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Survey shows an unlimited bar is most important factor for perfect wedding

Bride & Groom enjoying unlimited bar

Nearly one third of Brits see an unlimited bar as the ultimate requirement for their perfect wedding, a recent survey has revealed. In fact, 30 per cent of the British public just wouldn’t feel the same about the big day without an unlimited bar. 

Commissioned by Newbury Racecourse, the survey also revealed that women were more eager to keep the drink flowing than men, with 31 per cent agreeing that this was the most important factor for their perfect wedding. Men were marginally behind, with 28 per cent agreeing. 

Respondents under the age of 24 were thirstiest, with 41 per cent stating that the free bar was the most important factor. Only 19 per cent of those aged 55+ agreed – the lowest percentage of any age group. 

Top 10 Tips for having your wedding at home  

Homemade sign from wedding at home  

Top 10 Tips for having your wedding at home by Georgie Evans, Web & Marketing Manager at The Wedding Present Co.

Georgie and Doug tied the knot on the 3rdJune 2017 at a rural countryside church in West Clandon, Surrey followed by their wedding reception at her parent’s country house next door.

Georgie shares her tips on having your wedding at home and what advice she gives to others looking to do the very same. 

Where shall we get married?One of the very first questions that will cross a newly engaged couple’s minds. Abroad, at a venue, in a field or at home? For us it was a no brainer to get married at home. In fact I’m pretty sure my father had been prepping the garden for years, in anticipation of this day finally arriving. 

Jewellery trends for your winter wedding

Goldsmiths wedding jewellery

In a first for the leading high street jeweller, this year Goldsmiths has launched its ‘Christmas Gift Collection’ offering a range of stylish gifting options from just £20. The gift collection will be easily shoppable both in-store and online with dedicated gifting areas, offering inspiration for those shopping for the women that has everything. Here, we take a look at jewellery trends over the festive period…

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Jewellery trends for your winter wedding

Goldsmiths wedding jewellery

In a first for the leading high street jeweller, this year Goldsmiths has launched its ‘Christmas Gift Collection’ offering a range of stylish gifting options from just £20. The gift collection will be easily shoppable both in-store and online with dedicated gifting areas, offering inspiration for those shopping for the women that has everything. Here, we take a look at jewellery trends over the festive period…

Layering

How to choose the right dish for your vegan wedding

Vegan wedding – a green burger

It's World Vegan Month and you’ve made the decision to go vegan at your wedding – the next big decision is to choose the dishes you want on the menu. Because there are now so many vegan dishes to choose from, here is a list of five handy hints that wedding organisers at DoubleTree by Hilton in Sheffield always consider with their guests before they choose which vegan dishes they want to go for.  Hopefully, these hints and tips will help make the decision-making process a whole lot easier.

How to Match Your Wedding Music with Your Venue

Couple dancing to wedding music

Your wedding music has a crucial role to play on your wedding day. It’ll add to the atmosphere and help entertain your wedding guests, but you can’t simply turn on the radio. You have to pick the right music to match your chosen wedding venue.

Your chosen wedding venue is an important element in setting the ambience for the big day. The surroundings will impact the overall tone and therefore, it’s important to make sure the music enhances them. 

How can you match your wedding music with your venue?

Size matters

How To Find Your Perfect Fragrance Match

Bride spraying wedding fragrance

You’ve found the perfect wedding dress, but have you thought about your wedding fragrance? Here’s how to find your perfect match…

There is so much to organise when planning the big day: the venue, the dress, the cars, the flowers etc., so it’s little wonder that many brides forget something that will last in their memories forever – the perfume they wear when they say, ‘I do’.

Vine Hotels Launches New Vegan Wedding Breakfasts

Vegan Watermelon Starter

Ahead of National Vegan Month in November, Vine Hotels has introduced tantalising new vegan wedding menus across six of its UK hotels and wedding venues.  Couples can enjoy a delicious new choice of vegan dishes that have been developed by Vine’s team of expert chefs to ensure that the growing number of three million vegans* in the UK have a wedding breakfast that perfectly suits their tastes.

The venues featuring new vegan wedding menus include Double Tree by Hilton Sheffield Park, Mosborough Hall, Whirlowbrook Hall, Mercure Southampton Centre Dolphin Hotel, Best Western Cresta Court and Kenwood Hall. Hotel & Spa.

Say ‘I do’ to Restoration Yard

Natalie & Tim's wedding at the Restoration Yard

Dreams of a totally unique fairy-tale wedding are now a reality at Restoration Yard. The events team at Restoration Yard within Dalkeith Country Park is offering couples a completely bespoke wedding day.

The team at the restored 18th century stableyard, which is set in 1,000 acres of sprawling parkland in which Dalkeith Palace sits, is shirking standard packages in favour of creating the perfect, tailor-made experience for brides and grooms preparing to tie the knot.

From outdoor ceremonies with string quartets under the cover of the historic Orangerie, to sumptuous wedding breakfasts overlooking the picturesque River Esk through the panoramic windows of Restoration Café, every need can and will be catered for.

Primrose Hill Farm - Rural Wedding Venue Launches For 2019

Primrose Hill Farm

Nestled in rural Oxfordshire, within just 60 minutes of London, Primrose Hill Farm seamlessly combines a contemporary barn conversion and Grade II listed farmhouse, overlooked by only the Great British Countryside and grazing farmyard animals. Couples and their guests enjoy exclusive run of the house and barn for the entire weekend, allowing time to cherish every moment of their special day.

