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Huge Congratulations on the fantastic news that you’re getting married! Now let us help you on your way to wedding planning bliss… We’ve got a jam packed magazine this year that’s full of weird and wonderful wedding ideas to get your wedding planning off to a brilliant start! Your local wedding suppliers have really outdone themselves in the pages of this magazine to help create your perfect wedding day. Also, make sure you check out the real life wedding stories for some inspiration on your own upcoming nuptials too. Our 2nd annual I Do Wedding Awards were a roaring success and completely smashed last year’s event. We had more than double the amount of entrants and votes and some very worthy winners received prestigious awards for being top dog in their wedding supplier category. Check put page 44 to find out who won. Also, don’t forget to check out our online wedding directory for all your local wedding suppliers

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and make sure you attend one of the I Do Wedding Exhibitions. They are the UK’s biggest one day wedding shows and are definitely not to be missed! It’s a day filled with ideas and inspiration for planning your wedding and the best part is, it’s free for all brides-to-be! Whatever you may be looking for to help plan your wedding, we want you to use this magazine as your own personal wedding planning bible. We’ve got wonderful wedding venues, bespoke bridal houses, va-va voom venue décor and so much more to help you plan this special day and make it unique to you. So get your pen ready to circle some wonderful wedding ideas and local wedding suppliers. And remember, nothing could beat that feeling when you get to say ‘I Do’!

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Bridesmaid Gowns

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Hen Ideas

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Wedding Fayres

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Wedding Transport

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The experience of your dreams at Elegance Bridal Studio

For over 10 years Julia Carr, owner of Elegance Bridal Studio in Barnsley has been making dreams come true for hundreds of Yorkshire brides.

Elegance Bridal Studio is situated in a beautiful Grade II listed building in the town centre, where everything centres on the bride-to-be. Julia only ever sees one bride at a time and with appointment-only consultations, she can devote 100% of her time to each bride. With a great range of bridal gowns already in stock, Julia is about to welcome a new bridal designer range for 2017 from the highly regarded and multi award-winning designer Justin Alexander.

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His gowns are classic designs full of romantic detailing with glamorous touches created with lace, stunning silhouettes, distinctive necklines and beautiful, unique detailing. Many of his gowns have featured in top bridal magazines and his new collections are always eagerly anticipated by brides and stockists across the UK. In the last few years, Julia has also taken on other new bridal designers including renowned Australian bridal designer Sophia Tolli, the multi award winning designer Wendy Makin and the Romantica label. Australian Sophia Tolli is known for her show-stopping creations and is a great fan of easy-to-wear, comfortable corsets which can make a bride drop a dress size. Her collections are known for their craftsmanship and fit and she combines traditional bridal drama with classic romanticism.

Fellow Australian Wendy Makin is recognised as one of the country’s top bridal wear designers, using only the best quality fabrics and laces. Her dresses are known for the quality of the fit and manufacture. The Romantica label is based in Devon and has just released the latest designs for 2017. Romantica is known for unusual colour bridal dresses including soft pinks and florals. Although the label offers real quality, it is also a more affordable choice. Elegance Bridal is open Tuesday to Saturday by appointment only and devotes at least two hours to each bride which allows time for trying on a range of gowns and receiving professional styling advice. “Word of mouth is very important to me and I do get an awful lot of recommendations which is fabulous!’’ she said.

Elegance Bridal Studio is a member of the British Bridal Retailers Association who offer free wedding dress insurance on every dress sold, providing total peace of mind to brides. Julia also has her loyal seamstress working alongside her. Check out the website www.elegancebridalstudio.co.uk or search them on Facebook. The studio is in Barnsley town centre, just a few minutes walk from the Travel Interchange and 10 minutes from Junction 37 of the M1. Parking is close-by which is free on weekends and late nights. Make Elegance Bridal Studio your number one choice to discover the dress of your dreams.

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Here come

the girls

Which Bridesmaid dress will you choose?

Picture this; you’ve picked your bridesmaids; your sister, best friend and your future sister in law; or if you’re like me, you have 3 sisters, 2 stepdaughters and a best friend who all want to be bridesmaids… and they all want a different dress in a different style & colour… Complete nightmare right? WRONG! Did you know that

it’s actually becoming more common for bridesmaids to wear mismatched dresses at a wedding and everyone be ok with it? But, rather than just letting your bridesmaid roam free to find the busiest print on the most colourful dress, the following pages cover some fab ideas for your bridesmaids to be mismatched in style!

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FITTED DRESSES These will add an air of elegance to your wedding day. Fitted dresses look beautiful and can really flatter a figure and show it off. These dresses aren’t very forgiving so make sure your bridesmaids try them on a few weeks before the wedding. If they’re a bit too tight, at least then they have time to fit back into them or exchange them for another size. .


Ruffles can either be your best friend or worst enemy. Too much and you can look like a puff ball and too little and it won’t add anything to the bridesmaids look. A delicate ruffle along the bust line adds curves and is a statement. A dress with ruffles on the length can be beautiful and creates curves where there are none.


Imagine all the colours of the rainbow on your wedding day. Every bridesmaid gets to wear the colour that suits her best and you’re kept happy because you have a theme to carry on throughout your day. Rainbow bridesmaids will add a fun element to your day and look great on your wedding photos too!

Bridesmaid dresses by Dessy www.dessy.com

DRESSES CUT AT/BELOW THE KNEE These tear away from the traditional long flowing bridesmaid dress but can still be a hit with your bridal party. These types of dresses go brilliantly from day to night and will be comfortable all day long. You won’t find your bridesmaids having to hold up their dress all the time or just plain giving up and letting it trail across the floor gathering all number of dirty objects. A dress cut at or just below the knee can be quite flattering and still create a formal, yet fun look.

TWO-PIECE DRESS This may seem a bit unusual but two-piece dresses are getting more popular and would be a hit with younger bridesmaids too. You could mix and match colours or swap around fabrics for a contrasting look between top and bottom.

METALLIC DRESSES These can add a touch of luxury to any wedding and really make your bridesmaids feel like a million dollars. Something alternative to the pastel hues and shades, a metallic dress makes a statement and adds a bit of glitz to proceedings too! Your bridesmaids could either go for the full metallic look or just add some metallic lace for a subtler nod. Bridesmaid dresses by Dessy www.dessy.com

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FLORAL PRINTED DRESSES Especially beautiful in the summer months, floral printed dresses can be quite popular with your bridesmaids. They add an extra feminine touch and, as long as the print is not overly busy, they can go hand in hand with the colour scheme for your bridal bouquet and buttonholes too.

MAID OF HONOUR’S TIME TO SHINE Why not have the maid of honour in a completely different colour/style to the rest of the bridesmaids. This is particularly good if you have a larger bridal party. Your maid of honour can stand by your side in her gown with the other bridesmaids in one uniform colour. If you don’t want a complete colour change for the maid of honour, add an accent colour around the waist or across the shoulder to distinguish them from the other bridesmaids.

BLACK DRESSES You’d be surprised at how popular these are becoming. Black is flattering for all and though deemed a depressing colour, it can actually add a fantastic contrast to a white wedding dress. The best thing about black bridesmaid dresses is they will make the bride stand out even more. So make a statement with your bridesmaids and deck them out in black!

SPARKLE OR SEQUINNED DRESSES Similar to metallic dresses, these can add a bit of glitz and glamour to any wedding day. Sparkly dresses will catch the light and create a wonderful atmosphere for your wedding. See your bridesmaids as moving venue décor, like disco balls moving around the dancefloor adding a twinkle to every corner of your reception. Just make sure these dresses are the right length, as if they’re too short they can look rather tacky and no one wants that on their wedding day.

ALL WHITE Surprisingly, all-white bridesmaid dresses are really trending right now on the wedding circuit. So if you’re happy for the bridesmaids to wear the same, if not similar shade of white, then go for it. Gone are the days where the bride should be the only one wearing white. More and more brides are going for alternative colours for their own dress now anyway and if you’re skeptical, why not have your bridesmaids wearing knee length gowns to really distinguish them from you in the wedding photos. Any and all of these options are great ideas to really mix it up for your bridesmaids dresses. If you do want to have all your bridesmaids wearing the same dress, that’s absolutely fine too. You could always colour contrast their bouquets or headbands and still get a varied look which will look brilliant on your wedding photos! Bridesmaid dresses by Kelsey Rose www.kelseyrose.co.uk



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C elebRating CuRVeS Feel special with Celebrating Curves Bridal Unlike traditional bridal shops, Celebrating Curves Bridal specialise in making dreams come true for those brides who have gorgeous curves. Whether described as fuller figured, plus size, curvaceous or any other label, the average woman in the UK is a size 16 and with bridal gowns being traditionally smaller fitting, this makes shopping for a wedding dress for a lot of women a difficult experience. But Celebrating Curves are here to change that… With samples ranging from a size 14 to 32.

‘What to say?! Celebrating Curves couldn’t do enough for us….. Perfect!’ Stacey

With an exclusive 2-hour appointment, Celebrating Curves Bridal aim to provide the best possible experience in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere. You will be

offered drinks on arrival and have time for a chat about your plans so far and your vision for the big day.

‘Wow! Not only did I find the most perfect dress but the whole experience, hospitality, chats, laughs and giggles made it that bit more fantastic!’ Hanna

You are more than welcome to bring family and close friends, especially people whose opinions you trust, but remember this is all about YOU, so choose wisely. Celebrating Curve’s promise to you is to make you feel special, look beautiful and thoroughly enjoy the whole experience of shopping for the most important dress of your life.

‘What a great experience, Celebrating Curves makes it so special with great attention to detail. I felt so comfortable and tried on lots of beautiful dresses. Highly recommended.’ Helen

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A stunning selection of over 500 gowns available across two stores. With over 25 years experience, you can buy with confidence from a name you can trust. Don’t just take our word for it, here’s what our brides say... “My best friend recommended you and I’m so glad she did” “I avoided dress shopping like the plague being a larger lady; you put me completely at ease” “Your customer service is impeccable” “Amazing dresses and fab prices” “Helpful friendly staff with honest opinions” So what are you waiting for girls? Give us a call and come see for yourself...

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Wedding hair

your crowning glory

French braids with a centre parting These were a big hit at this year’s bridal catwalks as a 2017 trend to watch. Centre parted French braids keep the hair off the face but can be interlaced with individual gemstones to add a touch of sparkle to your do.

Flower crowns

Fake or real, these are still a very popular trend that look set to continue well into 2017. Keep it minimalist with a small dainty floral arrangement, or go big with a rainbow of summery flowers to add a punch to your bridal look.

Choosing your wedding hair can be stressful. You want something that looks amazing and stays all day but you also don’t want it to look overdone, with too tight curls or uncomfortable pins.

Simple ponytails

These can be made more elegant with a golden crown hair piece laid along the top of a low pony for a simple, yet classy look.

Loose side plaits

With flowers or gems woven in to them, these are a beautiful look on any bride with long hair. Pull loose strands out of the plait and curl them for a beautiful, bridal look.


Here are a few suggestions to help you on your way to choosing your perfect wedding day hair.

Braids all the way

With tonnes of braided styles coming back with a vengeance in a rebellion against the traditional chignon, look forward to plaits along the front of the hairline wound into an elaborate, but beautiful braided bun at the back.

Fresh flowers in your up do

Very popular for 2017, with tiny flowers like daisies coming to the fore. Wrapped up in a twisted bun, fresh flowers add a subtle splash of colour to finish off any bridal look. These can be tailored to a wedding at any time of year; just choose your seasonal flowers!

Effortless waves

This fresh look enables any bride to have catwalk style as lazy waves are in for 2017. Hair can be worn loose around the shoulders for a modern and relaxed wedding look and can be accessorised with a golden tiara.

1950’s Glamour hair

Why not add a touch of 1950’s retro glamour into your hairstyle with tight curls and waves secured by pins and a heck of a lot of hairspray! This style will scream old school Hollywood. Think Marilyn Monroe!

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Complimenting any bridal look, headpieces add a focal point to your wedding hair. Headbands are becoming very popular, try a lace applique head band to frame a chignon, or go for a pearl comb to make your ballerina bun look like royalty! Also, try wearing your headpiece on the side for something a little different. Don’t forget to take your chosen headpiece along to your hair trial too!

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Make up tips It’s generally considered by most that your bridal makeup should be understated and not too over the top. Remember, those wedding photos will last a rather long time, so you want to make sure your makeup is on point for the big day. Rather than going through different makeup styles for your wedding day (just because the general consensus is that less is more), here is a quick rundown of some top beauty tips to stick by to make for a perfectly made up wedding day.

Pick a good waterproof mascara

No expense should be spared here; it can mean the difference between still looking flawless on your wedding night and having panda eyes after crying every time someone tells you how beautiful you look. Waterproof mascara is a MUST HAVE for any

bride and No. 7’s extreme length waterproof mascara does the trick pretty well. Benefit’s BADgal waterproof mascara also has pretty good staying power and will really make your lashes pop.

Opt for a heavier than normal foundation

Less is indeed more in the grand scheme of things but when it comes to your wedding day and, depending on the time of year and weather, you may want to go for a heavier foundation that lasts you well into the night. A good thing to try out if you haven’t already is Boots’ Match Made Service. It’s quick and easy and will ensure you get the exact right shade of foundation for your skin tone, no trial and errors needed.

Be sure to use an eye base primer

Rather than just putting eyeshadow straight onto the lid, try using an eye base primer before you apply your shadow for a longer lasting eye look that won’t leave creases. Maybelline’s colour tattoos are a great example of this, and retailing at around £5, they won’t break the bank when preparing for your wedding. They are also 24 hour wear which means they have pretty amazing staying power. If you’d like a clear base instead, you can’t get much better than Urban Decay’s Primer Potion to give you crease free eye makeup to last all day and night.

