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All the local wedding shows and venues • Hints and tips to plan your perfect day

Contents Congratulations on your engagement!

You are about to begin an exciting journey that will take you towards the most memorable day of your life. Your Local Wedding Scene is here to give you, the modern bride, a helping hand. It’s packed with ideas and hints on how to make your wedding day unique and special. You will notice that the main focus of our magazine is on the word ‘local’ as 90% of your wedding will be booked locally and we therefore wanted to ensure that all the services highlighted are available on your doorstep. Use our pull out Wedding Planner to manage your time effectively during the build up to your special day. We have included plenty of hints and tips on making sure your big day is the not just the most memorable day of your life, but that it is also stress free and the most enjoyable day of your life. There are tips on how to create a themed wedding, there are in-depth features on local venues and what they can offer you, we have some amazing Honeymoon ideas, and many products and services to give you inspiration and ideas to give your day the WOW factor... You should embrace the planning of your big day, however, if you find it too difficult or stressful, there are always plenty of people on hand willing to assist you, so do not be afraid to ask for help. Good luck and best wishes for the future. Heidi x Publisher – Heidi Semple, Scene Marketing 01780 783613 Advertising – Charlotte Charlesworth, Editorial – Rebecca Twelvetree Designer – Sarah Wright,


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What to wear!

18 pages Showcasing the most beautiful Bridal Gowns, Bridesmaid Dresses, Grooms Formal Wear and Mother of the Bride, Lingerie and headwear

22-23 Choosing the right venue for you

25-27 Real Life Bride Burghley House 29

Choosing the right cake


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32-33 Real Life Bride The George Hotel 33

WIN your dream cake worth £500

34-37 Flower Power 39

Inviting invitations

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50 37 34 41-44 Essential ‘Pull Out’ wedding planner 45-49 Hair & Beauty – Crisis tips and the best buys 50-51 Baskervilles Wedding Venue and Hotel 52-53 Tune into the Right Music & Entertainment 54-55 POSH Weddings

66-67 Falcon Inn at Fotheringhay 69-73 Picture Perfect – Photography 74-75 Stapleford Park Hotel Voted in the top 50 Wedding Venues

in the UK

76 Myths & Meanings 77

Stag and Hen Do’s – Different ideas

78-79 Greetham Valley Hotel


Gifts for your Wedding Party




Don’t miss those Wedding Fairs – Diary Dates

60-61 Honeymoon Ideas


Add that Romantic Touch

62-63 Golden Pheasant Marquee wedding Venue


The little ads

64-65 Make it different with a ‘Themed Wedding’ Telephone: 01780 783613 | Your Local Wedding Scene


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Whether it’s large and extravagant or small and neat or a soft collapsable organza hat, a feather fascinator or a gorgeous crystal and beaded tiara they can all be made just for you.

HATSOLUTELY FABULOUS wedding hats • fascinators • bags • tiaras • wedding floristry

Bespoke design service available. For a beautifully unique piece that compliments your wedding outfit, contact Tracey. 8

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Harvey’s Bridal Boutique We are a mother & daughter Bridal Boutique in Ramsey. We pride ourselves on our friendly, personal service. We have a wide selection of Bridal Gowns, Bridesmaid Dresses and Accessories in our stunning showroom. Open: Wednesday 12pm-8pm Thursday-Saturday 9am-5pm

By appointment

We stock gowns for all styles and budgets including gowns by top designers: BENJAMIN ROBERTS & RONALD JOYCE AND SONSIE - for curvy gorgeous brides sizes 18-30+

83 High Street | Ramsey | Cambs | PE26 1BZ

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WIN Dinner Bed & Breakfast at the beautiful, luxurious Barnsdale Lodge Hotel.

Located on the North Shore of Rutland Water, this superb boutique hotel is famous for its service and amazing fine dining. This fantastic prize can be used pre or post wedding or whenever you feel the need to take some time out for yourselves and just enjoy being looked after. For your chance to win this prize, all you have to do is send your name address and contact details to: Scene Barnsdale Competition, The Old Schools House, Great North Road, Wittering PE8 6BX or email to T&C’s apply, no cash alternatives, deadline forTelephone: entry is the 30th January 2012.| Your Local Wedding Scene 01780 783613


A DRESS to impress

So you’ve found your perfect fit, he’s everything you’ve wanted, but what do you wear? What’s your perfect dress for your special day? Here we give you a few tips to help you choose what to wear on your wedding day. You will come across various shapes and styles during your search for the perfect dress. By picking the perfect silhouette to suit your shape - you can ensure you will feel beautiful on the day.



This glamorous style is designed to impress

This gown looks great on all shapes and

and as a bride to be, even if you don’t end up

sizes. It flows from bodice to skirt without

buying one - you should definitely try at least

defining lines, and with clever detailing it

one of these on. It isn’t very often that you

brings out the best in your figure and dress

can wear such a gown, but with the fabulous

- perfect if you want to give yourself height,

corsetry and soft floating skirts this style can

and keep your dress classical and elegant.

create a tiny waist and hide anything from the waist down.


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Straight or sheath

This gown has an empire-style bodice which

Perfect for petite frames and for slim torsos

This is a great shape for accentuating a tall

cuts under the bust. This can be extremely

with shapely hips, the fish-tail effect that

figure by elongating the line of the body, and

flattering regardless of bust size providing

the bottom sweeps out beautifully into a very

flatters a fairly straight, rectangular figure with

you get the neckline right. Smaller busted

graceful train and balances out the hips.

small bust and hips, avoid if you are curvy.

women should go for a scoop neckline and a small amount of detail around the bodice and larger busted women should opt for a square or cowl neckline which accentuates the curve but hides a little cleavage to create a sensual effect.

Choosing a dress dos... • Make sure you visit as many stores as you can so that you can make an

informed decision.

• Visit stores during the week; it is easier to get an appointment and you will

have more time with a consultant than during a busy weekend.

• Call to make appointments to help schedule your day. • Ask as many questions as you can while you have a consultant with you. • Make a note of any questions you want answered prior to the meeting; with

all the nerves and excitement it is easy to forget key points.

• Try dresses on that you wouldn’t normally consider - this is your chance to

find what really suits you.

• Don’t shop on a full meal or liquid lunch, you’ll feel bloated or may end up

regretting your decision

• If you’re ordering online - make sure you are certain about the style, size Two-piece straight Two-piece dresses are great for figures that are not necessarily in proportion. For example if you have a size 12 torso and a

and colour of the dress.

• Vintage is in at the moment - track down vintage dresses by asking your

family if they still have theirs, visit charity shops specialising in secondhand

dresses and keep an eye out in your local through the door advertisers.

size 14 hip, but still want to accentuate your

• Most importantly - take someone you can trust to be honest and set your

great figure, a corseted bodice with separate

budget before you go.

skirt may be just what you are looking for. Telephone: 01780 783613 | Your Local Wedding Scene


Bridal Services at Elouise Lingerie We provide an extra special service for the bride to be‌ making your bridal shopping experience something to remember!

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Ideally you should have lingerie in mind when selecting your dress as you will need to wear it all day and therefore choose a style that will not only make you look fabulous but also feel comfortable too. You certainly need to have chosen your lingerie before the first fitting to enable the dress to be fitted to perfection. We recommend a private fitting in our sumptuous Boudoir which offers a more secluded and relaxed environment away from the shop floor. This enables us to provide a fully dedicated service in spacious surroundings to the Bride who may wish to bring her dress together with her Mother and Bridesmaids. Appointments are not always necessary. Our experienced Lingerie Stylists use their expertise to help you select correctly fitting lingerie in the best style to suit your natural shape. Always taking into account what is needed to enhance that very special dress! We offer sizes 30AA to 46H in a variety of top quality brands so whether it is the Bride, Mother of the Bride, Bridesmaid or Wedding Guest there is usually something perfect for the occasion. For the wedding night and Honeymoon we have a fabulous selection of exquisite nightwear and stunning swimwear available all year round. Elouise Lingerie very much looks forward to welcoming Brides and their wedding party to a fabulous shopping experience‌


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Maison de la Bride is a stunning bridal boutique with exquisite designer bridal gowns made to order. The boutique offers a very friendly and professional service.

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Suit Hire

At A Formal Affair we offer an unrivalled selection of formal wear to hire. For stylish dinner suits, exclusive wedding attire and an extensive selection of fancy waistcoats and accessories, A Formal Affair has it all. For any further information or to book a consultation, please do not hesitate to call us on 01733 260930 or send us an email at



We offer formal wear for boys from about age 3 upwards

Yes, and a 50% reduction off our normal weekend hire

– or about 3ft tall. Jacket sizes start at 20” chest and

rates is available for the second and third weeks of hire.

trousers at 18”waist with an 18”outside leg.


All hire garments for Saturday weddings will normally be available for collection 9 days before your function.

All* outfits worn by adults are covered against accidental damage by our own insurance scheme (A.D.I*) for which


a small charge per outfit is made. A security deposit of

Don’t panic! Most of our hire stock is owned by us and

£50.00 per outfit is required with all children’s clothes

kept on our own premises, and therefore we can normally

hired. *White or Ivory Suits, Fob Watches and Walking

accommodate a change of size or effect an alteration very

Canes are excluded from A.D.I. cover

swiftly, as long as we are notified early Monday morning (for Saturday Weddings).

