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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.

WED2B opening new bridal store in Exeter

One of the largest and most competitively priced bridal retailers in the UK, will open a new store on Haven Road near Exeter Quay on the 27th January.

The Exeter store will be their 19th store in total and first new store in 2017. Covering around 4,800 square feet, the store will open seven days a week and offer wedding dresses in a range of styles, from vintage through to contemporary, priced between £99 and £599.

Unlike a traditional boutique, WED2B doesn’t use an appointment system, brides-to-be can visit at their convenience and take home their dress on the day of purchase.

Historic venue offers ideal setting for dream weddings

dream weddings

ROYAL HORTICULTURAL HALLS PROMOTES GRAND SCALE WEDDING OFFERING

An historical central London venue is expanding the range and breadth of its offering to brides to be, promoting an extensive list of caterers and services to offset its grand backdrop.  

The Royal Horticultural Halls Lindley Hall, which first opened in 1904 and regularly hosts events for London Fashion Week, international car launches and major exhibitions, is a popular venue for luxury and grand scale weddings due to its expansive, prestigious backdrop.   The Hall’s period features, which include an Edwardian glass vaulted ceiling space, and an impressive North Annexe which can be dressed as a bar or separate chill out area, comprise 875 square metres of customisable space (equivalent to 450 guests).  

How to pick the perfect engagement ring

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When it’s time to get down on one knee, throw out everything you think you know about nerves. Aside from the time and the place, your proposal has to contain all the perfect elements that’ll help your significant other say yes. Whatever your budget or your situation, one of the most important parts of any engagement is the ring.  

The perfect engagement ring will vary from couple to couple. For instance, few partners in a couple that is struggling for money will appreciate an expensive rock that gets them into debt. No partner in a wealthier couple that has plenty of money to spend will thank you for a cheapskate ring, either. 

Deciphering Wedding Anniversary Symbols!

Wedding anniversary symbols have changed over time and many of the traditional ones would now make unusual gifts. In truth, many of the modern anniversary symbols would also make for some strange face from your partners.

It really is couple dependant, and gifts to acknowledge your wedding anniversary, can be a big deal for some people, and not important for others. Within the traditional wedding anniversary symbols, there are some of the more typical gifts, such as diamonds and gold jewellery, but others are a bit strange. For example, if you chose the traditional option for your 10th wedding anniversary, and bought your partner tin or aluminium, you may get yourself in to a lot of trouble!

Valentine’s Day, 14th February 2017

Happy Valentines Day gift

Get in the mood for love with returning favourites and new edition Lush treats! 

 

NEW! Roller
*Oxford Street and Lush Kitchen Exclusive 

Bath Bomb, £4.25 each

They see me rolling

Get the ball rolling on luxurious pampering with this simmering bomb of melting Fair Trade organic cocoa butter and fruity, oral fragrance. As it travels around your bath, the waters are infused with zesty Brazilian orange and geranium to lift your mood and tonka, which adds a warm caramel to the creamy cocoa butter slip left on the skin. 

 

NEW! Over and Over

Bath Bomb £4.25 each Just roll with it

Pick & Mix your confetti to match this spring’s top wedding colours

lady with petals

Confetti is a must for your wedding, using their innovative pick & mix tool, Shropshire Petals share their favourite confetti mixes for matching with the top 10 colours for spring 2017. 

1. Greenery – Combine it with brights, pastels and earthy tones for a pretty wedding colour scheme.Shropshire Petals recommends a mix made up with Icing Sugar, Blue Bird, Frosted Blue and Envy.

2. Niagara –Mix with pastel colours for a delicate colour scheme.  Shropshire Petals recommends a mix of Frosted Blue, Candy Floss and Duck Egg.

3. Primrose Yellow – Fun and bright, this will be really popular this spring. Make your confetti stand out by choosing Icing Sugar as your base, then add in Golden Slumber and Envy for a bold colour splash.

