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Weddings and Ceremonies at Mercure Milton Keynes Hotel

At Mercure Milton Keynes Hotel we’ll get to know you and your tastes – and help make those dreams come true! Whether you are looking for a contemporary and stylish venue to host your wedding reception. or a beautiful place to hold your Civil Ceremony or Civil Partnership, our dedicated team are on hand to guide you through all the planning stages, right up to the big day itself!

Get in touch with our Wedding Planner: Mercure Milton Keynes Hotel The approach, Monks Way, Two Mile Ash, Milton Keynes MK8 8JE Tel: 01908 561 666 Email: h8876-sb@accor.com


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Contents

08 Venues 12 10 Tips for Choosing your Venue 16 Planning your Country Garden Wedding 20 Real Wedding: Dreamy Hedsor House 26 The Savvy Bride 2018 30 Marquees 32 How do You Eat an Elephant? 36 Wedding Catering Trends for 2018 37 Catering 38 Real Wedding: Stowe House - Italian Style

Get Booking 42 Videography 43 Photography 46 Top Ten Photo Must-haves! 49 Transport 50 Arriving in Style 54 Honeymoon Inspiration: Riveria Maya, Mexico 56 Favourite First Dance Songs for 2018 57 Music & Discos 58 Real Wedding: A Rose & Gold themed Wedding

Dress To Impress 62 Bridal Wear 64 How to Plan for Your Boutique Appointment 66 Ultra Violet – Pantone Colour of the Year 68 Your Perfect Wedding Dress 71 Mother of the Bride 72 Menswear 74 Suits You! 76 Which Metal is Best for Your Wedding Band? 77 Jewellers 79 Beauty

Design Your Day 82 Florists 83 Vintage Crockery 84 Choosing Your Wedding Cake Designer 86 You’ve Got Mail 88 Entertainment

Finishing Touches 92 A Speech to Remember

The Final Countdown 96 Pick up a Spare Guide 102 Wedding Fair Diary

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t’s an exciting time for the world of weddings gone are the strict rules and expectations of weddings past. These days, couples are choosing to put their own modern spin on wedding traditions to create a day that’s truly unique to them. When it comes to your wedding, we are with you every step of the way to help you find the most perfect venue and suppliers to make your day really special for you and your guests. This Berkshire and Buckinghamshire Guide covers every area of wedding planning, with handy checklists in each section to help you keep on track. As well as top planning tips and the very best local suppliers and wedding businesses, we also have beautiful wedding inspiration in the form of real local weddings, new groomswear ideas and a guide to wedding dress styles.

We’ve got you covered when it comes to searching online, too. Head over to guidesforbrides.co.uk to see even more suppliers from your county and the surrounding areas, and sign up for our free online Wedding Planner to access our helpful planning tools, including a personalised task list broken down month-by-month, a budget tracker, guest list and table planner. If you have any questions or wedding planning problems that need solving, just drop us a line on social media or call us on 01235 773461. We are here to help.

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This edition covers: Berkshire/Buckinghamshire Other editions are available for: Cotswold/Wiltshire Oxfordshire Surrey, Sussex and Hampshire Front Cover image: Photograph by David Bostock Photography

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ongratulations, you’re engaged! Now comes the exciting part: Planning your big day. But, before you get carried away with fantasies about the wedding you’ve been dreaming of, we’re here to make everything a little easier for you. From finding the perfect venue to creating the all-important guestlist, some of the biggest decisions you make will happen in the early planning stages. So, to make sure your wedding is as beautiful as you imagine it to be, we’ve created this simple checklist to help you every step of the way on your wedding planning journey. First things first, before you even think about the details, you’ll need to decide on a budget. Sit down with your partner and think practically about how much money you’re able and willing to spend on your wedding. After you’ve thought about how much cash you want to splash, it’s time for the tricky bit: Working out which lucky people get to

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Our Go To Checklist Ideally 12 – 24 months in advance Decide on a budget

Choose your ideal date and time Put together your guest list Choose and book your venue

come to your wedding! This important step needs to be tackled early on in the planning process so you can start looking at which types of venues are most suitable for your guests. Once this is sorted, you can begin the search for the venue of your dreams, and even think about who you’re going to choose to be involved in the ceremony itself.

Choose and book your church, civil ceremony venue or celebrant Arrange marquee if required Look into catering options Take out insurance Choose bridesmaids, best man and ushers Start thinking about your honeymoon. www.guidesforbrides.co.uk/find/honeymoonsoverseas-weddings

Plan your wedding your way with the Guides for Brides online wedding planner. www.guidesforbrides.co.uk/wedding-planner

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VENUES Use our Guide to help you draw up your dream short list. Then order brochures, make enquiries, arrange visits and secure your perfect venue.

Share your special day with us

For more information please contact our Wedding Co-ordinator, Emma Rose, on 07824 655199 or email info@millhallweddings.co.uk www.millhallweddings.co.uk

DITTON MANOR

Ditton Manor is a greatly sought-after venue for wedding ceremonies, receptions and special events.

PERFECT WEDDING VENUE IN BUCKINGHAMSHIRE

Please contact our events team on: info@whiterabbit-events.co.uk 01280 816 666

Crowne Plaza Marlow is an exceptional AA Rosette-awarded Wedding Venue set in 5 acres of grounds with a stunning lakeside location, providing the perfect backdrop to your special day. E: events@cpmarlow.co.uk | T: 01628 496 819 | W: www.cpmarlow.co.uk Crowne Plaza Marlow, Fieldhouse Lane, Marlow, Buckinghamshire SL7 1GJ

SALTER’S STEAMERS Wedding Receptions on the Thames

Superb 2 AA Rosette 4 Silver Star Holiday Inn Reading M4 Jct 10 W:www.hireadinghotel.com/E: events@hireadinghotel.com

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We love a love story Set in 40 acres of majestic, beautifully landscaped grounds in Old Windsor lies De Vere Beaumont Estate. A stunning wedding venue with a licence for ceremonies, De Vere Beaumont Estate offers luxury wedding rooms, 429 bedrooms and your very own dedicated Wedding and Events Team. Ideal for a civil ceremony, private dinner or wedding receptions. Our 19th-century chapel has an original stained glass window and altar, not forgetting our beautiful White House which is surrounded by picture perfect grounds. Here, you can enjoy Champagne and canapĂŠs as you share your big day with friends and family.

beaumontweddings@devere.com +44 (0) 1753 640 561 DEVERE.COM/DEVEREBEAUMONTESTATE Romantic wedding venues across the UK. View all our destinations at phcompany.com/weddings

Set amidst beautiful Chiltern grounds, this 12th Century medieval Abbey is the perfect setting for your special day. Licensed for weddings and civil partnerships Complimentary honeymoon suite Bedrooms available for guests to book Marquee options available Dry hire for specialist weddings Space for live music or DJ All-inclusive or bespoke packages A variety of flexible catering options Memorable weddings happen at Missenden Abbey. Call us to arrange a showround on 01494 866811 or email weddings@missendenabbey.ltd.uk Missenden Abbey | Great Missenden | Bucks | HP16 0BD

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wedding or family celebration? Planning a

A unique grade 2 listed venue offering a professional and flexible approach to all types of budgets and requirements. Whether you are looking to dry hire, create a bespoke package or to choose our fully catered package, we are here to assist and guide you through every step of the way.

