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Wedding News: Expert insight on upcoming wedding trends in 2024

Expert insight on upcoming wedding trends in 2024

Georgie Mitchell, Wedding Planner and Wedding Expert for online fashion destination Silkfred, shares her expert insight on upcoming wedding trends in 2024. A beautiful white gown has been the norm for centuries, however, as Georgie explains, 2024 is set to change these traditional bridal tropes: "I think, in 2024, we'll see loads of individuality. Brides will be wearing different designs, colours, necklines with more of a focus on styles that not only make them look and feel good, but won't look like everyone else. I also think they will be very romantic, textured, patterned with touches of colour. Gone are the white dress brides."

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Wedding News: County Wedding Events coming to Cave Hotel, Kent!

County Wedding Events coming to Cave Hotel, Kent!

If you're newlyweds-to-be embarking on your wedding planning journey, pop along to the County Wedding Events wedding show at The Cave Hotel, Kent, for inspiration on Sunday 25th February 2024! Sister company to County Wedding Magazines, the event brings couples that are desperate for face-to-face wedding planning in touch with local professionals who are on hand to help plan the wedding day. From photographers to cake makers, musicians to florists you're sure to tick a lot off of your to-do list by attending one of our County Wedding Events. A day to remember - a stylish sanctum that seamlessly blends a high-end contemporary look with a laid-back and welcoming approach, The Cave is not just a venue, getting married here is a truly holistic experience where you and your guests take center stage. You would be able to relax, eat, celebrate and sleep better than you ever have before; there really is nowhere quite like it.

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Wedding News: As the wedding season approaches, turn to Viners for a gift ideas

As the wedding season approaches, turn to Viners for a gift ideas

If you've been invited to a wedding and need some inspiration for what to give as a gift, we're sure you will find something within the Viners® range that the happy couple will enjoy for years to come. Opting for a cutlery set is a guaranteed hit. A sentimental and thoughtful gift to give your loved ones, a cutlery set will take care of any special dinner parties or occasions hosted by the newlyweds.

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Wedding News: Bloom & Wild's exclusive insights into this year’s most anticipated flower trends

Bloom & Wild's exclusive insights into this year’s most anticipated flower trends

Brace yourselves for a vibrant floral revolution as 2024 bids adieu to the serene luxury trends of 2023, welcoming back maximalism with open arms. Bold statement pieces and lively colours are reclaiming their spotlight in the realms of fashion, interiors, and floral arrangements, marking a dynamic shift in the aesthetic landscape. Jo Reason, Director of Brand & Range at Bloom & Wild, predicts a surge in hyper-colour bouquets featuring fuchsia and electric lilac flowers paired with lime yellow foliages.

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Wedding News: New CEO for Kent-based children’s charity Tree of Hope

New CEO for Kent-based children’s charity Tree of Hope

Kent-based children's charity Tree of Hope has announced Becky Andrew as their new CEO. Becky is a passionate and values-driven charity leader with over 14 years' experience building and managing teams, programmes and services within the youth and education charity sector. Most recently she served as Director of Operations at The Diana Award, a youth social action charity, where she played a pivotal role in driving the organisation's growth and impact globally over her nine-year tenure. Prior to her role at The Diana Award Becky led operations, events and networks at The Teaching Awards Trust, overseeing and delivering high profile events across the UK, including the BBC-televised National Teaching Awards.

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Wedding News: Wedding trends and tablescaping predictions for 2024

Wedding trends and tablescaping predictions for 2024

We've seen a number of popular wedding trends take centre stage over the past few years, from the soaring popularity of micro weddings to cosy and intimate sweetheart tables for the happy couple. As we step into 2024, the world of weddings is evolving even further, with couples embracing new and exciting trends and reimagining the art of tablescaping. So, what exactly are the latest nuptial trends, and how can brides and grooms emulate them in their own ceremonies and wedding tablescapes? The tableware experts from Burleigh Pottery are here to share their wedding and tablescaping trend predictions for 2024 to give you the inspiration you need ahead of the big day.

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Wedding News: Expert reveals wedding planning tips for newly engaged couples

Expert reveals wedding planning tips for newly engaged couples

Samantha Gilchrist, the owner of The Gilchrist Collection, has had the pleasure of working with thousands of married-couples-to-be, across 12 venues in total including three US, making her the expert when it comes to wedding planning: "Valentine's Day is an incredibly popular day for proposals, in fact the search for 'Valentine's Day proposal' is currently up 40% globally!" I love working with newly-engaged couples; but I always encourage them not to wait too long, as they may miss out on getting the best venues, photographers or even end up with key guests of honour unable to attend the big day as they have left sending 'save-the-dates' out until the last minute."

