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Wedding News: Biggest wedding faux pas to avoid on your big day

Biggest wedding faux pas to avoid on your big day

With more than half (53%) of married Brits confessing to having wedding day regrets, wedding expert and CEO of the UK's largest collection of wedding venues, The Gilchrist Collection, Samantha Gilchrist shares her thoughts on the biggest wedding faux pas' couple should steer clear of to guarantee wedding day success. "You've planned everything down to the tiniest detail and finally get to enjoy your day, why risk something spoiling it? While some of these things are a little outside your control, it's important to let your wedding planner and venue know what your boundaries are, and the things you would find unacceptable, were they to happen on your big day. They'll be able to support you in handling issues both ahead of time and on the day itself.

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Wedding News: Editor Olivia Gibson visits Brooks & Brooks Salon in Covent Garden to experience a hair makeover

Editor Olivia Gibson visits Brooks & Brooks Salon in Covent Garden to experience a hair makeover

Hair has played a significant role throughout human history, carrying immense cultural and social importance. It is undeniable that even in today's society, hair continues to hold a crucial position. I am constantly on the lookout for ways to protect my precious locks, whether it's by using top-notch hair products or minimising exposure to heat in order to prevent any damage. However, after sporting the same hairstyle for years, I began to feel the urge for a change. As someone who had never dyed their hair before, I have always been apprehensive about altering my natural colour and the entire process involved.

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Wedding News: These are the most popular 'first dance' songs of 2024, as online searches soar!

These are the most popular 'first dance' songs of 2024, as online searches soar!

Scraping over 350 'First Dance' playlists on Spotify and analysing the 12,000 tracks that featured on them, Diamonds Factory ranked the songs that featured the most to determine the most popular first dance song of 2024. 60 years on, and Etta James' At Last is the most popular first dance song of 2024. The data revealed that Etta James' 'At Last' is the most popular first dance song for couples to choose for their wedding, with the song featuring in a whopping 46 'first dance' playlists. Regardless of the song being released over 60 years ago, Etta's love song is still proving to be a timeless classic for couples.

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Wedding News: The Speech Surgery: does my wedding speech have to be funny?

The Speech Surgery: does my wedding speech have to be funny?

'The Speech Surgery' with Heidi Ellert McDermott, founder of Speechy & author of The Modern Couple's Guide to Wedding Speeches: I'm not funny. Does my wedding speech need to be? I've heard some lovely speeches that haven't contained any humour, but here's the thing...they are the exception to the rule. Nearly every speech is better if it contains a little humour. FACT. Generally, folk from the UK and Australia want their speeches to have a lot of humour in them, while clients from other parts of the world, namely the US, lean towards a sweeter speech, with lighter elements, as opposed to all-out funny.

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Wedding News: 6 bridesmaid proposal ideas from Getting Personal

6 bridesmaid proposal ideas from Getting Personal

Once you've said yes to your future spouse, it's time to recruit your future bridal party. To pop the question you can keep it short and sweet or go with something a little more elaborate. A bridesmaid proposal is the perfect way to ensure they know their special role in your life and, more importantly, on your big day itself. There has been an 85% increase in Google searches for 'bridesmaid proposal ideas'¹ over the past year, therefore gifting experts at Getting Personal have shared 6 bridesmaid proposal ideas for those needing a little inspiration for asking their bridesmaids to be part of their bridal party.

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Wedding News: Couples counsellor shares 5 key boundaries to set

Couples counsellor shares 5 key boundaries to set

As technology brings us closer together than ever, it also has changed how relationships work, from meeting your significant other through an online dating app to having the ability to contact other people instantly at your fingertips. Smartphones have revolutionised communication - but do they strengthen or strain romantic relationships? With this in mind, the smartphone experts at Compare and Recycle have surveyed 2,000 people, delving into the complex world of smartphones. They discovered how many Brits trust their partners with phone passcodes, as well as partnering up with couples counsellor, Susan Leigh, to provide healthy passcode-sharing tips for couples.

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Wedding News: True costs of saying 'I do' revealed by the experts

True costs of saying 'I do' revealed by the experts

Recent research by Hodge reveals the dream of getting married can come with a hefty price tag, reaching more than £20,000. Hodge dived into the averages of how much each part of a wedding costs, revealing that food and the honeymoon were the two most expensive parts. When it comes to wedding attire, couples spare no expense to look their best on their special day. According to Hodge's research, the average cost of wedding outfits in the UK is substantial. For instance, the engagement ring alone sets couples back around £1,948 on average, surpassing even the cost of the bride's dress, which averages £1,500. But, the wedding bands cost substantially less, on average couples only spend £1,000 for both rings.

