Stella McCartney’s bridal collection has landed

Stella McCartney bridal

After dressing the Duchess of Sussex for her evening wedding celebrations, we knew it would only be a matter of time before the launch of Stella McCartney bridal

Stella McCartney has at long last launched its first bridal collection, Made With Love.[1] The 17-piece range reflect Stella’s naturally sexy, confident, feminine and modern tailored designs, with seven dresses, a bridal tux and a lace embroidered jumpsuit.

The line will now be a permanent category in Stella’s business, with it set to grow to include accessories, menswear and options for flower girls and page boys too. Building on the brand’s signature eveningwear offering, each style stays true to its ethical values, with materials including sustainable viscose, as well as modern versions of traditional couture fabrics including lace and chiffon.

In-store clients will receive a bespoke bridal customer experience, working closely with the Stella team to find the perfect style for their important day. Each style comes a blue tag sown into each piece featuring a personal ‘made with love’ message from Stella, acting as the bride’s ‘something blue’.

The launch follows the exclusive limited edition ‘Made With Love’ dress that was launched in June 2018 to celebrate the opening of the new 23 Old Bond Street store. Inspired by the reception dress designed for the Duchess of Sussex, it featured a high neck and deep low back, and was made in lily white and onyx black.

Interested? You can find the collection exclusively in select Stella McCartney stores as well as at Harrods, Net-A-Porter, Selfridges, Saks Fifth Avenue and Nordstrom, with pieces starting at £675.

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These are the most popular songs and albums of the past two decades

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To celebrate 20 years of Amazon in the UK, Amazon has revealed the most popular songs and albums of the past two decades…

To celebrate 20 years in the UK, researchers at Amazon questioned 2,000 Brits to uncover the most loved songs and albums as well as books, toys and films of the past two decades.

Ed Sheeran’s X was voted the most popular album, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone came top of favourite films, and The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown was voted the best book.

The research also looked at top fashion trends of the past 20 years, with skinny jeans, jeggings and onesies coming in at first, second and third place.

Unsurprisingly, the smart phone was voted the most influential piece of tech, followed by Wi-Fi, broadband and social networking sites such as Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Film and TV streaming services such as Prime Video, banking apps and tablets also made the top 10.

Ed Sheeran’s second album just pipped Adele’s 21 to the top spot (with 24% of the vote) and Amy Winehouse coming third with her seminal album Back to Black.

According to the data, shopping online saves us four hours and 42 minutes every week, as well as a £368 saving for your wallet, too. Here’s to the next 20 years, Amazon!

READ MORE: The best songs to walk down the aisle to[1]

The 20 best loved albums of the last 20 years

1. Ed Sheeran –

2. Adele – 21

3. Amy Winehouse – Back to Black 

4. Adele – 25

5. Ed Sheeran – +

6. Adele – 19

7. Green Day – American Idiot 

8. Eminem – Marshall Mathers LP 

9. Lady Gaga – The Fame 

10. The Greatest Showman soundtrack

11. Linkin Park – Hybrid Theory 

12. Coldplay – X & Y

13. Evanescence – Fallen 

14. Snow Patrol – Eyes Open 

15. Rhianna – Good Girl Gone Bad

16. Britney Spears – Oops I Did It Again 

17. Take That – The Circus 

18. Coldplay – A Rush of Blood to the Head

19. David Bowie – The Next Day 

20. Robbie Williams – Escapology

READ MORE: The best father-daughter dance songs for your wedding day[2]


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Couples in England might finally be allowed to get married outside

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A review into marriage laws in the UK could see couples tying the knot outdoors, and in less expensive venues, too

You might want to rethink your wedding plans in light of recent news about marriage laws in England. Because, at last, it looks as though couples may finally be able to tie the knot outside for the first time ever.

The review into marriage laws in the UK has reportedly been put forward by Chancellor Philip Hammond, who said he wants to make the “outdated” rules around wedding venues much simpler, by reducing red tape.

READ MORE: How to make your wedding budget go further[1]

This should help to bring down the costs of getting married in England and Wales quite considerably, too, as it allows couples to tie the knot in pubs, restaurants and other less expensive venues.

To get a licence, a venue must currently have a specific area where the ceremony will take place. It also needs to be part of a building rather than in the open air or in a marquee.

