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Congratulations on getting engaged! Exciting times are ahead; you are now ready to start planning your wedding day and we are here to help! This bumper anniversary edition is a celebration of I Do Magazine helping brides plan the best day of their life for 10 years. How amazing is that! We would just like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has supported us from the beginning; both wedding suppliers and brides who have attended our shows. You have helped make I Do Magazine what it is today and we can’t thank you enough.

Now, onto what you’re really here for. In this extra special issue, our biggest ever, we have everything you could imagine to help plan your wedding from start to finish.

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With all the very best local wedding suppliers showcasing their goods and services, you are in for a real treat. From venues to ice cream; bridalwear to entertainment, your perfect wedding day is just a few pages away! This really is your one stop shop for wedding planning. We’ve also got some fabulous real life weddings displaying a huge variety of wedding themes, décor and entertainment to get you excited for planning your own special day. Our 3rd annual I Do Wedding Awards went down a storm, with our biggest event yet, celebrating local wedding suppliers for all they do for brides-to-be like you. Check out our awards feature for all the juicy details and to find out who your fellow brides and grooms voted as the very best. Whether you’re just looking for

ideas and inspiration, or have a well thought out strategy and are ready to tackle your wedding planning head on, look to this magazine as your personal wedding planning bible. Circle wedding suppliers, fold corners down, tear pages out if you must but make sure you utilise this magazine and use it well. But wait, the planning help from I Do does not stop here. Our online wedding directory is now bigger than ever, with over 200 of the finest wedding suppliers now listed for the East Midlands region alone, and who could forget the biggest help of all; The I Do Wedding Exhibitions. I Do play host to ‘The Biggest One Day Wedding Exhibitions in the UK’. Make sure you download your free brides ticket to any of our shows at www.ido-weddingexhibitions.co.uk and prepare to be amazed. You can book every single item for your

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FASHION/BEAUTY 04 - BRIDAL 11 - HAIR 12 - BRIDESMAIDS

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REAL LIFE WEDDINGS 14 - KATHRYN & PHILLIP 16 - TARA & MARK 18 - AMY & EDDY 20 - STEPHANIE & STEWART

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I DO AWARDS 2017 22 - A NIGHT TO REMEMBER 23 - THE SHORTLIST 24 - THE WINNERS

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RECEPTION 38 - RECEPTION IDEAS 40 - FOOD & DRINK 45 - FINISHING TOUCHES 50 - BLUSHING BRIDE 51 - FABULOUS FLORALS 52 - GORGEOUS GREENERY

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Beautiful & affordable Now there is absolutely no need to compromise on your bridal gown – even if you are on a budget.

Situated in Ilkeston, midway between Derby and Nottingham, is House of Oliver; a bridal boutique which has an extensive range of beautiful gowns with prices starting from just £150 and all at less than £900. The store offers brides a choice of brand new designer dresses at an outlet price but with a boutique experience. Nothing is too much trouble to make sure your wedding gown is the dress of your dreams. House of Oliver has two floors of stunning offthe-peg wedding gowns, some from established designers and others from up-and-coming names. Most dresses are priced between £349 and £595, leaving you with spare money to help pay for the rest of your big day. Dresses are available in sizes 6 to 28 and new ranges are arriving every month. You can also find dresses for the bridesmaids and flower girls, wedding accessories, veils and beautiful jewellery to add those finishing touches to your outfit.

‘nothing is too much trouble to make sure your wedding gown is the dress of your dreams’

And there’s even more good news – House of Oliver has just opened a new Groom’s Room so the groom and his party can get kitted out as well with an extensive choice of morning tails or lounge suits to hire. Why pay more when you can find everything under one roof? A visit to House of Oliver offers a no-pressure appointment with complimentary drinks for your group, a warm welcome and hopefully that perfect dress. For more details, take a look at the website www.houseofoliver.co.uk or look at the boutique’s Facebook site. To book an appointment, please call House of Oliver on 07709 544939. Look out for their special offer - get free accessories and a goody bag when you buy a wedding dress quoting I DO.

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Whether you have blonde locks or brunette curls, your bridal hairstyle can completely transform your wedding day look. One thing is clear, don’t go for something you would never normally see yourself having just because it’s your wedding day. Set realistic goals about how your hair should look on your big day and talk with your hairdresser about the best hairstyle for you. We’ve put together a few ideas for your bridal style, depending on the length of your hair, so you can ensure you have the perfect hair style for the best day of your life.

SHORT Loose curls pair really well with short hair and can add volume and depth to your bridal style. If you have shorter more pixie cut style hair, keep it simple and accent it with your hair accessories. For a more alternative look, opt for vintage curls that can be done with most short hair styles.

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When it comes to your wedding hair, it’s all about the right style for you.

MID-LENGTH Up-do’s are a favourite among ladies with mid-length hair. Go for a side swept chignon for elegance and glamour or have fun with a curly styled up-do for a soft and more natural bridal look. If you’re looking for a more free-flowing hair style, soft big curls add effortless chic to your wedding day look and a diamanté pin brushing one side back adds an extra bit of sparkle.

Feel free to go wild here, as messy waves are always a winner with long hair. Another popular choice is to have your hair styled to one side, with loose curls draped down one shoulder. This adds a feature to your style and can be accessorised with a glittering hair comb. Long haired ladies can go for up do’s too; in fact, fishtail plaits in particular look stunning as a bridal hair style and with a bit of back combing, you can add more height to your do too. Whichever style you go for, it’s important to have a hair trial before the wedding and if you’re planning to grow your hair, inform them of this too so they can plan ahead for your chosen style.

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here come the girls Everyone knows that choosing your bridesmaids can be a difficult part of planning your wedding. You don’t want to upset anyone if they don’t get picked, and you don’t want to have so many bridesmaids that it gets ridiculous.

Here’s our Q&A’s to help answer those burning bridesmaid questions.

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How many bridesmaids should I have? This depends on whether you have any sisters, a best friend, other close friends and relatives. You could just have your best friend as the one and only, or have your female siblings and a friend together. Bridesmaid etiquette depends on how big your family is and some also choose to make it an extra special occasion by selecting one very important family member, for example, a grandparent, as their bridesmaid. Just a little bit different and extra special too!

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Do they all have to have matching dresses? Not necessarily, they could all have the same colour, but different styles to suit their figure/age. Some older bridesmaids may not want to wear exactly the same cut of dress as your 17 year old sister, for example.

Do I have to buy my bridesmaids a gift? You don’t HAVE TO but it’s a nice way of saying ‘thank you for being my bridesmaid’. It only needs to be a small token of thanks, such as personalised lip balms or maybe a wine glass with their name on, nothing over the top but just to say thank you.

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Who buys the dresses? Traditionally, the bride pays at least a percentage of the cost for the bridesmaid dresses. But nowadays, it is expected for your bridesmaids to foot the bill for their own dress and accessories. Keep this in mind when choosing the design of the bridesmaid’s dress, as there would be nothing worse than asking them to fork out £300 each before they’ve even thought about hair, makeup and accessories. It might also create a bit of unwanted tension in the bridal party.

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Whatever questions you may have, your local bridesmaid stockist will be on hand to offer advice about style, fit and colour.

