Your Sussex Wedding news and ideas from around the area

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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The flower language of roses: the hidden meaning behind each shade

Roses are still one of the most prominent wedding flowers chosen couples to feature in their big-day styling. But how do you know which colour rose to get? Luckily for you, each colour has a specific meaning, and depending on the occasion, one will be better suited than the other.

During the Victorian era, flower language, also known as floriography, gained prominence. Flowers, especially roses, were used to convey a secret message without having to speak. This tradition has carried through today, and roses are much appreciated as a stand-alone gift, as well as a sentimental complement to a main present.

The gemstone jeweller Angelic Diamonds has ranked the most popular colour roses in the UK based on Google search volumes and reveals the hidden messages behind each to help you find the perfect one.... read more

Posted: 17 January 2022

7 unique wedding traditions from around the world 

Weddings come in all different shapes and sizes, and there are so many unique traditions that make them special in different countries. There are many customs you are likely already familiar with, such as proposing with a diamond engagement ring and throwing your bouquet on the big day. However, there are so many other interesting traditions from around the globe that you're sure to love. 

New research from engagement ring retailer, Angelic Diamonds, takes us on a trip around the world to find out more about wedding traditions and costs in every corner of the globe. Today, we're taking a closer look at some of our very favourite traditions. Despite their differences, there is one thing that all these traditions have in common. They are all in place to bring luck, happiness, and love to a union between the happy couple.... read more

Posted: 14 January 2022

How to incorporate a slideshow into your best man’s speech

Here at County Wedding Magazines HQ we've heard it many times before "they could relax once the speeches were given".
This anxiety of the wedding speeches affects not only the groom but also the groomsmen. Whether you enjoy public speaking or not, there's a lot of pressure on the best man to remember to thank the bride, do justice to the groom without revealing his worst stories, and crucially be funny - but not so funny you ruin the big day!
No matter how confident the bestman is, or how often they may do presentations at work, this is still a daunting task.
If you've a wedding on the horizon and need some tips, James Robinson, Marketing Manager at presentation design agency Buffalo 7 offers his top tips on incorporating a slideshow in to the speech to help with proceedings...... read more

Posted: 11 January 2022

Countdown to the County Wedding Events Signature Wedding Show at the Wembley Stadium, London!

We live and breathe weddings at County Wedding Magazines and Events, so we can't wait for our Signature Wedding Show at Wembley Stadium, London, on Sunday 20th February 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.... read more

Posted: 7 January 2022

The most popular and beautiful hotspots to propose in the UK

New research by London cornerstone jewellery brand, ABELINI, has revealed that even a global pandemic can't stop romantics tying the knot, as it is revealed that 79% of Brits would be happy to get engaged in the UK.
If you're reading this after having a festive proposal at the end of 2021 - did your very own engagement location make one of the top listed?
Whether your loved one is an ocean-obsessed water sign or a glamorous city slicker who would love to be proposed to with views over the capital, here at County Wedding Magazines HQ we're loving these winners.... read more

Posted: 7 January 2022

How to plan a sustainable wedding

The ethical jewellery brand Ingle & Rhode have put together a guide on how to plan a sustainable wedding without compromising on that luxury feeling on your big day.
With the world becoming more environmentally conscious, a spokesperson for Ingle & Rhode said: "We're very passionate about ethical sourcing and we know through our customers that there are so many people out there who are interested in the idea of having a more sustainable wedding.
"Weddings often include a lot of single use items wrapped in plastic which of course isn't great for our environment.... read more

Posted: 3 January 2022

Making the dream work

The team at Q Hair and Beauty, Chichester, had cause to celebrate when the winners of the Salon Business Awards '21 were announced recently, having scooped the title of Salon Team in the face of strong competition.
Salon Business publishing editor Joanne Charlton says, "Yet again Q Hair and Beauty has demonstrated that coming together as a team amplifies the talents and success of individual members, to enrich the lives of staff and clients alike. From organising team events, to supporting each other through what has been a very difficult 19 months, the Q team has smashed it and fully deserves this accolade."... read more

Posted: 30 December 2021

Ring in the New Year - bottoms up!

If you had a festival proposal last weekend - lucky you - and it means this New Year there will be double celebrations now you're embarking on your wedding planning journey and entering 2022 as an engaged couple!
These delightful Gin cocktails are the perfect way to celebrate and bring in the New Year, restrictions maybe looming once again, but gin can travel!
Pinkster is locally grown and distilled in Cambridgeshire, Mermaid is crafted in the sea air of the Isle of Wight, Aviation American Gin is produced under Ryan Reynolds' watchful eye in Portland, Oregon and Jaisalmer Gin, inspired by the imperial age of Maharajas and Maharanis has flown all the way from Jaisalmer, India!... read more

