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

Your wedding planning starts here.

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November 2013 - November 2014 This edition covers: ‚‚ Faringdon

‚‚ Wantage

‚‚ Abingdon

‚‚ Didcot

‚‚ Henley

‚‚ Wallingford

‚‚ Goring

‚‚ Blewbury

‚‚ Drayton

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ongratulations! Planning such an important event as a wedding can be both daunting and exciting, in equal measures. Guides for Brides reduces the stress and time involved in searching for local companies; they are all listed within this Guide, alphabetically within categories, many with additional information to make choosing the right supplier for your wedding so much easier. Having a paper booklet is great as you can read, highlight and make notes as you go. We have also tried to find space for useful hints and tips to help you along the way in your planning process. Happy Planning!

Alison Hargreaves Guides for Brides Ltd, Larkhill Farm, Wantage, Oxfordshire OX12 8PJ Tel: 01235 770078 info@guidesforbrides.co.uk www.guidesforbrides.co.uk © Guides for Brides 2013 Guides for Brides retains intellectual copyright. Contacting businesses listed in this database for any purpose other than planning a wedding or social function is strictly prohibited without the publisher’s permission.


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 Check everything is in place and ready Brief best man, bridesmaids and ushers There is an in-depth planner on www.guidesforbrides.co.uk/planner


Contents

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

Health & Beauty............20

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

Honeymoons............................... 24

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

Jewellers............................................. 25

Cakes & Fountains...................8

Marquees.......................................... 26

Caterers & Catering Hire.. 10

Menswear......................................... 28

Chair Covers................................ 11

Mother of Bride....................... 28

Dry Cleaning............................... 11

Music.................................................... 30

Entertainment............................ 12

Photography................................. 33

Favours............................................... 13

Planners............................................. 38

Fireworks.......................................... 13

Stationery......................................... 38

Florists................................................. 14

Stag & Hen................................... 39

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

Toastmasters................................. 39

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

Transport......................................... 40

Guest Accommodation.... 18

Venues................................................. 42

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

Wedding Fairs............................ 57


Audio Visual & DVD Forever Films...............................................07854 174099 Faringdon, Oxon, SN7 7AY

Forever On Film..........................................01993 852851 Honeysuckle House, Ham Lane, Aston, OX18 2DE Your big day on video and DVD.

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

Whispering Bob Audio Visual................01235 834826 Steventon, Abingdon. Oxon, OX13 6SW

Balloons Balloontastic Ltd........................................01235 524536 19 Neave Mews, Abingdon, Oxon, OX14 5FP

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

The Oxford Balloon Company...............01235 537429 Whitecross, Wootton, Abingdon, Oxon, OX13 6BS

Peony & Lace...............................................07928 741191 Didcot, Oxon, OX11 7GE

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

Twistina.........................................................01235 530426

Decorating your venue Decorations are an essential part of any celebration, so set aside some time and budget to ensure your venue looks its very best for the big day. Balloons are a very cost effective way to decorate your venue, are available in a huge array of colours and can create real impact. Most specialist balloon suppliers also provide a design service and will help you create exactly the look you want. There are so many exciting options available, from simple classic designs above each table, through to balloons inside balloons, which will leave your guests wondering 'how did they do that!' Have you considered using a balloon arch to frame your top table? This is the most important table in the room, and many photos will be taken here, so make sure you have a stunning backdrop. To completely change the look of a venue, consider an indoor marquee or liner. There are specialist companies who can provide and install these. You then have a completely blank canvas to create your own backdrop for the special day. Don’t forget, lighting makes a huge difference. Battery powered ‘candles’ are pretty and avoid problems with safety issues. Fairy lights can transform a venue inside and out. For something more dramatic, contact a specialist event lighting company. If you are unsure about what to choose, why not take a trip to our forum website, where you can chat to other couples and share hints, tips and even your nerves about the big day.

21 Rainbow Way, Abingdon, Oxon, OX14 2PF

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Bridal Gowns

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

Aisle B Yours................................................07540 999865 Station Road, Wallingford, Oxon, OX10 0JZ

Alterations Unlimited...............................01235 813523 New Road, East Hagbourne, Didcot, OX11 9JZ

198 Banbury Road, Summertown, Oxford, OX2 7BY For beautiful bridal wear. www.thebridalbox-oxford.co.uk

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

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

Wedding Gowns, Bridesmaids Dresses Mother of the Bride & Accessories Call 01491 826699 to book your private 1-2-1 consultation www.brideliciousboutique.co.uk

19 St Marys Street, Wallingford, Oxon, OX10 0EW

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Butterfly Bridal Boutique Ltd................01869 320556 3-5 The Causeway, Bicester, Oxon, OX26 6AN

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

Blossom Bridal............................................01993 702259 29 Market Square, Witney, Oxon, OX28 6AD

01869 320556

www.butterflybridalboutique.co.uk

Borrowed Blue & Lace...................0118 979 2768

Where Brides arrive as strangers and leave as friends

Cedar House, Eastheath Ave, Wokingham, RG41 2PR Bridal, prom and occasional wear boutique. www.borrowedbluelace.com

Cariad Bride................................... 01367 243526

Choosing the gown you will wear on your wedding day is a very special part of the wedding planning, so it shouldn't be rushed. Make an occasion of it; book a day off work during the week and make appointments to see several boutiques, ideally with a friend. This way they will have the time to give you the help that you deserve.

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

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

The Design Room........................... 01235 533550 131 Ock Street, Abingdon, Oxon, OX14 5DL Wedding gowns, mother of the bride, accessories. www.thedesignroom-abingdon.co.uk

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

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Bridal Gowns Georgina Pimm Bridal Boutique..........01608 646611 x 90mmChipping Advert:Layout 21/01/2013 1964Horsefair, Norton,1Oxon, OX7 5AL 17:03 Page 1

Dress To Impress Know what to look for

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. New Bridal Boutique

Situated in the vibrant market town of Chipping Norton, we oer the best collection of UK designer gowns in Oxfordshire. Discover the perfect design for you in our warm and elegant boutique. Please make an appointment to experience our fabulous one to one service. Open evenings too.

19 Horse Fair, Chipping Norton, Oxon OX7 5AL tel: 01608 646611 / 07770 577431 email: georgina@georginabridal.co.uk www.georginabridal.co.uk

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

From fishtail to fairytale, the choice of wedding gown styles has rarely been wider, so you can be confident there is a style out there for you. A-Line: More fitted and regular than the empire line and great for brides with a smaller frame. Mermaid: Known as the fishtail - flares out at the knee. A great statement dress for confident brides. Empire Lines: A fitted bodice which is fitted to just below the bust. Makes brides look taller.

Mae Bridal....................................................01993 706556 78 High Street, Witney, Oxon, OX28 6HL

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

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

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

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Three Quarter: Show off your killler heels in this shorter length. Great for those with a tiny waist. Column Dresses: Good for petite figures. Have a narrow shape flowing from the neckline to hem.

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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

www.keatesmenswear.co.uk www.blossombridal.co.uk

Mae Bridal is a beautifully relaxing wedding dress boutique in central Witney. Appointments last for 1 1/ 2 hours and are tailored to you. A truly special experience. Please call on the number below to arrange your appointment.

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Cakes & Fountains

Cakes & Fountains

The Cake Pop Company..........................07779 645107 All Cakes and Sizes....................................01865 460012

Henley-on-Thames, Oxon, RG9 5EJ

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

Oxford, OX4 6NB

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

Choco Mallow Coco Ltd..........................01491 842901 Henley Business Centre, Newtown Rd, Henley, RG9 1HG

Chocolox Chocolate Fountains.........07929 898378

LAUREN - 01865 460012 WWW.ALLCAKESANDSIZES.CO.UK

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

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

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Abingdon, Oxon, OX14 3SQ Personal hire service at a competitive price. www.chocolox.co.uk

Clare Williams Boutique Cake Design.....07881 346205 The Croft, Aston Tirrold, Oxon, OX11 9DL

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

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

Deliciously Decadent Wedding Cakes and Croquembouche

Cool Cakes

Current top choices

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 different cake ideas which you may wish to consider. Croquembouche: Pyramid of cream patisserie filled profiteroles held in a tower with caramel - stunning!

www.wedding-cakes.co.uk

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

Wantage, Oxfordshire. 01235 770700 The Glorious Bake Shop..........................01491 826536 1 Ayres Yard, Station Road, Wallingford, Oxon, OX10 0JZ

Karen Liddle................................................01295 711685

Vintage Designs: Great for a vintage garden party feel. Sponge tiers dripping with fresh fruit or flowers.

