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For many people their wedding day is the biggest day of their lives together. Why not share your experience in Vows And Venues magazine. We’d love to hear from you...

In most cases planning the big day takes months if not years, with so much to think about, from setting the budget, choosing the venue, the dress, flowers, cake and the all important guest list...

It’s an incredibly special experience, gathering all the most important people in your lives together in one wonderful place to help you celebrate the start of your married lives together.

Mary-Le-Bone the perfect wedding gift (review)

Mary le bone gin wedding gift

With wedding season in full swing, you have probably been invited to a wedding or maybe even two? With a wedding invite comes decisions, for instance, what will I wear? will I need to stay overnight, what wedding gift should I get for the couple? Attending a wedding isn't as simple as it may at first seem.

 

Here at Vows and Venues, we like to try and take some of the stress of attending a wedding away from you, by sharing our views and suggestions on all things wedding-related, this includes reviewing some of the latest products to the market. Including some unique wedding gift ideas, such as Mary-Le-Bone London Dry gin Orange and Geranium Gin.

 

Vows and Venues wedding gift review - Mary-Le-Bone Gin 

 

Review: Wedding make-up bootcamp

Delfy wedding make-up promo shot

Vows and Venues editor Victoria Galligan put products from Delfy through their paces on a long, hot day involving food, drink and some serious socialising – would they crack under the pressure or prove to be the super troupers your wedding make-up bag needs?

If you’re looking for wedding make-up there will be many boxes which the products must tick before they make it into your bridal cosmetic kit. I looked for long-lasting, natural-looking and good-quality products for my wedding many moons ago, and brides today are still demanding cosmetics which they can have confidence in.

Caer Rhun Hall will make your wedding dreams come true - Review

Caer Rhun Hall - exterior

Our editor Victoria Galligan headed off to Wales for a fairytale weekend where guests are treated like royalty…

If your idea of getting married involves images of a handsome prince sweeping you off your feet to a traditional countryside wedding, where the views are breathtaking and the building is steeped in history, then Caer Rhun Hall can make your dreams come true.* This venue on the banks of the River Conwy is secluded enough to provide a cosy little bubble around your wedding, which only the lucky invited can enter, yet easily accessible for guests – just an hour’s drive from the M6 at Cheshire and a short journey from Conwy. 

Escape from the city into a luxury wedding venue - Review

Thorpe Park - wedding venue - reception troom

Vows & Venues editor Victoria Galligan headed off to Leeds to review a wedding venue but soon felt she was holidaying on the Med…

If you live in or around Leeds you’ll know what a bustling, vibrant and cultural city it is. For shopping, meals and a good night out, it’s the perfect location. Situated just outside the thriving city, close to the M1 and easily accessible from the north, lies Thorpe Park hotel – and it’s here where the pace of life slows down a little.

North Lakes Hotel and Spa wedding venue - review

North Lakes Hotel wedding venue - the dining room

Vows & Venues’ Wendy Allen-Smith took a trip to Penrith in Cumbria and found the perfect wedding venue which can be combined with a relaxing break…

The North Lakes Hotel and Spa is unbelievably easy to find, even for me, and without a satnav. It is a great location for guests travelling from north or south of the hotel. We stayed for a short overnight spa break, to unwind and relax in lovely surroundings which was not too far off the beaten track and within easy reach of the Lake District. 

Historic Nanteos Mansion is a wedding venue with a past - Review

Historic Nanteos Mansion wedding venue - the music room filled with guests

Our editor Victoria Galligan checks into a modernised wedding venue with plenty of history behind it…

Nestled in the Welsh countryside, a stone’s throw from the seaside town of Aberystwyth, lies a Georgian manor house with a history as rich as its owners The Powells were in the 1700s.

Thomas Powell and his descendants were Welsh Conservative politicians and military men, and upon his father’s death in 1730 he rebuilt the mansion to the glorious standard it maintains today – although the family had their ups and downs over the years, not least when Thomas died of an “apoplectic fit” on a London street in 1752. The mansion passed from family ownership in 1962 and has been operating as a luxury hotel since 2004.

Including wedding guests with dementia in your big day

dementia-wedding-Including wedding guests with dementia in your big day - two mature guests chat at the table

It’s your wedding day. Some would say it’s up there in being one of the biggest and happiest days of your life. But, for wedding guests who are living with dementia it’s not that simple. We asked Mark Quarmby, Head of Dementia at Reconnect, to share his top tips for helping someone with dementia to build new memories and enjoy the big day…

Dementia expert: give wedding guests the choice

Memory loss, cognitive difficulties, confusion. These symptoms often affect a person with dementia’s behaviour, confidence, relationships and social roles. 

Wedding catering for large events 

Wedding catering - a food platter

Big weddings: brilliant for an unrivalled party vibe, the fact there’s never an empty dance floor and of course, celebrating with ALL of your loved ones (with no headache over who to leave off the guest list). But when it comes to wedding catering, it could feel like you’re feeding the five thousand rather than a few hundred – especially where the budget is concerned. Luckily Megan Coakley, from DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Sheffield Park, is on hand with some insider insight into wedding catering for large events. 

A guide to summer wedding photography

A guide to summer wedding photography - bride smelling bouquet

A venue bathed in sunshine, drinks on the terrace, garden parties and dining al fresco… summer weddings can be picture perfect. Yet the squinty eyes, red faces and difficult light conditions could mean your wedding photos are less so. Jo Critchley-Saville from Mosborough Hall Hotel, a restored 12th Century Manor House just outside Sheffield, shares this advice on ensuring your summer wedding snaps shine (whatever the weather).

WIN the musclefood.com diet and fitness programme!

musclefood.com diet and fitness programme

Want to get into your best shape ever, have all your meals provided and lose around two pounds a week? 

We’ve teamed up with musclefood.com to giveaway a four-week trial of their diet and fitness programme Do The Unthinkable worth £276.

The 12-week programme, whose celebrity fans include Josie Gibson and Jonathan Tapper, has been designed to make getting in shape easy.

Nutritionally balanced meals are delivered chilled and fresh to your door each week and will take less than 12 minutes to cook. You can choose from hundreds of tasty dishes for breakfast, lunch and dinner and three snacks a day.

Weddings at Chetham's Library

Bride outside Chetham's Library

Fall in love with the magical atmosphere of Chetham’s Library and say your vows in the medieval Baronial Hall with its beautiful inglenook fireplace and magnificent timber roof. Dating back to 1421, the mellow sandstone buildings, ancient stone cloisters and richly appointed rooms are full of character and history.

You and your guests will have exclusive use of the medieval buildings for your special day, and can mingle in the cloisters, and the courtyard garden, soaking up the unique atmosphere of this haven of tranquillity. The gorgeous time-worn sandstone and sumptuous oak-panelled rooms provide the perfect backdrop for your wedding photographs, and the stunning Baronial Hall will give your ceremony the wow factor.

5 things to consider when booking an Ibiza wedding

Ibiza wedding dress

A firm favourite with A-listers from Madonna to Leo DiCaprio, Ibiza has long been the coolest place to party in Europe. Offering luxury accommodation, white sands and nightlife that’s the envy of the world, Ibiza is the idyllic beach wedding location. If you’re planning an Ibiza wedding, we’ve put together a quick guide on the top 5 things you need to consider before you book.