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Wedding News: Stylish advice for grooms, fathers-of-the-bride and ushers

Stylish advice for grooms, fathers-of-the-bride and ushers

Choosing your wedding dress is only part of the story when it comes to styling your big day. In order to achieve a coordinated look, it's important to think about what the men who make up the wedding party will be wearing. What you choose will ultimately come down to the style of wedding you're planning, the location and of course the time of year. Here Cliff Bashforth, MD of Colour Me Beautiful shares with us his advice on how to ensure that they not only look the part but feel comfortable too. Do not overlook the men who will be at your wedding. What they choose, or you tell them, to wear must complement what you are wearing and be consistent with the rest of the bridal party. A little guidance on colour and fit will ensure that they, too, look the part and feel comfortable.

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Wedding News: Apex Hotels have gifted five NHS workers the wedding of their dreams

Apex Hotels have gifted five NHS workers the wedding of their dreams

As part of a partnership with Operation Recuperation, Apex Hotels have gifted five NHS workers the wedding of their dreams as a thank you for their hard work and sacrifices during the pandemic.

The third NHS wedding took place at the luxury Apex City of Bath Hotel in August. Lara Jeanes and Sam Gilks were chosen from hundreds of applicants to have their dream day realised. After Sam proposed in 2019, the couple were looking forward to spending the year planning and saving for their big day in 2020. However, as Covid-19 hit, junior doctor Lara was deployed to an intensive care unit where she was treating the sickest patients. "I've never been in a situation like that before," she says. "My job was to put people on ventilators to keep them alive and support their organs and my everyday shifts were 12 hours long, which meant I'd be wearing PPE for up to eight hours a day. That's eight hours where I couldn't eat, drink or go to the bathroom. It was exhausting." To make matters worse for the couple, the pandemic meant their 13-month-old daughter Sienna couldn't go to nursery and so Sam, who worked in food operations, had to quit his job to care for her. "Instead of saving for a wedding, we were suddenly reduced to one income," he says.

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Wedding News: Combe House Hotel is a privately-owned hotel with 17 individually-decorated ensuite bedrooms

Combe House Hotel is a privately-owned hotel with 17 individually-decorated ensuite bedrooms

A privately-owned country-house hotel with 17 individually decorated ensuite bedrooms with dining areas and bar, Combe House Hotel also boasts a year-round function marquee with starlit ceiling, picture windows, bar, dancefloor, lighting and PA system. Set in the magnificent Quantock Hills in four-and-a-half acres of its own grounds and picturesque gardens, it also has access to the Hills and within a mere three-minute walk there's a large open wooden area, ideal for your photos.

Indoor ceremonies are held in the hotel's lounge where there's space for 80 of your nearest and dearest. It's an intimate ceremony area with wood-beamed ceilings, a large open fireplace dressed with foliage, and a wood burner.

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Wedding News: Abbott Lyon is launching its new advent calendar for Christmas 2022

Abbott Lyon is launching its new advent calendar for Christmas 2022

Leading locally-based jewellery brand Abbott Lyon is launching its new advent calendar for Christmas 2022. A countdown like no other, this will elevate any wardrobe with personalised jewellery and features a stunning collection of Abbott Lyon's best sellers. Each one is personal to the recipient with initial jewellery and birthstones of your choice. Finished with your or your loved one's name on the front, it's the perfect gift this festive season. You also have the option to purchase with either gold or silver jewellery contents.

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Wedding News: How much have Brits spent attending weddings this summer?

How much have Brits spent attending weddings this summer?

We all love a wedding! After two years of covid and postponed big-days, 2022 was a bumper year for nuptials with more taking place than ever! The team at Fenwick has delved into the true cost of attending weddings that aren't your own. Have you ever wondered how much the average person spends? By surveying 1,000 people, the study reveals how much Brits are spending on each wedding they attend.

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Wedding News: Quantock Lakes is an exclusive-use Somerset barn wedding venue

Quantock Lakes is an exclusive-use Somerset barn wedding venue

Quantock Lakes is an exclusive-use Somerset barn wedding venue offering accommodation for two nights from wedding eve. It boasts three barns for you to enjoy, all sharing breathtaking views across the lakes and the famous Quantock Hills and brought to life by the family owners. Plus, the fabulous Farmhouse offers an incredible bridal prep space complete with hot tub, sauna and handcrafted bar.

The glorious grounds offer you the opportunity to stroll around the meadows and beautifully-kept gardens, before following the path to the ancient oak tree with romantic rope swing.

