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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 106-108 – great for planning your weekends around! Happy planning!

Jayne x

Jayne Cook, Editor & Publisher

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The Wedding Guide Spring/Summer 2012 Published and distributed by Weddings by Jayne, Highfields, 31 The Settlement, Ockbrook, Derbyshire DE72 3RJ Email: jayne@theweddingguideuk.com Web: www.theweddingguideuk.com Design & Production: Neil Rees for Sunrise Design for Publishing Front cover image: Crash Taylor www.crashtaylor.com © 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... 4-11

A-Z of Wedding Suppliers

Arranging the ceremony 36-37

Civil or Church

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Helping with your arrangements 45 74 64-65 78 88 66 48-49 72 84

Attendants Duties Cars and Carriages Finishing Touches Flowers Hen & Stag Parties Photography Timetable Videographer Wedding Rings

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His 34

The Groom

Hers 26 12 22-23

Beauty and Hair Dressing for your Big Day Fashion Pages

The Reception Choosing the Venue Music & Entertainment Venue Decorations The Cake & Chocolate Fountain Wedding Fayre Diary Real Weddings

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BRIDAL DRESS DESIGNERS Angela Vickers Hand Made Bridal Designs Studio 1, 69-73 Lower Parliament Street Nottingham, NG1 3BB 01159 415616 Baroque Couture (See Page 23) 34 Station Street, Draycott Derby DE72 3QB Tel: 01332 873320 www.baroquebrides.co.uk

BALLOONS & DECORATIONS Derby Weddings 14 Melbourne Business Court, Pride Park Derby DE24 8LZ Tel:01159 729944 www.derby-balloons.co.uk

BEAUTY & MAKE UP Chess Hair and Beauty (See Page 31) 144 Wollaton Road, Beeston, Nottingham NG9 2PE Tel: 0115 925 7500 www.chesshairandbeauty.co.uk Forever Living Products (See Page 33) Nottingham Tel: 01773 769692 www.flp2u.co.uk Gorgeous Nouveau Aesthetics (See Page 31) 22 Borough Street Castle Donington Derby DE74 2LA Tel: 0845 6809879 www.gorgeousnouveau.com The Beauty and Tanning Lounge (See page 35) 94, Derby Road Long Eaton, Nottingham, NG10 4LB Tel: 01159 723333 www.beautyandtnning.sm4.biz 4 www.theweddingguideuk.com

Couture Bridal Designs Ltd Studios 8+ 9 Fashion Design Studios 69-73 Lower Parliament Street Nottingham NG1 3BB Tel: 01159 414179 www.couturebridaldesignsltd.co.uk Emily Jane Bridal wear 3 The Orchard, Belper, Derbyshire DE56 1DF 01773 822798. www.emilyjanebridalwear.co.uk Jackie Thompson Couture 7 Burlington Close Breaston Derbyshire DE72 3UB Tel: 01332 874969 www.jackiethompsoncouture.co.uk John and Sonia Butterworth Bridal Designers 87 Inkerman Road Selston Nottinghamshire NG16 6BN Tel: 01773 781257 www.johnandsoniabutterworth.co.uk Jonquil Oddhouse Farm, Colston Bassett Lane Nottinghamshire, NG12 3GB Tel: 0845 1309497 www.jonquil.com Kay Hobson Bridal Design 77, The Fleet Belper, Derbyshire DE56 1NW Tel No: 01773 828268 www.kayhobsonbridaldesign.co.uk


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BRIDAL WEAR Alisa The Wedding Specialist 10 Station Road, Ilkeston, Derbyshire, DE7 5LD 01159 324031 Alisa The Wedding Specialist 27 Green Lane Derby DE1 1RS 01332 204731 Alison Evans Bridalwear 37, New Street, Church Gresley, Swadlincote DE11 9PS 01283 214553 All Things Bride and Beautiful 3 Station Road, Ollerton Village Nottingham NG22 9BW Tel: 01623 825800 Angela Vickers Hand Made Bridal Designs Studio 1, 69-73 Lower Parliament Street Nottingham, NG1 3BB Tel: 01159 415616 Barbara’s Bridal Wear 31 George Street, Riddings Derbyshire, DE55 4BH Tel: 01773 541012 Big and Beautiful Bridal Wear 217 Derby Road, Chelleston Derby DE73 5SE Tel: 01332 7001 Blush Bridalwear (See page 17) 3 Market Street Castle Donington Derbyshire DE74 2JB Tel: 07725 868835 www.blushweddings.co.uk Bridal Suite (Nottingham) 71 Boundary Road, West Bridgeford Nottingham NG2 7DB Tel: 01159 143905 Brides and Gowns 26 The Strand Derby DE1 1HZ Tel: 01332 267000 www.bridesandgowns.co.uk

Brides of Silk 15 Robert Street, Scunthorpe, Lincs DN15 6LU Tel: 01724 868688 www.bridesinsilk.co.uk Couture Bridal Designs Ltd Studios 8+ 9 Fashion Design Studios 69-73 Lower Parliament Street Nottingham NG1 3BB Tel: 01159 414179 www.courturebridaldesignsltd.co.uk Couture of Lilies 20-24 Outram Street Sutton – in - Ashfield Nottingham NG17 4FS Tel No: 01623 550990 www.lilies.gbr.cc Designs By Marlaine 82, High Street, Alfreton Derbyshire, DE55 7BE Tel: 01773 830787 Ellie Louise Bridal 4 Berkeley Court, Borough Road, Newcastle, ST5 1TT Tel: 01782 630300 Emily Jane Bridalwear 3 The Orchard, Belper Derbyshire ,DE56 1DF Tel: 01773 822798 www.emilyjanebridalwear.co.uk English Rose Brides 217 London Road, West End, Stoke, ST4 5RW Tel: 01782 876298 Eternally Yours Bridalwear 64 Baldertongate NewarkNG24 1UN Tel: 01636 640057 www.eternallyyours.biz Fabulous Wedding Boutique (See Page 17) 29 Chapelside, Chapel Street, Spondon, Derby DE21 7JQ Tel: 07967 231369 Tel: 07725 674557 www.fabulousweddingboutique.co.uk www.theweddingguideuk.com

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Gaynor Andrews Bridal Boutique 170 Yarborough Road, Grimsby, Lincs, DN34 4DN Tel: 01472 351413 Gracie Bleu Bridal Shop 22 Matlock Green, Matlock Derbyshire, DE4 3BT Tel: 01629 580011 House of Capulet 54 Babington Lane, Derby DE1 2SX Tel: 01332 208111 James 31 Pelham Street , Nottingham NG1 2EA Tel: 0115 947 2540 Karolanne Bridal Wear 26 Lower Parliament Street Nottingham NG1 3DA Tel 01159 472089 Lisa Bridal Boutique Unit 3, Regent Arcade Grimsby DN31 1JP Tel: 01472 242122 Lori G Bridal Studio (See Page 15) 125 Blenheim Drive, Allestree Derby DE22 2LF Tel: 01332 550573 www.lorigbridal.co.uk Love Me Again Bridal Boutique Raps Building, Netherside, Bradwell, Hope Valley, Derbyshire S33 9JL Tel: 07738 568800

