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Your Hampshire and Dorset Wedding news and ideas from around the area

All the latest wedding news for couples getting married in Hampshire or Dorset, along with bridal fashion and beauty inspiration and honeymoon ideas.

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Pantone’s Colour of The Year - we love it!

Pantone's Colour of The Year, Viva Magenta, is oh-so gorgeous and perfect for wedding colour palettes whatever time of year. Claiming, 'It's a shade rooted in nature descending from the red family and expressive of a new signal of strength. Viva Magenta is brave and fearless, and a pulsating colour whose exuberance promotes a joyous and optimistic celebration, writing a new narrative,' how very appropriate for weddings!

Posted: 2 December 2022

New Wedding Planner Journal & Keepsake collection

Just in time after the influx of festive proposals, Paper Crane Unique has announced the release of its Wedding Planner Journal & Keepsake collection launching January 2023. A bride- or groom-to-be's perfect planning companion; organise your wedding plans, write about your personal story and keep your photo memories safe altogether in one place that you can keep forever. The planners are 200 pages of wedding planning tools, inspiration boards, notes and journal sheets featuring a beautiful eucalyptus design inside, cloth cover and gold gilded edges. Priced at £32.95, the collection has a choice of four colours: classic ivory, blush pink, luxe gold and dusty blue.

Posted: 1 December 2022

Say I do at Calbourne Water Mill

Located on 30 acres of peaceful grounds, Calbourne Water Mill is the perfect wedding setting with a woodland area, undulating grass, orchards, a river and streams. Ducks plus peacocks roam freely around the property and carp can be found in the river, which runs throughout the site to the ancient water mill and wheel. The historic mill continues to work, milling flour and rolling oats for porridge and muesli sold on-site. Even though the property doesn't have a ceremony license, the venue has three locations for wedding receptions. Surrounded by windows overlooking the picturesque grounds, the rustic barn is an old 1700s cattle barn with varnished beams, a large stone fire place and pillars. The space can match any colour scheme or theme thanks to the wooden-varnished ceiling and white stone walls.

Posted: 29 November 2022

Luxe gifting brand launches

Brand new to the wedding scene, April & Bloom have a vision to redefine wedding gifting, by providing a range of elegant gifts for engagements, the bride-to-be, bridal party proposals and for 'the morning of'. The luxe gifting brand promises on-trend products and 'insta-worthy' moments, through its carefully curated range of signature floral gift boxes, wedding planners & notebooks, bespoke gift box service and wedding favours. Filled with stylish products from a range of desirable brands – including Whispering Angel, Pale Fox, Charbonnel et Walker, Chalke Valley and more – April & Bloom's signature keepsake gift boxes are unlike anything on the market, and come adorned with preserved posies, all wrapped up with luxurious ribbons and bows for those precious "wow" wedding moments. There are 13 signature keepsake gift boxes available from the April & Bloom website (aprilandbloom.uk), in blush, cream and neutral colour schemes.

Posted: 28 November 2022

Win your dream wedding at River Cottage

River Cottage will soon make one lucky couple's dream come true with a complimentary wedding, set in their famous 100-acre organic farm on the border of Devon and Dorset. Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall will personally handpick the winning couple's names out of a hat at the end of January 2023. The prize will provide the setting of River Cottage HQ as the venue for the couple to celebrate their special day. The prize includes canapés, a three-course seasonal meal served with coffee and petit fours, plus accommodation in the famous River Cottage Farmhouse for six people on the night of the wedding. Surrounded by sensational Devon countryside and organic farmland, this dream wedding location offers exclusive use of its grounds for the day.

Posted: 24 November 2022

Check out Zaneta Burnett Design's new wedding offer

Situated in Southampton, Zaneta Burnett Design is offering dreamworthy separates for only £600. Bridal separates consist of tops with skirts, trousers or shorts, which can be incorporated into future looks, making the option more environmentally friendly. Less fitting sessions are required as there are no extreme structures or tailoring needed – perfect for those on a tight time frame. The style of attire is practical and comfortable as there would be no long trains, elaborate corsets or heavy layers.

