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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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We love winter weddings at Baddow Park House in Chelmsford

We've been rounding up some of our favourite winter wedding venues in Essex. Today, we look at the beautiful Baddow Park House in Chelmsford. Couples tying the knot at this venue have a vast expanse of gardens, terraces and parkland at their disposal. The exclusive-use Baddow Park House is a stylish sanctuary allowing parties to explore their surroundings undisturbed. The quintessentially English country house retains its original charm while offering incredibly high levels of comfort and style.

Posted: 17 December 2020

The next steps after your wedding: Financial planning

Zoe Bailey, Chartered Financial Planner and Director at Tilney comment on the next steps after your wedding when it comes to financial planning for life's milestones: "Major life events like moving to a new home, renovating your current one, or starting or adding to your family are exciting milestones but they do need careful planning. Putting a savings plan in place can help you meet your life goals as you reach each important stage of your life together," she says. Read on to find out more

Posted: 16 December 2020

Hylands Estate in Chelmsford welcomes new manager

Hylands Estate in Chelmsford has been given a boost during the COVID-19 pandemic with the appointment of a new manager. Lorraine Thorne joins the iconic estate and wedding venue from Somerset House in London, where she led the commercial events team at the famous venue. With more than 20 years of experience at high-profile locations, Lorraine has run events at some of the capital's most prestigious buildings, specialising in promoting historic properties. Read on to find out more...

Posted: 15 December 2020

The perfect flowers for you based on your star sign

Stuck for wedding flower inspiration? Read on... Signs the Zodiac originate from Babylonian astrology and can often offer guidance and comfort to those who believe them. Whether in times of struggle or marking a new start, Zodiacs are there to show the future is written in the stars. Whilst everyone knows that each Zodiac sign correlates to a different time of year, did you know that each Zodiac also has a corresponding flower? Zodiac flowers reflect each star sign's personality trait and offer insight into what the stars have planned for us. After all, each Zodiac is as unique as a flower.

Posted: 14 December 2020

Curate your own wedding gift box

With the updated Tiered Restrictions across the country, gift-giving in person is trickier than ever - and if you know someone tying the knot now micro-weddings are back, what can you give them? With Heath & Hill you can discover that elegant and thoughtful gifting is both stress-free and expertly executed. Its gift stylists source the finest products year round to curate elegant, well thought out collections; with the 'Build Your Own' concept you can take all of that expertise and add your own personal touch.

Posted: 11 December 2020

The new must-have wedding accessory

My Mask London is a new reusable face mask brand combining luxury, sustainability and protection entwined in one. The luxury silk masks are perfect for wedding days, for the couple or their guests, and contain three layers of protection; the middle layer is made from organic cotton infused with silver ions, while the silvadur cotton filter layer is also infused with silver ions making the mask antimicrobial, antibacterial and odour neutralising - also, important for the big day breathable!

Posted: 11 December 2020

December duo from Pantone for Colour of the Year 2021

For the first time in 20 years, Pantone has selected not one, but TWO shades to be 2021's colour of the year! PANTONE 17-5104 Ultimate Gray + PANTONE 13-0647 Illuminating were chosen because they represent 'A marriage of colour conveying a message of strength and hopefulness that is both enduring and uplifting.'Executive director of the Pantone Colour Institute, Leatrice Eiseman adds, "The union of an enduring Ultimate Gray with the vibrant yellow Illuminating express a message of positivity supported by fortitude. Practical and rock solid but at the same time warming and optimistic, this is a colour combination that gives us resilience and hope. We need to feel encouraged and uplifted this is essential to the human spirit." Read on to be inspired by this wedding-themed colour palette...

Posted: 10 December 2020

Beauty from the inside out with Essex's Paul Lennon Personal Training

At An Essex Wedding magazine, we love introducing you to the best of the Essex wedding industry. In the hot seat today is Paul Lennon of Essex-based Paul Lennon Personal Training. We asked for his top tips to get you feeling your best for your wedding day. "Give yourself 12 to 16-weeks before the big day for training; this allows for sufficient physiological and aesthetic changes. Initially, some simple steps can be taken to see where you are." Read on to find out more...

Posted: 10 December 2020

Hatton Garden jeweller expert tips - ring cleaning

We're all now aware of how incredibly important it is to make sure that surfaces and our hands are cleaned regularly; but that means things like engagement rings, bracelets and wedding bands all need to be properly washed without being damaged in the process. Ben Stinson, an expert from the UK's leading Hatton Garden jewellers, Diamonds Factory, has compiled a comprehensive guide to cleaning your jewellery in the times of COVID-19, with some additional information about the effects of anti-bacterial gel and washes on your jewellery.

