5 things to consider when building your wedding gift list

Married couple gift listThe Wedding Shop

The Wedding Shop[1] explains how to build the ultimate wedding gift list for your big day

Creating a wedding gift list can be one of the most enjoyable parts of planning your big day, and has lots of added benefits, too.

Not only will it save your guests the time and effort of finding a suitable present, but in turn you’ll also receive gifts you actually like, rather than the kind of items that end up hidden away at the back of the cupboard.

So, when it comes to building your own wedding gift list, where do you start? We called upon the team at the UK’s longest established gift service, The Wedding Shop[2], to ask their top tips and advice – here’s what they had to say…

Upgrade basic items

Pink bathroomThe Wedding Shop

If, like many couples, you have been living together for a while before you get married, a wedding gift list is the perfect opportunity to upgrade the everyday items you have in your house or flat already.

Whether it’s lavish new bed linen, gorgeously soft towels, or that coffee maker you’ve both always wanted, your gift-list is the perfect opportunity to ask for those little luxuries that will make daily life that bit more special.

Choose gifts that reflect your personalities

Pink armchairThe Wedding Shop

It’s always best for you both to be involved in the gift-list building process from the very start – that way, members from each of your families will be able to purchase items with either one or both of you in mind.

At The Wedding Shop[3], we also offer a range of experiences[4], or you can opt for a honeymoon fund[5], so that you’ll have something special to look forward to after the big day. With our flexible service, you’ll be able to get the gifts that you really want.

Include a range of price points

Blue sofaThe Wedding Shop

Make sure to include a wide range of price points within your selection. You’ll be surprised at how generous your guests will be, so it’s a good idea to include higher-priced items, too!

Plus, at The Wedding Shop[6] we offer the option of Group Gifting, allowing multiple guests to contribute to those pricier items, so you can list that sofa you’ve always wanted.

Start building your list early

Clock on wallThe Wedding Shop

It’s a good idea to create your gift list before you send out your invitations, so that you can let your guests know how to purchase you a gift at the same time.

The Wedding Shop also offers complementary insert cards, which you can include within your invitations to let guests know how to find your gift list. Alternatively, you can send out a URL link to your personal list, or add it to your wedding website.

Be flexible

Cactus plantsThe Wedding Shop

A lot can change in the space of a year, so it’s important to opt for a service that gives you the flexibility that you’ll need.

At The Wedding Shop, we give you the option to swap products before finalising your gift[7] selection, so that you can receive the gifts that you really want.

The Wedding Shop delivers flexibility and unlimited choice, with a personal touch and expert advice from our Gift Gurus[8]. Combine products you love with honeymoon and cash contributions and even add a charity fund that is close to your heart. Create your ultimate gift list[9] today at weddingshop.com[10].

READ MORE: What’s your perfect wedding gift list? Take the quiz to find out[11]


References

  1. ^ The Wedding Shop (www.weddingshop.com)
  2. ^ The Wedding Shop (www.weddingshop.com)
  3. ^ The Wedding Shop (www.weddingshop.com)
  4. ^ range of experiences (www.weddingshop.com)
  5. ^ honeymoon fund (www.weddingshop.com)
  6. ^ The Wedding Shop (www.weddingshop.com)
  7. ^ gift (www.weddingshop.com)
  8. ^ Gift Gurus (www.weddingshop.com)
  9. ^ ultimate gift list (www.weddingshop.com)
  10. ^ weddingshop.com (www.weddingshop.com)
  11. ^ READ MORE: What’s your perfect wedding gift list? Take the quiz to find out (www.weddingideasmag.com)

5 things to consider when building your wedding gift list

Married couple gift listThe Wedding Shop

The Wedding Shop[1] explains how to build the ultimate wedding gift list for your big day

Creating a wedding gift list can be one of the most enjoyable parts of planning your big day, and has lots of added benefits, too.

Not only will it save your guests the time and effort of finding a suitable present, but in turn you’ll also receive gifts you actually like, rather than the kind of items that end up hidden away at the back of the cupboard.

