Your Kent Wedding - March/April 2023 (Issue 107)

MAR/APR 2022 £3.55 HONEYMOONS, BEAUTY, FASHION, GROOMS, EXPERT ADVICE, FREEBIES AND MORE WIN! A four-night break in Tuscany Catering inspiration to suit your vibe Glamour and GLAD RAGS Ruffle-adorned gowns Dressing the bridal party Swept AWAY Waterside wedding venues Love at first bite FRILL SEEKERS

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REGULARS 7 EDITOR’S LETTER A warm welcome from Kelly 9 NEARLYWED NEWS Catch up on news from around the county 13 FREEBIES & OFFERS Great giveaways and discounts up for grabs 63 HOT TOPIC Stellar wedmin advice from those in the know 101 COMPETITION Win a four-night break in Tuscany CONTENTS MARCH/APRIL 2023 On the cover This issue’s cover shot of newlyweds Jerri and Jack has been sponsored by local lovely, Hythe Imperial Hotel (, where the image was captured by photographer James Evans from White Rose Photography ( 45 FEATURES 53 VIVA LOVE! Taking inspiration from 2023’s Pantone colour of the year for its modern palette, this local shoot is bursting with warmth and glamour 57 LOVE AT FIRST BITE Catering inspiration whatever your vibe 67 GLAMOUR AND GLADRAGS Have your wedding party comfortable, confident and dressed to impress 25 VENUES 19 SPOTLIGHT ON... Sevenoaks, Tonbridge and Tunbridge Wells 25 SWEPT AWAY Our roundup of the county’s gorgeous waterside venues 3

REAL WEDDINGS 32 SPELLBOUND Nicola and Andrew’s enchanting wedding day was filled with romantic, magical, highly personal and spiritual touches 39 LOVE NATURALLY Emily and Dan’s on trend neutral palette featured beige, white, cream, sage green and blush pink 45 YOU’LL BE IN MY HEART Georgina and Sam tied the knot in December with nods to Disney and Christmas throughout their styling HONEYMOONS 95 HONEYMOON NEWS The newest openings and honeymoon destinations 98 A GRAND AFFAIR Experience ultimate luxury combined with traditional Greek appeal at Rhodes-based Ixian Grand & All Suites FASHION & BEAUTY 73 FRILL SEEKERS This season’s bridal dresses enjoy tiers of ruffled tulle, silky satin layers and subtle pleats 81 IN LOVE WITH LACE This timeless fabric never goes out of fashion 89 FASHION AND BEAUTY Q&A Our local professionals solve your problems 90 BEAUTY BUZZ Get the look with these must-haves for the bride-to-be 92 BAN THE BLOAT Professional nutritionists at Wedding Wellness explain how to avoid untimely bloating on your wedding day 67 63 39 GROOMS 84 SUITED AND BOOTED Styling advice for the groom-to-be 86 IT’S ONLY NATURAL With neutral colour palettes on the rise, we’ve rounded up some of our favourite products to ensure you look on-trend this season 57 Win! 101 4

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Nobody gets married with separation in mind, but sadly, more than 100,000 marriages per year end in divorce in the UK, according to the most recent Office for National Statistics figures. With people choosing to marry later in life, having already purchased a property, received an inheritance or accrued significant wealth, it is becoming increasingly common that couples are taking a pragmatic approach and setting out how they might organise their separation should it ever become necessary. One way of doing this is through the use of a pre-nuptial agreement What is a pre-nuptial agreement? A pre-nuptial agreement is a document agreed by a couple before their wedding, which sets out how their various assets would be shared if their marriage breaks down. Pre-nups are not binding in England and Wales, but the existence of such a document, if certain conditions are met regarding its creation, can be very persuasive to a court when dealing with marital assets upon divorce. Entering into a pre-nup before getting married allows couples to discuss their views and express their wishes for how financial matters would be resolved in the event of a divorce. This can avoid lengthy and costly disputes arising in the future. Pre-nups are particularly useful where one party might want to protect family wealth, whether this be the existence of a family business or a substantial inheritance. It may be that one party has children from a previous relationship they want to provide for or that this is a second marriage and the protection of a share of assets received in a previous divorce is required. Either way, giving some consideration to how you might best protect yourself and your family should divorce occur is becoming more commonplace in couples planning to marry. In many European countries, it is no more than a standard piece of wedding admin which is required before a marriage can go ahead. What can a pre-nup include? Pre-nups should be specifically drafted to reflect your personal circumstances but could include clauses covering: • what happens to a family business • what happens to the family home and any other property • whether one spouse ought to retain inherited wealth • arrangements for the children • the allocation of personal belongings Conditions The pre-nuptial agreement must be freely entered into at least 28 days before the wedding- preferably more. Both parties to it must have had the time to fully understand the implications of the agreement and some disclosure of the prospective spouse’s financial positions must be provided to the other. It is essential that you take independent legal advice upon the contents of the agreement before you sign it, and your lawyer will need to counter-sign the document with you. The agreement will also need to take into account both parties’ needs and will need to be fair. How can we help The specialist family law solicitors at Warners have a wealth of experience in drawing up bespoke pre-nuptial agreements to fit the needs of particular couples. We will work alongside you to create a fair agreement whilst meeting all the conditions to establish a water-tight agreement. The contents of this article are for the purposes of general awareness only. They do not purport to constitute legal or professional advice. The law may have changed since this article was published. Readers should not act on the basis of the information included and should take appropriate professional advice. Do you need a Pre-nuptial Agreement? Contact Warners Solicitors on 01732 747900 to  nd out more about how they can help you plan for your family’s future.

