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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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Good things come in small packages with Mercure microweddings

2020 has been a year like no other for those planning their weddings with an estimated 75,000 weddings postponed this year. However, it has given couples the freedom to let go of all those big wedding expectations; and for brides and grooms who would like a more intimate day, Mercure's Microwedding experience is the perfect solution. From country houses to city-centre modern, couples can find a Mercure venue to suit their personality and suit the new government guidelines...

Posted: 30 October 2020

Local shoot - Romance under canvas

Let's take a moment to appreciate this gorgeous shoot again from the Sept/Oct 20 issue of Your Cheshire & Merseyside Wedding, with even more stunning images that we just didn't have space for in the magazine feature. "Tipis are incredible spaces," says shoot coordinator and owner of Bouquet & Bells Claire Boon. "The canvas backdrops and handmade rustic furnishings just cried out for an autumnal styled shoot," she continues. So, Bouquet & Bells set about gathering together a fabulous team of wedding suppliers, capable of bringing the vision to life. The palette sings of the season with plenty of muted oranges, beautiful foliage and copper finishing touches. Claire says, "Those involved went above and beyond to ensure every last detail was covered."

Posted: 29 October 2020

Cheshire amongst the most loved-up places in the UK

2020 might not have been the best year for weddings so far, but that doesn't stop brides and grooms planning their big day. GiftsOnline4U, the personalised gifts online retailer, has delved into Office for National Statistics data to see the UK locations with the most weddings in one year. The research covered England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland separately to be able to reveal the most loved-up places for each of these locations. Read on to see what the data revealed.

Posted: 27 October 2020

How to create your own wedding perfume using flowers

Choosing the perfect wedding gift is difficult at the best of times; you want something truly personal and thoughtful. A lovely personalised wedding gift would be to make your own natural and organic perfume using the bride's (or groom's) favourite flowers and wildflowers - all from the comfort of your own home!A simple spritz of perfume is the finishing touch to the wedding morning getting ready routine, a great scent is not only a confidence-booster to start the day, but it will be a fragrance that evokes the memories of such a special event for years to come...While we all have our signature shop-bought scents, natural and organic perfumes can also be created at home with ease using your favourite flowers and wildflowers. If you're looking for a thoughtful and personalised gift for a loved one, or a gorgeous treat for yourself, then take a look at Serenata Flowers' guide to creating your own perfume at home using real flowers:

Posted: 23 October 2020

5 ways to treat your loved one this Champagne Day (today 23 October!)

Françoise Peretti, Director of Champagne Bureau UK shares her expert tips on how to safely celebrate at home and make this Champagne Day special. If there is anything that 2020 has taught us, is that it's important to celebrate those little moments of pleasure whenever we can. It's been a tough run, and there can be no doubt that we all deserve a joyful lift to start the weekend – wherever you find yourself this Friday. Each year on the third Friday of October is Champagne Day, an international day dedicated to Champagne: the original and pinnacle of sparkling wine. This year we are not able to throw lavish and bustling 20 guests soirées (how far-fetched does that seem now?), but spoiling a loved one at home and opening a bottle together is a familiar tradition that will definitely bring a smile to the face of the special person in your life. Here are my top tips (and remarkably easy ways!) to mark the occasion:

Posted: 23 October 2020

Fun, quirky and thortful - just what we need right now!

Here at County Wedding Magazines HQ we adore this range of cards for couples who have had to postpone their big day! With a whole host of different designs thortful.com has something for everyone; yes nothing can take away from the upset of a cancelled or postponed wedding, but a thoughtful card will certainly go a long way and put a little smile on someone's face. Check out this range of delightful cards to be inspired to send one to someone you know

Posted: 21 October 2020

Get wedding-ready with Institut Esthederm - prize giveaway

French skincare brand, Institut Esthederm's Cellular Water Fresh Moisturising Gel is the ideal moisturiser for skin exposed to urban aggressors and essential for use in your pre-wedding beauty regime. Suitable for all skin type, it acts as a shield against pollution, creating an invisible film that traps particles and pollutants. In addition to the urban defence benefit, this lightweight moisturiser provides all day-long water diffusion between skin cells for dynamic hydration. The skin is revitalized and glows with lasting radiance. Last but not least, it's quick-absorbing texture and practical packaging make it a men's favourite moisturiser too!

