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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 Elvetham can hold ceremonies anywhere on the property

Located in 35 acres, the team at The Elvetham has announced that they can now hold ceremonies anywhere on the licensed property. With this exciting news, couples are looking to host wedding ceremonies in never done before locations within the grounds. The groundskeepers work hard all year maintaining the gardens, and now their work can be admired by guests even more closely. The venue offers something different for couples; whether they're dreaming of wide-open spaces full of friends and family, intimate ceremonies under the original Victorian summerhouse or grandiose affairs in formal settings – the choices are limitless.

Posted: 7 June 2022

Loving all things wedding? Check out this new novel

If while planning your wedding day you have fallen in love with the wonderful world of weddings, then this new release from Katy Birchall, The Wedding Season will certainly keep you in the wedding bubble. The perfect accompaniment when taking a break from the wed min, this will have you laughing out loud! Freya Scott is getting married. Her wedding to Matthew, her long-term boyfriend, is the first of eight in her calendar this year, and as someone who prides herself on being meticulously organised, Freya is intent on making it the perfect day to remember....

Posted: 6 June 2022

Top hen and stag do destinations revealed for 2022

Following research, findings by the UK's leading savings site VoucherCodes.co.uk reveal that, when it comes to stag, hen and sten parties, there are several cities that go hand in hand with these pre-wedding celebrations. Many of those painting the town white this year are set to make their mark in London (21%), with Manchester (11%) and Liverpool (9%) following closely behind. Those travelling further afield, are set to hit the streets of Dublin (5%) and Ibiza (4%). Despite such glam locations making it to the list of most popular destinations, a third of disgruntled guests say costs have now gotten out of hand. Almost one in three (32%) say the cost of a UK party is almost the same as going abroad, while 24% feel an expectation from the happy couple to go overseas.

Posted: 4 June 2022

How much to spend on wedding day gifting?

The average cost of being a wedding guest is £541.90 which includes a new outfit, somewhere to stay, drinks and, of course, a gift. To help cut down some of this cost, the personal finance experts at Ocean Finance have run the numbers to reveal how much is appropriate to spend on a wedding present, depending on where you sit in the wedding party and whether you have an invite to the whole day or just the evening!

Posted: 3 June 2022

Michelmersh Manor Farm launching new accommodation

Set in the heart of the Test Valley, Michelmersh Manor Farm is launching new self-catering accommodation that's perfect for pre-wedding getaways. The family-run company has converted a 274-year-old barn into two units for guests to enjoy. The first has two en suite bedrooms and a downstairs toilet, while the other has a king-sized bed on the ground floor for those that can't manage the stairs and a double bedroom upstairs. Both areas have fully equipped kitchens, wood-burners and cosy furniture. To create an even more fun experience, the company has provided puzzles, games, books and a leaflet of local walks available.

Posted: 2 June 2022

Gift etiquette: top tips from Denby

As many couples can finally get married after two years of disruptions, wedding planning is once again underway. If you and your partner are unsure about how to make a registry or ask for contributions to the honeymoon fund, Carole Robinson — Head of Retail at Denby — has shared some top tips and gift etiquette to help your day run smoothly. When it comes to wedding planning, some tasks can be more enjoyable than others: while you may not get too excited about picking out the colour of your napkins, making a gift registry with your partner is more fun! However, as with most big celebrations, there's always an element of etiquette and expectation that surrounds wedding gifts. Read on for our top tips on making the ideal wedding list for you and your partner.

Posted: 1 June 2022

Birthday milestone for Anya Bridal Couture

Anya Bridal Couture is celebrating more than a decade of helping brides-to-be find their dream gown. Located in the heart of the beautiful Hampshire countryside, the bridal boutique offers clients a beautiful and private space to search through the racks. With a good variety of gowns available and an expert team who will guide brides throughout the process, the experience will be stress-free and enjoyable After opening the business more than 11 years ago, the team has worked hard to provide exceptional service.

Posted: 31 May 2022

New stationery for big-day planning

Whether you're planning your own nuptials or are celebrating a newly engaged couple, London-based stationery and lifestyle brand Martha Brooks has lots of new ideas to help. The beautiful, personalised pieces will inspire and delight its recipients. Founded by Martha Keith, the successful business has grown from humble beginnings in 2013 to the inspirational, feel-good lifestyle brand that it is today. Here at County Wedding Magazine HQ we're stationery lovers (stationery addicts more like) so we can't help swooning over the latest offerings from this stylish brand.