Go neutral but apply a little more than normal

Ok, this is contradictory but there’s a method in my madness. You want a neutral makeup look so you don’t look like a clown but for your wedding photos however, apply a little more makeup than usual to make sure it stands out enough to be caught on camera. Lighting and the camera will tone down the look of your makeup so you still want to make sure your beautiful face is seen when looking back at your wedding day photos. Most of the above are common sense tips when planning your wedding day makeup. Whether applying your own make-up, getting a friend to do it or using a profeesional make-up artist, one thing to make doubly sure of, is to have a makeup trial before the big day. Here you can ensure that your makeup will stay on as long as you need it to and also that you’re not

Sweet Scent-sation! Choose a signature wedding day perfume This is a lovely idea, because it means you get to remember your wedding day in years from now, just by the scent of your signature perfume bought specifically for that day. Choose a scent you wouldn’t buy every day and only use it on special occasions (other than your actual wedding day of course). It’s a great way to get that nostalgia on future anniversaries too! It doesn’t matter which scent you go for, just pick something that is unique to you and which adds a beautifully scented touch to your special day.

allergic to any of it too. There would be nothing worse than trying on your makeup the night before or worse still, slapping it on the morning of your wedding, just to come out in a horrible rash minutes later because you haven’t planned far enough ahead. Hopefully with these simple makeup tips, you can ensure you look absolutely flawless on your wedding day, without a panda eye in sight!

She looks good... As the mother-of-the-bride or bridegroom, you need a once-in-a-lifetime special outfit for the big day. One of the best places to shop is She Fashions in Chesterfield town centre. Run by Val Quigley for the past 23 years, the shop in Knifesmithgate is well known for its occasion wear and is something of a regional wedding specialist. She Fashions are very excited to offer a stunning selection of dresses from the beautiful Olvi’s Lace Collection. New to She Fashions for 2016, Olvi’s Lace couture dresses are made using only the finest French stretch lace offering exquisite detail. Other top names for mother-of-the-bride include Spanish labels Zeila and Cabotine, two collections which bring a touch of Mediterranean style, colour and warmth to any wedding.

Look out too for Ann Balon, John Charles, Condici and Inspirato, all guaranteed to make you feel feminine, glamorous and stylish. Along with an extensive choice of wedding outfits, She Fashions also offers accessories including hats, fascinators, shoes, handbags, wraps and jewellery. Val is particularly proud of the choice of hats and shoes, with many designs in a real range of colours to co-ordinate with mother-of-the-bride outfits. She said: “We also offer a fantastic alterations service and have an excellent seamstress. So don’t worry if your outfit is a little too long or needs taking in slightly, we can easily sort it out with our experienced seamstress.’’ As a regional specialist, She Fashions has many repeat customers and word-of-mouth recommendations from delighted customers all across South Yorkshire, Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire. Why not enjoy a visit and let Val and her team dress you for one of the most special days of your life? View the website for more details...

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A DIVERSE, STUNNING, FASHION FORWARD COLLECTION SHE FASHION OFFERS A WIDE RANGE OF STYLES FOR ALL OCCASIONS. SPECIALISING IN MOTHER OF THE BRIDE AND SPECIAL OCCASION OUTFITS. Established for over thirty years, She Fashions has a reputation for excellent quality and friendly professional service. Situated in the Historic market town of Chesterfield, off Junction 29 of the M1, She Fashions is ideally sited to meet the needs of customers in and around the Peak District and South Yorkshire.




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Top tips:

Feel fab

on your big day

So, your wedding is a few months away, you’ve bought your dress, organized the venue and everything is finalized, except one small detail, you. The planning has taken its toll and you’ve been left feeling super stressed and lethargic. You might have also eaten too many of the wrong things lately and are worried that your dress may be a little more snug than you’d like. Not to worry. Here are 7 top tips to get you on your way to feeling fab on your wedding day!

Drink lots of water


This sounds simple, but will work wonders for your skin; especially if you want the minimal makeup look on your wedding day. So drink away and let your perfect skin shine through!

You knew this one was coming. Start walking or if you’re feeling super energetic, join a gym or find an exercise you enjoy. That’s the most important part because if you don’t enjoy it, you won’t stick to it. Set yourself a goal, whether it’s to lose a certain amount of weight or whether you have problem areas you’d like to work on ready for your big day and plan to exercise a few times a week. If you find you’re not managing 2/3 times a week, look at why. There’s always time for exercise, even if it means walking to the shop, instead of driving. Remember, every little helps!

Limit processed foods where possible. All those cakes, crisps and processed meats are heavenly when going in your mouth but can wreak havoc with your insides and make you feel lethargic and bloated. Stick to all the colours of the rainbow veggie wise, lean meats and fruits and you will feel on top form for your wedding day.

Cut your alcohol intake

Get an early night

I know I know! Sometimes it’s easier said than done, especially with all the stresses of planning your wedding. However, if you do enjoy an alcoholic beverage, cutting back will really help you reduce bloating for the big day. Also, try and switch to spirits instead of wine, lager or cider, as they’re lower in calories and won’t bloat you as much. Cutting back your alcohol intake will also help you fit better into that dress and make you feel a million dollars.

This may get harder closer to the date, but try and sleep as much as you can. There’d be nothing worse than waking up on your wedding day absolutely exhausted with bags under your eyes because you’ve tried to burn the candle at both ends and failed. You need time for you, to make sure you feel 100% on the big day. So, sleep like an angel and make sure your bedroom is a relaxation haven to give you the best quality sleep possible.

START A SKINCARE ROUTINE If you already do this, fab. If not, don’t worry. You don’t have to spend ridiculous amounts of money, just make sure at the end of each day, you wipe your face clean of all makeup and moisturise before bed. Your skin will thank you.

Closer to your wedding day, try and go a few days without makeup to allow your skin to breathe and to clear up any blemishes. Then you can really sparkle when it counts.

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Pamper yourself In the run up to the day, you’ll probably be feeling stressed and in need of relaxation. Run a bath and put your favourite bubble bath in, throw in a bath bomb, light a candle, grab a glass of wine, put some music on and relax. You can even read if that’s your sort of thing. Paint your nails and apply a face mask. Have an all-out pamper session. Invite a few friends over if you like or simply have some YOU time. These tips should get you well on your way to feeling fantastic on your wedding day. Just remember, try not to stress and enjoy working towards feeling fab!


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Iain Henderson Designs Ltd You’ve found your dream partner, picked the date and probably found the perfect venue, but what about the things that last beyond the wedding day itself? Your wedding rings are the enduring symbol of your union. An ill-fitting wedding ring can cause problems, with issues such as the rings spinning on your finger or rubbing against each other causing damage, or being uncomfortable to wear. As engagement rings become more unusual in shape and design, high street wedding rings have failed to keep up. That’s where Iain Henderson Designs (IHD) comes in. The IHD team will work with you to create a bespoke wedding

ring which fits perfectly with your engagement ring. From matching the metal to shaping it perfectly around the stones, every element will be considered to ensure that your wedding ring not only complements your engagement ring, but is also the perfect fit. Iain Henderson explains: “People tend not to think about a wedding ring when they’re buying an engagement ring; they aren’t thinking that far ahead. But a badly-fitting wedding ring can be uncomfortable, or worse, could damage the engagement ring. As all of our jewellery is hand-made, we will work with you to make it just the way you want and can also make your partner’s ring to match. We can even future-proof the designs, ensuring you can add more sparkles or other details in the future, once the expense of the big day is out of the way!” The team at Iain Henderson Designs have made hundreds of bespoke wedding rings, from diamond-set bands to multicoloured metal rings. And price need not be a barrier, with rings starting from as little as £300.00. Call 01274 551224 or email info@iainhenderson.co.uk to book an appointment in our exclusive Bingley studio.

GET IN TOUCH: Tel. 01274 551224 Email. info@iainhenderson.co.uk Web. www.iainhenderson.co.uk

“Absolutely over the moon with my rings - Iain sat and listened to what I wanted and Karl turned it into reality. I had a new engagement ring made as an “upgrade” to my original one & from ideas in my head they created the perfect ring for me, right down to how I wanted the shank to meet the settings. I was very nervous as I didn’t dislike the old one, but I needn’t have been worried as they have a great instinct and eye for what looks great and what works. My new ring is perfect and just what I was looking for but would never find in a shop, and my old ring has a new lease of life with a tanzanite in to replace the old diamond which was transferred into the new ring - Karl even managed to save the whole of the very thin setting of the original ring in order to be able to reset it. My rings have never been so shiny either! Communication was excellent with all the team and they worked fast to create what I wanted. Can’t wait to come back after the next addition to our family for a new piece of jewellery! I’ll never again just buy from a shop when working with you guys is so easy, fun and cost effective for better quality.”

Thanks! Laura

Jewellery to excite your imagination... To see examples of our jewellery or more information about us and how we work visit:

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Pontefract’s Kingston Jewellers are manufacturing diamond and precious stone specialists and have been designing and manufacturing diamond jewellery in Yorkshire since the late1960’s.



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MADE IN Y YORKSHIRE ORK KSHIRE • All jewellery made using diamonds over 0.20ct have the diamonds personally chosen by our specialist • We match our diamonds with settings by the best UK and Italian Manufacturers • Buying direct from the companies that cut the stones, we save you money by cutting out the middleman • We buy and sell stones from 0.50ct to10ct • Most of our rings are manufactured in-house. With UK casting, our own setting, 3D printing and CAD Design, we can make any wedding ring to your design • We work with Diamonds from 0.40mm - 3.5mm and keep thousands in stock


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Award-winning jewellery at Tiago


As a working Jeweller, David Raynes of award-winning Tiago Jewellery is carrying on the proud traditions long associated with the ‘Made in Sheffield’ standard. David, who has opened a new studio on Abbeydale Road in the city, is one of only two companies to win an I Do award for two consecutive years. This year he was delighted to win again and picked up the 2016 Best Jeweller award, which recognises product excellence and quality customer service. His business Tiago Jewellery combines the traditional skills of a working jeweller with innovative Computer Aided Design technology. This allows clients to see how their wedding or engagement ring will look when complete. Everything is created by David at his Sheffield studios. Today David is approached by many couples who have their own design ideas for a unique wedding or engagement ring. His expertise can help bring these ideas to life and create the ring of their dreams. David originally worked as a diamond mounter, which gave him a keen eye for design and led to him opening his own business. Many rings are created from


Sheffield steel and also from gold, platinum etc. He is also regularly asked by brides to re-model an existing family heirloom into a wedding or engagement ring. This enables a bride or groom to still have the memory and keepsake of a piece of family history but made into a new and more contemporary design. If you’re looking for a first class jeweller to design your wedding or engagement ring, take a look at Tiago Jewellery and let David work his magic.






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Over 27 year years rs a ass Y Yorkshire’s orkshire’s leading formal suit hire specialist Voted Best Menswear for 2015 & 2016


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Award-winning wedding specialist Top Mark Suit Hire of Pontefract has done it again. For the second year running, the menswear shop run by Mark Rowland has won the I Do Wedding Award for Best Menswear. This makes the shop quite special - Top Mark is one of only two shops to have ever won such an award for two years in succession. It’s the perfect accolade for this highly regarded menswear specialist which has been dressing bridegrooms and their best men, groomsmen and ushers for 28 years. Choice is everything at Top Mark with an extensive range from the traditional wedding suit to lounge suits to the very popular Harris Tweed suits. Mark said: “Tweed has become really popular for weddings in the last few years. In tails and lounge suits, grey is still a really popular choice but Royal blue and French blue are currently very on-trend for bridegrooms. As a menswear

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specialist, we are quite unique as we can supply exactly the same outfits for boys as we can for men. So if your wedding party has some boys or young men, we can dress them as well.’’ Because of its excellent reputation, Top Mark Suit Hire is visited by bridegrooms from all over Yorkshire looking for their special wedding suit. As well as suits for hire, the shop also stocks a wide colour range of waistcoats and neckwear, including Tweed to tie in with any wedding colour theme. The shop is based in the centre of Pontefract at Ropergate and to make life easier, it has its own private car park.

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groomed The wedding preparations are gathering pace – all you have to do is sit back and let your beloved bride organise everything, right? Wrong! Grooms today are getting more involved, and one essential job is choosing a best man and ushers. Being selected as a groomsman is considered an honour and it’s important to choose carefully and handle the decision tactfully.

especially if you have many close friends. Some grooms choose to have two or more best men to share the responsibilty and duties. The Best Man is considered to be the third most important attendant behind the bride and groom, acting as their chief assistant.

How to choose your Best Man and Ushers

The Best Man’s role

He may be your best mate, but will he lose the rings or forget to invite your bride’s brother to the stag do? The best man’s role is pivotal with a range of responsibilities, so make sure you choose with care...

The Best Man

It is a real honour to be selected as the Best Man or Best Woman; choosing the right person can be a real headache,

On the day of the wedding, the Best Man’s role typically involves organising the groomsmen/ ushers, ensuring the groom gets to the church on time, safeguarding the rings, acting as a witness to the marriage, keeping everything running calmly and smoothly, announcing the speeches, delivering his speech and being there for his groom in his hour of need not forgetting to enjoy the day!

The Usher’s role

Usually the groom will select his closest friends and family members to act as his groomsmen or ushers. Their main roll is showing guests to their seats and ensuring everyone is in the right place at the right time. They will be on hand to offer support to their groom and mingle with guests, ensuring everything runs smoothly and punctually on the big day.

The Stag Do...

Last but not least, the best man will be organising the stag do. The Stag Do roles could be shared amongst the groomsmen, such as organising the stag party, the transport, evening’s entertainment etc. It could be a good idea to make sure this is well in advance of the wedding; one eyebrow is never a good look!

NOW FOR THE SPEECHES Traditionally, three people make a speech at the wedding reception; the father of the bride, the groom and the best man. Wedding speeches are usually held after the meal (wedding breakfast) and before the cutting of the cake. The traditional running order is father of the bride, groom, then last but certainly not least, the best man. At some weddings, the bride, the father of the groom, or a key guest may also say a few words. The best man or toastmaster will introduce the proceedings… The Father Of The Bride The father of the bride should welcome the groom’s parents and all attending, compliment the bride, tell an endearing story from her childhood and welcome the groom into the family and offer some wise words about marriage (ideal joke opportunity). Toast: to the bride and groom. The Groom The groom should thank the father of the bride for his speech, thank both sets of parents and thank the guests for their kind gifts and cards, pay tribute to his bride and thank the best man and ushers. Toast: to the bridesmaids. The Best Man Last but not least, the best man’s speech, the moment we’ve all been waiting for (no pressure then!). The best man should read messages from absent guests and relate a few entertaining (but not offensive!) stories about the couple. Toast: to the bride and groom. CHEERS!

