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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Win a post-lockdown hen do with BLOOM Gin

BLOOM Gin, the popular premium gin brand, is giving 2021 brides the chance to win a post-lockdown hen do to remember - and after being cooped up for a year with no plans in the diary here at County Wedding Magazines HQ we think this is quite the treat! After Covid-19 has wreaked havoc for many brides-to-be who have been forced to move their celebrations, BLOOM Gin wants to make sure that 2021 is filled with fun times and happy memories only, by giving brides-to-be and their hens the chance to win the ultimate hen do experience.

Posted: 3 March 2021

Local shoot: Vintage romance

Model Chloe Frenay from Maidstone gathered together a team of talented suppliers to create this wonderful vintage-themed bridal shoot. The venue chosen for the backdrop was the gorgeous Broome Park Hotel in Canterbury. The rather grand staircase here certainly makes for a dramatic bridal entrance. We love the soft make-up look paired with soft and elegant Hollywood waves, complete with sparkling hair accessory. Plus, the classic and timeless boat neck gown with dramatic train, finished with an ultra-modern plunging back defnitely brings the wow-factor.

Posted: 1 March 2021

Local shoot: 70s style

Inspired by Bianca and Mick Jagger's wedding, this local team of wedding suppliers brought some rock 'n' roll to a yoga retreat nestled in West Peckham, Kent. Noticing a shift in sustainable living more brides are looking to make more eco conscious elements in the planning of their wedding as well as looking to give back or explore ways to be sustainable and eco friendly. Despite the current guest-list limit, a low key approach can still be beautiful and fun. The reception was set up in a beautiful tent pitched in the grounds of the Samsara Retreat & Yoga.

Posted: 1 March 2021

‘Insta-worthy’ engagement posts

From famous landmarks to atmospheric candles - Austen & Blake, diamond ring specialists, has revealed the engagement posts that got the most love and what makes them so 'likeable'. The company analysed hundreds of the top 'liked' Instagram photos from around the world to find out the common features that appear the most.With more than 2 million #isaidyes and 1 million #wereengaged and #wegotenagaged hashtags appearing on the popular platform, there was no shortage of love announcements to choose from.So what makes an engagement picture go viral other than people being happy for you? Below, Austen & Blake breaks down the features you need to know about if you want to nail the perfect post.

Posted: 1 March 2021

Pop the question with Team Hen

After this week's announcement giving us the go ahead to start making plans again for the summer and beyond it's no better time to set about planning your hen do! From hen party connoisseurs Team Hen, the arrival of its new bridesmaid and maid-of-honour proposal gift boxes means there's no better way to pop the question to your bride tribe. Here at County Wedding Magazines HQ we think they make the perfect gifts for you best girls - can we have one!

Posted: 26 February 2021

Rethink, recycle, relove with Fenwick and Thrift+

Fenwick Canterbury partners with fuss-free donation service Thrift+. Donate your best second-hand clothes and receive 10 per cent off your next Fenwick online order. Fenwick has announced a new partnership with Thrift+ as part of the RETHINK. RECYCLE. RELOVE. campaign focusing on sustainability. Thrift+ is a UK-based, online donation service specialising in selling quality clothing items that deserve to be given a new lease of life with proceeds from each sale going to the donor's chosen charity.

Posted: 25 February 2021

I do, I do, I do... with a prenuptial agreement in place!

Not just reserved for celebrities and millionaires, prenuptial agreements are becoming increasingly popular with modern couples too, no matter their financial status. With the uncertainty 2020 has brought to the economic and employment market, it can only be seen as a positive step to raise awareness of the importance of prenuptial agreements and eliminate the stigma surrounding them. Millennials, in particular, need to be made aware of the significance of prenups, as they aren't necessarily something to be viewed negatively or avoided, it's simply a sensible way to protect yourself and your finances.

Posted: 24 February 2021

The road map to freedom.... and weddings!

Here at County Wedding Magazines HQ yesterday, as we waited with bated breath to hear what Boris Johnson had to say in his announcement, our biggest concern was that he wouldn't address the wedding and events sector at all in his initial proposals for the coming months. One big exhale later, and we were delighted that we had SOMETHING we can start shouting about and we're certainly here to be the ones to do it - yipee!