Bridesmaid Dresses

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Purple - always a great favourite



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When we look back on the weddings we’ve attended in the past one of the most significant things we remember is where it took place. Choosing the right Venue for you and your guests isn’t easy - there are lots of things to consider, attendance numbers, catering, decoration, overnight stay and of course the wow factor. Here are a few hints & tips to get you started.

GUESTS Get this one out of the way first - if you sit down with your families and partners, and work out the maximum number of guests you will be inviting, this will give you an idea of the size of venue you will need. It will also help when planning your budgets and what venue to choose - for example will there be lots of children? Will you need separate areas where the older guests can enjoy the quiet away from the disco, does it have plenty of parking - the option for overnight stays and is it easy for people to get to using public transport, or disabled access? Will we be able to use our own caterers, supply our own drink, place a marquee etc, etc?

Once all of this is established and you’ve decided on either a civil ceremony or church, you can start your hunt for the perfect venue. THE HUNT If your time is short and you like to keep informed go online. By using search engines you can place your key words such as, ‘Wedding Venues Peterborough UK’ which will bring up a list for you to look at. Many sites such as www.hitched. will have venues in your criteria listed, and if you’re looking for inspiration or are planning to get married away from the local area this is a great place to start.

ways, and many regional magazines will hold adverts for venues, so if you see one pick it up! • Civil ceremony venues have licences for a maximum number of guests. Keep an eye on the venues you fall in love with and make sure that there is enough room for your guests • negotiate - if it’s slightly out of your budget • ask if you could have a simpler wedding breakfast, and serve wedding cake as a dessert, or stick to 1 bottle of each on the table. Many venues will also hold mid-week events or Sunday weddings at a reduced cost - it’s worth looking at what savings can be made if you switch to a Friday or Sunday Wedding.

• Wedding Magazines will give you ideas of how certain weddings work in different types of

• Ask people about their wedding day - visit potential venues for a meal, or book one of their evening events and assess their planning and organisation. Remember it’s your day - you’ve spent months organising it and when you hand the event over, you want to be confidant that




Secluded in the heart of some of England’s most picturesque and enjoyable countryside, it is a magnificent 17th Century House with a relaxed country home atmosphere.

Not only can you have your Wedding Reception at London Road, you can actually get married there and say ‘I do’ overlooking the pitch.

Make your special day complete by choosing Greetham Valley in the heart of rolling Rutland countryside as your wedding venue.


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their Events Coordinator is in control. Ask to see pictures of previous events held in the venue - this will give you an idea of what it looks like dressed. Consider photography, are there plenty of places for you to get great photographs too? If you’ve already attended a wedding at a venue you’re considering - ask what else has been done in the past, different to the one you attended.

else may not get done. Ask questions, ask as many questions as you can and go with a list of things you need to know, before you sign on the dotted line. Meet the Events Coordinator - if you like them you’ll feel more at easy leaving the planning of your day in their hands. Get recommendations of suppliers they work with, look at online reviews and above all once you’ve booked the venue, stay in touch. As long as you continue to build a relationship with the venue, your day will run smoothly.

MAKING YOUR MOVE Once you’ve established your short list - ring round and get brochures sent - if they do not send them out at your request - consider what

Many venues in the Peterborough area have years of experience when holding weddings and are popular choices for residents, such as Orton Hall, The Marriot and The Cresset - but if you’re looking for something a little different and don’t want to go too far - have a look at these venues we’ve picked out as ‘ not to be missed’, all within 45 minutes of Peterborough.

Barnsdale Lodge - 01572 724678 Barnsdale Hall – 001572 757901 Burghley House – 01780 752451 Hambleton Hall – 01572 756991 The Bull Hotel – 01733 561364 The Haycock – 01780 782223 The Marriott – 01733 371111 The Wheatsheaf – 01832 205400




At the Baskervilles, the trained and experienced staff, together with their own in-house wedding co-ordinator will take care of even the most minuscule detail to ensure your day is perfect.

With the stunning backdrop of the Fotheringhay Church combined with the food and service we are renowned for providing treasured memories.

The Georgian house with its permanent marquee attached is a perfect venue for the wedding reception you desire.

Visit the venue around the time of year you will be getting married, if you have the luxury of time, to ensure you are happy with the outside space and planting - court yards look very different in May than September.

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A Day To Remember The Wedding Theme In the beginning I had no idea of what colours should be featured within the theme as such – the choice of flowers really depicted this. I researched the type of flowers that I felt would look beautiful on the day – opting for pastel shades of floribunda roses, and decided upon an

ivory backdrop. Both Richard and I like Green, and as it compliments the flowers and foliage we decided to incorporate it subtly into the scheme within the stationery and also the bridesmaid outfits. Overall I opted for a clean, simple yet elegant look and feel to compliment our venue choice of Burghley House.

The Brides Outfit I researched several dress designers online and shortlisted a few before heading


London last June to try them on accompanied by my mother. I really detest clothes shopping and was so grateful that we found ‘the one’ within about half an hour of being in the Pronovias store! I selected a simple ivory silk dress with a strapless bustier and full skirt with a slight gathering at either side. I also chose a beautiful off the shoulder lace bolero train to wear over the dress with a plan to remove it for the evening reception.

The Bridesmaids I had 3 bridesmaids and 2 flower girls. I wanted something quite simple yet sophisticated and decided upon a flattering a-line 60’s shift style dress and sourced a gorgeous gold/green dupion silk from Beckfords Silk (British silk house) and had them made up by Helen Kirkwood of Stamford who did a wonderful job. I decided against the usual flowergirl protocol and opted for Monsoon dresses in ivory tulle with lace bodices.

The Flowers After pouring through ‘Brides’ magazines one evening, I happened across some images of a floral arrangement containing David Austin roses and other gorgeous floribunda roses accompanied by hydrangeas and with a minimum of foliage. The colours looked edible! Sherbet pastel shades of peach, Strawberry, Lemon, Mauve, Ivory and sagey Green. We chose Jo Kirby of ‘Designer Flowers Of Rutland’ (based in Ketton) to realise the look and feel and it was a real addedvalue to discover that Jo also has an intimate knowledge of Burghley House and was able to design arrangements to suit the various locations within the venue that we would be occupying during the day and evenings proceedings.

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Real life bride | BURgHLEY HOUSE The Ceremony The ceremony was a very small and intimate affair and held in the summer house overlooking the lake in the private grounds of Burghley estate. After a champagne toast by the lake, we then walked over to the Rose Garden to meet our additional guests for a further drinks reception and canapés. The sun was shining against a backdrop of lush green grounds and the scent of the lavender and roses will always linger in my memory! The guests were offered a tour of the state rooms which ultimately congregated in the Great Hall for our wedding breakfast. All of our food and drink was catered for by ‘Absolute Taste’ (resident at Burghley) – and they were fantastic, providing incredible service throughout the day and night. We offered our guests a variety of choices and courses and I will note that the roasted Longhorn fillet

Mr & Mrs Olsen

of Beef was to die for! After the breakfast further guests arrived to join us in the Orangery with the doors opened out into the Rose Garden for the evening reception. Time to party!

The Stationery

The Entertainment

I love the simplicity of traditional letterpress invitations and the use

We asked the very talented young

of thick quality papers and cards. I wanted to emulate this look and

Cambridge student musician Ben

feel but with a slightly modern twist. I created a design that was very

Cork to come and play during our

simple yet elegant using square cut ivory card and featuring a sassy


monogram in ‘Green’ fitted into a wallet and bound in a thick satin

was a warming selection of jazz

ivory or Green ribbon. I also created menus, place cards, thank you

and modern covers on the piano

notelets and the table plans adopting the same look and feel. For

accompanied by vocals.

the print production I used a local stationary printers ‘Speigl press’

For the evening reception, we

of Stamford.

selected the D.J Barrie John via

The Cake Our first idea was to order a very simple three tiered




Steve Allen entertainment’s to play our carefully selected playlist of songs for the evening and he certainly kept the crowds entertained.

cake that we could embellish


with fresh flowers, but in

Having only recently moved to Stamford in 2009, I wasn’t

the later stages of planning

acquainted with any hair stylists and therefore made it my mission to

it was Richard that decided

try a few establishments in order to get a feel for who I may use for

he would love to have a

the wedding. I Chose Garie Nigel of Silver Lane, Stamford. Garie

more ornate cake choosing a

Nigel coloured my hair over a period of time before the wedding

Fiona Cairns vintage fairytale cake from the Waitrose entertainment

to achieve a very natural lighter look than the dark hair that I had

selection. This arrived as scheduled on the afternoon of the wedding

only one year prior. Gaby - their senior stylist attended to the ladies

day at Burghley and I have to admit – it looked very pretty on its stand

of the wedding party on the day including my own hair, and added

in the bay alcove in the Great Hall! It tasted amazing too!

extensions for extra length, and created volume by adding some soft loose curls. Monet also of Garie Nigel was on hand to attend to my daughter Lola, and the flower girls who wanted pretty soft curls adorned with fresh rose pips.


