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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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Dental Concepts opens a new site in Southampton

At Dental Concepts, the team is excited to announce the renovations are nearly complete in their new Southampton site. Dental Concepts Southampton will be joining the group in offering exceptional products and services to keep everyones' smile beautiful. They'll be introducing an iTero scanner, which takes a digital impression of peoples' smile without the need for those horrid impression kits – making makeover treatments seamless. The company is a family-run business owned by Dr Manish and Shilpa Chitnis. Their passion is providing high-quality dental care as well as offering cosmetic and restorative procedures.

Posted: 12 July 2022

Take a non-alcoholic walk on the wild side with Wild Eve Recipe no 1.

When planning your wedding day celebrations, accommodating your guests' needs is paramount when considering you food and drink offering. From veggies and vegans to the teetotallers - you should ensure you have something for everyone. Award winning Apothecary and herbalist, Amanda Saurin, is excited to announce the launch of her long anticipated organic botanical infusion drink, Wild Eve Recipe no 1. This innovative, small batch non-alcoholic drink is hand crafted from an exclusive selection of organic flowers, fruits, leaves, and seaweeds, hand foraged on the Isle of Harris, in the Outer Hebrides of Scotland. The carefully blended botanicals assist to reduce stress, alleviate anxiety, and invite calm through the innate properties of the plants.

Posted: 11 July 2022

A good night's sleep with Dreams - 8 top tips!

Being a bride or groom is arguably one of the most exciting and heart-warming days of a person's life, but as the big day draws closer, pre-wedding insomnia can cause difficulty in falling, and staying, asleep. As we know, our sleep is very important and no one wants tired eyes on such a big day. But what can we do to avoid the sleepless nights? According to Dreams Sleep Expert, Sammy Margo, consistency is key. So, maybe it's time to drop the outdated wedding 'preparation' superstitions. Sammy says: "We love rhythm and routine, so sticking to the same routine of bed sharing makes sense before your big day.

Posted: 9 July 2022

From one bride to another: essential wedding tips!

Greetings card marketplace thortful.com interviewed 15 newlyweds to share their essential wedding planning tips to help future couples-to-be. From what to plan for the big day itself to things to remember when getting ready, here are the top 15 pieces of advice from one bride to another. spokesperson at thortful says, "We wanted to make the tips as authentic and real as possible, so we asked newlyweds what they wish they could have told their pre-married self as they prepared for their big day. We hope these tips can truly help any bride who's worried about the planning and make the day extra perfect!"

Posted: 7 July 2022

The big day without the big price tag

With the average wedding in the UK now costing £32,273 it can be an expensive milestone in many people's lives. However, your big day doesn't have to come with a big price tag. With wedding season now upon us, and more people looking to tie the knot after prolonged pandemic engagements, it's more important than ever to plan your finances and work out where you can make savings in anticipation of the big day. With this in mind, Stacey Lowman, financial coach at Claro Money, shares her tips for budgeting for the occasion and saving on different aspects of the day.

Posted: 6 July 2022

New launch: new UK-wide virtual wedding planning service

Newly launched Wed-Start is led by industry veteran Isabel Smith, who has over 10 years' experience in planning luxury weddings all over the world. She has brought together the UK's very best wedding planning experts to offer a Wed-Start to all couples planning their dream wedding. Isabel says, "As industry experts, we know that a lot of couples feel overwhelmed in the early stages of wedding planning. There's so much fantastic advice out there, but there is also a lot of pressure. From family politics, to friends' opinions, to conflicting online guidance, it can all feel like too much...

Posted: 4 July 2022

Mermaid Gin expands its delicious range

The Isle of Wight Distillery has launched Mermaid Zest Gin, a limited-edition, smooth and refreshing grapefruit and gentle juniper London Dry Gin. Mermaid Zest Gin is the fourth addition to the sustainable range which includes Mermaid Gin, Mermaid Pink Gin and Mermaid Salt Vodka. Mermaid Zest Gin is produced in Seaview at the Isle of Wight Distillery, the first and only distillery on the island. Mermaid spirits are shaped by the distillery's stunning surroundings and the unique character of the Isle of Wight, all whilst minimising waste using ethically sourced and often locally sourced ingredients to hand-craft a range of smooth yet complex spirits with a hint of sea air, and the new gin is produced in harmony with the Island's coastal elements, using foraged rock samphire and rosemary.

Posted: 3 July 2022

Thinking about a crash-diet for the wedding? Don't do it!

With wedding season upon us, a new plan, devised by nutrition and fitness experts at PowerWave, the portable home-gym training device, has been launched to help brides (and grooms) get ready for their special day. Created by PowerWave founder "Coach" Jay Laville, its free healthy weight loss guide covers everything from macros to mindset, calories to caffeine and from sugar to sleep. It is also packed full of healthy recipe ideas and inspirational advice from the PowerWave team.

