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Congratulations How exciting, you’re engaged! Congratulations from all the team at The Wedding Guide at Lewis Tanfield Publishing 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 170-171 – great for planning your weekends around!

Liz x

Happy planning!

Liz Clark, Editor & Publisher

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The Wedding Guide Spring/Summer 2012 Published and distributed by Lewis Tanfield Publishing, 3a Rosecomb Way, Haxby, York YO32 3ET Telephone: 01904 761525 Email: liz@theweddingguideuk.com Web: www.theweddingguideuk.com Design & Production: Neil Rees for Sunrisedp Additional Design: Glyn Lacey With special thanks to Tim, Nicola & Andrew Clark. 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... 10

A-Z of wedding suppliers

The Ceremony 59 79 82

Civil or Church Registrars & Approved Premises Yorkshire Registrars & Approved Premises North East

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Helping with your arrangements 48 148 160 93 122 118 172-175 145 153

Attendants’ Duties Cars & Carriages Finishing Touches Flowers Photography Stationery and Favours Wedding Planner Videography Rings

His 56 64

The Groom Speeches

Hers 44 24 38

Health and Beauty The Dress Fashion Pages

The Reception 61 102 100 170 124, 128, 132 & 142

Choosing Your Reception Venue Music and Entertainment Venue Decoration Wedding Fair Diary Real Weddings

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STYLE HINTS FOR HAPPY WEDDING FEET by Sophie Louise

♥ Choose a heel height that you are used to wearing. ♥ To ensure a good fit, choose your shoes at the end of the day, when you feet are at their largest. ♥ You will need your wedding shoes for your dress fitting, so make sure you have them in plenty of time. ♥ Wear your new shoes around the house a little bit before your wedding day, this will make them more comfy. ♥ New shoes have slippery soles, so remember to scuff the soles with some sandpaper. ♥ You will be on your feet all day, so choose a comfortable pair. ♥ Consider platform soles and heels if you need added height. ♥ It’s always a good idea to have a piece of your wedding dress fabric to hand, so that you can colour match the shoes perfectly to your dress.

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Wedding Veils History of the Veil Veils have been worn at weddings throughout history. Romans wore them to ward off evil spirits, and in the 19th century they symbolised purity and virginity. Now, veils are still an integral part of wedding dress, with most brides choosing to wear a veil for all or part of their day. Many brides now do not cover their face with the blusher, although some still do, in keeping with tradition.

Current Trends Modern-day brides are always looking for something a little different. There are so many different options for brides, with our new collection including face veils, shorter styles, long bustle veils and side combed veils. The predominant trend currently is for an abundance of lace. Our Victorian Inspired collection uses many different laces, sometimes mixed, to create a pretty and delicate effect. The veils of the Victorian period were lacy and often quite heavy in appearance, with varieties of lace such as Tambour, Needlepoint and Valenciennes embellishing centre-back and edges. Almost all examples were floor length and two tiers. Many had gathered volume detail at the comb and Victoria’s example incorporated a floral, circlet headdress of Orange blossoms. This has heavily influenced current veil trends, and after a brief decline, we are seeing more and more brides requesting longer, fuller veils. ♥ Designs by Richard Designs www.richard-designs.com 8 www.theweddingguideuk.com


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Asian Weddings Asian weddings are a rich tapestry of culture, tradition and religion, often mixed with a western influence.

Sikh Weddings Sikh weddings typically have many events spread over many weeks before the actual wedding ceremony (The Anand Karaj). The Anand Karaj ceremony can be performed in any Gurdwara or home where Sri Guru Granth Sahib has been respectfully installed. The religious ceremony cannot be performed in a hotel or banquet hall. There are no restrictions as to what time the ceremony should start or what time it should end although they are usually performed in the morning with the religious ceremony taking no more than a few hours. Over recent years it has become common to have a reception on similar lines to a western wedding, often hosted by the groom's family. Sikh weddings are legal under UK law, as long as the building in which the ceremony is held is registered for the solemnisation of marriages. If not, you will need to arrange a civil ceremony beforehand.

Hindu Weddings Hindu weddings are colourful events with prewedding ceremonies lasting for weeks although, due to time constraints, the actual ceremony might only last for two to three hours. The universal wedding is known as the Vedic marriage, named after the Vedas (holy book). A few days prior to the wedding ceremony family and friends are invited to a celebration of song and dance (Garba and dandia raas). The wedding ceremony itself is conducted under a Mandap. The Hindu wedding ceremony is not recognised by British law. It is therefore also necessary to marry in a civil register office and follow this with a Hindu ceremony.

