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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Wed-min essentials from Rollo London

Wed-min essentials from Rollo London

Here at County Wedding Magazines HQ we're avid stationery lovers so have been swooning over this new collection from Rollo London. Chic, sophisticated and a design that's truly timeless the range will make the perfect companion for those in the midst of wedding planning. The company's personalisation offering also means couples can gift these items to the bridal party!... read more

Posted: 20 July 2020

A wedding gift list idea completely bespoke - yes please!

A wedding gift list idea completely bespoke - yes please!

Nowadays, couples more than likely live together pre-nuptials so of course, have everything they need for the home making choosing a gift list rather tricky. With COVID19 curbing the popular honeymoon-donations gift, what can couples now look to ask for? Why not, ask for a gift for your home OF your home with a bespoke print from Kate Guy.... read more

Posted: 17 July 2020

Princess Beatrice marries - in secret!

Princess Beatrice marries - in secret!

It's not often that Royal weddings with all the fanfare they normally bring to the nation are held in secret; however, Princess Beatrice has married Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi in a private Windsor ceremony today which was attended by the Queen.... read more

Posted: 17 July 2020

Laings jewellers reopens with new campaign focused on sustainability

Laings jewellers reopens with new campaign focused on sustainability

Laings jewellers, stockists of a wide range of dazzling engagement rings and wedding jewellery, has launched a fresh new summer campaign as they re-open their stores in Southampton and across the UK.... read more

Posted: 15 July 2020

Fragrance your big day with the new Victoria Cator collection

Fragrance your big day with the new Victoria Cator collection

They say that scent has the power to evoke memories so what better way to reminisce about your wedding day than to use candles and rooms sprays on the big day which you can later use at home too?! Following on from the success of her popular candle range, loved by the likes of Trinny Woodall and stocked in the prestigious Fortnum & Mason, interior designer Victoria Cator has launched a range of luxurious interior scents.... read more

Posted: 15 July 2020

How COVID-19 has affected holiday plans and preferences during 2020 and beyond

How COVID-19 has affected holiday plans and preferences during 2020 and beyond

The Insurance Emporium, recently surveyed* over a thousand people across the UK during lockdown to find out how the COVID-19 pandemic had affected their holiday plans and preferences during 2020 and beyond. With holiday accommodation, including hotels, B&Bs, cottages, campsites and caravan parks, recently reopened in England what does this mean for minimoons, honeymoons and general pre- and post-wedding getaways.... read more

Posted: 13 July 2020

How to choose the right Champagne for your wedding - 7 top tips

How to choose the right Champagne for your wedding - 7 top tips

Françoise Peretti, Director of Champagne Bureau UK and expert on all-things-Champagne, shares her secrets on how to find the right champagne for your price bracket..."It's official! From 4 July, weddings and civil partnerships have been given the greenlight. Following this exciting news, I'm sure many couples will once again be imagining and planning for the most joyous day of their lives, laying the groundwork behind the scenes to make sure everything is perfect for the new date. It's fair to say that at a time when we all need cheering up, no post-lockdown wedding would be complete without the popping of corks and toasts made with glasses of beautiful golden bubbles. But now more than ever brides and grooms to-be are likely to have budget at the forefront of mind. Here are my top tips on choosing the right champagne for you."... read more

Posted: 10 July 2020

Showing support for couples and the wedding industry

Showing support for couples and the wedding industry

Here at County Wedding Magazines HQ we were waiting with bated breath for a change in wedding guidance after more than three months in lockdown; and when the time came with very little change, it's left many couples and wedding suppliers worried about the future – when will the guidelines be revised again?... read more

Posted: 9 July 2020

Wedding celebrants support High Court case for legal recognition

Wedding celebrants support High Court case for legal recognition

Six couples are taking their case to the High Court on 7-8 July to take a landmark challenge over the legal recognition of humanist marriages; their case is being supported by humanist celebrants. Siân Jackson a celebrant, based in Neath, Wales commented, "Humanist ceremonies bring meaning, personality and depth to a non-religious ceremony in a way which is just not possible within the construct of a civil ceremony. Why shouldn't non-religious couples have the right to celebrate their union in a way that is significant to them, as religious couples do?"... read more

Posted: 8 July 2020

Gift cards UK's most popular gift during lockdown

Gift cards UK's most popular gift during lockdown

New research from the Gift Card & Voucher Association (GCVA) reveals that gift cards were the most popular gift purchased during lockdown, and with healthy and safety measures in place for a little longer yet, and the wedding scene not quite back to what it was before, the gift card could still be the best go-to option for gifting yet!... read more

Posted: 3 July 2020

The future of hen parties post-Covid

The future of hen parties post-Covid

In a recent survey held by the alternative hen party planners, CLUCK, a whopping 86% of people have postponed or cancelled their hen party due to Covid-19, or knew somebody that had. Which means a massive backlog of hens gagging to celebrate when it's safe to do so. But as we are starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel, what will the future of hen parties look like?... read more

Posted: 1 July 2020

Trust in your stay with Laura Ashley Hotels

Trust in your stay with Laura Ashley Hotels

Laura Ashley Hotels is offering up to 15 per cent off and free cancellation* on all bookings to ensure peace of mind when arranging a post-lockdown escape. Ahead of reopening on 6th July 2020, Laura Ashley Hotels has also launched its Trust in Your Stay programme showcasing their commitment to the wellbeing and protection of their guests and team, and to ensure a safe, clean and comfortable environment.... read more

