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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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Eden Hotel The Greenway Hotel and Spa offer Christmas breaks

The Greenway Hotel and Spa, part of the Eden Hotel Collection, is a 16th-century Elizabethan manor house hotel set in eight acres of stunning grounds near Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, with a 3 AA Rosette restaurant, Spa Cafe, Elan Spa and 21 sumptuous rooms with dog-friendly options. It's offering guests the ideal retreat to get into the Christmas spirit with spa break packages from £235. It's home to romantic roaring fireplaces, snowy landscapes and festive afternoon teas served alongside award-winning seasonal gourmet dining. Guests will also love the destination spa and wellness facilities on offer for a new year, new you!... read more

Posted: 25 November 2021

Didcot-based Travel Concierge Club reveal honeymoon tips

Didcot-based Emma Holden from the Travel Concierge Club is an experienced travel agent planning vacations and honeymoons. With many couples looking ahead to 2022 and wanting to book the honeymoon that dreams are made of, we ask her for tips on how, and where to book. She tells us, "I can offer a bespoke personal concierge service to build your once-in-a-lifetime honeymoon, and to create your special memories. I remove the stress from the planning, especially during these current times with the various restrictions in place due to Covid, and am ABTA protected so that you can book with confidence."... read more

Posted: 23 November 2021

A magical Christmas escape at Coworth Park in Ascot

Prepare for an elegant and cosy escape to Coworth Park in Ascot for a cosy Christmas in the countryside. Located less than an hour from London, Dorchester Collection's country house hotel and spa is nestled next to Windsor Great Park and will be celebrating the holidays with a three-night stay, dining events, games, and festivities to get the whole family into the spirit of the season. Guests can arrive on Christmas Eve, welcomed with Festive Champagne Afternoon Tea in the Drawing Room accompanied by a local choir singing carols followed by children's stories in the Oak Room and Christmas card-making or family board games in the Garden Room. After a three-course dinner overseen by executive chef Adam Smith at Restaurant Coworth Park or The Barn, optional transfers take guests to Holy Trinity Sunningdale for those wishing to enjoy midnight service. On Christmas Day, Father Christmas will visit right after breakfast and just before Champagne is served ahead of a four-course lunch at The Barn or a five-course lunch at Restaurant Coworth Park (the latter is £50 supplement per person). Guests can watch Her Majesty the Queen's speech in the Garden Room and then make their way to the Manson House for a buffet style dinner and live entertainment. The festive fun continues on Boxing Day with a leisurely brunch and activities including assorted country pursuits, with cream tea served in the Drawing Room accompanied by a harpist. A three-course dinner will be served at Restaurant Coworth Park or in The Barn.... read more

Posted: 18 November 2021

New woodland wedding setting at Nuneham Estate in Oxfordshire

Lucy Shaw, estate director of Nuneham Estate located in Oxfordshire, recently opened The Cricket Field, a new marquee wedding reception venue, for a wedding showcase to help promote small local suppliers and businesses emerging from lockdown. It was important to the team at the country estate that small businesses were given a chance to get back on their feet after the uncertainties of the past year at no cost.Harry Saunders, owner of Husk Marquees (www.huskmarquees.co.uk) who is partnering with Nuneham Estate, provided the backdrop in one of his stunning structures ideal for a woodland-style wedding while Berkshire-based wedding photographer The Beautiful Due (http://thebeautifuldue.co.uk) captured some incredible images (pictured).... read more

Posted: 16 November 2021

De Vere donates over half a million pounds to NHS Charities Together

De Vere, a collection of historic mansion house estates and distinctive contemporary hotels which includes De Vere Cotswold Water Park and De Vere Wokefield Estate, has donated £560,696.69 to NHS Charities Together to help NHS staff, volunteers, and patients at the centre of the COVID-19 pandemic.

De Vere's donation will help support NHS staff, volunteers and patients in key areas including welfare and wellbeing, assistance for patients leaving hospital, and long-term mental health support for NHS workers.

Locally, NHS Charities Together has supported Gloucestershire Care Services NHS Trust Charities which helps patients benefit from additional resources, enhanced patient care and improved therapeutic environments, and to support staff welfare and improve the working and learning environments. The donation has also helped Our Charity, which supports Cheltenham and Gloucester Hospitals to help invest in improvements to buildings, state-of-the-art equipment, and care.... read more

Posted: 11 November 2021

Christmas is coming at The Three Daggers pub

Set in the small village of Edington, in the heart of Wiltshire, The Three Daggers is a quintessential English pub offering the perfect respite for keen hikers over the festive period. Located just 3km walking distance from the famous White Horse in Bratton, and a short 25-minute drive from the historical landmark Stonehenge, the pub is a popular spot for hikers and sightseers. The original site, which dates back over 300 years, started out as a humble wall barn and is now home to a buzzy family and dog-friendly village pub serving delicious food and a fantastic selection of home-brewed craft ales, a thriving farm shop, a micro-brewery and spa barn. This quintessentially British inn has nine en-suite double bedrooms each individually designed with a blend of heritage furnishings and luxurious details. There are three bedrooms located above the Three Daggers pub which have shared use of a private living room and kitchen so guests can sit in front of a roaring fire, watch a movie and enjoy a glass of wine after an active day exploring, and a selection of five different routes are available on maps for guests to discover the local countryside.... read more

Posted: 9 November 2021

What's that? Even MORE wedspiration from CWM!

