Guides for Brides Cotswolds and Wiltshire 2020 Guide

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Choose and book your wedding planner - page 19 Choose and book your church, registrar or celebrant - page 22 Book your caterer - page 23 Choose and book your photographer - page 24 Book your music and entertainment - page 28 Book transport to and from the wedding - page 30

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Book your cake maker - page 44 Choose and book your florist - page 45 Order your stationery and send out invitation - page 49 Book or buy venue decor Choose your readings, hymns and music

• Buy gifts for parents and bridal party • Finalise table plan • Write and practise speeches • Trial run of hair and makeup • Email all suppliers to confirm



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Editor Alison Hargreaves Sales Manager John Maddaford Account Managers Ali Moore Amy Jaremchuk Christine King Denise Huff Elaine Rough



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Shop for your bridal gown - page 36 Buy your shoes, jewellery and accessories Take your mum shopping for her outfit Choose your suit Choose and buy bridesmaid dresses Buy wedding rings - page 41 Book hair and makeup - page 43

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Collect hired menswear Enjoy a manicure and pedicure Rehearsal for a church wedding Brief bridal party and groomsmen Pack your wedding day essentials Enjoy your day!

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Tops Tips for your choosing your wedding Venue... When choosing your dream wedding venue there are many things you need to think about. Take a look through our checklist with the top things you need to consider when making your decision.

1. Budget

One of the first things you need to do is decide on your budget for the venue and how much extra you may need for decorations.

2. Where?

Think about the type of setting you would like for your big day - this gives you a great starting point for booking visits.

3. License to Marry

If you’re planning a civil ceremony then check whether the venue holds the appropriate license.

4. Capacity

Who’s on the guest list? It’s important to view venues that can accommodate everyone, whether that’s for the reception or the ceremony.

5. Catering Options

If you’re looking at independent caterers then you need to check this with your prospective venue - they may only allow in-house catering at their events.

6. Photo opportunities

When visiting the venue take note of whether there’s plenty of natural light for beautiful photographs, especially for outdoor locations.

7. Reputation

Check out reviews from other brides who have used the same venue for their wedding.



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THE STONES HOTEL Coach Road, Westbury, Wiltshire, BA13 4LX White Horse Country Park is situated within 247 acres of parkland, which is overlooked by the Westbury White Horse. Within the beautiful setting the club house offers excellent facilities for Weddings & Civil Ceremonies.

• Numbers of 150 people for a civil ceremony and 250 people for sit down receptions and evening parties. • Fully licensed private bar • On-site flexible caterer • Great Parking facilities • Wedding Co-ordinator Call our friendly team now to enquire more about your special event 01373 822323 THE

Weddings at The Stones Hotel are nothing short of extraordinary. Whether you want an intimate wedding for 50 guests or a lavish day with a party of 250, we can offer the perfect setting for your special day. Speak to one of our team of experts on 01722 782020 or






FOR A MAGICAL OXFORDSHIRE WEDDING The historic grandeur of Macdonald Bear Hotel provides the perfect backdrop for your wedding with open fires, ivy-clad walls and original period detail.

To book, contact: 0344 879 9143 or visit


YOUR PERFECT COTSWOLD WEDDING VENUE With a classic but contemporary charm, Wyck Hill House is a delightful combination of a traditional setting with modern facilities. Offering a range of rooms to cater for your wedding party, the hotel is licensed for wedding ceremonies and civil partnerships.

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A choice of 9 licensed ceremony locations, both indoors and out, in the idyllic grounds of a moated 17th Century Cotswold Stone House Small Receptions for up to 40 Guests

VIEWINGS BY APPOINTMENT Contact Jeffrey Cleaver 01367 810206 Friars Court, Clanfield, Oxon OX18 2SU

With multiple possible spaces for your ceremony, including an outside lawn, the Great Tythe Barn really is a venue for all seasons, and large enough to accommodate up to 200 dining guests. Not only can we offer a stunning venue, we can accommodate up to 90 guests across 10 self-catering cottages, 12 B&B rooms and our 5* manor house; The Tythe House, which means you and your guests really can relax and enjoy the celebrations.

For more information, please visit our website, or contact our wedding coordinators!

