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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Five alternative ways to get married

Desperate to pledge your eternal vows to your betrothed, but plagued by uncertainty over when you'll be allowed to do it? It's hard to pin down a date for a 'traditional' wedding right now and although things are looking more positive, who knows where we'll be by summertime? There are, however, lots of ways to say: 'I do'. And not all have to involve a big party. Liz Taylor is a luxury wedding planner, and hospitality consultant, of over thirty years' experience. Here she shares just some of her alternative ways to celebrate getting married, which are so unique that you won't miss the grand party.

Posted: 2 April 2021

Leeds Castle fools Kent with April Fool's Day prank!

Leeds Castle had the county fooled this morning with an April Fool's Day prank from "the loveliest Castle in the World", who claimed to be rebranding to Kent Castle. The 900-year old attraction claimed the rebrand was a move to end confusion over its location being in Kent and not Leeds in Yorkshire. Although the change of name was a hoax, it is true that staff at the popular attraction regularly encounter misunderstandings with people wishing to visit, believing it to be some 240 miles away in the north of England.

Posted: 1 April 2021

Spring has sprung with Kent-based Flowers of Foxhall

We asked Diana Critchell of Flowers of Foxhall how to reflect the fresh feeling of springtime in wedding flowers. Read on to find out what wisdom she had to impart... You can evoke the carefree airy feeling of the season in your wedding flowers whatever your chosen style. It's more of a mood than a theme. Spring blooms are a magical mix of delicate textures, sublime colours and symbolism. For example, tulips represent perfect love. In addition to beauty, spring flowers have an abundance of scent, which you'll forever remember.

Posted: 1 April 2021

Celebrate wedding season with Marokka

After the excitement of a wedding invite dropping through your letter box - or via email for those tech-savvy couples - after thinking about what you're going to wear, next is thoughts of the gift list! At Marokka to celebrate all couples that can finally have their weddings again, whether planning something intimate or waiting until later on in the year for larger celebrations, its curated a selection of wedding day gifts you'll fall in love with. In keeping with Marokka's core values of collaboration and giving back, each range is the result of a partnership with another like-minded business as well as a promise to donate 10% of each sale to charity.

Posted: 31 March 2021

Create your own wedding gown with courses from The Robing Room, Kent

If binge watching The Great British Sewing Bee during lockdown has left you with a desire to create your own outfits, head over to the award-winning Robing Room Studio. In a series of short courses running throughout 2021 you can receive professional training in various fashion and textile skills. The courses will be taught by Robing Room owner Janet Robinson PGDHE, who is an approved trainer and has been making and designing garments for many years, with assistance from other specialist tutors from Draft and Stitch in Folkestone's Creative Quarter.

Posted: 30 March 2021

New wedding tablescapes from Setting Pretty

Here at County Wedding Magazines HQ we champion local wedding suppliers and think tying the knot close to home is also better for you, your loved ones and the planet! With abroad wedding looking uncertain for the next year or two, it's also another perfect reason to get married here in Blighty. Yes, you may not always have the sunnier weather, but why not bring a taste of the Mediterranean to your UK reception with this new range from Setting Pretty?

Posted: 29 March 2021

How to avoid the 10 most common wedding planning bust-ups

With potentially nearly 200,000 couples planning wedding this year, that's a whole lot of hormones, stress and tension flying about - after all, planning a wedding can be one of the hardest (but also greatest) life experiences to go through. To capture what causes the strops, tantrums, tears and everything else in-between when planning a wedding, jewellers Queensmith surveyed 1,000 married women about the build-up to their special day - here at County Wedding Magazines HQ we can certainly relate to a few!

Posted: 26 March 2021

Sustainable success for Kent wedding venue The Oak Barn

The Oak Barn, a family-run wedding and events venue in the heart of Kent, is one of six finalists for The Sustainability and Environmental Impact accolade at the Rural Business Awards 2020/21. Frame Farm's Grade II listed barns are grouped around a traditional farmyard and provide a stunning setting for weddings. The Oak Barn, The Byre and Weaver's Cottages have been lovingly brought back to life as part of a three-and-a-half-year restoration project and offer state-of-the-art facilities, beautifully incorporated into the fabric of the historical buildings.

Posted: 25 March 2021

Post-lockdown Brits most looking forward to attending weddings again!

2020's empty diaries belong well and truly in the bin; and although 2021 has been a bit of a write off too...pens at the ready...because from April 12th you can start putting dates in the diary again!From hair appointments, to weekends away, here at County Wedding Magazines HQ we're looking forward to it all; but research from Parkdean Resorts has discovered exactly what Brits are most looking forward to doing once lockdown eases and weddings feature high on the agenda.

