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Historic Royal Palaces to host The Engage!

Interior of Historic Royal Palace

Historic Royal Palaces, the independent charity that looks after the Tower of London, Hampton Court Palace, Banqueting House, Kensington Palace, Kew Palace and Hillsborough Castle in Northern Ireland, is to host luxury wedding summit Engage! for the first time this autumn alongside Rosewood London and Sarah Haywood Weddings.

Taking place on 28-31st October, the summit will bring together the best in the international luxury events industry for a series of exclusive events at Tower of London, Banqueting House and Kensington Palace.

W&W Jewellery and Edwina Ibbotson create a bespoke style guide for a summer wedding

W&W Jewellery and Edwina Ibbotson Summer Wedding

W&W Jewellery has partnered with celebrated milliner Edwina Ibbotson to shine a spotlight on bespoke artistry and create a stylish look to inspire wedding guests how to pair a hat with their jewellery.  

With a shared passion for bespoke design and traditional craftsmanship, W&W Jewellery has created a beautiful hand painted jewellery illustration in response to Edwina Ibbotson’s hat design. With over 25 years’ experience, Edwina’s hats are frequently seen at events including Ascot, Goodwood and the recent Royal Weddings; her headpieces have also been exhibited in the V&A Museum. 

There might not be a Royal Wedding taking place this year but weddings still feature high on the summer event calendar and offer the definitive occasion for headwear. 

Did you say yes to a Valentines proposal? 

Valentines proposal

Did you get asked the big question over Valentines Day, and are you now starting to think about the day itself? It might seem daunting, but here Annabel Schwier at the Museum of London offers her insights into the four key elements you need to think about: the guestlist, venue, theme and catering. Annabel’s top tip? Keep it simple and planning will be a piece of cake!

The Guestlist:

DIY Wedding: create a feature wall for your wedding

DIY Wedding: create a feature wall for your wedding

A feature wall is a great opportunity to add character to your wedding without splurging out and spending too much of your wedding budget. Here are a few DIY feature wall ideas to make your special day even more beautiful.

Let the wall bloom

Kim K married Kayne in front of a flower wall in 2014. If that's not enough reason to consider your own flower wall, we don't know what is. 

A flower wall can be a beautiful backdrop for photos of yourselves and guests. Choose flowers (real or fake depending on your budget and accessibility) that will compliment the theme of your wedding. 

Your large-scale Brighton wedding venue – The Grand Brighton

Your large-scale Brighton wedding venue – The Grand Brighton

Every wedding celebration comes with its own traditions and in the case of many Asian weddings, a very long guestlist! Finding a venue spacious enough to accommodate several hundred guests is one thing, but planning for a wedding with multiple ceremonies, specific catering requirements and ultimately delivering that ‘wow’ factor for guests can seem a near impossible task.

This is where The Grand Brighton comes in…

Large-scale celebrations

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...

Boost Your Winter Skin With Berries

Boost Your Winter Skin With Berries

Our skin definitely needs some extra TLC when it’s colder; it’s coping with the cold outside and the drying central heating inside. We tend to eat less fruit during winter, which means that our antioxidant, mineral and hydration intake might suffer at the time our skin needs it the most. Love Fresh Berries has teamed up with dermatologist and skin guru Abigail James to discover why berries are a great source of skin loving nutrients and will benefit your skin all year round.

Styling on the day

Styling on the day

When you take your waistcoat off, make sure you can’t see any shirt between the waistcoat and your trousers as it ruins the clean look. Raise your trousers higher! 

Bring an extra shirt of the same fabric, just in case. This is huge. If the one you’re wearing is double cuff, bring an extra single cuff. On a high-pressure day like this, anything could happen; from forgetting your cufflinks, to a red wine spillage or even forgetting your shirt altogether! To be prepared is to be relaxed.

Hen Do’s and Don’ts

Hen Do’s and Don’ts

So, your best friend or sister is getting married, and as maid of honour or bridesmaid, you’ve been trusted with planning a once in a lifetime girly pre-wedding get together?! Don’t panic, planning a hen do doesn’t have to be a stressful uphill struggle. Whatever the style, be it a weekend away or a day out, here are 11 top tips to help you stay sane and on track, helping to make the whole hen-do planning experience run smoothly.

