All the latest wedding news for couples getting married in the North East, along with bridal fashion and beauty inspiration and honeymoon ideas.
Tastebuds at the ready - check out Freezecakes!
With wedding season looking set to be bigger than ever this summer; couples may have to think outside of the box when it comes to al fresco catering options. With outdoor settings looking to be a popular this summer, then this new tantalising range of Freezecakes – the world's first scoopable frozen cheesecake served in a tub - will be a must-have at summer soirees. Here at County Wedding Magazines HQ, our mouths are watering just thinking about these heavenly delights so we're sure they'll be a hit with your big-day guests!
Posted: 16 April 2021
COVID hasn’t stopped the party
There are few words that we never thought we'd say so much in the last year: sanitiser, lockdown and masks are three that spring to mind! With traditional stag and hen dos off the agenda, it was time to get the thinking caps on and get creative: Zoom played a huge part, and so did.... face masks! Not the sort we're all now too familiar with, but the fun facemasks that always came out at parties and the only mask we really knew till the pandemic of 2020.
Posted: 14 April 2021
Check out this stunning shoot in the North East
Here at Your North East Wedding, we're in love with this beautiful shoot captured by Adam Johnson at AJ Photography. The fashion, portrait, and wedding photographer wanted to create almost a runaway bride shoot while showing the stark contrast between the princess-style ballgown against Newcastle City Centre's rawness. Susanne Shah at Rosa Bridal Boutique supplied the beautiful dress and accessories for the day. She says, "We were able to create documentary-style work showing some of the city's amazing bridges and the quayside in particular!
Posted: 13 April 2021
Five ways a cohabiting agreement can protect your assets
Cohabiting couples who have had to postpone their big day due to the coronavirus pandemic can look to interesting insights from family law experts about how their rights differ as an unmarried couple who are living together, with shared assets and children.With an estimated four out of five weddings postponed in 2020 due to the pandemic*, many couples may be wondering what they can do to protect themselves if marriage is not possible at present.By entering into a marriage, couples with shared assets, homes and children gain automatic rights, which can be considered by a court in the event of a divorce or the unfortunate passing of a partner.Family law experts at JMP Solicitors suggest couples who have had to postpone their wedding, but want to protect shared assets, may consider a cohabiting agreement.A cohabiting agreement, sometimes known as a 'living together' agreement, can cover a number of issues to be considered in the event of a separation such as property, bills, pensions, children and material assets.
Posted: 12 April 2021
Things to think about when gifting wedding money
As lockdown restrictions ease and the countdown to May 17th begins, couples will be eager to get their wedding plans back on track, so they can walk down the aisle to say those all-important words - 'I do'. The pandemic meant scores of couples had to postpone their big day and, for some, it meant cancelling altogether. Many will now be hoping they can get back to planning their celebrations. Although some couples may have been able to squirrel away more savings during lockdown, the cost of weddings, particularly as many may want bigger, more extravagant weddings after being apart from family and friends for so long, can run into the thousands. To help, parents, grandparents and other relatives may choose to gift money. Research from the Family Wealth Unlocked report by Prudential UK, found that one in six (16%) adults have received a financial gift to pay for their wedding. And this number could rise. For those considering or receiving a financial gift, Kirsty Anderson, Financial Planning Expert at Prudential UK shares four things couples should consider:
Posted: 9 April 2021
Win a luxury hen do worth up to £3,950!
After such a tough 2020 with so many weddings and hen parties cancelled, we are all eagerly awaiting this summer for that light at the end of the tunnel.We are delighted to introduce you to Kymani, the tailor-made group glamping company. Kymani offers bespoke luxury getaways in a choice of rural location for brides looking for something that bit different. Each site can be hired out on an exclusive basis so that groups have the entire place to themselves for a really special private getaway – all which will be set up in a completely safe, socially-distanced way.What makes Kymani different from other glamping operators is the ability for groups of up to 40 people to hire the sites out exclusively allowing you and your hens to get away from it all whilst having the whole place to yourselves.
Posted: 9 April 2021
Something new, something borrowed, something...green!
Sustainable weddings don't mean compromising on style or having to spend more - and here at County Wedding Magazines HQ we couldn't agree more! Often the sustainable choice is the most tasteful and affordable. There are great ways you can reduce waste and reuse materials that not only make your wedding planet-friendly, but also unique and memorable. Here, North London Waste Authority has some top tips for a sustainable wedding which will certainly still be stylish and beautiful...
Posted: 7 April 2021
Exchange vows at The Blackwell Grange Hotel
Nestled in wooded parkland on Darlington's outskirts, The Blackwell Grange Hotel is a stunning 17th-century mansion surrounded by beautiful countryside. Guests will arrive at the top of a sweeping driveway, and their first impressions will be of the beautiful lawned gardens. The hotel is like no other venue and has benefitted from an extensive refurbishment of public areas, giving the spaces a contemporary and sophisticated feel. The lounge area boasts a grand staircase, which provides an elegant backdrop for wedding photos.
Posted: 6 April 2021
2021’s biggest wedding flower trends
One of the biggest trends to emerge, and one like to stay is shopping local. Whether this is due to the Covid-19 crisis - either a response to flowers becoming harder to import or the pandemic inspiring people to support local businesses; or an overall trend of the UK becoming more environmentally conscious - is unclear, but what is clear is that supporting local is a great way to find unique and gorgeous flowers for your big day.Direct2florist has also revealed more trends to be inspired by....
