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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.

Wedding News: Showstopping cars from Ultimate Classic Car Hire

Showstopping cars from Ultimate Classic Car Hire

Tony Allen began turning his teenage passion for collecting classic motor vehicles to good use by lending his cars for friends' weddings. Then, way back in 1990, as the collection grew, he established his classic car hire business: Ultimate Classic Car Hire. The company, and some of its fleet will be at the County Wedding Events' Signature Wedding Show at Mercedes-Benz World on Sunday 28th April, 2023. Since then, the collection has grown exponentially into one of the most impressive in the South East of England. Ultimate Classic Car Hire, based in Send, Surrey, now offers a remarkable selection of over 35 classic, vintage and luxury cars.

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Wedding News: Finding the one with Brides Visited and County Wedding Events

Finding the one with Brides Visited and County Wedding Events

Renowned bridal retailer, Surrey-based Brides Visited, is exhibiting at County Wedding Events' Signature Wedding Show at Ascot Racecourse on Sunday 7th April and also Mercedes-Benz World on Sunday 28th April! Owner, Lorraine, says, "We're looking forward to meeting all you lovely brides-to-be at both Signature Wedding Shows. We can't wait for you to visit our studios so we can show you some of the newest and most exquisite gowns and help you find the one that you say "Yes to the Dress"!

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Wedding News: Bespoke jewellery with exhibitor Initialled

Bespoke jewellery with exhibitor Initialled

What better way to celebrate your big day than with unique, hand-stamped, personalised initial jewellery? You'll find a stunning selection at County Wedding Events' Signature Wedding Show at Ascot Racecourse, courtesy of exhibitor: Initialled. With pieces you and your bridal party can keep, wear again and cherish forever, it offers a range of options and price points from 24k gold/silver plated, waterproof and tarnish-free stainless steel to the longer lasting sterling silver and gold vermeil.

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Wedding News: Close-up magic with Tommy Knight at two of County Wedding Events' Signature shows

Close-up magic with Tommy Knight at two of County Wedding Events' Signature shows

Want to hear the 'oohs' and 'aahs' from excited guests on your wedding day? Why not hire a magician? Pop along to the County Wedding Events' Signature Wedding Show at Ascot Racecourse on Sunday the 7th April, and Mercedes-Benz World on 28th April, and meet magician Tommy Knight. "I'm a professional close-up and stage magician, recently becoming Surrey's 'Stage Magician of the year', and I'm really excited to meet you all at the show! I'm offering a 15% discount to anyone who books me after visiting my stand - so come and say hi!"

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Wedding News: Find amazing entertainment at Ascot Racecourse's Signature Wedding show

Find amazing entertainment at Ascot Racecourse's Signature Wedding show

So Sinatra will be performing at the Signature Wedding Show hosted at Ascot Racecourse, to showcase what an amazing entertainment option So Sinatra is for the wedding breakfast. "My mission is to make the wedding breakfast standout as a truly memorable experience," shares Paul. "It's quite normal for couples to book a singer for the evening party, ceremony or reception drinks but not for, in my opinion, the dullest part of most weddings which is the wait from the main course to the speeches and over dessert!

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Wedding News: Chat to the experts at Ascot Racecourse about your venue styling needs

Chat to the experts at Ascot Racecourse about your venue styling needs

Bellissima Days is a bespoke service that provides all your styling and floristry needs, a one-stop shop for everything pretty, the team will be on hand at Ascot Racecourse's Signature Wedding Show, hosted by County Wedding Events, with some of examples of their work. Attention to detail is the key to the company's success, Danielle and Isabelle, CEO and co-founders work with clients to design and create bespoke events that will hold special memories for everyone involved.

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Wedding News: Tie the knot at The Royal Maritime Hotel

Tie the knot at The Royal Maritime Hotel

Tie the knot at this one-of-a-kind venue and immerse in the atmosphere of the maritime city. Situated in Old Portsmouth, close to the historic dockyard and Gunwharf Quays, The Royal Maritime Hotel is steeped in history and provides an original setting for weddings with a difference. With naval artefacts and memorabilia around every corner, each function room is individually decorated to reflect the club's history. Ceremonies and receptions can occur at this venue, and with 90 comfy en suite bedrooms for the wedding party, why not make a weekend of it and explore the city the next day? Fully licensed for weddings, pairs can exchange vows in the Trafalgar Ballroom, the property's largest function space, and celebrate in style afterwards.

