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Your Cheshire & Merseyside Wedding news and ideas from around the area

All the latest wedding news for couples getting married in Cheshire or Merseyside, along with bridal fashion and beauty inspiration and honeymoon ideas.

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Chelsea Peers, has unveiled a stunning bridal edit

Modern loungewear brand, Chelsea Peers, has unveiled a stunning bridal edit designed with the bride tribe in mind! This elegant collection of women's sleepwear, loungewear and swimwear in silky satin and modal provides the perfect lounging look to take the crew from hen party to big day. From gorgeous satin PJs like the Sage Bee Print Button Up Short Pyjama Set (£38) to the lovely Gingham Scoop Back Swimsuit (£42) there's something for everyone to look and feel confident and wedding picture ready!

Posted: 15 August 2022

94% of dog owners getting married want to involve their pets

On the biggest day of their lives, 94% of dog owners planning a wedding for this year revealed they will give their dog a starring role in the celebrations. This shows a new trend for this year, increasing by more than a third (39%) since pre-Covid and reaching more than three times the level of 30 years ago (213% increase). The new research by charity Guide Dogs shows that the wedding roles dogs can expect to play over the next 12 months will vary. The most common roles were however found to be starring in the first dance (42%), walking a bride down the aisle (39%), being the Dog of Honour or Best Man (37%) or taking ringbearer responsibilities (30%).

Posted: 14 August 2022

The most Instagrammable wedding flowers

Trying to decide between roses and hydrangea for your wedding? Perhaps this latest research from gardening experts AllAboutGardening.com will help! The company analysed hashtag counts of over 100 different types of flowers, on Instagram to establish which flower is the most popular on the social media platform. Roses were revealed as the most Instagrammable flower. To date, there are 79.6million posts using the hashtag 'rose' or 'roses', contributing to its status as the most Instagrammable flower. Roses, when cut, can typically last up to one week but to keep the flower fresh requires additional care tips. The best way to keep roses fresh is to remove all the leaves from the stem, as allowing leaves to be submerged in water can lead to your roses harbouring bacteria and will speed up the process of your roses wilting. Similarly, roses should always be kept in a cool spot with vase water that is regularly changed.

Posted: 13 August 2022

Blue & Sixpence is offering our readers a discount

Blue & Sixpence is an award-winning bridal boutique located in Liverpool offering professional, kind, friendly advice and gorgeous wedding gowns at fantastic prices. The idea behind this innovative store was born from experience. Owner Ali Hamilton says, "We wanted fabulous service, choice, style, fit and price, but just couldn't find it." On average, a gown takes 9,000 litres of water to make, consumes vast amounts of raw materials and resources before being shipped halfway around the world. "We knew we could do better," Ali continues. Therefore, all the gowns stocked by Blue & Sixpence are new designer samples, meaning you save at least 50% compared to buying made-to-order.

Posted: 11 August 2022

Is a pre-nup on your wedding to-do list?

Whilst this wedding season, most nearlyweds-to-be will be considering invites, dresses, venues and flowers, an increasing number will have pre-nuptial agreements on their minds before they walk down the aisle. Market research from leading consumer legal services company, Slater and Gordon, shows that more than half (53%) of unmarried couples would only consider getting married, if a pre-nuptial agreement was put in place. The research is following the news that Britney Spears and her new husband, Sam Asghari, signed an "iron-clad" prenuptial agreement before their wedding, last month. It is understood that one of the conditions of the document is that if the couple were to separate, Sam wouldn't be entitled to any of the tens of millions that Britney earned prior to their marriage.

Posted: 10 August 2022

Crewe Hall is a 17th-century mansion with 117 bedrooms and manicured grounds

Crewe Hall is a 17th-century mansion with 117 bedrooms, gorgeous public areas, reception rooms and manicured grounds. It's a grand and impressive venue complemented by all the modern luxuries such as a spa, swimming pool and gym.

