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A Bridesmaid’s Guide to Hosting an Unforgettable Hen Party

i Heart wines

A hen party is a rite of passage for every bride-to-be - one last carefree and mischievous celebration with the girls before saying, ‘I do’! However, the humble hen do has come a long way since hot pink L plates, polyester veils and plastic tiaras. In fact, research shows that in the UK we now spend an astronomical £507 per hen party, as celebrations have become more extravagant than ever. 

Sound familiar?! Not to worry, with wedding season just around the corner, the experts at i heart Wines have created the ultimate DIY hen party guide to ensure you give the bride-to-be a night to remember – without breaking the bank!

Top five tips for picking a perfect wedding venue

Osbourne House

Traditionally, it is the summer in which most weddings take place, but we must not forget it’s the winter when we see the most proposals. Chillisauce, an international event agency, has found that it’s during the festivities in the Christmas period which drum up the most engagements all year, ready for those summer weddings. If you are one of these newly engaged couples, it is likely you will be starting the search for your ultimate wedding venue.

Weddings at Penshurst Place & Gardens 

married couple walking hand in hand

Penshurst Place in the Weald of Kent is a grand family home and gardens, welcoming up to 40 weddings per year to the 11 acres of formal grounds, and 2,500-acre wider estate. 

Dating from 1341 and at the heart of the house is the original medieval Baron’s Hall, which is available to couples for both ceremonies and receptions. It is adjoined by a further two historic reception rooms and a third outside space that can be also be used for ceremonies or entertaining. The private Inner Courtyard, which is only available for use by weddings, is a beautiful area to welcome guests for a drinks reception in summer, and in the winter, a lined-marquee can be erected as an additional reception option. 

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. 

Lose weight for your wedding and life with LighterLife

Leah before and after

At the end of last year, Kent bride Leah Jones married her partner Richard wearing her dream wedding dress. The dress not only symbolised the best day of her life but also achieving her greatest goal of losing over 6 stone. Leah found her gown at the infamous Confetti and Lace and will be appearing on hit TV show Say Yes to the Dress this summer, you’ll be able to see her big day from start to finish. If you’re slimming down for the gown and are in need of some inspiration, read Leah’s story to find out how she did it, with lighterlife.

Jimmy Doherty's top 100 wedding venue

Couple dancing at Jimmy's farm

Nestled in the heart of the Suffolk countryside sits a unique and charming wedding venue that is certain to leave a lasting impression on all who are lucky enough to be part of your special day. 

Owned by TV presenter and one of the UK’s best known farmers, Jimmy Doherty, Jimmy’s Farm has recently been awarded one Conde Nast’s top 100 wedding venues in the world, and it’s not hard to see why. 

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.

The White Hart launch novel breakfast and reception venue

White Hart Venue

THE WHITE Hart in Weston In Gordano is officially launching its stunning, novel and contemporary wedding breakfast and reception venue for newlyweds this March 2018.

The Somerset gastropub has a 10-metre high tepee with firepit in its all-weather garden that can host events for more than 100 people and this year it is opening it up for wedding parties.

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.

The Engine Shed a truly unique venue

The Engine Shed

The Engine Shed is based in the heart of picturesque Wetherby and began its life as a goods shed on the Harrogate to Church Fenton railway line. Now a Grade II listed building, The Engine Shed has been superbly renovated to create a truly unique venue.

The Engine Shed Wetherby is a family-run business and is renowned for its friendly service. Your wedding day is only limited by your own creativity and imagination, so let us be a part of the wedding of your dreams.