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For further information on hiring our beautiful venue please contact Michaela, our Weddings and Events Coordinator, on 01753 883759 or michaela@gxca.org.uk

Colston Hall, Gerrards Cross, SL9 7AD www.colstonhallgx.co.uk 01753 883759

• Civil Ceremony Room. 2 Course Wedding Breakfast • for 30 Guests. Evening Buffet for 30 Guests.

Evening Disco & DJ. Overnight Accommodation with Breakfast for the Happy Couple.

We have lots of other options available, as well as African, Caribbean and Asian packages to suit all. Call us on 01494 492 410 or email events@hihighwycombe.com, we can’t wait to hear from you! Holiday Inn High Wycombe, Crest Road, High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, HP11 1TL

SHEEPDROVE ORGANIC FARM

A rural idyll in the Berkshire countryside with far more going on than meets the eye. Sheepdrove Road, Lambourn, Berkshire RG17 7UU

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If you are looking for an urban, style-obsessed hotel with a highly individualised personality the pentahotel Reading is the venue for you. Whilst our wedding offerings are anything but standard, style is a must, attitude is a constant and passion is essential here at Penta. Our Function rooms create the perfect setting for small intimate to large extravagant weddings seating up to 160 guests. It’s really no surprise that we don’t do normal, but our ace wedding coordinators will guide you every step of the way for a day and a night to remember.

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Exclusive use of Donnington Grove for your wedding

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ALL INCLUSIVE PACKAGE Arrival drink of red, white or sparkling wine Set 3 course meal - Glass of sparkling wine with speeches - Half a bottle of house wine per person Evening room hire with set finger buffet and disco - Complimentary classic double room for the bride and groom on the wedding night

£120 per person available November to March 2019

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ALL INCLUSIVE PACKAGE Arrival drink of Pimms of Champagne - Canapés on arrival - Set 3 course meal - Glass of sparkling wine with speeches - Half a bottle of house wine per person - Evening room hire with buffet or hog roast and disco - Complimentary suite for the bride and groom on the wedding night & first anniversary

£140 per person available April to October 2019

Terms & Conditions: rates correct at time of going to print. Offer applies to new bookings only, subject to availability. Includes vat at the current rate.

MENTION GUIDES FOR BRIDES AND RECEIVE A COMPLIMENTARY GLASS OF CHAMPAGNE TO ENJOY DURING YOUR SHOW ROUND Donnington Grove Country Club, Grove Road, Newbury, RG14 2LA Tel: 01635 581000 Fax: 01635 552259 weddings@donnington-grove.com www.donnington-grove.com

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e u n e V g n i d d e W Tips for choosing your

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

Checklist 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.

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6. Photo opportunities When visiting the venue take note of whether there’s plenty of natural light for beautiful photographs. Look at the backdrops available to you, especially for outdoor locations.

7. Restrictions It’s important to check whether there is a limit to how long the bar stays open and how long music can play for if you’re planning on dancing the night away.

8. Dressing the Venue If you’re keen to add a personal touch to the decor then remember to ask what’s included. This will allow you to plan for additional extras and whether this stays within your budget.

9. Room at the inn? Many of your guests will be keen to stay overnight. Ask the venue about accommodation options and whether they offer discounts. Some venues request a minimum number of bedrooms to book so it’s important to find out.

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

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W E D D IN GS AT M AC DO NAL D COM P LE AT A N G LE R

YOUR JOURNEY BEGINS HERE Macdonald Compleat Angler is the perfect venue for your wedding celebration. Whether you would like a small, intimate wedding or a grand affair, we are on hand to help you create your dream day. Located on the bank of the River Thames, Macdonald Compleat Angler provides an idyllic setting for your wedding. With the picturesque backdrop of the Georgian town of Marlow, steeped in character. You can even take advantage of our onsite boat with a ride on the Thames in the summer.

To find out more and book a show round contact our Special Events team on 0344 879 9128 or email specialevents.compleatangler@macdonald-hotels.co.uk


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WEDDING OPEN EVENING Thursday 28th June, 5pm – 9pm Macdonald Compleat Angler, Marlow Come along and envisage how our suites could look on your big day, meet with our dedicated wedding team and find out how your dream can become a reality.


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Essential Tips from Bijou Wedding Venues Outdoor weddings are simply divine in the UK during the summer months. If your chosen wedding venue offers a beautiful area to say ‘I do’ outdoors and you’ve always dreamed of an outdoor wedding, why not consider planning a country garden wedding? We’ve been chatting to the experts at Bijou Wedding Venues, and they’ve shared their collection of top tips when it comes to planning your outdoor wedding.

Think about your guests When planning the layout of your outdoor wedding, make sure that all of your guests will be able to hear you say your vows - think about how many guests you’re having and if those at the back will be able to hear. Perhaps instruct an usher to make sure your elderly guests and relatives have comfortable seats. Don’t forget to consider the weather (unpredictable in the UK as it is). Umbrellas at the end of seating arrangements may be good for wet weather, or personalised hand-held fans as favours on chairs for guests to use if they need to. If a marquee is available maybe that would be more suited to you - plus you could use your creativity to decorate the marquee for a beautiful setting.

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or low heels that won’t sink. Alternatively, you can arrange to have an aisle of carpet laid down for you entrance.

Have a wet-weather back up plan The weather in the UK is unpredictable, so having a wetweather back up plan with your wedding venue is definitely advisable. Should rain start to fall at the last minute or if the temperature were to drop just ahead of your ceremony, you may not be able to proceed outdoors.

Choose a theme Aside from the naturally beautiful surroundings of your outdoor wedding setting, you may wish to add a certain style or theme to your ceremony. Consider a pretty woodland or rustic theme, ideas taken from the wedding of Bella and Edward from the movie Twilight, an enchanted outdoor wedding theme or even a summer floral theme. Not only will your wedding photography be absolutely stunning, but your guests will enjoy seeing your creativity too!

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Silchester House, located on the border of Berkshire and Hampshire is the ultimate outdoor wedding venue. With its incredible country garden grounds and sensational backdrop, you’ll be sure to have a truly beautiful day during the summer months. Thinking of a traditional indoor wedding during the spring, summer, autumn or winter months? Silchester House is available to host sensational country house weddings throughout the year, as are Notley Abbey, Botleys Mansion and Cain Manor. 17


WEDDINGS at Downshire Golf Complex Celebrate your special day in picturesque surroundings‌ Downshire Golf Complex is the perfect venue for your wedding celebration, combining a stunning setting with reasonable prices, a flexible approach and personal service. Contact us today to start planning your happily ever after!

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MAKE IT YOURS Say ‘I do’ to Vogue’s ‘Dream Wedding Venue’. Set in 100 acres of private parkland yet a short drive from London, we invite you to make our exquisite Georgian home yours for the most important day of your life.

