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Get Booking 40 Videography 41 Photography 42 Top Ten Photo Must-haves! 44 Photobooth 45 Entertainment 47 Transport 48 Arriving in Style 52 Honeymoon Inspiration: Riveria Maya, Mexico 54 Favourite First Dance Songs for 2018 55 Music & Discos 56 Real Wedding: A Vegas themed Wedding

Dress To Impress 60 Bridal Wear 62 How to Plan for Your Boutique Appointment 63 Are you Bankrupting Your Bridesmaids 64 Ultra Violet – Pantone Colour of the Year 66 Post Wedding Blues 67 Hats 68 Menswear 69 Hair, Beauty and Health 70 Which Metal is Best for Your Wedding Band? 71 Jewellers 72 A Speech to Remember

Design Your Day 76 Florists 77 Cakes 78 You’ve Got Mail 79 Stationery

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e are all about putting brides in touch with great wedding businesses, making it easy for you to see what’s out there, get inspired and find the very best venues and suppliers for your big day. This Cotswold & Wiltshire Guide takes you through every step of your wedding planning, with handy checklists in each section (you’ll thank us later). We’ve also put together our favourite Ultra Violet wedding inspo (page 64) and plenty of Real Wedding inspiration. For even more helpful wedding planning tools, don’t forget to sign up for our free online Wedding Planner.You can create personalised task lists, organise your RSVPs and even create your table plan, all at the click of a button. If you’re still looking for suppliers at the end of this Guide, download our App, Planit - where you can swipe through local suppliers (just like Tinder!)

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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


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.

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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.

OAKSEY PARK WEDDING Hold your wedding at the Holiday Inn Gloucester - Cheltenham hotel and let our team of wedding professionals help to arrange your perfect day.

Oaksey Park can offer an idyllic venue for your big day. Situated in the heart of the Cotswold Water Park. 01666 577995 /

With 8 function rooms which can be transformed into your dream wedding reception suitable for up to 120 guests.

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Your Perfect Wedding Maisemore Court Lakeside Events A picturesque rural venue to stage the marquee of your choice. Perfect for bespoke wedding receptions.

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A privately owned country house hotel on the edge of the Cotswolds with panoramic views of the Wiltshire countryside. 3 Licensed Ceremony Rooms including Private walled Garden for Outdoor Ceremony Capacity 120 Day / 150 Evening 45 Bedrooms Swimming Pool, Jacuzzi & Gym 9-Hole Golf Course



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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.



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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Are you organising a small intimate wedding or a large family affair? Homewood Park Hotel & Spa is the ideal venue. Set in ten acres of wonderful gardens and parklands, we have the perfect setting for your special day. Contact our wedding planner on 01225 723731 or email to arrange a personal viewing.

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A Classic English country garden was the theme for their wedding.

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lare and James met whilst on a trip to New Zealand. James was on holiday whilst Clare was travelling (and hadn’t washed for 6 days!). But that didn’t put James off, and the couple got engaged in February 2016. They began their search for the perfect English Country Garden wedding, and after deciding to reassess their original ideas and choose elements that were important to them, they chose to marry in Homewood Park, a venue with a special place in their hearts. They had visited the beautiful venue for a spa day 7 years ago (and ate the best bread they’ve ever eaten), so it quickly became an obvious choice for their celebration.

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Clare and James adored the classic simplicity of their English country garden theme, with natural white and green flowers and milk churns leading to the garden where they enjoyed drinks and games on the lawn, the spacehoppers being a huge hit with adults and kids alike! The couple really wanted to look after their guests, with flip flops in the girls toilets, a sweet bar with personalised love hearts, plus colouring books and pencils for the kids.

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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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Sudbury House Hotel Sudbury House is a Grade II listed building which Sudbury House is a Grade II listed building was once a distinguished Georgian home. We which was once a distinguished Georgian have sympathetically transformed the hotel to home. We have sympathetically transformed its former glory. The “Old House“ offers you a the hotel to its former glory. The “Old House” traditional entrance for entrance welcome drinks and offers you a traditional for welcome photographs, oak panelled ceremony drinks andan photographs, an oak civil panelled ceremony with room complete withfireplace a feature and roomcivil complete a feature fireplace and the Regency room for celebrations. intimate the Regency room for intimate celebrations. In addition to this, Sudbury In addition to this, Sudbury House offers a offers a more contemporary design in moreHouse contemporary design in the main hotel the main hotel with a warm, friendly lounge, with aspacious warm,modern friendlyaccommodation lounge, spacious modern and a large accommodation and a large restaurant. With restaurant. With extensive licensed areas within extensive licensed areas within the main hotel, the main hotel, “Old House” and gardens, “Old Sudbury House“House and can gardens, Sudbury House can offer you the perfect combination. We would be delighted to have offer you the perfect combination. the opportunity to show to discuss We would be delighted to you haveround the opportunity your plans and everything that Sudbury Houseand to show you round to discuss your plans can offer you. everything that Sudbury House can offer you.

