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Many couples are deciding to marry abroad than staying in the UK, according to new research from ABTA.

This year alone, 1.5 million couples will be travelling to either attend a wedding as a guest or marry abroad, with 65% of them being under 35 years old.

However, some people maybe opting to exchange their vows away from home after the average price of a UK wedding was revealed to be £20,000.

Marrying abroad now costs between £7,000 and £8,000, which even includes couples who want to tie the knot in exotic places, such as Mauritius, Sri Lanka and Thailand.

Couples are also finding twin-centre holidays very attractive too, for example if they wanted a wedding in the Maldives, they can then go to Dubai or Oman to spend their honeymoon on desert camps or high-rise resorts.

Head of communications at ABTA, Victoria Bacon said: “With so many great destinations to choose from, it’s not surprising that weddings abroad are growing in popularity.

“Weddings are one of the most special days in a couple’s life, so it’s very important that if you’re planning a wedding abroad, you research your options thoroughly: talk to a travel professional, who will be able to offer you advice about destinations and experiences; check travel advice with ABTA and the Foreign Office and always book with a reputable company.”

If you think you might have your wedding abroad, check out the top 10 destinations here for inspiration.

Source: Daily Mail 

Wedding dresses, worn by some of the most iconic brides in history, are now being displayed at London’s Victoria and Albert Museum.

If you’re struggling to find inspiration for your wedding dress, the London’s Victoria and Albert museum is showcasing some of the most famous bridal dresses, dated 1775-2014.

Celebrity and royal brides have offered to put their wedding dresses on display, so the public can get an up-close glimpse at some of the masterpieces.

The display includes Vivienne Westwood’s purple dress, which was worn by Dita Von Teese in 2005 and Kate Moss’s elegant gown from her wedding to Jamie Hince in 2011.

However, the most iconic of all is the spectacular Alexander McQueen wedding dress, worn by the royal Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton, with a backdrop display of union flags behind it.

As well as these modern pieces, wedding dresses from as far back as 1775 and from different cultures can also be admired.

Organisers of the showcase said: “Displayed chronologically over two floors, most of the outfits were worn in Britain, by brides of many faiths. Alongside the dresses are accessories including jewellery, shoes, garters, veils, wreaths, hats and corsetry as well as fashion sketches and personal photographs.”

Even if you can’t afford to have a designer wedding dress, the exhibition offers a fascinating insight into how bridal dresses have changed over the years.

Contemporary wedding designers will also be showing off their dress ideas throughout the event.

If you need some ideas or just want to visit the exhibition, the wedding dresses will be on display until March 15 2015.

Source: Forbes

Having the wedding of your dreams doesn’t mean you have to spend your entire life savings to have a great day, especially when it comes to your dress. We’ve discovered a whole host of fabulous wedding dresses, which can be found in some of the UK’s favourite high street shops.

A wedding dress can be one of the most expensive items on the bridal checklist, but thankfully you can now find your dream dress at a price that won’t insult your bank account.

You’ll be surprised what you can find on the high street, with Monsoon, BHS and Coast all offering gorgeous wedding dresses.

Monsoon has a lovely selection of wedding dresses online and in store, as well as fantastic bridesmaid outfits. Spend a day with your closest friends and have some fun choosing the perfect combination of colours, without the scary price tag.

However, if the idea of picking your dress from the high street makes you tremble with fear, try going into local bridal boutiques for discounted offers.

Many boutiques keep unwanted dresses on sale in case it happens to be another bride’s dream dress. If they have a small flaw, you may find they have big discounts.

Furthermore, local charity shops are full of wedding dresses that can be adjusted to your size and accessorised to make it unique to your style.

If you’re unsure on what kind of design you want, browse high street collections online so you can get idea on what your ideal dress would be and discover the massive savings for yourself!

 

If you’re uninspired by traditional wedding cakes and fancy something modern, then take a look at Krispy Kreme’s quirky idea.

The American doughnut company has now launched a wedding cake range, created with tiers of delicious doughnuts.

Couples can choose from Krispy Kreme’s doughnut range, creating a tower of 183 doughnuts in different colours and flavours.

At the Krispy Kreme store in Hermiston Gait, the manager Lisa Renfrew claims that members of staff have seen a large amount of requests for doughnut wedding cakes.

She said: “I think they’re great, we’ve made a few of them so far for couples celebrating their big day.

“We make the doughnuts here at the store and give them the tower so the couple can assemble it. They don’t travel well.

“I’ve never actually seen a full tower yet but we’ve made the doughnuts for a few so far.

“It’s nice to know that they are going to be part of a wedding.”

The Krispy Kreme wedding cakes don’t come with a huge price tag in comparison to traditional options, with prices starting at £280.

It appears that brides and grooms are looking for creative ways to make their wedding day a special day, right down to the wedding cake.

Chief marketing officer at Krispy Kreme UK, Judith Denby added: “Our Krispy Kreme Occasions service is a fantastic way to add some extra sparkle to weddings, corporate events and Christmas parties, enabling customer to create and share magic moments.

“We’ve been overwhelmed so far with the positive response from customers who have said that our doughnut towers have made a real difference to the success of their event.”

Source: Wedding News

Every couple wants the perfect celebration to complement their ceremony, but with so many locations to choose from it can be difficult to make a decision.

Whether you’re looking for an intimate wedding reception or a huge celebration, here are our top 5 locations to assist with making your choice.

Country house

Surrounded by beautiful gardens, host your wedding reception in a scenic country house. Within a quiet location, you can enjoy your special day with all your close friends and family undisturbed.

Many country houses offer spaces to host a wedding dinner and party, as well as a beautifully presented garden to use as a backdrop for your all your precious photos.

In the summer you could be permitted to set up a marquee in the garden, so you can enjoy the English sunshine surrounded by miles of countryside.

Hotel

If you’re hoping to find a venue that’s perfect for the ceremony and reception, many hotels offer all-inclusive packages at negotiable prices.

What’s more, you can book accommodation at the hotel for you and your guests, so everyone can enjoy the day and night.

When it comes to prices, some hotels can be flexible and change the packages they offer to suit your needs and wedding budget. Look around your desired area to find out the range of hotels that offer all inclusive packages.

Barn

OK, at first this idea does seem a little underwhelming, however barns are a great place to get creative with your decorations and gives you plenty of room to go from reception dinner to dance floor.

Whether you want the quiet of the countryside or just want to celebrate your wedding with a stunning view, barns are ideally located away from busy public areas.

However, with this option you may have to organise the catering yourself which can become costly if purchased separately to the venue.

Local Civic Centre

Civic Centres are the central hub for a town’s entertainment, with flexible event spaces and some even come with a private bar.

Depending on what your local Civic Centre provides, it can be a cheaper solution if you’re inviting a large number of guests to celebrate your wedding.

Visit your local centre to find out about what wedding packages they offer and availability.

Garden party

If you can’t afford to hire the building, hire the garden! Many venues offer a cheaper solution to enjoy your special day; however this may be an option for summer weddings.

Hire a marquee, with a gorgeous manor house as the background to your memorable photographs.

The English weather may make this option a gamble, but the marquee can provide the perfect shelter for you and your guests. 

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