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Congratulations How exciting, you’re engaged! Congratulations from all the team at The Wedding Guide and welcome to this latest edition which is packed with lots of advice, articles, fabulous recommended suppliers, real wedding features and pages of pretty things to inspire you! The guide is designed to help you find everything you need to plan your dream wedding. Our recommended suppliers will assist you every step of the way, making sure your special day is one you’ll cherish forever. Don’t forget to check out our handy Wedding Fayre Diary which you’ll find on pages 86–89 – great for planning your weekends around!

Kerys x

Happy planning!

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The Wedding Guide Spring/Summer 2012 Published and distributed by The Wedding Guide, 22 Jordan Street, Liverpool, L1 0BP. Web: Email: Telephone: 07795 283 267 Editor & Publisher: Kerys Mullen Design & Production: Neil Rees for Sunrisedp Advertising: Louise Adkin for Angel Media Administration: Hayley Moorhead Features Writer: Sarah Kane Facebook Administration: Paul Wolfenden Front cover image: Crash Taylor Welcome page image: fotografy © 2012 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



Helping with your arrangements Attendants' Duties Cars and Carriages Finishing Touches: Vintage Flowers Photography Speeches Stationery Timetable Videography Rings

43 70 52 50 44 & 46 42 64 92 48 72

His The Groom


Hers The Dress Hair Fashion Pages

14 22 18


The Reception Choosing the Venue Music and Entertainment The Cake Venue Decoration Wedding Fayre Guide Wedding Budget

32 62 54 58 86-89 95 lots more!





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Elegant Weddings see p57 07757 541 656 The Wedding House 3-4 Great George Place, Liverpool, L1 7AG 0151 709 8283



Absolute Beauty see p67 Across the Northwest 07769 186 600

Crystal Eternity Brides & Occasions see p29 17 Priory Lane, Penwortham, Preston, PR1 0AR 01772 745 555/ 07807 093 502

I Need Pampering see p5 129-131 Ducie House, Ducie St, Manchester, M1 2JW 0161 236 3558/ 0845 190 1895

Especially For You see p21 38 Derby Road, Longridge, Preston, PR3 3JT 01772 785 334

Judith Herbert Makeup Artist Across the Northwest 07768 553 769

Flamingo Fashion see p25 67 Liverpool Road, Preston, PR1 9XD 01772 744277 Nancy Jane Brides see p13 149 Barton Road, Stretford, M32 8DN 0161 865 2559 The Wedding House 3-4 Great George Place, Liverpool, L1 7AG 0151 709 8283

BALLOONS Bow So Sweet see p59 78 Manchester Road, Worsley, Manchester, M28 3LN 0161 790 5094/ 07775 326 603 6

Temple Spa see p67 Jackie Howley, Lifestyle Consultant & Manager 07932 345 558 The Wedding House 3-4 Great George Place, Liverpool, L1 7AG 0151 709 8283

BOUDOIR PHOTOGRAPHY Shy Violet Bride Photography see p69 Unit 6A, Woodend Mills, South Hill, Springhead, Saddleworth, OL4 5DR 07810 533 533

BRIDAL WEAR Claire Louise Brides see p20 603 Chorley Old Road, Heaton, Bolton, Lancashire, BL1 6BL 01204 497 777

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Crystal Eternity Brides & Occasions see p29 17 Priory Lane, Penwortham, Preston, PR1 0AR 01772 745 555/ 07807093502 Especially For You see p21 38 Derby Road, Longridge, Preston, PR3 3JT 01772 785 334 Kiku Boutique see p17 100 Tib Street, Manchester, M4 1LR 0161 819 5031 Nancy Jane Brides see p13 149 Barton Road, Stretford, M32 8DN 0161 865 2559 The Wedding House 3-4 Great George Place, Liverpool, L1 7AG 0151 709 8283

CAKES Bow So Sweet see p59 78 Manchester Road, Worsley, Manchester, M28 3LN 0161 790 5094/ 07775 326 603 The Wedding House 3-4 Great George Place, Liverpool, L1 7AG 0151 709 8283

CANDY BUFFET Bow So Sweet see p59 78 Manchester Road, Worsley, Manchester, M28 3LN 0161 790 5094/ 07775 326 603 Elegant Weddings see p57 07757 541 656

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

CARS Ferrari Groom Car Hire see p39 01254 248737 Platinum Wedding Cars see p71 Unit 5 Labtec Street, Swinton, Manchester, M27 8SE 0161 794 2025 The Camper Shak see p70 Unit 7 Woodend Business Park, Marsh Moss Lane, Burscough, L40 0PH 01704 891 728 Wedding Buggy see p71 07739 038 937 The Wedding House 3-4 Great George Place, Liverpool, L1 7AG 0151 709 8283

CEREMONY VENUES Alston Hall Alston Lane, Longridge, Preston, PR3 3BP 01772 784 661 Days Hotel see p39 Sackville Street, Manchester, M1 3BB 0161 955 8000 Fishermans Retreat see p31 Riding Head Lane, Shuttleworth, Ramsbottom, BL0 0HH 01706 825 314


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The Place Hotel see p33 Ducie Street, Manchester, M1 2TP 0161 778 7500 The Venue Finder see back cover 08452 601 106 West Tower Country House Hotel see p35 Mill Lane, Aughton, Lancashire, L39 7HJ 01695 423 328

CHAIR COVERS Beautiful Chairs see p61 0800 411 8848/07713 148 938 Bow So Sweet see p59 78 Manchester Road, Worsley, Manchester, M28 3LN 0161 790 5094/ 07775 326 603 Elegant Weddings see p57 07757 541 656 The Wedding House 3-4 Great George Place, Liverpool, L1 7AG 0151 709 8283 Wedding Creations see p57 Oswaldtwistle Mills Business & Conference Centre Clifton Mill, Pickup Street, Oswaldtwistle, BB5 0EY 01254 232 540


COMPETITIONS The Wedding Guide Facebook Prize Draw see p5 In association with I Need Pampering The Wedding Guide Honeymoon Prize Draw see p76-77 In association with Kuoni and Travel Bureau

