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08 Venues 12 10 Tips for Choosing your Venue 24 Real Wedding: Festival Themed Wedding 35 Marquees 36 The Gift List 38 Marriage Preparation 39 Celebrants 40 Top Tips for Planning your Wedding 43 Catering

Get Booking 46 Photography 48 Real Wedding: Crazy Bear Celebration 54 Videography 55 Transport 58 Honeymoon Inspiration: Riveria Maya, Mexico 60 Music & Discos 62 Real Wedding: A Korean-Christian Wedding

Dress To Impress 66 Bridal Wear 70 Ultra Violet – Pantone Colour of the Year 72 Dry Cleaners 73 Hats 74 Menswear 76 Which Metal is Best for Your Wedding Band? 77 Jewellers 78 Hair, Beauty and Health

Design Your Day 82 Cakes 83 5 Questions to ask your Cake Designer 84 Three Wedding Cake Trends to Watch in 2018 86 Florists 88 4 Questions We Always Get Asked About Wedding Stationery 91 Venue Styling 92 Fantastic Fireworks - Things to consider if you want Wedding Fireworks

Finishing Touches The Final Countdown 98 Pick up a Spare Guide 103 Wedding Fair Diary

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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 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 70) and plenty of Real Wedding inspiration.

Real Weddings see how they celebrated their day.

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. f 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!) To search for more suppliers, or get inspired on our wedding blog, head over to www.guidesforbrides.co.uk. We’ll see you there. Happy wedding planning!

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

Features Katie Eldred Helena Jones Holly Lucas Administration Jackie Melotti Trudi D’Angeli Hannah Bruce Distribution Bill Hargreaves

Design Claire Rowland

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This edition covers: Oxfordshire Other editions are available for: Berkshire/Buckinghamshire Cotswold/Wiltshire Surrey, Sussex and Hampshire Front Cover image: Zaki Charles Photography The Crazy Bear

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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/honeymoons

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Venues

Littlebury Hotel and Restaurant

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

A family business since 1959

We are delighted to be able to offer the complete wedding package for your special day Now licensed to hold your civil ceremony 35 ensuite bedrooms, large gardens and private car park Contact Michael McKeon on 01869 252595 littleburyhotel@gmail.com www.littleburyhotel.com

Beetle & Wedge Boathouse 01491 651381

SALTER’S STEAMERS Wedding Receptions on the Thames

Fabulous Food, Wines and Accommodation Ferry Lane, Moulsford, Oxon, OX10 9JF

www.beetleandwedge.co.uk

Oxford, Henley, Windsor and other Locations

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Exclusive Oxfordshire Barn Wedding Venue • Idyllic 18th century barn • Civil Ceremony licence • Capacity 140 formal, 250 informal • Set in 250 acre estate with romantic lakes & woodland

T: 01869 810823

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WHERE ROMANCE MEETS EXCELLENCE Whether you are planning a small intimate gathering or a large celebration, our packages can be tailored to suit you. To book a wedding showaround and a complimentary afternoon tea, call 01865 256421 or email specialevents.randolph@macdonald-hotels.co.uk Find out more online at: www.macdonaldhotels.co.uk/weddings

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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When choosing and booking your dream wedding venue, there are many things to think about: Here are the top ten points you should consider before making the big decision.

Checklist 1. Where?

Countryside or city? Home or abroad? Deciding a location means that you will know where to start looking.

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

3. Capacity Who’s on your guest list? There’s no point considering a venue which cannot accommodate all your guests!

4. Catering Options If you are looking to hire independent caterers then this is something that should be checked with your prospective venue, as you may be obliged to use inhouse caterers.

5. Exclusivity Many venues offer exclusive use. There may be an additional charge or a minimum number of bedrooms you need to book.

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6. How long can you Party? If you’re planning to “party all night”, then make sure you ask the venue what time they can keep the bar open and music playing.

7. Wedding Planner Does the venue offer a coordinator to assist you with planning, or to help on the day?

8. Dressing the Venue If you’re keen to add your personal touch to the decor then remember to ask your venue what they include. You can then plan any additional extras.

9. Room at the Inn? Many guests will be keen to stay overnight. Ask the venue about accommodation options and discounts for wedding guests.

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

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The George Hotel Wallingford, Oxfordshire Located in the historic market town of Wallingford, this wedding venue comes with an abundance of character and traditional charm. This quaint 16th Century Coaching Inn is the perfect choice for a homely wedding. The George Hotel has been sympathically extended to create a striking balance between period charm and contemporay facilities. Licensed for civil ceremonies, couples can get married in the beautiful Castle gardens or in one of the versatile function rooms. Located close to the River Thames, The Ridgeway, Oxford and Reading - the venue is situated in both a beautiful and convenient location.


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Your Wedding @ The Bodleian Libraries Celebrate the most memorable day of your life at the Bodleian, a magnificent and historical setting for your wedding. Contact Hannah Vinten our dedicated Wedding Coordinator, who can help you plan your special day. T: 01865 277224

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The ultimate resource of hand picked, exclusive and exciting wedding venues worldwide, for discerning couples looking for a wedding destination beyond their imagination.

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The Tythe Barn La unt on, O xfo rd shi re Located in rural North Oxfordshire, this beautiful venue is simple and elegant - a gem from the past with a nod to the future. This stunning 14th Century stone and thatched structure boasts an elegantly rustic interior, which has been lovingly renovated and sympathetically restored. The barn has a wow factor that reveals all the beauty of the past, combined with a contemporary twist.

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Popular for indoor as well as outdoor ceremonies, The Tythe Barn allows you to enjoy your day in one unique setting beginning with our luxurious bridal preparation room The Nook, right through to the amazing Bridal Suite - The Shepherd Hut.

