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

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

Here at County Wedding Magazines HQ, there's nothing we love more than our real wedding features - and we couldn't do them without you! If you would like to see your wedding grace the pages of one of our County Wedding Magazine titles, then please do get in touch! Grand and big-budget extravaganzas, to small and intimate I dos, themed from beginning to end, or personalised with a sentimental touch - we want to hear about them all!

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Wedding News: The Grade II listed Lancashire Manor Hotel has stunning spaces to tie the knot

The Grade II listed Lancashire Manor Hotel has stunning spaces to tie the knot

Lancashire Manor Hotel is a Grade II listed property with plenty of spaces to tie the knot. The original stone manor house is at the heart of the hotel and contains a lounge area and above it, in the original farmhouse bedrooms, is a honeymoon suite.

The Lathom Suite, seating up to 100 guests, is decorated in a mixture of traditional and contemporary décor and has a bar, natural light, a movable dancefloor and can be divided into a smaller reception room for more intimate celebrations.

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Wedding News: The Glass House in Staining has launched an outdoor bar and dessert table

The Glass House in Staining has launched an outdoor bar and dessert table

The Glass House in Staining, Lancashire, has launched an outdoor bar and dessert table. The table of sweet treats includes cookies, brownies, cheesecakes, doughnuts, macarons and much more, ideal for an evening snack or as an alternative to a cake. While the Shepherd's Hut Bar is a help-yourself bar full of gins and vodkas – a fun addition to the drinks reception or after-party.

Offering picturesque views of the countryside stretching across to the Pennines, the property is an elegant blank canvas decorated with wooden beams, fairylights and floor-to-ceiling windows. The bi-folding doors lead directly onto the enclosed garden, create the perfect set-up for group shots, or the wooded areas and fields of wildflowers make a fantastic alternative.

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Wedding News: Abbey House Hotel & Gardens was designed by the famous architect Sir Edwin Lutyens

Abbey House Hotel & Gardens was designed by the famous architect Sir Edwin Lutyens

Originally a mansion designed by the famous architect Sir Edwin Lutyens, Abbey House Hotel & Gardens was converted into a luxury wedding venue, blending a contemporary style with impressive architecture to create a beautiful setting to tie the knot. Set within 14 acres of private woodland, the property recently underwent a multi-million-pound refurbishment making every room and suite tastefully modern.

Intimate weddings are held in the charming Garden Room with 20 of your nearest and dearest.

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Wedding News: Mark Battista Photography is offering our readers an exclusive discount

Mark Battista Photography is offering our readers an exclusive discount

Mark Battista is an award-winning photographer based in Kendal, Cumbria, offering wedding and commercial photography throughout the UK and beyond. Mark has worked in the industry for more than a decade and captures natural, bright and colourful images.

Mark tells us: "The Lake District is a truly magical place for your wedding story, from the rolling hills and rugged landscapes to the tranquil streams, hidden valleys, waterfalls, tarns and lakes. Maybe you're planning an elopement or your wedding is taking place in one of our beautiful Lake District hotels or country houses; whatever your plans are, get in touch, I'm happy to help."

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Wedding News: Hundhowe is a gorgeous wedding venue with a homely yet elegant feel

Hundhowe is a gorgeous wedding venue with a homely yet elegant feel

Hundhowe is a gorgeous wedding venue that's been decorated to create a homely yet elegant feel. The beautifully-painted pale exterior features a grand doorway, formal balustrades, leaded windows, trailing roses and wisteria. Each section of the intimate garden has been lovingly cared for to produce glorious blooms and stunning photo opportunities.

Although the venue is not registered yet, blessings can take place in numerous places, including the Main Hall, which has an impressive fireplace, wood panelling and room for 50 friends and family.

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Wedding News: Four tips for storing your wedding dress after the big day

Four tips for storing your wedding dress after the big day

With September tipped to be the most popular month for weddings, when the big day is done deciding what to do with a wedding dress can be tricky. Whilst some people sell them or donate them so future brides can use them, others prefer to keep hold of them and preserve the memory of their wedding day. If you're looking to preserve your wedding dress after the big day, or pass it down to future generations, proper storage is essential in maintaining its pristine condition. With this in mind, Vlatka Lake, storage expert at Space Station shares four tips for storing your wedding dress to keep it in pristine condition. Vlatka adds: "Before putting your dress into storage, make sure you have it cleaned to remove any stains or marks that may have appeared from your wedding day. The most important thing to remember when putting your wedding gown into storage is that it shouldn't be stored in a plastic bag or hung on a hanger. "Plastic covers don't allow for humidity changes and can often let light in that will fade the material of your dress. Hanging your dress can also affect its shape by adding unnecessary stress on the seams or the fabric."

