Your Hampshire and Dorset Wedding - September/October 2023 (Issue 100)

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WEDDINGS BY AVIATOR E: WEDDINGS@AVIATORHAMPSHIRE.COM W: AVIATORHAMPSHIRE.COM/WEDDINGS DOWNLOAD OUR BROCHURE Studio Rouge PACKAGES At Aviator, we understand that each wedding is as unique as our venue. To inspire you with ideas, we have put together three luxury wedding packages, each of which can be tailored to suit your exact preferences. SPACES You’re spoilt for choice with four diverse spaces, ready to welcome your style and personality. You’re in control, with flexible agendas to suit you and your guests. MENUS Aviator offers extensive dining and refreshment options to satisfy all tastes, with menus curated by our Executive Chef. Choose from sweet and savoury canapes, seasonal dining menus, BBQs, bowl food and buffets. ACCOMMODATION With 169 bedrooms, there’s plenty to go around if you so desire. Room and suite interiors are contemporary yet rich and comfortable. All of our packages include a Sky Suite for the couple on their wedding night. HEN & STAG The hotel provides a stylish and sophisticated setting for hen and stag celebrations including afternoon tea and private dining experiences. Each experience is guaranteed to leave a lasting impression on you and your party. CEREMONY Say yes to one venue. Aviator can host you from start to finish with the hotel being licensed to hold wedding ceremonies from 2 up to 95 people, depending on the space you choose. Kristian Leven Photography Kristian Leven Photography

REGULARS 6 EDITOR’S LETTER Olivia Gibson shares her top picks from this issue 9 NEARLYWED NEWS Catch up on news from around the counties 16 FREEBIES & OFFERS Great giveaways and discounts up for grabs 77 HOT TOPIC Local experts offer stellar advice 93 COMPETITION Win a romantic break in Yorkshire worth £1,000 CONTENTS SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2023 VENUES 19 GOING LOCAL Fall in love with these stunning properties in Winchester & East Hampshire 25 OUTSIDE THE BOX Standout venues for a big day with a difference On the cover This issue’s gorgeous cover has been sponsored by a band of local wedding suppliers who collaboratively worked on a styled shoot over on page 51. Make-up, Venue, | Flowers, | Photographer, | Furniture and prop hire, | Hair, Jewellery, 55 25 FEATURES 51 HIGH TIDES AND GOOD VIBES The Jurassic Coast provided a showstopping backdrop to this shoot, featuring a boho and a neutral theme 55 DISCO INFERNO What’s not to love about this showstopping shoot at the iconic Rownhams House in Southampton? 59 CELEBRATE GOOD TIMES We’ve rounded up the top hen and stag locations 81 DRESSED TO IMPRESS Discover showstopping gowns from local boutiques 3

REAL WEDDINGS 31 THREE HEARTS, ONE FAMILY The Balmer Lawn Hotel provided a beautiful backdrop to Nicola and Byron’s day 38 BOWLED OVER James and Lauren had a garden wedding with a pastel blue colour scheme 45 NEW BEGINNINGS Sam and Bradley had a beautiful wedding surrounded by loved ones HONEYMOONS 94 MAGICAL MAURITIUS Explore this year-round honeymoon hotspot for a taste of the local cuisine, lush scenery and sustainable hotel choices 96 RURAL ROMANCE Discover the delights of Provence at Hôtel Crillon le Brave GROOMS 87 GROOMS’ NEWS The latest best buys and product launches 88 SOMETHING BLUE We’ve rounded up some of the latest products for the groom-to-be 91 SKIN DEEP WarPaint For Men shares its make-up and skincare tips for grooms-to-be FASHION & BEAUTY 66 FASHION FOCUS The latest bridal fashion news, buys and launches 67 STANDOUT SLEEVES Make your entrance in style wearing statement sleeves that will take you from day to dancefloor 70 STYLE ALERT Burnt orange, green, and champagne colours are trending for bridesmaids this season 72 BEAUTY BUZZ Get the look with the latest must-haves 74 BEAUTY Q&A Our local professionals solve your problems 38 94 67 88 72 4