CORSETRY Kiku Boutique see p17 100 Tib Street, Manchester, M4 1LR 0161 819 5031

CRYSTAL BOUQUETS Crystal Eternity Brides & Occasions see p29 17 Priory Lane, Penwortham, Preston, PR1 0AR 01772 745 555/ 07807 093502

DISCOS Event Entertainment Ltd see p60 The North West 07528 459 109/01257 368 706 John Norcott see p59 07951 529 421 Matt Johnson see p3 UK Wedding Singer Ltd, PO Box 210, Deeside, CH5 9DJ 07975 999 270

Elegant Weddings see p57 07757 541 656

Richard Cropper see p63 The Entertainer Ltd 07969 88 20 90

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

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


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Unit One Entertainment Kings Court, South King St, Eccles, Manchester, M30 8PH 0161 788 8444

DOVE RELEASE Cherished Memories Dove Release Across the Northwest 0161 366 7129 / 07932 068 686

DRY CLEANING & HEIRLOOMING Village Dry Cleaners see p27 38 Manchester Rd, Chorlton-cum-Hardy, M21 9PH 0161 860 4451

FAVOURS Bow So Sweet see p59 78 Manchester Road, Worsley, Manchester, M28 3LN 0161 790 5094/ 07775 326 603 The Lottery at Bolton Hospice Queens Park Street, Bolton, BL1 4QT 01204 663 077 The Soap Corner see p57 01704 840 408 The Wedding House 3-4 Great George Place, Liverpool, L1 7AG 0151 709 8283

FLOWERS The Gilded Lily see p51 The Studio, Burgh Lane, Chorley, PR7 3NP 07867 988 462

Flori Couture see p51 Covering the North West 01704 808 469/ 07764 767 901 Flowers with Passion Stone House, Goosnargh Lane, Goosnargh, Preston, PR3 2JU 07702 446 544 The Wedding House 3-4 Great George Place, Liverpool, L1 7AG 0151 709 8283

HEN & STAG NIGHTS I Need Pampering see p5 129 – 131 Ducie House, Ducie Street, Manchester, M1 2JW 0161 236 3558/ 0845 190 1895 The Wedding House 3-4 Great George Place, Liverpool, L1 7AG 0151 709 8283

HONEYMOONS/ WEDDINGS ABROAD The Wedding House 3-4 Great George Place, Liverpool, L1 7AG 0151 709 8283 Travel Bureau 60 High Street, Gosforth, Newcastle Upon Tyne, NE3 4AT 0191 285 9321

HOTEL ACCOMODATION Days Hotel see p39 Sackville Street, Manchester, M1 3BB 0161 955 8000


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The Place Hotel see p33 Ducie Street, Manchester, M1 2TP 0161 778 7500 The Venue Finder see back cover 08452 601 106 West Tower Country House Hotel see p35 Mill Lane, Aughton, Lancashire, L39 7HJ 01695 423 328

INVITATIONS Perfect Touch Wedding Stationery see p65 07843 753 210 The Wedding House 3-4 Great George Place, Liverpool, L1 7AG 0151 709 8283 The Wedding Room UK see p65 The Studio, 15 Town Lane, Charnock Richard, Nr Chorley, Lancashire, PR7 5HP 01257 792 458/ 07814 715 776

JEWELLERY I Do Jewellery see p75 At Platt Jewellers, 1st Floor Middleton Shopping Centre, Middleton, Manchester, M24 4EL 0161 643 2725 The Wedding House 3-4 Great George Place, Liverpool, L1 7AG 0151 709 8283 Unique By Gande see p73 Albert House, 42 Seymour Road, Bolton, BL1 8PT 0800 678 5369 10

LINGERIE Kiku Boutique see p17 100 Tib Street, Manchester, M4 1LR 0161 819 5031

MENS FORMAL WEAR Alan Lund Hire Direct Ltd Unit 2-6 Thrum Hall Industrial Estate, Albert Road, Halifax, HX2 0DB 01422 355 170 Groom see p41 1-4 The Courtyard, Horsemarket St, Warrington, WA1 1XL 01925 658 889 Groom see p41 90 Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9 5BB 01625 419 777 Groom see p41 The Wedding House 3-4 Great George Place, Liverpool, L1 7AG 0151 709 8283 Groom see p41 126 Northgate Street, Chester, CH1 2HT 01244 401 977 Groom see p41 Albert Square, 37 Princess St, Manchester, M2 4FN 0161 236 9959

MOTHER OF THE BRIDE Flamingo Fashion see p25 67 Liverpool Road, Preston, PR1 9XD 01772 744277

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MUSIC & ENTERTAINMENT Cherished Memories Dove Release Across the Northwest 0161 366 7129 / 07932 068 686 Event Entertainment Ltd see p60 The North West 07528 459 109/01257 368 706 John Norcott see p59 07951 529 421 Matt Johnson see p3 UK Wedding Singer Ltd PO Box 210, Deeside, CH5 9DJ 07975 999 270 Richard Cropper see p63 The Entertainer Ltd 07969 88 20 90 The Wedding House 3-4 Great George Place, Liverpool, L1 7AG 0151 709 8283 Unit One Entertainment Kings Court, South King St, Eccles, Manchester, M30 8PH 0161 788 8444

PHOTOGRAPHERS Alex O Neill Photography see p45 07838 247 247/01524 855 713 dj archer photography Lancashire 01204 843 462/ 07850 137 378

K&I Imaging see p45 28 Catterall Street, Ewood, Blackburn, BB2 4LR 07872 182 360 / 01254 595 33 Images By Julie 14 Cambridge Close, Farnworth, Bolton, BL4 0NB 01204 431 630/ 07879 011 603 Jim Whitham Photography see p46-47 07818 045 390 Light Majestic Wedding Photography 07984 407 747 Shy Violet Bride Photography see p69 Unit 6A, Woodend Mills, South Hill, Springhead, Saddleworth, OL4 5DR 07810 533 533 The Wedding House 3-4 Great George Place, Liverpool, L1 7AG 0151 709 8283

