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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. 

The Ultimate Proposal Package

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The London Helicopter and Shangri-La Hotel, At The Shard, London have unveiled the ultimate proposal package set to leave any couple on cloud nine.

An experience designed to excite and delight at every turn, the proposer has the opportunity to pop the question at 1000ft overlooking the city’s spectacular skyline, then afterwards sweep a loved one off their feet in a luxurious suite at Shangri-La Hotel, At The Shard, London.  

The Best Wedding Bar Ideas According to Guides for Brides

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Whether you’re raising a glass to the happy couple or cheering to beautiful bridesmaids, let's face it, drinks are an integral part of any wedding. With the summer months fast approaching and our thirst increasing, we’ve been chatting to Guides for Brides to find out some of the best wedding bar ideas and how you can add a fun element to your wedding bar.

 

best wedding bar ideasThe best wedding bar ideas from Guide to Brides

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Relationships in a generation of social media

Rom-coms in social media

Rom-coms are the perfect escapism from our everyday lives, where true love conquers all and Prince Charming always makes an entrance right on cue. But what would our favourite rom-com couples look like if they were to meet today, in the generation of social media? 

Would Mr Darcy have swiped right for Elizabeth Bennett in 2018? Would rom-com favourites Bridget Jones and Mark Darcy have made it as a couple if What's App messaging confusion was added into the mix? Or would Rhett Butler and Scarlett O’Hara have any chance of happiness in a world of Snapchat stories? 

Goldsmiths reveals the most awkward etiquette issues

Bridal party

A wedding - one of life’s happiest occasions - for both the happy couple and the guests attending. Or is it? A new survey by leading high street jewellers, Goldsmiths, has revealed some of the most awkward etiquette issues when it comes to planning, and attending, the big day.

With more than a third (39%) of those questioned being outraged at the thought of being invited to a hen/stag do abroad when the wedding is also overseas, 75% wanting to pick out their own engagement ring, and almost a fifth of singletons being disappointed if they don’t get a ‘plus one’ to the wedding -

Mr Kipling offers a wedding makeover!

New Royal Wedding Mr Kipling cakes

Mr Kipling launches a nationwide search to find a couple getting married on the weekend of the Royal Wedding! The lucky couple will receive a Mr Kipling style wedding makeover.

Wedding makeover cakesMr Kipling has revealed the wedding makeover package will be complete with a bespoke wedding cake, favours with a cake twist for all the guests and bou-cakes (that’s right, cake bouquets!) for the table centre pieces and the winning bride. 

Wedding guest list etiquette

Maryculter House Hotel

You’ve got the dress, booked the venue, agreed the menu and briefed your photographer. That’s the bulk of the work on planning your wedding done, right? Wrong! The trickiest part of planning any wedding – finalising the all-important wedding guest list – is yet to come.

As someone who has helped countless numbers of newlywed couples celebrate the happiest day of their lives, Maryculter House Hotel wedding and events manager Beverley Mackinlay knows a thing or two about how to get it right…and has lots of top tips on how to avoid getting it very, very wrong.

Couple win wedding of their dreams at the Celtic Manor Resort

Winning wedding couple

A lucky couple who met at a cheerleading class have plenty more to sing and dance about after winning the wedding of their dreams at the Celtic Manor Resort.

School teachers Nicola Horton and Jack Withey from Cardiff won a prize draw competition for a wedding worth £5,000 at Celtic Manor and are now planning a very special big day at the five-star resort.

They have already met the wedding team at Celtic Manor for a celebratory glass of champagne and to start planning a lavish ceremony and reception at Celtic Manor’s Golf Clubhouse in August.

Pinterest Voted as the Ultimate Wedding Inspiration Tool

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As couples around the world begin to source inspiration for those all exciting wedding plans, Debenhams Personal finance reveals just how influential social media is when it comes to planning the big day. Which social media platfom do you think is the ultimate wedding inspiration tool?

A recent survey conducted by Debenhams Personal Finance* has revealed that Pinterest was the social media channel of choice when it came to sourcing wedding inspiration, with over two thirds of couples (67%) using the site in their planning stages. The focus remains on image led social media platforms, with a quarter (25%) turning to Instagram for their all-important wedding research.

Ideal Home Show vote on royal wedding cake 

Wedding cake entrants

Visitors to the Ideal Home Show sponsored by Zoopla*, have voted on their favourite royal wedding cake from 38 towering masterpieces designed in celebration of the forthcoming wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. Entries from both professional and amateur cake-makers are displayed at The Ideal Home Show at Olympia, London, with ideas ranging from a ‘whirlwind romance’ typhoon-style concoction to the more conventional multi-layer cake in traditional colours. 

Pre-loved wedding dresses sought for charity auction

The Welcombe hotel reception

A wedding charity dress auction at Hallmark Hotel The Welcombe, is seeking pre-loved wedding dress donations from local brides that would like to see theirs enjoyed once again while supporting a good cause. The charity auction, which is in aid of children’s charity Molly Olly’s Wishes, is due to take place on Wednesday 11th April 2018 at Hallmark Hotel The Welcombe, Stratford-Upon-Avon.

Molly Olly’s Wishes was founded in 2011 to help families with terminally ill children to cope with the emotional and financial struggles that can come with their children being in hospital. The charity launched after parents Rachel and Tim Ollerenshaw lost their eight-year-old daughter Molly to a Wilms tumour. 

Predicted: What will be on the menu at the Royal Wedding?

Pizza for wedding menu

As far as traditions go, there will be a long list Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will need to go through on their day, and in the run up to the 19th May. Following the footsteps of Prince Charles and Camilla, the wedding will take place at St. George’s Chapel in Windsor castle. The guest list will include fellow royals, foreign leaders, church officials and celebrities and Meghan will be carrying a bouquet made up of myrtle – a tradition set by Queen Victoria. But what about the catering? As food trends change throughout the years, so does the royal wedding menu.

Pet pug Ted Gets Wed at Matfen Hall

Dog wedding

This Valentine’s Day the award-winning Northumberland Hotel, Matfen Hall, played host to a Metro Radio wedding.

Ted, the pet pug of Steve Furnell from Metro Radio’s Steve and Karen’s Breakfast Show, wed his canine companion Roxy the Corman Shepherd, at an intimate ceremony in the historic venue.

Listeners of the radio show have been following Ted’s romantic journey over the last few weeks and chose Roxy as Ted’s bride. The paw-fect couple were joined by their four-legged friends as they exchanged vows in front of the majestic fireplace in the fairytale setting of the hotel’s Great Hall.

Brides and grooms have never washed their wedding clothes

Wedding dress in box

New research has found that one in ten brides and grooms (11%) have never washed their wedding clothes. The study, conducted by online clothing retailer Banana Moon Clothing, looked at how often people wash their clothes and how long they think they can get away with wearing dirty items. The results revealed that women are worse than men for not washing their wedding clothes.15% of brides confessed they hadn’t cleaned their dress after the wedding, compared to only 7% of men who hadn’t washed their suit.

Almost a quarter of those living in Aberdeen (23%) said they hadn’t cleaned their wedding clothing since the big day, followed by over a fifth (22%) of those in Coventry and 16% in Wolverhampton.