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Your Hampshire & Dorset Wedding is 100, and doesn’t it look great for its age? That’s right, well into our 17th year of publishing, we’re celebrating our 100th issue! I’ve been the editor of this wonderful title since issue 92 and feel incredibly proud to have been part of its history. The first issue hit the shelves in the March of 2007 and boy have things changed since then! I managed to find a copy of issue two in the archives and dusted it off to find that fashion had more in common with the 1990s than with the 2020s. Designs were all about taffeta, boned bodies and bags of embellishment – words I hardly hear these days in relation to wedding dresses. What’s more, it was rare indeed to see a groom not sporting a cravat. However, some things don’t change. Then editor Demelza, looking into the world of wedding entertainment, told readers: “Your wedding music will have a lasting impression on your guests. It forms an integral part of the day and can create just the right atmosphere, meaning that you have to choose carefully and consider what is suitable along with what best reflects your personal taste.” And that’s as true now as it ever was. Who knew that Pantone’s colour of the year for 2023, Viva Magenta, was as hot then as it is now? We featured the real wedding of Carolyn and Damon who tied the knot in September, 2006. The groom sported a hot pink cravat, while the beautiful bridesmaids were all dressed to match in gowns of the same hue. Your Hampshire & Dorset Wedding has been bringing local wedding content to lovely nearlyweds for the best part of two decades, becoming a much-valued go-to source of inspiration and advice for many tying the knot in these gorgeous counties. We exist to champion the local and very much hope that we can continue to do so for many moons to come. We’d never have reached this ripe old age (still looking good) without our lovely readers and the region’s amazing suppliers who’ve supported us all these years. A huge thank you to you all. Here’s to the next 100 issues! Olivia x Olivia Gibson, Editor Happy birthday to us! ISSN 2046-8474 Your Hampshire & Dorset Wedding is solely owned, published and designed by KD Events & Publishing Ltd. Whilst every effort was made to ensure the information in this magazine was correct at the time of going to press, the publishers cannot accept legal responsibility for any errors or omissions, nor can they accept responsibility for advert content, or of the standing of advertisers or by the editorial contributions. The views expressed do not necessarily reflect those of the publisher. Your Hampshire & Dorset Wedding is published six times a year. cwe COUNTY WEDDING EVENTS ADVERTISING Account Manager Ruth Swallow | 01376 538 568 @CountyWeddingMagazines @CountyWeddings @countyweddingmagazines Visit us online at www. and DESIGN 01376 535 616 ACCOUNTS 01376 535 616 MANAGING DIRECTOR Sarah Ellis | 01376 535 602 EDITORIAL Editor Olivia Gibson | 01376 535 611 The soft flowing lines and showstopping modern glam couldn’t be further from the gowns we showcased in 2007. Now, there’s something out there to suit your style, like this gown from Chameleon Bride. I’m a huge fan of escape rooms myself and Marvo Mysteries Escape Room looks super-fun. Discover more local ideas in this issue’s hen and stag feature. WIN! A romantic break in Yorkshire worth £1,000. 67 59 93 6 55 25 38 31 51 77 Here at YHDW HQ, we love this fun shoot coordinated by Emma Cole at Ambience Winchester & Southampton, showcasing the up and coming décor trend of disco balls and silver. Pearls are and have long been a big feature of bridal jewellery. Perhaps it’s the associated symbolism of purity or their classic look, but pieces featuring these natural beauties are ever-evolving. How stunning is this drop necklace with diamond accents by Jeremy France Jewellers? Why not think outside the box and look for somewhere different to host your big day? The region is full of cool and quirky places to celebrate, such as God’s House Tower in Southampton’s Old Town. Real bride Nicola told us: “Byron wanted an old country house with history while I was after a modern contemporary look; Balmer Lawn Hotel has a perfect mix of both!” James and Lauren hosted a cricket match in the middle of their venue’s grounds, roping in as many guests as possible who didn’t mind picking up a grass stain or two. Shoot organiser Elizabeth Gordon at Beulah Flowers pulled together a team of industry experts to showcase the Purbeck coastline. EDITOR’S LETTER 7

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NEWS Nearlywed Catch up on news from around the counties MORE CAKE PLEASE! Tattoos and Teaspoons originally started life as Anna’s Bakery back in 2016 and was rebranded and relaunched in 2019. It’s featured in local publications and mentioned on Wave105 and The Chris Moyles Show on Radio X London. Specialising in the weird and wonderful, the company aims to provide the coolest and most unique cakes, cupcakes, chocolate treats, wedding favours and venue décor without breaking the bank. In February 2023, Party Planning, Event and Prop Hire was launched! This has gone on to be a massive success servicing all kinds of events, from children’s parties to charity balls, weddings to fundraisers. Owner Anna says, “We love to do work in our local community and with various different charities. We firmly believe that no one should have to go without, we work with you from the very beginning to match your requirements to your budget. We cater for everyone and are open to all people from all walks of life, no judgement is made here, just bloody great cake!” Check out DARLING BUDS Realising a dream, maker and creator Collete Ford at Cockatoo Make and Do Studio has opened her first full-time studio at The Courtyard Craft Centre in Lytchett Minster. The exciting achievement allows nearlyweds to visit and discuss creating a lasting memento of their wedding day by encapsulating their flowers in resin. Collete has been working with resin for the past three years, developing a wide range of items with something for every budget. With an ever-increasing selection to choose from, couples will be able to select something special. The company offers a local collection service that ensures the flowers are dried to perfection, although couples can send their flowers by post or deliver the blooms to the studio. Couples will also soon have the option of a laser-engraved range, made from wood or acrylic, for personalised thank-you gifts or quirky wedding favours. The Cockatoo Make and Do Studio website is still under construction, but the team can be reached via or FACING FACTS Meon Face is an award-winning aesthetics and beauty clinic located in Petersfield, specialising in skin, face and body! Offering more than 10 years’ experience, as well as the latest technologies and techniques, the treatments are performed by its experienced and dedicated team. Whether you want to hydrate and cleanse your skin or opt for tightening and body contouring, there’s something for everyone. Meon Face offers exclusive promotions on treatments, which include hydrafacial, skin rejuvenation with IPL, skin tightening with Venus Viva, body contouring and so much more! Book a free consultation to discuss your skin, face or body concerns, and what results you wish to achieve and its expert team will create a bespoke package. Meon Face is renowned for enhancing your beauty with noticeable results, so you’re left feeling confident and looking your best for your big day. Check out I’M WITH THE BAND Hampshire-based, The Voltaires, is an incredible soughtafter four-piece pop and rock band. Experienced, professional and reliable, its musicians comprise vocals, two guitars, bass, drums and a saxophone on request. Covering pop and rock hits, indie favs and party classics, the group can even learn your first dance or accommodate special requests ‒ a DJ set afterwards is standard! With their epic stage presence, sublime harmonies and unbeatable charisma, whether you’re looking to rock ‘n’ roll the night away, love pop, are an indie-lover at heart or want to groove on down to funk, The Voltaires have you covered! Fronted by the lead singer of mid-00s band The Noise Next Door, he’s performed at many of the UK’s largest festivals and made several TV appearances. Other band members have supported huge acts such as Oasis, Supergrass, The Libertines and Boy Kill Boy so you know you’ll be getting a quality performance when you book. Visit and to hear the band. Contact: 9 YOUR ESSENTIALS

