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Ye Olde Punchbowl Inn


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of the UK’s top tribute acts and look-a-likes. The Punchbowl Inn was the

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first venue in Bridgnorth to launch professional tribute nights and they

Punchbowl Inn is one of the most sought after wedding destinations

are still continuing to host these prestigious events every three weeks

in the West Midlands. It is a family run free house that is part of the

due to their success, there is a top act that performs every month and

Nostalgia Inns family. Combining the elements of a relaxing atmosphere

this can range from Meat Loaf right though to Robbie Williams.

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along with excellent food and great beer this venue makes you feel right at home in the heart of England. Whether you want to sit and enjoy one of the delicious award winning meals with family and friends or just relax by the fire with the latest newspaper and a glass of wine, Ye Olde Punchbowl can cater for your every need. Ye Olde Punchbowl Inn pride themselves on offering comfort at competitive rates. The bedroom suites are designed with luxury and

Ye Olde Punchbowl Inn is an ideal venue for multiple coach parties, as well as weddings and conferences, due to the Ludlow suite being able to comfortably seat up to 130 guests with ample room. The venue have major contracts with some of the large coach companies in the midlands and have been consistent in delivering excellent food and customer service, even to the most discerning of guests. They can arrange a fabulous package that is completely tailored to your requirements, so

comfort in mind with up to date facilities and a complimentary contininetal

each guest feels important.

breakfast that you can enjoy in the privacy of your suite. The Oldbury

The Ludlow suite is Bridgnorth’s biggest banqueting suites and is

Suite boasts a luxury king sized bed and en suite bathroom that is fitted out to an exceptionally high standard with a large bath and overhead power shower. It even includes its own living room that has an LCD TV and leather sofa so you can relax in comfort and style, the perfect suite for a newly married couple. Parking is free of charge throughout your stay at this venue and free wi-fi is available throughout the restaurant so you’ll be able to share your experience whenever and wherever you like. Shropshire and Bridgnorth have a range of attractions for visitors, ranging from the Severn Valley Railway right through to Iron Bridge and

renowned for hosting the best events and parties. Whatever the occasion, they can accommodate any occasion worth celebrating, complemented with their award winning service and great food, the staff at Ye Olde Punchbowl Inn are confident that they will meet and exceed your expectations. Even entertainment can be arranged for any package and they currently have four pre-approved entertainers that range from singing 50’s and 60’s style music to Latin Dance and Line Dancing. Ye Olde Punchbowl prides itself on being able to cater for functions at all levels.

Burwarton Show. The Punchbowl itself likes to host exciting events too.

Even corporate functions are made a matter of importance here.

It is proud to be launching theme and tribute nights that will host some

Presentation and management conferencing is made simple and

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professional by planning your program of the event with one of

options available for your wedding breakfast, ranging from the standard

the dedicated event managers. Team bonding and internal relations

drinks on arrival to the deluxe package.

become natural natural when employees relax and enjoy the surroundings, good food and they high caliber of entertainment. Parties of all sizes can be catered for by commissioning the function room and using the dining area in full or by designated sections, programs and agendas can be tailored to your exact needs and whether it’s during the day or in the evening, this unique venue guarantees an enjoyable time, for all attending. Ye Olde Punchbowl Inn is one of Shropshire’s most desired wedding venues and has been catering for many types of private and corporate functions for more than 50 years, since the Ludlow suite was first built

With all of these amazing features is there any question as to why Ye Olde Punchbowl Inn was awarded the ‘West Midlands Wedding Venue of the Year Award 2013/14’? This venue aims to exceed every expectation you have for your wedding day, and they do. The excellent service is just the tip of the ice berg with award winning food and todie-for bedroom suites. The welcoming and relaxing atmosphere just helps to add to the perfect setting for your perfect day. Venue Manager Adam Giles said, “…” when asked about how the feel about receiving this award. It is an exceptional feat for an exceptional venue and is definitely not one to miss out on.

with the intention of hosting weddings. Since 2005 more than £600,000

For more information:

has been invested in the development and improvement of the suite in

Call: 01746 764817

order to make your experience the best you could wish for. There are 5

Web: www.punchbowlinn.com


Wroxall Abbey

for the very best weddings in Warwickshire Steeped in history, Wroxall Abbey offers an unrivalled location with the utmost in privacy amongst unspoilt parklands and gardens - the perfect venue for your big day.

Set in the beautiful Warwickshire countryside, the Country House Hotel and Estate provides guests with ample car parking; numerous photo opportunities, whatever the weather and a fantastic Spa for all your wedding pampering and preparation. Couples can choose from three individually unique venues, each full of charm and character. From the creative style of Wroxall Court to the luxury of Wroxall Mansion and the elegance of the Grade I listed Wren's Cathedral, which boasts almost a millennium of heritage - a rare classic and a unique feature of the Wroxall Estate. Coupled with the beautifully landscaped grounds, gardens and historic lakes; couples can choose the wedding venue location and type to fulfil their dream and budget in the splendour of the wonderful Wroxall Abbey. Wroxall Abbey Estate acquired the property in 2001 following a period when it was used as a girls school from 1935 to 1995. WAE Ltd spent four and a half years restoring the Estate to its current splendour as a renowned Country House Hotel and award-winning wedding venue. In the twelfth century, Wroxall Abbey operated as a working Priory. Today, the ruins of the former priory offer for fantastic photo opportunities between the lakes and gardens that surround the main house. Wroxall Abbey opened its doors to the public in 2004 with 70 bedrooms and has been recognised as one of the top wedding venues in the Midlands for the past 9 years. Each of the three wedding locations around the Estate have their own unique charm making them the ideal setting for a wedding ceremony, reception or the whole day with packages available to suit specific requirements and budget. Wroxall Mansion is the perfect location for large and elegant weddings. The magnificent Grade II listed, Victorian building is home to many fine features including historic crests and working fires with grand wood and stone surrounds. The Mansion offers 48 air conditioned en suite bedrooms, many with separate showers and spa baths. The ideal setting for a romantic civil ceremony and wedding reception, the Mansion accommodates up to 150 guests with excellent rooms, features and photo opportunities under the magnificent stained glass window on the original wide Oak staircase. The Mansion also houses the Broadwood Bar & Garden Lounge, which boasts fantastic views of the grounds and surrounding countryside. Wroxall Court has been renovated from the former stables of the estate and offers a more private and intimate setting. Separate from the rest of the grounds, the self contained listed building is built around its own cobbled courtyard and is overlooked by Wroxall's historic clock tower.


With 22 unique, individually designed bedrooms, the Court offers a range of accommodation options from executive accommodation to bi-level loft suites and the elegantly decorated and beautifully furnished, Bridal Nautical Suite.

As the Cathedral is set in Wroxall's glorious grounds, the wedding party are able to simply walk across the picturesque gardens to the reception in one of the mentioned locations.

The Court is also home to the Arches Bar, for wine receptions and drinks and the Tapestries hall where guests can enjoy mouth watering wedding cuisine.