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retains a spirit of simplicity, in accordance with the tenets of Islam. Once you’ve settled on the ideal date and approximate time you’d like to marry, you need to speak to the Iman of the mosque, or your local cleric. Arrange the Mahar, the gift from husband to wife, which is an important part of the Nikah (wedding ceremony). There is no marriage license in the Muslim wedding (though the witnesses need to sign a ‘proof of Nikah’, which testifies that the marriage has taken place and that the bride has given her full consent). The marriage documents (contract and certificate) are filed at the mosque and the local government office. The ceremony ends with a prayer (Duoa) for the bride and groom, their families, and the Muslim community at large.

Traditions Indian weddings are a gorgeous assimilation of age-old beliefs with a rich cultural and spiritual heritage. Here are a number of meaningful Indian traditions that you could include in your wedding.

Music & spa night (Sangeet & Vatna) This is a time for the bride’s friends and women relatives to get together and spend the evening immersed in beauty rituals and wedding songs, accompanied with delicious savoury and sweet snacks. The mood is informal and full of fun.

Planting a tree (Mandav Saro) An ancient Zoroastrian custom that the Parsi bride and groom observe four days before the wedding. Each of the families plants a young sapling, usually of a mango tree, in a pot; the soil of which has been enriched with betel, turmeric and rice. Amidst recitation of prayers by the priest the pot is placed at the entrance of their homes. The plant is watered every morning till the eighth day after the wedding and then transplanted elsewhere.

Exchange of garlands (Jaimala) This is a Hindu ritual before the wedding ceremony where the bride and groom see each other in all their finery for the first time on their wedding day. Each has an identical garland of fresh flowers that they simultaneously put around the other’s neck, symbolizing mutual respect and friendship.

Body art (Mehndi) The occasion involves the application of mehndi or henna on the girl’s hands and feet by a relative, a friend or professional artists. Highly intricate, beautiful and exotic patterns are worked out in the traditional designs of paisleys and flowers, and often the groom’s name is written amidst the pattern for that romantic touch.

Salt Ceremony (Datar) Weddings in the Sindhi community include a salt ceremony, where the bride passes a handful of salt to her groom without spilling any. He then passes it back to her and the exchange is repeated three times. The new bride then performs the same ritual with every member of her new husband's family. The symbolic meaning being: just as salt blends in and adds taste to any dish, the new bride too will blend in with her new family, contributing to its well-being.

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Seven Steps (Sapta padi) At the very heart of the Hindu ceremony are the seven steps the bride and groom have to take together. Facing north, each step calls upon God to bless the couple for strength, nourishment, progeny, prosperity, health, happiness and a lifelong friendship. ♥ www.theweddingguideuk.com

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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. 24 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.

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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. 26 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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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. ♥ See over the page for Bridesmaids’ fashion...

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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

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Couture? What is

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.

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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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! ♥ www.theweddingguideuk.com

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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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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. 44 www.theweddingguideuk.com

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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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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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! 48 www.theweddingguideuk.com

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Dazzling Smiles You may have the beautiful dress and the expensive jewellery but the best thing you can wear on your wedding day is your smile. We would all like to have perfect teeth or at least a beautiful smile especially on your big day. Unfortunately, many of us are cursed with broken, crooked or discoloured teeth. However, with recent developments in cosmetic dentistry, even the most unattractive of smiles can be given a complete makeover. Your wedding photographs should show your happiness for a lifetime and as you start planning your wedding it might be just the right time to consider cosmetic dentistry. From a few fillings 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, including: Dental implants – if you have any missing teeth and want a replacement that looks and feels natural. Dental veneers – to correct crooked, misshapen, discoloured or chipped teeth. Dental crowns – which cover and encase the entire tooth surface, restoring it to its original shape, size and colour. Invisible braces – to straighten misaligned and crooked teeth. Typically this will take between 6 months and a year and will require regular visits. One treatment that is growing in popularity these days is teeth whitening. Now you can brighten your smile with laser whitening treatments that can lighten discoloured teeth caused by tea coffee, smoking, medication, or ageing. You'll notice the difference immediately... and so will everyone else. In addition to laser whitening there are treatments that you can perform in the comfort of your own home. Custom fitted whitening trays with a professional whitening gel enable you to continue your whitening treatment at home. The combination of the laser and home whitening can give you a dazzling new confident white smile for not only your wedding day, but for years to come. More and more people are opting for some form of cosmetic dentistry because they realise how valuable it is to have a perfect smile. An amazing smile definitely adds to the confidence of a person and there is nothing more stunning than a beautiful, confident bride in a beautiful dress with a beautiful smile. Remember, Cosmetic Dentistry is no longer just for celebrities. You can be the star on your wedding day! ♥ 50 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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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: • • • •

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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.