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Wedding News: Unique gifts couples give each other on their wedding day

Unique gifts couples give each other on their wedding day

The team at hampers.com recently surveyed UK adults who have gotten married or attended a wedding in the past five years, with the goal of determining what the gifting landscape looks like for wedding season. In doing so, they spoke to almost 800 newlyweds from across the UK and a further 1,400 UK adults who have attended a wedding in the same time frame. Firstly, the study found that it's common for brides and grooms to buy each other a gift for the wedding day itself, with 65% stating they did this for their own wedding day. The average spend was found to be £115, with women most likely to purchase a pocket watch (24%) or a vintage bottle of alcohol (22%) and men most likely to purchase jewellery (37%) or personalised 'Mrs' clothing (19%)...

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Wedding News: Big-day gifting ideas from Don't Buy Her Flowers

Big-day gifting ideas from Don't Buy Her Flowers

Gift company, Don't Buy Her Flowers, prides itself for having thoughtfulness at its core, with customers able to create a bespoke gift box that perfectly suits the person and occasion. Whether it's to celebrate, commiserate or offer someone some TLC during a tough time, Don't Buy Her Flowers offers a range of luxury British products from delicious treats, cashmere socks and bubble bath to the perfect G&T and a selection of great books. Each gift box is beautifully gift wrapped with the customer's personalised message handwritten on the gift tag, making it the perfect package for everyone from mothers, newlyweds, teachers and employees.

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Wedding News: ESPA has teamed up with King Street Townhouse to launch the Light Salon

ESPA has teamed up with King Street Townhouse to launch the Light Salon

ESPA has teamed up with King Street Townhouse in Manchester to launch the Light Salon. Providing LED non-invasive treatments, there are three exclusive options to choose from, each designed to leave you feeling relaxed and your big-day best. Priced from £50, the treatments last between 30 and 55 minutes.

King Street Townhouse is an impressive Italian Renaissance building with contemporary features throughout, including monochrome tiling and commissioned artwork. With 40 bedrooms to choose from, an on-site bar, restaurant, rooftop spa, infinity pool, steam room and relaxation area, there are plenty of spaces to explore and relax in the run-up to your wedding.

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Wedding News: Eden Barn is a family-run venue full of rustic charm

Eden Barn is a family-run venue full of rustic charm

Eden Barn is a 200-year-old Westmorland stone building that was transformed after the owner's daughter held her wedding reception there in 2015. Family-run, the venue is full of rustic charm, from giant chandeliers and exposed stone walls to limestone-flagged floors and vaulted ceilings.

The expansive views, hand-thatched gazebo and landscaped grounds make Eden Barn a romantic haven that's perfect for weddings.

Ceremonies take place in The Main Barn followed by the drinks receptions in the adjoining reception/bar area, which has wooden vaulted ceilings, stone-flagged flooring and cosy seating.

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Wedding News: Five reasons why Champagne is the pinnacle of sparkling wine

Five reasons why Champagne is the pinnacle of sparkling wine

The Champagne Bureau UK* have rounded up five reasons why Champagne is the long-standing pinnacle of sparkling wine. Firstly, Champagne only comes from Champagne. Champagne is a 100% French product - the Champagne region is located in France, approximately 90 miles east of Paris. It is a protected appellation (AOC). From 816 to 1825, France's royalty was crowned in Champagne's Reims Cathedral, where Champagne was said to flow freely at all the coronation banquets. Soon, highly prized for their taste and finesse, it became customary to gift these wines to any royalty visiting the region. This is how the Champagne came to be known as the wine of coronation and known in France as "the wine of Kings and the King of wines".

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Wedding News: 7 ways to ask your friends to be bridesmaids

7 ways to ask your friends to be bridesmaids

Bridesmaid proposals are a special moment in any friendship so it's natural to want to put some thought behind popping the question. Personalising gifts such as photo frames or pyjamas are a great way to give friends something they can keep forever. The glass experts at MeandMyGlass.co.uk have shared some of the best bridesmaid proposal ideas to make the occasion memorable.John Cutts, founder of MeandMyGlass said, "Asking your friends and family to be bridesmaids is a special moment and should be done in a special way. "You can't go wrong with a personal touch which is why things like photo frames and pyjamas are a great way to show appreciation to your bridesmaids and you know they'll keep their gift.