The licence holder must also ensure that no food or alcoholic drinks are sold or consumed in the area one hour before and after the ceremony takes place.

The expected review of the current laws, however, should see this overturned, allowing British couples to not only get married outside, but also share a drink with their guests immediately after they’ve exchange vows.

The average cost of venue hire for a wedding in the UK is £4,500, but in this shake-up, it’s hope the cost of saying ‘I do’ should be significantly slashed.

READ MORE: Wedding dresses under £1,000 for brides on a budget[2]


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Princess Eugenie’s royal wedding: What dress will she wear?

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As the wedding of Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank approaches, designer Veni Infantino shares her dress predictions for the day

All eyes will be on Princess Eugenie on Friday 12 October, as she prepares to marry her long-term boyfriend Jack Brooksbank in a ceremony at Windsor Castle.

READ MORE: Princess Eugenie’s royal wedding: Everything you need to know[1]

And after months of speculation surrounding the style of wedding dress she will wearing on the day, Veni Infantino[2] has offered her own expert opinion.

Princess Eugenie wedding dress sketchVeni Infantino

The internationally-recognised designer was asked by bridalwear brand Ronald Joyce to dream up two gowns similar to those Princess Eugenie may have chosen, based on the gowns she typically wears to formal occasions.

Princess Eugenie wedding dress sketchVeni Infantino

As for material, the designer told us: “I predict a Mikado fabric, which gives a lot of structure to the dress – as we have seen Eugenie is very structured pieces before, like at William and Kate’s wedding – or elegant duchess satin with beaded motifs.”

Princess Eugenie wedding dress sketch predictionVeni Infantino

The princess did reveal back in January that she had not yet chosen a dress, other than insisting she wouldn’t be wearing “meringue shoulders”.

Princess Eugenie wedding dress sketch predictionVeni Infantino

She also told British Vogue in September that she has opted for a British designer. “I’m not telling anyone who is making it, but I can say it is a British-based designer.”

READ MORE: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle release official royal wedding photos[3]

“[The dress] is the one thing that I was really decisive about,” she told the magazine. “As soon as we announced the wedding, I knew the designer, and the look, straight away.

“I never thought I’d be the one who knew exactly what I like, but I’ve been pretty on top of it.”

The Queen has a say when it comes to the dress, too, but as a courtesy rather than a necessity. Meghan Markle’s Givenchy gown was also given the go-ahead by the 92-year-old monarch in May, as was Kate Middleton’s Alexander McQueen dress back in 2011.

Princess Eugenie has further hinted that the wedding day will be ‘plastic free’, revealing in British Vogue that her “whole house is anti-plastic now. And Jack and I want our wedding to be like that as well.”


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Apply for Say Yes to the Dress: Gok Wan is looking for brides-to-be to appear in the new UK series

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How to apply for the new series of Say Yes to the Dress, hosted by Gok Wan…

Finding the perfect wedding dress will undoubtedly be one of the most special yet stressful things you do when planning your wedding day. And while your bride squad (yes, including your mother-in-law) should be on hand help you choose your dream dress, no one is more reliable than fashion aficionado, Gok Wan. 

So you’ll be pleased to know that Gok Wan is the new host of Say Yes to the Dress, and he’s on the lookout for brides-to-be to appear in the new series of the wedding dress shopping show.

What is Say Yes to the Dress? 

Say Yes to the Dress was originally an American reality television series, which followed events inside Kleinfeld Bridal, a Manhattan-based bridal salon.

The series showed the progress of individual sales associates, managers, and fitters at the store, along with profiling brides as they search for the perfect wedding dress.

Common themes include overwhelming advice of friends and family, the ability of the “perfect dress” to help a bride overcome personal difficulty, struggle with weight and body image concerns, and the challenge of staying in the wedding budget.

What is Say Yes to the Dress North?

After becoming a big hit in America, Say Yes to the Dress made the switch to UK screens in 2016, fronted by the man who famously designed Princess Diana’s wedding dress, David Emmanuel.

There have been a number of series so far, with ex Geordie Shore star and I’m A Celebrity winner Vicky Pattison featuring in one of them, and now the programme is looking for more brides for a new spin-off show.

In Say Yes to The Dress UK the action is normally centered around Confetti & Lace bridal boutique in Essex but for the new programme, hosted by Gok Wan, the action will switch to Ava Rose Hamilton, which has branches in both Leeds and Lancashire.

