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All the latest wedding news for couples getting married in the UK, along with bridal fashion and beauty inspiration and honeymoon ideas.
From famous landmarks to atmospheric candles - Austen & Blake, diamond ring specialists, has revealed the engagement posts that got the most love and what makes them so 'likeable'. The company analysed hundreds of the top 'liked' Instagram photos from around the world to find out the common features that appear the most.With more than 2 million #isaidyes and 1 million #wereengaged and #wegotenagaged hashtags appearing on the popular platform, there was no shortage of love announcements to choose from.So what makes an engagement picture go viral other than people being happy for you? Below, Austen & Blake breaks down the features you need to know about if you want to nail the perfect post.
Posted by Danielle Harvey on 1 March 2021
After this week's announcement giving us the go ahead to start making plans again for the summer and beyond it's no better time to set about planning your hen do! From hen party connoisseurs Team Hen, the arrival of its new bridesmaid and maid-of-honour proposal gift boxes means there's no better way to pop the question to your bride tribe. Here at County Wedding Magazines HQ we think they make the perfect gifts for you best girls - can we have one!
Posted by Danielle Harvey on 26 February 2021
Not just reserved for celebrities and millionaires, prenuptial agreements are becoming increasingly popular with modern couples too, no matter their financial status. With the uncertainty 2020 has brought to the economic and employment market, it can only be seen as a positive step to raise awareness of the importance of prenuptial agreements and eliminate the stigma surrounding them. Millennials, in particular, need to be made aware of the significance of prenups, as they aren't necessarily something to be viewed negatively or avoided, it's simply a sensible way to protect yourself and your finances.
Posted by Danielle Harvey on 24 February 2021
Here at County Wedding Magazines HQ yesterday, as we waited with bated breath to hear what Boris Johnson had to say in his announcement, our biggest concern was that he wouldn't address the wedding and events sector at all in his initial proposals for the coming months. One big exhale later, and we were delighted that we had SOMETHING we can start shouting about and we're certainly here to be the ones to do it - yipee!
Posted by Danielle Harvey on 23 February 2021
First comes love, then comes marriage, then comes...... a mortgage! Yes, it may not sound that romantic, but owning your own home is high on the agenda for many nearlyweds-to-be. While wedding plans may be top of the list, lots of couples picture themselves settling into married life in the comfort of their perfect home without always considering the complexities that need some thought before achieving homeownership – such as being self-employed, having bad credit or being a single parent. Applying for a mortgage can feel like information overload, and hard to separate the facts from fiction. There are many misconceptions around mortgage lending, which can be harmful as many people are left feeling insecure about their financial situation. To help couples navigate the word of mortgages, Paul Coss, Co-Founder of Haysto, has debunked five common myths:
Posted by Danielle Harvey on 22 February 2021
This past year has placed extra significance on those precious holiday memories, and if you're dreaming of far away lands and distant shores then these travel-inspired prints will be a welcome delight. Perfect to add to your big-day gift list, and to adorn your home as newlyweds, Places & Spaces Art Co. has a wide range of original and personalised art prints - why not gift to your loved one with the sentiment of looking forward to your honeymoon when we can travel again?
Posted by Danielle Harvey on 19 February 2021
In lockdown 3.0 most of us would be hard pushed to remember a time when we could plan a wedding without having to consider the necessary social restrictions. Usual headaches like seating plans and flowers seem minor in comparison to having to contend with whether The Big Day can even go ahead or how the guest list can be reduced enough to comply. Even with the initial successes of the vaccine rollout, we're all still facing a long road ahead, before we can get back to normality.
Posted by Danielle Harvey on 17 February 2021
With less than a week to go until Monday the 22nd February, the whole wedding industry waits on Boris Johnson's announcement to outline the roadmap out of lockdown. Here at County Wedding Magazines HQ we have completely and whole-heartedly empathised with the whole of our wedding community, from the couples who have had to postponed their weddings on multiple occasions, to the businesses that have had to adapt to new restrictions and regulations to overcome such dire prospects in the last year. The UK wedding industry normally hosts 20 million wedding guests and 252,000 weddings every year, worth more than £10billion to Britain's economy. Unbelievably despite these astronomical figures, many wedding industry professionals have had little if any support from government financial schemes over the course of the last year.
