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

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

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With all the very best local wedding suppliers showcasing their goods and services, you are in for a real treat. From venues to ice cream; bridalwear to entertainment, your perfect wedding day is just a few pages away! This really is your one stop shop for wedding planning. We’ve also got some fabulous real life weddings displaying a huge variety of wedding themes, décor and entertainment to get you excited for planning your own special day. Our 3rd annual I Do Wedding Awards went down a storm, with our biggest event yet, celebrating local wedding suppliers for all they do for brides-to-be like you. Check out pages 40-43 for all the juicy details and to find out who your fellow brides and grooms voted as the very best. Whether you’re just looking for

ideas and inspiration, or have a well thought out strategy and are ready to tackle your wedding planning head on, look to this magazine as your personal wedding planning bible. Circle wedding suppliers, fold corners down, tear pages out if you must but make sure you utilise this magazine and use it well. But wait, the planning help from I Do does not stop here. Our online wedding directory is now bigger than ever, with over 400 of the finest wedding suppliers now listed for the Yorkshire region alone, and who could forget the biggest help of all; The I Do Wedding Exhibitions. I Do play host to ‘The Biggest One Day Wedding Exhibitions in the UK’. Make sure you download your free brides ticket to any of our shows at www.ido-weddingexhibitions.co.uk and prepare to be amazed. You can book every single item for your


wedding, whether it’s rings or your wedding venue, DJ or the wedding cake, it’s all under one roof. Did we say it was FREE for all brides to be? We’re also on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and are always updating these with top wedding planning tips, new suppliers to the directory and who’s exhibiting at YEARS our shows. Be sure to follow and like us for all the up to date info on everything I Do! We wish you a huge congratulations on your upcoming nuptials and here’s to another 10 years of I Do!


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perfection All couples dream of having a fabulous wedding day – and Louise Wearmouth is just the person to help you achieve it. As a wedding planner, Louise offers a safe pair of hands to guide you through all the do’s and don’ts of organising your big day. Louise will undertake all the detailed planning of your wedding, on your behalf, from sourcing

suppliers right through to the placement of the last name card. If you’re thinking ‘Why do I need a wedding planner?’ Or ‘I don’t want someone taking over my wedding’ and feel you might lose control over your special day, that’s certainly not the case. Louise is always keen to ensure you remain in control of your wedding day; all the decisions are yours, but none of the hassle. Having the benefit of Louise’s friendly support, means you really can have the wedding of your dreams without getting stressed out from all the planning. So, if you’re feeling a little overwhelmed at just how much


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Louise is always keen to ensure you remain in control of your wedding day there is to organise, take a look at Louise’s website to get a feel of how she can help manage the stressful times ahead allowing you to look forward to your special day. Louise offers a free consultation to all potential clients to talk you through her planning service and help you understand how she can help you. Louise said: “Planning a wedding is not for the faint-hearted. I can enhance the ideas you already have and focus on every little detail, on your behalf, leaving you free to relax

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and fully enjoy the build-up to the wedding and your special day.’’ As well as planning everything in the run up to the big day, Louise provides a very practical hands on approach, so will be present on the day to set up your venue, make sure everything runs smoothly, and iron out any little niggles.

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The dress of your dreams

at Elegance Bridal Studio Starting the search for your bridal gown is an exciting adventure, it’s discovering that one dress that sums you up as an individual, whilst reflecting your style and personality, which sometimes is not as easy as you think it will be.

Let’s face it, most of us ladies live in our jeans and/or comfy leggings, there’s not many occasions where a dress is worn, a lot of women aren’t girly girls and the thought of even wearing a dress let alone a bridal gown can leave most of us in somewhat of a flap… but relax, at Elegance Bridal Studio you are in the safest of hands. The award winning boutique, based on Eastgate, Barnsley town centre, offers a 5 star customer service, showcasing gowns from

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the world’s leading bridal designers, the boutique offers only the latest in bridal fashion, so you can be confident when you step onto the aisle, your gown will be an original design for all your guests to admire. There is so much to think about when shopping for your bridal gown, the date of your wedding and your wedding venue are important factors. Wedding dresses are made in so many different fabrics, styles and colours, so it’s always best to research the bridal shops you intend to visit, rather than just turning up and hoping for the best. Think about what bridal experience you would like, every bridal shop is different, you need to make sure that before you purchase your gown, you are happy with the service, remember, this is your once in a lifetime experience for you to look back on to remember that

feeling when you discovered the dress of your dreams, there really is nothing like it! The next important part is your price point, you need to set a realistic budget whilst including your accessories and alterations; there is no point in trying gowns outside of what you feel comfortable in spending, you’ll only set yourself up for disappointment. If you’ve been watching any of the TV wedding programmes such as ‘Say yes to the dress’ you’ll have noticed they all have large entourages that offer multiple opinions; remember this is all for TV, this is not how you should shop for your wedding dress, the fewer opinions you have, the better. Saying yes to your dress is your journey and trusting your gut instinct is key; just relax and enjoy this special time, putting too much

pressure on yourself will only cloud your judgement. Elegance Bridal Studio have so much more advice and tips on both their website and Facebook page, give them a ‘like’ to be kept up to date with all the latest in bridal fashion news and special in store events that they host throughout the year. They are always available for an informal chat, to offer advice and answer any questions you may have about finding ‘the dress’, so don’t hesitate to get in touch, they’d love to hear all about your wedding plans. Put Elegance Bridal Studio on your list to discover the dress of your dreams.

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bridesmaids The Ultimate Guide

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

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

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

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Mori Lee

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

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

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

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What is the maid of honour’s role? The Maid of honour/Chief Bridesmaid is usually a sister or a best friend and is tasked to carry out different duties at the bride’s request. The first task is to get involved in the wedding planning, with jobs like wedding dress shopping, helping with favours or advice on choosing bridesmaid dresses. Then arguably the best part of being the maid of honour is planning the hen party; you want to make sure the bride has a fab day, but make sure you stay organised and be firm with the other bridesmaids to avoid confusion; the phrase ‘too many cooks’ springs to mind. Another fun job for the maid of honour is to create a bridal emergency kit for the bride on the day; this can include wet wipes, deodorant, lipstick, waterproof mascara, etc, that sort of thing. You will be your bride’s right hand woman for the big day, so it’s important to reassure her that you have everything under control, to leave her to enjoy her special day without stress.

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‘arguably the best part of being the maid of honour is planning the hen party’

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Where do the bridesmaids sit at the wedding breakfast/ sit down meal? This is a hard one because bridesmaids may have partners and children, so it’s not really fair to have them sat on the top table with you, split from their other half and kids. When doing your table plan, try and have your bridesmaids on a table near you, so at least when giving your speech and handing out gifts, they’re close by. Whatever questions you may have, your local bridesmaid stockist will be on hand to offer advice about style, fit and colour. Think about making an appointment before buying the first dresses you see and let them guide you in the right direction.

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Peacock feathers Some parts of the world regard peacocks as sacred, whilst other age old superstitions say their feathers are bad luck to have in the home, either way, the feathers are stunning with rich tones and an elegant silhouette, so it’s no wonder why couples are choosing to incorporate them into their big days.

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The time honoured tradition of the rhyme ‘Something old, Something new, Something borrowed, Something blue, and a silver sixpence in her shoe’ dates back to Victorian times and describes the objects a bride should carry for good luck. The something blue, usually incorporated into the garter is said to represent, purity, love and fidelity.


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Here’s some fabulous floral inspiration and we don’t just mean bouquets, why not extend beautiful blooms on to your cake, accessories or even ‘the dress’ itself?

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Take a look in our ‘secret room’ and discover a collection of designer dresses at reduced prices

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Sottero & Midgley, Aire Barcelona and for your destination wedding, Aire Barcelona Beach. For the designer dress without the designer price tag, take a look at our S Stella York range. emetrios Pla Platinum range. Or for something extra special, look no further than our fabulous Pronovias Atelier and Demetrios Telephone: 01302 365601 to make your appointment JAYNES BRIDALWEAR, 3 THORNE ROAD, DONCASTER DN11 2HJ Opening: Mon, Tue, Fri, Sat - 9.30am - 5.00pm, Thurs 10.00am - 4.00pm, Closed Wed & Sun OPENING SOON: Our new showroom for our Fabulous Atelier range will be located at The Lawns in Lincoln

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greenery Take inspiration from Pantone’s colour of the year 2017, and inject a little ‘greenery’ into your big day. From stunning succulents and scented herbs, to pretty white garden flowers, this theme has fresh written all over it!

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I cannot recommend enough the feeling of being able to try on any dress that took my fancy, something that I haven’t been able to do at the 3 other bridal shops I had visited. We travelled a fair distance from Stafford and Manchester to curvaceous bridal in Sheffield and we were not disappointed Kaylea Stoddard

I went to some shops and was made to feel a bit rubbish,then Chrissy put me at ease and made me feel amazing! Rebecca Freeman

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Pretty, romantic, tender and elegant, blush pink shows no signs of disappearing from the trending list just yet and has even become a popular choice for ‘the dress’ itself.

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A joy to visit When the Editor of prestigious London-based Brides magazine visited the lovely Tickled Pink shop, she declared: “Tickled Pink is a joy to visit”

‘Wedding dresses, bridesmaids dresses, mums’ outfits and formal wear for the fellas are all there for the choosing’ The editor of Brides magazine had called in unannounced as a judge in a national customer service competition, which happily, Tickled Pink’s wonderful staff went on to win. Amazingly, Tickled Pink are this year celebrating their thirtieth birthday, and that means some ten thousand brides, and grooms, their families and friends have all been cared for in the same attentive way. Wedding dresses, bridesmaids dresses, mums’ outfits and formal wear for the fellas are all there for the choosing, and in more than a nod to our digital age, the company website www.tickledpinkbridal.co.uk has been updated to make it mobile-friendly, so you can even browse on the go. You’ll also find all their labels and best-selling dresses on their facebook page @tickledpinkbridal. When Tickled Pink choose designers for their bridal collection, they attend the latest catwalk shows to mull over the new designs and always have brides’ choices right at the top of their list. Ronald Joyce, Maggie Sottero, Rebecca Ingram, Ellis and Romantica – a perfect combination of

labels – and they make sure that every dress waiting for you is fresh and current. For your bridesmaids, the Tickled Pink team love what Dessy, Ebony Rose and Ellis have to offer; so much choice in terms of colours and styles. For the very young all-stars, they have created two lovely designs in Millie and Mollie that can be themed to your colours. As for the so essential accessories, they are all there to complete the picture. Those wonderful mums are embraced too, with elegant and unique creations from John Charles, Veni Infantino and Ann Balon. When it comes to the men’s party looking totally smart and stylish, there’s no better place than their Mens’ Hire department. Such a choice – and as an independent retailer, Tickled Pink hold all their own stock – over 500 suits in fact, so what the guys try on for an individual fit, is the suit they will wear on the wedding day. Perfect. Get in touch: Tel: 01302 842234 Email: shop@tickledpinkbridal.co.uk Web: www.tickledpinkbridal.co.uk

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all made up The dress is sorted, you’ve had your hair trial and you are almost ready for the most important day of your life. It’s now time to sort out your bridal makeup.

