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For many people their wedding day is the biggest day of their lives together. Why not share your experience in Vows And Venues magazine. We’d love to hear from you...

In most cases planning the big day takes months if not years, with so much to think about, from setting the budget, choosing the venue, the dress, flowers, cake and the all important guest list...

It’s an incredibly special experience, gathering all the most important people in your lives together in one wonderful place to help you celebrate the start of your married lives together.

Wow-factor wedding cocktails

summer wedding cocktails

If your summer wedding is approaching it’s likely you’ve selected your dress, décor, venue and menu.  You’ve probably deliberated for hours about the flowers and pondered over the travel and transport plans. But have you thought about which drinks you’ll serve to guests as they celebrate your ‘I dos’? Summer wedding cocktails could provide the anwser.

“With so many other decisions to make, drinks are not often a high priority,” says Sarah Miller, wedding coordinator at The Barton Grange Hotel near Preston. “Many couples simply opt for champagne or Prosecco, with wine and beer for the tables. It’s a classic drinks menu that’ll appeal to many, but for those looking for a little something extra, cocktails can take your refreshments to another level.

Thorntons Pearls perfect for wedding season

Thorntons pearls - salted caramel

It seems the precious pearl is experiencing a wave of resurgence just in time for this year’s wedding season, with the likes of The Duchess of Cambridge, often sporting sophisticated pearl pieces at numerous Royal engagements.

 

As the elegant jewels make their return, the chocolate makers at Thorntons have put a tasty twist on the timeless classic, creating their very own Thorntons Pearls – the perfect chocolate treat to enjoy as you prepare yourself for your big day.

 

Liverpool hen and stag do (ideas)

Men playing qudditch on a stag do

A Liverpool hen and stag do has so much to offer for a weekend - full to the brim with culture and architecture there is lots to see and do. Famous for its World-renowned football teams and rich history of music it makes for an epic weekend away.

Take in the many sights especially the famous riverside Pier Head and head to Liverpool’s historic heart the Royal Albert Docks where you can enjoy year-round events, shops and its bustling bars and restaurants.

If you’re looking for something slightly different on your weekend in Liverpool, why not try a few of the more unique activities that Fizzbox has on offer:

 

A new breed of wedding fair is coming this weekend

Taking place at Stanford Hall, a stunning Grade 1 listed William & Mary House in the heart of the Midlands on 11 and 12 May 2019, The Unconventional Wedding Festival is a new breed of wedding fair designed to cater for the latest trends in the wedding industry.

 

Unconventional in every sense of the word, The Unconventional Wedding Festival is aimed at couples who don’t want their wedding to be the same as everyone else’s and would rather stand out and be a flamingo amongst a flock of pigeons.

 

The perfect travel wrap for a wedding

Women wearing pink travel wrap

It’s wonderful for the wedding season that Spring has come so soon, however the temperamental English weather can be confusing when choosing what to wear that will keep you comfortable as well as looking beautiful at an event which spans both day and night. Whether you are the bride, member of the bridal party or a wedding guest, the travel wrap is the perfect accompaniment to your wedding outfit, keeping you cozy in the chilly church, and looking classy during the reception. The Travelwrap Company has recently introduced the most gorgeous range of luxury evening wraps in two new colours, which are perfect for keeping you looking smart throughout the event whatever the weather.

The best Instagram honeymoon destinations

Santorini - instagram holiday destination

Instagram has become more than just a place to upload pictures of cute lattes and you #livingyourbestlife. As well as shouting about our best bits, it is also a major source of lifestyle inspiration, especially when it comes to travel. A places ‘instagrammability’ has now become a major factor for #passportready travellers looking to explore the world and fill their feeds with high def photos and drone shots of the world’s most incredible places. In 2019, the contemporary married couple should definitely consider the best Instagram honeymoon destinations, too.

Why London is the perfect city for your hen and stag parties

London at Twilight

With all the stress of planning for your upcoming wedding, you and your partner are probably looking forward to letting loose at your hen and stag parties. We asked Danny Horwood from Foxtrail London, who offer an innovative scavenger hunt in the city, to share why he thinks that London is the perfect place to celebrate with your friends.

A stag or hen party is the de rigueur way to celebrate the end of single life. Often the most enjoyable item to tick off the wedding prep list, a stag or hen do is the perfect excuse for the soon-to-be-wed to let their hair down after months — or even years — of preparing for their wedding day.

Say 'I do' to sustainable wedding gowns

Bride in sustainable dress from Rosa Clara Oboe

Social enterprise, Brides Do Good offers brides a more ethical way to wed, by connecting the power of designer wedding dress shopping with eradicating child marriage. Offering a wide range of sustainable wedding gowns at their pop up events.

 

Each year, 12 million girls around the world are married before they reach the age of 18. Nearly one every two seconds. If there is no reduction, the global number of women married as children will reach 1.2 billion by 2050.

 

In a bid to tackle this global issue, Brides Do Good, is encouraging women from all over the UK to say ‘I do’ to sustainable wedding dress shopping – and to harness the power of the bridal industry to support charity programmes that empower girls, educate communities and end child marriage.

3 top tips on how to buy a vintage engagement ring

A vintage engagement ring

Arabel Lebrusan of The Vintage Ring Company gives couples three top tips on how to choose a vintage engagement ring.

Each vintage ring has a beautiful history attached to it, boasting mystery and meaning within them. There are design quirks and flourishes that immediately identify a ring as belonging to a specific period of time, but it will bring you a unique pleasure to find the one that is right for you. Almost like you were meant to find it…

Spring wedding trends

Spring wedding trends – a birdcage table centrepiece

Jo Critchely-Saville, from wedding venue Best Western Plus Mosborough Hall in Sheffield, writes about the wedding trends for Spring 2019… 

This is one of our favourite times of the year as we welcome plenty of beautiful Spring weddings.  We have been working with lots of couples on their big day to ensure they have the most perfect day. We are constantly looking and researching trends in colours, flowers, food and drink, music and lighting to help our couples stay one step ahead and incorporate them into their wedding day.  Whether it’s a final touch to the flowers or helping a bride write a few words for her speech we are here to help and as a team have years of experience organising weddings and helping couples achieve their dream.

Help reunite a mystery engagement ring with its rightful owner

Engagement ring box with i'm sorry note

A national antique silverware outlet is asking members of the public for help in finding the rightful owner of an engagement ring discovered by a local couple on a park bench in Newcastle. The ring was found alongside a mystery note, which simply read ‘I’m sorry’, on Sunday 7th April.

 

A national antique silverware and jewellery outlet is appealing for members of the public to help find the owner of a suspected engagement ring and note found on a bench in Leazes Park, Newcastle.

 

AC Silver received the ring and note from a local couple, who said they found the items whilst out on a walk near their home on Sunday 7th April.