a contemporary styled bistro for intimate weddings, celebrations large and small can be catered for. Choose from the hotel’s traditional suites and luxury balcony suites for an experience that epitomises comfort.

Landrake, Saltash 07791960419

The Bay Hotel

The Liscawn Inn

Esplanade Road, Pentire, Newquay 01637 852221

Rosewarne Manor

Holland Inn Hotel

Connor Downs 01209 610414

Hatt 01752 844044

Crafthole, Torpoint   01503 230863

St Mellion International Resort Saltash 01579 351351



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Fistral Beach, Headland Road, Newquay 01637 879444

Glendorgal Hotel

The Promenade, Penzance 01736 362371

Scorrier, Redruth 01209 820264

Fistral Blu

Cremyll, Torpoint 01752 822294

Tresmeer, Launceston 01566 781437

Scorrier House

Dane Road, Newquay 01637 872244


The Edgcumbe Arms

Higher Churchtown Farm Barns Queens Hotel

Atlantic Hotel

Overlooking Fistral Beach, The Carnmarth Hotel combines a relaxed and personal wedding with a stunning location. New addition ‘The Marquee’ offers the flexibility of a marquee setting with the amenities of a hotel. Large numbers can be catered for, whether it’s a sit-down dinner or alfresco BBQ before sea views on the terrace. Cool and contemporary styling is blended with a beachside vibe for a chic celebration.

Newquay 01637 872010

The Esplanade Hotel Esplanade Road, Pentire, Newquay 01637 873333

One of Newquay’s premier 3 star hotels, The Esplanade is situated a stone’s throw from Fistral Beach and offers awe-inspiring views from its restaurant, lounge and bedrooms. The hotel is an ideal venue for both your civil ceremony and reception,



The Venue

Castle or country club? Historic home or hotel ? The choice of approved premises in Cornwall is vast. Here’s a rundown.

and can cater for up to 250 people. Combining contemporary interiors with a relaxed charm, it makes a supreme setting for a stylish wedding celebration.

Carlyon Bay Hotel

Headland Hotel

Carnglaze Caverns

Newquay 01637 872211

St Neot, Liskeard 01579 320251

Hotel Bristol

Cliff Head Hotel

Combining sleek, contemporary style with awe-inspiring waterside views, The Old Quay House is a chic and alluring wedding venue which caters for up to 100 guests. The ceremony and delectable wedding breakfast from the Remy Martin awardwinning restaurant take place before the tranquil estuary waters. With each room typifying comfort and style, a stop over is recommended.

Newquay 01637 875181

Sea Road, Carlyon Bay, St Austell 01726 812345

Porthpean Golf Club

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The Cornwall Hotel Spa and Estate

Pentire Crescent, Newquay 01637 879292

Tregorrick, St Austell 01726 874050

Hotel Victoria

Driftwood Spars

East Street, Newquay 0845 166 4280

St Austell 01726 812304

The Seiners Arms Beach Road, Perranporth 01872 573118

Trelissick Feock, Truro 01872 862090

Trenython Manor Tywardreath, Par 01726 814797

St Austell 01726 64613


Rose-In-Vale Country House Hotel

The Vean, Caerhays Castle

Trevaunance Cove, St Agnes 01872 552428

Mithian, St Agnes 01872 552202

St Austell 01872 500025

Lusty Glaze Beach Restaurant

The Eden Project

The Rosevine

Newquay 01637 851879

Bodelva, St Austell 01726 818771

Portscatho, Truro 01872 580206

The Kitchen

Fowey Hall


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Hanson Drive, Fowey 01726 833866

Portscatho, Truro 01872 580346

New Harbour Restaurant

The Fowey Hotel

South Key Hill, Newquay 01637 874062

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Porth Veor Manor Hotel

Hotel Tresanton

The Guildhall

Porth, Newquay 01637 873274

Lower Castle Road, St. Mawes 01326 270055

Looe 01503 262255

Sands Resort


Watergate Road, Porth, Newquay 01637 872864

Upper Castle Road, St Mawes 01326 270800


Lostwithiel Golf and Country Club

Trevaunance Cove, St Agnes 01872 553149

Lostwithiel 01208 873550

The Hotel & Extreme Academy Watergate Bay

The Lugger Hotel

St Neot, Liskeard 07872 647730

White Hart Hotel Church Street, St Austell 01726 72100

SOUTH COAST Barclay House

Watergate Bay, 01637 860543

central cornwall Alverton Manor Hotel Tregolls Road, Truro 01872 276633

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A large, romantic, Elizabethan manor house with medieval origins, Rosteague is set in its own rolling farmland with dramatic sea views. All principal rooms are licensed for civil ceremonies, as well as the rustic thatched summerhouse, set in a 17th century walled knot garden. The Music Room, a converted barn overlooking the French Garden, is ideal for small receptions, while the croquet lawn overlooking the sea makes a perfect setting for a marquee.