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Find the perfect suit at Joshua Adams Suit Hire and Menswear As a bridegroom, you want to find the perfect suit for your big day – and there’s nowhere better to look than Joshua Adams Suit Hire & Menswear in the heart of Cleckheaton town centre. Established in 2010 by husband and wife Ray and Stephanie Norris, the shop has a range of suits to buy or hire which is second to none and which attracts groomsmen from far and wide. Stephanie said: “We literally have hundreds of suits to choose from and a whole range of accessories. A bridegroom and his best man and groomsmen can come here and either hire a selection of suits or be measured for wedding suits to buy. We also have a good selection

of suits for boys/juniors. You can come here and get everything you need for the big day with our range of accessories which includes shoes, ties, braces, cuff links, cravats, waistcoats, pocket squares. Because of the great selection, you can always get a suit at short notice whatever style you require or size you need.’’ Particularly popular at the moment for weddings is tweed, either to wear as a complete suit or as a waistcoat.

Joshua Adams Suit Hire & Menswear

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Five colours of tweed are available. Also popular for weddings are navy blue suits and ties are back in fashion, rather than cravats. When looking for wedding menswear, it’s recommended that you make an appointment. Stephanie said: “You can come in and try as many suit/waistcoat combinations as you like but make an appointment and then a member of staff can devote all their attention to you and offer a truly personal service. At Joshua Adams you can find everything you need all under one roof.’’ Made to measure suits start at £599 and hire costs begin at £125. Remember the name when you’re looking for menswear: `Joshua Adams – the suit that fits’.

GET IN TOUCH: Tel. 01274 270230 Email. mysuit@joshuaadams.co.uk Web. www.joshuaadams.co.uk

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Make a magnificent arrival! with Cartwright Wedding Cars For that special day, why not hire Cartwright Wedding Cars to make your first journey into matrimonial bliss a wonderful memory to cherish. Cartwright Cars has been established for over 20 years in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, providing a superior chauffeur driven service for all occasions. They offer the largest selection of cars in the north of England comprising of stretch limos, vintage style wedding cars, a Chrysler 300C and even a Pink Cadillac. Cartwright Wedding Cars appreciate how important your Wedding day is. You can book your Bridal car with confidence, knowing that every detail relating to your transportation will be attended to. They pride themselves on providing a tailored service that is designed in full consultation with you. All of their cars are in immaculate condition and will be beautifully presented with co-ordinating ribbons and flowers on your Wedding Day. They have been carefully selected to ensure easy access, even for the fullest of dresses. Cartwright’s will always do a ‘dummy run’ for weddings to ensure they know exactly where they are going and how long it will take, making sure they get you to your destination on time. Unless the church or venue is local to the pick up address two cars may be required. The second vehicle can then be used to transport the Bridesmaids, Best Man and perhaps the Bride and Groom’s parents to the reception. If the wedding and reception are at the same venue, the car usually waits for photographs with the Bride and Groom or partners following the wedding ceremony and then takes you for a short drive. The drive is a popular option being the only time during the day’s proceedings the happy couple will have time together.

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A CHAMPAGNE TOAST As the Bride and Groom prepare to leave the church or venue, the Chauffeur will serve a glass of chilled Champagne to the newly married couple. Not only is this an ideal photo opportunity, but it gives you a little intimate time together to reflect on your special day so far.

TRANSPORT AFTER THE RECEPTION They can provide a further journey for the Bride and Groom, or partners, to a hotel or airport for the honeymoon getaway following the reception.

YOU CAN NEVER BOOK TOO EARLY To ensure you choose the car of your dreams, it is advisable that you make your booking at least 1 year prior to the wedding. The main cars used for Weddings include the Rolls Royce Silver Shadow II, Beauford Convertibles and the Bramwith Limousines.

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Cartwright’s charge a fixed price for the Bridal Car which includes: Smartly uniformed Chauffeur One, or more journeys, for the Groom, Best Man and Bridesmaids. Journey to the church for the Bride A final journey for the Bride and Groom to the reception Floral display Ribbons and bows Time for photographs with the car To make an appointment, or to view their elegant collection of cars, contact Dick Cartwright on; 07850 784200 or 01484 428709.

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It’s Chocolate Heaven

at The Chocolate Kitchen One of the most popular ways to celebrate in 2016 and beyond is with a chocolate wedding cake. If you’re considering a chocolate wedding cake, who better to contact than The Chocolate Kitchen, who recently won ‘Best in Exhibition’ at the I Do Wedding Awards 2016. Voted for by brides and groomsto-be for product quality, customer service, and overall exhibition stand décor. Cake Designer and Chocolatier, Meghan takes her inspiration from the classical French method of chocolate making and has the same skills and passion as leading French chocolatiers. She can turn her hand to just about any cake design, large or small. One of her most incredible cake designs was a specially commissioned Disney cake weighing 120 kilos. Using the best quality chocolate, including some Fairtrade, she has been established in business for eight years and makes both simple and elaborate bespoke wedding cakes, truffles, chocolate cake stands and much more. Her father Bob, who is also involved in the family business, said: “When Meghan came out of

‘Meghan takes her inspiration from the classical French method of chocolate making’ university, she went to France to learn the art and skill of chocolate work. The amount of compliments she receives is amazing and she works to a very high standard and is totally reliable. She is a real perfectionist.’’ Meghan’s cakes are mostly created using quality fruit cake or sponge cake in various flavours such as lemon drizzle, carrot, chocolate, orange, cherry and brownie cake etc. A photographic gallery of flavours and wedding cake designs is also available to see on the website. Put your trust in Meghan for the most important day of your life. *Any brides who can’t wait until the big day can always organise a hen party at Emily’s, situated above The Chocolate Kitchen. Perfect for a girlie get-together, Emily’s is the place to make your own chocolate creations including top table gifts, wedding favours, truffles and chocolate decorations for your wedding cake. Book your evening now!

GET IN TOUCH: Tel. 01777 711007 Email. info@thechocolatekitchen.co.uk Web. www.thechocolatekitchen.co.uk

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10 of the best

wedding cake trends Your wedding cake is arguably the most important part of your entire wedding day (apart from the dress of course) so it’s important you get it right. Here some of 2016’s top trends when it comes to what sort of cake you could have for the big day.


Still as hugely popular as last year, a naked cake is just that; naked. It has no fondant so all the inside goings on of the cake are there for all to see. Shabby chic in style, these cakes are a tear away from the norm and you could even colour your buttercream for an added twist!


Now if you were a fan of FAB lollies as a kid, you will LOVE this! A sprinkle cake is like an explosion of colour all over your wedding cake. These cakes add a bit of whimsy to the big day and can be tailored however you like. You could add a trail of sprinkles from the top tier to the bottom, or go all out and cover entire cake layers in the rainbow stuff.


Moving on from the still quite trendy metallic cake, a new trend this year is black and gold wedding cakes. Black may seem like the complete opposite of what you want to achieve for your wedding, but hear me out. Gold would really stand out on a black background and it will definitely make a statement on your wedding day.


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These have been trending for a few years now and just keep going from strength to strength. There’s loads to go at here, whether it’s profiteroles, little cupcakes or even savoury cakes like little pork pies! The latest idea to enter this category are cakes in a jar. Individual glass jars, one for each guest, are filled with layers of cake and cream, and the best thing is, they stay nice and fresh and moist.

This creates a Polished Marble look. It is becoming ever more popular to have a cake that doesn’t really look like a cake at all. A mirrored glaze cake makes it look like a shining jewel that you can see your reflection in. The perfect wedding accessory don’t you think?


Ombre cakes are big business in wedding terms and the trend has carried on well into 2016.You can pick any colours you like to blend into each other along each layer of cake. Choose between blending colours into white fondant or blend any colour you choose to make your wedding cake look like a subtle rainbow.


Extremely appealing and easy on the eye, drip cakes create a great dripping effect down the cake. Why not change it up even more and use metallic icing to really take your cake to the next level.

We’ve all seen those cakes that spill out with smarties when you cut into them, piñata style. But have you seen a cake with sprinkles inside the batter? This type of wedding cake is really coming to the fore and especially in weddings that have a lot of children, you can be sure you’ll keep the smiles on the kids’ faces when they see what’s inside. A rainbow of cakey goodness!

Believe it or not, these are trending like crazy on Pinterest. New for 2016, gem style cakes feature gems seemingly either hidden inside the cake or decorated on the tiers and drifting downwards. There are some beautiful examples circling the internet at the moment and they are painstakingly created by cake makers. A beautiful feature to your wedding, Geode cakes are looking like the next big thing in wedding cakes.


For the truly chocolate obsessed, this style of wedding cake is PERFECT and Retford-based The Chocolate Kitchen is the go-to-place for one. From the classic to the wacky, tall tiered cakes to individual cakes for each guest, they will work with you to design a cake which looks and tastes fantastic and is unique to you. See their main feature on page 37.

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How much should I budget for flowers?

floral inspiration with Wedding Flower Specialist Sasha Chappell of Fleur Chappelle

Let’s take a look at what’s trending right now... Colour: On the colour scheme, the current popular trend, that shows no sign of disappearing any time soon, is blush. It’s what brides think of as blush varies from soft pale pinks seen in peonies, through to peaches and nude tones picked up in beautiful roses; all equally as stunning.

Bouquet style: The most popular bouquet style is definitely “wild”. Uniformed round bouquets have definitely taken a back seat and have been replaced for the time being with freeform uneven bouquets that almost look as if they have just been scooped from a meadow. These beautiful bouquets are created using a variety of mixed wild flowers and lots of greenery and can be tailored to near enough any colour scheme. And for your bridesmaids, gypsophila posies

are definitely top of the list. Such a versatile flower, Gypsophila can be used to create large bouquets for your adult maids, and also used in flower baskets or wands for your little ones. Perfect!

Table centres: Centrepiece styles are always so personal, and definitely are extensions of brides’ and grooms’ personalities. The styles can range from large and elaborate tall designs on glass plinths, to the simplest of things and even 1 or 2 flowers in a tall vase. However, the most popular option currently is jars and vases. Lots of small vases, and jars clustered together on a mirror or, as is a growing trend, on log slices, and filled with flowers. These centrepieces appeal to both the DIY bride and the florist, as once finished, they look uber stylish and allow the bride to create something which is a big part of their day.

This one all depends on how you envisage your day to look. Typically, brides look to spend around 10% of their budget on flowers. If you imagine a flower filled day with big blooms and large bouquets however, you’d need to put a little more aside.

How do I know which florist to chose? Having a look at their previous work is the best starting point; check that their style matches yours and that of your wedding. Arrange to meet any prospective florists for a consultation, to discuss designs and ideas based on your colour scheme and wedding theme. Make sure you ask lots of questions about how they work, what will happen on the day etc.

I’m on a tight budget, can I still have fresh flowers? Absolutely! Your florist will help to create a design that both matches your wedding day and your pocket.

How much are wedding flowers? Again, this one depends on what flowers you choose. There is no set cost of a bouquet. If you are 100% set on an Orchid bouquet, be prepared to pay more than a bride who’s looking for Gypsophila, for example.

Will I have to supply my own vases? Most florists have a stock of glassware/ metalware for centrepieces, so it’s always worth asking your florist before finding another supplier as they may include it in your package.

How far in advance should I book my wedding florist? Most brides book their florist around 6-8 months before their wedding, sometimes up to a year or more in advance, especially if you’re looking for unusual blooms or those that are out of season. But, make sure you have your dress first, so that your florist can design your bouquet to compliment your dress, rather than detract from it.

What can I do to keep my budget down? By selecting flowers that are in season when you get married, you will lower the cost of your flower bill. Your floral designer will be able to advise on what will work for you, in the month you get married to achieve your desired look. See my article on seasonal flowers for an idea of what’s in season when you get married.

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What’s in season?... Choosing flowers that are in season is the easiest way to make your wedding flower budget stretch that little bit further. Spring & Summer


For Spring and Summer weddings, you have the most choice, as the majority of flowers are blooming beautifully during this time of year. Be it soft pink Peonies, or lush Delphiniums, your florist will help you choose from a huge selection of beauties for your big day.

For Winter weddings, there are some really amazing flowers available to complement a Winter theme perfectly. Having a Winter wedding doesn’t mean you can’t have fresh flowers. Hyacinths, Narcissus and Tulips to name a few, look truly amazing!


All year round

For Autumn weddings, the flowers most definitely reflect the season, with some stunning hues of reds and oranges available. Stunners such as Celosia can be striking additions to your wedding bouquet, that haven’t been seen in those of other brides!

And then, we have the wonderful year round varieties. These, despite being available year round, can be beautiful and really complement your big day. Stunners such as Cala Lilies, Roses, Chrysanthemum and Hydrangeas can be used year round, and look amazing! (not all colours are available all year round)

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The Laura Crane Trust

Celebration time...

The 2nd Annual I Do Awards The 2nd annual I Do Wedding awards were a roaring success and pretty much obliterated last year’s awards. The top wedding suppliers from the Yorkshire and Midlands regions came together to celebrate their collective successes at this year’s ceremony held on 17th May 2016.

about the festivities to come. Guests were then seated for a three course dinner, with coffee to follow whilst enjoying the soothing sounds of local musician James Sunderland on the keyboard.



Over 230 wedding suppliers entered the awards, with 111 being shortlisted as finalists and 25 category winners. Brides and grooms from each region voted for their top supplier, acknowledging the awards as recognising those wedding suppliers who have gone over and above to please the happy couple and make their wedding day perfect. So a huge congratulations goes out to all the finalists who made it this far. You represent the highest class of suppliers in our region’s wedding industry.

