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Your Berks, Bucks and Oxon Wedding news and ideas from around the county

All the latest wedding news for couples getting married in Berkshire, Buckinghamshire or Oxfordshire, along with bridal fashion and beauty inspiration and honeymoon ideas.

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New launch: new UK-wide virtual wedding planning service

Newly launched Wed-Start is led by industry veteran Isabel Smith, who has over 10 years' experience in planning luxury weddings all over the world. She has brought together the UK's very best wedding planning experts to offer a Wed-Start to all couples planning their dream wedding. Isabel says, "As industry experts, we know that a lot of couples feel overwhelmed in the early stages of wedding planning. There's so much fantastic advice out there, but there is also a lot of pressure. From family politics, to friends' opinions, to conflicting online guidance, it can all feel like too much...

Posted: 4 July 2022

Mermaid Gin expands its delicious range

The Isle of Wight Distillery has launched Mermaid Zest Gin, a limited-edition, smooth and refreshing grapefruit and gentle juniper London Dry Gin. Mermaid Zest Gin is the fourth addition to the sustainable range which includes Mermaid Gin, Mermaid Pink Gin and Mermaid Salt Vodka. Mermaid Zest Gin is produced in Seaview at the Isle of Wight Distillery, the first and only distillery on the island. Mermaid spirits are shaped by the distillery's stunning surroundings and the unique character of the Isle of Wight, all whilst minimising waste using ethically sourced and often locally sourced ingredients to hand-craft a range of smooth yet complex spirits with a hint of sea air, and the new gin is produced in harmony with the Island's coastal elements, using foraged rock samphire and rosemary.

Posted: 3 July 2022

The Photography Show & The Video Show launches its First Ever Wedding Album of The Year competition

The Photography Show & The Video Show is launching its first ever Wedding Album of the Year competition to celebrate the best of the best from all around the country; showcasing the talent and craft of professional photographers and album makers in the UK and championing the power of print. There's nothing like a beautifully designed and presented wedding album to immortalise a couple's special day - a permanent and tangible reminder of those happy memories and moments, to be enjoyed for years to come. Wedding Album of the Year will celebrate these memories and the photographers that captured them.

Posted: 1 July 2022

Thinking about a crash-diet for the wedding? Don't do it!

With wedding season upon us, a new plan, devised by nutrition and fitness experts at PowerWave, the portable home-gym training device, has been launched to help brides (and grooms) get ready for their special day. Created by PowerWave founder "Coach" Jay Laville, its free healthy weight loss guide covers everything from macros to mindset, calories to caffeine and from sugar to sleep. It is also packed full of healthy recipe ideas and inspirational advice from the PowerWave team.

Posted: 1 July 2022

New sky-high hotel and wedding destination opens in Milton Keynes

The new four-star plus Hotel La Tour has opened its doors in Milton Keynes, combining modern sophistication with timeless elegance following a multi-million-pound development. Home to the county's highest bar and fine-dining restaurant, Fourteen, there's also a honeymoon suite situated on the top floor, home to a super king-size bed, luxury bathtub with a TV and a secluded lounge enjoying skyline vistas across Buckinghamshire. There's a stylish events space located on the first floor that's licensed for ceremonies and can host between 60 and 200 guests. It's home to a dancefloor, fully functioning bar and features mood lighting at twilight. Connected to it is a sun-soaked private terrace available for outdoor ceremonies of up to 120 guests set against views stretching across Campbell Park.

Posted: 30 June 2022

Loved-up Brits turn to puzzles to pop the question

A new craze sweeping the UK is seeing hundreds of people send their partners a puzzle to crack that unlocks a code to a video or text message comprising the four magical words: "Will you marry me?"! However, if you're already engaged fear not, as you can use this same innovative idea for wedding day messages, or asking your loved ones to be your bridesmaid and groomsmen etc. The craze of 'puzzle proposals' was sparked by the launch of a website in July 2020, after a locked down London-based couple, Bobbie Jackson and Will Hall, found themselves with a fair bit of time on their hands. They proceeded to spend the first months of lockdown in their kitchen creating puzzles to surprise family and friends with.

Posted: 29 June 2022

Love & Loved Bridal Boutique opens in Buckinghamshire

As Love & Loved Bridal Boutique opens in Swanbourne, Buckinghamshire, we take a look behind the doors of some of the region's finest bridal shops. Vicky Angell is the owner of Love & Loved Bridal Boutique, a modern and relaxed environment where brides can browse the rails of fashionable made-to-order dresses and separates looking for love. The boutique is proud to present a selection of talented designers who celebrate women and put sustainability at the heart of what they do. Alongside Kate Fearnley and Sanyukta Shrestha, the Believe by GAIA collection debuts, with fashionably chic dresses handmade in Wales. Insta-worthy accessories include gold-fleck veils, capes, overskirts and customisable clothing. There are also stylish hairpins and headdresses.

