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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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Official I'm A Celeb eviction hotel, Carden Park, launches new Celebrity Package

The award-winning Carden Park Hotel in Chester officially announces that it was the chosen eviction hotel for the 2020 series of popular ITV reality show, I'm a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here and launches a 'I'm a Celebrity Experience' package for the public, complete with VIP treats. The 'Celebrity Stay' package includes all of the treats and sweets that greeted the celebrities on eviction. Included in the package is a delicious dinner comprising some of the celebrities' favourite dishes such as Cheeseburger, Spaghetti Bolognese and Sticky Toffee Pudding cooked by chef to the celebrities Graham Tinsley MBE and a choice of rooms where a personalised welcome plate, indulgent treat basket, a bottle of exclusive Carden Estate Reserve sparkling wine and a fruit plate will be waiting for them.

Posted: 17 December 2020

The next steps after your wedding: Financial planning

Zoe Bailey, Chartered Financial Planner and Director at Tilney comment on the next steps after your wedding when it comes to financial planning for life's milestones: "Major life events like moving to a new home, renovating your current one, or starting or adding to your family are exciting milestones but they do need careful planning. Putting a savings plan in place can help you meet your life goals as you reach each important stage of your life together," she says. Read on to find out more

Posted: 16 December 2020

Liverpool crowned the UK's most Christmas-spirited city

A new report using Google search trends reveals the UK's most festive and non-festive cities - Liverpool being a clear winner! With Christmas being slightly different this year, how festive can UK cities really be when faced with lockdown measures and tier restrictions? Thankfully, due to the wonders of the internet, we can still do our Christmas shopping, listen to all the Christmas songs in the world and celebrate with the one's we love via video call. The 2020 UK's City With The Most Christmas Spirit report by Sutton Manor Nursery ranks the most festive UK cities based on their Google search data, revealing the city with the most Christmas spirit.

Posted: 15 December 2020

The perfect flowers for you based on your star sign

Stuck for wedding flower inspiration? Read on... Signs the Zodiac originate from Babylonian astrology and can often offer guidance and comfort to those who believe them. Whether in times of struggle or marking a new start, Zodiacs are there to show the future is written in the stars. Whilst everyone knows that each Zodiac sign correlates to a different time of year, did you know that each Zodiac also has a corresponding flower? Zodiac flowers reflect each star sign's personality trait and offer insight into what the stars have planned for us. After all, each Zodiac is as unique as a flower.

Posted: 14 December 2020

Curate your own wedding gift box

With the updated Tiered Restrictions across the country, gift-giving in person is trickier than ever - and if you know someone tying the knot now micro-weddings are back, what can you give them? With Heath & Hill you can discover that elegant and thoughtful gifting is both stress-free and expertly executed. Its gift stylists source the finest products year round to curate elegant, well thought out collections; with the 'Build Your Own' concept you can take all of that expertise and add your own personal touch.

Posted: 11 December 2020

The new must-have wedding accessory

My Mask London is a new reusable face mask brand combining luxury, sustainability and protection entwined in one. The luxury silk masks are perfect for wedding days, for the couple or their guests, and contain three layers of protection; the middle layer is made from organic cotton infused with silver ions, while the silvadur cotton filter layer is also infused with silver ions making the mask antimicrobial, antibacterial and odour neutralising - also, important for the big day breathable!

Posted: 11 December 2020

December duo from Pantone for Colour of the Year 2021

For the first time in 20 years, Pantone has selected not one, but TWO shades to be 2021's colour of the year! PANTONE 17-5104 Ultimate Gray + PANTONE 13-0647 Illuminating were chosen because they represent 'A marriage of colour conveying a message of strength and hopefulness that is both enduring and uplifting.'Executive director of the Pantone Colour Institute, Leatrice Eiseman adds, "The union of an enduring Ultimate Gray with the vibrant yellow Illuminating express a message of positivity supported by fortitude. Practical and rock solid but at the same time warming and optimistic, this is a colour combination that gives us resilience and hope. We need to feel encouraged and uplifted this is essential to the human spirit." Read on to be inspired by this wedding-themed colour palette...

Posted: 10 December 2020

Christmas angels

Top wedding photographer Matthew Rycraft, who created his new brand, Rycraft Studios, earlier this year, has launched his Christmas photoshoots in his Birkdale-based studio. Matthew told us, "I want to bring a warm, homely and classy feeling to Christmas photographs during this festive period. So, I've reset my studio with the finest realistic backdrops available, along with some fantastic antique and vintage seasonal props." Whether you want the perfect shots of your little one, a family portrait, or a memorable photoshoot featuring the two of you, these sessions are a wonderful experience to cherish, leaving you with memories that you can hang on the wall.