DIY make-up ideas Here are our top tips for wedding makeup that will last all day.

Put your eye makeup on first

Moisturise first

Use a natural blush

This is the key to having your makeup look pristine because it creates a good base for your primer to go on. Moisturising will get rid of dry skin, so your foundation won’t flake up when you apply it, and it’s just generally good practice. Get the right moisturiser for your skin type as some can make it too oily and that’s the last thing you want on your wedding day.

Use a decent primer

You want your foundation to go on smooth, so a primer needs to be applied first. If you can find a waterproof, eye and face primer, go for those. Don’t use the same primer for your eyes, lips and face; different skin needs different primers.

Get a waterproof mascara primer

Waterproof mascara goes without saying because when the tears fall, (and chances are, they WILL fall,) you need to prevent any running to keep your makeup on point. You can buy waterproof mascara primers to apply before your mascara. Speaking from experience, we can tell you that these are a MUST for your wedding makeup and will pretty much eradicate any chance of runny mascara even if you’re the most teary-eyed bride ever.

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This will allow for any drop off that goes onto the rest of your face to be cleared up before foundation application.

This helps give a natural flush illusion to your makeup look. If you’re not sure how to apply, just smile so the apples of your cheeks show and that’s where you apply! Be sure to blend this lightly into the temple, but don’t use too much. If you don’t use enough, you can always add but you can’t take away.

Apply foundation with a brush or sponge

Never use your fingers to avoid spreading bacteria across your face. Some foundations blend better with sponge or brush, so practice with each and do what you feel is best.

Accentuate your eyebrows

Whether it’s gel, pencil or pomade, your eyebrows are an important focal point to your look. There’s no need to go overboard and DON’T go outside your natural brow line, but fill in your brow naturally as it will completely transform your makeup look.

Look after your lips

You’re going to be doing a lot of talking and smiling on your wedding day, so your lips need to be ready for action. Before any lip stick, stain

or pencil, apply lip balm to your lips while you’re doing your other makeup. It will have time to sink in and moisturise your lips, so when you’re ready to apply, your lipstick goes on smoothly with no flaking.

Don’t forget your Decolletage!

Your face is attached to your neck, so it’s common sense to blend your makeup into your neck and collarbone area. Don’t fall victim to makeup 101 and make sure you blend blend blend! The last thing you want is for your wedding photos to come out two-tone because your neck is a different colour to your face.

Fix it all in place

An often forgotten part of your bridal makeup, fixing spray is the last piece to making your makeup last all day and night. After everything is applied, hold the spray 15-20 cm away from your face and spray 1-3 times to set your makeup. Now it’s not going anywhere!

Test it

With any new makeup product, make sure you do a skin patch test BEFORE your wedding day. If you have a makeup artist, they will naturally ensure this, but if you’re going it alone, test it first! With all these makeup tips, you should be well on your way to perfecting your bridal makeup look so you look flawless on your wedding day!


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

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


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

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

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

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Clips work particularly well if you have short hair and also don’t want a lot of bling to take away from your dress. Gather a few to dress up a bun or use one to twist & clip your fringe in place, so your guests can see your beautiful face.

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Be jewelled Whether you’re a glamour queen or an understated bride, choosing the jewellery for your wedding is key to perfecting your bridal look. Here are a few things to think about when choosing your wedding jewellery.

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Complement your bridal hair

If you’ve gone for an updo, you might want some statement long draping earrings to accentuate your style. Whereas if you have a down hair style, studs may be the wiser option; they will look elegant without getting tangled in your curls. If you have a hair accessory, keep in mind to match your jewellery with this too, so everything pairs well together and creates the perfect finish.


Less is more

Even the most magpie-eyed of brides understand that the less is more approach can work wonders, especially if you have an intricately designed dress. You don’t want to have too much going on that will take the eye away from what’s important. Instead, why not opt for just one statement piece of jewellery to draw attention, or, a delicate, more understated jewellery set, so you’re fully accessorised and ready to wed without looking over the top.


Why not choose an accent colour from your dress or bridal bouquet, and accessorise your jewellery to match? If your bouquet has red roses, go for ruby red stones to carry on the colour scheme. You could even choose jewellery to match your eye colour, such as blue opal or aquamarine for blue eyes to really make them pop.

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Hat’s off The mother of the bride has a key role within the wedding. She has been by the bride’s side from the very beginning, helping her with choosing her dress, writing the guest list and acting as a sounding board when things get too hectic. So it’s only right that she looks fabulous on your wedding day. To help with that, we’ve picked out some fabulous hair fascinators and formal headwear to complete the mother of the bride look.

Mum’s the word The Mother of the bride’s role is a key one. She is the matriarch of the family and the guests will look to her for guidance and support on your wedding day.

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for the Mother of the Bride Help write the guest list

Your mum should write down anyone from her side of the family who she would like to attend, so the bride and groom don’t miss out on any important individuals.

Help the bride choose her wedding dress

Go dress shopping with the bride and offer advice on the best style to suit; you should make the final decision but your mum will give her honest opinion on the dresses you try on. You want to feel like a million dollars on your wedding day and your mum can help make that happen.

Advise on venue, invites and any other aspect of wedding planning

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Large Formal Hat

For something that’s a feature piece of the mother of the bride outfit, a large formal hat will add height to her silhouette. Choose from wide brimmed hats and vary how they sit, whether they’re central or tilted on the side of the head. A large format hat adds glamour and elegance to a mother of the bride look and shows she is not afraid to show off her unique style.

perfect wedding venue, and also help with any of the planning process. It helps to have a different influence who can see things from outside the bride and groom bubble, and she can help give you clarity on what’s really important when you’re stressed out over wedding stationery or décor. She doesn’t have to be in charge of organising everything, but ask for her help where you really need it.

Prepare buttonholes for key members of the wedding party

This includes best man, ushers and any other key wedding guests in the bridal party. If needed, she can show the guests the correct way to wear a buttonhole; on the left for men (above your heart) and on the right for women. Women also wear the buttonhole with the flowers pointing downwards, with men having them pointing up towards their shoulder.

Be ready early & help the bride get ready

You may be feeling extremely nervous and your mum is here to help you with anything you need; helping you into your dress, fixing your tiara and even being there to listen to any last minute worries. You will probably need your mum more than you realise, so it’s important for her to be there if you need her. If she’s ready early, the mother of the bride can also allow time for any pre-wedding photos.

Keep a pack of tissues handy on the day

This goes without saying, but a pack of tissues will be needed on your wedding day. Your mum

can also hand them out if necessary to other guests who may have forgotten.

Be ready to receive the guests Your mum will be acting as hostess while you get married. She will help the ushers guide your guests into the ceremony room, and again into the reception. She should meet your guests and in particular any who have travelled from further afield to welcome them to the festivities. Your mum can help everyone feel relaxed and at ease for a great day to come.

Prepare a wedding toast More in common nowadays, the mother of the bride will give a speech at the wedding reception. Her speech is to welcome the guests, share happy memories from the bride’s childhood, talk about the happy couple and toast to their happiness.

Enjoy herself After all the planning and preparation that your mum will have no doubt helped with, this is her time to relax and enjoy herself. Tell her to grab a drink and dance the night away.

Look after the wedding gifts while the newlyweds are on their honeymoon After the festivities have ended, make sure all the gifts are kept at the mother of the bride’s home. She can look after them while you’re swept away on your honeymoon, and you can enjoy opening them all when you get back.


‘a feather fascinator is an excellent focal point of your outfit’ Floral Clip Hair Piece Perfect for Spring and Summer weddings, a floral hair piece is a nice touch to a summery outfit. This could also be paired with the bridesmaids’ bouquets. A floral piece can either be situated on a hair band, or as a clip to be attached in just the right position to suit her hairstyle.

Diamante Hair Comb

These work well with more elegant weddings and particularly with an updo. If your mum is a glitz and sparkle kind of person but doesn’t want a large head piece, a diamante hair comb is the perfect addition and can also be accessorised with their hand bag and jewellery. Style this with a chignon for an understated, yet stunning finish.

Floral/Bow Hat Fascinator

For the demure mother of the bride that wants a subtle hair piece, a teardrop shaped sinamay base with an oversized bow or flower creates the illusion of a large headpiece without going overboard and adds structure to a hairstyle. These are ideally suited to garden weddings, where the feel is relaxed, and not demanding of your best hat for the races.

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Depending on the theme of your wedding, a feather fascinator could be a fun choice for the mother of the bride. Incorporating colours from your bouquet with different lengths and feather curves, a feather fascinator is an excellent focal point of your outfit, and is a great choice for woodland weddings! They also work well paired with netting to drape over the face, which adds a nice vintage touch.

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A change of Lifestyle

‘Week by week I was gradually losing weight and everything became second nature.’

Heather Tiffany, of I Do Magazine, wanted a big change to overhaul her lifestyle for the better. Here, she talks about the highs and lows and how she boosted her health and fitness with the help of Inner Unit. “I guess I might be having a mid-life crisis. If so, then exercise is certainly cheaper than a fancy sports car or getting a tattoo that I’d regret six months later. Maybe this is the realisation that I am getting a bit older, have put a bit of weight on and feel like I am on a downward spiral. Most women can relate to how I feel – it’s when your clothes become a bit tight so you buy a bigger size. Before you know it, you’ve gone up two dress sizes and the mirror is your worst enemy. After a Christmas of over-eating and too much drinking, it was time to do something about how I felt. I had already had experience of seeing a personal trainer but found this to be a bit intimidating. I wanted an exercise regime from someone who understood me and the results I wanted – which, to be honest, I wasn’t even sure about myself. After doing some research, I came across Inner Unit. The website testimonials all spoke of great results but I was still sceptical – that’s just how I am. I gave them a call and had a 30-minute chat with Richard. Still sceptical, he did however put me at ease and made me realise I was no different to anyone else. After 12 weeks working with Richard I hit all my targets but I want to share with you my journey and all its high’s and low’s.

I was back in control. The 12-week course I was embarking on looked at everything – food, sleep, the body and mind set. It was about making lifestyle changes which could be maintained afterwards.


By this time I had stopped thinking about my evening glass of wine – so a result!

By signing up to the training plan, I already felt I had hit a milestone.

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The first week I was on a high! Filling in a food diary certainly makes you stop and think. I also took my measurements, weight and the dreaded `before’ photographs. I never thought I ate badly and always liked the healthy option. My biggest downfall was a glass of wine in the evening. After a busy day at work, my head would be spinning with work and family life. I would finally sit down about 8.30pm with a glass of wine to relax me, ready for going to bed. That glass of wine was my bad habit! My first session looked at food and eating habits. My first challenge was to cut down on bread and not be tempted to manage with a sandwich for tea, if I was working late, saying ‘I didn’t have time for a proper meal’. The big test was Richard asking me to go for 28 days without any alcohol. This was a challenge but I actually found the biggest issue was other people asking me why I wasn’t drinking which seemed to upset them, more than me.


