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Your London Wedding news and ideas from around the capital

All the latest wedding news for couples getting married in London, 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

Essex-based wedding planner shares her tips on how to plan the big day!

With festive proposals accounting for 85% of all engagements, January is going to be a month where thousands of couples are discovering what planning a wedding really means! Essex based-wedding planner, Mary Briscoe, has a helpful guide for engaged couples who are embarking on their wedding planning journey.
"Where do you begin? It can feel like you are diving into a wedding abyss and knowing even where to start can seem rather daunting, especially as you have no doubt never planned such a celebration before," starts Mary.... read more

Posted: 5 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

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

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

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

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

Five tips on how to ensure your caterer is acting sustainably

A typical British wedding produces one third of a metric tonne of solid waste and 14.5 tons of carbon dioxide in one day. To put that into perspective, annual carbon emissions per capita in the UK are around 9.1 tonnes. A large percentage of the waste comes from catering. In fact, an average of £488 worth of food is wasted at every wedding. There is a pressing need for change in how we approach weddings, keeping them fun, beautiful and memorable yet responsible.

Fortunately, more people today are turning to sustainable options, and this trend is here to stay.
Aiming to have a sustainable wedding catering experience does not mean sacrificing luxury and quality – it means catering wisely and creatively. You do not need to forfeit your personal taste and unique preferences when envisioning an environmentally conscious wedding.
Tania Burton, the founder of a sustainable, family-run luxury wedding and event catering business Ginger Snap (https://www.ginger-snap.co.uk/), shares 5 ways to ensure your wedding catering is delicious and beautifully presented without harming the environment:... read more

Posted: 2 November 2021

The countdown is on, the Signature Wedding Show at the Brentwood Centre in Essex is this weekend!

The countdown is on to the County Wedding Events Signature Wedding Show at the Brentwood Centre in Essex and we can't wait! After 2020 was a year of lockdowns, post-poned weddings, rescheduled events and cancelled plans, it's great to have a date we can finally add to our diaries. It is also one of our first wedding shows of the autumn wedding show season for all those couples that are desperate for face-to-face wedding planning...... read more

Posted: 22 October 2021

SoulPlay becomes the resident band for the Proud Cabaret Soul Supper UK evenings

When searching for your big-day entertainment, nothing beats seeing a live performance! Pop along to the Soul Supper UK Evenings at Proud Cabaret (Proud City site opposite Fenchurch St Station) where you can see London wedding party and function band SoulPlay perform live - perfect for pre-vetting your wedding entertainment. What's more, it gives you a perfect excuse for meeting up with loved ones before the wedding for a pre-wedding get-together - you could even turn it in to your hen or stag do!... read more

Posted: 19 October 2021

New cocktail offering with Churchill-inspired London bar and book

Award-winning bar, The Churchill Bar & Terrace in Marylebone, is launching Churchill's Cocktails recipe book in partnership with Imperial War Museums – and with cocktails trending at weddings, this is a must-read!Available in October 2021, the book will feature 30 recipes inspired by the people, places and passions associated with Sir Winston Churchill, alongside historical insights and anecdotes about the famous wartime Prime Minister. Each recipe has been expertly crafted by The Churchill Bar & Terrace's team of mixologists, and a handful are much-loved favourites on current and previous bar menus. For those who would like to try the cocktails before they recreate it a thome, The Clementine and Churchill Martini are both on the current bar menu which guests can enjoy either in the cosy bar, or outside on the terrace - a hidden gem in central London. Churchill's Cocktails will be available to purchase from the IWM online shop and in museum branches from 7th October 2021.... read more

Posted: 14 October 2021

Everything you need to know about wedding traditions

Traditions have played a huge part in weddings for hundreds of years, with more recent, modern weddings incorporating a mix of both old and new. With the wedding season in full swing, here's some of the most popular wedding traditions, looking at their origins as well as modern alternatives. Here at County Wedding Magazines HQ we still love some of the classics, such as exchanging the rings and having a wedding cake, but would happily say cheerio to the father-daughter dance and throwing the bouquet! Have a read and see how many you want to keep!... read more

