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

Wedding News: The most popular wedding foliage 2022 revealed

The most popular wedding foliage 2022 revealed

Wow, 2022 was quite the year for weddings with a bumper amount taking place. Looking back at what was trending last year, perhaps inspiration for those tying the knot in 2023, wedding insurance specialists Protectivity have researched the most popular wedding flowers, based on UK Google Search Volume. The most popular wedding bouquet foliage was Eucalyptus, with 585,000 searches! Followed by, Ivy 495,000, Jasmine 458,200, Rosemary 374,600, Ferns 351,200, Monstera 319,500, Silver Birch 219,600, Philodendrons 219,400, Olive branches 143,000 and Myrtle 133,300.

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Wedding News: Embrace Dry January with New London Light

Embrace Dry January with New London Light

Embrace Dry January 2023 with New London Light, a bold collection of contemporary non-alcoholic spirits and aperitifs from the multi-award winning distillers at Salcombe Distilling Co. Thanks to innovative flavour combinations and a pioneering production process, New London Light (NLL) is setting the global standard in taste for the fast-growing alcohol-free spirits category, embarking on a new era of taste without alcohol. Each New London Light expression has gone through an immersive five-step production process including liquid inspiration and research; sourcing of botanicals; creation of a botanical steep; rotary vacuum distillation; and blending with further natural flavours.

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Wedding News: Honeymooning in your married name

Honeymooning in your married name

If you are dreaming of jetting off to sandy shores with your sparkling new ring, spouse and matching passports...then this guide from NameSwitch will tell you how to make your dreams come true. Please do have a proper think about whether having matching passports straight away is really that important to you because, trust us when we say, it's not an easy thing to pull off! With recent changes to how processes work, effects of the Pandemic, and added complications like not being handed your marriage certificate on your wedding day, or needing the name on your NHS records to be the same as the one on your passport, an already stressful undertaking just got even more nail-biting! Now it's not mission impossible, but you do need 3 key things to be aligned (and nerves of steel) if this is going to work...

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Wedding News: Enjoy a festive tipple this New Year's Eve with whiskey gifts

Enjoy a festive tipple this New Year's Eve with whiskey gifts

Enjoy a festive tipple this New Year's Eve with whiskey gifts from The Cotswolds Distillery. Nestled in the heart of the beautiful Cotswolds countryside, it's the perfect one-stop-shop for gin and whisky gifts, with gift messaging available with every purchase, and all available at the click of a button. The award-winning Cotswolds Signature Single Malt Whisky was launched in 2017 and is the first whisky ever distilled in the Cotswolds. Rich and fruity, Cotswolds Single Malt Whisky is sippable with notes of honey, Seville orange marmalade and dark red fruits. Available in a beautiful gift box, it is the perfect gift for a whisky lover and is very versatile.

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Wedding News: Celebrate New Year’s Eve in Style with Pride of Britain Hotels

Celebrate New Year’s Eve in Style with Pride of Britain Hotels

Pride of Britain Hotels, the collection of leading luxury hotels in the UK with properties in Cornwall, Gloucestershire, Wiltshire and Buckinghamshire to name just a few is pleased to announce its top picks for the very best experiences this New Year's Eve. The carefully curated portfolio features over 50 independently run properties; each one unique and characterful with many of them offering exciting experiences and F&B offerings to bring in 2023 in style. Best for jazz and champagne surprises - The Headland. From the 30th of December 2022 to the 2nd of January 2023, celebrate the new year at The Headland nestled in one of Cornwall's most beautiful locations. The weekend of celebration includes a black-tie New Year's Eve party, with champagne tasting and The Headland's sumptuous six-course tasting dinner. The evening will be full of musical surprises, and plenty of dancing with a sweet treat of mini pasties after midnight. New Year's Day brings a family treasure hunt, jazz in the lounge and a special New Year's Day lunch. Room rates start from £439 per person, with a minimum three-night stay over the festive period.

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Wedding News: The rise of double-barrelled surnames

The rise of double-barrelled surnames

n the past couple of years, there's been a continued increase in the number of people wishing to join their names. For example, in November, research by The London Mint Office to mark The Queen's platinum wedding anniversary shows that 11% of married couples between the ages of 18 and 30 joined their names. As the UK's leading Name Changing Service, NameSwitch has also seen an 18% year-on-year growth in couples wishing to adopt a double-barrelled surname, which accounts for 12% of the thousands of name changes we've assisted over the last 12 months. So, why are more of us opting to double-barrel their surnames?

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Wedding News: Your wedding, your way

Your wedding, your way

With the Pandemic derailing wedding plans since 2020, the next few years look set to be a busy time for couples celebrating their union. But couples themselves are evolving – from individuals who feel shoehorned into traditions or cultural expectations they don't feel comfortable with, to those who feel more confident creating their own idea of how a wedding should be, encompassing a far wider range of preferences, traditions, and cultures. When NameSwitch was invited to speak on diversity at a recent industry event, Bridelux Symposium, the overwhelming consensus of wedding professionals was that they, too, are seeing a change in how weddings are becoming more individually unique; created to celebrate the heritage (often blended) and preferences of each couple.