KICKING OFF THE EVENING Jojo from Capital FM was the host of the evening’s events, with over 200 guests in attendance at Sheffield City Hall’s Ballroom. With a red carpet arrival and champagne reception, guests were made to feel a million dollars as they mingled and socialised with each other, conversing

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As part of the awards, this year we helped raise desperately needed funds to support The Laura Crane Trust. The Trust supports young cancer patients to help improve their quality of life both during and after their debilitating illnesses. It is also the only UK charity that funds medical research specifically into cancer affecting teenagers and young adults. Cancer is the most common cause of non-accidental death in young people in the UK. These peoples’ lives will be forever change after this illness and the Trust is here to support them through it. For more information about the Laura Crane Trust, visit www.lauracranetrust.org

THE DONATIONS... A charity prize draw was held with guests donating a minimum of £10 for a balloon for the

chance to win some pretty amazing donated prizes. The positive response was astonishing as balloons were sold out in a matter of seconds! After a 3-2-1 countdown, all balloons were popped and guests got to see who won. The sound of 125 balloons popping simultaneously was amazing and was a great sight to behold. A massive £1250 was raised on the night to support the trust so a huge thankyou goes out to all those who donated and took part. We would particularly like to thank the following companies who donated some wonderful prizes for this noble cause Sheffield City Hall, The Chocolate Kitchen, Excelsior Wedding Cars, Rubys Adorables, Mirage Couture, Beau Hair, Rosey’s Beauty Lounge, Dunelm Glass, Xercise4Less, Cedar Court Hotels, Bridefayre, Mrs Bouquets, A Perfect Wedding and Flowers By Glen.


ICO Entertainment, based in Wakefield, were in charge of the technical goings on during the evening and even provided a live Twitter feed onstage for everyone to get involved with and live tweet about the night’s festivities!


A huge congratulations to all the finalists... They also co-ordinated the music as winners were announced for each category during the evening. All Occasions who are based in Worksop, yet again astounded us with their beautiful and intricately designed venue décor. The entire hall sparkled when the venue dressing and styling was complete. All Occasions even supplied stunning crystal centerpieces and chair covers with sashes to complete the beautiful décor.


As the 2nd annual event, this year’s awards were an even bigger success than last year’s. The best wedding suppliers from the Yorkshire/ Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire regions came together to celebrate each other and were voted for by the happy brides and grooms who they work with. That’s what it’s all about and that’s what we like to celebrate. The I Do Wedding Awards are a good marker of a truly great supplier. Wherever a couple see an I Do finalist or winners logo, they instantly know they are getting top quality service and are about to work with a wedding supplier who has been highly recommended by other brides and grooms.

BE PART OF THE 2017 AWARDS… To take part head over to www.idoweddingawards.co.uk where you can nominate your favourite wedding suppliers. If you know a Yorkshire, Derbyshire or Nottinghamshire-based wedding supplier that goes the extra mile and deserves recognition for their hard work. 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! www.ido-weddingawards.co.uk


A massive thank you goes out to the wedding suppliers who entered, the brides and grooms who voted, all the sponsors and donations, as well as the technical team, venue staff and everyone else who helped make this year’s awards truly unforgettable. Thank you, we couldn’t do it without you.


The following companies achieved the finalist shortlist. Recognised by the regions’ brides and grooms as those who have gone above and beyond to make their wedding day extra special. Each category was very closely contested, so to all who made it as finalists, well done! See page 44 to see which of these companies was awarded the creme of the crop...

YORKSHIRE REGION: BRIDAL WEAR Adam Shaw Couture Bridal & Evening Gowns Confetti & Lace Cupid Connections Finery Bridal Mirage Couture WEDDING CAKES Chocomoo Cupcakes 2 Love Fairway Cakes Jos Cakes Oliver James Sugar ENTERTAINMENT Andylids Entertainment Emilys Disco James Hey Piano Jonathan Paul Magician MDG Entertainment FLORIST Flowers by Cathryn Flowers by Glen Mrs Bouquets Pretty Perfect Bouquets Sweetpea & Thyme GROOMSWEAR Top Mark Yorkshire Menswear HAIR & BEAUTY Mane Hairdressing Cuts & Co Glam by Elizebeth Daisy Jo Capel Lipstick & Rouge Makeup Studio JEWELLERY Craven Jewellers Iain Henderson Rubys Adorables Smooch Wedding Rings Tiago ADDITIONAL SERVICE Candy Stripe Fun Natalija Co Event Planning Something New The Balloon Bug Yorkshire Wedding Videos

PHOTOGRAPHERS Altered Images Photography by Charl Emily Green Photography Flawless Expressions Jamie Sia Photography Lee Archer Photography Matt Nicholls Photography

HAIR & BEAUTY Adele Coxon Makeup Beau Hair Embellish Made Up Makeup Roseys Beauty Lounge ADDITIONAL SERVICE Bridefayre Laser Cut Love Milestone Weddings

STATIONERS Buttercups Cards Cherish 4 Ever Stationery Handmade by Ella Party Nights Creations Tigerlily Creations WEDDING VENUE Rogerthorpe Manor Durker Roods Holdsworth House The Earl of Doncaster Village The Hotel Club South VENUE STYLING A Perfect Wedding Chappell2Venues Sparkle n Shine Sweetnique Wedding Venue Lighting West Yorkshire Chair Covers DERBYSHIRE & NOTTINGHAMSHIRE REGIONS: BRIDAL WEAR Alison Louise Bridal Bebra Designs Bridal Bells Classy Creations I Do Bridal

PHOTOGRAPHERS DJ Imagery Photography E Pic Photography Lucabella Marie Anson Photography Martelle Photography STATIONERS Design by Daykin Stationery East View Designs PS I Love You Tailor Made Moments WEDDING VENUE Bentley Brook Hotel Van Dyk Ringwood Hall The Maynard West Retford VENUE STYLING All Occasions Gracious Occasions Just a Little Sparkle Memorable Events Weddings by Dragonfly YORKSHIRE, DERBYSHIRE & NOTTINGHAMSHIRE REGIONS:

WEDDING CAKES Bun & Dusted The Pink Cake Box ENTERTAINMENT Amp & Deck D-jays Mobile Disco Derbyshire Wedding Events Jemstone UK Events Sheffield Wedding DJ FLORIST JJ’s Flowers Tineke Floral Designs


PHOTOBOOTHS Diamond Photobooth Fotoboov Instant Image Photobooth TRANSPORT Cartwrights Cars Excelsior Wedding Cars Fairytale Cars Traditionally Iconic BEST IN EXHIBITION Celebrations Bridal House Ltd. The Chocolate Kitchen Emily Bridal Wear

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And the winner is...


The following companies won the I Do Award for being the very best in their category as voted for by local newlyweds. BEST BRIDAL WEAR YORKSHIRE




Holdsworth House



Matt Nicholls Photography







Mirage Couture

Top Mark Suit Hire


Flowers By Glen

Tiago Jewellery


MDG Entertainment



Cupcakes 2 Love











Handmade By Ella


The Balloon Bug


Cuts & Co
















The Chocolate Kitchen

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The Pink Cake Box

Amp & Deck









I Do Bridal



Proud to Support FINALIST







DJ Imagery Photography

Designs By Daykin

Sponsored By







Ringwood Hall Hotel

Memorable Events

Supported By







Excelsior Wedding Cars

Diamond Photobooths


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Mrs Bouquets

We would like to wish a huge congratulations to all our category winners, they had to fight off tough competition to be awarded the top spot of the very best in the region as voted by the regions brides and grooms.

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Invitation ideas Once you’ve set the date for your wedding, one of the main things to think about is sending out the invitations. These days it’s a good idea to first of all, send a ‘Save the Date’ card as this instantly tells potential guests when the big day is so they can get it on the calendar – and also tells the wedding couple straight away if anyone is not able to attend. This is particularly important if the number of wedding guests needs to be limited. Traditionally, invitations were sent out from the bride’s parents. Although some couples still stick to this tradition, many brides and grooms prefer to send out their own, less formal invitations. RSVP postcards are a great idea – and remember to check for any special dietary requirements. One of the main questions is: do you buy ready made invitations, order bespoke designs or even make your own? With the use of a computer and

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printer, or even a bit of craft work, some artistic brides-to-be are opting to design and make their own invitations. Craft stores will stock all the bits and bobs you need to get creative, from card and envelopes, to stick-on flowers, diamantes, lace and ribbon. A home-made invitation allows you to cut your overall costs and adds a personal touch. If the idea of sitting and folding, sticking and tying, isn’t for you, fear not. There are some very pretty and modern off the peg designs for you to simply write in the all important details. Check out Manjo Home on Page 48 for some fab DIY wedding ideas. If you would like something truly bespoke, look no further than a professional wedding stationer. Whether you have an idea of what you like or not, they will create a design, fully printed and hand-finished, just for you and your wedding.


The gift of the gab

Years ago it was a standing joke that some couples could receive three toasters and four kettles among their wedding gifts.

The Wedding Gift to Last Several Lifetimes

This stems back to the days before wedding gift lists were the norm – and also to days when couples went straight to married life from living at home with mum and dad. Today, the majority of couples rent or buy a house and live together before they get married. This obviously means they already have the towels and the toasters that Great Aunt Edna or Uncle Tom used to traditionally buy as a wedding gift.

So what do you get for the couple who already has everything? In more recent times couples have set up wedding lists in conjunction with popular High Street stores. Often items on these lists are more luxury gifts that couples aspire to – such as expensive cookware, dining sets or ornamental items – that they have seen in the store. Guests would find themselves agreeing to buy a single piece of a set and could either go into the shop, or go on-line, to put their name against the chosen article. Although such lists are still popular, they can slightly jar with guests who feel obliged to buy expensive pieces.

Help with the honeymoon... Let’s look at the more common modern practice of asking for a little money to put towards a honeymoon. Although it might seem bad practice to ask for money – there are ways of doing this in a more lighthearted and less direct manner. A lot of couples put poems into their stationery bundles asking for donations towards their honeymoon and some even have honeymoon gift lists set up by the company organising their once-in-a-lifetime holiday. This allows guests to contribute a lot or a little, basically what they can afford or what they would have spent on a traditional wedding gift.

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Something quirky... If you and your guests are on the look out for something different or a little quirky, something that you’ll not find on the high-street, take a look at Huddersfield-based Manjo Home (featured on page 48)

Something completely unique... For something completely personal and unique take a look at Yorkshire-based Beech Genealogy’s Wedding Family History Charts (main feature to the right).

Call or email us at Beech Geneaology to order

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DIY your Wedding

with Manjo Home

Manjo Home takes DIY weddings to the next level. They allow you to add those personal touches to your wedding day without skimping on quality and help you to create a truly involving experience for all your guests. So many bride-to-be’s end up tearing their hair out because they can’t find those last minute finishing touches to make their wedding day perfect. There’s no need to panic. With products ranging from personalized serving spoons to Just Married bunting, Manjo Home will help you transform your wedding day into something that’s truly unique in every way.

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So if you’d like to add your own creative flair to your special day, visit www.manjohome.com or pop into my shop in Huddersfield and feel inspired! It truly is the best day of your life, so why not enjoy doing it yourself, with Manjo Home’s help of course.

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Amie and Shane’s

WHEN: Saturday 2nd July 2016 WHERE: Rothwell Holy Trinity Church RECEPTION: Woodlands Hotel, Leeds A honeymoon in New York and Mexico still awaits recently married couple Shane and Amie Machin who tied the knot in July. The couple, who are both from Leeds, were married at Rothwell Holy Trinity Church which dates back to 1130AD. This was followed by a wedding reception for over 70 guests in a marquee at the Woodlands Hotel, a few miles out of Leeds city centre. Amie said: “Nothing can prepare you for the way you feel on your wedding day, but we can hand on heart say it was truly magical! The beautiful ceremony was topped off by the most amazing wedding reception, with fabulous food, a fantastic band and a chance to celebrate with our closest friends and family. Without a question, our wedding day was the best day of our lives and if we could

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do it all again we would.’’ For the ceremony, Amie arrived in a Beauford vintage car after staying overnight with her bridal party at the 18th Century Oulton Hall. She wore an ivory satin gown with a sweetheart neckline and a lace bolero. Her wedding flowers were hand tied roses in various shades of pink with gypsophilia. She was attended by three bridesmaids who wore dusky pink dresses and carried ivory roses. Two flower girls wore ivory dresses and carried small Teddy Bears. Once at the reception, the bride and groom and their guests enjoyed a traditional








TRANSPORT MAX HEMINGWAY WEDDING CAR HIRE Leeds three-course wedding breakfast. “Everything was just wonderful and the grounds of Woodlands Hotel were perfect for wedding photographs. Our dusky pink colour theme, combined with rustic décor all contributed to the most amazing wedding reception. We had a ‘naked’ four-tier wedding cake, a Victoria sponge decorated with lots of fresh fruit which showed the cake layers, normally hidden by icing. During the reception we had music from an acoustic guitarist and then in the evening around 130 guests enjoyed a buffet and barbecue, with music from a

Leeds-based band. For the time between the reception and the evening party, we put on a casino for our guests which worked really well. The whole day passed without hitch and went incredibly smoothly. The weather stayed dry for the photographs and all our guests said they’d had a fabulous time.’’ Amie said: “Before the wedding I spent so much time looking through I Do magazine in the run up to our big day, gaining tips and ideas to make our day absolutely perfect, and I’m so delighted to say it was just that.’’

The couple have now settled down to married life at their home in Middleton, Leeds. Amie works as a project manager for HSBC while Shane is a supervisor for a car valeting company in Mansfield. They met 12 years ago through mutual friends. They will shortly be leaving for their honeymoon to enjoy five nights in New York, followed by a week-long stay in Mexico.

Photography supplied courtesy of Martin Hillary Photography T. 07949 220134 W. www.mhillaryphotography.co.uk






Kezia and Tom’s



A surprise honeymoon of a Mediterranean cruise and four days in the Spanish city of Barcelona rounded off a perfect fairytale wedding day for Ossett couple Tom and Kezia Corley.

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WHEN: Saturday 16th April 2016 WHERE: St Michael and Our Lady Church, Nostell Priory RECEPTION: 315 Bar and Restaurant, Huddersfield A surprise honeymoon of a Mediterranean cruise and four days in the Spanish city of Barcelona rounded off a perfect fairytale wedding day for Ossett couple Tom and Kezia Corley. The holiday, a wedding gift from the bridegroom’s parents, was the icing on the cake of a truly memorable day for the couple, who said their vows in front of all their family and friends in a ceremony at the picturesque St Michael and Our Lady Church in the grounds of Nostell Priory near Wakefield. Tom and Kezia, who have set up their marital home in Ossett, met through the online social networking website Myspace nine years ago. Tom works as an operations manager in Dewsbury and his wife is a customer services advisor. For the ceremony, Kezia wore a taupe Ian Stuart designed Thai silk gown with an encrusted bodice and a Cinderella-style hooped skirt with a long train. She carried a bouquet of pink and white roses. The bride travelled in vintage style to the church in a cream Beauford Tourer. Her two bridesmaids wore pale pink dresses and carried baskets of roses. The flower girl wore a matching dress to the bride. Kezia said: “Although everything went to plan, I was 20 minutes late for the ceremony. Time just ran away with us and I was ‘fashionably late’.

