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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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As you wish: Alternatives to a fresh flower bouquet

We posed Jane Taylor of Maddison Rocks the following question... I'd love an alternative to a fresh flower bouquet. What can you suggest?

Jane says: There are so many routes you can go down for your bouquet from artificial fabric flowers, dried florals, paper blooms, floral hoops and those made from an eclectic mix of quirky, cool elements. Some of my more elaborate bouquet designs have musical and light-up elements, such as an illuminate candelabra and flashing disco ball. I even have a bouquet that blows bubbles! Many of my clients come to me with very specific ideas and themes and by working closely with them, I'm able to create floral sculptures full of unique and individual elements that tell a visual story of their lives and love for each other.

Posted: 28 April 2022

11 of the biggest wedding trends of 2022 - according to a professional wedding planner

2022 is surely going to be the year of the weddings - after many had to postpone their earlier dates due to Covid. And with weddings, comes wedding trends. Illy Goodall, founder of Illy Elizabeth Weddings, is here to tell you all about them.

With 2022 being the biggest wedding season on record, an estimated 2.5 million weddings are set to take place this year, according to The Wedding Report, here's all you need to know on 2022's wedding trends, according to Illy.

Posted: 27 April 2022

Surprise, surprise: We’ve heard of singing waiters, but don’t know much more...

We posed the following question to Paul Heron Phillips of Singing Waiters In The UK...

We've heard of singing waiters, but don't know much more. We'd love to surprise our guests. What can we expect?

Paula says: Singing waiters provide surprise event entertainment that gets any party started. Our professional singers arrive at your event before your guests and carry out a cheeky sound check, then we'll get into our waiter uniforms and go undercover. This gets us to the fun part where we get to know your guests while being disguised as waiters.

Posted: 26 April 2022

Find County Wedding Magazines on YouTube

We're never satisfied when it comes to providing our readers with enough wedspiration, which is why we've created our very own County Wedding Magazine YouTube channel! You'll find tons of big-day ideas, from venue tours to dream dresses, then take a peek behind the scenes of styled shoots featured in our titles past and present. We're adding more content all the time, so why not hit SUBSCRIBE so you never miss a thing? Simply head to YouTube and search for 'County Wedding Magazines' now

Posted: 25 April 2022

How to have a wedding that's unique to you

Planning your wedding can seem overwhelming, especially with so many traditions out there that you might feel you need to to include in your big day. But if a traditional approach isn't your kind of thing, adding elements unique to you can make the day feel all the more special.

The occasion is dedicated to you and your partner, so it's the perfect opportunity to infuse your interests as a couple into your celebration. Thinking of which personal touches to include may be tough, so here we're going to discuss some ideas that will assist you in making your special day all about you.

Posted: 25 April 2022

Expert advice on how to clean your engagement ring at home

Wearing your ring every day will take its toll - a build-up of things like oil, debris and cosmetic residue can create a thin layer on your ring making it look dull.

The good news is that there is no reason you can't keep your diamond as vibrant and twinkly as the day you received it- it just takes a little sprucing up every so often.

Jewellery experts at Queensmith have shared their straightforward tips for when you need to clean your ring safely at home.

Posted: 23 April 2022

Written in the Stars: the perfect wedding for your star sign

When it comes to organising your wedding you can be pulled in so many different directions, it's easy to lose sight of how you envisioned your big day. It's common to become overwhelmed and doubt what style of nuptial suits you.

So, instead put it in the hands of fate. Get the stars to light the way and offer some useful suggestions. Are you unsure if you would thrive in an extravagant event or would favour a simpler, intimate ceremony? Well your zodiac placement may be able to offer some guidance. We explore the perfect weddings ideas for each star sign.

Posted: 21 April 2022

Honeywell Biscuit Co's new wedding range

Honeywell Biscuit Co has launched a new range of seasonal and bespoke wedding biscuits - perfect as favours, place settings and gifts for the bridal party! Nestled in the heart of the Northamptonshire countryside, the bakery is home to more than 2,000 cookie cutters and a team of biscuit artists creating beautifully decorated biscuits for weddings up and down the country. When it comes to flavours and favour designs the team have taken on everything from the traditional to the weird and the wonderful. Various biscuit flavours are available from popular vanilla to gingerbread and all are suitable for vegetarians, vegan biscuits can be organised too.

Posted: 21 April 2022

The way to wellbeing

While undeniably wonderful and rewarding, planning your wedding day could well be one of the most stressful things you'll ever do. So, with another string to her bow, celebrant Jen Walker of Chester-based JW Ceremonies also works with couples to guide them through this trying time, not just the planning process but also that challenging transition from fiance to spouse. Her goal is to ensure that this is the time of her clients' lives – as magical and stress free as possible. Jen says, "Weddings can lead to burn-out, anxiety and friction within relationships, so being prepared for the project that lies ahead and noticing when you're becoming overwhelmed is key. After all, no one wants sleepless nights, coldsores and wedding jitters in the run up to the big day."

