Wedding Planning

The top wedding planning apps in 2019

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The 9 Best Apps to Make Wedding Planning Easy - Thanks to technology, it has never been easier to plan a wedding. Read the infographic below to discover the top wedding planning apps in 2019!


The past decade has seen the emergence of thousands of specialised wedding planning apps. But with so many apps to choose from, how can you tell which ones will best serve your unique needs? This infographic guide from the team at Valentina Fine Diamonds lists out the nine best free and premium apps every bride and groom to-be needs to know about in 2019.


Unique Wedding Favour Ideas

Personalised wedding favours

As the wedding season officially kicks off, so does the hunt for unique wedding favour ideas to give to your guests. We’re a long way from the traditional wedding favour of sugared almonds, today, couples are splashing the cash on everything from personalised scented candles to miniature bottles of their favourite tipples. Finding wedding favours that are unique has become a quest in itself, with many a disheartened future bride or groom finding themselves sitting at a wedding faced with their own ‘great idea’ next to their place card. 


So what can you do in order to make your favours stand out from the crowd? The answer is to go custom. 


Tapenade shares wedding predictions and trends for 2019

Tapenade Table Setting

For those celebrating a festive engagement, trends and predictions for the coming year will be a welcome part of the exciting plans taking form. Multi-award-winning specialist caterer Tapenade shares thoughts for creating the ideal wedding in 2019. 

Executive head chef of Tapenade, John Hearn, offers his top five predicted trends for the year ahead of wedding planning. With 20+ years’ experience in the event catering industry, John’s advice is sure to give couples looking to tie the knot that expert assurance to make their big day a success. 

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How to create the perfect tipi wedding

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By Donna Taylor, Taylored Plans.

There are so many options when it comes to wedding venues and styles, that it can be overwhelming for even the most wedding-savvy couples.  A purpose-built event space, such as hotel or hall, may not be your idea of the perfect space and something more bespoke may be more appealing. 

Starlight Tipis, based North-east Scotland, offers spectacular tipi weddings. We have compiled some top tips for you to ensure you are completely prepared, and you and your guests have an unforgettable day! 

Budget is important! 

The ready-made Insta-worthy Confetti Bar

The ready-made Insta-worthy Confetti Bar

Your wedding day is the best day of your life, and in the age of Instagram, making sure every little detail is just right and exactly how you imagined helps to make your day perfect. As a little helping hand, Shropshire Petals have just launched their new Confetti Bar package, the ideal ready-made confetti bundle for you to create a beautiful, Insta-worthy confetti bar.

Confetti Bars are a popular choice for 2019 as they create a focal point for your guests, which get them fully involved with your confetti moment. The Confetti Bar is ideal to place inside or outside your venue ready for guests to create their own confetti cocktail, ready to shower you with to celebrate your newly married status.

Kensington Palace welcomes guests to Historic Royal Palaces’ annual Wedding Showcase

Kensington Palace Historic Royal Palaces’ annual Wedding Showcase

Kensington Palace, one of six palaces cared for by independent charity Historic Royal Palaces, welcomed 120 high profile wedding planners, press and bloggers to the charity’s annual cross-palace wedding showcase on Wednesday 21 November. 

The evening began with a Cattier champagne reception in the King’s Drawing Room, part of the State Apartments which were recently licensed to host civil ceremonies for the very first time. Decorated with floral plinths by Hayford & Rhodes, guests took in their surroundings whilst enjoying drinks and canapes served by Blue Strawberry, including prosciutto cannelloni with crispy ham, mushroom and truffle & pea mousse and roasted pumpkin & mandarin ice-cream lollipop. 

Bride to Be Box - ideal gift for the fiancée who's planning the perfect day

Example of a Bride to Be Box - inside

Fancy an impressive gift which will be useful for the planning of your wedding? Rhys Jelley, co-founder at Bride to be Box, explains why you should think outside the box…

Tell us about yourselves…

My wife Harriet and I met at university in 2007, where Harriet was studying for a degree in media and public relations and I was studying for a degree in international business management. After we graduated in 2011 we moved to Guernsey, where Harriet grew up. Harriet now works as an account director for a leading PR agency and I head up the partnerships and retail team for a large vitamin and supplement brand.

