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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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Be inspired by this shoot full of gorgeous greenery

Be inspired by this shoot full of gorgeous greenery

This elegant shoot is full of gorgeous greenery and statement black and white decorations. To find out more about the images, we spoke to the photographer, Charlotte Mail: "I think minimalism works so well with this colour palette – it reminds me of evergreens in winter. I wanted a showstopping centrepiece for the ceremony photos – something thatwould give the wow factor whilst complementing the bride and groom, rather than distracting from them. I decided on a circular arch covered in foliage and white flowers, and everything else was styled around it. I had the incredible, Tuckshop Flowers on board to create the look I wanted, and they also created a bouquet that matched our theme perfectly.... read more

Posted: 14 May 2021

Only 19% of Brits now ask brides father for permission

Only 19% of Brits now ask brides father for permission

As engagement ring sales have increased by 50% in the last 12 months, engagement ring specialists at Steven Stone, explored which proposal traditions are being trashed by Brits planning to tie the knot. From a survey of 2,000 Brits, our research shows that getting down on one knee, surprise gestures, and asking the father for permission are not important to a lot of couples.... read more

Posted: 14 May 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: 14 May 2021

It's World Cocktail Day - bottoms up!

It's World Cocktail Day - bottoms up!

World Cocktail Day is today, Thursday 13th May, and the expert mixologists at The Lakeside, a hospitality, wedding and events venue, have pulled together a selection of their favourite cocktails, coupled with a few interesting facts about each one.For any cocktail lover, World Cocktail Day is one of the best days in the social calendar, especially now bars and restaurants are reopening, it is the perfect time to read up on a new cocktail you are eager to try! The mixologists at the Lakeside have done all the hard work for you, so simply sit back, relax and fall in love with a new cocktail from the list below...... read more

Posted: 13 May 2021

The Karma Group has added Karma Salford Hall to its collection

The Karma Group has added Karma Salford Hall to its collection

The Karma Group have introduced a new addition to its global portfolio of world-class properties: Karma Salford Hall. Nestled in the Vale of Evesham, the property dates back to the 14th-century and once belonged to King Henry VIII. The hotel retains its Tudor charm while providing carefully curated comforts, including 32 quaint bedrooms, a traditional bar with a fireplace, a cosy restaurant, a well-stocked library and event spaces. The perfect setting for a classic English wedding or a relaxing mini-moon.... read more

Posted: 13 May 2021

Best foodie wedding photos revealed

Best foodie wedding photos revealed

From getting ready shots, to the first dance, there are hundreds of special moment to capture over a whole day when it comes to wedding photography. A favourite shot might be the bride/groom walking down the aisle, or the couple are always special post-vows; but it doesn't always go to plan, especially when involving pets, children and in this case... food! Take a peek at these food-inspired snaps that were all finalists in Wedding Food Photographer of the Year.... was the winner your favourite too?... read more

Posted: 12 May 2021

The latest hair and make-up trends

The latest hair and make-up trends

If you would like an up do, then a low, soft loose bun is a great choice. Have wispy strands of hair gently framing your face and falling from the low bun to create a delicate, soft feel. I love this style with fresh flowers at the back or to the side. To complement your locks, opt for a gentle smoky eye, using more neutral colours to create a romantic feel. A glowing complexion and a soft lip would finish it off perfectly. If you would prefer your hair is out of the way, then a modern ponytail is the way forward. It's not just a case of tying it back with a band, you can have twists or plaits or a simple ponytail with your tresses in beautifully structured waves.... read more

Posted: 12 May 2021

Couple gifted rare diamond ring on BBC's All That Glitters

Couple gifted rare diamond ring on BBC's All That Glitters

The highly anticipated diamond episode of BBC's All That Glitters: Britain's Next Jewellery Star, hosted by comedian Katherine Ryan, aired last night with a feel-good story that couldn't fail to melt the heart. During the episode a lucky couple received a very special bespoke 1ct diamond engagement ring. James and Clare, both London-based teachers who met at university, got married soon after. However, unfortunately last year their home was burgled and among other household items, Clare's treasured engagement ring was stolen - she was devastated.... read more

