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Your Herts and Beds Wedding news and ideas from around the area

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

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Thinking about a crash-diet for the wedding? Don't do it!

With wedding season upon us, a new plan, devised by nutrition and fitness experts at PowerWave, the portable home-gym training device, has been launched to help brides (and grooms) get ready for their special day. Created by PowerWave founder "Coach" Jay Laville, its free healthy weight loss guide covers everything from macros to mindset, calories to caffeine and from sugar to sleep. It is also packed full of healthy recipe ideas and inspirational advice from the PowerWave team.

Posted: 1 July 2022

LBC Weddings and Events has a new wedding discount

Located in Hertfordshire, LBC Weddings and Events is currently offering 10 per cent off on-the-day coordination for all 2022 weddings. As couples approach their big day, they may need someone to manage the event and be their eyes, ears and voice throughout the day. That's where the team come in to help support pairs so they can focus solely on soaking up all the amazing moments while celebrating with loved ones. The company started back in 2020, and the team works hard to provide couples with exceptional service and takes any added stress away from nearlyweds.

Posted: 30 June 2022

Loved-up Brits turn to puzzles to pop the question

A new craze sweeping the UK is seeing hundreds of people send their partners a puzzle to crack that unlocks a code to a video or text message comprising the four magical words: "Will you marry me?"! However, if you're already engaged fear not, as you can use this same innovative idea for wedding day messages, or asking your loved ones to be your bridesmaid and groomsmen etc. The craze of 'puzzle proposals' was sparked by the launch of a website in July 2020, after a locked down London-based couple, Bobbie Jackson and Will Hall, found themselves with a fair bit of time on their hands. They proceeded to spend the first months of lockdown in their kitchen creating puzzles to surprise family and friends with.

Posted: 29 June 2022

The Grove has a new package perfect for pre-wedding getaways

Steeped in history, The Grove has a new package perfect for pre-wedding getaways. The Great Escape two-night package is the ideal opportunity to relax and take a break from wedding planning. Pairs can use the property's bikes to explore the stunning grounds, nearby countryside and canals to discover picture-perfect spaces. The whole family can practice their golf skills in a 60-minute lesson with a PGA Professional. Families can make unforgettable memories with a choice of activities to pick from. Why not get in the saddle and enjoy the venue's newly-launched Pony Club for those staying in the school holidays with kids?

Posted: 27 June 2022

New wedding favour collection from Macmillan Cancer Support

Macmillan's new collection of wedding favours are beautifully crafted and are a great way to thank guests, honour absent friends and raise money for the growing number of people living with cancer in the UK. new range this year includes something to suit every taste, including a variety of cultural and religious favours and rainbow pin badges. 100% of the profits of every wedding favour purchase from Macmillan's shop will help the charity to continue doing whatever it takes to support the millions of people living with cancer across the UK.

Posted: 27 June 2022

Bespoke wedding gifting for celebrity-loving couples

Wedding season is here and to mark the occasion Cameo, the celebrity engagement platform, has analysed data from the site over the past 12 months, finding star James Buckley as the most booked when it comes to helping a couple pop the big question, nail a cheeky hen/stag party video, or to help deliver the perfect message for a wedding gift. Buckley, known best for his performance as Jay Cartwright in the hit comedy series The Inbetweeners has been involved in hundreds of wedding-related Cameo messages, making him the most booked celeb on the platform across all three occasions (engagements, stag / hen parties, wedding gifts).

Posted: 25 June 2022

The Photography Show & The Video Show launches its First Ever Wedding Album of The Year competition

The Photography Show & The Video Show is launching its first ever Wedding Album of the Year competition to celebrate the best of the best from all around the country; showcasing the talent and craft of professional photographers and album makers in the UK and championing the power of print. There's nothing like a beautifully designed and presented wedding album to immortalise a couple's special day - a permanent and tangible reminder of those happy memories and moments, to be enjoyed for years to come. Wedding Album of the Year will celebrate these memories and the photographers that captured them.

Posted: 24 June 2022

What to do if your wedding day doesn’t go as planned

Many couples plan their wedding down to even the most minute of details, but ethical jewellery experts at Ingle & Rhode understand that unfortunately no one's big day goes exactly as planned. You may forget something at home, some guests may be late or the day just might not be going how you envisioned it. That's why the team at Ingle & Rhode are giving their advice on what to do if your wedding day doesn't go exactly how you thought it would as well as providing tips on planning ahead with things like photography and weather - we do live n the UK after all!

Posted: 24 June 2022

Bottle Bazaar Ltd is currently offering a discount for weddings

Calling all wine lovers! Founded in 2013 by wine expert India Marshall-Roads, Bottle Bazaar Ltd is currently offering readers 10 per cent off wedding bookings made before August 2022. To receive the discount, all couples have to do is use the code YHBW10 online at checkout. Couples can get creative with the wine bottles with a vast library of designs to choose from. Why not tie the venue décor into the wine, use the bottles as table numbers or give them to the bridal party for gifts – the options are endless! Bottle Bazaar lets pairs personalise individual bottles of prosecco, champagne or their favourite wine by choosing a label and adding words and maybe even a photo.

