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MODERN LOVE Hair, beauty and bridal wear inspiration for the fashion-forward bride

Party Time Chic ideas from cakes to cocktails

Rural Retreats Divine venues for a country celebration

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County Cream Bridal House, 1 Church walk, Truro, TR1 1JH 01872 262271 Cornwall

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14. BOHEMIAN BEAUTY Dreamy dresses lavished with divine detail 22. THE NEW ROMANTIC Statement gowns for the contemporary bride

Bouquet Vintage

by Freya Colette Photo Janine Hall Photography

30. THE DRESSING ROOM The lowdown on buying your wedding gown 40. WED’S BOUDOIR Bridal beauty tips and trends 46. HEAD CANDY Hair and beauty inspiration from the experts

the look of love st So you’ve got your man. Now the quest begins to find the dreamie of dresses. As wedding fever grips the world and speculation mounts we concerning the design of Kate Middleton’s wedding dress, we thought would have a bit of a dress fest here at Wed. an The Cornwall Spa and Estate, the county’s uber chic new hotel, seemed wear. bridal orary contemp season’s the of appropriate setting to shoot our pick evocative the against See the stunning results in ‘The New Romantic’. Captured of backdrop of Pencarrow House, ‘Bohemian Beauty’ conjures ethereal visions bride. floaty chiffon, beautiful beading and dreamy headwear for the hip boho our guide miss don’t , boutique bridal a of And, if you’re yet to cross the threshold to buying your gown on p.30. in ‘Head Our style special – and obsession with glamorous headwear – continues makeand ies accessor e must-hav , Candy’, a showcase of on-trend hairstyles up for wedding day wow factor. And we are very excited to welcome uber this issue. influential wedding blogger Kat Williams of Rock and Roll Bride to Wed Check out her top tips for a coolly personalised wedding on p.130.

beautiful If you’re harbouring escapist fantasies of tying the knot in a secluded and peek corner of Cornwall, our venues feature ‘The Great Escape’ offers a sneak inside some of the county’s hidden boltholes. And there’s more: from flamboyant flowers and tongue-tingling cocktails to utterly gorgeous real weddings, let these pages inspire a very modern matrimonial. l Finally, don’t miss the very first Wed Show on Sunday 10 April at The Cornwal Spa and Estate. I look forward to seeing you there! Rebecca

Editor Rebecca Matthews Chief features writer Hannah May Contributors Nigel Pengelly, Kat Williams 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 Bonny Bridal Little Anne Maids Model Molly Dodge Photography Kirstin Prisk © 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.

52. ROMANCING THE STONE Desirable diamond wedding rings 58. WORKING THE GROOM Style tips for the man of the moment


42. YOU, SLIGHTLY IMPROVED The latest beauty treatments making a buzz 54. THE FEMALE OF THE SPECIES Pre-wedding conflicts with the ladies in your life – and how to handle them 62. THE MELTING POT Wedding menus with an exotic twist 65. HIGH SPIRITS Tips and tipples for your cocktail menu 70. DREAM THEMES Chic reception styling ideas, from flowers to cupcakes 76. THE GREAT ESCAPE Cornwall’s hidden wedding venues 91. WHICH WEDDING? A guide to wedding ceremonies 98. HEY MR DJ The wedding DJ: pitfalls and pointers 100. INTO THE BLUE Nautical ideas for your love nest


6. BRIDAL BUZZ What’s new, what’s hot, what’s on 84. THE VENUE Licensed venues for civil ceremonies in Cornwall 112. GOT WED Newly weds share a glimpse of their day 130. Aisle Style Rock and roll wedding inspiration


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BRIDE CANDY Looking for a romantic gown dripping with modern elegance? Bliss Bridal Gowns has recently acquired a series of collections for your viewing pleasure. All dresses from new bridal label Just For You cost an affordable £595. The designs are available in white and ivory, and blend a variety of sumptuous fabrics such as taffeta, satin, tulle and organza. And for the more voluptuous bride-to-be, it’s time to flaunt your curves with the beautiful 18+ sized gowns from Sonsie by Veromia, which are designed to flatter the fuller shape. The latest bridesmaid collection from Veromia has also arrived in store. Crafted from luxe fabrics, the designs vary from fun, flirty frocks to floorsweeping gowns for irresistibly gorgeous ‘maids. 01872 573377 |

Bespoke Wedding Breaks for bargainista brides Located on a stunning corner of the south Cornish coast, Polhawn Fort is now offering shorter midweek stays at a bargain price. The historic and utterly secluded wedding venue can be exclusively yours from Monday afternoon to Wednesday morning or from Wednesday to Friday,

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allowing plenty of time for a relaxed wedding celebration within a two-night stay. For those who need longer to savour the sublime charms of the beach, lawns, tennis court and Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the four-night midweek or three-night weekend packages are still available. 01752 822864 |



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Prepare to swoon over the stunning new bridal collections now in store at Bride! Alongside show-stopping gowns from the likes of Benjamin Roberts and Charlotte Balbier, you’ll find new additions to the Penzance boutique’s range, including the bridesmaid collections from Phil Collins and Ronald Joyce, the Mori Lee VM range for mother of the bride and evening wear, and Scarlett Evenings prom dresses. In addition, new season shoes from

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Paradox and an exquisite selection from Benjamin Adams are now available. Fast track brides-to-be may wish to take advantage of a new service, whereby selected gowns from Mori Lee and Ronald Joyce are available on a four or eight week delivery. With a new and improved website offering brides the option to peruse and purchase sale items online, Bride! continues to offer an extensive choice of stylish wedding wares. 01736 364500

win your wedding wheels! Brace yourself for plenty of fun, style and innovation on your wedding

day thanks to the fabulous fleet of vehicles from Cornwall VW Wedding Hire.

One of the funkiest forms of transport on the road, Romeo and Juliet are

stunning couple of VW campers – guaranteed to help cement the lifetime


memory of your big day. Alternatively, Beetle Cabriolets Adam and Eve make an equally attractive couple of smooth operators – just imagine soaking up the warm sun with the roof down and the champagne flowing. Or, if Volkswag ens aren’t your thing, how about Mustang Sally? With a cool American vibe, this Ford Mustang offers an equally unique sense of style. The service at Cornwall VW Wedding Hire comes with fun, laughter and

touch of class. “For us, it is all about fulfilling the dreams of the bride and


groom, and anything we can do to assist that we will,” comments owner, Darren. The company is running a competition for a lucky couple to win a wedding car hire service for their 2012 wedding. To be in with a chance,

simply enter the competition on their website.

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CULINARY QUEEN the fairytale factor Dreaming of a romantic and utterly unique setting to exchange your vows? Set on the banks of the River Tamar, Pentillie Castle’s stunning and historic bathing hut is now licensed for civil ceremonies. Set in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, brides and grooms can arrive at the bathing hut by boat, or wander through the Repton designed gardens of Pentillie Castle, down to the quayside. “It really was magical,” comments Karen, who was one of the first brides to get married in the bathing hut. “It was so romantic and felt almost church-like.” Pentillie Castle, which featured on Channel 4’s ‘Country House Rescue’, is an exclusive hire wedding venue, offering receptions for up to 250 people in its elegant house and grounds, and luxury accommodation for up to 18 people. 01579 350044 |

Having welcomed new head chef Fiona Were to their ranks, The Greenbank Hotel’s wedding menu is set to tantalise every guest’s taste buds. Amongst her impressive credits, Fiona has been the training and development chef for Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen Cornwall, executive chef at St Michael’s Hotel and Spa and, more recently, head chef at the Housel Bay Hotel on the Lizard. In addition, the Independent on Sunday has named her as one of the top ten female chefs in the UK. Originally from New Zealand, Fiona’s innovative culinary approach focuses on fresh, local and seasonal produce with international twists. “I am passionate about only using free range poultry and fish caught using ethical methods, from sustainable resources,” says Fiona. “We take particular pride in our wedding menu and aim to produce a memorable experience for the bride and groom and all their guests.” So treat your guests to a stunning foodie experience, complete with first class service, against the beautiful backdrop of Falmouth Harbour. 01326 312440 |

designer dazzle Looking for a wedding band with a difference? Then Avant Garde’s new collection of rings will most definitely tick the box. The Unity collection is a range of wedding and commitment rings designed and made exclusively for Avant Garde. “We have been asked on many occasions for a range of contemporary but simple rings to mark a couple’s commitment or marriage,” says owner, Diddy Reeve. “The Unity collection is the result of a careful collaboration of design and development between Avant Garde and a talented British workshop.” The stunning rings are available in yellow gold, white gold and platinum. With their extensive portfolio of cutting-edge designers, Avant Garde houses a show-stopping range of jewellery. From pendants and earrings to cufflinks and watches, your every whim and style is catered for with the keenest craftsmanship. 01872 320022 |



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STRAWBERRY SPLITS a 1964 Things are about to get much cooler at Strawberry Leisure. Lily, the Samba, has recently joined the super stylish ranks of Lola and Lulu, of livery smooth its With vans. company’s classic VW split screen camper s. wedding at factor cream and white, Lily is guaranteed to stir the wow Amos has And there’s more. Inspired by the current craze for nostalgia, owner Bob an original seeking couples with hit a prove to some very exciting plans, which are sure nally professio being is van 1967 way of treating their guests. An extremely rare high-top with comes restored and adapted into a retro ice cream van. Lolly’s uber cool style , Mr. B’s of company cream ice artisan winning award from utterly delicious ice cream ted and handcraf the ts, ingredien Italian fine and Hayle. Utilising locally sourced products oozing cakes even and tailor made ice cream treats extend to unique artisan desserts with luxurious ice cream. – what a “We can’t wait to see Lolly finished and alongside her glamorous siblings family will be Leisure ry spectacle!” comments Bob. This latest addition to the Strawber year. this ready to bring retro charm – and a lip smacking twist – to your day later 01736 757758 |

shoreline chic Looking for a unique wedding favour? Or seeking a natural twist for your table décor? Based on the banks of the Camel Estuary, new Cornish business Seven Bays works in partnership with local oyster farmers to create these striking oyster shell candles. From the packaging to the candles themselves, the products are entirely handmade, using locally sourced and recycled materials wherever possible. Adding a marine touch to any tabletop, these creations are a must for a waterside wedding. 01208 816150 |



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White chocolate ruffle from £235 Top cakes from £45 and cupcakes from £1.50 each Tilly Mint Bakery creates your dream design from traditional tiered fruit cakes to cakes with quirky fillings such as double chocolate cake with a marshmallow and toffee ganache! Our favourites are little top cutting cakes and towers of cupcakes. You choose your design and we will achieve it. We won’t disappoint you in style or taste.

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FABULOUS WEDDING EXTRAVAGANZA AT BOSCUNDLE MANOR St Austell Sunday 6 February 11am-4pm super Make a visit to the beautiful setting of Boscundle Manor for this unique and you’ll find classic, or orary stylish wedding experience. Whether your taste is contemp ff money-o an extensive array of suppliers and gorgeous ideas, alongside free samples, missed. vouchers and a £1000+ wedding giveaway. A luxurious day out not to be free entry 01726 813557 |

LANHYDROCK HOTEL AND GOLF CLUB WEDDING FAIR Bodmin Sunday 20 February 11am-4pm will host a Set in the spectacular heart of Cornwall, Lanhydrock Hotel’s wedding fair phers photogra from industry, wedding Cornish selection of representatives from the to chat greeting, to bridal boutiques. Commencing with a red carpet welcome ide. the various suppliers and enjoy the pretty panoramas of the Cornish countrys Definitely a date for the diary. 01208 262570 |


The Cornwall Spa and Estate, St Austell Sunday 10 April 11am-4pm The most anticipated new event in the wedding calendar is drawing near. Wed’s first ever wedding fair will host the cream of Cornwall’s wedding an industry, from photographers and florists to caterers and venues, while ns. collectio latest their ing showcas be will s extensive choice of bridal boutique mention to not – ment Enjoy a sumptuous range of refreshments and entertain the opportunity to check out one of Cornwall’s premier wedding venues. at There will be various competitions, spectacular discounts and fine dining day a For itself. kitchen reduced rates direct from The Cornwall’s fabulous out with a difference and all the hallmarks of sheer quality, The Wed Show promises to deliver a unique wedding experience for each and every couple planning a wedding in the county. See you there! 01736 368899 |

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fantasy frocks Don’t miss the forthcoming Jenny Packham Designer Days at County Cream in Truro. The event is a fabulous opportunity to feast your eyes on the new collection from the acclaimed designer, whose gowns are currently winning a host of A-list fans. The stunning selection of dresses will be showcased on 24th and 25th February. The bridal boutique also houses bridal gowns from Ellis, Art Couture and Eternity Bride, as well as chic mother of the bride fashions from La Belle and bridesmaid dresses from Ebony Rose, Pretty Maid and Kelsey Rose. 01872 262271 |

WORDS OF LOVE… ‘Love looks not with the eyes, but with the mind; And therefore is winged Cupid painted blind.’ William Shakespeare



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extravaganza Sunday 6th February 2011 11am - 4pm

Hosted by Boscundle Manor, with its beautiful facade and friendly atmosphere, this fabulous Wedding Extravaganza is an essential date on the wedding calendar for anyone planning their dream wedding.

Catering for both classic and contemporary tastes, this event is like no other with the majority of exhibitors having previously collaborated with us and all known as proven professionals in their respective area. This extensive array of suppliers, together with FREE samples, money-off vouchers and a £1000+ Wedding Giveaway, guarantees a unique and stylish wedding experience with hundreds of ideas to inspire your perfect day.


• FREE to exhibitors and visitors alike • The best wedding suppliers in the area • FREE samples • Money off vouchers for potential Brides and Grooms • Amazing £1000+ Wedding Giveaway!


