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Oxfordshire Spring 2019









Getting Started


08 Venues 14 You’re Engaged! Now What...? 20 Real Wedding: A Quintessential English Wedding 24 Oxford Historic Wedding Venues 41 Marquees 42 Caterering

Get Booking 46 Photography 48 Real Wedding: A Glamorous Barn Dance 52 Videography 53 Transport 54 Personalise Your Wedding Transport 56 How To Plan The Best Wedding Party Ever! 57 Music & Discos 58 Real Wedding: An Outdoor Wedding Ceremony

Dress To Impress 62 Bridal Wear 66 The Hottest Wedding Trends For 2019 68 Living Coral – Pantone Colour of the Year 70 Dry Cleaners 71 Hats 72 Hats Off! 74 Menswear 76 Body Prep for the Big Day 78 How to Choose the Best Wedding Ring For You 79 Jewellers 81 Beauty, Hair and Make-up

Design Your Day 84 Florists 88 Cakes 89 Venue Styling

Finishing Touches The Final Countdown 94 Pick up a Spare Guide 99 Wedding Fair Diary

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o matter where you are in your wedding planning journey, we have everything you need to help make your dream day a reality. This Oxfordshire Guide covers all your suppliers, from your wedding venue to your photographer, and your florist to your cake maker, as well as giving you top tips on marrying in this beautiful county. If you’re tying the knot in 2019, 2020 or beyond, you’ll want to know all about the latest and upcoming trends. We’ve covered the hottest bridal wear trends, Pantone’s Colour of the Year 2019 and the latest mother of the bride hat styles, and our real-life weddings are full of beautiful inspiration. If you’re just starting out your wedding planning, don’t forget to check out our newly-engaged guide, our favourite historic Oxford wedding venues and our advice on your wedding health and fitness journey. You’ll also find handy checklists to keep you on track in each section, so we can help guide you every step of the way. For even more Oxfordshire suppliers, head over to to search by your postcode or town, read reviews from real brides and send enquiries all from our search engine. Don’t forget to sign up for our free online Wedding Planner to access our helpful planning tools, including a personalised task list broken down month-by-month, a budget tracker, guest list and table planner.

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

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


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

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

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

Choose and book your church, civil ceremony venue or celebrant Arrange marquee if required Look into catering options Take out insurance Choose bridesmaids, best man and ushers Start thinking about your honeymoon.

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

Lains Barn is a magnificent restored historic Barn dating back to 1750.



Lains Barn, Ardington, Wantage, Oxfordshire, OX12 7QG

01865 552746

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SALTER’S STEAMERS Wedding Receptions on the Thames

Beetle & Wedge Boathouse 01491 651381

Fabulous Food, Wines and Accommodation Oxford, Henley, Windsor and other Locations

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George Hotel Wallingford

A former 16th Century Coaching Inn situated 12 miles from Oxford

Dedicated Wedding Team Licensed for Civil Ceremonies Choice of Wedding Packages 01491 836665 High Street, Wallingford, Oxon, OX10 0BS

Mercure Thame Lambert Hotel

Situated at the foot of the Chiltern Hills in Watlington, bordering Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire in an area of outstanding natural beauty. Mercure Thame Lambert Hotel provides that authentic wedding experience in a wonderful suite and surroundings with the capacity of up to 130 guests. At the hotel itself, you’ll find beautiful gardens and a picturesque courtyard in the centre, perfect for pictures!

London Road, Aston Rowant, Watlington, Oxfordshire OX49 5SQ Tel: 01844 351496 email:



TAILOR MADE FOR YOU 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

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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

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ongratulations! You’ve said ‘yes’, and started on the exciting path towards married life together. However, wedding planning (and the pressure to start quickly) can easily get overwhelming, so we’ve created a handy list to help get you started…

Get your Ring Sized and Insured First things first - if you haven’t already, make sure your engagement ring fits you perfectly, and is insured. If this means having it resized, then do this ASAP, as a ring that’s too big may slip off your finger and be lost. You should 14

also make sure you add your engagement ring to your home content insurance, or look into specific jewellery insurance to make sure that you’re covered in case anything ever happened to your beautiful new ring.

Chat About Your Priorities Before you can start to make wedding decisions, you need to make sure you and your new fiance are both on the same page. Do you want a short or a long engagement? A wedding in the UK or abroad? A large gathering or an intimate celebration?

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Something casual or all-out elegance? Make a list of the things that are most important to you when it comes to planning, and refer back to these if you ever feel overwhelmed.

Set Your Budget Your wedding budget is one of the most important things to get sorted early, and it’s vital that you talk figures. For some people, a ‘budget’ wedding may cost £1,000, and for others it may cost £10,000, so make sure you’re on the same wavelength. Once you know your magic number, discuss how you’re going to pay. Are you going to save up before the big day, ask for help from family, or look into a personal loan? Be sure you have a plan before paying for anything.