Here at CMW HQ we're literally never satisfied when it comes to providing our readers with enough wedspiration. Because, really, what is enough? We'd go on forever if we could. So, with that in mind, we've created our very own County Wedding Magazines YouTube channel, just for you. Find tons of big-day ideas from venue tours to dream dresses. Catch up on beauty reviews and how tos from our beauty editor and peek behind the scenes of styled shoots featured in our titles past and present. You can even be a fly on the wall at some real weddings - after all, if we're honest, who doesn't love being a bit nosey! And we haven't stopped there, as you'll also find local supplier interviews packed with tips and tricks.... read more

Posted: 5 November 2021

The rise of humanist weddings

Neil Dutta at Angelic Diamonds, a UK wedding jewellery specialist, explores why humanist weddings have seen an increase in popularity in recent years. With official guidance looking to change in the not too distant future, giving celebrants more legal power to actually marry couples - removing the need for a pre- or post-blessing registry office date - here at County Wedding Magazine HQ we think this is a trend that will continue to soar.
Neil continues....... read more

Posted: 5 November 2021

Exclusive Collection of hotels commits to being a socially conscious business

Privately owned hotel company Exclusive Collection, with Royal Berkshire and Wiltshire's The Manor House, in its portfolio has announced its certification as a B Corp, the first hotel group in the UK to achieve the certification. Exclusive Collection joins a growing group of companies reinventing business by pursuing purpose, as well as profit. The company has been certified by B Lab, the not-for-profit organisation behind the B Corp movement, as having met rigorous social and environmental standards which represent its commitment to goals outside of shareholder profit. Exclusive Collection is now part of a community of 4,000 businesses globally that have been certified as B Corps. The B Corp community in the UK, representing a broad cross-section of industries and sizes, comprises over 400 companies and includes well-known brands such as The Guardian, innocent, Patagonia, The Body Shop and organic food pioneers Abel & Cole.... read more

Posted: 4 November 2021

Barry Geraghty and ITV Racing’s Chris Hughes and Luke Harvey to host Cheltenham Races afterparty

On Friday, 12th November, get set for the best racing after-party in town, hosted by Gold Cup-winning Jockey Barry Geraghty, and ITV Racing's Chris Hughes and Luke Harvey at The House at No. 131. With a 'Top Gear'-style format, the evening will offer a run-through of the day's action and expert insights into the next two days' racing, plus a couple of fun games and forfeits to boot, and a meet and greet with the hosts. Get your ticket now for the best races afterparty in town at The House at No. 131. Enjoy a glass of Nyetimber on arrival, a private bar and slider buffet, casino tables plus a DJ untill late. It's set to be a sell-out with doors opening at 6 pm. The tickets are £60.... read more

Posted: 2 November 2021

Five tips on how to ensure your caterer is acting sustainably

A typical British wedding produces one third of a metric tonne of solid waste and 14.5 tons of carbon dioxide in one day. To put that into perspective, annual carbon emissions per capita in the UK are around 9.1 tonnes. A large percentage of the waste comes from catering. In fact, an average of £488 worth of food is wasted at every wedding. There is a pressing need for change in how we approach weddings, keeping them fun, beautiful and memorable yet responsible.

Fortunately, more people today are turning to sustainable options, and this trend is here to stay.
Aiming to have a sustainable wedding catering experience does not mean sacrificing luxury and quality – it means catering wisely and creatively. You do not need to forfeit your personal taste and unique preferences when envisioning an environmentally conscious wedding.
Tania Burton, the founder of a sustainable, family-run luxury wedding and event catering business Ginger Snap (https://www.ginger-snap.co.uk/), shares 5 ways to ensure your wedding catering is delicious and beautifully presented without harming the environment:... read more

Posted: 2 November 2021

Introducing Bespoke Island Takeovers at Monkey Island Estate, Bray

After months apart from friends and family, YTL Hotels' Monkey Island Estate in Bray is offering guests the chance to reunite in style this autumn with exclusive takeovers of the stunning private island on the River Thames. Perfect for a wedding, birthday or simply reunion celebrations, Monkey Island Estate offers 41 rooms and suites and six private residences across seven acres, accessed by footbridge, boat or helicopter. Guests can look forward to a range of exciting activities, including indulgent treatments on the island's bespoke Floating Spa Barge, exploring the stunning surrounding countryside by foot, bike or boat and enjoying the great outdoors with the estate's very own Shepherd's Hideaway experience. With Monkey Island Estate's friendly and expert team on hand, island takeovers can be tailored to suit every group, no matter the size or style of the get together they have in mind. From being able to enjoy the whole island for a full weekend to taking over a private corner of the grounds with loved ones for a summer's afternoon, the team will ensure groups have a magical experience to remember.... read more