Post-Christmas health-kick to get you glowing for your big day

Post-Christmas health-kick to get you glowing for your big day

It’s January, the time to get in shape and give your body the boost it needs following the Christmas extravagance. What’s more, you’re getting married this year, meaning you have even more reason to flout the festive excess and get fit, healthy and glowing for the big day. Fortunately help is at hand, as Venus Bridal, specialists in bridalwear for all occasions, provide advice on how brides and grooms can get into shape and feel fit for their impending wedding.

 

Join a gym

First Steps to Easy Wedding Planning

Bride to be

I’m a wedding tasker, but I’ve been through the wedding process personally (my own wedding, and as a bridesmaid three times), so I know the ups and downs and the stresses – as well as a lot of the tricks.  

Planning can be overwhelming, especially if you’re not the planning type.  What works for Karen in accounts won’t necessarily work for you.  Spreadsheets are great, but if you don’t already use them in your day job they can often be more of a hindrance – one wrong cell and its game over for your overdraft.  Similarly, just buying wedding magazines won’t facilitate your planning process.  Start with my first steps to easy wedding planning to help, no spreadsheets required.  

Set Up a Wedding Email 

What should you wear to a winter wedding?

Winter

While it’s never particularly easy to pick out a wedding guest outfit, it’s definitely more of a challenge in the colder months. In summer, clothing shops are full of pretty dresses and barely-there sandals, which are perfect for a wedding in the sun. But, as winter comes around, the high street becomes flooded with big coats and knitwear — things that wouldn’t make the most sophisticated of wedding ensembles. 

However, it is possible to put together a winter wedding outfit that is both stylish and practical. Here are some pieces you should consider wearing. 

A faux fur jacket

New Valentine’s cards with real heart

Valentine’s cards

Don’t leave your sweetheart feeling flat on Valentine’s Day, send a pop-up card to prove it’s what’s inside that really counts. 

These innovative Valentine’s Day designs by contemporary card makers Cardology have a delightful and unexpected surprise inside: an intricate three dimensional pop-up.

The elaborate paper sculptures are inspired by Kirigami, the beautiful Japanese art of paper cutting and folding, and are part of a range of over 100 fresh, design-led greetings cards in the Cardology range.

Win a custom Snapchat filter for your big event with QHotels

Snapchat filter

Looking for a way to make your big event one to remember? QHotels, who pride themselves on hosting exciting and unique events across the UK, are now offering one lucky winner the chance to win a bespoke Snapchat geofilter for their event, such as a charity ball.  

QHotels value events that are truly one of a kind, so are offering this Snapchat filter, to make the day truly memorable.

Guests at the event will be able to show all their social followers what a fantastic time they are having and keep their friends updated on what they are doing that day.

The soundtrack of a moment: choosing music for your wedding

The dress. The cake. The venue, the rings, the menu.

What’s the most important component of a wedding?

Every bride is different. But it’s the music that controls the ebb and flow of a long day of drinking, dancing and celebrating. From the entrance to the first dance to the small hours of partying; choosing the right music for your special day might be one of the most important decisions you ever make.

Why Food Plays Such a Warming Part of Winter Weddings

Beef

A winter wedding is special for many reasons. The frost on the grass, the chill in the air, the icy branches of winter trees; there is a fairy-tale element at this time of year that can really set the scene for a magical day. 

But aside from the weather, one of the major differences between a winter and a summer wedding is the choice of food. Catering specialists Elior UK work with a number of venues under the Amgueddfa Cymru - ~National Museum Wales umbrellato provide mouth-watering and unique catering for weddings held at the museums. Elior have long been committed to the importance of using both local and seasonalproduce, as such their menu evolves year-round to use the freshest and tastiest ingredients available.

Walk down the aisle looking your best

Mocktails

Wedding preparations are always so exciting. Every bride-to-be has her own goals, the dress, the shoes, the venues…but let’s get real. We all want to look our best as we walk down the aisle. This is not about weight loss, this is about feeling at your most optimum health, glowing with happiness and having your well-being on point. So as 2017 approaches, we spoke to Miriam from Natvia about quitting sugar as a bride-to-be resolution- refined sugar that is. It sounds so much harder than it is, thanks to natural sweeteners that are out there today.

Here are 5 easy ways to part ways with sugar this new year:

1. Bake the healthy way