All the latest wedding news for couples getting married in Kent, along with bridal fashion and beauty inspiration and honeymoon ideas.
How to style your bridesmaids…
When it comes to planning your wedding the team at Colour Me Beautiful knows only too well that dressing your bridesmaids for your big day can be beset with difficulties. Here Cliff Bashforth sets out his advice on how to avoid the pit falls. It is an honour to be a bridesmaid, and often those you have asked will be as excited as you are. Shopping for bridesmaids' outfits can be a fun experience for you all, although you will need a clear idea of what you want them to look like because they will frame you in your wedding photographs. Happy bridesmaids make good photographs, so ensuring they are comfortable in what they are wearing will guarantee everyone is radiant on the day.
Posted: 2 November 2022
Penshurst Place is a 14th-century property set within a 2,500-acre estate
Set in a 2,500-acre estate, the 14th-century Penshurst Place and its formal gardens are rich in natural splendour and breathtaking historical architecture. With sandstone walls and an impressive sweeping driveway, it has been described as the perfect combination of an inspiring castle and intimate country manor house. This grand stately home welcomes visitors through the wicket gate in the large wooden doorway that previously saw centuries of royalty pass through.
Built in 1341 and the oldest room at Penshurst Place is the spectacular Baron's Hall brimming with character and original Medieval architecture.
Posted: 1 November 2022
County Wedding Events comes to Hythe Imperial Hotel and Spa in Kent
If you're newlyweds-to-be embarking on your wedding planning journey, pop along to the County Wedding Events wedding show at Hythe Imperial Hotel and Spa in Kent for inspiration on 6th November, 2022. A must-visit for all those that got engaged over the summer; the event brings couples that are desperate for face-to-face wedding planning in touch with local professionals who are on hand to help plan the wedding day. From photographers to cake makers, musicians to florists you're sure to tick a lot off of your to-do list by attending one of our County Wedding Events.
Posted: 31 October 2022
This is your dream wedding according to your star sign
It's not always easy to decide on your wedding theme, and searches for 'wedding ideas' have seen a +23% increase in the past twelve months. To offer some inspiration, thortful.com have collated the best dream wedding ideas for each star sign! Perhaps you're a Taurus, and would love to be married in a mansion, or a Leo dreaming of a castle wedding? astrologer, Inbaal Hongiman, to reveal the dream wedding for each star sign in order to provide some inspiration for those planning their big day.
From Leos' wanting to get married in an opulent castle to Sagittarius' eloping on a beach, here are the weddings each star sign dreams of having
Posted: 28 October 2022
Goldsmiths has opened its latest luxury concept showroom at Bluewater Shopping Centre
Goldsmiths, one of the UK's leading watch and jewellery retailers, has opened its latest luxury concept showroom at Bluewater Shopping Centre in Kent. The new store boasts a fresh feel embracing a modern and relaxed way to browse its line up of timepieces and fine jewellery brands.
Here you'll find a vast collection of luxury Swiss watches and be given the chance to experience such latest releases at Tudor's iconic Black Bay collection. Also on display is the new Oris PPX with chic coloured dials.
Posted: 27 October 2022
Bridgewood Manor Hotel & Spa has everything you’ll ever need for your big day
With space for 180 wedding guests at this charming hotel, everything you'll ever need for your big day will be taken care of by its team of specialist wedding coordinators, who take pride in their outstanding knowledge of local suppliers. Whatever you need, whether it's a bespoke floral arrangement or wow-factor evening entertainment, they'll organise it for you. What's more, with easy access to the M2, M20 and M25 you can rest assured knowing guests will be able to find you easily at Bridgewood Manor. Plus, the hotel is designed around an inner courtyard, a fantastic location for drinks receptions and those all-important photographs.
