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Almost Mr & Mrs gifts for would-be brides and grooms

Almost Mr & Mrs gifts for would-be brides and grooms

Exclusively for Christmas, London-based Pink Positive has launched a collection of 'Almost Mr & Mrs' gifts for would-be brides and grooms, including festive mugs and sweatshirts. With 71 per cent* of couples postponing their wedding this year due to the global pandemic, the collection is a thoughtful way to bring some cheer. The collection also includes the signature 'personalised gift boxes' with custom gift message inside the lid to make every gift look amazing with a luxurious finishing touch!... read more

Posted: 23 November 2020

Are we all longing for more romance?

Are we all longing for more romance?

Ahhh 'romance', here at County Wedding Magazines HQ we are, of course, suckers for a classic, romantic love story! Apparently, a quarter of Brits (24%) are to, and admit they are longing for a little more romance in their life, according to new research from luxury UK jewellery retailer Goldsmiths - who also looked at the UK's perception of romance in their own lives as well as the films they favour when they're looking for a little bit of love!... read more

Posted: 20 November 2020

How to style a December wedding - with Essex venue stylist Occasions and Celebrations

How to style a December wedding - with Essex venue stylist Occasions and Celebrations

At An Essex Wedding magazine, we want to help you plan your dream wedding. That's why we put your wed-min questions straight to our local wedding experts so you can get the best advice. Today, Michelle Broom of Occasions and Celebrations answers your question and gives advice on styling a winter wedding. "We're getting married in December, but don't want a full-on Christmas theme. How do we get a festive feel without it being over the top?" Read on for the answer...... read more

Posted: 19 November 2020

How will law reforms impact weddings

How will law reforms impact weddings

In the biggest reform proposed to England's marriage ceremony law the Government's legal advisors have recommended that couples be allowed to marry in whatever outdoor location they choose. The current law, which prohibits couples from marrying in anything other than a permanent structure with a roof if the ceremony is to be solemnised legally, has been largely unchanged since 1836. The Law Commission (an independent body which scrutinises legislation) are wishing to radically modernise the current antiquated laws. There is a strong consensus from the public that reform is desperately required as the current laws are not fit for purpose nor are they reflective of the way in which people wish to solemnise their relationship.... read more

Posted: 18 November 2020

Essex travel experts Inspire Me Travel offer honeymoon advice for 2021

Essex travel experts Inspire Me Travel offer honeymoon advice for 2021

At An Essex Wedding magazine, we want to help you plan your dream wedding. That's why we put your wed-min questions straight to our local wedding experts so you can get the best advice. Today, we're sharing travel and honeymoon advice from Karen Slater of The Inspire Me Travel Company. "We want to book a romantic yet adventurous honeymoon for summer 2021. Where's best to consider and how do we protect ourselves if there are still travel restrictions in place?" Read on for the answer...... read more

Posted: 17 November 2020

Dinner for one? Individual catering ideas for weddings in a pandemic

Dinner for one? Individual catering ideas for weddings in a pandemic

Good food is very often simple food! We all know that coronavirus has thrown wedding plans across the UK into chaos. The traditional ceremony, wedding breakfast and evening do is being revamped and reworked from a safety-first viewpoint. Aside from the face coverings, hand sanitiser and social distancing, there's also the catering to think about. Gone are the days of canapés, sharing platters and serve yourself buffets – all hot spots for cross-contamination. Now, with the emphasis on not getting too close, innovative catering ideas that focus on the individual are coming into their own.We caught up with expert Liz Taylor, of wedding planners the Taylor Lynn Corporation, to hear her Covid-friendly wedding catering ideas that put safety first; without losing the taste, impact and importantly the style, from the occasion.... read more

Posted: 16 November 2020

Diamonds are a girl's (or guy's) best friend!

Diamonds are a girl's (or guy's) best friend!

Ooooh what a lovely prize we have in store for our County Wedding Magazines readers over the next fortnight. After such a miserable year, we're now at the start of a grey and gloomy winter season; what better way to bring some sparkle to your life than by winning a £200 voucher to spend at thediamondstore.co.uk? Whether you want to spend it on a little pick-me-up gift for yourself, or put if towards your wedding rings or bridal party gifts, the choice is yours if you end up being our lucky winner!... read more

Posted: 13 November 2020

Happy anniversary to Essex wedding stationery experts The Perfect Wedding Shop

Happy anniversary to Essex wedding stationery experts The Perfect Wedding Shop

Happy birthday to Essex-based The Perfect Wedding Shop, which is celebrating its five-year anniversary. Katie Barnes, owner of the luxury stationery company, has overseen it grow and expand during this time, and she has now taken the next step of launching a showroom to display the company's gorgeous samples. "Over the summer of 2020 we finally had the opportunity to create the perfect space," Katie tells us. "From September, we started safely offering appointments." Make sure you book in after the current lockdown.... read more