LET’S CELEBRATE Richard Sheath, aka The Wessex Celebrant, is looking forward to the Pride Bournemouth Wedding Show on October 22nd 2023 at the Bournemouth International Centre. Whilst having attended many other shows this will be Richard’s first time at this amazing event; he’s excited by the prospect of chatting with couples to highlight the advantages of having a celebrantled wedding and how, by working together, he can help create a wonderful bespoke and personalised ceremony in any location on any day of the week. Once the initial contact has been made at the show, Richard will follow up with a more focused ‘getting to know you’ call to chat in more depth about your ideal ceremony. This stage is an important part of connecting with each other giving couples the confidence that they will have the ceremony they’ve always dreamed of. It’s a great opportunity to meet Richard on the day but with dates filling up in 2024 and 2025, you may wish to make that call sooner rather than later! Check out GRAB YOUR GIRL SQUAD With 50 bedrooms, a 2 AA Rosette Restaurant and acres of beautiful grounds to explore, Oakley Hall Hotel is the perfect location for celebrations. The team is currently planning the Masquerade Ball Residential Package on Saturday 28th October 2023 ‒ making it the perfect pre-wed get-together! As guests make their way up the property’s winding driveway, the woodland surroundings and the hotel’s grand exterior will take their breath away. Inside, the stunning interior boasts original Georgian style complemented with modern touches. For this spectacular evening of exquisite food and dazzling entertainment, set against the backdrop of the 315-acre estate, the Residential Package is priced £165 per person and includes: • Glass of bubbly and canapé reception from 7 pm • Delicious four-course dinner followed by tea and coffee • Venetian mask • Photo booth and prints • Live band and DJ until 1 am • Overnight stay in a luxurious bedroom • Full English breakfast the following morning With a black-tie dress code, the event is the perfect pre-wedding night to spend quality time together before the big day. Those who don’t fancy staying the night can just attend the event for £75. Book here: BOTTOM’S UP! Hampshire winery Hattingley Valley has launched three new wedding celebration packages for intimate affairs through to large all-out dos! The Modest Bash, Not So Modest Bash and Bloody Big Bash packages cover events of varied sizes and budgets, with each including an intimate tasting at the award-winning winery ahead of the big day to help you identify your perfect pour. For smaller affairs filled with your nearest and dearest, opt for the Modest Bash wedding package, which includes 24 bottles (approximately 144 glasses), whilst the Not So Modest Bash package provides 60 bottles (approximately 360 glasses). In addition to a wine tasting for two, the Not So Modest Bash package also features a personalised, engraved magnum – the perfect memento of your day. For bigger celebrations, the Bloody Big Bash package includes 120 bottles (approximately 720 glasses), set to ensure your wedding has a true Hattingley ever after. Each Bloody Big Bash package is accompanied by a personalised, engraved magnum, as well as a larger wine tasting for up to four – bring the best man and maid-of-honour or the parents! There’s a range of wines to choose from, from the Classic Reserve NV and Blanc de Blancs, perfect for toasts and receptions, through to still whites and rosés to accompany the wedding breakfast – the full range can be found at AWARD-WIN Located in Southsea, the Charlotte Cornelius Jewellery Design team is proud to announce that they’ve achieved the Butterfly Mark Accreditation from Positive Luxury, an independent global organisation supporting the luxury industry in sustainability and transparency. Positive Luxury’s origin lies in the chance meeting of Sir David Attenborough and cofounder Diana Verde Nieto. His inspiring story of the Large Blue Butterfly, which died out in the British Isles in 1979, and the dedication of the scientist who successfully reintroduced it by unravelling the intricate web of interdependencies necessary for its survival. Identifying the luxury industry as one that could drive enormous positive change, Diana and serial entrepreneur Karen Hanton founded Positive Luxury and the Butterfly Mark certification in 2011. It took two years of hard work and dedication from the amazing team at Charlotte Cornelius Jewellery, but they have finally received this fantastic achievement. Owner Charlotte Cornelius says, “We will constantly strive towards improving and positively impacting our community and planet. Positive Luxury will reassess us in two years, and we will need to show significant improvement across all areas to retain our accreditation.” Discover more: 10

