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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The Commandery is one of the oldest buildings in Worcester

Set in the heart of Worcester, The Commandery is one of the oldest buildings in the city and has lots of character and charm. The property has been used as a Medieval hospital, civil war battle headquarters, the Georgian home of an influential local family, a college for the blind, a printworks, and it is now the site of a fascinating museum. The venue is stunning from every angle, with a new photo opportunity around every corner. From timber-framed walls and great wooden doorways to beautiful brickwork, Georgian windows and the charming canal, there is much to admire and enjoy.

The charming walled gardens look onto the picturesque Georgian wing and the lawn stretches towards Fort Royal Hill, framed by wonderfully- maintained flowerbeds, trees and redbrick walls.

Posted: 4 October 2022

The Tawny Hotel has launched new accommodation for 2022

The Tawny Hotel, located in the heart of rural Staffordshire, has launched new accommodation for 2022. Set within 70 acres of restored gardens, the hotel is a nature lover's paradise, perfect for woodland walks, exploring lakeside gardens, peaceful moments in secluded fells and uncovering enchanting follies.

Along with 55 immaculately-designed shepherd's huts, treehouses and boathouses, guests can now choose from the Hillside Treehouse or one of the eight new Retreat Suites. Guests who choose one of the six Hillside Treehouses will be privy to stretching views of the beautiful English countryside, where clever design and use of space offer pure escapism.

Posted: 29 September 2022

DoubleTree by Hilton Stratford-upon- Avon is located conveniently within the town centre

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 the Hilton 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.

Posted: 27 September 2022

Supergroup Claire Richards & Duncan James surprise couple on their wedding day

Pop royalty, Claire Richards and Duncan James, joined forces on Saturday 17th September, as the ultimate wedding band - Simply Wed - to surprise one lucky couple with a performance of poptastic floor-filling songs on their wedding day. Anna Novelli and Samuel Hold from Bournemouth were delighted when the power duo 'crashed the wedding' at the Larmer Street in Wiltshire, to surprise guests and the lucky couple with the performance of a lifetime. The couple - both Steps and Blue superfans - were overwhelmed with joy to have the newly minted wedding supergroup perform, having known all the routines to Claire and Duncan's biggest hits since childhood!

Posted: 26 September 2022

Corus Hotels has been acquired by Westbourne Leisure Limited

Corus Hotels has announced that The Regency Hotel, located in Solihull, has been acquired by Midlands-based Westbourne Leisure Limited, which currently owns a number of hotel and hospitality venues in the West Midlands.

This freehold property benefits from 111bedrooms, a large on-site car park, a bar, a lounge, a restaurant, seven meeting rooms, as well as a leisure club with fitness centre, an indoor swimming pool, a steam room, sauna, plunge pool and Jacuzzi. Khurram Mohmad, the chief executive at Corus Hotels, said: "We are pleased to have come to a deal with Westbourne Leisure Limited by working with JLL hotels and hospitality consultancy."

Posted: 22 September 2022

Top tips on how to save money on a hen-do

Hen-dos provide a great opportunity to bring together your nearest and dearest for pre-wedding celebration and excitement. However, with many brides now opting for more exotic or expensive locations for their celebrations, the cost of a hen-do can quickly add up. Anita Naik, Savings Expert at VoucherCodes.co.uk, has some great tips on how to make savings on your upcoming hen-party: Take advantage of drinks packages – Nightclubs are synonymous with hen-dos, however entry and drinks can get pretty pricey. Venues will often offer discounts on pre-purchased drinks packages so it's worth checking what deals you can strike before getting there.

Posted: 21 September 2022

How to wear pink when attending weddings

With Breast Cancer Awareness month approaching, Cliff Bashforth, managing director of Colour Me Beautiful, shares his top tips on how to wear pink!

"The key to wearing pink is to ensure that it doesn't wear you, says Cliff, "Cooler skin tones look amazing in cerise or hot pinks, indeed most shades from dusty rose to bright fuchsia, whilst warmer skin tones will always look their best in coral or salmon pinks. Dark hair and bright eyes - opt for the boldest, brightest hues you can find. Hot pink (cool), mango (warm). If your eyes are dark choose a deeper shade such as fuchsia (cool) or salmon pink (warm).

Posted: 20 September 2022

Barnutopia first opened as a glamping site with three Mongolian yurts in 2015

Barnutopia 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'.

Approaching through the main gates, couples will be greeted by a red brick stable block that dates back to 1892. The Events Barn opens directly onto the Yurt Field with spectacular views of the surrounding Shropshire countryside. All parts of the site are easily accessible, including the nine luxury glamping units, two fully-equipped kitchens and bathroom blocks with unlimited hot water. All units are fully furnished with beds, power, heating and free Wi-Fi.

Posted: 20 September 2022

The Photography Show & The Video Show is open today!

