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Healthy Hen and Stag do ideas

Women preparing to race

Hen and stag do’s have come a long way since the days of binge drinking and strippers, with healthy and active hen and stag do’s becoming increasingly more popular. A weekend of debauchery isn’t always everyone’s cup of tea, so with this in mind here is group activity and experiences specialist Fizzbox.coms pick of healthy hen and stag do ideas:

 

Bespoke Luxury Wedding – Why Self-Catering Makes Sense

Married couple stood in the grounds Woodhall Spa

You’re planning the bespoke luxury wedding of your dreams and you set your heart on a lovely country house in beautiful grounds for your big day and your hundred guests.

You draw up a shortlist of half a dozen hotels and arrange initial viewings.

You’re shown around the properties and told just how bespoke they’ll make your luxury wedding.

But how many others have been on the same conveyor belt and told exactly the same story? How many others have chosen their three course menu plus wine and fizz for a mere £120?

That’s £12,000. Ouch!

Here’s what you could be eating at a vegan wedding in 2019

Vegan friendly in love heart

There’s no question that the vegan trend is on the rise; with more than 3.5million Brits now identifying as such, there’s no sign of it slowing down anytime soon*. With more and more of us switching to a fully plant-based diet, there has also been a rise in vegan celebratory foods at parties and even prospective couples having a vegan wedding to fit their ethical beliefs.

The thought of a vegan catered wedding might conjure up images of raw crudités and vegetable cous-cous, but in fact that idea couldn’t be more wrong, with vegan dishes spanning a huge variety of cuisines.

Hugo Campbell, Co-Founder of Feast It, the UK’s leading event catering marketplace, predicts some of the delicious vegan dishes likely to be on the menu at vegan catered weddings in 2019.

 

SAY I DO AT YE OLDE BELL

Ye Olde Bell

Ye Olde Bell understands that asking your partner to marry you can be a daunting task but it hopes to ease the pressure by offering a special proposal package.

The country hotel and spa, located in the village of Barnby Moor, on the borders of Yorkshire, Nottinghamshire and Lincolnshire will create the perfect mood for romance.

It starts with an afternoon of total relaxation at Ye Olde Bell’s award winning spa, which features ten bespoke thermal experiences, stunning indoor-outdoor vitality pool, delicious Herb Garden Brasserie and alpine inspired alfresco relaxation areas.

Tips for the perfect wedding hair

Wedding hair with flowers

Charlotte Ricard-Quesada, founder of wedding planning company La Fete shares her tips for perfect wedding hair, so your locks are at their best for your big day.

 

Research 

On your wedding day, your hair is even more of an important feature than normal. The first step to take is actually looking at what you like, style wise. Is it an updo? Is it loose waves? Plaits? See what you are naturally drawn to and keep a Pinterest board or folder with your inspirations. Do also take your face shape and overall features into consideration to some extent: it’s certainly not an absolute rule but bear in mind that a style will look very different on a square jawline than on a heart shaped face.

Northside Farm invests in tiny cottages for wedding accommodation

Olivia Northside Cottages owner

LUXURY Northumberland wedding venue Northside Farm has shed light on its second phase investment plans into expanding its accommodation offering.

Northside Farm in Horsley has injected an additional £50,000 of self-raised funds to build four whimsical ‘tiny cottages’ complete with their own private outdoor seating area and fire pit by the paddocks within the existing glamping site which currently boasts ten timber wigwams with amenities.

The new investment comes just months after owners announced the first phase renovation of an existing derelict circular gin gang as part of a £100,000 total expansion plan for the 75acre working farm.

Top tips to deliver a confident wedding speech

Confidence coach Andrea Barker can help you deliver your wedding speech Credit: #LILK

There is always so much excitement involved with planning weddings, to ensure that everyone has a wonderful day. It can also be a very stressful and anxious time for those who must deliver a wedding speech on the big day; where all eyes are on them and what they say.

This speech could be from the; Groom, Best Man or Woman, Father of the Bride, the Bride herself or other nominated persons.  

For many it could be the first time they have had to stand up and talk in front of other people, and be the sole focus of attention, at such an important event. 

Holistic hairdressing by celebrity stylist Stuart Phillips

Holistic hairdressing by celebrity stylist Stuart Phillips

With more than 20 years’ experience at the cutting edge of British holistic hairdressing, Stuart Phillips has become the stars’ stylist of choice.

With an award-winning salon in the heart of London’s Covent Garden, Stuart has trimmed and tamed the tresses of everyone from Rolling Stones rocker Ronnie Wood to TV legends Jonathan Ross and Jamie Oliver. Hollywood actor Benicio del Toro and singer Beverly Knight have also experienced Stuart’s immaculate styling and attention to detail.

What's the hottest hue when it comes to wedding style this year?

Wedding style - coral coloured roses

Spiced Honey and Living Coral – both have been dubbed the hottest hue of 2019 by design experts, but which colour will win in the wedding style stakes? 

One is ‘sweet and spicy’, the other is ‘animated and life-affirming’ and according to experts in the subject of trends forecasting they’re the colours we’ll all be wearing, adorning our homes with and incorporating into weddings this year.  

Emma Major from Yorkshire’s Kenwood Hall Hotel & Spa debates whether Dulux or Pantone’s ‘Colour of the Year’ is the winning shade…

What couples want for a wedding gift | The Wedding Shop

Wedding gifts from the wedding shop

The Wedding Shop, the UK’s largest independent gift list service, have undertaken research into the world of wedding presents to find out what couples really want, what guests are willing to give and how to avoid the modern-day pitfalls and difficulties which can accompany wedding gifting to ensure the happy couple have everything they need for their newly-wedded life. The results are clear - despite some of the more traditional marriage celebration conventions changing, couples in the UK still want to be spoilt on their big day and have simply become much more savvy in selecting gifts. 