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The couple didn’t waste any time - their beautiful February wedding was planned in just six months. “Neither of us wanted a long engagement, and due to our dream venue’s availability, it ended up being an even shorter engagement than we thought!” says the bride. Beautiful bride Olivia visited Ellie Sanderson to find her dream dress, and ended up picking something she never thought she’d like in a modern Francesca ballgown from Jesus Peiro. The high neckline with plunge cut and bow detail at the waist was the perfect match for the elegance of the wedding day. Olivia and Martin’s wedding venue was the dreamy Hedsor House in Taplow, which the couple decorated with an elegant colour scheme of muted pink, gold and cream shades to complement their winter wedding date. They tied the knot in the light and airy Great Hall, before going on to celebrate www.guidesforbrides.co.uk


• Olivia and Martin’s luxurious honeymoon to Jamaica wasn’t for a few weeks after the wedding, so immediately after the big day they spent a romantic minimoon in a cottage in Weymouth. This is a great option for brides with children, on a budget or with delayed honeymoons!

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PICTURE PERFECT A B R E AT H TA K I N G R I V E R S I D E SETTING FOR YOUR WEDDING Phyllis Court is a beautiful private members club situated in an historic riverside manor, nestled 18 acers of manicured lawns on the River front. The Club, which is licensed for civil ceremonies has an expert wedding team who will ensure an outstanding occasion for you, your family and guests.

To request a brochure please call 01491 570500 or email enquries@phylliscourt.co.uk Marlow Road, Henley on Thames, Oxfordshire, RG9 2HT phylliscourt.co.uk

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Add a sprinkle of theatrical grandeur to your special day Weddings at South Hill Park Arts Centre and Wilde TheatreMONTH

Easthampstead Park Wokingham, Berkshire Celebrate with a complete wedding package at South Hill Park Speak to us about hosting your wedding, reception and party celebrations at South Hill Park Email sally.little@southhillpark.org.uk or call 01344 413514 For information regarding weddings in the Haversham Room contact the Bracknell Forest Registration Service bracknell-forest.gov.uk/births-marriages-and-deaths/ marriages/haversham-room

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Make the best day of your life the perfect one with a wedding at The Oakley Court, Windsor. A stunning Grade II listed Victorian mansion set within 33 acres of landscaped grounds on the banks of the River Thames. Book an appointment to meet our team today: weddings@oakleycourt.co.uk www.oakleycourt.co.uk Windsor Road, Water Oakley, Windsor Berkshire SL4 5UR Tel: (0)1753 609988

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How to be a Savvy Bride 2018 Pinterest is a great way to follow trends and gather inspiration for your big day. If you don’t have it already downloading it is an absolute must. It will soon become your best friend. Pinterest allows you to pin your favourite images, build a board and even share your ideas. This a nice way to involve your mum, bridesmaids and friends in the wedding planning process, plus it’s free!

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Being organised is one of the most important elements in order to stay savvy. If you love spreadsheets, you’re going to be in your element! However, if spreadsheets aren’t your thing and you want someone to do the hard work for you, sign up for the free online Guides for Brides Wedding Planner. You can work through a checklist in the lead up, manage your suppliers and quotes, organise a guest list and table plan, all while keeping track of your budget! www.guidesforbrides.co.uk/wedding-planner

It sounds cheeky but everyone does it! Have a sneak peek at other people’s weddings and see what it is you like about them and what worked well for them. The perfect place to do this is our Real Weddings section, where we feature endless beautiful weddings, oozing inspiration. A personal touch is what makes a wedding your own. Being a DIY bride is no bad thing and can end up saving you hundreds of pounds! Friends and family are often happy to help, so why not organise a night in for you and your nearest and dearest to get creative! www.guidesforbrides.co.uk/find/wedding-greatideas-and-vintage A massive trend this year is couples creating their own wedding website. You can add your engagement story, collect your RSVP’s, share the menu choices and order of the day, all with your guests! You don’t even need to send physical invites but ‘e-versions’ – a great way to save on stationery costs.

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Breathtaking outdoor civil ceremonies Personal, Professional and Flexible Approach Intimate candlelit indoor weddings and receptions Wood Fired Oven Superior Quality Sound and Lighting Introducing the brand new Bridal Preparation Area and The Bride and Groom Crash Pad Attention to detail, unrivalled and unlimited support and guidance, chilled and relaxed Come and experience the freedom of The Tythe Barn WWW.THETYTHEBARN.CO.UK GfB The Wedding Directory 2018-19

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hen dealing with a mammoth task, like a wedding, there are so many areas to think about and plan that it can soon become overwhelming. But as many say, when eating an elephant all you need to do is take one bite at a time and the same rule applies to wedding planning; one bite at a time and you’ll get there. As industry experts, we’ve put together the best top tips to help you and your other half tackle the task.

THE BUDGET Tackling the belly of the beast should be at the top of your list - allocating a budget. If you’re working with a strict budget, take some time to discuss your priorities as a couple. Break it down into two bite-size chunks; absolutely essential and nice to have negotiables. This is a simple way to help you focus on elements of the day that are the most important to both of you and finding areas where you can compromise. Make sure you save some budget for unexpected extras - there’s usually an extra cost or something you hadn’t considered that can sneak up on you. THE GUEST LIST Take a look at those pillars of strength; the legs. We all want to celebrate our wedding day with our closest friends and family, but they are expensive. Cutting down your guest list by ten people could easily save you more than £1000. If you’re stuck, break your guest list down into 32

each leg; the essentials, the nice to haves and the maybes. Space and budget can be limiting, especially if you want a smaller ceremony venue. Don’t forget that last leg - children! DON’T UNDERESTIMATE THE WEDMIN Luckily elephants don’t have long necks, but did you know it can take around 250 hours to plan a wedding? Consider how long it gives you to plan and how much time you can realistically dedicate to planning around your everyday www.guidesforbrides.co.uk


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you can and unload some of the to-do list. Just make sure you think carefully about the tasks you assign to them. The last thing you want is someone leaving something to the last minute, risking the unleashing of the “bridezilla”. schedule. It’s always worth calling on the rest of the herd to help, visiting a wedding fair together so you can tackle a lot of the planning in one day, or employing a matriarch (wedding planner) to do some, or all, of the work. CHOOSING THE RIGHT HELPERS Your friends and family are handy trunks to have, and will likely be happy to help with your wedding planning, whether it’s arranging the hen do, making favours or helping out during the day. Take them up on their offers where GfB The Wedding Directory 2018-19

BOOKING SUPPLIERS Wedding suppliers often get booked up well in advance nowadays, so the sooner you make decisions on these the better - the tusks are the most valuable part after all. Make sure you also book them in the right order, for example, don’t book the musicians until you have your venue secured. Guides for Brides offer a free online wedding planner for couples with a handy checklist to help keep you on track - we’re all about the lists! 33


MAKE FRIENDS WITH YOUR SPREADSHEETS Hidden at the back of the elephant is that comfort blanket - the tail, aka the spreadsheet. The easiest way to keep everything recorded in one place is in a spreadsheet. You’ll need to record absolutely everything that happens from now on, including checklists for each supplier as well as a guest list with individual details and requirements (the Guides for Brides Online Wedding Planner is perfect for this). Most importantly, keep notes of conversations you’ve had with everyone that you can refer back to. TRUST IN YOUR SUPPLIERS The elephant’s ears are one of the biggest parts - time to use them and listen to you suppliers advice. You’ll be employing around 30 suppliers to bring your perfect day to life, and they really are the brains of your operation. Choose people that you can rely on, that you enjoy working closely with and that you can trust to do the job. Ask for recommendations from friends, family, or other suppliers you’ve already booked. Meet up or chat to them a few times beforehand, listen to their advice and talk openly with them about your vision. They want your day to be as special as you do, and their knowledge of the industry is invaluable to giving you the smoothest experience. MAKE A TIMELINE FOR THE DAY An elephant never forgets, and not only will a timeline make your planning, supplier and guest communications a lot easier to manage, it will also help you relax on the day. Take advice from your suppliers on wedding timings (particularly your photographers - you want to make sure you capture everything and everyone you want!) If you’re planning on creating a wedding website, you can even pop your timeline on there so guests have plenty of time to see the order of the day beforehand.

