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When is the best time to tie the knot?

Your day, your way

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Faultless flowers

12 ways to make your money go further

Wedding suit SOS

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10 steps towards a happy marriage

Belle of the Ball

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Welcome to the Life Publications Wedding Guide Your guide to the perfect wedding day Finding the one

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Choosing your dream venue C

hoosing the venue for your celebrations is probably the most important decision you will make when it comes to planning your reception. It’s the place where you will spend most of your day and where the wedding breakfast, evening party and maybe even the ceremony will take place, so it’s crucial to get it right. Many couples opt for a civil wedding in a licensed venue and most of these also offer receptions. Contact your local council for a list of licensed premises or visit uk/gro/content to buy a list of more than 3000 licensed premises in England and Wales for £5. If you want a traditional sit-down wedding breakfast you will need to find a venue with a function room that is large enough to accommodate all your guests. A buffet-style reception can be held in a smaller room or series of linked rooms. If you are planning to have a very large wedding you can create extra space with a marquee if the grounds of the venue are suitable. Many couples already have a firm picture of how their ideal wedding venue will look, so you need to make sure the setting — and the staff — are capable of working with you to create the dream. A room with little decoration will provide 4 Life Publications Wedding Guide 2010

an exciting challenge for imaginative, but often expensive, decoration whereas a beautifully decorated venue may stretch your budget but will need little extra adornment. Most hotels and function rooms offer a variety of catering packages from a formal sit-down meal to a buffet, often with a specified amount of drinks included. For example, a glass of champagne on arrival, two glasses of wine with the meal and a glass of champagne for the toasts. The price per head should also include the cost of tables, chairs, linen and staff. Alternatively, you may just hire the venue — as is usual with venues such as a stately home — and bring in your own caterers. Some venues prefer you to use their recommended suppliers and may charge you for bringing in someone else. You’ll also be charged a corkage fee if you want to supply your own wine and champagne, rather than using the venue’s preferred list. Make sure you know exactly what’s included as the extras can quickly add up. Once you’ve made your choice, ask for written confirmation of everything and check all the small print before signing anything. Expect to pay a deposit at the time

of booking with the balance due a few weeks before the wedding day once final numbers have been confirmed. Now you can sit back, relax and start thinking about the menu and seating plan.


Take a list of questions to all suppliers before you book and separate the questions into those of major importance to you, and those where you are prepared to be flexible. • Are we able to bring in our own alcohol? If so, what is the corkage charge? • Are there disabled facilities? • Can you cater for our specific dietary requirements? • Are any other weddings taking place on the same day as ours? • Do you allow firework displays? • What time will the evening need to finish? Can we have a late bar? • Are we allowed to light candles? • What time can guests check in on the day of the wedding — for hotels — and out the morning afterwards? • Are there any noise restrictions — can we have a live band? • Do we have to use your preferred suppliers or can we use our own choice of florist, caterer etc? Your guide to a perfect wedding day

Function Room for your special day Carlton -In- Lindrick Centre is an ideal venue for your special day. We know every wedding is unique and the Centre's experienced team would be happy to show you the range of facilities available. We would love to discuss your individual requirements. We can arrange everything from catering, flowers, balloons, cake, entertainment, to your table plan. With our three suites we can cater for the most intimate of weddings to a seated meal of up to 225 guests.

Goulding Suite

Lindrick Suite

Carlton Suite

Is our smallest room but is a perfect room for an intimate sit down wedding breakfast or small reception.

Catering up to 100 guests for a sit down wedding breakfast, the suite holds a fully licensed bar and fully functional kitchen.

Catering up to 225 guests for a sit down wedding breakfast, the suite holds a fully licensed bar, fully functional kitchen and a large performance stage ideal for live bands and discos.

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We offer a variety of rooms and packages to meet the needs of private and commercial clients. For more details, call Worksop 01909 533111 / Retford 01777 713748 Come and join us at our Weddings & Celebrations Fayre at Retford Town Hall on Sunday 18th April 11.00am - 4.00pm Discounts for booking on the day!

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When’s best to tie the knot? T

rying to decide the best time to set a date can seem impossible. Do you go for an early Spring date when nature has begun to blossom but run the risk of higher chances of showers, or late Summer with endless light evenings but a chance of sunburn

March This is the start of the season so venues will be looking great after a winter spruce-up. Hotels are still in low-season and spring blossom is beginning. Look out for higher chances of rain if you plan an outdoor reception.

