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WEDDINGS SPRING/SUMMER 2011 A AFFAIR ROYAL Take a look at the elements of Prince William

WEDDINGS

SPRING/SUMMER 2011

A AFFAIR ROYAL

Take a look at the elements of Prince William and Kate Middleton’s big day

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details Have a of peak the at forthcoming the eagerly-awaited big day.

PICKING THE RIGHT DRESS Gorgeous find your dream gowns dress. to inspire you to

EYE-CATCHING HEADWEAR

The etiquette of wearing a hat – how

to complement the rest of your outfit.

MOTHER OF THE BRIDE Check yummy out mummies the fashions at centre-stage. that will place

18 DREAM DAY ON A BUDGET day Ideas that for doesn’t a fantastic, break trendy the bank. wedding

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Write unique your touch own to your vows ceremony. to add that

ENHANCING YOUR OUTFIT

curves The right and support make you can feel slim, great, enhance too.

HAIR AND BEAUTY Top flawlessly tips for natural luscious make-up. locks and

MAID TO MEASURE

Your right-hand woman will need

to look stunning on the big day.

26 FINE FINISHING TOUCHES

A variety of accessories are available

and can finish your look perfectly.

are available and can finish your look perfectly. 26 29 28 COMMEMORATIVE COLLECTION Souvenirs celebrate

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W elcome to the latest edition of the East Yorkshire and Lincolnshire Wedding Journal, brought to you by the team behind the county’s biggest and best

monthly magazine.

In November, Prince William and Kate Middleton announced their engagement and excitement has been building up across the nation ever since. The date has been set for Friday, April 29, and millions of people have been eagerly awaiting details of the big day. In this issue, you will find plenty of news about the royal wedding to inspire your own plans, as well as souvenirs to mark the occasion. We speak to royal cakemaker Dawn Blunden, who was responsible for making the impressive cake for the wedding of Prince Charles to the Duchess of Cornwall. If you are celebrating a recent engagement or you are planning your big day in 2011, these pages have everything you need to get those preparations underway. We have lots of pictures of stunning wedding dresses, showcasing some of the region’s finest bridal boutiques. You will also find beauty tips from make-up artist Jemma Kidd, along with outfit suggestions for the mother of the bride, the bridesmaids and, of course, the groom. With the weather warming up, we also take a look at the perfect summer wedding and give quirky ideas for entertainment and food for the big day. There’s everything you need for your celebrations in this issue of the East Yorkshire and Lincolnshire Wedding Journal – from the planning stage right through to the honeymoon. We hope you enjoy reading this magazine as much as my team has enjoyed putting it together. I would like to wish you all the best for your big day and remember to send us your pictures for our monthly Journal diary pages, too!

us your pictures for our monthly Journal diary pages, too! EDITOR Roy Woodcock 39 51 EDITOR:

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our monthly Journal diary pages, too! EDITOR Roy Woodcock 39 51 EDITOR: Roy Woodcock. CONTENT CO-ORDINATOR:

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ROYAL WEDDING The look of love. Kate Middleton gazes adoringly at her husband-to-be, Prince William
ROYAL WEDDING The look of love. Kate Middleton gazes adoringly at her husband-to-be, Prince William
ROYAL WEDDING
The look of love.
Kate Middleton
gazes adoringly at
her husband-to-be,
Prince William

By royal invitation

Westminster Abbey
Westminster
Abbey

The event that is on ever y bride-to-be’s lips this spring is the nuptials of beloved Prince William and his princess-in-waiting, Kate Middleton. LAURA GREENDALE looks at the details for the big day

P rince William and fiancée

eagerly-awaited details of

Kate Middleton have revealed

their forthcoming wedding.

The pair will have the eyes of

the world on them on Friday, 29th April, when they tie the knot at Westminster Abbey.

St James’s Palace has released a series of

details about the day, which has been designated an official public holiday. Information released includes the route by which the bride will travel to the Abbey and confirmation that the Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams, will marry the couple. Miss Middleton will travel by car to the Abbey along a route which will include The Mall, Horse Guards Parade, Whitehall and Parliament Square.

A royal spokesman could not confirm if

the bride would depart for the 11am ceremony from Buckingham Palace, Clarence House, St James’s Palace or a private address.

Dean of Westminster, the Very Rev Dr John Hall, will conduct the service. The Archbishop of Canterbury will marry

Prince William and Miss Middleton, with the Bishop of London, the Rt Rev Richard Chartres, giving the address. The newly-weds will return to Buckingham Palace in a carriage procession along a route including Parliament Square, Whitehall, Horse Guards Parade and The Mall, St James’s Palace said.

Once inside the palace, the Queen will hold a reception for the couple with guests representing the couple’s official and private lives. The Prince of Wales will give a private dinner, followed by dancing, at Buckingham Palace in the evening for the couple and their close friends and family. The pair announced their engagement in November, nine years after meeting as students at St Andrews University, and their wedding is expected to draw a huge worldwide audience.

Britain will enjoy a bank holiday bonanza as millions get an extra day off to celebrate. With Easter falling the weekend before, and May Day holiday on the following Monday, it means many people will enjoy two four-day weekends in a row. The couple were said to be “completely over the moon” after getting the spring

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Royal occasions often have crowds waiting in The Mall. This lively throng gathered for the

Royal occasions often have crowds waiting in The Mall. This lively throng gathered for the Queen’s Golden Jubilee celebrations in 2002. Below, Buckingham Palace

Jubilee celebrations in 2002. Below, Buckingham Palace “ The couple were said to be “completely over

The couple were said to be “completely over the moon” after getting the spring wedding they wanted in a venue they chose for its “staggering beauty” and 1,000-year royal histor y

wedding they wanted in a venue they chose for its “staggering beauty” and 1,000-year royal history. They are also keen on making the day a national celebration and a concert in Hyde Park to mark the occasion has been proposed. Although Prince William and Kate Middleton have announced many of the most important parts of their wedding plans, a number of key details about their big day have yet to be confirmed. They include:

The wedding dress Miss Middleton, who is already renowned for her fashion sense, will keep the design of her dress a secret until her wedding day, royal aides say. Bridal experts predict that she will opt for something traditional but with a modern twist – and very different from the voluminous fairytale dress with a 25ft train worn by William’s mother, Diana, Princess of Wales, when she got married in 1981. The guest list William is not yet the heir to the throne so the wedding will not be an official state occasion, but the guests are expected to include a number of foreign heads of state. There has been speculation about whether these will include glamorous political couples such as Barack and Michelle Obama, and

Nicolas Sarkozy and Carla Bruni. The honeymoon William proposed to Miss Middleton on holiday in Kenya in October, and bookmakers have predicted that the newlyweds will return to the African country for their honeymoon. Other popular possibilities include Scotland, Wales and the exclusive private Caribbean island of Mustique. The cake When William’s parents tied the knot they opted for a five-tier masterpiece created by the Royal Navy Cookery School at Chatham. It was reported that every raisin in the white cake was hand-picked and that it took half an hour to crack all of the eggs needed. The flowers Kate could follow in the footsteps of Diana and the Queen and include in her bridal bouquet a sprig of myrtle from the bush grown from the original myrtle in Queen Victoria’s wedding bouquet. Diana’s flowers consisted of white and gold stephanotis, gardenias, orchids, lily of the valley and yellow Earl Mountbatten roses. The Queen chose white orchids for her bouquet. After both of the women wed, their bouquets were later sent to Westminster Abbey and laid on the tomb of the Unknown Warrior.

Our wedding day will be just as special as Prince William and Kate’s

T he majority of us will be huddled around our TVs on April 29th as we watch Prince William and Kate Middleton become husband and wife in the spectacular Westminster

Abbey.

But North Lincolnshire couple, Gemma Pitchfork and Shane Bryan, will be busy exchanging their own vows. Last year, in April 2010, Gemma and Shane, from Bottesford, booked their wedding at Cave Castle in South Cave, but didn’t expect to be sharing it with the rest of the country. “We weren’t sure at first if it would be a good or a bad thing, but so far it hasn’t caused us any problems and has even added a little bit of extra excitement to the build-up,” says Gemma, a finance manager at Carers’ Support Centre in Brigg. The couple went to school together, but their love story began a few years ago when the pair bumped into each other again and they both said it was love at first sight. Shane proposed to Gemma on holiday on the balcony of their Tunisian hotel room in April, last year. And there’s no fear the royal couple will steal their limelight. “Getting married to each other is what’s important to us, not who else we will be sharing it with. We would still have chosen this date even if we had known the royal

couple were marrying, because this is the date forget.

which is right for us,” says Shane, an employment coach at Action For Employment. William and Kate are set to marry at 11am, whereas Gemma and Shane will be walking down the aisle a few hours later at 2pm. “We are sure some of our guests will be watching it before they attend our wedding,” says Gemma. Like all brides-to-be, not too many secrets are being let out, but the couple will be having 50 guests in the day and about 80 on the evening to help celebrate their wedding, which will have a modern theme with a vintage twist. And it will be a very special day for the rest of the family, too. Gemma’s eight-year-old son, Ethan Graham, will be walking her down the aisle and the couple will be joined by Gemma’s goddaughter, eight-year-old Megan Lee and Shane’s daughter, three-year-old Olivia Bryan, as the flower girls. And Shane’s nieces, Lauren and Kelly Sharp, will be the bridesmaids. After the wedding and reception, the new Mr and Mrs Bryan will be jetting off to America for their honeymoon and will be spending time in New York and San Francisco. Getting married on the same day as the future king is certainly going to be a memorable day and one which no one will

going to be a memorable day and one which no one will Bottesford couple Shane Bryan

Bottesford couple Shane Bryan and Gemma Pitchfork who will be tying the knot on Friday 29th April 2010 at 2pm, three hours after the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton. Picture by David Haber

DRESSES

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As brides look ahead to autumn/winter trends, keep an eye out for nipped-in waists and full skirts, as well as elegant chiffon and feather detailing

Dress by Mark Lesley, available from Suzanne's Bridal in Scunthorpe.
Dress by Mark
Lesley, available
from Suzanne's
Bridal in
Scunthorpe.

W e may only just be entering the spring/ summer weddings season of 2011, but newly engaged ladies are already

looking ahead to the end of the year.

Brides-to-be who are getting married this summer will have their dresses sorted and will be on to the stages of final fittings. So, for those who have just embarked on the journey of finding their dream dress, what’s in store? Many who will be starting to gather ideas about their dress will probably be planning to marry towards the end of the year, so they will be looking to the autumn/winter trends. According to Sue Anable, owner of The Bridal Design Studio in Oswald Road, Scunthorpe, every bride-to-be wants a bit of “bling” on her wedding day.

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“For this year’s autumn/winter season, white is making a comeback,” said Sue. “We will also see a lot of lace, but on slimmer fitting dresses. Another fabric which is in demand is chiffon. “This can be used in bigger gowns as it really flows. “Tulle skirts will be popular and satin is a fabric that is always a great choice for brides and will probably continue to be the number one. “As far as styles are concerned, we can expect a variety down the aisle later this year, but women have to consider their size and shape before settling on a particular design. “Drop-waisted gowns are continuing on trend as women are opting for a complete dress. Ruching is always flattering and creates an attractive look in many fabrics.” Deborah Moore, who owns Deborah Moore bridal, prom and occasion wear, in

Hessle, said our love of vintage styling will continue this year, together with the adored concept of the English country garden celebration. “We will see bridal gowns adorned with lashings of Swarovski crystals and touches of lace,” said Deborah. “If lace isn’t your look, then try vintage veils, lace boleros or ruffled jackets instead. “These will be accessorised with belts with jewelled accents and flower details, both subtle and flamboyant. “Feminine florals and petals will dance across voluminous skirts and we will see many basques with embellished waistbands, shoulder straps or corsages, which can be positioned to taste.” Bridal gowns often reflect current catwalk trends and Sue is getting requests for one-shoulder dresses and floral corsages. “We also see feathers in small amounts

as decoration or as full skirts,” said Sue. “As brides will be buying dresses for the winter months, little feather or fur wraps, bolero jackets – in both lace and satin – are a popular choice and will add that touch of glamour to the bridal outfit. “Although the veils will be plain in design, a scattering of crystal highlights this accessory.” Deborah predicts lots of 1930s and 1950s silhouettes with a touch of Hollywood glamour. “There will be nipped-in waists and oversized skirts, with short, flirty and full-length ball gowns,” said Deborah. “Column-style gowns, fishtail skirts, ruffles and touches of pearls or vintage brooches will also be seen.” For more information, visit www.bridaldesignstudio.co.uk or www.deborahmoore.co.uk

Dress by Sottero And Midgley, available from Deborah Moore, Hessle. Left, dress from Belle &
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DESIGNER CHOICES ROYAL bride-to-be Kate Middleton is rumoured to have picked her wedding dress designer,
DESIGNER CHOICES ROYAL bride-to-be Kate Middleton is rumoured to have picked her wedding dress designer,
DESIGNER CHOICES
ROYAL bride-to-be Kate
Middleton is rumoured to have
picked her wedding dress
designer, with speculation
growing that fashion supremo
Bruce Oldfield has been given
the job.
The coveted commission
would be a enormous coup for
the designer, whose career has
seen him dress everyone from
Diana, Princess Of Wales, to
Hollywood stars such as
Catherine Zeta Jones.
Interviewed in 2008 by The
But directly opposite was
Oldfield’s “wedding emporium”,
described on his website as a
“one-stop wedding shop” selling
couture, custom-made and
ready-to-wear dresses and
accessories for the big day.
An Oldfield creation is likely
to cost tens of thousands of
pounds and take many weeks to
complete.
It
is thought William’s fiancée
will keep the creator of the gown
a secret until the marriage
ceremony, when the Prince
Times newspaper, Oldfield said finally sees her wearing the dress.
Prince William’s girlfriend would
be the perfect person to design
for.
He said: “Kate Middleton is
rather pretty. She’d be a lovely
person to dress.
“I think she’d look good in
my clothes, I think she’s got a
very nice figure.”
Miss Middleton’s mother,
Carole, and sister, Pippa, were
photographed recently meeting
Oldfield at his boutique in
London’s Knightsbridge.
The designer spent more than
A
source said: “This is a
completely private matter, but
Miss Middleton would like her
dress to be a surprise on her
wedding day.”
Oldfield’s ten-year fashion
relationship with Diana began in
1980 when he started creating
couture for the Princess whom,
he said, was “very open to
suggestions”.
William and Miss Middleton
will wed in Westminster Abbey
on April 29.
A
St James’s Palace
an hour with the pair at his shop, spokesman declined to comment
which sells couture creations and on who might be asked to make
off-the-peg outfits.
Miss Middleton’s wedding dress.

