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The National Wedding Fayre is back for 2023

The National Wedding Fayre is back for 2023! With more than 100 exhibitors, a VIP lounge, fashion shows and the fabulous win a wedding competition, the show has everything you need to plan the wedding of your dreams. There will be hands-on advice from industry experts, luxury products, services at an affordable price and special promotions.

A VIP package is available and includes access to the stunning new lounge, a complimentary drink of your choice, an upgraded gift bag, reserved seating for the fashion show and fast track entry – what's not to love?

Posted: 2 February 2023

Abroad stag and hen dos not an option due to cost of living crisis

Couples planning stag and hen festivities this year may need to think again as Brits admit they would not attend an abroad celebration. Luxury fashion retailer Fenwick, has surveyed the nation to find out opinions on stag and hen dos, including the amount they'd be willing to spend and whether they'd travel abroad. Many people now take their bridal parties or groomsmen on holiday to celebrate their big day. These trips can often end up costing a lot of money especially if heading to popular destinations such as Marbella, Budapest or even Vegas which when the majority of the UK is being squeezed by the ongoing cost of living crisis, isn't something many can afford. Of the 1,000 people surveyed, 50.70% would refuse to attend a stag do abroad, preferring to celebrate closer to home in the UK.

Posted: 1 February 2023

TDR Bridal in Birmingham will be exhibiting at The National Wedding Show (NEC)

"At TDR Bridal, we are proud to stock the biggest and best selection of wedding dresses you will find throughout Birmingham and the West Midlands, and we are one of the best-stocked boutiques in the UK," says the team at TDR Bridal. "We work hard to source gowns to suit every bride, regardless of size*, shape, age or budget. We have great relationships with the designers we partner with and we know that their dresses, combined with our experience working with 1000s of brides of the years will guarantee that you will find the dress that has been made for you. Just because we are big, it doesn't mean we aren't completely committed to helping you find your dream dress.

"To make your personal appointment with one of our amazing team, get in touch or request an appointment here."

Posted: 1 February 2023

Karma Salford Hall is a beautiful Grade I listed manor house

Karma Salford Hall is a beautiful Grade I listed manor house that has retained its Tudor charm with stained-glass windows, a bell tower and historic engraving into Cotswold stone. Set in manicured gardens and nestled amid rolling hills and farmland, the property has a quintessentially English feel with new and period furnishings creating a traditional yet contemporary setting. Once the guest home for the monks of Evesham Abbey and later owned by King Henry VIII, the building is steeped in history and old-world charm with grand fireplaces, wood panelling and oil paintings.

Posted: 31 January 2023

The most eye-catching wedding decor revealed

A new study, conducted by the wedding financial experts at money.co.uk, involved surveying 1,000 future newlyweds and asking them to estimate how much they will spend on 70 wedding items. Images of these 70 items were then used in an eye-tracking study to reveal the specific elements that people spend the most time gazing at. Fairylights came out on top, with guests staring at them for 5.53 seconds which is impressive considering they are the decorations that those planning a wedding expect to pay the least for (£106.25). So, if you're looking to impress your guests without splurging then try draping your venue in tiny, twinkling fairylights.

Posted: 30 January 2023

A man’s perspective to changing names after marriage

NameSwitch has interviewed some trail blazing men who took a bold step into the future. When you're planning a wedding, whether small and informal or grand-scale, there's a myriad of tasks to organise. And, these days, guys are expected to pull their weight when it comes to sorting everything from flower arrangements and wedding cakes to transport and catering. But, before you even walk down the aisle to say, "I do", there's another important factor to consider – whether you intend to take your partner's surname.

Posted: 27 January 2023

Selfridges Birmingham has launched a new Beauty Concierge

Selfridges Birmingham has launched a new Beauty Concierge following the success of the service in London and Manchester. Situated within Selfridges Birmingham Beauty Hall, Beauty Concierge will provide customers with an extensive range of services, a variety of products and impartial beauty advice from leading industry experts in cosmetics, skincare and haircare.

Home to the world's leading beauty brands, experts at Beauty Concierge are there to guide you on everything from learning a new look and revamping your make-up bag, to making your routine more eco-friendly.

Posted: 26 January 2023

Is keeping your maiden name at work right for you?