The new series filmed in the north of England will follow Gok Wan as he helps brides find the perfect wedding dress.

Gok Wan and bride Say Yes to the Dress

Can anyone apply for the new series of Say Yes to the Dress? 

Speaking exclusively to Wedding Ideas, Gok Wan said: “Anyone can apply for say Yes to the Dress – so same-sex couples, ethnic weddings, themed weddings, traditional weddings, the full works.

“The thing that I was very particular about with the producers is that I want to cover all brides because I think the bridal market in particular, is so conventional and white middle class, we want to extend that and we want to make sure we’re representing every person out there and not just women in fact.

“I want to make sure that the show we make is as diverse as possible, so it fits in with my personal ethos but as well, I think it’s interesting for the viewers…

“With Say Yes to The Dress, you’ve got to three weddings every single episode and you  get to see the process, and as a viewer, I want to go to different weddings!

“We’re lucky in this country because the LGBTQ community can get married, and so while we should be celebrating that, we also have a social responsibility to be an authority and an inspiration to other countries around the world and support those people that can’t get married in their own country.

“So we’re looking for absolutely everyone – brides of any background, any shape, any disability, it doesn’t matter, as long as you’re getting married, you can apply!”

What are the requirements for Say Yes to the Dress?

Gok told us: “Traditionally, TV shows about weddings always work about six months in advance so they can follow the process but if you’re getting married in December, we still want to hear from you!

“If you’re a last minute wedding booking, or you have found your wedding dress but now you’re unsure, or maybe you’re about to go to your final fitting, you’ve paid your deposit and you don’t want to spend loads of money altering it, you can apply.

“The same goes if you’re the bride who has gained loads of weight and now doesn’t know what to do about the wedding dress, or if you’re the bride who has lost loads of weight, it  doesn’t matter your circumstances, if you’re getting married, we want to hear from you.”

When are applications open? 

“Applications are already open and we’ve had over a thousand entries already,” Gok revealed.

“But you can never have enough which is really important for us because with a programme like Say Yes to the Dress, it is just governed by the people looking for the dress, it has little to do with me, little to do with the shop – it’s purely about the dresses and the brides-to-be.”

He continued: “We are still looking for brides at the moment because we want to get a nice pool of people and then what we will do is constantly be recasting for the show.”

When will Say Yes to the Dress be on TV? 

Gok told us: “So one episode went out already for the traditional show of Say Yes to the Dress and then I am hosting the spin-off show, Say Yes to the Dress North.

“We start filming in September (this month) and it will go out in Spring 2019. But we are constantly looking for new brides-to-be to apply for the show.”

How do I apply for Say Yes to the Dress? 

To apply for Say Yes to the Dress, email: [email protected] now and let Gok Wan find the perfect wedding dress for you…

READ MORE: What you can learn from Don’t Tell the Bride’s wedding disasters [3]


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2019 wedding hair trends that you need to know about

Tongs at the ready, brides-to-be! Here’s our round-up of the 2019 wedding hair trends that you need to know about, from undone up-dos to wedding braids…

Wedding hair flowers

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Ethereal curls and classic up-dos got even prettier at Barcelona Bridal Week as Alejandro Resta’s models enchanted the fashion crowds with their horticultural halos. Also seen at Jenny Packham, Wtoo by Watters and Reem Acra, flower crowns[1] are most definitely back on the agenda, and they’re bigger than ever before.

“The catwalks were in full bloom for spring, from oversized floral crowns to individual blossoms nestled in curls. To perfect the look, style your hair with a dedicated curl cream to minimise frizz and form defined, soft and shiny curls,” says Michele Scott-Lynch, founder of haircare brand Boucléme.

 

Curl cream, £19, Bouclème
Swivel Styler 2-in-1 Curler Styler, £55.75, Haito[2][3]

Wedding braids

Photo of Berta bridal by Mike ColonBerta; credit: Mike Colon

Spotted behind the scenes at Berta, Cymbeline and Suzanne Neville, bridal braids reigned supreme at the 2019 shows. For an edgy yet pretty swept-back style, switch it up à la Berta and opt for a dramatic plaited parting.

“Romantic, classic, relaxed or bohemian, there’s a braid to suit everyone,” says award-winning hair stylist Lee Stafford. “For a volumised fishtail plait, start by blow-drying the hair, moving the roots from side to side to build the body in your tresses from the roots outwards.”

