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

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Heather and Dave tied the knot at The Gibbon Bridge Hotel with a blush and navy theme

Heather and Dave met through a mutual friend. "We liked similar things and hit it off right away," says Heather. "Dave proposed one December. He had put a selection of rings on hold at a jeweller and took me to see them the day after. It was a complete surprise."

Suppliers: The Gibbon Bridge Hotel, Marina Walker Photo, Cosgroves, Lace & Favour, Peacock & May, Sharon Cadwide, Corrina Louise, Champagne Cakes, Buds and Bloom and Daisy Chain Invites.

Posted: 20 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

Kimpton Clocktower Hotel has revealed a collection of gift ideas

Kimpton Clocktower Hotel has revealed a collection of gift ideas with a wide selection of gift vouchers, stay and dine packages that will be the perfect luxury experience.

At Kimpton Clocktower Hotel, you can treat yourself to the From Manchester With Love experience. Explore the magic of Manchester with an overnight stay in one of the hotel's stylish rooms or suites, as well as a beautiful flower bouquet specially created by their in-house florist Giraffe Flowers, a Gin & Tonic tipple and a sweet delicacy waiting in the room. Plus a £50 credit to spend on in the hotel's destination restaurant The Refuge, and daily breakfast, From Manchester With Love package, is the ultimate getaway.

Fancy an afternoon treat? The Afternoon Tea Package includes three tiers of delights in The Winter Garden. Settle into a velvet chair in the leafy heart of Kimpton Clocktower Hotel, and sip on a cup of tea or a refreshing cocktail as you take in the wondrous surroundings.

Posted: 19 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

How to choose a stand-out wedding hat

My mum wants to wear a standout hat for my spring wedding. What design and colours would you suggest?

"For a hat that will stand out from the crowd, it needs to be made to measure. Not only will it look great with her dress, but it will also match her personality."

"Book a one-to-one personal appointment, where you will go through your ideas with a professional and create a bespoke, couture creation that will wow everyone."

Tracy Wells

Posted: 18 May 2022

Get married at The Shireburn Arms

Part of the James' Places Group, The Shireburn Arms is a quintessential 17th-century country inn boasting a blend of period and contemporary décor. The building has a charming exterior and offers incredible views from the south-facing terrace of the Ribble Valley and beyond. The gardens are perfect for drinks receptions and look wonderful in those all-important photographs.

Looking out onto the gardens, The Ribble Suites are beautifully decorated spaces with room for up to 100 friends and family for the ceremony and 150 for the evening reception.

Posted: 17 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

Discover more about Stanley House Hotel & Spa

Stanley House Hotel & Spa is a 17th-century property situated within 54 acres of Ribble Valley countryside. The Grade II listed manor house boasts original brickwork, modern features, a restaurant, a spa and incredible views.

The Barn Suite is an elegant space with a mirrored ceiling, exposed beams, elegant chandeliers, a stone wall and room for 180 loved ones.

Boasting neutral tones throughout, The Stables Suite has an exposed stone wall and can accommodate 90 nearest and dearest.

Adjacent to the bar area is The Lodge, which has a wall of floor-to- ceiling windows and views of the gardens and courtyard.

Posted: 13 May 2022

Storrs Hall is offering its guests skippered cruises on its new addition, the ‘Abigail Leah’

This spring, Storrs Hall, a luxurious wedding venue on the shores of Windermere in the Lake District, will be offering its guests skippered cruises on its new addition, the 'Abigail Leah' – a beautiful Freebody Slipper Launch, handcrafted in 2005 by the famous boatbuilder Peter Freebody & Co.

Guests can take in the spectacular landscapes around England's largest lake on a two-hour cruise with chilled prosecco. Lavish picnic lunches are possible too, perfect for proposals and celebratory occasions.

Posted: 12 May 2022

The latest hair and make-up trends

What are the latest hair and make-up trends?

"Two hair trends are popular at the moment: Hollywood waves and half up dos."

"The Hollywood wave is the perfect style for those who want gorgeous volume and sophistication. This look is now being incorporated into other designs, such as ponytails."

"The half up do is a classic and timeless style that gives you the best of both worlds, as you can wear your hair down and keep it away from your face. It's also incredibly versatile, as you can change so many elements to give the look a personal twist. It can be dressed up with intricate braids or worn in a more relaxed style with soft curls. It's been in demand with bridal parties because it's easy to adapt to different hair types."