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THE TYTHE BARN

A BEAUTIFUL 14TH CENTURY THATCHED BARN IN A PRIVATE LOCATION

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

TEL: 01869 321442


We love a love story All set against 30 acres of grounds, your romantic Cotswold wedding venue awaits. With a history dating back to the Middle Ages, the hotel's surroundings have an intriguing story to tell. Originally headquarters of the Knights Templar, the house and its lands have been owned by notable religious figures, lords and even kings throughout the centuries. Just a short drive from the heart of Oxford, on the banks of the River Thames, you'll discover De Vere Oxford Thames. This medieval manor and barn combines rustic charm with modern comfort to create a wedding destination like no other.

THAMES.WEDDINGS@DEVERE.COM +44 (0) 1865 334417 DEVERE.COM/OXFORDTHAMES Romantic wedding venues across the UK. View all our destinations at phcompany.com/weddings

FRILFORD HEATH GOLF CLUB Set in beautiful Oxfordshire countryside, Frilford Heath Golf Club offers you magnificent views over our prestigious courses for your all important photos to make your day perfect.

CHERWELL BOATHOUSE

RIVERSIDE MARQUEE & TERRACE IN CENTRAL OXFORD

WWW.CHERWELLBOATHOUSE.CO.UK

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Frilford Heath Golf Club, Oxford Road, Frilford Heath, Oxfordshire, OX13 5NW Tel 01865 393666

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• Exclusive wedding reception for 20-100 • No Venue Charge • Free Wedding Co-ordinator • Free car parking

Lains Barn, Ardington, Wantage, Oxfordshire, OX12 7QG www.lainsbarn.co.uk events@lainsbarn.co.uk

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annah and Chris met at Notting Hill Carnival in 2011. Standing in the queue to an after party at a pub, Hannah realised she had lost her ticket. Luckily, Chris was standing behind her and offered her his spare, and the rest is history! 4 years later, he proposed with a plastic ring from Primark (he wasn’t quite brave enough to choose a real one)! They celebrated their wedding day at The Crown & Thistle in Abingdon with a festival theme as the couple have always enjoyed going to festivals together. Their flowers were placed in childrens’ wellington boots and their tables were named after festivals they had attended. Hannah chose a beautiful Maggie Sottero dress which made her feel (and look) like a total film star.

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Entertainment was an important part of their day - Hannah put ‘how well do you know us’ quizzes on each table for their guests and provided a large deck of playing cards and specified rules for the drinking game ‘Ring of Fire’. It was a game that they always used to play at parties and was a great break from dancing (and eating!) for their friends. www.guidesforbrides.co.uk


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Silver Pear Weddings at Friars Court C l an f ie ld, Oxfordshire

Situated in beautiful Oxfordshire countryside, Friars Court is a family-run, exclusive-use wedding venue. The 17th century Cotswold stone house lies at the heart of 600 acres of gorgeous countryside. A family home since 1917, the venue offers exclusive use of this beautiful property combined with a personal wedding service from Silver Pear Weddings.

With no formulaic wedding packages or “approved-only” suppliers, couples can create a wedding that’s suited to them and their budget. Choose between the rustic 19th century “blank canvas” barn or the various marquee locations within the grounds.


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Ceremony and Reception Venue 19th Century Barn and choice of Three Marquee Sites set within the grounds of a 17th Century Cotswold Stone House From 4 -150 Guests Experienced and Friendly Advice Exclusive Use preview visits by arrangement only Contact Jeffrey Cleaver 01367 810206 www.silverpearweddings.co.uk or www.friarscourt.com ‘follow silver pear weddings on facebook and Instagram’

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Plan your wedding, your way with the Guides for Brides Online Wedding Planner • Checklist • Budget Planner • Suppliers List • Guest List

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Distinctly Different Weddings Eynsham Hall is a magnificent Grade II listed Mansion nestled in the heart of a 3,000 acre estate. Located just 12 miles from Oxford, this stunning Jacobean-style house set within beautiful landscaped gardens with fountains and terraces present that idyllic backdrop for your big day. Whether you are looking to hold a wedding in the spring, summer, autumn or winter for a large, small, formal or more intimate event, our dedicated Wedding Specialist can tailor a package to suit you, your guests and your budget.


• Newly refurbished function rooms • Exclusive wedding use • Licensed for indoor & outdoor ceremonies & blessings • Accommodation available for all your guests • Delicious seasonal food created by our own brigade of chefs • Complimentary food & wine tasting for the happy couple • Award winning designed bar • Seasonal packages to suit individual’s budget and requirements • Dedicated wedding specialist • A complete solution

“ It Wouldn’t Be The Same Without You.”

www.eynshamhall.com 01993 885200 weddings@eynshamhall.com


THE PERFECT RIVERSIDE WEDDING VENUE

A beautiful, romantic venue in a wonderful riverside location. The perfect setting for your special day Contact us today on 01491 418810 | 414550 | Email: weddings@henley.com

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Your wedding is a once-in-a-lifetime event, one of the most special days you’ll ever experience. So we’ll make sure everything truly lives up to your expectations. Inside, we can cater for wedding receptions of up to 50 for a sit down meal, or up to 120 for buffets and evening events. With 55 bedrooms on-site, we have plenty of accommodation for guests and can offer a special discounted rate. We know that planning a wedding can be stressful, our team will support you every step of the way with advice on menus, flowers and entertainment, ensuring your day is as perfect as it can be.

Middle Aston House, Middle Aston Oxfordshire OX25 5PT United Kingdom

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Marquees We cover your wedding beautifully

www.gpmarquees.co.uk 01295 722269

Laughtons Luxury Toilet Hire Wood Farm, Tackley, Oxon, OX5 3EN Est. 1975

Luxury mobile wedding toilets & showers

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What guests really think about gift lists... You might be surprised! Having a wedding gift list is a no-brainer for couples. It’s a oncein-a-lifetime wish list that someone else pays for. But many feel that the big issue is what guests will think and whether they are happy buying the gifts you’ve chosen. No need to guess, Prezola asked over 1,000 guests what they think about wedding gifts – so there’s no mind-reading involved. So what do guests really think..?

