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EDITOR’S CHOICE

Editor’s Choice Finishing touches will really make your big day seem personal and quirky... think different throughout the day and ensure your accessories, tables, favours and attendants all reflect your personal style... here are our top finds!

JUST Signed Wedding Plate

GORGEOUS

Rather than a guest book, why not consider asking your guests to sign your wedding plate instead?

Why not

Little Willow Designs will paint on your custom design and fire your plate before sending it to you with autograph pens for your guests to sign at your wedding. Then, simply bake your autographed plate at home to seal on your use design and you’ll have a keepsake that’s just perfect for your dresser!

Diamonds Image: Couture Cakes

on your reception tables?

Win a Wedding by joining UKbride.co.uk You can win a dream wedding, access free wedding planning tips & advice, view 1,000s of wedding dresses and chat to other brides-to-be on our forum at www.UKbride.co.uk. The site has just been recognised as one of the country’s top wedding websites as awarded by Hitwise, an independent internet traffic monitoring body.

“Swarovski scatter crystals for your reception tables... a glittering touch of luxury...!”

Divine dresses! We love Linea Raffaelli’s range of opulent, wedding gowns! Inspired by renaissence style, you can view the collection and 1,000s of others online by visiting www.UKbride.co.uk.

Use Rose Bunches Tightly budded of roses look great when used in a hand-tied posy. For floral themes and ideas check out the Plants & Flowers Association’s www.flowers.org.uk

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Wedding Candles Feel inspired to find your burning love with our selection of fun wedding candles, all available online.

Gingerbread Couple Wedding Favours

Wedding Cake Candles Talking Tables

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Hanging Tea Light Holder Chic Wedding Boutique

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DRESSES

When choosing your dress, don’t shop blind… do your research on our wedding dress pages and on sites like www.UKbride.co.uk, which has a searchable library of thousands of wedding dresses. Have a rough idea of what you’re looking for but be willing to deviate – a dress that looks great on a magazine model may not suit if you’ve a different stature, bust or complexion. Don’t take an entourage wedding dress shopping several friends and mums

will inevitably like different dresses – one friend whom you can trust to give you honest feedback is enough! Ensure your budget takes account of alterations and never buy a smaller dress that you intend to slim into. Choose a gown that flatters your body Practise walking not only in your bridal shoes but your dress too, and use sandpaper to slightly scuff the soles of your shoes to provide good grip.

DRESSES TO IMPRESS Sassi Holford

Find the wedding gown of your dreams with pages and pages of beautiful dresses from leading European designers...


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A wonderful collection of original designs for the bride or the mother of the bride/groom. Choose from our collection or we can design a bespoke gown to your own specifications.

KATE WARNER

COUTURE Abingdon

01235 848661 www.katewarnercouture.co.uk

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DRESSES 1 - La Sposa.

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2 - Papillion.

Editor’s Choice

3 - Raimon Bundó. 4 - Linea Raffaelli. 5 - Roz la Kelin.

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6 - Hollywood Dreams. 7 - Anellรก Couture. 8 - Charlotte Balbier. 9 - Donna Salado. 10- Whiteday. 11- Catherine Jane.

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Linea Raffaelli

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DRESSES 1 - Alfred Angelo.

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2 - Anna Bridal. 3 - Charlotte Balbier. 4 - Whiteday. 5 - Whiteday.

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7 - Linea Raffaelli. 8 - Sassi Holford. 9 - Orchid Bridalwear. 10- Je T’aime. 11- Jasper Conran.

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SHOES & TIARAS

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TOE Look great from top-to-toe with our amazing selection of shoes and tiaras...

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Tiara Store For stockists and suppliers see our Directory on page 128.


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SHOES & TIARAS

Tiara Store

Editor’s Choice

Posh Pins Benjamin Adams

Annie Laurie

“Don’t forget, you can have your bridesmaids’ shoes dyed to match your colour scheme...!” Fiona White, Editor, www.UKbride.co.uk Gabriella & Lucido Rainbow

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Choose your tiara after your dress, and decide how you’ll style your hair on the day. Try to match some of the detailing in your dress. Consider antique as well as new tiaras - they make a lovely ‘something old’.

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MOTHER OF THE BRIDE

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MUM’S

THE WORD Make sure mum looks (almost) as good as the Bride, with our selection of Mother of the Bride outfits with matching hats, fascinators and designer hairstyles...

Coterie

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MOTHER OF THE BRIDE

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MOTHER OF THE BRIDE

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CHRISTIAN MARRIAGES

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the UK’s 60,975,000 population is Church of England Christianity, with over 22% of the population declaring themselves a member of the C of E denomination, in the most recent national census. In marriage terms that relates to over 250,000 Church of England marriages each year, of which 40% take place in church. But these days, it’s even easier to marry in a church of your choice following Marriage Measure and Marriage Law Review. The review is the result of a working group established by the Archbishop’s Council in 2002 which addressed the process of calling banns in church and relaxed the limitations of where couples may marry. From the 1st October 2008 couples have been able to marry in a church which has a special significance to them rather than in a parish church within the parish where either the bride or groom is resident.

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Now, couples can choose to marry in a church if they can demonstrate a Qualifying Connection - that is, if the bride or groom was baptised, confirmed or if they habitually worship in that church, or if the person has had their usual place of residence in the parish of a particular church for at least six months. Couples can also chose to marry in a church if their parents live or have lived in the parish in question or have habitually attended worship there. In order to comply with UK civil and church law, banns - an announcement of your intention to marry - must be read in the church in which you plan to marry, on three Sundays, usually but not necessarily consecutively.


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Those over the age of 16 may marry civil ceremony to a person with those aged under 18, requiring authorised to conduct weddings parental consent, and the time of within that district. your wedding must take place In terms of religious implications, the between 8am and 6pm on any day Bible compares the love between a wedding rehearsals take place couple as the love that Jesus had outside these for his times in order “Church weddings remain disciples. that the popular with couples, ‘practice run’ Jesus isn’t but recent changes in synod expressed rendered love as law mean couples now have a his legally uncondibinding! much wider choice of where tional, hence the words in they choose to marry...” In the the marriage Catholic faith, Fiona White, Editor, www.UKbride.co.uk ceremony; arrange‘for better or ments for worse, richer or poorer, in sickness marriage are usually made through and in health’. These words have the priest in the parish where you been part of the Christian live or the bride’s parish in order to marriage ceremony since the 1550s. arrange a date. Couples should have a baptism certificate, confirmaChristians believe that marriage is tion certificate or letter of freedom the appropriate relationship in which stating that they have not to share a life together, raise a been married before. family, make love and make a life-long commitment to one another.

If your partner is not Catholic themselves, proof of freedom may be presented in the form of a letter from a minister, parent or an affidavit from a solicitor.

Couples often feel a greater affinity to the Church once they begin their wedding planning and are able to enrol on both pre-wedding ‘boot camp’ In each case, the priest acts as a courses which aim to strengthen civil registrar and registers the the bond between the couple by marriage. exploring the role of Civil ceremonies, marriage in a Christian conversely, require context, and the couples to give a Alpha Course, an notice to marry at oportunity to their local explore the Wedding rings are worn on the registration Christian faith third finger of the left hand office, regardless and other because the Romans believed of the destination religions in a that a vein ran directly of their intended relaxed ‘non-dogfrom this finger to marriage and require matic’ way over ten the heart. the superintendent thought-provoking registrar’s permission weekly sessions, with an to marry. The registrar will then optional day or weekend away; issue the relevant documentation see www.uk.alpha.org for which must be presented at your further details.

Wedding

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FACTS AND FIGURES MARRIAGE IN NUMBERS There are 60,000,000 people in the UK of which 48% are Christians... and there are 1,600 churches in England. There are 250,000 Christian marriages each year of which 180,000 are first marriages and 126,000 are re-marriages. Marriage rates were at their peak in 1975 with 471,000 marriages... but a shocking 146% increase in the divorce rate during that decade too! The number of divorces between this decade and the last fell by 8% since 2000 meaning that more marriages are succeeding in the new millennium. For every 100 unmarried people in the UK there are 111 married people. In the 21st century, most divorces occurred after approximately 11 years of marriage, with over a fifth of marriages lasting 20-30 years.

SIGNIFICANCE OF THE

WEDDING RING The cyclical and therefore unbroken nature of the ring in a Christian marriage ceremony represents the unending commitment of marriage. However, despite the popularity of ring blessings and exchanges during Christian wedding ceremonies, there is no actual Biblical requirement that a bride and groom must exchange rings to seal their union.

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RECEPTIONS

Welcoming Receptions Host a stunning wedding reception to celebrate the beginning of your life together as a married couple...

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wonderful wedding reception, there’s no one-size fits all solution. Our top tips will help you to create a winning memorable reception...

The Fundementals There are many ways to syle a venue in terms of colour, table dressings and the food you choose... but you can’t change the style, size or location of same.

Make It Your Own No wedding should be impersonal - name your tables after your favourite films or bands, or memorable places you’ve visited. Search the internet for favours that suit the theme of your wedding, use photographs of yourselves to create table cards or get into the kitchen to bake cookie favours with your guests’ names iced onto them.

Find The Perfect Reception Venue

Candles, flowers, crystals and favours can all Search for the best make your venues near you at wedding tables www.ukbride.co.uk look individual so now! exploit the opportunity to make your wedding individual here more than anywhere else. Chose a venue which suits the size of your event, and the style. You may not have a clear idea of what you want from a reception but you’ll know roughly the style or scale of your wedding.

Fun for Everyone

Do dine or stay at your chosen venue too to accurately assess how happy you’ll be hosting your reception there.

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Investing in children’s party bags of favours will lessen the impact of excited children at your reception give them things to play with such as colouring books and (quiet!) games.

Essential Contacts

Where to Buy Children’s Favours: www.allaboutpartybags.co.uk www.doodlendine.com www.monsterparties.co.uk General Table Favours: www.aweddinglessordinary.co.uk www.cherryblossomfavours.com www.idoweddingfavours.co.uk www.lovelyfavours.co.uk www.madideas.co.uk www.thelastdetail.co.uk www.ukweddingfavours.com www.uniqueweddingfavours.co.uk www.weddingstudiodirect.co.uk Swarovski Crystals to scatter: www.couture-cakes.co.uk/ swarovskicrystal Tablewear: www.pressies4princesses.co.uk Toastmasters: www.southeasttoastmasters.co.uk www.guildoftoastmasters.co.uk Wedding Calligraphy: www.wedding-calligrapher.com


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CHOCOLATE FOUNTAINS ARE AND INDULGENT AND FUN RECEPTION IDEA...!

USE YOUR WEDDING TABLE FLOWERS TO SHOW OFF YOUR HIGHLIGHT COLOUR.

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Planning Your Tables When planning your tables, the Bride and Groom sit beside each other with (working outwards) the bride’s parents, groom’s parents, bridesmaids, best man and usher beside them. Planning the other tables is complicated, so use the free table planning software available online at www.UKbride.co.uk.

Should We Hire A...

Toastmaster? To enable you to sit and enjoy the reception without having the worry of wondering what comes where and when, book a toastmaster. Toastmasters liaise with the caterers and photographers at your reception on your behalf and will introduce guests, announce speeches and organise any presentations that may be required.

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Looking for a venue?

