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The wedding planner

Getting hitched in Surrey? Don't do anything until you've checked out our ultimate Surrey wedding directory.

Whether you’re a bride-to-be, a mother of… or have somehow got yourself roped into planning someone else’s wedding (how saintly!), don’t book anything until you’ve read our ultimate guide to everything bridal in Surrey.

 

VENUES

Fiesta Fields, locations throughout Surrey and Sussex

Photo courtesy of jordannamarston.com

If you want to channel a truly boho festival vibe for your wedding, there’s only one thing for it – get married in a field! Think tipis, tents, camping and glamping. Fiesta Fields have eight stunning properties throughout Surrey and Sussex and offer packages offering just the site only to deals that include the bare necessities (posh loos, generators, that sort of thing) right up to packages where pretty much everything is included. Just BYO bride, groom and guests! fiestafields.co.uk 

Warren House, Kingston-upon-Thames
Sitting on 4 acres beautiful landscaped gardens in the grounds of the exclusive Coombe Estate, Warren House is a Grade II listed Victorian manor with a timeless elegance that makes it perfect for a wedding. Inside it’s all authentic original fireplaces, double-height ceilings and bright airy spaces. There are several different rooms where you can hold reception drinks and a wedding breakfast. And the venue also has 46 bedrooms, so there’s plenty of space for the bridal party to stay. You can see more at the Warren House Wedding Fair, on Sun 7 Oct from 12-3pm. warrenhouse.com
If it’s the romance of a riverside setting you’re after, The Runnymede-on-Thames has this and more. You can arrive via a private boat – and then everything you could want for your wedding day is all in this one location including a luxury spa, and accommodation for the bridal party and guests. The Grand Union Suite is licensed for up to 140 people for a civil ceremony and accommodates up to 250 for the wedding reception. Or for something more intimate there’s the Riverside Suite, licensed for 70 people for a civil ceremony and up 80 people for a buffet dinner or 100 for a sit-down meal with dancing. The hotel has its own team of wedding planners to help arrange your day. See it all for yourself at their Wedding Open Day on Sun 21 Oct from 11am-4pm. runnymedehotel.com

The exquisite Grade II-listed Italian Gardens and grand 17th century De Vere Wotton House certainly has the wow factor. A sweeping tree-lined driveway sets the first impression, and from then on it’s glamour all the way. If it’s an an alfresco ceremony you want, the Roman-style temple is simply stunning. Or, inside you’ll certainly be dazzled by the Old Library with it’s grand vaulted ceilings and original fireplaces. There are a choice of spaces for the reception. The Orangery Bar is ideal for a drinks reception, and the light and airy Evelyn and Wotton Suites provide a modern backdrop for a wedding breakfast. A dedicated wedding team is on hand to help you plan your day. You can also book the venue for all-day exclusive use. And with 125 luxury guest rooms, your accommodation is well and truly sorted.  phcompany.com/de-vere/wotton-house

The Talbot Inn, Ripley

Historic, relaxed and romantic – with the occasional quirky touch – The Talbot Inn in Ripley is a special place to get hitched. The 15th century coaching inn has played its part in the blooming of love affairs over many centuries, including that of Lord Nelson and Lady Hamilton some 200 years ago. With a capacity for 100 guests in the Wisley Suite as well as the more intimate space in Emma’s Room, it’s a venue with character and charm. And there are 43 stylish rooms too, for an appealing 30 second stumble to be when the celebrations are over. bespokehotels.com

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Hartsfield Manor, Betchworth
If you’re looking for a venue that ticks all your wedding boxes, Hartsfield Manor at Betchworth could well be it. The gorgeous manor house is set within 16 acres of grounds and gardens, and offers exclusive use of the venue, as well as luxury accommodation in 50 refurbished rooms plus a beautiful bridal suite. The venue is licensed to hold civil ceremonies of up to 90 guests – in either the Hartsfield Lounge or, for more intimate weddings, the Brockham Room. This can be following a drinks reception and wedding breakfast in the Terrace Restaurant. There’s a wedding co-ordinator and team at Hartsfield Manor who will help plan the day of your dreams, as well as a team of talented chefs who will create a bespoke menu using local produce that is tailored to the bride and groom. hartsfieldmanor.co.uk

