All the latest wedding news for couples getting married in Devon or Cornwall, along with bridal fashion and beauty inspiration and honeymoon ideas.
Some can seem old hat. Others stand the test of time. But wedding traditions are the cornerstones of a wedding day. They are what set a wedding apart from any other party. One of the things that makes a wedding day extra special. So, whilst updating wedding traditions might seem like a great idea in 2022, your decision needs careful thought and planning.
Many modern couples want to put a new spin on wedding traditions. Giving old customs new interpretations and putting their own stamp on the format of the day. Here we caught up with Liz Taylor, a luxury wedding planner of over thirty years' experience, who has seen first-hand how wedding traditions have transformed over the years. She shares her ideas on how to nod to the old, while bringing in the new. Here is Liz's guide to updating wedding traditions.... read more
Posted: 24 January 2022
Enjoy a glass of bubbly and canapés from LAP Food and Bars as you explore Harefield Barn located in Crediton, Devon, and discover how it could look for your special day! The friendly team are hosting a Wedding Showcase on Sunday 27th February 2022 from 4pm until 8pm where the venue will be styled by local suppliers and florists including Amor Decor, Glas Events, Unique Designs by Tina, Amanda Winsor Flowers, Emma Hewlett Flowers, Dunstans Flowers and Socialights. There'll also be music courtesy of Exe Valley Strings, Phil Smyth Music and others, plus a few tricks from talented magician Dan Brazier.... read more
Posted: 20 January 2022
Celebrating a festive proposal? Already caught the wedding planning bug? Don't want to wait two years? Having assisted couples previously with their short lead time weddings, experienced and down to earth UK wedding planner Mary Briscoe gives some food for thought if you are considering tying the knot as soon as possible.
Here at County Wedding Magazines HQ, we believe that anything is possible if you set your mind to it even planning a wedding within a few short weeks.... read more
Posted: 19 January 2022
Congratulations! To Kingsbridge-based wedding photographer Martyn Norsworthy who has won Bronze in the World's Top 10 Wedding Photos Competition 2021. Martyn tells us, "The judging is, understandably, intense and across multiple levels. Only two photographers from the UK became finalists so I'm delighted to not only have two winning entries but to have secured a Bronze in my fifth year of entering." He is especially proud as none of his entries is ever shot specifically for competitions but are all real-life images from weddings.... read more
Posted: 18 January 2022
Roses are still one of the most prominent wedding flowers chosen couples to feature in their big-day styling. But how do you know which colour rose to get? Luckily for you, each colour has a specific meaning, and depending on the occasion, one will be better suited than the other.
During the Victorian era, flower language, also known as floriography, gained prominence. Flowers, especially roses, were used to convey a secret message without having to speak. This tradition has carried through today, and roses are much appreciated as a stand-alone gift, as well as a sentimental complement to a main present.
The gemstone jeweller Angelic Diamonds has ranked the most popular colour roses in the UK based on Google search volumes and reveals the hidden messages behind each to help you find the perfect one.... read more
Posted: 17 January 2022
Weddings come in all different shapes and sizes, and there are so many unique traditions that make them special in different countries. There are many customs you are likely already familiar with, such as proposing with a diamond engagement ring and throwing your bouquet on the big day. However, there are so many other interesting traditions from around the globe that you're sure to love.