We Offer • Ceremony 10 - 160 Guests • Wedding Breakfast 160 Guests • Buffet 200 Guests • Grade II Listed Building • Indoor Ceremonies • Outdoor Ceremonies • Wedding Packages • Exclusive Use • Beautiful Gardens


Endless Possibilities Ceremonies | Spectacular Dinning | Stunning Accommodation Discover the endless possibilities Sudbury House has on offer to create your perfect Wedding Day. No two weddings should be the same and our experienced team of wedding co-ordinators and talented award winning Chefs are always happy to discuss your ideas however traditional or quirky they may be.

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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

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How do you eat an elephant?


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 28

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



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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

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! 29

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 chatted to Rock & Roll Event Caterers Jacks Kitchen to get the low down on trends for 2018. Every couple needs a starting block, so here’s 4 to kick off 2018 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.


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!

Catering Unless you are obliged to use your venue’s in-house or recommended caterers, the choice of catering options is huge, from cooking paella and hog roasts in front of your guests to antipasti sharing boards and creative food stations. Whatever you choose,we would strongly advise using a specialist wedding caterer who will have the equipment and experience needed for catering for those numbers. Rock ‘n’ Roll bespoke wedding caterers based in the Cotswolds.


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Oxleaze Barn the perfect setting for their autumnal rustic theme.

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hildhood sweethearts, Phoebe and Steve, originally became an item after a very drunk local horse event (Phoebe has never lived this down) and 7 years later got engaged on Phoebe’s birthday during a trip to Jamaica. After a day out exploring the mountains on the island, Steve ordered a bottle of champagne, Phoebe thinking it was a bottle of birthday fizz, didn’t quite realise what was about to come next! Steve handed her a little gift wrapped box, accidentally wrapped in Christmas paper by his Mum. Thinking it was a nice pair of earrings, imagine Phoebe’s shock at seeing a beautiful ring inside. She was so busy crying, Steve had to repeat the question, to which of course she said a big fat yes! Steve was so nervous afterwards he even began to describe the ring as per the buyers guide as he’d read it so many times before buying it. They chose to get married at Oxleaze Barn, where they had the opportunity to take a gorgeous blank canvas and put their own stamp on it - the perfect setting for their Rustic theme. Incorporating autumnal colours with flowers from Bumble and Wild Phoebe wore a gorgeous lace gown by Maggie Sottero, whilst the bridesmaids wore wine coloured Ted Baker gowns and the groomsmen dressed in amazing suits from The Vintage Suit Hire Company. Phoebe remembers a touching moment on the morning


• The couple managed to organise a lot of their wedding in the first couple of months of planning, giving them almost two years to save the money and break it down into manageable chunks to pay for it on their own. of her wedding when her mum and 9 year old niece spotted a robin out the window. Her niece turned to her mum and said, “A robin on your wedding day means a lost loved one is there looking down on you.” Phoebe knew her Gramps had come to watch over her.


After sneaking off for some photos in the private garden and to let it soak in that they were actually married, Steve, Phoebe and their guests enjoyed an incredible wedding breakfast, lovingly prepared by Jack’s Kitchen, who they booked nearly two years in advance to cater to their style of food and not charge the earth. The couple handmade a lot of extras for their wedding, Pho including wooden name places eb e’s for their guests, homemade chocolate, rum and raisin fudge and little bottles of elderflower cordial per person to put in their glass of fizz. Phoebe was a bit of a dab hand at DIY, making all her own stationery including invites, order of service and the guest book. They finished the evening with a delicious hog roast from a local butcher, Paddock Farm butchers - a fab pick me up before dancing the night away to some classic wedding tunes.


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o, you’ve booked the perfect venue and popped the big question to your bridesmaids and now it’s time to snap up your favourite suppliers. This crucial stage of wedding planning can be stressful, but it’s important that you start early (ideally 9-12 months before the big day!) so you can get all of the suppliers you want. The key to booking suppliers is to know what you’re looking for, so make sure you have an idea of what you want before you get started. We recommend attending local wedding fairs to get inspired (turn to the back of the guide for local wedding fairs). The first supplier that you should think about booking is your photographer and any other supplier that can only do one wedding per day. When it comes to booking your transport, a lot of brides already have an idea of how they want to arrive at their venue. So, whether it’s a gorgeous vintage car, or a stylish limousine, there are plenty of options for you to choose from. Other key suppliers




Our Go To Checklist Ideally 9 – 12 months in advance Choose and book your photographer

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! We have a great new tool to help with this:

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hether you’re starting your big day with a grand entrance or heading off to your reception in style, wedding transport is an important element of the big day, for both you and your guests. From a classic vintage car to an exotic tuktuk, the choices are plenty, and we’ve put together a selection of ideas to help you make that all important decision.

