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Providing trusted and up-to-date contacts, information and inspiration; the cornerstones of trouble-free wedding preparations.

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Guides for Brides - South Oxfordshire Editor................................. Alison Hargreaves

Your wedding planning starts here.

Features Editor................. Amanda Ferguson Design............................... Grace Lyn Business Manager............. Nicky Ward Sales Team Leader............ John Maddaford Sales Consultants............. Gillian Thornhill .......................................... Judith Thomasson .......................................... Elaine Rough .......................................... Kayleigh Gilbert .......................................... Alec Richardson Sales Support.................... Emily Woodall Wedding Fairs................... Jackie Melotti Internet Sales.................... Neil Wheatley .......................................... Ali Moore Accounts........................... Trudi D'Angeli Administration.................. Hannah Monnery Distribution....................... Bill Hargreaves

Abingdon

Faringdon

Wantage

Wallingford

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my experience (which is rather longer than I care to admit!), most brides feel a little anxious about organising their wedding. Fear not! You’ve just taken the first, and most important step towards stressfree planning by picking up the latest copy of Guides for Brides. Inside this Guide we have listed as many wedding businesses in South Oxfordshire as possible. There’s practical tips on budget planning and the latest trends, plus inspiration from ‘real-life’ wedding stories! Still want more? At the back of the Guide you’ll find a list of local wedding fairs, plus, of course, there’s our comprehensive website, with even more planning advice and information. Do drop by at www.guidesforbrides.co.uk.

Didcot Henleyon-Thames

Alison Hargreaves

This edition covers the area shown, November 2012 - November 2013

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Task List

Never Too Soon Provisionally book your vicar, priest or registrar Book your reception venue Start shopping for the bridal gown, shoes and underwear Book your wedding photographer & videographer 6 months and Counting Book musicians and singers for ceremony & reception Order flowers, bouquets and buttonholes Order your wedding cake Order decorations, balloons and chair covers Book transport for wedding day Decide on clothes for the groom, ushers and Best Man Order bridesmaids dresses, shoes and accessories Order wedding invitations and stationery Set up a gift list 2 months to go Send out invitations Trial run of hair and make-up Write speeches, buy gifts for your attendants Confirm details and timings for all your bookings Final Week Rehearsal for a church wedding Check everything is in place and ready Brief best man, bridesmaids and ushers There is an in-depth planner on www.guidesforbrides.co.uk, with a mobile version now available as a handy App. Log on today!


Contents

Audio Visual & DVD...........4

Hats........................................................ 19

Balloons.................................................4

Health & Beauty Feature.20

Bridal Gowns. .................................5

Honeymoons............................... 28

Cakes & Fountains............... 10

Insurance.......................................... 28

Caterers.............................................. 12

Jewellers............................................. 30

Catering Hire.............................. 12

Marquees.......................................... 31

Chair Covers................................ 13

Menswear......................................... 32

Crèches............................................... 13

Mother of Bride....................... 32

Dry Cleaning............................... 13

Music.................................................... 34

Entertainment............................ 14

Photography................................. 38

Event Design............................... 14

Planners............................................. 44

Favours............................................... 14

Stationery......................................... 44

Fireworks.......................................... 14

Stag & Hen................................... 44

Florists................................................. 15

Toastmasters................................. 44

Gifts & Gift Lists. .................. 17

Transport......................................... 45

Great Ideas..................................... 17

Venues................................................. 48

Guest Accommodation.... 18

Wedding Fairs............................ 65


Audio Visual & DVD

Balloons

Backlight Film & Video Pro............ 01295 251168

Balloontastic Ltd........................................01235 524536

Banbury, Oxon, OX16 3HQ From preparation to reception in stunning HD.

19 Neave Mews, Abingdon, Oxon, OX14 5FP

Forever Films.................................. 07854 174099 Faringdon, Oxon, SN7 7AY Your cherished memories will be captured forever. www.forever-films.co.uk

Forever On Film..........................................01993 852851 Honeysuckle House, Ham Lane, Aston, OX18 2DE

YOUR BIG DAY ON VIDEO & DVD

Certified Balloon Artist

For a colour brochure or to arrange a free home consultation: Tel: 01235 524536 Mob: 07710 133206 www.balloontastic.co.uk

Centre Stage................................... 01235 554060 21-27 Ock Street, Abingdon, Oxon, OX4 5AJ Balloons, decorations, wedding favours. www.centrestage-party.co.uk

01993 852851

www.forever-on-film.co.uk info@forever-on-film.co.uk

Regency Balloons......................................07595 534343 Berinsfield, Oxon, OX10 7PD

Sweet Temptations Balloons.................07525 002557 Posterity Video Productions.................0118 961 8624

The Broadway, Didcot, Oxon, OX11 8RJ

46 Western Avenue, Woodley, Reading, RG5 3BH

THM Films.....................................................01235 814458 Didcot, Oxon, OX11 7QP

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Bridal Gowns

Bridal Gowns The Bridal Box.............................................01865 559272

Anna Fink....................................... 01865 512902 8b Harpes Road, Summertown, Oxford, OX2 7QL Bridalwear designed & made to order. annafink@hotmail.co.uk

Anna McDonald Bridal Gallery.............01844 214190

198 Banbury Road, Summertown, Oxford, OX2 7BY

The Bridal Box

FOR BEAUTIFUL BRIDAL WEAR

The White House, 2 East Street, Thame, OX9 3JS

• by appointment only •

01844 214190 www.anna-mcdonald.com The White House • 2 East Street • Thame • OX9 3JS

Blossom Bridal............................................01993 702259

www.thebridalbox-oxford.co.uk

01865 559272

Opening Times: Tues - Sat, 9am - 5pm

29 Market Square, Witney, Oxon, OX28 6AD

Keates of Witney

Whether it is a traditional wedding or a wedding with pazzazz, we have it all. Having our own stock as opposed to only using a third party or agency, not only are you able to try on various outfit combinations, but more importantly, when trying on the outfits, we are able to establish the correct fit. When looking good matters... Quality Counts.

Blossom Bridal & Occasion Wear

Whether it be for your wedding, prom or ball, we have a fantastic collection of gowns in stock and available to order, in a wide range of colours and sizes. We also cater for curves. We pride ourselves in being able to provide an in-house alteration service, with experienced seamstresses on hand. Giving you confidence... On your special day. Keates Menswear & Blossom Bridal 29 Market Square Witney Oxon OX28 6AD Tel: 01993 702259

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Bridal Gowns The Bridelicious Boutique......................01491 826699 19 St Marys Street, Wallingford, Oxon, OX10 0EW

Cariad Bride................................... 01367 243526 3 London Street, Faringdon, Oxon, SN7 7AE Bridal gowns, bridesmaids, & menswear. www.cariad-bride.co.uk

Cinderella Gowns......................................01235 529766 Riverview, Wilsham Road, Abingdon, OX14 5HP

Cynthia Banham........................................01235 559151 Abingdon, Oxon, OX14 2EP

The Design Room......................................01235 533550 131 Ock Street, Abingdon, Oxon, OX14 5DL

Fantasia Bridal............................... 01235 533299 34 Stert Street, Abingdon, Oxon, OX14 3JP More than 80 stunning gowns in store. www.fantasiabridalabingdon.co.uk

Just Weddings............................... .01295 701161 21 Horton View, Banbury, Oxon, OX16 9HW Bridal gowns, bridesmaids & accessories. www.justweddingsuk.com

Margaret Anne...........................................01865 820965 Norwood Avenue, Southmoor, Abingdon, OX13 5AD

Marie Lingerie.............................................01235 520442 38 Bath Street, Abingdon, Oxon, OX14 3QH

Proposals Bridal Studio................. 01993 705080 102 Corn Street, Witney, Oxon, OX28 6BU Best bridal retailer of the year finalist 2008 & 09. www.proposalsbridalstudio.co.uk

Rachel's Weddings......................... 01367 358406 3 Coxwell Street, Faringdon, Oxon, SN7 7EA Bridal gowns, bridesmaids, prom dresses & accessories www.rachelsweddings.org

Simply Occasions.......................................01235 815110 12 East Street, Didcot, Oxon, OX11 8EJ

Tickled Pink.................................... 01628 788123 Bray, Maidenhead, Berks, SL6 2DW For the best bridesmaids dresses & accessories www.tickledpinkbridalwear.co.uk

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Looking for your perfect dress Did you love dressing up as a little girl, with your mum's high heels and an elegantly draped net curtain around your shoulders? If the answer is yes, then the chances are you'll find the process of choosing a wedding dress an absolute delight, with glamourous wedding boutiques and rails full of gorgeous dresses to try. However, if dressing up never was your passion, and the idea of spending hours trailing round dress shops fills you with gloom, fear not! It's perfectly possible to minimise the hours of browsing by doing a little homework before you set out, and there are lots of ways of making the process much more enjoyable when you're out and about. First of all, take a look at your existing wardrobe. Think about your favourite items of clothing. Is there a top with a neckline you particularly like? Take that as your starting point. Do you look better in boot-cut jeans rather than straight legged styles? A mermaid style (see opposite) may be a good bet for you to try. Worried you'll feel uncomfortable in a full length dress? There's lots of great three-quarter length styles around at the moment. When you're ready to start looking, book two appointments, one for the morning and one for the afternoon, plus somewhere nice for lunch. Make sure your hair is clean and that you have decent underwear on. Take along your notes, any pictures you like, and most importantly, a good friend who will be kind, but honest. If you can't find anything you like, don't panic - try again another day!

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Dresses To Impress

Know what to look for in a style

When looking for your wedding dress, it is worth doing some research before you leave. Have a rough idea of what you like and what style suits your figure.

Empire Lines: This style, also known as princess line, has a fitted bodice which is fitted to just below the bust. The longer line of the skirt makes brides look taller and more elegant. It is also good for emphasising your petite waist whilst balancing a larger bust.

A-Line: The A-Line dress is similar to the empire line in terms of shape, but is more fitted and tighter. It is best avoided by full figured brides, but if you have a smaller frame, it can be one of the most flattering styles and will show off your best assests.

Column Dress: Column dresses leave very little hidden, so it is best left for more petite figures. They have a narrow shape that flows straight down from the neckline to the hem. These bridal gowns often have embellishment around the bust area to add shape and detail.

Mermaid: Also known as the fishtail dress. It is similar to the coloumn dress, however flares out at the knee. It is a good option if you have a smaller bust as it draws the attention down to the feet. A statement dress for those brides with the confidence to wear this style.

Three Quarter Length: If you’re not keen on full length dresses or want to show off your killer heels then this is a great option for you. This style is becoming increasingly popular as it looks stunning and is easy to move around in. Particularly good for those with a tiny waist.

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Lisa and Rich met on an online dating site. “Rich was the first profile I looked at on the first day I’d signed up to the site,” remembers Lisa. “I cancelled my membership about a week after that. The site told me that we were perfectly matched, and so we were!” The intimate church ceremony in Ruscombe featured a guitarist in memory of Lisa’s father, and a special arrangement of John Rutter’s ‘This is the Day’. Guests were given beautiful Orders of Service, handmade by Lisa and her mum. Everyone then adjourned to the lovely riverside Phyllis Court in Henley-on-Thames, where the stunning Grandstand pavilion was decked out in glorious shades of cerise and orange. Chair covers were adorned with vibrant taffeta and organza sashes and table flowers were arranged in large, overflowing cocktail glass-style vases with cut oranges as a base. The cake was the talking point of the evening, incorporating a host of personalised symbols and tokens, including a tiny turtle as a reminder of Barbados, where Rich proposed. SUPPLIERS: Venue Phyllis Court www.phylliscourt.com Bridal Gown Ellie Sanderson www.elliesanderson.co.uk Transport Rose’s Wedding Cars www.rosesweddingcars.com Cake Celebration Cakes www.catherines-cakes.co.uk

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Cakes & Fountains

Cakes & Fountains Choco Mallow Coco Ltd..........................01491 842901

CakeAways...................................................07811 229893 Wallingford, OX10 0NE

www.CakeAways.com From elegant wedding cakes to modern cupcake towers. Specialising in dairy, gluten & 'free from' options Tel: 07811229893 Email: indulge@cakeaways.com

Cake Expectations......................... 01865 250450 69 Botley Road, Oxford, OX2 0BS Individually designed celebration cakes. cake_expectations@btinternet.com

The Cake Pop Company..........................07779 645107 Henley-on-Thames, Oxon, RG9 5EJ

Cakes For All Occasions................. 01367 718879 Woodlands, Hatford, Faringdon, Oxon, SN7 8JH Traditional, modern and novelty wedding cakes. sue.baylis48@gmail.com

Celebration Cakes.....................................01491 873332

Henley Business Centre, Newtown Rd, Henley, RG9 1HG

Chocolox Chocolate Fountains.........07929 898378 Abingdon, Oxon, OX14 3SQ Personal hire service at a competitive price. www.chocolox.co.uk

