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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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Fab Frocks now exclusively online

After 21 years based in Westbourne, Bournemouth, leading special occasion boutique Fab Frocks is now exclusively online. Launched in 2000 the business has earned a wide reputation for its range of mother-of-the-bride and -groom dresses along with outfits for wedding guests, special events and more. Owner Steve Taylor says, "We have been selling online now for nearly 15 years and have customers from all over the UK and beyond. While physical stores will always have an important part to play in the industry, the trend for online shopping continues to grow.

Posted: 27 January 2022

The top destination for both budget and luxury spa breaks across the UK

Here at County Wedding Magazines HQ we certainly love a spa day! Perfect for some true R&R on your own, with friends or loved ones, and spa break is a must during the wedding planning; perfect for a day with your best pals pre-wedding, or a post-wedding indulgent getaway as a newly married couple.

Mira Showers have looked at TripAdvisor to create the ultimate guide of spas across the UK so that you can find the perfect spa break in your area. Whether you want to keep the cost low or are after a touch of luxury, there is something to suit every budget.

Posted: 27 January 2022

New wedding packages at Southampton venue

Wedding receptions at The King's Court Centre just got even better! Nestled in secluded, landscaped gardens in the heart of Chandler's Ford, near Southampton, the imposing Victorian mansion is the perfect place for a bespoke reception. Available for exclusive use, the venue has launched three new wedding packages to help you celebrate in style. Working together with their catering partner the new packages are designed as a conversation-starter, allowing couples to mix and match to create their perfect celebration.

Posted: 25 January 2022

Honeymoon planning back on the agenda with Portsmouth travel agent

With travel restrictions easing, now is the time to start thinking about that dream honeymoon. Great news for nearlyweds as it opens up so many beautiful destinations for the perfect honeymoon, but how do you keep track of the entry requirements for each destination? With so many different regulations across the globe it can be pretty confusing for couples trying to plan their post-wedding getaway. And we're certainly dreaming of sunnier climes here at Your Hampshire & Dorset Wedding...

Posted: 24 January 2022

Updating Wedding Traditions

Some can seem old hat. Others stand the test of time. But wedding traditions are the cornerstones of a wedding day. They are what set a wedding apart from any other party. One of the things that makes a wedding day extra special. So, whilst updating wedding traditions might seem like a great idea in 2022, your decision needs careful thought and planning.

Many modern couples want to put a new spin on wedding traditions. Giving old customs new interpretations and putting their own stamp on the format of the day. Here we caught up with Liz Taylor, a luxury wedding planner of over thirty years' experience, who has seen first-hand how wedding traditions have transformed over the years. She shares her ideas on how to nod to the old, while bringing in the new. Here is Liz's guide to updating wedding traditions.

Posted: 24 January 2022

Twilight weddings at New Forest venue

New Forest venue the Balmer Lawn Hotel has launched a romantic Twilight package for couples looking for a chilled, intimate celebration. Couples can tie knot in the evening and celebrate afterwards with up to 50 guests. The package is available from Monday to Thursday and as well as the ceremony it includes the drinks reception and canapés, hot fork buffet or barbecue and DJ until midnight. General manager Michael Clitheroe says, "We have seen an increase in couples looking for a more intimate wedding experience and what better way to say, 'I do' than at twilight in the stunning New Forest!"

Posted: 21 January 2022

First of many at new Dorset wedding venue

The Tank Museum in Bovington, Dorset hosted its first ever wedding last year. Rachel and Daniel Titley said 'I do' at the museum in front of a Second World War tank, earning themselves a place in the venue's history book. Their son Adam played an important role and was able to pick his favourite tank for them to say their vows in front of.

"When we heard couples could get married at The Tank Museum, knowing how much Adam loves it there, made the choice simple for us.," says Rachel.

Posted: 20 January 2022

Can you really plan a wedding in a few short weeks?

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.

Posted: 19 January 2022

New direction for Winchester bridal boutique

Southampton-based Olivia George bridal boutique has exciting new plans in the pipeline. From the end of 2021, the business is now focusing solely on plus-size bridal. Co-owner Carolyn Foster explains, "We already specialise in dresses up to size 28 and are now starting to phase out our smaller samples and will only stock dresses from size 14 up to 34. We're really excited about this, we already help lots of curvy brides to find their dream dress and our focus now is all about making sure we have plenty of styles available for then to try on."

Posted: 18 January 2022

The flower language of roses: the hidden meaning behind each shade

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.

Posted: 17 January 2022

New bridal boutique in Hampshire

Get set for a new destination hotspot for brides-to-be in search of their dream dress: Margaux Mae Bridal.

Set on a rural business centre in the Hampshire village of Wickham, it offers a carefully curated selection of dresses from Lyn Ashworth, Madeline Gardner New York and Alison Webb, as well as tiaras and accessories supplied by local designer White Design Bridal and Rainbow Clubshoes. "Think picking out your dream dress while sat in your best friend's living room! That's the kind of atmosphere I aim to create for my brides, providing a one-on-one experience in an environment that isn't too over whelming," says Andrea.