Posted: 23 June 2022

New jazz night in the heart of London’s King’s Cross

A stylish hotspot in the heart of London's King's Cross, luxury Grade II listed Great Northern Hotel is bringing back the glitz and glamour of the golden age of jazz with its Jazz & Negroni Nights – with the next event in this new series confirmed for the 28th June. Taking place from 6.30pm onwards, the buzzy GNH Bar and Terrace will offer vibrant live music and a delicious new signature Negroni menu - the perfect excuse to take a break from the wedmin and enjoy a pre- or post-wedding get-together!

Posted: 23 June 2022

Game, Set, Match & Afternoon Tea at Down Hall

From 27th June to 10th July, renowned wedding venue Down Hall is serving up an ace limited-edition tennis-themed afternoon tea to celebrate the return of the famous grass court Grand Slam. What better time to take a break from the wedmin and indulge in some pre-wedding R&R. What's more, with the hotel boasting hard tennis and Padel courts, you can get in some ball action at the same time! The Perfect Match: Begin with a refreshing glass of Pimm's, before tucking into a selection of delicate finger sandwiches such as honey roast ham with wholegrain mustard and truffled egg mayonnaise alongside a mouth-watering brie and caramelised onion quiche!

Posted: 23 June 2022

Start saving for your hen and stag do

According to a study by Hotels.com®, 2022 is the year to go bigger and bolder than ever when it comes to planning your hen/sten/stag do - we're all making up for lost time over the past two years! After 2020/21 nearlyweds had to reschedule a stag or hen party, this year revellers are using more holiday days and spending more money than ever to celebrate their friend's final months of unmarried life in style. The study found the average pre-wedding celebration now costs a whopping £242 compared to the more subtle cost of £150 in 2012. Nearly 47% of those surveyed believe that these pre-wedding celebrations have become more extravagant over the last decade, with 46% of travellers believing it's because people have been saving up and have larger budgets to spend on these special occasions over the pandemic.

Posted: 22 June 2022

New packages from Bedford's The Rufus Centre

Located in on the outskirts of Flitwick in Bedfordshire, The Rufus Centre has launched a new wedding package for couples. The property is the perfect location for special events with elegant areas, spacious grounds and a hardworking team who will help couples plan their perfect day. The blank-canvas spaces allow pairs to personalise their wedding to match themes and colour schemes. The complete Inclusive Wedding Celebration Package caters for 50-day guests and 100 in the evenings. Here's what's included...

Posted: 21 June 2022

Scotland to run out of kilts this summer as wedding bookings soar

Scotland could run out of kilts this summer with many suppliers already closing their books due to record demand. With two years of delayed weddings now able to go ahead, along with this year's planned ceremonies, the iconic ceremonial dress is in short supply meaning the unthinkable could happen; Scotland may actually run out of kilts! David Dalrymple of A1 Kilt Hire said, "We have never seen such a high level of demand for kilt hire. The pandemic has created a record number of wedding bookings for the summer; some people have been waiting since early 2020 to tie the knot, there's also those people who cancelled in 2021 plus couples who had always planned to get married in 2022 all trying to secure a kilt for their big day. Everyone needs one at the same time and although we've managed to accommodate all requests so far, others have already reached their capacity for the whole summer."

Posted: 20 June 2022

The songs millennials want played for their first dance

Over the past year, UK searches for 'first dance songs 2022' have increased by +1,300%, whilst searches for 'first dance ideas for non-dancers have increased by +300% showing that more couples are looking for inspiration. The first dance is likely to be one of the most memorable moments of your wedding, so naturally, newlyweds are determined to pick the most suitable song. A decision needs to be made whether to choose an old classic or maybe the new love song that's currently in the charts.

Posted: 19 June 2022

World Martini Day 18th June - shaken or stirred?

World Martini Day - which could also be James Bond day! - is on the 18th June. And whether you like it shaken like Mr Bond himself, or stirred for something different, wet or dry, however you like your favourite tipple celebrate with five Gin Martini cocktails from Aviation Gin, Cotswolds Dry Gin, Mermaid Gin, Pinkster Gin and Perthyn Low Alcohol Spirit. What's more, the following provides drinks-piration for wedding day cocktails you might want to try... here at County Wedding Magazines HQ we can't pick our fav! Bottoms up!

Posted: 18 June 2022

Speak up! Wedding Toasts 101

Author of new book Wedding Toasts 101 The Guide to the Perfect Wedding Speech, Pete Honsberger, walks the reader through the building blocks of making a great speech, anecdotes and advice from past weddings, and an easy-to-follow checklist to make sure you hit all your points. An essential read for the wedding couple and the bridal party, this humorous guide will take the fear out of public speaking - what's more you might even enjoy it!