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REFRESHED AND RENEWED In April 2023, the four-star boutique Hotel du Vin Poole completed a full refurbishment of its guest bedrooms, suites and bathrooms to refresh the décor with nautical nods that ooze quiet luxury and sophistication. Originally built in 1776 the refurbishment blends original features with signature Hotel du Vin panache. The 38 rooms found within this impressive Georgianstyle building includes the addition of a bold colour scheme blending statement orange hues with relaxing blue, teal and grey tones that speaks to the hotel’s seaside location in a modern way. The newly updated décor embraces texture and warmth while taking inspiration from Poole’s maritime heritage and its popularity as a seaside holiday resort. Many rooms feature whimsical beach hut print wallpaper, with artwork plus accessories featuring seagulls, shellfish and nautical motifs informed by the culture of the area. Featuring comfortable handsprung mattresses, fine Egyptian linen, deep baths for relaxing drench showers, plasma TVs and air conditioning, each room comes with all the little luxuries expected, including thick fluffy towels and robes. The property is the ideal location for romantic prewedding getaways, or those looking to tie the knot here. Discover more: PLANNING A GETAWAY? Moonfleet Manor, part of Luxury Family Hotels, overlooks Chesil Beach on Dorset’s stunning Jurassic Coast and is celebrating the end of its significant renovation this Summer, welcoming a new era for this familyfocused property. Highlights include the new Fleethouse rooms, which boast the most impressive views of the coast and beyond; the opening of a new Science Room, where children can learn how to experiment ‒ a welcome addition alongside the existing Escape Rooms, which still remain a first for a UK hotel ‒ an extensive indoor activity hub perfectly suited to inclement British weather, featuring a traversing wall, skittle alley, retro arcade games, crazy golf and a play area for under fives ensuring children of all ages are kept entertained. Luxury Family Hotels collection comprises of five hotels in some of England’s finest coastal and countryside locations: Fowey Hall in Cornwall, Moonfleet Manor in Dorset, Woolley Grange in Bath, The Ickworth in Suffolk and New Park Manor in the New Forest. Each of the hotels is designed for families of every kind, offering all the little things required for a family holiday: • 90 minutes of complimentary childcare per night’s stay at the on-site Ofsted-registered Four Bears Den. • A ‘milk butler’ service with the delivery of sterilised and heated bottles of milk every morning and evening. • All the baby and toddler equipment is provided for every room, plus dedicated children’s amenities. • Educational staff-led activity programmes for all ages during weekends and school holidays. • Amenities across the group include indoor and outdoor pools, dedicated children’s libraries, cinema rooms with daily screenings, expansive play areas both indoor and out. Check out FANCI THAT Relocating from London Road, FANCI fine jewellery’s new boutique is now open in Ocean Village. It features an on-site workshop visible for customers to view and see their commissions in the making. Visitors are invited to a free design appointment, with a complimentary glass of English sparkling wine upon arrival while enjoying the fabulous view of Ocean Village Marina. The official opening saw plenty of local business owners and jewellery lovers in attendance. Greeted with English sparkling wine from a Hampshire vineyard, hors d’oeuvre and live music, the warm atmosphere wasn’t dampened by the odd shower, which cleared just in time for Southampton’s Lord Mayor to cut the ribbon and announce FANCI officially open. Owner Chris Nash was delighted with the turnout and has already had many new enquiries. He says, “We’re delighted to open our new boutique in Ocean Village; this wonderful location provides a lovely experience for our customers and team”. Six-times finalists in the UK Jewellery Awards, FANCI create beautiful, fine jewellery to treasure forever, offering design, manufacture, repair and valuing services for customers across Hampshire, Dorset and beyond. Check out: YOUR ESSENTIALS 13