Posted: 23 February 2021

Getting married? Make sure you debunk your mortgage before tying the knot

First comes love, then comes marriage, then comes...... a mortgage! Yes, it may not sound that romantic, but owning your own home is high on the agenda for many nearlyweds-to-be. While wedding plans may be top of the list, lots of couples picture themselves settling into married life in the comfort of their perfect home without always considering the complexities that need some thought before achieving homeownership – such as being self-employed, having bad credit or being a single parent. Applying for a mortgage can feel like information overload, and hard to separate the facts from fiction. There are many misconceptions around mortgage lending, which can be harmful as many people are left feeling insecure about their financial situation. To help couples navigate the word of mortgages, Paul Coss, Co-Founder of Haysto, has debunked five common myths:

Posted: 22 February 2021

Travel-inspired wedding gifts

This past year has placed extra significance on those precious holiday memories, and if you're dreaming of far away lands and distant shores then these travel-inspired prints will be a welcome delight. Perfect to add to your big-day gift list, and to adorn your home as newlyweds, Places & Spaces Art Co. has a wide range of original and personalised art prints - why not gift to your loved one with the sentiment of looking forward to your honeymoon when we can travel again?

Posted: 19 February 2021

Planning a post-Covid wedding

In lockdown 3.0 most of us would be hard pushed to remember a time when we could plan a wedding without having to consider the necessary social restrictions. Usual headaches like seating plans and flowers seem minor in comparison to having to contend with whether The Big Day can even go ahead or how the guest list can be reduced enough to comply. Even with the initial successes of the vaccine rollout, we're all still facing a long road ahead, before we can get back to normality.

Posted: 17 February 2021

It's in with the new at Kent venue, The Weald of Kent

The Weald of Kent team has been hard at work refreshing its wedding suites ready for 2021. Newly decorated with the addition of luxurious carpets with a fabulous neutral tone, together with freshly painted walls throughout, these licensed spaces can host not only your ceremony by also your wedding breakfast and evening bash. So, whatever your chosen colour palette, the venue's new look will complement your day! For further information or to book a show around email bookings@weald-of-kent.co.uk. Also check out www.weald-of-kent.co.uk

Posted: 16 February 2021

Government announcement – what we need to happen

With less than a week to go until Monday the 22nd February, the whole wedding industry waits on Boris Johnson's announcement to outline the roadmap out of lockdown. Here at County Wedding Magazines HQ we have completely and whole-heartedly empathised with the whole of our wedding community, from the couples who have had to postponed their weddings on multiple occasions, to the businesses that have had to adapt to new restrictions and regulations to overcome such dire prospects in the last year. The UK wedding industry normally hosts 20 million wedding guests and 252,000 weddings every year, worth more than £10billion to Britain's economy. Unbelievably despite these astronomical figures, many wedding industry professionals have had little if any support from government financial schemes over the course of the last year.

Posted: 16 February 2021

Most romantic destinations in the UK

The last year has certainly changed the way we make our plans; local weddings and UK minimoons will be a priority for this year and beyond! Luckily, the UK has some stunning coastal locations, idyllic countryside hotspots and cool cities to suit whatever your desires. Why not even mix it up with a city escape mixed with countryside charm; London and the home counties are all on your doorstep! Holiday cottage company, Lyme Bay Holidays have analysed data to find the UK's most romantic destinations and Bristol ranks in the top ten. Read on to find out if your area features in the romance chart...

Posted: 15 February 2021

De Vere donates over £200,000 to NHS Charities Together

De Vere, a collection of historic mansion house estates and distinctive contemporary hotels - many of which are outstanding wedding venues - has donated £202,248 to NHS Charities Together to help NHS staff, volunteers and patients at the centre of the COVID-19 crisis. The money was raised when De Vere pledged a proportion of the value of each direct bedroom booking, including VAT, to NHS Charities Together* after the hotels were allowed to open in August 2020. De Vere's donation will help support NHS staff, volunteers and patients in key areas including welfare and wellbeing, assistance for patients leaving hospital, and long-term mental health support for NHS workers.

Posted: 12 February 2021

Open-air “I dos”

Bridgewood Manor Hotel and Spa has expanded its wedding offering with the addition of a fully licensed wedding gazebo situated on the hotel grounds. The scenic surrounding space can comfortably seat 120 people looking on, and the structure has a raised platform can be styled to suit your theme. Steve Brazil, general manager of Bridgewood Manor Hotel says, "It's an uncertain time for engaged couples as a result of the restrictions imposed due to Covid-19, but we're fully flexible and will happily accommodate complimentary date and guest number changes.