I also began to plan my meals for the coming week. With having young children, it was important to plan ahead and fit in with the whole family. As for the training sessions, this was stepped up a and more varied than the first weeks. At the time I was quite nervous about what exercise I would be doing, and not really looking forward to it. However once I got started, I did relax and actually enjoyed it, you do feel a great buzz after exercise. Finding out I had lost 1kg (2lbs) gave me a massive boost, although it seemed eating was on my mind all the time. I suppose my new eating regime would become a habit and way of life – but not yet.

WEEK 4-5

Took my measurements – no change – so felt a little disheartened, although I was feeling much better about myself. One of the biggest changes was going to bed earlier to get Richard’s recommendation of eight hours sleep. Sleeping improved although I still had bad nights and probably averaged 7 hours, tossing and turning with work on my mind. My training sessions were going well and I enjoyed the resistance

‘If anything my diet was more varied’

training. Richard made some tweaks to my diet and I began to get into a better routine of meal planning. Drinking more water was a challenge in itself but like everything else, it becomes a routine. I felt better and my skin also improved.

WEEKS 6-12

As the weeks passed, the training intensified but it was gradual and I was loving it. Abstaining from alcohol was not an issue and it didn’t bother me at all. Week by week I was gradually losing weight and everything became second nature. If anything, my diet was more varied. What I found was that Richard didn’t tell me what to do – he guided me. He wanted me to choose the right lifestyle so I could maintain it afterwards. My 12 weeks are now complete and the healthy choices I have made are the right ones for me. My target was to lose 7lb, but I ended up losing 10lb, cutting my waist line down 7cm. It’s all about small changes.... and guess what? I can still have an odd piece of cake or an occasional glass of wine.”


Getting into

great shape at Inner Unit, Barnsley It’s the weight loss regime that you have been waiting for. You know the situation: not enough exercise, poor diet, excess weight, low self-esteem. Well, not any more – Richard Wood is waiting to help you get your life back on track and reveal a new you. His new online fitness programme, run via his website www.innerunit.co.uk is perfect for all ages and both sexes, but so far the vast majority of his clients have been women. Richard, who has been in the fitness industry for eight years and is a qualified personal trainer based in South Yorkshire, said: “The fitness programme has been developed to work the mind in conjunction with the body. It’s all about giving people the motivation to get into new and improved eating habits and take more exercise. Often this holistic approach, which looks at the individual’s whole lifestyle, doesn’t mean making radical changes to your diet, exercise and life but rather, just a few small tweaks to get on the right track.’’ After an initial four-week period, Richard’s clients are already well on their way to improved fitness levels and an all-round improved lifestyle. Done seriously and correctly, this programme offers long lasting change which will make each individual feel more alive, healthier, fitter and raring to face everything life brings. Richard’s online programme has been very well received – particularly by women who feel they have reached a certain point in life and are ready for change. He said: “Everyone who does my fitness programme also needs the self-motivation to start. Getting

fitter and healthier is something that you have to want to do. You need the motivation for change. The programme will succeed as long as you want it to. The system won’t work for you unless you really want to change your lifestyle.’’ Not only is the fitness programme beneficial for each individual but the changes in eating, fitness and lifestyle are often passed down to the families as well. If mum eats better, then so does the whole family. The programme operates with a series of coaching sessions and advice on eating better, cutting down on bad habits such as alcohol, smoking etc. It is generally found to attract the over-30s age group. Richard believes that most women struggle with three issues: •Being overwhelmed by the range of diets and not knowing what to believe anymore •Not enough time in the day, leading to feelings of stress and confusion about eating plans and exercise programmes •Feeling disconnected from themselves and no longer recognising the figure in the mirror, leading to feeling unattractive and old before their time’ Richard’s programme will help you get into the best shape of your life and give you new found confidence. Many women, he says, have already tried the gym and failed or become yo-yo dieters, losing weight and then putting it all back on. This fitness programme is the answer many have been waiting for.

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Get in shape for your big day! Have you tried all the Diets, Done the Gym thing and you still can’t seem to get back into great shape? Sound Familiar?









Our program aims to help you finally end your struggles, confusions and fears We use systems that are based around an ‘holistic’ approach that are super-easy to follow and allows you to have more time to re-connect to you, so you’re left feeling energised, youthful, stronger, fitter, better and happier.

BE the BEST version of YOU! If you would like a no obligation chat you can call Richard on 07900494037

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Finalist, Frenchie Loves Flowers with host Jojo

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

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

Finalist, Natalija Co. Event Planning

Dinner entertainment, James Sunderland

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

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

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

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Finalist, Stu Ganderton Wedding Photography

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

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

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

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

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Invitation ideas

Your wedding invitations are your chance to secure your wedding date with your guests. Here’s our definitive guide to getting the most out of your invites and all the added bits that go with them too.

SAVE THE DATE This is a great idea as it lets your potential guests know with plenty of notice of the date of your wedding, so they can keep the date free. Send your Save the Dates out around 6 months before your wedding; this allows for any

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potential holiday bookings and time off to be worked around. Bear in mind that if you’re planning a destination wedding, to send your Save the Dates out even earlier to leave time for guests to save and book more time off.


WHAT GOES ON A WEDDING INVITE? You’d be surprised at how many key things get missed off the wedding invite. So here’s what your invite should mention: - Yours and your fiance’s names - The date and time of your wedding (both ceremony and reception)

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the perfect gift When planning your wedding, it’s important not to forget about those members of your bridal party who have helped you throughout the planning process. The bridesmaids, groomsmen, mother, father, best man and flower girl all play a part in helping your wedding run smoothly, so it’s good wedding etiquette to show your appreciation and give them a gift to say thank you. Our little gift guide should help make wedding gift buying super simple, for every type of wedding guest.

BRIDESMAIDS/MAID OF HONOUR This is a perfect chance to buy your Maid of Honour & bridesmaids something that they can wear on your wedding day, as well as afterwards. Bracelets, earrings and necklaces are all a good choice, but don’t make it too over the top so they can’t wear it after the event. For an extra special maid of honour gift, why not personalise a bracelet for them with a message of thanks for being your right hand woman on your wedding

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day. Personalised wine glasses/ hangers for the bridesmaids’ dresses are also a good idea.

GROOMSMEN/BEST MAN/FATHER OF THE BRIDE OR GROOM Nothing beats a pair of personalised cufflinks for a groomsmen/best man/father of the bride gift. They will really appreciate it and can wear them on your wedding day, as well as any smart occasion in the future. You could also buy matching socks for all your groomsmen, which would make for some pretty funky wedding photos too! As an extra gift for the father of the bride or groom / best man, an engraved silver pocket watch is a great idea. If you give it to them before the wedding, you can make sure they get the groom to the ceremony on time!


FLOWER GIRL/PAGE MOTHER OF THE BOY/ USHERS BRIDE/GROOM For the little people at your wedding, try and go for something personal to them that you know they’ll like. Whether it’s a little heart-shaped necklace, or a stuffed animal or even a personalised tote bag for them to put their colouring books in. Anything that shows you care and appreciate them playing key roles at your special day. Or you could even give them a special keepsake for when they’re older, such as a personalised spoon with a heartfelt message on.

Large bunches of flowers are a simple yet effective way of showing your gratitude

Chances are the mother of the bride/groom has helped a lot during the planning of your wedding, whether it’s with the invites or making sure the groom is ready for the big day. So it’s important to make her see how much you appreciate her. Large bunches of flowers are a simple yet effective way of showing your gratitude and smell wonderful too. For something that will last a lot longer, opt for a vintage style jewellery box, engraved with a loving message, or a crystal wine glass for her to toast your happy marriage. If you really want to go all out to thank the mother of the bride/ groom, get her an overnight stay in a posh hotel, or a spa day, so she can relax and unwind after the big day.

GIFT TABLE SURPRISES Now we’ve covered gifts for your wedding attendants, have you made sure gifts from your guests to you will be kept safe on your wedding day? Everything is organised; the food, the décor, the music; it’s all sorted. Why does it feel like something’s missing? Your guests start to arrive carrying all shapes and sizes of wedding gift and you realise, you don’t have a gift table set up. Wedding gifts and cards are strewn everywhere and the room just looks a mess. Your wedding gift table should not be forgotten as it helps keep all your wedding gifts together and safe. If you’re unsure of where to place this, a good choice is near the entrance to your reception and off to the side, so as guests arrive, it is the first thing they see and they can leave their gifts all in one place.

It’s important to also have somewhere for the cards to go, as some guests may want these to be kept secure (if they contain money). A Royal Mail post box is a great way of keeping your wedding cards safe as it can be locked with a key which you can keep hold of, to make sure everything is kept safe until you wish to open it.


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

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


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

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



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

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



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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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

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

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

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

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

Q&A How do I choose my florist?

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

Are fresh wedding flowers expensive?

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

How do I know how many flowers I will need?

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

When should I book my wedding florist?

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

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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!


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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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Traditionally all eyes at a wedding are on the bride – but don’t forget the bridegroom! Together with his wedding party of best man, groomsmen and ushers, he needs to work just as hard to pull off the perfect look, and with a little help, is always appreciated – and where better to find this than at Top Mark Suit Hire of Pontefract. Top Mark is one of Yorkshire’s leading formal suit hire specialists and 2018 sees them celebrating an impressive 30 years in business. With a large and inviting shop in the heart of Pontefract at Ropergate, there are suits available in all styles, materials and colours to suit all tastes and all wedding themes. Bridegrooms from all over Yorkshire visit the shop, having heard about its excellent reputation. Suits are available in every style from the traditional to a modern slim-fit lounge suit. If you’re looking for a morning suit, these are available in various shades including charcoal, navy, black and silver grey.

To add the right accessories, Top Mark has a range of colourful waistcoats and neckwear including tweed which is still very popular in 2017/18. You can even find cuff links, wedding socks and shoes for the big day as well as a range of gifts, ideal to buy as a thank you to the best man and groomsmen. If you have a pageboy to dress, there is also a choice of outfits for the younger members of the groom’s party. To make life easier for customers, Top Mark has its own private car park. All bridegrooms should take a look at this one-stop shop to get dressed from head to toe for one of the most important days of their life. For more information, take a look at their website www.top-mark. co.uk or at their Facebook page.

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

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


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


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

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


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


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


SHOPPING TIPS: Ok, so it’s traditional for the best man to organise the shopping trip, but some grooms choose to take their leading lady to help steer them in the right direction. Once the grooms suit is chosen, the groomsmen can go along and choose theirs.


Naturally, comfort should be at the top of the groom’s list when suit shopping; because depending on the time you get married, the groom will be wearing their suit for a minimum of 10 hours. That’s a long time to be uncomfortable. So when trying on suits, get them to walk around and sit down and see how they feel with what they’re wearing. Is the waistcoat too tight? Is the jacket long enough? These are the things they should be thinking about when looking for comfort.


To save your groom from getting a little hot under the collar, go for a 100% cotton or wool/ wool blend fabric. Wool is the most breathable fabric, so although you might think it would cause overheating, it’s actually great at regulating temperature and keeping the groom cool as a cucumber.


