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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.

The Engine Shed a truly unique venue

The Engine Shed

The Engine Shed is based in the heart of picturesque Wetherby and began its life as a goods shed on the Harrogate to Church Fenton railway line. Now a Grade II listed building, The Engine Shed has been superbly renovated to create a truly unique venue.

The Engine Shed Wetherby is a family-run business and is renowned for its friendly service. Your wedding day is only limited by your own creativity and imagination, so let us be a part of the wedding of your dreams.

The Engine Shed is licensed to hold Civil Ceremonies, offering a unique alternative to the Registry Office. Our wedding co-ordinator can provide advice on timings and seating layouts

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Princess inspired Flower Girl Wands

Shropshire Flower Girls wands

Having flower girls on your wedding day is the perfect way to include younger members of your family or close friends and give them a sense of importance on your big day. Traditionally, the significance of having a flower girl was to lead the bride forward and symbolise the innocence fading away, bringing her role as a wife and mother forward. These days, flower girls tend to carry cute wicker baskets scattering natural petal confetti as they proceed down the aisle before the bride enters. If you’re looking for something different, Shropshire Petals have just launched their brand-new range of adorable Flower Girl Wands. Make your flower girls feel like magical princesses as they carry their wands and hold them during your ceremony.

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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Manchester's first planning and styling team launches today... The Urban Wedding Company

The Urban Wedding company

Today is an exciting day after 7 months of hard work and exciting meetings we officially Launch Manchester’s first Planning and Styling team The Urban Wedding Company.

We are Wedding Planner Michelle Healey of Michelle Amy Weddings and Venue Stylist Zoey O’Brien of Bespoke events & Styling. After running our own successful businesses we decided to come together to offer style conscious couples the perfect balance of planning and styling Urban, Industrial weddings across the North West of England.

We came together to combine our skills and expertise, on a mission to provide couples a complete wedding service. We don’t want couples to face the difficult choice of prioritising a design led wedding, or a meticulously planned day.

Cruises Make A Perfect Wedding Venue

Cruises Make A Perfect Wedding Venue

“There are a number of very good reasons why a cruise makes a perfect wedding venue. Many cruises 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 in a beautiful location without the immense hassle of wedding planning. A cruise wedding can also prove a cost-effective option, with prices starting from as little as £1,010, on top of the cost of the cruise.  In addition, family and friends can join you for just the ceremony, or the full cruise – so it makes an interesting experience for everyone.

“For anyone looking for a cruise wedding, there are a variety of ceremony options and price points. Here are four of some of the best:

Which perfect wedding Venue Will You Fall For?

Married couple laughing

Brides and grooms-to-be are invited to a unique two-in-one open day to help them fall for the perfect wedding venue.

Set in the heart of the North York Moors, Helmsley is an idyllic wedding location – and couples can now look around two places to tie the knot in one afternoon. 

The Black Swan and its sister venue The Feversham Arms Hotel and Verbena Spa are hosting joint wedding events throughout the year – with experts on hand to talk prospective wedding parties through the distinctive benefits of both.

The New Grooms Wear Trends SS18

Grooms wear trends

Once again, summer wedding season is almost upon us. Beyond the extravagant flowers, intricate table settings and breath-taking venues, we are taking a look at wedding fashion. More specifically, we’re looking at grooms fashion and one grooms wear trends in particular that is ready to make a splash for SS18.

Traditionally, the black tuxedo has been the go-to option for grooms. With it’s no fuss simplicity, slimming silhouette and classic approach, it almost seems a no-brainer. However, as men’s fashion evolves, alternative possibilities are starting to become a lot more accessible in the modern market.

5 simple grooming tips for bridegrooms

Stuart Miles

Grooming for the big day is so important to look healthy, handsome and your best. For the same reason that grooms are proud to see their stunning bride walk down the aisle, often a bride may want the groom to have put the effort in and not just with his clothing. The wedding day photos will be with you forever and grooming has never been more important. Vows and Venues spoke with Stuart Miles the UK's leading anti-ageing expert and founder of MilesYounger.com  to get his top tips for bridegrooms to look their best, not just during the ceremony, but all day.

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! 

Bubble is expanding with the Launch of Bubble Weddings

Bubble wedding launch

Bubble, the leading luxurious catering and events company is delighted to be expanding with the launch of Bubble Weddings. Having developed a reputation for hosting a series of weddings for an A list clientele, Bubble has been the secret ingredient for some of the most talked about weddings within the UK’s most stunning locations. Bubble Weddings is the bespoke, personal and luxurious haute couture of catering for all types of weddings and civil partnerships. Whether traditional or uniquely themed, every exquisite detail is beautifully presented. 

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.

One of the country's most magical wedding venues in Northumberland

Alnwick Wedding

Planning a special occasion next year or the year after?  Magical Alnwick Castle is one of the country’s most romantic and magical wedding venues.

With three enchanting venues to choose from here, endless wedding styles are possible and no two celebrations are ever the same. From a magnificent, traditional marriage in the Castle, or a fun, Harry Potter themed wedding complete with broomsticks, to an exquisite ceremony within the old, atmospheric Hulne Abbey, or an intimate celebration at Friars Well – the choice is yours. 

Throw An Instagram Worthy Hen Party!

hen night hamper

For the bride who favours classy over crass, and loves sharing their wedding journey on social media, The Hen Party Hamper from Team Hen contains everything you need to throw an unforgettable night, that’ll leave you with stylish Instagram worthy hen party photos to remember.

The hamper contains enough for 5 guests including the Bride to Be, but can be made for up to 20 people.

From £45 for 5 people - £165 for 20 people.

Available to buy exclusively online at: www.teamhen.co.uk

Mayor Opens New Hampshire Outdoor Wedding Venue

New Hampshire outdoor wedding venue

Historic country house hotel, Audleys Wood Hotel in Basingstoke, launched its new outdoor wedding venue on Sunday 25th February, with the Mayor of Basingstoke and Deane, Cllr Paul Frankum, marking the official opening.

The official ceremony took place at 1.30pm with Cllr Frankum joining the hotel’s Deputy General Manager William Robertson (pictured) and his team to cut the ribbon on Audleys Wood’s brand new Gazebo.  The beautifully-finished, hand-built wooden Gazebo is located within the hotel’s picturesque estate just a few steps from the classic Victorian mansion house and the contemporary Garden Pavilion and is now one of only a handful of luxury wedding venues in Hampshire to be fully-licenced for outdoor civil ceremonies and partnerships.

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