Guests really do want to give you a gift The good news is that guests want to give you a gift to celebrate your marriage. It’s traditional and they’d like to give you something to commemorate your special day.

What kind of gifts do guests like giving? Guests love choosing a gift that will remind you of them and their gift for years to come. The traditional staples of glassware and tableware remain at the top of the list with 57% and 53% of guests saying this was their preferred gift to give.

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Guests like to buy personal gifts Make it personal. Guests love to give gifts that they think are ‘so you’ so don’t be afraid to choose things that are special to you as a couple.

What about asking for cash? When it comes to planning your gift list, asking for cash is a hot topic! While some guests are horrified by the idea, others are completely happy to give you cash in place of a wedding gift. Just bear in mind that some guests prefer to buy physical gifts rather than cash, 59% in fact. 49% say it’s the traditional thing to do, while 42% like the idea that the gift will last a long time.

Guests like to know what cash gifts are going towards Many guests see cash as impersonal and meaningless when they’re not sure where it’s being spent, with some guests assuming it’s to pay off credit cards. Guests are more positive with contributions towards something specific, such as your honeymoon or a big purchase.

What’s the best solution? First of all have a gift list! Not only does it make things easy for your guests, but you can get what you really want. With Prezola you can mix cash with gifts, all on one list. Those who prefer to buy you a physical gift are able to, while others can use the honeymoon fund. Guests simply want to help make memories and contribute towards your newlywed life together. www.guidesforbrides.co.uk


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Wedgwood Vera Wang Pointilliste 4 Piece Place Setting. £80.00

Good Morning print £21.00

Emma Bridgewater Silver Toast Mugs £54.95

Apple ipad gold from £339.00

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Marriage Preparation

Prepare to give your marriage the best possible start! Over five evenings in a relaxed setting, the Marriage Preparation Course helps couples to develop strong foundations for a lasting marriage. These courses are relevant and helpful for any couple with or without a faith or Church background, and are run by trained and experienced couples. marriage@livingstonestrustoxford.org.uk Call us on: 07710 576020

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Celebrants Planning your Wedding? Do you want to hold it in a venue that is not registered or at a time that suits your guests? Do you feel restricted by the vows on offer? Do you have quirky, romantic ideas that you would like to include? Then you need a Wedding Celebrant.

A celebrant will allow you to exchange your vows, your way. With a celebrant, you can say ‘I Do’ anywhere that takes your fancy, at any time, in any way, shape or form! This is the ideal way to reflect your personal beliefs and lifestyle: There are no restrictions on the words, music or readings you could even get married in an aquarium! Remember though - for your marriage to be legally valid in the UK, you must also be sure to have it registered somewhere licensed, such as a Registry Office.

Erica Harley t: 07798 911734 enquiry@theridgewaycelebrant.co.uk (You need to have used a registrar for the legal bit!)

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Top tips for

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Wedding P lanning a wedding can be overwhelming - there are so many aspects to think about and decisions to make. However, it’s also a really fun process; there’s nothing more rewarding than arriving on your wedding day and seeing your vision and dreams come to life. To get you started with planning your own wedding, check out these top tips from Angela Gibson, a luxury wedding planner based in Hampshire.

WHEN BUDGET IS LIMITED, CHOOSE YOUR PRIORITIES The first step to planning your wedding is taking time to discuss your priorities as a couple. Break the priorities down into three categories: absolutely essential, very important and nice to have. This ensures that you include the elements of the day that are important to you both. DECIDE WHO YOU REALLY WANT TO SPEND MONEY ON Your guests will make your wedding the most amazing day of your lives, but they are expensive! Cutting down your guest list by ten people could easily save you more than £1000. Up to 30% of those invited will not attend, so break your guest list down into the essentials, the nice to haves and the maybes. After you’ve done this - consider how many children will be accompanying those guests, how that impacts your budget and space and how you feel about having children around during your day. DON’T UNDERESTIMATE THE WEDMIN It can take around 250 hours to plan a wedding, so think carefully about your wedding date. 40

Consider how long it gives you to plan and how much time you can realistically dedicate to planning. It’s always worth calling on friends and family to help or employing a wedding planner to do some, or all, of the work. BOOK YOUR SUPPLIERS ACCORDING TO PRIORITY Now I don’t mean your priorities here, I mean those that need reserving first. For example, don’t book the musicians until you have your venue secured and choose www.guidesforbrides.co.uk


Enjoy it! Remember, planning a wedding is fun! Take time to sit back and enjoy the process you’ll miss it once it’s over.

comprehensive notes of conversations you’ve had with everyone that you can refer back to. TRUST IN YOUR SUPPLIERS You’ll be employing around 30 suppliers to bring together your perfect day. 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 other couples, or venues and talk to the supplier about your vision. BUDGET FOR THOSE UNFORESEEN EXTRAS No matter how organised you are or how carefully you watch your budget, there will always be something that costs a little more than expected. I recommend leaving 5% of your overall budget for those unforeseen expenses. your flowers before designing the cake. The checklists in this guide are the perfect way to ensure that you’re on the right track. SPREADSHEETS ARE YOUR NEW BEST FRIEND You’ll need to record absolutely everything that happens from now on - create 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 GfB The Wedding Directory 2018

MAKE A TIMELINE FOR THE DAY It is absolutely essential to make a timeline for the day so that everyone knows where they should be and what they should be doing. Once you’ve made the timeline, visit the venue with key party members and walk through as you will on your wedding day this will make you so much more relaxed on the actual day and ensure that everything runs smoothly. By Angela Gibson, Luxury Wedding Planner

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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 guest to antipasti sharing boards and creative food stations.

Catering

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.