For details about Wren's Cathedral, please visit: www.wrenscathedral.org

A delightful venue for any civil wedding ceremony and reception, the main court room is a light, airy, beamed hall named Tapestries and can host up to 100 guests. The Grand Marquee is another option. Enclosed in Christopher Wren's Walled Garden, it caters for up 500 guests. No other venue in Warwickshire has a permanent marquee for weddings and events and Wroxall Abbey's Grand Marquee represents a truly exclusive private location for the whole day. Adjacent to the Grand Marquee is located the aptly named Wren's Cathedral which comfortably seats 160 people for Christian ceremonies. In 1713 the Wroxall Estate was sold to Sir Christopher Wren, one of the greatest English Architects and famous for buildings such as St Paul's Cathedral in London. Many members of Wren family are buried in the Chapel and graveyard including the wife of Sir Christopher Wren. Wroxall Abbey is the only hotel in the Midlands to host wedding ceremonies in its own Cathedral. With the ambience and excellent acoustics of a traditional church setting, Wren's Cathedral is home to some of the oldest stained glass in the country, is bounded by a Yew hedge and entered via the covered Lych gate.

For further information

call the Weddings Team on 01926 484 470 or complete the enquiry form at www.wroxall.com

An excellent choice of menu selections, dining options are available for guests to enjoy in each of the three locations on Wroxall Abbey Estate, from a 4 or 5 course meal with champagne canapĂŠs through to a simple hog roast or barbecue on site. The Head Chef and Wroxall's team of dedicated chefs are on hand to ensure only the very best is offered. The Country House Hotel's team of Wedding Coordinators also work together with the Bride and Groom to ensure the smooth running of the event from their first enquiry, through to visiting the venue and throughout the day itself. With their help, couples are also able to personalise their event with a selection of enhancements from a fireworks display to a performance by a live band; a disco with a black and white dance floor through to chocolate fountains and ice sculptures.


Warwick House - Exclusive use wedding venue Welcome to Warwick House, a truly unique wedding venue, offering exclusive-use weddings. Warwick House offers: • Exclusive-use basis for your day • Indoor and outdoor civil ceremonies • Stunning settings for your wedding photos • Your own Wedding and Events Manager • Luxurious ensuite accommodation • Stunning wedding-night bridal suite www.thetaborgroup.co.uk www.lastminuteweddings.co.uk

Warwick House

Situated in the heart of Shakespeare country close to Stratford-Upon-Avon, Coventry and Leamington Spa. Warwick House is an idyllic setting for your perfect wedding. It has been beautifully renovated to a very high standard, with a Regency feel throughout. We offer Warwick House to you on exclusive-use basis for the day and are licensed for civil ceremonies. Our Banqueting Hall seats up to 200 guests for a civil ceremony and wedding breakfast, making it a truly exceptional space in which to dine.

Accommodation is available on the evening of your wedding, for a perfect end to a perfect day. You and your partner can relax and enjoy the stunning Bridal Suite, with its luxurious dressing and en-suite facilities with a jacuzzi bath. It really is your own private haven. SPECIAL OFFERS • Packages from £4400 plus VAT until March 2014 OPEN DAY • Sunday 17TH February 2013. 11am - 4pm. Free Admission

10 WARWICK ROAD, SOUTHAM, WARWICKSHIRE, CV47 0HN T.01926 815738 E.enquiries@warwickhouse.co.uk W.www.warwickhouse.co.uk


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GOOSE ON THE LOO Gains Recognition with


OSE h Prestigious Award Banqueting,cakes

It gives us great pleasure to announce GOOSE ON THE LOOSE as this year's winner of the coveted WEDDING BANQUET SPECIALIST OF THE YEAR AWARD 2013, an independent Award Programme sponsored by Your Online Wedding Planner. The Award Scheme was created in order to recognise those businesses and individuals who have made an outstanding contribution to their particular field. There are several criteria for nomination, including the introduction of innovative ideas, first-class customer service and value for money, with the winners being those that truly deserve to be labelled as the 'best of the best'. Run by Mandi and Tessa, Awardwinning GOOSE ON THE LOOSE is a professional catering company that provides 'Food Design & Event Creation with Distinction and Imagination', as Mandi explained in a recent interview: "No two weddings are the same, as


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every couple has their own unique idea as to their expectations for their wedding reception and it's our job to turn those 'dreams' into reality. Working throughout Staffordshire, we provide a diverse selection of mouth-watering dishes from which to choose for your wedding menu. Alternatively, we are equally happy to create an individually tailored menu crafted to your specific tastes. In addition, we can take away the stress of designing and styling your Big Day with endless ideas and incredible attention to detail.....from creating themes to dressing tables, we can do as much or as little as you require." Happy to recommend Goose on the Loose to its' readers, Your Online Wedding Planner 2013 was particularly impressed with the commitment on the part of Tessa and Mandi to continually research new ideas and source different foods. "In order to maintain our reputation for creating exciting, imaginative cuisine, we look for inspiration locally throughout Britain and from around the world, keeping up-to-date with all the new trends, whilst maintaining a respect for all the old favorites." Key to securing this Award was the fact that all meat used by the company is British, with vegetables being sourced from local farms

wherever possible: "Having worked with our suppliers for many years, we seek to promote locally sourced ingredients and traditional high quality fare to provide a professional service that will cater for your budget, as well as for your guests." "Whether you are dreaming of a sophisticated sit down wedding breakfast, or a slightly more informal dining experience, such as a garden tea party, barbecue or hog roast, we are confident we can tickle your taste buds from our culinary delights." Achieving this Award serves as a benchmark as to the high level of service clients can expect from Goose on the Loose. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mandi or Tessa GOOSE ON THE LOOSE Highway Farm, Peplow, Shropshire TF9 3JU Tel/Fax: (01952) 541219 Email: info@golden-goose-events.co.uk Website: www.thegooseontheloose.co.uk


Louise Parker CAKES FROM THE HEART Higham Ferrers, Rushden, Northants NN10 Tel: 07793208574 Email: Louise@cakesfromtheheart.co.uk Website: www.cakesfromtheheart.co.uk

Run by founder of the company and gifted baker Louise Parker, CAKES FROM THE HEART.......does just what the name implies.........she creates wonderful cakes with love and care 'from the heart'. Who better to make what will undoubtedly be one of the most important cakes of your life......your wedding cake. Louise's love of baking shines through in every single cake she makes! Having somehow managed to combine looking after her 3 children, with being a housemaker and running a successful company, Louise has achieved an excellent reputation for her unique, bespoke cakes, as she explained in a recent interview: "I started baking for my children’s parties, then friends and then schools, churches and charities. It was at this point that I took a leap of faith and decided to turn my passion into a business and the rest, as they say, is history. Louise offers a comprehensive wedding service starting with a personalised consultation, as she outlined: "Thanks to my vast experience in creating bespoke wedding cakes I am able to offer couples unique advice to help them choose the right shape, design and colour of cake to reflect the theme of their wedding." "At the initial consultation I will liaise closely with the bride and groom to discuss their preferences for flowers, styles, colours and themes, in order for me to create a unique cake handcrafted for their special day." Each wedding cake made by Louise is unique and if you provide photographs, she will gladly create personalised toppers, made to look like the bride and

groom. When it comes to cake flavours you will be spoilt for choice as, as well as the traditional fruit cake, Louise also offers vanilla sponge; chocolate; chocolate orange; carrot cake (with or without rum); lemon and last, but not least, marble. I think you will agree....there is something to suit everyone's taste! "We can also bake eggless and wheat free cakes for people who suffer from intolerances, as well as yummy cupcakes, made all the more delicious with the addition of irish cream." Key to Louise's success is her commitment to provide a truly customer-focused service, as highlighted by the fact that she also offers cake stands and cupcake towers for hire. Louise also provides a complimentary set-up and delivery service within Northampton; with other areas requiring a small charge. As you would expect from such a qualityconscious business, Cakes From The Heart has achieved a 5* hygiene rating.