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Kathryn & Philip’s

enchanted wedding The idyllic setting for a rustic woodland wedding Photography by Jakt Photography www.jaktphotography.co.uk

WHEN: Sunday 28th May 2017 WHERE: The Enchanted Woodland, Derbyshire An enchanted woodland in Derbyshire was the idyllic setting for the wedding of Philip and Kathryn Barksby. Recently married at the end of May, the couple were offered the private forest setting by family friends who live in a house in the Peak District village of Higham with a large area of woodland attached. “We are so grateful to them for the opportunity to create a wedding in the wood. This allowed us to have a perfect rural setting for our special day which our guests loved and gave us a really unique place to get married,’’ said Kathryn. The couple, who live in Pilsley, met by simply living in the same village and gradually getting to know each other as time went on. Kathryn, who works as a fashion recruiter and Philip, a transport planner, were

legally married the previous day at Mansfield Register Office. Kathryn said: “In front of our guests in the woodland, we said our own unique vows, and held a fabulous celebration day. The weather was perfect even though the week, and even the day before, the unsettled weather had worried us”. “We decorated the woodland and gardens, and had a real rustic but eclectic theme. Lots of people chipped in to help, we created an altar from vintage doors and a twig chandelier and a vintage photo booth with countryside views”. “Because I have a design background, it was really enjoyable choosing and making the decorations for the venue, creating the perfect day with a difference – although we were both late getting

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ready for the service as we were still decorating!” The celebrations began with a service in the heart of the woodland when Kathryn wore a strapless white dress decorated with a pink floral design and featuring a train. Her bouquet of mixed flowers also took inspiration from the colours of the woodland. She was attended by three bridesmaids who were dressed in pink and white. After the ceremony, guests enjoyed canapés and champagne before sitting down to a four meat roast feast. A simple wedding cake with tiers of chocolate and Victoria sponge was set up on two logs in the wood. An evening party was enjoyed by all 75 guests and included a quiz, dancing and singing to an acoustic guitar, all rounded off with a firework display. All the couple’s wedding guests commented on how great the day had been. With lovely weather, the day was complete and lived up to all expectations. “We are so grateful to all of our friends for helping out to create such a special day in a real enchanted woodland, it was so different and I’m sure everyone will remember the day for a long time,” said Kathryn. Kathryn and Philip are still to enjoy a honeymoon and will be jetting off later in the year for a 12-day holiday which will include a safari in South Africa and then time in Mauritius.

Shopping Guide Brides Dress Strides, Chesterfield Bridesmaid Dress(es) Debenhams (Ebay) Headdresses and Flowers Handmade by Bride Brides Shoes Glittery Trainers – Zalando Hair & Make-up Melissa Ward, Staffordshire Grooms Attire Brook Taverner & Moss Bros Wedding Rings Collette Waudby, Jewellery Designer, Birmingham Bride’s Jewellery Collette Waudby, Jewellery Designer, Birmingham Photographer Simon @ Jakt Photography, Derby Florist Faux Flowers, Made by Bride Venue Décor All handmade by Bride & Friends Favours Handmade by Grooms Daughter, Kayleigh Stationery Made by Bride Entertainment Matthew Stephens, Acoustic Wedding Singer Cake Linda Gibson Catering Deakins Butchers, Tibshelf, Derbyshire Outdoor Bar Bier Huis, Ossett Honeymoon Safari in Kruger, South Africa & Then on to Mauritius, Red Route Travel, Chesterfield

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Tara & Mark’s

Easter wedding Photography by Altered Images, www.alteredimages.eu

WHEN: Friday14th April 2017 WHERE: Ringwood Hall Hotel

Love blossomed in the workplace for Derbyshire couple Mark and Tara Bates who were married at Easter this year at the 19th Century manor house Ringwood Hall Hotel. Mark was working as a chef in a specialised dementia care home and Tara was a care assistant. After a chance meeting when Mark offered Tara a lift home from work, they discovered they lived five minutes away from each other and their children went to the same school. Tara said: “At first I didn’t really like Mark, I thought he was a wannabe Gordon Ramsey. Getting to know Mark was the best thing I ever did and it really is true that you should never judge a book by its cover.’’ The couple, who live in Brimington, fell in love with their hotel venue from the minute they walked in and are full of praise for the Ringwood staff who made them feel as if they were the only people in the world on their special day. In front of their family and friends, they tied the knot in a civil ceremony

and then sat down to a three-course wedding breakfast, followed by an evening party with more guests. For her big day Tara chose’ a wedding dress she never expected to like. “When I first saw the dress it was everything I said I didn’t want. I tried on countless dresses and was certain about the style I didn’t like. However when I tried it on, I didn’t want to take it off.’’ Her ivory gown had a sweetheart neckline and a fishtail hemline and she carried a bouquet of ivory and pink flowers she made herself along with the bridesmaids flowers, buttonholes and corsages. Tara’s bridesmaids wore navy gowns and the flower girl, daughter Alyscia wore an ivory Princess style dress. Pageboys were Tara’s son Hayden and Mark’s son Aaron. Before the wedding, Tara was


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extremely busy, also making wedding invitations, table numbers, colouring books for the children etc. On the day itself she styled the bridesmaids and flower girl’s hair. Unfortunately the weather on the day was very mixed with some rain, sunshine and cloud but the couple’s wedding photographer still managed to capture a range of magical moments. Tara’s advice to other brides is to enjoy every single moment of the day. “Our day was absolutely perfect, the best day of our lives. Everything leading up to that moment and all the stress of planning was all worthwhile in the end. It was unforgettable,’’ she said. For Tara, the best part of the day was walking up the aisle and seeing

Mark waiting for her. For Mark too, it was a very special moment, much more emotional than what he expected. Celebrations continued into the evening when guests enjoyed a hog roast buffet and disco. Tara said: “The venue gave us everything we dreamed of...old and timeless along with a modern twist. The food was amazing and the staff went out of their way to personalise our special day. Lindon, our Master of Ceremonies was a real godsend and looked after us the whole day. Because it was the Easter weekend, we added a special touch of giving Easter eggs to every child at the wedding.’’ After the wedding, Tara and Mark enjoyed a week-long honeymoon to Paphos in Cyprus.

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Amy & Eddy’s

whimsy wedding Alice in Wonderland meets stately elegance in this wonderfully whimsical day Photography by Kev Mathews Photography www.kevmatthewsphotography.co.uk

WHEN: Saturday 29th April 2017 WHERE: Norwood Park, Southwell From the very start, the wedding of Eddy and Amy Redfern was going to be a day with a difference. With an Alice In Wonderland theme and a stately home setting, the wedding was about as far removed from tradition as possible. The couple, who live in Suttonin- Ashfield, were married in April 2017 and not only opted for a civil service at one of Nottinghamshire’s greatest houses, Norwood Park on the outskirts of Southwell, but they also wrote their own vows, had a wedding cake made of cheese and enjoyed the tranquil sounds of music from a harpist. Amy said: “We are both only 26 years-old and wanted a service which was fun and relaxed. The registrar commented on what a laid back couple we were. Everyone expected us to have a traditional

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wedding and were surprised at how different the day actually was.’’ Eddy and Amy met through friends in 2011 and got engaged on Christmas Day in 2014. Straight away they decided on an Alice In Wonderland theme for their big day but decided not to rush the planning but to take their time and do things in their own distinctive way. For the wedding service the bride, who works part-time as a care assistant, wore a blush coloured gown with a sweetheart neckline and fishtail hemline. Her tied bouquet included mixed flowers in shades of pale blue and peach. Her two bridesmaids wore light powder blue dresses and carried peach flowers, all in keeping with the Alice colour theme. The couple’s daughter Harriet, aged three, was a flower girl and wore an ivory dress


‘cup cake favours on the table, bunting, heart confetti, Alice In Wonderland cut-outs, giant playing cards and much more’ with peach/gold shoes and carried a fairy wand. After the service, the couple used golf buggies to travel to the lake for some wedding photography to help capture those essential special memories. Eddy, who works as an electrical contract manager, and Amy were very lucky as they picked a lovely sunny spring day, always a bonus with wedding photography. Later, over 60 day guests sat down to a three-course wedding breakfast in a beautifully decorated reception room done by Eddy and Amy, which included cup cake favours on the table, bunting, heart confetti, Alice In Wonderland cut-outs, giant playing cards and much more referencing the popular story. More guests arrived for an evening party, which continued until the early hours and included a disco, photo booth and games for the younger wedding guests. Amy said: “We had a fabulous day, everything went to plan. I really loved all the planning stages with the Alice theme and making all the name cards, seating plan and table centre pieces. All our guests said what a lovely day they had and that they enjoyed the wedding which was certainly different to the norm. “We were very pleased with our choice of venue, everyone was very professional. A friend of mine told me about Norwood Park and I’m so pleased we booked it for our special day. “Looking back on the day, I think our guests were most surprised at the vows we had written because we’re not normally a lovey-dovey couple. We just enjoyed sharing our day with all our family and friends around us. It was a very special day.’’ Eddy and Amy delayed their honeymoon until September when they will enjoy a 14-night Royal Caribbean Cruise around the Mediterranean.