Posted: 12 May 2021

Say your vows at Coton House Farm Wedding Venue

Say your vows at Coton House Farm Wedding Venue

The Coton House Farm Wedding Venue is a traditional Yorkshire board clad building with large oak frames that blend into the rural setting. Nestled in the picturesque village of Whittington in rural Staffordshire, the farm dates back to the 16th-century, and was used as a rest point for local beef farmers on their way to Lichfield. Inside is The Stables, a large preparation suite, with a comfy seating area, washroom facilities, dressing room and hair and make-up stations. The Sty, a luxurious and well-stocked bar, adjoins the Oak Barn and is perfect for any occasion.... read more

Posted: 11 May 2021

Take the perfect engagement ring selfie

Take the perfect engagement ring selfie

Unbelievably, #EngagementRingSelfie has 17,952 posts on Instagram! This means you need to take a picture like a pro when posting online, and making it bang on trend. Printing experts Parrot Print have created a list of tips of how to take the perfect engagement ring selfie as the wedding season resumes; from the location, to the lighting everything needs to be considered for picture-perfect shots of pre-wedded bliss. Here at County Wedding Magazines HQ we say 'ready, get set, pose!'...... read more

Posted: 10 May 2021

Memorable hen dos with new company

Memorable hen dos with new company

Flock founder Kathryn Dinsmore launched the company in April 2021 after finding her self facing redundancy due to the last year seriously effecting the events industry. Whilst researching hen parties for her sister's wedding, she also also discovered a gap in the market, "Most of the big companies were offering the same repetitive packages at expensive prices," shares Kathryn. "I felt there was a huge gap for a personalised planner that offers the very best experiences at a reasonable price."... read more

Posted: 7 May 2021

We interview Lynette Webster from Capriccio Quartet

We interview Lynette Webster from Capriccio Quartet

I set up Capriccio Quartet 20 years ago this June. I always wanted to be part of a string quartet, so I set up the company, and our first gig was for my dad's 60th birthday. We have a long history, Graham joined the group and has been working with me since almost the beginning, and we've since found new players who have joined us along the way. When couples get in touch via phone or email, we will send across a price list to give them a better idea of the services we offer.... read more

Posted: 7 May 2021

Changes to wedding marriage certificate requirements

Changes to wedding marriage certificate requirements

In England and Wales, the law requires all marriages to be registered once they have taken place. The system for registering marriages is currently paper-based. The prescribed particulars to be registered for a marriage include details of the father but not the mother of each of the parties to the marriage.Calls have been made, both inside and outside of Parliament, for the law to be changed to enable the details of both parents of the parties to the marriage to be included on marriage certificates.Here at County Wedding Magazines HQ we think it's a great step forward in looking at changing some of the more outdated traditions of weddings and marriages and making them more relevant and reflective of the 21st century.Subject to the approval of draft regulations which have been laid before Parliament, the Government intends that a new system of marriage registration will be implemented on 4 May 2021 and that the particulars to be registered for a marriage will be updated.Until now, the document only included the names of the fathers of the couple, but a change to the Marriage Act means both parents will be included.... read more

Posted: 6 May 2021

Worcester-based photographer, Robyn Francesca has created a new pregnancy package

Worcester-based photographer, Robyn Francesca has created a new pregnancy package

Worcester-based photographer, Robyn Francesca has created a new pregnancy package. The Bump to Baby Package includes a third-trimester pregnancy photo shoot, a newborn photo shoot, images of the baby at three and six months old and a one-year-old birthday shoot. There are also additional extras available such as a photo album, greeting cards and large prints that can be used in frames or canvases. The package is priced at £650 and is ideal for brides-to-be who are expecting a little bundle of joy.... read more