Confetti & Spice..........................................01491 574344 47a Duke Street, Henley-on-Thames, Oxon, RG9 1UR

The Cupcake Baker........................ 01235 533370 6 High Street, Culham, Oxon, OX14 4NB The cutest cupcakes for every occasion. www.cupcakebaker.co.uk

Fancy That!...................................................01235 770700 Larkhill Farm, Wantage, Oxon, OX12 8PJ

Deliciously Decadent Wedding Cakes and Croquembouche

Unit 1, Greenlands Farm, Moulsford, Oxon, OX10 9JT

The latest trends and designs of wedding cakes for today’s modern brides

www.catherines-cakes.co.uk

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www.wedding-cakes.co.uk

01235 770700

The Glorious Bake Shop..........................01491 826536 1 Ayres Yard, Station Road, Wallingford, Oxon, OX10 0JZ

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Cakes & Fountains Karen Liddle................................... 01295 711685 Gardeners Cottage, Thenford, Banbury, OX17 2BZ Individual cakes for your special occasion. www.karenliddlecakes.co.uk

The Laura May Cake Company.............07545 770064 Aston Upthorpe, Oxon, OX11 9EE

Murphy's Munchies..................................01235 821880 High Street, Steventon, Oxon, OX13 6RS

Slice................................................................07734 728217 Brightwell-cum-Sotwell, Oxon, OX10 0RH

Tortebella.....................................................01367 718553 5 Cowderoy Place, Stanford-in-the Vale, SN7 8PG

Tortebella Cakes Wedding and celebration cakes, cupcakes, cookies & vintage tea parties Jana McCagie: 01367 718553

www.tortebella.co.uk

Cool Cakes The top flyers

No wedding would be complete without a cake and many couples choose a cake that can also double as dessert. Most couples opt for traditionally iced tiers but if you are looking for something a bit different, here are five popular trends around at the moment. Cupcakes: Simple designs are quick and easy to make and display. A good choice for a DIY budget wedding. Macaron: A brand new trend; little coloured french macarons attached to cake tiers or in a pyramid.

Tracey’s Cakes Ltd......................................01844 347147 5 Wheelwright Rd, Longwick, P Risborough, HP27 9ST

Waitrose........................................................01235 772313

Croquembouche: Pyramid of cream patisserie filled profiteroles held in a tower with caramel - stunning! Vintage Designs: Great for a vintage garden party feel. Sponge tiers dripping with fresh fruit or flowers.

17-19 Wallingford Street, Wantage, Oxon, OX12 8BD

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Cake Pops: A new trend from America, they are served in a display as a cake, or as favours.

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Caterers

Caterers Oxford Fine Dining Ltd.................. 01865 728240

Absolute Catering Ltd..............................01235 202874 11 Beagle Close, Abingdon, Oxon, OX14 2NU

Oddington Grange, Weston-on-the-Green, OX25 3QW Complete catering service for weddings & events. www.oxfordfinediningweddings.co.uk

Romantic Wedding Catering.................01865 300725 The Old Stone Barn, High St, Standlake, OX29 7RL

Spectacular Spit Roasts...........................01235 817377 Lydalls Road, Didcot, Oxon, OX11 7HZ

Thames Catering Ltd................................01491 575357 Unit 5 Fairview Est, Newtown Rd, Henley, RG9 1HG

Ambassador Catering..............................01235 519222 Hadden Hill, North Moreton, Oxon, OX11 9BJ

Chocolate Strawberry..............................07809 608286

Wrighton’s Roasters....................... 01869 345229 45-47 East Street, Fritwell, Bicester, OX27 7PX The ultimate hog roast experience. www.wrightons.co.uk

Henley-on-Thames, Oxon, RG9 1JN

Complete Catering Company...............01235 820840 Unit 6 Butchers Yard, High Street, Ardington, OX12 8RA

Catering Hire

Cordon Bleu Cooking.................... 01865 407538 Bluebell Cottage, High St, Long Wittenham, OX14 4QQ A first-class service for all occasions. www.cordonbleucooking.co.uk

London Event Hire......................... 01428 725731

Creative Catering.......................................01235 850342

Bramshott, Hants, GU30 7QZ Professional wedding catering hire company. www.london-event-hire.co.uk

Unit 2 Westbrook Street, Blewbury, Oxon, OX11 9QB

On the Rocks Mobile Bar.........................01491 818521 Didcot, Oxon, OX11 8RF

Friendly, Reliable, Affordable Service. e: sheilaaustin@btinternet.com

www.creative-caterer.co.uk 01235 850342

Elegant Cuisine...........................................01865 391888 Millets Farm Centre, Kingston Road, Frilford, OX13 5HB

Jennie Gale Caterer...................................01235 848004 Manor Farm, Church Street, Appleford, OX14 4PA

The Late Chef..............................................07724 250116 Moulsford, Wallingford, Oxon, OX10 9JG

The Oxford Bar Company.............. 07825 168219 Oxfordshire Mobile bar specialist for weddings. www.theoxfordbarcompany.co.uk

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Outside Catering Hire.................... 01428 272588 Liphook, Surrey, GU30 7SB Reliable family-run professional business. www.outside-catering-hire.co.uk

Oxfordshire Furniture Hire.....................01235 767130 Grove, Oxon, OX12 0NR

Ross Linen & Event Hire...........................07970 046451 Didcot, Oxon, OX11 8SR

Ross Linen & Event Hire

Quality crockery, cutlery, table/glassware, LPG & electrical, furniture and linen Contact us: drj1956@live.co.uk

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Chair Covers

Dry Cleaning

Bowtique Chair Covers............................07715 696940

Grove Cleaners...........................................01235 766470

Didcot, Oxon, OX11 8LL

13 Millbrook Square, Grove, Wantage, OX12 7JZ

BOWTIQUE CHAIR COVERS Quality chair covers with a wide range of coloured sashes for that finshing touch Tel: 07715 696940 lou_grey1@o2email.co.uk The Chair Tailor.............................. 01865 842843

Purple Label................................................01235 820555 154a Milton Park, Abingdon, Oxon, OX14 4SD

Special Touch..............................................01993 778510 6 Wesley Walk, High Street, Witney, OX28 6ZJ

Special Touch Bridal wear cleaning specialist special.touch@live.co.uk

Telephone: 01993 778510

109 Bicester Road, Kidlington, Oxon, OX5 2NE Quality chair covers & sashes for all occasions. www.thechairtailor.co.uk

Isis Chair Covers.........................................07875 656934 Unit 3a Radley Road Ind Est, Abingdon, OX14 3RY

Regency Chair Covers..............................07595 534343 Berinsfield, Oxon, OX10 7PD

Crèches Beanstalk Nursery & Daycare................01235 821651 East Lodge, Milton Hill, Steventon, Oxon, OX13 6BD

The Mobile Crèche....................................01491 834234 Willowbrook, Chalmore Gdns, Wallingford, OX10 9EP

Preserving your wedding dress If you plan to keep your wedding dress or just sell it on, we recommend that you take it to a professional dry cleaners. The special cleaning and packaging techniques ensure your dress maintains its beauty. The dry cleaner will assess your dress - the materials used, decoration and various stains - and then formulate a specialised cleaning procedure. After cleaning, your dress will be wrapped and placed in a box. It is recommended that you have your wedding dress cleaned as soon as possible after your wedding - if you wait too long, some stains can set permanently into the material. Spend some time looking for a dry cleaner who specialises in wedding dress preservation - this will ensure that your dress gets the best possible care for the future.

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Entertainment

Favours

Air Jelly Inflatables....................................01235 766689

Barbela Designs............................. 01865 400918

Wantage, Oxon, OX12 9HX

1c Monument Business Pk, Chalgrove, OX44 7RW Interesting guest favours and table decorations. barbelacraft@talk21.com

Illuminate Light Shows............................01235 816253 Didcot, Oxon, OX11 7BJ

Mystico Card Magic..................................01235 772981 Wantage, Oxon, OX12 9XN

Opera Anywhere........................................01865 735910 Abingdon, Oxon, OX13 6RA

Opera Anywhere

Unique Wedding Entertainment

Singing Waiters to Flash Opera for any wedding

www.operaanywhere.com

Fusion Entertainments............................01367 870512 4 Malt House Paddock, Buckland, Oxon, SN7 8RH

Chocolate World........................................01491 652468 High Bank, Underhill, Moulsford, Oxon, OX10 9JH

Gorvett & Stone.........................................01491 414485 28 Duke Street, Henley-on-Thames, Oxon, RG9 1UR

Little Sweetie..............................................01235 766989 Wallingford Street, Wantage, Oxon, OX12 8AX

Sweet Chocolate........................................01235 535309 27 Stert Street, Abingdon, Oxon, OX14 3JF

Sweet Paradise...........................................07881 771469 4 Marlborough Street, Faringdon, Oxon, SN7 7JP

Magic Ed.......................................................01235 531286 138 South Avenue, Abingdon, Oxon, OX14 1QY

Wedding Magic..........................................01235 340906 11 Ock Drive, Berinsfield, Oxon, OX10 7PP

Event Design

Fireworks Skyline Promotions..................................0845 260 6247 Upper Heyford, Bicester, Oxon, OX25 5TL

Essential Events Hire...............................0800 567 7489 Wantage, Oxon, OX12 9RW

Henley Theatre Services................ 01491 412347 Station Road, Henley-on-Thames, Oxon, RG9 1DS Lighting, sound, power & staging for marquees/venues www.henleytheatre.com

HDL Audio Visual Services......................01491 579020 4 Hop Gardens, Henley-on-Thames, Oxon, RG9 2EH

Origin Technical Productions................01865 858107 Shillingford, Oxon, OX10 7SA

Stylish Centrepieces.................................07950 641948 Didcot, Oxon, OX11 7RG

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Florists

Florists Flower............................................................01235 832953

Angela Smailes Flowers................ 01491 836964 Ewelme, Oxon, OX10 6HP A personal & professional service for weddings. www.as-weddingflowerdesigns.co.uk

Ann Laing Flowers.....................................01235 221009

The Old Dairy, Home Farm, Ardington, Oxon, OX12 8PD

flower Lovely wedding flowers 01235 832953 Facebook:

Harwell, Oxon, OX11 0HD

Babylon Flowers.........................................07958 119485 Chestnut Farm, Cuxham, Watlington, OX49 5ND

Brambles Floristry.........................0118 972 1240 Sonning Common, Berks, RG4 9SL We turn feelings into flowers. www.brambles-sonning-common.co.uk

flowerardington www.flower-ardington.co.uk

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

Foxgloves & Roses......................... 01235 799481

13 Market Place, Wallingford, Oxon, OX10 0AD

High Bank, Letcombe Bassett, OX12 9LR English country garden wedding flowers. www.foxglovesandroses.co.uk

Charlton Park Garden Centre................01235 772700

Freemans Flowers.....................................01235 814479

Charlton Road, Wantage, Oxon, OX12 8EP

137 Brasenose Road, Didcot, Oxon, OX11 7BP

Branching Out............................................01491 833366

Charlton Park Garden Centre and Florist For All Your Wedding Flowers Created Especially For Your Day For a Professional & Personal Service

01235 772700

www.charltonflowers.co.uk

Freemans Flowers Beautiful flowers for your wedding

Charlton Road, Wantage, OX12 8EP

01235 814479 freemansflowers@btconnect.com www.freemansflowers.org.uk

Chiltern Florists..........................................01491 837739

Green & Gorgeous.....................................07977 445041

25 High Street, Benson, Oxon, OX10 6RP

The Cutting Garden, The Bothy, Little Stoke, OX10 6AX

Emma Walker Flower................................01865 341528

Hedgemead Flowers...................... 01235 833046

Threadneedle House, 9 Nuneham Courtenay, OX44 9NZ

8 Broadway Close, Harwell, Didcot, OX11 0LB Wedding florist established over 15 years. www.hedgemeadflowers.co.uk

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

Ferry Lane Florist.......................................01491 871982

The Honey Pot Florist...............................01235 523818

Norfolk House, Ferry Lane, Goring, Oxon, RG8 9DX

25 West St. Helen Street, Abingdon, OX14 5BL

Floral Elegance...........................................07850 570019

House of Plants..........................................07944 158544

Dry Sandford, Abingdon, Oxon, OX13 6EB

97 Brook Street, Benson, Oxon, OX10 6LH

The Flower Studio.....................................01491 825365

Jane Lawrence Flowers...........................07771 508079

10 St Martin’s Street, Wallingford, OX10 0AL

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The Glebe House, Fawley, Wantage, Oxon, OX12 9NJ

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Florists Jason’s Flowers............................... 01235 769499 2 Market Place, Wantage, Oxon, OX12 8AT Stunning wedding flowers - create your dream. www.jasonsflowers.com

Joanna Carter Flowers.............................01865 858638 Warborough, Oxon, OX10 7DX

Kate Finegan Floral Design....................01235 851175 Blewbury, Oxon, OX11 9PL

Keri Harvey The Florist.............................01491 838005 1 Ayres Yard, Station Road, Wallingford, OX10 0JZ

Wedding Flowers The top six

No wedding would be complete without flowers. Here is our guide to the six most popular blooms this year. Roses: The only choice for a truly English wedding and very romantic.