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Wedding News: Netherby Hall is offering personalised staycations on limited dates this summer

Netherby Hall is offering personalised staycations on limited dates this summer

Netherby Hall in Cumbria is offering personalised staycations on limited dates this summer. During your stay, you can enjoy carriage rides through Netherby Hall's 36 acres of gardens and grounds and get an insight into the history of this Grade II* listed mansion on a private tour.

Gerald Smith, who owns and runs Netherby Hall with his wife Margo, said: "We aim to bring together the best of Netherby Hall to allow visitors to find out more about its past and present and enjoy the beauty of the house and its gardens. The packages are designed to enable people to create their bespoke break by adding exclusive tours and experiences to their stay, including dining at the Michelin-starred Pentonbridge Inn. Our aim is for guests to have an unforgettable experience while staying with us, which they will treasure for years to come."

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Wedding News: Wedding fragrance suggestions

Wedding fragrance suggestions

Floral, citrus, or woody - and everything in between - wedding scents are becoming more popular as couples incorporate them into their day. They can provide an ideal way to remember the occasion, the trigger of a special memory when you come across that fragrance connected to it. What's more, key scents can also help control emotions according to psychologists. Yasmin Sharp, essential oils expert at Nikura, says, "With more than 12 million hashtag views on TikTok, wedding scents (#weddingscent) are becoming more and more popular

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Wedding News: West Tower is a romantic wedding venue in Lancashire

West Tower is a romantic wedding venue in Lancashire

Boasting uninterrupted views of the Lancashire countryside, West Tower is home to 27 beautifully-decorated bedrooms, a luxurious bridal suite, a state-of-the-art dressing room, a glass skylight, a wooden staircase, an apex-covered entrance and a secluded patio and terrace.

Weddings of up to 145 day and 250 evening guests take place in The Ballroom. Full of natural light, this space has wooden floors, PA facilities, striking views and an elegant décor throughout.

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Wedding News: Wedding ring mistakes to avoid!

Wedding ring mistakes to avoid!

Aimee Howlett, jewellery expert at Diamonds Factory, has shared how to choose and clean your wedding band. 'When choosing your wedding band, it's important to consider your lifestyle and daily activities. If you're someone with an active lifestyle you might want to go for a more durable material like platinum or tungsten that can withstand potential scratches and avoid a ring that has diamonds. With this in mind, it's worth visiting a jewellery store and trying on different styles of wedding bands, which can be really fun! Pay attention to comfort, fit, and how well it pairs with your engagement ring (if you have one).

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Wedding News: Wedding gift inspiration from L'OR

Wedding gift inspiration from L'OR

Coffee brand L'OR provides the perfect machine which will ensure you capture the heart of any coffee-loving couple, whilst also providing a useful gift that lasts! With a unique double-spouted design that offers flexibility to adapt to different coffee preferences, the L'OR BARISTA is powered by Phillips technology and has become a much-loved coffee machine since its launch. What's more, the machine is not only compatible with L'OR pods, but also a wide range of alternative branded coffee capsules on the market*, providing maximum flexibility and choice.

L'OR BARISTA Sublime Coffee Machine (£104.99*) is available in Piano Noir, Satin Blanc and Sunset Rubis, while the L'OR BARISTA Original Latte Machines (£164.99*) is available in Piano Noir and includes built-in milk frother.

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Wedding News: 7 topics all couples should cover in a prenup

7 topics all couples should cover in a prenup

While a prenuptial agreement is unlikely to be on many people's wedding checklist, a family lawyer has urged couples who will be tying the knot in the coming months to consider making it a key priority. With research by the law firm revealing that Google searches for terms related to prenups including 'what is a prenup?', 'meaning of prenups' and 'prenups in the UK' have increased by 21% in the last three months compared to the three months previous, it is clear they are growing in popularity.

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Wedding News: Manchester Gin is relaunching its Tied the Knot Gin

Manchester Gin is relaunching its Tied the Knot Gin

Crafted by founders of Manchester Gin, Seb and Jen, to celebrate their own wedding in 2022, Tied the Knot gin is relaunching in time for wedding season as part of the distillery's core range. The gin contains 11 botanicals in perfect harmony. Like most of the Manchester Gin range, this special edition also celebrates the delicate summer flavours of elderflower and hibiscus, which work beautifully with bright lemon and grapefruit.

The gin has been well received by wedding venues across the North West, and makes the perfect spirit for reception drinks, wedding presents, or favours.

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