Posted: 24 November 2022

Discover what makes The Mortimer Arms the perfect reception space

For those searching for a chilled setting with an authentic country feel for receptions, check out The Mortimer Arms. The former Edwardian dowager house has been beautifully converted into a chic boutique hotel, while retaining a wealth of charm. Set on the edge of the New Forest, the décor is sympathetic to the rural area with pictures and paraphernalia to reflect the local countryside. The building's original high ceilings, large sash windows and patios add character to the space and gives the interior a bright and airy feel. The outside spaces include a large lawn, front patio and garden with hanging baskets and flower beds.

Posted: 22 November 2022

Winter weddings: how to create the perfect tablescape

Creating the perfect tablescape to bring that wow factor is an important part of your wedding. But how does winter change things? Here, Suzanne Pearce from the interior experts Casa Bella offers some tips. Planning the aesthetic and decoration for your wedding is an exciting task, but it can be tricky to know how to adapt to the seasons when you are having a winter wedding, as so many classic wedding tablescapes are inspired by floral summer designs. But there's still plenty that you can do to incorporate the seasons and make your wedding table look as beautiful and atmospheric as you like. The added drama of seasonal foliage and scenery can add a whole new level to your winter wedding, and can make for some truly memorable photos. Here, we'll show you how you can create a beautiful winter wedding tablescape that's personal to you and your partner.

Posted: 22 November 2022

Stylish advice for grooms, fathers-of-the-bride and ushers

Choosing your wedding dress is only part of the story when it comes to styling your big day. In order to achieve a coordinated look, it's important to think about what the men who make up the wedding party will be wearing. What you choose will ultimately come down to the style of wedding you're planning, the location and of course the time of year. Here Cliff Bashforth, MD of Colour Me Beautiful shares with us his advice on how to ensure that they not only look the part but feel comfortable too. Do not overlook the men who will be at your wedding. What they choose, or you tell them, to wear must complement what you are wearing and be consistent with the rest of the bridal party. A little guidance on colour and fit will ensure that they, too, look the part and feel comfortable.

Posted: 18 November 2022

Balmer Lawn Hotel wins a wedding award

Located in the New Forest, Balmer Lawn Hotel & Spa has taken home an award for the best Large Wedding Venue, and the team couldn't be happier. The hotel's wedding coordinator, Ruth Mundy, says, "We pride ourselves on our customer service here at the hotel, especially for weddings. We go above and beyond to ensure all parties are treated to an experience of only the highest standards. Our happy couples can expect respect, quality, and everlasting memories upon their visit to our luxury New Forest escape." The property has multiple packages on offer to suit all types of weddings, which includes access to its picturesque grounds, a complimentary stay in the honeymoon suite and several dining options. The newest package, Everything But The Dress features a list of preferred suppliers and specific requirements.

Posted: 17 November 2022

Exchange vows at Palais des Vaches in Hampshire

Situated deep in the countryside, Palais des Vaches is a renovated art gallery that provides the ideal setting for weddings and events. The property is surrounded by rolling fields with views over Beaulieu River and the Solent to the Isle of Wight. Inside the venue, the walls are packed full of artwork by local artists, making the property that extra bit special and so easy to fall in love with. The carefully designed venue has three large interconnecting interior rooms, which surround an enchanting Tuscan-style courtyard and large open garden. Even though the venue doesn't have a ceremony license, there are plenty of spaces for blessings with couples using indoor and outdoor areas as they please.

Posted: 15 November 2022

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: 14 November 2022

Michelmersh Manor Farm launches self-catering accommodation

Set in the heart of the Test Valley, Michelmersh Manor Farm is launching new self-catering accommodation that's perfect for pre- wedding getaways. The family-run company has coverted a 274-year-old barn into two units for guests to enjoy. The first has two en suite bedrooms and a downstairs toilet, while the other has a king-sized bed on the ground floor for those that can't manage the stairs and a double bedroom upstairs. Both areas have fully equipped kitchens, wood-burners and cosy furniture. To create an even more fun experience, the company has provided puzzles, games, books and a leaflet of local walks available.

