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ISSUE 10 / 2019-2020

Welcome to the brand-new issue of I Do Magazine. If you’re holding this, then that means Congratulations must be in order! You’re engaged, excited and ready to start planning your very special wedding day. So let’s hope the jam packed content in this issue of I Do Magazine can help! As you turn the pages, you’ll see that we have everything from the top local wedding suppliers, wonderfully romantic real-life weddings and lots of wedding inspiration and ideas to help you plan your special day. We also shine a light on the winners of this year’s I Do Wedding Awards, so you can take your pick from the finest in the East Midlands region and get all warm and fuzzy as you find out more about our chosen charity for this year. And who could forget the biggest wedding planning help of all; the I Do Wedding Exhibitions UK Tour which is happening near you, so find out more about that if you want to plan your entire wedding day in one place and have a blast while doing it! You can get tickets by going to www.idoweddingexhibitions.co.uk, so don’t miss out! We’ve also got a whole new Featured Suppliers section on our website with tonnes of new local suppliers ready and waiting to help you plan the best day of your life. With everything from popcorn and candyfloss carts to the most stunning wedding venues you’ll see, it’s worth sitting down and having a scroll as there’s just so many great quality suppliers. Don’t forget to follow us on social media as we’re always posting new and wonderful wedding ideas, local suppliers and wedding fayres for you to get excited about. Find us on the links below and come and say hi! All that’s left is for you to grab a cuppa (or glass of wine), sit back and enjoy this brandnew issue of I Do Magazine. We can’t wait for you to see what we have instore for you!


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Bang on trend We’ve searched high and low to bring you the booming bridal trends of the new wedding season, so here they are.

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1 Bridal Blazer/ Suit

These are tipped to be massive in 2020 weddings and will take a bride seamlessly from day to night with the removal of the blazer for the evening reception. They’re also perfect for the bride wanting a simpler, more polished look for her wedding day.

2 Satin

Think Hollywood glamour dripping in diamonds, draped across a chaise longue, and that’s the look we’re seeing with this fabric in wedding gowns. Simple but classically elegant.

3 Bows

Bows are a trend that we thought would come and go, but they’ve been changed up for this season and made to look loose and effortless. Still a feature piece on the dress, but with one exception, loose bows are now featured on the front of many bridal gowns this season. This is one trend to watch.

4 Dip Hems

Short at the front and long in the back! These bridal gowns add an air of ‘Yes I have arrived!’ and also allow for a super long train to add a dramatic bridal effect. A lot of the high-low gowns we’re seeing also have floral or feathered accents to add a 3d feature finish.

5 Feathers

An emerging trend at the end of 2018, feathered gowns are now in full force this season. We’re seeing a lot of feathered hems and feathered cuffs in bridalwear as well as full feathered trains that float across the floor as the bride makes her entrance.

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6 All Change

Brides aren’t just buying one dress anymore, they simply have to have a day and a night wedding gown. For the bride who wants the best of both, one gown just isn’t enough, and why should it be? Create an entrance at both the ceremony and the reception, with all eyes on you at all times.

7 Crochet

Not for the faint-hearted bride, as crochet won’t hide any flaws, but rather will show your every curve off to all your wedding guests. We’re predicting sheer crochet gowns to be a firm favourite among boho weddings, as they lend themselves well to a relaxed wedding vibe.

8 Statement Sleeves

They’re calling it the return of the renaissance and it’s easy to see why. Fluted, flared and puff sleeves are all in and adding a statement to the wedding gown. Once tipped as old-fashioned, sheer sleeves are also now back up in popularity, and allow the bride to show a little skin without being on ‘full display’ so to speak. Expect to see a lot of statement sleeves in the new bridal collections.

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This may be a trend that remains firmly with the catwalks of London Fashion week, but bridal shorts are a firm favourite among Spring weddings! These could also be a big hit if you’re getting married abroad.

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romantic A natural rustic theme with a modern elegant twist. Embrace natural textures and enhance them with lashings of greenery and fresh flowers.

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A romantic rustic theme will suit most wedding venue styles, particularly marquees, barns, halls and country manor houses. Long bare tables dressed with loose fabric table runners, transparent elements and candles, elegant stationery, eucalyptus twigs and metallic details, there’s no wonder so many couples are falling in love with this romantic rustic style.

Blushing bride Blush has been a firm favourite for a long while when it comes to wedding colours and it’s easy to see why. From perfectly peachy to pretty pastel pink, blush is one of the most romantic wedding shades and suprisingly, isn’t just reserved for the Summer wedding. Team it with burgundy or navy for Autumn, or metallics in gold, copper and rose to bring a touch of luxury, add lashings of greenery for a natural and contemporary feel or for the ultimate in pure simplicity, blush and crisp white is just stunning.

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Kelsey Rose

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On trend


We’ve scoured Pinterest and the internet to find out the top colour trends in what bridesmaids are wearing this new wedding season.

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Pale blues

We’re seeing this a lot all over the internet lately. Pale and dusty blues are sky rocketing in popularity in both Winter weddings and early Spring time affairs too. Opt for a mix of lighter and darker shades so your bridesmaids can mix and match their colour palette to compliment your dress. Go for an off the shoulder Bardot style to really compliment this gorgeous colour.


Burgundy has been a runaway trend this year for weddings. It adds a sexy feel to the bridesmaid dress and has been paired especially well with contrasting necklines in bridal parties, from strapless to one shoulder and draped fabric shoulder styles. Burgundy is particularly popular in Autumn and Winter weddings as it’s perfect for the changing seasons and also adds a festive feel too.

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Mori Lee True Bridesmaids

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Blush has always been a popular bridesmaid colour, because it works with the white wedding dress so well. The difference in this year is blush separates, so lots of cropped halter necks with long flowing tulle skirts for the perfect modern bridesmaid look!

Sage green

This is more of an unexpected pastel colour for a bridesmaid gown, but we’ve seen a rise in popularity in Sage Green for the new wedding season. Plus it works great against weddings who focus greenery heavily in their dÊcor.


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True Bridesmaids

You may think this is a little over the top for a bridesmaid gown, but sparkling gold is really running high in popularity for bridesmaid attire this season. Just imagine the bridesmaids as dancing gems and centering round a stunning white pearl, the bride of course!

Mix it up

We’re seeing golds, burgundies and blush all being mixed together in one bridal party, as they complement each other well. If you have a large entourage of bridesmaids, have 2 maids in each colour and your wedding photos will look stunning!

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{ HAIR }


your style?



There are so many ways to style your hair for your wedding day. We’ve put together a few ideas to hopefully help find the right style for you.

Relaxed updo’s

Pulled off the face with pieces of hair pulled out to create a messy texture, relaxed updo’s are a longhaired bride’s dream if she doesn’t want her hair down on her wedding day. Teamed with a loose plait across the hairline at the front, a relaxed updo could be your ‘go to’ for your bridal hair.

Soft waves

We’re seeing a lot of loose waves in wedding hair this year, with large flowers pinned up one side for a summery look. Waves look particularly beautiful with multi tonal hair such as different highlights of blonde or caramel, as they show off the colour really well.


Blunt straight hair UPDO

This is the complete opposite of soft waves, in that it creates a harsh look for your bridal hair. If you already have naturally pin straight hair, this is perfect for you. Edgy brides tend to go for this look as they like the contrast between the softness of their bridal gown and the choppy straight lines in their hair style. It’s also no fuss.

Twisted hairstyles

Twisted bridal hair looks gorgeous. Whether you style it half up half down or have a twisted ponytail; adding a twist to the hair adds an extra layer of volume and its pretty easy to do!


Bridal lob

The bridal lob is basically a long bob, and many brides are opting for the chop after seeing beautiful effortless creations all over Pinterest. This style is indeed popular, but a word of warning. If you have stunning


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long hair, think twice before having it all chopped off in search of the perfect wedding look. It’ll take a long time for all that hair to grow back!

Low buns

Megan Markle is to thank for this one. Brides are opting for a low bun with centre parting and loose tendrils of hair to frame the face for an elegant, yet relaxed look.

