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


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

Marrying amongst the stars made possible as Space & Rock launches

urban wedding London

Marrying amongst the stars made possible as Space & Rock launches to connect truly unique spaces with couples seeking something out of the blue.

Hailed as the ‘Airbnb of the wedding world,’ a new online platform has launched with a mission to connect home, business and land owners with couples seeking a totally unique space for their wedding celebration. Following a successful campaign on the community funding platform Crowdfunder, Space & Rock is set to become the online destination for anyone looking to tie the knot somewhere out of the ordinary, be it an effortlessly cool vintage cinema, high up in a tree top escape or even at a secret lake!

What To Expect From A Muslim Wedding As A Non-Muslim

Muslim Wedding

The United Kingdom is a melting pot where it is highly likely to have friends, family members and colleagues that come from different backgrounds to ourselves. Although it is still a predominantly Christian country (49% of people belong to this religion, according to a 2011 census) 0.5% also identifies themselves as Jewish, 1% as Hindu and a considerable 5% as Muslim.

Techie Weddings and the Future…

Jayne Mountford

Remember when having a dedicated website was the height of wedding sophistication? The idea of having your own space on the web was considered a real luxury. Those days are long gone and the surge in tech friendly ceremonies and receptions has reached an all-time high.

More and more couples are opting for some digital element in their big day. They key is to ensure any tech is adding something to the wedding and is helping people come together in real life, after all you don’t want your tech to be so immersive that people are distracted from the main event!

Whether you’re a bona fide tech-whizz or a complete technophobe looking to try something new, here are a few techie trends to consider adding to your big day.

Aspire Clinic Launches Bespoke Bridal Package

Bridal Package

Aspire, one of Berkshire’s leading aesthetics clinics, has launched a brand new bespoke bridal package aimed at brides-to-be and their bridal parties. The tailor-made package offers brides the full range of non-surgical treatments from skin rejuvenation to permanent fat-reduction in the run-up to their weddings.


The bridal offering comes at a time when, according to research by The British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons, the popularity of cosmetic surgery is on the decrease, whilst demand for non-surgical aesthetic treatments continues to rise steadily. 


Aspire’s Clinic Director, Jenny O’Neill said: