Win A Case Of 6 Proudly Vegan Wines!

Proudly Vegan Wines!

Proudly Vegan is proud to be the only 100% vegan wine on the UK market - Move over meat eaters, the vegans are coming! 

The trend towards a meat free diet is gaining pace with a reported 83% of 18-35 year olds knowing at least one person who is vegan, and 20% having prepared a meal for a vegan in the last week.  According to the research, carried out by British wine company, Broadland Wineries, a quarter of us say that we are likely to have to prepare food or drink this Christmas for someone who is vegan, rising to a massive 41% amongst the under 35s.  

Win a bottle of Tequila Rose and five shot glasses

Tequila Rose cocktail

If you’re planning a hen party and fancy making some cocktails to get the night going, then the smooth, easy taste and insta-worthy pretty pink colour of Tequila Rose is a fabulous choice.

Tequila never tasted so good – the silky rich strawberry cream is as versatile as it is delicious. Enjoy in a shot, pour over ice, or mix in everything from killer cocktails to adult milkshakes.

Available at Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Amazon,  with an RRP of just £12, it’s well worth inviting Tequila Rose to your hen do!


For your chance to win a bottle of Tequila Rose (500ml) and five Tequila Rose shot glasses,

Share your wedding highs and lows with Vows And Venues magazine -

Share your wedding highs and lows with Vows And Venues magazine 

and win £100 in vouchers

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.

Unique Treats to say Thank You to your Wedding Guests

Unique Treats for wedding guests

MY BAKER, the cake concierge has come up with a unique and fun way to say thank you to guests for attending your wedding & being part of your big day. 

A bride is always on the lookout for the unusual and unique to add that special “wow” touch to herday. Brides like to hear a compliment or chatter of appreciation from their guests.  Having spent a year preparing for your wedding, it’s the small things that you will remember and the finishing touches that really make it. 

MY BAKER Wedding Cake Trends

Pink Wedding Cake

MY BAKER, the UK’s only cake concierge understands your wedding is one of the most special days of your life and rightly so, you wish for it to be perfect. You’ve secured the venue, picked out your dream dress, chosen your makeup artist and drawn the seating plan for your guests.   Its now all about the cake, it has to not only look amazing but taste fabulous and tick all the boxes - nut or egg allergies… Don’t worry. 

Founders of MY BAKER Yvonne & Noreen taste test cakes made by their bakers before they are invited to join their platform. That’s over 100 cakes tried and approved.  So, with their seal of approval, here are their top trends to watch out for in 2019. 

Floral touch

Celebrating in style at Crabwall Manor

Crabwall Manor

Vows & Venues' managing editor Emma Hatherall took a trip to historic Chester for a relaxing spa weekend in a romantic setting…

Crabwall Manor is located a short taxi ride from the historic city of Chester and has a lot to offer whether you're looking for a wedding venue, a hen do or even just a chilled out spa weekend. Set in Mollington, it’s a stone's throw from all that Chester has to offer – the shopping, the horse racing, the history – Crabwall Manor still has that lovely country house feel to it. I took my Mum for an overnight spa break and we loved it

Winter Weddings

Winter Weddings at Museum Of London

After a long hot summer in the capital, the big freeze is finally upon us. While some may complain about the start of the cold season, we see it as a fantastic reason to celebrate the season and create a wedding winter wonderland! 

Winter weddings should channel all the best parts of the season; from log fires and crisp white snow, to cosy colours and comfort food. To help couples make the most of the winter months, we’ve put together a list of a few things to consider including in your big day celebrations.

Colours that compliment and contrast

When it comes to winter, silvers and golds work really well and can add a subtle touch of elegance. Compliment this with a few dashes of greenery to really bring the sparkle to life.

Why a blank canvas venue is ideal for creative couples

Blank canvas venue with a view of london

Every soon to be wed couple will have a vision in their minds of what they expect their big day to be like. Whether it’s an intimate family celebration, or a lavish soiree with hundreds of guests, its important to go with what works for you as a couple. While there are always small touches which you can use to personalise your big day, nothing works better for creative couples, than a blank canvas venue.

Top Ten Tips to De-stress Your Wedding

Couple De-stress For Their Wedding

Nobody wants to be a bridezilla, or a groomzilla, yet so often, the mammoth task of organising the perfect wedding day can get the better of even the most cool-headed couple. 