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birthday Your Hampshire & Dorset Wedding has reached an exciting milestone, its 100th issue! Issue one launched in March 2007, 16 years ago. One hundred issues later, here I am celebrating this milestone with my lovely co-pilot account manager Ruth Swallow helming the ship. It’s amazing to see how the magazine has changed over the years, down in the depths of the stock room I managed to find the very first issue and have a little flick through! What remains though is a dedicated team passionate about weddings and promoting lovely local businesses to couples tying the knot in the counties of Hampshire and Dorset. Thank you readers, thank you supporters, lots of love, Olivia and Ruth x Happy 100th birthday to Your Hampshire & Dorset Wedding. A great resource for any bride and groom, brimming with stacks of ideas for the big day from the pivotal decisions like the venue to the finest detail like the groom’s buttonhole. Here’s to helping many more happy couples! Charly Fulton, Westgate Hall, Warmest birthday wishes to Your Hampshire & Dorset Wedding from Balmer Lawn Hotel & Spa! It’s been a joyous journey working together over the years. May your magazine continue to inspire and celebrate love, creating beautiful memories for couples. Here’s to many more years of successful partnerships and wonderful weddings! Ruth Mundy, Balmer Lawn Hotel, Dawn Clarke, Dawn Clarke designs Happy Birthday to Your Dorset & Hampshire Wedding, always a pleasure dealing with you and thankyou for all the front covers and editorial, it has really helped our business over the years. Caroline Swaffield, Elke and team, Amazing Face Dorset, Wishing Your Hampshire & Dorset Wedding the happiest 100th birthday! Here’s to another 100 issue of you and your amazing team supporting venues such as ourselves. Your dedication and passion for collaborating suppliers to come together and create the most perfect day for couples is admirable and motivates myself and our wedding team to keep on doing what we are doing – because there really is nothing quite like celebrating two people in love. Chamane Epps, The Kings Arms, Wishing you a happy 100th issue to Your Hampshire & Dorset Wedding, I have loved being a part of this magazine right from the first issue when I was asked to be one of the Beauty Q&A specialists. Many congratulations to you all and here’s to the next 100! Melinda Hollis, Makeovers by Melinda, Happy 100th to Your Hampshire & Dorset Wedding Magazine, what an incredible achievement and an absolute pleasure being part of the journey. Sabrina Buck, Loves in the Hair by Sabrina Issue One March/April 2007 your HampsHire WeDDiNG County Wedding Magazines venues fashion honeymoons grooms cakes catering winchester where to marry in the area Bridal Jewellery real Weddings mar/apr 2007 £2.95 terrific transport Arrive at your ceremony in style Mother of theBride Fashion to make her feel fabulous win! a £600 gym pass In Your Element Enjoy your wedding, whatever the weather Venue Finder Superb settings for intimate celebrations flowers • top hampshire Florists • celebrity inspiration new York Honeymoons in the big apple speech! Tips for a great delivery new 12/2/07 15:26:06 HAPPY Scan to view video Wishing Hampshire & Dorset Magazine a very happy 100th birthday, from all of us at Petals & Posies Wedding and Events Florists, we look forward to celebrating many more birthdays ahead with you! Nicola Waddilove, Petals & Posies Wedding and Events Florist, HAPPY BIRTHDAY 15

Great giveaways and discounts up for grabs AMAZING ATTIRE Located in Fareham, Charles Gale Clothing offers bespoke, ready-to-wear and hired clothing for every occasion. Owner John Manuel and his experienced team are dedicated to finding the perfect options for clients to ensure they look and feel amazing. Top brands available include Torre, Heirloom, Peter Posh, Cavani, Goor, Skopes, Ultimate Formal Hire and Brook Taverner. John says, “While hiring will probably be the most cost-effective choice, grooms are increasingly buying their own suits with ready-to-wear prices starting at only a little more. Going bespoke will provide an amazing look, but remember this will cost more and take longer to create. We recommend allowing at least four months for any of these options, but grooms-to-be should pop down to discuss the best option for their big day.” Charles Gale Clothing is offering readers a 10 per cent discount on wedding attire when they quote Your Hampshire and Dorset Wedding before November 1st, 2023 (not to be used with other offers or promotions). Discover more here: WIN PERSONALISED BRACELETS Are you wanting to make your special day even more memorable for your bridesmaids? Look no further! County Wedding Magazines has an exciting opportunity for you to win personalised courtesy of Merci Maman. Merci Maman understand the importance of thoughtful and meaningful gifts, especially when it comes to your bridesmaids. Its handcrafted Personalised Pastille Chain Bracelet, a timeless and beloved bestseller, is a testament to the elegance and charm the brand’s jewellery carries. Crafted with love and attention to detail, these bracelets will serve as treasured keepsakes for your bridesmaids, a symbol of lasting friendship and gratitude. Visit County Wedding Magazines has teamed up with Merci Maman to give readers the chance to win two personalised pastille chain bracelets worth £237. For you chance to win enter via our website, Freebies& OFFERS FIT FOR A QUEEN Inspired by organic shapes and capturing fluid elements in motion, Lucy Quartermaine creates stunning jewellery from remarkable designs that will transform your bridal style. Originally produced to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, the Royal Pearl collection complements 925 silver with freshwater pearls for a timeless design perfect for a wedding day. Visit County Wedding Magazines has teamed up with Lucy Quartermaine to give readers the chance to win a threepiece set of Royal Pearl pieces worth £237. For your chance to win enter via our website, 16

