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Wedding News: Plan your al fresco nuptials with Nicola Rose Weddings and Events

Plan your al fresco nuptials with Nicola Rose Weddings and Events

This issue, we asked the county's experts for their advice on planning an al fresco wedding. Here, Nicky Clements from Nicola Rose Weddings and Events (www.nicolaroseweddingsandevents.co.uk) shares some words of wisdom. An outdoor wedding can be an incredibly beautiful and memorable experience for both you and your guests. However, ensuring everything runs smoothly requires careful consideration and attention to detail. First and foremost, have a back-up plan as al fresco weddings are susceptible to unpredictable weather conditions. Hire a stretch tent with pretty sofas, chairs and low tables placed on large rugs. This will give you both shade on a sunny day, and cover from drizzly rain.

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Wedding News: How Brits are spending and saving on weddings in 2023

How Brits are spending and saving on weddings in 2023

New data from Barclays reveals how macro trends such as the cost-of-living crisis, inflation, and social media pressures are impacting weddings in 2023. The report combines proprietary spending data with a survey of 1,000 newlyweds and people engaged to be married to determine this year's top wedding trends and cost-saving behaviours. Two fifths (38 per cent) of newlyweds, and brides- and grooms-to-be are going over budget on their special day, with most of these couples citing the rising cost-of-living (51 per cent) and suppliers being more expensive than they anticipated (44 per cent) as the reasons for this increased spend.

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Wedding News: Tie the knot at Bilsington Priory

Tie the knot at Bilsington Priory

This grand monastic building retains its Medieval structure, built from local Kentish ragstone. Set in seven acres of mature, landscaped gardens surrounded by a moat and the abbot's former fishponds, the Priory offers a photographer's paradise. What's more, its secluded, rural position lends it a truly exclusive setting, off the beaten track, yet only 15 minutes from Ashford, South Kent's major travel hub. The Priory's Medieval stone structure and cavernous oak-beamed Grand Ceremony Room is the most romantic setting. Steeped in history, it was built in 1253 for the Canons Regular of St Augustine's, I a French style of the period. Able to seat 100 ceremony guests, there's also plenty of space for a musical quartet.

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Wedding News: Truffle Tablescapes Launches Luxury Tableware Rental Range

Truffle Tablescapes Launches Luxury Tableware Rental Range

Truffle Tablescapes, a leading UK-based online tablescaping boutique, has launched its first range of rental tableware and accessories that is aimed at those wanting to decorate their lunch and supper parties, events or small weddings. Truffle has been helping at-home entertainers elevate their dinner party looks since it launched during the first lockdown in 2020. Founded by tablescaping expert and interiors lover Kate Fairlie, the brand has expanded again by launching an extensive, yet carefully curated, rental collection of luxury table linens and accessories.

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Wedding News: How to keep your cool when it comes to al fresco big-day bakes

How to keep your cool when it comes to al fresco big-day bakes

This issue, we asked the county's experts for their advice on planning an outdoor wedding. Here, Chelsea Prior from Chelsea Buns Cake Design (www.chelseabuns.co.uk) tells us how to keep your cool when displaying your big-day bake outside. Think about your cake carefully. Many people who go for an outdoor wedding choose to go for a more rustic, relaxed style cake (naked, semi-naked or buttercream finishes), which looks lovely and fits perfectly with the vibe of their day. However, during the summer months you have to consider the weather when choosing your cake. I always advise my couples of the risks that come with these cakes during the season as unfortunately buttercream and heat are not friends! If you take some simple steps though, the dangers hot weather will put your big-day bake in can be reduced.

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Wedding News: Sentimental gift ideas from Heads & Tails Jewellery

Sentimental gift ideas from Heads & Tails Jewellery

Heads & Tails Jewellery has been making personalised, beautifully designed jewellery for more than 10 years. The brand's innovative products can be treasured by your loved ones for years to come, making them ideal for wedding day gifting. Every handcrafted gift uses high-quality materials and is presented in a luxury gift bag or luxury gift box and comes with a 12 month warranty. Emma Pearson, owner of Heads & Tails Jewellery, shares her top advice for wedding day gifting.