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The Honeymoon

Make-up and beauty for both

Richard and I opted to take a short well earned break away in a beautiful

the pre-wedding run-up and

barn conversion called The Log Store (www.uniquehomestays.

the day itself was handled

com) near Watergate Bay in Cornwall accompanied by George our

expertly by Equilibrium of

son, who is now 6 months old. We are planning to take a belated honeymoon for some total R&R some time next year…..which gives

Stamford. I am a regular customer of Equilibrium and

really like the team and

me another project to look forward to organising! As yet we can’t

the quality of service they provide and therefore using them for my

decide between the Maldives, Seychelles and Cuba.

wedding was a natural choice. Abi, Samantha, Charlotte and Eloise

All in all our day ran very smoothly from the moment I woke up

provided pre-wedding services including massage, facials, waxing,

to the moment that Richard and I left the reception – totally

pedicure, manicure and make-up trials. I chose a very natural look

exhausted! The service and attention to detail that the team at

as I am not used to wearing too much!

Burghley provided (headed up by Holly Cammarata and with Giles overseeing the catering team) was beyond our expectations and

Wedding Photographers

highly commendable. Everybody worked well together and I didn’t

Whilst we spoke to a variety of photographers during the planning

have to worry about a single thing.

stages, we decided to use a photographer less well known for weddings but with a varied and creative portfolio that demonstrated his ability to really capture a moment. It was really by accident that I stumbled across Bret Allibone’s website but I am so glad that I did. Bret and his colleague Emile Holba worked tirelessly on the day and evening to capture the magic of the day. Needless to say we are extremely happy.

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Wedding Favours The tradition of giving guests something to remember the day by in the form of favours has been around for hundreds of years. Today, the tradition of giving each guest

Asian or Eastern themed wedding, try

five sugar coated almonds to symbolise

giving scented candles or a pretty bag of

health, wealth, fertility, happiness and

cooking spices, personalised with your

long-life, has been replaced with bubbles,

name and date of the wedding.

packets of seeds, hand-made sweetie

are all popular trends at the moment and

bags, lottery tickets and home baked

Don’t forget your younger guests too -

are easy to replicate at home or buy from

goods, all personalised for the day.

speeches can often be dull for those under

experienced suppliers or your local garden

12, (or older depending on the speech

centres and gift shops. By getting someone

The great thing about favours is that you

itself!) Try giving them an activity pack with

else to do the hard work you concentrate

can keep them seasonal, personal, and in

games, sweets and magazines to keep

on other things and there are plenty of great

keeping with your theme - for example if

them occupied and distracted.

websites that will give you inspiration and if

you’re having a wedding near Christmas

If you have family and friends who are

you can get them locally it’s a great way to

then why not give hand-made Christmas

offering their help and you don’t know

support your local businesses and be more

tree decorations, or Florentines. For an

where they’ll fit in with the event - it’s a

hands on too!

Easter wedding it’s a great idea to give

good idea to get them involved with the

chocolate eggs, and if you’re hosting a

favours. Home -made, kitch - vintage


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The wedding cake is one of the most thought-about aspects of the day. Aside from the bride herself, this is the focal point of the wedding reception table.

Cakes by

2 Set a budget and try to stay within it. Bear in mind the more sugar modelling Cupcakes by

that is required and the more intricate the design the higher the cost will be. 3 Browse through pictures of wedding

The cake is a feature of most weddings

cakes – search the internet. Look

that guests admire and will be recalled and

through wedding cake magazines.

talked about long afterwards, including

There are 100’s of ideas out there.

viewing and admiring the photographs

4 Wedding cake designers – A good

that will have been taken.

wedding cake designer will ask for as much detail of your big day as possible

There are numerous types, designs and

to help him or her come up with some

styles of wedding cakes to choose from,

suitable ideas. When choosing your

each with the option for you to customize

cake designer, ask to see examples of

and accessorise to fit your chosen theme

cakes they have already done and be

which can be endless!

sure to have some tasters – it is important that a cake tastes as good as it looks!

Points to consider when choosing your

5 Flavours – While fruit cake is the

wedding cake from Cak es by Carol.

traditional choice, there are many other options to choose from now such

1 Order your cake as far ahead of the

as lemon, carrot, chocolate or even

wedding date as possible – Good quality

chocolate and baileys, the list is endless!

cake designers fill their order books

It is very popular to have a different

months ahead.

flavour for each tier now.

By Rebecca Twelvetree

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Intimate and traditions at the George of Stamford The Wedding Theme We discussed the type of wedding we would like on the evening we got engaged (in Pizza Express on a very snowy and cold February night). We wanted a relaxed, country garden/afternoon tea feel to our wedding and began to plan around this theme. This also allowed me to really exploit my designer side and I was able to create so many handmade touches to our wedding. We decided on a small wedding and invited around 22 of our nearest and dearest.

The Venue We visited many local venues, but the one that stood out for us was The George of Stamford, quaint with beautiful gardens that would fit our theme perfectly. We decided on a Sunday wedding and we were able to have Pimms, Canapes and Croquet in the gardens after the ceremony.

The Outfits After deciding on the theme for the wedding, I made an appointment to visit Miss V Bridal in Market Deeping. The service was amazing and Jemma Vanner the shop owner was so helpful. I amazed myself at my choice! I always thought I would go for an ivory, heavily beaded number but, I loved my Justin Alexander gown from the moment I saw it, a gorgeous coffee colour, with a sweatheart neckline, pleated bodice with an asymmetric beaded belt - beautiful yet simply stunning! Luckily Andrew wanted a suit a little different and chose a brown Prince Edward suit for the grooms men, which he hired from Robert Goddards in Spalding and these complimented my dress perfectly!

Bridesmaids & Pageboy My best friend Sarah was my only bridesmaid, and we had one flower girl, our niece, Holly and one page boy our nephew Ollie. For Sarah, we decided on a brown dress to compliment me, and we bought a gorgeous halterneck dress from Debenams and it looked stunning on her. Holly donned her ‘princess’ bridesmaid dress from John Lewis, where as Ollie was in the same suite as the groomsmen and he looked very dashing indeed!

The Flowers We have never been big fans of flowers and this was one of the areas of the planning that we were never sure about! We decided to leave the flower design in the very capable hands of Emma Peake of Daisies Flower Shop in Spalding ( the brief was simple, roses, thistles and eucalyptus. Emma did an amazing job provided flowers for the whole wedding. I loved my bouquet - it was truly stunning.

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Wedding Photography and Videography

We wanted to video our wedding and we

We had found our wedding photographer

found Suzanne Gore of Capture You

years ago, when a friend of mine from

Day ( who

University in Nottingham got married,

is based in Hampton, Peterborough, again

we loved her wedding photos and

we were unaware of Suzanne on the day,

always said that if we got married

and her video was amazing.

we would have Jo



The Honeymoon

Jersey staying in a beautiful cottage near

to photograph our wedding. We loved the

After the wedding, be spent a few days

the beach. Jersey was really stunning,

idea of natural wedding photography and

away at Alton Towers which was so much

beautiful coastline, wonderful walks and we

Jo’s style fitted this perfectly. She travelled

fun and just a little different to wisking

explored the Island while partaking in one

over from Nottingham on the day and we

away to a sun soaked location! For our real

of our favourite activities of geocaching!

hardly noticed she was there.

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Choosing your wedding flowers is one of the most exciting things you will do when planning your special day. Flowers provide you with the opportunity to show your personality, through choice of style, colour and selection of blooms and to set the theme for the whole day. But there are so many beautiful flowers and designs and the choice can seem bewildering. The following steps will help point you in the right direction: Think about your flowers from the start of your planning You might think this is a task you can leave until nearer the date of your wedding, but it is better to give some thought to your flowers at an early stage before you have made any final decisions about colour schemes and themes. Do you love a particular shade of purple? or would you love to follow Kate Middleton’s lead by carrying a bouquet of beautifully scented lily-of-the-valley? Check first that the flowers you want will be in season or they could be expensive. It could also

flowers, or consider using a freelance wedding florist. Whichever

take time to find a florist you are happy with and good florists are

route you choose it is important to get a good idea of the style and

likely to be booked up well in advance.

quality of work the florist produces, so make sure you ask to see examples or photographs of previous wedding work, and don’t be

Find a good florist who will work closely with you

afraid to ask about qualifications and experience. Take the opportunity

Find someone you feel comfortable with and whom you can rely

ideas and to work with you to achieve the effect you have in mind.

on to transform your ideas into beautiful designs. Ask friends for

After all it is your wedding day and you should feel confident that you

recommendations, look out for florist shops that specialise in wedding

will end up with fabulous flowers! Continued on page 37...

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Your choice of colours, styles and themes Are you a bride who loves clouds of creamy, velvety roses, or do you

unique and tailor-made

aspire to dramatic, statement blooms in bold colours? Whatever your tastes, it is best not to be too specific about flower varieties and colours at the outset. You may think you have found the perfect flower for you in a magazine, but flowers are seasonal and colours and sizes of particular flowers can vary quite widely. Flowers may even have

The most exciting day of your life deserves the best of everything including the best flowers.

been sprayed with a dye to achieve a particular shade. It is better to approach your florist with some ideas of the look you are trying to achieve. If you have pictures of flower designs that you like these can be a good way of putting your ideas across to your florist as they often speak louder than words

Fashion leader or fashion follower? The romantic vintage look has been with us for some time and looks set to continue to be a favourite, particularly with celebrities like Kate Moss. Try making things a little different by including pastel shades of peach or apricot amongst the creams and dusky pinks. A traditional wedding colour scheme of white with shades of green always works well, as Kate Middleton proved. Perhaps add a touch of zesty lime green to freshen the look. But one of the strongest trends for this season is a deep royal purple, which looks fantastic with equally strong contrasting colours such as burnt orange or cerise pink. Particularly popular at the moment are hand tied bouquets and posies which are generally less expensive than traditional wired bouquets but look fabulous with a careful selection of flowers.