Municipal Buildings

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The Seahorse

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PANIC AT THE ALTAR Wedding anxiety setting in? wed samples a series of therapies designed to combat those nerves and allow you to revel in your big moment words Hannah May



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Talk to any budding bride or groom and one word usually

independently induce this clearer consciousness. Whether it’s by

resounds: nerves. Ask them how they’re feeling and I’ll

concentrative or mindfulness meditation or as a religious or spiritual

guarantee that ‘stressed’, ‘excited’ and ‘nervous’ will pour

act – the primary aim is often the same, whatever the individual’s

as much from their verbal response as it will off their entire

belief and lifestyle.

aura. Each will have their individual anxieties, but research reveals that brides appear to be taking the brunt, reporting

Colette employs a combination of mindfulness, relaxation and self-

an upsurge in panic attacks before – and most worryingly –

enquiry to facilitate feelings of peace, self-realisation and self-awareness.

on the day itself.

Sitting comfortably in a circle as incense gently wafted around us, we began by briefly sharing our thoughts and feelings in group therapy style,

According to a survey by, 71% of brides-to-be

which was reassuringly easy. Next, we concentrated on our breathing –

suffered from some type of nerves during the build-up to their

and that alone – for three minutes of mind purging before embarking on

wedding. Unsurprisingly, 92% of brides experienced nerves on the

a more protracted bout of meditation.

day of the wedding or the evening before, while 66% reported that it affected their daily lives prior to it, or hampered their

Using a word that we had ‘blindly’ chosen from a selection in front

performance and enjoyment during the day itself.

of us as a basis for our minds’ focus, we imagined it alongside any feelings and symbols it ushered as we drifted deeper into the centre

With many brides obsessing about the details, any negative feelings

of our spiritual selves.

that spring up are cast aside in favour of ensuring everything else runs smoothly. Then, when the day comes, they are completely

Though it may all sound slightly strange, it felt so tranquil that by

mentally unprepared for it, being flooded with unexpected emotion

the time we had emerged from our longest meditative spell, I’d

without any means to successfully tackle it. Hence, the spectacle of

transformed. To others, my findings may have sounded as from

tearful tantrums, bridal breakdowns and familial flare-ups that many

someone either possessed or under the influence – but I left lucid,

a congregation has born witness to.

calm and undeniably ‘higher’ than I had originally entered.

So where are these worries coming from? Depending on the

Colette holds meditation classes in Penryn every Monday at

person, any number of issues can become manifest at this potentially

6-7.30pm or 7.45-9.15pm. She is also a Reiki practitioner, offering

trialsome time. Past grievances can stir up present psyches as much

treatments by appointment.

as the bridal burden itself; but nerves of this type are most often

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associated with performance anxiety, self-esteem, relationship issues and fear.


While these may not be startling statistics, they are nonetheless

Confidence is another attribute that is core to experiencing not only

cause for concern and entirely avoidable. With practically a fifth

a successful and happy day – but also marriage. By fostering self-

of those studied suffering one or more panic attacks during the

esteem and understanding how and why you may lack it, the risk of

pre-wedding or wedding period, brides should learn to harness

emotional explosions or meltdowns can be severely reduced.

their behaviour, be aware of the potential pitfalls, and put in place strategies to mitigate them for stress-free solutions.

Personal development trainer, Angela Coote, is qualified and experienced in a range of disciplines to help people achieve their

The ethos of the modern matrimonial is to design and enjoy your

potential. I visited her to discuss nervous dispositions and anxieties

day in individual style. So with that in mind, we’ve taken a look at a

amongst brides and to see, first-hand, how she may be able to

range of methods and therapies to ensure you’re emotionally fit to

combat these common fears and afflictions. “I can teach relaxation

avoid the disasters and embrace the dreams of your day.

methods that will help deal with any stressful situation,” she says. “These simple techniques are very effective and perfect for seeing


you through your big day feeling calm and relaxed and fully able to enjoy yourself.”

