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Celebrating in style at Crabwall Manor

Crabwall Manor

Vows & Venues' managing editor Emma Hatherall took a trip to historic Chester for a relaxing spa weekend in a romantic setting…

Crabwall Manor is located a short taxi ride from the historic city of Chester and has a lot to offer whether you're looking for a wedding venue, a hen do or even just a chilled out spa weekend. Set in Mollington, it’s a stone's throw from all that Chester has to offer – the shopping, the horse racing, the history – Crabwall Manor still has that lovely country house feel to it. I took my Mum for an overnight spa break and we loved it

Inviting children to a wedding – Double Tree Sheffield have it covered!

Double Tree Sheffield

Children can really make a wedding very special.   Whether it’s the couple getting married who have children that will feature in the day, or family and friends who want to bring along their kiddies, having children around can really add to the atmosphere of the wedding.  

But, if you are inviting children, it’s important to ensure that they are catered for and looked after during the day. Invest in planning something for them now will ensure parents and children both have a great time!  Our team are experts in organising weddings that include children, and here’s our top tips to help keep children of all ages, amused and entertained all day!

Planning a wedding on a budget in 2017

Diane Normile, wedding coordinator at Liverpool Marriott Hotel

Diane Normile, wedding coordinator at Liverpool Marriott Hotel, has more than 15 years’ experience in the industry and has managed more than 500 weddings. Here, she predicts trends for 2017 and offers her top tips for planning the perfect big day.

“The planning stage of a wedding has shifted from a typical two years in advance of the big day to as little as two months, and there are an increasingly number of couples who would rather opt for a low-key, intimate wedding with only their immediate family and friends. These days, people simply have other financial priorities, so there’s been a shift towards more bespoke ceremonies that are easier on the budget. 


Wedding Fair, Colwall Park Hotel, Worcester

Wedding Fair, Colwall Park Hotel,Worcester

Wedding Fair, Colwall Park Hotel, Malvern, Worcester, WR13 6QG

On Sunday  26th February 2017, 11am til 3pm

This is a lovely venue and a sought after wedding for weddings.

Free Entry, Free Parking, Free Luxury Goody Bag with Free Makeup Items

Free Glass of Champagne on Arrival, Free Entry into a Free Prize Draw to win 200 Pounds

Pre Register for our event  sparklingdayevents@gmail.com, Our website sparklingdayevents.com


Social Media Etiquette (Infographic)

Social Media Etiquette (Infographic)

It’s a modern day problem to an age old traditional day: social media and whether to allow it on your wedding day. With smartphones being ubiquitous in our world today, social media is simply very much part of many people’s daily lives and a wedding day is just another moment to share. 

Many couples have no issue whatsoever with this and might not even contemplate it in the lead up to their wedding while others discuss it and decide on whether to ban it or allow it. It’s not uncommon to attend a wedding to find a sign at the door asking you to refrain from posting photos to social media; of course there’s the opposite also where you’ll see a sign asking you to post to a specific hashtag! 

Miraggio Thermal Spa Resort – The Ultimate Honeymoon Destination

Miraggio Thermal Spa Resort, Greece’s largest Thermae Resort with a commitment to wellness

 

A honeymoon is about the beginning of the rest of your lives together - and what better way to celebrate that than on the golden sands of the Mediterranean surrounded by sunshine and blue skies at this year's most extraordinary new hotel.  Opening in just 11 days, next Friday will mark the most highly anticipated opening of the year  when  Miraggio Thermal Spa Resort throws open its doors.  

Sure to become a magnet for luxury honeymooners, Miraggio Thermal Spa Resort is Greece’s largest Thermae Resort with an unwavering commitment to wellness - honouring  the ancient Greek conviction of the healing powers of water.  


Trends for 2016

As a stylist and wedding planner identifying trends is something that’s so important to keep on top of. While it’s always important not to go too over the top with ‘trend over timeless’ and risk your wedding photos looking dated, incorporating new and exciting elements can set you apart as one of the coolest, most creative couples.


End of the White Wedding: Only 1 in 5 couples say I do to tradition

End of the White Wedding: Only 1 in 5 couples say I do to tradition

A study conducted by an online voucher code website has found that 44% of couples do not want to have a traditional ‘white wedding*’ with just 20% wanting one.

In addition only one in three people in England and Wales have a religious ceremony**. So we ask; are we seeing the end of traditional weddings?