Shopping Guide Brides Dress Maggie Sottero, Brides & Gowns, Derby Bridesmaid Dresses Jenny Packham, Debenhams Flowergirl Dress Rocha John Rocha, Debenhams Brides Headpiece Jon Richards, Debenhams Brides Shoes Harriet Wilde Grooms Attire Jeff Banks Photographer Kev Matthews Photography Wedding Rings Brides: H Samuel, Grooms: Great Grandad’s Flowers Flower Barn, Newark Stationery Barbara Fulton Hair Amanda & Alice at Room 512, Sutton in Ashfield Make-Up Emma at The Ivy rooms, Mansfield Harpist Christine Palethorpe Disco Gazza’s Disco Hire Photo Booth Infinity Photo Booths Transport Harrison Ford Cake Cheese cake by Norwood Park Cupcakes Emma Redfern

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Stephanie & Stuart’s

country retreat

Surprise visit from a nocturnal bird of prey created a touch of magic

Photography by My World Photography, www.myworldphotography.co.uk

WHEN: Saturday 25th March 2017 WHERE: Clumber Park Hotel & Spa A surprise visit from a nocturnal bird of prey created a touch of magic at the wedding of Stuart and Stephanie Swinard. Guests at the wedding held at St Matthew’s Church, Renishaw were amazed when an owl from Hawks of Steele falconry centre in Nottinghamshire flew down the aisle to deliver the couple’s wedding rings. Stephanie said: “Only Stuart, myself and my mum knew what was going to happen, so it was a complete surprise for all our family and friends.’’ This was just the first in a day of great memories from the wedding in March this year which saw the couple tie the knot after six years together. Stuart and Stephanie, who live in Renishaw, first met when she worked at a local bar. “It took us two years to get to the stage of going out on a date as we were both really shy,’’ said Stephanie. “He proposed in August 2013, so we have been planning the wedding ever since then with the help of a friend of mine, wedding planner Jeanette Levick, who runs Simply I Do Weddings in Clowne. She was a great help and made the wedding planning so much easier.’’

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Stuart, who is a team leader for a Sheffield steel company, and Stephanie, who works for a national windscreen replacement company in Sheffield, opted for a traditional church wedding with 55 guests followed by a wedding breakfast and evening party at Clumber Park Hotel and Spa. After the church service, the couple spent some time in Clumber Park as their photographer captured the day in pictures. The couple travelled to the wedding in matching vintage cars, a 1930s style Badsworth and a Bramwith. For the wedding, Stephanie chose an ivory A-line gown with a lace overlay, a train and veil. She carried a bouquet of ivory and lilac roses, dotted with diamanté. Her bridesmaid wore a lilac dress and carried an identical bouquet to that of the bride and two young attendants wore ivory dresses with fur trimmed cardigans and carried small posies. Stephanie said: “We were very lucky as we picked a lovely sunny day. For March, it was really warm and being able to have the photos taken in Clumber Park was just perfect.’’ The overall colour theme for the


“Only Stuart, myself and my mum knew what was going to happen so it was a complete surprise for all our family and friends.’’ wedding was lilac and this helped to create a perfect wedding breakfast setting at the hotel with all linen and chair covers in pretty shades of lilac. Celebrations continued into the evening when more guests joined the happy couple for a disco, supper and to share the couple’s wedding cake which was a three tier sponge creation in three different flavours, lemon, vanilla and red velvet. Stephanie said: “Stuart and I had a fabulous wedding day and all went to plan. The only problem I found was having to find a bridal gown supplier who stocked larger sizes. I really had to search long

and hard for the right dress but found the perfect gown eventually.’’ After the wedding, the couple enjoyed a honeymoon with two nights in New York followed by a 10-day cruise around the Caribbean, visiting four different islands. “I didn’t think I would enjoy New York but we had a really great time. We stayed at The Wolcott Hotel close to the Empire State Building and saw all the sights before joining the cruise ship in New York and heading first of all, for Puerto Rico.’’

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Finalist, Frenchie Loves Flowers with host Jojo

Finalist, Sophia’s Final Touch Guests enjoyed a fine dining 4 course meal

Red carpet arrival

Champagne reception

Over £2000 was raised for 2017’s chosen charity Newlife

Finalist, Natalija Co. Event Planning

Dinner entertainment, James Sunderland

A night to remember! A fantastic evening was had by all at I Do’s annual Wedding Awards celebrating local wedding suppliers and supporting a local charity. Now in its third year, the I Do Wedding Awards have become one of the most eagerly anticipated events in the local wedding industry’s calendar. The stunning Ballroom at Sheffield City Hall once again played host to this glamorous evening as the top wedding suppliers from the Yorkshire, Humberside and East Midlands regions came together to celebrate their collective successes. The I Do Wedding Awards are a celebration of local wedding suppliers; our way of enabling newlyweds to reward their suppliers for all their hard work, the unsung heroes who go the extra mile, working untiringly in the background to make a couple’s dream day exceptional.

The stunning Art Deco Ballroom at Sheffield City Hall played host to the event

Decided entirely by the votes of the brides and grooms who have personally used these wedding suppliers, the 2017 awards saw 333 entrants, with 111 making the finals and 23 being announced as category winners. In true hollywood glitz style, a red carpet arrival and champagne reception welcomed the evening’s guests and made them feel like a million dollars as they mingled and excitedly conversed about the festivities to come. Host for the evening, Capital FM’s Jojo, welcomed over 250 guests to a delicious four course meal whilst local musician, James Sunderland took to the stage, entertaining with his soothing sounds on the keyboard. Finalist, Amp and Decks Reception drinks

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Lucky Golden Ticket Winner

The prize chocolate bars


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FINALISTS

Finalist, Stu Ganderton Wedding Photography

Congratulations to the following finalists who achieved the 2017 shortlist Yorkshire & Humberside Finalists ADDITIONAL SERVICES Complete Catering Service Joy’s Bella Bridesmaids Natalija.Co Event Planning Occasion Gifts and Accessories Something New Wedding Specialists BRIDAL WEAR Cupid Connections Klue Doll Bridal and Fashion Mirage Couture The Bridal Affair The Yorkshire Bridal Shop Victoria House Bridal & Occasion Wear

The I Do team and Jojo

TALK ABOUT A CHARITABLE EVENT!

Part of the awards, as well as honouring our local wedding suppliers, is to raise much needed funds for local charities. The chosen charity for 2017 was the amazing Newlife, who provide specialist equipment for children with disabilities and terminal illness. A charity prize draw was held during the evening and guests were invited to show their support with a minimum donation of £10. This got them a Willy Wonka style prize chocolate bar, in which 20 winning golden tickets were hidden to win prizes donated by our wedding suppliers. In total, we raised over a staggering £2000 for this very worthy cause. A huge thank you goes out to all that donated and we would particularly like to thank the following companies for their generously donated prizes: Ye Olde Bell, Bridefayre, Natalija. Co Event Planning, Rosey’s Beauty Lounge, Bethan Victoria Makeup Artist, Graces Goodies Boutique, Amp N Decks Disco, SIV, MDG Entertainment, Stu Ganderton Wedding Photography, Beau Hair, The Pheasantry Brewery, Dunelm Glass, White Rose Cake Design, Something New and Those Finishing Touches. To find out more about Newlife and how it supports families near you, go to www.newlifecharity. co.uk. It was then time for the grand event itself, where the 23 well-deserved winners were announced. Fighting off tough

competition, they collected their trophies to the delight and applause of their fellow suppliers. Each category was very closely contested, so everyone who made it to the evening’s shortlist should be extremely proud of their achievements and proud to be an I Do finalist. The beautiful art-deco ballroom was enhanced with decor and accessories thanks to Wedding Venue Lighting who provided five foot light up ‘I Do’ Letters and a magic mirror photobooth with all proceeds going to Newlife. Simply Elegant Occasions dressed the chairs whilst tables were adorned with stunning silver candelabra’s courtesy of All Occasions, Fleur Chappelle and Event Design By Hayley Smith. The evening’s main sponsor, Wakefield-based, ICO Entertainment, were in charge of the technical aspects of the evening, making sure everything ran without a hitch. The live Twitter feed proved a real hit, with everyone tweeting images, well wishes and congratulations using the hashtag #idoawards17.

