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What to do if your wedding day doesn’t go as planned

Many couples plan their wedding down to even the most minute of details, but ethical jewellery experts at Ingle & Rhode understand that unfortunately no one's big day goes exactly as planned. You may forget something at home, some guests may be late or the day just might not be going how you envisioned it. That's why the team at Ingle & Rhode are giving their advice on what to do if your wedding day doesn't go exactly how you thought it would as well as providing tips on planning ahead with things like photography and weather - we do live n the UK after all!

Posted: 24 June 2022

Craig and Jess tied the knot at the beautiful Craig y Nos Castle

Jess and Craig met on a night out. "We shared common interests and quickly became inseparable," says Jess. "I felt comfortable with Craig straight away. Our relationship has always been based on laughter, and we encourage each other to be the best version of ourselves."

Craig popped the question in 2019. "He proposed overlooking Machu Picchu in Peru," shares the bride. "I had no idea that he was planning to ask me. We had just arrived at the top of the mountain, and as we posed for a picture, I turned around to see him down on one knee. It was the most overwhelming moment, and I couldn't help but cry tears of joy. I was so impressed that he managed to carry an engagement ring in his luggage for 10 days, through three airports and multiple cities and hotels, and I had absolutely no idea. He created the ring box by hand, with the letters J and C engraved on the top. I had previously mentioned that I wanted our engagement to be a complete surprise rather than on a predictable date, and Craig definitely took that on board. It was truly magical."

Posted: 15 June 2022

UK wedding guests to spend £15.6 billion in 2022

Spending by wedding guests has risen again this year as they enjoy a return to restriction-free ceremonies across the UK in 2022. New research from American Express reveals that British wedding goers will spend £883 on average to attend each wedding this year equating to £15.6 billion across the population, with guests spending more on accommodation, travel, outfits and hair, beauty & grooming compared to 2021. Of those who have or are planning to spend more on weddings this year, a third (33%) say this is because they want to celebrate with friends and family who they haven't seen as much due to the pandemic, while 27% say they are happier to spend more now that restrictions have been removed.

Posted: 13 June 2022

Top ways to save money and have that dream wedding

With wedding season now in full swing, brides and grooms to be will all agree that with so much to plan for, from clothes and shoes to flowers and photography, costs can soon escalate. But saying 'I do' doesn't mean you have to break the bank, Anita Naik, Consumer Editor at VoucherCodes.co.uk shares this brilliant money saving tip to help make your dream big day a little more cost effective... and it's all in the timing!

Posted: 11 June 2022

7 things to consider when planning a same-sex wedding

June is Pride month! Unbelievably, same-sex weddings are fairly new in the UK, having only become legal in 2014, so for LGBTQ+ couples planning their big day, it's about doing what feels right for you as a couple. Lisa Forde, wedding expert and founder of stationery favourites Tree of Hearts, said: "A wedding is all about celebrating your special love for one another so if anything that is deemed a 'wedding tradition' that doesn't make sense to you or feels outdated then you can simply ignore it.

Posted: 9 June 2022

How to personalise your wedding

t's tradition to marry the person you love; to walk down the aisle in a long, white dress; to celebrate the 'formal' beginning of a new family with friends and relatives. However, it's important to recognise that weddings should reflect your style, your story, and your sentiments. After all, it's you and your partner's big day! While you may want to keep some of the classic rituals, you should not be afraid to give the ceremony your own spin. Here, we explore some quirky and innovative ideas that will allow you to personalise your wedding and make it a celebration to remember.

Posted: 8 June 2022

Loving all things wedding? Check out this new novel

If while planning your wedding day you have fallen in love with the wonderful world of weddings, then this new release from Katy Birchall, The Wedding Season will certainly keep you in the wedding bubble. The perfect accompaniment when taking a break from the wed min, this will have you laughing out loud! Freya Scott is getting married. Her wedding to Matthew, her long-term boyfriend, is the first of eight in her calendar this year, and as someone who prides herself on being meticulously organised, Freya is intent on making it the perfect day to remember....

Posted: 6 June 2022

This styled shoot at Manor Park Country House is all about spending time with your best friends

Stacey Williams from Bridal Braids tells us her inspiration for this styled shoot: "I'm a huge fan of the TV show Friends and one of my favourite moments is when Rachel, Monica and Phoebe are sat together in their wedding dresses. I love how it embodies the special bond that you have with your friends, and it was my main inspiration for the shoot. I have a few friends in the industry that are just starting up, so I got in touch with them to see if they wanted to be involved. From there, we contacted a few family members who we knew would be comfortable to model for us and agreed on a date. The day was full of fun and laughter, and we were really happy with the outcome."

Posted: 1 June 2022

New stationery for big-day planning

Whether you're planning your own nuptials or are celebrating a newly engaged couple, London-based stationery and lifestyle brand Martha Brooks has lots of new ideas to help. The beautiful, personalised pieces will inspire and delight its recipients. Founded by Martha Keith, the successful business has grown from humble beginnings in 2013 to the inspirational, feel-good lifestyle brand that it is today. Here at County Wedding Magazine HQ we're stationery lovers (stationery addicts more like) so we can't help swooning over the latest offerings from this stylish brand.

Posted: 30 May 2022

Liz and Aled had a beautiful wedding at Oldwalls Gower

Liz and Aled met through a mutual school friend. "We have a similar sense of humour and the same values," says Liz. "Aled took me away for my birthday in 2019 and proposed at Lake Garda in Italy. It was a complete surprise and a lovely holiday."

"Oldwalls Gower is a beautiful venue that hosted our ceremony and reception all under one roof. The property could accommodate overnight guests, and the alpacas were also a plus! We added extra touches where possible, including a 'snap it, shake it and sign it' guest book where our friends and family had access to an instant camera and could take a photo and include it as part of their message."

Posted: 18 May 2022