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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Celebrate with Essex supplier at The Brentwood Centre

Leigh-On-Sea-based celebrant Amanda Wheal will be on hand at County Wedding Events' Signature Wedding Show at The Brentwood Centre on Sunday 2nd of October to discuss all of your wedding planning needs. Are you looking for a unique wedding ceremony, written just for you? Amanda says, "Come and say hello and find out how together we'll create your personalised ceremony, amazing, unforgettable and totally feelgood. Whether it's traditional, formal, modern, relaxed or a mix I guarantee it'll exceed your expectations, and totally captivate your guests. I can clarify all the legalities like giving notice to marry and I'll talk you through each of my ceremony packages You'll be amazed at what I can do with ribbons, sand and candles, and find out why I have a broomstick! So, come and say hello, you'll be pleasantly surprised at what you discover!

Posted: 20 September 2022

Show prices from Surrey-based videographer and photographer

Alex Rogers, of Weddings By AR, has a whole host of show packages, ad-ons and discounts for visitors to County Wedding Events' Signature Wedding Shows at The Brentwood Centre, Essex, and Mercedes-Benz World, Surrey, this autumn. The name behind the brand, Alex started as a freelance videographer before transitioning into wedding videography. With years of experience specialising in cinematography, he is able to put together beautiful wedding films for any couple, and any wedding. His team, Suarav, Nathan and Ellie, are all equally experienced and talented leaving couples rest assured their wedding day is in safe hands.

Posted: 20 September 2022

Leeds Castle rises majestically from the water in the glorious Kent countryside in Maidstone

Leeds Castle rises majestically from the water in the glorious Kent countryside in Maidstone. It has a riveting history from serving six of England's Medieval queens, to its elaborate transformation into an elegant 20th-century retreat by Anglo-American heiress, Lady Baillie. Here, your wedding party is welcomed by architectural and interior excellence throughout the Castle, Maiden's Tower and Battel Hall, including 16th-century period design to original 1930s masterpieces.

Ceremonies and celebrations can be held in the Castle with 100 guests for the "I dos" and wedding breakfast and 120 for the reception (or even up to 200 in the Fairfax Hall). Your banquet-style wedding breakfast will be served in the largest room, the Salon. This room was historically used by Lady Baillie, her esteemed guests of the silver screen, society's finest and leading influencers, as they partied the night away at lavish weekend soirees in the 1930s.

Posted: 20 September 2022

Melting moments with County Wedding Events Goodybags

A small business set up in Northamptonshire, Lyss & Vay Candle co has provided some gorgeously scented wax melts for our goodybags for County Wedding Events' wedding show season. At our Signature Wedding Shows, taking place at The Brentwood Centre and Mercedes-Benz World this Autumn, and Wembley Stadium and Ascot Racecourse in Spring 2023, couple attending have the chance to win their honeymoon and voucher, and get to take away a goodybag - pop along so you don't miss out.

Posted: 20 September 2022

The Photography Show & The Video Show is open today!

Multi award-winning wedding and portrait photographer Roberto Valenzuela, marine biologist and explorer Cristina Mittermeier and renowned landscape photographer Colin Prior are among the compelling line-up of global speakers at The Photography Show & The Video Show. They will be joined by Jack Harries, Christina Ebenezer, Kaylee Greer and Chase Jarvis among others, who all will share their expertise during this unmissable four-day event showcasing photography, taking place 17th to 20th September 2022 at Birmingham's NEC venue.

Posted: 17 September 2022

The Photography Show & The Video Show launches its First Ever Wedding Album of The Year competition

The Photography Show & The Video Show is launching its first ever Wedding Album of the Year competition to celebrate the best of the best from all around the country; showcasing the talent and craft of professional photographers and album makers in the UK and championing the power of print. There's nothing like a beautifully designed and presented wedding album to immortalise a couple's special day - a permanent and tangible reminder of those happy memories and moments, to be enjoyed for years to come. Wedding Album of the Year will celebrate these memories and the photographers that captured them.