Posted: 10 December 2020

Hatton Garden jeweller expert tips - ring cleaning

We're all now aware of how incredibly important it is to make sure that surfaces and our hands are cleaned regularly; but that means things like engagement rings, bracelets and wedding bands all need to be properly washed without being damaged in the process. Ben Stinson, an expert from the UK's leading Hatton Garden jewellers, Diamonds Factory, has compiled a comprehensive guide to cleaning your jewellery in the times of COVID-19, with some additional information about the effects of anti-bacterial gel and washes on your jewellery.

Posted: 9 December 2020

And the winner is…

The team at Thornton Hall Hotel & Spa is thrilled to announce their win at the LUX Life Food & Drink Awards, for Best Dining Experience in Merseyside. A representative from the venue commented, "We always go above and beyond for our guests. Whether they're staying with us in the hotel, just popping in for a quick coffee or they're having a celebratory meal in our restaurant, we always make sure they leave with a smile on their face. So, it's nice to know that all of our hard work is recognised and we couldn't be happier about this award." Find out more at www.thorntonhallhotel.com

Posted: 8 December 2020

How to navigate the stress of 2020 wedding planning

This year has been like no other, and for many of us navigating the worry of the health, livelihoods, and isolation of our loved ones is overwhelming enough - that's without the headache of planning a wedding this year. On top of the mental health issue the pandemic has brought with it, couples who were due to tie the knot this year have had an added pressure of uncertainty and heartbreak. How do you work with everything this year in a positive way? Try The Bee's Knees Journal, a slice of realist, feel-good gratitude with a difference

Posted: 7 December 2020

What not to say to someone who has postponed their wedding

With more than 75,000 weddings postponed this year the likelihood is someone will know someone, who will know someone, who has had to postpone their wedding day this year; and before you put your big foot in it, here at County Wedding Magazines we think you best continue reading! Relationship therapist Zoe Williams at the health and wellness brand GearHungry reveals the 8 things what not to say to someone when they have postponed their wedding and why.

Posted: 4 December 2020

NameSwitch series: Guidance for non-UK nationals

If you have moved to the UK from another country, are a non-UK citizen or dual nationality holder and wish to change your name after marriage, divorce, gender reassignment or deed poll you may be a little daunted about where to start! NameSwitch is the UK's expert in helping people obtain a name change as smoothly and quickly as possible, and have been contacted by numerous non-UK nationals in recent years, so have dedicated this guide to anyone who's a non-UK/dual nationality holder and is wondering how to navigate the name change process under UK laws. Read on to find out how the name change process works for non-UK nationals.

Posted: 2 December 2020

Give the gift of relaxation this Christmas

The £10 million luxury Spa at Carden Park opened at the start of 2020, and sadly has had to spend a majority of the year shut. If you're looking for truly special treat for your husband- or wife-to-be why not check out the variety of gift vouchers available on the website. Enjoy the state-of-the-art facilities while luxuriating in a pamper day next year. The vouchers are beautifully presented, and can be bought for specific packages, treatments or monetary value.

Posted: 1 December 2020

NameSwitch series: It's all in a name - how to change your's post-vows!

After all the precious time spent planning a wedding, and then the excitement of the day itself, followed by a honeymoon of a lifetime, do couples ever think about the admin after the big day? If you're embracing modern independence and keeping your birth name - great news - if you're traditionalist and what to show your newly married status by taking the surname of your beloved - then what's it all about and how do you go about changing it?

Posted: 25 November 2020

Almost Mr & Mrs gifts for would-be brides and grooms

Exclusively for Christmas, London-based Pink Positive has launched a collection of 'Almost Mr & Mrs' gifts for would-be brides and grooms, including festive mugs and sweatshirts. With 71 per cent* of couples postponing their wedding this year due to the global pandemic, the collection is a thoughtful way to bring some cheer. The collection also includes the signature 'personalised gift boxes' with custom gift message inside the lid to make every gift look amazing with a luxurious finishing touch!

Posted: 23 November 2020

Are we all longing for more romance?

Ahhh 'romance', here at County Wedding Magazines HQ we are, of course, suckers for a classic, romantic love story! Apparently, a quarter of Brits (24%) are to, and admit they are longing for a little more romance in their life, according to new research from luxury UK jewellery retailer Goldsmiths - who also looked at the UK's perception of romance in their own lives as well as the films they favour when they're looking for a little bit of love!