Since it's inception the business has grown and gathered momentum, as has Louise's reputation and in order to cope with a growing demand, the company has moved from its' initial premises in North London, relocating last year to Higham Ferrers, Northants. Don't take our word as to the high quality, inspiration design and delicious texture of Louise's cakes....... you only have to read the many commendations she regularly receives from satisfied customers - such as the two below. You can view more testimonials at website: www.cakesfromtheheart.co.uk "I have made three orders with Cakes From The Heart. I have twice had cupcakes which were moist, delicious and beautifully decorated. Their finest hour came when they made my wedding cake. Louise Parker from CFTH met with me to discuss what we wanted, I found her both friendly and professional and the result was a rich, moist chocolate sponge decorated to my exact wishes. Sitting on the top tier was a sugar paste bride & groom wearing our wedding

outfits PERFECTLY copied. I cannot recommend Cakes From The Heart highly enough and shall definitely be using them again. Thank you Louise and team! Coralie Hill - Barnet "I ordered a wedding cake from Cakes from the Heart and I found the service excellent. Louise was willing to advice and suggest cakes and was willing to accommodate the last minute changes I requested. We had personalised bride and groom toppers which everyone at the reception thought were fantastic. The cake itself was delicious even I enjoyed it and I don't normally like fruit cake. I would recommend Cakes from the heart to all my friends." Jackie Pitchford - Barnet The last word goes to Louise: "Wedding cakes generally get booked well in advance so book your initial personalised Consultation as soon as you have secured your venue."


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Entertainment

No doubt about it: Music can make or break a wedding celebration. It's the heart and soul of a reception and can send your guests home with happy feet -or pained grimaces! The fact that you want to hire a talented band or fleet-fingered DJ is a given. Finding one is a matter of polling friends, surfing online, shopping around with fine-tuned ears, and making a move quickly -- top talent can get booked up to a year in advance. What type of entertainment suits your personal taste, budget, space allowances, guest demographics, and killer dance moves best? Keep an open mind, and consider these issues to start your search.

Vibe The type of music you choose can set the tone of your wedding and solidify a theme. And remember, it's the thing people most often remember. Think about what musical genre best reflects your personalities and inspires the ambience you want to create: Groovy funk or subdued string quartet? Swanky swing or kickoff-your-shoes-and-sweat zydeco? The way the music

is delivered -- by live band or DJ -- also affects the ambience. The type of music you choose may dictate the choice too -- big band sounds are generally best live, for example.

Variety Are you a little bit country, while he's a little bit rock and roll? Regardless of whether you choose a band or DJ, be sure they play slow and fast songs, and old and new tunes to encourage different sets of guests to hit the dance floor.

Budget In the price war, DJs generally cost less, and prices vary depending on equipment requests and whether it's a weekday or a weekend. A 12-piece band, for example, will generally be more expensive than a DJ, since there are more people to pay. (There are always exceptions; celebrity DJs can be just as expensive as live bands.) Band prices vary by the number of musicians, the amount of time you want them to play for, day of the week, and what time of year it is.

Space Don't get your heart set on an 8-piece salsa band before you check whether the reception site has any restrictions on the number of musicians and pieces of equipment you may bring in, and whether there are any electrical power supply or noise limitations. For example, a registered landmark reception site may not allow you to use large speakers. Ask these questions before you start scouting bands.


Band? or...

You Must Remember This...

There's nothing like a live wedding band to get a crowd stoked and create a sense of sophistication. Music groups can synergize with the tone of your wedding and almost any niche theme, offering everything from accordion to klezmer ditties. A good bandleader will play the master of ceremonies at your reception if you want him to interact with folks on the dance floor, pay attention to the "feel" of the room, and select music accordingly. Pros: Live music is, well, live. You and your guests will experience the pleasure of a performance. Anything can happen to raise the excitement level, from an infectious horn-section interlude to a moving solo. Cons: Bands can be more expensive than DJs. Also, no matter how great the band, they can't have the repertoire of a standard DJ, who can keep a huge variety of music on hand.

Ideally, you will want to see a DJ or band in action before you commit so that you can gauge firsthand the way they dress, deadpan, and work the crowd. (Ask to see a taped public performance or attend a dress rehearsal, but you should never crash another couple's reception.) If that's not a possibility, ask for a playlist, and look for songs you know and love. If a band gives you a CD, cassette, or video, be sure that the musicians you hear or see are the same musicians who will play at your reception. Also, ask for referrals from the last few weddings the band or DJ played. Consider your first-dance song a test. If the band doesn't know it and is unwilling to learn it, or the DJ doesn't own it and is unwilling to get it, move on.

...DJ? Don't fear the DJ: The days of disco fever and flashing lights are gone. Today's disc jockeys are artists in their own right, offering balanced and eclectic mixes of musical styles for all ages. Plus, the songs played will sound exactly as you remember them, encouraging sing-alongs and improvisation. And, depending on the amount of equipment a DJ brings, she'll take up less dance floor real estate and can be relocated with relative ease. Pros: If there are a dozen songs you're dying to hear at your wedding, it likely won't be a problem for your DJ to find each track Also, DJs are generally less expensive than bands. A DJ with a charismatic stage presence and excellent emcee skills can really set the mood and keep the party going. Cons: On the opposite end of the spectrum, a DJ with a less-than stellar personality can be a partykiller. Also, improvisation is tough if, say, your dad is dragging behind tempo on the father-daughter dance or your nieces and nephews decide to crash the chicken dance.

Before You Sign Know that all professionals should be open to your likes and dislikes. Give them your personal request list, songs they must, and, perhaps more importantly, a do-not-play list. Worried that you'll hear the "Macarena" at your oncein-a-lifetime event? Specifically prohibit the playing of a song you feel strongly about in your contract


DJ CHRIS MACK

Weddings......Civil Partnerships..... Engagements..... Anniversaries

Janet & Steve Morris, Mercure Hotel, Kidderminster "I’ve got to say that the night went brilliantly, the quality of the DJ can be measured by how many times people turn around to look at him because there is a lull in the music or the choice of music is questioned, we can honestly say that we never had any cause to do this and speaking to people on the night and since not one of the guests thought this either. You managed to play a wide range of music genres which is what we asked for and we are sure that everyone at some point was listening to songs that they would have chosen, so again thank you for that. Best recommendation we can give you is that we would and will recommend you to anyone we know is looking for a DJ." The above is just a sample of the many commendations D.J. CHRIS MACK regularly receives from couples who have hired him to provide the entertainment at their Wedding celebrations. For more testimonials please visit Chris' facebook page on facebook.com/djchrismack Chris has invested heavily in quality sound systems, including a quality 1000w JBL sound system suitable for up to 200 people and a larger 2500w JBL sound system for 200+ people, as he explained: "Every disco is different from timings to sound system and differing styles of music preferences – when I initially talk to you I will try and go through as much as possible to make sure your happy with the service to be provided and times etc. Once I have

all the details I will then quote you the cost. Once agreed I will send you a contract and request a small deposit." Added to this Chris provides a huge range of amazing effects and lighting to suit every room size. These include Flame Machines and LED Uplighters (provided at an additional cost), together with a Bubble Machine, which can be used for that all important 1st dance and is sure to prove highly popular with children at the wedding. To add another dimension to your evening entertainment why not ask Chris about the Smoke Machine he has available. It should be noted that you should ask permission from the venue to use this system beforehand.


