Win the best hair reviver out there from Phil Smith BE GORGEOUS

The COCO-LICIOUS hair reviver

What girl doesn't like to be pampered?!  More importantly, what girl doesn't like to be pampered and looking her best on her wedding day?

Well now is the time to pamper your hair for your big day with the exotic fragrance and rich, moisturising properties of COCO-LICIOUS! Your hair will appear stronger and healthier with a hint of holidays.

Cruelty Free International also certifies companies under the international ‘Leaping Bunny’ programme, giving consumers piece of mind that products associated with this logo comply with the most rigorous international cruelty-free standards.

Win a Sereni-Tea Spa Day for two with Armathwaite Hall

Armathwaite Hall Outdoors pool which is included in the Spa day

We all know that wedding planning can be very stressful – so why not just relax with your friends at a spa day? There are so many benefits of a spa day for mind and body.

You should never feel guilty for treating yourself to a spa treatment. A good massage can take away aches and pains and help with joint pain. The sauna and steam rooms help you to sweat out toxins and a massage helps your lymphatic system to flush toxins. A spa day is also essential for when you’ve done a little too much indulging! Perfect for a hen weekend.

Now is your chance to WIN the number-one tan from Norvell

The self tanning kit from Norvell

When you are a busy girl (let’s face it we are all busy doing something – especially on our wedding days), instant self-tan is the ultimate ‘GO TO’ when you want to achieve an effortless bronze glow at the drop of a hat.

This is why Norvell’s fast-drying formulation is so perfect for our ‘Live Fast, Love Fast Beauty’ routine!

Norvell is the number-one spray tanning brand in the US, making ripples in the UK with their at home tanning range and spray tanning solutions.

Weddings help preserve historic hall for future generations

Couple getting married at historic hall

A MOVE towards more sustainable and ethical weddings is helping ensure one historically important property is preserved for future generations. 

Grade I-listed Samlesbury Hall, in Lancashire, has long offered a timeless, romantic setting for couples looking to tie the knot.

 But ceremonies held at the venue every year are now helping to protect the unique heritage of the eye-catching 700-year-old building - with the income generated contributing to its upkeep in order to keep it safe for years to come.

Samlesbury Hall director Sharon Jones explained more couples are looking to incorporate elements to their wedding that leave a longer-term benefit to the venue or local area.

Heartfelt keepsakes for your wedding guests

Giftboxes with Sophie design - perfect keepsakes for your guests

Traditionally, wedding guests would receive wedding keepsakes in the form of a bag or box filled with five sugared almonds representing the five blessings - Health, Wealth, Happiness, Long Life and Fertility.

Given to guests as a token of gratitude, wedding favours are still as popular as ever but these days there are a whole host of fun, funky and unique items to choose from. 

Luxury spa hotel offers FREE winter wedding for singing wannabe newly weds

Winter wedding at luxury spa hotel

A New Forest wedding venue is offering one lucky couple the chance to win a free winter wedding – provided they’re willing to sing for it.

You’ve likely heard of Marryoke, where wedding guests singalong to a tune, whilst being filmed for the wedding video? Well, in this instance, a luxury venue in Hampshire has taken it one step further; inviting prospective newlyweds to submit a Marryoke entry ahead of their nuptials – with an entirely free wedding the prize.

Why 2020 wedding trends are more affordable

An outdoor wedding - 2019 wedding trends

Your wedding day is widely considered to be the best and most important day of your life. That’s a lot of pressure, right? Not only do you have your own extravagant expectations to wrestle with, but also those of your friends, family and the cultural demands and wedding trends of the time. When the day comes to put your money where your mouth is, you could be in trouble. 

A recent survey discovered that the duties involved in weddings leave one third of bridesmaids in debt! And if that’s the state of the bridesmaids’ bank account, imagine how the bride and groom's bank accounts look! 

Never lose the stag or hen do kitty again with Pingit

Girl using Pingit sash to pay bill on Hen do

The pre-wedding send-off is a pricey affair with average man forking out £7,997 across 11 stag dos in their lifetime and women heading on ten hens at a cost of £5,510. Researchers from the social money app Pingit polled Brits to reveal that the average stag or hen do kitty, where shared expenses such as drinks and taxis are paid from, is worth a whopping £928.

