Your North West Wedding news and ideas from around the region

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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Take a peek at popular wedding venue The Old England Hotel & Spa

Take a peek at popular wedding venue The Old England Hotel & Spa

Set in its own gardens, The Old England Hotel & Spa provides stunning views over the fells and beyond. There are on-site jetties that lead onto Windermere Lakefront, which provides a fabulous backdrop for those all-important photographs. This former Edwardian mansion is a mixture of modern and traditional décor, with an award-winning Lakeside Restaurant and complimentary Wi-Fi throughout. Traditionally built with Lakeland Slate, this proud building stands in the centre of Bowness. The main house is in keeping with the period that it was built in, while the Lake Wing addition is a more modern extension that's draped in seasonal ivy.... read more

Posted: 23 July 2021

Celebrate your wedding day with a cruise along Lake Windermere

Celebrate your wedding day with a cruise along Lake Windermere

What better way to celebrate your wedding day than with a reception held while cruising the beautiful and scenic waters of England's longest lake – Windermere? That is exactly what is on offer from Windermere Lake Cruises. You can hire one of the company's vessels for the exclusive use of you and your guests. The company's larger vessels, including the brand new MV Swift, can accommodate wedding parties of up to 220 people. Or if you're looking for something smaller, how about one of the smaller traditional launches? Either way, the memories you will create when your onboard will last a lifetime. It goes without saying – the photo opportunities available are incredible as you sail along on one of the most beautiful stretches of water in the world.... read more

Posted: 22 July 2021

Direct2Florist in Bolton tells us how you can create an Oscars-inspired wedding

Direct2Florist in Bolton tells us how you can create an Oscars-inspired wedding

The 93rd Oscars recently took place, so we spoke to Simon Sterling,a florist at Direct2Florist in Bolton, to find out how you can create the perfect Oscars-inspired wedding. "This year's Oscars were an absolute triumph that was brought together beautifully by David Rockwell's wonderful sense of design," says Simon. "It was also a key moment for local florists, who were brought on to provide the stunning displays. It really shows how arrangements have the power to transform a space and add a completely new dynamic. If this year's event has shown us anything, it's that vibrant colours can be combined in ways that can completely change the feel of any room, so don't be afraid to experiment!... read more

Posted: 22 July 2021

What to expect from a pre-wedding shoot

What to expect from a pre-wedding shoot

Lots of photographers will say that they are a fantastic way for you to get to know your supplier before the big day. Pre-wedding shoots can be a great introduction to working together as the last thing you want is someone you've barely met popping a camera in your face on your wedding day. The majority of people find having their picture taken a less-than-natural experience, and one of my aims with a pre-shoot is for you to be at ease and to see me as a friend with a camera rather than paparazzi.... read more

Posted: 21 July 2021

Dance the night away at Crow Wood Hotel & Spa Resort

Dance the night away at Crow Wood Hotel & Spa Resort

Crow Wood Hotel has all the grandeur of a bygone era with sleek and modern lines that create a contemporary twist. Positioned within the Crow Wood Resort, the building is just a stone's throw away from the Woodland Spa and 76 luxurious bedrooms and suites. Situated within 40 acres of landscaped grounds, there are plenty of places to explore and take photographs, including the ornamental lake. The venue's prime position and floor-to-ceiling windows afford spectacular views of Pendle Hill and the rolling hills surrounding it.... read more

Posted: 20 July 2021

Get those dancing shoes on - weddings are restriction free!

Get those dancing shoes on - weddings are restriction free!

The day has finally come – wedding ceremonies and celebrations are restriction free! Grab your dancing shoes and get ready to sing at the top of your voice: "Celebrate good times... come on!"It's been a long road that many of us have tentatively navigated over the last 16 months; from us here at County Wedding Magzines HQ to suppliers and couples. There's been small highs and many lows, as each glimmer of hope was put out by another government announcement.Lockdown 1.0 turned into 2.0 and then 3.0, wedding guest numbers went from 0 to 12, 15 to 30 and now we can actually invite all of our loved ones, friends and family dear to our hearts to the big day.There's really been no better time to say 'I do', not only will it be mask free (personal choice), socially distance-free and rule-free; but it will be a true celebration of marriage, a union of friends and family, love and friendship.... read more

Posted: 19 July 2021

Emily and Tom had a romantic celebration at The Portico Library and Seven Bro7hers Brewing Co

