Win a grooming and style consultation with Stuart Miles

Stuart Miles

It's not just the bride that wants to look their best on their big day. Grooms also want to make sure they are in peak condition when they wait at the end of the aisle, all eyes on them, for their wife to be to walk down to them. That's why Vows and Venues has teamed up with Stuart Miles, the UK's leading anti-ageing expert and founder of to bring our grooms this amazing prize... an exclusive one to one Grooming and Style consultation for your big day, with Stuart Miles. This can be over Skype for convenience.

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.

Pre-loved wedding dresses sought for charity auction

The Welcombe hotel reception

A wedding charity dress auction at Hallmark Hotel The Welcombe, is seeking pre-loved wedding dress donations from local brides that would like to see theirs enjoyed once again while supporting a good cause. The charity auction, which is in aid of children’s charity Molly Olly’s Wishes, is due to take place on Wednesday 11th April 2018 at Hallmark Hotel The Welcombe, Stratford-Upon-Avon.

Molly Olly’s Wishes was founded in 2011 to help families with terminally ill children to cope with the emotional and financial struggles that can come with their children being in hospital. The charity launched after parents Rachel and Tim Ollerenshaw lost their eight-year-old daughter Molly to a Wilms tumour. 

Lose weight for your wedding and life with LighterLife

Leah before and after

At the end of last year, Kent bride Leah Jones married her partner Richard wearing her dream wedding dress. The dress not only symbolised the best day of her life but also achieving her greatest goal of losing over 6 stone. Leah found her gown at the infamous Confetti and Lace and will be appearing on hit TV show Say Yes to the Dress this summer, you’ll be able to see her big day from start to finish. If you’re slimming down for the gown and are in need of some inspiration, read Leah’s story to find out how she did it, with lighterlife.

Jimmy Doherty's top 100 wedding venue

Couple dancing at Jimmy's farm

Nestled in the heart of the Suffolk countryside sits a unique and charming wedding venue that is certain to leave a lasting impression on all who are lucky enough to be part of your special day. 

Owned by TV presenter and one of the UK’s best known farmers, Jimmy Doherty, Jimmy’s Farm has recently been awarded one Conde Nast’s top 100 wedding venues in the world, and it’s not hard to see why. 

Predicted: What will be on the menu at the Royal Wedding?

Pizza for wedding menu

As far as traditions go, there will be a long list Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will need to go through on their day, and in the run up to the 19th May. Following the footsteps of Prince Charles and Camilla, the wedding will take place at St. George’s Chapel in Windsor castle. The guest list will include fellow royals, foreign leaders, church officials and celebrities and Meghan will be carrying a bouquet made up of myrtle – a tradition set by Queen Victoria. But what about the catering? As food trends change throughout the years, so does the royal wedding menu.

Planning your wedding event despite extreme weather 

Kelly Chandler, Wedding event organiser

The sudden downpour of snow and extreme weather in early March had a catastrophic impact on roads, businesses and schools almost everywhere, but one area that didn’t seem to grind to a halt was the wedding sector. Waddesdon Manor in Buckinghamshire reported its biggest and most vibrant wedding inspiration show yet, according to industry specialist Kelly Chandler from who was one of the lead organisers. Here Kelly talks to Vows and Venues  about her experience of organising the event and her top tips for planning your wedding event.

Pet pug Ted Gets Wed at Matfen Hall

Dog wedding

This Valentine’s Day the award-winning Northumberland Hotel, Matfen Hall, played host to a Metro Radio wedding.

Ted, the pet pug of Steve Furnell from Metro Radio’s Steve and Karen’s Breakfast Show, wed his canine companion Roxy the Corman Shepherd, at an intimate ceremony in the historic venue.

Listeners of the radio show have been following Ted’s romantic journey over the last few weeks and chose Roxy as Ted’s bride. The paw-fect couple were joined by their four-legged friends as they exchanged vows in front of the majestic fireplace in the fairytale setting of the hotel’s Great Hall.

The White Hart launch novel breakfast and reception venue

White Hart Venue

THE WHITE Hart in Weston In Gordano is officially launching its stunning, novel and contemporary wedding breakfast and reception venue for newlyweds this March 2018.

The Somerset gastropub has a 10-metre high tepee with firepit in its all-weather garden that can host events for more than 100 people and this year it is opening it up for wedding parties.

Will Pinterest help or hinder your wedding plans?

Table wedding plan

Our next blog is in from Natalie Lovett of Love to Plan. This time she's telling us all about Pinterest and how it can both help and hinder your wedding plans.

Pinterest is an amazing tool for getting ideas, finding what you love and coming across ideas to enhance your wedding colour scheme / theme, but I personally have a love : hate relationship with it as sadly a lot of what you see is either not available in the UK, is a styled shoot and has been put together as a one-off, or if it’s flowers, sometimes they’re simply not available at the time of year that your wedding takes place...very disappointing!

Brides and grooms have never washed their wedding clothes

Wedding dress in box

New research has found that one in ten brides and grooms (11%) have never washed their wedding clothes. The study, conducted by online clothing retailer Banana Moon Clothing, looked at how often people wash their clothes and how long they think they can get away with wearing dirty items. The results revealed that women are worse than men for not washing their wedding clothes.15% of brides confessed they hadn’t cleaned their dress after the wedding, compared to only 7% of men who hadn’t washed their suit.

Almost a quarter of those living in Aberdeen (23%) said they hadn’t cleaned their wedding clothing since the big day, followed by over a fifth (22%) of those in Coventry and 16% in Wolverhampton.

Intimate weddings: Why bigger is not always better

Milena Gorska

Vows and Venues would like to introduce you to our new guest blogger Milena Gorska, wedding and private events planner at The Brewery. Her first blog with us is all about Intimate weddings.

Milena works alongside senior members of The Brewery’s team, managing and overseeing the delivery of all weddings and private events held at the venue, from new enquiries and conversions to supporting throughout the event planning process.

Make the mother of the bride feel fabulous with a bespoke dress

Bespoke dress

Mothers are an important part of our lives, and having had mothering Sunday recently, it’s a perfect time to think about how they’d feel on the big day, especially as a lot of mothers will have waited their whole lives for the occasion and it can be as important to them as it is to the bride and groom. Everyone looks to see what the mother of the bride and groom are wearing as well as the bride, so of course they want to feel extra special and fabulous. The traditional mother of the bride outfit style isn’t one that all mothers want to wear, and to find that perfect outfit can be almost as difficult as buying the wedding dress. So the question then is where do they buy their outfit from if they don’t want the traditional look?