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Your Bristol and Somerset Wedding news and ideas from around the county

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

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Rookery Bridal in Axbridge has launched a new exciting concept

Rookery Bridal in Axbridge has launched a new exciting concept: Boutique Tasters and Take a Look Thursdays. The store opened up on the evening of 23rd June for its first Boutique Taster event, where brides could enjoy a glass of prosecco and a nibble or two while browsing the beautiful collection. It proved to be a great opportunity for those overwhelmed by the idea of dress shopping for the first time to do so in a relaxed manner, while chatting to the experts who were happy to offer as much advice as they could. Some of the boutique's recommended suppliers were also invited along, so there was even more to see alongside the dresses, bridesmaids' attire, veils and accessories.

Posted: 22 September 2022

Top tips on how to save money on a hen-do

Hen-dos provide a great opportunity to bring together your nearest and dearest for pre-wedding celebration and excitement. However, with many brides now opting for more exotic or expensive locations for their celebrations, the cost of a hen-do can quickly add up. Anita Naik, Savings Expert at VoucherCodes.co.uk, has some great tips on how to make savings on your upcoming hen-party: Take advantage of drinks packages – Nightclubs are synonymous with hen-dos, however entry and drinks can get pretty pricey. Venues will often offer discounts on pre-purchased drinks packages so it's worth checking what deals you can strike before getting there.

Posted: 21 September 2022

How to wear pink when attending weddings

With Breast Cancer Awareness month approaching, Cliff Bashforth, managing director of Colour Me Beautiful, shares his top tips on how to wear pink!

"The key to wearing pink is to ensure that it doesn't wear you, says Cliff, "Cooler skin tones look amazing in cerise or hot pinks, indeed most shades from dusty rose to bright fuchsia, whilst warmer skin tones will always look their best in coral or salmon pinks. Dark hair and bright eyes - opt for the boldest, brightest hues you can find. Hot pink (cool), mango (warm). If your eyes are dark choose a deeper shade such as fuchsia (cool) or salmon pink (warm).

Posted: 20 September 2022

Batch Country House is a cosy home with a traditional farmhouse feel

A comfortable home with a traditional farmhouse feel, Batch Country House boasts cosy lounge areas and ample space. An exclusive-use venue it only hosts one wedding per day. The venue's beautiful, award- winning landscaped gardens overlook the Mendip Hills, and you'll find plenty of water features dotted around including ponds, waterfalls and fountains. Plus, the outdoor photo opportunities are endless.

Batch Country House is licensed for indoor and outdoor civil ceremonies. Outside, the garden gazebo is available and can seat up to 130 loved ones. Indoor ceremonies are held in the Somerset Suite with beams, minster fireplace and hand-crafted oak doors. It can seat up to 120 for the ceremony.

Posted: 20 September 2022

The Photography Show & The Video Show is open today!

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: 17 September 2022

Roberto Valenzuela - Super Stage speaker at The Photography Show this weekend!

At The Photography Show this weekend, Roberto Valenzuela - a photographer, author, and educator based in Beverly Hills, CA - will discuss and demonstrate what to do to transform your photography, and photography business, from average to remarkable. Roberto will share some powerful personal stories that propelled his business into the spotlight in the US and around the world and how to turn your business into a career you can rely on. As a member of the prestigious Canon Explorers of Light group, Roberto is one of the most influential photographers in the world. He's developed his unique teaching style by following the same rigorous regimen he developed as a professional concert classical guitarist and educator before becoming a photographer - he believes that it's not talent but deliberate practice that is at the core of skill and achievement!

Posted: 16 September 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: 16 September 2022

The best ways to save money as a wedding guest

Attending a wedding can be one of the most joyous times of the year but it can also be one of the most expensive too, from things such as gifts to drinks. The frugal team at NetVoucherCodes.co.uk have explored special ways for wedding guests to enjoy the festivities without the worry of overspending. Taking on group initiatives such as splitting the taxi costs and getting a group gift can cut wedding expenses in half. Rebecca Bobbington, online consumer expert from NetVoucherCodes.co.uk said: "We wanted to give those attending a wedding some useful tricks to make the big day less of a financial burden....

Posted: 16 September 2022

Flower Preservation Workshop has launched a new range of luxury paperweights

Wedding flowers often provide one of the most memorable talking points of a big day's styling, however they are also sadly fleeting. Not so, if you opt to have them preserved though. Enter the Flower Preservation Workshop. The team here can capture and preserve your bridal bouquet or wedding flowers forever in handmade, bespoke floral paperweights or beaded bracelets. They're known for their custom designs and flower preservation expertise, so your beautiful blooms will be in safe hands; and your beautiful bouquet will be transformed into a gorgeous, everlasting resin keepsake.

