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Wedding News: Princess-themed Afternoon Tea arrives at Down Hall Hotel

Princess-themed Afternoon Tea arrives at Down Hall Hotel

Get your tiara at the ready as you step into a fairytale land where all dreams come true at luxury Down Hall Hotel, Spa & Estate, with its new enchanting Princess-themed Afternoon Tea events. Available during February Half-Term on 24th February and on various dates throughout the year, the hotel invites all prince and princess enthusiasts to an unforgettable afternoon with popular fictional characters from favourite classic and contemporary fairytales, including Cinderella, Snow White and Frozen's Elsa, who will be on hand to meet, greet and entertain younger guests.

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Wedding News: County Wedding Events coming to Fynn Valley, Suffolk!

County Wedding Events coming to Fynn Valley, Suffolk!

If you're newlyweds-to-be embarking on your wedding planning journey, pop along to the County Wedding Events wedding show at Fynn Valley, Suffolk for inspiration on Sunday 25th February 2024! Sister company to County Wedding Magazines, the event brings couples that are desperate for face-to-face wedding planning in touch with local professionals who are on hand to help plan the wedding day. From photographers to cake makers, musicians to florists you're sure to tick a lot off of your to-do list by attending one of our County Wedding Events. Fynn Valley Terrace is a fabulous oak-framed, purpose-built wedding venue near Ipswich, featuring stunning panoramic views across the golf course fairways, complemented by outside south-facing terraces and lawns for your guests to enjoy.

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Wedding News: The wedding gifts couples in 2024 really want...

The wedding gifts couples in 2024 really want...

When it comes to wedding planning, there is so much to think about, the same goes for wedding gift lists & etiquette. Gifting Guru at The Wedding Shop, Liza Baucher, answers you everything you need to know about wedding registries... In short, we advise adding 2-3 gifts per wedding guest invited. Adding a variety of gifts to your wedding list caters to the differing budgets and preferences of your guests. It's a thoughtful approach to include a wide range of items, from smaller, more affordable pieces to a few higher-end gifts. The key is balance and variety. Typically, having slightly more gifts than the number of guests or households invited allows for enough choice without overwhelming your guests.

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Wedding News: Footgolf at Cammas Hall Farm

Footgolf at Cammas Hall Farm

Footgolf has arrived at Cammas Hall! Get together with family and friends and enjoy the six-acre nine-hole footgolf course. The aim of the game is to kick the ball into the holes in as fewer shots as possible. It doesn't matter if you're an expert player or a novice, as it's fun for all! On average nine holes will take you between 45 minutes and 1 hour 15 minutes depending on your group size! The maximum group booking is six people. A great alternative to a date night! Or to get your hens together for a bit of fun!

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Wedding News: Wedding ring trends 2024 according to Queensmith

Wedding ring trends 2024 according to Queensmith

Symbolising unconditional love, devotion and commitment, wedding rings represent the union of marriage between two people and unlike engagement rings, they are worn by both. Often, wedding rings tend to be more simple and minimalist, but there are still so many different choices you can make from the metal colour, style and bandwidth. As such, experts at engagement and wedding ring jeweller, Queensmith, have released exclusive internal data to help guide couples on what wedding rings will be popular in 2024.

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Wedding News: County Wedding Events coming to Sandon Manor, Hertfordshire!

County Wedding Events coming to Sandon Manor, Hertfordshire!

If you're newlyweds-to-be embarking on your wedding planning journey, pop along to the County Wedding Events wedding show at Sandon Manor, for inspiration on Sunday 21st January 2024!Sister company to County Wedding Magazines, the event brings couples that are desperate for face-to-face wedding planning in touch with local professionals who are on hand to help plan the wedding day. From photographers to cake makers, musicians to florists you're sure to tick a lot off of your to-do list by attending one of our County Wedding Events.

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Wedding News: 2024 wedding trend: cocktails to serve at 70s-inspired weddings!

2024 wedding trend: cocktails to serve at 70s-inspired weddings!

