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Whimsical Gardens • Sumptuous Interiors. Michelin-starred menus. Nowhere says happily ever after quite like Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons. Whether 15 or 50 guests, we can arrange each and every detail – bespoke menus, music, flower arrangements – so that all you have to do is enjoy your special day.

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As Oxford’s only five-star hotel, The Randolph is the perfect choice for your wedding. Our elegant hotel offers a range of packages to suit you whether it’s a small, intimate gathering or a large celebration,

For further information or to book a private appointment contact our wedding team on 0844 879 9132 or specialevents.randolph@macdonald-hotels.co.uk


The Cosener's House Surrounded by picturesque gardens overlooking the River Thames, this intimate venue provides the perfect backdrop for your photographs. With a capacity of up to 80 seated guests and 150 evening guests, Cosener's House is ideal for weddings with close family and friends. Our experienced wedding planner will be with you every step of the way to inspire and assist while our expert chef’s provide you with food that will be the envy of all your guests. When your celebrations come to a close, we have on-site accommodation for you and your guests to enjoy before waking up to a delicious breakfast; the perfect way to say goodbye to your guests before starting a long and happy life together! With packages starting from just £60 per person, what are you waiting for?

15 - 16 Abbey Close, Abingdon, OX14 3JD 01235 523198 | coseners@stfc.ac.uk

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The Spread Eagle a Grade I listed hotel has graced the heart of the historic market town of Thame since the 16th Century. Our spacious Fothergill Hall is the perfect venue for an unforgettable day, whether it is for a civil ceremony, wedding breakfast or evening party. • • • •

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CROWN & THISTLE

“We enjoyed a superb reception at the hotel last April. The food and service were outstanding. It is a wonderful venue for a reception with delightful rooms for guests. I would wholeheartedly recommend a wedding reception here.”

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he Crown & Thistle in Abingdon is a wedding venue with a delightful setting, and a team that are well-versed in all the special touches that make your big day truly magical. Accommodating up to 80 seated or 100 standing guests, The Barn blends the charm of 17th century timber beams and stone walls with modern amenities like the private bar and top-notch audio-visual equipment. The venue’s civil ceremony licence also means that couples can hold their whole day in the one charming location.

“We had our ceremony and reception at the venue, and it couldn’t have been a better day. The Barn is a beautiful setting, and the ceremony felt really intimate. The staff were all so helpful and made our day go without a flaw. The food was so good, and we even have our friends telling us a month on that it is some of the best wedding food they have had! Portions were excellent, and the evening buffet was really great too so it was really good value for money as part of the packages they offer. Thanks so much; we’d love to go back and celebrate our day all over again!” 10

When the dancing is finally done, guests can kick off their shoes and relax in one of their 18 individually-styled bedrooms, several of which feature luxurious roll-top baths. In the morning guests can round off their stay with breakfast or brunch freshly cooked and delivered just the way they like it. For everything you need to know about how Crown & Thistle make your big day special, call 01235 522556, or simply pop in and see them in Abingdon.

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Millets LakeView

When you choose Millets Farm as your venue, we can offer a number of different options: • The Lakeview Suite, perfect for an indoor relaxed and intimate celebration. • Lakeview Paddock, for a tipi or marquee wedding reception, set beside the lake which combines beauty and nature nestled in gorgeous countryside. Working in partnership with Katah events for recommended tipi supplier.

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We are a blank canvas, let us paint the perfect day! We know that every wedding is unique and no two celebrations are the same. We offer totally bespoke and tailor-made experiences as well as a range of inclusive packages that include everything needed for an amazing day. We hope you will fall in love with Hawkwell the way we have and see it as a blank canvas for you to create your perfect, magical day.

Book today for ÂŁ75pp Contact us today & see for yourself! 01865 749988 www.hawkwellhouse.co.uk

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The Tythe Barn Located in rural North Oxfordshire this beautiful venue is in a stunning setting with expansive manicured lawns, pretty pergolas and pathways and its stone barn with exposed beams is perfect for decking with fairy lights, flowers or bunting. The Tythe Barn in Launton is a 14th Century thatched barn steeped in history and oozing character. The family-run business is well known for its faultless attention to detail and is loved by couples for its flexibility and relaxed atmosphere. Popular for indoor and outdoor ceremonies, The Tythe Barn allows you to enjoy your day in one unique setting beginning with our luxurious bridal preparation barn The Nook, right through to the charming Wedding Suite – The Shepherd Hut with wood-burner and en-suite!