Photo courtesy of denbies.co.uk

If you want a romantic wedding amongst beautiful grapevines, then you can’t go past England’s biggest wine estate in the heart of the Surrey Hills. Set on 265 acres of vineyards with stunning views out over the vines, Box Hill and the North Downs, Denbies Wine Estate has everything the loved-up couple might want for their wedding day. There’s a choice of three rooms or a pretty outdoor courtyard for the ceremony. Move into the candle-lit wine cellar for reception drinks, before a wedding breakfast in either the Conservatory Atrium (250 guests) or the Garden Room (up to 70 guests). Or, for a more intimate affair The Gallery Restaurant – which has stunning views – can seat between 30 and 60 guests. And there’s no need to leave the venue when the party’s over – there’s accommodation at Denbies Farmhouse for the bride and groom, plus an additional six bedrooms for the bridal party. As you’d expect from a wedding specialist, Denbies has a specialist wedding team to help with the planning. denbies.co.uk

The Plough Inn, Coldharbour

If you’re planning a small wedding and want something intimate and rustic for your reception, the Barn at the Plough Inn in the pretty village of Coldharbour would make a great venue. It has an open fire for winter weddings, or in the summer the doors open onto the pub’s country cottage gardens. The pub also offers accommodation, with six boutique rooms – so there’s space for the bride and groom and wedding party. ploughinn.com

Sands at Bleak House, Horsell Common near Woking

Another option for a smaller more intimate wedding is Sands at Bleak House, which sits on the edge of Horsell Common. There’s a separate function room, and menus and drinks can be tailored to meet your budget. There are also seven boutique rooms, so space for the bridal party to sleep over. sandsatbleakhouse.co.uk

Botleys Mansion, Chertsey

Want a wedding with wow-factor? Let me introduce Botleys Mansion near Chertsey. This grand Palladian country house is available for exclusive use for 24 hours, and offers three stylish spaces to say ‘I do’, as well as gorgeous reception areas and luxury accommodation. For the ceremony, the Green Room is a romantic and intimate space with seating for 130 guests, or for larger weddings there’s the Atrium with its impressive grand staircase and sparkling chandeliers. In the summer months, there’s also the option of taking it outside into the Temple Gardens. For the reception, the Atrium is an ultra-glamorous space, or for an elegant more intimate dining space there’s the Green Room. The banqueting teams will help you chose the perfect menu, which will prepared by the in-house chefs, and when the party’s over the bride and groom can retire to the luxurious bridal suite with a four poster bed and beautiful views across the countryside. There are also another 11 stylish guest bedrooms. bijouweddingvenues.co.uk

Ramster Hall and Gardens, Chiddingfold 

Ramster Hall and Gardens is a magical backdrop for your day of nuptials. The stage is set from the moment you turn into the magnificent drive leading up to the 17th century Ramster Hall. It’s surrounded by 25 acres of stunning gardens and peaceful woodlands with views of lakes and hillsides. The house itself is still privately owned, and can be hired for exclusive use for both your civil ceremony and your wedding reception. The Long Hall and Great Drawing Room are gorgeous beamed and panelled halls, over 100ft long and full of period charm. Dating back to 1604, the Long Hall can accommodate up to 160 seated guests or 200 for a stand-up reception, while next door the Great Drawing Room is licensed for civil marriages and can be arranged for any size wedding up to 160 guests. In the winter, a beautiful inglenook fireplace can be set with a blazing log fire, while summer weddings can make the most of the secluded enclosed courtyard. Befitting of a venue such as this, there’s also a grand piano as well as a built-in music system, and an in-house catering team is on hand to take care of the menu.

West Horsley Place, between East and West Horsley

New to the Surrey wedding venue party is the Grade I-listed West Horsley Place, which this year became available as a venue. Bamber Gascoigne, the historian and former presenter of University Challenge, unexpectedly inherited the 15th century house and gardens three years ago from his aunt, Mary, Duchess of Roxburghe – and has since transferred ownership to a newly-formed charity, the Mary Roxburghe Trust which is overseeing the restoration of the house. A selection of beautiful rooms are available, including the elegnant Stone Hall, and the large and sumptuous first floor dining room. The romantic walled garden is the perfect back drop for photographs.  westhorsleyplace.org