Posted: 28 June 2022

New wedding favour collection from Macmillan Cancer Support

Macmillan's new collection of wedding favours are beautifully crafted and are a great way to thank guests, honour absent friends and raise money for the growing number of people living with cancer in the UK. new range this year includes something to suit every taste, including a variety of cultural and religious favours and rainbow pin badges. 100% of the profits of every wedding favour purchase from Macmillan's shop will help the charity to continue doing whatever it takes to support the millions of people living with cancer across the UK.

Posted: 27 June 2022

Bespoke wedding gifting for celebrity-loving couples

Wedding season is here and to mark the occasion Cameo, the celebrity engagement platform, has analysed data from the site over the past 12 months, finding star James Buckley as the most booked when it comes to helping a couple pop the big question, nail a cheeky hen/stag party video, or to help deliver the perfect message for a wedding gift. Buckley, known best for his performance as Jay Cartwright in the hit comedy series The Inbetweeners has been involved in hundreds of wedding-related Cameo messages, making him the most booked celeb on the platform across all three occasions (engagements, stag / hen parties, wedding gifts).

Posted: 25 June 2022

What to do if your wedding day doesn’t go as planned

Many couples plan their wedding down to even the most minute of details, but ethical jewellery experts at Ingle & Rhode understand that unfortunately no one's big day goes exactly as planned. You may forget something at home, some guests may be late or the day just might not be going how you envisioned it. That's why the team at Ingle & Rhode are giving their advice on what to do if your wedding day doesn't go exactly how you thought it would as well as providing tips on planning ahead with things like photography and weather - we do live n the UK after all!

Posted: 24 June 2022

Searcys recreates Royal Wedding Cake for its 175th anniversary

The UK's oldest British caterer, in residence at historical venues across the UK including in Oxfordshire, is celebrating its 175th anniversary with the recreation of a royal wedding cake created by its founder, John Searcy, 126 years ago. The caterer has taken a trip back through its archives to the 1896 royal wedding of Princess Maud, then the future Queen of Norway, to Prince Carl of Denmark. The breathtaking multi-tiered cake was adorned with confectionary and decorated with fine sugar work flowers, roses and angels, along with the Royal Arms of England and Denmark.

Posted: 23 June 2022

New jazz night in the heart of London’s King’s Cross

A stylish hotspot in the heart of London's King's Cross, luxury Grade II listed Great Northern Hotel is bringing back the glitz and glamour of the golden age of jazz with its Jazz & Negroni Nights – with the next event in this new series confirmed for the 28th June. Taking place from 6.30pm onwards, the buzzy GNH Bar and Terrace will offer vibrant live music and a delicious new signature Negroni menu - the perfect excuse to take a break from the wedmin and enjoy a pre- or post-wedding get-together!

Posted: 23 June 2022

Start saving for your hen and stag do

According to a study by Hotels.com®, 2022 is the year to go bigger and bolder than ever when it comes to planning your hen/sten/stag do - we're all making up for lost time over the past two years! After 2020/21 nearlyweds had to reschedule a stag or hen party, this year revellers are using more holiday days and spending more money than ever to celebrate their friend's final months of unmarried life in style. The study found the average pre-wedding celebration now costs a whopping £242 compared to the more subtle cost of £150 in 2012. Nearly 47% of those surveyed believe that these pre-wedding celebrations have become more extravagant over the last decade, with 46% of travellers believing it's because people have been saving up and have larger budgets to spend on these special occasions over the pandemic.

Posted: 22 June 2022

Cotswolds Camping near Cogges Manor Farm offers gypsy caravan for clamping

As Downton Abbey returns to the big screen, and season two of Bridgerton drops on Netflix, wedding guests can visit and stay close to the locations that made these epic period dramas famous with Cotswolds Camping that's located a few miles from Cogges Manor Farm, the setting for Yew Tree Farm, the quaint farmhouse home to the Drewe Family in Downton Abbey. Historic houses, museums and market towns are all within close proximity to the site, ensuring visitors have the full Downton Abbey experience.

Posted: 21 June 2022

Scotland to run out of kilts this summer as wedding bookings soar

Scotland could run out of kilts this summer with many suppliers already closing their books due to record demand. With two years of delayed weddings now able to go ahead, along with this year's planned ceremonies, the iconic ceremonial dress is in short supply meaning the unthinkable could happen; Scotland may actually run out of kilts! David Dalrymple of A1 Kilt Hire said, "We have never seen such a high level of demand for kilt hire. The pandemic has created a record number of wedding bookings for the summer; some people have been waiting since early 2020 to tie the knot, there's also those people who cancelled in 2021 plus couples who had always planned to get married in 2022 all trying to secure a kilt for their big day. Everyone needs one at the same time and although we've managed to accommodate all requests so far, others have already reached their capacity for the whole summer."

Posted: 20 June 2022

The songs millennials want played for their first dance

Over the past year, UK searches for 'first dance songs 2022' have increased by +1,300%, whilst searches for 'first dance ideas for non-dancers have increased by +300% 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 in the charts.

Posted: 19 June 2022

World Martini Day 18th June - shaken or stirred?