Lee Stafford dehumidifier spray

Dehumidifier Spray, £14.17, Lee Stafford
Miracle Worker, £8, Umberto Giannini[4][5]

Sleek and simple wedding hair

Justin Alexander wedding dressJustin Alexander

No-fuss brides can now opt for simplicity with a more controlled style. Paired with a statement lip, this ultra-glossy look has real aisle impact. 

Paul Percival, Percy & Reed’s co-founder, suggests using a good quality hairspray to keep the sleek style in place, “followed by a final spritz of shine spray to leave hair smelling fantastic.”

Reassuringly Firm Session Hold Hairspray, £12.50, Percy & Reed
No Frizz Nourishing Oil, £20.30, Living Proof[6][7]

Wedding ponytail

Anna Campbell wedding dressAnna Campbell

Although chic, understated and classic, a voluminous, textured ponytail is still capable of causing quite the stir. 

“It’s always been one of our favourite bridal looks,” says Gustav Fouche of the Michael Van Clarke bridal team. “A ponytail is elegant and sophisticated, but can still make a big statement. We’d recommend wearing this as your evening look because it’s fun, sexy and confident. You can dance the night away and not worry about your hair at all!”

  

Thickening Blow-Dry Spray, £17.50, 3 More Inches 
Large Paddle Brush, £29.50, 3 More Inches[8][9]

Wedding headpieces

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If it’s a fashion-forward edge you’re after, get inspired by the likes of Gracy Accad, Eliza Jane Howell and Yolan Cris who picked out everything from feathers and pearls to pretty pins and bejewelled fringing on the catwalk. A well-placed headpiece can do wonders to transform your big-day look. [10]

“If you like the idea of an alice band, add it before you put your hair up so it’s built into your bridal look, then finish off with a hold and shine hairspray,” says Ondine Cowley, third senior director and wedding hair specialist at Nicky Clarke in Mayfair.

Silk headband with crystals and pearls, £465, Emily London
Hold & Shine Ultimate Hairspray, £11, Nicky Clarke[11][12]

READ MORE: Bridal hairstyles and updo inspiration for your wedding day[13]

Natural and loose wedding hair

Chosen By One Day wedding dressChosen By One Day

If it’s a less ‘done’ look you’re hoping to achieve, go with the flow of your natural texture and create a loose up-do with trailing tendrils. Think Meghan Markle’s wispy big-day bun and you’re on to a winner…

“I love it when brides choose a more natural, ‘undone’ look,” says Moroccan Oil artistic director Kevin Hughes. “If you wear your hair down every day, wear it down on your wedding day but add a little wave or curl, and maybe pull the front strands back off your face to make the look just a little bit more polished.” Top tip? “If your ends are a bit limp, grab some Moroccan Oil Dry Texture Spray, as this will give you tousled texture and volume.”

Treatment, £33.95, Moroccanoil
Wave Spray, £33.90, Ouai[14][15]

Wavy wedding hair

Pronovias wedding dressPronovias

Channel your inner mermaid with the new season’s penchant for heavenly waves, as seen on the Monique Lhuillier, Pronovias and Maggie Sottero runways.

Salon founder and head stylist Limoz Logli suggests “tonging your hair by taking small sections. Hold your tong vertically when doing this, as it’ll give you that much longed for ‘mermaid curl’ effect. Start from the nape of the neck and work your way up, making sure to twist the tong outwards around the hair, as this will open up your face. Then use the tong in alternative directions with each strand, to give the whole head a voluminous finish.”

High Profile Thicken + Lift Spray, £17, Time Bomb
Weather-Proof Finish Anti-Humidity Hairspray, £7, Umberto Giannini[16][17]

Wedding tiaras and pins

Wedding hair by Nicole DrègeHair by Nicole Drège

Bring a regal (h)air to your bridal look – while making a simple chignon look oh-so 2019 – with a well-placed diadem or sparkling hair pin.

“High necks, illusion-backs and long sleeves look stunning with a ballerina bun that shows off details, especially topped off with a tiara[18]. Another style that looks beautiful is a hair chain draped across an up-do,  giving the illusion of scattered crystals,” says hair artist Anne Veck.

