All the latest wedding news for couples getting married in the North East, along with bridal fashion and beauty inspiration and honeymoon ideas.
Wedding Wine Guide Q&A with Sarah Knowles part three!
Sarah Knowles MW joined The Wine Society in March 2014 and passed her Masters of Wine qualification in 2015. She is responsible for Champagne, North America and Italy, as well as overseeing the portfolio of sparkling wines and spirits; so, there really is no better person to be advising you and answering all of your wedding questions? Red or white for a meat course? Wine or Champagne for your wedding toast? This final instalment in our three-part guide - check back over the last two Fridays if you missed one and two - answers your final questions!
Posted: 20 May 2022
Award-winning quirky bars based in Consett
Located in Consett, Nickynoo Quirky Mobile Bars is thrilled to have won three awards after working hard to help create special weddings with exceptional service.
The team is over the moon to have been recognised for their hard work and are excited to kick start this year's wedding season, which is already looking to be the busiest year to date.
The company has won the following awards: Best Vintage Mobile Bar Hire in County Durham by Northern Enterprise Awards; Mobile Bar Company of the Year from the Corporate LiveWire Awards 2021/22; and, Mobile Bar hire of the Year - North England (Durham) in the North England Prestige Awards 2021/22.
Posted: 19 May 2022
Women propose new wedding trend
Until recently engagement rings were seen as exclusively a female item of jewellery but the team at Ingle & Rhode believe the time has come for both sexes to enjoy a little engagement bling. They have already sold several of the rings to women who were planning to propose to their partners and are confident the trend will continue to gain pace. Ingle & Rhode's mens rings include items fashioned from gold and platinum with many featuring ethically sourced diamonds, sapphires, emeralds and other precious stones. There's something for most budgets with women able to choose from a modest ring for their man from as little as £495 or go for something more blingy up to £11,950.
Posted: 18 May 2022
Northumberland make-up artist has exciting offer
Based in Northumberland, Make-up my Wedding by Michelle is currently offering 20 per cent off new bookings when couples quote YNEWM22 before 31st July, 2022.
After more than 20 years' experience in the beauty industry, owner Michelle Brooks works all around the north of England. The business specialises in bridal make-up and hairstyling alongside many beauty treatments – giving brides the ultimate pampering experience. By working with clients, the company creates tailor-made packages to accommodate all types of weddings and can include trials for brides and bridal parties, hen-do pamper parties, make-up lessons and more!
Posted: 17 May 2022
Looking to tie the knot outside? Make sure it's legal!
Here at County Wedding Magazines HQ we welcome any changes in the law that allow people to marry more freely. Following the Government's recent announcement that they'll permanently be making outdoor marriages across the UK legal, following temporary legislation introduced during the pandemic, this is great news to the thousands of couples who have creative outdoor ideas for their weddings. However, there is still a criteria which couples must meet in order for a wedding ceremony to be legally valid, and it's important that couples don't get caught out. Barrister Kate Van Rol at 4PB advises on how to navigate the legality of getting married in an outdoor setting.
Posted: 16 May 2022
Wedding Wine Guide Q&A with Sarah Knowles part two!
Sarah Knowles MW joined The Wine Society in March 2014 and passed her Masters of Wine qualification in 2015. She is responsible for Champagne, North America and Italy, as well as overseeing the portfolio of sparkling wines and spirits; so, there really is no better person to be advising you and answering all of your wedding questions? Red or white for a meat course? Wine or Champagne for your wedding toast? This is the second part in our three part guide, check back here every Friday to have these questions answered!
Posted: 13 May 2022
New opening for the Wedding Wardrobe in Durham
Nestled in Durham, Wedding Wardrobe has announced the opening of its new Bridal Sewing Rooms, due to open in spring 2022.
The team is currently renovating a gorgeous space in Chester-le-Street and will be offering brides alteration services in a beautiful setting. After purchasing their gown from any boutique, clients can tweak their design and ensure the perfect fit thanks to the experienced seamstresses. The Bridal Sewing Rooms is the perfect place for clients to continue their wedding journey in style, and all appointments will be private with space to bring guests along.
Posted: 12 May 2022
Experts reveal what to write on a wedding card
The wedding season is upon us, with couples across the country bringing people together to celebrate getting married, but have you ever been lost for words when writing your special congratulations on a card? Searches for 'what to write in a wedding card' increased by +300% in the past 12 months1, indicating that people are struggling for words. To help, greetings card marketplace, thortful.com has collated the top things to write on a couples' wedding card.
Posted: 11 May 2022
New wedding packages from County Durham venue
Situated in County Durham, Ramside Hall Hotel Golf and Spa has released the Just the Two of Us wedding package, which is popular with couples opting for an intimate wedding without loved ones.