New research from engagement ring retailer, Angelic Diamonds, takes us on a trip around the world to find out more about wedding traditions and costs in every corner of the globe. Today, we're taking a closer look at some of our very favourite traditions. Despite their differences, there is one thing that all these traditions have in common. They are all in place to bring luck, happiness, and love to a union between the happy couple.... read more
Posted: 14 January 2022
If you're enjoying a Dry January this year and looking for a healthier drink option then why not try the new non-alcoholic fermented aperitif and digestif by Cornish brand High Point? Ruby Aperitif and Amber Digestif both offer a vibrant flavour and will leave you with a clear head the next day! They are made in Cornwall and are the world's first premium non-alcoholic fermented aperitif and digestif. Both have been created without artificial flavours or colours, made with natural ingredients taken from the surrounding Cornish countryside and then mixed with Cornish spring water and tea leaves. These botanicals are then infused, fermented and blended to produce drinks that are layered in flavours, deep in aromas and complexity - the perfect pick for a spring wedding.... read more
Posted: 13 January 2022
Selling a uniquely curated edit of vintage fashion and accessories, alongside a considered range of vintage inspired, sustainably produced brands, the long-awaited new shop Love of Lemons located in Nansledan, Cornwall has opened its doors to the public. Founder Bex Osman launched this incredibly successful business online after lockdown was lifted earlier this year. Old vintage styles are entirely hand-picked by herself with the idea of reusing these star finds and inviting people to add them to their existing wardrobes. Her motto is 'Re-use. Re-love. Re-style' and the aim is to bring the old back to life alongside the new, all the while reducing the impact that the fashion industry has on the planet.... read more
Posted: 11 January 2022
Here at County Wedding Magazines HQ we've heard it many times before "they could relax once the speeches were given".
This anxiety of the wedding speeches affects not only the groom but also the groomsmen. Whether you enjoy public speaking or not, there's a lot of pressure on the best man to remember to thank the bride, do justice to the groom without revealing his worst stories, and crucially be funny - but not so funny you ruin the big day!
No matter how confident the bestman is, or how often they may do presentations at work, this is still a daunting task.
If you've a wedding on the horizon and need some tips, James Robinson, Marketing Manager at presentation design agency Buffalo 7 offers his top tips on incorporating a slideshow in to the speech to help with proceedings...... read more
Posted: 11 January 2022
New research by London cornerstone jewellery brand, ABELINI, has revealed that even a global pandemic can't stop romantics tying the knot, as it is revealed that 79% of Brits would be happy to get engaged in the UK.
If you're reading this after having a festive proposal at the end of 2021 - did your very own engagement location make one of the top listed?
Whether your loved one is an ocean-obsessed water sign or a glamorous city slicker who would love to be proposed to with views over the capital, here at County Wedding Magazines HQ we're loving these winners.... read more
Posted: 7 January 2022
Hold onto your hats party people, The PIG restaurants with rooms that have numerous properties across the South West including in Devon and Cornwall (as well as Somerset, Kent and the New Forest) are hosting their full-scale Smoked & Uncut festivals throughout 2022 with nostalgic beats and garden eats! Expect laid-back classic tunes, bars, field food and feasting with four festival dates to choose from, the ideal way to celebrate a hen (or stag) gathering, or a pre-wedding mini-moon getaway.... read more
Posted: 6 January 2022
The experts at ABELINI Jewellery have compiled a guide to the most beautiful proposal hot spots within the UK that sees St Michael's Mount in Cornwall as top of the list. New research by London cornerstone jewellery brand, ABELINI, has revealed that even a global pandemic can't stop romantics tying the knot, as it is revealed that 79% of Brits would be happy to get engaged in the UK.
Second only to the ring itself, the location of a proposal could make or break the big moment so it's important to choose carefully to ensure its extra special. But just where are the top UK proposal hot spots that are sure to wow your fiancé-to-be?... read more
Posted: 4 January 2022
The ethical jewellery brand Ingle & Rhode have put together a guide on how to plan a sustainable wedding without compromising on that luxury feeling on your big day.
With the world becoming more environmentally conscious, a spokesperson for Ingle & Rhode said: "We're very passionate about ethical sourcing and we know through our customers that there are so many people out there who are interested in the idea of having a more sustainable wedding.
"Weddings often include a lot of single use items wrapped in plastic which of course isn't great for our environment.... read more
Posted: 3 January 2022
The Good Hotel Guide has revealed its 10 César award winners for 2022 and Plantation House (pictured) in Devon has won Small Hotel of the Year. On the menu, created by chef Richard Hendey, are dishes made using home-grown and local ingredients that change on a nightly basis with a highlight being pressed guinea fowl with pistachio, Cointreau and duck. Guests can also book massages from the comfort of their bedroom in this Georgian country house which is a five-minute drive from the market town of Modbury, in the popular South Hams.... read more
Posted: 30 December 2021
If you had a festival proposal last weekend - lucky you - and it means this New Year there will be double celebrations now you're embarking on your wedding planning journey and entering 2022 as an engaged couple!