Get Inspired Now comes the fun part! Once you’ve decided roughly what kind of wedding you’re thinking of, and how much you want to spend, you can start getting inspired. Start a Pinterest board (if you haven’t already!), look up real weddings for real-life inspiration, and follow all your favourite wedding websites on social media. (Psst - we’re @guidesforbrides!) GfB The Wedding Directory 2019

Get Key Suppliers Sorted First When it comes to actually starting to book your suppliers, then the most important one to sort first is, of course, your wedding venue. Once you have this booked and the date is set, then you’ll find the rest of the process simpler. Next on the list should be your photographer, as they often get booked up far in advance and can only do a limited number of weddings, and your catering if it’s not being provided by your venue. You should also book anything you have your heart absolutely set on - if you’re desperate to get a certain type of band, or book a specific makeup artist, then do it sooner rather than later. Once these important suppliers are booked, you can have fun choosing the rest! 15

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Heythrop Park Resort 1 Resort, 2 hotels, 5 rooms perfect rooms for your special day, 18 hole golf course, spa, 440 acres of grounds and so much to discover. Our brand new Archery Suite on the Lawns, a fixed permanent marquee to accommodate up to 800 guests.

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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.


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.



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

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A quintessential English wedding at the Tythe Barn.

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at and Andy spent two years planning their stunning outdoor wedding at The Tythe Barn, which was made all the more amazing by the fact that they were over 10,000 miles away at the time! This happy couple live in Sydney but wanted to plan a quintessential English wedding with their families in Oxfordshire, so they planned everything from afar. The only thing Kat bought in Australia was her elegant Maggie Sottero wedding dress, which she bought in Sydney when her mum flew over for a visit. The bride and groom fell in love with pictures of The Tythe Barn online, and when they came to England for a venue visit, it exceeded their expectations! “It was beautiful while still being modest, and was the perfect size for our small numbers,” says Kat. “The staff were incredible, and we felt like we were in safe hands.”

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Kat and Andy chose a silver and blue colour scheme for their October wedding day - they even had blue and silver ribbons during their handfasting ceremony, which took place outside in front of the barn doors. The Flower Shed Oxford created the relaxed bouquets and flower arrangements

M oment s “As I walked down the garden aisle, I saw so many familiar faces that I hadn’t seen since our last visit to the UK – and then my eyes fell on Andy who had the proudest smile on his face”. using ivory roses, lilies and gypsophila, as well as plenty of foliage and silver-blue eucalyptus. For the wedding breakfast, guests enjoyed The Tythe Barn’s Table Top Picnic, which included casual sharing dishes for everyone to try. In the evening, instead of evening food, Kat and Andy chose to serve their guests delicious ice cream cones, which were a huge hit. In the evening, indie rock and pop band We Three kept everyone dancing with their live sets, and there was a photo booth that Kat and Andy had filled with Australian-inspired props to remind them of home. There were blow-up crocodiles, cork hats, and even a kangaroo onesie! ed bouquet of iv ory elax r A ro se

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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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The Bodleian Libraries Set in the heart of the dreaming spires, The Bodleian Libraries is a historic venue steeped in romance and elegance. With architecture dating back to 1488, The Bodleian is one of the most iconic buildings in Oxford, and now offers couples the chance to tie the knot in some of its grandest and most memorable rooms. The Divinity School is a masterpiece of late gothic architecture with a magnificent stone carved ceiling, and can seat up to 120 guests for a seated dinner or a civil ceremony. Adjoining the Divinity School, Convocation House is a 17th-century building that features a fan-vaulted ceiling, fine woodwork and fixed wooden benches providing chapel-style seating for your guests. The Convocation House is ideal for civil ceremonies of up to 100 guests, or intimate seated dinners of up to 30. Why not combine the historic setting of your ceremony and wedding breakfast with a modern drinks reception? Blackwell Hall is a modern, flexible space for large wedding receptions, and the roof terrace offers spectacular views over Oxford’s historic rooftops that’s sure to wow your guests. 24

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Oxford Town Hall First opened by the Prince of Wales in 1897, Oxford Town Hall is a truly unique venue when it comes to history. This Victorian Grade II* listed building has been everything from a public library to a WWI hospital to a police station (in fact, you can still visit some of the cells!), and has hosted visitors ranging from The Rolling Stones to Nelson Mandela. These days it hosts amazing wedding ceremonies and receptions of every size and style. GfB The Wedding Directory 2019

Oxford Town Hall offers couples five amazing wedding spaces, from the grand Main Hall which can comfortably seat 650 guests for a civil ceremony or 300 for dinner, to the intimate wood-panelled St Aldate’s Room which holds 40 guests for a ceremony or 30 for a seated dinner. Whatever size wedding you’re having, Oxford Town Hall has the perfect space for you. With its unbeatable location right in the city centre, Oxford Town Hall combines the best elements of an elegant city wedding venue with the historic grandeur of a British stately home. 25

Macdonald Randolph Hotel Not only is the Macdonald Randolph Hotel the only 5-star hotel in Oxford, but it’s also one of the city’s oldest and most renowned venues. Originally built in 1864, this Grade II* listed building was opened ahead of a visit from the Prince and Princess of Wales to Oxford, as there was nowhere in the city grand enough to house them. Today, the hotel has had several modern extensions and refurbishments, but all in keeping with its original Victorian heritage. The Macdonald Randolph Hotel has three elegant function rooms that are ideal for more 26

intimate weddings, as they can seat between 6 and 30 guests, as well as their stunning Ballroom which is suitable for up to 228 guests. Between the glittering chandeliers (which are exact replicas of those on the Titanic), high ceilings and private bar, The Ballroom makes for a glamorous wedding space for your big day. After the last of the dancing is finished, you and your guests can retire to one of the beautifully decorated rooms or suites in the hotel, or even relax in the tranquil Elemis spa. It’s the perfect way to unwind after your big day.

