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Selecting the right wine on your wedding day

Selecting the right wine with Bolney Wine

To celebrate the big day, Bolney Wine Estate has hand-picked a selection of award-winning wines guaranteed to impress your guests. 

Under £15 

If you are looking for a red that is the perfect accompaniment to a crisp cold winter’s night, then Bolney Wine Estate Lychgate Red at £14.99 is a fantastic match for those party nibbles and canapes. Aromas of blackberries, black cherries and peppery spices give it a smooth, smokey and velvety finish. 

Instagram or Instasham: Instigator of Wedding Stress?

Instagram photograph of a young couple, just married after dealing with wedding stress

With the average cost of a UK wedding in 2019 rising to £31,734 due to increase in pressure from Instagram[1], award-winning wedding experts at Dine, are telling attendees to leave the ‘Gram firmly at home with the launch of their Wedding Etiquette Guide for the Roaring 20s.

The guide helps couples and guests navigate the seventh most-stressful life event[2] with weddings trumping being fired and even pregnancy - by identifying the five biggest wedding etiquette faux pas to avoid this decade.

Why you should consider a Disney wedding

Castle at a Disney Wedding

Your wedding day is one of the most important days of your life. As a child growing up, we are bombarded with images and videos of what your wedding day should be – especially if you’ve spent your life watching Disney films. Those ideas have probably stuck with you, and when the time comes to plan your actual wedding, visions of Cinderella (and her gorgeous dress) may have made their way to the forefront of your mind. 

Having a Disney wedding can be an absolute fairy tale for brides and grooms that are huge Mickey Mouse fans, and let’s be honest – there’s nowhere on this planet that is as magical as Disney World. So why not get married in the ‘happiest place on earth’? 

 

Vegan-Proof Your Bridal Beauty Regime

Products to use to Vegan-Proof Your Bridal Beauty Regime

If you’ve made it your 2020 goal to go vegan, and if you’re in the process of preparing for your wedding, fear not, making your beauty regime vegan doesn’t need to be expensive or difficult.  It’s true the beauty industry can be overwhelming with so many products vying for our hard-earned cash, so how do you ensure that the latest skincare product is cruelty-fee and vegan too?
 
Help is at hand from showcasebeauty.com, the home of independent beauty has an array of cruelty free, vegan brands to help vegan-proof your bridal beauty regime without the hassle.

Kat Shares Her Wedding Weight Loss Story

Kat Sharing Her Wedding Weight Loss Story

Are you looking to lose weight for your big day but need some inspiration? Kat Burrows speaks to Vows & Venues about her amazing 9st wedding weight loss!

KAT'S WEDDING WEIGHT LOSS STORY

“My 30th birthday was approaching, and this occasion meant I finally had a lightbulb moment of ‘enough is enough’. Everything in my life had fallen into place except my weight, and it was time I did something about it. 

The perfect wedding present - Mermaid Pink Gin

Mermaid Pink Gin

If you’re looking for the perfect present for an upcoming wedding (or you’re just a massive gin obsessive yourself) then look no further than the gorgeous, award-winning Mermaid Pink Gin! 

Mermaid Pink Gin has been carefully hand-crafted by the Isle of Wight Distillery and is a gloriously smooth gin with hints of strawberry that goes perfectly with an aromatic tonic or a ginger ale. It is made with locally foraged rock samphire, lemon zest and grains of paradise. It's also sugar-free!

The gin is presented in a stunning, eco-friendly bottle that is covered in pink mermaid scales. It features plastic free packaging, as the Isle of Wight Distillery supports marine conservation - so it's tasty and good for the environment!  

How To Choose The Right Wedding Gift

Wedding Gift - bread board

Working out how much to spend and then picking the right wedding gift can be a serious headache. Fortunately, we have the team from Love Unique Home on hand to offer advice on the best wedding gifts.
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You don’t have to stick to a specific list they have created if you have something in mind, but these lists have been made directly by the couple and are highlighting items they would love to proceed. Remember, you can find something on the wedding gift list and get a slight variant on the product or get a personalised version.
How Much Do I Spend?

Top tips on joining your finances

Young couple thinking about joining your finances

Sharing your life with someone is a big step, but sharing your finances is potentially even bigger. While it’s easy to fall head over heels into a relationship, it’s very important to keep a level head when it comes to joining your finances together. Our research found that 67% of those in a couple now have a joint bank account, and quickly adapt to sharing finances and swapping personal details without a second though.  But if you’re going to do this, it’s crucial to make sure you’re on the same page from the start.

Knowing your legal rights on your wedding day

Couple on their wedding day dully aware of their legal rights

Months of time and stressful planning goes into preparing for a wedding day, but even with strict attention to detail, things can still unfortunately go wrong.

To ensure you receive the right amount of compensation if things don’t go to plan, The University of Law, the UK's longest-established specialist provider of legal education and training has put together a guide to your legal rights on your wedding day.

