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Wedding News: Wedding traditions which are falling out of favour with younger generations

Wedding traditions which are falling out of favour with younger generations

Researchers surveyed Gen Z couples and found many traditional wedding and proposal traditions which are falling out of favour with younger generations. But it's good news for the father-of-the-bride, as 54 percent said expecting parents to cough up for the big day was no longer necessary. Other things which are likely to fall out of favour are asking the bride's father for permission to propose (43 percent), sleeping apart the night before the wedding (38 percent) and the bride taking their partner's name (35 percent).

Of the 2,000 18- to 27-year-olds, surveyed by Churchill, as many as 86 percent believe the traditional stereotype of men proposing to women is old hat – and women should be able to pop the question too.

A third (29 percent) think that being given away is no longer necessary, while 27 percent say that tossing the bouquet is out of style. Being carried over the threshold (26 percent), promising to obey in the vows (25 percent) and wearing a veil (19 percent) are also falling out of favour.

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Wedding News: Kent wedding DJs recognised at awards ceremony

Kent wedding DJs recognised at awards ceremony

The Wedding Chaps, a collective of DJs from across Kent, have been recognised as Highly Commended at The Wedding Industry Awards national finals event, held in London on 24th of January 2024. Commenting on the award, The Wedding Chaps member Iain Baker said, "Winning this award means so much to us, because it's based on the feedback from our amazing couples who work hand in hand with us to create their perfect day." Ben Bell from The Wedding Chaps added, "We are constantly seeking out new ideas to help our couples celebrate their wedding in a way that is all about them. Our mission is to make weddings fun, offering a range of options for couples to consider to make their wedding personalised and enjoyable for them. Seeing the smiles on our couples' faces at the end of their wedding day is how we get our kicks!"

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Wedding News: 9 in 10 newlyweds say budgeting is the biggest wedding stress

9 in 10 newlyweds say budgeting is the biggest wedding stress

New research of newlyweds has revealed that 9 in 10 newlyweds find budgeting to be the biggest wedding stress. Queensmith's research surveyed 1,000 recently married couples throughout the UK, exploring the most and least enjoyable aspects, as well as the most stressful moments, leading up to their weddings and during the day itself. Weddings take a lot of time to plan in order to make them fabulous, but they also cost a pretty hefty sum of money too. Looking at the most stressful aspects of wedding, a whopping 93% of respondents said budgeting was the most stressful part of planning a wedding.

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Wedding News: 50% off room hire at The George Vaults, Kent

50% off room hire at The George Vaults, Kent

Discover timeless elegance at The George Vaults, a captivating wedding venue where history meets romance. Nestled in the heart of Rochester, the venue boasts historic charm with a contemporary twist, creating the perfect backdrop for your special day book your wedding now and enjoy an exclusive 50 discount on room hire! Its dedicated team is committed to ensuring every detail is impeccable, from the exquisite décor to the delectable catering. With versatile spaces accommodating both intimate gatherings and memorable celebrations, The George Vaults is the epitome of sophistication.

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Wedding News: Hen party dos and don'ts according to brides

Hen party dos and don'ts according to brides

Planning a hen party can be a stressful task, and with more and more brides opting for weekends over one last night of single life, there's even more pressure to get it right. To help you create the perfect celebration, Amy Greenshields, party planning expert at cardfactory spoke to 10 recent brides and bride-to-bes, unveiling their hen party dos and don'ts. Using this insight, Amy shares her top tips for 'kissing the miss goodbye' in style.

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Wedding News: Must-see refurbishment at Pennyhill Park

Must-see refurbishment at Pennyhill Park

Surrey-based Pennyhill Park Hotel & Spa is exhibiting at County Wedding Events' Signature Wedding Show at Ascot Racecourse on Sunday 7th April and Mercedes-Benz World on 28th April; the team will be on hand to discuss your big day, as well highlight the venue's stunning new refurbishment. Newly refurbished and opened in Summer 2023, the venue's Wedding Terrace is a beautiful space offering both indoor and outdoor opportunities for couples. The whole of the terrace wing will be dedicated to you and your wedding, including the newly renovated and refurbished Parkview Suite and Water Lily Suite. Taking your pick of The Library for indoor ceremonies or the Pavilion for outdoor ceremonies, your wedding will flow seamlessly inside and out with the beautiful backdrop of the ivy-clad main house. You'll also have the rooms located in the terrace wing for your wedding party, so there isn't far to go at the end of the celebrations.