Posted: 15 September 2022

Your big day: six tablescaping trends to look out for in 2023

Your wedding day is such a big event, and you'll want the table to really look it's best. Here, Kate Cartwright from the tableware brand Burleigh Pottery offers some tips on the trends coming up in 2023, so you can gain some inspiration for your tablescape. Your wedding is one of the most important events of your life, and so you'll naturally want everything to be as close to perfect as possible. The tablescape is no exception — your wedding table is where everyone will sit down and celebrate together at your special day, so you'll want it to look beautiful, both for the meal itself and the photos you'll keep to look back on in years to come. Here, we'll go through some new trends in wedding tablescapes for 2023, so that you can get a range of new ideas for how you might design your ideal place settings for yourself and your guests.

Posted: 14 September 2022

Roman Baths & Pump Room is an award-winning complex steeped in history

Situated at the heart of the World Heritage site, the Roman Baths & Pump Room is without doubt one of the most distinctive buildings in the country. The award-winning complex is steeped in history, with its origins dating back 2,000 years. A non-weather dependent venue, it's open to the elements, yet suitable for weddings as shelter is provided by the soffits of the terrace above. There are further undercover areas such as the East Baths and plunge pool, which form part of the museum by day.

Posted: 13 September 2022

Planning a Hen Do? Here are 6 ways to do it on a budget

With wedding traditions dying fast, modern couples are truly setting the bar for what's possible at contemporary nuptials. What will always be popular though, is the hen/stag or ('sten' if you're joining forces) do! Although, even these have altered in their format, gone are pub and nightclub crawls till the early morning, and in are wellness breaks, pottery and classes and the much-loved British Brunch! The UK's leading bottomless brunch platform, Bottomless Brunch, has compiled a list of ways you can save costs whilst planning an unforgettable hen party.

Posted: 12 September 2022

Wedding gift list ideas from designer Emma Britton

Decorative Glass Designer Emma Britton has launched a new glassware collection, Exotic Floral, which is proving very popular amongst guests looking for wedding day gifting ideas.Exotic Floral adds a touch tropical splendour to your table featuring dahlias, red hot pokers, canna lilies and digitalis firebird. This new floral design is inspired by the geometrics and structural beauty of these flowers and is etched on to various glassware items such as high balls, tumblers, wine glasses and champagne coupes - the latter is the perfect gift set of two for newlyweds.

Posted: 9 September 2022

Wedding Regency is offering our readers an exclusive 20% discount

Co-founders of planning business Wedding Regency, Sam and Vikki are on hand to work with you to make your dream W-day a reality. The duo offers a full planning service or on-the-day management only ensuring a completely stress-free celebration for you – just enjoy. These packages also mean that you can hand over as little or as much control of the big day as you wish. "Whatever your requirements, we'll work with you to make sure you have your perfect wedding," Sam says. But their planning prowess doesn't stop there as Sam and Vikki will also gladly assist in organising your bridal shower and stag party. In fact, with their help you need barely to lift a finger!

Posted: 8 September 2022

Orchardleigh is a family-owned country estate set within 500 acres of private parkland

Orchardleigh is a family-owned country estate boasting a 19th-century stately home, island church, 18-hole golf course and plenty of luxurious accommodation. Set within 500 acres of private parkland and lakes, Orchardleigh House and its accompanying grounds will be exclusively yours for the duration of your wedding day. With expansive gardens and views across the estate and lake, the venue offers no shortage of stunning backdrops for those all-important photographs. You have the choice of four locations for your vows. Inside there's The Ballroom (up to 100 guests) and The Great Hall (up to 144 guests).

Posted: 6 September 2022

Top five wedding cars from Avis car hire

There's no better way to live up to the wedding excitement than making a grand entrance. With over 508K #weddingcar posts on Instagram, there are endless options for couples to be spoilt for choice when picking their dream wedding car. From vintage classics to chic campervans, Avis has analysed and rounded up the most Instagram-worthy cars for your wedding day. These top five wedding cars have also been carefully selected by celebrities to honour their big day, so they have the power to make the couples the 'talk of the town,' on their special day.

Posted: 5 September 2022

Bespoke wine label offering

Pink Diesel, from the iconic Rosé region of Provence, France, has launched a bespoke label offering to help transform the wine selection on your big day. Personalised with a beautiful illustration these bottles will create a memory that can be cherished and shared with your family and friends. This one of a kind service is designed to help couples #FuelGoodTimes with magnum bottles of expertly crafted light rosé which serve 10 generous glasses for only £32.95 per bottle, plus a £70 design fee.

Posted: 2 September 2022

The Good Spa Guide recently announced its 2022 award winners

The Good Spa Guide recently announced its 2022 award winners, celebrating the best in spa excellence across the UK, and we're delighted to report that local lovely Aztec Hotel and Spa Bristol bagged the accolade for Best Boutique Spa!

Whether it's a special break with your bride tribe or a much-needed wedding de-stress with your intended, Aztec Hotel and Spa is a great spot in Bristol for some R&R, particularly with the new addition of the Relax Lounge.