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CELEBRANTS

Soozi Celebrant, Surrey

If you’re looking for an alternate way to celebrate your marriage, Soozi Leeves is your gal. She can help you create a wedding ceremony that is fun and relaxed, even themed. Want a Disney wedding? Done. Dr Who, Alice in Wonderland, Harry Potter, zombies? It’s all possible. Soozi is a certified member of the Fellowship of Professional Celebrants, which means it’s all lawful. soozicelebrant

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WINE

Taurus Wines, Bramley

As they say at Taurus Wines, ‘nothing says I do, like a nice bottle or two’. These guys are pros when it comes to catering for the booze at your wedding. So much so, they’ve written a super helpful guide to help steer you through the minefield of which fizz to pop, choosing your reds and your whites, how much to buy… and plenty of other things you haven’t even thought of yet. Or you might like to book Brigitte Bordeaux, a beautifully converted 1972 Citroen H Van, who also happens to be a fully working mobile bar. tauruswines.co.uk

Banstead Vinters, Banstead

Couple hold hands at dinner with wine, wedding wine

They know their booze at Banstead Vinters, and I mean that in good way. Whether it’s advice on which fizz you should choose for your toasts, or which red and white wine to serve with your wedding breakfast, the guys at Banstead Vintners are there to help. They also have a wide selection of craft beers, ales and spirits, with a particularly good gin offering. And there’s free delivery on orders over £150. bansteadvintners.co.uk

Hawkins Bros Fine English Wine, Milford

English wine has been an incredible success story over the last decade, with more than 600 vineyards in England today – and no-one champions our local industry more than Hawkins Bros in Milford. So if it’s local wine you wish to serve at your nuptials, these are your definite go-to guys. The can advise on the best sparkling, rose, white, red and dessert wine, as well as local spirits.  hawkinsbros.co.uk

Cellar Wines, Ripley

Cellar Wines in Ripley specialises in artisan spirits and boutique fine wines, so if you’re after something out of the ordinary, this is your wine destination. The emphasis is on quality as well as value for money, and Cellar Wines has a team of passionate wine experts who can advise you on your choices. Wines are often sourced from smaller, quality-conscious producers who often don’t make large quantities, therefore the range is ever evolving. cellarwines.co.uk


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BRIDAL BOUTIQUES

May and Grace, Haslemere

This exclusive bridal shop showcases gowns from top international designers including Essense of Australia, Martina Liana and Mikaella. Brides are offered exclusive use of the boutique in private 1.5 hr appointments, with just friends, family and your weddings stylists around you. mayandgracebridal.com

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FLORISTS & STYLISTS

Rosie Orr, Lower Knaphill

When your flower designer has helped produce the arrangements for top telly shows like Downton Abbey and The Crown and recently, the film The Nutcracker and the Four Realms – you know you’re in good hands. Rosie Orr specialises in creating country style flowers for weddings using seasonal blooms and her own cutting garden flowers. She works closely with clients to turn their ideas into beautiful arrangements, using her relaxed and informal style. rosieorr.co.uk

Hannah Martin Flowers, Walton-on-Thames

From contemporary floral elegance to classical vintage blooms, Hannah Martin will turn your ideas into a unique floral display for your special day. As the former events manager at leading florist, McQueens, Hannah is no stranger to designing flowers for important events. She’ll help guide brides (and grooms) through different concepts and designs, and come up with designs that you’ll truly love. hannahmartin.net

Butterflies & Bows, Lingfield

Elegant. Understated. Stylish. Oh, but enough about me – let’s talk about Butterflies and Bows which offers a unique wedding styling service as well as providing wedding flowers, bridal bouquets, table centres, church flowers and garlands. The team offers a personal service, to create the wedding look you’re after. They can provide decorations, chair covers, ostrich feathers, drapes, table top swags, starlight backdrops, wedding favours, balloons and even cakes. butterfliesandbows.co.uk


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WEDDING FAVOURS

Just Because

Alfajores with Dulce de Leche (think, Latin macaroons filled with smooth, velvety caramel)

We love these South American sweet treats by recently launched Surrey business, Just Because. They’re light, crumbly, delicious and gluten free – and they come in a variety of flavours – so these hand-crafted alfajores get a big thumbs up from us. justbecausetreats.co.uk

Urban Village Chocolates, Twickenham

You won’t go far wrong if you present wedding guests with stunning little boxes of handcrafted artisan chocolate as favours. Based in St Margarets, Twickenham, they’re made using only the freshest natural ingredients and sustainably produced cocoa. They’re handmade and hand-decorated, and – crucially – taste every bit as good as they look. urbanvillagechocolates.co.uk

