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Wedding Guests Spend Hundreds

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Wedding news | Wedding Guests Spend Hundreds | Andover & Villages'Wedding season' sets the average adult back almost £800, a study found.

Research revealed the typical adult will attend three ceremonies this year, spending a total of £266 each time on accommodation, gifts, drinks and travel.

Grandparents will end up with the largest bill, around £430, while the best man will end up with a £313 dent in his bank balance.

The study also found four in ten have gone over budget at a wedding.

However, the value of seeing loved ones walk down the aisle far outweighs the cost for many, with two thirds saying they feel it’s a real honour to be asked to attend a wedding.

Paul Stokes of M&S Bank, who commissioned the study of 2,000 adults, said: “We know the privilege of attending a wedding far outweighs the cost for many of us, but with wedding season totalling nearly £800 on average, we wanted to look at the costs and see where guests could make some savings.”

Buying gifts was one of the most expensive elements of attending a wedding, costing guests an average of £79 a time, with people most likely to spend more on their best friends than siblings.

However, the average minimum people expect to spend on a wedding gift is less than you might think, coming in at £25.52, meaning you perhaps don’t need to spend quite as much as you might have thought.

A quarter of Brits said they think it’s rude when a couple asks for money instead of a wedding gift.

And in fact one in five having attended a marriage ceremony and leaving nothing at all.

Guests will spend nearly £80 each on a new dress or suit and nearly £40 on shoes.

Proud mothers of the happy couple will spend £307 on a new outfit, including more than £100 on a new dress, £51 on shoes, £30 on jewellery and £59 on hats and fascinators, as well as other accessories.

A third of Brits have spent more than they expected to at a wedding, with additional expenses like hotels and travel costs. On average, wedding guests spend £50 on their hotels and £34 at the bar.

Friday weddings are now three times as popular as they were a decade ago, which can save guests money on accommodation, compared to weekend weddings.

Cash-savvy bride and grooms have saved thousands by avoiding the weekend for their nuptials; wedding ceremony costs have been nearly halved by thrifty couples from £20,000 in 2007 to £11,400 today.

Paul Stokes added: “Despite the cost, being part of a loved one’s special day is hugely important to most of us, so we wanted to show how guests can make the experience a little more affordable.”

“A new outfit is one of the biggest considerations for any wedding guest when making plans to see their nearest and dearest on the happiest day of their lives."

New M&S Current Account customers who switch using the Current Account Switch Service will receive a £125 M&S gift card, which can be used to cover the average cost of a wedding outfit, or a gift.

Out WIth Something Old , In With Something New

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Andover Wedding Focus | Out WIth Something Old , In With Something New | Andover & VillagesBRITISH couples are shaking off age-old wedding traditions in favour of more modern and personal practices, according to new research.

A survey of 2,000 UK adults carried out by One4all, the Post Office gift card, found 88% of Brits would not stick to wedding traditions if they were to get married or get married again.

More than a third (36%) believe couples should create their own traditions according to their personal tastes.

While almost 1 in 4 think traditions are part of the fun of getting married, a higher amount (27%) say they are old hat and they don’t think couples should have to stick to them.

British weddings could soon see the back of the traditional aisle march, as just 17% of respondents have attended a wedding where the bride walked down the aisle to the traditional wedding march.

The ‘Something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue’ tradition could also be a thing of the past - just 18% said the bride has taken on board this convention.

Aoife Davey, group marketing manager at One4all Gift Cards commented: “What’s really interesting from the data is how many people believe wedding traditions are a thing of the past, and in fact it is now the personal tastes of the bride and groom that make the day special.

“For many years, weddings have followed a formula that couples have stuck to – from the bride and groom spending the night before the wedding apart, to the bride’s father giving her away at the altar - but modern weddings just don’t seem to following predictable patterns anymore.

“21st century couples are more concerned about ensuring finer details of their nuptials reflect themselves and their tastes and interests as oppose to following archaic traditions that don’t necessarily mean anything to them.”

99% of Glasgow locals surveyed said they wouldn’t following wedding traditions if they were to get married or get married again, while 90% of those in Manchester and Edinburgh share the same opinion.

The One4all Gift Card is available to buy from Post Offices nationwide and online at, and can be spent in more than 50,000 outlets across the UK.