Proposals Bridal Room 16 Abbeygate Grimsby, NE Lincs DN31 1JY Tel: 01472 346644 www.proposalsbridal.com Robertas Bridal 35 Market Place, Burslem, Staffordshire, ST6 3AG Tel: 01782 818321 www.robertasbridal.co.uk Serendipity Bridalwear 536 Burton Road, Littleover Derby DE23 6FN Tel: 01332 362822 www.serendipitybridalwear.com Shade Bridal and Occasion Wear (See Page 23) Suite 2b,100 Melton Road, West Bridgeford, Nottingham. NG2 6EP Tel: 01159 822820 www.shade-apparel.co.uk Stately Brides 10 Hayfield Close Belper, Derbyshire DE56 1FA Tel: 01773 826126 Temptations By Design 10 Compton Street, Ashbourne Derbyshire, DE6 1DA Tel: 01335 344900 The Bridal Lounge 4 The Mall, Brunswick Street Newcastle, ST5 1TA Tel 01782 612922

Mimi Toko 1 Tamworth Street, Duffield Belper, Derbyshire DE56 4ER Tel: 01332 842332

The Dressing Room 36 Station Road, Draycott Derby DE72 3QB Tel: 01332 873320

Pearl Boutique SU251, Level 2, East Mall, Westfield, Derby DE1 2PQ Tel No: 01332 36999

The Wedding House 16 Brighton Road, Alvaston Derby, DE24 8SY Tel: 01332 75836

Pretty Panache Bridalwear 11 West Parade Lincoln LN1 1NL Tel: 01522 845049 www.prettypanache.co.uk

The White Room 85a King Street, Southwell Nottingham NG25 0EH Tel: 01636 813967

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Treasure the Day Bridal 118 Station Road, Rolleston on Dove, Burton, DE13 9AB Tel: 07748 680528

Holiday Inn Derby – Riverlights (See back cover) Morledge, Derby DE1 2AY Tel : 01332 412644 www.holidayinn.com

Tying The Knot Bridalwear 138 Forest Road, Annesley Woodhouse Notts, NG17 9HH Tel: 01623 753198

Lace Market Hotel (See Page 47) 29-31 High Pavement, Nottingham NG1 1HE Tel: 01158 523232 www.thefinessecollection.com

Unveiled by Leanne 22 Westgate, Grantham, Lincolnshire NG31 6LU Tel: 01476 568315

CARS Cloud Nine Classic Weddings (See Page 91) 32 Corbiere Avenue, Watnall, Nottingham NG16 1JR Tel: 01159 384704 www.cloudnineclassicweddings.co.uk Rimans Wedding Cars (See Page 89) 7 Berkeley Cres, Upper Saxondale, Nottingham NG12 2NW Tel: 01159 120014 or 07801 710229 www.rimans.co.uk Romance Wedding Cars (See Page 91) Hucknall, Nottingham NG15 7DL Tel: 01158 406560 or 07792 684610 www.romaneweddingcards.co.uk

Lion Hotel (See Page 47) Bridge Street, Belper, Derbyshire DE56 1AX Tel: 01773 724033 www.thefinessecollection.com Ruddington Grange (Page 1) Wilford Road, Ruddington NG11 6NB Tel: 0115 9214139 Tel: 0115 9405165 www.ruddingtongrange.co.uk The Carriage Hall (See Page 45) Station Road, Plumtree Nottingham NG12 5NA Tel: 01159 375300 www.perkins-family.co.uk The University of Nottingham (See inside front cover) Sales Office, East Midlands Conference Centre, Nottingham, NG7 2RJ Tel: 0115 846 8000 www.weddingsinnottingham.com

CHAIR COVERS CEREMONY VENUES Cathedral Quarter Hotel (See Page 47) 16 St. Marys Gate, Derby DE1 3JR Tel: 01332 546080 www.thefinessecollection.com Clumber Park Hotel and Spa (See Page 43) Cumber Park, Nr Worksop Nottingham S80 3PA Tel: 01623 835333 www.clumberparkhotel.com Donington Manor Hotel (See Page 47) High Street, Castle Donington Derbyshire DE74 2PP Tel: 01332 810253 www.thefinessecollection.com

Fabulous Chair Covers (See Page 77) 29 Chapelside, Chapel Street, Spondon, Derby DE21 7JQ Tel: 07967 231369 Tel: 07725 674557 www.fabulousweddingboutique.co.uk Gemini Event Solutions (See Page 75) Staffordshire Tel: 07504 713221 www.geminieventsolutions.co.uk

DANCE LESSONS Step Together Dance (See Page 93) Ashbourne, Derbyshire DE 5 4NL Tel: 07814 231913 www.theweddingguideuk.com

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DECORATION VENUE Derby Weddings 14 Melbourne Business Court, Pride Park, Derby DE24 8LZ Tel:01159 729944 www.derby-balloons.co.uk

GIFTS REGISTRY/ WEDDING GIFTS Bennetts Wedding List 8 Irongate, Derby DE1 3AL Tel: 01332 344261 www.bennettsirongate.co.uk

HAIRDRESSERS Fabulous Chair Covers (See Page 77) 29 Chapelside, Chapel Street, Spondon, Derby DE21 7JQ Tel: 07967 231369 Tel: 07725 674557 www.fabulous-chaircovers.co.uk Marlows Events 3 Lawrence Ave, Colwick Nottingham NG4 2GS Tel: 01159 877210 www.marlowasevents.co.uk

DISCOS Derby Wedding Events (See page 95) 11 Nottingham Road, Alfreton Derbyshire DE55 4HQ Tel: 01773 608446 or 07941 568810 www.derbyshireweddingevents.co.uk Magical Nights Spondon, Derbyshire DE21 7NF Tel: 01332 668978 or 07973 371765 www.magicalnights.co.uk

EXHIBITIONS & WEDDING FAYRES Exhibition Diary (See Page 106-108 ) Staffordshire Wedding Shows (See page 105) UK Wedding Shows (See page 102) White Media Wedding Fayres (See Page 104)

FLORIST The Flower Boutique (See page 85) 343 Carlton Hill, Carlton Nottingham, NG4 1JE Tel: 01159 877152 www.theflowerboutiquenottingham.co.uk 8 www.theweddingguideuk.com

Chess Hair and Beauty (See Page 31) 144 Wollaton Road, Beeston, Nottingham NG9 2PE Tel: 0115 925 7500 www.chesshairandbeauty.co.uk Steve Boultons Hair Salon (see page 33) 80 Wilson Road, Hanford Stoke on Trent, Staffordshire Tel: 01782 644476

HEALTH AND BEAUTY Clumber Park Hotel and Spa (See Page 97) Cumber Park, Nr Worksop Nottingham S80 3PA Tel: 01623 835333 www.clumberparkhotel.com Forever Living Products (See Page 33) Nottingham Tel: 01773 769692 www.flp2u.co.uk The Beauty and Tanning Lounge (See page 35) 94, Derby Road, Long Eaton Nottingham NG10 4LB Tel: 01159 723333 www.beautyandtnning.sm4.biz

