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Five ways a cohabiting agreement can protect your assets

Five ways a cohabiting agreement can protect your assets

Cohabiting couples who have had to postpone their big day due to the coronavirus pandemic can look to interesting insights from family law experts about how their rights differ as an unmarried couple who are living together, with shared assets and children.With an estimated four out of five weddings postponed in 2020 due to the pandemic*, many couples may be wondering what they can do to protect themselves if marriage is not possible at present.By entering into a marriage, couples with shared assets, homes and children gain automatic rights, which can be considered by a court in the event of a divorce or the unfortunate passing of a partner.Family law experts at JMP Solicitors suggest couples who have had to postpone their wedding, but want to protect shared assets, may consider a cohabiting agreement.A cohabiting agreement, sometimes known as a 'living together' agreement, can cover a number of issues to be considered in the event of a separation such as property, bills, pensions, children and material assets.... read more

Posted: 12 April 2021

Things to think about when gifting wedding money

Things to think about when gifting wedding money

As lockdown restrictions ease and the countdown to May 17th begins, couples will be eager to get their wedding plans back on track, so they can walk down the aisle to say those all-important words - 'I do'. The pandemic meant scores of couples had to postpone their big day and, for some, it meant cancelling altogether. Many will now be hoping they can get back to planning their celebrations. Although some couples may have been able to squirrel away more savings during lockdown, the cost of weddings, particularly as many may want bigger, more extravagant weddings after being apart from family and friends for so long, can run into the thousands. To help, parents, grandparents and other relatives may choose to gift money. Research from the Family Wealth Unlocked report by Prudential UK, found that one in six (16%) adults have received a financial gift to pay for their wedding. And this number could rise. For those considering or receiving a financial gift, Kirsty Anderson, Financial Planning Expert at Prudential UK shares four things couples should consider:... read more

Posted: 9 April 2021

A group of talented suppliers worked together to create this striking shoot at Paddock Barn Weddings

A group of talented suppliers worked together to create this striking shoot at Paddock Barn Weddings

These gorgeous images were taken at the charming Paddock Barn Weddings. We spoke to the photographer, Mindy Coe to find out more: "We created this shoot just after the initial lockdown. With 95 per cent of summer weddings cancelled or postponed, most couples are planning to have a smaller celebration that they originally intended. We were eager to create a rustic, laid back shoot to help inspire couples going forward. Paddock Barn Weddings is the perfect venue for intimate nuptials. It's full of character and charm with several options for ceremony spaces. Our autumn-themed shoot demonstrates the beauty of chilly days and low golden sunshine in the Lake District. We even managed an outdoor ceremony and wedding breakfast set up. The team and I wanted to put an emphasis on using local suppliers and zero plastic. The majority of the decor was forged locally and sustainably, which fit perfectly with our ethics."... read more

Posted: 9 April 2021

Win a luxury hen do worth up to £3,950!

Win a luxury hen do worth up to £3,950!

After such a tough 2020 with so many weddings and hen parties cancelled, we are all eagerly awaiting this summer for that light at the end of the tunnel.We are delighted to introduce you to Kymani, the tailor-made group glamping company. Kymani offers bespoke luxury getaways in a choice of rural location for brides looking for something that bit different. Each site can be hired out on an exclusive basis so that groups have the entire place to themselves for a really special private getaway – all which will be set up in a completely safe, socially-distanced way.What makes Kymani different from other glamping operators is the ability for groups of up to 40 people to hire the sites out exclusively allowing you and your hens to get away from it all whilst having the whole place to yourselves.... read more

Posted: 9 April 2021

Linthwaite House has achieved an AA Inspectors’ Choice Red Star Award

Linthwaite House has achieved an AA Inspectors’ Choice Red Star Award

Linthwaite House has achieved AA Inspectors' Choice Red Stars for 2020-21, the AA's ultimate accolade, which is used to recognise hotels that stand out by offering excellent quality and outstanding levels of hospitality and service, regardless of their size or style. Linthwaite House has had a busy 12 months, in spite of the COVID-19 pandemic that has adversely affected the hospitality industry. In October 2019, Simon Rogan took over the food and beverage offering at the property, opening his latest restaurant Henrock. A month later, Linthwaite was named i-escape UK Hotel of the Year. Last month, Condé Nast Traveler announced its annual Readers' Choice Awards with Linthwaite House recognized as the 29th best hotel in the United Kingdom and the only one in the Lake District to make the list.... read more

