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Wedding News: How to save money on your next wedding gift

How to save money on your next wedding gift

Receiving an invitation to a wedding is always an exciting time. However, deciding what gift to buy the couple, and especially how much to spend, can be daunting - now more so than ever due to the increased cost of living. Data from VoucherCodes.co.uk reveals guests will spend an average of £113.39 for each gift they buy when attending a wedding which, for many of us, is a hefty amount. Anita Naik, Savings Expert at the UK's most trusted savings site VoucherCodes.co.uk, has some great tips on how to save money on your upcoming wedding gifts without skimping on the sentiment:

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Wedding News: Bliss Events by Katie is offering any flower wall and neon sign for just £150

Bliss Events by Katie is offering any flower wall and neon sign for just £150

Bliss Events by Katie specialises in venue dressing and styling for weddings and events across the North West. Katie tells us more about her company: "We pride ourselves on being an affordable luxury. We believe 'event perfection' should be available to everyone, no matter the occasion or your budget. We will work with you to create an event for the memory books that will leave your guests in awe!"

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Wedding News: Unique theatre venues for your vows and and bows!

Unique theatre venues for your vows and and bows!

Finding the wedding venue of your dreams can be a difficult task, especially if you're looking for something with a little less traditional with a little more drama. According to Google trend data, searches for 'unique wedding venues' have seen an uplift of 769% in the last month, and more specifically, searches for 'theatre weddings' have risen by an enormous 1250%. SeatPlan reveal the most unique, musical, dramatic, and theatrical wedding venues around the UK, so you can be centre stage and in the spotlight on your big day.

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Wedding News: Rose Castle is situated within 60 acres of private grounds

Rose Castle is situated within 60 acres of private grounds

Rose Castle is situated within 60 acres of private grounds and offers a diverse range of habitats, from manicured gardens to meadows filled with wildflowers, and open expanses for activities, such as al fresco dining, croquet, picnics and drinks.

With towers, mullioned windows, and centuries of history, Rose Castle is a truly breathtaking building. Offering views of the Lake District fells from the windows, there are plenty of places to explore and take those all-important photographs.

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Wedding News: Weddings don't need to cost the earth

Weddings don't need to cost the earth

With nearlyweds looking to opt for more sustainable choices when planning their nuptials, Talking Tables' new wedding rental scheme ensures this special occasion will look beautiful, without costing the earth. Would be spouses can choose from its best-selling tall glass candle holders in a variety of colours to suit every theme, both clear and brightly coloured bud vases, and handmade silver stainless steel plates and bowls. Tables can be exquisitely dressed for a fraction of the cost to buy and be happy knowing the items will bring more joy to others rather than sitting in the back of your cupboard - a sustainable solution!

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Wedding News: A must see wedding show at Halliwell Jones Stadium

A must see wedding show at Halliwell Jones Stadium

By Fairydust Events & Easy Tiger Events NW are hosting a must-see wedding fair on Sunday 12th March, 2023, at Halliwell Jones Stadium.

Come and see over 50 exhibitors at this stunning venue. Entry is free and includes a bridal catwalk, canapés, a free bridal magazine, complimentary fizz on arrival, a goody bag, exclusive competitions, amazing live entertainment and a surprise guest!

No matter what stage of wedding planning you're at, there will be something to suit with a host of venue dressers, photographers, videographers, jewelers, photo booths, wedding cars, stationery and much more.

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Wedding News: 5 songs to avoid on your big day

5 songs to avoid on your big day

On top of organising flowers, dresses, venues and speeches, choosing the music for your wedding is yet another decision to make. But where do you even begin? The options are seemingly endless and the song you do pick will be the one that you define as 'yours' for the rest of your lives together. Wedding decor specialists Ginger Ray have crunched the numbers to reveal which songs and artists have made it onto the most Spotify wedding playlists and could be, dare we say it... overdone. So, whether you want to embrace the most popular choices (they are favourites for good reason after all) or whether you want to know which songs to avoid if you are looking to create a more unique soundtrack for your big day, here is Wedding Spotify, Wrapped.