Call 01726 813557 for more details Boscundle Manor . Boscundle . St Austell . Cornwall . PL25 3RL



bohemian beauty Fall in love with light-as-a-feather chiffon, ornate embellishment and glamorous headwear

Photography Janine Hall Photography



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Eternity Bride, County Cream Freya Colette

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It’s the most significant item of clothing you’ll ever wear. Get clued up before you hit the boutiques with Wed’s guide to buying your wedding gown words Hannah May

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The dress. You’ve fantasised, agonised, and perhaps even argued over it. And that’s before you’ve even started looking. Arguably, one of the most important decisions of the wedding – and, as many brides will testify, of their lives – the dress can cause more joy and heartache for a bride-to-be than anything else. But there’s no need to panic over dress debacles, for Wed has compiled the ultimate guide to wedding gowns to help you along the way. By outlining each stage of the process, you can rest assured that you will not only find a fabulous

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frock, but it will fit perfectly, suit your bank balance and arrive on time, so that all you need to focus on is how amazing you feel in it.

Step 1 Ideas and Consultation You’re newly engaged and have decided the date, so it’s full steam ahead. As exciting as this time is, it is also fraught with emotions that can cloud your judgement and impair your rational decision-making self. In your haste and desire for perfection, don’t fall victim to either snap decisions or prolonged bouts of indecision and time wasting. It is a good idea to do your research. Get as many ideas and sources of inspiration as you can; Wed, for example, offers plenty of musing material via online dress features and photo shoots, as well as back issues of the magazine. Keep a

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scrapbook and visual diary, which will assist to make material your imagination. Schedule a visit to several bridal boutiques. Elaine from County Cream advises that you: “Try and pick just a couple of friends whose opinions you value and trust – too many opinions can be confusing.” Allow your ideas to alter along the process. Rigid interpretations of what you think you want are difficult to dismiss if you’ve tried on what you think should be your ideal dress when, in actuality, it does absolutely nothing for you. Ellen from Lavender Rose advises brides to: “Be open minded: sometimes that dream dress you have seen in a magazine isn’t going to suit you, and sometimes the dress that looks drab on the hanger looks amazing on. I like it when brides bring pictures of what they have been looking at in the magazines as we can then discuss the dresses and the looks.”

Elaine agrees: “We find a lot of brides come in with a very fixed idea of what they want, for example plain and simple with straps, and go out with a detailed strapless

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dress. If you ask our advice on styles to suit you and your shape we will be happy

to guide you.” Bridal shop owners have dealt with hundreds of brides-to-be and know the industry inside out, so respect and value their opinion: “Listen to the suggestions of the bridal shop owner. They know their stock and will have suggestions for what might suit you,” Ellen adds. She continues: “My biggest piece of advice for all brides is speak to us, we are

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there to help and love doing it. And have fun – this shouldn’t be stressful.”

Style: Trends

During the ideas phase, keep an eye

out for trends that take your fancy. Are you inclined toward Greek goddess, boho bride or fairytale princess? The lates t wave of New Romance accommodates all these styles whilst maintaining a mod ern edge. Perhaps you will be customising an heirl oom gown or creating one from scrat ch. Think about your venue and theme, as certa in settings and styles lend themselve s to spec ific looks; for example, the beach smacks of short skirts or floaty frocks whereas wint er weddings may call for more dramatic silhouettes or darker colours.



Benjamin Roberts, Bride!

Art Couture, County Cream

Cosmobella, Lavender Rose

Step 2 Deciding and Ordering

Once you’ve gathered some ideas and sampled some looks, it’s time to get specific. Realising that you’re not tall enough for the mermaid gown you’ve pinned all your hopes on is a much-needed reality check, allowing you to free up your mind for a more spontaneous process whereby you discover ‘the one’ unexpectedly. As tempting as it is to spend months and months looking, unless you’re opting for a very prolonged engagement or planning phase, bear in mind the pressing issue of time. Elaine explains: “Time-wise, dresses can vary in the lead time for delivery. Ours, for example, are four months, but this could vary from stockist to stockist. At least six months is a good lead time – plus you then need time for alterations, which we normally recommend you look to start six to eight weeks before the wedding day.”   Di from Vu’s Bridal offers similar advice: “Start looking for a dress eighttwelve months before the wedding and order it no later than six months before – this is because wedding gowns generally take four-five months to be made and delivered. Most people don’t realise that the majority of bridal gowns are made abroad and that they take this long for us to get them.” So that leaves a year to comfortably choose, receive and fit a gown. But what about fast trackers intent on a whirlwind wedding? Di solves the quandary: “We also sell all of our gowns off-peg. This works well if someone has a tight budget or little time. They are usually sold at a discount and generally these dresses are then sold as a one off” – bespoke and a bargain. Ellen suggests that you check specifics with the bridal shop owners: “Dresses can take anywhere from three–six months to arrive plus alteration time, but don’t panic if you do leave it too late. Some designers

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have an express delivery or have some of their dresses in stock. If all

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else fails, there are the sample dresses which can be bought.” “For brides on a budget you will be able to find sample gowns for sale at a reduced price. You will also receive the same support and advice from a bridal shop owner that you won’t find online.” Which leads onto one of the major modern pitfalls of wedding dress buying: the Internet. Di has a word of warning: “There have been horror stories of girls buying dresses online – in fact we have had to pick up the pieces of a few. A lot of the popular designer gowns are copied and sold online so you can never be sure the dress you are buying is genuine. In most cases, cheaper fabrics, beading and so on are used, and the structure and fit is nowhere near the same.” “We always have a large collection of dresses we will happily sell offpeg at a greatly reduced price. They are sent away for cleaning then checked over by the dressmaker – all our dresses are current season so they are not just old ex-samples that have been kicking around a store room for months.” Once you’ve picked out a dress, stop shopping. “Don’t be tempted to keep looking after this point. If you try on too many dresses you will make the decision harder. Once the decision is made don’t feel compelled to keep looking – move on and focus on other parts of the big day,” says Elaine. Then bask in the glory that your work is done.

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Always consider your body basics befo

re ordering your gown. Certain and flatter physical attributes accordingly. Ball gowns and A-line dres ses tend to suit all frames, whereas slim-fitting sheaths, fitted body con styles and minis are better for tall and slim types. The trick is to experiment with all styles to get an idea of what looks and feels right for you. designs favour particular body shapes



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Step 3 Delivery and Alterations Since bridal store owners are all agreed that you should allow up to three months for alterations, especially during the peak months of March to October, this is an important period to consider. Any dramatic weight gain or loss must be either avoided or factored in. Many brides lose excess weight beyond their targets due to stress and over-dieting; then of course there’s the baby bump issue for expectant brides. Consider your sizing. “Customers can find they need one to two sizes larger than high street clothing. This

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D'Zage, Little Anne Maids

is nothing to be alarmed about, as wedding dresses are a lot more structured and fitted than ordinary clothing,” explains Di. Therefore it’s important to be mindful about the differences between your usual dress size and wedding dress size, as well as any changes in the final stages toward the day. Remember that “alterations are an extra cost that needs to be considered, and brides should ask bridal shop owners about how this works,” says Ellen. They are also a vital aspect for ensuring the dress fits and looks like a dream to avoid unnecessary spillages of flesh or gaping peephole gaps that granny would rather not be exposed to.



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Once successfully arrived and altered, think about extra additions and storage. Do you want to add a few more sequins, a corsage or underskirt to embellish and further personalise your gown? This takes additional time, materials and money. When it’s all ready, make sure that it’s stowed away safely where no damage can occur – and checked regularly just in case. Minor mishaps – spillages, tears, creasing – can be corrected last minute to ensure that nothing stops you from being a bridal beauty.

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Trudy Lee, Lavender Rose

Style: Finishing Touches

Now that everything is being finalised,

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your dress. Consider the colour sche me: can it be emphasised or coolly contrasted by a splash of colour such as dying your underskir t, bright shoes, jewellery or other accessories? The season may require you to cover up outside with a shrug, sleeves or a pashmina. Headwear is all the rage; whether you opt for a mini or full-length veil, a tiara, fascinator or Alice band, complete your unique look with som e well chosen accessories. Cornwall

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The natural place to begin your journey

To propose, to party, to celebrate, to marry, to honeymoon. The Cornwall Hotel Spa & Estate is the natural choice. The infinity pool in the spectacular Clearing Spa looks out over the magical Victorian Walled Garden.

The Cornwall has 65 stunning bedrooms and suites as well as 22 self-catering homes on the Estate.

Bespoke banquets for 2 to 200 people – indoors or alfresco. We are licensed for civil ceremonies.

The perfect place to pamper yourself, your friends, your family.

Come and talk to our dedicated Wedding Coordinator. Let’s make your celebrations truly special, together. T 01726 874050 E W Pentewan Road, Tregorrick, St Austell PL26 7AB


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picture perfect This award scooping stick foundation from Bobbi Brown is just the ticket for a flawless bridal complexion. Whether you need all over coverage or just a touch, this fabulously flexible foundation is perfect for creating a natural, matte look. And, available in a wide spectrum of shades, you’re guaranteed to find the perfect match for your skin tone.

naughty but nice Channel your inner Alice with Dame Viv’s rather cheeky fragrance, Naughty Alice. Evoking the playful, independent and slightly mischievous nature of Carroll’s heroine, it is the perfect potion for the modern bride. The bottle is adorable, it comes with a cute charm bracelet (your something blue?) and, with its fragrant and feminine blend of black rose, carnal violet and ylang-ylang, it smells rather alluring too.

pick your palette They’re practical, pretty and the ticket to instant gorgeousness. Every bride should have a palette. Bobbi Brown’s new Pretty Powerful palette is utterly covetable: its shades of pink come with a twist of chocolate brown – ideal for creating a fresh, healthy and whimsically romantic look. Clinique’s limited edition Pretty in Prints palette blends rich browns and perky pinks for eyes, cheeks and lips – a perfect look for spring. Take your pick. Bobbi Brown Clinique

back in black Create a sensual smoky eye with this make-up marvel from MAC. Make-up artist favourite ‘Black Tied’ is easy to blend, rich in pigment and, with a subtle flourish of sparkle, you can count on a little wedding day drama that lasts.



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SLIGHTLY IMPROVED Gone are the days when a bridal beauty routine comprised a manicure and a trial ‘do at the hairdressers. wed looks at the latest cosmetic treatments making a buzz on the wedding scene words Rebecca Matthews

Today, the whole notion of getting married is inextricably linked with improving your appearance. Whether it’s shifting a few pounds, whitening your teeth or toning your triceps for a strapless wedding dress, you’ll be pushed to find a bride-to-be not in the throes of a beautifying process of some form. And why not? After all, this is your moment to shine. Moments after saying ‘I do’, you’ll find yourselves the stars of your very own photo shoot. Few couples opt for the formulaic wedding photos of yesteryear; today wedding photography is all about stunning imagery that wouldn’t look out of place in a glossy magazine – and you are the models. Your wedding day is a defining moment you’ll look back on for years to come, and, let’s face it, who wouldn’t want to look fabulous for such a momentous occasion? All manner of treatments and therapies are now available for the bride and groom-to-be on a quest for aesthetic improvement. From a dull complexion to wonky teeth, your bugbears can be can preened, enhanced and groomed, leaving a new, improved you for the nuptials. But remember, this isn’t about changing yourself. A growing number of brides are taking more extreme routes to achieve their vision of bridal perfection – a new US TV show, ‘Bridalplasty’, even sees brides competing to win cosmetic surgery procedures in a bid to look like the ‘perfect bride’ – and it’s easy to lose perspective. Remember, your spouse-to-be fell in love with you the way you are – lined skin or flawless, wonky teeth or straight.



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SKIN SOTHYS COLLAGENE HYALURONIQUE FACIAL Fantasising about flawless wedding day skin? This anti-ageing treatment can certainly help, leaving you with a firmer, tauter and restructured complexion. A blend of AHAs and glycolic acid strip dead skin cells and impurities, and a massage of intensive serums penetrate the epidermis to smoothing and rejuvenating effect. A course is recommended for optimal results. Sorcha Cubitt 01736 367269 | MICRODERMABRASION This intense exfoliating treatment freshens and revitalises the complexion. Often referred to as a lunchtime peel, a fine mist of oxygen crystals is fired at the skin to partially or completely remove the dead outermost layer. A series of treatments will help reduce scars and blemishes while improving the appearance of fine lines, leaving your skin softer, smoother – and ready for that close up. Sorcha Cubitt 01736 367269 | AGE DEFYING FACIAL Designed to help combat the signs of ageing and sun damaged skin, this blissful treatment utilises special facial massage techniques and moisture-rich ESPA products chock full of antioxidants. A supremely relaxing experience, you can look forward to a refreshed, nourished and peachy complexion for the big day. Fistral Spa 01637 852221 | TOTAL HOLISTIC BODY CARE The modern wedding gown tends to reveal a little more than your face – whether you’ll be exposing your arms, back, legs or a cheeky bit of cleavage, ensure your skin is supple and glowing. This treatment is the ultimate luxury for mind, body and soul. Commencing with full body brushing and exfoliation to stimulate and soften your skin into silky condition, a destressing face, scalp and body massage will instill an inner calm that shines through every pore.

Your wedding day is a defining moment you’ll look back on for years to come, and, let’s face it, who wouldn’t want to look fabulous for such a momentous occasion?

