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Manor Hill House is a beautiful, rural, contemporary and exclusive use venue set in glorious North Worcestershire countryside, perfect for your wedding day. The four light and spacious reception rooms offer great flexibility of use allowing you to tailor your day to your unique requirements. You can also hire and enjoy our fantastic marquee that is directly adjoined to the house. In addition to this is full use of our picturesque gardens and barns. A perfect setting for outside ceremonies as well as fun styled street food, mesmerising photography and that wonderful feeling of 'the great outdoors’. At Manor Hill House we accommodate numbers of between 20 and 160 so however many guests you wish to join you, we are the perfect venue for you. There are four bedrooms including our stunning bridal en-suite which will be available for you and your wedding party to get ready in on the morning of your special day. We pride ourself on our catering and offer bespoke modern cuisine of exceptional quality. At your ‘Meet the Chef’ meeting you discuss all your needs tailoring your menu to match your requirements.

Our dedicated events team are committed to helping you have the perfect wedding day. We offer a friendly, fun and flexible approach whilst maintaining a highly professional service. At Manor Hill House, we help you to enjoy the experience from the first time you arrive for your initial viewing, through the planning phase and on to the big day itself. Our weddings really are personalised and no two are the same, we are honoured to be involved in your wedding day, it is as unique and special as you.

Swan Lane, Upton Warren, Bromsgrove, Worcestershire B61 9HE (3miles J5/M5) Tel: 01527 861200 Email:

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elcome to our Worcestershire Wedding Guide! If you’re planning a wedding in this gorgeous county, then we have all the advice and inspiration you’ll need to plan the perfect day. Worcestershire has over 60 licensed venues to choose from, from a unique outdoor in Bromsgrove to Georgian Palladian Mansion in Hagley, so if you’re on the hunt for the ideal place to say ‘I do’, take a look at our venue guide on page 4. Once you have your venue sorted, then we have top tips for all the details you’ll need to create your wedding vision, from flowers to cakes and the Pantone colour of the year - Living Coral, the perfect versatile shade. We even have a guide to picking the perfect wedding dress on page 10!

08 Real Wedding: Sophia and Alex 10 Your Perfect Wedding Dress 12 What Size is Your Wedding Cake Going To Be? 13 Wedding Flowers by Season 14 Living Coral Pantone Colour of the Year

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Choosing Your

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See our favourite wedding venues near you If you’re hitting the road to ‘I do’, with no idea of what kind of wedding venue would suit your tastes, this guide can help! Here are some of the most popular wedding venue types and who it would be suitable for, and we’ve picked some of our favourites from the local area to help get you started…

Hotel Wedding Venues Hotel wedding venues come with all the mod cons, often boasting luxurious rooms, on-site catering and acres of breathtaking grounds, with expert staff on hand catering to your every whim and desire. Plenty of hotels offer easily customisable wedding packages to make wedding planning as easy as possible, and your guests can easily retire to their rooms after dancing the night away only to meet you for a delicious breakfast the next morning.

Barn Wedding Venues Barns are a classic choice for an English wedding, as we have so many beautiful barn wedding venues throughout the UK. With their gorgeous rustic feel and wooden interiors, barns are perfect for couples who want something relaxed yet romantic. Enjoy the countryside views, beams strewn with fairy lights and bunting and beautiful photo opportunities, all while enjoying modern heating and sound systems. 4

OUR FAVOURITE VENUES IN WORCESTERSHIRE Country House Wedding Venues For glamorous brides who want to feel like something out of a fairytale, you can’t go wrong with an elegant country house wedding venue. Country houses and stately homes have stunning spaces for both wedding ceremonies and receptions, so if you’ve always dreamed of tying the knot in a picture gallery or orangery before enjoying an evening reception in the ballroom, then a country house may be the ideal wedding venue for you.

Outdoor Wedding Venues When it comes to outdoor wedding venues, the possibilities are endless. Ranging from a botanical garden wedding to a relaxed beach celebration by the sea, if you’re a bride that’s at one with nature, this type of wedding venue is for you. So, swap your wedding shoes for cowboy boots or flip-flops and get hitched in the great outdoors!