Passion For Flowers....................... 01235 868669 Meadow House, Ebbs Lane, East Hanney, OX12 0HL Stunning contemporary & traditional floral design. www.passion-4-flowers.com

Penny Blossoms............................. 07723 586994

Cala Lilies: Adds a little sophistication and style to your bouquet.

Didcot, Oxon, OX11 7UR Unique by Design www.pennyblossoms.co.uk

Poses and Presents...................................01865 890445 64 High Street, Chalgrove, Oxon, OX44 7SS

Savages (Blewbury) Ltd...........................01235 850352

Gerberas: Cheerful and bold, available all year round in lots of colours.

The Nurseries, London Rd, Blewbury, OX11 9HB

Scents of Occasion....................................07976 677381 Didcot, Oxon, OX11 8QW

Thanks A Bunch.........................................01367 244806 7a Market Place, Faringdon, Oxon, SN7 7HL

Orchids: A hardy flower, they are a great choice for humid marquees.

Tricia Stanton..............................................01491 651987 Queens Road, Cholsey, Oxon, OX10 9QX

Wicked Lily..................................... 07879 036840 Henley-on-Thames, Oxon, RG9 5NH Wedding & event floristry. www.wickedlily.co.uk

Wild Thyme..................................... 01491 613775

Hydrangeas: In pink, blue or purple, a popular bloom for celebrity weddings.

6 High Street, Watlington, Oxon, OX49 5PR Beautiful designs with a wild hint. www.wildthyme-florists.co.uk

Sweet peas: Flowering in the summer months in soft, scented shades.

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Gifts & Gift Lists

Great Ideas

Barry Keene Gallery..................................01491 577119

Balloontastic.................................. 07710 133206

12 Thameside, Henley-on-Thames, Oxon, RG9 1BH

Abingdon, Oxon, OX14 5FP Complete buffet of sweets on a bespoke basis. www.balloontastic.co.uk

The Lemongrove Gallery........................01491 577215 10 Duke Street, Henley-on-Thames, Oxon, RG9 1UP

New Seasons Naturals.............................01235 767199 Grove Technology Centre, Wantage, OX12 9GN

Oxford Engraver............................ 01865 727844 30 Covered Market, Oxford, OX1 3DU Gifts for attendants. Wedding rings engraved. www.oxfordengraver.com

UK Thermomix Gifts..................................01235 767014 East Challow, Oxon, OX12 9SS

Gift lists to suit all brides and grooms Traditionally gift lists give your friends and family an insight into what you and your groom would like for your wedding. Department stores are particularly popular as they can offer a huge choice of branded gifts. Several other companies however are offering a wide range of unusual gifts which can be personalised for you. Online gift lists are most commonly used and allow your guests to easily browse, as well as easily paying online. Choose gifts with a range of different prices, to suit every guest. Why not think about choosing a charity gift list as an alternative? These are very popular and there are plenty to choose from - Oxfam Unwarpped has set the trend for 'giving' everything from goats to toilets, with other charities offering similar options.

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Fish & Chip Catering...................... 01428 725703 Liphook, Hants, GU30 7SB Traditional fish & chips as they used to be. www.fishandchipcatering.co.uk

Henley Ceremonies.................................0118 940 3222 Reading Rd, Shiplake, Henley-on-Thames, RG9 3JN

The Oxford Lucky Chimney Sweep..01865 400244 Wallingford, Oxon, OX10 7AS Your wedding & the lucky chimney sweep. jemchimneysweep@btinternet.com

Party String Lights.....................................01235 868555 Wantage, Oxon, OX12 0EE

Pretty Teas Vintage China.......................01491 838855 Wallingford, Oxon, OX10 8AB

Sweet Temptations...................................07525 002557 The Broadway, Didcot, Oxon, OX11 8RJ

The Finishing Touch..................................01235 554533 13 Stert Street, Abingdon, Oxon, OX14 3JF

The Funky Teapot Signature Plates.....01235 769777 21b Grove Street, Wantage, Oxon, OX12 7AB

The Wedding House.................................07747 841176 1 Ayres Yard, Station Road, Wallingford, Oxon, OX10 0JZ See advertisement on inside front cover

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Guest Accommodation

Guest Accommodation Manor Farm Bed & Breakfast.................01235 763188

Alfred's Lodge Guest House.......... 01235 762409

Silver Lane, West Challow, Wantage, Oxon, OX12 9TJ

23 Ormond Road, Wantage, Oxon, OX12 8EG Quality guest house accommodation. www.bwithme.co.uk

Alouette Bed & Breakfast........................01865 858600 2 Caldicott Close, Shillingford, Oxon, OX10 7HF

Alushta..........................................................01491 636041 23 Queens Street, Henley-on-Thames, RG9 1AR

The Brewery Tap.........................................01235 521655 40-42 Ock Street, Abingdon, Oxon, OX14 5BZ

Challow Hill Coach House............. 01235 765461 Challow Hill Fm, East Challow, OX12 9PD Set in the beautiful Oxfordshire countryside. www.challowhillcoachhouse.co.uk

Crown & Thistle Hotel..............................01235 522556 Bridge Street, Abingdon, Oxon, OX14 3HS

The Fleece....................................... 01993 892270 11 Church Green, Witney, Oxon, OX28 4AZ Intimate wedding venue & guest accommodation. www.fleecewitney.co.uk

Let us look after you and your guests on your Special Day in our beautiful listed period manor house in its quiet village location. Six lovely ensuite bedrooms, including a four-poster master bedroom with huge corner bath and double shower. We can serve you and your guests dinner in our panelled dining room. Also wedding receptions for up to 100 guests.

01235Â 763188

www.manorfarm-wantage.co.uk

Goodlake Barns............................. 01367 710112 Church Farm, Shellingford, SN7 7QA Five spacious self catering cottages. www.goodlakebarns.co.uk

Marsh House...............................................01865 858496

The Grange B & B.......................................01865 407808

27 Wallingford Street, Wantage, OX12 8AU

Long Wittenham, Oxon, OX14 4QH

Hill Farm........................................................01865 891173 Newington, Wallingford, Oxon, OX10 7AL

Huntington House....................................01491 839201 18 Wood Street, Wallingford, Oxon, OX10 0AX

Kingfisher Barn...........................................01235 537538 Rye Farm, Culham, Abingdon, Oxon, OX14 3NN

Little Gables B & B.....................................01491 837834 166 Crowmarsh Hill, Wallingford, Oxon, OX10 8BG

Court Drive, Shillingford, Oxon, OX10 7ER

Old Yeomanry Guest House...................01235 772778 Premier Inn Abingdon............................0871 527 8014 Marcham Road, Abingdon, Oxon, OX14 1AD

Premier Inn Oxford South.....................0871 527 8868 Milton Heights, Milton, Didcot, Oxon, OX14 4TX

Regis Guesthouse......................................01235 762860 12 Charlton Road, Wantage, Oxon, OX12 8ER

Tethers End..................................................01235 834015 Abingdon Road, Steventon, Abingdon, OX13 6RW

Wallingford TIC...........................................01491 826972 Town Hall, Market Place, Wallingford, OX10 0EG

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Hats

Hats Hats Whiskers..............................................01367 870248

Eda Rose Millinery.....................................01491 837174 Wallingford, Oxon, OX10 8BP

The Hat Box.................................... 01865 200844 Avenue 3, The Covered Market, Oxford, OX1 3DY Fast tailor-made service available. www.thehatboxoxford.com

Woodside Farm, Gainfield, Faringdon, SN7 8QQ

Louise Claire Millinery................... 01491 826244 36 St Mary’s Street, Wallingford, OX10 0EU Over 900 hats and fascinators to hire or buy. www.louiseclairemillinery.co.uk

Rive Gauche.................................................01491 411873 27 Hart Street, Henley-on-Thames, RG9 2AR

Some people love the opportunity to wear a hat, whilst for others, choosing a hat can be a little daunting. If your mum, mother-in-law or best friend are feeling a little nervous about choosing the perfect headpiece, pass on our top tips for choosing the perfect headwear:

Head for a specialist milliner. It may be a little more expensive than the high street, but they’ll be able to create something unique to reflect the wearer’s personality and tone perfectly with the outfit. Don’t assume big is beautiful. Princess Catherine has reintroduced a passion for the pill box hat, which sits neatly on the top of the head without obscuring the face. Fascinators are still very much in vogue and offer a playful, easy-to-wear alternative to a more traditional hat. Keep a balance. An embellished outfit will need a simple hat - and vice versa! Big brims are best avoided for the vertically challenged! Kissing friends and relatives is tricky from underneath a large brimmed hat.

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Health & Beauty Feature

Looking good on your big day is about more than your dress and shoes. Every bride wants to look and feel Once you're feeling fabulous on the her absolute best on her wedding day, inside, it is time to pay attention to the and achieving that can take weeks, or outside, and here again, Oxfordshire months of preparation. So, if you are is blessed with a host of professionals planning to tie the knot within to help you look beautiful, the near future, resolve to from hairdressers to start your preparations beauticians, through to here and now. dental specialists and "There is no to day spas. Getting married is a cosmetic for beauty great motivation to like happiness" It is a very good start eating healthily idea to include the and doing a little more costs of your beauty exercise, as nothing will preparations as part ensure great looks so much as of your overall wedding good health! spend, but if your budget is tight, think about how to maximise value. When choosing your exercise regime, Could a colour analysis day or a spa be realistic about what you'll be able weekend become part of your hen to fit in. There are plenty of fabulous party celebrations for instance? gyms to choose from, or if you don't fancy sweating it out in public, why So preened and pretty, toned and not book a personal trainer for a tanned, you can relax knowing you few sessions to get you in shape? It look fabulous, and that nothing says could be well worth the investment. beautiful like a genuine smile! Alternatively check out the great range of fitness and exercise classes Read on to find out more about on offer in the area, which are ideal if the best of Oxfordshire's health & you want a more sociable way to get beauty businesses.......... in shape. 22

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Make-up

Make-up...

Looking great, all day

Beauty by Jan..............................................07855 380632

If you're confident about doing your own make-up for the big day, then make sure you practice well ahead of time, and try out any new products to check for allergic reactions.

Hollywood in Hinton................................07710 517769

If you want a more professional look, track down a make-up artist who can create your dream look for the wedding. When choosing, check for cleanliness, ask which brands of make-up they use, and ask to see a portfolio of their work if they have one. Take along photos of models or celebrities whose make-up you like, just as you would hairstyles to the hairdresser.

Becky Sutton Makeup..............................07796 155129 Wantage, Oxon, OX12 9YD

Abingdon, Oxon, OX14 5QN Kingston Lisle, Wantage, Oxon

Mobile Hair, Make Up & Salon Professional hairdresser and beauty therapist available for appointments 7 days/evenings a week, at home or at your wedding venue • • •

Hair; styling, cutting, colouring Nails; Manicures, Pedicures Make-up, Facials

Call Theresa on

07710 517769

Bob Bradley.................................... 07778 301924 Wantage, Oxon, OX12 9PS Female bridal make-up specialist (mobile). makeup@bobbradley.co.uk

Bridal Makeup by Janet Curry...............07920 887629 Standlake, Oxon

Kerry Lambeth Mobile Beauty..............01235 819019 Didcot, Oxon, OX11 7DP

Lily Gilder Bridal Makeup........................07894 069017 Benson, Oxon, OX10 6EJ

Wellmore Hair & Beauty..........................01367 870202 Wellmore Farm, Hinton Waldrist, Oxon, SN7 8PZ

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Hair

Up, Straight or Curly? Talk through the style options for your big day with your trusted hairdresser, well in advance of the date, and keep him or her informed of the type of headress, tiara or veil you're planning to wear. You'll want your hair to reflect the style and theme of your wedding. Planning a vintage day? Look for a hairdresser specialising in vintage hairstyles, and don't be surprised to see the heated curlers and velcro rollers come out. Beach style? Go for long and loose, and book in conditioning treatments in the weeks leading up to your wedding day.

