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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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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

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

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