WITH THANKS… The 2017 I Do Wedding Awards made for a truly unforgettable night with special thanks to the wedding suppliers who entered, the brides and grooms who voted, the sponsors and donations, the technical team, venue staff and everyone else who helped make this year’s awards. Thank you; you helped make it a spectacular evening.

CAKES Lianne Bell Cake Design The Pretty Sugar Cake Company Vintage Cake Fairy Where The Ribbon Ends White Rose Cake Design ENTERTAINMENT A Pic A Minute Photo Booth Hire UK Diamond Photobooths Eyeball Entertainments MDG Entertainment Optimum Fireworks HAIR & BEAUTY Amanda Humphreys Make-Up Artist Bethan Victoria Makeup Artist Gel Bridal Style Mane Hairdressing Yorkshire Bridal Hair PHOTOGRAPHY Altered Images Stu Ganderton Wedding Photography Peter Rollings Photography Eternal Images Photography Ginagphotography My Dream Photo STATIONERY Handmade by Ella Party Nights Creations White Rose Wedding Stationery TRANSPORT All Luv’Dub Cupid Carriages Fairytale Wedding Cars Ltd Cartwrights cars VENUE Berties Dimple Well Lodge Hotel The Earl of Doncaster Hotel Hirst Priory Holdsworth House Hotel and Restaurant The Kings Croft Hotel Whirlowbrook Hall VENUE STYLING Blush Venue Decor Elegant Covers and Bows Glamourpuss Weddings Sophia’s Final Touch Wedding Venue Lighting Wish Upon a Venue Dresser

BRIDAL WEAR Allison Louise Bridal Brides of Ashby Lillies Bridal Boutique Something Special Bridal Tiffany Jordan CAKES Harriets Couture Cakes Kitticakes The Lavender Whisk The Pantry Door ENTERTAINMENT Amp And Decks - Wedding DJ & Events DBS Discos Gazza’s Disco Hire Jemstone UK Events Paul Grundle Magician HAIR & BEAUTY Halam Salon Beau Hair Makeup by Stacey Brown Rosey’s Beauty Lounge Rochelle O’Brien Makeup Artist The Frangipani Tree PHOTOBOOTHS Capturing Memories Photobooths Fotoboov Instant Image Photobooth Photo Booths By Claire Vintage Booth PHOTOGRAPHY Captured Life Photography Chris Smith Photography DJ Imagery - Photography by Danny Jones Marie Anson Photography Phink Photography U and Eye Photography VENUE Bentley Brook Inn Morley Hayes Old Hall Hotel The Maynard Ringwood Hall Hotel Ye Olde Bell Hotel & Restaurant VENUE STYLING All Occasions Venue Stylists Blue Horseshoe Weddings Designs by Daykin Lily King Those Finishing Touches STATIONERY Designs by Daykin Worksop Weddings Whyte Weddings Stationery Yorks, Humber & East Mids Finalists BEST IN EXHIBITION The Cake Booth Wedding Venue Lighting Eric’s Bar It’s Bliss Bridal

East Midland Finalists

FLORISTS Frenchie Loves Flowers JJs Flowers Pretty Perfect Bouquets and Boutonnieres Silk Floral Art

ADDITIONAL SERVICES Bridefayre Graces Goodies Boutique Whoop Events East Limited

JEWELLERY Rubys Adorables Temprell Tiago

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WINNERS

And the winner is... BEST PHOTOGRAPHER YORKSHIRE & HUMBERSIDE

RTAINMENT BEST IN ENTE RE & HUMBERSIDE YORKSHI

Altered Images

ths Diamond Photoboo th.co.uk

www.alteredimages.eu

www.diamondphotoboo

BEST STATIONER

BEST VENUE

YORKSHIRE & HUMBERSIDE

YORKSHIRE & HUMBERSIDE

Handmade By Ella

Hotel Dimple Well Lodge .uk

www.handmadebyella.co.uk

www.dimplewell.co

BEST BRIDAL WEAR YORKSHIRE & HUMBERSIDE

& BEAUTY BEST IN HAIR RE & HUMBERSIDE YORKSHI

BEST IN TRANSPORT YORKSHIRE & HUMBERSIDE

Cars Fairytale Weddingrs.co.u k www.fairytaleweddingca

AL SERVICE BEST ADDITION RE & HUMBERSIDE YORKSHI

Accessories Occasion Gifts and iftsandaccessories Facebook @occasiong

BEST BRIDAL WEAR EAST MIDLANDS

al & Occasion Wear Amanda Humphreys Make-Up Artist Victoria House Brid victoriahousebridal.co.uk ahumphreys.co.uk www.

BEST VENUE STYLING

Brides of Ashby

www.bridesofashby.co.uk

www.amand

BEST PHOTOBOOTH

EAST MIDLANDS

Those Finishing Toucheseshire

www.facebook.com/thosefinishingtouch

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EAST MIDLANDS

Vintage Booth

www.vintage-booth.co.uk

S BEST IN CAKE S EAST MIDLAND

The Pantry Door www.pantrydoor.co.uk

BEST VENUE STYLING YORKSHIRE & HUMBERSIDE

ting Wedding Venue Ligh ting.co.uk www.wedding-venue-ligh

S BEST IN CAKE SIDE YORKSHIRE & HUMBER

Company The Pretty Sugar Cake company.co.uk www.theprettysugarcake

BEST STATIONER EAST MIDLANDS

Designs By Daykin

www.designsbydaykin.co.uk

BEST VENUE EAST MIDLANDS

Bentley Brook Inn

www.bentleybrookinn.co.uk


ITIONAL SERVICE BEST ADDEAST MIDLANDS

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BEST PHOTOGRAPHER EAST MIDLANDS

Proud to Support ique Graces Goodies Bout iesboutique Facebook @gracesgood

RTAINMENT BEST IN ENTE EAST MIDLANDS

Paul Grundle Magician

www.weddingcorporatemagician.co.uk

ography by Danny Jones DJ Imagery - Photdjimag ery.co.uk www.

& BEAUTY BEST IN HAIR MIDLANDS EAST

n Makeup by Stacey Brow -brown Facebook Make-up-by-stacey

With special thanks to

Simply Elegant Occasions

ERY BEST IN JEWELLMIDS YORKS, HUMBER & EAST

BE PART OF THE 2018 AWARDS Tiago

www.tiagojewellery.co.uk

BEST FLORIST

YORKS, HUMBER & EAST MIDS

Silk Floral Art

www.silkfloralart.co.uk

BEST IN EXHIBITION MIDS YORKS, HUMBER & EAST

You can now nominate your favourite wedding suppliers.

Stu|Ganderton Photography

If you know a Yorkshire, Humberside or East Midlands based wedding supplier that goes the extra mile and deserves recognition for their hard work, you can go online and nominate them now. They could be your best friend who’s a photographer, your auntie who’s a florist, or a supplier you used for your wedding. Anyone can nominate a supplier, suppliers can also enter themselves. Once entered, newlyweds who used their services are invited to cast their votes. Wishing you lots of good luck and may the voting commence!