BRACKNELL LEISURE CENTRE

BRACKNELL FOREST

Come and ask about our Forest Suite Bracknell Leisure Centre Bagshot Road, Bracknell, Berkshire, RG12 9SE Tel: 01344 454203 Fax: 01344 868511 Email: blc.enquiries@bracknell-forest.gov.uk Web: www.bracknell-forest.gov.uk/be

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Weddings at Bearwood College

Our spectacular Victorian Mansion House and extensive grounds offer a magnificent setting for your wedding celebrations. Call us now to find out more or to arrange a private tour. 0118 974 8321 events@bearwoodcollege.co.uk www.bearwoodcollege.co.uk

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Headington Hill Hall Overlooking the dreaming spires of Oxford. A 19th Century period house set in fourteen acres of landscaped grounds.

Headington Hill Hall, Oxford OX3 0BP

01865 484615

www.brookesconferences.com/weddings

The perfect venue for Civil Ceremonies, Civil Partnerships and Receptions.

email: headingtonhillhall@brookes.ac.uk

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Cotswold Romance Celebrate your wedding at The Bay Tree Hotel, which has welcomed visitors since 1565. Indulge your senses in this historic setting, full of charm and individuality. Civil ceremonies can be held in our stunning conservatory overlooking the terrace with walled rose and herb gardens. Alternatively, we now have a beautiful summer house for a stunning alfresco ceremony. Telephone us on 01993 822791 to receive your wedding pack.

Sheep Street, Burford, Oxfordshire OX18 4LW Tel: 01993 822791 Email: info@baytreehotel.info

www.cotswold-inns-hotels.co.uk/baytree

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Exclusively Yours?

“A GREAT TIME WAS HAD, TWO GREAT MATES GOT MARRIED,

With a reputation for our friendly and efficient service, a magnificent setting and affordable prices, we can ensure you have a very memorable day.

Aldermaston Manor Aldermaston, Berkshire, RG7 4HX Tel: 0118 9819333 E-mail: manorhouse.weddings@virgin.net

Please check our website: www.aldermastonmanor.co.uk for special offers and late availability deals

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Britwell House

An elegant setting for civil weddings in a romantic Georgian Mansion close to junction 6 of the M40

Telephone: 07885 932691 w w w. b r i t w e l l h o u s e . c o . u k

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TABLES

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n Style for your table with our suggested suppliers: Bonne FĂŞte: www.bonnefete-hire.co.uk. Lavenders of London: www.lavendersoflondon.com. Rani Deshpande: www.ranideshpande.com. Tables of Perfection: www.tablesofperfection.co.uk. Wedding Arcade: www.weddingarcade.com. Wedding Design Online: www.weddingdesignonline.co.uk. Wedding Fortune Cookies: www.weddingfortunecookies.co.uk. Wedding Paraphernalia: www.weddingparaphernalia.co.uk.

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“Nestling in over two acres of manicured country grounds, a stone’s throw from the pretty Cotswold-stone village of Chesterton and just a mile from the bustling market town of Bicester, Oaks restaurant at Bignell Park Hotel. Our award-winning Oaks Restaurant with its unique ‘minstrels gallery’ and open fire place was built in 1740 and is the ideal setting for your wedding breakfast. We have seen a huge increase in the demand for larger weddings so in September 2006 Bignell Park invested in a Marquee, for a small hire fee the marquee will extend out from what now is the courtyard area between the Old House and the Bedroom Block, seating 112 guests comfortably. All 22 of our charming bedrooms are individually decorated and furnished, featuring either 4-poster or luxurious sleigh beds & a host of antique furniture. With the most competitive sole use fees in Oxfordshire, Licensed for civil ceremonies, the Bignell Park offers a wide range of facilities to suit your budgetary considerations. From creating your own menu to choosing a wine from our extensive wine list, our wedding team will help you plan and create a dream wedding day. There can be no substitute for personal inspection so we will be delighted to meet with you and show you our facilities.

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a grade 2* listed building with 29 acres of beautiful mature gardens carved oak panelling | stained glass windows | traditional fireplaces | lake | waterfall | deer professional on-site catering | wide ranging menus | wine cellar all proceeds to charity ...a perfect day for everybody

Mill Hall

www.millhallweddings.co.uk

07824 665119 | info@millhallweddings.co.uk The recently opened Oakwood Centre is a modern venue licensed for civil weddings with excellent catering. Set in parkland and conveniently located, this is an ideal spot for wedding celebrations. We can accommodate 30 to 160 guests for banqueting meals and 200 guests for evening receptions. The Miles Suite is licensed for Civil weddings and can accommodate up to 70 guests. In today’s world of exciting and evolving cuisine, our caterer has perfected the art of innovation in its menu design, whilst at the same time continuing to offer the very finest in traditional fare. Whether sausage and mash or sushi, everything we do is focused upon client satisfaction, exceptional standards of service & cuisine, combined with excellent value and creative flexibility. For more information please visit the Oakwood Centre pages on www.oakwoodcentre.org.uk or contact the Centre Manager on 0118 969 0356. The Oakwood Centre, Headley Road,Woodley. Reading. RG5 4JZ

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MARQUEES

MARQUEE Receptions Marquee weddings are practical and versatile… but take considerable organising and a little technical know-how on behalf of your chosen contractor…

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arquee weddings create versatile and unique wedding reception venues and have become infinitely more user-friendly over recent years, with modern marquees boasting silk lining, heating and lighting, and of course, the option

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to be sited almost anywhere with enough space. Siting a marquee can be a tricky business which means liaising with a specialist supplier who can turn your brief into a success no matter which complications arise.

Thankfully, many suppliers, particularly larger ones, can also provide heating and lighting, dance floors, convenience hire and even outside catering to ensure that organising your reception is as hassle-free as possible. Suppliers of your marquee will typically recommend either a frame tent or traditional pole marquee. Aluminium frame tents are more stable in poor weather and tend to be warmer with less ventilation, whilst canvas pole marquees tend to be ideal in the summer with better airflow. In the first instance, provide your supplier with as much information about your site as possible – they won’t expect accurate measurements and technical information but the more you can tell them the better. Book your marquee after booking


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MARQUEES

Marquee Checklist What to Consider When You Approach Your Supplier n How large is your ground? Not just for your reception itself but car parking and access? n How level is the ground and how quickly does it drain? n How accessible is the site, not just to cars, but to contractors’ larger lorries? Will you need a trackway or temporary roadway? n Does your chosen site have a water and electricity supply? Can your contractor supply a bowser or generator?

Find A Marquee Supplier! the church but work two years in advance, longer for larger marquees, and give your supplier as close an estimate as possible regarding guest numbers.

See www.UKbride.co.uk to find your local specialist!

drinks without too much An on-site meeting will establish ‘congestion’, plus additional space the size, shape and layout of your for ‘reveals’ - hidden areas of your reception, but generally your marreception like your cake or band. quee should include a Don’t forget to reception area, budget this for greeting space in your guests, and to initial cost function as an considerations, additional room and give your to separate your potential dining room suppliers as from the much elements Fiona White, Editor, information as outside for www.UKbride.co.uk possible about extra warmth. your needs to You should also create accurate, budget considerable space for a like-for-like quotes that you dance floor, bar area that can accompare, thus preventing your commodate those queuing for paying over the odds!

“Marquee weddings are great when you want to create a plush, bespoke reception.”

n Does your contractor have convenience hire facilities? n Who will provide your outside catering? n Will your installation be affected by the weather?

And Now for Something

Completely Different...

The Arabian Tent Company specialises in creating ‘Bombay Boudoirs’. “Thousands of mirrors sewn into the walls and ceiling combine with pink and orange interior to create a giant glitter-ball when the disco lights come on – it’s a unique experience!” says designer Katherine Hudson. See www.arabiantents.com for more information.

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Make Your Wedding Day Even More

Magical...! Hire The Wedding Magician for your special occasion... Entertainment for all ages. A wealth of experience across the UK.

Call 0800 112 3 112 or email magic@ukbride.co.uk to check availability for your special day

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Cotswold Marquees Ltd Established 20 Years

Complete Service for a marquee wedding, full range of good quality equipment, experienced staff

01608 686900 www.cotswoldmarquees.co.uk


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WEDDING FAIRS

Find ideas, meet like-minded brides and grill businesses about their services...

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SUNDAY 20TH SEPTEMBER 2009 THE HEYTHROP PARK HOTEL WEDDING FAIR 11.00am until 4.00pm, free admission. Local suppliers, including photographers, florists, cars and cakes. Bridal fashion shows at 12.00pm and 2.00pm. Glass of bubbly and goody bag for every guests.

ENSTONE, CHIPPING NORTON, OXON OX7 5UE - www.heythroppark.co.uk

TEL: 01608 673333

SUNDAY 4TH OCTOBER 2009 MACDONALD BERYSTEDE HOTEL & SPA WEDDING FAIR The Berystede Hotel is delighted to invite you to experience our exquisite facilities. A wide range of exhibitors will be present displaying all you need for your perfect day. 11am – 5pm. Free entry and refreshments available.

BAGSHOT ROAD, SUNNINGHILL, ASCOT, BERKS SL5 9SH - www.macdonaldhotels.co.uk/berystede

TEL: 0844 8799104

SUNDAY 4TH OCTOBER 2009 SEDGEBROOK HALL WEDDING FAIR 11am to 4pm Special offers are available for couples booking on the day

CHAPEL BRAMPTON, NORTHAMPTON, NORTHAMPTONSHIRE - www.principal-hayley.com/sedgebrookhall

TEL: 01604 821666

SUNDAY 11TH OCTOBER 2009 & 11TH APRIL 2010 THE RANDOLPH HOTEL WEDDING FAIR 11.00am until 4.00pm FREE admission. The Randolph will share with you the secrets of an unforgettable wedding. Exhibitors, fashion shows, great incentives given on the day.

BEAUMONT STREET, OXFORD OX1 2LN - www.macdonaldshotel.co.uk/randolph

TEL: 01865 256400

SUNDAY 25TH OCTOBER 2009 BEST WESTERN ROCKINGHAM FOREST HOTEL WEDDING FAIR Wedding Fair 11–4pm, Fashion Show 12pm & 2pm. We will have a number of specialist available to help you arrange your perfect day.

ROCKINGHAM ROAD, CORBY, NORTHANTS, NN17 2AE - www.bwrockinghamforest.co.uk

TEL: 01536 401348

SUNDAY 8TH NOVEMBER 2009 BRAMPTON GRANGE WEDDING FAIR Come to our EXCLUSIVE USE venue, our wedding co-ordinators will show you around and give you some advice to hold your wedding day at Brampton Grange. Meet also around 20 selected exhibitors.

SANDY LANE, CHAPEL BRAMPTON, NORTHAMPTON, NN6 8AD - www.bramptongrange.net

TEL: 01604 844717

SUNDAY 8TH NOVEMBER 2009 THE HOLT HOTEL WEDDING FAIR The Holt Hotel is the perfect location for your perfect day. Wedding facilities upto 260 guests, private bar, 86 ensuite bedrooms, civil wedding licence. Grounds ideal for the wedding photographs.

OXFORD ROAD, NR. STEEPLE ASTON OX25 5QQ - www.holthotel.co.uk

TEL: 01869 340259

8TH NOV 2009 & 3RD JAN 2010 FALLOWFIELDS COUNTRY HOUSE HOTEL OPEN EVENING 16.00 – 19.00 Our restaurant is set up as for a wedding for the afternoon with our wedding coordinator, restaurant staff and favourite suppliers to discuss your wishes for a perfect day

KINGSTON BAGPUIZE WITH SOUTHMOOR, NR OXFORD OX13 5BH - www.fallowfields.com

TEL: 01865 820416

SUNDAY 8TH NOV 2009, 18TH APRIL & 19TH SEPT 2010 HARTE & GARTER HOTEL & SPA WEDDING FAIR

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Sitting in the shadow of Windsor Castle, the Harte and Garter Hotel and Spa enjoys the finest location in Windsor and is the perfect setting for your wedding day.

