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All the latest wedding news for couples getting married in Kent, along with bridal fashion and beauty inspiration and honeymoon ideas.

Wedding News: Wembley Stadium show offer with S.R.E Favours and Guestbooks

Wembley Stadium show offer with S.R.E Favours and Guestbooks

Essex-based S.R.E Favours and Guestbooks is exhibiting at County Wedding Events' Signature Wedding Show at Wembley Stadium on Sunday 8th October. Specialising in supplying the finer details of the day, owner Philippa, tells us more about the business..."I started my company in November 2022 and named it in memory of my dad, who I lost in January 2023," shares Philippa. "His moto in life was 'Enjoy what you do and work hard for your goals' and that's exactly what I'm doing.

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Wedding News: Unique gifts couples give each other on their wedding day

Unique gifts couples give each other on their wedding day

The team at hampers.com recently surveyed UK adults who have gotten married or attended a wedding in the past five years, with the goal of determining what the gifting landscape looks like for wedding season. In doing so, they spoke to almost 800 newlyweds from across the UK and a further 1,400 UK adults who have attended a wedding in the same time frame. Firstly, the study found that it's common for brides and grooms to buy each other a gift for the wedding day itself, with 65% stating they did this for their own wedding day. The average spend was found to be £115, with women most likely to purchase a pocket watch (24%) or a vintage bottle of alcohol (22%) and men most likely to purchase jewellery (37%) or personalised 'Mrs' clothing (19%)...

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Wedding News: Big-day gifting ideas from Don't Buy Her Flowers

Big-day gifting ideas from Don't Buy Her Flowers

Gift company, Don't Buy Her Flowers, prides itself for having thoughtfulness at its core, with customers able to create a bespoke gift box that perfectly suits the person and occasion. Whether it's to celebrate, commiserate or offer someone some TLC during a tough time, Don't Buy Her Flowers offers a range of luxury British products from delicious treats, cashmere socks and bubble bath to the perfect G&T and a selection of great books. Each gift box is beautifully gift wrapped with the customer's personalised message handwritten on the gift tag, making it the perfect package for everyone from mothers, newlyweds, teachers and employees.

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Wedding News: Tie the knot at The Old Kent Barn

Tie the knot at The Old Kent Barn

The Old Kent Barn is a 200-year-old oak-framed tythe barn situated within two-and-a-half acres of professionally landscaped gardens. Home to the recently-refurbished overnight accommodation, it contains a stylish couple's suite and two additional double en suite rooms for family or friends. The newly renovated dressing room is available too for nearlyweds to arrive from 7.30am to relax and prepare for the big day ahead. The New Barn is the place to be for both ceremonies and receptions. It's a neutral, light and airy space that's easy to coordinate with any palette or theme. Oak-framed and open plan, with large windows and a light tiled floor throughout the venue also includes a solid wooden dancefloor and stage area.

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Wedding News: Hand Picked Hotels launches special autumn package for the ultimate getaway

Hand Picked Hotels launches special autumn package for the ultimate getaway

Luxury hotel brand Hand Picked Hotels is launching its Glorious Autumn Getaway package for the most colourful season of the year – the perfect antidote to Britain's grey summer. Choose a country or coastal getaway this autumn and enjoy laid-back luxury with endless outdoor adventures and cosy nights in to warm the soul this season. Make the most of spacious bedrooms for a great night's sleep, sparkling wine by a roaring fire, woodland walks or seaside strolls and stargazing beneath an uninterrupted sky. The longer you stay, the more you can enjoy! Guests staying one night will be treated to a complimentary bedroom upgrade for ultimate comfort and relaxation.

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Wedding News: Five reasons why Champagne is the pinnacle of sparkling wine

Five reasons why Champagne is the pinnacle of sparkling wine

The Champagne Bureau UK* have rounded up five reasons why Champagne is the long-standing pinnacle of sparkling wine. Firstly, Champagne only comes from Champagne. Champagne is a 100% French product - the Champagne region is located in France, approximately 90 miles east of Paris. It is a protected appellation (AOC). From 816 to 1825, France's royalty was crowned in Champagne's Reims Cathedral, where Champagne was said to flow freely at all the coronation banquets. Soon, highly prized for their taste and finesse, it became customary to gift these wines to any royalty visiting the region. This is how the Champagne came to be known as the wine of coronation and known in France as "the wine of Kings and the King of wines".

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Wedding News: 7 ways to ask your friends to be bridesmaids

7 ways to ask your friends to be bridesmaids

Bridesmaid proposals are a special moment in any friendship so it's natural to want to put some thought behind popping the question. Personalising gifts such as photo frames or pyjamas are a great way to give friends something they can keep forever. The glass experts at MeandMyGlass.co.uk have shared some of the best bridesmaid proposal ideas to make the occasion memorable.John Cutts, founder of MeandMyGlass said, "Asking your friends and family to be bridesmaids is a special moment and should be done in a special way. "You can't go wrong with a personal touch which is why things like photo frames and pyjamas are a great way to show appreciation to your bridesmaids and you know they'll keep their gift.