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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 are 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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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.


hite sand beaches, warm blue waters and luxury hotels line this beautiful stretch of coastline, as well as providing a home to the odd baby sea turtle or two. Whether you’re planning on sunning yourself on the beach every day or hoping to explore the cultural side of this area, you won’t be disappointed. Riviera Maya is a paradise for tourists.

What to do If you’re looking for an adventure, Riviera Maya has everything you need to unleash the explorer 52

in you. A trip to the cenotes that fame the area is an absolute must. Found only on the Yucatan Peninsula, it’s easy to see why the Mayans consider these incredible sinkholes sacred. Often referred to as “sunken caves”, cenotes boast crystal clear fresh waters and incredible scenery (make sure you take your snorkel as most cenotes boast incredible biodiversity). Help protect these beautiful natural phenomenons by visiting one of the ecotourism centres, which are trying to protect the natural area from the effects of mass tourism. There are plenty of dive and snorkeling sites where you’ll be met with a wealth of marine

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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Perfect -

Wonderful Tonight -

Ed Sheeran

Eric Clapton

Lucky -

Heaven -

Jason Mraz & Colbie Caillat

Bryan Adams

At Last -

Then -

Etta James

Brad Paisley

Baby I’m Yours -

Thinking Out Loud -

The Arctic Monkeys

Ed Sheeran

Can’t Help Falling In Love With You -

I Don’t Dance Lee Brice

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Music & Discos the frampton footwarmers

Experienced, lively Jazz Band. We play many of the tunes associated with the likes of Fats Waller, Glenn Miller, Nat King Cole, and Jools Holland.

01454 774016

The Cotswold Ensemble String Quartet, Tango Quartet, String Duo Baroque Classical Romantic Ragtime Broadway Beatles & Beyond 01865 242797

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Wedding Real

A Vegas themed wedding with fire eaters and a magical evening glow show.

Sarah &Matt

Photography Diamond Shots Photography


he summer of 2009 was certainly one to remember for Sarah and Matt. The couple met at the Nationwide Building Society Call Centre you never know when you’re going to meet the love of your life! Six years later on a cruise through the Norwegian Fjords, in torrential rain with waves pounding the boat, Matt proposed on the top deck of the cruise liner. Although it wasn’t quite the sunset proposal he’d envisaged, it was still romantic in a Hollywood movie kind of way. Sarah and Matt chose to marry at the De Vere Cotswold Water Park with their close friends and family - and the weather couldn’t have been better. The couple loved the stunning scenery and beautiful lake, with plenty of space for everyone to socialise. They opted for a sophisticated white and gold colour scheme and Sarah wore an intricate lace gown. After a beautiful ceremony, the couple and their guests headed for a reception like no other. Beautifully draped and decorated with fairy lights, guests were wowed with fire eaters, an evening Glow Show and a magic mirror as their selfie booth.


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ow that you’ve got the admin sorted, it’s finally time for the best part of planning a wedding... deciding on your bridal wear! This is the most important dress you’ll ever buy, so make it count. Whether you’ve always known want you want to wear on your big day, or if you’ve got no idea, relax and enjoy this exciting step. To begin with, start with buying your bridal gown, shoes, accessories, veil and underwear. Why not take your bridesmaids to a bridal wear shop and get their dresses at the same time? There are so many fabulous wedding dress shops, and this experience will last a lifetime. At this stage of planning, we also recommend encouraging your partner




Our Go To Checklist Ideally 6 – 9 months in advance Shop for your bridal gown

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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Bridal Wear Mae Bridal is a little haven filled with vintage elegance and timeless classics that will capture the heart of any bride.

Cloth of Gold - Royal Wootton Bassett

Our collection of designers include Ronald Joyce, Wtoo, Willowby, Kenneth Winston, Ella Rose and Phil Collins Bridal.

• Fabrics and trimmings to make every bride,

wedding party and prom goer sparkle. • From silks to chiffons, satins, or rich brocades,

with organzas, tulle and linings to match. • Finish with embroidered or beaded lace. • Everything for the perfect look and fit, with our

fabric, patterns, haberdashery and dressmaker.

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* Designer wedding dresses * Curvy range from size 16 * Personal and friendly service * Unique bespoke service * Full accessory range also available * Appointments only

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Multi-Award Winning Bridal Shop

Justin Alexander, Maggie Sottero, Essence, White Rose, Sincerity & Sonsie. Bridesmaids dresses from Eliza & Ethan, Dessy, Eden and Ebony Rose 01993 705080


102 Corn Street, Witney, Oxon, OX28 6BU

01452 418880


Bridal • Bridesmaid • Menswear

Keates of Witney Whether it is a traditional wedding or a wedding with pazzazz, we have it all new Tweed Collection now available. Having our own stock as opposed to only using a third party or agency, not only are you able to try on various outfit combinations, but more importantly, when trying on the outfits, we are able to establish the correct fit.

