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All the latest wedding news for couples getting married in Kent, along with bridal fashion and beauty inspiration and honeymoon ideas.

Wedding News: Wedding day wines from leading English wine producer Gusbourne

Wedding day wines from leading English wine producer Gusbourne

English wine producer Gusbourne, has a stunning range of the finest vintage sparkling and still wines to elevate any wedding providing guests with an array of exquisite drinks that complement every element, from the welcome drinks to the wedding breakfast and toasts! With Gusbourne wines, every pour becomes a celebration of love and new beginnings, ensuring your wedding day becomes a truly unforgettable affair, brimming with sophistication, charm, and cherished memories. For a spectacular wedding reception, fill your guests' glasses with the exquisite Gusbourne Blanc de Blancs 2018, a sparkling masterpiece that exudes elegance with its delicate bubbles and refreshing, crisp notes. As guests raise their glasses to toast the happy couple, each sip is vibrant and intense, setting the tone for an evening of celebrations.

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Wedding News: The Matfield Eco & Vegan Wedding Fair is taking place in September

The Matfield Eco & Vegan Wedding Fair is taking place in September

The Matfield Eco & Vegan Wedding Fair is taking place at Matfield Village Hall on Sunday 29th September 2024 between 11am and 4pm.

The fair will showcase vegan wedding cake makers and beauty products, eco photographers and florists, vegan caterers, eco venues and giftware, and much more. No matter how far you are in the wedding planning process, the fair will have something to help you plan the wedding of your dreams while also being kind to the planet.

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Wedding News: Biggest wedding faux pas to avoid on your big day

Biggest wedding faux pas to avoid on your big day

With more than half (53%) of married Brits confessing to having wedding day regrets, wedding expert and CEO of the UK's largest collection of wedding venues, The Gilchrist Collection, Samantha Gilchrist shares her thoughts on the biggest wedding faux pas' couple should steer clear of to guarantee wedding day success. "You've planned everything down to the tiniest detail and finally get to enjoy your day, why risk something spoiling it? While some of these things are a little outside your control, it's important to let your wedding planner and venue know what your boundaries are, and the things you would find unacceptable, were they to happen on your big day. They'll be able to support you in handling issues both ahead of time and on the day itself.

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Wedding News: Bilsington Priory is nestled within seven acres of picturesque gardens

Bilsington Priory is nestled within seven acres of picturesque gardens

This grand monastic building retains its Medieval structure, built from local Kentish ragstone. Set in seven acres of mature, landscaped gardens, the Priory offers a photographer's paradise. What's more, its secluded, rural position lends it a truly exclusive setting, off the beaten track, yet only 15 minutes from Ashford, South Kent's major travel hub.

The Priory's stone structure and cavernous oak-beamed Grand Ceremony Room create the most romantic setting. Steeped in history, it was built in 1253 for the Canons Regular of St. Augustine's in a French style of the period. With the ability to seat 100 ceremony guests, there's also plenty of space for a musical quartet.

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Wedding News: These are the most popular 'first dance' songs of 2024, as online searches soar!

These are the most popular 'first dance' songs of 2024, as online searches soar!

Scraping over 350 'First Dance' playlists on Spotify and analysing the 12,000 tracks that featured on them, Diamonds Factory ranked the songs that featured the most to determine the most popular first dance song of 2024. 60 years on, and Etta James' At Last is the most popular first dance song of 2024. The data revealed that Etta James' 'At Last' is the most popular first dance song for couples to choose for their wedding, with the song featuring in a whopping 46 'first dance' playlists. Regardless of the song being released over 60 years ago, Etta's love song is still proving to be a timeless classic for couples.

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Wedding News: The Speech Surgery: does my wedding speech have to be funny?

The Speech Surgery: does my wedding speech have to be funny?

'The Speech Surgery' with Heidi Ellert McDermott, founder of Speechy & author of The Modern Couple's Guide to Wedding Speeches: I'm not funny. Does my wedding speech need to be? I've heard some lovely speeches that haven't contained any humour, but here's the thing...they are the exception to the rule. Nearly every speech is better if it contains a little humour. FACT. Generally, folk from the UK and Australia want their speeches to have a lot of humour in them, while clients from other parts of the world, namely the US, lean towards a sweeter speech, with lighter elements, as opposed to all-out funny.

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Wedding News: 6 bridesmaid proposal ideas from Getting Personal

6 bridesmaid proposal ideas from Getting Personal

Once you've said yes to your future spouse, it's time to recruit your future bridal party. To pop the question you can keep it short and sweet or go with something a little more elaborate. A bridesmaid proposal is the perfect way to ensure they know their special role in your life and, more importantly, on your big day itself. There has been an 85% increase in Google searches for 'bridesmaid proposal ideas'¹ over the past year, therefore gifting experts at Getting Personal have shared 6 bridesmaid proposal ideas for those needing a little inspiration for asking their bridesmaids to be part of their bridal party.