Emily and Tom had a romantic celebration at The Portico Library and Seven Bro7hers Brewing Co

We met in August 2015," says Emily. "We were set up by my best woman, Amy, and had our first date at the Deaf Institute and Gorilla in Manchester, where we talked about our love of podcasts and books." Tom proposed to Emily during a holiday to Crete in April 2018. "He had intended to propose over a romantic breakfast on the balcony of our Airbnb, but sadly noisy construction work derailed his plan," shares the bride. "Tom ended up proposing in the living room of the apartment before we went on a wine tasting, but the square box poking out of his pocket had given away what was about to happen!"... read more

Posted: 16 July 2021

We interviewed That Celebrant Guy to find out more about his company

We interviewed That Celebrant Guy to find out more about his company

I'm Glenn, or "That Celebrant Guy" if you'd rather. I started out a very stagey kid, and was in fact in the final five to play Harry Potter in the films of the same name! Not bitter at all, but Mr Radcliffe pipped me to the post. So, I got older and trained as a professional dancer. After a few shows in the UK, I went on to be head of entertainment for a chain of hotels, working in family hotels in both Mallorca and Menorca.Upon returning to the UK, I started writing and performing ceremonies for family and friends. It was only when somebody asked who "That Celebrant Guy" was that it caught on. All of a sudden other bookings were coming in, and "That Celebrant Guy" was, shall we say, born (or perhaps launched into the world at rocket speed). I'm based in the bright lights of sunny Blackpool, although have friends and family dotted all around the UK, so I am very fortunate to be able to perform ceremonies all around the UK.... read more

Posted: 16 July 2021

A new premium car rental service, THE OUT, has recently launched in Manchester

A new premium car rental service, THE OUT, has recently launched in Manchester

A new premium car rental service, THE OUT, has recently launched in Manchester. Since opening in London in 2019, the company has been dedicated to creating a hassle-free experience. Powered by Jaguar Land Rover, THE OUT's fleet in Manchester will consist of some of their most iconic cars, including the Land Rover Discovery Sport, Range Rover Sport PHEV, Jaguar F-TYPE, Range Rover Autobiography and Range Rover Velar PHEV. Tom Fawcett, the managing director, said: "Our mission at THE OUT has always been to take the stress out of car rental whether that's delivery across London, the South East, and now Manchester, our free accessories, no hidden costs and excellent concierge service makes our cars the ultimate way to travel around the UK in style this summer.... read more

Posted: 15 July 2021

How to capture summer-themed photographs

How to capture summer-themed photographs

During the summer months, the hours of daylight are longer, so make good use of it, especially the lighting around sunset, also known as the golden hour, which will create some beautiful warm tones and soft-lit imagery. Wearing light, airy and flowy fabrics will work well for a summer theme, as well as keeping everyone cool. Include seasonal items such as parasols, sunglasses and seasonal flowers that will not wilt in the heat, like orchids, sunflowers or roses. Capture shots of your guests enjoying refreshing cocktails or grabbing a beer from an ice bucket.... read more

Posted: 14 July 2021

Meet the owner of the mobile horse box photo booth, Photohoof

Meet the owner of the mobile horse box photo booth, Photohoof

Photohoof is a unique, mobile horse box photo booth. We provide our clients with a one-of-a-kind experience that is a talking point for all events, as well as high-quality photo strips to remember their special day. I took over Photohoof earlier this year, having fully renovated the photo booth, I'm over the moon with the final look after seeing my vision come to life over the past six months. Photohoof offers several pre-designed packages, but we can tailor any package to suit your event. We pride ourselves in offering a personalised service for all of our clients, therefore if you require additional services such as an extra hour of use, don't hesitate to contact us. All of our packages include unlimited use of Photohoof for three hours, along with customised prints, a guest book and guest signing and much more.... read more

Posted: 14 July 2021

Say your vows at the Concorde Conference Centre

Say your vows at the Concorde Conference Centre

The Hangar is part of the Runway Visitor Park, located in the grounds of Manchester Airport, and is a light and spacious venue spanning over 1,600 square meters. Purposely built to house the iconic G-BOAC British Airways Concorde, the space creates an unforgettable backdrop for any wedding. The large wall of windows allows a glimpse of the iconic aircraft as guests approach the entrance, and there are also several other interesting aircraft to discover on the grounds, including a former RAF plane.... read more

