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Congratulations The Wedding Guide is designed to provide you with step by step advice, so that you can find everything you need to plan your dream wedding, with everything from helping you to decide on a religious or civil ceremony to how to put your gift list together. We have pages to inspire you and checklists to guide you. You can rely on all of our recommended suppliers to provide you with professional advice and ideas, to help you achieve the special day you’ve always wanted. Image courtesy of Impression Bridal

Join our social media pages to stay in touch with latest news, wedding fairs and supplier offers. Turn to our extensive Wedding Fair Diary starting on page 88 to find events taking place near you – this is great for planning your weekends around! If you can’t find what you are looking for, feel free to contact me to see if I can help.

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The Wedding Guide Autumn/Winter 2011 Editor & Publisher: Kerys Mullen Design & Production: Neil Rees for Sunrise Design for Publishing Advertising: Louise Adkin for Angel Media Administration: Hayley Moorhead, Andrea Swan Distribution: Karen Dobson, Stephanie Vaja, Jennifer Holt, Helen Jowitt, Katie Dillon, Faith Hardie, and Ana Arends Published and distributed by Pure Glamour Events, Studio D, 22 Jordan Street, Liverpool, L1 0BP. Telephone: 0800 230 0907 Web: Email: Front cover image: Crash Taylor © 2011 Bridal Media Limited. No material including images, text and design work, contained in The Wedding Guide may be reproduced in whole or in part without the written consent of Bridal Media Limited.


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In this edition A-Z of Wedding Suppliers


The Ceremony Location From ceremony to reception Civil Ceremonies Suggested Reading Civil Partnerships

30-31 32 38 34 87

The Bride The Dress Bridesmaids Bridal Fashion Accessories Hair & Beauty

14-16 18, 47 28-29 26-27 68-69

The Bridegroom Tips for the Groom Speeches

42 45

The Reception Choosing the Venue Venue Decoration Chair Covers Music & Entertainment The Menu

36 60 62 64 44

The Details Flowers Photographer Jewellery Stationery Favours Cars

54 50, 75 72 66 66, 76 70

The Planning Guide Timetable Budget planning

92-93 92-93

Wedding Exhibition Diary






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Invest in love!

Lancashire A. & B. Christie 15 Corporation Street Blackpool FY1 1EJ Phone: 01253 622 712 Prestons of Bolton 2 Deansgate Bolton BL1 1BT Phone: 01204 552 550 WAVE Contemporary Jewellery 27 Marketgate Lancaster LA1 1AL Phone: 01524 62333

George Banks Jewellers 24, Fishergate Preston PR1 3NN Phone: 01772 824 433

Hancocks 29 King Street Manchester M2 6AF Phone: 0161 834 4512

Arjento 45 High Street Uppermill Saddleworth OL3 6HS Phone: 01457 871 771

WAVE Contemporary Jewellery 16-18 Royal Exchange Arcade Manchester M2 7EA Phone: 0161 832 9868

Humberstone 84, King William Street Blackburn BB1 7EA Phone: 01254 690 996

Cumbria WAVE Contemporary Jewellery 2 Ash Street Bowness-on-Windermere Shropshire LA23 2EB Phone: 01539 448 022 Fabricius Green Fine Jewels 1 High Street WAVE Contemporary Jewellery Shrewsbury SY1 1SP 20 Finkle Street Phone: 01743 244 194 Kendal LA9 4AB Phone: 01539 729 805

To see complete stockist list or view more styles visit FURRER-JACOT AG 路 8200 Schaffhausen 路 Switzerland

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BAR SERVICES The Big Event Group p41 Liverpool, Manchester and Cheshire 08452 601 106

BEAUTY - SKIN, HAIR, & MAKEUP Absolute Beauty p69 Across the Northwest 07769 186 600/ 07809 433 874 Debenhams Stores Inside front cover 08445 616 161

ACCESSORIES Crystal Eternity Brides & Occasions p27 17 Priory Lane, Penwortham, Preston, PR1 0AR 01772 745 555/ 07807 093 502 Especially For You p21 38 Derby Road, Longridge, Preston, PR3 3JT 01772 785 334

Temple Spa p69 Jackie Howley, Lifestyle Consultant & Manager 07932 345 558

BOUDOIR PHOTOGRAPHY Shy Violet Bride Photography p75 Unit 6A, Woodend Mills, South Hill, Springhead, Saddleworth, OL4 5DR 07810 533 533


Flamingo Fashion p23 67 Liverpool Road, Preston, PR1 9XD 01772 744277

A1 Bridals p17 70-72 Warrington Road, Wigan, WN2 5JA 01942 866 677

Nancy Jane Brides p13 149 Barton Road, Stretford, M32 8DN 0161 865 2559

Brides of Rochdale 39 Drake Street, Rochdale, OL16 1RX 01706 522 217

BALLOONS Bow So Sweet p61 357 Plodder Lane, Bolton, BL4 0JP 01204 418 926/ 07775 326 603 Elegant Weddings p59 07757 541 656 6 THE WEDDING GUIDE

Claire Louise Brides p20 603 Chorley Old Rd, Heaton, Bolton, Lancs, BL1 6BL 01204 497 777 Crystal Eternity Brides & Occasions p27 17 Priory Lane, Penwortham, Preston, PR1 0AR 01772 745 555/ 07807093502

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Dreamaker 3 Whalley Road, Read, Lancs BB12 7PB 01282 770 425/ 07770 482 884

Pronuptia Bolton 105-109 Derby St, Bolton, BL3 6HH 01204 528 009

Dreamaker at The Mensroom 89-91 Manchester Road, Burnley, BB11 1JZ 01282 831 475

Pronuptia Manchester Unit 12 Sevendale House, Manchester, M1 1JA 0161 228 7506

Especially For You p21 38 Derby Road, Longridge, Preston, PR3 3JT 01772 785 334 Julia Tasker Bridal Couture 3 North Terrace, Bowness-On-Windermere, LA23 3AU 01539 446 900

CAKES Bow So Sweet p61 357 Plodder Lane, Bolton, BL4 0JP 01204 418 926/ 07775 326 603

CANDY BUFFET Just Gorgeous Bridal Studio 1st floor, 588b Burnley Road, Crawshawbooth, Rossendale 01706 226 634 Kiku Boutique p19 100 Tib Street, Manchester, M4 1LR 0161 819 5031 Mears Ghyll Bridal Rooms Brookhouse Road, Brookhouse, Lancaster, LA2 9JP 01524 770 437 Nancy Jane Brides p13 149 Barton Road, Stretford, M32 8DN 0161 865 2559

Bow So Sweet p61 357 Plodder Lane, Bolton, BL4 0JP 01204 418 926/ 07775 326 603 Candy Kanes p59 07966 695 500 Elegant Weddings p59 07757 541 656

CARS Ferrari Groom Car Hire p41 01254 248737

Pearl Bridal Boutique 172 Northenden Road, Sale Moor, Cheshire, M33 2SR 0161 962 9419

Platinum Wedding Cars p71 Unit 5 Labtec Street, Swinton, Manchester, M27 8SE 0161 794 2025

Pronuptia Altrincham 28 Church Street, Altrincham, WA14 4DW 0161 941 4118

The Big Event Group p41 Liverpool, Manchester and Cheshire 08452 601 106 THE WEDDING GUIDE 7

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The Camper Shak p70 Unit 7 Woodend Business Park, Marsh Moss Lane, Burscough, L40 0PH 01704 891 728

Bow So Sweet p61 357 Plodder Lane, Bolton, BL4 0JP 01204 418 926/ 07775 326 603

Wedding Buggy p71 07739 038 937

Elegant Weddings p59 07757 541 656

CASINOS The Big Event Group p41 Liverpool, Manchester and Cheshire 08452 601 106

CEREMONY VENUES Days Hotel p37 Sackville Street, Manchester, M1 3BB 0161 955 8000 Eaves Hall Country Hotel p33 Eaves Hall Lane, West Bradford, Clitheroe, Lancashire, BB7 3JG 01200 425 271 The Place Hotel p37 Ducie Street, Manchester, M1 2TP 0161 778 7500 The Venue Finder Back cover 08452 601 106 West Tower Country House Hotel p35 Mill Lane, Aughton, Lancashire, L39 7HJ 01695 423328

CHAIR COVERS Beautiful Chairs p62 0800 411 8848/07713 148 938 8 THE WEDDING GUIDE

The Big Event Group p41 Liverpool, Manchester and Cheshire 08452 601 106 Wedding Creations p61 Oswaldtwistle Mills Business & Conference Centre Clifton Mill, Pickup Street, Oswaldtwistle, BB5 0EY 01254 232 540

CHOCOLATE FOUNTAINS Elegant Weddings p59 07757 541 656 The Big Event Group p41 Liverpool, Manchester and Cheshire 08452 601 106 Wonka’s Chocolate Fountain p59 01706 231 507

CORSETRY Kiku Boutique p19 100 Tib Street, Manchester, M4 1LR 0161 819 5031

CRYSTAL BOUQUETS Crystal Eternity Brides & Occasions p27 17 Priory Lane, Penwortham, Preston, PR1 0AR 01772 745 555/ 07807 093502

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DISCOS Event Entertainment Ltd p63 The North West 07528 459 109/01257 368 706 John Norcott p63 07951 529 421 Matt Johnson p3 Wedding Singer PO Box 210, Deeside, CH5 9DJ 07975 999 270 Richard Cropper p65 The Entertainer Ltd 07969 88 20 90 The Big Event Group p41 Liverpool, Manchester and Cheshire 08452 601 106

DRY CLEANING AND HEIRLOOMING Village Dry Cleaners p25 38 Manchester Road, Chorlton-cum-Hardy, M21 9PH 0161 860 4451

FAVOURS Bow So Sweet p61 357 Plodder Lane, Bolton, BL4 0JP 01204 418 926/ 07775 326 603

