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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The number one cause of wedding planning stress and how to reduce it!

What causes stress in wedding planning is something that is individual to each couple, but where does it mainly come from? Friends? Family? Finances? "A staggering 92% of our couples planning a wedding are feeling the pressure financially and it is causing overwhelm", says Rachel Allen, the CEO of The Wedding Party (TWP)." This was the reason that Rachel formulated The Overwhelm Button® to help couples to get good support. Rachel continues, "Being stressed over finances can take several different forms, the main three being as follows...

Posted: 31 March 2023

Get the reception started with Night Lights DJ & Event Services

As a DJ and event services provider, Nightlights understand that events and celebrations are not just ordinary occasions. They are moments that deserve to be remembered and cherished for a lifetime. That is why they incorporate high-quality music, lighting, and entertainment to create a memorable atmosphere for their clients. With years of experience and dedication to customer satisfaction, Nightlights DJ & Event Services is committed to taking your event to the next level. Whether it is a wedding, corporate event, birthday, or any occasion that needs a touch of excellence, trust Nightlights DJ & Event Services to provide a one-of-a-kind experience."

Posted: 31 March 2023

Sustainable wedding table ideas from LIGA

Known for their love of nature's wonder material - cork, LIGA's sustainable tableware collections are a stylish and unique wedding dining-setting choice. With their extensive collection of placemats, coasters, trays and candle holders, all made from eco-frendly and recycled materials, LIGA create clean and contemporary pieces, bringing a naturally beautiful element to the tablescape. Each with a unique grain and pattern, the organic cork selected by LIGA is lightweight and soft to touch, a wonderful raw material which is naturally water resistant and easy to clean. Sourced from the Montado Forests in Portugal, LIGA's cork is hand harvested using age-old skills without damaging the trees or the delicate eco-systems which thrive in the forests. Once cork has been made into a LIGA product it continues to absorb CO2, so a living and breathing piece of homeware.

Posted: 29 March 2023

Team Hen's new Jelly Bag has landed

Meet the jelly bag that every bride tribe wants their hen party favours to arrive in 2023. Landing in three gram-worthy hues (off-white for the bride, dusky pink for the bridesmaids and maid-of-honour and pink for the hens). These reusable beauties are perfect for filling with Team Hen's latest array of coveted hen party favours and gifts whilst flaunting a cool, retro vibe. Plus, each comes tied with a matching ribbon, professionally printed in a luxe puffed design to create a slightly raised font effect. Not only are they the gift that keeps on giving (post-hen recipients can use them from beach to bar) but at £3.99 they're a steal!

Posted: 27 March 2023

Entertain the little ones with Grumpy Fox Events

Fetcham-based Grumpy Fox Events specialises in boutique, aesthetically pleasing, play sets in neutral and white tones. You can view this delightful collection at the County Wedding Events' Signature Wedding Show at Mercedes-Benz World on April 16th 2023. Owner Kerryn says, "Our set are a perfect addition to your beautiful wedding venue. Keeping your special little guests entertained for hours with no compromise on style, our muted hues can be themed to match and complement the colours you have chosen for your day to create a magical haven for little people."

Posted: 24 March 2023

Sweet treats from Surrey baker

Showcasing her latest cake designs at the County Wedding Events' Signature Wedding Show at Mercedes-Benz World on April 16th, Lisa Broughton has more than twenty years' experience of creating beautiful, elegant, and stylish bespoke wedding cakes. Specialises in high quality luxury wedding cakes with handmade sugar flowers, from initial enquiry through to consultation, design, delivering and setting up your wedding cake Lisa prides herself on giving the highest personal customer service.

Posted: 24 March 2023

Learn more about this outstanding riverside wedding venue

Meet the team of this Thames-side wedding venue, The Mitre, at County Wedding Events' Signature Wedding Show at Mercedes-Benz World on April 16th 2023. Set amongst a Grade II listed building dating back to the 1600s and overlooking the River Thames, The Mitre commands panoramic views over the heart of Hampton Court. The backdrop of the River Thames and the surrounding landscape provide beautiful picture perfect moments. The Mitre is quintessentially English, think classic, romantic and elegant with a feel of town meets countryside. Steeped in history, but with stylish interiors and modern finishes, each room is individually designed with a playful use of colour, and antiques lend soulfulness giving each room its own unique character.

Posted: 24 March 2023

Sussex wedding venue exhibiting at Mercedes-Benz World

The Signature Wedding Show at Mercedes-Benz World on April 16th, 2023, hosted by County Wedding Events' provides couples with the perfect opportunity to find their wedding day venue. Roll out the red carpet at South Lodge, where you'll be heartily welcomed by 93 acres of gentle West Sussex countryside. The undulating South Downs are the backdrop to the 19th-century Victorian country house, where delicious food, stunning gardens and sumptuous spa will make your wedding day complete.

Posted: 23 March 2023

Win a Boomerang Booth for your wedding!

