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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Are memories a match made in heaven when planning a wedding? Here's what couples forget!

Here, the wedding experts for Autowise present 5 of the most common things left off the to-do list when arranging a wedding. 'You may think you're a person who remains calm under pressure, but when it comes to weddings, all bets are off! Planning a wedding is basically a full-time job in which you have dozens of people working underneath you. It's easy to miss some vital details here and there. With that in mind, here are the most common.

Posted: 16 June 2021

One small step for couples, one giant leap for weddings!

Prime Minister Boris Johnson's recent announcement only had one element that an estimated 50,000 couples - who have weddings within four weeks of June 21st – wanted to hear: can their wedding day go ahead??The great news is yes, weddings can happen from June 21st which was music to the ears of many – whoops and cheers! However, with every Government announcement there's some fine print too; so here's the lowdown of what you need to know....

Posted: 15 June 2021

The sun is shining - and here's why it's making us all happier!

It's almost a universal fact that many of us just feel better when the sun is shining. Whether it's because we can forgo our winter coats, or because we love sitting in a pub garden after work and can just relax, we all seem to feel calmer when the sun in shining. Here, Health Practitioner and Skin Specialist, Tammy Richards at Pure Optical explains the science behind why the sun makes us feel happier and how it can even improve our physical health and wellbeing...

Posted: 14 June 2021

Just a wedding

When Mark Lee from Mark Lee Photography set up this shoot at Cheshire's Park Manor, he wanted to seek out like minded suppliers to collaborate on creating stunning inclusive images; and what better showcase this gorgeous shoot than Pride Month! Mark says, "For months I've been coming across posts on Facebook on issues from the LGBTQ+ community over double standards within the wedding industry. Some finding that they were being charged more or that some suppliers just wouldn't work with a same sex couple. Then a supplier wanted to know how to create a logo for same sex supplier so not to offend. And another supplier unsure how to word his contract... this got me thinking. Why is this so difficult? Why does there need to be an issue regardless of who you are and who you want to marry? The law has changed so why are people still living in the dark ages? It's time to accept everyone."

Posted: 11 June 2021

1920s wedding inspiration from renowned wedding planner

If you are looking for a wedding day with sophistication and style, you won't go far wrong with 1920s wedding inspiration to shape your big day. Celebrity wedding planner, entertainment agent and hospitality consultant, Liz Taylor of the Taylor Lynn Corporation, has noticed a recent renewed vigour among her clients for 1920s weddings. Here she shares her tips on how to create the atmosphere of the roaring twenties for a style-packed wedding: "Extravagant. Exuberant. Unrivalled glamour. And incorporating those alluring Art Deco touches that are synonymous with the era, a twenties wedding is, and always should be, a celebration in style," begins Liz. "Since lockdown began to lift, we've been inundated with requests for 1920s themed parties. People want to just let go and have fun, so what better era than the roaring twenties." "It may seem that a 1920s themed wedding is easy, but if you go over the top the event can feel gimmicky. The aim is to achieve the perfect balance of stylish 1920s touches without feeling like you've stepped onto the set of the Great Gatsby."

Posted: 9 June 2021

County Wedding Events comes to The Barn at Alswick, Buntingford, Hertfordshire!

If you're newlyweds-to-be embarking on your wedding planning journey, pop along to the County Wedding Events wedding show at The Barn at Alswick, Buntingford, Hertfordshire 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's also one of our first wedding shows post-lockdown for all those couples that have missed face-to-face wedding planning in the last few months...

Posted: 9 June 2021

Plan the perfect wedding day with help from the ezyorganizer app

The excitement of planning a wedding is exhilarating and although it takes a lot of coordination, the task doesn't need to be daunting. The team at ezyorganizer has created the perfect app to help nearlyweds stay organised and make the planning process more manageable for them and wedding planners. The business has planned many weddings in the past and understands what it takes to create memorable moments and dream weddings. The app is like a personal assistant that allows nearlyweds to keep up to date with their wedding progress and on top of payments, budget, images and files – just like a digital filing cabinet.

Posted: 8 June 2021

The nation's most cherished wedding photo

Printing experts Parrot Print whose slogan is 'Bring Your Images to Life', has surveyed couples in the UK to reveal what the nation's most cherished wedding photograph is. After a turbulent year for the wedding industry and hopeful couples alike during the COVID-19 pandemic, restrictions are easing and weddings are starting to resume. Now more than ever, we are cherishing special moments in our lives and your very own wedding day is up there with the most important for many happy couples. But when it comes to wedding photography, it's important to make sure you're getting the most from your important snaps to hang on your wall, give as a gift or simply treasure forever.

