Luxury County Durham hotel showcases quirky wedding ideas for 2019

Couple on tractor outside of County Durham hotel

A luxury 17th-century country house and spa is highlighting new ways for newlyweds to celebrate their special day in 2019. Nestled in the heart of the Durham Dales, the 4-star Headlam Hall offers the perfect and most romantic destination for engaged couples to tie the knot.

However, in addition to offering rural and magical weddings amidst the picturesque backdrop of Teesdale, the hotel also prides itself on being different to other wedding venues in the North East.

Couples are being encouraged to try something a little different on their big day by making the most of the amazing countryside setting. 

Ibiza named most Instagrammable hen party destination

Girls jumping in ocean in Ibiza

Party paradise island Ibiza has one more reason to celebrate – it’s just been named as the most Instagrammable destination for hens.

The sun-soaked resort is famous for world class nightlife and big-name DJs, but its stunning scenery also makes it a massive hit on social media for brides-to-be.

The results are part of new research which reveals Ibiza as the location with the most hen-related hashtags on Insta.

The Balaeric island came out on top with 6,431 hen-related hashtags, followed by the less exotic, but always exciting London on 2,623, while Bali, in Indonesia, was rated third with 1,961 hashtags.

The analysis was conducted by hen and stag party experts Red7 who report a rise in hen party bookings for warmer climes each winter.

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.

Why opt for a vegan wedding?

Vegan wedding desserts

As World Vegan Month draws to a close, Vows &Venues find out more about vegan wedding options with the team at Best Western Plus Mosborough Hall, the luxury Sheffield wedding venue.

Catering at a wedding and ensuring that the wedding party and guests are 100% happy with the food choices is one of the most difficult parts of a wedding.  Ask any wedding couple and they will invariably say that choosing a food menu that suits everyone is one of the most difficult parts of the day.  That’s why we’ve seen lots of couples requesting a vegan menu in the past 12 months, and it seems this this a trend that’s here to stay.

Why not hold a quintessential afternoon tea at your vegan wedding?

Afternoon tea at a vegan wedding

During World Vegan Month, we take a look at vegan wedding trends with Whirlowbrook Hall, a premier wedding venue in South Yourkshire…

What’s not to love about the quintessential British tradition of afternoon tea? Combine that with a vegan wedding and you’ve got the wedding breakfast of dreams.  As more and more couples are looking for something a little bit different for their wedding catering an afternoon tea inspired menu fits the bill perfectly. Add to that a choice of vegan only sandwiches and cakes then you’ve really got a beautiful wedding that suits all tastes and food preferences.

Penshurst Place scoops top wedding venue award – for the third time!

 Penshurst Place - The Italian Garden © Nick Parker

Penshurst Place and Gardens has been named Wedding Venue of the Year 2019 by the Kent Wedding Awards, scooping the prestigious award for the third time.

Set in the beautiful Weald of Kent, Penshurst Place is a stunning 14th-century country house, surrounded by 11 acres of historic gardens. Judges described it as a quintessentially English venue, brimming with romance, elegance and style. They were particularly impressed with the splendid choice of banqueting rooms, each offering its own unique perspective.

The winners were announced at the Kent Wedding Awards ceremony on Thursday 15th November.

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 

Geeky wedding cakes from Debbie Gillespie Cake Design

Geeky wedding cake from Debbie Gillespie Cake Design

Debbie Gillespie Cake Design (formerly Farnley Fayre) was established in 2014 in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire.  Comprising of just its founder, Debbie Gillespie, the company aims to provide unique and innovative wedding cake designs for creative couples.  

Inspiration for her designs are taken from her beautiful Yorkshire surroundings so woodland influences with natural textures and bold sugar florals feature heavily.   There is also a strong use of art and sculpture, using watercolour-style handpainting, modelling and different stacking techniques to build alternative design ideas. 

Wedding Day Skincare Routine Steps

Wedding Day Skincare

Joyce Connor is a make up artist,  beauty expert and owner of Joyce Connor Make Up. She has been in the cosmetics industry for 22 years and loves everything about skin!  There are so many skincare products on the market that it can be daunting which product to use first. Joyce Connor recommends using water based products on your skin first then oil based products last. Then let the final skincare product absorb into your skin before applying make up. 

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.