To quote one of my favourite movies, Miss Congeniality, and Rhode Island’s Cheryl, when asked to describe her perfect date: “I’d have to say April 25th. Because it’s not too hot, not too cold, all you need is a light jacket.” While hilarious in the context of the film, I do have to agree with her, because she’s perfectly described how I’ve always felt about spring. Anyone who knows me is well aware that I hate, hate, hate hot weather; and while I love the winter, the dark nights can get you down. So, for me spring is the ideal happy medium: not too hot, not too cold. And that’s before we even get started on everything else it brings such as the beauty of new life and the joy of Easter. In short, what a wonderful time of year for a wedding! We’re particularly blessed in Britain with definition in our seasons so we get to experience spring in all it’s glory where so many countries around world don’t get to enjoy its subtleties in quite the same way. This is when British blooms come into their own. Think of the oh-so on trend loose wildflower style of bouquet bursting with anemones, tulips, sweet peas, narcissi and ranunculus, not forgetting the eternally popular wedding flower, the peony. Aisle runners featuring the same create the ambience of walking barefoot through a meadow and when transferred to the reception tables create that wonderful soft English country garden feel. Why not take inspiration for your wedding palette from the hues found in nature throughout the spring months? Lemon, blush, peach, lavender, sage green... the list goes on. What’s more, 2023’s Pantone colour of the year, Viva Magenta, is so versatile it works beautifully alongside pastels as a bold accent. I could go on, but I’ll leave it to the local professionals as they share their springtime wedding ideas over in Hot Topic from page 63. Plus, Emily and Dan tied the knot right at the beginning of the season on 2nd March last year, so don’t miss their real wedding feature packed with heaps of inspiration from page 39. Enjoy and keeeep planning! Ke y ISSN 1746-9384 Your Kent Wedding is solely owned, published and designed by KD Events & Publishing Ltd. Whilst every effort was made to ensure the information in this magazine was correct at the time of going to press, the publishers cannot accept legal responsibility for any errors or omissions, nor can they accept responsibility for advert content, or of the standing of advertisers or by the editorial contributions. The views expressed do not necessarily reflect those of the publisher. Your Kent Wedding is published six times a year. Kelly Andrews, editor MEDIA PUBLISHING VENTS UBLISHING EVENTS & PUBLISHING cwe COUNTY WEDDING EVENTS I’ve been desperate to see a real wedding with the bride dressed in an Allure Bridals’ Disney Fairy Tale Weddings dress, and I finally got my wish. Georgina chose Cinderella and paired it with the Aurora cape. Ok, so spring doesn’t always mean sun, but it’s still my favourite time of year! 39 45 Viva Magenta is such a rich, opulent hue and I’m living for it at the moment. This local shoot shows it off to spectacular effect. 53 Onlin Don’t miss our online exclusive shoot, a collaboration between a group of Kent suppliers and their colleagues in neighbouring Sussex. Find it at ADVERTISING Account Manager Julia Owen | 01376 538 495 @CountyWeddingMagazines @CountyWeddings @countyweddingmagazines Visit us online at and DESIGN 01376 535 616 ACCOUNTS 01376 535 616 MANAGING DIRECTOR Sarah Ellis | 01376 535 602 EDITORIAL Deputy Managing Editor Kelly Andrews | 01376 535 611 EDITOR’S LETTER 7

CAKE IT LEAVE IT T: 07403 268004 • E: | 01304 448844 | SOLTON MANOR, SOLTON LANE, EAST LANGDON DOVER, CT15 5JB e perfect wedding venue with a slice of history and more than a sprinkling of romance.

NEWS Nearlywed Catch up on the latest from around the county DON’T TOUCH THAT DIAL There’s exciting news from Bexley-based Cake It or Leave It, whose cakes have recently featured on ITV’s Love Your Weekend with Alan Titchmarsh. Owner Lyndsay Allen-Trott tells us, “I was commissioned to design a Regency cake, which was featured on the Valentine’s special. These period-style bakes are back in fashion thanks to Bridgerton and they date back to the era of Jane Austen. She herself would bake with eggs from her own Aylesbury ducks, which lived in her back garden. This is very apt since I keep Muscovy ducks in my own back yard, who provide all the eggs for my cakes too!” Cake It or Leave It offers stunning bespoke wedding cakes. Whether you’ve planned grand-scale celebrations or intimate nuptials surrounded by your nearest and nearest, Lyndsay will work with you to create a big-day bake that perfectly complements your day, complete with real wow factor. All mouthwatering and delicious cakes are made using only the finest ingredients. Find out more at A SPA SENSATION Mercure Dartford Brands Hatch Hotel Spa has been revealed as Kent’s top spa by spa experience and booking agency, The Hotel hit the top spot with 23 per cent of all bookings made in Kent this year. Nearby, and following close behind, was Rowhill Grange Hotel in second place. Next are the third and fourth place winners, Ashford International Hotel & Spa and Marriott Tudor Park Country Club. And following just behind and securing a fraction under 10 per cent of all bookings is Bridgewood Manor in fifth place. has put the popularity of Mercure Dartford Brands Hatch Hotel Spa down to the versatility of its facilities and location. With Brands Hatch just around the corner, there’s plenty of outdoor activities to enjoy from your base at this contemporary hotel. For a more relaxing break, there’s the spa and fitness club where you can wind down. A gym and fitness classes are also available for exercise, as is the indoor pool for swimming laps. Abi from insists that spa days aren’t only the perfect retreat for a special occasion, such as hen dos, but are also a way to improve mental and physical health with regular attendance. She says, “Invest in yourself by prioritising your wellbeing and it will be the best decision ever made, see the results come back in spades.” For an unbeatable selection of top-quality spa hotels across the county head over to A NEW SPACE TO CELEBRATE Penshurst Place and Gardens had the opportunity to show off its fabulous new wedding space for the first time at an open house event recently. The Garden Room is a new area at the historical venue, available for ceremonies, receptions and parties. Repurposed from its original role as a restaurant to become a flexible function space, it’s located alongside the South Lawn at Penshurst Place and is accessed independently from the main house. Accommodating between 30 and 120 people, the ground floor room is suitable for a variety of events and has wheel-chair access. It offers an adaptable, additional space for dining, dancing or drinks receptions, allowing you to decide how you’d like to utilise it on your big day. Find out more about tying the knot at Penshurst Place in our Spotlight on... Sevenoaks, Tonbridge and Tunbridge Wells feature this issue, or head over to LOCAL NEWS 9

