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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Meet Gaynor Page of wedding stationery company Topikki

Meet Gaynor Page of wedding stationery company Topikki

Not only do we love to support the local wedding industry, but keeping it regional helps reduce your carbon footprint too. Our region is home to some incredible companies who design, make and sell gorgeous items for weddings. This week, we introduce you to some of our favourite indie companies, who put their heart and soul into what they do. Today, we talk to wedding stationery Gaynor Page of Topikki to find out what amazing products she can bring to your wedding.... read more

Posted: 26 November 2020

NameSwitch series: It's all in a name - how to change your's post-vows!

NameSwitch series: It's all in a name - how to change your's post-vows!

After all the precious time spent planning a wedding, and then the excitement of the day itself, followed by a honeymoon of a lifetime, do couples ever think about the admin after the big day? If you're embracing modern independence and keeping your birth name - great news - if you're traditionalist and what to show your newly married status by taking the surname of your beloved - then what's it all about and how do you go about changing it?... read more

Posted: 25 November 2020

Meet jeweller Holly Berkley of Holly Berkley Jewellery

Meet jeweller Holly Berkley of Holly Berkley Jewellery

Our region is home to some incredible companies who design, make and sell gorgeous items for weddings. Not only do we love to support the local wedding industry, but keeping it regional helps reduce your carbon footprint too. We introduce you to some of our favourite indie companies, who put their heart and soul into what they do. Today, we talk to Holly Berkley of Holly Berkley Jewellery in Shepton Mallet to find out what amazing jewellery and accessories she can bring to your wedding.... read more

Posted: 24 November 2020

Almost Mr & Mrs gifts for would-be brides and grooms

Almost Mr & Mrs gifts for would-be brides and grooms

Exclusively for Christmas, London-based Pink Positive has launched a collection of 'Almost Mr & Mrs' gifts for would-be brides and grooms, including festive mugs and sweatshirts. With 71 per cent* of couples postponing their wedding this year due to the global pandemic, the collection is a thoughtful way to bring some cheer. The collection also includes the signature 'personalised gift boxes' with custom gift message inside the lid to make every gift look amazing with a luxurious finishing touch!... read more

Posted: 23 November 2020

Are we all longing for more romance?

Are we all longing for more romance?

Ahhh 'romance', here at County Wedding Magazines HQ we are, of course, suckers for a classic, romantic love story! Apparently, a quarter of Brits (24%) are to, and admit they are longing for a little more romance in their life, according to new research from luxury UK jewellery retailer Goldsmiths - who also looked at the UK's perception of romance in their own lives as well as the films they favour when they're looking for a little bit of love!... read more

Posted: 20 November 2020

Meet Rachel Ruddle of Flower Preservation Workshop

Meet Rachel Ruddle of Flower Preservation Workshop

This week, we introduce you to some of our favourite indie companies, who put their heart and soul into what they do. Our region is home to some incredible companies who design, make and sell gorgeous items for weddings. Not only do we love to support the local wedding industry, but keeping it regional helps reduce your carbon footprint too. Today, we talk to Rachel Ruddle of Flower Preservation Workshop to find out what amazing products she can offer...... read more

Posted: 19 November 2020

How will law reforms impact weddings

How will law reforms impact weddings

In the biggest reform proposed to England's marriage ceremony law the Government's legal advisors have recommended that couples be allowed to marry in whatever outdoor location they choose. The current law, which prohibits couples from marrying in anything other than a permanent structure with a roof if the ceremony is to be solemnised legally, has been largely unchanged since 1836. The Law Commission (an independent body which scrutinises legislation) are wishing to radically modernise the current antiquated laws. There is a strong consensus from the public that reform is desperately required as the current laws are not fit for purpose nor are they reflective of the way in which people wish to solemnise their relationship.... read more

Posted: 18 November 2020

Meet Annabel Hitchen of Annabel Allen Millinery

Meet Annabel Hitchen of Annabel Allen Millinery

Our region is home to some incredible companies who design, make and sell gorgeous items for weddings. Not only do we love to support the local wedding industry, but keeping it regional helps reduce your carbon footprint too. We introduce you to some of our favourite indie companies, who put their heart and soul into what they do. Today, we talk to Annabel Hitchen of Annabel Allen Millinery to find out what amazing headwear she can bring to your wedding.... read more

Posted: 17 November 2020

Dinner for one? Individual catering ideas for weddings in a pandemic

Dinner for one? Individual catering ideas for weddings in a pandemic

Good food is very often simple food! We all know that coronavirus has thrown wedding plans across the UK into chaos. The traditional ceremony, wedding breakfast and evening do is being revamped and reworked from a safety-first viewpoint. Aside from the face coverings, hand sanitiser and social distancing, there's also the catering to think about. Gone are the days of canapés, sharing platters and serve yourself buffets – all hot spots for cross-contamination. Now, with the emphasis on not getting too close, innovative catering ideas that focus on the individual are coming into their own.We caught up with expert Liz Taylor, of wedding planners the Taylor Lynn Corporation, to hear her Covid-friendly wedding catering ideas that put safety first; without losing the taste, impact and importantly the style, from the occasion.... read more

Posted: 16 November 2020

Diamonds are a girl's (or guy's) best friend!

