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Moddershall Oaks Country Spa Retreat in Staffordshire has launched a new Winter Wonders Spa Package. Encouraging guests to take time to chill with loved ones this winter, the seasonal package provides the perfect balance of festivity and relaxation for guests. Available as a spa day and break, the limited-edition package is available throughout December, January and February. Guests will be spoilt for choice with access to the award-winning indoor and outdoor spa facilities. Whether you prefer to snuggle up
in front of the crackling fire in the peaceful relaxation lounge or soak up the crisp winter air in the outdoor vitality spa pool.... read more
Posted: 20 January 2022
Celebrating a festive proposal? Already caught the wedding planning bug? Don't want to wait two years? Having assisted couples previously with their short lead time weddings, experienced and down to earth UK wedding planner Mary Briscoe gives some food for thought if you are considering tying the knot as soon as possible.
Here at County Wedding Magazines HQ, we believe that anything is possible if you set your mind to it even planning a wedding within a few short weeks.... read more
Posted: 19 January 2022
There are many ways you can incorporate seasonal flavours into your cake. Here are some of our ideas: Why not indulge in chocolate and spice it up with cinnamon, orange
and a hint of cardamom filled with a rich chocolate ganache? If you don't like orange, then how about a dark chocolate cake filled with white chocolate and peppermint ganache? Ideal if you're serving your cake as dessert. My all-time favourite treat for this time of year is Baileys, so give a traditional vanilla sponge a hit of Baileys and fill it with white chocolate and Bailey's ganache.... read more
Posted: 19 January 2022
The owners of The Orchard at Munsley tied the knot at the property in 2010 and launched it as a wedding venue in September 2019. Situated in an apple orchard in the heart of Herefordshire, the venue overlooks a beautiful old church and duck pool. It oozes rustic charm, scenery and peaceful surroundings that are perfect for taking photographs. Bespoke packages can be tailored to suit couples ideas and budgets or there are three set options available. The team provide a stocked and manned bar as well as organise the basics, including the tipi/marquee, the generator for power supply and toilets.... read more
Posted: 18 January 2022
Roses are still one of the most prominent wedding flowers chosen couples to feature in their big-day styling. But how do you know which colour rose to get? Luckily for you, each colour has a specific meaning, and depending on the occasion, one will be better suited than the other.
During the Victorian era, flower language, also known as floriography, gained prominence. Flowers, especially roses, were used to convey a secret message without having to speak. This tradition has carried through today, and roses are much appreciated as a stand-alone gift, as well as a sentimental complement to a main present.
The gemstone jeweller Angelic Diamonds has ranked the most popular colour roses in the UK based on Google search volumes and reveals the hidden messages behind each to help you find the perfect one.... read more
Posted: 17 January 2022
Alexandra and Darryl met when they were children. "I was friends with his sister," says Alexandra. "We then met later at a mutual friend's engagement party. We share a love of Formula 1 and have lots of mutual interests." Darryl popped the question on Christmas Day. "He wrote it on a card and woke me up early as he was so impatient," shares the bride. "He thoughtfully sought the permission of my dad before proposing, and it was wonderful being able to share the day with family. It was definitely a surprise, and I didn't even believe him when I read it!"... read more
Posted: 14 January 2022
Weddings come in all different shapes and sizes, and there are so many unique traditions that make them special in different countries. There are many customs you are likely already familiar with, such as proposing with a diamond engagement ring and throwing your bouquet on the big day. However, there are so many other interesting traditions from around the globe that you're sure to love.
New research from engagement ring retailer, Angelic Diamonds, takes us on a trip around the world to find out more about wedding traditions and costs in every corner of the globe. Today, we're taking a closer look at some of our very favourite traditions. Despite their differences, there is one thing that all these traditions have in common. They are all in place to bring luck, happiness, and love to a union between the happy couple.... read more
Posted: 14 January 2022
Jackie Diamond Cake Design, based in Warwickshire, is offering all bookings placed before the end of January 2022 free favour cookies for the top table. Jackie creates quirky and traditional handmade wedding and celebration cakes. Each design is made to suit the customer's personality, tastes and budget. If you'd like to meet Jackie and see more of her work, she'll be exhibiting at The National Wedding Fayre (www.nationalweddingfayre.co.uk) at the CBS Arena in Coventry on 19th and 20th February, 2022.... read more
Posted: 13 January 2022
There are so many ways that you can incorporate colour into your wedding dress. Most gowns come in different shades such as ivory, pinks, greys, blues and blacks. We also work with one of the best companies in the UK that allow us to make custom changes to our gowns, including the colour. If you're after a subtle hue, most seamstresses will be able to customise a gown by adding coloured thread, beads, fabrics or even crystals to your design. We often tell our couples that with a great seamstress the only limit to customising a gown is your imagination.... read more
Posted: 12 January 2022
Here at County Wedding Magazines HQ we've heard it many times before "they could relax once the speeches were given".