Set in more than 100 acres of rolling Oxfordshire countryside, Bicester Hotel Resort and Spa is the perfect setting for a beautiful Wedding.

Call us now on 01869 241204 or email Bicester Hotel Resort and Spa Chesterton Bicester Oxfordshire OX26 1TH

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 or ‘follow silver pear weddings on facebook and Instagram’

Friars Court, Clanfield, Oxon OX18 2SU


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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

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he Bodleian Libraries is positioned in the center of Oxford, surrounded by stunning architecture and its famous “dreaming spires”, this venue provides a beautiful backdrop to your magical day. Upon entering the Old Bodleian, you are welcomed with the warm stone walls surrounding the Old Schools Quadrangle, with the intricate detail lit up by the beaming natural sunlight; it’s the perfect setting for your drinks reception in the evening before heading inside to continue the celebrations. The Divinity School is the grandest room in the Old Bodleian Library, and leads from the Quad.

Completed in 1488, it is a masterpiece of late gothic architecture with a magnificent stone carved ceiling. This room can sit up to 120 guests for your ceremony or wedding breakfast, before turning into your evening reception where up to 200 guests can dance the night away. Adjoining the Divinity School, Convocation House is a 17th-century building that was constructed as a meeting place for the University’s supreme legislative body. It features a fan-vaulted ceiling, fine woodwork and fixed wooden benches providing chapel style seating for your guests. With a ceremony license for this room too, Convocation House can sit up to 100 guests for your ceremony.

Weddings at the Bodleian Libraries At the Bodleian, we understand that every wedding is different Throughout the planning process, our dedicated Wedding Co-ordinator will be on hand to make sure that every detail is considered, whilst providing an exceptional level of service for your special day. Hannah Vinten – Wedding & Events Coordinator The Bodleian Libraries, Broad Street, Oxford, OX1 3BG | | 01865 277224

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Sunday 13th January Eynsham Hall, North Leigh, Oxon

Sunday 20th January The Crazy Bear, Bear Lane, Oxon

Sunday 27th January Milton Hill House, Steventon, Oxon Sunday 3rd February Hedsor House, Taplow, Bucks

Sunday 3rd March Lains Barn, Ardington, Oxon


Sunday 10th March The Tythe Barn, Launton, Oxon

Bank Holiday Monday 27th May Eynsham Hall, North Leigh, Oxon

Bank Holiday Monday 26th August Eynsham Hall, North Leigh, Oxon

Sunday 1st September The Great Barn, Aynho, Oxon

Sunday 15th September Milton Hill House, Steventon, Oxon

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

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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


t Oxford Fine Dining every single wedding is a new story. Whether you are dreaming of a traditional sit down wedding breakfast with champagne and canapĂŠs, a vintage garden party with afternoon tea and cocktails, or a relaxed buffet or BBQ our chefs will use innovation and creativity tailored to you to ensure deliciously different menus on your most special occasion. For over 10 years, Oxford Fine Dining has been creating and executing one-of-a kind weddings. Our dedicated Weddings and Events planner understands the importance


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.


The partnership of a truly formidable catering company with experience a unique Oxford institution will create the for your dream wedding.


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





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

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

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


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Book entertainment for the day and evening Book your toastmaster Book musicians/choir/organist for ceremony Send Save the Date cards Book the honeymoon (using www.guidesforbrides/honeymoons)

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


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A Glamorous Barn Dance at The Crazy Bear

James & Charlotte Photography Andy Proper Photography


oved-up couple James and Charlotte tied the knot at the beautiful St James’ Church on Beauchamp Lane, before following up with an amazing reception at one of Oxfordshire’s quirkiest wedding venues, The Crazy Bear in Stadhampton. After two years of dating and a further two years of wedding planning, Charlotte and James chose a navy, pale pink and silver theme for their June day. The eight bridesmaids looked stunning in their strapless maxi dresses, and the groomsmen and groom wore sharp navy suits from Walters, Oxford. Charlotte made for a beautiful bride in her lace fit and flare gown by Essense of Australia, which she found at Butterfly Bridal Boutique in Bicester.

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The couple fell in love with The Crazy Bear for their reception thanks to the quirky decor, and it made a fabulous location for their wedding breakfast and evening party. For the meal, guests were treated to soup, charcuterie or potted crab and shrimps for starters, delicious beef, chicken or salmon roast dinners for main, and meringues, cheese boards or a Crazy Bear ‘Bellini’ dessert to finish.

M oment s “The barn dance in the evening. Seeing everyone up and dancing and having a good time was great!�

The party really got started in the evening, with the bride and groom leading a barn dance for their guests in the Glasshouse. Everyone headed outside to enjoy sparklers and an amazing fireworks display, before dancing the night away to music provided by Domino Disco.

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Personalise Your Wedding Transport

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We spoke to Vintage Wedding Day to find out more about picking the perfect transport for your big day...