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Wedding News: Mmm cake! What your cake-cutting etiquette says about you

Mmm cake! What your cake-cutting etiquette says about you

It's fair to say that cake is a universal dessert - from birthdays, weddings and anniversaries there's no better way to celebrate an important occasion than with cake. The best part about this yummy dessert is that it can be enjoyed at any time, whether it's after lunch or dinner, or if you're feeling adventurous - maybe even for breakfast! Everyone has their favourite flavours, their go-to for any celebration and this is why this wonderful delicacy has become customary for all kinds of events. Quite simply because it tastes great and is guaranteed to hit the spot! Cake is truly the best dessert, but did you know the way you cut your cake can actually say a lot about your personality traits? The cake connoisseurs at Sponge.co.uk have revealed what your cake-cutting etiquette says about you. From the traditional slice, to using props in a weird and wonderful way – this list will be sure to keep you thinking for when you next cut into your next spongey treat.

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Wedding News: Happy feet: 5 expert tips to care for your feet at a wedding

Happy feet: 5 expert tips to care for your feet at a wedding

Whether you're a wedding guest or it's your own big day, sore feet and rubbing heels can get in the way of you having the time of your life on the dancefloor. With these five top tips from Rachel Clinkard — of family-run shoe company Charles Clinkard — you can give your feet some more TLC during wedding season. Weddings are some of the most memorable days of our lives, so it's important that we enjoy these special occasions without the distraction of sore feet or painful shoes. However, from dancing the night away to that all-important walk down the aisle, we tend to be on our feet all day. To help you stay comfortable and celebrate into the small hours, here are five of my top tips for looking after your feet at weddings.

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Wedding News: We spoke to Lynne Panes from Rustic Rentals to find out more about her company

We spoke to Lynne Panes from Rustic Rentals to find out more about her company

I've always had a passion for interior design and love using different colour palettes, textures, materials and repurposing items in a creative way. I get the same thrill and passion working with our couples to create the wedding of their dreams now as I did from my career of many years working as a chartered quantity surveyor.

My inspiration for Rustic Rentals came about after planning our daughter's wedding in 2014. I got well and truly bitten by the wedding planning, décor and styling bug. This is where my love for decorating barns started as she tied the knot in a listed Cotswold barn, where the design called for authentic vintage items. Unable to find a company offering such a hire service locally, I started visiting brocantes and flea markets curating our own collection.

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Wedding News: How to style your bridesmaids…

How to style your bridesmaids…

When it comes to planning your wedding the team at Colour Me Beautiful knows only too well that dressing your bridesmaids for your big day can be beset with difficulties. Here Cliff Bashforth sets out his advice on how to avoid the pit falls. It is an honour to be a bridesmaid, and often those you have asked will be as excited as you are. Shopping for bridesmaids' outfits can be a fun experience for you all, although you will need a clear idea of what you want them to look like because they will frame you in your wedding photographs. Happy bridesmaids make good photographs, so ensuring they are comfortable in what they are wearing will guarantee everyone is radiant on the day.

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Wedding News: Clevedon Hall is a lavish mansion house set in the heart of North Somerset

Clevedon Hall is a lavish mansion house set in the heart of North Somerset

Clevedon Hall is a lavish mansion house set in the heart of North Somerset just 15 minutes from Bristol. Its extensive grounds are filled with photo opportunities from the lake and bridge, to the beautiful meadow or wilderness walk, all overlooked by Hebe's fountain. If you're lucky you might even be able to get a deer to join you for a photo! The venue is also just a couple of minutes away from Clevedon Pier and the sea, offering a dramatic backdrop for some showstopping sunset pictures.

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Wedding News: This is your dream wedding according to your star sign

This is your dream wedding according to your star sign

It's not always easy to decide on your wedding theme, and searches for 'wedding ideas' have seen a +23% increase in the past twelve months. To offer some inspiration, thortful.com have collated the best dream wedding ideas for each star sign! Perhaps you're a Taurus, and would love to be married in a mansion, or a Leo dreaming of a castle wedding? astrologer, Inbaal Hongiman, to reveal the dream wedding for each star sign in order to provide some inspiration for those planning their big day.

From Leos' wanting to get married in an opulent castle to Sagittarius' eloping on a beach, here are the weddings each star sign dreams of having

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Wedding News: Aztec Hotel & Spa Bristol is offering readers the opportunity to win a spa day for two

Aztec Hotel & Spa Bristol is offering readers the opportunity to win a spa day for two

Aztec Hotel & Spa in Bristol is the ideal base from which to explore this great city, as well as Bath and surrounding areas. So, whether you're looking for a bit of pre-wedding rest and relaxation with your bride tribe or a post-wedding retreat, its comfy rooms offer a welcoming home away from home.

Food and drink in the two AA Rosette restaurant, The Curious Kitchen, is an experience in its own right. With a 10-metre high Cotswold stone fireplace and enormous wood beams recovered from old sailing ships, it's a visual treat as well as a culinary one. Menus are prepared using local seasonal ingredients and there's a shaded terrace perfect for al fresco dining when the sun shines.

