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For so long, soon-to-be newlyweds have faced disappointing setbacks and delays due to the number of guests being drastically curtailed and most wedding ceremonies suspended during peak lockdown. While couples await a fixed date for the return of larger weddings, many will be starting to plan their nuptials and looking forward to a bigger celebration. Emma-Lou Montgomery, associate director for Personal Investing at Fidelity International has shared a few savvy savings tips for those aiming to tie the knot this year.
Posted: 28 May 2021
It hasn't been the easiest of times to get engaged and plan a wedding but that aside, things are on the up! With restrictions being lifted and venues opening, hen weekends are now set to go ahead... Here experience specialist Fizzbox.com, share their recommendations on the best hen weekend destinations for 2021
Posted: 26 May 2021
Celebrity florist and designer, Larry Walshe, provides insights and expert guidance on post-pandemic weddings for couples finally able to plan their special day. It is no secret that the wedding industry has been significantly impacted by the pandemic, but as restrictions begin to ease, couples are now beginning to plan their much-anticipated weddings and are eager to say "I do!" Typically, over 278,000 weddings take place in the UK each year, but with 90 percent of couples cancelling weddings scheduled for 2020, there's significant pent-up demand to tie the knot in 2021 and 2022. With little guidance or support given to the £14.7bn wedding industry, celebrity florist Larry Walshe, founder of luxury floral installation company Larry Walshe Studios, shares his expert thoughts on what weddings will look like from 21st June onwards, and how couples can ensure the celebration is one to remember.
Posted: 21 May 2021
What seemed a normal training exercise for Emily Craven, and her fellow inshore lifeboat crew from New Brighton RNLI took a romantic twist when her partner of four years got down on one knee to ask: 'Will you marry me?'. Nervous Tom McGinn, waited until Emily had her back turned to pull out the ring and ask her the all-important question in front of their delighted crew mates. Tom said: 'I was terrified, in a good way. It was later that it really set in what had happened.
Posted: 20 May 2021
With many international travel restrictions still in place for the foreseeable future and group activity rules fairly unclear, many married couples to be remain unsure as to how best to celebrate their stag and hen dos. Well, Last Minute Cottages has an abundance of luxury properties available in the UK for large groups of stags and hens! In close proximity to many different attractions and amenities, such as public footpaths, rivers to row down and more importantly, pubs and town centres the properties online are perfect for a celebratory staycation to remember. Those looking for a pre-wedding celebration to remember need look no further than Last Minute Cottages for their dream staycation property.
Posted: 19 May 2021
The pandemic has altered the wedding industry for the foreseeable future, and with many hen dos taking place abroad and bans on travel here to stay it's certainly a time to get creative. Gone are the days of drinks, a club, and a bag of ships at the end of the night; hens are looking for experiences to share with their loved ones. The team at Exploresweb has teamed up with their in-house spiritual guide to present the perfect hen do, according to your star sign.
Posted: 17 May 2021
We're here, we've finally reached Step Three on the government's roadmap out of lockdown - whoops and cheers! Here at County Wedding Magazines we take a look at what this means for weddings in the coming weeks before we reach the long-awaited Step Four.Limits at weddings, wakes and other commemorative events have been increased to 30 people. Other significant life events, such as bar/bat mitzvahs and christenings, will also be able to take place with 30 people. Up to 30 people can be at a wedding, civil partnership ceremony or reception. Anyone working is not counted in these limits. There is further guidance for small marriages and civil partnerships....
Posted: 17 May 2021
As engagement ring sales have increased by 50% in the last 12 months, engagement ring specialists at Steven Stone, explored which proposal traditions are being trashed by Brits planning to tie the knot. From a survey of 2,000 Brits, our research shows that getting down on one knee, surprise gestures, and asking the father for permission are not important to a lot of couples.
Posted: 14 May 2021
World Cocktail Day is today, Thursday 13th May, and the expert mixologists at The Lakeside, a hospitality, wedding and events venue, have pulled together a selection of their favourite cocktails, coupled with a few interesting facts about each one.For any cocktail lover, World Cocktail Day is one of the best days in the social calendar, especially now bars and restaurants are reopening, it is the perfect time to read up on a new cocktail you are eager to try! The mixologists at the Lakeside have done all the hard work for you, so simply sit back, relax and fall in love with a new cocktail from the list below...
