All the latest wedding news for couples getting married in Essex, along with bridal fashion and beauty inspiration and honeymoon ideas.
New website from Essex dress specialist
Essex-based multiway dress specialist Lá Closet Dé Chánel has recently launched its website with new branding and a fresh look. To celebrate the launch, An Essex Wedding asked owner Chánel Barber why she believes that multiway dresses are the perfect option for your bridesmaids on your wedding day. "With the average number of bridesmaids on the rise, picking one dress to suit all shapes and sizes can be tricky – but not with a multiway!" Chánel says. Here's why...
Posted: 14 September 2021
Essex-based stationery company reignites letter writing
Being away from loved ones during the pandemic has reignited a passion for letter writing for many people. It's the perfect way to send love letters to your partner, convey wedding plans to your guests or write thank you notes. An Essex Wedding is loving sustainable stationery brand Katie Leamon's new Correspondence range. It offers the choice of five styles of envelopes, notecards and paper to create a curated selection for your letter-writing needs, all packed in a beautiful box for £20.
Posted: 9 September 2021
Martels Wedding Village celebrating milestone
An Essex Wedding wants to wish a big happy anniversary to Martels Wedding Village, which is celebrating its seventh anniversary this summer. Director Karen Lambert says, "We now have 20 wedding professionals under our roof, including our own beautiful bridal boutique. We're so proud of what we've achieved – especially all making it through such a tough time during the pandemic! As landladies and fellow business owners, we pulled together with all the businesses and we feel privileged to have made it through what can only be described as the hardest thing we've ever done."
Posted: 7 September 2021
Wedding fair at Colchester Town Hall
Colchester Weddings is inviting couples looking for their perfect wedding venue in Essex, to discover for themselves the beautiful spaces of Colchester Town Hall. The Wedding Fair takes place at the Town Hall on Sunday 26th September 2021 from 11am. Entry is free and includes a goody bag for all couples and a glass of bubbly on arrival to the first 50 guests. The Town Hall is a jewel in Colchester's crown. From its prominent town centre location, the magnificent Baroque structure with its Victorian tower and statue of St Helena,Colchester's patron saint, dominates the town. Bursting with old-fashioned glamour, the Town Hall's many opulent interiors are fully licensed for ceremonies and receptions, offering style and grandeur for all occasions.
Posted: 2 September 2021
Find your wedding entertainment at our Signature Wedding Show
At East London Soul Choir headquarters, co-founders Lizzy Renihan and Cynthia Samuels have been both relieved and excited to finally start putting together its 2022 repertoire in person. "We can't wait to share our efforts with you in person at the upcoming Signature Wedding Show at Ascot Racecourse."
Posted: 31 August 2021
New business at Ascot Racecourse Signature Wedding Show
Newly launched, The Rolling Coconut, is based in Ascot and is new vegan ice cream trailer serving delicious premium ice cream, gelato, sorbet and lollies. Sourcing ingredients from ethical and sustainable suppliers, The Rolling Coconut is available for hire for weddings, parties and festivals.Pop along to our County Wedding Events Signature Wedding Show at Ascot Racecourse to meet the team and try this delicious icecream! The County Wedding Events team will be the first in line!
Posted: 20 August 2021
Ascot Racecourse Signature Wedding Show exhibitor reopen
Looking for gorgeous, elegant and on-trend bridesmaids' dresses? Pop along to our Signature Wedding Show at Ascot Racecourse to meet The Pretty Infinity and view the multiway dresses they have available. From toffee-hues to bottle green tones, cornflower blue to navy, there's a colour for every style and theme of wedding imaginable! For inspiration pre-show take a peek at https://www.facebook.com/ThePrettyInfinity and chat to owner/designer Amy on the day about your ideas and requirements - there's something for everyone.
Posted: 10 August 2021
Much-loved TV personality Joe Swash shares what's new in his life, including his wedding plans!
Joe Swash and Stacey Solomon are a TV power couple and seem to be everywhere right now. Warm, friendly and always making the day brighter when they are on screen, they too have had their fair share of wedding heartache this year. Along with the rest of the country, their wedding too was affected after lockdowns one, two and three! Here, Joe talks about their big-day plans, his oh-so exciting news that he and Stacey are welcoming a baby girl to their brood of boys and his new snack campaign with Peperami
Posted: 10 August 2021
Plan your 2023 wedding with Signature Wedding Show at Ascot Racecourse exhibitor
With its newly released 2023 wedding packages, the Mandolay Hotel is primed to welcome newly engaged couples looking for their dream wedding venue. Based in the heart of Guildford, the Mandolay Hotel can accommodate weddings of 10 up to 500 guests and couple have the choice of numerous award-winning packages featuring everything that you would expect from a boutique, modern, four-star hotel. One of our Signature Wedding Shows at Ascot Racecourse, on 19th September 2021, the Mandolay Hotel's new packages comprise: Devotion, Felicity and Serendipity.