Undoubtedly the key to Chris’ success lies in his commitment to provide a truly personal service: “I keep in contact in the last few weeks leading up to your wedding to make sure I have all your requests and most important know your choice of music for your 1st dance. I will also liaise closely with you and the venue staff to arrange how you wish the evening entertainment to proceed to make sure it suites your needs. During your evening buffet I will give you a choice to have background music or play a quiz but again that choice is yours.” It’s Chris’ attention to detail that has enabled him to gain such an excellent reputation for going that extra mile to meet, and in many cases exceed, the clients expectations. This is highlighted by the fact that, at the end of the evening, Chris presents the newly weds with a complimentary CD containing the music they have chosen for their 1st dance, together with other songs that are personal to them both. “Should you need a P.A. system for speeches I’m quite happy to arrive in the morning either to set my full disco rig up or provide you a sound system and mic.

Although I usually arrive at 6pm set for 7.00/7.30 and finish at 12am-1am. I’m very flexible I can arrive earlier if necessary and finish later if needs be too.”

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: DJ Chris Mack Mobile Disco For Hire Tel: 07985 681 376 Email: djchrismack@hotmail.com Website: www.djchrismack.co.uk


Wedding Entertainment Specialist of the Year 2013/14

Award

An award winning company with that combines culture, surprise

on taking the concept of singing waiters to all new levels by including

and entertainment all in one package. The Three Waiters is the most

elements of sophistication and humour as well as having a focus on

successful corporate, private event and wedding singing waiters

audience interaction. They have attended celebrity weddings as well

surprise act in the world boasting over 10,000 shows in 80 countries.

as receiving countless standing ovations including five from royal

Arguably the most popular singing waiters act of its kind, these three talented opera singers pose as ‘real’ waiters at your event, hoaxing and amusing your guests before revealing themselves as singing

families as well as the Three Tenors themselves in 2003. Each artist possesses a dynamic personality and flair for character, acting, timing and comedy. The Three Waiters are originally from Italy, France and

waiters in a thrilling operatic performance a la The Three Tenors.

England meaning that they come from only the best operatic heritage.

These Three Waiters attend varied events from corporate functions

The company itself has been going for the past 16 years and is world

to fundraisers, private parties and weddings. They pride themselves

renowned. With offices in New York, Sydney, LA, Melbourne, San

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Francisco, Chicago, Orlando and finally here at home in London, they

Andy Moore, he told us that, “It is always nice to be recognized

most definitely have the testimonial and ability to compete with the

and get awards…having won awards previously it helps boost

other 2,000 or so similar companies in the UK. They have won multiple

business as well as the morale of the staff that work so hard to keep

award over the past year and this year they have been given the

the success going.”

‘Wedding Entertainment Specialist of the Year Award 2013/14” by us

This company understands that you want your wedding day to be

here at Your Online Wedding Planner. When speaking to the Manager,

perfect, and that is why this team use a tried, tested and approved

script that will flow flawlessly in with arrangements and plans for

as singing. Each artist is chosen to perform this hoax due to their

the day. Fooling your guests into seeing just normal waiters is a trick

outstanding vocal skills, the Three Waiters only accept the best so

that these three men have got down to a ‘T’. When the surprise hits

that they can only provide the best in both performance and service.

though the audience is stunned but soon realizes just how exceptional

They are a definite must for an entertaining wedding breakfast.

they are together, by performing a number of operatic songs they add a dash of culture and style in what could otherwise be just a normal wedding breakfast; they truly know how to grab the crowds attention and make sure to interact with your guests, allowing them to feel as well as see the passion that these men have for entertaining as well

For more information: Call: 0203 1221982 Web: www.thethreewaiters.co.uk


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Photography

Qualifications

Did your photographer complete formal education in photography or train with another professional to learn their profession? Do they run their photography business full time? Are they an accredited member of the Australian Institute of Professional Photography, the professional body which governs the photographic industry AIPP? Do they have backup equipment & insurance? Do they have a professional contract/client agreement?

Pricing

Is their pricing clear and precise? Do you have an idea of true market value for the type of photography you want? (Try comparing the same set of items with lots of different photographers.) Does your photographer use real dollars not “credit� towards items? Are you aware of how much can you expect to spend after the wedding?


Personality

Do you see your professional photographer making your day enjoyable & relaxed, not “take over” and be too pushy? Have you checked online to read their blog and about their work and reputation?

Practicality

Are they a local photographer to you and/or your venue? Will they plan your timing with you to ensure the best use of daylight and ensure all of your expectations are met?

You

Do you have any special requirements for yourself or your partner, and does your photographer understand the imprtance of them? (e.g., height differences, family politics) Are you absolutely sure you want this person following you around all day? If you’ve found photographers that tick these preliminary boxes, you’re well on the way to finding your ultimate match. Once you’ve gotten these primary, nonnegotiable factors out of the way, the rest of your more minor requirements should be far easier to fufill!


For more information: 07713488643 www.zoelouisephotography.co.uk We are a small family run business and as a mother and daughter team they understand that your wedding day or event is personal to you, so everything is tailored to what you want. Their aim is to create some truly memorable photographs that will be cherished for generations to come. They have been photographing weddings and events for several years and have established a reputation for having a fun, relaxed and professional approach. They want you to feel relaxed and enjoy your event or wedding day without worrying about being in front of a camera. All our photographers have professional qualifications in photography and between us we have experience working within different companies. The one thing that we all have in common is that photography is our passion, it’s what we know and love to do. We believe that photography can be a fun and creative experience for everyone. Your wedding photographs are something that you will treasure for the rest of your lives. So Zoe Louise Photography believe that they should fit in with your special day, and work with you to produce the images that you want. They have established a reputation for creating a friendly, relaxed yet fun atmosphere making the photography part as enjoyable as the rest of your special day. Every wedding is different and personal to you, so they believe that choosing the right photographer is very important.

With a free consultation with no obligation to book you would be able to: • •

Discuss what you would like for your special day, any ideas or helpful suggestions you have would be welcomed You can take a look at existing work and you will be shown everything on offer, including beautiful hand made wedding albums • Discuss wedding packages that are on offer to you. If they do not quite suit or you would like something different a package can be tailored for you With all of this available Zoe Louise Photography is definitely the place to go for the perfect photographs on your perfect day.