Following the service, their 65 daytime guests joined the bride and groom at 315 Bar & Restaurant at Lepton, near Huddersfield, where they all enjoyed a delicious three-course wedding breakfast while looking out at the fabulous Yorkshire views for which the restaurant is renowned. A string quartet was also on hand to entertain guests at the church. In the evening, the wedding celebrations continued with a hog roast for all the guests. Kezia said: “It was a great day but it all went past so quickly. Everything was so perfect and we even had a surprise video speech from me which included an emotional piece on my dad who passed away in 2013. Luckily we had a fine day with no rain but it was quite chilly. The day itself was as perfect as a fairytale with the addition of quite a few surprises. It was a wonderful celebration of our love which included all our family and friends.’’ The overall colour theme for the wedding day was blush pink and gold which continued through to the reception venue and for the three-tier wedding cake which was decorated with pink flowers and ribbon. Tom and Kezia enjoyed a wonderful honeymoon and are now settled into married life.

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Troy and Kim’s

day with a


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WHEN: Saturday 11th June 2016 WHERE: Allerton Castle, Nr Knaresborough RECEPTION: Camp Hill Estate, Bedale Everyone knew that the wedding of Troy and Kim Oakley-Duffill was going to be unique – and their guests wouldn’t have expected anything less. The couple, who both work as performers, were married at Allerton Castle near Knaresborough, which is an elegant Gothic stately home which uses a staircase as a dramatic wedding aisle. Troy and Kim tied the knot in a ceremony on June 11 this year in front of nearly 80 family and friends. Following the service, they enjoyed a woodland reception with a difference at Camp Hill Estate in Bedale, North Yorkshire when most of the guests camped overnight in the popular glamping and camping venue. Kim said: “I run a dance company based in Doncaster and my husband is a sound and lighting technician. Our guests knew to expect something very different and the circusthemed wedding certainly lived up to expectations. We are both quite eccentric and although we love some aspects of tradition, we went all out in every area of the wedding day.’’ After the couple had read their own quirky vows, they danced a flash mob in the regal settings of the castle. Other unusual aspects of the service included having Kim’s 84-year-old grandma Doreen Oakley as the flower girl and the family dog Dave, a Bassett Hound, as the ring bearer. “The only thing that almost went wrong on the day was that the dog shook just before the music started to play for the walking down the aisle and the wedding rings flew out. Seconds before he walked down the aisle they were found! “One other thing that was really quite funny was that ‘Dave’ the dog growled when the registrar asked ‘Does anyone know of any reason why these two cannot be married’… everyone laughed. ‘’ For the ceremony Kim wore a Disney Princess style ballgown in pale ivory with a cathedral train, and carried a teardrop bouquet of red and white roses. Her five bridesmaids had red and gold gowns, in keeping with the whole circus theme of the day, and carried posies of similar flowers.

Once at the reception venue, the real circus theme kicked in with magicians, jugglers, fire eaters, a bouncy castle, evening firework display and much more to keep all the guests entertained, as well as a wedding breakfast of pie and chips. There was also a hot tub available all day and night and a large decorated Tipi style tent. Another 70 guests joined the fun in the evening when food was provided by a burger van and a sweet buffet and music from a live band. A circus themed four-tier wedding cake, made by the bridegroom’s mother, was a great talking point with figures of the bride, groom and pet dog on top. After their unique wedding, the couple enjoyed a honeymoon in Las Vegas and Mexico. Life is now settling back to normal at their marital home in Doncaster, although this is currently in the process of being extended. Kim said: “Apart from the near disaster with the rings, everything went to plan although I did get locked in the toilet for half an hour in the morning and we almost had to break the door in. Although it rained a little, we still managed to get some great photographs. We had a wonderful wedding day. Allerton Castle was a great place to get married and it was very dramatic, even if a little scary, to use the beautiful staircase as the wedding aisle. I was a little worried about tripping up but all went to plan, thank goodness.’’ Troy added “The whole day was a fantastic blur, I spent the whole morning relaxing in the hotel pool and steam room, filled my-self up on breakfast and made my way to the Castle. As my brother drove me up the grounds and I saw the castle that’s when it all became real, I had knots in my stomach. The ceremony was lovely and having our dog as the ring bearer was a nice touch. I loved the reception and to end the night on a firework display that would have rivalled London’s new year party was amazing”

Shopping Guide TIPI HIRE THE TIPI PEOPLE Sunderland

BRIDES DRESS IT’S BLISS Doncaster See main feture on page 21







Sian and Andy’s

perfect summers day

WHEN: Friday 3rd June 2016 WHERE: Cubley Hall, near Penistone An eight-night honeymoon to The Maldives followed a wedding with a ‘shabby chic’ theme held at Cubley Hall near Penistone. Andy and Sian Phillis were married in the barn at Cubley Hall on Friday June 3rd this year. The barn, with its stone floors, high ceilings and oak beams, helped to create exactly the right atmosphere for the couple who have set up their marital home in the village of Grimethorpe near Barnsley. Sian works as a carer and Andy is the Managing Director of a telecommunications business. The couple, who are both from Cudworth originally, met through mutual friends and have known each other for nine years. Over 70 family and friends attended the wedding ceremony and then enjoyed a wedding breakfast and evening party with Andy and Sian. For the ceremony, the bride who stayed in the stunning surroundings of Cubley Hall the night before the

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wedding, wore an ivory vintage lace dress with short sleeves, an A-line skirt and a scalloped hemline. Her wedding dress was a case of second time lucky – as she took her first choice dress back to the shop after falling in love with a different design. “I bought my first dress off-the-peg but then saw another dress which I loved so it was all change’’, said Sian. She carried a bouquet of shabby chic inspired blooms which included some wild flowers and a mix of various pink flowers, ivy and other green foliage. She was attended by two bridesmaids who wore peach dresses and carried lace and gypsophilia bouquets, and two flower girls who wore ivory coloured dresses. The flower girls, including


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MAKE-UP SARAH GRAY MUA little daughter Ruby, carried Love Heart signs. The shabby chic theme continued through to the reception where the couple had a three-tier sponge wedding cake covered with pastel coloured iced flowers. The barn venue had been decorated with vintage bunting, hessian table runners, floral centrepieces – all inspired by the shabby chic look. Guests enjoyed a traditional wedding breakfast and then in the evening danced the night away with a disco and supper of hot pork sandwiches and roast potatoes. Sian said: “The day couldn’t have gone any better, the weather was lovely and the sun came out in time

for the wedding photographs. We wanted to create a real shabby chic look for the wedding and being in the barn was perfect for that look. The team at Cubley Hall were wonderful and couldn’t have done a better job for us.’’ The couple left for their dream honeymoon to The Maldives, an archipelago in the Indian Ocean, the day after the wedding. Cubley Hall is a popular venue for weddings and has various rooms to suit any size of wedding. Photography supplied courtesy of Daze Photography T. 0113 320 0937 / 07980 317333 W. www.dazephotography.co.uk






Steve and Sandy’s


wedding day

WHEN: October 2015 WHERE: Dewsbury Town Hall RECEPTION: The Park Restaurant and Grill Everyone said it was about time that Steve and Sandy tied the knot. After 16 years of waiting, all their friends were delighted to hear that, at long last, Steve had popped the question and the couple were to become Mr and Mrs Meyer. The couple, who live in Sandal, finally married in October 2015 at a ceremony at Dewsbury Town Hall, followed by a reception and evening party at The Park Restaurant and Grill at Walton Hall, Wakefield. For both Sandy, who runs Celebrations Bridal House in the centre of Ossett and Steve, a company director, it was a second marriage. Sandy said: “Because we had been together for so long, no-one ever thought we would get married. Everyone was in total shock when we named the day. When we had said our wedding vows, some of our guests actually held up signs saying: “It’s about time’’.’’ Because Sandy’s dad had passed away some years ago, her twin sister Debbie walked her down the aisle but she had sewn a photo of her dad into her wedding dress and there was also a photo of him at the wedding reception. For the service Sandy wore a Stella York fitted champagne coloured wedding gown with a fishtail hemline and she carried a

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posy of champagne coloured roses and gypsophilia. Her bridesmaids wore dresses from Sandy’s bridal boutique and carried similar flowers. Many of the wedding guests stayed overnight the night before and travelled to and from the ceremony in a vintage bus. “Because Steve is originally from London, we had guests from all over so a wedding bus was the best idea to transport them all from the hotel,’’ said Sandy. After the service the couple and their guests enjoyed a wedding breakfast and then an evening party at which Steve and Sandy had a five-tier ivory wedding cake with lace detail, a sparkly dance floor and a photo booth for all to enjoy. Although the wedding day went without a hitch, there was a near disaster for some of the guests who had booked hotel rooms – only to find when they arrived in Wakefield that the rooms had been booked in a hotel with the same name in another part of the country. Sandy said: “The hotel staff were brilliant and managed to find other rooms in the area for our guests.’’ At the reception, the couple organised a raffle to raise money for two charities in memory of her dad, Cancer Research and the British Heart Foundation. Altogether they raised £250. “We had a wonderful day. The sun shone and everyone really enjoyed themselves and were glad to see us married at long last,’’ said Sandy.









Todd and Rachel’s


wedding WHEN: Tuesday 24th May 2016 WHERE: Caerlaverock Castle, Dumfries and Galloway The romantic setting of a ruined Scottish castle was the venue for the wedding of Todd and Rachel Gray earlier this year – on a date that coincided with Rachel’s 25th birthday.

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‘the stunning Caerlaverock Castle in Dumfries and Galloway, a moated 13th Century castle which is a popular filming location and one of the most visited ruined castles in Scotland’ “At least my husband won’t forget our wedding anniversary, seeing as it will be on the same day as my birthday,’’ said Rachel. The couple, who are both from Sheffield, where they have settled into their marital home, wanted a wedding ceremony with a real difference. So they decided on the stunning Caerlaverock Castle in Dumfries and Galloway, a moated 13th Century castle which is a popular filming location and one of the most visited ruined castles in Scotland. Along with 14 close family members, the couple travelled to nearby Lockerbie where they stayed overnight before the ceremony. Afterwards they all enjoyed a wedding breakfast back at the hotel. For the wedding ceremony, held in the open air among the

castle ruins, Rachel wore an ivory coloured Adrianna Papell dress with a ruched and diamante bodice falling into a fishtail hemline. She carried a bouquet of Calla lilies, roses and stocks in various shades of purple. Her two bridesmaids wore mauve dresses and carried similar flowers to the bride. After the wedding day, Rachel and Todd enjoyed a week-long honeymoon to The Maldives, and on their return organised an evening reception for 100 family and friends back in Sheffield. One of the focal points of their evening party was their three-tier wedding cake. The top two tiers were made from Victoria sponge with a chocolate bottom tier. The cake was finished off with a flourish of purple roses from top to bottom.

Rachel, who works as a nurse at the Northern General Hospital in Sheffield, said: “The weather was kind to us and the sun came out which was great, seeing as the ceremony among the ruins was all open to the elements. Our day was truly magical and we wouldn’t have changed a thing. “Once in a while, in the middle of an ordinary life, loves gives us a fairytale. On our return from honeymoon, we had a great evening party in Sheffield. All our family and friends attended and we laughed, cried happy tears and danced the night away.’’ After all the celebrations, the couple are enjoying life as a married couple with Rachel back at her work as a nurse and Todd at work as an engineer at Sheffield Forgemasters.



Enjoy the

wow factor At 315 Bar And Restaurant

Now there’s even more for brides, grooms and their guests to look forward to when booking a wedding at the highly recommended 315 Bar & Restaurant, situated on the outskirts of Huddersfield. A brand new Health Spa with luxury facilities, an extension to the outdoor terraced area and an additional eight bedrooms are new for 2017 at 315, which in recent years has become one of Yorkshire’s top wedding venues. Set in the heart of the rolling Yorkshire countryside, it is the perfect place for your civil ceremony, wedding breakfast and evening celebration. The new Health Spa will include three treatment rooms, a salt steam room, bio sauna, rain dance shower and a hydro pool,perfect for the bride to prepare for her big day. Just imagine enjoying a delicious breakfast the morning after the wedding and then spend a few hours in the spa to round off your perfect wedding experience at 315 Bar & Restaurant. Situated just a few miles out of Huddersfield on the Wakefield road, the venue already has landscaped gardens, a pretty gazebo and external spiral staircase – all great for unique photo opportunities all year round. The outside patio is currently being made bigger with the addition of a water feature, so this will create even more scope for wonderful photographs. Your guests can take advantage of the outdoor terrace, which has a sheltered area,

‘Head Chef, Jason Neilson is well known for his culinary expertise, having trained with TV chef Raymond Blanc’ to enjoy the spectacular views over the surrounding countryside. Whether you are planning a large or small wedding, 315 Bar & Restaurant can provide the perfect setting with the Ingram Suite ideal for a larger party and the conservatory, suitable for a smaller and more intimate gathering. 315’s Ingram Suite is a very flexible space which can accommodate the civil ceremony, a seated wedding breakfast, evening party and dancing. For smaller weddings, 315’s conservatory is perfect. A bright and airy space, it has wonderful rural views and is licensed for civil ceremonies. Head Chef and Director Jason Neilson opened the bar and restaurant several years ago and is well known for his culinary expertise, having trained with TV chef Raymond Blanc. Since opening, 315 has been

awarded 2 AA Rosettes for culinary excellence. All this means that the food on your special day is guaranteed to be first class. Jason is always happy to meet couples in advance to talk about menu ideas and work with you to create your perfect menu. As some of your guests will need overnight accommodation, the addition of eight new 5 star award winning bedrooms brings the total number of rooms to 18. All bedrooms are unique, decorated in contemporary designs and perfect for a good night’s sleep, and of course, there is a beautiful bridal suite for the new husband and wife. Whatever size of wedding or time of year, you can be assured of top class service from the team at 315 Bar & Restaurant. A dedicated wedding co-ordinator is available to help couples plan their wedding and make sure everything runs smoothly on the big day.

