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Country Chic

Do you dream of getting married in the countryside? If so then the English countryside is the perfect setting for a romantic wedding and in London, South farm you could either get married outside in the enchanting Summer House or indoors at the Tudor Barn. You will be able to host an intimate wedding from 10 guests to larger weddings of up to 140! South farm is truly a distinctive wedding venue and offers you and your guests to stay in Romany Caravans, family suites and en-suite double bedrooms in the restored granaries, to camping in tents or caravans in the camping paddock. If you’re interested in this venue then visit

South Farm

For a classic country wedding reception there is nothing better to offer your guests than cucumber sandwiches, scones with Devon clotted cream and strawberries served on vintage plates in an old fashioned canvas marquee. To help to create a relaxed and informal atmosphere for your guests decorate the tables with vintage china, food and magnificent table centres of fragrant, colourful home-grown garden flowers. Also, while you’re off having photos taken it would be a great idea to serve your guests Pimms and arrange for them to play croquet to pass the time especially if you’re getting married in the summer season.

Hopefully these country inspired wedding ideas will help you to make your big day even more special and personalised. So start hanging the fairy lights in the trees, hire the live band and find the perfect vintage dress to help you and your big day feel country chic!

Flying the flag for the Cotswolds

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The Bay Tree Hotel, Burford

It was great to see Cotswolds Inns & Hotels at the National Wedding Show at Olympia last weekend, flying the flag for weddings in the Cotswolds.
The Cotswolds is a hugely popular area for tourists, so why would weddings be any different?Read More


Guides for brides is excited to say that Longleat Safari & Adventure Park is set to star in an episode of the hit Channel 5 show ‘Celebrity Wedding Planner’ next week. On Monday 3rd September (tomorrow!)  the episode will show London couple Kap and Gigi Ling’s special day which was organised by the unlikely pairing of Neighbours veteran Ryan‘Toadfish’ Moloney and former Ramsey Street soap star and comedian Mark Little. Despite awful weather, out of control wedding planners and unusual additions to the traditional wedding scene, the wedding was certainly a day to remember! Wedding Planner and Coordinators are usually a good idea as they have lots of experience of weddings, but to put your wedding in the hands of very unexpected strangers is very brave! Hopefully their special wedding will mean a long lasting and happy marriage! Longleat Love forever more!



British Bridal Exhibition on the Horizon

The very exciting British Bridal Exhibition is coming soon! This amazing bridal trade show runs from the 9th to the 11th September in the beautiful spa town of Harrogate. This star in the bridal calender is an action packed three day experience with the lastest in bridal wear, occasion wear, menswear and accessories. Not only will there be the well known brands but also new upcoming labels and designers, ready to show you what is coming up in spring/summer 2013 for wedding wear. If that isn’t enough there are catwalk shows, special evening events and celebratory parties! This is all wrapped up in a collection of vibrant bars and restaurants show you can shop until you drop! At Guides for Brides we are very excited to see the knew and upcoming trends and styles for the new seasons. So put this date in the diary and make sure you are ready for stunning couple of days! For more information go to

ITV Daybreak’s “Here Comes the Tide”

I enjoyed watching the TV coverage of Fraser and Kate’s wedding on Daybreak this morning, the first beach wedding in the UK. For anyone wanting to see what happens at a civil ceremony it will be a good clip to watch; despite the unique setting on Bournemouth beach – it showed exactly how a normal wedding ceremony runs.

To err is human, to forgive is divine

Those with an eagle eye may have noticed a major change to our site with the addition of 9168 churches last night. This is a major project that we have been quietly working on with the Church of England for several months and will, at last, make churches more accessible to couples who do not regularly attend.

Unfortunately we overlooked one minor issue, and as we uploaded adverts for every Church of England church, from Guernsey to the Isle of Man, an automated email went to every single one of them confirming a total of £871000 in advertising.

Never before have we answered quite so many phone calls in such a short period of time, while waiting for approval from the church media office to send an email to confirm that we are not charging churches for this service.

What has surprised us, from the calls we have received, is the variation from church to church in the understanding and interpretation of the Marriage Measure 2008. Some have asked for the wording on our site to be changed to discourage “casual Christianity” they would like to make it clear that couples are expected to have a strong connection with the church where they would like to marry as well as regularly attending for at least six months and undertaking to join an ongoing “support” group. Other vicars are keen to make everyone welcome if the law allows it.

It will be interesting to see whether making the church more accessible to couples starts to correct the balance between civil ceremonies and church weddings.

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