Is Kitty Brucknell set for a traditional wedding?

‘X Factor’ contestant Kitty Brucknell is far more traditional than she makes out on the television programme, according to her fiancé.

The Sun reported that Derek Gorman, who has been with Brucknell for six months, told friends that he has proposed to her but they have not had sex yet and they did not kiss until the fifth date.

Fans of the ‘X Factor’ have seen the singer sport some peculiar and revealing outfits in recent weeks, but Mr Gorman’s remarks suggest that when the pair hire out a wedding reception venue, it will be a far more conservative affair than her television appearances hint at.

“Everybody thinks Kitty is weird, fame-hungry and a diva. But that’s just Kitty the entertainer putting on a great show. In reality she’s none of those things. She is a sensitive, quiet girl who is very traditional at heart,” said the 31-year-old banker.

Mail Online pointed out that it is not just on the ‘X Factor’ that Brucknell has been seen being raunchy. The news provider highlighted how she was pictured straddling a dancer and gyrating around a pole in a London club last month.

Despite this, Mr Gorman insisted that all of the “drama and provocative outfits” are just part of her act on stage. He went on to claim that suggestions she is spoilt are wide of the mark and the abuse she gets is unwarranted.

VisitEngland pledges £19.8m for British tourism

England’s tourism industry is to receive a £19.8 million investment from the Regional Growth Fund to encourage Brits to keep holidaying at home.

In the ‘Growing Tourism Locally’ campaign, Brits will be encouraged to take more short breaks and holidays in their own country in a move that will create an additional 9,500 tourism and hospitality jobs.

As part of a three-year project, “Britain’s fifth largest industry” will benefit immensely nation-wide, claims organiser, VisitEngland.

London is set to benefit the most thanks to the 2012 Olympic Games and Diamond Jubilee next year. Its city museums, parks, restaurants, event venues and attractions will surely be among the big winners, reports Big Hospitality.

“This is a huge boost for VisitEngland as the country’s national tourist board, working in partnership to facilitate growth at a local level,” VisitEngland’s chief executive, James Berresford told Incentive Travel.

“Our strategy is to work with tourism partners and the private sector at a national and local level. Our partners will manage elements of the campaign pertaining directly to their local destination, whilst VisitEngland will manage the national strategy which will support this local activity,” he explained.

VisitEngland is now poised to thrash out the specific details outlining the terms and conditions of funding with the Regional Growth Fund, Berresford added.

Kardashian divorce won't put people off fairytale weddings

The recent announcement by Kim Kardashian that she is to divorce Kris Humphries, after only 72 days of marriage, won’t put people off the whole ‘fairytale wedding’ idea.

That’s according to writer and author of ‘The Bridesmaid Guide’, Kaye Chynoweth, making reference to Kardashian’s extravagant nuptials – held back in August 2011.

Even though the marriage itself all went wrong, the public will still be in love with a good old fairytale romance, Chynoweth said.

“Our tendency is to believe the bride and groom’s public avowals of love…We want to imagine that romance trumps everything else. Plenty of people believed in the couples’ devotion,” she argued, referring to Kardashian and Humphries’ short-lived relationship. There is no reason this won’t continue, Chynoweth implied.

In fact, it may even be that, despite the divorce, brides still take inspiration from Kardashian when decorating their wedding reception venue or picking their dress – particularly as reports have suggested the pair looked like “a princess and prince”.

However they may wish to downsize a little if taking inspiration from the pair’s special day, as Ibitimes.com revealed that in total, the entire affair cost around £12.5 million to hold. What’s more, the ring Humphries proposed to Kardashian with – totalling 20 carats – was worth a whopping £1.2 million.

Avoid being too salacious at office Christmas parties

While everybody wants to have a good time at office Christmas parties, revellers have been urged not to be too risqué.

Bray People offered a few suggestions of how to keep up appearances at corporate Christmas parties, with the emphasis being heavily on caution and sophistication rather than festive merriment.

The news provider urged against spend all night on the phone, gossiping about colleagues and making inappropriate jokes, since these could cause people to take offence.