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Doncaster Racecourse:

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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...



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 glassfronted 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 1400 guests! Just ask Doncaster Racecourse for details. The Doncaster Racecourse weddings team can help you organise the whole thing. Get in touch now...

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Your Fairytale wedding Whitley Hall is an ivy-clad 16th century mansion surrounded by 20 acres of stunning gardens & grounds. Nestled in a peaceful valley, the hotel is a perfect backdrop for you to create a unique, elegant and unforgettable day for you and your family and friends. The dedicated wedding team are there to advise and guide you from

the moment you book your wedding until you check out of the hotel as a happily married couple. Contact one of the team at weddings@whitleyhall.com to arrange a show around of Whitley Hall.

A stunning venue with a romantic backdrop and first class hospitality. .

With traditional wood panelled walls and a majestic fireplace, the Whitley suite creates a romantic and picturesque backdrop to host your civil ceremony and wedding breakfast for up to 100 guests and evening reception for up to 120 guests. Or for more intimate weddings, the Parker suite with its original exposed stone wall offers an idyllic setting. Also boasting a private heated terrace and a lake with its own pier, the Parker suite can host your civil ceremony and wedding breakfast for up to 60 guests and evening reception for up to 80 guests. The 32 ensuite bedrooms are all individually designed and

decorated. The team work hard to make sure all the rooms reflect the traditional architecture of Whitley Hall with exposed stone walls and wooden beams, whilst also providing all the essential modern luxuries such as whirlpool baths and Juliet balconies overlooking the private lake. The friendly, professional team at Whitley Hall are there to help your wedding dreams come true.

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An ideal countryside location... The true beauty of the Sitwell Arms Hotel lies at the rear of this 18th century building amongst the magnificent lake and fountain and rose orchard garden, both which form part of the landscaping to 6 acres of beautiful grounds. These picturesque surroundings make this popular Derbyshire Wedding Venue the ideal location for a countryside wedding. With over twenty five years of experience in planning weddings, the hotel provides quality facilities at value for money prices. The hotel specialises in civil weddings and have been performing ceremonies for many years, our attention to detail is what truly makes our service second to none. The hotel is privately owned and we’re proud of the excellent reputation of being a premier wedding venue. We truly are committed to presenting quality facilities and providing a first class service. Our wedding packages are designed to suit budgets from as little as £2000 through to £5,500 for the all inclusive Gold package. Bespoke packages can also be tailored to individual requirements making your wedding day as unique as the relationship you wish to celebrate. Accommodation is available including the Honeymoon Suite, Renishaw Suite, Four Poster Bridal Rooms, Family Rooms and more, offered at a discounted tariff for anyone wishing to stay over within the bridal party. The on-site Hair & Beauty and Health & Fitness facilities at this venue add the finishing touches for you to make the most of your experience.



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An Award Winning Venue Ringwood Hall Hotel were delighted to win ‘Best Wedding Venue’ at the prestigious I Do Wedding Awards 2016 as voted for by local bridal couples. Ringwood Hall Hotel, located on the outskirts of Chesterfield is proud to have been awarded Derbyshire & Nottinghamshire’s Best Wedding Venue. Despite large numbers of couples from Sheffield, Rotherham,

Doncaster and beyond singing their praises about their celebrations at the popular venue, they couldn’t run in the Yorkshire region due to geographics. Why not visit Ringwood Hall Hotel and find out for yourself exactly what makes this venue ‘Award Winning’. Their wedding team offer daytime, evening and weekend appointments to view, and they hold monthly wedding showcases, where you can view their summer garden marquee and superb licensed suites, finished in exquisite period décor set for both wedding breakfasts and civil ceremonies. Check out the fabulous four

posters and feature bedrooms as you look for your honeymoon suite and meet with many of their close wedding suppliers. At any time of year Ringwood Hall Hotel can be the perfect venue for your wedding celebrations, ideally located at the gateway to the Peak District and only a short drive from Derby, Nottingham and Sheffield, their beautiful venue offers everything. Set in six acres of award winning formal gardens, the hotel is surrounded by 23 acres of parkland. Check out their website gallery at www.ringwoodhallhotel.com which provides you with a flavour of the garden through the seasons, and

the wonderful backcloth it creates for your photographs. So why not plan your wedding with a seasonal theme and take advantage of Ringwood Hall Hotel’s fixed price seasonal packages which include table dressings and chair covers and in some cases special extras like fireworks, chocolate fountains and live music. Ringwood Hall Hotel have tried to incorporate as much within the fixed price as possible, to help you with your big day budgeting. Further discounts and concessions are available with a midweek package, while the all year round packages include fixed price, late availability, Spring, Easter, Valentines, Summer garden marquee, Autumn, Winter, Christmas and extra special midweek Christmas, all can be viewed on the website www.ringwoodhallhotel.com

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If you are looking for a Peak District, Derbyshire or South Yorkshire wedding venue, check out our beautiful Georgian Grade II Listed Manor House.

We have some fantastic fixed price, midweek, late availability, Festive & Winter, Spring & Easter, Valentine’s, and summer marquee wedding packages and offers on our website.

• Our wedding team offer daytime, evening or weekend appointments to view, so call our wedding team today on 01246 280077 to arrange your show round at a time that suits you • Our formal gardens have won the East Midlands in Bloom competitions for the best hotel gardens, so where better to take those memorable images of your special day • Special accommodation rates are available for overnight wedding guests, who can enjoy complimentary access to our Parklands Health & Fitness Club, with new hot tub and beauty treatments available • Wedding celebration ceremonies are available in our stunning Rose Pagoda in our beautiful gardens, or in our beautiful licensed suites. •Outdoor ceremonies are available in our unique Garden Pavilion, licensed for outdoor civil marriages and blessings. Other suites available for up to 250 guests


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'Chloebeth sang as I walked down the aisle and it was magical' Lindsey Oldman-Alexander

Seal your wedding day with a beautiful live soundtrack hand-picked by you. Chloëbeth is a classical and contemporary singer of the highest level. Look no further and allow her to blissfully sing you into your married life together. Chloëbeth is a premium and highly recommended wedding singer who frequently adds an extra sparkle to clients’ wedding days. Chloëbeth creates breathtakingly memorable performances for weddings and other special events. If you want to add a touch of luxury to your special day then Chloëbeth is without a doubt the singer to go for.

“Chloëbeth is guaranteed to wow the guests at any event she is hired for” Sandy Bentley

Chloëbeth studied Music at Manchester Metropolitan University for 4 years, graduating in 2014 with a First Class BA Hons degree. Over this time Chloëbeth developed her singing voice, style and song writing

skills making her the unique and impressive performer she is today. Chloëbeth not only spends her time perfecting performances, but building wonderful relationships with clients.

‘‘Chloëbeth is very professional, courteous and passionate about her singing – an absolute pleasure to work with’’ Denise Morrell

Have you considered having live music to compliment your ceremony, drinks reception or wedding breakfast? Book Chloëbeth now to avoid disappointment as she is rapidly becoming more and more sought after. Visit Chloëbeth’s website www.Chloëbethsinger.co.uk for more information and to see for yourself why she is in such demand.

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It’s party time... with A Pic A Minute Photobooth To make your wedding an occasion to remember for years to come, why not create a real talking point with a photobooth from this leading specialist. South Yorkshire-based, A Pic A Minute Photobooth Hire UK is one of the country’s top hire companies and is sure to make your big day even better, keeping your guests entertained for hours. Very advanced and with unique green screen technology, it has thousands of backgrounds for you and your guests to enjoy. Photos are printed in 10 seconds and it’s already been a massive hit at hundreds of weddings up and down the country. This family business, based in

Sheffield, understands just how important your wedding day is and how much you want it to stand out and be extra special for everyone. So after the formalities are over, a photobooth is the perfect way for your guests to relax and join in the fun of the big day. Whether you want photos taken with a background from World War Two, Jurassic Park, the coast, on safari, in Las Vegas and much more, it’s time for everyone to let their hair down and enjoy the big occasion. Photos are personalised with client’s details. You spend a lot of time organising your wedding, so make sure you book the best in the business! If you book A Pic A Minute for your wedding, you’ll be delighted to know there is a £50 discount for readers of I Do, via the magazine’s website. Just remember to quote IDO50 when booking.


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Food for thought Seasonal ideas

Here are some wonderful wedding food ideas with a seasonal twist to cater to your own wedding, no matter what time of year it is.

A Summer wedding can’t be complete without a barbecue theme running through it. Serve your guests mini burgers and meat grilled to perfection. Or if you have vegetarian guests, why not try grilled peppers, courgettes and mushrooms on skewers? You could also have a summery carnival themed day with popcorn in buckets and little hot dogs. Get an ice-cream bar on the go to cool your guests down from the heat and treat the little ones to fun filled ice cold desserts! Summer is also the perfect time for cocktail style drinks, so get creative and create a mini menu with a select few fruity beverages to really wow your guests. You could even have non-alcoholic versions for the kids, so they still get to be involved in the fun!


Autumn weddings are the perfect excuse to add toffee apples, parkin and hot jacket spuds to your wedding food fayre. Have a jacket potato bar with a selection of toppings that your guests get to pick themselves. If it’s especially cold out, serve your guests with warm apple cider instead of sparkling wine or maybe try a hot buttered rum to get them extra toasty. Or serve mini steak and ale pies with a love heart pastry shape laid on top for a warming main meal option. For dessert, serve individual apple pies topped with whipped cream or custard for an autumnal sweet treat.


Spring is a time for new beginnings and fresh, crisp flavours. Salads are ideal here; so serve miniature leaf salads with your choice of meat and a balsamic dressing for a light but refreshing meal option. Use cloudy lemonade in your cocktails to freshen up a guest’s palette. For a main, fish is a great choice for Springtime. Have salmon parcels with asparagus in filo pastry for a truly mouthwatering meal. Serve fruity desserts as most berries are in season at this time of year. Try a fruit crumble or even simpler, chocolate covered strawberries for a naughty but nice sweet finish.


It’s hard not to get all Christmassy if you’re getting married at this time of year, so don’t fight it! Try baked brie in your appetisers and have little tasters of hot soup in mini mugs with garlic croutons. Everyone loves a Yorkshire pudding, so why not minimise these and serve with roast beef or chicken inside as buffet style food with a dollop of gravy plopped in. Go for a hot chocolate bar to warm your guests’ cockles and bring about a warm atmosphere and pick out a selection of hot toppings so guests can personalise their drinks too. Serve melt-in-the-middle chocolate souffles filled with the scent of cinnamon, cloves and Christmassy loveliness. And who could have a winter wedding without some form of gingerbread involved? Kids will love mini ginger bread men, or even better, gingerbread bride and grooms to keep their tastebuds tingling with Christmas cheer!

These are just a few ideas of what you could do for food at your reception, no matter what time of year it is. One thing is certain though, with these seasonal food options, your guests are sure to leave with big smiles on their faces and bellies full of happiness!

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Set the right mood with Wedding Venue Lighting With the help of Yorkshire’s largest décor lighting and dance floor hire company, you can give your event the real wow factor... Whether you want a starlight dance floor, mood lighting, fairy lights, hanging lanterns or much more, simply have a word with the specialists at Wedding Venue Lighting, based in Cleckheaton and take advantage of their expertise. Expert lighting helps set the scene for your wedding. Peoples’ mood, attitude and even confidence can be affected by the correct lighting. If you’re planning to get married shortly, why not think about dance floors, special effects or even a VIP carpet to set the scene. Wedding Venue Lighting specialise in large weddings and corporate events but are equally at home with a smaller more intimate wedding. Why not think about a starlight background, ceiling drapes or have your names projected in lights to really create a magical feel to your wedding venue? Coloured hanging fairylights and colour co-ordinated hanging lanterns are a popular feature, along with the ever-popular large LOVE and MR & MRS Letters. The business is owned and operated by Matt Butcher who has years of experience in the lighting and entertainment industry, and trained by many leading lighting manufacturers. All equipment is regularly tested

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and meets the highest possible standards. New for 2016/17, you can now hire the very best in Photo Booth fun from Wedding Venue Lighting to add even more magic to your celebrations. The interactive Magic Mirror Photo Booth, uses the latest technology to take incredible full length selfies. The built in camera is hidden behind the mirror and it looks just like a classic framed mirror when not in use. Animations on the mirror screen invite you and your guests to pose and use the touch screen, while it transforms your reflection into fun-filled images to take away immediately, upload to social media and it makes an amazing guest book, as guests actually sign their names on the mirror. You can see Wedding Venue Lighting with the mirror, dance floors and lighting effects at all the I Do Wedding Exhibitions and at many local fayres around the county. For more information, take a look at the website for ideas, inspirations and recommendations from delighted brides, grooms and their families.

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Your venue décor can really bring a reception together, with a variety of themes to choose from to add that finishing touch to your venue.

Here are just a few venue décor themes to get you started.

DIY Rustic Style Always a popular favourite, rustic decor can make your reception look completely effortless. Match bare wooden textures with fresh spring time flowers and even tie wild flowers into the bow on your chair covers to carry the theme through. You could even add edible flowers to your meals (if you like that sort of thing). Hang pastel coloured bunting or even place hand-painted wooden love letters at each table and use Hessian table runners to tie the theme together. A simple, yet effective approach to your wedding venue décor

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Blush Pink & Gold This theme would work well at a hotel venue or any old classy building. Use metallic hues like gold and silver, mixed in with blush pink to create a muted sense of class. Give your guests a real treat for the eyes and have intricate table lamps at each table. Drape ceilings with sheer or silk blush pink fabric that hangs beautifully to frame the room. You could even have name embroidered napkins to add a personal touch.

Shabby Chic/Vintage Similar to rustic style, this uses more lace fabric and floral/pastel themes, along with alternative centrepieces in oddly matched jars. Think mason jars filled with pastel coloured sand with a tea light resting on top and lace wrapped around the rim. Create an afternoon tea style reception with vintage china cups & saucers and hand out little jam jar favours tied with string.