Posted: 24 March 2021

Wedding guidance changed again, for the better!

For those planning on tying the knot this year, it's understandable you're feeling unsure of when or where the big day can take place. The Government has recently updated the guidance, once again, for weddings, in particular what you can and can't do from April the 12th with regards to hosting the nuptials. Here at County Wedding Magazines HQ we think this is a must-read, and it's also given us hope that the roadmap out of lockdown and the wedding industry will continue.

Posted: 24 March 2021

Peace of mind at Mercure Tunbridge Wells Hotel

Wedding dates are filling up fast for 2021-23 over at Mercure Tunbridge Wells, and one of its couples' main concerns is: what if our wedding is affected by Covid-19? It's a question you'll no doubt have on your lips too, so be sure to check with your own venue. We asked Sophie Brunger, events manager at Mercure Tunbridge Wells, about their policy. Sophie says, "Couples who make a new wedding booking with us for 2021 or 2022 will be able to change their date once, at no extra charge.

Posted: 23 March 2021

Engagement searches soar during lockdown

With the end of lockdown mapped out for us, engaged couples can finally start getting excited about being married surrounded by friends and family and planning the wedding of their dreams. But what effect did lockdown have on engagements? Research from Freemans found that lockdown may have brought couples closer together as engagement related searches are at an all-time high; and here at County Wedding Magazines HQ we think this summer is surely going to be the summer of love!

Posted: 22 March 2021

New direction for luxury stationery company

Planning the big-day, especially for the second or third time for those that have had to postpone from 2020, can be a troublesome task. Wedding planning can be made a whole lot easier, and enjoyable, by investing in quality stationery pieces. Luxury brand Rollo London always provides a beautiful writing experience with stunning notebooks and follows strict eco guidelines to ensure that everything is sustainable and environmentally responsible. However, wanting to take its eco credentials one step further the brand has launched Repurposed by Rollo which, here at County Wedding Magazine HQ, we think will be a huge hit with conscientious nearlyweds.

Posted: 19 March 2021

CherryTop Weddings launch new interactive entertainment experience

CherryTop Weddings has developed a new Covid-secure interactive wedding entertainment experience that can be enjoyed by guests attending as well as friends and relatives watching remotely. (It's also ideal for larger celebrations when restrictions lift.) Everyone will receive a 'Love Story' which is a printed booklet personalised by the couple. It contains photographs of the newlyweds and activities chosen by them including a quiz to find out how much their guests know about them, wedding speech bingo, word searches, drawing challenges and much more.

Posted: 18 March 2021

Tie the knot in Bishops Wood, Ashford

If you're seeking an intimate wedding spot amongst glorious woodland, you'll be delighted to hear that the team at Elope have now added Bishops Wood, Ashford, to their roster of venues. Known locally as Forty Acre Woods, this private land, neglected for so long, has recently been purchased by Gary Stammers and his wife, Pauline. The location is now being lovingly revived, transforming it into a magical and enchanting al fresco wedding venue. With nature as your backdrop, you can now host a humanist ceremony or blessing beneath the towering canopy of native trees.

Posted: 18 March 2021

Five things you need to consider when marrying in later life

While there is certainly no time limit on finding love, marrying later on in life is not as simple as it might first appear. When both parties have dependents, benefits, pensions and a lifetime of accumulated assets to consider, then a legal union can bring with it certain potential financial pitfalls.With recent data suggesting that marriage rates among older people are on the rise, Abigail Bennett, Partner and In-House Counsel at JMW Solicitors outlines five things that couples should consider before heading down the aisle.

Posted: 17 March 2021

Discover a wedding wonderland at Chic Weddings' showrooms

Kent's finest wedding suppliers, and be amazed by the range of breathtaking new room setups. Not only can you talk flowers and venue styling with the Chic Weddings and Events team, but you also have the opportunity for wedding dress and cake consultations with Victoria's Bridal Boutique and Shelley's Cakes respectively. While you're there, why not discuss your save-the-dates, invitations, menus, table plans and signage with ByBlossom Wedding Stationery, photography with Jeff Oliver, hair styling and make-up with RKW Hair and Elizabeth Joseph-Love, and bespoke wedding ring and big-day jewellery with COO Jewellers?