Posted: 9 August 2021
New collection from Signature Wedding Show at Ascot Racecourse exhibitor
The team at Berkshire-based Bibity Bobity Brides is excited to announce its upcoming launch of its very own in-house design bridalwear collection. Specialising in wedding gowns in sizes 6 to 32, alterations and bridal services - there's also a selection of mother of the bride, waistcoats, ties and accessories - the mother-daughter duo delighted in designing their own bridalwear which will be available in the boutique soon!Pop along to the show to see a gorgeous selection of gowns and meet the team.
Posted: 9 August 2021
Signature Wedding Show Ascot Racecourse exhibitor has new dresses on the way
Wight Bridal Boutique, an exhibitor at our Signature Wedding Show at Ascot Racecourse in September, has two new dresses it's looking to shout about. Pippa, a new dress arriving at the boutique in the autumn, is a very simple design made from silk with covered buttons and a plunging neckline. There's also the lovely, Lady Mary gown (pictured here) which will be available in various shades additional to the sample which is in a champagne hue. It's heavily beaded with a scalloped lace train and deep plunging back and has a Downton Abbey-vibe to it with a contemporary twist.
Posted: 9 August 2021
Source your wedding entertainment at our Signature Wedding Show at Wembley Stadium
Voted the UK's best tribute in 2020, this award-winning celebration of Frankie Valli & the Four Seasons proudly features West End leading men from hit musicals such as 'Jersey Boys'. Paying a charismatic tribute to Frankie Valli, his life, his music and his legacy; Frankie's Guys have travelled the world performing their award-winning show, including celebrity events, spectacular weddings and their own international tours. What's more, this must-see band will be exhibiting at our Signature Wedding Show at Wembley Stadium on Sunday 20th February 2022
Posted: 29 July 2021
Award-winning exhibitor at our Signature Wedding Show at Ascot Racecourse
Nehar Ullah, of Spot on Events, has recently won Wedding Planner of The Year for South East and London at the Prestige Awards Ceremony - you can meet this award-winning wedding planning at our Signature Wedding Show at Ascot Racecourse on Sunday 19th September 2021. A UK-based - now award-winning - luxury wedding planner, Nehar manages every step of your wedding and designs a day that's unique to everything you've dreamed of. Nehar says, "Let's face it, wedding planning is stressful, time-consuming and overwhelming to say the least - but it should be fun! It's the best day of your life that you're planning, so why not enjoy the journey and leave the rest to someone else."
Posted: 29 July 2021
New goings on with Ascot Racecourse Signature Wedding Show exhibitor
Wedding and events hire specialists, Serenlily, certainly have lots to shout about at the moment, which will be music to the ears of visitors of the Signature Wedding Show at Ascot Racecourse looking to plan the day of their dreams. Firstly, the company now has an in-house faux flower florist, Amanda from Dream Day Designs (www.dreamdaydesigns.co.uk), who designs and creates floral decor for Serenlilly Wedding & Event Hire.This has lead to the launch of a stunning new boho collection...
Posted: 29 July 2021
Get those dancing shoes on - weddings are restriction free!
The day has finally come – wedding ceremonies and celebrations are restriction free! Grab your dancing shoes and get ready to sing at the top of your voice: "Celebrate good times... come on!"It's been a long road that many of us have tentatively navigated over the last 16 months; from us here at County Wedding Magzines HQ to suppliers and couples. There's been small highs and many lows, as each glimmer of hope was put out by another government announcement.Lockdown 1.0 turned into 2.0 and then 3.0, wedding guest numbers went from 0 to 12, 15 to 30 and now we can actually invite all of our loved ones, friends and family dear to our hearts to the big day.There's really been no better time to say 'I do', not only will it be mask free (personal choice), socially distance-free and rule-free; but it will be a true celebration of marriage, a union of friends and family, love and friendship.
Posted: 19 July 2021
County Wedding Events comes to Oatlands Park Hotel, Weybridge, Surrey!
If you're newlyweds-to-be embarking on your wedding planning journey, pop along to the County Wedding Events wedding show at Oatlands Park Hotel, Weybridge, Surrey for inspiration! After 2020 was a year of lockdowns, post-poned weddings, rescheduled events and cancelled plans, it's great to have a date we can finally add to our diaries. It is also one of our first wedding shows post-lockdown for all those couples that have missed face-to-face wedding planning in the last few months...
Posted: 7 July 2021
The perfect bridesmaid outfit – with Lá Closet Dé Chánel
Essex-based multiway dress specialist Lá Closet Dé Chánel has recently launched its website with new branding and a fresh look. To celebrate the launch, we asked owner Chánel Barber why she believes that multiway dresses are the perfect option for your bridesmaids. "With the average number of bridesmaids on the rise, picking one dress to suit all shapes and sizes can be tricky – but not with a multiway!" Chanel says. Read on to find out why...
Posted: 6 July 2021
Love letters from Essex-based Katie Leamon
Being away from loved ones during the pandemic has reignited a passion for letter-writing for many people. It's the perfect way to send love letters to your partner, convey wedding plans to your guests or write thank you notes. We're loving sustainable stationery brand Katie Leamon's new Correspondence range. It offers the choice of five styles of envelopes, notecards and paper to create a curated selection for your letter-writing needs, all packed in a beautiful box.