It is common for drinks to flow freely at Christmas events, but partygoers were warned not to get too drunk as their tomfoolery might not be so happily remembered the next day.

But the website noted that this is no reason to be a “scrooge” at the bar, saying: “Try to avoid being tight with your money; show your generous side and buy a round at the bar. You might not get all the drinks back you are owed but your colleagues will certainly remember your generosity.”

A survey appearing in hrmagazine.co.uk offered an indication of how people’s generous nature is drawn out at festive occasions, with the report revealing that eight per cent of workers would be willing to help fund their office’s Christmas party if their employers could not afford to organise it.

In addition to this, the One Poll study found that a further nine per cent of staff in this situation intend to take it upon themselves to organise an unofficial celebration for their team, despite a lack of company backing.

Replica of Kardashian's wedding dresses to go on sale

Replica versions of the three Vera Wang dresses Kim Kardashian wore at her August wedding are going on sale – even though her marriage ended after 72 days.

According to Contactmusic.com, replicas fashioned by the designers at David’s Bridal are to be made available from February 2012.

It’s perfect for those who want to show up at their wedding reception venue in a different gown to that which they wore to the ceremony; however as all three gowns were a little racy, they may not be to everyone’s taste. What’s more, a source from the retail industry claimed: “Some on the sales side worry the dresses are cursed.”

However the executive vice president of David’s Bridal, Brian Beitler, went ahead and confirmed the news with the New York Post. He added: “The entire White by Vera Wang spring 2012 collection will be available exclusively at David’s Bridal stores next season.”

Having been nicknamed the ‘Kimitation’ dresses by the Huffington Post, the trio will include the “mermaid gown” from Kardashian’s lavish reception and a “Kim-inspired tulle ball gown”. The latter is modelled on the reality star’s dress from her wedding ceremony.

Each dress will cost around $1,500 (£936) to buy from David’s Bridal, making it a fairly average price for many brides-to-be.

 

Reindeer most requested Christmas party guest

Reindeer have overtaken Santa as the most-wanted guests at Christmas party venues and weddings this year.

That’s according to a couple who specialise in loaning the winter beasts out for special occasions.

Angie and Martin Flint have argued that interest in reindeer is at an all-time high and they are struggling to manage all the bookings coming their way, reports ThisIsLondon.co.uk.

Google backs up the Flints’ statement too. Over the last two years searches for the the antlered animal have increased by over five per cent against those searching for Santa.

Angie, a former new media company director and Martin – an ex-policeman – say that their flock of 20 reindeer are inundated with requests to appear at all kinds of events; for clients of all ages.

One customer even asked for Santa’s pals to pull her wedding carriage along, said the Flints.

The couple claim that their reindeer have been busy since August and don’t expect bookings to slow down any time soon. They revealed that central London is the most popular place that they travel to from their Leicestershire Farm.

“We take 10 of the males out, usually in teams of two or four, and they seem to really enjoy the travelling – they just sit down in the livestock trailer and relax,” said Mrs Flint, who runs Real Reindeer Ltd.

“We’ve done a lot of winter weddings, with everything from having the reindeer greeting the guests at the reception to delivering the bride in a sleigh pulled by reindeer.”

The reindeer even do celebrity events, adds British Business Finder. As well as Christmas parties, the herd have appeared on ‘Celebrity Come Dine with Me’ and even visited Downing Street.

Cameron hails Britain for Events campaign

The launch of the Britain for Events marketing campaign has caused prime minister David Cameron to write a letter to Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Events Nick de Bois MP, reports Exhibition News.

Previous, de Bois wrote to Cameron to notify him of the launch of the campaign, which hopes to promote UK event venues and increase the UK’s competitiveness in attracting large scale events going into 2012.

In addition, the MP promised to help lobby Government on issues including “fiscal measures to tackle the issues connected with the Tour Operator Margin Schemes (TOMS) and the reintroduction of investment allowance”.