The most important aspect of a groom’s suit is always the colour. For the suit itself, blue is still a hot favourite amongst grooms for 2017/18 followed closely by pale grey. The chosen ensemble should match in with the overall wedding theme, which can easily be achieved with a matching tie or waistcoat if opting for a three piece.

The chosen one It’s not all about debauchery on the stag party as some may suggest. There are important tasks that the best man should carry out to make sure the groom is ready to wed on the big day.


Whilst the bride is in wedding planning mode and depending on how involved the groom is with favours and table plans, it’s the best man’s job to help the groom keep his sanity during the process. Just as the bride will have friends to keep her from imploding, the best man should offer to take the groom out for a drink or two. They can then even offer advice for any sticking points that the happy couple have come across in the planning process.

The Stag Party

Make this a night to remember, but not for the wrong reasons. The groom wants to enjoy his last night of freedom, but doesn’t want to do anything that may jeopardise his chances of getting married. Get your fellow groomsmen to help organise and spread the cost evenly between everyone who attends, including chipping in for the groom too.

Buying the Suit

It’s the role of the best man to gather the other groomsmen together and coordinate their matching suits, as well as offering advice on what the

groom should wear. It’s your job to make sure he looks dapper ready for his big day. It could be a good idea to consult with the bride to ensure everyone is happy.

The Groom’s Arrival This is the best man’s most important job of the entire wedding; make sure the groom turns up on time. They will play chauffeur to the groom and get him to the ceremony in plenty of time to make sure he’s there before the bride and to greet any guests.

Ring Bearer

Keep hold of the rings until the bride and groom exchange vows. Know where they are at all times and do not lose the precious cargo!

The Speech

The main event for the best man, the speech, it’s been written and rehearsed and now it’s the big performance. Give thanks to everyone who attended and offer a few quips and funny stories about the groom. Keep it clean if children are present and toast the bride and groom!

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An impressive fleet at Cartwrights Cars, Huddersfield With 18 magnificent cars to choose from, arrive in style on your big day with help from Cartwrights Cars, who boast one of the largest fleets in Yorkshire. Cartwrights Cars, established for over 25 years on the outskirts of Huddersfield, offers a range of vehicles including vintage cars, convertibles, limousines and much more. All can be colour coded with ribbons and flowers for the big day and each car is guaranteed to be yours for as long as you need it with only one wedding booked for each car each day. It’s the little extras which really make Cartwrights Cars stand out from the rest – a chilled glass of champagne for the bride and groom to enjoy on their first journey as a married couple, the option of transport after the reception to a hotel or airport for a honeymoon get-away and the option of being able to use the car in photographs if the service and reception are at the same place. The chauffeur is always willing to take the bride and groom on an

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extra drive after the photographs, just to give them a little time together to catch their breath and relax after the service and before the wedding breakfast. Cartwrights Cars understand how important a wedding day is and will do everything possible to make sure the day runs as smoothly as it can. All cars have been carefully selected to accommodate brides’ dresses and the chauffeur also does a dummy run before each wedding to check the route and travelling time required. Nothing is left to chance with Cartwrights Cars – you can always be assured of a totally professional service. As soon as you have picked the date for your wedding, it’s a good idea to book your cars in plenty of time due to demand and to ensure you have a wide choice of vehicle. Book with Cartwrights Cars and

‘As soon as you have picked the date for your wedding, it’s a good idea to book your cars in plenty of time due to demand and to ensure you have a wide choice of vehicle’ you can relax in the knowledge that your vehicle will arrive on time and look a million dollars. The main cars chosen for weddings tend to be the Rolls Royce Silver Shadow II, Beauford Convertibles and Bramwith Limousines. If you prefer a more up-to-date mode of transport for your big day, then the sporty red Ferrari F430 could be a vehicle of choice or even the Pink Cadillac, the latest from the USA. Some car choices are available with an identical second car to transport the bridesmaids or parents of the bride and groom.

These include Imperials and a Regent Landaulette. If you want to arrive in style, then it has to be Cartwrights Cars on your big day. To take a look at the cars in more details, log on to the website www.cartwrightcars.co.uk or look at the Facebook page. Appointments are always available to view the range of cars and talk through your individual requirements.

Get in touch: Tel: 01484 428709/ 07850 784200 Email: enquiries@cartwrightscars.co.uk Web: www.cartwrightscars.co.uk

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Fairytale Wedding Cars Ltd

Multi award-winning company Let Fairytale Wedding Cars take you on your journey to married life.

Our Range of Vehicles covers Vintage, Classic and Modern offering completely unique options... • Vintage Style Badsworth - 3 seater, Stretch Vintage Bramwith & Viscount 3 - both 7 seaters - ALL Landaulet in gold • Mercedes S Class in gold • Bentley S1 1956 in white • Rolls Royce Silver Cloud III 1964 in white • Rolls royce Silver Cloud II 1959 in porcelain white • Daimler DB18 1953 in white • Daimler DS420 Landaulet & Daimler DS420 Landaulet Confetti Car both in white • Rolls Royce Silver Shadow II in white • Two Daimler Maid’s Car - 7 seaters - one in white and one in silver • ‘Baby Bentley’ Chrysler’s 300C in silver • Mercedes Viano Ambiente - 7 seater in silver


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Fairytale Wedding Cars are an award winning family run Company holding the highest reputation in South Yorkshire and surrounding areas. Established in 2008 by proud owner Steven McDonald, they have been regional winners for the North East of England as Best Wedding Transport Supplier in the National Wedding Industry Awards for the last three years and were winners in the 2017 I Do Wedding Awards. Their outstanding fleet of cars and 1st class customer service will guarantee to start your day off to perfection whatever your style of wedding. The range of cars include Vintage, Classic and Modern, all of which can be suited to your requirements. The Gold Vintage Badsworth and Bramwith together with the Viscount 3 offer that true fairytale theme, while the elegance of their Bentley S1, Rolls Royce Silver Cloud II and III and Daimler DB18 give a feel of pure class. The

Daimler DS420 offers comfort, style and space but if you want the ultimate wow factor, take a look at their confetti car which showers a colourful array of bio-degradable confetti angels, doves and rose petals. Being the only car of its kind in South Yorkshire, it will definitely add a real talking point to any wedding. Fairytale pride themselves on their little extra touches of handmade bows and ribbons and the 1st champagne drive together as husband and wife after the ceremony. Each couple are unique and that is why Fairytale tailor a package to suit YOUR requirements. A viewing of these outstanding cars is a must; all you have to do is ring and make an appointment and let Fairytale take care of the rest. To see previous clients’ thoughts, have a look at the testimonials on their website and facebook page.

Get in touch: Tel: 01909 807 283 / 07968 078 292 Email: info@fairytaleweddingcars.co.uk Web: www.fairytaleweddingcars.co.uk


All Luv’ Dub VW Hire

A family run business, with a stunning selection of VW Camper & Beetles for special occasion hire.

Ring shopping

Top tips

Here’s 5 things to think about when choosing your wedding bands to make sure you get the perfect rings to suit you. UNIQUE SHAPE Many still don’t think of this when ring shopping, but it’s important to remember that you will have an engagement ring on the finger where your wedding band will sit. So shaping the ring around your engagement ring is a good idea and it will help prevent damage from uneven wear and tear.

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BESPOKE DESIGN If you want something extra special and sentimental, a bespoke ring is a good choice. You can work with the jeweller to design your very own ring that suits your personality. Couples can even bring in any gold they have, for example a mother’s ring or an item of jewellery from a deceased relative, and have these melted down into wedding bands. This way, your rings will be entirely personal to you, and using your own gold cuts costs as well! COST A biggie for budget conscious brides and grooms, the cost should be agreed from the very beginning. Before you even look for your wedding rings, you should have a

set budget in mind to stick to; after all, the rings aren’t the only cost you will have during wedding planning! METAL TYPE The type of metal you go for is key; bear in mind that your engagement ring will be a certain metal, so try not to go for a harder metal for your wedding ring. This could cause premature wear on the softer metal of your engagement ring and no one wants that. There are a variety of metals to choose from; yellow gold, white gold, platinum, titanium, palladium, rose gold… whatever your heart desires. STRENGTH If you/your other half have a job where you use your hands a lot, think about the strength of metal for your wedding ring and how much it could get knocked about when working. For example, if you use chemicals in your job, you need to make sure your ring can stand up to them; as with construction jobs, platinum is extremely hard wearing and doesn’t scratch easily like yellow gold, so would be a good choice here.

Viewings by appointment only

To arrange a viewing, please don’t hesitate to call or email us to book an appointment Tel: 01924 405230 • Email: celebrate@allluvdub.co.uk

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The ultimate wedding venue 315, Lepton, Huddersfield Set in a semi-rural location on the outskirts of Huddersfield, 315 now has even more to offer for you and your guests.

Renowned for their luxurious setting and facilities, 315 have raised the bar even higher with the addition of a state-of the-art health spa, plus eight new stylish bedrooms. Whether you’re planning something large or small, 315 really does have everything you need to enjoy your big day in luxury and style, from your wedding ceremony to evening reception and beyond.

The ultimate in relaxation

The health and wellbeing spa meets the same exacting standards as those already set throughout 315 and is perfect for a little pre or post wedding pampering. The spa features a hydropool, salt steam room, rain dance shower, bio sauna, relaxation space, manicure area and treatment rooms, along with a range of relaxing treatments to choose from. Why not get your bridal party together and indulge in the ultimate pre-wedding pampering session, or kick off married life in style with some quality relaxation time together?

A bespoke service

As every couple is different and wants their own unique wedding day, 315 offers a bespoke wedding service tailored to your individual needs. From the venue décor to the wedding catering, 315’s team of highly experienced staff can design your perfect day from start to finish. All food is freshly prepared and bespoke menus can be created to suit individual tastes.

Culinary excellence

Head Chef and Director Jason Neilson opened 315 Bar and Restaurant in 2011 and is well known for his culinary expertise, having trained with top TV chef Raymond Blanc. Since opening, 315 has been awarded two AA Rosettes for culinary excellence.

Beautiful bedrooms

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Along with the stunning bridal suite, 315 now has a total of 18 bedrooms allowing for plenty of accommodation for the bridal party and also guests travelling from further afield who

would prefer an overnight stay. All rooms are individually designed with luxury en-suites and modern facilities and wedding parties also receive a special room rate, available at time of booking.

Flexible spaces

The Ingram Suite is a flexible space, able to accommodate your guests for the wedding service, a seated wedding breakfast, followed by dancing in the evening. Decorated in neutral tones to complement any choice of wedding décor, the Ingram Suite has a timeless quality and can seat up to 100 for the wedding breakfast and accommodate up to 150 for the evening party. There is also a dedicated rear entrance, allowing private access for your guests, as well as stairs and lift access from the ground floor bar. The suite also has its own private bar area for your guests to enjoy. For smaller weddings, 315’s conservatory is perfect; featuring a bright and airy space’ which offers panoramic rolling countryside views. Licensed for civil ceremonies, the conservatory also provides a beautiful space to enjoy a sit down meal.