So, when it comes to building your own wedding gift list, where do you start? We called upon the team at the UK’s longest established gift service, The Wedding Shop[2], to ask their top tips and advice – here’s what they had to say…

Upgrade basic items

Pink bathroomThe Wedding Shop

If, like many couples, you have been living together for a while before you get married, a wedding gift list is the perfect opportunity to upgrade the everyday items you have in your house or flat already.

Whether it’s lavish new bed linen, gorgeously soft towels, or that coffee maker you’ve both always wanted, your gift-list is the perfect opportunity to ask for those little luxuries that will make daily life that bit more special.

Choose gifts that reflect your personalities

Pink armchairThe Wedding Shop

It’s always best for you both to be involved in the gift-list building process from the very start – that way, members from each of your families will be able to purchase items with either one or both of you in mind.

At The Wedding Shop[3], we also offer a range of experiences[4], or you can opt for a honeymoon fund[5], so that you’ll have something special to look forward to after the big day. With our flexible service, you’ll be able to get the gifts that you really want.

Include a range of price points

Blue sofaThe Wedding Shop

Make sure to include a wide range of price points within your selection. You’ll be surprised at how generous your guests will be, so it’s a good idea to include higher-priced items, too!

Plus, at The Wedding Shop[6] we offer the option of Group Gifting, allowing multiple guests to contribute to those pricier items, so you can list that sofa you’ve always wanted.

Start building your list early

Clock on wallThe Wedding Shop

It’s a good idea to create your gift list before you send out your invitations, so that you can let your guests know how to purchase you a gift at the same time.

The Wedding Shop also offers complementary insert cards, which you can include within your invitations to let guests know how to find your gift list. Alternatively, you can send out a URL link to your personal list, or add it to your wedding website.

Be flexible

Cactus plantsThe Wedding Shop

A lot can change in the space of a year, so it’s important to opt for a service that gives you the flexibility that you’ll need.

At The Wedding Shop, we give you the option to swap products before finalising your gift[7] selection, so that you can receive the gifts that you really want.

The Wedding Shop delivers flexibility and unlimited choice, with a personal touch and expert advice from our Gift Gurus[8]. Combine products you love with honeymoon and cash contributions and even add a charity fund that is close to your heart. Create your ultimate gift list[9] today at weddingshop.com[10].

READ MORE: What’s your perfect wedding gift list? Take the quiz to find out[11]


References

  1. ^ The Wedding Shop (www.weddingshop.com)
  2. ^ The Wedding Shop (www.weddingshop.com)
  3. ^ The Wedding Shop (www.weddingshop.com)
  4. ^ range of experiences (www.weddingshop.com)
  5. ^ honeymoon fund (www.weddingshop.com)
  6. ^ The Wedding Shop (www.weddingshop.com)
  7. ^ gift (www.weddingshop.com)
  8. ^ Gift Gurus (www.weddingshop.com)
  9. ^ ultimate gift list (www.weddingshop.com)
  10. ^ weddingshop.com (www.weddingshop.com)
  11. ^ READ MORE: What’s your perfect wedding gift list? Take the quiz to find out (www.weddingideasmag.com)

Find your dream wedding dress at Catherine Deane’s Black Friday sale

Black Friday Catherine Deane

Fall in love with Catherine Deane’s bestselling styles as part of its Black Friday sale, from now until Monday 26 November

Finding the perfect wedding dress can be one of the most expensive (if enjoyable) tasks ahead of you now you’re engaged.

But good news! Catherine Deane is hosting its very own Black Friday sale starting today, and better yet, the bridalwear designer’s fabulous offers will run right through till Monday 26 November.

With up to 80% off, popular gowns and separates are now available at discounted prices both online and in the Catherine Deane showroom in London.

For brides in search of a glamorous yet relaxed look, this unmissable sale even includes sparkling favourites like the Gracelyn Top and the Harlow Gown.

Both dresses also feature delicate bead work that cascade across the light, giving each gown a gorgeous finish.

Gracelyn Top by Catherine Deane

Was £290, Now £232

Harlow Gown by Catherine Deane

Was £1,595, Now £1,116

Maybe classic bridal style is for you – in which case, turn your head to the Suri Gown and the Anika Skirt. Loved by Catherine Deane brides, these timeless silhouettes paired with contemporary details solidify them as wedding necessities.

