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The Lake District is a magical setting for a wedding (I should know having got married in the Lakes myself) and is a fantastic backdrop any season of the year. The Lake District is the most popular area in the UK for weddings so do make sure you plan well in advance.

Cathy Hodder Editor

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Photography Lorraine Oates of Powder & Paint tells you what to look for in your wedding photographer Asking a friend or relative with a point and shoot camera may appear to be a good way to save money, but you should always think carefully before entrusting your wedding pictures to an amateur. Ask yourself, what would they do if it was raining and all the pictures needed to be taken indoors? Do they have the creative flair, tools and ability to offer the style or effects you might want to see in your final album? A professional, well trained photographer is likely to be an expert in lighting and composition. They will have the knowledge and experience to cope with all eventualities and still produce a great set of pictures that will be proud to show off for many years to come. When to start looking for your wedding photographer? It is never too early to start looking for your wedding photographer as many of the best ones are booked up more than a year in advance. The trick is to find a professional with a good track record. A good place to start might be by asking for recommendations from family or friends. Ask your chosen venue if they are able to recommend any good local photographers. Another good place to try is professional bodies such as the SWPP or MPA, whose qualifications and members are recognised for their professional excellence. What to look for in your wedding photographer? A good photographer will give you the opportunity to view selections of images from previous weddings. It is very easy to look at single shots from many different weddings; however what you should be looking for is consistently good shots from the same wedding as well as having a set of images that visually tell the story of the day. It is important to find someone that you like and get along with, who is excited about the prospect of photographing your wedding, has a great attitude and wants to do the best possible job for you both. What type of style of wedding photographs do you want? It’s only natural that you’ll probably want plenty of pictures taken on the day. They will all look fantastic and take very little time to organise. However you need to be aware that even great photographs take time to be created and that quantity is no substitute for quality. Even the most natural looking shots may take time to set up, so it is wise to be aware that the photography will take up time during the days schedule, before, during and after the ceremony.

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A professional photographer will discuss with you what style of images you will be happiest with and who you do and don’t want in your pictures. They will guide you on timings for any formal/romantic shots and liaise with the venue’s catering team/coordinator to understand their schedule. Lastly, find out what the total cost of your photography package will be, what it includes and agree it in writing. How long will the photographer stay? Will there be travelling costs, VAT etc? Many packages also include an album

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and specific number of prints/ images so find out

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exactly what kind of album and how many prints

you will be getting for your money. Paul Howie Photography Don’t forget, many photographers will keep

negatives and own the copyright for images so any reprints must be ordered through them. Some may place all or some of the “proofs” on the internet for you to make your selection via an on-line album often protected by a password. Guests and family can often order prints via this method too. All photographers have different ways of handling your images at this stage so discuss what you’d like beforehand to make sure you are happy with what happens at the final stages. Good luck and best wishes to you both for you forthcoming wedding and on finding your perfect wedding photographer. Powder & paint photography

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the perfect

wedding venue The choice of wedding venue is a really important one. The venue creates the atmosphere for the whole day and the choice of venue will depend largely on the number of guests, price and location. The Lake District and Cumbria covers a wide geographical area and as well as the hotspots of Bowness, Ambleside and Keswick there are towns and villages which should also be on the list for consideration Take a look at our TOWNS & VILLAGES pages to see what is on offer from the various locations. The preferred choice of venue will most likely be a hotel and there are a couple of points to consider. If the wedding party is small enough you can opt for exclusive use of a hotel. Make sure it is licensed for civil weddings and then you can have a registrar attend to issue the wedding legal formalities. Take a look at our licensed wedding venues including registry ofďŹ ces here. A second option would be to book a larger hotel and although you would not have exclusive use there will often be spa facilities and extra lounges giving some freedom for the guests who want to have some private time.

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Either way the first step is to take a look at the hotels on offer, order some brochures, make a shortlist and finally most important of all make a visit up here to meet the owners and get a feel for each of your options before making a final choice. Don’t forget things such as spectacular backdrops for photographs and proximity to transport etc.

suggested venues


Sawrey House Stonecross Manor The Belsfield The Lakeside Hotel Lindeth Howe Oak Bank Hotel

