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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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The countdown is on… to our Signature Wedding Show at Ascot Racecourse

The countdown is on… to our Signature Wedding Show at Ascot Racecourse

We live and breathe weddings at CWM towers, so we can't wait for our Signature WeddingShow at Ascot Racecourse on Sunday 18th April, 2021! After 2020 was a year of lockdowns, post-poned weddings, rescheduled events and cancelled plans, it's great to have a date we can finally add to our diaries. It is also one of our first wedding shows of the autumn wedding show season for all those couples that are desperate for face-to-face wedding planning...... read more

Posted: 1 August 2021

Award-winning exhibitor at our Signature Wedding Show at Ascot Racecourse

Award-winning exhibitor at our Signature Wedding Show at Ascot Racecourse

Nehar Ullah, of Spot on Events, has recently won Wedding Planner of The Year for South East and London at the Prestige Awards Ceremony - you can meet this award-winning wedding planning at our Signature Wedding Show at Ascot Racecourse on Sunday 19th September 2021.A UK-based - now award-winning - luxury wedding planner, Nehar manages every step of your wedding and designs a day that's unique to everything you've dreamed of.Nehar says, "Let's face it, wedding planning is stressful, time-consuming and overwhelming to say the least - but it should be fun! It's the best day of your life that you're planning, so why not enjoy the journey and leave the rest to someone else."... read more

Posted: 29 July 2021

New goings on with Ascot Racecourse Signature Wedding Show exhibitor

New goings on with Ascot Racecourse Signature Wedding Show exhibitor

Wedding and events hire specialists, Serenlily, certainly have lots to shout about at the moment, which will be music to the ears of visitors of the Signature Wedding Show at Ascot Racecourse looking to plan the day of their dreams. Firstly, the company now has an in-house faux flower florist, Amanda from Dream Day Designs (www.dreamdaydesigns.co.uk), who designs and creates floral decor for Serenlilly Wedding & Event Hire.This has lead to the launch of a stunning new boho collection...... read more

Posted: 29 July 2021

Get those dancing shoes on - weddings are restriction free!

Get those dancing shoes on - weddings are restriction free!

The day has finally come – wedding ceremonies and celebrations are restriction free! Grab your dancing shoes and get ready to sing at the top of your voice: "Celebrate good times... come on!"It's been a long road that many of us have tentatively navigated over the last 16 months; from us here at County Wedding Magzines HQ to suppliers and couples. There's been small highs and many lows, as each glimmer of hope was put out by another government announcement.Lockdown 1.0 turned into 2.0 and then 3.0, wedding guest numbers went from 0 to 12, 15 to 30 and now we can actually invite all of our loved ones, friends and family dear to our hearts to the big day.There's really been no better time to say 'I do', not only will it be mask free (personal choice), socially distance-free and rule-free; but it will be a true celebration of marriage, a union of friends and family, love and friendship.... read more

Posted: 19 July 2021

County Wedding Events comes to Castle Goring, Worthing, Sussex

County Wedding Events comes to Castle Goring, Worthing, Sussex

If you're newlyweds-to-be embarking on your wedding planning journey, pop along to the County Weddings Events fair at Castle Goring, Worthing, West Sussex for inspiration! After 2020 was a year of lockdowns, post-poned weddings, rescheduled events and cancelled plans, it's great to have a date we can finally add to our diaries. It is also one of our first wedding shows of the autumn wedding show season for all those couples that are desperate for face-to-face wedding planning...... read more

Posted: 16 July 2021

Professional singer Alice Manville is going to be performing on Saturday 24th July

Professional singer Alice Manville is going to be performing on Saturday 24th July

Originally from Liphook in Hampshire, my passion for the stage began at three years old when I took on my first role as Cinderella's Fairy Godmother," says Alice. "I danced for many years covering many styles including jazz, ballet, modern, tap, contemporary and many different musical theatre roles. From a young age, I have been a performer and no stranger to the stage, however, after fulfilling a year at a professional dance school, studying musical theatre, it became more apparent that my passion truly lay with singing. Since leaving my teenage years of studying and training, I went to Greece to be a 'Soul Diva' for six months. I was then the lead singer of the function band on P&O's The Pride of Rotterdam, followed by being the lead vocalist of a singing group for the Iberostar hotels in Fuerteventura doing an Abba tribute, Hollywood hits show and broadway's best.... read more

Posted: 12 July 2021

County Wedding Events comes to Oatlands Park Hotel, Weybridge, Surrey!

County Wedding Events comes to Oatlands Park Hotel, Weybridge, Surrey!

