Firstly, many congratulations on your upcoming wedding!!

We understand that planning your wedding is one of the most exciting times of your life, but it can be stressful.

To ease the strain, we're bringing a multitude of businesses together under one roof. Whatever you're looking for you can be sure you'll find it at the Heart Essex Wedding Show.

Our spectacular fashion shows will take place during the day offering inspiration not just for the bride but the groom, mother of the bride & bridesmaids too.

Our next show is the 24th and 25th of February 2018.

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"It's the part of getting married that every girl dreams of... trying on the wedding dresses!"

Planning a wedding can be stressful and a bit of a whirlwind but one of the guaranteed fun parts of planning a wedding is going wedding dress shopping! We asked one of our fab brides for her tips on finding YOUR dress for the big occassion.

"There is no limit to how many shops you can visit, no limit on how many dresses you can try on, so soak up the experience and have fun with it! I had never tried on any weddings dresses before and after working at a wedding show for 8 years, I can tell you the temptation was always there!

When I first started to think about wedding dress shopping I had four main questions on my mind:"

1) So where to go?

"Asking friends who have got married recommendations is always a good thing! Wedding Shows - go to a few of them as they have a big selection of shops with different styles and you can speak to them and get a feel for the service before booking an appointment, plus you can see some of the dresses and how they twinkle under the lights on the catwalk!"

2) How much is it going to cost?

"My first round of wedding dress shopping I decided to use this to have fun and find my style, even though I knew roughly what I wanted, it's important to rule everything out and make sure it suited my figure. I tried the big poufy ones, I tried mermaid ones, I tried lace, satin, white, ivory, with sleeves, without sleeves, sweetheart neckline, sparkly, plain you name it, I tried it on! This allowed me to find a style that suited my body shape and also allowed me to get comfortable and confident in the shops, but also helped me figure out my budget so for the next round I was fully prepared, focused and knew what I was looking for."

3) Who do I take with me?

"This was easy for me as I always wanted to have my bridesmaids - who are also my sister in laws - and my mum with me, however this isn't always as simple and easy for everyone. The thing to remember is that everyone has an opinion and not everyone's opinion is the same and having 7 opinions coming at you is going to take away the fun and enjoyment very quickly and confuse you and what you want, so try to keep it at a minimum and make these people the people that know you and your style most but who also opinions you value the most."

4) How do you know when you've found 'The One'?

"Everyone kept telling me that I would cry when I found 'The One', but for me this wasn't the case. I kept thinking something was wrong when I didn't cry at the dresses I was trying on, but when I knew, I knew. I knew I had found my dress when I couldn't find anything wrong with it; I felt comfortable in it, I could dance in it and I knew when I looked back on photos I would fall in love with it again and again, to me it was perfect!"

My main tips are...

  • "Where to go? Wedding shows are a great place to find bridal shops plus recommendations from family and friends.
  • Budget? Have a budget that you ideally want to spend and what you would stretch that to if you found a dress you absolutely loved, but don't try any dresses on that are way over your budget as you don't want to fall in love with something you can't afford!
  • Who to take with you? Keep the people you take to a minimum so you don't get overwhelmed with too many opinions.
  • Most important tip is to have FUN! So be open and allow yourself to fall in love with your kind of perfect."

"Finding a venue can be almost as hard as finding a house!"

So you’re now engaged, you’ve celebrated, you can't stop staring at that gorgeous ring, you’ve started to get used to the fact that you are the Bride to be and now a Fiancée so what next?

Well you need to find a place to hold the wedding, this sounds like the best place to start!

1) Firstly, you need to establish what kind of theme you want

This will then help with the venue. There are now so many options out there from barns to country houses to skipping England all together for a beach and some sun!

2) So what kind of wedding do you want?

Do you want a big wedding or a small wedding? Do you want to do everything yourself or do you want parts included in the venue like caterers, DJ etc? Do you want to get married at the venue or do you want a church wedding? Do you want to get married in this country or had you always thought of going elsewhere for your wedding? These questions will help you in building your theme together and bring your ideas to reality! Plus - it’s a fun way for you and your fiancé to work together!