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PRINCESS CHIC Fashion boss Harold Tillman has predicted a “beautifully elegant and chic” ensemble from
PRINCESS CHIC Fashion boss Harold Tillman has predicted a “beautifully elegant and chic” ensemble from
PRINCESS CHIC Fashion boss Harold Tillman has predicted a “beautifully elegant and chic” ensemble from
PRINCESS CHIC Fashion boss Harold Tillman has predicted a “beautifully elegant and chic” ensemble from

PRINCESS CHIC

Fashion boss Harold Tillman has predicted a “beautifully elegant and chic” ensemble from Kate Middleton at her wedding. Mr Tillman, who is chairman of the British Fashion Council (BFC), praised the “demeanour” of the royal bride-to-be and said she had a natural ability to wear clothes well. But Mr Tillman said he had no idea who would be the designer behind the dress – the details of which are top secret. After opening London Fashion Week at Somerset House, he said: “I’m sure she’s going to be beautifully elegant and chic. “Her demeanour says she’s going to be beautifully chic. “This is all about whether you can or can’t wear clothes and she looks great.” But he stressed that he is equally looking forward to seeing what supermodel Kate Moss will wear at her expected wedding to Jamie Hince. He sad: “There are two Kates getting married this year, Moss and Middleton, and I don’t know what either is going to wear. I’m sure Moss’s outfit will be interesting.” He added the highly anticipated royal ceremony on April 29 was a “blessing” that will keep all eyes on Britain. “A royal wedding of this magnitude is something we’re blessed as a country to have, and of course we’ve got the Olympics next year so we’re blessed again,” he said. “There’s a huge wealth of events in the UK that will keep the focus on us.” Mr Tillman spoke after Paul Costelloe’s show, which launched the six-day fashion event. Despite noting that Government cuts were a “concern” to British businesses and organisations such as the BFC, Mr Tillman said he was confident the storm could be weathered. “There’s more strength in fashion businesses than in most,” he said. “You have new business twice a year in fashion. There’s a lot of power in fashion designers and businesses.”

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DRESSES

LAURA GREENDALE meets the dress designer who is living her own fair ytale

W orking as a Saturday girl in a bridal shop, Donna Allenby would spend her time hanging dresses

and helping brides-to-be find their dream dress. From the minute she started, she knew this was the industry she wanted to be in and her passion for bridal dresses grew into a career.

“I worked my way up the ranks from being a Saturday girl, re-hanging dresses and answering the phone in a boutique,” said Donna, who is now a wedding dress designer with her own brand, Donna Lee Designs. “Ten years later, I worked for a mid-price bridal brand – there aren’t many jobs within the bridal industry that I haven’t done.” As far as Donna is concerned, she has the best job in the world. Every day she is living in a “girly” world, filled with beautiful fabrics, sparkle and smiles. “I get to be a very small part of the best day of a girl’s life – that’s my true inspiration,” she told me. Donna set-up her company in January last year, but launched her first collection – Fairytale – in September. The fairytale theme was a natural choice, as she believes “every bride is looking for her happily ever after”. “It was all about endless romance, sheer elegance and traditional shapes with a modern twist,” said Donna, who is from Scunthorpe, but now lives in Leamington Spa in Warwickshire. “There is something in Fairytale for everyone,” she said. Every bride has their own unique style and idea about how they want to look on the day and Donna felt that, by taking traditional fairytales as a starting point and playing around with them, she could pretty much cover the style and personality of every 21st-century bride – from the grace and elegance of Swan Lake through to the girly sassiness of Alice In Wonderland, to the diva-ish and iconic Queen Of Hearts. Luxury fabrics were sourced from all over the world, including French taffeta, Italian hand-made lace and silks, and high-quality embellishments such as Swarovski crystals and seed pearls. “My first collection comprises a diverse range of commercial designs,” said Donna. “I spoke to many retailers for feedback about what they wanted, what their brides were asking for and what was not available in their price bracket. “Time and again, retailers came back to me with the same answers: Quality, structure and luxury fabrics, so having that impeccable fit within my collection was a must.” Donna’s Fairytale Collection was so well received that her business picked up the title of Best New Bridal Brand Award at the Attire Bridal Supplier Awards. “Winning the award for it was great. It was based on the stockists’ reaction to our collection from their customers,” said Donna. “I work on the manufacturing side a lot of the time, so I always deal with stores, but we were getting calls from brides to say thanks. “It means a lot.” The past few months have been spent on Donna’s second collection – Diva – which has just launched. “Fairytale was very dreamy, but this is

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totally different,” said Donna. “I was inspired by the old Hollywood style. I grew up watching black and white films with actresses such as Audrey Hepburn and Marilyn Monroe – real women with real shapes who looked amazing. “I have taken tips from that era to make our brides beautiful, glamorous and stylish.” For someone who spends their time making gorgeous dresses, I wondered if Donna had a particular favourite. “It’s really difficult to pick one out that I like best,” said Donna. “My Diva collection is a dream come true. I worried about my second collection, as Fairytale was such as success. I wondered how I would top that. “But I love all the dresses from both collections. I would wear every single one.” Visit www.donnaleedesigns.co.uk Donna’s dresses are stocked at The Bridal Design Studio in Scunthorpe. Visit www.bridaldesignstudio.co.uk

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ROYAL bride-to-be Kate Middleton will wear a “modest” dress on her wedding day that will cover up any bare flesh, fashion designer Bruce Oldfield has predicted. Oldfield, who is rumoured to have won the coveted commission to create Miss Middleton’s bridal gown, said Prince William’s fiancée’s outfit will have sleeves but will still provoke a strong reaction from the watching world. In keeping with the tradition of past royal weddings, most famously Diana, Princess Of Wales’s wedding, she will also wear a veil. But for the evening dinner and dance, hosted by her future father-in-law the Prince Of Wales, Miss Middleton will change into another dress, he said. When asked on the US breakfast show Good Morning America if there would be two dresses on the wedding day, Oldfield replied “yes” but remained tight-lipped about his sources and whether he had been commissioned to create the wedding gown. The designer said: “Whatever happens, there’s going to be a sharp intake of breath:

‘Shhh – oh my God, what is she wearing?’ or, ‘Oh, doesn’t she look fabulous?’. “I’m sure the dress is going to be modest in terms of coverage – it has to be. It will have sleeves, it has to have sleeves.

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“You can’t walk down Westminster Abbey in a strapless dress. It just wouldn’t happen. “It has to suit the grandeur of that aisle, it’s enormous. I can predict she will wear a veil. “Whatever she wears, she is going to look great because she is gorgeous. “She’s slim, she’s elegant, she is aware of herself. “When you see her moving, she is not a shy, shrinking violet. “But she is a normal, ordinary girl who happens to have bagged the big one.”

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“I think having a milliners in Beverley is a good thing for the town to have, especially with the racecourse being nearby,” said Annabel. “I try to source as many materials as I can from the UK. My feathers come from a farm in Devon and my cocque feathers come from local farms. “The sheepskin is from Somerset and I love my Fairtrade products, such as the sun hats from Brazil and the Panama hats from Ecuador. “The men’s hats come from all over the world – Germany, the US and Australia.” Annabel’s stock varies from season to season, with winter and summer products selling well. Annabel took the time out to show me some of the fabulous headwear – including an eye-catching blue peacock feather

fascinator, finished with blue Swarovski crystals. Winter may have only just left us, but Annabel turned her attentions to upcoming spring/summer trends months ago, ready for the flurry of weddings. She predicts bright, striking colours will be popular this year. “Jade green and poppy red are tipped to be big this spring/summer,” said Annabel. “Like last year, blue will also be big, but I think it will be shades like French navy that people will go for. Primrose yellow will also be in demand. “I spent a lot of time scouring the internet and department stores, seeing what other milliners are doing, and some are going for neutral safari colour. “Latte is always the most popular colour

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royal wedding guests for the big day on
April 29.
Vivien created the headpiece Kate wore
last month for her first royal engagement
with William and has also been
commissioned to make the headwear for
her sister, Pippa Middleton, at the wedding.
Although these designs are firmly under
wraps, we asked Annabel Anderson her
thoughts on headwear for Will and Kate’s
wedding day.
She said: “At the marriage of Prince
Edward and Sophie, Countess of Wessex,
nobody wore hats – the Queen had to wear
royal wedding guests, and what I think they
will go for.
“For the Queen, I would probably opt
for a French navy hat with a touch of
cream. Camilla is a fan of shades of brown,
so I’m guessing she will go for something
in this colour range.
“I think the younger royals will go for
non-traditional headwear, perhaps a
hattinator – a creation that’s not quite a hat,
but more than a fascinator.
“Zara Phillips wears some lovely
clothes, so I think she will go for
something trendy.”
Kate Middleton has commissioned
flamboyant hat-maker Philip Treacy to
create headgear for the royal wedding
party.
The royal bride, who is keeping her
fascinator – so, there is a chance there
will be no hats at the royal wedding in
April.
a
“However, Kate Middleton has been
pictured wearing hats at various events and
dress a state secret, is a big fan of Treacy
and wore a broad-rimmed hat of his to
Prince William’s passing-out parade at
Sandhurst in 2006.
Kate, 29, recently met Treacy after the
is
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Duchess of Cornwall recommended his
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wedding party, including mother-of-
the-bride Carole.

Hat’s the way to do it

As the summer wedding season approaches, LAURA GREENDALE speaks to milliner Annabel Anderson about hats for the big day

W hen it comes to her career, you could say Annabel Anderson leads a double life. At the beginning of the

week, she can be found carrying out her duties as a senior research scientist in cardiology and biochemistry at Hull Royal Infirmary, but come Thursday, Annabel ditches her lab coat to spend time making stunning creations as a milliner.

“My millinery business and my career as a scientist are two completely different worlds, but I love having the variety in my working week,” said Annabel, who owns The Beverley Hat Company in Lairgate, Beverley. “I enjoy the medical research and having my science to concentrate on for a few days and then getting involved with fashion, colour and creativity towards the end of the week. “I don’t let them cross over – it’s not like I’m ordering hats while on my lunch hour at the hospital. It keeps it all stimulating and exciting.” Hat-making was a hobby that spiralled into a bigger passion for Annabel and led her to open her own shop two years ago. “It all started ten years ago, when I couldn’t find a hat for the races,” said Annabel, who moved to the area from Manchester in 2000. “I had a look on the internet and saw how expensive some hats were, so thought I would embrace my creative side and do a millinery course.” She called the Leeds College Of Art And Design to enquire about sitting in on a millinery class to see what it involved and then spoke to the course leader, Peter

Kingston-Youel, a former designer at luxury accessories brand Liberty of London, who encouraged her to take part. “I did the course part-time and finished in 2004,” said Annabel, who tells me her creative side comes from her mother and grandmother, who was a wedding dress-maker. “It was something I enjoyed so much that I wanted to continue and ended up entering a millinery competition run by Hat Magazine. “I made it to the semi-finals and was the only person who was a non-professional milliner, which I was proud of. “I also took part in a few millinery masterclasses – one was with Rose Cory, who was milliner to the late Queen Mother. She taught me how to dye feathers and make tiaras.” Annabel spent the next four years making hats in the front room of her Beverley home when she had some spare time, which became a talking point in her neighbourhood. “I used to display all the bespoke hats in my front-room window,” laughs Annabel, who spends any free time working on her 1820 Georgian terraced house, which she tells me is an “ongoing project”. “I would be commissioned to create one-off hats for customers and would do it from home. The neighbours loved walking past and seeing my latest projects in the window. “People still come into the shop now and ask me, ‘Are you the hat lady who lives in Minster Moorgate’?” It was in June 2008 that Annabel was approached by a friend to open her own shop in the town. Susan Oliver, who previously ran The Dog Shop from the Lairgate premises, asked Annabel if she was interested in selling her hats from the shop – and she gladly accepted.