When attending the County Wedding Events' Signature Wedding Show at Mercedes-Benz World on April 16th 2023, couples will have the chance to win a Boomerang Booth for your wedding! The Boomerang Booth is a petite, digital photo booth that takes selfie still photos and Boomerang GIFs which are sent immediately by text message - 100% fun guaranteed. Go see the Boomerang Booth team to fill in a form for a chance to win the brilliant Boomerang Booth at your wedding day. (*T&C apply).

Posted: 23 March 2023

Whet your appetite at County Wedding Events' Signature Wedding Show

With catering and drinks exhibitors at County Wedding Events' Signature Wedding Show at Mercedes-Benz World, on April 16th 2023, couples can enjoy tasty samples and hopefully find their big-day supplier. Combining artisan hog roasts with bespoke wedding menus, Spitting Pig provide unique catering options for your big day. From elegant hog roast buffets to handcrafted canapes and gourmet three-course meals, our tailormade wedding menus give you the style of food you want and the standard of service you deserve. Thanks to our vibrant, freshly made food and flawless finishing touches, you and your guests will be treated to unrivalled hog roast catering and a memorable dining experience.

Posted: 23 March 2023

New product launch at County Wedding Events' Signature Wedding show

The County Wedding Events' Signature Wedding Show at Mercedes-Benz World, on April 16th 2023, is an oppotunity for couples to meet with local suppliers and discover new products. Personalise365 specialise in personalised wedding decor, gifts and craft supplies, using a variety of wood and acrylic materials to make its products. A new product, which Helena and the team are very excited about, this new Guest Book Drop Box comes completely personalised for the wedding couple.

Posted: 23 March 2023

Find your dream wedding dress and receive £100 off!

When visiting the Signature Wedding Show at Mercedes-Benz World this April, brides-to-be looking for their dream wedding dress can take advantage of this fab offer. Pop along to the Brides Visited stand at collect your £100 voucher when you book an appointment to view the boutique's fabulous collection at its studios in Ashtead, Surrey. The collection boasts an array of top designers such as Enzoani, Sophia Tolli and Romantica of Devon.

Posted: 21 March 2023

New personalisation company exhibiting at Mercedes-Benz World

Whether you are newly engaged, arranging a hen party or getting ready to walk down the aisle, recently launched brand Mrs D has a statement piece for you - whatever the occasion! From sweatshirts and t-shirts for the bridal party, to beach bags and shorts for the newlyweds to take on honeymoon, each item can be personalised to suit your style and personality! Owner and designer Cheryl says, "When I was planning my own wedding, I really struggled to find unique, good quality, non-mass-produced statement pieces for myself and my lovelies, so I started creating my own.

Posted: 21 March 2023

Are you looking for the best photographer since sliced bread?

Meet Cemanthe, of Kent-based Lemon Feather Photography at our Signature Wedding Show by County Wedding Events at Mercedes-Benz World on 16th April 2023. "Welcome to the most fun you can have in one day!' says Cemanthe. 'I'm an award-winning documentary style wedding photographer, travelling across the UK to capture the big day that is your wedding. My aim is give you photos that remind you of the magic and love you felt on the day for many years to come, plus all the moments in between. I help you feel at ease on the other side of my lens, I will make you laugh and make you drink water. I'll be your right hand woman with spare hairpins, snacks and plasters in my bag.

Posted: 21 March 2023

21st birthday celebrations for Surrey bridal boutique

Walton-on-Thames-based bridal boutique Love Me Do Brides is approaching its 21st birthday! The super-friendly boutique has dedicated 21 years to its beloved bridal industry and boasts approx 300 designer wedding gowns in sizes 8-32. Not only can you pop along to the County Wedding Events' Signature Wedding Show at Mercedes-Benz World on Sunday 16th April 2023, to view a snippet of the collection, but the boutique is also hosting a Spring sale currently.

Posted: 21 March 2023

Venue inspiration at Mercedes-Benz World

Historic Brooklands Museum, a wedding venue unlike any other. Whether you are looking for a small intimate wedding or an extravagant celebration Brooklands Museum caters for it all, including licensed ceremonies on Concorde. Pop along to our stand at County Wedding Events' Signature Wedding Show at Mercedes-Benz World on Sunday 16th April where our friendly team can talk you through all the amazing experiences you can have for your special day. First opening in 1907, Brooklands has been through two World Wars, the Jet Age and beyond. It's a place of great endeavour and ground-breaking achievements, spawning many great pioneers, drivers, aviators and engineers. Couples can take advantage of the many photo opportunities, such as under the wings of the Concorde, with the wedding car on the oldest remaining British motor racing track or next to remarkable motor racing vehicles.

Posted: 21 March 2023

Involving your family pet on the big day? Check out this personalised offering

Involving your four-legged friend on your wedding day? Are they taking a staring role walking down the aisle? If so, then you have to take a look at these smart and stylish personalised leather dog ring bearer pouches (£24) from Create Gift Love. Create Gift Love design and make personalised keepsake gifts and accessories to celebrate all of life's special moments, all handmade to order in its UK workshop from sustainable natural materials.

