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WEST SUSSEX EDITION

2014 – FREE GUIDE

BRIDE UKBRIDE

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HAIR STYLES

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Contents

THE COUNTY’S NUMBER ONE WEDDING GUIDE – 2014 EDITION

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BRIDE UKBRIDE

GREAT

HAIR STYLES

Top 10 Dream Honeymoon Destinations

CAKES BLOOMING STYLISH FLOWERS

VENUES

Inspiring ideas you won’t have thought about!

ARRIVE IN STYLE

DRESS

FIND YOUR DREAM DRESS AND YOUR ACCESSORIES TOO

FOR YOU Photographers, Groomsmen, Flowers...

Social Networking for Brides

Main Features 61 WOnDerLanD WeDDinG inspiration in the form of an alice in Wonderland themed wedding. 118 101 tOp tips We asked our brides-to-be for their own tips to help you when planning your wedding. 130 a-Z OF WeDDinGs tips and advice from a-Z.

Get the LOOk 8 WeDDinG Dresses Beautiful gowns in every style! 21 Best FOOt FOrWarD Wedding shoes to ensure you look great from top to toe. all prices in this publication were correct at time of going to press. e&Oe. all material is copyright to pride Magazines and may not be reproduced in any form without obtaining prior permission. For full competition and advertising terms and conditions see www.ukbride.co.uk/terms-andconditions-menu

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pLanninG 24 Christian MarriaGe Legalities and Christianity in your Wedding.

26 reCeptiOns hosting the perfect party after your ceremony. 84 taBLe iDeas Finishing touches and beautiful favours for your reception. 90 WeDDinG Fairs Wedding fairs near you in 2013.

the essentiaLs 92 the Men advice for nervous grooms and anxious Best Men! 94 phOtOGraphy aDviCe help to get the shots you’ll treasure for life. 98 piCture perFeCt What to ask your photographer, and our top 10 must-capture wedding shots.


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108 viDeOGraphy an essential way to make sure you capture every moment of your day. 112 transpOrt arriving in style on your special day. 136 BriDaL hair styles to suit every bride. 138 FLOWers Beautiful floral designs that are delightfully different. 142 Cakes think differently and ensure your cake looks and tastes great. 146 jeWeLLery Wedding rings you’ll both treasure forever. 150 entertainMent keeping young and older guests alike entertained.

155 ChiLDren special ideas for ensuring a family friendly wedding.

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156 hOneyMOOns a great getaway following your wedding planning. 158 COuntDOWn step by step wedding planning help

savinG MOney 110 Win a WeDDinG Win a wedding worth up to £25,000 and load of other great prizes. Find out how here. 114 MOney savinG tips Great ways to trim your budget whilst still creating a beautiful day. 128 Free enGaGeMent shOOt how to obtain a free engagement shoot with a professional photographer.

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DRESSES


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

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.

Style Guide: Empire Line: also known as princess line; a long line makes brides appear taller. Good for covering up wider hips and balancing a larger bust. A-Line: Like an empire Line dress but with a tighter bodice. Fuller figured brides may want to avoid this style. Column Dress: Works well with more petite figures. Mermaid Dress: also known as Fishtail Dresses; similar to column gowns but wider from the knee. a good option for those with small busts. n 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 should be enough! n 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. n 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. This beautiful wedding dress is from David Tutera for Mon Cheri. David tutera for Mon Cheri is truly a glamorous and unique collection that captures the personality of every bride on her wedding day allowing them to dream bigger, knowing that there is a top selection of stunning gowns to make them fashionably fabulous on their special day. David tutera for Mon Cheri provides today’s stylish brides with an assortment of fashionable designs with high quality fabrics, hand-beaded swarovski crystals and an impeccable fit, this collection provides the perfect dress for every body type at an affordable price. For stockists visit www.mon-cheri.co.uk.

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DRESSES

Co lum n Dress by Jen ny Pac kh am www.jennypackham.com

>> romantica is a family owned, family run, company based in Devon. the company’s collection includes over 30 styles across both the romantica brand and Opulence, the designer’s premium range. shown here is Capulet, harper and Bliss. www.romanticaofdevon.co.uk

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Casablanca from Alan Hannah Marguerite’s hannah, designer at alan hannah Bridal, was born in Cyprus and now lives in the uk, she has been designing bridal fashion for the company brand since 1990. speaking about the source of her inspiration, Marguerite explained her design philosophy.

Marguerite Hannah

“My designs are very classic, and understated. the cut is everything.” Marguerite’s love of her natural surroundings comes through very clearly in her use of embellishments, especially in her 2013 collections. her latest designs for the brand’s new high society collection include Casablanca, a Moroccan influenced hand-beaded dress with an a-line dress created in take-your-breath-away thai silk.

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DRESSES

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Emily by Charlotte Balbier www.charlottebalbier.com soft French lace gown gown. stunning back detail shoe string beaded straps with a zip and button fastening and small puddle train. v neckline and delicate crystal detailing. available in ivory and ivory over Gold.

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<< D'Zage oďŹ&#x20AC;ers a number of fabulous collections which are as stylish as they are aďŹ&#x20AC;ordable, with ranges that feature beautifully cut contemporary designs incorporating crystal embellishment, and asymmetric gathers. www.dzage.co.uk

Eternity Bridal www.eternitybridal.co.uk


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Nothing says fairytale wedding like Amanda Wyattâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; s Heavenly...

Heavenly from the Oxford Collection by Amanda Wya tt. A stunning tulle gown with the bodice, skirt and train, the most gorgeous lace piec Heavenly is a real show stop es embellishing per. Available in Ivory only - www.amandawyatt.com


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Flo ra l em be lli sh ed bo di ce from R om anti ca www.romanticaofdevon.co.uk

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DRESSES

Phil Collins www.philcollinsbridal.co.uk You can view thousands of wedding dresses at www.ukbride.co.uk

<< Launched in 2004 the phil Collins design house has been supplying brides with dresses of exceptional aďŹ&#x20AC;ordability for over eight years, with the addition of a couture range of bridesmaids dresses a year or so ago under the inďŹ nity label.

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Mia Solano www.miasolano.com

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Bardot by Stephanie Allin www.stephanieallin.net


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DRESSES

Reese by Augusta Jones www.augustajones.com.


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Savannah by Ala n Hannah www.alanhanna h.co.uk Benjamin Roberts - www.benjaminroberts.co.uk

mia Bellice by Vero .co.uk ia m ro ve w. ww

<< augusta jones’s first collection was launched in 1999 under the British designer Charlotte Leung. her focus was to bring stylish, designer wedding gowns to modern brides. shown left is augusta jones’s reese; a duchess satin dress with a mermaid style skirt. Features include a sweetheart neckline, lace bodice, and fitted waist. the flared skirt has hand stitched rosettes and lots of ruffled fabric. Completing the design is a sweep train.

Charlotte Leung

Alfred Angelo www.alfredang elobridal.co.uk

Theodo ra by Char lotte Balbi er...

is a French lace fishtail gown. shoulder back. strap detail with a deep v front and l satin band under bust with a crysta .com brooch detail. www.charlottebalbier

<< stalo’s theodorou collection is made of combinations of high quality textiles and exquisite laces with beautiful hand-beaded accents that excel the female figure. shown from the company’s scent of a Woman collection is amarige and parisienne; heavily embellished and beautifully layered featuring dramatic vintage detailing.

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WEDDING SHOES

WEDDING SHOES

Best Foot Forward heart meets sole on your wedding day; as we look at bridal shoes. shimmer in slingbacks and dazzle with diamanté, but walk down the aisle in style on the happiest day of your life... n You’llbewearingyourshoesfor12hoursontheday,so prioritisecomfortoverstylewhenchoosingweddingshoes. n Ifyou’renotusedtoheels,optforaflattershoe,rather thantryingtowearsomethingthatfeelsunfamiliar. n ‘Wearin’yourshoesaroundthehousebeforethebigdayso youscuffthesolesformoregripanddon’tfeelinpainon theday.

n Rememberthat shoescanbedyed tomatchcolour highlightsinyour dress,orforyour bridesmaids. n Considerasecond pairofshoessuchas balletpumpstyle weddingshoes forlaterintheday- andespeciallyfor thefirstdanceif yourdressis cumbersome! n Considervintage shoesaswellas newones-they makealovely ‘somethingold’. This Page: Shoes by Pink

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<< Wedding Shoes Selection

Most wedding shoes in the country are made by paradox - which owns sub-brands pink, Benjamin adams, Belle and aura. paradox provides collections of Classic, vintage and Chic wedding shoes, whilst Benjamin adams has update the brand for 2013 with his romance that rocks collection, with crystal court shoes and outrageous platforms created. Belle is the brand’s luxury range with gel pads and soft leather linings heavily embellished with crystals. aura is the firm’s affordable brand with nine styles including ballet pump Caring, kitten heeled eternity and high-heeled infinity. Brides looking for something different should also consider perfect vintage; with the firm’s lace embellished styles the brand is the ‘next big thing’ in wedding shoes.

>> Top right: Aura is the brand new highly affordable shoe collection by the market leaders Paradox. >> Right: Benjamin Adams.

Benjamin Adams

Many suppliers can dye shoes for brides, either to pick out details from dresses or to create beautiful bridesmaids shoes. if no stockists near you provide this service, rainbow Club’s online service will enable brides to buy from their nearest stockists and have their chosen shoes dyed at their colour studio by specialised colourists.

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Christian

MaRRIaGE a Christian marriage ceremony takes place every 1.7 seconds in the UK. Here, we explore the religious and legal implications of a church wedding...


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WEDDING IDEAS

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he most popular religion across 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 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.

Church weddings remain popular with couples, but recent changes in synod law mean couples now have a much wider choice of where they choose to marry! 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. those over the age of 16 may marry with those aged under 18, requiring parental consent, and the time of your wedding must take place between 8am and 6pm on any day - wedding rehearsals take place outside these times in order that the ‘practice run’ isn’t rendered legally binding! Civil ceremonies, conversely, require couples to give a notice to marry at their local registration office, regardless of the destination of their intended marriage and require the superintendent registrar’s permission to marry. the registrar will then issue the relevant documentation which must be presented at your civil ceremony to a person authorised to conduct weddings within that district. Christians believe that marriage is the appropriate relationship in which to share a life together, raise a family, make love and make a life-long commitment to one another. 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’ courses which aim to strengthen the bond between the couple by exploring the role of marriage in a Christian context, and the alpha Course, an opportunity to explore the Christian faith and other religions in a relaxed ‘non-dogmatic’ way over ten thought-provoking weekly sessions, with an optional day or weekend away; see www.uk.alpha.org for further details.


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RECEPTIONS

RECEPtION CLaSS

Planning your Party... your wedding breakfast is an opportunity for two families to come together and celebrate your love! here, we suggest a few reception considerations to make sure your venue looks dazzling... hen it comes to creating a wonderful wedding reception, there’s no one-size fits all solution. Our top tips will help you to create a really memorable reception...

reception on your behalf and will introduce guests, announce speeches and organise any presentations that may be required.

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

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there are many ways to style a venue in terms of colour, table dressings and the food you choose... but you can’t change the style, size or location of a venue, so view as many as possible in the run up to your wedding. 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. Choose a venue which suits the size of your event, and the style. Do dine or stay at your chosen venue too to accurately assess how happy you’ll be hosting your reception there.

Fun for everyone

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.

Make it your Own no wedding should ever feel 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. Candles, flowers, crystals and favours can all make your wedding tables look individual so exploit the opportunity to make your wedding unique here, more than anywhere else.

invest in 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

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• Modern venue • 26 Guest rooms • Large stylish bar (80 sit down/120+ buffet)

• Function room (40 sit down/60+ buffet)

• On-site catering & bespoke menus

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• Stunning views • Friendly & informal • Lots of parking • Blank canvas, ideal for creative brides! • Licensed for Civil Ceremonies

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£2,000 (Venue & 26 rooms B&B)


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Tips for Stylish Wedding

RECEPtIONS Yourweddingreceptionshouldbeacelebration ofyourmarriageandachanceforyourrespective familiesandfriendstomeeteachotherandtoast yourfuture.Makethemostofourtipsformaking yourreceptionanextraspecialoccasion...


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ake your reception extra special and enjoy a beautiful party venue with little more than a bit of effort and a bit of imagination. 1. Dress up the entrance your reception entrance will create a first impression for the type of reception you’ve organised. use swags of greenery, topiary or line your entrance in silk, but do ensure your guests’ first impressions of your venue are favourable. 2. Illuminate your venue it’s likely your venue will rely on conventional lighting. Consider candelabras, tea lights and fairy lights to provide ambience lighting. additionally, consider how you’ll illuminate your reception when the main lights go off at night.