Posted: 10 November 2022

How much have Brits spent attending weddings this summer?

We all love a wedding! After two years of covid and postponed big-days, 2022 was a bumper year for nuptials with more taking place than ever! The team at Fenwick has delved into the true cost of attending weddings that aren't your own. Have you ever wondered how much the average person spends? By surveying 1,000 people, the study reveals how much Brits are spending on each wedding they attend.

Posted: 9 November 2022

Balmer Lawn Hotel offers the perfect setting for weddings

For couples looking for a romantic postcard setting, Balmer Lawn Hotel & Spa is a must see space. Set back behind a cricket pitch, the venue is the perfect mixture of traditional and contemporary styles. With sun-drenched terraces and beautiful gardens, lovebirds will be spoilt for when it comes to stunning backdrops to pick from. Looking out over the lawn, the impressive building boasts a fascinating past and has been used as everything from a hunting lodge and a field hospital to an army staff college and coaching inn. As a destination hotspot for weddings, pairs can exchange vows in the garden's oak-beamed Sylvan Pavilion. Or, why not opt for the Beaulieu Suit with 140 loved ones?

Posted: 8 November 2022

Mmm cake! What your cake-cutting etiquette says about you

It's fair to say that cake is a universal dessert - from birthdays, weddings and anniversaries there's no better way to celebrate an important occasion than with cake. The best part about this yummy dessert is that it can be enjoyed at any time, whether it's after lunch or dinner, or if you're feeling adventurous - maybe even for breakfast! Everyone has their favourite flavours, their go-to for any celebration and this is why this wonderful delicacy has become customary for all kinds of events. Quite simply because it tastes great and is guaranteed to hit the spot! Cake is truly the best dessert, but did you know the way you cut your cake can actually say a lot about your personality traits? The cake connoisseurs at Sponge.co.uk have revealed what your cake-cutting etiquette says about you. From the traditional slice, to using props in a weird and wonderful way – this list will be sure to keep you thinking for when you next cut into your next spongey treat.

Posted: 7 November 2022

Happy feet: 5 expert tips to care for your feet at a wedding

Whether you're a wedding guest or it's your own big day, sore feet and rubbing heels can get in the way of you having the time of your life on the dancefloor. With these five top tips from Rachel Clinkard — of family-run shoe company Charles Clinkard — you can give your feet some more TLC during wedding season. Weddings are some of the most memorable days of our lives, so it's important that we enjoy these special occasions without the distraction of sore feet or painful shoes. However, from dancing the night away to that all-important walk down the aisle, we tend to be on our feet all day. To help you stay comfortable and celebrate into the small hours, here are five of my top tips for looking after your feet at weddings.

Posted: 4 November 2022

The Angel Hotel has relaunched this year

Nestled in the picturesque South Downs, The Angel Hotel will be relaunching this summer! The venue is one of Hampshire's hidden gems and will provide couples with the perfect location for weddings. The team will proudly showcase the fabulous new function space, The Nicholson Suite, which can accommodate 110 people. With a new glass-roofed atrium, a private entrance and a purpose-built bar, this space will most certainly make an impression. In addition to a remodelled Bridal Suite and landscaped grounds, the venue will prove popular with couples planning their wedding for late 2022 and 2023.

Posted: 3 November 2022

How to style your bridesmaids…

When it comes to planning your wedding the team at Colour Me Beautiful knows only too well that dressing your bridesmaids for your big day can be beset with difficulties. Here Cliff Bashforth sets out his advice on how to avoid the pit falls. It is an honour to be a bridesmaid, and often those you have asked will be as excited as you are. Shopping for bridesmaids' outfits can be a fun experience for you all, although you will need a clear idea of what you want them to look like because they will frame you in your wedding photographs. Happy bridesmaids make good photographs, so ensuring they are comfortable in what they are wearing will guarantee everyone is radiant on the day.