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The Day! After meeting at 14, Matt and Izzy tied the knot 15 years later at the beautiful Great Tythe Barn in Tetbury. “The venue was perfect - the cottages and manor house on site meant that we could have a pre-wedding party the night before, and everyone had room to stay over after the big day,” says the bride. After walking down the aisle to a live choir and reading personalised vows, the newlyweds enjoyed a ‘posh picnic’ wedding breakfast courtesy of caterers Fine Dine With Us, which went down a treat with guests. “People still tell how much they love it today!” says Matt. For favours, each guest received a charity bird pin from Cancer Research in honour of the bride’s late father, and the tables were decorated with flowers grown in the mother of the bride’s back garden. “Even though the weather was terrible, I felt like we were laughing all day!” says Izzy. To see more from this real wedding, visit real-weddings

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The Barn at Upcote is a set of beautifully restored and renovated Cotswold barns which are the perfect backdrop for your special day.

We are nestled in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty with views across the rolling Cotswold hills and the local farm.

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The Venue for all Occasions

IT'S YOUR DAY From intimate ceremonies for two, to large celebrations for 300 or more, Oxford Town Hall is the ideal backdrop for your special day 01865 252195



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Wrag Barn Golf Club is situated deep in the beautiful Wiltshire countryside, just outside the historic market town of Highworth.

Licensed to hold Civil Ceremonies, Wrag Barn offers the complete Reception service, with the highest standard of catering. The Banbury and The Bellingham room, both sited on the first floor of an imposing Clubhouse, offer access to a private balcony with panoramic views across the Wiltshire countryside. Wrag Barn offers individually tailored receptions for numbers from 40 up to 250 and prides itself on being the perfect venue for that very special day.

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Our Favourite Wedding Barn Venues We’ve picked some of our favourites ones for you...

Photograph by: Louise Bowler Photography

Great Tythe Barn

Great Tythe Barn is a gorgeous, Cotswold stone building which dates back to the 16th century. Full of rustic charm, this Grade II listed barn has been beautifully restored, retaining many original features, from exposed stonework and wooden beams. Combined with under floor heating, atmospheric lighting and glass doors allowing natural light and views of the courtyard to flood in; this barn is the perfect location for a countryside celebration. It is also versatile, offering seating from 50 to 16

200 guests and bespoke menus including a 3 course Wedding Breakfast, Barbeque or Hog Roast. The barn transforms for an evening reception for up to 350 guests, with a stage and dance floor perfect for celebrating!


Silver Pear Weddings at Friars Court

Set in 600 acres of beautiful countryside, Silver Pear Weddings at Friars Court is a 19th century barn perfect for an intimate wedding. This Cotswold stone venue embraces its rustic nature, with rough lime-washed walls and thick elm beams. It is a stunning, open space which creates the perfect blank canvas for a unique wedding. Silver Pear Weddings at Friars Court pride themselves on a flexible approach, allowing couples to create their ideal, bespoke wedding. Perfect for up to 150 guests, this gorgeous barn comes with exclusive use of the grounds which generate its tranquil setting, creating a magical atmosphere for your wedding! THE

The Barn At Upcote

Overlooking an idyllic Cotswold valley, The Barn At Upcote is the perfect rural wedding venue. This stunning venue perfectly combines modern conveniences with its lovingly restored, historic features to create a gorgeous wedding setting. It’s beautiful surroundings are the perfect backdrop for wedding photography and you can decorate the barns entirely as you wish to ensure your wedding day is totally unique to you! With space for up to 160 guests across the barns and a professional team available every step of the way, The Barn At Upcote is ideal for a picturesque barn wedding.





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WEDDING PLANNERS What to look for in a Wedding Planner... The most important aspect to look for in a wedding planner is whether you get on. This is essential as you want to enjoy the process of planning your wedding together. If your personalities clash then it simply won’t work. Always hire from a well-known and established company, as you want a professional wedding planner who will take on a business perspective rather than seeing the planning process as just a hobby. Expert planners like Julia Siburn have been planning events for decades, and will know all the best contacts.

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How To Get The Most From Your Suppliers

Choosing your wedding suppliers wisely can have a big effect on your wedding planning - after all, good communication with great vendors can save you a lot of stress in the lead up! Here’s how to make sure the suppliers you’re picking are the best match for you, and how to get the best of them during the planning process…

Pick According to Your Style & Budget When picking your suppliers, it’s important to balance getting the right price with the right style. There’s no point approaching vendors who may create dream designs, but who are massively out of budget, but equally you don’t want to base everything on budget in case you end up compromising your entire vision.