NameSwitch shares its advice on the dilemma that many women face in the workplace, and that's whether to keep your maiden name? Read on to find out more... The process of getting married comes with a million personal choices to be made along the way – do you want a big white dress or something more minimal? Do you want a DJ at your celebration or a live band? Do you want to keep your maiden name or embrace your married one? Each choice is personal and unique and there is no one-size-fits-all answer. Even when it comes to something as momentous as what name you'll be known by for the rest of your life, there are different options and choices to be made. And just like decisions about what kind of dress to buy, the choices you make about your name will also be influenced by your personal preferences and life experiences.

Posted: 25 January 2023

Nailcote Hall Hotel is situated 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, it can accommodate 280 guests for the ceremony and 320 for the reception.

Posted: 24 January 2023

New interactive feature to make hen and stag dos less stressful

A new randomised spinning wheel feature has been launched by Hen Weekends and Stag Weekends in an effort to make the planning process of hen and stag parties easier and less stressful. This comes as their recent study of hen and stag party bookings found that 30% of hen and stag party organisers have no idea which location to book, with so many different options on offer creating quite the predicament.

Posted: 23 January 2023

Free Valentine's wedding with Frankie & Benny’s

Top Italian American restaurant Frankie & Benny's has been swamped with applications after offering a free wedding for Valentine's. The popular restaurant has launched the ultimate cost of living crisis busting wedding and they've already had thousands wanting to say 'I do'. The team at Frankie & Benny's have been astounded by the number of applicants, many of the lovebirds had their first date at one of the restaurants and want to celebrate their special day where they first met. You still have a chance to win, so long as you've just tied the knot, or about to, have a great love story, then you can apply for the free wedding. All applications need to be submitted via Facebook/Instagram by January 29, 2023.

Posted: 23 January 2023

New honeymoon experiences for couples with a conscience

Hotelgift is the ideal way to share the joy of travel with a newlywed couple with a conscience; from uber luxury glamping to wellness journeys for two. For every Hotelgift bought and for every gift card that is redeemed for a new hotel stay, 1,000 litres of water are donated to support local communities in places that need it most through a partnership with Made Blue.

Posted: 20 January 2023

Hockley Mint have announced plans for all of its rings to be made from recycled precious metals

British casting specialist and fine jewellery manufacturer, Hockley Mint has announced plans to overhaul its plain wedding ring collection by offering recycled precious metals as standard. Sourced from within the UK, the various alloys of gold, silver and platinum represent another step in the business' sustainable sourcing strategy. This will be offered alongside the company's long-standing fairtrade gold option for wedding rings and fine jewellery.

Kevan Jenkinson, the sales director at Hockley Mint, says: "This is another step towards operating more sustainably. We are sourcing our recycled precious metals from within the United Kingdom as part of our 'Created in the UK' ethos."

Posted: 19 January 2023

Average ages we are hitting life’s milestones

A new study from Confused.com has revealed the average ages we are hitting life's milestones in England & Wales, including getting married at age 35! So how does your milestone timeline compare? Typically, the first milestone people in the UK reach is moving out of their parent's home at age 20, followed by moving in with their partner at 27. The next life milestone those in the UK usually meet is having their first child, with couples seeming to have children before marriage. The average age for having children is 29, while the average age for getting married is 35. The data also suggests that on average, people are choosing to have children before purchasing a property. This could be a result of house prices continuing to rise making it harder to save for a deposit.

Posted: 18 January 2023

Avoncroft Museum of Historic Buildings is a grand wedding venue surrounded by beautiful countryside

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 boasts a14th-century roof that 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 16 extra 60 loved ones for the reception.

Posted: 17 January 2023

Couples are opting for eco-friendly weddings

One of the UK's leading waste and recycling management companies BusinessWaste.co.uk collected data, which shows how much attitudes to environmental and sustainable choices in regard to weddings are changing. According to the research searches for 'sustainable wedding' has skyrocketed by 75% over the last year, while 'sustainable wedding venues near me' saw an 80%+ increase along with 'sustainable engagement ring' which saw a staggering 96% search increase. What's more, us Brits came out on top overall for our eco-friendly mindfulness, with France and Greece also seeing the biggest increase in searches for sustainable wedding venues.

Posted: 16 January 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, featured across four whole page, 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: 16 January 2023

Keep your wedding guests warm this winter

Putting the chocolate back into drinking chocolate with their unique fine beads, Cocoa Canopy are making winter weddings super cosy with its sample-szie offering. Perfect for winter wedding favours, they offer the ultimate in comforting hot chocolates, guaranteed to put a smile on the receiver's face! Cocoa Canopy is the only UK drinking chocolate brand to craft unique fine chocolate beads for beautifully smooth, real chocolate drinks made from only a handful of sustainably sourced ingredients.