July July is often one of the hottest months of the year, so chances are high for good weather. Consider a weekday wedding as guests may be torn between many dates as this is one of the most popular times to get hitched.


on the wedding snaps? Where you plan on going on honeymoon can make a big difference when you choose book your wedding, remember to consider the school holiday season, as well as rainy seasons in exotic destinations!

Fireworks are a staple of weddings throughout the year, but what is better than a dark November sky to show them off to their best effect? Venue bookings tend to tail off, so look for discounts and bargains from the high season prices.

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With plenty of Bank Holidays, April is a great month for making extended weekends easier, though remember to book well in advance. Don’t be fooled by the myth of April showers either, March is often a wetter month on record.

May and June have more hours of daylight than any other month. The month is the beginning of the wedding high season, so lookout for price rises. And remember, the FA Cup final is at the end of the month!

June has the longest day of the year, so if you’re planning an outdoor reception and the weather holds out, you should be celebrating well into the evening! Look to plan around a packed social calendar in this month.




Another hot month, so be wary of the choice of food for outdoor events. This time of year is also the beginning of rainy and hurricane seasons in exotic destinations, so if you’re planning a beach wedding or honeymoon, watch out.

This month is towards the end of the wedding season, so you shouldn’t have to worry as much about finding the perfect venue, and your summer tans will look great on the wedding snaps. Schools are back so airports will be marginally more quiet.

A great month for natural light for those all important wedding snaps, with still an extra hour of daylight. Temperatures are usually still quite mild, so brides should be able to wear a strapless dress with a wrap for later in the evening.




December might not be the immediate choice of month, but roaring fires and flickering candles can give a magical backdrop to your reception. A great time to take your honeymoon in the Winter sun.

One of the least popular months means you could be in line for some great deals. The back-to-work blues will mean guests are in the mood for a party. However, plan in advance, as some suppliers and venues close for the Christmas period.

A great time for romantic honeymoon destinations such as Thailand or SriLanka, and guests are least likely to be away on holiday. Watch out for Valentine’s Day, there may be a premium on flowers, plus February can be one of the windiest months!



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ake your wedding reception reflect your personalities with these budget-friendly decoration tips.


Share your happiest memories by decorating your venue with photos of yourselves. Make photo bunting — pictures pegged on to a ribbon — group pictures as table centres, or photos printed on the front of menus and orders of service.


If a traditional dress is just not ‘you’, then go for something different. A knee-length 50’s number or a show stopper of an evening dress.


If you are watching the budget, forget a band or disco and use your own music collection, or ask guests to bring their favourite CD’s. Alternatively choose a tribute act of your favourite act to serenade you.


Why not have a picnic, afternoon tea or a hog roast instead of the traditional and sometimes pricey three course meal?


Let your personalities or backgrounds shine — enter to the fanfare of bagpipes or have tongue-incheek poems in the readings. Personalise your vows to make them from the heart and specific to you. 8 Life Publications Wedding Guide 2010


Don’t limit your search to the usual hotel or stately homes, from pitch side at your favourite football ground or a hot air balloon for just the two of you, there are a host of unusual locations for you to choose from.


Of course choose your favourite flowers, but don’t stop there — set them in displays that are symbolic to you. If you are a keen gardener you could display them in a watering can, or if you love the sea, incorporate shells, pebbles and driftwood.


Make sure the favours sum you up. From retro sweets to flower seeds, they don’t have to cost the earth to put a smile on your guest’s faces.


Whatever you do or whatever your into, there is set of wheels to match your passion. Turn up on the back of a Harley Davidson, or in a supercar — walk to the reception, carrying coloured balloons


The traditional white iced cake is a blank canvas to stamp your personalities on. Have stripes on, or polka dots. Patriotic souls could have the flag of their nation as the design of your cake. Your guide to a perfect wedding day

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onfused about what wedding dresses suit your shape? Wondering what neckline or skirt length is right for you? You’re not alone — don’t tell the groom, but most brides consider the choosing of the wedding dress to be the most important choice that she’ll make in the whole of the planning process. However, don’t worry, let us help give you some great advice to help you find the wedding dress that’s perfect just for you.


