Oxfordshire Spring 2019
REAL WEDDINGS IDEAS & INSPIRATION
HOW TO PLAN THE BEST WEDDING PARTY
OXFORD HISTORIC WEDDING VENUES
PERFECT HISTORIC WEDDING VENUES STEEPED IN ROMANCE AND ELEGANCE
FIND YOUR PERFECT
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 guidesforbrides.co.uk 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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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 â€“ 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 youâ€™re going to choose to be involved in the ceremony itself.
Choose and book your church, civil ceremony venue or celebrant Arrange marquee if required Look into catering options Take out insurance Choose bridesmaids, best man and ushers Start thinking about your honeymoon. www.guidesforbrides.co.uk/honeymoons
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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.
RIVERSIDE MARQUEE & TERRACE IN CENTRAL OXFORD
Lains Barn, Ardington, Wantage, Oxfordshire, OX12 7QG www.lainsbarn.co.uk email@example.com
Tel: 01235 832745
WWW.CHERWELLBOATHOUSE.CO.UK BARWELL ROAD OXFORD OX2 6ST
SALTERâ€™S STEAMERS Wedding Receptions on the Thames
Beetle & Wedge Boathouse 01491 651381
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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 www.peelhotels.co.uk 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, youâ€™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: firstname.lastname@example.org www.facebook.com/TheLambertHotel/
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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 email@example.com
Find out more online at: www.macdonaldhotels.co.uk/weddings
EXCLUSIVE WEDDING VENUE IN THE COTSWOLDS www.caswellhouse.co.uk
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Exclusive Oxfordshire Barn Wedding Venue • Idyllic 18th century barn • Civil Ceremony licence • Capacity 140 formal, 250 informal • Set in 250 acre estate with romantic lakes & woodland
T: 01869 810823
THE GREAT BARN, UPPER AYNHO GROUNDS, AYNHO, OXFORDSHIRE, OX17 3AY
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? www.guidesforbrides.co.uk
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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.
At Heythrop Park Resort the possibilities are endless! Call us now on 01608 673 333 or email firstname.lastname@example.org www.heythroppark.co.uk HEYTHROP PARK RESORT
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.
THE TYTHE BARN
A BEAUTIFUL 14TH CENTURY THATCHED BARN IN A PRIVATE LOCATION
Breathtaking outdoor civil ceremonies Personal, Professional and Flexible Approach Intimate candlelit indoor weddings and receptions Wood Fired Oven Superior Quality Sound and Lighting Introducing the brand new Bridal Preparation Area and The Bride and Groom Crash Pad Attention to detail, unrivalled and unlimited support and guidance, chilled and relaxed Come and experience the freedom of The Tythe Barn WWW.THETYTHEBARN.CO.UK
TEL: 01869 321442
A quintessential English wedding at the Tythe Barn.
Kat & Andy Photography Mark Lord Photography
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 www.guidesforbrides.co.uk
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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W EDDINGS AT THE SPREAD EAGLE
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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35 Boutique Bedrooms 3 Suites & 9 Garden Rooms suitable for families Civil Ceremonies & Partnerships Dedicated Wedding Co-ordinator & Wedding Manager on the day
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Packages from £45.00 per person Whirlwind Weddings Package £2520 Wedding receptions from 10 to 160 people Evening reception up to 200 people
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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 Oxfordâ€™s historic rooftops thatâ€™s sure to wow your guests. 24
The city of Oxford is home to some incredible wedding venues with a real sense of history and charm. Here are just three of our favourite city centre picks...
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. www.guidesforbrides.co.uk
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 firstname.lastname@example.org www.bicesterhotelgolfandspa.com 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 www.silverpearweddings.co.uk or www.friarscourt.com â€˜follow silver pear weddings on facebook and Instagramâ€™
Friars Court, Clanfield, Oxon OX18 2SU
Plan your wedding, your way with the Guides for Brides Online Wedding Planner • Checklist • Budget Planner • Suppliers List • Guest List
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Distinctly Different Weddings Eynsham Hall is a magnificent Grade II listed Mansion nestled in the heart of a 3,000 acre estate. Located just 12 miles from Oxford, this stunning Jacobean-style house set within beautiful landscaped gardens with fountains and terraces present that idyllic backdrop for your big day. Whether you are looking to hold a wedding in the spring, summer, autumn or winter for a large, small, formal or more intimate event, our dedicated Wedding Specialist can tailor a package to suit you, your guests and your budget.
• Newly refurbished function rooms • Exclusive wedding use • Licensed for indoor & outdoor ceremonies & blessings • Accommodation available for all your guests • Delicious seasonal food created by our own brigade of chefs • Complimentary food & wine tasting for the happy couple • Award winning designed bar • Seasonal packages to suit individual’s budget and requirements • Dedicated wedding specialist • A complete solution
“ It Wouldn’t Be The Same Without You.”
www.eynshamhall.com 01993 885200 email@example.com
BODLEIAN LIBRARIES UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD
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 â€“ Wedding & Events Coordinator The Bodleian Libraries, Broad Street, Oxford, OX1 3BG firstname.lastname@example.org | www.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/whatson/venue-hire | 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 www.hawkwellhouse.co.uk
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Laughtons Luxury Toilet Hire Wood Farm, Tackley, Oxon, OX5 3EN Est. 1975
Luxury mobile wedding toilets & showers
Banbury Marquee Hire
We cover your wedding beautifully
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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. www.guidesforbrides.co.uk
The partnership of a truly formidable catering company with experience a unique Oxford institution will create the for your dream wedding.
T 01865 728240 â€˘ E email@example.com â€˘ W www.oxfordfinedining.co.uk
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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)
Plan your wedding your way with the Guides for Brides online wedding planner. www.guidesforbrides.co.uk/wedding-planner 20 - 02 - 2020
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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. www.guidesforbrides.co.uk
M oment s â€œThe barn dance in the evening. Seeing everyone up and dancing and having a good time was great!â€?
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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Tom Wood Photography Beautiful, elegant, unforgettable 07983 433963 www.tomwoodphotography.com
Natural, unobtrusive, storytelling wedding photography by a husband and wife team
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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 vintageweddingday.com to enquire.
Vintage Wedding Day Beautiful and Iconic Volkswagen Campervans for your Wedding Day We love making your day extra special Mob: 07581 415 839 GfB The Wedding Directory 2019
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
Wedding DJ & Lighting Hire - we bring the party!