Loose ponytail

With added volume and plenty of hairspray, a low loose ponytail looks chic and simple for a bride wanting no fuss but optimum effect.

Accessorise accordingly

Going for a traditional chignon? Style it up with a glittering hairpin that sits just above it to create a stunning feature. Or choose a sparkling hair comb to sweep one side of your hair back for a beautiful bridal day look. If you’re opting for a ‘down do’ or ‘half up do’, crown your style with a stunning tiara, or if you’re a boho bride, fresh flowers pinned in your hair or even a floral halo will create a relaxed wedding day style.


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Flower power Choosing the flowers for your wedding can be difficult, but with our help, hopefully you can carry your bridal bouquet with pride on your wedding day! Here are some important things to think about when choosing your wedding flowers.



Opting for flowers in season makes perfect sense. You get your flowers at their peak and they are also grown as nature intended. Choosing seasonal also helps your wedding budget, so bear that in mind. Sweet Peas are a Spring bride’s flower of choice, while Amaryllis are a stunning Winter flower that stands out with its deep red shading.



You may think this is obvious, but when thinking about your wedding flowers, brides don’t think about how theirs will smell. However, the first thing you do when you get your bridal bouquet is smell it. For nervous brides, try adding sprigs of lavender for a pop of relaxing purple. Or if you have a favourite floral scent and it’s in season, add it to your bouquet. That way, whenever you buy your favourite flowers, the scent will instantly bring you back to your wedding day.


Bridal and Bridesmaid bouquets that contrast are aesthetically pleasing on the eye, and look great in your wedding photos. If your bridesmaids have burgundy flowers, opt for a light ivory shade to stand out.

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For couples with sustainability in mind, repurpose your flowers used at the ceremony as table décor and choose quality over quantity. You’ve spent all that money on dressing your venue/s, so it makes sense to utilise what you’ve got as much as possible. Plus, it’s better for the environment.

Back to Classic SOMETHING BLUE

Over the last few years, we’ve talked about rough, oversized bridal bouquets that drape down and hang in all directions. Now though, brides seem to be returning to classic, more understated bouquets. This is great because simple bouquets take up less attention, so your wedding guests are looking at you. Having said that, brides are still having greenery filled, loose looking bouquets, but in miniature form.

Flower Crowns

These are making a welcome return to 2019/20 weddings and are perfect if you’re a boho bride or having a Spring or Summer wedding. Flower crowns give a natural, care free feel to the wedding look.



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{ CAKE }

You can have

your cake


Everyone loves cake, and if you don’t, why not? It’s lovely! Your wedding cake is the main centrepiece of your special day (apart from the happy couple of course!), so it’s important to find the right cake to showcase you and your other half’s personalities. We’ve done the research for you (no cake tasting allowed unfortunately) and here are what’s trending for the 2019/20 season of wedding cakes.


Greenery was a popular theme of last year, and it’s continuing on, with more couples opting for a fresh feel to their wedding cake. We’re seeing a mixture of real greenery adorning cakes, and also sugar crafted leaves for edible decoration.



Still a firm favourite, metallic and golden cakes are a top choice for couples getting married. In fact, it’s the second most popular trend for the new season (the first being white cakes). A golden accented wedding cake adds

an air of opulence, encrusted with golden jewels and golden flowers, sometimes even merging with other cake themes, with gold dripping icing down the sides. Gold foil accents on white cakes are a particular trend to watch!

3D Florals

This trend has extended its way from the 3d floral wedding gowns we’re seeing, into cake creations. Flowers are not only being added to accent a cake, but are now cascading all the way down, sweeping from left to right, to create a floral waterfall effect. In some cases, it seems the bigger the flower, the better!

Nearly Naked

These are a mainstay for wedding cakes it seems, with many couples opting for a buttercream covered rustic style cake instead of fondant icing. Nearly naked cakes can be dressed up with anything to add to a wedding theme. From flowers and fruit, to hand crafted chocolates and personalised name signs.


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The beauty of a hand-painted cake is that you can have any design you like on it. Whether it’s a silhouette of a couple in a romantic embrace, or whether it’s greenery hand-feathered along the side. Hand-painted cakes can be extra personalised to the happy couple, so it’s easy to see why they’re so popular. Late 2019/2020 trends are showing a lot of hand painted flowers on wedding cakes, also mixed in with real flowers to merge with the 3D cake trend.


Geode cakes are everywhere; even down to being seen at local supermarkets, which means there’s no sign of this trend dying down soon. Coupled with a celestial hand-painted and marble cake backdrop, the geode trend is flying high this wedding season.


This is no new trend, but traditional white fondant cakes are moving to the modern with smooth fondant icing being swapped for a white buttercream icing look. Still simple and classic, with a contemporary twist. The addition of fresh flowers accents a white cake so you can colour code it to the theme of your wedding.

Cheese WHITE

If cake is really not your thing, then why not opt for a cheese cake…that is, a cake made entirely of cheese wheels! This isn’t a new trend, but we felt it important to mention as not everyone has a sweet tooth, so if cheese is part of your life, then it should be a part of your wedding too. Cheese wedding cakes are also a great meal finisher, as after the photos have been taken, they can be taken away and cut up into cheeseboards for your guests to have with a glass of red wine and crackers!


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I work on TV commercials, fashion shows and model assignments across the UK, so you would be booking a MUA that's in the know to create your perfect ‘big day’ look, be it classic, sophisticated, vintage, dramatic or funky and edgy.

Achieving ‘the look’ My goal is to achieve the look you desire: fresh faced, beautiful flawless skin, big bright eyes, perfected cheeks and lips, accentuated features, a suitably gorgeous and stunning bridal up or down hair creation, and make you feel every bit the special bride you should be. I put my heart and soul into making this happen for every bride.

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Suited and Booted When it comes to the wedding suit, tailoring is everything, so a well fitted suit goes without saying. Now, we’ve done our research and have found the top trends for groomswear that we think are going to be big hitters throughout 2019 and into 2020 weddings. Let’s take a look.


Tweed is showing no signs of slowing down in the popularity stakes and it can be changed up with a range of colours too. It’s also perfect for barn and relaxed weddings that lend themselves well to the texture of tweed.

Double breasted waistcoats If David Beckham wore it, grooms all across the land seem to want to wear it too. We’ve seen a huge rise in popularity of double-breasted waistcoats since David wore one to the Royal wedding in 2018, so it’s easy to see why this has translated in 2019 groomswear trends.

Dinner suits

Tuxedos have been modernised with a change of colour and fabric for the groom in 2019/20 weddings. Velvet has also made a comeback in many dinner suits and grooms are opting for this for their elegant black-tie affair.

Mix and match

Flannel fabric

This seems to be the main fabric of choice for many grooms getting married in the warmer months. That’s because flannel is very light weight, but gives the illusion of soft, thick high-quality fabric, so it’s a winner in our book.

Traditional morning suits

These are formal and elegant and some would even say romantic! The morning suit has been changed up by offering a slim fit version to add a more modern touch to the groom’s attire.

Go bespoke

Much like a hand-made wedding dress, a bespoke designed suit is crafted exactly to the groom’s requirements. Not off-the-peg and one to keep forever; this gives the groom a chance to add more of their personality with the opportunity of a blank canvas.

If the shoe fits

If your wedding has a relaxed vibe, then why not go for all out comfort with your favourite pumps? But if it’s a formal affair, make sure you have the shoes to match. Don’t scrimp on a good pair of wedding shoes either; you’ll be wearing these all day, so make sure they’re comfortable.

Complete the look

From the colour and style of your shoes and belt, to pocket hankies and neckwear, formal or relaxed, these final details will complete your look. Don’t worry, if you need help with the final details, your suit tailor will recommend the best ways to accessorise your chosen style.

It seems the trend of mix and match is in full force. Think contrasting textures, patterns and colours like khaki tweed suit jackets against navy waistcoats and trousers. This adds a fresh look to the wedding suit that every groom can get on board with.

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Our knowledgeable staff members are well versed in picking wedding rings that suit any wedding. By coming into either our Retford or Gainsborough stores, one of our friendly staff members will take time with you and go through each step, in a one-to-one consultation, to help you choose your perfect rings. They will also answer any questions you may have and help relieve any uncertainties you may be feeling.

