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So we’ve found out – very methodically – which is the best UK wedding magazine and why. We’ve looked at each of the best UK wedding magazines in turn and picked out their best bits (and only gently hinted at their worst bits!) Time to think about YOU now…

The best UK wedding magazine for you?

best uk wedding magazines the reviewSome of the wedding magazines have really in-depth articles, some have short and sweet little features you can read on the train.

Some are upmarket and full of stylish and expensive ideas, others focus on DIY ideas and affordable products you can buy for your wedding.

Some have tons of real weddings; some have only a few. Some have over 200 pages of adverts while others have fewer than 40.

Every bride and groom are different. Every wedding is unique. Every wedding magazine will appeal more to some of you than to others. Based on the results of the UK Wedding Magazine Review, here are some tips to help you find YOUR best UK wedding magazine!

Cheshire Bride magazine
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I included a couple of regional wedding magazines in my review of the best UK wedding magazines. I appreciate you won’t all be familiar with Cheshire Bride, but most counties have their own publications so this represents them.

Cheshire Bride magazine: a review

Issue compared: 2011 edition
Cover price: £4.50

  • 292 pages
  • 77 pages of real weddings
  • 9 pages of advice and feature articles
  • 7 other non-selling pages (contents etc)
  • 4 pages of product ideas
  • 195 pages of advertisements
  • 67% of the magazine pages are ads

Cheshire Bride magazine

I have to give this regional wedding magazine credit for having so many real weddings: with 77 pages of them this is pretty impressive. It works out at a quarter of the entire magazine pages – the others only have around 10%.

I found it really hard to pick out advertorial in Cheshire Bride magazine – there are a lot of ads and many of these contain advice within the advertisement itself. This isn’t a criticism: the adverts offer useful advice and information!

Cosmopolitan Bride magazine
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The latest installment in my UK wedding magazine review: Cosmopolitan Bride is – as you’d expect – fashion-led, stylish and young at heart. With fewer pages than most UK wedding magazines and more of a focus on aesthetics and trends, it’s one to buy if you’re looking for a wedding mag that’s a bit different.

Cosmopolitan Bride magazine: a review

Issuse compared: April / May 2011
Cover price: £3.99

  • 180 pages
  • 18 pages of real weddings
  • 13 pages of advice and feature articles
  • 6 other non-selling pages (contents etc)
  • 59 pages of product ideas
  • 84 pages of advertisements
  • 47% of the magazine pages are ads

Cosmopolitan Bride magazine

Cosmopolitan Bride is the most lighthearted of the larger wedding magazines. It’s beautifully designed with fabulous shoots and is definitely a coffee table magazine.

Fewer pages than most of the UK wedding magazines reviewed meant fewer articles, but the features on wedding planning snags, chic modern hen night ideas and the bridal survival guide were good – plenty to read if you want to snuggle up with a wedding magazine and a cuppa.

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Another regional wedding magazine is Your [insert county here!] Wedding. County wedding magazines cover most of the country so this was a great title to include in the review representing regional wedding magazines. My local one is Your Manchester Wedding, but if you’re in Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Bristol, Somerset, Essex, Hampshire, Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire, Kent, London, South Wales, Surrey, Sussex or the West Midlands you can get this one where you live too.

Your Manchester Wedding Magazine: a review

Issue compared: February / March 2011
Cover price: £2.95

  • 103 pages
  • 8 pages of real weddings
  • 14 pages of advice and feature articles
  • 19 other non-selling pages (contents etc)
  • 27 pages of product ideas
  • 35 pages of advertisements
  • 34% of the magazine pages are ads

This is a nicely balanced wedding magazine, with fewer pages than most but with as many articles and advice pages as most of the best national wedding magazines.

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Wedding magazine definitely caught my attention with its feature on the top UK wedding bloggers, and has some of the most inspiring bridal shoots as well as being one of the best designed UK wedding magazines overall.

Wedding magazine: a review

Issue compared: June / July 2011
Cover price: £4.90

  • 260 pages
  • 15 pages of real weddings
  • 25 pages of advice and feature articles
  • 13 other non-selling pages (contents etc)
  • 82 pages of product ideas
  • 125 pages of advertisements
  • 48% of the magazine pages are ads

wedding magazineI enjoyed reading ‘what every husband should know’ – an entertaining extract from a book with some laughs and nice advice too. The UK wedding bloggers article of course was brilliant – it’s great to see the wedding magazines really taking notice of wedding blogs (and while it’s not going to be my thing as I still have this gun pointed at my foot, the idea that we should all work together is a nice one)!

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Wedding Ideas is the best handy sized wedding magazine in the UK. Coming out joint second place in my comparison and review of all the UK wedding magazines, Wedding Ideas has an impressive count of real weddings, a healthy advertising ratio (relative to the other wedding magazines) and plenty of advice pages.

Wedding Ideas magazine: a review

Issue compared: June 2011
Cover price: £2.99

  • 338 pages
  • 43 pages of real weddings
  • 27 pages of advice and feature articles
  • 26 other non-selling pages (contents etc)
  • 98 pages of product ideas
  • 144 pages of advertisements
  • 43% of the magazine pages are ads

Wedding Ideas did brilliantly in my review of UK wedding magazines. With way more than the average count of real wedding pages, advice and feature pages and one of the highest page counts, this is a mag which has plenty inside.

It’s also a very cleverly targeted wedding magazine and focuses on value for money – there are plenty of ideas for brides looking for affordable decorations and themes, and a useful article on 20 ways to stretch your wedding budget.

You and Your Wedding magazine
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The results are in, the wedding magazines are back on the shelves, and I can now officially reveal the result of my UK wedding magazine review. Drum roll please….

The best UK wedding magazine

Properly objectively analysed, pages counted and compared with other top UK wedding mags… The best UK wedding magazine is You & Your Wedding. With the best quality content, valuable advice, inspirational and exciting shoots and comparing well for every criteria I considered – You & Your Wedding magazine is far and away the best UK wedding magazine for brides.

Joint second best UK wedding magazines are Brides and Wedding Ideas. Brides is a top quality magazine for design and with a great standard when it comes to articles and features. Wedding Ideas is the best magazine for more affordable weddings, with plenty of real weddings, advice and articles to inspire.

This is my objective review of the top UK wedding magazines. See how your favourite compares!