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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. 

Married in 1989? Hallmark Hotels Seeks Orchid Anniversary Couples

Married in 1989? Hallmark Hotels Seeks Orchid Anniversary Couples

Did you know:

 
1. On their 28th wedding anniversary a couple will have been married for 10,220 days or 245,280 hours or 14,716,800 minutes, which is over 883 million seconds.

 
2. The modern theme for a 28th anniversary is the orchid.

 
3. 28 is the new official number of hotels in the Hallmark Hotels portfolio located across the UK, following the addition of 8 new hotels to the group.

The rise of digital weddings and technologically-savvy wedding planners

The rise of digital weddings and technologically-savvy wedding planners

As technology advances at prolific rates, industries and events once steeped in tradition are adapting to embrace the digital landscape. And none more so than weddings. Digitally-savvy couples everywhere are reaping the time-saving, eco-friendly and cost-effective benefits of organising and hosting a wedding that implements digital elements. Venus Bridal explores the rise of digital weddings and how couples are weaving technology into their big day.

 

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Wedding steals: Tiffany & Co., Ernest Jones, Monsoon and Gant– Save up to 30% with Zeek

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Weddings are the happiest day of most people’s lives, but they can also be the most expensive.

 

Add wedding in front of cake, dress or ring and suddenly the price seems to double, or even triple, but every bride deserves the best for their special day. Zeek, Europe’s largest online gift card marketplace, enables users to buy and sell gift cards and vouchers at a discounted rate, as well as featuring hundreds of well-known brands with savings averaging between 5 and 25%.

 

Book your hen party with The London Cabaret Club

The London Cabaret Club has been igniting iconic London venues such as The Collection, The Arts Club and One Mayfair in an explosion of sequins, feathers and exquisitely performed anthems for four years. Fans include Simon Cowell, Millie Mackintosh, Sinitta, Henry Cavill and Olivia Colman and its permanent home, the magnificent Bloomsbury Ballroom is the backdrop of two sold-out spectaculars; The Best of British Pop and London Never Dies. 

 

Grooming tips for Guys on Their Wedding Day…

The Legends Barber shop

It’s your wedding day and your better half has been pampering herself for the last few months, determined to be glowing as she walks down the aisle.  She’s had (whatseems like) a thousand hair trials and knows exactly what her make up is going to look like.  You, on the other hand, are completely clueless. Fear not, as advice is at hand.

Here, Head Barber and Owner of one of the trendiest Barbers in London (The Legends Barbershop) shares his top male grooming tips to ensure you don’t upset the Mother In Law or your bride to be…

 

Over a quarter of Brits sacrifice their own holidays for stag and hen parties

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• 28% of Brits are spending more money attending their friends’ parties than their own holidays

• A third of those invited have been expected to take annual leave

• The average amount spent on a stag or hen party is £507

 

Over a quarter of Brits are sacrificing their own holidays in order to attend stag and hen parties costing an average of £507 a time, new research shows.

Conducted by personalised clothing retailer Banana Moon clothing, the survey looked into British attitudes towards stag and hen parties as the traditional last night of freedom has evolved into a major event.

5 reasons why you should tie the knot in GREECE

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bluegr Hotels & Resorts’ head wedding planner explains everything from traditional ceremonies to underwater celebrations!

One-in-five weddings between UK couples now take place abroad. That equates to more than 55,000 ceremonies every year where the happy couple have opted to leave the country to celebrate their big day.

Greece has emerged as THE most popular destination in Europe for a wedding abroad, so we spoke to Katerina Mamidaki – Marketing Manager at bluegr Hotels & Resorts, to find out more.

Katerina, can we really rely on a hotel to plan a wedding?

Got the Brollie Ready?

Ruth preparing for her wedding in the complementary Bridal Room at Hylands House

Thomas Harper, Hirings Team Leader at the award-winning wedding venue Hylands House, gives tips on how to beat the great British weather.

Rain in the morning, hot and sunny in the afternoon, storm clouds in the evening – this could be just one day of weather conditions in the UK.  Every cloud can have a silver lining though as long as we are prepared.  Here are a few tips to ensure your wedding shines through despite the rain.

• Select a venue that has space and beautiful backdrops for photography both inside and out.  Pick one that has lovely garden vistas and rooms that look stunning on their own, even without a theme.

How To Stay In Love Whilst Planning Your Wedding

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You’ve found your soul mate; you and your partner have decided to go the distance and make it official, so how do you stay sane and in love during the preparation of what could well be the biggest party you’ll ever throw? Don’t let wedding pressure get in between you both, follow these tips from Marriott Breadsall Priory’s Michelle Clarke on keeping the love alive during your wedding planning.

Set wedding goals and boundaries and stick to them

 

Winter Wedding Trends to Watch in 2016/17

Winter Wedding Trends

Wedding trends are always changing and they are often based on the current season. In winter, the trends naturally move towards more wintery themes – which makes sense! This infographic from The Wedding Band Shop outlines all the latest winter wedding trends in onehandy piece for you. 

More traditional gowns made a comeback this winter with many featuring Victorian necklines and ladylike feminine lace. With the dark winter nights in mind scattering lights from the ceiling to re-create a ‘starry winter night sky’ was a very popular feature at weddings. This of course looks really fantastic at a winter wedding reception particularly.

10 health and wellbeing tips in lead up to the big day

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Planning a wedding should be fun, but the reality is that many couples find it stressful. What should be a time for celebrating your relationship can easily become clouded by stress, especially in the immediate months beforehand. Many brides and grooms-to-be will no doubt choose to adopt a healthier lifestyle in the weeks leading up to the big day. If this is you, here are some top tips to help you de-stress and incorporate a healthier lifestyle into your everyday routine. 

1.    Make small incremental changes to your daily routine

Wedding Dresses: What’s Hot Right Now

Wedding Dresses

If you’re in the process of trying to find the dress of your dreams then you’ve come to the right place. Here you can discover the latest wedding dress trends, which will make shopping for your gown that little bit easier. 

With so many designer wedding dresses to choose from, it can be overwhelming when you don’t have a clue where to start! 

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Simple Sophistication

If you’re not one to opt for heavily embellished garments then you’re in luck. Simple bridal dresses look effortlessly beautiful so, if you have a minimalist vision for your wedding dress, you’re certain to wow your guests as well as achieve a contemporary look. 

QHotels Girls Night In Package

QHotels

There’s no denying that a spa break makes for a fabulous, crowd-pleasing hen do. The combination of a relaxed atmosphere, gorgeous surroundings and comforting facilities will always have your hens leaving their troubles at the door and letting their hair down. Whereas some spas may be reluctant to host your booking as soon as you mention the word ‘hen’, QHotels, the UK’s four star hotel group, welcome girl groups with open arms. The brand new ‘Girls Night In’ package is created for groups of 8 or more who are looking to relax in a friendly, accommodating environment.

“What are the benefits of the 10-step Korean skincare regime for brides?”

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The 10-step Korean skincare regime sounds more onerous than it is and is actually the basis of a great skincare routine. Following it everyday will ensure that you have great skin, that is thoroughly cleansed, hydrated and treated, protecting it from ageing and environmental aggression. I always recommend this multi-step approach to skincare in the six months before a bride’s wedding day. I also believe it’s a great idea to book a course of facials to enhance the benefits so that you have glowing, radiant and rejuvenated skin.