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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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Christmas activities from The QHotels Collection

The festive season is almost upon us, bringing with it all that sparkles, from decorative baubles to candles, crackers, and colourful lights. But as December approaches, it's easy to let the time run away. So, The QHotels Collection list their top five ways to keep the sparkle alive, bring a little twinkle to your eye and warmth to your heart in the run-up to the holidays. 1.Start a countdown to Christmas - who says advent calendars are just for the kids? Extend the Christmas fun over the whole of December by finding a special way to countdown to the big day. Why not play a different Christmas song each day on your commute? To really get in the festive spirit why not book a festive activity for every weekend in December? It could be anything from making homemade wrapping paper to heading out to see the panto or enjoying a festive-themed afternoon tea with your mates.

Posted: 9 December 2022

Win a night's stay at The Queen at Chester

We've teamed up with The Queen at Chester to offer you the chance to win a stay in the hotel's stunning wedding suite. The lucky winner and their guest will enjoy a night in the Emperor Suite with dinner and breakfast.

The Emperor Suite, based in the newer Kings part of the hotel, is situated on the top floor with a view of Chester's city centre. The suite is spacious and characterful, featuring a four-poster bed and a separate lounge area. For that extra touch of luxury, you'll also find underfloor heating in the bathroom along with a free-standing bath and rainfall shower.

A mere 10-minute walk from the city centre, The Queen at Chester is a Grade II listed Italianate building, and has been hosting weddings for more than 150 years. Its team of experts are on hand to carefully plan each special day, from intimate gatherings of 50 to large parties of 300. Find out more about the wonderful wedding spaces on page 16 in our editor's review feature.

Posted: 8 December 2022

Peckforton Castle is a charming castle with captivating architecture

This enchanting castle, with its captivating architecture, steeped in history will truly delight you and your guests. Along with a magical backdrop for pictures and videos, all combined with delicious award-winning food and drink, and impeccable service, you'll be the only wedding at the Castle allowing you to enjoy your fairytale of a day in complete privacy.

There are a wealth of options here beginning with the Great Hall. Imagine saying your marriage vows with the sun streaming through the stained-glass windows, a string quartet playing on the Minstrel's Gallery, the fire glowing in the background and candlelight reflecting off the Minton Hollins tiled floor. Here you can host 165 loved ones for your ceremony and 120 for the wedding breakfast.

Posted: 6 December 2022

Pantone’s Colour of The Year - we love it!

Pantone's Colour of The Year, Viva Magenta, is oh-so gorgeous and perfect for wedding colour palettes whatever time of year. Claiming, 'It's a shade rooted in nature descending from the red family and expressive of a new signal of strength. Viva Magenta is brave and fearless, and a pulsating colour whose exuberance promotes a joyous and optimistic celebration, writing a new narrative,' how very appropriate for weddings!

Posted: 2 December 2022

Carden Park Estate’s production of English sparkling wine is thriving

It's no secret that English wine has been a work in progress since it first launched in the 1990s. But now, thanks to the change in the weather and thriving soil quality across the country, the British beverage is having a real moment. Carden Park Estate's production of English sparkling wine from its vineyard tucked away towards the back of the Estate is no exception. With a story that dates back to 1988, the vineyard has thrived year on year since the vines were planted. Following dedication, hard work and a lot of nurturing, the 4,000 vines are now able to produce up to 6,000 bottles of quality Carden Park Estate Reserve Sparkling every year and the Estate's fine-dining restaurant, The Vines, has now hired a new head sommelier, Patryk Kapelinski. Bringing an in-depth knowledge of wine, how to perfectly pair it with food and identify its characteristics, Patryk has been working in the industry for more than 15 years.

Posted: 1 December 2022

New Wedding Planner Journal & Keepsake collection

Just in time after the influx of festive proposals, Paper Crane Unique has announced the release of its Wedding Planner Journal & Keepsake collection launching January 2023. A bride- or groom-to-be's perfect planning companion; organise your wedding plans, write about your personal story and keep your photo memories safe altogether in one place that you can keep forever. The planners are 200 pages of wedding planning tools, inspiration boards, notes and journal sheets featuring a beautiful eucalyptus design inside, cloth cover and gold gilded edges. Priced at £32.95, the collection has a choice of four colours: classic ivory, blush pink, luxe gold and dusty blue.

