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Wedding News: 7 topics all couples should cover in a prenup

7 topics all couples should cover in a prenup

While a prenuptial agreement is unlikely to be on many people's wedding checklist, a family lawyer has urged couples who will be tying the knot in the coming months to consider making it a key priority. With research by the law firm revealing that Google searches for terms related to prenups including 'what is a prenup?', 'meaning of prenups' and 'prenups in the UK' have increased by 21% in the last three months compared to the three months previous, it is clear they are growing in popularity.

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Wedding News: Seaham Hall in County Durham, unveils new spa and wellness packages

Seaham Hall in County Durham, unveils new spa and wellness packages

Seaham Hall, one of Britain's leading five-star coastal hotels, has launched innovative 'Blue Health' spa and wellness packages at its award-winning Serenity Spa. The new offering is part of Seaham Hall's ongoing commitment to harnessing the mental and physical benefits associated with close proximity to the coast. The packages and treatments have been carefully formulated, taking inspiration from the hotel's stunning surroundings and the natural landscapes of the Durham Heritage Coast. Available from September 2023, Serenity Spa will welcome guests with the opportunity to indulge their senses with a special overnight experience in a Suite Sanctuary - one of the hotel's individually designed rooms - or with a spa day experience, aptly named Heart of the Hebrides, designed to transport guests to the Isle of Lewis - home to some of the purest waters in the world, healing springs and powerful seaweed varieties.

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Wedding News: Garden wedding ideas for the big day

Garden wedding ideas for the big day

Co-founder of Togather.com, Hugo Campbell, unveils garden wedding ideas for the big day. As wedding trends evolve, couples may be seeking unique ways to celebrate their special day. For those looking to embrace a laid-back atmosphere and the shabby chic aesthetic, from Ottolenghi-style dining and Aperol carts, to enchanting fairylights and the perfect venue. A festival theme: Many couples are looking for maximum flexibility and the ability to perfectly match their food to the vibe of the day. This summer Togather.com is seeing many couples opting for a festival feel for their food, hiring multiple different street food trucks and allowing their guests a choice of handheld food rather than a sit-down meal. This means they can cater to all sorts of dietary requirements and preferences as well as give their guests a more relaxed feel.

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Wedding News: How Brits are spending and saving on weddings in 2023

How Brits are spending and saving on weddings in 2023

New data from Barclays reveals how macro trends such as the cost-of-living crisis, inflation, and social media pressures are impacting weddings in 2023. The report combines proprietary spending data with a survey of 1,000 newlyweds and people engaged to be married to determine this year's top wedding trends and cost-saving behaviours. Two fifths (38 per cent) of newlyweds, and brides- and grooms-to-be are going over budget on their special day, with most of these couples citing the rising cost-of-living (51 per cent) and suppliers being more expensive than they anticipated (44 per cent) as the reasons for this increased spend.

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Wedding News: Truffle Tablescapes Launches Luxury Tableware Rental Range

Truffle Tablescapes Launches Luxury Tableware Rental Range

Truffle Tablescapes, a leading UK-based online tablescaping boutique, has launched its first range of rental tableware and accessories that is aimed at those wanting to decorate their lunch and supper parties, events or small weddings. Truffle has been helping at-home entertainers elevate their dinner party looks since it launched during the first lockdown in 2020. Founded by tablescaping expert and interiors lover Kate Fairlie, the brand has expanded again by launching an extensive, yet carefully curated, rental collection of luxury table linens and accessories.

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Wedding News: Sentimental gift ideas from Heads & Tails Jewellery

Sentimental gift ideas from Heads & Tails Jewellery

Heads & Tails Jewellery has been making personalised, beautifully designed jewellery for more than 10 years. The brand's innovative products can be treasured by your loved ones for years to come, making them ideal for wedding day gifting. Every handcrafted gift uses high-quality materials and is presented in a luxury gift bag or luxury gift box and comes with a 12 month warranty. Emma Pearson, owner of Heads & Tails Jewellery, shares her top advice for wedding day gifting.