Diamonds are a girl's (or guy's) best friend!

Ooooh what a lovely prize we have in store for our County Wedding Magazines readers over the next fortnight. After such a miserable year, we're now at the start of a grey and gloomy winter season; what better way to bring some sparkle to your life than by winning a £200 voucher to spend at thediamondstore.co.uk? Whether you want to spend it on a little pick-me-up gift for yourself, or put if towards your wedding rings or bridal party gifts, the choice is yours if you end up being our lucky winner!... read more

Posted: 13 November 2020

Bristol-based Fosters Events Catering give advice on working around wedding restrictions

Bristol-based Fosters Events Catering give advice on working around wedding restrictions

Many couples are considering their options for how to work around government restrictions and ever-changing guidelines on weddings. We talked to Neil Lodge of Bristol catering company Fosters Events Catering to get his ideas and advice. "For those you can't bear to put their marriage on hold, there's the option of an intimate micro-ceremony. We can make this extra-special with a mini wedding cake and couples can splurge on elements like an open bar and decadent tasting meal."... read more

Posted: 12 November 2020

Celebration Roadshow gives tips for entertaining a small wedding party

Celebration Roadshow gives tips for entertaining a small wedding party

With lots of couples planning on having an intimate micro wedding, we caught up with Phill Makepeace of Bristol-based entertainment company Celebration Roadshow to get his advice on how to keep your guests entertained. "We're never ones to wait until the evening to have a party. We've been entertaining guests and having fun from the wedding breakfast onwards for years! Now is a great time to consider a more intimate day-only celebration, which includes having entertainment much earlier in the day."... read more

Posted: 10 November 2020

We get experts tips from Jan Wright, owner of Bride at Home Boutique

We get experts tips from Jan Wright, owner of Bride at Home Boutique

Are you more of a jeans and a t-shirt kind of girl? Never worn a big dress before? Well then choosing a wedding dress can be a daunting prospect. We caught up with the lovely Jan Wright, owner of Bristol wedding dress shop Bride at Home Boutique for her expert advice and top tips. "We have been helping brides find their dream wedding gowns for 29 years, so our team has a wealth of knowledge and we love sharing it..."... read more

Posted: 5 November 2020

Perfectly packaged and posted

Perfectly packaged and posted

Sending gifts to loved ones from a distance has never been so easy with Letterbox Gifts. As many people have not been able to host their planned weddings this year, or be able to see family and friends, what better time to share the love on what would have been your hen/stag do, or what would have been your wedding day. Letterbox Gifts have everything you could think of for sending that special person a little something straight through their letterbox. Each Letterbox Gift is gift-wrapped by hand and comes with a free personalised card, making it just that little bit more special for your loved ones to open.... read more

Posted: 4 November 2020

Bristol wedding band Brass Junkies explain why live music is best

Bristol wedding band Brass Junkies explain why live music is best

Does your partner just want to put on a playlist for your wedding? How can you convince them that live music is best for your wedding reception? We asked Andrew Colman of Bristol wedding band Brass Junkies why live music is always best. "There really is nothing like the sound, energy and excitement of having a live band perform at your wedding! Real music played by real musicians judging the mood of the room and interacting with the audience..."... read more

Posted: 3 November 2020

How luxury wedding venue Braxted Park is helping fellow wedding suppliers across the country

How luxury wedding venue Braxted Park is helping fellow wedding suppliers across the country

Stunning Essex vedding venue Braxted Park has not only diversified and adapted its own operations to fit with ever-changing restrictions on weddings during 2020, but it has also formed the Association of British Wedding Businesses (ABWB). The association aims to support its members and fellow wedding suppliers who have felt the effects of the coronavirus pandemic, as well as act as a liaison with the government – something which is even more important now we face the UK's second lockdown.... read more

Posted: 3 November 2020

31 is the age that the average Brit will get married

31 is the age that the average Brit will get married

One4all Gift Cards has launched a new interactive timeline which reveals the ages most worth looking forward to and what makes them so special – revealing 31 is the age that the average Brit will get married! A survey of 2,027 UK adults also revealed that the age at which we are most happy with our lives is 36. One4all Gift Cards has launched a new interactive timeline which reveals the ages most worth looking forward to and what makes them special. Brits can reflect on happy memories from their past while looking forward to some of the happy years and birthdays they have to come. According to the data, the average Brit has already ticked off key adulthood milestones by this point – and in fact, it shows that your late twenties and early thirties are a time to look forward to, due to the number of special occasions and achievements that are taking place in the average adult's life.... read more