If you're newlyweds-to-be embarking on your wedding planning journey, pop along to the County Weddings Events fair at Oatlands Park Hotel, Weybridge, Surrey for inspiration! After 2020 was a year of lockdowns, post-poned weddings, rescheduled events and cancelled plans, it's great to have a date we can finally add to our diaries. It is also one of our first wedding shows post-lockdown for all those couples that have missed face-to-face wedding planning in the last few months...... read more

Posted: 7 July 2021

Let the fun be Gin!

Let the fun be Gin!

Looking for summer holiday ginspiration? You can now get that festival feeling without the wellies as Festivals of Gin launch across the UK! Warner Leisure Hotels has curated a series of events at all 14 of its properties across the UK, combining botanicals and live entertainment to give staycationers a gincredible getaway this summer. The group operates 14 luxury castles, manor houses and seaside getaways across the UK, and is set to bring together up to 30 gins at each of its indoor and outdoor festival bars. With old favourites such as Gordon's Gin, alongside artisan and craft gins such as Roku Gin from Japan and Brooklyn Gin from USA, the team has scoured the globe to hand pick the best on the market.... read more

Posted: 6 July 2021

Win an overnight stay with Mercure

Win an overnight stay with Mercure

Whether you're planning a wedding, celebrating an anniversary or simply need a night away, this staycation prize is a welcome getaway treat courtesy of Interstate Hotels & Resorts.At one of the most sought-after Mercure wedding venues in the UK, the lucky winner and their guest will stay in the best room in the house, the Wedding Suite, with dinner and breakfast at the hotel of their choice.The Mercure Leeds Parkway Hotel is one of the most desirable wedding venues Yorkshire has to offer, set in the picturesque Golden Acres Park with formal gardens and a picturesque gazebo for dreamy outdoor weddings. While, The Mercure Chester Abbots Well Hotel is a tranquil four-star hotel set amongst two acres of landscaped gardens with a backdrop of beautiful rolling Cheshire countryside and Welsh mountains providing an idyllic setting for any wedding. Or, why not check out Cotswold's Mercure Gloucester Bowden Hall Hotel for character and setting? This four-star Georgian country house boasts 12 acres of its own park and woodland providing the perfect Gloucestershire backdrop for a truly scenic wedding.... read more

Posted: 29 June 2021

Toast the happy couple with a glass of NINE ELMS No.18

Toast the happy couple with a glass of NINE ELMS No.18

Award-winning NINE ELMS No.18 is a ruby velven – a new type of sophisticated non-alcoholic drink, created in London, that has been specially designed to complement good food.Intricately crafted from the juice of four types of dark berry and aromatised with a complex blend of botanical infusions and distillates, this intriguing non-alcoholic indulgence is full of flavour & character – complexity that gradually reveals itself when sipped & savored with something delicious to eat.With its juicy red & black fruit, uplifting herbaceous notes, warm & earthy spice, gentle acidity & soft tannins, NINE ELMS No.18 is most enjoyable served with something richly savoury - try it with antipasti, charcuterie, chargrilled vegetables, roasted meats or cheese.... read more

Posted: 28 June 2021

Celebrate World Chocolate Day with Haute Dolci

Celebrate World Chocolate Day with Haute Dolci

Sweet-toothed diners are in for a treat this World Chocolate Day as London added a new luxury dessert parlour to its dining offer. Situated on Wembley Park Boulevard, Haute Dolci has a stunning open design that draws inspiration from both Italian and French heritage; the eatery combines fashion sensibilities with the art of food and desserts, to ensure a sumptuous and unparalleled customer journey. The restaurant boasts a backdrop of exquisite finishes inspired by Statuario marble and on the mezzanine level, a cherry blossom tree will transport diners to Paris' iconic cherry blossom display outside of the Notre-Dame, adding to the air of elegance at this must-visit dessert house. The tree, constructed from a real cherry tree trunk and six metres in diameter, will provide an ethereal focal point to the decadent eatery, with beautiful bloom-filled branches spanning across the width of the restaurant.... read more

Posted: 25 June 2021

The UK’s Favourite First Dance Songs As Wedding Size Limits Lift

The UK’s Favourite First Dance Songs As Wedding Size Limits Lift

From the 21st June, limits on wedding sizes lifted and couples across the country will be getting their wedding playlists ready, but what could be more important than the first dance song - especially for the next four weeks when this dance it the only one allowed! Selecting a song which has meaning to the special couple can be tricky. Many couples know that whatever song they choose will go on to forever be known as 'their song', which adds pressure to making the right choice. It's perhaps then no surprise that there are almost 1,000 first-dance dedicated playlists on Spotify to help couples choose, but which songs are the most favoured?New data analysed by five-star hotel, The Grand, York has revealed the most popular songs to play during a first dance in 2021.Analysing over 57,000 songs on Spotify, the current top ten list has been revealed, and the results might just be surprising.Securing both first and third place is the hugely successful Ed Sheeran and taking second, is 2021 X Factor winner, James Arthur.... read more

Posted: 23 June 2021

County Wedding Events comes to Clock Barn Hall, Godalming, Surrey!