The Soap Corner p67

FLOWERS The Big Event Group p41 Liverpool, Manchester and Cheshire 08452 601 106 The Gilded Lily p55 The Studio, Burgh Lane, Chorley, PR7 3NP 07867 988 462 Flori Couture p55 Covering the North West 07764 767 901

GIFT LIST REGISTRY/ WEDDING GIFTS Debenhams Stores Inside front cover 08445 616 161

HONEYMOONS/ WEDDINGS ABROAD Travel Bureau 60 High St, Gosforth, Newcastle Upon Tyne, NE3 4AT 0191 272 6020

HOTEL ACCOMMODATION Days Hotel p37 Sackville Street, Manchester, M1 3BB 0161 955 8000

Candy Kanes p59 07966 695 500

Eaves Hall Country Hotel p33 Eaves Hall Lane, West Bradford, Clitheroe, Lancashire, BB7 3JG 01200 425 271

The Lottery at Bolton Hospice p76 Queens Park Street, Bolton, BL1 4QT 01204 663 077

The Place Hotel p37 Ducie Street, Manchester, M1 2TP 0161 778 7500 THE WEDDING GUIDE 9

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The Venue Finder Back cover 08452 601 106 West Tower Country House Hotel p35 Mill Lane, Aughton, Lancashire, L39 7HJ 01695 423328

ICE SCULPTURE The Big Event Group p41 Liverpool, Manchester and Cheshire 08452 601 106

INVITATIONS The Wedding Room UK p67 The Studio, 15 Town Lane, Charnock Richard, Nr Chorley, Lancashire, PR7 5HP 01257 792 458/ 07814 715 776

JEWELLERY Debenhams Stores Inside front cover 08445 616 161 Furrer-Jacot of Switzerland p5 To see the complete stockist list or view more styles visit

LINGERIE Debenhams Stores Inside front cover 08445 616 161 Kiku Boutique p19 100 Tib Street, Manchester, M4 1LR 0161 819 5031

MAGICIANS The Big Event Group p41 Liverpool, Manchester and Cheshire 08452 601 106

MARQUEE HIRE The Big Event Group p41 Liverpool, Manchester and Cheshire 08452 601 106

MENS FORMAL WEAR Alan Lund Hire Direct Ltd Unit 2-6 Thrum Hall Industrial Estate, Albert Road, Halifax, HX2 0DB 01422 355 170

Local Stockists: A & B Christie Blackpool, FY1 1EJ 01253 22 712 Prestons of Bolton Bolton, BL1 1BT 01204 552 550 WAVE Contemporary Jewellery Lancaster, LA1 1AL 01524 62333 Hancocks Manchester, M2 6AF 0161 834 4512 Wave Contemporary Jewellery Manchester M2 7EA 0161 832 9868 George Banks Jewellers Preston, PR1 3NN 01772 824 433 Arjento Uppermill OL3 6HS 01457 871 771 Humberstone Blackburn, BB1 7EA 01254 690 996 Wave Contemporary Jewellery Bowness-onWindermere LA23 2EB 01539 488 022 Wave Contemporary Jewellery Kendal LA9 4AB 01539 729 805

Debenhams Stores Inside front cover 08445 616 161

I DO Jewellery p73 @ Platt Jewellers, 1st Floor Middleton Shopping Centre, Middleton, Manchester, M24 4EL 0161 643 2725

Groom p43 The Wedding House, 3-4 Great George Place, Liverpool, L1 7AG 0151 709 8283

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Groom p43 1-4 The Courtyard, Horsemarket St, Warrington, WA1 1XL 01925 658 889 Groom p43 90 Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9 5BB 01625 419 777

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Groom p43 126 Northgate Street, Chester, CH1 2HT 01244 401 977

Alex O Neill Photography p51 07838 247 247/01524 855 713

Groom p43 Albert Square, 37 Princess St, Manchester, M2 4FN 0161 236 9959

Images By Julie p51 14 Cambridge Close, Farnworth, Bolton, BL4 0NB 01204 431 630/ 07879 011 603

MOTHER OF THE BRIDE Debenhams Stores Inside front cover 08445 616 161 Flamingo Fashion p23 67 Liverpool Road, Preston, PR1 9XD 01772 744277

MUSIC & ENTERTAINMENT Event Entertainment Ltd p63 The North West 07528 459 109/01257 368 706 John Norcott p63 07951 529 421 Matt Johnson p3 Wedding Singer PO Box 210, Deeside, CH5 9DJ 07975 999 270 Richard Cropper p65 The Entertainer Ltd 07969 88 20 90 The Big Event Group p41 Liverpool, Manchester and Cheshire 08452 601 106


Jim Whitham Photography p53 01204 576 366/ 07818 045 390 Shy Violet Bride Photography p75 Unit 6A, Woodend Mills, South Hill, Springhead, Saddleworth, OL4 5DR 07810 533 533 The Big Event Group p41 Liverpool, Manchester and Cheshire 08452 601 106 Light Majestic Wedding Photography 07984 407 747

RECEPTION VENUES Days Hotel p37 Sackville Street, Manchester, M1 3BB 0161 955 8000 Eaves Hall Country Hotel p33 Eaves Hall Lane, West Bradford, Clitheroe, Lancashire, BB7 3JG 01200 425 271 The Place Hotel p37 Ducie Street, Manchester, M1 2TP 0161 778 7500 T H E W E D D I N G G U I D E 11

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The Venue Finder Back cover 08452 601 106 West Tower Country House Hotel p35 Mill Lane, Aughton, Lancashire, L39 7HJ 01695 423328

SPECIAL OCCASION WEAR Flamingo Fashion p23 67 Liverpool Road, Preston, Lancashire, PR1 9XD 01772 744 277

STATIONERY Debenhams Stores Inside front cover 08445 616 161 The Wedding Room UK p67 The Studio, 15 Town Lane, Charnock Richard, Nr Chorley, Lancashire, PR7 5HP 01257 792 458/ 07814 715 776

TOASTMASTERS Brian Wroe Toastmaster, MC and Public Speaker 01204 412175 / 07926182728

VENUE DECORATION Beautiful Chairs p62 0800 411 8848/07713 148 938

Wedding Creations p61 Oswaldtwistle Mills Business & Conference Centre Clifton Mill, Pickup Street, Oswaldtwistle, BB5 0EY 01254 232 540

VENUE LIGHTING Event Entertainment Ltd p63 The North West 07528 459 109/01257 368 706

WEBSITES Debenhams Stores Inside front cover 08445 616 161 The Venue Finder Back cover 08452 601 106 The Wedding Guide 0800 230 0907 /

WEDDING CO - ORDINATORS The Big Event Group p41 Liverpool, Manchester and Cheshire 08452 601 106 Your Perfect Wedding Planner p41 109 Westfield Drive, Leyland, PR25 1QY 07976 510 229

WEDDING DANCE Body In Motion p63 01257 475 548/ 07709 034 456


Bow So Sweet p61 357 Plodder Lane, Bolton, BL4 0JP 01204 418 926/ 07775 326 603

Debenhams Stores Inside front cover 08445 616 161

The Big Event Group p41 Liverpool, Manchester and Cheshire 08452 601 106

If you are a wedding industry supplier and would like to appear on these pages please contact Kerys Mullen on 0800 230 0907 / 07795 283 267 or email

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The Dress Once the initial excitement of your engagement is over, one of the first things you will probably picture when dreaming of your big day is your wedding dress. Your dress is one of the most important wedding items that you will purchase and on the day all eyes will be on you and your gown. Make sure you take enough time to choose one that really suits you and gives you that perfect shape so you look and feel wonderful on your special day. Looking

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Remember that you will be standing, walking and dancing throughout the day and evening so your dress should not only look fabulous but should also feel comfortable. With so many choices for your dress, it can be an overwhelming task but remember that shopping for the dress of your dreams should be fun, easy and painless! Before you start, think about what type of dress you are looking for. Wedding dresses are made in several different silhouettes such as the ball gown, empire line, fishtail and ballerina style to name a few. It is important that you know which type of gown will flatter your figure the best. Look at your body shape and be honest with yourself. Consider the features you want to show off and those you want to hide. Here is a rundown of the different wedding dress silhouettes available. 14 T H E W E D D I N G G U I D E

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Avoid halter-necks if you are pear shaped as it really will make your bottom look bigger!


Ball Gowns – One of the most traditional shapes of wedding dress which gives the princess look. The ball gown has a fitted waist with a full, puffed out and layered skirt. This style of dress is best suited to slim brides as it adds curves. For those with a pear shape look, the skirt does wonders to flatter the waist line. It is not ideal for petite women as the fullness of the skirt can be overwhelming to the small frame. A-lines – Usually have a fitted bodice with a skirt that flares gently from the waist to form an "A" shape. They are a terrific choice for someone who would like to hide lower body flaws, but avoid adding too much fussy detailing to your skirt as this will make you look bottom heavy. For those with a slim torso and tiny waist, choose a bodice with detailing on the bust to give more of an even proportion. Ballerina Wedding Dress – The full skirt of the Ballerina dress will give a bride with slim hips and a full bust that fairytale, romantic look. Avoid this style if you are petite as you may look like you are disappearing into this style of dress. The full skirt also makes wide hips appear much bigger. Asymmetrical Wedding Dress – A particularly striking and unusual looking style, the asymmetric design can show off beautiful and toned shoulders to their best and gives that extra help in obtaining that ‘nipped in waist’ look. The asymmetrical dress will divert attention from bigger bottoms to your upper body and if the wearer is on the curvy side the full skirt will balance their shape. To help hide those fuller hips this style of dress can be a godsend. This asymmetric strap design will distract from square shoulders and give them that softer look.

