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All the latest wedding news for couples getting married in Sussex, along with bridal fashion and beauty inspiration and honeymoon ideas.

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Win a luxury hen do worth up to £3,950!

Win a luxury hen do worth up to £3,950!

After such a tough 2020 with so many weddings and hen parties cancelled, we are all eagerly awaiting this summer for that light at the end of the tunnel.We are delighted to introduce you to Kymani, the tailor-made group glamping company. Kymani offers bespoke luxury getaways in a choice of rural location for brides looking for something that bit different. Each site can be hired out on an exclusive basis so that groups have the entire place to themselves for a really special private getaway – all which will be set up in a completely safe, socially-distanced way.What makes Kymani different from other glamping operators is the ability for groups of up to 40 people to hire the sites out exclusively allowing you and your hens to get away from it all whilst having the whole place to yourselves.... read more

Posted: 9 April 2021

Things to think about when gifting wedding money

Things to think about when gifting wedding money

As lockdown restrictions ease and the countdown to May 17th begins, couples will be eager to get their wedding plans back on track, so they can walk down the aisle to say those all-important words - 'I do'. The pandemic meant scores of couples had to postpone their big day and, for some, it meant cancelling altogether. Many will now be hoping they can get back to planning their celebrations. Although some couples may have been able to squirrel away more savings during lockdown, the cost of weddings, particularly as many may want bigger, more extravagant weddings after being apart from family and friends for so long, can run into the thousands. To help, parents, grandparents and other relatives may choose to gift money. Research from the Family Wealth Unlocked report by Prudential UK, found that one in six (16%) adults have received a financial gift to pay for their wedding. And this number could rise. For those considering or receiving a financial gift, Kirsty Anderson, Financial Planning Expert at Prudential UK shares four things couples should consider:... read more

Posted: 9 April 2021

Weald & Downland Living Museum wedding open day

Weald & Downland Living Museum wedding open day

Weald & Downland Living Museum in Singleton, West Sussex is hosting an open weekend on Saturday 24 - Sunday 25 April. Nestled in the beautiful landscape of the South Downs National Park, the Weald & Downland Living Museum is home to 50 historic buildings set on 40 acres of land, which offers couples a one-of-a-kind and picturesque setting for their wedding day. The Museum will be hosting an open weekend in April to give couples the opportunity to discover Crawley Barn dressed and ready for a wedding.... read more

Posted: 9 April 2021

Something new, something borrowed, something...green!

Something new, something borrowed, something...green!

Sustainable weddings don't mean compromising on style or having to spend more - and here at County Wedding Magazines HQ we couldn't agree more! Often the sustainable choice is the most tasteful and affordable. There are great ways you can reduce waste and reuse materials that not only make your wedding planet-friendly, but also unique and memorable. Here, North London Waste Authority has some top tips for a sustainable wedding which will certainly still be stylish and beautiful...... read more

Posted: 7 April 2021

Calling all newlyweds and nearlyweds - County Wedding Magazines need you!

Calling all newlyweds and nearlyweds - County Wedding Magazines need you!

As our wonderful world of weddings adapts to the new normal, eagerly looking to the roadmap ahead, County Wedding Magazines is here to share our readers' beautiful wedding days whatever the size of their guest list. From pre-Covid nuptials to post-lockdown micro-weddings, we want to feature them all, and we need your help! If you would like to see your wedding day featured across four entire pages of one of our magazines then please do get in touch following the link below.... read more

Posted: 7 April 2021

2021’s biggest wedding flower trends

2021’s biggest wedding flower trends

One of the biggest trends to emerge, and one like to stay is shopping local. Whether this is due to the Covid-19 crisis - either a response to flowers becoming harder to import or the pandemic inspiring people to support local businesses; or an overall trend of the UK becoming more environmentally conscious - is unclear, but what is clear is that supporting local is a great way to find unique and gorgeous flowers for your big day.Direct2florist has also revealed more trends to be inspired by....... read more

Posted: 5 April 2021

Five alternative ways to get married

Five alternative ways to get married

Desperate to pledge your eternal vows to your betrothed, but plagued by uncertainty over when you'll be allowed to do it? It's hard to pin down a date for a 'traditional' wedding right now and although things are looking more positive, who knows where we'll be by summertime? There are, however, lots of ways to say: 'I do'. And not all have to involve a big party. Liz Taylor is a luxury wedding planner, and hospitality consultant, of over thirty years' experience. Here she shares just some of her alternative ways to celebrate getting married, which are so unique that you won't miss the grand party.... read more

Posted: 2 April 2021

Celebrate wedding season with Marokka

Celebrate wedding season with Marokka

After the excitement of a wedding invite dropping through your letter box - or via email for those tech-savvy couples - after thinking about what you're going to wear, next is thoughts of the gift list! At Marokka to celebrate all couples that can finally have their weddings again, whether planning something intimate or waiting until later on in the year for larger celebrations, its curated a selection of wedding day gifts you'll fall in love with. In keeping with Marokka's core values of collaboration and giving back, each range is the result of a partnership with another like-minded business as well as a promise to donate 10% of each sale to charity.... read more

Posted: 31 March 2021

Local shoot: Gently Gothic

Local shoot: Gently Gothic

Photographer and shoot coordinator Amy Davies set out to create a dramatic look for this project. "There are lots of extremes when it comes to the gothic style," she says, but admits that none of them are likely to appeal greatly to a bride who might consider her everyday style somewhat short of alternative. "So, we chose a broadly gothic theme with plenty of smiles and laughter, paired with a soft and light twist," she continues before adding: "It is possible to have a black wedding dress without the black lipstick!"... read more

