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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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How to get your perfect outdoor wedding with Amanda’s Beautiful Ceremonies

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, Amanda Wheal of Amanda's Beautiful Ceremonies answers your question and gives advice on outdoor weddings."Currently, celebrant-led ceremonies are not legal. However, they offer the most freedom of choice in terms of ceremony content and location." Read on for more...

Posted: 2 February 2021

Three fabulous cocktails from The Cotswolds Distillery to enjoy at home on Valentine’s Day

February is nearly here which means the end to Dry January - yipee - and the arrival of Valentine's Day! The Cotswolds Distillery has created three delicious cocktails to be enjoyed on Valentine's night in the comfort of your own home. They are easy to make and will create the perfect atmosphere for an unforgettable evening for you and your partner. They can equally be enjoyed alone or over zoom with friends and are a great pre-amble to a delicious meal.

Posted: 29 January 2021

Get outdoors with Essex glamping company Under The Canvas

As with many event businesses up and down the country, glamping company Under The Canvas saw its entire 2020 season of weddings, festivals and parties disappear almost overnight. Not one to dwell, owner Ben Gould launched a Back Yard Sleepover package to allow socially distanced glamping gatherings outside, in line with government guidelines. He also has plenty more tricks up his sleeve, including a range of stretch tents for larger gatherings when they are allowed. Read on to find out more...

Posted: 28 January 2021

Time to give gifting some thought

With Valentine's Day due to take place during the UK's third lockdown, thortful.com has launched their new flower offering to cater to their customers' gifting needs. What's more, the County Wedding Magazines' team has had a much-need chuckle over thortful.com new range of Valentine's Day cards; nothing quite says intimacy like a hazmat suit and a face mask..... enjoy !

Posted: 27 January 2021

Intimate weddings at The Lawn wedding venue in Rochford

With COVID-19 restrictions imposed on guest numbers at weddings across the country, many couples have postponed their big day for the time being. Others have taken stock and opted for not such a big day. With this in mind, The Lawn wedding venue in Rochford has created its new Intimate Wedding Package, available throughout 2021 for just £1,895. Bringing together the key elements needed for a smaller ceremony and reception, the package is also flexible should the restrictions change.

Posted: 26 January 2021

Gifted with love - bottoms up!

Perhaps an idea for after Dry January, why not send each of your bridal party members this gift in the post and then you're all set for your virtual hen do! This beautiful gift set comes with a 75cl bottle of delicious STARLINO Rosé and a large stemmed aperitivo glass which is engraved with the STARLINO branding. If you haven't got a celebration planned, then why not schedule a pre-wedding date night with your loved one for some much-needed R&R?

Posted: 25 January 2021

Unique way to make your wedding day special during Covid

The beauty of lockdown is having extra time on your hands to plan the big day and spend more time looking in to extra ways to make the event truly bespoke. Lark is an exciting new company which composes tailor-made, personalised songs – perfect for weddings. Lark's team of award-winning writers, musicians and producers, who have worked with the likes of Alicia Keys, Amy Winehouse, Sia and Sam Smith, collaborate with couples to craft a completely bespoke song from scratch. The finished product is a mastered piece of music - truly unique and meaningful to them which will be treasured forever.

Posted: 22 January 2021

Essex-based PuttParty offers a quirky new wedding entertainment option

Based in Essex, PuttParty offers a quirky new entertainment option for your big day: portable crazy golf! With plenty of sets available and a complete wedding-themed crazy golf course, it is a great way to bring the fun to your wedding day. "The idea came about when my partner and I were looking for a crazy golf course for our own wedding," says owner Jack Harrington. Read on to find out more about this new venture...

Posted: 21 January 2021

Essex wedding venue East Mersea Hall celebrates its first anniversary

We're wishing a big happy anniversary to East Mersea Hall, which is celebrating its first year of business under new ownership – and what a year it has been! With wedding restrictions in place for much of its first year, new owner Kirsty Lowry has overseen three years' worth of refurbishments to the Essex wedding venue in just 12 months – including to the grounds, lake, barn and ceremony spaces. Read on to find out more...