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Bright and Bolds

If you’re a ray of sunshine in personality, then bring some of this to your venue dÊcor. Go for all out bright colours like yellows, oranges and bright florals to create a whimsical carefree atmosphere. This type of dÊcor is PERFECT for a Summer wedding, or if you have a lot of kids at your reception too. Use coloured glassware instead of clear and have bright lanterns hanging from the ceiling that seemingly float in mid-air. Have peach coloured chair sashes angled and knotted to one side for an alternative look.

Finishing touches Rather than use conventional table numbers at the reception, many couples today prefer to name their tables with a theme relevant to them. Guests could find themselves sitting on The Beetles, The Jam or The Who table or even the Kit Kat, Galaxy, Bounty or Dairy Milk table if the bride is a chocoholic!! As well as different table names, brides are getting creative with table plans too, rather than opting for the board on an easel, some couples display their table plan on a chalk board, pegged on string, displayed in a set of miss-matched frames or even hung in a suitcase.


Favours are an important part of any wedding and provide something for guests to take away as a momento of the big day. These can be bought ready made or created from stratch by the bride and groom with an original idea. Recently seen wedding favours include: little jam jars containing home made jam and a label detailing the date and time of the wedding, pieces of home made shortbread or macarons in a pretty bag tied with ribbon or string, vintage striped bags or jars of traditional sweets or mints, or even packs of wild flowers or bird seed tied with ribbon. Some brides and grooms buy national lottery tickets or scratch cards as favours for their guests or give them a small, fragrant candle to burn at home as a reminder of the wedding. Favours have come a long way from the traditional favourite of sugared almonds!



your venue with coolblu

To bring the ‘wow’ factor to your wedding, you need to engage the services of Coolblu, a company which works across the North of England and caters for all kinds of events and celebrations.

‘an LED starlight dance floor really creates the mood and adds a touch of glamour to your evening celebration, they are the ultimate party accessory’

The owners and staff of Coolblu like nothing better than a party, so they can transform a room and get the evening going with a swing. Coolblu can cater for traditional weddings, civil ceremonies and Asian weddings. Why not think about engaging Coolblu to provide a starlit dance floor, draping, a red carpet for the bride and groom, giant LOVE letters, confetti cannons and so much more. Coolblu can also install luxury fibre-optic starlight wedding curtains for behind the top table and also a skirt for the table itself. These are available in various sizes to suit your individual top table and are lit by an LED source which remains cool to the touch.

If you’re having an evening wedding party, then why not let Coolblu install an LED starlight dancefloor to really create the mood and add a touch of glamour to your evening celebration, they are the ultimate party accessory. Again these come in a range of sizes, dependent on the size of your venue. Other dancefloors are also

available and include traditional varnished wood or black and white checkerboard, which are both ideal for indoor venues or outdoor marquees. Various wedding packages are available from Coolblu and all products are guaranteed to be of the highest quality. So jazz up your wedding with a little help from Coolblu and celebrate in style. Take a look at the website for ideas and inspiration on how to ensure your wedding has the ‘wow’ factor.

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Introducing.. The Magic Mirror

A unique touch from Photo Booth Hire UK Why not hire the latest product to hit the market and book a magic mirror experience for your wedding? About to take the UK by storm, the magic mirror is a photo booth (also known as a magic selfie mirror) which works with the latest technology to take open air portrait photographs. The Magic Mirror is all part of the service offered by Yorkshire-based Photo Booth Hire UK which has packages to suit all budgets and all individual preferences. Now available are standard photo booths, 3D deluxe booths and the revolutionary Magic Mirror. All come with fancy dress, choice of screens, guest book and booth attendants. The business comes highly recommended by the Danny Mylo Breakfast Show on Pulse 1 with Danny and Rosie. Magic Mirror photo booths come direct from the USA and is the perfect alternative to a conventional photo booth. It can be customised to give a

unique touch to your wedding, can be set up in 20 minutes and takes up much less room than a standard photo booth. The Magic Mirror works by using a two-way mirror which also acts as a touch screen and is activated by your guests when they are ready to strike a pose. With a real regal feel, it can be approached by a red carpet to give a real ‘wow’ factor to your wedding reception or evening party. Photo Booth Hire UK covers a wide area across the whole of Yorkshire and surrounding counties. Get in touch to give your wedding something a little different.

‘You were truly professional and so lovely and a pleasure to have at our wedding. And what a range of props! You definitely made the whole night’ September Newlyweds

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Customised animations greet your guests as they’re invited to ‘touch the screen’ and pose for selfies in the giant mirror before signing their photo’s on the screen. • Sleek full length mirror • Uses less space than a booth • Animated touch screen • Sign your photo • Portrait photos

• Full body images • Instant prints • Choice of mirror frame • Choice of photo layout • Optional Green Screen

Add even more laughter to your special day.. Our easy to use photobooths are the perfect party accessory, with unlimited visits, everybody can join in. We have all kinds of crazy props for you to use to make the photo’s even more fun! • Professional reliable service • Trained booth attendants • High quality photo’s • Extensive prop box • Complimentary USB stick of photo’s • Complimentary Guestbook • Choice of print layout • Professional beauty lighting • Delivery & set-up

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Magical memories Capture some magical memories at your wedding, with a photobooth from the experts at Omega. The family business is run by husband and wife team Adrian and Amanda Lowes, who both have years of experience in the events industry. They launched Omega Photobooths in 2014 to bring their expertise to the wedding industry, and help create a great sense of fun at wedding receptions across the North of England. Since then, the business has gone from strength to strength, bringing fun and laughter for wedding guests young and old. Omega Photobooths offer two packages, each available for three or four hours; choose from a standard package which still allows unlimited visits to the photobooth or the premium package which offers a

greater number of photographs. Adrian and Amanda are very proud of the service they provide and say there are no hidden extras everything is included in the standard package. Before the wedding, the couple speak to every client about their options, screen backgrounds and the addition of personal messages. All photographs are taken with a top quality camera to ensure the very best photographs. Amanda said: “We do not charge extra to travel across Yorkshire or into North Lincolnshire with minimal mileage costs outside these areas. We believe 100% in making each couple’s day special and have had a great deal of complimentary reviews.’’

“Thank you so much for an amazing experience!! You are true professionals and made my best friend’s wedding reception last night. Fantastic service from start to finish and the book was a perfect touch!! Thanks again. Would highly recommend.’’

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Wedding disco | Photo/video display

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To make your wedding reception one to remember, you need to call on the services of Craig at Sheffield Wedding DJ. However, it’s not just a DJ service Craig can provide, but a whole lot more – including supplying dance floors, mood lighting, twinkle backdrops and table skirts, ‘dancing on a cloud’ first dance, 5ft and table top LOVE letters, a six foot love heart, photo/video displays and more... So whatever you’re planning for your evening party, talk to Craig and see what he has to offer. Whether you require a small discreet disco setup, a full-on nightclub style sound and light show, or anything in between, Craig can provide exactly what you want. Craig will also work with you to transform your venue with moodlighting, starlight dance floors and much more. It’s always important to get the evening celebrations right. After all this is the time when everyone can let their hair down and really celebrate the day, after the formalities of the service and joy of the reception. To help you

get everything just how you want it, all bookings come with their own personal planner account on the Sheffield Wedding DJ website where you can plan your day and make all your music requests and dedications in advance. In more recent years, Craig has been in great demand for weddings across Yorkshire, Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire and beyond. With his additional services like LOVE letters and love hearts, moodlighting and dance floors, he can really help to set the mood for the evening ahead. Even if you don’t need a DJ, Craig is still happy to dress your venue and make it extra special. Make sure you put Craig and his DJ services on your wedding list, and let him get the party started!!

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Now that’s

Entertainment Your wedding entertainment can make or break your reception and can mean the difference between a fantastic, electric atmosphere and a dull, drab one.

To avoid the latter of the two, opt for one of the wedding entertainment ideas below to really set your reception apart from the rest.

Caricaturist Why not have an artist draw your guests in their most unflattering light? A brilliant ice-breaker, a caricaturist can capture the essence of your father-in-law and even give it out as a gift after a polite insult!

Mixology Bar This is definitely one for the adults. Watch a professional mixologist wow your guests with their cocktail making creativity and enjoy knocking back the alcohol fuelled happiness.

Photobooth Hire These are sure to be a definite hit with your guests on the evening. Best of all, you get to keep a copy of the hilarious antics from your guests’ booth visits, making a unique guestbook.

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Sure to be a hit, imagine your guests surprise when the waiters that have been serving them suddenly burst into song, and perform their greatest hits. Your guests won’t suspect a thing.

A bit of a laugh for the adults and great for those who don’t really do dancing, a mobile casino can do wonders for the atmosphere at a reception. A casino will break the ice and get everyone rooting for each other as you place your bets for a great evening.

Magician Enjoy a bit of close-up magic at your reception with a magician to really capture the attention of your guests. A hit with both children and adults alike, this is a great crowd pleaser and will definitely add a touch of magic to the night’s festivities.

Fire Jugglers If your reception is outside and ONLY if the venue allows it, hire a fire juggler. These will keep you entertained throughout the night and will really wow your guests with their death defying talents. Just make sure you stay well away if you have a lot of hair spray in your hair! No one wants third degree burns on their wedding night!

Facepainting This is a definite for the kids as it makes sure they keep entertained and interested in the evening’s festivities. And you never know, a few drunken adults may wish to look like a tiger after a few tipples too!

Aerial Performers If you really want to go all out for your wedding reception entertainment, hire an acrobat or aerial performer. Your guests will not be able to take their eyes away as the performers show off their skills by twisting and turning in all manner of ways. This is a visual spectacle not to be missed.


Get the party started! ‘on their RSVP’s, why not add a bit of fun and ask them to name their favourtre tune. Hey-presto, you’ve got a ready-made playlist’

Wedding DJ Chances are, you’re going to have some form of music at your reception. As well as asking for guests to confirm attendance and any dietery reqiurements on their RSVP’s, why not add a bit of fun and ask them to name their favourite tune. Hey-presto, you’ve got a ready-made playlist, just send it on to your DJ. That way, everyone gets to dance to one tune that they really love.

Kids Hour We all hate seeing an empty dancefloor and the younger

Video Box Along the similar vein of a photobooth, this allows guests to record their well wishes to the happy couple instead of writing them down in a guest book. Expect the messages to become more slurred as more alcohol flows!

Fireworks Show and Sparklers Similar to the fire jugglers, it’s best to leave this to a professional who knows what they’re doing. That way, both kids and adults get to

ones might be getting restless, so why not ask the DJ to put on a Kids hour. It’s sure to get the dancefloor filled when the DJ plays all the party favourites. Get ready to witness the sliding knees across the floor and bopping along to the Macarena!

Light It Up Give your evening party the wow factor by enlisting the help of event lighting and decor experts. From twinkle dance-floors and confetti cannons to amazing lighting effects including your names in lights cast around the room to add that extra special touch.

enjoy the colourful fireworks display from a safe distance. Playing with sparklers (safely of course) is always fun too!

Hire a Disco Dome Now this is brilliant for both the big and little kids out there. A disco dome is basically a big bouncy castle and a mobile disco in one. So you can bounce around trying to dance to the music whilst enjoying the light show at the same time. Your own inflatable disco!

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Photography Wedding photographer Matt Nicholls is in great demand from couples all over the UK, keen for him to capture memories of their special day. Ossett-based, Matt is the recent winner of the I Do Wedding Awards 2016 Best Photographer, an accolade which he was delighted to receive. Matt, who specialises in a reportage style of wedding photography, said: “Winning this award is a real honour and one which will hopefully help me advance further in my chosen career.’’ He believes his success as a wedding photographer is due to his affordable prices and to being easy-going and approachable. “I’m always the one at weddings who has muddy shoes after walking in woodland or on wet lawns to get the photograph I really want. I even stood in a pond once to get the right angle. Couples do love photos which are a little different to the norm and I aim to tell the whole story of the wedding day in a relaxed and informal way from

morning preparations to the first dance,’’ said Matt. Much of Matt’s work comes from word-of-mouth recommendations and the glowing testimonials on his website pay tribute to his photographic skills. Matt always advises couples to book a photographer as soon as they decide on a wedding date. He says some dates are booked years in advance. He always meets and chats to couples well before the wedding to get to know them and find out the style of wedding photographs they prefer. If you want great photographs for your big day, then book the services of award-winning Matt Nicholls.

GET IN TOUCH: Tel. 07776 152133 or 075151 15188 Email: mattnichollsphotography@gmail.com Web. www.mattnichollsphotography.co.uk

Ossett-based, Wedding Photography Specialist, Matt Nicholls, not only travels the whole of the UK but also covers destination weddings, with the perfect blend of natural reportage style photography and stunning ‘wow’ shots. Visit the website for more details and discover what other brides and grooms say...

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Peter Rollings, a Leeds based Wedding Photographer, is passionate about his art, loves what he does and rarely has a camera out of his hand...

He loves capturing candid and natural images, documenting weddings in a creative and relaxed way. Peter says “the best images are where you have no idea they have been taken”. His goal is to provide emotive images that you and your loved ones will enjoy for years to come. From your initial consultation to receiving your beautiful wedding album, Peter provides the very best in guidance and support throughout. A lot of time and effort goes into planning your wedding, so it’s vital that you make the correct choices when it comes to your photographs, after all, they’re what you look back on with fond memories for years to come. Peter says “my ethos is about working together and being comfortable in sharing ideas, so

don’t be afraid to ask, remember this is your day”. With album packages you get a pre-wedding shoot, a relaxed session to get to know each other and discover how Peter works, this will help you feel more confident and at ease for your big day, “think of it as your dress rehearsal”, says Peter. On the day of your Wedding, Peter provides full coverage of the day from the bridal preparations until after the first dance. Using a second photographer also capturing the boys getting ready and their antics, including that all important stiff drink to steady the nerves. Your wedding album is the fruition of your journey and is the perfect way to document your union. Peter offers a bespoke range giving you

the opportunity to choose the album cover, page style and images. Once created, you will receive a proof to look at and only when you are completely satisfied with your album, it gets sent for production. A range of parent books, images and enlargements can also be purchased for your loved ones. Take your time time to view more of Peter’s work on his website and follow him on Facebook to view his latest work and testimonials.

