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Exclusive collection of waistcoats and ties Cravat & tie making service All accessories, including waistcoats, shirts, bow ties, cufflinks, watches and jewellery available to purchase Home delivery and collection service

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WELCOME

It’s wedding planning time, but where do you start? Cover gown and gown below

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Here at the Wedding Scene, our passion lies in bringing all the information together to help you ensure your Big Day is just as you have always dreamt it will be. We introduce you to local businesses, new ideas and trends, and provide hints and tips on making the planning stress free and enjoyable! As always, we can bring you advice from those in the know - the experts in all things wedding. From start to finish, we’ll help to ensure your day runs as smoothly as possible, so that you can focus on making those happy memories you will always treasure. Whether you’re after traditional or unique, small and intimate or big and extravagant, you have come to the right place, so grab a cuppa, put your feet up and read on!

Heidi & Charlotte x

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WELCOME

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Gowns Galore

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The Gown gallery

Inside Ronald Joyce Designs

Inspirational ideas and finishing gtouches that will make your day unique and special.

Ask the Experts

Key bridal gown trends for 2018

Wedding trends to theme your day.

History of the corset

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Beauty

Boutique Directory

Make-up, hair and health

Wedding Shows

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The Wedding Party

Photography

Capture the moment

Mother of the Bride outfits

Groomswear & Competition

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Floral ideas

Flowers are not just for your bouquet

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Choosing your venue

Deene Park

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Honeymoons

Irnham Hall plus Bridal Review

Falcon Hotel

Barnsdale Hall

Grange Farm

Orton Hall

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Icing on the cake

Some of the best honeymoon destinations

Cleaning your gown Cleaning your gown after your special day

Haycock

Great Northern Hotel plus Bridal Review

Normanton Park Hotel

Bull Hotel

Stamford Marquees

Heidi Semple | Publisher | E: heidi@scenepublishing.co.uk | T: 01788 382762 | M: 07966 964520 Charlotte Charlesworth | Editor Dee Kennedy | Sales Accounts Manager Louise Dennington | Sub Editor MB Creative | Design & Artwork

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GOWN GALLERY

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Ask the expert What shape will suit me? The question we get asked the most at an appointment! It’s best to try on a few silhouettes at your first appointment so that you can choose one that feels the most like you and fits your personal style. Maybe it is the dreamy princess shape or the sexy fit and flare. You won’t know until you try it on! Pay close attention to how the dress fits your body type and whether it’s accentuating your best features and de-emphasising your insecurities. If you have always loved your narrow waist but are not a big fan of your hips, then an A-line shape might be the best fit for you. There are no golden rules for this. You know when you have the right shape when you feel confident and beautiful! And that’s exactly how you’ll want to feel on your wedding day.

‘You know when you have the right shape when you feel confident and beautiful!’

Maison De La Bride 52 Lincoln Road Peterborough PE1 2RY 01733 346415

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DESIGNER PROFILE

‘a unique signature style creating the most beautiful, feminine dresses’

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DESIGNER PROFILE

Passion for Fashion Ronald Joyce is a company built on a dream, founded in the late 1950’s by Ronald and Joyce Phillips who wanted to produce a collection of elegant bridal gowns that were affordable and in the reach of every girl. Originally a London based Bridal and Evening Wear design house, Ronald Joyce became one of the most prominent manufacturers in the British bridal industry supplying the very best retailers in the world. Today, the same passion and commitment continues to drive the company. Italian-born Designer, Veni Infantino has developed a unique signature style creating the most beautiful, feminine dresses for the Ronald Joyce collections. Veni developed her passion for fashion and design as a teenager, inheriting her flare from her Italian grandmother. Since graduating from the London College of Fashion, she has become an internationally acclaimed design icon and works tirelessly to create the exceptional Bridal, Bridesmaids and award-winning occasion wear collections. Unmistakably elegant and feminine, Veni Infantino’s brides are always unique, stunning and indisputably sophisticated. Veni Infantino brings her love of romance and sophistication to the new Ronald Joyce Bridal collection. With attention to

clean lines, full skirts and plain structured silhouettes, this collection has everything for the modern and fashion-conscious bride. The collection is designed to embrace a wide selection of shapes and tastes including dramatic detail, structured tailoring and exquisite embellishments. Statement shoulder decorations, back jewelled embellishments and tone on tone beading are particular design features. Shape and colour coordination including blush, almond and light gold offer an alternative to the traditional ivory and white and enhance the statement of the dress. Available at

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The Designer Message Your wedding dress is the single most important piece of clothing you will ever wear. It represents the finale of your life as “Miss” and your grand entrance into the world of “Mrs”. I want you to feel confident that you have made the right choice of dress. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime gown and should be as fabulous as possible. I hope you will achieve this is by wearing one of my dressess. Have a wonderful day. 09

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ANNA COUTURE

The Unique Boutique Anna Couture Boutique This Unique Boutique in the heart of Stamford offers the latest stylish and glamorous bridal, special occasion, evening, prom and day wear, with on-trend accessories ranging from hats, fascinators, lingerie, shoes, bags and jewellery. Choose from the readyto-wear collections hand-picked from London fashion houses, including luxury labels Forever Unique, Hybrid and Goddiva. From Sequins and sparkles to elegant chic silhouettes perfect for bridesmaids and wedding guests. Visit the bridal salon where vintage and theatrical meets classic British designer gowns including Chanticleer Bridal Design. In this glamorous and relaxing little boutique, you can have your gown designed and made especially for you, in your chosen fabrics, by Anna, an established costume and bridal designer. With the in-house design studio, you get to see your gown made on site or simply pop in for alterations to your already purchased gown. With your own design ideas, Anna will create a bespoke bridal gown for you,

in beautiful fabrics, original embroidery and bead work or perhaps you would like to try her speciality, made to measure corsets and historical costume, for something truly original. Also offering bespoke outfits for bridesmaids and the bridal party, as well as handmade shirts, ties and cravats for the groom and groomsmen. At Anna Couture you will find a great range of luxurious and complimentary bridal accessories. Pick your shoes from The Perfect Bridal Company, Rainbow Club and Irregular Choice collections. The very best silk tulle is used on handmade veils. Sumptuous hand made lingerie and garters are vintage inspired. Elegant jewellery and hair accessories finish your look. All clothing repairs and alterations are undertaken in this charming boutique.

So, for something different, unique and creative, please come along and see what a wonderful journey your bridal ideas will take you on.

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ANNA COUTURE

Anna Couture Boutique 01780 765174 @annacoutureboutique 17c St Mary’s Street, Cheyne Lane, Stamford PE9 2DG

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ANNA COUTURE

A Historical Garment, Today’s Fashion! Anna-Maria D’Amato has been creating beautiful, bespoke corsets for 20 years. After acquiring her BA Hons degree in Costume for the Stage & Screen, Anna had the good fortune to work for many years in costume for feature films, television and theatre. In 2002 she set up her successful bridal design company in London and having moved location to Stamford, now owns and runs her boutique, Anna Couture, offering glamorous evening and day wear, accessories and of course, bespoke bridal design, specialising in corsetry.