RECEPTION VENUES Alston Hall Alston Lane, Longridge, Preston, PR3 3BP 01772 784 661 Days Hotel see p39 Sackville Street, Manchester, M1 3BB 0161 955 8000 Fishermans Retreat see p31 Riding Head Ln, Shuttleworth, Ramsbottom, BL0 0HH 01706 825 314 info@ďŹ www.ďŹ The Place Hotel see p33 Ducie Street, Manchester, M1 2TP 0161 778 7500


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The Venue Finder see back cover 08452 601 106 West Tower Country House Hotel see p35 Mill Lane, Aughton, Lancashire, L39 7HJ 01695 423 328

SPECIAL OCCASION WEAR Flamingo Fashion see p25 67 Liverpool Road, Preston, PR1 9XD 01772 744277

STATIONERY Perfect Touch Wedding Stationery see p65 07843 753 210 The Wedding Room UK see p65 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 see p61 0800 411 8848/07713 148 938 Bow So Sweet see p59 78 Manchester Road, Worsley, Manchester, M28 3LN 0161 790 5094/ 07775 326 603 The Wedding House 3-4 Great George Place, Liverpool, L1 7AG 0151 709 8283 12

Wedding Creations see p57 Oswaldtwistle Mills Business & Conference Centre Clifton Mill, Pickup Street, Oswaldtwistle, BB5 0EY 01254 232 540

VENUE LIGHTING Event Entertainment Ltd see p60 The North West 07528 459 109/01257 368 706

WEDDING CO-ORDINATORS Bliss Weddings 07891 175 456 Confetti Queens see p91 0161 212 1490 The Wedding House 3-4 Great George Place, Liverpool, L1 7AG 0151 709 8283 Your Perfect Wedding Planner see p49 109 Westfield Drive, Leyland, PR25 1QY 07976 510 229

WEDDING PLANNING Wedding UK App see p90

WEDDING INSURANCE SERVICES Weddingplan Wedding Insurance see p74 UK General Insurance Ltd. Cast House, Old Mill Business Park, Gilbraltar Island Road, Leeds, LS10 1RJ If you are a wedding industry supplier and would like to appear on these pages please contact Kerys Mullen on 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 Looking that perfect shape so you look and feel great on your wedding wonderful on your special day. day mea ns being ra Images courtesy of relaxed a diant and n look and d how you feel in yo ur dress is a k e y element to this.

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

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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

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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Vintage Glamour When planning a vintage style wedding, find inspiration from photos, movies (movie stars) and books. Remember you do not want your wedding to look like a costume party, but a nod to the glamour of the era you have chosen. Create a mood board - This will help when getting your dress designed. Find an era that suits your shape: • Tall and slender suit long bias cut 30s dresses • Curvy figures suit corsetry and boned-bodiced dresses of the 40's and 50's era • If you are more petite go for an Audrey Hepburn style or maybe even a 60s Twiggy shift dress • If you're really adventurous why not try a Victorian or Edwardian style? Think long trailing skirts and bustles, teamed with a highly decorated corset of lace and ruffles. Matching boleros or halterneck straps can give you a little more coverage and modesty.

For bespoke design and ideas contact Lynn at Kiku Boutique on 0161 819 5031, email, or visit the website at ♥


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Brides Be inspired with our Bridal Fashion pages. From simple sophistication to richly embellished silhouettes, these gowns give an elegant and feminine look. ♼ Gowns by Impression Bridal


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This page: ‘Darcy’. Stockist: Rosie Willet Designs Price: £181 Opposite page, bottom left: ‘Art Deco Fan Comb’. Stockist: Emmy Shoes Price: £130 Opposite page, top right: ‘Pearl and Crystal Vintage Rose Sweep’. Stockist: Emmy Shoes Price: £215 Opposite page, bottom right: ‘Bridal Hair Clip – Peony’. Stockist: VictoriaCouture Price: £8.65


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Dressing for a wedding …with a little bit of help from the lovely ladies at Flamingo. Without doubt all eyes are going to be on the Bride, but a wedding guest wants to look and feel fabulous too. Preston-based fashion boutique Flamingo specialises in gorgeous occasion wear that’s perfect for any wedding guest. With their extensive range of designer collections, there’s something for everyone. With spacious rooms across two floors, Flamingo carries one of the biggest occasion wear collections in the North West. Taking inspiration from global designers and listening to what their customers want, the ladies at Flamingo always make sure they have the very best in stock. Talking to Selma Roscoe Flamingo owner and collection manager, she said “We pride ourselves on being fashion forward, stylish, and modern; offering something unique and of the highest quality. We offer a personal shopping service to every shopper, because we believe personal shopping should be as standard. We are also happy to arrange evening appointments for those ladies who are pushed for time.” And this great service doesn’t stop at your clothes. You will be helped with choosing the perfect accessories too; handbags, hats, fascinators, jewellery; right down to your underwear – they even have control pants!

Wedding Guest Shopping Top Tips: 1. Keep an open mind - Try on different colours and styles 2. Be willing to try on 3. Allow plenty of time so you don’t feel rushed 4. Bring someone with you who you trust 5. Have fun!


They do pretty much everything; from top to toe. Speaking of toes, did we mention that Flamingo also offer a bespoke shoe service? With the assistance of Ida and some style reference books, you can design your very own custom-made shoes. “We can change heel heights, change leathers and fabrics, put embellishments on so we can even design the shoes to go with outfits.” Contact to book your personal shopping experience today. ♥

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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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Something borrowed something blue... There are many different wedding traditions that have been kept alive over the years with the belief that they will bring a lifetime of happiness and good luck to the couple. The well known rhyme is familiar to brides around the world and it is widely assumed that it originates from the Victorians. It is commonly known that ‘something old’ refers to family and friends of the couple staying close during the marriage. This is usually signified by a garter given to the bride from her mother or close friend who is happily married. The ‘something new’ is usually a garment bought for the bride that signifies the new future for the couple. ‘Something borrowed’ is usually lent to the bride by her family, which is returned the next day to ensure the bride has good luck. Blue is considered to bring consistency to the relationship and it is also thought to represent fidelity.

wedding, but did you realise that some believe that it is also unlucky to wear your full outfit before the big day? Interestingly, some brides leave one stitch undone until they dress on the day.