Posted: 29 June 2020

Hand Picked Hotels champions the UK holiday with new tailormade experiences and specially curated stays for guests

Hand Picked Hotels champions the UK holiday with new tailormade experiences and specially curated stays for guests

Hand Picked Hotels' chairman and CEO Julia Hands announced today the re-opening of the hotel group on 4th July with the introduction of a new offering of custom designed and curated stays for guests. A home-away-from-home country house hotel experience with each moment spent marked by traditional warmth and contemporary luxury will be enjoyed by every guest. Hand Picked is inviting couples, groups of friends and family, colleagues and individuals to have their ideal break tailor-made as lockdown eases. Each party will have a dedicated 'Hand Picked Host' looking after them throughout their stay, adhering to the highest standards of service, safety, cleanliness and comfort possible.... read more

Posted: 26 June 2020

News for nearlyweds in the latest government announcement

News for nearlyweds in the latest government announcement

Lockdown/quarantine/isolation however you describe it we've all felt the restrictions of the situation physically and emotionally. Thanks to our wonderful NHS and the will of the British public coming together and getting the pandemic under control, we can now start to see our - dare we say it - 'normal' lives returning.Here at County Wedding Magazines HQ we saw so many wedding businesses adapt to the current situation with innovative ideas to ensure couples could still continue to think and dream about their wedding days. Cake makers started sending taster boxes in the post, venues offered virtual tours and zoom meetings became the new normal.... read more

Posted: 24 June 2020

De Vere reopens with Wellbeing at Heart

De Vere reopens with Wellbeing at Heart

De Vere, a collection of historic mansion house estates and distinctive contemporary hotels, has launched new packages ahead of reopening on 10th July 2020, with 10 percent of each direct bedroom booking going to NHS Charities Together. Ahead of re-opening, De Vere has launched its Wellbeing at Heart programme to ensure a healthy and safe stay for guests and a safe working environment for its team members.... read more

Posted: 15 June 2020

New Forest overnight hotel stays for caregivers

New Forest overnight hotel stays for caregivers

New Forest Hotels is giving away 40 overnight stays to caregivers from Hampshire and Dorset as a way of giving back and to show appreciation for all their continued commitment and hard work during the Coronavirus crisis.... read more

Posted: 10 June 2020

Key-worker competition to win a Hampshire wedding worth more than £10,000

Key-worker competition to win a Hampshire wedding worth more than £10,000

Hampshire's Guildhall Winchester and wedding planners Spiral Events are offering key workers the chance to win a dream wedding worth more £10,000 as a thank you for all their dedication.... read more

Posted: 5 June 2020

New colour coordinated accessories from Miss Milly

New colour coordinated accessories from Miss Milly

Award-winning accessory brand Miss Milly, is launching in July a new cufflinks collection which can colour match with the company's main jewellery ranges to suit the whole wedding party colour scheme.... read more

Posted: 1 June 2020

How to store your Champagne if your wedding has been postponed

How to store your Champagne if your wedding has been postponed

With the pandemic affecting the wedding industry in unimaginable ways, many couples have had to face the heartbreaking decision to cancel or postpone their weddings. Here, Francoise Peretti, Director of Champagne Bureau UK, shares her five simple tips on how to safely preserve your champagne during the pandemic.... read more

Posted: 30 May 2020

2020 award finalist makes the perfect wedding gift

2020 award finalist makes the perfect wedding gift

Berserks GlassWorks' fused glass pocket hearts - which were Finalists in the Giftware Association Gift of the Year competition 2020 - would make the perfect thank you gift at weddings, favours, or perhaps a token gesture to send loved ones during lockdown.... read more

Posted: 29 May 2020

Dorset wedding photographers launch virtual couple shoots

Dorset wedding photographers launch virtual couple shoots

Dorset wedding photography business ST.udio is offering virtual couple shoots as a way to stay creative during lockdown and work with those who have sadly had to postpone their weddings.... read more

Posted: 28 May 2020

Big milestone for wedding ring specialists

Big milestone for wedding ring specialists

Smooch has been selling wedding rings to couples at home for the last 20 years. The company has now sold more than 100,000 rings and to celebrate this achievement, the business is running a special offer...... read more

Posted: 27 May 2020

Financial considerations for couples planning a wedding

Financial considerations for couples planning a wedding

Svenja Keller, head of Wealth Planning at Killik & Co has some stellar advice for couples that are planning their weddings; and what better time to get your finances in order than in lockdown?!... read more

Posted: 25 May 2020

Top 5 Tips to Celebrate Your ‘Would Have Been’ Wedding Day

Top 5 Tips to Celebrate Your ‘Would Have Been’ Wedding Day

Wedding and event planner Hannah Rose, Complete Rose Events, wanted to bring some positivity to couples to say that your 'would have been wedding day' doesn't need to be a sad day! She has 5 top ideas for you about how you can still celebrate during lockdown... read more

Posted: 22 May 2020

10 per cent off all Harris Tweed® cuff links and hip flasks from Tweedie Bags

10 per cent off all Harris Tweed® cuff links and hip flasks from Tweedie Bags

Exclusively offered to our County Wedding Magazine readers, is a 10% discount on Harris Tweed® items from Tweedies Bags. Whether you are looking for a stylish bag or a gift for a groom or a collar for your beloved pooch, Harris Tweed® items make the perfect keepsake, and will bring a touch Scotland into your big day.... read more

Posted: 18 May 2020

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