Suri Gown by Catherine Deane

Was £1,300, Now £1,040

Anika Skirt by Catherine Deane

Was £390, Now £352

Super statements, including the Fantasia and Laverne gowns, will be available at reduced prices, too. With intricate open lace backs and details, both dresses are unforgettable bridal choices.

Fantasia Gown by Catherine Deane

Was £1,350, Now £1,080

Laverne Gown by Catherine Deane

Was £1,600, Now £1,280

Book your appointment today or find out more at catherinedeane.co.uk[1][2]

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References

  1. ^ Book your appointment today (www.catherinedeane.co.uk)
  2. ^ catherinedeane.co.uk (www.catherinedeane.co.uk)
  3. ^ Wedding Ideas Facebook page (www.facebook.com)
  4. ^ @wimagazine Twitter account (twitter.com)

How to choose a wedding dress that suits your body shape

A-line style wedding dress

Wedding dresses come in all shapes and sizes, but how do you know what style will suit your frame? The team at Ingrida Bridal[1] are here to help.

Besides finding a venue and confirming your guest list, one of the key steps following your engagement is finding the perfect wedding dress.

Different styles suit different body types, we all know this. You need to choose a gown that enhances and flaunts all your best features. From straight cuts to figure-hugging silhouettes and voluminous princess style dresses, there’s something to suit everyone’s shape.

Ball gown wedding dress

Ball gown style wedding dress

A ball gown with an extra full skirt and a fitted bodice has always been a popular dress silhouette.

It’s a very flattering option for hourglass-shaped women. The sophisticated style accentuates the waistline and hides every imperfection, instantly making a statement.

A-line silhouette wedding dress

A-line wedding dress

This iconic style fits every occasion, looks absolutely amazing and is easy to wear. It’s an excellent choice for any shape, but especially for pear and inverted triangle figures. This is because it balances out the hips and shoulders and creates a curvier profile on more athletic brides.

Empire line wedding dress

The empire line gown is defined by its high waistline and flowing skirt, which covers the hips and tummy area. This makes it a great choice for pear-shaped brides with a smaller bust.

The simple yet stylish dress draws attention to the neckline, creating definition, and is a particularly good choice for pregnant brides.

Mermaid and trumpet-style wedding dress

Mermaid style wedding dress

This fit is perfect for showing off the bride’s feminine features as it’s s a more glamorous and fashionable version of a traditional wedding dress. It hugs the hips and flares out from mid thigh or knee to create a curvy silhouette. It is a must-have for slender brides with both petite and tall frame.

A sheath or column-style wedding dress

This style of gown fits snugly and elongates the silhouette from head to toe, without overwhelming the frame.

Its straight cut is best for petite brides with a slim and athletic figure, who prefer a minimalistic, classic and timelessly elegant wedding day look.

To find out more, visit ingridabridal.com[2]

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References

  1. ^ Ingrida Bridal (ingridabridal.com)
  2. ^ ingridabridal.com (ingridabridal.com)
  3. ^ Wedding Ideas Facebook page (www.facebook.com)
  4. ^ @wimagazine Twitter account (twitter.com)

Ian Stuart Bride has launched its 2019 collection

Sri Lanka dress Ian Stuart

We get a sneak peek of bridalwear designer Ian Stuart’s latest Folie Frocks collection

Made with taffeta Metal and metallic sequinned lace, Ian Stuart’s beautiful mermaid-style dress is a classic example of what he does best. Available in pale blue metallic, honey and ivory, we think this gown is truly stunning.

Caipirinha dress Ian StuartCairpirinha

READ MORE: Bridal cycling shorts make their debut at Milan Fashion Week[1]

Opt for 50-style fashion with a modern twist with this satin high low skirt and metallic embroidered lace bodice. Also available in full length, choose from a champagne or ivory shade.

Bambi dress Ian StuartBambi

Love the mermaid look? This strapless gown has been intricately decorated with Swarovski crystals and tiny seed pearls, with a lace-up back bodice and and wrap-over skirt and train.