Posted: 8 April 2021

How to choose a pet carer for your big day

How to choose a pet carer for your big day

Congratulations on your engagement and upcoming wedding! We understand that pets are a huge part of the family, and it's only natural that you would want them to be part of your wedding. The best way to choose your pet care is to see which businesses are recommended by your venue, as they often have a good working relationship with them. Once you have your recommended suppliers, see which ones are close to the property, have qualifications such as Pet First Aid, have good reviews and are fully insured. Venues often have groups on social media where you can ask previous wedding parties for their opinions.... read more

Posted: 7 April 2021

Calling all newlyweds and nearlyweds - County Wedding Magazines need you!

Calling all newlyweds and nearlyweds - County Wedding Magazines need you!

As our wonderful world of weddings adapts to the new normal, eagerly looking to the roadmap ahead, County Wedding Magazines is here to share our readers' beautiful wedding days whatever the size of their guest list. From pre-Covid nuptials to post-lockdown micro-weddings, we want to feature them all, and we need your help! If you would like to see your wedding day featured across four entire pages of one of our magazines then please do get in touch following the link below.... read more

Posted: 7 April 2021

Something new, something borrowed, something...green!

Something new, something borrowed, something...green!

Sustainable weddings don't mean compromising on style or having to spend more - and here at County Wedding Magazines HQ we couldn't agree more! Often the sustainable choice is the most tasteful and affordable. There are great ways you can reduce waste and reuse materials that not only make your wedding planet-friendly, but also unique and memorable. Here, North London Waste Authority has some top tips for a sustainable wedding which will certainly still be stylish and beautiful...... read more

Posted: 7 April 2021

Be inspired by the Wellbeing Farm Wedding and Events Venue

Be inspired by the Wellbeing Farm Wedding and Events Venue

Based in the heart of the North West, the award-winning Wellbeing Farm Wedding and Events Venue holds two buildings, three bars, an outdoor photo booth, Farmhouse accommodation and a prop store filled with decorations. The property is surrounded by the Lancashire Pennine Moors and offers stunning views reaching from Manchester to Fiddler's Ferry. Guests will be impressed by the wind turbine that powers the venue, the firepits, games field, vintage tractor, cinematic signage and bow tie-wearing llamas, alpacas and flat cap-wearing donkeys.... read more

Posted: 6 April 2021

2021’s biggest wedding flower trends

2021’s biggest wedding flower trends

One of the biggest trends to emerge, and one like to stay is shopping local. Whether this is due to the Covid-19 crisis - either a response to flowers becoming harder to import or the pandemic inspiring people to support local businesses; or an overall trend of the UK becoming more environmentally conscious - is unclear, but what is clear is that supporting local is a great way to find unique and gorgeous flowers for your big day.Direct2florist has also revealed more trends to be inspired by....... read more

Posted: 5 April 2021

Five alternative ways to get married

Five alternative ways to get married

Desperate to pledge your eternal vows to your betrothed, but plagued by uncertainty over when you'll be allowed to do it? It's hard to pin down a date for a 'traditional' wedding right now and although things are looking more positive, who knows where we'll be by summertime? There are, however, lots of ways to say: 'I do'. And not all have to involve a big party. Liz Taylor is a luxury wedding planner, and hospitality consultant, of over thirty years' experience. Here she shares just some of her alternative ways to celebrate getting married, which are so unique that you won't miss the grand party.... read more

Posted: 2 April 2021

We’ve teamed up with Mosborough Hall Hotel to offer one lucky reader a two-night break

We’ve teamed up with Mosborough Hall Hotel to offer one lucky reader a two-night break