These delightful Gin cocktails are the perfect way to celebrate and bring in the New Year, restrictions maybe looming once again, but gin can travel!
Pinkster is locally grown and distilled in Cambridgeshire, Mermaid is crafted in the sea air of the Isle of Wight, Aviation American Gin is produced under Ryan Reynolds' watchful eye in Portland, Oregon and Jaisalmer Gin, inspired by the imperial age of Maharajas and Maharanis has flown all the way from Jaisalmer, India!... read more
Posted: 28 December 2021
Who doesn't love a break away to enjoy a winter woodland stroll, shopping in local villages and returning to a crackling log fire and a menu of great food and wine? The teams at THE PIG venues will be making it extra-special at New Year with a huge dollop of festive spirit, so head to a PIG property and end the year on a high. Treat yourself to bespoke cocktails and tuck into a festive piggy dinner - this month's 25-mile menu changes daily, so feast on seasonal dishes including Castlemead Farm turkey, Claire Louis monkfish tail and chestnut mushroom nut roast.... read more
Posted: 28 December 2021
Renowned high street footwear brand Clarks, analysed search volume data to reveal what wedding outfit colours the nation are searching for the most this winter. Blue wedding outfits came out on top, followed by black, pink, red and green! What's more, Clarks spoke to Lindsay from Lindsay Punch Styling to give her top tips on what shoes to pair with our upcoming wedding outfits, from styles to different colours. Read on for advice on winter wedding styling...... read more
Posted: 24 December 2021
The National Trust property Killerton in Exeter is hosting a glittering Christmas illuminated trail until 2nd January 2022. More than one million twinkling lights, colourful trees and amazing illuminated installations are on display for visitors to admire to a soundtrack of much-loved seasonal music to transform Killerton's majestic gardens into a winter wonderland. There are burnished lantern trees filled with flickering flames, neon strings stretched between towering trees and guests can walk through Christmas trees dripping in baubles, an arch of hearts, a carpet of gently glowing white roses and catch a glimpse of Father Christmas along the way. Independent street food vendors bring a delicious twist with tasty treats on offer with toasted marshmallows, spiced winter warmer or hot chocolate shared with someone special.... read more
Posted: 23 December 2021
Exeter-based chocolate specialists Chococo has launched its Chocolate Biscuit Cake Wreaths in time for Xmas that come in a classic and vegan-friendly version. They're the perfect accompaniment for a Christmas afternoon tea or even as an alternative to the traditional Christmas pudding. Perfect for sharing, the Madagascar origin dark chocolate tiffin cake is crammed full of tart-dried cherries, raisins and rich tea biscuits. The classic recipe is smothered in Venezuela origin milk chocolate, decorated with dates, apricots, dried cranberries and drizzled white chocolate 'snow' and the vegan-friendly variety is smothered in Madagascar origin dark chocolate decorated with pecans, cranberries and drizzled vegan tigernut chocolate 'snow'. Wrapped in compostable cornstarch cello and presented in a cardboard box, this chocolate biscuit cake makes the perfect alternative to a traditional Christmas cake and will easily serve 12 people.... read more
Posted: 21 December 2021
Whether it's a winter wedding, getting hitched in spring or a summertime country affair – Evercreatures' 'Weddies' offer the bride and her girl squad eye-catching footwear. These stylish cream coloured IDO wellington boots complete with bow come in short and tall options and could just be the perfect 'surprise' gift for the bride-to-be.
They are unique, funky and a fun fashion item for brides who dare to be different. Weddies, which are exclusively designed by Evercreatures, keep you looking and feeling bright and cheerful whatever the conditions!