Donatella dress Ian StuartDonatella

Go vintage with this 1950s-inspired ball gown – we love the sweetheart neckline with its scattering of pearls across the bodice. Available in pale blue, honey and ivory shades.

Doris Day dress Ian StuartDoris Day

What a showstopper this little number is! Available in ivory lace and blush ombre, this stunning gown has a fully Swarovski crystal-beaded lace strapless bodies, with four colours of tulle that have been carefully sewn for a classy feathered effect.

Flamingo Flair dress Ian StuartFlamingo Flair

Flaunt your figure in this unique beaded French lade mermaid gown. Wear the 1950s-style portrait neckline either on or off the shoulder.

Jaipur dress Ian StuartJaipur

Complete with a lace-up back and beautiful bodice structure, this unique A-line dress has asymmetric Swarovski detailing and couture draping. Available in shades of ivory, papyrus or azure.

Lexington dress Ian StuartLexington

Its sweetheart neckline and full-length skirt make this gown a classic choice for your big day. Made with embroidered lace and tulle, this dress is available in sand and ivory.

Philadelphia dress Ian StuartPhiladelphia

This delicate, pretty gown comes with a soft tulle skirt that leads into a chapel train. Available in shades of dark ivory, powder blue and bright ivory.

Soutache dress Ian StuartSoutache

Designed with taffeta shark and multi-coloured embroidery, this beautiful pastel dress has an asymmetric dress and detachable train, offering two looks for the price of one. Available in bright ivory, dark ivory, powder blue and bright ivory.

SriLanka dress Ian StuartSri Lanka

READ MORE: Wedding dresses with pockets are now a thing – and brides are loving it[2]

To explore more of the Folie Frocks collection and discover other Ian Stuart designs, visit ianstuart-bride.com[3]


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Diamond engagement ring trends for 2018

Thinking about proposing? Here are this year’s latest trends when it comes to diamond engagement rings

If you’re on the hunt for an engagement ring, you might want to check out the latest trends before buying. Each year, engagement ring trends change and while many women are just happy to get a ring on their finger, others are a little pickier about the design.

To make sure you get it right, let’s take a look at some of the most popular diamond engagement ring trends of 2018 with some help from jewellers F Hinds[1]

Oval-shaped rings

F Hinds oval engagement ringF Hinds engagement ring

One particular trend that’s really taking off this year is the oval-shaped diamond engagement ring. Spotted on celebrities such as Blake Lively, Serena Williams and Kirsten Dunst, oval rings tend to look bigger than the same size square or round cut diamond rings. So, if you’re looking for ring which looks way more expensive than it actually is, an oval-shaped diamond is the one for you.

READ MORE: This is how much you should be spending on an engagement ring[2]

Unusual stone cuts and settings

F Hinds unusual shape engagement ringF Hinds engagement ring

There’s been a pretty significant increase in the number of couples opting for more unusual stone cuts and settings. The great thing about unusual stones is they provide a unique, stand-out look that’s still going to offer a timeless appeal.

Look out for off-cut diamonds and slightly off-kilter settings. If she loves to stand out from the crowd, this is definitely the trend you’ll want to focus on. Just be prepared to spend a little more if you are going for a more unusual design!

Solitaire

F Hinds solitaire engagement ringF Hinds engagement ring

Solitaire diamond engagement rings have always been the most popular choice, showing no signs of slowing down. This type of ring is never going to go out of style so if you’re looking for a safe option, a solitaire engagement ring is exactly what you need.

There’s a huge choice of solitaire rings on the market, so it’s a good idea to subtly find out her personal jewellery style and preferences before picking the right design. Notably for 2018, gold solitaire rings are being overtaken by platinum solitaire rings [3]so if you want to stay on trend opt for a platinum ring.

Three stones

F Hinds three diamond engagement ringF Hinds engagement ring

One of the most recent diamond engagement ring trends is the three stone design. Although this style of ring has always been popular, it’s become a massive trend of late after Meghan Markle became engaged to Prince Harry with a three-stone sparkler. There’s such a massive choice of designs available, ensuring you’ll always be able to the perfect style for your special woman.