When looking good matters... Quality Counts

Blossom Bridal & Occasion Wear Whether it be for your wedding, prom or ball, we have a fantastic collection of gowns in stock and available to order, in a wide range of colours and sizes. We also cater for curves. We pride ourselves in being able to provide an in-house alteration service, with experienced seamstresses on hand.

Giving you confidence... On your special day

Keates Menswear & Blossom Bridal 29 Market Square Witney Oxon OX28 6AD Tel: 01993 702259

Brides by Victoria

We believe that looking beautiful on your wedding day needn’t break the bank. At Brides by Victoria we offer a wide selection of beautiful gowns from Maggie Sottero, Romantica, Phill Collins, Rebecca Ingram and Venus Bridal. Our aim is to provide beautifully elegant products, with plenty of choice, ensuring that you enjoy the experience of buying your dream wedding dress. We also have a wide selection bridesmaid dresses, prom dresses and accessories.

Phone 01722 414430 for an appointment Pop in for a browse at 7 St Johns Street, Salisbury, Wiltshire, SP1 2SB

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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!


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.

r u o y g n i t p u r k n a b u o y e Ar ? s d i a m s e brid Weddings are expensive. For you, for your parents, for your guests, and also for your bridesmaids. But is your bridal party struggling to keep up with the costs? When you’re getting married it’s hard not to get caught up in your bridal bubble, and the budget often goes out of the window. You may have come to terms with the cost and are going all out to get your perfect day, and that’s a great situation to be in. However, it’s often difficult to remember that it’s actually only you that’s getting married, and all of your besties might not be quite so excited about the cost of your wedding. The bridesmaids especially can incur huge costs for your wedding, and most of that comes from the hen party. You might be super excited for your all out weekend in Ibiza, but your Maid of Honour’s bank account may not be quite bikini ready… Now a girls weekend away is always a great idea, but imagine if you’ve been invited to four next summer? That means serious saving for your girls. According to a Guides for Brides Twitter Poll, an overwhelming majority would prefer to stay in the UK for their friend’s hen party, because the cost is just too much. So if you’re planning on an overseas hen party, be understanding

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if some of your friends can’t make it, or to search for close to home hen party suppliers, head to Then we’ve also got the tricky subject of whether your bridesmaids pay for their own dresses. Although this is becoming a more acceptable ask, this definitely causes some bitterness between friends. According to our research the majority do believe that the bride should pay for their maids’ dresses, though those that thought it was totally okay to ask bridesmaids to pay weren’t far behind. Perhaps if they’re each choosing their own dresses (and therefore would definitely wear them again) it’s more acceptable to ask them to fit the bill, but if you’re asking your girls to cough up for a dress that they have no say over and wouldn’t wear again, it’s got to be on the bride. The most important thing is to listen to your girls and be honest with them – you’ll be able to tell if they’re concerned about where the money is coming from. All weddings incur costs for the guests, travel can be a huge expense, and if they need accommodation, things can get really pricey. But before you get caught inside the wedding bubble, spare a thought for your girls – they might not be fortunate enough to throw the budget out of the window.




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Vibrant & Vivacious

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.


Wedding Cake You could stick to a traditional white wedding cake with a few ultra violet accents, or why not challenge your cake designer with this show-stopping delight. 64

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!

Post-Wedding Blues? What to do with your dress after the wedding

You’ve found the perfect dress and you never want to take it off - if only we could get away with wearing wedding dresses to work eh?! Instead of hiding

your beautiful gown in the back of your wardrobe, why not try one of these postwedding dress ideas.

Frame it

Rehome it

Style it

Box it

Never want to stop looking at your dress? Nowadays brides have the opportunity to frame their dresses so they can display them forever in their homes. An eye-catching talking piece for parties, don’t you think?

Why not get your dress restyled so you can wear it again? There are many dressmakers out there who would love the challenge you could chop and change the style or even dye it to a completely different colour. We’ve even seen brides save their dresses for their daughters and get them restyled for the day perfect for a hint of vintage.

Whilst many brides choose to sell on their dresses, we love the idea of passing it on to charity. Helping others have their dream day by donating your beautiful dress will make you feel amazing.

Keep your dress safe from dust and light pollution by getting it professionally boxed. Bridal boutiques tend to offer this service and for affordable prices - a great way of keeping your dress safe for years to come.

Trash it

This super popular option is great fun and something you can do with your partner. Arrange a photo shoot with your wedding photographer and grab the paints, head to a farm or find yourself a beautiful river to dunk in. 66

Hats Lara’s Little Hat Shop Wedding Hats and bespoke Fascinators to Hire or Buy

07900 360455 Open Monday and Thursday’s and other times by appointment only Firsdown Salisbury

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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.