DO consult the Bride

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!

Newly engaged? De Vere Tortworth Court has just announced your dream wedding and date to match

Westminister suite at De Vere Tortworth Court

Next year offers a date that won’t be replicated for another thousand years, 02.02.2020 – the perfect mirror image. With such an auspicious date on the horizon, De Vere Tortworth Court has created an exclusive wedding package for one couple looking to tie the knot on this special day.

Why the Cotswolds is the perfect destination for a luxe hen party 

Hen party in the Cotswolds

The Cotswolds is home to outstanding natural beauty, so much so that it’s understandable that the quaint area has becoming increasingly popular with an array of famous faces. The Cotswolds provides an excellent location for a luxe hen party thanks to its chic reputation. Full of picturesque villages and magnificent views, the Cotswolds is a luxurious and elegant destination favoured by many, including members of the royal family. With something for everyone, you’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to activities, dining and drinking. Hen parties bring together a variety of individuals from different backgrounds, all of which will have plenty to do and see in this charming location. Here are a few of the many reasons why the Cotswolds is the perfect hen party location.

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.

Now

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.

Museum of London Docklands licensed for weddings and civil partnerships for the first time

Museum of London Docklands licensed for weddings

The award-winning Museum of London Docklands, located on the banks of the River Thames in Canary Wharf, has announced that the venue is now licensed to host weddings and civil partnerships.

2019 will see the converted Georgian sugar warehouse host wedding ceremonies for the first time in its 200 year history and means that couples are able to set both their ceremony and reception to the striking backdrop of Canary Wharf’s only Grade I listed building.

Get together for an a-maze-ing hen or stag do outing!

Crystal maze hen or stag do

Whether you have been nominated to arrange the ultimate hen or stag do for someone that’s about to tie the knot or, if you’re planning your own final day of freedom, have you considered The Crystal Maze LIVE Experience?

Forget cheesy spa days, boozy nights and endless discussions about where to go, and try something a little different by taking on the hilariously funny, interactive experience based on the popular 90s TV show.

Based in Manchester and London*, The Crystal Maze LIVE Experience is the ideal spot for a bride or groom-to-be to bring seven of their closest friends and family together for a nostalgic, bonding trip down memory lane. 

The Brewery - Large weddings

The Brewery - Large weddings

Every wedding is unique, but one factor which often informs the rest of the planning is the size of your big day. For some, an intimate ceremony for close family and friends is ideal, but if you’re looking to stretch the guestlist, then only a large wedding will do! Here at The Brewery, we often host weddings for large numbers and as such, have collated a list of essentials for brides looking for a more lavish affair.

Size and Location

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.’

Looking for a stress-free way to plan your perfect wedding? Look no further than Sketchley Grange Hotel and Spa

Couple at Sketchley Grange Hotel and Spa

Sketchley Grange Hotel and Spa is inviting those who are looking to turn their dream big day into reality to register for its Wedding Fayre, taking place on Sunday 24th February between 11am and 3pm in the Bradgate & Grove Suite at the hotel and spa in Hinckley.

The exclusive event will provide inspiration and ideas for brides and grooms, as well as making the whole process of planning a wedding as stress-free as possible. Sketchley Grange has teamed up with organiser, Whoop Events East Limited, to hand-pick over 60 expert wedding suppliers to exhibit at the event, including wedding attire specialists, venue dressers, florists and videographers.

Tapenade shares wedding predictions and trends for 2019

Tapenade Table Setting

For those celebrating a festive engagement, trends and predictions for the coming year will be a welcome part of the exciting plans taking form. Multi-award-winning specialist caterer Tapenade shares thoughts for creating the ideal wedding in 2019. 

Executive head chef of Tapenade, John Hearn, offers his top five predicted trends for the year ahead of wedding planning. With 20+ years’ experience in the event catering industry, John’s advice is sure to give couples looking to tie the knot that expert assurance to make their big day a success. 

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