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an area to scrimp on is not always the dress. Take in to consideration the factors that will influence the cost of your gown, including the fabric, whether it is an off-the-peg or designer dress and the accessories used on the dress.


Different styles of dress flatter different figures, you therefore really need to think about your shape when looking for your dress. Empire line gowns flatter all figures, while A-line dresses also suit most shapes by skimming over tums and hips. Column or bias-cut dresses are the opposite of slim willowy brides. If you are very petite, 50’s style

gowns are great, particularly if you have great legs. A funky short dress is a modern alternative to the more traditional gowns on offer. The size of your hips in relation to your waist and bust determines whether your shape is an hourglass or pear shape. Pear shapes need to add extra detail on the top half of the dress — perhaps off the shoulder straps and embroidery on the bodice. If you have more of an hour-glass figure you will look fabulous in fishtail dresses — the volume at the hem serves to accentuate your tiny waist — lucky you! Another figure consideration is your cup size. Your guide to a perfect wedding day

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Finding A V-neck will suit all busts — by elongating the neckline — as will scoop necks. Halternecks are also very clever — they help to enhance a small bust and also can offer support if you have a larger bust. One to avoid is a strapless dress if you are flat chested, it will just make you look boyish, or really large busted if you have an exceptionally large bust. That said, strapless dresses are still the most popular choice for brides who want instant elegance and grace. Larger ladies can find looking for their dream dress harder than more petite brides. Finding a flattering shape can be an issue, ordering a bride’s size generally isn’t—– it’s the trying on that’s more

tricky as most sample dresses in shops come in size 10 or 12. If you are a plus-sized bride, consider some of the specialist designers that now cater for the larger lady and offer some fabulous designs.


Themes and seasons can often and easily co-ordinate with the rest of your day if you have a simple dress to add to. The addition of a coloured sash or trim sets the look off perfectly and you can even change your look from day to night with a swash colour change. Accessories such as shoes and veils are key components to the overall finished look and the impact you will make on the day.

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the one A jacket, wrap, bolero or cape is a great way of keeping out the evening chill, or refreshing your look for the evening, as is again a sash. Shoes are the feature that often causes contention when taking in to consideration the dress you have chosen. While it is important to strike a balance between comfort and style, your most important consideration when choosing summer wedding shoes should be functionality. Can you walk comfortably in your chosen shoes? Will they hold up through an entire day of wear? If you can say yes to both of these questions, these shoes may be the perfect choice. Remember, you’ll be greeting guests

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and posing for photos in these shoes, so choose wisely to avoid having to limp down the aisle. For a fabulous finishing touch to your wedding dress top quality accessories can be the key — especially if your choice of gown is a simple one! From chunky pearl necklaces and gorgeous earrings, to fabulous tiaras and fascinators these can all accentuate the style and overal look. It is vital that on your special day you look and feel like ‘you’ in other words special but comfortable too! Make sure you choose a dress that matches you and your personality — not just to match your wedding theme or something just as silly — it’s all about you and how you feel.

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Join us at the Life Publications Wedding Fayre, at Ye Olde, Barnby Moor for all the best local suppliers to help you plan your big day with ease.

What’s on Suppliers from the local area Held in the beautiful surroundings of Ye Olde Bell, Barnby Moor Massive prize draw Fashion show featuring a wide range of wedding attire for the big day Exclusive discounts on the day

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If you’re getting married in peak season, it’s essential to secure your florist as soon as you can, Use our handy checklist on page 28 to help you with your planning


hoosing your florist is one of the key moments in planning your wedding day. Not only will all eyes be on you and your bridesmaids — bouquets in hand — as you walk down the aisle, the whole theme and tone of the décor is quite often influenced by the flowers. If you are a bit bewildered by the choice of flowers, themes and colours, your florist can help and guide you. After all, one of the most important days of your life deserves an expert florist’s attention and planning. Use our handy checklist to help you get the most out of your meeting with the florist. • Browse through key bridal and wedding flower magazines for inspiration – You & Your Wedding magazine is a great start

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inding the right flowers for your day is vital, and the big trend this season is roses. The flower — a symbol of beauty and love — was first thought to be cultivated in Northern Persia. It is intimately woven into the fabric of British life, as a symbol for many of our great — and not so

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• Get super-organised. • ‘Create a mini folder with all the things you love.’ says Simon at Euphoric Flowers. • Pull out photographs of designs you dislike, so your florist can really understand your tastes. • Don’t let your florist bully you into anything — it’s your wedding, so your opinion is most important. However, remember that florists have plenty of experience and will have good advice.


