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January/February 2019
January/February 2019
Yes, it’s customary to make resolutions at this time of year but I’ve never believed in them – and certainly not in January. I say, this year, why not resolve to enjoy yourself more and worry a bit less? Certainly, our hen and stag do special will help you do just that – there’s nothing like gathering your bessies and having a shindig to lift the mood. Turn to page 75 to read more.

Whether you’re just starting out on your wedding planning journey or you’re nearing the end, it’s important to make time for you along the way. Last year, I made precisely no resolutions as per usual but as spring approached, I did find the energy and motivation I needed to spend a little more time on me. I took up running, I dedicated a lot more time to my passions and hobbies and I enjoyed it thoroughly – read about it in our self-care special on page 69.

We’ve also got a spectacular set of real weddings for you this issue from Katy and Matt’s relaxed Hackney affair to a gorgeous Greenwich do, starting on page 46.

And as December is a popular time of year for engagements, no doubt many of you will be embarking on the venue hunt – look no further than our venues section on page 23.

Happy planning!

Because I'm Happy
Image provided by Douglas Fry
Because I'm Happy
Chang and Xi tied the knot in a humanist ceremony and describe their theme as ‘happiness’, embodied by the colour red

Read all the details of their big day on page 46 of the current issue, available now: www.yourlondon.wedding/buy-a-copy.cfm
WIN! A five-night stay at Treasure Beach, Barbados, worth £3,800
Country idylls
Country idylls
Notley Abbey

If you’re searching for an enchanting wedding venue far from the hustle and bustle, look no further than Notley Abbey. This venue is the former home of Laurence Olivier and Vivien Leigh, and has welcomed many a famous name through its doors in the past. The historic abbey impresses from the moment you drive through the gates – no wonder this magical approach is a photography hotspot.

Exclusively yours for 24 hours, Notley Abbey can host wedding ceremonies both inside and out for up to 190 guests, in a choice of three locations: The Abbot’s Hall for intimate nuptials; The Monks’ Refectory for a larger guest list; or, the enchanting walled garden (weather permitting). Enjoy the grounds, gardens and ambience of the beautifully restored country house before heading down the Cloisters Garden walk ahead of a perfectly prepared feast.

Wedding banquets, for a capacity of up to 190 guests, take place in The Monk’s Refectory – a chandelier-lit, historic stone barn, bursting with character and rustic grandeur. After speeches and the cutting of your cake, the party begins. Drinking, dancing and celebrating (for up to 250 evening guests) can be enjoyed throughout the night, before drifting up to one of nine beautifully appointed guest suites.

Visit: www.bijouweddingvenues.co.uk

Check out more local venues on page 31 of the current issue, available now: www.yourlondon.wedding/buy-a-copy.cfm
Camden to host first wedding fair in February
Camden to host first wedding fair in February
The London Borough of Camden is set to host its first ever Wedding Fair on 9 February, 2019 from 10am to 5pm.

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Dramatic dresses
Dramatic dresses
These showstopping gowns aren't for the faint-hearted.

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Land of the Gods
Land of the Gods
Editor Hannah Faulder experiences Cretan hospitality at the luxurious Blue Palace Resort & Spa.

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Readers' poll
What we've learnt from the latest reader poll at www.yourlondon.wedding

How will you be paying for your wedding day?

We have saved for our big day: 64%
Our families have helped: 21%
We're going low-key so it doesn't cost too much: 15%
The credit card: 0%
Forthcoming Events
Please note: All dates are subject to changes, contact organisers for more information before making arrangements. To view more events, please visit the events page on our website...

12-13 Jan 2019 - Bluewater Wedding Fayre
West Village Marquee, Bluewater, Bluewater Pkwy, Dartford, Greenhithe DA9 9ST

17 Feb 2019 - Signature Wedding Show at The Brentwood Centre
The Brentwood Centre, Doddinghurst Road, Brentwood, Essex CM15 9NN

10 Mar 2019 - Chigwell Hall Wedding Show
High Road, Chigwell, Essex, IG7 6BD

17 Mar 2019 - Signature Wedding Show at Mercedes Benz World
Mercedes Benz World, Brooklands Drive, Weybridge, Surrey, KT13 0SL

14 Apr 2019 - Maylands Golf Club Wedding Show
Colchester Road, Romford, Essex RM3 0AZ
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