The Corset – so where did it all begin? Plain and functional, the humble corset as we know it today, made its first appearance in Europe in the early 16th century. Originating from Italy, the garment was initially introduced into French culture by the Queen of France, Catherine de Medici. The earliest corsets were constructed from stiff materials such as a linen-cotton blend or a layer of leather. As the century evolved, busks made from whale bones and wood were sewn into the linings and seams of the corset. This was to provide a more rigid structure and a style that was to epitomise the first notable corsets within Europe. Corsets worn in Elizabethan England were fitted and laced properly, making them more comfortable to wear. It wasn’t until the late Georgian period when the corset really began to progress towards a curvier shape which included the introduction of cups to support the breasts. By 1908 these kinds of corsets had fallen out of favour and the corset shape evolved once more. Favouring a more natural silhouette, this time the corset rested under the bust and extended to the mid thigh. This change marked the beginning of the girdle. The Great War of 1914 caused female fashions to evolve rapidly. As the men went to war, the women took on new roles and required less constricting clothing. At the war’s end in 1918, the age of the ‘flapper’ dawned and new elastic fabrics became more sought after. Were the days of the rigid corset gone forever more?

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ANNA COUTURE It wasn’t until the 1950s that a fuller figure became fashionable, with women idolising the curvy pin-up image as portrayed by icons of the era including Marilyn Monroe and Bettie Page. The corset once again fell out of immediate favour throughout the 1960s, 70s and 80s and it wasn’t until the early 1990s that the mystical corset had somewhat of a revival. The sexual connotation initiated by neo-burlesque icon Dita Von Teese reprised the allure of corsets through her infamous dance shows and characters. Some of her most notable corset wearing performances include rising from a giant martini glass and riding a carousel horse. Throughout the 21st century, the corset has continued to evoke erotic appeal and has been bolstered by the booming burlesque industry, with performers choosing to wear corsets for performance. Whether you want to wear your corset for the purpose of waist training, aim to solve a problem with posture or simply love the empowerment of wearing a corset, come and talk to Anna-Maria about suitable corsetry styles to introduce a timeless and truly classic garment into your life. Whether you are after a historical twist or a modern chic silhouette, each item is individually designed and made to suit you.

Anna-Maria allows you the freedom to pick everything from design, fabrics and decoration. For this unique and exclusive service please visit or call the Anna Couture Boutique.

• Bespoke dressmakers • Special occasion & bridal • Shoes, accessories & jewellery • Hats & fascinators • Alterations & repairs 17c St Mary’s Street Cheyne Lane PE9 2DG Stamford 01780 765174 Website coming soon. @annacoutureboutique

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Bridal boutiques

BOUTIQUE DIRECTORY

Anna Couture Boutique is a bridal shop with a difference. In this glamorous and relaxing little boutique, you can have your gown designed and made especially for you, in your chosen fabrics, by Anna-Maria D’Amato, an established costume and bridal designer. Or choose from the ready-to-wear collection; hand picked from London bridal design houses. With the in-house design studio, you get to see your gown made on site or simply pop in for alterations to your already purchased gown. Also offering bespoke outfits for the Mothers and Bridesmaids; as well as handmade shirts, ties and cravats for groom and groomsmen. There are also luxurious and complimentary bridal accessories. Pick your shoes from The Perfect Bridal Company and Irregular Choice collections. The very best silk tulle is used on handmade veils and sumptuous honeymoon lingerie and garters are vintage inspired. Elegant jewellery and hair accessories finish your look. So, for something different, unique and creative, please come along and see what a wonderful journey your bridal ideas will take you on. Anna Couture Boutique 17c Cheyne Lane, Stamford, Lincolnshire, PE9 2DG 01780 765 174 annacouture1@gmail.com Facebook and Instagram: Anna Couture Boutique

Maison de la Bride is an elegant bridal boutique situated in the Cathedral city of Peterborough. The service you will receive is second to none and located close to the city centre there is ample parking. It has hand- picked a stunning selection of designer wedding gowns including Ronald Joyce, Victoria Jane, Diane Legrand and Eternity Bridal. Priced from ÂŁ599 upwards, all the alterations are done in house with a professional dressmaker, so your wedding dress is fitted to perfection. Maison de la Bride will can alter any wedding gown even if bought elsewhere. Alongside its wedding gowns, they off er a range of accessories, veils and tiaras made by a local company Richard Designs in Ely. 52 Lincoln Road, Peterborough PE1 2RY 01733 346415 maisondelabride.co.uk

Blush Bridal Company are proud to offer you a friendly, professional and relaxed experience in their spacious and modern Bridal Studio in Bourne. Their stunning Bridal collection offers a superb variety of styles and sizes, with the latest gowns from designers including Justin Alexander, Sincerity, Sottero & Midgley and Rebecca Ingram catering for all tastes, sizes and budgets. Their expert team listen to your needs, offer help and advice, giving you the bridal experience you are looking for in comfortable, private fitting rooms with plenty of space for your family and friends. Plus, with shoes, jewellery, many gorgeous accessories and specialist in-house alterations, Blush really look after you and your wedding gown from start to finish. They also have a leading Bridesmaid collection from The Dessy Group with over 150 different styles in store for your bridesmaids to try on, including flower girls and junior styles, available in a wide variety of colours and sizes. Whilst they would always recommend booking an appointment for trying on dresses, it is not always necessary and Blush Bridal Company will happily offer a warm welcome for browsing and enquiries at any time.

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Wedding March

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WEDDING SHOWS

May Saturday 5th May 2018

Serpentine Green Peterborough Wedding Show Weekend Serpentine Green Shopping Centre, Peterborough PE7 8BE

Sunday 6th May 2018

Kingsthorpe Lodge Farm Barn Wedding Fair

Sunday 11th March

Kingsthorpe Lodge Barn, Barnwell, Peterborough PE8 5QE

Deene Park, Deene, Corby NN17 3EW (page 33)

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Deene Park Wedding Show

Sunday 25th March 2018

Hinchingbrooke House Wedding Spectacular Hinchingbrooke House, Huntingdon PE29 3BN

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Sunday 22nd April 2018

Old Nene Golf & Country Club Wedding Show Old Nene Golf & Country Club, Muchwood Ln, Ramsey, Huntingdon PE26 2XH

Sunday 24th June 2018

Quy Mill Hotel & Spa - Wedding Open Day Quy Mill Hotel & Spa, Church Rd, Stow cum Quy, Cambridge CB25 9AF

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Sunday 2nd September 2018

Holiday Inn, Peterborough Wedding Extravaganza The Holiday Inn, Peterborough PE3 6SG

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hether your men choose traditional morning suits or stylish, on-trend contemporary attire ensure they are perfectly colour co-ordinated to you or your wedding theme with matching waistcoats, cummerbunds and cravats.

COMPETITION Wedding Scene has teamed up with A Formal Affair, Peterborough’s only truly independent menswear hire company, to offer one lucky prize winner a fantastic (and big money saving!) prize of formal suit hire for a groom and his friends up to a value of £700. With a fantastic range and huge stocks, A Formal Affair is a locally run business that prides itself on giving you the perfect environment in which to choose your men’s wedding outfits, offering individual appointments so that you can try on wedding suits in a private and relaxed atmosphere.

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Win formal suit hir e worth £700! t. 01733 260930 www.aformalaffair.co.uk

e. keithlilley@aformalaffair.co.uk To enter this competition please email your details to info@scenepublishing.co.uk. Along with the answer to this simple question. Please put ‘A Formal Affair’ in the subject line. Good Luck! A Formal Affair is famous for hiring out what? a) Men’s wedding suits b) Bouncy castles c) Tools Closing date 30th September 2018. T&C’s apply.

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Venues

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This next chapter is an overview of some of the best wedding venues available in the area. From boutique to grand affairs, from weddings outdoors, venues with amazing views, city and country locations offering contemporary and character backdrops.