THE TRUTH ABOUT ARTIFICIAL FLOWERS While they’re undoubtedly becoming more popular, the stigma of the past surrounding artificial flowers still lingers. But Sam Richards from A Touch of Kent believes they’ve evolved and are now more realisticlooking than ever, to a point that from a distance even the most welltrained eye would struggle to tell the difference. We caught up with Sam to find out more. Where do we stand on the sustainability front with faux flowers – aren’t they plastic and therefore more harmful to the environment? “In a world where we focus on sustainability and being environmentally-friendly, we still don’t bat an eyelid at using fresh flowers for our big days and are happy to waste hundreds, sometimes thousands of pounds on real, fresh flowers only for them to go into the bin at the end of the night. “I agree, you can’t beat the smell of a fresh bouquet while walking down the aisle and for this, I support the use of real flowers. Fresh blooms can be preserved and dried to frame after the day to keep as a memento of such a special occasion too. “While I’m hearing that artificial is plastic and these are harmful to our environment, one may argue that these are not single-use plastics. They aren’t thrown away after every use and can be re-used for years and years.” We’re remembering the dusty, silk bouquets of yesteryear that look unreal and plastic... “At a Touch of Kent we specialise in artificial flowers and use them in such a way that they look natural. When we go to wedding fairs and take display bouquets along, most are shocked that they’re artificial or preserved. Bearing in mind we work with faux blooms day in and day out, we’ll only use those we believe are as realistic as we can possibly get, and each goes through rigorous scrutiny prior to any event to be sure that’s the case.” What are the benefits of using artificial versus fresh? “One perk is that you can hire them for a fraction of the cost of fresh, allowing you to recreate the elegant floral displays you see in magazines. Then, at the end of the day, they go back to be reused for another event and you’re left with the wedding photos you’ve always dreamed of. In these harsh economic times, we urge couples to explore the quality of artificial flowers and incorporate them into their weddings as they’re far more cost effective. “They’re hypo-allergenic, so those poor hay fever sufferers won’t need to struggle anymore just to see your big day. Plus, they aren’t seasonal, so you can incorporate your favourite flowers in your wedding regardless of the time of year. “They can be prepped weeks in advance so there’s no last minute rush or worries. What’s more you can keep your bouquet forever and display it in your home. We provide our brides with a modern, stylish vase with our bouquets allowing them to do just that.” Ok, we’re convinced! Learn more at THE ECO EXPERTS Frasers, a sustainable events venue based on a beautiful private estate and eco farm in Kent, has been announced as a winner at the inaugural 2023 Sustainable Wedding Awards. The awards recognise businesses and venues demonstrating a commitment to environmental sustainability, ethical business practices, and social responsibility. Kent’s very own Frasers scooped the coveted Sustainable Supply Chain Award, reflecting the company’s commitment to reducing its environmental impact and promoting sustainability through its responsible sourcing strategy. In addition, the local lovely was highly commended in the Sustainable Change Maker category in recognition of its efforts to encourage greater awareness and action through advocacy and example of best practice. The venue boasts a range of sustainable features that have helped it to secure this title. They include solar panels, rainwater harvesting and waste recycling. Frasers’ commitment also extends to its catering, which uses locally-sourced produce from artisan Kent and Sussex suppliers and ingredients fresh from the farm and home-grown in the ample on-site kitchen garden. The judges commented, “Frasers has considered its whole supply chain from energy to water to closed loop growing and is clearly aiming to improve further by seeking a Growing Green grant.” Lisa Fraser, the venue’s owner, says, “We’re thrilled to have been recognised in this way. Our team is passionate about creating a venue that not only provides an unforgettable experience for wedding couples and their guests, but also contributes positively to the environment and the local rural economy. This award is testimony to our commitment to sustainability in all that we do, and we’ll continue to strive for excellence in this area.” To discover more about hosting your wedding day at Frasers, head over to Five minutes with... 10