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Wedding News: Aldwick Estate is a rustic 17th-century farm

Aldwick Estate is a rustic 17th-century farm

Aldwick Estate has been described as the perfect marriage of historical and modern: the charm of a rustic 17th-century farm happily united with the comforts and efficiency of the 21st century. The venue features two adjacent stone barns linked by the main reception, behind which lies the brick-walled Cellar Bar.

The New Barn and its courtyard offer panoramic views, which flow through the gardens, skim Aldwick's fields to the River Yeo at the farm's southern boundary. From the valley rises a patchwork of distant farms and fields to the summit of the Mendip Hills.

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Wedding News: How to ensure a good night's sleep before your big day

How to ensure a good night's sleep before your big day

Anxious brides and grooms-to-be have been offered top tips on beating their wedding nerves and getting a good night's sleep ahead of their all important day. The fitted furniture experts at Online-Bedrooms.co.uk have provided their tips to those who are likely to be overcome by nerves, affecting their sleep. Among the nerve-busting tips are incorporating sleep inducing scents into your room, planning a pre-bed workout and avoiding spicy foods. Nic Shacklock, from Online-Bedrooms.co.uk said: "Pre-wedding nerves often lead to a lack of sleep ahead of what is regarded as the most important day of many people's lives.

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Wedding News: Topikki is offering our readers a free guestbook with any confirmed order

Topikki is offering our readers a free guestbook with any confirmed order

Topikki's name came from a Greek phrase that means 'local crafts.' Gaynor Page, the woman behind the Bristol-based stationery business, creates exclusive, bespoke, handcrafted wedding stationery. "I love to create something that reflects your personalities or lifestyle, something that will wow your guests," she tells us. But if bespoke isn't what you're looking for, Gaynor also offers studio and designer portfolios or DIY with help and advice throughout, which can still bear an element of exclusivity.

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Wedding News: Yarlington Barn is a family-run venue located on a cider farm

Yarlington Barn is a family-run venue located on a cider farm

A gorgeous lakeside wedding barn in the heart of Somerset, Yarlington Barn is a family-run venue located on a cider farm. A versatile space, it boasts a woodland backdrop and a gorgeous rose-clad gazebo in the most beautiful spot for capturing those all-important photos. Be it the frost of winter, the apple blossom of the spring, smell of cut grass in the summer or the colours of autumn, this venue has something wonderful to offer your big day whatever the season.

Inside, rustic exposed beams and wrought iron chandeliers create a touch of countryside magic and the unusual barrel bar reflects the venue's heritage as a cider farm.

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Wedding News: Host a green wedding with Social Impact Caterers - Social Pantry

Host a green wedding with Social Impact Caterers - Social Pantry

The positive impact wedding has emerged as a significant matrimonial trend of 2022 and Social Pantry, the female-led, London-based sustainable catering firm (a business working to become the first zero-waste catering company) is quietly revolutionising how weddings are planned and celebrated by putting sustainability at the heart of how wedding food is selected and prepared. Alex Head, CEO & Founder, Social Pantry – who herself is getting married in October – and Sarah Turner, Head Chef, Social Pantry have all the tips on how to plan a sustainable wedding menu regardless of budget. Please see below for top tips and if you're interested, we'd love to give you the opportunity to cover Alex's wedding as a case study.

At a time when climate change and monetary inflation are impacting weddings, sustainability has never been more relevant for couples wanting to be environmentally and socially responsible.

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Wedding News: Top UK wedding photographer discusses the beauty of intimate weddings

Top UK wedding photographer discusses the beauty of intimate weddings

Since falling in love with wedding photography six years ago after photographing a friend's wedding, Rebecca Searle, has gone on to photograph around 30 weddings every year. She has accumulated over 12,200 followers on her Instagram, and her talent has also been recognised by Professional Photo Magazine, naming her as one of the Top 50 British Wedding Photographers of 2022. Every wedding is beautiful, no matter big or small, but having planned her own wedding on the Amalfi Coast 8 years ago, intimate weddings hold a particularly special place in Rebecca's heart. Whether it's a huge wedding with 200 family and friends, or a super cool intimate ceremony with a handful of people, both have their own beauty and benefits".

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Wedding News: Bath Racecourse has announced that it will be holding its 2022 package prices for 2023

Bath Racecourse has announced that it will be holding its 2022 package prices for 2023

Bath Racecourse's multi-million-pound redevelopment in 2016 put it on the map as one of the region's most stunning wedding venues. Set in the spectacular hills just outside Bath city centre, it boasts a team highly experienced in wedding planning. Along with their trusted suppliers they'll ensure you have everything you need to turn your vision into a reality as a wedding day you and your guests will never forget. The Royal Crescent, Paddock Pavilion, Mornington Suite and Bottega Terrazza all await, ready to welcome you on your big day. These spaces can accommodate 80 to 500 for the ceremony, and 50 to 320 for the wedding breakfast.

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