Posted: 2 November 2022

Macdonald Elmers Court is the perfect wedding venue

Located on 23 acres of spectacular grounds, Macdonald Elmers Court Hotel is a magnificent 19th-century manor house that has kept much of its original charm and character. Whether lovebirds are planning to say "I do" in stunning stately rooms or outdoors, the team offers a fantastic selection of romantic and elegant settings for ceremonies. For intimate weddings with 60 people, The Glenville is a charming space with plenty of natural lighting, while The Waterford is the perfect option for larger ceremonies with 100 loved ones. For those wanting outdoor celebrations, The Veranda is a beautiful setting with sea views for 100 guests.

Posted: 1 November 2022

This is your dream wedding according to your star sign

It's not always easy to decide on your wedding theme, and searches for 'wedding ideas' have seen a +23% increase in the past twelve months. To offer some inspiration, thortful.com have collated the best dream wedding ideas for each star sign! Perhaps you're a Taurus, and would love to be married in a mansion, or a Leo dreaming of a castle wedding? astrologer, Inbaal Hongiman, to reveal the dream wedding for each star sign in order to provide some inspiration for those planning their big day.

From Leos' wanting to get married in an opulent castle to Sagittarius' eloping on a beach, here are the weddings each star sign dreams of having

Posted: 28 October 2022

Check out Hale Park in Hampshire

Set in the middle of an agricultural estate in a very private corner of the New Forest, couples will approach Hale Park down a long avenue of lime trees. Surrounding the house are the extensive grounds, which feature a small rose garden, topiary, maze, two ponds and many hidden areas to discover. Exchange vows in the grand Georgian Drawing Rooms, which feature high ceilings, showstopping chandeliers and views over Avon Valley. The whole area can host 120 guests or can be split into three smaller areas if desired. Alternatively, the pillared portico entrance to the front of the house is another option for ceremonies with 100 people on the lawn opposite. For religious weddings, St. Mary's Church can accommodate around 90 people. The setting is only a short walk through the gardens and creates a stunning backdrop to photographs. Around the property, couples will discover picture-perfect spaces for civil ceremonies or celebrant-led weddings with 40 to 100 people – here they can let their imaginations run wild.

Posted: 25 October 2022

How to ensure a good night's sleep before your big day

Anxious brides and grooms-to-be have been offered top tips on beating their wedding nerves and getting a good night's sleep ahead of their all important day. The fitted furniture experts at Online-Bedrooms.co.uk have provided their tips to those who are likely to be overcome by nerves, affecting their sleep. Among the nerve-busting tips are incorporating sleep inducing scents into your room, planning a pre-bed workout and avoiding spicy foods. Nic Shacklock, from Online-Bedrooms.co.uk said: "Pre-wedding nerves often lead to a lack of sleep ahead of what is regarded as the most important day of many people's lives.

Posted: 24 October 2022

Sara Davies, Fred Sirieix and Raj Somaiya revealed as BBC judges

BBC Two's Master of Ceremonies will see eight wedding planners battle it out to prove they are Britain's next best wedding expert as they design spectacular ceremonies for six couples. Dragons' Den star Sara Davies, First Dates favourite Fred Sirieix and wedding industry expert Raj Somaiya will be the judges and mentors - overseeing the planners as they create dream weddings for our couples. Throughout the competition they will send home the weakest planner until just two remain in the final where the planners will face one final challenge to decide who will be crowned the winner.

Posted: 21 October 2022

Anya Bridal Couture is celebrating more than 10 years in business

Anya Bridal Couture is celebrating more than a decade of helping brides-to-be find their dream gown. Located in the heart of the beautiful Hampshire countryside, the bridal boutique offers clients a beautiful and private space to search through the racks. With a good variety of gowns available and an expert team who will guide brides throughout the process, the experience will be stress-free and enjoyable. After opening the business more than 11 years ago, the team has worked hard to provide exceptional service.

Posted: 20 October 2022

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