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Wedding News: The barn at Hobbit Hill is a rustic oak-beamed building with bi-folding glass doors

The barn at Hobbit Hill is a rustic oak-beamed building with bi-folding glass doors

The barn at Hobbit Hill is a rustic oak-beamed building with bi-folding glass doors that span the entire front of the barn, giving couples unbroken panoramic views of the Ribble Valley. The in-keeping natural wood of the barn's exterior perfectly suits its woodland surroundings and looks wonderful in photographs.

Surrounded by woodland and large grassed areas, perfectly suited for garden games, the outdoors at Hobbit Hill is the prime location for outdoor drinks receptions. The Indian flagged terrace has plenty of seating to toast the newlyweds whilst enjoying breathtaking views of the surrounding countryside.

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Wedding News: Christmas winter wedding music

Christmas winter wedding music

Getting married at Christmas doesn't mean that you have to plan a Christmas-themed wedding. Here, roaming band The Travelling Hands, suggest songs that would work well for a Christmas winter wedding and the songs to avoid! When it comes to music, the same rule applies. Just because you want to get married at Christmas it doesn't mean that your musical playlist has to be full of Wizzard & Cliff Richard if you don't want it to be there. When our acoustic roaming band The Travelling Hands perform at winter weddings we see a wide variety of decisions when it comes to Christmas songs. Some want to embrace the Christmas classics - adding these into their day. Others like a few placed in here and there, whilst some want to just stick to their favourite songs without any Christmas numbers added in at all.

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Wedding News: Your Forever After has become a part of  the Chamber of Commerce

Your Forever After has become a part of the Chamber of Commerce

Wedding planners, Your Forever After has become a part of the Chamber of Commerce in Lancashire. The owner, Deanna Melia, tells us: "We have attended events about reducing carbon footprint in our business and are continuously taking steps to do just that. We've taken part in training and business events, which can help with staying green and networking with other companies. It's amazing to be part of such a fantastic organisation.

"We've also launched a new blog on our website. Not only do we show you our magazine features, but we also discuss sustainability within the wedding industry."

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Wedding News: Outdated wedding laws need to change

Outdated wedding laws need to change

In an article earlier this year there was discussion and praise aimed towards the Government's plans to allow outdoor weddings to be made permanent. The article also highlighted the eagerly awaited Law Commission report into marriage laws, which was due to be published in July. Now it has been published and we have had some time for the dust to settle, Kate Van Rol, Barrister at 4PB has looked into these recommendations, "Are wedding laws at present 'confusing, outdated and restrictive' as the Commission suggest, or would the implementation of their suggestions trivialise weddings and commercialise the ceremony?". Kate continues...

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Wedding News: The Imperial Hotel Blackpool boasts sweeping views of the Irish sea

The Imperial Hotel Blackpool boasts sweeping views of the Irish sea

Situated on Blackpool's glorious seafront, the Imperial Hotel Blackpool boasts sweeping views of the Irish sea and a dramatic seascape that looks stunning as the sun sets. The venue's palatial décor is befitting of the royalty, stars and statesmen that have visited over the years. Built in red brick with cream accents, the Grade II listed Victorian gem has retained its historical integrity with beautiful chandeliers and filigreed mouldings.

The Churchill Room, Winston Churchill's private lounge during his time at No.10, is an intimate space with lushly-appointed dark wood and space for 40 guests. Opulent in gold and cream with exquisite chandeliers, the Louis Room is perfect for fairytale weddings with a statement infinity mirror and room for 50 loved ones for the ceremony and 80 for the reception.

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Wedding News: Christmas activities from The QHotels Collection

Christmas activities from The QHotels Collection

The festive season is almost upon us, bringing with it all that sparkles, from decorative baubles to candles, crackers, and colourful lights. But as December approaches, it's easy to let the time run away. So, The QHotels Collection list their top five ways to keep the sparkle alive, bring a little twinkle to your eye and warmth to your heart in the run-up to the holidays. 1.Start a countdown to Christmas - who says advent calendars are just for the kids? Extend the Christmas fun over the whole of December by finding a special way to countdown to the big day. Why not play a different Christmas song each day on your commute? To really get in the festive spirit why not book a festive activity for every weekend in December? It could be anything from making homemade wrapping paper to heading out to see the panto or enjoying a festive-themed afternoon tea with your mates.

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Wedding News: Get cosy this autumn with afternoon tea at The Belsfield Hotel

Get cosy this autumn with afternoon tea at The Belsfield Hotel

Get cosy this autumn with afternoon tea at The Belsfield Hotel. The luxurious four-star wedding venue, nestled on the banks of the majestic Lake Windermere, is offering afternoon tea from just £24.95 per person.The delicious range of afternoon teas, which are served from 12pm to 5pm, cater to all tastes and dietary requirements and allow guests to indulge in a sumptuous selection of homemade cakes, sandwiches, pastries and teas – the perfect way to stay toasty on a chilly autumn afternoon. The menu includes irresistible delicacies such as smoked salmon and cucumber sandwiches, raspberry crumble and plain and fruit buttermilk scones with strawberry jam and clotted cream. A plantbased menu is also available offering tempting delights such as falafel and roasted pepper sandwiches, mini-vegetable spring rolls, carrot cake, and scones with plant-based whipped cream. Gluten-free and dairy-free guests can also be catered for, and all afternoon teas can be upgraded to include a glass of champagne or prosecco.