Posted: 30 May 2022

The biggest trends set to dominate weddings in 2022

A new study by financial comparison company money.co.uk has revealed the biggest trends set to dominate weddings in 2022 and beyond. Three trends are all tied in first place for the biggest trend of the year, with searches for pets at weddings, multi-coloured weddings and in-season wedding flowers all seeing a 200% year-on-year increase. With so many people adding a four-legged companion to their family over the past couple of years, it's no surprise that so many brides and grooms would want them to play a special part such as a ring bearer or just being a VIP guest. However, it's not just our beloved pets making an appearance, with some couples looking to hire slightly more interesting animals for their guests to marvel at, such as llamas. These friendly and gentle animals will certainly add a touch of uniqueness to the big day.

Posted: 28 May 2022

Hampshire's Thruxton Race Circuit hosting retro race day

Looking for an alternative hen/stag or sten do? Then we have just the event for you! Thruxton Race Circuit in Hampshire is hosting its annual Thruxton Historic - a two-day event that showcases the finest historic and classic motor racing and displays in the country. The fastest race circuit in the UK, the event attracts legendary machines for 12 races. This year for the first time visitors will be able to enjoy vintage aircraft flying and displays as well as a flypast each day. And there's something for all the family to enjoy too, creating a really special weekend to remember!

Posted: 27 May 2022

New wedding range from Timothy Taylor's

With 2022 set to be a big year for weddings, with many delayed due to the pandemic, personalised details have been named as a big trend by Etsy, who reported a 107% increase in searches for custom wedding favours[1]. This is clear from what people are searching for on social as well, with the hashtag #weddingfavours featuring in over 450,000 Instagram posts. People are looking for ways to make their big day extra special, whether that's finding gifts for those who've helped with the planning, exploring unique ways to decorate tables, or looking for presents for brides and grooms. Timothy Taylor's personalised range can be appreciated by all lovers of great-tasting, Yorkshire ale.

Posted: 27 May 2022

A personal touch: 5 tips for customising your wedding drinks

Amidst all the planning and organisation in the months beforehand, it's easy to forget that your wedding day should just be about eating, drinking, and dancing with the people you love most in the world. If you want to bring a unique touch to your celebrations among all the trends and traditional menus, Ben Turnbull — Director and Head Wine Buyer at House of Malt — shares his top tips on personalising the drinks offering on your special day.

Posted: 25 May 2022

South Downs' venue's summer relaunch

Nestled in the picturesque South Downs near the Meon Valley, The Angel Hotel will be relaunching this summer! The venue is one of Hampshire's hidden gems and will provide couples with the perfect location for weddings. The team will proudly showcase the fabulous new function space, The Nicholson Suite, which can accommodate 110 people. With a new glass-roofed atrium, a private entrance and a purpose-built bar, this space will most certainly make an impression. In addition to a remodelled Bridal Suite and landscaped grounds, the venue will prove popular with couples planning their wedding for late 2022 and 2023.

Posted: 25 May 2022

The ultimate guide to wedding favours

Looking for ideas on what to include in your wedding favour bags? This guide is a helpful resource for couples who want to make their guests feel really special. Find out the best wedding favour ideas to make your own unique table favours and browse our curated list of some popular items that can be included in the favour bags so you can make an inspired choice. The experts at Arches Beach Weddings have also included some helpful tips on how to go about choosing the wedding favours that will best suit your theme and guest needs.

Posted: 23 May 2022

Wedding Wine Guide Q&A with Sarah Knowles part three!

Sarah Knowles MW joined The Wine Society in March 2014 and passed her Masters of Wine qualification in 2015. She is responsible for Champagne, North America and Italy, as well as overseeing the portfolio of sparkling wines and spirits; so, there really is no better person to be advising you and answering all of your wedding questions? Red or white for a meat course? Wine or Champagne for your wedding toast? This final instalment in our three-part guide - check back over the last two Fridays if you missed one and two - answers your final questions!

Posted: 20 May 2022

Women propose new wedding trend

Until recently engagement rings were seen as exclusively a female item of jewellery but the team at Ingle & Rhode believe the time has come for both sexes to enjoy a little engagement bling. They have already sold several of the rings to women who were planning to propose to their partners and are confident the trend will continue to gain pace. Ingle & Rhode's mens rings include items fashioned from gold and platinum with many featuring ethically sourced diamonds, sapphires, emeralds and other precious stones. There's something for most budgets with women able to choose from a modest ring for their man from as little as £495 or go for something more blingy up to £11,950.

Posted: 18 May 2022

Looking to tie the knot outside? Make sure it's legal!

Here at County Wedding Magazines HQ we welcome any changes in the law that allow people to marry more freely. Following the Government's recent announcement that they'll permanently be making outdoor marriages across the UK legal, following temporary legislation introduced during the pandemic, this is great news to the thousands of couples who have creative outdoor ideas for their weddings. However, there is still a criteria which couples must meet in order for a wedding ceremony to be legally valid, and it's important that couples don't get caught out. Barrister Kate Van Rol at 4PB advises on how to navigate the legality of getting married in an outdoor setting.

