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or many brides and grooms, organising a wedding is the first daunting venture into the party-planning

business. Our advice? Just take it one step at a time – and do it Frome style!

Location, location Frome has wide range of perfect locations, which regardless of your budget will gurantee the party of a lifetime. Orchardleigh House will loan out its gorgeous island church for a truly intimate ceremony, followed by an evening in the ballroom, or in a marquee for up to 400 guests. Babington is still the last word in country-house chic, with an octagonal chapel and a spa for those guests lucky enought to be making a weekend of it. If you’ve always dreamed of a fairytale wedding, turreted Bath Lodge Castle promises “a uniquely romantic and informal castle experience”; however, if grand isn’t quite your style, the quirky, friendly The Bell Inn at Buckland offers

a 16th century rustic stone barn - perfect for a relaxed day.

*The* dress The vintage look is still huge this season, according to Kate Coles of Frome Bride and Belles. “Sleeves are becoming

increasingly popular and a lot of brides are still looking for lace,” says Kate. For a modern take on the

traditional dress, try adding some colour. Duck-egg blues and soft pinks featured heavily on this year’s catwalks. Now is the perfect time to use designers such as Donna of Donna May Vintage on St. Catherine’s Street, for a truly individual look. “We believe that a vintage

wedding dress gives a unique option for brides, with one-of-a-kind styles, flattering shapes and quality fabrics,” says Donna. “Many of our customers love the idea of a dress having a past life; a story that gives the dress a romantic aura.”

Suited and booted It’s all about retro and nostalgia for

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men’s suits, too, this season. Think the double panels of 1920s America or the tweed of 1940’s England for your inspiration. For something really different, why not go full-out with period costumes? “Not only are the pictures timeless, but having all the guests dressed up is a fantastic ice-breaker,” says Russette Auton at Bath Theatrical Hire.

A cake to

remember When it comes to the cake, the traditional fruitcake has had its day. “The old custom of a fruitcake for the wedding has virtually been forgotten; now everyone wants a sponge. Cupcakes are also still popular, though I think they may now be losing favour a little,” says Frome cake designer Sue O’Callaghan of Artistry inSugar. “I find a lot of couples want something more personal, such as decorations that match the dress and bouquet. One of the cakes I Frome Life 11

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