Photo courtesy: Wales Online

David Mellor Shape To Fit

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David Mellor Shape To Fit

“I can’t find a wedding band to sit nicely with my engagement ring”

David Mellor Jewellers tell Andover and Villages, "As jewellers, we are often plagued by this statement, either at the exciting time of choosing the engagement ring or when deciding on a wedding ring.

"The engagement ring may be set on a twist, or could even have a protruding setting which leaves a plain, flat wedding band unable to sit flush to the shank of the engagement ring…’gappy’ is a term we often hear used."

You needn’t worry!

Just like a tailor-made suit, David Mellor Jewellers are able to contour your wedding band to fit perfectly with your engagement ring, regardless of the shape.

Precious, sentimental gold can also be melted and re-modelled into a new wedding ring. All work carried out within their own workshop by skilled and experienced craftsmen.

Visit the David Mellor sales team at your nearest branch for more information on creating your perfect wedding ring!

Police Warn of Wedding Booking Fraud

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Wedding News | Police Warn of Wedding Booking Fraud | Andover & VillagesWith the upcoming “Wedding Season”, and for those individuals who are considering making plans for next year and beyond, Hampshire Police want to make the public aware of the potential risks of fraud involved.

According to ‘’, in 2017 the average wedding cost spend is approximately £30,111. This will be paid out to multiple vendors, including; photographers, caterers, reception venues and travel companies, to name a few. Many of these services will require booking at least several months in advance and you may be obliged to pay a deposit or even the full balance at the time.

Being aware of the potential risks and following the below prevention advice could minimise the likelihood of fraud:

Paying by Credit Card will provide you with protection under Section 75 of the Consumer Credit Act, for purchases above £100 and below £30,000. This means that even if a Company goes into liquidation before your big day, you could claim a refund through your Credit Card Company.

Social Media - Some Companies run their businesses entirely via social media sites, offering low cost services. Whilst many are genuine, some may not be insured or may even be fraudulent. There are a few things you can do to protect yourself;

Ensure you obtain a physical address and contact details for the vendor and verify this information. Should you experience any problems, you will then be able to make a complaint to Trading Standards or consider pursuing via the Small Claims Court.

Ensure you obtain a contract before paying money for services. Make certain you fully read and understand what you are signing and note the terms of cancellation.

Consider purchasing Wedding Insurance - Policies vary in cover and can be purchased up to two years in advance. They can protect you from events that would not be covered under the Consumer Credit Act.

Complete research on each vendor, ensuring you are dealing with a bona fide person or company. Explore the internet for reviews and ratings and ask the vendor to provide details of past clients you can speak to. You should do this even if using companies recommended by a trustworthy friend or source.

For services such as wedding photographers, beware of websites using fake images. Look for inconsistencies in style; Meet the photographer in person and ask to view sample albums. If you like an image from a wedding, ask to view the photographs taken of the whole event so you can see the overall quality.

Remember, if something appears too good to be true, it probably is!

The Seven “I Do’s” for A Wedding Day Smile

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The Seven “I Do’s” for A Wedding Day Smile1.How Do I get whiter teeth?

For professional whitening, trays are made by your Dentist, the trays are loaded with the whitening gel and worn overnight or at a time that is convenient until the desired colour is achieved. You can have whitening topped up as and when you feel necessary. When: Teeth whitening can be performed anything up to 6 weeks before the big day.

2. How Do I stop my dentures from falling down?

Nobody wants to make a speech or eat at a function when they have the worry of their dentures being loose or falling down. When: New dentures can take between 1 and 4 weeks to be made, depending on the number of teeth needing to be replaced. If you are considering this, it is worth allowing extra weeks before the big day to be sure they are absolutely comfortable.

3. How Do I replace missing teeth?

There are a number of solutions to fill in the gaps from missing teeth. Most of these options will need some planning ahead and are not suitable as a quick fix.

A fixed dental bridge is placed in order to replace a missing tooth or teeth. It is non-removable once it’s fitted. In order to replace a missing tooth with a fixed dental bridge your Dentist would need to file down the adjacent teeth to create room for the actual fixed porcelain bridge. The procedure is extremely successful, looks aesthetically natural, and is very affordable. The drawback, is that the remaining natural teeth that are neighbouring either side of the bridge have to be filed in order for the bridge to properly seated. When: This will take 2 visits and can be completed in 2 weeks. Have this done about 4 weeks before the big day.

