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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Supergroup Claire Richards & Duncan James surprise couple on their wedding day

Pop royalty, Claire Richards and Duncan James, joined forces on Saturday 17th September, as the ultimate wedding band - Simply Wed - to surprise one lucky couple with a performance of poptastic floor-filling songs on their wedding day. Anna Novelli and Samuel Hold from Bournemouth were delighted when the power duo 'crashed the wedding' at the Larmer Street in Wiltshire, to surprise guests and the lucky couple with the performance of a lifetime. The couple - both Steps and Blue superfans - were overwhelmed with joy to have the newly minted wedding supergroup perform, having known all the routines to Claire and Duncan's biggest hits since childhood!

Posted: 26 September 2022

Signature Wedding Show goody bags - Bio&Me sachets

Pop along to our County Wedding Events Signature Wedding Show at Mercedes-Benz World on October 9th and not only can you pick up the latest issue of Your Surrey Wedding magazine but also a goody bag containing a sachet of Bio&Me Super Seedy & Nutty Gut-Loving Granola Sachet! Bio&Me, created by Dr Megan Rossi (PhD RD), also known as The Gut Health Doctor, is a range of tasty, gut-loving granolas, porridges and live yoghurts packed full of prebiotic goodness, designed to make looking after your gut health as easy as possible. Dr Megan is a Registered Dietician, Nutritionist and Research Fellow at King's College London, known as a world-leading specialist with a PhD in Gut Health. Based on Dr Megan's scientific research, the brand believes that people and microbes thrive on variety and deliciously good food.

Posted: 24 September 2022

Fancy a brew? Discover your next cuppa in our goodybags

Say I do with this beautiful cakey brew! Naturally caffeine free with rooibos, coconut and rose are a match made in heaven and we've tied the knot with some toasted rice & heart-shaped edible confetti! What's more, you can find a sachet of Bird & Blend Tea Co's Wedding Cake Blend in County Wedding Events' Signature Wedding Show goodybags. What's more, for couples looking for a personalised element to the big day, the company is able to offer a bespoke service where the couple's name and wedding date can be printed on to the tea bags.

Posted: 22 September 2022

Avisford Park Hotel had undergone a change of ownership

Avisford Park Hotel had undergone a change of ownership and is now managed by Bespoke Hotels, whose team is dedicated to ensuring every wedding is as bespoke as the couple celebrating. This grand Georgian manor house is set amongst 89 acres of stunning Sussex countryside, located close to Arundel, between historical Chichester and buzzing Brighton. With several spaces to host your special day, the hotel can cater for up to 250 guests for a traditional wedding breakfast, and as many as 350 for an evening reception, so no matter the size of your guest list, the team will work with you to accommodate your nearest and dearest.

Posted: 22 September 2022

Signature Show Sponsor - The French Flower Co

A decade after first opening its doors to the floral industry, The French Flower Company has expanded in to three premises in Epping, Chingford and Woodford and continues to go from strength to strength. With more than 50 years' combined experience in artisan floristry among the team, they specialise in creating beautiful bouquets, bridal party flowers, ceremony and reception flowers. The team will be on hand out our County Wedding Events' Signature Wedding Shows at The Brentwood Centre and Wembley Stadium to answer all of your wedding planning queries as our standout Show Sponsor at these events.

Posted: 22 September 2022

21st birthday celebrations for Surrey bridal boutique

Walton-on-Thames-based bridal boutique Love Me Do Brides is approaching its 21st birthday! The super-friendly boutique has dedicated 21 years to its beloved bridal industry and boasts approx 300 designer wedding gowns in sizes 8-32. Not only can you pop along to the County Wedding Events' Signature Wedding Show at Mercedes-Benz World on Sunday 9th October, 2022, to view a snippet of the collection, but the boutique is also hosting a not-to-be-missed sale day on 30th October.

Posted: 22 September 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 Sunday 9th October 2022! It's one of our biggest wedding shows of the autumn wedding show season 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: 21 September 2022

Top tips on how to save money on a hen-do

Hen-dos provide a great opportunity to bring together your nearest and dearest for pre-wedding celebration and excitement. However, with many brides now opting for more exotic or expensive locations for their celebrations, the cost of a hen-do can quickly add up. Anita Naik, Savings Expert at VoucherCodes.co.uk, has some great tips on how to make savings on your upcoming hen-party: Take advantage of drinks packages – Nightclubs are synonymous with hen-dos, however entry and drinks can get pretty pricey. Venues will often offer discounts on pre-purchased drinks packages so it's worth checking what deals you can strike before getting there.

Posted: 21 September 2022

The Royal Pavilion’s garden is one of the few fully-restored Regency examples in the country.

This breathtaking former royal Regency palace offers a unique venue in the heart of Brighton and Hove's cultural quarter. Today it can be enjoyed in its original 1823 splendour, with Indian architecture contrasting with exotic interiors inspired by China. One of the most exotically beautiful buildings in Britain it was designed to entice, enrapture and enchant the great, good and grand of George IV's court.

