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

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Updating Wedding Traditions

Some can seem old hat. Others stand the test of time. But wedding traditions are the cornerstones of a wedding day. They are what set a wedding apart from any other party. One of the things that makes a wedding day extra special. So, whilst updating wedding traditions might seem like a great idea in 2022, your decision needs careful thought and planning.

Many modern couples want to put a new spin on wedding traditions. Giving old customs new interpretations and putting their own stamp on the format of the day. Here we caught up with Liz Taylor, a luxury wedding planner of over thirty years' experience, who has seen first-hand how wedding traditions have transformed over the years. She shares her ideas on how to nod to the old, while bringing in the new. Here is Liz's guide to updating wedding traditions.... read more

Posted: 24 January 2022

Pennyhill Park is the first hotel group in the UK to have been awarded certification as a B Corp

Pennyhill Park in Bagshot, part of the Exclusive Collection, is the first hotel group in the UK to have been awarded certification as a B Corp (www.bcorporation.uk). The certification addresses the entirety of a venue's operations and covers five key areas of governance, workers, community, environment and customers. Pennyhill Park is now part of a community of 4,000 businesses globally that have been certified as B Corps. Danny Pecorelli, the managing director of Exclusive Collection, tells us: "It's been a long but rewarding process to achieve B Corp certification, and we've learned so much and have so much still to do. We are now embarking on a new chapter for the Collection where we will build on the good that we've been doing for the last 40 years and look at how we can do better."... read more

Posted: 20 January 2022

Can you really plan a wedding in a few short weeks?

Celebrating a festive proposal? Already caught the wedding planning bug? Don't want to wait two years? Having assisted couples previously with their short lead time weddings, experienced and down to earth UK wedding planner Mary Briscoe gives some food for thought if you are considering tying the knot as soon as possible.
Here at County Wedding Magazines HQ, we believe that anything is possible if you set your mind to it even planning a wedding within a few short weeks.... read more

Posted: 19 January 2022

How to find the perfect transport company

The budget for your wedding car is an important factor when deciding which type of vehicle and company to go for. Prices differ depending on whether you're looking at classic, vintage, luxury or prestigious options. Some companies may impose a flat day rate, and others may charge based on the time and journeys required. Always check what's included, such as drinks, multiple pick-ups and photo stops. Some suppliers may include this as standard, and others may add these on as premium options. Wedding dresses came in all shapes and sizes, so keep in mind that long trains and full skirts can take up lots of room in the back of the car. For dresses with excess material, you will need to consider a more spacious option with plenty of room in the back to accommodate your dress.... read more

Posted: 19 January 2022

Say your vows at Denbies Wine Estate Limited

Denbies Wine Estate Limited is home to 17 en-suite bedrooms, a must-see restaurant and a magnificent pavilion centrepiece that provides a striking backdrop for photographs and musical entertainment. Perfectly situated within 265 acres of vineyards with breathtaking views of the Surrey Hills, the property is ideal for rustic-themed weddings. The largest room, the Denbies Suite, can accommodate 180 friends and family. Alternatively, intimate nuptials of up to 50 loved ones can take place in the Ranmore Suite. The Garden Room, which overlooks the Cloisters Courtyard, can hold 150 nearest and dearest, and the Vineyard Hotel can accommodate 30 guests and outdoor services for 150.... read more

Posted: 18 January 2022

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

Richmond Hill Hotel is hosting a wedding showcase on Sunday 30th January

Richmond Hill Hotel's wedding showcase is taking place on Sunday 30th January 2022. Enjoy a complimentary glass of fizz and canapés while you explore the beautiful wedding spaces, from the intimate Queens room to the spectacular Georgian Ballroom, which will be beautifully dressed for the occasion. You will also get the opportunity to meet with carefully selected suppliers to gather some inspiration for your wedding day and meet with the specialist coordinator team over a glass of bubbles, who will take you on a tour of the event rooms and will be on hand to discuss how they can make your event at the hotel truly special.... read more

Posted: 17 January 2022

County Wedding Events coming to Braxted Park THIS WEEKEND!