Posted: 29 June 2021
Win an overnight stay with Mercure
Whether you're planning a wedding, celebrating an anniversary or simply need a night away, this staycation prize is a welcome getaway treat courtesy of Interstate Hotels & Resorts.At one of the most sought-after Mercure wedding venues in the UK, the lucky winner and their guest will stay in the best room in the house, the Wedding Suite, with dinner and breakfast at the hotel of their choice.The Mercure Leeds Parkway Hotel is one of the most desirable wedding venues Yorkshire has to offer, set in the picturesque Golden Acres Park with formal gardens and a picturesque gazebo for dreamy outdoor weddings. While, The Mercure Chester Abbots Well Hotel is a tranquil four-star hotel set amongst two acres of landscaped gardens with a backdrop of beautiful rolling Cheshire countryside and Welsh mountains providing an idyllic setting for any wedding. Or, why not check out Cotswold's Mercure Gloucester Bowden Hall Hotel for character and setting? This four-star Georgian country house boasts 12 acres of its own park and woodland providing the perfect Gloucestershire backdrop for a truly scenic wedding.
Posted: 29 June 2021
Toast the happy couple with a glass of NINE ELMS No.18
Award-winning NINE ELMS No.18 is a ruby velven – a new type of sophisticated non-alcoholic drink, created in London, that has been specially designed to complement good food.Intricately crafted from the juice of four types of dark berry and aromatised with a complex blend of botanical infusions and distillates, this intriguing non-alcoholic indulgence is full of flavour & character – complexity that gradually reveals itself when sipped & savored with something delicious to eat.With its juicy red & black fruit, uplifting herbaceous notes, warm & earthy spice, gentle acidity & soft tannins, NINE ELMS No.18 is most enjoyable served with something richly savoury - try it with antipasti, charcuterie, chargrilled vegetables, roasted meats or cheese.
Posted: 28 June 2021
Celebrate World Chocolate Day with Haute Dolci
Sweet-toothed diners are in for a treat this World Chocolate Day as London added a new luxury dessert parlour to its dining offer. Situated on Wembley Park Boulevard, Haute Dolci has a stunning open design that draws inspiration from both Italian and French heritage; the eatery combines fashion sensibilities with the art of food and desserts, to ensure a sumptuous and unparalleled customer journey. The restaurant boasts a backdrop of exquisite finishes inspired by Statuario marble and on the mezzanine level, a cherry blossom tree will transport diners to Paris' iconic cherry blossom display outside of the Notre-Dame, adding to the air of elegance at this must-visit dessert house. The tree, constructed from a real cherry tree trunk and six metres in diameter, will provide an ethereal focal point to the decadent eatery, with beautiful bloom-filled branches spanning across the width of the restaurant.
Posted: 25 June 2021
The UK’s Favourite First Dance Songs As Wedding Size Limits Lift
From the 21st June, limits on wedding sizes lifted and couples across the country will be getting their wedding playlists ready, but what could be more important than the first dance song - especially for the next four weeks when this dance it the only one allowed! Selecting a song which has meaning to the special couple can be tricky. Many couples know that whatever song they choose will go on to forever be known as 'their song', which adds pressure to making the right choice. It's perhaps then no surprise that there are almost 1,000 first-dance dedicated playlists on Spotify to help couples choose, but which songs are the most favoured?
New data analysed by five-star hotel, The Grand, York has revealed the most popular songs to play during a first dance in 2021. Analysing over 57,000 songs on Spotify, the current top ten list has been revealed, and the results might just be surprising. Securing both first and third place is the hugely successful Ed Sheeran and taking second, is 2021 X Factor winner, James Arthur.
Posted: 23 June 2021
County Wedding Events coming to Ravenwood Hall Hotel Wedding Show Rougham, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk!
If you're newlyweds-to-be embarking on your wedding planning journey, pop along to the County Wedding Events wedding show at Ravenwood Hall Hotel Wedding Show Rougham, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk for inspiration and to meet with local suppliers to plan the day of your dreams!
Posted: 23 June 2021
We love historic Essex wedding venue Gosfield Hall
Found on the edge of Gosfield village in scenic Constable country, Gosfield Hall wedding venue is surrounded by 10 acres of beautiful parkland and a natural mile-long lake. Flanked by enormous statues of stags and styled with ornate fountains, it creates a stunning wedding 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: 22 June 2021
New launch from local vegan restaurant
If you're planning a get together with your best girls or boys, the latest launch by award-winning vegan restaurant brand Stem & Glory is just the ticket. Great for adding an authentic flavour to your pre-wedding celebrations, the business has introduced the 'finish-at-home' vegan pizza. The launch is part of a rapid expansion of its online store serving restaurant-quality meals well beyond its home towns of Cambridgeshire and London to all over the UK. The pizzas have a Stem & Glory healthy twist including a lip-smacking menu of toppings made in-house entirely from vegetables and each one arrives ready for you to bake at home. Founder Louise Palmer-Masterton said, "We created our artisan pizza menu during the first lockdown, intending to launch at our new Cambridge site, but the latest lockdown has allowed us to develop it into a finish-at-home version. It has been so well received we will definitely be keeping it in our online store after we open again."
Posted: 22 June 2021
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