Entertainment

Graces Goodies Boutique

www.ido-weddingawards.co.uk Bethan Victoria Makeup Artist

Those Finishing Touches

ting Wedding Venue Ligh ting.co.uk www.wedding-venue-ligh

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Car Decorating Cans £14.99

Keepsake Box £29

Steampunk Ring Holder £39

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Wishing Tree £17.99

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Rustic Hessian Vintage Bunting £13.99

Wishing Jar Guest Book £14.99


Team Bride Party Bags Pack of 5 - £5.99

Team Bride Rose Gold Foiled Metallic Backdrop £4.99

Team Bride Glasses Pack of 8 - £4.99

Scratch to Reveal Wedding Invitations Pack of 10 - £5.50

Team Bride Photo Booth Props £7.50

Wooden Save the Date Magnets Pack of 10 - £5.99

Wedding Advice Cards Pack of 10 - £3.99

Finger Print Guest Book £12.99

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As unique as you The Pumping House As a couple, you are unique and your wedding venue should be equally unique, so you and your guests can remember it for years to come. Within the legendary Sherwood Forest and set on a six-acre site, the Grade II listed Pumping House is an enchanting venue, perfect for your big day. The Pumping House is a truly

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romantic and historic venue, with an experienced wedding team and beautiful outdoor space to capture exquisite wedding day photographs, it is the perfect venue. The stunning red brick building, originally a pumping station for Nottingham Corporation Water Department, now has a much more glamorous role to play. Refurbished to an exceptionally high standard, it is one of the most desirable wedding venues in all Nottinghamshire. For your unforgettable day, The Pumping House can host civil ceremonies in The Ollerton Room, which seats up to 100 guests in tranquil surroundings. Alternatively, the beautiful Engine Hall can seat up

to 150 guests. Following the service, guests can move into the conservatory to take full advantage of our four individually themed rooms, perfect to enjoy drinks and canapés. If you’re looking for an impressive space for your wedding breakfast, take a look at the Engine Hall, with its unique tiling, arched windows and high glass ceiling. When it comes to your wedding breakfast, we have a wide-ranging choice of menus all prepared and delivered by The Pumping House catering team. Alternatively, our chefs would be delighted to put together a bespoke menu to suit your own individual requirements. The Pumping House also features

a beautiful Bridal Boutique, where the bride and bridesmaids can relax and secure the final touches before the service. We now have 10 luxury suites available for bridal accommodation. If there are children in attendance, the Pumping House cinema room is an ideal space where children can enjoy a range of films. So, when you’ve named the day and want to look for a wedding venue which is out of the ordinary, take a look at the Pumping House. It’s truly special – for your equally special day. Get in touch: Tel: 01623 705800 Email: info@thepumpinghouse.com Web: www.thepumpinghouse.com


Photography: www.samanthahook.co.uk

The Pumping House is a beautiful Grade II listed venue in the heart of Sherwood Forest This beautiful red brick building, still featuring the original and distinctive chimney, is located on a six-acre site in the heart of Sherwood Forest. The tranquil surroundings provide the perfect backdrop for your wedding and offer ample opportunity for unique photography. Featuring a licensed ceremony room, main hall for wedding breakfasts, a large croquet lawn for outdoor drinks receptions and cinema.

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The perfect place for your perfect day ...at The Peak Edge Hotel AWARD WINNING FOOD The hotel has many awards for food and service and 2014 saw both the Hotel and Bistro presented with a second rosette from the AA and Certificate of Excellence Winners from Trip Advisor.

THE ICING ON THE CAKE The 26 luxury bedrooms, three adaptable function rooms and award winning food all add to the experience which is ‘The Peak Edge Hotel’.

WELCOME TO BEAUTY ROOM 101 Peak Edge Hotel now has its very own Beauty Salon, Beauty Room 101, having sourced the best products from around the world, along with the most highly qualified and professional staff to bring you the ultimate pampering experience.

If you’re looking for a superb wedding venue, then take a look at the Peak Edge Hotel at The Red Lion, which will prove to be the perfect place for your perfect day. Nestled on the edge of Derbyshire’s beautiful Peak District National Park and close to the Chatsworth Estate, the family owned four-star Peak Edge Hotel has everything you and your guests need for an unforgettable wedding day. The hotel was built in 2011 to complement the existing Red Lion Bar and Bistro which dates back to the 17th Century. Full of charm and character and with a warm and welcoming atmosphere, this stunning venue combines the classic natural beauty

of the Peak District countryside with the sleek elegance of modern boutique style, all combined together in one venue.

EXCLUSIVE EXPERIENCE Peak Edge’s promise to you is that the hotel will only ever hold one wedding a day, allowing you and your guests to experience the staff’s undivided attention. The hotel’s experienced wedding planners will be on hand throughout your planning and then on your wedding day to ensure everything is as perfect as you can imagine.

EXCELLENT LOCATION Located within 10 minutes of the M1 between the market towns of Chesterfield and Matlock and surrounded by open countryside, the venue lends itself as an ideal location. With the historic Chatsworth House, Haddon Hall and Bakewell only a short drive away, why not stay longer and explore the local area and discover the delights of The Peak District.

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The venue is Licensed for Civil Ceremonies, catering for up to 140 Wedding Breakfast guests and up to 200 Evening Reception guests.

WEDDING FAYRE AND SHOWCASE To see the hotel’s facilities for yourself, go along to the Wedding Fayre on Sunday November 5th, 11.00am until 4.00pm. Admission is free and this is a chance to see both the hotel facilities and find out about numerous wedding services from a variety of exhibitors who will be attending. A number of wedding offers and packages will be available – or you can ring for more details. Following the Wedding Fayre, the hotel will be staging a Wedding Showcase on Tuesday November 7th, 5.00pm until 9.00pm when the venue will be dressed for a wedding.

Get in touch: Tel. 01246 566142 Email. weddings@peakedgehotel.co.uk Web. www.peakedgehotel.co.uk


Venue exclusivity on your wedding day | Beautiful Scenery | Natural Charm & Character Modern Boutique Elegance | 26 Luxury Bedrooms | Beauty Room 3 Stunning Adaptable Functions Rooms | Award Winning Food Wedding Fayre: Sunday 5th November 2017 | 11.00am until 4.00pm Showcase Evening: Tuesday 7th November 2017 | 5.00pm until 9.00pm We host wedding fayres and showcases throughout the year... visit our website for details of any forthcoming events www.peakedgehotel.co.uk

If you wish to view our venue or discuss your wedding requirements, contact our wedding team

on 01246 566142 or email us at weddings@peakedgehotel.co.uk PEAK E DGE HO TE L , Dar l e y R oad, S t on e dge , N r Ch e s t e rfi e l d , D e rb ys h i re S 4 5 0 LW

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Doncaster Racecourse

A winning

choice When only the best will do on your big day, it’s worth knowing that Doncaster Racecourse flaunts a stunning venue for wedding ceremonies, civil partnerships, wedding receptions, banquets and special celebrations.

If it’s beautiful surroundings you’re after – they tick more boxes than most. From well-tended lawns to top-notch service from their expert team - there’s no wonder they’re one of the most popular places to tie the knot in Yorkshire. The beautiful stone-pillared pavilion takes centre-stage for all wedding celebrations at Doncaster Racecourse. Its setting is special, too. The front terrace of the pavilion looks directly onto the perfectly manicured Champagne Lawn. Doncaster Racecourse is a much loved wedding retreat - and a stunning backdrop to your picture-perfect wedding photographs. On the food front, expect the best. Banquets, balls and private functions at Doncaster Racecourse have a real sense of occasion. Whatever the event, they’ll create a menu built with you in mind. It’s Doncaster Racecourse’s job to take care of all the detail - and their team of wedding experts have years of experience, so they know what they are talking about when it comes to creating magical memories. There are regular open evenings and wedding shows so that you can see the venue for yourself. Once you’ve seen it, you’ll understand why hundreds of happy couples choose Doncaster Racecourse to say ‘I do!’. Choose the stylish, traditional option; or go down the modern, vibrant route. Here, we help you choose what’s best for you...

THE BEAUTIFUL OLD WEIGHING ROOM

THE MAIN STAND BOASTS MILLION DOLLAR VIEWS

Doncaster Racecourse is home to two of the most striking settings for a wedding venue. The Old Weighing Room is steeped in history - with all the modern twists you’d expect from Doncaster Racecourse. Step outside and you’re footsteps away from their beautiful Champagne Lawn with flowers and greenery everywhere you look. Do a 360 and the pavilion itself gives you the money-can’t-buy backdrop for the wedding snaps you’ll treasure forever. Back indoors and the original beamed structures surround a glass domed roof, which could rival any church or chapel. Together it sets the scene for a truly wonderful occasion. Finally, in terms of guests - The Old Weighing Room hosts receptions of up to 70. And for your evening reception, they’ll open up a dance floor and exclusive bar area - and your after-dark guest list can top 150.