Gardeners Cottage, Thenford, Banbury, OX17 2BZ

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

Little Cow Creative Cakes.............. 01491 651031 3 Ipsden Court, Cholsey, Oxon, OX10 9GD Bespoke design service for beautiful cakes. www.littlecowcreativecakes.co.uk

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

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

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Macaron: A brand new trend; little coloured french macarons attached to cake tiers or in a pyramid. Cupcakes: Simple designs are quick and easy to make and display. A good choice for a DIY budget wedding. 11


Caterers & Catering Hire

Caterers & Catering Hire Oxfordshire Furniture Hire.....................01235 767130

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

Alice's Kitchen.............................................07739 213666 Marcham, Oxford, OX13 6NG

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

Complete Catering Company....... 01235 820840

Grove, Oxon, OX12 0NR

Place Settings.............................................01491 414570 6 Centenary Business Park, Station Rd, Henley, RG9 1DS

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

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

Unit 6 Butchers Yard, High St, Ardington, OX12 8RA Serving up a great wedding day. www.completecatering.co.uk

Sadlers Catering.........................................01367 240678

Cordon Bleu Cooking...............................01865 407538

Lydalls Road, Didcot, Oxon, OX11 7HZ

Bluebell Cottage, High Street, Long Wittenham, OX14 4QQ

Creative Catering.......................................01235 850342 Unit 2 Westbrook Street, Blewbury, Oxon, OX11 9QB

23 Market Place, Faringdon, Oxon, SN7 7HU

Spectacular Spit Roasts...........................01235 817377 Wrighton’s Roasters....................... 01869 345229 45-47 East Street, Fritwell, Bicester, OX27 7PX The ultimate hog roast experience. www.wrightons.co.uk

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

www.creative-caterer.co.uk 01235 850342

Delicious of Wantage..................... 01235 833946 32 East Lockinge, Wantage, Oxon, OX12 8QG Offering a bespoke service for any event. www.deliciousofwantage.com

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

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

Oxford Fine Dining Ltd.................. 01865 728240 Oddington Grange, Weston-on-the-Green, OX25 3QW Complete catering service for weddings & events. www.oxfordfinediningweddings.co.uk

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How about a more laid back approach? The big trend for catering over the last couple of years has been marked by a trend away from formal, sit-down meals, to something a little more fun and relaxed. The posh barbecue continues to be big news - delicious marinated meats complemented by exotic salads. Similarly, picnics are increasingly popular, with hampers filled with delicious sandwiches, quiches and traditional favourites such as scotch eggs and potted shrimp. Mobile catering options are also big news, from ice-cream trikes to gourmet burger vans. On the drinks front, look out for a new trend in alcopop lollies - already popular in the US!.

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Chair Covers

Dry Cleaning

Bowtique Chair Covers............................07792 552384

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

The Wedding House, Ayres Yard, Station Rd, Wallingford

13 Millbrook Square, Grove, Wantage, OX12 7JZ

The Chair Tailor.............................. 01865 842843

Purple Label................................................01235 820555

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

154a Milton Park, Abingdon, Oxon, OX14 4SD

Isis Chair Covers............................. 07875 656934 Unit 1a Radley Road Ind Estate, Abingdon, OX14 3RY Chair covers hire & event styling. www.isischaircovers.co.uk

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

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

Do you know what you’re going to do with your beautiful dress after the big day itself? Whether you’re planning to keep it, sell it or donate it to the increasing number of specialist bridal wedding shops, it’s essential to have it professionally dry cleaned as soon as possible after the wedding. •

Find a reputable dry cleaner well before your wedding day. Look for one which offers a specialist wedding dress service.

If you’re heading straight off on your honeymoon, arrange for a relative or friend to take your dress along as soon as possible.

If you’re planning on storing the dress for any length of time, it’s worth investing in a wedding dress box and make sure it’s wrapped in acid-free tissue paper. The dry cleaner may be able to supply this.

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Entertainment

Entertainment Magic Ed.......................................................01235 531286

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

Fusion Entertainments............................07866 511240

138 South Avenue, Abingdon, Oxon, OX14 1QY

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

4 Malt House Paddock, Buckland, Oxon, SN7 8RH Local entertainment with a twist.

Mystico Card Magic..................................01235 772981

John Vincent Magician............................07808 545421

Opera Anywhere........................................01865 735910

Henley-on-Thames, Oxon, RG9 2EG

Abingdon, Oxon, OX13 6RA Singing waiters to Flash Opera for any wedding.

Wantage, Oxon, OX12 9XN

When deciding on entertainment for the reception, work out the practicalities first and think about budget, space, access, age range of guests. Think too, about what will fit with the overall theme of your wedding: •

Casino: the perfect entertainment for a black tie, high style wedding. Guests can choose from a selection of classic casino favourites.

Fairground: whether you hire dodgems or a vintage carousel, you can be sure everyone will want a go! Add a candy-floss stall to complete the experience.

Magicians: close-up magicians will amaze your guests during the drinks reception and can add a little after-dinner sparkle performing table by table.

Fireworks: speak to your local firework specialists for a bespoke display set to your favourite music to round off the evening.

Live Music: nothing gets a party going like live music. Check out local bands or browse www.guidesforbrides.co.uk for those who specialise in weddings.

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Favours

Fireworks

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

A40 Fireworks.............................................01844 281358

Abingdon, Oxon, OX14 5FP

3 Station Garage, Station Road, Chinnor, OX39 4PZ

Balloontastic

Wedding & Party Favours Bespoke basis available

07710 133206

www.balloontastic.co.uk

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

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

Experience the magic of fireworks...and more

1c Monument Business Park, Chalgrove, OX44 7RW

Barbela Designs

Interesting guest favours & table decorations

01865 400918

barbelacraft@talk21.com

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

Favours From Us........................................07887 772233 Dukes Ride, Silchester, Berks, RG7 2PX

Bespoke handmade wedding stationery and favours FAVOURS FROM US

Tel: 0845 260 6247

www.skylinepromotions.co.uk

A firework finale for your wedding

t: 07887 772233 w: favoursfromus.co.uk

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

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

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

Sweets As You Like....................................07968 766380 Bernisfield, Oxon, OX10 7LZ Stylish and fun sweetie buffet for your wedding day.

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If you're thinking about finishing your festivities with something spectacular, a firework display is always popular with guests. Speak to your venue to check if there are any restrictions on what time your fireworks can be set off, or how loud they can be. Think about the timing - for a summer display, it isn't totally dark until 11pm, but 4pm in the winter. Can the display be set to your favourite music? A professional company can advise you on all these details and more.

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Florists

Florists

Chiltern Florists..........................................01491 837739 Angela Smailes Flowers................ 01491 836964 Ewelme, Oxon, OX10 6HP A personal & professional service for weddings. www.as-weddingflowerdesigns.co.uk

25 High Street, Benson, Oxon, OX10 6RP

Chiltern Florists

Ann Laing Flowers.....................................01235 221009 Harwell, Oxon, OX11 0HD

The Bespoke Florist...................................07725 970464 Berrick Salome, nr Wallingford, Oxon, OX10 6JJ

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

Beautiful fresh flowers for your wedding day Call us on: 01491 837739 25 High Street, Benson, Oxon, OX10 6RP

Emma Walker Flowers..............................01865 341528 Threadneedle House, 9 Nuneham Courtenay, OX44 9NZ

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

Branching Out............................................01491 833366 13 Market Place, Wallingford, Oxon, OX10 0AD

Charlton Park Garden Centre................01235 772700 Charlton Road, Wantage, Oxon, OX12 8EP

Make Your Wedding Fabulous Over the past 10 years, Fabulous Flowers have built an amazing reputation for wedding and event floristry. They have recently been awarded Master Florist status, and are recommended by Tatler Magazine as one of the top florists in the UK for two years running.

t: 01235 772700

w: charltonpark.net

No job is too big or too small for the Fabulous Flowers team – from exquisite bridal bouquets and buttonholes to grand cathedrals and palaces. For any enquiries, or to schedule a consultation, please contact Matthew and Gary. "The flowers were perfect, as were the candelabras and little details. I especially loved my bouquet, it was exactly what I wanted." Fabulous Flowers Abingdon 9a Bridge St Abingdon, Oxon OX14 3HN Telephone 01235 520346