Posted: 16 September 2022

Roberto Valenzuela - Super Stage speaker at The Photography Show this weekend!

At The Photography Show this weekend, Roberto Valenzuela - a photographer, author, and educator based in Beverly Hills, CA - will discuss and demonstrate what to do to transform your photography, and photography business, from average to remarkable. Roberto will share some powerful personal stories that propelled his business into the spotlight in the US and around the world and how to turn your business into a career you can rely on. As a member of the prestigious Canon Explorers of Light group, Roberto is one of the most influential photographers in the world. He's developed his unique teaching style by following the same rigorous regimen he developed as a professional concert classical guitarist and educator before becoming a photographer - he believes that it's not talent but deliberate practice that is at the core of skill and achievement!

Posted: 16 September 2022

Wedding day hire from family run business

Occasions & Celebrations is a family run business, working in and around London & Essex, producing beautiful Flowers and unusual venue design. The team will be on hand at the County Wedding Events' Signature Wedding Show at The Brentwood Centre on Sunday 2nd October to answer all of your wedding planning needs. Owner Michelle adds, "We are creative and driven by our fabulous clients to always deliver a first class service with spectacular venue transformations, from small events to grand weddings, we've got it covered. With many years in the Wedding Industry, and in flower design, we believe the secret of our success lies in personally creating designs which truly reflect our clients and their occasions. Added to that our attention to detail and our attitude to "go the extra mile" and you can really delight in our unrivalled service...

Posted: 16 September 2022

The best ways to save money as a wedding guest

Attending a wedding can be one of the most joyous times of the year but it can also be one of the most expensive too, from things such as gifts to drinks. The frugal team at have explored special ways for wedding guests to enjoy the festivities without the worry of overspending. Taking on group initiatives such as splitting the taxi costs and getting a group gift can cut wedding expenses in half. Rebecca Bobbington, online consumer expert from said: "We wanted to give those attending a wedding some useful tricks to make the big day less of a financial burden....

Posted: 16 September 2022

Fitzgerald Jewellers in Canterbury has been shortlisted for six awards

The team at Fitzgerald Jewellers in Canterbury are super-excited to have been shortlisted for no less than six prestigious awards this year: Bespoke Jewellery Retailer of the Year, Retailer of the Year (six stores or fewer), and Store Design of the Year all in the Retail Jeweller awards; Best New Store or Store Refurbishment of the Year – Professional Jeweller; Retailer of the Year – NAJ Awards; and Best Jewellery in Kent – Muddy Stilettos Awards.

Having moved to new premises at the beginning of December 2021 the business has gone from strength to strength. The new store is more than 2,000sq ft, which has really given it space to grow and be able to showcase its fantastic brands, as well as placing the focus on its own handmade jewellery that the team is so proud of.

Posted: 15 September 2022

Goodybag must-haves with Signature Wedding Shows

London-based wildflower specialist Seedball, has developed a range of customisable wedding favours that can help spread the love on a couple's special day, without the reliance on single-use plastics or other unsustainable materials. You can pick up your very own favour in one of our goodybags when attending one of County Wedding Events' Signature Wedding Shows. With increasing amounts of people becoming engaged in environmental issues, more and more sustainable options are being sought out by consumers. As an issue that people feel very passionately about, it makes sense that they would want to share this passion with their nearest and dearest.

Posted: 15 September 2022

Not just magic with Essex magician

When attending our Signature Wedding Show at The Brentwood Centre on Sunday 2nd October 2022, hosted by County Wedding Events, couples visiting will have the chance to meet Neil Devlin. Not only is Neil an entertaining magician for the big-day, but he can also host the event as the on-the-day MC and provide cabaret entertainment. Pop along and chat to Neil about all the ways he can help support couples on their wedding day with his services.