A sophisticated, dedicated space for relaxation post-treatment, the Relax Lounge complete with pretty garden views is spacious and boasts a modern colour palette of muted grey and white tones, with luxurious wood flooring flowing into a carpeted seating area of sofas, club chairs and tables. All four treatment rooms have been recently refurbished too.

Posted: 1 September 2022

Bath Racecourse is one of the area’s most impressive wedding venues

Bath Racecourse, set in the hills just outside Bath city centre, burst onto the scene as one of the area's most impressive wedding venues following its 2016 multi-million-pound redevelopment. With a dedicated team and trusted suppliers, you're assured that you'll have everything you need to turn your big-day dreams into a reality. Standing proudly amongst beautiful grounds, the Racecourse offers a tranquil location with plenty of picturesque backdrops for those all-important photos.

The Royal Crescent is an elegantly decorated space, the perfect complement to any colour palette you may choose.

Posted: 30 August 2022

Budget friendly ways to propose to your bridesmaids

Weddings are one of the costliest events in life which get more expensive year on year. Asking your besties to be your bridesmaids is undoubtedly one of the most exciting parts of the process, however, this can soon chip away at your budget when looking at personalised presents or expensive goodie bags to pop the question to them. To help save some costs, greetings card specialist thortful (thortful.com) has shared five budget-friendly, yet fun and creative ways, to ask your besties to be your bridesmaids. From having a spa day at home to custom fortune cookies, these bridesmaid proposal ideas are sure to get the reaction you want without breaking the bank.

Posted: 29 August 2022

Before I Do - the honeymoon must-have, you won't put it down!

Here at County Wedding Magazines HQ we do love a good book to get our teeth into - not literally of course, cake's great for that - and the description for this new novel Before I Do from Sophie Cousens already has us hooked! What would you do if the one that got away turned up the night before your wedding? Audrey is marrying Josh; steady, dependable Josh, the love of her life. They share a flat and a bank account, and it's the only relationship that Audrey's ever had that feels like something she can put her trust in. But romance should be full of fireworks, and as the big day approaches, Audrey's found herself wondering if Josh really is 'the one'. So, when Josh's sister Miranda arrives at their rehearsal dinner with Fred - Audrey's 'What If?' guy, the man she met six years ago and had one amazing day with but never saw again - Audrey can't help but see it as a sign.

Posted: 26 August 2022

The UK’s oldest British caterer is celebrating its 175th anniversary

The UK's oldest British caterer is celebrating its 175th anniversary with the recreation of a royal wedding cake created by its founder, John Searcy, 126 years ago. The caterer has taken a trip back through its archives to the1896 royal wedding of Princess Maud, then the future Queen of Norway, to Prince Carl of Denmark. Considered the society wedding of the year, royal attendees included Queen Victoria, grandmother of the bride, the Prince and Princess of Wales, and the Crown Prince and Princess of Denmark.

Posted: 25 August 2022

Brits would end a relationship if they're not engaged after five years

With a +360% increase in Brits searching for 'how to hint at an engagement' and a +215% increase for a 'dream wedding'* it seems many Brits are eagerly waiting for their partner to pop the big question – but how long do Brits wait? A new study by greetings card marketplace thortful.com, who polled 1,000 Brits who are either engaged or newly married, revealed just how long you might be waiting for a ring and the nation's true thoughts on everything to do with getting engaged.

The study showed that our partners are proposing 7 months too late as the preferred waiting time is just 2 years. And, on average, Brits would call time on a relationship if they're still not engaged after 5 years of being in a relationship.

Posted: 24 August 2022

The Oakhouse Hotel is nestled in the historical town of Axbridge

Somerset's hidden Medieval gem, The Oakhouse Hotel is nestled in the historical town of Axbridge, Somerset at the foot of the Mendip Hills. Located just 45 minutes from Bristol and Taunton to the South and 15 minutes from Weston-Super-Mare it's easily accessible for guests wherever they're travelling from. A delightfully charming, classic English inn, The Oakhouse bursts with rustic elegance, ideal for any style of celebration. It can offer exclusive use, whereby the entire hotel with 10 en-suite bedrooms become private for your use for 24 hours – you and your guests can feel right at home as you access access to all areas. The Courthouse Gardens offer an endless spectrum of possibility allowing you to incorporate and enjoy this delightful outside space into your big day drinks reception, photographs and daytime marquee reception.

Posted: 23 August 2022

Natural ways to relieve wedding day nerves

Wedding day jitters are normal — but not necessarily welcome! In this article Jo Webber, Herbal Education Lead at Pukka Herbs, shares four natural ways to keep them at bay. Weddings are one of the most significant life events you can go through, so its no surprise that wedding day jitters are so common. Even the most committed couple are bound to get butterflies when standing up in front of everyone they know to say their vows, and no matter how excited you are to tie the knot, nerves before or even during the ceremony are completely normal. That said, no one wants nervousness and anxiety to get in the way of enjoying their big day. But how can you relieve your wedding day jitters in a natural way? Here, I'll share four simple methods for curbing your nerves ahead of a wedding.

Posted: 21 August 2022

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