Posted: 5 April 2021
Five alternative ways to get married
Desperate to pledge your eternal vows to your betrothed, but plagued by uncertainty over when you'll be allowed to do it? It's hard to pin down a date for a 'traditional' wedding right now and although things are looking more positive, who knows where we'll be by summertime? There are, however, lots of ways to say: 'I do'. And not all have to involve a big party. Liz Taylor is a luxury wedding planner, and hospitality consultant, of over thirty years' experience. Here she shares just some of her alternative ways to celebrate getting married, which are so unique that you won't miss the grand party.
Posted: 2 April 2021
Celebrate wedding season with Marokka
After the excitement of a wedding invite dropping through your letter box - or via email for those tech-savvy couples - after thinking about what you're going to wear, next is thoughts of the gift list! At Marokka to celebrate all couples that can finally have their weddings again, whether planning something intimate or waiting until later on in the year for larger celebrations, its curated a selection of wedding day gifts you'll fall in love with. In keeping with Marokka's core values of collaboration and giving back, each range is the result of a partnership with another like-minded business as well as a promise to donate 10% of each sale to charity.
Posted: 31 March 2021
Get married at Le Petit Château in Northumberland
Le Petit Château is a French country manor hotel with a shabby chicinterior blended with elegance and beauty. Couples can wanderhand-in-hand to the serene riverside for photographs, complete withbeautiful ruins and a wildfl ower meadow. Say 'I do' surrounded by 160 loved ones in the La Belle Époque. This gorgeous chapel ceremony room combines romance and fantasy with a crystal chandelier, marble fireplace and a storybook shingle thatched roof. Alternatively, the outdoor terrace can host al fresco ceremonies due to its retractable roof meaning outdoor nuptials can occur regardless of the British weather.
Posted: 30 March 2021
New wedding tablescapes from Setting Pretty
Here at County Wedding Magazines HQ we champion local wedding suppliers and think tying the knot close to home is also better for you, your loved ones and the planet! With abroad wedding looking uncertain for the next year or two, it's also another perfect reason to get married here in Blighty. Yes, you may not always have the sunnier weather, but why not bring a taste of the Mediterranean to your UK reception with this new range from Setting Pretty?
Posted: 29 March 2021
How to avoid the 10 most common wedding planning bust-ups
With potentially nearly 200,000 couples planning wedding this year, that's a whole lot of hormones, stress and tension flying about - after all, planning a wedding can be one of the hardest (but also greatest) life experiences to go through. To capture what causes the strops, tantrums, tears and everything else in-between when planning a wedding, jewellers Queensmith surveyed 1,000 married women about the build-up to their special day - here at County Wedding Magazines HQ we can certainly relate to a few!
Posted: 26 March 2021
Discover Hats & Glad Rags of Hexham
Hats & Glad Rags of Hexham has moved location and is now situated on Battle Hill, Hexham on the main road and the team are so excited to welcome customers! The store now sits proudly on theground floor with a fabulous window display. The business has a vast selection of hats, fascinators, mother-of-the-bride outfits, prom dresses, ballgowns and accessories available. The hardworking team pride themselves on customer care and can offer out of hours appointments if privacy is preferred.
Posted: 25 March 2021
Post-lockdown Brits most looking forward to attending weddings again!
2020's empty diaries belong well and truly in the bin; and although 2021 has been a bit of a write off too...pens at the ready...because from April 12th you can start putting dates in the diary again!From hair appointments, to weekends away, here at County Wedding Magazines HQ we're looking forward to it all; but research from Parkdean Resorts has discovered exactly what Brits are most looking forward to doing once lockdown eases and weddings feature high on the agenda.
Posted: 24 March 2021
Wedding guidance changed again, for the better!
For those planning on tying the knot this year, it's understandable you're feeling unsure of when or where the big day can take place. The Government has recently updated the guidance, once again, for weddings, in particular what you can and can't do from April the 12th with regards to hosting the nuptials. Here at County Wedding Magazines HQ we think this is a must-read, and it's also given us hope that the roadmap out of lockdown and the wedding industry will continue.
Posted: 24 March 2021
Discover this luxurious wedding space in Northumberland
Quirky, romantic and bold are a few words to describe Newton Hall, a traditional country house that offers luxurious wedding spaces and accommodation right by the sea. The whimsical grounds are just like a secret garden and here couples will find vintage-style beach huts, mazes and enchanted trees. The venue offers exclusivity to couples on the wedding day.The hall is the romantic heart of the estate, its historic splendour combined with a rustic interior makes the venue the perfect choice for a ceremony with 30 people. Or exchange vows in The Enchanted Chapel, a botanical wedding setting with a waterfall backdrop for 150 guests. The venue also offers outdoor ceremonies including beach blessings or dining in the dunes with up to 150 loved ones.
Posted: 23 March 2021
Engagement searches soar during lockdown
With the end of lockdown mapped out for us, engaged couples can finally start getting excited about being married surrounded by friends and family and planning the wedding of their dreams. But what effect did lockdown have on engagements? Research from Freemans found that lockdown may have brought couples closer together as engagement related searches are at an all-time high; and here at County Wedding Magazines HQ we think this summer is surely going to be the summer of love!
Posted: 22 March 2021