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Wedding News: How to make your engagement ring shine for wedding day

How to make your engagement ring shine for wedding day

Between shampoo, hairspray, moisturiser and hand cream – we can all agree that our beautiful engagement rings go through a lot on a daily basis. After all, many of us wear them every day without ever taking them off! But if your big day is just around the corner, it's crucial to keep your ring looking its best for those all-important wedding photos and to ensure your nearest and dearest see it in all its glory. With this in mind, experts at family-owned jewellers and diamond merchants, Chisholm Hunter, offer their specialist advice on how to get your ring gleaming before your big day... Max Brown, Retail Director at Chisholm Hunter, shares their top tips for ensuring your engagement ring is sparkling ahead of your wedding day: "If you want your precious jewellery to look its best on the big day, we recommend taking your ring to a professional jewellers for both ultrasonic and steam cleaning and using fine emery paper followed by a full polish to remove any surface scratching.

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Wedding News: Win a wedding at an exciting wedding fair this January

Win a wedding at an exciting wedding fair this January

Portland House in Cardiff will be hosting an exciting in-person event on the 7th January 2024! Get ready to celebrate love and have a chance to win a wedding! (T&C'S apply). To be in with your chance, simply purchase a ticket for £1 at the venue to get five entries.

This event is a fantastic opportunity to meet wedding vendors, get inspired by the latest trends, and connect with other couples. Whether you're planning your dream wedding or simply curious, this event is for you! Mark your calendars and get ready for a day filled with love, laughter, and the chance to win an unforgettable wedding!

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Wedding News: Venues for the perfect autumnal ceremony

Venues for the perfect autumnal ceremony

New research conducted by ethical jewellery brand Sacet has revealed the top country wedding venues across the UK that would make the perfect location for an autumnal ceremony. By analysing a number of factors (including guest capacity, number of reviews, professionalism, quality of service and value for money) of over 30 wedding venues that offer barn, country and forest-style weddings in the UK, the top 10 were revealed. Brinsop Court Manor House and Barn, in Hereford, has been crowned the overall winner, with top ratings across all factors (quality of service, response time, professionalism, value for money flexibility and average rating). It also had the most number of reviews and can hold between 30 to 250 guests.

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Wedding News: The Dreaming is a new wellness retreat founded by singer Charlotte Church

The Dreaming is a new wellness retreat founded by singer Charlotte Church

The Dreaming, a new wellness retreat founded by singer Charlotte Church, is nestled in the spectacular surroundings of the Elan Valley in the heart of Wales. The grounds of the former home of Laura Ashley boast waterfalls, rocks, caves, and, quite simply, an abundance of natural beauty. Rhydoldog House has been transformed from a rundown property into a stunning wellness retreat that works both with and for nature.

From short retreats with daily wellness activities to longer breaks with specialist practitioners, The Dreaming delivers an exciting and nourishing menu of activities in keeping with the seasons.

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Wedding News: Are these popular 2023 wedding song cursed?

Are these popular 2023 wedding song cursed?

Research from wedding entertainment providers Function Central shows couples are taking risks choosing songs for their weddings with shockingly high divorce rates. Function Central used existing data on the songs most likely to end in divorce to see whether couples were still taking risks by adding these songs to their upcoming nuptials. This data was then cross-referenced against existing wedding playlists of engaged couples to see whether couples were still choosing these songs for their weddings. The results were concerning for any superstitious couples worried about whether certain tracks were deemed bad luck for long lasting marriages.

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Wedding News: Crug Glâs is a country house restaurant with rooms in Pembrokeshire

Crug Glâs is a country house restaurant with rooms in Pembrokeshire

Crug Glâs is a country house restaurant with rooms in Pembrokeshire. Set in 600 acres of land in St. David's, it offers breathtaking views of unspoilt countryside and easy access to the area's famous coast. The property can be traced back to the 12th century, when it was mentioned in the Black Book of St. David's, the chronicle of local farms, manors, and estates. Crug Glâs is now owned and run by husband-and-wife team Janet and Perkin Evans. The couple began modernising the house in keeping with its Georgian style. They added en-suite bathrooms and moved the kitchen and scullery to the ground floor.

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Wedding News: 5 reasons couples fail at sticking to their wedding budget

5 reasons couples fail at sticking to their wedding budget

With the cost of living on everyone's minds, budget expert Isabel Smith, offers some insight into how couples can set (and stick to!) their wedding budget. The number of couples who are going overbudget on their wedding is dropping, from around 2/3 in 2018 to somewhere around 50% this year. This may be due to savvier couples setting more realistic budgets, or people simply refusing spend a penny more than planned owing to future financial uncertainty, but either way, I am all for it! I've never been an advocate for getting in debt over your big day, no matter how special you want it to be.

