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Brits still going ahead with life goals - especially marriage!

Brits still going ahead with life goals - especially marriage!

With everything from travel plans to wedding dates put on hold in 2020, luxury UK jewellery retailer Goldsmiths, asked 1,000 UK adults how they would be approaching big life events when the world gradually regains some sense of normality this year. Despite the unexpected events of 2020 having disrupted life as we knew it, it seems that 84 per cent of Brits are determined to carry on with 'life plans' such as tying the knot, buying a house and starting a family!... read more

Posted: 15 January 2021

Paws for thought – why having a ‘pet-nuptial’ agreement is the ultimate preparation

Paws for thought – why having a ‘pet-nuptial’ agreement is the ultimate preparation

Couples who have adopted a pet during the pandemic can save themselves the unnecessary heartache of losing shared pets by arranging a 'pet-nuptial' agreement in case – obviously here at County Wedding Magazines HQ we truly hope it's not the case – of future separation with their partner. For custody of furry friends, there is currently no official legally binding measures in place for what happens to pets after a breakup. Legally a pet is seen as an asset, and as with any assets in a divorce, ownership will be decided by the court - however having a prearranged agreement in place, commonly known as a prenuptial agreement, can assist the court to make a decision.... read more

Posted: 13 January 2021

Don't miss Southend Barns Virtual Wedding Fair!

Don't miss Southend Barns Virtual Wedding Fair!

We might be in another lockdown but that doesn't mean you can't still plan your wedding and discover some amazing suppliers and inspiration. From 17 January – 21 February Southend Barns will be hosting a special virtual wedding fair on their website. Here you can find hand-picked local suppliers who are experts in their field. Sit back in the comfort of your home and discover top-rated photographers, stylists, cake makers, make-up artists, musicians and much more!... read more

Posted: 12 January 2021

Win a two night luxury spa break for two in Bournemouth

Win a two night luxury spa break for two in Bournemouth

County Weddings Magazine has teamed up with The Connaught Hotel and Spa to give our readers the chance to win a two night luxury spa break for two in their boutique hotel. The lucky winner will receive a voucher which can be redeemed any time in the next 12 months.You'll get to enjoy a spa treatment of your choice, then spend the afternoon relaxing in their 18m indoor swimming pool, jacuzzi, sauna and steam room.In the evening you'll be treated to a delicious three course dinner in their AA Rosette restaurant, then why not spend the rest of the evening in The Connaught Gin Bar where you can sample some of the 60 varieties of gin on offer!... read more

Posted: 11 January 2021

Inspired by dry-January, event planner Liz Taylor has top tips for an alcohol-free wedding

Inspired by dry-January, event planner Liz Taylor has top tips for an alcohol-free wedding

January is traditionally a time for good intentions and new, healthier beginnings. Be that swapping out meat for plant-based Veganuary, dusting off the running shoes, or cutting out alcohol for Dry January. With more than 20 per cent of the UK population now describing themselves as teetotal, the idea of a dry wedding may be more popular than you think. And what could be better than waking up hangover free on your first day as a married couple? For others, living and marrying without alcohol has a religious or cultural meaning. So, if you're planning a wedding in January, or indeed any month of the year, it makes sense to give guests some alcohol-free options.... read more

Posted: 8 January 2021

A different kind of hen party before the wedding

A different kind of hen party before the wedding

These days, most groups want to leave the UK for their hen party, but times are changing, and we are starting to realise that there are plenty of fantastic places to visit with your friends right here in the UK. What's more, is you'll find a hen party house that is more accessible to everyone, and it will be a lot cheaper too. You'll also have ample choice of hen party activities, like hiring a prosecco van with unlimited fizz or a private chef for the evening. Here are six pretty villages you can spend the weekend with your best friends to see the bride off in the best way possible... read more

Posted: 28 December 2020

Memories to last a lifetime

Memories to last a lifetime

UK retailer The Perfume Shop reveals sales of home fragrance increased by a whopping 357% month on month following lockdown, as the UK continue to spend more time at home. Not only can fragrance lift your mood at home, but it's also important to consider how fragrances can impact your wedding day. If you have a particular favourite scent, why not have candles or diffusers at the entrance to your wedding venues so that guests can be greeted with a pleasant welcome - and it will evoke memories of your special day for years to come as the sense of smell is closely linked with memory, probably more so than any of our other senses.... read more

Posted: 25 December 2020

Savings expert gives top tips on budgeting for your big day!

Savings expert gives top tips on budgeting for your big day!

