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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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Post-pandemic hen, stag and sten dos boom!

The wedding sector like many others suffered a huge setback when the Pandemic struck in March 2020 but unlike other industries, events were rescheduled rather than cancelled.

With that in mind, a significant increase in weddings is expected this year as long awaited plans are put into action to trigger the much discussed 'Wedding Boom' and with that comes the rise in belated hen, stag, sten and hag dos - get ready to par-tay like it's 2022!

Posted: 31 March 2022

Essex celebrating excellence in tourism

Essex has joined in with the prestigious East of England Tourism Awards to celebrate success and excellence in the tourism and hospitality sector amidst challenging times.

The awards also recognise businesses and individuals from across the East of England that have shown resilience, imagination and growth within this critical sector. With the rise in interest in staycations and more people holidaying in England in 2021, Essex tourism has enjoyed the benefits brought by first-time visitors from elsewhere in the UK as well as Essex residents going out closer to home and supporting the local economy.

Posted: 29 March 2022

Sustainable wedding trends in 2022

With the world becoming more conscious of its own environmental impact, it's no wonder that sustainable weddings have been growing in popularity over the years. The alternative can also be a lot cheaper helping to make your wedding more affordable as well as eco-friendly.

A new study by Money.co.uk has revealed the most popular sustainable wedding trends on Pinterest, from sustainable confetti and invites, to rings, decorations and favours here's exactly what sustainable wedding inspiration people are saving and searching for in preparation for their big day...

Posted: 28 March 2022

Renowned Chelmsford wedding venue has new wedding services

With its elegant white Neoclassical façade and panoramic parkland views, Hylands House is one of the most famous wedding locations in the East of England. The venue is adding another wedding location to its considerable line-up, with outside ceremonies planned in the historic grounds for the very first time. A new outdoor wedding area will be launched in spring 2022, giving big-day couples the chance to say their vows under the graceful tree canopy of the estate's woodland.

Work is underway to create a sylvan glade for weddings just between Hylands House and the Victorian Pleasure Gardens. The area will be able to accommodate up to 100 guests, with trees providing natural cover when needed, a bespoke oak structure for purpose-built seating, and a discreet outdoor sound system will ensure guests will hear every moment.

Posted: 24 March 2022

Mother's Day (and wedding day) gifting for mums!

Finding the perfect gift for our mum's can be a difficult, as finding a gift to thank her for everything she does seems like an impossible task especially with all the help and support on hand during the wedding planning process and the big day itself.

Leading gifting specialists Farrar and Tanner has a large selection of gifts for her that can be engraved with a heartfelt message to show her how much you care.

Ideal for Mother's Day and wedding day 'thank you' gifts, give back with a personalised handpicked, gift-wrapped present, delivered straight to you or directly to your mum.

Posted: 23 March 2022

The wedding trends to look out for in 2022

With 2022 predicted to be the summer of love for weddings, after two years of postponed I dos, there's going to be a whole host of wedding inspiration to whet the appetite of nearlyweds-to-be.

Whether you already have your venue or know your colour scheme, research by Diys.com has revealed that the top wedding trend for 2022 is all-things vintage! Likely driven by our obsession with Netflix' Bridgerton, we just can't get enough of regal pomp and splendour.

Read on to find out what we should be looking out for in 2022!

Posted: 21 March 2022

New wedding offering from Essex barn

Positioned within the picturesque village of Navestock, Essex, boutique wedding venue Old Brook Barn is a 17th-century barn set within 23 acres of English countryside. Accessed via a charming timber bridge it's perfectly positioned alongside a natural brook. A secluded courtyard is to the front of the barn furnished with a gazebo, rustic bar area and bespoke timber furniture lovingly created to match the character of the barn. With its exposed beams, high ceilings and carved wood detailing, the barn has been lovingly restored retaining many of its original features.

Posted: 17 March 2022

Are your parents contributing to your wedding day?

New research from Wealthify has found that just over a third (35.7%) of parents in the UK plan to contribute financially to their children's weddings.

More than 40% of parents in the UK plan to contribute between £1,000 and £5,000 with an additional quarter planning to contribute between £5,000 to £15,000 on their children's big days. A further 1 in 10 plan to fork out a substantial £15,000 to £30,000.

In a post-pandemic world, where many celebrations were cancelled or postponed, Brits are celebrating their nuptials in a big way. Data shows that we are spending more than ever, and London parents are the most generous on average, willing to cough up £14,757.14 to see their children tie the knot.

Posted: 16 March 2022

Manningtree baker chosen for London charity event

Manningtree bakery Lady Bakewell-Park, shared a taste of Essex with more than 600 guests at one of London's most glittering charity events: The Winter Ball. The event was held in the ballroom of London's Dorchester Hotel, raising more than £400,000 for the nominated charity Noah's Ark Children's Hospice.