Fistral Spa 01637 852221 ST. TROPEZ SELF TAN Planning to team your wedding gown with a golden glow? Unless you’re a seasoned fake tan aficionado, then it’s wise to put your bridal tan in the hands of an expert. St. Tropez is a reliable and natural-looking option for brides, which lasts for seven to ten days. This relaxing treatment includes exfoliation, moisturisation and application for a rich and sun-kissed finish. Carlyon Bay Hotel Spa 01726 812304 |

EYELASHES NOVALASH EYELASH EXTENSIONS A set of thick, luscious lashes is a bridal beauty staple. If your lashes could do with a little va-va-voom for the big day, extensions might be the way to go. Novalash eyelash extensions are applied on a lash-by-lash basis to the natural lash for a fuller and thicker flutter. They last for several weeks – with in-fills required every three weeks – so you can enjoy being a lash-batting beauty for the honeymoon too. What’s more, you won’t have to worry about smudging your mascara during those emotional moments. The Great Escape 01872 277802 |

HANDS COFFEE AND FRANKINCENSE HAND RITUAL Let’s face it – your hands are going to be the centre of attention from here on in, whether it’s all and sundry gushing over your engagement ring or the obligatory snaps of your intertwined, freshly wed hands. Ensure they’re camera ready with this nourishing and softening treatment, which includes an olive grain scrub, a blend of oils lavished on your hands and lower arms, and a manicure to finish. The Cornwall Spa and Estate 01726 874055 |


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FEET GARRA RUFA FISH THERAPY An unsightly pair of feet caked in dead skin is not a good look for that magical Cinderella moment when you slip into your gorgeous bridal shoes. Thanks to a little help from some rather industrious fish, you can count on smooth feet for the nuptials right through to the honeymoon. The Great Escape Beauty Salon in Truro now offers Garra Rufa fish therapy. On submerging your feet into a tank, 200 little fish will literally suck your feet into silky condition, removing dead skin and rejuvenating healthy skin. As a bonus, the sensation is akin to having a foot massage so you can sit back, relax and let the fish work their magic. And the squeamish amongst you needn’t worry – the inch-long fish have no teeth! The Great Escape 01872 277802 |

TEETH You’ll be expected to smile on your wedding day. A lot. And if you’re self-conscious about your teeth, the thought of being followed by the wedding paparazzi all day is a fairly unpleasant prospect. Fixing the appearance of your teeth will have a profound impact on your confidence – both on your wedding day, and life beyond. Dominic Kiernander of Pearly Whites in Truro gives the low down on the latest cosmetic dentistry treatments available at his practice. POSITION Thanks to advances in dentistry technology, it’s never been so easy to bid goodbye to wonky teeth. Invisible braces There are two options: Clearstep or Invisalign. Both systems use a series of clear positioners, which are like thin, virtually invisible gum shields which move the teeth into position. Clear braces take as long, if not longer, than traditional train track braces. Quick braces If you want straight teeth without the hassle of two-three years of braces, celebrity favourite ‘Six Month Smiles’ is the answer. These clear plastic brackets and tooth-coloured wires gently move teeth into a better position. The treatment usually takes four-six months and up to nine months in severe cases. Really quick braces If time really is of the essence, the revolutionary Inman Aligner will move the front four teeth in as little as six weeks. This removable brace works by squeezing the front four teeth into the correct position. COLOUR It’s amazing what a little tooth whitening can do for your smile. The best treatment is a professionally supplied tooth whitening gel using custom made trays to fit your teeth, which are like a soft, thin gum shield. It must be worn for five-eight hours per day (or overnight) for approximately a fortnight to achieve the desired result. SHAPE By shaping the teeth and adding white filling, it is often possible to avoid costly crowns and veneers, while getting a better result, preserving more of the natural tooth and reducing future costs. Make sure that your dentist has taken courses in adhesive dentistry and is using good quality filling material. GAPS There is a series of options for replacing missing teeth: dentures, bridges and implants, which, being the closest replacement for natural teeth, is possibly the best solution. If you’re thinking of getting some dental treatment before your wedding, start as soon as possible and only after careful discussion with your dentist. I would always recommend a visit to the hygienist a week or two before your wedding. This will lift off any staining and give you a pristine smile – just in time for those flash bulbs. Pearly Whites 01872 276666 |



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Fabulous hair, flawless make-up and statement accessories spell the ultimate in show-stopping bridal style. Hair stylist Craig Chapman and make-up artist Janine Bird offer their top tips on creating an effortlessly chic big day look Bridal hair for the coming season screams vintage, drawing on inspiration from the beautiful styles of the past. Whether its ‘40s silver screen sirens, literary icons or romantic legends, it’s all about defined curls, sculptured up dos and glamorous headwear.  

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NDY A C D HEA All that glitters...

Hair: There is nothing more beautiful than long, well dressed tresses for your wedding day. Go with a romantic Wuthering Heights-inspired mane by softly curling your hair with a Babyliss Wand and gently teasing out with your fingers. Keep a natural but defined curl.. Use Matrix Vavoom Freezing Spray whilst wanding for extra hold and support. Soft back brushing at the root will give extra volume if desired. To finish, layer diamante encrusted headbands for a bold yet sexy and sparkly finish.

Make-up: If you are planning to wear a tiara or other diamante headdres

some of the sparkle in your make-up to compliment the effect? A smoky

and black will really make your peepers pop. To create this soft romantic

creamy eyeshadow base that has a reflective effect; smooth this lightly all

s, why not pick up

eye using charcoals look, start with a

over the eyelid and brow bone area then follow with a matte black with shimmer shadow, such as ‘Black Tied’ by MAC. Press it lightly onto the lid and then blend softly into the crease. If you decide on a smoky eye for your big day, make sure you opt for soft cheeks and lips in complimentary tones such as pastel and rosebud pinks. Don’t forget a lip liner – a nude colour always gives soft definition to the lips. Dress Art Couture, County Cream | Headpieces Flo and Percy



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La Bohème ed Hair: Exude a stunning gypsy vibe by wearing a spectacular headdress intertwin short or with lace, beads and peacock feathers. This on-trend look is great for either e. headpiec the long hair as the statement is all about , the vivid Make-up: For the bohemian bride who likes to make a dramatic entrance are the shades of plum and chic vintage aesthetic of this creation will ensure you platinum from colour, hair any suit happily tones centre of attention. Plum and damson ent complim they and , between in blonde to titian red and the rich brunette shades these in skin tones from alabaster to ebony. Brown and green eyes look fantastic shades as they bring out their natural golden lights, making them sparkle. Dress Eternity Bride, County Cream | Headpiece The Princess and

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Lips say ‘I do’

Matte simplicity

Hair: Whether your hair is short or long, make a statement by wearing a

Hair: Veronica Lake eat your heart out! Give your hair a touch of silver

modernist headdress. A vision of fresh flowers and beads, this gorgeous

screen glamour by creating a dual texture. Candyfloss curls combined

creation oozes romance with a contemporary edge. Ensure short hair is

with a slick, smooth crown leaves room for a statement flower to

well groomed and glossy and long hair is beautifully rolled or pinned up.

encapsulate this timeless style. Wand the length of your hair using Matrix Design Pulse Hair Lock as you wrap for extra manageability. Blast the

Make-up: Your lips are a focus, so make sure they look their very best

curls out with a hairdryer for a wild, tousled look. Tightly brush from

by exfoliating them with a baby’s toothbrush and moisturising twice a

the hairline to behind the ears and just below the crown. Pin and spray

day. Lips have no natural moisturisers so drinking two to three litres

for hold and pin your defining flower where you feel most comfortable.

of water a day will not only make your skin glow but also ensure lips

Finish with Hair Lock Spray and TIGI Headrush for extra shine.

look plump and kissably soft when you say ‘I do’. Our models lip colour, 'Funny Face' by NARS, is complimented by a sheer fuchsia lip gloss. If you

Make-up: Anyone can wear red lipstick – it’s just about finding the right

opt for a statement lip colour, keep eyes defined but neutral. For cooler

tone to suit you. To recreate the timeless elegance of our model’s look,

lip tones, such as hot pinks, burgundies or cherry reds, try eyeshadows

use a matte shade of red teamed with the simplicity of well-groomed

in shades of taupe. And if you decide to go with warmer lip tones, like

eyebrows, flawless skin and super sharp liquid liner. Whatever shade of

brick reds, chocolate browns or burnt oranges, try soft beige or brown

red you choose, don’t forget to use lip liner to ensure your lips look the


image of perfection all day.

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Pride and Prejudice redefined Hair: Try adding a new texture to your hair by micro crimping for soft yet form-building movement. Unlike traditional crimping irons, micro crimpers have a narrow crimp plate and give an ultra soft finish. Always spray your hair with Matrix Vavoom Gold Heat for maximum heat protection and Hair Lock for hold. Once finished, brush out and your hair will be ready to mould into any shape you like. To get that '40s look, pull the hair back into a softly back-brushed side knot, keeping a clean, well-groomed finish with attitude. Add a modern headpiece for a 21st century edge. Make-up: This gorgeous headdress is made using pages from that most romantic of novels, ‘Pride and Prejudice’: a story that bespeaks love, marriage and happily ever after. We chose a nude look for our model using soft plum tones. Even with the most natural wedding make-up, it is so important to create definition, particularly around the eyes. If you are going super nude, ensure the eye, cheek and lip shades have complimentary tones. Headpiece The Princess and the Unicorn



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Be a ‘glow-getter’ Hair: Be bold with this daring Boudica look. Pile your hair high with soft waves for a skyscraper – and super feminine – finish. You can use padding to build your hair on, which will help support the style. Fill your hair with Matrix Amplify Mousse as a strong base to build your look. Always start by curling the hair, as it will make it easier to work with. Remember, you don’t always have to wear hair bands in your hair – try placing them across your forehead for a more dramatic look. Make-up: Anyone can achieve a healthy glow and, on your wedding day, it’s a must.If you have naturally fair skin that doesn't tan, stay away from the bronzer. Instead, use an illuminating moisturiser all over from head to toe. Michael Kors’ beautifully fragranced body lotion will leave your skin looking polished. Perfect the skin effortlessly with my favourite stick foundation by Bobbi Brown; this allows you very flexible coverage depending on how much or little help your skin needs. Enhance the flawless effect by using a highlighter on cheek and brow bones. Finish by dusting it lightly over your shoulders and décolletage. Dress Art Couture, County Cream Headpiece Sarah Drew


‘50s nostalgia

Silk gerbera

Hair: The ‘50s will always inspire beautiful hair with structure and form.

Hair: For a more casual on-trend look, simply scoop your hair to the

Crimping your hair allows for greater manageability and helps to create

side, softly back brush to a pony for volume and scrunch with TIGI Hard

strong rolls, as pictured. Tightly French pleat the back of the hair and

To Get for hold. Add a statement flower to create a summery vibe that

add a statement flower piece for a ‘50s look with an Hispanic feel.

will suit all hair types.

Make-up: Roses are perennial favourites and wearing them in your hair

Make-up: The soft bluish grey tone of this headdress is beautifully

not only looks stunning, it has a symbolic meaning depending on the

romantic and can introduce a soft colour accent into an otherwise

colours you choose. Our model is wearing red and white roses, which

neutral bridal palette. We used soft reflective light and medium shades

convey love, passion, innocence and worthiness. If you choose pink

of taupe on our model’s eyes. Try NARS eye duo in ‘Belissima’. Cheeks

roses, then you are promising happiness and romance for your groom.

were softly enhanced with NARS cheek colour in ‘Dolce Vita’ and

Whichever shade you decide on, try to coordinate it with your lip and

complimented by the matching sheer lip colour. The overall effect is

cheek colour; if you are wearing warmer reds in your hair, like our

refined prettiness.

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ROMANCING THE A diamond wedding ring is the ultimate symbol of your unbreakable bond. Lavish your wedding finger with one of these exquisite designs


words Hannah May

Dazzling, classy and dripping with elegance, diamonds are favoured by women the world over for their sensual appearance and oh so cool charm. Furthermore, with symbolic associations of pure and eternal love, a little ice is a statement-making stone for your wedding ring. Though some negative press regarding conflict diamonds has shaken their reputation, you can ensure that you acquire high quality stones that have been sourced responsibly. The diamonds in Bien Jewellery ’s selection (featured) are free from worldwide conflict. By considering cut, colour, clarity and carat, you can guarantee a diamond that is as distinctly different as it is universally renowned. Look for a stone that is clear

in colour and distributes light evenly from the top to create that characteristically brilliant sparkle. And don’t be fooled by all that talk about carats. Though they represent the weight – and therefore size – of the stone, it is the cut, clarity and colour that differentiates the value and rarity of two equally sized stones. Diamonds can be incorporated into wedding bands in a multitude of different styles, sizes and dimensions, resulting in a stunning design that is uniquely yours. And that is why (apart from your man, of course) they are definite best friend material of the highest calibre.

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en-suite bedrooms, including Four posters, and together with

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a quality menu offering the finest local ingredients and a

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THE FEMALE OF THE SPECIES Bridesmaid bother? Mother-in-law meltdown? Let wed guide you through the common conflicts with the ladies in your life words Hannah May illustration Yvonne Hacon



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You can hear it now. That defeatist sigh of exasperation as he mutters the word that all men resort to when

they fail to fathom you: “Women”… A complex breed,

we females are emotive beings – and the pre-wedding period can prove a particularly testing time. The entire process is supposed to be about one defining

relationship in your life: your romantic one. But weddings –

“The biggest struggle I had was with a female friend who was single and unhappy," comments Kate, who recently tied the knot. "When I

got engaged and started wedding planning she was really critical and bitter. She kept questioning my relationship and pointing out to me

since they also involve every other person and, therefore, relationship in your life – rapidly become about so much more.

that loads of marriages end in divorce."

What was originally a promise to be made between two

“She insisted on coming wedding dress shopping and then turned up so late I almost missed my appointment. She was so hungover that

people suddenly incorporates your family, his family, your friends, his friends…and, amongst it all, brews the most

difficult dynamic of them all: female relationships.

All women – even the sporty/ladette/tomboy/emotionally

guarded/non-girly ones – love and respect other women. We share empathy, gender specific experiences and unite to

celebrate our womanliness in a variety of ways that serve to

strengthen our bond.

However, some of the worst wedding conflicts occur between

women. Welcome, if you will, to the world of the female

power struggle.