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Linthwaite House

Recently voted once again in the top 100 wedding venues in the UK and abroad by Condé Nast's 'Brides Magazine' (fourth year running), Condé Nast's Johansen's Most Excellent Country House Hotel and previous winner of the AA's Most Romantic Hotel, Linthwaite offers a truly unique wedding venue, overlooking Lake Windermere. The secluded gardens, magical tarn and Lake District scenery provide the perfect backdrop for romantic photographs. The hotel terrace, conservatory or lounge, are ideal settings for a relaxed drinks reception. We know the importance of making sure your wedding day is one of the most memorable days of your life (and memorable for the right reasons!). Our experienced Wedding co-ordinator, Kate Thomas, will manage all your arrangements, from ceremony to reception, so that you can make the most of your precious day and relax. We are licensed to hold civil ceremonies and civil partnerships in both the Billiard Room and the Boardroom and are able to accommodate small intimate weddings from just the bride and groom or to top things off we can host larger weddings of up to 64 people maximum when taking exclusive use. Why not give your special day the feeling of a relaxed house party by booking the hotel exclusively. This allows more flexibility so that timings can be tailored to your personal arrangements and wishes. If you wish we can do an even larger wedding involving the separate hire of a marquee, up to 100, or it could be used to enable you to invite additional guests for an evening function, dance or disco, perhaps with an evening buffet. The hotel’s contemporary yet comfortable facilities include 30 individually decorated bedrooms including our recently completed Luxury Loft Suite. Claimed to be one of the nicest suites in Cumbria it has a glass sliding roof in the lounge area, which together with the telescope, king size bed, Bose surround DVD system, oversize Italian double ended designer bath and TV in the lounge, bedroom and bathroom, it will complete the perfect treat for you on your wedding celebrations. We also have a super new room on the ground floor, with lake view, which has its very own private outdoor hot tub. All 30 bedrooms are en-suite, some with Lake Views and King Size beds, Molton Brown products, Satellite TV, CD-Hifi or iPod radios, waffle bathrobes, hairdryers, iron and ironing board, complimentary bottled water, tea and coffee making facility, and last but definitely not least, Wi-Fi throughout. For further information or to request a wedding brochure please contact our wedding co-ordinator Kate Thomas: Linthwaite House, Crook Rd, Windermere, LA23 3JA E: T: 015394 88600 W:

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The perfect place for your big day

Your Wedding at Lakeside

Romantic, idyllic, memorable... Lakeside’s stunning setting on the tranquil southern shore of Windermere and our luxurious four-star hotel with its 17th century coaching inn origins create a truly unforgettable wedding day for you.

Two picturesque venues

Our special wedding package

You can choose from our exclusive Windermere Suite or the intimate surroundings of our Oak Suite. Your wedding photographs and drinks reception are held in our hotel gardens leading down to the water’s edge or in our conservatory overlooking the lake. Just picture it...

We can take care of everything for you with our all-inclusive, set-price package, allowing you total peace of mind and the freedom to enjoy your day.

Exclusive Windermere Suite Situated opposite the hotel, our new Windermere Suite is available for your sole use, offering you and up to 70 guests a discreet and completely private location for your wedding. The suite combines contemporary style with state of the art technology including projection screen, two plasma screens and sound system. There is a bar area, lounge, kitchen and outdoor terrace for drinks.

Traditional Oak Room

Include a lake cruise Why not take your wedding party for a scenic cruise along England’s largest lake. We can host your drinks reception onboard if you wish, making it a day to remember for your guests.

Come and see for yourself To discuss all that Lakeside has to offer you and to make an appointment for a tour of the perfect place for your big day, please contact Rhianne Foster or Ruth Nicholson, our wedding executives: Call 015395 30001 or email Alternatively visit our website at

Original oak panelling and an open fire, stained glass windows and wonderful lake views, our hotel’s Oak Room provides a welcoming, warm and informal atmosphere for your wedding ceremony and celebrations. It is particularly suited to smaller wedding parties up to a maximum of 24 guests.

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The Castle Green Hotel

Best Western Castle Green Hotel in Kendal offers a fantastic Cumbria wedding complete with civil ceremonies on the edge of the Lake District. Experienced staff ensure you have a day to remember from start to finish.

Your Day, Your Dreams‌ We know that every couple has a different vision of their perfect day and believe that working together is the key to an inspiring occasion. Whether you are planning a civil ceremony in one of our licensed ceremony rooms, a garden wedding in our beautiful gazebo, a wedding reception or evening celebration, we give professional advice and guidance. View our reception package.

Wedding Accommodation We are happy to provisionally reserve accommodation for your guests at a reduced rate and don't insist on a two night minimum stay as most Lake District hotels do.

