All the latest wedding news for couples getting married in the West Midlands, along with bridal fashion and beauty inspiration and honeymoon ideas.
Expert tips for creating a unique wedding menu
The traditional three-course wedding breakfast doesn't have to be boring. In this article Nidhi Verma, head of food & founder of The Cookaway, shares a few ideas for alternative food menus for wedding guests. Getting involved with the putting together of your wedding menu can allow you to focus on what's important to you, whether that's only using local produce and seasonal ingredients, incorporating foods you and your partner really like, making sure there are plenty of fun elements, or serving with the utmost style. But if standing out is your priority, how can you ensure your menu is unique? If you're wondering how you can make your special day a little more individual, below are a few ideas to get you started.
Posted: 3 June 2023
The 20 most iconic marryoke songs for a perfect wedding
Are you a couple looking for songs for your wedding this summer? Searches for 'wedding songs karaoke' up +40% and 'best karaoke songs 2023' increasing by +300%, and thortful has put together a list of the most iconic marryoke songs for 2023. The top 20 karaoke songs for your wedding this year Taking the top spot is the absolute belt-it-out classic that is Summer of '69 by Bryan Adams. Given that it has remained a popular song after pretty much four decades, we'd say the score is well-deserved. Just behind in second place is a song that any '90s kid could sing in their sleep – the girl power megahit Wannabe by the Spice Girls.
Posted: 2 June 2023
Boss Lady Events has won two awards
Boss Lady Events, a wedding and event planning company, has won 'Wedding Planner of the Year West Midlands' and 'Wedding Planner of the Year Overall Winner' at the English Wedding Awards.
"Here at Boss Lady Events, we bring our unique blend of design, creative flair, logistical expertise, and some of the finest suppliers in the industry to ensure your event is truly magnificent," says owner Daksha Patel. "Our sole focus is to ensure you have a stress-free experience that allows you to relax and enjoy your special day. The better we get to know you, whether you're a private or corporate client, the more personal and customised the result will be."
Posted: 1 June 2023
Want to say 'no' to being a maid-of-honour? Here’s how!
Being a maid-of-honour or even a bridesmaid can be hugely exciting and a big honour, however, it takes responsibility, a lot of time, money and energy, all dedicated to making someone else happy. So if you really don't want to be a bridesmaid, plucking up the courage to turn down an invite might seem like a nightmare. A new survey from Ginger Ray which seeks to answer some of weddings' trickiest questions reveals that almost two-thirds (63%) of Brits think it was acceptable to say no to being a member of the wedding party based on the financial burden and additional responsibilities it poses.
Posted: 31 May 2023
The Windmill Village Hotel is a four-star hotel located on the outskirts of Coventry
The Windmill Village Hotel is a renowned four-star hotel ideally located on the outskirts of Coventry. Set within a 90 acre parkland golf course, the property offers an enchanting space perfect for weddings.
There is on-site accommodation available, with options to suit all tastes and requirements, from lodge-style rooms to picturesque spaces overlooking the golf course and lakes.
The elegant spa offers a host of inspired treatments that are truly memorable; complete the experience in the sauna or steam room or take advantage of the indoor heated swimming pool. For a more energetic stay, enjoy the great outdoors in the 18-hole parkland golf course or the state-of-the-art gym.
Posted: 30 May 2023
Browns launch champagne bottomless brunch
This month, Browns Restaurants will be adding a Champagne bottomless brunch to their signature weekend menus, as part of this year's festivities to celebrate the group's 50th anniversary. From Friday to Sunday until 2pm, guests can enjoy free-flowing Moët & Chandon Impérial Champagne, alongside signature brunch dishes such as Browns Lobster Benedict, a satisfying stack of Pancetta Buttermilk Pancakes, Smoked Salmon, Smashed Avocado, Garlic Mushrooms on Sourdough and a variety of classic egg dishes. Alternatively, opt for more substantial dishes, like the Browns Burger and Chargrilled Chicken & Bacon Club.
Posted: 27 May 2023
David’s Bridal commences ‘everything must go’ closing down sale
Bridal store chain, David's Bridal has confirmed that all UK stores are launching a closing down sale, with dramatic reductions across wedding dresses, bridesmaid dresses and more. Following its administration announcement last month, David's Bridal is closing all four of it's UK stores, with all stock discounted. David's Bridal's extensive closing down sale will commence with at least 40% off everything in-store.
Posted: 26 May 2023
Teepees of Warwick is a finalist at the Little Ankle Biters’ Awards
Teepees of Warwick is a family-run business in Warwick offering soft play hire, indoor teepee hire, light-up letters and much more. The company won 'Best Party Supplier' at the Little Ankle Biters' Awards 2022 and is a finalist in the same category for the 2023 awards.