Posted: 16 March 2021's special packages for the grand opening of spas in April is helping consumers maximise their spa experience in line with government restrictions from 12th April, with specially-created spa packages and offerings. and selected spa partners have come together to create new tailored packages, designed to give visitors exceptional experiences while remaining within government guidelines. As well as enhancing consumer experience, these packages also aim to help support spas recovery after lockdown. After a long winter stuck within the same four walls, heading to enjoy a tranquil spa day and having tension eased away is long overdue for many. Guiding the way towards rejuvenating treatments, soothing moments of calm (with adult-only options for parents seeking relaxation as children return to school) and spacious alfresco relaxation, shares its top spa choices opening on the 12th April and beyond.

Posted: 15 March 2021

What to talk about before buying a house with your partner

Buying a house together is often one of the big stages in many people's marriages, whether it be before or after you tie the knot. It's an exciting time and a great experience to have together, as you find the perfect place to potentially start the rest of your life together. However, to ensure the process is as smooth as possible, it's best to be as informed and prepared as you can. Whilst it might not be the most romantic dinner chat, it's important to discuss financials and possible challenges you might encounter - the key is to be as open as possible with your partner. Brian Murphy, head of lending at Mortgage Advice Bureau shares four crucial considerations to talk about with or ask your significant other before taking the leap and buying a home together:

Posted: 12 March 2021

Austen elegance at Kent wedding venue, Chafford Park Estate

Chafford Park Estate, a family-run wedding venue located on the Kent/Sussex border, has added its incredible on-site Georgian Manor House to its wedding package. Quintessentially English and central to the 300-acre estate, this Jane Austen-lover's dream offers you the opportunity to spend the weekend being pampered and relaxing ahead of the big day. Now, you can plan your celebrations utilising the Estate's two granary barns, woodland and lawn without the need to worry about accommodation. Sarah

Posted: 11 March 2021

Top locations for weddings in 2021

2020 might not have been the best year for weddings - the least said about that the better - but 2021 is looking rather hopeful for loved up couples. GiftsOnline4U, the personalised gifts online retailer, has delved into Office for National Statistics data to see the UK locations with the most weddings in one year. The research covered England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland separately to be able to reveal the most loved-up places for each of these locations. The findings showed that the most popular spot in England to get hitched, is Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, with over 4,000 weddings in one year....

Posted: 10 March 2021

Weddings tied with a ribbon at Kent's Bromley Court Hotel

Bromley Court is a hotel steeped in history, with the atmosphere of a wonderful and intimate country house. Years of hospitality experience have gone into fine-tuning its beautiful rooms and event spaces, and things are kept wonderfully simple by ensuring all you need for your big day is included as standard in all packages. So, it should come as no surprise then, that when faced with current challenges the team have done it again! Introducing, the Apple Blossom Micro Wedding Package.

Posted: 9 March 2021

£2,000 jewellery giveaway from UK retailer Goldsmiths

In more positive news, the most recent announcement from the UK government has given the go-ahead for weddings to begin a slow return to normality, starting on March 8th, with the aim of lifting restrictions in full by June 21st. With light at the end of the tunnel for those looking to say "I do" in 2021, luxury UK jewellery retailer Goldsmiths was keen to help ease the financial burden of a wedding and have launched a competition to giveaway £1,000 worth of Goldsmiths' own jewellery to two lucky winners.

Posted: 8 March 2021

World Book Day Weddings - be inspired

World book day on 8th March celebrates literature in all its forms, as well as all the creativity, imagination and that little spark of magic that makes a tale worth telling. All book worms know there's nothing better than getting lost in a good novel. If you and your future spouse both share a love of literature, then theming your wedding day around a favourite book could be a great way to celebrate your shared passion. Whether it's delving into the wonderful world of Alice in Wonderland or finding out what's through the wardrobe, Liz Taylor of event management company the Taylor Lynn Corporation (TLC) shares her ideas for World Book Day weddings, with a look inside some of her most famous literary creations.

Posted: 5 March 2021

Kent is one of the most romantic destinations in the UK

Holiday cottage company, Lyme Bay Holidays, have analysed data to find the UK's most romantic destination. Kent has featured in the top ten based on four different metrics: romantic activities, romantic restaurants, Google searches for proposal ideas and features in wedding hashtags on Instagram. From taking in the views over the White Cliffs of Dover to embracing culture at Leeds Castle, it's easy to see why Kent has earnt its top spot. The data has also cemented the south coast as a romantic destination in general as Cornwall, Devon, Dorset, Somerset, and Bristol all feature in the top ten alongside Kent.

Posted: 4 March 2021

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