This anxiety of the wedding speeches affects not only the groom but also the groomsmen. Whether you enjoy public speaking or not, there's a lot of pressure on the best man to remember to thank the bride, do justice to the groom without revealing his worst stories, and crucially be funny - but not so funny you ruin the big day!
No matter how confident the bestman is, or how often they may do presentations at work, this is still a daunting task.
If you've a wedding on the horizon and need some tips, James Robinson, Marketing Manager at presentation design agency Buffalo 7 offers his top tips on incorporating a slideshow in to the speech to help with proceedings...... read more
Posted: 11 January 2022
Accessible via a 1km long driveway, Blithfield Lakeside Barns is a working farm with plenty of privacy and luscious grounds. Overlooking the Blithfield Reservoir, the glass-fronted property has a large patio, wood cladding to the side of the barn and a large car park to the rear. Couples tie the knot in the Lakeside Wedding Barn. Finished with whitewash walls, exposed beams and a neutral décor throughout, it can accommodate 180 seated guests, but there is also a marquee available for larger celebrations.... read more
Posted: 11 January 2022
Sarah and Matt met when they were 15 and 16 years old. "We became boyfriend and girlfriend two years later," says Sarah. "This year we have been together for 10 years! What attracted me to Matt and still does is his sense of humour. He never fails to make me laugh." Matt proposed at the couple's favourite Indian restaurant in July 2019. "When he popped the question, he also revealed a tattoo he had dedicated to me on his chest," shares the bride. "It was a massive surprise."... read more
Posted: 7 January 2022
New research by London cornerstone jewellery brand, ABELINI, has revealed that even a global pandemic can't stop romantics tying the knot, as it is revealed that 79% of Brits would be happy to get engaged in the UK.
If you're reading this after having a festive proposal at the end of 2021 - did your very own engagement location make one of the top listed?
Whether your loved one is an ocean-obsessed water sign or a glamorous city slicker who would love to be proposed to with views over the capital, here at County Wedding Magazines HQ we're loving these winners.... read more
Posted: 7 January 2022
The Belfry Hotel & Resort has retained its title as England's Leading Resort for the 6th consecutive year at the 28th annual World Travel Awards. The World Travel Awards acknowledge, reward, and celebrate excellence across all key sectors of the travel, tourism and hospitality industries. Commenting on The Belfry's win, Gail Aldridge, the marketing director at The Belfry said "We are honoured to have once again received this coveted title. This award is a testament to the talent, commitment, and dedication of the whole team at The Belfry who ensured we continued to offer our guests a fantastic experience in particularly challenging times. We would like to wholeheartedly thank everyone who voted for us."... read more
Posted: 6 January 2022
Winter wonderland weddings can vary depending on if you're going for a snowy or warm and cosy feel. If you're going for the latter, you might want to introduce a spray of flowers in deep reds, berries and pine cone or pine leaves (artificial for food safety) with accents of gold leaves, rich coloured bases and textures on the cake. Alternatively, for a snowy look, opt for a snowglobe with personalised figures and create a forest with fairylights for a touch of warmth. This will look amazing with a bark effect wood log as the bottom tier with a flower spray and deer antlers made from chocolate.... read more
Posted: 5 January 2022
Nestled in secluded surroundings in the Shropshire countryside, Lilleshall House and Gardens were built in 1831. It was the former home and hunting lodge of the Duke of Sutherland and overlooks the Grade II listed Capability Brown-inspired gardens. There are plenty of places to take photographs, including the Golden Gates, which are the exact replicas of those adorning Buckingham Palace and the 70-foot high obelisk. This grand stately heritage site boasts historical features with oak-panelled walls in the reception area, original fireplaces and decorative ceilings in the 29 newly refurbished bedrooms.... read more
Posted: 4 January 2022
The ethical jewellery brand Ingle & Rhode have put together a guide on how to plan a sustainable wedding without compromising on that luxury feeling on your big day.
With the world becoming more environmentally conscious, a spokesperson for Ingle & Rhode said: "We're very passionate about ethical sourcing and we know through our customers that there are so many people out there who are interested in the idea of having a more sustainable wedding.