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RECEPTION TIPS

7. allow time for your photographer a good wedding reception should allow your guests to socialise whilst you devote time to your photographer to allow them to take your formal shots. Make sure they’re entertained with a glass of champagne or pimms, and perhaps some canapés.

3. tame the toddlers Make sure your reception includes entertainment for children. Little party bags with crayons and colouring books will keep children busy and allow parents to enjoy the day in peace.

8. Name your tables Choose table names rather than numbers - music idols, titles of films or the word love written in different languages for example. as far as possible make them personal and imaginative and illustrate them wherever possible.

4. add atmosphere with classical music if your budget can accommodate it, classical music like a string quartet or pianist will cover up the clatter of cutlery and the sound of conversing guests who have loud voices.

9. Cut your centrepieces down to size Opt for table decorations that are less than 14in high, or more than 20in high - in other words, low enough for guests to see each other over them, or tall enough for guests to see each other across the table.

Add a few quirky details - for instance, a table magician or a bouncy castle for the children, or table fireworks... 5. Create a playlist if your budget is more limited, create a playlist on your Mp3 or burn a CD of background music (classical or light jazz) during your reception. 6. Sparkle on your big day sparklers not only look great when the lights go down or when you venture outside for your fireworks, but can be used to entertain children and for creating ‘lightpainting’ photographs (above).

10. tame your table planner planning your seating arrangements can be a nightmare - especially if you’ve lots of politics to contend with. use free software, like www.ukbride.co.uk’s table planner, to tame your tables. 11. Plan for poor weather Of course we hope your day is sunny and warm, but ensure you have a backup plan too - personalised wedding umbrellas and indoor heaters for your marquee, for example. 12. add a few quirky details Consider quirky details for your reception - a table magician, or caricature artist to add some fun to the day, a bouncy castle for the youngsters (and the young at heart!), or perhaps a basket of inexpensive slippers for women tired of their high heels.

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RECEPTION TIPS

13. Create a colour theme Create a colour theme for your wedding and implement it within your reception, but do so with care. use different shades of the same colour rather than trying to ensure everything matches exactly. Chair covers are a good way to disguise naff looking reception chairs and with silk or taffeta bows, can help to reinforce your highlight colour. 14. Caution with colour Coloured cakes look dramatic but some guests are turned off by garish or bright coloured cakes. avoid controversial colours like lime green. if choosing colours isn’t your thing, a reception designer or wedding planner can take charge of just the decorating of your venue. 15. Slip into something more comfortable if you’re wearing a large dress it may feel a little cumbersome when the time comes to enjoy your receptions. you may also feel hot and tired. ensure you have something more comfortable to change into - a flat pair of shoes and knee-length dress for example.

Be imaginative with your finishing touches - shown above is a rustic table plan created with tags and flower pots from Not on the High Street, £45, www.notonthehighstreet.com. the galvanised pots make great presents for guests, too!

Above: Get creative with favours. Left: Incorporate some little hand-made touches like these macaroons, or add some upcycled details like this vintage bird cage.

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Left: Wedding sparklers create great fun, and great photos! Below: Ask guests to sign a wedding plate - this example is from www.signature platters.co.uk, £85, and is pre-fired and supplied with a signing pen that writes through the glaze.

Right: Consider a Photobooth for the couple and their guests to enjoy. Left: Music request card from Etsy. Below: This couple saved money by opting for a ‘high tea’ instead of a midday meal.

16. Consider a photobooth some photographers or videographers have pop up studios for high key shots of your guests, or ‘Big Brother’ style diary room setups. Guests in a videographer’s booth can record short messages wishing the couple well on their big day. 17. Involve your guests if you’ve a Dj at your reception leave music request cards for them to pass to the Dj. Likewise leave disposable cameras on tables for guests to take their own candid shots of the reception. 18. Create children’s meals Don’t forget to ask your venue to prepare cheaper child-friendly meals - rather than expecting them to eat full portions of adult food. 19. Create a gift book Create a guest book that people can sign during your reception. Other companies offer wedding plates that can be signed, which are then posted off to be fired. 20. Make your wedding favours Bake cookies, make jam or design little place cards to use as wedding favours, instead of - or to supplement - ‘off the shelf’ wedding favours.

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By Royal Appointment you are cordially invited to an eccentric, Great Britain-themed wedding. Delightfully eccentric patriotism or a union jack too far...? Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll let you decide! Images: Mandy Carter, Dottie photography; 01945 773368 or see www.dottiephotography.co.uk.

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WEDDING IDEAS

COOL BRITANNIA has never been so on-trend thanks to the jubilee celebrations and birth of prince George. this patriotism has inspired a resurgence of pride that has been carried through to this wedding, created and styled by Mandy Carter. using a combination of red & blue, and taking the beauty of an old Castle as its background, the shoot was created to give brides who want a fun, bold and ever-so-slightly over the top wedding a few suggestions. Models for the day were alison jenner and Matthew Quinn. stationery, styling and photography was completed by photographer Mandy Carter. the centrepiece of the shoot was a bespoke union Flag wedding dress from designer angela vickers who says; â&#x20AC;&#x153;it was great to style the dress with a quirky, very posh and truly British theme... absolutely spiffing!â&#x20AC;?

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Centre: the shoot took place at Belvoir Castle, which hosts weddings in the guardroom and ballroom for up to 100 guests. Above: Florist Michele Gledhill works across the uk to create floral designs. these hand tied poseys were created from white peonies and thistles with garden ivy as filler foliage.

Our featured wedding shoot took place at Belvoir Castle... It had a wacky ‘ G reat Britain’ Theme! Opposite, Main: the cake table featured a four-tiered red, white and blue cake with sugarcraft flowers, and a less formal ‘eton Mess’ cake with (what else) strawberries and cream. Far Left: tri-fold invitations were created using vintage fonts. a matching style for the table plan, place cards, photo album and guest book provided a theme with true continuity. naturally the guests at the bash are all referred to a Lord and Lady! Left: the jubilee theme extended to cookies and macaroons with motif printed onto edible frosting sheets.

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Dress designer Angela Vickers created this layered lace dress in patriotic red, white and blue with a gold crown and royal blue bolero...

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Above: the couple’s guest book was created in a matching fabric with the couple’s crest. Right: Confetti from punched newspaper with love hearts bearing the word Love were placed in cones that, again, tied in with the wedding theme. Main Image: the bride wore a wacky patriotic dress designed by angela vickers for photos but had a more down-to-earth white wedding dress too!

Above: table settings included the couple’s home-made wine with bespoke labels. silverware was provided by Michele Gledhill.

The Great British theme was carried through with vintage silverware, English foliage, bespoke stationery and a vintage outfit for the groomsmen...

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Left: the table plan was created with each of the eight tables named after famous British monarchs. Guests were referred to as Lord and Lady, and on each table a bowl of plums were placed with guidance of phrases guests should use throughout the day (golly gosh, spiffing...) so guests could, literally, speak with a plum in their mouths.

Suppliers and Experts... Styling: truly Madly Dottie; www.trulymadlydottieblog.com. Stationery: Dottie Creations; www.dottiecreations.com. Photos: Dottie Creations; www.dottiephotography.co.uk. Venue: Belvoir Castle; www.belvoircastle.com. Dress: angela vickers; www.angela-vickers.co.uk. Flowers: Michele Gledhill; www.michelegledhill.co.uk. Decoration: rocket st George; www.rockettstgeorge.co.uk. Cake and Cookies: Zoie Clarke; www.thecakeparlour.com. Catering: Fiona herbert; www.fionaherbertcatering.co.uk. Make Up: rochelle O’Brien; www.rochelleobrien.com. Hair: Charlotte Wesson; www.charlottewesson.co.uk. Menswear: tweedmans; www.tweedmansvintage.co.uk. Jewellery & Headwear: www.amandacarolinebridal.com.


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WONDERLaND Curiouser and curiouser! if you’re planning a wedding, take inspiration from the vintage chic of one local bride who wanted to bring Lewis Caroll’s 1865 novel to life... Images: Lizzie Haines, ShootIt Photography; 07951 030114, www.doitmomma.co.uk.

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WHEN ALICE fell down the rabbit hole, she couldn’t have know that nearly 150 years later she’d inspire one local bride to allow her experiences to influence her wedding. Our local bride, ellie Lowe, married fiancée Ben in an alice in Wonderland themed wedding with vintage china, photographic props and floristry all designed to keep Lewis Carrol’s novel alive.

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vintage weddings have been incredibly popular and see no sign of abating for 2014 and 2015 weddings. Broadly, lace and layering will feature heavily in next year’s wedding dresses, and vintage or antique influences will help to style your wedding table. texture your invitations, table and layer flowers, opting for bright cakes to carry the look throughout your wedding.

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Top: More expensive blue hydrangeas were combined with old english roses created these table centrepieces in top hats made by the bride herself from felt with instructions sourced from the internet. Above/Left: the same flowers were used in ellie’s hair, whilst her hand-tied posy featured the same roses in soft pink with peonies gypsophila and allium as a filler flower.

Our shoot took place on the bride , s farmland... We wanted to marry close to our family home, it has so many happy memories! Ellie says... Opposite: part of the fun of planning a wedding is sourcing all of the ‘bits and pieces’ to style your wedding – ellie’s favourite find was these alice in Wonderland plates from a gift shop calles From the Wilde which has loads of cute and eclectic vintage products. Left: Cake artist seema patel made three cakes; a vibrant turquoise chocolate fudge cake for the children to enjoy, a two-tier white and gold cake, and a two-tier white and pink cake. these had one sponge and one fruit layer.

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Above: ellie worked with photographer Lizzie haines to create a stylised wedding, creating paper flowers and vintage-inspired watering cans willed with flowers. Far Right: another star find was a couple of old bird cages from a local antiques shop. these were swiftly requisitioned as planters. vintage inspired printed fabrics provided added interest to the wedding breakfast tables.

Photographer Lizzie Haines created a stylised wedding based around the 1865 Lewis Carrol’ novel Alice in Wonderland... Left: photographer Lizzie haines set up an area in a small piece of woodland on the family’s farm where she hung books to shoot a couple of eclectic shots. Lizzie and ellie had great fun using antiques and fleamarket finds to retain a vintage look and make the day rather more individual.

Suppliers and Experts... Styling & Photography: Lizzie haines, shootit photography 07951 030114, www.shootit.doitmomma.co.uk. Hair/Makeup: jennifer Chase/kate knifton; hairandbooty.com. Floristry: helen and jo; www.stems-flowers.com. Cakes: seema patel; www.cocominx.com. Additional Products: From the Wilde; fromthewilde.com.

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Five Simple tips

Seating Arrangements Ifthere’soneelementofyourweddingplanningsure tobefraughtwithstress...it’snegotiatingthepolitics ofarrangingyourtables.Allowustohelp! n Traditionally,thegroomsitstotherightofthebridewith (workingoutwards)alternatingmaleandfemaleplace settingsforthebride’sfather,groom’smotherandbestman (tothebride’sleft)andthebride’smother,groom’sfather andchiefbridesmaid(totherightofthegroom). n However,withstep-familiesandchildrenfeaturinginmany weddings,anacceptablecurrentconventionistoseat childrenatthetoptableandhavededicatedtablesfor eachsetofparentsorstep-parents. n Analternativetopoliticsistocreateasweethearttable- atableoftwowherejustthebrideandgroomareseated. n Toplanyourothertables,usewww.ukbride.co.uk’stable planner-it’llautomateatrickyjob.Remembertoseat childrennearesttothetoilets,andelderlyrelativesaway fromspeakersanddrafts.Avoidcreatinga‘singletons’table -yourtableplanisnotagreattooltotrytomatchmake singlefriends! n Don’ttrytoturnablindeyetofamilypolitics-nipany hassleinthebudbypointingoutthattableplanningisa practicalnecessityandyouexpectgueststogetonand behavewell,regardlessofanyexistingpolitics.Indoingso you’llsetthegroundrulesrightfromthestart,sotakeafirm standandexplainthatdisagreementswon’tbetolerated.

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it’s a good idea of bear in mind how you’d like your reception tables to look when you’re establishing your colour theme, as they’re a great way of implementing your chosen colour scheme...

n Good as Gold: Opt for a combination of soft gold (napkins, flowers) and a stronger shade (use this on your table runners, favour boxes and perhaps on glassware) to create a luxurious look that pairs well with soft gold groomswear or gold accents in your bridesmaids’ dresses. n Lilac and Soft Pink: an example of how softer shades and stronger tones can work really well together. there’s a huge number of soft pink table linens and favours out there, whilst a stronger highlight of purple works well to prevent the scheme looking too anaemic. a third colour of soft blue adds depth. n Think Texture: Don’t just consider colour this punchy pink colour is given extra luxe with table crystals, pearls and glassware. Candles make cheap favours and look great when illuminated at night. they’re also available in a limitless range of colours.

Above: Candles help this scheme - they’re available in every single colour and you can even buy personalised ones as favours.