Providing a comprehensive hire wear service for all formal occasions and offering traditional wedding clothing with a contemporary edge. Stocking one of the largest collections of tweed hire wear in the area, we can offer both purchase, hire and bespoke options to compliment this service. With our expertise in tailoring, we make sure every one of your party members are in the appropriate suit for their body shape and size. For expert friendly advice, at prices comparable to the main high street brands, why not book in for a provisional consultation to see how we can help you out with looking and feeling great on your big day. No 24 Church Street, Shipton On Stour, Warwickshire CV36 4AP T: 01608 238008 21B Oxford Street, Woodstock, OX20 1TH T: 01993 358284


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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.


CristinasJewellery Beautifully designed & handcrafted Bridal jewellery • • • • • •


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High Bridge Jewellers

Specialising in Rings, Diamonds & pre-owned Jewellery

01451 810928 The High Street, Bourton-on-the-Water, Glos, GL54 2AQ


JEWELLERS Established 1970 3 Market St Swindon SN1 1RZ | Tel: 01793 525948 Email:

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r e b m e m e R o t h c e e p AS So you’ve been asked to give a speech at the wedding - don’t panic!

Photograph courtesy Weddingsbysam

There’s nothing worse than getting those pre-speech jitters. Emotions are running high and you want the happy couple to be weeping with joy, not the other way around. We’ve come up with some great ideas to get you prepped and ready to give them a speech to remember. Be Prepared Some people are happy to leave the speech writing to the last minute it’s easy, so they say. The couple will be expecting a beautiful speech, no matter what style you go for, and to avoid any disappointment on their part writing your speech in advance is the best idea. We’d suggest giving yourself a couple of weeks at least, leaving you plenty of time to make edits. Go for Humour If the thought of pouring your heart out for all the guests to see fills you with dread, go for comedy instead. It’s a sure fire way to get everyone on side right from the beginning, leaving you the chance at the end of your speech for all the fluffy stuff. 72

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’ get the idea. Even a comedy prize for the winner will go down a storm.

Rope in the Mates If you’d prefer to have a little support in the speech, why not ask the couple if you can give the speech with another close friend or

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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

Record a Video Depending how much time you have on your hands, you could let the video do the talking. It’s a nice way of allowing you to relax on the day knowing you’ve created something they’ll remember forever. Just make sure you organise a projector for the occasion.



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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:




Our Go To Checklist Ideally 3 – 9 months in advance Order your invitations and other stationery Choose and book your florist Choose and book your cake maker Book venue decorations Book a photo or video booth for guests Book wedding night accommodation Choose readings, poems, vows and hymns Agree Order of Service with Vicar/Registrar/Celebrant Decide on a menu and choose wines Send out invitations

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Florists Beautiful & Unique Flowers Friendly & Professional Service

7 Church Street, Calne, Wiltshire SN11 0HU 01249 819105



Fay’s Fairy Cakes

Specialising in Bespoke Wedding Cupcakes

t: 01672 811894 m: 07521 967874 Based in Marlborough and surrounding areas

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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 to months before the big day.

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.


Stationery Get your guests excited for the big by sharing a plan of the day including orders of service, menu and timings.

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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ou’ve sorted out all the big things and it’s time to focus on the finishing touches. It’s often said that it’s the little details that make a wedding stand out from the crowd, so spend a little time organising the things that you’ve left until last.Whether it’s gifts for the bridal party and parents, or confirming the details with your suppliers, this is a wonderful opportunity to get a touch more organised. To start with, why not organise your table plan for the wedding breakfast, or write a speech that won’t leave a dry eye in the house? Whilst you’re putting the last little bits together, a lot of brides choose to have a trial run of their makeup during this time. This is a great way to ensure that your bridal look is exactly what you envisaged. We also encourage making sure that all your balances




Our Go To Checklist Ideally 1 – 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 and fake tan 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 Plan your wedding your way with the Guides for Brides online wedding planner.

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The final

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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”.




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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Need a spare copy of this Guide? Pick one up from any of these Cotswold & Wiltshire wedding businesses.

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Brides by Victoria 25-27 New Street Salisbury Wiltshire SP1 2PH 01722 414430

Taffeta & Lace 3 Commercial Rd Gloucester Gloucestershire GL1 2DY 01452 419181

Bloomers of Cheltenham 3 Great Norwood Street Cheltenham Gloucestershire GL50 2AW 01242 527988

Cloth of Gold 126 High Street Royal Wootton Bassett Wiltshire SN4 7AU 01793 853908

The Cotswold Frock Shop 2 & 3 Park Street Stow-on-the-Wold Gloucestershire GL54 1AQ 01451 832309

Coates Flower Shop 25 Market Place Chippenham Wiltshire SN15 3HP 01249 652106

Cocoa Couture 9 Clarence Parade Cheltenham Gloucestershire GL50 3NY 01242 233588 Fairytale Occasions Ltd 34 High Street Highworth Wiltshire SN6 7AQ 01793 671439 Nina Furness Couture 31 Cambray Place Cheltenham Gloucestershire GL50 1JP 01242 228446 Oxfam Bridal Wear Shop 5 The Bridge Chippenham Wiltshire SN15 1HA 01249 447061 Sarah Belle Bridal 40-41 Commercial Road Swindon Wiltshire SN1 5NX 01793 528030