On average, we take over 900 an hour without thinking – but the simple key to relaxation is breathing properly. Instantly beneficial to

I opted to sample some NLP – or Neuro-Linguistic Programming

the mind and body, a few slow, deep breaths will calm nerves and

– which is an approach in psychotherapy based on thought, feeling,

allow greater control over the situation, however stressful it may be.

language and behavioural patterns that can be altered to elicit specific results such as weight loss, sports performance and personal

There are a number of disciplines in which breathing is a core


practice. Yoga and tai chi are both renowned for employing the breath within their techniques and are an excellent way to gain

Firstly, Angela guided me through some basic breathing techniques

some peace and perspective away from wedding woes.

before creating a circle of power by using spatial anchors. This involved immersing myself in a feeling of total confidence by recalling

Another celebrated mechanism for relaxation, meditation is an

a specific time I felt that way, and then stepping into an imaginary

ancient tradition that focuses on inner peace and clarity of thought

circle, taking that sensation with me. With repeat, guided practice of

through meditative practices and being. I visited a class with Colette

this technique, participants are able to re-evoke that feeling whenever

Hartgill of The Light Works to experience it for myself.

required, thus creating their desired state of being at will.

In short, the basic idea is to transcend the reflexive, thinking

Already calm and relaxed, I then received a session of Reiki. This

mind in order to achieve a more blissful state and to learn how to

practice channels healing energy through the hands to release blocked



energy, removing toxins from the body and promoting balance.

Vanessa recommends couples use a variety of techniques together in the run-up to the wedding in order to reduce anxiety.

Again, concentrating on breathing in order to initiate relaxation,

These include “seeing each other as a new person every day.

Angela unobtrusively used touch very lightly while I continued to

This objective viewpoint creates a space for both of you to keep

drift into varying states of calm, experiencing odd – but pleasant

growing as people, which can sometimes feel threatening.”

– tingling sensations throughout the course of the treatment. She also reaffirms the art and power of communication. “Talk to Used for an array of emotional and physical problems, or simply

each other. Active listening helps us to understand our partner

for relaxation, Angela reminded me that Reiki affects everyone

and demonstrate respect. Also, use affirmations. Mantras or

in a different way as I awoke from my trance with all stress

affirmations are a way to use positive thinking to cause change in

banished and ready to continue with my day.

your life, such as ‘I will have a joyful wedding.’ Do this everyday and you will become the change you wish to see.”

Angela is a fully registered clinical hypnotherapist, NLP Practitioner, Reiki practitioner and personal development trainer. She offers individual and family sessions and is based in Penryn and at The Mitchell Hill Clinic in Truro, where she is also introducing special fertility treatments.

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If you cannot envision a happy day, then how can you expect to

individual powerful breakthrough programmes for each client.

experience it? We all know that by being relaxed and confident,

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we can avoid and manage stressful situations with greater ease; but you need to truly imagine yourself doing it for real enlightenment and success. Experienced hypnotherapist Vanessa Tucker extols the virtues of hypnosis for a variety of complaints, deeming it of particular value for anxious brides-to-be: “The benefits of hypnosis can be used to overcome all aspects of the wedding day stresses, from the planning stages to the honeymoon. These may include fear

NERVE-BUSTING TIPS Treat yourself to a calming massage or facial during the countdown to the big day.

of public speaking, social phobias (being the centre of attention), fear of flying, weight loss and commitment issues to name but a few. This type of hypnotherapy has assisted numerous couples in pulling off great events and enjoying them fully.” Vanessa has a developed understanding of the pressures at the root of these nerves. “Many brides go through similar emotions of anxiety, confusion and even depression. The amount of pressure to be perfect is immense, especially when they are told this must be the happiest day of their life. In reality, we all know that weddings bring with them a time of stress.”

Take some gentle exercise or go for a brisk walk either the night before or morning of the wedding. Get a good night’s sleep. If you’re worried about getting to sleep, try a few tricks that usually help you unwind, whether it’s drinking a cup of chamomile tea, a relaxing bath or burning some aromatherapy oils. Ensure any last minute details are either sorted out the day before the wedding or have been delegated to

someone responsible.

Her approach centres on refocusing the way couples approach their wedding planning. “Couples have often expressed regret that they have focused so much time, energy and stress on the planning and arrangements that the actual wedding day itself

Eat a substantial breakfast. Opt for slow-release, sustained energy that will stabilise your blood sugar and help to abate nerves.

has been a ‘bit of a blur’. It is easy to see why couples have been adding a new component to their wedding planning: a hypnotherapist.” The word hypnosis stems from the Greek word hypnos, meaning sleep, which aptly portrays the suspended state it induces. A heightened state of awareness is achieved through a range of specific methods, making your mind more receptive to suggestions for self-improvement, positive change and to target particular concerns and problems. Some practitioners teach selfhypnosis so that the state can be recreated during times of need or at especially stressful events.