Posted: 15 January 2022

7 unique wedding traditions from around the world 

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.

Posted: 14 January 2022

Dorset boutique has a new name and new home

Dorset's former Courtyard Bridal boutique has a new name and a new home. Owner Marie Bennett has rebranded the business and taken it back to its roots as The Bride's Wardrobe, the name she originally intended for it when she set up the company in 2016. She explains, "While shopping for my own wedding dress, I discovered a gorgeous little boutique up for sale, so I bought it lock, stock and barrel. As it was situated in a lovely courtyard I decided to keep the name and traded as Courtyard Bridal for almost six years."

Posted: 13 January 2022

Stellar year for new Hampshire business

Sisters Hollie Hulks and Olivia Kavanagh celebrated their first anniversary of launching their business Balloons by All Things Pretty in 2021. Since starting out in June 2020, making small personalised items, the balloons have taken off and are now the focus of the business. Full-time mum Hollie and Olivia, a professional dancer, started the enterprise during lockdown just to pass the time. Hollie says, "We never thought it would become our full time job. We love making occasions special and bringing couples' creations to life. Our aim is to create the perfect backdrop for picture-perfect moments."

Posted: 12 January 2022

How to incorporate a slideshow into your best man’s speech

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...

Posted: 11 January 2022

New beauty studio in Hampshire

A local businesswoman from Aldershot in Hampshire has defied the odds and opened a new Edwardian-themed beauty studio despite spending most of the last four months in lockdown. National award-winning hair and beauty artist Ema Doherty has provided mobile hair and makeup artistry to brides in Hampshire and Surrey for the past 25 years.

"Although it's been a tough year, I've taken the opportunity to review my business and have brought forward a plan to open a beautiful home salon," she reveals.

Posted: 10 January 2022

New home for Hampshire baker

Hampshire-based Cocoa & Whey Cakes has moved, but don't worry they haven't gone far. The bespoke wedding cake company has relocated over the border near Blandford Forum in Dorset. Appropriately the business is now based in an 18th-century cottage called Little Batch! Run by cake designer, Penelope Hurst, Cocoa & Whey produce both sweet wedding cakes as well as delicious savoury ones and favours. Penelope says, "We will continue to serve all our usual clients and venues throughout Hampshire and Wiltshire as well as expanding into Dorset.

Posted: 8 January 2022

The most popular and beautiful hotspots to propose in the UK

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.

Posted: 7 January 2022

Dream of honeymoons again with Hampshire travel consultant

While honeymoons abroad have been on hold couples have been dreaming of destination hotspots. Now they've got expert help to hand with a new dedicated website to make memories to match the dream, courtesy of Not Just Travel.

Hampshire-based Personal Travel Consultant for the company Nick Horne (www.nicholashorne.notjusttravel.com) explains, "Honeymoons have been such a large part of our service that we thought it time to dedicate it to its own section. Over the last year we've been beavering away in the background to focus on bringing couples the most serene locations, dreamy properties and wildlife to create the perfect honeymoon experience to suit you both."

Posted: 6 January 2022

Major milestone for Hampshire make-up artist

Hampshire-based Makeovers by Melinda has reached a major milestone. Owner Melinda Hollis is celebrating 21 years of the business and to mark the coming of age she's introducing a raft of new initiatives including a fresh new outlook on wellbeing. She explains, "I'm offering a more holistic wedding service which will not only include hair and make-up and select beauty treatments as usual, but will also be focusing on the bride's wellbeing, and their partner too if they want. I've been working with and using essential oils and supplements for six years now, firstly to help keep me healthy and I have been introducing them to my clients who love them too."

Posted: 4 January 2022

How to plan a sustainable wedding

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."

Posted: 3 January 2022

Giant tipis from Wareham Forest wedding venue

If you're looking to celebrate the great outdoors on your big day, check out this exciting new venue. The team behind the recently relaunched Silent Woman Inn in the heart of Wareham Forest, has set up a new wedding and events space, showcasing two of Coastal Tents' giant tipis.

Operations director Rob Barr, explains, "With the last year impacting so many aspects of our lives, we have worked hard to provide a secure wedding and events venue along with a flexible system if couples do need to change dates."

Posted: 3 January 2022

Hen do workshops from New Forest company

Multi-award-winning New Forest-based chocolatier Kerry Witt is offering the perfect get together for chocolate-loving hens with a range of fun workshops. If you're staying nearby she can bring the party to you for a girls' night in or you and your bride tribe can visit chocolate HQ and learn the secrets of tasting like a professional or try your hand at making your own delicious truffles. What's not to love if you're chocoholics like us here at Your Hampshire and Dorset Wedding magazine?

Posted: 1 January 2022

Ring in the New Year - bottoms up!

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!

Posted: 28 December 2021

How to style your outfit for weddings this winter

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...

Posted: 24 December 2021

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