From romantic and intimate to grand and opulent the venue offers a choice of five wedding spaces each of which is capable of hosting your ceremony and reception. The Long Gallery is the largest room in the main hall and is bathed in Jacobean history with a central fireplace and large windows. It can host 200 loved ones for the ceremony, 180 for the wedding breakfast and 200 for the evening reception.

Posted: 9 August 2022

10 simple tips for a stress-free wedding

From trying to keep yourself and your spouse-to-be happy, to accommodating ample requests from friends and family, weddings can cause a lot of stress and anxiety during the planning period as well as on the big day itself. In the past year searches for 'wedding anxiety' have increased by +60% which highlights you're not the only one if you're feeling like this. To ensure couples have a wonderful and stress-free wedding experience, life insurance broker, Reassured has put together 10 helpful tips to reduce stress.

Posted: 7 August 2022

3 months for your father-in-law to like you!

A new survey, conducted by greetings card marketplace, thortful.com, has looked to reveal the time it takes father-in-laws to approve of their son/daughter's partner, revealing that the average amount of time is three months. The study quizzed 1,000 father-in-laws across the UK on how long it takes for them to approve of their son-in-law, as well as the attributes that are most important to them. It was found that a quarter of father-in-laws (25%) said they actually approved of their son/daughter partner from the first moment they met them, with just less than one in 10 (9%) taking 7 months or longer to approve.

Posted: 5 August 2022

Rachel Gilbertson Photography & Film is offering a 10 per cent discount

Crosby-based Rachel Gilbertson Photography & Film provides beautiful photography and videography capturing each element of the wedding day from formal posed shots to more relaxing candids, allowing you to look back and cherish those special memories forever.

Couples who book with Rachel before 31st August 2022 will receive a 10% discount off your package cost. To claim this fab offer get in touch via www.rachelgilbertsonfilm.co.uk and quote 10OFF2022 stating you found this fab offer in Your Cheshire & Merseyside Wedding.

Posted: 4 August 2022

The UK's most popular wedding venues

Here in the UK we're truly blessed with ample gorgeous wedding venues offering couples tying the knot in this country such variety; from historic castle to beach-side hotels, Victorian manor houses to tree houses and woodland weddings - the options really are endless. The wedding financial experts at money.co.uk analysed TripAdvisor to reveal the venues with the most mentions of 'weddings' in their reviews and then used Instagram data to discover which ones have been shared the most on the platform and ranked them from highest to lowest to reveal the most popular in the UK.

Posted: 4 August 2022

How low can you go when it comes to alcohol for summer weddings

With a bumper wedding season ahead in the UK this summer, make sure you cater for all your guests' needs and be sure to offer delicious no and low alcohol options at drinks wedding celebrations. With a range of great wine, cocktail or gin alternatives to stock up on this summer for the designated drivers and sober curious, there's something for all taste buds leaving guests happy, refreshed and clear-headed the next day - hallelujah to that!

Posted: 3 August 2022

The Parr’s Ban sits in the heart of Warrington Town Centre

In the heart of Warrington Town Centre, sits The Parr's Bank. This stunning structure was built in 1877 and has retained its original high ceilings and elegant architecture. Conveniently located it can be found opposite the Warrington Bus Station and a two-minute walk from Warrington Central Train Station, so guests won't have any transport problems when joining you to celebrate.

The Bank Manager's Suite is ideal for an intimate wedding breakfast and can seat 20 nearest and dearest. With dramatic wallpaper and a luxurious open fireplace, it offers a wonderful ambience while you spend time with your loved ones.

Posted: 2 August 2022

Multi award-winning wedding photographer to speak at The Photography Show this September

Multi award-winning wedding and portrait photographer Roberto Valenzuela, marine biologist and explorer Cristina Mittermeier and renowned landscape photographer Colin Prior are among the compelling line-up of global speakers at The Photography Show & The Video Show. They will be joined by Jack Harries, Christina Ebenezer, Kaylee Greer and Chase Jarvis among others, who all will share their expertise during this unmissable four-day event showcasing photography, taking place 17th to 20th September 2022 at Birmingham's NEC venue.

