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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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Winter wedding wellies

Whether it's a winter wedding, getting hitched in spring or a summertime country affair – Evercreatures' 'Weddies' offer the bride and her girl squad eye-catching footwear. These stylish cream coloured IDO wellington boots complete with bow come in short and tall options and could just be the perfect 'surprise' gift for the bride-to-be.

They are unique, funky and a fun fashion item for brides who dare to be different. Weddies, which are exclusively designed by Evercreatures, keep you looking and feeling bright and cheerful whatever the conditions!

The boots are made from natural, sustainable rubber and are coupled with Evercreatures' unique moulded design and padded inner to be super soft and comfortable enough to wear even when the elements aren't.

Posted: 21 December 2021

Perfectly plan your wedding with Pantone's Very Peri

Very Peri, Pantone Colour of the Year 2022, is a gorgeous shade that can inspire your wedding theme and colour scheme.

The Pantone Institute says of this new hue: Displaying a carefree confidence and a daring curiosity that animates our creative spirit, inquisitive and intriguing PANTONE 17-3938 Very Peri helps us to embrace this altered landscape of possibilities, opening us up to a new vision as we rewrite our lives. Rekindling gratitude for some of the qualities that blue represents complemented by a new perspective that resonates today, PANTONE 17-3938 Very Peri places the future ahead in a new light.

We are living in transformative times. PANTONE 17-3938 Very Peri is a symbol of the global zeitgeist of the moment and the transition we are going through. As we emerge from an intense period of isolation, our notions and standards are changing.

Posted: 16 December 2021

Don't leave me hanging

Yeti & The Fox is a simple yet effective pharmaceutical-free solution to the dreaded hangover. With many couples choosing to opt for hangover survival kit-style wedding favours (we love this idea) Yeti & The Fox is a must-have addition. Here comes the science bit! S-acetyl gluthione is the body's main natural antioxidant and immune system booster helping the body stay healthy. When combined with N-acetyl cysteine and vitamin B6, it becomes highly effective and fighting toxins ingested via food and drink. Glutathione is in fact needed by our bodies to break down toxic substance acetaldehyde the offending substance produced as alcohol is broken down by the liver. It's also to blame for liver damage and many of the most hideous symptoms experienced during a hangover. So, with the acetaldehyde-busting ingredient glutathione being at the core of Yeti & Fox it's clear to see why it works!

Posted: 16 December 2021

The rise of humanist weddings

Neil Dutta at Angelic Diamonds, a UK wedding jewellery specialist, explores why humanist weddings have seen an increase in popularity in recent years. With official guidance looking to change in the not too distant future, giving celebrants more legal power to actually marry couples - removing the need for a pre- or post-blessing registry office date - here at County Wedding Magazine HQ we think this is a trend that will continue to soar.

Posted: 5 November 2021

What's that? Even MORE wedspiration from CWM!

Here at CMW HQ we're literally never satisfied when it comes to providing our readers with enough wedspiration. Because, really, what is enough? We'd go on forever if we could. So, with that in mind, we've created our very own County Wedding Magazines YouTube channel, just for you. Find tons of big-day ideas from venue tours to dream dresses. Catch up on beauty reviews and how tos from our beauty editor and peek behind the scenes of styled shoots featured in our titles past and present. You can even be a fly on the wall at some real weddings - after all, if we're honest, who doesn't love being a bit nosey! And we haven't stopped there, as you'll also find local supplier interviews packed with tips and tricks.

Posted: 5 November 2021

Five tips on how to ensure your caterer is acting sustainably

A typical British wedding produces one third of a metric tonne of solid waste and 14.5 tons of carbon dioxide in one day. To put that into perspective, annual carbon emissions per capita in the UK are around 9.1 tonnes. A large percentage of the waste comes from catering. In fact, an average of £488 worth of food is wasted at every wedding. There is a pressing need for change in how we approach weddings, keeping them fun, beautiful and memorable yet responsible.

Fortunately, more people today are turning to sustainable options, and this trend is here to stay. Aiming to have a sustainable wedding catering experience does not mean sacrificing luxury and quality – it means catering wisely and creatively. You do not need to forfeit your personal taste and unique preferences when envisioning an environmentally conscious wedding.

Tania Burton, the founder of a sustainable, family-run luxury wedding and event catering business Ginger Snap (https://www.ginger-snap.co.uk/), shares 5 ways to ensure your wedding catering is delicious and beautifully presented without harming the environment.

Posted: 2 November 2021

Everything you need to know about wedding traditions

Traditions have played a huge part in weddings for hundreds of years, with more recent, modern weddings incorporating a mix of both old and new. With the wedding season in full swing, here's some of the most popular wedding traditions, looking at their origins as well as modern alternatives. Here at County Wedding Magazines HQ we still love some of the classics, such as exchanging the rings and having a wedding cake, but would happily say cheerio to the father-daughter dance and throwing the bouquet! Have a read and see how many you want to keep!