Implants: A dental implant is a small titanium screw that integrates perfectly into your jaw, just where the root of your tooth would sit. Here's how it works:

The screw will be surgically placed directly into your jaw by your Dentist

• Depending on the condition of your mouth and jawbone, the implant 'abutment' (the crown that fits onto the screw) may be added immediately after the screw is inserted, or it may be added at a later date. It will blend in perfectly with your natural teeth in colour and shape. When: There will be some healing time, ideally you will need to allow between 6 months to a year for implant treatment to be completed.

4. How Do I avoid bad breath?

The last surprise you want to give your wedding guests is a whiff of bad breath. Treatment for bad breath (halitosis) will depend on its cause. The most effective treatment is improving your dental hygiene.

Here are some tips on how to improve your oral hygiene: 

• Choose a small or medium-sized toothbrush with soft, multi-tufted synthetic bristles. Use fluoride toothpaste.

• Replace your toothbrush every three months.

• Brush your teeth for at least two minutes twice a day, paying particular attention to where your teeth and gums meet.

• Use a separate toothbrush or a tongue scraper to lightly brush your tongue.

• Use dental floss to clean between your teeth and remove trapped food that could cause tooth decay. • Your Dentist may recommend that you rinse your mouth daily using an anti-bacterial mouthwash.

5. How Do I get straighter teeth?

If your teeth are crocked or crowded you can now get a variety of orthodontic procedures to suit your needs, from clear removable braces to fixed braces with tooth coloured brackets. Orthodontics treatments include:

• Closing wide gaps between the teeth

• Straightening crooked teeth

• To improve speech or eating

• To improve the long-term health of gums and teeth

• Treating an improper bite

When: If you are considering Orthodontic treatment you will need to allow up to 18 months before the big day.

6. How Do I get the perfect smile?

Porcelain veneers are hand crafted, wafer thin and cover the front surface of the tooth. They are used to rectify many defects and irregularities. The veneers are bonded to the front of the teeth changing their colour, shape, size, or length. This process can take up to 3 visits, one to plan the treatment, one to prepare the teeth the other to bond the veneers to the tooth. When: Veneers can be completed in anything from 2 weeks to 3 months.

7. How Do I get rid of those aging lines?


Botulinum toxin, is a natural, purified protein used to temporarily relax facial muscles that cause lines and wrinkles.

What does it involve?

The botox is injected into the skin around the area that you would like to reduce the lines. You may encounter some slight bruising and swelling directly after treatment, due to the needle. There are no long-term side effects, meaning patients can resume their usual activities straight away.

This treatment can be used on a wide range of patients and is primarily used for skin rejuvenation and the reduction of fine lines and wrinkles. Botox is used to improve the look of moderate to severe frown lines between the eyebrows for a short period of time. It can also be used in the area around the side of the eyes to improve the look of moderate to severe crow’s feet lines. When: For best results, you should consider doing this 1 week before the big day.


As we age, the collagen and elastin in the skin lessens. The skin becomes dryer, thinner and less able to fix itself. When we are born, we have plentiful amounts of Hyaluronic Acid (HA), but as we get older HA diminishes so lines and wrinkles develop. Lifting and smoothing folds and wrinkles by adding subtle volume, dermal fillers can make a difference to a person's appearance instantly. What does it involve?

The procedure takes 30-45 minutes; patients can expect to notice the effects for up to 18 months. Treatment is completely reversible. There can be some slight bruising or swelling after. The discomfort is minimal as the treatment does not take long. Treating wrinkles with dermal filler is fast, leaving no scars.

When: This should last no longer than a day, so give it 2 weeks before the big day.

When planning for your wedding day remember “A smile is a curve that sets everything straight.” For more information about anything mentioned (or not mentioned) here please do not hesitate to contact us.

At New Street Dental Care, Dentist Julian Chen spends time with you checking for disease and can take digital x-rays to look at bone levels. He can also take photographs of your teeth so you can actually see what he is taking about! His daughter Chloe Chen is the hygienist who can help you to improve the health of your gums as well as cleaning your teeth professionally.

Give us a call on 01264 301301 and our friendly reception staff will answer any questions you have or book an appointment for you.