Posted: 28 October 2021

De Vere launches new Smart meeting products to support flexible working patterns

De Vere, a collection of historic mansion house estates and distinctive contemporary hotels and event destinations, has launched two new products, Smart Booker, a new integrated meetings and events booking engine on its website and Smart Base, which offers remote working spaces at its venues. Smart Booker is a cloud-based meetings and events booking platform, powered by MeetingPackage, now available across De Vere's properties* after initially launching at De Vere Grand Connaught Rooms, located in London's West End, in May 2021. Smart Booker enables a more efficient online bookings whilst providing live availability and dynamic pricing of event spaces. It allows event planners to; see real-time room availability across a number of properties; search, filter, and book event spaces in one simple process; and book meetings on the go as the system will be fully mobile optimised. Smart Base offers a smarter way to meet the needs of today's flexible work patterns, ideal for those working from home who would like a change of scenery, or for employers who are looking for an inspiring location to use as a co-working space. Smart Base is available to book via Smart Booker and allows guests to select a flexible working space in their preferred location and a time to suit their working patterns with the option to add snacks, a grab & go lunch, or a working lunch, with De Vere's restaurants providing nutritionally balanced dishes packed with flavour and seasonal ingredients. During their visit, guests will receive unlimited refreshments, including sustainably sourced fresh coffee and superfast Wi-Fi, which stretches up to a 100m perimeter around each property so you can stay connected even on each property's extensive grounds.... read more

Posted: 26 October 2021

Berkeley Castle in Gloucestershire gets ready for Halloween

Historic Houses are already well known for their eerie tales of ghosts, ghouls, and harrowing histories. It's Britain's largest collection of historic houses and gardens, representing 1,500 historic houses, parks and gardens, supported by some sixty thousand members of the general public. They work on behalf of these important places, with the support of the members who love Britain's special heritage. Independent historic houses might be owned by individuals and families – often those who have lived there for centuries – or by small charitable trusts, businesses, educational institutions, or local authorities. Many of the houses, castles, and gardens are open as regular tourist attractions and the membership scheme, which asks the general public to join in supporting these places, comes with hundreds of offers of free access to these incredible sites, encouraging members to explore less famous sites and make trips they might not otherwise have taken. Down in Gloucestershire, Berkeley Castle was the site for the killing of Edward II in 1327, supposedly using a red-hot poker. Berkeley Castle will be staging their 'Spooktacular Halloween' events programme from 25-31 October.... read more

Posted: 21 October 2021

Warner Leisure Hotels launch Mamamoon Breaks

Warner Leisure Hotels, which operates 14 adult-only hotels and resorts across the UK including in Wiltshire, has pioneered the Mamamoon getaway to give hard-working mums a break after the wedding when the happy couple jet off on their honeymoon. The wind-down packages have been announced in response to over a third of mothers-of-the-bride reporting that they need a relaxing holiday after the wedding. The Mamamoon breaks include spa access, gin and wine tasting and complimentary breakfast and dinner, as well as stress-busting activities such as yoga and archery. Simon Thompson, managing director of Warner Leisure Hotels, said, "We wanted to recognise their heroic efforts – being a shoulder to cry on when dates are rearranged, organising table plans with military precision and being the voice of wisdom in the wedding dress shop. It's certainly not an easy job! That's why we've launched the world's first 'Mamamoons' – a chance for mothers-of-the-bride to put their feet up after the wedding and be waited on hand and foot – they deserve it!"... read more

Posted: 19 October 2021

Cotswold Rentals announce a new partnership with Daylesford Organic

Luxury Cotswold Rentals, the go-to company for holiday lettings in this Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty with more than 70 properties on offer, is delighted to announce a new and exclusive partnership with award-winning farm shop Daylesford Organic. For new bookings made for holidays taken until 6th December 2021, guests staying in a home with Luxury Cotswolds Rentals will receive one of Daylesford Organic's new seasonal hampers. There's a selection of four farmhouse hampers to choose from - Wellness, Family, Foodie and Le Loubé.... read more

Posted: 14 October 2021

Everything you need to know about wedding traditions

Traditions have played a huge part in weddings for hundreds of years, with more recent, modern weddings incorporating a mix of both old and new. With the wedding season in full swing, here's some of the most popular wedding traditions, looking at their origins as well as modern alternatives. Here at County Wedding Magazines HQ we still love some of the classics, such as exchanging the rings and having a wedding cake, but would happily say cheerio to the father-daughter dance and throwing the bouquet! Have a read and see how many you want to keep!... read more

