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

Wedding News: High Lodge is situated within 80 acres of beautiful Suffolk parkland

High Lodge is situated within 80 acres of beautiful Suffolk parkland

Set in 80 acres of beautiful Suffolk parkland, High Lodge offers exclusive use to couples and their guests for the big day. Located between Aldeburgh and Southwold, just three miles from the Suffolk coastal village of Dunwich, it's a destination hotspot – perfect for those of you looking to extend your celebration to explore all the area has to offer.

There are also traditional, luxury holiday lodges set in tranquil woodland that are available for weekend-long weddings.

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Wedding News: Should more women taking the wedding speech spotlight

Should more women taking the wedding speech spotlight

More women should be taking the spotlight at big events, according to new research from learning and development company Good Shout. However, according to a new poll, conducted in partnership with YouGov, the very prospect fills two thirds of women (67%) with dread. Of those women in the UK who would refuse to give speeches at a wedding, 50% said that it was the "cringe factor" that held them back, i.e. being too self-conscious or feeling too awkward or uncomfortable in the situation.

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Wedding News: Tips for tying the knot while it’s hot

Tips for tying the knot while it’s hot

With Summer wedding season in full-swing and the English weather as unpredictable as ever, happy couples across the country may get more than what they bargained for when it comes to wishing for a sunny day. As temperatures across the UK already reaching highs of 30C and the Met Office predicting even hotter temperatures expected ahead, Samantha Gilchrist, former wedding photographer turned cofounder and CEO of The Gilchrist Collection, the UK's largest wedding venue collection, gives her expert advice gathered from over 15 years in the industry.

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Wedding News: Hen parties in UK more popular now

Hen parties in UK more popular now

Hen parties on UK soil are the number one choice for Brits, according to new research from Butlin's Big Weekenders. According to a study commissioned to mark the reopening of Butlin's Big Weekenders breaks in September, over half of Brits (53%) say a hen do in the UK is more appealing than one abroad and almost the same (54%) say a hen do is better on one resort where all the facilities are in one place. On a Butlin's Big Weekender guests can enjoy accommodation, food, drink entertainment, and activities all in one place. The adult-only weekends are available at all three resorts - Bognor Regis, Minehead and Skegness. What's more, organisation is key for British hens, as data reveals the most common time to plan a hen do is 3-4 months in advance, in stark comparison to men, who are most likely to plan a stag do just 2-3 days in advance!

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Wedding News: Magical Events is hosting an open weekend in September

Magical Events is hosting an open weekend in September

Magical Events is a Norfolk-based company offering giant hat tipis and bell tent hire throughout the UK. With a great knowledge and experience of the events industry, you can rest assured that from the initial contact through to after your event, the team will give as much or as little input into your big day as you require.

The team at Magical Events are hosting an open weekend on Saturday 30th September and Sunday 1st October between 10am and 4pm. This is your chance to see Magical Events' three magnificent giant hat tipis and bell tents furnished with everything the team have to offer, perfect if you're considering tipis for your wedding.

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Wedding News: Graduate Cambridge has launched its new garden on the banks of the River Cam

Graduate Cambridge has launched its new garden on the banks of the River Cam

Graduate Cambridge has launched its beautiful garden on the banks of the River Cam. An idyllic spot for al fresco dining, its menu has been designed to delight guests with a selection of seasonal snacks, starters and large plates from the barbecue, great for sharing with friends on a sunny afternoon. Garden Bar, at the heart of the hotel, will offer a menu of summery spritzes or classic cocktails to be enjoyed in the sunshine or indoors on those milder evenings.

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Wedding News: Most Instagrammable beach wedding venues in the UK

Most Instagrammable beach wedding venues in the UK

Wedding invitation company, Aura Print, analysed 70 of the most sought-after beach wedding destinations and discovered the UK's most Instagrammable coastal wedding venues. The stunning spot of Tunnels Beaches in Ilfracombe, Devon boasts over 13k hashtags on Instagram, making this the study's number one pick. Located on the beautiful North Devon coast, Tunnels Beaches is situated on a cliff top with hand carved tunnels down to a secluded private beach. The venue provides a thatched roof gazebo which overlooks the breathtaking Devon coastline for a picture-perfect backdrop

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Wedding News: Elms Barn is a 17th-century barn full of character

Elms Barn is a 17th-century barn full of character

If you're dreaming of a quintessential English country wedding, this stunning venue is sure to tick the box. Built using traditional Norfolk red brick, the 17th-century barn is full of character with oak beams and traditional loft windows. It links to an elegant marquee, ideal for hosting your post-vows drinks reception. The picture-perfect setting features a romantic rose garden, flowers and lily ponds. The large patio area with bay trees is perfect for relaxing in the sunshine, enjoying drinks and a gourmet barbecue. There's a meadow for playing outdoor games too and a woodland walk.