 

However, while the costs and activities may differ, one thing remains consistent - no one wants to be left holding the communal kitty. With every man contributing an average of £104, compared to £68 from women, it’s no surprise that cautious Brits are worried about taking charge of it - 73 per cent saying they hate being the one designated to look after the central pot of cash.

 

7 tips every bride needs to remember when posing for wedding photos

7 tips every bride needs to remember when posing for wedding photos

When the big day arrives, every bride wants to look her best in those wedding photos that will be admired for years to come. But for many, knowing how to pose and capture the best angle of yourself can be a tricky skill to master. Luckily for all you brides-to-be, Clare Moreton – photography expert at  CEWE – offers her advice to ensure you look your best in a beautiful collection of wedding photos.

Looking for prepping beauty products? We review Arbonne

Arbonne beauty products review

For many brides, wedding planning involves getting into a good health and beauty routine before the big day. Vows & Venues’ Wendy Allen-Smith gave herself a facial by testing the Talented Twosome beauty products from Arbonne which promise to prep your skin and give it a boost in time for the photos…

Arbonne beauty products review

I was recently sent some fabulously luxurious premium beauty products supplied by Arbonne to review. The products arrived in a beautiful presentation box and contained two of their new products; RE9 Advanced Prepwork Micellular Water (£19) and Overnight Face Jelly (£36). This duo is named the Talented Twosome on their website www.arbonne.com. 

Your destination wedding: Top 10 steps for success

destination wedding - couple in old town

Launched in July 2019 and the first to market in the UK, Luvana.co.uk is a free-to-use online portal dedicated exclusively to couples planning an overseas wedding in Europe. Set to revolutionise the ever-expanding destination wedding market, Luvana is the first of its kind in the UK to showcase suppliers abroad in addition to those able to operate within the key European destinations. Bringing together a carefully curated directory of more than 2,000 respected brands at launch, alongside an array of functional tools and useful checklists, Luvana is destined to become the essential planning resource for couples marrying abroad.  

Mary-Le-Bone the perfect wedding gift (review)

Mary le bone gin wedding gift

With wedding season in full swing, you have probably been invited to a wedding or maybe even two? With a wedding invite comes decisions, for instance, what will I wear? will I need to stay overnight, what wedding gift should I get for the couple? Attending a wedding isn't as simple as it may at first seem.

 

Here at Vows and Venues, we like to try and take some of the stress of attending a wedding away from you, by sharing our views and suggestions on all things wedding-related, this includes reviewing some of the latest products to the market. Including some unique wedding gift ideas, such as Mary-Le-Bone London Dry gin Orange and Geranium Gin.

 

Vows and Venues wedding gift review - Mary-Le-Bone Gin 

 

Review: Wedding make-up bootcamp

Delfy wedding make-up promo shot

Vows and Venues editor Victoria Galligan put products from Delfy through their paces on a long, hot day involving food, drink and some serious socialising – would they crack under the pressure or prove to be the super troupers your wedding make-up bag needs?

If you’re looking for wedding make-up there will be many boxes which the products must tick before they make it into your bridal cosmetic kit. I looked for long-lasting, natural-looking and good-quality products for my wedding many moons ago, and brides today are still demanding cosmetics which they can have confidence in.

Caer Rhun Hall will make your wedding dreams come true - Review

Caer Rhun Hall - exterior

Our editor Victoria Galligan headed off to Wales for a fairytale weekend where guests are treated like royalty…

If your idea of getting married involves images of a handsome prince sweeping you off your feet to a traditional countryside wedding, where the views are breathtaking and the building is steeped in history, then Caer Rhun Hall can make your dreams come true.* This venue on the banks of the River Conwy is secluded enough to provide a cosy little bubble around your wedding, which only the lucky invited can enter, yet easily accessible for guests – just an hour’s drive from the M6 at Cheshire and a short journey from Conwy. 

Escape from the city into a luxury wedding venue - Review

Thorpe Park - wedding venue - reception troom

Vows & Venues editor Victoria Galligan headed off to Leeds to review a wedding venue but soon felt she was holidaying on the Med…

If you live in or around Leeds you’ll know what a bustling, vibrant and cultural city it is. For shopping, meals and a good night out, it’s the perfect location. Situated just outside the thriving city, close to the M1 and easily accessible from the north, lies Thorpe Park hotel – and it’s here where the pace of life slows down a little.