I’m sure you’ve all heard the tales of terror. Not only has

wedding fever gripped and transformed rational women into their unmentionably terrifying ‘Bridezilla’ alter ego, it has

also created a more deadly creature: the ‘monster-in-law.’ This phenomenon is fast becoming one of the central issues

of conflict that has left much devastation in its wake. And it doesn’t stop there. Other female relationships are forced

under the microscope such as the mother-of-the-bride, bridesmaids and maid of honour.

“I have had one mother-in-law threaten not to come to the reception unless the table plan was changed and the sister of the groom was added to the top table, all because that is what

had happened at their wedding,” recalls wedding planner,

Sarah Vaux. “I have also had one mother make the bride cry on

nearly every decision she made because she did not agree with what the bride wanted.” Lucy recently married and dealt with similar struggles of her

own: “I found it very hard to stand my ground and found myself giving into things that I did not particularly want. In the end we decided to choose our battles and my fiancé and I

allowed certain things to pass without challenge and, on other

things, we tried to stand our ground.”

“We found wedding planning stressful and it was very hard to keep everyone happy. It was made obvious when my

mother-in-law wasn’t pleased with the decision made and we experienced tears, sulking and all manner of silly behaviour.” Tears? Sulking? Though it sounds like nursery school antics, this

is a common experience. Emotions can run extremely high, and even the sturdiest of relationships can flounder under the


she said afterwards she was glad it was over and couldn’t remember any of the dresses I tried on!” Her friend’s behaviour had a knock-on effect with other relationships and social scenarios. “I tried not to mention weddings but when she asked and I mentioned any ideas I had she just

criticised them. It was difficult as the rest of our friends were really excited for me but when she was around I couldn’t say anything.”

Not usually one of the most testing relationships, female friends and

bridesmaids present their own problems. Remember to pick people that you know are up to the task. If a friend is mid-break-up herself,

her support levels might be low and you may want to discuss this

with her.

Choosing bridesmaids is both a personal and public announcement of your relationship, so be prepared that bitterness and resentment

may ensue amongst friends not selected for the role.

Keep in mind that it is an investment for them in terms of finance, emotion and time. Remind them of this, be clear from the outset about what is specifically expected from them, and confirm that they are entirely happy with the arrangements. Welcome their input, diffuse conflict as early as possible and remember the nature of your friendship. Honour your routine with

them so that it isn’t all about you getting married. Schedule nights

in/out that are free of wedding talk and ensure that you express an interest in what is happening in their lives too. From the start, it is important to be decisive and assertive (but not

dictatorial) while considering everyone – a necessity unless you’re being hitched alone. Christine Northam from Relate advises couples

to work together to achieve their united aim. “The bride needs to sit down and think through carefully what her priorities are for

herself and her partner – decide whatever needs to happen to make it your special day. Then, what do your parents need, siblings and so

on? Take into consideration the most important people in the group, for example, the role of the best man, ushers and bridesmaids. Ask

yourself: what do we need/what do they need?”

“Outline a programme of the day, consider the individual people included in the planning and then plan together and

assign yourselves jobs.” In short, it’s all about “cooperation and collaboration.” Concerning the other underlying matriarchal relationships, Christine

advises “making her aware of your vision and ask her opinion so she does not feel excluded.” This is applicable to both the mother-of-

the-bride and mother-in-law.



Lucy highlights the “clash between the bride, her mother and mother-in-law-to the way be. The two mothers often wish for things to be organised and planned ” planned. be to wedding in which they would want a on well “Unless you are lucky, and have a mother and a mother-in-law who get and are friends in their own right, there is a sense of conflict there. My mother the became irritated when she felt my mother-in-law to be was ‘overstepping make.” not mark’ and making decisions that she should little The solution? Respect their positions. On a base level, one is ‘losing’ her roles Their woman. another by replaced being ly girl and the other is essential someone are being undermined by your independence and inter-dependence on induce gically else, and as happy as they are for you, the situation can psycholo grow emotions and inner turmoil of their own. Though your relationships will all for cutting cord umbilical in ultimate the still is and adapt accordingly, this involved. the Sarah Vaux pinpoints a familiar problem: “The most common phrase from say, and es themselv correct they es sometim then and mothers is ‘I would like…’ when problem common a is This “oh I must remember it is not my wedding!” es the parents are paying for the wedding and the bride feels she is sometim compromising on what she wants to please her mum.”

Christine agrees that money can provoke an issue of control but urges mothers roles of the bride to remember that, “things aren’t what they used to be – the and have changed.” Politely remind over amorous mothers that their opinions day. your and decision, your is it y ultimatel help are required, but that always Lucy continues: “Mother-in-laws are in the more difficult position of not have being directly involved in the wedding planning which, in my case, would even that, said Having . excluded being of feelings resulted in a lot of upset and and shopping dress wedding venue, when she was included in the choosing of the control.” other organising, difficulties arose because she was not in complete calmly The easiest way to assuage these conflicts is to stick to your original plan, do, tap to like would they what them argue your case and invite suggestions. Ask s. non-issue smaller, into their strengths and interests and only compromise on fiancé. The more important decisions must be the sole reserve of you and your advises If things get wildly out of hand and clashes are commonplace, Christine that them tell and that you “present the case. Explain how difficult it is to manage error you will get married alone if they don’t behave.” If they still fail to see the getting of way e alternativ an r “conside to have well of their ways, you might married. Cut your losses; don’t let them ruin it for you.” entirely. If communication lines are open, this worst-case scenario can be avoided the gets it this, doing “By process: the discuss to Lucy held regular meetings tely awkward issue of money and financial contribution out of the way immedia .” and everyone will know where they stand and what is expected special “At these meetings it is so important to say exactly what you want your or mother your displease you if day to be like and not worry (or try not to) er it is rememb to mother-in-law. As much as they are excited for you, you have you not their day. This is about you and your day must be an expression of who are as a couple.” er that Though you may experience conflict as the oestrogen levels rise, rememb in your your female friends and relatives are some of the most important people are life. They can offer a lot of indispensable support in every way. When you act – may they however – you help to caught up in the wedding, they are there and genuinely want what is best for you. ive Most of all, they know you and your fiancé well and offer a different perspect to true remain you as long So while taking some of the pressure from you. hips will yourself, your man, and all the various women in your life, your relations

"Unless you are lucky, and have a mother and a mother-in-law who get on well and are friends in their own right, there is a sense of conflict there..."

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working the groom Style tips for the man of the moment words Hannah May

SHARP SUITS Uber British and utterly cool, Without Prejudice is the latest London look making waves in the West Country. Ditching the ‘slave to fashion’ ethos of many a city designer, the pair behind the brand instead focus on ‘creative, stylish and inspiring’ pieces for a distinguished leave-the-crowd-behind look. Their signature contemporary style is evident in the sharp tailoring made from quality European fabrics. A ‘60s British aesthetic to design + attitude to match = very stylish wedding wares. Check out the range in Hawkes in Plymouth and Torquay and Jonathan Hawkes in Exeter.



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BRIGHT IDEAS If classic grey and debonair black just don’t cut the matrimonial mustard, don’t be afraid to experiment with something a little more vibrant. This colour-pop combo from House of Fraser is perfect for the modern groom who likes his style peppered with a twist of modern irreverence. What’s more, this coolly contemporary look perfectly sets the tone for a laidback summer wedding.

COOL CUFFS Block Design’s range of cufflinks merge modern design, clean lines and cool colours for a punchy yet masculine look. Made from stainless steel with a detachable acrylic button, they are available in a variety of hues. Make a statement with candy pink, paprika or violet or work the muted retro look with olive or slate grey. Spruce up your ensemble with lime or dazzle in ocean blue. Whatever shade you choose, these bright, contemporary cufflinks will add a unique and funky edge to your look.

ACCESSORISE ALL AREAS Justin Duance’s virtuoso range of uber cool accessories will sharpen any outfit. Using precious metals, Justin’s fresh designs fuse silver and gold with natural wooden and resin inlays – these yew and kingwood cufflinks are a sterling example. Blending suave, old school charm with contemporary design, Justin’s swanky offerings will make a swoonsome addition to your ensemble.



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SOLE SEARCHING These brogue boots combine two of the hottest footwear trends. Classier than biker boots and edgier than brogues, they’ll appear suitably smart under your suit and they’re versatile enough to wear pretty much anywhere after the big day. What’s more, they come in one of the most coveted shades of the moment – chocolate brown – so you literally can’t put a foot wrong in the style stakes.

TREAT YOUR LADY Score bonus brownie points by making a personalised romantic gesture to the lady in your life. At treatalady. com you can buy a range of gifts that will guarantee you astound your missus with a secret wedding day surprise. From smart staples such as flowers and chocolates to sexy lingerie, jewellery and beauty products, the Cornwall-based website is specially designed to help you find the perfect present tailored to your woman’s whims. Also featuring a variety of romantic breaks and spa days at some seriously luxurious venues, whip her into whatever state she requires via a ‘Reinventing Romance Retreat’, ‘Sexy Sejour Weekend Getaway ’ or ‘The Soothe Me Stress-Buster Pamper Day’. With personal romance specialists on hand offering live chat for instant advice and information, is the hassle-free choice for successful shopping – and the ticket to one happy bride-to-be.


The term ‘best man’ derives from ‘best swordsman’. A man would be chosen to defend the groom and stand guard over proceedings should an enemy attempt to attack him or cause trouble during the wedding ceremony.

SMOOTH OPERATOR As if your lady won’t be touchy feely enough on your day of ‘I dos’, don this luxurious number from M&S and she’ll be purring like a kitten. One of the hippest fabrics of the moment, this velvet jacket exudes retro cool with a twist of swanky style.



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Bring an international flavour to your menu with a delicious array of destination dishes words Rebecca Matthews photography Simon Green



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Global cuisine is as diverse as it is utterly delicious. There’s the sweet, zesty flavours of fruit ripened in the African sun. The scrumptious retro charm of pancakes drizzled with lusciously thick syrup. The crisp texture and sheer beauty of fresh sushi. Not to mention the succulence of crab caught in Cornish waters. If you’re seeking ideas for your wedding menu, why not consider cuisine inspired by a sense of place? For a personalised touch, choose a country of special significance to you as a couple: perhaps the setting of your engagement, your honeymoon destination or maybe a country of familial descent. Or you may simply choose your favourite type of food. Whether it’s the distant sun-baked shores of Australia or the rugged beauty of Cornwall, choose gastronomy that is as delectable as it is evocative. You might opt for a menu entirely based on the cuisine of a single country or mix it up with dishes from separate countries for the starter, main course and dessert. Alternatively, set up a series of food stations so your guest can graze on an eclectic selection of flavours: think meatballs and spaghetti for Italy, tagine and couscous for Morocco and tandoori chicken and fragrant rice for India. Not only is this a great way of satisfying all tastes, it encourages guests to mingle. To whet your appetite, the culinary experts at The Round Kitchen have devised some menu ideas inspired by the cuisine of seven influential destinations. Here’s a taster.

Japan Sushi and sashimi Marinated salmon and mackerel fillets with lime, dill and shallots Tuna tartare with capers, lime, chilli and chives Crayfish tails, crushed avocado and piquant orange pepper nori rolls Home cured beef and pickled apple sushi rice squares

Italy Marinated beef tomato, buffalo mozzarella and rocket salad with toasted pine nuts, parmesan shavings and basil oil Slow cooked pressed belly of pork with oregano, lemon and olives

America Buffalo chicken wings with hot pepper sauce, paprika and cracked black pepper Sweet potato and cinnamon pancakes with maple syrup

Australia Barbequed jumbo shell on prawns with garlic, thyme and Chardonnay

Hawaii Seafood jambalaya with spicy sausage, baby squid and spring onions

Cornwall Cracked whole crab mayonnaise Shredded roast leg of lamb with rosemary, mint and redcurrant glaze

Kenya Banana, papaya and orange with a trio of chocolate dipping sauces Mount Kenya mango ice cream with pineapple, crushed pistachio and white rum sauce Fresh coconut macaroons

The Round Kitchen 07968 385392 / 07968 206116


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 Now in Cornwall Spacious reception rooms High quality accommodation Exclusive use

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The perfect wine for your perfect day... Fantastic wines from all corners of the globe Local beers, ciders, soft drinks Expert advice and discounted prices Sale or Return Free glass hire Free delivery to venue Wedding party gifts/Wedding lists Great value sparkling wine-Champagne, Cava, Prosecco and much more! Experience Wine Toadhall 18 Old Bridge Street Truro Cornwall TR1 2AH 64


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HIGH SPIRITS Add a chic twist to your reception with a signature cocktail menu. Let these delicious ideas tempt your taste buds

words Rebecca Matthews photography Ben Photography

Amidst deliberating over the table plans, the frosting for the cupcakes and those other all-important components to your wedding day, it’s easy to neglect that essential ingredient for a good party: the drinks. It shouldn’t come down to a hasty decision concerning the ratio of bottles of red versus bottles of white. The drinks menu is a fabulous way of personalising your wedding, whether you choose drinks significant to you as a couple or drinks that enhance your theme or colour scheme. And, in the luscious and heady world of libations, the cocktail is the ultimate showstopper. The sleek glasses, the punchy colours, the tantalising garnish – the cocktail is seductive, delectable and oh so stylish. Whether you choose to serve cocktails during the drinks reception, hire a specialised cocktail bar for the evening party – or both, you can guarantee your guests will thank you for it. Catering company About Taste has recently launched a cocktail service, having found an increasing number of their clients wish to offer their guests something more exciting than the usual staples. The company is passionate about tailoring their drinks to the tastes of each couple. “We have created some really elegant cocktails for after the ceremony, some fun and funky cocktails for the evening party and festive cocktails with a twist for celebrations at different times of the year,” comments Rob Conlay. The service extends to tailor made hen and stag parties, whereby groups can enjoy making – and drinking – their cocktails in the comfort of their own home.

