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For many people their wedding day is the biggest day of their lives together. Why not share your experience in Vows And Venues magazine. We’d love to hear from you...

In most cases planning the big day takes months if not years, with so much to think about, from setting the budget, choosing the venue, the dress, flowers, cake and the all important guest list...

It’s an incredibly special experience, gathering all the most important people in your lives together in one wonderful place to help you celebrate the start of your married lives together.

Say ‘I do’ to a wedding on the North Coast 500

North Coast 500

With its rugged landscapes and jaw-dropping vistas, there’s little wonder why the coast of Scotland is heralded as one of the most magical countries in the world. Celebrated for its charm and forward-thinking nature, Scotland is more than just another place on the map, it’s somewhere that holds a special place in hearts across the country. 

And couples looking for a wedding venue like no other are being encouraged to take their love on the road by an award-winning jeweller.

How to get better sleep before your big day

Woman asleep on bed

Sleep: we all need it but, sometimes, we just can’t seem to get enough of it. It affects your long-term health and energy levels, but also has an impact on your physical appearance – probably one of the biggest concerns for brides-to-be before their big day. 

In general, adults need between seven and nine hours of sleep but the exact amount varies from person to person. A good night’s sleep won’t rid you of your problems in the run up to your wedding day, but it can mean that you’re able to deal with difficult or stressful situations more easily. 

Unbridled elegance for your mane event – stable advice for the perfect equestrian wedding

Unbridled elegance for your mane event – stable advice for the perfect equestrian wedding

A horse theme at a wedding can be the perfect way to add a touch of sophistication and personality to the big day. It’s extremely versatile – opt for a race-day dress code, bring a fairy tale to life, honour the tradition of the Baraat, or take your lead from the royal family with a horse drawn carriage! Horse venues, such as racecourses, ranches and barns, have far more personality than hotels and can often cater to larger wedding parties than standard venues. Planning an equestrian wedding might have its hurdles, but it’s a sure-fire way to make your wedding stand out. Here are the top tips from Newbury Racecourse to ensure a perfect horse-themed event! 

Stunning new wedding venue in Bristol with unique views of the Avon Gorge

Stunning new wedding venue in Bristol with unique views of the Avon Gorge

Bristol, 6th September 2018: Bristol is home to a stunning new wedding venue, following  the restoration of the historic Avon Gorge hotel, which has been transformed into the new-look Avon Gorge by Hotel du Vin. 

The iconic Victorian building, which dates back to 1898, has been completely renovated, and now offers two distinct spaces that provide the perfect backdrop for wedding ceremonies, civil partnerships, receptions and celebrations.

Plastic free - the latest eco-friendly wedding trend

Plastic free - the latest eco-friendly wedding trend

It’s been a momentous year for Britain’s young royals, with not one but two weddings taking place. In summer, the world eagerly tuned in to watch Prince Harry exchange vows with Suits actress, Meghan Markle. In Autumn, it will be Princess Eugenie’s turn, as she prepares to say ‘I do’ to her fiancé, Jack Brooksbank.

With less than three months to go until the big day, details of Eugenie and Jack’s wedding are starting to emerge - who the maid of honor is, where it will be held, and most refreshingly of all, that it will be completely plastic free.

Revealed: How much you can expect to pay when attending a wedding this summer

Revealed: How much you can expect to pay when attending a wedding this summer

The parents of the bride and groom will pay out the most, followed by the best man who will spend more than the maid of honour. Attending a wedding is an exciting event to have in your summer calendar however, it can also be quite stressful especially in terms of money but new research has revealed what each party member can expect to be paying.

A bride's parents will still pay the most for their daughter’s wedding, forking out up to 113% more than the parents of the groom, according to the survey conducted by short term loan provider Wonga.

The poll of 1,000 adults that included parents of the bride, parents of the groom, best men, maids of honour, bridesmaids, ushers and wedding guests, looked at who pays the most money to be part of the big day.

Did you know that Brits can have a legally binding wedding outdoors in Central Park, New York?!

Did you know that Brits can have a legally binding wedding outdoors in Central Park, New York?!

