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

Wedding News: Welcome to the new Côte restaurant in Bristol’s Clifton Village

Welcome to the new Côte restaurant in Bristol’s Clifton Village

Côte restaurant in Bristol's Clifton village has reopened after a major refurbishment creating an environment to bring people together to enjoy the delights of French cuisine. The restaurant was closed whilst the work was completed and re-opened on Monday (Nov 20) with a VIP champagne rendezvous to celebrate the stunning new look. The refurbishment was driven by Côte's commitment to continually enhance shared experiences and the redesign has created a space that exudes warmth and elegance and also provides more comfort, ensuring every visit is a memorable occasion. The revamped layout provides extra space around your table and more room to mingle, ensuring every seat feels like the best in the house.

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Wedding News: 5 ways to make your bridesmaids feel special

5 ways to make your bridesmaids feel special

On average, it costs a bridesmaid around £408 to have the privilege to stand by their dearest friend as they tie the knot. In fact, from organising a memorable hen to booking accommodation and buying the right accessories for their dress, the expenses can slowly creep up. But even if the role comes with pressing responsibilities, the reality is that bridesmaids are more than delighted to support you during the preparations and celebrations. As the bride, it's only right to thank your bride tribe for all their dedication, as they are likely to have been through all your highs and lows.

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Wedding News: Blossoming love on a budget - top tips from YouFloria

Blossoming love on a budget - top tips from YouFloria

Wedding albums can be a garden of memories with the enchanting presence of flowers seen in every snapshot. Flowers can play an integral part of a wedding narrative, adding a tapestry of texture and colour into photos, bringing out personality and creating an overall feel to a wedding. From bouquets to table centres, pew ends and buttonholes, flowers are incorporated into every wedding memory... Creating your own wedding floral displays and bouquets can be an easy way to cut the cost, and the perfect way to make your wedding a little more personal - also, super fun and easy to do! You don't have to have a good track record of keeping house plants alive to be able to throw together a show-worthy, eye-catching floral masterpiece, no matter how big or small.

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Wedding News: Comfort made sexy is hitting Bristol Cabot Circus!

Comfort made sexy is hitting Bristol Cabot Circus!

Lounge Cabot Circus is now open. The store will embodies a modern, luxury aesthetic equipped with innovative fitting rooms and assisted shopping services that are set to change the way women shop underwear and apparel. What to expect in store: Assisted shopping - Everyone will feel like a VIP when they step into a Lounge store with a personalised shopping experience and tailored advice just for you Bra fitting innovation - Discover a new way to find your fit. Enter the fitting room and choose from two innovative ways of finding your bra size: a step-by-step video or be fitted by a Fit Expert.

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Wedding News: The groom's guide to wedding planning

The groom's guide to wedding planning

Matthew Shaw is founder and creative director at sauveur. a renowned event planning and management company based in London. Here, Matthew shares his groom's guide to wedding planning...

More often than not, the bulk of wedding planning lands up being the work of the bride with the groom being delegated select tasks but, wedding planning should be the work of a team and there may also be two grooms involved in the planning. Today's grooms are often much more involved with all aspects of the planning, something we very much encourage!

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Wedding News: Giftlist predictions for 2024

Giftlist predictions for 2024

As 2023 is drawing to a close, wedding gift list company Prezola, has pulled together their best-selling wedding gifts of 2023, whilst looking at predictions for 2024. Despite being in a cost-of-living crisis, it appears people are getting MORE generous when it comes to weddings. In a recent survey*, 99% of guests confirmed they would give a wedding gift, with 93% saying they find having a list to choose from helpful. Experiences continue to be front of mind for the adventurous Prezola couple, but they are also combining this with big home upgrades, including coffee machines, pizza ovens and more. The likes of Airbnb, Mr & Mrs Smith and Lastminute.com are extremely popular, alongside honeymoon funds, with 59% of guests giving cash for honeymoons and 39% of them donating towards a honeymoon through a fund like Prezola.

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Wedding News: Christmas gifts for the bride to be

Christmas gifts for the bride to be

The Christmas countdown is on – and if this isn't the only big day on the horizon, it's the perfect excuse to pull out all the stops If you're got a friend, sister or loved one who's about to celebrate their last Christmas as a Miss, mark it in style with a thoughtful and stylish gift from Team Hen. Responsible for giving hen parties across the world a serious glow-up, Team Hen is the ultimate go-to destination for fabulous accessories that are modern hen party goals. Forget the tacky L-plates or garish flashing tiaras, Team Hen is doing things differently – and in style. From fun festive goodies to super-stylish accessories, Team Hen has got all of your nearly-wed Christmas gifting sorted this year. The bride is going to love you for it!