Deene Park

Irnham Hall

The Falcon Hotel

Barnsdale Hall

Grange Farm

Orton Hall

The Haycock

Great Northern

Normanton Park

The Bull Hotel

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After a truly memorable and unforgettable wedding venue? With endless possibilities, finding the right venue can be a headache and the biggest expense of the day. Never fear! We’re here to help with our top tips for finding your perfect wedding venue. Start searching early Many wedding venues book out early, some years in advance, so get on to booking it, it’s never too early! After all, without choosing your venue and booking the date, you can’t confirm anything else, so it’s a crucial step of the planning process.

Keep an open mind While searching, keep an open mind and look into as many different venues as you can. You may just find that a wedding venue you would have normally overlooked is actually perfect for your big day.

Read reviews from other brides It’s definitely worth reading bride reviews about your shortlisted venues. Reviews are a fantastic way to gauge a venue’s consistency in their service and to get a general idea from those who have actually paid for it!

Narrow down your list Once you’ve researched as many venues as possible online and have looked at reviews, narrow down your list by considering which you’d be interested to visit and make an appointment. Visits are an important part of the process to help

determine which one you ultimately like best, not something to do based solely on pictures or videos. Being in a space allows you to experience the ambiance, meet the staff, see how spacious it is and help you visualise how you can set it up.

Consider your budget Having a discussion with your partner about your venue budget before visiting ensures you are both on the same page and are more prepared when going to appointments. It will also save time. After all, if you know the per-head cost is double your budget, there’s little point wasting time visiting. Having as much information with you at your appointment will make it easier for the venue co-ordinator to give you an idea of price and packages to suit your budget.

Visit at the same time of year as your wedding will be Try to visit the venue during the same time and season you will be marrying, preferably when they are set up for a wedding or event. This will help you visualise the look and feel of the venue for your day.

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VENUES

Know your needs

Ask for professional opinions

How many people are you inviting? Do you require anything specific of the venue? Will you be taking props, or having cultural or traditional rituals or processions? Do any guests have special requirements such as wheelchair access or childfriendly facilities? Know exactly what you need from your wedding venue so you can discuss these things when you meet with the venue coordinator.

Ask the venue’s wedding co-ordinator if they have any recommendations regarding styling and set up of the venue to accommodate your guest numbers and theme. You’ll have your own ideas but they know the venue and how to get the most out of their reception spaces. They will usually have further recommendations of how best to plan your schedule for the evening, as well as other ideas to make your wedding exactly how you visualise it.

Consider your theme While it’s much easier to build your wedding style and theme around your venue, some brides will already have a certain look in mind, and this will often dictate which venues they put on their shortlist. For example, a bride who has her heart set on a rustic-styled wedding will naturally gravitate to venues which are congruent with that look. You will however, be surprised how many venues can accommodate the look you want, simply with the right styling elements and lighting choices, so don’t be afraid to ask!

Consider travel time The logistics of your wedding day are important to ensure your schedule runs smoothly and allows you ample time for the important things. Consider the distance between the ceremony location and the reception venue you’re interested in. Limit unnecessary travel for yourselves and your guests if you can.

Take photos While most venues will have images on their website, taking your own photos can give another perspective. This can also help you visualise where you’d like to place objects such as the photo booth, sweet cart and any other styling decorations you might like to bring. You can keep these photos as a reference for when you organise decorations and things like flowers or furniture hire with other vendors.

‘Reviews are a fantastic way to gauge a venue’s consistency in their service’.

Do a menu tasting Most venues offer menu tastings which help couples make a better-informed decision about what dishes to serve their guests. If the venues you are interested in offer menu tastings, make the time to take part. Besides, it’s fun!

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VENUES

Irnham Hall One of South Lincolnshire’s best kept secrets, Irnham Hall is an enchanting, privately owned and unsurpassably romantic stately home built in 1380-1510. Through the inviting gates and down the drive, you will find the stunning architecture of the Hall itself, only surpassed by the grounds it rests in. Take your guests on a journey of discovery through captivating gardens and hedge arched grounds into the magical calmness of the Walled Garden. A family run business, Leila and Jamie Benton Jones head the Weddings team at Irnham Hall and are always on hand to help with any questions. On your big day there are extra staff on hand to assist with car parking and generally ensuring your day runs smoothly. We appreciate that choosing the right venue is also about choosing a team of people who want you to have a perfect day, and we certainly do. Every great love story has a happy ending, and a wedding day is part of that‌

Chapter One: Getting Ready You can get ready in our wonderful Brides cottage which is a luxurious private and wonderful space for you to enjoy the prewedding pampering and retire to after your big event.

Chapter Two: The Ceremony You may have a religious wedding ceremony in the Church of St Andrews or a civil ceremony in the Orangery Room or the Great Hall at Irnham Hall itself.

Chapter Three: Reception/Evening Dinner Held in the Walled Garden and Summer House, you weave past the clock house, down the gravel path, through a small wooden arch doorway and gate and enter upon an entirely unexpected gem - an enchanted walled garden, timelessly evolving throughout the seasons with vast

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‘creating your vision of the perfect day’

‘captivating gardens and hedge arched grounds’ lawns, an abundance of flowers, magical dingles and scented borders. It is here you can stage your celebrations and delight your guests. The majestic ornate gates act as a perfect backdrop for confetti and the welcoming of the new MR and MRS. As the evening draws in, your guests are ushered through into the Summer House - a blank canvas which you will have painted to be your exact vision of the perfect day, with an extraordinary outlook onto the garden on one side and horse fields on the other. This truly is an exquisite, light and airy room with a vaulted beam ceiling, flowers and candles, and glasses catching the light on the decorated tables. In-house catering is offered by Jeeves Catering but you may wish to bring your own exciting pizza oven in the evening or have a hog roast. At Irnham Hall, we try to be as flexible as possible to ensure your big day is just the way you want it.

accommodation within walking distance of the venue be it luxury cottages or the village pub with rooms that serve well as wedding accommodation. The Bride and Groom may stay in the new Honeymoon suite in the Main Hall with breath taking views onto the lake and gardens.

Venue hire starts at £4,300 in low season and up to £5,800 in high season - please contact Leila to discuss your requirements. Swinstead Road Irnham, Grantham Lincolnshire NG33 4JD 01476 552 027 irnhamhallevents.co.uk

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Alex & Abbey Barnett married at Irnham Hall on 12th August 2017

As childhood sweethearts since 16 and after being together for nearly 5 years, I proposed on 26th March 2016. With an engagement ring from James Allen of New York, the big question was asked in Burghley House sculpture gardens as it’s the most special place for Abbey (plus she didn’t want anyone else there!). Celebrations continued at her favourite restaurant, The George Hotel in Stamford. During our ceremony we had Abbey’s maid of honour Lauren sing the Ellie Goulding version of ‘How Long Will I Love You’. We also had a surprise sing-along to 500 miles (I’m gonna be) by The Proclaimers at the end of the ceremony! Certain people had rehearsed for singing certain lines and from the chorus onwards everyone joined in which was great fun and everybody loved it!

by Alex Barnett

We started looking for suppliers through family contacts that had the services we required, and after that we searched for local companies with good reviews. I would definitely recommend seeing at least two of each type of business i.e. photographer, DJ, as that way, we knew that the ones we were chose were definitely the right ones for us. Being completely honest we wouldn’t have changed a thing about our day. I think the biggest reason for this is that we made sure all the people we were using knew exactly what we expected of them - the DJ knew exactly what music we wanted playing at every single stage of the day (which he executed perfectly!) and our photographers Paul and Sue met with us and did an engagement shoot to get to know us and 37

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Photography: www.paulbryantphotography.com Venue: Irnham Hall, Swinstead Rd, Corby Glen, Grantham NG33 4NU, t 01476 552027, www.irnhamhallevents.co.uk

I would recommend making sure that your guests always have something to do/ eat/drink throughout the day so no one becomes bored. We had our speeches before the meal, which is a great idea for people that aren’t that comfortable with public speaking (like me!) so you don’t have time to panic and spoil your lovely meal.

