Your chance to win Bare Biology's Lion Heart liquid worth £95 to celebrate September Startover

Your chance to win Bare Biology's Lion Heart liquid worth £95 to celebrate September Startover

At Bare Biology we recognise the need to invest in your overall wellbeing and enter Autumn on a high note, ready for the year ahead. If you're planning your wedding in the coming year, you'll want to make sure it will be the day you dreamed of in all respects and that you're feeling and looking fabulous. To support you in this effort Bare Biology will be hosting September Startover, with a series of helpful tips & advice on our website and free events when you sign up to the newsletter. 

To celebrate we're giving Vows & Venues readers the chance to win a bride & groom to be set of Omega 3 Lion Heart liquid worth £95.

Enter for your chance to win a wellness and beauty bag essential, which: 

Win a personalised wedding keepsake from oodlique

Personalised wedding keepsake

Your Wedding day will be one of the memorable days in your life and we have got just the perfect thing to make it a lasting daily reminder in your home of your most special day! oodlique.com have teamed up with A Beautiful Sign, to give one lucky person the chance to win this absolutely gorgeous "Happily Ever After" personalised freestanding Wedding keepsake plaque. The plaque is engraved with beautiful wording, including the couples names & special date!

It makes the perfect gift to you and your future Mr or Mrs which you can also display as a prop at your Wedding party.

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.

Bride to Be Box - ideal gift for the fiancée who's planning the perfect day

Example of a Bride to Be Box - inside

Fancy an impressive gift which will be useful for the planning of your wedding? Rhys Jelley, co-founder at Bride to be Box, explains why you should think outside the box…

Tell us about yourselves…

My wife Harriet and I met at university in 2007, where Harriet was studying for a degree in media and public relations and I was studying for a degree in international business management. After we graduated in 2011 we moved to Guernsey, where Harriet grew up. Harriet now works as an account director for a leading PR agency and I head up the partnerships and retail team for a large vitamin and supplement brand.

Why did you decide to start up the Bride to Be Box venture? 

5 surprising things you didn’t know Omega 3 could help with

5 surprising things you didn’t know Omega 3 could help with

With your wedding just round the corner what’s the best supplement you can take to help with a whole range of things. 

Your blood pressure’s normal, your joints are creak-free and the only mood swings you get take you from cheery to chipper. In short, you’re mentally and physically as strong as an ox. There’s no point in you taking Omega 3, right?

Wrong. While upping your intake of the essential fatty acid is a no-brainer when it comes to reducing your risk of high blood pressure, arthritis and depression, Omega 3 has more proven health benefits than you can shake a salmon fillet at.

Stable Cottage Cakes

Stable Cottage 4 tier Vegan Wedding Cake with summer berries and flowers

The garden may seem an unusual place to be at the heart of a business, but for Lucy's wedding cakes, it is where it all begins.  Lucy provides handcrafted quality vegan wedding cakes, but in an attempt to educate the everyday customer about animal welfare, she also provides wedding cakes with an unusual twist. The garden is home to Lucy's flock of chickens (all rescued ex-battery hens), and it is the fresh eggs laid by these hens that are essential to the quality of her non-vegan cakes.  “When the egg is fresher, the air stays in it when you whisk it up,” explains Lucy, “so this is a great selling point for couples, and allows me to teach them about the egg industry, and the price animals are paying for our current fast food attitude.”

Britain’s top superstitions revealed - over 51 million people in the UK are superstitious

Britain’s top superstitions revealed - over 51 million people in the UK are superstitious

Whether it’s touching wood, avoiding the number 13 or crossing your fingers for luck you are not alone, over 51 million (78%) Brits believe in superstitions.

New research* carried out by Ladbrokes Casino, found that 30% of us cross our fingers for luck and 32% believe finding a penny is also lucky.

More than two out of five Brits (41%) believe walking under a ladder will bring bad luck and over a third (35%) believe that touching wood will prevent something bad happening to them.

The same research also found that a quarter (25%) of Brits believe that burning ears is a sign that someone is talking about you.

Women proved to be more superstitious with 83% saying they believed in superstitions compared to 70% of men.

Which celebrity nuptials are coming up and predictions of the day

Which celebrity nuptials are coming up and predictions of the day

After thoroughly enjoying the wedding of Meghan and Harry in May, we can’t wait to see Princess Eugenie marry her beau, Jack Brooksbank in October...and in the same chapel too, how lovely. It will be great to see all the Royals together once again, and with Princess Eugenie’s parents being the best divorced couple she knows, let’s hope no rifts show themselves on the big day itself as Fergie will be taking centre stage too!  That said, they’ll all be on their best behaviour I’m sure!

Her ‘Tiara Debut’

Wedding Open Day - 21st October - 15th century Swan at Lavenham Hotel and Spa

Wedding Open Day - 21st October - 15th century Swan at Lavenham Hotel and Spa

Brides-to-be can explore the romance of the 15th century Swan at Lavenham Hotel and Spar the historic venue’s wedding open day on Sunday, 21st October between 11am and 3pm.

With its picture perfect façade, oak beamed interiors, open fires and medieval courtyard gardens, the stunning hotel is a magical venue for weddings large and small all year around. It’s also licensed for civil ceremonies throughout the building so you can plan your entire celebration from start to finish at one romantic venue.

Go along on 21st October and enjoy a complimentary glass of sparkling prosecco with some delicious canapés, while you view the banqueting rooms, dressed for a wedding breakfast and have an informal but personal chat with the wedding planners. 

How to get better sleep before your big day

Woman asleep on bed

Sleep: we all need it but, sometimes, we just can’t seem to get enough of it. It affects your long-term health and energy levels, but also has an impact on your physical appearance – probably one of the biggest concerns for brides-to-be before their big day. 

In general, adults need between seven and nine hours of sleep but the exact amount varies from person to person. A good night’s sleep won’t rid you of your problems in the run up to your wedding day, but it can mean that you’re able to deal with difficult or stressful situations more easily. 

A guide to choosing the perfect wedding flowers for your big day 

A guide to choosing the perfect wedding flowers for your big day 

Flowers are part of every wedding checklist. Adding blooms to your big day can be as simple as a single rose in a button hole to going full Kim Kardashian and having a wall of flowers. Historically, wedding bouquets are symbolic of youth, beauty and love and the tie represents the union between the couple. 

Flowers have the ability to transform a space by adding colour and enhancing the theme of a wedding.  With an abundance to choose from, here are some questions to ask yourself before selecting your wedding florals.

When are you getting married?

Popworld Cha Cha Slides into the nation’s capital!

Popworld

London has welcome the nation’s favourite party with Popworld opening its glittery doors for the first time this month on 7th September – the perfect night for any hen party!

Since its humble beginnings in Southampton, the chain of pop-themed nightclubs has seen four years of incredible growth and has forged a legendary status throughout the UK by providing unforgettable nights out filled with fun and laughter. With the opening of their London club, there will now be 27 sites nationwide.

How To Cope With Pre Wedding Nerves

Jane Barnfield Jukes
Planning a wedding can be a wonderful experience.  It’s an exciting time of your life. You are about to commit to spending the rest of your life with the person of your dreams. You have probably spent a great deal of time imagining the perfect wedding celebration.  You are bound to be excited, nervous and happy.  What you probably didn’t consider was how stressful the whole process could be and the effects that stress is having on you. The excitement and ceremony of the whole event builds a momentum of its own and that can distract us from the anxiety we can often feel around any big life change.   Luckily there are many things you can do to help pre wedding nerves.