A stunning location

Ideal for your wedding photographs, 315 has a backdrop of quintessential Yorkshire countryside with views that your guests are sure to admire. There is ample parking for all your guests and the landscaped gardens, woodland terrace and permanent gazebos provide space for your wedding party to mingle outside as well as offering unique photo opportunities all year round. Just like many happy couples who have enjoyed 315 as their wedding backdrop, put your complete trust in Jason and his team to create the perfect setting for your special day.

Get in touch: Tel: 01484 602 613 Email: functions@315BarAndRestaurant.co.uk Web: www.315BarAndRestaurant.co.uk

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Exclusive contemporary and deluxe styling The beautiful Ingram suite accommodates up to 100 dining guests Boutique style en-suite bedrooms including a stunning bridal suite Beautiful countryside location Sheltered outdoor terrace, pretty gazebos and landscaped gardens Fine dining and bespoke wedding breakfast menus Dedicated wedding co-ordinator NEW - Luxury spa facilities and treatments


Visit the website to download our free wedding brochure and discover more about our wedding package offers

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Doncaster Racecourse

A winning

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

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



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

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

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Let your imagination run wild...

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

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A uniquely beautiful setting for your wedding & reception... Two elegant rooms licensed for Civil Ceremonies Function rooms with floor to ceiling picture windows, enabling stunning panoramic views over 300 acres of beautiful Lincolnshire countryside Seating for up to 200 guests and 300 guests for an evening reception Our stunning lakes course and grounds are ideal for those all-important photographs Packages tailored to your exact requirements | Dedicated wedding co-ordinator Newly refurbished luxury en-suite accommodation | Complimentary parking

Last minute deals are available with preferred pricing of up to 50% discount. Call now to discuss how you would like your perfect day to be... Tel: 01427 613 088 or email: info@gainsboroughgc.co.uk www.ido-magazine.co.uk

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An Award Winning Venue Ringwood Hall Hotel were delighted to win the ‘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, are proud to have been awarded Derbyshire & Nottinghamshire’s

Best Wedding Venue, and to have been a finalist in the enlarged East Midland 2017 competition for best venue.

Despite large numbers of couples from Sheffield, Rotherham, Doncaster and beyond singing their praises about their celebrations at this popular venue, and despite having a South Yorkshire postcode, they couldn’t run in the Yorkshire competition due to geographics. So 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 the stunning

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

summer garden marquee, and other superb licensed suites, all with new décor, set for both wedding breakfasts and civil ceremonies. Check out the fabulous four posters and feature rooms as you seek your honeymoon suite, and meet with many of our closest wedding services suppliers. At any time of the 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 Sheffield, Rotherham and Doncaster. Call the wedding team at Ringwood Hall Hotel for your own showround today on 01246 280077.

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


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Your Fairytale wedding Whitley Hall is an ivy-clad 16th century mansion surrounded by 20 acres of stunning gardens and 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.

Get in touch: Tel: 0114 245 4444 Email: weddings@whitleyhall.com Web: www.whitleyhall.com

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The perfect venue whatever time of year... In beautiful grounds on the borders of Nottinghamshire, Yorkshire & Lincolnshire, Ye Olde Bell really does evolve to match the seasons. A magical setting with a ‘Fairytale’ Oak Pavilion in the gardens for spring and summer weddings or romantic log fires in rich oak panelled suites for a stunning ‘Winter Wonderland’ wedding - stylish Christmas trees and décor throughout December too. We offer versatility in abundance for your ceremony and reception and give you the flexibility to make your dreams come true – it’s all about you. Ye Olde Bell is where the magic truly begins…




To arrange a showround, contact us on 01777 705121 or events@yeoldebell-hotel.co.uk YE OLDE BELL HOTEL & RESTAURANT, BARNBY MOOR, RETFORD, NOTTINGHAMSHIRE DN22 8QS

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Top tips

5 stress-busting tips Have you ever got to a certain stage in your wedding planning where it all just gets a bit too much and you can’t physically cope anymore?

you time. Switch off your phones and just enjoy being together. A movie night is a great idea for some laid back chill time.

Try relaxation techniques

Here’s five stress busting ideas to get you through your planning:

Anything as simple as a long bath or a massage to help take away the stresses will benefit as the wedding gets closer. Try meditating for a few minutes every day to help bring back clarity about what’s really important on your planning list.

Make sure you’re organised

Involve other people

Have a timeline in mind and tick items off your list as you go along, this will help you remain in control and stick to your allotted time for certain tasks.

Not to the extent where they make important decisions, but rope them in to help with the wedding favours or writing the invites, anything to take a job off your hands.

an adrenaline inducing run or jaunt to the gym. And the endorphins you will feel afterwards will leave you feeling light, airy and ready to take on anything.

Break off for some couple time

Get some exercise

These tips are simple, yet effective and will guarantee that you will wake up on your wedding day feeling calm, cool, collected and ready to say I Do.

Take time to do something for you and your partner every week/month leading up to the wedding. Have a date night or just have some

This is probably the best stress reliever. All that tension you’ve been building up about guest numbers and table plans can all be let out in

It’s the most memorable day of your life, so make sure it’s as beautiful as you’ve always dreamed With help from our wedding co-ordinators, let us host your special day to make it perfect for you and your guests



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Choosing your


wedding venue You’re engaged and have started the journey to planning your wedding. One of the first jobs to tick off is to find your ideal venue. From old manor houses and hotels, rustic barns, outdoor marquees and everything else, it’s important you choose the right venue for your wedding.


If you’re looking for outdoor elegance, a marquee wedding is the venue for you. Similar in aesthetic to a tipi wedding, marquees are more of a formal affair. They tend to be fully enclosed and fully insulated so your guests are kept warm, meaning these can suit a wedding at any time of year. Marquees also usually have a real floor installed and are more of a permanent structure, so you can enjoy the feel of a venue, with the option of exploring outside if you wish.


For the traditional sit down meal, a hotel/ manor house is the obvious choice. Everything is taken

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care of for you, from the waiter service to the accommodation. They are super convenient and also offer their venue as the perfect backdrop to complement your wedding theme, meaning you don’t have to start from scratch with your décor design. The only issue with these types of venue, is for the majority, they can be quite restrictive and don’t leave much room for creativity. If you really want to put your personal stamp on it, and have extras like mobile food vans, fireworks, magicians and other more ‘out there’ décor ideas, some hotels/ manor houses will cater to a certain point, but a tipi or marquee may be better suited.


Rising in popularity in recent years, barns are a good halfway house to a venue and outdoor wedding. You have a permanent structure with enough freedom to style your wedding exactly how

you want. Many brides who want rustic weddings go for a barn venue. Exposed wooden beams and straw bales lend themselves well to this laidback country style wedding. You can also hire whatever catering you like at a barn, (owner permitting of course) and can really take the rustic vibe all the way with barn dancing, fairy lights and garlands hanging from the rafters.

You can also guarantee fantastic customer service, as it’s the restaurant’s chance to potentially gain lots of future business from happy wedding guests. The only downside with a restaurant is they won’t usually have a dedicated dancefloor area for guests to move onto after dining, so if this is what you want, you may end up having to hire another venue for your evening festivities.


Keep in mind how far your guests will have to travel for your wedding and try to cater for them as best you can; you want as many of them as possible to be able to attend your special day. Also, whichever venue style you go for, be sure to meet with the proprietors several times to make sure they are able to fully cater for what you have in mind. There’s nothing wrong with shopping around before you settle on your dream wedding venue.

Typically catering for smaller weddings due to the size of the venue, a restaurant is a good choice if you have an exact style of food in mind. We’re talking Indian, Chinese, Japanese; if you know what you like and want it done well, go for an authentic restaurant that cooks your favourite foods better than you could imagine. As food is the main focus of a restaurant, it won’t come second best to the other aspects of your wedding.

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Our eye-catching Photobooth, complete with red carpet and draw curtain offers the ultimate interactive booth experience for up to 5 guests at a time.

Capture Cab

Guests can grab a cab and enjoy a unique photobooth experience. Our White London Taxi is a fun concept and best of all, requires no indoor space!

Vintage Booth


Bringing a touch of nostalgia, our new vintage booth offers a unique open air experience, allowing larger group shots as guests gather behind your choice of backdrop, ideal where space is a premium.

EACH BOOTH INCLUDES: • Professional & reliable service • Two Fun Booth attendants • Unlimited prints • High quality photographs • Guestbook • Extensive crazy prop box • All images on disc & Facebook • Choice of print layout • Professional 'Beauty' lighting • Delivery and set-up

An outrageously fun addition to your celebrations

Contact Julie on 07792 927989 or email: info@photobooth4you.co.uk

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‘Magically made’ Ice Cream Rolls Looking for something unique cool, delicious and totally different

If you’re looking for something unique to add a special touch to your wedding reception, then take a look at Ice Queenz, a specialist in handcrafted ice cream rolls based in South Yorkshire. Taking inspiration from the tropical paradise of Thailand, this is no ordinary ice cream seller – but offers aspecial cool, day &a business excitingwhich on your yummy and totally different way of serving a treat to your guests. If you fancy serving ice cream as a dessert to finish off your wedding breakfast, or as a sweet to enjoy at an evening party, call on Ice Queenz and marvel at the innovative ice cream rolls. With an eye catching van and friendly staff, Ice Queenz is in demand all over the local area but weddings are fast becoming a speciality for this idea, which only recently arrived in the UK. After experimenting with a host of delicious flavours, Ice Queenz is all

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?breakfast is one to be remembered for a long time. Create your own favourite with flavours including fruits and chocolate as well as peanut butter, cherry bakewell, cookies and cream and much more. You can all choose your own fillings and even have a go at making your own ice cream rolls in the frozen ice pans. You and your guests can marvel at how the rolls are made – then pick your flavour and watch it roll up into a delicious tasty treat. This is ice cream with a difference and not like anything

you or your guests will have seen before, all the way from the sun-kissed beaches of Thailand. Take a look at the website www. icequeenz.com (make sure you watch the video to see how the rolls are made) and the Facebook page. Get in touch: Tel: 07875 402218 Email: icequeenz@yahoo.com Web: www.icequeenz.com

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

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


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

twist to your sweet treat, and your guests will love delving into them! Check out The Rustic Pizza Co for handmade fresh pizzas at your service!


Imagine all the colours of the rainbow in a retro feast and be brought back to childhood with these retro offerings. Think Ice Cream, Hot Dogs, Miniature Burgers, Sweet Carts, Popcorn and Candy floss machines. You’ll be like a kid at Christmas with all the retro possibilities, and they will be a great talking point with your guests. Be sure to check out Annie’s Vintage Sweet Emporium and Retroscoops for all your retro foodie desires come true!