Posted: 13 July 2021

We interviewed the founder of event styling and planning studio, Detail

We interviewed the founder of event styling and planning studio, Detail

Detail is a boutique event styling and planning studio set up to create unique and detail-orientated weddings and celebrations. Inspired by nature, fashion, architecture and interiors, my goal is to deliver personable and memorable experiences, collaborating with clients to create something truly stylish. I set up Detail in 2018 after planning my own geodome festival wedding and realised how valuable stylists and planners are in the lead-up and on the day itself! I'm 50 percent planner and 50 percent creative designer, so after 10 years of creative event producing and a background in interior design, it felt right to become a wedding designer. I wanted to be able to create something magical with a focus on all the little details and the couples themselves, with who I love collaborating and getting to know.... read more

Posted: 12 July 2021

We interviewed the business development officer at People’s History Museum

We interviewed the business development officer at People’s History Museum

Couples getting married or holding a civil ceremony at People's History Museum get to enjoy one of the unique spaces that make up the magnificent Grade II listed Edwardian pump house. This historic part of the museum, with its stunning ironwork, glazed tiles, original brickwork and vast windows, sits in contrast to the contemporary extension which is clad in Cor-Ten® steel; all combining to make this a fascinating location to experience. With wonderful architecture, it also means there are lots of great photo opportunities! The setting is also home to the national museum of democracy; a place where ideas worth fighting for are brought alive. Events at the museum help to support its work, which is really important to lots of our couples.... read more

Posted: 12 July 2021

Didsbury House is a Grade II listed building dating back to the 1890s

Didsbury House is a Grade II listed building dating back to the 1890s

Didsbury House, originally known as Park House, is a Grade II listed building dating back to the 1890s. The luxury Victorian townhouse is a statement in individual design, bringing influences from around the world to the fashionable suburb of Didsbury. The property features 27 bedrooms, a residents' bar and lounges, that reflect the hotel's electric design and provide a chic urban retreat for weddings. The owner and designer worked with the original features of the house to maintain and showcase the wonderful work that originally went into creating Park House.... read more

Posted: 9 July 2021

Sunshine Events has rebranded as The Fun Experts

Sunshine Events has rebranded as The Fun Experts

Multi-award-winning Sunshine Events based in Preston, Lancashire, has been busy throughout the pandemic rebranding as The Fun Experts. The rebrand is the peak of an almost two-decade journey of bringing exciting experiences to its clients. The founder and director, Sunny Sandwell, tells us: "In the year that the business turns 18, we wanted to take this exciting next step. From Sunshine Games to Sunshine Events, and now to The Fun Experts, it's a perfect time. It's not just a business for us, it's a lifestyle and a culture. Our mission is to make the world a more fun place to be, one smile at a time."... read more

Posted: 8 July 2021

Entertainment that will keep all your guests happy

Entertainment that will keep all your guests happy

Whether you're planning an upbeat, vibrant wedding or a more relaxed affair, a string quartet can adapt to any occasion. Here at Harmony String Quartet, we pride ourselves on having an extensive repertoire of more than 500 songs. We can provide a jukebox service where you and your guests pick songs on the day, or you can create your own bespoke playlist. Either way, you will hear some of your favourite tunes played as you've never heard them before.... read more

Posted: 7 July 2021

Get married at The Lodore Falls Hotel & Spa

Get married at The Lodore Falls Hotel & Spa

The Lodore Falls Hotel & Spa is located within one of the most picturesque areas of the Lake District overlooking Derwentwater. Set amidst acres of natural beauty, the venue's grounds are landscaped and complete with an abundance of flowerbeds, an on-site waterfall and panoramic views of the surrounding fells. The main building was erected in 1870 and is made from a local slate, which stands out against the luscious green scenery. Inside is the perfect blend of contemporary chic and traditional charm.... read more

Posted: 6 July 2021

A team of local suppliers came together to create this spring-inspired shoot at The Gibbon Bridge Hotel

A team of local suppliers came together to create this spring-inspired shoot at The Gibbon Bridge Hotel

To celebrate the re-launch of weddings, a team of local suppliers came together to create these gorgeous images at The Gibbon Bridge Hotel. Alicia Marie Weddings and Chelsea from Seed & Wild tell us more: "The venue has a beautiful English country garden and our aim was to enhance the ambience through the use of delicate fresh florals while introducing subtle touches of luxury with gold cutlery and crystal glassware. Embracing a seasonal colour palette, we introduced pops of pale yellow, crisp white and soft golds to create a sense of spring."... read more