Don’t forget to budget! Wise brides will allocate a part of their wedding budget to their flowers. It is sometimes suggested that this should be around 5-10% of the total, but of course this will very much depend on the importance that the bride wants to place on her flowers and the sort of designs she has in mind. However, if you just can’t afford to spend a lot on your flowers don’t despair, there are ways of making your money stretch further. A good florist will be able to work with you to achieve a look you will love but can still afford. By Helen Jane

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How to choose your wedding invitations 5 questions to ask when choosing your wedding stationery: 1. Choose a design to match your colour scheme: either go for stationery made from the main colour of your scheme (ie ivory, black, red, silver, brown or gold) or choose

A fantastic way to ensure all your guests are full and very

card in a more neutral colour (ie ivory, white, silver or gold)

satisfied and it also gives them all a great base to really

and then add your accent colour by using ribbon or an

start enjoying the night and the evenings entertainment.

embellishment in that colour (see photo below)

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2. What kind of invitation style do you like? There are many different styles of invitation now - wallets with pockets to store matching RSVP cards, pocket pull-up invitations, where the insert is inside a pocket wallet and is pulled up by ribbon, cheque book style invitations, where up to 4 customised and perforated inserts can be included, postcard invitations and more traditional invitations that open like a card.

3. DIY invitations. Making your own invitations is often seen as a way to save money, but in theory, the time involved in production can be huge and underestimated. You must also

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consider the quality of the end result and cost involved, as it isn’t always cheaper than having them produced professionally. Remember, the invitation is the first impression you give to your guests of your special day and it deserves to be one with a real WOW factor!

4. When do you want to send them out? You should check with venue and/or catering suppliers when they need to know your final numbers and then work backwards from then to give your guests between 4 -6 weeks to RSVP. This will give

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you a rough time as to when they need to be sent out. Allow yourselves between 2-3 months before then to decide upon your design and approve any samples and to argue over the dreaded guest list! So you really need to start sorting your stationery at least 6 months before your wedding.

5. Have fun with your stationery and choose something that reflects you as a couple – your style, your theme and colour scheme. If you can afford to have something bespoke designed for you, then go for it – you won’t regret it! Remember that stationery includes things needed on the day as well as the invitations beforehand, so get in touch with a stationery specialist and they will point you in the right direction with something that fits your budget.

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Vintage Stationery

Bespoke Favours Table plans

Menus Orders of service

Table names

Place settings

Guest books Wishing wells

Thank you cards


Save the date cards

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months before

Decide upon a wedding date.

Book the honeymoon and

Decide on your budget.

apply for a new passport

If you are getting married in

(i.e. The bride may wish to

months before

Choose the brides wedding

shoes and accessories. Choose the wedding attire

church you will need to agree

travel under her married

for the groom, best man,

on the arrangements with

name, but be prepared to

bridesmaids, fathers,

your local minister.

be unable to travel until

mothers and ushers.

If you are getting married in a

your wedding date, as your

registry office, you will need

old passport will be invalid).

to give notice to the Registrar. Decide on the number of

guests and make a list.

Book the wedding venue.

grooms wedding rings.

Order the cake.

Order your wedding favours.

Book an over night stay in a

Order the wedding

hotel room/bridal suit.

invitations and other

Start looking for your


wedding dress. Decide

Send out wedding invitations.

for the wedding reception.

whether you want it

Notify your bank, building

Book the magician or other

handmade, a designer or ‘off

society and relevant

the peg’ dress.

authorities that you intend

on changing your name and

as of what date it will take


wedding entertainment.

Book the photographer and

Decide on your bridesmaids


Book the florist.

Confirm all bookings in

Book the toastmaster if you intend on having one.

and ushers. Decide on your ‘Best Man’.

Book the wedding transport.

Book musicians, band or DJ

Book the caterers.

Choose the brides and


Take out wedding insurance,

Attend initial fitting for

the wedding dress.

if required. Arrange to see your hairdresser

or barber about what

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hairstyle you want on

your big day. Brides

should take a picture of the

dress & veil or head dress and

other accessories to help

the hairdresser create a

hairstyle that will compliment

and finish off the look.

Discuss the seating plan

stag party.

have a makeover.

from the registrar.

list, and make it available to

all your wedding guests. Advise your guests to book

active after your marriage.

your invitation. Organise a date when you

month before

party outfits.

(groom, best man, father of

the bride).

your wedding dress.

arrangements with the

reception venue.


Reconfirm the wedding

Reconfirm the wedding

now while there is still

arrangements with the


photographer and videographer. Reconfirm the wedding

details with either the

arrangements with the

registrar or the minister.

company supplying the

Decide upon your chosen

wedding transport.

wedding music or hymns. Arrange for the ‘Order of Service’ sheets to be printed. Buy gifts for the best man, ushers and bridesmaids.

Have the wedding rehearsal.

arrangements with the florist.

Pack for your honeymoon.

Reconfirm the wedding

Confirm your ceremony

Reconfirm the honeymoon

days before

arrangements with the caterer.


can pick up your wedding

Arrange for a final fitting of

any overnight accommodation

Write the wedding speeches

Telephone any guests who have not yet responded to

Decide upon your wedding

responded to your invitation.

Reconfirm the wedding

Buy your Marriage licence

1 months before

all guests who have

updated to ensure it remains

wedding day, if required.


Book a beautician for your

rehearsal, if required. Send out thank you cards to

If you have a Will get it

Go to a beauty salon and

vaccinations done, if required. Start to plan your hen and

the caterer. Arrange a date for a wedding

with the caterer. Arrange to have any


Wear-in your wedding shoes.

It will give brides who are not

used to walking in high heels

a chance to practice. Organise with a close friend

to have an emergency wedding

kit, just for the bride, containing

makeup and a repair kit for the

wedding dress.

Reconfirm all your entertainment. Have the hen and stag night. Finalise the seating plan with

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The day of the wedding Assuming the bride and groom are having a 2pm wedding the bride’s timetable should run like this: Give your ‘order of service’

sheets to the minister. Order your foreign currency

08.00 Get up and have a relaxing shower or bath. 08.30 Have a good breakfast. Don’t have anything too out of

and / or travellers cheques.

the ordinary otherwise you may end up with an upset

Give the rings to the best man.


Give the best man a list of all

09.00 Polish your nails.

the wedding services

09.30 Have your hair styled by a hairdresser. If it’s possible

involved in your wedding day,

get them to come to you, as it will be one less worry

in case they need to be

for you on the day.



Best man arrives to collect the luggage / greeting

cards / telegrams, if required.


The bridesmaids and pageboys arrive.

12.00 Have your makeover. 12.30

The day before Have the day off. Brides and grooms go and

have your nails manicured. Grooms go and have your

The bride and bridesmaids get dressed.

13.00 The photographer arrives, and takes the pre-arranged



The first wedding car will take the mother and the

bridesmaids to the church.


The second wedding car will take the bride and father

to the church, where the bridesmaids will meet them.

hair tidied up around the


The bride and her father will stand at the entrance of

back and sides.

the church, with the bridesmaids lined up behind you.

The verger will greet you.

Grooms, consider a proper

shave at the barbers shop. Spend the rest of the day


14.00 The wedding ceremony. Good luck, relax and enjoy

your big day, with all of your pre-planning the day you

get hitched, should go without a hitch...

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Who Pays for What... D


espite the simplest of civil marriages costing less The Groom’s Parents pay for: - The parents’ meeting following the than £50, the average cost of getting married in the UK is around £11,000. It is therefore, important to engagement announcement. - Their own outfits. decide from the outset who is going to pay for what. - Wedding present for the newly-weds. Traditionally, the wedding day is hosted by the bride’s The Bride pays for: parents and paid for by the bride’s father. Today - Hen party. though, only about 30% of weddings are paid for by the bride’s parents. More and more couples are opting - Groom’s ring. to pay for their own wedding as this allows them more - Something old, new, borrowed and blue. - Hairdresser and beautician on the day. control to have the day as exactly as they wish and without putting their parents under financial pressure. - Her going-away outfit. - Present for groom. However, if you do intend to adopt the traditional responsibilities for paying your wedding expense, the The Groom pays for: following usually applies: - Stag party. - Bride’s wedding ring. The Bride’s Father pays for: - Hiring of his own, best man’s and ushers’ suits. - Engagement announcement in newspaper. - Transport for best man and himself to - Stationery and postage expenses. ceremony venue. - Bride’s and bridesmaids’ dresses and - Civil or church ceremony fees. accessories. - Presents for the bride, bridesmaids, pages, - His own suit and bride’s mother’s outfit. ushers and best man. - Transport for bride and himself, bridesmaids - His going-away outfit. and bride’s mother to ceremony venue. - Transport away from reception venue for - Transport for bride and groom, bride’s himself and his new wife. mother, bridesmaids and himself from - Wedding night venue. ceremony venue to reception venue. - Honeymoon. - Flowers for the church and reception. - Press announcement for wedding. - Bouquets for the bride and bridesmaids - Buttonholes for participants and guests The Bride and Groom pay for: - Photographer and/or videographer. - Present for the bride’s parents. - Wedding Cake. - Reception and all associated expenses. - Wedding Insurance. Your Local Wedding Scene | Email:

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The basics

your perfect wedding day

• Wet wipes, make-up wipes, shoe wipes, stain wipes – spills and stains happen and

forever, so you don’t want

when they do, these can be a lifesaver!