Fabulous Flowers Oxford 63 Banbury Road Oxford, Oxon OX2 6PG Telephone 01865 511811

info@fabulousflowers.biz www.fabulousflowers.biz

For all your wedding flowers Created especially for your day For a Professional & Personal Sevice Charlton Road, Wantage, OX12 8EP

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Florists

Florists

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

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

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

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

Freemans Flowers.....................................01235 814479 137 Brasenose Road, Didcot, Oxon, OX11 7BP

Your wedding florist. Fresh flowers and fresh ideas for your special day. 01491 871982 www.ferrylaneflorist.co.uk

Floral Elegance............................... 07850 570019 Dry Sandford, Abingdon, Oxon, OX13 6EB Beautiful flowers for your wedding day. www.floral-elegance-flowers.co.uk

The Flower Studio.....................................01491 825365 10 St Martin’s Street, Wallingford, OX10 0AL

Flower............................................................01235 832953 The Old Dairy, Home Farm, Ardington, Oxon, OX12 8PD

flower Lovely wedding flowers 01235 832953 Facebook: flowerardington

www.flower-ardington.co.uk

Freemans Flowers Beautiful flowers for your wedding 01235 814479 freemansflowers@btconnect.com www.freemansflowers.org.uk

Green & Blooms.........................................01865 685007 Millets Farm Centre, Kingston Road, Frilford, OX13 5HB

Green & Gorgeous.....................................07977 445041 The Cutting Garden, The Bothy, Little Stoke, OX10 6AX

Hedgemead Flowers...................... 01235 833046 8 Broadway Close, Harwell, Didcot, OX11 0LB Wedding florist established over 15 years. www.hedgemeadflowers.co.uk

The Honey Pot Florist...............................01235 523818 25 West St. Helen Street, Abingdon, OX14 5BL

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

The Flowerstalk..............................0118 988 6622

97 Brook Street, Benson, Oxon, OX10 6LH

166 Hyde End Road, Shinfield, Reading, RG2 9ER The ultimate wedding flowers. www.the-flowerstalk.co.uk

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

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

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

Jason’s Flowers...........................................01235 769499 2 Market Place, Wantage, Oxon, OX12 8AT

Joanna Carter Flowers.............................01865 858638

Flower Workshop Beautifully designed flowers for all occasions Tel: 01865 739182

Warborough, Oxon, OX10 7DX

Kate Finegan Floral Design........... 07789 994536 Blewbury, Oxon, OX11 9QE Stylish Wedding flowers created with artistic flair. www.katefinegan.co.uk

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Florists Keri The Florist............................... 01491 838005 1 Ayres Yard, Station Road, Wallingford, OX10 0JZ Wedding flowers tailored to your requirements. www.wallingfordflowers.co.uk

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

Penny Blossoms............................. 07723 586994 Didcot, Oxon, OX11 7UR Blossoms designed for you. www.pennyblossoms.co.uk

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

Savages (Blewbury) Ltd...........................01235 850352 The Nurseries, London Road, Blewbury, OX11 9HB

Flower Checklist A complete guide

No wedding is complete without flowers, but don’t forget to include the following in your budget. Bridal Bouquet: from a single rose (very on trend), to a traditional cascade or a simple hand-tied bouquet. Bridesmaids posies: these don’t have to be identical, but could be variations on a theme.

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

Stemtation Flowers...................................01491 410300 4 Market Place Mews, Henley-on-Thames, RG9 2AH

Thanks A Bunch.........................................01367 244806

Buttonholes: an essential item for the male bridal party, and for all male guests if budget allows.

7a Market Place, Faringdon, Oxon, SN7 7HL

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

Wessex Flower Company............... 01488 649733 Hungerford, Berks, RG17 7AL Bespoke wedding and event floral design. www.wessexflowercompany.co.uk

White Garden..............................................01491 577370 35 Hart Street, Henley-on-Thames, Oxon, RG9 2AR

Wicked Lily...................................................07879 036840

Corsages: for mothers of the bride and groom, these are more elaborate than buttonholes. Venue displays: make your budget go further by choosing flowers in season with lots of greenery.

Henley-on-Thames, Oxon, RG9 5NH

Wild Thyme..................................... 01491 613775 6 High Street, Watlington, Oxon, OX49 5PR Beautiful designs with a wild hint. www.wildthyme-florists.co.uk

Thank-you flowers: it’s traditional to thank both mothers with bouquets, so add to your order!

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Gifts & Gift Lists

Great Ideas

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

Candy Bouquets & Buffets UK...............07875 715797

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

86a Abingdon Road, Drayton, Oxon, OX14 4HP

The Kiln Ceramic Café..............................01491 414254

The Finishing Touch..................................01235 554533

51 Reading Road, Henley-on-Thames, Oxon, RG9 1AB

13 Stert Street, Abingdon, Oxon, OX14 3JF

The Lemongrove Gallery........................01491 577215

The Funky Teapot Signature Plates.....01235 769777

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

21b Grove Street, Wantage, Oxon, OX12 7AB

Lifestyle Boutique.....................................01235 760345

Henley Ceremonies.................................0118 940 3222

3 Post Office Vaults, Market Place, Wantage, OX12 8AT

Rivermead Cottages, Mill Lane, Shiplake, Oxon, RG9 3LZ

New Seasons Naturals.............................01235 767199

Mags & Tims Ice Cream Trike.................07582 544715

Grove Technology Centre, Wantage, OX12 9GN

Moorland Road, Witney

UK Thermomix Gifts..................................01235 767014

Want something different for your wedding? Hire Mag’s & Tim’s Ice Cream Trike

East Challow, Oxon, OX12 9SS

Ideas to add a little bit extra to your day

For a fixed price we will serve delicious Winstones Traditional Ice cream for 2-3 hours indoors or out

T: 07582 544715

E: mxticecream@sky.com

Pretty Teas Vintage China.......................01491 838855

It is the little touches that your guests will remember long after the wedding, so think about those slightly different things which will get everyone talking. From an owl bearing your rings, which will fly into your ceremony, to a lucky chimney sweep who will be ready to give you a traditional good luck kiss as you leave the church or ceremony - there are lots of great ideas around at present. Candy buffets and carts have become hugely popular, and can usually be decorated to your colour scheme or theme, and personalised with names or pictures. If you then combine this with an Ice Cream cart, this is every big kid's dream wedding reception.

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Wallingford, Oxon, OX10 8AB

Sweet Temptations...................................07525 002557 The Broadway, Didcot, Oxon, OX11 8RJ Old fashioned sweet shop.

Sweet Treat's Candy Cart........................07875 269683 Grove, Oxon, OX12 7JE

The Oxford Lucky Chimney Sweep.....01865 400244 Drayton St. Leonard, Wallingford, Oxon, OX10 7AS

Time For Tea Vintage................................07920 596862 Devoncot, Harpsden, Henley-on-Thames, Oxon, RG9 4HL Vintage crockery hire and event styling.

The Wedding House.................................01491 825595 1 Ayres Yard, Station Road, Wallingford, Oxon, OX10 0JZ

The Wedding Ring Bearer............. 07557 023940 16 Crawley Avenue, Swindon, SN3 4LB A beautiful barn owl to fly in with your wedding rings www.wings-over-wiltshire.com

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Guest Accommodation

Guest Accommodation Little Gables B & B.....................................01491 837834

Alfred's Lodge Guest House.......... 01235 762409 23 Ormond Road, Wantage, Oxon, OX12 8EG Quality guest house accommodation. alfredslodge@aol.com

166 Crowmarsh Hill, Wallingford, Oxon, OX10 8BG

Manor Farm Bed & Breakfast.................01235 763188 Silver Lane, West Challow, Wantage, Oxon, OX12 9TJ

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

The Bear Hotel............................................01235 766366 Market Place, Wantage, Oxon, OX12 8AB

Brook Farm Cottages................................01235 820717 Milton Road, Drayton, Oxon, OX14 4EZ

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

Chilton Apartments & Cottages...........07747 462320 Chilton House, Townsend, Chilton, Oxon, OX11 0SJ

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.