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Wedding News: Weatherproofing your UK Wedding

Weatherproofing your UK Wedding

Outdoor weddings can create truly magical experiences, from fairytale forests to Bridgerton-style countryside escapes, being surrounded by the natural world, the sound of birdsong and a gentle breeze is a perfect day for some. We wish that were always the case, but no matter how meticulously you plan your wedding, the one thing that will always be beyond your control is the notoriously unpredictable Great British weather. Fulton Umbrellas have come up with a handy guide on how you can weatherproof your wedding.

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Wedding News: Attending a wedding this summer - save on travel costs

Attending a wedding this summer - save on travel costs

Now that wedding season is upon us, a recent survey by Railcard has revealed that wedding guests spend on average a whopping £402.90 on each wedding they attend. With 31% of Brits having attended between one and three weddings in the past two years, these sometimes-overlooked expenses can quickly rack up. In fact, 59% of those surveyed admit that they would decline a wedding invitation if the costs of attending were too high, showing that cost-savings to any wedding expense can really make the difference for those who RSVP 'Yes' or a regretful 'No'.

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Wedding News: Fall in love with Durham

Fall in love with Durham

If you're searching for a romantic setting for your big day, look no further than Durham. This beautiful county boasts idyllic countryside, a stunning coastline and an enchanting city, where a host of historic, modern and unique wedding venues are waiting to welcome you and your guests. Live out the fairytale: For the ultimate fairytale wedding, it will be love at first sight when you encounter one of Durham's magical castles. At Durham Castle itself you can tie the knot at the heart of Durham City's UNESCO World Heritage Site, while the beautifully situated Lumley Castle is a monument to a bygone age. Historic Walworth Castle dates back to the 12th century and is surrounded by 18 acres of gardens and woodland. And at Brancepeth Castle, brides and grooms have the freedom to arrange every aspect of their special day.

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Wedding News: Wedding speech pressure: top tips to nail it!

Wedding speech pressure: top tips to nail it!

Whether the best man, the bride or a family member, giving a speech at a wedding naturally comes with pressure to perform. In fact Dr Chris Hartley, a sport and performance psychologist working with Insure4Sport, has likened it to the pressure faced by professional sportspeople in a major event like a penalty kick or break point. Here, he shares top tips on how to cope with the weight of expectation, fear of failure when giving a wedding speech, using sport psychology techniques he employs when working with top athletes.

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Wedding News: Should more women taking the wedding speech spotlight

Should more women taking the wedding speech spotlight

More women should be taking the spotlight at big events, according to new research from learning and development company Good Shout. However, according to a new poll, conducted in partnership with YouGov, the very prospect fills two thirds of women (67%) with dread. Of those women in the UK who would refuse to give speeches at a wedding, 50% said that it was the "cringe factor" that held them back, i.e. being too self-conscious or feeling too awkward or uncomfortable in the situation.

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Wedding News: Tips for tying the knot while it’s hot

Tips for tying the knot while it’s hot

With Summer wedding season in full-swing and the English weather as unpredictable as ever, happy couples across the country may get more than what they bargained for when it comes to wishing for a sunny day. As temperatures across the UK already reaching highs of 30C and the Met Office predicting even hotter temperatures expected ahead, Samantha Gilchrist, former wedding photographer turned cofounder and CEO of The Gilchrist Collection, the UK's largest wedding venue collection, gives her expert advice gathered from over 15 years in the industry.

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Wedding News: Hen parties in UK more popular now

Hen parties in UK more popular now

Hen parties on UK soil are the number one choice for Brits, according to new research from Butlin's Big Weekenders. According to a study commissioned to mark the reopening of Butlin's Big Weekenders breaks in September, over half of Brits (53%) say a hen do in the UK is more appealing than one abroad and almost the same (54%) say a hen do is better on one resort where all the facilities are in one place. On a Butlin's Big Weekender guests can enjoy accommodation, food, drink entertainment, and activities all in one place. The adult-only weekends are available at all three resorts - Bognor Regis, Minehead and Skegness. What's more, organisation is key for British hens, as data reveals the most common time to plan a hen do is 3-4 months in advance, in stark comparison to men, who are most likely to plan a stag do just 2-3 days in advance!