The Bouquet Traditionally, the bride throws her bouquet backwards over her head and whoever catches it is the next to get married. Similarly, in some countries the groom removes the bride’s garter and throws it to the single males. Again the one who catches it is the next to marry. ♥

Garters The tradition of wedding garters is believed to be one of the oldest. It is believed that keeping a piece of the dress would bring luck, however this would mean cutting the dress. So, the solution was to make an extra piece that would be worn around the leg. Another Old English tradition of ‘flinging the stocking’ is believed to originate from when the wedding guests would sneak into the bridal chamber and throw the discarded stockings at the couple.

The Dress We have all heard that it is deemed unlucky for the groom to see the bride in her dress before the


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Your Civil Ceremony 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 30

photocopies are not acceptable. 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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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. for example, a Castle, a Manor House or There are likely to be two parts to your wedding somewhere dramatic or chic. The choices are to organise, the wedding ceremony and the endless and where you choose will help you to wedding reception. You may have your heart set dictate the style and theme of your wedding. on a traditional Church ceremony which is still a The venue must be able to accommodate the favourite choice for couples. If this is the case number of guests you are inviting so you should then the reception should be planned around the have a good idea of Church location. You Properly planned, your numbers before you will need to consider reception will become one start looking around. ease of transport for of the most joyous parties Importantly the cost of your guests from the the venue must suit your ceremony to the you will ever host budget. Castles, country reception venue. The houses and stately homes are among the second option is a civil wedding where your locations many dream of for their big day but ceremony and reception will be held at a licensed consider your budget carefully. venue. Properly planned, your wedding reception will When you have decided on a Church or Civil become one of the most joyous parties you will Ceremony there are certain factors to consider. ever host, so remember to savour every minute Firstly, the venue must look and feel right to you. and enjoy it! ♼ You may have a particular style of venue in mind 32

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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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Suggested Readings Choosing the right words to say can make all the difference to your wedding ceremony and reception.


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Wines&Spirits Most reception venues should offer an extensive wine list for you to choose from to suit any budget. However if your venue’s wines are very expensive or if you just don’t like them then bringing in your own wine could be the answer.

Off licences or wine merchants can provide wines, beers and spirits, plus portable bars, glasses and staff. Most specialists will also provide the correct coolers and gases for draught beer, and many will offer a sale or return facility, although you may be better off negotiating a good deal on the wine and then having plenty left over to look forward to after the wedding.

What to offer your guests There are three main drinks served at a wedding: the first reception drink, which is often something bubbly and usually served with small canapés before the wedding breakfast; the drink used to toast the happy couple during the speeches, which is usually Champagne; and the wines, both red and white, to accompany the wedding breakfast. Don’t forget you’ll need to provide soft drinks for children, drivers and non-drinkers too, and after the wedding breakfast there is usually a bar for guests to enjoy, while they dance the night away. When ordering, allow at least half a bottle of wine per person to give you an idea of the number of cases you will need.

Reception drinks If you want to impress, serve your guests Champagne or Champagne cocktails. For something a little more unusual how about a Bellini or a Mimosa? Pink Champagne is a pretty option and perfectly ties in with a pink colour scheme; the very regal sounding Kir Royale always looks super stylish and provides the ideal alcoholic accessory to a wedding with a red colour scheme. A warm mulled wine is the perfect answer to a winter wedding, or you could get really creative and design your own colour

scheme matching cocktails. You should expect each guest to have one to two drinks before the wedding breakfast.

For the Toast When it comes to the all important toasting of the bride and groom, producing a true bottle of Champagne will certainly leave a lasting impression on your guests. There are different styles of Champagne: ranging from Brut, which is very dry, to Demi Sec, which has a sweeter taste, and vintage labels, made from grapes of one specific year. To earn the right to have the word Champagne on the bottle, however, it must be entirely produced from the Champagne region of Northern France. There are other options of course, and many sparkling wines are an excellent alternative which may also be easier on your budget.

Bar options There’s nothing like a free bar at a wedding but if your family or friends are heavy drinkers then some guests may take advantage. Limiting drinks, or the money placed behind the bar, can help. A compromise here is to let guests know there will be a free bar for the first two hours and then a pay bar after that. If you can afford it a free bar is the way to go, but if the budget is tight it’s fine to have a pay bar, as long as you let your guests know in advance. If you’re holding your reception in a local village or church hall then you could consider hiring a mobile bar. Screen printed, personalised bottles of wine, or a selection of minatures can also provide a fashionable gift for your guests, and absent friends and family. ♥


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What’s on the menu?


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Groomed 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 with an open neck shirt, offer a 40

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!


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forever to last

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? ♥ 44

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Picture perfect every time

Like every Bride and Bridegroom, you will want the perfect pictures to remember your big day. The best photographs need to capture the most intimate moments and mood of the wedding, so you can look back on them for years to come and re-live your fantastic day again and again. There’s a lot to consider when choosing your photographer, so here’s some advice from the experts. Husband and wife team Jim and Carolyn Whitham have been working together for the past three years. As newly-weds themselves they know how important the day is to the couple. It was only last summer that Jim and Carolyn tied the knot in the naturally beautiful surroundings of Anglesey (see insert right). Covering weddings all over the northwest, Jim is the main photographer and Carolyn his assistant. They use an off-camera flash system, which is used on all the best fashion shoots. Their professional and technical approach, combined with their bold and creative style enables them to arrange Brides to look like models in magazines. To see more of their work visit their website at ♥ 46

Jim and Carolyn’s top photo tips: • It’s so important to have a good relationship with your photographer You and your bridal party will be working closely with your photographer throughout the whole day, so it’s vital that you get on and communicate well. • Allow enough time With careful planning, enough time should be set as side purely for photographs so that the Bride and Groom don’t feel pressured and rushed. You should allow 90 minutes between the ceremony and reception for capturing the best shots. • Don’t try to control everything Things are bound to go wrong…people are going to be late. Don’t stress, and don’t lose sight of what it’s all about; having a wonderful celebration with your family and friends.

