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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.

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.

There’s still time to nominate: Britain’s Best Bridesmaid 2019 

Bride with her bridesmaid

Nominate your bridesmaid and she could win the title, plus a luxury two-night pampering stay in London, courtesy of Red7! 

The search is still on for Britain’s Best Bridesmaid 2019! Brides and grooms from across the country are invited to nominate their bridesmaids for the prestigious title. 

Did your bestie go above and beyond to help your dream wedding come true? Nominate her and she could win the prestigious title of Britain’s Best Bridesmaid 2019, along with an incredible prize. 

To reward her for putting her all into the big day, hen and stag experts Red7 are giving this year’s winning ‘maid the chance to unwind on a high-end pampering getaway for two. 

The prize includes:

• The coveted title of Britain’s Best Bridesmaid 2019

How To Dress For Your Big Day: Style Tips For The Groom To Be

How To Dress For Your Big Day: Style Tips For The Groom To Be
By Robyn Bishop 

With so much emphasis on that particular white dress, it’s easy to forget that it’s equally important for the groom to also feel his best. It’s no secret that suit shopping can be a minefield. With so many different fits, styles and colours to choose from, seeking the perfect combination can be an overwhelming task. Tie the knot in style with some simple yet effective tips for getting it right. 

Take Your Time 

Once the date has been set, start shopping early to avoid a frantic rush. Whether you are buying or hiring your suit, always ensure that it’s ready for pick up at a week before the wedding, that way you’ll still have time for any last-minute tweaks.

Dress For The Season 

The Age Of The Groomzilla

The Age Of The Groomzilla

The stereotype has long played that the soon-to-be bride will build out an intense beauty, hair and fitness regime in the build-up to their wedding day, however it seems men are now getting in on the act. 

Beauty brand Procoal surveyed 1047 married men, to ask them about their pre-wedding arrangements, with some surprising results. To start with, 84% stated they personally plucked their eyebrows before getting married. A further 36% admitted to visiting a spa or salon in the month before their wedding day.

Is your bestie Britain’s Best Bridesmaid?

Best Bridesmaid Wedding Party

Britain’s Best Bridesmaid is back for 2019! Did someone in your #BrideSquad go above and beyond to make your big day memorable for all the right reasons? Now it’s time to reward them. The most prestigious award for UK bridesmaids has returned, this time with even more incredible prizes and five new categories.

Nominations are open, this year with a twist. Hen and stag expert Red7 has added five new categories to celebrate the amazing stories behind each wedding day. 

Most extra: Your bridesmaid will have gone totally over the top to give your special day the wow-factor. Whatever she did, she’d better have gone extra!

Bringing the glamour: The bridesmaids that make the shortlist for this category will have added a touch of sparkle to the big day.

Bride: The Wedding Show returns to Tatton Park

Bride: The Wedding Show returns to Tatton Park

Bride: The Wedding Show is set to return to Tatton Park in February for the show’s 17th 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, in association with Cheshire Life, will host more than 120 of the region’s most esteemed wedding suppliers covering everything from bridal gowns, venues and cakes to cars, grooms wear and photographers. 

Helping your dog become part of your special day

Dog in wedding photograph

It’s widely known that we’re a nation of dog lovers but if you want your four-legged friend at your wedding is it really possible?

The answer is most definitely yes, after Staffordshire-based dog lover Jacqueline Smith launched Quintessential Wedding Day Dogs, recently.

The self-confessed dog lover, who also has kennels and grooming facilities spotted a niche in the market when her daughter tied the knot and wanted the family’s labrador to be a part of the day.

MY BAKER Wedding Cake Trends

Pink Wedding Cake

MY BAKER, the UK’s only cake concierge understands your wedding is one of the most special days of your life and rightly so, you wish for it to be perfect. You’ve secured the venue, picked out your dream dress, chosen your makeup artist and drawn the seating plan for your guests.   Its now all about the cake, it has to not only look amazing but taste fabulous and tick all the boxes - nut or egg allergies… Don’t worry. 