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Wedding News: Ponderosa Weddings is a new family-run business

Ponderosa Weddings is a new family-run business

Ponderosa Weddings is a new family-run business situated between Broughton and Broughton Moor in Cumbria. The owner, Beth Faulder, tells us more: "We offer a 300-acre farm which started up during the pandemic when I had time to start a new venture alongside my photography business. Ponderosa is perfect for holding tipis, marquees, and tents and overlooks the Lake District with a stunning pond and woodland, ideal for taking those all-important photographs. I wanted to hire out this beautiful piece of land and diversify into weddings as we feel it's the perfect place to celebrate your big day. We're planning to host 10 to 15 weddings a year and have just got our premises license."

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Wedding News: Sophie Ellis-Bextor’s disco tour coming to a local venue near you!

Sophie Ellis-Bextor’s disco tour coming to a local venue near you!

Sophie Ellis-Bextor's Christmas Kitchen Disco UK Tour begins in November and here at County Wedding Magazines HQ we think it will make a great night out for your hen/stag or sten do! Tickets for shows are on-sale now The shows will feature hits from throughout Sophie's career, as well as some very festive classics, all in Sophie's own seasonal disco style. The tour follows on from the huge success of her 2022 Kitchen Disco Tour in which she brought her lockdown online sensation from her kitchen to sold-out stages across the country, including a sold-out finale at the London Palladium.

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Wedding News: Broadoaks Country House occupies one of the most beautiful spots in the Lake District

Broadoaks Country House occupies one of the most beautiful spots in the Lake District

Not too far off the beaten path, but just enough to feel a world away, Broadoaks Country House occupies one of the most beautiful spots in the Lake District. Surrounded by well-manicured gardens and majestic woodland, and framed by the flush of the river that tumbles into Lake Windermere, this grand property is a special place that couples will never forget.

A sweeping driveway guides guests through seven acres of glorious gardens to a fountain settled at the front of this traditional Lakeland stone and ivy-clad country home. This Victorian gentleman's summer residence offers grandeur on a human scale, with every inch a home, but with all of the best bits of a five-star hotel. The proportioned inside spaces are warm and inviting, mixing stylish modernity with inglenook fireplaces and period furniture.

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Wedding News: Top tips for having a low waste wedding

Top tips for having a low waste wedding

Getting married is one of the most exciting days of your life, and you'll want it to be as special as possible. But you might also want your wedding to be kinder to the planet than the usual nuptials — indeed, a study found that British weddings create 18kg of plastic waste per event, adding up to 4,910 tonnes of plastic waste every year. Even for the biggest event of your life, this is a lot of waste to produce during a single day, and many people are increasingly looking to find ways of reducing it and have more sustainable nuptials. If you want to enjoy the big day but also make it more of an eco-friendly event, suppliers of catering equipment Alliance Online have put together some tips for you to take forward in your wedding planning. Even though getting married is a big event, you can still keep the carbon footprint small.

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Wedding News: Proposing a prenup? A guide to practical romance this February

Proposing a prenup? A guide to practical romance this February

Some consider February to be one of the most romantic months of the year. With January finally over, we can start to look forward to Spring, and the warmer months ahead. Each leap year, the 29th of February is traditionally held as a day when the tables can turn and women are supposed to propose marriage to men, instead of the other way around. However, most obviously, February contains Valentine's Day and the celebrations of lovers up and down the country who look to St Valentine for inspiration for their friendships and romantic relationships.

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Wedding News: Last year was a bumper year for The Forest Side

Last year was a bumper year for The Forest Side

Last year was a bumper year for The Forest Side, which last autumn was awarded the coveted title of the 'UK's Best Country Hotel' by the Good Hotels Guide 2023. Now, 2023 looks set to continue in a similar vein as the restaurant with rooms has announced the return of its popular Food February.

Each Monday in the month will find head chef Paul Leonard collaborating with some of the UK's best chefs to deliver a multicourse dining experience. Paul will be lending a hand on each of the evenings, rustling up a dish or two of his own and generally adding to the merriment.

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Wedding News: Say ‘I Do’ to a Dry Wedding with Mavrik Alcohol-free Cocktails

Say ‘I Do’ to a Dry Wedding with Mavrik Alcohol-free Cocktails

With a growing number of people going sober or choosing to moderate their drinking, the traditional wedding 'knees up' may be a thing of the past as today's couples opt for a more sober affair - which everyone can remember! In the past, non-drinkers or designated drivers would be somewhat left out of the celebrations with access to only a sad selection of soft drinks or juices. However, now nearlyweds-to-be are putting as much effort into deciding what alcohol-free drinks to offer as they would apply to sourcing the Champagne for the toasts! Plus, not only are dry weddings a huge money saver, but they also allow guests to enjoy the day with a clear head and leave the event with all those special memories firmly in tact.

