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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 Plan a Wedding Like a Professional

How to Plan a Wedding Like a Professional

As the North East’s leading luxury wedding venue, Wynyard Hall has seen lots of couples tie the knot, so it’s easy for the team to spot things that work really well, and things that may go wrong. Here are some tips from the venue’s experienced Wedding Co-ordinators to help ensure your celebrations go to plan...

 

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It's important to be both accurate and realistic about the timings on your big day. Sometimes speeches or photography can run late, so factoring in extra time in the first place can be the difference between a stressful day and one that flows beautifully, just the way you planned.

First apprentice for national party firm

First apprentice for national party firm

A young apprentice has landed her dream job organising events for pre-wedding revellers all around the country. 

 

Twenty-year-old Rachael Vasey from Greenside has become the first apprentice ever taken on by events management firm Hen and Stag, which organises a range of fun-filled activities for party-goers in cities across the UK. The opportunity arose from a partnership between the Rowlands Gill-based company and Gateshead College, which trains dozens of apprentices each year in a wide range of disciplines.   

 

Godminster Celebration Cheese Cake

Godminster Celebration Cheese Cake

The beautiful Godminster Farm is based on the outskirts of the picturesque town of Bruton in the heart of Somerset. The farm was certified organic in 1999, is home to almost 300 organic dairy cows and boasts fruitful orchards filled with a variety of delicious fruits and herbs which inspire many of the Godminster products.

 

The Godminster Celebration Cheese Cake is a glorious tower of mouth-watering delight, from the handmade organic brie and award-winning vintage organic cheddar to goat’s cheese, with the distinctive heart-shaped Godminster cheddar as the crowning glory.

 

To create the perfect wedding cake, Godminster have teamed up with some fantastic cheese makers, which makes this 10kg and 54cm of pure deliciousness.

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.