Posted: 11 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

Say 'I do' at The Dunes Hotel

The Dunes Hotel is situated in the South Lakes close to Barrow, Ulverston and Dalton. The family-run property has 45 bedrooms, all of which are made up of double, twin and family options; these include en-suite bathrooms, flat-screen TVs and free Wi-Fi. The on-site restaurant, The Coast, offers a welcoming and relaxed dining experience with excellent food using locally-sourced products, perfect for families, couples and groups. Private dining is also available for special occasions.

The hotel has a new tipi available for weddings and functions, a new children's play area and exciting plans to utilise the extensive grounds over the coming months.

Posted: 10 May 2022

The Crown Hotel has kicked off 2022 with a refurbishment

The Crown Hotel, in Wetheral, Carlisle, has kicked off 2022 with the refurbishment of its 61 bedrooms, hotel lounges and other public areas. The property has also re-launched its fitness centre, consisting of two state-of-the-art gyms, a heated pool, a fitness studio, a sauna, steam room, Jacuzzi and lounge areas. The full refurbishment is set to be complete in spring 2022.

The experienced team offer packages that take away the stress of wedding planning. Couples can choose from inclusive packages from just two guests

Posted: 9 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

Fall in love with this moody styled shoot at Askham Hall

This Gothic-inspired shoot was put together by Clare Gelderd Photography and Creative Hurricane. Clare tells us: "Askham Hall is a stunning venue that was ideal for our alternative wedding shoot. We chose a deep colour palette with black and gold details to showcase our classy and powerful Gothic theme."

Suppliers: Askham Hall, Clare Gelderd Photography, Creative Hurricane, Sitting Pretty, A Family Affair Bridal, Tracy Wells, Bridal Hair by Jessica, Lucie's Cake Co, Free Range Floristry and Charli Blundell.

Posted: 6 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

The Alchemist has had an extensive refurbishment of its flagship Manchester venue

The Alchemist is returning to its roots with an extensive refurbishment of its flagship Manchester venue, The Alchemist Spinningfields. Set to re-open in March, the refined refurbishment will be a significant evolution in design for The Alchemist.

The cosmic-inspired renovation of the all-day dining and cocktail space will include the addition of two new private areas that will be perfect for late-night cocktails or hen and stag dos.

Simon Potts, the CEO, said: "The Alchemist footprint has spread across the UK over the last few years, as we've taken our hospitality brand down to London and up to Scotland, but we've always remained a Manchester company at heart.

Posted: 5 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

Vumbura Plains: The perfect honeymoon destination for adventure seekers

Wilderness Safaris Vumbura Plains, set in the heart of the Okavango Delta World Heritage Site in Botswana, has reopened after an extensive refurbishment of both the camp's exteriors and interiors.

The refreshed look and feel showcases its sense of place and culture, enhanced by an outstanding menu and courteous hospitality. Vumbura offers holiday-makers a sublime African wilderness journey, prepare to experience arguably the best wildlife encounters in the Delta on your honeymoon.

"With its iconic Delta landscapes and phenomenally diverse habitats, Vumbura is truly a must-visit safari choice, one that unreservedly celebrates the best of Botswana's natural and cultural heritage."

Posted: 4 May 2022

How to incorporate your beloved pooch into your day

How can we incorporate our beloved pooch into our big day?

"Having your canine companion involved in your big day is incredibly important as they are a large part of the family. Look for a company that offers a range of pet care services to help your big day run smoothly, including the ceremony and photography assistance, full daycare, overnight boarding and even transport between locations. By hiring a professional, you can ensure your dog is part of your day without having to worry.

"Here at Thea's Lakeland Walks, we have great working relationships with an abundance of hotels across Cumbria and surrounding areas, ensuring your dog gets exceptional care whilst fulfilling its role as a very important pet."

Posted: 4 May 2022

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

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? Read our three part guide over the next three weeks (check back here every Friday) to have these questions answered!

Posted: 3 May 2022

Tie the knot at Hoghton Tower

Steeped in fascinating history, Hoghton Tower is a family-led, independent charitable trust that dates back to circa 1105. This historic, fortified, hilltop manor house was re-built in 1565 by Thomas Hoghton and sits mid-way between Preston and Blackburn, with magnificent views of Lancashire, the Lake District and North Wales.

Tilted sweeping lawns flank either side of the drive at the front of the gatehouse, leading to the outer courtyard with picturesque sandstone walls and cobbled floor.

Discover three separate and very different walled gardens. The Wilderness Garden, with its large lawn, herbaceous borders and topiary have parapet walls separating the garden and ancient woodland beyond. The Rose Garden is the most formal yet intimate of the three with an abundance of colourful and wonderfully scented roses and lines of clipped yews.

Posted: 3 May 2022

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