Posted: 13 October 2021

The fab four in Wedding Planning Apps

Post-lockdowns, couples are still rejoicing in the fact that being restriction free means it's full steam ahead with wedding planning - without the impending doom of cancellations and postponements! Whether you're nearlyweds, or just engaged, planning a wedding can be a daunting task; however, there's a whole host of useful Apps that can help you get organised and actually easy the stress of it meaning you can enjoy the wedding planning as much as the day itself! Events specialists AYRE Event Solutions, reveal the fab-four of best apps to download for wedding planning.

Posted: 11 October 2021

The UK's most beautiful wedding castles

Wedding dreams of being kings and queens of the castle for the big day? Lucky for you, this fairytale ending can come true as the UK is blessed with a whole host of romantic castle wedding venues. Engagement ring specialists at Steven Stone analysed a comprehensive list of castles on wedding planning websites and using hashtag data from Instagram to reveal which venues has the highest number of posts to inspire your big-day wedding venue choice.

Posted: 7 October 2021

Spooky hen and stag do ideas this October from Fizzbox

As this year's Halloween draws closer, here at County Wedding Magazines HQ we thought it would be fun to share some spooky hen and stag do ideas from Fizzbox.com! Now that lockdowns are over, the hen and stag do parties are back from the dead just in time for the spooky goings on this Halloween. So get your thinking caps on - witches hats! - and get planning a night of a lifetime as there's 18months of no socialising to make up for!

Posted: 7 October 2021

How to choose the perfect gifts for your wedding party

Gifts for the wedding party can often be left to the last minute, however, they can show your guests just how much they mean to the two of you. But where do you start, especially when looking for something truly heartfelt? The gifting experts at www.hampers.com have rounded up some gift inspiration for the different members of your wedding party, which here at County Wedding Magazine HQ we think will go down an absolute treat with your loved ones...

Posted: 5 October 2021

The Countdown Begins: Your Wedding Planning Checklist

The process of planning out your dream wedding day is an exciting and exhilarating time that many eagerly look forward to doing their whole life. With this said, it can also be quite a stressful time too, with so many different attributes to your wedding needing to be organised and thought of. Before even contemplating how much your big day will cost and who you're going to invite, the questions of where and how to even start planning your wedding is something on everyone's mind at first. Thanks to technology impacting the majority of aspects in our day-to-day lives, there are an abundance of wedding planner apps you can use. Making your wedding planner checklist only a finger tap away at all times. With restrictions on wedding guest numbers recently lifted alongside an end to all social distancing rules, we're beginning to return to normal. Here, we present a step-by-step guide to your wedding planning checklist and outline when exactly the right time to plan for the next step is.

Posted: 1 October 2021

Top suit trends for the groom by tailoring specialists Pritchards

With more than 185 years of tailoring experience, Pritchards Menswear has worked through the decades supporting groomsmen in looking and feeling their best on their wedding day. With each passing year - and each passing wedding season - the team have had the pleasure and excitement of navigating both the nuanced and bold changes in fashion, as well as the shifts in wedding tradition that have made space for further expressionism and creativity in the age-old art of tailoring.Edward Pritchard, owner of Pritchards Menswear says, "While shifts in fashion and societal trends naturally occur over time, the last two years have dramatically challenged many of the traditional aspects of weddings, be it the size, the location, or the level of formality involved. With many cancelling, rescheduling, or downsizing their wedding celebrations, society has seemingly embraced the smaller, the hyper-personal, and the bespoke in a new and exciting way.

Posted: 30 September 2021

County Wedding Events comes to Greentrees Estate, Haywards Heath, West Sussex!

If you're newlyweds-to-be embarking on your wedding planning journey, pop along to the County Wedding Events wedding show at Greentrees Estate, Haywards Heath, 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...

Posted: 28 September 2021

Gifting etiquette for wedding guests this season

Attending the wedding of a friend or family member is one of life's privileges, so choosing an appropriate gift to honour their big day is an important task. Of course, being a wedding guest comes with its own list of wed-min, from booking accommodation to selecting outfits and more - particularly if you find yourself in the 'inner circle' or bridal party! So, that all-important gift is often left until the last minute. This is why the gifting experts at hampers.com have put together their ultimate guide to finding the perfect wedding present for the happy couple. Spoiler alert: It's not essential to stick to the gift list!

Posted: 17 September 2021

Your chance to win a honeymoon of a lifetime to the Maldives

Courtesy of the luxury Maldivian resort brand, Coco Collection, is hosting a competition for all those couples that tied the knot in 2020 but were unable to celebrate with a honeymoon due to the pandemic and travel restrictions. The honeymoon competition, launching on 14th September at 12 noon Maldives Time, ending two weeks later on 27th September (also noon MVT) is open to anyone who married in 2020 (proof required) and missed out on a honeymoon; the prize includes: seven nights in a Coco Residence on Full Board including return airport transfers,a refreshing welcome cocktail on arrival, a bottle of Champagne & a tropical fruit platter on arrival, special bed decoration, choice of a complimentary, in-Villa Champagne breakfast or a romantic three-course candlelit dinner, 15% discount on all treatments at the Coco Spa and a special gift.