HIGH STREET, WINDSOR, BERKSHIRE SL4 1PH - www.harteandgarter.com

TEL: 01753 863426


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SUNDAY 11TH OCTOBER 2009 & 10TH JANUARY 2010 THE ROYAL ADELAIDE HOTEL WEDDING FAIR Why not create your own memories in the place where British royal history meets 21st Century 4 star luxury?

46 KINGS ROAD, WINDSOR, BERKS SL4 2AG - www.theroyaladelaide.com

TEL: 01753 863916

SUNDAY 1ST NOVEMBER 2009 THE REGENCY PARK HOTEL WEDDING FAIR Visit our wedding showcase on Sunday 1st November 2009 from midday until 5.00pm – complimentary drink on arrival and finishing with a firework display. Special offers on day for weddings booked for 2010.

BOWLING GREEN ROAD, THATCHAM, BERKS RG18 3RP – www.pedersenhotels.com

TEL: 01635 871555

SUNDAY 17TH JANUARY 2010 BLETCHLEY PARK MANSION WEDDING FAIR Indulge yourself in the atmosphere of historic Bletchley Park. 10.00 - 4.00pm. Licensed for Civil Weddings. Meet on-site hospitality coordinators The Zest Group and wedding suppliers.

THE MANSION, BLETCHLEY PARK, BLETCHLEY, MILTON KEYNES, MK3 6EB - www.zestcaterers.com

TEL: 01908 272697

24TH JANUARY & 30TH AUGUST 2010 EYNSHAM HALL WEDDING FAIR Eynsham Hall, a wonderful independent country house, situated in beautifully landscaped gardens and parkland. Licensed for civil marriages and partnership ceremonies for up to 150 guests.

NORTH LEIGH, WITNEY, OXFORDSHIRE OX29 6PN - www.eynshamhall.com

TEL: 01993 885200

SUNDAY 7TH FEBRUARY 2010 SUDBURY HOUSE HOTEL WEDDING FAIR Bridal fashion shows at 12.00 noon and 2.00 pm by Cariad of Faringdon. All exhibitors have worked with the hotel at pervious weddings.

56 LONDON STREET, FOLLY HILL, FARINGDON, OXON SN7 8AA - www.sudburyhouse.co.uk

TEL: 01367 241272

SUNDAY 21ST FEBRUARY 2010 THE PHYLLIS COURT CLUB WEDDING FAIR 11am - 4pm, free admission. Bespoke weddings, Civil and Partnership ceremonies. Perfect for that special day from small intimate weddings up to 250 guests. Set on the river Phyllis Court is the perfect choice. Call us today fo your personal show round.

MARLOW ROAD, HENLEY ON THAMES RG9 2HT - www.phylliscourt.co.uk

TEL: 01491 570500

MARCH/APRIL 2010 - TO BE CONFIRMED JURYS INN HOTEL WEDDING FAIR We can offer civil ceremonies, banqueting, parties plus stag and hen nights for up to 300 people. Jurys Inn can help you create a unique feel and quality to your event.

MILTON KEYNES, MIDSUMMER BOULEVARD, MILTON KEYNES, MK9 2HP - www.jurysinns.com

TEL: 01908 843700

12TH SEPTEMBER 2010 FRILFORD HEATH GOLF CLUB WEDDING FAIR Set in beautiful Oxford countryside Frilford Heath Golf Club is a prestigious club that will make your day perfect. FREE admission and FREE canapés, 11.00am until 4pm.

OXFORD ROAD, FRILFORD HEATH, OXON OX13 5NW - www.frilfordheath.co.uk

TEL: 01865 390864

SUNDAY 26TH SEPTEMBER 2010 KELMARSH HALL WEDDING FAIR Come and look at the beautiful exclusive use facilities and meet the Kelmarsh wedding team. A selection of great suppliers will be on hand to help make your wedding perfect.

KELMARSH HALL, KELMARSH, NORTHAMPTON NN6 9LY - www.kelmarsh.com

TEL: 01604 686543

DATE TO BE CONFIRMED FOX COUNTRY INN WEDDING FAIR Fox Country Inn, ideal venue in a perfect location. Tailor made packages for weddings from 5 guests up to 300. From budgets as small as £10 p.h. to £500 p.h. Licensed for civil ceremony weddings.

THE FOX COUNTRY INN, IBSTONE, BUCKS HP14 3XT - www.foxcountryinn.co.uk

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THE MEN

It’s a Man’s World... Tips, trinkets and gems of wisdom for nervous grooms, best men and fathers of the bride nervous about speeches, standing at the altar or giving away their daughter...!

Get me to the church on time...!

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The Best Man..

Pay attention 007... it’s may be the bride’s prerogative to make a dramatic entrance, but why should she have all the fun...? Hire a supercar like this Lamborghini Gallardo, which does 0-60mph in 4.2 secMay onds and you’ll definitely The Best reach the church on Man Win! time...! Grooms can hire Bond’s Aston Martins, The Role of your

Ferraris and Lambos, for their arrival at the church, for the wedding day or the honeymoon. Naturally, your bride will have to pack light as the boot’s a little pokey, but the cars will certainly look impressive in your photos. If you’re choosing a balmy honeymoon destination, there’s a topless version too! The cost for this model is around £2,500 for a whole weekend, courtesy of Signature Car Hire.

Best Man

The role of the best man isn’t just ceremonial - duties include being custodian of the wedding banns, organiser of the stag night, assistant to the photographer in rounding up relatives for formal photographs, point of liaison with catering staff and guardian of the groom’s honeymoon luggage.

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Superb Stag Do’s...

Don’t let the cat get your tongue! Most grooms, fathers and best men admit to feeling more nervous about performing their wedding speech than about the ceremony itself. The golden role for successful speeches? Preparation is key.

For your stag do, consider something that’s a little more involved than just a night down at the pub. Organising an event which appeals to all ages and goes beyond mere drinking will enable you to spread the fun over a longer period with an activity which appeals to all and will enable you to involve younger and older stags more in proceedings.

Event organiser Red Seven offers UK and international Five-A-Side football tournament weekends, Motor Action driving experiences, License to Thrill spy weekends, beer brewing weekends and On The Piste snowboarding breaks - they have something for everybody! See www.redsevenleisure.co.uk for activities and booking details.

“Why not spoil your best man? We love these silver Armani Cufflinks, £122, available exclusively from Harrods...”

Avoid writing your speech at the last minute, and don’t crib jokey one-liners from the internet - your speech will sound unstructured and generic. Write, edit & rehearse dilligently so that you’re familiar with your text. Alternatively, why not cheat? Turn to aspeech.co.uk or sparklingspeeches.co.uk to hire a professional writer to bear total responsibility...! When making your speech, use cue cards rather than a script and maintain eyecontact with your audience and rehearse thoroughly!

Image: www.weare purelight .co.uk

Fiona White, Editor, www.UKbride.co.uk

(Left to Right) Etiquette: Navy morning suit, soft gold waistcoat. Peter Posh: Grey morning suit with teal cravat. 1860: Navy suit with red tie and waistcoat. Winstanleys: Black velvet frock coat with red and gold accessories. Pronuptia: Black morning suit with hat and cane.

For stockists and suppliers see our Directory on page 128.

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PHOTOGRAPHY

Caught on Camera...! We find out exactly what it takes to be a wedding photographer by becoming one for the day...! Everyone has a digital camera nowadays... So do you really need to hire a professional photographer? Absolutely! Here, we Search for a explain why entrusting your wedding photography to an amateur is a real false economy...!

Wedding Photographer at www.UKbride.co.uk

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ith digital cameras so popular

these days, it’s tempting for brides and grooms to save money by letting family or a friend to record your special day, but this could be a false economy… to find out why, we followed two wedding photographers, to find out what capturing a bride’s day really involves. Two or more photographers enables both the bride and groom to be photographed during the course of their preparations. Entrusting a professional photographer to capture your images means employing someone with plenty of kit, backup lenses, flashes and camera bodies… nothing is left to chance! A professional photographer can also work around overcast, rainy or exceptionally bright days. Professional photographers also create photobooks of their images or large mounted photographic prints, rather than prints created on domestic photo printers.

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The National Site Years of for the Local experience Bride enables a professional photographer to deal tactfully 12.30AM: TWO PHOTOGRAPHERS MEANS and professionally with anxious CAPTURING BOTH THE GROOMSMEN’S brides, nervous grooms, PREPARATIONS AND GUESTS’ ARRIVAL. and guests – a skill that the amateur photographer just doesn’t possess! Spending the day with the professionals photographing Sarah and Matthew’s wedding, we prove that photographing a wedding is hard work... as you’ll discover, your chosen photographer really does earn their fee! 10AM: THE TWO PHOTOGRAPHERS SPLIT UP TO CAPTURE BOTH THE BRIDE & GROOM GETTING READY.


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2.00PM: AMATEURS AREN’T ALLOWED TO TAKE PICTURES DURING THE CEREMONY.

“Employing an enthusiastic amateur is a recipe for disaster! Get the pictures you deserve by hiring a professional!” Fiona White, Editor www.UKbride.co.uk

Our Images Images here are by Samantha and Glen of PureLight by Sam & Glen. www.wearepure light.co.uk

Photographing a wedding involves a 12 hour day, as you’ll discover over the page, our photographers began with a kit check on the eve of the wedding before meeting the bride and groom at 10am on their wedding day to capture the 4.30PM: AMATEUR wedding from start to finish! PHOTOGRAPHERS RARELY TAKE CLOSE-UP SHOTS

Find a Professional See the British Institute of Professional Photographers; www.bipp.com, the Master Photographers’ Association; www.thempa.com or Society of Wedding Photographers; www.swpp.co.uk. You can also find a photographer in your area at www.ukbride.co.uk. Images here by Purelight by Sam & Glen; www.wearepurelight.co.uk 01636 673 800.

3.00PM: SOME SHOTS ARE IMPOSSIBLE TO RECREATE AND NEED TO BE RIGHT FIRST TIME

Turn the page to see how your photographer will spend your wedding day...


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PHOTOGRAPHY

How a professional photographer will spend 12 hours capturing your day... Friday; 7pm Kit check –

3.50pm The weather’s

each photographer has two or three camera bodies and around six lenses plus three flash heads and numerous accessories.

about to turn, so in anticipation of this the bride and groom are taken outside for formal photographs taken by both photographers who pose and shoot alternately.

Rendezvous with the bride and groom respectively. The two photographers capture the bride and her attendants getting ready and casual shots of the groom and his groomsmen.

12.30am The groom leaves the local pub and heads to the church, photographed along the way.

1.00pm Guests arrive and are photographed, and with the arrival of the Vicar, Glen discusses with him what he allows and disapproves of photographically.

the photographers work discreetly to capture the speeches, and guests’ reactions.

6.00PM: CAPTURING EXPRESSIONS QUICKLY TAKES REAL SKILL.

7.30pm

WIN Your Dream

The team sets up Photo Booth – this new photographic venture captures informal shots of guests against a white background.

Wedding Dress Visit UKbride.co.uk to find out how!

1.40pm The bridal party arrives with Samantha arriving shortly beforehand, too. A flurry of activity ensues as her arrival prompts photographs of the car, the bridesmaids and the bride with her father.

2.00pm The ceremony takes place with discreet unobtrusive photography taking place. 2.45pm The couple leaves the church. Samantha poses their formal images for Glen to photograph. 3.15pm The couple leaves for the reception to capture shots of guests enjoying a glass of champagne. 7.30PM: PHOTOBOOTH - A WHITE BACKGROUND WHERE SARAH & MATTHEW AND THEIR GUESTS CAN CLOWN AROUND TO CREATE FUN, CANDID INFORMAL SHOTS!