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Wedding food and trends are forever changing and evolving. We’ve been chatting to our local caterers to get the low down on the latest trends. Every couple needs a starting block, so here’s 4 to kick off with, like a boss!

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Couples are taking influences from their travels with a huge rising trend in Middle Eastern & Asian food. Persian influences have everyone talking and trying za’atar, cardamom, harissa, moroccan lamb and, of course, halloumi. Think pimped up BBQ’s served on sharing boards with delicious sustainable meats and vegetables, middle Eastern spices and rubs, all served with salads bursting with colour and flavour. Everyone digs in, it’s less formal but more intimate and a talking point around the table. What’s not to like?

It’s a trend that’s sticking around and why not? Throw the traditional 3 courser out the window. With wedfests as one of the most popular ways to get married it’s the perfect opportunity to get amazing food vendors pitch up their gazebo or van allowing your guests to go up and grab what’s on offer. Wow your guests with a Neapolitan Wood Fired pizza, pimped up burgers and dogs or some tasty steak & chips for your main or night bites! Competition is fierce and you certainly won’t be stuck for some highclass choices.

British Comfort Food Simple food & British classics are always timeless way beyond any trend. Give us a bowl of stew & dumplings, a nostalgic pudding, or a plate of fish and chips any day. Simple, humble and utterly delicious. At least one of those dishes above conjure up memories of childhood for the married couple. Feasting on these classics after an afternoon of toasts and laughter is the ultimate comfort.

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Bowl and Grab Some couples vote for no seating plans, with a chilled and relaxed vibe so guests can continue socialising with ease, avoiding the forced sit-down meal scenario. Bowl & Grab food is similar to a canapé party, with a miniature bowl and fork or small plate. Instead these delicious mini meals provide guests with a more substantial and satisfying meal and they don’t miss out on the wow factor. Bang on trend!

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Cuisine Excellence Flexible imaginative menus presented with style

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Stowe House was the beautiful setting for their Italian foody wedding.

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elina and Rob got married in September last year at Stowe House in Buckingham. The couple had been together seven years before Rob proposed in the Isle of Wight a year before their wedding. The decorative touches were plum and grey, and whilst they didn’t have a theme, Selina’s Italian roots meant that there was plenty of Italian food and music. They started with a champagne reception with a harp and flute duo playing in the background. There was a five-course wedding breakfast and a buffet later in the evening accompanied by a live band which kept the guests dancing all night!

Decorative touches of plum and grey. The couple didn’t have a gift list for their day, but simply asked for money towards their honeymoon in California. They jetted off to the States two days after the wedding for the road trip of a lifetime what a great start to married life together!

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Choose and book your videographer Book transport to and from the wedding Book your DJ or band

to book at this stage are your DJ or band, evening entertainment, toastmaster, videographer, and your honeymoon. Once you’ve organised all of this, it’s time to send your Save the Date cards!

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PHOTOGRAPHY Decide which style of photography you prefer, from relaxed to formal, as this will influence your choice of photographer.

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Steve Cook

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Vintage Car… Vintage cars are an extremely popular choice of transport for weddings. They are perfect if you’re looking for a timeless, classy, elegant entrance. If you have a 50s or 60s theme for your wedding these would be a top addition! There are SO many choices and something to suit everyone’s individual style.

A London Retro Bus… A signature, iconic red double decker bus is perfect for taking large numbers of guests to ceremonies and on to reception venues, and let’s face it, they do look very cool!

On Foot… Keeping it simple can often be the key to success when it comes to wedding planning. Why not arrive ‘New Orleans-style’ on foot with your very own brass band following you and your wedding party. That way everyone is involved as there won’t be any capacity restrictions and it guarantees you will be the centre of attention.

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YOU’VE PLANNED THE WEDDING, SO NOW COMES THE FUN PART; PLANNING THE PERFECT HONEYMOON.

Our new honeymoon finder is the best way to plan that perfect trip. We’re not tied to one tour operator, one hotel group or one region. Our website brings you the very best options for each honeymoon destination, so you can choose what is right for YOU. Browse by destination, flight time, month, honeymoon type, or be inspired by the top ten destinations.

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Riviera Maya, Mexico Tucked deep in the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico and home to descendants of the ancient Mayan people, you’ll find The Riviera Maya - a haven for honeymooners.

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Honeymoon Inspiration: Mexico life. Most hotels offer specific diving and snorkeling trips, ensuring that you reach the best spots. Visit in the autumn and you might be lucky enough to witness turtle hatching, with many hotels boasting their own conservation teams. You can even witness one of the New Seven Wonders of the World with a visit to Chichen Itza - a complex of breathtaking Mayan ruins with a rich anecdotal history.

How to get there Riviera Maya lies about an hour south of its rather more built up, streetwise sister, Cancun and is easily accessible from the airport via transfer. Enjoy taking in the swathes of jungle on your journey before reaching the crystalline waters just beyond.

Where to stay There are so many five star hotels in this area that’s it’s difficult to decide where to rest your head at night, but for us, there’s no truer luxury break than that found at UNICO 20°87°, where traditional, Mayan touches meet outstanding all-inclusive facilities. The vast majority of rooms here boast a breathtaking sea view, with rooms tastefully decorated to remind you of the history and culture that fame the Yucatan Peninsula. Enjoy champagne bubble baths on your balcony (almost all of the rooms have this facility) and mouth watering cuisine at the many a la carte restaurants on offer during your stay. A real luxury honeymoon escape.

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Thinking Out Loud

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Dave Seamer Disco Experienced Professional DJ Wedding Specialist 01865 240054 www.daveseamer.co.uk

The Cotswold Ensemble String Quartet, Tango Quartet, String Duo Baroque Classical Romantic Ragtime Broadway Beatles & Beyond www.cotswold-ensemble.co.uk 01865 242797 info@cotswold-ensemble.co.uk

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A super sweet wedding in dusty rose and gold.