The Organza Room The Old Post Office 63 High Street Amesbury Wiltshire SP4 7ET 01980 677325 The Sewing Shop 200 Rodbourne Road Swindon Wiltshire SN2 2AA 01793 542361 The White Room 18 High Street Minchinhampton Gloucestershire GL6 9BN 01453 883048 Wedding Days of Cheltenham Cambray House 33 Cambray Place Cheltenham Gloucestershire GL50 1JP 01242 224965

Ivy’s Florist 8 Church Street Shipton-underWychwood Oxfordshire OX7 6BP 01993 830268 Jacaranda Flowers 5a Fountain Street Nailsworth Gloucestershire GL6 0BL 01453 836714

C & R Family Grocers 44 High Street Cricklade Wiltshire SN6 6BX 01793 750341

Oops-a-Daisy 40 Cricklade Street Cirencester Gloucestershire GL7 1JH 01285 644123

Daisy Chain Floral Designers 6 Martingate Centre Corsham Wiltshire SN13 0HL 01249 714334 Flower Care 24 High Street Melksham Wiltshire SN12 6LA 01225 704314 Gloucester Florists 2b/c Calton Road Gloucester Gloucestershire GL1 5DY 01452 303600 Highworth Flowers 19 High Street Highworth Wiltshire SN6 7AG 01793 861900

Primrose Lane The Florist 6 Kingsbury Street Marlborough Wiltshire SN8 1HU 01672 511766 Roses Kiosk 2 Bishops Walk Cirencester Gloucestershire GL7 1JH 01285 643634 Scentiments 6 Church Street Tetbury Gloucestershire GL8 8JG 01666 503195 Shirleys 29 High Street Calne Wiltshire SN11 0BS 01249 817089

We thank all these businesses for their support. Shirley Snells Florist 16 Milford Street Salisbury Wiltshire SP1 2AJ 01722 329152 Simply Flowers 7 Church Street Calne Wiltshire SN11 0HU 01249 819105 Stems Florist Bridge House Semington Wiltshire BA14 6JT 01225 700020

The Broadway Florist 3 Keil Close High Street Broadway Worcestershire WR12 7DP 01386 853000 The Flower Factory 65 Faringdon Road Swindon Wiltshire SN1 5DQ 01793 431999 The Little Flower Co 10 High Street Warminster Wiltshire BA12 9AE 01985 216570


Oasis Hair Studio 82 Sheldon Road Chippenham Wiltshire SN14 0BX 01249 652368 The Body Beautiful 6 Church Walk Trowbridge Wiltshire BA14 8DX 01225 754182 The Courtyard Hair Consultants 10 Monmouth Place Upper Bristol Road Bath Bristol and Somerset BA1 2AU 01225 338334

The Den 10 Clive Parade Cricklade Road Swindon Wiltshire SN2 1AJ 01793 722299 The Hair Group Swindon 25 The High Street Swindon Wiltshire SN1 3EG 01793 484988


Cotswold Health Centre 8a George Street Stroud Gloucestershire GL5 3DX 01453 767600

Hair and Beauty Beautiful Wedding Hair The Old Police Station Leamington Road Broadway Worcestershire WR12 7DZ 07712 257556

Maria Christina Hair and Beauty 40 New Road Chippenham Wiltshire SN15 1HL 01249 465655

Hair Works Freshbrook Village Centre Swindon Wiltshire SN5 8LY 01793 873217

Martin & Phelps Hair & Beauty 23-24 Regent Street Cheltenham Gloucestershire GL50 1HN 01242 523568

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Bicks Of Montpellier 5 Montpellier Walk Cheltenham Gloucestershire GL50 1SD 01242 524738

G & S Jewellers 2 Phelps Parade Calne Wiltshire SN11 0HA 01249 821242

Cristinas Jewellery 86 Redcliffe Stree Swindon Wiltshire SN2 2BZ 07787 934508

Iles Jewellers 3 Market Street Swindon Wiltshire SN1 1RZ 01793 525948

Cross Keys The Ginnel Devizes Wiltshire SN10 1HN 01380 726293

Lee’s Jewellers Ltd 27 Maryport Street Devizes Wiltshire SN10 1AG 01380 723347

David Christopher Jewellers 38 Regent Arcade Cheltenham Gloucestershire GL50 1JZ 01989 768667

Spoilt For Choice 9 High Street Malmesbury Wiltshire SN16 9AA 01666 829699 85

Planners Julia Sibun

Marquees Spaceintense Grays Far End Stroud Gloucestershire GL6 7RL 01452 813658

11 Bleriot Road Upper Rissington Cheltenham Gloucestershire GL54 2NN 01451 822640

Menswear Chas H Baker 17 - 19 Milford Street Salisbury Wiltshire SP1 2AL 01722 324234