Posted: 12 November 2020

Meet Essex wedding photographer Beth Dowdell

Meet Essex wedding photographer Beth Dowdell

We caught up with Essex wedding photographer Beth Dowdell to find out how she started her dream career, what her top tips are for wedding couples and what she loves most about her job. "I am extremely fortunate that my business encompasses a range of fields within photography. Its diversity allows me to work with so many incredible families and businesses, as well as other freelancers and suppliers. It provides me with the opportunity to collaborate with people across many different platforms."... read more

Posted: 10 November 2020

New salon for Essex wedding dress hire specialist Something Borrowed Bridal

New salon for Essex wedding dress hire specialist Something Borrowed Bridal

Wedding dress hire specialists Something Borrowed Bridal in Basildon, Essex, has announced it will soon be opening a new bridal salon for Essex brides. The concept behind the bridal boutique is that all brides-to-be have the opportunity to wear a gorgeous designer wedding dress at a fraction of the buying price. "We want our clients to have a special and exciting time choosing their gown," owner Alyson Scrivener tells us. Read on to find out more...... read more

Posted: 5 November 2020

Perfectly packaged and posted

Perfectly packaged and posted

Sending gifts to loved ones from a distance has never been so easy with Letterbox Gifts. As many people have not been able to host their planned weddings this year, or be able to see family and friends, what better time to share the love on what would have been your hen/stag do, or what would have been your wedding day. Letterbox Gifts have everything you could think of for sending that special person a little something straight through their letterbox. Each Letterbox Gift is gift-wrapped by hand and comes with a free personalised card, making it just that little bit more special for your loved ones to open.... read more

Posted: 4 November 2020

New designer at Essex wedding dress boutique Erin Kelly Bridal

New designer at Essex wedding dress boutique Erin Kelly Bridal

As a new bridal boutique on the Essex scene, Erin Kelly Bridal wanted to do something extra-special after the first lockdown to welcome its customers back through the door. "A lot of my brides that had come into the boutique had requested bridal separates," owner Kelly says. "I've always been a fan of bridal designer Catherine Deane, and wanted the brand in store. Not only do they have incredible gowns but a fantastic range of separates too."... read more

Posted: 3 November 2020

How luxury wedding venue Braxted Park is helping fellow wedding suppliers across the country

How luxury wedding venue Braxted Park is helping fellow wedding suppliers across the country

Stunning Essex vedding venue Braxted Park has not only diversified and adapted its own operations to fit with ever-changing restrictions on weddings during 2020, but it has also formed the Association of British Wedding Businesses (ABWB). The association aims to support its members and fellow wedding suppliers who have felt the effects of the coronavirus pandemic, as well as act as a liaison with the government – something which is even more important now we face the UK's second lockdown.... read more

Posted: 3 November 2020

31 is the age that the average Brit will get married

31 is the age that the average Brit will get married

One4all Gift Cards has launched a new interactive timeline which reveals the ages most worth looking forward to and what makes them so special – revealing 31 is the age that the average Brit will get married! A survey of 2,027 UK adults also revealed that the age at which we are most happy with our lives is 36. One4all Gift Cards has launched a new interactive timeline which reveals the ages most worth looking forward to and what makes them special. Brits can reflect on happy memories from their past while looking forward to some of the happy years and birthdays they have to come. According to the data, the average Brit has already ticked off key adulthood milestones by this point – and in fact, it shows that your late twenties and early thirties are a time to look forward to, due to the number of special occasions and achievements that are taking place in the average adult's life.... read more

Posted: 2 November 2020

Good things come in small packages with Mercure microweddings

Good things come in small packages with Mercure microweddings

2020 has been a year like no other for those planning their weddings with an estimated 75,000 weddings postponed this year. However, it has given couples the freedom to let go of all those big wedding expectations; and for brides and grooms who would like a more intimate day, Mercure's Microwedding experience is the perfect solution. From country houses to city-centre modern, couples can find a Mercure venue to suit their personality and suit the new government guidelines...... read more

Posted: 30 October 2020

Alison White Wedding Flowers saves the day for wedding couple

Alison White Wedding Flowers saves the day for wedding couple

We've been catching up with Essex wedding suppliers to find out what it's been like working in the Essex wedding industry during the last few crazy months, and how they've adapted to the challenge. Alison at Alison White Wedding Flowers (www.alisonwhiteweddingflowers.co.uk) tells us about a very last-minute booking, which required all her skill and talent to pull off when one of her couples decided to bring their date forward before the new restrictions came into force.... read more

Posted: 29 October 2020

Exciting new designers at Essex bridal boutique Del Tailors

Exciting new designers at Essex bridal boutique Del Tailors

While the wedding industry has taken a huge hit this year, many wedding businesses are making the most of the situation and making their offering even bigger and better for wedding couples. Essex bridal boutique and menswear specialist Del Tailors has moved premises and introduced two exciting new designers in store. "The new collection from Phoenix Gowns has just arrived in store and the second collection from Randy Fenoli will be with us in the new year."... read more