Hair... Aquarius Hair Studio................................01865 820641 Cherry Tree Close, Southmoor, Abingdon, OX13 5BB

Aspire Hair & Beauty Ltd.........................01235 762066 21 Newbury Street, Wantage, Oxon, OX12 8BU

Bellaviso Hair & Beauty............................01367 240757 Courtney House, 2 Lechlade Rd, Faringdon, SN7 8AQ

Chi Hair Salon.............................................01491 575247 357 Reading Road, Henley-on-Thames, Oxon, RG9 4HA

Creations Hair & Beauty..........................01235 532851 1 Peachcroft Centre, Abingdon, Oxon, OX14 2QA

Creations Hair & Beauty..........................01235 831200 6ab Milton Park, Abingdon, Oxon, OX14 4RR

Cut 21.............................................................01235 767616 22 Mill Street, Wantage, Oxon, OX12 7AB

Danii’s Vision...............................................01235 763240 Main Street, Grove, Oxon, OX12 7JY

Dorata Hairdressing..................................01491 414176 16 Hart Street, Henley-on-Thames, Oxon, RG9 2AU

A Step Ahead 2 Hair Studio........... 01491 832323 56 St Mary’s Street, Wallingford, OX10 0EL Offering bride and bridesmaid packages. www.astepahead.co.uk

Alison Clare Hair Studio................ 01235 555311 83 Vineyard, Abingdon, Oxon, OX14 5AJ Including professional services for brides. Free consultations on your special hair creation.

Established Hair Studio...........................01235 520890 20 Stert Street, Abingdon, Oxon, OX14 3JP

First Cut Salons Ltd...................................01491 833225 4 St Peter's Place, Wallingford, Oxon, OX10 0BG

FM Hair Design...........................................01235 532806 17 Stert Street, Abingdon, Oxon, OX14 3JF

Angela McKnight Hair..............................07885 092949 Abingdon, Oxon

Angela McKnight Specialists in Long Hair Dressing 07885 092949 Email via our website www.agmhair.com Seven days per week at a venue of your choice

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fm hair design abingdon 01235 532806 Forresters 4 Hair.........................................01235 536100 2-4 Ock Street, Abingdon, Oxon, OX14 5AW

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Hair...

Hair...

Forresters 4 Hair.........................................01491 837523

Retreat Hairdressing.................................01235 521331

25 High Street, Wallingford, Oxon, OX10 0BU

26 Bath Street, Abingdon, Oxon, OX14 3QH

Gemini...........................................................01235 520569

Rudi Kartal....................................................01491 572056

25 Stert Street, Abingdon, Oxon, OX14 3JF

20 Duke Street, Henley-on-Thames, Oxon, RG9 1UP

Hair & Beauty Works.................................01491 825999

Segais Hair Design....................................01235 223826

27 High Street, Benson, Oxon, OX10 6RP

180 Broadway, Didcot, Oxon, OX11 8RN

Hair & Body Workshop.............................01865 340194

Segais Hair Design....................................01367 244344

65 High St, Dorchester-on-Thames, Oxon, OX10 7HN

8 London Street, Faringdon, Oxon, SN7 7AA

Haringtons Hairdressing.........................01491 576600

Segais Hair Design....................................01235 225522

The Old Boathouse, Henley-on-Thames, RG9 2LJ

6 Grove Street, Wantage, Oxon, OX12 7AA

Headfirst.......................................................01235 835404 High Street, Harwell, Oxon, OX11 0EX

Headlines......................................................01235 763528 12 Wallingford Street, Wantage, Oxon, OX12 8AX

Indigo Rye....................................................01491 834141 1 St. Mary Court, Wallingford, Oxon, OX10 0EB

Jeannette 11................................................01235 521184 37 Ock Street, Abingdon, Oxon, OX14 5AG

Kate Hopes Hair Design................ 01865 434699

Spirit Hair Company.................................01491 834155 23-24 High Street, Wallingford, Oxon, OX10 0BP

The Look Hair Salon..................................01235 522876

Oxfordshire Your hair in my care. Mobile 07889 734144. www.wedding-stylist.com

27 High Street, Abingdon, Oxon, OX14 5BB

La Belle Vie...................................................01235 766379

5 Greys Road, Henley-on-Thames, Oxon, RG9 1SB

3 Savile Way, Grove, Wantage, Oxon, OX12 0PT

La Medusa Hairdresser............................01491 576116 6 Station Road, Henley-on-Thames, Oxon, RG9 1AY

London Street Hair & Beauty.................01367 240249 2 London Street, Faringdon, Oxon, SN7 7AA

Marc Antoni.................................................01491 576737

The Strand....................................................01491 577732 Unique Hairdressers.................................01235 816445 7 Lostock Place, Didcot, Oxon, OX11 7XT

Vogue.............................................................01367 710476 28 High Street, Stanford-in-the-Vale, Oxon, SN7 8NQ

Woods Hair & Beauty Salon...................01367 870990 Carswell Golf & CC, A420, Buckland, SN7 8PU

5 Hart Street, Henley-on-Thames, Oxon, RG9 2AR

Philip Day Hairdressing...........................01235 760000 10a Mill Street, Wantage, Oxon, OX12 9AQ

Refresh Hair Design..................................01235 818391

Search around for a company who can provide a complete hair service for you and your bridesmaids

44 Wantage Road, Didcot, Oxon, OX11 0BT

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Teeth

Smile for the camera There's a wide variety of teeth whitening products available, from peroxide based treatment, applied by means of a dental tray, which will actually bleach the enamel, to abrasive toothpastes which will just remove stains. Safety and effectiveness varies widely, so it's well worth a chat with your dentist if you are thinking of undertaking whitening at home to ensure that you are confident of carrying out the procedure yourself.

Busby House Dental Practice................01235 816486 Hagbourne Road, Didcot, Oxon, OX11 8DP

Cherrytree Dental Practice.....................01235 763322 Vale Avenue, Grove, Oxon, OX12 7LU

Oasis Dental Care......................................01235 768877 1a Post Office Lane, Wantage, Oxon, OX12 8DR

Ock Street Clinic.........................................01235 533777 45 Ock Street, Abingdon, Oxon, OX14 5AG

Rex Dental Practice..................................0844 576 9280 1a Vicarage Road, Didcot, Oxon, OX11 8EL

The Smile Practice.....................................01235 813245 200a Broadway, Didcot, Oxon, OX11 8RN

Village Dental Practice.............................01491 833380 14 High Street, Benson, Oxon, OX10 6RP

St Mary's Dental Practice........................01491 825252 21a St Mary's Street, Wallingford, Oxon, OX10 0EW

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Spa Treatments

Relaxtion Therapy

Could there be a better excuse to go to a spa? De-stress and pamper yourself at a spa in the run-up to your wedding, and acheive that inner glow with a deep cleansing facial and hot rocks back massage. Look for businesses who offer a package for brides-to-be and maybe think about having a 'his and hers' day, so you can both unwind and be pampered before the big day. Don't try to fit too much into your day - one or two treatments is enough. If you are at a spa, this will leave you enough time to enjoy all the other facilities. If you have gone to a salon, spend the rest of your day relaxing over a light lunch with your bridesmaids or your mum.

Spa Treatments... Head To Toe.................................................01865 730044 6-8 Cumnor Road, Boars Hill, Oxon, OX1 5JP

Henley Hair & Beauty...............................01491 573362 77 Bell Street, Henley-on-Thames, Oxon, RG9 2BD

Indigo Beauty Room................................07891 496684 TFD Health & Fitness, Grove, Oxon, OX12 9FA

KuBu Spa......................................................01491 414130 16 Bell Street, Henley-on-Thames, Oxon, RG9 2BG

KuBu Spa

A unique urban day spa offering a wide range of treatments & spa packages

Bespoke bridal packages available

www.kubuspa.com Live Love Glow Therapy..........................07854 958997 Steventon Road, Drayton, Oxon, OX14 4JX

Martines Beauty Spot..............................01235 550060 Coxeter House, Ock Street, Abingdon, OX14 5AJ

Pamper for You...........................................07788 958989 Faringdon, Oxon, SN7 7DP

Premier Beauty...........................................01235 814488 Suite 1, 174 Broadway, Didcot, Oxon, OX11 8RN

1 to 1 Health & Beauty.............................01235 536300 10 Collett Way, Grove, Oxon, OX12 0NT

Cannelle Beauté.........................................01491 575905 37 Hart Street, Henley-on-Thames, RG9 2AR

Caroline Stevens Beauty.........................01235 537002 Abingdon, Oxon, OX14 3NJ

Denise’s Beauty Treatments...................07779 403488 24 Denchworth Road, Wantage, OX12 9AX

Essence at Hightone.................................01491 826681 77-78 High Street, Wallingford, Oxon, OX10 0BX

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Swedish Beauty..........................................07852 966919 44 Wantage Road, Didcot, Oxon, OX11 0BT

The Beauty Box...........................................01235 770001 22 Tanners Row, Wantage, Oxon, OX12 9GT

The Healing Room....................................07964 423851 Wantage, Oxon, OX12 8AE

Top to Toe.....................................................01491 411264 2a Friday Street, Henley-on-Thames, Oxon, RG9 1AH

White Cottage Beauty..............................01235 834643 Milton Hill House, Steventon, OX13 6AF

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Fitness

Get fit for the big day Want hips like Cheryl Cole? You could invest in a Hypoxi Exercise Bike, which allows you to lie down and relax your upper body, whilst your legs pedal furiously. It will set you back over ÂŁ30,000, so you may just want to head out on your regular bike or join a spin class!

Fitness... Feel Good.....................................................01235 530009 Queen Street, Abingdon, Oxon, OX14 3LN

Fitness in Time............................................01235 537002 Abingdon, Oxon, OX14 3NJ

KA fitness......................................................01235 763333 8-10 Grove Street, Wantage, Oxon, OX12 7AA

LA fitness.....................................................0843 170 1030 Newtown Road, Henley-on-Thames, Oxon, RG9 1HG

Oxfordshire Personal Training...............07787 755825 Dunmore Road, Abingdon, Oxon, OX14 1PU

If you're embarking on a new exercise regime to get fit for the wedding, keep motivation high by employing the services of a personal trainer to keep you on your toes. More than any other fitness regime, using a personal trainer seems to be the key to long term results and many brides swear by them.

Pilates On The Green................................01491 826286 Reading Road, Wallingford, Oxon, OX10 9DN

Positive Energy Personal Training........07990 892575 Buscot Park, Faringdon, Oxon, SN7 8BS

Results Fitness............................................01235 538620 Tannery Court, Stratton Way, Abingdon, Oxon, OX14 5TS

Rosemary Conley - Louise......................01235 512908 Didcot, Oxon, OX11 0AW

Soll Leisure - Faringdon...........................01367 241755

Check that your personal trainer is educated and certified through a reputable fitness organisation.

Leisure Centre, Fernham Rd, Faringdon, SN7 7LB

Soll Leisure - Wantage..............................01235 766201 Wantage Leisure Ctre, Portway, Wantage, OX12 9BY

TFD Health & Fitness................................01235 772995 Grove Technology Pk, Downsview Rd, Grove, OX12 9FA

Active Nation..............................................01235 540709 White Horse Leisure Centre, Abingdon, OX14 3PJ

Caroline Dendy Personal Training.......07714 896033 Steventon, Abingdon, Oxon, OX13 6FT

Club 100........................................................01235 531808 102 Ock Street, Abingdon, Oxon, OX14 5DH

Didcot Wave Leisure Pool.......................01235 819888 Newlands Avenue, Didcot, Oxon, OX11 8NX

The Exercise Lounge.................................01235 512111 224 Broadway, Didcot, Oxon, OX11 8RS

The Park Club..............................................07771 501969 17 Milton Park, Abingdon, Oxon, OX14 4RS

Tilsley Park...................................................01235 524524 Dumore Road, Abingdon, Oxon, OX14 1PR

Willowbrook Leisure Centre..................01235 812058 Bowmont Water, Off Avon Way, Didcot, OX11 7AF

FastFit Training...........................................07507 599577 Wantage, Oxon, OX12 9DA

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Nails

Perfect Finish Even if you're not a 'nail' person, it's well worth booking a professional manicure with a clear polish just before your wedding day, as everyone will want to take a lingering look at your engagement and wedding ring, including the photographer. Struggle wth growing your nails long? There's an amazing choice of artifical nails which sit over the top of your existing nails, adding length and condition. The most common of these artificial nails are called 'acrylics', formed from mixing a polymer liquid and monomer powder. Afterwards, these can be removed with a choice of solvents.

Nails... Katies Nails...................................................01235 815400 138 Broadway, Didcot, Oxon, OX11 8RJ

Martines Beauty Spot..............................01235 550060 Coxeter House, Ock Street, Abingdon, OX14 5AJ

Nails & Beauty By Dianne.......................01367 820675 The Pightle, Woolstone, Faringdon, Oxon, SN7 7QL

The Nail and Beauty Lounge.................01235 523872 13a Market Place, Abingdon, Oxon, OX14 3HA

Nail Expressions.........................................01235 204151 Unit 8 Coxeter House, Ock St, Abingdon, OX14 5AJ

Pinky Nails....................................................07956 419791 Wantage, Oxon, OX12 9JJ

Utopia Beauty Salon.................................01235 521555 26a Stert Street, Abingdon, Oxon, OX14 3JP

Gel nails are applied more like a traditional nail polish over your natural nail, then dried under UV light to set them very hard. They can be removed with acetone or allowed to grow out with the natural nail. Hot trends at the moment include jewelled and patterned nails, with french manicures (natural pink base with white tip) making a real come back for brides looking for a dash of vintage glamour.