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ichelle and Ben met outside a nightclub while enjoying a night out, where Ben told Michelle that her shoes didn’t match her dress. Obviously it was just an excuse to talk to her (super sweet). Soon after, the couple became friends and a few months later started dating. The proposal was the biggest surprise, according to Michelle. Ben planned it while the couple were on holiday and they had just returned back to the room after dinner. Michelle walked in to find candles and rose petals everywhere! It was private, extremely romantic and just perfect. The couple made it official at St Mary the Virgin Church in Hurley. The wedding reception was hosted at The Olde Bell, Hurley and they had a beautiful dusty rose and gold theme. While drinks and canapes were served at the reception, a guitarist played a selection of the couple’s favourite songs to entertain the guests. The couple’s wedding favours were their favourite; Reese’s peanut butter cup and Oreo brownies handmade by one of their closest friends and individually wrapped by the girls

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Buy veil, tiara and accessories Buy shoes and underwear Take your mum shopping for her outfit Choose bridesmaids dresses Buy wedding rings Book hair and makeup for the big day Dress fittings and alterations

to get organised, however difficult that may be! Even though this can sometimes feel like a stressful step of wedding planning, make sure you choose bridal wear that makes you feel amazing. It’s your big day, after all.

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How to plan for your Appointment

Can’t wait to try on wedding dresses in front of your family and friends? Having a mini freak out because you have no idea what you’re looking for? No matter how you’re feeling, finding the perfect dress should be one of the most enjoyable and memorable experiences in your wedding planning journey, and the Guides for Brides team have put together 4 top tips to help you get the most out of your wedding dress appointment. Research It’s important to make sure you’re visiting a boutique that stocks designers that you love and are also in your price range. Search online and in magazines to find styles you like before choosing which boutique to visit. Take photographs with you of the styles and details that you like and would like to try on. Dress shopping can be quite exhausting, so you don’t want a wasted trip!

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Bring the Right People with You This could make or break your dress shopping experience. You can take your parents, bridesmaids, friends and even mother-in-law to be. Bring people with you who are supportive and patient. Think about whether you want honest opinions or people you can have a laugh with. Your consultant will be able to recommend dresses to suit your body and style, your friends and family can offer their opinions, but ultimately the choice is down to you.

Don’t forget Accessories If you want to incorporate accessories into your look, make sure you take them along to the appointment. You need to make sure the colour and design suit your dress so don’t

miss the opportunity to see your whole look together.

Dress the Part Whilst dress shopping provides a fun day out with your family and friends, it’s important to wear something easy to change in and out of you’ll thank us later! Try to find a nude bra and ideally strapless. Even if you’re not planning on wearing a strapless gown, you never know what you’ll be trying on when you get there. Quite often brides go into their appointment with a vision, but end up trying on something completely different. Undergarments can also change the whole look of a dress (don’t we know it ladies!) so if you plan on wearing shapewear then bring this along too.

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This year, Ultra Violet has been announced as Pantone’s 2018 Colour of the Year. We’ve come up with some stunning ways you can style your day with this hot new colour trend.

Expert event planners have been raving about ceiling potential and what better way to catch the eyes of your guests than with some statement floral pieces. Weaving greenery or hanging garlands are perfect for creating a sense of wonder and enchantment. Why not try out this bold colour with a selection of succulent plants - eyecatching designs that require less water and look fresher for longer!

Jewellery Rather keep things subtle? Why not try a dash of colour with a dazzling necklace or droplet earrings.

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Flower clippings, jars and jugs have been making a big appearance on Pinterest this year - something about that rustic barn feel! Make it elegant and fill those centrepieces with delicate purple flowers, or add a bit of fun with some delicious lollipop favours in our new favourite shade. The colour of the year can’t be wrong! www.guidesforbrides.co.uk


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One of the best things about wedding dresses is that they come in all shapes and sizes, so no matter your bridal style, there’s something to suit everyone. Here’s our guide to finding the perfect silhouette for your big day…

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The A-line silhouette (so-called because the shape of the skirt looks like a capital A) is flattering on practically every body type, thanks to the fact that it’s fitted up top and flares out from the waist. The wider skirt gives you plenty of room to walk and dance without being too big, and the fitted bodice shows off your waist while skimming over your stomach. If you want something a little more fitted without graduating to a fit and flare, then a modified A-line flares out a little lower, at the hip rather than the waist.

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If you’re imagining a typical fairytale princess dress, then what you’re thinking of is probably a ballgown! The most voluminous wedding dress silhouette, a classic ballgown is fitted on the bodice, and flares out from the natural waist in a full skirt. This silhouette suits pear-shaped, hourglass and bigger busted brides, as it makes the most of your curves and still gives you a fairytale look; but it can also make apple shapes look wider. Taller brides will be able to pull off the large skirt, but petite brides may look swamped, so we’d recommend steering clear if you’re under 5’3”!

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It’s a classic for a reason!

If you love the curve-hugging cut of the mermaid but are worried about it being unforgiving (or difficult to walk in!), then we recommend you try a gorgeous fit and flare gown. The fit and flare is also known as a trumpet silhouette, and is becoming more and more popular with brides thanks to its flattering cut. Unlike a mermaid wedding dress, the skirt on a fit and flare starts at the mid-thigh, rather than below the knee, which gives you more room to move as well as a more forgiving cut on the thigh and a more understated silhouette.

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For a flowing Grecian style or a relaxed boho vibe, you’ll definitely be looking at a column wedding dress. As the name suggests, the skirt on a column is straight and falls away from the body, rather than being fitted, so it’s one of the most comfortable wedding dress styles to wear on the big day. This flowing style works perfectly on petite brides and apple shapes (particularly when paired with an empire line cut), but isn’t the best cut for pear-shaped brides. Not to be confused with the sheath gown, which is a sexier version of the silhouette that fits closer to the body.

Also known as a fishtail, the mermaid silhouette is closely fitted to your body and flares out from below the knee to give you that classic curvy shape. This can be a surprisingly flattering dress shape, so don’t be afraid to try one on at your boutique appointment - it balances out top-heavy brides and can really highlight curvaceous figures. Petite brides will also benefit from the structure of a classic mermaid gown, but pear shapes might look more bottom heavy. Whatever your shape, this is glamorous silhouette, so be sure to wear it with confidence and you’ll feel like you’ve walked right off the red carpet.

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Louise Claire Millinery

MOTHER OF THE BRIDE

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Over 1200 hats and fascinators to hire or buy Bespoke Service Available

36 St Mary’s Street, Wallingford, OX10 0EU

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GET AHEAD HATS e: margaret@getaheadhats.co.uk t: 01344 306948 www.getaheadhats.co.uk Coppid Beech House, London House, Binfield RG42 4BS

Hats with style and elegance to design, hire or buy

Specialists in Mother of the Bride/Groom and Special Occasions.

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MENSWEAR Decide early on whether you’d rather buy or hire your menswear. Hiring is a great option if you’re looking to save a few pennies, but getting married is a great excuse to treat yourself and purchase a made-to-measure suit.