If you like all varieties of food, then international cuisine is a great option. Tastes are ever evolving and wedding food is no different. From Indian to French, Japanese and Thai, the food choices are endless! Go for a savoury crepe starter, followed by a chicken madras main, then a handcrafted ice cream roll to cool your mouth. Sounds like a winner all round! Ice Queens have brought an authentically Thai dessert to the UK with their ice cream rolls, check them out. Also, take a look at Madame Crepe for a French take on your wedding reception food with their sweet and savoury crepes.

Seasonal wedding drinks

It’s not just all about the food at a wedding. The drinks are a welcome addition and act as an extension of your taste. Here we talk about the best tipples for a Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter wedding!


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


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


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


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

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

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

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That’s entertainment Here are our top wedding entertainment suggestions to keep you and your guests entertained all night long on your special day. PHOTO BOOTHS

Always popular with all ages at weddings, Photo booths have had a makeover for this season. You can now get the classic booths, photo mirrors, Vintage booths and even campervan/taxi booths to entertain your guests. Whichever booth you choose, you can be sure of some fab photo memories to look back on. We have a variety of Photo booth suppliers who can cater for your wedding, whatever booth you’re after. Just4funPhotobooth, Yorkshire Booth Brothers Ltd, Photobooth4You, Photo Booth Hire UK and Diamond Photobooths all offer the classic photobooth for hire, or for something a little different, check out Photo Booth Hire UK and Wedding Venue Lighting who both offer the magic mirror experience or Photobooth4You who also have a taxi booth and vintage booth available.


A wedding singer is a great option; they can entertain with soulful slow music while your guests are eating, and can then kick it up a notch when it’s time to let their hair down. Most artists already have a style that they perform as, so communicate with your chosen singer as to what sort of music you would like and make sure they will do it justice before you book. Check out Not Just Another Wedding Singer Steve Michaels and also Val Hill Vocalist for all your crooning needs.


Your wedding DJ is the one who gets your guests to the dancefloor, announces the first dance and

makes sure the variety of music is balanced. Gone are the days of cheesy DJ’s who talk over every song; nowadays it’s all about less is more. Many DJ’s also have their own lights and other avenues of entertainment, so find out what they can offer before you book. Check out Not Just a Wedding Singer, Steve Michaels who is also available as your wedding DJ as well as singer.


A live band can go down really well and is a great draw for your guests to come to the dance floor. They create a lively atmosphere and you can even choose a favourite genre, whether its jazz, soul, rock or pop! There will be a live band that will cater to your preferred tastes. To avoid a quiet period when the band is on break, you could liaise with them ahead of the day, to allow different members to play instrumental while band members take turns on break; this way, the music will always be flowing for your guests to enjoy. Depending on the theme of your wedding, you may wish to add in extra entertainment to give those guests who don’t want to get up and boogie, something to enjoy. For a rustic outdoor wedding, fireworks are ideal; a magician can perform close up magic in an elegant marquee wedding and circus performers can wow your guests at a festival themed wedding. Whatever entertainment style you’re looking for, you will find a wedding entertainer who can work with you to create the perfect atmosphere for your guests, so they leave feeling entertained and impressed.


Your options often depend completely on the type of wedding you’re going for. If it’s outdoor, you have may room for fireworks, whereas if it’s more of an elegant sit down type of do, a harpist or soul singer may be preferred. It all depends on the sort of atmosphere you want to create for your guests. A live band for instance, should encourage people to get up dancing and gives a more relaxed feel, and a photo booth adds a fun element to the mix and is great for all ages.


Neeting with your entertainment artist is a must. You have to get a good idea of how the entertainer will be on your wedding day. If they’re a magician, find out how they will work the floor. If it’s a photo booth, see if they have been to your venue before and find out where they usually set up.


You want to make sure your chosen entertainment is permitted at your venue and the access and space they require is adequate. Fair enough if it’s a live band, but if you’re planning a fireworks show, some venues may have restrictions. Always check this before you book your entertainer.


Whether you need to supply a meal and refreshments depends on how long they are booked to entertain. Make sure they have something to drink and if they’re at your wedding for the long haul, feeding them is common courtesy. You may be paying them to entertain but they need to eat too!

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

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


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

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


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

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Its all in the detail.. SOMETHING FOR THE CHILDREN

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


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

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


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


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

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

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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 to view more of Peter’s work on his website and follow him on Facebook to view his latest work and testimonials. Get in touch: Telephone: 07733290379 Email: rollingsphotography.com@gmail.com Web: www.rollingsphotography.com

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natural relaxed informal Established in 1984 and becoming a limited company in 2004, Altered Images is one of the longest established and most respected photographic companies in Yorkshire and the North of England. Being affiliated to all the major photographic and wedding organisations is your assurance of quality with a smile. Success has been due to progress. Altered Images has always been at the forefront of embracing and indeed developing new technologies of their own. With a wealth of experience, not only in techniques, but also with customer service makes them the perfect choice for any couple looking for the best available with sensible price-tags. With oodles of experience, Altered Images listen and tailor the photography of the day to each

couple’s individual specification. The style is truly natural, relaxed and informal. Nothing forced. A calm, but fun approach that blends in perfectly with the ethos of the day. Packages start with the tiniest of price tags for a variety of digital only packages and go on to the most prestigious album packages available anywhere in the world today. Albums are all hand-made in Italy and ooze with so much luxury, making any bride the envy of all her friends; presenting portraits and groups in sumptuous colour or intense black and white.

‘With oodles of experience, Altered Images listen and tailor the photography of the day to each couple’s individual specification.’

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Along with the photography, Altered Images offer their own Living Photos that are sure to blow you away. Videography with a difference and of course the ever popular and talked about Photo-Booths. These really are the icing on the cake for couples wishing to really finish their day with something fun and special and for the guests to talk about for weeks afterwards. If this has whetted your appetite then don’t delay to avoid disappointment. Contact either

Robert or Michele to discuss your plans, ideas, dreams; to see if they can make them come true. Anything that is possible is no trouble; if it is impossible it may take a little longer! Make an appointment and meet in the bijou studio without any obligation whatsoever for an informal chat – you will be made more than welcome! Get in touch: Tel: 01709 760 852 Email: info@alteredimages.eu Web: www.alteredimages.eu

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Relaxed, fun & friendly Husband and wife team Kyle and Emily Donnachie are creative documentary photographers who are always on hand to capture those special wedding day memories. Their friendly approach has already made them the photographer of choice for many happy couples. Although they are based in Doncaster, Kyle and Emily travel anywhere in the UK and even overseas to capture the love and magic of a wedding day. As a married couple themselves, they know exactly how important it is to capture the mood of the day for all concerned. Kyle said: “We believe the best way to work is to photograph the day as it unfolds, capturing a series of candid shots mixed with wow factor portraits, resulting in a set of beautiful, natural and personal images that really capture the story of the wedding day.’’ Having E&K Creative with you on the big day means that every stage of the wedding can be caught on camera – right from the bridal

preparations through to the first dance and beyond. By having both Kyle & Emily there, you get to see two different perspectives of your day and get more of those natural, candid shots that make every wedding unique. Kyle added: “We always like to meet our couples beforehand to get to know each other and to find out what they really want from their wedding photographer. We can also suggest various options to the couple so they get a series of unique and special images that they can treasure forever.’’ E&K Creative are exclusively offering, for readers of this 10th anniversary I Do Magazine, a free engagement shoot when booked with any of their packages. Kyle said: “By carrying out an engagement shoot, not only does this give the couple a great selection of images to look back at, but also helps the couple get used to myself and Emily so they feel more relaxed on their wedding day and know what to expect from us as photographers.’’ Take a look at their testimonials on their website and Facebook page to hear what many of their happy couples have to say about Kyle and Emily. The couple have also put together a digital brochure that can be downloaded from their website and includes hints and tips for your big day plus much more. Get in touch: Tel: 01302 532996 Email: info@eandkcreative.co.uk Web: www.eandkcreative.co.uk

E&K Creative have three great packages to offer you and the best thing is they start at just £945! With all our packages you get: • Kyle & Emily as your two professional photographers • A pre-wedding consultation to get to know each other and discuss details of your day • Hundreds of images carefully and professionally edited • A beautifully presented USB portfolio of fully edited, high resolution images • A personal password protected online gallery to share with family and friends with an option to order professional prints We only take on a limited number of weddings a year. This allows us to spend the quality time required with our couples and more importantly quality time to spend editing the final images to a high standard.

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Tips for Amazing wedding photos Your wedding photos are an important piece to your wedding day puzzle. You will look back on them in years to come and they will serve as your clearest memories of the best day of your life. TAKE PHOTOS OF YOUR WEDDING MAKEUP IN DIFFERENT LIGHT In the lead up to the wedding and if possible with your photographer, have a few practice shots with your bridal makeup and see how they come out. Flash from a camera lights up the entire face and any unblended foundation will show up lighter than in reality, leaving you with an unenviable clown look. Also keep in mind if you’re wearing white or ivory for your wedding dress, that this can also wash out your features. Practice makes perfect! WRITE A SHOT LIST FOR THE PHOTOGRAPHER This will guarantee you will get all the key photos of family members that are important to you. The photographer won’t know if Great Auntie Mary has travelled over from Australia specially for your big day, so they need to know if you want a photo with them. Write this together with your other half and get a second opinion from your parents. There aren’t many occasions where your entire family will all be together at once, so your parents might

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want to ensure a few important photos of your older relatives with the newlyweds. Don’t forget to write names down so the photographer can call them out when arranging individuals for each shot. MEET WITH THE PHOTOGRAPHER A FEW TIMES BEFORE THE WEDDING This is a must, to help give them a good idea of how you want to come across in your photos if nothing else. If you’re a fan of more posed shots, they need to know. If you prefer more in the moment photos, they should be made aware. Everything you communicate with your photographer before the big day can only help your wedding photos, not hinder them. CHOOSE A BRIGHT NATURAL LIT LOCATION FOR YOUR OUTDOOR PHOTOS If permitting, outdoor wedding photos look stunning, and a photographer will tell you, there’s nothing better than shooting in natural light. Artificial light just doesn’t light you up in the same way. So whether it’s on the front

grounds at your wedding venue, or in a local national park, being outside definitely has its benefits when it comes to clear, crisp photos. APPOINT A HELPER TO LIAISE WITH THE PHOTOGRAPHER ON THE DAY This is a great idea because if the photographer has any issues, they don’t have to bother you. This could be the maid of honour or best man and could involve them helping to gather relevant guests together for shots, or ensuring no one walks off before they’ve been photographed. It benefits to have a helper for the photographer, so you can enjoy your wedding photos in peace.

PLAN FOR BAD WEATHER This goes without saying, but no bride wants wedding photos where her hair and makeup are all over the place. Particularly if you’re getting married in an inclement season, i.e March or September, where sunshine is less likely, plan for every eventuality. Pick out an indoor location if your outdoor one is soaking wet, or bring along a white sheet and some fun white umbrellas for any outdoor shots. Wedding photos with rain can look spectacular if done correctly, so use it to your advantage. With these tips in mind, you should be all set and ready to go for fantastic wedding photos!