Posted: 1 December 2022

The Racquet Club is perfectly positioned for access to public transport

Located in the commercial district of Liverpool, The Racquet Club is perfectly positioned for access to public transport and car parking facilities. Close to the famous Liverpool Waterfront it's the ideal spot for a wedding. Built in 1859 by Sir James Picton as the headquarters for Sir William Brown, an American shipping merchant, it takes the shape of an Italian Palazzo and has carved plaques above the windows including Isabella I who gave permission and funding for Columbus' voyage, Columbus, Bermejo a Spanish adventurer, Vespucci, Cortez, Queen Anaconana and Francisco Pizarro.

Posted: 29 November 2022

Luxe gifting brand launches

Brand new to the wedding scene, April & Bloom have a vision to redefine wedding gifting, by providing a range of elegant gifts for engagements, the bride-to-be, bridal party proposals and for 'the morning of'. The luxe gifting brand promises on-trend products and 'insta-worthy' moments, through its carefully curated range of signature floral gift boxes, wedding planners & notebooks, bespoke gift box service and wedding favours. Filled with stylish products from a range of desirable brands – including Whispering Angel, Pale Fox, Charbonnel et Walker, Chalke Valley and more – April & Bloom's signature keepsake gift boxes are unlike anything on the market, and come adorned with preserved posies, all wrapped up with luxurious ribbons and bows for those precious "wow" wedding moments. There are 13 signature keepsake gift boxes available from the April & Bloom website (aprilandbloom.uk), in blush, cream and neutral colour schemes.

Posted: 28 November 2022

Albert’s Schloss is set to open its third UK site in Liverpool

Leading bar and restaurant brand Albert's Schloss is set to open its third UK site in Liverpool in November 2022. Following a £3million investment, Albert's Schloss Liverpool will take over a former food market at Radiant House, at 18-26 Bold Street.

Beautifully restored with a grand Anglo- Bavarian design aesthetic, the venue will be spread across two floors. The ground floor will house a large stage with next- level performances, two impressive large bars, a fresh tank bier system and a Cook Haus dining area. Meanwhile, the first floor will be home to Ludwig's Tavern, offering artisan Schnapps, a vermouth bar, shuffleboard and other tavern games.

Posted: 24 November 2022

The Mere Golf Resort and Spa is a tranquil and picturesque setting

Nestled in the heart of undulating Cheshire countryside and 150 acres of parkland, The Mere Golf Resort and Spa offers a tranquil and picturesque setting. Arriving at the archway only begins to hint at the grandeur to follow, and only when you pass through it does the resort unveil the full extent of its magnificence. Built in 1934, the grounds provide a stunning backdrop for your wedding photography, and feature idyllic views of the Mere Lake, the historical Mere arch and the golf course.

The Riley Room is ideal for an intimate ceremony accompanied by 60 guests, and is home to 60 unique artworks by local artist, Harold Riley.

Posted: 22 November 2022

Winter weddings: how to create the perfect tablescape

Creating the perfect tablescape to bring that wow factor is an important part of your wedding. But how does winter change things? Here, Suzanne Pearce from the interior experts Casa Bella offers some tips. Planning the aesthetic and decoration for your wedding is an exciting task, but it can be tricky to know how to adapt to the seasons when you are having a winter wedding, as so many classic wedding tablescapes are inspired by floral summer designs. But there's still plenty that you can do to incorporate the seasons and make your wedding table look as beautiful and atmospheric as you like. The added drama of seasonal foliage and scenery can add a whole new level to your winter wedding, and can make for some truly memorable photos. Here, we'll show you how you can create a beautiful winter wedding tablescape that's personal to you and your partner.

Posted: 22 November 2022

Stylish advice for grooms, fathers-of-the-bride and ushers

Choosing your wedding dress is only part of the story when it comes to styling your big day. In order to achieve a coordinated look, it's important to think about what the men who make up the wedding party will be wearing. What you choose will ultimately come down to the style of wedding you're planning, the location and of course the time of year. Here Cliff Bashforth, MD of Colour Me Beautiful shares with us his advice on how to ensure that they not only look the part but feel comfortable too. Do not overlook the men who will be at your wedding. What they choose, or you tell them, to wear must complement what you are wearing and be consistent with the rest of the bridal party. A little guidance on colour and fit will ensure that they, too, look the part and feel comfortable.