01235 763188

www.manorfarm-wantage.co.uk

Goodlake Barns..........................................01367 710112 Church Farm, Shellingford, SN7 7QA

The Old Crown Coaching Inn................01367 242744

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

25 Market Place, Faringdon, Oxon, SN7 7HU

Long Wittenham, Oxon, OX14 4QH

Premier Inn Abingdon............................0871 527 8014

Hill Farm........................................................01865 891173

Marcham Road, Abingdon, Oxon, OX14 1AD

Newington, Wallingford, Oxon, OX10 7AL

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

Regis Guesthouse......................................01235 762860

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12 Charlton Road, Wantage, Oxon, OX12 8ER

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

Wittas Ham Cottage B&B........................01865 407686 High Street, Long Wittenham, Oxon, OX14 4QH

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Hats

Hats Louise Claire Millinery................... 01491 826244

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

Hats Whiskers................................. 01367 870248 Woodside Farm, Gainfield, Faringdon, SN7 8QQ Beautiful hats and fascinators for sale or hire.

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, Oxon, RG9 2AR A wide variety of hats to suit all types.

Hats are a bit like Marmite - you either love them or hate them. As a bride, you’ll probably not be wearing a hat (although don’t rule it out), but if your friends and family are fretting, share our hot tips: •

Head for a specialist milliner. It may be a little more expensive than the high street (although not always), but they’ll be able to create something unique to reflect the wearer’s personality and tone perfectly with the outfit. You can always tell when someone is wearing an ‘off the shelf hat’

Don’t assume big is beautiful. The pill box hat has become more popular recently this hat sits neatly on the top of the head without obscuring the face and ensuring you are not permanently in the shade in photos.

Fascinators are still very much in vogue and offer a playful, easy-to-wear alternative to a more traditional hat. They come in a range of different colours and styles.

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

Health & Beauty Bob Bradley.................................... 07778 301924

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

Adaptive Light Laser Studio..................01235 535553 5 High Street, Abingdon, Oxon, OX14 5BB

Alice's Nails and Beauty..........................01235 523773 86c Abingdon Road, Drayton, Oxon, OX14 4HP

Alison Clare Hair Studio................ 01235 555311

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

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

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

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

83 Vineyard, Abingdon, Oxon, OX14 5AJ Including professional services for brides. Free consultations on your special hair creation.

Chi Hair Salon.............................................01491 575247

Angela McKnight Hair..............................07885 092949

1 Peachcroft Centre, Abingdon, Oxon, OX14 2QA

Abingdon, Oxon

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

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

Beauty by Jan..............................................07855 380632 Abingdon, Oxon, OX14 5QN

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

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

357 Reading Road, Henley-on-Thames, Oxon, RG9 4HA

Creations Hair & Beauty..........................01235 532851 Creations Hair & Beauty..........................01235 831200 6ab Milton Park, Abingdon, Oxon, OX14 4RR

Cut 21.............................................................01235 767616 22 Mill Street, Wantage, Oxon, OX12 9AQ

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

Denise’s Beauty Treatments...................01235 767670 24 Denchworth Road, Wantage, OX12 9AX

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

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

Courtney House, 2 Lechlade Rd, Faringdon, SN7 8AQ

For all your hair and beauty needs in the run up to and on your wedding day Tel: 01367 240757

www.bellavisohairandbeauty.co.uk

Bladez Hair Studio.....................................01235 814455 3-5 Station Road, Didcot, Oxon, OX11 7LU

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Relax and pamper yourself before the wedding with a visit to one of the many day spas in easy reach of South Oxfordshire. There are plenty of reviews on our website.

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Health & Beauty

Health & Beauty

Elsewhere Salon.........................................01235 798078

Hair Lounge & Beautiful Treats...................01869 241866

15 Market Place, Wantage, Oxon, OX12 8AB Creating the perfect hair style for your wedding day.

Merton Road, Ambrosden, Bicester, Oxon, OX25 2LS

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

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

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

First Cut Salons Ltd...................................01491 833225

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

4 St Peter's Place, Wallingford, Oxon, OX10 0BG

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

Fitness in Time............................................01235 537002

Head To Toe Hair & Beauty.....................01865 730044

Abingdon, Oxon, OX14 3NJ

6-8 Cumnor Road, Boars Hill, Oxon, OX1 5JP

Flawless Hair & Makeup..........................07759 220854

Headfirst Hairdressers..............................01235 835404

Didcot, Oxon, OX11 7YG

High Street, Harwell, Oxon, OX11 0EX

FM Hair Design...........................................01235 532806

Headlines......................................................01235 763528

17 Stert Street, Abingdon, Oxon, OX14 3JF

12 Wallingford Street, Wantage, Oxon, OX12 8AX

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

fm hair design abingdon 01235 532806

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

I Do Wedding Hair & Make Up..............07545 326730 Abingdon, Oxon, OX14 5PW

Imogen Dental...........................................01491 833380 Forresters 4 Hair.........................................01235 536100 2-4 Ock Street, Abingdon, Oxon, OX14 5AW

Forresters 4 Hair.........................................01491 837523 25 High Street, Wallingford, Oxon, OX10 0BU

Gemini Hair Stylist.....................................01235 520569 25 Stert Street, Abingdon, Oxon, OX14 3JF

Hair & Beauty Works.................................01491 825999 27 High Street, Benson, Oxon, OX10 6RP

Hair & Body Workshop.............................01865 340194 65 High Street, Dorchester-on-Thames, Oxon, OX10 7HN

14 High Street, Benson, Oxon, OX10 6RP

Indigo Beauty Rooms.................... 07891 496684 TFD Health & Fitness, Grove, Oxon, OX12 9FA Spray tanning, lash extensions, nails and more. www.indigobeautyrooms.co.uk

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

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

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

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Health & Beauty

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

La Medusa Hairdresser............................01491 576116

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

6 Station Road, Henley-on-Thames, Oxon, RG9 1AY

Katie Bolton Make-up Artist..................07958 167676 Grove, Oxon, OX12 7NA

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

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

La Belle Vie...................................................01235 766379 3 Savile Way, Grove, Wantage, Oxon, OX12 0PT

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

Loft Hair........................................................01235 815441 126a Broadway, Didcot, Oxon, OX11 8AB

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

The Look Hair Salon..................................01235 522876 27 High Street, Abingdon, Oxon, OX14 5BB

Marc Antoni.................................................01491 576737 5 Hart Street, Henley-on-Thames, Oxon, RG9 2AR

Nails & Beauty By Dianne.......................01367 820675 Hair, Nail and Beauty Salon

Make your Wedding Day perfect Expert hairstylists and beauticians Contact us for more information:

www.labelleviehairandbeauty.co.uk 01235 766379

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

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 Street, Abingdon, OX14 5AJ

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

Ock Street Clinic.........................................01235 533777

Start early with your beauty regime It's never too early to start thinking about your beauty routine for the big day. Your skin will really benefit from weeks of tip-top care so once you've set a date, set aside some time and budget - to overhaul your skincare habits. Treat yourself to a really good moisuriser and experiment with face masks - vitamin C masks are hot news at the moment, and don't forget to exfoliate all over on a regular basis!

45 Ock Street, Abingdon, Oxon, OX14 5AG

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

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

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

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

Pure Elegance Beauty..............................01491 836930 34 Sinodun Road, Wallingford, Oxon, OX10 8AB

Qutis Clinic Abingdon.............................01235 533772 21 West St Helens Street, Abingdon, Oxon, OX14 5BL Specialists in anti-wrinkle treatments, fillers & hair removal

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Health & Beauty

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

Sophie Small Make Up Artist........ 07912 675535

44 Wantage Road, Didcot, Oxon, OX11 0BT

Henley-on-Thames, Oxon, RG9 2EE Professional, reliable, & friendly make up artist. www.sophiesmall.co.uk

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

Retreat Hairdressing.................................01235 521331 26 Bath Street, Abingdon, Oxon, OX14 3QH

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

Rudi Kartal....................................................01491 572056 20 Duke Street, Henley-on-Thames, Oxon, RG9 1UP

Segais Hair Design....................................01235 223826 180 Broadway, Didcot, Oxon, OX11 8RN

Segais Hair Design....................................01367 244344 8 London Street, Faringdon, Oxon, SN7 7AA

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

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

Stennings Hair Studio..............................01491 651890 3 The Pound, Cholsey, Oxon, OX10 9NS

The Strand....................................................01491 577732 5 Greys Road, Henley-on-Thames, Oxon, RG9 1SB

The Sun Spa.................................................01235 550060 Coxeter House, 21-27 Ock Street, Abingdon, OX14 5AJ

Segais Hair Design....................................01235 225522 6 Grove Street, Wantage, Oxon, OX12 7AA A variety of treatments including spray tans, manicures, pedicures & facials Offering a high quality service at affordable prices

01235 550060 www.thesunspa.co.uk

Swedish Beauty..........................................07852 966919 Park Road, Didcot, Oxon, OX11 8QP

Sharmi Joseph............................................01491 414075 37-39 Station Road, Henley-on-Thames, RG9 1AT A great range of treatments for the whole body.