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Party time


Wedding entertainment can be a make or break situation when it comes to keeping your wedding guests entertained. So we’ve rounded up a few of our top wedding entertainment ideas to make sure your wedding reception is party central!




If you have an outdoor wedding, or even large gardens at a venue, fireworks are wonderful. Not only are they a great photo opportunity, but they also give you and your guests a chance to get cosy with their partners and families, and watch the sky light up.

Circus Acts

These will make sure your wedding entertainment is super memorable. Fire breathers and aerial performers add the shock and awe factor to any wedding and will leave your guests wanting more.



Now in many different forms; the traditional booth, photo mirror and more modern ‘selfie’ style booth, the photobooth is a must of many weddings due to its ease of use and hilarious photo opportunities. Book your Photobooth now with Diamond Photobooth on page 26.

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Giant Outdoor Games

Crazy golf, Jenga and Connect 4 are all big hitters here. Couples want everyone to feel like a kid again and just have some carefree fun at their wedding. It’s not all about getting drunk and embarrassing yourself; giant outdoor games get everyone of all ages involved and are a good laugh too.

Silent Discos

Silent Discos are an emerging trend for weddings and it’s easy to see why. They allow your guests to effectively listen to what they want at your wedding reception with no noise restrictions in force. So you could have chart toppers on your headphones, and your mum can be listening to Motown at the same time! Watching everyone dancing to their own groove is also free entertainment!


Wedding Caricaturist

Not for the easily offended, a caricaturist at your wedding is a great ice-breaker. It also gives your guests a little gift to go home with; whether they decide to frame it or hide it is their choice.

Video Booth

Think ‘Big Brother’ but without the confessions (hopefully). A video booth gives your guests a chance to leave you a video message of well wishes on your wedding day, like a video guest book. The best part about this is you get to watch it all back and see how the videos progress as your guests have more to drink!

Wedding DJ

We couldn’t put these ideas together without the mainstay of any wedding; the DJ. You need music at a wedding and a good DJ can ensure the flow of the evening continues through until the early hours, with all your guests having a blast on the dancefloor.

Fun at the Fairground

This works brilliantly with outdoor weddings. Guests can partake in Hook a Duck, Sandbag throw, Coconut shy and many more. Best part is, fairground games have the benefit of nostalgia, so it would be hard for someone not to enjoy them.

Go Classical

Hire a violinist, harpist or even a string quartet for your wedding entertainment. Most artists nowadays play modern tracks, to bring all ages of the wedding party together. Have you ever heard Ed Sheeran played on the violin? Check out Alexandra the Violinist on page 27 if you’re searching for the perfect violinist.

Glitter Bar

Popular with the kids, a glitter bar is a fabulous idea to add a little sparkle to your wedding day. This works on beards too; sparkly gold beard anyone?




More one for the grown-ups, a casino at your wedding is a great idea. It breaks the ice and is a great laugh for your wedding guests to beat the odds! Remember, the house always wins in the end! Be sure to check out Ace Party on the very back page, to hire a casino for your special day!

Singing Waiters



Singing waiters are just blowing up all over the wedding circuit right now; that’s because they are the perfect entertainment for breaking the ice and getting your wedding guests up singing and dancing. The best part is keeping it a secret from your guests, and as the ‘waiters’ arrive to serve your food, then spontaneously break into song, the surprise on your guests’ faces is priceless. Check out The Undercover Waiters on the inside cover; they are a fantastic option for your entertainment and are available to see at all the I Do Wedding Exhibitions.

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Oh, what a night The I Do Wedding Awards held its annual ceremony to celebrate hard-working local wedding suppliers and to support a wonderful and very worthy charity. Now in its fifth year, the I Do Wedding Awards are highly regarded as one of the top markers of a high-quality wedding supplier and this evening is eagerly anticipated in the local wedding industry’s calendar. The evening was held at Sheffield City Hall’s stunning ballroom on Tuesday 14th May and wedding suppliers from all across the East Midlands, Yorkshire and the Humber donned their best tuxedos and ballgowns to come together and celebrate this once a year occasion. Decided entirely by the votes of the couples who have personally used these wedding suppliers for their own special days, the 2019 awards saw over 400 entrants, with over 130 making the finals and 29 being announced as category winners. The red carpet entrance signalled the arrival of our sparkling and dapper guests, who were greeted with a champagne drinks reception to welcome them to the evening’s festivities. The atmosphere was electric as everyone conversed excitedly about what was to come. The host for the evening, local celebrity and top DJ, Stephanie Hirst, welcomed over 250 guests into the ballroom as they made their way to their seats while the talented Alexandra the Violinist played in the background. Guests then sat down to enjoy a fine dining four course meal, which they enjoyed to the vocal stylings of solo artist Rose Devine.

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‘we raised almost £2000 for the Children’s Air Ambulance’

Raising funds for charity!

As part of the awards, each year we choose a charity to support and raise much needed funds for. This year, we chose the Children’s Air Ambulance; a totally self-funded and yet highly important charity. A charity prize draw was held during the evening, where we raffled off prizes donated by many of the generous wedding suppliers who attended the night. Guests donated a minimum of £10 for a Willy Wonka style chocolate bar in the hopes of bagging a golden ticket inside to win a prize. The wonderful Joanne from Ace Party also generously donated the use of her Roulette and Blackjack tables for the drinks reception, with all proceeds from this going to our chosen charity. In total, we raised almost £2000 for the Children’s Air Ambulance, which the attending spokesperson Sharon gratefully accepted. We would like to thank everyone who generously donated prizes and money during the evening. If you’d like to find out more about the Children’s Air Ambulance, please go to www.childrensairambulance.org.uk

The winners

Congratulations to the I Do Wedding Awards 2019 Winners



BEST BRIDALWEAR Flutterby Bridal Boutique

BEST ENTERTAINMENT The Undercover Waiters

BEST FLORIST Flowers & Events by Cathryn

BEST IN HAIR & BEAUTY Terri Georgina Freelance Hair Stylist

BEST JEWELLER Craven Jewellers

BEST PHOTOBOOTH Diamond Photobooths

BEST PHOTOGRAPHER Matt Nicholls Photography

BEST STATIONER The Harrogate Paperie Co

BEST VENUE STYLING Bella Boda Venue Styling


BEST CAKE DESIGNER Debbie Gillespie Cake Design

BEST DJ MDG Entertainment

BEST TRANSPORT Fairytale Wedding Cars

BEST VENUE The Old Barn at Esholt


BEST BRIDALWEAR Team Bride Derbyshire

BEST ENTERTAINMENT Chloe Boulton Wedding Singer

BEST FLORIST Bennington Blooms

BEST IN HAIR & BEAUTY Diamond Divas Hair, Makeup & Beauty



BEST STATIONER Designs By Daykin



BEST DJ Amp & Decks Wedding DJs & Events



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Thanks go to…

The stunning art-deco ballroom was enhanced with décor from Hayley Smith Venue Styling. A huge thanks to Joanne at Ace Party for bringing Roulette and Blackjack tables for guests to play. Also thanks to Alexandra the Violinist and Rose Devine for providing the entertainment for the night. The 2019 I Do Wedding Awards were such a wonderful evening with special thanks to all the wedding suppliers who entered, the couples who voted, the sponsors and donations, the technical team at Alrose Productions, venue staff and everyone else who helped make this year’s awards such a fantastic evening. Thank you so very much. Here’s to next year! FINALIST

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STATIONERS Designs by Daykin Ltd Worksop Weddings Tailor Made Moments Luxury Wedding Stationery VENUE STYLISTS Nuptia Just A Little Sparkle Pretty Little Extras Simply the Best Wedding and Events Those Finishing Touches – Venue Stylist WEDDING CAKES Southwell Cakery Storeybook Cakes The Ruddington Cake Company Gardners Cakery Love Life, Eat Cake by Michele WEDDING DJS Disco Entertainment Amp & Decks – Wedding DJs & Events DBS Discos WEDDING TRANSPORT Regency Wedding Cars Excelsior Wedding Cars WEDDING VENUES The Fox and Goose Bentley Brook Inn Donington Park Farmhouse Morley Hayes Hotel Van Dyk Makeney Hall Hotel The Pumping House