Tempting as it might be, avoid drinking too much alcohol during the preparations. A glass of champagne

while you have your hair and make-up done will suffice. Surround yourself with calming and reassuring people. Don’t sweat the small stuff. Keeping a sense of perspective will help you relax and enjoy the process. Focus on your beloved as you walk down the aisle and throughout the ceremony – you’ll be amazed at how

quickly you’ll forget about everyone else present.



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showtime! Kate and Craig It was entirely fitting that actors Kate and Craig tied the knot at Trelissick – it was, after all, the backdrop to their first meeting. “During summer 2005, we performed in a play together at Trelissick,” says Kate. Craig proposed in 2009 over a champagne picnic on the living room floor of their unfurnished new flat, and the couple married six years to the very day that they had got together: 10th September 2011. Being based in London, the couple found the help of wedding planner Sarah Vaux invaluable. Opting for a vintage tea/street party theme, the wedding was awash with chic details. English country hedgerow flowers spilled from vintage crystal vases, jam jars and containers, which made for a vision of prettiness alongside vintage crockery and stationery embellished with a floral design and ‘Live Laugh Love’ – a motto that sums up their day. Kate donned a glamorous lace fishtail gown, teamed with red peep-toe rosebud shoes and a Jenny Packham headpiece. Her bridesmaids chose their own individual take on the vintage look teamed with elegant period hairstyles. The groom’s party and guests travelled by boat from Falmouth to Trelissick and walked through the gardens to the Orangery, where the ceremony took place. Featuring a selection of personal readings and musical performances from friends, this proved to be the couple’s highlight of the day. “The ceremony had the perfect balance of meaningful moments, fun, creativity and laughter,” Kate comments. “During the signing of the register, everyone joining in with a sing-a-long to ‘All You Need is Love!’ complete with arms waving and improvised sound effects!” A play list of wartime and swing music provided the soundtrack to the wedding breakfast in a marquee located in the Stable Yard – the very spot where the couple had performed that fateful play. Drawing on the influences of Kate’s Cornish and Craig’s Welsh heritage, the canapés included Cornish crab, Welsh rarebit and mini Cornish cream teas. As a nod to the street party theme, guests tucked into bangers and mash and Roskilly’s ice cream. The speeches made for another standout moment. “As Craig played the ‘groom’ in Westlife’s video for ‘The Rose’, his three best men used a projector to play their own take on this video that they’d filmed themselves! The whole wedding party crowded around the projector and there were roars of laughter!” says Kate. The evening disco saw guests dance the night away to a top-notch play list. “Let your imaginations run wild!” Kate advises those in the throes of planning. “Cornwall is the most magical place to get married with the most magical wedding industry – make the most of the amazingly creative minds that are around you.” She adds, “Handpick everything so that it has meaning to the both of you – all our inspiration came from the fact that we’d met doing a play at the venue, and every detail had a meaning to us.”

The venue Trelissick Mansion, Feock Contact wedding planner Sarah Vaux on 07710 363443 | The dress Enzoani from Signature Brides, Hythe 01303 260777 | The flowers George Mackay Flowers 07852 405311 | Photography Savvie Photography 07584 936302 |



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seaside dreaming Rebeca and Tom Intrepid duo Rebeca and Tom first met in a mountain town in north-eastern Brazil. “We think destiny was playing a huge part in getting us together as we met in the middle of one of the biggest national parks in Brazil”, says Rebeca. After bonding during a three-day trek into the jungle, Tom travelled to Rebeca’s native city of Sao Paulo to spend time with her and, clearly smitten, returned for Christmas and New Year. The question was popped during Rebeca’s first trip to Cornwall. After serenading her with ‘You and Me’ by the Dave Matthews Band, Tom proposed on the waterline at Constantine Beach. “I gave her a 2p gummy sweet ring in a ring box as a playful gesture and took her to choose a ring in Truro,” he says. With its stunning views across the ocean, Bedruthan Steps Hotel proved the perfect reception venue for the sea-loving souls and their relaxed, fun-filled celebrations. Seeking fresh, simple and natural country colours, they settled on a palette of lavender, green and white. “We used a lot of candles from St Eval Candle Company to set a cosy, intimate mood,” says Rebeca. The ceremony took place at Truro Register Office. “We had our close family and friends there and, to the sounds of Bob Marley and The Beatles, we got married,” recalls Rebeca. The couple then headed to Mawgan Porth where they revelled in some private time together on the beach during their photo shoot. A champagne reception preceded the delicious feast. “We aimed for a Mediterranean feel with very light foods and picky bits, trying to cover both the Brazilian and British palates,” says Rebeca. Dishes included smoked prawns, braised beef bourguignon, panfried bream and mushroom risotto followed by a selection of mini desserts. The party atmosphere was punctuated with memorable details, from Tom reading a speech in Portugese to the gifts for each guest: Havaianas flip-flops and CDs with the couple’s favourite music. Rebeca’s Brazilian friends who couldn’t attend the wedding also sent a DVD of messages. While the couple composed play lists for various moments of the reception, a talented guitarist friend and conga drummer set the perfect vibe. “They had everyone dancing and vibing. It was truly magnificent,” Rebeca reflects. An impromptu honeymoon took the newlyweds to Italy’s Amalfi Coast. Looking back, they pick their most memorable moment. “Getting married at the register office with all our family was so special.” And their top tips? “Don’t think too much about what people expect or what is seen as an appropriate wedding. Do it your way: make it wacky, personal and don’t be afraid to do something a little different.”