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Wedding News: Sevenoaks restaurant, Number Eight is now available for weddings

Sevenoaks restaurant, Number Eight is now available for weddings

Number Eight is a restaurant in Sevenoaks that's owned by chef Stuart Gillies, who was the CEO of The Gordon Ramsay Group for seven years and, before that, earned international acclaim as a chef at Michelin- starred restaurants. In 2024, Stuart will be personally providing catering services for weddings and his restaurant, Number Eight, is now available to host sit-down dinners and parties.

Like the dishes, the interior is focused on comfort and elegance, with floor-to-ceiling windows, smoked oak parquet floors, warm tan leather and velvet blue banquettes, a grand, marble-topped bar and gold- rimmed lighting. There is also an outdoor terrace for sunny, al fresco dining and a semi-private dining area for up to 14 guests in The Gallery, which doubles as an intimate space to showcase work by up-and- coming artists.

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Wedding News: Couples counsellor shares 5 key boundaries to set

Couples counsellor shares 5 key boundaries to set

As technology brings us closer together than ever, it also has changed how relationships work, from meeting your significant other through an online dating app to having the ability to contact other people instantly at your fingertips. Smartphones have revolutionised communication - but do they strengthen or strain romantic relationships? With this in mind, the smartphone experts at Compare and Recycle have surveyed 2,000 people, delving into the complex world of smartphones. They discovered how many Brits trust their partners with phone passcodes, as well as partnering up with couples counsellor, Susan Leigh, to provide healthy passcode-sharing tips for couples.

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Wedding News: Cobham Hall is a Grade I listed building that dates back to 1208

Cobham Hall is a Grade I listed building that dates back to 1208

Nestled in 150 acres of Grade II-listed parkland, Cobham Hall dates back to 1208, when the original manor was granted by the King to the De Cobham family. Cobham Hall is an English country house that's one of the largest and most important houses in Kent.

Only 28 miles from Central London and within easy reach of the A2, M2, M20 and M25, the venue is conveniently situated while enjoying a picturesque and tranquil setting.

Offering a maximum of 20 weddings per year, Cobham Hall is a hidden gem that will amaze your guests with its history, grandeur, elegance and dedicated wedding team, who will help you create a day designed exclusively for you.

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Wedding News: True costs of saying 'I do' revealed by the experts

True costs of saying 'I do' revealed by the experts

Recent research by Hodge reveals the dream of getting married can come with a hefty price tag, reaching more than £20,000. Hodge dived into the averages of how much each part of a wedding costs, revealing that food and the honeymoon were the two most expensive parts. When it comes to wedding attire, couples spare no expense to look their best on their special day. According to Hodge's research, the average cost of wedding outfits in the UK is substantial. For instance, the engagement ring alone sets couples back around £1,948 on average, surpassing even the cost of the bride's dress, which averages £1,500. But, the wedding bands cost substantially less, on average couples only spend £1,000 for both rings.

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Wedding News: The Speech Surgery: Indian wedding speeches with Heidi Ellert McDermott, founder of Speechy

The Speech Surgery: Indian wedding speeches with Heidi Ellert McDermott, founder of Speechy

'The Speech Surgery' with Heidi Ellert McDermott, founder of Speechy & author of The Modern Couple's Guide to Wedding Speeches. I'm giving a Maid of Honour speech at a large Indian wedding. I've never been to one before... any etiquette I need to be aware of? Speeches are finally getting the attention they deserve at Indian weddings. A couple of decades ago they still weren't that common but now they're finally taking centre stage. And quite literally. In terms of etiquette, there's no major difference but the scale of the event will impact your speech. As we know, most Indian weddings are big events. It's not uncommon to have a guestlist anywhere from 400 to 1,000 guests and speakers are often up on a stage with lighting, sound crews and being filmed too! Check with the bride and find out...

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Wedding News: Show your bridesmaids some love with the One4all Beauty & Spa Gift Card

Show your bridesmaids some love with the One4all Beauty & Spa Gift Card

Finding a range of gifts all your bridal party will love can be a struggle, especially when you've got a long wedding checklist to tick off. That's why the One4all Beauty & Spa Favourite Gift Card is an ideal addition to any bridal box or thank you card, it gives your hens the choice to pamper themselves with much-loved brands such as Boots, The Perfume Shop, Rituals, SpaSeekers and many more. It can be loaded with any amount from £15 to a generous £100, perfect if you've got a tight budget but still want to treat your bridesmaids.

