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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Spooky hen and stag do ideas this October from Fizzbox

As this year's Halloween draws closer, here at County Wedding Magazines HQ we thought it would be fun to share some spooky hen and stag do ideas from Fizzbox.com! Now that lockdowns are over, the hen and stag do parties are back from the dead just in time for the spooky goings on this Halloween. So get your thinking caps on - witches hats! - and get planning a night of a lifetime as there's 18months of no socialising to make up for!

Posted: 7 October 2021

A foodie kind of fizz from Kent's Mereworth Wines

Despite its first wine being released just in April of last year, there have already been many bottles of 'Mereworth' popped and enjoyed over lockdown and in celebrations since. But Kent winemaker, Mereworth Wines, is keen to explain why its English Sparkling Wine is much more than just a celebratory drink. Sparkling wine is often opened as a drink of celebration, but you may not know 'Mereworth's English fizz is also incredibly food-friendly, pairing with a wide range of dishes, so you can make it a regular at your lunch or dinner table. The bubbles wake up your taste buds, and the vibrant acidity cuts beautifully through a range of salty, fatty or sweet foods to effortlessly partner whatever you bring to the table.

Posted: 5 October 2021

How to choose the perfect gifts for your wedding party

Gifts for the wedding party can often be left to the last minute, however, they can show your guests just how much they mean to the two of you. But where do you start, especially when looking for something truly heartfelt? The gifting experts at www.hampers.com have rounded up some gift inspiration for the different members of your wedding party, which here at County Wedding Magazine HQ we think will go down an absolute treat with your loved ones...

Posted: 5 October 2021

County Wedding Events coming to Houchins, in Coggeshall!

If you're newlyweds-to-be embarking on your wedding planning journey, pop along to the County Wedding Events wedding show at to Houchins, in Coggeshall, Essex, for inspiration! After 2020 was a year of lockdowns, post-poned weddings, rescheduled events and cancelled plans, it's great to have a date we can finally add to our diaries. It is also one of our first wedding shows of the autumn wedding show season for all those couples that are desperate for face-to-face wedding planning...

Posted: 1 October 2021

Meet the supplier: Giorgia Packham Photography is at Brentwood Centre Signature Wedding Show

Come along to The Brentwood Centre Signature Wedding Show on Sunday 24th October to meet a whole host of wedding suppliers on hand to help you plan the day of your dreams. Local photographer Giorgia Packham of Giorgia Packham Photography will be at the event, ready to meet all those soon-to-be-weds looking for their wedding photographer.

Posted: 1 October 2021

The Countdown Begins: Your Wedding Planning Checklist

The process of planning out your dream wedding day is an exciting and exhilarating time that many eagerly look forward to doing their whole life. With this said, it can also be quite a stressful time too, with so many different attributes to your wedding needing to be organised and thought of. Before even contemplating how much your big day will cost and who you're going to invite, the questions of where and how to even start planning your wedding is something on everyone's mind at first. Thanks to technology impacting the majority of aspects in our day-to-day lives, there are an abundance of wedding planner apps you can use. Making your wedding planner checklist only a finger tap away at all times. With restrictions on wedding guest numbers recently lifted alongside an end to all social distancing rules, we're beginning to return to normal. Here, we present a step-by-step guide to your wedding planning checklist and outline when exactly the right time to plan for the next step is.

Posted: 1 October 2021

Hayne House, Kent, enables couples to tie the knot in eco-friendly style

However wonderful weddings are by nature they can unfortunately have a big environmental impact. According to the Sustainable Wedding Alliance, the average carbon footprint of a UK wedding exceeds the average yearly footprint for a household. With all eyes on the UK in the lead up to COP26 and a new wedding season upon us, autumn is a chance to use nature as an inspiration and celebrate love sustainably. Around 278,000 couples tie the knot every year in the UK. And, in 2021 more than 550,000 weddings are expected to take place following delays caused by the pandemic. From food waste to energy used to power the celebrations, upcoming weddings could have a negative impact on the environment.

Posted: 30 September 2021

Find your big-day catering at the Brentwood Centre's Signature Wedding Show

Foodie couples should definitely pop along to the Brentwood Centre's Signature Wedding Show with County Wedding Events on October 24th, 2021 - here you can delight in the tantalising cuisine options available while on the look out for your wedding caterers. In particular, check out the Crackin Curry Co who will be exhibiting on the day and can help with any of your wedding catering questions.

Posted: 30 September 2021

Find your wedding photographer at the Brentwood Centre's Signature Wedding Show

When attending our Signature Wedding Show at the Brentwood Centre on Sunday 24th October 2021, couples have the chance to liaise local professional about all aspects of their day. Photographer Steve Mulvey, is on hand to talk about your wedding photography and has some great advice for planning for that photographic opportunity - golden hour!