HEN & STAG PARTIES Bistro Live Music Restaurant (See Page 95) 2 Barker Gate, Lace Market, Nottingham NG1 1JS Tel: 0115 9473666 www.bistroive.com I Need Pampering (See Page 90) 129 -131 Ducie House, Ducie Street, Manchester, M1 2JW Tel: 0845 190 1895 Web: www.ineedpampering.com


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HONEYMOONS/HOLIDAYS Travel Bureau 69 High Street, Gosforth Newcastle upon Tyne NE3 4AT Tel: 0191 2859321 www.travelbureaugosforth.com Travelounge (See page 73) 9 Derby Road, Borrowash Derbyshire De72 3JW Tel: 01332 677000 www.travellounge.co.uk

HOTEL ACCOMMODATION Cathedral Quarter Hotel (See Page 47) 16 St. Marys Gate Derby DE1 3JR Tel: 01332 546080 www.thefinessecollection.com Clumber Park Hotel and Spa (See Page 43) Cumber Park, Nr Worksop Nottingham S80 3PA Tel: 01623 835333 www.clumberparkhotel.com

JEWELLERY Stuart Thexton Jewelley (See Page 86 & 87) 19-21 Exchange Arcade Nottingham NG1 2DD Tel: 01159 881821 www.stuart-thexton.com

MOTHERS OUTFITS Shade Bridal and Occasion Wear (See page 23) Suite 2b,100 Melton Road, West Bridgeford, Nottingham. NG2 6EP Tel: 01159 822820 www.shade-apparel.co.uk

MENSWEAR Formal Affair (See Page 37) 67, Maid Marion Way, Nottingham, NG1 6AJ Tel No: 01159 598254 www.formalaffair.co.uk

Donington Manor Hotel (See Page 47) High Street, Castle Donington Derbyshire DE74 2PP Tel: 01332 810253 www.thefinessecollection.com

Formal Affair (See Page 37) 37, Holywell Street, Chesterfield, Derbyshire S41 7SH Tel No: 01246 559511 www.formalaffair.co.uk

Holiday Inn Derby – Riverlights (See back cover) Morledge, Derby DE1 2AY Tel : 01332 412644 www.holidayinn.com

Formal Affair (See Page 37) 12-14 Percy Street, Hanley, Stoke on Trent ST 1 1NE Tel: 01782 212848

Lace Market Hotel (See Page 47) 29-31 High Pavement Nottingham NG1 1HE Tel: 01158 523232 www.thefinessecollection.com

Formal Affair (See Page 37) Tame Park, Off Ninian Way, Wilnecote Tamworth B77 5DY

MUSIC & ENTERTAINMENT Lion Hotel (See Page 47) Bridge Street, Belper, Derbyshire DE56 1AX Tel: 01773 724033 www.thefinessecollection.com

ICE CREAM TRICYCLE Truly Scrumptious Gelato (See page 79) Clowne, Chesterfield S43 4NU Tel: 07761 115153 or 01246 819822 www.trulyscrumptiousgelato.co.uk

Matt Johnson PO Box 210, Deeside CH5 9DJ Tel: 01244 535803 www.ukweddingsinger.com Step Together Dance (See page 93) Ashbourne, Derbyshire DE 5 4NL Tel: 07814 231913 www.theweddingguideuk.com

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PHOTOGRAPHERS Boudoir Belles (See page 63) 28-30 Pelham Street Nottingham NG1 2EG Tel: 07971 451810 www.boudoirphotographynottingham.co.uk Briscoe Photography (See page 67) Staffordshire Tel: 07732 875315 www.briscoephotography.co.uk David Golding Photography 3 Ladycroft Ave, Buxton Derbyshire SK17 7AQ Tel: 07581 779930 www.davidgoldingweddings.com Jakt Photography (See page 59) Friargate Studios Ford Street, Derby DE1 1EE Tel: 01332 258365 or 07811 144016 www.jaktphotography.co.uk

Simon Miller Photography (See Page 55) Bestwood Nottingham NG6 8YU Tel: 07986 408024 www.simonmillerphotography.com Steve and Sarah Mills Photography (See page 67) Carlton, Nottinghamshire NG4 1QU Tel: 01159 611048 www.millsphotography.co.uk Vintage Image Photography (See page 63) Nottinghamshire Tel: 07854 833758 www.vintageimagephotography.co.uk

RECEPTION VENUES Cathedral Quarter Hotel (See Page 47) 16 St. Marys Gate Derby DE1 3JR Tel: 01332 546080 www.thefinessecollection.com

Leading Imagery Photography (See Page 67) 173 High Street, Claycross Derbyshire S45 9DZ Tel: 01246 250014 www.ledingimagery.com

Clumber Park Hotel and Spa (See Page 47) Cumber Park, Nr Worksop Nottingham S80 3PA Tel: 01623 835333 www.clumberparkhotel.com

Lucabella Photography High Street Castle Donington Derbyshire DE74 2PP Tel: 07947 789566 www.lucabellaphotography.com

Donington Manor Hotel (See Page 47) High Street Castle Donington Derbyshire DE74 2PP Tel: 01332 810253 www.thefinessecollection.com

Mirror Imaging Photography (See Page 55) Nottinghamshire Tel no: 07968 159465 www.mirrorimaging.co.uk

Holiday Inn Derby – Riverlights (See back cover) Morledge, Derby DE1 2AY Tel : 01332 412644 www.holidayinn.com

Oehlers Photography (See page 59) Chilwell Nottinghamshire NG9 6NE Tel: 01159 736598 or 07817 657041 www.oehlersphotograpy.co.uk

Lace Market Hotel (See Page 47) 29-31 High Pavement, Nottingham NG1 1HE Tel: 01158 523232 www.thefinessecollection.com

Saffron Moon Photography Unit C, 69-73 Lower Parliament Street, Nottingham NG1 3BB Tel 0115 988 1816 www.saffronmoon.co.uk

Lion Hotel (See Page 47) Bridge Street, Belper Derbyshire DE56 1AX Tel: 01773 724033 www.thefinessecollection.com

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Nottinghamshire Golf & Country Club (See page 45) Stagglethorpe Nottingham NG12 3HB Tel: 01159 333344 www.thenottinghamshire.com Ruddington Grange (See Page 1) Wilford Road, Ruddington NG11 6NB Tel: 0115 9214139 www.ruddingtongrange.co.uk The Carriage Hall (See Page 45) Station Road, Plumtree Nottingham NG12 5NA Tel: 01159 375300 www.perkins-family.co.uk The University of Nottingham (See inside front cover) Sales Office, East Midlands Conference Centre, Nottingham NG7 2RJ Tel: 0115 846 8000 www.weddingsnottingham.co.uk

SHOES Pure & Precious Bridal Shoes (See Page 27) 20 Midland Road, Thrapston, Northants NN14 4JR Tel: 01832 735181 www.shoesforweddings.com

STATIONERY Occasion Ali Wedding Stationery Castle Donington DE74 2QU Tel: 07739 310805 www.occasionali.co.uk

VIDEOGRAPHER Ian Dearman Media (See page 69) 11 Green Close, Blidworth Mansfield, Nottinghamshire NG21 0UD Tel: 07841 335284 www.iandearman.co.uk