Wedding Dress to Be BRIDAL ALTERATIONS AND DRESSMAKING Experienced, friendly, and knowledgeable dressmaker. Sylwia has over 25 years of experience in dressmaking. She provides a personal, high quality wedding dress alteration service including remodelling, restyling, made to measure and general modifications. Wedding Dress to Be have provided hundreds of wedding dress alterations for local brides. By appointment Morning, evening & Saturday Booking now for 2024 - early appointments advised for the best price. @weddingdresstobe BOURNEMOUTH 01935 812927 • Blending modern luxurious fabrics with timeless designs, results in a sophisticated style with a glamorous feel. Every woman should feel elegant no matter what the occasion. Everything for the Mother-of-the-Bride & Guests Bespoke & Ready-to-Wear HATS, SHOES, BAGS & JEWELLERY DESIGNED TO MATCH DES IGNER I am Suzanne, an award winning custom cake designer of a small independent cake business located in Andover, UK. Every cake is made from scratch by myself and each one is unique. They are made using fresh quality ingredients and skilfully decorated to each specic order. I can cater for many dietary requirements including vegan, gluten free, alcohol free, soya free and dairy free. Email Website Facebook @Ditsyscakes Instagram @ditsyscakes Twitter

Rhinefield House oozes period charm. Its historic Grand Hall, contemporary Hurst Castle and acres of manicured lawns provide plenty of options for the most magical wedding. Find wedding showcase dates and more information online. 01590 622922 Photography - Martin Bell THE ENCHANTED FOREST RHINEFIELD HOUSE HOTEL FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT US T: 01929481066 E: ENQUIRIES@KINGSTONCOUNTRYCOURTYARD.COM FOLLOW US ON INSTAGRAM & FACEBOOK: @KINGSTONCOUNTRYCOURTYARD Exclusive use venue with onsite accommodation. Our incredible 16th Century Purbeck stone barn can seat 130 with capacity of up to 180 in the evening, or use our stunning grounds for a more intimate setting. YOUR DAY, YOUR WAY

Going Fall in love with these stunning properties in Winchester and East Hampshire WINCHESTER COLLEGE 01962 621 209 | Set in the heart of Winchester and steeped in Medieval history, Winchester College offers bespoke wedding receptions to provide couples with unforgettable experiences in one of the most stunning and distinguished venues in the South of England. Enjoy the tranquil setting of the South Downs National Park with the convenience of easy city and motorway access, just five minutes from the M3 or mainline train station and one hour from London. The venue doesn’t have a ceremony licence, but Old Wykehamists (former pupils) and those in the college community are invited to hold their wedding ceremony at one of the college’s Medieval chapels or St Michaels Church, Kingsgate. Lovebirds can choose from the college’s elegant and traditional Grade I listed buildings for celebrations or enjoy outdoor receptions within the beautiful 250-acre grounds. A range of facilities are available to suit intimate weddings and larger celebrations of up to 350 people. The on-site caterers will work with pairs to create completely bespoke menus using the finest quality ingredients from sustainable sources. From formal dinners to relaxed outdoor barbecues, the executive chef will help design dream-worthy dishes, providing a personalised experience with delicious food and outstanding service. The team offer a range of reception packages, which include additional elements such as exclusive Winchester College Campus tours for up to 50 guests and complimentary menu tastings for up to six people. LOCAL ©Alex Bishop-Frey 19 LOCAL VENUES