Your wedding day is one of the most memorable days of your life and travelling to your ceremony is a truly exciting part of the day. Your wedding transport sets the tone and feel of your wedding and reflects you, your personality and style. From the moment you are picked up with your nearest and dearest, your wedding journey really begins; full of emotions and excitement, your wedding transport enhances all of these feelings and leaves long lasting memories. There are many ways to customise wedding transport depending what it is: from beautiful cars to vintage buses and from horse drawn carriages to tractors. Each type of wedding transport can be customised in whatever way the bride and groom want from ribbons, bows and flowers that match the couple’s colour scheme, to more bespoke touches such as a style or theme. The wedding transport says a lot about the couple and gives a glimpse into them. 54

Our beautiful and iconic Volkswagen Campervans can be personalised to the wedding couple’s taste, in any way. And they were designed to transport everyone: brides and bridesmaids always have room for their dresses; flower girls and page boys love arriving in style and the groom and the best men love the classic sound of an air-cooled VW designed by Porsche.

We love getting to know the couple and learning about their journey together to help personalise their wedding transport. Some upcoming requests are: a classic VW “Surf Bus” as the couple are keen divers and surfers; a “Country Barn VW” as the couple’s theme includes hessian, rustic and vintage chic touches and a “Campervan Christmas VW” because the couple love Christmas and get married on the 23rd December! Anything is possible in our Volkswagen Campervans. Visit to enquire.

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How to plan the best Wedding Party


Your evening reception is the time to let your hair down and party with your loved ones - but how can you make sure everyone is having an amazing time? We spoke to Matt from Visually Sound Events to get his top tips... Q. Any tips for couples choosing their playlist? A. When choosing your songs, if you want a busy dancefloor keep your requests relatively mainstream and consider all your guests. It is brilliant to get a few genres/ decades/specific songs that you as a couple love but it is very important to remember that for you to have a good time, your guests have to have a good time too. Q. How can lighting transform a venue for a fantastic party? A. Lighting is so important to create the best atmosphere for your party and it’s a great way to change the look of your venue. If you have your wedding breakfast in the same area you can really change the look and create a wow factor when guests return for the first dance. We use uplighting, fairy and festoon lights to subtly enhance. Our DJ setups again are tidy and stylish, and we work closely with photographers so there is no harsh lighting to spoil your pictures. Plus wherever possible I set up a giant mirror ball… in my opinion you can’t have a party without one!


Q. How can you get around a noise limit and still have a great reception? A. Some residential venues are forced to have sound limiters. If you are really worried about the noise levels how about booking our silent disco to finish your day? Everyone gets a pair of headphones and I provide three channels of music so you have a choice. It’s so much fun - but sometimes the singing is louder than the music would have been! Now in collaboration with

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MUSIC & DISCOS Please don’t forget to mention Guides for Brides when booking your suppliers.

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Harpist Jennifer Hill 01235 511196

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An Outdoor Ceremony Wedding in September at Caswell House.

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harlotte and James were lucky enough to have brilliant sunshine for their September wedding, as they tied the knot in a gorgeous outdoor ceremony at Caswell House. Bride Charlotte looked amazing coming down the aisle in her strapless lace Art Couture gown, which she purchased at Opulence & Grace in Sussex. Her two bridesmaids wore blush pink multiway dresses from TFNC, and the groom and his groomsmen wore classic blue suits with pink ties to match.

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The couple chose a colour scheme of dusty pink and rose gold as they are Charlotte’s favourite colours. Their stationer Lou Paper matched this scheme perfectly with beautiful watercolour-style stationery displayed throughout the day, and florist Classic Flowers created arrangements of blush pink and lilac roses, gypsophila and eucalyptus to complement the scheme. Charlotte and James even gave personalised pink sticks of rock as their wedding favours, as a nod to the bride’s hometown of Brighton. After a heartfelt ceremony, the guests enjoyed a delicious threecourse meal prepared by Caswell House’s in-house catering. The menu included asparagus,

feta and tomato tart, chargrilled chicken with lemon and thyme sauce, and strawberry popping candy cheesecake with a miniature bottle of raspberry milkshake for dessert. As the sun set on the evening reception, James and Charlotte’s guests played garden games and sampled delicious ice cream cones from a vintage ice cream trike, while the newlyweds had their golden hour photos taken by the talented David Bostock. After the big day, Charlotte and James jetted off on a fantastic dual-centre honeymoon to Mauritius and Dubai - the perfect start to married life! C harlotte’s bo uq ue t



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




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 recommend encouraging your partner 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.

Where brides arrive as strangers and leave as friends Your dream wedding dress designed and made especially for you.

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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.

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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, Trés Chic, Veromia, Curvy Couture by White Rose Graceful, and Sonse. Bridesmaids by D’Zage

Giving you confidence... On your special day

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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.

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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.

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An award winning bridal boutique selling a huge selection of BRAND NEW, SAMPLE and IMMACULATE PRELOVED designer dresses ALL at a fraction of their original price tag 19 St Mary’s Street, Wallingford Oxfordshire OX10 0EW T: 01491 826699 M: 07479685554

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. Our collection of designers include Watters, Wtoo, Willowby, Ronald Joyce, Essence of Australia and White Rose. Waterloo Walk, 58-60 High Street, Witney, Oxon, OX28 6EU Phone 01993 706556


GEORGINA PIMM Bridal Boutique

Timeless elegance for today’s bride Our collection of designers include - Sophia Tolli, Enchanting by Mon Cheri, Snow by Annasul Y, Lusan Mandongus, Atelier Lyanna, Blue, Louise Bentley, Mother of the Bride Dynasty, Mascara and Atelier, Maids 2 Measure, Dessy Group, Little Bevan and Sophistakatie.

