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. 

Pre-loved wedding dresses sought for charity auction

The Welcombe hotel reception

A wedding charity dress auction at Hallmark Hotel The Welcombe, is seeking pre-loved wedding dress donations from local brides that would like to see theirs enjoyed once again while supporting a good cause. The charity auction, which is in aid of children’s charity Molly Olly’s Wishes, is due to take place on Wednesday 11th April 2018 at Hallmark Hotel The Welcombe, Stratford-Upon-Avon.

Molly Olly’s Wishes was founded in 2011 to help families with terminally ill children to cope with the emotional and financial struggles that can come with their children being in hospital. The charity launched after parents Rachel and Tim Ollerenshaw lost their eight-year-old daughter Molly to a Wilms tumour. 

Predicted: What will be on the menu at the Royal Wedding?

Pizza for wedding menu

As far as traditions go, there will be a long list Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will need to go through on their day, and in the run up to the 19th May. Following the footsteps of Prince Charles and Camilla, the wedding will take place at St. George’s Chapel in Windsor castle. The guest list will include fellow royals, foreign leaders, church officials and celebrities and Meghan will be carrying a bouquet made up of myrtle – a tradition set by Queen Victoria. But what about the catering? As food trends change throughout the years, so does the royal wedding menu.

Pet pug Ted Gets Wed at Matfen Hall

Dog wedding

This Valentine’s Day the award-winning Northumberland Hotel, Matfen Hall, played host to a Metro Radio wedding.

Ted, the pet pug of Steve Furnell from Metro Radio’s Steve and Karen’s Breakfast Show, wed his canine companion Roxy the Corman Shepherd, at an intimate ceremony in the historic venue.

Listeners of the radio show have been following Ted’s romantic journey over the last few weeks and chose Roxy as Ted’s bride. The paw-fect couple were joined by their four-legged friends as they exchanged vows in front of the majestic fireplace in the fairytale setting of the hotel’s Great Hall.

Brides and grooms have never washed their wedding clothes

Wedding dress in box

New research has found that one in ten brides and grooms (11%) have never washed their wedding clothes. The study, conducted by online clothing retailer Banana Moon Clothing, looked at how often people wash their clothes and how long they think they can get away with wearing dirty items. The results revealed that women are worse than men for not washing their wedding clothes.15% of brides confessed they hadn’t cleaned their dress after the wedding, compared to only 7% of men who hadn’t washed their suit.

Almost a quarter of those living in Aberdeen (23%) said they hadn’t cleaned their wedding clothing since the big day, followed by over a fifth (22%) of those in Coventry and 16% in Wolverhampton.

Top wedding trends to watch out for in 2018

Violet bouquet of flowers

WITH the announcement of not one but two royal weddings taking place this year, an estimated 100,000 proposals* over the recent festive period alone and fresh from Valentine’s Day, brides-to-be are now on the hunt for stylish ideas to ensure their wedding is ‘à la mode’. The wedding experts at luxury country Northumberland hotel, Slaley Hall share their thoughts on the wedding trends of 2018 from what’s hot this year, beautiful bridal wear to the latest, on-trend décor…

Top wedding trends of 2018

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Who will look after the little guests at your wedding?

Children at Creche

Are you looking for someone to look after the little guests at your wedding? Miles of smiles childcare and events brings a crèche and nannying service to your wedding day in order to entertain those special little guests and allow those mummies and daddies to let their hair down-which in return means the bride and grooms day will be more enjoyable knowing the kiddies are being entertained.Who wouldn’t want one at their wedding? We have soft play equipment,ball pools,arts and crafts,bowling,puzzles and much much more! 

North East wedding: A perfect place to get married

Wedding video on camera

With a recent survey showing 12% of engagements take place on Valentine’s Day each year, whether you are a countryside loving couple or city folk, the North East of England will provide the perfect backdrop for your big day. Read on to find out why a North East wedding could be perfect for you.

From beautiful countryside castles and cottages, to city centre hotels and planetariums, the North East has some of the greatest and most diverse wedding settings on offer throughout the UK.

A guide to planning the perfect proposal

Man proposing to women

So you’ve found the one, whether it was love at first sight, a whirlwind romance, or slow burning love. You’re ready to take the next step and pop the question. You may be asking yourself, what makes the perfect proposal?

For some, the idea of a grand romantic gesture with all of their friends and family present makes them weak at the knees with excitement. For others, it may be an intimate candlelit dinner or a surprise proposal at the spot they first met.

However you plan to propose, it’s normal to feel a bit uneasy. After all, there’s a lot to consider, from choosing the perfect ring to picking the date. Did you know that 40% of men don’t have a ring when they propose, or that nearly half of all proposals in the UK happen between December and February?

6 cute carrying ideas your flower girls will love

Flower girls basket

There is nothing cuter than flower girls and pageboys at a wedding. Dressed in cute outfits as they walk down the aisle before the bride, flower girls are usually seen throwing petals from a basket as they proceed towards the alter.

Specialists in natural petal confetti, wheat and dried flowers, Shropshire Petals share 6 cute ideas your flower girls will love to carry on your wedding day.

6 ideas for your flower girls

A traditional Flower Girl Basket

2018 wedding trends you need to know

Alicia Kulinska wedding coordinator

If 2018 is the year you plan to tie the knot, you’ve probably got some idea about the type of wedding you want, and as you plan your big day, you have an opportunity to take inspiration from the latest trends, that's why Vows and Venues has spoken with Alicja Kulinska, Wedding Coordinator at The Majestic Hotel, Harrogate, part of The Cairn Collection to get you her 2018 wedding trends.

Alicja Kulinska, has more than fifteen years of experience in hospitality and events. She has helped to organise small, low-key receptions, as well as large-scale, lavish Asian celebrations.

Wedding loans have dropped in 2017

Married couple

Personal finance experts reveal that the amount of money Brits borrowed for weddings plummeted in 2017. With royal nuptials on the horizon, the personal finance experts at moneyguru.com have revealed that the amount of wedding loans taken out  has plummeted over the past twelve months.

Moneyguru.com has found that couples borrowed over £18,000 on average towards their wedding in 2016 but in 2017 this dropped to just under £15,500.

Pug Or Partner: Is He The One?

Man playing with pug on rug

Being in a relationship isn’t always easy, and there are many decisions to be made along the way to ensure you’re both happy and on the same path through life. One of the most important questions a person in a relationship may need to ask at some point is ‘ is he the one ’, or ‘is she the one’. This kind of decision can’t be taken lightly. After all, marriage is a lifetime commitment.

Is he the one or should you get a pug?

Given Britain’s affinity for dogs, perhaps a good litmus test for finding out if an eternity with your current partner is meant to be, is a comparison against man’s best friend. And what better breed than the loyal, adorable, googly-eyed pug?

Brits are hoping for a Valentine's day proposal

Valentine's day proposal

More than 1.8 million Brits are hoping their partner will get down on one knee to propose on Valentine's day , as revealed by new research from jewellery insurance provider Protect Your Bubble.

Although an overwhelming 72% of Brits agree that Valentine’s Day has become far too commercial, this certainly hasn’t stopped them from reaching into their pocket for cards and pricey gifts.