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Wedding News: Weatherproofing your UK Wedding

Weatherproofing your UK Wedding

Outdoor weddings can create truly magical experiences, from fairytale forests to Bridgerton-style countryside escapes, being surrounded by the natural world, the sound of birdsong and a gentle breeze is a perfect day for some. We wish that were always the case, but no matter how meticulously you plan your wedding, the one thing that will always be beyond your control is the notoriously unpredictable Great British weather. Fulton Umbrellas have come up with a handy guide on how you can weatherproof your wedding.

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Wedding News: Attending a wedding this summer - save on travel costs

Attending a wedding this summer - save on travel costs

Now that wedding season is upon us, a recent survey by Railcard has revealed that wedding guests spend on average a whopping £402.90 on each wedding they attend. With 31% of Brits having attended between one and three weddings in the past two years, these sometimes-overlooked expenses can quickly rack up. In fact, 59% of those surveyed admit that they would decline a wedding invitation if the costs of attending were too high, showing that cost-savings to any wedding expense can really make the difference for those who RSVP 'Yes' or a regretful 'No'.

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Wedding News: Tie the knot at The Weald of Kent

Tie the knot at The Weald of Kent

The Weald of Kent is a beautifully maintained 18-hole parkland golf course and hotel. Set in rolling Kent countryside with far reaching views, it's just a short drive from Maidstone and Ashford, and convenient for the surrounding villages of Sutton Valance, Headcorn, Staplehurst and Tenterden. Recently decorated in a fabulous neutral tone with the addition of luxurious carpets, together with freshly painted walls throughout, the licensed wedding rooms can hold not only your ceremony, but your wedding breakfast and evening reception too. Whatever your chosen wedding palette, the new look will complement your day. With a highly-manicured golf course and beautiful lakes, the grounds also offer a picture-perfect backdrop, allowing to relax, enjoy and capture those memorable moments.

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Wedding News: Wedding speech pressure: top tips to nail it!

Wedding speech pressure: top tips to nail it!

Whether the best man, the bride or a family member, giving a speech at a wedding naturally comes with pressure to perform. In fact Dr Chris Hartley, a sport and performance psychologist working with Insure4Sport, has likened it to the pressure faced by professional sportspeople in a major event like a penalty kick or break point. Here, he shares top tips on how to cope with the weight of expectation, fear of failure when giving a wedding speech, using sport psychology techniques he employs when working with top athletes.

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Wedding News: Should more women taking the wedding speech spotlight

Should more women taking the wedding speech spotlight

More women should be taking the spotlight at big events, according to new research from learning and development company Good Shout. However, according to a new poll, conducted in partnership with YouGov, the very prospect fills two thirds of women (67%) with dread. Of those women in the UK who would refuse to give speeches at a wedding, 50% said that it was the "cringe factor" that held them back, i.e. being too self-conscious or feeling too awkward or uncomfortable in the situation.

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Wedding News: Kentish wedding suppliers triumph at the Muddy Stilettos Awards

Kentish wedding suppliers triumph at the Muddy Stilettos Awards

Celebrating their 10th year, the Muddy Stilettos Awards have been announced for 2023. Designed to support and promote local businesses and high streets, they're prized for recognising those with originality, creativity and quality. This year, 77,000 were nominated and an astonishing 800,000 votes were received. On hearing of the announcement, we here at Your Kent Wedding eagerly scanned the list of Kentish winners to see if any of our local wedding industry pals were fortunate enough to take home a gong and we're pleased to report there was a whole host!

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Wedding News: Tips for tying the knot while it’s hot

Tips for tying the knot while it’s hot

With Summer wedding season in full-swing and the English weather as unpredictable as ever, happy couples across the country may get more than what they bargained for when it comes to wishing for a sunny day. As temperatures across the UK already reaching highs of 30C and the Met Office predicting even hotter temperatures expected ahead, Samantha Gilchrist, former wedding photographer turned cofounder and CEO of The Gilchrist Collection, the UK's largest wedding venue collection, gives her expert advice gathered from over 15 years in the industry.