For many people, the term “destination wedding” evokes the image of a wedding ceremony taking place on a beach, somewhere sunny. Beach weddings can be very lovely but they don’t suit everyone, so how about bringing a group of your nearest and dearest to an amazing city for a destination wedding?
Most airports in the UK now offer direct flights to New York, and it is an incredible city that truly has something for everyone – history, shopping, food, luxury, and the beautiful spaces of Central Park. Lots of Brits are flying over to New York to get married there. I plan weddings for couples who want to get married in New York’s Central Park. I got married there myself seven years ago, when I was living nearby, and I’ve helped almost 250 couples to get married there since.

Leeming House offers dramatic scenery and choice of entertaining spaces

Leeming House

Hotel review: Macdonald Leeming House, Ullswater, Penrith – by Editor Victoria Galligan

If, like me, you live relatively close to the Lake District but don’t get the chance to visit often, then stop. Drop everything. And go! As we drove up through Cumbria and along the winding roads approaching Ullswater, I was reminded of previous visits filled with pottering around lakesides, visiting tea shops and feasting in country pubs. I also found myself wondering why we don’t visit more often.

Make the next moment in history yours at Cardigan Castle

Make the next moment in history yours at Cardigan Castle

Couples looking to create a personalised wedding in a historic venue can find inspiration for their big day at Cardigan Castle. 

Surrounded by Medieval walls and spanning 900 years of history, Cardigan Castle offers a blend of the old and the new, having recently undergone a £13 million restoration.

Couples can hold their wedding ceremony in the Tower Rooms or in the Cardigan Castle’s on-site restaurant, followed by a drinks reception on the grass or in a pavilion.

Selecting The Right Suppliers

Selecting The Right Suppliers

Finding the right wedding suppliers is the key to your wedding’s success.  Wedding suppliers are the workforce behind your day big day and wrong choices will quite simply ruin it.

You need reputable suppliers that you have an instant connection with, trust and offer you a great package, and here’s my top tips on how to find them...

Word of mouth

Word of mouth is by far the most powerful recommendation – you’ll soon learn from your friends and family of wedding businesses that they know of and have had a great experience with – get in touch with them as a starting point!

Relationship matters

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Win a complete wedding with Rowton Castle worth £12,500!

Rowton Castle, the Shrewsbury based castle wedding venue, is celebrating its 20th anniversary of their current ownership in 2018 and to commemorate the achievement they are giving away a full wedding with all the trimmings worth £12,500!

The #winawedding package includes complete venue hire of Rowton Castle and Gardens, with a selected choice of dates available. The hire will be on an exclusive use basis - whereby the wedding party and guests will have exclusive access to the grounds from midday through to breakfast the following morning.

Cheap Weddings Come With a Carbon Cost

The Green House

Many couples opt for a cheap wedding abroad, especially as the average UK wedding is now said to cost over £25,000 while the average cost of a wedding abroad is more like £7,000. There are more than financial costs to take into account, as more of us become more eco-conscious, many couples also tot up the carbon cost of their weddings. The average wedding costs between 14-62 tonnes of carbon (the average carbon footprint of one person for one year is 14 tonnes).

Flights add the biggest chunk to the carbon cost so think about the location of your wedding if you want to keep your carbon footprint down. Count on Me, a Dorset-based organisation committed to cutting carbon, has worked out the carbon footprint of different wedding destinations:

Looking for an authentic Scottish wedding?

scottish wedding

The Hub is one of Edinburgh’s most eye-catching wedding venues, sitting on the historic Royal Mile with superb views of the Castle and the Old Town. The perfect location for couples looking for an authentic Scottish wedding or unusual venue, The Hub promises a unique experience.

The in-house team offers the best service and is totally flexible, helping couples to create the wedding they want. The Hub works with some of the finest wedding suppliers and the team goes the extra mile to make sure every wedding is different and memorable. 

How to throw the perfect wedding on a budget

WEDDINGS can be the best, but most expensive, celebration of your life and it’s important you get the balance right to ensure you enjoy your big day. 


The cost of UK weddings have reached an all time high, with the average spend coming in at £27,000 and figures in London topping £38,000*. The cost of getting hitched may be increasing year by year, but there are simple ways to tackle money worries in the run up to your nuptials. The personal finance experts are here with some words of wisdom to make sure you’re welling up for all the right reasons. 


Here are five ways to cut down on costs, and still achieve the ultimate fairytale wedding:


1.    The Proposal