2018 wedding trends you need to know

Alicia Kulinska wedding coordinator

If 2018 is the year you plan to tie the knot, you’ve probably got some idea about the type of wedding you want, and as you plan your big day, you have an opportunity to take inspiration from the latest trends, that's why Vows and Venues has spoken with Alicja Kulinska, Wedding Coordinator at The Majestic Hotel, Harrogate, part of The Cairn Collection to get you her 2018 wedding trends.

Alicja Kulinska, has more than fifteen years of experience in hospitality and events. She has helped to organise small, low-key receptions, as well as large-scale, lavish Asian celebrations.

Wedding loans have dropped in 2017

Married couple

Personal finance experts reveal that the amount of money Brits borrowed for weddings plummeted in 2017. With royal nuptials on the horizon, the personal finance experts at moneyguru.com have revealed that the amount of wedding loans taken out  has plummeted over the past twelve months.

Moneyguru.com has found that couples borrowed over £18,000 on average towards their wedding in 2016 but in 2017 this dropped to just under £15,500.

Tapenade’s big wedding food trends for 2018

Wedding food table

John Hearn, executive head chef at Tapenade, one of the UK’s top caterers, talks Vows and Venues through this year’s biggest wedding food trends.


The biggest wedding food trends of 2018


Gourmet comfort food
Couples want to serve guests foods they’ll love so it’s no surprise that we’re seeing more people swap a la carte in favour of classic comfort foods made with gourmet ingredients. We created a  truffle mac ‘n’ cheese for one recent wedding and served an indulgent game pie and mash at another. 

Wedding food trends 2018Food trucks

Pug Or Partner: Is He The One?

Man playing with pug on rug

Being in a relationship isn’t always easy, and there are many decisions to be made along the way to ensure you’re both happy and on the same path through life. One of the most important questions a person in a relationship may need to ask at some point is ‘ is he the one ’, or ‘is she the one’. This kind of decision can’t be taken lightly. After all, marriage is a lifetime commitment.

Is he the one or should you get a pug?

Given Britain’s affinity for dogs, perhaps a good litmus test for finding out if an eternity with your current partner is meant to be, is a comparison against man’s best friend. And what better breed than the loyal, adorable, googly-eyed pug?

Wedding Inspiration for the creative bride with Magpie Wedding

Wedding menu

By Kate Beavis. Are you wanting a wedding with a difference? Something a little more creative than the normal traditional day, with an injection of boho, vintage, festival or indeed anything a bit different? There is so much wedding inspiration out there for you, from Pinterest and Instagram, to magazines and blogs, but what about going along to a wedding fair, to touch and feel the products and speak to the talented suppliers who can help you create your perfect vision?

Top tips for mind-blowing wedding entertainment

Wedding entertainment duo

At a time of the year when many couples are celebrating getting engaged over Christmas, or planning proposals for Valentine’s Day, two Leicestershire businessmen are guaranteeing your dancefloors will be full. The guys behind Your Wedding Entertainment have put together their top tips for mind-blowing wedding entertainment.

Firstly couples should ensure that they avoid the That’ll Do approach when it comes to wedding entertainment. It shouldn’t just be a DJ in the corner or a band going through the motions - this is what people will remember from your wedding, make sure your guests go home with smiles.

A unique wedding location for your special day

Couple at roller disco

As more and more people search for a unique wedding location for their special day, Dreamland Margate - Britain’s vintage amusement park by the beach, is celebrating Valentine’s Day by launching a brand-new wedding offering. 

The multi-faceted cultural attraction had a complete design revamp in May 2017, which saw the amusement park totally re-landscaped. With a multitude of stylish and alternative venues available and carefully designed food and beverage menus, Dreamland provides an entirely bespoke experience for brides, grooms and their guests, and brings all fun of the fair - with a twist!

Brits are hoping for a Valentine's day proposal

Valentine's day proposal

More than 1.8 million Brits are hoping their partner will get down on one knee to propose on Valentine's day , as revealed by new research from jewellery insurance provider Protect Your Bubble.

Although an overwhelming 72% of Brits agree that Valentine’s Day has become far too commercial, this certainly hasn’t stopped them from reaching into their pocket for cards and pricey gifts. 

Use semi permanent makeup for your big day

Samantha Trace treatment room

By Browologist and Semi Permanent MakeUp Expert - Samantha Trace. Your wedding day is one of the most important day's of your life. One that you dream about growing up knowing that when your special day came, you would want to feel your most beautiful.

From the dress, to the hair and make up and the shoes that glide you down the aisle, everything is perfectly chosen and part of that magical feeling.  That also goes for your eyebrows!