LET ME ENTERTAIN YOU Samantha Beeny at The Pretty Prep Studio in Ashford is in the process of organising a first-of-its-kind wedding entertainment-led fair, to be held at Evegate Artisan Business Park on Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st May, 2023, 10am to 2pm. There will be live acts, showcasing their talents, throughout the weekend including musicians and magicians sure to wow visitors. You can enjoy a drink from the micro-pub, while being thoroughly entertained as you select your all-important wedding entertainment. What’s more, there’ll be more than 30 other wedding suppliers, covering all specialisms on hand too, so why not cross a few more things off of your to-do list while you visit? On the day, you’ll have a chance to win £150 by visiting the wedding shops at Evegate, so don’t miss out. Pre-register for the Find Your Wedding Entertainment Fair by visiting Getty Images DATE FOR THE DIARY The Bromley Court Hotel is hosting a wedding showcase event on Sunday 14th May, 2023, from 12pm to 4pm. It’s your opportunity to view this stunning venue while you enjoy sampling some of its tasty canapés and bubbles. While you’re there, meet the venue’s team of experienced wedding coordinators as well as local suppliers who together can turn your wedding dreams into reality. Register and book your tickets today at https://www.eventbrite. And for further information on the venue pop over to FORTHCOMING EVENTS 23rd March, 2023 | 5.30pm-7pm The Spa Hotel Wedding Open Evening Langton Road, Tunbridge Wells, Kent TN4 8XJ 26th March, 2023 | 10.30am-2.30pm The Kent Wedding Fair, Rochester Corn Exchange Northgate, The Precinct, Rochester ME1 1LS 2nd April, 2023 | 10.30am-2.30pm The Kent Wedding Fair, Mercure Hotel Tunbridge Wells 8 Tonbridge Rd, Pembury, Tunbridge Wells TN2 4QL 16th April, 2023 | 11am-3.30pm Signature Wedding Show - Mercedes-Benz World Brooklands Drive, Weybridge, Surrey KT13 0SL signature-wedding-show-mercedes-benz-world 16th April, 2023 | 11am-3pm Longton Wood Wedding Showcase Longton Wood, Coldblow Lane, Thurnham, Maidstone ME14 3LR 23rd April, 2023 | 10.30am-2.30pm The Kent Wedding Fair, Bexleyheath Marriott Hotel 1 Broadway, Bexleyheath DA6 7JZ 23rd April, 2023 | 11am-3pm Lympne Castle Wedding Show The Street, Lympne, Kent CT21 4LQ 7th May, 2023 | 11am-3pm Hythe Imperial Hotel Wedding Fair Hythe Imperial Hotel, Princes Parade, Hythe, CT21 6AE 7th May, 2023 | 10am-4pm Rustic Kent Wedding Fair Greenhill Wedding Venue, Maidstone, Kent, ME15 8RR 14th May, 2023 | 10.30am-2.30pm The Kent Wedding Fair, Rochester Corn Exchange Northgate, The Precinct, Rochester ME1 1LS 21st May, 2023 | 10.30am-2.30pm The Kent Wedding Fair, Priestfield Stadium Redfern Avenue, Gillingham ME7 4DD LOCAL NEWS 11

Follow us on /CountyWeddingEvents @CountyWedEvent @countyweddingevents HOSTED AT One of the largest wedding shows to be held in the South of England. A huge number of wedding specialists on hand to inspire and advise on how to bring your wedding dreams to life. PLUS! Special offers on the day • The chance to win a luxury honeymoon • Bridal fashion shows • Entertainment • Refreshements • and more... For your FREE tickets and the chance to win a £250 voucher courtesy of pre-register at: Sunday 8th October 2023 11am to 4pm FREE ENTRY WSehddoiwng Wembley, London HA9 0WS IN ASSOCIATION WITH

FOR YOUR CHANCE TO WIN ENTER ONLINE VIA OUR WEBSITE WWW.YOURKENT.WEDDING DANCE THE NIGHT AWAY Looking for entertainment to fill the dancefloor that’s sure to delight guests regardless of age, ability or musical tastes while providing heaps of fun? We highly recommend considering a ceilidh for a night to remember! Kent-based The Hilltop Ceilidh Band will guide you through traditional English, Scottish and Irish dances at your home or wedding venue in England and Wales. Ceilidhs bring people together and that’s what the Band stands for – they’re just as keen as you to see everyone to having a great time, and they’ll work hard to make it happen. For example, are you celebrating in the UK with family and friends coming over from abroad? No need to worry, as your dances can be called multilingually – Welsh, French, you name it, they’ve got it covered! To find out how you and your guests can have the best time ever, get in touch to discuss the details of your celebrations from ceremony music to the ceilidh, and disco to DJ. We’ve partnered with The Hilltop Ceilidh Band to offer readers £70 off the compact line up, and £100 off the traditional or full line ups. To claim, get in touch via and quote Your Kent Wedding. Offer ends 30th April. Great giveaways and discounts up for grabs FUN FOR THE LITTLE’UNS Canterbury-based Carousel Crèche Company is run by Carole Cassidy and her team. With a passion for delivering stimulating, safe and fun childcare, the company provides crèches and babysitting for weddings around the county. Having Carole and co. on hand to keep the children entertained, and above all safe, means you and their parents or guardians are left free to mingle and enjoy the day, happy in the knowledge the little treasures are in good hands. What’s more, with bags of activities for all ages you’re ensuring that your youngest guests have an equally fabulous day, leaving them with many happy memories for years to come. After all, Carole is a fully-qualified nursery nurse CACHE NVQ Level 3 in Early Years Care and Education, and has been working in the childcare sector for more than 20 years. We’ve teamed up with Carousel Crèche Company to offer readers 10 per cent off all new bookings made in March and April 2023 for this year until 31st December, 2023. To claim, get in touch on 07887 968 523 or at and quote Your Kent Wedding. For further information, check out WIN A PAIR OF STEVE MADDEN BRIDAL SHOES The hunt for the perfect bridal shoe ends here with the chance to win the ultimate pair for your special day from Steve Madden. The shimmering Bridal Collection is not only amazing for brides but bridesmaids too, ensuring a picture-perfect look on the big day. For everyone who loves to shine you can choose from rose gold, silver, nude and white with finishes that include satin, rhinestone, leather and clear materials. If the shoe fits… be your own Cinderella! Check out County Wedding Magazine readers have the chance to win a pair of bridal shoes to the value of £150 from For your chance to win enter online via our website Freebies & OFFERS Getty Images FREEBIES & OFFERS 13