Posted: 19 January 2021

Brits still going ahead with life goals - especially marriage!

With everything from travel plans to wedding dates put on hold in 2020, luxury UK jewellery retailer Goldsmiths, asked 1,000 UK adults how they would be approaching big life events when the world gradually regains some sense of normality this year. Despite the unexpected events of 2020 having disrupted life as we knew it, it seems that 84 per cent of Brits are determined to carry on with 'life plans' such as tying the knot, buying a house and starting a family!

Posted: 15 January 2021

Essex bridal boutique Del Tailors stocks TV star's new range

After a successful move to new premises in Canvey Island last year, Essex bridal boutique Del Tailors has expanded its bridal collections to include Say Yes To The Dress star Randy Fenoli's brand and all three collections from Phoenix Gowns. "There is so much choice now, and it seems princess styles are back on the scene," says owner Amanda Strickland. "We love a bit of sparkle in Essex and I can guarantee the new gowns don't disappoint!

Posted: 14 January 2021

Paws for thought – why having a ‘pet-nuptial’ agreement is the ultimate preparation

Couples who have adopted a pet during the pandemic can save themselves the unnecessary heartache of losing shared pets by arranging a 'pet-nuptial' agreement in case – obviously here at County Wedding Magazines HQ we truly hope it's not the case – of future separation with their partner. For custody of furry friends, there is currently no official legally binding measures in place for what happens to pets after a breakup. Legally a pet is seen as an asset, and as with any assets in a divorce, ownership will be decided by the court - however having a prearranged agreement in place, commonly known as a prenuptial agreement, can assist the court to make a decision.

Posted: 13 January 2021

Treat yourself with a stay at Gosfield Hall or Leez Priory

Once the current coronavirus lockdown ends, many of us will be looking for a relaxing getaway to help us unwind, take it easy and spend time with our nearest and dearest outside of our own four walls. That's where Country House Weddings comes in. Gosfield Hall and Leez Priory, which are part of Country House Weddings and are two of Essex's most prestigious wedding venues, are offering Winter Dining & Stay packages to allow couples and families to treat themselves over the colder months.

Posted: 12 January 2021

Win a two night luxury spa break for two in Bournemouth

County Wedding Magazines has teamed up with The Connaught Hotel and Spa to give our readers the chance to win a two night luxury spa break for two in their boutique hotel. The lucky winner will receive a voucher which can be redeemed any time in the next 12 months.You'll get to enjoy a spa treatment of your choice, then spend the afternoon relaxing in their 18m indoor swimming pool, jacuzzi, sauna and steam room.In the evening you'll be treated to a delicious three course dinner in their AA Rosette restaurant, then why not spend the rest of the evening in The Connaught Gin Bar where you can sample some of the 60 varieties of gin on offer!

Posted: 11 January 2021

Inspired by dry-January, event planner Liz Taylor has top tips for an alcohol-free wedding

January is traditionally a time for good intentions and new, healthier beginnings. Be that swapping out meat for plant-based Veganuary, dusting off the running shoes, or cutting out alcohol for Dry January. With more than 20 per cent of the UK population now describing themselves as teetotal, the idea of a dry wedding may be more popular than you think. And what could be better than waking up hangover free on your first day as a married couple? For others, living and marrying without alcohol has a religious or cultural meaning. So, if you're planning a wedding in January, or indeed any month of the year, it makes sense to give guests some alcohol-free options.

Posted: 8 January 2021

New retro photo booth from award-winning Canary Photobooths

Canary Photobooths is proud to announce that it has won Essex Photobooth of the Year 2020. Not only that, but to ensure the Essex-based company stays ahead of the game, it has launched a fabulous new retro photo booth. "With a continual increase in wedding bookings, it was clear that to provide our amazing services to more and more couples we would have to expand our product range," say owners Paul Hammond and Helen Prior. Read on...

Posted: 7 January 2021

Designer Madi Lane launches at Bridal Shop in Romford

Bridal boutique owner Jane Parker has announced that Australian wedding dress designer Madi Lane is now in store. The gorgeous gowns are perfect for the modern bride who wants some extra wow factor on her wedding day. "The Australian designer is the latest buzzword in the industry," boutique owner Jane Parker says. "The gowns dance between modern ingenuity and timeless sophistication. Each gown is different, with colours of mocha, champagne and nude undertones accentuating lace and textural layers."

