The most romantic destinations for a marriage proposal

Marriage proposal on beach

New data released today by HomeAway®, the world leader in holiday rentals, uncovers the world’s most romantic holiday destinations for a marriage proposal. The Caribbean (15%) comes out on top for British romantics, followed by Italy (13%) and the USA (7%) respectively.

Venice (15%) pipped Paris (11%) to the post when it comes to the most romantic city for a proposal, revealing that perhaps Paris isn’t the city of love that we all instinctively turn to anymore

Fewer church weddings than 40 years ago

Wedding shoe and pink bouquet

There has been a dramatic shift in terms of wedding traditions and trends in recent years. In fact, 55% fewer couples have had church weddings in the last five years than 40+ years ago, according to new research from jewellery insurance provider Protect Your Bubble

The research also revealed a sharp decline in the number of couples expecting the brides’ parents to cough up for the cost of the wedding and those choosing to live separately until their wedding day, which were down 68% and 78% respectively over the same period. 

However, some traditions that had previously waned in popularity in recent decades appear to be making a comeback. 

Own label gin is tonic for Rosemere appeal

Own label gin is tonic for Rosemere appeal

Charity Rosemere Cancer Foundation is to have its own fundraising locally produced gin to be sold as a tonic for its 20 Years Anniversary Appeal and launched at a fundraising evening that will celebrate the life of a supporter, who helped to come up with the idea. 

A limited run of the fruity gin will be made by Brindle Distillery, Brindle, for Copa Fizz under their label  and sell bottles at £45 each. 

Men are popping the Question without an Engagement Ring!

Man holding engagement ring in red box to lady

Almost a quarter of men have proposed to their partner without getting them an engagement ring.

According to a poll by national jewellers, Beaverbrooks, 24 percent of modern men are asking the most important question of their lives without a traditional diamond ring.

And when it comes to delivering the ‘perfect proposal’, it seems many men are missing the mark on the style, size and stone of their partner’s ring.

Mary Rose takes coveted award for best venue

The Mary Rose has been crowned one of the top venues in the South East after winning a major industry award last night. Judges praised the Mary Rose as an ‘inspirational place’ as the events team picked up the Silver award in the Venue and Business Category of the Beautiful South Awards, held at the Grand Hotel Brighton.

Mary Rose best venueThe sought-after award, run by Tourism South East, highlights outstanding destinations in the region for conferences, business functions, banqueting, and weddings.

The Mary Rose, at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, was one of four finalists in the category.

What’s the average age of marriage in the UK?

Average age of marriage

Have you ever found yourself wondering if there’s a ‘right’ age to get married? A recent study by Hillier Jewellers has looked at the average age of marriage across the country to see at what stage in life people are likely to tie the knot.

If you’re planning a wedding, chances are you’ve looked back at family wedding photos and realised how young your parents or grandparents were on their wedding day. Now, it’s common for couples to wait until they’ve travelled the world or established themselves in their careers before deciding to take the next step. Back in the 70’s the average age of marriage was 28.6 for men and 29.5 for women, so how does it look over 40 years later?

Cheap Weddings Come With a Carbon Cost

The Green House

Many couples opt for a cheap wedding abroad, especially as the average UK wedding is now said to cost over £25,000 while the average cost of a wedding abroad is more like £7,000. There are more than financial costs to take into account, as more of us become more eco-conscious, many couples also tot up the carbon cost of their weddings. The average wedding costs between 14-62 tonnes of carbon (the average carbon footprint of one person for one year is 14 tonnes).

Flights add the biggest chunk to the carbon cost so think about the location of your wedding if you want to keep your carbon footprint down. Count on Me, a Dorset-based organisation committed to cutting carbon, has worked out the carbon footprint of different wedding destinations:

What's altered at the altar since the Queen wed Prince Philip seven decades ago?

The royal london mint

Today only a third of people in Britain believe monogamy is key to a successful marriage (36%), according to research into the changing face of marriage by The London Mint Office to mark the platinum wedding anniversary of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip. The publishing of the study results, which reveal seismic changes to both weddings and marriage values since the royal couple married in 1947, coincides with Jennie Bond unveiling The London Mint Office platinum wedding anniversary commemorative coin.

Does is still make good sense to be married?

Married life

Have you ever wondered if in this liberated age it still makes good sense to be married, well the results of some new research might surprise you.

Obviously married couples have the increased tax benefits and this releases more money into the household in several ways, making married couples better off financially. Married men in general will earn more during their working lives and have more assets later in life compared to their single peers.

Have your dream honeymoon with these simple holiday swaps

Dream Honeymoon

With the average honeymoon costing £2,781.88* many brides to be can feel as though their dream honeymoon is out of reach. However, as long as you’re a little money savvy, you can still travel to some of the most popular destinations with a few simple swaps.

To give you a helping hand, Louis Bridger, general manager at International Currency Exchange has shared his advice to how to save money on your honeymoon in five of the most popular summer holiday destinations.**