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Wedding News: Do you believe in magic? Be in awe of Liam Ball at our Signature Wedding Show

Do you believe in magic? Be in awe of Liam Ball at our Signature Wedding Show

Looking for your wedding day entertainment? There's nothing better than seeing it live and that's particularly important if you're thinking of hiring a magician. At County Wedding Events' Signature Wedding Shows at Ascot Racecourse and Mercedes-Benz World you can see magician Liam Ball perform. He says, "Weddings are one of the most magical days that two people can share, and I can't wait to be a part of yours. I'm Liam. An expert wedding host and master magician. Not only will I help to make sure that your day flows smoothly and on time, I will also ensure that your guests are entertained and have the best time celebrating your special day.

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Wedding News: Get the reception started with Nightlights DJ & Event Services

Get the reception started with Nightlights DJ & Event Services

As a DJ and event services provider, Nightlights understand that events and celebrations are not just ordinary occasions. They are moments that deserve to be remembered and cherished for a lifetime. That is why they incorporate high-quality music, lighting, and entertainment to create a memorable atmosphere for their clients. With years of experience and dedication to customer satisfaction, Nightlights DJ & Event Services is committed to taking your event to the next level. Whether it is a wedding, corporate event, birthday, or any occasion that needs a touch of excellence, trust Nightlights DJ & Event Services to provide a one-of-a-kind experience."

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Wedding News: Say 'I Do' to your dream smile: Transform your wedding smile within three hours!

Say 'I Do' to your dream smile: Transform your wedding smile within three hours!

Specialising in dental aesthetics, Smiles and Smiles will be exhibiting at County Wedding Events' Signature Wedding Show at Ascot Racecourse on Sunday 7th April, and Mercedes-Benz World on Sunday 28th April, where the team will be on hand to answer all of your questions. Are you envisioning your perfect wedding day, ready to dazzle everyone with the most radiant, picture-perfect smile? At Smiles and Smiles, with its state-of-the-art AI and 3D design technology, expert dentistry, and exceptional customer service, they will collaborate with you to craft your uniquely perfect smile. "We ensure that the results will leave you with newfound joy and a confidence boost for your special day," shares the team. "We're also thrilled to offer you a chance to win a smile transformation worth up to £3,000 when you visit us at our stand!* Don't miss out on this opportunity to turn your dream smile into reality!"

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Wedding News: Considering a magic mirror? Pop along to our Signature Wedding Shows

Considering a magic mirror? Pop along to our Signature Wedding Shows

Windsor's The Best Magic Mirrors will be exhibiting at two of County Wedding Events' Signature Wedding Show. If you are considering a magic mirror for your wedding day, then popping along to the wedding fair gives you the perfect opportunity to see see one for yourself and speak with owner Lauren, who's on hand to answer all of your questions. She says, "When it comes to evening entertainment at your wedding, you want something that's going to capture the memories of your special day that you can re live over and over again. That's why our Magic Mirror is the perfect choice. We take photobooth fun to a whole new level, providing a unique experience with our state of the art Magic Mirror using colourful animations and touch screen technology to give you a magical, interactive 'selfie' experience.

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Wedding News: Expert advice on how to plan a wedding in 2024

Expert advice on how to plan a wedding in 2024

Georgie Mitchell, Wedding Planner and Wedding Expert for online fashion destination Silkfred, shares her expert insight on how to plan a wedding in 2024. "Figure out your goals! Every wedding starts very differently and couples want different things. Sit together and decide what is the most important part of your wedding day - are you looking for a big party? Therefore drink and music may be key. Alternatively, if the look of everything is the most important thing, then this is where your money will be spent. Ensure you then allocate the budget and start with these suppliers."

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Wedding News: A spiritual wedding journey with Connected Collective

A spiritual wedding journey with Connected Collective

Bring the esoteric to your love journey by incorporating tarot in to your wedding day with exhibitor, Claire Laveaux of Connected Collective; showcasing her Psychic, Spiritual and Tarot work at Ascot Racecourse and Mercedes-Benz World Signature Wedding Shows, hosted by County Wedding Events. Intertwine Tarot with your Love story. Gain clarity and calmness during planning your big day. Connect deeply with each other through learning how to read Tarot for each other. A Couple's Journey is tailored to celebrate this magical moment, offering profoundly meaningful connections to the energies that surround you and your partner. Let Tarot reveal the beauty and wisdom that await in your union.

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Wedding News: Considering dental work for your wedding? Come and chat to ProSmile

Considering dental work for your wedding? Come and chat to ProSmile

Pro Smile® is the UK's first company to offer professional-strength teeth whitening which you can do entirely at home. What to find out more? Chat to the team at County Wedding Events' Signature Wedding Show at Ascot Racecourse on Sunday 7th April and Mercedes-Benz World on 28th April. Prescribed online by dentists, Pro Smile® is safe, effective and 50% less than your dental practice. "Not only do we offer teeth whitening, we also offer clear Aligners: AI technology, cutting-edge production and the expertise of our GDC-registered dentists combine to give you a treatment plan that is truly tailored to you," shares the team.