Posted: 27 October 2020

How to create your own wedding perfume using flowers

How to create your own wedding perfume using flowers

Choosing the perfect wedding gift is difficult at the best of times; you want something truly personal and thoughtful. A lovely personalised wedding gift would be to make your own natural and organic perfume using the bride's (or groom's) favourite flowers and wildflowers - all from the comfort of your own home!A simple spritz of perfume is the finishing touch to the wedding morning getting ready routine, a great scent is not only a confidence-booster to start the day, but it will be a fragrance that evokes the memories of such a special event for years to come...While we all have our signature shop-bought scents, natural and organic perfumes can also be created at home with ease using your favourite flowers and wildflowers. If you're looking for a thoughtful and personalised gift for a loved one, or a gorgeous treat for yourself, then take a look at Serenata Flowers' guide to creating your own perfume at home using real flowers:... read more

Posted: 23 October 2020

5 ways to treat your loved one this Champagne Day (today 23 October!)

5 ways to treat your loved one this Champagne Day (today 23 October!)

Françoise Peretti, Director of Champagne Bureau UK shares her expert tips on how to safely celebrate at home and make this Champagne Day special.If there is anything that 2020 has taught us, is that it's important to celebrate those little moments of pleasure whenever we can. It's been a tough run, and there can be no doubt that we all deserve a joyful lift to start the weekend – wherever you find yourself this Friday. Each year on the third Friday of October is Champagne Day, an international day dedicated to Champagne: the original and pinnacle of sparkling wine. This year we are not able to throw lavish and bustling 20 guests soirées (how far-fetched does that seem now?), but spoiling a loved one at home and opening a bottle together is a familiar tradition that will definitely bring a smile to the face of the special person in your life. Here are my top tips (and remarkably easy ways!) to mark the occasion:... read more

Posted: 23 October 2020

Essex venue stylist Mediterranean Occasions gives its top tips for luxury wedding styling

Essex venue stylist Mediterranean Occasions gives its top tips for luxury wedding styling

If you're getting married in a beautiful country house venue. How do you reflect the luxurious setting in your venue styling? We asked Essex venue stylist Mediterranean Occasions. "When planning your styling, choose opulent centrepieces that complement the setting. For example, glass-cut candelabra brimming with florals would work beautifully. I also love candles for creating a romantic and cosy atmosphere. Imagine walking into a room full of flickering candles giving a warm glow for understated wow factor."... read more

Posted: 22 October 2020

Fun, quirky and thortful - just what we need right now!

Fun, quirky and thortful - just what we need right now!

Here at County Wedding Magazines HQ we adore this range of cards for couples who have had to postpone their big day! With a whole host of different designs thortful.com has something for everyone; yes nothing can take away from the upset of a cancelled or postponed wedding, but a thoughtful card will certainly go a long way and put a little smile on someone's face. Check out this range of delightful cards to be inspired to send one to someone you know... read more

Posted: 21 October 2020

Katie Frances Art helps you get your dream wedding stationery

Katie Frances Art helps you get your dream wedding stationery

How do you make sure your wedding invitations and stationery tell the story of you as a couple?We asked Essex stationery design Katie Frances Art. With stationery it's great to include elements of you as a couple, so think of things that represent you. This could be a place that's special to you, such as where you got engaged. Perhaps look at including florals in your invitations and then incorporate these flowers into your bouquet on the day.... read more

Posted: 20 October 2020

Get wedding-ready with Institut Esthederm - prize giveaway

Get wedding-ready with Institut Esthederm - prize giveaway

French skincare brand, Institut Esthederm's Cellular Water Fresh Moisturising Gel is the ideal moisturiser for skin exposed to urban aggressors and essential for use in your pre-wedding beauty regime. Suitable for all skin type, it acts as a shield against pollution, creating an invisible film that traps particles and pollutants. In addition to the urban defence benefit, this lightweight moisturiser provides all day-long water diffusion between skin cells for dynamic hydration. The skin is revitalized and glows with lasting radiance. Last but not least, it's quick-absorbing texture and practical packaging make it a men's favourite moisturiser too!... read more

Posted: 19 October 2020

Elf Occasions tells us how to add personality to an intimate wedding

Elf Occasions tells us how to add personality to an intimate wedding

Emma Fews of Essex-based Elf Occasions Venue Styling tell us how you can reflect you and your partner in your wedding venue styling if you're planning an intimate wedding. Firstly, go back to basics and prioritise what's most important to you. Fewer guests will allow more budget to spend on these priorities – whether that's transforming your space with the décor of your dreams or having a fairytale designer dress – do what's right for you.... read more

Posted: 15 October 2020

Essex-based Alison White Wedding Flowers tells us how to create showstopping florals

Essex-based Alison White Wedding Flowers tells us how to create showstopping florals

Flowers are one of the central elements for successful wedding design; they can transform any venue. The fabulous array of colours and textures available can be used to enhance any theme and say a lot about your personalities. Florals can be anything from dramatic and romantic to fun, modern, vintage or chic. There are many blooms to choose from and they should reflect your taste and style, so as soon as your guests walk into the venue, they'll see it's so you.... read more

Posted: 13 October 2020

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