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Honeymoons Ambassador Travel....................................01235 770056 5-7 Mill Street, Wantage, Oxon, OX12 9AB

D & G Travel Ltd..........................................01491 575511 22 New Street, Henley-on-Thames, Oxon, RG9 2BT

Full Circle......................................................01491 833227 59 St Marys Street, Wallingford, Oxon, OX10 0EL

John Allan Travel............................ 01235 819121 128 Broadway, Didcot, Oxon, OX11 8AB Honeymoon & weddings abroad specialists. www.johnallantravel.co.uk

Oxcampers VW Camper Hire.................07850 443337 Wantage, Oxon, OX12 9HR

Thomas Cook.............................................0844 335 7226 2 Market Place, Didcot, Oxon, OX11 7LH

Into The Sunset A Varied Selection

Use a specialist company to help organise your first holiday as a married couple, to relieve you of any stress. Take a look at the reviews on the Guides for Brides website to find out first hand information on a wide variety of well known honeymoon locations. Sun and Sand: the perfect way to relax after the build up to the big day. The world is your oyster!

Thomson.......................................................01235 555317 17 Bury Street, Abingdon, Oxon, OX14 3QT

Traveltime....................................................01491 614614 6 High Street, Watlington, Oxon, OX49 5PR

Triangle Travel.............................................01491 825155

Adventure: get your adrenalin fix by exploring the rainforest in Costa Rica or canoeing the River Wye.

18 St Martins Street, Wallingford, Oxon, OX10 0AL

Insurance Towergate....................................................01235 516410 81 Broadway, Didcot, Oxon, OX11 8AJ

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Jewellers

Jewellers

Oxford Engraver............................ 01865 727844 Brooker & Breeze Goldsmiths...............01491 835050 27 High Street, Wallingford, Oxon, OX10 0BU

colemankember jewellery............ 01235 762401 27 Market Place, Wantage, Oxon, OX12 8AE Specialists in commissioned jewellery. www.colemankember.co.uk

Lawsons Goldsmiths...................... 01491 412232

30 Covered Market, Oxford, OX1 3DU Wedding rings engraved. www.oxfordengraver.com

Peter Casey Jewellers...............................01235 767491 5 Market Place, Wantage, Oxon, OX12 8AB

Robert Gatward..........................................01235 550606 17 Market Place, Abingdon, Oxon, OX14 3HA

17 Duke Street, Henley-on-Thames, RG9 1UR Custom made jewellery for the bride and groom. www.lawsonsgoldsmiths.co.uk

Studio 35......................................................01491 574631

MGJ Jewellers Ltd......................................01491 834336

Wantage, Oxon

1a St Martins Street, Wallingford, Oxon, OX10 0AQ

Michael Jones Jeweller.................. 01295 263540 79-80 High Street, Banbury, Oxon, OX16 5JG Your local Diamond Specialist. www.michaeljonesjeweller.co.uk

35 Duke Street, Henley-on-Thames, Oxon, RG9 1UR

Yare Silver Designs....................................07881 834671

Yare Silver Designs

Traditional Silversmith Rings, Cufflinks, Necklaces & much more t: 07881 834671 www.yaresilverdesigns.co.uk

Our on-site jewellery workshop enables us to create a wedding ring to match with your engagement ring perfectly - whatever the style. We also stock a large range of men’s wedding rings in Gold, Platinum and Palladium. For personal customer service that is second to none, combined with prices comparable to the internet, there is only one place to make that special purchase. Pop in to see us for a no obligation quote. 5 Market Place | Wantage | Oxfordshire | OX12 8AB Call 01235 767491 or email: info@p e t e rc a s e y j e w e l l e r y . c o . u k

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Marquees

Rent-A-Tent Marquee Hire......................01235 868667 Banbury Marquee Hire.................. 01608 730303 Meadow Wks, Hook Norton, Banbury, OX15 5DQ Luxury marquees for all year round hire. www.banburymarqueehire.co.uk

Dragon Hill Yurts.......................................0845 260 5150 Uffington, Faringdon, Oxon, SN7 7QJ

Unique handcrafted yurts

01235 868667

www.rentatentmarquees.co.uk ‘From the smallest country garden affair, to the most flamboyant wedding reception’

based in Oxfordshire

dragonhillyurts.co.uk

Short & long term hire for weddings, garden parties, festivals & camping

JA Laughton................................... 01869 331541 Wood Farm, Tackley, Oxon, OX5 3EN Luxury mobile toilets & showers. Est 1975. Mobile: 07836 350213

JustRight Marquees Ltd..........................01235 211596 32 Tamar Way, Didcot, Oxon, OX11 7QH

01235 211596 www.justrightmarquees.co.uk Our Marquees are modern, spacious and different by design; the unique and stylish designs let you create your own personal marquee space for your special wedding day - in fact “JustRight”.

Oxford Marquees Ltd...............................01865 373173 Langford Lane, Kidlington, Oxon, OX5 1HT

Oxford Marquees The Region’s Premier Marquee Company (01865) 373173 Established over 40 years

Archway Cottage, Denchworth, Wantage, OX12 0DX

Thinking about having a marquee? Marquees offer plenty of flexibility, allowing you to create your very own space in your very own style. Using a marquee for your wedding reception gives you a completely blank canvas and full control of your environment. Hiring furniture, lining and lighting of your own choosing, can make them a very personal space. A surprisingly large marquee will fit into a moderate sized garden, so if you don't think you have space, ask a marquee company first. Awkwardly placed borders and small trees can be incorporated within the marquee. There are many different types of marquee available, from clearspan ones which don't require any internal supports - great for use on concrete - through to bedouin tents which are hugely popular and create a colourful, intimate and comfortable space. Internal tenting can be used to transform spaces such as church halls or aeroplane hangers!

www.oxfordmarquees.co.uk mail@oxfordmarquees.co.uk

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Menswear

Mother of Bride

Keates of Witney............................ 01993 702259

First Edition..................................................01491 837195

29 Market Square, Witney, Oxon, OX28 6AD See advertisement on page 5.

9 Market Place, Wallingford, Oxon, OX10 0EG

Pettits of Wallingford................................01491 835253

Wantage, Oxon, OX12 9XP

46-50 St Mary’s Street, Wallingford, Oxon, OX10 0EY

Shepherd & Woodward...........................01865 249491 109 -113 High Street, Oxford, OX1 4BT

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

Making the most of the hot trends If you want to be groomed to perfection on your wedding day, consider our hot trend advice! Are you going for a lounge suit on the big day? Ditch greys and dark blue, and go for a little colour, with purple, dark green and royal blue all tipped as favourites (Do tell your bride beforehand though!). This is a great opportunity to visit an old fashioned tailor.

House of Colour - Karen..........................07896 006910 House Of Colour - Melanie.....................01491 651314 49 Station Road, Cholsey, Oxon, OX10 9PX

Lesley Ann Gentry.....................................01235 851331 Blewbury, Oxon, OX11 9PG

Poshfrocks...................................... 01865 311393 36 Little Clarendon Street, Oxford, OX1 2HU Oxfordshire's premier occasionwear specialist. www.poshfrocksoxford.com

Opal (Marjories Ltd)..................................01235 762164 2 Newbury Street, Wantage, Oxon, OX12 8BS

Rive Gauche................................... 01491 411873 27 Hart Street, Henley-on-Thames, RG9 2AR Specialising in mother of the bride and groom. www.rivegauche.co.uk

Keeping your mum calm and collected

Have you thought about male grooming? Even if you are not a convert, why not treat yourself to a professional shave on the big day for ultra kissable skin.

The mother of the bride is expected to look elegant, poised and unruffled, Even once the outfit is sorted, it's a tough job!

Add a touch of humour to your outfit with some personalised cufflinks. There is a great selection available: choose from meaningful maps, wild stags, or maybe some significant Scrabble letters.

As well as pointing your mum in the direction of boutiques, who can help with her dress, hat, bag and even shoes, why not book her a course of yoga classes, or a couple of sessions with an Alexander Technique teacher?

Don't forget essential items - waistcoat, cravat/tie, shirt, shoes and of course socks.

Great posture will help her relax on the big day and look her best in all the photos.

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www.walters-oxford.co.uk

Wedding • Evening • Highland Royal Ascot • Masonic Walters • 10 Turl Street • Oxford • OX1 3DN • Tel: 01865 241848

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Music

Music Charters Discos.............................. 01993 866647

A1 Light & Sound Mobile Disco...........01491 413771 Henley-on-Thames, Oxon, RG9 1BJ

A Future Sound..........................................01235 771652 Grove, Wantage, Oxon, OX12 0BY

Ade North's Mobile Disco.............. 01793 782089 Starsound Express, Longcot, SN7 7TG Mobile discos for your perfect wedding. www.findadisco.com

Bathsheba’s Wedding...............................01235 764033 Wantage, Oxon, OX12 9EP

Bright Lights Disco....................................01865 376776 10 Orchard Way, Kidlington, Oxon, OX5 2JD

Witney, Oxon, OX28 6LU Professional wedding disco. www.chartersdiscos.co.uk

Clarendon String Quartet............. 01608 737955 Oxfordshire “Perfect companion to the day" www.clarendonquartet.co.uk

Conspiracy of Sound Disco....................01235 202722 Winterbourne Road, Abingdon, Oxon, OX14 1AL

The Cotswold Ensemble.........................01865 242797 51 Hill View Road, Oxford, OX2 0DA

The Cotswold Ensemble String Quartet & String Duo

Baroque • Classical • Romantic Broadway Shows www.cotswold-ensemble.co.uk • 01865 242797 fiona.hedges@virgin.net • info@cotswold-ensemble.co.uk Crossfade Disco..........................................01865 762901

Checking out legal requirements

London Road, Headington, Oxford, OX3 9EE

When planning the music for your wedding, there's a number of legal aspects which will need to be considered first. Marrying in a church? Check the copyright status of the hymns if you're planning to reprint the words in an order of service. Live music? Your venue will need to have a performance licence. Performers themselves will also need public liability insurance, and have their current PAT test certificate available. When booking your venue, check how late your band or disco can play into the night.

D’Aranyi String Quartet...........................01235 525502 Abingdon, Oxon, OX14 3SJ

D’ARANYI STRING QUARTET Classical & light music for your wedding. 01235 525502 www.daranyistringquartet.co.uk

Darren Rolls Entertainment...................01367 718112 30 Joyces Road, Stanford-in-the-Vale, SN7 8HT

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Music

Dave Seamer Disco...................................01865 240054

Ian Miles........................................................01235 426109

46 Magdalen Road, Oxford, OX4 1RB

23 Vintner Road, Abingdon, Oxon, OX14 3PF

Dave Seamer Disco Wedding Specialist 01865 240054 www.daveseamer.co.uk

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Experienced Professional DJ

Ceremony Classics Showtunes   

Gay and Alan Handbells.........................0207 287 6539

Incandescence Disco................................01865 989588

Wallingford, Oxon, OX10 0TB

Littlemore, Oxford, OX4 3TN

Green Onions Blues Band.......................07769 695381 Abingdon, Oxon, OX14 2NS

Groove Company Live Music........ 07803 347226 Bicester, Oxfordshire Live band: pop, rock, jazz, ballroom. Disco included. www.groovecompany.co.uk

Hannah Nye.................................................07815 883752 54a Quakers Court, Abingdon, Oxon, OX14 3PY

Hannah Nye Soprano for your Wedding hkonye@gmail.com 07815 883752 Harpist Jennifer Hill..................................01235 511196 50 Edinburgh Drive, Didcot, Oxon, OX11 7HT

Harpist Jennifer Hill Beautiful music for your ceremony or reception.