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lovely in cream during the Trooping The Colour ceremony with my customers, so I think that

with my customers, so I think that will be popular. Black is a safe bet and is a colour we sell well.” And as for styles, Annabel tells me that lots of people are going for a traditional hat, with a modern twist. “After Kate Middleton was pictured wearing a pillbox hat at a winter wedding, we have had a lot of requests,” said Annabel. “The size of these hats has become smaller, but with more detail. People want net

and quills and are adding sequins and pearls to make them elegant and ornate.” For anyone who loves their hats, The Beverley Hat Company’s base, tucked away in Lairgate, is like an Aladdin’s cave, with shelves to the ceiling full of bright and extravagant creations. “There’s a lot of etiquette to wearing a hat,” said Annabel. “Not only do we sell hats, but we offer advice on what will suit people and

complement the rest of their outfit. “The Mayoress of Beverley and Mayoress of Withernsea have come to me to find hats that are suitable for civic functions. I’ve also had visits from people who are attending the Queen’s Garden Party and need something to wear. “The general rule if you are wearing a hat is that it should be no wider than your shoulders, or else the hat wears you. Also, if you are small in height or have a small frame,

the brim needs to be quite small. “For weddings, it’s always best to have a smaller hat in a muted colour, as you will need to think of the practicalities of getting in and out of cars, kissing people and to make sure you don’t have a shadow over your face when pictures are being taken. “It’s quite amusing when women come running in – with their husbands waiting outside in the car – on their way to a wedding and need something to go with their dress. It’s good fun.”

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Yummy mummies are always looking for new ways to shine, and when better to look the part than on your daughter’s big day? LAURA GREENDALE checks out the fashions to place the mother of the bride centre-stage

T he choice of wedding outfit for

the mother of the bride is

almost as important to them as

that of the couple actually

getting married. The mother of

the bride plays a vital role on the day and spend a lot of time walking around, meeting and greeting people, so looking their very best is top priority.

For this summer’s weddings, bright colours are key and accessories are becoming bigger and bolder. “We have been selling a lot of purples, reds and fuchsias,” said Joyce Clappison, owner of Wats On, in Willerby Road, Hull. “In the past month, we have had turquoise on display in our windows and we had a lot of ladies purchasing lime green outfits for early spring weddings. “Although bright colours will be big for spring and summer, neutral shades, such as cream and champagne, will still sell well.” In addition to the bright colours set to be popular this season, Joyce also tells me that a few prints are coming in for mother of the bride outfits. “We are also seeing a few prints in silk – which are ideal for high summer weddings in the Caribbean,” said Joyce, who tells me a lot of women are going for colour themes with their outfit. Making sure you are dressed to stand out from the crowd, while also complementing the bride, is a number one priority. Colour choice is one of the first thoughts when it comes to choosing an outfit for the mother of the bride. However, another important element to consider is style. With summer almost here, dresses and skirts will be the best options, with long and knee-length styles in demand. “There is a wide variety of styles that will be popular for the mother of the bride this summer,” said Joyce. “One of our brands, John Charles – which won Best Occasionwear Collection, at the Bridal Buyer Awards – has brought out a little, straight dress, which is great for the mother of the bride attending a summer wedding. “John Charles, along with designer Ian Stuart, has brought out lots of boleros to complement his dresses, instead of jackets with buttons. 16 THE JOURNAL

“They are a great choice for the warmer months.” No outfit is ever complete without a few accessories and, this season, hattinators are tipped to be the must-have item for the mother of the bride. “Women will be going with rather wacky hattinators – they will be much bigger this season,” said Joyce. Deborah Denton-Mayne, owner of Way In, Brigg, echoes the thoughts of Joyce and says colour will be the stand-out feature in this summer’s mother of the bride outfits. “Our view of the spring/summer 2011 collections is, it’s one of the best I’ve seen in my 25 years in the business,” said Deborah. “Colour is paramount this season with silk fabrics being designed in stunning vibrant colours reminiscent of sweet peas in an English country garden.

“Whether the mothers of the bride and groom want floaty and feminine, or simple and elegant, there is something to suit all tastes. “Styles are much younger, with a fun element reflecting how us ladies feel – we don’t want dresses that are too formal or staid and frumpy any more. We want to have that ‘wow’ factor and look glamorous.” Deborah adds that hats are now back at the forefront of fashion and they complete the look just like the icing on a wedding cake. “There will be lace, appliqué, beadwork and ruffles on dresses,” said Deborah. “Once you remove the jacket, the dresses come into their own. The versatility now means you have a beautiful dress that will carry over into the evening, letting you get maximum wear from your outfit.”

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Planning a wedding on a budget isn’t easy, but a creative – and generous – bunch of family and friends can help no end, says LAURA GREENDALE

A lthough there may be only two people in a marriage, often weddings involve many more. From the jewellers for the

engagement ring to the travel agent who books the honeymoon, there’s a different person for every stage and the cost can end up spiralling.

But as a bride-to-be, Kate Youdale couldn’t think of anything worse and took on the daunting task of planning a home-made wedding.

She used the creative talents of close friends and family to put together her dream day on a budget. “I always intended to do a lot for my wedding but, in the end, we did pretty much everything,” said Kate, who got engaged to her other half, James, on Christmas Eve in

2009.

“Two days after we got engaged, I was trawling the internet for ideas and started gathering thoughts on what parts of the wedding we were going to do ourselves. “Our families are quite creative and we didn’t have a huge budget, so it was the perfect option for us.” Kate, who owns dressmaking company The Party Frock, not only made her own wedding dress, but five bridesmaid dresses and waistcoats and ties for the groom, groomsmen and fathers of the bride and groom. In addition, she hand-made all of the bridesmaids’ accessories and, along with her mum, Jacky Birkett, made the stationery and bridal flowers. Kate’s sister-in-law – who is also called Kate Youdale – owns Kate Elizabeth’s Cupcakes and provided cakes for the big day. The only elements of the wedding handled by other businesses were the chair covers,

wedding handled by other businesses were the chair covers, “ James and I wanted our wedding

James and I wanted our wedding day to have a personal touch and we wanted to put our stamp on it. By doing things ourselves, we made sure our wedding was different to everyone else’s

topiary trees, corsages and balloons. “It was great to involve our close friends and family and to create our dream wedding together,” said Kate, who lives in Scawby Brook, near Brigg. “Although my mum made the stationary, the bridesmaids all got together one night to help out. “James and I wanted our wedding day to have a personal touch and we wanted to put our stamp on it. By doing things ourselves, we made sure our wedding was different to everyone else’s.”

The wedding took place at Reeds Hotel, in Barton-Upon-Humber, on October 16, 2010. For James and Kate, the day was not only magical, but also extremely personal with all the hand-made touches. Kate’s dresses were stunning and all made to suit each bridesmaid’s individual shape. “I wanted my wedding outfit to be a bit different from everything else available and for my bridesmaids to have flattering dresses they could potentially wear again,” said Kate.

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LEFT: James and Kate Youdale, from Scawby Brook, near Brigg. ABOVE: Kate with her sister-in-law, also called Kate Youdale

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“Although my dress was traditional, I wore a shiny pair of sequin Converse shoes under my dress, which was a nice hint of co-ordination as the groom and groomsmen were wearing matching Vans trainers. “Making the dresses got a bit stressful, as

I was also working on five bridesmaids’

dresses for another couple, who were getting

married on the same day as us.” Kate Elizabeth’s Cupcakes designed a surprise wedding cake, which was far from traditional, but perfect for the couple.

A tier of more than 100 cupcakes was

topped with a two-tiered black and red-themed cake, covered in stars and topped with a spray of shooting stars and feathers.

Not only did Kate provide the cake and cupcakes, but she also made “cake pops” as the wedding favours and created a “candy buffet” – a table full of sweet treats. “Cake pops” are a new cake craze to hit the UK, with the cake on a stick, similar to a lollipop. The result of everyone’s hard work was a fantastic and trendy wedding day, which didn’t break the bank. “It was a good way to save a few pennies and we all enjoyed it,” said Kate, whose photographer, Lauren Meadows, of Lauren Danielle Imagery, is a friend from work.

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Writing your own vows can add a unique touch to your ceremony, as one happy couple tells LAURA GREENDALE

O ne of the most special moments of any wedding day has to be when the vows are exchanged. And more

and more people than ever are opting to make this part of the big day even more personal by writing their own wedding vows.

Rachel Salter and her wife Laura (née Spittlehouse) are just one couple who decided to come up with their own words for their civil wedding ceremony. The couple, from Barton-Upon-Humber, got engaged in 2008 after a romantic meal and married on November 20 last year at Arties Mill Lodge, in Brigg, with 50 guests. “The registrar was helpful as they gave us four or five different versions of the standard vows we could use for our ceremony,” said Rachel, who planned the wedding in just six weeks. “It might be right for some people, but we very quickly came to the conclusion that we didn’t really want to say the same things as other couples.

“We went away for a couple of weeks and wrote down our feelings on our own. When we got together to compare, we had written many of the same things, which made life easier. From there, we strung the vows together, trying to keep it simple, and to say the things we would naturally say to each other. “This made it special and really ‘mean’ something – our words, our thoughts and our commitment to each other.” Writing your owns vows isn’t for everyone, but Rachel says it made their day exciting and unique. “Everyone is different and it’s really not for us to say whether other people should or shouldn’t use traditional vows or create their own,” said Rachel. “My advice would be to take a look at the vows from the registrar first. If they say and mean what you want them to, then they might be right for you. “Personally, writing our own vows allowed us to reaffirm everything we felt. It was a declaration of our love and the respect we have for one another, said in the way that

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Rachel and Laura Salter say writing their own vows made their day feel extra-special

we wanted to say it. There is something special in creating your own and I think this added to the excitement and uniqueness of the day. Our guests loved them and there

were a few tears of happiness.” Rachel and Laura finished their perfect day by heading off to a cottage in the North Yorkshire Moors for their honeymoon.

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Y our chosen wedding dress, the one you have dreamt of since you were a little girl, should fit every curve you wish it to and flatter the bits that you are trying to

disguise.

But finding “the one” would not matter a jot if you didn’t think about supporting your feminine bits and pieces properly. And choosing the perfect lingerie to go under your wedding gown is no mean feat. It needs to enhance the overall look of your outfit. And if you choose well, it will not only make your day, but your groom’s as well. You will be spoilt for choice in the local lingerie shops as they offer the prettiest laces, and the sexiest silks. Beautiful they may be. However, they will not be worth the money you paid for them if they are not comfortable. And, as some brides wear their dress throughout the whole celebration, morning, noon and night, they will need to feel snug and safe. Angela Brown, owner of Serenity Lingerie Boutique, in Hessle, East Yorkshire, says brides-to-be should start organising underwear for their big day in plenty of time. “It’s not a good idea to leave it until the week before, as items may have to be ordered in,” said Angela. “It may even be best to consider the underwear before the dress, to make sure you will be comfy and look great on the day.” Many brides find their perfect dress and then expect to be able to to find the perfect 20 THE JOURNAL

lingerie that will go underneath it. “I’ve met lots of brides who want a sexy, plunging bra, that is backless, strapless and pretty – which doesn’t really exist,” said Angela. “Women also come to us with this vision of a basque, stocking and suspenders to wear throughout their day ready for the night, but this isn’t always practical – especially not on a really hot day. “Every dress and every bride is different, so you need to find what is best for you.” Smooth bras are a good option if you want that flawless look under your gown and

making a comeback and shades such as nude, talc and milk are set to be popular for brides.” As well as the bra, brides must also consider what other underwear they will be wearing. Angela says this is up to the individual, but she advises people to buy a size above. “Slightly bigger knickers and thongs won’t dig in and create love handles,” said Angela. “They will also hide that unsightly panty line and will give a smoother finish, especially if it is a fitted dress. “Old-fashioned slips, offering a bit of

A lot of brands don’t specialise in bridal under wear – they just have ranges in bridal colours, such as ivor y. White under wear is making a comeback and shades such as nude, talc and milk are set to be popular for brides

strapless bras are best for a strapless dress. “Some brides look horrified when I suggest a nude bra under their dress,” said Angela. “They want to go for white or ivory, to match their dress, but what they don’t realise is that nude will appear invisible underneath. “A nude bra can be worn with some lovely knickers during the day, and we often suggest a bra to match the pants for the evening. “A lot of brands don’t specialise in bridal underwear – they just have ranges in bridal colours, such as ivory. White underwear is

support, are also making a comeback.” Aside from the lingerie she sells in her boutique, a large part of Angela’s business is a mastectomy range. She has worked hard for a number of years to let women who have suffered from breast cancer know they can feel pretty and feminine, so specialises in a range of gorgeous mastectomy underwear. “For those brides-to-be who require a mastectomy bra, there are styles available,” said Angela. “We have some nude, multi-way bras with clear straps, which can be worn with a variety of dresses.”