Posted: 25 October 2022
How to ensure a good night's sleep before your big day
Anxious brides and grooms-to-be have been offered top tips on beating their wedding nerves and getting a good night's sleep ahead of their all important day. The fitted furniture experts at Online-Bedrooms.co.uk have provided their tips to those who are likely to be overcome by nerves, affecting their sleep. Among the nerve-busting tips are incorporating sleep inducing scents into your room, planning a pre-bed workout and avoiding spicy foods. Nic Shacklock, from Online-Bedrooms.co.uk said: "Pre-wedding nerves often lead to a lack of sleep ahead of what is regarded as the most important day of many people's lives.
Posted: 24 October 2022
Sara Davies, Fred Sirieix and Raj Somaiya revealed as BBC judges
BBC Two's Master of Ceremonies will see eight wedding planners battle it out to prove they are Britain's next best wedding expert as they design spectacular ceremonies for six couples. Dragons' Den star Sara Davies, First Dates favourite Fred Sirieix and wedding industry expert Raj Somaiya will be the judges and mentors - overseeing the planners as they create dream weddings for our couples. Throughout the competition they will send home the weakest planner until just two remain in the final where the planners will face one final challenge to decide who will be crowned the winner.
Posted: 21 October 2022
Purple Flour reveals how their cakes overcame the blistering heat
Surviving one of the hottest British summers on record has made us wonder: is it still possible for couples to have their dream cake in the blistering conditions that are set to become a regularity over the years to come? We've heard one or two disaster stories about melting, collapsing bakes! However, having chatted to Claudia Newberry at Purple Flour we're delighted to report that the answer, without compromise is, "Yes!"
Purple Flour has just delivered beautiful buttercream cakes, ganache masterpieces, and traditional iced classics, as well as naked and semi-naked creations all in the beautiful sunshine.
Posted: 20 October 2022
As the trend for table scaping grows - a trend we love here at CWM HQ - your wedding day is the perfect time to create stunning table displays for dining in style! Whichever trend your wedding table décor follows, iconic British cutlery brand, Viners®, has cutlery in an array of styles, shapes and finishes to complete your look. Steeped in British heritage, the much-loved brand's elegant and durable cutlery is made from the finest materials, with a guarantee of excellence across all products.
Posted: 19 October 2022
Still a family home, Grade I listed Nettlestead Place has hosted many lavish events over the centuries
Still a private family home, Grade I listed Nettlestead Place has hosted many lavish events and celebrations over the centuries. Now, the gorgeous manor house and its surroundings offer a quintessentially English setting for your big day. Set among 10 acres of grounds the award-winning gardens boast their own sunken pond and far-reaching views across the River Medway. Complete with stone walls, archways, secret gardens, a maze and winding pathways, Nettlestead Place offers a wealth of unforgettable photo opportunities.
Indoor ceremonies are held in the 13th-century Undercroft, characterised by its three Medieval pillars and vaulted ceiling. The ambience is perfect for the "I dos" offering a historical location fitting for the occasion.
Posted: 18 October 2022
Host a green wedding with Social Impact Caterers - Social Pantry
The positive impact wedding has emerged as a significant matrimonial trend of 2022 and Social Pantry, the female-led, London-based sustainable catering firm (a business working to become the first zero-waste catering company) is quietly revolutionising how weddings are planned and celebrated by putting sustainability at the heart of how wedding food is selected and prepared. Alex Head, CEO & Founder, Social Pantry – who herself is getting married in October – and Sarah Turner, Head Chef, Social Pantry have all the tips on how to plan a sustainable wedding menu regardless of budget. Please see below for top tips and if you're interested, we'd love to give you the opportunity to cover Alex's wedding as a case study.
At a time when climate change and monetary inflation are impacting weddings, sustainability has never been more relevant for couples wanting to be environmentally and socially responsible.
Posted: 17 October 2022
County Wedding Events comes to Castle Goring, Worthing, Sussex
If you're newlyweds-to-be embarking on your wedding planning journey, pop along to the County Wedding Events wedding show at Castle Goring, Worthing, West Sussex for inspiration on 18th September 2022! It's one of our first wedding shows of the autumn wedding show season 2022, and a must-visit for all those that got engaged over the summer! The event brings couples that are desperate for face-to-face wedding planning in touch with local professionals who are on hand to help plan the wedding day. From photographers to cake makers, musicians to florists you're sure to tick a lot off of your to-do list by attending one of our County Wedding Events.