Make Sure You Mesh Once you have your shortlist, have a chat with your prospective suppliers, either in person 20

or over Skype, to see how they are in person. Emails can only tell you so much! Having suppliers who you get on with and who have similar communication styles to you can help massively when it comes to things running smoothly both on the day and in the lead up.

Send Photos Having a visual reference for your wedding ideas is always useful for wedding suppliers even if it’s to let you know that your ideas are too ambitious for the budget! Get on Pinterest


and create boards to show to your suppliers so you know you’re both on the same page.

Don’t Swamp Them Your wedding may be the most important thing in the world to you, but you have to bear in mind that your suppliers will be juggling lots of weddings at the same time, especially during the summer. Of course it’s normal to have lots of questions, but try to save them up for one email or meeting, rather than constantly bombarding your suppliers.

Remember That They’re People Too! This is an important one. Although it should be common sense, sometimes brides forget that wedding businesses are run by actual people who have to make a living! Be polite


and friendly in your communications, and while you can be honest if things aren’t meeting your expectations, there’s no need for accusatory or intimidating behaviour.

Trust Them! Your wedding suppliers are professionals, so it’s important that you trust them and try not to micro manage them. They’re there to help take the stress off you and help you have the day of your dreams, but if you interfere with the way that they work, it’s only going to cause tension between the two of you. It’s perfectly okay to question or to ask for clarification if you don’t understand something, but trusting your suppliers will make the process a lot less stressful.




CELEBRANTS What is a Celebrant Ceremony? Celebrant-led weddings have risen in popularity in the UK, with over 1,000 in England and Wales each year. Many couples are now considering these as an alternative to a civil ceremony. But what is a celebrant ceremony? It is a non-religious wedding ceremony, which offers more freedom and choice than a civil ceremony. You can exchange vows where you want, when you want and how you want! Unlike in Scotland and Northern Ireland, celebrant weddings are not currently recognised by law in England and Wales, so couples often go to the registry office to take care of the legal formalities in the days before or after their celebrant wedding. Celebrants are trained in ceremony creation so have knowledge of ceremony structure, and experience with different ceremony elements. They can plan every aspect of your ceremony, wherever it might be, and personalise it around you.

Beautiful & Bespoke Ceremonies Your personalised, fully choreographed service will be central to your wedding day, bring you and your guests total joy, and tell your love story. Create this meaningful and memorable ceremony with me; include your beliefs and any symbolic elements you wish for. Handfasting | Broom jumping | Wine Blending | Ring Warming Personalised Vows | Loving Cup| Bespoke Poetry & Readings ‌ ceremonies as unique as you are! 07722193703



CATERING Wedding menu ideas for every season... Spring For a light, fresh Spring wedding menu, starters could include zingy salads with edible flowers, light smoked salmon or Spring vegetable soup, while lamb and chicken make perfect light roasts for mains. Embrace citrus flavours such as lemon drizzle cake or key lime pie.

Summer Mezze sharing boards, barbecues and picnics are ideal for taking advantage of Summer wedding weather. For a more formal meal, why not try harissa lamb or saffron chicken with tabbouleh, or if you prefer classic British food, a light herby chicken with an English garden salad? For dessert, fresh strawberries and cream, Eton mess or a selection of fresh sorbets. LGBTQ+ FRIENDLY

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Autumn Embrace the cooler weather with roasted vegetables, warming soups and spicy flavours. An Autumnal soup or baked camembert always works well for starters, and hearty mains like pies with mash, roast pheasant or pumpkin risotto will go down a storm. For pudding why not try a selection of fruit pies or crumbles, or a hot chocolate brownie?


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Christmas classics like roast turkey, pigs in blankets and cheese boards are surefire hits for December weddings, or opt for slow-cooked steaks or rich venison. Traditional terrines, chutneys and Winter vegetable soups are perfect for starters, and for dessert, mince pies, chocolate tortes and sticky toffee pudding to round off your meal.