Hotel: The Elms Country House View details of this venue

Barn: Redhouse Barn, Bromsgrove View details of this venue

Country House: Hagley Hall, Hagley View details of this venue

Outdoor: Jinny Ring Craft Centre, Bromsgrove View details of this venue

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If you’re feeling on edge about the cost of a wedding, don’t worry, it’s totally normal! Couples can often be too focused on prices and end up compromising on areas of their wedding that they loved at the beginning. Our savvy pointers will help you stay within your budget, keep calm and find ways to incorporate everything you want for your big day. 6

How to be a Savvy Bride 2019 Pinterest is a great way to follow trends and gather inspiration for your big day. If you don’t have it already downloading it is an absolute must. It will soon become your best friend. Pinterest allows you to pin your favourite images, build a board and even share your ideas. This is a nice way to involve your mum, bridesmaids and friends in the wedding planning process, plus it’s free! Click here for Pinterest Being organised is one of the most important elements in order to stay savvy. If you love spreadsheets, you’re going to be in your element! However, if spreadsheets aren’t your thing and you want someone to do the hard work for you, sign up for the free online Guides for Brides Wedding Planner. You can work through a checklist in the lead up, manage your suppliers and quotes, organise a guest list and table plan, all while keeping track of your budget! Sign up for your FREE Wedding-Planner

It sounds cheeky but everyone does it! Have a sneak peek at other people’s weddings and see what it is you like about them and what worked well for them. The perfect place to do this is our Real Weddings section, where we feature endless beautiful weddings, oozing inspiration.

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A personal touch is what makes a wedding your own. Being a DIY bride is no bad thing and can end up saving you hundreds of pounds! Friends and family are often happy to help, so why not organise a night in for you and your nearest and dearest to get creative! Click here for more great wedding ideas A massive trend this year is couples creating their own wedding website. You can add your engagement story, collect your RSVP’s, share the menu choices and order of the day, all with your guests! You don’t even need to send physical invites but ‘e-versions’ – a great way to save on stationery costs.

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A Pretty Pastel Wedding in the Countryside.

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or their sunny May wedding, couple Jack and Jess chose a meaningful church ceremony followed by a fun marquee reception at Manor Hill House. After two years together and a year of wedding planning, Jess and Jack tied the knot at the incredible Sacred Heart Church in Droitwich Spa. Not only did they love the mosaic interior and stained glass windows, but the church was also where the bride was confirmed, making it even more meaningful. Bride Jess looked gorgeous in her lace A-line gown from Romantica, which she bought from Cathedral Belles in Worcester. The bridesmaids wore pastel pink floor-length gowns, while Jack and the groomsmen looked dapper in charcoal tails rented from Moss Bros with cravats to match the bridesmaids. After the ceremony, the couple and their 96 guests headed back to Manor Hill House for the reception. “We chose Manor Hill House as it could accommodate the number of people we wanted at our wedding and is set in the beautiful Worcestershire countryside with fantastic views,” says Jack. “The venue was


M oment s Jack’s favourite moment was seeing Jess for the first time when she arrived at church - only 10 minutes late! modern, light and traditional with a house party feel that catered for all our guests.” Jack and Jess chose a classic yet modern pastel pink, cream and light grey theme for their wedding. Bluebells Florist created the stunning floral arrangements to match, including the bride’s bouquet made up of roses, peonies, lisianthus and foliage, and the bridesmaid bouquets of roses and gypsophila. After their traditional wedding breakfast, the newlyweds and their guests danced the night away to a DJ. Just two days later, Jack and Jess jetted off on a dream Mexico honeymoon - bliss! ’s bouquet was fu ll o Jess fb ea peonies, lisianth us ses, a l ro nd ifu f ut

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ne of the best things about wedding dresses is that they come in all shapes and sizes, so no matter your bridal style, there’s something to suit everyone. Here’s our guide to finding the perfect silhouette for your big day…

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If you’re imagining a typical fairytale princess dress, then what you’re thinking of is probably a ballgown! The most voluminous wedding dress silhouette, a classic ballgown is fitted on the bodice, and flares out from the natural waist in a full skirt. This silhouette suits pear-shaped, hourglass and bigger busted brides, as it makes the most of your curves and still gives you a fairytale look; but it can also make apple shapes look wider. Taller brides will be able to pull off the large skirt, but petite brides may look swamped, so we’d recommend steering clear if you’re under 5’3”!