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6.00pm After the meal,

11.00pm

The photographers pack up their equipment after a hectic 12 hour day. Back home, there are still memory cards to be downloaded, batteries to be recharged and kit to check before they finish.

7.00PM: A PROFESSIONAL PHOTOGRAPHER WILL CAPTURE EVERY LAST DETAIL IMAGES: PURELIGHT BY SAM & GLEN WWW.WEAREPURELIGHT.CO.UK. 01636 673 800.

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NEW FOR 2009/10

UKbride.co.uk’s All-New Wedding Planning Website Relaunched, improved and packed with features. Don’t miss the best wedding planning resource around! Completely free and packed with features to help plan your wedding. Launching for the Autumn/Winter 2009 wedding season.

tel: 01753 528785 www.terryjoslin.com e-mail: wed@terryjoslin.com 10 Northmead Road, Slough, Berkshire. SL2 1TR

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BRIDAL SHOWCASE

The wedding of

The wedding of

The wedding of

Rome Begum & Steve Candy

Alison & Trevor Belcher

Carol & Stephen Higgins

took place on 3rd May 2009

took place on 11th July 2009

took place on 23rd May 2009

at Old Luxters Barn, Buckinghamshire

at Iffley Church

at The Cosener’s House, Abingdon

Photographs by www.jeffkrotz.com

Photographs by Daryl John Photographics

Photographs by Mike Fear Photography

BRIDAL Showcase The wedding of

Mr & Mrs Cross

To feature your wedding on these pages free of charge, email a picture and your details to weddings@whitespacepublishers.co.uk

took place in 2009

at London

took place in May 2009 You must have permission from your photographer to reproduce their images.

Photographs by Photogica

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The wedding of

Caroline & Jeremy at Notley Abbey Photographs by Rob Wheal Photography

The wedding of

The wedding of

The wedding of

Claire & Russell Folley

Claire & Chris Bradbury

Caragh & Ben Hartwright

took place on 27th June 2009

took place on 30th May 2009

took place on 26th July 2008

at Seville Court, Ascot

at Paxhill, Surrey

at Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford

Photographs by Sonrisa

Photographs by Amanda Tweed Photography

Photographs by Stuart Bebb Photography


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The wedding of

The wedding of

The wedding of

Annie & Adam

Georgina & Anthony

Ceri & Martin took place on 11th October 2008

took place on 27th June 2009

took place on 4th July 2007

at St Peter & St Paul, Kettering

at Poundon House

at Bisham Abbey

Photographs by Crystal Photographics

Photographs by The Bridal Photographer

Photographs by Maria Ashby-Giles

The wedding of

The wedding of

The wedding of

Lizelle & Robert

Sarah-Jane & Michael

Amy Anzel & Oliver Williams

took place on 28th June 2009

took place on 28th February 2009

took place on 18th April 2009

at Brasenose College, Oxford

at Marlow

at Skibo Castle in Scotland

Photographs by David Stares Photography

Photographs by JMC-Photography

Photographs by www.jeffkrotz.com

The wedding of

The wedding of

The wedding of

Camilla & Charles

Juliette & Helkias

Stacey & Greg Selwyn Williams

took place on 9th April 2005

took place on 18th July 2009

took place on 27th June 2009

at Windsor Guildhall

at St James Church, Gerrards Cross

at Dinton Church

Photograph by Graham Reading

Photographs by Laurence Cook Photography

Photographs by Toffeesnaps

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BRIDAL SHOWCASE

The wedding of

The wedding of

The wedding of

Jess & Paul Turner

Michelle & Adam Mole

Natasha & Andrew

took place on 21st March 2009

took place on 23rd August 2008

took place in April 2009

at Hungerford Town Hall

at Stowe House

at Notley Abbey

Photographs by Amanda Tweed Photography

Photographs by Stuart Bebb Photography

Photographs by Rob Wheal Photography

The wedding of

The wedding of

The wedding of

Jess & Richard

Patricia & Jonathan

Zoe Bell & Alastair Ferguson

took place on 4th April 2009

took place on 19th July 2009

took place on 25th April 2009

at Monkey Island

at Le Manoir aux Quat’ Saisons

at the Dairy, Waddesdon Manor

Photographs by The Wedding Photographer

Photographs by David Stares Photography

Photographs by www.jeffkrotz.com

The wedding of

The wedding of

The wedding of

Emma & Ben Kwaan

Mr & Mrs Armstrong

Emma & Dave Kirkby

took place on 25th May 2009

took place in February 2009

took place on 25th July 2009

at St Mary’s Church, Witney

at Minster Lovell Chapel

at Royal Berkshire Hotel, Ascot

Photographs by Daryl John Photographics

Photography by Michele

Photographs by Amanda Tweed Photography

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BRIDAL SHOWCASE

The wedding of

The wedding of

The wedding of

Becky & Paul Graham

Kate & Ian

Mr & Mrs Shruyers

took place on 26th July 2009

took place on 13th June 2009

took place on 28th March 2009

at Monkey Island, Bray

at Kirklington Park, Oxfordshire

at Ascot

Photographs by Amand Tweed Photography

Photographs by David Stares Photography

Photographs by Sonrisa

The wedding of

The wedding of

The wedding of

Lorna & Ercu

Sharon & Graham

Stacey & Anthony Natar took place on 2nd August 2008

took place on 7th May 2009

took place on 1st August 2009

at Mussenden Temple, Donegal

at Wellingborough

at The Dairy, Waddesdon

Photographs by JMC-Photography

Photographs by Crystal Photographics

Photographs by Stuart Bebb Photography

The wedding of

The wedding of

The wedding of

Laura & Robert Gibbs

Laura & Matthew

Ros & Gary

took place on 18th April 2009

took place on 4th July 2009

took place in September 2008

at Stirrups Country Club

at Waddesdon Dairy

at Hartwell House

Photographs by Daryl John Photographics

Photographs by Maria Ashby-Giles

Photographs by Rob Wheal Photography

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VIDEOGRAPHY

You’ve Been

FRAMED For many couples, the decision not to employ a videographer to capture their wedding day is one they come to regret... our wedding day should be the

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happiest day of your life, and there’s no better way to remember it than via a professionally produced DVD, in addition to the formal images your chosen photographer will produce. Each Videographer will have his or her own particular style and no two wedding videos will be the same.

Your videographer should also have a copyright licence to record the wedding service and music. They will also have access to copyright licences that will enable them to dub your favourite music onto your DVD. A good videographer will understand that breach of copyright is theft – and will no doubt expect their own work to be treated with the same respect.

There are videographers specialising in all types of event coverage now – from simple fly-on-the-wall type productions, to documentary-style creations, through to highly stylised and orchestrated films. You really do have the opporFind A tunity to have the apher wedding video or Videogr wedding day film of your choice.

The cost of your wedding DVD is dependant on a number of factors. Some companies offer fully edited or at multiple camera productions.

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Visit your potential videographer personally for an impression of their particular style. Anyone operating a professional wedding video service should have Public Liability Insurance, and Professional Indemnity cover for situations that might occur which are beyond their control.

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Cutting costs may mean compromising on both, so never base your decision on price alone. It is advisable to watch several videos covering a wide price range before making your decision. As wedding videography is a seasonal business most successful videographers will become booked months if not years in advance. For information see the Institute of Videographers’ website at www.iov.com.

“Videography supplements still photography to capture a lifelong record of your day, so choose your expert carefully.” Fiona White, Editor, www.UKbride.co.uk


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TRANSPORT

Brilliant Transport

7 SUGGESTIONS For more local suppliers see www.UKbride.co.uk

Great transportation is a mix of style and practicality. Make sure you meet your chosen expert to ensure their services match up their their vehicle in terms of reliability... remember, the bride should only ever be fashionably late!

“Make sure you can get in and out of the car gracefully whilst wearing your dress!” Fiona White, Editor, www.UKbride.co.uk

From limos to Lambos, from classics to carriages see

UKbride.co.uk to find transport providers in your area!

(FROM TOP LEFT): n MODERN EXECUTIVE SALOON - SPACIOUS AND SMOOTH, BUT NOT IDEAL FOR LARGE DRESSES n HORSE AND CARRIAGE - ROMANTIC, BUT NOT IDEAL FOR BAD WEATHER n HIRED SPORTS CAR - GREAT FOR PHOTOS, BUT NOT VERY PRACTICAL n CLASSIC CAR - ELEGANT AND PRACTICAL n LIMO - SPACIOUS AND ACCESSIBLE n HELICOPTER - UNUSUAL, BUT EXPENSIVE n DOUBLE DECKER BUS - FUN, WITH PLENTY OF ROOM, IF A LITTLE CUMBERSOME!

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WE WON OUR Dream Wedding!

For Sharon Howell and Kevin Challinor, winners of our dream wedding, in association with UKbride.co.uk, the website’s combination of comprehensive wedding advice and a suite of wedding planning tools was nothing short of a match made in heaven… When Sharon Howell and Kevin Challinor heard they’d won a dream wedding with UKbride.co.uk, they couldn’t quite believe their luck… it took a couple of further calls to reassure them nobody was playing a practical joke!

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Shortly after becoming engaged, Sharon joined wedding planning website UKbride.co.uk to access the site’s suite of wedding planning tools and to try to win her dream wedding including full marquee reception with catering. The couple

were chosen as the lucky winners in November last year. The Autumn/Winter 2009 wedding season will see the redesign of www.ukbride.co.uk as part of a complete relaunch. The new site gives brides the ability to chat to other brides to exchange tips and ideas, and introduced e-Stands, creating a 24-hour online wedding fair. Using the new site, brides can plan their budgets, send out invites automatically and track RSVPs, create an online diary of their wedding planning, and upload images for family, friends and other brides to enjoy. “Joining the site was really useful.” Says Sharon. “It enabled us to get started on planning our wedding early which was great in itself, but it broke everything down into the


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Our Super Dream Wedding Prize... n Fully licensed civil wedding ceremony venue worth £15,000, including food and drink for your wedding breakfast! n £2,000 designer wedding dress choose from a huge range of beautiful gowns! n Amazing honeymoon worth £6,000 to a dream destination tailor-made just for you. n £2,000 of Hen and Stag events - two weekends of fun for both the girls, and boys - choose from a range of destinations.

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“Congratulations to Sharon and Kevin! To find out how you can win a dream wedding in 2010, see www.UKbride.co.uk.”

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HAIR

HAIR RAISING

STYLES

Our suggestions for beautiful bridal hair. Whether you’ve short, medium or long hair, you’ll find a style to suit on these pages... n If you’ve a short hairstyle, use curling irons to increase the fullness of your hair or use tiaras, fascinators and necklaces to vary your look and add extra interest to your neck and shoulders. n Medium hair should be curled and worn with a tiara - try to grow your hair a little to provide a more versatility if you’d like to try something new. n If you’ve long hair, wear a smooth heavy gown or large rolls with full skirted tulle gowns. If you’re already accustomed to long hair, leave a few tendrils loose to prevent your style looking too formal.

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n Choose your wedding gown first, then your wedding hairstyle and only then choose extras such as fascinators and veils. n If you’re colouring your hair for the day have it done two weeks before but have it Create touched up just before the big day.

Beautiful Hairstyles

n Use a hairdresser you’re familiar with rather than splashing out and using someone new.

for your wedding!

n Take care of your hair by using intensive conditioning treatments in the six months leading up to your wedding.

