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All the latest wedding news for couples getting married in the North East, along with bridal fashion and beauty inspiration and honeymoon ideas.

Wedding News: National Art Pass - perfect wedding gift for culture lovers

National Art Pass - perfect wedding gift for culture lovers

A National Art Pass is a great way to enjoy time at hundreds of museums, galleries and historic places across the UK, and the Double Membership makes the perfect wedding gift for any culture lovers! Annual membership is only £88.50* and lets the happy couple enjoy free entry to hundreds of cultural destinations, plus 50% off major exhibitions, and special shop and café discounts. What's more, two cards will be issued for the happy couple!

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Wedding News: Say 'I do' to shared planning - wedding expert shares tips for involving family and friends

Say 'I do' to shared planning - wedding expert shares tips for involving family and friends

Amy Greenshields, wedding expert at Card Factory has shared 7 tips to help you let your loved ones contribute.

Asking for help can be hard but getting friends and family involved in wedding planning can not only lighten the load but will also make them feel included and valued. Wedding planning contains many different elements, from table designs and seating charts to your floral bouquet, everything must be accounted for. A bride normally has the most influence over everything wedding-related, leading to as state of overwhelming stress. Why not share out the responsibilities – even the little ones can have a job!

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Wedding News: Dog-friendly stays at Seaham Hall

Dog-friendly stays at Seaham Hall

Seaham Hall, County Durham's prestigious five-star coastal hotel, warmly welcomes dog owners seeking an unforgettable experience for themselves and their furry companions. As recent statistics reveal, 34% of households now proudly home a pet dog and an impressive 50% of owners are making plans to travel with their beloved companions. The team behind Seaham Hall therefore understand the importance of providing exceptional pet-friendly accommodation to suit this rising demand, and therefore have a range of allocated dog-friendly suites on site for visitors to enjoy. In addition, recent surveys have also shown that 85% of travellers express a preference for staycations where they can bring their pets along, highlighting the significance of creating memorable experiences closer to home.

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Wedding News: Ginger Ray - An Introvert's Guide to surviving a hen party

Ginger Ray - An Introvert's Guide to surviving a hen party

So, you've got a hen party on the horizon, but the thought of navigating through a sea of social interactions is making you break into a cold sweat. Fear not introverts, we've got your back! Follow these top tips to make sure that you don't bring down the mood at the hen party and instead boost the atmosphere of the event. Hen parties are a chance to celebrate the lucky soon-to-be bride so make it a night she'll never forget! Jess Martin, Hen Party expert at Ginger Ray has shared 6 strategies to ensure that you not only survive, but actually enjoy the festivities:

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Wedding News: Sten dos are on the rise

Sten dos are on the rise

Stag and hen experts, Adventure Connections, say it is the 'Sten do' that takes traditional trends down! A mash-up of the separate parties, the Sten do provides a popular new way for the future bride and groom to be united before the big day. Rumoured to have been recreated by Harry and Megan, Sten dos prove to be the hottest way to party. Founder of Adventure Connections, Justin Sayers mentions that "things are changing when it comes to pre-wedding parties", so why not give it a try? Sten dos offer a cost-effective and inclusive solution to those separate gatherings, perfect for those with a large number of guests. Those shared memories are sure to be irreplaceable. Reduce your stress and make it a rave to remember!

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Wedding News: Dive into the world of muted colour palettes

Dive into the world of muted colour palettes

Rebecca Brennan-Brown, founder of GetWed, a team of wedding experts based in London, helping couples achieve dreamy, fun, and unpretentious weddings, dives into the world of muted colour palettes and shares her top tips and advice for channeling this aesthetic...In a world of Instagram algorithms and Pinterest boards that feed you new inspiration every five minutes, it can be tricky to choose a colour palette for your wedding, let alone stick to one. Do you go for classic, whimsical whites and greens? Or perhaps something bolder and more fun? Or maybe you've always envisioned a summery pastel palette. The options are endless.

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Wedding News: Personalisation is IN for 2024

Personalisation is IN for 2024

Crafty Brewing and Lola and Luna's collaboration reveals how personalisation is being brought to the forefront of 2024 weddings. The concept of personalisation is holding a key part in redefining 'tradition' and incorporating new captivating trends in every aspect of your magical event. Aimee, a wedding expert from a wedding planning and styling company says that "Over the past few years, weddings have increasingly started steering away from the same old conventions, and opting for bespoke options more frequently." From table plans set on where the couple first met, to embroidered napkins there are so many opportunities to add a personal touch on your big day.