When visiting a lingerie shop, brides should take their dress with them if at all possible. Alternatively, take a photo of it so the assistant will be able to have a look at the neckline and cut of the fabric. They will make sure there are no unnecessary straps, edges or lines showing that shouldn’t be and that no labels are visible.

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Remember to choose a reputable range of lingerie. Don’t guess your size. Ask a fitter to tell you your measurements. Feel good all day and night long by buying a set of sexy lingerie for the evening, too. Don’t buy the lingerie too early, as you may lose weight off your bust. Or leave it until the last day – you may not get what you require. And, last but by no means least, never settle for wearing “any white”. If it’s not right, spending a fortune on the dress would be a waste.

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HAIR

HAIR North Eastern Hairdresser Of The Year Alexander Turnbull styles a bride’s hair Luscious locks A
HAIR North Eastern Hairdresser Of The Year Alexander Turnbull styles a bride’s hair Luscious locks A

North Eastern Hairdresser Of The Year Alexander Turnbull styles a bride’s hair

Luscious locks

Alexander Turnbull styles a bride’s hair Luscious locks A s soon as Alexander Turnbull finished a

A s soon as Alexander Turnbull finished a day at school, he would hop on his bike and go to work. Pedalling as fast as he

could through the streets of Kirk Ella, where he grew up, he couldn’t wait to reach Mark Hill’s hair salon where he could practise his basic hairdressing skills.

“I started there as a Saturday boy when I was 14,” Alexander tells me, as he finishes someone’s colour in his Anlaby salon. “I would go there every night to practise and practise. The amount of work I put in was paramount. In this industry, it is so competitive that you have to stand out from the rest. If you want to get to the top, you have to put the work in.” That is exactly what Alexander did, and it seems to have paid off. The award-winning hairdresser has just picked up his most impressive accolade to date – North Eastern Hairdresser Of The Year at the British Hairdressing Awards. Having been a finalist in the British Men’s Hairdresser Of The Year contest, shortlisted in The World Image Awards and a runner-up in the prestigious Afro Catwalk Hairdresser Of The Year, Alexander was more determined than ever to bring this new title home to Anlaby. Like many top hairdressers, Alexander is in demand. He travels the world styling hair for celebrities and models. One minute he could be working on a photo shoot for a creative magazine and the next he could be performing at a hair show anywhere in the world. “I work in London every other week, as I have lots of clients down there,” said Alexander, who lives in Swanland with his fiancée, Emma Chatterton. “I work on lots of shows around the world and I also teach new techniques. One day, I can be in my salon, the next I could be flying 22 THE JOURNAL

to Dublin for a hair show. Things get pretty hectic at times and it can put my family under pressure. “My fiancée Emma is very supportive. If I am stressed, she is there to help me.” Aside from the jet-setting and famous faces, Alexander loves nothing more than coming home and working with his clients at the salon. He also gets many requests to create the perfect hair for brides on their wedding day and is excited about the styles that will feature in the coming year. “The styles will be across the board this year, which I think is fantastic,” said Alexander. “There has been a massive influx of late 1920s glamour and we are seeing a lot of the 1950s coming back. “The 1920s will show smooth sharp and elegant beauty with the dresses oozing of Coco Chanel glamour. “With the 1950s style you will see big hair and movement in the dresses – the cuts of the dresses will be detailed and very feminine. “However, my favourite for this year will be heading right back to ancient Greece where you will see dresses that are simply

timeless in gold, cream and ivory. “The hair will be beautiful plaits, soft braids and stunning soft curls.” With finer hair, a scraped back chignon will work well as the hair will lay very flat and look very clean and the chignon can be made out of hairpieces, giving the illusion of having more hair than you actually have. For brides with really thick, long hair, half up and half down styles are a great choice. “Take the side of the hair back off the face and put a simple fresh flower in the back,” said Alexander. When Alexander has clients who have had short hair for years, he often tells them to stay with what they are comfortable with, even if this means not growing their hair. “The bride wants to feel her best and, most importantly, herself on her big day,” said Alexander. “People don’t necessarily have to have drastic changes for the wedding. “As far as hair goes, the most change people want to go for is to grow their hair as long as possible to give them as many options as possible on their big day.” It is really important to make sure your hair is always in good condition. You can do

make sure your hair is always in good condition. You can do HAIR PRINCESS AS TIMELESS

HAIRPRINCESSAS TIMELESSCHIC AS THE PERIOD

With all eyes on Kate

is the hot trend in wedding

soft and structured, probably

Middleton on April 29, North couture, so Kate may go for

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Eastern Hairdresser Of The

something along these lines,”

up letting the odd strand to

Year Alexander Turnbull tells he says. “But you would have escape to soften the face.

us what hair style he thinks Kate Middleton will go for on her big day. “The Grecian dress theme

to make the hair as timeless as the period the dress came from. “I would make the hair

 

“She may possibly go for

a

top knot with a beautiful

tiara or a very clean chignon wrapped into the neck.”

this by seeking salon advice on shampoos and treatments you use throughout the year. Also, if you are growing your hair, it is important you still keep having the ends trimmed as you don’t want to split the hair shaft. When using heat appliances – such as tongs, straighteners and heated rollers – it is really important to use heat protection products as this will shut down the cuticle and protect it from fatigue. Consultations for a wedding is paramount and practice is also needed. “You will generally receive two to three attempts before you master the big do for the big day,” said Alexander. “This avoids confusion and upset and eliminates any stumbling blocks you might have rather than approach it off the cuff.” For Alexander, 2011 is going to be a busy year, with many projects and plans in the pipeline, including a TV appearance. Being crowned North Eastern Hairdresser Of The Year in November was the icing on the cake and finished off 2010 nicely. “This title for a salon is like a Michelin star for a restaurant,” said Alexander. “My photographer, Andrew O’Toole, flew in from Australia and my models came from Italy and the Czech Republic. “The award was judged on a collection of eight photographs, so I spent about a year getting prepared for it all. “All my friends, family and staff were at the awards ceremony, which was held at Grosvenor House in Mayfair, London. I was elated when the result was announced.”

However busy this year gets for Alexander

and his team, he has one date in his diary that he has to keep free. “Emma and I are getting married in Spain

in September,” Alexander tells me.

“So I won’t be entering any awards around that time. It will be the most important date in this year’s calendar.”

FAR RIGHT: Make-up artist Jemma Kidd. LEFT: Jemma Kidd Make Up School Blushwear Crème Cheek
FAR RIGHT: Make-up artist Jemma Kidd. LEFT: Jemma Kidd Make Up School Blushwear Crème Cheek

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Make-up artist Jemma Kidd. LEFT: Jemma Kidd Make Up School Blushwear Crème Cheek Colour in Pawpaw (£13). RIGHT: Jemma Kidd Make Up School Dewy Glow All Over Radiance Crème in Ice Gold (£17)

MAKE-UP

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our wedding day is one of the most important of your life and is an occasion that will forever be captured on camera.

You want to look back and reminisce with fond memories, rather than cringe in horror whenever you peruse your wedding pictures. Wear what you know looks good on you and feels comfortable – it’s not the day to

PRINCESSNATURAL LOOK Make-up artist Jemma Kidd gives us her thoughts on what look Kate Middleton
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“Add a healthy, subtle flush to cheeks
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“Finish the look with a slick of nude
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experiment with a completely new look. This is a day to make yourself look the very best and nobody knows this better than international make-up artist Jemma Kidd. “My favourite bridal make-up look is one that is flattering, but natural,” she said. “It’s essential you look like yourself and that photos won’t look dated in a few years. “Choose waterproof formulas and a colour palette that enhances your dress as well as your skin tone.” International make-up artist, businesswoman, award-winning product designer and beauty guru are just a few terms used to describe Jemma Kidd. Within a few years of make-up artistry, Jemma became one of the UK’s most celebrated talents and sought-after backstage artists. She has worked at New York and London fashion weeks and with leading fashion designers, photographers and famous faces, including Matthew Williamson, Naomi Campbell, Jerry Hall, Jade Jagger, Sienna Miller and the Duchess of York. Jemma has represented make-up giants Max Factor and Rimmel as their spokesperson and has collaborated with Stila on a host of international events. For three years, Jemma has shared her expertise with the nation in her weekly “make-up masterclass” column for You Magazine in The Mail On Sunday. Here, she gives her top tips for stunning

make-up on your big day Skin: Use a facial serum to keep skin plump and hydrated. Pat some serum into your skin and let it sink in for five minutes before applying your moisturiser as usual – it will leave you with a healthy glow. Foundation: Moisturise your skin well as make-up applied to dehydrated skin will appear blotchy and uneven. Next, use a facial primer which acts as an undercoat, providing a smooth base for foundation, preventing shine and ensuring your make-up lasts longer. Then apply foundation – mineral foundation gives a soft, natural finish, has great staying power and is kind on the skin. Alternatively, use a liquid or crème foundation and set with a fine dusting of translucent powder. For a finishing touch, use a make-up fixing spray like MAC Fix+. Glow: A highlighter is perfect for adding a

radiant glow and illuminating your skin. Use a cream highlighter on the higher planes of your face – along your cheekbones, brow bones and the bridge of your nose – the idea is to mimic the effect of light on the face. Silvery colours work well with fair skin tones, while peachy/gold tones complement olive skin. My Jemma Kidd Make Up School Dewy Glow All Over Radiance Crème (£17) is incredibly versatile. Cheeks: Crème blush adds a natural flush of colour to cheeks, is easy to apply and longwearing. Jemma Kidd Make Up School Blushwear Crème Cheek Colour in Pawpaw (£13) is perfect for everyday. Products are available at selected SpaceNK stores, by mail order on 020 87402085 and online at www.spacenk.co.uk, www.qvcuk.com, www.lookfantastic.com, feelunique.com, beautybay.com and www.beautyexpert.co.uk

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t is seen to be a great honour to be asked to be a bridesmaid – and a great responsibility, too. Not only do they have to look fantastic on the day, but also

help out with all the major planning and organisation that goes

into a wedding.

From arranging the hen do to helping out with dress fittings, the bridesmaid’s role is an important one. The number of bridesmaids you choose should reflect the size and style of your day and it is a good idea to choose one to be the “chief” or maid of honour, as she is also known. You’ll want total control of your special day, but remember, your bridesmaids are there to make your life easier, so let them. They can scour cities for their bridesmaid dresses, research hotels for

guests and address invitation envelopes and write place cards. And, on the big day itself, they can be there at your side, helping you to get ready, put your dress on and calm you down before you step out in front of so many people, with all eyes on you. As well as acting as your right-hand woman during the months leading up to the wedding, the bridesmaids will also need to look stunning on the big day. This is why it’s important to take a lot of care when choosing their dresses. They will need to complement your dress, which you will have probably chosen very early on in the proceedings, so you will know the colour and style you are going for. Get your bridesmaids booked in as soon as possible for fittings, so there is plenty of time for alterations if needs be. Another thing that needs to be considered early is the colour scheme, as

this should be reflected in what the bridesmaids are wearing, whether this be in the dress itself or accessories. If you haven’t yet chosen a colour, why not opt for one of this season’s popular shades? “Stronger colours our filling our order books for this summer,” said Maggie Blackband, of Belle & Bouquet, in Wellingore, Lincoln. “Peacock blue, light chocolate, hunter green and navy are all shades which are in demand. “With bridesmaid trends, there are a lot of chiffon gowns around in empire-style, falling to soft draped skirts in both tea-length and full-length. “Styles with a soft strap on one shoulder, decorated with roses or frills, are also a new look for this season. “Vintage is still a popular design and taffeta is a favourite fabric.”

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the hair, lots of brides are spending time looking for the perfect shoes for their big day. Bling is big when it comes to footwear – and it’s important to budget. “We sell an awful lot of shoes covered in Swarovski and Dubai crystals, which retail between £250 and £299,” said Diana, who tells me that some women choose their shoes first and work around this when they start looking for their dress. “Brands that are popular at the moment include Benjamin Adams, which has created an iconic shoe called Catherine, to celebrate the royal wedding.

“This is a limited edition style, adorned with lavish crystals, with an elegant combination of soft mesh inspired by the alluring style and sophistication of Kate Middleton. “Paradox is another popular brand, as all of its shoes have a cushioned sole, which is important as a bride will be on her feet all day. “We get a small number of women who want flat shoes, but most want heels for their big day to give them an extra few inches.” For more information, visit www.nathaliefrenchshop.co.uk or www.samanthasboutiquehull.co.uk

ACCESSORIES

Finishing touches

W ith so many styles, colours and fashions in bridal dresses now available, there has been a

corresponding increase in the variety of accessories.