WEDDING SHOWS SPRING 2023 ALL EVENTS 11AM - 3PM unless otherwise stated /CountyWeddingEvents @CountyWedEvent @countyweddingevents At County Wedding Events each show is professionally and meticulously run to ensure a variety of suppliers are on hand to help you plan your big day and are hosted by some of the loveliest premier venues in your area. All our shows offer you free entry and parking, a goody bag each containing gifts, and useful local information to plan your wedding. You will also have the opportunity to enter prize draw competitions and take advantage of exclusive offers and discounts on the day. ESSEX BERKS, BUCKS & OXON SUN 2 APR THE COMPLEAT ANGLER Bisham Road, Marlow Bridge, Marlow, SL7 1RG EAST ANGLIA SUN 26 MAR HAYCOCK MANOR Wansford, Peterborough, PE8 6JA LONDON SUN 14 MAY MORDEN HALL Morden Hall Road, SM4 5JD SUSSEX SUN 16 APR SELDEN BARNS Selden Lane, Patching, Worthing, BN13 3UL 12PM-4PM SUN 14 MAY BRAXTED PARK Great Braxted, Witham, CM8 3EN SAT 1 APR HOUCHINS WEDDING VENUE Houchin’s Lane, Coggeshall, Colchester, CO6 1RT 12PM-4PM

As part of KD Events and Publishing Ltd, County Wedding Events (CWE) is ideally placed to offer you a wealth of experience organising events in the wedding industry. If you would like more information about either holding a wedding show at your venue or exhibiting at any of our shows, please contact us at, call 01376 514000 or visit WORK WITH US ESSEX EAST ANGLIA SUN 3 SEP HAYCOCK MANOR Wansford, Peterborough, PE8 6JA BERKS, BUCKS & OXON SUN 10 SEP CHENIES MANOR HOUSE Chenies, Rickmansworth Bucks, WD3 6ER SUN 24 SEP RACKLEY’S CHILTERN HILLS Marlow Road, Cadmore End, Bucks, HP14 3PP SURREY KENT EAST MIDLANDS SUN 1 OCT NUTFIELD PRIORY Nutfield Road, Nutfield, Redbridge, RH1 4EL SUN 12 NOV PENSHURST PLACE Penshurst, TN11 8DG SUN 15 OCT RUSHTON HALL Desborough Road, Rushton, Kettering, NN14 1RR SUN 22 OCT BRAXTED PARK Great Braxted, Witham, CM8 3EN SUN 29 OCT HOUCHINS WEDDING VENUE Houchin’s Lane, Coggeshall, Colchester, CO6 1RT 12PM-4PM SUN 10 SEP MARKSHALL ESTATE Coggeshall, CO6 1TG WEDDING SHOWS AUTUMN 2023 ALL EVENTS 11AM - 3PM unless otherwise stated

• Free entry • First 100 couples receive a free wedding journal keepsake • Goody bag for each couple • Up to 200 stands • Bridal fashion shows • Huge number of wedding specialists including venues • Demonstration areas • Competitions • Entertainment • Refreshments • And more... Pre-register and attend the show to have a chance to win a fabulous spa break worth £250 courtesy of Pre-register at London, HA9 0WS SUNDAY 8 OCTOBER 2023 | 11AM - 4PM WEMBLEY STADIUM Brooklands Drive, Weybridge, KT13 0SL SUNDAY 16 APRIL 2023 | 11AM - 3.30PM High Street, Berkshire, SL5 7JX SUNDAY 1 OCTOBER 2023 | 11AM - 3.30PM MERCEDES-BENZ WORLD ASCOT RACECOURSE

Pre-register for all of our events at MERCEDES-BENZ WORLD, 16TH APRIL, 2023 ASCOT RACECOURSE, 1ST OCTOBER 2023 WEMBLEY STADIUM, 8TH OCTOBER, 2023 X Sarah Here at County Wedding Magazines and Events HQ we’re looking forward to kickstarting our Spring 2023 wedding show season – perfect for all those couples that got engaged over the festive period. From must-visit local fairs in some of the region’s best wedding venues to our larger Signature Wedding Shows, we can’t wait to welcome nearlyweds to our events and help plan their wedding day. Each event will boast a huge range of specialists who will be on hand to talk through your planning ideas and requirements; venues, bridal boutiques, photographers, florists, cake makers and more, there’s everything you could need to plan your wedding under one roof. On the day refreshments will be available to purchase from each of the venue’s on-site restaurants, bars and cafés. Couples will need to pre-register in advance for an allocated arrival time, although on the day visitors are always welcome, and attending our shows are free! For more information, visit County Wedding Events’ website. We look forward to seeing you at one of our events. Sarah Ellis, Managing Director County Wedding Events Psst! Our pre-registered Signature Wedding Show visitors will have the chance to win a £250 gift voucher courtesy of A date for your diary... GREAT EXPECTATIONS