Dress styles left to right: Asymmetrical, Ballgown, Mermaid/Fishtail, and Sheath

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Dress styles clockwise from far left: A Line, Ballerina, Empress, Halter Neck, and Column

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Sheath Dresses – This style suits those who are slim, have narrow hips and a balanced figure. This gown will not hide any flaws so if you think your thighs or bottom are too big, this is not the dress for you. Whilst there are some stunning dresses available in this style, you don't want to risk being uncomfortable or self conscious on your wedding day so choose wisely. Empire Waist Gowns – This style of dress is usually straighter than the A-lines without being too figure hugging. The waistline starts just underneath the bust with a seam which falls away to the floor, giving the wearer that ultimate romantic poise. For those with smaller breasts this gown works wonders while the long ‘A’ line gives the more petite bride the appearance of added height. Another advantage of this style of dress is it helps to conceal wide hips. Empire waist gowns are usually made of light, flowing fabric. They are also excellent for pregnant brides, because they provide extra room in the waist, making them a comfortable choice. 16 T H E W E D D I N G G U I D E

Column Wedding Dress – This sleek modern line is very straight and seamed on the waistline. It can be quite figure-hugging and would suit the slim and/or taller bride. It can also be suited to the petite bride because of the unbroken line. Because of the streamlined appearance this style of dress can also be worn well by pregnant brides. This style of dress should be avoided if you have fuller hips as they will be emphasised more. Mermaid Line or Fishtail Gowns – this style is figure hugging, shaping the waist and hips before nipping in at the knees. The mermaid or fishtail comes from the material at the back of the dress that begins at the top of your thighs before flaring out and opening up into the fan shape once it reaches the floor. This dress gives the ultimate sexy look and accentuates a curvaceous, all in-proportion figure. This dress is not suited to a protruding stomach or big hips. Halter Neck Wedding Dress – Athletic shapes can look great in halter-necks and will give added height to the petite shape. If you are curvy with a big bust this style of dress will make you look top heavy and can emphasise your hips. Avoid halternecks if you are pear shaped as it really will make your bottom look bigger. ♥

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Whether you have two or twenty bridesmaids, their look is an important part of the day and choosing the right dresses will help you all to feel fabulous and ooze confidence.

flatter your bridesmaids and keep them happy on the day. It is important to not give them free reign but to let them know that they do have some input into what they will be wearing. If you have young bridesmaids make sure that they will be comfortable in what you have chosen for them as a wedding can be a tiring day for the little ones.

Fabulous fabric Know your style It may seem obvious, but you should always find your dress before you even start thinking about your bridesmaids. Once you know the style of your dress and the theme of your wedding, it is much easier to start getting ideas of how you want your bridesmaids to look and be confident that their look will fit in on the day.

Know your crowd Ask yourself this: Are my bridesmaids similar to each other? What would they be most comfortable in? You must also consider size, age, shape, style and their colouring. You want to

Another important aspect of the bridesmaids’ dresses is choosing the right sort of fabric for the time of year. If you are having a summer wedding, try and opt for dresses made from lighter fabrics such as silk georgette or crepe. If your wedding is taking place in the winter, bridesmaids can experiment with layering and fabrics such as satin, organza and taffeta.

Accessorise! Don’t leave the accessories as an after thought, as these will either make or break the look. Make sure you have enough time to get the right style of headdress, shoes, earrings, necklaces etc to suit each bridesmaid. ♥

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Behind the scenes at a bridal shop From the first call for an appointment to their wedding day, our focus is on the future bride and to ensure we meet their dreams and expectations. We have to watch out for all the little details such as, do they have a friend who has bought a dress from us? If so, we make sure that they never see each other’s dresses to preserve their secret for the wedding day. At an appointment we never rush a decision; we understand that this is sometimes a tough choice. Once chosen and ordered, it can take up to 18 weeks for a dress to arrive and the first fitting is usually the time the bride will decide on her shoes, accessories and how she’ll style her hair. Then there is usually at least one more fitting before the big day. A few days before the collection date the dresses are pressed and thoroughly checked to ensure they are 100% perfect. On the big day, we sometimes go to the home of the bride to help her and her bridesmaids to get dressed, which helps to keep everyone relaxed.. Being a bridal retailer is not just a job, it’s a way of life and we eat, sleep and breathe weddings – always looking for new ideas and latest styles.

One important part of the job is selecting new designs from the collections; we have to choose carefully because the shop samples cost the same to order as it does for the brides, plus we want to ensure we pick the styles that our brides are looking for. So remember if you decide to get a dress off-the-rail, it’s exactly the same cost and quality as ordered dresses, so you are really getting a fantastic bargain! Sandra and Carole @ Especially For You Bridal

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Mums want to look fabulous too! As the mother of the bride or bridegroom, you have a long and exciting day ahead of you. Whilst the bride is the centre of attention, the role of the Mums is very important too and all eyes will be on you as well – just look at the press coverage Kate Middleton’s Mum got!

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But what better excuse is there for buying a fabulous new outfit? Before you start looking for your outfit, take some time to discuss with the bride suitable colour schemes. You are part of the bridal party and it can be nice for the photographs if you all tone in with the general colour theme of the day. The choice of styles for mothers is very varied you may decide on the subtle sophistication of a smart tailored suit or the sheer elegance of a soft flowing dress. Hats, shoes and handbags should all be chosen to complement your outfit, and work in harmony with it, along with any jewellery you choose to wear. There are a wide range of boutique shops which specialise in dressing the mother of the bride so it is well worth visiting them as they will provide invaluable help and advice. ♥

Remember, it is better to wear the style that suits you rather than what you think others expect you to wear, as you will feel far more comfortable and relaxed on the day

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You may decide on the subtle sophistication of a smart tailored suit or the sheer elegance of a soft owing dress

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Taking care of your dress A wedding dress is likely to be the most expensive and beautiful garment that you will own so it is essential that you have your special dress cleaned and stored as quickly as possible after the wedding.

TOP TIPS • Book your dress for cleaning within 2 weeks of the wedding. On honeymoon? Ask Mum to look after it! • Run out of money? Add dress cleaning to your gift list – it’s that important! • Only use specialist drycleaners with expertise in handling these delicate gowns • Once cleaned, store the dress in a warm dry room, away from light. • Always store your dress in a PH neutral container and pack with acid free non-dye tissue to prevent horrible discolouration and fabric damage.

“We got married in St Lucia a few weeks ago and had a fab time! The only downside is that it showed on my wedding dress, which had red wine stains all over it from one of our very “merry” guests… I had grass, sand and some really bad dirt stains on the train of my dress too – it really was in a state. I took it to the Village Dry Cleaners, skeptical as to whether they’d be able to get all the stains out. But to my surprise and delight, they did a great job and have got all the stains out. Thank you!” Nadia, Nov 2009

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All that glitters Depending on your hairstyle and choice of wedding dress, a tiara or hair accessory can turn you into a sophisticated bride or a fairytale princess.

Tiaras or bridal hair accessories can complete your whole wedding look, whether you are after a pearl and diamond vintage look, a stunning oral headpiece for maximum impact or a simple, elegant headband, the options are endless. The type of headpiece that you choose will depend on your personal style and budget. You may wish to go for a unique handmade piece which can be designed to match your wedding 26 T H E W E D D I N G G U I D E

dress. Or you could browse the readily available pieces in bridal shops or online where you will be totally spoiled for choice! Remember however that you will need to try the pieces on to make sure the one you choose really suits you, will compliment the hairstyle that you have chosen and works well with a veil if you are wearing one. With all the options available, traditionally shaped wire or metal tiaras, decorative hair combs or slides, fascinators and encrusted headbands, you really will be able to add that extra sparkle and glamour on your special day. ♼

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Stunning Shoes and Luxurious Lingerie Choosing your wedding shoes There are several things you'll need to take into consideration before you buy your wedding shoes. Of course you want your shoes to be really special but one of the most important things is comfort as you’ll be on your feet for the majority of the day. There are lots of different styles of wedding shoes to choose from. From white trainers to beautiful designer Jimmy Choo shoes but before you say “I Do” to a pair of wedding shoes, take note of the following tips: • Don't sacrifice comfort for style. You will be on your feet from the moment you get dressed until your last dance – it will be a long day. • Your feet are at their largest at the end of the day. This is a good time to shop for shoes to ensure a good fit. • Choose a heel height that you are used to wearing. • Take your shoes to your wedding dress fitting so your hemline will be just the right length. • Break your shoes in by wearing them around the house before the wedding. • To make sure your shoes aren’t too slippery, gently rub the soles with a piece of sandpaper to help provide traction. • Just in case, don’t forget to put plasters in your wedding emergency kit!

• If your dress is backless or strapless, there is a great selection of bras now with multi-way options or designs suited to these styles. • You will want to feel glamorous and sexy on your wedding day but if your style of dress won’t allow suspenders and frilly briefs, then line up some glamorous, sexy lingerie for the wedding night! • Once you have lined up your wedding day lingerie, why not invest in some cheeky lingerie pieces for your honeymoon to surprise him!

Lingerie Your lingerie choice should, as with your shoes, be comfortable but it should also work perfectly with your dress choice. Choose something that will flatter your figure and complete your look. Top tips when choosing your lingerie: • Get yourself properly fitted to make sure you are wearing the correct bra size. • Consider the colour of your dress and choose your underwear to compliment this. • If you have a simple, fitted dress don’t choose fussy lingerie with lots of detail. • If you lose or gain weight, then the chances are this will affect your bra size, so do get measured regularly. T H E W E D D I N G G U I D E 27

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Location! Location! Religious Church of England There is a lot more flexibility than previously for those couples who wish to have a religious ceremony. You can choose any church outside your parish that either you, your parents, or your grandparents have a connection with. Instead of going to the Superintendent Registrar before the ceremony, banns (a notice of the proposed marriage) can be read in the parish church of both of the partners or in the church where it has been agreed the marriage can take place. Banns must be read on three Sundays before the ceremony.