Ed Sheeran tops the charts for first dances at weddings, reveals wedding music experts

Martin Goddard - wedding music

ED SHEERAN topped the list of most popular first dances at weddings in 2018, occupying both the number one and number two spots for brides and grooms taking their first spin on the dancefloor this year with his hits ‘Perfect’ and ‘Thinking Out Loud’. The list of 2018’s top ten favourite first dances was released by wedding music experts Music HQ this week, as peak wedding season draws to a close. The Llanelli-based company creates and manages its own portfolio of professional bands and musicians and has provided music for hundreds of couples at more than 460 weddings this year across the UK. 

Other entries on the Music HQ First Dance list were: 

All of Me - John Legend

Weddings Go To The Dogs As Puppy Love Grips The Nation

Weddings Go To The Dogs As Puppy Love Grips The Nation

In the past, all you needed for a fairy tale wedding was something old, new, borrowed and blue. However, now it seems pet pooches have been added to the list of must-haves, as half (46%) of British dog owners profess their dog is key for the paw-fect celebrations, which begs the question, has man’s best friend become man’s best man, too? According to a new survey from EUKANUBA1, the advanced pet nutrition brand, this is the case for one in eight (13%) British dog owners who hope to have their dogs as their best man. 

Cheshire’s Wedding Venue of the Year

Cheshire’s Wedding Venue of the Year

Leading Cheshire country estate Carden Park has been voted Wedding Venue of the Year at the Marketing Cheshire awards beating off stiff competition from the region.

The winning formula was based on the quality of work, testimonials and an ability to cater for unique and often time-sensitive requests. Carden Park focuses on high-quality customer service as well as taking full advantage of expansive facilities and on-site catering. Carden Park offers menus designed by award-winning chef Graham Tinsley.

Contributing towards the award win was Carden Park’s effort to continually prove that they provide the best wedding journey for couples and ensure a personalised experience from start to finish. All done with a spectacular backdrop of the Cheshire countryside.

Bride to Be Box - ideal gift for the fiancée who's planning the perfect day

Example of a Bride to Be Box - inside

Fancy an impressive gift which will be useful for the planning of your wedding? Rhys Jelley, co-founder at Bride to be Box, explains why you should think outside the box…

Tell us about yourselves…

My wife Harriet and I met at university in 2007, where Harriet was studying for a degree in media and public relations and I was studying for a degree in international business management. After we graduated in 2011 we moved to Guernsey, where Harriet grew up. Harriet now works as an account director for a leading PR agency and I head up the partnerships and retail team for a large vitamin and supplement brand.

Why did you decide to start up the Bride to Be Box venture? 

Stable Cottage Cakes

Stable Cottage 4 tier Vegan Wedding Cake with summer berries and flowers

The garden may seem an unusual place to be at the heart of a business, but for Lucy's wedding cakes, it is where it all begins.  Lucy provides handcrafted quality vegan wedding cakes, but in an attempt to educate the everyday customer about animal welfare, she also provides wedding cakes with an unusual twist. The garden is home to Lucy's flock of chickens (all rescued ex-battery hens), and it is the fresh eggs laid by these hens that are essential to the quality of her non-vegan cakes.  “When the egg is fresher, the air stays in it when you whisk it up,” explains Lucy, “so this is a great selling point for couples, and allows me to teach them about the egg industry, and the price animals are paying for our current fast food attitude.”

Britain’s top superstitions revealed - over 51 million people in the UK are superstitious

Britain’s top superstitions revealed - over 51 million people in the UK are superstitious

Whether it’s touching wood, avoiding the number 13 or crossing your fingers for luck you are not alone, over 51 million (78%) Brits believe in superstitions.

New research* carried out by Ladbrokes Casino, found that 30% of us cross our fingers for luck and 32% believe finding a penny is also lucky.

More than two out of five Brits (41%) believe walking under a ladder will bring bad luck and over a third (35%) believe that touching wood will prevent something bad happening to them.

The same research also found that a quarter (25%) of Brits believe that burning ears is a sign that someone is talking about you.

Women proved to be more superstitious with 83% saying they believed in superstitions compared to 70% of men.

Which celebrity nuptials are coming up and predictions of the day

Which celebrity nuptials are coming up and predictions of the day

After thoroughly enjoying the wedding of Meghan and Harry in May, we can’t wait to see Princess Eugenie marry her beau, Jack Brooksbank in October...and in the same chapel too, how lovely. It will be great to see all the Royals together once again, and with Princess Eugenie’s parents being the best divorced couple she knows, let’s hope no rifts show themselves on the big day itself as Fergie will be taking centre stage too!  That said, they’ll all be on their best behaviour I’m sure!

Her ‘Tiara Debut’

Wedding Open Day - 21st October - 15th century Swan at Lavenham Hotel and Spa

Wedding Open Day - 21st October - 15th century Swan at Lavenham Hotel and Spa

Brides-to-be can explore the romance of the 15th century Swan at Lavenham Hotel and Spar the historic venue’s wedding open day on Sunday, 21st October between 11am and 3pm.

With its picture perfect façade, oak beamed interiors, open fires and medieval courtyard gardens, the stunning hotel is a magical venue for weddings large and small all year around. It’s also licensed for civil ceremonies throughout the building so you can plan your entire celebration from start to finish at one romantic venue.

Go along on 21st October and enjoy a complimentary glass of sparkling prosecco with some delicious canapés, while you view the banqueting rooms, dressed for a wedding breakfast and have an informal but personal chat with the wedding planners.