Posted: 18 November 2022

O’Hares Jewellers are relocating to a larger premises

After decades in its current position opposite Chester Cathedral, the team at O'Hares Jewellers are excited to announce that they're relocating to larger premises. Moving to the former Waltons Jewellers beneath the Eastgate Clock, at 45 Eastgate Street, Chester, they're very much looking forward to welcoming customers from November 2022 at this new permanent home. The workshop too will be moving here so O'Hares can continue to offer repairs on site.

Pop in to find out more about shopping for your wedding rings and big-day jewellery, and check out www.oharesjewellers.co.uk

Posted: 17 November 2022

Museum of Liverpool sits alongside the city’s most iconic buildings

Museum of Liverpool opened in 2011 and sits alongside the city's most iconic buildings, including the Three Graces and the Royal Albert Dock. The museum offers amazing views of the River Mersey and Pier Head from riverside terraces, and its modern interior features breathtaking galleries with floor-to-ceiling windows. It is part of the Hosted by National Museums Liverpool wedding venue collection.

The venue welcomes celebrant-led ceremonies, wedding breakfasts and wedding receptions. The Atrium is an iconic setting for 150 guests with skylight and spiral staircase. The space is flexible and offers a blank canvas with huge potential to personalise your big day. The heart of the museum, is home to a sweeping staircase, under which guests can enjoy dinner and dancing.

Posted: 15 November 2022

Calling all newlyweds and nearlyweds - County Wedding Magazines need you!

Here at County Wedding Magazines HQ, there's nothing we love more than our real wedding features - and we couldn't do them without you! If you would like to see your wedding grace the pages of one of our County Wedding Magazine titles, featured across four whole page, then please do get in touch! Grand and big-budget extravaganzas, to small and intimate I dos, themed from beginning to end, or personalised with a sentimental touch - we want to hear about them all!

Posted: 14 November 2022

Bellissima Bride is excited to launch Blanche Bridal in the UK

Bellissima Brides in Brimstage, Wirral, is excited to launch Blanche Bridal in the UK and is proud to be the designer's first and only stockist outside of the U.S and Australia. Blanche (@blanchebridal) is an Instagram phenomenon and the team at Bellissima has already seen brides booking flights to the UK to come and see this new collection at the boutique.

The new drop of Blanche gowns is expected in November, including the bestselling Esmee, Odette and Janelle. Prices range from £2,500 to £4,000 and the dresses are customisable allowing you to create your perfect look.

Posted: 10 November 2022

How much have Brits spent attending weddings this summer?

We all love a wedding! After two years of covid and postponed big-days, 2022 was a bumper year for nuptials with more taking place than ever! The team at Fenwick has delved into the true cost of attending weddings that aren't your own. Have you ever wondered how much the average person spends? By surveying 1,000 people, the study reveals how much Brits are spending on each wedding they attend.

Posted: 9 November 2022

Delamere Manor has undergone a dramatic transformation over the years

Once the former residence of the powerful Wilbraham family and more recently home to musician and songwriter Gary Barlow, Delamere Manor is now privately owned and has undergone a dramatic transformation over the years. It now offers a classic yet contemporary backdrop for your big day.

Behind wrought-iron gates at the end of a driveway flanked by lime trees sits this beautiful country house. Set it more than 100 acres of rolling Cheshire countryside, the venue overlooks a six-acre lake.

Posted: 8 November 2022

Mmm cake! What your cake-cutting etiquette says about you

It's fair to say that cake is a universal dessert - from birthdays, weddings and anniversaries there's no better way to celebrate an important occasion than with cake. The best part about this yummy dessert is that it can be enjoyed at any time, whether it's after lunch or dinner, or if you're feeling adventurous - maybe even for breakfast! Everyone has their favourite flavours, their go-to for any celebration and this is why this wonderful delicacy has become customary for all kinds of events. Quite simply because it tastes great and is guaranteed to hit the spot! Cake is truly the best dessert, but did you know the way you cut your cake can actually say a lot about your personality traits? The cake connoisseurs at Sponge.co.uk have revealed what your cake-cutting etiquette says about you. From the traditional slice, to using props in a weird and wonderful way – this list will be sure to keep you thinking for when you next cut into your next spongey treat.