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Adam & Kim’s

wonderful wedding Blush pink meets silver sparkle for a touch of glamorous elegance Photography by Rob Freeman Photography www.robfreemanphotography.co.uk

WHEN: Saturday 20th May 2017 WHERE: Holiday Inn, Garforth Pontefract couple Adam and Kimberley Crossley celebrated their recent wedding with not one, but two, honeymoons. The couple, who married on May 20 this year at The Holiday Inn, Garforth near Leeds, enjoyed a week on their own on the Greek island of Crete followed by a weekend in the Lake District with their two children. Their trips away provided the perfect ending to a ‘wonderful wedding’ when everything went like clockwork to create an amazing day for both the happy couple and their guests. Despite the weather turning to rain when it was time for the photographs, nothing could dampen the spirits of the wedding party and their photographer captured some great memories of the day.

Adam, who works as a claims handler, and Kimberley, a quality assurance co-ordinator, met over three years ago. Now they are happily settled in their marital home in Pontefract with their two children. When Adam proposed in November 2015, the couple gave themselves 18 months to organise their wedding – although Kimberley found her perfect wedding dress straight away, spotting it during an early bridal shopping trip. “My dress was hung up in my grandma’s wardrobe for 17 months. I definitely chose it in good time,’’ Kimberley said. Her dress certainly took centre stage at the wedding ceremony which was witnessed by 70 guests and followed by a traditional threecourse wedding breakfast, all held

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at The Holiday Inn. One of the most poignant moments of the service was when 12-year-old son Ethan did a reading. The bride’s ivory dress featured a sweetheart neckline, lace underlay across the shoulders, a train and was decorated with sequins and lace. Kimberley also wore a veil and carried a bouquet of pink hydrangeas and roses. She was attended by three bridesmaids who wore dark rose pink dresses and carried bouquets of white hydrangeas. Two flower girls wore pale blush pink dresses and carried white roses and fairy wands. The couple’s colour theme of pink and silver was continued at the reception where a fabulous four-tier wedding cake styled in ivory and silver and decorated with white hydrangeas and edible sequins was certainly a talking point. Kimberley said: “We found many of our suppliers via the I Do wedding shows although the cake was provided by my auntie and it was just beautiful.” “Although we had 18 months to plan, it flew by and there was always something to organise. I arranged and designed our table decor with some beautiful additions by Sasha (Fleur Chappelle) and we created a fun children’s table that went down a storm with little ones.” “Our guests particularly enjoyed the photo booth which was the first thing we booked for the wedding. Absolutely everyone loved and had a go, even the hotel staff!” In the evening the wedding party was joined by more guests for a disco and buffet supper. “The whole day was just wonderful and everything went to plan. All our guests had a great time and all said how much they had enjoyed themselves. The hotel staff were fabulous and couldn’t do enough for us. We would like to thank everyone involved in our special day.’’

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Chris & Caroline’s

country retreat

Elegant, five-course fine dining meets rustic country charm Photography by Imajination Photography, www.imajinationphotography.com

WHEN: Saturday 30th September 2016 WHERE: Woodhall Hotel & Spa, Wetherby Chris and Caroline Gillis, tied the knot at the stunning Wood Hall Hotel and Spa in Wetherby, West Yorkshire. The Barnsley couple chose the venue after spending a weekend away at the beautiful countryside retreat which provided a picture perfect backdrop for the big day. The couple, who run their own nationwide security business, were married on September 30, 2016, just six months after they decided to tie the knot. Caroline, said: “We met through mutual friends and had actually known each other a long time before becoming a couple. We have a young daughter, Evie, who at almost two was our Flower Girl and a teenage daughter, Ellie, who was one of my bridesmaids.” “Using contacts through I Do’s wedding shows, we found organising the wedding in just six months quite easy, the hardest part was deciding on the food, wine and overall menu for the wedding reception. Together, we chose a five-course fine dining meal for our daytime guests and it was just perfect.” The magnificent country house provided the perfect setting for the

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ceremony, wedding breakfast and evening reception. With 60 day guests and 85 for the evening celebrations, the day went like clockwork and the couple were full of praise for the venue’s staff and organisation. The wedding day began with a 12noon ceremony where Caroline wore an ivory gown with diamanté trim, a corset-style bodice and train. She carried a bouquet of mixed country flowers with roses and heather in shades of white and blue. Along with her two daughters, Caroline was attended by best friend Adele. Flower girl, Evie, wore an ivory dress with a blue sash, while the older bridesmaids wore floor-length black and white gowns and all carried similar flowers to the bride. Chris, his best man and fathers of the bride and groom, all wore matching grey three-piece suits with pale blue ties and hankies. The evening was brought to life by a live band ‘The International Party Doctors’, who got the dance floor filled and guests also enjoyed the ‘Capture Cab’ a white taxi photobooth. The overall theme, which featured the colours, black and pale blue throughout, had a quirky rustic country

‘From hessian hints and welly-boot centrepieces to a milk-churn post-box, sheep breed table names and their aptly named Candy Baa’ influence. From hessian hints and welly-boot centrepieces to a milk-churn post-box, sheep breed table names and their aptly named Candy Baa’ was a nod to Caroline’s childhood, growing up on a sheep farm. The theme continued through the reception with black sashes on white chairs, black and white favour boxes and name cards. For their wedding cake they threw tradition to the wind, opting for tiers of cheeses, stacked and decorated with hessian and fresh fruit. The couple enjoyed photographs amidst the

stunning grounds and gardens whilst guests were treated to canapés, Pimms and lemonade and enjoyed the sunny weather and rolling countryside views. Young guests at the wedding made full use of a play-bus which provided hours of entertainment. Caroline said: “The whole day passed in a flash and we had a super day. All our guests said they had a wonderful time. I particularly loved the evening party as our young daughter was shattered and asleep by 7pm which meant we could truly relax and enjoy our time with our guests.’’

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Lee & Natasha’s

Photography by High Res Photography, www.high-res.tv

alternative wedding Steampunk and rock music meet Indian cuisine for a wonderfully alternative wedding. WHEN: Saturday 10th June 2017 WHERE: Barnsley Town Centre Everything went like clockwork for newlyweds Lee and Natasha Fisher when they married at Barnsley Town Hall on 10 June 2017. Looking back on the day, the couple said it was perfect despite the bridegroom feeling a little under the weather on the morning of the wedding. Even a bit of early rain cleared up and the wedding party were able to gather together for some fabulous wedding photographs after the civil ceremony. Lee, who works as a Delivery Driver and Natasha, a Marketing Assistant, met over eight years ago through their love of alternative rock music. After setting up home in Carlton, they became engaged and then gave themselves nine months to plan their dream wedding day. For the wedding ceremony, Natasha wore an ivory lace gown with a fitted bodice and a full skirt from Barnsley’s Elegance Bridal Studio. Her seven bridesmaids

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which included the bride’s three sisters, two step-daughters and two friends, all wore individual dresses in different designs and shades of teal. The bride’s mother, Beverley made all the bouquets which featured ivory flowers embellished with vintage elements including brooches, buttons and cogs to match in with their chosen steampunk theme (a style that combines historical elements with 19th Century technological features). She also made all the table decorations and centrepieces, while a friend of Natasha’s created the invitations, and on the day stationery. Everything was designed to tie in with the steampunk style, and featured the colours gold, copper and teal. The theme extended to the couple’s wedding cake, which was created by a family friend and was made up of three different flavoured tiers; chocolate sponge, a Victoria sponge and a red velvet sponge.

Natasha said: “We had a real DIY wedding with family and friends helping us with decorations, stationery and the cake, but it was lovely to see everything come together on the day and it all worked perfectly. It was a really big help to get everyone involved, even my dad used his old Mercedes for our wedding transport. “My favourite part of the day was when Lee saw me walking down the aisle and teared up. I never expected him to be emotional. After the ceremony, the wedding party enjoyed an Indian buffet meal at the nearby Chilli Bar & Restaurant in Barnsley town centre, followed by an evening party in the upstairs Chill Champagne Bar. Around 95 guests attended the service and enjoyed the Asian style wedding meal with more guests invited to the evening celebrations.

Indian food is the couple’s favourite and all the guests approved of their choice and really enjoyed the reception which was far removed from a traditional sit-down wedding meal. Their chosen table names created a real talking point too, being named after Natasha and Lee’s favourite rock bands, with some guests finding themselves seated at ‘Stone Sour’ and ‘Five Finger Death Punch’. The day after the wedding, Lee and Natasha travelled to Abersoch in Wales for a week-long honeymoon – but they were not alone – as they decided to turn it into a family affair with a party of 10 journeying to the popular Welsh coastal resort on the Llyn Peninsula where they all enjoyed seven days of really lovely warm weather. “A perfect end to a wonderful wedding”, said Natasha.

Shopping Guide Hair Becca from Bentley’s Hair Salon Make-up Bride & brides sister Brides dress Elegance Bridal Studio, Barnsley Shoes Irregular Choice Grooms attire Skopes Menswear at Junction 32 Bridesmaids Dresses Bought themselves Wedding Rings Ebay Wedding Cake Cakes by Danielle Photographer High Res Photography DJ Rachael McCarville Bridesmaids Gifts Occasion Gifts & Accessories Venue Decor Made by Mother of the Bride Transport: Father of the Bride’s own Mercedes Bouquets & Centrepieces: Made by mother of the bride with help from Country Baskets in Wakefield

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Adam & Sarah’s

perfect day Rustic charm meets Star Wars for a beautiful and emotional May the 4th Wedding Photography by Blue Lights Photography, www.bluelightsphotography.co.uk

WHEN: Thursday 4th May 2017 WHERE: Waterton Park Hotel, Wakefield When Adam and Sarah Smillie planned their wedding day earlier this year in May, there was one thing that Sarah was praying for – that her father would be well enough to walk her down the aisle. After finding the perfect wedding venue at Waterton Park Hotel on the outskirts of Wakefield, the couple decided on a Thursday wedding and because it was quieter midweek, were able to enjoy the full facilities of both the hall and the lake area. Sarah said: “My dear dad Ronald Wood had been suffering with pancreatic cancer for about a year and was receiving palliative care at the time of the wedding. All he and I wanted was for him to be able to walk me down the aisle and give me away. We made arrangements so he could be at the wedding service. It was very emotional but I was very proud of him.’’ Sadly Ronald passed away a couple of weeks later. Despite mixed emotions, the wedding day could not have gone

‘We even had a Stormtrooper appear in time for the photographs’ any better with great weather and even a Star Wars theme. Sarah said: “There was a twist to the wedding as May 4th is known as Star Wars day (May the 4th be with you). Adam is a real fan and we had Star Wars names on each table and little figures in the bridegroom’s buttonhole. We even had a Stormtrooper appear in time for the photographs.’’ Adam, a Yorkshire Ambulance Service call handler and Sarah, who works in community dental care service, had known each other 13 years before they decided to tie the knot. After an emotional wedding proposal aboard a horse and carriage in Central Park, New York, they set about making plans and

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after about a year of searching, decided to choose Waterton Park Hotel for their venue as it had a real countryside feel. The couple, who live in Whitwood, Castleford, originally met through work. For the wedding ceremony, Sarah wore an ivory lace dress, featuring a hint of blush pink, and had a pearl and floral corsage on her wrist. Her three bridesmaids wore pale green dresses and her flower girl wore an ivory gown. All carried bouquets of cream flowers mixed with greenery. A wedding theme of Hessian, lace and green decorated the venue for the wedding breakfast along with the added extra of large bubblegum balloons. Some 60 guests attended the day-time celebrations and enjoyed a traditional wedding meal before the party continued into the evening. “Everyone at the hotel was great and very supportive, particularly as it was a day of very mixed emotions. We managed to get some lovely photographs and we couldn’t have asked for more from the hotel. We did a lot of the wedding planning ourselves and although sometimes it was hard, because of what was happening with my dad, we managed to get everything done and the venue looked lovely,’’ said Sarah. “Despite a mishap with the wedding cake, the hotel staff quickly sorted it out and everything else went to plan. We finally managed to tie the knot after 13 years together.’’ Adam and Sarah are planning to enjoy a honeymoon in the not-too-distant future and are hoping to travel to Hawaii. They have also booked a family villa holiday for next year so all the family can relax together after the emotional roller-coaster of recent times.