Tel: 01235 511196

www.harpteacher.co.uk

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Isis String Quartet......................................01865 245910 2 Purcell Road, Marston, Oxford, OX3 0EZ Baroque – Classical – Romantic – Jazz Isis String Isis String Quartet Trio Tim Dallosso 01865 245910 isisstrings.co.uk

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Music

Jazz It Up......................................................01865 326338

Mike Bell Mobile Disco............................07977 071505

Sunningwell, Abingdon, Oxon, OX13 6RB

Radley, Oxon, OX14 2LL

J.E.E.P.............................................. 07773 386864

Oxford Gospel Choir.................................07519 668137

Banbury, Oxon, OX16 3HJ Playing the greatest hits from the past four decades. www.jeeptheband.co.uk

Oxon, OX14 2ET

Jigworks Ceilidh Band..............................01235 765620 Wantage, Oxon, OX12 9DG

Karaoke by Dave Seamer........................01865 240054 46 Magdalen Road, Oxford, OX4 1RB

Dave Seamer Events & Karaoke Experienced Professional DJs and Karaoke Presenters available for Weddings, Anniversaries, Parties 01865 240054 www.daveseamer.co.uk

Oxfordshire Wedding Entertainers.....01235 200869 43 Curtis Avenue, Abingdon, Oxon, OX14 3UL

Pavlova Wind Quintet..............................01235 539888 Abingdon, OX14 1TE

Pervin Shahin - Harpist............................01235 202410 Drayton, Abingdon, Oxon, OX14 4JW

Quattro String Quartet............................07967 142910 Drayton, Oxon, OX14 4JW

The Rascals Of Rhythm............................01235 765648 31 Belmont, Wantage, Oxon, OX12 9AS

Sarah Goss - Harpist..................................07899 803161 Thame, Oxon, OX9 3DT

Knight Owls Live Band.............................07752 992925 Didcot, Oxon, OX11 7HE

Kristina Kennedy - Harpist............ 01993 883568 East End House, East End, Witney, OX29 6PX Beautiful music for your wedding day. kristinakennedy_harp@excite.co.uk

Marilla String Quartet..............................01865 820815 Cherry Tree Close, Southmoor, Abingdon, OX13 5BE

Marilla String Quartet & Trio Create the perfect atmosphere www.marillastringquartet.co.uk 01865 820815 / 407535

Scottish Bagpiper.......................... 01865 434887 61 Warren Cres, Headington, Oxford, OX3 7NQ Available for all occasions. ian.knight2@ntlworld.com

Scratch n Sniff Barn Dance Band.........07855 548512 Wantage, Oxon, OX12 0AG

South Wales Male Choir..........................01235 769895 Wantage, Oxon, OX12 7DJ

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St Denys Handbell Ringers.....................01367 718994 Stanford-in-the-Vale, Oxon, SN7 8LE

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Music Subway..........................................................01993 201327 13 Judds Close, Witney, Oxon, OX28 2JY

Types of music The most popular

There is a whole world of music types to transform your wedding day from start to finish. Look here for our favourites.

Trio Of Trebles.............................................07841 650225

DJ: Having a DJ is the best way to get everybody on the dancefloor, especially with your favourite songs.

Radley, Oxon, OX14 2HS

Trio of Trebles

Live Bands: A popular choice of music. They can easily be intermixed with a DJ Choirs: Can bring a touch of class to a civil or church ceremony. Be sure to listen to their repertoire first.

Trio of professionally trained choristers to sing during your church service, boosting your congregational hymns and singing during the Signing of the Register. An essential role at a sensible price.

Harpist: A great choice for both the ceremony and reception creating a romantic feel.

Favourites include Ave Maria, Wings of a Dove, Amazing Grace and many more.

Videos, hymn suggestions and rates are all on our website www.triooftrebles.co.uk or call Alison on 07841 650225

String Quartets: Very traditional. They are classic and beautiful and perfect for most weddings.

Wantage Silver Band..................... 01235 767541 Wantage, Oxon, OX12 9NR Providing music for your wedding. www.wantageband.org

Watt4 Live Band.........................................07949 600896

Ceilidhs: Why not have a barn dance and get everybody to their feet. Great for all ages!

Abingdon, Oxon

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Photography

Photography The Bridal Photographer........................01491 615220

Abi Moore Photography.........................07833 101855 Banbury, Oxon, OX16 3JW

Couching House, Couching Street, Watlington, OX49 5PX

THE BRIDAL PHOTOGRAPHER Stylish, Subtle, Stunning

01491 615220 www.thebridalphotographer.co.uk

Aimee Kirkham Photography....... 07929 197257 Acorn Close, Bicester, Oxon, OX26 3YX High quality artistic approach to photography. www.oxford-photography.co.uk

Ashley Taylor Photography....................07934 444676 Didcot, Oxon, OX11 8TY

Catherine Photography...........................07810 873153 5 Purcell Road, Marston, Oxford, OX3 0EZ

The ultimate online wedding planner Access our huge database for free and create your own wedding planner with local suppliers, notes, a task list, budget planner and even a wedding day countdown facility. It takes less than a minute to create your own personalised planner; so why not give it a go today at www.guidesforbrides.co.uk/planner 07810 873153

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Photography

Cheryl George Photography.................01491 572406

GMC Photographic...................................01793 703385

Henley-on-Thames, Oxon, RG9 1EA

45 Tortworth Road, Oakhurst, Swindon, SN25 2AJ

Class Weddings..........................................01491 822801 Thames Suite, Howbery Park, Wallingford, OX10 8BA

Crisp Images................................................01367 810452 Bourton Road, Clanfield, Oxon, OX18 2PB

Daisy Daisy Photography.......................07815 294033 High Street, Watlington, OX49 5PZ

Diro Photographic.....................................07818 245644 Wallingford, Oxon, OX10 9AS

Fiona Baker Photography.......................07972 194680 29-30 Horsefair, Banbury, Oxon, OX16 0BW

Images by Kevin.........................................01491 837031 Lamb Arcade, Wallingford, Oxon, OX10 0BS

Jen Marino...................................................07828 866841 Sutton Courtenay, Abingdon, Oxon, OX14 4DF

Flash Photography....................................07714 322603 Abingdon, Oxon, OX14 3TE

Flash Photography - Abingdon

Contemporary & classic wedding photography www.flashphotography.biz

Jeremy Wynne Photography.................01235 523258 Abingdon, Oxon, OX14 3AU

Jordan Grey Photography......................07540 458107 Wantage, Oxon, OX12 9HB

We recommend booking your photographer as soon as you have set your date. The good ones book up early for the most popular dates. After your wedding, don't forget to leave a review for other brides and grooms at: www.guidesforbrides.co.uk

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Photography Judi Checketts Photography.................01367 718560 Stanford-in-the-Vale, Oxon, SN7 8NQ

Julia Evans Photography.........................01235 833466 Moorcroft, The Greenway, West Hendred, OX12 8RG

07816 998808 www.lucywaltersphotography.co.uk

Mario MagĂŠ Photography.....................0845 370 6067 Lashford Lane, Dry Sandford, Abingdon, OX13 6DZ

Mark Lord Photography.........................0845 603 9144 Aston Rowant, Watlington, Oxon, OX49 5TA

More Than Images...................................0800 542 7852 KB Photography.........................................01235 201007 60 Appleford Drive, Abingdon, Oxon, OX14 2BU

Lucie Z Photography..................... 01869 252291 129 Spruce Drive, Bicester, Oxon, OX26 3YF Unique photography for every occasion. www.luciezphotography.com

Lucy Walters Photography.....................07816 998808

5-7 St Mary's Arcade, Wallingford, Oxon, OX10 0ES

Perfect Day Wedding Photo..................01235 510566 13 Cromwell Drive, Didcot, Oxon, OX11 9RB

Philip Nash Photographics.....................01235 526738 22 Victoria Road, Abingdon, Oxon, OX14 1DQ

www.philipnashphotography.co.uk

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Photography Photogenic................................ .....01235 769030 36a Market Place, Wantage, Oxon, OX12 8AH A professional wedding photography service. www.photogenicphotography.co.uk

Robert James Photography.......... 01491 832756 3 Hithercroft Road, Wallingford, OX10 9GQ Professional, contemporary, excellence. www.robertjamesphotography.co.uk

Simon Murdoch Photography...... 07730 621889 Kingston Bagpuize, Abingdon, OX13 5AZ Personable and friendly service. www.simonmurdoch.co.uk

Sharmaine Sepehr Photography.........07754 721662 Abingdon, Oxon, OX14 1XT

Shoot Me Senseless..................................07885 569202 Coxwell Street, Faringdon, Oxon, SL7 7EA

SJR Photography.......................................01235 539905 Abingdon, Oxon, OX14 5HQ

Victoria Kerby Photography......... 07725 087416 Randolph Avenue, Woodstock, OX20 1FG Offering a great service at an affordable price. www.victoriakerbyphotography.co.uk

Wallingford Portraits................................01491 838755 14 The Mint, Wallingford, Oxon, OX10 0XB

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Having worked here at Guides for Brides for almost ten years, Trudi had a fairly clear idea of what she wanted for her wedding day! In fact, she smiles, she’d even chosen her beautiful Justin Alexander wedding dress before Ian proposed! Keeping it simple was key to the success of day, and with that in mind, the happy couple opted for a church wedding at St Andrew’s in Letcombe Regis, followed by a beautifully English country marquee reception. Roses, cornflowers and bluebells bedecked the tables and place settings were provided by pretty slate hearts, with guests names chalked on each one, which cleverly doubled as favours. Music during the drinks reception was provided by harpist Tori Handsley. Trudi had first heard her play whilst working at a wedding fair seven years ago. “I fell in love with the sound, and knew that I wanted her at my wedding one day!” In the evening, experienced DJ Ade North kept the guests on the dancefloor into the early hours. Trudi’s advice to other brides? “Do your research and don’t overcomplicate things!”

SUPPLIERS: Marquee Rent-a-Tent www.rentatentmarquees.co.uk Cake Fancy That www.wedding-cakes.co.uk Florist Foxgloves & Roses www.foxglovesandroses.co.uk Music Ade North Mobile Disco www.starsoundexpress.co.uk

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Planners

Toastmasters

Isobel Weddings........................................01865 735376

The Oxford Toastmaster..........................01235 832867

Sutton Courtenay, Oxon, OX14 4NF

2 Hengest Gate, Harwell, Oxon, OX11 0HH

Wedded Bliss Events.................................07786 737487

Robert Bayliss................................ 01628 299424

Henley-on-Thames, Oxon, RG9 1RL

14 St Peters Close, Burnham, Bucks, SL1 7HT Mobile 07833 314227 r-e.bayliss@ukonline.co.uk

Wish Box Ltd................................... 07932 084776 Grove, Oxon, OX12 0NB Wedding co-ordination & decoration services. www.wishboxevents.co.uk

Stationery Alex-clusive Designs.................................07557 055619 Buckland, Faringdon, Oxon, SN7 8QQ

Hand-Fast Wedding Stationery..................01491 614137

Roy Timms Toastmaster..........................01869 241517 Bicester, Oxon, OX26 4UW

ROY TIMMS META TOASTMASTER/MASTER OF CEREMONIES Your special occasion “made extra special” Email: sonny.timms@btopenworld.com www.oxfordshire-toastmaster.co.uk Telephone: 01869 241517 or 07411 228828

8 High Street, Watlington, Oxon, OX49 5PS

Kelly Geeson Designs...............................07790 320438 7 Hurst Close, Wallingford, Oxon, OX10 9BQ

Love Wedding Print....................... 01865 243624 11a West Way, Botley, Oxon, OX2 0JB Unique & creative wedding stationery. www.loveweddingprint.co.uk

Noble Hound..............................................07793 675827 Abingdon, Oxon, OX14 1DN

New generation of toastmasters Toastmasters are making a comeback! The tradition of being a professional master of ceremonies is being passed through families, making the number of toastmasters available on the increase.

Stag & Hen

Toastmasters ensure the smooth running of the day and their iconic look brings splendour to your wedding day.

Laser Gaming Outdoor Lasertag.........01865 727378

On your wedding day, they will check the venue is as you want it, assist the photographer in getting everybody together for shots, and introduce the speeches.

Culham Site, Culham, Oxon, OX14 3DA

River Thames Charters............................0845 051 4251 Henley-on-Thames, Oxon, RG9 1BF

You will be surprised at the difference a toastmaster can make to your wedding day!