Roman Catholic Arrangements for a wedding in a Catholic Church are always made through the priest in the parish in which you are living. Three months notice must be given to the priest. Both you and your groom must be free to marry, and one of you must have been baptised a Catholic in order to marry in a Catholic church. You will also need to visit your local superintendent registrar at your local council office to give notice of your intention to marry, and obtain your

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been registered, you can still have a religious ceremony, but you will also need to have a separate civil ceremony for the marriage to be valid under United Kingdom Law. If the building is registered, an authorised person must be present at the ceremony to register the marriage. They will give you a marriage certificate on receipt of the fee. If there is no authorised person, the attendance of a Registrar is necessary and this should be arranged with the Superintendent Registrar.

Civil Register Office In order to marry in a register office, both you and your partner must give notice in person to the superintendent registrar at your local council office. They will then issue you with a certificate of common notice. You will need this certificate to make a booking with the register office to get the date you want. Weddings can be booked no more than 12 months in advance.

Approved Premises Civil ceremonies can take place at any venue that has been approved for the purpose. The venue must be regularly open to the public, and open-air premises will usually need a permanently built structure in order to be approved. Visit to search for an approved premise in the area you wish to marry. You will need to give notice of your intention to marry to your local superintendent registrar, and contact the local register office

closest to the venue you have chosen to book a registrar to conduct the ceremony.

Overseas Overseas Weddings Weddings abroad are recognised as legal as long as they do not contravene UK laws. You should contact the country's embassy or consulate for advice to make sure you have the right documents and find out when you will need to provide them. A number of countries require a minimum residency period of between one and seven days before you are free to marry there. It can often be easier to have a civil ceremony in the UK followed by a blessing abroad due to the complications sometimes involved in marrying in a different country.

Legal Advice • You and your partner must both be at least 16 years of age. (In England and Wales, if either of you is under 18 you will need to have permission from your parents or guardian). • You must both be eligible to marry. • You must not be closely related. • The marriage must take place in legally approved premises. • The marriage must take place in front of an authorised person. • The ceremony must take place between 8am and 6pm. • Two witnesses must be present.

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How your day should flow The Ceremony

The Reception

• The ceremony should start with the processional (entrance of the bride), the introduction, the marriage and optional readings. This is followed by the signing of the register, and the service ends with the recessional (exit of the couple). • At a religious ceremony, the introduction would be followed by a hymn, and prayers and a blessing would follow the marriage. • If your ceremony includes any hymns or songs it is usual to provide an order-of-service so that your guests can join in with the singing. • While the order of the ceremony is similar for both religious and civil ceremonies, you need to remember that no religious references are allowed at a civil ceremony. Check the words and lyrics of your chosen readings and music carefully, before submitting them to your registrar for their approval.

• On arrival, ushers should show guests where to park before directing them into the venue. • Friends and family should be welcomed, either with a traditional receiving line or by circulating the room. • It is normal to serve canapés while friends and family are gathered for the formal photographs. • Photographs are followed by the Wedding Breakfast. Speeches are increasingly taking place before the meal, allowing nervous speakers to get them out of the way and leaving them free to enjoy the meal. • After-dinner speeches are usually followed by the cutting of the cake, which can then be served with the coffee and mints. • The evening reception usually begins with your first dance. • It is traditional for guests to stay until the bride and groom leave.

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Choosing your reception venue You may already have a dream wedding location in mind or you may be starting with a blank page. Either way, choosing your wedding venue is one of the ďŹ rst and most important decisions you will make.

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Civil Ceremonies It is now possible to get married in any Register Office or Approved Premises in England or Wales. Any marriage taking place anywhere other than the Church of England, requires both of you to attend personally at the district register office where you live. If you live in separate districts, you must attend the office of each district. This is called 'giving notice of intention to marry'.

Giving notice of intention to marry: • You must both have lived a minimum of 7 days in a Registration district in England or Wales immediately before giving notice at that office. • You can give the notice a maximum of 12 months in advance of your marriage date. • Both of you must attend to give a notice and this should be done by making an appointment to attend at the same time. • Recent legislation has abolished the Superintendent Registrars Licence which had previously allowed a marriage to take place three days after signing a notice, so make sure you enquire in good time.

Documents you will need: • A current valid passport (or where appropriate, a Home Office Travel Document, a standard acknowledgment letter, or a National Identity Card). • If you cannot provide this then a birth certificate and another document with your full name such as a cheque book, cheque guarantee card, utility bill or driving licence and a document to confirm your current address such as utility bill or driving licence. • For people who have been married or entered into a civil partnership before; decree absolute, death certificate or dissolution of civil partnership. • For people who have legally changed their name; documentary evidence in the form of a deed poll or declaration. • All documents should be certified or sealed photocopies are not acceptable. 38 T H E W E D D I N G G U I D E

Civil Marriages can take place in Approved Premises licenced by the appropriate local authority. It is therefore possible to have your marriage ceremony and wedding reception in the same building, many of which are available on any day of the week, including Sundays and Bank Holidays. There are now thousands of Approved Premises in England and Wales. The conditions of the premises licence are regulated by local authorities and it is necessary for Registrars to be in attendance at the venue for the ceremony. There will be two registration staff present at your wedding, one to conduct the ceremony and one to register the event in the marriage register. You should discuss the form and content of your ceremony with the Register Office, as you can choose to personalise your ceremony with the addition of your choice of readings, or your own vows. Immediately before the wedding, The Registrar has a legal requirement to see you both privately (and individually if you prefer) to confirm the details to be entered into the marriage register. Remember to ask The Registrar about taking photographs and videos during the ceremony itself, and don't leave this detail until the actual day. ♥

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Making life easier with a

Wedding Co-ordinator The average bride spends 250 hours planning her dream wedding, the equivalent of six weeks full time work, trying to put together the most magical and memorable day of her life. There is real skill involved in turning that fantasy into reality and an experienced wedding co-ordinator will be able to help you realise your dreams, whether on a small or grand scale, traditional or contemporary, in a city or countryside setting. A wedding co-ordinator can save you valuable time searching for the right venue or supplier. They can reduce stress, save you money and help provide professional event co-ordination on the day. Some of the key elements of what a wedding co-ordinator can do for you are: • Help you set a realistic budget and stick to it! • Help you find a venue and secure the booking; • Deal with the suppliers including the florist, caterers, photographers, entertainment etc.; • Develop a schedule and work plan and ensure you keep track of progress; • Send out invitations for you and collate the replies; • Advise on wedding etiquette and help diffuse stressful situations, such as dealing with seating plans without offending relatives; • Deal with the hire of any outfits and ensure they are returned on time; • Advise on any new trends, suggesting creative ways to make your wedding unique; • Manage the invoices from suppliers and advise you of the final costs; • Negotiate preferential rates with suppliers; • Keep you fully informed throughout the whole process; • Supervise the wedding day to ensure everything runs to the timetable and manage the bridal party and ushers, reminding them of their responsibilities. 40 T H E W E D D I N G G U I D E

Save valuable time and minimise stress with a Wedding Co-ordinator

An increasingly popular choice for those brides who have planned their own wedding day is to hire an 'on-the-day' co-ordinator who can take care of the day behind the scenes. They can help with common concerns such as: • What happens on the big day? • Do I have to keep my mobile phone close by in case of an emergency? • What do I do if there are any late minute emergencies, such as the florist hasn't turned up or the venue has been dressed incorrectly? An 'on-the-day' co-ordinator can solve any problems quickly and quietly to ensure everything runs smoothly in exactly the way you want, leaving you free to enjoy your special day. ♥

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Top tips for a gorgeous groom It is very important that the outfit chosen by the groom echoes the style or colours of the bridal party. Once the bride has decided on her colour theme, it is time for the groom to decide on his attire. There are lots of different possibilities when it comes to choosing your formalwear, from tailored lounge suits to a traditional morning suit, the classic Prince Edward or the timeless frock coat. Whatever style you decide on, make sure you feel comfortable in it. The traditional morning suit is a formal jacket with long tails in black, navy, grey or brown, teamed with pin striped trousers in the same or complimentary colours. A traditional cravat can look most effective, although some men prefer a traditional formal tie to complete the look. A modern day suit can look sharp and sophisticated and is ideal for a register office wedding or for those grooms who prefer a more informal option. Lightweight summer lounge suits, worn 42 T H E W E D D I N G G U I D E

with an open neck shirt, offer a comfortable choice for overseas weddings in hot climates. For a modern classic, consider the Prince Edward, a three quarter length jacket with contemporary styling and available in a wider range of colours than the morning suit. ♥

Top tips when it comes to choosing your formal wear: • Specialist companies offer good advice: listen to what they say • Take time to visit them in person • Start to rule in or out certain suit styles, find what you feel comfortable in • Book as early as possible to avoid disappointment, aim for at least three months before the wedding • For those finishing touches, wear a double cuff sleeve with cufflinks and ensure your shoes are shiny.

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Speech! For those who have to make a speech on the big day (traditionally the Father of the Bride, The Best Man and The Groom), it can be a very worrying time. Will people laugh in the right places? Will I be able to get my words out? Will everyone enjoy it? If you don’t take things too seriously and speak from the heart you will be on the right track. Here are a few basic hints and tips to help you on your way... • Remember that your audience understands that the speeches are a big deal, they are warmed to the happiness of the occasion and are on your side. • Try and keep your speech short, if you go on for too long you are likely to lose people. • If you don’t feel confident memorising the speech, you could use prompt cards. Try to look around the room and engage with people rather than just looking down at the cards. • Consider the range of people in your audience as you don’t want to offend Auntie Mary! Keep it light and funny without being rude, crude or sarcastic. • Try and use a funny memory as your opening line to get a laugh – this will help relax you into the rest of the speech and grabs the attention of the guests. • Remember the correct wedding speech etiquette and don’t forget to thank the right people for all their help. • Finally, don’t panic. If the worst happens and you forget the words just start speaking from the heart and your audience will be applauding for more!

