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

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Is a pre-nup on your wedding to-do list?

Whilst this wedding season, most nearlyweds-to-be will be considering invites, dresses, venues and flowers, an increasing number will have pre-nuptial agreements on their minds before they walk down the aisle. Market research from leading consumer legal services company, Slater and Gordon, shows that more than half (53%) of unmarried couples would only consider getting married, if a pre-nuptial agreement was put in place. The research is following the news that Britney Spears and her new husband, Sam Asghari, signed an "iron-clad" prenuptial agreement before their wedding, last month. It is understood that one of the conditions of the document is that if the couple were to separate, Sam wouldn't be entitled to any of the tens of millions that Britney earned prior to their marriage.

Posted: 10 August 2022

Pick up a penguin experience with a summer visit to Birdland in Bourton-on-the-Water

Birdland Park and Gardens located in Bourton-on-the-Water, Gloucestershire will showcase more than 500 species of birds to thousands of visitors during the summer holidays. Located in the heart of the beautiful Cotswolds, the park's magical combination of wildlife, woodland, riverside and gardens makes it the perfect day out for couples enjoying a mini-moon in the region. A recent new development is the revamped penguin enclosure, with the atmospheric redesign transforming it into a sleepy fishing village. The above and below water viewing areas of Penguin Shore have also been updated with brand new glass, to give visitors a clearer view of some of the park's celebrity birds. They include Spike, who has his own popular social media presence after appearing in an advert for biscuits and on television with Sir David Attenborough, and Seth, the oldest male king penguin in Europe, Asia and Australia. Born in 1985, he starred in the blockbuster film Batman Returns, alongside the likes of Hollywood royalty such as Danny De Vito and Michelle Pfeiffer. The park's daily summer holiday programme includes flamingo, penguin and pelican feeds throughout the day. Visitors can head to the Encounter Zone, where they can meet giant tortoises, pet rabbits and guinea pigs, or come face to face with a snake. Venture into the Jurassic Journey and spot dozens of life-sized dinosaurs.

Posted: 9 August 2022

10 simple tips for a stress-free wedding

From trying to keep yourself and your spouse-to-be happy, to accommodating ample requests from friends and family, weddings can cause a lot of stress and anxiety during the planning period as well as on the big day itself. In the past year searches for 'wedding anxiety' have increased by +60% which highlights you're not the only one if you're feeling like this. To ensure couples have a wonderful and stress-free wedding experience, life insurance broker, Reassured has put together 10 helpful tips to reduce stress.

Posted: 7 August 2022

3 months for your father-in-law to like you!

A new survey, conducted by greetings card marketplace, thortful.com, has looked to reveal the time it takes father-in-laws to approve of their son/daughter's partner, revealing that the average amount of time is three months. The study quizzed 1,000 father-in-laws across the UK on how long it takes for them to approve of their son-in-law, as well as the attributes that are most important to them. It was found that a quarter of father-in-laws (25%) said they actually approved of their son/daughter partner from the first moment they met them, with just less than one in 10 (9%) taking 7 months or longer to approve.

Posted: 5 August 2022

The UK's most popular wedding venues

Here in the UK we're truly blessed with ample gorgeous wedding venues offering couples tying the knot in this country such variety; from historic castle to beach-side hotels, Victorian manor houses to tree houses and woodland weddings - the options really are endless. The wedding financial experts at money.co.uk analysed TripAdvisor to reveal the venues with the most mentions of 'weddings' in their reviews and then used Instagram data to discover which ones have been shared the most on the platform and ranked them from highest to lowest to reveal the most popular in the UK.

Posted: 4 August 2022

Burnham Beeches Hotel host Midweek Afternoon Tea offer

Welcome summer in quintessentially English style by making the most of Burnham Beeches Hotel's Midweek Afternoon Tea Offer. The Georgian hotel, set in the picturesque countryside of South Buckinghamshire, is offering afternoon tea for just £25 per person until September 30. The offer, which is available Monday to Thursday, allows guests to indulge in a delicious selection of homemade cakes, sandwiches, pastries and teas. The menu includes irresistible delicacies such as smoked salmon and lemon creme fraiche mini brioche bun, Welsh rarebit and leek tart, and plain and raisin buttermilk scones with Devonshire clotted cream and fruit preserves. A vegan menu is also available offering tempting delights such as hummus and beetroot sandwiches and homemade vegan scones with whipped coconut cream and preserves. The afternoon teas also include a glass of Prosecco and can be upgraded to a bottomless Prosecco for just £35 per person.