Glamping Weddings at Wigwam Holidays The Loft, the Highlands, Scotland

Wedding ceremony

Wigwam Holidays The Loft includes four star glamping accommodation, a ceremony room, reception area, a party barn, a working farm, a rural Scottish location, award winning beaches … all this and more ticks many of the 'vows and venues' boxes!

Wigwam® Holidays The Loft is situated in the heart of the Highlands between Forres and Elgin in Moray Speyside. Surrounded by 388-acres of farmland, including fields of barley grown for Speyside Whisky, The Loft is an ideal venue for a rustic, memorable and magical Scottish wedding.

Laura Ashley Hotel The Belsfield

Laura Ashley Hotel The Belsfield

Laura Ashley Hotel The Belsfield is a four-star luxury boutique hotel on the shores of Lake Windermere in the resort town of Bowness-on-Windermere in the Lake District. The hotel sits amidst six acres of landscaped gardens with unrivalled views over England’s largest lake.

The Laura Ashley designed property offers style and elegance combined with classic British glamour featuring nods to The Belsfield’s past throughout the hotel.Laura Ashley hotel Belsfield

Hold your own royal wedding at Kensington Palace

Kensington Palace wedding showcase – a wedding dress is modelled

The State Apartments at Kensington Palace were recently licensed to host civil ceremonies for the very first time. To mark the occasion, a showcase was held which proved that you really can hold your own royal wedding!

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.

The perfect wedding gift for newlyweds to embark on married life

Wedding gift card from One4all

Choosing a wedding gift that both newlyweds are going to enjoy can be quite the task, especially for those who haven’t created a gift list to lend a helping hand.

The One4all Gift Card is a great choice, allowing the happy couple to pick out something they really need or want as they embark on married life.

Newlyweds may want to use their wedding gift card to plan the perfect honeymoon and with a variety of travel providers available, including Kuoni, Thomas Cook and TUI, One4all makes it easy to organise a romantic trip away and have a peaceful start to marital bliss.

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. 

 

6 Healthy snack alternatives for before your wedding

Sian Porter Dietician

Vows and Venues have spoken with award-winning dietitian Sian Porter, who has teamed up with California Walnuts to share out the top 6 healthy snack alternatives to chocolate.

Snacking can be an effective, not to mention tasty, way to manage appetite between mealtimes, especially in the run up to your wedding and swapping snacks which are higher in fat, salt and sugars for healthier alternatives will help ensure you keep things in balance.

 

If you’re thinking about cutting out chocolate ahead of your big day then it can help to have some healthy snack options up your sleeve, ready for when the biscuit tin starts to beckon…

 

The ultimate instagramable hen party at Duck & Dry

Inside Duck & Dry

Brides at the ready! Forget Hen Parties, instead host a ‘Duck Do’ at Duck & Dry. Takeover one of our salons with your gal pals and create the ultimate, instagramable hen party.

Visit one of our prime locations and take advantage of our pretty and chic decor and leave with not only the most glamorous hairstyle but with ducking great memories too.

Check out our Chelsea and Oxford Street salons for dedicated group styling areas and crank up the volume at the Prosecco bar with your own personalised playlist hooked up to our sound system.

Low key or fancy, we can cater for all types of Hens Ducks. Have the freedom to decorate the space and bring all your party desires; butlers in the buff, cupcakes and games, we can work with you to create your dream party!

The Beech Hill Hotel & Spa Wedding Fayre

The Beech Hill Hotel & Spa Wedding By The Lake

The Beech Hill Hotel & Spa overlooking Lake Windermere with beautiful views and outstanding service will be showcasing some of the best local suppliers to help you plan the perfect wedding day. Our wedding fayre takes place on a Sunday 7 April 2019 12pm to 4pm.

A warm welcome awaits you at the Beech Hill Hotel & Spa's Wedding Fayre: 

Enjoy a glass of champagne on arrival

Try our delicious canapés, prepared by our talented, award winning kitchen brigade

Accessory and gown showrooms

Exhibitor stands offering everything a Bride could ever need; florists, photographers, cakes, cars and much, much more

Say 'I do' at The Beech Hill Hotel & Spa

The Beech Hill Hotel & Spa Lake

Say 'I do' at The Beech Hill Hotel & Spa and experience a venue that gives you a beautiful setting and years of professional experience that will ensure that this most special of days remains not only memorable, but is also tailored exactly to your requirements.

Let us make organising your wedding day as stress-free as possible. We’ll assign you a dedicated Wedding Co-ordinator, and we can take care of the accommodation, the menus, the wedding cake, the balloons, the photographer, the flower arrangements, the entertainment, the fireworks, lake cruises and much more to make sure you can enjoy every moment of your special day!

The Hotel’s lakeside setting & gardens provide a unique & beautiful backdrop for your wedding photographs.

Design.ME Reveals Game-Changing Hold.ME Three Ways for Brides

Hold.Me hair spray

Fresh, fun, innovative haircare and styling brand, Design.ME, have announced the launch that brides, and bridal stylists have been waiting for – Hold.ME Three Ways. It’s the hairspray that allows YOU to choose your desired level of hold for the big day ‘do. Unlike traditional hair lacquers, Hold.ME allows you to choose between light, medium and strong control – simply by adjusting the dial. Brides can get their hands on the can exclusively at Sally Beauty stores, and online at www.sallybeauty.co.uk, priced at £13.96 (330ml).