Jilted by your venue and wondering what to do?

Jilted by your venue and wondering what to do?

Expert Dan Gill, founder of high-end hospitality and event management company Dine, offers his advice. 

With yet another couple’s wedding day almost ruined this week by their venue going bust just 48 hours before their big day, venues closing down leaving couples high and dry have been much in the news again.

Adam Sanders and Amanda Mularczyk planned well ahead and booked their venue for 200 guests more than two years ago but this didn’t protect them from being jilted at the last minute by their Swindon venue.

So how do you protect yourself against not only this financial loss, but the stress incurred?

Weddings at Hoghton Tower

Hoghton Tower wedding venue Lancashire

Imagine travelling up the long enchanting driveway on your special day and arriving to celebrate at the breathe-taking manor house, Hoghton Tower. Visited by the likes of King James I, William Shakespeare and Charles Dickens, it offers a perfect balance between Romance and Lancastrian Heritage. Making the picturesque elegance of 16th century Hoghton Tower, the ideal venue for you to take your first steps into marriage as well as history.

Being the ancestral home of the de Hoghton family, it allows you exclusive hire of the impressive manor house and remarkable grounds and a chance to experience your big day in a relaxed, romantic atmosphere.

The Crystal Diva collection luxury eyewear

Crystal Diva

Are you a bride who dreams of wearing glasses on the big day? Are you worried they’re just not special enough to sparkle alongside your dream wedding dress?

The Crystal Diva collection, from luxury eyewear brand Silhouette, is the perfect accessory for brides who want to wear their glasses with pride on their big day. These beautiful rimless frames are like a piece of stunning jewellery for the face, ensuring that the bride’s eyes aren’t obscured on the happiest day of her life, and the breath-taking crystal detail will make sure all eyes are on her!

Choosing the right wedding lingerie for your dress

Rosa Faia Lace Rose - choosing-the-right-wedding-lingerie-for-your-dress

Buying lingerie for your wedding day can be quite a challenge for a number of reasons so we havewritten some quick tips to help you consider the different options and choose the right style for your dress. Don’t be tempted to buy your lingerie before you have chosen your dress as you may find that its totally unsuitable and have to start over!

First of all you need to consider the fabric of your dress and whether the lingerie will show through. If your dress is made from a sheer smooth fabric then you will need to choose smooth lingerie or it will look uneven and spoil the line.

What do you do with your wedding dress after your big day?

Your big day has come and gone and your beautiful wedding dress did you proud! So what do you do now that the dress you have dreamed of wearing all of your life has served its purpose? Venus Bridal, stockists of a vast wedding wear collection, explores what newly-wedded ladies can do with their fabulous wedding gown now that the wedding is over.

Keep the dress as a cherished wedding memento



A three course meal packed with aphrodisiac to get you in the mood and some top romantic tips.

On Valentine’s Day, it can often be tricky to decide on the perfect thing to do. This year, top chef Keith Goddard is sharing his insider secrets on his expert tips to prepare a seamless romantic dinner at home.

Valentine’s Day is about adding a personalised touch to the evening, from serving your partner’s favourite drink to preparing a dish using their favourite chocolate. You don’t want to spend all of your evening in the kitchen so, the number one piece of advice is to keep it simple and let the special ingredients speak for themselves.



For the last 100 years, Cadbury Milk Tray has been the perfect thoughtful gift to show your love on Valentine's day.

The iconic box is bursting with tempting flavours, from the old classics of Hazelnut Swirl and Perfect Praline, to future favourites Apple Crunch and Salted Caramel Charm. From the second the much-loved purple box is opened to the last delicious bite, Cadbury Milk Tray is sure to delight the special person in your life. Whether it’s the perfect way to say ‘I love you’ or just a token of your appreciation on this special day, make Cadbury Milk Tray your go-to gift this Valentine’s Day.

Nina Blakemore to join the Experts Theatre at The National Wedding Show Manchester Central this weekend

Nina Blakemore


The National Wedding Show is proud to welcome plus size model and TV Presenter Nina Blakemore to Manchester Central this weekend (24-25 October) where she will be joining the Experts Theatre, offering top tips and advice during her body confidence workshops.

Challenging the size zero, Nina has previously made several TV appearances on This Morning, BBC and Channel 4’s How to Look Good Naked with Gok Wan. Nina is proud of her curves and a renowned body confidence Ambassador for all Women, whatever their shape and size and is living proof that you don’t have to be a size zero to be gorgeous!