Men’s formal wear to hire or to buy for Weddings, Ascot, Evening wear,Office suits, Designer Menswear www.elegansmenswear.com

Anthony Blay

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Dressed by the Best

SUITS NEWBURY Suits Newbury is an independent formal menswear specialist, based in Newbury, Berkshire. We have a comprehensive retail and hire stock, which is almost all held instore, and readily available. Whether your need is evening wear, everyday suits, wedding attire, or accessories; we have what you need, for hire, or for purchase. We regularly update our stock, in line with current fashions, yet maintain the classic range of gentleman’s formal wear. Suits Newbury also offer a comprehensive full make over service, assisting the client to choose the correct outfit for the that special occasion... Saturday Strictly By Appointment 01635 33455 | www.suitsnewbury.co.uk | Old Bakehouse Chambers, Weavers Walk, Northbrook Street, Newbury, RG14 1AL

Jolliffes

Designer suits for hire Please call us for more information, to view our extensive range or to organise a suit fitting.

The Forge, Wycombe Lane, Wooburn Green HP10 0HD

Suit fittings by appointment only.

Made to Measure Service Alterations

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Fancy Dress Hire

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If you’re picking out your menswear, bear these handy tips in mind for a sharp suit… Tailors are predicting that the next big menswear trend for 2019/2020 will be a move back to the formal tailcoat. Traditional Morning Suits are definitely increasing once more in popularity, and we’re finding that grooms like to modify this formal outfit with contemporary twists, such as a contrasting waistcoat.

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Buyvs Hire

It’s the age-old question; to buy or not to buy? Both buying and hiring your suits come with pros and cons, but often it’s a matter of your budget and the number of groomsmen you’re kitting out. The cost of hiring will always be lower, so if you have a large group of groomsmen or you’re on a tight budget, hiring may be a better option for you. If your budget can stretch to it, we recommend that the groom buy his suit, as it gives the him the flexibility to have it altered for the perfect fit. The most popular alteration by far is the slimming of the leg width. The current trend is to have a far narrower leg width and to have the trouser sat just on top of the shoe, rather than falling over the shoe to the heel as previously popular. Other options include nipping in the waist of the jacket for a closer fit, and altering the sleeve length for a more bespoke cut. It can take as little as three additional wears to make purchasing and tailoring a suit financially viable, so bear this in mind when picking out your menswear.

True Blue It’s official - blue is taking over from grey as the suit shade of the moment. Ranging from traditional navy to royal blue and lighter pastels, blue can be more flattering to the skin tone than grey and can be paired with plenty of tie and pocket square colours. Blue tweed is proving incredibly popular, and a blue lounge suit with a contrasting waistcoat (such as green or grey) is a modern choice for stylish grooms.

Match your Maids When picking out colours for ties and pocket squares, looking to your bridesmaid dresses is a good start. This year has seen a revival in pastel greens such as mint and sage, while classic shades like navy and blush shades are still going strong. If you’re unsure, let your menswear supplier know your colour scheme, and they’ll be able to advise you on what colour suit will be complementary.

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Which metal is best for your

WEDDING BAND? Why can’t I have a pure gold wedding band? Pure gold is too soft for jewellery, so it’s mixed with metal alloys to create different colours and ensure that it is hard-wearing.

metal types Platinum Hard-wearing with a cool luster, this rare metal is perfect if you’re after a durable ring that won’t lose its colour or brilliance. Despite being a more expensive choice, a platinum ring will last a lifetime and is considered the most prestigious metal for jewellery.

White Gold If you’re looking for the natural white colour of platinum without the pricetag, white gold is a great option. White gold rings use pure gold alloyed with various other white metals and are plated with rhodium to give their brilliant white colour, which does wear away over time. Replating is a simple process, which will restore your band to its former brilliance.

Palladium This white precious metal forms part of the platinum group, but can be more affordable. Popular for its hardness and natural white colour that won’t fade, palladium rings are durable option that provide a stunning backdrop for diamonds.

Yellow Gold With its warm mixture of pure gold, copper and silver, yellow gold is once again proving a popular choice for wedding bands. The carat of yellow gold you choose will make a difference to the colour and hardness of the band, so bear this in mind when matching your wedding band to your engagement ring.

Rose Gold Rose gold includes a higher percentage of copper, giving it its red tones. An on-trend choice for wedding bands, it is surprisingly affordable and more hard-wearing than yellow or white gold. Like with yellow gold, the carat affects the colour of the ring: A higher percentage of gold will give the ring a lighter rose gold tone, while more copper will give more of a red colour. Images courtesy of Peter Casey Jewellery.

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Handmade engagement and wedding rings.

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Make your own wedding rings Other bespoke jewellery services available

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he big day is getting closer, so it’s time to begin organising the personal touches. These suppliers are the ones who are going to make your wedding day feel special to you, and help you bring your vision to life. This is a great time to think about booking your florist. From white winter florals, to bright summer pastels, there are so many beautiful options for your wedding flowers, so choosing the right florist is a big decision. It’s also time to choose your wedding cake, which means one thing: Cake tastings! Most brides have a great time choosing their perfect cake, so make sure to prioritise this fun step. Whilst we’re thinking about food, we recommend organising your menu at this time. Traditionally invitations are sent 6-12 weeks before the wedding day. Manage your RSVPs online with a personal wedding website:

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FLORISTS

Let our team of skilled florists make your special day perfect

A family run flower shop, let our team make your dream wedding flowers a reality using only the highest quality flowers. Come along for a free consultation or visit us on our wedding flower open weekends.

Telephone our Amersham shop to arrange a free consultation.

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VINTAGE CROCKERY

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CHOOSING YOUR

WEDDING CAKE DESIGNER Choosing your wedding cake designer can be surprisingly complicated – after all, creating a cake masterpiece to match a couple’s style, budget and tastes can be harder than you’d think! Be Sure They Match Your Style These days, there are wedding cakes to match every couple’s style, from traditional tiers in royal icing to intricate sugar flower creations, and rustic naked cakes to modern drip designs in new flavours. When looking at your local wedding cake bakers, be sure to look through plenty of pictures on their portfolio, not just one or two, to be sure that they have experience making the kind of cake that will suit your wedding style. This is particularly important when it comes to complicated sugar work or custom designs!

Bear Distance in Mind We generally recommend looking locally for your wedding cake, as transportation costs (and potential complications) can easily start to mount up the further afield you go. Wedding fairs are a great place to meet potential cake designer, especially if they’re taking place at your chosen wedding venue. This way you can see examples of their work,

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taste any samples, and chat to the designer in person in a low-pressure environment.

Check Availability and Reviews Before you get your heart set on a certain designer, it’s always worth checking out two things: their availability and online reviews. Many designer’s will have testimonials on their website, but it’s better to take a look at a more impartial source for reviews (such as Guides for Brides!) to be sure that you’re getting the full picture. Once you’re happy with your designer’s reviews, you’ll need to check their calendar or drop them a line to see if they’re available on your date before you start discussing prices and styles. We recommend choosing your designer around 6 months in advance, but if you’re marrying in peak season or on a weekend, you may want to start the search earlier than this, as good suppliers will get booked up quick.

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Consultations and Tastings Before you book your wedding cake designer, you may want to visit them for a consultation or tasting. As exciting as this is, be sure you have the major details sorted (such as the venue, date, flowers and budget) before you visit your designer,

as all these elements may affect your chosen style. Take inspirational images of cake styles you like, along with details of your flowers and colour scheme, with you on the day to help your supplier get an idea of what you’re looking for.