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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:

Book entertainment for the day and evening Book your toastmaster Book musicians/choir/organist for ceremony

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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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fter getting chatting online and realising they had exactly the same birthday, Ricky and Amy quickly became inseparable. On the one year anniversary of their first date, Ricky proposed on the doorstep of their brand new home with a beautiful diamond ring. The couple chose The Crazy Bear for their wedding and reception they loved the opulent style of the venue and wouldn’t have wanted to celebrate anywhere else. Given the indulgent dÊcor, they opted for an understated colour scheme with Ricky, his ushers and the Maid of Honour wearing blue, and chose white flowers with dark foliage and berries. As the couple celebrated their wedding day in the Autumn, they placed vases with lights and golden pine cones on the tables for a warm, natural look. Amy had turned their spare bedroom into an arts and crafts room in the lead up to the wedding - making the table plan, place cards and a scrabble game where their guests could leave them messages on wooden hearts. Amy got ready at their house with her Maid of Honour - they have been best friends for 26 years and sharing this special moment with her over a glass of champagne

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www.marysmithphotography.com

mary@marysmithphotography.com 01491 410506

www.alicemorganphotography.com 07813 604462

WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY

Tom Wood Photography Beautiful, elegant, unforgettable 07983 433963 www.tomwoodphotography.com

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Natural, unobtrusive, storytelling wedding photography by a husband and wife team

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Sharmaine Sepehr PHOTOGRAPHY

www.sharmainesepehr.co.uk

www.philipnashphotography.co.uk phil@philipnashphotography.co.uk

01235 526738 Swale

Photography

www.bpwphotography.com | 07730536164 Stunning Contemporary and Reportage Images by Benjamin Wetherall

Steve Cook 07825005305 spcook@globalnet.co.uk

www.swalephotography.carbonmade.com

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Videography

“Capturing every single moment...”

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Transport Something Borrowed Wedding Car hire

01865 559272 / 07788 677862

www.something borrowed.uk

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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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Honeymoon Inspiration:

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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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.

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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 www.guidesforbrides.co.uk


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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Music & Discos

Charters Discos Professional Wedding Disco

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Bright Lights Disco a personal touch to a professional service wedding entertainment of the highest standard

01865 376776

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JAZZ SOUL FUNK LATIN BLUES SWING

From RAT PACK to JAMES BROWN TIM RICHARDSON 07768 917400 www.theoxfordjazzagency.co.uk

Harpist Jennifer Hill

Perfect music for your wedding day

01295 738110

Banbury, Oxon www.fidelis-quartet.co.uk

Dave Seamer Disco

01235 511196

Experienced Professional DJ

Beautiful music for your ceremony or reception

Wedding Specialist

www.harpteacher.co.uk

01865 240054

Didcot, Oxon, OX11 7JA

www.daveseamer.co.uk

The Cotswold Ensemble

Now in collaboration with

String Quartet, Tango Quartet, String Duo

www.fusionentertainments.com

Baroque Classical Romantic Ragtime Broadway Beatles & Beyond www.cotswold-ensemble.co.uk 01865 242797 info@cotswold-ensemble.co.uk

www.visuallysound.co.uk

info@visuallysound.co.uk

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Marilla String Quartet & Trio Create the perfect atmosphere

www.marillastringquartet.co.uk 01865 407535 / 01235 519304

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Wedding Real

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Since both Sally and Jee studied at Oxford, The Bodleian Library at the University was the perfect venue choice. Photography Rob Wheal Photography

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ally and Jee both attended Oxford University and met through the Korean Oxon network. They later started working for the same law firm and attended the same church, getting together after having known each other for seven years. Eight months later, Jee proposed after the regular Thursday evening prayer session at their church. He had decorated the whole place with tea lights and sang her the same song he sang to her when they first got together. It was a big surprise and a deeply moving moment. They later chose Sally’s beautiful cushion cut solitaire engagement ring together at Tiffany’s.

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Since both Sally and Jee studied at Oxford, The Bodleian Library at the University was the perfect venue choice. They chose a light pink colour scheme for their hybrid Korean-Christian wedding, which complemented the venue perfectly. Although they didn’t have traditional bridesmaids or groomsmen, they did have several close friends who helped them on the day. After exchanging their vows in a very moving ceremony, they enjoyed a typical three course wedding menu accompanied by lounge music. www.guidesforbrides.co.uk


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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 Top Tips when choosing your wedding dress: DO try lots of different styles, you might be pleasantly surprised by a type of dress you’d never have considered. DON’T bring too many people to your appointment, too many opinions can be overwhelming. DO take example pictures of the type of dress you think you’d like along to your bridal wear appointment, it’s a great place to start for your consultation.

Situated in the beautiful town of Witney, Georgina Pimm offers the best collection of UK designer gowns in Oxfordshire. Discover the perfect design for you in our warm & elegant boutique and experience our fabulous one to one service.

9 Corn Street, Witney, Oxon, OX28 6DB 01993 704119 / 07770 577431 email: georgina@georginabridal.co.uk www.georginabridal.co.uk

The Bridal Box • Bespoke Range £650 - £1350 • Bride2Be Collection £199 - £650 • Curves Collection Sizes UK20 - 34 • Bridesmaids, Mother of the Bride and Prom. 21 Horton View Banbury OX16 9HW

Find the dress of your dreams at The Bridal Box. Exclusive bridal boutique in the heart of Oxford. Beautiful collection of bridal gowns, mother of the bride outfits and accessories.

www.21dresses.co.uk

01295 701161

Kate’s Alterations 07555 100414

Bridal Boutique 1a Hagbourne Road, Didcot Oxfordshire OX11 8DP

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Having been established since 1991 our Bridal Stylists have an extensive knowledge of fabrics and styles and will work together with you to find you your perfect wedding gown.

198 Banbury Road, Summertown, Oxford OX2 7BY Tel: (01865) 559272 Email: thebridalbox@btinternet.com www.thebridalbox-oxford.co.uk

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PROPOSALS

A beautiful collection of wedding dresses, including an award winning plus size range. Menswear hire also available.