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Main: Thiscountrytableschemehasbeencreated withbrightgreen;notanobviousweddingcolourbut wethinkitlooksgreat.Whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;smore,itpairswellwith polkadotvintagefabrics. Below: Coverblandorgarishchairswithplaincovers thenusevoiletocreateaccentcolours.Incorporate displaysofflowersenhancethelookevenfurther.


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Left; little metal buckets make great favour holders; fill them with sweets, flowers, favours... use a parcel tag to create ‘shabby chic’ placeholders and use in conjunction with other elements with similar colours.

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Make the most of your wedding breakfast with our innovative ideas for creating top tables... With an average of 75-100 guests, your wedding tables will dominate your reception venue and take up a good deal of room. however, with so much scope in terms of how to style and decorate them, you can really use your tables to express your style. Decide on a theme, name each table and carry this through - different flowers, favourite bands - the quirkier the better. Opt for white or cream table linen and build in your highlight colour with chair covers, bows on the back of chairs, napkins, runners and charger plates. next, create a centrepiece for your table. Dramatic flower arrangements will have visual impact; tall and narrow arrangements with long trailing elements mean your guests won’t be peering round them all the time. incorporate place name into hand-tied floral sprigs, organza bags, candles or favours. Finish off with a sprinkle of petals, crystals or similar.

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Place markers are a way to introduce a vintage style - these pegs can also be painted to match your colour scheme.


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Inset; Diamonds are a brideâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s best friend when creating a beautiful table. these table crystals are a good deal cheaper than the real thing, and look great scattered around. available in clear, gold, blue and ruby.

Left; name your tables and indicate where guests can sit with these rustic chalkboards. Main; scratchcard quizzes and favours containing lottery tickets are always popular with guests. Right; Bunting - really popular for 2013â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s vintagethemed weddings.

Our venue styling ideas come courtesy of Ambience Venue Styling the company sells its products online but also has dedicated styling experts in each county throughout the UK. See www.ambiencevenuestyling.com.


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Advertise on the Number One Wedding Website in the UK... www.ukbride.co.uk UKbride.co.ukhasover350,000members andover38,000FacebookFans. Ithasover1,000,000pagesand receivesover150,000visitorspermonth. Toadvertiseonthenumberoneweddingwebsite intheUKvisitwww.ukbride.co.uk/advertise orcallourfriendlyteamon08001123112.

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Marquee Weddings Amarqueewillgiveyoutheflexibilitytoplan thesize,shapeandlookofyourreceptiondown tothelastdetail...justbesuretoconsiderourtips! n Bookearly;marqueecompaniessometimeshave bothnewandoldstock;confirmearlytoensurethe bestmarqueestock,especiallyduringmid-summerwhen bothweddingsandcountryshowsareattheirheight. n Therearetwotypesofmarquee;canvaspolemarquees whicharebetterinsummerwithgreaterairflowand arguablybetterlooking,andclearspanmarqueeswhich aremorestable,anddon’thavepolesandropesgetting intheway. n Budgetforextras;flooring,thedancefloor,luxurytoilet blocks(oneunitper50guests),silklinings,heatingor airconditioning,lighting,furnitureandcrockeryhire. n Positionyourbar(wherepeoplecongregate)nearyour entertainmentandensureyoudon’tinadvertentlycreate areasofcongestion-aroundtheentrance,forexample. n Aftersomethingdifferent?PastTentsspecialiseinmedieval andTudortents,TheRajTentClubprovidesmiddle-east tentsandHooe’sYurtssupplyAsianstyleyurts.

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Wedding Fairs Formoreweddingfairsinyourareaseewww.ukbride.co.uk

Wedding fairs are a great way to source products, services and ideas, as well as spending time with your intended in order to discuss plans for your special day. the most obvious benefit of attending a wedding exhibition, though, is to sample venues’ hospitality and meet face-to-face the businesses vying to offer you their services. attending as many events as possible during your planning will not only help to ease the

planning of your wedding, but will prove a great way of indulging your tendency to day dream about all the elements of your wedding gradually coming together! Make the most of the wedding fayres you attend by ensuring you’ve a notepad to take down details of suppliers and make a note of prices, and a digital camera to capture images of products, favours and colours you like. For additional events and up to date info, see www.ukbride.co.uk and click on ‘Fairs’.

Saturday 28th September 2013: Coltsford Mill Wedding Venue Coltsford Mill is a stunning contemporary barn wedding venue in Surrey available for your civil wedding ceremony, civil partnership ceremony or wedding reception.

Mill Lane, Hurst Green, Oxted, Surrey RH8 9DG Telephone: 01883 716354 www.coltsfordmill-weddings.co.uk

Saturday 5th October 2013: The Black Horse Inn Open from 10.30am to 3.30pm. Wide variety of suppliers. Refreshments available in the pub. View our three lovely ceremony rooms and outdoor gazebo and gardens.

Pilgrims Way, Thurnham, Maidstone, Kent ME14 3LD Telephone: 01622 737185 www.wellieboot.net

Sunday 6th October & 20th November 2013: Captain’s Club Hotel Captain’s Club Hotel wedding open evening, free entry. Come and see our luxury river facing “Waterside Suite” for your big day. Meet the team and our recommended suppliers.

Wick Ferry, Wick Lane, Christchurch, Dorset BH23 1HU Telephone: 01202 475111 www.captainsclubhotel.com

Sunday 6th October 2013 & 23rd February 2014: Oakley Hall Hotel Open 11.00am until 4.00pm. Free admission. With over 50 exhibitors this is the perfect opportunity to gain ideas for your perfect day.

Rectory Road, Oakley, Basingstoke, Hampshire RG23 7EL Telephone: 01256 783350 www.oakleyhall-park.com

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Sunday 13th October 2013 & 23rd February 2014: The Grand Open from 10.00am to 4.00pm. Free entrance and parking.

The Leas, Folkestone, Kent CT20 2XL Telephone: 01303 222 222 www.grand-uk.com

Sunday 20th October 2013: Explosion Museum Lovely and Vintage Wedding Fayres will host vintage wedding show at Explosion! Over 40 exhibitors across 2 function rooms plus a large marquee full of stunning ideas. £2 entry. 10.00am - 3.00pm. Free Parking.

Explosion The Museum of Natural Firepower, Priddy’s Hard, Gosport PO12 4LE Telephone: 07787 503455 www.explosion.org.uk

Sunday 20th October 2013: Highcliffe Castle The fair opens at 10.30am and closes at 4pm. £1.00 admission. You will find everything you need for your wedding day – with over 40 exhibitors.

Rothesay Drive, Highcliffe, Dorset BH23 4LE Telephone: 01425 278807 www.highcliffecastle.co.uk

Sunday 8th December 2013: Burhill Golf Club View our grand mansion house set up as it would be on your special day and meet a number of our local handpicked suppliers, find out more about our fantastic 2014 offers.

Burwood Road, Walton on Thames, Surrey KT12 4AY Telephone: 01932 227345 www.burhillgolf-club.co.uk

Sunday 5th & 12th January 2014: Lympne Castle Come along to our Wedding Fayre on 5th January 2014 or our Open Day on 12 January 2014.

The Street. Lympne, Kent, CT21 4LQ Telephone: 01303 261666 www.lympnecastle.co.uk

Sunday 9th March & 31st August 2014: Marriott Portsmouth Opening times: 10.30am - 3.30pm. Admission: £1.50 per person (Children Free). This Wedding Fayre is organised by PMN.

Southampton Road, Portsmouth PO6 4SH Telephone: 02392 316126 www.portsmouthmarriott.co.uk

Sunday 23rd March 2014: Birchwood Park Golf Centre Planning your wedding is an exciting time and here at Birchwood Park we share your dream of having the perfect wedding. Come along and take a look around.

Birchwood Road, Wilmington, Dartford, Kent DA2 7HJ Telephone: 01322 662038 www.birchwoodparkgc.co.uk

TBC: The Royal Maritime Club Fully licensed for weddings and civil partnership ceremonies. 30 - 250 guests. Hotel accommodation special rates. Two even suites. Wedding Breakfast and drink packages. Walking distance of Gunwharf Quays historic dockyard.

75–80 Queen Street, Portsmouth, Hampshire PO1 3HS Telephone: 02392 824231 www.royalmaritimeclub.co.uk

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Image: MorningwearOutfitsfrom£69 byGreenwoods,www.gwmw.com.

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Here Comes the Groom... Whilst the blushing bride is the undoubted star of the day, we shouldn’t forget about her prince Charming, so here, we offer nervous grooms a word of encouragement and a few ideas of how to ensure the day goes without a hitch... n The best Man: Choose your best man carefully! he should be responsible as well as a friend... and it’ll help enormously if your bride-to-be approves of your selection!

in agony on the day. Likewise don’t opt for groomswear that’s too tight as you’ll feel uncomfortable after a day posing for photographs, eating and drinking!

traditionally, his responsibilities include organising the stag do, or weekend, rounding up relatives for the photographer and being the custodian of your luggage before you leave for the honeymoon.

n The Speeches: if comedy doesn’t come naturally, don’t try to be funny; just be sincere. if you do want to introduce humour, remember the audience includes children and grandparents - there’s nothing more embarrassing than poorly judged humour that suffers a very public death.

his responsibilities also include escorting the chief bridesmaid after the wedding. n The Stag Do: typically this involved a pub crawl, and if this is the case, make sure it’s held well in advance of the wedding. excepting a groom’s tendency to fall victim to drunken pranks and accidents, it’s also a great shame to organise and pay for a wedding only to feel too ill, hungover and tired to enjoy it. Consider weekend activities which include younger teenagers and older groomsmen alike; adventure weekends, paintballing, karting and so on.

if you’re nervous about the delivery, don’t read from a script; have a good idea what you want to say, then use cue cards rather than trying to read complete text. rehearse over and over until you’re completely familiar with your speech, and you can deliver it comfortably and confidently. Make eye-contact with your audience and compliment the relevant people; your in-laws, the groomsmen, the bridal party and most of all your new wife. Do use the phrase ‘my wife’ early on in the speech, as this will raise a cheer and make you feel more at ease.

n The Suits: Don’t rush your suits; visit several local suppliers, not just one and view the whole range available to you.

n The One You Love: ironically, your wedding day is so busy you’ll spend very little time alone with your bride.

take inspiration from a colour swatch from the bridesmaids’ dresses supplied by your bride, and provide your groomswear supplier with this so they can match to it as closely as possible.

ask the chief bridesmaid to surprise your bride on the morning of your wedding with a token of your love - a piece of jewellery or perfume for example.

Buy your wedding shoes at least a month in advance and wear them in so you’re not

steal a few minutes away together to tell her you love her amid the excitement and constant stream of well-wishers.

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Left/below: Images by Nigel Harper; 01296 747747.

Picture Perfect Weddings Here,wefindoutwhatmakesaprofessionalphotographerdifferent fromawell-meaningrelativeanddiscoverwhyemployinga professionalphotographerwillneverproveafalseeconomy...

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hotography has changed dramatically with the advert of digital technology. For years, digital imaging had to ‘catch up’ with the quality and warmth of film. now, taking pictures is easier, with screens on cameras to preview exposures, no messy time consuming films to develop or film to buy. it’s quicker to design and print images on computers, easier to distributed pictures on CD and via the internet. Consequently there are more photographers than ever, but whilst the medium has become easier, the skill of manipulating light, using flash, posing people and dealing tactfully with brides on an emotional day remains just as challenging. that’s why photography is still a job for the professional, not for a well-meaning friend or relative. a professional photographer can work around overcast, rainy or exceptionally bright days. they can capture tricky shots like the first dance; moving subjects in a dark room, or take control of a group for formal shots. a professional photographer has plenty of kit, backup lenses, flashes and camera bodies… nothing is left to chance! a photography company with two or more photographers enables both the bride and groom to be photographed during the course of their preparations.

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professional photographers also create photobooks of their images or large mounted photographic prints, rather than prints created on domestic photo printers. having years of experience enables a professional photographer to deal tactfully and professionally with anxious brides, nervous grooms, and guests – a skill that the amateur photographer just doesn’t possess! as you’ll discover, your chosen photographer really does earn their fee!

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Find a professional photographer NeedahelpinghandtoďŹ ndaprofessional? SeetheBritishInstituteofProfessionalPhotographers; www.bipp.com,theMasterPhotographersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Association; www.thempa.comorSocietyofWeddingPhotographers; www.swpp.co.uk.You can also find a photographer in your area at www.ukbride.co.uk.

Image by RP Photography by Design; 0118 9548143 www.rpphotographybydesign.co.uk


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TEN Questions For Your Photographer

EventheUKâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;stopwedding photographerswillreadily admitthatchoosingtheright photographerforyourspecial dayisachallenge.However, ourtenquestionswillensure youhavetheinformationyou needtomakeandecisionasto whoshouldcaptureyourday...