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honeymoon ideas Whether you want to laze on the beach or live the high-life, here’s some top ideas for your holiday of a lifetime...

MALDIVES North Male Atoll situated in the Indian Ocean, is a tropical paradise just waiting to be explored. The best way to experience North Male Atoll is by residing in one of the incredible ocean villas so you can wake up every morning to a gorgeous view. Book a boat trip and journey through the islands to explore the rest of the Maldives and be wined

and dined at Thila Restaurant, which offers decadent seafood such as lobster and seabass. Then relax in the Kakuni Bar and feel the sand between your toes while you enjoy the laid back atmosphere. They also host events here and have themed nights like glow parties and movie nights to keep you entertained.

TO THE BEACH ARUBA An idyllic destination for your honeymoon, Aruba will surely not disappoint. Take a trip to Arashi Beach if your after a romantic escape. The beach is quiet with lots of underwater sights to see; so snorkelling is definitely on the list. One of the better known landscapes is Palm Beach, which boasts high-rise hotels and lots of water sports to enjoy. It also has luxurious calm seas, so is perfect for sun worshippers and swimmers alike. Start your honeymoon off with a romantic sunset walk along the water’s edge and enjoy a candlelit dinner after a day lazing around

on the sands with your newlywed. If you’re up for exercise, why not hike Arikok National Park’s trail and discover abandoned gold mines, ancient ruins and fossils. Aruba is famed for its high quality restaurants; visit Gianni’s and order a spaghetti al formaggio parmigiano. They will bring out a huge 18 inch in diameter cheese bowl, add a little whiskey and light it on fire to melt the cheese inside. Then they add spaghetti to mix in with the cheese and then pass it out to you. Now that’s definitely dinner and a show!

THAILAND Phi Phi island is one of Thailand’s most famous beaches, thanks to its beautiful rock formations and gorgeous turquoise seas. Featuring snow white, delicately soft sand; a sun worshipper’s paradise. If you’re a fan of the Leonardo Dicaprio film ‘The Beach’, take a trip to the famous Maya Bay where it was filmed and soak up the atmosphere. If you prefer a quieter trip, Loh Dalum is a stunning

option. It has shallow seas that are warmed by the sun, so are wonderful to laze about in, and there are no waves, so the water is only ever waist deep! Dine out in Ciao Bella with an Italian twist or be more adventurous and chow down in one of the many Thai food stalls that line the path between the Tonsai and Loh Dalum beaches. Whatever your choice, you can be sure it will be authentic Thai!

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MAURITIUS The world famous Flic En Flac beach is almost 6 kilometres long but is divided into 3 beaches to enjoy. The north beach is quiet with a small marina and one of the largest public beach sand areas on the entire island. The central beach has tonnes of surrounding nightlife with many bars and clubs in close proximity. There’s even a casino and a shopping centre nearby too. The south beach is idyllic, with shallow waters and white sands to catch some rays while you honeymoon in peace. Flic En Flac also has

a lagoon, which is protected by coral reef; perfect for snorkelling and discovering the sealife below. Sample some of the food on offer at one of the beach front stalls; you can get anything from hotdogs to Chinese food. If it’s high class eating you’re after, be sure to go to Domaine Anna, which is hidden within the sugar cane fields. An amazing atmosphere greets you and you can sit at a table on the water or for a more relaxed vibe on your honeymoon, try Chez Pepe, which is all about the pizza and pasta.


ESCAPE TO THE CITY If you’re after a city escape for your honeymoon, check out the city breaks below for a few out of the box destination ideas.

MIAMI South beach is renowned across the globe as being one of the top hot spots to visit. Named the American Riviera, you can find pretty much anything to do here. Whether its shopping in one of the many bespoke boutiques, or taking your tastebuds on a culinary journey with gourmet cuisine, South Beach has everything to offer. White sandy beaches entice you to sunbathe and the crystal clear waters are just begging you to take a dip to cool off. Then experience Miami’s Nightlife with its huge array

of nightclubs and hotel bars to enjoy. Relax in a cocktail lounge like Haven Kitchen & Lounge on Lincoln Road; and order a fantastical smoking nitrogen infused cocktail to both soothe and excite the senses. If you’re a gin lover, order a GiVen, which is gin, lemongrass, hibiscus and seltzer (or soda water to us Brits) and relax with sophistication. Or explore some of Miami’s rooftop bars where all the hip locals and some celebs go. Area 31 at Epic Hotel and LVL 25 at Conrad Miami are two to definitely not miss!

DUBAI Dubai is a honeymooner’s paradise. If you’re after fast paced luxury, this is the destination for you. Cosmopolitan by design and boasting many shopping centres, restaurants and other opulent venues, Dubai is high on the bucket list of places you need to go. Take your pick from one of the 5 or even 7 star hotels and be treated to the highest luxury while you honeymoon away. Enjoy the white sandy beaches and be sure to visit the world’s tallest building, Burj Khalifa; at over 828 metres high with over 160 stories, it’s not for the faint hearted but the view is a sight to behold. You will never be stuck for things to do while honeymooning in Dubai. Go on a desert safari across the sand dunes and finish the day with a barbecue buffet and a cool refreshing drink. Or take a trip to the Dubai Mall, naturally one of the largest in the world and shop till you drop while taking a break for lunch at one of the many eateries within.


FLORENCE Italy is synonymous with love and romance, so choosing Florence for a honeymoon is sure to entice you. You will fall in love with this city from the moment you arrive. Bask in ‘la dolce vita’ (the good life) as it is truly still alive and well in this honeymooners destination. You can’t visit Florence without seeing some of the historical sites and architecture. Visit The Uffizi, the oldest museum in the Western world and featuring many famous paintings such as La Primavera by Botticelli or Doni Tondo By Michelangelo. Or if you visit the Galleria Dell’ Accademia, you can catch a


glimpse of Michelangelo’s David; arguably one of the most famous sculptures in the world. Take a trip to Vivanda if it’s wine sampling you’re after; with a wine list boasting over 120 labels. You can also enjoy some local antipasti while your perusing the aisles; all ingredients are sourced locally too. Why not take part in aperitivo (happy hour) between 7 and 9pm, take your fill of bruschetta and pizza, while you sample the variety of drinks on offer from £8- £10 and party in the piazza. Florence is full of possibilities and you can fall in love with this city as you celebrate your newlywed status.

This city has 27 miles of beautiful white sandy beaches along the coastline; enough to keep you going throughout your entire honeymoon. Fresh seafood is also popular here with many fishermen taking advantage of the abundant waters. Dine in style in one of the waterfront restaurants with the catch of the day, soak up the last of the sunshine and watch the sunset over the Gulf of Mexico. There’s even a Ripley’s Believe It or Not to visit nearby if you’re up for seeing a few oddities on your honeymoon break. Visit Chan’s Wine World, where you’ll find pretty much any wine you desire along with local cheeses and other gourmet foods. A visit to the Cinta Costera is also a must, a gorgeous stretch of waterfront park where you can go cycling, play tennis, do yoga or even just while away the day on a bench and enjoy the view.

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stag & hen ideas We’re taking a look at some of the best home and away destinations for those all important stag and hen do’s, first up we’re looking at top staycation ideas, ideal for those who don’t want to break the bank or travel too far.

EDINBURGH Edinburgh is the perfect place to kick off your stag/hen party with a bang, a bar crawl paradise with many pubs, bars and clubs in Old Town. Take a trip to Electric Circus, a popular destination for stag/hen parties and get to ‘try before you buy’ on cocktails to make sure it’s the right one for you. Or visit Bow Bar, once named the ‘best drinker’s pub in Britain’, probably due to its

huge selection of ales, malts and whiskeys on offer. Last count had over 140 different malts; definitely on the list for a pub crawl. Aside from the drinking, check out a City of the Dead Tour and experience the more haunted side of Edinburgh or visit the Midlothian Snowsports Centre with the UK’s biggest artificial ski slope and take part in activities such as snowboarding even after sunset.

HOME DESTINATIONS LAKE DISTRICT Nothing screams weekend getaway more than this. Even better is if you stay in one of the sought after ‘Big House in the Lakes’ buildings; each one is wonderfully unique. Get all your mates to stay together in one house in Windermere and let the partying commence! The best part about being in the middle of nature? You can take part in pretty much any activity you like,

from abseiling to a zip wire. Get involved in a Kankku off-road driving experience and then relax on a lake cruise with the stunning windermere landscape. You can even hire a private mixologist to come to the house you’re staying in and mix up some special cocktails for you and your party; so you can spend more time socialising and enjoying your break away.


MANCHESTER Known for some of the best nightlife in the UK, Manchester is a definite partying spot for your stag/hen party. There is always something happening in the city, such as an international festival and its almost like the city oozes vibrance and excitement. Visit

the Curry Mile or China Town for authentic cuisine and take a trip to Cloud 23, a contemporary bar on the 23rd floor of the Hilton Manchester Deansgate. You will be afforded some of the greatest views of the city at night while you enjoy a glass of champagne in style.

You can’t visit Bath without experiencing a Thermae bath spa heated by natural hot springs to engage in full relaxation. Featuring gorgeous architecture and a fantastic shopping experience, Bath is cited as one of the most liveable cities in the world.It also has some

pretty fantastic nightlife too; with a mix of oldy worldy pubs right up to the newest trendy bars. Take a trip to Sub 13 and sample their award-winning cocktails or check out OPA and sample their Greek cuisine, and even learn to cook it yourself!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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CROATIA Croatia is not the first place you think of when trying to find a hen/stag party destination. But if you visit Hvar, Croatia’s sunniest island, you won’t be disappointed. Filled with ancient palaces, stunning beaches and posh restaurants, along with

coastal clubs that are THE place to be,you can find everything you need in this beautiful bay town. Be sure to visit Carpe Diem, a nightclub open non stop, that also has a beach spa to enjoy and taste out-of-this-world cocktails as you party all night and day long.



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