THE MENU Signature cocktails are a huge trend, and designing your very own cocktail

menu promises to be one of the best aspects of planning your wedding. In terms of the colour, name, taste and presentation, the sky’s the limit. But where to start? First of all, decide how you would like to personalise

your cocktails. You might simply decide to opt for a menu of your favourite concoctions – perhaps the cocktails that evoke memories of a dreamy beach holiday or your favourite tipples for a night out. Or maybe you’ll go for the colour option. After all, almost any colour can be created with the right mixture of ingredients, making for an individual drink

that blends beautifully with your flowers and décor.

If you’re throwing a themed party, the cocktail menu is a fabulous opportunity to flex your creative muscle – not to mention your taste buds. For a vintage wedding, serve the tipples of the era: think Manhattans and Sidecars for a ‘40s theme, Vodka Martinis and Tom Collins for the ‘50s, and Screwdrivers, Cuba Libres and Bloody Marys for a ‘60s ‘Mad Men’ inspired menu. Beach themed weddings lend themselves to tropical tastes – coconut and

passion fruit flavours and sharp, zesty Mojitos are perfect for creating a laidback vibe, while Peach Bellinis and Lavender Martini cocktails are a chic option for an English country wedding.



This brings us onto seasonality. Rob has devised some tantalising cocktails inspired by the time of year. For spring, he suggests Elderflower and Lemon Collins, which blends St Germain Elderflower liqueur, Limoncello and Hendrick’s Gin topped with lemon juice, gourmet syrup and soda water. Summer is the season to revel in fruity flavours so opt for a tipple with a Cornish flavour:

Even if you choose to serve established cocktails, you might decide to give the name a personalised twist.

Cornish Strawberry Crush is a mixture of Bacardi Superior, Crème de Fraise and lemon juice blitzed with ice and an abundance of fresh Cornish strawberries. As the days grow shorter and the leaves turn shades of burnished red and gold, serve an autumn-inspired Apple Bramble: Tanqueray Gin, Cornish Apple Schnapps, Crème de Mure and lemon topped with Cornish Orchards apple juice. And, for winter, be inspired by the rich velvety flavours of mint, vanilla and chocolate. Candy Cane Martini is a mouthwatering mix of Absolut Vanilla, Peppermint schnapps and White Crème de Cacao shaken and strained into a chilled Martini glass rimmed with crushed candy cane. Garnish the cocktail with a small candy cane, which will give the liquid a pink tinge as it dissolves. Your passions are a further source of inspiration. Love chocolate? Then create the ultimate craveable cocktail with a chocolatey-vodka concoction. Fans of ‘Twilight’ or 'True Blood' might go for bloodred potions of cranberries, grapes and vodka with names such as ‘Vampire’s Kiss’, while music fans might design cocktails after classic albums, such as a Lemon Vodka cocktail for Elton John’s ‘Goodbye Yellow Brick Road’, a Blue Curacao blend for Madonna’s ‘True Blue’ or a Black Martini for AC/DC’s ‘Back in Black’.

THE NAME GAME Now comes the fun bit – coming up with a name for your cocktail. Even if you choose to serve established cocktails, you might decide to give the name a personalised twist. Choose a title inspired by your names, personalities, interests or favourite places. Alternatively, opt for romantic titles such as ‘Marital Bliss’, ‘True Love’ and ‘Ever After’, which couldn’t be more perfect for the occasion.



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Imagine looking out to sea, soaking up the atmosphere in the grounds of a country house or sipping your champagne as the sun sets over the Cornish landscape . With a marquee from Truro Marquees, you choose the location. Marquees allow you to create your own space: magical, romantic and exclusively yours.

Truro Marquees and Catering provide a range of all inclusive wedding packages, including midweek and winter weddings Call us now to discuss your wedding plans on 01872 278593 email on

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GET THE LOOK The aesthetics of a cocktail are as important as the taste. Think about how you can express your theme via the glasses; think antique glasses for a vintage party or recycled jam jars for an eco celebration. Then consider how you’re going to garnish the drinks; it might be your favourite fruit, a flower used in your bouquet, a chic cocktail stirrer or a miniature flag with a message. Colourful accents such as charms, ribbons or stripy retro straws add a fun twist while enhancing your theme. For a contemporary touch, you might serve each guest a selection of mini cocktails in shot glasses - a guaranteed crowd-pleaser.

Classic Classic Grand Marnier and Angostura Bitters topped up with Champagne

Berry Collins Muddled Cornish raspberries and blueberries with Hendrick’s Gin and lemon juice, topped with soda water

South West Cooler Layered Midori, peach schnapps and Wyborowa vodka mixed with fresh orange and cranberry juice

Ritz Fizz Amaretto and Blue Curacao topped with champagne

Tequila Sunrise Mixed tequila and fresh orange juice layered with Grenadine

The ‘Something Blue’ Wyborowa vodka, Peach schnapps and Blue Curacao shaken with ice and strained

Raspberry Mojito Muddled mint, lime and Cornish raspberries mixed with Havana Club rum and topped with soda water

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DREAM THEMES wed looks at the super chic trends rocking the wedding scene compiled by Rebecca Matthews

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RULE BRITANNIA 2011 is the ultimate year to rock a coolly British theme. Have a right royal knees up – and toast Will and Kate’s nuptials in style – with these bold and beautiful Union Jack creations. Flowers Wedding Flowers in Cornwall 01872 553080 | Cupcakes Tilly Mint Bakery 01872 279987 | Union Jack Bunting Big Beautiful Bunting Co 01326 281390 | Waterloo Chair The French Bedroom Company






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SUGAR COATED Embrace your sweet tooth with colour-pop shades of sherbet lemon and candy pink – and lots and lots of sweets. From a retro candy buffet and cute cupcakes to flowers adorned with marshmallows and candy canes, the more sugar the better! Candy Buffet All Manor of Weddings 01736 798858 | Flowers Wheal Sara Flowers 01736 797788 | Cupcakes Tilly Mint Bakery 01872 279987 |


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ECO CHIC Channel your inner earth mother in elegant and sustainable style. Mix tones of fresh green and cream with natural wood textures and arrange freshfrom-the-hedgerow blooms in pretty recycled containers, such as brass kettles and vintage china. Eco bride centrepiece and table dĂŠcor All Manor of Weddings 01736 798858 | Flowers Daisy Roots 01872 270510 | Cupcakes Tilly Mint Bakery 01872 279987 |



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Choose a beautiful bolthole for a secluded and scenic wedding celebration. wed goes in search of Cornwall’s hidden gems words Rebecca Matthews

Rolling hills, wild moorland and tranquil valleys slipping down to the sea Cornwall’s landscape offers all the dreaminess of a romantic novel. From elegant country houses to clusters of luxury barns, some sublime venues are tucked away in locations that feel a million miles from the clamour of the modern world. Revel in the blissful surrounds, with just the murmur of the tide, the chatter of the birds and the breeze toying with the leaves as your soundtrack.



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For escapism by the sea…

THE ROSEVINE 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 tailor made 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 | Rosevine, nr Portscatho, Truro | 01872 580206 |



For moorland romance...

TREVENNA Take a family-run farm steeped in history, a supreme location overlooking the staggering landscape of Bodmin Moor and a cluster of luxurious barn conversions. The result? A distinctive, private and uber stylish sanctuary. Set in 142 acres of rolling countryside, Trevenna is perfect for couples seeking to celebrate their marriage in utter seclusion. This rural retreat specialises in bespoke wedding celebrations: your party may enjoy exclusive use of the facilities and accommodation for a one or two-night package. The rustic setting will be your personal party space for the duration, allowing you the freedom to mark your union entirely as you wish, whether it’s throwing a welcome barbecue, taking an exhilarating pre-ceremony ramble through the surrounding countryside or tucking into a brunch together the morning after. Needless to say, dramatic photographic backdrops are in no short supply. Intimate ceremonies may take place in the Threshing Barn; light and airy in summer and unfeasibly cosy in winter, this ambient space blends historic character and contemporary design. In good weather, ceremonies may take place beneath the arbour alongside the pond and, for those planning a church ceremony, the stunning Church of St. Neot is just a mile away. The Threshing Barn can be opened up via a marquee extension, allowing couples to tailor their party space to their colour scheme and accommodate up to 90 guests. On a sunny day, the walls of the marquee can be opened up, ushering in stunning views across the landscape. Trevenna’s barns and farmhouse can accommodate up to 40 guests. Fusing original features and modern comforts, the cosy retreats are designed with relaxation in mind; think deep bathtubs, drench showers, log burners and underfloor heating. Other guests may decide to stay in the pretty village of St. Neot. The tailor-made wedding menus are full of fresh, local produce, and vary from Trevenna’s signature dishes on their Gastro Farm House menus to hog roasts and barbecues. Prepare for the ultimate in bespoke and beautiful at your very own hosted house party. Trevenna | St Neot | 01579 320013 |



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The big house by the sea. An idyllic coastal retreat on the roseland, in two acres overlooking Gerrans Bay and Portscatho. Wander down the lane to the secluded sandy beach. For a totally private wedding, the house with its 12 guest apartments/suites can be booked exclusively. Larger parties can be catered for in a marquee or tipi in the grounds. House chefs serve modern rustic food. Rosevine, Nr Portscatho, Cornwall TR2 5EW Tel 01872 580 206 visit

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Perfect Day at St Michael’s where romance & relaxation become one • Spectacular sea views & four acres of sub-tropical gardens • Honeymoon suite overlooking the sea • Spa with indoor pool, sauna, Jacuzzi & steam room • Spa Wedding Packages & luxurious treatments • Fully licensed for civil ceremonies Please call our Wedding Co-Ordinator on 01326 312707 photo: Simon Green

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St Michael’s Hotel and Spa

Gyllyngvase Beach, Falmouth, Cornwall TR11 4NB

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For delectable cuisine…

ROSEWARNE MANOR Set amidst acres of lush countryside, Rosewarne Manor boasts a beautifully secluded yet conveniently central location. Some of West Cornwall’s most awe-inspiring sights are close by, from St Ives Bay and Godrevy Lighthouse to St Michael’s Mount, each of which make stunning photographic backdrops. The manor overlooks private landscaped gardens framed by shrubs and mature trees, which are rich in blossom and colour in the warmer months, and a patchwork of fields beyond. There are three licensed rooms for civil ceremonies. Wooden panelling cloaks the walls in The Connor Room, an elegant setting flooded with natural light. An intimate ceremony with up to 28 guests in attendance may take place before the windows with their glorious views across the gardens. The Carnhell Room is a light and airy space, perfectly positioned for views of the sunset, which can accommodate approximately 60 guests for a ceremony. For larger weddings, there’s The Gwinear Room, where up to 90 guests may witness you tie the knot. A largely neutral palette in each room allows you to personalise and style according to your colour scheme with ease. For large-scale weddings, a marquee reception on the lawn offers a wholly bespoke party space for up to 250 guests. Celebrations might spill out onto the patio and surrounding gardens, allowing your guests to bask in the peace and beauty of this rural setting. The team at Rosewarne Manor pride themselves on their exquisite cuisine and relish the challenge of designing a tailor made menu for each couple. An extensive choice is a key element of the service and most wedding menus offer four options for each course. From an informal buffet to an à la carte menu, you can look forward to a sumptuous feast utilising the cream of local produce. The family-run business has a personal and highly flexible ethos, affording you great freedom to put an individual stamp on your day. You may choose to book the venue on an exclusive use basis, allowing your party to eat, drink and be merry in utter privacy as the sun slips behind this secluded corner of West Cornwall. Rosewarne Manor | Connor Downs, Hayle | 01209 610414 |



For breathtaking panoramas…

Fentafriddle Fentafriddle is the quintessential Cornish hideaway. Tucked away in a hidden corner of the north coast, the 300-year-old farmhouse and cluster of luxury barns is surrounded by 50 acres of farmland. This stirring sense of rural charm comes with staggering sea views; its west-facing cliff top location offers vistas across the seascape from Tintagel to Trevose Head – a sublime vantage point to watch the sun slide beneath the Atlantic. Breathtaking backdrops for your photographs, then, is a given – as is the private and luxurious nature of a wedding celebration at Fentafriddle. The light and airy round room is licensed for ceremonies and can accommodate up to 100 guests. In good weather, couples may exchange vows in the arch of the round room, with far reaching panoramic views overlooking the rugged North Cornwall coastline. A buffet-style reception for up to 40 guests may take place in the roundhouse, which opens onto a patio for al fresco mingling. Celebrations on a larger scale may take place under canvas. The venue boasts an achingly beautiful location for a marquee with views across the dramatic scenery; on a sunny day, you might decide to roll up the marquee walls to overlook the sea as you dine. The menu will be designed around your tastes, whether you opt for gourmet cuisine, a Cornish buffet of homemade pasties and cream teas or a laidback barbecue of fresh fish caught in local waters. The venue is perfect for an extended itinerary of festivities. Up to 16 of your nearest and dearest may be accommodated in the luxe barns, each a stylish blend of traditional character and contemporary design; think antique furnishings, crisp bed linen and flourishes of nautical style. Stay for a few days in this snug sanctuary and punctuate the celebrations with walks along the coastal path, lounging on the sands of Trebarwith Strand or sinking into the deep roll-top bath. Whether you wile away your first moments of married life dancing the night away beneath a starry sky or reclining on the deck and gazing out to sea, it is difficult to imagine a more romantic backdrop. Fentafriddle | Unique Home Stays, Trebarwith Strand | 01637 881942 |



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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 Millhouse Inn Trebarwith, North Cornwall 07767 341234


Bullers Arms Hotel Marhamchurch, Bude

Carruan Farm Centre St Minver, Nr Wadebridge 01208 869584

Cornish Tipi Holidays 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

The Castle

stunning surfing beach at Trebarwith

Port Isaac 01208 880243

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Poldark Mine

Cornish Camels

01326 573173

St Martin, Helston 01326 231302

Falmouth Beach Resort Hotel

The Lizard Peninsula, Mullion

Gyllngvase Beach, Falmouth 01326 310500

01326 240421

Strand. It was once an 18th Century corn mill and the restaurant, with a capacity of


120, is set alongside the millstream. The

Culdrose Manor, Helston 01326 573404

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:

The Falmouth Hotel Castle Beach, Falmouth 01326 312671

Greenbank Hotel Harbourside, Falmouth 01326 312440

Royal Duchy Hotel Cliff Road, Falmouth 01326 313042

St Michael’s Hotel Gyllyngvase Beach, Falmouth 01326 312707

Trevarno Manor Trevarno Estate and Gardens, Helston 01326 574274


The Old Custom House Hotel South Quay, Padstow 01841 532359

The Boardroom Blue Bar, Porthtowan

Pencarrow House Washaway, Bodmin 01208 841369

Pendragon Country House Davidstow, Camelford 01840 261131

The Port William Trebarwith Strand, Tintagel 01840 770230

Prideaux Place Padstow 01841 532411

The Slipway Hotel The Harbour Front, Port Isaac 01208 880264

01840 230418

The Long Cross Hotel


secluded valley half a mile from the

Crackington Haven, Bude

01288 357301


The Mill House is set in a beautiful

Trevigue Farmhouse


Budock Vean Hotel

Budock Water, Falmouth

Polurrian Hotel

01288 361277

01840 770202

Penmorvah Manor Hotel

Wendron, Helston

01840 213017

Atlantic Road, Tintagel

Falmouth area Mawnan Smith, Falmouth 01326 250288

Bowood Park Hotel and Golf Club

Camelot Castle Hotel

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

Upton Farm Delabole 01840 770225

The Well Parc Hotel Trevone, Padstow 01841 520318

01209 890329/777 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.

