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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.

Wedding News: Book your 2024 wedding for £2,024 - find out more at Mercedes-Benz World

Book your 2024 wedding for £2,024 - find out more at Mercedes-Benz World

Pop along to the County Wedding Events' Signature Show at Mercedes-Benz World to chat to the team about what's new at this exciting wedding venue - what's more, Brooklands Hotel sits opposite Mercedes-Benz World so you can also visit and see for yourself! The venue's currently shouting about a great offer - book your 2024 wedding for £2,024 - so click on the link to find out more! Additionally, the venue's announced new spa facilities and new Glasshouse restaurant opening on 1st May.

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Wedding News: Plan your wedding to perfection with Styled by Lulabelles

Plan your wedding to perfection with Styled by Lulabelles

Unsure how to approach the wedding planning, or how best to style and theme your day? Head to the County Wedding Events' Signature Wedding Show at Ascot Racecourse on Sunday 7th April and chat to Emma, of Styled by Lulabelles. Owner and stylist Emma says, "At Styled By Lulabelles our style is timeless elegance, specialising in silk florals which is largely driven to make luxury affordable for our couples. We believe you should be able to look back at your wedding in 20+ years time, and it still is timelessly beautiful.

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Wedding News: Speciality Cakes is exhibiting at Ascot Racecourse this Sunday!

Speciality Cakes is exhibiting at Ascot Racecourse this Sunday!

Speciality Cakes is exhibiting at County Wedding Events' Signature Wedding Show at Ascot Racecourse this Sunday! Owners, Sarah & Claire, say, "We look forward to meeting you at the Ascot Signature Wedding Show this weekend where you can view our wedding portfolio and sample our range of delicious cakes. "Our experienced and dedicated team can ensure your wedding cake will make a special centrepiece for the big day. We cater for all types of dietary requirements and our cakes are designed and handcrafted to the highest standard. We hope to see you all soon!"

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Wedding News: Moonpig reveals weddings cards are the hardest to write

Moonpig reveals weddings cards are the hardest to write

Greeting cards have been a popular way to express celebrations and affection for our loved ones. We're used to purchasing cards for milestones from birthdays, weddings, new jobs and more, but how often do we struggle with what to write in a card? With the recent growth in popularity of AI models like ChatGPT, Moonpig has launched its "Smart Text" tool, a feature which uses generative AI as a writing assistant for customers who need help in those moments where they don't know what to put in a card to their loved ones.

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Wedding News: Wedding flower inspiration from floral designer Dawn Jennings

Wedding flower inspiration from floral designer Dawn Jennings

Pop along to the County Wedding Events' Signature Wedding Show at Mercedes-Benz World on Sunday 28th April to meet floral designer Dawn Jennings who will be exhibiting at the event. "Myself and the team are all qualified and professional florists and pride ourselves in being outstanding creatives and visual storytellers - always making dazzling fresh floral designs that are individually unique as every one of our couples!

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Discover The Greyhound on the Test in Hampshire

Situated in the charming country town of Stockbridge in rural Hampshire, The Greyhound on the Test is a licenced wedding venue offering a unique setting, and a dedicated team committed to providing an unforgettable experience that exceeds expectations. Lovebirds can relax throughout the experience and enjoy this precious time, knowing their wedding is in the safe hands of the specialist team and that all of those important details have been perfectly organised. Whether couples are seeking chic cocktail receptions with sublime canapés or relaxed long-table suppers, the staff can assist in bringing dream events to life with exceptional food and warm hospitality.

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Wedding News: Start-up brand Art of Couture showcasing at County Wedding Events

Start-up brand Art of Couture showcasing at County Wedding Events

A new environmental trend in the fashion world, start-up brand Art of Couture presents an innovative concept of combining custom tailoring with dress rental. Ukrainian fashion designer Kateryna Orlovska announces the launch of a new fashion brand, Art of Couture, which not only impresses with style and elegance, but also has a significant impact on preserving the environment. Since moving from Ukraine to the UK two years ago, Kateryna Orlovska has been exploring the aesthetics of English culture, which has become an important source of inspiration for her new collection of evening dresses, bridal dresses, and other elegant outfits.