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Wedding News: Enjoy a very Cornish Christmas at The Cove

Enjoy a very Cornish Christmas at The Cove

The Cove restaurant in Maenporth, Cornwall is pleased to announce a new series of winter offers, designed to help locals enjoy their first covid-free Christmas and New Year, without the unprecedented costs. Whether dining early, visiting with family or looking to enjoy an extra festive tipple – there's something to help everyone save this season. The Cornish creation of Michael Caines MBE, The Cove can be found on the coast of Maenporth Beach, serving delicious seasonal produce with uninterrupted views of Falmouth Bay. With new winter menus presented by Head Chef Stuart Shaw, the sea view restaurant and bar is the perfect solution for a cosy Cornish Christmas this year. Christmas Day at The Cove consists of a decadent festive themed five-course tasting menu followed by coffee and petit fours. Highlights include pumpkin and sage agnolotti with truffle cappuccino and parmesan or Jerusalem artichoke velouté to start followed by the main course including Christmas classics such as roast wicket's turkey with apricot and cranberry stuffing, mashed potato, parsnip and vanilla puree. Vegetarians can enjoy caramelised cauliflower steak with puree, artichoke crisps, cumin velouté and soaked golden raisins or a dedicated vegan menu. Dessert includes traditional Christmas pudding, passion fruit crème brûlée and a selection of Cornish cheeses.

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Wedding News: GREAT! romance to Launch on Thursday 5th January 2023

GREAT! romance to Launch on Thursday 5th January 2023

Dreaming of cosying up with some love-ly film entertainment in the New Year? GREAT! romance, a new, free-to-air, TV channel dedicated to bringing feel-good, romance films to TV screens, all day, every day, is launching on Thursday 5th January 2023. If you have a soft spot for romantic movies and are looking to indulge in escapist entertainment this winter, then look no further! Romantics across the UK can fall head-over-heels with the only TV channel that promises back-to-back love stories all day every day - for free! - and the curated selection of movies is guaranteed to melt anyone's heart at the start of 2023.

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Wedding News: Let Devon-based wine experts Wickhams do the work this Christmas

Let Devon-based wine experts Wickhams do the work this Christmas

With their specially curated Classic Christmas Day Selection, let multi-award-winning independent wine merchant Wickhams do the work for you this festive season. Purchase six bottles of wine expertly selected to complement each stage of your Christmas Day festivities, from a morning fizz, right through to a Sauternes to sip with your pud. And all for £99, saving £17.00 on the RRP. Nothing says Christmas like the pop of some fizz. With a wide range including champagne, prosecco and English sparkling wine, Wickhams has sparkling wine to suit both palate and pocket.

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Wedding News: Christmas winter wedding music

Christmas winter wedding music

Getting married at Christmas doesn't mean that you have to plan a Christmas-themed wedding. Here, roaming band The Travelling Hands, suggest songs that would work well for a Christmas winter wedding and the songs to avoid! When it comes to music, the same rule applies. Just because you want to get married at Christmas it doesn't mean that your musical playlist has to be full of Wizzard & Cliff Richard if you don't want it to be there. When our acoustic roaming band The Travelling Hands perform at winter weddings we see a wide variety of decisions when it comes to Christmas songs. Some want to embrace the Christmas classics - adding these into their day. Others like a few placed in here and there, whilst some want to just stick to their favourite songs without any Christmas numbers added in at all.

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Wedding News: Say cheers to Devonia's success

Say cheers to Devonia's success

Looking for a non-alcoholic alternative this Christmas? The sustainable Devon spring water company is celebrating a bumper summer of sales – and saving nearly 150,000kg of glass from going to landfill. The company, which puts sustainability at the centre of everything it does, has sold 250,000 bottles of water and reused an impressive 201,000. It's the only spring water company in the south of England with a business model focused on reusing glass bottles again and again. Washing and refilling the bottles use just 6% of the energy required to recycle glass, reducing CO2 by 94%. Plus, there's no plastic pollution going into the world's oceans.

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Wedding News: Outdated wedding laws need to change

Outdated wedding laws need to change

In an article earlier this year there was discussion and praise aimed towards the Government's plans to allow outdoor weddings to be made permanent. The article also highlighted the eagerly awaited Law Commission report into marriage laws, which was due to be published in July. Now it has been published and we have had some time for the dust to settle, Kate Van Rol, Barrister at 4PB has looked into these recommendations, "Are wedding laws at present 'confusing, outdated and restrictive' as the Commission suggest, or would the implementation of their suggestions trivialise weddings and commercialise the ceremony?". Kate continues...

