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Proudly Vegan Wines Review

Proudly Vegan Wines

Veganism. Whether you love it, or hate it, becoming vegan is very popular right now. Food brands all over the world are adding more and more vegan products to their ranges and Vegan weddings are becoming the norm. We all know that the food you serve at your wedding is extremely important, so if you’re opting for a vegan menu why not also opt for vegan wine?

Proudly Vegan are on a mission to prove that delicious wine doesn’t require any animal products, and that wine can be accessible to everyone no matter what their dietry preferences. 

The staff at Vows & Venues were recently given the fantastic opportunity to try some of the new Proudly Vegan wine range, and we were really impressed! 

Proudly Vegan currently have three wines available: 

Dremel’s top tips to personalise a wedding

Dremel’s top tips to personalise a wedding

Weddings are a joyous occasion to celebrate the love between two people and what better way to commemorate this than adding personalised features to the day itself and make your wedding stand out from the rest.  

Whether it’s table decorations, wedding favours or gifts for your bridal party, Dremel offers a variety of tools to help put your own stamp onto items for the big day. Here are some of Dremel’s top suggestions to help make your special day even more memorable: 

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Perfect Skin - The Wedding Countdown

Perfect Skin - The Wedding Countdown

Calling all brides, bridesmaids and members of the bridal party; if you’re counting down to the big day now is the time to get your skin in tip-top condition!  Forget about the dress, looking great starts with beautiful skin. A glowing complexion will give you confidence and ensures  you look your best on the day, as well as the hundreds of wedding pictures that follow… 

Read my tips below to improve your skin in just six weeks. 

Six weeks before the big day:

Ten Reasons to have a Winter Wedding

Winter Wedding

Summer weddings often take centre stage offering long evenings and clear skies, however there are a number of reasons why you should consider having a winter wedding and luxury hotel Stapleford Park in Leicestershire has created the top ten reasons why. Brides and grooms can create a magical day and celebrate in seasonal style. 

1. Your wedding will be unique

Winter brings with it a large versatility of décor ideas to suit any brides’ desires from magical and Christmassy to warm and cosy designs which will leave everyone remembering your wedding as being truly unique.

2. You won’t break the bank

Goldsmiths reveals the most awkward etiquette issues

Goldsmiths reveals the most awkward etiquette issues

A wedding - one of life’s happiest occasions - for both the happy couple and the guests attending. Or is it? A new survey by leading high street jewellers, Goldsmiths, has revealed some of the most awkward etiquette issues when it comes to planning, and attending, the big day.

With more than a third (39%) of those questioned being outraged at the thought of being invited to a hen/stag do abroad when the wedding is also overseas, 75% wanting to pick out their own engagement ring, and almost a fifth of singletons being disappointed if they don’t get a ‘plus one’ to the wedding -

Goldsmiths get to the bottom of the perfect engagement and wedding etiquette to create a conflict-free day!  

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Top Tips to Harness your Qi and Enjoy a Stress-Free Wedding

Top Tips to Harness your Qi and Enjoy a Stress-Free Wedding

Getting married at any time of the year can be stressful, but winter weddings that coincide with Christmas can come with added stress for the couple getting married.

It might be the most wonderful time of the year, but it’s no secret that Christmas is a busy time for everyone, add a wedding in to the mix of Christmas shopping, present-purchasing pressure and mounting costs can make December a tense time of year.

However, festive decorations, a chance of snow, and the general rip-roaring excitement for the most wonderful time of the year adds an unmatched level of excitement to proceedings and December can be the prettiest, most romantic month of the year to get wed.

Lancashire Wedding Stationer has Designs on Top Awards

Lancashire Wedding Stationer has Designs on Top Awards

First impressions count, as every bride knows.  The first date, the first kiss, and the first sight of “the” dress.  The first reveal to most guests of an impending wedding is the invitation; that sumptuous, thick envelope through the door vitally setting the tone for the whole special day.

Lancashire-based Jess Dick, founder of “Jeccabox” online stationery design, quickly realised that many couples wanted a bespoke service which really reflected their personalities, above what was usually on offer.  Marrying her design qualifications with a personalised focus on the bride and groom, her love of creating the perfect match has seen her stunning work make a real impression on the awards scene.

Wedding Wisdom: Predictions for 2019

Pink wedding flowers

Bethan Davies, Senior Executive of Special Occasions at Celtic Manor Resort, shares her insight on what’s set to be hot in the wedding market for 2019

As a special occasions planner at the Celtic Manor Resort, one of the UK’s leading wedding venues, it’s a privilege to be involved in making a couple’s big day extra special and it’s always exciting to see how wedding trends emerge and evolve.