(FROM TOP LEFT): n LINEA RAFFAELLI n TRUDY LEE n ELLIS BRIDAL n CHANDRIKA THOMAS n CHARLOTTE BALBIER


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HAIR

“Don’t wear clothing that lifts over your head when visiting your stylist!” Fiona White, Editor, www.UKbride.co.uk

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(FROM TOP LEFT): n CHARLOTTE BALBIER n SINCERITY n ALLURE n LA SPOSA n HOLLYWOOD DREAMS n DONNA SALADO n CHARLOTTE BALBIER n RAINBOW n ELLIS BRIDAL n RAIMON BUNDÓ For Dress Suppliers featured here, see our Directory on page 128

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Scentsational FRAGRANCES With so much cheek-kissing and perfect make-up, the right scent is essential during your wedding. Our selection of the latest fragrances will ensure that your wedding day is nothing short of scentsational and your kisses divine!

Don’t Forget Book your make-up artist in time for a practice session. Arrange for your bridem aids to be there too and enj oy a really great ‘girl’s night in...’!


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“No bride should walk down the aisle without a quality scent!” Fiona White, Editor, www.ukbride.co.uk (Left to Right) Secret Obsession, Calvin Klein 100ml EDP £59.50. Opium, YSL 50ml EDP £44.99. Fragile, John Paul Gaultier 50ml EDT £38.99. Delicious, DKNY 100ml EDP £49.50. Sensuous,

Estée Lauder 50ml EDP £41.50. Classic, Prada 50ml EDP £42.50. No5, Chanel 35ml EDP £51.99. Covert, SJP 100ml EDP £38.50. Gucci, 50ml EDP £46.50. Sexy Darling, Kylie Minogue 50ml EDT £24.99.

Fragrances supplied by The Perfume Shop: 0845 601 1950. www.theperfumeshop.com.

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Luxury Fragrances to wear on the big day!

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The A-Z of Planning

Your Wedding! Here, we prove that planning your wedding is as easy as ABC... essential tips, finishing touches and other inspiration!

A is for Attendants…

B is for Budgeting…

C is for Cars…

Choose your attendants carefully and ensure your best man, chief bridesmaid and other attendants are reliable and will ensure your special day goes without a hitch.

Planning a wedding is exhilarating and exciting but it’s so easy to get carried away, and the financial implications of this can be horrendous. Set a budget and stick to it, and itemise your anticipated expenses from flowers to your reception, honeymoon, transport costs and catering arrangements.

Arriving in style is essential on your big day, and unfortunately, your family car just won’t cut the mustard. If cars really aren’t your thing, you could consider a horse drawn carriage or simple but stylish white Rolls Royce. If your groom is a little more passionate about cars though, how about arriving in a Ferrari or E-type Jaguar to make it to the church in style?

D is for Disco…

E is for Extras…

F is for Faith…

There’s nothing like a good disco to get your reception swinging, but when booking your entertainment, do ensure you make a list of the eras, styles and artists that you particularly like to give your entertainer something to go on. Choose somebody personable with equipment which produces good clear sound and don’t be afraid to go along to one of their bookings to hear them for yourselves.

It’s the little treats, favours and special touches that really make your day special so do go through Bride and Groom to have a look at what other couples have done and what different companies offer by way of finishing touches. Favours, disposable cameras on the tables, treats for the children and all those other extra little touches make all the difference and add a touch of class to your wedding.

When your big day comes along, a whole host of experts and professionals will have been enlisted, all charged with their own very special responsibilities in making your day perfect. Make your desires clear and be specific in your instructions, but also have faith, and do trust your professionals to do their job whilst you enjoy your day!

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G is for Grooming… Traditionally, weddings have always been the bride’s big day, but increasingly grooms too are indulging in a little TLC before the event, so do budget for a hair restyling, male facial and a little pampering to ensure he walks down the aisle looking his best!

H is for Honeymoon…

Going away to spend some time together before returning to gushing friends and relatives is a must after your big day, and will give you something to look forward to after the exhausting pomp and ceremony of your wedding is over, so make your honeymoon something very special indeed. Our top ten honeymoon ideas will offer inspiration!

I is for Invitations… Don’t be tempted to scrimp on your invitations and stationery. Whilst your home PC is capable of producing mediocre printed matter, proper invitations with lovely embossed stocks of paper, beautiful embellishments and elegant script will be kept for years as a souvenir of your momentous day…

J is for Jewellery…

K is for Kiddies…

L is for Love…

Tiaras, sparkling fascinators and other jewellery can all set off your outfit beautifully, so ensure you’re adorned with these beautiful finishing touches. See our jewellery pages for some imaginative ideas and inspiration.

Weddings inevitably excite children, so ensuring they’ve colouring books or little treat bags containing quiet activities will keep them busy, and prevent their running into maitre’d’s, guests and elderly relatives. If your budget can stretch to it, you could even consider a bouncy castle or children’s entertainer to really make it a day to remember not just for adults, but younger guests too.

Ultimately, weddings are about love and happiness. Inevitably the day will be busy and will almost certainly suffer little hitches, but when all is said and done, do ensure that you make time for your bride or groom, and remember to try to spend some time alone together to remind yourselves that you’ve the rest of your lives in each others’ company.

M is for Marriage…

N is for Nuptials…

O is for Outfit…

Do take the time to talk to your minister and discuss the degree to which you want religion to be a theme of your wedding. In addition to taking your vows in front of friends and family, you’re also making solemn promises before God and the Christian church. Your minister won’t mind if you’re not the most devout churchgoer, but will appreciate your respect for the church and the religious implications of a Christian ceremony.

The words in your wedding service within which you marry are very important, and in our opinion the older version of your vows is the most elegant with its aged and mellow language, and time honoured implications. Note that civil ceremonies are not allowed to have religious content of any sort.

Your wedding ensemble is perhaps one of the most important & personal features of the day, so trailing through guides and magazines, shopping around and trying on repeatedly, despite being somewhat of a hassle, is absolutely necessary if you’re to find that one special gown which is right for you. Our wedding dress pages will help you to choose a style and give you the inspiration to find the dress you want.

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P is for Photographs…

Q is for Quotes…

R is for Reception…

So many photographers have their own style and way of working that it’s worth having a specific idea of exactly what you’re looking for regarding the photographs of your big day.

Costs vary enormously from wedding to wedding, and from supplier to supplier, so it’s a good idea to gather as many quotes as possible from different suppliers and remain organised.

Consider either a more traditional, posed approach to your photographs or a slightly more contemporary and less formal looking reportage approach to photography, which will appear less posed.

Keep written quotes in a special file so that you can compare exactly what you get for your money and can keep track of your finances accordingly.

There are so many brilliant venues around the county for your reception, and this should be one of the first things you book, so try to see as many as possible in person rather than relying on brochures, which can be misleading. Estimate the amount of room and degree of privacy your reception venue needs to have, and consider the appearance of the grounds for your photographs.

S is for Speeches…

T is for Theme...

The speeches may seem nerve wracking, but with plenty of planning and a few rehearsals, you can make your groom’s speech appear slick and stress-free.

To ensure that everything fits together nicely, agree early on upon a theme which you will both follow - a colour, style or similar, that’s personal to you.

Use cue cards rather than a folded up piece of paper to ensure that you’re not struggling to find your place, maintain eye-contact with your audience.

V is for Valour…

Grooms, don’t forget that wedding dresses often restrict mobility... so open doors for your bride, hold her bouquet and help her into and out of her carriage or limo is to help prevent your new bride feeling uncomfortable and demonstrate a little chivalry!

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Continue this when choosing your dress, flowers, tableware and stationery. Other themes you may wish to consider include international historical themes or visual themes.

W is for Weather…

If you fear typically British bad weather on your big day, provide umbrellas for your guests as they leave church.

X is for Xxx…

Leave a note with her chief bridesmaid or send a text on the morning of your wedding to let your loved one know you’re looking forward to the big day and can’t wait to marry her.

U is for Unwanted… A gift list is a superb way of ensuring that you don’t end up with several hundred toasters, and plenty of high street stores will help collate these either in an in-store gift list book or online. Buying a wedding present was much easier before the days of co-habitation, and these days, with most people already having household essentials before they marry, a gift list is essential.

Y is for You…

Your wedding should reflect your tastes, preferences and personalities. Don’t be afraid to put your own personal stamp on your big day. Make a wish-list and work towards making your wedding a reflection of your love.

Z is for Zzz…

Above all other beauty tips that the experts will divulge, do remember that a good night’s sleep is essential to look fresh & beautiful for your wonderful day!


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FLOWERS

FANTASY FLOWERS Whether your intention is to save, spend or splurge, our wedding florist Kate has great ideas for your church and reception flowers... hoosing your bridal flowers can be as scary as finding your perfect dress, but is just as important in the overall look of the day.

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colour, or texture? A good florist will always suggest the best flowers for your colour theme, size and style; as well as tailoring the arrangements for your requirements, but try and help the florist as much as possible.

Recommendation is a great way of finding your florist, but it's a good idea to browse several flower As creative as most florists are, shops too. Once you've made up they are not mind readers so your mind, the more always book a information you consultation - it's can give them the worth the money SPRING: Tulip, Anemone, better – pictures as you'll have lots Freesia, Lily, Peony, Daffodil, from magazines, of time devoted to Ranunculus, Amaryllis. pictures of the you, and you'll be SUMMER: Lily, Carnation, dress, fabric able to work out

TIGHT HAND TIED POSIES ARE IDEAL FOR THE MORE PETITE BRIDE. DON’T OPT FOR LARGER ARRANGEMENTS IF THEY’LL LOOK TOO LARGE.

FOUR SEASONS

the best choices for your big day.

Sunflower, Chrysanthemum, Rose, Lavender, Magnolia. AUTUMN: Delphinium,

Try and make Pinks, Hydrangea, Gladiolus, Gerbera, Bouvardia, Orchid. time on a week day because the WINTER: Camellia, Snowflorist will have drop, Hyacinth, Lisianthus, more time to Lilac, Nerine, Iris, Euphorbia. discuss ideas, as the shop may be busy on a Saturday. But what should you consider when choosing your flowers: scent,

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FLOWERS

Why not have your flowers dried so you can keep them after the wedding...?

SAVE The Budget: £400 The Flowers: Gerberas to ‘pad out’ roses, and large blooms. The Trick: Use different ‘grades’ of flowers, create inexpensive centrepieces yourself.

Fiona White, Editor www.UKbride.co.uk

Make your wedding look stunning on a budget: all florists can obtain flowers in differing grades, so use the most expensive roses for your bouquet, but in the table centres you use a cheaper grade of rose, for example.

swatches, key themes, or special items the wedding theme is based on - for example, if you're wearing your Grandmother's brooch, it might be nicer for you to incorporate this into your bouquet, rather than wear it on your dress.

MODEST DESIGNS CAN OFTEN WORK REALLY WELL.

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TIGHTLY BUNCHED ROSES LOOK REALLY TRADITIONAL!

Use cheaper flowers like Gerbera or Germini and then mix with more expensive flowers like roses.

SPEND The Budget: £800 The Flowers: Intersperse Hydrangia and Delphinium. Full flowers for buttonholes. The Trick: Create height and structure. Mix blooms to create hand-tied bouquets.

florist once you’ve decided on your highlight colour.

Remember less is often more. Use flowers like Lilies, Peonies & Amaryllis to give arrangements height.

Also, consider the size of your bouquet; if you’re small, an enormous trailing bouquet will overpower you a good florist will take the bride’s height & basic shape into consideration.

Use foliage in clever ways to create depth to you decorations and a fuller look. Use some of the more expensive flowers and layer these with the cheaper varieties to make the overall look very expensive.

