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How to have an enviable honeymoon in the Sunshine State

How to have an enviable honeymoon in the Sunshine State Florida

Florida is the perfect destination for a trip of a lifetime, and offers a little bit of everything when it comes to your honeymoon. It’s great for thrill seekers, beach bathers and romantics alike, with its endless list of activities to try, beaches to enjoy and incredible seafood to sample. 

Online travel specialist Florida4Less has compiled their top must do activities, so you can enjoy a trip of a lifetime in the Sunshine State. 

Underwater paradise: Explore the underwater scenery by hiring a glass-bottomed boat or take a drive down to the stunning Gulf of Mexico to appreciate the clear waters. 

Natalie Lovett shares her 3 wedding cut backs

Wedding bouquet

Our monthly blog from Natalie Lovett of Love to Plan is here, this month she talks to us what wedding cut backs you could make for your wedding that nobody will notice.

Add the word ‘wedding’ to any sentence and it feels like everything goes up ten-fold! 

Honestly, it’s not because you’re being ripped off, it’s actually because it’s an event that’s massively important to all involved and it takes extra time on the suppliers’ behalf to ensure that everything is perfect for you...but how can you make cut backs – cut backs that won’t jeopardise the day?

Planning your wedding event despite extreme weather 

Kelly Chandler, Wedding event organiser

The sudden downpour of snow and extreme weather in early March had a catastrophic impact on roads, businesses and schools almost everywhere, but one area that didn’t seem to grind to a halt was the wedding sector. Waddesdon Manor in Buckinghamshire reported its biggest and most vibrant wedding inspiration show yet, according to industry specialist Kelly Chandler from www.kellychandlerconsulting.co.uk who was one of the lead organisers. Here Kelly talks to Vows and Venues  about her experience of organising the event and her top tips for planning your wedding event.

Will Pinterest help or hinder your wedding plans?

Table wedding plan

Our next blog is in from Natalie Lovett of Love to Plan. This time she's telling us all about Pinterest and how it can both help and hinder your wedding plans.

Pinterest is an amazing tool for getting ideas, finding what you love and coming across ideas to enhance your wedding colour scheme / theme, but I personally have a love : hate relationship with it as sadly a lot of what you see is either not available in the UK, is a styled shoot and has been put together as a one-off, or if it’s flowers, sometimes they’re simply not available at the time of year that your wedding takes place...very disappointing!

Intimate weddings: Why bigger is not always better

Milena Gorska

Vows and Venues would like to introduce you to our new guest blogger Milena Gorska, wedding and private events planner at The Brewery. Her first blog with us is all about Intimate weddings.

Milena works alongside senior members of The Brewery’s team, managing and overseeing the delivery of all weddings and private events held at the venue, from new enquiries and conversions to supporting throughout the event planning process.

Wedding Lighting Basics to Transforming your Reception

Wedding Lighting Basics to Transforming your Reception

Wedding lighting is essential to transforming your reception into an enchanted fairytale. From stringing fairy lights and festoon lighting from the beams in your venue, to incorporating the wedding trend of gobo lights - you must consider all aspects. While Instagram and Pinterest provide drool-worth pictures of special days, Projected Image - leading suppliers of gobos in the UK and Europe - are sharing their tips to perfectly illuminating your big day.

First, you must understand the particular wedding light you desire and consider the costs. Festoon lights and, especially, outdoor hanging lights are experiencing significant popularity and are, relatively, budget-friendly.

Vows and Venues reviews Linden Hall, perfect for a winter wedding

Bigge Suite, Linden Hall

Macdonald Hotels invited Vows & Venues to review one of their prime wedding venues, which has seen a surge in wedding bookings over the last year. The luxury four-star Linden Hall is one of the North East’s most prestigious country house wedding destinations, catering for weddings with up to 200 guests in idyllic countryside surroundings. Here’s how our journalist Victoria Galligan found her stay and why she thinks it's ideal for a winter wedding...

The top 5 wedding gift trends for 2018

Hanson & hopewell

Buying a wedding gift for your bridal party is never on top of the wedding planning list, but now that we’re in February, we think it’s time to get shopping!

Wedding gifting can be a bit of a minefield. With a high street full of uninspiring novelty products, it can be difficult to find something meaningful and personal for the people who have helped create your big day. If you’re stuck for gifting inspiration, the new movement is to tap into wedding gifting experts to create bespoke wedding gifts for each member of the wedding party.

How to create a wedding arch for your wedding

Outside wedding arch

Having a wedding arch is the perfect way to create a beautiful focal feature on your wedding day. No matter what your wedding style, a wedding arch is versatile, unique and will look fantastic at your venue.

You can use a wedding arch for many aspects of your wedding day, from a ceremony backdrop or an archway to get married underneath to an entrance decoration or a spot where all of your guests can have their photo taken. You can even use your arch for more than one use by having it moved for different aspects of your day making full use of the pretty feature.

Lindsey Hunter, wedding stylist at Get Knotted shares 7 wedding arch styles you can create for your wedding day.

How to Accessorise for Your Winter Wedding

Slaters Blog

Whether you’re planning your very own winter wedding, or you’ve just received your invite to one, tailoring your attire to match the festive theme is always a great idea.

At Slaters, we have accessories for grooms and guests in every colour you could imagine and something to fit with every theme, so we’re going to show you the colours and accessories you need to be sporting on the big day to in keep with the seasonal theme.

Slater's winter wedding tips

Winter wedding colours​Colours

A real life destination wedding in Spain

Destination wedding

Christie Buet tells Vow's and Venues all about her magnificent destination wedding on the beautiful island of Mallorca located off the east coast of mainland Spain.

From the very moment we got engaged we knew we wanted a destination wedding. Gary and I both wanted our wedding day to represent who we were and what our relationship symbolised. We wanted our love of travel and our desire to embrace other cultures to shine through and it really set the tone for what was truly the best day of our lives. The feeling of being married somewhere so unbelievably beautiful and picturesque can’t be described, but it truly added a completely extra layer of magic and gratitude to our wedding day.

Wedding Beauty DOs and DON’Ts

Wedding beauty

By Laura Devine of Devine Bride : I used to work in the world of beauty for a skincare company and for a luxury fragrance company, and I’ve picked up more than a few tips along the way. So I wanted to combine this with my knowledge, as both a bride and a wedding planner, in my wedding beauty dos and don’ts for your wedding day…  

Wedding beauty 1

DO invest in an industrial deodorant! And try it out in the weeks leading up to your wedding to ensure it works for you and your skin type.  Look out for key words on deodorants like ‘stress control’ or ‘sports strength’.

 

Wedding dress shopping! A girly day of silk, lace and bubbles

Wedding dress shopping

The countdown is on and your wedding plans are in full force. Boxes are being ticked off and time is ticking by. Now is the time to make to make plans for your girls-only day, the day you pick that special wedding dress that you may have been dreaming of since you were a little girl.

You may have butterflies in your stomach as you walk through the doors of the wedding dress shop with your nearest female friends and family. Emotions may be high for all of you, as today is the day you get to feel like a princess, trying on wedding dresses until you find your perfect match. But all this is completely normal - after all, it’s not every day you get married.