WIN a set of 6 stunning mixed-cuttings champagne glasses from Hurn & Hurn

WIN a set of 6 stunning mixed-cuttings champagne glasses from Hurn& Hurn

Let’s raise a glass to the happy couple! Champagne glasses are the iconic wedding gift, encompassing all the celebration, fun and elegance of the big day itself. But what if you could upgrade that wedding gift to something extra special? 

As luck would have it, Vows and Venues has teamed up with unique home accessories emporium, Hurn & Hurn, to give you the chance of winning a set of 6 stunning Pols Pottencoloured champagne flutes; the perfect wedding gift for the next Mr & Mrs in your life (or a treat for yourself – we won’t tell if you don’t!)

WIN £50 of vouchers to spend online at Zen Wardrobe

WIN £50 of vouchers to spend online at Zen Wardrobe

Who doesn’t love shopping for a new wedding outfit? It’s practically an unwritten rule that, once that wedding invitation lands on the doormat, you need to be on the lookout for a fabulous new outfit to rock up to the venue in.

It helps if there’s a big and beautiful range of styles to choose from. And it helps even more if you can get your hands on a chunk of free money to help pay for it. Funnily enough that’s exactly what we’re offering right here. Vows and Venues has teamed up with exclusive designer fashion label, Zen Wardrobe, to put you in with a chance of winning £50 worth of vouchers to spend absolutely anywhere on the Zen site.

How to have an enviable honeymoon in the Sunshine State

How to have an enviable honeymoon in the Sunshine State Florida

Florida is the perfect destination for a trip of a lifetime, and offers a little bit of everything when it comes to your honeymoon. It’s great for thrill seekers, beach bathers and romantics alike, with its endless list of activities to try, beaches to enjoy and incredible seafood to sample. 

Online travel specialist Florida4Less has compiled their top must do activities, so you can enjoy a trip of a lifetime in the Sunshine State. 

Underwater paradise: Explore the underwater scenery by hiring a glass-bottomed boat or take a drive down to the stunning Gulf of Mexico to appreciate the clear waters. 

Share your wedding highs and lows with Vows And Venues magazine -

Share your wedding highs and lows with Vows And Venues magazine 

and win £100 in vouchers

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.

Leeming House offers dramatic scenery and choice of entertaining spaces

Leeming House

Hotel review: Macdonald Leeming House, Ullswater, Penrith – by Editor Victoria Galligan

If, like me, you live relatively close to the Lake District but don’t get the chance to visit often, then stop. Drop everything. And go! As we drove up through Cumbria and along the winding roads approaching Ullswater, I was reminded of previous visits filled with pottering around lakesides, visiting tea shops and feasting in country pubs. I also found myself wondering why we don’t visit more often.

Revealed: The age-old tradition that means you’ll pay 113% more if you have a daughter

Revealed: The age-old tradition that means you’ll pay 113% more if you have a daughter

A bride's parents will still pay the most for their daughter’s wedding, forking out up to 113% more than the parents of the groom, according to new research by short term loan provider Wonga.

The poll of 1,000 adults that included parents of the bride, parents of the groom, best men, maids of honour, bridesmaids, ushers and wedding guests, looked at who pays the most money to be part of the big day.

The tradition of the bride’s parents paying for the entirety of the wedding may be a thing of the past, but the research did reveal significant differences in costs still exist between the in-laws.

Colour care for summer hair

Colour care for summer hair

With summer upon us and wedding, holiday and festival season in full swing, you need to be looking your best. Whether you’re looking for a whole new look for the sunshine or to simply revitalise your roots, the colour packages at Supercuts could give you the perfect look.

This season Supercuts have done the hard work for you by hand picking four of the hottest hair trends for you to choose from. Simply walk into a salon, choose your package A, B, C or D sit back, relax and leave with a hot new do for summer.

Groom Takes Flight to Propose on World’s Longest Zipline

Groom Takes Flight to Propose on World’s Longest Zipline

A groom to-be proved he is crazy in love this weekend by becoming the first person ever to propose on the world’s longest zipline in Ras Al Khaimah. Adrian Mackay, 30, from Bengaluru in India, showed that love really does lift us up where we belong by popping the question to his wife-to-be as she came in to land on the suspended platform high up on Jebel Jais, the UAE’s tallest mountain. 