Yorkshire & Humberside Finalists ADDITIONAL SERVICES Liquor Lab Events Natalija.Co Event Planning Something Sweet Occasion Gifts and Accessories Jorvik Wedding Videography

BRIDAL WEAR Cupid Connections Flutterby Bridal Boutique Dotty Bridal Rosea Bridal Its Bliss Bridal and Prom Wear Curvaceous Bridal

VENUE STYLISTS Bella Boda Venue Styling Helles Belles Wedding Hire Sparkle n Shine Weddings Elegant Covers & Bows All Trimmed Up Those Cherished Moments

ENTERTAINMENT The Undercover Waiters Alexandra The Violinist Ace Party

WEDDING CAKES Debbie Gillespie Cake Design Patacake Lindsay Marie Cake Designs Cakes By Leisa White Rose Cake Design Those Finishing Touches

FLORIST Jessica Flowers By Design First 4 Flowers Flowers and Events by Cathryn Wickham & Taylor Ltd Orchids Flowers Frenchie Loves Flowers Botanicals Mrs Bouquets Floristry & Event Styling HAIR AND BEAUTY Terri Georgina Freelance Hair Stylist Glam by Elizabeth Daisy Bethan Victoria Makeup Artist Amanda Humphreys Make-Up Rebecca Asquith Makeup Artist JEWELLERS Craven Jewellers TIAGO Form Bespoke Jewellers Ltd Iain Henderson Designs Ltd PHOTOBOOTHS Diamond Photobooths R & R Magical Moments PHOTOGRAPHERS JLM Wedding Photography Kazooieloki Photography Elizabeth Baker Photography Matt Nicholls Photography Amie Parsons Photography Katherine Rouse Photography STATIONERS Yorkshire Wedding Invites and Engraving Ltd The Vow Wedding Stationers The Harrogate Paperie Co

WEDDING DJS MDG Entertainment Sheffield Wedding DJ WEDDING TRANSPORT Premier Wedding Vehicles Fairytale Wedding Cars Limited Wharfedale Wedding Cars WEDDING VENUES Thornhurst Manor Healds Hall Hotel The Old Barn at Esholt Raithwaite Estate Best Western Plus Aston Hall Hotel Dimple Well Lodge Hotel Woodlands Hotel Rogerthorpe Manor Hotel

Yorkshire, Humberside & East Midlands Finalists GROOMSWEAR Top Mark Suit Hire Slater Menswear Leeds Slater Menswear Nottingham BEST IN SHOW Photobooth4you Something Sweet The Undercover Waiters Ace Party Soul Binding by Rosie Flutterby Bridal Boutique Rose Devine

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Gary & Patricia’s

beautiful barn wedding

Photographs courtesy of Angelic Photo www.angelicphoto.co.uk

WHEN: 8th September 2018 WHERE: Baxterley Church / Shustoke Farm Barn

Even a mishap with the wedding cake couldn’t spoil the perfect wedding day of Gary and Patricia Calder when they married at Baxterley Church in September 2018.

The couple, who have set up home in the nearby village of Baddesley Ensor, North Warwickshire, were outside the reception venue having photographs taken - so missed the moment when their three-tier wedding cake buckled under the weight and collapsed. Patricia said: “We didn’t see it happen and our photographer was quick to put up a sign saying ‘What! No Cake’! Reception staff did manage to salvage some of it to give out to guests but you know what, even that couldn’t spoil what was a brilliant wedding day. We were

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enjoying ourselves far too much to worry about it.’’ The couple first met at the 30th birthday party of one of Gary’s friends and a while later got engaged on a pre-Christmas trip to Barcelona where Gary popped the question in front of the city’s iconic La Sagrada Familia cathedral. Wedding preparations began shortly afterwards and after visiting Shustoke Farm Barns, the couple fell in love with the venue and instantly booked it. Patricia said: “Gary works as a heritage carpenter, often working on listed buildings, churches and

cathedrals, so this 18th Century venue was perfect as it is the sort of historic place he works on. It really is a beautiful place for a wedding reception.’’ After the church service, the couple and over 80 day guests moved to Shustoke Farm Barns for a traditional sit-down wedding breakfast and an evening party, attended by more guests and well wishers. Patricia, who works as a primary school teacher, said: “Because the local area is a very tight-knit community, a lot of people came to watch the church wedding which

was really nice. A lot of my pupils at school gave me wedding cards and I was even featured in the school newsletter.’’ For her wedding day, the bride chose an ivory gown with a fishtail hemline and featuring a delicate lace design. She carried a bouquet of mixed white flowers with green foliage. Her three bridesmaids, including her older sister Charlotte, wore blush pink dresses and carried similar flowers. She also had a flower girl who wore a white dress and carried a wand decorated with white flowers. She said: “Apart from the wedding cake, everything went to plan. There was just a tiny bit of drizzly rain as I was getting ready

but then the sun came out and we had a glorious day. It really was a perfect day and couldn’t have gone any better. “Gary is Scottish and one of the best moments of the day was when I surprised him and his parents with a Scottish bagpipe player. Everyone was asked to go outside to the courtyard for photographs and then the piper appeared. They were all very surprised.’’ Patricia is full of praise for all her wedding suppliers and particularly their photographer Angelic Photo. The couple waited a few months before enjoying a three-week honeymoon travelling around Thailand.

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Ryan and Sarah’s

wedding day grandeur Photographs courtesy of Louise Rowley Photography, www.louiserowleyphotography.co.uk

WHEN: 17th March 2019 WHERE: Chatsworth House, Derbyshire

The fabulous Chatsworth House was the setting for the spring wedding of Ryan and Sarah when they tied the knot.

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The couple, who live in Dronfield Woodhouse, were married in the 18th Century Stables and the beautiful grandeur of Chatsworth parkland took centre stage for their wedding photographs. The couple followed their civil ceremony with an afternoon tea for 50 guests which as Sarah explained, seemed very in keeping with the era of their historic surroundings. She said: “We married on Sunday March 17 at 3pm so afternoon tea seemed an ideal option. Later in the evening some

of our guests joined us for a meal at The Devonshire Arms on the Chatsworth estate where Ryan and I stayed on our first night as a married couple.’’ The couple, who both work for Derbyshire County Council, met in 2017. After initially meeting online, Ryan from Doncaster and Sarah from Dronfield enjoyed their first date at Chatsworth House which is why they chose the Derbyshire stately home for their wedding venue. Ryan, who works as a monitoring officer in the planning department, and Sarah, a solicitor

in the council’s legal department, can’t thank their suppliers and wedding co-ordinators enough. “Everything went to plan, the weather was sunny and the whole day was just fantastic although it did go by in a bit of a blur. Before the wedding, our photographer took us in the Chatsworth grounds to look at locations for our photos which was just fabulous to help create lovely wedding memories. “The Chatsworth staff were very accommodating and our wedding co-ordinator was excellent. Chatsworth was a very special

‘The couple followed their civil ceremony with an afternoon tea for 50 guests which as Sarah explained, seemed very in keeping with the era of their historic surroundings’ place to get married, particularly as we were able to go up the drive and past the house on our way to the ceremony. “One of my colleagues is a traditional organ grinder and he played as we arrived which added a unique touch to the day.’’ For the ceremony, Sarah wore an ivory fit and flare style bridal gown with full length sleeves and a lace and pearl bodice. She carried a bouquet of yellow and

purple mixed Spring flowers. Her two bridesmaids wore deep purple dresses and the flower girl had a white dress. They carried bouquets of yellow tulips. The yellow and purple wedding theme continued into the wedding breakfast venue where guests enjoyed a traditional afternoon tea and took home hand made favours of glass jars filled with sweets. Sarah said: “We made

quite a few things ourselves for the wedding - the favours, the save the date cards and Ryan also designed the wedding invitations.’’ She said the best moment of the day was when she saw Ryan waiting for her as she walked down the aisle. “The whole day was just a fabulous experience. My mum helped with a lot of the arrangements but the Chatsworth staff really made our day very special.’’ The couple enjoyed a mini-moon after the wedding with a couple of days in Norfolk and then more recently have celebrated their wedding with a two-week cruise around Italy and Croatia.