Posted: 17 March 2023

The most popular 2023 trends according to Pinterest

To provide insight on the most popular wedding trends for spring 2023, the experts at Aura Print compiled a list of 25 popular trends after scouring Pinterest to discover the number of Pins for each. And here are the top 15 most popular spring 2023 wedding trends to be insipired by...First place for the most popular wedding trend for spring 2023 goes to the floral-themed trend. This trend had 22,148 Pins on the image sharing platform. It can include things like floral arches, flower-themed cakes or flower crowns. With a total of 11,765 Pins, the blue-themed wedding trend places second in the study. The trend also appeared on 116 Pinterest boards from 2022 onwards, cementing its popularity for the upcoming season. What is more, there's been a great interest in navy blue wedding invites, which had a whopping 16,725 Pins.

Posted: 15 March 2023

Check out RNLI College's new wedding favours

RNLI College's new range of charity wedding favours is a meaningful and ethical way for couples to thank guests for the love and support on their special day. Overlooking Holes Bay, the RNLI College is a bright and modern venue with a fabulous waterfront setting on the edge of Poole Harbour. The venue is perfect for weddings, with licensed spaces for ceremonies and stunning reception areas. With the charity wedding favours, couples will not only give guests a memento of their day, but those the venue rescue the chance to say "I do" one day.

Posted: 14 March 2023

Fancy a big-day cocktail bar? Check out Whitebox Cocktails

Whitebox Cocktails, the ready-to-serve cocktail specialists, have everything you need to create the ultimate in wedding cocktail offering. From classic cocktails like the Pocket Negroni and Squeezy's Margarita, to unique and refreshing long drinks like Hippy Fizz and Disco Baby, take the hassle out of the perfect pour on your big day with a wide range of ready-to-serve cocktails to suit every taste. Expertly mixed by the award-winning team of bartenders, Whitebox Cocktails' convenient single-serve cans mean there's no need to limit your cocktail menu, as there's no mixing, no mess and no long wait at the bar. For casual weddings, cocktails can be served in ice buckets for guests to help themselves and enjoy straight from the can. Alternately, for a more elevated occasion, simply chill and serve the cocktail in a glass with ice and a garnish of choice.

Posted: 13 March 2023

The best UK cities for a hen do

With Google search volume data revealing a 402% search increase for 'hen party ideas' since December and 2023 wedding season in touching distance, organising a pre-wedding celebration is already on the bridal party to-do list. Getting all of your nearest and dearest pals together for a hen party can be challenging - whether it's catering to availability, budget, activity preferences or dietary requirements. Hen party decoration supplier, Ginger Ray, has done a little digging to find the top 19 UK cities to host your pre-wedding celebrations.

Posted: 10 March 2023

Highfield Park is the perfect settings for weddings in Hampshire

Set among the beautiful rolling hills of Watership Down in Hampshire, Sandford Springs offers the perfect setting for weddings with spectacular panoramic views of the surrounding countryside. The scene is set from the moment couples drive down the tree-lined driveway to the magnificent clubhouse. Its elegant interior and landscaped grounds provide a winning combination and a romantic setting for memorable occasions. Ceremonies can take place in The Clockhouse Suite with 100 people. The space offers plenty of natural lighting, views of the 27-hole golf course and boasts traditional oak beams.

Posted: 9 March 2023

New book launch: The modern couple's guide to wedding speeches

The Modern Couple's Guide to Wedding Speeches is for grooms and brides who want their wedding speeches to be memorable for the right reasons and to kick off their marriage with a bang. This book is intended to benefit you whether you are straight or gay, whatever your religious beliefs are, or where you live. Heidi encourages us to reconsider old traditions, and tear up the outdated rulebook to create a modern wedding guide. Because speeches are such an important part of the day, she encourages couples to think about who they want to give speeches and what they want from the speeches.

Posted: 9 March 2023

County Wedding Magazines' competition winner!

Here at County Wedding Magazines HQ, we love nothing more than to hear from the winners of our competitions. In the crazy world of wedding planning, it's exciting for us to be able to offer our lovely readers some exciting giveaways and competitions which will hopefully give you a much-needed pick-me-up during on the countdown to your wedding day.

In the Autumn of 2022, CWM ran a competition, 'Win a two-night stay in the heart of The Lakes!' and the winners were nearlyweds Steph and Michael! The lucky pair enjoyed a stay, with dinner, bed and breakfast at The Wild Boar Inn a traditional Lakeland inn with oak beams, log fires, an in-house microbrewery and smokehouse all in the rolling countryside of the Gilpin Valley.

Posted: 8 March 2023

10 Most Instagrammed UK Wedding Venues

With over 278,000 UK weddings expected to take place in 2023, there's no doubt that couples across the country are already scrolling through Instagram in search of inspiration! With this in mind, Aura Print has discovered the most Insta-worthy and beautiful wedding venues of the UK. Analysing over 200 venues around the UK, they searched Instagram to discover which venue was being talked about most, narrowing it down to the 10 most desirable wedding venue locations in the UK.

Posted: 3 March 2023

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