Engaged Couples Needed To Take Part In New BBC Primetime 'Wedding Day Winners'

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Andover News | Engaged Couples Needed To Take Part In New BBC Primetime 'Wedding Day Winners' | Andover & VillagesAre you engaged?

Would you and your friends and family be up for fun challenges to give you the wedding day of your dreams?

A new show is coming to the BBC to fill the primetime gap left by the loss of The Voice to ITV.

Newlyweds will compete against each other on the day of their wedding on primetime British TV in 'Wedding Day Winners'.

'Wedding Day Winners' is one of several new shows the BBC has commissioned. Each one hour episode will feature two couples competing against each other in challenges and games on their wedding day, with the winners getting a dream honeymoon. Production is getting underway, and the show will go out on the BBC next year.

Production company, Panda Television are currently looking for engaged couples who are interested in taking part.

Wedding Day Winners (working title) is produced for the BBC by Panda Television

For more details visit

Another Selection for DJ Chris Burford!

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Another Selection for DJ Chris Burford!

Local DJ Chris Burford has been nominated as a Wedding Industry Award Regional Finalist for the second year running!

Chris is well renowned for his fantastic tailored service and has been voted one of the top 15 wedding DJs in the region again, having always had a passion for music that has driven him forward to create some memorable moments on many couple's wedding days, not only as their DJ but also their wedding host.

Chris provides a client consultation services which can cater for the whole of the special day which includes:

• Planning

• Production of Ceremony Music

• Master of Ceremonies

• Evening Entertainment

Each aspect of the day has its own separate importance. Chris recognises that not only the Ceremony but integral parts of the day including the drinks reception, the wedding breakfast and cutting of the wedding cake all need that special something which includes music.

Below you can read some feedback from his very happy couples!

Mrs Melanie Snow said, “Chris has a professional enthusiastic and friendly approach. He got to know us and helped us plan our day, he was full of ideas and suggestions and seemed just as excited as we were.

"He ensured our day ran smoothly and it was fantastic. He surpassed himself with the brilliant introduction he'd written which our guests are still talking about. He did so much more than just a DJ, delivering a personal approach making our day so special and memorable.”

Mrs Lisa-Marie Morphett said, “Chris was absolutely wonderful. He made sure everything was perfect and I was so relaxed in knowing he was there to see our day through. He is such a dedicated and tremendous person, his love for what he does shines through. We could not fault him, and thinking back could not even imagine not having him there. Chris deserves this award, and we can't wait to have him at our future parties!”

To have a relaxed informal chat with regards to your wedding plans please contact Chris on 07956 361149 or visit his website for more details He is always happy to help!

It's A Full-Time Job For British Best Men

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Andover Lifestyle News | IT’S A FULL-TIME JOB FOR BRITISH BEST MEN | Andover & VillagesBritish best men spend on average 38 hours preparing for the big day

Organising the stag party is the task that takes up the most time

BRITS who are given the role of best man are spending a full working week preparing for the big day, according to new research.

A survey of 1,194 UK men who have previously undertaken the role of best man, carried out by menswear etailer,, revealed that best men now spend on average 38 hours fulfilling the roles and duties demanded of them.

Based on the national average wage of a professional, such as a wedding planner, best men would earn up to £303.57, if they were being paid to do the job.

Most time-consuming in the list of to-dos’, is organising the stag party (including travel and stag party goings-on) and planning social activities, which takes up on average 18 hours.

This was followed by attending suit fittings, which takes an average of six hours. Preparing the speech (both writing and rehearsing) was the task that consumed the third most time, taking up five hours in total.

In fourth place was providing words of wisdom and reassurance in the run up to the ceremony, which best men spent three hours of their time on (both writing and rehearsing), followed by last-minute organisational jobs, such as running errands and ensuring the ushers know what role they are to play on the big day, which right-hand men devoted 2 hours to.

Despite the hours invested into their role, 89% of best men said they enjoyed playing such a big part in their friend’s special day and 81% would do it all over again given the chance.

What’s more, 64% of best men felt confident they had done a great job when the day was over.

Lee McCoy, Digital Manager at Jacamo said: “It’s clear to see that being a best man is a full-time job in the run up to the big day, however such a huge proportion of men admitted it was fun and it would not deter them from doing it again.

“Whilst preparing the speech was time-consuming and most certainly one that comes with a lot of pressure, it’s great to see that over half of the best men surveyed admitted to feeling happy with the part they played on the day.