Posted: 20 November 2020

Spotlight on Haydock Park Golf Club

The team at Haydock Park Golf Club delight in creating beautiful weddings designed around you. From the moment you begin your planning to the time you leave as newlyweds, this close-knit and highly experienced team are devoted to making sure your special day is everything you want it to be. On offer is a choice of ceremony and reception spaces, which can be tailored to meet your individual requirements. The first of which is the Newton Lounge. Able to host 65 loved ones for your ceremony it offers fantastic panoramic views of the golf course.

Posted: 18 November 2020

How will law reforms impact weddings

In the biggest reform proposed to England's marriage ceremony law the Government's legal advisors have recommended that couples be allowed to marry in whatever outdoor location they choose. The current law, which prohibits couples from marrying in anything other than a permanent structure with a roof if the ceremony is to be solemnised legally, has been largely unchanged since 1836. The Law Commission (an independent body which scrutinises legislation) are wishing to radically modernise the current antiquated laws. There is a strong consensus from the public that reform is desperately required as the current laws are not fit for purpose nor are they reflective of the way in which people wish to solemnise their relationship.

Posted: 18 November 2020

Dinner for one? Individual catering ideas for weddings in a pandemic

Good food is very often simple food! We all know that coronavirus has thrown wedding plans across the UK into chaos. The traditional ceremony, wedding breakfast and evening do is being revamped and reworked from a safety-first viewpoint. Aside from the face coverings, hand sanitiser and social distancing, there's also the catering to think about. Gone are the days of canapés, sharing platters and serve yourself buffets – all hot spots for cross-contamination. Now, with the emphasis on not getting too close, innovative catering ideas that focus on the individual are coming into their own.We caught up with expert Liz Taylor, of wedding planners the Taylor Lynn Corporation, to hear her Covid-friendly wedding catering ideas that put safety first; without losing the taste, impact and importantly the style, from the occasion.

Posted: 16 November 2020

Diamonds are a girl's (or guy's) best friend!

Ooooh what a lovely prize we have in store for our County Wedding Magazines readers over the next fortnight. After such a miserable year, we're now at the start of a grey and gloomy winter season; what better way to bring some sparkle to your life than by winning a £200 voucher to spend at thediamondstore.co.uk? Whether you want to spend it on a little pick-me-up gift for yourself, or put if towards your wedding rings or bridal party gifts, the choice is yours if you end up being our lucky winner!

Posted: 13 November 2020

Perfectly packaged and posted

Sending gifts to loved ones from a distance has never been so easy with Letterbox Gifts. As many people have not been able to host their planned weddings this year, or be able to see family and friends, what better time to share the love on what would have been your hen/stag do, or what would have been your wedding day. Letterbox Gifts have everything you could think of for sending that special person a little something straight through their letterbox. Each Letterbox Gift is gift-wrapped by hand and comes with a free personalised card, making it just that little bit more special for your loved ones to open.

Posted: 4 November 2020

Liverpool is the second most popular UK location for proposals

New research has revealed the most popular UK locations for proposals in 2020 according to Instagram, and despite the pandemic, Liverpool remains the number two place to pop the question, placing only behind the capital. The study by family-owned jeweller, Beaverbrooks analysed over 10,000 proposal hashtags, including #engaged #bridetobe and #proposal, to reveal the most popular places to get down on one knee, and the capital came out as the UK's number one proposal hot spot.

Posted: 3 November 2020

How luxury wedding venue Braxted Park is helping fellow wedding suppliers across the country

Stunning Essex vedding venue Braxted Park has not only diversified and adapted its own operations to fit with ever-changing restrictions on weddings during 2020, but it has also formed the Association of British Wedding Businesses (ABWB). The association aims to support its members and fellow wedding suppliers who have felt the effects of the coronavirus pandemic, as well as act as a liaison with the government – something which is even more important now we face the UK's second lockdown.

Posted: 3 November 2020

31 is the age that the average Brit will get married

One4all Gift Cards has launched a new interactive timeline which reveals the ages most worth looking forward to and what makes them so special – revealing 31 is the age that the average Brit will get married! A survey of 2,027 UK adults also revealed that the age at which we are most happy with our lives is 36. One4all Gift Cards has launched a new interactive timeline which reveals the ages most worth looking forward to and what makes them special. Brits can reflect on happy memories from their past while looking forward to some of the happy years and birthdays they have to come. According to the data, the average Brit has already ticked off key adulthood milestones by this point – and in fact, it shows that your late twenties and early thirties are a time to look forward to, due to the number of special occasions and achievements that are taking place in the average adult's life.

Posted: 2 November 2020

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