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Wedding News: Unwrap the magic of Willy Wonka with Haute Dolci

Unwrap the magic of Willy Wonka with Haute Dolci

This Christmas, Haute Dolci introduces their delicious Belgian milk chocolate Dolci Bar, that's not just a delectable sweet treat but also a golden opportunity! Inspired by the whimsical world of Willy Wonka's Chocolate Factory and timed perfectly with the release of the much-anticipated WONKA film, Haute Dolci is excited to bring the enchantment of golden tickets to life...Recreating the magic of this Roald Dahl children's classic, each Dolci Bar comes with the exciting opportunity of discovering a Golden Ticket concealed inside and winning one of their fantastic prizes. Not every customer will discover one, but those who do will be in for a delightful surprise. Prizes range from free teasers of Dolci's finest creations to tickle your taste buds, a free drink to quench your thirst, a free dessert from their exquisite range, to charms which will give you from anything from 5% - 40% discount off purchases for an entire year, or the ultimate exclusive key, which will grant a year of free desserts.

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Wedding News: Make it all about you with Hummingbird Events

Make it all about you with Hummingbird Events

We asked Thérèsa Jordan from Hummingbird Events (www.hummingbirdevents.co.uk) for her top tips on planning a truly personalised wedding day. Read on to find out what she told us: When it comes to a wedding day to remember, it's all about you and your love story. Here are a few top tips on how to do this... Monogram everything! This is a great way to add that personal touch. You can use it to emboss your stationery, add it to your favours and even to make your dancefloor truly bespoke. Why not go all out and create a couple crest? Tell your story. Think about the life you've had together so far.

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Wedding News: Expert reveals her ultimate tips on how to have a hen party on a budget

Expert reveals her ultimate tips on how to have a hen party on a budget

Getting married is an exciting time in your life, however, sometimes it can cost a small fortune. You might even be feeling the guilt of your loved ones having to fund their attendance to your events, during a cost of living crisis. Life insurance broker, Reassured polled 1,500 people to reveal the costs behind attending a hen party. To be exact, you'll be out of pocket by £979 for attending the hen party. From a boozy weekend staycation in a local city or jetting off to somewhere sunnier, the costs clearly build up more than you first imagined. However, some brides seem to have no regrets with over two-thirds (68%) being glad to have had a hen party, with 65% having high expectations and expecting their bridesmaid to organise the party for them as a surprise!

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Wedding News: Going bespoke with artist and illustrator Sarah Dowling

Going bespoke with artist and illustrator Sarah Dowling

We asked artist and illustrator Sarah Dowling (www.sarahdowling.co.uk) for her top tips on creating truly personal wedding invitations. This is what she told us: Going bespoke with your wedding stationery is a great way to personalise your wedding and share your story as a couple. When loved ones receive your invite in the post, it's really important that is reflects you as a couple, as well as the tone you want to set for the day. This is the first impression your guests will get of your plans after all. From bespoke maps, to venue sketches, favourite florals and even pet portraits, I've featured all sorts of meaningful details in my watercolour wedding stationery to add that personal touch.

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Wedding News: How to plan a wedding speech

How to plan a wedding speech

Matthew Shaw, a leading wedding and events planner and founder of sauveur. - a superb events and creative studio - reveals his top tips to help you plan your big-day speech. Speeches can sprawl quite easily when you're trying to cover so much and this makes them difficult to follow. When you first start planning your speech it's definitely helpful to throw lots of ideas around but then try to focus on an overall theme or approach. This could be a personality trait, great jokes, or a more heartfelt approach, but it will help you, and the guests, if there is a clear angle to follow. In turn, this will help your guests follow along and you will be gifted with a better response from the room.

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Wedding News: Fever-Tree's new cocktail mixers: the ultimate hosting hack

Fever-Tree's new cocktail mixers: the ultimate hosting hack

With Christmas and New Year being the key season for popping the question, there's double the amount of celebrations at this time of year! Get ready to elevate your festive hosting with Fever-Tree's innovative cocktail mixers, new for winter 2023. In a year where approximately 100,000 proposals will happen from Christmas to New Year, and 64% of consumers enjoy cocktails at home, busy hosts can now have it all serving Mojitos, Margaritas, and Espresso Martinis. The line-up: Fever-Tree Classic Mojito Mixer: Fresh Mexican Limes meet Moroccan Mint for a zesty, refreshing twist. Just add rum and ice, stir, and craft a Mojito masterpiece.