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Wedding News: New hen party ideas at Bird & Blend Tea Co. venues

New hen party ideas at Bird & Blend Tea Co. venues

On various dates throughout December and January '23, and into 2023, Bird & Blend Tea Co. will host its two brand new workshops. A magic potions brewing & tea mixology workshop at Bird & Blend Tea Co - is for those keen on discovering and learning the mastery of potion making whilst mixing tea, and the science behind the magic. The special two-and-a-half hour workshop invites its guests to take an immersive step in to conjuring up shimmering, colour changing and whimsical potions...all whilst the smoke swirls, the smells take over and the senses awaken. As a VIP guest, wannabe magic and mixology makers will be treated to unlimited amounts of tea from an exciting selection of blends or tea cocktails.

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Wedding News: The Lowry Hotel is situated on the banks of the River Irwell

The Lowry Hotel is situated on the banks of the River Irwell

The Lowry Hotel is situated on the banks of the River Irwell and is inspired by nature. Boasting floor-to-ceiling windows that provide lots of natural light and striking views across Manchester, the hotel has a romantic atmosphere and modern blank canvas that can be transformed to suit any theme or colour scheme.

Weddings take place in two rooms depending on guest numbers. Intimate celebrations are held in the PDR, and the Ballroom can be used for large nuptials of up to 280 nearest and dearest.

A menu tasting is included as standard for all bookings, and bespoke overnight packages can be created for wedding guests

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Wedding News: Pantone’s Colour of The Year - we love it!

Pantone’s Colour of The Year - we love it!

Pantone's Colour of The Year, Viva Magenta, is oh-so gorgeous and perfect for wedding colour palettes whatever time of year. Claiming, 'It's a shade rooted in nature descending from the red family and expressive of a new signal of strength. Viva Magenta is brave and fearless, and a pulsating colour whose exuberance promotes a joyous and optimistic celebration, writing a new narrative,' how very appropriate for weddings!

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Wedding News: Lily Arkwright has put together a guide revealing the most popular time to propose

Lily Arkwright has put together a guide revealing the most popular time to propose

Based in Manchester, Lily Arkwright is a sustainable and ethical luxury online jeweller offering lab-grown moissanite, diamonds, coloured gemstone engagement rings, wedding bands and jewellery in a variety of 18K white, yellow, rose gold and platinum. With weddings back in full swing this year, Lily Arkwright has put together a guide revealing the most popular times to propose.

Festive proposals are the most popular with many rings purchased in the Black Friday sales. Just like weddings, proposals are immensely popular as the sun begins to shine in the UK and as more people prepare for romantic holidays. Lily Arkwright sees sales rise by 38 per cent in April as couples prepare for springtime proposals. This continues into the summer months as July proves to be a favoured month for engagement ring shopping.

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Wedding News: New Wedding Planner Journal & Keepsake collection

New Wedding Planner Journal & Keepsake collection

Just in time after the influx of festive proposals, Paper Crane Unique has announced the release of its Wedding Planner Journal & Keepsake collection launching January 2023. A bride- or groom-to-be's perfect planning companion; organise your wedding plans, write about your personal story and keep your photo memories safe altogether in one place that you can keep forever. The planners are 200 pages of wedding planning tools, inspiration boards, notes and journal sheets featuring a beautiful eucalyptus design inside, cloth cover and gold gilded edges. Priced at £32.95, the collection has a choice of four colours: classic ivory, blush pink, luxe gold and dusty blue.

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Wedding News: The Belsfield Hotel is situated within six acres of landscaped gardens

The Belsfield Hotel is situated within six acres of landscaped gardens

Situated within six acres of landscaped gardens and surrounded by the awe-inspiring natural beauty of the Lake District is The Belsfield Hotel. Boasting Victorian Italianate architecture throughout and a magnificent glass reception area, this luxurious four-star property combines style and elegance with classic British glamour. Each of its 62 designer hotel rooms feature attractive décor, elegant furnishings and delightful fabrics, providing a welcome retreat at the end of a wonderful day. Inside is a grand staircase which leads to the Drawing Room and Library, the perfect place to unwind in the evenings with a delicious cocktail or glass of wine and good company. Decorated with wallpaper from the classic Chinoiserie range, the décor stays true to the building's Victorian heritage.

Guests can relax and enjoy a drink whilst admiring the elegant accents and classic wooden furnishings of the Library and Drawing Room, which has space for up to 30 people.