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CAPTURE THE DAY

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not all amateur photography is going to end in disaster, but the idea that one can attend a wedding as a guest and as the official photographer is unrealistic. those who market themselves as photographers but don’t work as full-time professional wedding photographers may not be able to dedicate sufficient time and energy to capturing your big day.

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there is much talk of different styles of wedding photography the main two being traditional and reportage. traditional styles favour groups and romantic shots, reportage shots appear unposed and concentrate on a natural look that appears to be less intrusive. expect a professional photographer to perform post-processing on your images whether they’re shooting on film or digitally. some, however, limit this to tone and colour correction. ask if your chosen photographer will perform black and white conversions, sepia tints and other similar effects, colour popping, or blemish removal and how much time they will put into post-processing your images.

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When can I see my photographs?

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Can you obtain low-quality or watermarked versions of your images to use on Facebook or ukbride or email to friends? these days, our lives are carried out digitally, and being able to use your pictures in digital photo frames, on social networking sites and being able to email them or print them out at home is essential.

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What does my final album include?

packages vary enormously – how many prints and at which sizes are included in your photographer’s price? What will your album look like and how many images will feature?

Never entrust capturing your wedding to your well-meaning friend or relative - a professional photographer will do a much better job of capturing the most important day of your life...

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Do you carry backup equipment?

Whether shooting on film or digitally, every photographer should have backup flashes, lenses and other equipment to carry on shooting in the event of faulty equipment.

some photographers turn around their images rapidly whilst others take several months – sometimes even longer, depending on the time of year and number of members of staff working to post-process and present your pictures, so ask for an eta on your images.

Make sure your photographer is insured against stolen equipment, lost or damaged films or memory cards or falling ill on the day of your wedding.

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two or more photographers ensures the bride and groom can each be photographed getting ready, or that detail shots of your day can be captured whilst another photographer organises group photographs. the more photographers who attend your day, the more comprehensive your wedding images will be, particularly when your chosen photographers consist of both a male and female photographer.

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Will we get on?

Getting along with your wedding photographer isn’t just a nicety. your photographer should make you feel comfortable for relaxed looking shots. On an already emotional day, it’s crucial that your photographer is sufficiently assertive to pose and offer instruction to the wedding party. it is sometimes a nice idea to arrange an ice-breaker engagement shoot for you and your intended before the big day so you get the hang of posing.

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ong after your wedding cake has been eaten and the flowers have wilted, your photographs will prove a lasting legacy for the happiest day of your life. remember that photography and videography are not interchangeable, and each serves a very different purpose. Whilst a wedding DvD will provide a literal record of your day, with the moments, funny outbursts and expressions you may have missed, wedding photographs, when kept on your mantelpiece or on your desk at the office, have the potential to be moments frozen in time. it’s important, then, to freeze them perfectly, and to do so with a high level of both technical and creative mastery. Fortunately, the advent of digital cameras plus photoshop and a new generation of technology-savvy digital photographers has provided brides with the greatest ever scope for creative, clever and artistically shot images.

Main image, reportage photograph is ad-hoc, rather than posed. It’s a great technique for capturing natural expressions and suits shots of a bride getting ready in the morning.

in general, most photographers will shoot a combination of formal (i.e: staged) and reportage photography (i.e: unposed, unobtrusive, on-the-fly). Look for a photographer who values natural light, as well as being competent with flash, one that can provide an album as well as digital images. expect to pay between £1,000-£2,500 for a good photographer who includes postproduction work; there are some who provide an ‘images on the same day’ service which is certainly convenient, but images reach their customers untouched and this service usually

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doesn’t include professional prints and albums. here, we’ve asked one of the area’s most experienced wedding photographers to provide his recommendations for the top ten must-capture shots of the day, and for advice when you’re looking for your wedding photographer. 1. I’m Getting Married in the Morning: Many brides opt out of having their photos taken in the morning. We always encourage brides to allow photographers to shoot them preparing for the big day. “it’s amazing how many interesting and beautiful images you can capture in such a small amount of time, and in just the surroundings of your bedroom’s four walls!” says ed. the first drop of champagne for breakfast, the finishing touches to your hair and make-up, the proud father looking on as his

the first drop of champagne for breakfast, the finishing touches to your hair and make-up, the proud father looking on as his daughter walks down the stairs in her wedding dress... all of these images need to be captured, preserved forever!

Far left, Photoshop has made the creation of contrasty, artistically posed formal images easy. As well as reportage, left, details shots of shoes, the cake, flowers etc, shown above, are really fashionable.

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Formal shots still feature in many photographers’ remit, but they can still look formal and fun.

Below left; our photography expert Ed Godden.

A professional photographer can still get capture images on dark or overcast days, above, in dark rooms, below, or in difficult conditions like your first dance, right. Don’t leave the responsibility of photographing your wedding to a well-meaning family friend!

daughter walks down the stairs in her wedding dress... these images all need to be captured forever! 2. The small details: a growing trend over the past few years has been the importance of shooting the fine details. Whether it’s the rings placed on an interesting texture, or the bride and groom’s place names at the top table, these incidental images help to break up any wedding album from just being a book of ‘people pictures.’ 3. I do! if you’re lucky enough to have an easy-going vicar or registrar, that doesn’t mind photos being taken during the ceremony, you can get really memorable images of the two of you exchanging your vows and saying those all important words; ‘i do!’ (or even better, a ‘you may kiss the bride’ shot). 4. Capture the Kids: Whether they’re screaming in the church, or looking as cute as

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a button, running around the grounds of your venue, there’s no getting away from the fact that kids can make very picturesque subjects for photographs. 5. Just the Two of Us: Both brides and grooms can be camera shy. if you or your husband-to-be aren’t particularly fond of having your photos taken, the opportunity of having a pre-wedding shoot with your photographer is always a good idea. “i always offer a pre-wedding shoot as standard on my packages as it means i not only have the chance

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to get to know my couple, but they also have a free photoshoot and benefit from seeing how i work, and also which poses work for them.” says ed. “experience of a shoot with me beforehand helps them to relax on the big day which results in better images.” 6. All Together Now: some modern photographers are not huge fans of boring group shots where the whole family are lined up, resembling a football team defending a free kick. so, how do you make these must-haves a more fun shot?


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showing their emotions. it’s images like this that add drama and atmosphere to your final wedding album. 8. Cutting the Cake: One of the most traditional photographs to be taken at any wedding is the cake-cutting shot. “i don’t think i’ve ever been to a wedding and not seen the happy couple scream out for a shot of them cutting the cake.” says ed. it may not be the most imaginative image of the day, but you’ve paid a lot of money for the cake... at least get a shot of you with it before all your friends and family eat the lot! 9. First Dance: it’s been a heck of a long day, and no doubt it feels like it has gone too quickly. everyone has enjoyed a drink or two and it’s time for you and your other half to take to the dance floor for the first dance. all eyes are on you, including the lens of the official photographer and in a dark room with a moving subject, this is one of the trickiest shots to capture... it really highlights the difference between a poor photographer and a good one. the first dance is quite intimate, with the couple really close together, holding one another tenderly. so, make sure that your snapper concentrates on shooting an image that really captures the moment. the lights, the crowd of friends and family in the background, this is a picture-perfect situation if ever there was one. 10. Relax and Enjoy the Day: you may want to get great shots of you both looking stunning, but you also have to make sure you enjoy the most important day of you life. try to imagine that the official photographer isn’t there; that they’re just one of the guests. this way the photographer will not only get more natural photos of you, but you’ll also make the most of your wedding day.

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“personally, i just get the group to hold hands, spread out, walk towards me and look happy.” says ed. “if i’m really lucky and happen to be shooting at a stunning venue, i make sure that this is in the background of the image.” 7. Speeches: One the most emotional parts of any wedding is the speeches, from the father of the bride, to the groom and the best man. Whether it’s a tear coming from the bride, groom, or a family member sat at one of the tables, make sure your photographer is keeping an eye out for people

ED GODDEN PHOtOGRaPHy Ed Godden is a wedding and family portrait photographer based in the county. With over 16 years experience, Ed has shot everything from a-list celebs to members of the royal family, to Premiership football matches and the war in Bosnia. tel: 07977 559853 Web: www.edgodden.co.uk Email: ed@edgodden.co.uk


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screen LEGEND Havingyourweddingfilmedisthemost perfectwayofrecordingtheamazingstory ofyourday,anduniquelyitgivesyouthe opportunityofwatchingallthepeopleyou lovereallyenjoyingitwithyou.

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f course the film will be a record of the key moments of your wedding, but it will be so much more than that – it will be a permanent record of those people you love, looking amazing and being so happy to be sharing your day with you.

and as time goes by, those couples who did decide to have their wedding filmed look upon it as not simply a record of the best day of their lives, but as an investment in their family’s heritage. some do’s and don’ts about choosing a wedding videographer: • ask friends and family who have had their wedding filmed if they would recommend the videographer they chose • Meet a few videographers and spend some time chatting with them – you need to feel comfortable that this individual will be sharing your day with you • ask to see an example or two of a full wedding they have filmed, don’t rely on a showreel.

“A wedding film is an investment in your family’s heritage.”

these people who mean so much to you both will never all be together again, and with a wedding film you will have beautiful, moving, speaking images of them having a fantastic time – images that you will be able to share with people who were unable to be there, or who haven’t yet been born!

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Couples who have had their weddings filmed are always surprised by how much more of the day they see in their film… so often the priceless parts that otherwise would have been lost forever.

• Don’t decide purely on price choose a company whose filming and editing quality and style is something you will love showing to your friends and family – this is one of the few thing you are spending money on that you will have after the wedding – make sure you invest carefully.

For information see the Institute of Videographers’s www.iov.com and www.ukbride.co.uk.


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TRANSPORT

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a great wedding car shouldn’t just look good - it should have easy access for your dress, your bridal party, and should look great in your photos. Why not make a statement when you arrive, in a fire engine, helicopter, or a stretched hummer? Don’t forget the groom either; hire an aston Martin sports car so your groom can arrive at the church feeling like 007!

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SAVING MONEY

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pend or save? there’s a multitude of ways in which you can trim the cost of your wedding, but some may prove false economy. For example, the cost of wedding photography can vary from £200 to £2,000 and over, but the difference in the end result is marked. there’s a distinction to be made when planning your wedding between cost – what you pay for something – and value – whether something was worth the price you paid – and in the case of photography, a cheap photographer may show in terms of technical abilities and your final album. that’s not to say, however, that all aspects of your wedding will be the same. For instance, favours can be expensive, usually priced per head so that a £2.50 favour seems more affordable when, in fact, the reality is 150 guests necessitates a spend of £375. in this case, making cookies with your guests’ names iced on and a little ribbon may require a morning in the kitchen, but will result in a dramatically cheaper favour that’s also much more personal. your Reception the smaller your wedding the cheaper the venue may be – and the shorter your guest list will end up being too. use a smaller venue as an excuse to shed some guests, consider a ‘no children’ policy or apply a ‘time limit’ – if you’ve not seen distant relatives for, say, five years don’t bother inviting them. enquire about the time of year you choose to marry and the day – mid-week weddings are often cheaper, as are out of season weddings. your Dress Many brides choose to search e-Bay and other such auction sites for second-hand dresses. since wedding dresses are only worn once and can be dry-cleaned and altered to suit, you can shed hundreds, sometimes thousands, of pounds.

Our search revealed over 25,000 dresses priced from just £100 for a brand new, made to measure gown… though some brides like to be able to try on their gown before they order. an alternative, if you’re a ‘standard’ size and shape is to try one of Oxfam’s ten specialist wedding dress shops. Flowers & Cake Many churches have volunteers who will happily create your flowers in return for a donation to the church – the best place to find information is to talk to your local vicar or scan the parish noticeboard.

The best way to ensure your budget doesn’ t go awry is to set a realistic budget for each element and stick to it, and don’ t be afraid to ‘ stick up for yourself’ when the family tries to impose their will on your wedding... equally, supermarkets such as Marks and spencer stock plain white iced fruitcakes which are considerably cheaper than employing the services of a cake artist. these can be ‘dressed up’ with embellishments of your choice. Stationery & Favours personal computers can be used to create your chosen wedding stationery, orders of service and table plan. visit a stationery specialist and purchase a nice stock of paper, perhaps with a textured finish. Depending on the style of your wedding, embellish with ribbon, photographs of yourselves or other decoration. your wedding day should be personal or special to you. Whilst there may be one or two areas in which you can cut back, there may be others that are too important to you to force a compromise. set your budget and don’t be afraid to negotiate on price. the frugal bride can shed £1,000s with a little initiative, a little chasing around and, above all, a good eye!