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Wedding News: Source your big-day venue with County Wedding Events

Source your big-day venue with County Wedding Events

The team from renowned wedding venue, Royal Berkshire in Sunninghill near Ascot, will be on hand and County Wedding Events' Signature Wedding Show at Ascot Racecourse. For a wedding to remember, choose the spectacular backdrop of the Royal Berkshire in Sunninghill near Ascot. Greet your guests over perfectly chilled Champagne as they wander past the hopelessly romantic fountains and congregate for canapés on the beautifully landscaped lawns. With exclusive use offerings, Royal Berkshire becomes entirely yours to celebrate with your nearest and dearest. The cosy Polo bar, luxurious lawns and standout suites make it an intimate yet lavish day – a home from home, to make your own.

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Wedding News: Sax & The City will be sharing its floor-filling music with you all at Ascot!

Sax & The City will be sharing its floor-filling music with you all at Ascot!

Sax & The City, London's hottest new DJ/Sax Duo is showcasing their amazing set at County Wedding Events' Signature Wedding Show at Ascot Racecourse this April! This incredible DJ Live act is perfect for corporate and private events alike, with their adaptable sets lending them perfectly to smaller and larger gigs. With music being a community experience, Sax & The City work closely with their clients to tailor playlists that are event specific, ensuring the atmosphere is perfect for everyone involved, all the time.

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Wedding News: Bearwood Lakes, in Wokingham, is exhibiting at the Signature Wedding Show at Ascot Racecourse

Bearwood Lakes, in Wokingham, is exhibiting at the Signature Wedding Show at Ascot Racecourse

Wokingham-based Bearwood Lakes, will be exhibiting at County Wedding Events' Signature Wedding Show at Ascot Racecourse on 7th April, and will have its team on hand to answer any questions couples have about planning their wedding day. Bearwood Lakes holds a limited number of weddings each year, meaning every wedding is unique and they mark a special place in the history of the venue. The team are passionate about making your wedding dreams a reality and your very own dedicated wedding planner, Mandy, will be on hand at every moment during your wedding planning process, ensuring that the build-up is seamless and the big day itself is everything you could wish for and more.

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Wedding News: Investment deal set to shake up the stag and hen industry

Investment deal set to shake up the stag and hen industry

Brighton-based tour operator The Stag Company has announced an exciting investment deal whereby Danish travel company Awesome Adventures Group has secured a significant shareholding in the company. The partnership will facilitate growth for both businesses within the stag and hen market, acting as a springboard for more competitive pricing and product portfolio expansion. The deal positions Awesome Adventures as the go-to ground agent for The Stag Company customers, which means they will be welcomed into resort via an infrastructure of teams in location, thereby elevating the customer experience.

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Wedding News: Thinking of having fireworks at your wedding? Check out this supplier

Thinking of having fireworks at your wedding? Check out this supplier

Berkshire-based Best Fireworks, is exhibiting at County Wedding Events' Signature Wedding Show at Ascot Racecourse on Sunday 7th of April. If you've been considering having fireworks at your wedding, it's a great time to speak to the specialists! Managing director, Daniel Hounsome, adds, "We're looking forward to meeting attendees at our first wedding fair, and are offering a very generous 10% discount off our displays for any bookings on the day of the show or after by quoting 'Ascot Wedding Fair'."

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Wedding News: Find your dream bespoke stationery suite with County Wedding Events

Find your dream bespoke stationery suite with County Wedding Events

Finding those finishing touches for your wedding day is one of the most exciting parts of wedding planning, and you can find everything from your save the dates, to your place settings with Surrey's Simply Laura Calligraphy - exhibiting at County Wedding Events' Signature Wedding Show at Ascot Racecourse and Mercedes-Benz World this April! "If you're recently engaged and planning a wedding, firstly congratulations!" shares Laura. "When it comes to stationery designs, the possibilities are endless, from save the dates to place cards and on-the-day signage, Simply Laura Calligraphy helps bring your special day to life through print.

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Wedding News: Expert advice from County Wedding Events' exhibitors

Expert advice from County Wedding Events' exhibitors

Find a helping hand towards saving for the big day with Utility Warehouse's Deena Chauhan who will be exhibiting at County Wedding Events' Signature Wedding Show at Ascot Racecourse on Sunday 7th April! What's more, to celebrate all things wedding, Utility Warehouse is giving one lucky couple the chance to win £20,000! "This means no matter where you are in the planning process you can benefit from this tremendous prize," says Deena. "That's not all, we can show you how to save money for your big day and how you can earn hundreds of pounds in CashBack on purchases for your wedding and beyond, such as hotels, honeymoon, rings, flowers, favours and lots more. Please come and visit us and let's talk about saving money, rather than spending it!"