Posted: 6 May 2021

Find out more about bespoke dress makers, Yours Only

Find out more about bespoke dress makers, Yours Only

Yours Only is a bespoke dress makers in Tamworth. To find out more about the company, we interviewed owner Margaret Goldswordthy. "The company was started in 1990 to supply individual hand-finished garments which were fitted to the client. All services are personal in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere, everything is explained and priced out for the client. Fabric samples are available to look at, and personal embroidery and hand-beaded designs are available on request. All garments are personally fitted and finished by hand. On contacting me, the client will get a one-to-one personal service on an appointment system."... read more

Posted: 5 May 2021

How to incorporate pink tones into your wedding dress

How to incorporate pink tones into your wedding dress

Firstly, if any of you lovely brides know our boutique, you'll know we love pink! Designers are beginning to incorporate different colours and shades into their creations, so it's a really exciting time to be buying your wedding dress. Style 8953 by Justin Alexander is a gorgeous gown in a soft, subtleshade of pink. It has a vintage-inspired deep V-neckline with a pleated waistband and hand-beaded lace appliqués that float across the English net skirt. This style is also available in a raised neckline for those who want a little more coverage.... read more

Posted: 5 May 2021

Win a minimoon in London worth £2,000

Win a minimoon in London worth £2,000

Located in the heart of Kensington, The Milestone Hotel is a luxury residence which marries mid 20th-century design with 18th-century architecture. With 43 deluxe guest rooms and 13 luxury suites to choose from, there's also The Milestone Residences that allow the authentic experience of renting a private home with the service, facilities and security of a five-star hotel.Licensed for civil ceremonies, The Milestone provides the perfect venue for an intimate celebration with traditional British style and unrivalled service. The property's expert team of chefs, sommeliers, waiting staff and event organisers will put couples' minds at ease and ensure an ideal setting for the most important day of their life. The hotel itself is elegant and romantic lending itself perfectly to the occasion. Fine ornaments, antiques and unique artwork adorn the walls, and professional floral displays to complement the colours of the wedding party can be arranged. Intimate ceremonies can be coordinated in The Oratory – one of the oldest and historic wedding venues in the country. Additionally, there are six luxury two or three bedroom residences, which are perfect for pre- and post-wedding days; couples can relax and rejuvenate after their special day soaking up views from their private terrace – the hotel is ideally located opposite Kensington Palace with views over Kensington Gardens!... read more

Posted: 4 May 2021

Get married at Barnutopia

Get married at Barnutopia

Barnutopia opened in 2015 as a glamping suite with three Mongolian yurts. Following a successful planning application to expand as a wedding and events venue, the first wedding happened in 2017. Since then, owners Katrina and Steve Boydon have continued to improve and add to the site.Approaching through the main gates, guests are greeted by a long red brick stable block dating back to 1892. The event barn opens directly onto the yurt field with spectacular views of the Shropshire and Powys countryside.... read more

Posted: 4 May 2021

Macarons and wedding days - a match made in heaven!

Macarons and wedding days - a match made in heaven!

As we excitedly continue our journey on the roadmap out of lockdown and back to normality; here at County Wedding Magazines HQ we're thrilled about every step towards weddings resuming to their brilliant best. What's more, wedding planning is in full swing now for those tying the knot from the summer and beyond, and what better place to start then choosing delectable sweet treats for your wedding day? A definite must-have! Petite, chic, colourful and oh-so divine macarons really are the perfect accompaniment to nuptials. Whether you have a showstopping tower to represent your wedding cake, or individual treats for favours the choice are endless – they can even be personalised. London's Oh La La! Macarons create picture-perfect bespoke macarons, designed to bring fun and joy to your special day.Handmade in Bloomsbury and naturally gluten-free, its irresistible bites of goodness are whipped up with a higher content of almond than most and filled with deliciously light buttercream frosting.... read more