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Wedding News: Brits feel judged on wedding gifts

Brits feel judged on wedding gifts

Almost one in five (20%) Brits feel judged by friends and family when they cannot afford wedding gifts and 14% say they feel judged when they can't afford to attend a wedding, stag or hen party. 81% are depending on a form of finance other than their main income to provide for their family New research has revealed that almost one in five Brits (20%) feel judged by friends and family when they cannot afford wedding gifts. A further 14% say they feel judged when they can't afford to attend a wedding, stag or hen party.

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Wedding News: Sara Davies, Fred Sirieix and Raj Somaiya revealed as BBC judges

Sara Davies, Fred Sirieix and Raj Somaiya revealed as BBC judges

Launching in August, BBC Two's Ultimate Wedding Planner will see eight wedding planners battle it out to prove they are Britain's next best wedding expert as they design spectacular ceremonies for six couples. Dragons' Den star Sara Davies, First Dates favourite Fred Sirieix and wedding industry expert Raj Somaiya will be the judges and mentors - overseeing the planners as they create dream weddings for our couples. Throughout the competition they will send home the weakest planner until just two remain in the final where the planners will face one final challenge to decide who will be crowned the winner.

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Wedding News: Dixie is a new repurposed horse box in Norfolk

Dixie is a new repurposed horse box in Norfolk

Boasting plenty of character and hidden surprises, Dixie is a new repurposed horse box set in a wonderful wild flower meadow in Norfolk. Complete with a beautifully-crafted bathroom, king-size bed and decking with views over the rolling countryside, it makes a fantastic place for a pre-wedding getaway or relaxing mini-moon.

Dixie is made up of three parts; the main horsebox, which is home to the living area, an undercover top deck attached to the horsebox and a separate bathroom. There is a fully-equipped kitchen with a fridge-freezer, four hob grill and oven and a large Belfast sink providing everything you need for cooking up a storm.

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Wedding News: The 'anti-wedding' wedding trends making their mark in 2023

The 'anti-wedding' wedding trends making their mark in 2023

'Anti-wedding' is the hottest new wedding trend this summer, from ditching tradition with bridal pant suits, short wedding dresses and mismatched bridesmaid dresses - get ready to see these trends everywhere this wedding season. Wedding supply experts at Aura Print have scoped out TikTok to serve up the top 10 anti-wedding wedding trends to look out for this summer. More people are ditching traditional for unconventional, allowing for their special day to be even more unique to the couple.

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Wedding News: Glen Lodge is a neutrally-decorated venue filled with natural light

Glen Lodge is a neutrally-decorated venue filled with natural light

Glen Lodge is a neutrally-decorated venue filled with natural light that lends itself to any theme or colour scheme. The outside decking is one of the venue's focal points, overlooking the Bawburgh Golf Course and Yare Valley, it's ideal for outdoor ceremonies and photographs.

The Bridal Suite is a romantic setting with countryside views, a freestanding bath, a four-poster bed and a private outdoor hot tub. It's the perfect place to relax with a glass of champagne under the stars after your special day.

All of the catering at Glen Lodge is provided by the in-house team, who aim to offer a vast selection of high-quality food.

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Wedding News: How to throw a Barbie-themed hen party this summer

How to throw a Barbie-themed hen party this summer

With the launch of the new Barbie movie, searches for "barbie party" on Pinterest have seen a 121% increase in the last six months as people look for inspiration on how to throw their own, pink-themed parties. As the wedding season is in full swing, thortful.com has teamed up with Pippa Masson, party planning expert at Hen Party Company Fizzbox, to compile top tips on how to throw a Barbie-themed hen party this summer. From Barbie themed cocktails to choosing the perfect venue, this is how to have the ultimate bachelorette Barbie herself would even love.