LAINSTON HOUSE 01962 776 088 | Tucked away in 63 acres of rural Hampshire countryside, Lainston House offers the perfect setting for special events. With an impressive red façade, a 12th-century chapel and stunning gardens, there are countless romantic backdrops to discover. The photo opportunities are endless across its 63 acres, with pictureperfect spots year-round. The iconic mile-long avenue of lime trees, sundial garden and 12th-century chapel ruins are favourites for photos. The 17th-century manor house features 50 individually designed bedrooms and suites, beautiful event spaces and a stunning Cedar Cocktail bar made from the wood of a Cedar tree! The beautiful wedding pavilion is set in the rolling Hampshire countryside and is the perfect setting for ceremonies with 120 people, especially as the country house provides a stunning backdrop. Or why not opt for the Dawley Barn, a listed building that has been elegantly transformed into a private space featuring exposed brick, beams and an original fireplace? The team can transform the striking space for wedding breakfasts with 120 loved ones and evening receptions for 200. The rustic space also accommodates a stage for cake-cutting and dancing. Couples who book the venue will receive a complimentary tasting for two, and those whose wedding falls on a weekend date will receive an overnight stay in the four-poster suite on the night of their wedding. WINCHESTER CATHEDRAL WEDDINGS 01962 857 258 | Steeped in history where royal weddings have taken place and one of the greatest romantic novelists of all time, Jane Austen, is laid to rest, Winchester Cathedral offers a variety of backdrops for occasions ‒ it’s one of the UK’s most famous 10th-century cathedrals for weddings. Looked after by a dedicated wedding coordinator and experienced events team, the wedding spaces offer contemporary indoor and outdoor ceremonies for as many as 130 guests, or a few nearest and dearest. With breathtaking views, the Garden Marquee has a key location within the cathedral’s grounds and can host up to 200 standing guests; overlooking the cathedral, it’s guaranteed to impress. The team can fully open the versatile space to bring the outside in on sunny days or warm summer evenings. Alternatively, The Refectory is one of Winchester’s hidden gems, sheltered behind an ancient flint wall opposite the cathedral. Its awardwinning contemporary design, large terrace and pretty walled garden make a picture-perfect space for 88 seated guests or 120 standing. The light and airy Refectory offers a fully stocked licensed bar and plenty of room for dancing. Opened in 2016, The Wessex has a fresh and modern feel that works perfectly for weddings surrounded by a contemporary version of an Apothecary’s Garden. Built from sustainable materials and locally sourced timber, its floor-to-ceiling windows enhance this fantastic space, allowing up to 100 people to enjoy natural daylight and spectacular views. The venue hire includes a state-of-the-art plasma screen and surround system – perfect for background music and presentations. The private walled garden and patio area are picturesque locations to enjoy pre-dinner drinks and canapés. Lastly, The Undercroft has a story to tell. Once part of the Medieval monastery’s cloisters with a vaulted ceiling, pillars and stone fireplace, this venue has a charming character. Tucked away in the Inner Close overlooking the peaceful and green courtyard, The Undercroft is a perfect setting for events (of up to 50) complete with a grand piano. A dedicated event manager will be on hand to assist with the planning and running of events from start to finish. The award-winning team have created a selection of delicious, contemporary and classic menus using local produce. Couples will also be offered a menu-tasting session to try the dishes as well as a master of ceremonies. 20

WINTER WEDDINGS Dreaming of a winter wedding? Hotel du Vin Winchester have the perfect package OCTOBER 2023-MARCH 2024 Includes a glass of Champagne, three-course menu, half bottle of wine and complimentary room hire. MONDAY-THURSDAY from £65 per person | minimum of 15 guests FRIDAY-SUNDAY from £65 per person | minimum of 25 guests HOTEL DU VIN&BISTRO WINCHESTER 01962 841414 | HOTELDUVIN.COM CHESIL BEACH MANOR HOUSE HOTEL Overlooking the beautiful, historic Jurassic coast lies The Manor House Hotel. With panoramic views of the sea and surrounding countryside, The Manor is in an Idyllic location to celebrate your wedding day, holding a full Wedding and music license, we will be able to host the entire day from the ceremony, to reception, catering and accomodation. | 01308 897660 BEACH ROAD, DORCHESTER, DORSET DT2 9DF ‘Spring Wedding Offer’ at HIGHFIELD PARK HAMPSHIRE & BERKSHIRE Book our Timeless or Elegance Package in March, April, or May 2024 and get 10 day guests FREE plus our fairly light ceiling canopy complimentary for the day. Book by 30th November 2023, T&Cs apply. Contact the team to find out more about this amazing offer or to arrange a showround on 01189 326369 or email

Wedding Open Weekend 3 & 4 November | 10am-4pm Highcliffe Castle, Rothesay Drive, Highcliffe, BH23 4LE | 01202 093377 -Highcliffe CastleStep into enchantment at Highcliffe Castle's wedding open weekend. Explore styled rooms, meet the team and find inspiration. Pre book your FREE tickets by visiting For a truly unique wedding why not experience our beautiful and contemporary waterfront setting. A wedding celebration at the home of the RNLI will make your special day even more memorable. As every pound spent goes towards saving lives at sea. For more information contact our Wedding Coordinator on: 01202 663489 Email The RNLI is the charity that saves lives at sea. Registered in England and Wales (209603) and Scotland (SC037736). Charity number CHY 2678 in the Republic of Ireland. (20003326) and the Bailwick of Jersey (14) TIE THE KNOT AT THE RNLI 01202 663471