• Get one of your bridesmaids to stash some chewing gum for you so you’re minty fresh

something to go wrong,

but let’s face it – it could,

• Don’t forget to pack dental floss, a toothbrush, and toothpaste. Brush and floss after

so when it does, you want

before the big kiss and throughout the day.

dinner – there’s nothing like a piece of spinach between your front teeth to ruin a

wedding photo!

to be prepared. A Bridal

• Tissues are a necessity, especially if you are likely to get emotional during the

Beauty Kit can help you


conquer all those little

• Mini deodorant – you’re going to be doing a lot of standing, walking, dancing and

sweating, don’t forget a travel sized deodorant to reapply throughout the day, this will

help keep you smelling fresh and stop the sweat marks. Watch out for white marks, a

crop up and threaten to

roll on is usually a safe choice.

ruin your day – from a

• Plasters are always good to have – especially useful for blistered feet.




stain on your dress to an



Beauty must haves HAIR...

Stash everything in a

• Don’t forget the hair essentials – hair grips and hairspray for up dos and a mini hair

cute little bag that your

Maid of Honor can have

same look as seen on your favourite celebs and the spring-summer catwalk

collections. My favourite styles are the Ballerina Bun or Celebrity Bun they come

in 12 different hair shades. Prices range from £19.99 to £29.99

available from Just put your hair in a

high bun, then clip the bun over your hair and you’re ready to go!

on hand all day. Here’s my checklist of the most important things every

brush for down hair to keep everything in place.

• Why not try the new range of celebrity style Clip-in Buns from Beauty Works to get the

bride should have in her Beauty Bridal Kit.


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FACE... • Lip gloss – there is going to be a lot of kissing going on, so you

• Waterproof mascara is a must have

will definitely want to reapply. Top tip – why not stash your lippy

item, it’s going to be the happiest day of

in your bra if it doesn’t show.

your life, so you’re going to shed some

tears and no one likes panda eyes!!!

Most make up ranges have waterproof

mascara, I usually just buy a reasonably

priced one rather than splashing out on

a mascara you won’t use as much as

• Blotting papers or powder is perfect for quick on the go touch-

ups and they will keep you from looking shiny in all your wedding

photos. • YSL Touche Eclat – it’s a beauty

bag staple, if you have bags,

shadows or dark circles all common

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your everyday one. I would use the new

NAILS... • Its best to keep your nails as

classic and timeless as possible –

you don’t want to look back in 5

years and cringle at the crazy

super long nails you had with

fancy nail art. Stick to a simple

• Foundation – even if you are having a make-up artist its always

French polish or a nude colour.

best to have your foundation just in case theirs doesn’t match,

I think Ballerina nail polish by Chanel is perfect and even

your wedding day isn’t the best time to test out a new foundation

though its £17 it looks gorgeous on your dressing table.

– stick with what you know.

So I hope you found my tips useful, but the best tip of all is be prepared, test out your make-up artist and hairdresser before the day so you know exactly what you will look like on your big day, and make sure you be the beauty you are… BB xxx Telephone: 01780 783613 | Your Local Wedding Scene


Wedding | HAIR

Great Hair Day 10 top wedding hair tips 1

You will need to have 1 or 2


If you colour your hair then

Consultations with your hairstylist.


& trial /practice sessions.

a least 2 weeks before your


wedding. This would also be a

Take several photographs of

hairstyles you like to your stylists when planning your look.





good time for a final trim as well.


Take care of your hair. You


should already be doing this anyway

your finish style to capture the look

back to full condition.

from all angles so you can refresh


but if your hair is in poor condition

Always take plenty of photos of

your stylist’s memory on your wedding day.

then it can take 6 months to bring it

Don’t wash your hair on the day


of your wedding or the night before. You hair is better when it’s settled

Choose your hairstyle before

down so try and wash it at least 24

you choose your head dress or your

hours before the time of the wedding.

veil. When you have chosen a head


dress or veil to match your hairstyle

On the day of wedding wear

try it out.

appropriate clothing so you do not


disturb your hair when it’s time to

By adding hair extensions or a


hair piece you can add volume and


length and completely change your look. The beauty of a one off hair style is that you can go to much

The best possible tip I could

give you is to invite your hairdresser

more effort than would if you had

to your wedding! They can keep an

to do it every day. Also think about

eye on your style and be available for

your wedding dress and try to

any quick fixes that you might need.

match its style.


From Tony, owner Hair Xclusive

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special day as you do.... The Baskervilles Hotel, located in its own grounds in the idyllic village of Baston, Lincs has a warm

Picturesque gardens

welcome awaiting you and your guests. The



undergone an extensive refurbishment and now offers you the very best for your special day.

The Wedding Breakfast

to advise on a huge choice of menus

The new Garden Dining Room, that


overlooks the mature, picturesque

of Silver, Gold and Platinum, wine

gardens, which gives a wonderful

selection and all aspects of your day.

outlook and backdrop, has seating

The chef will happily discuss your

for up to 100 guests (more for a

catering requirements and dietary

buffet style menu). For more intimate





occasions, there is a private dining

Civil Ceremony

room for up to 50 guests.

The Baskervilles are fully licensed At the Baskervilles, the trained and

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also provide a private room for the

their own in-house wedding co-



formalities – your vows can even be

ordinator will take care of even the

taken in the tranquil gardens, beneath

most minuscule detail to ensure your

the vine covered gazebo.

day is perfect. There is help on hand


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bridal suite

Accommodation At the end of the evening you can retire to one of the newly refurbished hotel rooms, all with en-suite. You can then relax for the whole day, knowing you have only a few steps to take at the end of the night. The luxurious bridal suite is a perfect ending to a perfect day – the deluxe package includes chocolates, flowers and champagne in your room.

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Choosing the right



LOOKALIKE BANDS There are many

As you will have seen by now, there

great bands that copy popular bands such

are countless ways to make your day

as Abba, the Bee Gees, Steps, and the

unique, and the selection of your evening

Spice Girls. Why not have a wild night of

entertainment is another element that can

partying to your all-time favourite group.

add a special touch to the day. Continuing the ambience of the service through the


reception and on to the evening party will

If a line dance or barn dance is your thing, or

help the day to flow and add the overall

something that you’ve always wanted to try,

enjoyment of yourselves and your guests.

why not get your guests to join in with some of the dances or clap along to your antics! is recommended so that he/she will know your

When you start planning your evening reception, make sure you discuss your

INSTRUCTORS Hire an instructor

particular tastes in music. Your wedding


is a perfect place to play music that suits

salsa, and get everyone up to dance.





taste and style of music.


ALTERNATIVE ENTERTAINMENT As well as the musical entertainment,

both personalities, and if your tastes differ dramatically – one likes jazz, the other likes

LIVE BANDS These don’t have to cost

why not surprise you guests with one of the

disco – there is no reason why you can’t

the earth. You usually pay for the musicians’


have both; it’s just when and how they are

time, so if your budget is restricted you can

• Have a magician wandering through the

presented that will need consideration.

negotiate what you’re prepared to pay.

reception venue doing tricks

• Set up a casino table on which to



Find out if your guests

place bets with pretend money and

Once you know what you both want to listen

are truly gifted singers by dedicating

have a prize for the guest with the

to its time to decide how you want it played.


largest winnings!






• A vodka luge is not only a slightly

JAZZ BAND If Harry Connick Junior A DISCO The most popular choice to

addition to the drinks table but will add

tickles your fancy, there are many good

round off the evening festivities or as the main

an element of daring to the party mood!

jazz bands that can replicate the swooning

act to get everybody up and partying. There

• Hire a caricaturist to draw your

tones of his music.

is a wide choice of DJs, so have a good look

guests and give away the portraits as

around and make sure the one you choose

keepsakes at the end of the day.

plays the music you want to hear. A song list

• A fortune teller can be a great


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attraction. They can impart wonderful


• Create some fun bags for the kids

news – like who’ll be getting married

If children are invited to your wedding,

containing mini gifts that they can use

next …? When will the patter of tiny

you will want to enjoy their presence, not

on the day and then take away with them.

footsteps be heard…?

worry about what they are getting up to!

• Book a clown or a children’s entertainer

• A tattooist who can put great designs

You will also want the mums and dads

to keep them occupied and happy

on crazy parts of the body (obviously

to relax and have a fabulous time, so

during the meal and speeches.

they won’t be permanent!)

why not incorporate some kiddie-related

• Hire a crèche for the day to allow the


• A bucking bronco or even a jousting

match! This would be a great

entertainment if set up in the grounds

• If you can squeeze an addition

of a castle venue!

table into your reception room, make

it available to the children and stock it

with colouring pads, streamers,

jigsaws, books, party horns, party

hats, and masks – anything that will

keep them occupied and happy. Tell

the parents that this will be available

during the meal and get them to bring

the children’s favourite toys to add

to the fun.

parents to opportunity to join in the fun.