Perhaps it’s the event being called ‘the big day’, the knowledge that all eyes will be on you, or the idea of your in-laws dissecting each aspect of your hospitality that makes you want to hide under the duvet/elope/eat a tub of ice cream (delete as appropriate!). 

The tips below, compiled by wedding venue Newbury Racecourse, will help de-stress in the run up to the big day, making the countdown till you cut the cake, a piece of cake!


Luxury County Durham hotel showcases quirky wedding ideas for 2019

Couple on tractor outside of County Durham hotel

A luxury 17th-century country house and spa is highlighting new ways for newlyweds to celebrate their special day in 2019. Nestled in the heart of the Durham Dales, the 4-star Headlam Hall offers the perfect and most romantic destination for engaged couples to tie the knot.

However, in addition to offering rural and magical weddings amidst the picturesque backdrop of Teesdale, the hotel also prides itself on being different to other wedding venues in the North East.

Couples are being encouraged to try something a little different on their big day by making the most of the amazing countryside setting. 

Ibiza named most Instagrammable hen party destination

Girls jumping in ocean in Ibiza

Party paradise island Ibiza has one more reason to celebrate – it’s just been named as the most Instagrammable destination for hens.

The sun-soaked resort is famous for world class nightlife and big-name DJs, but its stunning scenery also makes it a massive hit on social media for brides-to-be.

The results are part of new research which reveals Ibiza as the location with the most hen-related hashtags on Insta.

The Balaeric island came out on top with 6,431 hen-related hashtags, followed by the less exotic, but always exciting London on 2,623, while Bali, in Indonesia, was rated third with 1,961 hashtags.

The analysis was conducted by hen and stag party experts Red7 who report a rise in hen party bookings for warmer climes each winter.

2019 Confetti Trends

Shropshire Petals Confetti

2018 has been a year for stylish wedding trends and colour, which is why we are certainly looking forward to 2019. With not one but two stunning royal weddings, 2019 wedding trends will be taking inspiration from both. Following in Eugenie and Jack’s footsteps, many 2019 couples will be opting for more eco-friendly weddings in a variety of ways, especially when it comes to confetti. Natural petal confetti specialists, Shropshire Petals share their top choices for confetti in line with some of the hottest predicted trends for 2019.

2019 Trend: Colour & Shine

Colour & Shine Wedding Converse

Splashes of colour and flashes of metallic have been catching our eye at recent weddings, but this trend looks set to fully catch fire in 2019.

All-white is alright, but today’s forward-thinking brides want to make their own rules and define a more personalised and individual wedding. Hot from the catwalk to a wedding near you is this polished new trend: Colour & Shine.

According to Sarah Mahoune, who founded Wedding Converse four years ago, more brides than ever are choosing coloured wedding dresses for 2019, and of course they want to reflect this in their footwear. Deep purples, bold reds and turquoise are all popular, and rose gold is holding strong.

Kirkley Hall wedding day winners are floating on cloud nine

Kirkley Hall wedding day winners

A Gateshead couple are on cloud nine after winning a competition of a lifetime, where the stunning star prize was an exclusive all-expenses paid wedding day at Kirkley Hall near Ponteland in Northumberland.

The lucky names of Chris Laws and Gemma Wilson were drawn from a hat during a special ceremony hosted at the rural 17th-century Grade II building. 

Chris, aged 32, works as a courier and Gemma, aged 30, is a stay at home mum. They unknowingly grew up together and attended the same secondary school.  Their relationship has blossomed over the past eight years ever since they got chatting over a drink in a local pub.  Chris popped the question last Christmas by jokingly going down on one knee and proposing using a Haribo wedding ring.

Why opt for a vegan wedding?

Vegan wedding desserts

As World Vegan Month draws to a close, Vows &Venues find out more about vegan wedding options with the team at Best Western Plus Mosborough Hall, the luxury Sheffield wedding venue.

Catering at a wedding and ensuring that the wedding party and guests are 100% happy with the food choices is one of the most difficult parts of a wedding.  Ask any wedding couple and they will invariably say that choosing a food menu that suits everyone is one of the most difficult parts of the day.  That’s why we’ve seen lots of couples requesting a vegan menu in the past 12 months, and it seems this this a trend that’s here to stay.