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The Best Wedding Bar Ideas According to Guides for Brides

wedding bar

Whether you’re raising a glass to the happy couple or cheering to beautiful bridesmaids, let's face it, drinks are an integral part of any wedding. With the summer months fast approaching and our thirst increasing, we’ve been chatting to Guides for Brides to find out some of the best wedding bar ideas and how you can add a fun element to your wedding bar.

 

best wedding bar ideasThe best wedding bar ideas from Guide to Brides

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The solution to your dream wedding dress lingerie, Va Va Voom

Va Va Voom lingerie

Choosing your wedding outfits, either bride or bridesmaids, can be stressful enough without the added worry of how to find pretty lingerie that suits your style of dress. Do you have a low back, deep cleavage, lace sides or simply want the freedom of not worrying about straps at all. That’s the MAGIC of the Va Va Voom bra from Magic Bodyfashion.

 

Many brides and bridesmaids will feel the desire to boost their curves a little for the big day and the Va Va Voom allows you to decide how much boost you want and need in your dress to create the required look. The clever drawstring front closure creates this push-up effect by pulling the breast together, which instantly creates the best cleavage possible and the MAGIC begins!

 

Art: A unique wedding gift

Wedding gift of art

Finding a wedding present that is as unique as the happy couple can be a difficult task. A set of bathroom towels, although useful, can seem a little impersonal and won’t necessarily last a lifetime… That’s why art makes such a wonderful wedding gift; it’s original, personal and will make any new house immediately feel like a home. 

But where to find unique art that suits your budget, for the perfect wedding gift

The artist Anna Wright has a wide range of beautiful art prints which are full of affection, humour and originality and that will suit any couple (and budget) in celebrating their big day. Prices for her prints start at £25 and are all available to buy on www.annawright.co.uk

Treasure Houses venues add sparkle to your wedding day

treasure houses Venues

With their rich history, beautiful surroundings and stunning architecture the Treasure Houses of England venues are proving the perfect location for some of the world’s most extravagant wedding celebrations.

 

Last year Blenheim Palace, one of the 10 iconic palaces, castles and stately homes, played host to a lavish £5m ceremony as Iranian model Nazanin Jafarian Ghaissarifar tied the knot with Nigerian billionaire Folarin Alakija.

 

However the UNESCO World Heritage site and Treasure House venues also cater for budgets of all sizes.

 

How to plan a vegan wedding with Niki Webster

Vegan cashews

If you want to know how to create the perfect vegan wedding, then look no further – we have spoke to Niki Webster, Founder of RebelRecipes.com - the qualified raw chef and award-winning vegan blogger who has over 260K followers and is growing daily. She is known for her delicious and easily accessible recipes and creating a sustainable way of including vegan into your daily live and she has put together her top tips on creating the perfect vegan wedding, so you can sit back and enjoy every part.

 

Vegan wedding expert Niki WebsterTop tips for planning a vegan wedding

 

Finding the right venue 

The Urban Wedding Fayre | Manchester

The Urban Wedding Company

The Urban Wedding Company invite you to the one and only Urban Wedding Fayre. Here at the urban wedding company we like to do things differently. If you are planning a non-traditional wedding or looking for some unique, quirky, ideas then the urban wedding fayre is for you. We are flying the flag for creative, local independent trusted suppliers that do not conform to the standard wedding industry traditions. 

The venue for this fayre is at the amazing Manchester Art Gallery, a beautiful urban setting perfect for couples looking for something a bit different for their day. There will be guided tours throughout the day and set ups to show how to make the most of the venue. 

Fired 4 U - Personalised, Hand Painted Wedding Gifts

Fired 4 U - Personalised, Hand Painted Wedding Gifts

Hello, thanks for stopping by to read this, I’m Jane Fox, based in Walton le Dale, Preston in Lancashire and I make gift shopping for personalised hand painted and handmade ceramic wedding gifts easy for you. By creating unique bespoke one off gifts for you to give to whoever you wish to. I hand paint your personalised design on to ceramic pottery items in colour, along with a name and a personalised message from you if you would like one. This saves you the frustration of trawling around the shops unable to find something unique and saving you precious time in your busy life for you to spend in a happier way. What can be better than a personalised gift created for you or a member of your family?

A Wedding Less Ordinary | wedding fayre

A Wedding Less Ordinary

A Wedding Less Ordinary is a wedding fayre with a difference, with a contemporary collection of wedding creatives showcasing their talents in the urban cool surroundings of Boiler Shop, Newcastle upon Tyne.  Hair demos by North East Award winning hairdressers Hooker & Young, live music, burgers by the Fat Hippo and workshops from industry experts.  

The story behind A Wedding Less Ordinary

Wedding Less OrdinaryWedding Exhibition with a difference, we’ve created an event that showcases only the most creative and stylish suppliers, the coolest of venues and the best of entertainment all in one place.

Alternative wedding favours with Ai No Mochi

Ai No Mochi

Mochi from Ai No Mochi are an exciting and innovative alternative to your standard wedding favours. Mochi are set to be the next big trend in wedding favours!

Choose from delicious flavours such as Raspberry and Coconut Ripple, Vanilla Cheesecake and even Vegan Chocolate Ganache.

Each wedding tries to be better than the previous one and with all weddings having similar favours, mochi are something that most guests will never have seen or tasted before.

The freshly made, bespoke, mochi are a big talking point with their unique exterior texture and creamy soft filling. They can also be colour customised and hand-decorated to tie in with the couple’s wedding theme. 

Macmillan launches new wedding favours collection for 2018

Wedding favours

Macmillan Cancer Support has launched a brand new range of wedding favours ahead of this year’s wedding season.

