Honeymoon Heaven…seven super-romantic ways to enjoy Croatia

Blue sea - Croatia honeymoon

It’s home to almost 2,000 km of stunning, dazzling coastline, a diverse food and drink culture and a host of old and new cities; all bursting with sights and history. So it’s no surprise that British newly-weds are flocking to Croatia to enjoy the loved-up holiday of a lifetime.

If you’re looking for a honeymoon destination, this Mediterranean gem really does have it all - sun, sea and some of the most romantic locations on the planet.

The experts at Eurocamp have put their heads together to come up with their own top reasons to honeymoon in Croatia - and handpicked some unmissable must-dos along the way. Uncork the champagne, get planning and enjoy!

What is it like marrying someone from a different culture?

A woman marrying someone from a different culture

Marrying someone from a different culture
By Charlotte Ricard-Quesada, Founder of La Féte

As long as I can remember, I’ve felt very drawn to Mediterranean and Spanish culture in particular, from my teenage summers there learning the language to my regular visits for Fería in Seville. Over a decade, I built a network of friends in the south of the country, became intertwined with their lives and thus, began dating: a pretty natural evolution, which tied me closer to my quasi-adoptive country. Things continued the same way until I met my now husband. An incredible, imposing and open-minded man who had big dreams and who would move to London within the first 6 months of our first date, set up by mutual friends. 

Who should put a ring on it? 

Wedding ring

With the number of proposals increasing over the festive season, it’s apparent that the holidays remain notorious for love and romance. However, with the changing nature of proposals every year, are Brits sticking to tradition or breaking the norm when it comes to celebrating this pinnacle moment?  
  
A new study from Buckley London, a high street costume and fashion jewellery manufacturer, revealed the UK’s thoughts on the engagement process, after surveying 2000 UK based adults who are in a relationship.   
 

Selecting the right wine on your wedding day

Selecting the right wine with Bolney Wine

To celebrate the big day, Bolney Wine Estate has hand-picked a selection of award-winning wines guaranteed to impress your guests. 

Under £15 

If you are looking for a red that is the perfect accompaniment to a crisp cold winter’s night, then Bolney Wine Estate Lychgate Red at £14.99 is a fantastic match for those party nibbles and canapes. Aromas of blackberries, black cherries and peppery spices give it a smooth, smokey and velvety finish. 

Instagram or Instasham: Instigator of Wedding Stress?

Instagram photograph of a young couple, just married after dealing with wedding stress

With the average cost of a UK wedding in 2019 rising to £31,734 due to increase in pressure from Instagram[1], award-winning wedding experts at Dine, are telling attendees to leave the ‘Gram firmly at home with the launch of their Wedding Etiquette Guide for the Roaring 20s.

The guide helps couples and guests navigate the seventh most-stressful life event[2] with weddings trumping being fired and even pregnancy - by identifying the five biggest wedding etiquette faux pas to avoid this decade.

Why you should consider a Disney wedding

Castle at a Disney Wedding

Your wedding day is one of the most important days of your life. As a child growing up, we are bombarded with images and videos of what your wedding day should be – especially if you’ve spent your life watching Disney films. Those ideas have probably stuck with you, and when the time comes to plan your actual wedding, visions of Cinderella (and her gorgeous dress) may have made their way to the forefront of your mind. 

Having a Disney wedding can be an absolute fairy tale for brides and grooms that are huge Mickey Mouse fans, and let’s be honest – there’s nowhere on this planet that is as magical as Disney World. So why not get married in the ‘happiest place on earth’? 

 

Vegan-Proof Your Bridal Beauty Regime

Products to use to Vegan-Proof Your Bridal Beauty Regime

If you’ve made it your 2020 goal to go vegan, and if you’re in the process of preparing for your wedding, fear not, making your beauty regime vegan doesn’t need to be expensive or difficult.  It’s true the beauty industry can be overwhelming with so many products vying for our hard-earned cash, so how do you ensure that the latest skincare product is cruelty-fee and vegan too?
 
Help is at hand from showcasebeauty.com, the home of independent beauty has an array of cruelty free, vegan brands to help vegan-proof your bridal beauty regime without the hassle.