Posted: 15 September 2022

Discover innovative ideas at CWE's Signature Wedding Show

WeSnapThat is a free event photo sharing app, which is private and secure and means you won't miss out on all of the pictures friends and family are taking on your wedding day. The team behind the brand will be on hand out County Wedding Events' Signature Wedding Shows at The Brentwood Centre on 2nd October, and also Mercedes-Benz World on 9th of October. After attending several weddings, the founder of We SnapThat noticed that guests were taking loads of photos and videos and wondered if all those beautiful moments that were captured would ever be seen by the bride and groom or other guests? Hence WeSnapThat was created, to help remove the hassle of chasing and missing out of photos and videos, plus the app get attendees to be more engaged with your event and make it more joyful as they feel part of your special day.

Posted: 15 September 2022

Light up your wedding with LaserLightsAlive

Searching for a way to get the party started? In a different way to everybody else? Do you want unique? Pop along to County Wedding Events' Signature Wedding Show at The Brentwood Centre and chat to the team behind LaserLightsAlive about its services. At the wedding show on the day, Sunday 2nd October, you can also see a demonstration by LaserLightsAlive. The company is putting together a 15 min live performance on the day at 1pm. This will take place on the catwalk and will consist of a live first dance scenario set to music, low fog, cold sparks and which will be followed by an evening entertainment demo in live format. Owner Mark says, "We love nothing more than being a part of your big day, there is no doubt whatsoever that fireworks hit the mark every time, ensuring you have an incredible finish to your special day. Contact us to see what we can do for your wedding."

Posted: 15 September 2022

Date for your diary - Wedding fair at Lordswood Leisure Centre

Lordswood Leisure Centre is hosting a wedding fair on Sunday 2nd October from 10.30am until 3pm. The event is free admission and free parking. This will offer a great opportunity to experience some of the venue's suites fully decorated and wedding ready, and to see the external marquee complete with bridal garden area. Here, you can also visit a variety of local suppliers, as well has having the chance to watch a fantastic catwalk showcase taking place at midday. You can also stop for a chat with the Lordswood Leisure Centre's wedding team. You'll also be given the option to take up our 'Fit to Wed' gym membership with a view to being in great shape for your wedding day.

Posted: 14 September 2022

Your big day: six tablescaping trends to look out for in 2023

Your wedding day is such a big event, and you'll want the table to really look it's best. Here, Kate Cartwright from tableware brand Burleigh Pottery offers some tips on the trends coming up in 2023, so you can gain some inspiration for your tablescape. Your wedding is one of the most important events of your life, and so you'll naturally want everything to be as close to perfect as possible. The tablescape is no exception — your wedding table is where everyone will sit down and celebrate together at your special day, so you'll want it to look beautiful, both for the meal itself and the photos you'll keep to look back on in years to come. Here, we'll go through some new trends in wedding tablescapes for 2023, so that you can get a range of new ideas for how you might design your ideal place settings for yourself and your guests.

Posted: 14 September 2022

Holiday Inn Ashford North A20 offers a variety of wedding spaces

Holiday Inn Ashford North A20 offers a variety of event spaces, both indoor and outdoor. It's also licensed for civil ceremonies, meaning you can host your entire day here.

You have a choice of spaces in which to say "I do," including an outdoor option in the shape of a charming pergola. Here, you can exchange your vows against a beautifully verdant backdrop before enjoying a relaxed drinks reception as you take advantage of the many surrounding scenic spots.

Posted: 13 September 2022

Planning a Hen Do? Here are 6 ways to do it on a budget

With wedding traditions dying fast, modern couples are truly setting the bar for what's possible at contemporary nuptials. What will always be popular though, is the hen/stag or ('sten' if you're joining forces) do! Although, even these have altered in their format, gone are pub and nightclub crawls till the early morning, and in are wellness breaks, pottery and classes and the much-loved British Brunch! The UK's leading bottomless brunch platform, Bottomless Brunch, has compiled a list of ways you can save costs whilst planning an unforgettable hen party.

