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All the latest wedding news for couples getting married in the East Midlands, along with bridal fashion and beauty inspiration and honeymoon ideas.

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The top destination for both budget and luxury spa breaks across the UK

Here at County Wedding Magazines HQ we certainly love a spa day! Perfect for some true R&R on your own, with friends or loved ones, and spa break is a must during the wedding planning; perfect for a day with your best pals pre-wedding, or a post-wedding indulgent getaway as a newly married couple.
Mira Showers have looked at TripAdvisor to create the ultimate guide of spas across the UK so that you can find the perfect spa break in your area. Whether you want to keep the cost low or are after a touch of luxury, there is something to suit every budget.... read more

Posted: 27 January 2022

Updating Wedding Traditions

Some can seem old hat. Others stand the test of time. But wedding traditions are the cornerstones of a wedding day. They are what set a wedding apart from any other party. One of the things that makes a wedding day extra special. So, whilst updating wedding traditions might seem like a great idea in 2022, your decision needs careful thought and planning.

Many modern couples want to put a new spin on wedding traditions. Giving old customs new interpretations and putting their own stamp on the format of the day. Here we caught up with Liz Taylor, a luxury wedding planner of over thirty years' experience, who has seen first-hand how wedding traditions have transformed over the years. She shares her ideas on how to nod to the old, while bringing in the new. Here is Liz's guide to updating wedding traditions.... read more

Posted: 24 January 2022

Can you really plan a wedding in a few short weeks?

Celebrating a festive proposal? Already caught the wedding planning bug? Don't want to wait two years? Having assisted couples previously with their short lead time weddings, experienced and down to earth UK wedding planner Mary Briscoe gives some food for thought if you are considering tying the knot as soon as possible.
Here at County Wedding Magazines HQ, we believe that anything is possible if you set your mind to it even planning a wedding within a few short weeks.... read more

Posted: 19 January 2022

The flower language of roses: the hidden meaning behind each shade

Roses are still one of the most prominent wedding flowers chosen couples to feature in their big-day styling. But how do you know which colour rose to get? Luckily for you, each colour has a specific meaning, and depending on the occasion, one will be better suited than the other.

During the Victorian era, flower language, also known as floriography, gained prominence. Flowers, especially roses, were used to convey a secret message without having to speak. This tradition has carried through today, and roses are much appreciated as a stand-alone gift, as well as a sentimental complement to a main present.

The gemstone jeweller Angelic Diamonds has ranked the most popular colour roses in the UK based on Google search volumes and reveals the hidden messages behind each to help you find the perfect one.... read more

Posted: 17 January 2022

7 unique wedding traditions from around the world 

Weddings come in all different shapes and sizes, and there are so many unique traditions that make them special in different countries. There are many customs you are likely already familiar with, such as proposing with a diamond engagement ring and throwing your bouquet on the big day. However, there are so many other interesting traditions from around the globe that you're sure to love. 

New research from engagement ring retailer, Angelic Diamonds, takes us on a trip around the world to find out more about wedding traditions and costs in every corner of the globe. Today, we're taking a closer look at some of our very favourite traditions. Despite their differences, there is one thing that all these traditions have in common. They are all in place to bring luck, happiness, and love to a union between the happy couple.... read more

Posted: 14 January 2022

How to incorporate a slideshow into your best man’s speech

Here at County Wedding Magazines HQ we've heard it many times before "they could relax once the speeches were given".
This anxiety of the wedding speeches affects not only the groom but also the groomsmen. Whether you enjoy public speaking or not, there's a lot of pressure on the best man to remember to thank the bride, do justice to the groom without revealing his worst stories, and crucially be funny - but not so funny you ruin the big day!
No matter how confident the bestman is, or how often they may do presentations at work, this is still a daunting task.
If you've a wedding on the horizon and need some tips, James Robinson, Marketing Manager at presentation design agency Buffalo 7 offers his top tips on incorporating a slideshow in to the speech to help with proceedings...... read more