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for the best man, bridesmaids, ushers and mothers. The bride and groom should show their appreciation of the wedding team’s hard work. It is usual for the couple to buy each of them a present. Traditionally, the groom buys something for the best man, bridesmaids, ushers and mothers. Nowadays, however, many couple choose the gifts together and either split the cost or build it into the wedding budget. The mothers traditionally receive a

a voucher for an experience he

bouquet of flowers from the groom

might enjoy is an option. Maybe

towards the end of his speech.

to drive a car around a race track,

However, many grooms wish to give

or to go on a wine tasting evening. The presents for the bridal party are

a different gift or choose a quieter,


less public time.

ushers’ presents need not

usually given out during the groom’s

be as generous as the best man’s;

speech. If, however, the present is a

The groom may also like to thank

a bottle of good-quality whisky or

necklace or earrings that can be worn



something similar is usual. The

on the day, then they can be given on

financial contributions. A bottle

best man and usher’s presents are

the morning of the wedding.

of top quality whisky, such as a

usually given out on the morning of

single malt, is a popular option.

the wedding.




Their presents are usually given out during the groom’s speech; it is a

Sometimes, the bride and groom will also take their parents out for dinner

If budget is tight, you could take

nice gesture to give them something

after the honeymoon.

the ushers out for a meal instead of

they can keep for the future.

giving them all presents. The groom should give the best

Anyone who has significantly helped

man a memorable present he

The chief bridesmaid should

out or done the bride and groom a

can keep; cufflinks or hip flasks

receive something of greater value

favour should also receive a gift or be


than the other bridesmaids; jewellery

mentioned and thanked individually

is a popular option.

during the speeches.





you want to be less traditional,

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everyone is waiting for, so make sure you plan well in advance, to avoid last minute nerves. Try to go easy on the alcohol before hand…you don’t want to be a slurring mess! Relax, go with the flow and BREATHE! Bridegroom Firstly, thank parents/family for making you the man you are. Thank the guests on behalf of yourself and bride, for the presents. Give small gifts to the flower girls to show appreciation for their role. Father of the Bride Initially, wish the bride and groom the best in their health and future happiness. Give the groom’s family

It’s all about the SPEECHES Whether you are best man, or father of the bride, speeches play a pivotal role in wedding receptions. It may be the part you have been dreading, but it doesn’t have to be as scary as you think, follow our helpful tips for a successful speech!

a warm welcome and a nostalgic collection of thoughts about your daughter, to give insight into her childhood. Bride This isn’t as daunting, there is less pressure, as speech from the bride isn’t necessarily expected. Start with saying thank you to all the guests and both sets of parents for their love and support.

Best Man Try to be witty, but don’t

your friend and new bride. If what

Share a little antidote about your husband,

overdo it with any smutty humour.

you say is heartfelt, it will be warmly

perhaps about how you met, or a funny

Remember the family will be in

received. Don’t forget to compliment


attendance. Take a moment to express

the bride and make sure your toast

your honest and genuine emotion for

the bridesmaids. This is the speech

WEDDING DUTIES The roles and responsibilities

Chief Bridesmaid: Just a few particulars that you may not be so familiar with… • Arrange the hen-party. • Obtain from the best man a list of family and guests who should be

Best Man: There is more to this role

and emails to be read at the

personally escorted to their seats.

than the speech, here are things you


• Collect any hired clothing and

may forget…

• Keep the rings safe until the

accessories for the big day.

• Organise stag party.

required time in the service.

• Ensure bouquets are ready for the

• Arrange transport for the groom

• Help the groom get ready (so be

bride, bridesmaids and flower girl.

and self to ceremony.

ready before him).

• At the reception, stand in the

• Have your hair cut…you must be

• Ensure the groom gets to the

receiving line and greet the guests.

immaculate looking!

church on time, at least 20

• Help to display and log gifts

• Organise decorations for the going

minutes before the ceremony is


away car.

due to start.

• Distribute slices of the wedding

• Check final arrangements for

• Ensure the wedding presents are

cake to the guests.

the ushers, buttonholes, order of

safely stored.

• Have the first dance with the best man.

service sheets and rings.

• Return any hired clothing and

• Take care of bride’s dress and

• Collect phone messages, cards


accessories after the reception.


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Have the Wedding YOU want The Golden Pheasant is located in a countryside setting, in Etton just a mile from Market Deeping and Glinton. The Georgian house with its permanent marquee attached is a perfect venue for the wedding reception you desire. ACS Photography -

Kate and her team will give your

The marquee can accommodate 100



guests in a formal sit-down setting

beginning to end. They offer a totally

and 120 for a buffet style. The food

bespoke service, to include covered

served at the Golden Pheasant is

chairs with a choice of colours,

all home cooked on the premises

themes, menus, entertainment and

and can be either a BBQ, cold or

atmosphere. Whatever you are

hot buffet or 2-5 course meal, with

looking for, Kate will deliver.

suggestions from Kate and the chef,



rather than fixed menus. The magic comes when Kate puts it all together for you on the day and

and attention plus regular updates to

ensures the day goes like clockwork.

give you peace of mind.

You can be as involved as you would


like to be, working with Kate, or

The setting allows for a superb

you can avoid the stress and leave

backdrop to have your photographs

all to her, and receive constant care

taken. There is an enclosed play

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Kate and her team made my day magical. I could not have asked for any more and

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area for the children and further

cool, or heated to ensure comfort,

activities can be booked, such as

allowing bookings to be taken all

a bouncy castle, giant Jenga, plus

year round.

much more. The marquee is airconditioned to keep your guests

Intimate weddings also catered for - up to 14 people


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Wedding | theme

Pick your dream

WEDDING THEME Want your big day to be one you and your guests remember for all the right reasons? Be different, stand out from the crowd and be creative. Try a fun twist for a special wedding theme that will make your day sparkle!

ASIAN You don’t have to be of Asian descent to choose this as your theme. Learn more about other cultures and inject a little spice into your day. It’s all about Bollywood baby. Bringing everyone together, dancers can add that specific touch to your occasion to break the ice. FOOD: Everybody loves fortune cookies which are an Asian tradition. ACCESSORIES: Bamboo sticks/Chopsticks… tie ribbon around them and let the guests take them home. Handmade fans are a classy touch for the female guests. FLOWERS: Orchids, lilies and tropical flowers are a beautiful blend. OUTFITS: Choose luxurious silk and bold colours, reds, golds and yellows.


VALENTINES DAY Why not tie the knot on the most romantic day of the year? HANDY TIPS: Book your venue early, February 14th is one of the most popular days to get hitched. INVITATIONS: Heart shaped in red/pink, set the tone. THE DRESS: Lace is a winner for Valentines… with a red flower in the hair for the blushing bride. Groomsmen can also have matching flowers. MUSIC: Old-fashioned romantic tunes, hire some violinists to serenade you… FOOD: Strawberries in melted chocolate, oysters and of course a heart shaped wedding cake! DECORATIONS: Heart shaped balloons, candles and loads of flowers… especially roses.

SPRING/EASTER A popular time to walk down the aisle… ideal for new beginnings, which is signified in the Spring season with fresh new flowers. TIPS: The flower girl carries a basket of mini eggs instead of flowers. FOOD: Chocolate fountain and chocolate Lindt bunnies…yummy. HATS: Easter bonnet anyone? ENTERTAINMENT: How about dancing around a may pole? Great fun for everyone young and old.

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HAWAIIAN Hawaii is a dream destination, if you can’t make it to the island, replicate it at home! Whether it is by the beach, lake, garden or church, incorporate Hawaii traditions into your special day. ADVICE: Accessories: Hawaii is famous for the colourful leis which symbol love... ideal for everyone to wear. Flowers, sea-shells and even sand, should be part of the decorative side. MUSIC: Hawaii music is uplifting and will get everyone dancing. ENTERTAINMENT: Celebrate the reception Luau style with fun Hawaiian games such as hula hopping. DRINKS: Exotic cocktails with lots of rum…giving you’re the flavour of the tropical island. Finally, follow up with your honeymoon in Hawaii… it would be rude not too!

Remember, themed weddings don’t have to cost more. Quite the opposite. It will be more unique and you will have plenty of wonderful keepsakes from your day. And most of all…ENJOY!

WINTER Think a magical winter wonderland… INVITATIONS: Gold/silver with pretty snowflakes would be a lovely touch. THE DRESS: Think Snow White… with a fake fur bolero and a glittering headpiece. DECORATIONS: Candles, snowflakes and an open fire would keep your guests toasty.

CHRISTMAS Xmas is a time when families come together, and people are enjoying a well deserved break from work. Hence the perfect time to get wed!

AUTUMN A very pretty time of the year to exchange vows, with the leaves scattered and the crisp feeling in the air. COLOURS: Golds, browns, greens and oranges are well suited. INVITATIONS: Think nature…dried flowers or shapes of leaves for the “fall” feeling. VENUE: Country houses or anyway with large amounts of greenery. This is perfect for backdrops for the important photographs. Patio heaters are a must for the unpredictable weather. Fireworks would make the evening go with a bang in a starry location. FOOD: You will want that rustic feeling, try warm soups, variety of vegetables and even a hog roast.

COLOURS: It may be traditional for reds/ greens, but the festive time also brings shiny golds and silvers, which make for beautiful accessories with outfits and decorations. THE OUTFITS: Faux fur with the wedding dress, or elegant gloves for the winter touch. For a touch of sparkle, add a tiara. DECORATIONS: A seasonal ice sculpture, christmas crackers with bad jokes to get your guests chatting. Most importantly, MISTLETOE, get all your guests in the lovin’ mood! FOOD: Traditional christmas meal with roasted chestnuts, mince pies, fruit cake and mulled wine.