Posted: 13 October 2021

London's Biscuit Boutique now available in Selfridges and Harrods

Biscuit Boutique is a premium confectionery brand combining intricate porcelain painting with delicious, gourmet vegan and gluten-free chocolate biscuit bonbon. The beautifully crafted collections are now available to purchase from iconic London destinations Selfridges and Harrods, and are guaranteed to offer an undeniably elegant gift for weddings, adding a touch of unique class to any occasion.Biscuit Boutique is a family-owned business, run by mother-and-son duo Judith and George, and his partner Christian. The trio's past experience ranges from Hungarian porcelain painting to a pâtissier, resulting in a range of sophisticated and complex skills reflected in Biscuit Boutique's artistic confections. The artisan boxes are a beautiful combination of fused passions inspired by craft, art and synonymous with luxury.The eye-catching collections are available in boxes of 9 or 16, with a range of styles ensuring there's an option for everyone. The best-selling collections include the beautifully detailed original Portuguese Tile design,as well as the wonderfully bright Exotic Flower chocolate biscuit Bonbons,alongside a string of prestigious artist collaborations such as William Morris and Pierre-Joseph Redouté.... read more

Posted: 12 October 2021

Avoid feeling overwhelmed with wedding planner Mary Briscoe

Planning a wedding is said to be one of the most stressful experiences a couple can go through, along with other lifetime milestones such as moving house. How do you avoid feeling overwhelmed? Experienced, Essex and London wedding planner Mary Briscoe, Owner of Weddings by Mary, has some stellar advice for couples. "It's easy to become totally overwhelmed when initially starting out on the exciting journey of planning your wedding. After all you've no doubt dreamt about this moment since you were a little girl.The pillowcase thrown over your head & a handpicked wilting flower gripped tightly in your hand as your bouquet as you practice walking up the aisle to your Prince Charming (probably your pet dog you've made play the role!) Little did you realise then the vast number of decisions & choices you would be faced with. The details, logistics, endless lists, emails, and spreadsheets. Not quite the fairy tale you'd envisaged." she says.... read more

Posted: 12 October 2021

The fab four in Wedding Planning Apps

Post-lockdowns, couples are still rejoicing in the fact that being restriction free means it's full steam ahead with wedding planning - without the impending doom of cancellations and postponements! Whether you're nearlyweds, or just engaged, planning a wedding can be a daunting task; however, there's a whole host of useful Apps that can help you get organised and actually easy the stress of it meaning you can enjoy the wedding planning as much as the day itself! Events specialists AYRE Event Solutions, reveal the fab-four of best apps to download for wedding planning.... read more

Posted: 11 October 2021

Award nomination for fitness coach from London

A fitness coach from London, who founded a project based on the legacy left by the 2012 London Olympics, has been nominated for a 2021 National Lottery Award. Born Barikor has been shortlisted in the Sport category for his outstanding work with the project he founded in 2014 called Our Parks which is aimed at providing everyone in the UK with free access to high quality exercise and coaching from top trainers.The former high jumper realised the opportunities he'd had to turn his life around through sport weren't available to all, so he decided to do something about it. His aspiration and that of Our Parks, was to create a fitter community through the utilisation of facilities at local parks through a council funded initiative. Our Parks allows boroughs to provide coached exercise classes, free of charge for the community within a green surrounding. This year the initiative hit 200,000 users.... read more

Posted: 7 October 2021

Spooky hen and stag do ideas this October from Fizzbox

As this year's Halloween draws closer, here at County Wedding Magazines HQ we thought it would be fun to share some spooky hen and stag do ideas from Fizzbox.com! Now that lockdowns are over, the hen and stag do parties are back from the dead just in time for the spooky goings on this Halloween. So get your thinking caps on - witches hats! - and get planning a night of a lifetime as there's 18months of no socialising to make up for!... read more

Posted: 7 October 2021

Win a honeymoon with Signature Wedding Show exhibitor

The Inspire Me Travel Company Ltd, based in Stansted, Essex, is exhibiting at our Signature Wedding Show on 24th October 2021, at The Brentwood Centre in Essex. What's more, for couples still in the midst of planning their honeymoon - then put that on hold - as there's a chance to win your honeymoon with this exhibitor on the day of the show! So what are you waiting for? Hurry along to the show and enter your details!... read more

Posted: 7 October 2021

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