Veils, tiaras and headpieces are still very popular – particularly with brides who have chosen a very simple, elegant dress design. “Side tiaras are really big at the moment,” said Diana Osborne, owner of Nathalie French in Scunthorpe. “These are like headbands, but encrusted with lots of crystals and embellishment. They can be worn with veils at the back, or even with them off-centre at the side of the head. “We have also been getting a lot of women coming into the shop asking for birdcage tiaras, which have mini veils on the side. “We are bringing out about four new designs of these in the summer.”

out about four new designs of these in the summer.” Lola ivory peep toe court bridal

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Accessories are often an afterthought for many brides, with the dress taking number one priority, but they are just as important and can finish the look perfectly. Veils are still a popular choice for brides and are a traditional item to complement the bridal gown. “Lots of women are going for veils,” said Diana. “They can range from simple ones to those with lace and tiny stones attached to the edges to give a bit of sparkle. They look really pretty. “Those who are getting married abroad don’t really go for veils – they seem to be popular with those getting married in church.” Not every bride will want a veil, but if you do, think about the style and length of your dress. “Brides that are choosing to wear a veil are going for either a plain style with a satin edge, or one scattered with tiny crystals,” said Suzie Bilton, of Samantha’s in Hull. “The length of the veil depends on the dress. Most go for a waist-length veil, but some opt for a longer one to the floor, to give a fairytale effect. “The vintage look is big this year and a lot of brides are going for headresses with side combs or headbands, covered in pearls or crystals.” Again, the best idea is to keep a very open mind about what you want your overall look to be and to not be afraid to try out a number of different ideas before deciding on the finished result. Many brides are opting for no colour when it comes to accessories, going for neutral, pale shades. “Brides are leaving the colour to their bridesmaids and guests,” said Diana. “Purple and burgundy are two shades that are in fashion at the moment.” As well as pretty, delicate accessories for

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“This is perfect for mother of
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and, of course, the bride, too.
“This is proving extremely
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A variety of souvenirs are being produced to celebrate the marriage of Prince William and

A variety of souvenirs are being produced to celebrate the marriage of Prince William and Kate Middleton, including this fine bone china mug, left, by Sophie Allport, of Stamford

A TRUE LIKENESS?

 

The design for an official commemorative coin marking Prince William and Kate Middleton’s engagement has been unveiled – but royal fans may have trouble recognising the couple. The prince and his bride-to-be are featured on one side of the £5 collector’s piece being produced by the Royal Mint. An image that bears some likeness to William is shown in profile, but Miss Middleton is face on and appears older and to have gained weight. The coin was designed

older and to have gained weight. The coin was designed spokesman said: “The inspiration for the

spokesman said: “The inspiration for the design came from photographs of the couple at a sporting event – the play on the traditional portrait is that Prince William is seen in profile, alluding to his royal status.” When asked about Miss Middleton’s likeness a spokesman stressed that the design “does go through a rigorous approval process”. The coin can be ordered on the Royal Mint’s website and is available in a number of metals from cupro-nickel, costing £9.99, to 22-carat gold priced at

£1,550.

The commemorative coin

by the Royal Mint’s in-house engraving team and has the Queen in profile on the reverse. The piece is the first royal engagement coin produced by the Royal Mint and was approved by the Queen and William. A Royal Mint

their engagement last year and wanted to do something to mark such a happy occasion. “I’ve designed a mug that I hope people like. I wanted something to commemorate the occasion, something subtle and not too

obvious that would fit in my kitchen and stand alongside and mix with my other designs.” The mug is available from www.sophie allport.com or call 0845 0177866.

SOUVENIRS

Royal

reminders

he Queen has opted not to impose the higher rate of VAT on souvenirs, including those marking the forthcoming royal wedding.

T

including those marking the forthcoming royal wedding. T Prince William and the date of their nuptials.

Prince William and the date of their nuptials. The china, which is hand-made and comes in a tissue-wrapped presentation box, is decorated with a dove pattern, with hearts in gold, silver and grey. The range can be purchased online from the Royal Collection’s website or bought in its shops at Buckingham Palace, Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh and Windsor Castle. According to official figures, 90 per cent of sales have been made via the Royal Collection’s website, of which 60 per cent were from overseas. Other royal wedding items set to be produced include a loving cup, silver spoon and tea towels, which will be available from March. Profits made are used to maintain the Royal Collection, including works of art and helping to maintain the royal residences. On a local level, small family-run business Sophie Allport, based in Stamford, Lincolnshire, is excited to launch its own royal wedding products. To celebrate the wedding on Friday, April 29, the shop will be selling a fine bone china mug. It comes in its own presentation box and retails at £8.50. Sophie said: “Like everyone else, I was excited when William and Kate announced

Official memorabilia from the Royal Collection to celebrate the marriage of Prince William and Kate Middleton on April 29 has proved a hit with the public since going on sale five days before Christmas. The rise in VAT from 17.5 per cent to 20 per cent came into force on January 4. A Royal Collection spokeswoman said: “It is a decision that has been made by the Royal Collection, a department of the Royal Household. “We will be absorbing the VAT rise, it’s something we are able to do. A number of other retailers have made a similar decision, or are phasing in the VAT rise. We are able to do it in these austere times.” The range of commemorative English fine bone china approved by the couple includes a £40 eight-inch plate, a tankard priced at £35 and a pill box costing £25. She added: “Items are produced in line with demand. They have obviously been incredibly popular. The factories in Stoke-on-Trent are working to keep up with demand.” Each item carries their entwined initials in gold and silver alongside the coronet of

GARDEN GANG Prince William and Kate Middleton’s engagement has been marked by commemorative coins, modern

GARDEN GANG

Prince William and Kate Middleton’s engagement has been marked by commemorative coins, modern art and

Prince William and Kate Middleton’s engagement has been marked by commemorative coins, modern art and even limited edition beer. Now the latest product to honour the couple has been announced – a pair of gnomes. The garden ornaments have been styled as a diminutive couple on their wedding day, but have not been modelled on William and Kate. They both sport Union flag pointed hats and, while the groom has a long beard that flows over the front of his morning suit, his rosy cheeked bride holds a posy of red and blue flowers. The characters have been created by designers from DIY chain B&Q and the company’s garden equipment buyer Tom Kuhr said: “We expect demand for the gnomes to be very high as royal items are always sought after as a collectible item.” The wedding gnomes will be on sale from mid April at £12.98 each or £20 for the pair.

WOOLLY WINDSORS Andy Walker and Kate Bevan with the dolls The royal couple made their
WOOLLY WINDSORS
Andy Walker and Kate Bevan with the dolls
The royal couple made their
first public appearance in
January – at a toy fair.
Hand-knitted by staff at
toy brand James Galt to
launch the new Knit A
Friend kit, the 30cm high
figures were joined by real
life Kate Middleton and
Prince William look-a-likes,
Kate Bevan and Andy
Walker, on the James Galt
stand, at the UK toy
industry’s annual trade
showcase in London.
“We knitted the royal
couple as a fun way to
demonstrate our new Knit A
Friend kit,” said John
McDonnell, managing
director of James Galt.
“It’s a great way to create
your own royal wedding
souvenir and we plan to
introduce more ‘woolly
Windsors’ on our website –
www.jamesgalt.com – for
fans and followers to
download and knit in the
run-up to the big day, on
April 29.”
The pattern for the James
Galt’s royal couple can be
downloaded on request from
www.jamesgalt.com
The Knit A Friend kit is
available from the James
Galt website priced £14.99
and is suitable for those aged
eight and over.

28 THE JOURNAL

RIGHT: Nikki Blowers, of Ian Blowers Jewellers in Savile Street, Hull, with some of their

RIGHT: Nikki Blowers, of Ian Blowers Jewellers in Savile Street, Hull, with some of their jewellery. ABOVE: A pendant from the Nota Bene range

PICTURE: PETER HARBOUR

JEWELLERY

A gift to treasure

A s well as the dress and the venue, accessories, jewellery and gifts are all important things that must be considered in the run-up to the big day.

As a thank you to the bridal party and the groomsmen, many people show their appreciation with a piece of jewellery. Whether this be cufflinks or a watch for the men or a necklace or earrings for the women, it makes a lovely gift that can be treasured forever and offers a lasting memory of a special day. Jeweller Nikki Blowers, of Ian Blowers Jewellers in Hull, has been showcasing her own range – Nota Bene – at selected wedding fayres, which makes a great gift for brides and bridesmaids. Ian Blowers Jewellers has always sold hand-made pieces of diamond jewellery, which is what Nikki wanted to get involved with when she joined the business. The collection of diamond jewellery at the shop is top of the range, hand-made 18ct gold and diamond set jewellery, a tradition which is continued in the Nota Bene range. Nikki’s Nota Bene designs offer a reasonable price point so her customers can add to their chosen pieces and build their collection piece by piece. “I wanted to design and develop the collection myself” said Nikki. “I came up with the idea of designing a few key pieces that could be mixed and matched to create different looks for different occasions . “Working in the industry, I’m always keeping an eye on current trends and there were lots of interchangeable jewellery ranges coming out, which I loved the idea of. “But there was a gap in the market for this sort of jewellery which is hand-made, exclusive, luxurious and modern. I sketch out my ideas and then work

alongside our craftmen at our Hatton Garden work shop to hand produce the finished items.” Nikki decided to design elegant, contemporary pendants with interchangeable drop charms that could also be attached to earrings or a bracelet. Tiny hearts and flowers were just some of the ideas, set with diamonds, rubies, pearls and sapphires and bespoke pieces can be designed for something totally unique and personal. “I worked hard to get the designs right and consulted the guys at the workshop to see if it would work,” said Nikki. “We devised a mechanism that would attach the charms to the jewellery that was secure, but didn’t look too bulky – we wanted to keep all the designs delicate.” Nikki had her first meeting with the manufacturers just over a year ago and by spring last year, she was selling her first items. “Designing my own range was amazing,” said Nikki. “When the first pieces were ready, it was so good to see my designs turn into reality. What was even better was when customers came in to buy the jewellery. “I’d already mentioned to a few people who had popped into the shop that I was bringing out my own range and they couldn’t wait to have a look. “As soon as we got the first Nota Bene range in, they sold out.”

A Nota Bene pendant
A Nota Bene
pendant

Nikki took Nota Bene to her first wedding fair last year and she found that brides loved

it. Because of the different pendants that can be attached, and the lower price points, Nikki realised it was a great gift for bridesmaids and was ideal for bridal jewellery. “A pendant with just a couple of drops would be a good choice for bridesmaids,” said Nikki. “The idea of the collection is that people

can add to it and build up their jewellery. For

a young bridesmaid, they could add pieces to the pendant when a special birthday comes around.” In addition to gifts for members of the

bridal party, brides and grooms usually send

a special gift to each other either the night before their wedding, or in the morning – often accompanied with a bottle of Champagne. Popular choices for the groom include cufflinks or a watch.

Nikki’s brother, Mark, followed his father into the industry some years ago, specialising in the Ian Blowers Jeweller’s watch business

– which deals in some of the world’s finest

pre-owned wrist watches. “Brides will have an idea of what type of watch her husband would like and it’s a great gift for him to wear on the day,” said Nikki. “Diamond-set cufflinks are another gift idea which can be given to the groom the night before his wedding.”

For a young bridesmaid, they could add pieces to the pendant when a special birthday comes around

When it comes to a gift for the bride, there are plenty of options. A lot of brides will have chosen what jewellery they are going to wear by the time the night before comes around, so many men choose something they can wear afterwards. “A single solitaire diamond pendant or cross are popular among brides, as are diamond stud earrings,” said Nikki, who tells me diamonds and pearls are often chosen by brides when it comes to wedding jewellery. “With Nota Bene pendants, items can be

chosen to fit the theme of the wedding and also added after the wedding day, perhaps on special occasions such as anniversaries. “A diamond-set heart and pearl drops would be a good choice to add to a simple

pendant as a momento from the wedding day.” With all the planning that goes into the wedding, brides often think about their dress before any sort of jewellery or accessories, but it’s the small things that give that extra bit of sparkle. “It’s very much down to personal taste, but most brides tend to go for simple and

elegant jewellery for their big day,” said Nikki. “If you go for chunky jewellery, it can take away from the dress. When we speak to brides, they let us know about the style of the dress and what the neckline is like. This way, we can see what will suit. “Bridal jewellery is predominantly diamond and pearl, with white gold a current trend. “Although the rule is, generally, to keep things simple, more women are going for vintage-style earrings. “We also get a lot of commissions for bespoke pieces, with some inspiration from high street costume jewellery. People see something they like the look of, but want it made in precious metal and diamond.” THE JOURNAL 29

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THE PERFECT VENUE Georgian country house Walcot Hall, near Alkborough in North Lincolnshire
THE PERFECT VENUE
Georgian country
house Walcot Hall,
near Alkborough in
North Lincolnshire

A stately setting

W ith all the whispers and talk of the upcoming royal wedding and all the touches involved, more

brides-to-be are planning their big day

with a grand theme in mind.

Although other couples won’t be marrying into the monarchy – with a ceremony at Westminster Abbey followed by a reception at Buckingham Palace, like Kate and William

– they still want this prestigious influence. That’s why stately homes across the country are becoming a popular choice for those who are organising their wedding venue. One person who has noticed this trend is actress Cindy Marshall-Day, who opens up her Georgian country house for bespoke wedding celebrations.

