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Wedding News: Sober hen parties are on the rise

Sober hen parties are on the rise

While hen parties are often characterised by celebratory cocktails, drinking games and wild night outs, the hen-do could soon be shrugging off its booze-fueled persona. Global searches for 'sober hen do ideas' have doubled over the past year while 'sober bachelorette party games' has also seen a 50% increase. On TikTok, #soberliving has seen a surge in popularity, with videos including the hashtag boasting over 650 million views. If you're a bride-to-be looking to celebrate your 'last night of freedom' tee-total-style, party planning expert, Amy Greenshields at cardfactory has shared her four top tips.

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Wedding News: Get back to nature with Mud + Bloom

Get back to nature with Mud + Bloom

Mud & Bloom is an independent, small but perfectly-formed brand creating products that aim to connect children aged three to eight years old with nature. Best of all, the company's products are ethically sourced, reusable or recyclable and hand-packed in Bristol, UK. These little bags of fun are great to give to flowergirls and pageboys, or even to keep other young guests at your wedding entertained. One, two or four activity party bags are priced from £3.95 with free postage. Each of the pre-filled, nature-inspired, eco-friendly party bags contain seasonal gardening and craft activities. Mud & Bloom's autumn-themed party bags are now available. Find out more at www.mudandbloom.com/party-bags

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Wedding News: Is lasting love magic, logic or luck?

Is lasting love magic, logic or luck?

Does it matter how a couple met? Contented Couples, a new guide to long-term relationships, features candid, intimate interviews with eighteen couples, based in the UK and USA. Each pair tell of how they met, how they formed a relationship and how they've thrived to become a truly happy union. One couple met and married within a month, whilst another two were thrown together repeatedly by a matchmaker who refused to give up - and it is not only guy meets girl either. The couples speak from an array of circumstance, culture and sexual orientations, including arranged marriage, friends-to-lovers and dating apps.

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Wedding News: The five best weather apps to keep your eye on it leading up to the big day

The five best weather apps to keep your eye on it leading up to the big day

Wedding jewellery experts Austen & Blake have listed some of the best weather apps to keep an eye on in the lead-up to your big day. The UK weather has been anything but predictable lately, with September set to be a particularly rainy and unsettled month, according to The Met Office. Top-rated apps help to track and plan your wedding day accordingly. Weather apps are invaluable when it comes to planning your nuptials, but sometimes there's no avoiding the inevitable. That's why, along with listing the best apps for tracking grey skies, the jewellery experts have teamed up with a professional wedding photographer to provide tips on how to get the best rainy snaps.

Even when the weather's a washout, it doesn't mean your wedding photos have to be! Here are some of the best weather apps to keep an eye on and how to strike the perfect pose if rain is predicted:

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Wedding News: Introducing Bristol's newest pub with rooms, Hort's Townhouse

Introducing Bristol's newest pub with rooms, Hort's Townhouse

If you're looking for somewhere for guests in town for your wedding to stay, we have the place for you! Introducing Bristol's newest pub with rooms, Hort's Townhouse. Located in the heart of the city and a short walk from Bristol's bustling shopping district, it reopens following an extensive refurbishment. Located on Broad Street, this stunning Grade II listed Young's pub has been beautifully redesigned into a glorious townhouse, servicing up a menu that champions British produce, craft beers and cask ales, while upstairs you'll find 19 boutique bedrooms. No two rooms are quite the same, from the cosy (perfect for a snug stay) to the loft (for something a little different).

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Wedding News: Don’t like your engagement ring? Relationship experts reveal what you need to do!

Don’t like your engagement ring? Relationship experts reveal what you need to do!

A marriage proposal is filled with an overwhelming amount of emotion and is a moment both you and your partner will remember forever. But once the initial rush fades, what if you come to terms with the fact that the ring placed on your finger isn't what you envisioned it to look like? Leading diamond jewellers, Diamonds Factory, teamed up with relationship experts Georgia Sturmer and Sharin Shafer, who have shared their top 3 tips on how to handle this delicate situation in the best way possible.