The beautifully crafted gifts are a great way to thank guests, honour absent friends and raise money for the growing number of people living with cancer in the UK.

From pin badges to place cards, the new collection has products to suit every taste. Each favour includes information about Macmillan, the website address and support line number (0808 808 00 00).  

All money raised will help Macmillan continue to provide emotional, financial, medical and practical support. For information on Macmillan’s wedding favours, visit shop.macmillan.org.uk/wedding

A cocktail making hen party

Masterclasses are a great way to get your whole hen party engaged and breaks the ice for those that might not have met before. Plus, everybody loves a mighty, mixed drink! It's no secret that award-winning restaurant and bar group The New World Trading Company knows how to make a great cocktail.

With over 20 unique venues under the brands: The Oast House, The Botanist, The Smugglers Cove, The Trading House, The Club House and The Canal House and most recently The Florist. With venues across the country, there’s sure to be one close by and easy to get to for you and your hens.

Hexham House, opens as a Northumberland wedding venue

Hexham House, Northumberland

A Grade-II listed property in Hexham, has opened to the public for the first time as a Northumberland wedding venue with several holiday apartments available exclusively with the UK’s leading self-catering holiday company, cottages.com.

Northumberland County Council in partnership with cottages.com is inviting guests to say “I do” at Hexham House in the recently redeveloped registry office and and enjoy a stay in one of its seven self-catering apartments in top quality surroundings.

Iceland launches limited edition Royal celebration wedding cake

Iceland cordially invites its customers to indulge in a slice of the royal wedding as it launches a limited edition celebration wedding cake, for one week only. 

The handmade elderflower and lemon cake, available from 14th May 2018, will cost just £8.00 - so, at 66 pence per slice, it’s a fraction of the £50,000 proposed cost for the royal cake. But don’t delay, there are a limited amount of cakes per store*, and when they’re gone, they’re gone.  

Relationships in a generation of social media

Rom-coms in social media

Rom-coms are the perfect escapism from our everyday lives, where true love conquers all and Prince Charming always makes an entrance right on cue. But what would our favourite rom-com couples look like if they were to meet today, in the generation of social media? 

Would Mr Darcy have swiped right for Elizabeth Bennett in 2018? Would rom-com favourites Bridget Jones and Mark Darcy have made it as a couple if What's App messaging confusion was added into the mix? Or would Rhett Butler and Scarlett O’Hara have any chance of happiness in a world of Snapchat stories? 

How to get your wedding body in less than 3 month

Wedding workout

Is your big day fast approaching but still want to shift a few pounds? Stuart Taylor, Founder of PerfecTone shares some last minute advice for blushing brides-to-be on how to get your wedding body.

It’s the moment you’ve been dreaming of since you were a little girl. It’s the day that you will remember forever. It’s that once in a blue moon chance to bring all of your loved ones together at the same time, in one place. This is the day that you will stand opposite the love of your life and say the words ‘I do’. On such a sentimental occasion, don’t you deserve to look and feel the best you ever have?

Pristine locks – check. 

Perfectly contoured make up – check. 

“The dress” – check. 

“The wedding day body” – not ‘quite so’ check. 

Shepherd Huts the new addition to the British wedding

Couple outside shephard huts

The new trend for the modern British wedding is both simple and luxurious and it takes the form of a shepherd’s hut. Adding a rural and traditional element to weddings and wedding venues, Blackdown Shepherd Huts have responded to an increase in requests for shepherd huts and have set about creating special for-hire huts that meet all types of wedding needs from bride’s dressing rooms to the ultimate honeymoon hut.

Will Vickery, who owns Blackdown Shepherd Huts in Ilminster, Somerset, says: ‘The demand for huts to be used at weddings has really increased recently. Shepherd huts appear to be bang on trend, probably because they’re beautiful to look at and work well as photo backdrops, as well as being idyllic and private, special and intimate.’

Goldsmiths reveals the most awkward etiquette issues

Bridal party

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 -

Start your love story with London Hilton on Park Lane

London Hilton

Steeped in elegance, London Hilton on Park Lane is the perfect option for sophisticated wedding of any size. From bright and airy rooms overlooking Hyde Park and Knightsbridge to the magnificent Royal and Presidential suites, there is something to suit every taste. 

London Hilton on Park Lane’s commitment to the finer details ensures all weddings held at the hotel are memorable for guests as well as for the happy couple. Celebrate in style in the dazzling Grand Ballroom with up to 1,250 guests, have an intimate affair in the Crystal Palace Suite, gaze out at the spectacular panoramic views of Park Lane and Hyde Park in the Wellington Ballroom and Harvest Suite or recite your vows while over-looking the London skyline from the iconic Galvin at Windows.  

Mr Kipling offers a wedding makeover!

New Royal Wedding Mr Kipling cakes

Mr Kipling launches a nationwide search to find a couple getting married on the weekend of the Royal Wedding! The lucky couple will receive a Mr Kipling style wedding makeover.

Wedding makeover cakesMr Kipling has revealed the wedding makeover package will be complete with a bespoke wedding cake, favours with a cake twist for all the guests and bou-cakes (that’s right, cake bouquets!) for the table centre pieces and the winning bride. 

Wedding guest list etiquette

Maryculter House Hotel

You’ve got the dress, booked the venue, agreed the menu and briefed your photographer. That’s the bulk of the work on planning your wedding done, right? Wrong! The trickiest part of planning any wedding – finalising the all-important wedding guest list – is yet to come.

As someone who has helped countless numbers of newlywed couples celebrate the happiest day of their lives, Maryculter House Hotel wedding and events manager Beverley Mackinlay knows a thing or two about how to get it right…and has lots of top tips on how to avoid getting it very, very wrong.