WEBSITES/APPS The Wedding Guide Tel: 01332 544369 07515 350313 www.theweddinguideuk.com Jayne@theweddingguideuk.com Wedding UK APP (See Page 97) Oakfield House, 31 Main St, East Kilbride, G74 4JU Tel: 0844 504 3701 www.myweddingapp.co.uk

WEDDINGS ABROAD Travel Bureau 69 High Street, Gosforth Newcastle upon Tyne NE3 4AT Tel: 0191 2859321 www.travelbureaugosforth.com Travelounge (See page 73) 9 Derby Road, Borrowash Derbyshire De72 3JW Tel: 01332 677000 www.travellounge.co.uk

WEDDING PLANNERS Benessamy Wedding Planners (See page 75) Nottingham NG5 4JR Tel: 07787 422451 www.benessamy.co.uk Gemini Event Solutions (See Page 75) Staffordshire Tel: 07504 713221 www.geminieventsolutions.co.uk Major Domo Events (See page 75) Newark Nottinghamshire NG34 3GE Tel: 07985 443673 www.major-domo.co.uk Top Notch Events Midlands Tel: 07790 914331 www,topnotcheventplanners.co.uk

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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 www.maggiesottero.com 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. 12 www.theweddingguideuk.com


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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. 14 www.theweddingguideuk.com

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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Heavenly Headwear Why not add a bit of vintage glamour to your look with fabulous bridal hair accessories. Whether you choose a headdress, comb or simple clips, there are hundreds of beautiful styles and one bound to suit you. We’ve picked some of our favourites to inspire you. Cinderellas Dream Barrette - £38 www.ebuni.com

Belinda Large Hair Flower on Comb - £24 www.the-little-things-in-life.co.uk

Pearl Vintage Rose comb - £180 www.emmyshoes.co.uk

Kalina Headdress with Pearls - £115 www.katherineswaine.co.uk

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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 www.impressionbridal.co.uk

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

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

Know your crowd Ask yourself this: Are my bridesmaids similar to each other? What would they be most comfortable in? You must also consider size, age, shape, style and their colouring. You want to flatter your bridesmaids and keep them happy on the day. It is important to not give them free reign

but to let them know that they do have some input into what they will be wearing. If you have young bridesmaids make sure that they will be comfortable in what you have chosen for them as a wedding can be a tiring day for the little ones.

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

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

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Couture? What is

A Couture wedding dress will be made from the finest fabrics, sewn with great craftsmanship and with extreme attention to detail. The first step in the Couture process will be to book an appointment for an initial consultation. This will allow you to share your dreams with the designer. Bring to the consultation all your ideas — photographs, magazines, or simply a verbal description of what you envision. Together you will explore various options, including necklines, skirt shapes and fabrics. The designer will then work their magic, translating your ideas into a rough sketch. Once the sketch has been approved and your measurements taken, the proper work begins. The sketch becomes the pattern for the calico toile garment which is made out of a rough cotton fabric. The toile can be cut and pinned allowing all the fitting problems to be ironed out and your personal blueprint emerges. The work done at this stage reaps many benefits later on, reducing the number of alterations done on the actual fabric. Once work on the fabric begins you can expect a number of fittings as the garment evolves. You

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Do you want to be stylish yet different on your wedding day? Then why not visit a Couture Bridal Dress Designer who will design a gown exclusively for you. The possibilities are endless and whatever your fashion taste and personal style, a Couture wedding dress will enable you to choose a design that will match your taste and personality.

will be asked at this point to wear your bridal lingerie to ensure the fit is just right. Beautiful linings make sure it feels as good as it looks. And all the little details which make it uniquely yours – embroidery or beading, are gradually added. Remember, when you come to the hem fitting you will need to wear the shoes that you will be wearing on the day. It is also a good idea to take along your tiara and jewellery so you get to see the complete look. Following your final fitting, your truly unique gown will be pressed for collection – this is the last step in the wonderful Couture process before you wow your guests, leaving everyone spellbound on your special day! ♥


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

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

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Stunning Shoes & Luxurious Lingerie Choosing your wedding shoes

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There are several things you'll need to take into consideration before you buy your wedding shoes. Of course you want your shoes to be really special but one of the most important things is comfort as you’ll be on your feet for the majority of the day. There are lots of different styles of wedding shoes to choose from. From white trainers to beautiful designer Jimmy Choo shoes but before you say “I Do” to a pair of wedding shoes, take note of the following tips:

Your lingerie choice should, as with your shoes, be comfortable but it should also work perfectly with your dress choice. Choose something that will flatter your figure and complete your look. Top tips when choosing your lingerie:

• Don't sacrifice comfort for style. You will be on your feet from the moment you get dressed until your last dance – it will be a long day. • Your feet are at their largest at the end of the day. This is a good time to shop for shoes to ensure a good fit. • Choose a heel height that you are used to • Take your shoes to your wedding dress fitting so your hemline will be just the right length. • Break your shoes in by wearing them around the house before the wedding. • To make sure your shoes aren’t too slippery, gently rub the soles with a piece of sandpaper to help provide traction. • Just in case, don’t forget to put plasters in your wedding emergency kit!

• Get yourself properly fitted to make sure you are wearing the correct bra size. • Consider the colour of your dress and choose your underwear to compliment this. • If you have a simple, fitted dress don’t choose fussy lingerie with lots of detail. • If you lose or gain weight, then the chances are this will affect your bra size, so do get measured regularly. • If your dress is backless or strapless, there is a great selection of bras now with multi-way options or designs suited to these styles. • You will want to feel glamorous and sexy on your wedding day but if your style of dress won’t allow suspenders and frilly briefs, then line up some glamorous, sexy lingerie for the wedding night! • Once you have lined up your wedding day lingerie, why not invest in some cheeky lingerie pieces for your honeymoon to surprise him! Image supplied by Jakt Photography

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All that glitters Depending on your hairstyle and choice of wedding dress, a tiara or hair accessory can turn you into a sophisticated bride or a fairytale princess. Tiaras or bridal hair accessories can complete your whole wedding look, whether you are after a pearl and diamond vintage look, a stunning oral headpiece for maximum impact or a simple, elegant headband, the options are endless. The type of headpiece that you choose will

depend on your personal style and budget. You may wish to go for a unique handmade piece which can be designed to match your wedding dress. Or you could browse the readily available pieces in bridal shops or online where you will be totally spoiled for choice! Remember however that you will need to try the pieces on to make sure the one you choose really suits you, will compliment the hairstyle that you have chosen and works well with a veil if you are wearing one. With all the options available, traditionally shaped wire or metal tiaras, decorative hair combs or slides, fascinators and encrusted headbands, you really will be able to add that extra sparkle and glamour on your special day. ♼ www.theweddingguideuk.com

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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.

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LOOKING FABULOUS 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 finishes 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. Here’s a guide to make sure you look and feel a million dollars on the day.