Let your Imagination run wild with

FotoBoov........ Whether it's the Bride's dress..... the cake......or the venue......every couple want their Wedding Day to have that WOW factor. What better way to amaze and delight your family and friends than with a Fotoboov....... a 5* mobile Photo Booth Service that is available for weddings and other special functions, including corporate and private parties, throughout South Yorkshire, Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, as well as further afield. In a recent interview Steph Whiting founder of the company went on to say: "It was at my cousin's wedding in America in (date) that I fast came across a FotoBoov and I thought it was a great idea. 2012 was a monumental year for us as I not only took a leap of faith to purchase my own Fotoboov, but I also gave birth to our first child in June that year. Having carried out a number of highly successful family trials using Fotoboov, we are delighted to announce that we are now open for business and are currently taking bookings for weddings in 2014 and 2015!" Like me, your only experience of a using a photo-booth may have been to take your passport photograph. FotoBoov takes photographic imagery to another level, as Steph explained: "Our Fotoboov is ideal for weddings and other special occasions as it provides you with instant professional prints in seconds from our fully automated - touch screen operated booth. It's all about having fun and letting your imagination run riot.....creating unique images that will instantly bring back all the joy and pleasure you felt on your special day." With a capacity for up to 8 people, FotoBoov boasts

a sleek, discreet black design that doesn't look out of place at any type of venue. This revolutionary photographic technology comes complete with six distinctive green screen backgrounds included in the company's hire packages, onto which customised details and images can be printed, enabling you to create photos that are totally unique to your event. As you would expect from such a quality-conscious organisation FotoBoov offers wheel chair access. The last word goes to Steph: "Our photo booth will add that extra sparkle to your big day and give you event with date and name stamped, unique instant pictures. Not only will the pictures be ready for your guests in seconds, but you can view the photos taken over and over again on your free facebook gallery."

To find our more about FotoBoov....contact Steph on Tel: 07951 025 868 Email: info@fotoboov.co.uk Alternatively, view the many testimonials received from satisfied clients at www.fotoboov.co.uk


Bridal wear

All brides want to look spectacular on their Wedding Day and finding the perfect gown should be an exciting part of what will undoubtedly be one of the happiest days of your life. However, for many women who are a plus size it often turns out to be a nightmare, as they are given very little choice and are made to feel uncomfortable and ill at ease. Since opening in August last year, Something Blue Bridal is fast

found it so hard to get a really special wedding gown in a plus size, as too many

achieving an impressive reputation for providing brides with an array of gorgeous

boutiques seemed only to cater for the smaller sized bride, having size 10 or 12

gowns to choose from, ensuiring they look and feel fabulous on their special day.

stock samples.

With whatever look you are trying to achieve Something Blue Bridal can help

A recent survey revealed that more than half of British women are a size 16 or

you to ďŹ nd the dress of your dreams, as owner of the business Jan Henderson

above, with this in mind, I decided to open a Bridal boutique for those of us with

explained in a recent interview: “When my daughter got married 2 years ago she

a little more to love and to have my stock samples in plus sizes. Something

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Something Blue Bridal stock gorgeous gowns in sizes 18 - 34 by leading

The Groom hasn’t been forgotten either, as the company offer the excellent

designers including Beautiful Brides Plus, Venus Woman, Sonsie by Veromia,

‘Ultimate Formal Hire Co.’ range for gentlemen, providing a complete service

‘Femme’ by Kennth Winston, ‘Heritage’ - Amanda Wyatt and White Rose Plus.

from top hats to shoes, including the increasingly popular Highland Kilt range, at

The advantage in buying a wedding gown from these specialist designers is that

extremely competitive prices.

all of their dresses are designed with curvier brides in mind and not just ‘up-sized’ from stock patterns. This makes it possible for brides to actually try on a wide selection of beautiful dresses in a choice of styles that fit and flatter. “ Something Blue Bridal also offer the fabulous ‘Poirier’ French designer range of bridal accessories and renowned Jupon petticoats to complete your perfect outfit, as well as a collection of bridesmaids dresses in an array of colours, fabrics and sizes to blend or contrast with your chosen colour scheme.

Why not go along and see Something Blue Bridal’s stunning collection of plus size wedding gowns for yourself? You can be sure of a warm welcome from Jan and you may well find the dress of your dreams!

Tel: 0121 382 3000 l Website: www.somethingbluebridaluk.com


Coventry's Largest & Oldest Bridal Shop Based in Coventry, West Midlands, WEDDING GOWNS by Susan Graley has achieved an excellent reputation over the past 26 years for providing beautiful Wedding dresses for all shapes and sizes; together with Bridesmaid's dresses and accessories to coordinate with your chosen colour scheme...... at affordable prices...... all under one roof. "Our experienced team of ladies will spend the time needed to help find the dress that is perfect for you," Susan explained, "We believe that everything about your wedding should be special and will not rest until you have found the dress of your dreams." To make an appointment to view the wide choice of Wedding dresses from leading designers including Enzoani; eternity bridal; Sacha James; Lou Lou bridal; true bride; nikki Flynn and true bride maids private label by g plus colours bridesmaids.

CONTACT: WEDDING GOWNS by Susan Graley 161-162 Spon Street, Coventry, West Midlands CV1 3BB Tel: 02476 221450 Email: info@weddinggownsbysusan.co.uk Website: www.weddinggownsbysusan.co.uk


Offer a Stunning Range of Mother-of-the-Bride Outfits As the largest stockist of special occasion wear in the Worcestershire area, it comes as no surprise to learn that CONTINENTAL COLLECTION, has been selected as the Editor’s Choice 2014 by the team at Your Online Wedding Planner in recognition of the company’s commitment to provide a stunning collection of Mother-of-the-Bride outfits in the West Midlands. Whilst all eyes will be on the Bride as she takes ‘centre stage’ on her Big Day, as Mother of the Bride, you are one of the most important people in the wedding party, and one who is going to shine in the wedding photographs alongside the bride and groom. Whether your daughter has chosen a small intimate ceremony, a beach or traditional wedding Continental Collection offer a wide choice of exquisite outfits to suit all occasions, tastes and budgets. As well as stocking an extensive range of stunning Mother-ofthe-Bride outfits, Continental Collection also offer exquisite evening gowns, prom dresses, party dresses and ball gowns, from leading designers such as John Charles, Kelsey Rose, Ann Balon, Koo-Ture, Lore, Scala, Zeila, Cartise, Gina Bacconi, Ronald Joyce, Frank Lyman and Pifer and Mayka. The fact that the Boutique also boasts over 200 sophisticated hats, together with an array of beautiful accessories enables you to co-ordinate those all important finishing touches that can make all the difference.

In a recent interview, founder of the company Rachel Meller let us in on the secret to the company’s continual success: “The fact that we have been in the business for over 21 years stands us in good stead to be able to offer our clients unique advice to help them find the perfect outfit to wear for their daughter’s wedding, or any special occasion.” Why not take advantage of the company’s latest incentive - in which clients buying a Mother-of-the-Bride outfit will receive a complimentary Hat Hire; subject to terms and conditions.

Why not visit CONTINENTAL COLLECTION’s Boutique, which is situated 2 Miles from Junction 2 on the M42, where you will receive a warm welcome and can take your time and relax whilst trying on as many of the company’s elegant Motherof-the-Bride outfits as you want....until you find the perfect one for you.