Are we seeing an end to the traditional White Wedding in the UK? According to research, just 1 in 5 couples want to have a formal wedding, something that is traditional. In addition 30% of couples would rather get married in a hotel compared to just 9% who would opt for a church service.


Things to know about getting married abroad

Things to know about getting married abroad

Pros

It can save pounds - Nuptials abroad are definitely cheaper than weddings in the UK, which approximatly cost around £25,000. By getting wed abroad, couples can have a holiday as well – so the weeks after the big day can be spent in relaxing, warm surroundings.

Low peak bargains- If flexible about wedding date, then brides should consider getting married out of season. This is when villa rates are much lower, to save even more cash and still have a fabulous day. 


RENDEZVOUS LAUNCHES SUMMER ACTIVITIES PROGRAMME TO CELEBRATE ITS 50TH ANNIVERSARY

RENDEZVOUS LAUNCHES SUMMER ACTIVITIES PROGRAMME TO CELEBRATE ITS 50TH ANNIVERSARY

 

To celebrate its 50th anniversary, Rendezvous has launched a new initiative, ‘Summer Tryst’, to encourage couples to reconnect and spend more quality time together.

Located on the North West of the Caribbean island of St. Lucia, Rendezvous is an idyllic, all-inclusive Caribbean hideaway. The couples-only luxury resort offers an escape from everyday life, so that couples can enjoy new memories together. Rendezvous is owned and operated by the Barnard family who transformed their St. Lucian family home into a hotel 50 years ago.

The Best Western Cresta Court Hotel, Altrincham making the most of your wedding budget

PAUL HINDLEY, GENERAL MANAGER OF THE BEST WESTERN CRESTA COURT HOTEL:

One of the most difficult parts to a wedding can be monitoring the budget.  With the average budget often overstepping the £20,000 mark and a wealth of amazing wedding choices to make, it can be difficult to know where you can save money in your budget - whilst still getting the dream style you want for your big day. We work with bridal parties of all sizes and budgets, and have learnt a thing or two about saving them money where nobody will notice, whilst investing the money where it really counts.

The Barton Grant Hotel going Al Fresco

DANIEL RICH, GENERAL MANAGER OF THE BARTON GRANGE HOTEL:

“As the summer approaches the thoughts of bridal parties often turn to the advantages of going Al Fresco for their wedding, and the extra special touch it can add to a wedding.  There’s lots of different ways you can incorporate ‘Al Fresco’ into your special day. Whether it’s going the whole way and holding the entire day outside or just adding a few special touches, it’s something that can be easily catered for.

Colwall Park Hotel, Worcester, 26th February 2017, 11am til 3pm

Colwall Park Hotel, Worcester, 26th February 2017, 11am til 3pm

Wedding Fair, Colwall Park Hotel, Malvern, Worcester, WR13 6QG. On Sunday  26th February 2017, 11am til 3pm

This is a lovely venue and a sought after wedding for weddings. Free Entry, Free Parking, Free Luxury Goody Bag with Free Makeup Items

Free Glass of Champagne on Arrival, Free Entry into a Free Prize Draw to win 200 Pounds

Pre Register for our event  sparklingdayevents@gmail.com


A wedding blessing overlooking one of the world’s most beautiful sunsets

Pool at the Alantur Hotel, Turkey to delight all members of your wedding party

A wedding blessing overlooking one of the world’s most beautiful sunsets along the Turkish Turquoise Coast, a long stretch of wide-sanded beach bedecked with roses and lanterns on which to say your ‘I Do’s ‘, Alanya’s loveliest hotel, the newly refurbished Alantur Hotel is sure to delight all members of your wedding party.  

Nestled elegantly on a wide swath of inviting beach fronting the deep blues of the Mediterranean Sea in the shadow the majestic Taurus mountains, this modern resort,  just steps from the water, is in an ideal location.  Set within a naturally rich botanical garden, Alantur Hotel is an oasis of calm and beauty -and the perfect starting point of the rest of your lives.

HONEYMOON HIDEAWAY HEAVEN

Newlyweds looking for a touch of class will find a honeymoon hideaway heaven at Falcon Manor, a country house-style, boutique hotel in the glorious Yorkshire Dales.

Said hotel marketing manager Heidi Kettle: “UK honeymoons are really popular for 2016 as couples welcome the high standards and beautiful landscapes our country has to offer. There are also so many outdoor activities to be found in the British Isles which appeal to couples looking to make the most of their first holiday as Mr and Mrs.

“And the Yorkshire Dales offers all the splendour of areas like its honeypot neighbour, the Lake District, without the crowds.”