Putting money away for a rainy day can seem pointless - especially when this year feels like one long rainy day! If you know exactly what your hard-earned money is going towards the saving process can be a lot more enjoyable. For many, one of the biggest expenses will be the biggest day of their lives - their wedding day. Kevin Mountford from Raisin UK has provided his top tips on how best to save for your big day...... read more

Posted: 21 December 2020

A fully sustainable retreat for pre-wedding escapism

A fully sustainable retreat for pre-wedding escapism

Blackhouse Forest Estate is nestled in 773 acres of breathtaking, natural woodland, heather and hills of the Yarrow Valley in the Scottish Borders; it makes a stunning setting for a pre-wedding or post-wedding getaway with family or friends. With an abundance of indigenous flora and fauna, a stunning Loch and a fully sustainable off grid energy system, it is the ideal destination for weddings, retreats, walking, fishing or just getting away from it all with friends and family. The renewable energy systems create an entirely self-sufficient escape from the pace of everyday life.... read more

Posted: 18 December 2020

The light fantastic at Leonardslee Illuminated

The light fantastic at Leonardslee Illuminated

Visitors to Leonardslee Lakes and Gardens can expect to experience an illuminated spectacular this Christmas. An after-dark winter light trail taking place over three consecutive weekends in December, the gardens are lit up with displays and projections onto the historic mansion and the lakes throughout the Grade I listed gardens. Live music and theatrical performances for all the family add to the atmosphere. Your Sussex Wedding editor Kelly got the chance to visit, and although tickets are now sold out for 2020, this romantic night out for the two of you is one to look out for in 2021.... read more

Posted: 17 December 2020

The next steps after your wedding: Financial planning

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... read more

Posted: 16 December 2020

Christmas at Tinwood Estate

Christmas at Tinwood Estate

Tinwood Estate in West Sussex has plenty to keep you sparkling over the festive period, whether you can visit or not. The estate is hosting a series of sparkling afternoon teas and gourmet Christmas dinners. Even if you can't visit, why not order some of the finest English sparkling wine to gift or enjoy over Christmas and New Year? Christmas Sparkling Afternoon Tea: Join the team for a guided vineyard tour, followed by a wine tasting of each of the three sparkling wines.... read more

Posted: 15 December 2020

The perfect flowers for you based on your star sign

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.... read more

Posted: 14 December 2020

Curate your own wedding gift box

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.... read more

Posted: 11 December 2020

The new must-have wedding accessory

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!... read more

Posted: 11 December 2020

December duo from Pantone for Colour of the Year 2021

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...... read more

Posted: 10 December 2020

Beachside stays with winter walks

Beachside stays with winter walks

From quaint fishing villages and traditional seaside piers, the UK coastline has something for everyone. Come winter, with most of the tourists gone for the season, calm descends on the famous West Sussex coastline in the village of Felpham, and guests of the Beachcroft Beach Hut Suites may even find they're lucky enough to have the entire beach to themselves. The recently refurbished beach hut suites effortlessly combine British seaside holiday with the luxuries of contemporary living. With beach access from the door, guests can wrap up warm and head along the coast for a bracing winter walk.... read more

Posted: 10 December 2020

Hatton Garden jeweller expert tips - ring cleaning

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.... read more

Posted: 9 December 2020

How to navigate the stress of 2020 wedding planning

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... read more

Posted: 7 December 2020

What not to say to someone who has postponed their wedding

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.... read more

Posted: 4 December 2020

NameSwitch series: Guidance for non-UK nationals

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.... read more

Posted: 2 December 2020

Oh! You pretty things - EXTRA!

Oh! You pretty things - EXTRA!

Many a time a spectacular shoot arrives in my inbox and I know right away that won't have the space to feature all of the incredible images in the magazine that I'd like to. This was just such an occasion where I completely failed to narrow down the list, and not wanting to deprive of the full force of this shoot's beauty, here are even more incredible images that you won't have seen in the magazine!... read more

Posted: 1 December 2020

Meet new photographer on the block, Jennifer Jelley of Divine Photography

Meet new photographer on the block, Jennifer Jelley of Divine Photography

Jennifer Jelley is one multi-talented wedding aficionado! As well as being a passionate wedding photographer and owner of new business Divine Photography, she's also a qualified beautician and make-up artist, as well as a former bridal boutique owner. "I spent nine years designing and cleaning my brides' dresses and needed a change so I decided to go back into beauty, but I missed the wedding industry so much that I purchased a camera and here I am again, shooting couples' big days."... read more

Posted: 1 December 2020

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

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?... read more

Posted: 25 November 2020

Almost Mr & Mrs gifts for would-be brides and grooms

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!... read more

Posted: 23 November 2020

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