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Wedding News: Hensol Castle Distillery has won an award at the World Gin Awards 2023

Hensol Castle Distillery has won an award at the World Gin Awards 2023

Hensol Castle Distillery's Welsh Dry Gin has won an award at the prestigious World Gin Awards 2023. The ceremony, which showcases the best gins from all over the globe, saw Hensol Castle Distillery's Welsh Dry Gin win the award for 'Best in Country'. It will now go on to compete to win the title of 'World's Best Classic Gin'.

The Welsh Dry Gin also scooped a gold medal in the 'Classic Gin Category', while the distillery's two flavoured gins, which were launched in February 2022, also made the award podium. The Blood Orange Zest Gin won a silver medal and the Wild Strawberry and Hibiscus Gin won a bronze medal in the 'Flavoured Gin Category'.

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Wedding News: UK wedding catering trends 2023

UK wedding catering trends 2023

Restaurant Associates reveals new data shows a definitive shift in style and substance at UK weddings post-Covid. Now that the dust has settled, and government mandated guest list limits are all but a thing of the past, the UK wedding scene has seen a definitive shift. New data from Restaurant Associates shows a preference to an informal style, plant-forward menus and reception only guests - so what does a 'normal' wedding look like, post-covid?

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Wedding News: Glen-Yr-Afon is a charming wedding venue in Usk

Glen-Yr-Afon is a charming wedding venue in Usk

Glen-Yr-Afon is a charming wedding venue surrounded by acres of countryside and picturesque gardens. First opening its doors in 1974, the award-winning hotel is home to 28 modern bedrooms and is just a short walk away from the town of Usk, which is full of boutique shops and restaurants.

The Ballroom is an elegant space, with large bay windows and room for 150 guests throughout the day.

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Wedding News: Wedding favours that make a difference

Wedding favours that make a difference

Parkinson's UK has launched a new collection of wedding and celebration favours and place cards, meaning couples can rest assured with their ethical wedding choices. From old favourites to stunning new designs, there's something for everyone, and even better, with every purchase they're helping someone living with Parkinson's and their family, friends and carers. Parkinson's is the fastest-growing neurological condition in the world, and currently there is no cure. It affects around 145,000 people in the UK and every hour two more people are diagnosed with more than 40 symptoms, from tremor and pain to anxiety.

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Wedding News: How to announce your wedding and involve your WIPs (Wedding Important People)

How to announce your wedding and involve your WIPs (Wedding Important People)

There are various levels of Wedding Important People (WIPs), which Rachel from The Wedding Party (TWP) says should govern how you tell them. "Significant WIPs, such as parents or guardians, should be face-to-face wherever possible. Getting families together to announce can kill two birds with one stone, but if your families have not met yet this can produce more nerves. If there are likely to be any reservations, then perhaps speak to your WIPs separately to allow for this. In the same breath, if parents are separated (yours or your partners), arrange to visit them separately but on the same day if possible. Finally, remember that using the video software available to you can ensure that you do this face-to-face no matter the circumstances.

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Wedding News: Top 10 spas in Wales revealed by Spabreaks.com

Top 10 spas in Wales revealed by Spabreaks.com

Mercure Holland House Hotel & Spa Cardiff has been revealed as the top spa in Wales. The findings have been revealed by Europe's leading spa experience and booking agency Spabreaks.com which totalled 23.10% of all bookings made in Wales this year.

Spa-goers will predominantly find the top hotel destinations in Cardiff and the South East. The Celtic Manor Resort falls just short of the number one spot, with Voco St. David's and Park Plaza in Cardiff following closely behind. The rest of the top spas in the area includes Vale Resort, Bryn Meadows Golf, Hotel and Spa, Delta Hotels by Marriott St. Pierre Country Club and The Parkgate Hotel.

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Wedding News: How to manage financial anxiety when planning a wedding

How to manage financial anxiety when planning a wedding

Anita Naik, Savings Expert at VoucherCodes.co.uk, provides her top tips on how to manage financial anxiety when planning a wedding: "Understanding and managing your finances is never an easy task at the best of the times, however, throwing in a big goal, such as saving for a wedding, can lead to feelings of stress and anxiety. Wedding planning should be fun, not daunting, therefore this Stress Awareness Month, I've pulled together my top tips to help reduce financial anxiety and make the process as enjoyable as possible.