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Wedding News: New wellbeing range from Kent buisness

New wellbeing range from Kent buisness

New home fragrance brand, Meltee has laucnhed its forest therapy, vegan collection Nature's Healing. Using sustainable sourced ingredients, Nature's Healing brings the outdoors indoors through scents of rosemary, leaves, green stems, lily, bluebell and cedarwood. Combined with unique Forest Therapy technology, Meltee have created a collection that will bring calm and tranquillity to your everyday life. Harnessing the incredible power of phytoncides technology (more on that below) so that you can reap the rewarding benefits that nature has to offer, without even having to leave your homes, Meltee have created a candle (from £14) , wax melts (£8) and reed diffuser (£22) which all incorporates the transformative, Forest Therapy.

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Wedding News: Savvy couples request money over wedding gifts amid cost of living crisis

Savvy couples request money over wedding gifts amid cost of living crisis

Savvy couples are looking to use wedding gifts to invest in savings amid the cost-of-living crisis, new national research has revealed. The survey, conducted by Coventry Building Society discovered almost a quarter of newlyweds (24%) put money received as a wedding gift straight into a savings account, with more than one in ten couples (15%) using money to pay off wedding debt straight away. What's more, over half of respondents (57%) just want money as their wedding gift, opting for financial safety over traditional gift giving (43%).

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Wedding News: The Speech Surgery part three - the father-of-the-bride gets the spotlight

The Speech Surgery part three - the father-of-the-bride gets the spotlight

The Speech Surgery part three, Heidi Ellert McDermott shares her tips for the father of the bride and how to delivery the ultimate speech. The wedding speech tradition is as prevalent as ever and is still very much one of the key parts of the day. For some, public speaking comes quite naturally, and they wouldn't think twice about standing up and 'performing' on cue, while for others it may cause sleepless nights and anxiety but the pressure of pleasing a loved one means you can't say no! Fear not, whether you're a pro and want to heighten your speech, or a novice and you need some advice on how to settle those nerves, Heidi is here to answer your all-important questions...

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Wedding News: Planning an engagement party? Here’s a 6-step-guide from a party planner

Planning an engagement party? Here’s a 6-step-guide from a party planner

So you've said the easiest yes of your life and now is the time to celebrate your new status with an engagement party, but where do you even start? From budget to dates to invites, the list can seem endless and overwhelming at first, but there are a few simple considerations that can ease the process from the offset, making this exciting phase of your life enjoyable, memorable and personal to you both. To help with your engagement party checklist, party planning expert at Ginger Ray, Jess Martin, shares six fool-proof etiquette tips to avoid those stressful preparations:

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Wedding News: County Wedding Events coming to Denbies Wine Estate, Surrey!

County Wedding Events coming to Denbies Wine Estate, Surrey!

If you're newlyweds-to-be embarking on your wedding planning journey, pop along to the County Wedding Events wedding show at Denbies Wine Estate, Surrey, for inspiration on Sunday 18th February 2024! Sister company to County Wedding Magazines, the event brings couples that are desperate for face-to-face wedding planning in touch with local professionals who are on hand to help plan the wedding day. From photographers to cake makers, musicians to florists you're sure to tick a lot off of your to-do list by attending one of our County Wedding Events. Celebrate your Surrey Wedding in the beautiful landscaped setting of the vineyard. Set in the heart of the Surrey Hills, an area known for its outstanding natural beauty, Denbies prides itself as one of the finest wedding venues in Surrey.

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Wedding News: Seven new rooms added to Kent pub

Seven new rooms added to Kent pub

The Beacon Restaurant in Tunbridge Wells, has announced it's added seven rooms to the venue encompassing six uniquely styled bedrooms and a summer house cabin. The Kent countryside retreat combines a restaurant headed by executive chef Scott Goss, creating a unique destination for food enthusiasts and those seeking the perfect escape. Champion of Kent produce and alumni of the late great Gary Rhodes, chef Scott Goss says, "I'm thrilled that we are able to offer guests a culinary experience through our restaurant, events and weddings, plus the addition of offering a luxe home from home. This takes us to the next level of providing more to our local and regional guests."