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

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

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

photocopies are not acceptable. 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. ♥ www.theweddingguideuk.com

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

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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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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.

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

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

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

Reception drinks If you want to impress, serve your guests Champagne or Champagne cocktails. For something a little more unusual how about a Bellini or a Mimosa? Pink Champagne is a pretty option and perfectly ties in with a pink colour scheme; the very regal sounding Kir Royale always looks super stylish and provides the ideal alcoholic accessory to a wedding with a red colour scheme. A warm mulled wine is the perfect answer to a winter wedding, or you could get really creative and design your own colour 92 www.theweddingguideuk.com

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

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

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


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Marvellous An artistic florist will be able to suggest a range of stunning designs for your wedding bouquet and floral arrangements that complement your dress, the theme of your wedding and the ceremony venue.

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

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

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

Places you may wish to decorate: • Doorways, entrances and exits (including the driveway leading to the venue) • Walls and windows • The ceiling (particularly in a marquee) • Lighting on the dance floor • Fireplaces • Door handles and staircases • The Top Table • Guests’ tables & chairs

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You should also consider the lighting of the room. Subtle Lighting defines the mood of a space, it can create warmth, intimacy, romance and style. Tables at your reception can be brought to life with the addition of simple tea lights or tall candles mixed in with your floral arrangements. Up-lighting around a marquee or room will allow you to take control of the lighting, even during the day, transforming the atmosphere of your venue. You could even choose to match the colour of the lights to the overall colour scheme of your day. Specialist lighting can have a huge impact on your first dance, creating a truly romantic feel to capture on video. Lighting can also be used to create a simple "chill out" area where people can relax and unwind away from the disco. For even more ideas, speak to a lighting designer or your wedding planner. Be careful not to clutter the venue with too much decoration, less is usually more! A good venue decorator and lighting specialist will help and guide you make the right choices to create a stunning look so that when your guests arrive, they think WOW. ♥

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left alone while you are busy with the photographer. He can provide a show for each table during the wedding breakfast, entertain on a larger scale while your reception room is being transformed from day to evening, or engage your evening guests on their arrival. Speak to your wedding magician about how long you would like them to stay, some will offer entertainment for a couple of hours, while others will be more flexible and offer a range of different packages designed to best suit your plans.

Why not end the evening with a magnificent fireworks display? Fireworks are becoming an increasingly popular and spectacular finale to the day's events. When deciding whether you wish to pursue this unique spectacle, there are some basic rules to follow. The venue must of course be of a suitable size, and the owner will need to give their permission. The larger the display, the larger the display area required, and a site visit with the company is essential. There are many alternative displays available, ranging from just a firework drawing to a full display and, ideally your firework company should be offering many variables and clearly setting out all the costs involved. Pictures in fireworks can be designed and personalised to the bride and groom, these can be visually stunning, last for about a minute and are a novel way to end the main show. If the noise due to large explosions is an issue, speak to the company as they should be able to offer a reduced noise display that is still colourful and spectacular. Firework displays should provide good value for money. Ask your chosen firework company to show you references from previous clients, meet with them to discuss your requirements and ask for a quote. You should also ask them to provide a copy of their insurance documents Finally, do inform your photographer/ videographer in advance about the display so they can be prepared to capture the spectacle. If they require any specialist knowledge on the filming of fireworks, the firework company should be able to assist. ♥ www.theweddingguideuk.com

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

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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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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.

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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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q Is the venue available on the date I want? q Do you have a room that is big/small enough

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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

who actually does the flowers on the day?