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Wedding | VENUE

Weddings at The

Falcon combine the

We host fabulous weddings at The Falcon with the

personal service

with the food and service we are renowned for providing

finest cuisine with and charming

surroundings to

stunning backdrop of the Fotheringhay church combined treasured memories.

create a memorable

We host wedding receptions of all sizes - from our private

meet all your

people: perfect for intimate celebrations, to a beautiful

day tailored to requirements. Regards Sally


function room “The Cottage�, seating parties of up to 30 marquee in our grounds for up to 150 guests.

Whatever the size you can relax in the knowledge that we

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Wedding Help from the Pulpit

From the Vicar, Brian Rogers who’s ecclesiastical parishes are: Fotheringhay, Warmington, Tansor, Cotterstock and Southwick We had the delight to meet up with the Vicar, Brian Rogers, from Fotheringhay Church who was great in helping us with answering the main questions couples ask about having their wedding in church:

Tell us a little about the history of Fotheringhay Church? Brian: The Church of St.Mary and All Saints, Fotheringhay dates from the 15th century, and is most noted for its links to Richard III who was born in Fotheringhay and Mary Queen of Scots who was executed in Fotheringhay. It’s a magnificent Church with wonderful architecture and is a wonderful setting for a wedding. There is a fascinating connection to history for anyone getting married here. The legal registration of marriages in the England started in 1837 and the wedding register in Fotheringhay was started in 1838 and is still being used today, so you will sign the same register linking you to all that history.


Brian: Fotheringhay is a very popular Church

Can you get married in Church if you have been married before?

for weddings and we already have 21 booked

Brian:Yes you can although there are a few

for next year, but please bear in mind you can

questions the Vicar will ask to check your

marry any day in Church between the hours


How often is the Church used for Weddings?

of 8am and 6pm. I love doing weddings and do everything possible to make your day as special as possible.

Do You have to live in a certain catchment area to get married here?

Has there been anyone famous marry Here?

Brian: In 2008 there was a change that

Brian: God sees everyone as famous and

Parish, however you do have to go to services

special and so do I.

for 6 months within the Ecclesiastical Parish

allowed you to marry outside your residential

or have historical connections i.e. born there,

How much does a Wedding cost in Church?

baptised there, parents married there, etc.

Brian: For 2011 the statutory fee is £297.50. There is extra cost for organ and bells if

Any other help about Marrying in church?


Brian: I am always available to help in any way and the church has been working hard to

Do you have Bells at Fotheringhay and what is the Confetti policy?

try and help with all your questions. We now

Brian: We have 6 Bells and yes confetti is

wedding or I can

allowed in my Parish. I think confetti outside a

be contacted at or by

church is charming and shows the warmth of

‘phone on 01832 280263.

have a very helpful and informative Website to help you through every aspect of your

marriage and it shows this is a living building not just a museum.

It was very relaxed talking to Brian and I can see how he would make anyone’s wedding special.

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A fresh approach for your wedding ceremony “As an Independent Family Celebrant Kay Evans creates and delivers bespoke ceremonies for weddings and civil partnerships - making any venue, licenced or not, a wedding venue.” squeezing into the Register Office. Imagine your

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Celebrants, Kay is passionate about creating a

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garden. Kay even delivers ceremonies in the

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Wedding hymns and music


Having the right hymns can make a real difference

How do you go about choosing hymns? Churches

to your wedding. The priest who is conducting the

sometimes have a tape of the choir singing some

service will want to meet with you to discuss the

of the most popular hymns. You could borrow this

music, hymns and readings you would like to use.

to listen to together. The priest may make some

You may have some favourites which make deciding

suggestions to you or lend you a hymn book. There

easy, but if you are not a regular church-goer or if

may be an opportunity to meet the organist or

many of your friends are not, you may want to think

choirmaster and they will help reassure you about

carefully about which hymns to choose.

your hymn choice.

If there is going to be a choir, they will be able to take

When getting married in a registry office, you can

a lead with the singing, but otherwise you want hymns

choose your own music that reflects the day. Some

which everyone can sing easily and understand.

venues limit the choice to three songs, one when you

Normally, up to three hymns can be incorporated into

are entering, one when you are signing and one when

Christian church wedding ceremonies, featuring at the

you are leaving. You may also like to have music

beginning, middle and end or the service. However, all

played whilst the guests are being seated. It also

of this is at the discretion of your officiant, so make

depends on the length of the service as to how many

sure you check out what wedding hymn options are

songs you will need so it’s best to check with the

open to you before making the final decision.

venue first.

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Photography When your Big Day is over... the cake is eaten, the flowers have died and the gifts are opened. The lasting memories of your day are the photographs. Here are a few handy tips and hints that can help to enhance those photographs and ensure they are memorable and timeless mementos that you will treasure for many years to come.


Okay, no pun intended, but you and your photographer do need to “click” - Make sure that, ahead of time, you meet the photographer who will actually be shooting your wedding, and make sure you feel comfortable with him or her.

2 Engagement Shoots - Engagement shoots are when the future Bride & Groom, accompanied by a photographer, take a trip to a destination in which they feel connected and means something to both of you. This can be a park area or a place by the sea. It may even be the place where the groom proposed or where the couple’s first date took place. It is a romantic and fun day with many memories and I strive to capture them. This also gives the Bride & Groom a chance to see how the photographer works. It helps build a relationship of trust between the photographer and the couple.

3 Lighting - Lighting is key when it comes to flattering and natural images. Think romance! Get creative. If you are having an outdoor reception, placing your dance floor under a tent will make a world of difference. A tent also gives you a structure to hang the small lights in the roof which create a mellow warm background. Bridal Preparation Lighting Bridal preparation is becoming a very popular part of the day and lighting can pay a huge part in making these photos look great. First start by picking a room with enough ROOM; one with lots of natural light. Harsh sunlight however, can be a photographer’s worst enemy as it will bring shadows and squinting eyes!!


4 Ceremony rules Ask the registrars, vicar or priests about their rules surrounding photography during the ceremony. Some ban it completely others will only allow photographers to stand in one place. Just let your photographer know, so as to avoid any surprises on the day.

5 Be prepared Be prepared for your day. Practice smiling, even poses if you think it will make you feel more at ease on the day. Discuss a ‘Bad Weather Back Up’ with your photographer and venue to avoid problems if it rains. Here are a few questions you should ask any wedding photographer before you book their services. (And do interview more than one, so you can compare!). Can I see some examples of your work? What style of pictures will you shoot? Will you be the photographer who takes all the pictures? Can you make sure you take this picture? What do we get in the end? Don’t forget to provide your photographer with a list of required photographs before the day and tell everyone who is needed not to slope off to the bar before their photo has been taken. A really important piece of advice for people hiring a photographer is, Make sure that they have relevant insurances, a professional photographer should be covered with public liability and professional indemnity, to cover customers if anything goes wrong. The photographer should be able to produce documents if asked. By Emma Walker – Walkabout Photography

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Wedding | VENUE

Every bride’s dream the most romantic day at the most romantic place

Stapleford Park is an idyllic setting for a Country House Wedding with your friends and family A warm welcome awaits you and

rooms, which reflect the style

The stunning Orangery at

your guests at Stapleford Park

of their creators: famous names

Stapleford Park is licensed for civil

Country House Hotel and Sporting

such as Mulberry, David Hicks

ceremonies and is suitable for up to

Estate - secluded in the heart of

and Crabtree and Evelyn have

150 guests - once you are married

some of England’s most picturesque

contributed to the hotel’s distinctive

the doors of the Orangery open

and enjoyable countryside, it is a


out onto the beautiful gardens

magnificent 17th Century House

where you can enjoy Champagne

with a relaxed country home

Steeped in history Stapleford Park,

and canapés before your Wedding


as one of England’s finest stately

Breakfast in the Grand Hall which

homes, offers a stunning blend of

can cater for parties of up to 180

The house offers an ideal setting

architecture and landscape and

guests. Smaller, more intimate

for a wedding reception, while the

something unique for each guest

weddings are held in a selection of

grounds and gardens - designed

who experiences the breathtaking

our elegant rooms within the House.

by Capability Brown - provide

views from the main house together

a splendid background for

with the ambience of open fires.

You could even be Lord and Lady

photographs. The bedrooms at

Stapleford Park is far more than its

of the Manor for the day and hire

Stapleford are truly unique. There

magical environment, for excellence

Stapleford Park privately for you

are 55 individually designed

is sought and achieved in all areas.

and your guests.


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Our dedicated Wedding Coordinators will work with you to ensure your day is exactly as you always imagined it would be. They will be on hand from the moment you book your Wedding or Civil

Voted in the top 50 Wedding locations in the UK by The Independent

Partnership and will advise you on colour schemes, menus, flowers, entertainment and much more. You can be sure that nothing will be overlooked. Please see our website for wedding fair dates, open days and details of our wedding offers including Inclusive wedding package from £10,000 inc. VAT August 2011 midweek weddings from £5000 inc. VAT.

To discuss your requirements further or arrange a visit to the house, please contact our wedding co-ordinators on

01572 787017 – Sarah 01572 787015 – Katie or email Stapleford Park, Stapleford, Nr. Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire, LE14 2EF, England. Telephone: 01780 783613 | Your Local Wedding Scene


Snippets of symbols and myth meanings This saying dates back to Victorian time and the full version is ‘something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue and a silver sixpence in her shoe:

Something Old:

Represents the link with the

bride’s family and the past. A common solution many bride’s choose is to wear a piece of family jewellery or their mother’s or grandmother’s wedding dress.

