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

Wedding News: Glen Lodge is a neutrally decorated wedding venue filled with natural light

Glen Lodge is a neutrally decorated wedding venue filled with natural light

Glen Lodge is a neutrally decorated venue filled with natural light that lends itself to any theme or colour scheme. The outside decking is one of the venue's focal points, overlooking the Bawburgh Golf Course and Yare Valley, it's ideal for outdoor ceremonies and photographs.

The Woodlands Accommodation Suite is a romantic setting with countryside views, a freestanding bath, a four-poster bed and a private outdoor hot tub. It's the perfect place to relax with a glass of champagne under the stars after your special day.

All of the catering at Glen Lodge is provided by the in-house team, which aims to offer a vast selection of high-quality food.

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Wedding News: Green I dos: How to plan a sustainable wedding

Green I dos: How to plan a sustainable wedding

The carbon footprint of a wedding in the UK is equivalent to driving a car around the world twice – both create 14.5 tonnes of carbon dioxide. Ahead of wedding season, sustainability experts from BusinessWaste.co.uk teamed up with leading wedding planner Georgie Mitchel from Georgina Rose Events to share the best ways to make a wedding more sustainable, while also saving some money. Georgie says: "Having been involved in hundreds of weddings, it's hard to see the amount of waste that is produced from that one day. However, it's so good to hear that couples are looking at ways to be more green! Here are my tips for having a sustainable wedding day."

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Wedding News: The Speech Surgery: too many thank yous? Heidi Ellert McDermott, founder of Speechy explores this

The Speech Surgery: too many thank yous? Heidi Ellert McDermott, founder of Speechy explores this

The Speech Surgery: too many thank yous? Heidi Ellert McDermott, founder of Speechy explores this here, ready now...I've written my bride speech but almost three quarters of it is 'thank yous'. Is that right? The thank yous are obviously very important but you also need to be wary of turning your speech into one long tedious list. For guests, thank yous are really only interesting if 1) they're personally getting thanked or 2) the thank yous are entertaining, from-the-heart and feel more than a cut and paste job...

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Wedding News: Five ways to beat a wedding hangover

Five ways to beat a wedding hangover

Weddings are notorious for booze with 50% of people admitting they wouldn't be happy to attend a wedding without alcohol. With an expectation for heavy drinking at most celebrations, lots of dancing and a late night, wedding guests often wake up feeling worse for wear. Those suffering the morning after a wedding can ease the pain with simple hacks, including drinking a pint of water before bed and sleeping on their left side. Nausea, thirst and aches can also be alleviated by having a lie-in, which helps to limit fatigue and irritation the next day.

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Wedding News: Becky’s Cake Bakes is offering our readers an exclusive discount

Becky’s Cake Bakes is offering our readers an exclusive discount

Becky's Cake Bakes, a talented cake maker based in Soham, Cambridgeshire, is offering our readers two special discounts.

The owner, Becky Coverdale, offers a bespoke service and works closely with her clients to create their dream wedding cake. She tells us: "I handmake all of the flowers that I use in my designs out of wafer paper, which makes them very lightweight, realistic and a beautiful keepsake from your wedding day. I also love to make bride-and-groom cake toppers. I use photos of the couple and details of what they will be wearing on the day to create the topper. If the couple chooses, I can also include bridesmaids, pageboys, or pets. Toppers make a lovely keepsake from your special day that you can keep for many years to come."

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Wedding News: UK vs US Brides: Wedding expert reveals 5 ways we differ

UK vs US Brides: Wedding expert reveals 5 ways we differ

It's time to settle the score: do UK brides really do it better, or are our American cousins stealing the show? Let's dive into the wedding warzone and explore five spicy differences that set us apart! According to a survey conducted by the UK's largest wedding venue collection, the Gilchrist Collection, there are some key differences in the ways Brits plan their big day, compared to that of Americans. Samantha Gilchrist, the owner of the Gilchrist Collection, has had the pleasure of helping thousands of engaged couples with their wedding, across 12 venues, both in the UK and US.

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Wedding News: Copdock Hall is an exclusive-use wedding venue in the Suffolk countryside

Copdock Hall is an exclusive-use wedding venue in the Suffolk countryside

Copdock Hall is an exclusive-use wedding venue with a Grade II Elizabethan barn and on-site luxury guest accommodation in a vineyard setting. Set in the beautiful Suffolk countryside, it has been recognised as one of the top barn wedding venues in the county. The award-winning vineyard stretches across the valley below Copdock Hall's wedding barn and offers special opportunities for photos. Guests are free to explore the vineyard throughout the day and the venue can serve its award-winning sparkling rosé for the ultimate locally sourced grape-to-glass experience.