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Wedding News: Enjoy an adults-only Christmas at the Bedruthan hotel

Enjoy an adults-only Christmas at the Bedruthan hotel

Pack your bags and head for the Cornish coast for an intimate, three- or four-night festive break with a loved one or friends this Christmas. Bedruthan's adult-only Christmas offering invites guests to enjoy mornings meandering the coastline and afternoons lounging in the Sensory Spa Garden. This is home to a hand-crafted cedar wood sauna, the perfect hideout on a winter's day complete with a viewing porthole looking out to sea. There are also outdoor hot tubs and a cold bucket drench for the brave! As dusk fall, snuggle up with blankets around the heat of the fire pit with bare feet dipped into a warm copper tub while sipping herbal tea. Why not book a Twilight Spa evening taking advantage of this Nordic-inspired area after dark, and compete with twinkling fairylights?

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Wedding News: Christmas activities from The QHotels Collection

Christmas activities from The QHotels Collection

The festive season is almost upon us, bringing with it all that sparkles, from decorative baubles to candles, crackers, and colourful lights. But as December approaches, it's easy to let the time run away. So, The QHotels Collection list their top five ways to keep the sparkle alive, bring a little twinkle to your eye and warmth to your heart in the run-up to the holidays. 1.Start a countdown to Christmas - who says advent calendars are just for the kids? Extend the Christmas fun over the whole of December by finding a special way to countdown to the big day. Why not play a different Christmas song each day on your commute? To really get in the festive spirit why not book a festive activity for every weekend in December? It could be anything from making homemade wrapping paper to heading out to see the panto or enjoying a festive-themed afternoon tea with your mates.

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Wedding News: Chococo's 2022 Christmas Hamper Collection launches

Chococo's 2022 Christmas Hamper Collection launches

Multi-award-winning independent chocolatier Chococo, with a store in Exeter, Devon, is celebrating its 20th birthday with a new hand-crafted range of Christmas hampers. New for this year is the giant vegan version of their popular Christmas Hamper in a wooden box and the Oat M!lk Chocolate Hamper Bag. Also included in the collection are the Assorted Hamper Bag, the vegan-friendly Hamper Bag and the annual best-selling Chococo Giant Christmas Hamper in a wooden box. All of these contain a new selection of Chococo's exceptional hand-crafted products. Their packaging is 100% plastic-free and is either recyclable, compostable or reusable.

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Wedding News: New hen party ideas at Bird & Blend Tea Co. venues

New hen party ideas at Bird & Blend Tea Co. venues

On various dates throughout December and January '23, and into 2023, Bird & Blend Tea Co. will host its two brand new workshops. A magic potions brewing & tea mixology workshop at Bird & Blend Tea Co - is for those keen on discovering and learning the mastery of potion making whilst mixing tea, and the science behind the magic. The special two-and-a-half hour workshop invites its guests to take an immersive step in to conjuring up shimmering, colour changing and whimsical potions...all whilst the smoke swirls, the smells take over and the senses awaken. As a VIP guest, wannabe magic and mixology makers will be treated to unlimited amounts of tea from an exciting selection of blends or tea cocktails.

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Wedding News: Enjoy Twixmas at The Scarlet in Cornwall

Enjoy Twixmas at The Scarlet in Cornwall

This Xmas, why not book a four-night, laid-back luxurious break at the adult-only hotel and spa, Scarlet? Located on the Cornish clifftops of Mawgan Porth, Scarlet is a peaceful coastal escape and the ideal option for those looking for a slower pace this festive season. Guests are invited to relax in the hotel's capacious lounges, soak up the views, venture down to the beach for walks, experience relaxation in the spa and indulge in the finest festive food, including a five-course tasting menu on the night of arrival, daily two-course breakfast and a three-course, sea-view dinner on Christmas Eve and Boxing Day. Each night, guests will receive a specially selected gift and a special Scarlet hamper to take home on their departure.

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Wedding News: Pantone’s Colour of The Year - we love it!

Pantone’s Colour of The Year - we love it!

Pantone's Colour of The Year, Viva Magenta, is oh-so gorgeous and perfect for wedding colour palettes whatever time of year. Claiming, 'It's a shade rooted in nature descending from the red family and expressive of a new signal of strength. Viva Magenta is brave and fearless, and a pulsating colour whose exuberance promotes a joyous and optimistic celebration, writing a new narrative,' how very appropriate for weddings!

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Wedding News: Devon Cove Launches new Hazelnut Liqueur for Christmas

Devon Cove Launches new Hazelnut Liqueur for Christmas

Enjoy a tasty new drink this winter with Devon Cove's brand-new Cove Hazelnut Liqueur. Made by combining caramelised hazelnuts with their luxuriously smooth Devon potato vodka, Cove Hazelnut Liqueur is an enticing fusion of buttery dark chocolate, hazelnut and cream, followed by fragrant praline and honey, with a rich milk chocolate nutty finish. It tastes delicious served simply over ice, layered with single cream and sipped, or mixed with a latte or hot chocolate for a festive warmer - Cove Hazelnut Liqueur is the perfect fire-side treat.

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