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Sevenoaks, Tonbridge and Tunbridge Wells SPOTLIGHT ON... Tie the knot in a local hotspot PENSHURST PLACE 01892 870 307 | Set in an estate of 2,500 acres, the 14th-century house and formal gardens are steeped in natural splendour and historical architecture. With sandstone walls and an impressive sweeping driveway, Penshurst Place has been described as the perfect combination of an inspiring castle mixed with an intimate country manor house. With towers and crenelated ancient walls interspersed with arched leaded windows, this grand stately home welcomes visitors through the wicket gate in the large wooden doorway that previously saw centuries of royalty passing through it. The 14th-century formal gardens at Penshurst are considered to be amongst the most beautiful in England. Originally laid out in 1346, the 11 acres of Grade I listed gardens have been kept true to their Elizabethan design. CEREMONY TO CELEBRATIONS You’re truly spoilt for choice when it comes to wedding spaces here and most are so flexible they can be used for the “I dos” and reception. The Baron’s Hall (200 ceremony, 136 dining and 200 reception guests), built in 1341 is the venue’s oldest room, brimming with character and original Medieval architecture. There’s even a firepit beneath the chestnut singlespan roof, plus tall arched windows, suits of armour and Medieval trestle tables that can be decorated to suit your theme. The Sunderland Room (136 ceremony, 88 dining, 140 reception guests) adjoins the minstrel gallery overlooking the Baron’s Hall, and with part-panelled, part-sandstone walls hung with historical paintings, it sits atop a spiral turret staircase and offers a wonderful view across the parklands. Located adjacent to the Baron’s Hall, The Buttery (40 ceremony, 30 dining and 50 reception guests) with ancient brick walls, a large fireplace and tapestries, was the original bottle store for the house and is ideal for smaller ceremonies or use as a further reception area. The Garden Room (93 ceremony, 74 dining, and 100 for dancing) a few steps from the main house offers a light and spacious interior with wheelchair access. For winter weddings only, there’s also a beautifully draped marquee, which can be arranged in either the Inner Courtyard or for more guests, on the South Lawn at an additional fee. If you prefer to celebrate al fresco, the Inner Courtyard (120 ceremony and 200 standing reception guests) alongside the Baron’s Hall where you can say your vows beneath the King’s Tower, is surrounded by sandstone walls and scented roses. The Nut Garden (100 ceremony guests) located amongst 11 acres of formal gardens is an ethereal space featuring an oak pergola, which in the summertime is covered in rambling roses, climbing wisteria and ivy. Finally, if you don’t require a legal ceremony and are after blessing you’ll definitely want to look at Lancup Well (200 ceremony guests). A gorgeous lakeside location, it’s a short distance from the manor house and offers views of the surrounding 2,500 acres of parkland estate. Here, you can enjoy a blessing amongst fine topiary as the sun dapples the surface of the lake. www. LOCAL VENUES 19

HEVER CASTLE 01732 861 800 | Hever Castle is a gem in the heart of the Garden of England. The doublemoated Castle displays a glorious creeping Boston Ivy, which turns a rich, deep red during late Autumn, making for iconic photographs in front of this beautiful building steeped in British history. Meanwhile, the Medieval gatehouse still retains a working drawbridge and portcullis, offering a further impressive spot for those all-important photographs. THE “I DOS” There are three areas available for ceremonies here. The Castle’s Inner Hall can accommodate 60 loved ones for the vows. With ornate panelled walls, antiques and open log fire it’s a wonderful spot for winter weddings in particular. The Tudor Suite Sitting Room within the Astor Wing can also host 60. This exclusive space opens out onto the nearby lawns overlooking the Castle. The Astor wing itself is an Edwardian extension built onto the Castle in 1903. Designed in the Tudor style, it boasts hand-carved oak panelled walls and large open fireplaces, along with an eclectic collection of private artwork, all while retaining the feel of a private country home. There are also 27 bedrooms here offering onsite accommodation for your and your guests. Finally, the Loggia located in the award-winning Italian Gardens, is the venue’s outdoor ceremony area overlooking the 38-acre boating lake. It can host 70 to 180 nearest and dearest for the “I dos.” With original statues from Rome and the Trevi-inspired fountain, the gardens bring a true taste of Italy to the Kent countryside. THE CELEBRATIONS The Guthrie Pavilion, situated next to the rose garden can accommodate up to 180 for your reception. For more intimate parties, The Astor Wing can host up to 60 nearest and dearest, who can enjoy evening entertainment with you, and perhaps even take a night cap into the Billiards Room or Music Room. Alternatively, the Winter Garden Lawn, which overlooks the Castle, is available for marquee hire for larger parties, who can also enjoy the gardens during the afternoon reception. ST JULIANS CLUB 01732 458 261 | St Julians is an elegant Georgian country house set in charming surroundings just outside Sevenoaks and has been a secluded, exclusive private club since the early 1950s. Overlooking the Weald of Kent and surrounded by beautiful manicured gardens, the venue offers an impressive setting with breathtaking views. CEREMONY TO CELEBRATIONS The Lounge is the original drawing room of the house, with long bay windows that open onto the external flagstone terrace. It boasts a beautiful marble fireplace and Steinway grand piano, which is available for use on your wedding day. Double doors lead to the Victorian Conservatory with an incredible canopy of wisteria, giving fragrant blooms up to four times a year. The Gallery too boasts amazing views and its bay window offers the perfect spot for an intimate wedding ceremony. When you tie the knot here, you’ll have use of all three of these gorgeous spaces, which can accommodate 60 loved ones for the “I dos” and wedding breakfast, with room for up to 80 for the evening do. You’ll also be able to enjoy the privacy of the flagstone and grass terraces across the front of the house, as well as the grounds and gardens for reception drinks and photographs. The venue offers social membership of the club for the newlyweds for one year when you book it for your big day. Bespoke menus are planned by the team of experienced chefs and you’ll be treated to a complimentary menu and wine tasting. St Julians has been licensed for civil ceremonies for more than 20 years, so its team of professionals are highly experienced in planning perfect wedding days and will work with you to arrange your bespoke nuptials. 20