As part of the celebrations, each guest received an exclusive, luxury biscuit courtesy of Lady Bakewell-Park, decorated in bespoke marbled patterns of red, teal and grey icing. The total of 600 biscuits took a day's work in the kitchen, with each biscuit baked and decorated by hand with an individual message featuring the Noah's Ark logo and The Winter Ball 2021 wording.

Posted: 15 March 2022

Outdoor civil weddings and civil partnerships made permanent

One positive that came from Covid affecting the wedding industry, and trust us there are not many, was that it highlighted how archaic our weddings laws are in the UK and how badly they needed modernising to reflect couples' desires.Temporary legislation allowing outdoor civil weddings and partnerships to take place outside of a permanent structure such as a pagoda, has been in place since last summer. At the time it allowed Covid-secure weddings to go ahead, however, the move was so widely received that from April it will be a permanent change.

Posted: 15 March 2022

A must-read wedding novel from reality TV star and presenter Georgia Toffolo

After two years of postponed and cancelled weddings, here at County Wedding Magazines' HQ we just can't get enough of all things wedding and with 2022 set to be a bumper year of love and nuptials we're in for a treat.

What's more, for a complete wedding fix, we've turned to TV star and Sunday Times Top 20 bestselling author Georgia Toffolo's fourth and final instalment in the Meet Me In series, where saying 'I do' is just the beginning...

Posted: 15 March 2022

Countdown to the County Wedding Events Signature Wedding Show at Mercedes-Benz World, Surrey

We live and breathe weddings at County Wedding Magazines and Events, so we can't wait for our Signature Wedding Show at Mercedes-Benz World, Surrey on 20th March 2022!

It's one of our first wedding shows of 2022 and a must-visit for all those that got engaged over the festive season. The event brings couples that are desperate for face-to-face wedding planning in touch with local professionals who are on hand to help plan the wedding day. 

From photographers to cake makers, musicians to florists you're sure to tick a lot off of your to-do list by attending one of our County Wedding Events.

Posted: 15 March 2022

Should you get married on Mother's Day?

Choosing your wedding date is one of the most important things when it comes to planning your wedding. We are very quickly moving from traditional etiquette into a society where we are far more flexible with these. Award Winning UK Wedding Planner - Illy Goodall from Illy Elizabeth Weddings shares her insight into whether you should get married on Mother's Day.

There are certain days within the year that you should try to avoid getting married, however with the backlog of weddings this year we are using any given date possible. Whilst I don't think there is personally anything wrong with setting the date for Mother's Day, it can be inconvenient for some people who wish to spend this day with family.

Posted: 14 March 2022

More award wins for Billericay salon

Award-winning men's hairdresser and owner of TONI&GUY Billericay, Jim Shaw, and Premier Stylist at the TONI&GUY Billericay salon, Daisy Carter, have received the news they are finalists for the British Master Barber Awards Barber of the Year category - a big congratulations from the An Essex Wedding team here!

To enter the awards, Jim and Daisy had to submit one image of their men's hairdressing work that showed judges their skills, creativeness and that stood out from the normal, showcasing them as the master of their craft.

Posted: 10 March 2022

Creating the perfect sweet table at your wedding

Online sweetie wholesaler Wholesale Sweets is helping couples create the tastiest sweets table for their guests to enjoy on their wedding day. Sweets tables are a great way to give guests another treat at wedding receptions and over the years they've become extremely popular. Kathryn Hague from Wholesale Sweets said: "We understand that catering to your guests is an important part of your wedding day so we wanted to give couples some tips on how to create a gorgeous sweets table that guests will keep coming back to...

Posted: 9 March 2022

Leigh-on-Sea based vegan café's new desserts

Leigh-on-Sea based vegan café Wild Health, specialising in delicious, indulgent and exciting healthy food, has made its bestselling vegan cheesecake range available to purchase nationwide. Much to the delight of it's customer base, and it's also great for couples tying the knot in Essex looking to cater for their wedding guests with food intolerances and allergies.

Wild Health has introduced three new indulgent vegan flavours: blueberry and white chocolate, raspberry and white chocolate, and lemon swirl. All cheesecakes available to purchase, within the direct-to-consumer range, cater to a wide range of intolerances, include no refined sugars and are bursting with healthy, natural ingredients such as dates, nuts and agave.

Posted: 8 March 2022

County Wedding Events comes to Selden Barns, Worthing, Sussex

If you're newlyweds-to-be embarking on your wedding planning journey, pop along to the County Wedding Events wedding show at Selden Barn, Worthing, Sussex for some much-needed inspiration on 13th March, 2022!

It's one of our first wedding shows of 2022 and a must-visit for all those that got engaged over the festive season. The event brings couples that are desperate for face-to-face wedding planning in touch with local professionals who are on hand to help plan the wedding day. 

From photographers to cake makers, musicians to florists you're sure to tick a lot off of your to-do list by attending one of our County Wedding Events.