“Therefore, soon-to-be-married British men can rest assured that they will more than likely have a number of very willing and able candidates to choose from when selecting their number one sidekick on their wedding day.”

The tasks best men carry out in preparation for a wedding:

1. Organising the stag party: 18 hours

2. Attending suit fittings: 6 hours

3. Preparing the best man’s speech: 5 hours

4. Providing words of wisdom and reassurance to the groom: 3 hours

5. Last-minute organisational jobs (e.g. ensuring the ushers know what to do on the big day and running errands): 2 hours

Andover Bridal Fayre at The Lights

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Andover's premier wedding event organisers return for their 10th fayre on 24th January 2015 at The Lights, West Street, Andover, Hampshire next to the College and a stones throw from the town centre, with ample FREE parking.

The Andover Wedding Fayre is the area's premier exhibition where brides and grooms to be, can come and visit in a truly relaxed friendly atmosphere and chat to the many exhibitors displaying everything required to make their special day that much more special. Entry is FREE and the fayre will be open from 11am to 3pm

Drawing on the experience of attending many wedding fayres over the years, it was decided to take the best bits of each wedding fayre and combine these into one superb wedding fayre. Previous fayres have been well attended by brides and exhibitors alike! They were all very well organised, welcoming and offer a great atmosphere throughout the day. The Fayre hosts an excellent Fashion bridal show in the Auditorium during the day. Onsite refreshments are available for visitors and exhibitors, with free goodie bags for brides.

The fayre offers a "One stop shop" for brides, to enable them to see and book everything they need for their special day! For example venues, venues decor, entertainment, transport, photography and flowers.

All donations collected on the day will go to the The Countess of Brecknock Hospice Main sponsors for the event are Tip Top Balloons Ltd.

If there is one wedding fayre not to miss it's The Andover Wedding Fayre at The Lights this January

How is Being a Bridesmaid is a Full Time Job?

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Wedding Focus | How is Being a Bridesmaid is a Full Time Job? | Andover & VillagesBEING a bridesmaid equates to a full-time job, based on the number of hours that are required to fulfil 21st century bridesmaid duties, according to new research.

A survey of 1,087 UK women who have been bridesmaids by fashion retailer Simply Be, revealed that the average bridesmaid now spends 43 hours on wedding duties, which is more than a full-time working week.

If this was an official job, dedicated bridesmaids could earn up to £326.90 a week based on the national average earnings of a wedding planner.

Attending wedding fairs is the most time-consuming task, taking an average of 13 hours (including travel); followed by organising the hen party, which takes 11 hours on average.

Accompanying the bride in the search for their perfect wedding dress was the task that bridesmaids spend the third most amount of time on, spending 8 hours on average, followed by dress fittings which takes an average of 6 hours. In fifth place was attending hair and make-up trials, which bridesmaids spend 5 hours on.

However, the duties don’t just stop there, an attentive bridesmaid will continue ‘working’ throughout the wedding day itself, carrying out tasks such as organising photographs, dressing the venue, seating guests at their table and preparing the honeymoon suite for the happy couple. Despite this, 74% said they enjoyed the process.

The survey was released as Simply Be launches its new bridal range, with bride and bridesmaid dresses available in sizes 10-32. Prices start from £59 for a sequin detail bridesmaid dress.

Joey Hughes, E-commerce Manager at Simply Be said: “Evidently, being a bridesmaid is a big responsibility and requires a lot more time and effort than many probably anticipate. However, these duties are all part of the honour and fun of being a bridesmaid and most revel in the responsibility. Whilst some of the tasks like organising the hen party can be stressful, this tradition is here to stay and will no doubt become even more demanding as many brides now opt for hen parties abroad, multiple dresses and outfit changes and additional engagement parties.

“Thankfully, most of us are prepared to go the extra mile to ensure our friends and loved ones have the perfect wedding day.”

The Tasks Bridesmaids Carry Out in Preparation for a Wedding:

Attending wedding fairs: 13 hours

Planning and booking the hen party: 10 hours

Wedding dress shopping: 8 hours

Bridesmaid dress fittings: 7 hours

Attending hair and make-up trials: 5 hours


Wedding Showcase at the Hawk Conservancy

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Saturday 13th March 2016

Are you lucky enough to be planning a wedding?