PHOTOGRAPHY Top Photography Styles If you are not familiar with wedding photography, the different terminology can be confusing! Here we have summed up the top styles so you can choose the right photographer for you: Traditional Photography Traditional wedding photography is the classic posed look, such as conventional group shots of the couple and the wedding party. This involves lots of direction from the photographer, but it also means taking a chunk of time out of your special day. But, while your photos might be a bit formulaic, they will be beautifully lit and shot and definitely include all your loved ones! Documentary Photography Documentary photography is also known as photojournalistic or reportage photography. Your photographer mingles with you and your guests to capture candid and spontaneous shots. This style is about authentic reactions and emotions so your photos reflect the real wedding story. While this means you can relax more as the photographer, you may not get any posed group photos unless you ask for them, so bear that in mind! Contemporary Photography Contemporary photography is more like fashion or editorial photography combined with a documentary style. So, it is perfect if you want some fashionable couple photos and then an artistic approach to other shots. But it is important that you find a photographer with the same creative vision as you as a couple, whether that’s street style, portraits, conceptual or nature-focused.





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A Lilac Late-Summer Wedding



The Day! Tori and Jake were together for 5 years before they tied the knot at All Saints Church in Durrington. After the ceremony, the couple celebrated at Bishopstrow Hotel and Spa. The couple had chosen this venue due to the beautiful setting and excellent reviews. This lilac themed wedding was beautifully planned with the perfect colour scheme for a latesummer wedding! The bride wore a stunning lace dress, designed by Rebecca Ingram while the five bridesmaids wore floor length lilac chiffon dresses which complimented the theme perfectly. The groom and his groomsmen wore matching navy check suits. Seeing his bride arrive at the ceremony was Jake’s favourite moment of the day. Hearing the speeches was Tori’s favourite part, which was followed by an incredible meal consisting of lemon and thyme roasted chicken terrine, butter roasted beef and warm bakewell tart. To see more from this real wedding, visit real-weddings Venue: The Bishopstrow Hotel & Spa Wedding Photographer: Abi Williamson Photography THE




FIRST DANCE SONGS FOR EVERY COUPLE Looking for inspiration for the perfect first dance song? Here are some of our favourites for every wedding style…



John Legend - All of Me Ed Sheeran - Thinking Out Loud Adele - Make You Feel My Love –––––

Etta James - At Last Nat King Cole - Unforgettable Elvis Presley - Can’t Help Falling In Love ––––––



Tom Walker - Just You and I Meghan Trainer - Marry Me James Arthur - Say You Won’t Let Go –––––

Bright Eyes - First Day of my Life Jose Gonzalez - Heartbeats The Maccabees - Toothpaste Kisses –––––



Oasis - Wonderwall Aerosmith - Don’t Wanna Miss A Thing Metallica - Nothing Else Matters –––––

Stevie Wonder - Signed, Sealed, Delivered Beyonce - Love On Top Bruno Mars - Marry You –––––

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MUSIC & ENTERTAINMENT For more information on these and other music and entertainment suppliers, please go to our website: wedding-music

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TRANSPORT For more information on these and other tranport suppliers, please go to our website:

Bramble Farm Carriage Hire 01225 767139 / 07718 331809

Specialising in horse drawn carriage hire throughout the Cotswolds and surrounding areas

t: 01452 780781 Classic Rolls Royce, Bentleys & Jaguars

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We Specialise in Vintage Cars and Wedding Venue Dressing

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Think out of the box with these transport ideas. Boats Arrive at your waterside wedding in style! The idea of arriving by boat may seem either risky or too flashy but there is a lovely medium. Steamer and canal boats, for example, are a quaint, rustic way to travel to and from your wedding. While perhaps a little slow, this gives you time to relax and enjoy the journey, an ideal tonic for any pre-wedding nerves! Motorbikes and Scooters Arriving at your wedding on a motorbike, with a leather jacket over your suit, is perfect for a bike riding groom. Brides can also get in on the action by going for a vintage sidecar or a big trike for the ultimate farewell! Or you could go retro for your getaway and have a Vespa, definitely an unusual but highly romantic mode of transport. These options are probably better for brides with shorter dresses and hairdos that won’t get crushed by helmets! VW Campervans If you want vintage and nostalgia but nothing too fancy, then definitely look into a VW Campervan! Laidback couples or those planning a festival style wedding will love the idea of arriving at their wedding in one of these 32


venue or are having a British theme. This iconic vehicle will look stunning in your wedding pictures and is definitely an unusual option! Double-decker buses are also practical, as well as aesthetically pleasing. It’s a great idea if you need to transport all your guests from your ceremony to your reception.

cool vans. Often in a multitude of colours and beautifully decorated, this mode of transport will look amazing in your wedding pictures! Double-Decker Buses A vintage red bus makes a great choice if you’ve found the perfect London wedding THE

Pickup Trucks If you like classic American cars, but want something a bit more unusual, why not choose a pickup? These are perfect for country, rustic weddings. Decorate your truck with flowers, garlands and bunting and you’ve got a fun, romantic mode of wedding transport!