Posted: 16 May 2022

Wedding Wine Guide Q&A with Sarah Knowles part two!

Sarah Knowles MW joined The Wine Society in March 2014 and passed her Masters of Wine qualification in 2015. She is responsible for Champagne, North America and Italy, as well as overseeing the portfolio of sparkling wines and spirits; so, there really is no better person to be advising you and answering all of your wedding questions? Red or white for a meat course? Wine or Champagne for your wedding toast? This is the second part in our three part guide, check back here every Friday to have these questions answered!

Posted: 13 May 2022

Experts reveal what to write on a wedding card

The wedding season is upon us, with couples across the country bringing people together to celebrate getting married, but have you ever been lost for words when writing your special congratulations on a card? Searches for 'what to write in a wedding card' increased by +300% in the past 12 months1, indicating that people are struggling for words. To help, greetings card marketplace, thortful.com has collated the top things to write on a couples' wedding card.

Posted: 11 May 2022

Exchange vows in this hidden gem in Dorset

If you're looking for something far from the madding crowd, check out this hidden gem. Tucked away in a secluded valley, weddings take place at West Axnoller Farm, a sprawling estate in the heart of the Dorset countryside close to the unspoilt beaches of the Jurassic Coast. You can tie the knot and celebrate afterwards in the bright and modern converted barn, a spacious industrial chic setting with large glass doors providing panoramic views of the valleys beyond and room for up to 220 guests. The charming courtyard outside includes an elegant marquee and custom-built pergola surrounded with greenery and delicate white drapes; perfect for romantic 'I dos'.

Posted: 11 May 2022

Tying the knot over Jubilee weekend in June?

When planning your wedding day, when booking it on any date between the 2nd to 5th of June, I bet you didn't realise that the whole world would be having a celebration with you! But here at County Wedding Magazines HQ we think you should embrace the Queen's Platinum Jubilee and make it part of your wedding celebrations. From afternoon tea to quirky union jack favours, there's a whole host of fun and royal touches you can add to proceedings. To help you along, Cadbury has some great limited-edition products that have just hit the shelves to celebrate the Platinum Jubilee and keep your hungry wedding guests happy, kids and adults alike!

Posted: 9 May 2022

Must-have hen do accessories from TeamHen

Here at County Wedding Magazines HQ we adore the products from TeamHen - super-cool and on trend, the chic range is the perfect way to accompany your hen party bridal look! The brand's latest offering, the Luxury Tulle Bow Veil, is no exception. Featuring a beautiful, creamy white sating bow, it's bee paired with a soft white tulle veil measuring 80cm. Conveniently attached to a clip, you can just pop it in and away you go!

Posted: 6 May 2022

Innovative new way for sharing big-day memories

WeSnapthat is a free event photo sharing app, which is private and secure and means you won't miss out on all of the pictures friends and family are taking on your wedding day. Founder, Tarandip Rehall, says, 'After attending several weddings, I noticed that professional wedding photographers took over the event and guests felt a little left out. I could see that guests were taking loads of photos and videos, and I was wondering were all those beautiful moments that were captured ever be seen by the bride and groom or other guests. Hence WeSnapThat was created to help remove the hassle of chasing and missing out of photos and videos, plus the app get attendees to be more engaged with your event and make it more joyful as they feel part of your special day.'

Posted: 5 May 2022

Expert tips for elevating your drinks offering

From cocktail stations to party favours, David Cooper from glassware company Forever Crystal shares his top tips on how to get creative with your drinks on the big day. Here are four inspiration ideas for your wedding drinks and toast with something special when you say, 'I do'! Signature cocktails: While you might want to give your guests an open bar, hiring bar staff and footing the bill can end up being an expensive gesture. One way to sidestep this added cost while still providing some free refreshment is to make your own batch of signature cocktails. Choose two mixed drinks or cocktails that you know your guests love and stock up on plenty of ingredients before the big day. For a spring or summer wedding, mixed drinks like Pimm's and lemonade or gin and elderflower tonic are great options, especially as you can provide bowls of fruit and mint leaves to use as a garnish.

Posted: 5 May 2022

Getting married in 2022? Experts reveal the top five wedding cake trends

With full-scale weddings back up and running, having a show-stopping cake is more important than ever. If you're walking down the aisle this year and in the process of finalising your menu, you must ensure that you are up to date with the latest trends so you can choose the perfect wedding cake.

From delicate florals to bright colours and sculptured designs, experts from AYRE Events share the most popular up and coming trends to keep in mind.

Posted: 4 May 2022

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