19 Hair and Beauty Resolutions for 2019

Woman making her Hair and Beauty Resolutions for 2019

Avoiding ponytails and mascara on lower lashes are two of the hair and beauty pledges stylish Brits should make for 2019, according to experts. Researchers from online retailer Hairtrade.com have revealed 19 New Year’s resolutions to help beauty conscious Brits up their game over the next twelve months.

Their guidelines to adopt also include applying foundation before concealer to avoid dilution over trouble spots, getting suitably smart at meal times and taking a range of extra precautions for holiday hair.

A spokesman for Hairtrade.com said: “January 2019 can be a fresh start for hair and beauty regimes.

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.

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!  


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.

Forget Everything You Know About Teeth Straightening

Woman using Teeth Straightening kit on bed

Revamp your beauty and grooming regime by unlocking the secret to professional orthodontics at HOME at the click of a button

It’s no secret that the beauty industry in the UK is a booming business. In what has been dubbed the era of “selfie mania”, more and more people of all ages are seeking non-invasive ways to look and feel younger, fitter and happier.

With the secret to Keira Knightly, Zac Efron, Margo Robbie and Justin Bieber’s winning smiles lying in discreet aligners, it’s not surprising the oral cosmetic industry is catching on and rapidly evolving to respond to people’s increasing demands for “made for me” products and multi-functional, AI-enabled innovations. After all, it’s not just your eyes that are the gateway to your soul.

Bookings now open for luxury Herefordshire wedding venue

luxury Herefordshire wedding venue - Crumplebury

With the build progressing apace, bookings are now available at Crumplebury – an exclusive, luxury wedding venue in rural Herefordshire, developed by the husband and wife duo behind the award-winning Green Cow Kitchens restaurant.

Crumplebury is a £2.5million project that’s set to be completed by October 2019; providing the perfect opportunity for those looking to engage in autumnal and winter wedding celebrations in an exquisite and exclusive venue.

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…


Have an Enchanted Wedding Sarah Zhuang’s Enchanted Pearl Collection

Sarah Zhuang Enchanted Pearl Collection

Sarah Zhuang’s beautifully made and versatile Enchanted Pearl collection is the ultimate addition to a contemporary bridal look on your big day.  

The collection sparkles with scores of diamonds and lustrous Akoya pearls in 18ct white gold, with elegant, comfortable designs that are perfect for blushing brides. Choose from ear jackets, earl pendants, interchangeable rings, stud earrings and cocktail rings. The statement chandelier earrings can be worn in four different ways so you can mix and match your look; and the matching necklace can be easily altered to be styled with different necklines. 

Introducing Sweet Heart Cart and Events! 

Sweet Heart Cart

Sweet Heart Cart Hire is a small family run business based in Bromley, Kent offering our services in London, the South East and the surrounding areas. Our bespoke Sweet Cart has proved to be very popular at weddings, christenings, children’s parties and many other celebration events. 

We offer our charming Sweet Cart as an exciting addition to your special celebration. We provide beautiful glassware and decor, and are able to customise and colour co-ordinate the sweets according to your own individual theme.

Depending on the event, the choice is yours as to what package would suit you. You can choose from the following: 

Cart Only Package £100 (delivery and setup and candy bags and scoops) 

Solent Hotel and Spa wins Best Venue award at the Hampshire Wedding Supplier Awards

Solent Hotel and Spa LOVE decor

The Solent Hotel and Spa is delighted to announce it has won ‘Best Wedding Venue’ at the Hampshire Wedding Supplier Awards 2018. 

The awards recognise those companies throughout Hampshire that have led from the front when it comes to categories such as customer service, product or service offering and generally going over and above as standard for weddings. 

The hotel, located between Portsmouth and Southampton, has hosted many happy couples on their big day over the past 30 years and is constantly evolving its wedding packages to ensure it exceeds the expectations of every bride and groom.

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. 

Unique Treats to say Thank You to your Wedding Guests

Unique Treats for wedding guests

MY BAKER, the cake concierge has come up with a unique and fun way to say thank you to guests for attending your wedding & being part of your big day. 

A bride is always on the lookout for the unusual and unique to add that special “wow” touch to herday. Brides like to hear a compliment or chatter of appreciation from their guests.  Having spent a year preparing for your wedding, it’s the small things that you will remember and the finishing touches that really make it. 

Celebrating in style at Crabwall Manor - review

Crabwall Manor

Vows & Venues' managing editor Emma Hatherall took a trip to historic Chester for a relaxing spa weekend in a romantic setting. Read her review here…

Crabwall Manor is located a short taxi ride from the historic city of Chester and has a lot to offer whether you're looking for a wedding venue, a hen do or even just a chilled out spa weekend. Set in Mollington, it’s a stone's throw from all that Chester has to offer – the shopping, the horse racing, the history – Crabwall Manor still has that lovely country house feel to it. I took my Mum for an overnight spa break and we loved it

Winter Weddings

Winter Weddings at Museum Of London

After a long hot summer in the capital, the big freeze is finally upon us. While some may complain about the start of the cold season, we see it as a fantastic reason to celebrate the season and create a wedding winter wonderland! 

Winter weddings should channel all the best parts of the season; from log fires and crisp white snow, to cosy colours and comfort food. To help couples make the most of the winter months, we’ve put together a list of a few things to consider including in your big day celebrations.

Colours that compliment and contrast

When it comes to winter, silvers and golds work really well and can add a subtle touch of elegance. Compliment this with a few dashes of greenery to really bring the sparkle to life.

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!