Bespoke wedding cakes to complete your unique day Call:

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l i a M t o Yo u’v e g Save the Date

You’ve chosen the perfect date to tie the knot and now it’s time to make sure everyone you want to share it with can be there with you. Send save the dates six to eight months before the big day.

Invitations Sorted

Time to fill in your guests with all the important details from location to timings and dress code. The invite can capture your wedding theme and get guests excited for what’s to come.

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Stationery: You’ve Got Mail

Get your guests excited for the big by sharing a plan of the day including Order of Service, menus, place cards, table nos. and timings.

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Thank your guests for their thoughtful cards, presents and wishes with a picture of the happy couple and a meaningful note.

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Our Go To Checklist Ideally 1 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 3 months in advance Gifts for parents and bridal party Decide table plan (Using our online wedding planner)

Buy cake boxes, confetti, sparklers and cameras Write and practice speeches

are paid before your wedding day. No couple wants to spend their wedding day worrying about money.

Cut/colour hair, and trial run of style Trial run of make-up Confirm details of flower booking Check plans for hen and stag nights Confirm timings for transport Email all other suppliers to confirm plans Make sure all balances are paid

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Make a Game Give the guests something to do during the speeches - Bingo! Sitting through a whole bunch of speeches for that long can sometimes get a little tiring, especially for the little guests, so why not give them a bingo sheet with some key phrases to listen out for; ‘I’m so proud’, ‘best day of my life’, ‘the stag do’...you get the idea. Even a comedy prize for the winner will go down a storm.

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family member. You could rope in a whole group of friends to help you out if you like. People have given speeches as pairs (which can be great for comedy value) and even written songs for the occasion. There are plenty of videos out there of barbershop quartets, dance-offs, rap battles - you name it, it can be done! GfB The Wedding Directory 2018 2018-19

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our wedding is drawing near and excitement is in the air. You’ve spent so long organising every little detail and making sure that this day will be everything you dreamed it to be, and now it’s time to make sure everything is good to go. Some couples find the last week the most stressful, but try to relax and enjoy every single moment. Use this time as an opportunity to ensure that you have everything you’ll need with you on the day. No bride wants to spend her wedding morning frantically searching for her veil, so spend some time making sure that everything is accounted for. It’s also a wonderful time to arrange some time together before you say “I do”.

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Our Go To Checklist The final week Sort some “getting ready” provisions

Arrange time together Collect hired menswear

Make sure outfits are ready Arrange someone to return hired items Pack a “going away” bag Manicure and Pedicure Rehearsal for church wedding Brief best man, bridesmaids and ushers Enjoy your day!

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Penta Hotel Reading Oxford Road Reading Berkshire RG1 7RH 0118 958 6222 Regency Park Hotel Bowling Green Road Thatcham Berkshire RG18 3RP Reading Museum & Town Hall Blagrave Street Reading Berkshire RG1 1QH 0118 937 3400 Royal Berkshire, an Exclusive Venue London Road Sunninghill Ascot Berkshire SL5 0PP 01344 298032 Sheepdrove Organic Farm Sheepdrove Road Hungerford Berkshire RG17 7UU Sir Christopher Wren Hotel & Spa Thames Street Windsor Berkshire SL4 1PX 0207 5895151 Sonning Golf Club Sonning Golf Club Limited Duffield Road Sonning on Thames Berkshire RG4 6GJ 01189 693332

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The Vineyard Stockcross Newbury Berkshire RG20 8JU 01635 528770

Stirrups Country House Hotel Maidens Green Bracknell Berkshire RG42 6LD 01344 882284

Windsor Guildhall High Street Windsor Berkshire SL4 1LR 01628 796284

The Bear Hotel Hungerford Charnham Street Hungerford Berkshire RG17 0EL 01488 682512

Windsor & Maidenhead Registrars The Register Office Town Hall Maidenhead Berkshire SL6 1RF 01628 796238

The Chequers Hotel 6-8 Oxford Street Newbury Berkshire RG14 1JB 01635 38000 The Forbury Hotel 26 The Forbury Reading Berkshire RG1 3EJ 0118 9527 770 The Grange Bracknell Hotel Charles Square Bracknell Berkshire RG12 1DF 01344 474000 The Mill House Hotel Old Basingstoke Road Swallowfield Reading Berkshire RG7 1PY 0118 988 3124 The Oakley Court Windsor Road Water Oakley Windsor Berkshire SL4 5UR 01753 609988 98

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Buckinghamshire Beauty, Hair & Make-up Vision Creative Hairdressing 12d Packhorse Road Gerrards Cross Buckinghamshire SL9 7QE 01753 883116 Bridal Wear Bride & Joy 19 St. Mary’s Avenue Bletchley Buckinghamshire MK3 5DT 01908 377122 Ellie Sanderson Bridal Boutique 1 London End Beaconsfield Old Town Buckinghamshire HP9 2HN 01494 674440 Pure Couture 3 Holtspur Parade Heath Road Beaconsfield Buckinghamshire HP9 1DA 01494 672700 Sweet Dreams 19 Castle Street Buckingham Buckinghamshire MK18 1BP 01280 812507 The Bridal House 10a Weston Road Aston Clinton Buckinghamshire HP22 5EG 01296 632041 The Bridal House 25 Crendon Street High Wycombe Buckinghamshire HP13 6LJ 01494 258403

White Lace & Butterflies 76 High Street Great Missenden Buckinghamshire HP16 0AN 01494 257490 Florists Floral Creations 41 Hill Avenue Amersham Buckinghamshire HP6 5BX 01494 724933 Fullers Flowers White Lion House Bell Street Princes Risborough Buckinghamshire HP27 0AD 01844 345426 Secret Garden 16 High Street Burnham Buckinghamshire SL1 7JH 01628 603555 Shaw’s of Amersham 39 Woodside Road Amersham Buckinghamshire HP6 6AA 01494 721621 The Daisy Chain 7b High Street Princes Risborough Buckinghamshire HP27 0AE 01844 346445 The Flower Bar Unit 4 27/29 Bakery House Aylesbury Buckinghamshire HP20 2LA 01296 423233

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The Flower Boutique Nightingale Corner Little Chalfont Buckinghamshire HP7 9PY 01494762760 The Flower Cabin Westside Clay Lane Booker Buckinghamshire SL7 3DJ The Flower Gallery 15 High Street Wendover Buckinghamshire HP22 6DX 01296 620062 Gift List Services John Lewis Holmers Farm Way High Wycombe Buckinghamshire HP12 4NW John Lewis Gift List 11 Field Walk The Centre:MK Milton Keynes Buckinghamshire MK9 3EP 01908 325302 Guest Accommodation The Red Lion Hotel 9 High Street Wendover Buckinghamshire HP22 6DU 01296 622266 Jewellery D.J Warner 35 Woodside Road Amersham Buckinghamshire HP6 6AA 01494 726319

Menswear Buckingham Tailors 7a Castle Street Buckingham Buckinghamshire MK18 1BS 01280 812636 Hire Class at Country House 1st Floor 39 Station Road Beaconsfield Buckinghamshire HP9 1QG 01494 673185 Jolliffes The Forge Wycombe Lane Wooburn Green Buckinghamshire HP10 0HD 01628 475757 Suitors Of Buckingham 20 Market Hill Buckingham Buckinghamshire MK18 1JX 01280 823958 Mother of the Bride Echoes 19 Nightingales Corner Little Chalfont Buckinghamshire HP7 9PY 01494 764174 No. 25 Of Bourne End 25 The Parade Bourne End Buckinghamshire SL8 5SB 01628 528877

