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

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Wedding News: KEM Radford Photography has won several awards

KEM Radford Photography has won several awards

Katie from KEM Radford Photography has had a busy few months; she was a finalist at both The Welsh National Wedding Awards and The 5th Welsh Wedding Awards 2023 and recently won 'The Most Trusted Wedding Photographer & Customer Service Excellence Award for South Wales' at the Global Wedding Awards. If that wasn't impressive enough, she's also just been accepted into The Wedding Guild of Wales – congratulations!

Katie tells us: "I adore taking wedding photos, and I think it shows. I have a creative and romantic style that focuses on the use of natural light and shadows."

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Wedding News: Top wedding travel tips for big-day guests

Top wedding travel tips for big-day guests

Anita Naik, Savings Expert at VoucherCodes.co.uk provides her top tips on how to manage journey costs, when travelling to attend a wedding. "Wedding ceremonies are well known for placing financial strain upon guests, ranging from the cost associated with your gift, to a new outfit, and even – your transport. Whether the ceremony is being held in the UK, or further afield, consumers will likely have to travel to attend a loved one's big day. I've pulled together my top tips to help you cut costs and ensure you can enjoy your family and friend's nuptials without worrying about your finances.

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Wedding News: Pinterest’s wedding trends we love this summer

Pinterest’s wedding trends we love this summer

Wedding supply experts at Aura Print have served up the top 10 summer wedding trends we need to know about, as loved by Pinterest. From disco balls, to Barbie-core, upcycling to anti-bridal - get ready to see these wedding trends everywhere! You can never have too much sparkle at your wedding, and we love the playful, retro feel to it. The trend started to pick up steam in 2020, when glitter balls and 80s playlists became a great DIY option to add some retro-meets-modern fabulousness to the big day. The trend is going nowhere this summer, with over 32k Pinterest pins and a 7400% global increase in searches since January. So get your groove on and be ready to dance the night away!

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Wedding News: Save Your Spending as a Wedding Guest!

Save Your Spending as a Wedding Guest!

Weddings are one of the most joyous occasions to attend, however the cost of simply being a guest can add up quickly. Here are NetVoucherCodes' top tips to save money when attending a wedding.

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Wedding News: Here’s how to include your dog in your big day

Here’s how to include your dog in your big day

Wedding days are often filled with celebrations with the ones you love the most, so it's understandable that for many people it simply wouldn't feel right to celebrate their special day without their faithful furry companion. "From a 'dog of honour' to a ring bearer, the possibilities of including your pet at your wedding are endless," explains PDSA Vet Nurse Nina Downing. "While bringing your dog along to your wedding can be rewarding, it can also add some complexity so there's lots to think about to make it work." Nina has pulled together her top tips and some things to consider before saying yes to involving your pet on your big day!

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

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

The Orangery is an 18th-century venue that perfectly combines rustic and contemporary décor to create a wonderful setting to say 'I do.' Nestled amongst 850 acres of parkland, the property is situated within the grounds of Margam Country Park and has plenty of places to explore, 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: 7 wedding moments to capture in photos

7 wedding moments to capture in photos

Wedding photographers will have their own photos they will capture on the day with important ones including the first kiss, first dance and the bride walking down the aisle. However, couples should also have an idea of the kinds of photos they'd like to have and suggest these to their photographer if they haven't discussed them already. Matt Dahan from ParrotPrint.com says, "Your wedding happens once and you want to capture as much as you can so you have some really lovely memories to look back on. As a couple it's always a good idea to sit down with your wedding photographer and talk about how you want your pictures to look and the kinds of images you want captured.

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Wedding News: Keep your wedding scheme alive at home

Keep your wedding scheme alive at home

It's no surprise couples often suffer from the wedding blues after their nuptials, but with peak wedding season around the corner, to help those wondering how they can relive their special day, Stephanie King, Colour Expert & Creative Lead at Dulux, is sharing her savvy tips to help. Stephanie says, "Not only will utilising elements from your wedding help you save money when re-decorating, but recreating your wedding theme at home can help couples create a more meaningful space that brings personality and happy memories into the home. Weddings are full of sentimental value, so creating a space which reflects a shared experience and sense of nostalgia will act as a constant reminder of your beautiful moment and love for each other every day."

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Wedding News: Say I do with these 5 tips on saving for a wedding

Say I do with these 5 tips on saving for a wedding

Your wedding is likely to be one of the most important days of your life. While the day itself should be as relaxed as possible, a lot of time, money and effort goes in to making sure that is possible. The cost of living is impacting prices across the board, and wedding suppliers are no exception. For those gearing up for their wedding day, Emma Watson, Head of Financial Planning at Rathbones Group Plc, shares her top tips for anyone putting a budget together for that important day.

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Wedding News: Brits are spending nearly £1k attending a friend's hen party!

Brits are spending nearly £1k attending a friend's hen party!

It's always exciting news when you find out your close friend is getting married, but have you ever stopped to consider how much the wedding is going to cost you? Life insurance broker, Reassured polled 1,500 people to reveal the costs of attending a hen party. To be exact, you'll be out of pocket by nearly £979 for attending the hen party!