SUPPLIERS Wedding Dress: Blushes Bridal Studio Sheffield Bridesmaids: Rosea Bridal Epworth Groomsmen: Reece Ford Suit Hire Dronfield Photographer: Louise Rowley Photography Rings: H L Brown & Son Ltd Sheffield Venue styling/decor: Frily’s Boutique Chesterfield Florist: Chatsworth Cake: Lavender Whisk Chesterfield Hair: Sally Bond @ Passion Hair Dronfield Make-up: Jackie Smith Transport: Cottam Carriages Chesterfield Entertainment: Cooke & Sons Traditional Organ Grinders Wedding Day Stationery: Keetley Creative Weddings, Sheffield

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Tom & Holly’s

happy easter

WHEN: 20th April 2019 WHERE: Ringwood Hall, Brimington

A wedding at Ringwood Hall near Chesterfield was the icing on the cake for Derbyshire couple Tom and Holly Hill who have spent years literally building their future together. The couple, who met through mutual friends in 2013, have spent the last few years building and completing their own house in Tibshelf. After moving in to the house in 2016, they are currently just putting the finishing touches to the outside garden area. Their three-tier wedding cake, made for them by Tom’s aunt Kathryn Townsend, reflected their years of hard work by being decorated with mini hard hats, workman’s tools, teacher books and bride and groom figures. Tom, who is a self-employed carpenter, and Holly, a primary teacher at Park School Federation in Shirebrook,

Photographs courtesy of Shoot Photography and Film, www.shoot-lifestyle.co.uk

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were married at Ringwood Hall on a glorious Spring day at the Easter weekend. “The weather was absolutely gorgeous for us, we were so lucky. In the run-up to the wedding, the weather had been cold with rain so we timed it just right. We had a great day,’’ said Holly. The civil ceremony was attended by 82 day guests who then enjoyed a traditional wedding breakfast before everyone got into party mood for the evening celebrations where they were joined by more guests. For the wedding ceremony, Holly chose a fit and flare ivory

‘My favourite part of the day was the actual wedding ceremony which was the bit I was most nervous about. It all went smoothly and I didn’t need to worry.’ dress with lace detail and carried a bouquet of pale pink roses, gypsophila and green foliage. Her four bridesmaids wore pink dresses and carried ivory flowers. The pink theme continued into the reception decor and wedding cake which, as well as being decorated with house building tools, was also decorated with pink and ivory roses. Because it was the Easter weekend, the couple had made their own wedding favours of jars containing mini eggs. Holly said: “We did a lot of the wedding arranging ourselves including making the favours. My grandma Carol Betts helped us make the invitations. “Everything went to plan and we were delighted with the staff at Ringwood Hall who were fantastic. We felt really prepared and actually felt quite chilled about the whole thing. The staff did an amazing job for us. The day did go very quickly however and seemed to pass by in a flash. “My favourite part of the day was the actual wedding ceremony which was the bit I was most nervous about. It all went smoothly and I didn’t need to worry.’’ Before the wedding, children

at Holly’s school held a special assembly to wish her luck. Holly received lots of cards and gifts as well as good wishes. Holly has previously taught Year 3 children but for the 2019/20 school year, will be teaching Year 5 children. Following the wedding, Tom and Holly enjoyed a five-day honeymoon to Venice. They have recently been completing the last bits of work on the house by landscaping the garden and finishing off the driveway.

SUPPLIERS Wedding Dress WED2B, Derby Alterations Georgina Louise Bridesmaid/Flowergirl Dresses Sistaglam Groom & Groomsmen Outfits Slaters, Nottingham Photographer Shoot Photography and Film Rings Stuart Bradley Jewellers, Chesterfield Venue styling/decor Strides, Chesterfield Florist Strides, Chesterfield Hair Amber at Chelcie Florence Studios, Ripley Make-up Tara Wiley Makeup and Skincare, Chesterfield

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Abi & Ali’s

Competition win wedding

WHEN: Friday 31st May 2019 WHERE: Hotel Van Dyk

A romantic Holiday proposal during a boat trip in Nicaragua was followed by a chance competition entry where Abi & Ali McKie-Smith won the wedding of their dreams.

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The couple from Doncaster, were married at Hotel Van Dyk in Chesterfield, followed by a wonderful evening reception. Abi’s friend had told her about a competition on local radio station Hallam FM, where couples could win their wedding by raising money for the Cash for Kids charity. She entered on the last day and thought nothing of it. So when she and Ali won on Valentines Day 2018, it was a dream come true. During the wedding planning process, the couple didn’t do much

DIY as Abi had no time for it (they were also moving house at the same time). Though they did add a few touches to their wedding favour bubbles with personalised labels and ribbons. A few days before the wedding, the flowers they had ordered arrived in the wrong colour. ‘It wasn’t Julie’s (First 4 Flowers) fault, but her supplier, so she had to re-order them. The day before, we went back to the florist and walked in and were amazed at the flowers’. Abi had a bridal bouquet of

pink, peach and lilac, with Freesia, Roses, Clematis, Lissiauthus, Ivy, Eucalyptus and a little Gypsophilia, with diamantes throughout. The weather for the day was perfect; sunny but not too hot and no rain meant the guests could relax outside too. The colour scheme of the wedding was peach and lilac; Ali had wanted orange but Abi toned him down. Abi wore a Ronald Joyce dress by the name ‘Nora’, which was a stunning a-line/princess style blush pink gown, with 3d flowers dotted

‘She entered on the last day and thought nothing of it. So when she and Ali won on Valentines Day 2018, it was a dream come true’. throughout, sparkling diamantes on the bodice and a low back. Abi said the day she won the wedding, she bought a wedding magazine and this dress was the very first one she saw. Abi was attended by her 5 bridesmaids, dressed in Mauve cut off shoulder gowns and best friend in a high-necked Mauve jumpsuit; each holding a single peach avalanche rose instead of bouquets. During the ceremony as Abi was about to walk down the aisle, her shoe fell off, so she had to quickly regain composure while her guests thought she was pausing for dramatic effect. After the ceremony, came the wedding speeches, in which Ali showed guests his newly

acquired ‘Boopersoc’ tattoo that he’d had done on his stag do, as he loves the drink Superboc. Guests were then treated to a three-course wedding breakfast of goats cheese and caramelised onion tart, chicken supreme for main and sticky toffee pudding with butterscotch sauce for dessert. The couple’s first dance was to an acoustic version of Jess Glynn’s My Love. It was Abi’s favourite part of the whole day. Ali’s grandad was very ill at the time the couple got married, but he managed to make it to their wedding day. He passed away a few weeks after the wedding but Ali was over the moon that he could be there. The couple honeymooned

in Kuala Lumpur and Borneo as they wanted to go somewhere different to the norm. They enjoyed the rare wildlife whilst there, and visited the sunbear sanctuary and orangutan rehab centre, as well as experiencing their first time on jet skis too. Abi and Ali’s one tip for couples getting married is this: ‘Don’t listen to anyone else’s opinion about your wedding, have exactly what you want, spending all the money is definitely worth it.’ And Abi managed to get the one photo she wanted from her photographer; a photo of her with her favourite sweet treat, candyfloss!