We've teamed up with Mosborough Hall Hotel to offer one lucky reader the chance to win a two-night break with dinner, wine and a champagne afternoon tea worth £350. Escape the stresses and strains of wedding planning with a getaway for two people. Mosborough Hall Hotel is set in the idyllic countryside village of Mosborough just 15 minutes away from Sheffield, Chesterfield and the Peak District. This 12th-century manor house offers modern comforts and sophistication combined with historical charm. The prize includes two nights in one of the hotel's spacious executive guest rooms with comfortable king-sized beds, crisp linens and a Tassimo coffee machine.... read more

Posted: 2 April 2021

Survey reveals the Lake District is the most popular place to get engaged

Survey reveals the Lake District is the most popular place to get engaged

Positioned in the North West of England, the stunning scenery of the Lake District is enjoyed by 15.8 million visitors each year. Filled with rugged, awe-inspiring mountains to endless lakes and streams going through the national parks, this spot is an idyllic location to get down on one knee. NerdWallet has surveyed over 1,000 married couples to find out the average cost of an engagement ring, the proposal itself, the dream proposal destinations both within and outside of the UK, and how long it takes to reach this milestone.... read more

Posted: 1 April 2021

Celebrate wedding season with Marokka

Celebrate wedding season with Marokka

After the excitement of a wedding invite dropping through your letter box - or via email for those tech-savvy couples - after thinking about what you're going to wear, next is thoughts of the gift list! At Marokka to celebrate all couples that can finally have their weddings again, whether planning something intimate or waiting until later on in the year for larger celebrations, its curated a selection of wedding day gifts you'll fall in love with. In keeping with Marokka's core values of collaboration and giving back, each range is the result of a partnership with another like-minded business as well as a promise to donate 10% of each sale to charity.... read more

Posted: 31 March 2021

What you should take into consideration before booking your wedding photographer

What you should take into consideration before booking your wedding photographer

Choosing your photographer is one of the most important decisions you will make when planning your wedding. They will not only be responsible for capturing one of the most important days of your life, but they will also be with you all day. After picking a style you like and considering the financial side of things, there are a lot of things to think about before booking. Think about the personality of your supplier. We're all unique and have different values, so it's important you choose someone who you get on with. Trust me it would make everything much easier and you would feel more comfortable in front of the camera. More than anything you will regret having someone that is making you feel uncomfortable following you around on your wedding day. Have a phone consultation rather than communicating via emails or request to meet up for a chat.... read more

Posted: 31 March 2021

Take a peek inside Wyresdale Park Weddings

Take a peek inside Wyresdale Park Weddings

Wyresdale Park is made up of a plethora of country barns juxtaposed by the stately glamour of Wyresdale Hall. Nestled within the sleepy village of Scorton, Lancashire, the property offers gorgeous views of the rolling hills and is just a short walk from a private lake that can be used for photographs. There's also a secret spa located within the rural woodland of this historic estate. Offering hair and make-up on the day of the wedding, as well as, a collection of treatments to enjoy in front of the log burning fire in the on-site hideaway.... read more

Posted: 30 March 2021

We interview the award-winning PC Roadshows

We interview the award-winning PC Roadshows

PC Roadshows specialise in interactive wedding hosting, master of ceremonies, daytime wedding entertainment and evening DJ entertainment with more than 30 years of experience. Over the years, we have been nominated and won awards and are recognised as one of the leading wedding DJ entertainment companies in the North of England. In addition to this, we offer an extensive range of event hire, decoration and entertainment services such as dancefloors, photo booths, special effects, lighting and AV hire, to name a few. What can you expect? Awesome entertainment, of course! All our entertainers are hand-picked, highly skilled and experienced. This combined with continual investment in equipment, technology and training, make our wedding hosts and DJ's some of the best in their field. We offer an interactive, fun brand of entertainment which we have designed and evolved over many years. We believe our interactive style of entertainment is unique and exclusive to us.... read more

Posted: 30 March 2021

We interview Danny Matthews Entertainment

We interview Danny Matthews Entertainment

Around this time, I was also gaining an interest in radio, and from age 14, I was lucky enough to be invited into Piccadilly Radio in Manchester to be involved in a Saturday morning show. I stuck around and later that year started appearing on shows and eventually got my own show on Key 103, aged just 18. I worked there full time from then on throughout the 90s progressing to head producer. It was great times, and I've stuck in radio ever since, including stints hosting the Century/Real Breakfast show, a weekend network show for The Local Radio Group which was broadcast live to 27 stations around the UK, Capital Gold Breakfast and 10 years on The Bay Breakfast.... read more

