With the end of lockdown mapped out for us, engaged couples can finally start getting excited about being married surrounded by friends and family and planning the wedding of their dreams. But what effect did lockdown have on engagements? Research from Freemans found that lockdown may have brought couples closer together as engagement related searches are at an all-time high; and here at County Wedding Magazines HQ we think this summer is surely going to be the summer of love!
Posted: 22 March 2021
Planning the big-day, especially for the second or third time for those that have had to postpone from 2020, can be a troublesome task. Wedding planning can be made a whole lot easier, and enjoyable, by investing in quality stationery pieces. Luxury brand Rollo London always provides a beautiful writing experience with stunning notebooks and follows strict eco guidelines to ensure that everything is sustainable and environmentally responsible. However, wanting to take its eco credentials one step further the brand has launched Repurposed by Rollo which, here at County Wedding Magazine HQ, we think will be a huge hit with conscientious nearlyweds.
Posted: 19 March 2021
Sparrows Campsite, a beautiful glamping site and outdoor wedding venue in the Essex countryside near Halstead, will be offering couples micro-weddings and glamping packages for summer 2021. As an open-air venue with plenty of accommodation to keep households appropriately separate, it offers a safe environment to enjoy quality time together to mark special occasions such as weddings and engagements. Couples will have exclusive-use of the whole campsite and its facilities for two nights from just £3,000.
Posted: 18 March 2021
CherryTop Weddings has developed a new Covid-secure interactive wedding entertainment experience that can be enjoyed by guests attending as well as friends and relatives watching remotely. (It's also ideal for larger celebrations when restrictions lift.) Everyone will receive a 'Love Story' which is a printed booklet personalised by the couple. It contains photographs of the newlyweds and activities chosen by them including a quiz to find out how much their guests know about them, wedding speech bingo, word searches, drawing challenges and much more.
Posted: 18 March 2021
While there is certainly no time limit on finding love, marrying later on in life is not as simple as it might first appear. When both parties have dependents, benefits, pensions and a lifetime of accumulated assets to consider, then a legal union can bring with it certain potential financial pitfalls.With recent data suggesting that marriage rates among older people are on the rise, Abigail Bennett, Partner and In-House Counsel at JMW Solicitors outlines five things that couples should consider before heading down the aisle.
Posted: 17 March 2021
There are many brides who will be looking to make a sustainable choice with their wedding dress purchase, and Essex brides can do so while also supporting a fantastic cause. Lady McAdden Breast Screening Trust has had to take the sad decision not to renew its lease for its Leigh-on-Sea premises, because of the effects of the coronavirus pandemic. However, the trust has a temporary residence in Elmsleigh Drive, which houses hundreds of dresses and suits.
Posted: 16 March 2021
Spabreaks.com is helping consumers maximise their spa experience in line with government restrictions from 12th April, with specially-created spa packages and offerings. Spabreaks.com and selected spa partners have come together to create new tailored packages, designed to give visitors exceptional experiences while remaining within government guidelines. As well as enhancing consumer experience, these packages also aim to help support spas recovery after lockdown. After a long winter stuck within the same four walls, heading to enjoy a tranquil spa day and having tension eased away is long overdue for many. Guiding the way towards rejuvenating treatments, soothing moments of calm (with adult-only options for parents seeking relaxation as children return to school) and spacious alfresco relaxation, Spabreaks.com shares its top spa choices opening on the 12th April and beyond.
Posted: 15 March 2021
Buying a house together is often one of the big stages in many people's marriages, whether it be before or after you tie the knot. It's an exciting time and a great experience to have together, as you find the perfect place to potentially start the rest of your life together. However, to ensure the process is as smooth as possible, it's best to be as informed and prepared as you can. Whilst it might not be the most romantic dinner chat, it's important to discuss financials and possible challenges you might encounter - the key is to be as open as possible with your partner. Brian Murphy, head of lending at Mortgage Advice Bureau shares four crucial considerations to talk about with or ask your significant other before taking the leap and buying a home together:
Posted: 12 March 2021
We chat to Bryony Chinnery of new Essex-based events company Hullabaloo Events... "Hullabaloo Events was founded when we were planning our own wedding. We didn't want a traditional venue, instead, we were looking for something that reflected us as a couple. Then, we stumbled across beautiful giant tipis – but even that had its complications. It was hard to find quotes for tipis that included all the extras that make it a spectacular setting. " Read on to find out more...
Posted: 11 March 2021
2020 might not have been the best year for weddings - the least said about that the better - but 2021 is looking rather hopeful for loved up couples. GiftsOnline4U, the personalised gifts online retailer, has delved into Office for National Statistics data to see the UK locations with the most weddings in one year. The research covered England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland separately to be able to reveal the most loved-up places for each of these locations. The findings showed that the most popular spot in England to get hitched, is Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, with over 4,000 weddings in one year....
Posted: 10 March 2021
We are very excited to share with you Couturiosity's beautiful new bridalwear collection, which is launching this month. The bespoke eveningwear brand is based in Loughton in Essex and launched in 2019, but with the eveningwear market not in full swing during the pandemic, owner and designer Billy Harrison decided to pivot his business to create a beautiful bridal range. The collection will be bespoke, and Billy will work on-to-one with brides to create couture-inspired one-off gowns
Posted: 9 March 2021
In more positive news, the most recent announcement from the UK government has given the go-ahead for weddings to begin a slow return to normality, starting on March 8th, with the aim of lifting restrictions in full by June 21st. With light at the end of the tunnel for those looking to say "I do" in 2021, luxury UK jewellery retailer Goldsmiths was keen to help ease the financial burden of a wedding and have launched a competition to giveaway £1,000 worth of Goldsmiths' own jewellery to two lucky winners.
Posted: 8 March 2021
World book day on 8th March celebrates literature in all its forms, as well as all the creativity, imagination and that little spark of magic that makes a tale worth telling. All book worms know there's nothing better than getting lost in a good novel. If you and your future spouse both share a love of literature, then theming your wedding day around a favourite book could be a great way to celebrate your shared passion. Whether it's delving into the wonderful world of Alice in Wonderland or finding out what's through the wardrobe, Liz Taylor of event management company the Taylor Lynn Corporation (TLC) shares her ideas for World Book Day weddings, with a look inside some of her most famous literary creations.
Posted: 5 March 2021
We're loving essex designer Couturiosity's new bridalwear collection, which is launching in March this year. The bespoke eveningwear brand launched in 2019, but with the eveningwear market not in full swing during the pandemic, owner Billy Harrison pivoted his business to create a beautiful bridal range. The collection will be bespoke, and Billy will work on-to-one with brides to create couture-inspired one-off gowns. "I love the idea of involving clients in the whole experience," Billy says.
Posted: 4 March 2021
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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