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Wedding dress shopping dos and don’ts Don’t...

Do ...your research!

...wear fake tan. Nobody wants to buy a wedding dress covered in streaky tan marks. If you want to tan, then opt for a formula you know won’t rub off to avoid staining the dresses.

Knowing some of the lingo beforehand can really help your bridal consultant narrow down what you’re looking for.

...bring too many people.

You’ll be changing into lots of different dresses, often with the help of a bridal consultant, so be aware of this when you’re choosing your lingerie for the day!

This will make the appointment more inconvenient for your bridal consultant, but also you will be overwhelmed with different opinions.

...bring people you trust.

...try on anything you can’t afford. Trying on a style you can’t afford may mean you end up spending more than intended and having to cut back elsewhere.

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...wear the right underwear.

You need people with you who will be honest with you but also honour your feelings and realise that your opinion is the most important.

...keep an open mind. We recommend that you try a variety of shapes, styles and fabrics. Don’t judge a wedding dress on the hanger - they often look much better on!


BRIDAL WEAR For more information on these and other bridal waer suppliers, please go to our website:

Event Style Bridal Boutique Gorgeous, exclusive bridal boutique in Wiltshire Stocking the Lilian West and Sweetheart range from Justin Alexander Delta 612, Delta Office Park, Swindon SN5 7XF

Wedding Boutique & Dressmakers Exclusive One-To-One Service Appointments Only Designer Wedding Dresses Prom Dresses Designer Accessories Hand-Made Gowns & Outfits For All Occasions Alterations & Repairs

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Will You Be My Bridesmaid ? After saying ‘yes’, it’s time for you to ask the question! If you’ve decided which of your ladies you want by your side on your wedding day, check out these creative bridesmaid proposal ideas: Boozy Brunch - Have your pals meet you at a classic brunch spot for a morning of mimosas. It will be the beginning of many planning meals!

Gift Box - Simply fill a gift box with personalised, bridesmaid necessities or personal thoughtful gifts that inspire memories for each bridesmaid.

Afternoon Tea - For something classy and traditional, opt for a setting of scones and cucumber sandwiches to show your girls how much they mean to you!

Matching Clothing - From matching robes, pyjamas or classic personalised t-shirts ready for the hen party, this will create fun photo opportunities!

Dinner Date - Keep it simple with your favourite foods and some celebratory decor! Jewellery - From personalised necklaces to matching earrings for the big day, these are a perfect, permanent gesture!

Just Ask! - Sometimes, simple is best and with the variety of bridesmaid cards available, perhaps just a meaningful message will do! For more wedding ideas go to our website:

Craft Cocktails - Fancy and fun! Plan an evening of craft cocktails at your favourite local cocktail joint or make your own together at home! www. GUIDESFORBRIDES 38

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You’ll be wearing your wedding ring for the rest of your life, so it’s key to choose one that you love! Here is a quick guide on how to choose your perfect wedding rings... Where to Begin?

Finding the Right Style

Start by working out some basic preferences, such as the colour of the metal, and whether you want a simple or embellished band.

If you plan on always wearing your engagement and wedding ring side by side, consider how they fit together. You're going to wear this ring every day, so choose something that seamlessly becomes a part of your life. For example, if you regularly play sports or an instrument, a slimmer ring with rounded edges may make the most sense.

Start the Search! Now you have a basic idea, start trying rings on! Plan to start shopping around 6 months before your wedding as you'll need time to browse, research prices and revisit rings. Also, some wedding rings need to be ordered or made bespoke and extras, like engraving, can take up to one month.

No Need to Match Don't worry if you and your partner have different tastes – there's no rule that says you have to choose the same metal or even style! Finding something you personally love is key.

Finding the Right Fit Most people rarely take off their wedding bands, but your fingers swell and contract from heat, cold or weight gain. To find the right size that can deal with these changes, schedule your final ring fitting when you're calm and your body temperature is normal. Wear it around the store for a few minutes and try writing and texting as a comfort test.

