Win a set of Mini Chunks from The Sugar Shed!

Win a set of Mini Chunks from The Sugar Shed!

Capture your day and replace the traditional photo frame with this set of 3 Mini Chunks from The Sugar Shed https://www.thesugarshed.co.uk/.  Using responsibly sourced wood from The Lake District, we guarantee these beautiful chunks will take pride of place in your home, allowing you to cherish your big day with a distinctive wow factor.

The Sugar Shed prides itself on capturing ‘your memories in grain’ and by not using a white ink when printing onto the chunks the natural grain of the wood shines through to produce an elegant and unique accessory, which is alive with a sense of history and heritage, from both your memories and the materials used. 

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.

Your large-scale Brighton wedding venue – The Grand Brighton

Your large-scale Brighton wedding venue – The Grand Brighton

Every wedding celebration comes with its own traditions and in the case of many Asian weddings, a very long guestlist! Finding a venue spacious enough to accommodate several hundred guests is one thing, but planning for a wedding with multiple ceremonies, specific catering requirements and ultimately delivering that ‘wow’ factor for guests can seem a near impossible task.

This is where The Grand Brighton comes in…

Large-scale celebrations

NEW Bridal Anxiety Programme Launches

Bride with wedding anxiety

Planning a wedding, although an exciting time can also leave you stressed and anxiety riddled.  Not just the planning but for some, the prospect of being centre of attention for an entire day with everyone looking at you is enough to send a bride into a state of turmoil.  How to handle this emotional roller-coaster can be daunting and top London hypno-therapist Malminder Gill can help brides-to-be with her NEW Bridal Anxiety Programme. With years of experience she is able to guide brides-to-be to a calmer and more stress free place in the line up to their big day.

Battle of the Bridezilla – Top London Hypnotherapist helps anxious brides put the fun back into planning a wedding 

Real Weddings - Priya & Dip's vividly vibrant wedding

Real Weddings - Priya & Dip's vividly vibrant wedding

Finding 'The One'...

Finding the perfect venue is an essential first step in the planning process and really sets the tone for your day - for Priya & Dip The Grand had it all...

For us it was important to have our wedding in Brighton as it is my home city and where we first met. The stature of The Grand and its location right in the heart of Brighton seafront made it the perfect choice for us.

We were looking for a large, self-catering venue with the wow-factor for our civil ceremony, Indian wedding and wedding reception. The facilities at The Grand ticked all the boxes.

The Big Day...

Luxury New Forest hotel shortlisted as national finalist in prestigious wedding awards

Luxury New Forest hotel wedding breakfast

Wedding bells are ringing out at a luxury New Forest hotel & spa this week after it was named as a national finalist in the prestigious Guide for Brides Customer Service Awards 2019.

Balmer Lawn Hotel & Spa, nestled in the heart of the ancient New Forest, will now come up against some of the UK’s most elite wedding destinations as they battle it out for the coveted accolade.

Michael Clitheroe, General Manger at Balmer Lawn Hotel & Spa, said: “We’re absolutely thrilled to be named as finalists in the Guide for Brides Customer Service Awards 2019.

Boost Your Winter Skin With Berries

Boost Your Winter Skin With Berries

Our skin definitely needs some extra TLC when it’s colder; it’s coping with the cold outside and the drying central heating inside. We tend to eat less fruit during winter, which means that our antioxidant, mineral and hydration intake might suffer at the time our skin needs it the most. Love Fresh Berries has teamed up with dermatologist and skin guru Abigail James to discover why berries are a great source of skin loving nutrients and will benefit your skin all year round.

Styling on the day

Styling on the day

When you take your waistcoat off, make sure you can’t see any shirt between the waistcoat and your trousers as it ruins the clean look. Raise your trousers higher! 

Bring an extra shirt of the same fabric, just in case. This is huge. If the one you’re wearing is double cuff, bring an extra single cuff. On a high-pressure day like this, anything could happen; from forgetting your cufflinks, to a red wine spillage or even forgetting your shirt altogether! To be prepared is to be relaxed.