Posted: 13 January 2023

The Spa at Ardencote is giving one lucky reader and a guest a free spa day

The Spa at Ardencote, a luxury four-star wedding venue in Warwickshire, is giving one lucky reader and a guest a spa day, including a 55-minute Elemis treatment, light lunch and full access to the award-winning spa facilities.

The spa is located in a former Victorian coach house and has an expansive range of indoor and outdoor facilities to achieve ultimate wellbeing. The outdoor facilities, which include a heated swimming pool, hot tub and Tyrolean kilo sauna are all set within a stunning courtyard where guests can relax, surrounded by sensory country garden plants that capture the essence of the spa's idyllic rural location.

Posted: 12 January 2023

How to throw an insta-worthy engagement party

You never have to scroll too far to stumble upon a celebrity engagement party on instagram and if you've recently got engaged yourself, you're probably thinking - should I throw one too? The short answer is yes, absolutely. While planning the wedding is always top priority, there's no reason why you shouldn't have a party to get all your loved ones together and celebrate the big news straight away - particularly when most weddings take place a good 12 to 18 months post-proposal. However, hosting an engagement party of your dreams can still be quite a daunting task. To help, wedding jewellery experts, Queensmith have pulled together 11 tips for taking your celebratory soirée to the next level.

Posted: 11 January 2023

Macdonald Ansty Hall is an award-winning 17th-century Georgian house

Macdonald Ansty Hall is an award-winning 17th-century Georgian house situated within eight acres of private grounds. Featuring magnificent views of the surrounding Warwickshire countryside, the house has original features, including a staircase, high ceilings, open fireplaces and 62 bedrooms. The function rooms feature stunning views of the landscaped gardens, and St James Church, that's set behind the hotel, is within easy walking distance. The property can be hired on an exclusive-use basis, firework displays can be organised, and the couple can even arrive via helicopter.

Posted: 10 January 2023

Spotify data reveals the most popular wedding songs

Luxury engagement ring retailer, Diamonds Factory, has scraped Spotify to find the top 100 most popular wedding songs to include in your playlists. To do this, Diamonds Factory analysed over 100 Spotify playlists containing the word 'wedding' and found the most featured songs across all playlists. These playlists included 3500 unique songs, and the data scrape also used additional keywords to reveal the top wedding ceremony songs, wedding party songs and top wedding artists, too.

Posted: 9 January 2023

New planner reveals when you can afford to tie the knot

With wedding costs rising by 3,000% since the 1950s, and set to reach an all-time high in the 2020s, making and sticking to a wedding budget can be a real headache for couples. To help would-be newlyweds with the complex task of budget planning their big day, the wedding finance team at money.co.uk have created a new wedding budget planner, to help couples account for all their costs for each stage of their dream wedding. The new planning tool also helps you calculate the earliest date you should set for your big day, based on how long it will take you to save up enough money to pay for your dream wedding. The wedding budget planner page also has lot of tips to help couples save cash, including:

Posted: 6 January 2023

Win a ‘One Night Luxury Four Poster Hotel Break for Two’ in Essex

County Weddings Magazine has teamed up with The Rose and Crown Hotel to give our readers the chance to win a 'One Night Luxury Four Poster Hotel Break for Two' in their 700 year old hotel. The lucky winner will receive a voucher which can be redeemed any time in the next 18 months. Also included is a bottle of champagne waiting in your room on arrival, breakfast in the morning, early check-in and late checkout, and a delicious three course dinner in their onsite restaurant

Posted: 5 January 2023

Tamsin’s Bridal Boutique is moving to a Grade II listed building

Tamsin's Bridal Boutique is moving to a Grade II listed building on one of Kidderminster's oldest streets. Set to open in January 2023, the new boutique will feature three large bridal suites, two prom suites, a suite for the mother-of-the-bride/groom and bridesmaids, and a floor for menswear with options for both hire and sale.

"We are delighted to have been able to purchase this stunning building," says Tamsin Hancocks-Guinan. "All the suites in the new boutique are private for just you and your party. Alongside a huge variety of shoes and accessories, our gowns-to-go selection will feature dresses from £299."

Posted: 5 January 2023

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