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‘Valued addition to my whole experience on the day. Very professional service by a very talented photographer’ Newlywed Emma

‘Thanks Peter for leading and organising us all gently and professionally for some stunning results’ Newlywed Deborah

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Capture your perfect day… ...with Charisma Cars & Photography Charisma Wedding Services are a well-established family run business who understand the hopes and dreams of one of the biggest days of your life. They are experienced photographers, who also offer wedding cars and stationery, this means not only can you save money on special package prices, but have less people to contact, giving you more control and time to enjoy your wedding preparations! “Brilliant! we used this family service for our wedding car, photography and stationery. Lovely friendly service and really relaxed photography, would highly recommend!”



Loving the challenges of weddings, and being a husband and wife team means they see the wedding from both the male and female perspectives, capturing the special moments for you to cherish forever. From all images onto a USB with shared copyright, to fully designed stunning story book albums. Their relaxed approach means they will do everything they can to make the day as fun and stress free as possible. It is often said that couples feel they are more like friends they’ve known for years. “Absolutely fantastic couple, glad they took our photos, they look brill and would recommend to anyone. They make you feel so relaxed and comfortable on your big day.” Vicky

Established over 25 years, our cars are all garaged and lovingly cared for with smart, experienced and courteous chauffeurs. Choose from our stunning Silver or Old English White convertibles and arrive in style. “A quick line to say, Thank You. Everything about your service was fantastic. You were on time, calmed my nerves before setting off and set the right mood for our journey from the church to the venue. We were so pleased we had the top down on the way. The car looked awesome”. Natalie “The driver was great and couldn’t do enough! Made us feel at ease, the cars are stunning. Great service.” Kimberley.

WEDDING STATIONERY AND BRIDAL FLOWERS In addition to the photography, Jane also offers individually hand crafted stationery and flowers to match your wedding theme. Bridal bouquets, corsages, button holes, table plans, post boxes, favours, invites, order of service etc… Sharing your ideas, colour and scheme, Charisma will help create your dream! Whichever service you may choose, you can be assured of Andrew and Janes experienced, friendly, straight forward and honest approach.

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Emily & Kyle were so friendly & made us feel totally comfortable & at ease. There was no rush on the day & they had lots of ideas for the photographs, as well as being happy to try out our own ideas. Highly recommend E&K for any wedding or photoshoot, the photographs were beautiful, really stunning, just brilliant, thank you!

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We are Emily & Kyle Donnachie, professional wedding photographers based in the South Yorkshire town of Doncaster. We take a personal, easy going approach to photography, unobtrusively capturing the day as it unfolds. We make sure that we are there for you from the first time we speak, all the way up to the big day and even beyond that if you need us. We love helping our clients out with any timeline planning, location ideas and just general wedding stuff!

T H E RE AL W O W FACT O R Our primary focus is to immerse ourselves in your special day and capture images in a candid manner, blending into the background so that we can get those natural, 'in the moment' shots. Of course we still take time to capture those all important portrait photographs and we go all out with these, I mean how great would it be to make those shots feel special let alone look special! We use top of the range portable studio lighting to give your images the real WOW factor.

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We have two great packages to offer you and the best thing is they start at just £945! With all our packages you get… - Two professional photographers - Personal customer service from start to finish - A pre-wedding consultation to get to know each other and discuss details of the day - Hundreds of images carefully and professionally edited - A beautifully presented USB portfolio of fully edited, high resolution images - A personal password protected gallery on our website for friends and family to view At E&K Creative, we believe exclusivity is key to making your wedding pictures extra special, so we only take on a select number of weddings per year. This allows us to spend the required quality time with our clients and more importantly, spend quality time on the final images.

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Make it an Elegant affair... Husband and wife photography team Danny and Vicky Heaton are passionate about capturing great memories for their wedding clients. Based in Doncaster, their business Elegant Wedding Photography, offers a mixture of more relaxed reportage style photography along with the elegance and excitement of the big day. Their aim is to work quietly in the background to capture those special moments, the nerves, the smiles and the whole atmosphere of your wonderful wedding day. Danny said: “My love of photography stems from my passion for people watching. I just love watching people go about their day to day lives. This fascination influences my style of photography, enabling me to catch those precious moments as they unfold.’’ Once a couple get in touch with Danny and Vicky, they meet up for a

chat about the style of photography they require. “We love to listen so tell us about your perfect wedding, your plans and ideas. We would love to be a part of it,’’ said Danny. Take a look at the couple’s website www.thisiselegant.com to see portfolios of couples who have married in all kinds of venues. Read all their wonderful comments on the testimonials page including: “From our very first meeting, we knew Danny and Vicky were the ones for us. They had so much drive and passion to make everything perfect for us.’’ Danny and Vicky are firm believers in working in real partnership with each individual couple to achieve wonderful wedding memories to last a lifetime. Ask about the Elegant Photobooth when booking your photography package, you’ll receive £50 off your Photobooth booking.

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Hen ideas...



Your hen party is a chance to have a fantastic time with your female friends and relatives before you get hitched. So why not make it one to remember with these top hen party ideas.

COCKTAIL MAKING These are always a great way to kick-start your hen night and are a great idea for those wanting to learn a new skill and have a cheeky drink at the same time too! The class tutor will show you how to create a cocktail whilst giving you a history class in cocktail making. You can then have a go yourselves at each creating your own cocktails. The best part is that you get to drink your creation after. This is a great idea that can create a fun atmosphere and get everyone in a fab mood before a night out too! You can find cocktail making classes throughout the UK.

AFTERNOON TEA This is always a hit and is quite a traditional way of spending a hen party. You can get all the girlies together and have a posh afternoon tea at a venue of your choice. Or, you could even do your own version at home, buy all the food in and decorate your house like a quirky vintage tearoom. You could even buy little teacups and saucers to really make the day feel extra special. Feel classy for the day with your pinky finger proudly pointing to the sky whilst you sip your earl grey, or prosecco, whichever floats your boat!

CHOCOLATE MAKING This would be at the top of my list for a hen night. I just can’t say no to chocolate, it’s my weakness! It’s a great excuse to indulge your chocolate fantasies and really get to grips with the art of chocolate making. A professional chocolatier will run the class and will teach you everything from blending chocolate to making truffles. You get to eat everything you make too which is my favourite bit! This is a great hen party for anyone who’s not afraid of getting stuck in and giving something new a go! Take a look at Emily’s Fun, Food and Know How / The Chocolate Kitchen on page 37 for classes. Also, a very popular idea is a hen cake and this chocolate hen cake by The Chocolate Kitchen would undoubtedly go down a treat with the girls.

If you’re looking for a little relaxation, perhaps you need to de-stress from all that planning or escape the rat-race, then a pamper party will do you wonders. You can tailor your pamper package specific to you with face masks, manicures, chick flicks and wine. If you want to take your pamper day out of the home, why not book in to a local spa for the day or even weekend and really feel the luxury while you and your hens enjoy a relaxing massage, chat away in the jacuzzi and enjoy a glass of bubbles... aaaaahhh.

BURLESQUE CLASS These classes will help you release your inner goddess. The instructor will go at your pace and will cater for all ages to make sure everyone gets something out of it. It’s a fun way to exercise, so much so that you won’t even realise you’re doing it! The best part is that you get to dress up to really feel like Dita Von Teese when learning your routine. By the end of the class, you can be certain that you’ll feel more confident and ready to take on anything. You’re also sure to have a giggle with your hen party along the way! Burlesque classes are popping up all over the UK and you can even book burlesque weekend breaks.

GLAMPING Why not enjoy a weekend away luxury camping with your hens. If you’ve never heard of glamping, you get a closer to nature, outdoor experience whilst still enjoying your creature comforts. No need to pack your tent with glamping, just pack your belongings and your accommodation is waiting. From glamping pods, Yurts, Tipis and Wigwams, to tree-houses, you can choose the style that best suits you!

Hopefully you’ve found some great ideas that could be perfect for your hen party but whatever you decide to do, make it one to remember!

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Comedy Club Night

Stag do ideas...

boys will be boys Your stag do is a chance to have a good knees up with the lads before you get hitched to your other half. However, it can sometimes end up falling flat with the groom tied to a lamppost, having had too many sherberts. Well throw the cheesy rule book out and check out these top 10 ideas to spend your stag do in style

Blindfold Driving Experience

Taking driving to the next level, with one big difference. You can’t see a thing and you have to put your trust in your future brother- in-law who doesn’t like you all that much. Seriously though, this is a real ice-breaker and could turn out to be a real bonding experience as you’re guided round the track through obstacles by your mates who (hopefully) have your back. With you blindfolded and your stags sat in the back directing you, this is bound to create some memories that you won’t soon forget.

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Comedy Club nights are always happening somewhere and are a great way to add laughter to your night and really set it off to a good start. It also breaks the ice a bit if you’re not as familiar with your future male in-laws as you’d like to be and helps break down those barriers for an all-round good night out. Plus you can also tell the host of the night you’re getting married for some free ammunition for your stags to slate you with later!

It’s A Knockout:

This one had to be in the mix for stag do ideas. This is bound to get your mates laughing and involved with the inflatable obstacle course. Like the TV show, you and your mates will compete against each other to muddle your way through obstacles and really get in the it’s a knockout spirit. It’s the perfect chance to let go and really enjoy yourself whilst battling the inflatable courses.

Bubble Football

If you’ve never heard of this, you haven’t lived! You and your stag group will run around wearing giant inflatable balls on your upper half and will take part in all sorts of games. One thing though, you can’t use your hands to help you balance so will have to try even harder to score a goal and defend against the other team! A host will be here to introduce and explain everything and make sure you can get out of your inflatable ball at the end of the game. It’s a lot harder than you think!

Outdoor Pursuits

If you’d like a more hardcore outdoor pursuit than bouncing around on an inflatable, check out Parson House who offer great ideas like canoeing, abseiling and even rock scrambling to really beef up your stag do! You need only turn up with the clothes you’re wearing as all the equipment is provided for you. A particularly good idea Parson House offers is caving, where you explore the Peak District’s underground caves and have to squeeze through tight holes and passages in total darkness to navigate your way out to the other side. www.parsonhouse.com

Bear Grylls Survival Weekend

This really is the best of the best in terms of stag do appeal. This is probably the toughest, most brutal stag weekend you will ever go on. It takes place over 2 nights and 3 days in the Brecon Beacons, where you will learn rock climbing, shelter building, gorge walking and much more. You’ll live the real survivalist lifestyle like having to build your own sleeping quarters and eating gross delicacies to put Bear Grylls to shame! (maybe we’re exaggerating a little) The last day will find you building a raft to safely get the groom to the wedding completely unharmed to avoid the wrath of the bride!

Pub Crawl Challenge

This is a pub crawl with a difference. You will be sent a unique code to download your very own personalised app. You’ll then split your group into teams and begin your pub crawl where you’ll race each other from pub to pub to answer questions and complete tasks along the way. You can even enter personal questions about the groom to make it more difficult for the stag party! You can also stop off for a well-earned drink at each pub to quench your thirst! The team who get to the finish and complete the tasks the quickest will be crowned the winners! I’m sure you’ll have found something a little different from the ideas above to celebrate your stag do in style and have one last hurrah before you get hitched. Hopefully, some of the ideas above will make sure that you’re laughing in years to come.

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8 weird and wonderful

honeymoon destinations

If you could go anywhere in the world, where would you go?

This is what you should be thinking when organizing your honeymoon. It should be the trip of a lifetime; something you may only get to

do once. So when you think of your honeymoon, make it one to remember with these weird and wonderful destinations.

Waikiki beach and diamond head, Hawaii

3. HAWAII If you’re looking for the perfect mix of relaxation and physical activity, look no further than Hawaii with it’s beautiful sandy beaches and awesome surfing. You can stay in Honolulu and really soak up the atmosphere, or go for a more secluded stay in Kuaui. Hawaii is famous for its sunsets, so grab a bottle of champagne and take in the romantic view. Hawaii is a great place to learn to hula, scuba, surf and snorkel, so be sure to try out one of these activities inbetween the all-important beach relaxation.

Jemaa el Fnaa, Marrakesh



Filled with culture, romance and beautiful scenery, this destination is perfect for newly weds who really want to explore. The landscape has towering mountains, flowing rivers and gorgeous rolling hills for miles around. From your base, you could also visit Florence and see the famous Michelangelo’s David, go to Pisa, see the leaning tower, or visit Naples and take in the exquisite sculptures inside Capella Sanservo.

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.

Porto Santo Stefano, Monte Argentario, Tuscany

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4. ICELAND Iceland is different because it’s not a typical hot destination. It does, however, have blue lagoons and hot pools that you can relax in and while away the hours. Fantastical in nature, you will feel like you’re in a different world when honeymooning in Iceland. Experience the Northern lights and witness the amazing once in a lifetime spectacle. That’s the thing about Iceland, it really is a once in a lifetime experience. Blue Lagoon geothermal spring, Iceland

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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 adrenalin 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. Mamanuca Islands, Fiji

Widely described as ‘the stuff honeymoon fantasies are made of’, Bora Bora boasts crystal clear waters and stunning mountain scenery. For those looking for exclusivity, this really is your go to place. You can swim with dolphins, have a romantic dinner on the beach and enjoy a Tahitian dance class. If you really want to amp up the luxury, stay in the Pearl Beach Resort and Spa and enjoy waking up each day to a sparkling lagoon staring at you from all directions.



This popular stag/hen destination, is perfect for those looking for a bit of glitz and glam on their honeymoon. Pack up your bags and pick any one of the luxurious hotels on the strip, be it the Bellagio or Caesar’s place and really take in what Las Vegas has to offer. Visit the casinos and take in a show; go all out tourist and really soak in the atmosphere.

This little volcanic island is known for great sunsets and beautiful whitewashed villas carved into the cliffs themselves. Classed as a honeymooners paradise, Santorini is stunning with a permanent Mediterranean sea view no matter where you stay on the island. As the sun sets, the villages turn beautiful hues of pink and gold. You can also go quad biking to explore the island, sunbathe on the black sand beaches and even hike the Fira Trail at sunset for a truly remarkable experience.

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