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Your Kent Wedding news and ideas from around the county

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

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Government announcement – what we need to happen

Government announcement – what we need to happen

With less than a week to go until Monday the 22nd February, the whole wedding industry waits on Boris Johnson's announcement to outline the roadmap out of lockdown. Here at County Wedding Magazines HQ we have completely and whole-heartedly empathised with the whole of our wedding community, from the couples who have had to postponed their weddings on multiple occasions, to the businesses that have had to adapt to new restrictions and regulations to overcome such dire prospects in the last year. The UK wedding industry normally hosts 20 million wedding guests and 252,000 weddings every year, worth more than £10billion to Britain's economy. Unbelievably despite these astronomical figures, many wedding industry professionals have had little if any support from government financial schemes over the course of the last year.... read more

Posted: 16 February 2021

Most romantic destinations in the UK

Most romantic destinations in the UK

The last year has certainly changed the way we make our plans; local weddings and UK minimoons will be a priority for this year and beyond! Luckily, the UK has some stunning coastal locations, idyllic countryside hotspots and cool cities to suit whatever your desires. Why not even mix it up with a city escape mixed with countryside charm; London and the home counties are all on your doorstep! Holiday cottage company, Lyme Bay Holidays have analysed data to find the UK's most romantic destinations and Bristol ranks in the top ten. Read on to find out if your area features in the romance chart...... read more

Posted: 15 February 2021

De Vere donates over £200,000 to NHS Charities Together

De Vere donates over £200,000 to NHS Charities Together

De Vere, a collection of historic mansion house estates and distinctive contemporary hotels - many of which are outstanding wedding venues - has donated £202,248 to NHS Charities Together to help NHS staff, volunteers and patients at the centre of the COVID-19 crisis. The money was raised when De Vere pledged a proportion of the value of each direct bedroom booking, including VAT, to NHS Charities Together* after the hotels were allowed to open in August 2020. De Vere's donation will help support NHS staff, volunteers and patients in key areas including welfare and wellbeing, assistance for patients leaving hospital, and long-term mental health support for NHS workers.... read more

Posted: 12 February 2021

Open-air “I dos”

Open-air “I dos”

Bridgewood Manor Hotel and Spa has expanded its wedding offering with the addition of a fully licensed wedding gazebo situated on the hotel grounds. The scenic surrounding space can comfortably seat 120 people looking on, and the structure has a raised platform can be styled to suit your theme. Steve Brazil, general manager of Bridgewood Manor Hotel says, "It's an uncertain time for engaged couples as a result of the restrictions imposed due to Covid-19, but we're fully flexible and will happily accommodate complimentary date and guest number changes.... read more

Posted: 11 February 2021

Hitting the right notes with new card range

Hitting the right notes with new card range

Here at County Wedding Magazines HQ, one thing we have gained from lockdown is the love of sending a card in the post - an email just doesn't quite cut it! New stationery brand 'Say it with Songs' has an exciting bold range that covers all occasions, combining the power of a song with the sentiment of a greeting card to help us connect or reconnect with the people in our lives. Read on to be inspired...... read more

Posted: 10 February 2021

For Valentine's Day and the rest of 2021

For Valentine's Day and the rest of 2021

With vaccines well and truly providing the road to recovery in the UK we can start to dream again about romantic breaks away with loved ones. Not only do venue gift vouchers make for the perfect V-day gift - especially if you're stuck for ideas - but it's also something truly thoughtful and romantic to look forward to! It's time to start putting plans and holidays in the diary once again, and where better to start then an idyllic break for two at one of these Exclusive Collection properties... read more

Posted: 9 February 2021

Victoria Grace has a new home

Victoria Grace has a new home

Victoria Grace Bridal has moved! The team have spent several lovely years in the pretty little boutique in Faversham and has now found a stunning new home in Canterbury. This gorgeous new boutique is in Burgate just along from the Cathedral entrance and boasts the same intimate friendly feel with more room! The boutique also welcomes the fantastic designer Essense of Australia joining current designers Kenneth Winston and Victoria Kay. So, it now offers a choice of seven bridal collections, plus two dedicated curvy bride ranges.... read more

Posted: 9 February 2021

Exclusive last minute Valentine's Day offers from Pinkster Gin

Exclusive last minute Valentine's Day offers from Pinkster Gin

If you have a gin loving partner, friend or family member that you want to surprise and delight this Valentine's Day, then look no further than these two fabulous offers from Pinkster Gin, the Limited Edition 'Let the love beGin' bottle and The Pinkster Gin Home Tasting Kit for Two.Pinkster Gin the pioneers of pink gin have an exclusive offer on their 'Let the love beGin' limited edition bottles. What's more, if you order a bottle of this fabulous raspberry infused gin by Sunday 14th February then you will also receive a free pack of eight Fever-Tree tonics (usually £5.00)... read more