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Wedding News: The perfect couples advent calendar

The perfect couples advent calendar

Couples looking for that x-factor idea to get them in the Christmassy mood this festive season need look no further than A Twist Of Date's personalised couples' advent calendar. This personalised QR-code collection of romantic, fun and creative couples' activities adds a spark of magic that is sure to make 2023 a December to remember. Perfect for long-term busy couples looking to reconnect through heart-warming moments, it's a no-brainer alternative to the typical chocolate-filled Christmas countdown. Whether it's an impromptu trip to your local ice rink, engaging in an act of kindness together or writing each other a romantic letter to be opened on Christmas, each day brings something new and exciting to share together.

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Wedding News: How to master taking the perfect engagement ring photo

How to master taking the perfect engagement ring photo

Proposals are often one of the most memorable, special and magical moments in a couples life, so it's only natural they want to share this joyous news with their friends, family and colleagues. In 2023, one of the most common ways for couples to share the news of their engagement is through social media. Couples often post gorgeous pictures in real time of themselves along with the dazzling engagement ring. Sharing the news via social media is a quick and easy way of telling your loved ones the news without having to individually call everyone, which can be overwhelming and time consuming. However, taking the perfect photo can be a bit of a challenge. Whilst it's not a competition to see who has the biggest ring and whose ring sparkles the most, a lot of people want their ring to look as desirable and shimmering as possible.

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Wedding News: Penmaenuchaf Hotel has completed the first phase of its two-part refurbishment project

Penmaenuchaf Hotel has completed the first phase of its two-part refurbishment project

Penmaenuchaf Hotel in Dolgellau, Gwynedd, has completed the first phase of its ambitious two-part refurbishment project. This charming mountain retreat has unveiled four beautifully designed suites on the top floor, as well as new kitchens, perfect for pre-wedding getaways. Founder and owner of Seren, Neil Kedward, said: "We're delighted to have completed the first exciting phase of our refurbishment work at Penmaenuchaf, with our four newly designed suites now ready for guests to enjoy. The design vision was to create a true sense of 'hiraeth', a Welsh term that describes a longing for a place that holds some nostalgia deep in your soul. I hope Penmaenuchaf already represents the true definition of 'hiraeth', and we hope it's a feeling our guests fondly take away with them."

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Wedding News: Sober hen parties are on the rise

Sober hen parties are on the rise

While hen parties are often characterised by celebratory cocktails, drinking games and wild night outs, the hen-do could soon be shrugging off its booze-fueled persona. Global searches for 'sober hen do ideas' have doubled over the past year while 'sober bachelorette party games' has also seen a 50% increase. On TikTok, #soberliving has seen a surge in popularity, with videos including the hashtag boasting over 650 million views. If you're a bride-to-be looking to celebrate your 'last night of freedom' tee-total-style, party planning expert, Amy Greenshields at cardfactory has shared her four top tips.

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Wedding News: The Grade I-listed Llancaiach Fawr Manor is a fortified Tudor manor house

The Grade I-listed Llancaiach Fawr Manor is a fortified Tudor manor house

The Grade I-listed Llancaiach Fawr Manor is one of the finest surviving fortified Tudor manor houses in the country. Situated in the heart of the South Wales Valleys, this 16th-century property has been restored to how it would have looked during the royal visit of King Charles I in 1645.

The Parlour is used for intimate celebrations and provides the perfect setting for a candlelit ceremony with up to 30 of your guests, or the Great Hall can be used for up to 50 people.

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Wedding News: Is lasting love magic, logic or luck?

Is lasting love magic, logic or luck?

Does it matter how a couple met? Contented Couples, a new guide to long-term relationships, features candid, intimate interviews with eighteen couples, based in the UK and USA. Each pair tell of how they met, how they formed a relationship and how they've thrived to become a truly happy union. One couple met and married within a month, whilst another two were thrown together repeatedly by a matchmaker who refused to give up - and it is not only guy meets girl either. The couples speak from an array of circumstance, culture and sexual orientations, including arranged marriage, friends-to-lovers and dating apps.