Be 100% Comfortable Wedding rings are extremely personal, so be sure to love what you buy! If you have any doubt, consider shopping around before making a final decision.



JEWELLERS Whether you are wanting to buy a traditional diamond solitaire engagement ring, his and hers wedding bands, and even thank you gifts for your attendants, your local jeweller is likely to have a great choice and it is one of the few industries that still has a great high street presence. For more information go to

Lee’s jewellers Ltd

High Bridge Jewellers

Specialising in Rings, Diamonds & pre-owned Jewellery

27 Maryport Street Devizes, Wiltshire SN10 1AG (Next to Three Crowns pub)

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very bride hopes to have her hair and make-up looking fabulous on their big day. However, it can be a challenge to know when to begin your preparations on your wedding day morning. This is why it’s important to have trial runs of your hair and beauty before the main event, that way you can properly schedule your wedding morning preparations without feeling rushed. For example, you can anticipate bridal hair and makeup will take around 1.5 to 2 hours in total, while the rest of the bridal party will be a little less. This timing will really depend on the style you’re going for, and how many people are on the hair and makeup team.

The Big Day Preparation: • Hair - for example, an intricate updo will need more time! • Make-up - time all depends on your look such as full glam or more natural. • Dressing - remember to factor in boudoir and dressing shots with your photographer Jewellery, perfume and final touches - don’t forget to factor in minor touches • Photographs - this timing depends on how many you are expecting your photographer to take. Remember to factor in photographs by your bridal party and parents!

If you need advice on your wedding look, Here are some more hair and beauty that’s exactly what your expert is there for! elements that you need to factor into your big day preparations. www. GUIDESFORBRIDES 42

B E A U T Y, H A I R & M A K E U P For more information on these and other beauty, hair and makeup suppliers, please go to our website: wedding-beauty-hair-and-makeup

Leah Toomey


Bridal Makeup Artist and Hairstylist with 8 years experience serving Wiltshire, Gloucestershire and surrounding areas. Leah uses high quality products that last all day, offering trials at her home studio.

BRIDES SAY ‘Leah is brilliant, she really makes you feel relaxed and comfortable and we had such a laugh on my wedding morning. Thank you so much, you made me feel beautiful.’ Contact Leah via her website

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Adding a bit of metallic sparkle to your wedding cake has become popular in recent years, with rose gold in particular standing out. However, this year you are more likely to see a continuation of gold, silver and copper which can be used throughout wedding decor, including the cake!

FLOR AL Flowers may seem an obvious cake decoration but not with these techniques! Pressing and crystallising edible flowers, cascading flowers and fresh greenery turn this common accent into a work of art, transforming your wedding cake into a blooming masterpiece!



Abstract painted details are a gorgeous way to add a subtle touch of colour to a traditional white wedding cake. Whether you choose soft brushstrokes, delicate florals or misty swirling patterns, the effect is like a beautiful impressionist painting! Choose to keep the whimsical, romantic look by choosing soft, pastel colours like blush pink or peach or you could create a bold, modern look by choosing deep reds, purple, or even black tones.

ALTERNAT Not a fan of cake at all? Fear not! There are plenty of other options for your dessert table. Alternative wedding cakes are becoming increasingly popular and act as an extra form of decoration. Think, pancake stacks, doughnut towers, cheese wheel cakes, macaroon towers or cake pops ...the list goes on! This option creates more of a wow factor as well as giving you the freedom to serve something you really love. 44




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WEDDING FLOWER TRENDS Wedding trends come and go but the next trend experts florists foresee is hoops!

small, receive many wonderful comments As we look forward to the Great British including “more beautiful than I could summer, our minds usually picture summer have imagined”. fetes, cream teas, school sports days and the like. For seasonal flower growers and specialist wedding florists, such as Abbey Whether as flower girl posies, a golden hoop Meadow Flowers, it’s slightly different. over your wedding cake, hanging above your Instead, they look forward to the huge variety head in an historic Cotswold barn or vertically of locally grown flowers that are on offer! in the walls of your garden marquee. The Florists relish the chance to create large, wild, beautiful willow hoops can be full or partially arrangements of simply stunning blooms. dressed with foliage, flowers and even fairy Flowers, herbs and a huge variety of foliage lights. They create a distinctive WOW factor are all available in a rainbow of colours, and best of all, they won’t break the bank! shapes and sizes. The arrangements created by Abbey Meadow Flowers, both large and Courtesy of Abbey Meadow Flowers. www. GUIDESFORBRIDES 46

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WEDDING STATIONERY Your wedding stationery is your guests’ first glimpse of your style of wedding; modern or traditional, colourful or simple chic, handmade or printed – the choice is immense. For many brides, it is important to coordinate your choice of wedding stationery so it all has a running theme. Here is our quick guide to great wedding stationery.