Pinterest has launched its Pinterest Predicts report and '70s-inspired weddings are set to be huge in 2024, with searches for 'groovy wedding' increasing 170% and 'retro wedding theme' spiking 80%. Experts at NIO Cocktails have shared popular cocktails from the 1970s that you should serve at your retro wedding: "The era that brought us the rise of disco music, retro prints and bell bottom trousers also brought us a resurgence in classic cocktails and new ones, too! There were many cocktails that were popular in the 1970s and if you're wanting to throw the perfect '70s-inspired wedding, we'd definitely advise including our top three '70s cocktail picks in your wedding."

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Wedding News: Retreat into romance

Retreat into romance

Glass House offers a spa for those looking for a relaxing couples getaway, complete with luxury treatments and time to spend together by the pool, and a sanctuary for those focusing on self-love with mindfulness classes, body and mind nourishment and state-of-the-art facilities. As a purpose-built wellness retreat, Glass House is what you make it, always. So choose love this month, be it with your special someone, lifelong best friend, or yourself. At Glass House, all love is welcomed and celebrated.

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Wedding News: 2024 food and drink trends predicted by the experts

2024 food and drink trends predicted by the experts

From flexitarianism and the rise of sharing plates, to higher demand for whiskies and the rise in under-loved species of fish; here, renowned chefs and drink experts predict what will be the food and drink trends to take 2024 by storm - inspiration for your big-day catering too, with so much choice it will be hard to pick your favourite trend!

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Wedding News: Recharge and reset at Down Hall

Recharge and reset at Down Hall

Down Hall Hotel, Spa & Estate has unveiled two new wellness retreats, including Breathwork Weekend and Wellness Sound Bath Weekend for 2024. Set against 110-acres of stunning greenery and woodlands, the hotel makes an idyllic setting to switch off and fully immerse yourself in the hotel's tranquil workshops as you escape the daily grinds of everyday life. Wellness Retreats will be available from 21st January and run throughout the year.

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Wedding News: Celebrate your wedding day with Niche Cocktails

Celebrate your wedding day with Niche Cocktails

If you want to serve amazing cocktails on the big day, then Niche Cocktails has you covered with its premium ready-to-drink canned cocktails. Perfect for kick-starting the celebrations, Niche Cocktails' range of all-natural cocktails taste just as good (if not better) than the ones you'd make from scratch, meaning that cocktail-loving couples can serve their favourite combos on their wedding day - why not enjoy your favourite tipples on your hen/stag or sten do too! Pre-mixed to ensure there's one less thing to worry about, you and your guests can enjoy a tasty tipple with Niche's delicious range that is so simple to serve. Each can can be poured straight into a glass or into a shaker with ice, allowing your guests more time for mingling.

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Wedding News: Should I get a prenup ahead of my wedding?

Should I get a prenup ahead of my wedding?

Should I get a prenup ahead of my wedding? If you're planning your wedding, it's likely you're experiencing a whole mix of emotions! On the one hand, you'll be on cloud nine and feeling so excited. On the other, the stress can often get the better of you, no matter how in love you are. The planning, the preparation and the pressure can be overwhelming at times. In amongst all of this, you may not be thinking about putting measures in place to protect yourself in the event of the relationship one day breaking down. Whilst not the most romantic of things to be thinking about, an ever-growing number of couples are turning to prenuptial agreements ('prenups') to safeguard their money and assets before they begin their marriage and post nuptial agreements thereafter. At Stowe Family Law, we have seen enquiries for prenups increase by a quarter in the last year.

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Wedding News: Add some sparkle to your special day

Add some sparkle to your special day

Wedding season is so close, and 2024 is about becoming more sustainable and DIY-focused. Creating a loving and ambient environment for the big day is easily achieved without spending a lot of money. Buckinghamshire based company, Sparkle Lighting, provides the prettiest indoor and outdoor fairy lights to ensure your wedding is enveloped in a romantic glow throughout the day and night.