Posted: 8 February 2021

Evidence that love at first sight exists

Evidence that love at first sight exists

Ahh February the month of love, and after 2020's year of postponed weddings here at County Wedding Magazines HQ we certainly think 2021 is going to be the year of love! But what is it that makes us fall in love? Humour, looks, hobbies, or just a gut feeling? The team at Pure Optical present the science behind the phenomenon Love at First Sight (yes it really does exist) along with 5 reasons that will prove it to even the harshest of sceptics.... read more

Posted: 8 February 2021

Team Hen releases new self care gifts

Team Hen releases new self care gifts

The latest arrivals from Team Hen have landed and, most-importantly, make for the perfect stress-relievers for the 2021 bride. If the wedding planning is proving too much - it was already up there with the stresses of changing jobs and moving home and that's without lockdowns and pandemics thrown in - nothing quite beats sliding into the tub with your favourite wedding magazine, a glass of wine and the opportunity to savour a little self care.... read more

Posted: 5 February 2021

Put some sparkle into your vegan lifestyle

Put some sparkle into your vegan lifestyle

Kent's Mereworth Wines has reveals that its award-winning English Sparkling Wine is not only a delicious tipple, but also suitable for anyone following a vegan diet. Many of us might assume that wine is made wholly from grapes and their juice, but there can be other additions used in the production of wine. Winemakers often use animal-derived products, such as gelatine or isinglass, as fining agents to clarify the wine. However, you will not find any such products used at Mereworth Wines.... read more

Posted: 4 February 2021

Wedding trend predictions for 2021

Wedding trend predictions for 2021

With many wedding ceremonies and receptions being affected or put on hold during the last twelve months as a result of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the government's vaccination plan has finally give the wedding sector a glimmer of hope for newlyweds-to-be. Here, a selection of hotels, wedding venues and minimoon destinations have given their trend predictions for the coming year and beyond; from keeping the wedding bookings and suppliers within your local county, to choosing a winter wedding and planning a UK honeymoon - there's lots to be inspired by!... read more

Posted: 3 February 2021

Keep smiling with Strawberry Photography

Keep smiling with Strawberry Photography

Taking those classic formal wedding photos and putting a relaxed, natural spin on them - that's what photographer Sarah Hunt of Kent-based Strawberry Photography does best. Her approach enables you to have an incredible day while she works away in the background capturing all those special, crazy, and emotional moments, as well as grabbing you for some must-have traditional photos for the treasured album. Now, you can get an incredible 20 per cent off all wedding packages, along with a complimentary engagement shoot when you book your big day with Sarah.... read more

Posted: 2 February 2021

Three fabulous cocktails from The Cotswolds Distillery to enjoy at home on Valentine’s Day

Three fabulous cocktails from The Cotswolds Distillery to enjoy at home on Valentine’s Day

February is nearly here which means the end to Dry January - yipee - and the arrival of Valentine's Day! The Cotswolds Distillery has created three delicious cocktails to be enjoyed on Valentine's night in the comfort of your own home. They are easy to make and will create the perfect atmosphere for an unforgettable evening for you and your partner. They can equally be enjoyed alone or over zoom with friends and are a great pre-amble to a delicious meal.... read more

Posted: 29 January 2021

Think big with Q Hotels

Think big with Q Hotels

Q Hotels is launching its Little Big Wedding concept, appealing to couples to enjoy their nuptials in early 2021 and make the celebration a wow experience with help from the hotel group. Participating hotels, which include Ashford International in Kent, will gift their happy couples with plenty of add-ons making celebrations more exciting and memorable. Sarah Harvey, head of events at the QHotels Group says, "Every wedding is big to us. Who says size matters?" She continues, "Our Little Big Wedding concept is extra special and gives everyone who books with us the chance to go a bit bigger on their plans at no extra cost."... read more

Posted: 28 January 2021

Time to give gifting some thought

Time to give gifting some thought

With Valentine's Day due to take place during the UK's third lockdown, thortful.com has launched their new flower offering to cater to their customers' gifting needs. What's more, the County Wedding Magazines' team has had a much-need chuckle over thortful.com new range of Valentine's Day cards; nothing quite says intimacy like a hazmat suit and a face mask..... enjoy !... read more

Posted: 27 January 2021

Get away with NC Travel

Get away with NC Travel

2020 has certainly not been a year any of us would wish to repeat with so many dreams being put on hold. If government guidelines and ongoing changes mean you've scaled down your "I dos" and are now looking for a different way to celebrate with your nearest and dearest until you can all get together for a bigger bash when restrictions are lifted, have you considered just getting away from it all? Why not combine your honeymoon with a post-ceremony celebration? Nikki Curran of Kent's NC Travel says, "There are so many opportunities from a rock-star styled party at the Hard Rock Tenerife; to the more exotic locations of Mexico's beaches or the Caribbean and Indian Ocean; and for something closer to home, a traditional village or vineyard in Cyprus."... read more

Posted: 26 January 2021

Gifted with love - bottoms up!

