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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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A man’s perspective to changing names after marriage

NameSwitch has interviewed some trail blazing men who took a bold step into the future. When you're planning a wedding, whether small and informal or grand-scale, there's a myriad of tasks to organise. And, these days, guys are expected to pull their weight when it comes to sorting everything from flower arrangements and wedding cakes to transport and catering. But, before you even walk down the aisle to say, "I do", there's another important factor to consider – whether you intend to take your partner's surname.

Posted: 27 January 2023

RRS Music Management has formally branched out into the wedding industry

RRS Music Management has been providing live entertainment for venues and events since its launch, and this year it has formally branched out into the wedding industry. Owner Rose Raymond- Silvester says, "We're excited to offer a number of outstanding acts from solo to four-piece band and want to help make the memories that really count." RRS Music Management offers bespoke packages to suit any style or theme you choose for your big day.

Posted: 26 January 2023

Is keeping your maiden name at work right for you?

NameSwitch shares its advice on the dilemma that many women face in the workplace, and that's whether to keep your maiden name? Read on to find out more... The process of getting married comes with a million personal choices to be made along the way – do you want a big white dress or something more minimal? Do you want a DJ at your celebration or a live band? Do you want to keep your maiden name or embrace your married one? Each choice is personal and unique and there is no one-size-fits-all answer. Even when it comes to something as momentous as what name you'll be known by for the rest of your life, there are different options and choices to be made. And just like decisions about what kind of dress to buy, the choices you make about your name will also be influenced by your personal preferences and life experiences.

Posted: 25 January 2023

Gildredge Manor is an elegant Grade II listed Georgian Manor House set in Gildredge Park

Gildredge Manor is an elegant Grade II listed Georgian Manor House set in Gildredge Park in the Old Town of Eastbourne. This local historical gem was rescued from dereliction by its current owners and restored in 2012. The Manor has the character and grandeur befitting a special occasion, with a relaxed ambience allowing you to feel at home.

When the weather is on your side, the beautiful gardens are a perfect spot for you and your guests to mingle and enjoy canapés and welcome drinks. Garden games are a must here!

Posted: 24 January 2023

Free Valentine's wedding with Frankie & Benny’s

Top Italian American restaurant Frankie & Benny's has been swamped with applications after offering a free wedding for Valentine's. The popular restaurant has launched the ultimate cost of living crisis busting wedding and they've already had thousands wanting to say 'I do'. The team at Frankie & Benny's have been astounded by the number of applicants, many of the lovebirds had their first date at one of the restaurants and want to celebrate their special day where they first met. You still have a chance to win, so long as you've just tied the knot, or about to, have a great love story, then you can apply for the free wedding. All applications need to be submitted via Facebook/Instagram by January 29, 2023.

Posted: 23 January 2023

New interactive feature to make hen and stag dos less stressful

A new randomised spinning wheel feature has been launched by Hen Weekends and Stag Weekends in an effort to make the planning process of hen and stag parties easier and less stressful. This comes as their recent study of hen and stag party bookings found that 30% of hen and stag party organisers have no idea which location to book, with so many different options on offer creating quite the predicament.

Posted: 23 January 2023

New honeymoon experiences for couples with a conscience

Hotelgift is the ideal way to share the joy of travel with a newlywed couple with a conscience; from uber luxury glamping to wellness journeys for two. For every Hotelgift bought and for every gift card that is redeemed for a new hotel stay, 1,000 litres of water are donated to support local communities in places that need it most through a partnership with Made Blue.

Posted: 20 January 2023

Cissbury Barns is offering five lucky readers £100 off venue hire when you book for 2023 or 2024

Cissbury Barns can be found nestled on the Cissbury Estate in a beautifully secluded setting that's part of the venue's charm. Providing an abundance of fabulous photo opportunities at every turn, the Estate is beautiful whatever the time of year. Ceremonies take place either in the East Barn or al fresco in the venue's newest addition, the magical wooded area known as The Glade.

The West Barn is home to wedding receptions and boasts the wow factor in spades with its gorgeous oak beams and high pitch roof. The beautiful fairylight canopy and crystal or rustic chandelier await you for a memorable dining experience and large double doors either side of the central barn allow oodles of light to flood in.

Posted: 19 January 2023

New hen/stag do offering in Stratford, London, March 2023!

Grab your #weddingsquad, it's time to get dressed up and put on your dancing shoes because Tony n' Tina's Wedding - the immersive hit Broadway show from America - is coming to London! This unique live theatrical experience - during which the audience and cast interact together during a 'live wedding' - will officially open at the ArcelorMittal Orbit tower at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in London on March 16th, 2023, and here at County Wedding Magazines HQ we think its got all the ingredients for the ultimate stag/hen or sten do!