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SITTING PRETTY ON YOUR WEDDING DAY Chair covers are a fabulous way to transform a room from drab to dreamy and create a welcoming ambience for guests. These days, chair covers are becoming ever more popular and are now seen as a wedding day must-have. Covers are usually provided by independent venue dressers or specialist chair cover companies or the ceremony/reception venue. It is an idea to choose a company who is familiar with the venue, as this will ensure that they are aware of the style and shape of the chairs. Most chair cover companies will arrive in good time to help dress the venue and usually arrange with the hotel to pick them up the next day – one little less worry. Some companies do offer chair covers online, however theses will be delivered to your home and it will be your responsibility to dress the chairs on the day. As you won’t be doing this yourself it will be up to the venue staff to dress the chairs. However, venues may charge extra for this service, so it is advisable to hire instead of buy. ♥


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Capture the laughter Wedding videos and DVD productions are an excellent way of capturing your special day. Many couples will rank wedding videography much lower on their lists than other wedding day essentials - however, failing to find the cash to fund one may be a decision you regret later.

Modern wedding videos have moved on from being basic documentaries of weddings. Cameras, production software and the creativity of videographers are continually improving meaning the end products are generally very professional. Try to view as many examples of wedding videos as you can to form opinions of what the possibilities are and what you would like. When speaking to videographers it is important you speak to the actual person who will be doing the filming. Obvious questions include the cost, what will be filmed, by how many people, what 48

the finished video will look like and how many copies you will receive. Make sure you see some of their finished videos and the videographer understands what you want and doesn’t get too bogged down talking about the technology! So if you want to make sure the sights and sounds of your wedding day are captured in a way you'll want to watch over and over again, get a professional to do the job - just like you did with the dress, the photographer, the flowers... ♥

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It’s traditional! Wedding traditions have been kept alive through generations with the belief that they will bring happiness and good luck to the bride and groom and their future life together.

home for the first time as husband and wife, tradition dictates that a new wife must enter her home through the front door, without tripping or falling, to ward off bad luck. This is why it has become customary for the groom to carry his bride over the threshold.


The Bouquet

Throwing confetti is thought to have descended from ancient times, when guests would throw grain over the newlyweds to promote fertility. These days confetti has evolved into coloured paper shapes bought to match the wedding theme. However, an increasing number of venues are deciding to ban confetti as it makes too much mess. Blowing bubbles or laying down rose petals are environmentally friendly welcome alternatives.

Traditionally, the bride throws her bouquet backwards over her head and whoever catches it is the next to get married. Similarly, in some countries the groom removes the brides garter and throws it over his head to the single males. Again the one who catches it is the next to marry.

The Cake The wedding cake was traditionally made up of lots of little wheat cakes that were broken over the brides head in order to bestow good luck and fertility. The popular three-tier cake that we tend to see now actually takes it's unusual shape from the spire of Saint Bride's Church in London. The bride and groom should make the first cut to signify sharing the rest of their life together. To ensure good luck follows the bride and groom throughout their life, every guest should eat at least a crumb of the cake. If a single woman sleeps with a piece of wedding cake under her pillow, tradition suggests that she will dream of her future groom that night.

Buttonholes In Medieval times a Knight would wear his lady's colours as a symbol of his love. This has evolved to the present tradition of a groom wearing a flower that matches his bride's bouquet to declare his love and represent unity. ♥

Omens of Good Luck Walking was traditionally seen as the best way of getting to the Church on time, and there was also the possiblity that the bride would have more chance of spotting a lucky omen, or having the sun shine on her. Some cultures believe that rainbows, spiders, black cats, lambs and toads are thought to bring good luck if they are seen on the way to the wedding. Another popular good luck omen is seeing a chimney sweep after the ceremony. This has become such a popular tradition, that it is possible to hire a chimney sweep to attend your wedding. When you return


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


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. 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! ♥ 54

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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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The Wow Factor 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. You should also consider the lighting of the room. Subtle Lighting defines the mood of a space, it can create warmth, intimacy, romance and style. Tables at your reception can be brought to life with the addition of simple tea lights or tall candles mixed in with your floral arrangements. Up-lighting around a marquee or room will allow you to take control of the lighting, even during the day, transforming the atmosphere of your venue. You could even choose to match the colour of the lights to the overall colour scheme of your day. Specialist lighting can have a huge impact on your first dance, creating a truly romantic feel to capture on video. Lighting can also be used to


create a simple "chill out" area where people can relax and unwind away from the disco. For even more ideas, speak to a lighting designer or your wedding planner. Be careful not to clutter the venue with too much decoration, less is usually more! A good venue decorator and lighting specialist will help and guide you make the right choices to create a stunning look so that when your guests arrive, they think WOW. ♥

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Your first dance together as husband and wife is one of the most eagerly anticipated parts of your wedding reception. You may have already chosen the music you want to dance to, but have you thought about how you are going to dance to it? You may decide that you want to take some dance lessons and have your first dance professionally choreographed, but what does this involve? There are a number of things to think about when it comes to planning your first dance lessons: • Decide on a song • Think about the style of the routine you would like: funny, traditional, cheeky, romantic or sophisiticated • Remember to show your choreographer your wedding dress so the routine can be designed to take into account what you will be wearing • Plan the timetable for your dance lessons. You should aim to start your lessons 5 to 8 weeks prior to your wedding • Make sure you wear something comfortable for your lessons, but remember to wear your wedding shoes for at least one of the practices! Whether you can dance or not, having some lessons can put you at ease and make you feel more comfortable and confident when you take your first steps out on to the dance floor. ♥


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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.