Multi award-winning wedding and portrait photographer Roberto Valenzuela, marine biologist and explorer Cristina Mittermeier and renowned landscape photographer Colin Prior are among the compelling line-up of global speakers at The Photography Show & The Video Show. They will be joined by Jack Harries, Christina Ebenezer, Kaylee Greer and Chase Jarvis among others, who all will share their expertise during this unmissable four-day event showcasing photography, taking place 17th to 20th September 2022 at Birmingham's NEC venue.

Posted: 17 September 2022

Roberto Valenzuela - Super Stage speaker at The Photography Show this weekend!

At The Photography Show this weekend, Roberto Valenzuela - a photographer, author, and educator based in Beverly Hills, CA - will discuss and demonstrate what to do to transform your photography, and photography business, from average to remarkable. Roberto will share some powerful personal stories that propelled his business into the spotlight in the US and around the world and how to turn your business into a career you can rely on. As a member of the prestigious Canon Explorers of Light group, Roberto is one of the most influential photographers in the world. He's developed his unique teaching style by following the same rigorous regimen he developed as a professional concert classical guitarist and educator before becoming a photographer - he believes that it's not talent but deliberate practice that is at the core of skill and achievement!

Posted: 16 September 2022

The best ways to save money as a wedding guest

Attending a wedding can be one of the most joyous times of the year but it can also be one of the most expensive too, from things such as gifts to drinks. The frugal team at NetVoucherCodes.co.uk have explored special ways for wedding guests to enjoy the festivities without the worry of overspending. Taking on group initiatives such as splitting the taxi costs and getting a group gift can cut wedding expenses in half. Rebecca Bobbington, online consumer expert from NetVoucherCodes.co.uk said: "We wanted to give those attending a wedding some useful tricks to make the big day less of a financial burden....

Posted: 16 September 2022

The Photography Show & The Video Show launches its First Ever Wedding Album of The Year competition

The Photography Show & The Video Show is launching its first ever Wedding Album of the Year competition to celebrate the best of the best from all around the country; showcasing the talent and craft of professional photographers and album makers in the UK and championing the power of print. There's nothing like a beautifully designed and presented wedding album to immortalise a couple's special day - a permanent and tangible reminder of those happy memories and moments, to be enjoyed for years to come. Wedding Album of the Year will celebrate these memories and the photographers that captured them.

Posted: 16 September 2022

BLACC + BLOND have won the Green Salon Award

BLACC + BLOND, based in Birmingham's Jewellery Quarter, have won the Green Salon award at the Salon Business Awards 2022 and were also announced as a finalist for the Sustainability Hero Award at the Most Wanted Awards.

The salon started its sustainability journey in 2021, and on World Earth Day it launched its Green Is The New Blacc project. The salon changed their energy provider, decided to stock only ethical brands, changed their refreshment offerings to help reduce food waste.

Posted: 15 September 2022

Your big day: six tablescaping trends to look out for in 2023

Your wedding day is such a big event, and you'll want the table to really look it's best. Here, Kate Cartwright from the tableware brand Burleigh Pottery offers some tips on the trends coming up in 2023, so you can gain some inspiration for your tablescape. Your wedding is one of the most important events of your life, and so you'll naturally want everything to be as close to perfect as possible. The tablescape is no exception — your wedding table is where everyone will sit down and celebrate together at your special day, so you'll want it to look beautiful, both for the meal itself and the photos you'll keep to look back on in years to come. Here, we'll go through some new trends in wedding tablescapes for 2023, so that you can get a range of new ideas for how you might design your ideal place settings for yourself and your guests.

Posted: 14 September 2022

The Durham Ox is a country pub located within five acres of land

The Durham Ox is a country pub located within five acres of land. The grounds are home to five classic tan Nordic weatherproof tipis which are decorated with wooden beams, fairylights, round tables and white chairs or picnic tables. The grounds have two outside bars, The Little Ox has its own covered terrace, and the horsebox bar, which is located on the front terrace, has extensive seating.

The venue isn't licensed for ceremonies, but drinks receptions, wedding breakfasts and dancing can take place in the five tipis.

Posted: 13 September 2022

Planning a Hen Do? Here are 6 ways to do it on a budget

With wedding traditions dying fast, modern couples are truly setting the bar for what's possible at contemporary nuptials. What will always be popular though, is the hen/stag or ('sten' if you're joining forces) do! Although, even these have altered in their format, gone are pub and nightclub crawls till the early morning, and in are wellness breaks, pottery and classes and the much-loved British Brunch! The UK's leading bottomless brunch platform, Bottomless Brunch, has compiled a list of ways you can save costs whilst planning an unforgettable hen party.

Posted: 12 September 2022

Wedding gift list ideas from designer Emma Britton

Decorative Glass Designer Emma Britton has launched a new glassware collection, Exotic Floral, which is proving very popular amongst guests looking for wedding day gifting ideas.Exotic Floral adds a touch tropical splendour to your table featuring dahlias, red hot pokers, canna lilies and digitalis firebird. This new floral design is inspired by the geometrics and structural beauty of these flowers and is etched on to various glassware items such as high balls, tumblers, wine glasses and champagne coupes - the latter is the perfect gift set of two for newlyweds.