If your guest list is as long as your arm, Doncaster Racecourse’s main stand offers a great range of suites for party sizes of between 30 and 400 guests. When it comes to the suites, they’re all glass-fronted with huge sliding doors opening out to a balcony or terrace. It’s from here you get the million dollar views across the course. If you like, get a terrace and BBQ area to call your own. Doncaster Racecourse is also the ideal venue for Asian weddings. They can offer bespoke gourmet menus and compliant service solutions specifically tailored as a complete package to meet your budgets and requirements. It can be your blank canvas to create an elegantly simple and minimalistic feel, or transform it into a lavish and colourful Bollywood dream wedding – which can accommodate as many as 1200 guests! Just ask Doncaster Racecourse for details. The Doncaster Racecourse weddings team can help you organise the whole thing. Get in touch now... Get in touch: Tel: 01302 304216 Email: events@doncaster-racecourse.co.uk Web: www.doncaster-racecourse.co.uk/weddings

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Let your imagination run wild...

This unique, affordable and luxurious venue really is the cream of the crop Marry in the beautiful stone pillared, glass domed Pavilion, dine in The Old Weighing Room, banquet in the stunning glass fronted main stand enjoying million dollar views or even go al fresco with your very own terraced ed barbecue area, you can n really let your imagination run wild, whatever you’re looking for, package or bespoke, Doncaster o Racecourse will deliver all your dreams and more...

Complete lete in-hous in-house s team, from m wedding co-ordinators to chefs | A full civil ceremony licenc licence lor-made locations for 50-1200 guest Tailor-made guests

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• A range of packages available to suit all wedding styles • Only one wedding a day ensures the whole team are dedicated to you and your guests • Licensed for both civil ceremonies & partnerships • Boutique hotel set within the Peak District National Park, offers an exquisite bridal suite & 9 ensuite bedrooms • Our experienced wedding coordinator will also be on hand to help & advise you every step of the way

Whatever you’re looking for, we’ll make sure it’s the day of your dreams.Visit our website and request your free Wedding Brochure now or email jaegar.andrew@themaynard.co.uk for further details.

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Set in 26 acres of stunning grounds, Eastwood Hall is the perfect Nottingham wedding venue to create an unforgettable day

Weddings at The Plough Inn Let The Plough take the stress away and help customise your special day

Whether you’re looking for a grand marquee event, a shabby-chic tepee celebration, or an intimate and elegant affair, The Plough caters for all. Boasting charm and character, this 16th century Inn is beautifully located in nine acres of private land on the banks of the River Derwent.

Get in touch to discuss your unforgettable day and chance to view our grounds and meet our wedding organiser Tel: 01433 650319 Email: weddings@theploughinn-hathersage.co.uk The Plough Inn, Hathersage S32 1BA www.theploughinn-hathersage.co.uk

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See this stunning venue in all its glory at one of our wedding open days or call us to organise your show-round

Get in touch on 01773 532532 or visit www.eastwoodhallhotel.co.uk MANSFIELD ROAD, EASTWOOD, NOTTINGHAM NG16 3SS


An Award Winning Venue Ringwood Hall Hotel were delighted to win the highly coveted ‘Best Wedding Venue in Derbyshire & Nottinghamshire’ at the prestigious I Do Wedding Awards 2016 as voted for by bridal couples, plus were a finalist in the 2017 competition for best wedding venue in the East Midlands. To receive so many votes from happy couples two years running is a wonderful testament to the exceptional wedding experience at Ringwood Hall Hotel, not only in

the lead time up to the special day, but on the wedding day itself. So why not put Ringwood Hall Hotel on your short list for venues, and find out exactly what makes

this venue “award winning”. Their wedding team offer daytime, evening or weekend appointments to view, and they hold monthly wedding showcases, all with free admission, parking, with complimentary refreshments, where you can view the stunning garden marquee, and other superb licensed suites all recently beautifully redecorated in softer colours, set for both civil ceremonies and wedding breakfasts. Check out the fabulous four posters and feature bedrooms as

If you are looking for a Peak District, Derbyshire or South Yorkshire wedding venue, come and view our beautiful Georgian grade II listed Manor House. Check out our fantastic fixed price, midweek, late availability, festive and Winter, Spring and Easter, Valentine’s and summer garden marquee wedding offers, and our current special offers on our website wedding pages.

you seek your honeymoon suite, and meet with many of our closest wedding services suppliers. At any time of year Ringwood Hall Hotel can be your perfect venue for your wedding celebrations, ideally located at the Gateway to the Peak District National Park and only a short drive from Derby, Nottingham and Sheffield, their beautiful venue offers everything. Set in 6 acres of award winning formal gardens, the hotel is surrounded by 29 acres of private grounds. Check out our new website at www.ringwoodhallhotel. com and view the amazing gallery images of our Heritage Gardens, creating a wonderful backdrop for photographs of your special day.

• Fabulous new summer garden marquee in own landscaped gardens, available April to October • Our wedding team offer daytime, evening or weekend showrounds, so call our wedding team today for an appointment that suits you • Where better to take photographs of your ‘special day’ than in our six acres of award winning formal gardens • Special accommodation rates available for wedding guests, with beauty treatments available (pre-booking recommended) • Outdoor celebrations are available in our delightful Garden Pavilion, licensed for civil marriages and blessings. Other suites available up to 250 guests • Wedding celebration ceremonies are available in our stunning Rose Pagoda in our beautiful Gardens, or in our fabulous licensed suites

RINGWOOD HALL HOTEL | BRIMINGTON | CHESTERFIELD | DERBYSHIRE | S43 1DQ

T: 01246 280077 E: weddings@ringwoodhallhotel.com W: www.ringwoodhallhotel.com

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light

it up Now you really can ‘dress to impress’ at your chosen wedding venue with the help of award-winning Wedding Venue Lighting. Recently, Wedding Venue Lighting has picked up various awards including the I Do award for ‘Best Venue décor’ along with ‘Best Exhibition Stand’ thanks to their starlit dance floors, twinkle curtains, drapes, projection letters and magic mirror photo booth. The company also won the regional award for ‘Best Venue

décor’ in both 2016 and 2017 at the Wedding Industry Awards. So when you enlist the help of this Yorkshire specialist, you can really be sure of the best in the business. From a starlit aisle to walk down to welcoming your evening guests with projection lighting, you can rest assured that your venue will look great and give your wedding the real wow factor. Whatever style or colour theme you have in mind, these venue experts can transform your chosen venue with their professional lighting and dance floors. Add in some hanging lanterns, light-up letters, sparkling fairy lights and drapes and you really can have a stand-out venue that will really set the right mood. Even if you’re having a smaller, more intimate wedding, these experts can help to create the right ambience and mood for all to enjoy. The business is owned and run by Matt Butcher, who has many

years of experience in the lighting and entertainment industry. His knowledge has allowed him to create a wedding venue specialist which can cater for any occasion and any theme or taste. All the equipment is regularly tested and meets the highest standards. Centrally based in Cleckheaton, this award-winning wedding venue specialist is ideally placed to supply the whole of Yorkshire, surrounding counties and beyond.

Get in touch: Tel: 0800 031 9018 Email: info@wedding-venue-lighting.co.uk Web: www.wedding-venue-lighting.co.uk

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Décor Lighting, Dance Floors & Mirror Photo Booth Hire to add the real WOW factor

• Black Starcloths • Starlight Backdrops • Flower Wall • Ceiling & Wall Drapes • Mood / Up Lighting • Special Effects • Bride & Groom Name Projection • Marquee, Venue & Specialist Lighting • Fairy Lights • Hanging Lanterns • Flame Effects • LED Starlight / Black & White Dance Floors • Red & White Carpets • Giant Light Up / Floral Letters • Wedding Post Boxes • Magic Mirror Photobooth

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We understand that your big day is one of the most important days of your life. With over 10 years of experience, we provide the highest prof professionalism and style to ensure everything goes exactly how you want it.. All tthe music we play is instantly recognisable and designed to keep you and d your guests on your feet the whole night long.