Skinny Wraps Wantage............................07935 435550 Wantage, Oxon, OX12 0PT

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

Soll Leisure - Faringdon...........................01367 241755 Leisure Centre, Fernham Road, Faringdon, SN7 7LB

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

TFD Health & Fitness................................01235 772995 Grove Technology Park, Downsview Road, Grove, OX12 9FA

Twilights Hair Studio................................01491 575743 122 Greys Road, Henley-on-Thames, Oxon, RG9 1QW

Unique Hairdressers.................................01235 816445 7 Lostock Place, Didcot, Oxon, OX11 7XT

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

Welmore Spa...............................................01367 870202 Welmore Farm, Hinton Waldrist, Oxon, SN7 8PZ

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

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Honeymoons 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

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

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.

Oxonian Travel Services Ltd...................01235 772288 28a Wallingford Street, Wantage, Oxon, OX12 8BH

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

Thomas Cook.............................................0844 335 7735

Sun and Sand: the perfect way to relax after the build up to the big day. The world is your oyster!

7-8 Victoria Cross Gallery, Market Place, Wantage, OX12 8AS

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

Travel Counsellors - Sandra....................01865 400742 Chapel Lane, Chalgrove, Oxon, OX44 7RF

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

Traveltime....................................................01491 411040 43 Market Place, Henley-on-Thames, Oxon, RG9 2AA

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

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

Share an Interest: both love yoga? Or painting? Share your passion on a special interest holiday.

Oxford House, Market Place, Wallingford, OX10 0AD

TRIANGLE TRAVEL Let us be your guide to finding your perfect holiday All inclusive to beach resorts & hotels Tel: 01491 825155

www.triangletravel.co.uk

Glamp it Up: snuggle up under canvas in a luxury teepee or yurt and enjoy the great outdoors.

Tesco, Marcham Road, Abingdon, OX14 1TU

Safari Days: an African safari combines adventure and romance in a trip you’ll never forget.

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Virgin Holidays...........................................01235 533946


Jewellers

Jewellers Deacon & Son.............................................01367 241114

BoHo Designs.............................................07733 113216 Stanford-in-the-Vale, Oxon, SN7 8HT

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

Caroline Henney Vintage.............. 01865 251075 Antiques on High, Oxford, OX1 4BG Vintage wedding jewellery & accessories www.bagthejewels.co.uk

Coleman & Coleman.................................01235 762401 27 Market Place, Wantage, Oxon, OX12 8AE “Specialist in bespoke jewellery to commission” 07810 871122 01235 762401 www.colemancoleman.co.uk

18 Market Place, Faringdon, Oxon, SN7 7HP

Frend & Co....................................................01235 523444 3 West St Helen Street, Abingdon, Oxon, OX14 5BL

Lawsons Goldsmiths...................... 01491 412232 17 Duke Street, Henley-on-Thames, RG9 1UR Custom made jewellery for the bride and groom. www.lawsonsgoldsmiths.co.uk

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

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

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

Studio 35......................................................01491 574631 35 Duke Street, Henley-on-Thames, Oxon, RG9 1UR

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Marquees

Marquees County Marquees.......................... 01628 770363

A Future Sound..........................................01235 771652 16 Letcombe Walk, Wantage, Oxon, OX12 0BY

afuturesound Quality marquee hire for weddings

Maidenhead, Berks, RG10 0JP Experts in marquee weddings. www.county-marquees.co.uk

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

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 771652 / 07803 191717

www.afuturesound.co.uk Advanced Marquees................................01367 242931

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”.

The Old Plough, Great Coxwell, Faringdon, SN7 7SR

ADVANCED MARQUEES Fine, Quality Marquees for any occasion...

Lulu's Marquees.........................................01491 835816 Unit 6 Dairy Lane, Henley-on-Thames, Oxon, RG9 3AS

Manor Marquees.......................................07768 242096 Manor Farm, West Challow, Wantage, OX12 9TJ

Rent-A-Tent Marquee Hire......................01235 868667 Barn Close, Denchworth, Wantage, Oxon, OX12 0EZ

01235 868667

01367 242931 www.advancedmarquees.com

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

Banbury Marquee Hire.................. 01608 730303

Tubes Marquees.........................................01235 538381

Meadow Works, Hook Norton, Banbury, OX15 5DQ Luxury marquees for all year round hire. www.banburymarqueehire.co.uk

Unit 3a, Thrupp Lane, Radley, Oxon, OX14 3NS

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Happy guests, Happy couple

Involve, include and inform your wedding 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!

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

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.

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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Menswear

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

Formal Tailor................................................01869 360444 Unit 13, Arena 14, Bicester Park, Bicester, Oxon, OX26 4SS

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

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

Suits Newbury...............................................01635 33455 Weavers Walk, Newbury, RG14 1AL

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

Mother of Bride First Edition..................................................01491 837195 Goodrich Bespoke......................... 07809 455268

9 Market Place, Wallingford, Oxon, OX10 0EG

Reading, Berks, RG6 4HP Personally tailored bespoke suits. www.goodrichbespoke.co.uk

House Of Colour - Melanie.....................01491 651314

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

Blewbury, Oxon, OX11 9PG

29 Market Square, Witney, Oxon, OX28 6AD See advertisement on page 7.

Opal (Marjories Ltd)..................................01235 762164

49 Station Road, Cholsey, Oxon, OX10 9PX

Lesley Ann Gentry.....................................01235 851331

2 Newbury Street, Wantage, Oxon, OX12 8BS

Phase Eight..................................................01491 578167

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

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

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Wedding Formal Wear Hire

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Walters of Oxford would be pleased to arrange the hire of your Dinner Suit, Morning Suit and Lounge Suit for that special occasion.

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 Crossfade Disco............................. 01865 762901

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

A Touch of Moonlight.................... 01865 821646 20 The Paddock, Longworth, Abingdon, OX13 5BX Professional flautist - beautiful music for your wedding. www.atouchofmoonlight.co.uk

Ade North's Mobile Disco.............. 01793 782089 Starsound Express, Longcot, SN7 7TG Large screen video music, themed graphics. www.findadisco.com

London Road, Headington, Oxford, OX3 9EE Tom Norridge - DJ and wedding host. www.crossfade.co.uk

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

The Big Disco & Karaoke Company.....01235 533600

30 Joyces Road, Stanford-in-the-Vale, SN7 8HT

Tennyson Drive, Abingdon, Oxon, OX14 5PD

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

BigShow Disco............................................07879 425095

46 Magdalen Road, Oxford, OX4 1RB

Abingdon, Oxon, OX14 5JA

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

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

Charters Discos.............................. 01993 866647 Witney, Oxon, OX28 6LU Professional wedding disco. www.chartersdiscos.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

Fast Forward Disco....................................01235 202275 Old Farm Close, Abingdon, Oxon, OX14 3XU

Gay and Alan Handbells..........................01491 822406 Wallingford, Oxon, OX10 0TB

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

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

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

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Did you know that there are details of local fairs at the back of the guide? Look for national wedding fairs on the Guides for Brides website.

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Music

Music

Harpist Jennifer Hill..................................01235 511196

Kristina Kennedy - Harpist............ 01993 883568

29 Haydon Road, Didcot, Oxon, OX11 7JA

East End House, East End, Witney, OX29 6PX Beautiful music for your wedding day. www.harpweddings.co.uk

Harpist Jennifer Hill Beautiful music for your ceremony or reception.