"Weddings often include a lot of single use items wrapped in plastic which of course isn't great for our environment.... read more
Posted: 3 January 2022
This styled shoot at Blithfield Lakeside Barns was put together by Molly Georgia Photography. "We wanted to capture elements of an autumnal wedding while adding a modern twist," says Molly. "We had amazing dried flower arrangements throughout the shoot from The Wild Atelier. At both ends of the table, we had cascading florals, and on the main table, we had a selection of dried flowers in separate vases. Every member of the team worked extremely hard to create the shoot, and it ended up being more amazing than I could've imagined. We battled through the crazy wind and rain and ended up with beautiful sunshine and a sunset to end the day."... read more
Posted: 31 December 2021
Hoar Cross Hall, a grand wedding venue in Staffordshire, has launched a limited-edition Winter Glow Spa Day. The Winter Glow Treatments are the perfect antidote to an increasingly fast-paced life. The soothing 60-minute treatment helps to eliminate stress and increases endorphins as you breathe in warming scents of winter spice and exotic citrus and cocoon in a luxurious moisturising wrap infused with sweet mandarin and lime. Leave your winter aches and pains behind as the spa's expert therapists carry out a rejuvenating facial and relaxing scalp massage featuring comforting seasonal aromas.... read more
Posted: 30 December 2021
Kates Dresses in Birmingham specialises in multi-way bridesmaids' gowns. The boutique offers jumpsuits, flowergirl's dresses, short gowns and floor-length versions in more than 80 different colours, so there's something to suit every theme. Matching cravats and ties are available as well as a range of luxury face coverings, brooches, accessories and bandeaus. The adult gowns are available in sizes six to 18, and there's also a curve range that fits sizes 18 to 28. "You can book in to come and visit my dress suite with your maids where you will have full access," says owner Katie.... read more
Posted: 29 December 2021
Bourton Hall is an Italianate mansion set within 15 acres of lawns, gardens and woodland. Offering extensive views across Warwickshire's countryside, the property has all the charm, elegance and grandeur needed to create the perfect wedding. Outside is a sandstone ashlar, a romantic balcony, and two large three-story canted bays that give the notion of a fairytale castle. Guests will be impressed as they step foot in the door and see the large reception hall with the original feature grand staircase set underneath two stunning glass cupolas that fill the space with natural light.... read more
Posted: 28 December 2021
If you had a festival proposal last weekend - lucky you - and it means this New Year there will be double celebrations now you're embarking on your wedding planning journey and entering 2022 as an engaged couple!
These delightful Gin cocktails are the perfect way to celebrate and bring in the New Year, restrictions maybe looming once again, but gin can travel!
Pinkster is locally grown and distilled in Cambridgeshire, Mermaid is crafted in the sea air of the Isle of Wight, Aviation American Gin is produced under Ryan Reynolds' watchful eye in Portland, Oregon and Jaisalmer Gin, inspired by the imperial age of Maharajas and Maharanis has flown all the way from Jaisalmer, India!... read more
Posted: 28 December 2021
Renowned high street footwear brand Clarks, analysed search volume data to reveal what wedding outfit colours the nation are searching for the most this winter. Blue wedding outfits came out on top, followed by black, pink, red and green! What's more, Clarks spoke to Lindsay from Lindsay Punch Styling to give her top tips on what shoes to pair with our upcoming wedding outfits, from styles to different colours. Read on for advice on winter wedding styling...... read more
Posted: 24 December 2021
Laura and Sam first laid eyes on each other at a bar. "I liked how nice he was and that we had lots in common," says Laura. "I was in university at the time, and Sam would come to see me, and we would watch the rugby in Cardiff. When I moved back home, we moved in together." Sam proposed in May 2016. "It was a few months after my dad and brother had passed away," shares the bride. "We had booked a couple of nights away in Trearddur Bay in Anglesey. We walked to the shop, and I was quite surprised that Sam had bought a bottle of prosecco because he doesn't really drink it."... read more
Posted: 24 December 2021
Antona At Home, created by Bake Off: The Professionals finalist Bharat Chandegra, has launched a range of luxury Michelin starred Christmas hampers. Founded in the wake of Covid when restaurants were unable to trade, Antona At Home fulfilled a new demand for excellent restaurant- quality meals delivered to your home. During lockdown, it flourished, and the chefs' Michelin meal boxes sold out week after week. As restaurants reopened, Antona At Home evolved and now boasts a home delivery service, an artisan chocolate and patisserie company and a soon-to- launch bespoke catering and events business.... read more
Posted: 23 December 2021