Cameron responded in kind with a letter, scanned and published by Event Magazine. He applauds de Bois for his efforts and contribution to the growth of the economy.

Cameron pens: “As you quite rightly state, ensuring that Britain is an attractive place to visit is vital to our tourism industry, and the economy as a whole.

“The GREAT campaign which you mentioned will promote the UK as one of the very best places to visit, study, work, invest and do business, It aims to deliver a lasting economic legacy for the whole country from the unprecedented level of interest generated by the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games,” added the prime minister.

Businesses urged to plan for harsh winter weather

Corporate venues may need to prepare their property for harsh winter weather conditions after a business institution urged firms to begin implementing snow measures immediately, reports managers.org.uk.

The Forum of Private Business (FPB) believes the UK is set for a harsh winter, so businesses need to brace themselves for any disruptions caused by the weather.

According to a YouGov poll, 13 per cent of small businesses were “seriously” affected by last years winter chaos while over a third experienced weather problems of some sort.

Employees unable to reach work and schools closing early affected employees all over the nation, especially as some parents needed to stay off work to look after their children.

Venues may need to reschedule events or offer alternative acts during a performance if the weather becomes a problem.

Jane Bennett, Head of Campaigns at the FPB, spoke to ritsonsca.com regarding the weather: “The past few winters have demonstrated just how susceptible the UK is to extreme weather, and the cost to business quickly runs into millions. When infrastructure grinds to a halt staff can’t get it to work, and that’s a body blow which hits small firms with fewer staff the hardest.

“Businesses need to think about their contingency plans now to ensure they are not put out of action by another nasty winter,” she adds.

Christmas party tips offered by TOWIE stars

A series of tips on how to make a good impression on fellow Christmas party revellers has been offered by stars from ‘The Only Way is Essex’ (TOWIE).

In a video posted on Huffington Post UK, a few faces from the hit reality television show shared their views on how to light up Christmas party venues with one’s dress sense and actions.

However, the news provider admitted people “might find some of their words of wisdom more helpful than others”.

Gemma Collins urged girls to wear larger knickers to keep their figure svelte; while also suggesting that it is important to wear plenty of make-up and bronzer.

For Lydia Bright, the most important things to remember are to pose while dancing – so as to impress any admirers – and opt for a hairstyle that allows a person to cultivate “big, bouncy curls”. Her co-star Lauren Goodger was similarly keen for revellers to look glamorous; claiming high heels and lip gloss are essential.

The cast of TOWIE have certainly been getting into the Christmas spirit, according to Mail Online, having just recorded a Christmas single for charity – although it has yet to be announced which song they have covered.

James ‘Arg’ Argent is believed to have taken the lead on singing duties, but the rest of the programme’s stars were also pictured in the recording studio dressed in festive colours.

VisitBritain gets financial boost

VisitBritain has been given a financial boost from the government, to the tune of £27 million in extra funding.

Described as a “welcome injection” of cash by Big Hospitality, the extra funding should help the tourist body more effectively promote Britain over the coming years.

A spokesperson for VisitBritain, Sandie Dawe, reacted positively to the news in an official statement. In it, she said: “VisitBritain’s research indicates tourism has the potential to be one of the five fastest-growing sectors of the UK in the years ahead, creating new jobs and helping sustain economic growth.

“Today’s significant announcement will go a long way to helping us achieve that aim. This additional funding means we will be able to run the largest tourism marketing campaign in history.”

The funding comes at a crucial time for VisitBritain, which is likely doing all it can to promote the UK ahead of the Olympic Games 2012 and the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. Occasions such as these could see millions of people descend upon the nation; hopefully boosting the fortunes of its event spaces, restaurants and hotels.

In order to achieve this, VisitBritain has already ploughed some £100 million into its ‘GREAT’ campaign. According to Marketing Week, the campaign was designed to help Britain’s reputation throughout the world, which was damaged during last summer’s riots in London.

British ambassadors like Jamie Oliver have even signed on to the campaign; joining the likes of Twiggy, Dame Judi Dench and Rupert Everett in promoting the nation.