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

have to pay for it? q What does your service include? Do I need to

source my own waiting staff? q Do you provide alcohol or could I find it

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

to make an appointment? q Will there be other girls trying on dresses at

the same time? q How long can I have an appointment for? q Is there a maximum number of dresses I

can try on? How many people can I bring with me? How much do alterations cost? How many fittings will I need to have? What do I need to bring with me, e.g. shoes, lingerie, veil etc. q Will I need to collect my dress when it is ready, or can I have it delivered? ♥ q q q q

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

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

Announce your wedding in style Your wedding stationery will give your guests the first hint of the style and colour theme of your wedding. You may be looking for something quite simple and contemporary, elegant and romantic or elaborate and bold – whatever you decide to go for, you won’t be disappointed with the choice available. So what items are you likely to need? Save the Date Cards – to make sure all your family and friends keep their diary free on the chosen day. Invitations – Remember that you will only need one per family but it’s always wise to order a few extra just in case. Reply Cards – these can be included with your invitations to encourage a prompt response from your guests. Order of Service – Usually you would give one to each guest at a church wedding but when thinking of numbers consider friends coming to watch who may not be invited to the day time. 118 www.theweddingguideuk.com

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


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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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Photographs

forever to last

Choosing the right wedding photographer can seem daunting. There are a few key things to look out for that will help you make the right choice. You need to feel personally comfortable with your wedding photographer – they’ll be capturing your emotions and working closely with your family and friends on your special day. Some wedding photographers favour a traditional approach with others offering more contemporary images. Some photographers will be able to provide you with a combination of styles. Make sure you see examples of their relevant work to get a good feel whether they are the right choice for you. It’s important that you understand exactly what you’ll be getting from your photographer. Although many now offer straight-forward packages do not be afraid to clarify exactly what your photographer will do on the day itself and provide you with after the event. Do check you know what’s included in the price and what will cost extra. It’s worth arranging your photographer early in your planning as good photographers often get booked well in advance. To form an idea of the types of photographs you want captured take a look at as many examples as you can. Discuss this with your photographer and any friends who have recently got married. Often friends or relatives who are keen amateurs offer their services for free. Whilst it may be tempting to take them up for reasons of politeness or economy, you do not want to take risks with your precious photographs! If you want to guarantee high quality wedding photographs then you’re probably best to leave the task to the professionals. To avoid causing offence to Uncle Bob, maybe you could offer him the important role of capturing candid images of the guests through the day? ♥ 122 www.theweddingguideuk.com

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How did you meet? We met through Helen’s family. Andy was good friends with Helen’s brother and her mum and dad, and one night we finally met. Helen already knew all about Andy from her mum. We just clicked straight away and spent most of the night chatting. What was the proposal like? After dropping hints for over two months about which engagement ring I would like, Andy finally dared to ask my dad for permission! The actual proposal for us was very sentimental. In the early days of our relationship we spent a lot of time sat beside his pond talking about our future, and Andy felt it was the ideal place to begin the next chapter of our lives together and proposed one afternoon by the side of it. For us it was perfect, and naturally I said yes straight away. What was the weather like on the day of your wedding? After being told it was going to rain, the weather was perfect. It was dry and though slightly cloudy it was lovely and warm. What was the main reason you picked the venue? The ceremony was held at St Stephen’s Church at 1pm. The church holds lots of special memories for both our families including Helen’s parents who were married there. Andy and Helen being christened and confirmed and even Andy in his younger years being their head choir boy! The reception was held at The Elmbank Hotel in York. What were the moments that you remember most? Every moment was special from that first moment you see each other in church to being pronounced husband and wife, although the moments we remember most are those little snippets of time where you can stand back and take everything in - watching how happy our friends and family were, making the speeches, to the first dance. However, the moment we loved was being transported in the classic 1966 VW campervan through York with people stopping to watch and shouting congratulations! Where did you go on your honeymoon? Although we haven’t had our official honeymoon yet, as we are saving to go to Egypt, we jetted away to the far off beaches of Benidorm two days after our wedding to celebrate with friends who were unable to make it to our wedding. Do you have any advice for future brides? Relax and enjoy every minute of it because it all goes by so quickly. And remember ladies, make sure your shoes are comfortable! ♥