Kat Shares Her Wedding Weight Loss Story

Kat Sharing Her Wedding Weight Loss Story

Are you looking to lose weight for your big day but need some inspiration? Kat Burrows speaks to Vows & Venues about her amazing 9st wedding weight loss!

KAT'S WEDDING WEIGHT LOSS STORY

“My 30th birthday was approaching, and this occasion meant I finally had a lightbulb moment of ‘enough is enough’. Everything in my life had fallen into place except my weight, and it was time I did something about it. 

The perfect wedding present - Mermaid Pink Gin

Mermaid Pink Gin

If you’re looking for the perfect present for an upcoming wedding (or you’re just a massive gin obsessive yourself) then look no further than the gorgeous, award-winning Mermaid Pink Gin! 

Mermaid Pink Gin has been carefully hand-crafted by the Isle of Wight Distillery and is a gloriously smooth gin with hints of strawberry that goes perfectly with an aromatic tonic or a ginger ale. It is made with locally foraged rock samphire, lemon zest and grains of paradise. It's also sugar-free!

The gin is presented in a stunning, eco-friendly bottle that is covered in pink mermaid scales. It features plastic free packaging, as the Isle of Wight Distillery supports marine conservation - so it's tasty and good for the environment!  

How To Choose The Right Wedding Gift

Wedding Gift - bread board

Working out how much to spend and then picking the right wedding gift can be a serious headache. Fortunately, we have the team from Love Unique Home on hand to offer advice on the best wedding gifts.
Find Out If They Have A Registry
You don’t have to stick to a specific list they have created if you have something in mind, but these lists have been made directly by the couple and are highlighting items they would love to proceed. Remember, you can find something on the wedding gift list and get a slight variant on the product or get a personalised version.
How Much Do I Spend?

Lancashire Hotel Celebrates ‘Renaissance’ Year with Wedding Giveaway

Royal Kings Arms wedding giveaway

For many couples, 2020 is set to be an exciting year- and one especially lucky pair will have even more reason to celebrate, as a heritage Lancaster business is offering a free dream wedding.
 
Christmas, New Year and Valentines Day are traditionally the most popular time for proposals, and with 2020 marking a whole new decade, romance watchers say this spring will herald the most engagements since the millennium.  January saw same sex marriage become legal across the whole of the UK for the first time, so more couples than ever have the opportunity to say “I do”.
 

WIN an Afternoon spa day and dinner at ye Olde Bell

The spa at Ye Olde Bell Hotel

Ye Olde Bell Hotel and Spa, conveniently located in a quiet village on the borders of Nottinghamshire, Yorkshire and Lincolnshire is the perfect spot a little pre-wedding pamper. 

And now the award-winning country hotel and spa is offering Vows and Venue readers thechance to win an afternoon of pampering in their beautiful spa followed by a sumptuous three course dinner in their AA Rosette restaurant. 

The biggest engagement ring trends for 2020, according to Hollywood

Aqua coloured engagement ring

This past year, some of the biggest celebrities in the world got engaged, including Jennifer Lopez and Scarlett Johansson, and with any proposal comes the hotly-anticipated reveal of their engagement ring. 

And with 2020 marking the start of a new decade, while also being a leap year - traditionally giving couples the chance to pop the question on 29th February - metals specialist metals4u has teamed up with jewellery experts to predict the biggest ring trends expected to emerge during the next 12 months and beyond.

Coloured stones 
Celebrity inspiration: Katy Perry and Orlando Bloom, Elizabeth Olsen and Robbie Arnett

Instagram Worthy Engagement Ring Styles

Instagram Worthy Engagement Ring Styles

As we enter into a new leap year, 2020 is expected to see many proposals. Whether its the woman proposing to the man, man to the woman, or same-sex partners popping the big question, this is a special occasion for many couples. 

As couples get engaged, millions will flock to Instagram to share their new shiny rock with the world. If you are looking to pop the question, jewellers William May have undertaken research to reveal the 5 most instagram worthy engagement ring trends right now!