Don’t forget to discuss button holes for your groomsmen and close family!

Prepare a brief, with suggestions for style Don’t forget plants of bouquet could also be used as traditional shower table arrangements, (a long, trailing these can be very bouquet, wired or in attractive as well as a foam holder), cheaper (dependant garden flower posy on the plant) and a (country-style loose memento for people Fiona White, Editor bouquet, hand-tied or to take home with www.UKbride.co.uk in a holder) or wire them at the end of work decorative the night. bouquet (flowers are Finally, ask to see some of your chosen stuck to a decorstive, handmade florist’s previous work and work with wire trailing frame) or crescent them throughout your planning to shaped bouquet. ensure your wedding flowers will be If you’ve a preference, suggest type as beautiful as you dreamed. of flowers and consult with your Kate is creative director of Orangery Flowers, in Cambridge, Newmarket and Ely. See www.orangeryflowers.co.uk.

SPLURGE The Budget: £1,200 The Flowers: Orchids for tables. Tight grasses and Roses for hand-tied bouquet. The Trick: Talk to your florist about bespoke arrangements. Light-up centrepieces for effect. Ask your florist to create something different, like the heart bouquet which is made purely from grass and roses with contrasting foliage. Opt for large flower arrangements around the side of the room and potted plants on the tables which can be given away as favours later.


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n Three tiers will serve 50-200 whilst five layers is safer for 200 guests or more. Opt to make at least one of your layers sponge rather than fruitcake for those who prefer the former.

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STATIONERY

SPECIALINVITATION A varied selection of the most creative and personal wedding stationery around...!

Editor’s Choice

Belarto Limited

Dreams To Reality

Blissful Designs

Mandalay

Nickelsons

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Belarto Limited

Dreams To Reality

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Blissful Designs

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For stockists and suppliers see our Directory on page 128.

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JEWELLERY

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Selection of 18ct gold wedding rings from Aagaard, Alfred Terry and PHX. For suppliers see our Directory on page 128.

Wedding rings are highly symbolic pieces of jewellery, so it’s likely you’ll want to wear your ring all the time, and for many years. It’s important to select the style and design of the ring very carefully. Ring the changes in your relationship by choosing matching wedding bands that represent the unending continuity of your love for one another...


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n If you are creative, you may wish to sketch out a design of your own, and then have it custom-made by a goldsmith. n It’s still traditional to opt for matching rings, but you can add your own twist to the design: for example, both wedding rings could be the same metal & pattern, but the bride could choose to have the addition of some diamonds or another precious stone. n As a general guide, a wedding ring should be either the same width or very slightly wider than the engagement ring band. n Your engagement ring should go on the third finger of your left hand. Your wedding ring should be worn on the same finger, just in front of it – some wedding bands have special semi-circles to fit around your engagement ring. n Ring sizes are measure from A-Z… the average size for a ring is ‘L’. n Opt for a wedding band in the same material as your engagement ring as different metals can wear each other away if they rub against each other. n Leave 8 weeks of lead time for your wedding rings – longer if they’re bespoke rings or will be engraved. n Rounded edge wedding rings are traditional, whilst high-domed and flat wedding rings are considered the most modern band style.

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LET’S FACE THE

MUSIC

ATTENDING DANCE LESSONS WILL SURPRISE YOUR GUESTS & PROVIDE SOMETHING TO DO TOGETHER IN THE RUN UP TO YOUR WEDDING.

After your wedding breakfast it’s time for the party to begin… choose entertainment that will appeal to all generations and to ensure your reception has universal appeal and really get the party started…! he mainstay of many wedding receptions is a good disco, and finding a professional DJ is essential. See www.ukbride.co.uk to find a supplier in your area, then, meet your DJ personally and ensure you hear them performing at a comparable venue before you book them. During your initial meting, have a rough playlist to hand to ensure the music selection is appropriate both to your tastes and that of your guests.

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Classical Music In addition to popular music, consider a string quartet, harpist or classical group to provide light background music during your

wedding breakfast. Many can also perform Beatles covers or similar, and jazz groups can also by learning to dance before provide a your reception by embarking sophisticated on short courses... First touch to your Dance is a company reception. which specialises in Practical during private tuition in your your wedding home, so you can Join in the fun on our breakfast, learn your steps light classical forum and chit-chat without fear of music tends to to other brides! embarassment! drown out the www.UKbride.co.uk clattering of Fireworks cutlery on crockery. Entertainment at your wedding Learn to Dance! isn’t just about music – fireworks create dramatic photographs and a You can wow your guests or romantic half hour show that will surprise your new husband or wife really wow your guests! Fireworks for Weddings can even provide firewriting at just £14 per 2ft letter!

Share Your Wedding Tips!

Highland Piper If the pipes are calling, Piper for Hire has a list of qualified and uniformed pipers for hire anywhere in the UK, popular not just over the borders, but in England too! THINK DIFFERENTLY WHEN IT COMES TO WEDDING ENTERTAINMENT... STILT WALKERS, FACE PAINTERS! TRIBUTE BANDS LIKE THE UPBEAT BEATLES ARE POPULAR WITH PEOPLE OF ALL AGES


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ENTERTAINMENT

Tribute Bands If you’d like something a little different to the usual disco, why not consider a tribute band? Some groups such as Abba Gold from Spot On Entertainment, Bee Gees Fever, Bjorn Again, the Bootleg Beatles or the UpBeat Beatles or even Jon’s Elton or the Blues Brothers by Henderson Management can provide music from big names which appeal to all generations and each creates an involving, popular show to get everybody on the dance floor!

LORD GOLD AND HIS FOOTMEN ARE DASHING SOCIALITES GUARANTEED TO BRING A TITTER TO YOUR RECEPTION...!

Something different If you’ve something a little more quirky in mind, Contraband Events can provide unique entertainers from face-painters, puppet shows, jesters and bubble shows for children, to LED & UV performers, contortionists, aerial, trapeze and tight rope walkers, belly dancers, ballet dancers, human canapés, and even snake charmers…!

involve planning a meal, it should mean celebrating the beginning of your life together with a party that nobody will forget…!

If you’ve a number of children attending your reception, don’t forget party pages with things like colouring books to keep them entertained (and quiet!) during your reception; see www.doodlendine.com or www.cocoonparty.co.uk.

Your wedding is unique, and your entertainment should be too – hosting a reception shouldn’t just

What a Surprise! “The secret to choosing Amaze your guests with a flying banner great entertainment is at reception! Image: Skyads. imagination! Create little surprises for your guests...!” Fiona White, Editor www.ukbride.co.uk

How to Entertain Children at your Wedding...

Think outside of the box when it comes to your wedding entertainment children and adults alike will love a table magician performing sleight of hand, face painter or clown, and for really child friendly weddings, why not hire a bouncy castle? They’re great fun for kids and will also provide some amusing photographic opportunities!

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The Astor Quartet We have played for over 700 weddings and offer a vast repertoire with something in every style. Please call Penelope on

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HONEYMOON

HEAVENLY HONEYMOONS TOP

Our suggestions for the dream destinations to make the excitement of your wedding last that little bit longer! 1. Maldives - £4,000pp Enjoy an ultra luxurious private beach hut at Banyan Tree hotel.

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4. St Lucia £1,600pp Beautiful coastline, Baking hot sun, and gorgeous azure blue seas!

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6. Barbados - £1,300pp Watersports, jaw-dropping scenery and

7. Bahamas - £947pp Luxurious hotels and pure white beaches for the ultimate in peace

3. Dubai - £3,500pp

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5. Mauritius £1,500pp White sands, blue oceans and breathtaking wildlife, one of the

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10. Venice - £500pp The city of dreams. Enjoy a gondola ride from St Mark’s Square.

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COUNTDOWN

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Wedding Day

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12-18 months to go

Choose your outfits and sort out your honeymoon! The honeymoon is a real treat, especially after the stress of organising your big day! To this end, it should be arranged well in advance.

COUNTDOWN Plan your wedding in a structured way and you’ll enjoy the build-up rather than causing yourself undue worry... 18-24 months to go Choose the date and venue! Many churches and civil ceremony venues need to be organised in advance, and your whole day will be planned around this date. Therefore, this should be your first port of call. Planning a wedding will seem

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extremely daunting. It’s at this stage that you should consider a wedding planner or using a wedding planning website such as www.ukbride.co.uk to assist you in what is ultimately a huge exercise in project management.

Because the bride’s dress will be the centre of attention, it takes a great deal of time to choose. This needs to be accomplished as early as possible, as the groom and all attendants will then choose their outfits in relation to this focal point.

6-12 months to go Well in advance, it’s a good idea to sort out rings and confirm the arrangements for the honeymoon, are your passports valid, for example? As the bride will probably have


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chosen her dress by now, it’s perhaps prudent for the groom to organise his suit, and those for his attendants, to match. Ordered the rings.

3-6 months to go Having shopped around for the cake and for flowers, make sure the details of these are confirmed and that they can be delivered a day before, or on the day at the latest. Brides, should already have approved the dress

and been for a fitting, but it’s perhaps a good idea to have a second fitting around this time. Additionally, it’s prudent to organise a trial make-up session with your chosen beautician, ideally on the day you attend a dress fitting to ensure both work well together as you sweep down the aisle.

Contact all suppliers and confirm booking details and, if applicable, delivery arrangements. Organise stag and hen nights and if you’ve opted for a civil ceremony rather than a church ceremony, now is the time to make your civil application. Make sure that stationery has been ordered and sent out.

Less than a month! Make a nuptial announcement to the local press. Have a final fitting of dresses and morning suits. Send out thank-you letters for wedding presents as they arrive and finalise numbers for the reception venue. Sort out a list of dealers and suppliers with whom to check delivery details.

Less than a week ON THE MORNING OF YOUR WEDDING ALLOW PLENTY OF TIME TO PAMPER YOURSELF RATHER THAN GETTING READY IN A HURRY!

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Don’t panic if something unexpected happens family, friends and attendants are all there to ensure you have a wonderful day, and will help you overcome any last minute hiccups!

1-2 months to go

“Sites like UKbride.co.uk will prove invaluable, telling you what to plan when, & suggesting local suppliers!” Fiona White, Editor www.UKbride.co.uk

The Big Day Checklist

Have a dress rehearsal, checking your makeup and clothing. Arrange honeymoon suitcases and ensure you’ve bought every-

thing you need for going away – sun tan lotion, bikini, reading matter for on the beach. Make final checks for delivery from suppliers and confirm bookings, then relax and enjoy the build up to your special day!

Less than 24 hours Grooms, leave a short note telling your betrothed how much you love her and how much you’re looking forward to marrying her! GET YOUR HEN AND STAG NIGHTS OUT OF THE WAY WELL IN ADVANCE OF TH BIG DAY...!

