Why London is the perfect city for your hen and stag parties

London at Twilight

With all the stress of planning for your upcoming wedding, you and your partner are probably looking forward to letting loose at your hen and stag parties. We asked Danny Horwood from Foxtrail London, who offer an innovative scavenger hunt in the city, to share why he thinks that London is the perfect place to celebrate with your friends.

A stag or hen party is the de rigueur way to celebrate the end of single life. Often the most enjoyable item to tick off the wedding prep list, a stag or hen do is the perfect excuse for the soon-to-be-wed to let their hair down after months — or even years — of preparing for their wedding day.

Slimmer loses six-and-a-half stone for dream wedding

Aby after weight loss for dream wedding

New bride, Aby Dingle is celebrating an impressive weight loss enabling her to enjoy her dream wedding, despite fearing she wouldn’t be able to walk down the aisle. The 29 year old from Farnham, is now inspiring others on their journey to self-confidence as a consultant for The 1:1 Diet by Cambridge Weight Plan.


Aby suffered with degenerative disc disease, which initially left her bedbound, and had many physical and personal setbacks including losing her job. Her confidence was at an all-time low, but she was determined not to let this get in the way of her enjoying what was meant to be the happiest day of her life. As well as improving her health, losing weight was also her main goal, so Aby set off on her weight loss journey.


Welcome RSA House's new wedding planner - Olivia Parrott

Olivia Parrott wedding planner

RSA House, the award-winning Central London venue, is delighted to welcome Olivia Parrott as its new wedding planner and private event sales and marketing executive.

Olivia joins with a wealth of experience having been in the CH&Co Group since 2016 where she initially began as an events assistant before becoming a venue consultant. Olivia recently won the ‘Hire Space Unsung Hero Award’ in recognition her outstanding work at ITA Venues and her ability to continually exceed expectations and go above and beyond for each and every client.

Haydock Park Racecourse is a favourite Liverpool wedding venue

Happily married couple at Liverpool wedding venue

Haydock Park Racecourse is a renowned sporting and events venue in the North West and is well versed in hosting spectacular events. This is why many couples choose to hold their special day at such a prestigious Liverpool wedding venue.


The spaces and suites at Haydock Park Racecourse can accommodate small, intimate weddings or large celebrations of up to 500 guests. Alongside the exceptional planning and detail which goes into every wedding, the views across the 127 acres of beautiful parkland make the venue a truly romantic setting.


Your Hen Party Drinks Sorted: Bride’s Bliss Cocktail and More!

Cocktail to serve at hen party

Mixing up some spirits is a great way to break the ice at your hen party, but you don’t need to book a pro to help you. We have these delicious recipes from top mixologist and owner of the Grey Bear bar company Lloyd Brown and Baboo Gelato. Why not practice them with your maid of honour ready to show the rest of the party at your hen do?


Make your own hen party drinks with these 2 top recipes​


Tall yellow cocktail ready for Hen PartyBride’s Bliss

An English version of a mojito, with the perfect marriage of strawberry and cucumber flavours…

Top bridal jewellery trends for 2019

Bridal jewellery - Leo with Love jewellery with geometric design

Leora Moreno, a bridal jewellery designer who set up Leo With Love, advises on the top bridal jewellery trends for 2019…

In 2019 we see brides moving away from the more traditional gowns of old and focusing on pieces of different colours, lengths and styles – capes made of tulle, slashes of skin on show or a plunging neckline are all to be seen on the most blushing of brides. With dresses becoming more extravagant, jewellery is also taken up a notch; more is definitely more in this case. There are three big things to focus on to create your perfect look…

Come rain or shine: how to plan an outdoor wedding

Colourful umbrella at outdoor wedding

Samantha Richards of pop-up gazebo event specialists Gazeboshop, shares her tips on how couples can ensure their outdoor wedding day lives up to their expectations, no matter the weather.


An outdoor wedding day should always be a day of joy and celebration. The nervous excitement of the parents-in-law, the chance to catch up with old friends and, of course, the joy of declaring your love in front of your nearest and dearest - all of these are reasons to look forward to your big day. And so you should - it’s your day!


Wedding Trends 2019 from Benedicte Cormier

Bride walking up stairs in wedding dress

Bridal fantasy, Tropical greenery and Instagram-worthy personalisations are just some of the top wedding trends 2019.


Classic, elegant weddings will never go out of style, but creative couples will set a high bar for the industry and will bring, original and captivating trends, for the rest to draw inspiration from when planning a wedding.