Posted: 19 January 2023

Average ages we are hitting life’s milestones

A new study from Confused.com has revealed the average ages we are hitting life's milestones in England & Wales, including getting married at age 35! So how does your milestone timeline compare? Typically, the first milestone people in the UK reach is moving out of their parent's home at age 20, followed by moving in with their partner at 27. The next life milestone those in the UK usually meet is having their first child, with couples seeming to have children before marriage. The average age for having children is 29, while the average age for getting married is 35. The data also suggests that on average, people are choosing to have children before purchasing a property. This could be a result of house prices continuing to rise making it harder to save for a deposit.

Posted: 18 January 2023

Built in 1426 and set within 18 acres of grounds is the popular Ravenswood

Built in 1426 and set within 18 acres of grounds, the warmth and charm of this manor house has made it popular for weddings. Boasting wooden beams, cosy corners, warm fireplaces, elegant staircases and tall castle towers, it offers ample opportunity for stylish wedding photos.

The stunning land features four lakes, ruins, bridges, a gorgeous boat house, pleasure gardens, patios and even a giant chair.

Outdoor ceremonies take place outside the Little Castle with its stone walls, side windows and ornate opening. There's space here to seat 150 loved ones.

Posted: 17 January 2023

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

Here at County Wedding Magazines HQ, there's nothing we love more than our real wedding features - and we couldn't do them without you! If you would like to see your wedding grace the pages of one of our County Wedding Magazine titles, featured across four whole page, then please do get in touch! Grand and big-budget extravaganzas, to small and intimate I dos, themed from beginning to end, or personalised with a sentimental touch - we want to hear about them all!

Posted: 16 January 2023

Couples are opting for eco-friendly weddings

One of the UK's leading waste and recycling management companies BusinessWaste.co.uk collected data, which shows how much attitudes to environmental and sustainable choices in regard to weddings are changing. According to the research searches for 'sustainable wedding' has skyrocketed by 75% over the last year, while 'sustainable wedding venues near me' saw an 80%+ increase along with 'sustainable engagement ring' which saw a staggering 96% search increase. What's more, us Brits came out on top overall for our eco-friendly mindfulness, with France and Greece also seeing the biggest increase in searches for sustainable wedding venues.

Posted: 16 January 2023

Keep your wedding guests warm this winter

Putting the chocolate back into drinking chocolate with their unique fine beads, Cocoa Canopy are making winter weddings super cosy with its sample-szie offering. Perfect for winter wedding favours, they offer the ultimate in comforting hot chocolates, guaranteed to put a smile on the receiver's face! Cocoa Canopy is the only UK drinking chocolate brand to craft unique fine chocolate beads for beautifully smooth, real chocolate drinks made from only a handful of sustainably sourced ingredients.

Posted: 13 January 2023

November marked the launch of a new brand identity for Brighton’s viewing tower

November marked the launch of a new brand identity for Brighton's viewing tower from British Airways i360 to Brighton i360, further aligning the beloved attraction to the vibrant city of Brighton and Hove.

Ian Hart, chief operating officer, says, "As one of the city's major tourist attractions we're thrilled to rebrand to our new name of Brighton i360. It enables us to further embrace all that's great about our wonderful location and community here in Brighton and injects a sense of fun. Part of embracing our local community is working with local businesses to develop our new brand identity. Local brand agency, Designate, has designed our new logo, brand guidelines and advertising campaign, while Brighton-based fashion brand, Gresham Blake, has designed our fabulous new uniform."

Posted: 12 January 2023

How to throw an insta-worthy engagement party

You never have to scroll too far to stumble upon a celebrity engagement party on instagram and if you've recently got engaged yourself, you're probably thinking - should I throw one too? The short answer is yes, absolutely. While planning the wedding is always top priority, there's no reason why you shouldn't have a party to get all your loved ones together and celebrate the big news straight away - particularly when most weddings take place a good 12 to 18 months post-proposal. However, hosting an engagement party of your dreams can still be quite a daunting task. To help, wedding jewellery experts, Queensmith have pulled together 11 tips for taking your celebratory soirée to the next level.

Posted: 11 January 2023

County Wedding Events comes to Hampton Court Palace Golf Club in Surrey!

If you're newlyweds-to-be embarking on your wedding planning journey, pop along to the County Wedding Events wedding show at Hampton Court Palace Golf Club in Surrey for some much-needed inspiration on Sunday 5th February 2023!! A must-visit for all those that got engaged over the festive months; 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: 11 January 2023

Montague Farm is home to a rustic venue comprised of an 18th-century complex of barns

Montague is located on the western edge of the Pevensey Levels with spectacular views across its own grasslands to the sea. It's home to a rustic venue comprised of an 18th-century complex of barns, courtyards and homes, which lie at the heart of the farm and its daily activities. When you book your wedding day here you're allowed exclusive access to the venue and freedom to create your perfect weekend as there's options for glamping.