If you're newlyweds-to-be embarking on your wedding planning journey, pop along to the County Wedding Events fair at to Braxted Park, Great Braxted, Essex, for inspiration! 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: 14 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

Emily and Matt celebrated their love with a romantic wedding at Lythe Hill Hotel

Emily and Matt met at university. "The first time we spoke was in the library," says Emily. "We were introduced by mutual friends and chatted a little. When I got home, he sent me a Facebook message telling me he thought I was really beautiful. Turns out, he didn't think I'd respond, but we started dating and have been together ever since." Matt proposed to Emily in August 2019. "Matt had wanted to propose the year before when we were travelling, but the timing just wasn't right," shares the bride. "My friend and I were out with our horses in the Surrey countryside when Matt walked onto the track and led me over to a picnic rug and popped the question. Although we had been talking about getting engaged, it was a huge surprise."... read more

Posted: 14 January 2022

irockvisuals is offering 20 per cent of its services

Eray Kaya from irockvisuals, a photographer based in Sutton, is offering 20 per cent of his services if you book by 31st January, 2022. Available for micro-weddings, large celebrations and portfolio sessions, Eray can tailor packages to suit your big day. From full-day packages covering bridal preparation until the first dance to partial day coverage for those with small celebrations, irockvisuals has something to suit everyone. Eray also offers one-hour engagement shoots at a location of your choice, so you can get to know him before the big day and capture some beautiful photographs.... read more

Posted: 13 January 2022

Pick of the Surrey bunch: three florists chat to Your Surrey Wedding

Choosing your wedding flowers can be quite an overwhelming task for those that aren't naturally green-fingered. How many brides- and -grooms-to-be know their roses from their ranunculus, their peonies from their poppies?

Despite very little knowledge about flowers for some, big-day blooms are one of the most important parts of any wedding; brides or grooms may carry a bouquet down the aisle, there could be flowers on doorways and over arches, up staircases and on tables - the options are endless.

So finding the right supplier is essential. To help you make the right choice, Your Surrey Wedding has interviewed three Surrey-based florists.... read more

Posted: 13 January 2022

How to capture creative night time photographs

"Don't let the longer and darker nights deter you from booking an autumn or winter wedding. It's very popular for venues to host twilight nuptials during these months, which cater specifically for these types of celebrations. Your photographer should discuss the types of shots they will be able to capture during the darker months. Always check out their website or portfolio for evidence of their artistry before booking. I always try to make my shots different and creative. Night time shots make for fantastic shadows with an element of romance about them. I use extra lighting to create a glow effect and try and take advantage of any twinkly lights. Capturing worthy shots does come with experience, so make sure your photographer is up to the challenge."... read more

Posted: 12 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

Get married at Barnett Hill

Barnett Hill is a refurbished Grade II listed mansion surrounded by 26 acres of peaceful countryside and landscaped gardens. This historic building was built in 1905 by Frank Cook, the grandson of the travel agent Thomas Cook. There are several areas where couples can say 'I do'. The spacious Drawing Room has wood-panelling, an original fireplace, direct access to the terrace and space for 70 friends and family for the ceremony. The Oak Room boasts contemporary chandeliers and a gorgeous décor throughout, with room for 80 loved ones for the service.... read more

Posted: 11 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

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

Beaverbrook has launched a range of festive activities

This winter Beaverbrook welcomes guests to join the festivities at their quintessentially British country house, including magical ice-skating overlooking the Surrey Hills. Visitors can embrace the magic of Christmas with classic decorations, dining experiences and extra special touches throughout the estate. Continuing their winter tradition Beaverbrook has announced the launch of a real ice experience on the lawns at The House. From 1st December, 2021 to 31st January, 2022, guests can glide on real ice whilst listening to melodies and indulging in festive treats, such as mini doughnuts, candy floss, and hot chocolate, from the rink-side cabin. For a festive tipple, adults can sip on a glass of bubbles, as they take in the picture-perfect views surrounding them. Ice-skating will be available to both hotel residents as well as guests visiting the estate for dining or spa days. The Skate & Dine package offers a sumptuous dining experience in any of the three restaurants on the property as well as an ice-skating experience. For an extra special winter break, guests can enjoy unlimited ice skating with the Stay & Skate package.... read more