The venue Bedruthan Steps Hotel, Mawgan Porth 01637 860555 | The dress Fraser Jones from House of Fraser The flowers Roses and Rascals 01841 532577 | Photography Green Photographic 07966 613086 |



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handmade and heartfelt Mary and Dorian Mary and Dorian were childhood sweethearts. Having met at Humphry Davy School in Penzance, they went their separate ways when Dorian joined the army and Mary went to university, and then reunited at Christmas several years later. After much planning on Dorian’s part, the proposal took place during a special trip to Cinque Terre in Italy. “We had the most amazing view over the cliff tops. I turned round and he held the ring out and asked me to marry him!” Mary recalls. The couple chose the idyllic setting of Trereife House for their ceremony followed by a marquee reception in the orchard at Dorian’s parents’ house nearby. Using autumnal colours as her thematic inspiration, Mary opted for orange, green and purple flowers. The bouquets were a vibrant medley of burnt orange and yellow germini and red dahlias, while rustic blooms spilled from large glass jars and brown drink bottles on the tabletops. Green and orange bunting, made by Mary’s mum, lined the route from Trereife House to the marquee. A lovingly handcrafted event, dress designer Anna D’Souza made Mary’s fabulous wedding dress, which she accessorised with Irregular Choice shoes and a bespoke headpiece by Sarah Drew. Anna also made Mary’s sister’s pale blue bridesmaid dress. The bespoke details continued with the rings and favours. “Our wedding rings were all the more special as they were made by one of the ushers, talented Cornish jeweller, Joseph Lamsin,” says Mary. The favour boxes, handmade by Mary’s mum from magazine pages and containing glittery handmade fudge, went down a treat. “They looked brilliant all together and really added a handmade feel to the marquee,” Mary comments. Guests enjoyed a glass of elderberry mead fizz prior to the ceremony. “We had more guests than we could fit in the room, so people stood in the hallway and outside where they could see through the windows!” she recalls. After more mead fizz, the newly weds and guests walked through the grounds to the marquee where The Round Kitchen served up a sumptuous wedding breakfast comprising fresh Cornish crab, slow cooked confit of duck leg and roast duck breast, vanilla crème brûlée and a show-stopping cake of cheese. DJ Steve Hole provided the lively evening entertainment: “He was great and played until 2.30am when the guests were trying to pay him to play for longer!” recalls Mary. She reflects upon her highlights of the day. “Walking into the room and seeing Dorian was a moment I couldn’t have imagined would have been so moving. I couldn’t look at anyone or I’d cry, but getting to the front and Dorian taking my hand and squeezing it was a fantastic moment.” And her top tip? “Have fun. Remember this day is all about the two of you and everyone is there to celebrate with you – that’s the most important thing!”

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Georgina and Chris After more than five years together, Georgina and Chris knew they wanted to get married but didn’t really expect it to be a reality for a few years. However, with the help of a charity auction, the loved-up couple had the opportunity to tie the knot much sooner than they’d envisaged. In support of Cornish charity Ella’s Memory, who was fundraising to develop a new Daisy Suite at Royal Cornwall Hospital, wedding planner Sarah Gillett of Perfect Preparation created a wedding package worth more than £12,000 thanks to the generous contributions of local wedding suppliers. Couples were asked to bid for the auction and write a statement outlining why they should win it. “It was such a good charity, so we put in a bid, although never really thinking for a second we would win,” says Chris. No sooner had Georgina received the exciting phone call confirming they had won the auction, than the plans began in earnest. Trevenna’s cluster of luxurious converted barns perfectly complimented their shabby chic theme, which saw décor including old-fashioned signs, bunting and wicker hearts adorning the moorland setting. The colourful floral arrangements of wild flowers and daisies enhanced the rustic mood. Drinks and garden games in the sunshine followed the ceremony. A pianist set the ambient mood for the dinner, which saw guests relishing sharing platters with cheese and hummus, rack of lamb, Eton mess and sticky toffee pudding. Georgina was in for another surprise when the DJ revealed Chris had been taking singing lessons so he could sing their first dance song. “The look on George’s face was priceless,” says Chris. “I couldn’t pick a favourite moment, but the ceremony was completely perfect. Without wishing to sound too gushy, when it all started, it was like everybody else disappeared,” Chris comments. The newly married couple enjoyed two mini breaks: a blissful stay at a luxury honeymoon retreat in Lamorna Cove was followed by a trip to Prague. Chris recommends not stressing out too much on the big day. “There might be months of planning, meetings and negotiation, but the day itself goes by in a flash. Come the morning, no amount of rushing around or fretting will do any good – it’s one of the most important days in your life, so just enjoy it.”

