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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. 

Four weddings and a funeral tops wedding inspiration list

happy couple

MILLIONS of Brits will have watched the Royal Wedding this weekend but only a fraction will take any wedding inspiration for their own big day, according to new research.

Instead, Brits turn to social media, family and friends’ weddings, magazines and even films and television over the lavish ceremonies of the Royal Family.

In fact, Brits are twice as likely to look to films and the iconic scenes of the silver screen for wedding inspiration than they are a Royal Wedding, and the likes of Harry and Meghan.

Ibiza’s New Proposal Spot: Amante Ibiza

Amante Ibiza

Voted ‘Best Beach Restaurant’ in 2013, 2014 and 2015 and ‘Best Fine Dining Restaurant’ in Ibiza for the last two years, this summer season Amante Ibiza is tailoring its exceptional offering to set the stage for those looking to ask life’s most important question.

Perched on a dramatic cliff overlooking the stunning Sol D’en Serra bay, intimate and discreet evenings are personally designed around the requirements of each couple. For diamond worthy romance and memories that will last a lifetime, Amante’s new private dining marriage proposal offering eases nerves and takes away the pressure for a magical evening accompanied by the exquisite setting and the restaurant’s finest dishes.

How to: rescue your wedding budget with second-hand saving

Wedding on a budget

With the average cost of a wedding stacking up to £27,000 this year, there has never been a better time to make use of second-hand shopping on everything from the decorations to the dress. When we’re trying to save money on the big day, many of us will forego optional extras, skimp on the decorations and ditch the designer dress but sticking to a wedding budget doesn’t mean you have to give up on your dream wedding.

So before you decide against chair covers or downgrade the table decorations, try shopping around an online marketplace to see whether the wedding you envisioned is available at a second-hand price.

The Most Likely Royal Honeymoon Destinations

Cyprus

There are just over two weeks to go until the Royal Wedding, but perhaps the biggest questions on everyone’s lips at the moment is - where will be the Royal Honeymoon be?

Meghan and Harry are expected to jet off together shortly after their big day, and luxury holiday provider Sovereign have broken down their potential destinations in their Countdown to Paradise - which spans the globe from the Mediterranean to the Caribbean.

 

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Top tips to Save on your wedding day

save money on your wedding day

It’s no secret that weddings cost a lot of money. In fact, the average price of a British wedding is £27,161 – as much as a year’s average salary in the UK. Although you don’t want to ruin your wedding day by cutting costs dramatically, there are some simple ways to save on your wedding day.

Here at ClearScore we have selected 5 easy tips to save on your wedding day:

Set out your maximum budget

Get hitched, not stitched with Zeek

Wedding couple

The groom has gotten down on one knee and popped the question most girls have dreamt about being asked since they were small. You’re engaged, which can only mean one thing…wedding planning! And, whilst your wedding day is one of the happiest days of your life, it can very easily become the most expensive – but it doesn’t need to be! Zeek can help you keep your wedding costs down!

 

Zeek weddingFrugal fiancés can save hundreds of pounds on their dream day without sacrificing any of the details simply by using Zeek. As Europe’s largest online gift-card marketplace, Zeek allows users to buy and sell unwanted gift-cards and vouchers at a discounted rate. 

How to be a budget bride

wedding on a budget

With the average wedding costing over £20,000, it’s no surprise brides and grooms are looking for ways to bring the cost down.From the dress, to the venue to the honeymoon, nothing’s cheap but by being clever with your cash and where and when you hold your wedding, you can bring that cost down. The money saving team at PromotionalCodes.org.uk have put together their guide on how to make your wedding budget stretch further and be a budget bride.

They say by doing it yourself, calling in help from your nearest and dearest and being sensible about where you shop, you can save on the big day.

The Evolution of the British Royal Wedding

Royal wedding

There’s not long to go now until Britain comes to a standstill for the royal wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, a ceremony that will garner headlines across the world and attract millions of viewers on Saturday 19th May. It won’t just be on television sets that the world will be watching, either; if next month’s nuptials follow the lead of William and Kate’s wedding seven years ago, you will also be able to catch a live stream on YouTube.

The Social Media Wedding Couple

Social media wedding couple

Will you be a social media wedding couple? We hear so much about social media these days that it seems we cannot go through the day without checking one platform or another.

Social media, smartphones, tablets and Internet technology are ubiquitous in today's world and it has really opened up our horizons in terms of travel, fashion, weddings, beauty and so much more. Social media is a way to connect with people but it also is a fantastic source of inspiration for many people and many niches.

Lavish wedding love matches revealed!

Lavish wedding

Have you ever wondered what the name of your future spouse will be? Or, how the first name of your intended could determine if you have a lavish wedding or somewhat thrifty? This concept inspired British online marketplace, OnBuy.com to investigate –with some very interesting results.

Methodology 

To achieve the figures, OnBuy.com utilised Adzuna’s ‘ValueMyName’ tool. To create the tool, Adzuna took data from over 500,000 CVs uploaded to ‘ValueMyCV’ and extracted their first name and salary. This allowed the company to provide an average (mean) salary for 1,200 first names. 

Get wedding inspiration, with a monthly Wedding Box! MAGIC

Magic, wedding box

Vows and Venues would like to introduce you to this great new idea, for you to get inspiration for your wedding. The monthly wedding box - MAGIC! Read all about it here...

Getting engaged is such an exciting time of your life, but, once the dust has settled, many brides are left overwhelmed by the huge choice of products they could buy for their wedding day. It can be really confusing if you aren't quite sure what you'd like, or if you have a pushy friend/relative who's trying to take over and do things their way!

Spending your evenings trawling the internet, or pouring over wedding magazines can be very enjoyable, but sometimes it's just nice to have a product to hold before you decide if you'd like it for your wedding.

Wedding trends of 2018, according to RIBA

RIBA wedding trends 2018

As the wedding season closes in we have taken the time to talk with Moya Maxwell, Director of Venues at RIBA, about what she thinks will be the wedding trends of 2018.

From lace dresses to vibrant colour schemes and questionable cakes, we’ve seen a fair few wedding trends come and go throughout the years. As we head further into 2018, we’ve been thinking about the wedding trends we expect to see throughout the year.

 

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it's puppy love this wedding season at Slaley Hall

Slaley hall exterior

Having your beloved pooch attend your wedding is no longer seen as a ‘barking’ mad idea, according to the wedding experts at Slaley Hall the luxury Northumberland country hotel, this National Pet Month.

Dog loving couples hoping to include their furry bundle of joy in their special day are in luck as Slaley Hall is offering dog-friendly wedding ceremonies.

Often seen as a member of the family, four-legged friends no longer have to miss out on seeing their owners tie the knot, and can even play the part of ring bearer or doggy guard of honour.

Following the nuptials and once the reception begins, pups can relax in their owner’s hotel room after playing their part in the ceremony. They can also enjoy room service with the happy couple the next morning.