Sweet Dreams of Surrey

Sugared almonds may be the wedding favours of old, but for the ultimate in sweet treats it’s got to be a selection of old fashioned sweets. And when they’re presented like this, who could resist. Sweet Dreams of Surrey can set up this stunning candy buffet for your wedding, or deliver beautifully wrapped sweet wedding favours. Sweet Dreams of Surrey  


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CAKES

Naomi’s Bakehouse, Walton-on-Thames

Alongside the bride’s gown and bouquet, the wedding cake is one of the most central features at a wedding – and for a real show-stopper you’ll want to call Naomi at Naomi’s Bakehouse. Her wedding cake designs are more like works of art than mere sponge cakes with icing and flowers. And the best part? You can have your (stunning) cake and eat it too, because Naomi is also a superb cook. Choose from a variety of flavours including Victoria sponge cake, lemon cake, carrot cake, and Green and Blacks chocolate cake. naomisbakehouse.co.uk


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PHOTOGRAPHERS

Caroline Stocking Photography

If your wedding day is anything like mine, it’ll pass in a blur – so you’ll want someone on hand to record all those moments. Caroline Stocking will do just that, in an unobtrusive and natural manner. She works in documentary style to capture all the little details as well as the big ones – the smiles, giggles and tears. carolinestockingphotography.com

Captive Photography by Jo Hughes

For Jo Hughes, photographing your wedding day is more than just documenting a moment, it’s about telling a story and capturing who you are each moment. Jo’s mix of photojournalism and creative portraiture means she will capture the little moments, and help create the sweet, romantic, happy and fun shots using beautiful backgrounds and soft flattering light. captivephoto.co.uk

Nikki van der Molen Photography

If you want natural, creative and contemporary pictures of your wedding day, Nikki van der Molen is your woman. Her friendly and informal style of shooting will result in an album that captures all of the special moments of your day, in a beautiful and relaxed way. Nikki also offers couples portraits, which is a great way to get used to being in front of the lens before the big day. nikkivandermolen.com


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HAIR & BEAUTY

French and Drench, Caterham

Whether you are looking for an elegant French manicure or customised nail art to match your dress, French and Drench can get your nails looking picture perfect for your big day – and the best part is that it’s all in the comfort of your own home. French and Drench offer a trial run, bridal pamper parties as well as hen parties get you and the girls ready for the party. French and Drench cover Caterham, Purley, Kenley, Sandestead, Croydon, Godstone, Oxted, Limpsfield, Warlingham, Redhill, Reigate and surrounding areas, and will travel throughout Surrey, Sussed and Kent for group bookings. frenchanddrench.com

The Nail and Body Boutique, Reigate

Every blushing bride has beauty needs, and in Reigate, The Nail and Body Boutique will take care of the lot from tanning to nails, and wedding makeup. They also offer a selection of beauty and spa wellbeing packages to help calm those pre-wedding jitters. nailandbody.co.uk

Polished, Godalming

In Godalming, head to Polished for all your pre-wedding beauty needs including waxing, tanning and nails. There are also a selection of pamper packages including the ultimate 195-minute Secret Garden Session where you’ll have a facial, full-body massage, manicure and pedicure, so you arrive at the wedding feeling relaxed and refreshed. polishedgodalming.co.uk

Time Hair and Beauty, Caterham

If time is of the essence – and let’s face it, when isn’t it? – head to Time Hair and Beauty in Caterham for all your wedding prep needs. Offering everything from waxing, tanning, manis and pedis, and hair styling, they also do wedding makeup. And if you’re looking for a pre-wedding pamper session, book in for an Elemis salt scrub, or deep tissue massage. And reeeeelax. timehairandbeauty.com

Sue-Jane Hair and Beauty, Horley

Every bride wants to look incredible on her wedding day, but she doesn’t want to spend hours driving to appointments all over town. Say hello to Sue-Jane Hair and Beauty in Horley, which offers all your beauty maintenance needs including tinting, waxing and shaping, facials and massage, and bridal hair. suejane.com