Bridal • Bridesmaid • Menswear Justin Alexander, Maggie Sottero, Essence, White Rose, Sincerity & Sonsie. Bridesmaids dresses from Eliza & Ethan, Dessy, Eden and Ebony Rose www.thebridalbarndidcot.co.uk The Barn, 1a Hagbourne Road, Didcot, OX11 8DP

07555 100414

Where brides arrive as strangers and leave as friends By Appointment Only

01869 320556

rachel@butterflybridalboutique.co.uk www.butterflybridalboutique.co.uk

7a Deans Court, Bicester, OX26 6RD

www.proposalsbridalstudio.co.uk 01993 705080 102 Corn Street, Witney, Oxon, OX28 6BU

Come and visit one of the largest bridal showrooms in Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire! Bicester’s very own award winning bridal boutique offers a varied collection of stylish traditional and contemporary gowns at affordable prices Our designers include: Stella York, La Sposa, Ella Rosa, Mori Lee and Enzoani

Call: 01869 325500 Your dream wedding dress designed and made especially for you.

Riley Close, Abingdon, Oxon OX14 5RR email info@susiegristcouture.co.uk www.susiegristcouture.co.uk Visit us on facebook

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Mae Bridal is a little haven filled with vintage elegance and timeless classics that will capture the heart of any bride. In the privacy of our newly refurbished and appointment only designer boutique, prepare to fall in love all over again with our gorgeous gowns from a range of designers as well as accessories and shoes that will ensure you are styled from head to toe. Waterloo Walk, 58-60 High Street, Witney, Oxon, OX28 6EU Phone 01993 706556 www.maebridal.co.uk

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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


Dry Cleaners If you’re going straight on your honeymoon, remember to ask a friend or relative to drop your dress to the dry cleaners. The key to removing marks and stains is prompt action.

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Hats

The Hat Box 01865 200844 Fast tailor-made service available. Avenue 3 The Covered Market Oxford, OX2 0JB

www.thehatboxoxford.com

Louise Claire Millinery 01491 826244

Over 1200 hats and fascinators to hire or buy

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

www.louiseclairemillinery.co.uk

C O U T U R E M I L L I N E R Y & H AT H I R E

Unique & beautifully made Couture Millinery & Bridal Headwear. Over 1,300 fabulous Hats & Headpieces. from the renowned Hilary's Hat Hire Collection. The divine Helen Moore England Wedding Collection of faux fur. We look forward to welcoming you at Robin Cottage Studio & Boutique Oxfordshire.

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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. 21B Oxford Street, Woodstock, OX20 1TH T: 01993 358284

info@thecotswoldtailor.com www.thecotswoldtailor.com

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Wedding Formal Wear Hire

Shepherd & Woodward 109-113 High Street Oxford OX1 4BT Tel: 01865 249491 email: enquiries@shepwood.co.uk www.shepherdandwoodward.co.uk

Wedding & Formal Wear Hire Wedding parties of

4 or more & the Groom goes Free

Wedding • Evening • Highland Royal Ascot • Masonic

10 Turl Street, Oxford OX1 3DN Tel: 01865 241848 www.walters-oxford.co.uk

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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 courtsey of Peter Casey Jewellery.

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Gavin Mack Jewellery Ltd Exclusive handmade jewellery

Call 07879 046225 / 0121 4487994 or visit

www.gavinmackjewelleryltd.co.uk

We welcome you to our wedding ring boutique where we specialise in creating beautiful bespoke wedding rings to compliment your engagement ring.

Pop in for a no obligation quotation Opening times: Tuesday - Saturday 9.00 - 5.30

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Hair, Beauty and Health

Alison Clare Hair Studio 01235 555311 Including professional services for Brides 83 Vineyard, Abingdon, Oxon, OX14 3PG

fm hair design abingdon 01235 532806 www.fmhairdesign.co.uk

www.alisonclarehairstudio.co.uk 17 Stert Street, Abingdon, Oxon, OX14 3JF

Tao Beauty Salon 01865 249347

For all your wedding-day preparation requirements

www.oxfordtao.co.uk

99 St Aldates, Oxford, OX1 1BT

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Angela McKnight Specialists in long hair dressing

07885 092949 www.agmhair.com www.guidesforbrides.co.uk


07583 371198

emma@emmagoodwinhairandmakeup.co.uk

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Kate Hopes Hair Design

Wedding Specialist

Call 07889 734144 www.wedding-stylist.com

Don’t forget

your eyewear! Ask the Vision Experts at Robert Stanley Opticians We have glasses and contact lenses to suit your special day!

Branches throughout Oxfordshire, visit us today. www.robertstanley.co.uk

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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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INDIVIDUALLY DESIGNED WEDDING CAKES... MAKE YOUR DREAMS A REALITY CONTEMPORARY, TRADITIONAL CHOCOLATE, THEMED AND MINIATURE CAKES

01295 711685 07990 595955

123-127 Avenue Four The Covered Market Oxford OX1 3DZ Tel: 01865 248691

karenliddlecakes@gmail.com

13 Bridge Street Banbury, OX16 5PN Tel: 01295 270447

Gardeners Cottage, Thenford Nr. Banbury, Oxon, OX17 2BZ

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Oxfordshire’s Leading Wedding and Celebration Cake Makers for over 25 Years

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By Cakes by Kit 1. How long have you been making wedding cakes?

It’s good to know that your cake maker has experience with wedding cakes and not just small celebration cakes. They will then know the best way to transport, assemble and support the cake safely to your wedding venue.

2. What flavours do you provide and can we have a different flavour in each layer?

It’s a good idea to choose a few flavours that will offer a varied range for your guests. Different flavours for different layers means there will be something to suit everyone. At your tasting session make sure you consider the flavours alongside any dessert choices so that they compliment each other.

3. Is there an extra cost for a bespoke design?

Some cake makers may charge for bespoke designs, so make sure you’ve discussed your

WWW.LECAKECRAFT.COM 7 Richens Drive Carterton Oxon OX18 3XT

specific requirements and the cost before signing on the dotted line!

4. Will you deliver and set up the cake?

Many designers will happily deliver your wedding cake - they liaise with the venue and florists to arrange a suitable time to deliver and assemble. Make sure you know how your cake is arriving at your venue well in advance to give you a stress-free wedding day.