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The Day! Brett and Amy tied the knot in a stunning spring wedding at St Mary’s Church, Oxfordshire, before celebrating their reception at The Tythe Barn, Launton. The couple had already seen three venues but they knew instantly The Tythe Barn was perfect. With a dusky pink and navy colour theme, Amy’s bridesmaids wore long, pink dresses while Brett’s groomsmen opted for three-piece navy suits. Amy loves gin and Brett loves rugby so they incorporated these into their wedding theme. Amy even started collecting gin bottles for centrepieces before Brett proposed! Apart from having all their loved ones gathered in one place, the couple said their favourite part of the day was the food. They had a roast lamb selfcarve and had a sweet table and wedding cake for dessert. To see more from this real wedding, visit guidesforbrides.co.uk/ real-weddings

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This edition of the Oxfordshire Guide marks an incredible 25 years since we launched our first printed Guide to help brides find their perfect wedding venues and suppliers. Since then, we’ve launched our fabulous website, two apps, our yearly Awards and our amazing Oxfordshire wedding fairs, all to make the wedding planning process easier, quicker and more fun.

the whole of Oxfordshire. With options including dinner suits, evening suits and Masonic wear, all in a range of fabrics and colours, there’s something for every groom here.

Charlton Park Garden Centre

We’ve worked with practically every wedding business in Oxfordshire, and these fantastic companies have been with us from the beginning. They advertised in the very first issue, and they’re still with us today…

Wedding flower experts Charlton Park Garden Centre have been working with brides for over 50 years to create the perfect bouquets, buttonholes, table arrangements and more. Whether you want modern or traditional wedding flowers, Charlton Park can help create arrangements to fit your dream vision and budget.

The Bridal Box

Marilla String Quartet

Located in a brand new Studio in the heart of Oxford for 2020, The Bridal Box have been helping brides find the dress of their dreams since 1991. As well as their stunning wedding dress collections featuring Pronovias, The Bridal Box also offers accessories, mother of the bride outfits and in-house alterations.

Shepherd & Woodward, Oxford As well as supplying academic wear to Oxford University for over 150 years, Shepherd & Woodward are one of the leading menswear hire companies in THE

To add a touch of elegance to your wedding day with live music, we can’t think of anything better than a string quartet. Marilla String Quartet has been performing at weddings since 1993, and offer both quartet and trio options. Their extensive repertoire means these amazing musicians will work with you to create the ideal set list for your big day. To see more from these companies and hundreds more like them, visit www.guidesforbrides.co.uk

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

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Waterside Wedding Venues in Oxfordshire We’ve picked some of our favourites for you... Millets Farm Lakeview

Millets Farm in Abingdon is ideal for a rustic wedding celebration or tipi festival wedding. The gorgeous Lakeview Suite can accommodate up to 150 guests, and looks picture-perfect with its vaulted ceiling and wooden beams. The room features a rustic bar, an open fireplace for winter weddings, a large dance floor, and amazing views of Millets Farm. If you’re dreaming of a lakeside festival wedding, then the secluded Lakeview Paddock is the perfect setting for a tipi or marquee. Their recommended tipi supplier can help you create the ideal wedding space for your big day, all set in an idyllic field overlooking the lake and surrounded by willow trees. Meanwhile, catering partners Oxford Farm Weddings will design your bespoke wedding menu to reflect you as a couple.

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groups, we love the chic Conservatory with its views of the river for up to 50 guests. Whichever space you choose, why not take advantage of your riverside location with a wedding day boat journey or punt? Millets Farm Lakeview

available. Whether you choose a hot or cold buffet, barbecue menu or even a fish and chip supper, you’ll be able to wash it all down with delicious drinks from the fully-stocked bar on board. There’s space to hire live bands, and you can even include a decoration package to style the boat.