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. ♥ Article by Martin at Beautiful Chairs


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Getting it right on the night 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 the owner will need to give their should be high priority as popular DJs, permission. The larger the display, the bands and singers get booked up well in larger the display area required, and a site advance. Ideally you should hear the DJ, visit with the company is essential. singer or band before you book them to There are many alternative displays make sure they will create the right available, ranging from just a firework atmosphere for you and your guests. drawing to a full display and, ideally your Your DJ or firework band should Popular DJs, bands and company discuss with should be singers get booked you what offering well in advance type of music many you would variables like for your first dance and a good DJ or and clearly setting out all the bandleader will gather all the guests costs involved. Pictures in fireworks together to make it a very special time. can be designed and personalised to Close-up magic can provide the perfect the bride and groom, these can be ice breaker for a wedding reception. A good visually stunning, last for about a magician will mingle with your guests minute and are a novel way to end the performing a range of miracles in front of main show. If the noise due to large their eyes. They will move from group to explosions is an issue, speak to the group engaging guests with their magic company as they should be able to offer and leave them with something shared to a reduced noise display that is still talk about, even if they have just met. colourful and spectacular. An experienced wedding magician will Firework displays should know how to approach different groups or provide good value for money. single guests, when to entertain a table, Ask your chosen firework and how to work with the serving staff to company to show you references help you achieve your perfect day. from previous clients, meet with The magician will entertain your guests them to discuss your when they are left alone while you are requirements and ask for a busy with the photographer. He can quote. You should also provide a show for each table during the ask them to wedding breakfast, entertain on a larger provide a copy of scale while your reception room is being their insurance transformed from day to evening, or documents. engage your evening guests on their Finally, do arrival. Speak to your wedding magician inform your about how long you would like them to photographer/ stay, some will offer entertainment for a videographer in couple of hours, while others will be more advance about the flexible and offer a range of different display so they can be packages designed to best suit your plans. prepared to capture the Fireworks are becoming an increasingly spectacle. If they require popular and spectacular finale to the day's any specialist knowledge events. When deciding whether you wish on the filming of to pursue this unique spectacle, there are fireworks, the firework some basic rules to follow. The venue company should be must of course be of a suitable size, and 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. 64

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.

Fabulous O N Y O U R B I G D AY Here’s a guide to make sure you look and feel a million dollars on the day. 66

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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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As the wedding day approaches, every bride wants to look her best and feel fabulous when she makes her grand entrance. Just a few changes to your daily routine will help you reach your goal. If you want to have fun at the same time why not consider booking you and your bridesmaids into a bridal boot camp for a few weeks running up to the wedding – that will definitely keep you on track! Don’t forget to consult with your GP if this is your first exercise regime for a while.

Top tips for getting fit: Detox We all know the body doesn’t like toxins. Try to cut down on alcohol, caffeine and processed food that may be causing water retention and excess fat storage. Start eating more raw fruit and vegetables and begin the day with hot water and lemon to flush out those toxins.

Tone those arms Most wedding dress styles will show off your arms so a few toning exercises a week will banish any in-securities you may have. You could incorporate some press-ups into your week and why not try lifting two books of equal weight as dumbbells whenever you have a spare five minutes. This will also help strengthen your upper body and give you a fantastic shape.

Get walking Walking is a great way to burn those extra calories you may have consumed during the day. You can incorporate walking into your daily routine, for example, if you can walk rather than take the bus or car, do it! This will help you retain a more active lifestyle and make you feel better for it. Try to get walking around three times a week for fifteen minutes to start with and build up from there.

... and relax! When you get tired your body starts to shut down and craves high calorie foods such as sugar and sweets. Try to avoid this by getting plenty of sleep and relaxing in a lovely lavender scented bath before bed. ♥



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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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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.

The Carriage If you really want to go for the Wow factor on your wedding day, then a horse drawn carriage is for you. The carriages themselves can range from the classic Landau to fairytale replicas. Again, it is very important to visit the carriage company well in 70

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.

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.

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. ♥

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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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Wedding Insurance THE LEGAL ST


OK, so Wedding Insurance probably wasn’t one of the first things to go through your mind when you got engaged, and some of you reading this may still be wondering exactly what it covers... That’s an easy one. It offers you financial protection against some of the things that could go wrong in the run up to your big day, including: • Cancellation and Rearrangement – due to bad weather, illness of a key family member, redundancy or armed force posting. • Supplier Failure – caterers, florists, tailors etc... • Loss or Damage – wedding attire, rings, cake, gifts etc. Best of all, with cover from Weddingplan starting at just £18.49, Wedding Insurance doesn’t break the bank. So your much needed peace of mind could end up costing less than a bottle of cheap fizz... but won’t give you a headache! 74

How much cover do you need? That all depends on how much you intend to spend. Think about how much it costs (and the deposits you’ve paid) for things like the venue, caterers, entertainment, wedding cars, photographer, wedding dress, suits and flowers. And then imagine all the things that could go wrong! Before you panic, just keep reading … With Weddingplan, you can choose from 9 levels of cover, protecting up to £50,000 of cancellation costs, both for weddings held here in the UK or further afield. This cover ensures you’re also protected for a variety of other eventualities, such as supplier failure and loss or damage to key wedding items. This means that you can claim back losses, even if you are not forced to cancel the big day. You also have the ability to add optional extras such as marquee cover, ceremonial sword cover or extended public liability cover for the whole wedding party (some venues require this level of public liability protection, so it is worth checking). Take time to make sure your chosen cover fits your needs, and remember… the cheapest isn’t always the best.

When should you take out wedding insurance? Now! We recommend that you take out insurance as early as possible, ideally as soon as you have set the date and decided on your venue. Although we cover deposits already paid, you will not be covered against any losses that have happened before you take out insurance.

By now you should understand more about Wedding Insurance, so explore our 9 levels of cover by visiting: Weddingplan wedding insurance is a trading name of UK General Insurance Ltd which is authorised and regulated by the Financial Services Authority. Registered in England and Wales Company No. 4506493. Registered Office: Cast House, Old Mill Business Park, Gibraltar Island Road, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS10 1RJ. ♥

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Hen & Stag Checklist It is becoming increasingly popular for the last night of freedom to last a weekend, or even longer so make sure you discuss with the chief bridesmaid or best man what type of party you really want. • Draw up list of people to invite. • Select a town/venue that's easily accessible to everyone. • Decide on what kind of event you think would be best for the people involved. • Set the itinerary and make inquiries and provisional bookings.