Green Lawns Hotel Western Terrace, Falmouth 01326 312734

Nansloe Manor Helston 01326 558400

National Maritime Museum Discovery Quay, Falmouth 01326 214557

Pendennis Castle Falmouth 01326 310106

Penmere Manor Hotel Falmouth 01326 211411

Cape Cornwall Golf and Country Club St Just 01736 788611

Carbis Bay Hotel Carbis Bay, St Ives 01736 795311

Chy-an-Albany Hotel Albany Terrace, St Ives 01736 796759

The Coppice Inn Lanner, Redruth 01209 216668

The Cove Lamorna, Penzance 01736 731411

Crossroads Lodge Hotel Scorrier, Redruth 01209 820551

Godolphin Arms West End, Marazion 01736 710202


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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.

Land’s End Hotel

Rosewarne Manor

The Liscawn Inn

Barrowfield Hotel

Sennen 01736 871844

Connor Downs 01209 610414

Crafthole, Torpoint   01503 230863

Hilgrove Road, Newquay 01637 878878

Scorrier House

St Mellion International Resort

Scorrier, Redruth 01209 820264

Saltash 01579 351351

The Bay Hotel

Mount Edgcumbe House

Esplanade Road, Pentire, Newquay 01637 852221

Cremyll, Torpoint 01752 822236 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.

Pentillie Castle and Estate St Mellion, Saltash 01579 350044

Port Eliot Estate

The Old Vicarage Hotel

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.

Saltash 01752 842830

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.

St Ives 01736 796124

Shun Lee Hotel

Talland Bay Hotel

Bedruthan Steps Hotel

Pedn-Olva Hotel

Trelyon Avenue, St Ives 01736 796777

Porthallow, Nr Looe 01503 272667

Mawgan Porth, Newquay 01637 860555

The Warren, St Ives 01736 796222

Tregenna Castle

Trematon Hall

Carnmarth Hotel

Penventon Park Hotel

Treloyhan Avenue, St Ives 01736 795254

Saltash 01752 842351

Headland Road, Newquay 01637 872519

West End, Redruth 01209 203000

Trereife House

Whitsand Bay Hotel

Penzance 01736 362750

Portwrinkle, Torpoint 01503 230276

Lowenac Hotel Basset Road, Camborne 01209 719295


St Germans, Saltash 01503 230211

Polhawn Fort Military Road, Rame, Torpoint 01752 822864

The Spaniards Inn

Wringford Down Hotel Cawsand 01752 822287

China Fleet Country Club

The Edgcumbe Arms

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.

Cremyll, Torpoint 01752 822294

The Esplanade Hotel

Porth-en-Alls House

Higher Churchtown Farm Barns

Esplanade Road, Pentire, Newquay 01637 873333

Prussia Cove, Penzance 01736 762014

Tresmeer, Launceston 01566 781437

A spectacular converted Georgian mansion set in acres of parkland, Penventon Park Hotel makes a dreamy backdrop for a wedding. Whether it’s an intimate wedding for two or a lavish celebration for up to 200 guests, the hotel’s experienced team can offer a package tailor made to you, allowing you to relax and enjoy the luxurious surrounds and superb facilities of this exceptional setting.

Saltash 01752 848668


Cowslip Workshops

Atlantic Hotel

Newhouse Farm, St. Stephens, Launceston 01566 772654

Dane Road, Newquay 01637 872244

St Ives Harbour Hotel


Holland Inn Hotel

The Terrace, St Ives 01736 795221

Hatt 01752 844044

Queens Hotel

Lantallack Farm

The Promenade, Penzance 01736 362371

Landrake, Saltash 01752 851281


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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.

One of Newquay’s premier 3 star hotels, The Esplanade is situated a stone’s throw from Fistral Beach and offers awe-inspiring


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The Venue views from its restaurant, lounge and bedrooms. The hotel is an ideal venue for both your civil ceremony and reception, 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.

Fistral Blu

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


Lostwithiel Golf and Country Club


Trevaunance Cove, St Agnes 01872 553149

Lostwithiel 01208 873550

Feock, Truro 01872 862248

The Hotel & Extreme Academy Watergate Bay

The Lugger Hotel

Watergate Bay, nr Newquay 01637 860543

Fistral Beach, Headland Road, Newquay 01637 879444

Portloe, Truro 01872 501322

28 Fore Street, Fowey 01726 833302

Alverton Manor Hotel

Glendorgal Hotel

St Austell 01726 812304

Lusty Glaze, Porth 01637 874937

Carnglaze Caverns

Great Western Hotel Newquay 01637 872010

Headland Hotel Newquay 01637 872211

Hotel California Pentire Crescent, Newquay 01637 872798

Hotel Riviera

St Neot, Liskeard 01579 320251

Cliff Head Hotel Sea Road, Carlyon Bay, St Austell 01726 812345

The Cornwall Hotel Spa and Estate Tregorrick, St Austell 01726 874050

Driftwood Spars

Carlyon Bay, St Austell 01726 812802

East Street, Newquay 01637 872255

Hanson Drive, Fowey 01726 833866

New Harbour Restaurant

The Fowey Hotel

South Key Hill, Newquay 01637 874062

Fowey 01726 832551

Porth Veor Manor Hotel

Hotel Tresanton

Porth, Newquay 01637 873274

Lower Castle Road, St. Mawes 01326 270055

Sands Resort

Lamorran Upper Castle Road, St Mawes 01326 270800

SOUTH COAST Barclay House East Looe 01503 262929

Looe 01503 263709

Hannafore Point Hotel Porthpean Golf Club St Austell 01726 64613

Marine Drive, West Looe 01503 263273

Jetty Cottage Rose-In-Vale Country House Hotel

The Rosevine

Fowey Hall

Church Street, St Austell 01726 72100

The Guildhall Porth Avallen Hotel

The Eden Project

Hotel Victoria

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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.

Trevaunance Cove, St Agnes

Bodelva, St Austell 01726 818771


White Hart Hotel

Mithian, St Agnes 01872 552202

Lusty Glaze, Newquay 01637 874251

Watergate Road, Porth, Newquay 01637 872864


Carlyon Bay Hotel

The Vean, Caerhays Castle St Austell 01872 500025

St Mary’s Street, Truro 01872 276555

Boconnoc House

Tregrehan, St Austell 01726 813557

St Neot, Liskeard 07872 647730


Lostwithiel 01208 872507

Boscundle Manor


Old Quay House

Tregolls Road, Truro 01872 276633 Fistral Blu captures the essence of a chilled beach atmosphere alongside fine food and slick service. Flooded with natural light, the Blu room boasts 180 degree views across the bay and awe-inspiring sunsets. Over 90 guests can be accommodated here for the wedding breakfast, while the Fistral Suite offers a cosy solution for intimate celebrations. Party the night away with the Atlantic surf breaking at your feet.

Tywardreath, Par 01726 814797

Marina Villa Hotel Fowey 01726 833315

central cornwall

Trenython Manor

Portscatho, Truro 01872 580206

St George’s Island, Looe 07812 009384

The Jubilee Inn Pelynt 01503 220312

The Old Mill House Inn Rosteague Portscatho, Truro 01872 580346

Mill Hill, Polperro 01503 272362

The Scarlet

Tremadart House

Tredragon Road, Mawgan Porth 01637 861800

Looe 01503 262766

St Mawes Castle

The Well House

St Mawes 01326 310106

St Keyne 01579 342001

The Seiners Arms

Woodland Valley Farm

Beach Road, Perranporth 01872 573118

Ladock 01726 884127

a very special day a very special venue a stunning, romantic hotel with an unrivalled bespoke service. visit our website for more details, and to download our full Wedding brochure or call us to discuss your perfect day.

Harbourside, Falmouth 01326 312 440

The day just for you... ...whether you decide on a Civil Ceremony or Wedding Breakfast and Evening Reception, here at the family run Lanhydrock Hotel we will provide all the services and support that we can to make your special day truly perfect.

To discuss your requirements please call: 01208 262570 Wedding Fair 20th Febuary 2011

LANHYDROCK HOTEL and golf club

Lostwithiel Road, Bodmin, Cornwall, PL30 5AQ 89

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Fowey Hall a Perfect Venue for Your Perfect Day • Spectacular location overlooking the Fowey estuary and out to sea • • Magnificient Mansion - a perfect backdrop for photos • • 2 AA Rosette Food with Wines to Compliment • • Stunning choice of Ceremony Rooms of Various Sizes •

From small intimate weddings to exclusive use house parties, Fowey Hall really is the only choice for your big day. For more information or to book a show round of the hall please contact our Events Coordinator on 01726 833866 or email and quote ‘Wed Magazine’ when booking. Alternatively you can check out our website for up and coming Wedding Open Evenings.

FOWEY HALL Hanson Drive, Fowey, Cornwall PL23 1ET T: 01726 833866 E:

For wedding venues less ordinary Rosewastis Manor offers the perfect country house for your wedding celebrations. The beautiful 18C stone manor house sits grandly amidst acres of lush green lawns and more wild meadows. A very private homestay for those looking for a more informal affair with perhaps a garden party feel. 01637 881942



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WHICH WEDDING? Your wedding ceremony will be a defining moment in your life. Get clued up on the options available with wed’s guide to tying the knot words Hannah May

The question has been popped. The whirlwind of engagement celebrations has subsided, and now the road to the altar is mapped out. But before you get sidetracked by questions of flowers and fascinators, there’s one hugely significant aspect of your day to consider: the ceremony. There is a variety of options to choose from, depending on your belief system, sexual orientation and history. It can seem confusing at first, as each ceremony comes with different requirements and legal obligations. Understanding exactly what you want and how to achieve it is vital. Let us help you get started.

RELIGIOUS MARRIAGE CEREMONY What is it? A religious and legally binding ceremony of marriage. Where does it happen? A church or other religious building that is registered for the solemnisation of marriage. What do I need to do? Contact an official in your chosen tradition to discuss the specifics and requirements. If you are planning a church wedding, contact your local parish priest. There are certain pre-requisites for a Church of England wedding. One member of the couple must have been baptised as a Christian and the law requires that you can demonstrate some connection with the church, for example being resident in the parish, a history of your family worshipping there or the church playing an important part in your life previously. Alternatively, you may be able to apply for a ‘special’ licence. Some clergy will be more particular than others about how you describe your reasons Kirstin Prisk

for wanting to be married in church but you will need to have given this some thought.