County Wedding Events comes to Clock Barn Hall, Godalming, Surrey!

If you're newlyweds-to-be embarking on your wedding planning journey, pop along to the County Weddings Events fair at Clock Barn Hall, Godalming, Surrey for inspiration!After 2020 was a year of lockdowns, post-poned weddings, rescheduled events and cancelled plans, it's great to have a date we can finally add to our diaries. It is also one of our first wedding shows post-lockdown for all those couples that have missed face-to-face wedding planning in the last few months...... read more

Posted: 23 June 2021

New launch from local vegan restaurant

New launch from local vegan restaurant

If you're planning a get together with your best girls or boys, the latest launch by award-winning vegan restaurant brand Stem & Glory is just the ticket. Great for adding an authentic flavour to your pre-wedding celebrations, the business has introduced the 'finish-at-home' vegan pizza. The launch is part of a rapid expansion of its online store serving restaurant-quality meals well beyond its home towns of Cambridgeshire and London to all over the UK. The pizzas have a Stem & Glory healthy twist including a lip-smacking menu of toppings made in-house entirely from vegetables and each one arrives ready for you to bake at home. Founder Louise Palmer-Masterton said, "We created our artisan pizza menu during the first lockdown, intending to launch at our new Cambridge site, but the latest lockdown has allowed us to develop it into a finish-at-home version.It has been so well received we will definitely be keeping it in our online store after we open again."... read more

Posted: 22 June 2021

Government changes outdoor wedding restrictions

Government changes outdoor wedding restrictions

One thing the pandemic has highlighted is the archaic wedding laws couples are still governed by; and although this was due to be revised in government in the next year or two, MPs have decided to bring forward a change in outdoor weddings. From 1st July to 30th April 2022, couples can tie the knot outside without the restrictions of it having to take place under a permanent licensed structure, ie, a gazebo or pagoda. This is a much needed boost for wedding venues with booking in the next nine months and are having to adhere to social distancing requirements and outdoor weddings being preferable.... read more

Posted: 21 June 2021

New wedding pjs from Jayde

New wedding pjs from Jayde

Whether you're planning a night away for your hen do, or having your best buds getting ready with you on the morning of your wedding, elegant Instagrammable loungewear is essential! What's more, if you feel relaxed comfortable and stylish, this will show in the pictures. Luxury pyjama and loungewear brand Jayde, has a new white collection which will be perfect for the bride, the mothers, and her friends before the wedding, on the big day itself - and why not take the new items on honeymoon too!... read more

Posted: 21 June 2021

Do you live up to your star sign when it comes to relationships?

Do you live up to your star sign when it comes to relationships?

If you're here reading County Wedding Magazines you're on your journey towards walking down that aisle to meet your one and only at the end of it - aaah! Have you looked to the stars to see how compatible you are? Are there things you wish you knew about your partner to really put a smile on their face? From personality type to the perfect date here Holistic Therapist Katie May at Switchback Travel presents the kind of partner you are, according to your star sign....... read more

Posted: 18 June 2021

Are memories a match made in heaven when planning a wedding? Here's what couples forget!

Are memories a match made in heaven when planning a wedding? Here's what couples forget!

Here, the wedding experts for Autowise present 5 of the most common things left off the to-do list when arranging a wedding. 'You may think you're a person who remains calm under pressure, but when it comes to weddings, all bets are off! Planning a wedding is basically a full-time job in which you have dozens of people working underneath you. It's easy to miss some vital details here and there. With that in mind, here are the most common.... read more

Posted: 16 June 2021

One small step for couples, one giant leap for weddings!

One small step for couples, one giant leap for weddings!

Prime Minister Boris Johnson's recent announcement only had one element that an estimated 50,000 couples - who have weddings within four weeks of June 21st – wanted to hear: can their wedding day go ahead??The great news is yes, weddings can happen from June 21st which was music to the ears of many – whoops and cheers! However, with every Government announcement there's some fine print too; so here's the lowdown of what you need to know....... read more

Posted: 15 June 2021

The sun is shining - and here's why it's making us all happier!

