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

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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

Simply Stunning Flowers recommends beautiful summer florals

We ask Essex wedding florist Victoria Makepeace of Simply Stunning Flowers what her favourite colourful flowers are for a summer wedding. "Summer is the best time to embrace bright and beautiful flowers. You could consider a tropical design filled with anthurium, ginger flowers, orchids and protea all finished with palm leaves and monstera. This would create a vibrant palette of hot pink, coral, peach and white. For the more rustic couples, it has to be sunflowers – the bigger, the brighter, the better!"

Posted: 3 June 2021

Top wedding photography tips from Emma Gosling Photography

Here at An Essex Wedding magazine, we want to help you plan your dream wedding day. That is why we put your planning questions straight to our local wedding experts so you can get the very best advice. Today, Emma Gosling of Emma Gosling Photography answers your question and helps settle those pre-wedding nerves. "We're both nervous in front of the camera. How can we relax on the day?" Read on for the answer from Emma...

Posted: 1 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

Check out Markshall Estate wedding venue near Coggeshall

Markshall Estate is a unique heritage landscape that extends to more than 2,200 acres of Essex countryside. Managed and cared for by a charitable trust, the estate features woodlands, a world-class arboretum, tranquil lakes and a walled garden. Carefully planted for year-round colour, it provides a wonderful big-day backdrop and a memorable setting for guests to explore. At the heart of the 200-acre arboretum is the beautiful 18th-century Coach House. With its traditional oak beams and brickwork, it's full of character.

Posted: 27 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

Party time with Booth in a Box

So many of us have had to postpone or cancel engagement parties, hens dos and weddings during the pandemic, but Booth in a Box is a revolutionary new Essex company helping to save missed events. Its super-fun DIY Photo Booth Kit offers funky party decorations alongside innovative virtual software, which turns any device into a photo booth with GIFs, boomerangs, filters and digital props. Designed for simple set up and ease of use, the kits can be enjoyed by everyone.

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

Layer Marney Tower wedding venue gets a facelift

During this past year or so of restrictions and lockdowns, Layer Marney Tower wedding venue near Colchester has hosted a few very special intimate weddings, and while it had fewer visitors, it was the perfect opportunity for works to take place. The wedding venue was lucky enough to receive a Cultural Recovery Fund Grant, and the money has been put to work renovating the large Medieval Essex Barn, which runs along one side of the Courtyard.

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

Introducing The Garden Club

Born from a desire to see people laugh, socialise and celebrate together again, The Garden Club was created by a group of likeminded, carefully curated event specialists to provide an easy, stress-free way to organise a party. Totally versatile, The Garden Club and can be whatever you want it to be! From the comfort of your own garden to the grounds of a hired venue, from ten guests to 1,000, the team can help you style and host a truly memorable event.

Posted: 18 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

Accessorise and shine with Costco

Did you know that Costco offers incredible high end jewellery? That's right! The membership warehouse club is dedicated to bringing all its members quality goods and services at the lowest possible prices – and that includes showstopping diamonds, pearls and gemstones and jewellery in all of its warehouses, like Thurrock here in Essex.Put the finishing touch to your big-day look with earrings, rings, bracelets and necklaces, with the confidence that the quality and value is unsurpassed.

Posted: 13 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

Colchester's newest wedding venue

Colchester Weddings, which runs the historic Colchester Castle and Town Hall wedding venues in the town has unveiled a beautiful new venue for this summer. The Old Library, located within the stunning Colchester Town Hall, is the perfect location for couples seeking a grand and versatile big-day setting. Originally Colchester's first town centre public library, it's designed in classic Jacobean style. White lime-washed walls, high ceilings, curved timber gables and mullioned windows create an elegant space.

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

Clive of Special Moments Celebrant tells us how he's helped couples during the pandemic

We've been catching up with Essex wedding professionals to find out what it's been like to run their business during the pandemic. Clive of Special Moments Celebrant has been supporting his couples through postponements, cancellations and reorganising. "There have been many tears as the stress of this prolonged uncertainty has taken its toll," Clive says. "My role is to ensure that plans are adapted so that the couple can still look forward to celebrating their love in a way that reflects them."

Posted: 6 May 2021

Win a minimoon in London worth £2,000

Located in the heart of Kensington, The Milestone Hotel is a luxury residence which marries mid 20th-century design with 18th-century architecture. With 43 deluxe guest rooms and 13 luxury suites to choose from, there's also The Milestone Residences that allow the authentic experience of renting a private home with the service, facilities and security of a five-star hotel.Licensed for civil ceremonies, The Milestone provides the perfect venue for an intimate celebration with traditional British style and unrivalled service.

The property's expert team of chefs, sommeliers, waiting staff and event organisers will put couples' minds at ease and ensure an ideal setting for the most important day of their life. The hotel itself is elegant and romantic lending itself perfectly to the occasion. Fine ornaments, antiques and unique artwork adorn the walls, and professional floral displays to complement the colours of the wedding party can be arranged. Intimate ceremonies can be coordinated in The Oratory – one of the oldest and historic wedding venues in the country.

Additionally, there are six luxury two or three bedroom residences, which are perfect for pre- and post-wedding days; couples can relax and rejuvenate after their special day soaking up views from their private terrace – the hotel is ideally located opposite Kensington Palace with views over Kensington Gardens!

Posted: 4 May 2021

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Celebrity interviews!

We have a great line up of experts to give you first hand advice and discussions about bridal fashion, hair, makeup, to name but a few!

Take a look at our Celebrity Interviews!