Moss Hire 1 Queens Street Salisbury Wiltshire SP1 1EY 01722 320244

Christopher Barry Old Bond Street Bath Bristol and Somerset BA1 1BP 01225 464585

Tuxedo Junction 16a Dyer Street Cirencester Gloucestershire GL7 2PF 01285 644055

Moss Hire 22 Milsom Street Bath Bristol and Somerset BA1 1DE 01225 461650

Tuxedo Junction Westgate Galleria Westgate Street Gloucester Gloucestershire GL1 2RU 01452 380066

Moss Hire 4 Ormond Place Cheltenham Gloucestershire GL50 1JD 01242 222047

Pete Davies Photography 35 High Street Marlborough Wiltshire SN8 1LW 01672 513452

Stationery Wessex Print Centre 21 High Street Pewsey Wiltshire SN9 5AF 01672 563189

Tourist Information Broadway Tourist Information Unit 14 Russell Square High Street Broadway Worcestershire WR12 7AP 01386 852937

Mother of the Bride Kim Vine 92 High Street Marlborough Wiltshire SN8 1HD 01672 519937



Calne Tourist Information Bank House The Strand Calne Wiltshire SN11 0EN 01249 814000

Cheltenham Tourist Information 51 Clarence Street Cheltenham Gloucestershire GL50 3JT 01242 522878 Chippenham Tourist Information The Yelde Hall Market Place Chippenham Wiltshire SN15 3ER 01249 665970

Cirencester Tourist Information Corinium Museum Park Street Cirencester Gloucestershire GL7 2BX 01285 654180

Stroud Tourist Information Centre Subscription Rooms George Street Stroud Gloucestershire GL5 1AE 01453 760960

Corsham Tourist Information Arnold House 31 High Street Corsham Wiltshire SN13 0EZ 01249 714660

Tetbury Tourist Information 33 Church Street Tetbury Gloucestershire GL8 8JG 01666 503552

Malmesbury Tourist Information Town Hall Cross Hayes Malmesbury Wiltshire SN16 9BZ 01666 823748 Melksham Tourist Information Church Street Melksham Wiltshire SN12 6LS 01225 707424

Tewkesbury Tourist Information 10 Church Street Tewkesbury Gloucestershire GL20 5AB 01684 855040 Warminster Community Hub Central Car Park Warminster Wiltshire BA12 9BT 01985 218548

Moreton-in-Marsh Tourist Information Moreton Area Centre High Street Moreton-in-Marsh Gloucestershire GL56 0AZ 01608 650881

Travel Barrington Chauffeur Services 1 Poolhay Close Corse Lawn Gloucestershire GL19 4NY 01452 780781

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Alexandra House Whittingham Drive Wroughton Wiltshire SN4 0QJ 01793 819000

Calne Town Hall The Strand Calne Wiltshire SN11 0EN 01249 814000

Assembly Rooms Bennett Street Bath Bristol and Somerset BA1 2QH 01225 477782

Charingworth Manor Hotel Charingworth Chipping Campden Gloucestershire GL55 6NS 01386 593555

Best Western Limpley Stoke Hotel Woods Hill Bath Wiltshire BA2 7FZ 01225 723333

Cheltenham Regency Hotel Gloucester Road Cheltenham Gloucestershire GL51 0ST 01452 713226

Best Western Plus Angel Hotel Market Place Chippenham Wiltshire SN15 3HD 01249 652615 Blunsdon House Hotel Blunsdon Swindon Wiltshire SN26 7AS 01793 721701 Burleigh Court Hotel Minchinhampton Stroud Gloucestershire GL5 2PF 01453 883804

Chiseldon House Hotel New Road Chiseldon Wiltshire SN4 0NE 01793 741010 Cotswold Edge Golf Club Wotton-Under-Edge Gloucestershire GL12 7PT 01453 844167 Cricklade House Common Hill Cricklade Wiltshire SN6 6HA 01793 750751

Calcot Manor Country House Hotel Calcot Manor Calcot Gloucestershire GL8 8YJ 01666 890391


Grasmere House Hotel 70 Harnham Road Salisbury Wiltshire SP2 8JN 01722 338388 Gray Manor Hotel Park House Cross Cholderton Wiltshire SP4 0EG 01980 629542 Green Dragon Cockleford Cheltenham Gloucestershire GL53 9NW 01242 870271 Hallmark Hotel Gloucester Marlstone Close Robinswood Hill Gloucester Gloucestershire GL4 6EA 01452 525653

Lucknam Park Hotel & Spa Colerne Wiltshire SN14 8AZ 01225 742777 Manor By The Lake Arle Court Hatherley Lane Cheltenham Gloucestershire GL51 6PN 01242 248 943 Mercure Salisbury White Hart Hotel 1 St John’s Street Salisbury Wiltshire SP1 2SD 01722 327476 Milford Hall Hotel 206 Castle Street Salisbury Wiltshire SP1 3TE 01722 417411