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Wedding News: Spabreaks.com has announced the top five spas in Wales

Spabreaks.com has announced the top five spas in Wales

Mercure Holland House Hotel & Spa Cardiff has been revealed as Wales' top spa, according to research revealed by spa experience and booking agency Spabreaks.com. The four-star wedding venue is situated in Wales' vibrant capital city of Cardiff and boasts a relaxed atmosphere, an 18-metre swimming pool, steam room, Jacuzzi and a fully-functioning gym.

Other spas that made the top five were Celtic Manor in Newport, The Vale Resort, voco St. David's and Park Plaza Cardiff.

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Wedding News: Pre-wedding wellbeing

Pre-wedding wellbeing

Lovendu was created to help people improve their mental wellbeing and become the best version of themselves. In the lead up to a wedding, it's also important to manage your wellbeing. The brand's new Romanticising Your Life Journal provides daily gratitude reminders, mindfulness activities and motivational quotes, you will be encouraged to live in the present moment and notice the beauty in life. With the Romanticising Your Life Journal, you will have space for 14 weeks of daily journalling- your perfect accompaniment for pre-wedding preparations.

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Wedding News: Sweet-scented celebrations

Sweet-scented celebrations

After a wedding, creating a calming atmosphere is important to beginning a new chapter in your lives. A Yankee candle provides the perfect mood for unforgettable moments. The wide range of soft, bright, cool and warm tones fit into any colour scheme, while the hand-drawn illustrations effortlessly enhance a room. There is a candle for each unique taste, whether you like fruity and floral, or earthy and spicy notes, each candle holds a long-lasting scent that can be enjoyed time and time again.

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Wedding News: Spabreaks.com reveal 10% discount for all things wedding

Spabreaks.com reveal 10% discount for all things wedding

Whether it's a hen do, mini moon, wedding gift or honeymoon, there's lots of reasons to visit the spa in and around your wedding day and Spabreaks.com have you covered. Spabreaks.com, Europe's leading spa booking and experience agency, is offering 10% discount on gift vouchers between the 26th and 30th June using code WEDDING. Whether you need some time out from wedding planning or simply want to get away before the big day, Spabreaks.com have a range of bridal spa packages bookable instantly for the perfect pre-wedding pamper.

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Wedding News: Make way for the Barbie-themed hen party

Make way for the Barbie-themed hen party

Following the upcoming release of new movie Barbie, 21st July 2023, featuring Margot Robbie and Ryan Gosling - match made in Barbie heaven - unsurprisingly it's all about the Barbie hen party theme right now! Step forward, Team Hen, we're talking hot pink accessories as far as the eye can see. Luckily, for all the bride tribes out there looking to nail the trend these bride-worthy accessories and decor details will be an instagram hit channeling the coveted barbie-inspired vibe!

Think pink ring shot glasses, hot pink bride squad t-shirts, handbag-sized lip balms, balloon arch kits and sunglasses-shaped balloons - all Barbie style.

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Wedding News: Llancaiach Fawr Manor is one of the finest surviving fortified Tudor manor houses in the country

Llancaiach Fawr Manor is one of the finest surviving fortified Tudor manor houses in the country

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 manor house is only 15 minutes from Brecon Beacons National Park and is close to the pre-historic landscape of Gelligaer Common, a place of significant historical importance.

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Wedding News: Cakes and gifts for summer wedding season

Cakes and gifts for summer wedding season

French pâtissier Ladurée, expert in providing luxury macarons and table favours, has a gorgeous selection of sweet gifts, cakes and macaron towers that would make the most gorgeous addition to any wedding celebration this summer. The story of the Ladurée macaron starts in the middle of the 20th century with Pierre Desfontaines , who had the idea of sticking two macaron shells together and filling them with a delicious ganache. Since then, the recipe remains unchanged.

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Wedding News: How to plan your finances for marriage

How to plan your finances for marriage

Wedding season is now in full swing as couples prepare for their big day. For those planning to tie the knot, wedding preparations are not the only things that need careful planning. Taking the right steps to prepare financially for marriage can help to prevent unexpected surprises as couples embark on their new life together. Weddings are magical moments but they also require a level of practicality, to ensure that you get your partnership off to the right start. So, what can couples do to make sure they are perfectly aligned before they say their vows?

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Wedding News: The 10 most popular first dance songs for 2023

The 10 most popular first dance songs for 2023

Over the past year, UK searches for 'first dance songs 2023' have increased by +4,700%, whilst searches for 'fun first dance ideas' have increased by +100% showing that more couples are looking for inspiration. The first dance is likely to be one of the most memorable moments of your wedding, so naturally, newlyweds are determined to pick the most suitable song. A decision needs to be made whether to choose an old classic or maybe the new love song that's currently on the charts.

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Wedding News: Palé Hall is committed to sustainability

Palé Hall is committed to sustainability

Palé Hall received Wales' first Green Michelin Star back in 2021 and is committed to sustainability, boasting a completely carbon-neutral source of electricity produced from the on-site hydroelectric generating plant, as well as incorporating seasonal and locally-sourced produce throughout its menu.

Head chef Gareth Stevenson uses his vision, creativity and skill to create new dishes using produce from Pale Hall's grounds and the surrounding area. Guests can choose from decadent five or eight-course menus developed and inspired by the Welsh countryside.

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