“As long as you know the planning is under control, you can enjoy the build up to your wedding!” Fiona White, Editor www.UKbride.co.uk

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ACCESSORIES The Bag Girls www.thebaggirls.co.uk Tel: 07944 082363 BRIDAL SHOES Belle www.paradoxlondon.com Benjamin Adams www.paradoxlondon.com Gabriella & Lucido www.gabriellaandlucido.com Hassall www.rainbowclub.co.uk Mirakel Wedding Shoes 40 Prospect Street, Caversham, Reading, Berkshire, RG4 8JL Tel: 0118 9472060

Hollywood Dreams www.hollywooddreams.co.uk

Couture Cakes 07968 596912 www.couture-cakes.co.uk

Ian Stuart www.ianstuart-bride.com

Give Me Cake Linden Mews, The Mount, Reading, Berks RG1 5HL Tel: 01189 871768

Jasper Conran www.jasperconran.com Je T’aime www.jetaimebridal.co.uk Justin Alexander www.justinalexanderbridal.com Kate Warner Couture Ryalls Barn, Manor Farm, Church Street, Abingdon, Oxfordshire, OX14 4PA Tel: 01235 848661

Sophie’s Chocolates 3-4 Elgiva Lane, Chesham, Bucks HP5 2JB Tel: 01494 782999 Sussex Cake Creations 0845 224 1591 www.sussexcakecreations.co.uk

Kelsey Rose www.kelseyrose.co.uk

CATERING

Pink www.paradoxlondon.com

La Sposa www.splasposa.com

Rainbow www.rainbowclub.co.uk

Lesley Cutler Bridal Wear 11 Cloudberry, Walnut Tree, Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire, MK7 7DL Tel: 01908 690899

Catering Options Unit 31 Longshot Lane, Bracknell, Berkshire, RG12 1RL Tel: 01344 411288

BRIDALWEAR Alan Hannah www.allurebridals.com Alfred Angelo www.alfredangelo.com Alice James www.alice-james.co.uk Allure www.allurebridals.com Amanda Wyatt www.allurebridals.com Anellá Couture www.anellacouture.co.uk Anna Bridal www.annasbridal.com Anna McDonald The White House, 2 East Street, Thame, Oxfordshire, OX9 3JS Tel: 01844 214190 Annie Laurie www.annielaurieheaddresses.co.uk Aphrodite www.aphroditebridalwear.co.uk Benjamin Roberts www.benjaminroberts.co.uk Berkshire Brides 38 Surley Row, Emmer Green, Reading, Berkshire, RG4 8NA Tel: 01189 483838 Bride-To-Be 106 Broad St Mall, Reading, Berks RG1 7QA Tel: 0118 9575115 Chandrika Thomas www.chandrikathomas.co.uk Charlotte Balbier www.charlottebalbier.com Complice Stalo Theodorou www.complice-st.com Confetti Bridal Centre 58 - 64 Charwood Road, Wokingham, Berkshire, RG40 1RY Tel: 01189 789839 Donna Salado www.donnasalado.com Ellie Sanderson 1 London End, Beaconsfield, Old Town, Buckinghamshire, HP9 2HN Tel: 01494 674440 Elyse Bridal 311 Wellingborough Road, Northampton, Northamptonshire, NN1 4EW Tel: 01604 603950 Giovanna www.giovannacouture.co.uk Glamour glamourbridalwear.com Gloria Estellés www.gloriaestelles.com

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Linea Raffaelli www.linearaffaelli.com Maidenhead Brides 105a Queen Street, Maidenhead, Berks SL6 1LR Tel: 01628 562023 Millie Benjamin Bridal Sheep Street, Charlbury, Oxon OX7 3RR Tel: 01608 810252 Ninety 3 www.93collections.com Perfection Bridal & Menswear 13-15 Blagrave Street, Reading, Berks RG1 1PJ Tel: 0118 9581555 Posh Pins www.posh-pins.com

ENTERTAINMENT Abba Gold www.spotonentertainment.co.uk AC Disco Light and PA Hire 13 Leyshon Road, Wheatley, Oxon OX33 1XF Tel: 01865 875519 Bee Gees Fever www.beegeesfever.co.uk Bjorn Again www.bjornagain.co.uk Blues Brothers www.henderson-management.co.uk Bootleg Beatles www.bootlegbeatles.co.uk Contraband Events www.contrabandevents.com

Pronuptia www.pronuptia.co.uk Raimon Bundó www.raimonbundo.com Roz la Kelin www.rozlakelin.com Sassi Holford www.sassiholford.com Sincerity www.sinceritybridal.com Stevies www.steviesgowns.co.uk Sweetheart www.sweetheartgowns.com The Bridal Box 198 Banbury Road, Summertown, Oxford, Oxfordshire, OX2 7BY Tel: 01865 559272 BRIDALWEAR CLEANING White Knights 72 George Street, Caversham, Reading, Berkshire, RG4 8DW Tel: 01483 762567

Fireworks for Weddings www.fireworks4weddings.co.uk First Dance www.firstdance.co.uk Guild of Toastmasters www.guildoftoastmasters.co.uk John’s Elton www.johnselton.co.uk Manhattan Music Ltd 10 Tudor Court, Lower Cookham Road, Maidenhead, Berkshire, SL6 8JH Tel: 01628 674270 Piper for Hire www.pipeforhire.co.uk Red7 www.redsevenleisure.co.uk Score Live Music 54 Upper Broad Moor, Crowethorn, Berkshire, RG45 7BY Tel: 01344 772511

CAKES & FAVOURS All Cakes and Sizes Unit 22a Monument Business Park, Oxford, Oxfordshire, OX44 7RW Tel: 01865 890 975 Celebration Cakes by Catherine Scott 2 Montpelier Drive, Caversham, Reading, Berkshire, RG4 6PS Tel: 01189 461112

Skyads 01843 836439 www.airads.co.uk The Astor Quartet 15 Fairview Road, Banbury, Oxon OX16 5HU Tel: 01295 263305 The First Dance Company www.thefirstdancecompany.co.uk Tel: 07772 323435


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FIREWORKS Harlequin Fireworks Sunnyhill, Stylecroft Road, Bucks HP8 4HY Tel: 01494 872683 Skyline Promotions 48 Kingsclere Road, Bicester, Oxon OX26 2JJ Tel: 01865 880012 FLOWERS & DECORATIONS Animation Flowers 25 Lydbury, Bracknell, Berkshire, RG12 9HH Tel: 01344 305416 County Florists 84 Kingsley Park Terrace, Northampton, Northamptonshire, NN2 7HJ Tel: 01604 461666 Florabunda Unit 2 Quarry Road, Duston, Northampton, Northamptonshire, NN5 6NT Tel: 01604 586565 Flowers 2 Impress 15 Keswick Road, Hanslope, Buckinghamshire, MK19 7NX Tel: 01908 510025 Flowers & Plants Association www.flowers.org.uk. Floral Art Film House, Nightingale Corner, Buckinghamshire, HP7 9PY Tel: 01494 762760 Flowers & Florals 18 Trees Avenue, Hughenden Valley, High Wycombe, Bucks HP14 4PQ Tel: 07764 290744 Sonning Flowers The Old Forge, Pearson Road, Sonning on Thames, Berkshire, RG4 6UH Tel: 01189 723333

Julie Hanif 2 Hillside Road, Reading, Berkshire, RG6 7LP Tel: 01189 352244 Pippa Wills - Make-Up Artist Washinghtion Cottage, Chalford, Buckinghamshire, OX39 4NH Tel: 07736 817132 Sally's Treatments 67 Straight Bit, Flackwell Heath, High Wycombe, Bucks HP10 9NE Tel: 01628 531465 The Perfume Shop 0845 601 1950 www.theperfumeshop.com Tip2Toe Nail & Beauty 15 The Chase, Marlow, Bucks SL7 1UU Tel: 07891 553249 Unisex Mobile Hairstylist 56 Barley Hill Road, Southfields, Northamptonshire, NN3 5JA Tel: 07710 562688 HONEYMOON PROVIDERS Ascot Travel House 5 Royal Hunt House, Fernbank Road, Ascot, Berkshire SL5 8JR Tel: 01344 890400 JEWELLERY Alfred Terry 020 8446 9020 www.alfredterry.com Michael Jones Jeweller 79-80 High Street, Banbury, Oxon OX16 5JG Tel: 01295 263540

Advanced Marquees The Plough, Great Coxwell, Faringdon, Oxfordshire, SN7 7SR Tel: 01367 242931

Mulberry Hall 01904 620736 www.mulberryhall.co.uk Pressies For Princesses www.pressies4princesses.co.uk

Arabian Marquees www.arabiantents.com Cotswold Marquee Ltd Unit 9 Brailes Industrial Estate, Winderton Lane, Lower Brailes, Oxfordshire, OX15 5JW Tel: 01608 686900 D & D Marquees 1 Devonshire Close, Boughton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, NN2 8RY Tel: 01604 821460

HAIR & BEAUTY

Grand Marquees 1 Winchendon Roadd, Chearsley, Aylesbury, Bucks HP18 0DP Tel: 07958 397009

Brides and Beauty 200 Gosbrook Road, Caversham, Reading, Berkshire, RG4 8BJ Tel: 07788 993965

Lulu's of Henley 4 Dairy Lane, Hambleden, Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire, RG9 3AS Tel: 01491 579445

Prezzy Box 0844 2495 007 www.prezzybox.com

Lavenders of London www.lavendersoflondon.com

Visit UKbride.co.uk to find out how!

House of Fraser 0845 602 1073 www.houseoffraser.co.uk

Matalan www.matalan.co.uk

Etiquette www.i-do.uk.com Henrys For Men 52 High Street, Banbury, Oxon OX16 5JJ Tel: 01295 251044

Cattiva www.petermartingroup.com

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MARQUEES

Marks & Spencer 0845 302 1234 www.marksandspencer.com

BMB Clothing Ltd www.debenham.com

WIN Your Dream

Harrods www.harrods.com

Next 0844 844 8939 www.next.co.uk

MEN'S WEAR

MOTHER OF THE BRIDE

Debenhams www.debenhams.com

John Lewis 08456 049 049 www.johnlewis.com

Wings Events Ltd. Unit 3 JBJ Business Park, Northampton, Northamptonshire Tel: 01604 859639

Peter Posh www.peterposh.com

Totan Jewellers 37 High Street, Kettering, Northampton, Northamptonshire, NN16 8SU Tel: 01536 523225

GIFTS

Tops Marquees 25 Gloucester Road, Maidenhead, Berkshire, SL6 7SN Tel: 01628 773566

Condici www.condici.co.uk Ispirato www.ispirato.co.uk John Charles www.johncharles.co.uk Lizzie James 36 Little Clarendon Street, Oxford, Oxon OX1 2HU Tel: 01865 512936

No. 25 25-27 The Parade, Bourne End, Buckinghamshire, SL8 5SB Tel: 01628 528877 Oni Onik www.oni-onik.be Paule Vasseur www.Paule-Vasseur.co.uk Peter Martin www.petermartingroup.com The Dressing Room 8 The Ridings Arcade, Northampton, Northamptonshire, NN1 1EZ Tel: 01604 622944 PHOTOGRAPHY Adrian Pagdin Photography 1 Dark Lane, Reading, Berkshire, RG10 8JX Tel: 01189 406292 All The World's A Studio 17 Taplow Common Road, Burnham, Bucks SL1 8LP Tel: 01628 602198 Amanda Tweed Photography 9 Windsor Ride, Finchampstead, Wokingham, Berkshire, RG40 3LG Tel: 01189 328192 Annalise Photography Unit 200 Milton Keynes Business Centre, Milton Keynes, Bucks MK14 6GD Tel: 08448 008268 British Institute of Professional Photographer www.bipp.com

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Crystal Photographics 13 Donaldson Avenue, Broughton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, NN14 1NP Tel: 01536 791682 D J Photographic 14 Leyburne Gardens, Chinnor, Oxfordshire, OX39 4EL Tel: 01844 355170 Graham Reading Photography Gerrards Cross, Bucks SL97JH Tel: 01753 885557 Imaginary Graphics Ltd 12 Jameston, Birch Hill, Bracknell, Berkshire, RG12 7XZ Tel: 07966 576464 JMC-Weddings 131 Gipsy Lane, Wokingham, Berks RG40 2BW Tel: 01189 783820 Julia Evans Photography Moorcroft, The Greenway, Wantage, Oxfordshire, OX12 8RG Tel: 01235 833466 Just Shoot Me Photography 9 Red House Close, Newton Longville, Buckingham, Bucks MK17 0AH Tel: 01908 366766 Maria Ashby-Giles Photography 2 Boyn Hill Close, Maidenhead, Berks SL6 4JD Tel: 01628 789476