Posted: 11 February 2021

Hitting the right notes with new card range

Here at County Wedding Magazines HQ, one thing we have gained from lockdown is the love of sending a card in the post - an email just doesn't quite cut it! New stationery brand 'Say it with Songs' has an exciting bold range that covers all occasions, combining the power of a song with the sentiment of a greeting card to help us connect or reconnect with the people in our lives. Read on to be inspired...

Posted: 10 February 2021

Victoria Grace has a new home

Victoria Grace Bridal has moved! The team have spent several lovely years in the pretty little boutique in Faversham and has now found a stunning new home in Canterbury. This gorgeous new boutique is in Burgate just along from the Cathedral entrance and boasts the same intimate friendly feel with more room! The boutique also welcomes the fantastic designer Essense of Australia joining current designers Kenneth Winston and Victoria Kay. So, it now offers a choice of seven bridal collections, plus two dedicated curvy bride ranges.

Posted: 9 February 2021

For Valentine's Day and the rest of 2021

With vaccines well and truly providing the road to recovery in the UK we can start to dream again about romantic breaks away with loved ones. Not only do venue gift vouchers make for the perfect V-day gift - especially if you're stuck for ideas - but it's also something truly thoughtful and romantic to look forward to! It's time to start putting plans and holidays in the diary once again, and where better to start then an idyllic break for two at one of these Exclusive Collection properties

Posted: 9 February 2021

Evidence that love at first sight exists

Ahh February the month of love, and after 2020's year of postponed weddings here at County Wedding Magazines HQ we certainly think 2021 is going to be the year of love! But what is it that makes us fall in love? Humour, looks, hobbies, or just a gut feeling? The team at Pure Optical present the science behind the phenomenon Love at First Sight (yes it really does exist) along with 5 reasons that will prove it to even the harshest of sceptics.

Posted: 8 February 2021

Exclusive last minute Valentine's Day offers from Pinkster Gin

If you have a gin loving partner, friend or family member that you want to surprise and delight this Valentine's Day, then look no further than these two fabulous offers from Pinkster Gin, the Limited Edition 'Let the love beGin' bottle and The Pinkster Gin Home Tasting Kit for Two.Pinkster Gin the pioneers of pink gin have an exclusive offer on their 'Let the love beGin' limited edition bottles. What's more, if you order a bottle of this fabulous raspberry infused gin by Sunday 14th February then you will also receive a free pack of eight Fever-Tree tonics (usually £5.00)

Posted: 8 February 2021

Team Hen releases new self care gifts

The latest arrivals from Team Hen have landed and, most-importantly, make for the perfect stress-relievers for the 2021 bride. If the wedding planning is proving too much - it was already up there with the stresses of changing jobs and moving home and that's without lockdowns and pandemics thrown in - nothing quite beats sliding into the tub with your favourite wedding magazine, a glass of wine and the opportunity to savour a little self care.

Posted: 5 February 2021

Put some sparkle into your vegan lifestyle

Kent's Mereworth Wines has reveals that its award-winning English Sparkling Wine is not only a delicious tipple, but also suitable for anyone following a vegan diet. Many of us might assume that wine is made wholly from grapes and their juice, but there can be other additions used in the production of wine. Winemakers often use animal-derived products, such as gelatine or isinglass, as fining agents to clarify the wine. However, you will not find any such products used at Mereworth Wines.

Posted: 4 February 2021

Wedding trend predictions for 2021

With many wedding ceremonies and receptions being affected or put on hold during the last twelve months as a result of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the government's vaccination plan has finally give the wedding sector a glimmer of hope for newlyweds-to-be. Here, a selection of hotels, wedding venues and minimoon destinations have given their trend predictions for the coming year and beyond; from keeping the wedding bookings and suppliers within your local county, to choosing a winter wedding and planning a UK honeymoon - there's lots to be inspired by!

Posted: 3 February 2021

Keep smiling with Strawberry Photography

Taking those classic formal wedding photos and putting a relaxed, natural spin on them - that's what photographer Sarah Hunt of Kent-based Strawberry Photography does best. Her approach enables you to have an incredible day while she works away in the background capturing all those special, crazy, and emotional moments, as well as grabbing you for some must-have traditional photos for the treasured album. Now, you can get an incredible 20 per cent off all wedding packages, along with a complimentary engagement shoot when you book your big day with Sarah.

Posted: 2 February 2021

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