Posted: 15 September 2021

Boots Photo ultimate wedding day gifts

After the last 18 months, when the big day finally arrives you're going to want savour every moment and capture it on camera. After all the hardwork of wedding planning, and spending wisely on your wedding photographer, what more can be done with those memorable wedding pictures? Boots has a new wedding range of photo gifts perfect for newlyweds. From the hen do, to the pre-wedding photo shoot, to the big day and even the honeymoon there will be hundreds of pictures to utilise and make the most of these products...

Posted: 15 September 2021

Calling all newlyweds and nearlyweds - County Wedding Magazines need you!

As our wonderful world of weddings adapts to the new normal, eagerly looking to the roadmap ahead, County Wedding Magazines is here to share our readers' beautiful wedding days whatever the size of their guest list. From pre-Covid nuptials to post-lockdown micro-weddings, we want to feature them all, and we need your help! If you would like to see your wedding day featured across four entire pages of one of our magazines then please do get in touch following the link below.

Posted: 3 September 2021

New business at Ascot Racecourse Signature Wedding Show

Newly launched, The Rolling Coconut, is based in Ascot and is new vegan ice cream trailer serving delicious premium ice cream, gelato, sorbet and lollies. Sourcing ingredients from ethical and sustainable suppliers, The Rolling Coconut is available for hire for weddings, parties and festivals.Pop along to our County Wedding Events Signature Wedding Show at Ascot Racecourse to meet the team and try this delicious icecream! The County Wedding Events team will be the first in line!

Posted: 20 August 2021

Ascot Racecourse Signature Wedding Show exhibitor reopen

Looking for gorgeous, elegant and on-trend bridesmaids' dresses? Pop along to our Signature Wedding Show at Ascot Racecourse to meet The Pretty Infinity and view the multiway dresses they have available. From toffee-hues to bottle green tones, cornflower blue to navy, there's a colour for every style and theme of wedding imaginable! For inspiration pre-show take a peek at https://www.facebook.com/ThePrettyInfinity and chat to owner/designer Amy on the day about your ideas and requirements - there's something for everyone.

Posted: 10 August 2021

Much-loved TV personality Joe Swash shares what's new in his life, including his wedding plans!

Joe Swash and Stacey Solomon are a TV power couple and seem to be everywhere right now. Warm, friendly and always making the day brighter when they are on screen, they too have had their fair share of wedding heartache this year. Along with the rest of the country, their wedding too was affected after lockdowns one, two and three! Here, Joe talks about their big-day plans, his oh-so exciting news that he and Stacey are welcoming a baby girl to their brood of boys and his new snack campaign with Peperami

Posted: 10 August 2021

Signature Wedding Show Ascot Racecourse exhibitor has new dresses on the way

Wight Bridal Boutique, an exhibitor at our Signature Wedding Show at Ascot Racecourse in September, has two new dresses it's looking to shout about. Pippa, a new dress arriving at the boutique in the autumn, is a very simple design made from silk with covered buttons and a plunging neckline. There's also the lovely, Lady Mary gown (pictured here) which will be available in various shades additional to the sample which is in a champagne hue. It's heavily beaded with a scalloped lace train and deep plunging back and has a Downton Abbey-vibe to it with a contemporary twist.

Posted: 9 August 2021

Plan your 2023 wedding with Signature Wedding Show at Ascot Racecourse exhibitor

With its newly released 2023 wedding packages, the Mandolay Hotel is primed to welcome newly engaged couples looking for their dream wedding venue. Based in the heart of Guildford, the Mandolay Hotel can accommodate weddings of 10 up to 500 guests and couple have the choice of numerous award-winning packages featuring everything that you would expect from a boutique, modern, four-star hotel. One of our Signature Wedding Shows at Ascot Racecourse, on 19th September 2021, the Mandolay Hotel's new packages comprise: Devotion, Felicity and Serendipity.

Posted: 9 August 2021

New collection from Signature Wedding Show at Ascot Racecourse exhibitor

The team at Berkshire-based Bibity Bobity Brides is excited to announce its upcoming launch of its very own in-house design bridalwear collection. Specialising in wedding gowns in sizes 6 to 32, alterations and bridal services - there's also a selection of mother of the bride, waistcoats, ties and accessories - the mother-daughter duo delighted in designing their own bridalwear which will be available in the boutique soon!Pop along to the show to see a gorgeous selection of gowns and meet the team.

Posted: 9 August 2021

New Hampshire Bridal Boutique

A new destination hotspot for brides-to-be in search of their dream dress has opened in Hampshire. Owner Andrea Dargon has realised a lifelong ambition and opened her own luxury boutique 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 Club shoes.

Posted: 4 August 2021

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