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Wedding bales at Careys Manor

Hay bales sitting on faded Persian rugs. An acoustic band playing under a canopy of rustling forest leaves. Twinkling lights strung between white Bell tents. Rustic woodland weddings have a charm of their own – and now Careys Manor Hotel is introducing a new Wedding Bales package for the perfect field wedding in the New Forest. 

 

According to a 2017 survey by online wedding site Confetti, woodland and rustic weddings are one of this year’s top trends. Celebrating the beauty of nature, the charm of a woodland wedding is its informality, and the Wedding Bales package offers a peaceful rural setting with the same level of first class service you will find in the hotel itself. 

 

Clogau’s gift to you

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“You can’t put a price on commitment”. Clogau are proud to support the Fair Trade mining community and know that the 15% premium paid for fair-trade gold guarantees them a brighter future. As a gift from Clogau and as a thank you for choosing a piece from their Compose collection in fair trade and supporting them in their fight for better conditions, they will pay the 15% premium on your behalf, meaning that it will cost you nothing more!

Magnificent Seven: Finalists Announced in Red7’s Hunt for Britain’s Best Best Man

Hunt for Britain’s Best Best Man

Leading stag and hen travel expert, Red7, has searched far and wide to find Britain’s best Best Man – and today the seven national finalists have been revealed. 

Dubbed the ‘Magnificent Seven’, the crop of finalists comprises the competition’s regional winners from across Great Britain and sets a very high bar for all future Best Men. 

Each Best Man had to prove he had gone the extra mile, from overcoming the adversity of a sudden family death, to sourcing two giant Aldabra tortoises as guests of honour at his tortoise-loving mate’s nuptials, and even adding a touch of Hollywood with a personalised message from ‘Anchorman’ star, Paul Rudd. 

Celebrate a sparkling future with a drop of english from Bolney wine estate

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Start as you mean to go on and toast at your wedding with a quintessentially English wine from Bolney Wine Estate. With more brides opting for classic country barns and historical castles to hold their special day in, pairing the day with an award-winning wine from England suits better than any other.

There’s a wine to fit every bride too – opt for a Bolney sparkling rosé to add a hue of blush to a wedding theme. Alternative brides can surprise guests and choose a bottle of sparkling red wine, a delicious and rich fizzy flavour.

Purple Haze Wedding Inspo

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The colour purple can be hard to incorporate into any colour scheme without seeming too gothic or dark, so I wanted to bring you a few easy ways to include this gorgeous colour in your day, with a few inspirational images too.  

 

The colour purple symbolises nobility and luxury due to the fact that it's rarely found in nature. The perfect colour then, for an opulent and romantic wedding.  The key is fresh lavender in softer hues of purple, which you can use as a base colour, in your décor, or even as food or drink colouring.  Lavender season runs from around May until about late August, so ideal if you are planning purple for next summer!  

 

How to give yourself the perfect smile (and breath)

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Flossing, brushing and home whitening treatments are among the best ways to make your teeth look whiter and brighter, but believe it or not some clever makeup can also help amplify the whiteness of your smile.

But don't let something like bad breath spoil your perfect smile. We've put together some handy makeup tips to make your teeth look whiter-than-white and your smile smelling sweet. 

1. Choose the right shade of lippy

Honeymoon Staycation

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What does a honeymoon mean to most newlyweds? Sandy beaches? Crystal-clear oceans? Luxurious accommodation?

Or maybe not …

In an uncertain financial climate, and following an expensive matrimonial ceremony, the honeymoon is a chance to be (realistically) relaxing.

Glamping has moved from being a niche type of vacation to a ‘must do’ holiday particularly with regards to time off following the nuptials.

And the choice is vast … posh shepherd’s huts; shiny airstream trailers; beautiful bell tents; private wooden Wigwams …

So how does ‘glamping’ and ‘honeymoon’ fit together?

First of all, the term ‘honeymoon’ is fascinating. What does it mean?

Introducing The Wedding Wishing Well Foundation

The Wedding Wishing Well Foundation

Standing beside one another, having just said their vows, Naomi and Graham Thomas could have been any couple enjoying those first few seconds of marital bliss. The venue, St. Audries Park in Somerset was resplendent, and the couple’s family and friends had gathered together to witness those very special words of love that had just been exchanged. Indeed, everything was perfect on that bright summer’s day in June 2012. However, just a matter of months beforehand Naomi and Graham had faced the real possibility that they may never get married.