The experience allows pairs to exchange vows in one of three tree houses without worrying about the hassle of guest list politics, and the hotel even provides a legal witness. Following the "I dos", lovebirds can enjoy drinks on the wraparound balcony followed by a romantic dinner with a bottle of wine. They can enjoy their first moments as newlyweds in their chosen treehouse, which includes accommodation and a private hot tub. The following day, couples can explore the award-winning spa and enjoy a one-hour treatment.
Posted: 10 May 2022
Tying the knot over Jubilee weekend in June?
When planning your wedding day, when booking it on any date between the 2nd to 5th of June, I bet you didn't realise that the whole world would be having a celebration with you! But here at County Wedding Magazines HQ we think you should embrace the Queen's Platinum Jubilee and make it part of your wedding celebrations. From afternoon tea to quirky union jack favours, there's a whole host of fun and royal touches you can add to proceedings. To help you along, Cadbury has some great limited-edition products that have just hit the shelves to celebrate the Platinum Jubilee and keep your hungry wedding guests happy, kids and adults alike!
Posted: 9 May 2022
Must-have hen do accessories from TeamHen
Here at County Wedding Magazines HQ we adore the products from TeamHen - super-cool and on trend, the chic range is the perfect way to accompany your hen party bridal look! The brand's latest offering, the Luxury Tulle Bow Veil, is no exception. Featuring a beautiful, creamy white sating bow, it's bee paired with a soft white tulle veil measuring 80cm. Conveniently attached to a clip, you can just pop it in and away you go!
Posted: 6 May 2022
Award win for Northumberland wedding venue
Situated in Northumberland, Ellingham Hall has been awarded Event Team of the Year at The Wedding Industry Awards 2022.
The event took place at The Vermont Hotel and highlighted talented companies from England, Scotland and Wales. Set in eight acres, the hall has been offering exclusive weddings for more than 15 years and has a team of 40 hardworking individuals.
General manager David Fordham-Scott says, "The award is not just an accolade for the event team; it acknowledges the tremendous effort that every single member of staff makes for our couples. We're now excited about going through to the national finals."
Posted: 5 May 2022
Innovative new way for sharing big-day memories
WeSnapthat is a free event photo sharing app, which is private and secure and means you won't miss out on all of the pictures friends and family are taking on your wedding day. Founder, Tarandip Rehall, says, 'After attending several weddings, I noticed that professional wedding photographers took over the event and guests felt a little left out. I could see that guests were taking loads of photos and videos, and I was wondering were all those beautiful moments that were captured ever be seen by the bride and groom or other guests. Hence WeSnapThat was created to help remove the hassle of chasing and missing out of photos and videos, plus the app get attendees to be more engaged with your event and make it more joyful as they feel part of your special day.'
Posted: 5 May 2022
Expert tips for elevating your drinks offering
From cocktail stations to party favours, David Cooper from glassware company Forever Crystal shares his top tips on how to get creative with your drinks on the big day. Here are four inspiration ideas for your wedding drinks and toast with something special when you say, 'I do'! Signature cocktails: While you might want to give your guests an open bar, hiring bar staff and footing the bill can end up being an expensive gesture. One way to sidestep this added cost while still providing some free refreshment is to make your own batch of signature cocktails. Choose two mixed drinks or cocktails that you know your guests love and stock up on plenty of ingredients before the big day. For a spring or summer wedding, mixed drinks like Pimm's and lemonade or gin and elderflower tonic are great options, especially as you can provide bowls of fruit and mint leaves to use as a garnish.
Posted: 5 May 2022
Getting married in 2022? Experts reveal the top five wedding cake trends
With full-scale weddings back up and running, having a show-stopping cake is more important than ever. If you're walking down the aisle this year and in the process of finalising your menu, you must ensure that you are up to date with the latest trends so you can choose the perfect wedding cake.
From delicate florals to bright colours and sculptured designs, experts from AYRE Events share the most popular up and coming trends to keep in mind.
Posted: 4 May 2022
Vumbura Plains: The perfect honeymoon destination for adventure seekers
Wilderness Safaris Vumbura Plains, set in the heart of the Okavango Delta World Heritage Site in Botswana, has reopened after an extensive refurbishment of both the camp's exteriors and interiors.
The refreshed look and feel showcases its sense of place and culture, enhanced by an outstanding menu and courteous hospitality. Vumbura offers holiday-makers a sublime African wilderness journey, prepare to experience arguably the best wildlife encounters in the Delta on your honeymoon.
"With its iconic Delta landscapes and phenomenally diverse habitats, Vumbura is truly a must-visit safari choice, one that unreservedly celebrates the best of Botswana's natural and cultural heritage."
Posted: 4 May 2022
Calling all North East sweet lovers!