Wedding Appointments We have a member of our wedding team available every Saturday for appointments to view the facilities so you can talk to an experienced wedding planner about your perfect day gaining all the information in one visit. Nicola Postlethwaite - Wedding & Events Coordinator Telephone: 01539 797004 | Email:

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Barrow Register Office, The Nan Tait Centre, Abbey Road, Barrow in Furness, Cumbria, LA14 1LG. Tel +44 (0)1229 407510/ 407511. Email: Carlisle 23 Portland Square, Carlisle CA1 1PE Tel: 01228 227432 Email: Cockermouth Fairfield, Station Road, Cockermouth CA13 9PT Tel: 01900 706960


Email: Kendal County Offices, Kendal LA9 4RQ Tel: 01539 713567 Email: Penrith Friargate, Penrith CA11 7XR Tel: 01768 242120 Email: Ulverston The Town Hall, Ulverston LA12 7AR Tel: 01229 404170 Email: Whitehaven College House, Flatt Walk, Whitehaven CA28 7RW Tel: 01900 706960 / 01946 506190 Email: Wigton Station Road, Wigton CA7 9AJ Tel: 01228 223446 Email:

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Ideas for a great

Stag or Hen do The Lake District offers a wide range of activities for stag and hen do’s. The level of activity is up to you so whether it is full on adrenaline pumping action or a more sedate, adventure, the lakes has something for everyone. River Deep Mountain High Activities have nine years experience in delivering high quality outdoor fun with activities for larger groups including Gorge Walking, Abseiling, Raft Building, Archery and Canoeing. For petrol heads the hilly terrain offers excellent quad biking and off road driving opportunities and Holmescales activity centre is a good starting point for off roading and also has the perennial favourite paintballing on offer as well as clay pigeon shooting and archery. You can also try your hand at driving a tank! You may of course just want to relax with a group of friends and whilst a hotel is a good choice why not try a cottage instead? Take a look at our group accommodation selection for ideas.

RiverDeepMountainHigh, Lowick Old School, Nr Ulverston, Cumbria, LA12 8EB Holmescales Activity Centre, Old Hutton, Kendal, Cumbria, LA8 0NB. Rookin House Farm, Troutbeck, Ullswater, Penrith, Cumbria CA11 0SS

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romance Romance With the Lake District having recently been voted the most popular place for a marriage proposal in the UK in a Poll of members, we offer a little guidance to help love take its natural course. Whether you are planning to propose, spending your honeymoon here, or just enjoying a weekend break, the Lake District offers endless possibilities for romance.

Poets Wherever you go you’ll be following in the footsteps of William Wordsworth and Samuel Taylor Coleridge, who, appropriately were part of the Romantic Movement of the late 1700’s and early 1800’s If Romantic poets aren’t your thing then perhaps knowing that you’re in the land that Beatrix Potter loved, or that Arthur Ransome immortalised in his book Swallows and Amazons will inspire you to new levels of amour.

A Day Trip Here’s a tried and tested itinerary for a romantic day out in the Lake District that can be extended with an overnight stay if time and budget permit.

Steam It starts with a short journey on a steam train, moves on to a cruise on Windermere followed by an al fresco lunch by the lake at Ambleside. The return journey offers a visit to Bowness on Windermere where you can opt to check into a hotel and enjoy dinner in the evening. We start at The Lakeside and Haverthwaite Railway station (Sat-Nav Postcode: LA12 8AL open April to October). Most people will drive there but there are convenient bus stops for travellers from both Kendal and from the Furness peninsula. Purchase tickets for the combined train and cruise trip – good value at around £20 per person, and enjoy an 18 minute ride on a steam train from Haverthwaite to Lakeside.

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Sail On arrival at Lakeside, leave the train and take a short walk to the jetty where you’ll begin your journey to Ambleside. The cruise ships run all year round but less frequently in the winter. Now relax and enjoy the view from the lake. There’s plenty of seating, inside, outside, and in the bars and cafes or stand at the front of the boat and have your own Titanic moment. There are no icebergs in Windermere, although it does occasionally freeze, so as your ferry pulls in to the mid journey stop at Bowness, you can watch the swans serenely floating by. Onwards to Waterhead (about a mile short of Ambleside) where you’ll disembark and take a stroll along the shore of the Lake to the Wateredge Inn which enjoys an unrivalled position at the very northern tip of the lake.

Lunch Make your choice from the menu and add a bottle of the ultimate romantic drink – Champagne to your order. Enjoy your al fresco meal with beautiful views as a backdrop. A post lunch stroll around the nearby village of Ambleside is now in order, particularly if you’re in the market for outdoor gear. Back to Waterhead to pick up your ship for the return journey. If you’re sailing back to Lakeside to complete your journey – bon voyage but for those you taking the optional stopover in Bowness on Windermere, there’s lots more to see and do.