Why did you decide to start up the Bride to Be Box venture? 

Luxury wedding stationers launch new range of Wedding Day Guest Books

Luxury wedding stationers launch new range of Wedding Day Guest Books

Following the success of their hand-finished wedding stationery, norma&dorothy are expanding into wedding styling with the launch of their new Guest Book collection.

The 40-strong range is made up of beautifully finished books to suit all wedding themes; from clean-lined contemporary pieces to whimsical offerings.  Each one is personalised to capture the couple’s names, wedding venue and wedding date, making it the perfect keepsake. 

There are three different cover finishes available: hardback – available in six different colours with foil detail, transparent acrylic and 3mm birch. All books are filled with luxuriously thick white paper, which provides the perfect backdrop to your guests’ messages, and are bound by bronze wire. 

Foodie Weddings

Foodie Weddings

Gone are the days where the newlyweds never get to taste the food that they spent the last six months planning! As the food offering works it way up the list of a wedding’s most important elements, we explore the rise of the foodie wedding and how you can add your own tasty twists to your big day.

It’s safe to say that the foodie revolution has truly engrained itself in every aspect of modern life and weddings are no exception. With wedding cakes made with layers of brie and camembert and brides parading down the aisle with edible bouquets, now is the time to welcome in a new age where the cuisine takes centrestage. 

How to deliver a memorable best man or best woman speech

How to deliver a memorable best man or best woman speech

The biggest wedding of the year is now done and dusted. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex wed before millions of spectators and TV viewers, but the one thing we didn’t get to witness was the speeches. It has been hinted that Prince William’s best man’s speech was particularly “naughty” and that Meghan herself took to the microphone to express her gratitude towards the royal family for making her so welcome. 

Budget Wedding Tips From The Majestic Hotel

Budget Wedding Tips From The Majestic Hotel

As wedding season is well and truly underway, The Majestic Hotel’s wedding coordinator Alicja Kulinska has shared some insider tips for couples looking to tie the knot without breaking the bank.

Alicja said: “Weddings come in all shapes and sizes depending on the budget which couples are working towards. However with careful planning, savvy thinking and an innovative wedding coordinator, there’s no need to have to compromise on arrangements for the special day. 

How to Save Money When Planning a Wedding

How to Save Money When Planning a Wedding

Your wedding will undoubtedly be one of the most special days of your life, but unfortunately it may also be one of the most expensive. Last year, Brides Magazine reported that the average budget for a wedding is over £30,000, which is only slightly less than the average house deposit. With this in mind, short-term loan provider Wonga have compiled a list of tips and tricks to help keep the costs down when planning your big day.

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Five Ways To Make A Wedding Toast Totally Unique 

Five Ways To Make A Wedding Toast Totally Unique 

Toasts are an integral part of almost every wedding and, depending on how they are delivered, are often remembered long into the future by the happy couple. With many speeches likely to be delivered at a wedding, Emma Cullen, Creative Content Producer at the online, interactive presentation platform, Mentimeter, provides expert tips on you can make your toast unique. 

Save money and have a cruise wedding

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Have you ever considered getting married at sea, and having a cruise wedding? We have spoken with Adam Coulter, UK Managing Editor, Cruise Critic, to get the the ins and outs of having a cruise wedding.

Getting married at sea has never been as popular, with some cruise lines offering packages that start at just £1,010 in comparison with the average £30,000 cost of a UK wedding. Many cruises also offer a variety of services to help you plan a shipboard or shoreside ceremony, followed by a romantic cruise honeymoon. This enables couples to get married onboard or in a beautiful location without the immense hassle or expense of wedding planning. The fact that the captain can tie the knot in the absence of a priest, also makes a cruise particularly romantic. 

How to be more ethical on your wedding day

Ethical wedding

We are all more aware of being ethical in our day to day lives but you can also have an ethical wedding. There are venues and catering companies offering ethical values but there are other ways of reducing the footprint of your special day and it’s all about looking to see what you already have to reduce waste.

For instance, one way of making sure your dress is ethical is by asking your family what they have that could possibly be re-used or upcycled. Your Mum might still have her dress or veil which although might not be your style can be cut up and completely restyled by the right designer.