World Martini Day - which could also be James Bond day! - is on the 18th June. And whether you like it shaken like Mr Bond himself, or stirred for something different, wet or dry, however you like your favourite tipple celebrate with five Gin Martini cocktails from Aviation Gin, Cotswolds Dry Gin, Mermaid Gin, Pinkster Gin and Perthyn Low Alcohol Spirit. What's more, the following provides drinks-piration for wedding day cocktails you might want to try... here at County Wedding Magazines HQ we can't pick our fav! Bottoms up!

Posted: 18 June 2022

Speak up! Wedding Toasts 101

Author of new book Wedding Toasts 101 The Guide to the Perfect Wedding Speech, Pete Honsberger, walks the reader through the building blocks of making a great speech, anecdotes and advice from past weddings, and an easy-to-follow checklist to make sure you hit all your points. An essential read for the wedding couple and the bridal party, this humorous guide will take the fear out of public speaking - what's more you might even enjoy it!

Posted: 17 June 2022

Rick Stein Restaurants launches flexible careers scheme

Rick Stein Restaurants has launched a flexible careers scheme in Cornwall, a diversifying hospitality option offering those with varying levels of experience the opportunity to work flexibly, with no commitment on hours or shifts. It's welcoming applicants of all ages and levels of experience to join the team for as little as one shift a week, effective across all restaurants located in Cornwall, Dorset, Wiltshire, London and Hampshire. Co-founder and company director Jill Stein OBE wants to welcome those with no or little experience in hospitality. Taking a more inclusive approach to recruitment, the family-run business including seven restaurants, hotels and self-catered properties hopes to attract talented people from all backgrounds, enabling a positive work-life balance.

Posted: 16 June 2022

Yes you can! New launch from Vin du Can

Newly launched Vin du Can, is a convenient single serve wine in a can perfect for al fresco drinking this summer at wedding celebrations. Whether it's on the day itself, or a pre- or post-wedding get-togethers, the range includes three varietals, Pale Rosé, French Sauvignon Blanc and Argentinian Malbec. All three are vegan friendly and packaged in aluminium cans which are fast to chill and 100% recyclable. The Vin du Can logo sits prominently at the front of the can and is surrounded by etched wine glasses and a number of these represent fun line drawings of people and animals.

Posted: 15 June 2022

Luxury Family Hotels partner with bath and body brand Bramley

Luxury Family Hotels in partnership with all-natural British bath and body brand Bramley have developed an exclusive signature collection of Bath and Body Oils and accompanying Bramley Massage Treatments launched at all five of the Luxury Family Hotels. Each of the treatments has been developed using hero ingredients found in the locations each hotel calls home including samphire from the Jurassic Coast, seaweed from the waters of Fowey and chamomile from the Wiltshire countryside. The new collection characterises the two brands' shared ethos of wellbeing for the entire family, alongside an innate passion for the origin of ingredients, and a commitment to a sustainable, eco-friendly future for the planet. All treatments will begin with a purifying foot cleanse because relaxing and warming the feet is key to slowing down the mind and allowing guests to truly switch off.

Posted: 14 June 2022

UK wedding guests to spend £15.6 billion in 2022

Spending by wedding guests has risen again this year as they enjoy a return to restriction-free ceremonies across the UK in 2022. New research from American Express reveals that British wedding goers will spend £883 on average to attend each wedding this year equating to £15.6 billion across the population, with guests spending more on accommodation, travel, outfits and hair, beauty & grooming compared to 2021. Of those who have or are planning to spend more on weddings this year, a third (33%) say this is because they want to celebrate with friends and family who they haven't seen as much due to the pandemic, while 27% say they are happier to spend more now that restrictions have been removed.

Posted: 13 June 2022

Top ways to save money and have that dream wedding

With wedding season now in full swing, brides and grooms to be will all agree that with so much to plan for, from clothes and shoes to flowers and photography, costs can soon escalate. But saying 'I do' doesn't mean you have to break the bank, Anita Naik, Consumer Editor at VoucherCodes.co.uk shares this brilliant money saving tip to help make your dream big day a little more cost effective... and it's all in the timing!

Posted: 11 June 2022

It's wedding season, get gifting with Buckinghamshire business

Map Gifts, Etc. is a Buckinghamshire-based handmade gift business creating bespoke, high quality gifts and home decor based on maps. Lucie, founder and maker, turns maps into beautiful and quirky personalised gifts such as wall frames, mugs and coasters, and accepts requests for any location in the UK. It's summer! You're invited to a wedding. You want to give the happy couple a really special gift. You want to give them something that they would cherish and treasure forever and make them say 'aaaah', and not something they'll put in their 're-gifting' stash!

Posted: 9 June 2022

Henley Festival launches new charity initiative RISE

To coincide with its 40th anniversary, Henley Festival has launched a new charitable initiative called RISE designed to nurture the next generation of talent to take their first steps into the world of performance and creativity, both in front and behind the spotlight. RISE provides opportunities for young musicians, comedians and visual artists to perform or show their work, as well as helping them before and after with marketing and production. This sits alongside a work experience programme to support aspiring talent working behind the scenes, including sound engineers, lighting designers and stage managers.

Posted: 9 June 2022

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