The venue Trevenna, St Neot 01579 320013 | The dress Essense from Vu’s Bridal, Wadebridge 01208 815440 | The flowers Jane Adele Flowers 01209 890583 | Photography Paul Keppel Photography 07854 172143 |



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love enchanted Natara and Paul Fresh from Sydney, Australia, little did Natara know that she would meet the love of her life in the local pub on her very first weekend in the Cornish village of St Merryn. “I instantly fancied him, but he didn’t get up the nerve to ask me out!” says Natara. An epic chat-up line and a date watching an AC/DC tribute band later – and the pair were smitten. A romantic proposal followed on Trevarnon headland. Natara and Paul decided to throw a two-day wedding, thereby combining their visions of an intimate dinner with their nearest and dearest and a huge party celebrating with hundreds of friends the next day. On the hunt for two venues, the pair fell for The Longcross Hotel in Port Isaac for the first day celebration and a local pub with views over Porthcothan Bay for the garden marquee party the next day. Their ‘enchanted forest’ theme married Paul’s outdoorsy nature with Natara’s love of all things different and unique. Calling on the styling expertise of Elle Winsor-Grime of Inspire Hire, the reception was a vision of candles, candelabras entwined with vines, moss-covered tables, red candy apples and trees draped with fairy lights. “It was very romantic but still a little quirky and fun!” says Natara. Paul surprised Natara the night before the wedding by arranging for Masterchef winner, James Nathan, to cook a feast for his bride-to-be, her mum and bridesmaids. But Natara’s highlight of the weekend came during the ceremony, as she stood dazzling in her Essense gown teamed with Vivienne Westwood shoes, a stunning headpiece by Holly Young and a spectacular bunch of red roses. “My life had been revolving around this one moment when I would become his and he become mine – it was more perfect and special than I could have ever imagined,” she says. After cocktails and a treasure hunt for the bouquet and garter in the gardens, guests feasted on dishes such as moules marinière and roast Cornish beef, followed by the wedding cake –a four-tier Mississippi mud cake – for dessert. In the evening, live band the Motown Pirates and DJ Duff Paddi ensured guests filled the floor. The party continued the next day with no less than six bands taking to the stage and a hog roast - “The perfect way to complete our wondrous wedding weekend!” says Natara. Reeling from her dreamy wedding, Natara has some wise words for other brides. “Relax and enjoy it! Sure, things go wrong and don’t turn out the way we plan, but you’ve got to be flexible and roll with the punches!” She adds, “For me, the facts were simple; so long as Paul was waiting for me and we ended up husband and wife, the rest was a bonus – and what a bonus it turned out to be!”

The venue The Longcross Hotel, Port Isaac 01208 880243 | The dress Essense from Vu’s Bridal, Wadebridge 01208 815440 | The flowers Fleurtations 01208 78555 | Photography Kirstin Prisk 01209 211821 |