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Wedding News: Mount Ephraim Country House and Gardens - your perfect wedding venue

Mount Ephraim Country House and Gardens - your perfect wedding venue

Mount Ephraim Country House and Gardens, nestled just outside of Faversham, is delighted to announce itself as the quintessential choice for couples seeking a unique, classically romantic venue for their wedding day. A privately owned family home, Mount Ephraim offers an idyllic setting with breathtaking views, elegant architecture, and a commitment to making your big day truly unforgettable. Top ten reasons to choose Mount Ephraim for your wedding:

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Wedding News: New spa renovation a must-see

New spa renovation a must-see

Ashford-based The Granary Spa has renovated its spa lounge! It boasts a new, stylish, luxurious aesthetic yet remains cosy and welcoming for visitors. The spa currently offers pamper day packages with exclusive use for guests if they wish which is ideal for those looking for a hen party with a chilled vibe. The company is currently working on some new packages designed specifically for hen parties and other special occasions too – so watch this space! Spa owner Laura McCarthy, adds, "I've worked at the spa for nearly seven years and I recently took ownership of The Granary Spa last summer. It's a haven where guests can relax, unwind and pause everyday stresses. We specialise in holistic treatments and offer specialised treatments including cancer touch therapy, reflexology and HOPI ear candles."

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Wedding News: Finding the one with Brides Visited and County Wedding Events

Finding the one with Brides Visited and County Wedding Events

Renowned bridal retailer, Surrey-based Brides Visited, is exhibiting at County Wedding Events' Signature Wedding Show at Ascot Racecourse on Sunday 7th April and also Mercedes-Benz World on Sunday 28th April! Owner, Lorraine, says, "We're looking forward to meeting all you lovely brides-to-be at both Signature Wedding Shows. We can't wait for you to visit our studios so we can show you some of the newest and most exquisite gowns and help you find the one that you say "Yes to the Dress"!

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Wedding News: Showstopping cars from Ultimate Classic Car Hire

Showstopping cars from Ultimate Classic Car Hire

Tony Allen began turning his teenage passion for collecting classic motor vehicles to good use by lending his cars for friends' weddings. Then, way back in 1990, as the collection grew, he established his classic car hire business: Ultimate Classic Car Hire. The company, and some of its fleet will be at the County Wedding Events' Signature Wedding Show at Mercedes-Benz World on Sunday 28th April, 2023. Since then, the collection has grown exponentially into one of the most impressive in the South East of England. Ultimate Classic Car Hire, based in Send, Surrey, now offers a remarkable selection of over 35 classic, vintage and luxury cars.

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Wedding News: Luxury gifts for all occasions with WOLF

Luxury gifts for all occasions with WOLF

The ultimate gift awaits with WOLF, a family-owned British brand, luxury jewellery boxes, travel jewellery cases, bags, watch winders and cases and a plethora of other accessories. Whether it's a pre-wedding treat for yourself, a thank you gift for your bridal party, or something you want added to your big-day giftlist, WOLF's beautifully designed jewellery boxes and cases are exquisite in design and intricate in detail and make the perfect travel accompaniment for your hen do or honeymooon. The Caroline Large Jewellery Box could be a wonderful maid of honour gift for the wedding season or a timeless classic gift for a mother, while the travel jewellery case Caroline Jewellery Portfolio, available in ivory, black or red, is perfect for securing precious items on your honeymoon.

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Wedding News: The lowdown from formalwear expert Stephen Bishop Suiting

The lowdown from formalwear expert Stephen Bishop Suiting

Regular show favourite Stephen Bishop from Woking-based formal menswear store Stephen Bishop Suiting shares his top advice for choosing your big-day attire. What's more, Stephen will be on hand, at County Wedding Events' Signature Wedding Show at Ascot Racecourse, on 7th April and also Mercedes-Benz World on 28th April - here he can answer all of your wedding day questions and will have a huge selection of his suits and coordinating accessories on display. Established in 2013, Stephen Bishop Suiting opened specifically to offer men a higher-end, one-stop-shop for formal wear, specifically with weddings in mind. I'm a multi-award-winning formal wear specialist with more than 30 years of experience.

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Wedding News: Close-up magic with Tommy Knight at two of County Wedding Events' Signature shows

Close-up magic with Tommy Knight at two of County Wedding Events' Signature shows

Want to hear the 'oohs' and 'aahs' from excited guests on your wedding day? Why not hire a magician? Pop along to the County Wedding Events' Signature Wedding Show at Ascot Racecourse on Sunday the 7th April, and Mercedes-Benz World on 28th April, and meet magician Tommy Knight. "I'm a professional close-up and stage magician, recently becoming Surrey's 'Stage Magician of the year', and I'm really excited to meet you all at the show! I'm offering a 15% discount to anyone who books me after visiting my stand - so come and say hi!"

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