Posted: 31 May 2021

Post-lockdown weddings tips for saving for your big day

For so long, soon-to-be newlyweds have faced disappointing setbacks and delays due to the number of guests being drastically curtailed and most wedding ceremonies suspended during peak lockdown. While couples await a fixed date for the return of larger weddings, many will be starting to plan their nuptials and looking forward to a bigger celebration. Emma-Lou Montgomery, associate director for Personal Investing at Fidelity International has shared a few savvy savings tips for those aiming to tie the knot this year.

Posted: 28 May 2021

5 of the best hen weekend destinations

It hasn't been the easiest of times to get engaged and plan a wedding but that aside, things are on the up! With restrictions being lifted and venues opening, hen weekends are now set to go ahead... Here experience specialist Fizzbox.com, share their recommendations on the best hen weekend destinations for 2021

Posted: 26 May 2021

Find the dress of your dreams at these upcoming trunk shows

A busy bridal boutique doesn't have much chance to give itself a makeover, but lockdown provided a rare opportunity for the team at Dress Dreams to create a whole new brand identity, completely refurbishing the boutique in Sevenoaks, as well as undergoing a website refresh. "We've been busier than ever and are ready to welcome brides through our doors, wowing them with our breathtaking new interior," says owner Kate. Now, this new look boutique will be host two fabulous trunk shows allowing you to find the dress of your dreams!

Posted: 25 May 2021

Get ready to say “I Do!” with tips from celebrity florist, Larry Walshe

Celebrity florist and designer, Larry Walshe, provides insights and expert guidance on post-pandemic weddings for couples finally able to plan their special day. It is no secret that the wedding industry has been significantly impacted by the pandemic, but as restrictions begin to ease, couples are now beginning to plan their much-anticipated weddings and are eager to say "I do!" Typically, over 278,000 weddings take place in the UK each year, but with 90 percent of couples cancelling weddings scheduled for 2020, there's significant pent-up demand to tie the knot in 2021 and 2022. With little guidance or support given to the £14.7bn wedding industry, celebrity florist Larry Walshe, founder of luxury floral installation company Larry Walshe Studios, shares his expert thoughts on what weddings will look like from 21st June onwards, and how couples can ensure the celebration is one to remember.

Posted: 21 May 2021

Fenwick Tunbridge Wells shines a light on homegrown talent

Prepare for a deliciously British summer and celebrate the region's best homegrown talent with The Fenwick Exchange, Fenwick Tunbridge Wells' brilliant new artisanal marketplace. Discover the region's most exciting tastemakers including a beer subscription club, distillery, rum producer, a ginger beer producer and an organic Kefir producer. From now until Sunday May 23rd, Fenwick is shining a light on some truly superb small businesses, whilst giving shoppers the opportunity to enjoy special gifts with purchases, enter exciting competitions, and discover small batch delights you won't find anywhere else.

Posted: 20 May 2021

Burrells are pleased to support our hardworking NHS

Burrells are pleased to be supporting our hardworking NHS staff by offering an exclusive discount of 20 per cent, showing its appreciation for the tireless, vital work they have done and continue to do. The NHS discount can be redeemed with your NHS ID card, in store at the Burrells Royal Tunbridge Wells boutique and online at www.burrells.co.uk. From all of the team at Burrells: "thank you NHS."

Posted: 20 May 2021

Pre-wedding luxury staycations for hen and stag dos!

With many international travel restrictions still in place for the foreseeable future and group activity rules fairly unclear, many married couples to be remain unsure as to how best to celebrate their stag and hen dos. Well, Last Minute Cottages has an abundance of luxury properties available in the UK for large groups of stags and hens! In close proximity to many different attractions and amenities, such as public footpaths, rivers to row down and more importantly, pubs and town centres the properties online are perfect for a celebratory staycation to remember. Those looking for a pre-wedding celebration to remember need look no further than Last Minute Cottages for their dream staycation property.

Posted: 19 May 2021

Plan your hen do following the rules of the zodiac!

The pandemic has altered the wedding industry for the foreseeable future, and with many hen dos taking place abroad and bans on travel here to stay it's certainly a time to get creative. Gone are the days of drinks, a club, and a bag of ships at the end of the night; hens are looking for experiences to share with their loved ones. The team at Exploresweb has teamed up with their in-house spiritual guide to present the perfect hen do, according to your star sign.

Posted: 17 May 2021

The next steps for weddings after new lifting of restrictions

We're here, we've finally reached Step Three on the government's roadmap out of lockdown - whoops and cheers! Here at County Wedding Magazines we take a look at what this means for weddings in the coming weeks before we reach the long-awaited Step Four.Limits at weddings, wakes and other commemorative events have been increased to 30 people. Other significant life events, such as bar/bat mitzvahs and christenings, will also be able to take place with 30 people. Up to 30 people can be at a wedding, civil partnership ceremony or reception. Anyone working is not counted in these limits. There is further guidance for small marriages and civil partnerships....