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If you are Catholic and would like to marry in a church outside your parish, you

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will need to seek the written permission of the priest in your resident parish and the priest in the parish in which you wish to marry. If either of you has been divorced, you will need to bear in mind that many churches have their own particular procedures (such as consulting with the bishop or seeking an annulment), which will have to be settled before you are free to marry. Banns of marriage replace the legal requirement to post an intention to marry at the register office. They are announced on three Sundays prior to your wedding in the church where you are to be married and in any church in whose parish either the bride or groom are resident. A ‘notice of marriage’ or ‘common’ licence may be issued if a vicar is unable to call your banns. For other religious marriages, you will need to adhere to the same legal requirements as those for a civil marriage. What will the ceremony be like? To be married in church is to decide that you wish to recognise a spiritual dimension to your relationship. The decisions that need to be made usually concern music, hymns and readings – as a legal ceremony, much of the wording is set down by law and must be adhered to; for instance, you cannot write your own vows. As a church wedding is also an act of worship, at least one of the readings should come from the Bible. There are many websites which will give your ideas for other suitable readings. More information: Association of Interchurch Families 020 7654 7251 | Catholic Enquiry Line 020 7901 4863 | Church of England | Parish directory | Registration Information Service 0300 1234 181 | Truro Diocesan Registry 01872 260744

CIVIL MARRIAGE CEREMONY What is it? A legal, non-religious marriage ceremony conducted by the local superintendent registrar. Where does it happen? In a registration office or an approved venue licensed by the local authority, either within or outside your district of residence. Current legislation dictates that a civil ceremony cannot take place in the open air. What do I need to do? You must give notice of marriage at your local register office, which involves the completion of official forms. These must be personally given to the superintendent registrar or deputy of the district where the couple usually reside. You must both have been living in the registration district for seven consecutive days prior to giving notice. You must provide evidence of your age, identity, nationality and marital status. Once given, at least 15 days must pass before the marriage can take place. If you are marrying outside your district of residence, you must book the superintendent of that district before entering your notice of marriage to ensure the availability of registrars. Ensure that the licence for your approved building will still be valid on the date of your wedding (they are only valid for three years). You should book the officiating superintendent registrar before you book with your approved venue. What will the ceremony be like? A civil ceremony must not contain any religious content, but it may include poems, readings and music without a religious theme. There are many websites dedicated to providing content ideas or you can ask your superintendant registrar for advice. In addition to the statutory and legally binding words, you may exchange your own vows. More information: Registration Information Service 0300 1234 181 |



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Perched above one of the most spectacular golden beaches in Cornwall, The Porthminster makes a beautiful setting for your special day. The Terrace St Ives Cornwall TR26 2BN, T. +44 (0)1736 795221


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CIVIL PARTNERSHIP What is it? A non-religious legal partnership for same sex couples. It can be accompanied by a ceremony, but it is not required under the Civil Partnership Act. Civil partners will receive equal treatment to married coupes in many legal matters. Where does it happen? The signing of the civil partnership document may take place at a registration office or an approved venue. What do I need to do? Give notice of your intention to register your partnership. This must be done separately by both partners at the register office in the local authority area where you reside, in which you must have lived for seven days prior to this. If you live in different areas, you must give notice in each area. This notice can be given up to a year in advance of the date of the civil partnership registration, but there must be at least 15 clear days. A schedule is automatically issued after this time, which is valid for 12 months from the date the notice is given. The partnership is then registered by signing the civil partnership document in the presence of a registrar and two witnesses. What will the ceremony be like? You may exchange established or selfpenned vows, although there is no legal requirement. You may also have nonreligious readings and music. Discuss your ideas with your registrar. More information: Registration Information Service 0300 1234 181 |

HUMANIST WEDDING AND PARTNERSHIP CELEBRATION What is it? A ceremony to celebrate the commitment between two people. At present, humanist ceremonies are legally recognised in Scotland but not the rest of the UK. It will often take place after a civil ceremony or partnership. Where does it happen? Anywhere. It can occur outside, in public places or even in your own home. Many hotels and venues will also host the ceremony. What do I need to do? No licence is required but there is a fee. Contact a British Humanist Association accredited celebrant in your area. For details see the Humanist Ceremonies South West website below. What will the ceremony be like? The ceremony can take whatever form the couple chooses. A script is drafted based on a consultation between the celebrant and the couple. Arrangements are finalised – including poetry, readings, music – which can follow the traditional elements of a wedding, such as the vows and exchange of rings, or can be as informal as desired. The ceremony usually has many personal aspects to reflect the aspirations of the couple and contributions from family and friends are encouraged. More information: British Humanist Association 020 7079 3582 | Ken Prickett Humanist Ceremonies South West 01579 349395

PAGAN HANDFASTING What is it? A marriage ritual based on Celtic traditions (neo-Pagan, Norse, Druidry and Wicca). It usually takes place after a civil ceremony or partnership. It is legally recognised in Scotland but not the rest of the UK. Where does it happen? Usually outdoors in a natural setting that has been made sacred and blessed by words and decorated by flowers, candles and incense and other objects. What do I need to do? Research and contact the relevant groups and officials in your area.



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What will the ceremony be like? Presided over by a priest and priestess (celebrants), the couple are invited into the sacred circle to exchange their vows. Whispering promises, their wrists are gently bound together with red cord (the tying of the knot). Rings and further words are exchanged before the jumping of the broom. The couple may choose to incorporate music, readings, chanting and dancing. A range of ceremony types is possible, such as ‘A Year and a Day’, ‘As Long As Love Lasts’ and ‘For All Lifetimes To Come’. Same-Sex ceremonies, renewal of vows and blessings are also undertaken. More information: Cornish Ceremonies Pagan Wedding Guide | The Pagan Federation Devon, Cornwall and Channel Islands Village Wisewoman |

WEDDING BLESSING What is it? A short ceremony, often taking place after the official civil ceremony. It is not legally binding. It can be spiritual, religious or non-religious, in a different tradition to that of the marriage ceremony. Where does it happen? Anywhere, from outside to a church/ religious building or venue. What do I need to do? Talk to a recognised official of the church or tradition you favour, or a registrar if you’d like it to feature as part of your register office wedding. What will the ceremony be like? Decide what specifically you would like to happen and have included. The bride is not escorted down the aisle but enters with the groom, together as husband and wife. It usually involves a reading, song or hymn and prayer, and has potential for personalising with music and your own words. More information: Registration Information Service 0300 1234 181

RENEWAL OF VOWS What is it? A ceremony between a married couple to renew their vows and commitment to each other. It is not legally binding. Where does it happen? At your local register office, an approved venue or church/religious building. What do I need to do? Discuss the event with a registration officer or vicar, who will conduct the ceremony (but will not be acting in an official capacity). You will need to ask two people to witness the signing of the certificate. What will the ceremony be like? A ceremony will typically feature an introduction and welcome, acknowledgment of any children of the marriage, reading, renewal of vows, rededication of rings, giving of new rings or gifts, words from a previous wedding guest, (for example, best man, bridesmaid or bride’s father), further reading, signing of certificate, witnesses and closing words. More information: Registration Information Service 0300 1234 181



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Hey Mr DJ Your choice of DJ is one of the most crucial ingredients for a fabulous wedding celebration. wed gives the low down on a perfectly pitched party words Nigel Pengelly



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It’s been a fantastic start to the happiest day of your life. The ceremony was romantic, the food faultless, the venue magnificent and the speeches risqué yet endearingly amusing. The evening guests are arriving. You’re poised to perform your first dance: an amusing routine to the Sinatra anthem ‘Fly Me To The Moon’ which you’ve been secretly rehearsing. Everyone has gathered and the photographer is primed to start snapping. The best man introduces the first dance and…silence. All eyes turn to the middleaged man dressed like Shakin’ Stevens frantically pushing buttons and pulling leads in a state of panic. The PA suddenly bursts into life with an ear-deafening howl to the sound of the Motorhead classic ‘Ace of Spades’. Not the best start to the finale of a perfect day. Although it sounds far fetched, it is an event I actually witnessed at a friend’s wedding. And if you thought that series of events was dire enough, the musical proceedings on that special day soon got a whole lot worse. So many couples overlook the music for the evening party and plump for the first DJ they come across, assuming that all wedding DJs are the same. Believe me, they are not. As the technology to play music gets cheaper along with the ease of acquiring music online, there are more opportunists out there willing to have a shot at wedding DJing. Wedding DJ fees are higher than regular club DJs as the work is much more involved. A DJ in a club might play two hours of similar music to a crowd of a certain age and musical taste. A wedding DJ will have to transport and set up all the equipment, play to a varied crowd of age and musical tastes for more than four hours and then pack away the equipment and take it home. Keeping anywhere from 50 to 250 guests on the dance floor all night is a challenge and it takes just one slip-up of a tune to clear the floor for a good while – perhaps the whole night. So what do you look for in a wedding DJ and how do you go about finding the right one? First, ask your married friends if they can recommend anyone or ask a representative from the wedding venue if they have a regular DJ. Failing that, there’s the local press, directory listings or an online search. A good source of quality DJs is the Wedding DJ Association ( and the Alliance of Mobile and Party DJs ( who will have members local to your area. Upon selecting a few prospective DJs, I would recommend a meeting to discuss the event. A good DJ will be polite and well presented, and should bring a notepad to record your preferences. He should also hold DJ public liability insurance. Discuss the following points and base your decision on the responses – that way, you can ensure your evening entertainment puts the gloss on a memorable day.

Does the DJ accept requests? Your DJ will be working for more than four hours and each song is about four minutes long – that is a total of 60 songs that will be played. While you will want to hear your favourite songs, you should rely on the DJ to determine the best tracks to get people on the dance floor. Your DJ will know what songs have worked at weddings in the past. Your guests will probably vary in age from five to 85 years old and it is quite a task to cater to all tastes. An experienced DJ will know when to play which style of music. He/she will take note when your guests arrive of what type of music suits the crowd. Ask the DJ what their tricks are for encouraging people to dance. Do you get a sense that they are able to ‘read’ a dance floor? Can they give you examples of which songs they would use in different circumstances? Also, remember to mention any songs that you don’t want played; ‘Tainted Love’, ‘Every Breath You Take’ and the ‘Macarena’ can sometimes send the wrong message, as can anything by Gary Glitter. If you have a band playing, make sure the DJ has their set list. You don’t want the DJ playing all the songs the band is going to perform half an hour before they take to the stage.


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Does the DJ have a back up system and how good is his equipment? You see some DJs with nothing more than a laptop, headphones and a set of speakers. I’ve been to many a wedding where the guests stand idle while a fumbling DJ reboots his PC. Make sure he has CD or vinyl decks as well. Also ask about his sound system. How big is it? Will it be loud enough for the venue? Is he familiar with the venue? A good DJ will contact the venue first to discuss timings, access and the availability of power supplies.

What is the light show like? Light shows seem to be totally over the top or woefully inadequate. There will probably be older guests present so strobes and other ‘hectic’ lighting is unnecessary – it’s not a rave after all. Likewise, avoid rotating blue (or yellow) lights, which can give the impression of a police raid – not a good look. Insist on simple but effective lighting. Also, be sure to discuss whether the DJ intends to use a smoke machine. Smoke machines can set off fire alarms, resulting in bemused guests being sent to muster points in the car park.

Will the DJ arrive early? Timing is everything. The evening party often takes place in the same room as the reception. As soon as the reception is over, the DJ should be ready to set up. If the evening party is to start at 8pm, then the DJ should be set up and sound checked by 7pm. Also, make sure the DJ knows when to play the last song. Most venues have strict license enforcements and don’t want their livelihood threatened by someone who won’t stop banging out Abba hits. Get the best man to liaise with and pay the DJ. The best man is there to help make the day run smoothly so put him in charge of the musical arrangements.

Do you want a DJ to MC? Some DJs feel it’s their duty to perform and be charismatic, which can often enhance the mood of the party and get people dancing. At worse, a ‘funny’ DJ who won’t shut up can be cringingly embarrassing – and remember mother-in-law jokes are strictly off-limits.

Will the DJ be too loud? A good DJ will read the crowd and set the mood with a good selection of tunes played at the right volume. A DJ might play some quiet music while the guests are eating and then increase the volume as the evening warms up. When evening guests first arrive they will want to chat with friends and relatives; they won’t want to shout over the cacophony of rancid techno. Speaking of loud, ask in passing what the DJ might be wearing. The aesthetic appeal of a classy wedding might be somewhat tarnished by a DJ dressed like Timmy Mallett.

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a laidback kind of love Keda and Dan Having first met in a “shocking” nightclub in London, Keda and Dan exchanged numbers and went on a few dates. Over a month later, Dan was involved in a car accident; Keda immediately travelled from Cornwall to visit him in London and romance blossomed for the smitten pair. On their wedding day, the couple tucked into pasties and champagne before heading to Busveal Chapel for their ceremony. Although they didn’t plan a colour scheme, a theme of blue and silver grey developed, inspired by their seaside setting. “My family walked me to the ceremony and we even brought the family puppy along, dressed in a blue ribbon,” says Keda. The ceremony was an intimate gathering before their immediate family. Afterwards, they joined the rest of their guests at Gwennap Pit for a blessing, which included readings and the exchanging of the rings. Everyone hopped on King Harry buses bound for The Blue Bar in Porthtowan where the wedding feast included vegetable lasagne, crab cakes, lemon and thyme chicken and stuffed peppers followed by Eton mess and a cheese board. Keda’s sister made the wedding cake and cupcakes from an indulgent mix of white chocolate and raspberries. “We didn’t have a seating plan due to the style of food,” says Keda. “Dinner wasn’t formal, so people could sit where they liked and eat when they liked. This was great!” Guests munched on old-fashioned pick and mix sweets wedding favours and dined on a late supper of fish and chips while the couple’s iPod provided an eclectic play list of tunes. “I actually loved doing the music and everyone danced all night!” The party continued the next day with a marquee party and hog roast at Keda’s parents’ house. Keda highly recommends extending the celebrations: “Arrange something for the next day. It takes the pressure off speaking to everyone on the day when actually you just want to have fun!” The couple enjoyed four days in the Isles of Scilly before returning to their home in Dubai via a trip to Malaysia. Their top tips? “Let your bridesmaids wear something they really like! I wouldn’t have minded if they had worn different dresses in the same colour or the same dress in different colours, as it’s important they look comfortable”. Keda adds, “So many people said to us how lovely it was to have such a relaxed day. I think we had quite a few raised eyebrows that we weren’t being as traditional as perhaps we ‘should’ be, but we wanted something that represented us.”

The venue Gwennap Pit followed by Blue Bar, Porthtowan 01209 890329 | The dress Bespoke design made in Dubai Photography Kirstin Prisk 01209 211821 |



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whirlwind wedding Sophie and George A stunning summer’s day provided the backdrop to Sophie and George’s relaxed and intimate wedding, while an array of fuchsia flowers enhanced the exotic feel of the celebration. After a ceremony at St Erth Parish Church, the pair stopped off for impromptu drinks at their local pub. “There were some very surprised faces and we ended up being given the drinks on the house!” Sophie recalls. The couple then had some scenic photos taken at Prussia Cove – the location of their engagement – before stopping off at home for a relaxed interlude prior to an evening reception at Rosewarne Manor. Guests dined on a banquet of different foods. Starting with baked Gevrik goats cheese with peppered strawberries, rocket and endive salad with a basil and pine nut oil, they then enjoyed steamed fillets of locally caught sole stuffed with Newlyn white crab, oyster mushrooms and fresh herbs on a light white wine sauce. Dark chocolate and plum tart with clotted cream concluded the fabulous feast. The newlyweds enjoyed a Caribbean cruise for their honeymoon, taking in a variety of stops in the USA, Mexico and Haiti. Sophie reflects on the planning process. “We were engaged on 15th March and married on 4th June so we didn’t have long to plan the wedding. I think this worked in our favour as we had to make decisions quickly and didn’t have time to dwell on tiny details.” This decisive approach even extended to one of the most crucial details: the dress. “It took me about 20 minutes to choose and I knew it was the right one as soon as I put it on”. She has wise words for other couples in the midst of planning: “Don’t get obsessed with having the ‘perfect’ day and trying to please everybody – just do what is best for the two of you and everything else will fall into place.”

