Vows and Venues have spoken with Robyn Kerkhof, Book Curator at micro-learning platform and app Blinkist (www.blinkist.com), about what books you should take the time to read and listen to before your wedding.
With wedding season in full swing and the Royal Wedding on the horizon, London Designer Outlet (LDO) has a fantastic array of fashion and accessories to make sure you’re best dressed for less this spring and have the wedding look. LDO is the capital’s only fashion and lifestyle outlet centre, based in Wembley Park, and offers year-round savings of up to 70% off RRP in over 50 outlet stores, with a broad choice of styles to suit all tastes.
Special offers are available at a range of stores including: Kurt Geiger, Guess, Chapelle, Ernest Jones, Phase Eight, Suit Direct, Skopes and Fiorelli. So, if you are searching for the perfect wedding look or planning to watch the Royal Wedding in style, LDO has you covered.
Coffee can help boost both concentration and energy levels, something all budding brides and grooms are most certainly in need of in the build up to their big day. However, did you know that your morning coffee could also help you shed those unwanted pounds? If you are stuck for time and can’t always find a way to make it to the gym due to all your pre wedding commitments or are finding it hard to stick to one particular diet plan to help you lose weight in time for your big day, then this could be the answer you have been looking for. Could your morning coffee really be your saving grace as the wedding countdown begins?
We caught up with leading nutritionist Sarah Flower to share her top 5 reasons why your morning coffee can help you lose weight.
Planning a wedding is a big undertaking which is as exciting as it is daunting, particularly if your dreaming of a luxury, opulent affair. The Grand Hotel & Spa, Yorkshire’s only five-star hotel, prides themselves on creating unforgettable experiences for couples and their guests. Here, Catherine Smith, wedding coordinator at The Grand, shares her advice on creating the ultimate five-star wedding.
Securing your dream venue is the first step on your way to creating the ultimate luxury wedding. There’s no substitute for stunning architecture and original features which serve as the perfect backdrop for your special day, as well as surrounding landmarks and unbeatable views for your wedding photography.
Half-heartedly ‘Liking’ a picture on Facebook just isn’t the same as getting a copy of said photo and putting it in a frame, is it? Flicking through a gallery on social media doesn’t compare to sitting shoulder to shoulder, flicking through the photos you’ve just picked up from Supasnaps, laughing at the memories you froze in time. The ultimate personalised wedding gifts were thoughtful albums, stuffed with special photos and keepsakes from the big day.
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.
Wedding season’s fast approaching and there’s a good chance you’re searching for ways to celebrate someone’s stag or hen do beforehand. Fortunately, TripAdvisor has you covered with where to go, activities, and even where to stay. With experiences ranging from brewery tours and canal cruises in Amsterdam, to football stadiums tours and cooking classes in Barcelona, TripAdvisor has activities sure to suit any style stag or hen!
Top places for a stag or hen do with TripAdvisor
Brighton’s seaside location, jovial atmosphere and wealth of pubs and clubs have made it a major Stag and Hen destination.
Your wedding day is one of the biggest days of your life, so it’s only natural that you want to look your best. From your outfit, to your hairstyle, through to your skin, everything should look exactly how you want it and Skinbase can help you.
The good thing is, for most bride and grooms, these details can be planned and even finalised weeks or months in advance. The dress is chosen, and final fittings done, the suits are tailored and measured, the hair and make-up trials take place and yet, one of the things you can’t control on the day, is your skin. Especially if you’re prone to acne, breakouts or uneven skin tones.
Have you ever considered getting married at sea, and having a cruise wedding? We have spoken with Adam Coulter, UK Managing Editor, Cruise Critic, to get the the ins and outs of having a cruise wedding.
Getting married at sea has never been as popular, with some cruise lines offering packages that start at just £1,010 in comparison with the average £30,000 cost of a UK wedding. Many cruises also offer a variety of services to help you plan a shipboard or shoreside ceremony, followed by a romantic cruise honeymoon. This enables couples to get married onboard or in a beautiful location without the immense hassle or expense of wedding planning. The fact that the captain can tie the knot in the absence of a priest, also makes a cruise particularly romantic.
The Big Day Prep box contains all the essentials to get wedding-worthy hair – from the gorgeously scented Geranium & Neroli Elasticizer, the effective de-tangler Daily Damage Defence and Body Building Shampoo and Conditioner for creating volume for a big day.
An official patron of the Harry and Meghan wedding album published by Regal, Philip Kingsley clinics treat many VIPs and the products are also enjoyed by celebrities and noted names worldwide. Philip Kingsley believes in a holistic approach to haircare, creating products that help maintain the health of your hair whilst making it look good. It believes in treating your hair and scalp like you do your face – with daily washing, sun protection and a weekly ‘mask’.
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.
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:
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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!
Frugal 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.
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.
If it’s taken you two years to plan your wedding, get the dress right, squabble over the seating plan and spend two months choosing between pavlova or poached pears, you’re going to want it to be immortalised by exactly the right person. These are the indelible records of a perfect day, so the wedding photographer has to be…well…perfect. So how do you pick the right one for you? We have spoken with Paul Clarke a professional photographer to get his top suggestions on choosing the right photographer for you.
We are all more aware of being ethical in our day to day lives but you can also have an ethical wedding. There are venues and catering companies offering ethical values but there are other ways of reducing the footprint of your special day and it’s all about looking to see what you already have to reduce waste.
For instance, one way of making sure your dress is ethical is by asking your family what they have that could possibly be re-used or upcycled. Your Mum might still have her dress or veil which although might not be your style can be cut up and completely restyled by the right designer.
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.
Meghan Markle sports one of the most famous smiles in the world, with thousands of women desperate to emulate it. But none of us have a royal budget to get the royal smile of our dreams. Kate Middleton allegedly had dental surgery just before her wedding, but this could have cost her between three to ten thousand pounds. So it’s not surprising most use of us a myriad of different teeth-whitening solutions to get the perfect smile for our big day.
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.
Saying vows under a wedding arch is a centuries old tradition full of romantic meaning, symbolising the home that the couple will build together. For weddings held outdoors, arches and arbours also provide a beautiful focal point for the ceremony, and an attractive backdrop for pictures.
If you are planning an outdoor wedding, there are many hire companies around the country from whom you can rent an arch for the day. A much more special alternative, though, would be to be able to take your very own wedding arch home with you, to keep in your garden as a constant reminder of your big day. You could even grow your own wedding flowers over it, seeing them grow larger and stronger with every anniversary that passes.