Posted: 21 April 2022

Ten jewellery superstitions to know before your big day

Certain jewellery worn on your wedding day can bring bad luck to brides and grooms, according to experts. Ethical jewellery experts Ingle & Rhode have gathered some of the most unusual superstitions surrounding accessories that you might not know about. From necklaces to bracelets, lots of jewellery has hidden meanings that are considered lucky or unlucky, depending on what it is and when it is worn. Some jewellery, like rosary beads, are considered good luck, whereas wearing pearls on your wedding day suggests that you will have tears in your marriage.

Posted: 19 April 2022

Darling, I love you: I want to give my husband a personalised gift on the big day...

We posed Rachael Whitwam of O'Hares Jewellers in Chester the following question...

I want to give my husband-to-be a personalised and special gift that he can wear on the big day. What would you recommend?

Rachael says: Popular gift ideas for the groom are personalised cufflinks or signet rings. These can be made in a variety of metals to suite all budgets and tastes such as silver, 9ct or 18ct gold, or platinum. Usually, we grave the front with your husband-to-be's initials, but there are so many ways to personalise them as you wish. We can set a stone into the corner for example, some people like to get their husband's birthstone or one to represent the month of the wedding. You can also put a message or the date of the wedding on the reverse side.

Posted: 19 April 2022

Prepare for wedding season gifting with Viners

There will be a whopping 350,000 weddings in 2022 due to two years of cancelled and postponed plans. With guests likely to be attending more than one event this year, as well as the happy couple themselves tying the knot and needing a gift list - where do you begin with choosing multiple presents?

Viners is a highly distinguished, trusted and much-loved cutlery brand with over over a century of cutlery manufacturing experience. Here's their gift guide for some much-need wedding gifting inspiration.

Posted: 19 April 2022

Leading the environmental way

In 2015, Gemma Wakerley took the decision to reduce the environmental impact of her busines, Booker Flowers and Gifts. At the time it was quite a radical move given the green agenda we take for granted today was still in its infancy. Fast forward to 2022 and her business in Mossley Hill is the proud recipient of the Environmental and Climate award in the Liverpool Chamber Innovation in Business Awards.

Over the years Booker Flowers and Gifts has introduced numerous measure to reduce its carbon footprint and environmental impact including everything from using renewable energy suppliers and reducing plastic waste, to souring local produce where possible and returning cardboard packaging to suppliers.

Posted: 14 April 2022

United by love: Enhancing your celebrant-led wedding ceremony

We posed local celebrant Sarah Nelson the following question...

We've heard about all of the different rituals we can have during a celebrant-led ceremony from hand-fasting to candle-lighting, but what's the difference and how do we know which is right for us?

Sarah says: There are indeed many ways to enhance your celebrant-led wedding ceremony. To choose the one for you, you should begin by asking yourself what the purpose of the ritual is or consider what you're showing your guests with it. Most rituals emphasis the joining together of two people into one couple. However, you can change a sand ceremony (where you pour different coloured sands into one larger container to show your union), to include your children and show the creation of a new family.

Posted: 12 April 2022

Nicola Peltz’s wedding gown inspires brides-to-be

Analysis of Google search data reveals that online searches for 'square neck wedding dress' exploded 1,556% on the 9th of April, just hours after Nicola Peltz and Brooklyn Beckham married at her family's estate in Palm Beach, Florida. A new finding by fabric experts Dalston Mill Fabrics reveals that online interest for 'square neck wedding dress' skyrocketed sixteen times the average volume in the first few hours after the couple tied the knot, an unprecedented spike in the public searching to mirror the bride's elegant custom-made Valentino gown.

Posted: 11 April 2022

Brits think Beckham wedding is OTT

Brits are on the fence about Brooklyn Beckham's £3 million wedding this weekend, with over half suggesting under £10,000 is adequate for a wedding allowance. As Nicola's father Nelson Peltz foots the bill, over four times the amount David and Victoria spent on theirs in 1999, we surveyed 1,000 Brits to ask how much they think is a reasonable amount to spend on a wedding day. The research, from event experts Gazeboshop found 23% of Brits cap their wedding budget at £5,000, while the majority of those planning weddings are happy to stretch to £10,000 for their celebration.

Posted: 10 April 2022

Elephant Gin's beautiful personalised gifts that give back

Fresh from winning Taste Master at The Spirits Business' Gin Masters Awards 2021, having been awarded the world's best gin by a panel of independent judges who described the gin as simply "stunning". 2022 sees the lauded brand offer their gin in stylish gifting options with a personalised dedication and miniature bottles which are great as wedding favours. Elephant Gin offers a gift that both tastes great and is one of a kind, 15% of the profit from each bottle also gives back to foundations that work to protect African elephants (they've raised nearly £1m to date)

Posted: 7 April 2022

Come on in: Soughton Hall opens converted Grade II listed coach house

The owners of Soughton Hall in Sychdyn near Mold have invested £300,000 to open an exciting new wedding and events venue on the the 10-acre estate.