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How did you meet? We worked together. It was a female dominated environment so it was refreshing to have a cheeky chappy come in and liven things up a bit! What was the proposal like? Dan took me to a place where we used to walk our dog when we first started seeing each other. It's a lovely little spot overlooking a valley and he surprised me with a ring and champagne. What was the main reason you picked the venue? We planned to do something different and brainstormed a few ideas. Rather than a traditional wedding we wanted a fun day out for everyone and as we both love going to the races York Racecourse seemed to be the perfect choice. It was a bit difficult to organise as they're not used to having wedding receptions on race days but we think we pulled it off! And we passed Middlethorpe Hall one day and loved its grandeur. The dovecote in the hall's grounds (where they now store wine!) was just what we wanted for our intimate ceremony and the grounds and hall itself are simply beautiful. What were the moments that you remember the most? Dan - during our drinks reception in the grounds with the pianist playing. This was the

first time I felt I could relax! Also, the time spent walking round the racecourse while our photographer, Rob, took pictures like we were celebrities. Jilly - walking into the dovecote and seeing everyone, including a very nervous looking Dan! And watching our guests cheering on their horses from our balcony at the racecourse; everyone got into the spirit of the day. Where did you go on honeymoon? The Amalfi Coast of Italy Do you have any advice for future brides? Make sure you have the wedding you want and don't get carried away with doing the same thing as everyone else. We planned our wedding in two months which I thought was great as I didn't have time to become a bridezilla! ♥ Dress: Abbey Wedding Warehouse in Kirkstall Menswear: Lambretta Hair & Make-up: Sara from ODB, Headingley (Hair) and Tamsin Vinias (Make-up) Cake: Louise Wainman, Rosemae Cakes Flowers: Kathrine Armstrong Bisson, Fleur Adamo Photography: Rob Scott www.discerningimages.co.uk

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How did you meet? In a taxi queue after a night out in Morpeth. What was the proposal like? Simon booked an upgraded room at Hotel Du Vin in Newcastle. He ordered champagne to be brought to the room and surprised me by getting down on one knee and asking me to marry me. He’d chosen the ring and it was a perfect fit, just what I would have picked! What was the weather like on the day of your wedding? It was a lovely bright morning but turned cold and windy in the afternoon. But the photographer dealt with it and our photographs came out amazing. What was the main reason you picked the venue? Kirkley Hall is a lovely intimate venue with lots of great places to get good photos. I’d heard nothing but great reviews about the food and the staff were really helpful with great ideas. What were the moments that you remember most? Arriving at the venue and hearing the ceremony music start, knowing it was time to walk down the aisle. Where did you go on your honeymoon? New York and Barbados. Do you have any advice for future brides? Get up early and don’t be late. You’ll want the day to last for as long as possible!

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Where did you meet? In a bar in Manchester. What was the proposal like? We went for a lovely meal at Holdsworth House, romantic, old fashioned, with log fires etc. We never actually set a date until Barry’s sister was diagnosed with cancer. We decided we must do it now. A friend recommended that we phoned a car company from The Wedding Guide but it was not until we phoned that we realised they were situated just down a bridal track from our house. When I met one of the owners, Jane, I just thought this is meant to be. Her wedding anniversary was on the same day we had picked for the wedding! Jane was amazing. She planned almost everything from the invites to the flowers, venue decoration, cars, photography, in just 3 weeks! What was the weather like on the day of your wedding? It rained on and off, we did however manage to stop off at a local beauty spot for some photos. What was the ceremony like and where was it held? We were married at Spring Hall Register Office in Halifax at 10am. It was great. All the people that mattered were there. I’m glad Jane took the photos to remind us as it was a bit of a blur and over so quickly I hardly remember any of it. Where was the reception? It was at the Malt House in Rishworth. I fell in love with it as soon as I saw

the upstairs room - elegant and classy and very traditional, cosy looking with old beams. I just got a very warm feeling when I walked in. What were the moments that you remember most? Everything, the venue, the food, it was just amazing! The Malt House even greeted our guests with complimentary champagne. I cant believe that it went so well, it was just perfect even though we had only taken 3 weeks to plan it all. Where did you go on your honeymoon? We went for a quick bargain break to Turkey booked on line. It was fab! Do you have any advice for future couples for their big day? Do it quick like us, the longer you plan the more you have to worry over it! Also it was great we met Jane. Its much easier having one company do everything. ♥ Grooms wear: Greenwoods Menswear Bridesmaid dresses: Bargain £80 from Japan online! Hair & Make-up: This was the joke of the day. We passed on the make up, lol, and I did not have time to do my hair. It was a mess and everyone was laughing as Barry has his own hair salon! Flowers, Invitations, Venue decoration: Jane at Charisma Wedding Services 01422 350245 jane@charismaweddingservices.com Photography: Charisma Photography 01422 350245 Chair covers: Flower Divas in Todmorden 01706 810722 Transport: Halifax Wedding Cars www.weddingcarshalifax.com

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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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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

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... ♥ www.theweddingguideuk.com

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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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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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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.