"We specialise in creating precious moments with family and friends for every one of our customers," says the team at Teepees of Warwick. "We cater for all occasions and cover a 40-mile radius from our base in Warwick. Our services include bell tents, igloo domes, wedding corners, film/gaming nights, dining experiences and de luxe picnics."
Posted: 25 May 2023
One4all Gift Cards expands partnerships
Popular wedding gifting brand leading multi-store gift card, One4all Gift Cards, has announced two exciting new partnerships with global fashion retailer, ASOS, and premium e-commerce marketplace, Secret Sales - making it an even more appealing choice for wedding day gifting. ASOS, one of the largest international e-commerce retailers, is now accepting the One4all Gift Card for all online purchases, meaning customers can access all their favourite brands at the touch of a button. With over 850 brands to choose from as well as their own ASOS ranges, which include Collusion and Topshop, shoppers will be spoilt for choice. As a forward-thinking brand, ASOS interpret the latest trends into more than 30 different sizes, allowing all customers to find something they love. As well as the chance to shop for clothing, accessories and beauty products from a variety of brands.
Posted: 24 May 2023
Bennetts Willow Barn is nestled on a working dairy farm
Nestled on a working dairy farm and surrounded by grazing fields, woodland and a lake, Bennetts Willow Barn is a charming setting to tie the knot. There are plenty of stand-out features including flowers that bloom throughout the year, fairylights, willow trees and a firepit.
The happy couple can choose to run the day how they want, holding ceremonies outside in the gardens, in the yurt marquee or the barn. The 20m long yurt marquee is an exclusive-use space that's adjacent to the gardens. It includes a firepit and outdoor space for garden games or even a bouncy castle and can seat up to 140 people or 150 without a seat each.
Posted: 23 May 2023
South Of England wins battle of the spas reveals Spabreaks.com
Spabreaks.com 2022 booking data has revealed that spas in the South totalled 57.4% of all bookings made in 2022, winning the battle of the spas against the north of England. The UK spa industry has a lot to offer, whether you're looking to escape to the countryside or fancy break in the city. Whether it's in the north or south, there's a place in the UK that will accommodate whatever spa break you're looking for.
Posted: 22 May 2023
Weddings in 2023: Make sure your big day is protected
A wedding is a special day for a couple, but it can also be an expensive one. Between venues, caterers, photographers, dresses, and entertainment, the costs can add up and even run into the tens of thousands. And with the current cost of living, couples will also be navigating rising costs. For those planning a wedding, it's important you insure yourself against anything that could go awry just before, or on the big day. For those aiming to tie the knot this year, Alex Cross, Insurance Director at Tesco Bank shares his top tips on things to consider for your wedding day and make sure you're covered so things can run as smoothly as possible.
Posted: 19 May 2023
Little Ivy’s Food Box is a new company in Bridgnorth
Little Ivy's Food Box is a new company in Bridgnorth, Shropshire offering catering services for special occasions.
"We travel pretty much anywhere," says Luke from Little Ivy's Food Box. "We specialise in pizza (sweet and savoury) and pasta, however, we're able to make any type of food requested. We work with our clients to create a completely customised menu that they will love."
Posted: 18 May 2023
Mental Health Awareness Week 15th-21st May
Planning a wedding can certainly be an exciting time, from picking the cake to choosing the entertainment, it's full of fun tasks to check off a to-do list. However, wedding planning can also come with a host of negativities such as worrying about money and feeling anxiety about family politics on the big day. Increasing evidence shows that gardens and green spaces are associated with better physical, social and mental health.
Posted: 17 May 2023
Nailcote Hall Hotel is set among 13 acres of Warwickshire countryside
Set among 13 acres of Warwickshire countryside, Nailcote Hall Hotel boasts a par three championship golf course, green fields, picturesque lakes and waterfalls. The house has lots of character and charm, including a 17th-century black and white façade, original décor and luxurious bedrooms.
Nailcote Hall Hotel has three wedding spaces that are all very different in size and character, meaning there's something to suit everyone. The largest is the glass marquee, which overlooks the lake, lower lawn and golf course, that can accommodate 280 guests for the ceremony and 320 for the reception.
Posted: 16 May 2023
Maileg Wedding Mice back at Bluebell's Burrow
Award-winning, family-run toy business, Bluebell's Burrow, is one of the UK's leading stockists of Maileg toys. These super-stylish, picture-perfect collectable toys are loved by both children and adults. With the wedding season fast-approaching, Maileg Wedding Mice Set (priced at £64) comes in a pretty presentation box, which opens up to reveal the bride and groom on their wedding day. Their clothes and accessories are removable, providing dress-up opportunities and imaginative play for children.