CONTINENTAL COLLECTION

48b Hewell Road, Barnt Green, B45 8NF Tel: 0121 447 7544 Email: shop@continentalcollection.co.uk Website: www.continentalcollection.co.uk


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Top Tips... Bridal hair is always a hot topic here at Your Online Wedding Planner. Updo or down do? Curly or straight? Your hairstyle makes such a big impact on your confidence on the day, it has to be right. And luckily we've got all the inspiration and top tips you need! Choosing the right wedding hair and makeup is one of the most exciting parts of your planning. But don't get carried away! There are a few key things to remember. Your hair loves you just the way you are so avoid any drastic cuts or colours in the weeks leading up to the day. Work with a stylist that knows you and your hair. When it comes to makeup, you should think about wearing darker eyeliner and mascara than usual, so your eyes stand out in your pictures. 1. Book Early Your hair should not be a last-minute consideration. Remember that your hairstyle can make or break a look. You’ll want to really explore the different styles that you can achieve, according to your overall concept, your dress, the height of your shoes etc; everything needs to be taken into account. Therefore book your appointment early, try out several options and practise two or three times before the big day. You’ll also want to discuss with your stylist your colour, the length of your hair and the condition of your hair. Ask them to develop a programme for you which will mean that your hair is at the ideal length and in the peak of its condition for your ‘do’s requirements. Also consider your colour cycle and synchronise your cut and colour appointments so that it looks good fresh and healthy on the day. 2. Be Honest Whilst your hair is an important factor, you don’t want it to be something that adds extra concern to your big day – there is enough to bother yourself with! Confide in your stylist and be honest with them about what you really want and what makes you feel happiest. The last thing you want is to be uncomfortable with your look when you should be enjoying the special occasion. Remember less is sometimes more! 3. Practical Matters Firstly, try not to choose a veil that is too heavy otherwise you may find that your carefully crafted hairstyle will be flat by the time you get to the reception. Secondly, if you are having a veil, tiara or some other hair accessory, make sure that your stylist is aware of the mechanics of the accessory as they may have to create the style around it. Thirdly, avoid a ‘do that involves too much hair in the front. Bear in mind that if your face is covered with a sweeping fringe or wispy curls, it will be obscured for your photographs.


If you’re thinking about trying a fake tan, make sure you do it several weeks before the big day, so you can see which one works best with your skin type. No one likes an orange bride! Go beyond your usual routine: We suggest wearing a little more make-up than feels natural. "Make-up can be tricky for brides, because you may think you have a lot on, But when the pictures are being taken, it looks like you have nothing on." Layer on the blush: To appear flushed and fresh-faced, use a cream cheek colour. Dusting a powder blush on top will make the colour pop. Apply a hidden liner: For a natural look, don't apply eye-liner directly on the lid. Instead, Wet the brush, and apply the eye-liner underneath the top lashes. "It makes the eyes very crisp," "By applying the liner inside the lid and not on top of it, it doesn't take away from the size and shape of the lid." Make lips one shade pinker: No need to wear a bold lipstick. To make lips stand out in pictures, Think sheen: Don't try to powder over natural shine, because it will only make you appear cakey.


GIVE YOURSELF SOME QUALITY PAMPERING TIME...... YOU DESERVE IT! CASA BELLA Beauty Salon What better occasion to give yourself some quality pampering than for your Wedding. Whether it's a relaxing massage..... invigorating facial....making your pinkies perky with a pedicure or glamorizing your hands with a professional manicure.....we all love to spend a little time being pampered. Not only does this enhance our appearance but it also boosts our confidence! Run by owner Maria Bifulco, CASA BELLA BEAUTY SALON has earned a reputation, since its inception in 1995, for providing a wide array of beauty treatments, including Wedding Packages, to suit all needs and budgets including the following: BODY CARE:- Choose from a Swedish Massage (£19.50 - £32.50), Aromatherapy Massage (£24.50 - £38.50), Hot Stone Massage (£25.50 to £41.00), Body Exfoliation (£29.00), as well as a Back Boost Treatment (£21.00) using the Cuccio range which is especially beneficial prior to holidays and special occasions. Other body treatments include Crystal Clear Back Treatment (£31.00) - an excellent remedy for those who suffer with problematic skin on the back; Crystal Clear Cellulite & Body Contour (£28.00) and Thermal Body Wraps (£25.50 - 10% discount for a course of 4 or more.) Why not give your body an all over glow with the St. Tropez (£16.00 - £33.00) - the best self-tan around! HAIR REMOVAL:- Including Electrolysis and Waxing (Contact Salon for prices) EYE CARE:- Ren 'SOS' Eye Rescue; Eyebrow Reshape; Eyebrow Tidy; Eyebrow Tint; Eyelash & Eyebrow Tint; Eyelash/Eyebrow Tint & Tidy; Eyelash Perm: Maria went on to say "For the ultimate glamour look why not treat yourself to Hollywood Lashes costing £60.00, which consist of semipermanent eyelash extensions that can last up to three months. Helping to stimulate the circulation and minimise dark circles, Crystal Clear 'Wide Eyes' (£27.50 or £150.00 for a course of 6) ticks all the right boxes for ladies wanting to lift, smooth and hydrate the delicate skin around the eyes, leaving them looking younger and fresher. Priced at just £23.00 the Salon provides Day or Evening Make-up for all special occasions Maria added: "With all eyes on the Bride, it's important that she looks her very best. Our dedicated team are happy to offer unique advice to ensure the Bride looks radiant, choosing the perfect

make-up colours to enhance her natural beauty. We also undertake a make-up trial session (£24.50) for weddings including the make-up for the entire bridal party and rehearsal for just £45.00." Please note that wedding parties receive 20% off any make-up items if purchased following rehearsal. FACIAL CARE:- The Salon offers a wide choice of facials to suit all skin types Express Facial; Deep Cleanse Facial; Nourishing Facial; Combination Facial; Aroma Facial; Galvanic Facial; Super Collagen & Caviar Facial; Hot Stone facial; Electro-lifting Facial, as well as Crystal Clear Microdermabrasion, Crystal Clear Cellular Repair Facial and Crystal Clear Pro-Active Facial - contacting Salon for individual details on prices. "We also offer non-surgical, anti-aging treatments which include Botox anti-wrinkle treatments, lip enhancements and dermal fillers. Ren Facials are also available at the salon, which are individually tailored for each client's skin type. Influenced by Zen Shiatsu, Japanese Massage and naturopathy, this cutting-edge treatment helps to protect, repair and renew the skin, leaving it healthier and younger looking.". There is an old saying that no matter how young your face looks, your hands will always give your age away. The desire for youthful appearance and the goal of looking our best every day should never end in our face but should extend to the heart of our body we extend to our friends when we meet them....... our hands. The Salon offers a range of cutting-edge treatments to help decrease the aging process in the skin of your hands, as well as to reverse some of the damage already there.