Posted: 1 July 2022

Loved-up Brits turn to puzzles to pop the question

A new craze sweeping the UK is seeing hundreds of people send their partners a puzzle to crack that unlocks a code to a video or text message comprising the four magical words: "Will you marry me?"! However, if you're already engaged fear not, as you can use this same innovative idea for wedding day messages, or asking your loved ones to be your bridesmaid and groomsmen etc. The craze of 'puzzle proposals' was sparked by the launch of a website in July 2020, after a locked down London-based couple, Bobbie Jackson and Will Hall, found themselves with a fair bit of time on their hands. They proceeded to spend the first months of lockdown in their kitchen creating puzzles to surprise family and friends with.

Posted: 29 June 2022

New wedding favour collection from Macmillan Cancer Support

Macmillan's new collection of wedding favours are beautifully crafted and are a great way to thank guests, honour absent friends and raise money for the growing number of people living with cancer in the UK. new range this year includes something to suit every taste, including a variety of cultural and religious favours and rainbow pin badges. 100% of the profits of every wedding favour purchase from Macmillan's shop will help the charity to continue doing whatever it takes to support the millions of people living with cancer across the UK.

Posted: 27 June 2022

Bespoke wedding gifting for celebrity-loving couples

Wedding season is here and to mark the occasion Cameo, the celebrity engagement platform, has analysed data from the site over the past 12 months, finding star James Buckley as the most booked when it comes to helping a couple pop the big question, nail a cheeky hen/stag party video, or to help deliver the perfect message for a wedding gift. Buckley, known best for his performance as Jay Cartwright in the hit comedy series The Inbetweeners has been involved in hundreds of wedding-related Cameo messages, making him the most booked celeb on the platform across all three occasions (engagements, stag / hen parties, wedding gifts).

Posted: 25 June 2022

What to do if your wedding day doesn’t go as planned

Many couples plan their wedding down to even the most minute of details, but ethical jewellery experts at Ingle & Rhode understand that unfortunately no one's big day goes exactly as planned. You may forget something at home, some guests may be late or the day just might not be going how you envisioned it. That's why the team at Ingle & Rhode are giving their advice on what to do if your wedding day doesn't go exactly how you thought it would as well as providing tips on planning ahead with things like photography and weather - we do live n the UK after all!

Posted: 24 June 2022

Start saving for your hen and stag do

According to a study by Hotels.com®, 2022 is the year to go bigger and bolder than ever when it comes to planning your hen/sten/stag do - we're all making up for lost time over the past two years! After 2020/21 nearlyweds had to reschedule a stag or hen party, this year revellers are using more holiday days and spending more money than ever to celebrate their friend's final months of unmarried life in style. The study found the average pre-wedding celebration now costs a whopping £242 compared to the more subtle cost of £150 in 2012. Nearly 47% of those surveyed believe that these pre-wedding celebrations have become more extravagant over the last decade, with 46% of travellers believing it's because people have been saving up and have larger budgets to spend on these special occasions over the pandemic.

Posted: 22 June 2022

Scotland to run out of kilts this summer as wedding bookings soar

Scotland could run out of kilts this summer with many suppliers already closing their books due to record demand. With two years of delayed weddings now able to go ahead, along with this year's planned ceremonies, the iconic ceremonial dress is in short supply meaning the unthinkable could happen; Scotland may actually run out of kilts! David Dalrymple of A1 Kilt Hire said, "We have never seen such a high level of demand for kilt hire. The pandemic has created a record number of wedding bookings for the summer; some people have been waiting since early 2020 to tie the knot, there's also those people who cancelled in 2021 plus couples who had always planned to get married in 2022 all trying to secure a kilt for their big day. Everyone needs one at the same time and although we've managed to accommodate all requests so far, others have already reached their capacity for the whole summer."

Posted: 20 June 2022

The songs millennials want played for their first dance

Over the past year, UK searches for 'first dance songs 2022' have increased by +1,300%, whilst searches for 'first dance ideas for non-dancers have increased by +300% showing that more couples are looking for inspiration. The first dance is likely to be one of the most memorable moments of your wedding, so naturally, newlyweds are determined to pick the most suitable song. A decision needs to be made whether to choose an old classic or maybe the new love song that's currently in the charts.

Posted: 19 June 2022

World Martini Day 18th June - shaken or stirred?

World Martini Day - which could also be James Bond day! - is on the 18th June. And whether you like it shaken like Mr Bond himself, or stirred for something different, wet or dry, however you like your favourite tipple celebrate with five Gin Martini cocktails from Aviation Gin, Cotswolds Dry Gin, Mermaid Gin, Pinkster Gin and Perthyn Low Alcohol Spirit. What's more, the following provides drinks-piration for wedding day cocktails you might want to try... here at County Wedding Magazines HQ we can't pick our fav! Bottoms up!