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Wedding News: Hen parties in UK more popular now

Hen parties in UK more popular now

Hen parties on UK soil are the number one choice for Brits, according to new research from Butlin's Big Weekenders. According to a study commissioned to mark the reopening of Butlin's Big Weekenders breaks in September, over half of Brits (53%) say a hen do in the UK is more appealing than one abroad and almost the same (54%) say a hen do is better on one resort where all the facilities are in one place. On a Butlin's Big Weekender guests can enjoy accommodation, food, drink entertainment, and activities all in one place. The adult-only weekends are available at all three resorts - Bognor Regis, Minehead and Skegness. What's more, organisation is key for British hens, as data reveals the most common time to plan a hen do is 3-4 months in advance, in stark comparison to men, who are most likely to plan a stag do just 2-3 days in advance!

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Wedding News: The Old Kent Barn's dressing room has had a makeover!

The Old Kent Barn's dressing room has had a makeover!

The Old Kent Barn's dressing room has had a makeover! Designed thoughtfully to maximise the space, light and photo opportunities, the look centres around the pink sofa, a feature synonymous with the barn's main dressing room. A new glam station, soft furnishings, accessories, luxury hard floor and kitchenette are just a few of the exciting updates elevating wedding morning experiences, alongside a stylish backdrop for preparation pictures. A cosy seating area for relaxing and enjoying the fun throughout the morning, clever storage solutions keep belongings organised and easily accessible, and a dedicated sound system with speakers, controlled by an iPad, with access to Spotify for playing wedding morning soundtracks.

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Wedding News: Most Instagrammable beach wedding venues in the UK

Most Instagrammable beach wedding venues in the UK

Wedding invitation company, Aura Print, analysed 70 of the most sought-after beach wedding destinations and discovered the UK's most Instagrammable coastal wedding venues. The stunning spot of Tunnels Beaches in Ilfracombe, Devon boasts over 13k hashtags on Instagram, making this the study's number one pick. Located on the beautiful North Devon coast, Tunnels Beaches is situated on a cliff top with hand carved tunnels down to a secluded private beach. The venue provides a thatched roof gazebo which overlooks the breathtaking Devon coastline for a picture-perfect backdrop

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Wedding News: Kent-based Nikita Jewllery offers the ideal gifts for your best gals

Kent-based Nikita Jewllery offers the ideal gifts for your best gals

With a mission to empower women through jewellery, Nikita is a female-owned jewellery brand based in Kent. Whether it's a gift for a bridesmaid or a treat for yourself as you walk down the aisle this summer, we love the brand's new Zodiac Disc Necklaces (£50). The water and sweat resistant pendant hangs from a chain with a four-inch adjustable area, meaning you can wear it as a long necklace or a choker depending on the neckline of your dress. With the star sign and symbol printed in cursive on opposing sides, this necklace looks gorgeous however you choose to wear it. What's more, it comes wrapped in an all black, recyclable gift box containing an empowering message and complimentary cloth, so if you are gifting this gorgeous necklace to members of your bride tribe, there's no need to wrap! Find out more at www.nikitabyniki.com

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Wedding News: Brits feel judged on wedding gifts

Brits feel judged on wedding gifts

Almost one in five (20%) Brits feel judged by friends and family when they cannot afford wedding gifts and 14% say they feel judged when they can't afford to attend a wedding, stag or hen party. 81% are depending on a form of finance other than their main income to provide for their family New research has revealed that almost one in five Brits (20%) feel judged by friends and family when they cannot afford wedding gifts. A further 14% say they feel judged when they can't afford to attend a wedding, stag or hen party.

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Wedding News: Sara Davies, Fred Sirieix and Raj Somaiya revealed as BBC judges

Sara Davies, Fred Sirieix and Raj Somaiya revealed as BBC judges

Launching in August, BBC Two's Ultimate Wedding Planner 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.

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Wedding News: Ashford-based winery, Gusbourne, debuts its first sweet wine

Ashford-based winery, Gusbourne, debuts its first sweet wine

Ashford-based winery Gusbourne is delighted to announce the debut of its first sweet wine, Chardonnay RS180. Chief winemaker Charlie Holland has long had sights on creating a dessert wine for Gusbourne's portfolio, and using 2022 vintage's beautifully ripe Chardonnay 809 fruit, he worked with the team and achieved it. The result is this lush, sweet wine – golden-hued, and luscious with sumptuously ripe flavours of stone fruit and a delicate marmalade character. It's beautifully flexible, working with pastry and sweet custard desserts, perhaps even wedding cake, as well as fulfilling the role of a Sauternes with rich pate or cheese.

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