Posted: 28 December 2021

How to style your outfit for weddings this winter

Renowned high street footwear brand Clarks, analysed search volume data to reveal what wedding outfit colours the nation are searching for the most this winter. Blue wedding outfits came out on top, followed by black, pink, red and green! What's more, Clarks spoke to Lindsay from Lindsay Punch Styling to give her top tips on what shoes to pair with our upcoming wedding outfits, from styles to different colours. Read on for advice on winter wedding styling...... read more

Posted: 24 December 2021

Cosy up in the country

Southend Barns in Chichester, West Sussex has just launched a new accommodation offer with its quirky Shepherd's Hut. Set in the alpaca's grazing field with its own festoon-lit private pathway and rustic garden, the Mama Lou Shepherd's Hut has a gorgeously luxurious feel for guests to relax in a completely unique environment.
Why not enjoy the picturesque views of the landscaped gardens and countryside as you sit on the patio enjoying a glass of local Tinwood sparkling wine?... read more

Posted: 23 December 2021

Winter wedding wellies

Whether it's a winter wedding, getting hitched in spring or a summertime country affair – Evercreatures' 'Weddies' offer the bride and her girl squad eye-catching footwear. These stylish cream coloured IDO wellington boots complete with bow come in short and tall options and could just be the perfect 'surprise' gift for the bride-to-be.
They are unique, funky and a fun fashion item for brides who dare to be different. Weddies, which are exclusively designed by Evercreatures, keep you looking and feeling bright and cheerful whatever the conditions!
The boots are made from natural, sustainable rubber and are coupled with Evercreatures' unique moulded design and padded inner to be super soft and comfortable enough to wear even when the elements aren't.... read more

Posted: 21 December 2021

A new look

With weddings on hold throughout most of 2020 the team at entertainment provider, Toast, made the best use of their time and energy to rebrand and relaunch the company's website. Director Nathan Evans says, "We spent a lot of time chatting with our designers and web builders to ensure our new brand had rationale developed into every area. The logo, colour palette and web build were all deeply considered and had meaning embedded into every inch."
The say every picture tells a story and this is certainly the case for Toast's new logo.... read more

Posted: 17 December 2021

Perfectly plan your wedding with Pantone's Very Peri

Very Peri, Pantone Colour of the Year 2022, is a gorgeous shade that can inspire your wedding theme and colour scheme.
The Pantone Institute says of this new hue: Displaying a carefree confidence and a daring curiosity that animates our creative spirit, inquisitive and intriguing PANTONE 17-3938 Very Peri helps us to embrace this altered landscape of possibilities, opening us up to a new vision as we rewrite our lives. Rekindling gratitude for some of the qualities that blue represents complemented by a new perspective that resonates today, PANTONE 17-3938 Very Peri places the future ahead in a new light.

We are living in transformative times. PANTONE 17-3938 Very Peri is a symbol of the global zeitgeist of the moment and the transition we are going through. As we emerge from an intense period of isolation, our notions and standards are changing.... read more

Posted: 16 December 2021

Don't leave me hanging

Yeti & The Fox is a simple yet effective pharmaceutical-free solution to the dreaded hangover. With many couples choosing to opt for hangover survival kit-style wedding favours (we love this idea) Yeti & The Fox is a must-have addition. Here comes the science bit! S-acetyl gluthione is the body's main natural antioxidant and immune system booster helping the body stay healthy. When combined with N-acetyl cysteine and vitamin B6, it becomes highly effective and fighting toxins ingested via food and drink. Glutathione is in fact needed by our bodies to break down toxic substance acetaldehyde the offending substance produced as alchohol is broken down by the liver. It's also to blame for liver damage and many of the most hideous symptoms experienced during a hangover. So, with the acetaldehyde-busting ingredient glutathione being at the core of Yeti & Fox it's clear to see why it works!... read more

Posted: 16 December 2021

A greener future

All too aware of the impact of global climate change, Southdowns Manor has been making changes in recent years to ensure it is part of the solution, rather than contributing to the problem, and is now taking the next step towards sustainability. For every wedding booked with the venue going forward, it pledges to plant a tree with the National Trust. So with every big day it hosts one tree will be given back to our Earth, helping to build a greener future.
Find out more about the process at www.nationaltrust.org.uk/features/plant-a-tree and to request a wedding brochure from Southdowns Manor head over to www.southdownsmanor.co.uk/request-a-brochure... read more

Posted: 9 December 2021

How to wow with your venue styling

When faced with the initial blank canvas that is your venue you may view it in one of two ways: with total panic or giddy excitement. In which case, you'll either be in need of inspiration or focus so we chatted to Annabel from Butterflies & Bows who was kind enough to share her expertise on the matter particularly when it comes to making the most of your wedding flowers. Check out her top tips for creating a veritable wedding wonderland with wow factor.... read more