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Your ‘attendants’ Chief Bridesmaid/Maid of Honour When considering who to choose to be your Chief Bridesmaid remember that you will need somebody you can rely on, who will be your rock and a shoulder to cry on in times of stress but also someone you trust to be completely honest and a good organiser (for hen night purposes!). Whether you choose your sister or a close friend, their role will start long before the wedding day and some of the duties involve: • Helping the Bride choose her dress. • Organise the hen party. • Organise an Emergency Kit for on the day (nail file, safety pins, needle & thread etc). • Attend the wedding rehearsal. • Help the Bride dress on the day and arrange the veil and train before the Bride heads off down the aisle. • Take the bouquet from the Bride during the service. • Be available for anything the Bride might need you for!

What about the Best Man? It is always an honour to be asked to be a Best Man and the role can vary depending on how much help the Groom needs. There are however certain traditional duties that should fall to the Best Man and they are: • Organise the stag party (but make sure nothing terrible happens to the Groom!) • Attend the wedding rehearsal. • Travel with the Groom to the ceremony, keep him calm and make sure he’s on time. • Take very good care of the wedding rings until they are required by the vicar/registrar. • Escort the Chief Bridesmaid down the aisle after the wedding ceremony. • The Big One – The Best Man’s Speech! 46 T H E W E D D I N G G U I D E


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Helen and Guy met at the Woodplumpton young farmers club and became a couple 9 years ago. Guy tried to propose to Helen many times, but his attempts at a romantic weekend away or a candle-lit meal just never happened, mainly down to Helen, so in the end he put the ring in his empty butty box, for Helen to find when she was washing-up. The shock of finding such a lovely surprise meant it took half an hour until Helen finally realised that it wasn’t a joke and accepted. Their marriage took place at St John Baptist Church, Broughton in Preston and the reception was held in a marquee at Helen’s parent’s farm. It started as a typical rainy day but that soon cleared and the sun even came out. “It was very personal and unique being on the farm and having a marquee meant we could comfortably accommodate all of our guests.... plus there was no shortage of volunteers at milking time!!” Memorable Moments “The whole day was so amazing, like a dream. We had a beautiful service, were surrounded by good company (our family and friends) with a relaxed atmosphere. Everyone enjoyed great food and excellent entertainment. We couldn’t have wished for anything more.” Honeymoon “A log cabin on the shore of Loch Awe, Dalavich in Argyllshire, Scotland. “

Top tip from Helen “Make sure you plan what you (the bride & groom) want for YOUR wedding day and not to take too much notice of what other people think as you can’t please everyone, but you both need to be happy as you’re only going to do it once.” Wedding Gown: Ian Stuart from Dan Kerr Brides Bridesmaids: Lazaro from Mears Ghyll Bridal Rooms Junior bridesmaids: Juno! Hand made by Julie Johnson Menswear: Hellewell Menswear Preston Hair: Harpers in Fulwood Flowers: H. Holmes Florist Preston Tiara: Mears Ghyll Bridal Rooms Photographer: Alex O’Neill Photographer Wedding Rings: George Banks Jewellers Preston Catering and bar services: Derby Arms at Thornley Marquee: Evans Marquee Hire T H E W E D D I N G G U I D E 49

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Choosing the right wedding photographer can seem daunting. There are a few key things to look out for that will help you make the right choice. You need to feel personally comfortable with your wedding photographer – they’ll be capturing your emotions and working closely with your family and friends on your special day. Some wedding photographers favour a traditional approach with others offering more contemporary images. Some photographers will be able to provide you with a combination of styles. Make sure you see examples of their relevant work to get a good feel whether they are the right choice for you. It’s important that you understand exactly what you’ll be getting from your photographer. Although many now offer straight-forward packages do not be afraid to clarify exactly what your photographer will do on the day itself and provide you with after the event. Do check you know what’s included in the price and what will cost extra. It’s worth arranging your photographer early in your planning as good photographers often get booked well in advance. To form an idea of the types of photographs you want captured take a look at as many examples as you can. Discuss this with your photographer and any friends who have recently got married. Often friends or relatives who are keen amateurs offer their services for free. Whilst it may be tempting to take them up for reasons of politeness or economy, you do not want to take risks with your precious photographs! If you want to guarantee high quality wedding photographs then you’re probably best to leave the task to the professionals. To avoid causing offence to Uncle Bob, maybe you could offer him the important role of capturing candid images of the guests through the day? ♥ 50 T H E W E D D I N G G U I D E

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Dazzling Smiles You may have the beautiful dress and the expensive jewellery but the best thing you can wear on your wedding day is your smile. We would all like to have perfect teeth or at least a beautiful smile especially on your big day. Unfortunately, many of us are cursed with broken, crooked or discoloured teeth. However, with recent developments in cosmetic dentistry, even the most unattractive of smiles can be given a complete makeover. Your wedding photographs should show your happiness for a lifetime and as you start planning your wedding it might be just the right time to consider cosmetic dentistry. From a few ďŹ llings to a full smile makeover, the possibilities are endless. A great Cosmetic Dentist will be able to offer you a variety of treatments that will suit your needs. ♼

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Blooming marvellous An artistic florist will be able to suggest a range of stunning designs for your wedding bouquet and floral arrangements that complement your dress, the theme of your wedding and the ceremony venue. Make sure you are prepared for your consultation. Try to take with you samples of the fabric that will make up your dress, and colour swatches for your gown, the bridesmaids’ dresses and groom's formalwear, as the florist will need this information to help them prepare ideas of beautiful arrangements for you. The traditional colours for a bridal bouquet are ivory and white, but don't be afraid to add a hint of colour for that element of understated sophistication. The groom's buttonhole should be worn on his left lapel, and should echo the bride's bouquet. This is to celebrate the tradition of a Knight wearing his Lady's colours to display his love. The ushers

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and groomsmen should wear a slightly different flower on their lapel, but it should also feature in the main bouquet. Bridesmaids’ flowers will also differ from your bouquet, but should still coordinate with the general floral theme, as should corsages for the mothers and buttonholes for the fathers. Flowers could be selected for personal reasons, or because of what they traditionally represent, i.e. Lilies represent majesty, roses symbolise love, freesias symbolise purity, and baby's breath represents innocence. Silk flowers are becoming more popular too, enabling you to choose exquisite imitators that will last a lifetime. Buying flowers in season can save you money, so pick flowers according to the time of year and be ecofriendly too! It is always a good idea to request that your florist give you an itemised bill in advance, and make sure that you in turn supply the florist with the names, addresses, and times for delivery of your bouquet, buttonholes, corsages and floral arrangements. You'll need a number of other floral pieces for your wedding, including displays for the altar, centrepieces for reception tables, sprays for candelabra, corsages for those who assist with various reception duties, and floral "tokens" for special guests. Ask your florist for guidance. Their artistry, knowledge of wedding protocol and ability to listen to your needs will ensure that you'll get good value for your money, and have the perfect floral accents to enhance your wedding day. ♥

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Why not try a vibrant red and blooming rose theme to set everyone’s heart uttering, creating a truly romantic look? Ideal for a Winter wedding.

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Red Heart Balloon £1.99

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Rose Petals £19.99

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For something completely different why not try... ...stunning Ice sculptures, a yummy chocolate fountain, a candy buffet or, for a romantic touch, release white doves? For an alternative to flowers as table centrepieces, why not consider an ice sculpture? Ice sculptures, crystal clear and hand carved, which may include engraved names and dates, are a fantastic and unique way to introduce a real wow at any wedding. Or why not include a chocolate fountain at your reception? Your guests are sure to enjoy the indulgence offered as an extra treat. Speak to suppliers about the type of chocolate they use - is it pure Belgian chocolate or is it mixed with oil? Can it be supplied in different colours or flavours? What items for dipping are included? Why not wow your guests with the latest trend in candy buffets or pick ‘n’ mix display stands. Packed full of delicious sweeties, they not only add fun and colour to the wedding reception but are a wonderful way to take people back to their childhood days and are a fantastic talking point. A gorgeous spread of candy will be set up at the reception where guests can browse and indulge their sweet tooths. The sweets will be displayed in elegant glass jars and can be used as part of the dessert or set out as a "make your own" party favour table with decorative bags that guests can take home with them. For that extra romantic touch, what better way is there to celebrate your love than releasing white doves? The dove has long been a symbol of Freedom, Love, and Peace, and is viewed worldwide as a messenger of serenity. ♥

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When you visit a potential wedding venue there may be certain aspects that you absolutely love and some that you don’t love quite so much! If you are concerned about the decor then there is no need to worry, there are companies that can provide you with services that can transform a typical function room into a breathtaking vision that you and your guests will never forget. If you are after a dreamy, romantic atmosphere why not go for swags of tulle, clusters of white balloons and twinkling fairy lights. You can create a sophisticated, timeless look by using the same items but add in sumptuous floral arrangements and candles. Whatever look you want to create, there will be someone who can create it for you. But be mindful of the canvas you are working with. If your venue is a historic building then you don’t want to cover beautiful plush walls with 12 ft banners. So don’t fight against what you have to work with but consider your surroundings carefully and work with them.

Places you may wish to decorate: • Doorways, entrances and exits (including the driveway leading to the venue) • Walls and windows • The ceiling (particularly in a marquee) • Lighting on the dance floor • Fireplaces • Door handles and staircases • The Top Table • Guests’ tables & chairs Be careful not to clutter the venue with too much decoration though, less is usually more! A good venue decorator will help and guide you make the right choices to create a stunning look so that when your guests arrive, they think WOW. ♥ 60 T H E W E D D I N G G U I D E

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Creating a beautiful room Your wedding day is unique to you and how your venue is decorated can reflect your personality and set the scene for your wedding day.