Cindy has been mistress of Walcot Hall, near Alkborough in North Lincolnshire, since

2004.

After restoring the Grade II-listed property

to its former glory, she has made it one of the most exclusive wedding venues in the county

– and beyond. Not least because she only allows 12 weddings a year to be held at her magnificent home. “I think country house weddings are the number one want for brides-to-be,” says Cindy. “With Walcot Hall, although we only hold 12 weddings a year, we have about 30 enquiries a week.” Walcot Hall is situated in the middle of the country – perfect for couples in the north or south. And with its close proximity to two international airports, its rural location is surprisingly convenient. 32 THE JOURNAL

location is surprisingly convenient. 32 T HE J OURNAL LEFT: Cindy Marshall-Day with her horse Shannon
location is surprisingly convenient. 32 T HE J OURNAL LEFT: Cindy Marshall-Day with her horse Shannon

LEFT: Cindy Marshall-Day with her horse Shannon outside the magnificent Walcot Hall. ABOVE: A horse-drawn carriage pulls up outside the country house

“It was never our plan to have weddings here, but after we’d finished the

refurbishment, which took two years, people kept asking me if they could have their weddings here. “We decided we would do just 12 a year,” says Cindy, who has teamed up with Forest Pines to offer preferential rates to Walcot’s wedding guests. “I could do one every weekend because the demand is so high, but it’s my home and I wanted to keep it exclusive for the couple. “I found a real niche in the market for an exclusive, bespoke place to get married.” Originally from London, Cindy was a boarder at Cranborne Chase, a girls’ school in Dorset. “Then I went to finishing school and it

just about finished me off,” she laughs. “I wasn’t very academic, but I was very artistic and I rode horses as a child,” says Cindy, who is a keen horse rider. She met husband Tony 13 years ago in Los Angeles and, after settling back in England, the hunt for a horse-friendly country house started. “I got a job working on Crossroads – not the one with Benny in it, the new one – and because of my love for horses, we needed to find somewhere that was very pro-horse,” says Cindy, whose own wedding was featured in OK! magazine. At the time she was a hostess on The Price Is Right and the magazine devoted several pages to her big day. “We saw the house in Country Life and

came to see it, although I’d already decided I wanted it,” she says. “We didn’t do any structural changes because the house is Grade II-listed, but we had to refurbish it from top to bottom, as well as doing an enormous amount in the garden. I didn’t do any acting for two years, I just worked on the house.” With floristry training under her belt (a degree in floristry design from Bishop Burton College, where she also took a cookery course), Cindy can offer brides a hassle-free wedding. “The idea is to make it as easy for the brides as possible,” she says. “They come in and we can get everything sorted in a couple of hours.” There is an entrance hall, where the wedding party is welcomed, before going

into the elegant and spacious dining room, where the ceremony takes place. After they have
into the elegant and spacious dining room, where the ceremony takes place. After they have

into the elegant and spacious dining room, where the ceremony takes place. After they have taken their vows, the happy couple walk down a path lined with candles and crystals across a bridge lit with fairylights, to enjoy champagne and canapes on the Fountain Terrace. Small wedding parties can dine in the house and larger parties (Cindy caters for up to 150) take their seats in a marquee in the garden. Cindy can do everything from the floral table settings to the bride’s bouquet, in fresh flowers or silk, and she will never repeat a design. “Again, everything has to be exclusive,”

she says. “And it has to be right. When I first started, the service we received from outside suppliers was very disappointing at times. “I also have a brilliant wedding co-ordinator, Carol Davies, who co-ordinates the whole event and I just do the fun things like style the venue and create the flowers. “On her big day, the bride should not to be asked questions about where people should be and what is happening next. She is there to look beautiful, not worry about the logistics.” To relax, Cindy loves spending time with her friends. “I will do a big lasagne if I have a lot of friends coming over,” she says.

Cindy can cater for up to 150 guests at Walcot Hall, with the larger wedding parties dining in a marquee in the garden, left

We decided we would do just 12 weddings a year I could do one ever y weekend because the demand is so high, but I wanted to keep it exclusive for the couple

“I love Sunday lunches and I absolutely love my Aga.” And she adores Walcot Hall. “I did a Country House Studies degree at the University Of Hull because I love country houses, but especially Walcot.

“Imagine writing essays on the difference between Baroque and Palladian architecture. I am passionate about Walcot and keeping it alive, but it costs a lot of money. “The reason for doing the weddings is to be able to maintain the house and make sure it is safeguarded for future generations.” For more information, visit www.walcothallestate.com or call 01724

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THE NIGHT BEFORE ROYAL fiancée Kate Middleton is rumoured to have booked herself into a
THE NIGHT BEFORE
ROYAL fiancée Kate Middleton is
rumoured to have booked herself into a
luxury hotel for the night before her
wedding ceremony.
Miss Middleton is expected to spend her
last evening as a single woman at the
Goring in Belgravia, central London, which
was a favourite of the Queen Mother.
It is thought the family and friends of
Prince William’s fiancée have already
made plans to stay at the five-star hotel
which celebrated its centenary last year,
according to the Daily Mail.
The Edwardian establishment is a short
walk from Buckingham Palace, where the
wedding reception and evening dinner
celebrating the marriage will be held.
William’s mother Diana, Princess of
Wales spent the night before her wedding
at Clarence House, the then home of the
Queen Mother, marrying the Prince of
Wales the next day – July 29, 1981.
Fashion designers David Emanuel and
Elizabeth Emanuel, who created the
Princess’s famous wedding dress, writing
in their book A Dress For Diana, said:
“When we arrived at Clarence House, we
found Diana relaxed in a white towelling
dressing gown and having her hair and
make-up done, while her bridesmaids
watched television.”
But they added that the relaxed mood
soon changed: “The whole thing was run
like a military operation. We had
clipboards, we had guys telling everyone
that at so many hundred hours, Lady Diana
should get into the dress; at so many
hundred hours she should descend to the
carriage, and so on.”
If Miss Middleton stays at the Goring, it
is likely it will also become a hive of
activity, with a team of people preparing
the bride for her big day on April 29.
Chief executive Jeremy Goring is the
fourth generation of his family to run the
hotel established by his great-grandfather
Otto Richard Goring in 1910.
When first opened, each bedroom had
en suite bathrooms – claimed to be a first
anywhere in the world – and rooms cost
seven shillings and six pence.
Today, the price of a room with a queen
bed is more than £400, but guests can stay
in even greater luxury with costs rising to
four figures.
The hotel is a favourite with foreign
royalty and other famous guests include
Terry Wogan and Vanessa Redgrave.
The marquee used for wedding parties at Walcot Hall
The marquee used for wedding
parties at Walcot Hall
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ALL THE GROOM’S MEN Prince William has chosen to have his brother Harry at his
ALL THE GROOM’S MEN
Prince William has chosen to have his
brother Harry at his side as his best man on
his big day, St James’s Palace have said.
Kate Middleton’s maid of honour at the
wedding on April 29 will be her sister,
Philippa.
The couple have selected four
bridesmaids and two page boys – two of
whom are the Prince’s godchildren.
The bridesmaids are Lady Louise
Windsor, 7 , Margarita Armstrong-Jones, 8,
Eliza Lopes, 3, and three-year-old Grace
van Cutsem – Prince William’s
goddaughter.
The page boys are William
Lowther-Pinkerton, 10, and eight-year-old
Tom Pettifer. Tom is the godson of Prince
William.
Grooms in royal weddings traditionally
choose a “supporter” instead of a best man.
However, Prince William opted to have a
best man rather than a supporter, a St
James’ Palace spokesman confirmed.
When royal bridegrooms select their
supporters there is usually more than one,
with a chief supporter taking the main role,
but because William has only chosen one
companion on his wedding day he decided
to use the term best man.
The Prince of Wales chose his
brother Prince Andrew to be his main
supporter when he married Lady
Diana Spencer at St Paul’s Cathedral
in 1981.
Harry, who is training to fly
Apache attack helicopters, is likely to
have the role of planning William’s
stag do.
On the wedding day he could be tasked
with looking after Kate’s wedding
ring. He may also have to give a
speech at the private
reception following the
ceremony.
Harry said he was
“delighted” about the
engagement when it was
announced.
He said: “I am
delighted that my brother
has popped the question. It
means I get a sister,
which I have always
wanted.”
The brothers are only
two years apart and have
been close since their
mother died in 1997.
After the engagement
was announced, bookies
had tipped Thomas van
Straubenzee – one of
William’s closest friends –
to be a supporter.
Mr van Straubenzee,
also known as “Van”, met
the prince at Ludgrove Prep
School and he accompanied
William on his first official tour to
New Zealand. William and Harry
are patrons of a memorial fund
dedicated to Tom’s brother Henry
who was killed in a car crash in 2002.
34 THE JOURNAL

Groomed to

especially for the day, or are planning to hire them, you will need to plan ahead. Whatever look the groom wishes to go for, be it traditional Edwardian-style frock coats, morning wear, dinner suits or perhaps a lounge suit, all can be found in a range of colours. Waistcoats and cravats also come in a variety of shades and fabrics, with plain, patterned or embroidered designs to choose from. Materials can be matched up with bridesmaids’ dresses if that’s what you desire. Ivory is tipped to be a popular colour option among grooms this summer, but for those who want something in a different shade, you can brighten up with a waistcoat. “Len Beck offers a great selection of waistcoats, as we hire from two different companies, so lots of colours are available,” said Maurice. “Lots of couples want a colour theme to run throughout, so we ask them to bring in the fabric from the bridesmaids gowns and we can match it perfectly to the groom’s outfit, creating a ruche or handkerchief.” Some wedding shops also offer a full range of accessories to hire, including top hats, gloves and fob watches, although these aren’t as popular at the moment. “Men usually go for what they can afford and we don’t have many requests for old-fashioned accessories such as watches and canes,” said Christine Clapham, sales advisor at Toppers & Tails, in Lincoln. “At the moment, men are going for morning suits with tails – mainly in grey. This colour seems to have overtaken black and is a shade that’s in demand at the moment.

A s much as people like to say men take very little time to get ready and choose an outfit, they don’t. And especially not when it comes to their wedding suit.

Like the bride with her gown, the groom will have to get his outfit sorted early. Getting the groom’s clothing to match the chosen colours of the wedding party is crucial. His outfit will have to complement the bride’s dress and work with the colours of the bridesmaids’ dresses, flowers and decorations running through the day. Once a colour scheme has been chosen and agreed by both the groom and bride-to-be, it’s time to get measured up. If the groom, the best man, his ushers and page boys are going for the same suits – which is usually the case – you can either go together to try them on or just gather everyone’s measurements. Grooms this year are expected to take a step back in time when it comes to their wedding day attire. For those couples who are planning a traditional wedding, you will be pleased to hear the classic top hats and tails are coming back into fashion. “We have had a number of requests for top hats, gloves and tails,” said Maurice McDougall, manager at Len Beck tailors, in Hull. “We are seeing a renaissance with morning wear and this year will see classic outfits in dove grey and black stripes. “Grooms have been asking us for ruches – a loose tie – and cravats, too, to match their waistcoats.” Whether you are having your suits made

“ Lots of couples want a colour theme to run throughout, so we ask them
“ Lots of couples want a colour theme to run throughout, so we ask them

Lots of couples want a colour theme to run throughout, so we ask them to bring in fabric from the bridesmaids gowns and we can match it per fectly to the groom’s outfit

that beer belly before the big day. The photographs from the wedding will be around for years to come, so he will want to look in shape. Also, as much as men turn their noses up at the idea, they could book in and have a massage at a beauty retreat to get them relaxed for the wedding day. There are many spas and beauty salons that offer treatments for men and a calming massage or facial can leave the groom-to-be feeling refreshed. And remember, all eyes won’t just be on the bride

And remember, all eyes won’t just be on the bride From left, bridegroom and attendants’ suits

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“They are matching this with pale lilacs, greys and ivory on their waistcoat. “We have also had a lot of interest in bright shades for the summer months, such as fuschia pink and what we call ‘Cadbury’s purple’.” On the day itself, it’s important for the groom to look great and like the bride, he can indulge in some pampering treatments before the big day to get him looking his best. He may want to join a gym to tone up and get rid of

KEEPING WITH TRADITION With speculation still surrounding who will make Kate Middleton’s wedding dress, it
KEEPING WITH TRADITION
With speculation still surrounding
who will make Kate Middleton’s
wedding dress, it appears her fiancé
Prince William’s attire will be easier
to pick.
William is expected to follow
royal tradition and marry in military
dress with his RAF uniform likely to
be the one selected.
It is reported Savile Row tailors
Gieves & Hawkes, which already
supplies suits to the royal, has been
chosen to make the outfit.
Over the decades many royal men
commissions as officers in the Royal
Navy and the Army, within the
Edinburgh respectively, both walking Household Cavalry.
up the aisle in Royal Navy dress.
the prince’s father and grandfather,
the Prince of Wales and Duke of
But it is expected he will choose
to wear the RAF uniform in
serving as a helicopter pilot with the recognition of his present role.
Search and Rescue Force (Sarf) at
But William is an RAF officer
William is a Knight of the Order
RAF Valley in Anglesey, North
Wales.
as a fully operational Sarf pilot in
September last year and is known to
find his job stimulating and exciting.
of the Garter and on his wedding day
is likely to wear the Order’s blue
Flight Lieutenant Wales graduated sash, with its attached badge, and
star.
The royal has received one
military honour and will proudly
The prince will one day be head of wear his Queen’s Golden Jubilee
have married in military uniform with the Armed Forces and so retains his Medal.
A SUMMER WEDDING
A SUMMER WEDDING

Wedding expert PHILLIPA BARRASS, of Kellington Weddings, gives advice on how you can create the perfect summer wedding

Summer

loving

T he prospect of planning a

itself, but this year will

wedding is exciting and fun in

certainly see a brand new range

of options and possibilities on

offer to brides and grooms-to-be.