Posted: 18 June 2022

Speak up! Wedding Toasts 101

Author of new book Wedding Toasts 101 The Guide to the Perfect Wedding Speech, Pete Honsberger, walks the reader through the building blocks of making a great speech, anecdotes and advice from past weddings, and an easy-to-follow checklist to make sure you hit all your points. An essential read for the wedding couple and the bridal party, this humorous guide will take the fear out of public speaking - what's more you might even enjoy it!

Posted: 17 June 2022

Award win for New Forest venue

Located in the New Forest, Balmer Lawn Hotel & Spa has taken home an award for the best Large Wedding Venue, and the team couldn't be happier. The hotel's wedding coordinator, Ruth Mundy, says, "We pride ourselves on our customer service here at the hotel, especially for weddings. We go above and beyond to ensure all parties are treated to an experience of only the highest standards. Our happy couples can expect respect, quality, and everlasting memories upon their visit to our luxury New Forest escape."

Posted: 16 June 2022

Last minute ideas for Father’s Day 2022

From the gardens of Staffordshire to the streets of London and the Devonshire coast, it's not too late to plan a special treat for dad this Father's Day on the 19th June. Whether looking to mix up gifting with a bespoke travel guide or feeling the urge to splash out with a Michelin starred tasting menu, here are some suggestions from all corners of the UK on innovative ways to say thank you this year for their help in the wedding planning.

Posted: 16 June 2022

Yes you can! New launch from Vin du Can

Newly launched Vin du Can, is a convenient single serve wine in a can perfect for al fresco drinking this summer at wedding celebrations. Whether it's on the day itself, or a pre- or post-wedding get-togethers, the range includes three varietals, Pale Rosé, French Sauvignon Blanc and Argentinian Malbec. All three are vegan friendly and packaged in aluminium cans which are fast to chill and 100% recyclable. The Vin du Can logo sits prominently at the front of the can and is surrounded by etched wine glasses and a number of these represent fun line drawings of people and animals.

Posted: 15 June 2022

Winter packages released for Hampshire venue

Nestled in the beautiful Hampshire countryside, Sandford Springs Hotel & Golf Club has released a Winter Wedding Package for December nuptials with 70 loved ones from only £4,999. Set between Newbury and Basingstoke, the property offers a peaceful setting for all celebrations. The landscaped grounds and elegant interior provide a winning combination for memorable occasions. Guests will travel down the tree-lined driveway to the magnificent clubhouse and fall in love with the venue. With the option of mulled wine, mince pies and various festive decorations, couples will be walking through a winter wonderland on their special day.

Posted: 14 June 2022

UK wedding guests to spend £15.6 billion in 2022

Spending by wedding guests has risen again this year as they enjoy a return to restriction-free ceremonies across the UK in 2022. New research from American Express reveals that British wedding goers will spend £883 on average to attend each wedding this year equating to £15.6 billion across the population, with guests spending more on accommodation, travel, outfits and hair, beauty & grooming compared to 2021. Of those who have or are planning to spend more on weddings this year, a third (33%) say this is because they want to celebrate with friends and family who they haven't seen as much due to the pandemic, while 27% say they are happier to spend more now that restrictions have been removed.

Posted: 13 June 2022

Top ways to save money and have that dream wedding

With wedding season now in full swing, brides and grooms to be will all agree that with so much to plan for, from clothes and shoes to flowers and photography, costs can soon escalate. But saying 'I do' doesn't mean you have to break the bank, Anita Naik, Consumer Editor at VoucherCodes.co.uk shares this brilliant money saving tip to help make your dream big day a little more cost effective... and it's all in the timing!

Posted: 11 June 2022

New bridal separates from Southampton retailer

Situated in Southampton, Zaneta Burnett Design is now offering dream-worthy separates for only £600. Bridal separates consist of tops with skirts, trousers or shorts, which can be incorporated into future looks, making the option more environmentally friendly. Less fitting sessions are required as there are no extreme structures or tailoring needed – perfect for those on a tight time frame. The style of attire is practical and comfortable as there would be no long trains, elaborate corsets or heavy layers.

Posted: 9 June 2022

7 things to consider when planning a same-sex wedding

June is Pride month! Unbelievably, same-sex weddings are fairly new in the UK, having only become legal in 2014, so for LGBTQ+ couples planning their big day, it's about doing what feels right for you as a couple. Lisa Forde, wedding expert and founder of stationery favourites Tree of Hearts, said: "A wedding is all about celebrating your special love for one another so if anything that is deemed a 'wedding tradition' that doesn't make sense to you or feels outdated then you can simply ignore it.

Posted: 9 June 2022

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