SUPPLIERS Dress: Hoops A Daisy Bridal Boutique Photographer: Kirsten Johnson photography Wedding Cake: Angel Cakes Groomswear: Slaters Leeds for groomsmen Groom’s was Tailor made from House of Churchill Makeup: C.L.D Makeup Hair: Leeann Kime Hair of Bliss Hair and Beauty Bridesmaids: Mirage Couture Wedding Rings: TIAGO DJ: Notts DJ Entertainment: Photobooth from Fotoboov Casino - Ace party, Candyfloss popcorn, sweet cart from Sweet-a-Fayre Singers: The Bowkers Venue Décor and stationery: Designs by Daykin Flowers: First 4 Flowers Pianist and Singer: Emily Martin Music Transport: The Yorkshire Chauffeur Company Fireworks: Fuse Fireworks Honeymoon: Kuoni - Emily Barker at Meadowhall

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Van Dyk by Wildes is one of Derbyshire’s top wedding venues, it is the first choice for couples aspiring to have the ultimate wedding. Set in beautiful surrounds with award-winning food and exceptional facilities, Van Dyk by Wildes has a wedding package tailored to suit each and every couple. The Hotel’s glorious manicured lawns, pergoda and new terrace area provide beautiful backdrops for your all-important wedding photographs. Van Dyk by Wildes offers a choice of private rooms for civil ceremonies, wedding breakfasts and evening wedding receptions. Choose the brand-new Ballroom suite complete with private bar for larger weddings, or for a more intimate, personal wedding, choose the old Bowden Chapel. Or why not hire the hotel for exclusive use for you and all your guests.

Whether it’s a contemporary wedding or a traditional wedding, the Van Dyk weddings team will be on hand to arrange any bespoke extras required.

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Weddings Team

Contact us by email: weddings@vandykbywildes.co.uk or phone: 01246 387386 www.vandykbywildes.co.uk


• The Ballroom suite for 220 guests complete with Walled Garden - licensed for outdoor ceremonies • 54 luxury bedrooms and suites • Brand new restaurant and bar • Spa by Wildes

Wedding Fayre

Sunday 3rd November 2019, 11am - 3pm


Book your 2020 wedding before 30th September 2019 for complimentary upgrades and extras. Receive two of the following complimentary upgrades: • A second arrival drink for your guests • 20 additional evening guests • Two bedrooms to include Bed and Breakfast the night prior to your wedding • 50 bottles of beer

In addition to the above you will also receive one of the following to use prior to your wedding day: • Spa day pass for two • Afternoon tea for two • Bed and Breakfast stay with your menu tasting Subject to availability. Terms & Conditions apply

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Wedding Fayre

SUNDAY 17 th NOVEMBER 11am – 4pm Looking for some inspiration for your wedding or do you have that last little thing to think about? We’ve handpicked some of the best local suppliers in the business who will be showcasing their products and services for your special day.

Wedding Showcase

TUESDAY 19 th NOVEMBER 5pm – 9pm

Whether you have already booked your wedding at Peak Edge or you’re still browsing venues, come along to our showcase event & see the venue dressed in full wedding style – an ideal way to visualize your perfect day with us.


FOR BOTH www.peakedgehotel.co.uk

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For an unforgettable day...

If you’re looking for an outstanding wedding venue, The Peak Edge Hotel nestled on the edge of Derbyshire’s beautiful Peak District National Park, has everything you and your guests require for an unforgettable wedding day. The hotel was built in 2011 to complement the existing Red Lion Pub & Restaurant which dates back to the 17th Century. Full of charm and character and with a warm and welcoming atmosphere, this exceptional venue combines the classic natural beauty of the Peak District countryside with a modern elegance.


With our experienced team of wedding co-ordinators on hand to look after you, your exclusive wedding here at Peak Edge will receive our staff’s undivided attention, from the moment your guests arrive to the moment they all depart.Whether it’s your initial enquiry meeting or the day itself, our faultless attention to detail and impeccable service will ensure that your wedding day is truly a day to remember.


Located within just 10 minutes of the M1 between the famous market towns of Chesterfield and Matlock,The Peak Edge Hotel is the ideal wedding location. Surrounded by open countryside and panoramic views that make it the perfect backdrop for all your wedding photographs and memories.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.


Much of our food is sourced locally from nearby Walton Lodge Farm and prepared in our AA rosette awarded kitchens by our highly skilled chefs.

T: 01246 566142


We have 27 luxury bedrooms and suites for you and your guests to enjoy. All are fully equipped with air conditioning, hi-speed wi-fi, fresh milk to accompany a selection of teas and coffees and spectacular views of the beautiful Peak District.


Looking for some inspiration for your wedding or do you have that last little thing to think about? Then why not come along to our Wedding Fayre on Sunday 17th November 11am – 4pm where we’ve handpicked some of the best local suppliers in the business who will be showcasing their products and services for your special day. Following the Wedding Fayre we will be staging a Wedding Showcase on Tuesday 19th November 5pm – 9pm and whether you have already booked your wedding at Peak Edge or you are still browsing venues, you can see the venue dressed in full wedding style – an ideal way to visualise your special day and discuss your ideas with our wedding coordinators.

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From her base on the Derbyshire/ Nottinghamshire border, Hayley Smith is perfectly placed to offer her unique wedding venue styling expertise to couples across the East Midlands and beyond. Whatever your style, Hayley is full of inspirational ideas to help make your wedding day as memorable as possible. Whether you’re looking for a glamorous reception space or a rustic feel, Hayley can create the right mood and ambience for your special celebration. Her expertise has even been called on by the I Do Wedding Magazine when she was asked to dress the venue for the annual

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awards presentation. She has also recently created stunning venues for High Street name launches including Herbal Essence shampoo and the Co-op Food organisation. As a mother of five children, Hayley is well used to being superorganised and can guarantee to cover every aspect of venue decor you would wish for. She said: “I’d always been quite artistic and started off making hand written signs etc. Then I inherited

some chair covers and the venue business just grew and grew as people asked me to dress their wedding venues. Now I am very proud to be able to work at some of the best regional wedding venues and offer a full range of table decorations, floral displays, chair dressing, centrepieces, starlight backdrops and much more.’’ For those essential finishing touches, Hayley can supply extras such as a large chocolate fountain, white postbox for wedding cards and bespoke welcome boards. Hayley is now a recommended supplier and included in wedding packages at both Nottingham’s Eastwood Hall and the Nottingham Belfry Hotel. Such is her success, she is already taking bookings for 2021 and advises couples to book as soon as possible. Her service begins with a consultation with the happy couple to determine their exact requirements and budget. She said: “Let me take some of the stress out of organising a wedding. I can liaise with the venue and then obviously return the

day after the wedding to remove everything. I am more than happy to fit with couples and meet them during the daytime, in the evening or at the weekend for a consultation.’’ A few weeks before the big day, Hayley always organises another get-together with the bride and groom to check all the details and put them at their ease over a coffee and even a cake or afternoon tea. She said: “You always find it is all the little extras that make the difference to a wedding day but planning the big day is a very stressful time and I am here to help.’’ Hayley is currently making the finishing touches to her Hayley Smith Wedding Planner Book, which will be available for sale on Amazon. Full of ideas, it is the perfect way to keep all your notes and plans together. To find out more, take a look at the website www.hayleysmithvenuestylist.com and read what delighted brides have to say about her. Get in touch: Telephone: 07815 060243 Email: admin@hayleysmithvenuestylist.com Web: www.hayleysmithvenuestylist.com

I N S P I R AT I O N A L I D E A S “Hayley is really easy to work with and I’d recommend her to everybody on any budget.’’ “Hayley decorated the venue for our wedding a couple of weeks ago and it was beautiful. She really pays attention to the little details”

“Hayley is the perfect person to help you decide what to have at your wedding venue, with unique ideas for the ceremony room right through to the after wedding celebration room. Hayley takes your ideas and colours and makes the decor personal to your tastes.’’

BE A ‘HAYLEY SMITH’ BRIDE Keep an eye out for the Hayley Smith Wedding Planner Book

ARRANGE YOUR FREE CONSULTATION: Phone 07815 060243 Email admin@hayleysmithvenuestylist.com www.hayleysmithvenuestylist.com

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Your Garden Secret Spa Escape Ringwood Hall Hotel boasts a brand new Garden Secret Spa for you and your wedding party to escape away to, and enjoy some much-needed pampering before your big day. Here at I Do Magazine, we like to ensure that we are promoting products that live up to their expectations, so we had to test out the new spa for ourselves and headed out for a day spa package to Ringwood Hall Hotel & Spa. Three of us attended the spa and each had different treatments, so we could provide a better all-round review for you (it’s a hard job sometimes). Richard went for the Mud Patch Hammam therapy (the spa’s signature treatment), Heather opted for the Infinity Flow warm stone massage and Natasha had the Euphoric Balance full body massage (all 55 minute treatments). From the moment you walk into the spa, your senses are treated to a soothing atmosphere filled with essential and calming oils.