• Pictures or drawings of your dress and fabric swatch. • Venue photographs and layout of the building. • Colour schemes for the day. • Bridesmaid’s outfits and swatches. • Likes and dislikes • Your budget.

The key trend this season great — institutions such as Yorkshire, Lancashire, the England rugby union team and the Labour Party. Popularly given on Valentine’s Day, roses are almost ubiquitously associated with wooing the one you love, so what could be a better symbol of the love between a bride and groom on their wedding day? Your guide to a perfect wedding day

Branching Out will design your wedding flowers according to your requirements with your theme, style, taste and budget in mind. We will create something that is unique to you and your wedding. We have a private consultation room, where Heather or a member of the team will be happy to help you add that personal touch to your special day.

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12 ways to make your money go further… Y

ou may have planned the wedding of your dreams, but when you add up all the cost, it can seem impossible to achieve. However, follow these simple 12 steps and you could make your money stretch to just what you wanted from your big day. You’ll be suprised how far your money can go with a little thought and inginuity.



Getting married abroad is no longer the preserve of the jet set. More often than not it makes serious financial sense with overseas wedding organisers offering great value packages including everything from your flight to flowers. It’s more expensive for guests though, so you’re likely to have fewer of them — which will cut costs even further.

You’ll save lots, not just on venue costs but photographers, cars, florists and other suppliers. You’re also more likely to get the dates you want without having to book 18-months in advance. Don’t restrict yourself to weekdays though— Sundays can also save money.

Afternoon tea, cocktails and canapés, a summer picnic or hog roast can be both far cheaper than the traditional sit down three- course meal. Or what about a potluck buffet, where every guest brings a dish? Just make sure you give people a steer on dishes in advance!



Ask guests to contribute to your big day or honeymoon instead of gifts. Asking friends and family to club together and cover the cost of your wedding band, rings or flowers adds a fantastic inclusive feel to your day, while plenty of travel companies offer honeymoon gift lists nowadays.


Most ceremony venues — church or otherwise — are happy for you to take your flowers away with you and reuse them at the reception so get a friend with a van at the ready and rope the ushers in as removal men.


Have it as as dessert, saving money on a third course. 20 Life Publications Wedding Guide 2010

If you want to stick with tradition, think about buying a plain white iced supermarket cake and jazzing it up yourself with fresh flowers.


Everything from suits for the groom and ushers, to topiary can work out cheaper to hire than buy, and saves you from stuffing your loft with unwanted wedding paraphernalia.


Why not splurge on a single luxury wedding night, then save up for that longer trip later in the year?


Tulips in springtime, peonies in summer, delphinium in autumn, ranunculus in winter — pick your flowers according to the time of year.


Invitations, bunting, favours — most wedding details can be made rather than bought. Grab a group of girlfriends and a bottle of wine and set up a production line.


Mum a dab hand with flowers? Mother-in-law-to-be crafty at cake making? Uncle owns a Rolls? That’s your flowers, cake and bridal car sorted then!


The internet’s a great resource not just for shopping but for comparing prices. Your wedding budget will thank you if you combine that with some high street savings If you’re still keen on a designer dress, then keep your eyes peeled for sample sales — even with the price of a dry clean and alteration added, you can still save hundreds, if not thousands. Your guide to a perfect wedding day

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Renowned for generations as one of the most romantic and best-loved wedding venues, now AA 4-Star and passionately refurbished throughout. Four distinctly different suites with a style just for you! Original oak panelling, leaded windows and open log fires in the Bradgate or the sumptuous gold silk drapes and gleaming chandeliers of the Neilsen & Restaurant 1650! All licensed for Civil Ceremonies including the ‘Fairytale’ Oak Pavilion in the gardens for a unique ‘al fresco’ celebration! The new Terrace Bar with Mediterranean style sofas and the traditional gardens are an idyllic setting for aperitifs and a perfect backdrop for your photographs. Individually styled bedrooms with three stunning suites, Restaurant 1650 and St Leger Bistro-by-theBar complement the experience! A range of wedding breakfast menus and drinks to suit every occasion and style with evening receptions from buffets to barbecues all ensure your special day is just perfect! Enjoy the evening sun in the gardens and ‘dine, drink and dance’ into the early hours! CELEBRATE WITH US



