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.

Château de Riell offers the perfect recipe for an idyllic wedding reception

Château de Riell

Captivating French scenery, stunning cuisine and wonderful Champagne

 

A baroque hideaway surrounded by the Pyrénées mountains, the elegant Château de Riell property in French Catalonia is an idyllic location to celebrate that special day. Whether it’s a small intimate gathering or an extensive grand affair, the château works with couples to create their ideal bespoke wedding reception. 

 

Money is key for women entering later life marriages

With recent official figures1 showing that the number of older women marrying or remarrying has increased in recent years, new research suggests that for many the decision to tie the knot is as much about money as love alone.

 

According to a new study by Investec Wealth & Investment2, almost half (48%) of divorced and widowed women aged over 55 said that their financial wellbeing would influence or has influenced their decision to remarry rather than have a common-law relationship.

 

Of these, almost a quarter (23%) rated their financial wellbeing as a significant factor and one in ten (9%) the primary factor in deciding to remarry, rising to 15% among divorced women.

 

Yellow Zebra Safaris Lifts the Lid on ‘Adventure-Mooners’

Yellow Zebra Safaris Lifts the Lid on ‘Adventure-Mooners’

New research from travel company Yellow Zebra Safaris has revealed a growing number of newlyweds looking for adventure over traditional honeymoons. 

The research showed significant differences between the honeymooners of the early 2010s and the more adventurous couples today! Now Yellow Zebra has created a full set of statistics, including original data, to showcase this new segment of honeymooners.

Goldsmiths announced as headline sponsor for Conde Nast Brides the show 2017

Jenny Packham

GOLDSMITHS is proud to be named headline sponsor for this year’s Condé Nast Brides – The Show 2017, having supported the event to great success in its previous years.

 

This September (29 – 01 October), the very best from the bridal industry come together to share expertise, knowledge and inspiration on how to host a dream wedding as Condé Nast Brides magazine is spectacularly brought to life through the likes of catwalk shows, The Imagination Room and Bridal Bar. 

 

Leading luxury high street jeweller Goldsmiths is the destination for brides-to-be with each of its 100 plus local showrooms specialising in all engagement and wedding needs from bridal jewellery to gifting. 

 

Wedding Photography: What not to do?

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You've been asked to photograph a wedding, or maybe you haven't maybe you're just hoping to sneak in some images to add to your portfolio. There's a lot of do's and don'ts when it comes to wedding photography.

DON'T be an “Uncle Bob”

If you're not the official photographer, it's probably still okay for you to take a few shots or practice your wedding photography but what you don't want to do is get in the way of the official photographer. 

The couple has paid someone to get great images, and you're either getting in their way, or your flash is ruining their images. Be respectful, ask them if you're in the way, and let them do their job FIRST even if it's just your iPhone.

The Secrets Behind Wedding Photo Editing

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Wedding photo editing has a certain feel to it. Not everyone gets it right, and not everyone even knows what they're supposed to do. Many brides have a certain look they want for their images, and it can be very specific. Here are a few tips that should make your wedding photo editing pop:

Good Photos First

It's all about the photo. It doesn't matter if your wedding photo editing is on point if the photo is terrible. Weddings are often a "one shot" event and if you don't get it right then and there editing won't salvage it, and there's no "do over". It's hardly a secret but it's definitely a must know before shooting any wedding that your work is up to the challenge. 

Less is more – natural rustic wedding styling

natural rustic wedding

When planning how your wedding day will look, it can be quite overwhelming, from deciding on the overall theme to the details you want to include in your styling.  Wedding stylist, Lindsey Hunter is an expert at styling venues, making them look spectacular, even with the simplest of décor.

Nature and rustic weddings have been popular this summer, but where do you draw the line when it comes to how much décor to use?  Lindsey shares how you can add a touch of nature to your wedding styling using minimal details to create a beautiful ‘less is more’ look that will wow your guests.

An outdoor ceremony

Strategies That Wedding Organizers Use to Market Themselves and Boost Sales

Wedding Fairs

Yes, median income figures are constantly on the rise, and yes, the overhead costs of running a wedding planning business are steadily low, but let’s not make it all about the money. Apart from exceptional organizational skills and a savvy venturing mind, this high-in-demand and overwhelmingly stressful career requires a special touch too. 

If you are one of those people who are endowed with a keen eye and patient hands – both characteristics of a great wedding planner – but cannot seem to master the business part of the job, this post is for you. You already have an irresistible portfolio, but here you’ll learn how to put it on the map.

 

The Latest Trends Set by Wedding Professionals

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Weddings are becoming bigger and more extravagant with each coming year, while there are also many couples who opt for a small reception with only the closest friends and family. However, no matter the size of a wedding, there are some trends that almost every couple seems to follow in 2017.

 

If you and your partner are tying the knot this year, you can incorporate the latest wedding trends set by wedding professionals and make your big day truly special. Here’s what they are. 

 

Shiny in Gold and Silver

 

Flavoursome Favours Guaranteed to Please

Amaretto

Choosing wedding favours that everyone will love and enjoy, but also fit in well with your wedding can be hard to find. Making each individual one yourself can be time consuming as well as expensive, and are often forgotten at the end of the night.

 

The traditional of a wedding favour seems to be taking a turn and being twisted to fit a modern wedding; the trend for homemade tipples leaves out little ones and can take more time and effort than you originally anticipate. It’s time to bring back the wedding tradition and thank each guest with a small gift they are guaranteed to love.

 

Hanging decorations: this year’s hot new wedding trend!

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When it comes to wedding décor, couples are looking up for inspiration. In order to maximise space and create a stunning venue, 2017 has seen vertical decorations take centre stage. Small hanging arrangements can easily look lost in large spaces, so sometimes you need to think big and bold with statement feature-pieces such as floral arches, swings and chandeliers.

This is a trend we’re really excited about – our giant teepees have so much space above eye level (often going unused) it’s high-time it was

put to good use. As hanging features grew in popularity our in-house team developed this fantastic giant rustic hoop. At 6 meters in circumference, the hoop offers maximum impact.