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Wedding News: Fraser Hart launches its stunning lab-grown diamond collection

Fraser Hart launches its stunning lab-grown diamond collection

Fraser Hart, one of the UK's leading purveyors of fine jewellery, is redefining affordable luxury with the launch of its Born Lab Grown Diamonds collection in 10 new stores nationwide. Optically, physically and chemically identical to an earth-grown diamond, here cutting-edge technology is used to create timeless diamonds in a laboratory setting. Blending craftsmanship with innovation, Born Lab Grown Diamonds are breathtaking in their clarity, delivering the same sparkling wow-factor as traditionally mined gems, but with a more accessible price tag. The Born collection includes a stunning choice of "buy now, treasure forever" heirloom jewellery pieces. With exquisite diamond rings starting at just £799, diamond and white gold stud earrings from £799, classic diamond encrusted tennis bracelets from £5,250, and diamond pendant necklaces from £850, investing in luxurious, exceptional quality and utterly timeless diamond jewellery pieces has never been more attractive.

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Wedding News: The wellness journals from Lovendu you need in your life

The wellness journals from Lovendu you need in your life

With Mental Health Awareness day falling in October, and as we approach the end of the year, take positive steps to improve your wellbeing in 2024 through journaling. The benefits of daily journaling are huge, from reducing stress and improving your mental health to boosting productivity and providing an opportunity to get in sync with your emotions. It's the ultimate act of self-care – and Lovendu makes it easy to take control of your life and truly thrive.

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Wedding News: Getting married? Alcohol-free menu is the new must-have

Getting married? Alcohol-free menu is the new must-have

Samantha Gilchrist, CEO of the UK's largest wedding venue collection, The Gilchrist Collection, conducted a survey of 2,000 UK adults to find out their wedding drinking habits. The study comes as the collection launches its new alcohol-free drinks menu, created in partnership with First Dates star bartender, Merlin Griffiths. The survey revealed that almost half (47%) of those who had attended a wedding in the last five years didn't drink alcohol during at least one of the events they had been to. Sober guests said they were often left feeling uncomfortable at weddings sipping an un-festive soft drink, as 35% of respondents said they are questioned on why they aren't having alcohol. Sadly, a quarter admitted to drinking alcohol at a wedding just to avoid awkward questions or having to share personal or medical information as an excuse.

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Wedding News: 3 things no one tells you when it comes to setting your wedding budget

3 things no one tells you when it comes to setting your wedding budget

2024 is set to be a bumper year for weddings. In addition to the usual 275,000 or so which take place in the UK each year, the big day is finally coming around for a lot of couples who had to postpone because of the pandemic. Unfortunately, the cost of living crisis is squeezing all those couple's budgets tighter than ever so we've asked Isabel Smith, wedding industry veteran, to offer her advice on setting (and sticking to!) that spreadsheet. Today, Isabel let's us in on the things no-one ever tells you when you're setting your wedding budget...

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Wedding News: The Top 10 Instagrammable Spas in the UK

The Top 10 Instagrammable Spas in the UK

With National Spa Week taking place between the 4th and 10th of November this year, it is time to book your favourite location to totally relax! Whether with the girls, in a couple, or even on your own, treating yourself to a weekend away at a spa can revive you. Maddie, Senior Marketing Exec at Pink Boutique, says: "Reset the everyday stress with a weekend away at a luxurious spa and hotel. From acres of woodland setting the picture-perfect backdrop to dipping into a pool worthy of Aphrodite, you deserve to look as good as you feel, and with these spas, there's no doubt your followers will be that little bit jealous."

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Wedding News: The Francis Hotel in Bath has launched a new menu with a French twist

The Francis Hotel in Bath has launched a new menu with a French twist

The Francis Hotel in Bath has launched a new menu with a French twist, curated by new head chef Cyril Royer. Hotel guests and local residents are invited to travel to France on a plate with Boho Marché's new menus, which are a true celebration of the restaurant's varied culinary inspirations. Originally from Limoges, Cyril has created a selection of dishes that combine classic French cuisine with a gourmet twist. The new menu includes French favourites such as moule-frites, confit of duck cassoulet and côte de boeuf to share, as well as delicious options such as slow roasted cauliflower steak and beetroot tarte tatin.

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Wedding News: 5 engagement ring trends for 2024

5 engagement ring trends for 2024

With the festive season being the most popular time of year that couples choose to pop the question, it's no surprise that internet searches for 'engagement ring' have been steadily increasing the last six months as we head towards the new year. Luxury diamond jewellers, Diamonds Factory, have used Pinterest Trends data from the last six months (4th April 23' - 26th September 23') to find out which engagement ring styles are set to be big in 2024...