Cherwell Boathouse

As the name suggests, this wedding reception venue sits right on the banks of the River Cherwell. There are four beautiful event spaces to choose from for your wedding breakfast and evening party, including the Marquee on the terrace, the Restaurant, Conservatory or Lower Boathouse. The Marquee is the perfect blank canvas, and can accommodate anywhere between 20 to 130 guests. It’s even got underfloor heating, so can be used all year round! For slightly smaller THE

The Cosener’s House

This hidden gem in Abingdon is the perfect private hideaway overlooking the River Thames. A stunning 19th century building, The Cosener’s House is fully licensed for indoor civil ceremonies, and boasts 48 en-suite bedrooms for your guests, meaning you can enjoy every part of your wedding from start to finish at the venue. The Garden Room can seat 80 guests for a civil ceremony and overlooks the river, while the Dining Room can accommodate 80 guests for a wedding breakfast and 150 for an evening reception. There are several fabulous wedding packages to choose from, and each one includes a complimentary honeymoon suite for the newlyweds on the big day. See more Oxfordshire wedding venues at guidesforbrides.co.uk/find/wedding-venues

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OXFORD TOWN HALL - the jewel in the centre of Oxford, a perfect setting for getting married! Oxford Town Hall is perfect for a ceremony, drinks reception, wedding breakfast or fully seated dining reception. Whether you are looking for an intimate wedding with 10 to 20 close friends or a larger affair with 500 guests, Oxford Town Hall can be tailored to fit your needs. The breathtaking Main Hall is the jewel in the venue’s crown, and can accommodate up to 300 people for a wedding breakfast, or even 700 guests for a ceremony. Your guests will be amazed by the setting!

The Assembly Room was originally known as the Banqueting Hall when it was first used in 1897, and features wood panelled walls, an open timber roof, and a decorative fireplace. This room adjoins the Old Library, which together makes the perfect reception and dance area, or a beautiful ceremony space. For a wedding ceremony with a difference, the Court Room provides the perfect quirky, unusual ceremony space (and has been featured in several films and TV shows!). This room provides couples with a memorable

venue for an intimate wedding ceremony for 43 guests on the fixed benches, with a further 50 people in the balcony. When booking your wedding at Oxford Town Hall, whether it’s a simple ceremony or a spectacular extravaganza, our specialist team will work with you each step of the way to help plan your day. Your dedicated coordinator will help you design your room plan, ensuring you have the best layout and will work with your chosen suppliers to make sure your day runs as smoothly as possible.

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

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Celebrant-led weddings are becoming increasingly popular with couples looking for more freedom for their ceremony. Erica Harley, The Ridgeway Celebrant, explains a little about what celebrant ceremonies involve... What is a celebrant-led ceremony? While civil ceremonies have to be done in a certain way to be legal, celebrants give couples freedom with their ceremony. Couples can create their own vows, include poems, readings and music to suit their tastes and include religious elements or spiritual ones, such as handfasting. Plus, couples can choose any place or time for their celebrant ceremony. Not only does your celebrant offer more freedom and flexibility than a registrar, but they’ll make a concerted effort to become part of the wedding team, rather than just a stranger conducting a ceremony.

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Do you want to have total control over the content & style? Or hold it in a venue that is not registered? Do you feel restricted by the vows on offer? Or have quirky, romantic ideas that you would like to include?

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Erica Harley m: 07798 911734 enquiry@theridgewaycelebrant.co.uk

Is a celebrant ceremony legal? No, so you must book a legal ceremony with a registrar as well if you want your marriage to be legally binding. This occurs either in a Registry Office or in a registered venue - this can happen before or after your celebrant ceremony. Fees for the legal ceremony can vary - just the 2 of you with no extras could be £50-£70, whereas 2 registrars attending at a registered venue could be as high as £720.00. How do celebrants prepare for a wedding with the couple? Generally there is a free consultation to see if the couple mesh well with their celebrant. This is followed by a number of meetings to discuss the vows, music, and readings. This can be done either by telephone or face-to-face. Most celebrants will expect a deposit paid at the first meeting to save the date, and then they can get to work on creating a personalised wedding ceremony for their couple. THE

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Marquee Wedding Must-Haves If you’re planning a marquee reception, then there are a few extras you’ll need to add! Make sure you hire the following…

Toilets

Furniture

Forget portaloos - these days portable toilets are much more luxurious. Your guests will thank you for spending a little extra on this!