Sonrisa Photography 82 Broadway, Bracknell, Berks RG12 1AR Tel: 01344 860922 Sophie Photography 85 Wappenham Road, Helmdon, Northampton, Northamptonshire NN13 5QA Tel: 01295 760034 Stuart Bebb 29 Medina Gardens, Bicester, Oxon OX26 2XD Tel: 01869 242294

Monster Parties www.monsterparties.co.uk Nickelsons www.nickelsons.co.uk Paper Monkeys www.papermonkeys.co.uk Pink Polar Limited www.pink-polar.co.uk Rani Deshpande www.ranideshpande.com

The Bridal Photographer 15 Mill Lane, Benson, Wallingford, Oxfordshire, OX10 6SA Tel: 01491 200168

The Last Detail www.thelastdetail.co.uk

The Master Photographer’s Association www.tmpa.com

A Wedding Less Ordinary www.aweddinglessordinary.co.uk

Toffee Snaps 23 Woodford Close, Aylesbury, Bucks HP19 7FS Tel: 07730 643191

TABLE WEAR

Ultimate Image 5 North Bush Furlong, Didcot, Oxon OX11 9DY Tel: 01235 519138 Vie Photography 117 Welford Road, Wickham, Newbury, Berkshire, RG20 8HL Tel: 01488 608787 STATIONERY & FAVOURS

Media Lane Weddings Great Milton, Oxfordshire www.medialaneweddings.co.uk Tel: 01844 278534

Belarto Limited www.belarto.co.uk

Nigel Chapman Photography 17 Mead Close, Marlow, Bucks SL7 1HR Tel: 01628 484296

Brambles Weddings www.brambles-weddings.co.uk

Beachcombers www.cardsbybeachcombers.co.uk Blissful Designs www.blissfuldesigns.co.uk Bonne Fête www.bonnefete-hire.co.uk

Cammar Designs www.cammardesigns.co.uk Cherry Blossom Favours www.cherryblossomfavours.com Chic Wedding Boutique www.chicweddingboutique.uk.com Cocoon Party www.cocoonparty.co.uk Confetti Direct 01386 555045 www.confettidirect.co.uk

Purelight by Sam & Glen 01636 673 800 www.wearepurelight.com

Daisy Shop 01323 896807 www.daisyshop.co.uk

Sharon Ronan Photography The Plat, Burghfield, Reading, Berks RG30 3TP Tel: 01189 835090

Doodle & Dine www.doodlendine.com

Sidney Cripps Photography 88 Paynesdown Road, Thatcham, Berkshire, RG19 3SG Tel: 01635 864195

I Do Wedding Favours www.idoweddingfavours.co.uk

Society of Wedding Photographers www.swpp.co.uk

Little Willow Designs 0845 055 3263 www.littlewillowdesigns.co.uk

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Mandalay www.mandalaybride.co.uk

Tables of Perfection www.tablesofperfection.co.uk

All About Party Bags www.allaboutpartybags.co.uk

Picture Wedding Art 2 Farriers Mews, Bourton Grange, Bourton-on-the-water, Oxon SN6 8HZ Tel: 01793 780501

Made by Millie & Me www.millieandme.net

Terry Joslin Photography 10 Northmead Road, Slough, Berks SL2 1TR Tel: 01753 528785

Mario Mage Photography 55 Lashford Lane, Dry Sandford, Abingdon, Oxfordshire, OX13 6DZ Tel: 08453 706067

Photogica Carcasonne, Oldfield Road, Maidenhead, Berkshire, SL6 1UA Tel: 01628 630940

Lovely Favours www.lovelyfavours.co.uk

Dreams To Reality www.dreams-to-reality.co.uk

Juicy Lucy Designs www.juicylucyweddings.co.uk

Talking Tables www.talkingtables.co.uk. The Little Orchard Press www.littleorchardpress.co.uk

All Dress Up 4 The Green, Chalfont St Giles, Bucks HP8 4QF Tel: 01494 874364 Bite Events The Foundry, Lottage Road, Aldbourne, Wiltshire, SN8 2EB Tel: 01672 541020 TRANSPORT Allerston Taylor & Regency Carriages Raven Cresent, Wescot, Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, HP18 0PA Tel: 01296 655021 Amelias Carriages Stonehill Farm, Drayton, Abington, Oxfordshire, OX14 4AA Tel: 01235 529915 Brides Travel 24 Hanney Road, Abington, Oxon OX13 6AL Tel: 01235 831251 Carriages for Occasions The Firs Burnham Road, Westcott, Buckinghamshire, HP18 0PL Tel: 01296 655844 Celebration Carriages Poplar Farm, Cold Ash, Berks RG18 9NZ Tel: 01635 862863 Colnside Executive Cars 34 Aysgarth Park, Maidenhead, Berkshire, SL6 2HG Tel: 01628 633443 Elite Fleet Cars 2 Wotton End, Ludgershall, Bucks HP18 9NT Tel: 01844 238797 Oxford Chauffeur Driven Cars 87 Staunton Road, Headington, Oxfordshire, OX3 7TL Tel: 01865 456183 Priory Chauffeurs Capella, 4 Hendons Way, Maidenhead, Berkshire, SL6 2LF Tel: 01628 633635


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Signature Car Hire www.signaturecarhire.co.uk Silver Phantom Wayside Service Station, Oxford Road, Buckinghamshire, SL9 7BB Tel: 07970 288848

Frilford Heath Golf Club Frilford Heath, Abingdon, Oxon OX13 5NW Tel: 01865 390864 Hall Place B .C. A, Burchetts Green, Maidenhead, Berks SL6 6QR Tel: 01628 827470

South Bucks Supercar Hire The Rink, Grove Lane, Bucks SL9 9JU Tel: 08451 162144

Headington Hill Hall Headington, Oxford, Oxfordshire, OX3 0BP Tel: 01865 484619

Time Travel 67 The Moors, Kidlington, Oxon OX5 2AQ Tel: 01865 375784

Lains Barn Grove Park Drive, Nr Ardington, Wantage, Oxfordshire, OX12 7QG Tel: 01235 832745

www.wedding-car.co.uk 9 Red House Close, Newton Longville, MILTON KEYNES, Bucks MK17 0AH Tel: 01908 366766

Malmaison Oxford 3 Oxford Castle, Oxford, Oxon OX1 1AY Tel: 01865 268400

VENUES Ashmolean Museum Beaumont Street, Oxford, Oxon OX1 2PH Tel: 01865 278005 Barcelo Daventry Hotel Sedgemoor Way, Daventry, Northampton, Northamptonshire, NN11 0SG Tel: 01327 307000 Bearwood College Wokingham, Berkshire RG41 5BG Tel: 01189 748300 Bignell Park Hotel Chesterton, Nr Bicester, Oxon OX26 1UE Tel: 01869 326550 Bijou Wedding Venues Silchester House, Holy Lane, Silchester, Hampshire, RG7 2NA Tel: 08451 309966 Bisham Abbey National Sports Centre Marlow Road, Bisham, Nr Marlow, Buckinghamshire, SL7 1RR Tel: 01628 476911 Blenheim Palace Blenheim Hospitality, Woodstock, Oxfordshire, OX20 1PS Tel: 01993 813874 Bradfield College Bradfield, Reading, Berkshire, RG7 6AU Tel: 01189 644500 Britwell House Britwell Salome, Oxon, Oxon OX49 5LJ Tel: 01491 612615 Donnington Grove Country Club Grove Road, Newbury, Berkshire, RG14 2LA Tel: 01635 581000 Eynsham Hall North Leigh, Witney, Oxon OX29 6PN Tel: 01993 885 200 Fallow Fields Country House Hotel Faringdon Road, Kingston Bagpuize, Oxford, Oxon OX13 5BH Tel: 01865 820416

Malmaison Reading Great Western House, 18-20 Station Road, Reading, Berkshire, RG1 1JX Tel: 01189 562300 Mill Hall Pigeons Farm Road, Greenham, Thatcham, Berkshire, RG19 8XA Tel: 01635 244246 Notley Tythe Barn Notley Farm, Long Crendon, Bucks HP18 9ER Tel: 01844 201226 Oxford Town Hall St. Aldates, Oxford, Oxfordshire, OX1 1BX Tel: 01865 252776 Phyllis Court Club Marlow Road, Henley on Thames, Oxon RG9 2HT Tel: 01491 570500 Pinewood Hotel Wrexham Park Lane, George Green, Buckinghamshire, SL3 6AP Tel: 01753 896400 Ramada Hotel & Resort Elcot Park Elcot, Newbury, Berkshire, RG20 8NJ Tel: 01488 658100 Royal Adelaide Hotel 46 Kings Road, Windsor, Berkshire, SL4 2AG Tel: 01753 863916 Sand Martins Golf Club Finchampstead Road, Wokingham, Berks RG40 3RQ Tel: 0118 9029962

The Benefield Wheatsheaf Upper Benefield, Oundle, Northampton, Northamptonshire, PE8 5AN Tel: 01832 205400 The George Hotel High Street, Wallingford, Oxon OX10 0BS Tel: 01491 836665 The Manor Hotel The Village Green, Near Windsor, Berks SL3 9EA Tel: 01753 543442 The Manor House Aldermaston Court, Church Road, Aldermaston, Berkshire, RG7 4HX Tel: 01189 819333 The Oakwood Centre Headley Road, Woodley, Reading, Berkshire, RG5 4JZ Tel: 0118 9690356 The Old Parsonage Hotel 1 Banbury Road, Oxford, Oxon OX2 6NN Tel: 01865 310 210 The Oxford Belfry Milton Common, Thame, Oxon OX9 2JW Tel: 01844 279381 The Red Lion Hotel Hart Street, Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire, RG9 2AR Tel: 01491 572161 The Spread Eagle Hotel 16-17 Cornmarket, Thame, Oxon OX9 2BW Tel: 01844 213661 Ufton Court Green Lane, Ufton Nervet, Reading, Berkshire, RG7 4HE Tel: 01189 832099 Upper Reaches Hotel Thames Street, Abingdon, Oxon OX14 3JA Tel: 01235 522536 Weston Manor Hotel Northampton Road, Oxford, Oxon OX25 3QL Tel: 01869 350621 Wokefield Park Mortimer, Reading, Berkshire, RG7 3AE Tel: 01189 334024 VIDEOGRAPHY

Sheepdrove Organic Farm Warren Farm, Lambourn, Berks RG17 7UU Tel: 01488 674737

HeadSpin Videography www.headspin.plus.com Tel: 01491 825282

Silver Pear Weddings Friars Court, Bampton, Oxon OX18 2SU Tel: 01367 810206

M B Videocam 18 Ruthven Close, Bletchley, Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire, MK2 3PX Tel: 01908 647222

Sturdys Castle Banbury Road, Tackley, Oxon OX5 3EP Tel: 01869 331328 Sulgrave Manor Manor Road, Sulgrave, Banbury, Oxon OX17 2SD Tel: 01295 760205 The Bay Tree Hotel Sheep Street, Burford, Oxon OX18 4LW Tel: 01386 769100

Institute of Videographers www.iov.com

MediaLane Weddings Great Milton, Oxfordshire www.medialaneweddings.co.uk Tel: 01844 278534 Spinningwheel Productions Old Spinningwheel, The Square, Buckinghamshire, HP18 9RP Tel: 01844 237857

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