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For many people their wedding day is the biggest day of their lives together. Why not share your experience in Vows And Venues magazine. We’d love to hear from you...

In most cases planning the big day takes months if not years, with so much to think about, from setting the budget, choosing the venue, the dress, flowers, cake and the all important guest list...

It’s an incredibly special experience, gathering all the most important people in your lives together in one wonderful place to help you celebrate the start of your married lives together.

Spring themed weddings


As we enthusiastically wave goodbye to winter and the first flowers begin to bloom, say it quietly, springtime is on its way!

Spring is a time for new beginnings and clean slates, bringing with it a sense of renewal and creativity. With the glut of new brides getting engaged over the Christmas and Valentine’s Day period, spring is the perfect time to wed and embark on your new life together as a couple. 

Wedding Open Weekend at Combermere Abbey

Combermere Abbey

Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th February 2017, 11am – 4pm

Come along to our Wedding Open Weekend and experience the splendour of the Glasshouse, the stunning Walled Garden Pavilion and view our award winning on-site accommodation. Take a ride in our chauffeur driven 1927 Crossley Car and enjoy a sneak preview of our newly restored North Wing Honeymoon Suite (you’ll never want to leave!).

Romance & The Irish


Irish people have a long history of romantic gestures. In fact, the remains of St. Valentine are enshrined in a casket in a church in County Dublin. On Valentine’s day, every year, the casket is carried to the alter in a special mass.

There is a big difference between how romance was celebrated in old Ireland and how it’s celebrated today. Traditions such as exchanging Aran jumpers with your partner aren’t nearly as popular as they once were.

Traditions among brides were also very different. Irish brides would generally carry a handkerchief on her wedding day but this traditional is now largely condemned to history. It was meant to symbolise fertility. 

Be Bespoke, Be Unique, Be You

Be Bespoke, Be Unique, Be You

A Mary-Elizabeth Bride has a unique quality; the ability to design and create the most “important” item of clothing she will ever wear, that shows off who she truly is. I can visualise a dress that fuses comfort, and style, that tells your individual story, ensuring that your dress will take everyone's breath away.


There is a saying that "every outfit tells a story", so why wear a dress a million other Ladies have chosen when you can have your very own bespoke dress that tells the greatest love story of all? Yours.


Decorating a village hall

Village hall

When you get engaged, what is the first thing you do in the planning process?  Some will choose their dress, some will choose a venue and some will choose their wedding theme.  Many couples are now opting to get married or have their reception in an alternative venue rather than hotels such as barns, warehouses and village halls. 

Deciding how to decorate your venue is another task you will need to consider.  Venue stylist, Lindsey Hunter loves the challenge of decorating alternative venues and talks through her tips on how to style a village hall, which tend to be spacious with high ceilings, perfect for creating something spectacular for your wedding.

Seven different modes of wedding transportation designed to turn heads!

Seven different modes of wedding transportation designed to turn heads!

“Get me to the church on time…” may well be a well-known wedding song, but one of the principle features of most weddings is the transport to get, predominantly the bride and her party, to the wedding venue on time. If you are planning a wedding, no doubt, booking the wedding transport will be pretty high on your ‘to do’ list. Venus Bridal, specialists in diverse and beautiful bridalwear, take a look at the different modes of wedding transportation, designed to turn heads on your big day.


1. Horse and carriage

This Magic lingerie will solve women’s shopping nightmares!


Finding your perfect wedding dress is a dream come true for all brides-to-be, but sometimes figuring out what you are going to wear underneath that perfect dress when you find it, isvery often more of a challenge or for some a nightmare. I have spoken to many wedding party woman and some have owned up to even going commando out of desperation, the saying is “if needs must…” and of course free choice is a wonderful thing, so there is no problem with that route, but most women prefer to don some form of lingerie, just in case.

Tim Clarke - The Sax Man

Tim Clarke

It's often said that 'everyone loves the sax' - and for a good reason: the distinctive sound of the saxophone is suitable for all types of music.  As Tim Clarke – The Sax Man is proficient on alto, tenor and soprano saxes, as well as clarinet, you are guaranteed a variety in sound and mood for any part of your big day.  The proof of the pudding is in his many glowing testimonials and his recent Award for Bespoke Musical Services 2017.  Full details are shown on his website at


The Boho Booth launches to take stylish selfies to new heights

A stunning 1969 VW Campervan has been painstakingly restored and modified to house what is set to become the UK’s trendiest photo booth. Available to hire for weddings and events from February 2017, The Boho Booth - affectionately named ‘Callie’ and originally from New York – integrates a high- resolution camera and internet-enabled touchscreen operating system with an abundance of stylish props to bring a new dimension to selfie snaps.

Wedding Planning Date Nights for Valentine’s

First dance

With a wedding to plan, Valentine’s Day may be the last thing on your mind.  Like me, you may think Valentine’s Day is a bit underwhelming and over commercialised, but use it to your advantage and book a fun ‘date night’ (or ‘date day’) around your wedding planning schedule.  Take it from me, no matter how many months or weeks you are planning your wedding, it goes by in a flash.  So savour the little things before you get married, enjoy the planning process together, and use any excuse that you can to celebrate with your other half.

Here’s some (wedding-budget friendly) ways you can make it a fun Valentine’s day, and incorporate some of your planning into it, too!  

Do An Engagement Shoot 

The Wedding Show celebrates 15th Anniversary

Exhibitors share changes they have witnessed over the last 15 years 

Weddings will never go out of fashion - but the trends and traditions are forever changing. From dress styles and venue choices, to room decor and invitations, new ideas pop-up all the time and the options are endless.

Bride: The Wedding Show exhibits over 150 North-West suppliers, showcasing the latest crazes and styles, making it easier for brides-to-be to make those big decisions. As the show is returning to Tatton Park to celebrate its 15th anniversary, the exhibitors have given an exclusive insight into the changes they’ve noticed appear and develop over the last 15 years in the wedding industry.

Tips to make your engagement ring meaningful

engagement ring

Apart from the buying of a house or a car, an engagement ring is one of the important and most significant purchases of your life. But for many guys, walking into a jewellery store feels like entering a maze. There are so many variables to judge, so many wrong turns to make and so many questions to ask. How big should it be? How much should I spend? What if I buy a fake? And underlining all those concerns is one single goal: finding the ideal ring, which his fiancé will cherish forever. It shouldn’t look like every other ring because then it'll be just a piece of jewellery without any symbolic value for your relationship.