This will make the decision process a little harder, but the prospect of a magnificent wedding, a near certainty. Last year saw the explosion of vintage – from dresses to headpieces, and from invites to transport. Vintage was the key word and allowed nearly-weds across the country to experiment and add their own stamp, breaking away from traditional wedding style, while remaining romantic. This was a huge success allowing brides to combine family heirlooms, birdcage veils, lace gloves and ornate shabby-chic decor into a theme, which will look great in years to come.

As with most couples, the balance needs to be struck. A wedding that is contemporary and on-trend – yet looks timeless in the photos – is a good choice. It’s something you will look back on in years to come with pride and a real sense of identity throughout, without the regret of a poor hairstyle or dress choice. This year is all about flexibility. The choices are like never before allowing you to go as mad as you like, or remain within the traditional. Some of the biggest trends can be implemented in a way that is apparent, yet subtle, or obvious and loud – it’s all up to you and the style of wedding you want to achieve. With a new breed of wedding becoming more evident in the media through programmes such as Here Comes The Bride and Big Fat Gypsy Weddings, the trend for bigger and better is fast growing.

Planning your wedding? Would it help if half of your wedding breakfast guests could dine
Planning your
wedding?
Would it help if half of your wedding
breakfast guests could dine for free?
At Willerby Manor Hotel we are delighted t o be able to offer
exactly that for 10 lucky couples.
Willerby manor is set in three acres of beautiful gardens, with an ornate antique fountain
on the lawns and the enchanting rose garden, providing a reminder of the country
residence that was Willerby Manor. An idyllic setti ng where, magical moment s of, your day
can be captured on film, to be forever treasured.
With such a choice of suites available for your wedding day celebrations, the team at Willerby Manor
are always delighted to show you around. There is a selection of licensed rooms available to host
your civil ceremony and the dining facilities that can cater for numbers up to 400. The hotel has a
wonderful reputation for food and the wedding breakfast is certain to delight your guests. Choose
from a range of menus, catering for every r equirement, from a formal sit-down dinner to hot and cold
buffets. With so much choice our expert team are always on hand to offer advice and to assist in
creating your bespoke wedding day.
So what’s the catch!
Well here it is, firstly this offer applies to weddings taking place in 2011or 2012 and secondly you will
need to have a minimum of 100 guests at your wedding breakfast. Don’t forget though that if you are
booki ng for 100 then you are only paying for 50 to eat!
To qualify you need to be one of the first ten lucky couples to confirm your wedding bookin g, quotin g
Willerby Wedding Offer. Willerby Manor Hotels full wedding terms and condit ions will apply (these can
be found in the Wedding packs available from the hote l) and the offer does not apply to already
confirmed bookin gs, which canno t be cancelle d and reinst ated.
Wi llerby Manor Hotel
More information is available on the website www.willerbymanor.co.uk, call
01482 672672 or write to Yvonne White, Business De velopment Manager,
Willerby Manor Hotel, Well Lane, Hull, East Riding of Yorkshire HU10 6ER.
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But if it’s not to your taste, simply adapt and stay true to your own

But if it’s not to your taste, simply adapt and stay true to your own personalities and preferences. The biggest fashion trends for summer 2011 include an array of exciting wedding alternatives from old memory, “scrapbook” style wedding stationery to ribboned accessories and fluffy feather wedding gowns. Romantic ruffles are set to be huge in the world of bridesmaid fashion, in rich sultry damsons, lilacs and greys, with shorter hemlines, but maximum sculptured shape. For perfect save-the-date cards, invites and table cards, think layering. Beautiful, patterned cards layered with

plainer colours, ribbon and quirky fonts will all ensure your wedding stationery is cutting edge in the wedding trend stakes, adding a real sense of fun from the minute your guests realise you’re getting married. Do your research into scrapbooking for a vintage, memory-book feel. Too much of the wrong thing could leave your invites looking messy and thrown-together. Ribbons are the ultimate addition to wedding couture this year, whether worn as a headband with a sleek Audrey Hepburn beehive style or around the waist, even as bows dotted around your dress. It is the wedding fashion hot pick for 2011 if you aspire to a sleek, classic themed wedding.

for 2011 if you aspire to a sleek, classic themed wedding. Summer is the perfect backdrop

Summer is the perfect backdrop for your big day. Let your creativity shine and you’ll have a super stylish wedding

The biggest fashion trends for summer 2011 include an array of exciting wedding alter natives from old memor y, “scrapbook” style wedding stationer y to ribboned accessories and fluffy feather wedding gowns

Ribbon can also be integrated elsewhere, for example, criss-cross wrapped around your cake for a modern twist on the traditional decoration. If you favour something a little more cutting edge, ruffles and feathers are the way to go. For striking impact, opt for a dress with a full, voluminous skirt made from chiffon ruffles or ostrich feathers. For something more subtle, the look can be achieved through your bridesmaids, perhaps by an asymmetric ruffled shoulder dress or an

ostrich feather purse. As a continuation from last year, the emphasis really is on creating a wedding which is bespoke and personal to you both. For every aspect of the day, think how you can do it differently. Special little touches like giving a box of fragrant teas and home-made biscuits, or some miniature liqueur bottles with hand-made truffles as favours, instead of the fail-safe sugared almond, is one way of adding your own personal twist. Overall, let your creativity shine and you’ll undoubtedly have a super stylish wedding.

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a wonderful setting for a wonderful day arties Mill has for some time now been
a wonderful setting for a wonderful day arties Mill has for some time now been

a wonderful setting for a wonderful day

arties Mill has for some time now been one of the best-known venues for special occasions in the northern lincolnshire area.

Nowadays, it has gained a reputation for being one of the best wedding venues around. the venue, which in the 18th century was a windmill and grain stores, is now a beautiful setting for any occasion.

With more than four acres of lovely grounds at your disposal, arties Mill is the perfect setting for your special day. its outdoor catering and marquee facilities means that it can cater for up to 250 people. plus it has parking for up to 150 cars.

No matter what your budget may be, arties Mill will be able to help with its flexible bespoke wedding packages.

We all know how stressful a wedding can be. so let the experienced staff at arties Mill put your mind at rest and deliver a day you will truly remember for the rest of your lives. Weddings packages can start from as little as £25 per head, including

a delicious three-course dinner.

Full packages included wedding breakfast, wedding ceremony and evening reception, and staff at arties Mill pride themselves in providing a “one-stop- service” for a very special day.

if time is at a premium, don’t worry because arties Mill can also help with the planning organising of your wedding, so you can enjoy the day in complete confidence that everything is being taken care of.

as it’s such a special day, arties Mill don’t want you to have to compromise, so it has come up with a range of flexible packages to suit any budget. its specialist Wedding team will then work with you to create a wonderful day.

at arties Mill, there are several function rooms for you to choose from, so whether you want a summer or winter wedding, you’ll be guaranteed a warm reception.

the venue, which is just a mile outside of the busy market town of Brigg, is in easy reach of those travelling to your wedding from away.

it’s just minutes from the M180, plus humberside and robin hood airports are close by. and for those staying over, arties Mill offers Wedding guest accommodation from just £35 a night, including breakfast.

also, room hire is available from £150-250, wedding barbecues from £14.95 per head, evening buffets from £4.95 per head, drinks packages from £9.95 per head and corkage packages available at £4.95 per bottle.

and with the wedding breakfast at £24.95 per head, room hire is free.

so whatever your budget, give the arties Mill Wedding team a call on 01652 652094, or log on to www.artiesmilllodge.co.uk to find out how they can help you turn your wedding day into a special day.

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n y our wedding day into a s pecial day. 38 T HE J OURNAL Castlethorpe,

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Get the party started

Wedding expert PHILLIPA BARRASS, of Kellington Weddings, explains how you can keep your guests entertained throughout your big day

U nfortunately, it is often the

case that wedding

entertainment is left as an

afterthought, with the

quick realisation that there

is a gap in proceedings

during the big day or there is the dreaded prospect of silence during the reception.

This is usually where panic sets in and the long lost cousin who does a bit of DJing steps in. It doesn’t have to be like this. There is a variety of musical and theatrical options available which will enhance the theme of your wedding and keep guests entertained. As a starting point for deciding on what entertainment you would like, think about the theme of your wedding. If the wedding day is quirky – with the groom and best men dressed in fitted suits, skinny ties and trilbys, while the bride and bridesmaids show off bright 50s-style tea dresses – you could consider a live band

playing your favourite music. If your wedding day is classic and sleek, yet with a vintage feel, think about hiring a swing band which will cover traditional big band music and Rat-Pack classics. Although it’s important to choose a style which you like, remember your guests, too. Motown and soul bands are great for getting everyone involved, without leaving any of the older guests feeling uncomfortable about going up for a dance. It’s a really good idea to check out the band prior to your wedding and to also confirm their attire. To have a string quartet dressed in black 1920s flapper-style dresses and headpieces would look great for a black and white wedding or if you are hiring a tribute band, ensure they dress as the band they are imitating would have done. It really will make all the difference and demonstrate your attention to detail. Not only do you need to think about the

ENTERTAINMENT

Wedding entertainment can really add that extra something to your big day.

evening disco, but you may want to consider some background music while your guests enjoy their reception drinks. A simple soloist playing a harp, cello or guitar is a great idea and usually reasonably priced for an hour’s set. What would also make a really great touch would be to have them play your first dance live and acoustically. That will have everyone reaching for the tissues. Casinos are another great entertainment option, especially if you are organising your wedding around a Las Vegas theme. Most games are quick and easy to learn consisting of black jack, roulette and poker and the croupiers will be happy to advise you and your guests on which games to choose, whether your guests are novices or experienced.

At the end of the night, prizes such as a bottle of Champagne can be awarded to those who have won the most. One of the newest and most enjoyable entertainment experiences has to be the all-involved music video starring the bride and groom and all of your guests. Set to a music track of your choice, videographers are available to record individuals and groups singing along. They will then edit it afterwards to produce a video. They can be as serious or as ridiculous as they like, but the finished product can be treasured and brought out to embarrass, too. Wedding entertainment can really add that extra something to your wedding day, so it is a very important aspect worth thinking about and with such an enormous selection of entertainment options available to you, you can go as extravagant as you like.

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Cave & Country Castle Hotel Club The Perfect Setting foraFairy Tale Wedding Licensed to perform
Cave & Country Castle Hotel Club
The Perfect Setting foraFairy Tale Wedding
Licensed to perform Civil Ceremonies
Choice of Reception Rooms
Complimentary four poster Bridal Suite
70 en-suite Bedrooms
Castle Spa with Hair Salon, Beauty & Therapy Services
Personal Wedding Co-ordinators
Leisure Club & 18 Hole Golf Course
The Cave Castle Hotel & Country Club, South Cave, East Yorkshire. HU15 2EU
Tel: 0844 686 2239
www.cavecastlehotel.com
NEW FOR 2012 Outside wedding ceremonies in our brand new Lakeside Pavillion Suite The Setting
NEW FOR 2012
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Lakeside Pavillion Suite
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The new Lakeside Pavillion is a
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At Reeds we pride ourselves on the
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Our wedding packages allow you to have
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Westfield Lakes, Far-Ings Road, Barton upon Humber, North Lincolnshire, DN18 5RG
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All packages are subject to availability and are valid for new bookings only. Prices are inclusive of 20% vat.
Offer not available on Saturdays in our peak season.
Palace Have for your the own day The most important day in your life deservesaunique
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The most important day in your life
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In the heart ofthe city,located in Lincoln’s historic
quarter,The Old Palace is the perfect setting for your
special day.
Whether you want an intimate wedding party for just 20
guests or a wedding party for 100 guests,we can tailor
to your individual requirements.We pride ourselves on
our friendliness professionalism and courtesy.However,
most importantly, we offer the flexibility to make your
wedding completely individual to you. From the room
layout and timing,to menus and drinks - we will cater to
your individual needs.
With personal service and attention to detail, our aim
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smoothly onthe day itself.All you haveto do is enjoythe
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• Exclusive hire of whole house
• The King room with views of Cathedral and Lincolnshire
• Red carpet reception • 16 luxury bedrooms
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Say ‘ Id o’ to No rmanby Hall Country Park N ormanby Hall Co untr

Say ‘Ido’ to

Normanby Hall Country Park

N ormanby Hall Country Park is undoubtedly the jewel in North Lincolnshire's crown when it comes to wedding venues.

