Your West Midlands Wedding news and ideas from around the region

All the latest wedding news for couples getting married in the West Midlands, along with bridal fashion and beauty inspiration and honeymoon ideas.

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Jade and Paul said their vows in a romantic ceremony at The Old Vicarage Hotel

Jade and Paul said their vows in a romantic ceremony at The Old Vicarage Hotel

Jade and Paul met through mutual friends. "I think it's fair to say I was persistent," laughs Jade. "Over time our relationship blossomed, and in November 2018, Paul proposed. It was a total surprise! We were visiting Bermuda for my 30th birthday and were playing miniature golf and having a few cocktails when Paul popped the question. Following this, we went onto New York for a four-day stay before returning home for my birthday." "We liked that The Old Vicarage Hotel was a small family-run business," says the bride. "It was also a blank canvas with lots of natural light."... read more

Posted: 17 September 2021

Gifting etiquette for wedding guests this season

Gifting etiquette for wedding guests this season

Attending the wedding of a friend or family member is one of life's privileges, so choosing an appropriate gift to honour their big day is an important task. Of course, being a wedding guest comes with its own list of wed-min, from booking accommodation to selecting outfits and more - particularly if you find yourself in the 'inner circle' or bridal party! So, that all-important gift is often left until the last minute. This is why the gifting experts at hampers.com have put together their ultimate guide to finding the perfect wedding present for the happy couple. Spoiler alert: It's not essential to stick to the gift list!... read more

Posted: 17 September 2021

The Victorian orangery at Pitchford Hall has recently opened its doors

The Victorian orangery at Pitchford Hall has recently opened its doors

The Victorian orangery at Pitchford Hall in Shropshire has recently opened its doors. The orangery is a light-filled Georgian gem with glass walls topped by a stone shingled roof all set within private lawns contained by mellow brick garden walls. With a capacity for 60 guests and flexible outside space, couples looking for a traditional English country wedding will love this romantic venue. There is plenty of room for a marquee for additional friends and family in the garden too.The house itself is a beautiful Tudor timber-framed country building and is one of the nation's most stunning Elizabethan houses. The orangery is a short walk from the main house and is right beside Pitchford's most enchanting building, a tiny timbered tree house perched in the branches of an ancient lime tree.... read more

Posted: 16 September 2021

Alternative ideas for your wedding hair and make-up

Alternative ideas for your wedding hair and make-up

Everyone's idea of alternative is different, so the best piece of advice I can give to anyone planning their wedding hair and make-up is to be yourself. You'll want to look back at your wedding photos and recognise the person you were when you said your vows. Think about how you can take aspects of your everyday style and elevate them for your bridal look. Do you have an undercut or a statement hair colour? If so, think about styles that show it off. Are you known for always having winged liner? Make that bigger and better than ever before.... read more

Posted: 15 September 2021

Your chance to win a honeymoon of a lifetime to the Maldives

Your chance to win a honeymoon of a lifetime to the Maldives

Courtesy of the luxury Maldivian resort brand, Coco Collection, is hosting a competition for all those couples that tied the knot in 2020 but were unable to celebrate with a honeymoon due to the pandemic and travel restrictions. The honeymoon competition, launching on 14th September at 12 noon Maldives Time, ending two weeks later on 27th September (also noon MVT) is open to anyone who married in 2020 (proof required) and missed out on a honeymoon; the prize includes: seven nights in a Coco Residence on Full Board including return airport transfers,a refreshing welcome cocktail on arrival, a bottle of Champagne & a tropical fruit platter on arrival, special bed decoration, choice of a complimentary, in-Villa Champagne breakfast or a romantic three-course candlelit dinner,15% discount on all treatments at the Coco Spa and a special gift.... read more

Posted: 15 September 2021

Boots Photo ultimate wedding day gifts

Boots Photo ultimate wedding day gifts

After the last 18 months, when the big day finally arrives you're going to want savour every moment and capture it on camera. After all the hardwork of wedding planning, and spending wisely on your wedding photographer, what more can be done with those memorable wedding pictures? Boots has a new wedding range of photo gifts perfect for newlyweds. From the hen do, to the pre-wedding photo shoot, to the big day and even the honeymoon there will be hundreds of pictures to utilise and make the most of these products...... read more