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Tourist Information Buckingham Tourist Information Centre The Old Gaol Market Hill Buckingham Buckinghamshire MK18 1JX 01280 823020 Venues Abbey Hill Golf Centre Monks Way 2 Mile Ash Milton Keynes Buckinghamshire MK8 8AA 01908 562566 Bisham Abbey NSC Bisham Buckinghamshire SL7 1RR 01628 402589 Buckinghamshire Golf Club Denham Court Drive Denham Buckinghamshire UB9 5PG 01895836801 Buckinghamshire Registration Service County Hall RB70 Walton Street Aylesbury Buckinghamshire HP20 1XF 01296 331441 Burnham Beeches Hotel Grove Road Burnham Buckinghamshire SL1 8DP 0844 736 8603 Colston Hall 8 East Common Gerrards Cross Buckinghamshire SL9 7AD 01753 883759

Chicheley Hall Chicheley Newport Pagnell Milton Keynes Buckinghamshire MK16 9JJ 01234 868654 Court Garden House Pound Lane Marlow Buckinghamshire SL7 2AE 01494 523162 Crowne Plaza Gerrards Cross Oxford Road Beaconsfield Buckinghamshire HP9 2XE 01753 893891 Crowne Plaza Marlow Fieldhouse Lane Marlow Buckinghamshire SL7 1GJ 01628 496 831 Danesfield House Hotel & Spa Henley Road Medmenham Marlow Buckinghamshire SL7 2EY De Vere Latimer Estate Latimer Chesham Buckinghamshire HP5 1UG 01494 545556 Grovefield House Hotel Taplow Common Road Burnham Buckinghamshire SL1 8LR 01628 603131

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Harben House Harben Tickford Street Milton Keynes Buckinghamshire MK16 9EY 01908 215600 Hartwell House & Spa Oxford Road Aylesbury Buckinghamshire HP17 8NR 01296 746501 Hedsor House Hedsor Park Taplow Buckinghamshire SL6 0HX 01628 819050 Hilton Milton Keynes Timbold Drive Milton Keynes Buckinghamshire MK7 6HL 01908 694433 Holiday Inn High Wycombe M40 J4 Handycross High Wycombe Buckinghamshire HP11 1TL 01494 492410 Holiday Inn Milton Keynes 500 Saxon Gate West Milton Keynes Buckinghamshire MK9 2HQ 0871 9429057 Huntswood Golf Club Taplow Common Road Burnham Buckinghamshire SL1 8LS 01628 667144

Kings Chapel (Kings Arms Hotel) 30 High Street Amersham Buckinghamshire HP7 0DJ

Taplow House Hotel Berry Hill Taplow Buckinghamshire SL6 0DA 01628 594972

Macdonald Compleat Angler Marlow Bridge Marlow Buckinghamshire SL7 1RG 01628 484444

The Best Western Buckingham Hotel A421 Ring Road Buckingham Buckinghamshire MK18 1RY 01280 825442

Mercure Milton Keynes Hotel Monks Way Two Mile Ash Milton Keynes Buckinghamshire MK8 8LY 01908 561666

The Bull Hotel Oxford Road Gerrards Cross Buckinghamshire SL9 7PA 0207 5895151

Missenden Abbey London Road Great Missenden Buckinghamshire HP16 0BD Monkton Barn Marlow Buckinghamshire SL7 3RF 01494 523162 Stoke Park Country Club, Spa & Hotel Park Road Stoke Poges Buckinghamshire SL2 4PG 01753 717171 Stoke Place Stoke Green Stoke Poges Slough Buckinghamshire SL2 4HT 01753 534790

The Dairy at Waddesdon Manor Waddesdon Buckinghamshire HP18 0JW 01296 653331 The Kings Hotel Oxford Road Stokenchurch High Wycombe Buckinghamshire HP14 3TA 01494 609090 The Swan Revived Hotel High Street Newport Pagnell Buckinghamshire MK16 8AR Woughton House MGallery by Sofitel Woughton on the Green Milton Keynes Buckinghamshire MK6 3LR

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Wedding Fair Diary 2018-2019 Berkshire 02 September 2018 Crowne Plaza Reading, Reading, Berks 09 September 2018 The Coppid Beech, Bracknell, Berks 09 September 2018 Cantley House Hotel, Wokingham, Berks 09 September 2018 Bracknell Hilton Hotel, Bracknell, Berks 16 September 2018 Trunkwell House Hotel, Reading, Berks 23 September 2018 Hillfields Farm Estate, Reading, Berks 30 September 2018 The Donnington Grove, Newbury, Berks 30 September 2018 The Olde Bell, Hurley, Berks 30 September 2018 Hilton St. Anneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Manor, Wokingham, Berks

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The Berystede Hotel, Ascot, Berks

07 October 2018

Shaw House, Newbury, Berks

14 October 2018

Lillibrooke Manor & Barns, Maidenhead, Berks

21 October 2018

The Oakley Court, Windsor, Berks

21 October 2018

Taplow House Hotel, Taplow, Berks

21 October 2018

South Hill Park, Bracknell, Berks

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De Vere Wokefield Estate, Reading, Berks

13 January 2019

Crowne Plaza Reading, Caversham, Berks

3 February 2019

Taplow House Hotel, Taplow, Berks

27 January 2019

Trunkwell House, Beech Hill Road, Reading, Berks

10 February 2019

Lillibrooke Manor, Ockwells Road, Maidenhead, Berks

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The Olde Bell, High Street, Hurley, Berks

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Wedding Fair Diary 2018-2019 Buckinghamshire 18 June 2018

Chicheley Hall, Milton Keynes, Bucks

05 July 2018

Chicheley Hall, Milton Keynes, Bucks

20 August 2018

Chicheley Hall, Milton Keynes, Bucks

09 September 2018 Holiday Inn Milton Keynes East, Milton Keynes, Bucks 16 September 2018 Horwood Estate, Milton Keynes, Bucks 16 September 2018 The Bull Hotel, Gerrards Cross, Bucks 27 September 2018 Chicheley Hall, Milton Keynes, Bucks 30 September 2018 Holiday Inn Milton Keynes East, Milton Keynes, Bucks 07 October 2018

Bisham Abbey, Marlow, Bucks

14 October 2018

The Pavilion at Lane End, High Wycombe, Bucks

21 October 2018

Hilton Milton Keynes, Milton Keynes, Bucks

21 October 2018

Stowe House, Buckingham, Bucks

21 October 2018

Taplow House Hotel, Taplow, Bucks

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Chicheley Hall, Milton Keynes, Bucks

10 November 2018 Taplow House Hotel, Taplow, Bucks 25 November 2018 Chicheley Hall, Milton Keynes, Bucks 20 January 2019

Bisham Abbey, Marlow, Bucks

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Taplow House Hotel, Taplow, Bucks

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