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Trends, Ideas & Inspiration for 2019

Feathers For real old-school glamour, embrace feathers this season. Whether it’s a flowing ostrich feather skirt, fluttery feather trims on sleeves or cozy feather cover-ups, feathers add beautiful texture to any wedding dress. We’ve also seen cleverly cut feathereffect fabric skirts, which is perfect for brides who want the lighter-than-air look without the use of actual feathers.

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Bows A sweet detail we see cropping up time and time again is bows! From chic pussy-bow details tied at the neck to retro, kitschy embellishments or dreamy tulle bows tied at the back, it looks like designers are falling in love with bows all over again for 2019.

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Sheer and nude effect gowns were a popular trend for 2018, and we can see it going strong into 2019. Practically every collection at London Bridal Week included nude, blush and champagne-coloured liners, combined with sheer bodices and cut-outs for a daring ‘naked’ effect Take it one step further with flowing sheer lace skirts - we love this look for destination brides.

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Brides have been wanting to customise their looks more and more in recent years, and bridal brands are designing to reflect that. We’re expecting to see plenty of toppers, capes, overskirts and detachable trains this year, all of which are designed to give wedding dresses a new look that’s easily customised to each bride. This trend is also extending to bridal accessories too think embroidered veils, hand-painted shoes and initial clutches.

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It’s official – blue is the new blush! Pastel shades are appearing in more and more bridal collections, with pale blue being the most popular. We’ve seen bridal gowns ranging from the lightest of baby blues to deeper, steelier shades, and it works with embroidered or applique detail too. If this trend appeals to you, why not have your ‘something blue’ be your dress?!

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This is another trend that’s been up and coming since last season, and it’s still going strong for 2019 – partly thanks to Meghan Markle and her stunning high neck reception dress from Stella McCartney. Whether you wear it with a racerback and bare shoulders or go for a Victorianainspired high neck and long sleeve combo, this bridal trend isn’t going anywhere.

Gold is by far the standout metallic shade of the season. From gold embroidery and brocade to sequins, glitter and beading, this trend is coming up golden - simply add metallic accessories for the full metallic effect.





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CRAZY FOR CORAL Pantone have announced that their Colour of the Year 2019 is Living Coral, a beautifully vibrant shade that works perfectly for weddings. Coral is a flattering colour on most skin tones and hair colours, which makes it a


brilliant choice for bridesmaid dresses, and with roses, dahlias and peonies coming in a range of coral and peach tones, you won’t struggle to match your flowers. Pair with metallics such as gold or copper for a warm,

chic look, or try bright pops of colour with electric turquoises and sunny yellows. If pastels are more your style, Living Coral works perfectly with sage greens and duck egg blues. We love this versatile shade!

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

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Bicester’s very own award winning bridal boutique offers a varied collection of stylish traditional and contemporary gowns at affordable prices

Call: 01869 325500 • • 15-17 Manorsfield Road, Bicester OX26 6EH

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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Unique & beautifully made Couture Millinery & Bridal Headwear. Fabulous Collection of Hats & Headpieces for Hire or Purchase. 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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Your guide to wedding hats...


hen you’re a mother of the bride or groom, an important member of the wedding party, or even a bride interested in wearing a hat instead of the traditional veil, then it’s key to make sure you’re getting the perfect hat for you. It may be that this is the first formal hat you’ve worn - and that’s absolutely fine! “Most customers that we work with are out of their comfort zone, as they don’t often wear hats,” says Gillian from The Hat Box. “We help guide them to the right style, shape and colour for them, and we’re happy to take as long as it needs to get this absolutely right and make sure the customer is happy. After all, they’re an important part of the bridal party and the pictures will be around forever!” Wherever the wedding you’re attending is, it’s often easier to pick your outfit first so that your milliner can help you make the best choice. “Generally the client comes to the boutique with their chosen outfit, and we then work with them to ensure the correct colouring and styling that suits them, the outfit and the occasion,” explains Craig from Louise Claire Millinery.


Picking the right style of hat will depend on your preference, your outfit and the formality of your wedding, but there are also wedding hat trends that may inspire you! “Royal weddings and occasions have a big influence on hat fashion in particular,” Craig says. “As we have seen from Meghan and Eugenie’s weddings, discs are proving very popular, along with pill boxes and elaborate small headpieces.” So you’ve picked the style, but what about the colour? “When it comes to colour, we often recommend that the hat match the outfit itself, and then the bag and shoes are in a different - but complementary - colour,” advises Gillian. “Some customers prefer to

“Visiting an experienced milliner who understands face shapes, hair and hat styles is imperative,” agrees Lucy of Lucy Bowler Millinery & Hilary’s Hat Hire. “They will be able to reassure you all these points are considered, meaning you can relax and enjoy your day knowing your hat is sitting where it should be and that you look fabulous from all angles! Hat hire can cost as little £15 for a week, but if you can’t find the perfect match for you, then you can always look into bespoke options. Your chosen milliner will often arrange a private consultation and then create something unique to you to perfectly match your occasion, but we recommend having your consultation at least a month in advance to give yourself plenty of time. If you’re on a shorter time frame than this, don’t panic! “If you’re hiring you will need to make a hat reservation, so ideally you want as much choice as possible, but don’t be put off wearing a hat if you have left it a little late,” says Lucy. “We once found the perfect hat for mother of the bride the day before the wedding!”

