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January/February 2019
January/February 2019
With Christmas, New Year’s Eve and Valentine’s Day being the three most popular times to get engaged, many of you will be picking up the magazine for the first time – with a shiny new rock on your finger! I know that wedding planning can feel like a mountain to climb in the beginning, which is why we pack these pages with as much expert advice and inspiration as we can squeeze in, so you can plan the best day of your life.

Your first port of call is to find the setting for your big day. You’re absolutely spoiled for choice in Cheshire and Merseyside with some of the most varied and unusual venues in the country; turn to page 19 for our top picks. If you love a good nose like I do, then turn to page 36 for our gorgeous real weddings and see how other couples have rocked their day in their own way. Over on page 77, our fabulous fashion editor, Claire Ridley, is showcasing some of the most dramatic and showstopping gowns money can buy – make sure you check them out!

Once upon a time
Image provided by Matthew Rycraft
Once upon a time
Steph and Craig had the perfect fairytale wedding at Knowsley Hall

Read all the details of their big day on page 36 of the current issue, available now: www.yourcheshiremerseyside.wedding/index.cfm
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Local lovelies
Local lovelies
Capesthorne Hall

Set in the heart of the Cheshire countryside, along an elegant driveway, the exquisite grounds of Capesthorne Hall include formal gardens, lakes, woodland and parkland. This prestigious Jacobean stately home, which comprises the Courtyard, Main Hall and contemporary Lakeside Wing, can be hired exclusively for weddings. The interior boasts a wealth of period features including chandeliers, feature fireplaces, ornate Italian paintings and sculptures.

The venue has a range of ceremony spaces for up to 150 guests. The ornate Lakeside Gazebo is a stunning outdoor setting with a tree-lined avenue creating a natural aisle. Inside, there’s the magnificent Drawing Room, Queen Anne Room and Lakeside Wing. The intimate family chapel, set within the grounds, can also be used for blessings.

Drinks receptions are usually held in the Saloon, which offers views over the lawn and woodland. If the weather is fine, loved ones can spill on to the terrace outside. The Lakeside Wing plays host to evening parties for up to 180 people.

Reduced rates for accommodation are available for the wedding party, and free tasting sessions are provided.

Visit: www.capesthorne.com

Check out more local venues on page 19 of the current issue, available now: www.yourcheshiremerseyside.wedding/index.cfm
We talked to Chester-based The Ceramic Botanist about how to preserve your wedding flowers
We talked to Chester-based The Ceramic Botanist about how to preserve your wedding flowers
Ever wondered what you'll do with your wedding flowers after the big day? Chester-based The Ceramic Botanist has the answer.

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Dramatic dresses
Dramatic dresses
These showstopping gowns aren't for the faint-hearted

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Land of the Gods
Land of the Gods
Editor Hannah Faulder experiences Cretan hospitality at the luxurious Blue Palace Resort & Spa.

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Readers' poll
What we've learnt from the latest reader poll at www.yourcheshiremerseyside.wedding

How will you be paying for your wedding day?

We have saved for our big day: 64%
Our families have helped: 21%
We're going low-key so it doesn't cost too much: 15%
The credit card: 0%
Forthcoming Events
Please note: All dates are subject to changes, contact organisers for more information before making arrangements. To view more events, please visit the events page on our website...

19-20 Jan 2019 - The Liverpool & North West Wedding Show
Exhibition Centre Liverpool, Kings Dock, Liverpool L3 4FP

27 Jan 2019 - Capesthorne Hall Wedding Fair
Capesthorne Hall, Siddington, Macclesfield, Cheshire Sk11 9JY

10 Feb 2019 - Knowsley Hall Wedding Open Day
Knowsley Hall, Prescot, Merseyside, L34 4AJ

21 Feb 2019 - Suites Hotel & Spa Wedding Open Eveing
Suites Hotel & Spa, Ribblers Lane, Knowsley, L34 9HA

10 Mar 2019 - Knowsley Hall Annual Wedding Show
Knowsley Park, Knowsley, Prescot L34 4AG

24 Mar 2019 - Macclesfield Golf Club Wedding Fayre
The Hollins, Macclesfield, Cheshire SK10 3NP
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