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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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We’ve picked out some gorgeous yet simple ways to look like a real wedding belle on your big day. Bottom left: ‘Art Deco Fan Comb’. Stockist: Emmy Shoes www.emmyshoes.co.uk Price: £130 Top right: ‘Pearl and Crystal Vintage Rose Sweep’. Stockist: Emmy Shoes www.emmyshoes.co.uk Price: £215 Bottom right: ‘Bridal Hair Clip – Peony’. Stockist: VictoriaCouture www.etsy.com/shop/VictoriaCouture Price: £8.65

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SHAPE UP FOR YOUR BIG DAY

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

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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! 36 www.theweddingguideuk.com

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

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

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

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

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

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Jewish weddings fulfil both a religious and civil purpose, but you will still need two applications - one for your local register office and one for the religious authority under which the ceremony will take place. Marriages can take place in any synagogue, private house or other place as long as you and your partner are Jewish and the ceremony is held under the auspices of a synagogue. The marriage must be registered by the Secretary of the husband’s synagogue. www.jmc-uk.org

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

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

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

closest to the venue you have chosen to book a registrar to conduct the ceremony. www.direct.gov.uk

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

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

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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.

When you have decided on a Church or Civil There are likely to be two parts to your wedding Ceremony there are certain factors to consider. to organise, the wedding ceremony and the Firstly, the venue must wedding reception. look and feel right to You may have your Properly planned, your you. You may have a heart set on a reception will become one particular style of venue traditional Church of the most joyous parties in mind for example, a ceremony which is still you will ever host Castle, a Manor House or a favourite choice for somewhere dramatic or chic. The choices are couples. If this is the case then the reception endless and where you choose will help you to should be planned around the Church location. dictate the style and theme of your wedding. You will need to consider ease of transport for The venue must be able to accommodate the your guests from the ceremony to the reception number of guests you are inviting so you should venue. The second option is a civil wedding have a good idea of numbers before you start where your ceremony and reception will be held looking around. at a licensed venue. 42 www.theweddingguideuk.com


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Importantly the cost of the venue must suit your budget. Castles, country houses and stately homes are among the locations many dream of for their big day but consider your budget carefully. Properly planned, your wedding reception will become one of the most joyous parties you will ever host, so remember to savour every minute and enjoy it! ♼ www.theweddingguideuk.com

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

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

Documents you will need: • A current valid passport (or where appropriate, a Home Office Travel Document, a standard acknowledgment letter, or a National Identity Card). • If you cannot provide this then a birth certificate and another document with your full name such as a cheque book, cheque guarantee card, utility bill or driving licence and a document to confirm your current address such as utility bill or driving licence. • For people who have been married or entered into a civil partnership before; decree absolute, death certificate or dissolution of civil partnership. • For people who have legally changed their name; documentary evidence in the form of a deed poll or declaration. • All documents should be certified or sealed 44 www.theweddingguideuk.com

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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Legal Considerations If you are reading this magazine then you must be thinking about getting married, so congratulations! You will have thought about the venue, the flowers and the photographs but have you thought about your long term legal needs? Here are some things you should be thinking about;

Home Ownership If you are coming to the marriage or Civil Partnership with a property that is in one person’s name only you should consider whether this is to be transferred into your joint names. You can decide whether the ownership of any property should be held so that the survivor of you automatically inherits it. However, if you have children from a previous relationship you may wish to specify a percentage ownership instead, that way you can leave part of the property to your children.

Pre- Nuptial Agreements It’s not only the rich and famous who are using these. If you or your partner are bringing assets to the marriage then you may wish to protect those assets by entering into a pre-nuptial agreement. At Emmersons Solicitors we are often asked to draw up such agreements for couples who have property or investments from a previous relationship. They wish to make sure their children can still inherit after the marriage has taken place. 46 www.theweddingguideuk.com

Marriage and Wills Many people are not aware that when they marry most wills that were previously made will be revoked. Intestacy Rules would then apply and so your spouse /civil partner would automatically inherit the first £250,000 of your estate. But what if you have children from a previous relationship? You can also make a will now in contemplation of your marriage which will be valid following the big event.

Lasting Power of Attorney This is a legal document that allows you to appoint someone that you trust as your Attorney in the event that you are unable to manage your affairs. You can decide in advance which decisions they can make on your behalf. You can appoint more than one attorney. This could be your spouse /civil partner and your adult child or children. ♥ The above are just a snap shot of issues that you will need to consider at the time of your marriage and throughout you married life. If you need further advice contact us on www.emmersonssolicitors.co.uk. Tel: Sunderland 0191 567 6667, Newcastle 0191 2846989.

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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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YOUR GUIDE TO

Wedding Insurance THE LEGAL ST

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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! 48 www.theweddingguideuk.com

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: www.weddingplaninsurance.co.uk 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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Civil Partnerships • Duty to provide reasonable maintenance for your civil partner and any children of the family • Ability to apply for parental responsibility for your civil partner’s child • Protection from domestic violence • Recognition for immigration and nationality purposes

Following the Civil Partnership Act of 2004, same sex couples can now make a formal, legally recognised commitment to each other by entering into a Civil Partnership. Civil partners will have equal treatment in a wide range of legal matters like married couples, including: • • • •

Tax, including inheritance tax Employment benefits Most state and occupational pension benefits; Income related benefits, tax credits and child support

In a similar way to traditional marriages, a couple must give notice of a proposed civil partnership to the local register office, even if they intend to register elsewhere. They can only do this once they have lived in the area for at least seven days. Each of them must give this notice in person. The notice must include where the couple wish the civil partnership registration to take place. Once notices have been given, the register office must keep information relating to the notices on public display for 15 days. This should be in both the area in which the registration is to take place and in the area in which both partners live. The registration cannot proceed until the 15day waiting period has passed for each of the notices. This is to allow any person to make an objection in a similar way to a marriage. Once the 15-day waiting period has expired, if there are no objections to the registration of the civil partnership and no legal reasons why it cannot go ahead, the register office must provide the couple with a legal document called a civil partnership schedule. The couple will need this in order to register a civil partnership. A civil partnership must be registered within 12 months of the first notice being recorded. If registration is not done within this time limit, they cannot register without starting the process again. Two people are regarded as having registered a civil partnership once each of them has signed the schedule or licence in front of two witnesses and the civil partnership registrar. The witnesses and registrar must also sign the document. A Civil Partnership Ceremony is similar to a traditional civil wedding, with opportunities for music and readings that are secular in nature. ♥ For further info visit www.civilpartnerships.org.uk. www.theweddingguideuk.com

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EMILY & ANTH

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Emily and Anthony were married on 2 September 2011 in the Garden Pavilion of Ringwood Hall, Chesterfield, followed by the Reception in The Coach House. It was a risk booking the ceremony outside but the weather was perfect on the day. Here is Emily to tell your more about her special day: “We had visited a few venues and when we saw Ringwood Hall we fell in love with it immediately, with the option to marry outside followed by holding the reception in The Coach house was perfect. We took 18 months to plan our wedding with the theme being quiet simple Red and Ivory.” “The moments which stand out for me are walking down the aisle and see Anthony for the first time…. the speeches were really special and having an amazing time with our amazing friends and family.” “Following the wedding we went on our honeymoon to Mexico.” “My advice for future brides would be to enjoy it, every second of it, and that includes the planning. It is much easier if you try and make it fun. Another tip would be to think about your seating plan, readings and music quite early on, whilst it is only a draft it is much easier to do it with plenty of time to go rather than in a mad panic the night before! You can also change your mind and its much less stressful trying to think of ideas when your got plenty of time.” ♥ Dress: Emily Bridal, Sheffield Bridesmaids Dresses: Debenhams Menswear: Formal Affair Hair and Make-up: Blow at Esporta, Sheffield Flowers: Valerie of Dore Cake: The Cake Booth Invitations: Adelarosa Photography: Paul Briscoe Wedding Rings: Goldsmiths

