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Shop local also applies to weddings, so research says

Shop local also applies to weddings, so research says

Weddings this year have been all about ‘keeping it local’ according to research from wedding planning website www.engageweddings.co.uk.

The founder of the popular online wedding resource Becca Pountney says that following research among 500 brides, just under three-quarters (62 per cent) said that they have preferred wedding planning with local suppliers as opposed to those further afield for three key reasons. 

Firstly, they like the fact that suppliers are easy to reach, secondly they are often more cost effective and finally, word of mouth recommendation is often done locally through friends or via local Facebook groups.

Weddings worthy of a photo finish at racecourse

Weddings worthy of a photo finish 

Newbury Racecourse launches new packages for the big day

Couples are set to race down the aisle after Newbury Racecourse announced a new range of wedding packages.

The historic venue in Berkshire has been hosting horse races since 1905 – but will now see happy couples heading down the home straight too.

The launch comes in response to recent trends from wedding couples seeking less traditional venues.

Gemma Williams, Weddings Executive at Newbury Racecourse commented: “We’ve seen a real uptake in requests for unique weddings and in some cases specifically equestrian-themed events. We’re proud to now cater for both through our new wedding packages.”

£1m Venue Deal Swings Into Action For Specialist Caterer

£1m Venue Deal Swings Into Action For Specialist Caterer

Specialist Indian caterer, Itihaas, is celebrating signing a three-year deal with Forest of Arden Marriott Hotel & Country Club. Expected to be worth over £1 million, the contract is the first of its kind and sees Itihaas become the Warwickshire venue’s exclusive Indian caterer.  

Set to generate over £300,000 per year, the partnership will allow a more streamlined approach to specialist events at Forest of Arden Marriott Hotel & Country Club; from corporate events through to large scale wedding celebrations. Having historically worked with multiple suppliers, this is the first time the venue has signed exclusively with one Indian caterer.  

How to bring Autumn into your wedding

How to bring Autumn into your wedding

Whilst autumn is not traditionally as popular as spring or summer for a wedding, it is becoming increasingly more in demand. For couples marrying in Britain, autumn is the perfect season to tie the knot. Wedding inspiration is never scarce as nature begins to showcase a scenic array of bright yellows, deep reds and vibrant oranges. For both traditional and more contemporary weddings, adding colour brings something special to the overall feel of the celebration. 

What is a wedding celebrant? A bride’s guide!

A celebrant wedding on a lake

Deciding who is going to perform your wedding ceremony is one of the first steps in the planning process, but with a multitude of options, deciding who will help you say I’ do’ is a decision in itself.

Jennifer Constant, founder of The Celebrant Directory a new website listing celebrants across the globe, has created a bride’s guide to answer the most common questions couples, and their families have.

What’s in a name?

Celebrants, Priests, Registrars and Humanists – the choice of who performs your ceremony is a big one, and understanding the similarities, differences and possibilities of each is key to making a decision both of you, and your families are happy with

What’s the difference between a Celebrant and a Priest?

THE £1,000 WAY TO SAY I DO WITH ALOFT LIVERPOOL

The Aloft Liverpool Hotel

A LIVERPOOL based hotel, The Aloft Liverpool Hotel, is offering couples the perfect intimate wedding package to celebrate their big day with their nearest and dearest.

The Aloft Liverpool Hotel, part of the Marriot Hotel chain, has created the bespoke package, which allows couples to host their special day within the heart of the city for only £1,000.

The wedding package is the perfect opportunity to allow couples to focus on enjoying their big day in a beautiful setting, without worrying about their finances and spiralling costs.

The £1,000 Way to Say I Do package is based on 25 guests and includes: The Aloft Liverpool Hotel

Hotels.com reveals rising 'stagflation' with brits spending £988 on hen & stag dos abroad

Hotels.com reveals rising 'stagflation' with brits spending £988 on hen & stag dos abroad

The ‘Spend’ do: UK travellers spend £434 on average for staycation stag or hens but a stag-gering £998 per person if they go abroad

47% of 18-45s find stags and hens boring because of the predictable itineraries and 49% would prefer to head off the beaten track

Hotels.com has teamed up with engaged Love Island favourites Alex Bowen and Olivia Buckland to share their top tips for planning the ultimate stag and hen [include local market expert for other markets]

64Facets Is Bringing Beauty To London From Every Angle

64Facets Is Bringing Beauty To London From Every Angle

After their initial success in the US, 64Facets is proud to announce the launch of their versatile diamond jewellery line in London, designed for the modern woman.

64Facets has combined delicate creativity with multigenerational craft to perfectly encapsulate the wants and needs of today’s modern woman. They do so by transforming beautiful, sustainably sourced rough diamonds into versatile, honestly priced pieces of jewellery.

Launching the business from June 2018 in the UK, 64Facets is proud to bring their uncompromising high-quality and modern collections to London.  

Traditions are overlooked as modern brides go for contemporary elegance at The Chester Hotel​

Traditions are overlooked as modern brides go for contemporary elegance at The Chester Hotel​

Exchange vows, line up and meet your guests, sit down to a three-course meal, cut the cake and have the first dance. Traditional weddings tend to run like clockwork – but what if you’re a modern bride who wants to break all the rules?

While our parents’ generation may have spent hours pouring over stationery books and pondering cream of tomato soup over prawn cocktail, in 2018 DIY brides are making their own invitations and serving up street food.

“Wedding traditions still have their place, but many brides now feel that some of them are old hat,” said Ngaire Stanaway, events manager at The Chester Hotel in Aberdeen. “In the past, weddings were pretty much identical – each one would follow the same format and most venues would offer very similar packages.

Don't delay your wedding day – Save up to 15% on weddings at Crabwall Manor Hotel & Spa

Don't delay your wedding day – Save up to 15% on weddings at Crabwall Manor Hotel & Spa

Crabwall Manor Hotel & Spa announce an exclusive offer on last-minute weddings, for couples who just cannot wait to get hitched.

The four-star hotel located just outside of Chester, in the Cheshire countryside has introduced a fantastic deal for couples searching for their ideal wedding venue and who wish to get married by January 2019. The ‘For now… Forever’ wedding offer launched on 16th July 2018.

To secure the exclusive discount, couples must register their interest in booking a wedding at Crabwall Manor Hotel & Spa and place a £500 deposit on their chosen wedding date, by the 31st August 2018. The first ten couples will secure a 15% discount on their chosen wedding and thereafter, couples will receive 10% off.