Posted: 9 September 2022

Daimon Barber has announced the opening of its new flagship hair retreat

Daimon Barber has announced the opening of its new flagship hair retreat located in Old Town Stratford-Upon-Avon. The Daimon Barber Hair Retreat is a three-story townhouse transformed into a charming four-seater Barber Cutting Studio celebrating creative cutting and styling. The dedicated two-seater Blow-Dry Salon is paired with a luxury beauty and grooming retail space, a retreat room for drinks and conversations and a tranquil garden to rest and relax.

Louis Hayes-Davies, the owner, tells us: "We're delighted to share the next stage in our brand's journey, a dedicated space where Daimon Barber can take care of all grooming and styling needs effortlessly. More of a club than your typical barber and salon space, we offer our guests a complete and personal experience."

Posted: 8 September 2022

Bennetts Willow Barn has been built within a woodland

Situated on a working dairy farm and surrounded by grazing fields, Bennetts Willow Barn has been built within a woodland next to a charming lake. The exterior boasts beautiful flowers throughout the year, picturesque log walls, fairylights, willow trees and a firepit.

Outdoor ceremonies are very popular, but couples 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 full of rustic charm. Couples that hire this space will have private, exclusive use of the adjacent gardens, including the firepit and outdoor space for garden games or even a bouncy castle. It can seat up to 140 people or 150 without a seat each.

Posted: 6 September 2022

Top five wedding cars from Avis car hire

There's no better way to live up to the wedding excitement than making a grand entrance. With over 508K #weddingcar posts on Instagram, there are endless options for couples to be spoilt for choice when picking their dream wedding car. From vintage classics to chic campervans, Avis has analysed and rounded up the most Instagram-worthy cars for your wedding day. These top five wedding cars have also been carefully selected by celebrities to honour their big day, so they have the power to make the couples the 'talk of the town,' on their special day.

Posted: 5 September 2022

Bespoke wine label offering

Pink Diesel, from the iconic Rosé region of Provence, France, has launched a bespoke label offering to help transform the wine selection on your big day. Personalised with a beautiful illustration these bottles will create a memory that can be cherished and shared with your family and friends. This one of a kind service is designed to help couples #FuelGoodTimes with magnum bottles of expertly crafted light rosé which serve 10 generous glasses for only £32.95 per bottle, plus a £70 design fee.

Posted: 2 September 2022

Win an overnight stay with spa treatments at Chesford Grange

Chesford Grange Hotel & Spa is nestled within the historic Warwickshire countryside and is perched next to the beautiful river Avon. Once a swinging music venue hosting elegant dinner and dancing during the 1950s and beyond, you can still feel the vibrant atmosphere resonating within the walls of this historic hotel. Its traditional black and white Tudor exterior plays host to feelings of grandeur and elegance, with contemporary style suites to offer maximum comfort.

Chesford Grange Hotel & Spa offers a truly picturesque location for an unforgettable wedding, with 205 elegantly designed bedrooms and an experienced wedding coordinator to help make every detail of your wedding come to life.

Posted: 1 September 2022

Avoncroft Museum of Historic Buildings is a grand wedding venue made up of 30 buildings

Made up of 30 properties, the Avoncroft Museum of Historic Buildings is a grand wedding venue surrounded by beautiful countryside.

Located just 50 metres from the main entrance, New Guesten Hall's 14th- century roof was originally part of Worcester Cathedral's Reception Hall and contains beautiful Medieval carpentry that can be seen throughout the building. The space can hold 120 guests for the ceremony and wedding breakfast and can be expanded to cater for an extra 60 loved ones for the reception.

Posted: 30 August 2022

Budget friendly ways to propose to your bridesmaids

Weddings are one of the costliest events in life which get more expensive year on year. Asking your besties to be your bridesmaids is undoubtedly one of the most exciting parts of the process, however, this can soon chip away at your budget when looking at personalised presents or expensive goodie bags to pop the question to them. To help save some costs, greetings card specialist thortful (thortful.com) has shared five budget-friendly, yet fun and creative ways, to ask your besties to be your bridesmaids. From having a spa day at home to custom fortune cookies, these bridesmaid proposal ideas are sure to get the reaction you want without breaking the bank.

Posted: 29 August 2022

Before I Do - the honeymoon must-have, you won't put it down!

Here at County Wedding Magazines HQ we do love a good book to get our teeth into - not literally of course, cake's great for that - and the description for this new novel Before I Do from Sophie Cousens already has us hooked! What would you do if the one that got away turned up the night before your wedding? Audrey is marrying Josh; steady, dependable Josh, the love of her life. They share a flat and a bank account, and it's the only relationship that Audrey's ever had that feels like something she can put her trust in. But romance should be full of fireworks, and as the big day approaches, Audrey's found herself wondering if Josh really is 'the one'. So, when Josh's sister Miranda arrives at their rehearsal dinner with Fred - Audrey's 'What If?' guy, the man she met six years ago and had one amazing day with but never saw again - Audrey can't help but see it as a sign.

Posted: 26 August 2022

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