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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.

Bespoke made to measure suits and shirts for the groom, best man and ushers. Alterations and restyling on wedding dresses, bridesmaid dresses, ladies and gentlemen’s suits.

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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


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Body Prep for the Big Day –

without losing your mind…


t’s an unfortunate truth that brides often feel under immense pressure to lose weight or drastically change their looks before the big day, which leads to unnecessary stress and unhealthy yo-yodieting in the lead up to the wedding. Even if you do want to slim down or tone up before the big day, doing this healthily and in a safe time frame is key to staying sane during your engagement. Here are our top tips for healthy and happy wedding body prep…


Be realistic, and plan in advance These two go hand in hand. If you’re carrying a few extra pounds than you would be usually, or you’re a little more out of shape, then it makes perfect sense to want to be at your best for your wedding day. However, you shouldn’t strive to completely transform the look of your body, or get down to a target weight that you haven’t been since you were a teenager - all this does is set unrealistic goals for yourself, and then you’ll feel angry and upset when you can’t achieve them. If you want to do some body prep before the wedding, then give yourself as much time as possible so you can make small, healthy changes and don’t end up starving yourself on a crash diet or exhausting yourself at the gym.

Exercise for fun Wedding planning is exhausting enough without wearing yourself out by spending hours at the gym. If you’re already a gym bunny, then that’s great, and you can just up your routine or join a new class. However, if you usually hate exercise, then now’s not the time to plough money into an expensive new gym membership. Instead, why not start taking a dance class with your fiance? You’ll learn some moves for your first dance and drop the pounds at the same time! Alternatively, try something like yoga or pilates, which focuses on the mind as much as the body and can help you settle nervous energy. Even walking can be beneficial, as exercise is proven to help stress - just make sure you’re doing it to feel healthier and happier, not to squeeze into a wedding dress. Speaking of which...

Buy a dress you feel happy in Whatever you do, don’t buy a wedding dress that you don’t 100% love with the aim of slimming into it. If you don’t love the way you look in it on the first try, then chances are you’re not going to love it when it comes to the fitting - and by that point, it will be too late. Instead, buy a dress that you love the look of now, and then any slimming down or toning up you do between now and then will be a nice bonus when it comes to the fitting.

Avoid short-term fixes Sadly, some companies will prey on brides who feel under pressure to lose weight by selling them quick fixes and detoxes. Don’t fall for these scams and miracle diets, as they’re often too good to be true, and will leave you feeling unhealthy, unhappy and out of pocket. Making healthy lifestyle changes and losing a maximum of 2lb a week is the best way to slim down - after all, weight that comes off slowly is more likely to stay off. Visit: wedding-health-beauty-and-fitness GfB The Wedding Directory 2019


How to choose the best

Wedding Ring For You You’ll wear your wedding ring for the rest of your life, so it’s important to get it right! We spoke to Tom from Lover’s Rock Diamonds to get his top tips on picking the perfect wedding ring…


nce your wedding is over, your rings are one of the few things you will be left with forever, so make sure you leave enough time to consider your options and make the right choice. Ideally, I would recommend no less than 6 months before your wedding day which leaves plenty of time to ensure you are happy with everything and sizing is correct. Wedding rings fall into three main categories: plain classic bands, diamond set and shaped. Plain wedding rings are available in several profiles, from traditional court, modern court and D shape. Diamond set wedding bands are particularly popular for those wanting that bit of extra sparkle, and include glamourous claw set designs and grain set designs to the sophisticated channel set diamond ring.

Unique and elaborate engagement ring designs often require a shaped wedding ring designed to fit around the setting of the engagement ring. Pre-existing shaped ring designs may fit your engagement ring; however a bespoke custom made option is often the most popular solution as your wedding ring will be designed specifically to fit and lock in tightly to your engagement ring.

At Lover’s Rock we can create bespoke wedding rings to match your engagement ring. Whether you would like to recreate an existing design or create a ring completely unique to your requirements, our team of designers will create exactly what you need in as little as 6 weeks.

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You may have some family heirloom jewellery that carries a lot of sentimental value, however, you know you just won’t wear it. In this case, we can remodel it by incorporating it into a new ring design or melt it down and reuse the diamonds/gemstones to transform it into a stunning new ring that you will love wearing. Not only is this a great way of keeping the sentimental value, it also helps keep your costs down!

Make your own wedding rings

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he big day is getting closer, so it’s time to begin organising the personal touches. These suppliers are the ones who are going to make your wedding day feel special to you, and help you bring your vision to life. This is a great time to think about booking your florist. From white winter florals, to bright summer pastels, there are so many beautiful options for your wedding flowers, so choosing the right florist is a big decision. It’s also time to choose your wedding cake, which means one thing, cake tastings! Most couples have a great time choosing their perfect cake, so make sure to prioritise this fun step. Whilst we’re thinking about food, we recommend organising your menu at this time. With 8 weeks to go you can finally send out your invitations! Manage your RSVPs online with a personal wedding website:




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Flower Workshop

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rowing from a start-up business on a kitchen table to an award-winning floristry studio in just five years, Flowers by Kirsty is one of the most creative and well-loved wedding florists in Oxfordshire. Kirsty and her team are known for creating unique arrangements for each bride they meet, and as a result the company has won ‘Best Florist’ at the Guides for Brides Customer Service Awards for two years running. Whether your theme is vintage elegance, ultra modern luxe, or a super natural style, Flowers by Kirsty can guide you on what flowers will complement the style


of your dress, your colour scheme, what time of year it is, your wedding venue and more importantly the type of flowers you love. Flowers by Kirsty is a recommended florist at Ardington House, Bodleian Library Oxford, Fulham Palace, Rhodes House, Eynsham Hall, Randolph Hotel, Lains Barn, Ashmolean Museum, Stratton Court Barn, The Manor, Oxleaze Barn, Coldharbour Barn, Matara Centre, Devonshire Terrace and many more.