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Wedding News: Stirk House in the Ribble Valley was built in 1635

Stirk House in the Ribble Valley was built in 1635

Built in 1635, Stirk House exudes character and authentic features, which can still be seen today in the magnificent stone arch above the fireplace and the original doorway that has welcomed guests to this special place for over 300 years.

Stirk House is a historic property with a winding driveway, ivy-clad walls, sparkling stone mullion windows and vibrant and immaculate gardens. Boasting spectacular views of the surrounding Ribble Valley countryside and Lancashire's famous Pendle Hill, guests can enjoy relaxing strolls through the gardens, ancient forest and nature trail.

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Wedding News: Looking for bridesmaids' dresses? Check out these collections from Maya Deluxe

Looking for bridesmaids' dresses? Check out these collections from Maya Deluxe

With wedding season just around the corner, time is ticking to get your bridesmaids ready for your big day.

For the environmentally-conscious bride, Maya Deluxe's Anaya Icons Collection features eight elegant styles made from recycled materials so your maids can look great and help the environment in the process. Full of timeless elegance, these dresses are available in sizes 8-30.

Tulle and ruffles are set to be some of the biggest bridal trends for 2023 and the Anaya Icons Collection is full of these romantic design details. With three beautiful shades to choose from and two more on the way, there are plenty of ways to mix and match your bridesmaids' dresses.

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Wedding News: Five things that mean more to love than Valentine's gifts (and are free)

Five things that mean more to love than Valentine's gifts (and are free)

Dr Rachel Taylor is a neuropsychologist, podcast host and founder of UNBroken. She has this advice on the five things that mean more to love than Valentine's gifts (and are free). "The brain has many different circuitry mechanisms associated with feelings of love. Below are some suggestions that mean more to love than commercial gifts."To appreciate is to raise in value, so the appreciation of another is truly better than a gift. Appreciation of another triggers a part of the brain called the hypothalamus which is directly involved in controlling our circadian rhythm. We also get a dopamine hit which supports us to be more motivated to perform the same behaviour. The more we appreciate a person, the more motivated they are to carry on being the amazing person that we think they are.

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Wedding News: 5 ways to get your pooch involved in your wedding

5 ways to get your pooch involved in your wedding

Planning a wedding is a whirlwind of nerves and excitement, and if you have a dog, you might want to get them involved in the event too. But how? Here, Lisa Melvin from Webbox offer some ideas. Organising a wedding can be as overwhelming as it is exciting. If you have a dog, you might be wondering if you can involve them in the event too — your pooch is most definitely part of your family, and it's natural to want them to be a part of your special day. Read on to find out some ideas for how you can bring your pooch to the wedding.

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Wedding News: Low Graythwaite Hall has re-joined the Graythwaite portfolio

Low Graythwaite Hall has re-joined the Graythwaite portfolio

Low Graythwaite Hall, a stunning country house with an adjacent cottage and extensive private grounds, has re-joined the Graythwaite portfolio. Situated opposite the Grade II listed Georgian Silverholme Manor, the magnificent old hall is the perfect place for wedding guests to stay, with space for 24 people and a luxurious hot tub by the river that runs through the grounds.

In addition, Hullet Hall, a couple of minutes' walk from Silverholme Manor, is also available to rent. This 17th-century cottage has a private jetty and can accommodate six guests, meaning you can host 50 people within walking distance of Silverholme.

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Wedding News: How to create a bespoke drinks menu for your wedding

How to create a bespoke drinks menu for your wedding

Your wedding should be as personalised, luxurious and enjoyable as possible, and the drinks menu is no exception! Here, Steve King, managing director at the drinks retailer Bottled & Boxed, shows you how to bring together a bespoke drinks menu for your wedding. Organising a wedding is as exciting as it is overwhelming: you'll want your day to be as special as possible, and the drinks menu is no exception to this. It's becoming more and more popular to create your own personalised drinks, with Google searches for 'bespoke drinks menu' increasing 10% since the beginning of 2022.

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