Your relaxation starts here Make your way to the glass house brasserie, where you will be greeted with a welcome garden smoothie shot to excite and tantalise your taste buds.

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A member of the team then gives you a ‘journey card’ to take with you during your visit; this includes the details of your treatment, locker number and descriptions of each of the features in the spa. In the changing area, a code opens your locker and a wonderful robe, towel and Garden Secret Spa flip flops await you in a neat little package. The spa is very intimate but large enough to accompany your entire wedding party and you are free to use any of the features available. Spa Features include a Himalayan salt sauna, Vitality Pool and bubbling Foot Spa, among others, so you can let your cares disappear as you float into relaxation heaven. After enjoying the luxurious Garden Secret spa features, we had lunch scheduled at 12. The brasserie had a lovely relaxing atmosphere with soft music playing in the background and also being able to eat in your robes was a major plus point! Heather and Richard opted for the lunch menu and Natasha had afternoon tea. It all came out together as Heather and Richard had preordered their lunch upon arrival, so there was no wait. The food was just right and the scone with clotted cream was divine! Treatments were at 1pm; we all went into separate rooms, each with wonderful sounding names such as Lavender Haze and Daisy Chain. All three treatments used Lola’s Apothecary essential oils (which you can also purchase from the spa) that were first heated and then applied to the skin. With the Euphoric Balance and Infinity flow, there was a range of 3 different soothing oils to choose from. The Mud Patch Hammam Therapy focussed on a full body exfoliation, followed by an uplifting body mask and massage. Richard said he felt like he was encased in a cloud during the body mask; obviously a good sign! The whole atmosphere of the treatment rooms

was perfect; with dimmed lighting and meditative music gently filling the space. The therapists ask you if you have any particular points to work on, and they focus on those whilst also massaging the rest of your body. You don’t feel rushed at any point and the therapists are continually checking to make sure you’re ok with the pressure. It’s easy to see how some people fall asleep whilst having a massage, as it forces you to stop completely and allow your whole body to relax. We went into individual rooms for our treatments, but the Garden Secret Spa also offers triple treatment rooms, so you can enjoy your treatments with friends or your partner for an intimate relaxing getaway. After your treatment, you can chill out and even have a nap in the Daydream room with your friends and chat about your experiences together. The Garden Secret Spa at Ringwood Hall Hotel really is a hidden gem and its clear that the entire team love what they do. Everything in the spa is geared towards total relaxation, so you barely have to lift a finger whilst there. After visiting the spa, we would give a huge recommendation to visit with your hen or wedding party for a relaxation filled weekend before the wedding festivities begin. The Orchid Royale Escape package is perfect for this, as you can take advantage of a Twilight Spa experience with your hens/wedding party. You also get evening canapes upon arrival, a 25 minute twilight treatment and take part in the Garden Secret cocktail making class in the Brasserie with an expert mixologist! This is the perfect get together before your wedding day and has the I Do seal of approval! Get in touch: Telephone: 01246 280077 Email: weddings@ringwoodhallhotel.com Web: www.ringwoodhallhotel.com

Even more to offer at Ringwood With the addition of their new Garden Secret Spa, Ringwood Hall Hotel & Spa near Chesterfield now has even more to offer you and your guests. Ideal for the bride and her attendants to use the day before the wedding - or even book for a special get-together in the run-up to the big day the spa hidden away in the hotel grounds is also a special bonus for wedding guests to use for a little ‘me’ time during their stay. Offering a full range of treatments, the new spa is a perfect way to treat yourself and all your guests. Ringwood Hall Hotel & Spa, situated on the edge of the Peak District, really does offer the perfect venue for your special day. Sitting in six acres of stunning gardens amidst 29 acres of Derbyshire parkland, the hotel is the perfect all year round wedding venue. A number of secret gardens are located in the grounds, all perfect for charming and innovative wedding photography. All the gardens have been

restored to reflect their Victorian heritage. Various wedding packages are available from this award-winning venue which was voted the “Best Wedding Venue in Derbyshire & Nottinghamshire 2016”. The hotel was also a finalist in the “Best Wedding Venue in East Midlands 2017“ in the prestigious I Do Magazine Wedding Awards. Whether you’re planning a large gathering or a smaller, more intimate wedding, you can rest assured that every detail will be planned to perfection by the Ringwood team. From the stunning marquee located in its own landscaped gardens which also allows external catering options, to beautiful reception rooms in the 19th Century Manor House, and amazing food to luxurious accommodation, Ringwood Hall Hotel & Spa is a must see for any couple in search of a top class venue. Get in touch: Telephone: 01246 280077 Email: weddings@ringwoodhallhotel.com Web: www.ringwoodhallhotel.com

If you are looking for a Peak District, Derbyshire or South Yorkshire wedding venue, come and view our beautiful 19th Century Manor House. Set in 6 acres of formal gardens and surrounded by 29 acres of parkland, Ringwood Hall Hotel & Spa is ideally located on the ‘gateway’ to the Peak District.

• NEW Garden Secret Spa

- relax and unwind before or after your celebrations or enjoy a hen party to remember

• Award winning formal gardens

- providing amazing photograph opportunities

• Luxury accommodation

- with special rates available for your guests

• Indoor & outdoor ceremonies

- including the beautiful Garden Pavillion - we can provide ceremonies for upto 250 guests

• Unforgettable receptions

- From our beautiful garden Marquee (available April to October) to our grandest suites, whatever your reception needs, we have the ideal setting any time of the year

• Seasonal offers

- visit the website for our latest wedding offers

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Food for thought Here at I Do, we take food Make Your Own Carrying on with the interactivity theme, many very seriously, and choosing weddings are choosing to have make your own your wedding catering is no food stations where wedding guests can get stuck in. Smores are a great way of gathering easy job! That’s why we’ve your guests round a campfire to make a hot come up with some top ideas and sweet dessert that will bring back happy memories, and create new ones at the same to help feed you and your time. Tacos also lend themselves well to the guests on your wedding day. idea of interactivity, so you can add as much guacamole as you like and no one can tell you otherwise!

Street Food

Many couples in 2019 and 2020 don’t want a sit down meal, and instead are opting for street food and mobile food trucks for their food fare. We’re seeing a lot of converted horse boxes serving everything from fish and chips to cheese toasties.

Grazing Tables

This is like the new version of your traditional buffet. Grazing tables have been around a few years, but this rise in popularity is tipping them to be the runaway trend of the new wedding season. Get those meats and cheeses ready!

Interactive Drinks Stations No longer just served to the guests, this wedding season we’re seeing make your own cocktail stations, so the guests can both be entertained and have a tipple too!

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Late Night Snack

For those weddings that start super early, the food from the reception can seem like a lifetime away at 10:30 at night when you’re a little sleepy but the party is still in full swing. Coffee bars are a great idea to perk (and sober up) some of your wedding guests, so they can party till the early hours of the morning. You can even incorporate some of your favourite late-night snacks into the evening, such as pizza, popcorn or even an ice-cream bar! That’ll wake your guests up!

Edible Décor Displays

As well as the doughnut walls that we see a lot at our wedding exhibitions, wedding catering is being incorporated into décor, with examples of grab-a-glass prosecco walls, macaron towers and crafted canape towers. Food is definitely part of the decoration at weddings this season.


Wedding Exhibition September 19/20 Sheffield / Derby / Harrogate February 20 Leeds March 20 Doncaster

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Get together


Quick Fire Stag and Hen (or even Sten) ideas you’ll love Many couples nowadays are shooing away the traditional separate Stag and Hen Parties in favour of joint Sten or Hag parties, so we’ve put together our top Sten party ideas for you and your mates to all celebrate together before you get hitched!

Boat Party

Afternoon Tea

Assault Course

Cocktail Masterclass

If you’re holidaying abroad, this is a great idea. If you’re holidaying somewhere like Marbella or Ibiza, gather your friends together for a boat Sten party! Enjoy sun worshipping with a few cocktails and maybe even diving into the sea to cool off! A sunset over the sea wouldn’t go amiss either!