Lauren Elizabeth Beauty Boutique, Woking

This plush boutique salon in the centre of Woking offers a range of beauty packages to get you into tip top condition for your big day. Start with the Wellbeing package – offering a pedicure, body wrap and manicure – or go for the Top-to-Toe package which includes a facial, deep tissue massage, manicure and pedicure. I also like the sound of the Glam package which includes a lash lift and tint, brow shape and tint and a gel manicure and pedicure. The salon also offers tanning and bridal makeup. laurenelizabethbeauty.co.uk

Beautify Beauty Salon, Caterham

This small beauty salon offers a unique range of bridal packages, including one in which you can pay for 20-hours of treatments to be used in the run up to your wedding. It’s designed to take brides on a blissful beauty journey so they arrive at their wedding feeling relaxed and beautiful. There’s also a 10-hour option. Beautify also offer wedding-day makeup and wedding hair, including trials. These are priced separately. beautifysurrey.co.uk

The Little Parlour, Weybridge

This pretty Weybridge salon is offers all those treatments to get you ready for your wedding day – from waxing and tanning, to skin care, massage and nails. They’re also specialists in semi-permanent makeup, so if you’re thinking about getting eyebrows, lips or eyes done, Naomi is your woman. The Little Parlour also offer tailored pampering packages – whether for a hen night, bridal party treat, or simply as a relaxing treat for the bride. thelittleparlour.co.uk


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RINGS

Simon Pure, Cranleigh and Guildford

If you’re getting hitched, you’ll probably need a ring. And we love the designs at Simon Pure – from the stunning solitaire diamond rings to the more flamboyant rings set with blue topaz or vibrant amethyst. There’s also a range of wedding and eternity rings, including tailored fitted, diamond set and plain bands with a twist, for both bride and groom. simonpure.co.uk

Fei Liu

The mega talented British designer Fei Liu is known for creating collections that are as unusual as they are gorgeous, and his bridal collection is no exception. His bridal collections include Amara, Arabella, Aurora and Lily of the Valley. And if you don’t fall in love with an existing design, you can always commission a bespoke design. feiliufinejewellery.com

Jon Dibben, Smithbrook Kilns, Cranleigh

Photography courtesy of Juliet McKee for Luxe Bride

When I got married I knew exactly what I wanted my ring to look like – and it definitely wasn’t available to buy off the shelf. I ended up having it designed by a jeweller in Melbourne. If only I’d known Jon Dibben. Based at Smithbrook Kilns, near Cranleigh, he produces stunning designs, which are traditionally crafted with fine quality, natural diamonds and gemstones, personally chosen by Jon, or with you, to create your future family heirloom. Jon’s prices reflect the shape, design, metal and stone choice – so it’s possible to create a ring within your budget. jondibben.co.uk

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HEN DOS

EmPower Yoga, Oxted

Looking for a hen party with a difference. EmPower Yoga will personalise a yoga party especially for the bride-t0-be – a yoga session that will reflect her personality and style. Hosted by Emily Davies, the sessions are fun, playful and not too serious. emilydaviesyoga.com

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HONEYMOONS

Blue Eye Travel, Oxted

Plan your perfect honeymoon with the help of the experts at Blue Eye Travel in Oxted. Specialise in bespoke trips and honeymoons, and Blue Eye Travel have access to the most competitive holidays and flights in the UK. blueeyetravel.co.uk

Haslemere Travel, Haslemere

After months of wedding planning, you’ll want to escape onto your perfect honeymoon – and you’re in good hands with the team at Haslemere Travel. Between them they have 200 years of travel experience – that’s a lot of travel. And as you’d expect from travel experts they’re mighty passionate about holidays and honeymoons. haslemeretravel.co.uk


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CHILDCARE

Super Sitters, Surrey

Sometimes you just don’t want to take the kids to a wedding, and if all of your regular babysitters (grandma, great aunt Mary and cousin Bob) are all going to be at the wedding, it can leave you in a bind. Say hello to Super Sitters, a child care agency that offers flexible babysitting, and often at a moments notice. So if in the excitement of buying a new hat, you forget to book a babysitter, they’ll still come to your rescue.  surbiton-sitters.co.uk

 

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1 comment on “The wedding planner”

  • Lynn Booth October 14, 2018

    Hi Please take a look at Horsley Towers at Horsley surrey it’s fantastic you won’t be disappointed

    the old Towers comes highly recommend for Weddings, my daughter had her day there and it was so friendly yet

    very professional and the most beautiful building.

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