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Sarah and Paul were married at 1pm 20 August 2011 at St George and St Mary’s Church, Church Gresley followed by the Reception at The Hallmark Hotel Derby. The reason for choosing the ceremony venue is because Sarah’s Mum and Dad got married there and it has been a Church that I have always known. Here is Sarah to tell you more about her special day and how they got there: “We met through a mutual friend and started to chat online, then met up for a date and then a second and so on. Paul proposed on our one-year anniversary he booked a table at the pub where we had our first date. The table was covered in crystals and there were roses in the centre. After the meal as we were walking out he got down on one knee and asked me to marry him.” “We choose The Hallmark Hotel because it was modern, light with lovely bedrooms for the guests. The staff there were really helpful. I liked the fact that the bar was in the same room as the disco so all our guests could be in the same place.” “The colour scheme was dark purple and ivory with a hint of dark pink. There were a lot of heart crystals in the decoration and on the invites as I have a heart shaped diamond engagement ring. “ Following the wedding we went on our honeymoon to Las Vagas.” “The moments which stand out for me are Paul’s face at the alter when he first saw me. The

photos on route to the church – we got to spend some time together to take it all in. Also we had a photobooth in the evening which was fab, everyone loved it! Definitely a highlight and made for a great guestbook and of course our first dance.” “My Top Tips for other brides would have to be, don’t get too stressed, it is only a day. If you let it pass by worrying that things will go wrong you won’t have any time to enjoy yourself. Make sure you say hello to everyone but more importantly make sure you get time together. Don’t worry about it being over, you will have all the lovely memories, mementos and photos but none of the organising and stress.” “Spend money on the things that will matter after the day or that you can keep. Will people really remember that extra canapé?” “Think about the guests, we had an ice-cream tricycle, a wedding singer, a sweet buffet and a photo booth. These were all in place for the guests so they could enjoy themselves, which in turn meant that we had the time of our lives.” ♥ Dress: Alisa Bridal, Derby Bridesmaids: Debenhams Menswear: Jon Paul Flowers: Boutique Derby Cake: The Melbourne Cake Company Photographer: Jakt Photography Wedding Rings: Birmingham Jewellery Quarter

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Photographs

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Choosing the right wedding photographer can seem daunting. There are a few key things to look out for that will help you make the right choice. You need to feel personally comfortable with your wedding photographer – they’ll be capturing your emotions and working closely with your family and friends on your special day. Some wedding photographers favour a traditional approach with others offering more contemporary images. Some photographers will be able to provide you with a combination of styles. Make sure you see examples of their relevant work to get a good feel whether they are the right choice for you. It’s important that you understand exactly what you’ll be getting from your photographer. Although many now offer straight-forward packages do not be afraid to clarify exactly what your photographer will do on the day itself and provide you with after the event. Do check you know what’s included in the price and what will cost extra. It’s worth arranging your photographer early in your planning as good photographers often get booked well in advance. To form an idea of the types of photographs you want captured take a look at as many examples as you can. Discuss this with your photographer and any friends who have recently got married. Often friends or relatives who are keen amateurs offer their services for free. Whilst it may be tempting to take them up for reasons of politeness or economy, you do not want to take risks with your precious photographs! If you want to guarantee high quality wedding photographs then you’re probably best to leave the task to the professionals. To avoid causing offence to Uncle Bob, maybe you could offer him the important role of capturing candid images of the guests through the day? ♥ 58 www.theweddingguideuk.com

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Jodie and Ollie were married on 24 September 2011 at The Carriage Hall in Nottingham. They met at school when they were 16 and Ollie was 17. It was December 1999 and they shared their first kiss on Millennium eve! Here is Jodie to tell you more about how they met and her special day: “The Proposal was amazing! I wasn't expecting it at all, as I thought after being together for 10 years I would have guessed it was coming. We were in the lake district 'glamping' in a Yurt. After a 5 mile walk we went back to our hut in the forest and had a BBQ for tea...as it was getting dark we went inside to sit in front of our log fire with a glass of wine. Ollie had lit lots of tea lights around the yurt, and knelt down to add another log to the fire... where he had hidden the ring, and turned around to me on one knee. I couldn't stop crying, but managed to pull myself together long enough to say yes.” “We had just over a year to plan for the day, though for 3 months of that I was away travelling so I had to be very organized! We choose The Carriage Hall to get married, The main draw for me was the space worked for both the ceremony and the reception. I loved the character of the building, which gave it the extra wow factor that you get from a church. We also loved the quirkiness of it being an old train carriage hall. I especially liked how long the aisle was which was important to me. We also liked the fact that the dance area was in the same place as the barensuring lots of drunk dancing!” “Our theme was inspired by our location- The Carriage Hall as it is such a lovely bright and airy

room with lots of natural light and high ceilings, so we wanted to go for bright and bold colours to reflect that- a mix of plums/ purples and pinks.” “The moments I remember the most are the moment Ollie turned around as I walked down the aisle- and saying our promises to each other. I thought I'd be nervous, but it just felt right- even with a room full of people watching.” “Ollie’s was seeing me for the first time as I came down the aisle, and doing his speech.” “The advice I would give to other brides I would say try and organise yourself from the beginning. I bought a really good wedding planner from the website oh so cherished, and it really helped set out what needed to be done, and when. I would also say make sure you delegate for the day itself, so that you can enjoy it... and if anything goes wrong, don't worry about it, as no one else will notice. Once the day was over we had a fantastic honeymoon 2 nights in Kuala Lumpur, 10 days in Bali.” ♥ Dress: Provonias dress from Bride and Groom Ltd in Bromley, Kent Bridesmaids dress: Made by my mum! Menswear: Slaters, Nottingham Hair and Make-up: Hair by Rebecca Shipley at Ruby Rooms. Make up by Susan Smith at Pretty Flamingo Flowers: Floral Deco Rebecca Cadell Cake: Karen Jerram at Baked to Perfection Photographer: Sarah Illingworth at Mirror Imaging Transport: Dennison Cars Wedding Rings: Krystle jewellers, Hatton Garden

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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.