Cake: Cookies and Cupcakes and the main cake was made by close family friends Dennis and Sheila.

We loved the way the venue staff made the day flow so well. All the work that went on behind the scenes presented the venue in its full beauty. Our best tip would be get everything organised sooner rather than later so you can relax on the days just before the big day itself.

Abbey’s gown and accessories: The Wedding Room www.wedding-room.co.uk

As far as the venue goes, Irnham Hall was first on our list, as recommended by family friends who had previously been married there. As soon as we arrived we knew it was the one. We fell in love with Irnham from the offset and didn’t look anywhere else.

Food: T R Catering, www.trcatering.co.uk DJ: DJ Wild Thing Events, www.wildthingevents.com

Groom’s Suit: Empire Menswear, Grantham www.empiremenswear.com Hair: Michelle Lawson, Holbeach Make up: Rose Beauty, Peterborough facebook.com/ RoseBeautyUK/?locale2=en_GB Bridesmaids dresses: Debenhams Flowers: Butters of Spalding www.butters.co.uk Favours: Little plastic jars decorated with the colours of the wedding filled with retro sweets from a friend’s sweet company. Games outside: Large Connect 4, lawn bowls, Quoits – a great way to keep little ones occupied!

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The Falcon Hotel Uppingham Personal & friendly The Falcon Hotel is a 16th century coaching inn which has recently undergone extensive restoration work, and stands once again, in all its majestic glory overlooking Uppingham’s market place, just a few minute’s drive from the A47 between Leicester and Peterborough.

A beautiful place for your wedding The Garden Terrace is The Falcon Hotel’s brand new banqueting room. It is stunning in its simple yet elegant style, with plenty of views outside to the glorious garden and waterfall. With the warmth of the oak-panelled Oak and Club rooms lending themselves effortlessly to winter occasions, whenever you choose to hold your

• Hosting weddings for up to 130 day guests. • Bespoke event, tailored to each bride and groom. • • 16th century coaching inn. • No fuss, practical guidance. • Local knowledge and great suppliers.

Your wedding, your way! “The location is beautiful, the staff were exceptional and the food was excellent. And nothing was too much trouble – what a fantastic venue!” Heather and Andy Harley

wedding with us, we have a befitting space to fall in love with.

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When you book your wedding with us, our experienced wedding team will execute an amazing, bespoke event, tailored to your exact requirements. We don’t tell you what you want to have; we listen, advise and guide you towards what will ultimately become your perfect day. On the day of your wedding, you will be looked after by accomplished and attentive wedding co-ordinator and a team of charismatic waiting staff. Customer Care is at the forefront of our minds at all times and we pride ourselves on delivering a memorable day with excellent service. We go the extra mile to ensure a sensational time is had by all.

The Falcon Hotel Market Place, Uppingham Rutland LE15 9PY 01572 823535 Info@falcon-hotel.co.uk falcon-hotel.co.uk

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Elegant, historical setting on the shores of Rutland Water.

Barnsdale Hall Hotel On the banks of Rutland Water, in the glorious countryside of

Licensed for civil ceremonies, this allows your entire wedding

Rutland, sits Barnsdale Hall. Steeped in history, the old hall was

day to unfold under one roof. With a selection of rooms available

originally built in 1890 as a luxurious hunting lodge for the 6th

each with their own ceremony room and outside patio and

Earl Fitzwilliam and his family. The hall was built on the sheltered terrace to hold your drinks reception or evening BBQ, and now south facing slopes of the Vale of Catmose and the Gwash

with the addition of our brand new Wedding Pavilion, we can

Valley. The 80s and 90s saw the construction and expansion of

hold outside wedding for 100+ guests with views over the water,

Barnsdale Hall Hotel, with the main hall and its rich history as its

it makes the setting and the experience unrivalled‌With an

centerpiece. This Grade-II listed building nestles in 65 acres of

added bonus, many of our hotel bedrooms enjoy breathtaking

meadows, woodlands and landscaped gardens, which slope

views of the lake as well as a balcony. Allocation of rooms can

gently to the water’s shore.

be reserved for your guests, with discounts available for those

Barnsdale Hall Hotel makes the ideal venue for your wedding

wishing to enjoy a whole weekend away.

with its unique setting and elegant surroundings providing the perfect backdrop to your special day. Whether it is a small intimate gathering or a large celebration, each aspect of

East Midlands No1 Wedding Venue

your wedding and wedding reception is built around you and your wishes.

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“We can accommodate outdoor civil receptions for 100+ guests with reception drinks served adjacent on the open grounds and patio�

Barnsdale Hair and Beauty Spa Is on hand to offer a pre-wedding programme and assistance on the day for your hair and make-up for you and your guests. The flotation tank guarantees to relieve last-minute stress and qualified beauticians are available to offer advice and relaxation leading up to your special day. Spa day hen parties and weekends can also be arranged. Our leisure facilities are excellent and include tennis, golf, bowling, squash state-of-the-art techno gym and a 22 metre pool, so we have covered everything, for you and your guests. guests.

Contact the Julie McRoberts on 01572 725181 for more details or to book an appointment.

Barnsdale Hall Hotel, Stamford Road, Near Oakham, Rutland LE15 8AB barnsdalehotel.co.uk

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celebratory events. Our permanent marquee, sited alongside a tranquil lake, whilst classically decorated in its own right, provides a blank canvas from which couples can create their perfect day.

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Our marquee, sited alongside a picturesque

As a package, our marquee comes complete with tables and chairs, a black and white dance

special day your own. The spacious interior can accommodate up to 200 guests for a formal sit

more than ample parking, garden furniture, air

more intimate space created with clever internal screens and decoration.

and a wedding co-ordination service, leaving you to focus on enjoying your day.

The wedding and celebration photos will be simply stunning as the established woodland and water features at this unique venue will provide scenic backdrops and romantic settings.

for couples wanting to take entire control of their day.

• Beautiful lakeside setting

• Your own choice of caterer

• Parties for 80 - 200 guests

• Experienced and friendly events team

• Fully air conditioned and heated throughout

• Classically decorated

• Licensed bar and entertainment

• Large car park

food to suit their tastes and budgets, while we can also provide a list of excellent local caterers and other suppliers to complement your event.

Your wedding party will be greeted by the experienced and friendly Grange Farm team, for whom nothing is too much trouble and service is always with a smile. But please don’t just take our word for it...

“We just wanted to say thank you for a truly magical day last Saturday. Everything was perfect and you made

We would be pleased to show you around our venue. To arrange a visit, or to talk to us about how we can help you to create your special day, please do not hesitate to contact us. t. 01780 782459

e. charlotte@grange-farm.co.uk

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Orton Hall Hotel & Spa Unrivalled elegance in a truly historic setting. Orton Hall Hotel & Spa is a stunning location where your perfect day is our perfect day

Set in 20 acres of mature parkland, with easy access from Peterborough and its surrounds, the hotel has 70 bedrooms and combines elegant reception rooms with fine food and a professional service. The hotel offers a unique combination of modern stylish rooms in a historic setting. Whatever you wish for; be it a lively celebration for more than 100 guests or an intimate gathering for 50 or so of your closest friends; the hotel is the perfect venue for your perfect day – all year round.