Posted: 8 March 2022

County Wedding Events coming to Rackleys Chiltern Hills, Buckinghamshire!

If you're newlyweds-to-be embarking on your wedding planning journey, pop along to the County Wedding Events wedding show at Rackleys Chiltern Hills, Buckinghamshire for inspiration on 13th March 2022!

It's one of our first wedding shows of 2022 and a must-visit for all those that got engaged over the festive season. The event brings couples that are desperate for face-to-face wedding planning in touch with local professionals who are on hand to help plan the wedding day.

From photographers to cake makers, musicians to florists you're sure to tick a lot off of your to-do list by attending one of our County Wedding Events.

Posted: 8 March 2022

County Wedding Events comes to Hythe Imperial Hotel and Spa in Kent

If you're newlyweds-to-be embarking on your wedding planning journey, pop along to the County Wedding Events wedding show at Hythe Imperial Hotel and Spa in Kent for inspiration on 6th March, 2022.

It's one of our first wedding shows of 2022 and a must-visit for all those that got engaged over the festive season. The event brings couples that are desperate for face-to-face wedding planning in touch with local professionals who are on hand to help plan the wedding day. 

From photographers to cake makers, musicians to florists you're sure to tick a lot off of your to-do list by attending one of our County Wedding Events.

Posted: 3 March 2022

Eco-friendly skincare from Essex expert Alice Nicholls

One of the UK's leading tattoo artists, Essex-born Alice Nicholls, has launched Four Tattoo Care Balms. These four skin balms were developed out of the idea that she couldn't find any suitable cream, balm or gel that could offer real benefits to newly tattooed or inked skin and that most on offer were functional and didn't have any real feel-good appeal. Wedding photography, and particularly expressing a couples' individuality on their wedding day, has evolved over the last decade with many couples showing off their tattoos on the big day – essential then that they're in the best condition!

Posted: 3 March 2022

County Wedding Events comes to Bressingham Hall & High Barn, Diss, Norfolk

If you're newlyweds-to-be embarking on your wedding planning journey, pop along to the County Wedding Events wedding show at Bressingham Hall & High Barn, Diss, Norfolk for inspiration on 6th March, 2022.

It's one of our first wedding shows of 2022 and a must-visit for all those that got engaged over the festive season. The event brings couples that are desperate for face-to-face wedding planning in touch with local professionals who are on hand to help plan the wedding day. 

From photographers to cake makers, musicians to florists you're sure to tick a lot off of your to-do list by attending one of our County Wedding Events.

Posted: 3 March 2022

New favour ideas from Essex soap brand

Finchingfield's The TINY Soap Lab has entered the wedding arena if you're looking for something a little different to give to your wedding guests! Experienced artisan soap makers, they can create beautiful individual wedding mementos to suit your requirements and budget.

From a tiny tied trinket to a full-sized slice of luxurious loveliness – who wouldn't be happy with a gorgeously scented, skin-loving bundle to take home? "We only use beneficial, plant-derived oils and butters, no fillers," shares owner Sandra.

Posted: 28 February 2022

Hen and stag bookings increasing for Essex business

Essex's DrivingExperience.com has reported a boost in bookings for its stag and hen driving experiences. As newlyweds-to-be choose to spend their last moments of unmarried life behind the wheel of a supercar, its most popular experience is the Double Supercar Blast for Two!

Analysis of booking data by one of the UK's leading driving experience providers highlights that, since 'the great reopening' at the end of July, bookings for stag and hen driving packages have surged by a staggering 75 per cent compared to the equivalent period last year.

Posted: 25 February 2022

Discounted venue hire with Mercedes-Benz World Signature Wedding Show exhibitor

On 20th March 2022, at the Mercedes-Benz World Signature Wedding Show in association with County Wedding Events, exhibitor Aviator - a renowned wedding venue - is running a discount that couples searching for their wedding venue won't want to miss!

Hayley Bathurst, Senior Wedding & Private Events Co-ordinator, says, "Unravelling within Aviator, one of the most striking avant-garde hotels of recent times, is ECHO, a bespoke wedding experience designed to embody all that you desire for your momentous day...

Posted: 22 February 2022

Celebrate 20 years in business with Mercedes-Benz World Signature Wedding Show exhibitor

Walton On Thames-based Love Me Do Brides is celebrating 20 years in business with a whole host of exciting offers at County Wedding Events' Signature Wedding Show at Mercedes Benz-World on Sunday 20th March, 2020.

Love Me Do Brides is an award-winning bridal retailer that's also appeared on TV including Don't Tell The Bride and Married At First Sight. The boutique has an have array of more than 300 gowns in the boutique, sale, off the peg and current to order collection up to size 32. What's more, there's more than 150 bridesmaids, flowergirls, mother-of-the-bride and -groom, including accessories you will not need to go anywhere else!

Posted: 22 February 2022

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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!