Posted: 11 January 2022

The most popular and beautiful hotspots to propose in the UK

New research by London cornerstone jewellery brand, ABELINI, has revealed that even a global pandemic can't stop romantics tying the knot, as it is revealed that 79% of Brits would be happy to get engaged in the UK.
If you're reading this after having a festive proposal at the end of 2021 - did your very own engagement location make one of the top listed?
Whether your loved one is an ocean-obsessed water sign or a glamorous city slicker who would love to be proposed to with views over the capital, here at County Wedding Magazines HQ we're loving these winners.... read more

Posted: 7 January 2022

How to plan a sustainable wedding

The ethical jewellery brand Ingle & Rhode have put together a guide on how to plan a sustainable wedding without compromising on that luxury feeling on your big day.
With the world becoming more environmentally conscious, a spokesperson for Ingle & Rhode said: "We're very passionate about ethical sourcing and we know through our customers that there are so many people out there who are interested in the idea of having a more sustainable wedding.
"Weddings often include a lot of single use items wrapped in plastic which of course isn't great for our environment.... read more

Posted: 3 January 2022

Ring in the New Year - bottoms up!

If you had a festival proposal last weekend - lucky you - and it means this New Year there will be double celebrations now you're embarking on your wedding planning journey and entering 2022 as an engaged couple!
These delightful Gin cocktails are the perfect way to celebrate and bring in the New Year, restrictions maybe looming once again, but gin can travel!
Pinkster is locally grown and distilled in Cambridgeshire, Mermaid is crafted in the sea air of the Isle of Wight, Aviation American Gin is produced under Ryan Reynolds' watchful eye in Portland, Oregon and Jaisalmer Gin, inspired by the imperial age of Maharajas and Maharanis has flown all the way from Jaisalmer, India!... read more

Posted: 28 December 2021

How to style your outfit for weddings this winter

Renowned high street footwear brand Clarks, analysed search volume data to reveal what wedding outfit colours the nation are searching for the most this winter. Blue wedding outfits came out on top, followed by black, pink, red and green! What's more, Clarks spoke to Lindsay from Lindsay Punch Styling to give her top tips on what shoes to pair with our upcoming wedding outfits, from styles to different colours. Read on for advice on winter wedding styling...... read more

Posted: 24 December 2021

Plan the perfect day with help from Willow and Rust Weddings

Situated in Derbyshire, Willow and Rust Weddings offers planning and styling services to help couples create their dream day. The team can transform any venue and specialises in outdoor, sustainable and vintage-style events.
Planning a wedding can be overwhelming for some couples, especially if they have no idea where to start. That's why the business has created a handbook full of ideas, tips, inspiration and a step-by-step guide to venue styling. The first section of the handbook will be about creating a budget for décor and what lovebirds can do with the items after their big day.... read more

Posted: 21 December 2021

Winter wedding wellies

Whether it's a winter wedding, getting hitched in spring or a summertime country affair – Evercreatures' 'Weddies' offer the bride and her girl squad eye-catching footwear. These stylish cream coloured IDO wellington boots complete with bow come in short and tall options and could just be the perfect 'surprise' gift for the bride-to-be.
They are unique, funky and a fun fashion item for brides who dare to be different. Weddies, which are exclusively designed by Evercreatures, keep you looking and feeling bright and cheerful whatever the conditions!
The boots are made from natural, sustainable rubber and are coupled with Evercreatures' unique moulded design and padded inner to be super soft and comfortable enough to wear even when the elements aren't.... read more

Posted: 21 December 2021

Perfectly plan your wedding with Pantone's Very Peri

Very Peri, Pantone Colour of the Year 2022, is a gorgeous shade that can inspire your wedding theme and colour scheme.
The Pantone Institute says of this new hue: Displaying a carefree confidence and a daring curiosity that animates our creative spirit, inquisitive and intriguing PANTONE 17-3938 Very Peri helps us to embrace this altered landscape of possibilities, opening us up to a new vision as we rewrite our lives. Rekindling gratitude for some of the qualities that blue represents complemented by a new perspective that resonates today, PANTONE 17-3938 Very Peri places the future ahead in a new light.