Posted: 30 March 2021

New wedding tablescapes from Setting Pretty

New wedding tablescapes from Setting Pretty

Here at County Wedding Magazines HQ we champion local wedding suppliers and think tying the knot close to home is also better for you, your loved ones and the planet! With abroad wedding looking uncertain for the next year or two, it's also another perfect reason to get married here in Blighty. Yes, you may not always have the sunnier weather, but why not bring a taste of the Mediterranean to your UK reception with this new range from Setting Pretty?... read more

Posted: 29 March 2021

How to avoid the 10 most common wedding planning bust-ups

How to avoid the 10 most common wedding planning bust-ups

With potentially nearly 200,000 couples planning wedding this year, that's a whole lot of hormones, stress and tension flying about - after all, planning a wedding can be one of the hardest (but also greatest) life experiences to go through. To capture what causes the strops, tantrums, tears and everything else in-between when planning a wedding, jewellers Queensmith surveyed 1,000 married women about the build-up to their special day - here at County Wedding Magazines HQ we can certainly relate to a few!... read more

Posted: 26 March 2021

Local shoot: English Wildflowers

Local shoot: English Wildflowers

Park House Hotel and Spa provided the perfect location for this quintessentially English picnic complete with scones, tea and cake. Park House Hotel and Spa, Midhurst, is a luxury country-house venue that hosts intimate, exclusive-use weddings in its barn and across the extensive grounds. "We were inspired by its walled garden and immaculate lawns," says shoot coordinator Giulia O'Lorey of Cakes in Bloom. The plan was to highlight the beauty of Sussex while showcasing a wealth of talented local suppliers.... read more

Posted: 25 March 2021

Wedding guidance changed again, for the better!

Wedding guidance changed again, for the better!

For those planning on tying the knot this year, it's understandable you're feeling unsure of when or where the big day can take place. The Government has recently updated the guidance, once again, for weddings, in particular what you can and can't do from April the 12th with regards to hosting the nuptials. Here at County Wedding Magazines HQ we think this is a must-read, and it's also given us hope that the roadmap out of lockdown and the wedding industry will continue.... read more

Posted: 24 March 2021

Post-lockdown Brits most looking forward to attending weddings again!

Post-lockdown Brits most looking forward to attending weddings again!

2020's empty diaries belong well and truly in the bin; and although 2021 has been a bit of a write off too...pens at the ready...because from April 12th you can start putting dates in the diary again!From hair appointments, to weekends away, here at County Wedding Magazines HQ we're looking forward to it all; but research from Parkdean Resorts has discovered exactly what Brits are most looking forward to doing once lockdown eases and weddings feature high on the agenda.... read more

Posted: 24 March 2021

Game for a laugh?

Game for a laugh?

We asked Amanda Samain of Hire Your Day for her suggestions of quirky extras that can be added to a wedding venue on the day to bring more personality and fun. Read on to discover more... One point to consider as you plan is what your guests will be doing while you're off having your photos taken. Having a selection of over size and fun games will not only give them something to do, but also act as a great ice-breaker getting the conversation flowing along with the drinks.... read more

Posted: 23 March 2021

Engagement searches soar during lockdown

Engagement searches soar during lockdown

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!... read more

Posted: 22 March 2021

New direction for luxury stationery company

New direction for luxury stationery company

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.... read more

Posted: 19 March 2021

CherryTop Weddings launch new interactive entertainment experience

CherryTop Weddings launch new interactive entertainment experience

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.... read more

Posted: 18 March 2021

Eat green with Sussex's Tie the Knot Catering

Eat green with Sussex's Tie the Knot Catering

We asked Pippa O'Neill of Tie the Knot Catering how to make a wedding day sustainable when it comes to the wedding breakfast. Read on to find out what she had to say... This should be straightforward as well as fun. Just consider our top three tips when you're planning: Use local: Choosing a caterer local to your venue is an effective way of keeping sustainability at the forefront. Not only will this reduce the mileage of their back and forths, it will also decrease the mileage of their staff, who likely also live locally.... read more

Posted: 18 March 2021

Five things you need to consider when marrying in later life

Five things you need to consider when marrying in later life

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.... read more

Posted: 17 March 2021

Lost for words? The Original Poet can help!

Lost for words? The Original Poet can help!

We asked Lizzie Mole, The Original Wedding Poet, what she'd suggest for a couple who are looking for a special reading for their ceremony, but are struggling to find anything that speaks to them. Read on to find out what he had to say... Why not try a completely original, bespoke rhyming speech or poem. When my customers come to me, I ask them to answer a simple questionnaire requesting details about their lives – funny stories, nicknames, how they met, where they got engaged, and so on.... read more

Posted: 16 March 2021

Spabreaks.com's special packages for the grand opening of spas in April

Spabreaks.com's special packages for the grand opening of spas in April

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:... read more

Posted: 15 March 2021

What to talk about before buying a house with your partner

What to talk about before buying a house with your partner

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:... read more

Posted: 12 March 2021

Be bold, be brave, be you

Be bold, be brave, be you

We asked celebrant Merie Brown of Orange Rose Ceremonies for her thoughts on how a couple can inject their personalities into their wedding ceremony, making it uniquely theirs. Read on to find out what she had to say. If you have church or register office ceremony, you'll know what to expect. It's all about the process that every couple needs to follow to make your union legal. You'll have a set service following rules and guidelines. I myself had a register office ceremony; it was lovely but filled with words set by a stranger.... read more

Posted: 11 March 2021

Top locations for weddings in 2021

Top locations for weddings in 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....... read more

Posted: 10 March 2021

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