Situated in Northamptonshire, Sweet Lounge Gummies provides high-quality sweets made from natural ingredients. The business first launched in 2014 and the team has been working hard to create delicious sweets that are all vegan and don't include any artificial colours or flavours. The staff are thrilled to be launching in stores around the North East with five of its popular gummies in its core range, including Fruity Bears, Fizzy Blue Raspberry Bottles, Fizzy Strawberry Hearts, Fizzy Cola Bottles and Fizzy Fruity Bears. The company uses environmentally friendly packaging that's 100 per cent plastic-free and are all compostable.
Posted: 3 May 2022
Upcoming showcases for renowned band
The Blue Lion Band are live music experts, wedding enthusiasts, and party starters. They offer high energy live music for weddings, festivals, private functions, and corporate events. Their band size is fully customisable from 3 to 14 musicians, making them the perfect fit for any event budget or style. Blue Lion's talented musicians have performed with renowned artists including Ellie Goulding, Kanye West, Mark Knopfler, Tom Jones, George Michael, Gotye, and Alicia Keys. They work to make every event unforgettable, creating and delivering high-energy, fun performances to keep the dance floor jumping. This talented crew will create a set list to suit your musical preferences, from elegant classical music or string pop covers for the ceremony, to jazz during cocktail hour, and dance music to get the crowd going during the reception. If you're planning a destination wedding, Blue Lion Band travels around the world! They are available to perform at events throughout the United Kingdom and for travel to France, Italy, Spain, Germany, and more.
Posted: 3 May 2022
Wedding Wine Guide Q&A with Sarah Knowles part one!
Sarah Knowles MW joined The Wine Society in March 2014 and passed her Masters of Wine qualification in 2015. She is responsible for Champagne, North America and Italy, as well as overseeing the portfolio of sparkling wines and spirits; so, there really is no better person to be advising you and answering all of your wedding questions? Red or white for a meat course? Wine or Champagne for your wedding toast? Read our three part guide over the next three weeks (check back here every Friday) to have these questions answered!
Posted: 3 May 2022
The most iconic cars used by celebrities on their wedding day
As a wedding present, David Beckham gifted his 22-year-old son a £380k vintage Jaguar. In light of this, classic car insurance broker Heritage has looked back on the top five most iconic celebrity wedding cars in recent history.
Mark Wilkinson, Managing Director at Heritage comments: "Classic cars offer a timeless appeal, and they are a great choice because they offer some fun, flair and nostalgia to the day's celebrations, allowing the happy couple to fuse flamboyance and tradition"
Posted: 29 April 2022
Events planner becomes a North East celebrant
After more than 20 years in the wedding industry as an events planner, Donna Hartley-Redfearn has been working hard to become qualified as a celebrant and has launched North East Wedding Celebrant to offer couples meaningful and personal ceremonies.
Donna says, "Being a celebrant has been a secret dream of mine and the lockdown gave me the opportunity to train to become one – I've never looked back." The company has a laid-back approach perfect for couples who crave something a little different on their wedding day. Donna adds, "Whether that be an eco-style ceremony in the forest, a modern ceremony in an urban warehouse or an intimate elopement on a mountainside – no two wedding ceremonies should be the same."
Posted: 28 April 2022
11 of the biggest wedding trends of 2022 - according to a professional wedding planner
2022 is surely going to be the year of the weddings - after many had to postpone their earlier dates due to Covid. And with weddings, comes wedding trends. Illy Goodall, founder of Illy Elizabeth Weddings, is here to tell you all about them.
With 2022 being the biggest wedding season on record, an estimated 2.5 million weddings are set to take place this year, according to The Wedding Report, here's all you need to know on 2022's wedding trends, according to Illy.
Posted: 27 April 2022
New Northumberland wedding venue - Marshall Meadows Manor House
Situated in Northumberland, Marshall Meadows Manor House is a stunning new Georgian venue that has opened after being recently renovated.
The team has been working hard behind the scenes to create the perfect luxury hotel that provides a tranquil setting for customers. Couples can tie the knot in the beautiful Coast House, dine in The Lowry Room, enjoy drinks receptions and canapés in the tranquil gardens and after a full day of celebrating, guests can relax in the stunning bedrooms that sleep up to forty people in total.
This property will wow all guests with breathtaking sea views that provide plenty of photographic opportunities.
Posted: 26 April 2022
How to have a wedding that's unique to you
Planning your wedding can seem overwhelming, especially with so many traditions out there that you might feel you need to to include in your big day. But if a traditional approach isn't your kind of thing, adding elements unique to you can make the day feel all the more special.
The occasion is dedicated to you and your partner, so it's the perfect opportunity to infuse your interests as a couple into your celebration. Thinking of which personal touches to include may be tough, so here we're going to discuss some ideas that will assist you in making your special day all about you.
Posted: 25 April 2022
Find County Wedding Magazines on YouTube
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Posted: 25 April 2022