The conversion of the Grade II listed coach house and stables has been a labour of love for managing director James Ramsbottom who says, "The Coach House was an amazing piece of bricks and mortar that was sat here doing nothing, having been operated as a restaurant by the previous owners. It was a waste to have a Grade II listed building without a real purpose, but now we've put that right. We've breathed new life into it, while retaining many of the original features. The Coach House is now available and we have already started accepting bookings.

Posted: 7 April 2022

Wedding open day at Tatton Park

The beautiful Tatton Park in Knutsford is hosting an open day on 8th May. It promises to be an event not to miss if you're currently planning your big day. You'll receive complimentary entry to Tatton Park to view the Tenants' Hall, which will be dressed in the venue's signature Tatton wedding layout, including table centrepieces, lighting and more. What's more, if you pre-book an appointment with one of the experienced wedding co-ordinators, you'll be able to view all of the event areas on offer at Tatton Park including the stunning gardens with views across the parkland. The event on 8th May 22, is open from 10am until 4pm. To book an appointment call 01625 274453/56 or email tattonevents@cheshireeast.gov.uk. Also check out www.tattonpark.org.uk

Posted: 5 April 2022

2022’s biggest TikTok wedding trends

We all remember the lockdown TikTok dance routines that everyone copied and shared on the app - also the start of the County Wedding Magazines' teams' obsession with The Weeknd's Blinding Lights track! But did you know, how much the app is actually used to help couples plan their wedding days? The hashtag #WeddingHacks has a whopping 103 million views on TikTok. From ways to keep your wedding stress free, to theme and location inspiration, the app is clearly a source of enlightenment for couples planning their weddings worldwide.

Posted: 4 April 2022

The myth of the Common Law Marriage

During the pandemic, temporary measures were introduced to the wedding scene to allow more flexibility and couples to proceed with their wedding even under lockdown laws.

Weddings were permitted to be conducted outdoors at certain licensed venues across England and Wales, which meant couples could still marry safely during the lockdowns.

In an exciting move towards helping couples have the wedding of their dreams, outdoor weddings at licensed venues will be legalised permanently as of 6th April 2022, under The Marriages and Civil Partnerships (Approved Premises) (Amendment) Regulations 2022.

Posted: 4 April 2022

Post-pandemic hen, stag and sten dos boom!

The wedding sector like many others suffered a huge setback when the Pandemic struck in March 2020 but unlike other industries, events were rescheduled rather than cancelled.

With that in mind, a significant increase in weddings is expected this year as long awaited plans are put into action to trigger the much discussed 'Wedding Boom' and with that comes the rise in belated hen, stag, sten and hag dos - get ready to par-tay like it's 2022!

Posted: 31 March 2022

Shhh... At-home beauty service Secret Spa has now expanded to cover Cheshire

At-home beauty service Secret Spa has now expanded to cover Cheshire. Thus far, its London therapists have received rave reviews and have caught the attention of celebrities including Amanda Holden, Mollie King and Pixie Lott. The idea is that Secret Spa's expert therapists visit you at your home allowing you to enjoy your treatment in total comfort, happy in the knowledge that you don't have to ruin your tranquillity by getting home afterwards.There are an impressive array of treatments available from hair, make-up and nails, to tan, lashes and massages. So, whether it's a pre-wedding pamper evening to make sure your skin is looking its big-day best and ready for your make-up artist, or you're looking for help with your wedding beauty look, the team are on hand to make life easier.

Posted: 31 March 2022

Springtime vibes: We ask Gemma Wakerley of Booker Flowers & Gifts...

We posed Gemma Wakerley of Booker Flowers & Gifts the following question...

We're having a springtime wedding with a relaxed vibe. How can we reflect our natural theme in our flowers?

Gemma says: We love to use locally-sourced meadow-style flowers for an effortlessly elegant spring wedding. Think ranunculus, parrot tulip and anemones in pretty pastel hues or bright colours if you're feeling bold. For a bridal bouquet we'd arrange stems into a loose, hand-tied arrangement with wild foliage, including asparagus fern and pittosporum tied with natural hessian ribbon. For brides wanting an even more effortless look, a simple hydrangea bouquet in fresh or vibrant tones with limited foliage may be your thing.

Posted: 29 March 2022

Sustainable wedding trends in 2022

With the world becoming more conscious of its own environmental impact, it's no wonder that sustainable weddings have been growing in popularity over the years. The alternative can also be a lot cheaper helping to make your wedding more affordable as well as eco-friendly.

A new study by Money.co.uk has revealed the most popular sustainable wedding trends on Pinterest, from sustainable confetti and invites, to rings, decorations and favours here's exactly what sustainable wedding inspiration people are saving and searching for in preparation for their big day...

Posted: 28 March 2022

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