Hare and Hounds Hotel Westonbirt Tetbury Gloucestershire GL8 8QL 01666 881000

Nibley House North Nibley Dursley Gloucestershire GL11 6DL 01453 549700

Hatherley Manor Hotel Down Hatherley Lane Gloucestershire GL2 9QA 01452 730217

Queens Hotel Cheltenham – MGallery The Promenade Cheltenham Gloucestershire GL50 1NN 01242 514754

Lansdowne Strand Hotel The Strand Calne Wiltshire SN11 0EH 01249 812488

Rockley Manor Rockley Marlborough Wiltshire SN8 1RT Leigh Park Country House 01672 511022 Hotel and Vineyard Leigh Road West Bradford-on-Avon Wiltshire BA15 2RA 01225 864885 88

Salisbury Registration Office The Council House Bourne Hill Salisbury Wiltshire SP1 3UZ 0300 0034570 Snooty Fox Market Place Tetbury Gloucestershire GL8 8DD 01666 502436 Stanton House Hotel The Avenue Stanton Fitzwarren Swindon Wiltshire SN6 7SD 0843 507 1388 Stratton House Hotel Gloucester Road Cirencester Gloucestershire GL7 2LE 07769 904378 Stanton Manor Hotel Stanton St Quintin Chippenham Wiltshire SN14 6DQ 01666 842903 The Inn at Fossebridge Fossebridge Cheltenham Gloucestershire GL54 3JS 01285 720721 The Bear Hotel Market Place Devizes Wiltshire SN10 1HS 01380 722444 The Manor House, an Exclusive Hotel & Golf Club Castle Combe Wiltshire SN14 7HR 01249 784801

The Falcon Inn New Street Painswick Gloucestershire GL6 6UN 01452 814222 The Highworth Hotel 1 Westrop Highworth Wiltshire SN6 7HJ 01793 762364 The Kings Arms Hotel 29 High Street Malmesbury Wiltshire SN16 9AA 01666 823383 The Kings Hotel The Square Chipping Campden Gloucestershire GL55 6AW 01386 840256 The Shaw Country Hotel Bath Road Shaw Melksham Wiltshire SN12 8EF 01225 702836 The Slaughters Manor House Copsehill Road Lower Slaughter Gloucestershire GL54 2HP 01451 820456 The Cheltenham Chase Hotel Shurdington Road Brockworth Gloucestershire GL3 4PB 01452 519988

The Old Lodge Minchinhampton Stroud Gloucestershire GL6 9AQ 01453 832047 The Legacy Rose & Crown Hotel Harnham Road Salisbury Wiltshire SP2 8JQ 0844 411 9046 The Bear of Rodborough Hotel Rodborough Common Stroud Gloucestershire GL5 5DE 01453 878522 Tewkesbury Park Lincoln Green Lane Tewkesbury Gloucestershire GL20 7DN 01684 272300 The Manor House Hotel High Street Moreton-in-Marsh Gloucestershire GL56 0LJ 01608 650501 The Swan Hotel Bibury Gloucestershire GL7 5NW 01386 769100

The Wiltshire Hotel Golf & Leisure Club Vastern Wharf Royal Wootton Bassett Wiltshire SN4 7PB 01793 849999 Village the Hotel Club Swindon Shaw Ridge Leisure Park Whitehill Way Swindon Wiltshire SN5 7DW 01793 279470 Wellington Barn Manor Farm Calstone-Wellington Wiltshire SN11 8PY 01249 4000140. Whitemead Forest Park Parkend Lydney Gloucestershire GL15 4LA 01594 560400 Wrag Barn Golf Club Shrivenham Road Highworth Wiltshire SN6 7QQ 01793 861327

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The White Horse Country Park, Coach Road, Westbury

18 March 2018

The Kingscote Barn, Binley Farm, Tetbury

18 March 2018

Trowbridge Civic Centre, St. Stephen’s Place, Trowbridge

18 March 2018

The Kingscote Barn, Binley Farm, Tetbury

25 March 2018

Best Western The Gables Hotel, Bristol Road, Falfield

25 March 2018

The Swan Hotel, Bibury

25 March 2018

The Wrag Barn. Shrivenham Road, Highworth

25 March 2018

City Hall Salisbury, Malthouse Lane, Salisbury

10 April 2018

Hatherley Manor Hotel, Down Hatherley Lane, Gloucester

22 April 2018

Glenfall House, Mill Lane, Cheltenham

29 April 2018

Spittleborough Farmhouse, Swindon Road, Royal Wootton Bassett

13 May 2018

Hatherley Manor Hotel, Down Hatherley Lane, Gloucester

16 September 2018

Cheltenham Town Hall, Imperial Square, Cheltenham

16 September 2018

Cheltenham Town Hall, Imperial Square, Cheltenham

07 October 2018

City Hall Salisbury, Malthouse Lane, Salisbury

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