What should I do if my wedding dress doesn’t fit?

Alison Jaffa's 2020 Wedding Trend Predictions

Blushing Bride Box - Wedding Trend Predictions

Another year has already begun and everyone in the bridal industry is excited for what the 2020 wedding season has to come.  Weddings are becoming much less traditional with more couples choosing their own personal wedding journey. 2020 wedding trends will include; 3-day events, second wedding dresses, eco-friendly wedding, having pets as members of the bridal party and an increase in American trends like rehearsal dinners. There are so many exciting changes happening in wedding trends this year.

Planning a Bridal Shower (Infographic)

Planning a Bridal Shower (Infographic)

Since the wedding season is in full bloom, some pre wedding rituals are mandatory for our lovely bride to be. Doing something she will always remember requires a lot of planning.  The most ideal surprise for the bride would be to plan a perfect Bridal shower that would be a once in a lifetime moment for her. Not only would she collect beautiful memories of her loved ones but also lots of love and blessings from her entire family and friends.
Hosting a Bridal Shower is not an easy task.  You must ensure that each and every thing is up to date. From choosing date, time and venue for the bridal shower to thinking about the theme and the food, each and everything would involve a lot of responsibilities and proper decision making. 

Top 5 Hen Party Ideas For 2020

Hen party ideas - spa break

As we toasted in 2020 - we welcomed in a new exciting year, some of you may be newly engaged whilst others enter the year that you’ve been waiting for…the year you get married!
Whilst it’s exciting looking forward to the wedding planning and organization that is in store, there’s one part that is totally acceptable to hand over to your girl squad…. yes, you guessed it the hen party, so here are a few ideas to pass onto your bridesmaids our top 5 hen party ideas for 2020:
1.    Make it immersive

Wedding beauty trends for 2020 brides

Dr Qureshi on Wedding beauty trends for 2020 brides

From puppet facelifts to non invasive jawline snatching – one London cosmetic doctor has revealed three 2020 beauty trends that are helping brides look and feel sensational for their upcoming nuptials.
 
According to Dr Awais Qureshi, owner of Elixir Cosmetics based in North London, 2020 is set to be the year Brit brides ditch surgery in favour of quicker treatments designed to lift, plump and smooth skin ahead of the big day.
 
According to the skin rejuvenation expert the focus of brides to be has moved to pleasant ‘lunchtime’ treatments with little to no downtime, to complement the increasingly busy lives of the women getting hitched.
 

Say "I do" in the largest Limestone show-caves in England

Wedding in the limestone show-caves

Why not say “I do” in the the largest and most spectacular Limestone show-caves in England?
 
Whether your dream wedding is the ultimate fairy tale or a small intimate celebration, Wookey Hole can work with you to create a flawless and unforgettable day.  Wookey Hole Caves holds the most beautiful rock formations of any cave in England. With a choice of three chambers, this unusual and magical venue will ensure that it’s a wedding to remember!
 

Top Tips For A Do It Yourself Spring Wedding

Table decor at DIY Spring wedding

Spring is quickly becoming one of the most popular seasons to get hitched in; such a beautiful time of year with so many flowers in bloom, the sun is beginning to shine again and the days beginning to get longer once again.
Wedding planning can be stressful and overwhelming, especially when you’ve decided to take on many of the main responsibilities yourself. Whether you’re a couple looking to adhere to a tight budget or simply love all the DIY possibilities that come with planning a wedding, it is certainly possible to plan the wedding of your dreams.

18 years is believed to be the sweet spot for true wedded bliss

A couple in wedded bliss

18 years is believed to be the sweet spot for true wedded bliss and 267,961 couples could be celebrating that anniversary this year

A new study commissioned by Beaverbrooks the Jewellers shows that 41% of people across the nation still firmly believe in the concept of marriage.

As part of the survey, 1,000 respondents were asked to pinpoint the year in which they felt people are the happiest in a marriage, with the majority suggesting that 18 years is the sweet spot for true wedded bliss.

Some 267,961 couples got married in England and Wales in 2001, which means a lot of people will be marking their 18th (porcelain) anniversary this year*.

Macdonald Linden Hall Hotel opens its venue to brides and grooms 

Macdonald Linden Hall Hotel

With as many as a third of all proposals happening during December, hundreds of couples across the country will be entering the new year with nuptials to plan.
 
To help budding brides and grooms organise their perfect day, Macdonald Linden Hall Hotel, in Morpeth, will be hosting a special festive Wedding Open Day on Sunday 12 January, showcasing its stunning wedding space, opulent suites and picturesque grounds. 
 
As guests tour the facilities, they will be treated to a glass of Champagne and will be able to sample a selection of delicious dishes. Local wedding suppliers will also be on hand to discuss all the finer details and give them a glimpse into their special day. 
 

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.