5. Where can I see examples of your previous work?

Always look at examples of their work – it’s a great way to get inspiration for your own cake! Look up your supplier on www.guidesforbrides.co.uk, where you’ll see plenty of images of their work and reviews from previous couples. All cakes opposite are designed and created by Cakes By Kit.

Like us on Facebook www.facebook.com/ LEcakecraft

Bespoke Wedding Cake Designer Emma Lewis Consultations by appointment only For any enquires email emma@lecakecraft.com or call 07738 788099

Beautiful & Delicious bespoke wedding cakes www.cakesbykit.com 07870 500919

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Wedding styles and trends are forever changing and evolving. Classic Whites

The classic white wedding cake is perfect for all seasons and for couples wishing to add an element of classic luxury to their wedding. Classic white wedding cakes are often highly decorated with intricate detail to give each cake a bespoke design to suit the wedding theme and style. Handmade sugar flowers, ruffles,

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pearls, ribbons, lace and petals can all be styled to give different textures and a flair of elegance. The classic white will always look chic and beautiful. Giving you the flexibility to be as detailed or as simple as you wish, they’ll suit any elegant wedding style perfectly.

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Decadence

The decadent cake is a lavish trend for opulent and indulgent weddings. These large cakes cater for a large number of guests and are a real focal point at a grand wedding breakfast. The design aspects of the decadence cake are limitless. They are elaborately decorated

using Royal Icing, the perfect material to use on luxurious and grand wedding cakes. Rich, opulent colour tones are styled and embellished with jewels, pearls, sequins and sugar detailing, giving each cake a stunning regal flare.

Warm Metallics

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of these cakes is that they can be either bold or subtle depending on your theme. The design options are endless with the use of chic metallic sequins, materials and textures to create a unique cake to suit your style. Our thanks to Ann’s Designer Cakes. www.guidesforbrides.co.uk/blog/caketrends18

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Florists

LARK RISE FLOWERS Beautiful Designer Floristry Professionally qualified florists

Available for venue consultation

Dedicated Wedding Team

Experienced in the latest designs and trends

FOR MORE INFORMATION OR PHOTOS, VISIT: www.larkriseflowers.com T: 07850 418 208 / E: enquiries@larkriseflowers.com

Passion for Flowers

Stunning contemporary & traditional floral designs

01235 868669 Meadow House, Ebbs Lane, East Hanney, OX12 0HL

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To book a free consultation, phone: 01235 520346 or email: fabulous.flowers@btconnect.com 9a Bridge Street, Abingdon, OX14 3HN

Flower Workshop Beautifully designed flowers for all occasions Tel: 01865 739182 www.flower-workshop.co.uk

Classic Flowers Specialist Wedding Florist Flowers are loves truest language 109b Corn Street, Witney, Oxon, OX28 6AU 01993 703301

www.witneyflorist.co.uk

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By On Cloud Nine Stationery

Are Save the Dates Compulsory? The short answer to this is no! If you’re planning a wedding just a few months in advance, you can simply send invitations. However, if your wedding is more than six months away they’re a brilliant way to make sure your guests get your date in the diary.

How far in advance should invitations be sent out? Traditionally, invitations are sent six to twelve weeks before the wedding date. However, since the introduction of Save the Dates, this can fluctuate a lot - just give everyone enough time to arrange babysitters and accommodation!

Would an email invitation not suffice? An email might be appropriate for some of your guests, but others may find it a little understated. A beautiful invitation really gives guests an idea of what’s to come on your wedding day.

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What details should we include in our invitations? The date, time and details of the wedding and reception venues are imperative. If the ceremony and the reception are both at the same place it’s advisable to add something along the lines of “To be followed by a wedding breakfast and evening reception” so that guests know the celebrations will continue after the ceremony. It’s also helpful to include a “carriages at…” time to inform your guests of what time the celebrations will end. You could also include an information card with other details about the wedding, such as your gift list or information on local accommodation, as well as the RSVP card.

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Fireworks

By Illusion Fireworks

Things to consider if you want wedding fireworks. Does my venue allow fireworks? It’s important to find out if your wedding venue allows fireworks most do but some may have restrictions. The venue may have a preferred supplier, they may specify the fireworks must be over by a certain time or that only ‘low noise’ fireworks may be used. Very few venues allow you to set off your own fireworks due to the insurance liability.

How much should we spend? Think about what kind of display you’d like. Are you looking for a £10,000 multiple site masterpiece or a £500 flurry of golden willows. Realistically a wedding fireworks display should cost between £1000 and £3500.

Can we have fireworks to music? Fireworks choreographed with split second accuracy to music will provide your guests with a memory they will never forget. Fireworks visually reinforce the powerful emotions experienced while listening to music, so the two together create a unique spectacle. It’s best to have a dedicated PA between the audience and the fireworks - a DJ playing music from the marquee will be overpowered by the display. 92

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Can we have our wedding colours in the display? Of course! Whether you want your wedding colours to feature at the beginning and end of a display, or a show-stopping firework rainbow, or even love heart shells (always a winner with the crowd!), there are plenty of opportunities to personalise the display.

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Is it easy to arrange a fireworks display? With the right supplier, arranging a fireworks display couldn’t be simpler. Decide what you’re looking for from the display and how much you’re willing to spend, and your fireworks supplier will sort the rest.