Posted: 4 August 2022

How low can you go when it comes to alcohol for summer weddings

With a bumper wedding season ahead in the UK this summer, make sure you cater for all your guests' needs and be sure to offer delicious no and low alcohol options at drinks wedding celebrations. With a range of great wine, cocktail or gin alternatives to stock up on this summer for the designated drivers and sober curious, there's something for all taste buds leaving guests happy, refreshed and clear-headed the next day - hallelujah to that!

Posted: 3 August 2022

Get the celebrity look with Wedding Car Gloucestershire

Get the celebrity look with Wedding Car Gloucestershire which provides an immaculate Rolls-Royce Silver Spur featuring a sleek blue leather interior. The hire price includes a bottle of champagne for the happy couple and decorative flowers to match the wedding theme. Kate Middleton and Princess Eugenie both arrived in style in a 1977 Rolls-Royce Phantom VI at their weddings and Kim Kardashian chose a fleet of Rolls-Royce Phantom Coupe vehicles when she tied the knot with Kris Humphries. When Kate Moss and Jamie Hince famously married in the Cotswolds, they used a fleet of six Rolls-Royce Silver Shadows to transport their 15 bridesmaids.

Posted: 2 August 2022

Multi award-winning wedding photographer to speak at The Photography Show this September

Multi award-winning wedding and portrait photographer Roberto Valenzuela, marine biologist and explorer Cristina Mittermeier and renowned landscape photographer Colin Prior are among the compelling line-up of global speakers at The Photography Show & The Video Show. They will be joined by Jack Harries, Christina Ebenezer, Kaylee Greer and Chase Jarvis among others, who all will share their expertise during this unmissable four-day event showcasing photography, taking place 17th to 20th September 2022 at Birmingham's NEC venue.

Posted: 2 August 2022

An alcohol free stag/hen do - 6 tips from the experts

Research by Hen Weekends & Stag Weekends found that over the past few years, the search terms 'alcohol free' and 'non alcoholic' have become increasingly popular, with the former having an increase of 1,941 monthly searches between January 2016 and January 2022. As well as this, the company looked at their own data from 2021 to find that almost half (36.7%) of their booked stag and hen weekends include at least one non-alcoholic activity. With a boost in non-alcoholic alternatives hitting the beverage scene covering everything from 0% beer to clean gin, there's ample choice to still have a celebration and still feel like and adult!

Posted: 1 August 2022

Tips on keeping your wedding dress safe pre- and post-wedding

While everyone has their own budget for the big day, nobody can deny weddings are an expensive business, with a total average bill hovering around £20,000-£30,000. The dress is likely to account for over £1,000 of this – and could cost much more if it's a designer number.

When asked, 86% of brides-to-be who haven't yet purchased their dress didn't know that it might be protected under their home insurance policy! comparethemarket.com has shared some helpful things to consider ahead of bringing home the special dress.

Posted: 31 July 2022

Duncan James from Blue and Claire Richards from Steps will sing at your wedding!

To celebrate the nation's love of cheese, as we head into wedding season, Mini Cheddars has brought together two pop icons - Duncan James from Blue and Claire Richards from Steps - in musical matrimony to form the ultimate wedding supergroup - Simply Wed. And one lucky couple will win an exclusive performance from 'Simply Wed' at their wedding this September. To mark the launch of the wedding supergroup, Mini Cheddars commissioned research revealing the ultimate wedding playlist with Dancing Queen by ABBA taking the top spot – 46 years after it was first released. A poll of 2,000 wedding guests saw Don't Stop Me Now by Queen and Neil Diamond's Sweet Caroline complete the top three. The 'big day' playlist also included Happy by Pharrell Williams, Toploader's Dancing in the Moonlight, as well as Mr Brightside by The Killers. Also featured in the top 40 were Single Ladies by Beyonce, 5,6,7,8 by Steps and One Love by Blue.