You’ll need tables and chairs or benches for dining, as well as staging for bands or DJs.

Generator Absolutely vital for music, lighting and heating. We recommend liaising with your marquee company about your exact requirements.

Flooring Options range from coconut matting to coloured carpet or hardwood flooring. You may need a separate dancefloor too!

Catering Most marquee companies offer smaller, separate tents to be used for catering purposes. Chat with your caterer to find out what they need. Extras Don’t forget extra touches such as tablecloths, cutlery, and napkins, as well as both indoor and outdoor lighting (you don’t want guests tripping over in the dark!).

Banbury Marquee Hire

We cover your wedding beautifully

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

Luxury mobile wedding toilets & showers

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OXFORD FINE DINING At Oxford Fine Dining every single wedding is a new story

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of your wedding day and will work closely with you to ensure every detail is considered and every expectation exceeded. Our wedding planning service can be extended beyond the arrangements for the catering and venue, to a full planning experience. We are with you every step of the way to assist you in assembling a qualified team of industry professionals in floral design, music and photography to ensure the success of your event from beginning to end. Our wedding planner will create a unique celebration that reflects your vision.

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PHOTOGRAPHY For more choice of Photographers in your area, please go to our website: www.guidesforbrides/find/weddingphotographers

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The Day! After meeting at a Halloween party over 5 years ago, Stephanie and Alex tied the knot at Greyfriars Church, Reading before a reception at Ardington House. These beautiful venues linked to Stephanie’s childhood and personal touches like this are present throughout their wedding. For example, their favours were Devon fudge, representing Stephanie’s childhood summers and Indian sweets, representing Alex’s Indian heritage. Pink is Stephanie’s favourite colour so pink, combined with ivory and silvery green, became the couple’s colour scheme. Alex’s sister read Shakespeare’s Sonnet 116 while Steph’s sister-in-law read 1 Corinthians 13, as both of these passages are special to the couple. But, the bride’s favourite moment was seeing her groom for the first time in a room filled with everyone they love! To see more from this real wedding, visit guidesforbrides.co.uk/ real-weddings Venue: Ardington House Photographer: Neil Hanson Photography Transport: Something Borrowed Wedding Car Hire THE

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FUN WEDDING VIDEO TRENDS Marryoke Why not turn your wedding video into entertainment for you and your guests? You can have the time of your life lipsyncing and dancing to your favourite song before it is professionally edited. So, you can be the star of your very own music video on your wedding day!

Stop-Motion Video

guest book. Keep this going throughout the reception for some unique memories, as the more alcohol your guests consume, the funnier messages will get!

Drone Videography Drones are brilliant for weddings if your venue and surrounding area are particularly spectacular. You can have truly picturesque shots.

By using stop-motion techniques usually used Shoot it Yourself Video by animators, you can add fun little touches as well as creating a quirky overall feel to your If you want a laid-back approach to your wedding video that still captures the feel of wedding video. the day, why not do it yourself? Your friends and family will film footage on the day using Wedding Guest Video Messages lightweight, easy-to-use video cameras, then You can create a confessional-style space after the wedding the footage is sent away to at your reception and invite your guests to be professionally edited. leave personal messages for you like a video

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Harpist Jennifer Hill 01235 511196 Beautiful music for your ceremony or reception

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The Cotswold Ensemble

String Quartet, String Duo & Tango Quartet

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

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Marilla String Quartet & Trio Create the perfect atmosphere

Perfect music for your wedding day

01295 738110

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Alternative Wedding

Transport

Think out of the box with these transport ideas. Boats Arrive at your waterside wedding in style! The idea of arriving by boat may seem either risky or too flashy but there is a lovely medium. Steamer and canal boats, for example, are a quaint, rustic way to travel to and from your wedding. While perhaps a little slow, this gives you time to relax and enjoy the journey, an ideal tonic for any pre-wedding nerves! Motorbikes and Scooters Arriving at your wedding on a motorbike, with a leather jacket over your suit, is perfect for a bike riding groom. Brides can also get in on the action by going for a vintage sidecar or a big trike for the ultimate farewell! Or you could go retro for your getaway and have a Vespa, definitely an unusual but highly romantic mode of transport. These options are probably better for brides with shorter dresses and hairdos that won’t get crushed by helmets! VW Campervans If you want vintage and nostalgia but nothing too fancy, then definitely look into a VW Campervan! Laidback couples or those planning a festival style wedding will love the idea of arriving at their wedding in one 42

