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Wedding News: Crowcombe Court is a Grade I listed squire’s mansion located in Crowcombe

Crowcombe Court is a Grade I listed squire’s mansion located in Crowcombe

Crowcombe Court is a Grade I listed squire's mansion located in the village of Crowcombe, around eight miles west of Taunton. The magnificent English Baroque-style house was built in the 1730s from beautiful amber-coloured bricks with Bath stone for the pilasters and frontispiece. Set in the foothills of the Quantock Hills, the beautiful grounds boast many a stunning photographic backdrop from the lake to the croquet lawn. There's also a wild woodland and guests are welcome to explore throughout the wedding celebrations.

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Wedding News: Fancy a big-day cocktail bar? Check out Whitebox Cocktails

Fancy a big-day cocktail bar? Check out Whitebox Cocktails

Whitebox Cocktails, the ready-to-serve cocktail specialists, have everything you need to create the ultimate in wedding cocktail offering. From classic cocktails like the Pocket Negroni and Squeezy's Margarita, to unique and refreshing long drinks like Hippy Fizz and Disco Baby, take the hassle out of the perfect pour on your big day with a wide range of ready-to-serve cocktails to suit every taste. Expertly mixed by the award-winning team of bartenders, Whitebox Cocktails' convenient single-serve cans mean there's no need to limit your cocktail menu, as there's no mixing, no mess and no long wait at the bar. For casual weddings, cocktails can be served in ice buckets for guests to help themselves and enjoy straight from the can. Alternately, for a more elevated occasion, simply chill and serve the cocktail in a glass with ice and a garnish of choice.

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Wedding News: The best UK cities for a hen do

The best UK cities for a hen do

With Google search volume data revealing a 402% search increase for 'hen party ideas' since December and 2023 wedding season in touching distance, organising a pre-wedding celebration is already on the bridal party to-do list. Getting all of your nearest and dearest pals together for a hen party can be challenging - whether it's catering to availability, budget, activity preferences or dietary requirements. Hen party decoration supplier, Ginger Ray, has done a little digging to find the top 19 UK cities to host your pre-wedding celebrations.

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Wedding News: Sarah’s Sugarcraft is offering readers who book 24 free wedding cupcakes

Sarah’s Sugarcraft is offering readers who book 24 free wedding cupcakes

Based in Wick, near Bristol, Sarah Churchill at Sarah's Sugarcraft has been creating beautiful, handmade wedding cakes for more than 20 years. For her, baking started as a hobby, but 12 years ago she decided to turn her passion into a business and has never looked back.

"I'm extremely passionate about what I do, and understand that a beautiful cake can make all the difference to a wedding. It's for this reason that I take great care with every one I create, ensuring it not only looks fantastic, but is the perfect consistency throughout, even before it's delivered," Sarah says. She has spent many years learning her craft and is now experienced in many different techniques as well as being a member of the British Sugarcraft Guild. So, you can certainly be sure your big-day bake will taste as amazing as it looks.

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Wedding News: New book launch: The modern couple's guide to wedding speeches

New book launch: The modern couple's guide to wedding speeches

The Modern Couple's Guide to Wedding Speeches is for grooms and brides who want their wedding speeches to be memorable for the right reasons and to kick off their marriage with a bang. This book is intended to benefit you whether you are straight or gay, whatever your religious beliefs are, or where you live. Heidi encourages us to reconsider old traditions, and tear up the outdated rulebook to create a modern wedding guide. Because speeches are such an important part of the day, she encourages couples to think about who they want to give speeches and what they want from the speeches.

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Wedding News: County Wedding Magazines' competition winner!

County Wedding Magazines' competition winner!

Here at County Wedding Magazines HQ, we love nothing more than to hear from the winners of our competitions. In the crazy world of wedding planning, it's exciting for us to be able to offer our lovely readers some exciting giveaways and competitions which will hopefully give you a much-needed pick-me-up during on the countdown to your wedding day.

In the Autumn of 2022, CWM ran a competition, 'Win a two-night stay in the heart of The Lakes!' and the winners were nearlyweds Steph and Michael! The lucky pair enjoyed a stay, with dinner, bed and breakfast at The Wild Boar Inn a traditional Lakeland inn with oak beams, log fires, an in-house microbrewery and smokehouse all in the rolling countryside of the Gilpin Valley.

