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An Essex Wedding news and ideas from around the county

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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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

We love the new Orangery at Baddow Park House in Chelmsford

The recently renovated Orangery at Baddow Park House wedding venue in Chelmsford is a truly showstopping and versatile space, which is flooded with natural light. Seating up to 150 guests banquet-style, the space can be enhanced by opening up the wall of bi-folding doors to reveal idyllic views across the terrace to the vineyards beyond. "The seamless balance between indoors and outdoors makes the Orangery the perfect room for any season," says group operations manager Kelly Sinnott

Posted: 2 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

Meet hairstylist Sally-Kate Duboux of Hair by Duboux

At An Essex Wedding magazine, we love introducing you to the very best of the Essex wedding industry. Today, we chat to hairstylist Sally-Kate Duboux of Hair by Duboux about her business, what hairstyles she recommends for winter weddings, and we also get her top tips and advice on how to choose the right hairstylist for your wedding. We ask, "How can you keep hair in the best condition during winter?" Read on for the answer to this and more...

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

Meet Rue Garande of Shades of Beauty Essex

Here at An Essex Wedding magazine, we love introducing you to the very best of the Essex wedding industry. Today, we chat to Rue Garande of Shades of Beauty Essex about her favourite make-up looks, her winter beauty tips we also get her advice on how to choose the right make-up artist for your wedding day. "How can you keep skin and hair looking its best in the colder months?" Read on to find out more...

Posted: 23 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

We love Richwill Farm country wedding venue

Richwill Farm is an exclusive Essex wedding venue set in several acres of beautifully secluded countryside among fields and meadows. The grounds boast plenty of gorgeous photo opportunities from the rose-arch entrance and enclosed courtyard to the natural pond and rustic rope swing. There are a choice of restored barns here for wedding celebrations all with original exposed beams and rustic charm alongside modern facilities. There's also a converted outdoor trailer bar available for evening receptions..

Posted: 18 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

Check out Houchins, Coggeshall's beautiful barn venue

Although this country barn wedding venue is situated just off the A120 near Coggeshall, Houchins is hidden away and set in its own peaceful, landscaped grounds. The zinc and cedar-shingle barn is nestled in the Wedding Garden, surrounded by abundant plants and flowers. Huge glass folding double doors open on to an expansive west-facing terrace to give the feeling of bringing the outside in, and for loved ones to enjoy views over the elegant marquee and pond.

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

We talk micro-weddings with Shelley Bell Independent Family Celebrant

Here at An Essex Wedding magazine, we want to help you plan your dream wedding day - whatever the restrictions in place. That's why we put your wed-min questions straight to our local wedding experts so you can get the best advice. Today, independent family celebrant Shelley Bell answers your question and gives advice on intimate micro-weddings. "How can a celebrant help make our micro-wedding more special for the few guests that can attend?" Read on for the answer...

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

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

We talk menswear trends with an Essex formalwear specialist

Here at An Essex Wedding magazine, we want to help you plan your dream wedding day. That's why we put your wed-min questions straight to our local wedding experts so you can get the best advice. Today, Alex and John of Dapper Chaps Formalwear answer your question and give advice on outfits for the groom and his party. "What are the latest menswear trends to get my husband-to-be looking his best?" Read on for the answer...

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

Baddow Park House in Chelmsford gives its tips for finding the perfect wedding venue

At An Essex Wedding magazine, we want to help you plan your dream wedding day. That's why we put your wed-min questions straight to our local wedding experts so you can get the best advice. Today, Kelly Sinnott of Chelmsford wedding venue Baddow Park House gives her top tips and advice on finding your dream wedding venue, and what you should ask all prospective venues before parting with your deposit money. Read on to find out more...

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

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Inspiration from our great team of Editors at County Wedding Magazines!

To help you find inspiration for your big day, take a look at what's caught the eye of our editors.

There are literally hundreds of ideas, products and services from wedding suppliers across the UK along with links to their web sites as pointed out by our ever resourceful team.

Take a look at what our Editors Love!