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Played live for your first dance. Background music whenever you require it. For that true party atmosphere, provided by us.

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Your reception food is one of the best parts about a wedding and it’s your chance to put your stamp on it with your personal tastes.

ELEGANCE

If it’s an elegant wedding you’re after and you’re not having the traditional sit down meal, there’s a variety of posh nosh for your guests to enjoy. Opt for menu choices such as asparagus spears wrapped in parma ham, afternoon tea style dishes, mouthwatering canapes and chocolate fountains for dessert to make your guests feel like they’re dining in opulence. For those with less of a sweet tooth, serve artisan cheeses from local suppliers with savoury crackers to really treat your guests.

RUSTIC

More suited to outdoor country weddings, the rustic feel can be extended to your wedding food choices. Go for pizza ovens, barbecues, hog roasts or pie and peas; all great additions for a rustic style wedding. The idea of self-service works really well here, and leaves your guests to gorge to their heart’s content. For dessert, layered cakes in mason jars add a rustic twist to your sweet treat, and your guests will love delving into them!

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‘From Indian to French, Japanese and Thai, the food choices are endless!’ RETRO

Imagine all the colours of the rainbow in a retro feast and be brought back to childhood with these retro offerings. Think Ice Cream, Hot Dogs, Miniature Burgers, Sweet Carts, Popcorn and Candy floss machines. You’ll be like a kid at Christmas with all the retro possibilities, and they will be a great talking point with your guests.

GO INTERNATIONAL

If you like all varieties of food, then international cuisine is a great option. Tastes are ever evolving and wedding food is no different. From Indian to French, Japanese and Thai, the food choices are endless! Go for a savoury crepe starter, followed by a chicken madras main, then a handcrafted ice cream roll to cool your mouth. Sounds like a winner all round!


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SPRING

Spring brings about imagery of fresh and floral flavours. Try gin with elderflower infused tonic, which has a crisp taste and light flavour that your wedding guests will enjoy. Or serve prosecco flutes with raspberries as decoration for a subtler Spring touch.

SUMMER

Summer is all about the fruity. The perfect summer tipple has to be Pimms and lemonade, mixed with mint and cucumber pieces. Or if you’re more of a cocktail kind of person, go for a strawberry daiquiri or orange infused sangria to tantalize your guests’ tastebuds.

AUTUMN

Autumn brings change in weather, and the colder nights start rolling in. So you can never go wrong with a spiced apple cider to warm your guests through as they dance the night away. Mix this with a spiced rum cocktail and you’re onto a winner!

WINTER

Winter means cold, whichever way you put it. So your guests need a warming drink to keep their spirits high; mulled wine is the ideal tipple for this. Anything that incorporates flavours of cinnamon, orange and winter berry flavours will work well with a winter wedding. You could even try variations on hot chocolate with marshmallows and cookies for dipping! Add a shot of Irish Liqueur for a more grown up flavour that will definitely warm your guests’ insides!

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floral inspiration What’s hot in the world of wedding flowers? Colour From peaches to pale pinks, blush was the number one choice for brides last year. This year, blush is still a mainstay for wedding flowers, but it has also been paired with bright greens and even metallic gold, bronze and copper tones to bring the bridal bouquet into 2017/18. On the rise is pure white flowers, simply beautiful and match in with any wedding theme.

Bouquet Style ‘Wild’ bouquet styles are increasing in popularity for the new wedding season. Brides love the natural feel of a rustic looking bouquet with gypsophilia and greenery elegantly draping down. Succulents are also starting to make an appearance with their pale green tones to compliment any wedding theme. A brand new trend in wedding flowers is utilising unusual materials in your bouquet. Vintage buttons and brooches can now be

found nestled among fresh flowers to create a glamourous touch and sparkle for everyone to enjoy.

Table Centres If you’re incorporating flowers into your table centres, you have an array of colours to choose from that can pair well with the theme of your wedding. A popular new trend is focussing more on the greenery of leaves and branches to create a natural, laid back feel for a wedding. Examples of draped greenery can be found framing entry ways into a wedding reception or gathered along the wedding cake table. Another popular trend that sees no sign of moving; log slices and clusters of small vases filled with fresh flowers are a DIY bride’s dream and look beautiful, yet effortless. Then roses, carnations or lilies atop tall glass jars and vases add height to your table centres and create a focal point for the room.

Q&A How do I choose my florist?

Florists each have their own style, so it’s important to be able to match it with your own for fabulous wedding flowers that will impress. Have a few consultations with different florists to get a feel for their style, how they work and whether they’re a right fit for you. Don’t feel pressured into going with the first florist you see; it’s your wedding and it’s your money, so you have a right to browse before you settle on a decision.

Are fresh wedding flowers expensive?

This one depends on the time of year, flower type and whether you want a big flowery wedding, or a more muted understated wedding. If you give your florist a budget that you have in mind, they will be able to work with you to make sure they give you what you want at a cost you can handle.

How do I know how many flowers I will need?

Your florist will be able to guide you based on how many bridesmaids you have, how many guests will be in attendance and how big your reception venue is.

When should I book my wedding florist?

This really depends on what type of flowers you’re going for, but most brides tend to book 6-8 months before the big day. By time you will have booked your venue and should have a rough idea of what sort of flowers you’re wanting. Some florists let you book a year or more in advance, which is great because you can check out all the pretty seasonal flowers and take time in deciding which you like best.

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Its all in the detail The finishing touches that make a wedding extra special WEDDING FAVOURS

This is one of the most fun parts about planning your wedding, because it’s the bit that you can personalise the most. Your favours are a little thank you to your guests for attending and celebrating your big day. Anything from heart shaped dragees and mints, to bottle openers and ornamental gifts. It really depends on the theme of your wedding as to what you can do, but explore your creativity and find something really unique. This is your chance to stand out and show your guests a bit of your personality, so go wild!

TABLE DECORATIONS

These can range from fun table names and warmly lit mason jars, to heart shaped confetti. Whatever

floats your boat in terms of décor, have fun with it. If it’s a sit down meal, for your place names, match them to your wedding theme in either a rustic or elegant style to politely tell your guests where to sit. Wedding favours can also be laid out on your tables ready for guests to enjoy as they arrive and are a great ice breaker if you have guests sat together who don’t know each other.

WELCOME SIGN

It can be simple like ‘step this way for the wedding’ or could even be a blown up version of your wedding invite. A welcome sign is a wonderful adage to your décor that helps direct your guests to ‘where the party’s at’. You could have signs pointing to different parts of your venue; one to the ceremony, one to the dining and one to the dancing!

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Its all in the detail.. SOMETHING FOR THE CHILDREN

If you’re having kids at your wedding, having something like an activities table or even a sweet cart is a great idea to keep the children entertained while the adults converse. Simple things like colouring books and cuddly toys are enough to keep a child entertained for just the right amount of time. And their parents will be thankful that you have thought of something extra to allow them to relax a little on your special day.

GUEST BOOK

Instead of the traditional guest book for your guests to write in, why not make it a feature piece of décor? Have a polaroid camera for your guests to take pictures of

themselves, then they can write their message on the back and pin it to a purpose built photo wall. Or go for wooden hearts for guests to write their messages of good wishes on and then pop them in a jar. Another popular idea is to create a fingerprint tree of all your guests’ thumbprints, with their names along the side; kids in particular will love this!

HANGING DECORATIONS

If it’s an outdoor or marquee style wedding, why not dress it up with hanging garlands or led light up jars hanging from trees? It’s so simple but will add a creative touch to your wedding and lights will look stunning when night falls, leaving you with a twinkling backdrop for your first dance.