Posted: 17 June 2022

Hobbycraft Biggleswade grand store opening

On Saturday 11th June Hobbycraft, the UK's largest arts and crafts retailer, opened its store at A1 Retail Park, Biggleswade. The store team of crafty experts are on hand to help with top tips and advice on products and crafting techniques. Alongside an array of products for experts and beginners alike, the store also has a dedicated Custom Crafting area introducing customers to digital personalisation. Customers of the A1 Retail Park store will also be able to sign up to an array of craft workshops, designed to give everyone the opportunity to master a new craft or refine a long-time favourite. The workshops are suitable for the whole family with specific kids' sessions also available. Prices start at £5 and can be booked online via Hobbycraft ClassBento.

Posted: 16 June 2022

Yes you can! New launch from Vin du Can

Newly launched Vin du Can, is a convenient single serve wine in a can perfect for al fresco drinking this summer at wedding celebrations. Whether it's on the day itself, or a pre- or post-wedding get-togethers, the range includes three varietals, Pale Rosé, French Sauvignon Blanc and Argentinian Malbec. All three are vegan friendly and packaged in aluminium cans which are fast to chill and 100% recyclable. The Vin du Can logo sits prominently at the front of the can and is surrounded by etched wine glasses and a number of these represent fun line drawings of people and animals.

Posted: 15 June 2022

New engagement party service from LBC Weddings and Events

Located in Hertfordshire, LBC Weddings and Events is currently offering an engagement party service to allow couples to celebrate in style with an epic party at home or at any chosen venue. The package includes all that's need to impress guests. From a grand entrance with a choice of carpets, lanterns and cylinder vases, to a choice of a neon sign and LED light-up letters there's a whole host of venue styling and decor times in the package.

Posted: 14 June 2022

UK wedding guests to spend £15.6 billion in 2022

Spending by wedding guests has risen again this year as they enjoy a return to restriction-free ceremonies across the UK in 2022. New research from American Express reveals that British wedding goers will spend £883 on average to attend each wedding this year equating to £15.6 billion across the population, with guests spending more on accommodation, travel, outfits and hair, beauty & grooming compared to 2021. Of those who have or are planning to spend more on weddings this year, a third (33%) say this is because they want to celebrate with friends and family who they haven't seen as much due to the pandemic, while 27% say they are happier to spend more now that restrictions have been removed.

Posted: 13 June 2022

Top ways to save money and have that dream wedding

With wedding season now in full swing, brides and grooms to be will all agree that with so much to plan for, from clothes and shoes to flowers and photography, costs can soon escalate. But saying 'I do' doesn't mean you have to break the bank, Anita Naik, Consumer Editor at VoucherCodes.co.uk shares this brilliant money saving tip to help make your dream big day a little more cost effective... and it's all in the timing!

Posted: 11 June 2022

Two new designers at Bedfordshire boutique

Nestled in the heart of Bedfordshire, Lotte Rose Bridal is adding two new luxury designers to its rails. Brides-to-be can now try gorgeous gowns by Enzoani and Vera Wang Bride, two of the top designers that create fashion-forward dresses. Enzoani is all about lace, glamour and highlighting curves with sensational fits, think illusion lace and figure-hugging silhouettes. Vera Wang Bride showcases signature clean and elegant fabrics with couture details. Other designers available in-store include Pronovias, Morilee, Evie Young Bridal, Riki Dalal and Watters Designs.

Posted: 9 June 2022

7 things to consider when planning a same-sex wedding

June is Pride month! Unbelievably, same-sex weddings are fairly new in the UK, having only become legal in 2014, so for LGBTQ+ couples planning their big day, it's about doing what feels right for you as a couple. Lisa Forde, wedding expert and founder of stationery favourites Tree of Hearts, said: "A wedding is all about celebrating your special love for one another so if anything that is deemed a 'wedding tradition' that doesn't make sense to you or feels outdated then you can simply ignore it.

Posted: 9 June 2022

Check out this styled shoot at Hinwick Hall House & Gardens

When I first saw the images from this styled shoot at Hinwick Hall House & Gardens, I
instantly fell in love! Shoot coordinator Gemma Harris at Gemma Harris Hair Design
brought together a team of talented suppliers to create an elegant day with romantic and
modern touches. Valentina Val Photo captured the day perfectly and owner Valentina Ledyukova says, "We were inspired to showcase a diversity in brides, and our goal was to show that every person is beautiful. The hair and make-up was focused on soft natural beauty with an added touch of glam. We opted for flowing and romantic gowns for the models and then we switched to a more fitted-glam look later in the evening.

Posted: 8 June 2022

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