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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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Kelly and Andrew were married on 6th Aug at 2pm at St Mary Magdalene Church followed by their reception at Alfreton Hall. Here is Kelly our beautiful bride to tell you more about their special day and how they met: How did you meet? We met on a week’s holiday in Kavos, Corfu in August 2007. We both went with a friend, a last minute holiday to let our hair down and met on the first day and never looked back. I lived in Sutton-in-Ashfield, Notts and Andy lived in Crewe, Cheshire. What was the proposal like? Sweet and simple. Andy asked my dad a few weeks before then waited for my birthday before getting down on one knee and showing me a beautiful diamond ring in June 2009. How long did you have to arrange your wedding and make all the plans for your special day? We decided to set the date 2 years ahead so we had plenty of time. Andy wanted our wedding near to the first time we met so that’s why we married in August. Did you have any particular themes to your big day? As it was a summer wedding I wanted lots of bright vibrant colours, so we decided on orange and yellow for flowers and a sage green colour for the bridesmaids. I also wanted an underlying theme of butterflies through the day but nothing too obvious. What was the main reason for choosing the ceremony venue? When first talking about where we would like to be married we both liked the idea of a civil ceremony somewhere but through a wish of my parents Andy and I went to look at the parish church. Once we walked into St Mary’s Church (with the bell ringers practicing) we both gasped and fell in love. It was beautiful and couldn’t imagine getting married anywhere else. What was the main reason you picked the reception venue? We first fell in love with the beautiful grand features Alfreton Hall had to offer and the space it had to accommodate all our friends and family. Another reason was how friendly the owners and staff were to us from the very first moment The whole ambiance Alfreton Hall created on our day was magnificent. It allowed me to live a brides dream. What were the moments that you remember most? There are too many….Everyone kept telling us it would be one of the fastest days of our lives so

we were determined to remember everything! But some moments for me were; walking out of my parent’s house to see a horse drawn carriage waiting to take my dad and me to church, which was a total surprise to me. Also seeing all our friends and family dressed up standing in the church watching me walk down the aisle and seeing my nervous groom at the alter who looked extremely handsome. Another is having our photos took in the amazing grounds of the church and Alfreton Hall, in the sunshine. Our first dance is another amazing memory; we had been having dance lessons to surprise our parents, which worked. One of Andy’s fondest memories is having his bride get up on stage and sing a dedicated song to him with the band, Tennason. To us both the whole day was like a fairytale where everything was perfect, and we got to share it with all of our loved ones, something we’ll always treasure. Do you have any advice for future brides? They say “it’s a brides day” but I believe different. It’s a day for all the people you love and have in your life to be part of a beautiful union. It’s a day for you and your groom to share something with each other that goes beyond words. Listen to the people who want to give you advice, even the groom, because you never know it might compliment the idea’s you already have. Also except help from people because it’s a lot to tackle yourself. Try on as many dresses as possible because you won’t get chance to do it again (I loved that part!) Have fun with it and enjoy every second. ♥

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MAGICAL For a completely different reception venue, have you thought about choosing a marquee? For many couples, a marquee offers the only option of spending their Wedding Day where they feel most comfortable. A marquee structure can provide the space to entertain sometimes literally hundreds of guests for a one-off, never to be forgotten event. By choosing a marquee couples can gain considerable control over their wedding, ensuring all the details are those they have chosen, not those that have been chosen for them.

A traditional marquee Traditional marquees can be used to create the perfect venue for your needs. Choose from reception porches, chill out areas, annexe for bands, bars and discos, marquees for the reception meal, marquees just for dancing, marquees for younger guests, catering marquees, and walkways to toilets to truly personalise your reception. For a more “rural” effect traditional marquees can be left unlined and uncarpeted. But, for that sophisticated feeling, linings, swags and new carpets will give a stunning effect. Add to that specialist lighting, a range of furniture and many other accessories……you will be delighted with the special venue created for your special day.

Kata tents and tipis Based on designs developed by the Sami people

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of Lapland the Kata tent and tipis have developed into the must have venue for any event. The tents are really flexible and can cater for just about any size and type of event: they can be used alone or joined together, with their sides raised or lowered to create just the right space. White drapes, colour coordinated interior and mood lighting mixed with carefully arranged and chosen furniture will help you create your perfect wedding venue. Kata tents and tipis can be used to provide the perfect venue for a stunning winter wedding as the tents are designed to be warm and cosy in cold weather. You can also request finishing touches that will make sure you stay totally snug an open wood-burning fire, real reindeer hides to sit on, and of course plenty of heaters.

Wedding yurts Wedding yurts have been designed to host intimate wedding receptions and are the perfect alternative to a traditional marquee. The yurts are hand~crafted out of sweet chestnut wood, covered in cream canvas and can really enhance any special event. The yurts are wonderfully versatile and can be erected inside or outdoors, in a field, a garden or your chosen wedding venue. Choose from a treasure chest of sumptuous decorations and sparkling lights to help create the perfect ambiance for your ceremony, reception or party. The yurts are a beautiful blank canvas for you to create whatever your heart desires. ♥


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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 68 www.theweddingguideuk.com

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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Making life easier with a

Wedding Co-ordinator The average bride spends 250 hours planning her dream wedding, the equivalent of six weeks full time work, trying to put together the most magical and memorable day of her life. There is real skill involved in turning that fantasy into reality and an experienced wedding co-ordinator will be able to help you realise your dreams, whether on a small or grand scale, traditional or contemporary, in a city or countryside setting. A wedding co-ordinator can save you valuable time searching for the right venue or supplier. They can reduce stress, save you money and help provide professional event co-ordination on the day. Some of the key elements of what a wedding co-ordinator can do for you are: • Help you set a realistic budget and stick to it! • Help you find a venue and secure the booking; • Deal with the suppliers including the florist, caterers, photographers, entertainment etc.; • Develop a schedule and work plan and ensure you keep track of progress; • Send out invitations for you and collate the replies; • Advise on wedding etiquette and help diffuse stressful situations, such as dealing with seating plans without offending relatives; • Deal with the hire of any outfits and ensure they are returned on time; • Advise on any new trends, suggesting creative ways to make your wedding unique; • Manage the invoices from suppliers and advise you of the final costs; • Negotiate preferential rates with suppliers; • Keep you fully informed throughout the whole process; • Supervise the wedding day to ensure everything runs to the timetable and manage the bridal party and ushers, reminding them of their responsibilities. 74 www.theweddingguideuk.com

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

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


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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.

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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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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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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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SHOULD WE INVITE CHILDREN? A question that can cause many a disagreement when planning a wedding is whether or not to invite children. Every bride wants her special day to be perfect, and the idea of two or three young bridesmaids scattering petals as she walks down the aisle, or a pageboy carrying the rings, can add to the romantic vision you may have for your special day. However, children rarely follow the same plans due to their youthful exuberance and natural excitement about the event. They are more likely to be remembered for running round during the ceremony or even using the best man as a maypole during his speech. This is why more and more couples are using childcare services to provide qualified and experienced nursery nurses or other childcare professionals to entertain the younger guests. Childcare facilities at your wedding can be tailor-made specifically for you and your guests, providing a variety of toys, games and activities for all ages of children.

Questions to ask: • Are your staff CRB checked? • Do they have a current first aid certificate? • Can you show me any references or testimonials from other customers? • Do you provide an evening nanny service for sleeping children?