The boots are made from natural, sustainable rubber and are coupled with Evercreatures' unique moulded design and padded inner to be super soft and comfortable enough to wear even when the elements aren't.... read more
Posted: 21 December 2021
Yeti & The Fox is a simple yet effective pharmaceutical-free solution to the dreaded hangover. With many couples choosing to opt for hangover survival kit-style wedding favours (we love this idea) Yeti & The Fox is a must-have addition. Here comes the science bit! S-acetyl gluthione is the body's main natural antioxidant and immune system booster helping the body stay healthy. When combined with N-acetyl cysteine and vitamin B6, it becomes highly effective and fighting toxins ingested via food and drink. Glutathione is in fact needed by our bodies to break down toxic substance acetaldehyde the offending substance produced as alcohol is broken down by the liver. It's also to blame for liver damage and many of the most hideous symptoms experienced during a hangover. So, with the acetaldehyde-busting ingredient glutathione being at the core of Yeti & Fox it's clear to see why it works!... read more
Posted: 16 December 2021
National Trust property Cotehele located in Cornwall has unveiled its annual Christmas garland that's celebrating its 65th anniversary since the tradition to adorn the Great Hall began in 1956. It has marked the occasion by recreating the design of early garlands which had a more traditional, greenery-inspired look. The team have turned back the clock to recreate a historic photograph of one of the earliest garlands taken in the 1980s. They're also calling for visitors' memories and photos they've taken of the garland over the years to see how it has changed over time. Marking a return to its traditional look, the garland features a mixture of greenery, including pittosporum and adorned with dried flowers, including cheerfully coloured strawflowers and statice.
Each year the team at Cotehele spend eleven months planning and growing the garland. However, due to the impact of Covid 19 and subsequent Government guidelines and restrictions, plans had to be adjusted as there was a lot less time available for planting and growing the usual 30,000 flowers the team needed for the usual display. So this year hundreds of sprigs of pittosporum have been used and fewer dried flowers than previous years, creating an impressive natural look.... read more
Posted: 16 December 2021
Very Peri, Pantone Colour of the Year 2022, is a gorgeous shade that can inspire your wedding theme and colour scheme.
The Pantone Institute says of this new hue: Displaying a carefree confidence and a daring curiosity that animates our creative spirit, inquisitive and intriguing PANTONE 17-3938 Very Peri helps us to embrace this altered landscape of possibilities, opening us up to a new vision as we rewrite our lives. Rekindling gratitude for some of the qualities that blue represents complemented by a new perspective that resonates today, PANTONE 17-3938 Very Peri places the future ahead in a new light.
We are living in transformative times. PANTONE 17-3938 Very Peri is a symbol of the global zeitgeist of the moment and the transition we are going through. As we emerge from an intense period of isolation, our notions and standards are changing.... read more
Posted: 16 December 2021
This festive season, Tarquin's Gin have transformed their Gin School & Shops in Padstow and St Ives into the ultimate shopping destinations for gin lovers, where customers will find a variety of gifting options and plenty of gin tasters. Plus, on select days customers can wax or personalise their own Tarquin's bottle with free calligraphy. Every Sunday Tarquin's Padstow and St Ives shops are offering Christmas shoppers the chance to wax their own Tarquin's Cornish Dry Gin bottle by hand. This complimentary experience allows customers to create a "one of a kind" Christmas gift with a signature finish. On chosen days, shoppers can also personalise a Tarquin's Cornish Dry Gin bottle with a special message beautifully inscribed by local master calligrapher, Wild Sea Calligraphy. Curating the ultimate gift for gin lovers with an added personal touch.... read more
Posted: 14 December 2021
There's no better time than the New Year to visit the much-loved Cornish town of St. Ives when the streets of this picture-perfect town are filled with festivities, from live music to street stalls. Enjoy the New Year celebrations staying at one of Cornwall's finest luxury boutique hotels, St. Ives Harbour Hotel & Spa. It's offering a mouth-watering New Year's Eve dinner menu featuring salmon tartar with avocado, coriander and lime yuzu, beef fillet mignon with porcini crust and roasted root vegetables, and a delicious chocolate orange mousse with spiced fruit brioche and elderflower sorbet.... read more
Posted: 9 December 2021