Wychwood Park Hotel & Golf Club is the perfect Cheshire venue - review

Wychwood Park Hotel & Golf Club is the perfect Cheshire venue

A hotel and golf club which offers choice and flexibility against a stunning countryside backdrop – what more could you want in a venue? Our editor Victoria Galligan stayed the night to experience the relaxing vibe at Wychwood Park…

Imagine getting married in lush green surroundings, with the rolling countryside peering up above the sprawling golf course in front of you and your guests as you gather in the sun on a beautiful veranda. You’d be forgiven for thinking you were in Florida at one of Tiger Woods’s old haunts – but this is the reality of a wedding at Wychwood Park Hotel & Golf Club, right here in the north west of England.  

Save £500 on your catering bill with Tapenade

Tapenade evening menu offer

Tapenade, celebration specialist caterer, is offering an extraordinary gift to couples planning to marry next year. All wedding reception bookings made before 31 December 2018 will include a complimentary evening menu for all guests. 

The offer translates to an average saving of approximately £500 based on 50 guests, allowing the happy couple to put the extra budget towards their special day. 

Engaged couples are always offered a complimentary sampling session of Tapenade’s award-winning wedding breakfast menu before committing to a booking. During the consultation, they will also be invited to trial their complimentary evening menu, a culmination of easy-to-eat favourites that offers a choice of four different cuisines.

Sparkling Day Events - Upcoming Wedding Fayres

Sparkling Day Events - Upcoming Wedding Fayres

Check out these fantastic wedding fayres and events from Sparkling Day Events: 

Wedding Fair

Greswold Arms Hotel 

1657 High St, Knowle, Solihull B93 0LL

Sunday 25th November 2019

11am till 2.30pm

Free Entry Free Parking

Free Goody Bag including Vows and Venues Magazines

Plus Free Beauty Products

This is a sought after venue for weddings and must be seen to be appreciated

We have 20 Wedding Suppliers on the day, eager to discuss their products and services

Pop along on the day events staff will be present to show you around the venue.

Pre register on our facebook page and click going to get your free Goody Bag on arrival.

Tel Jane  07878565699

A different kind of flower on your wedding day - the poppy!

Poppy flower fascinator

Roses may be the most popular wedding flowers, but why not include some poppies in the mix and add that extra bit of ‘feel good factor’ to your special day… The Royal British Legion have launched a unique range of wedding favours and a fascinator to enable you and your guests to help support the important work they carry out, providing care and support to members of the British Armed Forces, veterans and their families. 

Each wedding favour includes a keepsake silver tone Poppy Pin on a stylish white name card, which you can personalize as appropriate. Each pack contains 10 cards and pins and costs just £17.99. 

The White Impact Wedding Atelier 2019

Always dreamed of having a destination wedding in Portugal but haven’t got a clue where to start?  The leading Portuguese event management group is presenting a unique and highly exclusive bridal showcase event The White Impact Wedding Atelier. 

The happy couples from around the UK looking to marry in Portugal are invited to come and experience first-hand the renowned Portuguese hospitality, warmth and exceptional service in London and Manchester, in one on one appointments with the very finest Portuguese wedding planners and artisans suppliers.

Landed Weddings: top country house venues in the UK

Landed Weddings - Springkell

Landed Weddings offer an impressively luxurious portfolio of country house venues. You will find country house venues to suit all budgets, from large moated manor houses to country cottages.

Also, many properties offer flexibility and allow couple to host their wedding indoors or in a marquee. 

So all you'll have to do after you've chosen your venue is polish your tiara and tell the butler to pop the Champagne on ice!

We take a look at a selection of venues from across the UK  – prices start from the below and are based on bookings for an entire weekend.


Get The Party Started With Pinky Goat!

Pinky Goat Eyelashes

Pinky Goat newest addition to their ever-growing range of lashes is a sure way to make a style statement. The NEW ‘PARTY COLLECTION’ lashes create fullness and definition, adding a striking effect to your makeup look - perfect for a glamorous evening or special occasion!

These elegant, handcrafted Faux Mink lashes are available in four styles – REEM, soft & wispy for extra length; LULU, for the ultimate curl; SANAfor a full volume effect; and FARAH, combining layers and curl for an ultra-glamorous look!

You can now stock up on your favourite lashes ahead of party season in your local Superdrug store. The lashes are reusable up to 10 times and no mascara is required! Best used with GLUEME Lash Adhesive (sold separately).