Tel: 01235 511196

www.harpteacher.co.uk Ian Miles Organist......................................01235 426109 23 Vintner Road, Abingdon, Oxon, OX14 3PF

Incandescence Disco................................01865 989588 Littlemore, Oxford, OX4 3TN

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

Oxford Gospel Choir.................................07519 668137 Oxon, OX14 2ET

Oxfordshire Wedding Entertainers.....01235 426333 43 Curtis Avenue, Abingdon, Oxon, OX14 3UL

Party People Discos....................... 07711 764749 Abingdon, Oxon, OX14 Wedding disco service covering Oxfordshire & beyond www.partypeoplediscos.co.uk

Paul Francis Organist................................01235 848215 Sutton Courtenay, Abingdon, OX14 4BW

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

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

Piper Major..................................................07812 686040 Wallingford, Oxon, OX10 9DL

The Rascals Of Rhythm............................01235 765648 31 Belmont, Wantage, Oxon, OX12 9AS A refreshing Jazz band for your wedding.

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

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

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

Musical types The perfect choice

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

Trio Of Trebles.............................................07868 734929

Choirs: Can bring a touch of class to a civil or church ceremony. Be sure to listen to their repertoire first.

Radley, Oxon, OX14 2HS

Trio of Trebles

Karaoke: Intersperse a session with music from a band or disco, for great fun and entertainment. Harpist: A great choice for both the ceremony and reception creating a romantic feel.

Soloist or Trio of professionally trained choristers to sing during your church service, boosting your congregational hymns and singing during the Signing of the Register. Favourites include Ave Maria, Wings of a Dove, Amazing Grace and many more.

www.triooftrebles.co.uk For bookings email: info@triooftrebles.co.uk

String Quartets: Very traditional. They are classic and beautiful, and perfect for most weddings. Ceilidh: Why not have a barn dance and get everybody to their feet. Great for all ages!

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

DJ: Nothing beats a good DJ to get everybody on the dancefloor, especially with your favourite songs.

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Photography

Photography Aimee Kirkham Photography....... 07929 197257

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

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

Ashley Taylor Photography....................07934 444676 63 Broadway, Didcot, Oxon, OX11 8AR

The Bridal Photographer........................01491 615220 Couching House, Couching Street, Watlington, OX49 5PX

Spreading the word Have you come across a particularly good supplier? Were you delighted by a quote coming in under budget? Or have you been disappointed with a service that wasn't quite what you were expecting? Other brides-to-be will value your experience, so why not leave your feedback on our website? It's easy and quick. Simply find the company's advertisement on our website, click on it, and then leave your review. Try and keep any feedback specific, so other brides will know exactly what you did or didn't like.

Cheryl George Photography.................01491 572406 Henley-on-Thames, Oxon, RG9 1EA

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

Daisy Daisy Photography.......................07730 032220 High Street, Watlington, OX49 5PZ

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

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

Wwww.ifocusphotography.co.uk M07867508925 Econtact@ifocusphotography.co.uk Jeremy Wynne Photography........ 01235 523258 Abingdon, Oxon, OX14 3AU Best value photographer in the county. www.jeremywynne.com

Flash Photography....................................07714 322603

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

Abingdon, Oxon, OX14 3TE

The personal touch As well as producing fabulous and memorable shots, the ideal wedding photographer is also very much a people person. Organising up to two hundred guests for photos is no easy task - an experienced photographer will have great organisational skills plus charm to ensure the photography sessions run smoothly. Informal, reportage style shots make life easier, but most couples also want a handful of more formal family shots. Ifocus Photography..................................07867 508925 Shirley Road, Maidenhead, Berks, SL6 4PH

Jen Marino...................................................07414 813904 Middle Furlong, Didcot, Oxon, OX11 7SL

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Take a good look at his or her work, but also ask them how they like to work, and if they bring an assistant. If not, consider allocating an usher to help out on the day.

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Photography Lucy Walters Photography.....................07816 998808 69 Chinnor Road, Thame, Oxon, OX9 3LP

07816 998808 www.lucywaltersphotography.co.uk

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

Katy Mealing Photography....................07580 331303 18 Lovell Close, Henley-on-Thames, Oxon, RG9 1PX

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

Katy Mealing Photography Beautiful, Natural Wedding Photography 07580 331 303 www.katymealingphotography.com

Lisa Gill Photography...............................01494 812201 3 Regius Court, Penn, Bucks, HP10 8RL

Mel Taylor Photography..........................01235 763359 Letcombe Regis, Oxon, OX12 9JJ

capturing your day in a beautiful, natural way 01494 812201 lisa@lisagillphotography.com

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01235 763359 meltaylorphotography.co.uk

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Photography

Mike Fear Photography..........................0845 465 0132

Philip Nash Photographics.....................01235 526738

Watlington, Oxon, OX49 5AD

22 Victoria Road, Abingdon, Oxon, OX14 1DQ

More Than Images...................................0800 542 7852

www.philipnashphotography.co.uk

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

Paul Newbery Photography..................07703 732396 Peppard Common, Henley-on-Thames, Oxon, RG9 5HN

Paul Viney Photography..........................01235 521207 4 Gall Close, Abingdon, Oxon, OX14 3XY

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

Capture the feeling...

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

PhotoJenic Life...........................................07974 426659 Long Hanborough, Witney, Oxon, OX29 8JQ

Robert James Photography.......... 01491 832756

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3 Hithercroft Road, Wallingford, OX10 9GQ Professional, contemporary, excellence. www.robertjamesphotography.co.uk

Simon Murdoch Photography..............07730 621889 Kingston Bagpuize, Abingdon, OX13 5AZ

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

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The Art Of Photographing Your Wedding From Start To Finish

Simon Murdoch Wedding photography

07730 621889 www.guidesforbrides.co.uk

www.simonmurdoch.co.uk

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Planners

Stationery

By CeCe.........................................................07764 499744

Alex-clusive Designs.................................07557 055619

The Wedding House, Ayres Yard, Station Rd, Wallingford

Buckland, Faringdon, Oxon, SN7 8QQ

Isobel Weddings........................................01235 847268

Aurora Weddings.......................................07935 354665

Sutton Courtenay, Oxon, OX14 4NF

Didcot, Oxon, OX11 7SL

Ruby Weddings..........................................07901 774696 17 Tavistock Avenue, Didcot, Oxon, OX118NA

Vanilla Rose Weddings & Events... 07976 792241 Drayton, Oxon, OX14 4JH Full, partial and on the day wedding co-ordination. www.vanillaroseweddings.co.uk

Do I need help with my planning? If you are on a tight budget, then a wedding planner may seem like an unnecessary cost, but did you realise a good planner can actually save you money? Not only can they can point you in the right direction of reliable suppliers, they may also be able to negotiate discounts from companies. The biggest saving for most brides however, is time and stress! With a wealth of experience of organising other people's weddings, a good planner will have great contacts and be able to save you hours of research. Prices will vary from planner to planner. Some will charge a percentage of your overall spend, whilst others will quote a single price based on an agreed specification, so be clear about exactly what help you need, and make sure your planner alerts you along the way to any extras you may incur.

Hand-Fast Wedding Stationery..................01491 614137 8 High Street, Watlington, Oxon, OX49 5PS

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

Noble Hound..............................................01865 300798 Abingdon Road, Standlake, Oxon, OX29 7RL

The Stamp Attic..........................................01235 760821 9 Arbery Arcade, Market Place, Wantage, OX12 8AB

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Stag & Hen K & K Printing And Embroidery............01235 516699 31 Vauxhall Road, Didcot, Oxon, OX11 7AQ A range of printed items perfect for any stag or hen party.

KuBu Spa......................................................01491 414130 16 Bell Street, Henley-on-Thames, Oxon, RG9 2BG Unique urban day spa offering luxury relaxation.

Laser Gaming Outdoor Lasertag.........01865 407316 Culham Site, Culham, Oxon, OX14 3DA

My River Cruising.......................................07780 887172 Henley-on-Thames, Oxon Sleeps up to 11 people, ideal for a stag or hen weekend.

What will your toastmaster do? Toastmasters are making a comeback! The tradition of being a professional master of ceremonies is being passed through families and the number of toastmasters available is on the increase. Not sure what a modern toastmaster will do? Our checklist outlines just some of the ways in which a toastmaster might be able to help with your special day.: •

Advise on etiquette issues, from the wording on the invitation to seating plans.

Help will speech-writing for the groom, father of the bride and best man in the weeks leading up to the wedding.

Ensure the venue is as you would want it before you arrive.

Help ushers with marshalling the guests for photographs.

Keep everyone on track with timings, liaising between photographer and caterers for example.

Announce the arrival of the bride and groom at the reception.