The venue St Erth Parish Church followed by Rosewarne Manor, Connor Downs 01209 610414 | The dress Tia Bridal from Bride!, Penzance 01736 364500 | Photography Katie Lowe Photography 07999 894999 |



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once upon a time Charlotte and James A chance meeting as undergraduate students at New College, Oxford, led to wedding bells for Charlotte and James exactly seven years later. The proposal came as a complete surprise for Charlotte, “James proposed at sunset on a deserted beech in the Maldives. It was so romantic.” The couple decided on a cosy autumnal wedding at Devoran Parish Church, followed by a reception in the fairytale venue of St Mawes Castle. “We fell in love with it the moment we saw it,” says Charlotte. The décor complimented the setting perfectly: a medley of candles, ivy, pinecones, cinnamon and herbs lent a romantic aroma and ambience. The deep purple of the bridesmaid dresses blended beautifully with the arrangements of amnesia roses, ivory and port calla lilies, burgundy gerbera and autumnal foliage. As a personal touch, the couple had beaded key rings made as favours: manta rays for the girls and sharks for the boys. “James works with sharks and we saw lots of manta rays on our engagement holiday in the Maldives,” explains Charlotte. After a “wonderful ceremony”, the newlyweds travelled to the castle in a vintage style Beauford via the King Harry Ferry. About Taste provided a delicious menu of cosy winter warmers such as warm scone with Brie and caramelised onions for starter and slow cooked venison with redcurrant, port and juniper sauce with seasonal vegetables for the main course. The dessert was a chocolate wedding cake from The Cake Shop in Oxford – the couple used to admire the cakes in the window when they lived in the city – served with cream and berries. After their first dance to ‘Love and Marriage’ by Frank Sinatra and the Rat Pack, Charlotte and James danced the night away. The couple shortly jetted off to Thailand for a blissful holiday. “Start planning the little details long before you think you need to,” Charlotte advises. “Having your wedding out of season means you have less competition for getting the people you want as your first choice to help make the day spectacular.” Finally, “Stay calm and have the time of your life!”

The venue Devoran Parish Church followed by St Mawes Castle 0844 824 6727 | The dress Martina Liana from Vu’s Bridal, Wadebridge 01208 815440 | The flowers Designer Wedding Flowers 01872 520005 | Photography Khalile Siddiqui Photography 07773 282319 |



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life’s a beach Michelle and Alex A romantic proposal was in store for Michelle when Alex hired the same ballroom – just for the two of them – in the Bristol hotel where they first got together while at university. Their Cornish beach themed wedding featured an aqua colour scheme and took place at one of Newquay’s seaside venues, The Glendorgal Hotel. The bridal party arrived in style. “My dad owns a collection of classic cars so he drove me and my step-dad in his Aston Martin and a friend of the family drove my mum and the bridesmaids in my dad’s Ford Mustang,” explains Michelle. White phalaenopsis orchids, lizianthus and freesias adorned the venue as Michelle walked down the aisle accompanied by both her father and stepfather. After the ceremony, everyone congregated outside in the sunshine for drinks overlooking Porth Beach while Michelle and Alex ventured onto the sands for photos. Returning for the wedding breakfast, guests tucked into a buffet including carved sirloin of beef, whole dressed salmon and marinated chicken breasts followed by tarte citron with clotted cream.  An evening buffet of pasties and Cornish cheeses ensured guests were fuelled for the party, as did the delicious cupcakes from Tilly Mint Bakery. A disco courtesy of Chain Reaction kept the dance floor crowded all night long. “After our first dance, everybody poured onto the dance floor to dance to my favourite song, ‘I Wanna Dance With Somebody’ – that was a great moment,” Michelle comments. Shunning convention, Michelle recalls their fun twist on a wedding tradition: “Instead of throwing my bouquet, Alex removed my garter (with his teeth!) and threw it to the single lads!”  The couple ventured to Las Vegas for three nights, then spent two weeks on the Cook Islands for their honeymoon. Michelle fondly remembers her favourite moments of the day: “It felt very special to have both of my dads walking me down the aisle. And we loved the ‘photo shoot’ part of the day!” She encourages other couples to “make sure you enjoy every moment – it really is the best day of your life and it will fly by. Let your groom get as involved as he wants to be. The day should be about both of you.”  She adds, “Don’t feel you need to splash out to make the day special, but don’t scrimp on the important things like the photographer – after the day is over, you will cherish the photos.”  The venue Glendorgal Hotel, Newquay 01637 874937 | The dress Ella from Vu’s Bridal, Wadebridge 01208 815440 | The flowers Ginny’s Flowers, St Columb Major 01637 881472 | Photography Kensa Photography 01363 84125 |



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walking on sunshine Jill and Andy A meeting at a mutual friend’s party led to Jill and Andy’s first date. Nine and a half years later, after having lived together in their own house and travelled across New Zealand and Central America, they were waist high in snow in the French Alps when Jill accepted Andy’s proposal. The couple opted for a colour scheme of sage green and dusky pink, which proved a chic palette for their delicate floral arrangements. After the ceremony at St Andrew’s Church, the newlyweds stole a few moments to themselves at the top of the church tower. “We overlooked the village and took a moment to enjoy what was happening,” says Jill. Set on the cliffs of Widemouth Bay with views across the Atlantic Ocean, The Widemouth Manor made a stunning reception venue. “The weather was great and we made the most of the verandas and the stunning vistas.” The party tucked into a menu of smoked salmon and crevettes with a horseradish, cream and lime dressing followed by thyme and garlic roasted local sirloin of beef with sun-blushed cherry tomatoes, wild mushrooms and tarragon jus. The feast was rounded off with Andy’s favourite dessert: profiteroles served with Chantilly cream and a rich Cointreau chocolate sauce. The evening disco came with a personalised twist. Having asked guests to contribute their ‘must-have’ songs, the newlyweds laughed and danced the night away with their family and friends. “Everything from the flower arrangements and classy décor to the subtle lighting and gourmet food was perfect,” says Jill. “We wanted to be able to enjoy the special moments again as the day felt so fleeting. Fortunately our photographers captured these moments in a style perfectly suited to us and we now have a stunning collection of images that will help us relive our day forever. In terms of advice for other couples, Jill and Andy suggest: “Enjoy everything about the process from the proposal to the planning and the day itself. If nothing else you will have some great stories to tell when it is all over!”

The venue St Andrews Church followed by The Widemouth Manor Hotel, Bude 01288 361207 | The dress Pronovias The flowers Bleujen Florist, Bude 01288 354606 | Photography Savvie Photography 07584 936302 |



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cosy celebration Lucy and Adam A shared passion for scuba diving first brought Lucy and Adam together at their scuba diving club in Weymouth, Dorset. Rather appropriately, they chose to marry in the coastal setting of Talland Church, “I was confirmed there and used to sing in the church choir,” explains Lucy. Coincidentally, Adam had completed his diving instructor qualifications in Talland Bay before the couple met. They opted for a small, personal wedding with only 45 guests. “It was a more intimate wedding than others we had attended before,” says Lucy. “This allowed us plenty of time to speak to all of our guests.” The weekend of celebrations took place in the spectacular setting of Pentillie Castle, which meant both families made their preparations for the ceremony together. The bridesmaids wore floor-sweeping teal gowns, which made for an elegant pairing with the ivory flowers. Cymbidium orchids added a flourish of pink against the ivory roses and hydrangeas in Lucy’s bouquet. After the church ceremony and photographs overlooking the bay, the party returned to Pentillie Castle for afternoon tea on the terrace where guests enjoyed miniature scones and sandwiches with views across the Tamar. “This allowed plenty of time to mingle and chat,” says Lucy. Scallops with pancetta and pea purée and a main course of pork belly and wild Lizard salad were amongst the highlights of the wedding breakfast. For dessert, guests eagerly tucked into the individual chocolate wedding cakes served with cream. After the speeches, live band ‘The Grace Notes’ kicked off the evening party with Lucy and Adam’s first dance to ‘Let’s Stay Together’. The fabulous weekend wedding was rounded off with a romantic honeymoon in Italy. “We spent five days in Sorrento on the Amalfi Coast followed by five hectic days sightseeing and dining out in Rome.” “It’s your day so have it your way, even if it does not conform to the classic wedding schedule,” Lucy advises other budding brides and grooms. “The guests at your wedding will remember it more if it is unique.”

The venue Talland Church followed by Pentillie Castle and Estate, St Mellion 01579 350044 | The dress Alfred Angelo from A Day To Remember, Plymouth 01752 214040 | The flowers St Mellion Flowers 01752 845545 | Photography Fairytale Weddings Photography 01637 874637 |



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waterside romance Nicky and Nick A meeting at a summer party triggered an instant connection for Nicky and Nick. “Nick was only supposed to stay for a drink, but we got on so well from the start that he ended up cancelling his dinner plans and staying for the evening,” says Nicky. St Michael’s Church at Porthilly, a beautiful church located on the beach with views of Rock and Padstow across the estuary, made a sublime setting for the nuptials. “The ceremony was by far our favourite part of the day,” says Nicky. “Neither of us could stop laughing and smiling, and we loved that everyone was included. The service was wonderful and seemed to last both forever and for only about two minutes.” After the service, everyone gathered on the beach for Prosecco and photographs in the glorious sunshine. Nick’s godparents offered the couple the use of their gardens for the marquee reception, with views overlooking the lake. Sage green styling was carried through the details from the bridesmaid dresses to the macaroons made by Stein’s Patisserie for each guest. The flowers were a stunning combination of green hydrangea, green chrysanthemums, avalanche roses and white lilies, while two flower globes hanging from the roof made for a spectacular finish in the dinner marquee. On arrival, guests supped on cocktails and played croquet on the lawn. “We are both passionate about food and wine and we wanted to give our guests a fabulous meal, that was, as far as possible, made from Cornish ingredients.” Tink Gaskell of Tinker’s Catering did just that, serving a feast of mackerel with a samphire and broad bean salad followed by local fillet and stuffed shoulder of lamb. Nick’s sister, Jen, made a traditional French croquembouche for the wedding cake. `’Each wine was chosen at the same time as the dish it accompanied, and was supplied through Nick’s wine consultancy business, Crabtree Wine Consultants.” Live band ‘The Funk Soul Brothers’ did a sterling job of keeping the dance floor grooving with their repertoire of soul classics, while the band’s jazz duo provided a chilled soundtrack during the meal. After their fabulous day, the couple spent “three glorious weeks in Italy, starting in Ravello on the Amalfi Coast, and finishing with stays in the Tuscan countryside and Florence.” “Have the best photographer you can find,” is their advice. “Emma was incredible and took the most beautiful photographs. Most of all though, take the time to enjoy yourselves.”

The venue St Michael’s Church, Porthilly, followed by a marquee reception The dress Peter Langner from Browns Bride, Marylebone 020 7514 0000 | The flowers Flowers From Bruallen, Delabole 01840 212555 | Photography Emma Solley 01392 848500 |



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If the perfect princess dress isn’t for you then ditch the idea! Tea-length dresses, vintage dresses and non-white dresses are very popular for rock and roll brides. Or how

about going for something custom made? It’s not always as expensive as you might first imagine. Check out and www. for custom made options and www. or for vintage dresses.

Groom style

You spend weeks scouring the Internet and magazines to find your perfect dress and the man in your life is meant to take approximately ten minutes picking out an ugly suit? Ask your groom what he’d really like to wear for his big day! Trainers, skinny jeans, braces? All can be smartened up to give your boy an original wedding day look.

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pegs for them to clip them to which would make a great display for the whole evening.

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Why not combine your photo booth with your guest book? Set up a ‘camera bar’ with instant cameras and leave a note for your guests to take a snap of themselves, write a message and display it. You could hang a line of string with


Why not give your girls a colour scheme and ask them to choose their own dress that they feel comfortable in? The results look fantastic, original and quirky in photographs! You can tie their looks together with the same flower, shoes or accessories if you like.


Roses are certainly not the only option for bridal bouquets. Ask your florist about seasonal flowers or unusual choices. I love baby’s breath, succulent and billy ball (yellow pompom flower) bouquets. Of course, that’s providing you go for real flowers at all! Recently I’ve seen brides carrying bouquets

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of vintage brooches, buttons, sweets, faux flowers made of fabric, felt or ribbon and even miniature cake pops!


Good wedding photography really is a lifetime investment and finding the perfect person for this job is so important! Be sure the person you book ‘gets you’ – wedding photography is cool again and there are so many incredibly talented artists out there.


The trend for cupcakes and cheesecake has been around for a few years now, but why not take your confectionery one step further? Over the past year I’ve seen wedding pies, doughnuts and French fancies. You can also decorate them in a unique way. How about DIY-ing mini bunting to

suit a shabby chic theme, adding multi-coloured bows for a whimsical theme or adding cute little birds for a woodland theme? Cake toppers are a really cool way to add some personality, and you might even opt for a non-human topper: cats, owls, penguins, peg people – I’ve seen them all! is a great place to find unusual and inspiring creations. Kat Williams is the writer and editor of the UK’s most popular wedding blog. For unique and unusual wedding inspiration, check out



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AISLE STYLE Inject a serious dose of rock and roll into your wedding with these fabulous ideas from wed’s favourite wedding blogger, Kat Williams of






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