Your Herts and Beds Wedding news and ideas from around the area

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

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Exciting news from London artist exhibiting at our Signature Wedding Show at Wembley Stadium

London-based Ollie's Drawings offers wedding couples a live-drawing service on their wedding day, providing great entertainment and also a lasting memento for couples and their guests. What's more, he has launched an additional framed gifting service meaning that clients can ask for a bespoke picture of their choosing, and after its creation Ollie will frame it and send it in the post - voila!

You can meet Ollie at our County Wedding Events' Signature Wedding Show at Wembley stadium to see his amazing talent first-hand.... read more

Posted: 27 January 2022

50% off wedding dresses at our Wembley Stadium Signature Wedding Show

Best Dress 2 Impress Bridal, an award-winning London-based bridal boutique, is running an amazing on-the-day show offer at our County Wedding Events' Signature Wedding Show at Wembley Stadium.

Visitors, who attend the wedding show, can purchase a luxurious wedding dress at up to 50% off the retail price!

Best Dress 2 Impress Bridal will have UK sizes 8 to 28 available whilst stocks last.

When visiting the boutique, each bride has exclusive-use of the shop for their friends and family during every appointment. There's more than 300 affordable gowns to choose from, and the boutique can also custom make to order for brides requiring specific detailing or colours.... read more

Posted: 27 January 2022

The top destination for both budget and luxury spa breaks across the UK

Here at County Wedding Magazines HQ we certainly love a spa day! Perfect for some true R&R on your own, with friends or loved ones, and spa break is a must during the wedding planning; perfect for a day with your best pals pre-wedding, or a post-wedding indulgent getaway as a newly married couple.
Mira Showers have looked at TripAdvisor to create the ultimate guide of spas across the UK so that you can find the perfect spa break in your area. Whether you want to keep the cost low or are after a touch of luxury, there is something to suit every budget.... read more

Posted: 27 January 2022

5 fabulous bridal boutiques from Herts & Beds to help you say 'Yes to the dress'!

Meet the talented teams behind these 5 popular bridal boutiques from Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire.

After the engagement, what's the first thing on a bride-to-be's mind: the venue, the flowers, the cake? No! It's the wedding dress shopping! Possibly the one thing many a bride has thought about pre-proposal, possibly even before they've even met someone, is how they envision their big-day wedding look.
From layers of tulle to sleek A-line dresses, red gowns to multicoloured, jumpsuits to a two-piece; there really is a wedding look for everyone.
When embarking on your wedding dress (or alternate) search, Your Herts & Beds Wedding is here with a helping hand. In the latest issue, we've chatted to 5 local bridal boutiques to get to know the team behind the brand and find out more about what's on offer when entering on of their bridal boutiques... enjoy!... read more

Posted: 27 January 2022

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

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

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

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

8 local wedding photographers showcase their favourite images

Some of the region's talented photographers showcase what they deem the ultimate wedding shot. Photography is a vital part of weddings and can capture all the different emotions while telling the story of each special day. When the cake has been eaten and the flowers have wilted, photographs will take you back in time to those little moments you might have forgotten about and allow you to relive the day. Finding the right photographer is essential; the supplier should make you feel comfortable while slipping into the background and capturing all those key moments. Here at Your Herts and Beds Wedding HQ, we've spoken with some of the top photographers from the regions to showcase their favourite couple shots...... read more

Posted: 13 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

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

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

Receive a free design service for your wedding rings

Based in Harpenden, Heulwen Lewis Bespoke specialises in one-off bespoke jewellery pieces and works with clients to design and create all types of products, from wedding rings to cufflinks. Throughout December and January, the business will also be offering a free design service worth £250 when couples quote HLBFREED when they first get in touch with the company. The company's founder Sarah Heulwen Lewis is available to discuss all options and needs. Each consultation is free and offered on an appointment basis only. If meeting in person isn't possible, the team can hold consultations via Zoom, WhatsApp or Skype and, within reason, can travel to an address that's convenient for clients.... 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 alcohol 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

Discover how weddings have changed after the Covid-19 pandemic

This time of year is traditionally the perfect time to reflect on the past 12 months and remember everything that's happened and the lovely memories made. We've caught up with Kelly Hawes Celebrant to learn how weddings have changed after the lockdowns caused by the Covid-19 pandemic. Kelly says: "From July 2021, weddings were well and truly back! Everyone felt cautious at first but looking back at the past six months, I have seen a significant change in wedding celebrations. The main difference I have felt as a celebrant was the emotion at ceremonies – it wasn't just couples emotion but their guests as well. At each wedding you could feel the relief in the room that the day had finally arrived and was going ahead.... read more

Posted: 2 December 2021

Exchange vows in the stunning Turvey House

Situated in 150 acres of stunning parkland, Turvey House is a magnificent Grade I listed county house built-in 1794. As guests enter the long-sweeping driveway, they'll be blown away by the building and the beautiful gardens. The venue knows that no two weddings are the same, which is why the team is very flexile and allows couples to take over the grounds with few limitations. With the magnificent house as a backdrop, views of the River Great Ouse, and exclusive use of the saces, couples are sure to create their dream day.... read more

Posted: 30 November 2021

Discover Ware Priory's new catering partners

Ware Priory is a beautiful Grade I listed building steeped in history, with some of the architecture dating back to Medieval times. Beautifully complemented by modern décor, there are many different spaces on offer to couples looking for a wedding venue. The team is thrilled that weddings are back in full swing after Covid-19 restrictions have lifted and many lovely weddings taken place over the last few months. Couples are delighted with the interior refurbishments that have taken place at the property. The sales and marketing manager at Ware Priory, Kerry Mavris, has also announced the venue's new catering partners.... read more

Posted: 25 November 2021

Discover Little Hay Golf Complex in Hertfordshire

Situated amidst a stunning 160-acre golf course with beautiful views over the Bulbourne Valley, Little Hay Golf Complex is a modern building that's perfect for weddings. A wide pathway through the landscaped gardens leads to the main building, the front of which is predominantly glass and wood. Ceremonies occur in the Par 3 suite, which overlooks the terrace and golf course and can accommodate 60 seated people. This space is then transferred into a reception area with the addition of the main clubhouse to increase the capacity to 130 people. Guests are always commenting on how light and airy the suite is!... read more

Posted: 23 November 2021

Chimney Formal Menswear celebrates five years of helping grooms find wedding attire

Situated in the beautiful town of Royston, Chimney Formal Menswear has bounced back from the impact of Covid-19 and is now celebrating its five-year anniversary. The company has endured a difficult time throughout the pandemic like most retailers, but the team is now
looking forward while focusing on their next chapter of what has been a major success story since its launch in 2016. The shop was built beside the original 13.5 metre-high chimney that once provided the draught for the local ironworks' furnace and has been a labour of love for owner Sharon
Cousans.... read more

Posted: 18 November 2021

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