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

Introduce each of the speeches in turn.

2 Hengest Gate, Harwell, Oxon, OX11 0HH

Announce the cutting of the cake.

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

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

White Horse Tipi Village..........................07767 303673 Longcot Road, Fernham, Oxon, SN7 7PR

Toastmasters

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

ROY TIMMS META

TOASTMASTER/MASTER OF CEREMONIES Your special occasion “made extra special”

But their skills and experience are just part of the toastmaster story. With their smart uniforms and traditional language, they are guaranteed to bring a real air of nostalgia and occasion to your special day. For more information on toastmasters, check out www.guidesforbrides.co.uk

Email: sonny.timms@btopenworld.com www.oxfordshire-toastmaster.co.uk

Telephone: 01869 241517 or 07411 228828

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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

www.bridestravel.co.uk

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

My Vintage Wedding Car Hire...............07780 887172 Suite 89, 105 London Road, Reading, RG1 4QD

01235 831251

info@bridestravel.co.uk

Chiltern Classic Wedding Cars..............07774 264474 Britwell Hill Farm, Watlington, Oxon, OX49 5HD

Arrive in first class style

Contact Mike on 07774 264474

Arrive in first class style

*Saturdays in 2014 still available*

www.myvintageweddingcarhire.co.uk

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.

Tel: 07780 88 71 72

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

1952 Buick convertible (Betsy) – the only one in the Cars..............................................01235 s up to Compass six (excluding the driver). Come (light) rain282838 or shine Milton, Oxon, OX14 4DZgrand arrival and photos. roof is dropped to allow the ates (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 Main Street, Grove, Wantage, Oxon, OX12 7JN The premier wedding car supplier in Oxfordshire. www.first-classtravel.co.uk

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

On The Road Arrive in style

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

Vintage or VIP? Whatever your personal bridal style, there’s the transport to suit!

Modern: Go for up-todate luxury with the latest top-of-the-range saloon for understated class.

PLATINUM WEDDING CARS

01869 810228

Horsedrawn: Add a touch of country style to your wedding, wherever you are!

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

Helicopters: Arrive James Bond style but make sure everyone has a vantage point to enjoy it! Vintage: Opt for quirky with a Morris Minor or go for surfer chic with a VW campervan. Classic: Never out of fashion, choose the classic options of a vintage Rolls or Bentley.

Wycombe Marsh, High Wycombe, HP11 1RG

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

Special Occasions Cars............................07758 923272

Buses: Don't forget guest transport! Vintage buses or luxury coaches are great choices.

Hanney Road, Steventon, Oxon, OX13 6DJ

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Venues

Venues The Bell Hotel..............................................01367 240534

*Abingdon Guildhall................................01235 524085 The Roysse Room, Abbey Close, Abingdon, OX14 3JE

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

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

*Badgemore Park......................................01491 637302 Henley-on-Thames, Oxon, RG9 4NR

Barton House..............................................01235 821460 East Lockinge, Wantage, Oxon, OX12 8QD

*The Bay Tree Hotel....................... 01993 822791 Sheep Street, Burford, Oxon, OX18 4LW A special venue for your special day www.cotswold-inns-hotels.co.uk/baytree

Market Place, Faringdon, Oxon, SN7 7HP

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

*Britwell House..........................................01491 613354 Britwell Salome, Oxon, OX49 5LJ

The Chequers..............................................01865 407771 Abingdon Road, Burcot, Oxon, OX14 3DP

Cherwell Boathouse...................... 01865 552746 Bardwell Road, Oxford, OX2 6ST Riverside marquee & terrace in central Oxford. www.cherwellboathouse.co.uk

*Coseners House.......................................01235 523198 Abbey Close, Abingdon, Oxon, OX14 3JD

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

Civil Ceremony approved venues Venues marked * in this Guide are approved to carry out Civil Ceremonies and also Civil Partnerships. The venues can be used for the legal wedding ceremony as well as the reception afterwards. There is usually an additional cost to hold the wedding ceremony there, in addition to the cost of the Registrar attending. If you want to chat to other couples who have chosen the same venue as you, visit our forum on the Guides for Brides website.

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The Cosener’s House Licensed for civil ceremonies Receptions from 20-100 guests Individually designed wedding package Exclusive use

The Cosener’s House is Grade 2 listed and occupies a picturesque Thames-side position. We are here to do everything we can to make your special day everything you dreamed of.

Tel: 01235 523198 or email: coseners@stfc.ac.uk

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Venues

Venues

*Cotswold Lodge Hotel...........................01865 512121

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

66a Banbury Road, Oxford, Oxon, OX2 6JP

Faringdon Road, Kingston Bagpuize, OX13 5BH

Civil Ceremonies, Partnerships & Wedding Receptions 6-120 Guests. 49 Bedrooms & Parking onsite.

Dedicated wedding co-ordinator to assist you throughout your planning and on the day. 01865 512121 cotswoldlodgehotel.co.uk

Your Special Day, Your Way

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

Kingston Bagpuize with Southmoor, Oxfordshire OX13 5BH

Tel: 01865 820416

www.fallowfields.com stay@fallowfields.com Fison Barn.....................................................01865 407792 Earth Trust, Little Wittenham, Oxon, OX14 4QZ

*The Crown Inn..........................................01491 638364 Pishill, Henley-on-Thames, Oxon, RG9 6HH

*De Vere Milton Hill House....................01235 825720 Milton Hill, Steventon, Oxon, OX13 6AF

*Denman........................................ 01865 391991

Fison Barn A perfect venue for your wedding reception

Marcham, Abingdon, Oxon, OX13 6NW A Georgian house surrounded by beautiful grounds. www.denman.org.uk/experience

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

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

Drayton Hall................................................01235 531418 Lock Way, Drayton, Abingdon, Oxon, OX14 4LF

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

*Eynsham Hall............................................01993 885201 North Leigh, Witney, Oxon, OX29 6PN

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Stunning 19th Century barn nestling in an Oxfordshire Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty A unique, flexible venue, a magical location, and extremely competitive prices, conveniently located in South Oxfordshire

01865 407792 www.earthtrust.org.uk Earth Trust, Little Wittenham, OX14 4QZ

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Dreaming of your perfect day? Milton Hill House is a charming Georgian Mansion House, beautifully set in 22 acres of parkland. Once you step onto the terrace overlooking the grounds, you’ll know that you’ve found your dream venue.

Here at Milton Hill House we offer you: • The Manor - a wonderful combination of classic and contemporary style • Private wedding reception suites, up to 120 bedrooms including bridal suite • Idyllic Italian Garden with licensed Pergola • Seen this advert? Quote "Promo10%" and receive 10% off your chosen wedding package!

To find out more, call 01235 825720 or email miltonsalesteam@deverevenues.co.uk Milton Hill House, Milton Hill, Steventon, Abingdon, Oxfordshire, OX13 6AF

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As one of Oxfordshire’s premier wedding venues, Eynsham Hall provides the perfect setting for the most memorable day of your life. The Grade II listed mansion is surrounded by beautifully landscaped gardens. With impeccable service and cuisine whatever your wedding requirements, your guests will be left with an everlasting impression.

Call our Wedding Specialist today to find out more on 01993 885 201 or email: weddings@eynshamhall.com www.guidesforbrides.co.uk

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

*Fredrick’s Hotel & Restaurant..............01628 581000 Shoppenhangers Road, Maidenhead, Berks, SL6 2PZ See advertisement on page 52

Frilford Heath Golf Club..........................01865 393666 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

FRILFORD HEATH GOLF CLUB Set in beautiful Oxfordshire countryside, Frilford Heath Golf Club offers you magnificent views over our prestigious courses for your all important photos to make your day perfect. Frilford Heath Golf Club, Oxford Road, Frilford Heath, Oxfordshire, OX13 5NW Tel 01865 393666 weddings@frilfordheath.co.uk

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

*Hawkwell House Hotel................ 01865 749988 Church Way, Iffley, Oxford, OX4 4DZ Licensed to perform Civil Ceremonies outside. www.hawkwellhouse.co.uk

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

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

*Henley Registration Office..................0845 129 5900 Northfield End, Henley-on-Thames, Oxon, RG9 2JN

*Henley Town Hall........................................ 01491 576982 Market Place, Henley-on-Thames, Oxon, RG9 2AQ

Hobbs of Henley............................ 01491 572035 Station Road, Henley-on-Thames, Oxon, RG9 1AZ Stunning wedding venue on the River Thames. www.hobbsofhenley.com

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

*Kingston Bagpuize House....................01865 820217 Kingston Bagpuize, Abingdon, Oxon, OX13 5AX

The Kingswell Hotel..................................01235 833043 Reading Road, Harwell, Oxon, OX11 0LZ

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

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HEADINGTON HILL HALL www.brookesconferences.com/weddings A 19th Century period house set in 14 acres of landscaped grounds.

