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Hold an intimate ceremony at The Bridge Prestbury

The Bridge Prestbury

If you’re planning a smaller ceremony or vow renewal, this quaint Cheshire venue is a great choice. Victoria Galligan visited The Bridge Prestbury and found the 16th-century venue may have changed over the years, but its tradition of offering excellent service and quality ingredients is far from outdated…

Couples planning an intimate ceremony with a carefully selected guest list will love The Bridge in Prestbury. Situated in the centre of the charmingly antiquated village which is renowned for its famous inhabitants, you can expect to see the likes of sporting favourites Andrew Flintoff or Wayne Rooney running their weekend errands in this delightful part of the country.

Vows and Venues gives its verdict on new Cheshire wedding venue The Courthouse, Knutsford

The Courthouse wedding venue in Knusford, Cheshire - restaurant

All rise for the Courthouse – a converted public building in Knutsford which is as unique as it is charming. Our editor Victoria Galligan stayed at the wedding venue and did not feel “guilty” about indulging in a four-course feast…

It’s hard to believe when sitting in the restaurant at The Courthouse that as recently as 2010, the judge was banging the gavel and the defendants were being grilled in the dock. The court lay empty until Flat Cap Hotels restored it and it was relaunched as a venue in summer 2017. Thanks to a sensitively planned refurb, the original fixtures and fittings you’d expect to see in a courtroom are still there and give you the feeling you’re right in the middle of a courtroom drama.

Georgian elegance meets contemporary cool at Treseren

Bride at Treseren

Early 2019 will see the introduction of Treseren, a magical ‘homestead under the stars’. Located in Poldark country, just 10 minutes from the spectacular north Cornish coast, Treseren sits in a secluded position in the midst of Trewithen countryside.

A brand new and beautifully elegant venue for intimate weddings, it sprawls across two-and-a-half acres of greenery, with winding paths leading to secret flower-filled gardens, south facing terraces and lawns with endless opportunities for relaxation and play.

Vicars Cross Golf Club - A Special Wedding Venue

Vicars Cross Golf Club - A Special Wedding Venue

Your wedding day is one of the most important days in your life and we would be delighted to help make it perfect for you at Vicars Cross Golf Club.   Our experienced staff will ensure that your wedding day is one to remember by helping you to plan every aspect of your day.    Our clubhouse and grounds provide an ideal location for your function and provides a perfect backdrop for those wedding photographs.  The Golf Club is set in the Cheshire countryside close to the city centre of historic Chester.  

St Mary’s Heritage Centre

White roses at St Mary’s Heritage Centre

St Mary’s Heritage Centre is a unique and increasingly popular wedding reception venue in the North East.  A grade 1 listed former medieval church, refurbished in 2008, the building has its original stonework and pillars, blended with modern improvements.  The venue offers a grand, light and unique wedding reception space with plenty of character.

How to create the perfect tipi wedding

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By Donna Taylor, Taylored Plans.

There are so many options when it comes to wedding venues and styles, that it can be overwhelming for even the most wedding-savvy couples.  A purpose-built event space, such as hotel or hall, may not be your idea of the perfect space and something more bespoke may be more appealing. 

Starlight Tipis, based North-east Scotland, offers spectacular tipi weddings. We have compiled some top tips for you to ensure you are completely prepared, and you and your guests have an unforgettable day! 

Budget is important! 

Bespoke wedding wine tasting experiences: Discover The Vine

Rowena Hawtin will help you Discover The Vine

Your wedding day is one of the most important days of your life and the Wine Lady, Rowena Hawtin, and the Discover The Vine team offers you a bespoke wine tasting experience to ensure you choose the perfect wines and champagnes. 

Discover The Vine works with couples to give them the advice and support they need to ensure that the wine they select for their wedding day pairs perfectly with their menu and delights their guests. 

Consultancy service

With so many grape varieties and different wines – the choices can be overwhelming.

Discover The Vine guides couples through the choices, leaving them stress free to concentrate on all those other important details. 

Bridal trends in 2019 - by Kelly Beesley

Bridal trends – Hair by Kelly – a plaited bun with white flowers

Kelly Beesley is a hair and make-up artist operator in the North West – and beyond! Here, she gives us an insight into the world of wedding hair and beauty and bridal trends for 2019…

What are the most popular wedding hairstyles and hair accessories which you have seen recently?

Wedding styles have ranged from classic look to messy do, from the Megan Markle messy bun to a sleek Chignon we have seen

it all. We are seeing brides having plaits running through the hair styles from bridesmaid to the bride plaits have given a modern twist on a classic do. As always there are so many hair accessories to choose form but hair vines have been popular recently, adding a little sparkle through the hair.

Bridal trends in 2019 - by Kelly Beesley

Bridal trends – Hair by Kelly – a plaited bun with white flowers

Kelly Beesley is a hair and make-up artist operator in the North West – and beyond! Here, she gives us an insight into the world of wedding hair and beauty and bridal trends for 2019…

What are the most popular wedding hairstyles and hair accessories which you have seen recently?

Wedding styles have ranged from classic look to messy do, from the Megan Markle messy bun to a sleek Chignon we have seen

it all. We are seeing brides having plaits running through the hair styles from bridesmaid to the bride plaits have given a modern twist on a classic do. As always there are so many hair accessories to choose form but hair vines have been popular recently, adding a little sparkle through the hair.

An Introduction To Made By Coopers Apothecary

Made By Coopers Apothecary Skincare

Made By Coopers; a modern apothecary crafting natural and organic products for your skin and soul. Natural needn’t be tedious with this range of high performing, eco-friendly, vegan friendly, cruelty-free skincare and wellness brand. 
Made By Coopers Apothecary believes in creating natural, clean products that leave your skin radiant and nourished with your mind and body restored to perfect harmony.

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: 

Ultimate Girly Breaks at House of Daniel Thwaites Hotels

House of Daniel Thwaites Hotels interior

There is nothing better than a get together with girlfriends especially if you add a night away in a beautiful hotel with a fabulous spa.  Even if you are looking for a cosy girly night in, this can still be done with the House of Daniel Thwaites Hotel’s girls’ weekend packages.

Whether you want to combine the break with some great shopping in Portsmouth, Leeds and Bristol or wonderful walks in the Lake District these stunning four-star hotels offer a haven of tranquillity for some girly fun.

19 Hair and Beauty Resolutions for 2019

Woman making her Hair and Beauty Resolutions for 2019

Avoiding ponytails and mascara on lower lashes are two of the hair and beauty pledges stylish Brits should make for 2019, according to experts. Researchers from online retailer Hairtrade.com have revealed 19 New Year’s resolutions to help beauty conscious Brits up their game over the next twelve months.

Their guidelines to adopt also include applying foundation before concealer to avoid dilution over trouble spots, getting suitably smart at meal times and taking a range of extra precautions for holiday hair.

A spokesman for Hairtrade.com said: “January 2019 can be a fresh start for hair and beauty regimes.

The ready-made Insta-worthy Confetti Bar

The ready-made Insta-worthy Confetti Bar

Your wedding day is the best day of your life, and in the age of Instagram, making sure every little detail is just right and exactly how you imagined helps to make your day perfect. As a little helping hand, Shropshire Petals have just launched their new Confetti Bar package, the ideal ready-made confetti bundle for you to create a beautiful, Insta-worthy confetti bar.

Confetti Bars are a popular choice for 2019 as they create a focal point for your guests, which get them fully involved with your confetti moment. The Confetti Bar is ideal to place inside or outside your venue ready for guests to create their own confetti cocktail, ready to shower you with to celebrate your newly married status.

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!  

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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.