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NOSTALGIA TRAVEL

Classic Cars & Nostalgia Buses Telephone: 01865 241444 www.nostalgiatravel.co.uk of these cool vans. Often in a multitude of colours and beautifully decorated, this mode of transport will look amazing in your wedding pictures! Double-Decker Buses A vintage red bus makes a great choice if you’ve found the perfect London wedding venue or are having a British theme. This iconic vehicle will look stunning in your wedding pictures and is definitely an unusual option! Double-decker buses are also practical, as well as aesthetically pleasing. It’s a great idea if you need to transport all your guests from your ceremony to your reception. Pickup Trucks If you like classic American cars, but want something a bit more unusual, why not choose a pickup? These are perfect for country, rustic weddings. Decorate your truck with flowers, garlands and bunting and you’ve got a fun, romantic mode of wedding transport! THE

Northampton Wedding Cars Arrive in style in a beautiful vintage 1939 Rolls Royce Wraith hollidaystephen5@gmail.com

Tel 07947 639838

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Something Borrowed Wedding Car hire

01865 559272 / 07788 677862

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

Do ...your research!

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

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

...bring too many people.

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

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

...wear the right underwear.

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

...go hungry. Shopping when hungry is unwise at the best of times, but especially so when you’re wedding dress shopping. THE

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Oxford Find the dress of your dreams at The Bridal Box.

A Luxurious & Relaxed Bridal Boutique in Oxfordshire

Exclusive bridal boutique in the heart of Oxford. Beautiful collection of bridal gowns, mother of the bride outfits and accessories.

Strictly by Appointment Only 71 Jack Straw’s Lane, Oxford OX3 0DW Tel: 01865 761333 Mob: 07720 969396 Email: thebridalbox@btinternet.com www.thebridalbox-oxford.co.uk

24 Upper High Street Thame Oxfordshire OX9 3EX 01844 214190

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Where brides arrive as strangers and leave as friends

Come and visit one of the largest bridal boutiques in Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire!

By Appointment Only

01869 320556

Our designers include: Stella York, La Sposa, Dando London, Blue by Enzoani & Beautiful by Enzoani

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Gowns also by British designer Catherine Parry and separates by Sophia and Camilla Plus size ranges by Maggie Sottero, Rebecca Ingram and Kenneth Winston

Open Monday - Friday 10 - 4 Sundays and Evenings by Appointment


A bespoke design service of bridal gowns and accessories Created unique only to you 100% Customisation Skin tonal matching service By appointment only Contact us for your free consultation

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Keates Formal Mens Hire 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 stock dresses from designers: San Patrick, TrÊs Chic, Veromia, Curvy Couture by White Rose Graceful, and Sonse. Bridesmaids by D’Zage

Giving you confidence... On your special day

Keates Formal Mens Hire & Blossom Bridal Above 29 Market Square Witney Oxon OX28 6AD Tel: 01993 702259

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MOTHER OF THE BRIDE OR GROOM, BRIDAL HEADPIECES, CLASSIC, ELEGANT, HEN PARTIES & WORKSHOPS

of Wedding Hat Etiquette Preparing for a wedding can be tricky, but especially if you plan on wearing a hat!

THE LOOK Consider how your hat looks from all angles. As journalistic wedding photography is highly popular, the back of your hat is as likely to be snapped as the front!

LUCY BOWLER COUTURE MILLINERY & HAT HIRE www.lucybowlermillinery.co.uk Tel: 01869 338387

The Hat Box

HAT SIZE The mother of the groom should have a smaller wedding hat than the mother of the bride. This is based on the social etiquette that guests should never out-shine their hosts, which was traditionally the bride’s family. If you and your groom are hosting the wedding, then the two mums can opt for equally grand accessories!