Civil weddings The hotel is a popular location for civil ceremonies with superb facilities and a choice of four locations licensed to host the ceremony: The Great Room offers a certain majesty and splendour with seating for 100 guests; The Orton Suite is our modern suite of rooms with seating for 160; the Huntly Restaurant is perfect for an afternoon ceremony for 40; while the Conservatory with its stained glass windows provides an elegant space for up to 90 guests. Personal touches can make every aspect of your day truly memorable for you and your guests; from the vows and readings to your choice of music and colour scheme. We are able to offer a wide choice of menus for a formal wedding breakfast and an excellent selection of buffet menus for both daytime and evening receptions. Whatever your requirements, our chefs will devise a suitable menu to make your day perfect: from drinks and canapés to a fabulous four or five-course banquet or buffet – every element of your special day will be given that personal touch.

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Wedding Open Evening Thursday 1st March 6pm-8.30pm

Inclusive wedding packages at Orton Hall Hotel & Spa 2018 GOLD Package prices start at £5395 in the Great Room or Orton Suite for up to 80 guests (50 guests during the day with an additional 30 during the evening). Includes: • Ceremony room hire

• Disco

• Room hire for the wedding breakfast and evening reception

• The service of a wedding co-ordinator

• Arrival drink

• Duty manager to run the day and act as toast master

• Three course wedding breakfast • Two glasses of house wine with the meal • Evening buffet

• Red carpet

For further information and to discuss your

• Discounted accommodation for guests

requirements please contact Laura the hotel’s conference and banqueting manager.

• Cake stand

• Complimentary four poster bedroom for the Bride and Groom • Menus for the tables

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01733 391111 conference@ortonhall.co.uk ortonhall.co.uk The Village, Orton Longueville Peterborough PE2 7DN

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W E D D I N G S AT T H E H AY C O C K H OT E L

YOUR JOURNEY BEGINS HERE... Nestled in the heart of the Cambridgeshire countryside, The Haycock Hotel is a magical setting for your wedding celebrations. Steeped In history, the old world charm of the hotel brings a wonderful sense of romance to your wedding day.

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W E D D I N G S AT T H E H AY C O C K H OT E L

From your very first visit to the moment you walk down the aisle on your special day, our wedding team are here to deliver every part of your experience so that when the time comes you can simply relax and enjoy the magic of your special day. Bespoke wedding packages from ÂŁ85 per guest Two large wedding suites Four civil ceremony rooms Complimentary bed and breakfast for the newlyweds Preferential room rates for wedding guests To find out more contact our Wedding team on 01780 782223 or email Weddings.Haycock@macdonald-hotels.co.uk

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The Great Northern Hotel The Great Northern has been welcoming guests for more than 150 years, and is an oasis of historical charm in the heart of Peterborough. Whether you’re looking for an intimate wedding or civil ceremony, vintage chic or a more traditional affair the Great Northern is the perfect venue. Our wedding team offers creative flair and passion, assisting you in every step with a personal service that allows you to create a style and ambience you deserve. On your Wedding day the hotel provides exclusive use of the Ballroom, Bridal suite and garden including a private hotel entrance; with red carpet, complimentary parking, table linen and cake stand. There are various packages including: later availability, intimates and renewals, vintage afternoon tea and, of course, our tailored bespoke service. In addition, the Circa 1852 room can be used for an intimate weddings or civil ceremony for up to 70 guests and the Ballroom can accommodate up to 140 guests and has a private bar.

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Take a look at Great Northern Hotel’s fabulous new Flying Scotman Wedding Package 2018 prices from only £3517 (50 guests) includes: • Ballroom hire with private bar facilities. • Drinks reception with sparkling wine. • A three-course wedding breakfast with tea/coffee. • Half a bottle of house wine per person.

• Group room rates are available. A minimum number of 50 guests required for use of the Ballroom. Additional guests can be added from £69.90 per person. • Additional room hire fee applies for civil ceremony. Please note, for up to 40 guests you have the choice to have your wedding breakfast in our beautifully refurbished restaurant, which will be set up with our elegant crockery and glassware.

Hog Roast - available upon request.

• Glass of sparkling wine for toast. • Hog roast carved by our chef and served. • Chair covers with sash. • Master of ceremony on the day. • Bridal suite for the Bride and Groom on the night of the wedding.

Station Approach, Peterborough PE1 1QL 01733 552595 01733 566416 wedding@gnhotel.co.uk www.gnwedding.co.uk

• Complimentary menu tasting for two. • Built-in dance floor. • Cake stand and cake knife. • Red carpet. • Mirrored centrepieces for tables. • Table linen, crockery and cutlery.

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Sarah and Andrew got married at the Great Northern Hotel in Peterborough. Andrew tells the story from start to finish, after he planned the whole thing.

It was Christmas Eve and we were in our PJs exchanging gifts. I had bought a Harrod’s Christmas teddy for Sarah and set it up with a bag containing a charm engraved with “will you marry me?” along with a personalised box of M and Ms, also with the big question printed on them.

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e had talked about getting married and had been to a couple of Wedding shows for some ideas. Sarah had already chosen her dress, so that bit was easy! The next step was choosing suits for the men, again all fairly easy, and whilst looking at suits we were given tickets to the East of England Wedding Fair at the Peterborough Arena. Within 2 months we had

organised the car, cake, flowers, suits and gifts!

Car - Prestige and Classic Wedding Cars

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e spoke to a gentleman named Ian – he was lovely. So much so, that we asked specifically for him to be our driver on the day. He talked us through the different cars available, helped us to set an appointment, and gave us a clearer idea of the logistics of getting the entire bridal party to the church.

Flowers - Flowered Up by Sam

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e knew what sort of flowers we wanted, but didn’t know much about arrangements. Sam came to the house, laden with photos and possible ideas, and gave us a clear run-through of what we could have for the bouquets. Sarah

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BRIDAL REVIEW has never really been a ‘flower’ sort of person, and we both wanted to develop the link to our love of the outdoors, so we decided to have herb pots instead of table pieces. These then doubled as the favours. Sam was brilliant at grasping what we wanted, and sourced some lovely decorative pots to plant the herbs in. She delivered everything in good time, and they looked fantastic.

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uch like the other suppliers, we chose Lucy based on a combination of the examples she showed us, and her welcoming nature. We met at her bakery for a cuppa, and she sketched out the cake, based on our ideas. We knew we wanted something simple, with a slight difference to the norm – it was finished with 2 gingerbread people for the toppers, and a Scout Necker for the ‘ribbon’. We had even managed to buy a woggle with our names heat-engraved onto them, which Lucy incorporated into the design. We also had a stack of Macaroons, in shades of green (Sarah’s favourite colour).

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e had already bought gifts for the bridesmaids 2 years earlier! We had necklaces made in Egypt with their names in hieroglyphs. All we needed was a box to keep them in. We didn’t want to get tankards for the men (Sarah’s family all have several!) but instead liked the idea of a pocket watch. We gave trinket boxes to both mothers and everything was personalised with people’s names, ‘position’ within the wedding and the date. It was all ordered within 3 weeks of being engaged! By this point, we’d already decided that the Great Northern would be the reception venue. It had all the features we wanted (larger, well-kept room, dance floor, internal bar, plenty of rooms for guests, convenient to get to), and the staff were brilliant. We attended the wedding open evening at the hotel, to see the room set up, and decided on a hog roast for the evening.