Posted by Danielle Harvey on 16 February 2021
The last year has certainly changed the way we make our plans; local weddings and UK minimoons will be a priority for this year and beyond! Luckily, the UK has some stunning coastal locations, idyllic countryside hotspots and cool cities to suit whatever your desires. Why not even mix it up with a city escape mixed with countryside charm; London and the home counties are all on your doorstep! Holiday cottage company, Lyme Bay Holidays have analysed data to find the UK's most romantic destinations and Bristol ranks in the top ten. Read on to find out if your area features in the romance chart...
Posted by Danielle Harvey on 15 February 2021
De Vere, a collection of historic mansion house estates and distinctive contemporary hotels - many of which are outstanding wedding venues - has donated £202,248 to NHS Charities Together to help NHS staff, volunteers and patients at the centre of the COVID-19 crisis. The money was raised when De Vere pledged a proportion of the value of each direct bedroom booking, including VAT, to NHS Charities Together* after the hotels were allowed to open in August 2020. De Vere's donation will help support NHS staff, volunteers and patients in key areas including welfare and wellbeing, assistance for patients leaving hospital, and long-term mental health support for NHS workers.
Posted by Danielle Harvey on 12 February 2021
Here at County Wedding Magazines HQ, one thing we have gained from lockdown is the love of sending a card in the post - an email just doesn't quite cut it! New stationery brand 'Say it with Songs' has an exciting bold range that covers all occasions, combining the power of a song with the sentiment of a greeting card to help us connect or reconnect with the people in our lives. Read on to be inspired...
Posted by Danielle Harvey on 10 February 2021
With vaccines well and truly providing the road to recovery in the UK we can start to dream again about romantic breaks away with loved ones. Not only do venue gift vouchers make for the perfect V-day gift - especially if you're stuck for ideas - but it's also something truly thoughtful and romantic to look forward to! It's time to start putting plans and holidays in the diary once again, and where better to start then an idyllic break for two at one of these Exclusive Collection properties
Posted by Danielle Harvey on 9 February 2021
If you have a gin loving partner, friend or family member that you want to surprise and delight this Valentine's Day, then look no further than these two fabulous offers from Pinkster Gin, the Limited Edition 'Let the love beGin' bottle and The Pinkster Gin Home Tasting Kit for Two.Pinkster Gin the pioneers of pink gin have an exclusive offer on their 'Let the love beGin' limited edition bottles. What's more, if you order a bottle of this fabulous raspberry infused gin by Sunday 14th February then you will also receive a free pack of eight Fever-Tree tonics (usually £5.00)
Posted by Danielle Harvey on 8 February 2021
Ahh February the month of love, and after 2020's year of postponed weddings here at County Wedding Magazines HQ we certainly think 2021 is going to be the year of love! But what is it that makes us fall in love? Humour, looks, hobbies, or just a gut feeling? The team at Pure Optical present the science behind the phenomenon Love at First Sight (yes it really does exist) along with 5 reasons that will prove it to even the harshest of sceptics.
Posted by Danielle Harvey on 8 February 2021
The latest arrivals from Team Hen have landed and, most-importantly, make for the perfect stress-relievers for the 2021 bride. If the wedding planning is proving too much - it was already up there with the stresses of changing jobs and moving home and that's without lockdowns and pandemics thrown in - nothing quite beats sliding into the tub with your favourite wedding magazine, a glass of wine and the opportunity to savour a little self care.
Posted by Danielle Harvey on 5 February 2021
With many wedding ceremonies and receptions being affected or put on hold during the last twelve months as a result of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the government's vaccination plan has finally give the wedding sector a glimmer of hope for newlyweds-to-be. Here, a selection of hotels, wedding venues and minimoon destinations have given their trend predictions for the coming year and beyond; from keeping the wedding bookings and suppliers within your local county, to choosing a winter wedding and planning a UK honeymoon - there's lots to be inspired by!
Posted by Danielle Harvey on 3 February 2021
February is nearly here which means the end to Dry January - yipee - and the arrival of Valentine's Day! The Cotswolds Distillery has created three delicious cocktails to be enjoyed on Valentine's night in the comfort of your own home. They are easy to make and will create the perfect atmosphere for an unforgettable evening for you and your partner. They can equally be enjoyed alone or over zoom with friends and are a great pre-amble to a delicious meal.