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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. www.guidesforbrides.co.uk/weddingplanner

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

Bridal Wear 21 Dresses 21 Horton View Banbury OX16 9HW 01295 701161 Angelic Gowns Oxford 7 Fox Crescent Oxford OX1 4UX 01865 429602

Caroline Jane Couture 33a High Street Witney OX28 6HP 01993 772059

Ellie Sanderson Bridal Boutique 26 Little Clarendon Street Oxford OX1 2HU Anna McDonald Bridal Gallery 01865 558444 24 Upper High Street Thame Georgina Pimm Bridal OX9 3EX Boutique 01844 214190 9 Corn Street Witney Banbury Bridal OX28 6DB 53 Parson Street 01993 704119 Banbury OX16 5NB Mae Bridal 01295 254621 Unit 4 Waterloo Walk Witney Bicester Bridal OX28 6EU 15-17 Manorsfield Road 01993 706556 Bicester OX26 6EH Proposals Bridal Studio 01869 325500 102 Corn Street Witney Blossom Bridal OX28 6BU 29 Market Square 01993 705080 Witney OX28 6AD The Bridal Barn 01993 702259 Hagbourne Road Didcot Bridal Reloved OX11 8DR 19 St Mary’s Street 07540 999865 Wallingford OX10 0EW The Bridal Box 01491 826699 198 Banbury Road Summertown Butterfly Bridal Boutique OX2 7BY 7A Deans Court 01865 559272 Bicester OX26 6RD 01869 320556

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Cakes The Cake Shop

The Cake Shop 123-127 Avenue Four Covered Market Oxford OX1 3DZ 01865 248691

13 Bridge Street Banbury OX16 5PN 01295 270447

Caterers Croxfords 3 Soden Road Upper Heyford Bicester OX25 5LR 01869 232616

Discos

Dave Seamer Discos 46 Magdalen Road Oxford OX4 1RB 01865 240054

Dry Cleaners Special Touch Dry Cleaning Wesley Walk Witney OX28 6ZJ 01993 778510

Florists

Bizzie Lizzie Flower Shop 6 Upper High Street Thame OX9 3ER 01844 212970

Classic Flowers 109b Corn Street Witney OX28 6AU 01993 703301

Charlton Park Garden Centre Charlton Road Wantage OX12 8EP 01235 772700

Fabulous Flowers 9a Bridge Street Abingdon OX14 3HN 01235 520346

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We thank all these businesses for their support. Fabulous Flowers 63 Banbury Road Oxford OX2 6PG 01865 511811

Jason’s Flowers 43 High Street Witney OX28 6HP 01993 702108

Creations Hair & Beauty 6ab Milton Park Milton OX14 4RR 01235 831200

La Medusa Hairdresser 6 Station Road Henley on Thames RG9 1AY 01491 576116

Ferry Lane Florist Norfolk House Goring on Thames RG8 9DX 01491 871982

Jemini 1-2 The Covered Market Oxford OX1 3DU 01865 242726

Dorata Hairdressing 16 Hart Street Henley on Thames RG9 2AU 01491 414176

Matthew Clulee St Michael’s Mansions Oxford OX1 3DE 01865 722400

Flower Workshop 5 Besselsleigh Road Wootton OX13 6DN 01865 739182

Keri The Florist 1 Ayres Yard Wallingford OX10 0JZ 01491 838005

Maze Hair 11 Friday Court Thame OX9 3GA 01844 218215

Flowers by Kirsty The Old Dairy Ardington OX12 8PD 07966 666036

Penny Blossoms 6 Stort Close Didcot OX11 7UR 07723 586994

Emma Goodwin Hair & Makeup Rear of 81 High Street Wallingford OX10 0BX 07583 371198

Freemans Flowers 137 Brasenose Road Didcot OX11 7BP 01235 814479

Pollen of Woodstock 16 High Street Woodstock OX20 1TF 01993 810888

Jason’s Flowers The Parade Botley OX2 9LG 01865 242923

Signature Flowers 20 Market Square Bicester OX26 6AD 01869 253572

Hair and Beauty A Step Ahead 2 56 St Marys Wallingford OX10 0EL 01491 832323

Belle Hair & Beauty Bell House Bicester OX26 6JQ 01869 253636

Alison Clare Hair Studio 83 Vineyard Abingdon OX14 3PG 01235 555311

Coco Hair & Beauty Courtney House Faringdon SN7 8AQ 01367 240757

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Emma Goodwin Hair & Makeup Hagbourne Road Didcot OX11 8DR 07583 371198 FM Hair Design 17 Stert Street Abingdon OX14 3JF 01235 532806 Forresters 4 Hair 2-4 Ock Street Abingdon OX14 5AW 01235 536100 Hidden Beauty 8 Middle Row Chipping Norton OX7 5NH 01608 643862

Philip Day Hairdressing 10a Mill Street Wantage OX12 9AQ 01235 760000 Refresh Hair Design 44 Wantage Road Didcot OX11 0BT 01235 818391 Robert Stanley Opticians Unit EY4 Pioneer Square Bure Place Bicester OX26 6FA 01869 360557 Segais Hair & Beauty 180 Broadway Didcot OX11 8RN 01235 223826

Indigo Beauty Rooms TFD Health & Fitness Grove OX12 9FA 07891 496684

Segais Hair & Beauty 6 Grove Street Wantage OX12 7AA 01235 225522

KA Fitness 8-10 Grove Street Wantage OX12 7AA 01235 763333

Style & Sophistication 3 The Pound Cholsey OX10 9NS 01491 651890 99


Tangled Hair & Beauty Stanford Business Court Stanford in the Vale SN7 8LH 01367 718844

Tfd Health & Fitness Grove Technology Park Grove OX12 9FA 01235 772995

Tao Beauty Salon 99 St Aldates Oxford OX1 1BT 01865 249347

White Cottage Beauty White Cottage Milton Hill OX13 6AF 01235 834643

Jewellers Coleman & Coleman 27 Market Place Wantage OX12 8AE Lawsons Goldsmiths 17 Duke Street Henley on Thames RG9 1UR 01491 412232

Lover’s Rock Diamonds Manor FarmBuildings Weston Road Watlington OX49 5RU 07917 347022 Michael Jones Jeweller 79-80 High Street Banbury OX16 5JG 01295 263540 Peter Casey Jewellery Ltd 4 Wallingford Street Wantage OX12 8AX 01235 772907

