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Tell us your Proposal Story

Tell us your Proposal Story

We want to know how he/she popped the big question!

It may not be the most romantic proposal story, or even the funniest – it could be the most disastrous story! We want to hear how your proposal was made.

Kath & James, Pre-Wedding Shoot, Broome Manor Golf Club, Swindon

Kath & James, Pre-Wedding Shoot, Broome Manor Golf Club, Swindon

At PBS HQ & Cotswold Style we are looking for a truly deserving couple to give the gift of their wedding photography.

All you need to do is email editor@stylemagazines.co.uk with your proposal story, your wedding date, proposed venue and your names and we will pick a winner who will be announced at the end of August.

Mark & Jenna, Ellenborough Park, Cheltenham

Mark & Jenna, Ellenborough Park, Cheltenham

The winning couple will receive all inclusive fantastic photography coverage. The package up for grabs includes the following:

* Pre-Wedding Consultation

*Pre-Wedding Couples Photo-shoot

*All Day Photography on the big day itself from getting ready and precious moments with family,

on to the main event and right the way through to party time in the evening!

*Second Photographer all day

*All images provided on disc or memory stick

*Mileage within the Cotswolds / Gloucestershire area

(if your venue is further afield, this is no problem, but a small mileage charge may apply)

Laura & Simon, Eastington Park, Nr Stonehouse

Laura & Simon, Eastington Park, Nr Stonehouse

Gemma & Jon, Bibury Court

Gemma & Jon, Bibury Court

Carli & Jamie, Ingleside House, Cirencester

Carli & Jamie, Ingleside House, Cirencester

Anna & Phil, Hyde Barn, Stow-on-the-Wold

Anna & Phil, Hyde Barn, Stow-on-the-Wold

Kath & James, Broome Manor Golf Club, Swindon

Kath & James, Broome Manor Golf Club, Swindon

 

We can’t wait to read your entries so get e-mailing! And here’s that address again:

editor@stylemagazines.co.uk

Lots of love & good luck!

Stef xxx Sign off2

From Dream to Scream: 10 Top Tips On How To Avoid Wedding Stress Part 3: Finding The Perfect Venue

This is a biggy; probably the most important element as it can make or break an atmosphere or theme. I’d suggest (if possible) physically going round the venues instead of cruising the interwebs and trying to gauge a venue by the pictures on their website. Take a camera with you (even if it’s just using your phone’s camera) as this can be very useful when you’ve left a venue as you can look back and assess each location.

If you’re keen to get great photos of your wedding then I strongly recommend looking out for lots of natural light and big windows, especially if your ceremony is at your reception venue, but it’s also worth considering if you’re having a Church wedding. Many times in the past I’ve had to shoot a wedding ceremony at a licenced venue, only to find that they’ve managed to licence the one room with no natural light, an old table in a corner and no interesting features! Most venues seem more aware of this these days and I only mention it because often the photographer will not be able to use flash during the ceremony itself, so in order to get some nice results, you ideally want a light room with nice features.

DO: hire a planner if you can afford it. Or, at the very least, ensure that someone who’s very reliable and who will be there on the day to act as your No.2 helps you with the planning – you may not want this to be a family member as you’d prefer them to be able to completely relax on the day rather than having ‘wedding chores’ to take care of, so perhaps choose a trusted friend instead.

So, the venue is a big deal and it needs to be right, but equally you need to get on with certain members of staff as you’ll probably be speaking to them quite a bit in the run-up to your wedding. Most managed venues have an “Event Coordinator” or Manager who’ll be on-hand to help you with your wedding and will usually deal with most trivial problems on the day without you ever realising! My advice would be to get to know the person who’ll be handling your big day and try to meet them at each venue you visit whilst you’re deciding where to book.

TIP: Ask who the venue use for catering and other services as they’ll be able to point you in the right direction with good and reliable suppliers.

DON’T: Keep it all to yourself. I hired a private house with no event coordinator or planner (anyone would think I was testing myself!) and even though I wrote a list of names and numbers of suppliers for my sister, I didn’t actually give her any real instructions for the day. Added to that, she wasn’t really involved in the planning, so it was much easier for me to handle things as they cropped up on the day, but this meant that I was making phone calls and dealing with suppliers myself on the wedding morning. Not ideal!

A couple of local venues I’d highly recommend:

Grade II listed stately home with various marquee options and a very cool underground bar!:
http://www.inglesidethehouse.com

Beautiful countryside converted barn:
http://www.kinscotebarn.co.uk

Awesome castle on a lake:
http://www.eastnorcastle.com