The adrenaline-fueled proposal was supported by Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority and Toro Verde UAE who arranged for a ‘will you marry me’ banner to be unveiled as Mr Mackay got down on one knee 80m above the mountain floor.  

Say ‘I do’ at The Deck 2018 wedding packages

Say ‘I do’ at The Deck 2018 wedding packages

The National Theatre, one of London’s most prestigious and iconic landmarks, has unveiled its new wedding packages. These will be available at the soon to launch rooftop events space, The Deck, available to book now for events taking place from 6 August 2018. 

Set against the iconic urban architecture and statement concrete backdrops of the theatre, the stunning new venue offers breath-taking panoramic vistas across London.

The new space boasts a large reception area wrapped with floor to ceiling glass panels which can be retracted on warmer days to create a free-flowing space onto the private outdoor terrace, meaning the spectacular view can be enjoyed whatever the weather.

OppoSuits

OppoSuits

What started out as an idea while traveling through Southeast Asia has grown into a successful venture that has already taken this brand halfway across the globe. In just five years, OppoSuits have set up a range of over 100 designs and have customers in over 50 countries. The suits have been worn to an eclectic mix of events.

Embrace the beautiful game into your big day this weekend!

Embrace the beautiful game into your big day this weekend!

If you’re getting married this Saturday and you know at least half of your wedding party will be edging away from the dance floor and into a corner to watch the England game, don’t despair – embrace it!

That’s the advice from Michelle Jacobs, wedding planner from https://www.ritzy-events.co.uk

“Having been planning weddings for more than five years I’ve come across sporting events like this on more than one occasion, and whilst at the time it seems like a bride’s worst nightmare, you can actually turn it to your advantage and have fun with it,” comments Michelle.

Michelle’s top tips:

How To Buy Vintage With Lila's Jewels

How To Buy Vintage With Lila's Jewels

For Lila’s, wedding season kicks off in July, with the most orders of engagement rings and wedding bands coming through in during this hazy summer month. So to keep up with all you heat-wave love birds, here is the newest drop of pre-loved pieces from our favourite vintage jeweller and some tips on how to buy vintage! 

• The Seller: Trusting the seller is essential, as this means you can be assured you're getting what you're paying for. Make sure you choose someone who is reputable, as the description of the piece is more likely to be accurate 

Why London is the PERFECT Wedding Destination

Why London is the PERFECT Wedding Destination

When we think of destination weddings, it’s easy for the mind to conjure up thoughts of sandy beaches and palm trees, but why not something a little closer to home? London is an ideal location to tie the knot, offering both modern and urban charm, whilst also being traditional and historic.  

London is a petri dish of historic allure and allows visitors to live and breathe the progression of time and development from its Roman roots into the modern day. As a hub of culture, London offers an infinite amount of options and opportunities to suit every different couple; here are some of our favourites.

RIDE IN STYLE

5 Steps to Perfect Wedding Décor

5 Steps to Perfect Wedding Decor

Step 1 - Book Your Venue

Whether it be a big country house, village hall, a marquee, or an urban venue – look at the décor that is already there.  Look at the walls – what colour are they? Look at the furniture, ornaments and wall hangings.  Don’t forget to look down at your feet! – What colour and pattern do you see?  I have seen hotels with red and gold patterned carpets, and the bridal party chose hot pink as their main colour.  No no no!  Just no! You’ve got be a wizard capable of actual magic to make this work.  

The best venues are ones that have white walls, minimal décor and wood flooring – a blank canvas.

Step 2 – Hire a Wedding Planner

Nick and Hemione celebrate with film festival wedding

Nick and Hemione celebrate with film festival wedding

Rather than a traditional formal wedding Nick and Hermione Greenwood wanted a festival feel to their special day.

They decided to have their celebrations in a picturesque countryside location with a marquee for the reception, bell tents for guests and an outdoor cinema for the entertainment.  

They needed a projector for the speeches in the marquee that would be bright to cope with the high ambient light and easy to set up with no long cables to trip up their speakers.  For the cinema, they wanted a high resolution projector.

Solution
The couple tied the knot on Saturday 26 May in the small village of Benendon in a timber-framed shelter which has a traditional oast house roof, synonymous with this part of Kent.