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Wedding News: Scentscape your wedding day with Yankee Candle

Scentscape your wedding day with Yankee Candle

Scentscaping your wedding day is a trend that's going nowhere! Finding the right fragrance to shape the atmosphere of your wedding is an exciting part of the wedding planning journey you can do together - beats the wedmin too! Yankee Candle, and sister brand WoodWick, boast a wide collection of candles in all shapes, colours and sizes that would work perfectly for your nuptials, reception and big-day gifting. Imagine walking into you ceremony with the scent of pink cherry and vanilla surrounding you, or at your winter reception Pumpkin Cinnamon Swirl from Yankee's new collection will certainly set the tone of the proceedings and reflect the time of year. Once you've found your favourite candle, it's also something you can purchase time and again to evoke memories of the special event, alternatively gifting loved ones who supported you on your wedding day with a candle to the big-day fragrance will be a gift where guests can reminisce too!

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Wedding News: New wedding venue, Blackton Grange Estate, host styled shoot

New wedding venue, Blackton Grange Estate, host styled shoot

Amelia Ray Events are the proud venue managers of the brand new wedding venue in the North East, Blackton Grange Estate. Blackton is situated on a reservoir in Barnard Castle. The team at Amelia Ray Events and Blackton recently arranged a styled shoot at the venue. The styled shoot went amazingly, and the photos of the venue speak for themselves. The venue offers two or three day wedding packages which includes the barn for your wedding day, and the house for the two or three nights. The house sleeps upto 18 people and the cost includes a venue coordinator leading upto the day of your wedding, and support for 10 hours. The venue is completely DIY, therefore gives you free range to do what you want for your wedding day.

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Wedding News: Paperchase unveils wedding and hen party products collection

Paperchase unveils wedding and hen party products collection

The beloved brand Paperchase has recently launched an exclusive collection of wedding and hen party products. The new range features a wide selection of unique and sophisticated wedding staples and novelty hen products for great value prices, from stationery to decorative accessories. It is perfect for those tying the knot this year or planning a spectacular hen do. Looking for luxurious wedding invitations? but want to keep costs down? Well, the Ginger Ray Wedding Invitations with Envelopes (10pack with envelopes) with a classic cream finish they combine style with affordability for those looking to advertise their big day with a stunning opening number.

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Wedding News: Slaley Hall Hotel, Spa & Golf Resort is a stunning Edwardian mansion

Slaley Hall Hotel, Spa & Golf Resort is a stunning Edwardian mansion

Slaley Hall Hotel, Spa & Golf Resort is a stunning Edwardian mansion set in 1,000 acres of Northumberland countryside. Full of character, personal touches and charming backdrops, the venue has a choice of spaces for up to 300 guests and an ornamental Japanese garden perfect for those all-important photos.

Slaley Hall can cater for self-catering weddings, outdoor marquee celebrations or elegant indoor celebrations. The Priestman Room is decorated in an Edwardian style and boasts plenty of natural light, views of the golf course and space for 60 guests.

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Wedding News: Planning for the night ahead – wedding nightwear from Chelsea Peers

Planning for the night ahead – wedding nightwear from Chelsea Peers

West London based designer brand Chelsea Peers has an glamorous array of wedding nightwear for any bride on their special day, to complement the bride's style and luxurious taste. When wedding planning, you mainly focus on the particulars of the actual ceremony and the events of the day, however what about your first night as husband and wife? With Chelsea Peers, the elegant draping allows the bride to maintain an effortless silhouette while adding just a touch of splendour. For a spectacular wedding night, consider the chic and comfortable Satin Fringe Trim Long Pyjama Set – Ivory, that features a swishy flared shape that has plenty of movement, combined with smooth, lustrous satin.

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Wedding News: The Speech Surgery: modern day etiquette with Heidi Ellert McDermott, founder of Speechy

The Speech Surgery: modern day etiquette with Heidi Ellert McDermott, founder of Speechy

The Speech Surgery: modern day etiquette with Heidi Ellert McDermott, founder of Speechy, and author of The Modern Couple's Guide to Wedding Speeches: Some say addressing guests as 'ladies and gentlemen' is a mistake these days... what is the Modern newlywed speech etiquette? Let's start by saying (again) there are no wedding speech rules. When it comes to etiquette, it's simply a case of common sense and being polite. Honestly, that's it. When it comes to addressing your audience, 'Ladies and gentlemen' is becoming less common for two reasons.