Posted: 15 September 2021

Say your vows at The Durham Ox

Say your vows at The Durham Ox

The Durham Ox is a country pub located within five acres of land. The grounds are home to five classic Nordic weatherproof tipis which are decorated with wooden beams, fairylights, round tables and white chairs. The tipis and the front canopy area are covered in classic tan tenting, the picnic benches are wooden, and there's plenty of seating in the terrace areas. There is also an outside bar with seating and a horsebox bar that can be moved around if needed.... read more

Posted: 14 September 2021

Fall in love with this rustic styled shoot at Camlad Barns

Fall in love with this rustic styled shoot at Camlad Barns

"Camlad Barns is a beautifully rustic wedding venue nestled on a hillside overlooking the Powys and Shropshire countryside," says coordinator and planner Sarah from Yours Truly Wedding and Events. "The décor and colourful courtyard made it the perfect backdrop for our styled shoot. Each supplier was carefully picked, and together we created elegant dressing, soft florals, incredible backdrops and luxury handmade rag paper stationery. The bridalwear was kept relaxed to suit the vibe and we kept the make-up natural leading on to a more glamorous evening look. We were really pleased with the finished result, and of course, Twig, the horse, played a big part and stole the show!"... read more

Posted: 10 September 2021

Billesley Manor Hotel & Spa has opened its doors following a £5.6 million refurbishment

Billesley Manor Hotel & Spa has opened its doors following a £5.6 million refurbishment

Luxurious hotel Billesley Manor Hotel & Spa has opened its doors following a £5.6 million refurbishment. Situated in the heart of rural Warwickshire, guests can expect to find newly refurbished bedrooms complete with rich, warm designs, upgraded guest spaces with a contemporary twist, a stunning restaurant and bar featuring original 16th-century oak panelling, a newly renovated spa and wedding spaces. This 125-year-old property boasts charming grounds, a 11th-century church and an ornate topiary garden steeped in history.... read more

Posted: 9 September 2021

How to pick the perfect stationery

How to pick the perfect stationery

When it comes to wedding stationery, there is so much choice available and a variety of prices that it can certainly get overwhelming. Quality is very important as an invitation may look pretty online, but the actual feel of it may not be to your liking. Always do your research and get to know your supplier, talk about options and if they're local, arrange a consultation to see their products first hand. There are lots of ways to keep within your budget without jeopardising the design and quality. For instance, you could opt for a smooth card instead of a textured version but still have the benefits of a beautiful design. You can choose to have a personalised favour tag that also doubles up as a place name to save spending on both.... read more

Posted: 8 September 2021

Get married at Hoar Cross Hall Hotel and Spa

Get married at Hoar Cross Hall Hotel and Spa

Situated in the Staffordshire countryside, the Hoar Cross Hall Hotel and Spa is a Grade II listed stately home. This Jacobean manor features elegant architecture, enchanting gardens, fine dining and state-of-the- art spa facilities. The 98 newly refurbished bedrooms are decorated with antique furnishings and sumptuous fabrics and are perfect for weekend-long celebrations. Ceremonies take place in the beautiful Ballroom or private Joynes Suite. Alternatively, religious services are held in the Church of the Holy Angels, located close by. Big or small, Hoar Cross Hall Hotel and Spa has several locations that are ideal for receptions.... read more

Posted: 7 September 2021

Calling all newlyweds and nearlyweds - County Wedding Magazines need you!

Calling all newlyweds and nearlyweds - County Wedding Magazines need you!

As our wonderful world of weddings adapts to the new normal, eagerly looking to the roadmap ahead, County Wedding Magazines is here to share our readers' beautiful wedding days whatever the size of their guest list. From pre-Covid nuptials to post-lockdown micro-weddings, we want to feature them all, and we need your help! If you would like to see your wedding day featured across four entire pages of one of our magazines then please do get in touch following the link below.... read more