Brides in particular will want their hands to look at their best, with their family and friends eager to see their new wedding ring. In the Salon's Manicure treatment not only will your nails be shaped, your cuticles treated and your nails polished with a colour of your choice but your hands and arms will also be given a relaxing massage. Should you choose to opt for the luxurious Cuccio 'Spa' Manicure, priced at just £24.50, you will notice a marked improvement in condition and appearance of your hands. As well as nail-shaping, cuticle care and an application of nail polish, your hands will be given an exfoliation treatment achieved via a scrumptious, moisturising sugar scrub. A hand and arm massage will then be carried out using an intensely hydrating soy and butter hand cream. After which your hands will look and feel soft, smooth and totally pampered. If you are dashing off to sunnier climates for your Honeymoon you will definitely want to show off your pretty painted toe nails in your sandals. Here too the Salon can come to the rescue.....offering a basic Shape & Polish for just £9.00; a Pedicure for just £20.50, or a Pedicure combined with Paraffin Wax Treatment for £27.50. Suitable for both hands and fees, a Paraffin Wax Treatment (£10.00) increases the circulation; thereby helping to relieve tired, aching muscles and joints. Plus it also has an intensely hydrating and nourishing effect to the skin; leaving it soft and supple. A nourishing and hydrating oil is applied prior to the application of the Paraffin Wax to enhance its properties to the skin. Alternatively, you could give your feet the pampering they deserve with the luxurious Cuccio Spa Pedicure costing £25.50.

won't chip or wear away, making it great for toe nails too. Key to the company's success has been the dedication and commitment on the part of owner Maria Bifulco and her 2 highly experienced full-time assistants, together with a further member of staff who specialises in Botox Dermal Filler. As you would expect from such a quality conscious beauty business, all produced used in the Salon are all professional, high quality and result driven. The final word goes to Maria: "We strive to go that extra mile to ensure our client's expectations are not only met but in many cases exceeded." This philosophy is further highlighted by the fact that the Salon is committed to extending the range of treatments it offers which now include Hopi Ear Candling (£21.50), which for the uninitiated calms the mind, soothes the head and ears. You will also receive a 10% discount when booking a course of 3 or more! Clients choosing the Hopi 'Deluxe' (£30.00) will enjoy all the benefits of the above Hopi Ear Candling treatment followed by a relaxing facial and neck massage using essential oils.......Pure relaxation! The Salon, which also now stocks a range of jewellery and handbags, offers a client 'loyalty scheme' on any retail items purchased.

The Salon also offer the revolutionary Calgel Pedicure £30.00 - consisting of a mini-pedicure plus an application of Calgel overlay on toenails. Designed to strengthen and protect your natural nail, Calgel is a unique formulation that is both flexible and durable. Cured under a UV lamp , this cutting-edge gel system is designed for natural nails but you can create length by adding a sculpture with clear Calgel or nail tips. Often referred to as the everlasting polish, Calgel offers you perfectly groomed nails that

Free Car Parking is available at the Salon, which is open Monday - Saturday (late nights Monday, Tuesday & Thursday. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION ON ANY OF THE TREATMENTS AVAILABLE OR TO MAKE AN APPOINTMENT CONTACT: Maria Bifulco CASA BELLA BEAUTY SALON 5A Church Street, Stoney Stanton, Leicestershire LE9 4DA Tel: 01455 274 070


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Julia Dee Bridal Wear Julia Dee Bridal Wear was established in 1994 and is still one of the top places in the Nuneaton and Bedworth area to find your dream wedding dress. Now in their 20th year of trading, they continue a strong tradition, with a friendly and reliable service and a commitment to providing only the best quality and closest eye to attention to detail. Julia Dee pride themselves on their extensive range of beautiful wedding gowns but will give you only the best advice whilst making sure that they don’t pressure you at any time to make hasty decision, this time is yours to prepare for your big day. With a choice of over 300 bridal gowns you will be spoilt for choice. The designs available are chosen to suit any budget and any figure type so there will be plenty of options for every bride to be that walks through the door. Julia Dee stock well renowned designers too such as Hilary Morgan and Trudy Lee.

alterations, storage and steaming, meaning less hassle and worry for you! This reputable bridal shop also stock an extensive range of accessories that will add those final finishing touches to your beautiful gown, from tiaras to ring cushions you won’t leave without peace of mind that everything is chosen and ready for your big day. Julia Dee Bridal Wear should be every bride’s number one choice in their hunt for the perfect wedding dress, they leave nothing to chance and provide you with the best possible service and products. This reputable company will no doubt still be the best place to go in another 20 years time!

It isn’t just bridal gowns that are available though, Julia Dee also stock an extensive range of bridesmaid and prom dresses. A useful perk that is promoted is the fact that with every dress purchased in store you are eligible for free

For more information: Tel: 02476 366238 Web: www.juliadeebridal.co.uk


Top Tips for your Wedding Flower’s Scope it Out Look around you and think about the size of the shop and the number of people on staff. Who will work on your wedding? Make sure the floral designer you're interviewing will actually create the arrangements. Also, what kind of vibe do you get? A disorganized shop may scare you off but consider that the florist's creativity may trump her cleaning skills -- and she probably knows exactly where everything is. Work the Room Be sure to inquire if your florist has done weddings at your ceremony and/or reception sites before. If so, he or she may have pictures of arrangements done at your site and will be knowledgeable about what sizes, shapes, and colors work in the space. If not, he or she should be willing to scope out the space and familiarize him or herself with any limitations. At the very least, bring along some sort of photo (a press kit or pamphlet) in case she or he has never worked a wedding there before, so that you're starting with an idea of the space. Season's Best Timing is everything, especially when it comes to buying red roses. Marrying around Valentine's Day? Expect a significant increase in the price of a single stem. Simplify Your Centerpieces Labor costs make florist bills bloom. Trim them by opting for less labor-intensive arrangements like simple centerpieces instead of wild topiaries. Also nix any elaborate blooming structures -- gateways, windows, railings, frames -- that will take a long time to set up. Color Cues Trust us: arrangements of cool contrasting colors (think mint green and cherry red) are definitely vivacious. But when picking a palette, make sure the flowers will suit your wedding style and colors. Bring a bridesmaid dress fabric swatch with you when you meet your floral designer so she has a good starting point. Mind Mother Nature Consider the season in which you are marrying when deciding on which flowers you want in your arrangements. Marrying in summer or in a humid climate? Go for hardy flowers that won't wilt, such as sunflowers, zinnias, dahlias, lilies, and hydrangeas. Avoid gardenias, lily of the valley, tulips, and wildflowers. Size it Up Remember: size matters! Be sure your bouquets aren't too heavy or too hard to carry. Trust us: you won't want that burden. And don't choose the bridal and attendants' bouquets without regard to style of dress or body shape. A delicate nosegay will get lost against an elaborate ruffled dress, for example, and a small bride will be overshadowed by a massive cascading arrangement. Prepare For the Petals Don't assume your florist will have access to your ceremony and reception site early on in the big day. Make necessary arrangements -- get written permission and a key, if need be -- to ensure that everything is coming up roses before you hit the aisle. Fresh Direct Have your flowers delivered boxed with cellophane and well misted -- that way they'll look fresh through your ceremony and reception. Check out each bouquet and remove any damaged blossoms. And don't leave them in the sun's path -- direct sunlight will speed up the wilting process. Tossing Tradition You don't have to toss the actual bridal bouquet -- many brides have their florists create a smaller tossing bouquet for the traditional ritual. It is an extra fee so be sure to pick a low-maintenance arrangement. There's no need to break your budget on this bouquet.