CHAWTON HOUSE For those on the hunt for a romantic wedding setting, this historic venue ticks all the boxes. The grand Elizabethan manor house is set in an idyllic location with uninterrupted and spectacular parkland views. Once owned by Jane Austen’s brother Edward Austen Knight, Chawton House boasts a wealth of standout features, including panelled rooms, elegant staircases, fabulous aspects, and stunning grounds. Check out: THE WESTGATE You’ll love the cosy and intimate atmosphere of this lovely pub venue, not to mention its elegant and comfortable hotel rooms. The Westgate offers various wedding packages and add-ons to make your day the best ever. It can accommodate a minimum of 16 seated guests and up to a maximum of 40 standing. Just choose between The Mezzanine, The Flint Square and The West Lounge. Check out: HOTEL DU VIN WINCHESTER 01962 896 329 | Hotel du Vin Winchester is a quintessential boutique hotel nestled in the heart of Winchester, Hampshire. This charismatic hotel, the very first in the Hotel du Vin family, resides in a charming Georgian building just moments away from the awe-inspiring Winchester Cathedral and the city’s vibrant shops, eateries, and attractions. What’s more, the hotel boasts a tranquil walled garden to the rear of the hotel, with courtyard space and beautiful borders providing a peaceful setting. This charming Georgian gem is complemented with classically elegant boutique spaces with thoughtfully refurbished contemporary bedrooms and amenities. For couples looking to tie the knot here, vows can be held in the light and airy Lombard; it has space for 70 loved ones and leads onto the tranquil walled garden courtyard. For more intimate days, The Winery hosts 30, and is a mirrored, classic and romantic space that leads onto the bar terrace and picturesque gardens. Post-vows, both the aforementioned spaces are perfect for receptions: Lombard can host 48 seated and 70 standing, while The Winery hosts 34 seated and 50 standing. Also check out... LOCAL VENUES 23

the box Standout venues for a big day with a difference OUTSIDE GOD’S HOUSE TOWER 07733 092 291 | God’s House Tower is a stunning multi-purpose venue at the southeastern entrance to Southampton’s historic and beautifully preserved Old Town. After an extensive and sensitive refurbishment, the tower is now thriving in its present-day incarnation as a cutting-edge arts, heritage and events venue. The iconic 700-year-old Grade I listed monument houses numerous spaces for wedding ceremonies and receptions, from intimate to grand events. The different parts of the building are available to hire individually or together to create bespoke and truly special occasions in memorable surroundings. The Crawford Room is a self-contained and flexible space perfect for celebrant-led ceremonies and drinks receptions. The room is the oldest corner of the building and features an ancient wooden beamed roof with dramatic views overlooking the Old Town. The Main Gallery is the largest wedding space in the building and is ideally suited for bigger ceremonies and receptions. Or why not opt for The Tower Roof, which provides panoramic views across the Port of Southampton? Alternatively, The Cafe & Bar is a flexible space with a fully stocked bar and plenty of catering options, perfect for drinks, receptions and parties ‒ especially with its blend of historic and modern architectural design! Last but not least, the courtyard is a shaded outside space available to hire in combination with any other part of the building; tucked away on Lower Canal Walk, it comes with or without outdoor tables and chairs with options for a pop-up bar or street food trailers serving directly into the courtyard. The quintessential Medieval stones of the building provide the perfect backdrop for every kind of wedding set-up and your wedding portraits. 25 UNUSUAL VENUES

KEY WEST BAR & GRILL 01202 237 915 | Located on the Bournemouth Pier, Key West Bar & Grill offers the perfect backdrop to weddings with magnificent 270-degree views of the bay via large panoramic windows that provide brilliant photographic opportunities! Tie the knot surrounded by up to 120 loved ones before continuing the celebrations with 216. For the wedding breakfast, tables surround a big dancefloor to make the room symmetrical and guests can enjoy the on-site bar for the evening festivities. Licensed for ceremonies, the team can host the big day from the words ‘I do‘ until couples have danced the night away. With tailored packages to suit all types of budgets and requirements, there’s something for all types of weddings. The venue’s stunning terrace is popular with views overlooking the Isle of Wight, Poole, Bournemouth and Studland. With a mixture of benches, tables and umbrellas, guests can relax and take in the English sun. HMS WARRIOR 023 9277 8600 | The HMS Warrior creates a unique wedding backdrop in the heart of Portsmouth’s Historic Dockyard, with spectacular views across Portsmouth Harbour and beyond. Ceremonies onboard the ship create captivating stories as couples embark on a new chapter in their life bathed in the grandeur of maritime history. HMS Warrior is more than a venue; she’s an experience lovebirds will never forget! Surrounded by her timeless beauty, couples can say ‘I do‘ in one of the exquisite venue spaces. The Officer’s Half Deck is the perfect blank canvas for ceremonies and receptions with 60 seated guests. Couples can add personal style to occasions, creating a beautifully bespoke atmosphere. For those looking to experience more intimate ceremonies, resplendent in Victorian grandeur, the Captain’s Cabin will create an effortlessly luxurious ambience for ceremonies with 20 people. As pairs continue through their perfect day, they’ll move seamlessly from the vows to celebratory drink receptions on the Upper Deck of HMS Warrior. Stand under the magnificent mast and sails, gently swaying in the sea breeze, and enjoy the very best in catering, canapés and champagne while taking in the sublime waters of the Solent! Continue the celebrations with 240 loved ones on the Gun Deck. Newlyweds can have pictures taken against this majestic backdrop and relax as guests enjoy refreshments and explore their historic surroundings. NMRN offer dry-hire only of the venue spaces however, the team work with a select range of trusted, high-quality suppliers who understand how to protect the property’s heritage venues and historic vessels, leaving pairs to relax and enjoy their bespoke occasion. From caterers and cake makers to musicians and décor specialists, they work directly with the suppliers to build unique package events. 26