Posted: 3 September 2021

Arusa and Ahkum had a beautiful wedding in a marquee in her parent’s garden

Arusa and Ahkum had a beautiful wedding in a marquee in her parent’s garden

Arusa and Ahkum met on a dating site. "I was the one who made the first move by swiping on his profile and sending a message," says Arusa. "He responded, and we clicked straight away. It was as though we'd known each other forever. We had a lot of banter, but the conversation was cut short as he was getting to know someone else and was due to go on a date with her. I respected this and asked to be friends, however, we did not speak again. Half a month or so later, Ahkum sent me a message stating the date didn't go well, and I was the first person he thought to message. He was attracted to my confidence, smile and how we could talk about anything and I was drawn to his physical appearance (of course), his honesty and the fact that he showed respect and integrity from the beginning, which is a rare quality to find."... read more

Posted: 3 September 2021

The Fuzzy Duck, a boutique hotel in Warwickshire, has re-opened

The Fuzzy Duck, a boutique hotel in Warwickshire, has re-opened

The Fuzzy Duck, a boutique hotel in Warwickshire, has re-opened. The award-winning quintessential English pub is ideal for small weddings and is licensed to host civil ceremonies, so the service, wedding breakfast and evening reception can all take place under one roof. Renowned for its delicious locally sourced menu and award- winning restaurant, the property serves seasonal cuisine that's perfect for any wedding. There are also five luxury bedrooms to choose from, so you and your close family can continue the celebrations into the next day.... read more

Posted: 2 September 2021

The latest colours and looks for summer brides

The latest colours and looks for summer brides

What are the latest colours and looks for summer brides? The most popular colours requested this season are gorgeous rose golds and blush pinks. These work well on most skin tones and eye colours. As a make-up artist, my goal is to enhance your natural beautiful. My brides love shimmery eyes teamed with glowing flawless skin, which is what you want when all eyes are on you on your very special day. Amy Coyne. Make-up artist.... read more

Posted: 1 September 2021

Say 'I do' at DoubleTree by Hilton Stratford-upon-Avon

Say 'I do' at DoubleTree by Hilton Stratford-upon-Avon

Set in enclosed private gardens, DoubleTree by Hilton Stratford-upon-Avon is located conveniently within the town centre. The four-star hotel reflects Stratford's historic character retaining the old clock tower from the original building whilst accommodating modern elements that represent theHilton brand. Couples can tie the knot in the Henley Suite, an intimate space with room for 60 guests for the ceremony and 40 for the wedding breakfast. Alternatively, the main function space, the Ragley Suite, has a light and airy feel and can accommodate 160 loved ones for the service and 120 for the banquet.... read more

Posted: 31 August 2021

What's that? Even MORE wedspiration from CWM!

What's that? Even MORE wedspiration from CWM!

Here at CMW HQ we're literally never satisfied when it comes to providing our readers with enough wedspiration. Because, really, what is enough? We'd go on forever if we could. So, with that in mind, we've created our very own County Wedding Magazines YouTube channel, just for you. Find tons of big-day ideas from venue tours to dream dresses. Catch up on beauty reviews and how tos from our beauty editor and peek behind the scenes of styled shoots featured in our titles past and present. You can even be a fly on the wall at some real weddings - after all, if we're honest, who doesn't love being a bit nosey! And we haven't stopped there, as you'll also find local supplier interviews packed with tips and tricks.... read more

Posted: 27 August 2021

A group of local suppliers worked together to create this boho-themed shoot

A group of local suppliers worked together to create this boho-themed shoot

This styled shoot was put together by the talented Christianne Hemming from China Grey. "The theme was woodland boho," says Christianne. "We wanted to complement the beautiful and natural surroundings of the ancient woodlands where we shot. The area belongs to the Earl of Yarmouth and is tucked away in a quiet corner of the county of Warwickshire, bordering Ragley Hall. Aptly named Ladies Wood, it's a private events venue and is home to the elderflowers that make the Earl's award-winning St Maur, a delicate and exquisite elderflower liqueur. We wanted to be as natural and organic as possible with simplistic design features while still taking full advantage of what nature had to offer. The ever-changing light added to the drama, and even a deluge and thunder didn't dampen our spirits.... read more

Posted: 27 August 2021

Green Claws Entertainment have launched a new range of products

Green Claws Entertainment have launched a new range of products

Green Claws Entertainment in Warwickshire provides high-quality wedding entertainment, lighting décor and themed dancefloors. Owner Damian Edge and his wife have launched a new range of products that are perfect for weddings and celebrations, such as coin pushers, retro arcade machines, free to use teddy grabbers and dance off machines. There are also giant deck chairs available and a range of outdoor garden games that look great in photographs. The company offers a variety of products and packages.... read more