Wedding Veil: The wedding veil hides the bride’s beauty and wards off evil spirits. Another explanation is that during the

Something New: Represents good fortune and

times of arranged marriages the bride’s face would be covered until

success in the bride’s new life. The wedding dress is often

the groom had commited to the marriage.

chosen as the new item.

Where to Stand:

Something Borrowed:

To remind the bride

Symbolises faithfulness and loyalty

and dates back to biblical times when blue represented purity.

that friends and family will be there for her when help is

Frequently the bride’s garter is the blue item.

needed. The borrowed object might be something such as a

A Silver Sixpence in her Shoe is to wish the bride wealth, both

lace handkerchief or an item of jewellery.

financial and happiness. The bride stands on the left of the groom during the marriage

Something Blue:

Symbolises faithfulness and

loyalty and dates back to biblical times when blue represented purity. Frequently the bride’s garter is the blue item.

A Silver Sixpence: in her Shoe is to wish the bride wealth, both financial and happiness.

ceremony to allow his sword arm to be free ready to fight off other men who may want her as their bride.

Confetti: Confetti has replaced rice or grain in modern times, the rice was thrown at the bride and groom to encourage fertility.

Wedding Bouquet:

The throwing of the wedding

bouquet was introduced from America and it is said that who ever catches the bouquet will be next to be married.

Wearing Pearls: To some, pearls represent future tears and are a bad sign. However, to others, the wearing of pearls takes the place of the bride’s real tears, thus she’ll have a happy, tear-free wedded life.

The Threshold:

Carrying the bride over the threshold

protects her from any evil spirits that may be lurking in the new home.


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! O D O T ’S O D N E H D N A G A T S One of the great things about organising a wedding (which is without a doubt one of the most stressful things you do!) is the light relief you can get from letting someone else organise the stag and hen do’s. If however, your ‘trusted’ best man or matron of honour needs pointing in the right direction and away from the boozy nights out, we have some excellent alternatives to consider, closer to home.

Afternoon tea:

lunch don’t have to be of a certain age,

a good glass of wine, and when there’s

Fancy something action packed?

and this is a fabulous way for all ages

more than one - that’s an evening

Local company Tallington Lakes offers,

to get together and have afternoon tea.

well spent. So why not combine good

jet-skiing, water skiing and sailing, as well

It’s a great idea to combine this with a

company with great wine and either

as a dry ski slope and climbing wall - and

beauty treatment at a salon and either

visit an English Vinyard for some extra

you can finish up on their deck with a BBQ

visit a hotel in the area that offer both,

special wine tasting or arrange a tasting

prepared especially for you. Rutland Water

such as Barnsdale Lodge Oakham.

somewhere more local, for the evening

have a climbing wall and cycle hire for the

Alternatively you could head into town

head out to a near by Gastro pub or hire

more active and Go Ape - a rope based

and visit Harriet’s, who not only dress

a touring casino and function hall, for the

tree walk can be found at Thetford and

to impress but have a delicious selection

stag & hens to get together.

Nottingham - not far from Peterborough

of cakes and pastries to choose from.

and fantastic if you’re looking for something

Alternatively if you’re looking for that

a little different. Why not follow up the

extra special treat then grab a train and

evening with a medieval banquet if you’re

Yes ladies that

head to Harrogate for the day and

Wine tasting:

Who can resist

in Nottingham or head to the stock car

visit Betty’s Tea Rooms - but make

Punting: Let someone else do the

sure you book, or if you want that extra

hard work, head to Cambridge for fun

bound. For those more daring groups

special experience combine afternoon

on the river, followed by some retail

Alternative Fitness in Peterborough offers

tea and a Westend show in london

therapy and lunch in one of their many

you the chance to learn Pole dancing &

- travel experiences can be arranged


Burlesque in intimate groups, all that’s

with local companies such as Abacus

needed is a little confidence and, I’m

Coach tours and Shaws, or you can get

informed, suitable clothing.

a train to London in under an hour from

Peterborough Station.

racing in Kings Lynn if your Thetford

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Wedding | VENUE

Greetham Valley


Dreaming of the perfect setting for your wedding celebration? Make your special day complete by choosing Greetham Valley in the heart of rolling Rutland countryside as your wedding venue.

Normanton Church FOR



Set on the south east shore of Rutland Water, Normanton Church is a truly stunning, unique civil ceremony venue; teamed with the contemporary, professional service at Greetham Valley Hotel, this inspired venue combination offers the best of both worlds.

We can accommodate up to 220 guests in the Rutland Suite - our glorious banqueting room with a balcony overlooking the lovely landscape of the valley and lakes of the golf courses. If your plans include a more intimate reception - we can do that too! Our Lakeview Suite and Valley Restaurant are ideal for smaller parties and enjoy the same superb view. Our chefs pride themselves on their

your special day is smooth and relaxed

tempting cuisine and are happy to

as possible, taking care of every tiny

discuss your plans with you - perhaps


tasty platters of canapĂŠs on arrival,

We are licensed for civil wedding

The Church is more suited to smaller

followed by a full sit-down wedding

ceremonies, should you prefer an

ceremonies as it holds a maximum

breakfast then a delicious buffet for

alternative service venue to a church

of 70 which includes the registrar,

your evening guests. Sample menus

or registry office.

photographer, Bride and Groom! The

and suggestions are available on

Church can be booked all year round,


opportunity of staying overnight

7 days a week depending of course upon the availability of the registrar. Greetham Valley will prepare a

Our wedding co-ordinator and

in one of the 35 bedrooms in our

master of ceremonies are dedicated to

contemporary 3* Hotel if any of them

ensuring the planning and running of

have travelled from afar - or if they simply want to enjoy themselves to

bespoke package to include this superb ceremony venue and can handle all arrangements right up to your big day, acting as your one point of contact for both venues. We would ask, however, that you contact the local registrar yourselves.


Your guests will appreciate the

We can help you arrange other essential services as required: florist, photographers, videographers, music, entertainment, balloons, table decorations, transport, wedding cake, favours and more.

the full and don’t want to drive home. Some may even wish to make a long weekend of it and perhaps stay in one of our lovely 4* Lodges or in Mill Cottage for a short break - perfect for a family or groups of friends to self-cater or enjoy meals in the hotel.

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... the perfect setting for the perfect day

For further information or to make an appointment to meet our wedding co-ordinators, please contact us on:

(01780) 460444


Greetham Valley Hotel, Golf and Conference Centre Wood Lane | Greetham | Oakham | Rutland | LE15 7SN t: 01780 460444


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WEDDING FAYRES Holiday Inn West Thorpe Wood, Peterborough Date: 4th September Time: 11-4pm


Greetham Valley Hotel Greetham, Rutland Date: 18th September Time: 10-4pm Springfields Exhibition Centre Spalding Date: 18th September Time: 10.30-4pm (£4 admission) The Willows Centre Wyboston Lakes, Bedfordshire Date: 2nd October Times: 11am-4pm The Marriott Hotel Lynch Wood, Peterborough, PE2 6GB Date: 9th October Time: 11am-4pm Falcon Inn Fotheringhay Date: 20th October Time: 2.30pm-7.30pm (Brides please book) 01832 226254 The Doubletree by Hilton Hotel Granta Place, Mill Lane, Cambridge, CB2 1RT Date: 23rd October Time: 11am-4pm East of England Showground Peterborough. Date: 23rd October Time: 10.30-4pm (admission £4) Haycock Hotel Wansford, Peterborough Date: 30th October

Ice Cream Van: Mr Whippy can make your day one to be talked Plus as an optional extra, they can also add alcoholic smoothies to the wedding menu about for months…

Ice Sculptures: An Ice Sculpture creates a wonderfully eye catching centre piece to make your guests smile and relax.

Chocolate Fountain: From as little as £69.95! with many options available depending on the size of your party.

Wedding Doves: Doves are known to pick a mate for life, so are very appropriate to have at your wedding. White doves symbolize love, peace, prosperity, and good luck. A dove release is the one addition to your wedding that will leave everyone with

Burghley House Stamford Date: 6th November

beautiful memories that will last forever.

The Willows Centre Wyboston Lakes, Bedfordshire Date: 29th January 2012 Time: 11am-4pm

Spitfire Aerobatic Display: The Grace Spitfire does a large number

Barnsdale Hall Date: 18th September Time: 10am-3pm


The gift of a dove release is a unique, thoughtful and magical experience.

of wedding celebration private displays. The display consists of a maximum of 10 minutes aerobatic routine. The date has to be in the display season from March to the end of September and within a 50 mile radius of Cambridge.

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Stamford Cupcake Company

Cupcakes & Celebration Cakes for all occasions

We tailor make all our cupcakes & wedding cakes to suit your personal requirements and only use the finest ingredients See us at Stamford Market (Fri-Sat)

01780 489364 / 07825153003


of Rutland

From discreet posies to full hit floral fantasies. The only limit is your imagination.

Dainty Little Treasures Custom Crystal Bridal Jewellery

Call Michaela on

To arrange a personal consultation call

07944 145 640



01780 720999

or email

2a Stocks Hill | Ketton | Rutland | PE9 3TF

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