ANNE-MARIE FLORIST

Because Only the Best will do on your Wedding Day! The flowers you choose for your Wedding can say so much about you as a couple....reflecting your emotions and expressing your true feelings on what will undoubtedly be one of the most memorable and special days of your life. ANNE-MARRIE FLORIST provides a highly professional service with a fresh, inspirational and very personal approach, as founder of the company Anne-Marie outlined in a recent interview: "When it comes to weddings each couple has their own ideas of what flowers they wish to use to coordinate with their colour-scheme and reflect their own individual personalities. For this reason we liaise closely with couples to find out how they envisage their wedding floral displays will look, as well as drawing on our many years of expertise within the sector to offer unique advice to ensure the couple's expectations are not only met but in many cases exceeded!" There's very little Anne-Marie doesn't know about the art of floristry; having had a love of flowers since she was a little girl of 10 years old, she was able to see her floral creativity grow and gather momentum when she started working within the sector at the age of 19. Now aged 46 Anne-Marie runs a highly successful florist business, which has built-up an impressive reputation for producing unique, imaginative floral displays and bouquets for weddings and other special occasions. "We pride ourselves on our commitment to provide each and every Bride and Groom with a truly personal service - this includes seeing most couples at least 4 times leading up to the wedding. We also appreciate that organizing a wedding can be a very stressful

and time-consuming experience, for this reason appointments can be arranged at a time to fit in with the couple's busy schedule." When it comes to choosing your Wedding flowers, with Anne-Marie Florist you can have as little or as much as you want.....whether you want a full Floral Wedding Package including the Brides Bouquet and flowers for the Bridal Party, the Church, the Venue, the Cake Flowers, Presentation to say 'Thank You' and the Buttonholes for the Guests, or simply want a timeless Bouquet.....it's up to you! Covering Dunchurch and the Rugby Area, AnneMarie Florist provides the very best in floristry at an affordable price.

FOR WEDDING FLOWERS THAT REFLECT YOUR EMOTIONS.....CONTACT:

ANNE-MARIE FLORIST 60 The Square, Dunchurch, Rugby, Warwickshire CV22 6NU Telephone: 01788 521881 Email: amflorist1@btconnect.com Website: www.annemarieflorist.co.uk


Arrive in style with Leicester Executive Chauffeurs A professional chauffeur business for private and personal hire, Leicester Executive Chauffeurs are based in central Leicester but their services are not limited just to the East Midlands. With an unrivalled reputation for providing professional, punctual and reliable services at very competitive rates, the company are relied upon by customers all over the Midlands as well as couples looking to arrive in luxury and style on their big day. All drivers are experienced, fully trained and fully licensed by the Local Authority with customer satisfaction their priority. Leicester Executive Chauffeurs pre-booked service is available for hire 24 hours a day, 365 days a year with the flexibility to tailor services to meet specific needs. Competitive on price and with a package to suit all budgets, Leicester Executive Chauffeurs offer a range of wedding day packages to suit a variety needs with comfortable, affordable luxury for all age groups. Arriving at their wedding in luxury and style would complete the Princess fantasies of many brides. Leicester Executive Chauffeurs' service means that your wedding day dreams can fit the reality of your budget. Choosing from a Mercedes E Class or BMW Series 5 in silver, complete with a uniformed chauffeur; the Bride can be collected from her address in the fully valeted vehicle completed with a bonnet ribbon of their choice fitted. Packages include driving the Bride to the wedding venue and photo opportunities with the car as standard. The company's Bronze package comprises a maximum of two hours hire time, whilst the Silver package consists of four hours with a maximum of 40 miles travelling distance. Leicester Executive Chauffeurs' Gold package couples seven hours hire time with a maximum of 100 miles travelling distance, enabling the Bride and Groom to be transported in luxury and comfort throughout their day.

Also available, the company offer a stunning and immensely comfortable White Rolls Royce Phantom. The exceptional experience of travelling in this British masterpiece is extended by the full leather interior, theatre configuration seating and Lamb's wool rugs in same dark spice colour as the natural grain trims. Also within Leicester Executive Chauffeurs fleet are featured a stylish Stretch Range Rover, iconic two-door luxury special edition Lamborghini MurciĂŠlago, a fantastic Bentley Flying Spur and a selection of vintage cars

For further information LEICESTER EXECUTIVE CHAUFFEURS LEICESTER ROAD GROBY LEICESTER LE6 0UW TEL: 0116 324 0004

email enquiries@leicesterexecutivechauffeurs.co.uk or visit the company's website at www.leicesterexecutivechauffeurs.co.uk


ABBEY TRAVEL Comfort..............Reliability...........Value for Money! In planning your Wedding there are so many important things to arrange...... the venue for your Reception.....the flowers......the entertainment.....the list goes on and on! One thing you simply mustn't overlooked is to book transport for your family and friends to take them from the Church, or chosen place where you will exchange your vows, to the venue for your Wedding reception and evening celebrations. Run by founder Bryan Garratt, Abbey Travel has built-up an impressive reputation for the provision of professional transport in the form of a large fleet of Mini Buses and Executive Coaches which are available to hire within the Sheffield area. When asked what was the key to the company's success Bryan replied: "Since our inception in 1985 we have taken pride in providing a truly professional and reliable service. We have a wide range of Mini Buses and Executive Coaches that seat between 8 - 53 people." In a recent interview I asked Bryan what gives Abbey Travel the edge over its' competitors: "All our vehicles are solely dedicated to private hire and as such are built to luxury specifications including reclining seats, air conditioning and tinted double glazed windows fitted as standard. Passengers are also able to take advantage of other facilities such as tables, hot drinks machines and on-board entertainment; with toilets available on request. All customers are assigned a dedicated member of our Travel Team to advise on their requirements and oversee all of the arrangements. Every step of their booking will be taken care of by our highly professional team ensuring a hassle free journey from start to finish. As you would expect from such a quality-conscious organisation, all drivers working for the company are NVQ and CPC qualified. In addition, all vehicles used by the company are fully insured, licensed, as well as being fitted with appropriate seat belts in line with current legislation. "Our fleet of vehicles are maintained both inside and out to the highest standards with regular checks being carried out on their engines to ensure we can maintain our reputation to transport our customers on time.....every time."


0114 275 1111

Whatever the size of your party.......whether you need a mini bus or an executive coach for your Wedding, an Airport or Seaport transfer, Weekend Break to a Sporting Event, Theatre or School trip, through to any form of Corporate hospitality or Conference transfer...........Abbey Travel will ensure you have a comfortable journey and arrive in plenty of time. "Airport transfers for example are of major importance with the ever increasing need to arrive early," Bryan told this reporter, "Giving us the responsibility and taking away the pains and strains of today's roads we make sure you are ready and relaxed for your journey. On your return, all you really want to is get home, with the help of our friendly drivers you can achieve this with minimal effort. Although there are rail and coach possibilities, it can be easier and cheaper to pre-arrange a personal transfer service, especially for a large family or group." The company's reputation for providing luxury transportation at a realistic price is further highlighted by the fact that Abbey Travel has forged links with the City Council; having been successful in winning the contract to provide transport for both the Educational and Social Sectors. Bryan added: "Our proudest achievement is to provide home-to-school transport for special needs children and adults. By drawing on the facilities provided by our sister company Sheffield Taxi Services we can also provide taxi hire via hackney cabs and private cars and would be happy to discuss any contract transport you may need." To Ensure your Wedding celebrations go without a Hitch.......Contact Abbey Travel 50 Burton Road, Sheffield S3 8BX Tel: 0114 275 1111


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