This year pop-up ‘pimp your prosecco’ bars and flower walls have made regular appearances, however, in 2019 this is all set to change. Here are our predictions for top trends for the year ahead…

Eco-weddings

Why a blank canvas venue is ideal for creative couples

Blank canvas venue with a view of london

Every soon to be wed couple will have a vision in their minds of what they expect their big day to be like. Whether it’s an intimate family celebration, or a lavish soiree with hundreds of guests, its important to go with what works for you as a couple. While there are always small touches which you can use to personalise your big day, nothing works better for creative couples, than a blank canvas venue.

Top Ten Tips to De-stress Your Wedding

Couple De-stress For Their Wedding

Nobody wants to be a bridezilla, or a groomzilla, yet so often, the mammoth task of organising the perfect wedding day can get the better of even the most cool-headed couple. 

Perhaps it’s the event being called ‘the big day’, the knowledge that all eyes will be on you, or the idea of your in-laws dissecting each aspect of your hospitality that makes you want to hide under the duvet/elope/eat a tub of ice cream (delete as appropriate!). 

The tips below, compiled by wedding venue Newbury Racecourse, will help de-stress in the run up to the big day, making the countdown till you cut the cake, a piece of cake!

 

2019 Confetti Trends

Shropshire Petals Confetti

2018 has been a year for stylish wedding trends and colour, which is why we are certainly looking forward to 2019. With not one but two stunning royal weddings, 2019 wedding trends will be taking inspiration from both. Following in Eugenie and Jack’s footsteps, many 2019 couples will be opting for more eco-friendly weddings in a variety of ways, especially when it comes to confetti. Natural petal confetti specialists, Shropshire Petals share their top choices for confetti in line with some of the hottest predicted trends for 2019.

Kirkley Hall wedding day winners are floating on cloud nine

Kirkley Hall wedding day winners

A Gateshead couple are on cloud nine after winning a competition of a lifetime, where the stunning star prize was an exclusive all-expenses paid wedding day at Kirkley Hall near Ponteland in Northumberland.

The lucky names of Chris Laws and Gemma Wilson were drawn from a hat during a special ceremony hosted at the rural 17th-century Grade II building. 

Chris, aged 32, works as a courier and Gemma, aged 30, is a stay at home mum. They unknowingly grew up together and attended the same secondary school.  Their relationship has blossomed over the past eight years ever since they got chatting over a drink in a local pub.  Chris popped the question last Christmas by jokingly going down on one knee and proposing using a Haribo wedding ring.

How to deliver quirky dining

Quirky dining

When putting on a wedding breakfast, the layout and décor must be every bit as memorable as the food itself. From taking things al fresco to getting imaginative with table shapes and layouts, there are plenty of options to wow your guests aside from just the menu. 

Our variety of historic spaces (including the Tower of London, Hampton Court Palace, Kensington Palace, Kew Palace and Banqueting House) leave plenty of scope for creative concepts, and our teams are well-versed in delivering wow-factor receptions guaranteed to stand out in guests’ memories. So whether you’re planning for a heritage space or pared-back blank canvas setting, here are our top tips to help you deliver awe-inspiring, quirky dining…

Take things outside 

Vow renewals are not just for celebrities

Vow renewals at the Chester Hotel

Jay Z and Beyonce; David and Victoria Beckham; Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne – just some of the celebrity couples who have celebrated their love by renewing their marriage vows. But if you think that having a second wedding is the realm the rich and famous, think again.

A survey* showed that almost a fifth of UK couples plan to renew the vows they made on their wedding day – or have already done so. 

Around a third of couples who plan to have the happiest day of their life again do so to coincide with a milestone anniversary, while around a quarter see it as an opportunity to have the wedding they always wanted but could not afford the first time around.

Vow renewals are not just for celebrities

Vow renewals catering at Chester Hotel

Vow renewals are not just for celebrities – The Chester Hotel, Aberdeen welcomes couples saying I do, I do, I do

Jay Z and Beyonce; David and Victoria Beckham; Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne – just some of the celebrity couples who have celebrated their love by renewing their marriage vows. But if you think that having a second wedding is the realm the rich and famous, think again.

A survey* showed that almost a fifth of UK couples plan to renew the vows they made on their wedding day – or have already done so. 

Around a third of couples who plan to have the happiest day of their life again do so to coincide with a milestone anniversary, while around a quarter see it as an opportunity to have the wedding they always wanted but could not afford the first time around.