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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.

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.

The Gilded Cake

The Gilded Cake book cover

The Gilded Cake - Make cakes that sparkle with this comprehensive guide to metallic cakes from leading wedding cake designer Faye Cahill. Faye begins by exploring all the different materials available to the modern cake decorator, from gold leaf to edible paint, food-grade sprays, edible glitters, lustre dusts, edible sequins and more. All the fundamental skills and techniques needed for success are explained and illustrated step-by-step. 

Twelve stunning gilded cake projects demonstrate how to put newfound skills to use on creative cake designs, each with an accompanying smaller project that is perfect for beginners to tackle before attempting the larger cake. A unique must-have guide to creating spectacular cakes that shimmer and shine. 

The Most Popular Time of Year to get Engaged: Revealed

Rings on bedside table after getting engaged

It has been revealed that December is the most popular month to get engaged in the UK, with a growing spike in engagement ring interest around this time of the year.

This research was conducted by independent jewellers, Diamond Heaven who looked at Google Trends data to find the patterns associated with getting engaged and engagement ring sales across the year.

With Diamond rings highlighted as the most popular type of engagement ring, it is no doubt that this trend is also paralleled with the proposal movements.

The White Impact Wedding Atelier 2019

Always dreamed of having a destination wedding in Portugal but haven’t got a clue where to start?  The leading Portuguese event management group is presenting a unique and highly exclusive bridal showcase event The White Impact Wedding Atelier. 

The happy couples from around the UK looking to marry in Portugal are invited to come and experience first-hand the renowned Portuguese hospitality, warmth and exceptional service in London and Manchester, in one on one appointments with the very finest Portuguese wedding planners and artisans suppliers.

Archetypes by DESIGN LETTERS

LOVE letters by DESIGN LETTERS

Archetypes by DESIGN LETTERS is based on a typography hand-drawn in 1937 by the world-renowned Danish architect Arne Jacobsen (1902-1971). DESIGN LETTERS has the exclusive rights to use this particular alphabet.

The beautiful collection is sophisticated and elegantly simple in the characteristic Nordic way; timeless and original. Each letter is hand-polished for a perfect and ‘sharp’ Design Letters’ finish. Make it personal with a favourite letter and mix with our range of charms including icons and semi-precious stones.

The collection

Fife Hotel named ‘Global Wedding Retreat of the Year’ by Haute Grandeur at international awards ceremony

Global Wedding Retreat of the Year award

Fife’s Balbirnie House Hotel has today been named as the winner of the Global Wedding Retreat of the Year at a glittering Haute Grandeur global hotel awards ceremony, which took place at the Palazzo Versace in Dubai. 

This is an unprecedented result for Scotland’s hospitality and tourism sectors.

Top tips for an on-trend wedding!

 By analysing results from a survey of over 2,000 Brits, the venue reveals which factors the British public see as bang on trend for the big day.

As the adage goes: “The only constant in life is change”. Seasons change, fashion evolves, and even the most traditional of societal conventions adapt and develop. With this in mind, Newbury Racecourse, which recently launched new wedding packages, set out to understand modern ideals regarding the age-old institution of marriage. By analysing results from a survey of over 2,000 Brits, the venue reveals which factors the British public see as bang on trend for the big day.

Dreamsaver Wedding Insurance announced as 'The Best Wedding Insurance Provider'

Dreamsaver Wedding Insurance announced as 'The Best Wedding Insurance Provider'

Voyager Insurance Services have been crowned as 'The Best Wedding Insurance Provider' at the Insurance Choice Awards 2018. Dreamsaver Wedding Insurance, one of Voyager Insurance Services popular brands has received this award in recognition of their customer satisfaction rating on popular reviewing platform, Smart Money People, beating competitors to the top spot to win this award for a second time.