Posted: 2 July 2021

The team at Hyde Bank Farm have done an amazing job at supporting couples during the pandemic

The team at Hyde Bank Farm have done an amazing job at supporting couples during the pandemic

The team at Hyde Bank Farm in Stockport have done an amazing job at supporting couples during the pandemic. With 24 hour help and advice, all those affected by lockdowns have been able to move their wedding free of charge and have had a wealth of support from the staff. The Grade II listed stone barn dates back to 1655 and once belonged to Anne Hyde, the Duchess of York, who married James II. Set within acres of rich countryside, the farm has been lovingly converted and furnished to a high quality with oak beams, stone walls and heaps of character – perfect for weddings.... read more

Posted: 1 July 2021

Questions to ask your drinks supply before booking

Questions to ask your drinks supply before booking

Your decision on any supplier should be based on your research and discussions with them. Have a look across their social media and websites to read past reviews and testimonials. Make sure the images belong to them and are not just stock pictures that look good! A decent supplier will want to talk to you to find out your ideas, offer suggestions and may even provide references so you can speak to a couple they have worked with before.... read more

Posted: 30 June 2021

Win an overnight stay with Mercure

Win an overnight stay with Mercure

Whether you're planning a wedding, celebrating an anniversary or simply need a night away, this staycation prize is a welcome getaway treat courtesy of Interstate Hotels & Resorts.At one of the most sought-after Mercure wedding venues in the UK, the lucky winner and their guest will stay in the best room in the house, the Wedding Suite, with dinner and breakfast at the hotel of their choice.The Mercure Leeds Parkway Hotel is one of the most desirable wedding venues Yorkshire has to offer, set in the picturesque Golden Acres Park with formal gardens and a picturesque gazebo for dreamy outdoor weddings. While, The Mercure Chester Abbots Well Hotel is a tranquil four-star hotel set amongst two acres of landscaped gardens with a backdrop of beautiful rolling Cheshire countryside and Welsh mountains providing an idyllic setting for any wedding. Or, why not check out Cotswold's Mercure Gloucester Bowden Hall Hotel for character and setting? This four-star Georgian country house boasts 12 acres of its own park and woodland providing the perfect Gloucestershire backdrop for a truly scenic wedding.... read more

Posted: 29 June 2021

Say 'I do' at The Portico Library

Say 'I do' at The Portico Library

The Portico Library is a striking Grade II* listed building designed in a Neoclassical Greek revival style. The venue is one of the few surviving Georgian buildings in central Manchester still serving its original purpose. Inside the impressive and enchanting rooms is more than 200 yearsof history and culture, with a spectacular painted glass dome ceiling surrounded by original Regency-period floor-to-ceiling bookshelves. The gallery space features a working wind dial, mural portraits of Milton and Shakespeare and a clock face created by the Big Ben clockmakers.... read more

Posted: 29 June 2021

Toast the happy couple with a glass of NINE ELMS No.18

Toast the happy couple with a glass of NINE ELMS No.18

Award-winning NINE ELMS No.18 is a ruby velven – a new type of sophisticated non-alcoholic drink, created in London, that has been specially designed to complement good food.Intricately crafted from the juice of four types of dark berry and aromatised with a complex blend of botanical infusions and distillates, this intriguing non-alcoholic indulgence is full of flavour & character – complexity that gradually reveals itself when sipped & savored with something delicious to eat.With its juicy red & black fruit, uplifting herbaceous notes, warm & earthy spice, gentle acidity & soft tannins, NINE ELMS No.18 is most enjoyable served with something richly savoury - try it with antipasti, charcuterie, chargrilled vegetables, roasted meats or cheese.... read more

Posted: 28 June 2021

Discover what makes The Stock Exchange Hotel such a popular wedding venue

Discover what makes The Stock Exchange Hotel such a popular wedding venue

The Manchester Stock Exchange was built between 1904 and 1906 using a design by Bradshaw Gass and Hope and was opened ceremoniously on the 13th December, 1906. This exquisite example of Edwardian Baroque architecture was purpose-built as a symbol of confidence in the future of Manchester, which at the time was the 9th most popular city in the world. The Stock Exchange Hotel pays homage to the rich history of the Grade II listed building both in style and spirit. Located in the heart of Manchester, the property is an ideal base from which to explore all the city has to offer.... read more

Posted: 25 June 2021

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