Posted: 29 July 2022

Celebrate weddings in style with tasty wines from Bordeaux

Wedding season is back and this year it is expected to be bigger than ever. Whether it's a traditional nuptials or a celebration party for a lockdown marriage, choosing the right drinks for the big day is essential. With everything from dry whites and crisp rosés to sparkling wines and modern, fruit-forward reds, Bordeaux delivers unparalleled wedding wine inspiration. Delight guests with a delicious sweet wine cocktail before moving on to something a little unexpected – perhaps a dry white from Entre-deux-Mers or an unoaked red wine from Saint-Emilion? Celene Opale Crémant de Bordeaux is an original choice for toasting the new union and a fresh and fruity rosé is perfect for dancing the night away.

Posted: 29 July 2022

Luxury Cotswolds Rentals offer properties with tennis courts for summer season

As the school holidays start, Luxury Cotswold Rentals selects its top tennis courts for a summer rally. Whether technically superb or in a sumptuous location, this summer there is nowhere better to improve your serve or perfect that backhand than on a beautiful court in the idyllic Cotswold countryside. Luxury Cotswold Rentals' concierge can also arrange tennis coaching to help guests hone their skills, whilst having fun of course! Children's lessons are tailored to be fun and engaging to support their enjoyment of the game, as well as their skills. Here is Luxury Cotswold Rentals' pick of the best, all with availability for Summer 2022: Sheepscombe House in Gloucestershire sleeping up to ten guests, Coombe End Manor between Cirencester and Cheltenham accommodating up to 20 people, Lower Farm Great Wolford welcoming up to 10 visitors, North Lodge on the Blenheim Estate sleeping up to 16 and Kirtlington Park in Oxfordshire for up to 16 guests.

Posted: 28 July 2022

Wedding flowers 2022 - which are the most popular?

Floral bouquets and decorations are still very much the focus of many couple's wedding plans. From pedestal displays to moongates and arches the choices are endless when it comes to displaying blooms on your big day. Based on UK Google Search Volume, wedding insurance specialists Protectivity's research has revealed the the most popular wedding flowers for 2022. What's more, if you don't know your cosmos from your hydrangeas, the team has provided advice on choosing your wedding flowers.

Posted: 27 July 2022

Wolsey Lodge offers summer staycation properties in Glos & Wilts

Celebrate the summer holidays with a stay at an award-winning Wolsey Lodge offering luxurious bed and breakfast accommodation, Wolsey Lodge is a non-profit membership that lodge owners join and to attain the Wolsey badge, they must live up to certain expectations of excellence. The many locations throughout the UK include countryside dwellings, coastal spots or those built near popular towns like the elegant Aylworth Manor that's situated just outside Cheltenham. The Granary at Aylworth Manor is a luxurious conversion sleeping up to four people nestled in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. It's home to two guest bedrooms, a large kitchen, diner and sitting room and a mezzanine area. Nestled in its own farmland in a picturesque Cotswold valley, it boasts unrivalled rural views and an all-weather tennis court. Guests wanting to explore will be close to the glorious gardens at National Trust property Hidcote and 100 miles of footpaths on the national trail Cotswold Way. Ox House based near Stroud also offers stylish self-catering sleeping up to four people and is nestled in the north Cotswold countryside. It was previously a dairy that's been converted to a bed and breakfast of the highest standards set on a working farm. It's built around a pretty walled garden and provides privacy and comfort in equal measure.

Posted: 26 July 2022

The most popular UK wedding locations

The UK is full of gorgeous locations that are perfect for weddings. From the rolling countryside to the history-rich cities, no picturesque location is out of reach for soon to be newly-weds. But, of all the places to tie the knot, where is the most popular? New data analysed by Surrey resort and wedding venue, Foxhills, has revealed the most popular wedding locations, showing the favourite places in the UK for all types of marriage ceremonies. By analysing data on the total number of weddings in a year and scoring them by how many times they occurred in various types of marriages, the most popular wedding locations in the entire nation have been discovered.

Posted: 25 July 2022

Most popular celebrity weddings of all time

New research by DC Jewellery has revealed the world's most popular celebrity weddings of all time, from Royal weddings to A-listers, when there's a famous couple tying the knot we can't help but want to know all the finer details: what did they where? Who was on the guest list? What cake did they have? The research proves that the world's fascination with British royalty is real. Meghan Markle and Prince Harry had the most popular celebrity wedding of all time (beating Kate and Wills), with a total of 301,600 Google searches since 2018 and 2,579,200 total Google searches in the last year alone. Kate and Prince William had the 6th most popular celebrity wedding of all time, with 1,050,600 searches in the last year, closely followed in 8th place by Kate's sister Pippa's wedding to James Matthews.