Posted: 13 May 2021
The highly anticipated diamond episode of BBC's All That Glitters: Britain's Next Jewellery Star, hosted by comedian Katherine Ryan, aired last night with a feel-good story that couldn't fail to melt the heart. During the episode a lucky couple received a very special bespoke 1ct diamond engagement ring. James and Clare, both London-based teachers who met at university, got married soon after. However, unfortunately last year their home was burgled and among other household items, Clare's treasured engagement ring was stolen - she was devastated.
Posted: 12 May 2021
From getting ready shots, to the first dance, there are hundreds of special moment to capture over a whole day when it comes to wedding photography. A favourite shot might be the bride/groom walking down the aisle, or the couple are always special post-vows; but it doesn't always go to plan, especially when involving pets, children and in this case... food! Take a peek at these food-inspired snaps that were all finalists in Wedding Food Photographer of the Year.... was the winner your favourite too?
Posted: 12 May 2021
Kelly Louise Floral Artistry is a bespoke event florist. Owner Kelly is passionate about what she does and only takes on a set number of weddings each year, which means the business does have to turn some away. She says, "Yes, that may seem silly, however we pride ourselves on having very high standards and offering a personal service to our clients." So, when you book you can expect to work with Kelly herself throughout the process and she's always on hand to answer any questions you may have.
Posted: 11 May 2021
Unbelievably, #EngagementRingSelfie has 17,952 posts on Instagram! This means you need to take a picture like a pro when posting online, and making it bang on trend. Printing experts Parrot Print have created a list of tips of how to take the perfect engagement ring selfie as the wedding season resumes; from the location, to the lighting everything needs to be considered for picture-perfect shots of pre-wedded bliss. Here at County Wedding Magazines HQ we say 'ready, get set, pose!'...
Posted: 10 May 2021
Flock founder Kathryn Dinsmore launched the company in April 2021 after finding her self facing redundancy due to the last year seriously effecting the events industry. Whilst researching hen parties for her sister's wedding, she also also discovered a gap in the market, "Most of the big companies were offering the same repetitive packages at expensive prices," shares Kathryn. "I felt there was a huge gap for a personalised planner that offers the very best experiences at a reasonable price."
Posted: 7 May 2021
In England and Wales, the law requires all marriages to be registered once they have taken place. The system for registering marriages is currently paper-based. The prescribed particulars to be registered for a marriage include details of the father but not the mother of each of the parties to the marriage.Calls have been made, both inside and outside of Parliament, for the law to be changed to enable the details of both parents of the parties to the marriage to be included on marriage certificates.Here at County Wedding Magazines HQ we think it's a great step forward in looking at changing some of the more outdated traditions of weddings and marriages and making them more relevant and reflective of the 21st century.Subject to the approval of draft regulations which have been laid before Parliament, the Government intends that a new system of marriage registration will be implemented on 4 May 2021 and that the particulars to be registered for a marriage will be updated.Until now, the document only included the names of the fathers of the couple, but a change to the Marriage Act means both parents will be included.
Posted: 6 May 2021
Located in the heart of Kensington, The Milestone Hotel is a luxury residence which marries mid 20th-century design with 18th-century architecture. With 43 deluxe guest rooms and 13 luxury suites to choose from, there's also The Milestone Residences that allow the authentic experience of renting a private home with the service, facilities and security of a five-star hotel.Licensed for civil ceremonies, The Milestone provides the perfect venue for an intimate celebration with traditional British style and unrivalled service.
The property's expert team of chefs, sommeliers, waiting staff and event organisers will put couples' minds at ease and ensure an ideal setting for the most important day of their life. The hotel itself is elegant and romantic lending itself perfectly to the occasion. Fine ornaments, antiques and unique artwork adorn the walls, and professional floral displays to complement the colours of the wedding party can be arranged. Intimate ceremonies can be coordinated in The Oratory – one of the oldest and historic wedding venues in the country.
Additionally, there are six luxury two or three bedroom residences, which are perfect for pre- and post-wedding days; couples can relax and rejuvenate after their special day soaking up views from their private terrace – the hotel is ideally located opposite Kensington Palace with views over Kensington Gardens!
Posted: 4 May 2021
As we excitedly continue our journey on the roadmap out of lockdown and back to normality; here at County Wedding Magazines HQ we're thrilled about every step towards weddings resuming to their brilliant best. What's more, wedding planning is in full swing now for those tying the knot from the summer and beyond, and what better place to start then choosing delectable sweet treats for your wedding day? A definite must-have! Petite, chic, colourful and oh-so divine macarons really are the perfect accompaniment to nuptials. Whether you have a showstopping tower to represent your wedding cake, or individual treats for favours the choice are endless – they can even be personalised. London's Oh La La! Macarons create picture-perfect bespoke macarons, designed to bring fun and joy to your special day.Handmade in Bloomsbury and naturally gluten-free, its irresistible bites of goodness are whipped up with a higher content of almond than most and filled with deliciously light buttercream frosting.