You can say "I do" in The Palace accompanied by 100 loved ones before spilling out onto the beautiful lawn for drinks. It can also be used for blessings or welcome drinks if you're tying the knot off site. Alternatively, you can decide to exchange your vows beneath The Palace porch where there's room for 200 guests seated on the wedding lawn. It's entirely up to you, and the weather!

Posted: 10 January 2023

Spotify data reveals the most popular wedding songs

Luxury engagement ring retailer, Diamonds Factory, has scraped Spotify to find the top 100 most popular wedding songs to include in your playlists. To do this, Diamonds Factory analysed over 100 Spotify playlists containing the word 'wedding' and found the most featured songs across all playlists. These playlists included 3500 unique songs, and the data scrape also used additional keywords to reveal the top wedding ceremony songs, wedding party songs and top wedding artists, too.

Posted: 9 January 2023

New planner reveals when you can afford to tie the knot

With wedding costs rising by 3,000% since the 1950s, and set to reach an all-time high in the 2020s, making and sticking to a wedding budget can be a real headache for couples. To help would-be newlyweds with the complex task of budget planning their big day, the wedding finance team at money.co.uk have created a new wedding budget planner, to help couples account for all their costs for each stage of their dream wedding. The new planning tool also helps you calculate the earliest date you should set for your big day, based on how long it will take you to save up enough money to pay for your dream wedding. The wedding budget planner page also has lot of tips to help couples save cash, including:

Posted: 6 January 2023

Win a ‘One Night Luxury Four Poster Hotel Break for Two’ in Essex

County Weddings Magazine has teamed up with The Rose and Crown Hotel to give our readers the chance to win a 'One Night Luxury Four Poster Hotel Break for Two' in their 700 year old hotel. The lucky winner will receive a voucher which can be redeemed any time in the next 18 months. Also included is a bottle of champagne waiting in your room on arrival, breakfast in the morning, early check-in and late checkout, and a delicious three course dinner in their onsite restaurant

Posted: 5 January 2023

Scent My Wedding is offering readers an exclusive discount

Scent My Wedding was started by two best friends, Holly and Sara. Based on a love of home fragrance and styling, the two female entrepreneurs saw a gap in the wedding market while planning Sara's wedding. They already own a successful home fragrance business and saw this as a natural extension to what they already do.

Scent My Wedding offers a bespoke venue-scenting service where you can have your favourite or chosen scent discreetly diffused throughout your entire day via a powerful diffuser unit or a series of beautiful candles and reed diffusers.

Posted: 5 January 2023

The most popular wedding foliage 2022 revealed

Wow, 2022 was quite the year for weddings with a bumper amount taking place. Looking back at what was trending last year, perhaps inspiration for those tying the knot in 2023, wedding insurance specialists Protectivity have researched the most popular wedding flowers, based on UK Google Search Volume. The most popular wedding bouquet foliage was Eucalyptus, with 585,000 searches! Followed by, Ivy 495,000, Jasmine 458,200, Rosemary 374,600, Ferns 351,200, Monstera 319,500, Silver Birch 219,600, Philodendrons 219,400, Olive branches 143,000 and Myrtle 133,300.

Posted: 4 January 2023

The Spread Eagle Hotel & Spa in Midhurst dates back to 1430

Located in the pretty market town of Midhurst and dating back to 1430, this charming black and white Tudor timber-framed inn retains its heritage while providing every contemporary comfort. The original coach house and stables, now joined to the hotel, have become the magnificent Jacobean Hall with natural stone walls, heraldic banners and minstrel gallery. While, the contemporary spa alongside it offers a haven to relax with indoor pool, treatment rooms and relaxation room.

Located in the oldest part of the building, the King Edward VII Suite boasts beamed walls and ceiling as well as an open fireplace. It can accommodate 30 loved ones to witness your vows. Meanwhile, the Jacobean Hall can host up to 100 for the ceremony.

Posted: 3 January 2023

Honeymooning in your married name

If you are dreaming of jetting off to sandy shores with your sparkling new ring, spouse and matching passports...then this guide from NameSwitch will tell you how to make your dreams come true. Please do have a proper think about whether having matching passports straight away is really that important to you because, trust us when we say, it's not an easy thing to pull off! With recent changes to how processes work, effects of the Pandemic, and added complications like not being handed your marriage certificate on your wedding day, or needing the name on your NHS records to be the same as the one on your passport, an already stressful undertaking just got even more nail-biting! Now it's not mission impossible, but you do need 3 key things to be aligned (and nerves of steel) if this is going to work...

Posted: 2 January 2023

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