Posted: 30 September 2021

Visit The Brentwood Centre's Signature Wedding Show for floral inspiration

When attending the Signature Wedding Show at The Brentwood Centre on 24th October 2021, couples will be truly inspired for planning the wedding, and will gain on-the-day and post-wow ideas! Have you ever considered preserving your wedding bouquet? Check out exhibitor Petals & Lace, who specialise in wedding bouquet preservation and will be there on the day to answer all of your questions.

Posted: 30 September 2021

Top suit trends for the groom by tailoring specialists Pritchards

With more than 185 years of tailoring experience, Pritchards Menswear has worked through the decades supporting groomsmen in looking and feeling their best on their wedding day. With each passing year - and each passing wedding season - the team have had the pleasure and excitement of navigating both the nuanced and bold changes in fashion, as well as the shifts in wedding tradition that have made space for further expressionism and creativity in the age-old art of tailoring.Edward Pritchard, owner of Pritchards Menswear says, "While shifts in fashion and societal trends naturally occur over time, the last two years have dramatically challenged many of the traditional aspects of weddings, be it the size, the location, or the level of formality involved. With many cancelling, rescheduling, or downsizing their wedding celebrations, society has seemingly embraced the smaller, the hyper-personal, and the bespoke in a new and exciting way.

Posted: 30 September 2021

Go bigger with London start up company

London-based start-up BOBBIE'S Brownies has launched with a range of gigantic, indulgent brownies, freshly made to order for delivery nationwide. The company is also adding to its gourmet delights – just in time for the return of wedding season – creating huge, stacked brownie 'wedding cakes' and dropping off brownie-block wedding favours – what better pre- or post-wedding gift? Using the best suppliers to sourcing the finest sustainable and ethical ingredients, BOBBIE's freshly manufacture its brownies in the UK. Expect a weighty, triple chocolate brownie,drizzled with melted white and dark chocolate with a deep, rich flavour, pleasing crunchy exterior and a soft, gooey middle.

Posted: 30 September 2021

County Wedding Events comes to Greentrees Estate, Haywards Heath, West Sussex!

If you're newlyweds-to-be embarking on your wedding planning journey, pop along to the County Wedding Events wedding show at Greentrees Estate, Haywards Heath, West Sussex for inspiration! After 2020 was a year of lockdowns, post-poned weddings, rescheduled events and cancelled plans, it's great to have a date we can finally add to our diaries. It is also one of our first wedding shows of the autumn wedding show season for all those couples that are desperate for face-to-face wedding planning...

Posted: 28 September 2021

Hever Castle hosts wedding showcase

Hever Castle in Kent is once again hosting a stunning wedding showcase on Sunday 10 October 2021 12 to 4pm, giving guests the rare opportunity to experience the historic and stunning venue set up for a wedding. Brides and grooms will arrive at the beautiful arched columns of the Loggia in the stunning Italian Garden for cocktails and fizz in the early evening sun. From there you will be met by a member of our wedding team and escorted to the venue that best suits your requirements for a personalised viewing. Those who are still undecided will be given the opportunity to view all the venues on offer.

Posted: 23 September 2021

Frasers to hold its first wedding and events showcase

Following a bumper year for couples wanting to tie the knot having endured a long wait due to Covid, stylish country eco venue Frasers of Egerton in Kent is hosting its first ever Wedding and Events Open Showcase on 26th and 27th September 2021 to accommodate rising demand. Set on a 300-acre farm estate deep in the Kent countryside, Frasers is surrounded by nature and an expanse of wildflower planted fields, woods, and grasslands. Perfect for weddings, events and parties, Frasers has a traditional oak-framed function space, two outside terraces, a container bar serving cocktails on tap, plus a large party marquee -- all of which can be used for events.

Posted: 21 September 2021

Gifting etiquette for wedding guests this season

Attending the wedding of a friend or family member is one of life's privileges, so choosing an appropriate gift to honour their big day is an important task. Of course, being a wedding guest comes with its own list of wed-min, from booking accommodation to selecting outfits and more - particularly if you find yourself in the 'inner circle' or bridal party! So, that all-important gift is often left until the last minute. This is why the gifting experts at hampers.com have put together their ultimate guide to finding the perfect wedding present for the happy couple. Spoiler alert: It's not essential to stick to the gift list!