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Wedding News: Daisy’s Flower Preservation is offering our readers an exclusive discount

Daisy’s Flower Preservation is offering our readers an exclusive discount

If you're currently in the midst of planning your wedding, you understand the significant amount of time, effort, consideration, and resources required to ensure that the floral arrangements for your special day are perfect.

At Daisy's Flower Preservation, owner Kate specialises in creating exquisite keepsakes using the very same bouquet that accompanied you down the aisle. "I carefully preserve your beautiful flowers and present them in frames, either as a complete bouquet or as a smaller selection, tailored to complement your home décor," shares Kate. "And let's not overlook the buttonhole! Many of my brides have been moved to tears upon seeing their finished piece, as it transports them back to that enchanting day."

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Wedding News: Jewellery expert shares how to match your nails to your rings

Jewellery expert shares how to match your nails to your rings

Whether you're searching for an engagement ring for your partner or treating yourself to some new diamond earrings, there is so much to consider when it comes to finding the ideal jewellery. From complementary colours to chunky or more delicate styles, the experts at Abelini have shared four things to consider when purchasing new jewellery. Nilesh Rakholia, Director at jewellery retailer, Abelini, comments: "There are many factors to think about when it comes to buying new jewellery. Whatever the occasion, and whether it's a purchase for yourself or for a loved one, different styles and colours complement people in different ways - there's a perfect jewellery match for everyone!"

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Wedding News: St Julians Club is an attractive venue with an old-world charm

St Julians Club is an attractive venue with an old-world charm

St Julians Club is an attractive venue with an old-world charm and bohemian atmosphere. The property boasts an eclectic combination of 1950s architecture and Grade II-listed rooms, a conservatory and tall bay windows framing the expansive views across the Weald Valley.

The Georgian country house transforms into the perfect canvas for weddings. The grounds are a charming setting, with manicured lawns and gardens with elegant stairways into a semi-ancient woodland. Bluebells grow in the spring and gorgeous blooms are in abundance throughout the summer, all nestled into the hillside with outstanding views.

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Wedding News: The Speech Surgery: funny photo inclusions yay or nay?

The Speech Surgery: funny photo inclusions yay or nay?

'The Speech Surgery' with Heidi Ellert McDermott, founder of Speechy & author of The Modern Couple's Guide to Wedding Speeches: My husband has been asked to be his brother's best man. We have lots of funny photos of his brother through the years. Should we utilise them in the speech? A decade ago, nearly every best man speech involved a PowerPoint presentation of embarrassing photos of the groom. These days are over. Maybe it's because social media now allows people to look back at laugh at their mates 'fedora' or 'drop crotch' years without needing to wait for a wedding. Or, maybe it's just because using PowerPoint is generally awkward and clunky anywhere other than the boardroom.

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Wedding News: Don’t let your wedding decor go to waste: five creative ways to repurpose it!

Don’t let your wedding decor go to waste: five creative ways to repurpose it!

With the time, money and effort you put into creating the perfect wedding setting for your special day, it only makes sense to make the most out of it, don't you think? If you want to give your decor another ounce of life but are not sure how, look no further. Experts at Diamonds Factory have shared five ways you can repurpose your wedding decor beyond the ceremony. 1.Get creative and repurpose your extra wedding invitations into a DIY project.

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Wedding News: The British Heart Foundation in Sidcup recently received a donation of 100 new wedding dresses

The British Heart Foundation in Sidcup recently received a donation of 100 new wedding dresses

The British Heart Foundation (BHF) in Sidcup recently received a donation of 100 new designer wedding dresses. The gowns were donated by Adrian Chapman, who donated them in memory of his friend and business partner. The Malaysian designer Steven Sin passed away very suddenly after having a heart attack. Steven spent a year designing and creating each of the one hundred one-of-a-kind dresses. He had planned to enter the bridal wear market but unfortunately passed away in April 2022, before they could be sold.

The dresses were sold at a BHF wedding fair in Sidcup on Thursday evening, and the money raised will help the 7.6 million people in the UK living with heart and circulatory disease.

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Wedding News: Six things you need to insure when tying the knot

Six things you need to insure when tying the knot

As wedding season draws nearer, couples are scrambling to tie up loose ends and ensure their special day goes off without a hitch. Amidst the excitement and anticipation, there have been 11K Google searches for 'wedding insurance' in the past month alone. The insurance experts at Bionic have looked into some of the most useful insurances to have for your big day. As of 2023, the average amount spent on wedding venues in the UK was nearly £8,000, meaning a significant amount of money would be at stake if the day were to be cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances affecting the venue. Similarly, the average spent on wedding videography and photography was nearly £3,000. In the event of any technical faults on the day, you could be at risk of memories of your special day not being captured, and also losing out on thousands if you weren't to take out cover.

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