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Wedding News: Love letters are all but lost

Love letters are all but lost

Once the staple currency of every romance, the simple art of writing a love letter has been all but lost, in an age of Snapchat and WhatsApp. A new study has revealed that nearly half of young Brits in relationships (45 percent) aged between 18 and 35, have never written their sweetheart a love letter, while 71 percent say they would rather send a romantic WhatsApp, DM or Snap. In fact, 88 percent say that traditional displays of affection such as love letters and flowers are old fashioned. Young lovers admit that they wouldn't know what to say in a letter (37 percent), with a third (29 percent) confessing they would feel silly, according to the poll by Bird & Blend Tea Co. who have created a Swizzels Love Hearts Tea.

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Wedding News: Lab-grown diamonds dominating the market in 2024

Lab-grown diamonds dominating the market in 2024

In 2023, rather than reassessing their budget, many couples have started to become more conscious of their spending habits and switching to gemstones rather than diamonds and opting for lab-grown diamonds. According to exclusive internal data from Queensmith, lab-grown diamonds have continued to dominate the market due to their lower cost per carat, resulting in more affordable prices. These highly sought-after diamonds have enabled couples to still find the perfect engagement ring, without inflating their budget. The affordable option, at 60-80% cheaper than natural diamonds, accounted for nearly 80% of Queensmith's diamond engagement rings sold in 2023. Not only can consumers expect larger carat weights and higher quality diamonds, but also a more environmentally friendly and sustainably sourced alternative to mined diamonds.

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Wedding News: The Speech Surgery part two - icebreakers and tips for the best man

The Speech Surgery part two - icebreakers and tips for the best man

The Speech Surgery part two, Heidi Ellert McDermott shares her tips on icebreakers and advice for the best man. The wedding speech tradition is as prevalent as ever and is still very much one of the key parts of the day. For some, public speaking comes quite naturally, and they wouldn't think twice about standing up and 'performing' on cue, while for others it may cause sleepless nights and anxiety but the pressure of pleasing a loved one means you can't say no! Fear not, whether you're a pro and want to heighten your speech, or a novice and you need some advice on how to settle those nerves, Heidi is here to answer your all-important questions...

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Wedding News: County Wedding Events coming to Crondon Park, Essex!

County Wedding Events coming to Crondon Park, Essex!

If you're newlyweds-to-be embarking on your wedding planning journey, pop along to the County Wedding Events wedding show at Crondon Park, Essex, for inspiration on Sunday 11th February 2024! Sister company to County Wedding Magazines, the event brings couples that are desperate for face-to-face wedding planning in touch with local professionals who are on hand to help plan the wedding day. From photographers to cake makers, musicians to florists you're sure to tick a lot off of your to-do list by attending one of our County Wedding Events. Set in the beautiful valley of Crondon, with stunning views across the Essex countryside and our championship golf course - Crondon Park has established an outstanding reputation as a premier venue in Essex and the UK.

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Wedding News: Hitting the right fragrance notes with Kent's Loriest & Co

Hitting the right fragrance notes with Kent's Loriest & Co

Based in Tunbridge Wells, Loriest & Co is embracing the seasonality of winter with three captivating aromatic scented candles perfect for wedding day ambience or big-day gifting. Each candle connects the beauty of the outdoors with the cosy comforts of home. The Notes of December scented candle captures the richness of an evergreen forest with a chorus of pine and spruce bathed in winter sunshine. A joyful woody scent to uplift any room, any desk, any coffee table, and every entrance hall this season.

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Wedding News: The worst Valentine’s Day presents ever gifted

The worst Valentine’s Day presents ever gifted

With Valentine's Day fast approaching, many people in relationships will be facing one of the toughest questions of the year - "What do I buy my other half?". There have already been 43,000 online searches for "Valentine's Day gifts" as people look for inspiration and whilst some people might receive extravagant and romantic presents, some people are less fortunate. With this in mind, Ninja surveyed the nation to find out what the worst presents people had been given for Valentine's Day, and between a bag of crisps and cat food, the results will shock you

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Wedding News: Hen do and stag party tips 2024

Hen do and stag party tips 2024

Anita Naik, Savings Expert at VoucherCodes.co.uk provides her top tips on reducing the cost of a hen or stag do: "Many bridal and groom parties begin planning their respective hen and stag dos throughout the months of January and February. Taking the time to plan carefully is crucial, especially if you are planning on jetting off somewhere. "But, with rising living costs and foreign destinations being more expensive than ever, I've put together my top tips to help you have some pre-wedding fun without breaking the bank - either domestically, or abroad.

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