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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! ♥ 80 www.theweddingguideuk.com


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Vintage Having a completely Vintage Wedding is a very popular choice for many of today’s brides. Taking inspiration from ‘something old’ whether it be an Edwardian lace wedding gown or a stunning piece of Art Deco jewellery can bring a timeless elegance to your wedding. There are many different aspects to consider when it comes to your vintage wedding such as the use of vintage lace and pearls and incorporating the faded antique colours of pale greens, soft creams, dusty pinks, antique golds and muted mochas in your flowers, cakes, stationery and bridesmaids dresses. Vintage can mean anything from traditional Hollywood glamour, the Art Deco period, Victoriana or Edwardian elegance to the roaring forties.

You might decide that Edwardian elegance is more for you. A lace wedding dress could be accompanied by a hand-tied seasonal flower bouquet with antique lace used to tie the stems. Centrepieces could be created from antique gilded bird cages filled with dusky pink and sage green flowers and your wedding cake could be decorated with fresh flowers and antique lace. Whatever you decide, don't forget about those all

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If you love the timeless twenties then an Art Deco wedding could be the one for you. Silver candelabras draped in strings of pearls would provide the perfect table centrepieces. Other ideas would be to include ostrich or marabou feathers in your bouquets, use the art work of the period on your stationery, use martini glasses for your favours and have an elegant cocktail drinks reception to the music of the period provided by a Swing band.

important finishing touches. Vintage cars are very easy to find, and there are some photographers who specialise in vintage photography. There are also a number of other companies who specialise in vintage weddings, from providing vintage china for your reception to period clothing for your guests. You could also speak to local theatre companies as they might be able to provide you with a number of props such as gramophones or antique luggage to help you really set the scene! ♥ www.theweddingguideuk.com

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

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

Make sure it fits!

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

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

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Blooming marvellous! An artistic florist will be able to suggest a range of stunning designs for your wedding bouquet and floral arrangements that complement your dress, the theme of your wedding and the ceremony venue. Make sure you are prepared for your consultation. Try to take with you samples of the fabric that will make up your dress, and colour swatches for your gown, the bridesmaids’ dresses and groom's formalwear, as the florist will need this information to help them prepare ideas of beautiful arrangements for you. The traditional colours for a bridal bouquet are ivory and white, but don't be afraid to add a hint of colour for that element of understated

sophistication. The groom's buttonhole should be worn on his left lapel, and should echo the bride's bouquet. This is to celebrate the tradition of a Knight wearing his Lady's colours to display his love. The ushers 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! ♥

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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.

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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 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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Your first dance AS MAN AND WIFE

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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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?

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

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.

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. ♥

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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 company Popular DJs, bands and 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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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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Use our handy checklist to keep track of all the questions you should be asking your wedding suppliers.

Photographer q Do you use digital cameras or shoot on ďŹ lm? q What style of photography do you specialise

in? How many pictures will you take? Will you visit the venue before the day? How long will you stay for? Should I pay for meals and travel expenses? Who will edit the photographs? Will you retain the copyright of the images? Is someone available to take your place if you are ill? q When will I receive my photographs? q How can my family and friends view and order photographs? q q q q q q q

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fillings available? q Can I have a cake made up of different

flavoured layers? q Will you come to the venue to assemble the

cake on the day? q Does the price include a cake stand? q When does the balance need to be paid?

Florist q Are you the recommended florist of my

venue/any other venues? q How many weddings will you be doing on the

same day as mine? q Will the florist I have consulted be the person

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Caterer q Can I choose items from different menus

and packages? q Do you have any testimonials I can see? q Do you offer a menu tasting service? Will I

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Dress shop q Is there a fee to try on dresses and do I need

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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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12 February 2012 Park Plaza 41 Maid Marian Way Nottingham NG1 6GD Time: 11am - 3pm % Dawn - 0845 4279432

26th February 2012 Brocton Hall Golf Club Wedding Fayre Brocton, Stafford, Staffs, ST17 0TH Time 11am – 4pm % Mel 01889 271166 or 07896 602111

19 February 2012 New Bath Hotel Wedding Fayre New Bath Road Matlock Bath Derbyshire DE4 3PX Time: 11am -4pm % Rebecca - 01629 583454

04 March 2012 Novotel Wedding Fayre Bostocks Lane, Long Eaton, M1 Junction 25, Nottingham, NG10 4EP Time: 11am - 4pm % Lisa - 07533 296604

19 February 2012 The Britannia Stadium Wedding Show Stanley Mathews Way, Stoke on Trent Staffordshire ST4 4EG Time: 11am - 4pm % Steve - 01782 740526

04 March 2012 Thoresby Courtyard Newark, NG22 9EP Date: Time: 11am - 4pm % Sue White - 01246 541906

19 February 2012 Clumber Park Hotel and Spa Wedding Fayre Blyth Road, Clumber Park, Nottinghamshire S80 3PA Time: 10.30am - 3.30pm % Sarah - 01623 835333

04 March 2012 Asian Wedding Fayre at Pride Park Stadium Pride Park, Derby, DE21 5BL Time: 11am - 4pm % Weddings by Upnesh - 07966 417071 www.theweddingguideuk.com

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11 March 2012 The Derbyshire Hotel Wedding Fayre Carter Lane East, South Normanton Derby, DE55 2EH Time: 11am - 4pm % Anne - 07968 495110

22 April 2012 Thrumpton Hall Wedding Fayre Thrumpton, Nottinghamshire, NG11 0AX Time: 11am - 4pm % Sue White - 01246 541906

11 March 2012 Colwick Hall Wedding Fayre Colwick Hall Hotel, Colwick Park, Racecourse Road, Nottingham, NG2 4BH Time: 11am - 4pm % Jayne - 01332 544369 or 07515 350313

13th May 2012 Rolls Royce Wedding Fayre Gate One, Watnall Road, Hucknall, Nottingham, NG15 6EU 11am – 4pm % Kelly – 07985 727444

25 March 2012 Branston Golf Club Wedding Fayre Branston, Burton on Trent, Staffordshire, DE14 3DP Time: 12 noon - 4pm % Joanne - 0151 2279179

20 May 2012 The Priest House Hotel Castle Donington, DE74 2RR Time: 11am - 4pm % Sue White - 01246 541906

25 March 2012 Butterley Grange Ripley, DE5 3QY Time: 11am - 4pm % Sue White - 01246 541906

27 May 2012 Newstead Abbey Wedding Fayre Nottingham NG15 8GE Time: 11am - 4pm % Penny - 01623 455 900

25 March 2012 The Nottingham Gateway Wedding Fayre Nuthall Road, Nottingham, NG8 6AZ Time: 11am - 4pm % 0800 3161009

30 September 2012 The Nottingham Gateway Wedding Fayre Nuthall Road, Nottingham, NG8 6AZ Time: 11am - 4pm % 0800 3161009

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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

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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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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

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

8 months before: q q q q q q q

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

6 months before: q q q q q

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


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

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4 months before:

1 month before: q q q q

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

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

1 week before:

q Arrange to collect your wedding dress, bridesmaids’ dresses and the menswear q Arrange for your order of service to be given to the minister q Pack for your honeymoon q Have all your beauty treatments q Book the groom a hair cut q Organise an emergency kit for on the day q Drink plenty of water and have some early nights Relax and enjoy this time – all your hard work is about to come to fruition! www.theweddingguideuk.com

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