Vintage Hen Parties..................................07947 608364 Wallingford, Oxon, OX10 8BJ

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Transport

Transport Haydn Webb Carriages.................. 07767 215404

Amelia’s Horsedrawn Carriages............01235 529915 Oday Hill, Abingdon, Oxon, OX14 4AA

Atlantis Cars.................................................01491 877228 Aston Rowant, Watlington, Oxon, OX49 5SS

Brides Travel................................................01235 831251 24 Hanney Road, Steventon, Abingdon, OX13 6AL

Brides Travel

01235 831251

Swallowfield, Berks, RG7 1PQ Elegant horse-drawn carriages. www.hwcarriages.co.uk

Henley Classic Car Hire............................07776 071781 Middle Assendon, Henley-on-Thames, Oxon, RG9 6AY

Horse Drawn Carriages................. 07976 219830 Ivy Farm, Fencott, Kidlington, Oxon, OX5 2RD Weddings, anniversaries, special occasions. www.kevinmerry.co.uk

Minors 4 You................................... 01235 851681 Blewbury, Oxon Chauffeur driven Morris Minor convertible hire. www.morrisminorweddingcars.co.uk www.bridestravel.co.uk

info@bridestravel.co.uk

Chiltern Classic Wedding Cars..............07774 264474

Nostalgia Travel..........................................01865 241444 The Coach House, North Hinksey, Oxford, OX2 0NA

Britwell Hill Farm, Watlington, Oxon, OX49 5HD Contact Mike on 07774 264474 *Saturdays in 2013 still available*

www.chilternclassicweddingcars.co.uk

1952 Buick convertible (Betsy) - the only one in the country. Holds up to six people. Light rain or shine, the automatic roof elegantly lowers to allow grand arrival and photos.

g 1952 Buick convertible (Betsy) – the only one in the Cars..............................................01235 lds up to Compass six (excluding the driver). Come (light) rain282838 or shine Milton, Oxon, OX14 4DZgrand arrival and photos. c roof is dropped to allow the rates (in-flight pink champagne extra). Oxon based. Dazbus Mini Bus Hire...............................07951 227757 3 Caldecott Close, Abingdon, Oxon, OX14 5HA

Dyson Vintage Rolls Royce.....................01491 834818 Preston Crowmarsh, Wallingford, OX10 6SL

First Class Travel.........................................01235 771154 Wantage, Oxon, OX12 7JN

First Class Travel of Oxfordshire

Wedding Car Specialists ~ Fully Comprehensive Service

01235 771154

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Transport Oxcampers VW Camper..........................07850 443337

Trusty Transport Our favourites

Wantage, Oxon, OX12 9HR

Oxford Chauffeur Service.............. 01865 375784 67 The Moors, Kidlington, Oxon, OX5 2AQ Executive vehicles (4-16 seats) for all occasions. www.oxfordchauffeurservice.co.uk

Oxfordshire Chauffeurs...........................01235 520201 66 Foster Road, Abingdon, Oxon, OX14 1YW

Platinum Wedding Cars...........................01869 810228 37 High St, Croughton, Brackley, Northants, NN13 5LT

PLATINUM WEDDING CARS

01869 810228

There is a fantastic choice of wedding transport available in the area. Follow our guide to find the best one for you. Vintage: A huge choice, from VW Beetles and campervans to American style convertibles. Horse Drawn: The ultimate in rural romance. Keep distances short and take a rug for chilly days.

www.platinum-wedding-cars.co.uk Rose's Wedding Cars................................01494 444901 High Wycombe, Bucks, HP11 1RG

Rose’s Wedding Cars Make it a day to remember forever... A personal service with luxury cars

7 Seater Bramwith Landaulette Beauford 1930 Replica Open Top Tourer T: 01494 444901

M: 07860 323119

Limo Luxe: Celebrity style, plus a great option if you’re planning to have lots of bridesmaids! Up in the Air: Helicopters aren’t as pricey as you might think and will add a real wow factor. Beach Babe: Dune buggyies or golf carts are great options for beachside transport!

Wycombe Marsh, High Wycombe, HP11 1RG

Silhouette Chauffeur Services..............07961 451364 40 John Morris Road, Abingdon, Oxon, OX14 5HW

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Classic: Nothing says class like an old fashioned Bentley or Rolls Royce. Pure style!

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Finding the perfect venue in South Oxfordshire

If you're marrying in this area you have the most wonderful choice of venues. From beautiful barns to award-winning restaurants, stylish hotels and exclusive use country houses. Read our top tips below:

Check The Rules: If you’re planning to have live music, check your venue has a suitable licence. Similarly, check regulations on fireworks if that’s your dream. They may not be permitted, or allowed only before a certain time. Want a candlelit meal? Be sure naked flames are allowed. Number Game: How many guests will the venue hold? If you're opting for a sit down meal, you'll need a bigger space than for a buffet. If you're dancing in the same room, ask to see photos of how the layout will change. Fire regulations ultimately dictate the maximum legal number. Old and Young: Can the needs of all your guests be accommodated? Do you have any guests who need disabled access and facilities? Are there ground floor bedrooms for older guests who want to stay? If you're planning to run a crèche, is there a suitable room available? Spend the Night: Lots of guests travelling a distance to your wedding? Does your venue have adequate accommodation? A bigger concern is that some venues request that you book all the rooms overnight; as it is hard for them to book other guests in if there is a wedding taking place. Catering concerns: If you have set your heart on bringing in your own caterers, raise this at the earliest opportunity. Most venues will not allow outside caterers to use their kitchens, but may allow you to choose from a list of recommended caterers or allow you to hire in a ‘field’ kitchen.

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*Abingdon Registration Office............0845 129 5900 The School House, Roysse Court, Bridge St, Abingdon

Civil Ceremony approved venues

*Ardington House.....................................01235 821566 Ardington, Wantage, Oxon, OX12 8QA

Venues approved to carry out Civil Ceremonies are marked * in this Guide. The venues can be used for the legal wedding ceremony as well as the reception afterwards.

Ardington House

www.ardingtonhouse.com / info@ardingtonhouse.com

*Abingdon Four Pillars Hotel................01235 553456

*Badgemore Park......................................01491 637302

Marcham Road, Abingdon, Oxon, OX14 1TZ

Henley-on-Thames, Oxon, RG9 4NR

*Abingdon Guildhall................................01235 524085

Barton House..............................................01235 821460

The Roysse Room, Abbey Close, Abingdon, OX14 3JE

East Lockinge, Wantage, Oxon, OX12 8QD

B A R TO N HOUSE

www.bartonhouse.co.uk

01235 821 460

info @bartonhouse.co.uk

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Venues

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*The Bay Tree Hotel....................... 01993 822791

*Britwell House..........................................01491 613354

Sheep Street, Burford, Oxon, OX18 4LW A special venue for your special day www.cotswold-inns-hotels.co.uk/baytree

Britwell Salome, Oxon, OX49 5LJ

Cherwell Boathouse...................... 01865 552746

Market Place, Wantage, Oxon, OX12 8AB

Bardwell Road, Oxford, OX2 6ST Riverside marquee & terrace in central Oxford. www.cherwellboathouse.co.uk

The Bear Hotel...........................................0844 879 9143

*Coseners House.......................................01235 523198

Park Street, Woodstock, Oxon, OX16 9SZ

Abbey Close, Abingdon, Oxon, OX14 3JD

The Bear Hotel............................................01235 766366

*Cotswold Lodge Hotel...........................01865 512121 66a Banbury Road, Oxford, Oxon, OX2 6JP

The Cotswold Manor Estate & Spa......01993 836750 Lower Farm, Lew, Bampton, Oxon, OX18 2BB

*The Crazy Bear Hotel..............................01865 890714 Bear Lane, Stadhampton, Oxon, OX44 7UR

Beetle & Wedge Boathouse........... 01491 651381 Ferry Lane, Moulsford, Oxon, OX10 9JF Fabulous food, wines and accommodation. www.beetleandwedge.co.uk

*Bicester Hotel Golf & Spa......................01869 241204 Chesterton, Bicester, Oxon, OX26 1TE

*Bix Manor...................................................01491 579929 Bix, Henley-on-Thames, Oxon, RG9 4RS

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• Exclusive wedding use • Summer & winter wedding packages • Licensed for civil ceremonies & partnerships • 126 bedrooms • Newly refurbished bridal suite • Health & fitness club including beauty salon

Eynsham Hall, North Leigh, Witney, Oxfordshire, OX29 6PN t 01993 885 200 e weddings@eynshamhall.com w www.eynshamhall.com

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Fison Barn

*The Crown Inn..........................................01491 638364

A perfect venue for your wedding reception.

Pishill, Henley-on-Thames, Oxon, RG9 6HH

Stunning 19th Century barn nestling in an Oxfordshire Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Conveniently located just 11 miles from Oxford and 18 miles from Reading.

01865 407792

www.earthtrust.org.uk Earth Trust, Little Wittenham, OX14 4QZ

FRILFORD HEATH GOLF CLUB

*De Vere Milton Hill House....................01235 831474 Milton Hill, Steventon, Oxon, OX13 6AF

Didcot Civic Hall.........................................01235 512436

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

Britwell Road, Didcot, Oxon, OX11 7HN

*Didcot Registration Office...................0845 129 5900 Broadway Room, 197 Broadway, Didcot, OX11 8RY

Dog House Hotel.......................................01865 390830 Faringdon Road, Frilford Heath, Abingdon, OX13 6QJ

*Drayton Park Golf Club..........................01235 539339 Steventon Road, Drayton, Oxon, OX14 4LA

*Eynsham Hall............................................01993 885200 North Leigh, Witney, Oxon, OX29 6PN

*Fallowfields Country Hotel...................01865 820416

Frilford Heath Golf Club, Oxford Road, Frilford Heath, Oxfordshire, OX13 5NW Tel 01865 393664 weddings@frilfordheath.co.uk www.frilfordheath.co.uk

• Exclusive wedding reception for 20-100 • Magnificent views over the golf course • Free car parking

Faringdon Road, Kingston Bagpuize, OX13 5BH

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Venues Fison Barn.....................................................01865 407792 Earth Trust, Little Wittenham, Oxon, OX14 4QZ

The Fox Inn..................................................01235 868258 Hyde Road, Denchworth, Oxon, OX12 0DX

Frilford Heath Golf Club..........................01865 393664 Oxford Road, Frilford Heath, Abingdon, OX13 5NW

*The George Hotel....................................01491 836665 High Street, Wallingford, Oxon, OX10 0BS

Goring & Streatley Golf Club.................01491 873229 Rectory Road, Streatley-on-Thames, Berks, RG8 9QA

Hanney War Memorial Hall....................01235 869150 East Hanney, Wantage, Oxon, OX12 0JL

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Accommodation | Dining | Weddings | Meetings and much more‌

Venues *Hawkwell House Hotel..........................01865 749988 Church Way, Iffley, Oxford, OX4 4DZ

*Headington Hill Hall...............................01865 484614 Oxford Brookes University, Headington, OX3 0BP

*Henley Business School........................01491 418810 Greenlands, Henley-on-Thames, Oxon, RG9 3AU

The Perfect Riverside Wedding Venue Hawkwell House is one of a few venues in Oxfordshire that has a licence to hold civil ceremonies outside. This means you can enjoy your special day from beginning to end with Hawkwell House. Hawkwell House Hotel, Church Way, Iffley Village, Oxford OX4 4DZ Telephone: 01865 749988 Email: weddings@hawkwellhouse.co.uk Web: www.hawkwellhouse.co.uk

The perfect setting for your perfect day Discover the riverside beauty of Greenlands for yourself. Contact us today on 01491 418810 Email: weddings@henley.com www.henleyweddings.org.uk

HEADINGTON HILL HALL www.brookesconferences.com/weddings A 19th Century period house set in 14 acres of landscaped grounds. The perfect venue for Civil Ceremonies, Civil Partnerships and Receptions.

*Henley Registration Office..................0845 129 5900

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Hobbs of Henley........................................01491 572035 Station Road, Henley-on-Thames, Oxon, RG9 1AZ

*Hotel Du Vin..............................................01491 848400 New Street, Henley-on-Thames, Oxon, RG9 2BP

King Alfreds Head Bar & Bistro...................01235 765531 31 Market Place, Wantage, Oxon, OX12 8AH

01865 484614 headingtonhillhall@ brookes.ac.uk

Headington Hill Hall, Oxford OX3 0BP

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Venues

*Kingston Bagpuize House....................01865 820217

Letcombe Bassett Village Hall...............01235 767134

Kingston Bagpuize, Abingdon, Oxon, OX13 5AX

Letcombe Bassett, Wantage, Oxon, OX12 9LP

The Kingswell Hotel..................................01235 833043

Loyd Lindsay Rooms.................................01235 832240

Reading Road, Harwell, Oxon, OX11 0LZ

High Street, Ardington, Wantage, OX12 8PP

La Fontana...................................................01235 868287 Oxford Road, East Hanney, Wantage, OX12 0HP

*Lains Barn...................................................01235 832745 Grove Park Drive, nr Ardington, Wantage, OX12 7QG

Loyd Lindsay Rooms A perfect venue in beautiful rural location for your wedding reception. Call Karen Smith for a viewing or more information - 01235 832240

Visit our website www.loydlindsayrooms.co.uk

Wedding and Events A magnificent restored historic Barn

*Macdonald Randolph Hotel...............0844 879 9132 Beaumont Street, Oxford, OX1 2LN

Merry Miller.................................................01865 390390 Cothill, Abingdon, Oxon, OX13 6JW

*Middle Aston House...............................01869 340361 Middle Aston, Bicester, Oxon, OX25 5PT

The perfect romantic setting for civil ceremonies and receptions Beautifully located near Wantage, South of Oxford

Tel: 01235 832745 www.lainsbarn.co.uk events@lainsbarn.co.uk The Lake View Restaurant......................01865 391169 Millets Farm Centre, Kingston Rd, Frilford, OX13 5HB

Middle Aston House, Middle Aston, Oxfordshire OX25 5PT Email: enquiries@middleastonhouse.com, Tel: 01869 340361 www.middleastonhouse.com

The Lamb At Buckland............................01367 870484 Lamb Lane, Buckland, Faringdon, SN7 8QN