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101 TOP TIPS

101 TOP TIPS

FROM REAL BRIDES AND BRIDES-TO-BE When you plan your wedding, a great source to help you is asking friends who have recently got married. We asked the girls on the UKbride Forum and over the next few pages we discover their 101 top tips!

#11 Wear comfy shoes under your dress!


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We asked 370,000 UKbride members for their top tips for a stress free wedding... # 01 - you’ll be kept busy all day talking to family, friends. try, to steal some time alone with your new husband though - it’s amazing how many brides see nothing of their new husband all day! Joanne, Derby # 02 - Don't feel you have to circulate and talk to everyone - you’ll spend all day doing the rounds. enjoy your day and let them come to you! Alice, Manchester # 03 - never buy anything without shopping around for a better price elsewhere. Tatty # 04 - set your budget before you start booking anything - and budget for each element of your wedding; it’s easier to manage lots of little budgets rather than one big one. Anna, Leeds # 05 - keep an open mind; you may have ‘known’ what you wanted from day one, however most weddings are a process of evolution what you choose will change over time. LauraJo87

# 12 - Buying dresses from abroad - especially those which copy more expensive designers - may seem like a bargain but without a proper fitting and with poor quality stitching. i brought one, it was a false economy. Clare, Runcorn # 13 - it's your day! h2B and you are the main people to consider so as long as your happy don’t worry to much about everyone else when making decisions. Little Kettle # 14 - something will go wrong... accept it. your day will still be perfect in the event of a little rain, or if you spill something on your dress. Taylor4Conner4Eva, Dinnington

#15 Use the forum on UKbride!

# 06 - Diy as much as you can. Favours and table decorations can be made cheaply, and you also have the bragging rights when people compliment them! WelshGirl, Cardiff # 07 - if you are on a tight budget, have a wedding later in the day and just an evening reception. Natalie, Essex # 08 - practice going for a wee in your dress... it’s easier to sit on the loo backwards! AndreaJohnnysbird # 09 - When looking for a specific service get at least three quotes before choosing a supplier. Make sure they’re like-for-like. Claire, York # 10 - practise your first dance in the shoes you will be wearing. Charlotte, bridgeport # 11 - Buy a second pair of shoes to change into... more comfortable ones for when your feet get sore and for your first dance. Or wear comfy shoes under your dress... it’s a long day, be warned! Chloe, bradford.

JOIN UKbRIDE and use the forum. there are hundreds of lovely ladies on the number one wedding website who are happy to go out of their way to help you. you'll have loads of fun, your wedding will run smoothly, it WiLL cost you less and you'll make loads of new friends! Julian Wilkinson - UKbride (boss Man)

# 16 - relatives can cause friction on your day, especially well-meaning ones who try to help on the day but inadvertently ride roughshod over your feelings. expect aggro from your in-laws and if it happens, you’ll be prepared, if not, you’ll be pleasantly surprised! Shobna, Fulham


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# 17 - if you are on a budget, source as many things from friends as you can, perhaps by way of wedding gifts. you might know someone that can bake - could they make your cake? if someone is crafty with flowers could they make your bouquet? your friend has a great car, could they transport you to the wedding? Lisa, Herne bay

# 22 - Beware the pre-wedding stag or hen night! Don’t drink too much the night before or on the morning... you want to remember your wedding day, and a bride who slurs her vows really isn’t attractive. Womble92

# 18 - if you’re working to a budget, don’t be afraid to scale your guest list to the bare bones. rather than have hundreds of guests that you have to feed conservatively, go all out and spoil just a small quantity. Mrsb2b, Woking

# 24 - Organisation is everything! Don't try to take on too much all at once; tick one thing off your to-do list at a time. NinaD2b

# 19 - take care when choosing your bridesmaids; a lot of ukbride members have asked best friends, sisters etc, but once they become part of your bridal party relationships have changed. pick carefully and make sure they are aware of exactly what you expect of them before they accept! LauraJo87 # 20 - When buying/hiring or booking services, check what’s included; if it seems too good to be true it probably is. Definitelymaybe

#21 Don’t skimp on your photos!

please please please don't skimp on photography! Our ‘friend’ took our photos, but we were really disappointed with the poor results and lack of proper album. you don't have to book the most expensive photographer out there, but you could get a cheaper package from a reputable photographer, that will do a great job. they might provide you with a disc of images on the day but if they are not good quality you’ll never be able to recreate the day exactly as it was. Wedding photos are all you have after the wedding (except for your other half ), so don't compromise when it comes to preserving your memories. Anon

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# 23 - When you first start planning your wedding it’s easy to get carried away. Don't book the first thing you see on impulse! Dee, Enfield

# 25 - Don't be afraid to start planning early; by doing so you get together ideas of what you like and don’t like. time to research all the styles and colours you’re looking for, start a scrapbook of ideas and most of all, if you know exactly what you want and how you want your day to go, planning and buying for the 'Big Day' will be less stressful. Claire88 # 26 - Don't settle for something because it’s the only one you can find... search online, put in the legwork and hammer the telephone. spend a bit of time looking around and find exactly what you want in the correct colour, whether you’re looking for a table decoration, favour or a bridesmaid dress. CuteyPye, Glasgow # 27 - Don't mention the word wedding when trying to get prices from suppliers such as florists and hotels! it's surprising how much cheaper things can seem when the ‘W’ word is not used. KellyD81 # 28 - Go to plenty of wedding fairs. not only do you get some good ideas, you can also win lots of things! i won a £150 voucher for wedding favours... and you get to taste all the lovely wedding cake samples! starbabe78 # 29 - enjoy your engagement - introducing someone as your fiancé is lovely, and it’s easy to overlook how nice it is to be engaged whilst planning a wedding and worrying about paying for it all! MrsEminson2b # 30 - ”it’s tradition!” how tired did i get of hearing that... but you don't have to stick to ‘tradition’ if you don't want to! Legobride, Holly Parker


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#36 Wear your Bridget Jones!

Take it from me, there , s nothing worse than showing your bum in the bridal shop... # 31 - set a budget for each element and stick to it. it’s so easy to be tempted to agree to an extra £50 here and there.... but if you stick to your budget and refuse to budge you’ll find a supplier would rather drop their prices than lose a customer! OWb - Emma # 32 - every bride values, for instance, photography or reception drinks differently. the price you’re willing to pay depends on the value you place on something. there’s no such thing as what you ‘should’ pay for something, it depends how important that something is to you, so, make a list of the elements that are most important and make sure this is where your money is spent. bridezilla, Haslemere # 33 - Once you've bought a wedding item, don’t keep looking at other options in case you find something you wish you had bought instead! TashaMrsG2be # 34 - the best way to budget is to use excel. it’ll add things up automatically and you can use one column for your budgeted spend, and the next column for your actual spend. you can even use reg and green colour coding for ‘over budget’ and ‘under budget!’ Tori

# 35 - Make sure your wedding cake supplier will deliver your cake personally... mine didn’t and the person she used to deliver our cake left it on a table right next to a radiator! GawjusLexi, Cockermouth # 36 - When you’re trying on wedding dresses, make sure you’re wearing your ‘Bridget jones’ pants! nothing is worse than showing your bum in your thong to the lady in the bridal shop! NicholaP44 # 37 - keep your ushers busy! Make a list of who you want in your photos and assign an usher to round them up for you, which will give your photographer more time to work. SamanthaP91 # 38 - Don't be afraid to haggle with vendors, and be prepared to walk away - if they won't give you a discount, ask for extras, if they won’t do that, there are plenty more suppliers to use! bellaTwilight, South Shields # 39 - Go ‘Monica Bing’ on your bridal party, and especially on the groomsmen...! Give everyone a detailed schedule of the day, so that they know where they need to be and when. Michelle, Selby

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# 40 - Men: we don’t know where they come from, we don’t know what they want... but they still have opinions. remember it's h2B's day too, so ask him for opinions and ideas (you are, however, welcome to completely ignore any silly suggestions he makes though!). Natalie, Canning # 41 - set a date but make it as far away as you can bear to do... then divide your total budget by the number of months and you’ll know how much to save each month. Charlotte, Leek # 42 - no matter what - don't fall out with your h2B! always communicate; wedding planning should be fun, it’s not a chore, it’s meant to be something happy. if its getting too much, take a step back and remember why your getting married then do something that isn’t wedding related together. XTeresainLoveX # 43 - it’s good to budget - but horrid to live without money because you’re saving for something. if saving for your wedding leaves you penniless you’ll resent it, save an amount you can comfortable afford without making yourself miserable! Officially Mrs Mann # 44 - if you’re already living together the chances are you don’t need traditional wedding gifts like ironing boards and dinner services... start a honeymoon fund that guests can contribute too, which will ease your budget, or if you’re feeling generous, ask guests to donate to your favourite charity instead. xxxPoshbirdxxx # 45 - When booking your honeymoon, make sure you know your budget, check to see if they offer a discount for the happy couple and what extra freebies they can throw in. Elaine Long aka lovelylainee # 46 - When it comes to choosing bridesmaid dresses, don’t try to force your bridal party into wearing something they don’t like... come to a compromise. they need to be comfortable and happy in their dresses and you don’t want them to look self-conscious in your photographs! Lula88 # 47 - Don’t think you have all the time in the world... it soon comes round Fast! Sarah, Olney # 48 - hopefully, h2B loves you the way you are... so you don't need to starve yourself and spend endless hours in the gym to be a size-zero bride! Don’t ruin the run up to your wedding stressing about your weight! InDreamland

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# 49 - Work out a rough guest list before looking at venues so you can work out rough costs. Mazza, bootle # 50 - Don’t rely on verbal agreements from suppliers; obtain contracts that specify exactly what is included in your packages and check every bit of small print thoroughly. Lovecat82 # 51 - you’ll cut the cost of your cake if you opt for tiers of sponge instead of fruit cake. you can even specify one fruit layer and two sponge ones - children prefer sponge cake too. Laura, Shipley # 52 - Collect old flower pots, bird cages, glass fish bowls... anything that can be filled with flowers or used as a quirky Diy decoration. Work your magic and they can look vintage-tastic! Caroline&ben2014 # 53 - if you’re looking for save money, out of season weddings or weekday weddings are much cheaper... winter wedding anyone? Nikki # 54 - Consider getting wedding insurance. Depending on your policy, if anything goes wrong on the day, like your cake not being delivered or your photographer losing your photos, then should have some back up. Rachel Morgan # 55 - it’s not always necessary to be formal; sometimes a hog roast in the evening is more satisfying than a buffet. Lighter ways of eating in the evening will be appreciated after a large wedding breakfast earlier in the day. f4j2k14 # 56 - your family may offer, quite generously to contribute - but it makes life more difficult if they aren’t specific and just say something vague like ‘we’ll help you out.’ ask them to put the money into a special wedding savings account as soon as they can, that way you don't end up relying on cash that doesn't materialise, and you can keep on top of your wedding day cash flow by paying elements off as you go along. Jodi, Luton # 57 - everyone will have an opinion about your day and will love to give you ‘helpful’ advice on what looks good. Learn to smile politely and vent when they have gone Tori # 58 - try on as many dresses as possible, and go with an open mind. it's usually the least obvious dress that turns out to be ‘the one.’ DebraM74


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101 TOP TIPS # 59 - Don’t worry about getting your dress dirty on the day. it will pick up dirt but it will still look fab... and let’s face it, there are better things to be doing on your wedding day than holding your skirt round your knees! Kat # 60 - take advantage of local flower arranging and other craft demos at local stores and local suppliers. you can learn to do a lot of things yourself rather than paying a premium! Officially Mrs Mann # 61 - if you’re getting married abroad, make sure you take your wedding dress into account in terms of weight allowance or extra baggage if it won't travel in a suitcase. Lighter dresses are much easier to transport, but if you have to fold it you don't want a material that will crease and be crinkly in your pictures. Elaine Long aka lovelylainee

# 69 - take a deep breath before you walk down the aisle and slow down... brides tend to march down the aisle really quickly! Katie benfield # 70 - there’s lots of pressure to conform to what others want you to do - have an honest conversation just you and your groom, then be strong; stick to your guns! Little Kettle # 71 - take advantage of your bridesmaids; get them to help with your invites and favours - with a cheeky glass or two! trikstaniksta

#72 Don’t take loads of family or friends

# 62 - Get a good eight hours of sleep the night before your wedding - you won't have time to sit with cucumbers on your eyes in the morning! Lucy Tunnard # 63 - Don't be afraid to ask other family members for help whether it be financially or if you are stuck for ideas or you haven't got time to do all the invitations. the last thing you want is to be stressed out and feeling like you're on your own. Mrs T Hurley 2b (Teresa) # 64 - shop around and look for clever ways to save money - use chair sashes as table runners, which cost much less and are just as long! Look at alternatives to the standard wedding and bridesmaid dress such as using cocktail dresses; you or your bridemaids can wear them and they cost a lot less. Janie # 65 - if your parents are paying towards your wedding, slip into conversation that your guest list has been finalised... that way you won’t be badgered into having guests and distant relatives imposed on you! JessicaM43 # 66 - Consider hiring a bouncy castle... they keep children occupied all day, adults will love a cheeky drunken bounce later on in the night, and a it’ll make a quirky shot for your photographer to use. EmandRob # 67 - if you’re having an evening buffet, don’t cater liberally, especially after a big wedding breakfast - not everyone will eat in the evening! beth, Gateshead # 68 - Make sure you eat breakfast; enough to settle your tummy without leaving you bloated! Nat

Don’t take loads of family or friends with you when you are viewing, go yourself or with one person, whose opinion you value. then, when you have narrowed your choice down to two or three dresses, get the troops together to help you decide on the dress. Hails

# 73 - Wedding planning is stressful - the best advice i can give is to forgive yourself the odd bridezilla moment! just try not to turn into a monster too often Tori # 74 - trying to explain ‘the sort of thing’ you want to a supplier is really vague. Collect lots of pictures from magazines, and take photos, of what you like. this will help you explain to your suppliers like florists, stationers, dress suppliers etc. KATG (Kathleen) # 75 - Most Bridal shops are by appointment only and especially on saturdays. to avoid disappointment make sure you phone for an appointment well in advance. Traci, Staffs # 76 - Make sure you wear a very good bra when you are trying on dresses... a bad bra will ruin any good design. you may decide you want to wear other supportive underwear for your wedding day, if so, wear the same when trying on styles. Hails

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101 TOP TIPS

#77 Get some sleep before the big day!