We are living in transformative times. PANTONE 17-3938 Very Peri is a symbol of the global zeitgeist of the moment and the transition we are going through. As we emerge from an intense period of isolation, our notions and standards are changing.... read more

Posted: 16 December 2021

Don't leave me hanging

Yeti & The Fox is a simple yet effective pharmaceutical-free solution to the dreaded hangover. With many couples choosing to opt for hangover survival kit-style wedding favours (we love this idea) Yeti & The Fox is a must-have addition. Here comes the science bit! S-acetyl gluthione is the body's main natural antioxidant and immune system booster helping the body stay healthy. When combined with N-acetyl cysteine and vitamin B6, it becomes highly effective and fighting toxins ingested via food and drink. Glutathione is in fact needed by our bodies to break down toxic substance acetaldehyde the offending substance produced as alcohol is broken down by the liver. It's also to blame for liver damage and many of the most hideous symptoms experienced during a hangover. So, with the acetaldehyde-busting ingredient glutathione being at the core of Yeti & Fox it's clear to see why it works!... read more

Posted: 16 December 2021

Check out this new Derbyshire wedding venue

Cripps & Co is a family-run business that specialises in restoring old buildings and transforming them into the perfect wedding venues full of character and charm. The team are excited to announce their new location, Grangefields, which is located in the beautiful Derbyshire countryside. The rustic barn has just started to host weddings and the experienced team has taken time to plan every detail, including speakers in the toilets (so nobody misses the speeches), colour changing lights on the dancefloor and a state-of-the-art Function-One sound system. The ceremony space features 150 handmade-lead windows, hundreds of candles, fairylights and a log fire for the colder months. At this property, couples won't have to worry about the British weather as the glass fronted Dutch Barn has been designed to hold drink receptions with 150 people when it rains thanks to the raised veranda.... read more

Posted: 9 December 2021

Exchange vows at Delapré Abbey in Northamptonshire

Surrounded by 550 acres of parkland and just one mile south from the
Northampton town centre, Delapré Abbey is a beautiful Grade II listed
property with many historical features. In one form or another, the venue
is 900-years-old and features a large lawn, tree avenues and beautiful
glasshouses. One of Northampton's most romantic settings, the Walled
Garden, provides a spectacular backdrop for vows or photos and here
the team grow seasonal fruit and flowers. Ceremonies can take place in any of the historic rooms including the charming Library, which offers stunning views of the grounds.... read more

Posted: 7 December 2021

Celebrate your special day at Dovecliff Hall

The Dovecliff Hall Hotel is a Grade II listed property, which offers the perfect backdrop for weddings all year round. Defined by its eye-catching Georgian architecture, scenic gardens and plush guest rooms, this manor house is ideal for soon-to-be newlyweds who adore a classic style. Dovecliff Hall provides nothing less than the best when it comes to their exceptional, experienced staff who will work with couples to make sure that their fairytale celebration becomes a reality. The hard-working team pride itself on being personal, friendly and professional with remarkable attention to detail. The hall offers couples full flexibility, which means packages can be tailored to meet individual needs and requirements. It's this that helps make such a highly rated venue within Derbyshire, where their reviews speak for themselves.... read more

Posted: 29 November 2021

Arrive to your wedding venue in style

Lymn Luxury Vehicle Hire is working hard to ensure couples arrive at their venue with a relaxed and stress-free experience. The company's a part of Nottinghamshire's largest independent funeral director, A.W. Lymn The Family Funeral Service, and is now offering nearlyweds flexible booking options to ensure a relaxed service. The family-owned business has showrooms in Nottingham, Derby and Mansfield and provides prestige vehicles including Rolls-Royce, Bentley and more. With many weddings finally going ahead after the restrictions lifted, transport companies are in demand with many dates already getting booked up.... read more