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Wedding News: Here are 10 must-have items to include in a wedding bathroom basket

Here are 10 must-have items to include in a wedding bathroom basket

Luxury bathroom experts at Posh.co.uk have shared ten must-have items to provide to make sure guests are well taken care of. Wedding bathroom baskets can be a really nice touch for couples to show their guests they care by providing them with everything they need for a comfortable evening. Including items like safety pins, deodorant, body tape and antihistamines will mean that guests won't have to worry about a thing. Andy Ellis from Posh.co.uk said: "Wedding bathroom baskets can be a really lovely touch at a reception by providing guests with all of those small but important items that they may not necessarily be able to bring with them.

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Wedding News: The Speech Surgery: timings!

The Speech Surgery: timings!

Unsure of when to have the wedding speeches? Heidi Ellert McDermott, founder of Speechy & author of The Modern Couple's Guide to Wedding Speeches has the answer: In the US, speeches are just as common at the rehearsal dinner (the formal dinner prior to the wedding that the 'top table' are invited to) as the wedding day itself. At many British weddings, the speeches are scheduled before the wedding meal; the idea that everyone is officially welcomed to the wedding and the speakers are quickly able to relax (and tuck into the free wine!).

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Wedding News: Wedding day wines from leading English wine producer Gusbourne

Wedding day wines from leading English wine producer Gusbourne

English wine producer Gusbourne, has a stunning range of the finest vintage sparkling and still wines to elevate any wedding providing guests with an array of exquisite drinks that complement every element, from the welcome drinks to the wedding breakfast and toasts! With Gusbourne wines, every pour becomes a celebration of love and new beginnings, ensuring your wedding day becomes a truly unforgettable affair, brimming with sophistication, charm, and cherished memories. For a spectacular wedding reception, fill your guests' glasses with the exquisite Gusbourne Blanc de Blancs 2018, a sparkling masterpiece that exudes elegance with its delicate bubbles and refreshing, crisp notes. As guests raise their glasses to toast the happy couple, each sip is vibrant and intense, setting the tone for an evening of celebrations.

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Wedding News: Deep Space Media has launched two new services

Deep Space Media has launched two new services

Deep Space Media is a video production company with more than 10 years of experience having delivered video services for a number of well-established events and organisations in the UK and Europe. As well as wedding videography, the company is now offering live streaming and social media editing. Live streaming makes a great addition to any wedding for couples who have friends and family that unfortunately can't make it but would love to watch it live.

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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: High Lodge offers exclusive use of the venue for weddings

High Lodge offers exclusive use of the venue for weddings

Set in 80 acres of beautiful Suffolk parkland, High Lodge offers exclusive use of the venue for your big day. Located between Aldeburgh and Southwold, just three miles from the Suffolk coastal village of Dunwich, it's a destination hotspot – ideal for those of you looking to extend your celebration to explore all the area has to offer. There are also traditional, luxury holiday lodges set in tranquil woodland that are available for weekend-long weddings.

You can host your whole day in the versatile Champion Suite, a bright and airy function space with a private bar and garden area that's perfect for intimate weddings or grand celebrations of up to 300 guests.

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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: Hintlesham Hall has launched a new wedding package

Hintlesham Hall has launched a new wedding package

Hintlesham Hall, a Suffolk venue surrounded by peaceful gardens, has a new wedding package available on its remaining dates until the end of March 2025. The package includes drinks for the canapés and meal, a three-course wedding breakfast, a menu tasting, an evening buffet, accommodation and breakfast for 64 guests and a music license until 1am.

There's a choice of distinctive rooms where you can tie the knot, including the Georgian-style Salon, which has an impressive chandelier, an ornate gold-leaf ceiling, and space for up to 100 friends and family. There's also the charming Justice Space, which overlooks the back lawns.

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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: The Old Hall Ely is a romantic wedding venue in Cambridgeshire

The Old Hall Ely is a romantic wedding venue in Cambridgeshire

If luxury and romance are on your wedding wish list, check out this Cambridgeshire venue. You're sure to be impressed from the moment you arrive down the winding driveway and catch your first sight of the Jacobean manor house and immaculate grounds. With 10 acres to explore, there are plenty of picture-perfect spots for romantic photos. Step inside and be prepared for more stop-stare moments. The interior oozes style with luxury furnishings, bright colours, patterns, textures and antiques to complement the house. Set within a mile of the heart of historic Ely, with 16 individually designed bedrooms and views of the city's cathedral, it's an idyllic big-day retreat.

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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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