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Wedding News: The Speech Surgery: Indian wedding speeches with Heidi Ellert McDermott, founder of Speechy

The Speech Surgery: Indian wedding speeches with Heidi Ellert McDermott, founder of Speechy

'The Speech Surgery' with Heidi Ellert McDermott, founder of Speechy & author of The Modern Couple's Guide to Wedding Speeches. I'm giving a Maid of Honour speech at a large Indian wedding. I've never been to one before... any etiquette I need to be aware of? Speeches are finally getting the attention they deserve at Indian weddings. A couple of decades ago they still weren't that common but now they're finally taking centre stage. And quite literally. In terms of etiquette, there's no major difference but the scale of the event will impact your speech. As we know, most Indian weddings are big events. It's not uncommon to have a guestlist anywhere from 400 to 1,000 guests and speakers are often up on a stage with lighting, sound crews and being filmed too! Check with the bride and find out...

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Wedding News: Show your bridesmaids some love with the One4all Beauty & Spa Gift Card

Show your bridesmaids some love with the One4all Beauty & Spa Gift Card

Finding a range of gifts all your bridal party will love can be a struggle, especially when you've got a long wedding checklist to tick off. That's why the One4all Beauty & Spa Favourite Gift Card is an ideal addition to any bridal box or thank you card, it gives your hens the choice to pamper themselves with much-loved brands such as Boots, The Perfume Shop, Rituals, SpaSeekers and many more. It can be loaded with any amount from £15 to a generous £100, perfect if you've got a tight budget but still want to treat your bridesmaids.

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Wedding News: The Waterfront at Holiday Inn London Brentford Lock launches a wedding experience

The Waterfront at Holiday Inn London Brentford Lock launches a wedding experience

The Waterfront at Holiday Inn London Brentford Lock has launched a Your Wedding Scent experience as the ultimate addition to special days. Upon booking weddings at the venue, couples can book and embark on a sensory journey at the Experimental Perfume Club in Covent Garden to create their own wedding scent. The luxe blending experience offers a fully private consultation for two in the perfumer's alcove, guided by an in-house expert who profiles scents from award-winning collections. The experience includes a glass of prosecco with some treats and a full-size 50ml eau de parfum, created and personalised on the day. It's a one-to-one experience and is priced at £390 for two.

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Wedding News: Jewellery expert shares how to match your nails to your rings

Jewellery expert shares how to match your nails to your rings

Whether you're searching for an engagement ring for your partner or treating yourself to some new diamond earrings, there is so much to consider when it comes to finding the ideal jewellery. From complementary colours to chunky or more delicate styles, the experts at Abelini have shared four things to consider when purchasing new jewellery. Nilesh Rakholia, Director at jewellery retailer, Abelini, comments: "There are many factors to think about when it comes to buying new jewellery. Whatever the occasion, and whether it's a purchase for yourself or for a loved one, different styles and colours complement people in different ways - there's a perfect jewellery match for everyone!"

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Wedding News: The Cadogan Arms has secured a full licence to host weddings

The Cadogan Arms has secured a full licence to host weddings

The Cadogan Arms, nestled in the heart of Chelsea's bustling King's Road, has secured a full licence to host weddings adding to its reputation as a unique London location to celebrate all occasions. Over the past year, the charming establishment has hosted many pre- and post-wedding receptions, offering flexible wedding packages that can be tailored to accommodate a wide range of preferences and requirements. Whether it's a cosy private room for intimate gatherings or full venue takeovers, the property provides a quintessentially British experience right in the heart of central London. Just a stone's throw away from the Chelsea Town Hall, The Cadogan Arms is the ideal wedding venue for couples getting married through the Chelsea Registry Office.

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Wedding News: The Speech Surgery: funny photo inclusions yay or nay?

The Speech Surgery: funny photo inclusions yay or nay?

'The Speech Surgery' with Heidi Ellert McDermott, founder of Speechy & author of The Modern Couple's Guide to Wedding Speeches: My husband has been asked to be his brother's best man. We have lots of funny photos of his brother through the years. Should we utilise them in the speech? A decade ago, nearly every best man speech involved a PowerPoint presentation of embarrassing photos of the groom. These days are over. Maybe it's because social media now allows people to look back at laugh at their mates 'fedora' or 'drop crotch' years without needing to wait for a wedding. Or, maybe it's just because using PowerPoint is generally awkward and clunky anywhere other than the boardroom.

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Wedding News: Don’t let your wedding decor go to waste: five creative ways to repurpose it!

Don’t let your wedding decor go to waste: five creative ways to repurpose it!