Posted: 3 May 2021
Do you know how much of an impact your big day could have on the world around you? Here are some startling statistics which might make you reconsider how you want your wedding to be.Everything we throw away which can't be recycled has a negative impact on the environment. If something isn't biodegradable, it could take thousands of years to break down naturally. Plastic is unsurprisingly at the heart of the issue. Individually, one wedding can produce as much as 20kg of plastic waste. What's more, the black bags used to collect the rubbish are themselves potentially harmful. They can take as many as 90 years to break down under the ground.
Posted: 30 April 2021
Whether groom, best man, father-of-the-bride, or a guest, dressing for a wedding can be a sartorial minefield. Get expert insight into precisely what to wear, no matter your role on the day with Charles Tyrwhitt.As well as being one of the happiest days of your life, it's worth remembering that your wedding day is one of the most photographed days of your life too. There's no sense in skimping on style, and your partner won't thank you for it come the big day. The first decision to make is whether to wear morning dress or a suit. Of course, there's no right or wrong here; really it comes down to how formal you'd like to be. Morning dress brings with it a sense of occasion, and can't help but impress. A black lightweight wool tailcoat, buff or sky blue double-breasted linen waistcoat, and striped morning suit trouser are truly timeless, and will match with a shirt and tie in all manner of different colours and patterns.
Posted: 28 April 2021
Renowned florist Ronny Colbie launches into the wedding season with some of the most exclusive, bespoke weddings for 2021. As the wedding industry looks ahead - following the planned roadmap back to full wedding numbers in June – this summer certainly looks set to be the summer of love with more pre-booked and rescheduled weddings than ever.Flowers have long been an integral part of any wedding, they deliver emotional messages, are romantic and passionate and a way for couples to express themselves. For big-day blooms, the ever-growing wedding flower trend is: go large and deluxe! Basically, the smaller the guestlist, the more decadent and grander the flowers.
Posted: 28 April 2021
After last year's wedding wipeout, it looks set to a bumper year for nuptials - so how do you set your wedding apart from the rest? Whether you've always dreamt of a traditional white wedding or you're excited to put your own twist on the romantic day, the planning is all part of the fun! With so many options out there, however, it can be difficult to settle on a theme. By analysing Google search data, Angelic Diamonds discovered England's top wedding themes...
Posted: 26 April 2021
Here at County Wedding Magazines HQ we're certainly excited about the hundreds and thousands of weddings that look set to take place this spring and summer - oh how we've missed you! One of our favourite things to swoon over when we see wedding photos is the.... flowers! Events florist Hazel Gardiner shares her top tips for creating showstopping wedding floral displays for all those nearlyweds out there looking for some blooming marvellous inspiration. Read on to find out how to create the ultimate garden celebration-inspired big day, a huge wedding trend this year...
Posted: 23 April 2021
From the North East and Yorkshire to London and Oxfordshire, Countrywide Hotels' properties are located across the UK in fantastic locations near top local attractions, stunning beaches and beautiful countryside.Whether you're after a romantic getaway in an historic stately home, a leisure break at a top golf and spa resort, of a family friendly location with the little ones there's truly something for everyone. Read on to find out all the latest news at Countrywide Hotels...
Posted: 21 April 2021
Fine jewellery e-tailer brand, Jessica Flinn, has launched a range of patterned gold and platinum wedding bands. Taking inspiration from traditional carved wedding rings, each intricate pattern has been created to add interest and elegance to engagement rings, without detracting from their sparkle. Each pattern flows around the whole of the ring, the unbroken pattern perfectly symbolising the unbroken love within a marriage. Here at County Wedding Magazines HQ, it's hard choosing our favourite... I do I do I do!
Posted: 21 April 2021
It's time to relax and unwind! After a year like no other, it's time to book in some 'ME' time! Enjoy an ultra luxurious spa day with an 80 minute ultimate face and body treatment, two hours use of The Mere's incredible spa facilities, a towel, robe and slippers to enjoy during your experience. All this plus a delicious afternoon tea included. £135.00 per person Monday - Friday or £145.00 per person Saturday and Sunday. Alternatively, Embrace the fresh air on the Championship Golf Course this Spring.
Posted: 20 April 2021