Posted: 2 August 2022

An alcohol free stag/hen do - 6 tips from the experts

Research by Hen Weekends & Stag Weekends found that over the past few years, the search terms 'alcohol free' and 'non alcoholic' have become increasingly popular, with the former having an increase of 1,941 monthly searches between January 2016 and January 2022. As well as this, the company looked at their own data from 2021 to find that almost half (36.7%) of their booked stag and hen weekends include at least one non-alcoholic activity. With a boost in non-alcoholic alternatives hitting the beverage scene covering everything from 0% beer to clean gin, there's ample choice to still have a celebration and still feel like and adult!

Posted: 1 August 2022

Tips on keeping your wedding dress safe pre- and post-wedding

While everyone has their own budget for the big day, nobody can deny weddings are an expensive business, with a total average bill hovering around £20,000-£30,000. The dress is likely to account for over £1,000 of this – and could cost much more if it's a designer number.

When asked, 86% of brides-to-be who haven't yet purchased their dress didn't know that it might be protected under their home insurance policy! comparethemarket.com has shared some helpful things to consider ahead of bringing home the special dress.

Posted: 31 July 2022

Celebrate weddings in style with tasty wines from Bordeaux

Wedding season is back and this year it is expected to be bigger than ever. Whether it's a traditional nuptials or a celebration party for a lockdown marriage, choosing the right drinks for the big day is essential. With everything from dry whites and crisp rosés to sparkling wines and modern, fruit-forward reds, Bordeaux delivers unparalleled wedding wine inspiration. Delight guests with a delicious sweet wine cocktail before moving on to something a little unexpected – perhaps a dry white from Entre-deux-Mers or an unoaked red wine from Saint-Emilion? Celene Opale Crémant de Bordeaux is an original choice for toasting the new union and a fresh and fruity rosé is perfect for dancing the night away.

Posted: 29 July 2022

Duncan James from Blue and Claire Richards from Steps will sing at your wedding!

To celebrate the nation's love of cheese, as we head into wedding season, Mini Cheddars has brought together two pop icons - Duncan James from Blue and Claire Richards from Steps - in musical matrimony to form the ultimate wedding supergroup - Simply Wed. And one lucky couple will win an exclusive performance from 'Simply Wed' at their wedding this September. To mark the launch of the wedding supergroup, Mini Cheddars commissioned research revealing the ultimate wedding playlist with Dancing Queen by ABBA taking the top spot – 46 years after it was first released. A poll of 2,000 wedding guests saw Don't Stop Me Now by Queen and Neil Diamond's Sweet Caroline complete the top three. The 'big day' playlist also included Happy by Pharrell Williams, Toploader's Dancing in the Moonlight, as well as Mr Brightside by The Killers. Also featured in the top 40 were Single Ladies by Beyonce, 5,6,7,8 by Steps and One Love by Blue.

Posted: 29 July 2022

Thornton Hall Hotel and Spa is hosting an ABBA Tribute Night

Thornton Hall Hotel and Spa in Thornton Hough, Wirral, is hosting an ABBA Tribute Night with Abbarella on Friday 19th August, so if you're looking for a fun-filled hen do this could be just the ticket.

Tickets cost £45 and include a reception drink, three-course meal, live performance from Abbarella and a disco until 2am. And of course, if you're worried about getting home afterwards, you needn't be as the hotel's gorgeous rooms are available from £155 including bed and breakfast for two people. If you're still feeling tip top the next morning, we can highly recommend the spa complete with outdoor hydro spa pools, thermal zone, tranquillity suite and so much more.

Posted: 28 July 2022

Wedding flowers 2022 - which are the most popular?

Floral bouquets and decorations are still very much the focus of many couple's wedding plans. From pedestal displays to moongates and arches the choices are endless when it comes to displaying blooms on your big day. Based on UK Google Search Volume, wedding insurance specialists Protectivity's research has revealed the the most popular wedding flowers for 2022. What's more, if you don't know your cosmos from your hydrangeas, the team has provided advice on choosing your wedding flowers.