Wedding and Events A magnificent restored historic Barn

The perfect venue for Civil Ceremonies, Civil Partnerships and Receptions.

01865 484614 headingtonhillhall@ brookes.ac.uk

Headington Hill Hall, Oxford OX3 0BP

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

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Venues

Venues

*Lains Barn...................................................01235 832745

*Oxford Thames Four Pillars..................01865 334444

Grove Park Drive, nr Ardington, Wantage, OX12 7QG

Henley Road, Sandford-on-Thames, Oxford, OX4 4GX

The Lake View Restaurant......................01865 391169

*Oxford Witney Four Pillars Hotel........01993 779777

Millets Farm Centre, Kingston Rd, Frilford, OX13 5HB

Ducklington Lane, Witney, Oxon, OX28 4EX

The Lamb At Buckland............................01367 870484

*Phyllis Court Club....................................01491 570513

Lamb Lane, Buckland, Faringdon, SN7 8QN

Marlow Road, Henley-on-Thames, Oxon, RG9 2HT

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

*Pinewood Hotel.......................................01753 896400

High Street, Ardington, Wantage, OX12 8PP

Wexham Park Lane, George Green, Bucks, SL3 6AP See advertisement on page 52

*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

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

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

Middle Aston, Bicester, Oxon, OX25 5PT

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

No minimum numbers Middle Aston House, Middle Aston, Oxfordshire OX25 5PT Email: enquiries@middleastonhouse.com, Tel: 01869 340361 www.middleastonhouse.com

The Miller of Mansfield............................01491 872829 High Street, Goring-on-Thames, Oxon, RG8 9AW

*Old Luxters Barn......................................01491 523982 Hambleden, Henley-on-Thames, Oxon, RG9 6JW

*Oxford Abingdon Four Pillars..............01235 553456 Marcham Road, Abingdon, Oxon, OX14 1TZ

*Oxford Spires Four Pillars......................01865 324324

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

Abingdon Road, Oxford, OX1 4PS

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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

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

*Silver Pear Weddings Ltd......................01367 810206

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

Friars Court, Clanfield, Oxon, OX18 2SU

*The Spread Eagle Hotel.........................01844 213661 16-17 Cornmarket, Thame, Oxon, OX9 2BW See advertisement on page 52.

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

The Springs Hotel & Golf Club

A stunning lakeside venue

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

Call Karen on 01491 836687 www.thespringshotel.com

SALTERS STEAMERS Oxford Henley Windsor & other locations 01865 243421

Civil ceremonies & receptions Special wedding packages Award-winning catering Bridal suite, 31 en-suite rooms

*Steventon House Hotel.........................01235 831223 Milton Hill, Steventon, Oxon, OX13 6AB 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 setting at Shiplake College near Henley

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

Great Hall, Terrace and Lawns • Licensed for Civil Ceremonies weddings@shiplake.org.uk • www.shiplake.org.uk

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Idyllic surroundings, superb service, fine cuisine and excellent accommodation - all the ingredients to ensure your wedding day is the best day of your life. Four Pillars Hotels have four hotels in Oxfordshire, which can cater for receptions up to 160 daytime guests, with up to 200 guests in the evening as well as smaller, more intimate weddings. All hotels are also licensed for civil ceremonies. Oxford Witney

For copies of our wedding packs visit www.four-pillars.co.uk or call the hotel of your choice.

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From the moment you step through the doors of an Art Hotel venue you feel the difference. A personal welcome awaits you, with an exceptional level of service where each of your requirements has been anticipated and prepared for. Our venues will lead you through all stages of your wedding planning; from your initial enquiry to the delivery of a perfect day – all done with an exceptional attention to detail and commitment to quality.

Winner of National Wedding Coordinator 2013 award. Shortlisted for Best Venue in London & the South East

Pinewood Hotel, George Green, SL3 6AP : 01753 896400 : www.pinewoodhotel.co.uk

Fredrick’s Hotel, Maidenhead, SL6 2PZ : 01628 581000 : www.fredricks-hotel.co.uk

The 54 Spread Eagle, Thame, OX9 2BW : 01844 213661 : www.spreadeaglethame.co.uk www.guidesforbrides.co.uk


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 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 • Catering by Jamie Oliver’s Fabulous Feasts with an emphasis on fresh, locally sourced ingredients • Idyllic location,10 minutes from junction 9 (M40) and mainline stations to London

WWW.THETYTHEBARN.CO.UK

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Getting married in church? 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. In 2008 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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Having a civil ceremony wedding? 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: 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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Venues

UPPER REACHES HOTEL

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

Sudbury House HOTEL & RESTAURANT

Close to Swindon and Oxford in the historic market town of Faringdon Stunning location for weddings up to 160 Beautiful landscaped gardens, ideal for photographs and outdoor ceremonies Exceptional personal service with packages to suit all budgets

Wedding Receptions THE IDEAL SETTING FOR YOUR SPECIAL DAY...

We pride ourselves on our attention to detail, attentive service and flexible attitude. You can be sure your wedding will feel memorable. 01367 241272 www.sudburyhouse.co.uk events@sudburyhouse.co.uk

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

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

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

The Vines Restaurant and Rooms...

Thames Street, Abingdon OX14 3JA P: 01235 522536 F: 01235 555182 info@upperreaches-abingdon.co.uk www.upperreaches-abingdon.co.uk

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

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

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

Worton Park

...a very special venue.

WEDDINGS

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

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

www.wortonparkweddings.co.uk

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The Wedding Planner by Guides for Brides

The perfect partner to this Guide is our on-line Wedding Planner. It includes a task list to guide you through every step, an interactive supplier shortlist and an essential budget planner. The Wedding Planner can be accessed on www.guidesforbrides.co.uk/planner or as a fantastic free App for iPhone, iPad or Android phones. www.guidesforbrides.co.uk/apps

Top tips when visiting Wedding Fairs Local Fairs will give you the chance to find local businesses and those who do not have high street shops. Most local Wedding Fairs are free to attend, but check on the website before you set off. Visit National Wedding Fairs for general inspiration. They charge an entry fee and there are usually in excess of 100 exhibitors to visit. The first 2 hours of a Wedding Fair are generally very busy, so avoid this time and arrive later so that you have the opportunity to speak to all the businesses in a more calm atmosphere. Take your cheque book with you on the day so that you can pay for deposits - it is rare for a business to have a card machine available on the day, so go prepared in order not to be disappointed. Ideally take your fiancĂŠ along with you on the day, but if that is not posssible, why not take your mum or chief bridesmaid to help you keep focussed. Before you visit a Wedding Fair, have a look on the website to see if there is a list of exhibitors and make a list of those you are wanting to speak to on the day. 58

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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 These fairs are organised by Guides for Brides

05/01/14

Abingdon Guildhall

12/01/14

Eynsham Hall

19/01/14

Macdonald Randolph Hotel

26/01/14

Whately Hall

02/02/14

Milton Hill House

16/02/14

Oxford Belfry

23/02/14

Oxford Thames Four Pillars

02/03/14

Lains Barn

16/03/14

Oxford Town Hall

05/05/14

Bicester Hotel Golf & Spa

26/05/14

Coseners House

06/07/14

Oxford Thames Four Pillars

25/08/14

Eynsham Hall

21/09/14

Oxford Town Hall

05/10/14

Oxford Thames Four Pillars

19/10/14

Milton Hill House

02/11/14

Lains Barn

Abingdon, Oxon

North Leigh, nr Witney, Oxon Oxford

Banbury, Oxon Steventon, Oxon

Milton Common, Oxon Sandford-on-Thames, Oxon

nr Wantage, Oxon Oxford Chesterton, Oxon

Abingdon, Oxon Sandford-on-Thames, Oxon

North Leigh, nr Witney, Oxon Oxford Sandford-on-Thames, Oxon

Steventon, Oxon

nr Wantage, Oxon


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