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Wedding News: Tempt the tastebuds with Claire Hansen Cakes

Tempt the tastebuds with Claire Hansen Cakes

We asked Claire Hansen from Claire Hansen Cakes (www.clairehansencakes.com) for her advice on creating a wedding cake that's truly personal. Here's what she had to say: There are so many lovely ways to reflect your personalities and love story in your wedding cake. When I'm designing big-day bakes, I always have a detailed conversation with my couples to really get to know them and what they'd like to express with their cake. This one used colour to reflect both the bridal party and the groom's suit. Using swatches of their bridesmaids' dresses and the groom's attire, I was able to colour match the green for the groom and the rose gold sequins and blush elements for the bride and her maids.

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Wedding News: Feeling peachy with Pantone's Colour of the Year 2024 announcement

Feeling peachy with Pantone's Colour of the Year 2024 announcement

It's here, Pantone's Colour of the Year announcement for 2024 is... Peach Fuzz! We take a look at what this means for weddings! "A cozy peach hue softly nestled between pink and orange, PANTONE 13-1023 Peach Fuzz brings belonging, inspires recalibration, and an opportunity for nurturing, conjuring up an air of calm, offering us a space to be, feel, and heal and to flourish from whether spending time with others or taking the time me to enjoy a moment by ourselves," says Leatrice Eiseman, executive director, Pantone Color Institute. "Drawing comfort from PANTONE 13-1023 Peach Fuzz, we can find peace from within, impacting our wellbeing. An idea as much as a feeling, PANTONE 13-1023 Peach Fuzz awakens our senses to the comforting presence of tactility and cocooned warmth."

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Wedding News: Why are prenups no longer the reserve of the wealthy?

Why are prenups no longer the reserve of the wealthy?

Wenup, a collaborative online provider of relationship agreements, conducted a comprehensive analysis of its first 120 customers. This data offers valuable insights into the changing landscape of prenuptial agreements, capturing shifting trends among couples from diverse backgrounds and providing a glimpse into the evolving dynamics of modern relationships. Recent celebrity divorces, involving well-known personalities such as Britney Spears, Sophie Turner, and Joe Jonas have cast a spotlight on prenuptial agreements. Despite their often sensationalised portrayal in the media, prenups are no longer the exclusive domain of the rich and famous.

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Wedding News: Make your own rules with a celebrant-led ceremony

Make your own rules with a celebrant-led ceremony

We asked Jen Whitworth, also known at Jen the Celebrant (https://jenthecelebrant.co.uk) for her top tips on personality a wedding day. Here's what she told us: The simplest way to personalise your nuptials is to opt for a celebrant-led ceremony. A celebrant will work with you to make every aspect reflect you and your partner's personalities. Every time a celebrant officiates a wedding ceremony it will be unique, different from the last one they performed. A registrar however must repeat the same script every day, several times a day. With a celebrant at the helm, the party starts with the ceremony, as it should!

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Wedding News: Overwhelmed planning a wedding? A leading wedding planner shares top tips

Overwhelmed planning a wedding? A leading wedding planner shares top tips

Matthew Shaw, a leading wedding and events planner and founder of sauveur. - a superb events and creative studio - is here to reveal his Top Tips to help you plan and feel calm, confident and importantly, excited for the big day. ASK FOR HELP: I would always advise considering if you would like to engage a planner at the beginning of the process. They are true experts in their field and will help organise, inspire, and de-stress the process for you. There are planners available for varying wedding budgets so do reach out and request more information.

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Wedding News: Weddings Wrapped 2023 - wedding special

Weddings Wrapped 2023 - wedding special

With Spotify Wrapped 2023 having just dropped, Encore Musicians, the UK's largest musician bookings platform has analysed 2,300 song requests by newlyweds to see the most requested songs and artists for weddings in 2023. They also surveyed 1,000 of its customers and musicians to discover the UK's favourite and least favourite songs to hear at weddings. Although Ed Sheeran's "Perfect" ranked as the most common song for first dances, it also ranked as the second least popular song to hear at weddings with one in seven ranking it as their least favourite.

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Wedding News: Could you have to pay inheritance tax on a wedding gift?

Could you have to pay inheritance tax on a wedding gift?

Before the big day comes around, whether you are a guest giving a present or contributing to the cost of the honeymoon, or perhaps a relative considering helping towards the cost of the wedding itself, you ought to consider the inheritance tax implications of making such gifts. James Mabey, partner at law firm Winckworth Sherwood advises on the inheritance tax implications of wedding gifts. In the UK, if you die within seven years of making a gift, inheritance tax may be payable on the value of the gift after your death. This is because gifts are considered to be part of your estate for inheritance tax purposes.

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