Have a good night , s sleep Tiredness makes most people edgy!

# 78 - the most important aspect of buying your dream dress is to find the right shape that suits you. We all have different figures and shapes and the trick is to find the dress with the right shape of design that will flatter your best assets. Amanda, Hartlepool # 79 - When you book your reception, ask if you can supply childrens’ food - this may work out cheaper per head if you’re able to feed the kids chicken dippers rather than a more expensive three course wedding breakfast! bella, Camden # 80 - When having make up and hair trials, look at least six weeks before in case you’re allergic to the make up they use. Wash your hair the night before so it’s not too soft to put up. if your hair is curly, leave it; if it’s frizzy don’t put any products in it. this way your stylist will know exactly what your hair is like. Sarah Howe, Leigh # 81 - Bully your man into writing his speech early and make him practise it over and over. Dani

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# 82 - if you’re planning to marry abroad, check that your marriage will still be legally valid in this country. some countries’ marriage ceremonies aren’t recognised in this country and require you to visit your local registration office upon your return. Cas, bedworth # 83 - a ‘goody bag’ with crayons and colouring books for children will keep them quiet! Lucy and ben # 84 - Get some exercise in the months leading up to the wedding - exercise is a great outlet for stress, it’ll give you more energy and you’ll get in shape for the big day. Penny Honiton # 85 - if you’re not keen on fruit cake, opt for sponge or chocolate cakes, or a pyramid of elaborate cupcakes. Jen, Stirling # 86 - italian prosecco and spanish Cava are cheaper than champagne, and tend to be a little sweeter, fruitier and less acidic... a money saver that’s better all round. Georgina, Widnes # 87 - smile when you speak... laughter and smiling are the best remedies for diffusing tension, and smiling is infectious, being able to laugh off stress with relatives is important! Jo & Mike


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# 88 - if your h2B is unsure of what to say in his speech, compliment the bride, then thanks each of the attendants, then the parents, and finally, make a toast. if he’s nervous and public speaking doesn’t come naturally, don’t try to be funny, just be sweet and sincere. Louise, brewood # 89 - Make sure you include a ‘contingency’ budget in your planning to account for any extras or unexpected costs. Joanne, South Wales # 90 - try and book your venue and the registrar at the same time; there is no point paying a deposit on your dream venue then discovering that no one is available to marry you. LauraJo87 # 91 - Wear a shirt, not a t-shirt or jumper on your wedding morning, i had my hair done beautifully... then realised i had to take my jumper off over my head! Vicki, London # 92 - remember your venue quote may not include registrar fees. these can be up to an additional £600 although prices vary from district to district. Jessica, Overton # 93 - if your groom has a shaven head, make sure he doesn’t do it just before his wedding... having it done a week beforehand to give it some chance to grow back, otherwise his head will be really shiny on the photographs! Sophie, Rushton # 94 - Get your guests to be part of the wedding when you send their invited out - include seeds in your invites and get them to grow their own buttonholes for example. RubyManc # 95 - Wedding cookies are really easy to bake yourself and make great wedding favours you could even print your own messages on edible paper and use them as place markers. Lucy and Steveo

# 100 - Candles! i can’t stress how important they are. they look great in photos, they can decorate tables, receptions, churches... they can go in tea-light holders, wine glasses and vases, they can do on pillars in churches... the possibilities are limitless and they’re available in large quantities at little cost. a great way to make your venue look really impressive. Sam Pearce, Staffs # 101 And Finally... Don’t stress! your wedding will come together, it’ll look great no matter what your budget and it’ll be great fun no matter what stress you’ve had during the planning stages. you’ve spent a long time planning it and it’s going to cost quite a lot of money, so don’t panic about the small stuff; relax, enjoy and go with the flow. it’s your special day, so have a lovely time! UKbride Editor THE COUNTY’S NUMBER ONE WEDDING GUIDE – 2014 EDITION

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# 97 - it’s natural to want an international honeymoon but we saved lots of money by going on a mini-tour of the uk; Devon & Cornwall, Wales, and then up to the Lake District - the scenery was spectacular, and best of all, no sunburn... this country has some really understated places! xxshellxx

# 99 - if you're changing your name after you are married, start making a list of all the places you need to contact and add to it as you go along. it’s something few brides consider but once they’re married they’re suddenly faced with a mountain of administration that interrupts a happy return from the honeymoon! Jemima Allen

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# 96 - if your on a budget for your dress, find the dress you want and then look around to see if you can get it cheaper. i managed to knock £500 off my dress by looking around. mrscookiecrew

# 98 - always have a contingency plan; what happens if the hairdresser is late on the day? is there someone else that could step in at short notice? What happens if your Best Man is rushed to hospital and can’t make it (that's what happened on our day!). it’s easy to be upset by the unexpected, but something unexpected WiLL happen. shrug all but the most serious thing off, and calmly revert to your backup plan! Little Kettle

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The A-Z of

WEDDINGS

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From the moment he pops the question to the first glass of champagne on your honeymoon... we this month present an a-Z of weddings with tips, suggestions and moral support!

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is for AttENDANtS

Make sure your day runs smoothly, by choosing carefully those you want to support you on the most important day of your life. the Chief Bridesmaid’s responsibility is to organise the hen night, help a bride with dressing and ensure her dress looks perfect on the day, and to witness the signing of the marriage register.

Flower girls, meanwhile have it a little easier — though their responsibility was traditionally to scatter flower petals before the bride walks down the aisle; a pagan legacy celebrating the bride-to-be’s virtue.

is for Cupcake

B is for Bouquets

Once you have chosen your wedding theme or colour scheme, you can choose from a range of gorgeously designed flower displays, and most importantly your bouquet. Floral designers, such as elizabeth inc, will help to set your perfect wedding scene.

Wedding cakes come in all shapes and sizes. But especially popular now are towers of wedding cupcakes, beautifully decorated on massive tiers... they’re great for children!

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is for Designer Wedding dress designers tend to update their collection once or

twice a year - when they do, their existing collections may still be

available in some bridal boutiques, However, if you’ve a favourite

dress designer, keep checking

their websites and UKbride.co.uk

for updated wedding dress designs.


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E is for ENtErtAINmENt A disco is a great staple of a relaxed reception — but consider a rat-pack tribute artist for live entertainment that will appeal to all ages, and table magician.

is for FLoWErS source a professional florist with years of experience for your floral designs — in addition to your bouquet, consider stands with displays in church, table decorations and matching buttonholes. in church, your flowers will have most impact on the ceremony table, the font, the lecturn and the pulpit. see www.flowersandplants.org.uk for ideas and lists of suitable wedding flowers by colour, budget and season.

H is for

G is for

GroomSmEN Options for the groomsmen include a morning suit — a one-buttoned tailcoat, ideally of pure wool and with dark grey pinstripe trousers — or a less formal suit with waistcoat. the latter is a great way to carry through the bride’s chosen colour theme, so ensure you can take a fabric swatch along to your fitting. For thoroughly modern grooms, you could also opt to avoid hiring your suits and instead treat yourself to a bespoke suit from an independent tailor, retaining it for the future.

Help

hotels make planning your wedding a cinch — with the all important civil license, reception venue with catering and dedicated wedding planners to help you out.

I is for INvItAtIoNS Opt for a professional wedding stationery designer who can create save the date cards, invites, table plans and thank-you notelets all in the same style using your chosen theme and colour.

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is for Joy your wedding day will go by extremely fast, almost without you knowing. Make sure you capture each and every moment with photos and videos. place disposable cameras on the tables and see everyone enjoying themselves, but make sure you have a professional to capture the moments you don’t want to miss. Don’t scrimp on a videographer — they don’t serve as a replacement for your photographer, but in addition to one, capturing funny soundbites and the character of your day.

N BEaUtIFUL BRIDESMaIDS: Withdressesfrom MorileeAngelina Faccendacollection.

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Night Time

K is for Killer Heels

Fireworks, marquee linings with sparkling lights, candles, disco lighting, sparklers and Chinese lanterns are all ways of create an ambience when your reception continues into the small hours...

every woman loves a great pair of shoes. From the most lavish, expensive and elaborately designed to the traditional, and comfortable. you can have it all. shop about to find the right ones to match your dress... but whilst your at it, why not treat yourself to a pair for in the evening too. independent bridalwear retailers can dye shoes to suit your bridesmaids’ highlight colour, with many stocking rainbow and paradox.

L is for Luxury incorporate into your budget a little luxury for your guests. Champagne for your guests after your ceremony, just before your wedding breakfast accompanied by pimms, champagne or mulled wine in the winter will enable guests to mingle and will provide your photographer with the chance to take your formal photographs.

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m is for marquee ideal for if you have lots of guests, or if you want something a little different. Opt for a supplier who can source outside catering, furniture, a lining, heating and convenience hire.


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is for outfits

Most brides know when they see ‘their’ dress - ‘the one.’ however, most report that their chosen dress was completely different to the style they thought they’d opt for. after this, have a rough idea of your preferred

theme or highlight colour and take your bridesmaids to choose their outfits then give the groomsmen a sample of the fabrics to ensure they can choose their outfits to complement the bridal party.

is for Planners

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Even if you don’t want to delegate your entire wedding planning,

employing a professional wedding planner can afford you just a little

extra help or advice with out them

Q is for QUAINt Opt for a historic hotel or stately home for your wedding and you’ll be assured of a beautiful backdrop for your photographs.

is for Rings When buying an engagement ring, the traditional figure presented to a groom is that two to three months worth of salary should be spent. in reality, grooms spend what they can afford — usually between £1,500 and £2,500. around 76% of all engagement rings sold are classic diamond solitaires, and budgets permit different variations of characteristics of cut, clarity, caret weight and colour, so a little research in this respect before shopping is prudent. Modern wedding bands are usually of simpler design, created in titanium, platinum or gold, with white gold the most popular.

is for Spas

a visit to a day spa is a great way to extend your hen night — especially for older members of the hen party who may not enjoy a loud night out.

Local spa’s all offer excellent packages and treatments for wedding and hen parties, with the added benefit that you’ll look great and feel refreshed on your special day.

‘taking over’ your day. Help with everything from a

romantic proposal, a venue search to producing a detailed itinerary

and timeline is money well-spent to ensure your day goes smoothly.

UKbride.co.uk will also provide

loads of help free of charge with free wedding planning tools like free table planner software.

t is for tiara

a bespoke tiara is the perfect finishing touch for your outfit and a great way to keep rogue tendrils of hair in check. Opt for a taller tiara to elongate the face if you have a round face, a headband or very short tiara if your face is longer, and any style of tiara if you’ve a more oval-shaped face. avoid cheap diamanté tiaras in favour of crystal or pearl designs.


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is for UKbride ukbride is a wedding planning website that takes social networking tools and wedding planning tools to put you in touch with other brides-to-be planning their wedding.

v visit the site (www.ukbride.co.uk) for all the help you need, plus the chance to win a wedding up to the value of £25,000.

is for veils

if your wedding dress supplier and veil are different take a fabric swatch along.

What you will or won't wear in your hair is as important as veil length. your options range from dramatic pieces such as sparkly tiaras and crowns to jewel-encrusted barrettes, combs, and pins. ask for your wedding veil to be made with a detachable long tier so that you can keep a shorter veil on at your reception.

y is for you! your wedding should be the ultimate expression of you — your love for one another and your life together. Make it personal, no matter what your theme and have fun personalising your special day.