Posted: 14 October 2022
Top UK wedding photographer discusses the beauty of intimate weddings
Since falling in love with wedding photography six years ago after photographing a friend's wedding, Rebecca Searle, has gone on to photograph around 30 weddings every year. She has accumulated over 12,200 followers on her Instagram, and her talent has also been recognised by Professional Photo Magazine, naming her as one of the Top 50 British Wedding Photographers of 2022. Every wedding is beautiful, no matter big or small, but having planned her own wedding on the Amalfi Coast 8 years ago, intimate weddings hold a particularly special place in Rebecca's heart. Whether it's a huge wedding with 200 family and friends, or a super cool intimate ceremony with a handful of people, both have their own beauty and benefits".
Posted: 14 October 2022
Here Comes The Hound are offering our readers an exclusive discount
We know how important it is to have everyone special to you present on your big day, and that includes your furry best friend. That's where Kent-based pet chaperone service, Here Comes The Hound can help. They understand that everyone you'd trust to look after your dearest fur baby will be at the wedding enjoying themselves, as they should. So, you'll need another pair of helping, trustworthy hands.
The team at Here Comes The Hound are experts in all things dog care, so whether you want your woofer to have a starring role as ring bearer or flowergirl, be the surprise guest of honour, or just be there for some magical photography moments, they've got you covered, making your day one to remember.
Posted: 13 October 2022
These are the UK areas with the happiest couples
There are always misconceptions about a north vs south divide, but apparently when it comes to love there is! A study by confused.com analysed government data to reveal the UK areas with the most marriages. When looking at where in the UK has the most weddings per person, one place stands out, which is Dumfries and Galloway in Scotland, with 2,770 weddings per 100,000 people. Dumfries and Galloway are close to Gretna Green, which is traditionally identified with couples eloping from England, which is likely to be why many couples choose to tie the knot here. Another Scottish area comes in second, with Argyll and Bute hosting 1,165 weddings per 100,000 people each year. Located on the west coast of Scotland, Argyll and Bute is a unique area to get married. Here you can be wed on the beach, in a historic church or castle, or on the famous Mull of Kintyre. The most common wedding destination outside of Scotland is Kensington and Chelsea, in London with a marriage rate of 1077 per 100,000.
Posted: 12 October 2022
The Rochester Corn Exchange is a luxurious and imposing Grade I listed building
This luxurious and imposing Grade I listed building was constructed in 1706 by the rather splendidly named Admiral Sir Cloudsley Shovel, whose coat of arms can be found above the High Street entrance. It has enjoyed a varied history as a butchers market, a courtroom, a concert hall and a cinema. For the past 100 years it has functioned as Rochester's premier venue for parties, events and weddings offering you the flexibility to enjoy the day of your dreams in a historical setting.
Located just off the beautifully preserved Victorian High Street, famous for its connections with Charles Dickens, the venue is close to the cobbled Boley Hill that links the High Street through an ancient gateway to the moat of Rochester Castle and Gardens on your right, and to the left Rochester Cathedral.
Posted: 11 October 2022
Wedding Album of the Year winner
Professional photographer Rebecca Carpenter won the inaugural Wedding Album of the Year competition with a stunning set of images in a book printed and produced by Henley Albums. The new award was set up by The Photography Show to celebrate the talent and craft of professional wedding photographers and album makers, and championing the power of print, with the finalists being displayed at this year's show at the NEC. Rachel Carpenter, who describes herself as a destination wedding and elopement photographer, shot her winning album for her clients Helena & Mark, who got married in Las Vegas.