For a start unless the chairs are dressed, the room can feel more like a corporate event than a wedding! Adding chair covers and bows can totally transform the room and make a real difference to the overall look you want to achieve for your big day. A good venue dresser will be happy to arrange a consultation with you, so you can see the quality of their linen and examples of their past work. It’s also important to discuss your options and pick colours to match in with your theme – or at the very least request some colour swatches to ensure you are totally happy with your choice. Why not add some extra finishing touches to enhance each sash such as butterflies, diamante buckles, flowers or any other items that fit in with your overall theme.

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For a civil ceremony consider adding an aisle runner in white or ivory, along with some aisle swaging and scatter petals – this can really help set the scene for your day and can cover up a carpet which clashes with your colour scheme! There are endless options when it comes to picking a centrepiece – such as a traditional floral arrangement in a tall, cube or fishbowl vase, or a more contemporary option such as a Crystal Trees, Candelabra, Martini Vase, Birdcage or Ostrich Feather Arrangement. A good venue dresser will be happy to get creative with you to find the combination that fits in with your overall theme and budget. ♥

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Popular DJs, bands and singers get booked well in advance


When you start considering what type of music and entertainment you would like at your wedding, you will realise that the choice is endless. Should you go for a DJ, a live singer, a band or a combination – whatever you decide make sure they are going to hit the right note to ensure you have the party of a lifetime. Arranging your wedding music really should be high priority as popular DJs, bands and singers get booked up well in advance. Ideally you should hear the DJ, singer or band before you book them to make sure they will create the right atmosphere for you and your guests. Your DJ or band should discuss with you what type of music you would like for your first dance and a good DJ or bandleader will gather all the guests together to make it a very special time. Close-up magic can provide the perfect ice breaker for a wedding reception. A good magician will mingle with your guests performing a range of miracles in front of their eyes. They will move from group to group engaging guests with their magic and leave them with something shared to talk about, even if they have just met. Fireworks are becoming an increasingly popular and spectacular finale to the day's events. When deciding whether you wish to pursue this unique spectacle, there are some basic rules to follow. The venue must of course be of a suitable size, and the owner will need to give their permission. The larger the display, the larger the display area required, and a site visit with the company is essential. Finally, do inform your photographer/ videographer in advance about the display so they can be prepared to capture the spectacle. If they require any specialist knowledge on the filming of fireworks, the firework company should be able to assist. ♥

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Your stationery can be the first indication of the theme of your wedding

Announce your wedding in style Your wedding stationery will give your guests the first hint of the style and colour theme of your wedding. You may be looking for something quite simple and contemporary, elegant and romantic or elaborate and bold – whatever you decide to go for, you won’t be disappointed with the choice available. So what items are you likely to need? Save the Date Cards – to make sure all your family and friends keep their diary free on the chosen day. Invitations – Remember that you will only need one per family but it’s always wise to order a few extra just in case. Reply Cards – these can be included with your invitations to encourage a prompt response from your guests. Order of Service – Usually you would give one to each guest at a church wedding but when thinking of numbers consider friends coming to watch who may not be invited to the day time. 66 T H E W E D D I N G G U I D E

Table Plan/Place Cards/Menus – can all be designed to match the colour and theme of your wedding and add that bit of luxury and formality to the event. Favours For Your Guests – Bomboniere or wedding favours have traditionally been given to wedding guests for many years. Way back in history bomboniere were small trinket boxes containing sugar cubes or delicate confections which symbolised wealth of the family. Years later the sugar cubes were replaced with 5 almonds which symbolised fertility, wealth, longevity, health and happiness. Today, the choice for wedding favours is endless from petite boxes of chocolates to alcoholic miniatures. Becoming more popular are charity favours where you can donate money to a favourite charity on behalf of your guests. ♥

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Other than the dress, bridal hair and makeup is one of the most important things to get right on your big day. You want to look the best you possibly can and the right hair style and makeup ďŹ nishes the fabulous look and truly makes you feel amazing. Book your makeup artist and hairdresser early (at least 6 months before) to make sure they have your date free.

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4 months to go Find a skincare regime you can do at home – Four months before is a great time to start to clear up any skin problems and begin a new beauty routine. This would be a great time to seek advice from beauty experts to see which products suit you best.

3 months to go Choose a reputable hairdresser – If you are considering changing the colour of your hair, now is the time to do it. This gives you the chance to either get used to the colour and if you don’t like it you have time to go back to your previous colour. This is also the time to start deciding on styles. With so many to choose from choosing the right style is crucial. A top tip would be to go to the hairdresser wearing a top similar to the style of your dress (you can do this simply by manipulating a top you already have or buying one to chop and change). This will help you visualise your hair as it will be when you are wearing your dress. You may already have a good idea of how you

want your hair to look, but remember how it will look on your photos too, as this will be something you will look at forever.

2 months to go Find a beautician – This is also the best time to book a course of facials. Facials will help to deep cleanse your skin and give you that little bit of extra confidence. This is also a great time to test your fake tan and trial your makeup. A test run tan will enable you to see how the tan develops and if you are happy with the colour. You can also adapt your makeup to suit your newly tanned skin tone. It is a good idea to take a camera along and take pictures of your desired look so that it can be exactly recreated on the day.

1 month to go Now that everything is booked, start to relax – Get plenty of sleep on the weeks leading up to your wedding as well as cutting down on alcohol and drinking plenty of water. This will give you an extra boost on the day and ensure that your skin is beautiful and glowing. ♥

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Your carriage awaits Wedding cars have been getting brides to the church in style for years. It’s one aspect that usually stays true to tradition, with brides opting for vintage or classical cars such as a Rolls Royce, Daimler, Bentley or Limousine for transport. However, for the more adventurous bride there are other alternatives that are sure to make an impression as you pull up to the church. Other options include: Horse drawn carriage, VW Vans, Mustangs, Lamborghinis and even Beetles or Minis.

The Car It is important to book your transport about 6 months ahead and visit car companies that are local so that they are familiar with the route and have a good idea of traffic conditions. Cars usually have white ribbons running along the front but these can be changed to match the theme of the day if you wish. The price usually includes a complementary bottle of champagne; however there may be extras, such as requested music, for an extra charge. You also need to know how many cars you will need: Which car will take you, which car will take the bridesmaids. As the bridesmaids usually arrive before the bride it is advisable to have separate cars that leave at different times.

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advance so you can view the carriages and decide what you want for the day. You must remember that the horses will have to stand still for long periods of time and traffic on the road can prove stressful for them so choose a reputable company that has good experience with horses. Finally, don’t forget that horses move much slower than cars, so make sure you leave enough time to get to the church and that the roads are suitable for the ride. ♥

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The Circle of Love Your wedding ring is a public symbol of your everlasting love and commitment to each other, yet many couples will leave buying them until the very last minute. Start thinking about your wedding rings as soon as you start your planning as there are a few points to consider. Remember, they will be worn for the rest of your lives together.

Choosing the style, metal and colour Your style of wedding ring should reflect your own personal style; it should also compliment your engagement ring and can also be chosen to match your groom's ring if you wish. Wedding rings come in a variety of metals, colours and styles. When choosing rings it’s best to go for a colour or style you’re not likely to get bored with, so it’s best not to follow high fashion. Consider your personality and your engagement ring style – if your engagement ring is classic, vintage, unusual or even bespoke, then your wedding ring will probably need to match. The Ancient Egyptian belief is that a circular ring was a sign of undying, never ending love, a love without a beginning or an end. Whatever you and your groom choose, it’s nice to have rings that match in some way, either in their metal or pattern.

Make sure it fits!

If you are buying your wedding rings from a jewellers then they will measure your fingers instore to size the rings. If you choose to buy your rings online, many companies will now send out a ring measurer before you place your order so you can be sure to order the correct size. When measuring, it’s worth remembering that your fingers will swell up in the heat, shrink in the cold and get bigger as the day goes on. Most jewellers recommend measuring in the afternoon when you are warm for a snug fit and then re-measuring again in the morning when you are cool to ensure the ring size is perfect. Achieving the correct fit is vital, as nothing else you own will compete with the number of hours you will wear your wedding ring. ♥

Choosing your rings It’s best to decide on a design at least two to three months before the big day, although you will need to allow longer for a bespoke design. This should give you plenty of time for choosing, measuring, sizing and resizing if need be. Agree on your budget and then spend some time looking at what is available. Specialist wedding ring makers allow you to design your own rings and have them made – the ultimate in wearing your own individual style. A specialist ring designer and maker will be able to translate your style requirements into a unique wedding ring or rings just for you. An alternative could be personalising your rings with an engraving of the date of your wedding or a personal message. Images courtesy of

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Changing your name Although some brides in today's modern world choose not to change their last name, the practice of adding a hyphen followed by your husband’s surname is becoming popular. Whether you decide to adopt your husband’s surname or not, to avoid problems at a later date, you should make your decision about formally changing your name as quickly as possible. This checklist should help you with all the different areas where you may need to change your name but please remember that a copy of your marriage certificate may be required. • Social Security • Bank Accounts rth • Credit Cards It’s wo ing • Dr/Dental Record practis new • Car Registration your writing re in • Passport signatu ! • Driving License e advanc • Insurance Policies • Credit Rating • Employment Records • Memberships & Subscriptions

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Boudoir originally comes from the French word “Bouder” meaning “to pout or sulk”. It is also used to describe a lady’s bedroom, dressing room or private sitting room which can lead to thoughts of beautiful and elegant things. Boudoir photography involves tasteful, artistic images, in various stages of boudoir attire. It is through Boudoir photography that a woman is made to feel good about her body and to feel confident about her appearance. Whilst paintings capture the beauty of a woman according to how the artist sees her, photography captures the woman as she is.