Gifted with love - bottoms up!

Perhaps an idea for after Dry January, why not send each of your bridal party members this gift in the post and then you're all set for your virtual hen do! This beautiful gift set comes with a 75cl bottle of delicious STARLINO Rosé and a large stemmed aperitivo glass which is engraved with the STARLINO branding. If you haven't got a celebration planned, then why not schedule a pre-wedding date night with your loved one for some much-needed R&R?... read more

Posted: 25 January 2021

Unique way to make your wedding day special during Covid

Unique way to make your wedding day special during Covid

The beauty of lockdown is having extra time on your hands to plan the big day and spend more time looking in to extra ways to make the event truly bespoke. Lark is an exciting new company which composes tailor-made, personalised songs – perfect for weddings. Lark's team of award-winning writers, musicians and producers, who have worked with the likes of Alicia Keys, Amy Winehouse, Sia and Sam Smith, collaborate with couples to craft a completely bespoke song from scratch. The finished product is a mastered piece of music - truly unique and meaningful to them which will be treasured forever.... read more

Posted: 22 January 2021

Holiday Inn Dover welcomes you!

Holiday Inn Dover welcomes you!

The former Leaf Hotel Dover in Whitfield, Dover, is now officially the Holiday Inn Dover. The last eight months have seen an extensive overhaul and upgrading of the hotel with all guests rooms being refurbished, public areas totally reconfigured and facilities upgraded. Among the new additions are new function room, The Octagon Suite; and The Junction Bar and Lounge serving delicious meals and cocktails. The Holiday Inn Dover is open seven days a week for lunch and dinner, as well as cocktails, coffee and afternoon teas, so why not pop along and check it out.... read more

Posted: 21 January 2021

What are your plans this Valentine's Day?

What are your plans this Valentine's Day?

Enjoy a restaurant from home experience Kent's Your Private Chefs. The caterer has now released its Valentine's day delivery box featuring five delicious courses for you and your lucky partner to enjoy at home. Chefs have prepared the meals, you just need to finish off and serve up at home. Dont miss out this valentines day! Book your Valentine's box today! - limited availability, running all weekend. FIVE COURSE -VALENTINES DAY MENU. COURSE ONE Sourdough bread - salted... read more

Posted: 19 January 2021

Brits still going ahead with life goals - especially marriage!

Brits still going ahead with life goals - especially marriage!

With everything from travel plans to wedding dates put on hold in 2020, luxury UK jewellery retailer Goldsmiths, asked 1,000 UK adults how they would be approaching big life events when the world gradually regains some sense of normality this year. Despite the unexpected events of 2020 having disrupted life as we knew it, it seems that 84 per cent of Brits are determined to carry on with 'life plans' such as tying the knot, buying a house and starting a family!... read more

Posted: 15 January 2021

Five minutes with... Melanie Revell from Your Story Events

Five minutes with... Melanie Revell from Your Story Events

This week we've had the pleasure of catching up with the lovely Melanie Revell, owner and director of Your Story Events, based in Beckenham. Specialising in wedding planning, design and coordination, Mel has the expertise and passion to bring your big-day dreams to life. Read on to find out more. Tell us about yourself. I'm Mel the owner and director of Your Story Events. Your Story specialises in wedding planning, design and coordination. I am based on the border of London and Kent and work throughout both counties as well as nationwide.... read more

Posted: 14 January 2021

Paws for thought – why having a ‘pet-nuptial’ agreement is the ultimate preparation

Paws for thought – why having a ‘pet-nuptial’ agreement is the ultimate preparation

Couples who have adopted a pet during the pandemic can save themselves the unnecessary heartache of losing shared pets by arranging a 'pet-nuptial' agreement in case – obviously here at County Wedding Magazines HQ we truly hope it's not the case – of future separation with their partner. For custody of furry friends, there is currently no official legally binding measures in place for what happens to pets after a breakup. Legally a pet is seen as an asset, and as with any assets in a divorce, ownership will be decided by the court - however having a prearranged agreement in place, commonly known as a prenuptial agreement, can assist the court to make a decision.... read more

Posted: 13 January 2021

Sweet spot!

Sweet spot!

News just in! Chelsea Buns Cake Design is opening a new cake studio and school in Maidstone town centre. With plans to be open by the end of November, the new site will be offering cake and sugarcraft classes, as well as being home to a beautiful consultation showroom for Chelsea's wedding couples who visit to discuss their big-day bakes. So, next time you're passing the Royal Star Arcade pop your head in and check it out. For further details see www.chelseabuns.co.uk... read more

Posted: 12 January 2021

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