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Wedding News: Bristol named the number one must-see for creative types

Bristol named the number one must-see for creative types

The UK is brimming with creativity, inspiration, arts and innovation but Bristol has been named the number one must-see for creative types. Aura Print (https://aura-print.com/uk) ranked the most creative and artistic UK cities taking into the account the number of art galleries, museums, theatres, comedy clubs, street art, as well as the top universities for art and design courses and this was the conclusion they reached. So, if you're looking for a city that's thriving with culture, arts and creativity, look no further than our beloved Bristol.Bristol is one of the leading UK cities for street art, boasting more than 153k Instagram posts capturing the colourful streets of the city.

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Wedding News: The secrets to a happy relationship

The secrets to a happy relationship

Researchers surveyed 2,000 British couples who have been together for ten years or longer, and it revealed a host of secrets to a happy, long-term relationship, according to those who have achieved it - including having no secrets (43 percent), a similar sense of humour (41 percent), never going to sleep on an argument (31 percent) and regular sex (32 percent.) Over a quarter (26 percent) of the long-term couples polled, said a 50/50 division of household labour was essential to keeping things amicable. Being able to laugh at each other (42 percent), not trying to change each other (36 percent) and having an open phone policy (10 percent) all featured in the list. Almost half (44 percent) of the British couples surveyed, claim they are very happy in their relationship, while a further 29 percent said they were generally happy.

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Wedding News: The top autumn and winter wedding trends for 2023

The top autumn and winter wedding trends for 2023

An expert has forecast the wedding trends we can expect to see in the remainder of 2023. Wedding-goers in autumn and winter can expect to see a large emphasis on sustainability, DIY and an ode to all things vintage, according to Rachael Kiss from Alliance Online. She commented: "Wedding trends change seasonally, so it's crucial wedding hosts stay ahead of the curve. Efficient spending, sustainability and a vintage feel are key focuses this season, and rightly so. Wedding hosts no longer have to feel obliged to over-indulge in their big day and can instead, save money."

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Wedding News: Hestercombe offers unrivalled views across the imposing Blackdown Hills

Hestercombe offers unrivalled views across the imposing Blackdown Hills

The historical buildings at Hestercombe have plenty of wow factor and offer unrivalled views across the glorious Edwardian gardens and beyond to the imposing Blackdown Hills. The venue features no less than 50 acres of lovingly restored gardens, representing three centuries of work and featuring lakes, cascades, temples, rills, shade-dappled pathways, and romantic corners. The beautiful scenery is tended by a team of skilled gardeners all year round providing a very special setting indeed for any big day. Ceremonies can be held in The Orangery for up to 90 loved ones. A beautiful light-filled setting, this iconic ham-stone building was designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens, and offers the ideal backdrop whatever your theme.

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Wedding News: Sentimental wedding bands with Atelier VM

Sentimental wedding bands with Atelier VM

Fine Italian jewellery maker Atelier VM has just launched its beautiful new Impronta wedding bands, whereby brides and grooms can customise their special ring with their loved one's fingerprint. Each 18K ring is a unique piece made using the lost wax casting technique, of multiple finger prints layered, to create a beautifully personalised ring that makes a marriage of everlasting love extra special.

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Wedding News: Pennard House is a family-owned wedding venue located in a small village near Shepton Mallet

Pennard House is a family-owned wedding venue located in a small village near Shepton Mallet

Pennard House is a family-owned wedding venue located in a small village near Shepton Mallet, Somerset. It offers couples exclusive use and boasts a relaxed, family home feel. With 10 comfortable bedrooms there's plenty of space to enjoy the morning preparations. Accommodation is available for up to 24 guests and can be booked for two nights. The house is surrounded by large lush gardens with endless places for photo opportunities and drinks receptions. The Napier Room is a large, bright space with high ceilings, large windows and antique mirrors adorning the walls. Here, 85 nearest and dearest can witness your ceremony. Alternatively, available for al fresco "I dos," the Garden Pavilion, which is located in the grounds, can host 120.

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Wedding News: The therapeutic power of music on Mental Health Awareness Day

The therapeutic power of music on Mental Health Awareness Day

The issue of mental health has never been more important, three in five people in the UK suffer from some form of anxiety, but almost half of those people keep it a secret as they worry about being judged by others. And around one in six of the British population also suffers from moderate to severe depressive symptoms. Those shocking statistics show that the issue is still not spoken about enough, which means that sufferers feel excluded. But music can make a big difference! Making or playing music has been proven to deliver many mental health benefits.

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