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Wedding News: Most Instagrammable beach wedding venues in the UK

Most Instagrammable beach wedding venues in the UK

Wedding invitation company, Aura Print, analysed 70 of the most sought-after beach wedding destinations and discovered the UK's most Instagrammable coastal wedding venues. The stunning spot of Tunnels Beaches in Ilfracombe, Devon boasts over 13k hashtags on Instagram, making this the study's number one pick. Located on the beautiful North Devon coast, Tunnels Beaches is situated on a cliff top with hand carved tunnels down to a secluded private beach. The venue provides a thatched roof gazebo which overlooks the breathtaking Devon coastline for a picture-perfect backdrop

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Wedding News: North East glamping site named among the best in the UK

North East glamping site named among the best in the UK

Herding Hill Farm, near Haltwhistle, has been awarded an AA Platinum Pennant, which recognises the country's very best campsites and caravan parks, for both its glamping and camping facilities. Inspectors praised the luxury glamping accommodation and 'first-class' campsite facilities at the family-friendly site, which is less than a mile from Hadrian's Wall and attracts visitors from across the UK. The latest accolade from the AA comes after Herding Hill Farm was highly commended in the 2023 North East England Tourism Awards and achieved a five-star rating from Visit England.

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Wedding News: Brits feel judged on wedding gifts

Brits feel judged on wedding gifts

Almost one in five (20%) Brits feel judged by friends and family when they cannot afford wedding gifts and 14% say they feel judged when they can't afford to attend a wedding, stag or hen party. 81% are depending on a form of finance other than their main income to provide for their family New research has revealed that almost one in five Brits (20%) feel judged by friends and family when they cannot afford wedding gifts. A further 14% say they feel judged when they can't afford to attend a wedding, stag or hen party.

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Wedding News: Sara Davies, Fred Sirieix and Raj Somaiya revealed as BBC judges

Sara Davies, Fred Sirieix and Raj Somaiya revealed as BBC judges

Launching in August, BBC Two's Ultimate Wedding Planner will see eight wedding planners battle it out to prove they are Britain's next best wedding expert as they design spectacular ceremonies for six couples. Dragons' Den star Sara Davies, First Dates favourite Fred Sirieix and wedding industry expert Raj Somaiya will be the judges and mentors - overseeing the planners as they create dream weddings for our couples. Throughout the competition they will send home the weakest planner until just two remain in the final where the planners will face one final challenge to decide who will be crowned the winner.

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Wedding News: Escape from it all and Linden Hall Hotel

Escape from it all and Linden Hall Hotel

Northumberland's Linden Hall Hotel has seen a substantial rise in elopement weddings in the past months, as more couples opt for a ceremony for just the two of them. Wedding and special events planner Louise McMaster believes it's the desire to avoid family drama and save on costs that's driving the trend. "Covid changed the way we think about weddings, and even though normality has resumed, people's eyes were opened to the romance of a small affair," she says. "I've never seen this level of elopement weddings – it's definitely a big trend of the summer."

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Wedding News: The 'anti-wedding' wedding trends making their mark in 2023

The 'anti-wedding' wedding trends making their mark in 2023

'Anti-wedding' is the hottest new wedding trend this summer, from ditching tradition with bridal pant suits, short wedding dresses and mismatched bridesmaid dresses - get ready to see these trends everywhere this wedding season. Wedding supply experts at Aura Print have scoped out TikTok to serve up the top 10 anti-wedding wedding trends to look out for this summer. More people are ditching traditional for unconventional, allowing for their special day to be even more unique to the couple.

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Wedding News: New chef at Jesmond Dene House

New chef at Jesmond Dene House

Considering saying your vows at Jesmond Dene House? Be sure to pay a visit and sample the delicious creations on offer by new executive head chef Eddie Saint. Now overseeing all events at the house as well as the Fern Dining Room & Bar, Eddie has worked in various establishments throughout the North East, from Hotel du Vin, Eslington Villa and Riley's Fish Shack, before joining Jesmond Dene House in 2021 as senior sous chef. A keen lover of fish and homegrown produce, Eddie intends to plan events around these themes and bring some excitement to Jesmond Dene House, utilising the Secret Garden Kitchen for outdoor barbecues.

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