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The Wedding Industry Insider: Don't Tell the Bride (and groom)

07 Aug 2017

The cult reality TV show is back, setting the pace for even more dramatic weddings and a trend within the industry

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The new series of E4’s Don’t Tell the Bride has commenced and the first episode did not disappoint, featuring groom, Carl, planning his not-so-perfect Spanish beach wedding to bride, Rebecca. There were the usual tears, tantrums and moments of madness – all of which made for especially entertaining viewing, and somehow culminated in a happily ever after ending.

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Despite the tumultuous sequence of events that the show never fails to deliver, brides- and grooms-to-be are still desperate to take part – probably at the promise of a generous £13,000 budget that they don’t have to fork out for, and perhaps the peaceful thought (for the bride) of the planning taken off their hands. 

The idea of your other half taking the reins of the biggest day of your life has extended to hen and stag weekends, with StagWeb and GoHen announcing a concept akin to the premise behind Don’t Tell The Bride. The parties will put the respective other halves firmly in control of every aspect of the weekend, including the choice of destination, hotel, activities, nightlife, and eateries. However, unlike Don’t Tell The Bride where the groom seems to make the wrong choices time and time again, this party package is based on the idea that the stag or hen will receive a send-off that is perfectly tailored to them as an individual – created by the person who knows them best (rather than suited to their fellow stags or hens). Read more here.

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Yet you don’t have to go on TV to get your wedding paid for (and planned without your input); read all about how this Cardiff couple struck lucky in winning the wedding of their dreams. If you’re based in Yorkshire, you could win a £12,000 wedding day at Rudding Park in Harrogate, and if you’re planning a Surrey wedding, Wasing Park has announced 50% off its packages in March 2018. Stay tuned to Twitter.com/bridemag and Facebook.com/bridemagazines for details on other competitions and discounts that may help you save money on your wedding.

Once a date has been set, BrideMagazine.co.uk is poised to deliver the ideas and inspiration to assist you in your planning, with fresh content shared daily to guide and advise you in your choices. In the last fortnight, we have compiled articles on How to avoid becoming a bridezilla, 10 bridal shoe and bag pairings, Summer wedding hairstyles, and How to throw a Game of Thrones-inspired wedding – to name but a few.

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If you’re searching for content relevant to your region, take a look at Bride’s dedicated pages for the below geographical areas:

You can even find your local edition of Bride magazine at bridemagazine.co.uk/magazines, which you can read online or buy from buyamag.co.uk/bride.

If you need reminding, discover all the ways that Bride continues to help couples plan their perfect day. 

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