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Wedding News: Orchardleigh Estate is a family-owned country estate in Somerset

Orchardleigh Estate is a family-owned country estate in Somerset

Nestled amidst 500 acres of parkland and lakes, Orchardleigh is a family-owned country estate in Somerset. The estate boasts a beautiful 19th-century stately home, romantic island church, 18-hole golf course and plenty of luxurious accommodation. Orchardleigh House and grounds will be exclusively yours for the duration of your day complete with plenty of stunning backdrops for your photographs.

Ceremonies can be held in The Ballroom (up to 100 guests), The Great Hall (up to 144 guests), The Belvedere (up to 144 guests, or The Pergola (unlimited numbers). Alternatively, the estate's island church is a super-romantic place to exchange your vows. Lit purely by candlelight, St Mary's Church is situated on an island at the heart of the estate.

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Wedding News: 10 Most Instagrammed UK Wedding Venues

10 Most Instagrammed UK Wedding Venues

With over 278,000 UK weddings expected to take place in 2023, there's no doubt that couples across the country are already scrolling through Instagram in search of inspiration! With this in mind, Aura Print has discovered the most Insta-worthy and beautiful wedding venues of the UK. Analysing over 200 venues around the UK, they searched Instagram to discover which venue was being talked about most, narrowing it down to the 10 most desirable wedding venue locations in the UK.

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Wedding News: How to save money on your next wedding gift

How to save money on your next wedding gift

Receiving an invitation to a wedding is always an exciting time. However, deciding what gift to buy the couple, and especially how much to spend, can be daunting - now more so than ever due to the increased cost of living. Data from VoucherCodes.co.uk reveals guests will spend an average of £113.39 for each gift they buy when attending a wedding which, for many of us, is a hefty amount. Anita Naik, Savings Expert at the UK's most trusted savings site VoucherCodes.co.uk, has some great tips on how to save money on your upcoming wedding gifts without skimping on the sentiment:

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Wedding News: Bath Mill Lodge Retreat is celebrating after being crowned Best in Britain at the Hoseasons Awards

Bath Mill Lodge Retreat is celebrating after being crowned Best in Britain at the Hoseasons Awards

Bath Mill Lodge Retreat is celebrating being crowned Best in Britain at the 2022 Hoseasons Awards, with the title showcasing the Somerset venue's excellence in hospitality and facilities.

At an event in Newport, the retreat won first honours in the Lodges and Parks – Large Park category. Owned and operated by Darwin Escapes, the retreat and adjacent function room, are blessed with a location boasting rare natural beauty. Nestled between the trees and on the banks of a picturesque brook, it's easy for guests to forget they're only three miles from the historical centre of Bath.

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Wedding News: Unique theatre venues for your vows and and bows!

Unique theatre venues for your vows and and bows!

Finding the wedding venue of your dreams can be a difficult task, especially if you're looking for something with a little less traditional with a little more drama. According to Google trend data, searches for 'unique wedding venues' have seen an uplift of 769% in the last month, and more specifically, searches for 'theatre weddings' have risen by an enormous 1250%. SeatPlan reveal the most unique, musical, dramatic, and theatrical wedding venues around the UK, so you can be centre stage and in the spotlight on your big day.

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Wedding News: Hestercombe Gardens offers unrivalled views of glorious Edwardian gardens

Hestercombe Gardens offers unrivalled views of glorious Edwardian gardens

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.

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Wedding News: Weddings don't need to cost the earth

Weddings don't need to cost the earth

With nearlyweds looking to opt for more sustainable choices when planning their nuptials, Talking Tables' new wedding rental scheme ensures this special occasion will look beautiful, without costing the earth. Would be spouses can choose from its best-selling tall glass candle holders in a variety of colours to suit every theme, both clear and brightly coloured bud vases, and handmade silver stainless steel plates and bowls. Tables can be exquisitely dressed for a fraction of the cost to buy and be happy knowing the items will bring more joy to others rather than sitting in the back of your cupboard - a sustainable solution!

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Wedding News: 5 songs to avoid on your big day

5 songs to avoid on your big day

On top of organising flowers, dresses, venues and speeches, choosing the music for your wedding is yet another decision to make. But where do you even begin? The options are seemingly endless and the song you do pick will be the one that you define as 'yours' for the rest of your lives together. Wedding decor specialists Ginger Ray have crunched the numbers to reveal which songs and artists have made it onto the most Spotify wedding playlists and could be, dare we say it... overdone. So, whether you want to embrace the most popular choices (they are favourites for good reason after all) or whether you want to know which songs to avoid if you are looking to create a more unique soundtrack for your big day, here is Wedding Spotify, Wrapped.

