Win a TomTom Touch

TomTom Touch

Summer means many things – sunshine, beer gardens, and holidays.  But it’s also the start of the wedding season.

For this all important occasion - brides, grooms and guests will be focused on looking their best for the big day.  For some, this will kick-start a new fitness regime – perhaps challenging themselves to run further and faster than before.  Others might be motivated to cycle to work instead of taking public transport.  Whatever it is you’re planning on doing to improve your fitness this wedding season, it’s important to set achievable goals and maintain a healthy lifestyle.  

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. 

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.

The Wedding Show returns to Tatton Park

The wedding show

Iconic North West bridal event, The Wedding Show to take place 3 and 4 February 2018

The Wedding Show gets set to return to Tatton Park in February for show’s 16th edition - and looks forward to welcoming brides-to-be and their guests for an unforgettable weekend of wedding planning. As the North West’s best-established wedding event, the show plays host to more than 150 of the region’s most esteemed wedding suppliers covering everything from cakes to cars and dresses to decorations.

Former wedding venue given a new lease of life

Wedding venue

Pinchinthorpe Hall, the award-winning grade II listed former wedding venue near Guisborough in Cleveland, has been leased to a local operator through specialist business property adviser, Christie & Co.

Situated near the edge of the North York Moors National Park and overlooking the Roseberry Topping, Pinchinthorpe Hall dates back to the 12th century. Boasting six character en suite rooms, four formal reception rooms, a self contained two bedroom flat and cottage and 10 acres of land including a paddock it is surrounded by natural woodland and even has its own moat and medieval gardens, which are listed as Ancient Monuments and are noted to be of national importance.

A leading luxury hotel and wedding venue in Yorkshire

Rudding wedding venue

In the heart of the Yorkshire countryside, Rudding Park is perfect for an idyllic escape with a loved one. The leading luxury hotel and wedding venue is home to the UK’s very first roof top spa and garden, complete with an outdoor hydrotherapy infinity pool, garden sauna cabin, herbal infused steam and spa bath.

Wellness of mind, body and soul form the foundations of Rudding Park Spa, with an emphasis on bringing the best of the outdoors inside. The revolutionary new spa is perfect for a pre-wedding pampering treat or hen party from the organic treatments inspired by nature to head chef Murray Wilson’s kitchen garden cuisine at Horto. With experiences ranging from Moorish mud treatments to the herbal bath steam room and sauna, guests will truly be spoilt for choice.

Make a statement with landing the right wedding hat

wedding hat

Are you attending a wedding in the coming months? If so, you’ve probably planned out what you’ll be wearing. It’s an important day after all and what better excuse to hit the shops and find a new outfit from head to toe? After picking out a stunning dress (careful you don’t upstage the bride – unless you are the bride!) and some equally stunning footwear, you’ll be looking at accessories, and how to tie the ensemble together in a stylish way. This is often the hardest part. But have no fear. Follow this advice, because there’s no more sure-fire way to make a statement than landing the right wedding hat.

Styling a Winter wedding

Winter styling

Wintertime is such a magical time for styling a Wedding - who doesn't love the idea of velvet dresses, maribou trim and candlelight??  Planning a wedding at this time allows the lavish use of light and candles and at the Letteroom we have a fabulous selection of LED Jars and Bottles which would make a fantastic statement when used in your Wedding Styling plans.

These beautiful Sparkle LED Jam Jars would light up any Winter Wedding or party table and create a magical light effect across the room.

Looking for a city wedding in Manchester

City wedding

The stunning art deco façade of luxury 5-star boutique Hotel Gotham, situated in the bustling heart of mid-town Manchester, is one of the city’s grandest buildings and the perfect location for a city wedding. A former bank premises dubbed the ‘King of King street’ due to its grandeur and castle-like design, the building was designed by Edwin Lutyens and referenced in Pevsner's Architectural Guide. Guests are greeted by glamorous Manhattan-inspired interiors, combining modern luxury interiors with an unmistakably vintage style, and housing 60 opulent rooms and suites. Hotel Gotham is situated in Manchester's most upmarket shopping district with boutiques such as Hermès, Whistles, Emporio Armani, Agent Provocateur, Mulberry, Thomas Pink, Reiss and Crombie.

What to consider when planning a winter wedding

Winter wedding

Natalie Lovett of Love to Plan Ltd talks to Vows and Venues about her top tips for planning a Winter wedding.

When imagining a winter wedding, I immediately think of crackling fires, warm and furry wraps and lots of twinkly lights and candles – lovely!  ...but remember, whilst winter is a beautiful time of the year it brings with it potential challenges and considerations.

Here are my top tips ‘things to remember’ when planning a winter wedding:

Low season discounts, anyone?

Warm up your wedding with LPG

LPG in weddings

Every bride or groom is looking for that magic ingredient to ensure their event is extra special. After the dress, a top-notch location and an excellent menu are among the top priorities when planning a wedding. With liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) used by more than 13,000 outdoor caterers in the UK as well as by rural hotels and spas, there are very few limits on where you can hold your wedding reception and what food can be served up to hungry guests. 

LPG has even been used to cook on the highest slopes of Mount Everest and so the happy couple can rest assured that they can indulge on their favourite food regardless of where they plan to celebrate their nuptials.

Beautiful brows for your wedding day

Wedding brows

Every bride wants to look her best on her wedding day, right down to the smallest detail of her eyebrows. That's why Chermaine Kyriacou, Head Trainer at Browhaus, has taken the time to gives us her top tips for  beautiful brows on your wedding day.

Top tips for beautiful brows on your wedding day

Step One 

STOP everything you are doing (tweezing, threading, shaving) in fact no eyebrow hair removal for the next few months just let them grow out. Resisting the urge to reshape or even tidy up your brows at this stage will ensure you have the maximum amount of eyebrow hairs to work with before you start styling them. It's a lot more difficult to get a shape you love otherwise.

Step Two  

Is reportage-style wedding photography right for you?

Wedding photography

Wedding photography can be one of the most expensive elements of your wedding day, so it’s essential that you make the right decision when it comes to your choice of photographer.

You’ll want to be 100% confident that the photographer you choose will capture all the special moments of your big day and in the style you want.

Which means that the first, and most important, decision you’ll want to make is about whether you’re after traditional or contemporary wedding photography, or a bit of both!

Traditional vs. contemporary wedding photography

TRADITIONAL WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY

A guide to the perfect hen party or bridal shower

Hen party bridal shower

So, you’ve been put in charge of organising a hen party or bridal shower. No pressure! As you’ll know, there are a lot of plates to spin to ensure everyone, especially the bride-to-be, has the best possible experience.

Once you have booked the perfect venue, sourced or made all the decorations and stocked the fridge with plenty of bubbly it’s time to start thinking about some fun activities to keep everyone in the party mood.

Although it might be tempting to go into minute detail, we wouldn’t recommend over-planning as this can take away from the event’s spontaneity. On the other hand, when you’re in charge of entertaining a room full of people, it’s important to at least have a few activities in place.

A destination wedding in a fairytale venue

Destination wedding

Scotland is one of the most beautiful countries in the world - so if a destination wedding is what you’re after - it simply must be on your list! And where better than this stunning 18th century fairy-tale venue, Dundas Castle.

From an intimate ceremony nestled within a private garden to a rooftop wedding with views across Scotland’s capital, Dundas Castle near Edinburgh offers couples so many spectacular settings to say ‘I do’.