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YOUR WEDDING GIFT WISH 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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10th - 11th March 2012 ADMISSION £8 ON THE DOOR


St. George’s Hall LIVERPOOL

22nd - 23rd September 2012 ADMISSION £8 ON THE DOOR


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Image courtesy of Crash Taylor

Wedding Fayre Diary Date: 08 January 2012

Date: 15 January 2012

The Barcelo Imperial Blackpool Time: 12 - 4pm Imperial Hotel, North Promenade, Blackpool, FY1 2HB % 01253 361 862

The Lowry Hotel Time: 12-4pm 50 Dearmans Place, Chapel Wharf, Manchester M3 5LH % 0161 925 4289

The Bolton Wedding Show Time: 11 - 3.30pm Last Drop Village, Bromley Cross, Bolton BL7 9PZ % 07962 226543

Date: 22 January 2012

Date: 14 January 2012

Broadfield Park Wedding Fayre Time: 11 - 4pm Broadfield Park Hotel, Sparrow Hill, Rochdale, OL16 1AF % 01706 639 000

Haighton Manor Wedding Fayre Time: 12 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 4pm Haighton Manor Country House Hotel, Haighton Green Lane, Haighton, PR2 5SQ % 07792 64 78 12 The Breck Club Time: 11-3pm Breck Road, Poulton-le-Fylde, Blackpool FY6 7AA % 07432 226993

Brockholes Wedding Fayre Time: 11am - 3pm Brockholes Junction 31, M6, Lancashire Contact: 0177 287 2000 G Casino Wedding Fayre Time: 11-3pm G Casino, South Promenade, Blackpool, FY4 1BB % 01253 530007

Date: 14 & 15 January 2012 The Liverpool Wedding Show Time: 10am-5pm The Grande Marquee, Knowsley Safari Park, Liverpool % 0151 227 9179 86

Last Drop Village Autumn Wedding Fayre Time: 11am-3pm Last Drop Village, Bromley Cross, Bolton BL7 9PZ % 0845 313 9463

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Midland Hotel Wedding Fayre Time: 11am - 4pm Midland Hotel, 16 Peter St, Manchester, M60 2DS % 0161 212 1490 Ultimate Weddings Show Time: 2 - 7pm Mitton Hall, Mitton, Near Whalley, Clitheroe, BB7 9PQ % 01254 826544

Date: 12 February 2012 Mercure Blackburn Foxfields Country Hotel Time: 11 - 3.30pm Whalley Road, Billington, Clitheroe, Lancashire BB7 9HY % 07792 64 78 12

Date: 29 January 2012

Heart Gallery Wedding Show Time: 12 - 5pm The Arts Centre, 4a Market St, Hebden Bridge, HX7 6AA % 01422 845845

Ashton and Lea Golf Club Time: 11 - 3pm Tudor Avenue, Off Blackpool Road, Lea, Preston, Lancashire PR4 0XA % 07858 465 576

Tiffany's Hotel Wedding Fayre Time: 11.30-4pm Tiffany's Hotel, 250-262 North Promenade, Blackpool, FY1 1SA % 01253 792110

Milnrow Wedding Fair Time: 12 - 4pm Bellavista Ristorante & Pizzeria , Wildhouse Lane, Milnrow, Rochdale, OL16 3JW % 01706 379802 Park Hall Wedding Fair Time: 11.30am - 4pm Park Hall Hotel, Park Hall Road, Charnock Richard, Chorley, Lancashire PR7 5LP % 01257 455 000 The Bury Wedding Show Time: 11am - 4pm Bolholt Country Park Hotel, Walshaw Road, Bury, Lancashire, BL8 1PU % 0161 762 4000

Date: 05 February 2012 Lancashire Cricket Club Time: 11am-3pm Old Trafford Cricket Ground, Talbot Rd, Manchester, M16 0PX % 0845 313 9463 Ruskin Hotel Time: 11 - 3pm 55-61 Albert Road, Blackpool, FY1 4PW % 07858 465 576

Date: 16 February 2012 BAE Canberra Club Samlesbury Time: 5-9pm BAE Systems, Balderstone, Lancashire, BB2 7LF % 07792 64 78 12

Date: 19 February 2012 Manchester Marriott V&A Wedding fayre Time: 11 - 4pm Marriott Victoria & Albert Hotel, Water Street, Manchester, M3 4JQ % 0161 212 1490 Scarthwaite Country House Hotel Time: 11 - 3pm Crook O'Lune, Caton, Lancaster, Lancashire, LA2 9HR % 07858 465 576 The Monastery Wedding Fayre Time: 11am-3pm The Monastery, Gorton Lane, Manchester, M12 5WF % 0161 925 4289

Date: 11 & 12 February 2012

Park Inn Wedding Fayre Time: 12-4pm The Park Inn, Leigh Sports Village, Sale Way, Leigh, WN7 4JY % 07809 433 874

The Manchester Bridal Show Time: 9am-5pm Triangle Shopping Centre, Manchester City Centre % 0151 227 0179

The Feathers Leyland Hotel Time: 12 - 4pm Leyland Way, Leyland, Preston, PR25 4JX % 01253 361 862


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The Village Hotel Bury Time: 11am-3pm The Village Hotel, Waterfold Business Park, Rochdale Road, Bury, BL9 7BQ % 0161 762 7008

The Palace Hotel Manchester Time: 11 – 4pm Oxford Street, Manchester, M60 7HA % 0151 227 0179

Wrightington Hotel Wedding Fayre Time: 12-4pm Wrightington Hotel & Country Club, Moss Lane, Wrightington, Wigan, WN6 9PB % 01257 425 803

Date: 28 February 2012 Garstang Country Hotel Wedding Fair Time: 6.30pm - 9.30pm Garstang Country Hotel and Golf Club, Bowgreave Drive, Garstang, Lancashire, PR3 1YE % 01995 600 100