The Royal Pavilion's garden is one of the few fully-restored Regency examples in the country. Flowers emulate jewels against the flourishing evergreens that frame striking views of the palace, creating a picture- perfect backdrop for your wedding photography.

Posted: 20 September 2022

Show prices from Surrey-based videographer and photographer

Alex Rogers, of Weddings By AR, has a whole host of show packages, ad-ons and discounts for visitors to County Wedding Events' Signature Wedding Shows at The Brentwood Centre, Essex, and Mercedes-Benz World, Surrey, this autumn. The name behind the brand, Alex started as a freelance videographer before transitioning into wedding videography. With years of experience specialising in cinematography, he is able to put together beautiful wedding films for any couple, and any wedding. His team, Suarav, Nathan and Ellie, are all equally experienced and talented leaving couples rest assured their wedding day is in safe hands.

Posted: 20 September 2022

How to wear pink when attending weddings

With Breast Cancer Awareness month approaching, Cliff Bashforth, managing director of Colour Me Beautiful, shares his top tips on how to wear pink!

"The key to wearing pink is to ensure that it doesn't wear you, says Cliff, "Cooler skin tones look amazing in cerise or hot pinks, indeed most shades from dusty rose to bright fuchsia, whilst warmer skin tones will always look their best in coral or salmon pinks. Dark hair and bright eyes - opt for the boldest, brightest hues you can find. Hot pink (cool), mango (warm). If your eyes are dark choose a deeper shade such as fuchsia (cool) or salmon pink (warm).

Posted: 20 September 2022

The Photography Show & The Video Show is open today!

Multi award-winning wedding and portrait photographer Roberto Valenzuela, marine biologist and explorer Cristina Mittermeier and renowned landscape photographer Colin Prior are among the compelling line-up of global speakers at The Photography Show & The Video Show. They will be joined by Jack Harries, Christina Ebenezer, Kaylee Greer and Chase Jarvis among others, who all will share their expertise during this unmissable four-day event showcasing photography, taking place 17th to 20th September 2022 at Birmingham's NEC venue.

Posted: 17 September 2022

The Photography Show & The Video Show launches its First Ever Wedding Album of The Year competition

The Photography Show & The Video Show is launching its first ever Wedding Album of the Year competition to celebrate the best of the best from all around the country; showcasing the talent and craft of professional photographers and album makers in the UK and championing the power of print. There's nothing like a beautifully designed and presented wedding album to immortalise a couple's special day - a permanent and tangible reminder of those happy memories and moments, to be enjoyed for years to come. Wedding Album of the Year will celebrate these memories and the photographers that captured them.

Posted: 16 September 2022

Roberto Valenzuela - Super Stage speaker at The Photography Show this weekend!

At The Photography Show this weekend, Roberto Valenzuela - a photographer, author, and educator based in Beverly Hills, CA - will discuss and demonstrate what to do to transform your photography, and photography business, from average to remarkable. Roberto will share some powerful personal stories that propelled his business into the spotlight in the US and around the world and how to turn your business into a career you can rely on. As a member of the prestigious Canon Explorers of Light group, Roberto is one of the most influential photographers in the world. He's developed his unique teaching style by following the same rigorous regimen he developed as a professional concert classical guitarist and educator before becoming a photographer - he believes that it's not talent but deliberate practice that is at the core of skill and achievement!

Posted: 16 September 2022

The best ways to save money as a wedding guest

Attending a wedding can be one of the most joyous times of the year but it can also be one of the most expensive too, from things such as gifts to drinks. The frugal team at NetVoucherCodes.co.uk have explored special ways for wedding guests to enjoy the festivities without the worry of overspending. Taking on group initiatives such as splitting the taxi costs and getting a group gift can cut wedding expenses in half. Rebecca Bobbington, online consumer expert from NetVoucherCodes.co.uk said: "We wanted to give those attending a wedding some useful tricks to make the big day less of a financial burden....

Posted: 16 September 2022

Discover innovative ideas at CWE's Signature Wedding Show

WeSnapThat is a free event photo sharing app, which is private and secure and means you won't miss out on all of the pictures friends and family are taking on your wedding day. The team behind the brand will be on hand out County Wedding Events' Signature Wedding Shows at The Brentwood Centre on 2nd October, and also Mercedes-Benz World on 9th of October. After attending several weddings, the founder of We SnapThat noticed that guests were taking loads of photos and videos and wondered if all those beautiful moments that were captured would ever be seen by the bride and groom or other guests? Hence WeSnapThat was created, to help remove the hassle of chasing and missing out of photos and videos, plus the app get attendees to be more engaged with your event and make it more joyful as they feel part of your special day.

Posted: 15 September 2022

Goodybag must-haves with Signature Wedding Shows

London-based wildflower specialist Seedball, has developed a range of customisable wedding favours that can help spread the love on a couple's special day, without the reliance on single-use plastics or other unsustainable materials. You can pick up your very own favour in one of our goodybags when attending one of County Wedding Events' Signature Wedding Shows. With increasing amounts of people becoming engaged in environmental issues, more and more sustainable options are being sought out by consumers. As an issue that people feel very passionately about, it makes sense that they would want to share this passion with their nearest and dearest.