Posted: 19 October 2020

Achieve sweet success with Boutique Bakery

Do you have a sweet tooth without being a huge cake fan? This can cause a dilemma when it comes to the wedding showstopper. To cake or not to cake? We asked Nicola from Boutique Bakery for her advice on the matter. Read on to discover her mouthwatering suggestions. "A macaron tower is the perfect alternative to a traditional wedding cake, providing an unusual and beautiful centrepiece. You can choose to have your macarons all one colour, include hand-painted details, or even opt for a multi-shade ombré effect running up the height of the tower.

Posted: 13 October 2020

Get married now, party later! Top tips for a micro wedding

Last month County Wedding Magazines shared with our readers bridalwear designer Sabina Motasem's intimate lockdown wedding - which we loved! This month, here's Sabina's top tips on hosting a personal, intimate, micro wedding.... weddings aren't gone, and they're certainly not forgotten!Sabina says, "Embracing a small and intimate wedding now and having a larger reception later can be intimately beautiful and you get to celebrate again with your guests. After our wedding date was postponed several times and it became clear a ceremony and reception were off the cards. We had a small wedding in September with 15 of our nearest and dearest. "The new wedding restrictions are for legally recognised weddings only in the UK, which means all 'non-legally' recognised weddings are sadly not and follows the 'Rule of 6'. In these instances, many weddings may have a cultural ceremony now followed by a civil ceremony and reception later.

Posted: 9 October 2020

Winter cover-ups with Bellissima Brides

We asked Emma Page of Bellissima Brides for her recommendations when it comes to bridal cover-ups. Many couples have postponed their weddings to the winter, so how do we turn a summer dress into a winter wedding gown? Emma had some great tips. "Ask yourself, how long you're likely to be spending outside. There's no right or wrong to cover ups or sleeves when it comes to the wedding dress look you dream of. Sleeves in summer or strapless in winter, it can all work, and your adrenaline really will get you through anything. I wouldn't compromise your look for the season.

Posted: 8 October 2020

Win a gorgeous necklace from Jana Reinhardt jewellery

County Wedding Magazine readers have the chance to win this gorgeous necklace! The perfect meaningful gift for your bridesmaid or maid-of-honour, this ultra dainty pendant features a finely carved tiny hummingbird. As well as looking super pretty, the hummingbird symbolises joy coming into your life and new beginnings, perfect sentiments to remember your special day by. Delicate and subtle, this gorgeous necklace will add glamour and sparkle to any bridesmaid dress and is classic enough to be worn long after the big day.

Posted: 8 October 2020

Newly married? Make sure you’re both financially protected for the future

Major life events, such as getting married, provide an ideal time to take a closer look at your finances. For example, tying the knot is a good prompt for couples to assess their current financial setup and examine what financial protection is necessary for them, not just individually but also as a married couple. Often, couples are uncertain about what type of life insurance or cover is necessary or when it's best to start planning for it. To help newlyweds, Zoe Bailey, Chartered Financial Planner and Director at Tilney, shares some financial considerations:

Posted: 7 October 2020

It's cocktail o'clock at Thornton Hall Hotel & Spa

Thornton Hall Hotel & Spa has officially opened its new cocktail bar. So, whether it's date night or an intimate family celebration head to the venue's beautiful terrace and garden area to sip on a cocktail - or two - at the new bar. This opening has paired quite nicely with the area's musician friends who join guests every Sunday to entertain. So, taste the fabulous cocktail menu, eat some delicious food and listen to some fantastic music. Just the tonic to bring some sunshine into your life.