READ MORE: How to plan the perfect wedding proposal[4]

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Destination weddings: Why you should get married in the Seychelles

Couple on the beachKempinski Seychelles

Dreaming of a destination wedding? The team at Kempinski[1] reveal why the Seychelles islands offer the perfect backdrop for your nuptials

Located 1,000 miles off the east coast of Africa, the Seychelles islands are famous for their secluded beaches and breathtaking scenery, earning them a reputation as the romance-capital of the Indian Ocean that is well deserved.

Here, glittering turquoise oceans lap gently against palm-lined beaches, making this archipelago one of the world’s leading venues for destination weddings and unforgettable honeymoons.

That is why countless couples flock to the islands each year to exchange vows and begin their journey as Mr and Mrs with an intimate island-escape.

The Seychelles offers couples a vast range of experiences, from exhilarating scuba diving adventures and helicopter island-hopping, to pampering and unwinding at some the most luxurious resorts on earth.

One such resort is Kempinski Seychelles Resort Baie Lazare[2]. Located on the exclusive south-end of the archipelago’s main island, Mahé, this rustic-chic hideaway is an ideal destination for those looking to get off the tourist track.

Kempinski SeychellesKempinski Seychelles

Set in a secluded bay in dazzling surroundings of untouched, natural beauty, this beachfront paradise offers couples a private haven for romantics at heart or an activity-packed getaway for the adventurous duo.

If you are planning a wedding abroad, Kempinski Seychelles Resort Baie Lazare and its team of experienced wedding planners will ensure your Big Day is everything you dreamed it would be.

The team is committed to making each moment of your wedding day extraordinary and offers couples a range of exquisite wedding packages and bespoke venues when they choose to begin their lives together in this magnificent corner of paradise.

Whether you dream of getting married beneath swaying palm trees with the ocean as your backdrop or surrounded by verdant tropical gardens, there really is no place more beautiful to begin your lives together.

For couples in search of pure luxury and pampering, Kempinski Seychelles Resort Baie Lazare offers four decadent restaurants, an award-winning spa with luxurious couple’s treatments, and an 800m stretch of remarkably beautiful beach.

Kempinski SeychellesKempinski Seychelles

As it is the only hotel in the bay, the area receives very few outside visitors, and guests are able to relax and enjoy their time on the beach in relative seclusion.

However, if you and your significant other are looking to do more than just recline in a sunbed while taking in exquisite views of glittering turquoise seas, you are sure to be impressed by the facilities offered at the watersports and recreation pavilions.

An onsite dive centre and complimentary snorkelling gear will assist you in exploring the Seychelles’ abundant marine landscapes, while a well-equipped gym and outdoor sports courts join an Olympic-length swimming pool in the resort’s artillery of fitness apparatus.

A short hike through dense jungle will guide you to a vast granite elevation for an unforgettable hill-top yoga class, overlooking the resort and tranquil Baie Lazare.

For intimate, hassle-free elopements or vibrant tropical celebrations with your nearest and dearest, contact Kempinski Seychelles Resort today to begin planning your world-class island escape.

To find out more about Kempinski’s wedding offering, visit kempinski.com[3]

READ MORE: How to plan your dream destination wedding[4]


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References

  1. ^ Kempinski (www.kempinski.com)
  2. ^ Kempinski Seychelles Resort Baie Lazare (www.kempinski.com)
  3. ^ kempinski.com (www.kempinski.com)
  4. ^ READ MORE: How to plan your dream destination wedding (www.weddingideasmag.com)
  5. ^ Wedding Ideas Facebook page (www.facebook.com)
  6. ^ @wimagazine Twitter account (twitter.com)

Everything you need to know about hydrangeas for your wedding

Woman with hydrangea decorationHydrangea World

Thinking about including hydrangeas within your wedding decor? We spoke to Hydrangea World[1] to find out what makes them such a unique flower

Stylish cut hydrangeas have always been considered one of the staple flowers within a beautiful wedding bouquet, but they’re also versatile enough to use in a variety of other arrangements or settings, too. These flowers also wonderful gifts and stunning table decorations as part of a floral centrepiece.