Celebrate your special day at our stunning 4-star hotel in the idyllic Kent countryside! Hold your perfect wedding with us and enjoy: – All-inclusive wedding packages for up to 150 guests, including BBQ or afternoon tea options – Scenic outdoor spaces for your wedding photography – Comfortable hotel rooms and on-site parking At Mercure Tunbridge Wells +44 (0)1892 628 298 Contact us To start planning your dream wedding, contact our friendly team! Your happy ever after is waiting… · Catering for up to 400 wedding guests · Civil ceremonies available in Garden Gazebo or hotel · Landscaped garden for wedding photos · Free parking for guests · Wedding packages available 01304 872 843 / 01304 821 230 | Singledge Lane, Whitfield, Dover CT16 3EL & THE COMPLETE VENUE FOR SMALL & LARGE WEDDINGS · Catering for up to 400 wedding guests · Civil ceremonies available in Garden Gazebo or hotel · Landscaped garden for wedding photos · Free parking for guests · Wedding packages available 01304 872 843 / 01304 821 230 | Singledge Lane, Whitfield, Dover CT16 3EL

THE SPA HOTEL 01892 520 331 | Set in 14 acres of picturesque grounds close to the centre of Royal Tunbridge Wells, The Spa Hotel originally opened its doors to guests in 1880. Built in 1766 as a country mansion, the Hotel is a well-known Georgian landmark in the town and following extensive refurbishments its original grandeur works in harmony with modern luxury. THE “I DOS” The hotel boasts a variety of ceremony locations both inside and out. A highlight is The Spa Temple. An enchanting option, it allows you to exchange your vows amongst the gardens while enjoying the spectacular surroundings. With views over the lakes the Temple also offers a stunning backdrop for those all-important photos. It can seat up to 250 guests, plus standing. Don’t worry if it rains though as wet-weather alternatives are always provided. The Royal Suite is the largest of the function suites. A grand space it boasts bay windows overlooking the lawns. It can host 250 for your “I dos.” The Chandelier Suite was refurbished in 2021. A light and airy space at the front of the hotel it has contemporary and neutral décor to complement any palette. It can accommodate 140 for the ceremony. Finally, The Churchill Room is the most intimate of the ceremony options. Overlooking the beautiful gardens it allows you to welcome 45 of your nearest and dearest to witness your vows. THE CELEBRATIONS All of the above inside spaces are available for you to host your reception. The Royal Suite with its large bar can hold 228 for the wedding breakfast and 300 for the evening. The Chandelier Suite too benefits from a private bar and can seat 90 for a meal and welcome 120 for the evening. Last, but not least, the small but perfectly formed Churchill Room can seat 24 for the wedding breakfast and host 30 for the evening. The hotel’s kitchen is award winning and offers extensive menus for wedding breakfasts, evening receptions and canapés, and you’re offered a free tasting. There are also seven beautiful, individually-designed bridal suites for the night of your wedding or to get ready in with your bridal party. You’re also treated to a first-anniversary stay. MERCURE TUNBRIDGE WELLS HOTEL 01892 628 298 | Built around the original Georgian dower house, this charming fourstar hotel presents a wonderful combination of traditional and modern. The oast house offers a grand entrance for you and your guests, while the Georgian dower house and terrace lend a warm, welcoming and relaxing atmosphere. There are 84 bedrooms available for you and your loved ones to rest after you’ve partied the night away and discounted rates are offered. THE “I DOS” The Parkside Suite is the largest function room situated on the ground floor. It’s fully accessible and has neutral décor to suit any theme. There’s space here for 150 loved ones. The more intimate Park Avenue Suite can host 70 nearest and dearest. Located in the dower house, it boasts original, Georgian, arched windows creating a beautiful backdrop for ceremonies. It’s easy to see why it’s the venue’s most popular spot for ceremonies. More intimate still is the Park View Suite, with space for 40 guests. It overlooks, and has direct access to, the Park View Courtyard. THE CELEBRATIONS The larger two of the suites, Parkside and Park Avenue can play host to wedding receptions. The former has its own private function bar, as well as direct access to its own private garden. So, you and your 150 guests will have everything you need all in one place. It’s the perfect blank canvas, allowing you to transform the room into the wedding of your dreams. It is also licensed for entertainment until midnight. Park Avenue on the other hand is ideal for smaller celebrations and can host intimate wedding breakfasts and gatherings for up to 50 nearest and dearest. LOCAL VENUES 23

Offering: ◦ Gazebo Ceremony over the lake ◦ Exclusive wedding packages ◦ On site wedding planner ◦ Accomodation ◦ Amazing photo opportunities Set on an idyllic lake, surrounded by 3 acres of natural woodland, the Inn on the Lake makes for an unforgettable wedding venue Contact our events team today to begin planning your dream wedding Inn on the Lake, Watling Street, Shorne, Kent ,DA12 3HB 01474 823333