Posted: 2 November 2020

Good things come in small packages with Mercure microweddings

Good things come in small packages with Mercure microweddings

2020 has been a year like no other for those planning their weddings with an estimated 75,000 weddings postponed this year. However, it has given couples the freedom to let go of all those big wedding expectations; and for brides and grooms who would like a more intimate day, Mercure's Microwedding experience is the perfect solution. From country houses to city-centre modern, couples can find a Mercure venue to suit their personality and suit the new government guidelines...... read more

Posted: 30 October 2020

Somerset wedding venue The Barn at Cott Farm introduces new wedding packages

Somerset wedding venue The Barn at Cott Farm introduces new wedding packages

The idyllic rural setting of beautiful Somerset wedding venue The Barn at Cott Farm has usually hosted one wedding per week with exclusive use from Friday to Sunday for wedding couples, but with brides and grooms now looking to navigate the 'new normal' amid the coronavirus pandemic, the Somerset wedding venue has introduced three new tailored wedding packages to help couples who are looking for intimate weddings, micro weddings and ceremony-only options to help them tie the knot under new restrictions.... read more

Posted: 29 October 2020

Somerset wedding venue St Audries Park provide assurance for wedding couples

Somerset wedding venue St Audries Park provide assurance for wedding couples

Somerset country wedding venue St Audries Park understands the importance of providing assurance to wedding couples who are searching for their dream venue. With this in mind, should government legislation surrounding COVID-19 prevent your wedding from going ahead, you can transfer your date to an equivalent date in the future with no additional fee. The venue is also offering excellent value Winter and Early Spring 2021 Wedding Packages and it has reinstated its popular wedding loan scheme.... read more

Posted: 27 October 2020

How to create your own wedding perfume using flowers

How to create your own wedding perfume using flowers

Choosing the perfect wedding gift is difficult at the best of times; you want something truly personal and thoughtful. A lovely personalised wedding gift would be to make your own natural and organic perfume using the bride's (or groom's) favourite flowers and wildflowers - all from the comfort of your own home!A simple spritz of perfume is the finishing touch to the wedding morning getting ready routine, a great scent is not only a confidence-booster to start the day, but it will be a fragrance that evokes the memories of such a special event for years to come...While we all have our signature shop-bought scents, natural and organic perfumes can also be created at home with ease using your favourite flowers and wildflowers. If you're looking for a thoughtful and personalised gift for a loved one, or a gorgeous treat for yourself, then take a look at Serenata Flowers' guide to creating your own perfume at home using real flowers:... read more

Posted: 23 October 2020

5 ways to treat your loved one this Champagne Day (today 23 October!)

5 ways to treat your loved one this Champagne Day (today 23 October!)

Françoise Peretti, Director of Champagne Bureau UK shares her expert tips on how to safely celebrate at home and make this Champagne Day special.If there is anything that 2020 has taught us, is that it's important to celebrate those little moments of pleasure whenever we can. It's been a tough run, and there can be no doubt that we all deserve a joyful lift to start the weekend – wherever you find yourself this Friday. Each year on the third Friday of October is Champagne Day, an international day dedicated to Champagne: the original and pinnacle of sparkling wine. This year we are not able to throw lavish and bustling 20 guests soirées (how far-fetched does that seem now?), but spoiling a loved one at home and opening a bottle together is a familiar tradition that will definitely bring a smile to the face of the special person in your life. Here are my top tips (and remarkably easy ways!) to mark the occasion:... read more

Posted: 23 October 2020

New home for Somerset bridal boutique Rookery Bridal

New home for Somerset bridal boutique Rookery Bridal

It's been a very busy year for Rookery Bridal, as two weeks after reopening in June, the team packed up to move to its new home at The Mill House in Rooksbridge. "The move was exhausting," says owner Sarah Hackett. "It's only when you pack up 70 gowns and accessories that you realise how much there is to do!" It took a long weekend to get everything ready before the boutique's lovely customers were welcomed back.... read more

Posted: 22 October 2020

Fun, quirky and thortful - just what we need right now!

Fun, quirky and thortful - just what we need right now!

Here at County Wedding Magazines HQ we adore this range of cards for couples who have had to postpone their big day! With a whole host of different designs thortful.com has something for everyone; yes nothing can take away from the upset of a cancelled or postponed wedding, but a thoughtful card will certainly go a long way and put a little smile on someone's face. Check out this range of delightful cards to be inspired to send one to someone you know... read more

Posted: 21 October 2020

Award win for Somerset's Lucy Harvey Vocalist and Saxophonist

Award win for Somerset's Lucy Harvey Vocalist and Saxophonist

Congratulations to the super talented Lucy Harvey Vocalist and Saxophonist who has just won the Best Wedding Ceremony Act award at the regional rounds of the UK Event Entertainment Awards. Lucy grew up in Bristol and now lives in beautiful North Somerset, covering the area for wedding ceremonies, drinks receptions and first dances. After a very tough year for live entertainment, we're excited to hear that Lucy will now be going forward into the national finals.... read more

Posted: 20 October 2020

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