Founders of MY BAKER Yvonne & Noreen taste test cakes made by their bakers before they are invited to join their platform. That’s over 100 cakes tried and approved.  So, with their seal of approval, here are their top trends to watch out for in 2019. 

Floral touch

2019 Trend: Colour & Shine

Colour & Shine Wedding Converse

Splashes of colour and flashes of metallic have been catching our eye at recent weddings, but this trend looks set to fully catch fire in 2019.

All-white is alright, but today’s forward-thinking brides want to make their own rules and define a more personalised and individual wedding. Hot from the catwalk to a wedding near you is this polished new trend: Colour & Shine.

According to Sarah Mahoune, who founded Wedding Converse four years ago, more brides than ever are choosing coloured wedding dresses for 2019, and of course they want to reflect this in their footwear. Deep purples, bold reds and turquoise are all popular, and rose gold is holding strong.

The Ultimate Honeymoon Experience, Style in The Sky

Style in The Sky Private Jet

Launched this year by high-end personal service Styling For You, Style in the Sky is perhaps as luxurious and fun as travel experiences come nowadays & definitely a unique wedding gift for your bride-to-be.  Whisk her away for a romantic weekend to Paris for an either pre or post wedding/pre honeymoon break and forget about shopping for last minute essentials or even packing!  Simply jump on the plane and relax ahead of your trip.  Styling for You will come aboard with a selection of wardrobe choices which you can leisurely shop through mid-flight at your convenience.  The expert team of stylists and tailors will present you and your other half with options that suit your style and chosen occasion.

The Escape at Abbey Hotel, Bath

The Escape reception room at Abbey Hotel, Bath

Brides looking for the perfect combination of tradition and something a little different need not look any further than the newly renovated Escape private event bar and function space at the Abbey Hotel in Bath. Formerly a World War air raid bunker, The Escape offers an intimate, vaulted reception venue in the heart of the beautiful World Heritage and Georgian city of Bath. The unique, underground space – formerly known as the Igloo – has been renovated with stylish new branding and furniture with a 95 pax capacity, fully stocked bar, late license and state of the art sound system. 

Dress Your Wedding Party in Style

Dress Your Wedding Party in Style

Milda Chellingsworth, Founder of Styling For You shares her unique tips and advice on creating the ultimate wedding party look

Were you inspired by the two royal weddings this year?  Are you still trying to figure out how they ran so smoothly whilst the entire wedding party managed to look relaxed and effortlessly stylish? It wasn't just the Mother of the Bride & Groom but the wider family entourage that were coordinated in a successful and super subtle manner. And their secret is rather simple.

The Future Of Weddings

Weddings on the beach

On the face of it, weddings have barely changed in decades. But now the government is assessing the legislation on wedding venues, with the law likely to change, allowing weddings to be held at outside venues, pubs and restaurants previously constrained by archaic laws.

“While the laws around who can get married have evolved substantially in recent years, the laws on how and where marriages must take place have remained largely unchanged since 1836,” said a Treasury spokesperson in the Guardian.

The upshot, weddings are potentially about to become a lot more affordable.

Rebecca Kelly, CEO of VenueScanner - a platform enabling organisers to easily discover & book 18,000 venues, has identified key emerging weddings trends:

La Fête's Proposal Planning Service

Couple Using La Fête's Proposal Planning Service

La Fête, who truly have boutique experience at their heart have predicted that proposal planning will be the next big trend, after an influx of male enquiries for their services have appeared.

Created in 2016, La Fête is renowned for their wedding and event planning services, from traditional weddings to extravagant parties; La Fête doesn’t just create experiences - they create memories. Priding themselves on the diversity of their projects and thinking outside of the box to deliver the most memorable moments, with the majority of client liaising being predominately female. That is until recently when an increase of male enquiries for their wedding services materialised and now account for over a third of queries.