Impress Alight at Bowness and depending on the time of year (April to October) and time of day, captain your own ship for an hour in a self drive motorboat or rowing boat available from the wooden huts to the right of Bowness promenade.

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romance Accommodation Return to terra firma and check in to your pre-booked accommodation. Ideally, you’ll have a 4 poster bed and a lake view with another bottle of champagne on ice in your room. Relax for a while and freshen up prior to dinner in your chosen restaurant. Pre booking is always a good idea and is essential in high season.

Dinner There are lots of restaurants to choose from and several where you can book both accommodation and a meal with Jerichos in Windermere and The Angel Inn in Bowness both recommended.

Will you marry me? If a marriage proposal is your intention and you’ve passed up the opportunity to pop the question thus far, you’re running out of time and on bended knee at dinner is the obvious remaining option.

Boogie If you still have the energy after you’ve consumed your fine food and wine, there’s the option to spend a few hours, well till 3am actually, in one of the best night clubs in the Lake District - The Wheelhouse Club and Lounge Bar in Bowness Finally, your room awaits and ahem, that’s where you’ll have to take over.

Planning Assuming that all’s gone well on the proposal front, you may wish to consider a return trip to plan your wedding day and/or honeymoon

5 romantic things to do in the Lake District


Walk up to High Dam near Finsthwaite, throw caution and your clothes to the wind and go


Pack a picnic and stroll hand in hand to the top of Gummers Howe. Enjoy the wonderful view of

skinny dipping.

Windermere and Lakeside as you share your food and drink. Occasionally, a mystery woman with a marvellous voice practices her singing on the fellside. If you're lucky enough to hear her, enjoy.


Enjoy the lakes on horseback. Book a one hour or half day trek and trot off into the sunset

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Try a champagne balloon flight. Float above the Lakes on a flight of fancy - weather permitting


Watch a romantic movie at one of the many Lake District Cinemas

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transport For me one of the most magical moments is watching the bride and groom taking their first married steps from the church or registry office to the wedding limousine. The drama and photo opportunity of these moments is always heightened by the choice of vehicle, whether it be a Rolls Royce or something much more quirky such as a Morris Minor convertible or indeed a horse and carriage. The Lake District does not disappoint when it comes to choosing a wedding limousine. If the designated driver has not indulged in any pre nuptial nerve calming imbibing of the odd tipple, how about hiring a classic Austin Healey 3000 from Lakes & Dales Classic Car Hire for the ultimate in a glamorous getaway. They also have a Triumph Stag 4 seater if you would like the best man to take the wheel while you sit comfortably in the back. A truly dramatic way to make an entrance is to hire a horse drawn carriage for your wedding. There are a number of companies offering this delightful

Lake District Wedding Cars Lake District Vintage Wedding Cars Phil Rhodes Horse Drawn Carriage Hire

service, listed on the right. Don’t forget that whichever method of transport you choose it does tend to rain in the Lakes so an attendant with an umbrella might be a good idea!!

Black Horses Ltd Lakeland Chauffeurs

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Shirley C Lingerie - Windermere Turnbulls - Carlisle Jacy’s - Cockermouth

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music Classical The Lakes Quartet can play for your church service, providing music for the wedding before moving on to the reception venue. The Quartet is also able to play for your marriage or civil ceremony in one of the area's many licensed venues. They continue to entertain you and your guests after the ceremony during photographs and drinks. Music can also be provided throughout the wedding breakfast if required. The Quartet has a wide repertoire allowing you to choose a personal selection for your special day, and includes many different styles of music to suit all ages and tastes. A member of the Quartet is always happy to give advice and discuss any other requests with you.

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music Jazz There are so many ways a jazz band can enhance the atmosphere of a wedding, from playing in the foyer as you arrive back to the hotel from the church to playing in the actual ceremony itself (whether that be in a church or at the hotel) or playing as background entertainment as you socialize in the afternoon -relaxed music as you enjoy your meal or as a main attraction in the evening. Jazz sounds are Lake District based and provide jazz bands and musicians throughout Cumbria.

DJ’s A great Disco for your evening is a must, a chance for guests to relax and enjoy themselves. A great disco will have the facility to generate request lists on-line prior to the wedding and may have a plasma screen for viewing of guest photos and wedding highlights.