Posted: 10 October 2022
Don't get caught out on your wedding day with the help of Oxford business
The last thing you want to worry about on your wedding day is your period. And you really don't want to have to stress about what happens if you get blood on your beautiful wedding knickers, wedding night pjs or even worse, your wedding dress! Save My Knickers is innovative new business exhibiting at County Wedding Events' Signature Wedding Show at Mercedes-Benz World on Sunday 9th October 2022 - Save My Knickers is there to keep you and your special wedding day undies safe!
Posted: 7 October 2022
Find your dream Surrey wedding venue this weekend
Whether you are looking for a small intimate wedding or an extravagant celebration Brooklands Museum caters for it all, including licensed ceremonies on Concorde. Pop along to the company's stand at County Wedding Events' Signature Wedding Show at Mercedes-Benz World on Sunday 9th October where the Brooklands Museum's friendly team can talk you through all the amazing experiences you can have for your special day. Brooklands Museum, a venue steeped in history, is offering a discount on weddings taking place in January or February 2023.
Posted: 6 October 2022
The Kent Wedding Fair at The Hop Farm is taking place on 9th October
White Sky Events is delighted to have been asked to produce The Kent Wedding Fair at The Hop Farm, with its first show being held on Sunday 9th October. The event is open from 10.30am until 2.30pm and should attract around 50 exhibitors.
Planning a wedding can be a daunting task, so The Kent Wedding Fair gives you the chance to discover what suppliers are right for you in a relaxed environment, making your wedding planning simple and stress free. These events bring together the best local wedding suppliers and specialists in the industry, dedicated to making your special day perfect.
Posted: 6 October 2022
Bradbourne House is an exclusive-use, Queen Anne, Grade I listed country house
Bradbourne House is an exclusive-use, Queen Anne, Grade I listed country house located in the heart of Kent. The House boasts 20 acres of picturesque parkland featuring ancient trees, a tranquil lake and secret garden fruit orchard. From the moment you drive through the iron gates you're surrounded by pristine striped lawns, and the grounds are home to a plethora of wildlife including hundreds of Canadian geese that return to the lake each year.
The venue offers two licensed indoor areas. What would once have been the ladies' sewing room, The Drawing Room is the perfect spot for intimate ceremonies with up to 50 guests.
Posted: 4 October 2022
A unique Island Destination - Ravens Ait
Surrey-based Ravens Ait Island is exhibiting at County Wedding Events' Signature Wedding Show at Mercedes-Benz World on Sunday 9th October. Situated in the heart of the River Thames is the charming Ravens Ait. Inside this luxurious venue is a classic and sleek décor with subtle hues that can be dressed up in a variety of ways to suit any colour scheme. The main focal point is the picturesque lawn which can be admired from across the Surbiton end of the river. We host conferences, meetings, weddings and ceremonies, birthday parties, and various other events.
Posted: 3 October 2022
Surrey florist attending Mercedes-Benz World event
Since 2019, Lizzie Hook as owned Chobham Flowers. Located on the high street in the idyllic village of Chobham, Surrey, the shop is inside a beautiful 16th-century building. The team will be on hand at County Wedding Events' Signature Wedding Show at Mercedes-Benz World on Sunday 9th October. "Weddings are a big part of what we do at Chobham Flowers," shares Lizzie, "We love every single one just as much as the other. We get so inspired when we meet each bride and groom for the first time. If you would like to meet with us regarding your wedding flowers, come to the wedding show or complete our online form and we will get back to you as soon as possible to book a consultation."
Posted: 30 September 2022
Hever Castle’s Wedding Showcase - Sunday 9 October
Hever Castle is hosting a stunning Wedding Showcase, giving guests the opportunity to experience the historic and stunning venue set up for a wedding. Pre-registered guests will arrive to the private gated entrance of the Astor Wing and will have the opportunity to view all three of the award-winning wedding venue opportunities on the Hever Castle estate. The Wedding Team will be on hand to answer any questions and discuss date availability and packages should you wish to book this stunning venue.
Posted: 29 September 2022