Posted: 29 March 2021

New wedding tablescapes from Setting Pretty

New wedding tablescapes from Setting Pretty

Here at County Wedding Magazines HQ we champion local wedding suppliers and think tying the knot close to home is also better for you, your loved ones and the planet! With abroad wedding looking uncertain for the next year or two, it's also another perfect reason to get married here in Blighty. Yes, you may not always have the sunnier weather, but why not bring a taste of the Mediterranean to your UK reception with this new range from Setting Pretty?... read more

Posted: 29 March 2021

How to choose a wedding planner

How to choose a wedding planner

Think of a planner as a sidekick or personal assistant. For all the decisions you're going to have to make, wouldn't it be great to have someone to call who knows the best ways to spend your money, time and effort? On the day, they're the top agent for getting between you and the suppliers. They answer all the questions from any angle and ensure you don't have to deal with any mishaps or issues. They know your plans, expectations and most important elements. This means they're your eyes and ears while you relax and take it all in. Your planner or coordinator should be like a friend. It's all about trust and if you can have a laugh too, what a bonus. I know with my clients, we can tell from the first phone call if I'm the planner for them. Do you have matching priorities?... read more

Posted: 26 March 2021

How to avoid the 10 most common wedding planning bust-ups

How to avoid the 10 most common wedding planning bust-ups

With potentially nearly 200,000 couples planning wedding this year, that's a whole lot of hormones, stress and tension flying about - after all, planning a wedding can be one of the hardest (but also greatest) life experiences to go through. To capture what causes the strops, tantrums, tears and everything else in-between when planning a wedding, jewellers Queensmith surveyed 1,000 married women about the build-up to their special day - here at County Wedding Magazines HQ we can certainly relate to a few!... read more

Posted: 26 March 2021

Salford Lads Club is now licensed to hold weddings

Salford Lads Club is now licensed to hold weddings

Salford Lads Club, which first opened in 1903, is now registered and licensed to hold weddings, civil partnerships and vow renewals. Weddings can be tailored to meet your requirements with organisers working with local suppliers to create the perfect day. Brides and grooms can select one of four quirky rooms that can accommodate between 20 and 150 guests. Profits from nuptials are split between the official Salford Lads and Girls' Club Charity which focuses on the ongoing upkeep of the building and investment into leisure facilities for the local community.... read more

Posted: 25 March 2021

How to choose the perfect photographer

How to choose the perfect photographer

It can be tricky when it comes to selecting the right photographer for your big day, but there are some simple rules for choosing wisely. The first thing to consider is the style of your wedding and how it impacts the type of photographer you're looking for. Take inspiration from magazines, movies and television shows. It's important that the work of any prospective supplier gels with your preferred look, for example, if you're after dramatic imagery that evokes classic Hollywood vibes then perhaps look for a professional that specialises in natural light.... read more

Posted: 24 March 2021

Post-lockdown Brits most looking forward to attending weddings again!

Post-lockdown Brits most looking forward to attending weddings again!

2020's empty diaries belong well and truly in the bin; and although 2021 has been a bit of a write off too...pens at the ready...because from April 12th you can start putting dates in the diary again!From hair appointments, to weekends away, here at County Wedding Magazines HQ we're looking forward to it all; but research from Parkdean Resorts has discovered exactly what Brits are most looking forward to doing once lockdown eases and weddings feature high on the agenda.... read more

Posted: 24 March 2021

Wedding guidance changed again, for the better!

Wedding guidance changed again, for the better!

For those planning on tying the knot this year, it's understandable you're feeling unsure of when or where the big day can take place. The Government has recently updated the guidance, once again, for weddings, in particular what you can and can't do from April the 12th with regards to hosting the nuptials. Here at County Wedding Magazines HQ we think this is a must-read, and it's also given us hope that the roadmap out of lockdown and the wedding industry will continue.... read more

Posted: 24 March 2021

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