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ith more grooms than ever hiring their big day outfit, here’s a few helpful hints on getting it right The latest reader survey by National Magazines revealed that 62% of grooms choose to hire their wedding outfit and spend an average of £255 on their outfit. Whether you’re the kind of chap who loves clothes and is keen to play an active role in what you wear or are happy to let your fiancé take charge, all eyes will be on you on your wedding day.


There are plenty of choices to ensure you look the part, including frock coats, which finish just above the knee, morning coats (also known as tails) dinner jackets (also referred to as black tie) and Nehru collar jackets (the style favoured by Liz Hurley’s boyfriend Arun Nayar). The first thing to do is decide which one suits you and — most important of all — the style of your wedding. Is it a morning or a late afternoon ceremony in a church or a smart civil venue? Black tie is great for a sophisticated city hotel but it will look over the top at a village church. “Frock coats are great for disguising a thicker waist so can be more flattering than the cut-away style of tails, which should only be worn if it’s a very formal occasion or if you have a good physique.” says You & Your Wedding’s fashion director Peta Hunt. 22 Life Publications Wedding Guide 2010


Once you have an idea of the look your after it’s time to hit the shops. “We make hiring all the men’s suits as simple as possible,” says David Shepherd of Moss Bros in London’s Covent Garden. “Because we’re nationwide each man can simply visit his local branch to be measured then the information is sent to one branch so all the suits can be collected together.” The trick is to make a hired suit look made to measure. Sleeves and trousers need to be the correct length. If you’re wearing a morning suit the tails should not come lower than an inch below the knee and it should be possible to do up the jacket buttons, even though the style is to wear it unbuttoned. When you collect the suits ensure every man in the wedding party tries his outfit on again. If your fittings were before a very indulgent stag weekend or someone’s been overdoing the Guinness some adjustments may be necessary. It’s best to know as quickly as possible so the shop can sort out replacements while there’s still time.


Your accessories can make or break the way your look but don’t be stifled by convention. “There are no hard and fast rules,” says Peta Hunt.

“If you’re old enough to get married you’re old enough to choose what to wear.” You might want to follow in the footsteps of Tom Hanks, who teamed a white shirt and tie with a dinner suit at this year’s Oscars. Likewise, a frock coat can just as easily be worn with a brightly coloured shirt and matching tie as it can with a traditional waistcoat and cravat. It’s up to you to bring your individual style to your wedding day. One thing to bear in mind is the colour scheme for the wedding. If the bridesmaids are wearing lilac, it’s popular for the best man and ushers to wear a lilac waistcoat or a lilac tie.


Dressing up in the shop is easy with all the assistants hovering around to make sure you’re cravat is properly tied, but how will you fare on the day? Most shops will teach you how to tie a cravat or bow tie, so if in doubt ask. However, unless you’re really confident of your abilities go for a readytied bow tie.


If you’re getting married on a Saturday hired outfits usually need to be returned on the Sunday or Monday. If you’re jetting off on honeymoon, put the best man in charge of getting everything back to the shop in time, otherwise you could be charged extra. Your guide to a perfect wedding day

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our wedding day will be the most amazing day of your life. But the really best bit is yet to come — the actual marriage itself! Marriage is life’s one true adventure, with everything previous sometimes paling into insignificance. This incredible journey will undoubtedly be full of ups and downs and peppered with compromises, so here’s our tips and advise of how to make your marriage flourish.


Keep things in perspective. Little things about your new life partner are bound to be annoying from time to time. Ladies, just think how many times in your life you will say the words ‘toilet’ and ‘seat’ in the same sentence and you may know what we mean. But a word to the wise, choose your battles carefully and just be prepared to let the little things slip by!


Your bound to see things differently occasionally. Your new blushing bride may not be impressed by your new work station — i.e. the kitchen table — for cleaning your bike parts, but just remember your reaction to the new candles for the guest room.