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

www.thehatboxoxford.com

Louise Claire Millinery

www.louiseclairemillinery.co.uk Over 1200 hats and fascinators to hire or buy. Bespoke Service Available

KISSING! Learn the art of hat kissing! It is notoriously difficult to socially kiss while wearing a wide-brimmed hat. There is a knack to tilting the head at a suitable angle, but two ladies both in wide-brimmed hats should perhaps avoid this greeting! THE

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Menswear for all Seasons Winter

Summer

Winter sees suit trends lean towards heavier materials and dark tones. When choosing your fabric, you can choose from a variety of wool materials or something more unusual such as tweed, wool or corduroy choose dark tones, with options including black, blue, or charcoal grey.

Hotter temperatures lend themselves to lighter materials. Linens, cottons and summer wool and silk blends with softer construction are all excellent choices as these materials are still striking suit fabrics but are far less heavy! Lighter tones, like grey or cream, are also a great way to combat the heat, so a light three-piece linen suit is perfect for a high summer wedding.

Spring Spring can be tricky as your weather could be wintery or summery! If you are planning on early spring, perhaps take the winter colour palette but with a more traditional suit material. With a later spring wedding, add some colour to your look with accessories, such as a pocket square or tie, or maybe wear a slightly lighter colour suit.

Autumn Similarly to spring, autumn temperatures can vary significantly. We would again suggest using material that can be comfortable in any weather but try embracing autumn colours within your suit materials and accessories, such as rust or burgundy.

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 suite 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 Wedding Parties of 4 or More and the Groom goes Free 109-113 High Street, Oxford OX1 4BT t: 01865 249491 e: enquiries@shepwood.co.uk www.shepherdandwoodward.co.uk

Wedding and Formal Wear Hire Wedding . Evening Highland . Royal Ascot . Masonic

Wedding Parties of 4 or More and the Groom goes Free 10 Turl Street, Oxford OX1 3DN

Tel: 01865 241848 www.walters-oxford.co.uk


JEWELLERS For more choice of Jewellers in your area please go to our website: www.guidesforbrides/find/wedding-jewellery

Gavin Mack Jewellery Ltd Exclusive handmade jewellery

Matching Your Engagement Ring to Your Wedding Band

Your engagement ring is the centre of attention leading up to your big day, but knowing how to pick a wedding band that complements it is very important! Here are our top tips for starting your wedding band search. If you love your engagement ring, consider looking at the designer who made it to view their wedding band collection or even ask about bespoke options. Then you could get a truly matching set! The different types of engagement ring settings, such as the centre stone shape or size, affects the types of wedding bands that will look good with your engagement ring. Here are some classic pairings for you to consider!

Call 07879 046225 / 0121 4487994 or visit

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High Bridge Jewellers

• Solitaire engagement rings with curved or notched wedding bands. • Marquise and pear cuts with chevron wedding bands. • Halo settings and three-stone engagement rings with pavé wedding bands. • Oval cuts with twisted wedding bands. • Bezel settings with flat wedding bands.

Specialising in Rings, Diamonds & pre-owned Jewellery

01451 810928

• Emerald and princess cuts with baguette wedding bands.

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BEAUTY, HAIR & MAKEUP

For more choices in your area please go to our website: www.guidesforbrides/find/wedding-beautyhair-makeup

Angela McKnight Specialists in long hair dressing

07885 092949 www.agmhair.com

Tao Beauty Salon 01865 249347

PROFESSIONAL HAIR & MAKE UP ARTIST Complete wedding packages, including manicures, eyelash extensions and all your beauty needs. For all your wedding-day preparation requirements

www.oxfordtao.co.uk

07583 371198

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99 St Aldates, Oxford, OX1 1BT

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FLORISTS For more choice of florists in your area please go to our website: www.guidesforbrides/find/wedding-florists

LARK RISE FLOWERS Beautiful Designer Floristry

Bespoke wedding flowers for your special day www.larkriseflowers.com T: 07850 418 208 / E: enquiries@larkriseflowers.com

Specialist Wedding Florist Flowers are loves truest language

109b Corn Street Witney Oxon OX28 6AU 01993 703301 www.witneyflorist.co.uk

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

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Our Favourite British Flowers for Spring & Summer When choosing your wedding flowers, it’s not only about picking blooms that complement your wedding dress and overall wedding theme, but it’s also important to consider whether they’re even available. Importing flowers that aren’t in season is not possible for all flowers, can be expensive and is not eco-friendly! Seasonal flowers are better quality, cheaper and are a great way to capture the beauty and atmosphere of your wedding season. Here is a guide to finding the perfect wedding flowers.