Consider attending the Wedding Showcase at the Hawk Conservancy Trust to see how their venue is perfect for you and your guests. You could arrange your entire wedding on the day allowing you to remain stress-free and enjoy the run-up to your big day.

A wedding at the Hawk Conservancy Trust is like no other. Sitting within 22 acres of woodland and wildflower meadow, there is a beautiful backdrop for photographs. You can wow your wedding party and guests with world-class flying demonstrations and the 150 birds of prey on view. You can also arrange for some very spectacular guests – the Trust’s magnificent birds – to join your wedding celebrations! There are a variety of catering choices, a full range of alcoholic and soft drink options, as well as ample FREE parking. From the moment that you place your booking, they will give you all the help and advice that you need to enjoy your special day.

On the day

• Get an early start on the weekend with a glass of bubbly on arrival

• See a live demonstration of an owl ring delivery

• View our licensed wedding rooms dressed wonderfully for the showcase

• Meet with local suppliers

• Take part in a Harris’s Hawk flying session

• Raffle – win prizes donated by local wedding and event related suppliers

• Take advantage of special offers from local suppliers by booking on the day

• FREE admission ticket to visit the Hawk Conservancy Trust for another day

*If you would like to come to the Wedding Showcase please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Hawk Conservancy Trust, Visitor Centre, Sarson Lane, Weyhill, Andover, Hampshire, SP11 8DY

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Bridal Fair at The White Hart Hotel in Andover

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Local Bridal News | Bridal Fair at The White Hart Hotel in Andover | Andover & VillagesAndover Women in Business (AWIB) have teamed up with The White Hart Hotel, Andover to bring a unique wedding fair for local bridal couples. Including a variety of quality products and services from local business men and women, this fair give couples the unusual opportunity to watch local musicians perform as well as chat to them about their requirements.

Wedding gowns, men’s suits, beautiful cakes and buffets, flowers, photography and beauty are just some of the products and services on show. There is also a prize draw for one lucky bride. The White Hart is located in the centre of Andover, with plenty of parking available on and around the hotel. Entry is free and there will be a host of friendly people you can talk to about your special day.

We can now bring you the list of performers at the wedding fayre: John Springett

Bryn Thomas

Marie Ponting

Stewart Saunders

Alex Krupa

Chris Berntsen

You don’t have to be planning a wedding or special event – if you want to support great home grown talent join us in the bar for some Sunday sessions. Performances are from 11AM to 4pm.

For further information please email us: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Penton Park Wedding Fayre

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Penton Park Wedding FayreJanuary 17th 11am - 2pm

The first 50 visitors will receive a complementary glass of bubbly and canapés will be provided by the wonderful A Smallpiece of Cake / Smallpiece Catering Gemma and Ann from Smallpiece Catering will also be showcasing themed dining tables in the Ballroom to inspire you with ideas for your very own big day.

Further exhibitors will be announced very soon on – please do spread the word and come by to see our fabulous home in full wedding set up, with some of the best suppliers in our county on show.

Personalised Wedding Stationary From MBE

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Conveniently located by George Yard Car Park, Mail Box etc. (MBE) in Andover offers a fantastic design and consultancy service that can assist couples in planning the whole of their wedding stationary. MBE feel that the most unique side of the service is that customers can have as little or as much input to the stationary as they like. The service is completely bespoke and can be tailored exactly to each customers needs.

MBE advise that it is useful if couples have a consistent theme in their wedding stationary to complement their dresses, flowers and the rest of the day. Clients can choose the style, font and card with regards to colours and quality of the stationary choices. The choice is endless with regards to options of design. Customer can enjoy their own templates and designs so they have the exact images they require. Or, the MBE team can assist fully or in part with design packages.

Stationary can consist of….

• Save The Date Cards

• Invitations

• Evening Invitations

• RSVP Cards

• Guest Information Cards

• Order of Service

• Table Seating Plans

• Table Place Names/Numbers

• Menus

• Wedding Signs & Banners

• Favour Box Tags

The friendly team at MBE provide a consultation service for the happy couple to discuss their requirements and have a portfolio of samples to give the couples an idea of what can be achieved. Couples will also be provided with a free wedding organiser that assists with planning the whole of the event.

Please feel free to pop in or call to discuss on 01264 360333. Or visit their Facebook page.