Posted: 6 January 2022

How to look after your skin this winter

Skin gets dry in the winter because it's more likely to lose moisture in the cold air. The environment zaps moisture from the skin, leaving it flaky, sensitive and it can be tight and itchy as well. The elements interfere with the skin's tolerance and upset its hydrophilic film. Reinforce its natural deferences by visiting a skincare clinic for facials to replenish moisture, vitamins and antioxidants. A good home remedy would be a nourishing sheet mask once a week in between any facials.... read more

Posted: 5 January 2022

Say 'I do' at the luxurious Hartsfield Manor

Boasting far-reaching views of the Surrey Hills is luxury wedding venue, Hartsfield Manor. Perfectly situated within 16 acres of grounds and countryside, the property has heaps of Victorian character and charm, including a historic arched door, a staircase, chandeliers and a feature fireplace. Couples planning a small celebration will love the Brockham Suite, which comes complete with a fireplace, a private terrace, stunning views and space for 40 friends and family. Hartsfield Manor's Lounge is ideal for large weddings.... read more

Posted: 4 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

Prime Violet Events tell us their top tips for planning a festive-themed wedding

"Are you one of the lucky ones getting to celebrate your love at Christmas? Festive weddings are becoming more popular, and there are lots of ways you can make your day extra magical through your décor. Try using wreaths at the venue entrance to create a warm welcome! Incorporate the festive season by decorating your venue with holly, pinecones and Christmas-inspired greenery. Don't forget about the food and drink. Eggnog, peppermint and cranberry are perfect for festive weddings, and you could even have your canapés shaped like bows and trees."... read more

Posted: 31 December 2021

Richmond Harbour Hotel & Spa has launched a festive-themed afternoon tea

Those looking to feast their way into the festivities should look no further than Richmond Harbour Hotel & Spa. Offering the ultimate festive foodie experience, the venue's Christmas Afternoon Tea will be available from 12.30pm–16.30pm and guests are invited to please their palates on prawn cocktail Vol-au-Vents or coronation turkey wraps before tucking into white chocolate and Biscotti sundae, winterberry pavlova and spiced Christmas fruit scones served alongside a quintessential glass of mulled wine. Located atop the stunning Richmond Hill and bordering the rolling nature and wildlife of Richmond Park, Richmond Harbour Hotel & Spa is a charming restored 18th-century property serving up opulent festive luxury at its very best. Home to 90 beautifully designed rooms, an all-new serene spa comprised of both hydrotherapy and plunge pools, this city bolthole offers the ultimate cosy R&R Christmas getaway.... read more

Posted: 30 December 2021

How to incorporate the festive season into your first dance

"Christmas is a wonderful time of the year for a wedding as everyone is in the mood to celebrate in style. Here are a few things that will help add some extra sparkle to your first dance: Christmas tunes are a great place to start for your first dance song. They are catchy, festive and can be slow, fast, cute, smooth, sexy and suit whatever style of dance you're looking for. Some wonderful song choices include Mariah Carey's All I Want for Christmas is You and Frank Sinatra's White Christmas. One of our favourites is Michael Bublé's Santa Baby. Any of these would be a perfect music choice for your first dance. Think about what the second song will be. This song is THE song to get everyone up and onto the dancefloor with you. At this time of year, the choice is huge, and we all know that the floor fills up with songs such as Slade's Merry Christmas Everybody and Brenda Lee's Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree."... read more

Posted: 29 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

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