Posted: 5 January 2021

Check out luxury Essex wedding venue That Amazing Place

Nestled in the Essex countryside in a picturesque location with views of its grounds and lake, That Amazing Place offers a breathtaking big-day backdrop for all seasons. Arriving up a long driveway, visitors find a beautiful Grade II listed building with a gated secret garden, pretty orchard and other picture-perfect spots. Originally built in the 15th century as a monastery, the exterior is warm and welcoming and in keeping with its age. Inside, the venue has a modern, luxury feel.

Posted: 31 December 2020

Essex fairytale weddings at Gosfield Hall

Nestled on the edge of Gosfield village in scenic Constable country, Gosfield Hall is surrounded by 10 acres of landscaped parkland and a natural mile-long lake. Flanked by enormous statues of stags and styled with ornate fountains, it creates a stunning big-day backdrop.A former royal palace, the Grade I listed Georgian manor has four wings, each with differing façades. In the centre is a pretty gravelled courtyard and four impressive Roman statues built into the walls.

Posted: 29 December 2020

A different kind of hen party before the wedding

These days, most groups want to leave the UK for their hen party, but times are changing, and we are starting to realise that there are plenty of fantastic places to visit with your friends right here in the UK. What's more, is you'll find a hen party house that is more accessible to everyone, and it will be a lot cheaper too. You'll also have ample choice of hen party activities, like hiring a prosecco van with unlimited fizz or a private chef for the evening. Here are six pretty villages you can spend the weekend with your best friends to see the bride off in the best way possible

Posted: 28 December 2020

Memories to last a lifetime

UK retailer The Perfume Shop reveals sales of home fragrance increased by a whopping 357% month on month following lockdown, as the UK continue to spend more time at home. Not only can fragrance lift your mood at home, but it's also important to consider how fragrances can impact your wedding day. If you have a particular favourite scent, why not have candles or diffusers at the entrance to your wedding venues so that guests can be greeted with a pleasant welcome - and it will evoke memories of your special day for years to come as the sense of smell is closely linked with memory, probably more so than any of our other senses.

Posted: 25 December 2020

We love Houchins Wedding Venue in Essex

Though situated just off the A120 near Coggeshall, Essex Wedding venue Houchins is hidden away and set in its own peaceful, landscaped grounds. The pretty 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 picturesque views over the elegant marquee and pond.

Posted: 24 December 2020

Winter weddings at Hedingham Castle wedding venue

We've been rounding up some of our favourite winter wedding venues in Essex. Today, we look at the historic Hedingham Castle. The impressive drive through an avenue of trees takes guests through classical sweeping landscape past mature trees, clipped hedges and the lake, which allows reflections across the water to the castle and house. Hedingham has the best of both worlds, from the imposing Norman keep on top of the hill with its romantic Tudor bridge, to the grand Georgian house surrounded by formal gardens.

Posted: 22 December 2020

Savings expert gives top tips on budgeting for your big day!

Putting money away for a rainy day can seem pointless - especially when this year feels like one long rainy day! If you know exactly what your hard-earned money is going towards the saving process can be a lot more enjoyable. For many, one of the biggest expenses will be the biggest day of their lives - their wedding day. Kevin Mountford from Raisin UK has provided his top tips on how best to save for your big day...

Posted: 21 December 2020

A fully sustainable retreat for pre-wedding escapism

Blackhouse Forest Estate is nestled in 773 acres of breathtaking, natural woodland, heather and hills of the Yarrow Valley in the Scottish Borders; it makes a stunning setting for a pre-wedding or post-wedding getaway with family or friends. With an abundance of indigenous flora and fauna, a stunning Loch and a fully sustainable off grid energy system, it is the ideal destination for weddings, retreats, walking, fishing or just getting away from it all with friends and family. The renewable energy systems create an entirely self-sufficient escape from the pace of everyday life.

Posted: 18 December 2020

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