Lakes String Quartet Jazz Sounds Classic Ensembles AnnaKate Pearson Harpist Lakeland Brass

Mobile DJ’s Dancing In The Dark Lakes DJ

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hair & beauty For most brides and indeed grooms looking your best on the most important day of your life is a prime concern. Luckily the Lake District has a plethora of beauty salons and award winning hairdressers to help you really shine in front of guests. It is not just about looking good it is about feeling good so lets start at the top and work our way down. Healthy hair is about more than just a good cut, regular washing and conditioning in advance of the big day will ensure glossy healthy hair. Finding the right hairdresser here in the lakes should entail looking at some of our suggested websites in the information box below and talking to them directly about your requirements They may even have portfolios you can browse. Equally your make up is best left to the professionals so ďŹ nd a beauty salon close to your chosen venue.

Debonair Kendal HQ Hair Keswick Erica’s Hair Salon Windermere Pearls Beauty Salon Kendal

For radiant Brides, Mothers of the Bride or Groom, and divine Bridesmaids, Pearl Beauty and Holistic Therapy are offering a very special service! Flawless skin is never more important than on your special day. Put your skin in the hands of the professionals to achieve the most stunning skin imaginable for your special day. Our Pre-Nup Skin Prep is an astonishing, results driven skin package available for Brides to Be, Mums of the Bride or Groom and Bridesmaids. Using amazing products such as the Spiezia Organics signature treatments and products, and microdermabrasion your skin is in exceptionally good hands. After consultation with some of the best hands in the business, Jade Litten and Becky Roscow, our state of the art signature facials, skin peels, skin scrubs, microdermabrasion and IPL treatments are put together in a bespoke package, just for you and your skin type. Week by week, you will see your skin undertake a renaissance prior to the most important day of your life! You can be absolutely confident that your wedding photo close-ups will look movie-star amazing! To book your Pre-Nup Skin Prep appointment with Jade or Becky, please call Pearl Beauty and Holistic Therapy on 01539 733133.

Pearl Beauty and Holistic Therapy 35 All Hallows Lane Kendal Cumbria LA9 4JH 01539 733133

Kendal/266432893414962 The Nail & Beauty Salon Windermere

Microdermabrasion IPL Permanent Hair Removal Waxing Electrolysis Hot Stone Massage Geleration Nails Manicure Pedicure Massage Wraps

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florists Every bride has her own ideas and themes for her special day, Lake District florists can make these dreams into reality. Your wedding day is the most important day of your life, and it is the perfect finishing touches that Cumbrian florists can provide to make your memorable day even more special.

Brides Bouquets & Flowers Choosing the design to compliment your wedding dress, colour themes and ideas is so important to create the perfect wedding picture. The brides bouquet is the most important part of the flower designs, and everything else is made to compliment this. As each bride is different there are so many different designs to choose from. Shower bouquets are very popular, and look stunning with a traditional design dress. Hand tied bouquets are also extremely popular and can be designed in a variety of ways from all round designs to over the arm styles, being formal and packed in style or informal and loose country style.

Buttonholes & Corsages For the main wedding party, it is usual to have either identical or complementing buttonholes and corsages. The grooms buttonhole is the most special of the designs and he may wish to have a single or double flower matching the bride’s bouquet and colour. It is usual for the best man, dads and ushers to either have the same design or a variation maybe in colour from the groom. For the mothers of the bride and groom it is also usual for them to wear something to complement the bridal designs, again they are a little more special than the ordinary guests. Wrist, handbag and hat corsages are also popular.

Dodds Designer Florists Ulverston Valerie Ann’s Windermere Evergreens Florists Keswick Impulse Flowers Kendal

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information Advertise in the Wedding Guide This guide is in a digital PDF format and pages can be added at any time. Online for 12 months ending February 28th 2013 it is the ideal way to put your message across to people worldwide looking to have their wedding in the Lake District. In January over 1,000 people looked at our weddings category page and we regularly have over 600 people monthly looking for wedding venues. Discover The Lakes increased visitor numbers by 60% last year and in 2012 we will exceed 600,000 visitors. If you are interested in learning more please email us at or call us on 01229 586883.

Readers Weddings Did you get married in the Lake District? Send us the story of your special day and photos to and we may include it in our 2013 guide. Please include your contact details and the best story will receive a bottle of champagne on us!

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Lake District Wedding Guide  

guide to lake district wedding venues, photographers, wedding caterers. plan your lake district wedding.

Lake District Wedding Guide  

guide to lake district wedding venues, photographers, wedding caterers. plan your lake district wedding.