There are so many different genres of boudoir photography ranging from vintage, burlesque, pinup and bridal boudoir. A good Boudoir photographer will work on producing intimate images that are beautifully lit, showing elegance and classic sophistication. Take time out to discover the world of Boudoir photography, where you will have fun in relaxed and comfortable surroundings, whilst producing a portfolio of images that make you look gorgeous, seductive, radiant and empowered. Boudoir shoots are a special and unique experience and an album of your shots would make a perfect present for your Groom on your wedding day – we are pretty sure he’d love it! ♥

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Yummy Scrummy Cakes Wedding cakes have been a staple of a traditional British wedding since the Tudors’ first creation measuring a whopping 30” x 16”. However it wasn’t until the Victorian era that tiers where first introduced that mirror the cakes we recognise today. It is thought that a London baker took inspiration from the aptly named St Bride’s Church spire to design Queen Victoria’s wedding cake. This started a trend among the Royals who where then challenged to make bigger and better cakes every time.


Nowadays your wedding cake can be any style, shape, flavour and colour you want


Traditionally, fruit cake is preferred for weddings. However nowadays wedding cakes can be any style, shape, flavour and colour you want; from lemon, vanilla sponge, chocolate, fruit or carrot cake, designs and styles can be unique and add a little extra Wow factor to the day. Some brides are even opting for hundreds of cupcakes, meringues, profiteroles in a stack or even going against all tradition and choosing a chocolate fountain. You should visit a cake designer at least 6 months before your wedding so you are aware of the choices on offer and you can gain an idea of how you want your cake to look. Most cake designers will require some details such as the number of guests, the colour of the bride’s and bridesmaids’ dresses and the colour of the flowers. On the day the cake will be delivered and set up by the confectioner, but do check if this service is included in the price. The cake’s first cut should be made by the bride and groom as this signifies their shared future together. Some couples tend to save the top tier of a rich fruit cake until the christening of their first child. Whatever you decide to go for, choosing the cake will be lots of fun! ♥ T H E W E D D I N G G U I D E 77

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Your Wedding GiftWish List! What a great opportunity to create a wish list of all your most favourite things! What shall you ask for? Well the gifts you choose will depend on what stage of your life you are at. If you are a young couple just setting up home together for the first time you will need all the basics: china, pots and pans, bed linen, towels and glassware etc. For couples getting married in their thirties it is more likely that you own a home or have lived together, so you probably already have most of the basic household items. If this is the case you may wish to consider asking for more luxurious items like garden furniture, or state-of-the-art kitchen equipment. You could suggest a group of friends or relatives club together to buy the more expensive gifts between them.

Gift List Top Tips • Create your gift list at least three months before the wedding day to take account of order and delivery lead times. • You should allow at least a month to compile your list, and it’s unlikely that you will choose all your items in one session. • Cater for all budgets when choosing items for your list. You don’t want anyone to feel pressured into buying a gift they cannot afford. • Include a wide variety of gifts so your guests have plenty to choose from. • Try and think ahead – you may not be interested in a fancy dinner service now but it could come in useful later on. • If you choose to compile a list at a large department store, make sure you sign up as early as possible. • Keep a note of all the people who bought you a gift and what they bought you – this will help with your Thank You notes. • Consider taking out wedding insurance to cover all your gifts.

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Civil Partnerships Following the Civil Partnership Act of 2004, same sex couples can now make a formal, legally recognised commitment to each other by entering into a Civil Partnership.

Civil partners will have equal treatment in a wide range of legal matters like married couples, including: • • • • • • • •

Tax, including inheritance tax Employment benefits Most state and occupational pension benefits; Income related benefits, tax credits and child support Duty to provide reasonable maintenance for your civil partner and any children of the family Ability to apply for parental responsibility for your civil partner’s child Protection from domestic violence Recognition for immigration and nationality purposes

In a similar way to traditional marriages, a couple must give notice of a proposed civil partnership to the local register office, even if they intend to register elsewhere. They can only do this once they have lived in the area for at least seven days. Each of them must give this notice in person. The notice must include where the couple wish the civil partnership registration to take place. Once notices have been given, the register office must keep information relating to the notices on public display for 15 days. This should be in both the area in which the registration is to take place and in the area in which both partners live. The registration cannot proceed until the 15-day waiting period has passed for each of the notices. This is to allow any person to make an objection in a similar way to a marriage. Once the 15-day waiting period has expired, if there are no objections to the registration of the civil partnership and no legal reasons why it

cannot go ahead, the register office must provide the couple with a legal document called a civil partnership schedule. The couple will need this in order to register a civil partnership. A civil partnership must be registered within 12 months of the first notice being recorded. If registration is not done within this time limit, they cannot register without starting the process again. Two people are regarded as having registered a civil partnership once each of them has signed the schedule or licence in front of two witnesses and the civil partnership registrar. The witnesses and registrar must also sign the document. A Civil Partnership Ceremony is similar to a traditional civil wedding, with opportunities for music and readings that are secular in nature. ♥ For further info visit T H E W E D D I N G G U I D E 87

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Sunday 4th September 2011 Bury Town Hall Elizabethan Suite, Knowsley Street, Town Hall, Bury, BL9 0SW Time: 11am-4pm Contact: 0161 761 7851

Sunday 11th September 2011 Midland Hotel Wedding Fayre Midland Hotel, 16 Peter St, Manchester, M60 2DS Time: 11am - 4pm Contact: 0161 212 1490

Sunday 4th September 2011 Chill Factore Wedding Fayre Chill Factore, Trafford Quays Leisure Village, Trafford Way, Manchester, M41 7JA Time: 12-4pm Contact: 0161 925 4289

Sunday 11th September 2011 The Bury Wedding Show Bolholt Country Park Hotel, Walshaw Road, Bury, Lancashire, BL8 1PU Time: 11am - 4pm Contact: 0161 762 4000

Sunday 4th September 2011 Shaw Hill Hotel Wedding Fair Preston Road, Whittle-leWoods, Near Chorley, Lancashire, PR6 7PP Time: 12 - 4pm Contact: 01257 269 221 Thursday 8th September 2011 The Place Hotel Ducie Street, Manchester, M1 2TP Time: 5 - 8pm Contact: 0161 778 7500 Sunday 11th September 2011 Brockholes Wedding Fayre Brockholes Junction 31, M6 Time: 11am - 3pm Contact: My Fayre Ladies 0800 230 0907

Sunday 11th September 2011 Westleigh Wedding Fair Westleigh Conference Centre, Lea Road, Lea, Preston, PR4 0RB Time: 11.30 - 4pm Contact: 01772 894 500 Wednesday 14th September 2011 Garstang Country Hotel Wedding Fair Garstang Country Hotel and Golf Club, Bowgreave Drive, Garstang, Lancashire, PR3 1YE Time: 6.30pm - 9.30pm Contact: 01995 600 100

Sunday 11th September 2011 Cresta Court Wedding Fair Best Western Cresta Court Hotel, Church Street Altrincham, WA14 4DP Time: 11am - 3pm Contact: 0161 927 2613

Saturday 17th & Sunday 18th September 2011 The Manchester Bridal Show at The Triangle Shopping Centre, Exchange Square, Manchester, M4 3TR Time: Sat 9am - 5pm Time: Sun 11am - 5pm Contact: 0151 227 0179

Sunday 11th September 2011 Heron's Reach Wedding Fayre Village Heron's Reach, East Park Drive, Blackpool, FY3 8LL Time: 11 - 3 pm Contact: 01253 832581

Sunday 18th September 2011 Park Hall Hotel Wedding Fair Park Hall Hotel, Park Hall Road, Charnock Richard, Chorley, PR7 5LP Time: 11.30 - 4pm Contact: 01257 455 000

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Sunday 18th September 2011 Red Hall Wedding Fair Manchester Road, Walmersley, Bury, Lancashire. BL9 5NA Time: 11-4pm Contact: 01706 822476 Sunday 18th September 2011 The Bolton Wedding Show The Last Drop Village, Bromley Cross, Bolton, BL7 9PZ Time: 11am - 3.30pm Contact: 07962 226543 Sunday 18th September 2011 The Hilton Blackpool Wedding Fayre The Hilton Hotel, North Promenade, Blackpool, FY1 2JQ Time: 11.30am-4pm Contact: 01253 792110 Sunday 18th September 2011 Watermillock Suite Wedding Fayre Watermillock Suite, Toby Carvery, Bolton BL1 8TJ Time: 12 - 4pm Contact: Susan on 0161 761 7851 Sunday 25th September 2011 Aintree Wedding Show Aintree Racecourse, Ormskirk Road, Aintree, Liverpool, L9 5AS Time: 11 - 4pm Contact: 0151 227 0179 Sunday 25th September 2011 Airport Marriott Wedding Fayre Manchester Airport Marriott Hotel, Hale Rd, Hale Barns, Manchester, WA15 8XW Time: 11-3pm Contact: 0161 925 4289 Sunday 25th September 2011 Preston Marriott Wedding Fair Garstang Road, Broughton, Preston, PR3 5JB Time: 12pm- 4pm Contact: 01772 866 503 Sunday 25th September 2011 Reebok Autumn Wedding Fair De Vere Whites Hotel, De Havilland Way, Bolton, Greater Manchester, BL6 6SF Time: 11am - 3pm Contact: 0845 313 9463 Sunday 25th September 2011 Springfield House Hotel Wedding Fair Springfield House Hotel Wheel Lane, Pilling, PR3 6HL Time: 12 - 4pm Contact: 07969 847760 Sunday 25th September 2011 Park Royal Wedding Fayre The Park Royal Hotel, Stretton, Warrington, WA4 4NS Time: 11 - 4pm Contact: 0161 212 1490