Posted by Danielle Harvey on 29 January 2021
With Valentine's Day due to take place during the UK's third lockdown, thortful.com has launched their new flower offering to cater to their customers' gifting needs. What's more, the County Wedding Magazines' team has had a much-need chuckle over thortful.com new range of Valentine's Day cards; nothing quite says intimacy like a hazmat suit and a face mask..... enjoy !
Posted by Danielle Harvey on 27 January 2021
Perhaps an idea for after Dry January, why not send each of your bridal party members this gift in the post and then you're all set for your virtual hen do! This beautiful gift set comes with a 75cl bottle of delicious STARLINO Rosé and a large stemmed aperitivo glass which is engraved with the STARLINO branding. If you haven't got a celebration planned, then why not schedule a pre-wedding date night with your loved one for some much-needed R&R?
Posted by Danielle Harvey on 25 January 2021
The beauty of lockdown is having extra time on your hands to plan the big day and spend more time looking in to extra ways to make the event truly bespoke. Lark is an exciting new company which composes tailor-made, personalised songs – perfect for weddings. Lark's team of award-winning writers, musicians and producers, who have worked with the likes of Alicia Keys, Amy Winehouse, Sia and Sam Smith, collaborate with couples to craft a completely bespoke song from scratch. The finished product is a mastered piece of music - truly unique and meaningful to them which will be treasured forever.
Posted by Danielle Harvey on 22 January 2021
With everything from travel plans to wedding dates put on hold in 2020, luxury UK jewellery retailer Goldsmiths, asked 1,000 UK adults how they would be approaching big life events when the world gradually regains some sense of normality this year. Despite the unexpected events of 2020 having disrupted life as we knew it, it seems that 84 per cent of Brits are determined to carry on with 'life plans' such as tying the knot, buying a house and starting a family!
Posted by Danielle Harvey on 15 January 2021
Couples who have adopted a pet during the pandemic can save themselves the unnecessary heartache of losing shared pets by arranging a 'pet-nuptial' agreement in case – obviously here at County Wedding Magazines HQ we truly hope it's not the case – of future separation with their partner. For custody of furry friends, there is currently no official legally binding measures in place for what happens to pets after a breakup. Legally a pet is seen as an asset, and as with any assets in a divorce, ownership will be decided by the court - however having a prearranged agreement in place, commonly known as a prenuptial agreement, can assist the court to make a decision.
Posted by Danielle Harvey on 13 January 2021
January is traditionally a time for good intentions and new, healthier beginnings. Be that swapping out meat for plant-based Veganuary, dusting off the running shoes, or cutting out alcohol for Dry January. With more than 20 per cent of the UK population now describing themselves as teetotal, the idea of a dry wedding may be more popular than you think. And what could be better than waking up hangover free on your first day as a married couple? For others, living and marrying without alcohol has a religious or cultural meaning. So, if you're planning a wedding in January, or indeed any month of the year, it makes sense to give guests some alcohol-free options.
Posted by Danielle Harvey on 8 January 2021
These days, most groups want to leave the UK for their hen party, but times are changing, and we are starting to realise that there are plenty of fantastic places to visit with your friends right here in the UK. What's more, is you'll find a hen party house that is more accessible to everyone, and it will be a lot cheaper too. You'll also have ample choice of hen party activities, like hiring a prosecco van with unlimited fizz or a private chef for the evening. Here are six pretty villages you can spend the weekend with your best friends to see the bride off in the best way possible
Posted by Danielle Harvey on 28 December 2020
UK retailer The Perfume Shop reveals sales of home fragrance increased by a whopping 357% month on month following lockdown, as the UK continue to spend more time at home. Not only can fragrance lift your mood at home, but it's also important to consider how fragrances can impact your wedding day. If you have a particular favourite scent, why not have candles or diffusers at the entrance to your wedding venues so that guests can be greeted with a pleasant welcome - and it will evoke memories of your special day for years to come as the sense of smell is closely linked with memory, probably more so than any of our other senses.
Posted by Danielle Harvey on 25 December 2020