Handy Hints and Tips at The Lights Wedding Fayre

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Handy Hints and Tips at The Lights Wedding FayreA Wise woman once said “Falling in love was the easy part; planning a wedding - YIKES!”

The Andover Wedding Fayre on Sunday provided the perfect opportunity for the bamboozled bride, flustered fiancé or confused couple to pick up some handy hints from the experts.

More than 80 couples visited The Lights in search of inspiration for their big day. A fashion show with 10 different wedding dresses was a much needed source of solutions for brides yet to find ‘the’ dress.

The Lights Operations Manager Rob Sewell said: “The Wedding Fayre was well attended and a really nice Sunday activity at the Lights.”

There were plenty of professionals on hand to offer advice manning over 20 stalls; every wedding detail was catered for including a horse drawn carriage parked up outside the venue! Tip Top Balloons, The Weyhill Fayre and Gallaghers Florist were the main sponsors of the charity event; nominated charity The Dogs Trust will benefit from donations.

Do not panic if you missed out this Sunday. The tenth annual Wedding Fayre will take place at The Lights on 24th January 2016.

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Bridal Hair a Breeze at Just Teasin

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Bridal Hair a Breeze at Just TeasinThe team at Just Teasin on Bridge Street Andover are perfect when looking for hair styles for weddings, proms and special occasions. They often go on training courses too to keep up with current trends. Their next one is in September.

From Platting to hair up, to simple and beautiful curls Just Teasin can help with creating the perfect style for you. Adding hair extensions and hair pieces is really popular this year too. The team at Just Teasin will take time during a consultation to discuss your needs before booking you in on the day of your occasion.

For some ideas , great advice and to book. Call Jayne and the team on 01264 353506. Or visit their facebook page Hair-Design- 1431152913815418/?fref=ts

The Salon at Eye for Beauty

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Just tucked off the Weyhill Road in Kenyons Yard is an amazing One stop beauty Salon.

Sarah Parker owner has worked at The Salon for the last 3 years and took over the business in June 2015. Sarah just gushes with pride when talking about the staff that work with her in the Salon. She told us ‘. I can’t say I have ever worked anywhere which is so friendly and relaxed’

The Salon offers a variety of services, with a close team of 7 hairdressers and 2 beauty therapists you can visit and be pampered from head to toe.

There are relaxing beauty rooms upstairs where you can enjoy a massage, facial or have just your nails polished . Downstairs is the busy friendly hairdressing salon which is constantly buzzing. Beauty and pamper packages can be offered for Brides and Grooms to be, or clients can just treat yourself for a morning or the whole day should you wish.

Parking is free and the staff are described as a welcoming little family. Clients old and new are always welcome to pop in for advice or a chat. There is always something new happening.

For more information, please do not hesitate to contact them on 355355 or visit their facebook page

Andover's Favourite Wedding DJ

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You wouldn't choose your caterer or photographer without meeting them first so why not meet your wedding DJ!

Chris Burford professional wedding DJ encourages meeting Couples at their home, or their venue choice to discuss their music plans for their special day.

Chris has always had a passion for music that passion had driven him forward to create some memorable moments on many peoples wedding day, not only as their DJ but also their wedding host.

Chris provides a client consultation services which can cater for the whole of the special day. Chris always finds that a wedding has beginning, middle and an End, the beginning is your First dance, the middle is after the buffet and the End.

which includes…

• Planning

• Production of Ceremony Music

• Master of Ceremonies

• Evening Entertainment.

Chris boasts many gleaming thank you’s on his website.

"Chris was absolutely spectacular on our wedding day. It was such a weight off our minds knowing he was there. To call Chris a DJ does not do him justice, he essentially ran our day! From the ceremony music which was perfectly timed to the music he had during canapés and dinner, which was lots of country music. I know it's not to everyone's taste on the dance floor so thank you for getting that in there for me Chris!

He hosted the wedding breakfast, introducing us, the speeches and engaging the guests all the way through. He really did take a massive weight off our mind.

I think for us, what set him apart, aside from his amazing performance on the day, was the enthusiasm. Chris really cares, he really wants to go above and beyond to make your day special for you. There are so many little touches he offers, like quizzes and inflatables (most of which grew legs at our wedding, so thank you for those Chris) that he goes way beyond your average DJ.