Posted: 7 November 2022

Happy feet: 5 expert tips to care for your feet at a wedding

Whether you're a wedding guest or it's your own big day, sore feet and rubbing heels can get in the way of you having the time of your life on the dancefloor. With these five top tips from Rachel Clinkard — of family-run shoe company Charles Clinkard — you can give your feet some more TLC during wedding season. Weddings are some of the most memorable days of our lives, so it's important that we enjoy these special occasions without the distraction of sore feet or painful shoes. However, from dancing the night away to that all-important walk down the aisle, we tend to be on our feet all day. To help you stay comfortable and celebrate into the small hours, here are five of my top tips for looking after your feet at weddings.

Posted: 4 November 2022

Shrigley Hall Hotel & Spa has launched a last minute package

If you're yet to book your date for 2023, fear not as Shrigley Hall Hotel & Spa has launched a last minute package you'll love. Priced at £4,500 for 40 day guests and 60 evening guests it includes room hire for the wedding breakfast and evening bash; red carpet; wedding coordinator; printed hotel menus, name cards and table plan; use of a cake stand and knife; master of ceremonies; one glass of prosecco and/or bottled beer after the ceremony; three-course wedding breakfast with tea and coffee; half a bottle of house wine with the meal; glass of prosecco for the toast; menu-tasting for you both; evening supper barms and wedges; white table linen and napkins; chair covers and sashes; DJ and disco from 7.30pm until 1am; bridal suite for the night of the wedding; preferential room rate for your guests; 40 per cent off your first anniversary stay at the hotel; plus VAT and all service charges.

Posted: 3 November 2022

How to style your bridesmaids…

When it comes to planning your wedding the team at Colour Me Beautiful knows only too well that dressing your bridesmaids for your big day can be beset with difficulties. Here Cliff Bashforth sets out his advice on how to avoid the pit falls. It is an honour to be a bridesmaid, and often those you have asked will be as excited as you are. Shopping for bridesmaids' outfits can be a fun experience for you all, although you will need a clear idea of what you want them to look like because they will frame you in your wedding photographs. Happy bridesmaids make good photographs, so ensuring they are comfortable in what they are wearing will guarantee everyone is radiant on the day.

Posted: 2 November 2022

Steeped in history, Walton Hall is the former home of Lord and Lady Daresbury

Steeped in history, Walton Hall is the former home of Lord and Lady Daresbury, boasting antique furniture, an oak-panelled entrance, grand staircase and high gilded ceilings. There are a range of rooms and options available to you for your ceremony and reception, with all indoor spaces featuring beautiful views across the gardens. Best of all, the Hall is exclusively yours for your special day including The Lady Daresbury Room for your morning preparations.

Set in acres of idyllic parkland, the gardens are stunning whatever the time of year. Rhododendrons, azaleas and wildflowers provide a blaze of colour during spring and summer, after which the trees take on autumn hues of red, orange and gold, while winter sees the return of a frosted wonderland.

Posted: 1 November 2022

This is your dream wedding according to your star sign

It's not always easy to decide on your wedding theme, and searches for 'wedding ideas' have seen a +23% increase in the past twelve months. To offer some inspiration, thortful.com have collated the best dream wedding ideas for each star sign! Perhaps you're a Taurus, and would love to be married in a mansion, or a Leo dreaming of a castle wedding? astrologer, Inbaal Hongiman, to reveal the dream wedding for each star sign in order to provide some inspiration for those planning their big day.

From Leos' wanting to get married in an opulent castle to Sagittarius' eloping on a beach, here are the weddings each star sign dreams of having

Posted: 28 October 2022

Chester Zoo has released a set of artist’s impressions of its new wedding venue

Chester Zoo has released a set of artist's impressions providing the first glimpse of the wildlife charity's new 200-capacity wedding venue. The images show the building's bright and spacious interiors, which feature patterns and textures drawing inspiration from the zoo's mission to prevent the extinction of endangered species. Featuring an impressive gated entrance, the building will have its own large private courtyard, exposed brick walls, vaulted rafters and large windows overlooking the botanical gardens, as well as a host of preserved historical features.

The luxury space is an extension of an existing Grade II listed stable block that has stood at the heart of the 128-acre zoo since it opened in 1931. The original structures were once home to some of the attraction's first animals such as lions, bears and chimpanzees. Zoo conservationists say they plan to retain the rich history and character of the building, while renovating and extending some areas using sustainably-sourced, wildlife-friendly materials.

Posted: 27 October 2022

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