Tough Mudder style, if you have an active group of hens/ stags, pit yourselves against one another and see who makes it out on top. Don’t forget the change of clothes though if you’re off out afterwards!

Cookery Class

For those who want more of a relaxed vibe on their Sten party, a cookery class is a lovely idea. Fuelled with boozy drinks and chilled music as you work through the menu to create something gourmet, you’ll have a great time and will also have something to eat at the end of it.

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This is a lovely little quaint treat to appease the mums out there. It’ll also line your stomach before your night out! So grab those cucumber sandwiches and scones with clotted cream and chow down on fancy afternoon tea!

Take part in a mixology class with professionals up and down the country. Cocktail making classes are a great ice-breaker if the hen/stag party don’t all know each other. You’ll have a blast mixing and shaking your new cocktail creations and will even make a few new friends at the same time. You could also hire a mixologist to come to your home, so you can get boozy in a more relaxed atmosphere.


Spa Weekend

Many Spa hotels are now catering to Stens for their spa weekend packages. Ringwood Hall has a wonderful Garden Spa (page 62) where your entire party can chill out, relax and enjoy a much-needed massage. So gather your group, grab your robes and enjoy some you time.

Go Karting

If you feel the need for speed, then this is a good one for you. Team Sport is the UK’s number 1 indoor Karting company and ensures you and your Sten party have a fab time as you race each other round the track. You can either take part in a formula one style 50 lap timed race, or a more relaxed Le Mans track run. Check out Team Sport here: https://www. team-sport.co.uk/go-kart-racingevents/stag-do-hen-do/

Sten Fest

Are you a lover of music festivals? Then why not create your own with Sten Fest? Courtesy of Go Hen, enjoy a glamping style retreat with hot tub hire, an acoustic band, private chef and in some locations, a silent disco! Get the glitter ready! Find out more here: https://www.gohen.com/ activities/hen-fest.asp


Gather your friends together for a paintballing experience you won’t soon forget. Pit Stags and hens against each other and shoot to the death! (or at least until everyone’s covered in paint). Paintballing is a great laugh and super light-hearted too. To add extra fun, why not add fancy dress into the mix!

The ULTIMATE in Stag and Hen Weekends

T h e g r e a t ou t d oo r s You can look forward to a fun-filled, action packed day or whole weekend enjoying outdoor activities by day and getting your party on by night. From fancy dress courses to live bands in the evening, relaxing in the hot tub to hitting the night life in Sheffield, we’ll make sure your event is as enjoyable as possible.

Activities with a qualified outdoor instructor include: • Canoeing • Caving • Climbing • Abseiling • Obstacle Course • Weaselling • Rock Hopping • Orienteering • Hill Walking • Indoor Climbing Wall • Mountain Biking & more

The centre, located in the Peak District countryside, just out of Sheffield, has 30 beds with en-suite facilities. Other facilities include; drying rooms, large dining room, fully equipped kitchen, tv room, games room and sauna. The nearest pub is 5 minutes walk, nearest village 3 miles and Sheffield city centre is 8 miles.

Discover more at www.parsonhouse.com For further details contact: Tel: 01433 631 017 E-mail: parsonhouse@outlook.com Parson House Outdoor Pursuit Centre, Houndkirk Road,www. Sheffield S11 7TW ido-magazine .co.uk

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You hear about this quite often as one of those dream holidays with the most beautiful white sandy beaches you’d ever see. Well why not make the Maldives your once in a lifetime trip? You can stay in wooden lodges that stretch out into the sea, so when you wake up in the morning, your view is blue ocean as far as the eye can see. Now all you need to do is decide which of the coral islands to stay on; we think it should be Maafushivaru, rated best for couples by Kuoni.


Chill or thrill

Maui, Hawaii

For a super romantic getaway, Hawaii is hard to beat. It’s sunny all year round, so it doesn’t matter when you go, as you can enjoy the pristine beaches at any time of year. Maui is famous for its sunrises, so take a drive to Mount Haleakala and grab the perfect spot next to the one you love to watch the sun rise on a new day. Sounds perfect to us! If you’re more the active type, go snorkelling and discover some of Maui’s native sea species. You’ll see some of the most tropical and colourful looking sea-life you may see in your entire life.

Choosing where to go on your honeymoon can be really difficult. From dreamy white sandy beaches for pure relaxation, to fun packed city sight-seeing, we’ve gathered our favourite honeymoon destinations to help you choose your trip of a lifetime.


Amalfi, Tuscany or Venice; take your pick! Any of these gorgeous locations scream romance while you and your newlywed jet away to Italy for your honeymoon. The Amalfi coast has unspoilt beaches and stunning medieval architecture, so if you’re up for a spot of exploring, there’s plenty to see. Venice is also famously known for its gondola rides through the Grand Canal, and what could be more romantic than lazing with your partner as you sail through the sights of historic buildings with the smells of Italian cuisine floating up your nostrils. Time for gelato!

Porto Santo Stefano, Monte Argentario, Tuscany


Filled with warm lagoons, coral reefs and white sand beaches, you know you’re in for a real treat with this resort. Welcoming locals will make you feel at home here in your own slice of honeymoon heaven. Enjoy a dinner cruise on the open seas and watch as the sun sets over the pacific. Get the adrenaline pumping with a day river rafting in the Upper Navua River, then relax with a massage treatment at the Bebe Spa. Go on a rainforest zipline adventure and visit the 200 year old Navala village. This honeymoon has the perfect mix of action packed and cultural sights to make it the trip of a lifetime.

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Salou, Catalonia

PortAventura World is a non-stop action theme park and resort in Salou for the active couple looking for fun on their honeymoon. It reportedly has the world’s tallest roller coaster, so you know you’re in for the ride of your life! They also have world cuisine, so you can enjoy food of the Mediterranean, Chinese, Mexican, and many more. There is so much to do, you won’t get bored, but if you fancy a change of scenery and want to explore a little further afield, take a day trip to Barcelona, which is only a short ride away. A little romantic break away from all the action, this is perfect for the thrill-seeking couple on their honeymoon. It’s also ideal if you’ve decided to honeymoon as a family, with the theme park catering for children too.


Want to be immersed in culture at a million miles an hour? Then Tokyo is the perfect honeymoon for you. If you love the fast-paced lifestyle with a never-ending supply of gourmet style foods you’ve never seen before, then this is the epitome of the best honeymoon ever! Go in search of animal themed artisanal coffee shops where you can share your drink with a resident fluffy pet. Visit the Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden with its 144 acres, and check out the Tokyo National museum for some of Japan’s most stunning art. If that’s not enough, you can even watch a sumowrestling tournament at Ryoguku Kokugikan; the place for sumo!


Ever thought about a trip to Disney for your honeymoon? You’d be surprised how many couples jet away to the magical kingdom after their wedding. Check out Universal Studios, pop by the Hard Rock Café and go wild in Disneyworld on all the rides! Make it one to remember by staying in a Disney hotel! If you or your partner are Disney fanatics, then you might have just died and gone to heaven!

Jemaa el Fnaa, Marrakesh

Marrakesh, Morocco An exotic location, Marrakesh is set amongst the Atlas mountain foothills in the South west of Morocco. Take in the culture, sights and enticing spicy aroma as you explore this stunning place. Taste authentic street food like cous-cous and tagine and drink the super sweet famous mint tea as you absorb the relaxed atmosphere. Marvel at snake charmers, musicians, magicians and dancers and really enjoy a journey of the senses. Take a day trip to the Atlas mountains and drink in the beautiful valleys and gorges that await you.

Your Favourite Destination

Is there a place both you and your partner have a kinship with? Or is there somewhere you have both always wanted to go, or did you meet on holiday and it holds special memories for you both? This has to be high up your list for your honeymoon as the one place you both need to go. Whether it’s the temptations of Las Vegas or the Blue Lagoon in Iceland, or even if it’s a UK destination that’s close to your hearts, your joint favourite destination is tough to beat for celebrating your new life as a married couple.

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