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The True Cost of Being a Wedding Guest

Wedding guest

Wedding can be expensive not just for the couple getting married, but also for the wedding guest who will be in attendance (albeit on a far lower scale). Between finding an outfit for the big day, purchasing a wedding gift, booking into accommodation overnight and the travel involved in getting to the venue, not to mention how much you plan to spend on drinks, it can be a pricey celebration. The cost is effectively doubled for anyone attending pre-wedding events such as stag or hen parties.

The Mary Rose in running to be crowned region’s best venue

The mary rose

The events team at the Mary Rose are celebrating after the venue was announced as a finalist in the prestigious Beautiful South Awards, and could be crowned the region's best venue. 

The Mary Rose is in the running to be crowned the top venue in the South East after making it into the final of the Venue and Business Tourism category. The award, run by Tourism South East, highlights outstanding destinations in the region for conferences, business functions, banqueting, and weddings.

best venueThe venue, at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, is one of four finalists in the category.

Two wedding events you need in your diary

Wedding Showcase

Dreaming of your perfect Derbyshire wedding day? Look no further than The Folly to help inspire you for your big day, with 2 wedding events.

This November, The Farmhouse at Mackworth’s event space - The Folly, are hosting two wedding events designed to help you envisage your perfect day; The Wedding Fayre (5th November) and The Wedding Showcase (7th November). Both of these events will feature the stunning work of local suppliers, the most skilled designers and their inspiring decorations and unique themes. With everything from dress designs, colour scheme mood boards, keepsakes and flower arrangements, let the team at The Folly take you on a journey to your picture-perfect day. 

Hawkstone Hall Set To Become One Of The UK's Most Prestigious Wedding Venues

Hawkstone Hall Set To Become One Of The UK's Most Prestigious Wedding Venues

Hawkstone Hall, a magnificent Grade I listed 18th Century mansion, will open in summer 2018. Anticipation is building ahead of its launch, as the venue is set to become one of the most sought after wedding venues in the UK.

 

The country estate has been purchased by The Distinctly Hospitable Group, making them the fourth owner in the property’s 550 year history. A sympathetic refurbishment is currently being planned to breathe new life into the spectacular Georgian property.

 

Award winning North East Hotel undergoes £250K refurbishment

Great Hall Main room

The award-winning Northumberland Hotel, Matfen Hall hotel, golf and spa, has announced a £250,000 refurbishment of its wedding spaces as part of the next chapter in its history.

The significant investment will transform the rooms in the East Wing including the Great Hall, Terrace Room and Sir Edward’s Bar, to create luxurious surroundings highlighting the original features of this historic venue.

Maften Hall have employed North East interior designers and architects, Space ID, to manage the project due to their shared aesthetic vision and proven track record with other leading UK hotels.

The new designs couple the impressive, historic features of the hotel with luxurious, modern features to create a romantic and sumptuous atmosphere.

To ring or not to ring? The new engagement trends of the UK

to ring or not to ring

- Just under 17 million Brits proposed or were proposed to in the last year, but only attained the ring after the proposal

- Nearly 2 in 5 (37%) Brits picked their own engagement ring

- The average cost engaged Brits spent/will spend on an engagement ring is almost £1,650.00

With wedding season coming to an end along with the warm summer evenings, the attention of the nation turns to hot chocolates, snow covered hills and glittering baubles. Being such a magical time of year, it comes as no surprise that Christmas is statistically the most popular time of year in which to get engaged.  

Elmore Court Switches to Vero Drinking Water

Elmore Court - Exterior

One of the most popular wedding venues in the South-West, Elmore Court in The Cotswolds, have joined MGM Resorts International and Ritz Carlton Hotels and Resorts to become the next hotel to invest in an on-site purifying drinking water system.

Elmore Court - ExteriorThe venue, which can be hired out for exclusive wedding use, has invested in a Vero Water system as part as their phase two development, serving quality water in reusable bottles, saving money for both their guests and themselves, whilst also being eco-conscious instead of wasteful and unsustainable.

Planning the proposal of their dreams

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Planning a proposal can feel like a lot of pressure, particularly when it comes to choosing the engagement ring. However, a recent survey conducted by ROX Diamonds & Thrills and Confetti found the majority of brides are happy with the ring they receive, with over 75% of respondents believing their partner knew their jewellery tastes really well.  This leaves almost a quarter of those surveyed wishing their partner had asked for a little help when choosing their ring.

‘I will always love you’ is the nation’s favourite first dance song

Always love you

- Dancewear Central has found Whitney Houston’s version of ‘I will always love you’ is the nation’s favourite first dance song

- Ed Sheeran’s ‘Thinking Out Loud’ and the Dirty Dancing theme ‘Time of My life’ were also in the top three

The rise of the choreographed first dance

Weddings have gradually become more and more expensive, with the average wedding in Britain costing £27,000 in 2017, up from £21,000 in 2008.

How to beat wedding planning stress

wedding stress

Sitting up until the small hours working on the table plan, sticking 200 little pink bows to your order of service on a Sunday afternoon and wrangling with caterers before you’ve even made it into the office. Feeling stressed yet? The fact is that even wonderful and positive life events like getting married can cause stress. But stress doesn’t have to be bad. It’s our body’s natural way of readying us for the challenge ahead (that’s planning a wedding by the way not marriage!). If you let stress slide too far it can become chronic. Here are some ideas for beating wedding stress.

Make stress work