Posted: 15 May 2023
Bizarre wedding traditions: The Eurovision edition
Wedding traditions are dramatically different around the world. From the type of cake served to the attire of the bride, you'll be amazed at what happens on wedding days around the continent. To celebrate Eurovision 2023 taking place in the vibrant city of Liverpool, engagement and wedding ring experts at Steven Stone have rounded up some of the most bizarre traditions from participating countries – including the Big 5.
Posted: 13 May 2023
The do's and don'ts of having pets at weddings
Are you considering including your dog in your wedding festivities? While it can be a lovely way to honour your furry best friend, there are some important considerations to remember to ensure that everything goes smoothly. Dog Behaviourist at Pooch & Mutt Dr Emma Scales-Theobald, PhD, shares the do's and don'ts of including your dog in your wedding, from making sure your dog is properly trained and socialised to creating a comfortable and safe space for them during the event. These tips will help ensure your dog is happy, healthy, and well-behaved throughout the celebration...
Posted: 12 May 2023
Beans Around the World will be attending several events this year
Beans Around the World will be attending several events this year. The company opened in January 2022 offering award-winning coffees, cinnamon rolls, flapjacks, and dark chocolate brownies, and is now working on its food offerings for 2023.
"We are always expanding our product ranges and our latest offerings include sandwich platters which are going out to companies in Warwickshire," says the team at Beans Around the World. "We will be attending the Three Roses Care Home Charity Event on Monday 8th May, the Windmill Hill Arch Brewery Event on Saturday 8th July, a Halloween Spooktacular Event throughout October and an Enchanted Christmas Kingdom Event from late November through December at Hatton Country World."
Posted: 11 May 2023
Introducing Story Locker’s wedding podcast
With the ever growing popularity of podcasting, welcome to the next big thing which makes podcasting accessible. Story Locker, a one of a kind in the UK podcast recording service that lets participants create a personal podcast based on their life story or to celebrate other special moments in life. The couple can choose to either record their podcast before their wedding day and recall the journey of their love story – from when they first met & the engagement (how it all happened!) to setting the date, the planning and build up to the big day or record their podcast after their wedding day to include memories of the big day too!
Posted: 10 May 2023
Tamworth Castle dates back almost 1,000 years and is full of historic touches
Tamworth Castle dates back almost 1,000 years and is full of historic touches. Situated within acres of beautiful grounds, it's sat on top of a motte with plenty of places to take those all-important photographs, including the floral terraces that drop down to the banks of the River Anker and the ancient Tudor and Jacobean walls that bring a romantic and intimate feeling to any occasion.
The Great Hall is used for ceremonies with candelabra and chandeliers throughout that create a twinkling glow and bring the room to life. The magnificent oak-timbered roof and decorated lead windows create a stunning backdrop for exchanging vows and set the scene for the rest of the day. This space has been wowing visitors for 100s of years and looks wonderful in photographs.
Posted: 9 May 2023
Calling all newlyweds and nearlyweds - County Wedding Magazines need you!
Here at County Wedding Magazines HQ, there's nothing we love more than our real wedding features - and we couldn't do them without you! If you would like to see your wedding grace the pages of one of our County Wedding Magazine titles, then please do get in touch! Grand and big-budget extravaganzas, to small and intimate I dos, themed from beginning to end, or personalised with a sentimental touch - we want to hear about them all!
Posted: 9 May 2023
Why Champagne is the number one choice for weddings and celebrations
Champagne naturally goes hand in hand at weddings and there is no shortage of creative ways to share the pinnacle of sparkling wine. The Champagne Bureau UK*, has included useful tips below on how to best serve Champagne at a wedding and help select the right style for the occasion. Using the correct glassware: whilst trends come and go and flutes have commonly been thought of as the crème de la crème - a tall, rounded, tulip-shaped glass is the perfect choice and expertly shows off your Champagne's aromas and bubbles.
Posted: 8 May 2023
#ThisBarbie is getting married! New cards from Thortful
thortful has launched a Barbie card range to send to your bestie on her big day! The internet has been coloured pink with over 107,000 views on Tiktok for #ThisBarbie following the release of a new Barbie trailer. Greetings card marketplace, thortful, has created Barbie cards to send to your nearest and dearest, including 'This Barbie has passed her driving test', and 'This Barbie is getting married'
Posted: 5 May 2023
Barnutopia is hosting a wedding fair on Sunday 7th May
Barnutopia, a charming wedding venue near Oswestry, Shropshire, is hosting a wedding fair on Sunday 7th May, 2023. With more than 15 local suppliers, including photographers, celebrants and florists, there is plenty to inspire you. Doors are open from 12pm to 4pm, and entry is free of charge.
The property, situated on a converted farm, first opened as a glamping site with three Mongolian yurts in 2015. Two years later, the owners expanded as a wedding and events venue and have continued to add to the space to create a charming setting to say 'I do'.
Posted: 4 May 2023