Bicester Village has the perfect event for couples whose thoughts are turning to matrimony, Jaine Blackman sees what’s on offer

Want to make a not-so-gentle marriage hint to your partner?

Well, get them to Bicester Village, where wedding fever is in full swing.

Until Sunday, March 29, the upmarket shopping outlet is being transformed into a haven of all things bridal.

For the first time ever a carefully selected team of wedding experts will be on hand to help brides-to-be design their dream day, including top luxury wedding planner Mark Niemierko, and Oxfordshire specialist cake designers Princess Patisserie, and Tatler-recommended florists Fabulous Flowers.

In addition, the boutiques are bursting with exclusive bridal collections.

At a launch event, Mark – who organised the wedding of JLS member Marvin Humes and Saturdays singer Rochelle at Blenheim Palace – was impressed with what Bicester had to offer.

“I love the idea of potentially doing it all in one place,” he said, pointing out that along with rings, dresses and shoes, the village offers lots of gifting options.

He goes dress shopping with brides-to-be to get to know them and get a feel for the wedding they want and will have plenty of top designer names for them to choose from at Bicester.

There are a host of dream dresses available at the village for the limited period from designers including Oscar de la Renta, Chloé, Valentino and Temperley London.

The Oscar de la Renta boutique has been transformed into a wedding emporium showcasing more than 90 beautiful hand-finished bridal gowns alongside complementary accessories, while guests will also be able to discover hand-drawn sketches by the designer himself.

Chloé is showcasing 10 exclusive bridal styles from its wedding collection – all available to purchase.

At Temperley London, until Thursday March 19, a bridal personal shopping specialist will be on hand to advise on the boutique’s selection of bridal wear, accessories and outfits for the extended wedding party.

Those who purchase their bridal gown from Temperley London will receive an exclusive framed, hand-drawn sketch and personal note from Alice Temperley, and with every bridal purchase of more than £950 shoppers will be entered into a prize draw for a chance to win a £250 Temperley London Gift Card.

To complete the look, boutiques throughout the Village will be brimming with jewellery, lingerie, gifts and accessories.

At the La Perla boutique, shoppers can enjoy additional savings of 20 per cent across a special editedition? of pieces including lingerie and swimwear, perfect for the wedding, honeymoon and beyond.

Personal consultations will be available and shoppers can enjoy champagne and macaroons as they browse the collections.

Meanwhile, the Gina boutique will present an exclusive selection of bejewelled footwear to add a touch of glamour to any bridal ensemble.

The Links of London boutique will offer engraving on exclusive bridal pieces and, especially for the event, Hearts On Fire – purveyors of “the world’s most perfectly cut diamond” – will showcase a 5.3 carat dream diamond set in an intertwining diamond-set band valued at £250,000.

Wedding planner Mark Niermierko, who has organised weddings for other top celebrities including comic actor James Corden, is at the village today and Thursday.

He is hosting a series of talks on wedding Dos and Don’ts, bringing his team of experts with him to offer advice for arranging the perfect day.

He will be based in the VIP Lounge and will welcome brides from 10am to 3pm.

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Want to drop a hint.... take your loved one to the wedding event at Bicester Village

Shoppers can come to the village and snap a selfie against the Just Married backdrop and be entertained by the Wedding Dancers, who will be making appearances to literally make things go with a swing, jiving to a lively version of Going To The Chapel.

To continue the celebratory spirit, shoppers can indulge in a Luxury Champagne Afternoon Tea at Villandry Grand Café.

And other “Perfect Partners” of the village who will be showcasing what they have to offer areis Raymond Blanc’s Le Manoir Aux Quat’ Saisons, which offers a variety of wedding packages (; Jayne Elizabeth Millinery hat designs (; and Olivier Laudus bridal accessories (

Shoppers who pre-register for the bridal event will be entitled to special privileges including private events and use of the Bicester Village VIP Lounge, where they can discover floral installations and a selection of exclusive pieces from bridal specialists.

To register, enter your details at, to receive a welcome pack including a brochure listing all participating boutiques, exclusive offers and a schedule of special events.

Need more inspiration for your nuptials? Don’t forget to pick up the Oxford Mail on Saturday, March 28 for your free 68-page glossy Weddings magazine