“My best memory of the day was seeing Sarah entering the reception room for first time” I wanted everything to be perfect, and I knew that she was happy. Sarah’s best memory is our first dance. I don’t dance very often (two left feet!), so wanted to make the most of it. Our first song was Hey There Delilah, by the Plain White Ts – a song that we shared when we were living in different cities. She has said she also loved seeing me at the end of the isle trying not to look at her – I do tend to get emotional! If we could do anything differently then Sarah has said she would have got ready earlier. Lacing up the dress took 15 minutes alone! For me, I didn’t leave enough time to enjoy myself and relax. Guests were arriving but I wanted to make sure all was done and perfect for Sarah.

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Where our ideas came from Table decorations: herb pots resting on slices of tree trunk. We’d seen this idea at a wedding fair and added hand-written labels asking the guests to take them home and help them grow. Cheeseboard: Sarah’s parents provided everything for this. It was kept a secret until the day before the wedding. The cheese was arranged on old dishes on antique wooden doors. Wooden spoons were used to hold printed labels, detailing the name of each cheese. There was also a selection of crudités. And cheese. Lots of cheese!

resorting to following certain people around (Father of the Bride) until they had signed! Shoes: Converse – Sarah’s sister Wendy decorated the shoes with green rhinestones, spelling out Sarah’s new name, and the date. A real cost saver and a great afternoon making them with lots of laughs!

Theme: Scouting was the theme as it’s where we met. It influenced the table decorations and cake and kept it natural, with an outdoor feel. The tables were named after different Scout camp sites we’ve stayed at, with an OS map showing their locations. Guestbook: Wooden hearts, signed and dropped into a frame. We wanted something that wouldn’t get shoved in a cupboard and never looked at again. Sarah had seen this idea in use at a birthday party and thought it would be perfect. Our middle nephew (aged 10) took on the job of collecting signatures. He took it very seriously,

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Local Products & Services

Car: Prestige and Classic Wedding cars: www.prestigeandclassicweddingcars.co.uk, 01733 348122 Photography: Chris Brudenell Photography, www.chrisbrudenellphotography.co.uk, 01733 202694 Hog roast: Organised by the Great Northern Hotel Dress: Posh Frocks & Wedding Belles, www.poshfrocksandweddingbelles.co.uk, 07830 008047 Flowers: Flowered Up by Sam, www.floweredup.org.uk, 01775 722455 Cake: Windmill Bakery, www.windmillbakeryramsey.co.uk, 01487 208338 Hair: The Salon Suite, www.thesalonsuite.co.uk, 01778 700 488 Order of Service: Printmarshall, www.printmarshall.co.uk, 01733 340686

Wedding insurance and gift list were both with John Lewis. Random touches – ‘bride and groom’ rubber ducks to the top table (Sarah has a collection at home!), personalised packets of Love Hearts for every guest, chocolate name cards for all guests and home made invitations.

In less than 10 months, we achieved everything because we were organised and knew what we wanted. It can get expensive if not kept to a budget. If you go into it not knowing what you want, you could easily get caught up in the excitement, and spend a fortune. If you don’t have any ideas to start with, visit a few fairs, with an agreement NOT to book anything there and then!

“My advice would be to plan ahead, have a clear timescale, use a spreadsheet, understand the lead times on things like handmade sweets and have a budget - a clear understanding of what is achievable!”

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Normanton Park Hotel Welcome to Normanton Park Hotel, where both your comfort and enjoyment is of prime importance to us. Normanton Park Hotel offers a truly superb location, situated on the shores of Europe’s largest reservoir, Rutland Water, next to the world famous Normanton Church Museum. Normanton Park Hotel is the remains from the extensive manor and parkland created in the 1700s by the Heathcote family. The Hotel Boasts excellent food, beautiful water view accommodation and attentive service. The perfect venue for your wedding day. Normanton Park Hotel has 30 well appointed comfortable bedrooms, 15 of which offer magnificent views of Rutland Water. All rooms are en-suite with tea and coffee making facilities. The executive Rooms offer a touch of luxury; some have Jacuzzi baths and a b alcony to watch the sunset across Rutland Water.

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Weddings on the shores of Rutland Water Best Western Normanton Park Hotel offers a beautiful backdrop to your wedding day. We are situated within 5 acres of gardens and parkland overlooking Rutland Water. The perfect surroundings for those all important pictures!

Wedding Plans made Easy At Best Western Normanton Park Hotel our emphasis is always focused on quality of service, whether we are helping to arrange your wedding plans or simply hosting your reception. Our dedicated and experienced wedding co-ordinators will help guide you through planning your big day so its everything you ever wished it could be.

We appreciate how important it is to get the smallest detail right for your special day. Why not let us take care of your day for you at our beautiful venue. Contact us on 01780 720315.

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The Bull Hotel Our hotel originally dates back to the seventeenth century. This Grade II-listed building is full of charm and character with the highest quality to provide guests with 4-star comfort, while our friendly and efficient staff provide service and hospitality which is unrivalled in the city. Whether you want a civil ceremony or a church wedding we are the perfect choice. We are licensed for civil ceremonies or you could choose to marry at one of the many churches close by; so close, in fact, you could walk to the hotel afterwards.

Whether yours is an intimate celebration for close family and friends, or a much larger gathering, we have the expertise to ensure that your special day is one you will remember for the rest of your life. For many, the planning of your day can be a daunting task, one which we aim to guide you through with the assistance of a dedicated Wedding Co-ordinator. They will be with you at every stage to offer the right advice on all aspects of your day, down to the smallest detail. In short, we are here to help and we sincerely hope that we will have the pleasure of looking after your special day.

Our wedding function suites can accommodate a wide range of party sizes. The Broadway Suite is lavishly furnished in traditional dĂŠcor for wedding receptions up to a maximum of 150 guests, and evening receptions for up to 200. Included with this suite is its own private bar to ensure all your guests are together at all times. The Penthouse Suite is situated in the conference centre which is separate to the main hotel. The Penthouse Suite has a contemporary design for wedding receptions, with a private bar and cloakroom. It seats a maximum of 160 guests for the wedding breakfast, and up to 200 for the evening reception.

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2018 set wedding packages 118 en suite bedrooms including a spectacular four poster suite Two licensed civil ceremony rooms for up to 65 and 130 guests Dedicated Wedding Co-ordinator Exquisite menus designed by our Head Chef The city centre’s only 4-star hotel 100 car parking spaces These are our 2017 set wedding packages to give you a guide to what we can offer, but if you would like to add your own unique and personal touches to your wedding, please contact us and we can create a bespoke package to suit your needs. • 50 day/80 evening guests: £4,899 (on a

Saturday) or £4,599 (Sunday – Friday) • 70 day/100 evening guests: £5,999 (on a

All of our set packages include: • private bar • Arrival drink – a choice of either, Bucks Fizz, Pimms and lemonade or alcoholic fruit punch • Three-course wedding breakfast with tea, coffee and vanilla fudge chosen from our menus • ½ bottle of wine per person during dinner • Glass of sparkling wine for the toast • Four-item evening buffet or hot roast roll • Disco and DJ • Centrepieces – a wide choice for you to choose from including candelabras, Martini

Saturday) or £5,599 (Sunday – Friday) • 100 day/150 evening guests: £8,499 (on a

Saturday) or £7,999 (Sunday – Friday) • Wedding Ceremony – additional £200 for the

Lincoln up to 65 day guests and £300 for the Broadway Suite for 65 guests and more.