Set among 300 acres of gardens and woodland, the stunning Regency mansion is steeped in history. Once home to the Sheffield family, former Dukes of Buckingham and the original owners of Buckingham Palace, Normanby Hall has retained its splendor and acts as a breathtaking backdrop for your wedding celebration. Normanby Hall Country Park offers couples the opportunity to enjoy their wedding in one of the most romantic settings imaginable. Your arrival through the main wedding gates, traditional architecture, stunning interiors and delightful gardens mean that there isawealth of photographic opportunities that are unlikely to be found at other venues throughout the area. Couples thinking of getting married at Normanby Hall are encouraged to visit the Hall and explore the grounds in order to appreciate first hand the photographic backdrops that make Normanby such a unique and celebrated venue. Normanby Hall is licensed for civil weddings and partnerships and has a choice of three rooms for the ceremonies. All rooms are decorated in a historically accurate manner and feature high ceilings and huge original windows, with the Regency Dining Room boasting an impressive fireplace dressed with a cascade from the award winning Victorian Walled Garden. For those who wish to have the ceremony elsewhere, Normanby Hall can be hired solely as a reception venue. The exquisite catering, stunning gardens and superb photographic opportunities make Normanby a truly unique setting forawedding reception.

Weddings at Normanby Hall are tailored to suit the individual requirements of each couple and you are able to put together a totally bespoke package with the assistance of our catering manager, who is on hand to assist and advise you at every stage. With only one wedding taking place per day at Normanby Hall, you will have the undivided attention of all staff and will feel as if the house belongs to you for the duration of your celebration.

For more intimate weddings, Normanby Hall has introduced an out of season package that includes the same elements that are provided for other weddings such as use of the main drive for the wedding car, floral displays, red carpet, linen, master of ceremonies and a table plan. It also includes welcome drinks, wedding breakfast, wine with the meal and an evening buffet. Catering for fifty guests, the cost of this package starts from only £2,000.

Beautiful venue, mouth watering food and friendly and polite staff made our wedding day absolutely worry free and truly a day to remember.

absolutely worr y free a nd truly a day to re member. “ Tracy Conway-Smith photography
absolutely worr y free a nd truly a day to re member. “ Tracy Conway-Smith photography
Tracy Conway-Smith photography
Tracy Conway-Smith photography
formerly the Legacy Oaklands Country House Hotel Premier We dding Ve nue Under New Management
formerly the Legacy Oaklands Country House Hotel
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Under New Management
Civil Partnerships &
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Secluded Private Gardens
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Choice of 2 superb function suites
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2 Large dance floors
Professional To astmaster
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Bar ton Street, Laceby, Nr Gr imsby, Nor th East Lincolnshire. DN37 7LF
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BOOSTING THE COFFERS The royal wedding could give the British economy a £620 million boost,
BOOSTING THE COFFERS
The royal wedding could give the British
economy a £620 million boost, retail
researchers have claimed.
Sales of engagement merchandise
alone could be worth between £12 million
and £18 million to retailers, according to
research company Verdict.
Shops and businesses across the
country are already striving to cash in on
the 29th April wedding between Kate
Middleton and Prince William with
commemorative mugs, spoons, calendars,
clothing and postcards already on sale.
Verdict’s consulting director Neil
Saunders said: “Although times have
changed since the last big royal
engagement of Prince Charles and Lady
Diana, many people will still be keen to
buy some form or keepsake or memento
and retailers will rush to capitalise on the
merchandising opportunities.”
Mr Saunders predicted that in the UK
wedding-related merchandise sales could
easily surpass £26 million, with grocery
and food retailers likely to see sales in
excess of £360 million as the country
celebrates the royal wedding.
According to the consulting director an
estimated additional £216 million could
be added to that once the benefits of
tourism and travel are considered.
“In total that means we are looking at
a £620m consumer spending boost,” Mr
Saunders added.
Souvenirs of royal occasions are big
business in the run up to the celebrations
Mr Saunders added. Souvenirs of royal occasions are big business in the run up to the
Mr Saunders added. Souvenirs of royal occasions are big business in the run up to the
GIFTS Gifts galore L ots of brides and grooms put a wedding wish-list inside their

GIFTS

Gifts galore

L ots of brides and grooms put a wedding wish-list inside their invitations, telling their guests what they would like to be given as presents. Or, the gift list is lodged either with a

relative or friend who will circulate it to guests and others who wish to give something.

The bride and groom-to-be can also pay a visit to a department store or wedding shop and set up a list there. Then those wishing to give a gift may peruse the list and sign their names against the item that appeals to them or comes within their budget. Some register with independent or national retailers and you can check with these stores which gifts are still available to purchase. This is a clever way of ensuring the presents are not being duplicated and also the shop knowing who bought a particular gift, and when, without the couple knowing until it is delivered to the reception. Lots of these gift shops will also wrap before they deliver. However, you may want to buy the happy couple something that is unique to them and this will take time and consideration.

Wedding gifts are traditionally items that help the couple set up home and include things such as kettles, toasters, food processors, electric tin openers and mixers, or household goods such as table linen and towels. But with so many couples setting up home before they get married these days, these sort of gifts are no longer the norm. A lot of people will ask for vouchers for their favourite store, so they can buy any household items they may not have. Another current trend for wedding gifts seems to be currency for the honeymoon destination. This could be used for spending money. When you set out to select a wedding gift, always give serious consideration to buying something you would like to receive. Don’t spend more than you can afford – no one would wish this. If several of you are attending a mutual friend’s wedding and all of you are a touch short of funds, club together. Your joint contributions could well buy something really spectacular. Finally, don’t leave the shopping expedition till the last minute – it will just make you buy something in a panic, or something you cannot really afford. Take time to choose and you can then be sure your selection will be the right one for all the right reasons.

time to choose and you can then be sure your selection will be the right one

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WE MAKE IT HAPPEN APPEN The classical elegance and refined atmosphere of the Clapham Restaurant
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•Four course wedding breakfast
• Buckfizz on arrival
•Glass of wine
•Sparkling wine to toast
•Fresh flowers
•Decorated top table and cake table
•Cake stand &knife
• Professional toastmaster*
•Dedicated wedding coordinator
•Complimentary2nights stay in the honeymoon suite* *
•Kingston Gardens for photographs
•Evening reception includes
Room Hire, Hot&cold finger Buffet ,DJ&Disco
Theatre Hotel
Tel: (01482) 225828
Fax: (01482) 587969
* *One night only for the Mid-Week (£1700 package)
*Applies to Weekend (£2500 package)

MENU

O nce the venue is set for

your big day, you need

to think about what

food you want to feed

your guests.

Three-course meals

seem to be the tradition, with perhaps a buffet at the reception for people to

nibble between dancing.

Like most elements of the wedding day, lots of people are thinking of ways they can add a modern twist, without breaking the bank or being too quirky. When it comes to wedding menus, it’s down to what the couple want and the budget needs to be considered. Many venues set a price per head, which can get costly if you want a fancy package and have lots of guests. Another option is to hire caterers, who can often help you come up with some different ideas for food. “The ideas that have worked really well at weddings this year are based around a couple of themes,” said Angela Trickett, of Dine On The Rowe, in Beverley, East Yorkshire, that caters for weddings. “One is having hamper baskets for each table, with food such as a joint of roast ham, a large sourdough loaf, lots of salads, olives, dips, roast vegetables and tartlets. “The twist is that, in each basket, there is an apron, chef’s hat, wooden board, carving knife and fork, and a menu with instructions tied with a ribbon. “Someone at each table has to play chef, which gets all the guests socialising and interacting and it’s great theatre. “Another – using the same principles as above, but with a hot meal with different

Food for thought

courses – is that, for the main course, we send out a board with a big rib steak of beef. “The beef is garnished and can be accompanied by a choice of sides. This also gets everyone talking and interacting. “This whole idea of getting tables involved in the serving of food revolves around the bride and groom’s theme, but adds some great theatre into the day and the wedding breakfast.” At both of the weddings Dine On The Rowe has created like this, there was a photo shoot for the chefs before the meal. The interaction at each of the tables was great and people who have not met before opened up to make for a great day. The idea for this theme was developed after working with White Rose Polo Club, in North Cliffe, Yorkshire. Angela and her team cater for its Summit Media Cup every year. The food and menus were created at the client’s request and they thought it would make a fantastic idea for weddings. “There is no limit to what sort of food could be used in this theme,” said Angela. “It would work well with Moroccan food, such as a slow-cooked lamb shoulder, or for a Greek theme – slow-cooked shoulder of pork caramelised with lemon and rosemary.” Before a wedding menu is chosen, flavours and tastes are discussed. The couple can also rest assured that the finest ingredients will be used and will be local if possible. With Dine On The Rowe’s themed menus,

local if possible. With Dine On The Rowe’s themed menus, Caterers can help you come up
local if possible. With Dine On The Rowe’s themed menus, Caterers can help you come up

Caterers can help you come up with different ideas for food. Right, chef Andrea Covello with Angela Trickett, of Dine On The Rowe

the food and theatre become an important part of the special day. Angela said: “Each event we do is designed on a bespoke basis, so we can work around any ideas the couple may have.”

so we can work around any ideas the couple may have.” The ideal venue to celebrate
The ideal venue to celebrate your special occassssionion
The ideal venue to celebrate your special occassssionion

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T The finest country house hotel at the heart of Lincoln-

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Parkland and Lakes this fine building typifies the best

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a beautiful setting; Branston Hall will fulfill your every desire. The perfect setting and services for the perfect wedding. Contact our wedding planners for full information. Full facilities for your banqueting and business events for up to 180 delegates. The Lakeside Restaurant is open for lunch and dinner, 7 daysaweek to non residents.

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We have special contacts
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Suite or even larger in a
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The perfect venue for your special day

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C hoosing your venue for your wedding is an exciting but extremely important task that must be carefully thought about. First and foremost, you must consider the size of the venue and whether you want it to be an intimate affair with close friends and family or large enough to accommodate most of the people you know.

Whatever you decide, make sure the beautiful Bardney Hall isn’t far from your thoughts. Tucked away inaquiet area of Barton-upon-Humber, in North Lincolnshire, Bardney Hall offers an ideal location for special occasions of all kinds. Built in 1760 in the Queen Anne style, it’s one of the oldest houses in the area and is full of warmth and character. From a private wedding for just the bride and groom to a more lavish function, this traditional English country house is able to provide everything you need to make your special day perfect. For an intimate wedding, you will have the full use of the drawing room, dining room, library and lounge together with the well-appointed kitchen.

If it’samore lavish affair that you are having, then a

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a delightful location for your reception and offers some

spectacular back- drops to ensure your precious wedding photographs are memorable.

Renovated in 2007, Bardney Hall is the perfect place for any occasion and the whole of the Hall, including the luxurious bedrooms, is available for those parties wishing to take full advantage of the facilities for overnight or weekend stays. The bridal suite includes a four poster super king-size bed and large Jacuzzi in which to indulge after a long day with all your friends and relatives.

And you don’t have to stay just the one night. Why not make it

a long weekend? This way you can catch up on old times with friends and relatives, something we rarely have time to do

in this fast-moving age in which we live.

So, if you are planning a large wedding with many guests, staff at Bardney Hall will give them a warm welcome. The hall has been refurbished to an exceptionally high standard and in keeping with the warm and friendly character of the house.

It displays the opulent grandeur of the bygone age but with all the comforts of the modern era, ensuring it isagreat venue for a wedding. One of the major considerations when thinking about the venue is what food you are going to have at your wedding reception. Your choice of food at your wedding is very much a personal one, ranging from an elegant finger buffet to a stunning five-course wedding breakfast.

Whatever you choose, it will be tailored to suit you and, of course, vegetarian menus and special dietary requirements are no problem. All meals are prepared using the freshest, highest-quality produce, most of which is locally-sourced. In addition, there is an extensive range of wines and champagne from which you can choose your arrival drinks, those with your meal and that all-important toast drink. Your wedding day is one of the most important days of your life, so

it should be just how you want it. At Bardney Hall, the staff can offer just that. You will also have the use of a dedicated Events Co-Ordinator to the Hall.

For more information or to arrange a wedding package at Bardney Hall, contact our Events Co-Ordinator Aimee Champion on 07912 777819 or the team at the office on (01652) 635610. Alternatively visit our website:www.bardneyhall.co.uk or email aimeechampion@yahoo.co.uk for further information.

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later this year
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As it stands, a 175-year-old law dating back to the Marriage Act of 1836 prevents weddings taking place outside the hours of 8am and 6pm, but the Government has announced that it is determined to return power to the people. “We don’t believe that government should tell people the time of the day when they can and can’t get married or register a civil partnership,” explains a Home Office spokesman.

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