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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.

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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

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

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

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

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

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 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

Award-winning exhibitor at our Signature Wedding Show at Ascot Racecourse

Nehar Ullah, of Spot on Events, has recently won Wedding Planner of The Year for South East and London at the Prestige Awards Ceremony - you can meet this award-winning wedding planning at our Signature Wedding Show at Ascot Racecourse on Sunday 19th September 2021. A UK-based - now award-winning - luxury wedding planner, Nehar manages every step of your wedding and designs a day that's unique to everything you've dreamed of. Nehar says, "Let's face it, wedding planning is stressful, time-consuming and overwhelming to say the least - but it should be fun! It's the best day of your life that you're planning, so why not enjoy the journey and leave the rest to someone else."

Posted: 29 July 2021

New goings on with Ascot Racecourse Signature Wedding Show exhibitor

Wedding and events hire specialists, Serenlily, certainly have lots to shout about at the moment, which will be music to the ears of visitors of the Signature Wedding Show at Ascot Racecourse looking to plan the day of their dreams. Firstly, the company now has an in-house faux flower florist, Amanda from Dream Day Designs (www.dreamdaydesigns.co.uk), who designs and creates floral decor for Serenlilly Wedding & Event Hire.This has lead to the launch of a stunning new boho collection...

Posted: 29 July 2021

Get those dancing shoes on - weddings are restriction free!

The day has finally come – wedding ceremonies and celebrations are restriction free! Grab your dancing shoes and get ready to sing at the top of your voice: "Celebrate good times... come on!"It's been a long road that many of us have tentatively navigated over the last 16 months; from us here at County Wedding Magzines HQ to suppliers and couples. There's been small highs and many lows, as each glimmer of hope was put out by another government announcement.Lockdown 1.0 turned into 2.0 and then 3.0, wedding guest numbers went from 0 to 12, 15 to 30 and now we can actually invite all of our loved ones, friends and family dear to our hearts to the big day.There's really been no better time to say 'I do', not only will it be mask free (personal choice), socially distance-free and rule-free; but it will be a true celebration of marriage, a union of friends and family, love and friendship.

Posted: 19 July 2021

Professional singer Alice Manville is going to be performing on Saturday 24th July

Originally from Liphook in Hampshire, my passion for the stage began at three years old when I took on my first role as Cinderella's Fairy Godmother," says Alice. "I danced for many years covering many styles including jazz, ballet, modern, tap, contemporary and many different musical theatre roles. From a young age, I have been a performer and no stranger to the stage, however, after fulfilling a year at a professional dance school, studying musical theatre, it became more apparent that my passion truly lay with singing. Since leaving my teenage years of studying and training, I went to Greece to be a 'Soul Diva' for six months. I was then the lead singer of the function band on P&O's The Pride of Rotterdam, followed by being the lead vocalist of a singing group for the Iberostar hotels in Fuerteventura doing an Abba tribute, Hollywood hits show and broadway's best.

Posted: 12 July 2021

County Wedding Events comes to Oatlands Park Hotel, Weybridge, Surrey!

If you're newlyweds-to-be embarking on your wedding planning journey, pop along to the County Wedding Events wedding show at Oatlands Park Hotel, Weybridge, Surrey 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 post-lockdown for all those couples that have missed face-to-face wedding planning in the last few months...

Posted: 7 July 2021

Let the fun be Gin!

Looking for summer holiday ginspiration? You can now get that festival feeling without the wellies as Festivals of Gin launch across the UK! Warner Leisure Hotels has curated a series of events at all 14 of its properties across the UK, combining botanicals and live entertainment to give staycationers a gincredible getaway this summer. The group operates 14 luxury castles, manor houses and seaside getaways across the UK, and is set to bring together up to 30 gins at each of its indoor and outdoor festival bars. With old favourites such as Gordon's Gin, alongside artisan and craft gins such as Roku Gin from Japan and Brooklyn Gin from USA, the team has scoured the globe to hand pick the best on the market.

Posted: 6 July 2021

Win an overnight stay with Mercure

Whether you're planning a wedding, celebrating an anniversary or simply need a night away, this staycation prize is a welcome getaway treat courtesy of Interstate Hotels & Resorts.At one of the most sought-after Mercure wedding venues in the UK, the lucky winner and their guest will stay in the best room in the house, the Wedding Suite, with dinner and breakfast at the hotel of their choice.The Mercure Leeds Parkway Hotel is one of the most desirable wedding venues Yorkshire has to offer, set in the picturesque Golden Acres Park with formal gardens and a picturesque gazebo for dreamy outdoor weddings. While, The Mercure Chester Abbots Well Hotel is a tranquil four-star hotel set amongst two acres of landscaped gardens with a backdrop of beautiful rolling Cheshire countryside and Welsh mountains providing an idyllic setting for any wedding. Or, why not check out Cotswold's Mercure Gloucester Bowden Hall Hotel for character and setting? This four-star Georgian country house boasts 12 acres of its own park and woodland providing the perfect Gloucestershire backdrop for a truly scenic wedding.

Posted: 29 June 2021

Toast the happy couple with a glass of NINE ELMS No.18

Award-winning NINE ELMS No.18 is a ruby velven – a new type of sophisticated non-alcoholic drink, created in London, that has been specially designed to complement good food.Intricately crafted from the juice of four types of dark berry and aromatised with a complex blend of botanical infusions and distillates, this intriguing non-alcoholic indulgence is full of flavour & character – complexity that gradually reveals itself when sipped & savored with something delicious to eat.With its juicy red & black fruit, uplifting herbaceous notes, warm & earthy spice, gentle acidity & soft tannins, NINE ELMS No.18 is most enjoyable served with something richly savoury - try it with antipasti, charcuterie, chargrilled vegetables, roasted meats or cheese.

Posted: 28 June 2021

Celebrate World Chocolate Day with Haute Dolci

Sweet-toothed diners are in for a treat this World Chocolate Day as London added a new luxury dessert parlour to its dining offer. Situated on Wembley Park Boulevard, Haute Dolci has a stunning open design that draws inspiration from both Italian and French heritage; the eatery combines fashion sensibilities with the art of food and desserts, to ensure a sumptuous and unparalleled customer journey. The restaurant boasts a backdrop of exquisite finishes inspired by Statuario marble and on the mezzanine level, a cherry blossom tree will transport diners to Paris' iconic cherry blossom display outside of the Notre-Dame, adding to the air of elegance at this must-visit dessert house. The tree, constructed from a real cherry tree trunk and six metres in diameter, will provide an ethereal focal point to the decadent eatery, with beautiful bloom-filled branches spanning across the width of the restaurant.

Posted: 25 June 2021

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