Posted: 7 December 2021

Beauty base

Organic skin care brand Green People has opened a flagship retail store in its home town of Horsham, West Sussex. Located in Piries Place, the concept store will bring a selection of Green People's award-winning organic beauty products to the High Street, including the founder's signature collection Age Defy+ by Cha Vøhtz. This new retail space will give shoppers a chance to experience the texture, scent and effectiveness of Green People products while offering pre-bookable skincare consultations, in-store events and click and collect purchase options. So, if you're thinking about your big-day skin prep, it's well worth a visit.... read more

Posted: 2 December 2021

Prop-tastic

As well as planning, styling and on-the-day coordination, Luna And The Lane can now offer an extensive and eclectic range of furniture and props to decorate your space. Business owner Sally Gallis says, "We've been helping couples to create and plan beautiful, unique weddings for the past few years and have now added to our services by offering hire packages. From tables and chairs to bars and table décor, we have a bit of everything to suit whatever you need."
Luna And The Lane has built a reputation for working with style-led couples, keen to put their own stamp on their event and make it personal to them.... read more

Posted: 25 November 2021

On the wings of a dove

Here at Your Sussex Wedding, we've heard all about dove releases at weddings and were keen to know more. So, we got in touch with Viv Lambert at Lambert's White Dove Release based in Brighton for the lowdown.
Viv says, "Watching their love and dreams for the future rise and fly free on the wings of a dove is a magical experience for newlyweds, one that will forever be a treasured memory of the day. In addition, at every wedding there are those the couple know will be watching over them, but who can only be with them in spirit.... read more

Posted: 23 November 2021

Capture the moment

Jennifer, the talent behind Divine Photography Eastbourne, is a passionate wedding photographer. She loves nothing more than capturing images that exude love, laughter and the odd tear of joy – shots that you can treasure forever. Available right now is the fab offer of a complimentary pre-wedding shoot if you book Divine Photography to immortalise your 2022/23 big day.
To find out more, get in touch at divinephotographyeastbourne@gmail.com or 07732 056 208. Also, check out www.divinephotographyeastbourne.com... read more

Posted: 18 November 2021

Goldsmiths unveils luxurious new showroom in Brighton

Goldsmiths, one of the UK's leading luxury watch and jewellery retailers has opened its doors to unveil its dynamic new design at its Brighton showroom, at Churchill Square. The Brighton showroom is only the third of Goldsmith's new concept showrooms to open, following the opening of the Canterbury and Reading showrooms during October. The showroom reveals a whole new interior concept, as well as an exceptional new line up of luxury timepieces from the best names in Swiss watchmaking alongside world-renowned fine jewellery brands. Goldsmiths has created a luxury retail environment for the future – one that embraces a modern and relaxed way to browse.... read more

Posted: 16 November 2021

Mix it up

Mixology Events has re-launched bridal party cocktail masterclasses. Designed for groups of any size the classes are custom-built, 100 per cent interactive and hands-on. As you enter, you'll be treated to a complimentary cocktail before being guided through the background and concepts of mixology, cocktail making and techniques. Then, you'll each make – and drink – four cocktails at your own cocktail-bar workspace, allowing everyone to create simultaneously. Finally, you can indulge in some healthy competition as each bar competes to make an original cocktail using a wide range of liquors, spirits, syrups, fresh fruits, juices and specialised equipment. Tom Cruise, eat your heart out!... read more

Posted: 11 November 2021

What's that? Even MORE wedspiration from CWM!

Here at CMW HQ we're literally never satisfied when it comes to providing our readers with enough wedspiration. Because, really, what is enough? We'd go on forever if we could. So, with that in mind, we've created our very own County Wedding Magazines YouTube channel, just for you. Find tons of big-day ideas from venue tours to dream dresses. Catch up on beauty reviews and how tos from our beauty editor and peek behind the scenes of styled shoots featured in our titles past and present. You can even be a fly on the wall at some real weddings - after all, if we're honest, who doesn't love being a bit nosey! And we haven't stopped there, as you'll also find local supplier interviews packed with tips and tricks.... read more

Posted: 5 November 2021

The rise of humanist weddings

Neil Dutta at Angelic Diamonds, a UK wedding jewellery specialist, explores why humanist weddings have seen an increase in popularity in recent years. With official guidance looking to change in the not too distant future, giving celebrants more legal power to actually marry couples - removing the need for a pre- or post-blessing registry office date - here at County Wedding Magazine HQ we think this is a trend that will continue to soar.
Neil continues....... read more

Posted: 5 November 2021

Birthday bash

British Airways i360 is turning five this year and what birthday would be complete without a few presents? To celebrate the iconic attraction's milestone it has been offering visitors a birthday bonanza of giveaways with help from local partners including Nyetimber, Brighton Hilton and The Royal Pavilion. And it didn't stop there! Taking festivities to new heights it has launched a new attraction: The i360 Tower Top Climb Experience. For the first time visitors will be able to enjoy behind-the-scenes access to the internal workings of the tower accompanied by expert BA i360 technicians who'll describe how the tower and pod operate.... read more

Posted: 4 November 2021

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