Hydrangea cut flowers come in a huge range of colours, including every shade of red, pink, purple, white, green and blue. And what’s unique about them is that their colours evolve during bloom (cutting the stems stops the colour-changing process); once they have completed their colour change, they become a bright autumnal red.

Which kind of hydrangeas change colour?

Cut hydrangeas vary from fresh to classic. Fresh refers to colours such as white, green, pink, blue and purple.

Classic hydrangeas are essentially the same as fresh hydrangeas, however the classic variety lasts longer in the nursery, causing them to gradually change colour.

They also have a very long vase life – a fully-grown classic hydrangea can easily last for up to three weeks.

Hydrangea decorationWoman with hydrangea decoration

You can also put classic hydrangeas in floral foam, though sufficient watering is important before you do so. Simply cut off a piece of the stem with a clean, sharp knife or trimmer for better water absorption.

After they’ve bloomed, classic hydrangeas no longer absorb any more water, which means they’re ready for air-drying. Simply put them in a vase without water, or hang them upside down to let the flowers dry to get many more months of pleasure from them.

How to take care of hydrangeas

  • Make sure there’s enough water in the vase.
  • Use a clean vase – hydrangeas don’t work well in a metal vase or bucket. Try using a glass vase instead.
  • Add flower food to the water
  • Cut the stems with a sharp knife at a 45-degree angle, so they hydrate as much as possible. Repeat this every three to four days, so the fresh stem can absorb the water.
  • Mist the flowers for extra hydration.
  • Minimise evaporation and extend your vase life by defoliating the stems.
  • Don’t place the hydrangea in full sun, near floor heating or by a draft.

Find out more at hydrangeaworld.com[2]


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References

  1. ^ Hydrangea World (www.hydrangeaworld.com)
  2. ^ hydrangeaworld.com (www.hydrangeaworld.com)
  3. ^ Wedding Ideas Facebook page (www.facebook.com)
  4. ^ @wimagazine Twitter account (twitter.com)

4 awesome destinations for the perfect sten do

Sten do

Thinking about hosting a sten do? Here are some of the best destinations to visit with your girl and guy pals in tow…

It’s official, the new buzzword in pre-nuptial partying? The sten do. The millennial send-off to which your guy mates are just as welcome as your best girls.

Penis straws and butlers in the buff are out, fun group activities are very much in. Check out these awesome ideas and get ready for some serious fun!

READ MORE: The rise of the sten do – top tips for the perfect combined stag and hen[1]

Bali

Bag yourselves a swanky villa in up-and-coming Canggu and pack your wetsuit for an awesome surfing holiday on the original paradise island, Bali. Daily surf lessons for the whole group will have you in the water and riding those waves in no time!

Afternoons are for chilling on the beach, before sticking around for some sundowners. Head back to your pad for a quick freshen up, then get ready to show the after-dark scene what your made of. Partying in Canggu inevitably ends up back on the beach, dancing in the sand until the early hours.

Croatia

A multi-destination trip to Croatia is sure to satisfy everyone in your party. Begin your trip at Hideout Festival, the best possible way to celebrate your last days of single-dom. Set right on the beach, enjoy standout sets from some of the world’s finest artists and performers, all bathed in the glorious Croatian sunshine.

After five days of solid dancing, you’re going to need some recovery time. Check into a secluded villa in relaxed Pula[2] for the remainder of your stay. Rent a car, stock up at the local supermarket and prepare to do absolutely nothing for a few days. Barbecued dinners, beers by the pool, you’ll return for your wedding feeling bronzed and relaxed.

The Caribbean

For the group that wants to take it easy, an overwater bungalow in the Caribbean should be your destination of choice. A water villa holiday[3] can be more affordable when split between a large group. Your days need not be more complicated than moving from bed to sun lounger, however for the more intrepid, there is a huge range of wildlife to be seen.

CaribbeanCredit: Pixabay

You could be dolphin spotting, sloth watching or snorkelling pristine reefs, or why not organise a private boat tour to take in all three. The nearby chocolate farms are also worth a visit[4], learn how this sustainable cacao is made and how it becomes the wonder that is chocolate. Sunsets from your bungalow are guaranteed to be spectacular, so be sure to be back in time, drink in hand.