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Wedding News: Thinking of doing a joint wedding speech? Read Speechy's top tips

Thinking of doing a joint wedding speech? Read Speechy's top tips

The Speech Surgery' with Heidi Ellert McDermott, Founder of Speechy & author of 'The Modern Couple's Guide to Wedding Speeches. A joint speech follows the same etiquette principles as your standard bride and groom speech but allows you to present it as a team and play up to your relationship dynamic. But, despite the two voices, be careful not to make the speech double the length! No more than 1,500 words maximum. When it comes to writing a joint speech, it all comes down to your ability to collaborate, discuss and bounce ideas off each other.

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Wedding News: Things to consider when booking your big-day musicians

Things to consider when booking your big-day musicians

As the UK's largest and most sustainable musician bookings platform, musicians for weddings account for around 50% of Encore's bookings. As such, the company is well-versed in the most cost-effective ways to cut down on one of the more expensive aspects of a wedding. Please see below some best tips to help you save the most money when booking your wedding entertainment. On average, couples book musicians for their wedding seven and a half months in advance, but if your big day falls on a Saturday during peak season, you should book your musicians at least nine months in advance.

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Wedding News: Pilots of the Purple Twilight will light up your wedding day

Pilots of the Purple Twilight will light up your wedding day

The Pilots of the Purple Twilight offer unique aerial pyrotechnic spectaculars for special events. The highly experienced display pilots will be on hand at County Wedding Events' Signature Wedding Show at Mercedes-Benz World, to discuss how this can make a unique addition to your special day. Displays are tailored to your event whether it's large or small. Providing displays for weddings, parties and corporate events at a wide variety of locations, if the conditions are suitable the pilots can even land to meet and greet your guests. The aircraft have been specially modified for pyrotechnic displays and have been certified by the relevant aviation regulators.

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Wedding News: Discover Hinton St Mary Estate in Dorset

Discover Hinton St Mary Estate in Dorset

Hinton St Mary Estate is a family-owned, private estate in North Dorset that sits on the River Stour and farms on more than 700 hectares of the Blackmore Vale, with an additional 40 hectares of protected woodland. The Tithe Barn is approached through a long avenue of beech trees, with horses grazing on one side and open arable fields on the other. As pairs enter through the gates to the manor, there's a sense of history, privilege and secrecy about what lies within. It's a calming haven of tranquillity with goldfish and lilies on the pond, and then the modest majesty of the building hits.

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Wedding News: Planning a hen (or sten) party? These activity-based bars need to be on your list

Planning a hen (or sten) party? These activity-based bars need to be on your list

Tasty food, gorgeous cocktails and a bit of healthy competition equals a winning recipe for an amazing time for your pre-wedding get together! How does a side of shuffleboard or darts with your cocktails sound? Whether you're looking for a daytime plan or something to keep you partying into the early hours, Electric Shuffle and Flight Club are great options. Both have resident DJs banging out the tunes, and both offer fab bottomless brunch packages if an afternoon booze session is more what you're after. They're also perfectly designed for the most amazing insta-worthy pics

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Wedding News: Land & Wave announces a new hen do package

Land & Wave announces a new hen do package

Dorset-based outdoor adventure company Land & Wave has just announced the launch of its first 24-hour Ultimate Hen Package after more women fell in love with the great outdoors. Head of operations and an outdoor instructor Sophie Tanner says, "The tide is changing; we're getting so many more women coming to us wanting that outdoor experience for hen dos. The demand is there with those wanting to do something different. We've listened, and now we've delivered!" The new 24-hour Ultimate Hen Package offers women an overnight woodland campout and the opportunity to learn survival and bushcraft skills from shelter building and fire lighting to axe throwing and archery.