Swept away Our roundup of the county’s waterside and coastal venues BRADBOURNE HOUSE 01732 897 436 | Bradbourne House is an exclusive-use, Queen Anne, Grade I listed, country house located in the heart of Kent. The house as it stands today was built between 1712 and 1715 and served as the Twisden family home right up until 1937, when it was put up for auction and bought by the East Malling Trust. The venue boasts 20 acres of picturesque parkland, including a tranquil lake, ancient trees and secret garden orchard. From the moment you drive through the iron gates you’ll find yourself surrounded by pristine, stripey lawns. The grounds are home to a plethora of wildlife, including hundreds of Canadian geese who return to the lake each year. THE “I DOS” Brabourne House has two licensed indoor areas for your ceremony. The Drawing Room is ideal for intimate “I dos” with up to 50 loved ones. The bay windows look out across the lakes and gold chandeliers hang from the ceiling. The Great Hall is best for guest lists up to 100 and the blue walls are one of the House’s most memorable features with Twisden family portraits adorning every part. In addition, there are two further outdoor ceremony spaces, each licensed up to 100. The Hatton Fruit Garden was originally planted as part of the Dig For Victory campaign, and its walled gardens now provide that sought-after secret garden spot where you can exchange your vows. The Great Hall Steps provide the grandest of entrances, and as you ascend the marble steps to the house itself, they offer a spectacular backdrop to the most important part of your day. THE CELEBRATIONS The gorgeous Great Hall can also host receptions for 100 seated or 200 standing guests. It allows large numbers of loved ones to come together to celebrate as one, from a decadent wedding breakfast to that allimportant evening bash. For more intimate gatherings you have the option of The Breakfast Room, which provides a different feel. The dark oak interiors and walls hung with portraits is often referred to as the gentleman’s room. Complete with Grand Piano, it’s the ideal setting for intimate meals or relaxing with tea and cake for 40 seated or 100 standing guests. Finally, with space for the same numbers, The Drawing Room’s bay windows are practically made for a wedding cake to sit in! The venue offers a complementary tasting to the two of your with its executive chef, and a toastmaster is available within the hire to ease your day. WATERSIDE VENUES 25

HERONS PARK VENUE 07949 156 636 | Situated on the outskirts of Lydd, surrounded by wildlife, some rare, the family-owned and operated Heron’s Park Venue overlooks beautiful lakes. The venue is decorated in a neutral, serene colour palette. Light and airy throughout with many rooms at your full disposal, there’s no shortage of space here. The venue is always hired for exclusive use, and available to you the day before your wedding for those all-important finishing touches. THE “I DOS” Little Egret is the larger bright and spacious ceremony room, decorated in a neutral colour palette it offers a blank canvas for your ceremony and can host up to 110. The smaller of the two ceremony spaces is the Conservatory, with space for 44 nearest and dearest. Ideal for intimate “I dos” it boasts beautiful views of the neighbouring sheep fields. THE CELEBRATIONS The wedding breakfast room, seats 110 guests formally or 200 for the evening or for informal dining. This space complete with huge raised bar never fails to impress, with stunning views of the lake everywhere you look. After the wedding breakfast, the team will remove some of the tables to make room for the dancefloor in the evening. The main room leads onto the terrace with lakeside views, this is the perfect place for a drinks reception, garden games or street food. When everyone has finished eating you’ll have full use of the whole venue, including the beautiful conservatory, which is a great spot for a photo booth. It’s also used for drinks receptions if the weather is poor. Following the vows, the larger ceremony room is transformed into a cosy lounge for the evening, an ideal space for relaxing and catching up with family and friends. There’s even a cocktail bar available. Also part of the hire is the Children’s Play Room. This space is equipped with toys and games and is available for your littlest guests to use all day. You can even fit in a bouncy castle! The venue also offers a free wine tasting, and a wedding planning service that goes above and beyond. The team will plan your whole day with you, making suggestions along the way. Once the itinerary is agreed upon, it’s over to them. They will contact all suppliers and liaise with them, so you can sit back and relax knowing everything is taken care of. LEAS CLIFF HALL 01303 228 607 | Dramatically located 400 feet above sea level, overlooking the English Channel and built into the Kent coast cliff face, Leas Cliff Hall offers one of the most enviable settings for your wedding. The Grade II listed building is steeped in history and with plenty of flexibility it can cater for any size of event. CEREMONY TO CELEBRATIONS The Grand Hall has played host to many bespoke weddings over the years and has been particularly popular for hosting large scale, elaborate nuptials. It’s the ideal location if you’re planning a lavish gathering surrounded by several hundred of your closest friends and family. This Georgian ballroom has its own private bar, large grand theatre-style stage area and access to balconies that run the length of the hall overlooking the English Channel with uninterrupted views across to France. The Channel Suite has a variety of layouts that can be designed to suit your day. The panoramic views offer an iconic backdrop for some stunning photography. Plus, the team of in-house chefs will prepare your menu and the head chef will design your dream wedding breakfast. THE EXTRA MILE You’re only limited by your own imagination here. The sky’s the limit with additional extras to ensure your guests remember your wedding for years to come. Think vintage style, fully-stocked pick and mix sweet cart; Saturday Night Fever style LED dancefloor to dance the night away on; individual ice cream tubs served to your guests by a classically-styled usherette from her serving tray; have a mixologist create you a one-off, specially-named wedding day cocktail for you and your guests, and much much more. 26 | | 01732 897436 Bradbourne House, New Road, East Malling, Kent, ME19 6DZ Breathtaking scenery, exceptional service and fine, locally sourced menus An idyllic setting for your Wedding Day, located in the heart of the Kent countryside