Posted: 3 May 2021

High Grosvenor House was the perfect backdrop for these beautiful images

High Grosvenor House was the perfect backdrop for these beautiful images

High Grosvenor House, a stunning wedding venue with panoramic views of the rolling Shropshire countryside, made the perfect backdrop for this styled shoot. Sarah Greenhouse from Yours Truly Weddings & Events says: "I wanted to create a harmonious occasion by blending muted pastel colours with a hint of blush pink to complement the venue's natural charm. I collaborated with hand-picked local suppliers who produced an artisan feel with floristry, venue dressing, a photo booth, stationery, favours and classic cars. All the intricate details were captured by Mat James Photography, and the drone footage perfectly encapsulated the look we wanted to create."... read more

Posted: 30 April 2021

Sustainable, zero-waste weddings guide

Sustainable, zero-waste weddings guide

Do you know how much of an impact your big day could have on the world around you? Here are some startling statistics which might make you reconsider how you want your wedding to be.Everything we throw away which can't be recycled has a negative impact on the environment. If something isn't biodegradable, it could take thousands of years to break down naturally. Plastic is unsurprisingly at the heart of the issue. Individually, one wedding can produce as much as 20kg of plastic waste. What's more, the black bags used to collect the rubbish are themselves potentially harmful. They can take as many as 90 years to break down under the ground.... read more

Posted: 30 April 2021

The Capriccio Quartet is celebrating after reaching the National Finals of the Wedding Business Awards

The Capriccio Quartet is celebrating after reaching the National Finals of the Wedding Business Awards

The Capriccio Quartet is celebrating after reaching the National Finals of the Wedding Business Awards and winning Best Musical Act in the West Midlands – congratulations! The long-established string quartet comprises of experienced professional string players, and the group is available to hire in Worcestershire, Herefordshire, Gloucestershire and across the West Midlands. To celebrate, the group have decided to freeze all of their prices for new bookings for the foreseeable future to help couples who have had to postpone their big day.... read more

Posted: 29 April 2021

Win a wedding suit and accessories worth up to £500

Win a wedding suit and accessories worth up to £500

Whether groom, best man, father-of-the-bride, or a guest, dressing for a wedding can be a sartorial minefield. Get expert insight into precisely what to wear, no matter your role on the day with Charles Tyrwhitt.As well as being one of the happiest days of your life, it's worth remembering that your wedding day is one of the most photographed days of your life too. There's no sense in skimping on style, and your partner won't thank you for it come the big day. The first decision to make is whether to wear morning dress or a suit. Of course, there's no right or wrong here; really it comes down to how formal you'd like to be. Morning dress brings with it a sense of occasion, and can't help but impress. A black lightweight wool tailcoat, buff or sky blue double-breasted linen waistcoat, and striped morning suit trouser are truly timeless, and will match with a shirt and tie in all manner of different colours and patterns.... read more

Posted: 28 April 2021

The perfect hair styles for a late-summer wedding

The perfect hair styles for a late-summer wedding

Most brides have an idea of how they would like their hair to look. As I have many years of experience, I've found it's all to do with the overall theme and keeping balance from head to toe. For example, your style will depend on the volume and length of your hair, your dresses neckline, choice of accessories, veil and jewellery. I love creating a soft, twisted chignon into the nape of the neck. It's elegant and works well with tall brides. You can keep this look simple with little or no accessories.... read more

Posted: 28 April 2021

Florist to the stars, Ronny Colbie shares his advice for wedding season

Florist to the stars, Ronny Colbie shares his advice for wedding season

Renowned florist Ronny Colbie launches into the wedding season with some of the most exclusive, bespoke weddings for 2021. As the wedding industry looks ahead - following the planned roadmap back to full wedding numbers in June – this summer certainly looks set to be the summer of love with more pre-booked and rescheduled weddings than ever.Flowers have long been an integral part of any wedding, they deliver emotional messages, are romantic and passionate and a way for couples to express themselves. For big-day blooms, the ever-growing wedding flower trend is: go large and deluxe! Basically, the smaller the guestlist, the more decadent and grander the flowers.... read more

Posted: 28 April 2021

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