Dress by Lyn Ashworth, Daydreamer Collection

Dress by Willowby

The A-line silhouette (so-called because the shape of the skirt looks like a capital A) is flattering on practically every body type, thanks to the fact that it’s fitted up top and flares out from the waist. The wider skirt gives you plenty of room to walk and dance without being too big, and the fitted bodice shows off your waist while skimming over your stomach. If you want something a little more fitted without graduating to a fit and flare, then a modified A-line flares out a little lower, at the hip rather than the waist.

If you love the curve-hugging cut of the mermaid but are worried about it being unforgiving (or difficult to walk in!), then we recommend you try a gorgeous fit and flare gown. The fit and flare is also known as a trumpet silhouette, and is becoming more and more popular with brides thanks to its flattering cut. Unlike a mermaid wedding dress, the skirt on a fit and flare starts at the mid-thigh, rather than below the knee, which gives you more room to move as well as a more forgiving cut on the thigh and a more understated silhouette.

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What does a Wedding Cake Symbolise? The wedding cake symbolises good fortune and fertility. It also brings good luck to everyone who eats it. The wedding cake should be made with an abundance of good quality ingredients to symbolise a long-lasting, rich, and happy marriage. The bride cuts the first slice of cake to provide good fortune in the marriage.

Tradition of Saving Your Top Tier Back in the 19th century, couples saved their top tier for the christening of their first child. Today, couples generally wait a little while after their “I do’s”, before having children, so they’ll save the top tier for their first wedding anniversary.



WEDDING CAKE GOING TO BE? Deciding the size of your wedding cake can depend on the number of guests – using the information below will help avoid any leftovers! Click to find your nearest cake maker





8” 40 Servings

9” 51 Servings

9” 52 Servings

10” 65 Servings

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11” 78 Servings

12” 78 Servings

12” 78 Servings


79 Servings

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(64 without top)

(64 without top)

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134 Servings

(120 without top)

210 Servings

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Our Top Favourite Cake Flavour Combinations When it comes to the cake, the flavour is just important as the look. After all, it’s what’s on the inside that counts! Here are some of our favourite flavour combinations... Vanilla Sponge, Fresh Raspberry Jam & White Chocolate Icing Toffee Sponge & Salted Caramel Icing – Red Velvet Sponge & Cream Cheese Icing Lemon and Elderflower Sponge with Elderflower Buttercream Icing Chocolate Sponge & Baileys Buttercream Icing – Fruitcake, Marzipan & Royal Icing Pink Champagne Sponge with White Chocolate Buttercream GfB Worcestershire Wedding Guide 2019-20


Wedding Flowers by Season Seasonal wedding flowers are cheaper and easier to source, so we’ve created a helpful guide of what’s in season in the UK! Click here for a wedding florist near you


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Calla Lillies Tulips Ranunculus Anemones Irises Narcissus Forget-Me-Nots Freesias Gerberas Hyacinth Hydrangea Sweetpeas Lily of the Valley


Mimosa Alstroemeria Anemone Gladioli Orchids Cosmos Hydrangea Berries Roses Calla Lillies Physalis Chrysanthemum Phlox


Foxgloves Stocks Dahlias Gypsophila Sunflowers Lavender Carnations Chrysanthemum Roses Lilies Marigolds Zinnias

Wax flowers Amaryllis Poinsettia Hellebores Ivy Holly Anemones Gorse Narcissus Pussy Willow Snowdrops Euphorbia




Pantone Colour of the Year






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

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

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

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