WE’LL GIVE EACH OTHER SPACE Your friends are important so don’t forget them — make time for them. Boys and Girl’s nights out give you time to miss each other and catch up with all the news — it gives you more things to talk about.


Don’t let things fester away, get things out in the open and both have your say. Communication is a two way thing, you both have to listen to what each other has to say. In my early twenties, my gran gave me a great piece of advice and that was to never go to bed on an argument and I’ve tried to adhere to that ever since.


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10 steps towards a happy marriage sense of humour. If you can laugh through the good times and the bad then you’re definitely on the right track. Those who laugh together stay together.


Very often it’s one partner who takes the financial helm, yet this can be the cause of friction down the line. You worked together to budget your wedding, so don’t stop now. Make the effort to draw up a plan that prioritises where money is spent and make allowances where possible.


There will be times when you fall out, but don’t forget it just makes making up all the sweeter! You can still be the first to say you’re sorry even though you know you are right and that can even make all the difference to your other half seeing your view point.


Not had the baby talk yet? Not only do you need to, but it’s a good idea to know how you both think you will raise a family. Do you agree on the important things? Remember don’t forget the small stuff.

BE INTERESTED IN EACH OTHER Take yourself back to when you were first dating, you showed an interest in everything each other did — or at least feigned you understood about the offside rule, ladies — don’t let up now.


You love each other. When you look in to each others eyes and the rest of the world disappears — remember it’s both of you that matter no-one else and just sit back and enjoy this bumpy ride. Your guide to a perfect wedding day

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Belle of the Ball

o much is happening as your wedding day approaches — flowers, reception, venue, car hire, hotel accommodation — it all seems to be about making sure everyone else has a good time. But what about you? Having the right bridal hair & beauty style on the day can make you feel truly special! Most brides now don’t attempt to create their own look on the day, opting instead for a dedicated professional who has the expertise to know what suits the bride, help her bring her ideas to fruition and also importantly remove some of the stress in getting the blushing bride ready to be the star of the show. If you find the right beauty and hair professionals, they will have the capability to help you achieve that effortless belleof-the-ball look and to make you look and feel like a million dollars. They can make you look stunning yet totally natural — they can turn your hair into a cascade of soft and romantic curls and can give you that Hollywood premiere makeover.


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Whether your hair is fine or thick, long or short, a talented hairdresser can offer you lots of advice and suggestions — and most importantly will listen to your ideas and work with complimenting your gown and accessories chosen for the day. Your wedding day should be the best day of your life and skilled beauticians and hairdressers willl work hard to ensure you look and feel the best. You do need to plan your wedding hairstyle and make-up in good time. You might want to grow your hair longer and even change the colour.

Talking to your salon or professional at the earliest opportunity will not only help you make decisions and set your mind at rest, it could lead to developing a complete understanding of what you want to achieve. It’s recommended that you choose your hairstyle before you choose your headdress or veil. During a trial run you can then have the headdress fitted for you — even trying out several different styles, using veils, flowers, and accessories. The trial run really comes into it’s own when choosing which kind of

hairstyle to have. Don’t leave it to the morning of the wedding day. By booking a trial in advance you can chat about different styles, lengths, hairup or down — or both — and even about extensions and hairpieces. Technology has moved on so rapidly that creating a seamless style with your real hair and the extensions is a breeze. One final piece of advice, be openminded and experiment with new looks, but make sure that you like what is achieved — don’t settle for anything less than perfection.

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ou might have think you’ve covered everything for your big day. But there’ll always be something that gets overlooked. Use this simple step-by-step checklist to ensure your day goes without a hitch, or should that be with?


• Tell relatives and close friends. • Arrange the first meeting with your minister priest or rabbi to set the date. • If it’s a civil ceremony book the register office/civil venue. • Set a budget and decide who’s doing what. • Choose your bridesmaid, best man and other attendants. • Decide on the number of guests and draw up a list with both parents. • Visit possible venues for your reception. If it is popular book as soon as possible.


• Discuss menu options with caterers and get estimates for food and drink. • Make all bookings for the reception. • Start looking for your dress and attendant’s outfits. • Begin a beauty regime. • Book your photographer. • Organise wedding insurance • Book your musicians for the reception. • Make sure you book time off, before and after the Wedding.