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Wedding News: The five best weather apps to keep your eye on it leading up to the big day

The five best weather apps to keep your eye on it leading up to the big day

Wedding jewellery experts Austen & Blake have listed some of the best weather apps to keep an eye on in the lead-up to your big day. The UK weather has been anything but predictable lately, with September set to be a particularly rainy and unsettled month, according to The Met Office. Top-rated apps help to track and plan your wedding day accordingly. Weather apps are invaluable when it comes to planning your nuptials, but sometimes there's no avoiding the inevitable. That's why, along with listing the best apps for tracking grey skies, the jewellery experts have teamed up with a professional wedding photographer to provide tips on how to get the best rainy snaps.

Even when the weather's a washout, it doesn't mean your wedding photos have to be! Here are some of the best weather apps to keep an eye on and how to strike the perfect pose if rain is predicted:

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Wedding News: Coast, a restaurant in Saundersfoot, has launched a new seafront bar

Coast, a restaurant in Saundersfoot, has launched a new seafront bar

Coast, a restaurant in Saundersfoot, has launched Pembrokeshire's newest seafront bar. Offering guests an al fresco experience, Teras Bar is the ideal space to enjoy pre-wedding drinks, good food, and the coastal breeze while relaxing on the golden sands of Coppet Hall.

Known for his passion for sustainability, head chef Fred Clapperton has partnered with local suppliers to craft a tantalising bar menu, comprising of locally-sourced Pembrokeshire oysters, Welsh cured meats, and delicious Welsh cheeses.

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Wedding News: Don’t like your engagement ring? Relationship experts reveal what you need to do!

Don’t like your engagement ring? Relationship experts reveal what you need to do!

A marriage proposal is filled with an overwhelming amount of emotion and is a moment both you and your partner will remember forever. But once the initial rush fades, what if you come to terms with the fact that the ring placed on your finger isn't what you envisioned it to look like? Leading diamond jewellers, Diamonds Factory, teamed up with relationship experts Georgia Sturmer and Sharin Shafer, who have shared their top 3 tips on how to handle this delicate situation in the best way possible.

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Wedding News: The Orangery is an 18th-century venue that combines rustic and contemporary décor

The Orangery is an 18th-century venue that combines rustic and contemporary décor

Nestled amongst 850 acres of parkland, The Orangery is an 18th-century venue that perfectly combines rustic and contemporary décor to create a wonderful setting to say, 'I do.' Situated within the grounds of Margam Country Park, The Orangery has plenty of places to explore and take photographs, including a Gothic-style mansion and monastic ruins.

Tie the knot in The Grove, a stunning room with elegant mouldings and feature windows that offers magnificent views of the terrace and gardens.

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Wedding News: Fraser Hart launches its stunning lab-grown diamond collection

Fraser Hart launches its stunning lab-grown diamond collection

Fraser Hart, one of the UK's leading purveyors of fine jewellery, is redefining affordable luxury with the launch of its Born Lab Grown Diamonds collection in 10 new stores nationwide. Optically, physically and chemically identical to an earth-grown diamond, here cutting-edge technology is used to create timeless diamonds in a laboratory setting. Blending craftsmanship with innovation, Born Lab Grown Diamonds are breathtaking in their clarity, delivering the same sparkling wow-factor as traditionally mined gems, but with a more accessible price tag. The Born collection includes a stunning choice of "buy now, treasure forever" heirloom jewellery pieces. With exquisite diamond rings starting at just £799, diamond and white gold stud earrings from £799, classic diamond encrusted tennis bracelets from £5,250, and diamond pendant necklaces from £850, investing in luxurious, exceptional quality and utterly timeless diamond jewellery pieces has never been more attractive.

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Wedding News: The wellness journals from Lovendu you need in your life

The wellness journals from Lovendu you need in your life

With Mental Health Awareness day falling in October, and as we approach the end of the year, take positive steps to improve your wellbeing in 2024 through journaling. The benefits of daily journaling are huge, from reducing stress and improving your mental health to boosting productivity and providing an opportunity to get in sync with your emotions. It's the ultimate act of self-care – and Lovendu makes it easy to take control of your life and truly thrive.

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Wedding News: The Welsh National Wedding Awards recognise the best wedding businesses in Wales

The Welsh National Wedding Awards recognise the best wedding businesses in Wales

The Welsh National Wedding Awards, now in its 12th year, recognise the best wedding businesses in Wales. Once again, this year, thousands of votes have been cast from couples whose weddings have taken place between 1st September 2022 and 31st August 2023. From these votes, a shortlist has been created, and the overall winners will be announced at the prestigious awards ceremony at Swansea's Brangwyn Hall on Sunday 12th November 2023.

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