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Wedding News: Tie the knot at Cave Hotel & Golf Resort

Tie the knot at Cave Hotel & Golf Resort

Cave Hotel and Golf Resort near Faversham is a stylish sanctum that seamlessly blends a high-end contemporary look with a laid-back and welcoming approach. Getting married here is a holistic experience! The grounds boast several picturesque spots, which make for beautiful wedding photography. One of the best can be found at the edge of the golf course, in the orchard garden. Another, is by the water features, such as the pond for a touch of tranquillity. The venue also features scenic trails and paths that lead to quiet and secluded areas, perfect if you want to escape alone together for a while.

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Wedding News: Wedding fragrance suggestions

Wedding fragrance suggestions

Floral, citrus, or woody - and everything in between - wedding scents are becoming more popular as couples incorporate them into their day. They can provide an ideal way to remember the occasion, the trigger of a special memory when you come across that fragrance connected to it. What's more, key scents can also help control emotions according to psychologists. Yasmin Sharp, essential oils expert at Nikura, says, "With more than 12 million hashtag views on TikTok, wedding scents (#weddingscent) are becoming more and more popular

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Wedding News: Having served as a glamorous host for 900 years, check out Leeds Castle for your big day

Having served as a glamorous host for 900 years, check out Leeds Castle for your big day

Beautiful by design and first-class hostess to royalty, nobility, and glamorous guests for more than 900 years, Leeds Castle rises majestically from the water among the glorious Kentish countryside. Home to mesmerising historical gardens and architectural landscapes, the grounds are full of dazzling beauty perfectly lending themselves to all seasons for a chic destination wedding vibe.The Princess Alexandra Gardens are massed in banks of azaleas that bring extraordinary colour, while tall bamboo brings out the ambience of the Far East in the Oriental Garden. Meanwhile, The Lady Baillie Mediterranean Garden Terraces remind visitors of sun-drenched Europe. Leeds Castle boasts no fewer than three venues in which to celebrate your entire day.

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Wedding News: Wedding ring mistakes to avoid!

Wedding ring mistakes to avoid!

Aimee Howlett, jewellery expert at Diamonds Factory, has shared how to choose and clean your wedding band. 'When choosing your wedding band, it's important to consider your lifestyle and daily activities. If you're someone with an active lifestyle you might want to go for a more durable material like platinum or tungsten that can withstand potential scratches and avoid a ring that has diamonds. With this in mind, it's worth visiting a jewellery store and trying on different styles of wedding bands, which can be really fun! Pay attention to comfort, fit, and how well it pairs with your engagement ring (if you have one).

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Wedding News: Wedding gift inspiration from L'OR

Wedding gift inspiration from L'OR

Coffee brand L'OR provides the perfect machine which will ensure you capture the heart of any coffee-loving couple, whilst also providing a useful gift that lasts! With a unique double-spouted design that offers flexibility to adapt to different coffee preferences, the L'OR BARISTA is powered by Phillips technology and has become a much-loved coffee machine since its launch. What's more, the machine is not only compatible with L'OR pods, but also a wide range of alternative branded coffee capsules on the market*, providing maximum flexibility and choice.

L'OR BARISTA Sublime Coffee Machine (£104.99*) is available in Piano Noir, Satin Blanc and Sunset Rubis, while the L'OR BARISTA Original Latte Machines (£164.99*) is available in Piano Noir and includes built-in milk frother.

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Wedding News: 7 topics all couples should cover in a prenup

7 topics all couples should cover in a prenup

While a prenuptial agreement is unlikely to be on many people's wedding checklist, a family lawyer has urged couples who will be tying the knot in the coming months to consider making it a key priority. With research by the law firm revealing that Google searches for terms related to prenups including 'what is a prenup?', 'meaning of prenups' and 'prenups in the UK' have increased by 21% in the last three months compared to the three months previous, it is clear they are growing in popularity.

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Wedding News: Karina O'Donnell from Simply Ceremonies shares the benefits of an outdoor wedding

Karina O'Donnell from Simply Ceremonies shares the benefits of an outdoor wedding

This issue we asked the county's experts for the advice on tying the knot al fresco. Celebrant Karina O'Donnell from Simply Ceremonies (https://celebrant-uk.co.uk) says that the main benefit is being able to take advantge of the natural beauty of your surroundings. She continues: Whether this is a beach setting, mountain backdrop or stunning gardens. Being somewhere that has meaning to you can create a more romantic and intimate setting for you both, and obviously makes for stunning photographs. Weddings held outside often offer more flexibility in terms of the number of guests you need to seat, as well as in your choice of décor.

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Wedding News: Garden wedding ideas for the big day

Garden wedding ideas for the big day

Co-founder of Togather.com, Hugo Campbell, unveils garden wedding ideas for the big day. As wedding trends evolve, couples may be seeking unique ways to celebrate their special day. For those looking to embrace a laid-back atmosphere and the shabby chic aesthetic, from Ottolenghi-style dining and Aperol carts, to enchanting fairylights and the perfect venue. A festival theme: Many couples are looking for maximum flexibility and the ability to perfectly match their food to the vibe of the day. This summer Togather.com is seeing many couples opting for a festival feel for their food, hiring multiple different street food trucks and allowing their guests a choice of handheld food rather than a sit-down meal. This means they can cater to all sorts of dietary requirements and preferences as well as give their guests a more relaxed feel.

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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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