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April/May 2024

April/May 2024

Can you believe it’s officially spring? If you’re anything like me, you’ve been counting down the days until the sun arrives. Don’t get me wrong, I love winter but I miss embracing the outdoors and being amongst nature. I’ve had enough of the dark nights and scraping ice of my car! There’s something so magical about the time of year: the sun is shining, nature is thriving, and animals are emerging. It’s also a time for spring cleaning and organising for a fresh start, perfect if you’re looking for a relaxed mind ready for wedding planning.

My number one tip from the get-go is to work as a team, as the big day should reflect your love story and personalises. Don’t get too caught up trying to please everyone else; it’s your day. Highlight all the most essential aspects of the wedding to you both and make these a priority throughout the process. Set a clear budget for each element on a spreadsheet with how much you’re comfortable spending, the deadline for payments and how much balance is left to pay to keep on track.

The fun part of wedding planning is finding dream-worthy suppliers who share your vision. Lucky for you, this issue is bursting with local talent who have plenty of wedding experience. We have everything from top designers, photographers, florists, hairstylists, bakers, wedding planners and more!

Pull up a chair, grab a cuppa and enjoy!

Editor, Olivia x
Autumnal Dreams
Image credit: Natalie Jayne Photography
Autumnal Dreams
Nic and Mark's rustic wedding featured fun touches.

Read all the details of the big day on page 33 of the current issue available: www.youreastmidlands.wedding/free-download
Win an all-inclusive honeymoon in the Maldives worth £4,500
Going local
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Going local
Prestwold Hall

Prestwold Hall’s charming estate is enveloped by the tranquil countryside, where endless fields and gently rolling hills create a picturesque backdrop. Located away from the hustle and bustle of urban life, the setting offers a tranquil escape into the heart of rural England.

Situated amidst the serene beauty of Leicestershire, the exterior and grounds provide a captivating glimpse into England’s rich heritage with its neoclassical and Italian style, making it an idyllic setting for weddings.

The venue is a remarkable testament to architectural excellence and historical significance. Its interiors are a true marvel, showcasing a stunning collection of period features and artistic details. The hall’s central focal point is its awe-inspiring sweeping staircase, adorned with intricate balustrades and finely-carved bannisters. The ceilings throughout are adorned with ornate plasterwork, a testament to the craftsmanship of a bygone era.

Exchange vows in The Library, which opens onto the Drawing Room and extends almost the entire house length. Couples can enter through the enchanting Orangery to join 140 loved ones in front of the fire place to come together in marriage. With floor-to-ceiling windows with views across the estate, the Library is spacious, airy and full of natural light. It combines opulent wooden floors and bookcases with a modern yet sophisticated colour scheme that echoes the gorgeous gardens outside.

The Dining Room forms part of architect William Burns’ 1842 additions, with its marble chimneypiece remaining from the original Georgian house. A series of Hussey portraits, ranging from the 16th to the 18th-century, occupy two of the walls in the Drawing Room. The setting provides the ideal backdrop to wedding breakfasts with 140 loved ones.

The team offers a complimentary tasting night for all booked couples, accommodation for newlyweds on the night of their wedding, and two spaces to get ready in the morning.

Visit: www.prestwold-hall.com

Check out more local venues on page 19 of the current issue available now: www.youreastmidlands.wedding/free-download
Leading Celebrant says industry needs infusion of new talent
Leading Celebrant says industry needs infusion of new talent
The UK celebrant industry is seen as boring and is ripe for reinvigoration, according to Richard Lavender, founder of UK Celebrant Academy, a new training company for modern celebrants. There is now much more demand for celebrant-led ceremonies than ever before, as people want weddings that reflect their unique stories and values. "Celebrants, unlike registrars, provide completely unique and personalised ceremonies, with no limitations on location or content. But there are a lot of celebrants who are providing boring cookie cutter ceremonies. The Celebrant industry needs an infusion of new blood that will bring energy, humour and fun to special days whether they are weddings, funerals, baby naming or vow renewals," says Richard.

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A PT's top tips for staying fit and motivated in the run up to your wedding
A PT's top tips for staying fit and motivated in the run up to your wedding
Ali Malik is a Personal Trainer, Strength and Conditioning Coach, and founder of Fit Labs Kensington. Below he provides his top tips on how to stay fit and motivated in the run up to your wedding. Staying motivated and keeping fit can be a challenge, but with a bit of creativity and determination, you can make it enjoyable and effective. Here are some unique, out-of-the-box tips:

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A song of sun and sea
A song of sun and sea
County Wedding Magazines' editor Melissa Cullen reveals why Dubrovnik is the perfect honeymoon destination

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Forthcoming Events
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2 Jun 2024 - Dovecliff Hall Wedding Fayre
Dovecliff Hall Hotel, Dovecliff Rd, Burton upon Trent, DE13 0DJ

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