Posted: 15 September 2022

Win a colour service of your choice and blow-dry at RUSH Brighton

Due to its popularity RUSH Brighton has relocated to a new larger site on Duke Street, marking a new chapter in its journey. The salon boasts a super-pretty pink colour scheme, completely different to anything the brand has used before. The team were keen to try something new and evolve ahead of the modern day. The pink is a positive and inviting colour, and dare we say, a little bit bridal! It reflects the fun, bright and creative colours you see on every street corner of today's Brighton. In fact, the iconic Brighton rock was just the start of the inspiration.

The salon is housed across two levels with the basement floor featuring an exposed colour bar, where you can interact with your stylist to see and feel your colour choice on a whole new level. And in the reception area, we love the soft, blush velvet armchair that welcomes you while you enjoy a fresh ground cappuccino, pink prosecco or hot mug of English tea.

Posted: 15 September 2022

Your big day: six tablescaping trends to look out for in 2023

Your wedding day is such a big event, and you'll want the table to really look it's best. Here, Kate Cartwright from the tableware brand Burleigh Pottery offers some tips on the trends coming up in 2023, so you can gain some inspiration for your tablescape. Your wedding is one of the most important events of your life, and so you'll naturally want everything to be as close to perfect as possible. The tablescape is no exception — your wedding table is where everyone will sit down and celebrate together at your special day, so you'll want it to look beautiful, both for the meal itself and the photos you'll keep to look back on in years to come. Here, we'll go through some new trends in wedding tablescapes for 2023, so that you can get a range of new ideas for how you might design your ideal place settings for yourself and your guests.

Posted: 14 September 2022

Conveniently located in the heart of Crawley is Crowne Plaza London - Gatwick Airport

Conveniently located in the heart of Crawley, just a short drive from Gatwick Airport, this modern hotel offers everything from an intimate dinner to formal wedding reception for up to 200 guests. With 13 versatile function rooms, you're bound to find the perfect fit. The venue offers a great selection of inclusive packages or can create something bespoke. For those wishing to stay overnight, your loved ones can retreat to one of the hotel's 294 bedrooms to relax after a long day of celebrating.

Posted: 13 September 2022

Planning a Hen Do? Here are 6 ways to do it on a budget

With wedding traditions dying fast, modern couples are truly setting the bar for what's possible at contemporary nuptials. What will always be popular though, is the hen/stag or ('sten' if you're joining forces) do! Although, even these have altered in their format, gone are pub and nightclub crawls till the early morning, and in are wellness breaks, pottery and classes and the much-loved British Brunch! The UK's leading bottomless brunch platform, Bottomless Brunch, has compiled a list of ways you can save costs whilst planning an unforgettable hen party.

Posted: 12 September 2022

Wedding gift list ideas from designer Emma Britton

Decorative Glass Designer Emma Britton has launched a new glassware collection, Exotic Floral, which is proving very popular amongst guests looking for wedding day gifting ideas.Exotic Floral adds a touch tropical splendour to your table featuring dahlias, red hot pokers, canna lilies and digitalis firebird. This new floral design is inspired by the geometrics and structural beauty of these flowers and is etched on to various glassware items such as high balls, tumblers, wine glasses and champagne coupes - the latter is the perfect gift set of two for newlyweds.

Posted: 9 September 2022

The Pass at South Lodge has appointed a new chef

Fine-dining restaurant, The Pass at South Lodge has appointed a new chef to take the helm at the intimate 28-seat eatery. Head chef Ben Wilkinson will join the hotel in August 2022 bringing with him a wealth of experience following his success at The Cottage in the Wood, a Michelin-starred restaurant with rooms in the Lake District.

Ben will be joining the team with his partner, Monika Zurawska, who will be leading the front house team. Both are thrilled to be joining The Pass and bringing something new to the Sussex community.

Ben's menu at The Pass will bring seasonal and local produce to diners' plates, very much an ode to the county, highlights will include Sussex Downs venison with fennel, caper, smoke and rye; and wild sea trout with cucumber, oysters and roe.

Posted: 8 September 2022

County Wedding Events comes to Warren House Kingston-Upon-Thames, Surrey!

If you're newlyweds-to-be embarking on your wedding planning journey, pop along to the County Wedding Events wedding show at Warren House Kingston-Upon-Thames, Surrey for some much-needed inspiration on 11th September 2022! A must-visit for all those that got engaged over the summer 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: 7 September 2022

The British Airways i360 Viewing Tower offers a wonderful backdrop for your vows

The British Airways i360 Viewing Tower, along with its spacious beach- side event rooms, offers a wonderful backdrop for your vows and photographs. The glass viewing pod is ten times the size of a London Eye capsule and travels from ground to 450ft, offering uninterrupted 360-degree views of Brighton, the South Downs and the beautiful Sussex coastline.

The South Coast's highest bar, The Nyetimber Sky Bar, is one of the most exclusive venues in the city and offers an unforgettable location for your guests to toast your union with a glass of this award-winning local sparkling wine in hand. The pod can accommodate up to 175 people standing or 60 seated theatre-style.

Posted: 6 September 2022

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