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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.

Brides choose to wear their “something blue”

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Brides have been wearing ivory or white since Queen Victoria made it popular in the 19th century. However, in the 1930s, Wallis Simpson wore a pastel shade of blue to marry Edward, Duke of Windsor which for a short time inspired brides to also wear coloured gowns. This was mainly due to rationing during World War II, where women often wore their “Sunday Best” in pastel shades of yellow, blue and pink for their big day. 

Fast forward almost 100 years and brides are again returning to wearing coloured wedding dresses, to reflect their personality, to wear their “something blue” or to just have some fun (not everyone suits ivory after all!)

Over Half Of Married Britons Regret How Much They Spent On Their Wedding

A new study by a money saving website based in the UK has found that over half of married Britons now regret how much they spent on their wedding day. Furthermore, it was found that brides believed floral arrangements and bouquets to be the most wasteful expense of the day, with grooms claiming that the cost of their brides wedding dress was the most over extravagant purchase. 

Four tips for choosing the perfect bridesmaid dresses

Jessica group

As an excited bride-to-be, it’s only natural that you’ll find yourself searching wedding magazines to find the perfect bridesmaid dresses. If your best gals are carbon copies of each other, then this is the method for you, however, it’s likely that your bridesmaids aren’t clones with identical figures. Unfortunately, this can make picking a dress harder than you ever imagined, but don’t panic, because we’ve put together some tips, in collaboration with our friends at Maral Dress, to make sure that your favourite girls all look and feel fab on the day! 

Ask your Bridesmaid's opinions

Summer Weddings at The Black Swan

Summer Weddings at The Black Swan

Steeped in history, the centuries-old Black Swan Hotel at Helmsley dates back to Tudor times and is a charming country wedding venue that simple oozes character.

Set in the heart of one of North Yorkshire’s most picturesque market towns, there is always a warm welcome here. This delightful hotel once a coaching inn, boasts period features including inglenook fireplaces and dark oak beams, with antique furniture tastefully blended with contemporary, colourful design touches and original artwork.

Host your dream day at Hoar Cross Hall

For a truly memorable wedding day you need a truly memorable setting and Hoar Cross Hall, set in the heart of rural Staffordshire, is certainly somewhere that can't fail to impress. You’ll cherish your wedding photos with the magical backdrop of this magnificent stately home, with its striking architecture and beautiful gardens. Set in 50 acres of quintessential English countryside, including mature woodland, rolling parkland and a unique Italian water garden, this Grade II listed country retreat is certainly a place where wedding dreams can come true.

Show-stopping cocktails

Circo

The perfect wedding is a thing of dreams; and who doesn’t dream of the bright summer sunshine beaming down on friends and family as they sip an exotic cocktail after a tear-jerking ceremony?

Now that dream can be a reality following the launch of a vibrant range of vodkas that promise to create show-stopping cocktails that will keep your guests talking for months on end. 

With the tropical taste of mango, grapefruit, or pineapple tickling your taste buds, Cîroc vodka could well be the perfect ingredient to your dream wedding in the sun. 

5 reasons to propose in Edinburgh

guide map to propose in Edinburgh

If you’re looking to pop the question in Scotland this year, look no further than its capital, Edinburgh. With historic landmarks, beautiful buildings and a host of bars and restaurants, there’s no shortage of places to get down on one knee. From castles to hills to hideaway bars, your proposal can be exactly what you’ve always wanted, no matter what type of couple you are. Need more convincing? Here are 5 reasons to pop the question in Edinburgh.

1 - The history

5 reasons to propose in Newcastle

couple propose cartoon style

With Spring in the air and the warm weather finally approaching, there’s no better time to propose to your other half. It can seem an overwhelming event for even the most organised of people to plan, so let us help you take some of the stress away with 5 reasons to propose in Newcastle; one of the UK’s most vibrant and exciting cities.

1 - It’s home to some of the most visited landmarks in the UK

Essentials for a spring wedding to remember

Essentials for a spring wedding to remember

The flowers are blossoming amidst an increasingly emerald vista, as the sun soars overhead, it’s hardly surprising spring is hailed as the most popular season to get married. Springtime weddings provide opportunities for brides and grooms to become acquainted with the unique natural beauty of this time of year and make the most of what spring has to offer. If you are planning a spring wedding, whether it’s around the corner in 2017 or further away in 2018, take a look at the following wedding essentials for a memorable spring wedding.

 

Spring colour schemes

Wedding Trends for 2017 and How to Get the Celebrity Touch for Less.

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Aron Schlagman, Creative Director for WHiTEPAPER event has worked on some of the leading weddings in the UK.  He was the guy behind Quintessentially Wedding Atelier.  Here Aron advises on how to bring celebrity glam to your own wedding. 

This year’s wedding season will see a delightful collection of personalities tie the knot, in what promises to be a multitude of different styles – from the uber sophisticated to the quintessentially British wedding and reality TV nuptials.  There will be a style to satisfy even the most demanding of couples and if you’re following suit, you’d want to read on to find out what the year’s trends will be.

Choose a Venue for all Seasons

Thomas Harper, Hirings Manager, Hylands House, Chelmsford, Essex gives advice on how your wedding can be a total success whether there is snow on the ground or if you are basking in a heatwave. 

To give extra flexibility to your wedding date, it's good to look at venues that are suitable for a once in a lifetime event -  no matter what the season.  Some places such as Hylands House also have price scales when it is less expensive to hire in the Autumn and Winter. With our British weather it is good to look at venues that can handle all four seasons in one day!

Like Mother, Like Daughter: 5 Bonding Fitness Breaks

Like Mother, Like Daughter: 5 Bonding Fitness Breaks

The mother-daughter bond can be strengthened through exercise; a bond so powerful it affects a woman’s health, self-esteem and all her other relationships. With this in mind, Health and Fitness Travel, the leading experts in tailor-made wellness holidays worldwide, shine the spotlight on their top 5 mother-daughter fitness breaks, which make for the perfect Mother’s Day gift. From high intensity training in Herefordshire to Nordic walking in Tenerife, strengthen your body and your bond on these female-friendly fitness breaks.
 
 
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Venue Vs Key Demographics

people around bus

Choosing a venue is one of the hardest parts of planning a wedding because it is at the very heart of your day.  It’s easy to get swept away by the architecture, the views, or the food that some venues may offer, but considering the demographics of your guests will go a long way to making your day a wonderful wedding as well as the perfect party.  

Try not to let superficial or temporary factors influence your venue choice and consider the comfort of your guests, as well as yourselves, as much as possible.  (As much you and your other half are at the centre of the whole day, there are practicalities to consider.)  It sounds obvious, but guest enjoyment and comfort will always leave a lasting impression.