Posted: 17 September 2021

Your chance to win a honeymoon of a lifetime to the Maldives

Courtesy of the luxury Maldivian resort brand, Coco Collection, is hosting a competition for all those couples that tied the knot in 2020 but were unable to celebrate with a honeymoon due to the pandemic and travel restrictions. The honeymoon competition, launching on 14th September at 12 noon Maldives Time, ending two weeks later on 27th September (also noon MVT) is open to anyone who married in 2020 (proof required) and missed out on a honeymoon; the prize includes: seven nights in a Coco Residence on Full Board including return airport transfers,a refreshing welcome cocktail on arrival, a bottle of Champagne & a tropical fruit platter on arrival, special bed decoration, choice of a complimentary, in-Villa Champagne breakfast or a romantic three-course candlelit dinner, 15% discount on all treatments at the Coco Spa and a special gift.

Posted: 15 September 2021

Boots Photo ultimate wedding day gifts

After the last 18 months, when the big day finally arrives you're going to want savour every moment and capture it on camera. After all the hardwork of wedding planning, and spending wisely on your wedding photographer, what more can be done with those memorable wedding pictures? Boots has a new wedding range of photo gifts perfect for newlyweds. From the hen do, to the pre-wedding photo shoot, to the big day and even the honeymoon there will be hundreds of pictures to utilise and make the most of these products...

Posted: 15 September 2021

Bloomin' marvellous!

We asked Diana Critchell from Flowers of Foxhall (www.flowersoffoxhall.co.uk) about the benefits of faux versus fresh flowers. Read on for her words of wisdom. Considering the beauty and opulence flowers add to your wedding day, they're a huge element of the planning process. So, along with colour and design, it's not surprising you've found yourself asking about the benefits of fresh versus faux. There's no denying that fresh blooms are beautiful. Their myriad forms, colours and scent cannot be truly replicated by their artificial counterparts. However, there are a few points to consider before you make the final decision.

Posted: 14 September 2021

Ready, set, wed!

We asked Kent-based wedding photographer Lee Gordon (www.blushingbridephotography.com) whether bridal prep shots are a must-have. Read on to find out what she had to say. I think bridal preparation is a huge part of the day and definitely a must when it comes to documenting your day. I usually start the wedding morning by capturing all of the lovely details such as the dresses, shoes, flowers and jewellery – all the bits and pieces my brides might have lost sleep over!

Posted: 9 September 2021

Calling all newlyweds and nearlyweds - County Wedding Magazines need you!

As our wonderful world of weddings adapts to the new normal, eagerly looking to the roadmap ahead, County Wedding Magazines is here to share our readers' beautiful wedding days whatever the size of their guest list. From pre-Covid nuptials to post-lockdown micro-weddings, we want to feature them all, and we need your help! If you would like to see your wedding day featured across four entire pages of one of our magazines then please do get in touch following the link below.

Posted: 3 September 2021

Diamonds are everyone's best friends!

The daunting task of finding the right wedding ring is made simple by The Diamond Setter. A contemporary jewellery label based in Royal Tunbridge Wells, the team can alleviate the pressure of your search. They specialise in diamond and gemstone setting and pride themselves on unparalleled craftsmanship. Lorraine Marsh from The Diamond Setter says, "We believe in giving our customers a choice and because we are hands on, each and every piece is tailored to their desire." Slithering diamonds and Pave Diamond on a Platinum Band and here is a video on how it's done.

Posted: 26 August 2021

Ramsgate prepares to celebrate 200 years of Royal Harbour status

After enjoying his time in the town so much following an international trip to Hanover, Germany via Ramsgate, King George IV, on his return, gifted the harbour Royal ascent. 2021 marks 200 years since King George IV officially declared Ramsgate harbour as 'Royal' in 1821. It is still the only royal harbour in the country to this day. In recognition of this special 200th anniversary, a grand festival will occur over three days around the beachfront and harbour area. The main event includes the Royal Navy bringing two of their fleet to the harbour, and the world-famous Tall Ship 'The Royalist' will also be anchored within the harbour during that weekend.

Posted: 24 August 2021

Your round!

Mobile bar business The Thirsty Farrier has launched a new set of packages for weddings. Formed by brothers Jon and Dan in 2019, the Kent-based bar company offers flexible packages for events throughout Kent and beyond. The company has a variety of bar setups available, from the hand-crafted mint green horsebox, rustic pop-uk bar and prosecco piano, to their new home festival package, ideal for al fresco gatherings. Throughout lockdown, the boys have adapted their offering by launching online cocktail masterclasses, but are now pleased to say they've re-opened bookings for weddings.

Posted: 19 August 2021

Kent shoot: Ain't no party like a woodland party

If you loved our Woodland Wonder shoot in the Jul/Aug issue of Your Kent Wedding magazine, here's some more! While on location, the team also shot another angle and created a festival hen party vibe with a twist! The Milkshake Kisses workshop brought Coachella to Kent with glamping tents, girls in festival outfits, smoke bombs and plenty of glitter. This side of the shoot will definitely bring all of those summer feels and give us all hope of some sunshine in the weeks before autumn creeps around the corner!

Posted: 17 August 2021

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