W is for Weather Always have a ‘plan B’ in mind in case the weather turns — personalised wedding umbrellas for your guests, for example; see www.pure-treats.com.

is for

Zoom Lens Wedding photography has changed dramatically since the advent of digital technology. however, whilst it’s possible to pay just a few hundred pounds for your photography, it’s worth paying more for a real expert.

X is for Xmas Weddings are most popular during the summer, but you should at least consider an out-of-season wedding. not only are the savings considerable, but a stark landscape, snowy wedding and red berry colour scheme can all make a winter wedding the perfect Christmas present.

avoid offers of having your photographs on a disc on the day — this means no post-production will have been undertaken. a professional photographer will cost between £1,500 and £2,500 but the difference in the quality of your photographs — which will last for the whole duration of your marriage — makes employing a cheap photographer a real false economy.


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Left; a Bo-ho look for long hairwhich tousles down past a shoulder length veil. below; Worn up, this natural looking style can be beautifully accessorised with fascinators and hair slides.

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stylist Michelle hood presents ideas for blushing brides... For those brides who just can’t decide on up or down, to the side or central why not try the half up half down. there are endless options; loose tousled waves, curls, twists, plaits or just keep it simple with a little height on the crown and softly pinned off the face to create a sophisticated natural look for your big day. Don’t forget your veil or hair accessory when consulting with your stylist. the stylist has to take into account where the accessory will be placed when creating your style. remember it’s your wedding day, be organised and book your appointments in advance. Don’t be afraid to try something different, most brides try on more than one wedding dress so why not try a variety of hair styles until you find the perfect look for your perfect wedding day. Most brides opt for one or several hair trials with a stylist before their big day. Don’t be afraid to take pictures and mood boards with you to your hair trial.

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Left; a formal ‘Grace kelly’ style with perfectly placed tiara creates a real sense of elegance.


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HAIR IDEAS Main; Floral decoration and pearls look great against the drama of a cathedral length train - this look will be popular for 2013 and 2014â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s vintage-style weddings.

Inset; short styles can still look glamorous, especially when embellished with lace and a hair band creating a layered look. ivory and white work brilliantly against darker hair shades.

Michelle began hairdressing in London in 2005. She has been at the Nicky Clarke salon for a number of years and specialises in bridal consultations.

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FLOWERS

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FLOWERS at yOur reCeptiOn

By being a little more creative your flowers can be an integral part of your wedding theme... here are our top tips and ideas...

n Think Seasonally: spring flowers include tulips, lilies, peonies, amaryllis and anemone. summer blooms you should consider include lilies, carnations, sunflowers, chrysanthemums, lavender and roses. in autumn, think delphinium, hydrangea, and gerbera, whilst Winter flowers include snowdrop, hyacinth, lisianthus, lilacs and irises. n Work with Mother Nature: if you’re planning to marry in a hot, humid summer, avoid lily of the valley and tulips in favour of flowers that are less prone to wilting, like hydrangeas, dahlias zinnias. n be Creative: Bouquets are beautiful and these can be hand-tied, tightly for a contemporary look or designed as trailing bouquets tied with raffia for a looser, vintage look. n Cut your Costs: Only work with native, current flowers as this will be cheaper than trying to import something out of season. Combine expensive ‘feature’ flowers with cheaper filler flowers and bushy foliage like ivy, fern and gyp.

Above; Buttonhole by emma Lynch, Love Lily. Left; hand-tied rose and freesia bouquet by sally johnson, serendipity Floral Designs.

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Main; â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Blingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;table arrangementscourtesy oftheFlowersand PlantsAssociation. Below; Hyacinthsand bouvardiadisplayed withsweettreatsare perfectforacountry gardenwedding.


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CAKES

have your

1Stop Cake Shop

Cake and eat it!

Delicious designs that will look as good as they taste and top tips for choosing your cake... n Cake Ideas: in addition to traditional tiered cakes, consider pyramids of cupcakes, ruffles of chocolate, cheesecake and even savoury cakes of cheese or pork pie. n What’s your Flavour? Most brides opt for fruit or vanilla tiers, but chocolate, lemon, coffee or carrot cake flavours are also popular. n Location Location Location: plan a cake which is suitable for your venue; if you are hiring a marquee you need to be sure the floor will be stable and firm for a cake on pillars, whilst a chocolate cake in a marquee on a hot summer’s day will soon look poor. Check out the cake’s background too; fire extinguishers, radiators and bars do not make good backdrops in photos. n budgeting: three tiers will serve 50-200 guests, five layers will serve 200 guests; budget between £200 and £500. to save money, ask about ‘cutting cakes’ - a second, plainer square cake for eating, to enable you to have a smaller ‘best’ cake. For more local suppliers see www.ukbride.co.uk.

Aunt Julie’s bakery

Sophisticake

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Angel Cakes

Sugar Design

Celebration Cakes by Carol

Kerricraft Cakes

Sugar Flowers

Let It be Cake

Sweetness & Delight

Sueâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Cakes

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A Symbol of Unending

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Withthisring,Itheewed;yourweddingband isasymbolofyourunendinglove-ringsare exchangedandarewornonthefourthfinger ofthelefthandastheRomansbelievedthis containedthevena amoris,theveinoflove...


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THE RING

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our wedding ring is not a benign object, but a symbol of your love for one another, a continuous band to represent an unending love. Only since the second World War have men accepted a wedding ring in return, but now ‘his and hers’ bands are common. Wedding bands tend to be plainer, especially for men, with bevelled edges preferred and men’s bands generally wider than womens - around 6mm for men and 3mm for women, with a typical budget of around £500. Conventionally, wedding bands are created in white or yellow gold or platinum, though more contemporary materials such as titanium are available. typically silver is avoided as it tarnishes over time and doesn’t have the longevity necessary in a ring you’ll be wearing for decades to come. Women’s wedding bands embellished with diamonds can be popular, but men typically have the choice of matt, brushed or polished finishes but usually opt for a more low-key look.

Women’ s wedding bands embellished with diamonds can be popular, but men typically opt for a more low-key look remain realistic about your lifestyle, opting for harder-wearing materials and simpler design if you work in a manual job, where you’re likely to subject it to rough treatment. as a last resort, some brides and grooms even opt to put their ring onto a chain and wear it around their neck. Meanwhile, those in civil partnerships opt to put their rings on their left hands - though this act is so recent that a firm precedent hasn’t been established.

as with any wedding element, shop around and view as many examples as possible, opting for a design that reflects you, personally. ensure you have your ring finger professionally measured rather than guessing sizes, and allow a little movement if you’re likely to remove it often. engraving is a popular, low-cost way to personalise your rings, with messages typically engraved on the inside of the ring for around £20. For a completely bespoke ring, enlisting a bespoke designer is a more expensive but luxurious option, whilst travelling ring suppliers can visit you in your own home. typically these will visit you in your home in the evening or at weekends, making life much easier, and can show you a couple of hundred samples before you choose your width, material, finish, embellishment and engraving, before they are delivered a month or so later. Without the overheads of a chain of stores these can often work out surprisingly cost effective. a family jeweller will offer a great service and can usually show you any stones, allowing you to pick the one you’d like to embed in your chosen band. Diamonds are the most common option, in which case it’s wise to ‘gem’ up on the four C’s - colour, clarity, cut and carat - which would be familiar from your engagement ring shopping. Finally, consider a wedding ring that fits round or ‘halos’ your engagement ring - these are a modern design statement and look really great.

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ENTERTAINMENT

Main; a wedding disco will allow you to perform your first dance to your special song. Inset; a piper is a great way to acknowledge scottish roots.


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Right; even if you’re not a classical music buff, a string quartet is a superb way to add class to your reception and cover up the clatter of cutlery during your wedding breakfast.

below; a bouncy castle will provide great photos and fun for the kids. image; www.gaspphotography.

Let’s have

FUN Right; Whoever said fireworks were only for the outdoors? Make your cakecutting go with a bang!

Weddings are a celebration, so introduce as much fun and as many surprises as possible into your reception...

Music; a wedding Dj is a staple but consider classical music during your wedding breakfast too. alternatively, tribute bands performing as, for instance, the Beatles or aBBa will appeal to all generations. Fireworks; Outdoor - and indoor fireworks make a great photograph and will elicit lots of impressed oohs and ahhs from your guests. First Dance; Consider dance lessons to surprise your guests when it comes to your first dance. Children; Bouncy castles, giant outdoor games, and face painters all keep children entertained and help parents to relax. Something Different; What about a mini casino, a table magician or perhaps celebrity lookalikes and circus performers? think outside the box and you’ll find something quirky to make your wedding stand out!


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Five Simple tips

Keeping Kids Busy Whilsttheparentsarecelebratingyourbigday, keepingchildrenoccupiedwillensureyour weddingandreceptionarealittlecalmer! n Wedding‘goodybags’withcolouringbooksandcrayons duringtheweddingbreakfastwillkeepchildrenquiet. n Inyourreceptionvenue,youcouldsetupanareawitha NintendoWiiorPlaystationtokeepchildrenoccupied? n ConsiderlargeoutsidegameslikeJengaorConnectFour whichchildrencanplayonthelawn.Thesecanbehired fromwww.funtasiaentertainment.co.uk. n Youcancreateyourownstaffedcrecheforchildrenorhire BusyBuzz-adouble-deckerplaybuswhichincludesa children’spartybuffetforupto15childrenfor£300;see www.busybuzz.co.ukformoreinformation. n Abouncycastlewillkeepkidsbusyandisgreatforphotos.


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Rome, Italy from £1,238 per person, 5 star accommodation:

St Tropez from £5,511 per person, five star accommodation:

Barbados from £3,723 per person, four star accommodation:

When in rome... 13 nights in a double room at the five star st George roma hotel st George roma. the st George roma hotel is located in the historical centre of rome, within walking distance from piazza navona, Castel saint angelo, Campo de' Fiori, trastevere and the vatican City. Guests of the saint George roma can also revitalise in the saint George spa and enjoy rooftop views from the terrace roof top Bar.

Get a taste of the good life with a luxurious honeymoon in the glamorous playboys’ paradise of st tropez... 13 nights in a superior double room with garden view at the five-star althoff hotel villa Belrose, a luxury hotel situated near the beach in Gassin. the region’s most iconic sights – include the Formula One Grand prix circuit in Monte Carlo, antibes and Cannes for a glimpse at the lives of the rich and famous.

Beautiful white sandy beaches and azure blue seas... Barbados is the home from home of so many famous stars of film, tv and sport. it’s is a newlywed’s picture perfect paradise! 13 nights in a deluxe room at the four star Fairmont royal pavilion hotel with an ocean-front deluxe room and return flights. Located on the West Coast beach, a mile from holetown and eight miles from the Barbados Wildlife reserve.

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Phuket, Thailand from £1,450 per person, five star accommodation:

Napa Valley from £2,266 per person, includes four star accommodation:

Santorini, Greece from £3,090 per person, five star accommodation:

13 nights in a deluxe room at the five star Le Meridien khao Lak Beach & spa resort. Located on pakwib beach, adjacent to Bangsak beach and thubtawan beach.

13 nights in a standard king room at the four star Meritage resort & spa. the spa is set against the hillside of the famous Grapecrusher statue and the perfect southern napa setting to visit both napa valley and sonoma.

13 nights in a deluxe room at the five star andronis Luxury suites in a premier suite. area attractions also include archaeological Museum and Museum of prehistoric thira.

these three beaches form a 13 km long stretch beach in kuk kak, which is 12 km from khao Lak town.

£ kenya Kenya from £6,386 per person, includes five star accommodation: 13 nights in a deluxe tent at the 5 star Mara explorer Camp with a deluxe tent, on its own private peninsula with the talek meandering around it. Camp is for those who want to explore the wild tapestry of the Mara, surrounded by the finest of africa style.

£ seyCheLLes Seychelles from £2,167 per person, five star accommodation: 13 nights in a hill view room at the 5-star kempinski resort in which guestrooms open onto balconies or terraces and have a split-level design with separate sitting areas. surrounded by tropical and landscape, you can enjoy a full day cruise, with a morning cruise to praslin's paradise, then soak up the tranquil atmosphere of La Digue.

£ MaLDives Maldives from £1,310 per person, four star accommodation: 13 nights in a Club room at the 4-star Gangehi island resort hotel. price includes all meals, a club room for two and return flights. Gangehi island resort hotel is an elegant island retreat - wake up to the ocean at your door at this hotel, which is located by the sea and set on its own private white sand beach. For reservations, visit www.expedia.co.uk or call 0800 783 2384.

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Love and

Marriage Theorganisedbridemakesherlife easyandherbudgetinglessstressful- herewelookatwhattobook,andwhen, tomakeyourlifeagreatdealeasier...