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Wedding News: Most popular day for marriage proposals revealed

Most popular day for marriage proposals revealed

New research has revealed the most common dates for marriage proposals in the UK, with Christmas Day, New Year's Eve and Valentine's Day taking the top three spots. In order to delve into engagement trends, a UK wedding venue has conducted a survey of married, engaged and single people... More than 2,700 people aged 18 and over took part in the research, 76% of whom were married or engaged and 24% of whom had not been engaged yet. Respondents answered questions about their past proposals, or what they would want from a proposal in future. Wedding venue Hensol Castle first of all asked what date of the year anyone who was or had been engaged was asked for their hand in marriage (or did the asking), which revealed the following top five dates to be the most popular of the year:

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Wedding News: New luxury travel agent opens

New luxury travel agent opens

Vaycay Luxury Travel, has now opened its doors in Newland Street, Witham. They promise that from the moment that VayCay Luxury Travel starts to plan your holiday, until you return, you will receive their full attention and the excellent service that you deserve. So, if you're thinking of planning your honeymoon, do pop into the branch. The company says its extensive database of getaways could see travel fans sailing away on a luxurious cruise, taking an adventure trip down under, uncovering Carribean gems for a once-in-a-lifetime trip, and wherever else may be on your bucket list. For further information, visit: 119 Newland Street, Witham; or call 01245 207649

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Wedding News: 20 things to get us through January according to Brits

20 things to get us through January according to Brits

With Christmas over, and the most depressing month of the year in full swing researchers asked Brits to vote for the things which we love about the colder months, with snuggling up with a blanket the top choice! The research, conducted by luxury ski resorts Club Med, also revealed a Sunday roast helps us get through the chilliest days, as over a quarter (27 per cent) love the smell of a roast dinner wafting through the house.

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Wedding News: 2024 wedding trends from the experts

2024 wedding trends from the experts

Emma Gold, founder of GSP Events, an events production agency responsible for some of the most iconic weddings of the last 27 years, unveils the 2024 wedding trends along with other experts in the industry..."Another trend we are seeing more and more of – the hotel buyout; guests are keen for total exclusivity and privacy for their guests. It is no longer enough to simply take a few rooms or the events spaces for the day or the weekend. Going forward, guests are taking over entire hotels. Clients of ours this year had the Maybourne Riviera for the weekend. One event was hosted there, with best friends and family all accommodated in the hotel. It means the celebrations never stop, and it allows guests to spend good quality down time together too. From a logistical perspective, it's hugely helpful in ensuring guests are at the right place at the right time; but also, what a dream to be able to have all your loved ones in one place."

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Wedding News: The best alcohol-free drinks to serve at weddings?

The best alcohol-free drinks to serve at weddings?

Discover the delightful range of award-winning non-alcoholic beverages from Mocktails which will make the perfect accompaniment to alcohol-free weddings and hen/stag dos! The ready-to-drink beverages are perfect for those looking to embrace the benefits of alcohol-free without compromising on flavour. Mocktails offer a delectable collection of flavours, each carefully crafted with the finest ingredients, spices, and botanicals sourced from around the world. Mixology-inspired and uniquely crafted, drinks include Mockarita, Sansgria, Mockscow Mule, Mockapolitan and Espress0% Martini. Mocktails' beverages are made with real fruit juices, exotic and natural flavours, and pure cane sugar.

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Wedding News: County Wedding Events coming to Hintlesham Hall, Suffolk!

County Wedding Events coming to Hintlesham Hall, Suffolk!

If you're newlyweds-to-be embarking on your wedding planning journey, pop along to the County Wedding Events wedding show at Hintlesham Hall, Suffolk, for inspiration on Sunday 7th January 2024! Sister company to County Wedding Magazines, the event brings couples that are desperate for face-to-face wedding planning in touch with local professionals who are on hand to help plan the wedding day. From photographers to cake makers, musicians to florists you're sure to tick a lot off of your to-do list by attending one of our County Wedding Events.

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Wedding News: 1 in 7 couples buy wedding insurance at short notice

1 in 7 couples buy wedding insurance at short notice

Christmas and New Year is the most popular time to get engaged* but research from wedding insurance specialist, CoverMyWedding.co.uk, reveals that couples might not be financially protecting all their purchases. One in seven (16%)** couples buy wedding insurance within 100 days of their wedding, according to CoverMyWedding.co.uk, leaving them potentially missing out on protection if they have already started putting down deposits and making payments. Wedding insurance often only covers items booked and bought after it is purchased, so it is important to buy it as soon as possible and before any big bookings or purchases are made, as depending on your insurer, they may not be included.

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