Posted: 13 October 2021

New woodland wedding setting at Nuneham Estate

Lucy Shaw, estate director of Nuneham Estate in Oxfordshire, recently opened The Cricket Field, a new marquee wedding reception venue, for a wedding showcase to help promote small local suppliers and businesses emerging from lockdown. It was important to the team at the country estate that small businesses were given a chance to get back on their feet after the uncertainties of the past year at no cost. Harry Saunders, owner of Husk Marquees (www.huskmarquees.co.uk) who is partnering with Nuneham Estate, provided the backdrop in one of his stunning structures ideal for a woodland-style wedding while Berkshire-based wedding photographer The Beautiful Due (http://thebeautifuldue.co.uk) captured some incredible images (pictured).... read more

Posted: 12 October 2021

The fab four in Wedding Planning Apps

Post-lockdowns, couples are still rejoicing in the fact that being restriction free means it's full steam ahead with wedding planning - without the impending doom of cancellations and postponements! Whether you're nearlyweds, or just engaged, planning a wedding can be a daunting task; however, there's a whole host of useful Apps that can help you get organised and actually easy the stress of it meaning you can enjoy the wedding planning as much as the day itself! Events specialists AYRE Event Solutions, reveal the fab-four of best apps to download for wedding planning.... read more

Posted: 11 October 2021

Win a honeymoon with Signature Wedding Show exhibitor

The Inspire Me Travel Company Ltd, based in Stansted, Essex, is exhibiting at our Signature Wedding Show on 24th October 2021, at The Brentwood Centre in Essex. What's more, for couples still in the midst of planning their honeymoon - then put that on hold - as there's a chance to win your honeymoon with this exhibitor on the day of the show! So what are you waiting for? Hurry along to the show and enter your details!... read more

Posted: 7 October 2021

The UK's most beautiful wedding castles

Wedding dreams of being kings and queens of the castle for the big day? Lucky for you, this fairytale ending can come true as the UK is blessed with a whole host of romantic castle wedding venues. Engagement ring specialists at Steven Stone analysed a comprehensive list of castles on wedding planning websites and using hashtag data from Instagram to reveal which venues has the highest number of posts to inspire your big-day wedding venue choice.... read more

Posted: 7 October 2021

Spooky hen and stag do ideas this October from Fizzbox

As this year's Halloween draws closer, here at County Wedding Magazines HQ we thought it would be fun to share some spooky hen and stag do ideas from Fizzbox.com! Now that lockdowns are over, the hen and stag do parties are back from the dead just in time for the spooky goings on this Halloween. So get your thinking caps on - witches hats! - and get planning a night of a lifetime as there's 18months of no socialising to make up for!... read more

Posted: 7 October 2021

The Ivy Lodge Clubhouse at Cirencester Park Polo Club offers autumn menu

The newly renovated Ivy Lodge Clubhouse at Cirencester Park Polo Club has become a roaring success and immensely popular amongst the polo crowd as well as many locals so the restaurant has decided to stay open after polo season to welcome both its regulars as well as those who have yet to experience the exquisite food served by head chef Ethan Rodgers, a locally renowned culinary expert. The response to the reopening of the restaurant for this polo season has been great with so many compliments to the chef and consistently empty plates being returned to the kitchen! A buzzy atmosphere has been enjoyed by all visitors who also had the opportunity to sample the extensive wine and drinks menu.... read more

Posted: 7 October 2021

How to choose the perfect gifts for your wedding party

Gifts for the wedding party can often be left to the last minute, however, they can show your guests just how much they mean to the two of you. But where do you start, especially when looking for something truly heartfelt? The gifting experts at www.hampers.com have rounded up some gift inspiration for the different members of your wedding party, which here at County Wedding Magazine HQ we think will go down an absolute treat with your loved ones...... read more

Posted: 5 October 2021

Wed in Windsor and honeymoon in the Maldives with Fairmont Windsor Park

With wedding numbers set to double in 2022, and many newlyweds itching to travel, a honeymoon boom is on the horizon. In anticipation, Fairmont Windsor Park, the UK's latest luxury spa and wellness hotel has launched an exclusive wedding and honeymoon package in collaboration with Fairmont Maldives Sirru Fen Fushi, a private island escape nestled in the remote Shaviyani atoll. Following a fairy-tale like wedding in the British countryside, honeymooners will jet off to start married life in the Maldives enjoying a two-night complimentary stay, special honeymoon set-up, a 20% discount for many activities and more. The Windsor wedding package includes a complimentary menu tasting, use of the honeymoon suite for two nights, a three-course wedding breakfast, evening buffet and much more!... read more

Posted: 5 October 2021

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