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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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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.

Posted: 4 November 2020

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."

Posted: 3 November 2020

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.

Posted: 3 November 2020

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.

Posted: 2 November 2020

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...

Posted: 30 October 2020

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.

Posted: 29 October 2020

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."

Posted: 27 October 2020

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:

Posted: 23 October 2020

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:

Posted: 23 October 2020

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."

Posted: 22 October 2020

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

Posted: 21 October 2020

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.

Posted: 20 October 2020

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!

Posted: 19 October 2020

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.

Posted: 15 October 2020

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.

Posted: 13 October 2020

Get married now, party later! Top tips for a micro wedding

Last month County Wedding Magazines shared with our readers bridalwear designer Sabina Motasem's intimate lockdown wedding - which we loved! This month, here's Sabina's top tips on hosting a personal, intimate, micro wedding.... weddings aren't gone, and they're certainly not forgotten!Sabina says, "Embracing a small and intimate wedding now and having a larger reception later can be intimately beautiful and you get to celebrate again with your guests. After our wedding date was postponed several times and it became clear a ceremony and reception were off the cards. We had a small wedding in September with 15 of our nearest and dearest. "The new wedding restrictions are for legally recognised weddings only in the UK, which means all 'non-legally' recognised weddings are sadly not and follows the 'Rule of 6'. In these instances, many weddings may have a cultural ceremony now followed by a civil ceremony and reception later.

Posted: 9 October 2020

We love Essex embroidery company Thread & Fold

Over lockdown, we saw so many wonderful creative companies in Essex diversify and branch out in their businesses to meet new demands. One of these forward thinking companies is freelance illustrator and stationery designer Valerie Carr. Owner Valerie combined her artistic flair with her passion for fabric and embroidery and launched embroidery brand Thread & Fold, which offers exquisite embroidery kits and one-off designs. We have totally fallen for the exquisite Summer Florals kit for gorgeous boho-chic wedding decor and thank you gifts.

Posted: 8 October 2020

Win a gorgeous necklace from Jana Reinhardt jewellery

County Wedding Magazine readers have the chance to win this gorgeous necklace! The perfect meaningful gift for your bridesmaid or maid-of-honour, this ultra dainty pendant features a finely carved tiny hummingbird. As well as looking super pretty, the hummingbird symbolises joy coming into your life and new beginnings, perfect sentiments to remember your special day by. Delicate and subtle, this gorgeous necklace will add glamour and sparkle to any bridesmaid dress and is classic enough to be worn long after the big day.

Posted: 8 October 2020

Newly married? Make sure you’re both financially protected for the future

Major life events, such as getting married, provide an ideal time to take a closer look at your finances. For example, tying the knot is a good prompt for couples to assess their current financial setup and examine what financial protection is necessary for them, not just individually but also as a married couple. Often, couples are uncertain about what type of life insurance or cover is necessary or when it's best to start planning for it. To help newlyweds, Zoe Bailey, Chartered Financial Planner and Director at Tilney, shares some financial considerations:

Posted: 7 October 2020

An Essex Wedding magazine wins national award!

Hooray for us! We're not usually ones to brag, but we just had to share with you that An Essex Wedding magazine has been awarded the national title of Best Wedding Publication in the 2020 UK Enterprise Awards. We're absolutely delighted, and have to thank all of our readers and the amazing Essex wedding suppliers we work with for supporting us over the past 94 issues. We can't wait to see what the next 15 years bring!

Posted: 5 October 2020

Looking forward with Essex wedding florist Simply Stunning Flowers

We caught up with Victoria Makepeace of Essex-based florist Simply Stunning Flowers to find out what it's been like running a wedding business during a pandemic.

Posted: 1 October 2020

16 plants to improve health and wellbeing for your wedding

As brides and grooms adapt to even more wedding restrictions, Serenata Flowers has identified 16 plants with qualities that can aid health, improve wellbeing and ease anxiety - the perfect choice for wedding venues and receptions this year, and in to 2021. While the health benefits of plant-based diets are well documented, such as lavender, mint, basil and so on, new research uncovers the lesser-known uses of the nature around us, read on to find out more...

Posted: 30 September 2020

Essex venue stylist Occasions & Celebrations launches new package

Essex Wedding venue stylist and prop hire specialist Occasions & Celebrations has launched a new all-inclusive wedding package with everything you need to dress your big day.

Posted: 29 September 2020

Reform in marriage law

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. But for couples that might be unsure of what these reforms will mean in practice, and how and when they will likely to become law, County Wedding Magazines chats to Sebastian Burrows, managing partner at Stowe Family Law, to find out more about the proposed changes and when they might likely be put in to place...

Posted: 28 September 2020

Intimate weddings here to stay after Government announcement

Our little white wedding bubble hasn't completely popped yet after clarification on this week's Government announcement on weddings. Here at County Wedding Magazines HQ we can confirm that the new guidelines of 15 guests, reduced from the previous 30, doesn't include suppliers that are at the ceremony for work purposes.

Posted: 25 September 2020

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Celebrity interviews!

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