With the time, money and effort you put into creating the perfect wedding setting for your special day, it only makes sense to make the most out of it, don't you think? If you want to give your decor another ounce of life but are not sure how, look no further. Experts at Diamonds Factory have shared five ways you can repurpose your wedding decor beyond the ceremony. 1.Get creative and repurpose your extra wedding invitations into a DIY project.

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Wedding News: Women-owned Turana Atash celebrates a successful first year

Women-owned Turana Atash celebrates a successful first year

Women-owned Turana Atash, founded in 2023, is a luxury modern swimwear and resort wear brand pioneering modest fashion! From surf to swim, each piece is crafted to be diversely worn around the globe — perfect for those looking for the ideal honeymoon pieces with extra coverage. Taking Western-style swimwear and developing it with the contemporary Middle Eastern worldview in mind, the team focuses on creating appropriate luxury pieces for all. Their mindset when it comes to designing is straightforward; they believe that fashion and modesty can be synonymous with one another and, therefore, combine modesty with intricate design to create garments that make customers feel positive about themselves, leading to something empowering. After a successful first year, the team are excited for the future!

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Wedding News: Six things you need to insure when tying the knot

Six things you need to insure when tying the knot

As wedding season draws nearer, couples are scrambling to tie up loose ends and ensure their special day goes off without a hitch. Amidst the excitement and anticipation, there have been 11K Google searches for 'wedding insurance' in the past month alone. The insurance experts at Bionic have looked into some of the most useful insurances to have for your big day. As of 2023, the average amount spent on wedding venues in the UK was nearly £8,000, meaning a significant amount of money would be at stake if the day were to be cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances affecting the venue. Similarly, the average spent on wedding videography and photography was nearly £3,000. In the event of any technical faults on the day, you could be at risk of memories of your special day not being captured, and also losing out on thousands if you weren't to take out cover.

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Wedding News: Discover wedding receptions at The Ritzy Cinema & Cafe

Discover wedding receptions at The Ritzy Cinema & Cafe

The Ritzy Cinema & Cafe is situated directly opposite Lambeth Town Hall in the heart of Brixton. It's well connected with Brixton Tube Station, a three-minute walk away, overground links to Victoria Station and numerous bus lines in all directions. The exterior holds a strong early 19th-century design, with grand arching, silhouettes and embossed detailing. The interior documents The Ritzy's history, combining details reminiscent of the cinema's opening alongside its more modern elements from when it fused with what was once a theatre before the war. The venue has settings catering to couples' needs, from the grand 350-seater screen to an intimate setting that can host 52 guests.

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Wedding News: Leading Celebrant says industry needs infusion of new talent

Leading Celebrant says industry needs infusion of new talent

The UK celebrant industry is seen as boring and is ripe for reinvigoration, according to Richard Lavender, founder of UK Celebrant Academy, a new training company for modern celebrants. There is now much more demand for celebrant-led ceremonies than ever before, as people want weddings that reflect their unique stories and values. "Celebrants, unlike registrars, provide completely unique and personalised ceremonies, with no limitations on location or content. But there are a lot of celebrants who are providing boring cookie cutter ceremonies. The Celebrant industry needs an infusion of new blood that will bring energy, humour and fun to special days whether they are weddings, funerals, baby naming or vow renewals," says Richard.

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Wedding News: ‘The Speech Surgery’ with Speechy's Heidi Ellert McDermott

‘The Speech Surgery’ with Speechy's Heidi Ellert McDermott

'The Speech Surgery' with Heidi Ellert McDermott, founder of Speechy & author of The Modern Couple's Guide to Wedding Speeches' We're planning on having five speakers at our wedding. How do we make sure the speeches don't take over the whole day? Great speeches can add so much fun and meaning to a wedding day – but you can have too much of a good thing. Guests don't want to feel like they're sat at a conference, so firstly, think about how you schedule the speakers. Perhaps have a couple before the meal, two before the dessert and one (funny speech) after everyone's finished eating. You want your guests to interact with each other on a regular basis, rather than listening to a succession of speakers for an hour!

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Wedding News: The Office for National Statistics: journeying through modern life

The Office for National Statistics: journeying through modern life

The Office for National Statistics has published an article exploring life's most important milestones and how they have changed over time. Using a range of data sources, the article looks at key life events such when people enter the workforce, get married, and earn the most money. Kerry Gadsdon, from the Office for National Statistics (ONS), said: "Everyone's journey through adulthood is different, but we can use a range of data to explore key events in life. We've examined how these milestones of adulthood have changed over the past decade and can see how society is shifting. "In England and Wales, people are doing many things later in life; like leaving their parent's home, getting married, and retiring. But not everything has changed. Most people still enter the workforce at 23-24 years old and make the most money in their 30s to 50s."

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