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Slimmer loses six-and-a-half stone for dream wedding

Aby after weight loss for dream wedding

New bride, Aby Dingle is celebrating an impressive weight loss enabling her to enjoy her dream wedding, despite fearing she wouldn’t be able to walk down the aisle. The 29 year old from Farnham, is now inspiring others on their journey to self-confidence as a consultant for The 1:1 Diet by Cambridge Weight Plan.

 

Aby suffered with degenerative disc disease, which initially left her bedbound, and had many physical and personal setbacks including losing her job. Her confidence was at an all-time low, but she was determined not to let this get in the way of her enjoying what was meant to be the happiest day of her life. As well as improving her health, losing weight was also her main goal, so Aby set off on her weight loss journey.

 

Come rain or shine: how to plan an outdoor wedding

Colourful umbrella at outdoor wedding

Samantha Richards of pop-up gazebo event specialists Gazeboshop, shares her tips on how couples can ensure their outdoor wedding day lives up to their expectations, no matter the weather.

 

An outdoor wedding day should always be a day of joy and celebration. The nervous excitement of the parents-in-law, the chance to catch up with old friends and, of course, the joy of declaring your love in front of your nearest and dearest - all of these are reasons to look forward to your big day. And so you should - it’s your day!

 

Wedding Trends 2019 from Benedicte Cormier

Bride walking up stairs in wedding dress

Bridal fantasy, Tropical greenery and Instagram-worthy personalisations are just some of the top wedding trends 2019.

 

Classic, elegant weddings will never go out of style, but creative couples will set a high bar for the industry and will bring, original and captivating trends, for the rest to draw inspiration from when planning a wedding.

 

Benedicte Cormier, Trendspotting Director at Nextatlas – an AI-powered platform that predicts trends and cultural shifts before they happen – expands on the top wedding trends 2019 couples should look into ahead of planning their weddings in the next year.

 

Wedding trends 2019

 

NEW Bridal Anxiety Programme Launches

Bride with wedding anxiety

Planning a wedding, although an exciting time can also leave you stressed and anxiety riddled.  Not just the planning but for some, the prospect of being centre of attention for an entire day with everyone looking at you is enough to send a bride into a state of turmoil.  How to handle this emotional roller-coaster can be daunting and top London hypno-therapist Malminder Gill can help brides-to-be with her NEW Bridal Anxiety Programme. With years of experience she is able to guide brides-to-be to a calmer and more stress free place in the line up to their big day.

Battle of the Bridezilla – Top London Hypnotherapist helps anxious brides put the fun back into planning a wedding 

Real Weddings - Priya & Dip's vividly vibrant wedding

Real Weddings - Priya & Dip's vividly vibrant wedding

Finding 'The One'...

Finding the perfect venue is an essential first step in the planning process and really sets the tone for your day - for Priya & Dip The Grand had it all...

For us it was important to have our wedding in Brighton as it is my home city and where we first met. The stature of The Grand and its location right in the heart of Brighton seafront made it the perfect choice for us.

We were looking for a large, self-catering venue with the wow-factor for our civil ceremony, Indian wedding and wedding reception. The facilities at The Grand ticked all the boxes.

The Big Day...

How To Secure The Perfect Big Day

Mark on door security on your big day

Many happy couples spend hours thinking about what to wear, where to wed, what band to hire, what drinks to serve etc, but they sometimes forget about security. What happens when your marquee is set-up the night before and you’re storing bottles of champagne in the tent? What happens to the floral decorations that have cost thousands? Just one intruder, or a silly teenage prank could see your wedding dreams turn into a nightmare!

Plan A Wedding In Eight Months

Plan A Wedding In Eight Months - David Scholes Photography

Brides-to--be who say ‘yes’ on Valentine’s Day can be married before the year is out – that’s according to wedding planners at James’ Places, the leading North West hospitality group.

Chief dream maker Jen Wilkinson blew away the myth that weddings have to take at least a year to plan.

Said Jen: “Given careful organisation, there’s no reason why a dream wedding can’t be planned in eight months.”

Here’s Jen’s timeplan and tips for preparing a perfect day in eight months.

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Book the venue. This is the most important thing and the deal breaker which will dictate the date of the big day. Consider a mid-week wedding and look at off-peak weekends for bargains.