The sun is shining - and here's why it's making us all happier!

It's almost a universal fact that many of us just feel better when the sun is shining. Whether it's because we can forgo our winter coats, or because we love sitting in a pub garden after work and can just relax, we all seem to feel calmer when the sun in shining. Here, Health Practitioner and Skin Specialist, Tammy Richards at Pure Optical explains the science behind why the sun makes us feel happier and how it can even improve our physical health and wellbeing...... read more

Posted: 14 June 2021

Just a wedding

Just a wedding

When Mark Lee from Mark Lee Photography set up this shoot at Cheshire's Park Manor, he wanted to seek out like minded suppliers to collaborate on creating stunning inclusive images; and what better showcase this gorgeous shoot than Pride Month! Mark says, "For months I've been coming across posts on Facebook on issues from the LGBTQ+ community over double standards within the wedding industry. Some finding that they were being charged more or that some suppliers just wouldn't work with a same sex couple. Then a supplier wanted to know how to create a logo for same sex supplier so not to offend. And another supplier unsure how to word his contract... this got me thinking. Why is this so difficult? Why does there need to be an issue regardless of who you are and who you want to marry? The law has changed so why are people still living in the dark ages? It's time to accept everyone."... read more

Posted: 11 June 2021

1920s wedding inspiration from renowned wedding planner

1920s wedding inspiration from renowned wedding planner

If you are looking for a wedding day with sophistication and style, you won't go far wrong with 1920s wedding inspiration to shape your big day. Celebrity wedding planner, entertainment agent and hospitality consultant, Liz Taylor of the Taylor Lynn Corporation, has noticed a recent renewed vigour among her clients for 1920s weddings. Here she shares her tips on how to create the atmosphere of the roaring twenties for a style-packed wedding: "Extravagant. Exuberant. Unrivalled glamour. And incorporating those alluring Art Deco touches that are synonymous with the era, a twenties wedding is, and always should be, a celebration in style," begins Liz. "Since lockdown began to lift, we've been inundated with requests for 1920s themed parties. People want to just let go and have fun, so what better era than the roaring twenties." "It may seem that a 1920s themed wedding is easy, but if you go over the top the event can feel gimmicky. The aim is to achieve the perfect balance of stylish 1920s touches without feeling like you've stepped onto the set of the Great Gatsby."... read more

Posted: 9 June 2021

Exclusive Collection is set to unveil two new restaurant destinations

Exclusive Collection is set to unveil two new restaurant destinations

Exclusive Collection is set to unveil two new restaurant destinations – Hillfield Restaurant & Bar, an ode to Surrey produce at Pennyhill Park, and The Wellhouse at Lainston House, a more casual evening-only immersive dining experience focused on seasonal wood-fired cooking. The developments form part of Exclusive Collection's wider commitment to reinvesting back into the properties and creating truly original concepts that appeal to their local audience as well as hotel guests. Named after the earliest historic reference to the land, 'Pennyhillfield', Hillfield Restaurant & Bar is a truly hyper-local English brasserie showcasing the very best of Surrey's finest produce. Located in the five-star luxury resort, set in 120 acres of glorious English landscape complete with popular spa will sit alongside the Michelin star restaurant, Latymer as a truly exciting and accessible destination restaurant.... read more

Posted: 3 June 2021

The nation's most cherished wedding photo

The nation's most cherished wedding photo

Printing experts Parrot Print whose slogan is 'Bring Your Images to Life', has surveyed couples in the UK to reveal what the nation's most cherished wedding photograph is. After a turbulent year for the wedding industry and hopeful couples alike during the COVID-19 pandemic, restrictions are easing and weddings are starting to resume. Now more than ever, we are cherishing special moments in our lives and your very own wedding day is up there with the most important for many happy couples. But when it comes to wedding photography, it's important to make sure you're getting the most from your important snaps to hang on your wall, give as a gift or simply treasure forever.... read more

Posted: 31 May 2021

Post-lockdown weddings tips for saving for your big day

Post-lockdown weddings tips for saving for your big day

of guests being drastically curtailed and most wedding ceremonies suspended during peak lockdown. While couples await a fixed date for the return of larger weddings, many will be starting to plan their nuptials and looking forward to a bigger celebration. Emma-Lou Montgomery, associate director for Personal Investing at Fidelity International has shared a few savvy savings tips for those aiming to tie the knot this year:... read more

Posted: 28 May 2021

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