The Alps

If you really want to set pulses racing on your sten, a group winter activity holiday[5] is a must. Set off for the snowy Alps and gear up for a week of awesome activities to bond your group tighter than ever. Have you ever tried husky sledding, ice climbing, snowshoeing, paragliding or fat-biking? Now is your chance!

READ MORE: 7 dos and don’ts for the perfect sten do[6]

You can even build and sleep in your own igloo. Of course, shedloads of skiing is also on the agenda, which can only mean one thing: an après-ski send-off to rule them all. They say there’s nothing like the slopes to cure a hangover, after all.


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5 of the most romantic minimoon spots in Cornwall

Mullion, CornwallMullion, Cornwall

The team at Stay In Cornwall[1] runs through the top most romantic spots to visit in this beautiful county

Known as one of the UK’s most popular holiday destinations, you’ll often find Cornwall packed with families during the summer holidays, but it’s also perfect for couples looking to get away somewhere special without heading abroad.

Cornwall’s coast is lined with beautiful towns and villages including fishing harbours, seaside villages backing onto huge stretches of sand and maritime towns packed with history.

READ MORE: 5 of the most romantic minimoon spots in Devon[2]

Here are five of our favourite places to visit in Cornwall for a truly memorable holiday with your loved one…

Mullion

The largest village on the remote Lizard Peninsula, you’ll have the pretty Mullion Cove, a small beach and harbour on your doorstep, and the stunning Poldhu Cove just a short walk away.

There’s also gorgeous coastal scenery all the way along to Porthleven or Lizard Point in the other direction. It also has some charming pubs and great places to eat, serving the freshest catches from the village harbour.

Tintagel

Tintagel, CornwallTintagel, Cornwall

Tintagel is a place steeped in legend, with its connections to King Arthur and Merlin, and its beautiful scenery is also sure to fill you with intrigue. Explore the ruins of the historic castle, a truly spectacular sight, while the village itself is also filled with quaint cottages, shops and cafes.

Make time to visit St Nectan’s Glen, a 60ft high waterfall located nearby, another amazing sight to behold with your loved one by your side.

Marazion

Marazion, CornwallMarazion, Cornwall

Boasting stunning views towards Land’s End and the Lizard Peninsula, Marazion is a pretty coastal town with a gorgeous sandy beach. From the coastline, you can gaze across to the jewel in Marazion’s crown; St Michael’s Mount.

This stunning island sits half a mile from the shore, crowned with a castle and tropical gardens, and at low tide, you can walk along the causeway to this fairytale isle.

Mevagissey

Mevagissey, CornwallMevagissey, Cornwall

Mevagissey is a picture-postcard fishing village on the South Cornwall coast, with boats bobbing in the harbour and a maze of streets packed with shops and museums. From the harbour you can take a boat ride up the coastline to Fowey, with the chance to spot dolphins.

Nearby you’ll also find the Lost Gardens of Heligan, where you can follow winding paths through the tropical gardens. By night, head to one of the many restaurants for a taste of the local seafood.

Padstow

Padstow, CornwallPadstow, Cornwall

Surrounded by glorious sandy beaches, Padstow is a renowned foodie destination which also offers views to die for over its working harbour. Head for a stroll or bike ride along the town’s famous Camel Trail before tucking into a cream tea at one of its quaint cafes or dining in Rick Stein’s famous seafood restaurant.

READ MORE: 8 romantic experiences to try on a UK honeymoon[3]

If you’re looking for somewhere to base your romantic adventure, take a look at Stay In Cornwall[4] and their collection of romantic holiday cottages, set in great locations across the region, including the villages above and many more


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References

  1. ^ Stay In Cornwall (www.stayincornwall.co.uk)
  2. ^ READ MORE: 5 of the most romantic minimoon spots in Devon (www.weddingideasmag.com)
  3. ^ READ MORE: 8 romantic experiences to try on a UK honeymoon (www.weddingideasmag.com)
  4. ^ Stay In Cornwall (www.stayincornwall.co.uk)
  5. ^ Wedding Ideas Facebook page (www.facebook.com)
  6. ^ @wimagazine Twitter account (twitter.com)