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ocean’s heaven Caroline and Richard After meeting at their local gym, Caroline and Richard went on a rather adventurous first date: ice-skating at the Eden Project. Four years later, Richard proposed. “He took me to the Manchester version of the London Eye and asked me to marry him as we looked out over the city lights,” Caroline recalls. St Ives was the obvious location for their wedding. “I grew up and work in St Ives so it had to be there,” says Caroline. The pair followed their ceremony at Sacred Heart and St Ia Church with a relaxed reception at Porthgwidden Beach Café. “It’s an intimate venue that is representative of what we love: the beach and great food,” says Caroline. It was only fitting that a beach theme defined the details of their beautiful coastal wedding. Mini silver buckets filled with handmade shell chocolates from I Should Coco doubled as favours and name places, while hurricane vases filled with sand, shells, baby starfish and a white candle made chic table centrepieces. “I tried to do as much as possible myself in order to keep the costs down,” Caroline comments. The bridesmaid dresses carried the pretty palette of rose petal pink, white and silver beautifully, as did the bridal bouquet of white akito roses, freesia and phalaenopsis orchids with a splash of pink at the centre; shells were woven in to extend the seaside theme. At the reception, guests were greeted on the terrace with pink Prosecco and a selection of canapés, while a local guitarist performed flamenco and Latin music. The delicious menu was chock full of local delights including Cornish sirloin steak with a wild mushroom fricasee, Newlyn cod with pea veloute and a mixed berry crumble with Cornish clotted cream. A buffet was served in the evening alongside an iPod disco with all the couple’s favourite songs. Looking back on her dreamy beachside party, Caroline offers some practical advice: “Have the speeches before the meal. It means that everyone can relax and enjoy their food and also gives guests something to talk about when they sit down to eat.” She adds, “Enjoy every little moment and absorb everything. Don’t worry about what everyone else is thinking – just enjoy that moment between you and your new husband.”   The venue Sacred Heart and St Ia Church followed by Porthgwidden Beach Café, St Ives 01736 796791 | The dress Ronald Joyce from Bliss Bridal Gowns, Goonhavern 01872 573377 | The flowers Wheal Sara Flowers 01736 797788 | Photography Life Photographic 01209 860101 |



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Elle and Mark Little did Elle know that when she found a lodger for her vacant Oxfordshire room, she’d also met her future husband. After interviewing several people, she finally settled on Mark. “He was relatively normal, and didn’t mind when my puppy threw herself on him, so he moved in. The rest as they say is history,” says Elle. Six years later, Mark popped the question during a romantic picnic on the cliffs at Gorran Haven. With their love of all things Italian, the couple initially planned a wedding in Sorrento. However, on the very evening they returned from a planning trip to Italy, they went for one of their favourite walks across St Enodoc Golf Course and, as they sat in the churchyard looking at the view, they changed their minds. “I turned to Mark and we both said at the same time – ‘it should be here’!” she says. Despite juggling the launch of Elle’s wedding styling and décor company Inspire Hire, the small matter of a house renovation and the wedding planning, the couple pulled off a stylish and creative seaside celebration full of playful and personal touches. The colour scheme was inspired by an aquamarine ring left to Elle by her beloved grandmother, as was the choice of hydrangeas: “They too remind me of my granny”, says Elle. “Being a wedding stylist it would have been easy to go overboard on my own décor, so I really tried to keep it simple.” The simple aesthetic allowed the stylish Louis Ghost Chairs and striking Chinese lanterns to create the wow factor in the marquee. The sea theme was echoed in the table decorations, which included storm lanterns and oyster shell candle favours, and the stationery, which was embellished with a seahorse logo. “Seahorses mate for life, and it symbolises my love of horses and Mark’s love of the sea,” she comments. Elle created the bouquets herself, using hydrangeas, gypsophila and seashells. A mid-afternoon ceremony meant the couple could spend the morning with their respective families. Afterwards, guests enjoyed Prosecco and homemade sloe gin cocktails before their ‘Italian Job’ evening reception, where delectable Italian food was served on giant platters. Everyone danced the night away to music from Mark’s family band that reunited especially for the occasion and a DJ friend who played tunes into the early hours. Guests had a ball recording messages for the happy couple in the mini-cam, which Elle hired as a surprise from Absolute Canvas, before they jetted off to Tuscany for a mini moon. Elle has advice for brides hoping for a relaxed wedding: "Don't try and do too much yourself. Allow time to enjoy the run up to the wedding and the day itself.” And Mark’s tip? “On the day, don’t worry about everyone else – assume they are having a good time and concentrate on you – and your new wife!”

The venue St Enodoc Church, Trebetherick, followed by a marquee reception styled by Inspire Hire 07977 574597 | The dress Le Spose di Gio | Photography Rickie Staple |



