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Here at Your East Anglian Wedding, we understand how important it is that you look and feel fabulous on your big day. Jewellery is a key part in helping you achieve your desired look, but finding pieces that will complement your gown without upstaging it can be tricky! To help, we’ve asked local suppliers to share some of their favourite on-trend pieces in the current issue.

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The Guildhall in Bury St. Edmunds is offering a special deal for micro-weddings. Priced at £400 for the ceremony (normally £550), the deal is perfect for couples looking to tie the knot in January, February, or March 2024, from Tuesday to Thursday, with up to eight of their nearest and dearest. The ceremony will be held in the Robing Room, which was used in the past for the mayor and other dignitaries of the town to change into their ceremonial robes.

The price includes access to The Guildhall on your wedding day for 45 minutes before the ceremony and up to one hour afterwards. You can arrange for drinks to be served either in the garden, the Robing Room or the Royal Observer Corps Ops Room after the ceremony, if you wish. You have access to the courtyard and gardens (weather permitting) for photographs, and volunteer witnesses can be provided if required for a small donation to Guildhall funds.

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Chloe and Ryan met through a mutual friend. “I used to be a barber and cut Ryan’s hair,” says Chloe. “We bonded through our love of Harry Potter, and the rest is history.”

Ryan proposed on Chloe’s birthday. “It was a few months after the birth of our daughter Matilda,” shares the bride. “It was a complete surprise! He told me there was a present behind the sofa, but when I looked, there was nothing there. I turned around, and there he was, down on one knee.”

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You said ‘yes’, the ring is on your finger, so what’s next? The dress, of course! For many brides-to-be it’s one of the most exciting parts of the wedding journey and it’s tempting to rush out to the shops straight away and start trying on gorgeous gowns. After all, it’s not every day you get the chance, right? Not wanting to sound like a killjoy, but taking the time to do your homework first can help you avoid costly mistakes. There are many factors to take into account to make sure your dress is not only the right fit for you, but that it ties in with the style and feel of your day. The time of year, type of ceremony and the venue are all key considerations, as well as the kind of entertainment you’re planning. To help give you some inspiration, we’ve asked local bridal boutiques to send in some of their favourite seasonal dresses in the current issue.

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Make-up aritst, Lara Kingshott tells us her top beauty tip.

"My top beauty tip for your wedding make-up would be to start with your skin! For your make-up to look absolutely flawless on your wedding day, you need to be well hydrated and have a good skincare routine. Even if you are prone to breakouts, redness, rosacea, or anything else, by investing in the proper care and treatments for your skin, you will have the best base to start your wedding make -up."

"I recommend visiting a dermatologist, beautician, or skincare counter to find out how you can optimise your skin’s appearance for your wedding day about eight to nine months before. If you aren’t sure who to go to, ask your make-up artist, as they will most likely have knowledge of how to best look after your skin or know a professional who does. It may be as simple as adding a serum to your skincare routine or just being more consistent. Putting the time and effort into this step will help ensure your wedding make-up is perfect.

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Carla and Matt met online. “I liked how down to earth, kind, and understanding Matt was and how easily the conversation flowed,” says Carla. “Matt said that he fell for how kind and sweet I am.”

Matt proposed to Carla during COVID. “Matt originally planned to propose at Centre Parcs, but lockdown restrictions meant it couldn’t go ahead as planned,” shares the bride. “As the restrictions allowed for wedding venue viewings, Matt suggested visiting Hedingham Castle as a chance to get out of the house. I felt bad that we were wasting the venue’s time in the middle of a pandemic, but little did I know, they were in on the surprise. We got shown to the ceremony room, had a look around, and Matt then took me to the end of the aisle and asked me to marry him.”

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Westminster College is steeped in history, with beautiful grounds encompassing manicured lawns, a picturesque library, an intimate chapel with stained-glass windows, and a gorgeous dining hall. The classic beauty of the college juxtaposed with the dresses from Burr Bridal to create a stunning Cambridge wedding, evoking elegance and romance.

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Bree-Anne and Harry met in 2014 through her cousin. “We instantly clicked and always had a laugh when we were together,” says Bree-Anne. “We were best friends for a few years before getting into a relationship in May 2016.”

Harry popped the question in 2022 in Corfu. “It was a complete surprise,” shares the bride. “It was the beginning of the holiday, and Harry took me to a clifftop as the sun was setting, where he then got down on one knee. I was speechless, but of course I said yes!”

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Woodhall Manor is hidden in the heart of the Suffolk countryside, it's the perfect get-away for your hen or stag do. Its Elizabethan architecture and peacefully landscaped gardens will make your get-away special. Access to the surrounding locations could not be better with Sutton Hoo on the door step, head to the seaside town of Aldeburgh, get the Bawdsey ferry to Felixstowe, or relax in Seckford Hall's spa.

With 12 luxury bedrooms and suites and a cottage on-site, whatever you're up to is so easy. The Manor Bar is a great setting to have a cocktail or beer before heading to the pool table for some fun and games. With acres of grounds, why not book some activities? Archery and clay shooting are very popular, or why not arrange a cocktail masterclass or dance class and end the evening with a boogie with your very own juke box?

The venue can also help with food, from afternoon teas to pizza, curry, or something more themed; just speak to the team about your ideas.

To see more hen and stag ideas, head over to our hen and stag feature in the current issue. Download your free copy at www.youreastanglian.wedding/free-download
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The Crown and Castle in Orford, Suffolk, has received two AA awards following a recent inspection. Head chef Jake Lawrence and his team have been awarded two rosettes for their culinary excellence, while the 21-bedoom property has received a much sought-after five-star restaurant with rooms classification.

The AA awards follow on from The Crown and Castle's recent success in winning the 'East of England Small Hotel of the Year Gold Tourism Award 2022–23'.

Delighted with the awards, Jake Lawrence said: “Throughout my career, rosettes have always signified a mark of quality. Our decision to become part of the scheme and the result are something I am hugely proud of. These two rosettes are particularly special as the review was undertaken with a menu, food style, and quality standard crafted over many years, but our kitchen never rests. We're considering this year the start of our culinary award journey, and we have lofty ambitions for the future.”

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