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COUNTDOWN

12-18 Months: Evenayearandahalfin advanceofyourweddingday,planning isessential. Makethefundamentaldecisionsaboutthe typeofweddingyouwantbybookingyour church,andyourhotelormarquee...youcan thenaskyourreceptionvenueaboutany additionalservicesyou’llneede.g.catering, tablesandchairsetc.,andhave‘roughdate’ inmind. Atthisstage,setyourbudgettoo -theaveragecostofa weddingis£16,000so thiswillallowyoutosave upandplanyour‘cashflow.’ Onceyou’veliaisedwith yourchurchandreception venue,‘firmup’yourdateas soonaspossible.

Formostbrides,shoppingforawedding dressisapleasureratherthanachore,and thechancesareyou’vealreadychosenthe dressofyourdreams. Ifnot,now’sthetimeforfindoneyoulove, orderitandattendatleasttwofittingsinthe runuptoyourwedding. 3-6 Months: Thisistheverylateststage thatyoucanorderyourweddingcakesomesuppliersneedevenmorenoticeto createyourweddingcake.

By arranging each of the elements of your wedding at the correct time you’ll avoid disappointment and find it easier to budget

Atthisstage,youcanalsochooseyour attendants-thefriendswhowillbe honouredandpreparedtoputinthetime andefforttohelpyouplanyourwedding! Bookingyourhoneymoonatthisstagewill leaveyouwithagreaterdegreeofchoice ratherthanrelyingonavailabilitycloserto theevent. Atthisstage,youcanalsodraftyourguest list,whichwillhelpyoutoplanyour weddingintermsofnumbersandbudget. Finally,organiseyourreception entertainmentnow,aspopularperformers canbebooked-up18monthsbeforehand. 6-12 Months: Bynowyou’llhavesomefairly goodideashowyou’dlikeyourbigdayto be...now’sthetimetoconfirmyourguest listandchecknumberswiththevenueand caterers,andorganiseyourtransport. Atthisstage,youshouldalsochooseand payforyourweddingbands,commissioning anyengravingoralterationsyou’dliketobe completed. Mostphotographersandvideographers shouldbebookedayearinadvance;askto seeaportfolioofpotentialsuppliers’workto helpyouchooseaphotographerwhose stylefitswhatyouarelookingfor.

Youshouldalsoorganisebridalbouquets, bridesmaidbouquets,buttonholes,venue decorationsandthetablecentrepieces now,havinghadameetingwithyour chosenflorist. 1-2 Months: Now’sthetimetoorganise yourhenandstagnightsandsoapplyfor yourCivilApplicationorhaveyourBanns read.You’llalsoneedtoattendawedding rehearsal. Atthisstageyoushouldalsoorganiseafinal fittingforyourbridalpartyandthegroom’s attendantstogivetimeforanylastminute alterations. 1 Week to Go: Makesureyouhaveallofthe elementsyou’llneedforyourhoneymoon organised,andwearyourweddingshoesin aroundthehousetoavoidbeinginpainon yourbigday! your Wedding Day: Awakerefreshed, relaxed...andhangover-free! Enjoyarelaxedbreakfastevenifyoudon’t feellikeeating,andleaveyourselfplentyof timetogetready. Withsomanyfamilyand friends,it’sdifficulttofindthetimetospend withyournewhusband. Trytospendatleastsometimetogether enjoyingeachother’scompanyand celebratingyourweddingtogether,aswell aswithfriendsandfamily.


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Bridalwear

Cakes

birchington Suit Hire 78 st Mildred's road, kent Ct8 8rF 01843 833458 www.birchingtonbrides.co.uk/ bromley brides Of West Wickham 5 Bell parade, Glebe Way, kent Br4 0rh 020 87770444 www.bromleybrides.co.uk Elderberry brides 8 new street, hampshire rG21 7De 01256 474004 www.elderberrybrides.co.uk Fross Wedding Collections 89 the high street east sussex, tn22 1rj 01825 763380 www.frossweddingcollections.co.uk Laurisas Wedding (bridal) unit 4 telford Court Littlemead ind estate, surrey Gu6 8nD 01483 273948 www.laurisasweddings.co.uk Maureens 7 ewhurst road, surrey Gu6 7aa 01483 274853 www.maureensprom.co.uk Pastel Shades 10 the street, appledore, kent tn26 2Bx 01233 758787 www.pastelshadesbridalwear.com Pumpkins And Dragonflies 5 rendezvous street, kent Ct20 1ey 01303 250179 www.weddingdresskent.com Tiara & Tails bridal boutique Mersham Le hatch Business village hythe road, kent tn25 5nh 01233 501995 www.tiaraandtails.co.uk

Divine Cakes LLP 16 Coronation road, kent Me5 7DD 01634 409999 www.divinecakesllp.co.uk

Catering Alexandra Suite alexandra suite, swanley Banqueting, st Marys road, kent Br8 7Bu 01322 613900 www.swanley.org.uk Greer Catering Manor Buildings powder Mill Lane, kent tn11 9as 01732 838999 www.greercatering.com

Entertain ment A J Pyrotechnics 23 helena road, Capel-Le-Ferne kent Ct18 7LQ 01303 867011 www.ajpyrotechnics.co.uk Disco-Tech 99 Beaver road, kent tn23 7sF 07748 075070 www.disco-tech.co.uk Gary Evans Weddings 22 Orchard Grove, Waterloo ville, hampshire pO8 8tp 07722 282037 www.garyevansweddings.co.uk S.W.A.T Events 84 Lillian road, Greater London sW16 5jt 08006 447928 www.swatevents.co.uk Silent Disco brighton 34 Cedar road, Dartford, kent Da1 2sF 01273 468221 www.silentdiscobrighton.co.uk

Sugartown/So Sinatra 76 rowhurst ave, addlestone surrey kt15 1nF 01932 889844 www.sugartown.co.uk Tony PulĂŠ Toastmaster 36, Downbank avenue, Barnehurst kent Da7 6rp 01322 403616 www.kent-toastmaster.org

Florist Flowers by Lucy 190 West street, Fareham hampshire p0140hF 07557 735995 www.flowersbylucy.org.uk

National Mercury Events peasemore house, peasemore newbury rG20 7jh 07500 954985 weddingfairatbluewater.com

Photography beaumont Wright Photography 18 park street, surrey Cr0 1ye 02086 808900 www.beaumont-wright.co.uk Jonathan Faint Photography 71 st Davids Close, kent Br4 0Qy 02087 760346 www.jonathanfaint.co.uk Matt Lee Photographic 104 Cheylesmore Drive surrey Gu16 9Bp 07775 708737 www.mattleephotographic.co.uk


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The Directory

Nicola Feltham Photography 20 pulborough Way West sussex pO22 6Qr 01243 587517 www.nfelthamphotography.co.uk Owens Studio 11, Chatsworth parade, petts Wood kent Br5 1DF 01689 601601 www.owensweddings.co.uk Peter Martin Professional Photography 1 ellenswood Close, Maidstone kent Me15 8sG 01622 862240 www.pjmphotography.co.uk Sheila Constable Photography 74b park avenue east, surrey kt17 2ny 0208 3931509 www.sheilaconstable.co.uk

Venues & M arquees A Day To Remember the royal Marines Museum events Department, eastney esplanade hampshire p04 9px 02392 882415 www.royalmarinesmuseum.co.uk Addington Palace Gravel hill, addington village surrey Cr0 5BB 02086 625060 www.addington-palace.co.uk balmer Lawn Hotel Lyndhurst road, hampshire sO42 7ZB 01590 623116 www.balmerlawnhotel.com birchwood Park Golf Club Birchwood road, Wilmington kent Da2 7hj 01322 662038 www.birchwoodparkgc.co.uk

burhill Golf Club Burwood road, surrey kt12 4ay 01932 227345 www.burhillgolf-club.co.uk burrows Lea Country House Burrows Lea, hook Lane, surrey Gu5 9QG 01483 205620 www.burrowslea.co.uk Cams Hall Estate Golf Club porchester road, hampshire pO16 8up 01329 827222 www.crown-golf.co.uk Captain's Club Hotel Wick Ferry, Wick Lane Dorset Bh23 1hu 01202 475111 www.captainsclubhotel.com Chart Hills Golf Club Weeks Lane, kent tn27 8jx 01580 292222 www.charthills.co.uk Chiddingstone Castle Chiddingstone Castle, Chiddingstone kent tn8 7aD 01892 870347 www.chiddingstonecastle.org.uk CM Managements Events 122 hopgarden road, kent tn10 4Qx 01732 773893 Coltsford Mill Mill Lane, hurst Green, surrey rh8 9DG 01883 715666 www.wedding-venues.co.uk Elvetham Hotel Fleet road, hampshire rG27 8as 01252 847224 www.elvethamhotel.co.uk Elvey Farm elvey Lane, kent tn27 0su 01233 840442 www.elveyfarm.co.uk/

Farbridge preston Farm, West Dean, West sussex pO18 0jt 01243 776776 www.farbridge.org.uk Hever Castle hever, kent tn8 7nG 01732 861700 www.hevercastle.co.uk Highcliffe Castle rothesay Drive, Dorset Bh23 4Le 01425 278807 www.highcliffecastle.co.uk Lulworth Castle & Lulworth Courtyard east Lulworth, Wareham Dorset Bh20 5Qs 0845 4501054 www.lulworth.com Lympne Castle Lympne, kent Ct21 4LQ 01303 261666 www.lympnecastle.co.uk Marriott Portsmouth southampton road hampshire pO6 4sh 02392 316126 www.portsmouthmarriott.co.uk Meon Valley a Marriot hotel & Country Club sandy Lane, shedfield hampshire sO32 2hQ 01329 833455 www.marriottmeonvalley.co.uk Mercure brighton Sea Front 149 kings road, east sussex Bn1 2pp 08448 159061 www.mercure.com Oakley Hall rectory road, Oakley hampshire rG23 7eL 01256 783350 www.oakleyhall-park.com


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Oakley House 358 Bromley Common, kent Br2 8ha 02084 629292 www.oakleyhouse.co.uk Park Wood Golf Club Chestnut avenue, tatsfield nr Westerham, kent tn16 2eG 0195 957 7744 www.parkwoodgolf.co.uk Petersham Hotel the petersham, nightingale Lane surrey tW10 6uZ 02089 391066 www.petershamhotel.co.uk Princes Marine Hotel-best Western 153 kingsway, east sussex Bn3 4Gr 01273 207660 www.princesmarinehotel.co.uk Ravens Ait portsmouth road, surrey kt6 4hn 02083 396960 www.ravensait.co.uk Southern Valley Golf Club thong Lane, kent Da12 4Lt 01474 568568 www.southernvalley.co.uk

Transport Portsmouth Wedding Taxis 28 ramblers Way, hampshire pO7 8re 07713 480988 www.portsmouthweddingtaxis.co.uk

Wedding Planner Your Wedding Assistant 92 Finham Court, Wakeley road, kent, Me8 8np 01634 305461 www.yourweddingassistant.co.uk

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The Leas Cliff Hall the Leas, kent Ct20 2DZ 01303 228600 www.leascliffhall.co.uk

Stationery Polkadot Daisy 19 hillside ave, strood, kent Me2 3DB 07522 666442 www.polkadotdaisy.co.uk

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The Langtry Manor Hotel Derby road, Bournemouth Dorset Bh1 3QB 01202 553 887 www.langtreemanor.co.uk

Zest ST Ltd 8 the Oaks, revenge road, Chatham, kent Me5 8LF 01634 671167

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The black Horse Inn pilgrims Way, thurnham kent Me14 3LD 01622 737185 www.wellieboot.net

The Lodge At Winchelsea hastings road, east sussex tn36 4aD 01797 226211 www.thelodgeatwinchelsea.co.uk The Royal Maritime Club 75 Queen street, hampshire pO1 3hs 02392 824231 www.royalmaritimeclub.co.uk The Russell Hotel 136 Boxley road, penenden heath Maidstone, kent Me14 2ae 01622 692221 www.bw-russellhotel.co.uk The Spa Hotel Mount ephraim, kent tn4 8xj 08431 162344 www.spahotel.co.uk The Walled Garden at Cowdray no. 1 river Ground stables Cowdray park, Midhurst zWest sussex Gu29 9aL 01730 816881 www.walledgardencowdray.co.uk Tudor House & Garden arts & hertiage Department, southampton City Council Civic Centre, hampshire s014 7Lp 02380 834536 www.tudorhouseandgarden.com Warbrook House eversley, hampshire rG27 0pL 0118 9732174 Weddings At Old Thorns Griggs Green, hampshire Gu30 7pe 01428 725847 www.oldthorns.com Winchester Cathedral Winchester Cathedral eventprizes Ltd, the visitors Centre, the Close Winchester hampshire sO23 9Ls 01962 857258 winchester-cathedral.org.uk

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