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Wedding News: Award-winning photographer exhibiting at Ascot Racecourse

Award-winning photographer exhibiting at Ascot Racecourse

Sussex-based professional documentary style photographer, Chloe Jessup Photography, is exhibiting with County Wedding Events at its Signature Wedding Show at Ascot Racecourse on Sunday 7th April. Chloe has just been awarded a winner's rosette from the UK Wedding Photography Awards for the three pictured images. Also, couples can make the most of the current special offer: for any bookings before the end of April 2024 (regardless of when the wedding is) they will get a 15% discount from the Poppy and Rose packages

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Wedding News: Revealed the UK’s best venues with woodlands to achieve dreamy cottage-core weddings

Revealed the UK’s best venues with woodlands to achieve dreamy cottage-core weddings

A recent study revealed the UK's highest-rated venues for woodland-themed weddings, with Creeksea Place being named the best. The research conducted by photo wall art creator StoryBoards analysed user-generated review data to identify the UK regions with the highest quantity of top-rated woodlands venues by creating an overall rating score. The study has revealed that Creeksea Place is the most highly rated woodland in the nation. Located in Essex, the manor house, which includes picturesque woodland, has been rated five stars over 220 times giving it a perfect score of ten out of ten.

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Wedding News: The new Yankee Candle® SS24 collection

The new Yankee Candle® SS24 collection

Find an oasis this spring with the new Yankee Candle® SS24 collection, Under the Desert Sun. The new collection will brighten the home with fragrances that exude memories of warmer days, including four refreshingly light and bright fragrances including, Desert Blooms, Aloe & Agave, Sweet Vanilla & Horchata, and Stargazing. Inspired by the unique beauty of the desert, the new collection has been designed to help escape the ordinary and satisfy wanderlust, immersing the home in sun-drenched scents. The Under The Desert Sun collection features exotic fragrances such as aguaro cactus, aloe and blue lotus, as well as soothing lavender and eucalyptus.

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Wedding News: Three spicy but sophisticated hen party ideas

Three spicy but sophisticated hen party ideas

Throwing a hen party that will please all attendees can be tricky. Striking a balance between risque and tame activities can be one of the most controversial challenges you'll face when planning. In fact, some of the more crude hen party gimmicks came out in the top 10 most hated parts of a hen party in this report. However, you can create a hen party that strikes the perfect balance between spice and sophistication, ensuring a night to remember for both the bride and her friends. Jess Martin, Hen Party expert at Ginger Ray has shared three amazing themes for the perfect spicy but sophisticated hen party:

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Wedding News: Celebrant-led ceremonies are the big trend for 2024

Celebrant-led ceremonies are the big trend for 2024

Did you know, you have choices about who holds your wedding ceremony? With celebrant led ceremonies becoming a must-have for many couples, we spoke to independent wedding celebrant Suzi from Celebrations by Suzi. What is a celebrant led ceremony and why should we consider one? Well, if you're imagining a tailormade, memorable and celebratory ceremony, with personal vows and promises that speak to your hopes for the future - and perhaps a symbolic ritual or two - then a celebrant led ceremony is for you! As your chosen wedding celebrant, I quite literally make it my business to ensure your wedding day ceremony is truly one of a kind and reflects you and your story perfectly. And you can pretty much do it anytime, anywhere.

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Wedding News: Meet The Oyster Society at our events and try a delicious oyster!

Meet The Oyster Society at our events and try a delicious oyster!

Oysters are the perfect addition to elevate your wedding reception with luxury! Catering to weddings and events across the UK, The Oyster Society, is a premium mobile event caterer from London, offering exclusive services with expert oyster shuckers and Champagne walkers. "Our hostesses will roam during your wedding reception, serving freshly shucked oysters and Champagne directly to you, ensuring the freshest and most luxurious experience possible," - the team at The Oyster Society

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Wedding News: Moonfleet Manor has undergone substantial renovations

Moonfleet Manor has undergone substantial renovations

Moonfleet Manor has undergone substantial renovations over the last few years, with the interiors completely reimagined and the hotel's restaurant refurbished to offer the ultimate setting. Throughout the centuries, the property has played a pivotal role in Dorset's history, from its perch right on The Fleet overlooking Chesil Beach. Today, the manor is a place to step out and explore the unique flora and fauna of the Jurassic Coast. With 36 luxurious rooms and suites with the option for adjoining rooms for children, blending traditional furnishings and stylish modernity, couples will enjoy complete luxury. A new addition is the new Fleethouse rooms, which will have the most impressive views of the Fleet and beyond.

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