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and agree a date for publication of the banns. If the wedding is taking place in a church other than the Church of England, notice of the impending superintendent registrar. • Choose the hymns and music. • Order the wedding cake. • Place an order for all your wedding stationery. • Decide on your florist and discuss requirements. • Arrange fittings for your wedding dress. • Discuss your hairstyle with your hairdresser. • Book your honeymoon. • Check passports and arrange any inoculations. • Choose wedding rings. • Book wedding cars. • Organise your gift list. • Post invitations with your gift list.


• Finalise the order of service and printed sheets. • Reconfirm all your prior bookings. • Book your make up and hairdresser for the wedding morning. • Buy all your accessories. • Check the groom and best man have organised their wedding clothes. • Choose presents for all your attendants.


• Type up a list of any must take shots and send it to your photographer. • Write to banks and other official bodies if your changing your surname.


• Try on your full wedding outfit. • Confirm the number of guests with the caterer and draw up seating plans. • One week to go • Confirm all reception arrangements. • Have a rehearsal at the venue if necessary. • Confirm photographer, flowers, transport, etc. • Pack for your honeymoon and order travellers cheques if necessary.


• Help decorate the reception venue if necessary. • Organise the cake to be delivered to the reception. • Have a manicure. • Have your honeymoon luggage sent to your reception venue. • Have a relaxing evening.


• Give yourself plenty of time to get ready in the morning. • Have the bouquets buttonholes and corsages delivered or send someone to collect them from the florists. • The mother of the bride and bridesmaids leave first, then the bride and her father. • The groom and the best man make their own way there and arrive 15 minutes before the bride. Remember... It’s your day — relax and enjoy it! Your guide to a perfect wedding day

Something old, something new, something borrowed, something Bluebell! B luebell Wood Children’s Hospice are teaming up with Clumber Park Hotel & Spa, a perfect wedding venue situated on the edge of Clumber Park to hold a wedding fair to raise funds for the charity. The fair will be hosted in the hotel and will include a selection of stalls, with florists, table decorations, photographers, cakes and a range of other suppliers for the big day. They will also be showcasing a range of wedding dresses at the fair, not just from the styles of today, but an interesting selection of bridal gowns dating back to the early19th Century. So for brides looking for some inspiration into vintage styles, this exhibition should give plenty of ideas on style through the ages! This wedding fair will give brides the chance to get some fantastic ideas for their special day in a beautiful setting, whilst

also helping Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice. There will be merchandise available for sale on the day, and a raffle of wedding goodies. So why not pop down to the hotel between 11am and 4pm on Sunday 25th April, get some fantastic ideas for your own big day whilst also helping a local charity?



















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Index Bridesmaids and occasionwear Elise of Gainsborough................................. 13 High Society.................................................. 12 Jojeni Bridal....................................................11 Posh Frocks...................................................11 Bridalwear Elise of Gainsborough................................. 13 Jojeni Bridal....................................................11 Catering and supplies Blue Crest Catering.......................................25 Marron Wine....................................................9 Paula Blake......................................................9 The Bar Company.........................................25 Entertainment Graham Oxford................................................9 Mantal.............................................................25 The A Team.......................................................7 Family trees Marron Geneology........................................21 Florists Branching Out................................................19 Fabulous Flowers..........................................19 Hair & Beauty Escape Beauty Salon...................................26 Hair Affair.......................................................27 Lighthouse Laser..........................................11

Jewellery Paula Blake Weddings...................................9 Stanley Hunt Jewellers.................................21 Men’s outfitters Waddingtons..................................................23 Photographers Barrie Codling Photography..........................7 Helen Thompson Photography...................29 Red Pepper Weddings.................................15 Matt Ried Photography............................... 30 Special occasion invites Magnet Memories..........................................6 Venues Bassetlaw Council: Retford Town Hall........5 Carlton In Lindrick Centre..............................5 The Old Vicarage.............................................5 West Retford Hotel.......................................31 Ye Olde Bell Hotel..........................................21 Venue decoration Paula Blake Weddings...................................9 Wedding Fayres Bassetlaw Council..........................................5 Bluebell Wood Hospice................................29 Life Publications..................................16 & 17

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Spring 2010 edition of Life Publications' Wedding Guide

Life Publications Wedding Guide Spring 2010  

Spring 2010 edition of Life Publications' Wedding Guide