Posted: 27 July 2022

Meol's Hall Tithe Barn is situated in the pretty town of Churchtown

Situated among the stunning grounds of Meols Hall in the pretty village of Churchtown, the Tithe Barn offers quite the setting for a wedding. This exclusive 400-year-old candlelit barn has an atmosphere all of its own and sits near the historical 12th-century manor house. Sympathetically restored by local craftsmen it's full of rustic charm and features original brick walls and an open-beamed ceiling. Plus, there are certainly some excellent photographic opportunities across the 100-acre estate. Ceremonies are hosted in the Tithe Barn with a minimum of 50 and maximum of 120 loved ones.

Posted: 26 July 2022

The most popular UK wedding locations

The UK is full of gorgeous locations that are perfect for weddings. From the rolling countryside to the history-rich cities, no picturesque location is out of reach for soon to be newly-weds. But, of all the places to tie the knot, where is the most popular? New data analysed by Surrey resort and wedding venue, Foxhills, has revealed the most popular wedding locations, showing the favourite places in the UK for all types of marriage ceremonies. By analysing data on the total number of weddings in a year and scoring them by how many times they occurred in various types of marriages, the most popular wedding locations in the entire nation have been discovered.

Posted: 25 July 2022

Most popular celebrity weddings of all time

New research by DC Jewellery has revealed the world's most popular celebrity weddings of all time, from Royal weddings to A-listers, when there's a famous couple tying the knot we can't help but want to know all the finer details: what did they where? Who was on the guest list? What cake did they have? The research proves that the world's fascination with British royalty is real. Meghan Markle and Prince Harry had the most popular celebrity wedding of all time (beating Kate and Wills), with a total of 301,600 Google searches since 2018 and 2,579,200 total Google searches in the last year alone. Kate and Prince William had the 6th most popular celebrity wedding of all time, with 1,050,600 searches in the last year, closely followed in 8th place by Kate's sister Pippa's wedding to James Matthews.

Posted: 23 July 2022

Couples are planning deluxe weddings

In the past couple of years, tying the knot has been challenging. Getting married is an important decision, and recent events had only contributed to rousing doubts and dilemmas around this life-changing milestone. Many couples resorted to intimating weddings that abided by government regulations. From Zoom ceremonies to short guest lists, brides and grooms have embraced the micro-wedding trend. But, as we cruise confidently back towards normality, large celebrations seem likely to make a welcomed return. This sparks one obvious question: how is the rise of big, jaunty ceremonies altering the plans of soon-to-be-married couples? Here, the team at Langley Castle, has taken a look at how we can expect to celebrate weddings in 2022, detailing both trends and tips you may want to consider for your own big special event.

Posted: 21 July 2022

Walton Hall and Gardens are offering alpaca walks this summer

At Walton Hall and Gardens, the team are doing their bit to keep you entertained throughout the summer, with lots of alpaca walks available to book. Get up close and personal with one of the venue's three alpacas and spend an hour with them as you walk around the estate with one of the informative rangers.

Join Topaz, Mally and Jim on a stroll around Walton Hall and Gardens in the early morning before most people have had their morning tea and toast – it's sure to be a treat you won't forget in a hurry! As well as alpaca walks, there's also adventure golf and high ropes on site, so why not make a day of it?

Posted: 21 July 2022

The Photography Show & The Video Show launches its First Ever Wedding Album of The Year competition

The Photography Show & The Video Show is launching its first ever Wedding Album of the Year competition to celebrate the best of the best from all around the country; showcasing the talent and craft of professional photographers and album makers in the UK and championing the power of print. There's nothing like a beautifully designed and presented wedding album to immortalise a couple's special day - a permanent and tangible reminder of those happy memories and moments, to be enjoyed for years to come. Wedding Album of the Year will celebrate these memories and the photographers that captured them.

Posted: 20 July 2022

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