Posted: 26 August 2021

Tips for creating the perfect drinks menu

Tips for creating the perfect drinks menu

Creating the perfect drinks menu is not as daunting as it sounds. Here are the four key areas you should consider: Break down your day into sections to focus on what's needed, such as reception drinks, wedding breakfast, toasts and evening celebrations. Budget wisely, know your maximum spend and stick to it. Don't try to please everyone. Etiquette is to provide refreshments upon receiving guests at the reception and then with the food and for toasting. You could consider having a cash bar service running alongside for guests who don't want to drink what you're offering, and then you don't have to worry about trying to accommodate everyone. Consider your theme and how you can add a personal touch to the day. For instance, jugs of Pimms and homemade lemonade would be ideal at a garden-style wedding or opt for his and hers cocktails at a chic hotel celebration.... read more

Posted: 25 August 2021

Tie the knot at Dunchurch Park Hotel

Tie the knot at Dunchurch Park Hotel

Dunchurch Park Hotel is an Edwardian country manor house situated within 72 acres of landscaped gardens. Dating back to 1767AD, the house and gardens are Grade II listed due to its connection with the highly respected international landscape gardener Thomas Mawson. Over its 250 year history, the estate has served many purposes, owned first by King George III, it subsequently became a hunting lodge, then a preparatory school for the sons of gentlemen, before finally becoming the hotel we see today.... read more

Posted: 24 August 2021

Jess and Rupert tied the knot at the beautiful Coton House Farm Weddings & Events

Jess and Rupert tied the knot at the beautiful Coton House Farm Weddings & Events

Jess and Rupert met at a party celebrating their GCSE results. "We instantly clicked and found out we were about to go to the same sixth form," says Jess. "We were the best of friends for the two years of sixth form, and although Rupert already knew, I finally realised it was more than a friendship just before we headed to university. I went to Bristol and Rupert went up to Leeds, so long-distance was the only option for three years! After a gap year, I moved up to Leeds to complete my teacher training and to be near him."... read more

Posted: 20 August 2021

Check out some of TDR Bridal Birmingham's seasonal wedding dresses

Check out some of TDR Bridal Birmingham's seasonal wedding dresses

When it comes to dress shopping, there's a lot of pressure to find the perfect gown. You want something that's going to make you feel like a bride but also complement your figure and personality. To help we've asked TDR Bridal Birmingham to send in four of their favourite seasons wedding dresses. We love this winter wedding dress. Different from classic satin ballgowns, the sparkle and 3D floral detailing make it the perfect gown for brides looking for something a bit different.... read more

Posted: 19 August 2021

How to find the perfect wedding dress for pear-shaped figures

How to find the perfect wedding dress for pear-shaped figures

We recommend a fitted gown for a bride with a pear-shaped figure. Use your wedding gown to your advantage and choose a style that accentuates your waist and hugs your hips. Here are some examples of our favourite dresses: Anthony is a fitted gown perfect for any bride wanting to show off their gorgeous curves. There are no details, so it's ideal for confident brides. Lexi is a soft lace fitted gown with little detailing. Sofia has cut out sides that will accentuate your waist, and whodoesn't love a bit of sparkle?... read more

Posted: 18 August 2021

Find out more about Chesford Grange in Warwickshire

Find out more about Chesford Grange in Warwickshire

Set within 17 acres of private grounds and woodlands in the heart of Warwickshire's countryside is the luxurious Chesford Grange. The enchanting hotel, complete with a stone entrance and red-roofed turrets, is a welcoming haven offering guests the chance to unwind from their busy lives. Combining the character of a historic manor house with bright and contemporary areas, there's plenty of places to explore, including the spa, gym, restaurant, bar and outdoor terrace. There is a range of wedding suites available, including the intimate Stoneleigh Suite, the charming Stratford Suite with views of the terrace garden and the grand Kenilworth Suite that can accommodate up to 400 friends and family. Each space is tastefully decorated with plenty of opportunities to add personal touches with the help of a dedicated wedding planner.... read more

Posted: 17 August 2021

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