Contact Kirsty to chat about your wedding flowers now 07966 666 036


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




Our Go To Checklist Ideally 1 – 3 months in advance Gifts for parents and bridal party Decide table plan (Using our online wedding planner)

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

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

Cut / colour hair, and trial run of style Trial run of make up and fake tan Confirm details of flower booking Check plans for hen and stag nights Confirm timings for transport Email all other suppliers to confirm plans Make sure all balances are paid Plan your wedding your way with the Guides for Brides online wedding planner.

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The final

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




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

Arrange time together Collect hired menswear

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

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

Discos & DJ’s Dave Seamer Discos 46 Magdalen Road Oxford OX4 1RB 01865 240054

Bizzie Lizzie Flower Shop 6 Upper High Street Thame OX9 3ER 01844 212970 Charlton Park Garden Centre Charlton Road Wantage OX12 8EP 01235 772700 Classic Flowers 109b Corn Street Witney OX28 6AU 01993 703301 Fabulous Flowers 63 Banbury Road Oxford OX2 6PG 01865 511811 Fabulous Flowers 9a Bridge Street Abingdon OX14 3HN 01235 520346

Event Styling The Wedding Emporium Banbury Upton Lodge Buildings Astrop Road Banbury OX17 2PJ 07969 728751

Ferry Lane Florist Norfolk House Ferry Lane Goring-on-Thames RG8 9DX 01491 871982 Flowers by Kirsty The Old Dairy Home Farm Ardington OX12 8PD 07966 666036

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


tfd Health & Fitness Grove Technology Park Downsview Road Grove OX12 9FA 01235 772995

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Flower Workshop 5 Besselsleigh Road Wootton Abingdon OX13 6DN 01865 739182

Freemans Flowers 137 Brasenose Road Didcot OX11 7BP 01235 814479 Jason’s Flowers 9 Elms Parade Botley OX2 9LG 01865 242923 Jason’s Flowers 43 High Street Witney OX28 6HP 01993 702108 Jemini 1-2 The Covered Market Oxford OX1 3DU 01865 242726 Keri The Florist 1 Ayres Yard Station Road Wallingford OX10 0JZ 01491 838005 Penny Blossoms 6 Stort Close Didcot OX11 7UR 07723 586994 Pollen of Woodstock 16 High Street Woodstock OX20 1TF 01993 810888 Signature Flowers 20 Market Square Bicester OX26 6AD 01869 253572 White Gdn 35 Hart Street Henley-on-Thames RG9 2AR 01491 577370 95

Gift List

Walters of Oxford 10 Turl Street Oxford OX1 3DN 01865 241848

The Cotswold Tailor 21b Oxford Street Woodstock OX20 1TH 01993 358284

John Lewis Oxford 101 Westgate Oxford OX1 1PB 01865 268342

Honeymoons Great Experience Travel Waterloo Walk High Street Witney OX28 6EU 01993 627815


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Coleman & Coleman 27 Market Place Wantage OX12 8AE 01235 762401

Michael Jones Jeweller 79-80 High Street Banbury OX16 5JG 01295 263540

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

Lover’s Rock Diamonds Manor Farm Buildings Weston Road Watlington OX49 5RU 07917 347022

Peter Casey Jewellery Ltd 4 Wallingford Street Wantage OX12 8AX 01235 772907

Lucy Bowler Millinery & Hilary’s Hat Hire Robin Cottage Studio 24 The Lane, May’s Close Fritwell OX27 7QW 01869 338387

Menswear Domino Formal Hire 10 The Buttermarket Thame OX9 3EW 01844 217566 Henry’s Of Banbury 52 High Street Banbury OX16 7LH 01295 251044 Keates Formal Mens Hire Above 29 Market Square Witney OX28 6AD 01993 702259


Moss Hire Unit U17 Westgate Centre Oxford OX1 1PE 01865 202051 Peralta Tailoring 30 Campion Way Madley Park Witney OX28 1ES 01993 866519 Shepherd & Woodward 109-113 High Street Oxford OX1 4BT 01865 249491

The Hat Box Avenue 3 Covered Market Oxford OX1 3DY 01865 200844

Tourist Information Banbury Tourist Information Centre Banbury Museum Spiceball Park Rd Banbury OX16 2PQ 01295 753752

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

Bicester Tourist Info Unit 86a Bicester Village Pringle Drive Bicester OX26 6WD 01869 369055