Benedicte Cormier, Trendspotting Director at Nextatlas – an AI-powered platform that predicts trends and cultural shifts before they happen – expands on the top wedding trends 2019 couples should look into ahead of planning their weddings in the next year.


Wedding trends 2019


Choosing jewellery for your wedding day?

Wedding necklace

Dr Shaza A. Sabbagh​, PhD in Design and Technology from UAL, London College of Fashion, Founder of shathalondon.com gives her expert advice on choosing jewellery for your wedding day.

Are you preparing for your big day? did you think about your jewellery? Despite the fact that jewellery are the only wearable pieces that remain after the celebration, jewellery seem to be neglected.

The catering wedding trends of 2019

Pintxo food for wedding

During 20 years’ in the catering business, there aren’t many catering wedding trends Cardiff-based Emma Jenkins hasn’t seen come and go - from on table carving, to bangers and mash and local food fads – but one that is increasing in popularity this year is pintxo.

Pintxos are basically mini tapas. Originating from Northern Spain, they are the perfect light bite bursting with flavours, which plays to strength of single quality ingredients.

An informal bite, pintxo are leading the way in the laid-back wedding world, where couples are keen for a less regimented wedding, with no sit-down meals and rigid table plans.

Why art is a great wedding gift to give and how to choose it

Limited Edition Print by Mychael Barrat

For wedding guests struggling to find a present that is unique, personal and stands the test of time – why not give the wedding gift of art!

Original artwork is the perfect way to say congratulations to a newly married couple. It’s a unique gift that stands the test of time, that can be carried with them though their new life together, symbolising and commemorating their bond.

Whilst they may forget who gave them the bread maker or the towel set, a piece of art is a memorable present which can bring joy and beauty into their home every single day.


Here’s just a couple of reasons why we think Art is a great wedding gift to give:


Cranes Cranberry Gin the perfect match for any hen party cocktail experience!

Cranes Cranberry Gin

If you are reading this, then you are probably in the midst of trying to plan the perfect hen party, shifting through endless drinking games, cocktail recipes and messages about what you have planned. Just remember no hen party is complete without a colourful, playful tipple and Cranes Cranberry Gin is perfect for the job! This smooth and fruity, yet delightfully sharp Gin creates the perfect flirty cocktail for any stylish hen party, due to its deep red colour.


The Gin is made from premium cranberries and handcrafted in Cambridgeshire in small batches, by co-founders and identical twin brothers Ben and Dan Ritsema. Like all Cranes products, the Cranberry Gin is made from all-natural ingredients, with no added sugars or artificial flavours.


Bespoke wedding service at The Ginstitute

Gin in glass

Brides and grooms can now say ‘I do’ to their own splendid wedding day gin blend, as proud proprietors of craft gin brand Portobello Road Gin and curators of ‘The Ginstitute’ Notting Hill, launch a bespoke wedding service. 


The Ginstitute’s artisan scholars will guide couples to create a perfect marriage of their favourite flavours and ingredients in the 180-minute* session that culminates in bride and groom making their own bespoke gin; adding quintessential British luxe to arrival aperitifs, blissful wedding breakfast beverages or late-night party libations.


The top wedding planning apps in 2019

Items needed for planning a wedding

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.


Natural, Moisturising sun protection from MooGoo

Moo Goo sun protection

Heading off on a glorious honeymoon? Can't decide on the right sun protection? Look no further than Moo Goo.

Choosing products that offer the right level of sun protection can be tricky, especially when seeking a natural alternative, which both protects and hydrates the skin without being too greasy.

According to a University of California study, the process by which sunscreens absorb UV rays can result in the release of harmful compounds, potentially causing skin cancer and premature ageing. The potential risks are making a growing number of people turn to 'natural' sunscreens, which work by reflecting UV radiation off the skin like an umbrella or a mirror.


Wedding gift

With the wedding season upon us, the challenge is to find an extra special wedding gift. 

Look no further than the NEW personalised gifting brand, Vanilla Reindeer, who offer a range of gift bags, bottle boxes and bags (and cards) which are ideal for personalising with a photo and special message for the happy couple.

Prices range from *£6.99 – *£8.99 for the gift bags so something 100% unique doesn’t have to cost the earth.wedding gifts

Beauty products you didn't know you needed on your wedding day

Women using beauty products on face

Although we may spend months planning how we want to look on the big day and spend plenty of the correct products and a pro to do the apply sometimes unfortunate things can happen so these Beauty products are the ones you didn’t know you needed on your wedding day….but they’re handy to have anyway.

Top beauty products for your wedding day


For your skin