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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 

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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.

Hawkstone Hall Set To Become One Of The UK's Most Prestigious Wedding Venues

Hawkstone Hall Set To Become One Of The UK's Most Prestigious Wedding Venues

Hawkstone Hall, a magnificent Grade I listed 18th Century mansion, will open in summer 2018. Anticipation is building ahead of its launch, as the venue is set to become one of the most sought after wedding venues in the UK.

 

The country estate has been purchased by The Distinctly Hospitable Group, making them the fourth owner in the property’s 550 year history. A sympathetic refurbishment is currently being planned to breathe new life into the spectacular Georgian property.

 

Elmore Court Switches to Vero Drinking Water

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One of the most popular wedding venues in the South-West, Elmore Court in The Cotswolds, have joined MGM Resorts International and Ritz Carlton Hotels and Resorts to become the next hotel to invest in an on-site purifying drinking water system.

Elmore Court - ExteriorThe venue, which can be hired out for exclusive wedding use, has invested in a Vero Water system as part as their phase two development, serving quality water in reusable bottles, saving money for both their guests and themselves, whilst also being eco-conscious instead of wasteful and unsustainable.

Planning the proposal of their dreams

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Planning a proposal can feel like a lot of pressure, particularly when it comes to choosing the engagement ring. However, a recent survey conducted by ROX Diamonds & Thrills and Confetti found the majority of brides are happy with the ring they receive, with over 75% of respondents believing their partner knew their jewellery tastes really well.  This leaves almost a quarter of those surveyed wishing their partner had asked for a little help when choosing their ring.

‘I will always love you’ is the nation’s favourite first dance song

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- Dancewear Central has found Whitney Houston’s version of ‘I will always love you’ is the nation’s favourite first dance song

- Ed Sheeran’s ‘Thinking Out Loud’ and the Dirty Dancing theme ‘Time of My life’ were also in the top three

The rise of the choreographed first dance

Weddings have gradually become more and more expensive, with the average wedding in Britain costing £27,000 in 2017, up from £21,000 in 2008.

How to beat wedding planning stress

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Sitting up until the small hours working on the table plan, sticking 200 little pink bows to your order of service on a Sunday afternoon and wrangling with caterers before you’ve even made it into the office. Feeling stressed yet? The fact is that even wonderful and positive life events like getting married can cause stress. But stress doesn’t have to be bad. It’s our body’s natural way of readying us for the challenge ahead (that’s planning a wedding by the way not marriage!). If you let stress slide too far it can become chronic. Here are some ideas for beating wedding stress.

Make stress work

Marrying amongst the stars made possible as Space & Rock launches

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Marrying amongst the stars made possible as Space & Rock launches to connect truly unique spaces with couples seeking something out of the blue.

Hailed as the ‘Airbnb of the wedding world,’ a new online platform has launched with a mission to connect home, business and land owners with couples seeking a totally unique space for their wedding celebration. Following a successful campaign on the community funding platform Crowdfunder, Space & Rock is set to become the online destination for anyone looking to tie the knot somewhere out of the ordinary, be it an effortlessly cool vintage cinema, high up in a tree top escape or even at a secret lake!

What To Expect From A Muslim Wedding As A Non-Muslim

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The United Kingdom is a melting pot where it is highly likely to have friends, family members and colleagues that come from different backgrounds to ourselves. Although it is still a predominantly Christian country (49% of people belong to this religion, according to a 2011 census) 0.5% also identifies themselves as Jewish, 1% as Hindu and a considerable 5% as Muslim.

Techie Weddings and the Future…

Jayne Mountford

Remember when having a dedicated website was the height of wedding sophistication? The idea of having your own space on the web was considered a real luxury. Those days are long gone and the surge in tech friendly ceremonies and receptions has reached an all-time high.

More and more couples are opting for some digital element in their big day. They key is to ensure any tech is adding something to the wedding and is helping people come together in real life, after all you don’t want your tech to be so immersive that people are distracted from the main event!

Whether you’re a bona fide tech-whizz or a complete technophobe looking to try something new, here are a few techie trends to consider adding to your big day.

Aspire Clinic Launches Bespoke Bridal Package

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Aspire, one of Berkshire’s leading aesthetics clinics, has launched a brand new bespoke bridal package aimed at brides-to-be and their bridal parties. The tailor-made package offers brides the full range of non-surgical treatments from skin rejuvenation to permanent fat-reduction in the run-up to their weddings.

 

The bridal offering comes at a time when, according to research by The British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons, the popularity of cosmetic surgery is on the decrease, whilst demand for non-surgical aesthetic treatments continues to rise steadily. 

 

Aspire’s Clinic Director, Jenny O’Neill said: 

 

Long-haul honeymoon health tips

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With the Caribbean islands, Miami and South Africa being some of the most popular winter honeymoon destinations, the likelihood is that you will be in it for the long-haul as the average minimum flight time to warmer winter climes stands at about four hours thirty minutes at the very least.  

 

For those with poor circulation, being seated for a long time on flights longer than four hours can not only increase the risk of developing blood clots and Deep Vein Thrombosis, it can also prevent efficient circulation of oxygenated blood around the body causing aching and swollen ‘heavy’ legs.  

 

Brits tie the knot on wedding costs with dress first to be cut

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·         Couples forced to cut wedding spend as average cost increases to £8,000

·         Wedding dress first to be cut when trying to save money, followed by guest list

·         Canapés, favours and cars most likely to be ditched completely to reduce bill

·         Couples raid current accounts to pay for wedding, as parents no longer cover the cost

·         For tips to save money on wedding costs, visit www.nationwide.co.uk/wedding-costs

New research reveals couples are being forced to scale back their wedding plans as the average cost of getting married reaches £8,000.

 

Perfect Jewellery for the groom or groomsmen on that special day!

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Abi Insoll Fine Jewellery today launches its vibrant and magical Vintage Button Cufflink collection, which sees buttons of glass and metal - originating from as far back as the Edwardian era - mounted on silver or gold for the perfect wrist adornment. Designed and made by hand in Abi’s workshop on Eel Pie Island, each unique set of cufflinks has been lovingly crafted with comfort, style and ease of wear in mind; perfect for the groom or groomsmen on that special day!