Posted: 6 October 2020

Make the most of a couples break at Cottons Hotel and Spa

Why not get away from it all and spend two nights with Cottons Hotel & Spa, Knutsford. Feel relaxed together, safe in the knowledge that everything you need is under one roof, tucked away from the rest of the world. This break includes all the extra special touches you need to enhance your experience, including a bottle of chilled house Champagne in your room on arrival. You'll also get a £30 per person per night dinner allowance; plus, a full English breakfast on both days. From £89 per person per night on a 2 night break. Based on two people sharing.

Posted: 1 October 2020

16 plants to improve health and wellbeing for your wedding

As brides and grooms adapt to even more wedding restrictions, Serenata Flowers has identified 16 plants with qualities that can aid health, improve wellbeing and ease anxiety - the perfect choice for wedding venues and receptions this year, and in to 2021. While the health benefits of plant-based diets are well documented, such as lavender, mint, basil and so on, new research uncovers the lesser-known uses of the nature around us, read on to find out more...

Posted: 30 September 2020

Liverpool's The Richmond Hotel boasts a new look

The Richmond Hotel, Liverpool, is a stunning Grade II listed building, recognised for its architectural beauty. As if this weren't enough to ensure a wedding day to remember, it has recently unveiled a luxury refurbishment.

Posted: 29 September 2020

Reform in marriage law

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. But for couples that might be unsure of what these reforms will mean in practice, and how and when they will likely to become law, County Wedding Magazines chats to Sebastian Burrows, managing partner at Stowe Family Law, to find out more about the proposed changes and when they might likely be put in to place...

Posted: 28 September 2020

Intimate weddings here to stay after Government announcement

Our little white wedding bubble hasn't completely popped yet after clarification on this week's Government announcement on weddings. Here at County Wedding Magazines HQ we can confirm that the new guidelines of 15 guests, reduced from the previous 30, doesn't include suppliers that are at the ceremony for work purposes.

Posted: 25 September 2020

Happy Birthday to Liverpool's Booker Flowers & Gifts

South Liverpool-based florist, Booker Flowers & Gifts, is celebrating its 35-year business milestone. This much-loved local wedding supplier, specialising in bespoke floristry, will be marking its own special occasion by gifting bouquets to 35 deserving community champions.

Posted: 24 September 2020

Brave Ground colour palette wedding ideas from Liz Taylor

Dulux's colour of the year for 2021 has been revealed: Brave Ground – a warm and grounding neutral shade has been gaining lots of attention on social media. CWM caught up with Liz Taylor of the Taylor Lynn Corporation (TLC) a wedding and event management company, to find out her ideas for incorporating Brave Ground into your wedding day.

Posted: 23 September 2020

Merseyside's Jackson Jabbers offers the voice of experience

Andrew Jackson, a former BBC radio presenter, recently launched a new voice-over agency based in Merseyside. In time, when restrictions permit, he aims to branch out into presenting and compering weddings.

Posted: 22 September 2020

What to consider if you’re planning a winter wedding in 2020

Emma-Lou Montgomery, associate director, Personal Investing, Fidelity International commented: "Weddings are typically a joyful occasion, however planning for one can be anything but - and made all the more stressful this year by the ongoing uncertainty caused by the pandemic.

Posted: 21 September 2020

Perfectly packaged gifts from BOXD

BOXD is a new online shop selling curated gift boxes which make for the ultimate pre-wedding surprise or post-vow thank you gift; from the bridesmaids and flowergirls, to the groomsmen - there's something for everyone.

Posted: 18 September 2020

Smelling sweet with Cheshire Scents Co.

Introducing a 100 per cent vegan and cruelty-free range of hand-crafted scents for the home. Cheshire Scents Co. offers a huge range of luxury fragrance products, including wax melts and warmers, bath bombs, natural soaps, bubble blocks, candles, plus a selection of bespoke gift sets ideal for your bridesmaids.

Posted: 17 September 2020

Carrington's Catering offers ask-the-experts service

The award-winning team at Carringtons Catering is collaborating with other industry specialists to offer guidance on a range of subjects from venue hire to photography, through to food and floristry, designed for brides- and grooms-to-be facing cancelled wedding days due to the pandemic.

Posted: 15 September 2020

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