Posted: 12 September 2022

Wedding gift list ideas from designer Emma Britton

Decorative Glass Designer Emma Britton has launched a new glassware collection, Exotic Floral, which is proving very popular amongst guests looking for wedding day gifting ideas.Exotic Floral adds a touch tropical splendour to your table featuring dahlias, red hot pokers, canna lilies and digitalis firebird. This new floral design is inspired by the geometrics and structural beauty of these flowers and is etched on to various glassware items such as high balls, tumblers, wine glasses and champagne coupes - the latter is the perfect gift set of two for newlyweds.

Posted: 9 September 2022

Find your dream dress in Bromley this weekend!

Based in Bromley, Kent, Perfectly Bridal is holding a Flash Sale this weekend on the 10th and 11th of September! If you're still searching for the dress of your dreams, then you could find it this weekend at the boutique. What's more, the sale weekend is by appointment only with only one appointment at a time, meaning you get the full dress shopping experience to boot! all dresses are £600 or less, available in size UK8 - UK18 with a small collection of sizes UK20+. And, should you find the one, all dresses are available to take home same day.

Posted: 8 September 2022

Bespoke Botanicals has sown the seed for a stunning new method of wedding flower preservation

A Kent-based small business has sown the seed for a stunning new method of wedding flower preservation. Owned and managed by Yasmin Balcombe, Bespoke Botanicals offers resin wedding flower preservation across a range of styles and designs. With traditional bouquet framing now falling out of fashion, this new take has proven to be a hit with stylish couples everywhere!

Flowers can be set into resin in an assortment of different ways, from a photo frame containing the florals from your special day, to a set of botanical coasters or resin display blocks featuring everlasting blooms. Preserved wedding flowers can make a great gift to add to your wish list, while smaller designs work beautifully as favours on the day. Other designs include free-standing floral letters, ornaments of various shapes and sizes, framed dates and letters, keyrings, jewellery, ring holders and even a side table.

Posted: 8 September 2022

County Wedding Events comes to Warren House Kingston-Upon-Thames, Surrey!

If you're newlyweds-to-be embarking on your wedding planning journey, pop along to the County Wedding Events wedding show at Warren House Kingston-Upon-Thames, Surrey for some much-needed inspiration on 11th September 2022! A must-visit for all those that got engaged over the summer months; 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: 7 September 2022

St Augustine’s is a Grade II listed building in the heart of Westgate-On-Sea

St Augustine's is a Grade II listed building set in beautiful grounds in the heart of Westgate-On-Sea. Formally a Catholic boarding school, it has more than meets the eye with its stunning chapel and array of function rooms.

The Chapel is the venue's hidden gem. Primarily used for wedding ceremonies and Christenings, it can seat 218 for the vows. The Drawing Room too is licensed for the "I dos," as is The Oak Room, which can host 85 for this part of the day. The latter is a beautiful room with vaulted ceiling, and comes into its own for couples opting for the venue's Twilight Wedding package, which allows you to say "I do" in the evening and benefit from a fab discount.

Posted: 6 September 2022

Top five wedding cars from Avis car hire

There's no better way to live up to the wedding excitement than making a grand entrance. With over 508K #weddingcar posts on Instagram, there are endless options for couples to be spoilt for choice when picking their dream wedding car. From vintage classics to chic campervans, Avis has analysed and rounded up the most Instagram-worthy cars for your wedding day. These top five wedding cars have also been carefully selected by celebrities to honour their big day, so they have the power to make the couples the 'talk of the town,' on their special day.

Posted: 5 September 2022

Bespoke wine label offering

Pink Diesel, from the iconic Rosé region of Provence, France, has launched a bespoke label offering to help transform the wine selection on your big day. Personalised with a beautiful illustration these bottles will create a memory that can be cherished and shared with your family and friends. This one of a kind service is designed to help couples #FuelGoodTimes with magnum bottles of expertly crafted light rosé which serve 10 generous glasses for only £32.95 per bottle, plus a £70 design fee.

Posted: 2 September 2022

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