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Wedding News: Fun and luxe wedding gifts

Fun and luxe wedding gifts

Attending a wedding this summer? Looking for the ultimate addition to your wedding day gift list? Look no further, Who Icons, seamlessly combines refined luxury with a touch of casual elegance, creating the ultimate personalised wedding gift. Who Icons understands that love stories are unique, and so should be the gifts that commemorate them. Its exquisite collection of handcrafted treasures is meticulously designed to captivate the hearts of discerning couples. From The Royals to the Beckhams, Anna Wintour to Karl Largerfield, the debut collection featuring the world's most influential fashion icons - and here at County Wedding Magazines HQ we're finding it hard to pick our favourite, we'll just have to collect them all.

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Wedding News: Take a break from the wed-min - 30 things which bring happiness

Take a break from the wed-min - 30 things which bring happiness

Although joyous occasions, planning a wedding can be stressful with money worries and family politics all thrown into the mix. If you feel like this is your situation right now, grab yourself a brew and a biscuit and read this heartfelt study by Samsung: a definitive list of 30 things which bring us pure moments of happiness! An optimistic 94 percent of those surveyed, agree that joy is all around us, we just have to choose to see it.

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Wedding News: Susan McGregor Celebrant is offering our readers an exclusive discount

Susan McGregor Celebrant is offering our readers an exclusive discount

There are several things that you'll want to go well to ensure your wedding day is extra special. The first is the ceremony itself, the event that sets the tone and atmosphere for the day. By booking a celebrant, you will be able to create a personalised and fully bespoke service. The second is the speeches. These will mark your event and give you and your guests memories to share for years to come. We know how stressful it can be creating a speech and that's where Susan McGregor Celebrant excels. Susan is a celebrant, trained speaker, and a seasoned presenter. She has a background in English, drama, and teaching, with the skills to build your confidence allowing you to deliver your speech without fear on the day.

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Wedding News: How to choose the perfect wedding ring

How to choose the perfect wedding ring

Often overlooked, there's a big difference between platinum, gold and white gold rings, even though they look very similar. Despite gold rings being the traditional choice platinum wedding bands have over 6.1k searches and platinum wedding rings 3.3k in the UK each month. Whilst gold wedding bands have only 1k searches and gold wedding rings 5.4k, this suggests that in 2023 the most popular choice may be a platinum band. But with more 15k searches for 'Wedding Bands' in the UK every month - the decision may not be as simple as what's on trend. Here, jewellery expert Sach Kukadia at 7879 recommends how to choose the perfect wedding ring a purchase far more more important than your regular jewellery! Find out the difference between platinum vs golds, delving into everything, including their pros and cons, through to how well they'll fare in the long run...

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Wedding News: Danielle Harvey enjoyed a wonderful stay at Bedford Lodge Hotel & Spa

Danielle Harvey enjoyed a wonderful stay at Bedford Lodge Hotel & Spa

My husband and I were keen to celebrate our fifth wedding anniversary with a romantic night away. We go away every year, even for a night, to reconnect, reflect and look forward to the year ahead – and this year was no exception. In the heart of Suffolk, the Bedford Lodge Hotel & Spa is a four AA red star hotel nestled in three acres of manicured gardens in Newmarket, the ancestral home of British horseracing. We'd popped in to the town prior to our arrival, and it was hard to believe that mere minutes down the road was a serene hotel setting. On approach, the pretty white building flanked by a grand driveway, shrubbery and trees was certainly smile-inducing, it felt in the middle of nowhere.

Offering luxury throughout, the hotel has seamlessly combined the old and the new, modern extensions and sumptuous aesthetics are sympathetic to its Georgian 18th-century beginnings. Standing in reception, stylish yet welcoming, the friendly staff gave us such a warm welcome that I immediately felt relaxed and ready to enjoy the stay...

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Wedding News: How to nail your bridesmaid gifts

How to nail your bridesmaid gifts

Finding that perfect thank you gift for your bridesmaids can be a mind boggling task. How can you truly thank them for supporting you on your big day? New research* from gifting experts at Getting Personal shows that apart from our parents, friends are the hardest people to shop for with one in seven (15%) admitting they struggle. To help brides give envy-inducing thank you gifts gifting expert at Getting Personal, Tara Butler, shares eight tips for figuring out what they really want... without having to ask.

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