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Wedding News: The host with the most - come and meet Toastmaster John

The host with the most - come and meet Toastmaster John

With many years experience in organising and coordinating weddings, golfing, sports and charitable events,Toastmaster John is on hand exhibiting at the Signature Wedding Show at Ascot Racecourse, and Mercedes-Benz World hosted by County Wedding Events. "Hi I'm John Heasman. Toastmaster John. Do you need that stress buster for your big day? Come and have a chat, it will be your best investment. From welcoming your guests to announcing your first dance. My service is remembered long after my price is forgotten."

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Wedding News: Mother's Day ideas for the mother-of-the-bride

Mother's Day ideas for the mother-of-the-bride

With Mother's Day just around the corner on Sunday 10th March, it's time to celebrate the unsung hero of weddings, the mother of the bride! It's time to shower her with the love and attention she deserves. From spa days to chocolates, meals out to heartfelt notes, there are countless ways to make her day special. Leading hen party company, Fizzbox dives into treating the mother of the bride this Mother's Day. Get ready for heartwarming ideas, laughter and maybe even a happy tear or two!

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Wedding News: There's magic in the air at Ascot Racecourse's Signature Wedding Show

There's magic in the air at Ascot Racecourse's Signature Wedding Show

Derek Oliver, a magician and professional host, will be showcasing his talents at County Wedding Events' Signature Wedding Show at Ascot Racecourse in April - and it's something you're not going to want to miss out on! "Hi, I'm Derek and I'm looking forward to meeting you at the Ascot Signature Event. What do I do and why engage me? Well, I take away your big day stresses, leading you and your guests through the biggest day of your lives. I'll elevate your special day with high class magical entertainment and act as your own red carpet contemporary Master of Ceremonies - transforming it into the event you dreamed of.

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Wedding News: New data reveals the UK hotspots for wedding bliss

New data reveals the UK hotspots for wedding bliss

A new study has revealed the areas in the UK with the best vendors and venues for wedding ceremonies, with Essex being crowned top for both. The research conducted by photo wall art creator StoryBoards analyzed data, to identify the UK regions with the highest quantity of top-rated vendors and venues, including vineyards, cake companies, and stationary brands. Most brides and grooms will agree that planning a wedding is stressful, as trying to pull off an event that feels unique to the couple while managing expectations, budget, and family can be difficult at times. Thankfully, beautiful venues exist to help make the whole process easier.

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Wedding News: Get your caffeine fix at our Signature Wedding Shows

Get your caffeine fix at our Signature Wedding Shows

Pop along to any County Wedding Events Signature Wedding Show and you'll discover a delicious Beanies sachet in your goody bag. "At Beanies we think life is all about flavour. So we've made a flavour coffee to suit every moment. Because sometimes it's a super Sticky Toffee kinda day. And others it's a cheeky Cherry Chocolate kinda day. You name it, we've got the full-on, all-out flavour to go with it. Every one is full to the brim with the biggest, boldest, most delicious-est tastes you can imagine. And they're sugar free and low in calories too, so it's guilt-free indulgence all the way. Whatever the occasion, we've got the flavour to match. From the moment the jar is popped open and releases the aroma, to the very last sip, we make sure that the experience is full-on and ultimately satisfying."

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Wedding News: Memorable magic at Ascot Racecourse's Signature Wedding Show

Memorable magic at Ascot Racecourse's Signature Wedding Show

Looking for big-day entertainment? Pop along to County Wedding Events's Signature Wedding Show at Ascot Racecourse to see magician Paul Newman in action. "I'm Paul Newman Wedding Magician, I have entertained for all sorts of events, including weddings, across the UK for the last 17 years," shares Paul. "I have performed at birthday parties, Christmas events, and corporate events, and have lots of examples of my work on YouTube. My claim to fame is I have performed for Ant & Dec, and Phillip Scofield! "I can perform lots of different types of magic right the way across the magic spectrum! Because I have performed across the UK for 17 years this means I have volumes of experience so you're guaranteed quality and a fun performance."

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