Menswear Domino Formal Hire 10 The Buttermarket Thame OX9 3EW 01844 217566 Henry’s of Banbury 52 High Street Banbury OX16 7LH 01295 251044

Moss Hire 59-61 Cornmarket Street Oxford OX1 3HB 01865 245019 Shepherd & Woodward 109-113 High Street Oxford OX1 4BT 01865 249491 The Cotswold Tailor 21b Oxford Street Woodstock OX20 1TH 01993 358284 Walters of Oxford 10 Turl Street Oxford OX1 3DN 01865 241848

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Louise Claire Millinery 36 St Mary’s Street Wallingford OX10 0EU 01491 826244

Lucy Bowler Millinery & Hilary’s Hat Hire Robin Cottage Studio 24 The Lane, May’s Close Fritwell OX27 7QW 01869 338387 The Hat Box Avenue 3 Covered Market Oxford OX1 3DY 01865 200844

Tourist Information Banbury Tourist Information Centre Castle Quay Shopping Centre Banbury OX16 2PQ 01295 753752

Wallingford Town Information Centre Town Hall Wallingford OX10 0EG 01491 826972

Bicester Tourist Information Centre Unit 86a Bicester Village Bicester OX26 6WD 01869 369055

Travel Great Experience Travel Waterloo Walk Witney OX28 6EU 01993 627713

Venues

Badgemore Park Golf Club Henley on Thames RG9 4NR 01491 637302

Bicester Hotel Golf & Spa Chesterton OX26 1TE 01869 241204

Best Western Banbury House Hotel Oxford Road Banbury OX16 9AH 01295 259361

Bignell Park Hotel Chesterton Road Chesterton OX26 1UE 01869 326550

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Cherwell Boathouse Bardwell Road Oxford OX2 6ST 01865 552746

Hawkwell House Hotel Church Way Oxford OX4 4DZ 01865 775175

Cherwell Edge Golf Club Chacombe OX17 2EN 01295 711591

Heythrop Park Heythrop Park Resort Chipping Norton OX7 5UE 01608 673497

Cotswold Lodge Hotel 66A Banbury Road Oxford OX2 6JP 01865 512121 De Vere Oxford Thames Hotel Henley Road Oxford OX4 4GX 01865 334444

Jurys Inn Oxford Godstow Road Oxford OX2 8AL 01865 489988 Kingswell Hotel Reading Road Harwell OX11 0LZ 01235 833043

Middle Aston House Middle Aston OX25 5PT 01869 340361 Milton Hill House Milton Hill Steventon OX13 6AF 01235 825720 Oxford Spires Hotel Abingdon Road Oxford OX1 4 PS 01865 324324 Oxford Witney Hotel Ducklington Lane Witney OX28 4EX 01993 779777

Exeter Hall Oxford Road Kidlington OX5 1AB 01865 373691

Lains Barn Park Drive Ardington OX12 7QG 01235 821460

Phyllis Court Phyllis Court Drive Marlow Road Henley RG9 2HT 01491 570500

Eynsham Hall North Leigh Witney OX29 6PN 01993 885203

Littlebury Hotel Kings End Bicester OX26 6DR 01869 252595

Salters Steamers Folly Bridge Oxford OX1 4LA 01865 243421

Fison Barn Earth Trust Long Wittenham OX14 4QZ 01865 409429

Macdonald Randolph Hotel Beaumont Street Oxford OX1 2LN 01865 256400

Silver Pear Weddings Ltd Friars Court Clanfield OX18 2SU 01367 810206

Frilford Heath Golf Club Oxford Road Abingdon OX13 5NW 01865 390884 Greenlands at Henley Greenlands Henley-on-Thames RG9 3AU 01491 418810

Malmaison Oxford 3 Oxford Castle Oxford OX1 1AY 01865 268400 Mercure Banbury Whately Hall Horse Fair Banbury OX16 0AN 01295 253261

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Steventon House Hotel Milton Hill Steventon OX13 6AB 01235 831223

The Bear Hotel Park Street Woodstock OX16 9SZ 0344 8799143 The Bear Hotel Market Place Wantage OX12 8AB 01235 766366 The Beetle & Wedge Boathouse Ferry Lane Moulsford OX10 9JF 01491 651381 The Bell at Hampton Poyle 11 Oxford Road Kidlington OX5 2QD 01865 376242 The Blue Boar 28 Market Square Witney OX28 6BH 01993 776353 The Bodleian Libraries Broad Street Oxford OX1 3BG 01865 277224 The Crazy Bear Bear Lane Stadhampton OX44 7UR 01865 890714

Sudbury House Hotel 56 London Street Faringdon SN7 8AA 01367 245345

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The Crown & Thistle Bridge Street Abingdon OX14 3HS 01235 522556

The Oxfordshire Rycote Lane Thame OX9 2PU 01844 277688

The Dog House Frilford Heath Abingdon OX13 6QJ 01865 390830

The Plough at Clanfield Bourton Road Clanfield OX18 2RB 01367 810222

The George Hotel High Street Wallingford OX10 0BS 01491 836665

The Red Lion Hotel Hart Street Henley on Thames RG9 2AR 01491 572161

The Great Barn Upper Aynho Grounds Banbury OX17 3AY 01869 810823

The Spread Eagle Hotel 16-17 Cornmarket Thame OX9 2BW 01844 213661

The Holt Hotel Oxford Road Steeple Aston OX25 5QQ 01869 340259

The Tythe Barn Manor Farm Bicester OX26 4SR 01869 321442

he Lamb at Buckland Lamb Lane Buckland SN7 8QN 01367 870484

The Westwood Hotel Hinksey Hill Oxford OX1 5BG 01865 735408

The Manor Country House Hotel Northampton Road Weston-on-the-Green OX25 3QL 01869 350621

Worton Hall Cassington OX29 4SU 01865 882644

The Oxford Belfry Hotel London Road Milton Common OX9 2JW 01844 277514

Wroxton House Hotel Wroxton St Mary Banbury OX15 6QB 01295 730777

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