Posted: 25 November 2021

Discover the perfect setting in the East Midlands for a rustic wedding

Dodmoor House is a rustic and charming wedding venue made up of three elegant but rustic-stone barns, one for ceremonies, one for wedding breakfasts and the other for overnight stays. The rustic and charming interiors feature fresh and earthy tones plus plenty of character with original brickwork and beams throughout the spaces. Light fills the rooms in the summer and in the winter, the space cosy and warm with plenty of fairylights and candles filling the rooms add a romantic atmosphere. The courtyard is the heart of the property, intimately enclosed by the barns and the lawn is the perfect space for drinks receptions in the summer with a beautiful-stone wall and canal.... read more

Posted: 23 November 2021

Unwind from wedding planning with this spa package

The last 18 months have been a tricky time for many couples trying to plan their special day. So why not take some time to unwind and catch up with loved ones before the special day, or have the perfect hen do with help from the award-winning hotel collective, The House of Daniel Thwaites? The company partnered with Bollinger, an independent-champagne house, to offer a new indulgent spa package called The Bollinger Experience. The packages are available at many locations across the UK, including Kettering Park Hotel & Spa in Northamptonshire and other 4-star hotels.... read more

Posted: 18 November 2021

Check out Makeney Hall Hotel's new wedding package

Situated in the beautiful town of Belper in Derbyshire, Makeney Hall Hotel is the perfect backdrop to weddings with elegant spaces and photographic backdrops. The venue is currently offering a New Year's Eve package where couples will receive exclusive use of the property with 64-day guests and 100 in the evening. For only £15,000, couples will receive guidance from the wedding coordinator to help them create their dream day. They'll get to exchange vows in the ceremony space followed by a drinks reception with canapés. Lovebirds can continue the celebrations with a three-course wedding breakfast where each guest will receive two glasses of house wine with their meal, a drink each for the toasts, followed by tea, coffee and truffles... read more

Posted: 15 November 2021

Discover the perfect wedding entertainment

British multi-award winning harp and vocal duo, 2 of Harps, has recently relocated from Kent to the Lincolnshire Wolds. Sisters Adel and Karina are both harpists and vocalists who perform together and they've won numerous wedding awards in the past, including one from The Wedding Business Awards for their music. Karina says, "We have a huge passion for music and love sharing our joy with others. It's been incredible to have performed for so many couples on their wedding day in Kent, and we look forward to doing
the same here in Lincolnshire."... read more

Posted: 11 November 2021

Discover this Northamptonshire wedding venue

Nestled in 700 acres of tranquil-ancient parkland, Whittlebury Park is a luxurious 4-star hotel that provides a peaceful and elegant setting for wedding celebrations. There are three stunning venues on-site for couples to pick from, including The Orangery, The Pavilion and The Atrium. Orangeries became fashionable in the Georgian period and some beautiful examples of these buildings still survive today just like the one at Whittlebury Park. The Orangery is set in the heart of the grounds and can accommodate 100 people for ceremonies.... read more

Posted: 9 November 2021

The rise of humanist weddings

Neil Dutta at Angelic Diamonds, a UK wedding jewellery specialist, explores why humanist weddings have seen an increase in popularity in recent years. With official guidance looking to change in the not too distant future, giving celebrants more legal power to actually marry couples - removing the need for a pre- or post-blessing registry office date - here at County Wedding Magazine HQ we think this is a trend that will continue to soar.
Neil continues....... read more

Posted: 5 November 2021

What's that? Even MORE wedspiration from CWM!

Here at CMW HQ we're literally never satisfied when it comes to providing our readers with enough wedspiration. Because, really, what is enough? We'd go on forever if we could. So, with that in mind, we've created our very own County Wedding Magazines YouTube channel, just for you. Find tons of big-day ideas from venue tours to dream dresses. Catch up on beauty reviews and how tos from our beauty editor and peek behind the scenes of styled shoots featured in our titles past and present. You can even be a fly on the wall at some real weddings - after all, if we're honest, who doesn't love being a bit nosey! And we haven't stopped there, as you'll also find local supplier interviews packed with tips and tricks.... read more

Posted: 5 November 2021

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