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Wedding News: The Brangwyn in Swansea is known for its Art Decor décor

The Brangwyn in Swansea is known for its Art Decor décor

The Brangwyn is an impressive wedding venue in Swansea that's known for its Art Decor décor. Built in the 1930s, it's situated within easy walking distance of Victoria Park and the spectacular sweep of Swansea Bay. The property uses striking and majestic architecture throughout, with the historic British empire panels created by renowned artist Sir Frank Brangwyn on display.

The grand Brangwyn Hall is available for weddings and has striking high-panelled ceilings.

Alternatively, The George Hall and Lord Mayor's Reception Room are decorated in an Art Deco style and provide a more intimate setting for nuptials.

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Wedding News: The number one cause of wedding planning stress and how to reduce it!

The number one cause of wedding planning stress and how to reduce it!

What causes stress in wedding planning is something that is individual to each couple, but where does it mainly come from? Friends? Family? Finances? "A staggering 92% of our couples planning a wedding are feeling the pressure financially and it is causing overwhelm", says Rachel Allen, the CEO of The Wedding Party (TWP)." This was the reason that Rachel formulated The Overwhelm Button® to help couples to get good support. Rachel continues, "Being stressed over finances can take several different forms, the main three being as follows...

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Wedding News: Save 10% on your wedding photography

Save 10% on your wedding photography

Amy, the owner of A.J Photography, is a qualified wedding photographer based in Abergavenny. She offers professional and affordable wedding packages to suit every style and budget.

Exclusively for Your South Wales Wedding readers, Amy's offering a 10 per cent discount off her Ultimate Package. This full day package includes photographs of the bridal preparations, guests arriving, the ceremony, formal group shots, speeches, couple shots, cake cutting, the first dance and every detail in between. Couples will also receive a pre- and post-wedding consultation, unlimited images and a USB with all image copyright free.

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Wedding News: Sustainable wedding table ideas from LIGA

Sustainable wedding table ideas from LIGA

Known for their love of nature's wonder material - cork, LIGA's sustainable tableware collections are a stylish and unique wedding dining-setting choice. With their extensive collection of placemats, coasters, trays and candle holders, all made from eco-frendly and recycled materials, LIGA create clean and contemporary pieces, bringing a naturally beautiful element to the tablescape. Each with a unique grain and pattern, the organic cork selected by LIGA is lightweight and soft to touch, a wonderful raw material which is naturally water resistant and easy to clean. Sourced from the Montado Forests in Portugal, LIGA's cork is hand harvested using age-old skills without damaging the trees or the delicate eco-systems which thrive in the forests. Once cork has been made into a LIGA product it continues to absorb CO2, so a living and breathing piece of homeware.

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Wedding News: Delta Hotels by Marriott St. Pierre Country Club is a 14th-century manor

Delta Hotels by Marriott St. Pierre Country Club is a 14th-century manor

Easily accessible from Newport, Cardiff, Bristol and Bath, Delta Hotels by Marriott St. Pierre Country Club is a 14th-century manor nested within 400 acres of picturesque parkland. The four-star venue is in the rolling hills of the Wye Valley and is accessed via a grand tree-lined driveway and offers a range of facilities perfect for pre-wedding celebrations, including luxurious bedrooms, a spa, treatment rooms, fitness classes and a swimming pool.

There are several spaces available for weddings, including The St Pierre Suite, which boasts a foyer, bar, ornate ceiling, a chandelier, views of the surrounding golf course and space for 200 guests.

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Wedding News: Team Hen's new Jelly Bag has landed

Team Hen's new Jelly Bag has landed

Meet the jelly bag that every bride tribe wants their hen party favours to arrive in 2023. Landing in three gram-worthy hues (off-white for the bride, dusky pink for the bridesmaids and maid-of-honour and pink for the hens). These reusable beauties are perfect for filling with Team Hen's latest array of coveted hen party favours and gifts whilst flaunting a cool, retro vibe. Plus, each comes tied with a matching ribbon, professionally printed in a luxe puffed design to create a slightly raised font effect. Not only are they the gift that keeps on giving (post-hen recipients can use them from beach to bar) but at £3.99 they're a steal!

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Wedding News: Lakeside Venue is hosting a wedding showcase on 26th March 2023

Lakeside Venue is hosting a wedding showcase on 26th March 2023

Lakeside Venue is hosting a wedding showcase on 26th March 2023. This is the perfect time to meet local companies, chat with wedding coordinators and find inspiration for your special day.

This exclusive-use wedding venue is situated in the rolling Welsh Hills and is surrounded by a charming lake, five acres of private grounds and has car parking for more than 50 cars. Easily accessible from The M4, the property is easy to get to but feels like a world away in its own pocket of Welsh countryside.