DISPOSABLE CAMERAS

These are a fantastic idea and hark back to those old wedding memories with a point and shoot camera and blinding flash. Bringing nostalgia and fun to the wedding table, disposable cameras are cheap, cheerful and give your guests something to do while waiting for their food or the speeches. A great thing to remember is that by having a camera on each table, you will pretty much guarantee a photo of every single wedding guest at your wedding. Just make sure they know to look in the viewfinder to avoid chopping heads off and that the flash is turned on. There would be nothing worse than getting your cameras developed to find the majority of them look too dark to see, or a pile of bodies with no heads!

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WEDDING PHOTOS APP’S

With the ever increasing influence of modern technology, many brides are taking to wedding apps to help with their wedding photos. There are a few apps out there that you can download free of charge; with a code unique to your wedding, just give this to your guests who can then download the app. Any photos that they take at your wedding can be uploaded straight into your wedding folder for you to enjoy. This is a great way of getting lots of candid photos that your photographer may not capture, and though they may not be print quality, they will definitely make for some amusing memories to look back on. A good free app to download is Wedpics, which is available on Itunes.


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tiersof joy The wedding cake is arguably the main focal point of any wedding day, aside from the bride and groom of course.

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Cake trends for 2017/18 There’s some new big hitters on the list this year as well as some old favourites.

WOODLAND

Without a doubt the hottest cake trend we’ve seen on the wedding fayre and exhibition scene is a complete cake mash up, why have one when you can have four, right? If you like gold, marbled, black and lace, Why not go for a different design or even flavour on each tier? A real feast for the eyes, lets just hope your guests don’t want to sample a piece of each!

Brand new for 2017 is the woodland and botanical style of wedding cake which is now sweeping rustic weddings across the nation. The botanical style cake sees fresh greenery and succulents splitting each tier, to give a real sense of the outdoors, but with more cake! We’ve also seen woodland cakes with fondant, carved, coloured and painted to look like tree bark and laden with real or fondant flowers.

GEODE

RUFFLED

The Geode cake attracted our attention last year when it was just beginning to appear in Pinterest boards and Twitter feeds across the land. Now, a fully fledged trend, the geode cake is a stunning addition to your special day and really looks like a gem…see what I did there? Inspired by geology, interlaced with precious metals and stones, the Geode cake sparkles away as the perfect centrepiece to your wedding.

Still a popular trend for it’s easy-on-the-eye nature and subtle contemporary twist. Be it a single ruffled tier, top to toe ruffles, big ruffles in bold hues or muted colours and toned down ruffles, to make more of a uniformed straighter ruffled look, we love them!


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METALLIC CAKES

Still high on the list for wedding cake trends is the stunning metallic cake. It dazzles and sparkles and is definitely a conversation starter for any wedding. From top to toe gold to inter-mingled layers, combined with tiers of smooth pastel colours, lace, marbled or even floral will make for a wonderful mash up of a wedding cake designed to stop passers-by. Silver, gold and now copper are proving popular with tiers being hand-painted or even adorned with edible sequins.

ALL WHITE WEDDING CAKES

This timeless trend can adopt a classic or contemporary feel. It goes with any theme and can be adapted in any way to fit your wedding. So simple and yet absolutely stunning, a white tiered wedding cake commands attention from everyone who sees it and exudes elegance upon sight.

THE ‘NEW NAKED’ CAKES

Another popular trend from 2016 is the naked wedding cake. Not one for faltering, this style has been switched up for 2017 with the addition of more buttercream icing to create a nearly naked cake. These are also being mixed with fondant layers to create a contrast between cake tiers and yet still have the naked feel for any rustic style of wedding.

OTHER STYLES STILL HIGH UP ON THE HIT LIST ARE: DRIP CAKES

This dripping down icing effect is just gorgeous teamed with the naked or even new naked style cake.

BUTTERCREAM

A step up from the naked or new naked cake is the no fondant, unfinished, buttercream cake, unsmoothed, ribbed or flawlessly finished.

LACE

Let’s not forget good old fashioned lace, this stunningly intricate detail looks beautiful wrapped around the tiers.

HAND PAINTED

Painted and illustrated cakes are still on top form as edible works of art, from marbelised patterns to intricate floral detailing.

CAKE TABLES

Again we say, why have one when you can have four or more...? Some couples are choosing to have an array of sweet bakes, you could even invite your guests to donate their favourite bakes, be it lemon drizzle or full on chocolate gateau.

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Check him out Sometimes it might seem like a wedding is all about the bride, but it’s important to remember that the groom takes centre stage too, so here’s some ideas to get your chap looking dapper on the big day.

WHAT’S TRENDING? CHECK IT OUT

A recent growing trend in wedding suits is check. Brought right up to date with form fitting three piece suits, check is set to be the next tweed. It works well for both formal and casual weddings and adds another aesthetic to the look of the groom.

FABRIC

Linen has found its niche in the market for groomswear, during the summer months along with Tweed, which is still a firm favourite, but updated from traditional greens and browns, to blues, greys and pastels. Mix and match fabrics with a colour contrasting waistcoat and suit jacket are a predicted trend that will see its way long into 2018. No more matching three piece suits; this next year will be all about switching it up.

ALL OUT BOLD BRIGHTS

Just like all the colours of the rainbow, 2018 looks set to introduce a bolder colour scheme for groomswear, with purples, bright blues and pinks all taking centre stage. It might seem gimmicky, but these can work really

well on the right type of groom. So if yours is the adventurous type, let them shine in their boldest and brightest attire to stun you and your guests.

NOT SO FORMAL

Gone are the days when a three piece suit and cravat or top hat and tails were a must. Many grooms are choosing to take the relaxed approach; beige linen trousers and white linen shirts worn without ties, waistcoats and jackets teamed with dark denim jeans and designer two peices are all becoming increasingly popular.

FOOTWEAR TO IMPRESS

Changing trends of footwear for the new wedding season mean that traditional black formal shoes are being swapped out for lighter browns. These stand as a contrast to the wedding suit with tan brogues being a particular favourite among current trends. Personalised Converse are also another mainstay for 2017/18 with brides and grooms matching their wedding footwear for the first dance.

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stag & hen ideas Before I go any further, if you’re looking for a hen do to Blackpool or a lads stag party to Newcastle, look away now. Here’s our top picks of away destinations with a difference...

LISBON An up and coming party city, Lisbon mixes the old with the new when it comes to the ideal party destination. Be sure to visit LAB, Loco and Alma, three restaurants who were recently awarded a Michelin star for their fine dining experiences. Lisbon also has a

19th century vertical elevator to help navigate the hilly streets and changing incline of the city. The city is also budget friendly and offers great value as a party destination AND because it’s on the western edge of Europe, it is the continent’s sunniest capital city.

BUDAPEST Budapest is known as ‘the Paris of the East’ with its sophisticated atmosphere and Viennese architecture. It boasts many thermal spas which have over 100 natural hot springs serving them; perfect for a relaxing getaway. Take in The Great Market Hall, which is the biggest food

market in Budapest and at over three levels, you’re sure to find something to tantalise your taste buds. Or party away in ‘Ruin pubs’, which are derelict areas like factory buildings or old cinemas, transformed into cheap pubs where you drink your favourite tipple in style.

NICE Nice is situated on the French Riviera, which just screams class and sophistication. The best time to visit is between May and September when its at its sunniest, so you can soak up the rays uninterrupted. More of a toned down relaxed party destination,

Nice is known for relaxation and shopping with some pretty fantastic water sports activities thrown in. However, if you’re looking for something more party central, Monaco and Cannes are just a short limo ride away for all your clubbing desires.

MARBELLA A top notch sunny location, Marbella is every hen and stag party’s dream destination. Many celebrities don their bikinis and swimwear here, so don’t be surprised if you brush shoulders with somebody famous. It’s not all glitz and glamour though; just a short walk away, you will find the

‘real’ Spain in Marbella Old Town with its narrow winding streets and beautiful cobbled walkways with quaint little bistros on each corner. Why not take a trip to Nikki Beach, one of the best daytime beach clubs in the world where you can party with the rich and famous under the Andalucian sunshine.

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