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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. 158 www.theweddingguideuk.com

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

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! ♥


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Add personality to your day If you want your day to have some fun and personality, why not go for a themed wedding?

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Your theme can be as elaborate or as subtle as you wish but having a theme, even just a colour theme, can help you focus as you plan your wedding day. There are some fabulous wedding theme ideas out there but you should choose something that will reflect your personalities. It’s something you should choose very early on in your planning as everything else will revolve around the theme. You could create a mood board which will help you focus on the colours and styles that you like. Do this by going through wedding magazines and cutting out anything that you think looks pretty and you would like for your wedding day. The end result will help you visualise how your wedding day will look. Here are some ideas for wedding themes. Even if none of them grab you, at least you will know what you don’t want! Vintage – Pretty china, bird cages and bunting can give a romantic feel to your day. Medieval – A sumptuous banquet in a castle and scrollstyle invitations, this has the makings of a wedding to remember! Winter Wonderland – A winter wedding can have a dramatic feel with twinkling fairy lights, a velvet-cloaked bride, and white flowers tied with red ribbon. To go all the way, why not hire a snow machine! 1920s – Book an Art Decostyle venue, a jazz band and serve cocktails to help recreate the fun-loving spirit of the 1920s. ♥

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LRS EVENTS

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Sunday 4th March 2012, 12 noon - 4pm

MAO COUTURE DESIGNER DAY Mao Couture, 221 High Street, Gosforth, Newcastle upon Tyne NE3 1HQ View the Spring 2012 Collection - Speak to the designer over a complimentary glass of bubbly and receive a fantastic free goody bag • FREE ADMISSION

WEDDING FAIRS SUNDAY 11th MARCH 2012, 12 noon - 3.30pm

THE COUNTY HOTEL BY THISTLE Neville Street, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 5DF FREE ADMISSION • Complimentary bubbly on arrival • Professional fashion shows by Mao Couture • 50 plus exhibitors • Professional live entertainment throughout the day

SUNDAY 1st APRIL 2012, 12 noon - 4pm

BALTIC CENTRE FOR CONTEMPORARY ART - LEVEL ONE Gateshead Quays, South Shore Road, Gateshead, NE8 3BA FREE ADMISSION • Professional fashion shows by Tyne Tees Models • Live professional entertainment • 70 plus exhibitors

SUNDAY 22nd APRIL 2012, 12 noon - 4pm

NEWCASTLE CIVIC CENTRE Barras Bridge, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 8QH FREE ADMISSION • Professional fashion shows by Tyne Tees Models • Live professional entertainment • 100 plus exhibitors

SUNDAY 13th MAY 2012, 12 noon - 3.30 pm

THE CALEDONIAN HOTEL 64-68 Osborne Road, Jesmond, Newcastle upon Tyne NE2 2AT FREE ADMISSION • Professional fashion shows by Mao Couture • 50 plus exhibitors • Professional live entertainment throughout the day

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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.

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• 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.

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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

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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

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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:

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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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1 week before:

q Arrange to collect your wedding dress, bridesmaids’ dresses and the menswear q Arrange for your order of service to be given to the minister q Pack for your honeymoon q Have all your beauty treatments q Book the groom a hair cut q Organise an emergency kit for on the day q Drink plenty of water and have some early nights Relax and enjoy this time – all your hard work is about to come to fruition! T H E W E D D I N G G U I D E 175


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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! 178 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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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.

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.

Article supplied by Jacqueline Emmerson, Senior partner, Emmersons Solicitors. www.theweddingguideuk.com

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

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

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We can help you design your wedding down to the finest detail from choosing your invitations to dressing your bridesmaids.

Plus Create your gift list with Debenhams Metrocentre and you will receive… FREEbHJŦDBSE rFREE planning tools and QFSTPOBMJTFEXFCTJUFr10% discount** on the gifts you didn’t receive. Honeymoon Fund – guests can contribute to your dream honeymoon by adding money to your Debenhams giftcard. rFREE gift insurance†rFREE delivery Call Debenhams Metrocentre, Gateshead on 0191 4933750 to book an appointment. *You will receive the giftcard when you complete your gift list, minimum spend of £250 applies. **Discount applies to most departments. Selected concessions are not participating.†This covers the products on your gift list up to the value of £1,500. Debenhams Retail plc.


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The Wedding Guide Spring/Summer 2012 - Covering Yorkshire & North East England