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Wedding News: Morgans Hotel is a Grade II* listed wedding venue that first opened in 1902

Morgans Hotel is a Grade II* listed wedding venue that first opened in 1902

Morgans Hotel is a Grade II* listed boutique venue that first opened in 1902 as the Swansea Harbour Trust Building. Located minutes from the maritime quarter and a short drive from the Mumbles and Gower coastline, this four-star property has 42 individual bedrooms, a restaurant situated on the first floor with access via a champagne bar and a Greek statue-clad clock outside that is sure to wow guests.

The hotel is licenced for civil ceremonies and partnerships in the Main Function Room and the Sir Galahad Suite.

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Wedding News: Involving your family pet on the big day? Check out this personalised offering

Involving your family pet on the big day? Check out this personalised offering

Involving your four-legged friend on your wedding day? Are they taking a staring role walking down the aisle? If so, then you have to take a look at these smart and stylish personalised leather dog ring bearer pouches (£24) from Create Gift Love. Create Gift Love design and make personalised keepsake gifts and accessories to celebrate all of life's special moments, all handmade to order in its UK workshop from sustainable natural materials.

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Wedding News: Head down to the wedding fair at Swansea.com Stadium on 26th March 2023

Head down to the wedding fair at Swansea.com Stadium on 26th March 2023

Looking for suppliers for your big day? CJ Wedding Fayres are the go-to events for everything and anything for your nuptials. Each show is full of tips, ideas and inspiration from companies covering bridalwear, cakes, flowers, photography, jewellery, stationery and much more.

Head down to the fair at Swansea.com Stadium (formerly Liberty Stadium) on 26th March 2023 to meet a host of local suppliers. The show is free of charge and couples will receive a goody bag on arrival. Doors open between 11am and 3pm.

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Wedding News: The most popular 2023 trends according to Pinterest

The most popular 2023 trends according to Pinterest

To provide insight on the most popular wedding trends for spring 2023, the experts at Aura Print compiled a list of 25 popular trends after scouring Pinterest to discover the number of Pins for each. And here are the top 15 most popular spring 2023 wedding trends to be insipired by...First place for the most popular wedding trend for spring 2023 goes to the floral-themed trend. This trend had 22,148 Pins on the image sharing platform. It can include things like floral arches, flower-themed cakes or flower crowns. With a total of 11,765 Pins, the blue-themed wedding trend places second in the study. The trend also appeared on 116 Pinterest boards from 2022 onwards, cementing its popularity for the upcoming season. What is more, there's been a great interest in navy blue wedding invites, which had a whopping 16,725 Pins.

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Wedding News: Rhosygilwen is a wonderful choice for Pembrokeshire weddings

Rhosygilwen is a wonderful choice for Pembrokeshire weddings

Offering a choice of locations for ceremonies and a glorious setting for receptions, Rhosygilwen is a wonderful choice for Pembrokeshire weddings. Rhosygilwen has been a special place to get married at for more than 20 years and the staff take great pride in providing a special service for couples.

There are plenty of standout features at Rhosygilwen, including the splendid driveway leading to Neuadd y Dderwen (The Oak Hall). With its oak beams on show and windows overlooking the glorious countryside, very little is required to decorate this space to suit the couple's style and requirements. A full bar is available and the room can easily cater up to 200 guests for the ceremony, 150 for the wedding breakfast and 250 for the evening party.

There are two delightful indoor wedding locations for couples to choose from: Neuadd y Dderwen (The Oak Hall) and The Orangery. For a more intimate affair, The Orangery, with its chequerboard floor, lantern roof light and chandeliers, is ideal.

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Wedding News: Fancy a big-day cocktail bar? Check out Whitebox Cocktails

Fancy a big-day cocktail bar? Check out Whitebox Cocktails

Whitebox Cocktails, the ready-to-serve cocktail specialists, have everything you need to create the ultimate in wedding cocktail offering. From classic cocktails like the Pocket Negroni and Squeezy's Margarita, to unique and refreshing long drinks like Hippy Fizz and Disco Baby, take the hassle out of the perfect pour on your big day with a wide range of ready-to-serve cocktails to suit every taste. Expertly mixed by the award-winning team of bartenders, Whitebox Cocktails' convenient single-serve cans mean there's no need to limit your cocktail menu, as there's no mixing, no mess and no long wait at the bar. For casual weddings, cocktails can be served in ice buckets for guests to help themselves and enjoy straight from the can. Alternately, for a more elevated occasion, simply chill and serve the cocktail in a glass with ice and a garnish of choice.

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