Top Tips

What Do I Need to Have?

Wedding stationery should be personal! Express what your wedding will be like and inform your guests what they can expect from the big day. The possibilities are endless as there are literally thousands of designs to choose from!

Whether it’s DIY wedding stationery or a professional wedding stationery service, make sure you get all the wedding stationery you need! You might not need every piece of wedding stationery available, as this can be expensive. But here’s a checklist of the stationery items we would suggest investing it:

Make sure you take time to decide exactly what you want from your stationery. Whether the decision is about colour, motifs, shape, presentation or style, ensure that your choices reflect your personalities and your wedding theme.

• Save the dates • Invitations • RSVP cards • Order of service / ceremony • Table plan • Table numbers • Place cards • Menu • Thank you cards

If you are looking to be a bit more budget savvy, think of creative ways you can incorporate two of these key stationery items into one. Or consider creating your own wedding stationery! But, you’ll still need to factor in the cost of ink cartridges and good Have fun with your wedding stationery and quality materials. create something you are proud of! www. GUIDESFORBRIDES 48

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TOP TIPS FOR WEDDING FAIRS Visiting a wedding fair soon? Here’s how to make the most of it…


Wear comfy shoes! Wedding fairs can be huge, especially the national shows, so it’s a long day on your feet. Wear comfortable flats that you know won’t give you blisters. If you want to try on wedding dresses, you can always bring a pair of heels in your bag.


Speaking of bags, be sure to bring a large bag with a comfortable strap, as you’ll be getting lots of magazines, samples and leaflets on the day to carry around with you.


all the bridesmaids. The maid of honour and the mother of the bride are perfect wedding fair companions, and we also recommend bringing the groom along. That way you can make any decisions together.

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Plan ahead. Take a look at who’s going to be attending the fair and make a note of which suppliers you want to visit, so you can plan a strategy.

Make sure your ducks are in a row financially. Many wedding fair suppliers will have great offers and discounts available to attendees, but you may have to be prepared to put down a deposit on the day.

Make sure you bring the right people with you. Wedding fairs make for the perfect girly day out, but if you have a large bridal party, you may not want to bring www. GUIDESFORBRIDES 50

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Glenfall House, Kings Chapel, Cheltenham, Glos

15 March 2020

The Speech House Hotel, Coleford, Glos

15 March 2020

Grittleton House, Grittleton, Chippenham, Wilts

29 March 2020

The Manor House Hotel, Moreton-in-Marsh, Glos

29 March 2020

Alexandra House, Wroughton, Wilts

05 April 2020

Corsham Town Hall, Corsham, Wilts

19 April 2020

The Wiltshire Hotel, Royal Wootton Bassett, Wilts

26 April 2020

The Kings Head, Cirencester, Glos

03 May 2020

Oxleaze Barn, Lechlade, Glos

10 May 2020

Spittleborough Farmhouse, Royal Wootton Bassett, Wilts

17 May 2020

Lydiard House Conference Centre, Lydiard Tregoze, Swindon, Wilts

14 June 2020

The Swan Hotel, Bibury, Glos

14 June 2020

Cheltenham Racecourse, Cheltenham, Glos

19 July 2020

Hare and Hounds Hotel, Westonbirt, Tetbury, Glos

13 September 2020

The Civic, Trowbridge, Wilts

20 September 2020

De Vere Tortworth Court, Tortworth, Wotton-under-Edge, Glos

27 September 2020

De Vere Cotswold Water Park, South Cerney, Glos

11 October 2020

Thornbury Castle, Thornbury, Glos

18 October 2020

Marsh Farm Hotel, Royal Wootton Bassett, Wilts

25 October 2020

The Swan Hotel, Bibury, Glos

01 November 2020

Christ Church, Swindon, Wilts

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