Posted: 17 May 2021

Only 19% of Brits now ask brides father for permission

As engagement ring sales have increased by 50% in the last 12 months, engagement ring specialists at Steven Stone, explored which proposal traditions are being trashed by Brits planning to tie the knot. From a survey of 2,000 Brits, our research shows that getting down on one knee, surprise gestures, and asking the father for permission are not important to a lot of couples.

Posted: 14 May 2021

It's World Cocktail Day - bottoms up!

World Cocktail Day is today, Thursday 13th May, and the expert mixologists at The Lakeside, a hospitality, wedding and events venue, have pulled together a selection of their favourite cocktails, coupled with a few interesting facts about each one.For any cocktail lover, World Cocktail Day is one of the best days in the social calendar, especially now bars and restaurants are reopening, it is the perfect time to read up on a new cocktail you are eager to try! The mixologists at the Lakeside have done all the hard work for you, so simply sit back, relax and fall in love with a new cocktail from the list below...

Posted: 13 May 2021

Best foodie wedding photos revealed

From getting ready shots, to the first dance, there are hundreds of special moment to capture over a whole day when it comes to wedding photography. A favourite shot might be the bride/groom walking down the aisle, or the couple are always special post-vows; but it doesn't always go to plan, especially when involving pets, children and in this case... food! Take a peek at these food-inspired snaps that were all finalists in Wedding Food Photographer of the Year.... was the winner your favourite too?

Posted: 12 May 2021

Couple gifted rare diamond ring on BBC's All That Glitters

The highly anticipated diamond episode of BBC's All That Glitters: Britain's Next Jewellery Star, hosted by comedian Katherine Ryan, aired last night with a feel-good story that couldn't fail to melt the heart. During the episode a lucky couple received a very special bespoke 1ct diamond engagement ring. James and Clare, both London-based teachers who met at university, got married soon after. However, unfortunately last year their home was burgled and among other household items, Clare's treasured engagement ring was stolen - she was devastated.

Posted: 12 May 2021

The Nest at Gusbourne Wine Estate, Kent, reopens this spring

Just as the vines start to come into leaf, Gusbourne is delighted to be welcoming visitors back to its estate for tours, tastings and cellar door purchases, following government guidelines. Picnics and vineyard Tours, or a combination of the two, are now available to book on their website – an ideal activity for a UK staycation.Gusbourne's picnic experience amongst the vines has become an annual part of its summer tour schedule. Dedicated picnic spots are dotted across the Boot Hill vineyard, which has sweeping views across Romney Marsh and out to the sea.

Posted: 11 May 2021

Take the perfect engagement ring selfie

Unbelievably, #EngagementRingSelfie has 17,952 posts on Instagram! This means you need to take a picture like a pro when posting online, and making it bang on trend. Printing experts Parrot Print have created a list of tips of how to take the perfect engagement ring selfie as the wedding season resumes; from the location, to the lighting everything needs to be considered for picture-perfect shots of pre-wedded bliss. Here at County Wedding Magazines HQ we say 'ready, get set, pose!'...

Posted: 10 May 2021

Memorable hen dos with new company

Flock founder Kathryn Dinsmore launched the company in April 2021 after finding her self facing redundancy due to the last year seriously effecting the events industry. Whilst researching hen parties for her sister's wedding, she also also discovered a gap in the market, "Most of the big companies were offering the same repetitive packages at expensive prices," shares Kathryn. "I felt there was a huge gap for a personalised planner that offers the very best experiences at a reasonable price."

Posted: 7 May 2021

Changes to wedding marriage certificate requirements

In England and Wales, the law requires all marriages to be registered once they have taken place. The system for registering marriages is currently paper-based. The prescribed particulars to be registered for a marriage include details of the father but not the mother of each of the parties to the marriage.Calls have been made, both inside and outside of Parliament, for the law to be changed to enable the details of both parents of the parties to the marriage to be included on marriage certificates.Here at County Wedding Magazines HQ we think it's a great step forward in looking at changing some of the more outdated traditions of weddings and marriages and making them more relevant and reflective of the 21st century.Subject to the approval of draft regulations which have been laid before Parliament, the Government intends that a new system of marriage registration will be implemented on 4 May 2021 and that the particulars to be registered for a marriage will be updated.Until now, the document only included the names of the fathers of the couple, but a change to the Marriage Act means both parents will be included.

Posted: 6 May 2021

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