• Chair covers and sashes to match your colour scheme • White table linen and napkins • Use of the hotel’s cake stand and knife • Red carpet into the ceremony room or the function room • Complimentary menus • A complimentary Executive Bedroom for the night of your wedding. • Upgrade for the night of your wedding to our four poster room for only£100 (subject to availability) • Discounted accommodation rates for your guests • Wedding Planner who will help you from start to • Toastmaster to ensure everything runs like clockwork on the day without you having to worry about a thing

Exclusive to bookings with 100 day guests/150 evening guests: • Complimentary upgrade to the four poster suite on the night of your Wedding • Two complimentary bedrooms for the Bride’s and Groom’s parents

If you would like to arrange for a venue viewing, have a brochure sent to you or would like us to put together a quote for your wedding then please do not hesitate to contact us. The Bull Hotel Westgate, Peterborough PE1 1RB 01733 561364 events@bull-hotel-peterborough.com peelhotels.co.uk

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From local expert Stamford Marquees

Starting with a blank canvas! Many couples think that going it alone and having a marquee wedding is a budget-friendly, easy option. But this isn’t always the case! Don’t underestimate the amount of work involved – not only in the organisation but the actual set up as well. It’s a much greater challenge than a hotel or country house venue because you have to organise everything from scratch. Adrian Forrest from Stamford Marquees offers up his top tips to help you out with those all-important factors to take into consideration. What style? Think about the reception style you desire as this will affect the type of marquee that you could hire – traditional, frame, giant tipis or the new clear roofs, for example. Also think about the site of the reception; traditional marquees cannot go on hard-standing surfaces like courtyards or tennis courts so in this instance you’ll need a frame marquee. Will you want windows and doors or completely open on one side? Do you prefer round tables, square tables or long banqueting tables? Do you have a feature in the garden you want to incorporate? Perhaps a favourite tree, pond or flower border?

village hall car park or nearest hotel and have provided a shuttle service to and from the ceremony/reception.

Toilets With a large number of guests attending the wedding you will need to organise some mobile toilets. Take some advice from the marquee hire company as they have the experience with dealing with other companies. They might also have a great working relationship and offer discounts or extras. Check the capacity is suitable for the number of guests attending and what power it requires to ensure you hire the right size generator. Who will run all the cabling for you and will these be laid down safely?

Access Whenever hiring suppliers that will arrive in larger vehicles, think about the access available to them. A classic mistake is only measuring the width of vehicles but not thinking about the swing needed – this is especially true of mobile toilets and generators. If access is narrow and deliveries have to be scheduled in, make sure suppliers know the relevant time slot and explain any difficulties with the access available.

Parking You need to think about parking for guests and backof-house suppliers. If parking is in a nearby field then provide a solid walkway for guests in case it is raining. Walking across a sodden field in heels is not much fun! Ensure there is good signage, so people know where to park and the route back to the car is lit with lanterns. Alternatively, clients in the past have used the local

Food glorious food Check with your caterers what size catering marquee they need to service your wedding proficiently. Ensure your caterers have access to fresh water, this can be simply an extendable hose into the catering tent.

Lighting Whether you want practical or mood-enhancing lighting, ask your marquee company what lighting specialist they would recommend. Don’t forget to light up pathways to key areas at night, like the exits and car parks. Also, don’t forget that you will need lighting outside if you have a hog roast as well. The Stamford Marquee Company 15 Wothorpe Mews, Stamford PE9 2GE 07964 871308 | www.stamfordmarquees.co.uk

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Icing on the cake So, you’ve found the dress and booked the venue. Now for

everything else! This final part of The Wedding Scene helps you

finalise all those personal touches that make the day yours, from hair and make-up, to the honeymoon and all the special details in between. There’s heaps of ideas if you need a bit of inspiration as well as help and advice from local experts in their field on how to achieve that dream wedding day.

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We Love Did you know there’s charities that would love your wedding dress being donated? They use the fabric to make tiny outfits and bereavement baskets for angel babies. Have a look at these websites for more information. www.heavenlygowns.co.uk www.uk-sands.org

Top tip! Don’t forgot to put vases of water where you and your bridesmaids are sitting for their flowers. After a good drink they’ll be ready for more pictures.

Traditionally, the top tier of the wedding cake is saved for the christening of your first born. Cake doesn’t last that long at Wedding Scene HQ!

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Have the words from either your first dance or your vows written in icing on your cake.

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Make a shadow box with all your most precious things from the big day.

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Make your wedding cards into a guest and keepsake book.

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This thoughtful groom wrote words of love on the bottom of his wife’s to-be new shoes.

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Food For Thought! How about a picnic basket wedding breakfast, packed per couple, for those hot summer weddings sitting in the grass drinking Pimm’s. If you have roses in your bouquet, cut off their heads and push 6inc of the steam into a potato and plant it in a pot. This will grow and flower again and again so you never lose your flowers from the day.

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THEMES

Glorious Gold If you are looking for a timeless classic look, you can’t go wrong with gold. It goes with any colour; dusty soft pink for spring, full bodied red for Christmas, or just a crisp white that will never date.

Top tip! Avoid the brash yellow gold tones and instead choose an antique or pale gold shade to give a rich and opulent touch.

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ll that sparkles doesn’t have to be expensive. Give your room the Midas touch with a couple of cans of good quality gold spray. For autumn, spray pine cones, branches, feathers, pumpkins or anything you forage. Use fallen leaves as decorations, spray them and write guests names on them to use as seating markers. Any spares, hang them with string as decorations. If you’re not a flower person, want a keepsake or just fancy something different, a brooch bouquet ticks the boxes and adds even more glitz. Tableware can shimmer and sparkle - use gold charger plates and napkins. Even your cake could have some bling with edible glitter, gold leaf, shimmer sprays or gems.

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THEMES

Fabulous Flamingo! As The Wedding Scene predicted in our last magazine, the Spring/Summer 2017 issue, flamingos are a trend influencing 2018/2019 wedding styles. Here are a host of ideas to help you be ahead of the game with some funky flamingo fun.

Top Tip! Don’t go over the top with a shocking Barbie pink shade or you might end up with a kids tea party theme. Instead, pick out candy floss pink, worked in with turquoise and mint shades to keep it fun.

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To bring all elements together, repeat the same shade of pink in your flowers, cake and stationery but be mindful you don’t overdo it. For an extra element of texture, add in gold pineapples as decoration to your centre piece or cake topper. Bake flamingo shaped biscuits to use as wedding favours – why not ice them with guests’ names to double up as place setting markers. Whatever you decide with this theme, its fun and cheerful and is bound to make your guests smile!

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BEAUTY

Don’t smudge those eyes! Our favourite waterproof eyeliners Adding an eyeliner to your chosen makeup look on your wedding day will add a sophisticated, classic look that’s simply timeless.

Eyeliner’s come in different consistencies with the popular ones being khol, liquid, gel and pencil, so be sure to pick one that’s right for you. There’s a lot of eyeliners on the market to choose from so to point you in the right direction, we have our top 5 recommendations to hopefully make your decision a little easier!

10 Eyeliner Tips 1. Avoid using a blunt pencil because you won’t get the precision 2. Use the correct type of liner that suits you and your eyes 3. Don’t use liquid liner on the bottom lash line 4. Always put the lid back on your eyeliner to avoid it drying out making it difficult to use 5. Always tight-line your upper waterline to avoid any gaps in the lashes 6. Use microporous tape to perfect your winged/cat eye liner (or a Post-It note!) 7. Use makeup primer on a cotton bud to tidy up any mistakes

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HAIR

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Wedding hair trends for 2018

The main trend of 2018 is a natural bridal look. It’s time to give up stiff structured hairstyles in favour of soft curls and romantic braids. Flower crowns are incredibly popular and help to create a romantic and tender look. Check out the flower ideas on page 78 to give you more ideas on how to work both flower and hair elements together.