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sunshine of your love Natalie and Tim Natalie first met Tim at the tender age of 17 when they worked together in a hotel. “It took us about six months to actually become an item as we were both too shy to talk to each other!” she remembers. A year into their relationship, Tim proposed in Charlestown at dusk with a picnic and soft music on the harbour. “It was a complete surprise and so romantic as Charlestown is a special place to both of us. I knew straight away that he was the man I wanted to marry and be with forever!” Natalie gushes. It was only fitting that the couple married at Charlestown Church. Opting for a modern twist on seaside style, their ‘beach glam’ theme saw a vibrant palette of duck egg blue, fuchsia pink and purple carried through the handmade details and décor. Natalie teamed her gown with real flowers in her hair that matched her bouquet of pink phalaenopsis orchids, purple vanda orchids and lilies, which had her late grandmother’s wedding ring and locket attached to it. Their church ceremony was perfectly pitched. “It was all we could have asked for – small, romantic and full of character,” says Natalie. They were met by blue skies at The Glendorgal Hotel where everyone relished Cornish strawberries dipped in chocolate with Cornish cider served in champagne glasses. In keeping with the relaxed, beachside theme, they feasted on ‘posh fish and chips’ and tart citron followed by ice creams served from a vintage-style tricycle in the sunshine. Live vocalist Mackie set the tempo for the crowd-pleasing disco. “The last song was Queen’s ‘Don’t Stop Me Now’ – it was the icing on the cake to a fantastic day! To see everyone smiling, jumping and dancing was just how we wanted our day to end,” Natalie says. She picks out one particular moment as a highlight: “The feeling of walking into a room with all your closest family and friends was indescribable. To have everyone you love together in one room is so rare!” Her advice to other couples is instrumental in creating an individual day: “Keep it personal. Don’t do things because you feel you have to – invite who you want and do what you want! If you stick to that rule, you will have a perfect day!”

The venue Charlestown Church followed by The Glendorgal Hotel, Newquay 01637 874937 | The dress Justin Alexander from Vu’s Bridal, Wadebridge 01208 815440 | The flowers Wedding Flowers in Cornwall 01872 553080 | Photography Adam Gibbard Photography 07790 567434 |



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e l b u o Tr and strife Let wed fix your wedding worries I don’t wear dresses and live in jeans and Converse, but I’m really dress. starting to feel the pressure to wear a traditional white wedding in a me My mother says that I’m denying her the only chance of seeing same dress. How do I stay true to who I am and please everyone at the time?

There are ways of combining both styles to please both you and your mother. wear What about wearing a corset and skirt instead of a dress? You could still off your Converse and, after the ceremony and formalities are done, whip are There either. long be to have doesn’t the skirt and wear jeans. The skirt surprise even might You many styles from rockabilly ‘50s to netted tea lengths. own yourself and not want to take it off. The key is to rock the look with your

make things from scratch as you have to invest in the materials and the end result might not be what you had in mind. There are many crafts people who are able to make personalised items for your wedding. Perhaps choose one or two items as DIY projects and leave the rest to the experts. Whateve r you decide, infusing your wedding with a sense of personality and style will ensure it is unique.

My first wedding was a very small registry office affair as we were young and didn’t have a lot of money. Although this is my second

Q&A wedding, I’d like it to be a grand affair and wear a white dress. Am

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How do we decide who to cull from our guest list? Our venue allows I a maximum of 120 people and our guest list currently sits at 200. setting. dream my it’s as wouldn’t change the venue, couples This seems like an impossible task but it is, in fact, pretty simple. When advice My day. first get engaged, they want everyone to celebrate their joyous cards. would be to sit with your list for a while before you send save the date wedding the before weeks six-eight ately Invitations need to be sent approxim once so don’t rush these out. A lot of couples start off with a very long list but to able be you start looking at the costs, and by doing the following, you will whittle down the numbers: divide the list into two categories, the first being immediate family and closest friends and the second being extended family, to other friends and work colleagues. Ask yourself the following questions you? are close decide how important these people are to your wedding: how When did you last see/speak to them? Would removing them from the list upset you? The answers should help you decide.

I am absolutely terrified about making my speech. I want my new is wife to be proud of me but the thought of 200 people watching me making me clamp up. and Prepare. Practise. Present. Write your speech out in full, practise it over over again in front of a mirror and remember to breathe (write this in your

notes). Once you’ve done this several times and you’re starting to feel more confident, present your speech to your best man, then your parents and finally a group of ushers/friends. After doing this, write key words on prompt g cards so that you’re not reading your speech out. When you’re deliverin you that people the on attention your focus day, your speech on the wedding your help will This guests. the practised with, rather than looking out at all confidence. Don’t drink alcohol to calm your nerves as this could backfire, to leaving you either plastered or forgetting all your words. And remember breathe!

my I love the idea of a handmade wedding. I’m not very arty but want . projects DIY my with unique and wedding to be personal The idea of lovingly hand making items for your wedding might appeal initially, and but if you’re not a creative person, you could find yourself losing interest e. ending up with items that look tacky and homemade, rather than handmad you whether consider and strengths own your It is important for you to know to really have time to dedicate to your projects. Also, it is not always cheaper



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Brides wore white to signify their purity, virginity and chastity. Let’s face it, there aren’t many virgins walking down the aisles today and many couples live together before they marry. So yes, absolutely, wear a white dress! There are no rules except that you mean every single vow that you make and that you love the person with every breath that you take.

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