Sunday 2nd October 2011 Broadfield Park Hotel Sparrow Hill, Rochdale, Lancashire OL16 1AF Time: 11 - 4pm Contact: 0161 761 7851 Sunday 2nd October 2011 Burnley Football Club Wedding Fayre Turf Moor, Harry Potts Way, Burnley, BB10 4BX Time: 11 - 4pm Contact: 01282 700 008 Sunday 2nd October 2011 Croxteth Hall Wedding Show Croxteth Hall & Country Park, Liverpool, L12 0HB Time: 11 - 4pm Contact: 0151 227 0179 Sunday 2nd October 2011 Fylde Rugby Club Wedding Fair Fylde Rugby Club, Blackpool Rd, Lytham, St Anneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, FY8 4EL Time: 12 - 4pm Contact: 07969 847760 Sunday 2nd October 2011 Manchester Marriott Wedding Fayre Marriott Victoria & Albert Hotel, Water Street, Manchester, M3 4JQ Time: 11 - 4pm Contact: 0161 212 1490 Sunday 2nd October 2011 Norton Grange Wedding Fair Norton Grange Hotel and Spa, Manchester Road, Castleton, Rochdale, OL11 2XZ Time: 12.30 - 4pm Contact: 01706 630 788 Sunday 2nd October 2011 The Village Hotel Bury Autumn Wedding Fair Waterfold Business Park, Rochdale Road, Bury, BL9 7BQ Time: 11am - 3pm Contact: 0845 313 9463 Sunday 2nd October 2011 Village Hotel Hyde Wedding Fayre Captain Clarke Road, Hyde, Manchester SK14 4QG Time: 12-4pm Contact: 0161 366 3721 Sunday 9th October 2011 Last Drop Village Autumn Wedding Fair Hospital Road, Bromley Cross, Bolton, BL7 9PZ Time: 11am - 3pm Contact: 0845 313 9463 Sunday 9th October 2011 Queen Elizabeth Hall Wedding Fayre Chadderton Suite, QE Hall, West Street, Oldham, OL1 1UT Time: 11 - 3pm Contact: 0800 230 0907

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Sunday 9th October 2011 Wrightington Hotel Wedding Fayre Wrightington Hotel & Country Club, Moss Lane, Wrightington, WN69PB Time: 12 - 4pm Contact: 01257 425 803 Sunday 16th October 2011 Bacup Hub Wedding Fair Bacup Hub, Burnley Road, Bacup, OL13 8AG Time: 11-4pm Contact: 01706 875 550 Sunday 16th October 2011 Crewe Hall Wedding Fayre Crewe Hall Hotel, Weston Road, Crewe, Cheshire, CW1 6UZ Time: 11-4pm Contact: 0161 212 1490

Sunday 23rd October 2011 Stockport Town Hall Edward Street, Stockport, SK1 3XE Time: 11am to 3pm Contact: 0161 925 4289 Saturday 29th & Sunday 30th October 2011 Manchester Central Wedding Show Formerly GMEX, Windmill Street, City Centre, Manchester, M2 3GX Time: 10am - 5pm Contact: 01704 882 055 Sunday 30th October 2011 Swallow Hotel Wedding Fayre Swallow Hotel, Preston New Road, Salmesbury, Preston, PR5 0UL Time: 11.30am – 4pm Contact: 01253 792110

Sunday 16th October 2011 Ewood Park Wedding Fair Blackburn Rovers Football Club, Ewood Park, Blackburn, Lancashire, BB2 4JF Time: 11-3pm Contact: 0845 313 9463

Sunday 6th November 2011 Talking Point Conference Centre Wedding Fair Talking Point Conference Centre, Huddersfield Road, Saddleworth, Oldham, Lancashire, OL4 4AG Time: 11-4pm Contact: 01457 877 471

Sunday 16th October 2011 Dunkenhalgh Hotel Wedding Fair Blackburn Road, Clayton Le Moors, BLACKBURN, BB5 5JP Time: 12 - 4pm Contact: 01254 398 021

Sunday 20th November 2011 Carlton Hotel Wedding Fayre Best Western Carlton Hotel, 282 – 286 North Promenade, Blackpool, FY1 2EZ Time: 12 - 4pm Contact: 01253 792110

Sunday 16th October 2011 The Monastery Wedding Fayre The Monastery Manchester Ltd, Gorton Lane, Manchester, M12 5WF Time: 11-3pm Contact: 0161 925 4289

Sunday 20th November 2011 The Premier Asian Wedding Show Midland Hotel, Peter Street, Manchester, M60 2DS Time: 11am - 5 pm Contact:

Sunday 16th October 2011 Tiffany’s Hotel Wedding Fayre 250-262 North Promenade, Blackpool, FY1 1SA Time: 12 – 4pm Contact: 01253 792110

Saturday 14th & Sunday 15th January 2012 The Liverpool Wedding Show Knowsley Safari Park, Prescot, Merseyside, L34 4AN. Time: 10 - 5pm Contact: 0151 227 9179

Thursday 20th October 2011 The Pines Hotel Wedding Fair The Pines Hotel, Preston Road, Clayton-le-Woods, Chorley, PR6 7ED Time: 5-9pm Contact: 01772 338 551

Sunday 15th January 2012 The Lowry Hotel Wedding Fair The Lowry Hotel, 50 Dearmans Place, Chapel Wharf, Manchester, M3 5LH Time: 12-4pm Contact: 0161 925 4289

Sunday 23rd October 2011 Ellesmere Wedding Fayre Ellesmere Sports Club, Walkden Road, Worsley M28 2RZ Time: 12 - 4pm Contact: 0161 761 7851 Sunday 23rd October 2011 Highbury Stadium @ Fleetwood Town FC In association with Twelve Event Management, Park Ave, Fleetwood, FY7 6TX Time: 12 - 4pm Contact: 07969 847 760

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Sunday 22nd January 2012 Last Drop Village Autumn Wedding Fair Hospital Road, Bromley Cross, Bolton, BL7 9PZ Time: 11am - 3pm Contact: 0845 313 9463 Sunday 29th January 2012 Broadfield Park Hotel Sparrow Hill, Rochdale, Lancashire OL16 1AF Time: 11 - 4pm Contact: 0161 761 7851

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Who pays? Talking about the budget won’t be the most romantic conversation you’re going to have when it comes to planning your big day, but overspending isn’t very romantic either. One of the first things you need to do when you start planning your dream wedding is decide who’s paying for what. The most important thing to consider is to plan the type of wedding you can realistically afford. It is not ideal to start married life in debt. Remember, it is how you spend your money that counts, not how much you have to spend.

Traditionally, the father of the bride handled the majority of the expenses, with the groom chipping in for ceremony fees and a suitably fabulous, surprise honeymoon. But, times are changing. Many contemporary couples choose to pay for the bulk of their wedding themselves, or even to split the costs three ways – between them and both sets of parents. The question for who pays for what really comes down to who is willing and able.

A traditional breakdown of the expenses:

The Bride

The Groom

• Wedding gift for groom • Wedding ring for groom • Bridesmaids’ dresses • Gifts for Attendants • Hen Party

• Wedding gift for bride • Bride's rings • Banns, Wedding Licence and Marriage Certificate • Gifts for Best Man and Ushers • Bridal bouquet, buttonholes and corsages • Formalwear • Fees for officiating personnel

The Groom’s Family

The Bride's Family

• • • • • •

• Entire reception • Wedding gift for newlyweds • Bride's wedding outfit • Invitations and announcements • Photographs • Venue fees • Flowers • Wedding cars

Honeymoon Stag Party Wedding clothes Travelling expenses/hotel bills Wedding gift for newlyweds Shipment of wedding gifts to new home

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12 months before:

Don’t panic! There may be a huge amount to do in the run up to your big day, but our handy checklist is designed to help you through the next twelve months.

q q q q q q q q q q q q q

Choose a wedding date Decide on a budget Make a list of guests and decide on numbers Book your Church/Ceremony location Book your reception venue/caterers Send out “Save The Date” cards Choose your Bridesmaids, Ushers and Best Man Start looking for The Dress! Choose and book your photographer Choose and book your videographer Take out insurance cover Start thinking about the Honeymoon Confirm bookings in writing

8 months before: q q q q q q q

Choose bridesmaids’ dresses Choose the music, hymns and readings for the ceremony Order wedding stationery Book entertainment Choose and order your wedding cake Make an appointment with your chosen florist Select a Toastmaster

6 months before: q q q q q

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Give Notice of Marriage Purchase or hire menswear Order venue decoration/chair covers Select your wedding rings Book a make-up artist/hairdresser and arrange a trial

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q Send out your wedding invitations q Check your passport expiry date q Check if you will need visas or vaccinations for your honeymoon destination q Choose attendants’ gifts q Buy shoes, lingerie and accessories q Choose a Gift List q Order favours q Start thinking about a seating plan q Book your wedding night accommodation q Attend initial fitting for your wedding dress q Make arrangements for Hen and Stag parties q Arrange fittings for the menswear q Buy a going away outfit and honeymoon clothes q Organise a rehearsal and let relevant people know

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4 months before:

1 month before: q q q q

Arrange a final fitting of your wedding dress Call guests who have not responded to your invitation Buy a wedding gift for each other Arrange for a final fitting for your bridesmaids, ushers and best man and arrange when to collect the outfits q Confirm timings with the venue and all relevant suppliers q Finalise the seating plan q Enjoy your hen and stag parties!

2 weeks before:

q Make a note of wedding gifts as they arrive q Confirm the date and time of the rehearsal to the relevant people q Arrange to change your name if appropriate q Speak to all your suppliers to confirm details

1 week before:

q Arrange to collect your wedding dress, bridesmaids’ dresses and the menswear q Arrange for your order of service to be given to the minister q Pack for your honeymoon q Have all your beauty treatments q Book the groom a hair cut q Organise an emergency kit for on the day q Drink plenty of water and have some early nights Relax and enjoy this time – all your hard work is about to come to fruition! T H E W E D D I N G G U I D E 95

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