Five Spectacular Ways To Say I DO In Las Vegas

Las Vegas

With approximately 80,000 marriage licenses issued annually, it’s no wonder Las Vegas is one of the most popular cities to get hitched. Whether couples are looking for a traditional wedding ceremony or something more alternative, Vegas offers couples nuptials like no other! With world-class restaurants, incredible entertainment options and some of the best attractions, there is something for every couple to enjoy alongside their wedding celebrations in the ‘entertainment capital of the world.’

Proudly Vegan Wines Review

Proudly Vegan Wines

Veganism. Whether you love it, or hate it, becoming vegan is very popular right now. Food brands all over the world are adding more and more vegan products to their ranges and Vegan weddings are becoming the norm. We all know that the food you serve at your wedding is extremely important, so if you’re opting for a vegan menu why not also opt for vegan wine?

Proudly Vegan are on a mission to prove that delicious wine doesn’t require any animal products, and that wine can be accessible to everyone no matter what their dietry preferences. 

The staff at Vows & Venues were recently given the fantastic opportunity to try some of the new Proudly Vegan wine range, and we were really impressed! 

Proudly Vegan currently have three wines available: 

Dremel’s top tips to personalise a wedding

Dremel’s top tips to personalise a wedding

Weddings are a joyous occasion to celebrate the love between two people and what better way to commemorate this than adding personalised features to the day itself and make your wedding stand out from the rest.  

Whether it’s table decorations, wedding favours or gifts for your bridal party, Dremel offers a variety of tools to help put your own stamp onto items for the big day. Here are some of Dremel’s top suggestions to help make your special day even more memorable: 

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Perfect Skin - The Wedding Countdown

Perfect Skin - The Wedding Countdown

Calling all brides, bridesmaids and members of the bridal party; if you’re counting down to the big day now is the time to get your skin in tip-top condition!  Forget about the dress, looking great starts with beautiful skin. A glowing complexion will give you confidence and ensures  you look your best on the day, as well as the hundreds of wedding pictures that follow… 

Read my tips below to improve your skin in just six weeks. 

Six weeks before the big day:

Ten Reasons to have a Winter Wedding

Winter Wedding

Summer weddings often take centre stage offering long evenings and clear skies, however there are a number of reasons why you should consider having a winter wedding and luxury hotel Stapleford Park in Leicestershire has created the top ten reasons why. Brides and grooms can create a magical day and celebrate in seasonal style. 

1. Your wedding will be unique

Winter brings with it a large versatility of décor ideas to suit any brides’ desires from magical and Christmassy to warm and cosy designs which will leave everyone remembering your wedding as being truly unique.

2. You won’t break the bank

Goldsmiths reveals the most awkward etiquette issues

Goldsmiths reveals the most awkward etiquette issues

A wedding - one of life’s happiest occasions - for both the happy couple and the guests attending. Or is it? A new survey by leading high street jewellers, Goldsmiths, has revealed some of the most awkward etiquette issues when it comes to planning, and attending, the big day.

With more than a third (39%) of those questioned being outraged at the thought of being invited to a hen/stag do abroad when the wedding is also overseas, 75% wanting to pick out their own engagement ring, and almost a fifth of singletons being disappointed if they don’t get a ‘plus one’ to the wedding -

Goldsmiths get to the bottom of the perfect engagement and wedding etiquette to create a conflict-free day!  

BRIDES & GROOMS

Top Tips to Harness your Qi and Enjoy a Stress-Free Wedding

Top Tips to Harness your Qi and Enjoy a Stress-Free Wedding

Getting married at any time of the year can be stressful, but winter weddings that coincide with Christmas can come with added stress for the couple getting married.

It might be the most wonderful time of the year, but it’s no secret that Christmas is a busy time for everyone, add a wedding in to the mix of Christmas shopping, present-purchasing pressure and mounting costs can make December a tense time of year.

However, festive decorations, a chance of snow, and the general rip-roaring excitement for the most wonderful time of the year adds an unmatched level of excitement to proceedings and December can be the prettiest, most romantic month of the year to get wed.

Lancashire Wedding Stationer has Designs on Top Awards

Lancashire Wedding Stationer has Designs on Top Awards

First impressions count, as every bride knows.  The first date, the first kiss, and the first sight of “the” dress.  The first reveal to most guests of an impending wedding is the invitation; that sumptuous, thick envelope through the door vitally setting the tone for the whole special day.

Lancashire-based Jess Dick, founder of “Jeccabox” online stationery design, quickly realised that many couples wanted a bespoke service which really reflected their personalities, above what was usually on offer.  Marrying her design qualifications with a personalised focus on the bride and groom, her love of creating the perfect match has seen her stunning work make a real impression on the awards scene.