Venues Ardington House Church Street Ardington OX12 8QA 01235 821566

Badgemore Park Golf Club Henley on Thames RG9 4NR 01491 637302 Best Western Banbury House Hotel Oxford Road Banbury OX16 9AH 01295 259361 Bicester Hotel Resort & Spa Chesterton OX26 1TE 01869 241204 Caswell House Caswell Lane Brize Norton OX18 3NJ 01993 701064 Cherwell Boathouse Bardwell Road Oxford OX2 6ST 01865 552746 Cherwell Edge Golf Club Chacombe OX17 2EN 01295 711591 Cotswold Lodge Hotel 66A Banbury Road Oxford OX2 6JP 01865 512121

Eynsham Hall North Leigh Witney OX29 6PN 01993 885203

Macdonald Randolph Hotel Beaumont Street Oxford OX1 2LN 01865 256400

Exeter Hall Oxford Road Kidlington OX5 1AB 01865 373691

Malmaison Oxford 3 Oxford Castle Oxford OX1 1AY 01865 268400

Fison Barn Earth Trust Hill Farm Little Wittenham OX14 4QZ 01865 409429

Mercure Banbury Whately Hall Horse Fair Banbury Cross Banbury OX16 0AN 01295 253261

Hawkwell House Hotel Church Way Iffley Village Oxford OX4 4DZ 01865 749988 Heythrop Park Resort The Drive, Enstone Chipping Norton OX7 5UE 01608 673497 Jurys Inn Oxford Godstow Road Oxford OX2 8AL 07950 861797 Kingswell Hotel Reading Road Harwell OX11 0LZ 01235 833043

Lains Barn Grove Park Drive Ardington OX12 7QG De Vere Oxford Thames Hotel 01235 821460 Henley Road Littlebury Hotel Sandford on Thames Kings End Oxford Bicester OX4 4GX OX26 6DR 01865 334444 01869 252595 GfB The Wedding Directory 2019

Mercure Thame Lambert Arms London Road Aston Rowant Thame OX49 5SQ 01844 351496 Merriscourt Sarsden Chipping Norton OX7 6QX 01865 658585 Middle Aston House Middle Aston OX25 5PT 01869 340361 Millets Farm Lakeview Millets Farm Kingston Road Frilford OX13 5HB 01865 391169 Milton Hill House Milton Hill Abingdon OX13 6AF 01235 825720

Oxford Town Hall Oxford City Council St. Aldates Oxford OX1 1BX 01865 252793 Oxford Witney Hotel Ducklington Lane Witney OX28 4EX 01993 779777 Phyllis Court Phyllis Court Drive Marlow Road Henley RG9 2HT 01491 570500 Principal Oxford Spires Hotel Abingdon Road Oxford OX1 4PS 01865 324 324 Salters Steamers Folly Bridge Oxford OX1 4LA 01865 243421 Steventon House Hotel Milton Hill OX13 6AB 01235 831223 Sudbury House Hotel 56 London Street Faringdon SN7 8AA 01367 245345 The Bear Hotel Market Place Wantage OX12 8AB 01235 766366


The Bear Hotel Park Street Woodstock OX16 9SZ 0344 8799143 The Beetle & Wedge Boathouse Ferry Lane Moulsford Wallingford OX10 9JF 01491 651381 The Bell at Hampton Poyle 11 Oxford Road Hampton Poyle 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 Dog House Hotel Frilford Heath Faringdon Road Abingdon OX13 6QJ 01865 390830 The George Hotel High Street Wallingford OX10 0BS 01491 836665 The Great Barn Upper Aynho Grounds Aynho Banbury OX17 3AY 01869 810823 The Holt Hotel Oxford Road Steeple Aston OX25 5QQ 01869 340259 The Lamb At Buckland Lamb Lane Buckland SN7 8QN 01367 870484

The Chesterton Hotel Chesterton Road Chesterton OX26 1UE 01869 326550

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

The Coseners House Abbey Close Abingdon OX14 3JD 01235 523198

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

The Crazy Bear Hotel Bear Lane Stadhampton OX44 7UR 01865 890714

The Oxfordshire Rycote Lane Milton Common Thame OX9 2PU 01844 277 668

The Crown & Thistle Bridge Street Abingdon OX14 3HS 01235 522556 98

The Red Lion Hotel Hart Street Henley-on-Thames RG9 2AR 01491 572161 The Spread Eagle Hotel 16-17 Cornmarket Thame OX9 2BW 01844 213661 The Tythe Barn Manor Farm Charbridge Lane Bicester OX26 4SR 01869 321442 The Westwood Hotel Hinksey Hill Oxford OX1 5BG 01865 735408 Worton Hall Cassington OX29 4SU 01865 882644 Wroxton House Hotel Wroxton St. Mary OX15 6QB 01295 730777

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


Sunday 13th January Eynsham Hall, North Leigh, Oxon Sunday 20th January The Crazy Bear, Stadhampton, Oxon

Sunday 10th March The Tythe Barn, Bicester, Oxon Bank Holiday Monday 27th May Eynsham Hall, North Leigh, Oxon

Sunday 27th January Milton Hill, Steventon, Oxon

Bank Holiday Monday 26th August Eynsham Hall, North Leigh, Oxon

Sunday 3rd February Hedsor House, Taplow, Bucks

Sunday 01st September The Great Barn, Aynho, Oxon

Sunday 3rd March Lains Barn, Wantage, Oxon

Sunday 15th September Milton Hill House, Steventon, Oxon

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