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Wedding News: Bowburn Hall is a brick building that was originally a private home

Bowburn Hall is a brick building that was originally a private home

Bowburn Hall is a brick building that was originally a private home. Offering an exquisite combination of country house charm and 21st-century opulence, current owner Ramside Estates has extended the accommodation into the hotel's grounds with the addition of five new garden lodges.

Available to hire exclusively as a wedding venue for the whole day, the hotel's stunning ballroom makes for a memorable ceremony and reception space, capable of hosting 160 wedding breakfast guests and up to 250 in the evening. The ballroom also opens out onto landscaped gardens, perfect for drinks and canapés in the sun.

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Wedding News: Creative ways to preserve and display your wedding bouquet

Creative ways to preserve and display your wedding bouquet

Your wedding day is one of the most magical days of your life, so you'll no doubt want to hold onto your memories for as long as possible. Here, Clare Price from framing specialists Wall Space shares their tips for preserving your wedding bouquet for years to come. Preserving your wedding bouquet can be a wonderful way to keep the memories of your special day alive. Techniques like drying and pressing are some of the best methods of flower preservation, and there are countless ways to show off your preserved blooms in your home once you're done. With the tips and ideas below, you can create lasting reminders of your cherished moments and remember your special day for years to come.

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Wedding News: Experts reveal five wedding trends set to be huge this Summer

Experts reveal five wedding trends set to be huge this Summer

With the new season comes new colours and trends, and with that being said, experts at Diamonds Factory have predicted five wedding trends that are set to be big this Summer. Couples will step away from the traditional colour scheme "Stepping away from the traditional black and white formal attire, we expect to see many wedding parties embrace colour this Summer. We saw the mismatched bridesmaid dresses trend resurge in popularity in late 2023, and predict this trend will take off even further this Summer, especially now it's getting warmer and with people experimenting with colour more.

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Wedding News: The Speech Surgery: how long is too long?

The Speech Surgery: how long is too long?

The Speech Surgery: how long is too long? Heidi Ellert McDermott, founder of Speechy explores this. My groom says he's finished his speech and he's really happy with it but it's almost 2,000 words long. Is that too much? Yes. All speeches should be under ten minutes long. It seems obvious but I've seen several speeches (generally the best men) go well over half an hour, oblivious to the yawns or heckling. That's no more than 1,300 words maximum, allowing for pauses or laughter on the day. Remind your fiancé that his first draft is just the start of the writing process.

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Wedding News: Wedding favours for Kids: ToyChoc Box

Wedding favours for Kids: ToyChoc Box

PLAYin CHOC's ToyChoc boxes are a fantastic choice for entertaining kids at weddings. These eco-friendly, vegan, and allergen-free treats come in 100% recyclable packaging. Each box contains two creamy chocolate bars wrapped in compostable packaging, along with a 3D card puzzle toy featuring animals like endangered species, sea creatures, or dinosaurs - there's also a fun animal fact inside. At just £2.25 each on Amazon, these boxes are a budget-friendly addition to your wedding plans.

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Wedding News: Matfen Hall has received a prestigious AA Five-Star rating

Matfen Hall has received a prestigious AA Five-Star rating

Luxury hotel and country estate, Matfen Hall, has received a prestigious AA Five-Star rating, becoming the first and only five-star hotel in Northumberland. The exclusive country hotel impressed in a recent inspection and now boasts the coveted five-star rating, as it continues to drive forward its distinctive brand of hospitality. Grade II-listed Matfen Hall has recently undergone a multi-million pound refurbishment, which included extensive renovations and upgrades to its Great Hall, dining areas, bars and bedrooms. Nestled in the heart of Northumberland, Matfen Hall is a true escape to a luxurious world.

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Wedding News: Your ultimate guide to wedding gift etiquette

Your ultimate guide to wedding gift etiquette

It's that time of year again where our inboxes and mailboxes are full of beautifully designed wedding invitations, we're scouring the web for the perfect outfit and excitedly researching accommodation and travel. Being invited to a wedding is a gift and it is tradition to provide a gift to the happy couple. But, where to begin? Luckily we've sat down with Georgie Mitchell, Wedding Planner, Coordinator and Wedding Expert, at online fashion destination SilkFred, who has shared her ultimate guide to wedding gift giving from how much to spend to how to make your gift stand out on the present table.

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