Basically, don't hesitate, if he is available for your day, book him! You won't regret it and he'll think of things that you'd never think of, he did for us. His experience is invaluable and like I said, he genuinely wants to do all he can to make your day work.

I would also like to note that just before our wedding he went through a personal bereavement and we had no idea of anything until Facebook after the day. That's how professional he is and also how much he cares about what he does.

We could not say a thank you big enough Chris!!!

All our love

Mr and Mrs Mc

To have a relaxed informal chat with regards to your wedding plans please contact Chris on 07956 361149 or visit his website for more details "

Specialised Wedding Cakes From Creative Cakes

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Specialised Wedding Cakes From Creative Cakes

Next to the dress, the Wedding cake is probably the single most personal part of a bride's day. Getting the cake right is a big responsibility. Sarah Dunlop from Specialised Celebration cakes has been professionally creating beautiful cakes for over 11 years. She prides herself on crafting a personal statement that forms the centre piece of the perfect day.

From taste to design, Sarah makes a cake personal to your specifications providing a cake to satisfy, not just the happy couple, but also their full Wedding party. So much time, talent and hard work goes into each and every cake at Specialised Celebration Cakes, especially the bespoke Wedding cakes and cakes with intricate designs. Quality is key to Sarah’s success and this can be seen not only in the commitment to the Wedding cakes, but also in the celebration cakes she has to view on her website.

Sarah is so passionate about creating the ‘perfect’ cake for each client from taste to design. The Wedding cakes can take up to 2 weeks to create.

Clients can choose from an array of different styles and fillings. For novelty cakes Sarah says that Coffee cups that are very much on trend at the moment.

For a browse at the amazing talent of Sarah, please have a look at her web site

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David Mellor's Bespoke Design Service

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David Mellor's Bespoke Design ServiceDavid Mellor Jewellers are an independent family jewellers with three busy stores in Hampshire.

The team specialise in new and pre-loved jewellery & watches and offer a highly-skilled jewellery repair and bespoke design service. From restoring an antique ring to a simple chain repair; they can cater for all your jewellery needs.

Bespoke Design Service

“I can’t find a wedding band to sit nicely with my engagement ring”

Jewellers are often plagued by this statement, either at the exciting time of choosing the engagement ring or when deciding on a wedding band. The engagement ring may be set on a twist, or could even have a protruding setting which leaves a plain, flat wedding band unable to sit flush to the shank of the engagement ring…’gappy’ is a term we’ve heard used before.

You needn’t worry! Just like a tailor-made suit, David Mellor Jewellers are able to contour your wedding band to fit perfectly with your engagement ring, regardless of the shape or size.

From initial consultation to the finished product, they will help you through the process and ensure you are completely happy with the design by providing sketches and/or Computer-Aided-Design (CAD) images and even a wax model of how your ring will look if you wish.

Precious, sentimental gold can also be melted and re-modelled into a new wedding ring from just £120.00. All work is carried out within their own workshop by skilled and experienced craftsmen. An excellent and affordable way to have a piece of jewellery handmade to your design. Visit their sales team at your nearest branch for more information on creating your perfect wedding ring!

They don’t just stop at wedding bands – they have a vast portfolio of commissions featuring pendants, bangles, earrings, rings, brooches and many more.

Take a look at their Facebook page for some of their recent work.

Test Valley Golf Club October Wedding Fayre

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Wedding Focus | Test Valley Golf Wedding FayreTest Valley Golf Club are excited to invite all prospective couples to join them for their fabulous Wedding Fayre.

The Wedding Fayre is to be held on Sunday 11th of October between 12pm and 4pm at the beautiful setting at Test Valley Golf Club, Micheldever Road, Overton, RG25 3DS.

There will be an array of specially selected local exhibitors who will be on hand to help plan every detail of the happy couple to be’s magical day. From photographers to wedding make overs, to cakes, to cars, to music to flower’s. The Test Valley Golf Club are confident there will be a wealth of ideas to help the happy couple to be’s important decision making.

The event is totally free to attend. There will be a fantastic Cat Walk show organised by Fantasia Bridal shop with complimentary refreshments for visitors as well as a goodie bag for the bride or groom.

So if you are looking for a unique venue with numerous added extras please do not hesitate to visit this beautiful venue for an afternoon of Bridal entertainment. For further information please call Maria on 01256 772852 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  

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