Date: 22 & 23 February 2012 West Tower Wedding Fayre Time: 4 - 9pm West Tower Hotel, Mill Lane, Aughton, Lancashire. L39 7HJ % 01695 42 33 28

Date: 29 February 2012 Stirk House Wedding Fayre Time: 5 - 9pm Stirk House Hotel, Gisburn, Clitheroe, Lancashire, BB7 4LJ % Nicola on 01254 247832

Date: 23 February 2012 Preston Grasshoppers RFC Bridal Fayre Time: 5-9pm Lightfoot Green Lane, Fulwood, Preston, Lancashire PR4 0AP % 07792 64 78 12

Date: 04 March 2012 Dunkenhalgh Wedding Fayre Time: 12-4pm Dunkenhalgh Hotel, Blackburn Road, Clayton-le-Moors, Blackburn, BB5 5JP % 01254 398 021

Date: 26 February 2012 Britannia Wedding Fayre Time: 12-3pm Britannia Hotel, Almond Brook Road, Standish, Wigan, Lancashire, WN6 0SR % 07870 975125 Hacketts York House Hotel Time: 11 - 3pm 14 -20 Queen’s Promenade, Blackpool, FY2 9SQ Mottram Hall Wedding Fayre Time: 11 - 4pm Wilmslow Road, Mottram St Andrew, Cheshire, SK10 4QT % 0161 212 1490 Preston Marriott Wedding Fair Time: 12-4pm Garstang Road, Broughton, Preston, Lancashire PR3 5JB % 01772 866 503 88

Talking Point Wedding Fair Time: 11 - 4pm Talking Point Conference Centre, Huddersfield Road, Saddleworth, Oldham, OL4 4AG % 01457 877 471

Date: 10 & 11 March 2012 Event City Manchester Time: 10am-5pm Phoenix Way, off Barton Dock Road, Urmston, Manchester M41 7TB % 01704 517 979

Date: 11 March 2012 Airport Marriott Wedding Fayre Time: 11am-3pm Manchester Airport Marriott Hotel, Hale Road, Hale Barns, Manchester WA15 8XW % 0161 925 4289

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Eaves Hall Wedding Fair Time: 12 - 4pm Eaves Hall Hotel, Eaves Hall Lane, West Bradford, Clitheroe, Lancashire BB7 3JG % 0161 925 4289 Slaidburn Village Hall Time: 12 - 4pm The Green, Slaidburn, Clitheroe, Lancashire, BB7 3ES % 07584 026981 The Hilton Blackpool Wedding Fayre Time: 11.30am - 4pm The Hilton Hotel, North Promenade, Blackpool FY1 2JQ % 01253 792110

Date: 01 April 2012 The Venue Cleveleys Time: 11 - 3pm North Promenade, Thornton Cleveleys, Blackpool FY5 1LW % 07858 465 576

Date: 08 April 2012 Alston Hall Wedding Fair Time: 12- 4pm Alston Hall, Alston Lane, Longridge, Preston, PR3 3BP % 01772 784661

Date: 15 April 2012 Date: 18 March 2012 Queen's Hotel Time: 11 - 3pm 467-469 Promenade, Blackpool, FY4 1AY % 01253 530 007

Date: 20 March 2012 Ferraris Country House Bridal Fayre Time: 5-9pm Ferraris Country House Hotel & Restaurant, Chipping Lane, Thornley, Longridge, Preston, Lancashire PR3 2TB % 07792 64 78 12

Date: 25 March 2012 The Cliffs Hotel Blackpool Time: 11 - 3pm Queens Promenade, Blackpool, FY2 9SG % 07858 465 576

Bury Town Hall Time: 11am - 4pm Elizabethan Suite, Knowsley Street, Town Hall, Bury, BL9 0SW % 0161 761 7851

Date: 19 April 2012 Mercure Blackburn Foxfields Country Hotel Time: 5-9pm Open Evening Whalley Road, Billington, Clitheroe, Lancashire BB7 9HY % 07792 64 78 12

Date: 29 April 2012 Ewood Park Wedding Fayre Time: 11am-3pm Blackburn Rovers FC, Ewood Park, Blackburn, BB2 4JF % 0845 313 9463 Free Admission

Reebok Wedding Fair Time: 11am-3pm De Vere Whites Hotel, De Havilland Way, Bolton, BL6 6SF % 0845 313 9463 The Whitehall Hotel Bridal Fayre Time: 11 - 3.30pm The Whitehall Hotel, Park Road, Darwen Lancashire BB3 2JU % 07792 64 78 12

This diary is correct to the best of our knowledge at the time of going to print. Please check local advertising or contact the organiser (telephone number given) for confirmation before travelling.


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Manchester Designer Adnan Bayyat has a unique approach to designing wedding gowns. Self-taught Adnan uses only recycled materials for his designs, and his self-named company slogan is Waste to Your Taste, giving waste raw materials a new lease of life. Adnan has been commissioned to design promotional gowns for some of the biggest companies in the UK, including Sainsbury’s and Café Nero. He has designed some striking and unique bridal gowns too; one made from 2,500m of cling film which is currently on display in Adnan’s Gallery in the Triangle Shopping Centre in Manchester. Adnan has also designed a bridal gown made out of 25,000 jigsaw pieces, with the bride being the final piece of the jigsaw. ’I want the bride to feel special, like she is the final piece of the jigsaw, that’s the pure inspiration behind it. It’s all about tailoring a concept’. The dress is currently on display at the Manchester Costume Museum until January 2012. Adnan Bayyat - 90

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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.

12 months before: 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 q


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 Ensure the honeymoon is booked

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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

Images courtesy of Azure

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

After the wedding day q q q q

Arrange for your dress and suits to be cleaned within 2 weeks Send out thank you letters to all guests Liaise with photographer and/videographer Feedback to all suppliers


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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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The Wedding Guide Spring/Summer 2012 - Covering Manchester, Lancashire & Cumbria  

The Wedding Guide Spring/Summer 2012 Published and distributed by The Wedding Guide, 22 Jordan Street, Liverpool, L1 0BP. Web: www.theweddin...