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Loose and romantic curls don’t have to mean messy and rough. A smooth finish works perfectly with a delicate hair brooch.

Use hair extensions to add length and thickness. Either colour match exactly for a seamless finish, or pick a contrasting colour to add depth and texture.

To be an on trend bride in 2018, simplify the traditional full veil with a delicate, single layered one.

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FITNESS

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Have a plan and a target so you have something to focus on. This provides a purpose and a direction. You would never get in the car without a destination in mind so your fitness should be no different.

Expecting to drop 20 pounds and four dress sizes in a month is not only unrealistic, it’s unhealthy. A reasonable goal would be to aim to lose a pound per week. When strength training select weights that are challenging. You will not get bulky using heavier weights; that’s a myth that just keeps women from getting strong.

Identify your motivation - What is the reason you want to do this? By connecting with your motivation then even during difficult times, you can use that reason as your motivation to complete your workout.

Plan your fitness regime like you plan your wedding The biggest mistakes brides make is waiting too long to start a fitness programme. Allow at least 12 weeks to see significant changes.

Eat enough Starvation or crash diets do not work. They cause your body to hold on to your fat as a defence mechanism and your body will just burn muscle leaving you with a “skinny fat” look which you don’t want for your wedding.

Kick up your cardio workouts Do interval training; short, high-intensity exercise periods alternated with periods of low intensity. To know if you are working hard enough you’ll want to feel breathless at the end of the interval and need recovery time..

You are what you eat The phrase ‘You cannot out-train a poor diet’ is true. Rather than embark on a fad diet, just eat healthily. Eliminate cakes, biscuits, alcohol and fizzy drinks.

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Wedding photography is becoming more than the traditional “let’s all line up and smile”ctures that granny loves. Couples are becoming more and more inventive aiming to capture that WOW image and using props makes that image more fun. Here’s our top picks of props!

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Here, we’ve picked out our favourite ideas to help you create 2018’s on trend floral showstopper!

A ‘blooming’ masterpiece A couple of designers have recently brought the flower jewellery trend to the forefront, and it hasn’t gone amiss. Variations of the flower crown in the form of a tiara, bracelet, and statement necklace are on the rise. The crown This ring of larger headed steams is worn horizontally on top of the head and works well with long relaxed curls. The tiara A much thinner ring of smaller delicate flowers than the crown, worn in more of a vertical position sitting in the hair like a hair band. It looks at its best with an up do. The band A small cluster of blooms are gathered and secured to a ribbon, chain or string of pearls and is fastened around the head in a horizontal line, but to one side. The best hair style for this flower accessory is a side fishtail or messy bun, with the flowers on the same side. The necklace A new idea coming through for 2019 – flower jewellery. Chunky neck garlands look fresh and fabulous with a deep v neckline dress. Why not take it one step further with a floral ring or bracelet. 78

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The brooch Flowers have been worn as pinned corsage for some time, but this larger and fuller statement piece is a true showstopper. Instead of bridesmaid bouquets, opt for this stunning idea which works perfectly on soft plain dresses all in the same tones as the brides bouquet. Don’t forget, when pinning your corsage and buttons holes... Men: flowers on the left, pointing upwards and outwards, women: flowers on the right, pointing downwards and in!

Top Tip! Every girl loves peonies but these should be avoided! Though they could work for a more avant-garde look, traditional brides actually change their minds after realising how large they appear when worn. The best rule of thumb is to choose smaller florals such as ranunculus, hellebore, succulents, astilbe and astrantia which work perfectly in jewellery pieces.

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HONEYMOONS

Your big day is over, it’s honeymoon time! Choosing your honeymoon destination naturally requires a lot of thought and budget is certainly a key factor in the final decision. Whether you want to travel far afield or stay close to home, without doubt this is one of the biggest decisions you will make and, to make this a little easier, Inspirational Travel has put together some ideas which we hope will inspire you.

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nown as the island of Aphrodite, the goddess of love, Cyprus truly lives up to its name as a top honeymoon destination. Rich in history and stunning scenery, it is a picturesque island in the Eastern Mediterranean, with long hot summers and mild winters. It has a number of popular resorts, with excellent restaurants andtraditional tavernas. Whatever the standard of hotel you choose, you can expect excellent accommodation and service. With its fabulous beaches, year-round sunshine and delicious cuisine, Cyprus is a must go-to honeymoon destination.

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icture powder-soft, white beaches and the glistening azure ocean and you will almost be there. It really is as picture-perfect as those postcards depict. Whether you opt for an idyllic Maldivian island, or one of the sophisticated resorts in the Seychelles, Mauritius or Sri Lanka, you will not be disappointed. Beautiful weather and friendly people make the choice a difficult call. All offer an excellent choice of accommodation, with all-inclusive options. This beautiful part of the world is truly romantic and will certainly give you a honeymoon you will never forget!

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ich in culture with stunning scenery and landscapes, Greece is certainly a romantic destination and a strong honeymoon contender, particularly as it is only a short flight from the UK. Whether you are looking at the natural beauty of the mainland or one of the many islands, there are various styles of accommodation to choose from. The glamourous island of Santorini comes top of many honeymoon wish lists, with its whitewashed villages and spectacular views, or how about vibrant Crete or stylish Mykonos? Whatever your choice, there is no doubt that Greece offers fine cuisine, beautiful beaches and many hours of sunshine from April to October.

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Gather your lasting memories

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hen the party is over, the honeymoon is a distant memory and thank you notes have been sent, most brides start to gather lasting memories of their wedding day, from dried bouquets to framed photographs. Your wedding dress probably cost hundreds, if not thousands of pounds and is one of your lasting wedding day investments, so why not ensure it is cleaned and stored properly?

Whether you’re selling it or keeping it, Peters’ Cleaners in Stamford and Peterborough will ensure your dress is as good as new and stored in breathable paper, conserving the fabric to stop staining over time or moths and mould from creeping in. We can even clean your shoes for you too! Founded more than 50 years ago, we are experts in fabric care and can consult with you on the best way to treat stains for your make of dress-from tulle to taffeta. So, whether your Aunt Agatha spilled red wine on you mid-hug or you trod in a muddy puddle during the photo-shoot, we will work tirelessly to ensure your entire outfit is a fond keepsake from your big day, or ready to go on its next adventure as good as new.

Prices start from £120 and we offer a range of beautifully boxed storage options as an additional extra.

We use gentle chemicals to reduce fabric damage during the cleaning process and will clean the dress a minimum of three times to deal with the toughest stains – even those that have set. Earlier this year we cleaned a taffeta dress that had been in the wardrobe for three years before it was brought in for cleaning and as you can see from the before and after photographs, time makes no difference at all. We can even take dresses passed down through the generations and have them looking as good as the day they were first worn.

Taking the Stress Away Peters’ Cleaners helped 2 local brides with last minute problems before their big day: One bride from Peterborough bought her dress from a local shop’s closing down sale. The dress fitted perfectly but looked dull as it had been on display. The dress had a mix of glass and plastic beads - the plastic ones would have melted during dry cleaning but with only

weeks to go we removed the beads, cleaned the dress and re-attached them. We pressed it along with her bridesmaid dresses and all looked perfect for her wedding at The Bell in Stilton. Another bride from Stamford got her Manolo Blahnik satin shoes dirty when practising her wedding dance. She gave them to us and we cleaned them within 24 hours so they were as good as new for the big day.

If you need help to prepare for your big day, give us a call and we’d be happy to help.

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