Spring Of course, spring is always associated with flowers! Spring flowers can be bold and bright or soft and pastels, perfect for any theme. During this bountiful season, you can source plenty of blooms including Carnations, Lily of the Valley, Daffodils, Marigolds, Hyacinths, Forget-Me-Nots and Sweet Williams. Carnations provide a classic bridal aesthetic while delicate Lily of the Valley look wonderful in a bridal bouquet or hairstyle. Daffodils are a fun option for decorating your venue.

Summer Summer blooms can be soft and romantic, or vibrant and eye-catching. Favourites include, Peonies, Stocks, Sweet Peas, Roses, Delphiniums, Hydrangeas, Iris, Sunflowers and Cornflowers! From these wonderful blooms, you can select pinks, whites, blues or purples. Seasonal herbs, such as dill, mint and lavender add a lovely scent.

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Based in the historical city of Oxford, here at Bicycle Blooms we love to work with you to create your flowers for your wedding day, working with seasonal flowers, seed-heads, grasses and foliage for a relaxed, natural style.

BICYCLE BLOOMS 138 Magdalen Road Oxford OX4 1RJ

01865 200281 hello@bicycleblooms.com www.bicycleblooms.com

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METAL

LIC

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

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

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

ALTERNAT Not a fan of cake at all? Fear not! There are plenty of other options for your dessert table. Alternative wedding cakes are becoming increasingly popular and act as an extra form of decoration. Think, pancake stacks, doughnut towers, cheese wheel cakes, macaroon towers or cake pops ...the list goes on! This option creates more of a wow factor as well as giving you the freedom to serve something you really love. 56

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Charlotte Jane Cakes Established 2011

Bespoke Wedding Cakes bespoke wedding cakes www.cakesbykit.com 07870 500919

www.charlottejanecakes.co.uk 01865 326164 07817 397070 Charlotte Jane Cakes

Oxfordshire’s Leading Wedding and Celebration Cake Makers for over 25 Years 123-127 Avenue Four The Covered Market Oxford OX1 3DZ Tel: 01865 248691 13 Bridge Street Banbury, OX16 5PN Tel: 01295 270447 enquiries@the-cake-shop.co.uk

www.the-cake-shop.co.uk

Please don’t forget to mention Guides for Brides when booking your suppliers. www.guidesforbrides.co.uk

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Pantone Colour of the Year 2020 - Classic Blue If you’re getting married in 2020, then why not make your something blue your wedding theme? Pantone have announced that their Colour of the Year 2020 is Classic Blue, a timeless shade that works for all seasons! From suits to stationery, bridesmaid dresses to jewellery, blue is versatile as well as beautiful. 58

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WE D D I N G FA I R S

Still got some planning to do? Come along to a Guides for Brides Wedding Fair for the chance to meet more local suppliers and get inspired for your big day.

Wedding Fair Diary 2020 Sunday 12th January Milton Hill, Steventon, Oxon

Sunday 2nd February Hedsor House, Bucks

Sunday 19th January The Crazy Bear, Stadhampton, Oxon

Sunday 9th February Ashridge House, Herts

Sunday 26th January vocoTM Oxford Thames, Oxford

Sunday 23rd February Mallory Court, Warks

Sunday 1st March Oxford Town Hall, Oxon All our wedding fairs run from 11am to 3pm and each couple will receive a free information pack to help plan your wedding.


CELEBRATE YOUR SPECIAL DAY WITH US! The perfect wedding venue to make your dreams come true

Not too late to book for 2020! Exciting new wedding packages available 01235 825720 milton.enquiries@thevenuescollection.co.uk www.miltonoxfordshire.co.uk Milton Hill House

Steventon

Abingdon

Oxford

OX13 6AF


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