Jewelled hair pins, £10, Accessorize (similar)
Headband, £330, Jooni Lim x Suzy O’Rourke[19][20]

READ MORE: 11 tips for healthy hair, skin and nails[21]


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What you can learn from Don’t Tell the Bride’s wedding disasters

don't tell the bride beauty and the beastCredit: Don’t Tell the Bride

Getting married and want to avoid any wedding disasters like those on Don’t Tell the Bride? Here’s what you can learn from the E4 show where the groom is left in charge…

The event organisers at Rivenhall Oaks[1] know how important it is for your wedding planning and organisation to run smoothly. They give their four keys lessons you can learn from Don’t Tell the Bride

Don’t leave everything to the groom

Let’s get the most obvious one out of the way – don’t leave all of the planning and decision making to your partner. If the programme has shown us anything, it’s how stressful weddings can be when you’re left in the dark.

However, it’s equally important to remember not to take on the whole process by yourself. The wedding is between two people and so the responsibility should be split. Make sure you ask for help when you need it!

Watch the wedding budget

The best episodes are always the ones where the groom wastes the budget on his stag or spends half of the money on an overly expensive plan that you know the bride will hate.

You might be sitting at home smugly thinking you’d be able to spend the £14,000 far better, but in practice It may not be that simple. Try to keep extravagant purchases to a minimum and only splash out on unnecessary extras once you’ve got the basics in place.

Think about your partner 

The one things that always shocks viewers is the grooms apparent disregard for anything his bride likes. She hates animals? Get married in a zoo. She’s scared of heights? Arrange a zip wire. Although this makes for good television, it may not make for a great partnership.

When planning your special day, you’re likely to have an idea about how you want things to look, but ultimately, it’s about compromise. Remember to keep in mind what they would like on the day too.

Love always wins

The main reason that people tune in to the show is to watch a poor bride kicking off on her wedding day after her fantasy of her dream day has faded.

There’s usually tears and arguments, but in the end, they both tend to admit they’ve had the best day of their lives and maybe the groom knows them better than they know their selves.

Planning a wedding can be stressful and tensions may rise but try to keep in the back of your mind what the day is all about – love.

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Wedding dresses with pockets are now a thing – and brides are loving it

wedding dress with pockets bridal trendWedding dresses with pockets are now a thing. Credit: Twitter @EstherKeziaT

Brides-to-be rarely put practicality at the forefront of their search for the perfect wedding dress – but that’s why so many people are loving the new bridal trend of wedding dresses with pockets.

Wedding dresses (and jumpsuits) with pockets were all over the runways during Bridal Fashion Week.

Since then, we’ve seen a surge in the addition of practical pockets to wedding dresses from the very top bridal designers to high street bridal lines, as more brides opt for comfort on their big day.

Robin Weil, founder and CEO of weddingplanner.co.uk[1], agrees that the trend of pockets in gowns has risen as a direct result of brides prioritising comfort and practicality on their wedding day.

“Wedding dresses with pockets have been gaining popularity for the last few years now,” he told us.

“From a bride’s perspective, it’s quite a practical solution if they want to keep their phone, tissues or lipstick with them, it’s ideal.”

READ MORE: This is the wedding dress style you should have, according to your star sign[2]

Taking to Twitter, one wedding guest shared a photo of a bride in her wedding dress with pockets, saying: “STOP EVERYTHING so one of my friends got married yesterday and she had POCKETS ON HER WEDDING DRESS which is just the best thing I have ever seen.”

The strapless gown – designed by Suzanne Neville – featured a large skirt with subtle pockets in the seams.

And while hardly revolutionary, the response to the bride’s smart pockets has sent social media into meltdown with the picture quickly being retweeted thousands of times and other brides are now sharing their own #weddingdresseswithpockets moments…

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*Adds pockets to wedding dress requirements.

READ MORE: Ultimate wedding dresses for 2018[5]


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This is how much you should spend on an engagement ring, according to new research

How much should you spend on an engagement ring? And is the three months’ salary rule a thing of the past? Well, according to new research, spending on engagement rings has nearly doubled in the last year alone.

Yep, Brits getting engaged now spend an average of £1,483 on a ring, compared to a more modest £785 in 2016.

New research conducted by Protect Your Bubble[1] has revealed that UK couples who have popped the question in the last year have spent nearly double (an 89% increase) the amount that was being spent on engagement rings in the previous year.