Posted: 9 December 2020

Check out Essex's new luxury bridal boutique - Erin Kelly Bridal

We love introducing you to the very best of the Essex wedding industry. Today, we chat to Kelly Hull of Erin Kelly Bridal about her super-stylish bridal boutique near Colchester and what her top tips are for brides-to-be looking for their dream wedding dress. "I found my own experience of wedding dress shopping a bit uninspiring; I come from a design and retail background and everything just seemed a bit dated." Read on to find out more...

Posted: 8 December 2020

How to navigate the stress of 2020 wedding planning

This year has been like no other, and for many of us navigating the worry of the health, livelihoods, and isolation of our loved ones is overwhelming enough - that's without the headache of planning a wedding this year. On top of the mental health issue the pandemic has brought with it, couples who were due to tie the knot this year have had an added pressure of uncertainty and heartbreak. How do you work with everything this year in a positive way? Try The Bee's Knees Journal, a slice of realist, feel-good gratitude with a difference

Posted: 7 December 2020

What not to say to someone who has postponed their wedding

With more than 75,000 weddings postponed this year the likelihood is someone will know someone, who will know someone, who has had to postpone their wedding day this year; and before you put your big foot in it, here at County Wedding Magazines we think you best continue reading! Relationship therapist Zoe Williams at the health and wellness brand GearHungry reveals the 8 things what not to say to someone when they have postponed their wedding and why.

Posted: 4 December 2020

Top wedding dress advice from Essex bridal boutique Dress Code Nine

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, Carla Lynch of Dress Code Nine answers your question and gives advice on wedding dress shopping and finding your dream gown. "Try on a varied selection of silhouettes before settling on one. Sometimes your perfect dress isn't what you expect." Read on for more help and advice...

Posted: 3 December 2020

NameSwitch series: Guidance for non-UK nationals

If you have moved to the UK from another country, are a non-UK citizen or dual nationality holder and wish to change your name after marriage, divorce, gender reassignment or deed poll you may be a little daunted about where to start! NameSwitch is the UK's expert in helping people obtain a name change as smoothly and quickly as possible, and have been contacted by numerous non-UK nationals in recent years, so have dedicated this guide to anyone who's a non-UK/dual nationality holder and is wondering how to navigate the name change process under UK laws. Read on to find out how the name change process works for non-UK nationals.

Posted: 2 December 2020

Meet Samantha, the expert behind Essex company Beautiful You Makeup Artist

We love introducing you to the very best of the Essex wedding industry. Today, we chat to Samantha Easter of Beautiful You Makeup Artist about her business, what it's like working with beautiful Essex brides and we also get her top make-up tips and beauty advice. "I am a Professionally trained Makeup Artist with over 20 year's experience. Makeup is my passion. I am very privileged to be particularly sought after for my wedding make-up." Read on to find out more...

Posted: 1 December 2020

Boho wedding cake tips from Essex's Squidger & Watson Cakes

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, Sarah Campbell of Essex Wedding cake designer Squidger & Watson Cakes answers your question and gives advice on chilled-out wedding cake styles for bohemian couples. "How can we reflect out boho theme in our wedding cake?" Read on for the answer...

Posted: 26 November 2020

NameSwitch series: It's all in a name - how to change your's post-vows!

After all the precious time spent planning a wedding, and then the excitement of the day itself, followed by a honeymoon of a lifetime, do couples ever think about the admin after the big day? If you're embracing modern independence and keeping your birth name - great news - if you're traditionalist and what to show your newly married status by taking the surname of your beloved - then what's it all about and how do you go about changing it?

Posted: 25 November 2020

Essex wedding florist Simply Stunning Flowers talks intimate weddings

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, Victoria Makepeace of Simply Stunning Flowers answers your question and gives advice on planning an intimate wedding. "We're having a smaller wedding than originally planned because of restrictions on weddings, but we still want to make a statement with our flowers. How can we do this?" Read on for the answer...

Posted: 24 November 2020

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!

Posted: 23 November 2020

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!

Posted: 20 November 2020

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. Today we put your wed-min questions straight to our local wedding experts so you can get the best advice. 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...

Posted: 19 November 2020

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.

Posted: 18 November 2020

Essex travel experts Inspire Me Travel offer honeymoon advice for 2021

At An Essex Wedding magazine, 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...

Posted: 17 November 2020

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.

Posted: 16 November 2020

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!

Posted: 13 November 2020

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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!