A Wedding favour is a token gift that newlyweds present to their guests as a small thank-you for attending their special day. Traditionally, guests were offered 5 sugared-almonds to represent the 5 pillars of marriage: Health, Wealth, Happiness, Fertility and a Long Life. Modern weddings bypass this tradition, and we see more creative offerings – everything from little knick-knacks that form part of the table décor, to pre-party aperitifs, that help kick start the celebrations.
A bridesmaid’s duty is to stop her bestie from going full bridezilla, yet bridal parties are consumed by drama far too often! As the summer wedding season kicks off, group travel experts Red7 reveals the top five tips from the 2018 cohort of Britain’s Best Bridesmaid competition winners.
1. Brides love surprises - make her feel special.
Britain’s Best Bridesmaid winner, Nicole Hutton, surprised her bride by secretly arranging for friends and family to meet her in Las Vegas. Bride Elizabeth Upward says: “When I arrived in Vegas she was waiting at the airport with a limousine and champagne!”
The Queen of spring florals is set to reign at the wedding of the year this May. As suspense builds across the nation for Prince Harry to marry his bride-to-be Meghan Markle, the countdown to the royal wedding is officially on. All eyes will be looking to Windsor on Saturday 19th May as each eagerly awaited detail of the wedding of the year unfolds.
With the official florist for the big day recently revealed as London-based Philippa Craddock, Dobbies Garden Centres has provided a preview of the beautiful blooms tipped to take centre stage this spring.
Join Rothay Manor Hotel on the 20th of May 2018 for your chance to look around the hotel’s idyllic setting and check out the very best local suppliers.
Nestled in the heart of the Lake District, Rothay Manor is an elegant retreat. Set amidst mature gardens, it’s the perfect venue for intimate weddings. The hotel itself is just a short stroll from Lake Windermere and River Rothay.
The London Helicopter and Shangri-La Hotel, At The Shard, London have unveiled the ultimate proposal package set to leave any couple on cloud nine.
An experience designed to excite and delight at every turn, the proposer has the opportunity to pop the question at 1000ft overlooking the city’s spectacular skyline, then afterwards sweep a loved one off their feet in a luxurious suite at Shangri-La Hotel, At The Shard, London.
Hanbury Manor Marriott Hotel & Country Club is an impressive 17th century country retreat set in 200 acres of Hertfordshire parkland with a Jack Nicklaus II designed golf course, well-appointed spa and highly-regarded restaurants. Hanbury Manor has furthered its position as one of the UK’s most inspirational wedding venues following an extensive £1.7m refurbishment and development of its event spaces by internationally renowned Lucid Interior Design. The fabulous results were revealed on 5 April 2018.
When it comes to Wedding planning, it’s hard to know before you start the preparations just how much it’s going to cost everyone involved. From the in-laws and the bride and groom to that particularly devoted best friend/maid of honour. With Circle, it becomes easier to pay everyone back by requesting and sending money through their Groups feature and adding a note or gif to accompany it. This can help especially with hen and stag costs.
Organising the Hen and Stag nights out, can be very tricky, in fact - social payments app, Circle, has found that when it comes to hen and stag dos - a huge amount of organisers are left out of pocket following the celebrations.
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.
The best wedding bar ideas from Guide to Brides
A Vintage Tub
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!
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
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.
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.
Top tips for planning a vegan wedding
Finding the right venue
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.
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 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 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.
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 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.
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.
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.