Three-months-worth of wages 

Despite pricier engagement rings enjoying a bit of a revival, the tradition of spending three-months’ wages on the ring seems to be completely outdated now, with Brits forking out less than three quarters (-78%) of that on average.

On the whole though, the choice of the engagement ring remains key to the proposal with a third of us (32.6%) saying it’s the most important aspect of a proposal.

Perfect proposal 

Piling on the pressure, one in nine (11.3%) Brits say they would turn down their other half if the proposal setting wasn’t perfect.

Furthermore, it seems as though the pressure is still on men to offer up a rock at the right time with only 2% of women saying they would propose to their partner.

Average spend on engagement ring

Speaking about the study, Director of Protect Your Bubble, James Brown said: “This hefty increase in the amount that Brits are willing to spend on engagement rings could be a sign that consumer confidence is finally returning to the luxury goods market.

“This increase will certainly come as welcome news to the jewellery industry, which will have felt the pinch following the Brexit referendum.

“No matter what your budget is though, our research shows that there is still pressure on couples to pop the question with the perfect ring, with a third of us saying that it’s the most important part of the proposal.”

He continued: “If Brits still followed the three months wages rule, it would have us spending over £6,000 on average for a ring, so it’s no surprise that the tradition has become somewhat outdated.

“When spending an average £1,483, that’s a lot of ring to lose or have stolen. It’s worth taking out some form of insurance on your jewellery, even though it’s just the physical value you’re replacing.”

READ MORE: This is how much the average engagement ring now costs [2]

These new figures follow a 2017 report from the insurance provider which found that Brits were spending 19 per cent less on rings than couples were five years ago. 

Of the 1,235 adults surveyed at the time, the data revealed that the number of couples spending less than £500 had seen a rapid surge, with 18 per cent more buying engagement rings for this amount compared to previous years.

The study also showed that Londoners spend the most on their wedding rings, with an average cost of £2,778, while Northern Irish couples forked out the most on their engagement rings at £1,722.

READ MORE: How to choose the right type of engagement ring[3]


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  2. ^ This is how much the average engagement ring now costs  (www.weddingideasmag.com)
  3. ^ How to choose the right type of engagement ring (www.weddingideasmag.com)
  4. ^ Wedding Ideas Facebook page (www.facebook.com)
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This is the most popular date to get married

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It’s expected that more couples than ever will tie the knot in August, from China to America and back – as the 18th is the most popular date to get married…

According to The Knot[1], the number one website in America for wedding inspiration and planning, the 18th August is set to be the most popular day of the year to get married, with 28,633 couples across the US getting hitched.

Each wedding will have an average of 136 guests, with the most popular registry items[2] on The Knot including the KitchenAid stand mixer, Ninja blender, Dyson vacuum, iRobot Roomba, and an air fryer.

READ MORE: Six tips to help you choose your wedding date[3]

But it’s not just America that’s set for a bumper day of wedding celebrations. In China, the number ‘8’ is a lucky number; in Mandarin, ‘8’ sounds similar to the word ‘fa’, which means to make a fortune. The number has connotations with prosperity, success and high social status, making a marriage on 18/8/2018 one of the luckiest.

But if you’ve missed the boat for the 18th August, there’s always the 19th September, making your wedding date 19/9/2019 – nine is another lucky number in Chinese culture so this too could be a popular option.

When deciding on a day, you might want to avoid Friday 13th if you’re particularly superstitious – there’s two in 2019, once in September and one in December. And it’s always worth checking your date doesn’t clash with any major sporting events!

With the combination of such an auspicious date falling on a Saturday and in the peak of the summer season, we reckon it’s got to be the most popular date the world over to tie the knot.

And if it’s you getting hitched on the 18th August, it makes remembering your anniversary every year that little bit easier…

READ MORE: 50 ideas for ‘save the date’ invitations[4]


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References

  1. ^ The Knot (www.theknot.com)
  2. ^ registry items (www.weddingideasmag.com)
  3. ^ READ MORE: Six tips to help you choose your wedding date (www.weddingideasmag.com)
  4. ^ READ MORE: 50 ideas for ‘save the date’ invitations (www.weddingideasmag.com)
  5. ^ Wedding Ideas Facebook page (www.facebook.com)
  6. ^ @wimagazine Twitter account (twitter.com)