Hen Do’s and Don’ts

Hen Do’s and Don’ts

So, your best friend or sister is getting married, and as maid of honour or bridesmaid, you’ve been trusted with planning a once in a lifetime girly pre-wedding get together?! Don’t panic, planning a hen do doesn’t have to be a stressful uphill struggle. Whatever the style, be it a weekend away or a day out, here are 11 top tips to help you stay sane and on track, helping to make the whole hen-do planning experience run smoothly.

DO consult the Bride

How To Secure The Perfect Big Day

Mark on door security on your big day

Many happy couples spend hours thinking about what to wear, where to wed, what band to hire, what drinks to serve etc, but they sometimes forget about security. What happens when your marquee is set-up the night before and you’re storing bottles of champagne in the tent? What happens to the floral decorations that have cost thousands? Just one intruder, or a silly teenage prank could see your wedding dreams turn into a nightmare!

Newly engaged? De Vere Tortworth Court has just announced your dream wedding and date to match

Westminister suite at De Vere Tortworth Court

Next year offers a date that won’t be replicated for another thousand years, 02.02.2020 – the perfect mirror image. With such an auspicious date on the horizon, De Vere Tortworth Court has created an exclusive wedding package for one couple looking to tie the knot on this special day.

Why the Cotswolds is the perfect destination for a luxe hen party 

Hen party in the Cotswolds

The Cotswolds is home to outstanding natural beauty, so much so that it’s understandable that the quaint area has becoming increasingly popular with an array of famous faces. The Cotswolds provides an excellent location for a luxe hen party thanks to its chic reputation. Full of picturesque villages and magnificent views, the Cotswolds is a luxurious and elegant destination favoured by many, including members of the royal family. With something for everyone, you’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to activities, dining and drinking. Hen parties bring together a variety of individuals from different backgrounds, all of which will have plenty to do and see in this charming location. Here are a few of the many reasons why the Cotswolds is the perfect hen party location.

Plan A Wedding In Eight Months

Plan A Wedding In Eight Months - David Scholes Photography

Brides-to--be who say ‘yes’ on Valentine’s Day can be married before the year is out – that’s according to wedding planners at James’ Places, the leading North West hospitality group.

Chief dream maker Jen Wilkinson blew away the myth that weddings have to take at least a year to plan.

Said Jen: “Given careful organisation, there’s no reason why a dream wedding can’t be planned in eight months.”

Here’s Jen’s timeplan and tips for preparing a perfect day in eight months.

Now

Book the venue. This is the most important thing and the deal breaker which will dictate the date of the big day. Consider a mid-week wedding and look at off-peak weekends for bargains.

Gifts For Bridesmaids From Jana Reinhardt

Gifts For Bridesmaids From Jana Reinhardt

Family Tree Ring – from £85 

The Family Tree ring is an ultra-personalisable, on-trend handmade gift that will delight every style savvy bridesmaid. Signet rings are a must-have for the fashion conscious, our ring is a favourite of Fearne Cotton AND has also been featured in style bible Elle magazine.

Each ring can be personalised with up to six precious stones. You could opt for your birthstone and those of your bridesmaids, or gem that matches the dresses/your big day colour scheme. The inside of the ring can also be engraved with the date of your wedding or some special initials. Available in silver, 18ct gold plated vermeil or solid gold – to suit all preferences and budgets.

Wing Ear Studs - £69

Museum of London Docklands licensed for weddings and civil partnerships for the first time

Museum of London Docklands licensed for weddings

The award-winning Museum of London Docklands, located on the banks of the River Thames in Canary Wharf, has announced that the venue is now licensed to host weddings and civil partnerships.

2019 will see the converted Georgian sugar warehouse host wedding ceremonies for the first time in its 200 year history and means that couples are able to set both their ceremony and reception to the striking backdrop of Canary Wharf’s only Grade I listed building.