Posted: 23 July 2022

Couples are planning deluxe weddings

In the past couple of years, tying the knot has been challenging. Getting married is an important decision, and recent events had only contributed to rousing doubts and dilemmas around this life-changing milestone. Many couples resorted to intimating weddings that abided by government regulations. From Zoom ceremonies to short guest lists, brides and grooms have embraced the micro-wedding trend. But, as we cruise confidently back towards normality, large celebrations seem likely to make a welcomed return. This sparks one obvious question: how is the rise of big, jaunty ceremonies altering the plans of soon-to-be-married couples? Here, the team at Langley Castle, has taken a look at how we can expect to celebrate weddings in 2022, detailing both trends and tips you may want to consider for your own big special event.

Posted: 21 July 2022

Daylesford Organic announces dates for Wine Flight Suppers

Daylesford Organic has opened its new wine shop, The Wine Stall. Located at Daylesford Farm in Kingham, the Cotswolds, the new store is a one-stop-shop offering expert advice from Daylesford's team of specialists plus a collection of carefully curated wines from international producers including Rothschild wines from Bordeaux. In addition, lesser-known vineyards will be showcased in the collection, for example, Montlouis and the Loire Valley. Daylesford's wine experts will host daily drop-in tastings to share advice and insights on the range. Further events will take place throughout the year with a focus on seasonal wines and food pairings including Wine Flight Suppers hosted at Daylesford Farm's Trough & Legbar restaurant. Running on 12th August, 18th and 25th November, the suppers will showcase the best ingredients in season paired with curated wines from The Wine Stall. Monthly wine evenings will take place on the first Friday of every month to celebrate a curated range of the best vineyards, vignerons and wine estates from across the globe. The store will also offer private and bespoke tastings upon request.

Posted: 21 July 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: 20 July 2022

Out with the old - and in with the new wedding laws

The Law Commission of England and Wales has today outlined recommendations to reform weddings law that gives couples more choice over where and how their wedding takes place. This will be music to the ears of many couples who are currently restricted by many of the outdated regulations. The main law which governs marriage is from 1836 and it seems madness that modern couples are still having to adhere to these policies that do not reflect their beliefs or blended unions.

Posted: 19 July 2022

What your wedding favours say about you

The wholesale experts at WholesaleSweets.co.uk have looked at the sweet treats a couple chooses and what it says about them. Wedding favours are usually a small, fun and sweet way of saying thank you to guests for attending a wedding. Traditionally wedding favours were sugared coated almonds but over the years people have put their own spin on wedding favours and now give out things like sweets, jars of honey or jam and even mini shots. Kathryn Hague from Wholesale Sweets said: "Wedding favours have been around for years and it's really interesting to see what people choose for them these days.

Posted: 19 July 2022

Mystery stags and hens dos - reduce the stress!

2022 is the year of the re-organised Covid wedding, there will be around 350,000 weddings across the country this year which means nearly 700,000 hen/stag and sten dos! srprs.me, the world's leading mystery holiday provider, has collated its top tips for organising the least stressful, most spontaneous mystery trips perfect for stag and hen dos this summer - saving friendships from endless decision-making in the process. Anneke Nijenhuis, Chief Surprise Officer at srprs.me, wants to take the stress out of planning a stag or hen do with the following tips...

Posted: 17 July 2022

9 tips on how to prepare for an outdoor wedding

Outdoor weddings became increasingly popular during Covid due to restrictions and the safety of guests. However, the outdoor wedding trend looks like it's here to stay with celebrities like Kourtney Kardashian and Travis Barker recently hosting a beautiful outdoor wedding on the Amalfi Coast. A British summer's day can be enchanting, being surrounded by nature, the brilliant blue skies above, and an aisle strewn with flowers, a perfect setting for a magically romantic wedding. Planning an outdoor wedding requires several considerations from locations, decor, and weather, the experts at Queensmith have listed their top tips on how to be prepared for an outdoor wedding:

Posted: 16 July 2022

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