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Wedding News: Luxe gifting brand launches

Luxe gifting brand launches

Brand new to the wedding scene, April & Bloom have a vision to redefine wedding gifting, by providing a range of elegant gifts for engagements, the bride-to-be, bridal party proposals and for 'the morning of'. The luxe gifting brand promises on-trend products and 'insta-worthy' moments, through its carefully curated range of signature floral gift boxes, wedding planners & notebooks, bespoke gift box service and wedding favours. Filled with stylish products from a range of desirable brands – including Whispering Angel, Pale Fox, Charbonnel et Walker, Chalke Valley and more – April & Bloom's signature keepsake gift boxes are unlike anything on the market, and come adorned with preserved posies, all wrapped up with luxurious ribbons and bows for those precious "wow" wedding moments. There are 13 signature keepsake gift boxes available from the April & Bloom website (aprilandbloom.uk), in blush, cream and neutral colour schemes.

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Wedding News: Introducing the talented Jukebox Band

Introducing the talented Jukebox Band

Jukebox Band provides a wide range of bespoke live music packages throughout the UK. Delivering high-quality entertainment for a range of events, including weddings and corporate events. The group pride themselves on their versatility and ability to offer a wide range of lineups, from background music options to a full 13-piece band.

Now in demand at more than 100 events per year, the highly-trained professional musicians provide the perfect backdrop to any occasion, be it large or small. Jukebox Band are renowned for outstanding talent and high-octane performances, and as a result, are now one of the busiest and most in-demand live-music providers in the industry today.

Jukebox Band will provide you with bespoke entertainment throughout your wedding celebrations, from the moment you walk down the aisle to partying on the dancefloor to your favourite music.

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Wedding News: Storrs Hall is offering a cosy autumn break, perfect for mini-moons

Storrs Hall is offering a cosy autumn break, perfect for mini-moons

Storrs Hall is offering a cosy autumn break, perfect for minimoons. The Lakeside Suites are a beautiful place from which to view Cumbria's autumn colours. Every year, the Lake District explodes into fiery hues, with the fells taking on stunning amber, gold and deep purple, and the still-warm weather combined with the quieter Lakeland streets, make it an idyllic time to visit.

Set apart from the main house of Storrs Hall, just steps from the shores of Windermere, The Lakeside Suites are vast in size, and each one has its own outdoor terrace with hot tub and glass walls to make the most of the views, huge beds, sofas with cosy blankets, a fire to stay toasty by and enormous bathrooms with freestanding baths, walk-in showers and double sinks.

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Wedding News: Cloisters Wedding Venue is a 16th-century converted church

Cloisters Wedding Venue is a 16th-century converted church

Cloisters Wedding Venue is a 16th-century converted church known as Bolton's hidden gem. This historic property boasts stained-glass windows, majestic arches and acres of breathtaking countryside. Inside, there are 132 bedrooms to choose from, 12 conference and event rooms and a restaurant with floor-to-ceiling windows.

There are plenty of areas where couples can tie the knot. The Cloisters Suite is a converted church with a private bar and an outside area that's capable of holding 350 guests throughout the day.

Alternatively, The Ashton Suite can be used. This modern space has a bar, dancefloor and room for 200 loved ones for the service and evening celebration.

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Wedding News: Winter weddings: how to create the perfect tablescape

Winter weddings: how to create the perfect tablescape

Creating the perfect tablescape to bring that wow factor is an important part of your wedding. But how does winter change things? Here, Suzanne Pearce from the interior experts Casa Bella offers some tips. Planning the aesthetic and decoration for your wedding is an exciting task, but it can be tricky to know how to adapt to the seasons when you are having a winter wedding, as so many classic wedding tablescapes are inspired by floral summer designs. But there's still plenty that you can do to incorporate the seasons and make your wedding table look as beautiful and atmospheric as you like. The added drama of seasonal foliage and scenery can add a whole new level to your winter wedding, and can make for some truly memorable photos. Here, we'll show you how you can create a beautiful winter wedding tablescape that's personal to you and your partner.

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Wedding News: Stylish advice for grooms, fathers-of-the-bride and ushers

Stylish advice for grooms, fathers-of-the-bride and ushers

Choosing your wedding dress is only part of the story when it comes to styling your big day. In order to achieve a coordinated look, it's important to think about what the men who make up the wedding party will be wearing. What you choose will ultimately come down to the style of wedding you're planning, the location and of course the time of year. Here Cliff Bashforth, MD of Colour Me Beautiful shares with us his advice on how to ensure that they not only look the part but feel comfortable too. Do not overlook the men who will be at your wedding. What they choose, or you tell them, to wear must complement what you are wearing and be consistent with the rest of the bridal party. A little guidance on colour and fit will ensure that they, too, look the part and feel comfortable.

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Wedding News: DM Bridal Accessories is a family-run business offering luxury jewellery and gifts

DM Bridal Accessories is a family-run business offering luxury jewellery and gifts

DM Bridal Accessories is a small family-run business in Chorley, Lancashire. The company was established in 2020 during the pandemic and launched its website in 2021.

They have a variety of different bridal hair accessories available, including headpieces such as combs, hairpins, tiaras and vines. They also offer a range of jewellery and are on hand to help you find the perfect pieces to complement your bridal look.

The team sources products to suit individuals, so if there isn't anything suitable on their website, they're happy to do the searching for you.

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