The Lamb and Flag...................................01865 820208 Faringdon Road, Longworth, OX13 5HN

*Leander Club.............................................01491 575782

Want to chat to other couples who have chosen the same venue as you? Visit our forum: www.guidesforbrides.co.uk/forum

Henley-on-Thames, Oxon, RG9 2LP

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MACDONALD

RANDOLPH HOTEL

W H E N O N E O F T H E M O S T I M P O R TA N T D AY S O F YO U R L I F E A R R I V E S , YO U W I L L W A N T TO K N O W T H AT E V E R Y T H I N G I S P E R F E C T LY I N P L A C E

WHEN ROMANCE MEETS EXCELLENCE Macdonald Randolph Hotel is located in the heart of the historic city of oxford and has been providing the highest standard of accommodation, cuisine and service for almost 150 years. we would be delighted to host your special day in a venue set amidst the romance of the oxford colleges. We can accommodate intimate family weddings in our private rooms with beautiful views of the Ashmolean Museum or more sizeable weddings in the largest ballroom in Oxford. wedding package available including: • A personal wedding co-ordinator • Red carpet on arrival • Three course meal with coffee and petits fours • Menu tasting for the Bride and Groom • Room hire and Toastmaster

• Complimentary bedroom for the Bride and Groom • Complimentary room on first year anniversary • The Randolph silver cake stand and knife • Personalised table plan, menus and place cards

Call today to talk to a dedicated wedding co-ordinator on 0844 879 9132 or e-mail events.randolph@macdonald-hotels.co.uk

Macdonald Randolph Hotel, Beaumont Street, Oxford, OX1 2LN

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Venues

Venues

The Miller of Mansfield............................01491 872829

*River & Rowing Museum.......................01491 415631

High Street, Goring-on-Thames, Oxon, RG8 9AW

Mill Meadows, Henley-on-Thames, Oxon, RG9 1BF

*Old Luxters Barn......................................01865 400968 Hambleden, Henley-on-Thames, Oxon, RG9 6JW

*Oxford Town Hall......................... 01865 252195 The Town Hall, St Aldates, Oxford, OX1 1BX Historic venue for ceremonies and receptions. www.oxfordtownhall.co.uk

*Phyllis Court Club....................................01491 570513 Marlow Road, Henley-on-Thames, Oxon, RG9 2HT

*The Plough at Clanfield.........................01367 810222 Bourton Road, Clanfield, Oxon, OX18 2RB

*Puma Oxford Hotel.................................01865 489988 Godstow Road, Oxford, OX2 8AL

Sadler Building...........................................01865 784000 Heatley Road, Oxford Science Park, Oxford, OX4 4GE

For your perfect wedding day Wedding receptions for up to 250 guests Tailor-made packages

No minimum numbers

Celebrate in Style..

The recently opened Sadler Building at the Oxford Science Park provides a unique and contemporary venue for every occasion.

Licensed for civil ceremonies

Your personal wedding co-ordinator

Contact our team on 01865 489988 The Oxford Hotel, Godstow Road, Oxford, OX2 8AL Email: oxford.events@pumahotels.co.uk www.pumahotels.co.uk

*Red Lion Hotel..........................................01491 572161 Hart Street, Henley-on-Thames, Oxon, RG9 2AR

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Silver Pearat Weddings

Ceremony and Reception Venue 17th Century Cotswold Stone House and

Barn with choice of Three Marquee Sites 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

Friars Court, Clanfield, Oxon OX18 2SU

The Springs

HOTEL AND GOLF CLUB Wallingford Road, North Stoke, Wallingford, Oxon. OX10 6BE 01491 836687 candb@thespringshotel.com www.thespringshotel.com

A special venue for your special day        

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Stunning lakeside setting 31 en suite rooms AA Rosette award winning cuisine Up to 150 evening guests Licensed for civil, naming and partnership ceremonies Bespoke or special wedding packages Unrivalled personal service Professional guidance and support

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Getting married in church?

Venues Salters Steamers........................................01865 243421 Folly Bridge, Oxford, OX1 4LA

Do you plan to get married in a church? The Rt. Revd Colin Fletcher - Bishop of Dorchester explains more about church weddings here: Congratulations on your engagement! Recent research by the Church of England shows that lots of people want to get married in church. Many couples feel that church is the 'right' place to make such important promises to each other - but they are not quite sure how to set about organising a church wedding. Four years ago the law changed, which means that getting married in the Church of England is easier. The Marriage Measure means that couples are no longer restricted to getting married only in their local parish church. This doesn't mean you can choose a church quite like you might choose a hotel, but if you or your fiancé(e) have a connection with another church, it is now more straightforward. You're welcome to marry in the Church of England whether or not you are christened and regardless of whether either of you go to church. You'll need to contact the vicar or minister (see www.achurchnearyou.com to find out how) who will explain what is and isn't possible and help you plan your special day. The church will charge a set fee, with possible optional extras such as a choir, bell ringing, an organist and flowers. Visit www.yourchurchwedding.org where there is an excellent service planner and all sorts of practical ideas about how to make sure your wedding day is really special.

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SALTERS STEAMERS Oxford Henley Windsor & other locations 01865 243421

Wedding Receptions on the Thames. www.salterssteamers.co.uk

*Shillingford Bridge Hotel......................01865 858567 Shillingford Hill, Wallingford, Oxon, OX10 8LZ

*Shiplake Court.........................................0118 940 5224 Shiplake College, Reading Road, Shiplake, RG9 4BW

Shiplake Court • Stunning riverside site • • Great Hall, Terrace and Lawns • • Licensed for civil ceremonies • • Fine dining and fine wines • Contact Steve Beaumont on 0118 940 5224 email: catering@shiplake.org.uk www.shiplake.org.uk

*Silver Pear Weddings Ltd......................01367 810206 Friars Court, Clanfield, Oxon, OX18 2SU

*The Springs Hotel....................................01491 836687 Wallingford Rd, North Stoke, Wallingford, OX10 6BE

*Steventon House Hotel.........................01235 831223 Milton Hill, Steventon, Oxon, OX13 6AB

*Sudbury House Hotel.............................01367 241272 56 London Street, Faringdon, Oxon, SN7 8AA

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THE TYTHE BARN A beautiful 14th century thatched barn in a private location: • Breathtaking outdoor civil ceremonies • Exceptional personal service • Intimate candle-lit indoor weddings and receptions • Professional guidance and support throughout • Superb and locally sourced fresh cuisine • Idyllic location,10 minutes from junction 9 (M40) and mainline stations to London

WWW.THETYTHEBARN.CO.UK

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Having a civil ceremony wedding?

Venues Temple Island..............................................01491 572153 Royal Regatta H’quarters, Henley-on-Thames, RG9 2LY

Are you planning on having a civil ceremony for your wedding? Alicja Gilroy - Superintendent Registrar for Oxfordshire explains a little more about getting married in the local area here:

*The Tythe Barn..........................................01869 321442 Manor Fm, Charbridge La, Launton, Bicester, OX26 5DP

Upper Reaches...........................................01235 522536 Thames Street, Abingdon, Oxon, OX14 3JA

With so much choice open to couples wishing to tie the knot, finding the right venue can be a headache. But look no further. Oxfordshire boasts nearly 100 approved venues ranging from grand palaces like Blenheim to small country hotels, famous restaurants, a rustic barn, an Oxford College and even a boat – the choice is vast! In the past, civil weddings were sometimes regarded as ‘second best’ but not any more! Two out of three couples now choose a civil wedding and for very good reasons. As well as the huge array of venues on offer, ceremonies are often more elaborate and unique. They can now include wonderful music, a choice of words, readings and poetry. Indeed, couples that choose to get married in Oxfordshire are encouraged to personalise their weddings and those who plan to marry at an approved venue are able to meet the Registrar beforehand to ensure that they get the exact wedding they want. After you have chosen your venue for your wedding and set a date, you will need to give your legal notices of marriage - the earliest date that notice can be given is 12 months before the wedding ceremony. For more information contact the Registration Service on 0845 129 5900 or visit here: www.oxfordshire.gov.uk/registration

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The Vines Hotel..........................................01993 843559 Burford Road, Black Bourton, Oxon, OX18 2PF

The Vines Restaurant and Rooms...

...a very special venue. Nestled beside Black Bourton church in a lovely village setting, we offer personalised wedding packages to suit you, your budget and your guests. 01993 843559 www.vinesblackbourton.co.uk

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Happy guests, Happy couple

How to involve, inform and include your guests It’s hard to keep smiling if your guests are grumpy, so ensuring they have a great time is one of the key ways to ensure you’ll enjoy your big day too! Read on to find out more.

Involve: During the planning process, consider the various talents of your guests and whether or not they'd be prepared to help out. An relative who's a talented artist could produce an image for your invites, a friend with a great singing voice could perform during the signing of the register. Make it a team affair!

Inform: Be sure that everyone knows what's happening on the day - and when. With your invitation, it's a great idea to include an information pack with a running order of the day, directions to the venues, parking information, taxi contact numbers for after the reception, accommodation suggestions and gift list ideas.

Include: Consider the needs of all your guests, young and old, able bodied and infirm. Does anyone need wheelchair access? Is there a crèche, or maybe colouring books and pencils for children? Is there somewhere quiet to sit during the live music for those who want to talk? Be thoughtful and your guests will feel cherished.

A Final Thought: Think about sending a ‘save the date’ card as soon as you have booked your wedding, and include a list of the local hotels and guests houses. Some guests may need overnight accommodation, and may need to book in advance. If there is some accommodation at your venue, ask about block booking.

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Venues Wallingford Sports Park..........................01491 835044 Hithercroft Road, Wallingford, Oxon, OX10 9RB

*Wallingford Town Hall............................01491 835373 Market Place, Wallingford, Oxon, OX10 0EG

*Wantage Civic Hall..................................01235 763456 Wantage Civic Centre, Portway, Wantage, OX12 9BX

*The Westwood Hotel..............................01865 735408

Wedding Fairs Top tips for your visit Most brides will no doubt pay a visit to a wedding fair at some stage before their big day. Before you go though, see which businesses are attending and make a list of who you want to speak to.

Hinksey Hill Top, Boars Hill, Oxford, OX1 5BG

The White Hart............................................01865 390585 Main Road, Fyfield, Abingdon, Oxon, OX13 5LW

*Worton Farm & Park................................01865 882644 Cassington, Oxon, OX29 4SU

Worton Park WEDDINGS

An idyllic countryside venue for a beautiful bespoke wedding. 01865 882644

National Fairs: Visit for general inspiration. Usually in excess of 100 exhibitors to see. Entry fee charged.

www.wortonparkweddings.co.uk

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Local Fairs: Find local businesses here. Mostly free to attend, but check on the website before you go.

Times: The first 2 hours, can be busy. Arrive later and speak to businesses in a calmer atmosphere.

Our thanks also go to our advertisers, without whom we would not be able to bring you this free guide - so please remember to tell them where you saw them listed.

Company: If your fiancĂŠ is unavailable to join you, why not take your mum or your chief bridesmaid.

Don't forget to make the most of our online forum in the run-up to your big day, for information and support from professionals and other brides and grooms: www.guidesforbrides.co.uk/forum

Buying: Take your cheque book on the day to pay for deposits - it is rare for card machines to be available.

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Wedding Fair Diary

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edding Fairs are the best way to meet local wedding businesses, see samples of their work and talk face to face.

They are free to attend and always have a warm, relaxed atmosphere, so much so that we have spoken to couples still visiting Wedding Fairs after their wedding day. Don’t miss out; find a Wedding Fair near you below. www.guidesforbrides.co.uk/weddingfairs Those in Bold are organised by Guides for Brides

02/12/12

The Wedding House Wallingford, Oxon

06/01/13

Henley Business School Greenlands, Henley-on-Thames, Oxon

11/01/13

Abingdon Guildhall Abingdon, Oxon

13/01/13

Eynsham Hall North Leigh, nr Witney, Oxon

20/01/13

Macdonald Randolph Hotel Oxford

27/01/13

Whately Hall Hotel Banbury, Oxon

03/02/13

Milton Hill House Steventon, Oxon

17/02/13

Oxford Belfry Milton Common, Oxon

17/02/13

Fison Barn Little Wittenham, Oxon

24/02/13

Oxford Thames Four Pillars Sandford-on-Thames, Oxon

03/03/13

Lains Barn nr Wantage, Oxon

24/03/13

Oxford Spires Four Pillars Oxford

06/05/13

Bicester Hotel Golf & Spa Chesterton, Oxon

07/07/13

Oxford Thames Four Pillars Sandford-on-Thames, Oxon

26/08/13

Eynsham Hall North Leigh, nr Witney, Oxon

29/09/13

Milton Hill House Steventon, Oxon

13/10/13

Oxford Thames Four Pillars Sandford-on-Thames, Oxon

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