Top 5 unique wedding cars

Unique wedding cars

A wedding is a special event that you’ll remember for years to come, but it takes a lot of effort to overshadow it with just your wedding cars! For every reasonable, fancy car, there’s something more downright insane waiting just around the corner that you could turn into a bizarre – yet memorable – choice of transport.


Top five unique wedding cars

Unique wedding carsA VW Microbus

The National Wedding Show at Olympia London

Wedding dresses at wedding show

The National Wedding Show, which takes over Olympia London from 16th – 18th February 2018, will feature over 300 of the best experts, planners and brands the world of weddings has to offer, including Ted Baker, Confetti.co.uk, Debenhams, David’s Bridal, Lavenders of London, Coo Jewellers, Ascot Cars and Turquoise Holidays alongside many more.

The biggest name in wedding events offers every bride and groom much needed inspiration, advice and planning tips for their big day, all in one place. Show-stopping favourites will run alongside brand new features over three days, during which guests will have the chance to imagine the reality of their own wedding day.  

The Best Disney Couples Of All Time

the best Disney Couples

The romance in Disney movies is so heart-warming and there are few better things to make us feel happy on the inside. Disney couples don’t often face the problems we face in real life and their love just seems to always work out! If only we all had it that easy. This infographic from Valentina Fine Diamonds looks at some of the most wonderful Disney couples and looks at how they first met in the movies.

New Festival Wedding Package launched

Girls sat in glamping tent at wedding

The wedding industry in the UK has seen an increase in demand for a festival wedding. Celebrities such as Jade Jagger, Kate Moss, Kate Halfpenny and Lily Allen have lead the way by having festival style weddings with camping and music at the heart of the event.

South Coast Glamping have provided alternative luxury wedding accommodation at such weddings and recently launched a festival wedding package to encompass everything a bohemian bride may need to create a Festival Wedding.

The perfect wedding venue for a musical wedding

Wedding couple

When it came to the most important day of her life Danielle Walsh ensured that everything was planned perfectly and that her wedding would include all the things that she and her partner Richard really loved. The fairy-tale white Georgian Grade II* mansion, Hylands House in Essex was chosen for the wedding venue. Drinks were served in the exquisite red and gold Banqueting Room as well as on the Terrace for the 116 day guests. The party had free rein of the house as the couple wanted everyone to see inside the immaculately restored interior.

I married the man of my dreams 3 times over

Couple at their wedding venue

Few women can say they have married the man of their dreams three times over, but Sarah Horne can.

The story of Sarah and Michael Payen begins in two continents: Sarah in the city of Bainbridge in Georgia, USA; Michael across the pond in Vivienne Westwood’s and Jason Statham’s home county, Derbyshire, England. Growing up with passions in graphic design (Sarah) and music (Michael), the couple’s paths crossed when both chose to pursue their ambitions at Georgia Southern University in the USA.

The benefits of a Training App to get wedding fit

Prime Body app

by Tim Blakey, Personal Trainer & Physiotherapist & founder of PR1MEBODY. Once the wedding planning gets underway, brides begin to find themselves with an increasingly hectic schedule in the lead up to their big day. And more often than not, it's the area they deem to be the most important that suffers the consequences of running out of time... All brides want to look ravishing and feel on top of the world on their wedding day. Adopting and sticking to a fitness and nutritional regime that can ensure they meet their goals can be stressful, time consuming and costly. Here are a few reasons why downloading and using a training app, at the gym or at home, might be a bride's best bet to getting wedding fit.

Remove wedding stress with a wedding planner

Wedding planner sat on navy couch

Country retreat or a city wedding? For some newly-engaged couples, planning a wedding can seem like an exciting task, while hiring a wedding planner is often considered a pricey luxury that only the wealthiest couples can afford.

Whether you haven't got the first clue when it comes to planning your wedding, or you've had everything down to the napkin choice selected since you were seven, wedding planners are actually a very sensible financial investment for any couple about to tie the knot.  

Helen Hopkins, multi-award-winning wedding planner from wwwpuddingbridge.co.uk, reveals some of the most important things to think about ahead of the big day. 

Top 7 tips for choosing the right wedding venue

Bride getting ready in room for wedding

Selecting just the right wedding venue can be a difficult task for newly-engaged couples and finding the best fit for you and your guests is often considered one of the most important parts of the wedding-planning process, as it can make or break the big day.

Danielle Rolfe, who runs Hampshire-based family home www.pentonpark.co.uk understands the importance of venues after hosting more than 60 at the family-owned property, which sits in more than eight acres of grounds. Here, Danielle offers her top tips for selecting the perfect wedding venue, so you can have the dream ceremony you’ve always wanted.