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Wedding News: Easton Social Dancing is offering readers 10% off all wedding packages booked before 31st March

Easton Social Dancing is offering readers 10% off all wedding packages booked before 31st March

No matter the style of wedding Tannith Perry at Easton Social Dancing in Bristol can help to make your special day unforgettable for your guests and even more enjoyable for the two of you. Unlike many wedding expenses, private dance lessons for your first dance can give you pleasure for the rest of your life.

Whether you want to wow the crowds or simply glide with ease across the dancefloor, learning some basic patterns, as well as lead and follow techniques takes a huge amount of stress away, leaving you to enjoy this special moment anxiety-free. Tannith says, "If you can walk, you can learn to dance! I've never had a student leave a lesson without at least being able to do one pattern nor without having a laugh.

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Wedding News: Sophie Ellis-Bextor’s disco tour coming to a local venue near you!

Sophie Ellis-Bextor’s disco tour coming to a local venue near you!

Sophie Ellis-Bextor's Christmas Kitchen Disco UK Tour begins in November and here at County Wedding Magazines HQ we think it will make a great night out for your hen/stag or sten do! Tickets for shows are on-sale now The shows will feature hits from throughout Sophie's career, as well as some very festive classics, all in Sophie's own seasonal disco style. The tour follows on from the huge success of her 2022 Kitchen Disco Tour in which she brought her lockdown online sensation from her kitchen to sold-out stages across the country, including a sold-out finale at the London Palladium.

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Wedding News: Brunel’s SS Great Britain first launched in 1843

Brunel’s SS Great Britain first launched in 1843

For a one-of-a-kind, memorable celebration, the SS Great Britain is one to consider. Designed by Isambard Kingdom Brunel and launched in 1843, the beautifully restored ship lies in the heart of Bristol's harbourside, and offers spectacular views. Steeped in history, with versatile spaces both above and below deck, the ship is available for you and your loved ones to enjoy exclusively on your big day.

At almost 30 metres in length with mirrors and elegant wooden flooring, the Promenade Deck makes for an impressive aisle. Imagine exchanging your vows beneath the circular skylight, surrounded by 100 of your nearest and dearest, as natural light floods in creating a romantic ambience.

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Wedding News: Top tips for having a low waste wedding

Top tips for having a low waste wedding

Getting married is one of the most exciting days of your life, and you'll want it to be as special as possible. But you might also want your wedding to be kinder to the planet than the usual nuptials — indeed, a study found that British weddings create 18kg of plastic waste per event, adding up to 4,910 tonnes of plastic waste every year. Even for the biggest event of your life, this is a lot of waste to produce during a single day, and many people are increasingly looking to find ways of reducing it and have more sustainable nuptials. If you want to enjoy the big day but also make it more of an eco-friendly event, suppliers of catering equipment Alliance Online have put together some tips for you to take forward in your wedding planning. Even though getting married is a big event, you can still keep the carbon footprint small.

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Wedding News: Proposing a prenup? A guide to practical romance this February

Proposing a prenup? A guide to practical romance this February

Some consider February to be one of the most romantic months of the year. With January finally over, we can start to look forward to Spring, and the warmer months ahead. Each leap year, the 29th of February is traditionally held as a day when the tables can turn and women are supposed to propose marriage to men, instead of the other way around. However, most obviously, February contains Valentine's Day and the celebrations of lovers up and down the country who look to St Valentine for inspiration for their friendships and romantic relationships.

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Wedding News: No.15 by GuestHouse in Bath has been awarded Best City Hotel by The Good Hotel Guide

No.15 by GuestHouse in Bath has been awarded Best City Hotel by The Good Hotel Guide

The Good Hotel Guide has revealed its annual list of 12 César winners with No.15 by GuestHouse in Bath (www.guesthousehotels.co.uk/no-15- bath) taking home the award for Best City Hotel. This boutique property occupies a trio of Grade I listed town houses in a Georgian terrace that is home to eclectic rooms with a touch of whimsy such as a coffee maker in a doll's house.

Established in 1978, the Good Hotel Guide is the only truly independent UK hotel guide. It features 650 hotels, inns, B&Bs and guesthouses with 414 main entries and 44 new entries (a combination of new properties and new entries). Readers play a crucial role by reporting on existing entries as well as recommending new discoveries.

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