The Engine Shed is licensed to hold Civil Ceremonies, offering a unique alternative to the Registry Office. Our wedding co-ordinator can provide advice on timings and seating layouts

The Mezzanine

Princess inspired Flower Girl Wands

Shropshire Flower Girls wands

Having flower girls on your wedding day is the perfect way to include younger members of your family or close friends and give them a sense of importance on your big day. Traditionally, the significance of having a flower girl was to lead the bride forward and symbolise the innocence fading away, bringing her role as a wife and mother forward. These days, flower girls tend to carry cute wicker baskets scattering natural petal confetti as they proceed down the aisle before the bride enters. If you’re looking for something different, Shropshire Petals have just launched their brand-new range of adorable Flower Girl Wands. Make your flower girls feel like magical princesses as they carry their wands and hold them during your ceremony.

Top wedding trends to watch out for in 2018

Violet bouquet of flowers

WITH the announcement of not one but two royal weddings taking place this year, an estimated 100,000 proposals* over the recent festive period alone and fresh from Valentine’s Day, brides-to-be are now on the hunt for stylish ideas to ensure their wedding is ‘à la mode’. The wedding experts at luxury country Northumberland hotel, Slaley Hall share their thoughts on the wedding trends of 2018 from what’s hot this year, beautiful bridal wear to the latest, on-trend décor…

Top wedding trends of 2018

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Manchester's first planning and styling team launches today... The Urban Wedding Company

The Urban Wedding company

Today is an exciting day after 7 months of hard work and exciting meetings we officially Launch Manchester’s first Planning and Styling team The Urban Wedding Company.

We are Wedding Planner Michelle Healey of Michelle Amy Weddings and Venue Stylist Zoey O’Brien of Bespoke events & Styling. After running our own successful businesses we decided to come together to offer style conscious couples the perfect balance of planning and styling Urban, Industrial weddings across the North West of England.

We came together to combine our skills and expertise, on a mission to provide couples a complete wedding service. We don’t want couples to face the difficult choice of prioritising a design led wedding, or a meticulously planned day.

Cruises Make A Perfect Wedding Venue

Cruises Make A Perfect Wedding Venue

“There are a number of very good reasons why a cruise makes a perfect wedding venue. Many cruises offer a variety of services to help you plan a shipboard or shoreside ceremony, followed by a romantic cruise honeymoon. This enables couples to get married in a beautiful location without the immense hassle of wedding planning. A cruise wedding can also prove a cost-effective option, with prices starting from as little as £1,010, on top of the cost of the cruise.  In addition, family and friends can join you for just the ceremony, or the full cruise – so it makes an interesting experience for everyone.

“For anyone looking for a cruise wedding, there are a variety of ceremony options and price points. Here are four of some of the best:

Which perfect wedding Venue Will You Fall For?

Married couple laughing

Brides and grooms-to-be are invited to a unique two-in-one open day to help them fall for the perfect wedding venue.

Set in the heart of the North York Moors, Helmsley is an idyllic wedding location – and couples can now look around two places to tie the knot in one afternoon. 

The Black Swan and its sister venue The Feversham Arms Hotel and Verbena Spa are hosting joint wedding events throughout the year – with experts on hand to talk prospective wedding parties through the distinctive benefits of both.

The New Grooms Wear Trends SS18

Grooms wear trends

Once again, summer wedding season is almost upon us. Beyond the extravagant flowers, intricate table settings and breath-taking venues, we are taking a look at wedding fashion. More specifically, we’re looking at grooms fashion and one grooms wear trends in particular that is ready to make a splash for SS18.

Traditionally, the black tuxedo has been the go-to option for grooms. With it’s no fuss simplicity, slimming silhouette and classic approach, it almost seems a no-brainer. However, as men’s fashion evolves, alternative possibilities are starting to become a lot more accessible in the modern market.

5 simple grooming tips for bridegrooms

Stuart Miles

Grooming for the big day is so important to look healthy, handsome and your best. For the same reason that grooms are proud to see their stunning bride walk down the aisle, often a bride may want the groom to have put the effort in and not just with his clothing. The wedding day photos will be with you forever and grooming has never been more important. Vows and Venues spoke with Stuart Miles the UK's leading anti-ageing expert and founder of MilesYounger.com  to get his top tips for bridegrooms to look their best, not just during the ceremony, but all day.