We wanted a rustic theme so a barn was perfect for us, we have big families so we always knew that it was never going to be a small wedding! We also wanted a church wedding and we didn’t want our guests having to travel too far so we put a radius of no more than a 20 minutes from the church. We went to visit around 8 different venues, we looked at venues that we had to do everything for and then venues that had some bits included, we worked out and compared the two budgets and then looked at what option would be less stressful. We decided that we didn’t want the added stress of doing absolutely everything so we opted for a venue that did the catering and had a wedding planner to help you on the day - but you could still add all your own touches to it!

3) Tips

  • Top Tip: One of the best ideas I read was for you and your partner to write down - without talking to each other - three things that are most important to you for the day, this is a great idea and may help you with your venue choice.
  • If you are looking at getting married in a year or two years’ time – Booking as soon as you have chosen your venue could save you money - some venues will give you that years’ prices so this could help you save a few pennies!
  • If you are looking at keeping costs to a minimum, look at when you are planning your wedding - off peak Jan-Mar is usually going to be a lot cheaper and weekdays Mon-Thurs should also be a lot cheaper than a weekend wedding!
  • How much do you actually want to do? Some venues already include the DJ, Caterers, Chair Covers etc and won’t allow you to bring in outside businesses, for some this is a time saver and one less thing to worry about, for others it takes away from what they want to do and their vision. So make sure you ask these questions when visiting the venues!

Finding a venue can be almost as hard as finding a house and you get the same feeling you get with a house you will know when you have found the right venue for you both.

Just remember this is about you two and your dream day together so remember make sure it’s your kind of perfect!


  • Bridalwear

    • Bella Sposa Bridal Boutique

      42 Corbets Tey Road,
      RM14 2AB
      Tel: 01708 228200

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    • Kay Mason Brides

      763 London Road,
      Westcliff On Sea.
      SS0 9SU
      Tel: 01702 474619

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    • MiliMili Bridal

      19 Sir Isaacs Walk,
      CO1 1JJ
      Tel: 01206 616368

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    • Confetti & Couture

      53 High Street,
      RM1 1JL
      Tel: 01708 609836

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  • Bridesmaid

    • Sexyher Bridesmaid Dresses

      3-4 Sundridge Place,
      CRO 6FF
      Tel: 0208 6551666

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  • Menswear

    • Moss Bros Romford

      Unit E5, East Mall,
      Liberty Shopping Centre,
      RM1 3RT
      Tel: 01708 768040

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    • Couture Bride & Groom

      17 Billet Lane,
      RM11 1TS
      Tel: 01708 437477

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    • Olivers Formalwear

      586 Rayleigh Road,
      Leigh On Sea.
      SS9 5HU
      Tel: 01702 826680

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  • Cakes

    • Blushing Rose Cakes

      RM16 2QS
      Tel: 07773 814523

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    • enjoy...Clairey Fairy Wedding Cakes

      48 High Street,
      CM12 9BS
      Tel: 01277 633009

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    • Occasions Cake Studio

      53 Jesmond Road,
      RM16 2QS
      Tel: 01375 396323

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    • The Couture Baker

      3A Prince Edward Road,
      CM11 2HA
      Tel: 07413 531072

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    • Cakeworld

      33 The Broadway,
      Elm Park.
      RM12 4RN
      Tel: 01708 455567

  • Chocolate Fountain


      3 Merryfield Approach,
      Leigh On Sea,
      SS9 4HJ
      Tel: 07474 121808

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  • Sweets

  • Cars

    • 1st Event Limousine

      Danebury House,
      Rhoda Road,
      SS7 1HZ
      Tel: 01268 795000

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    • Park Ward Carriage Company

      135-137 Station Road,
      E4 6AG
      Tel: 0208 5242051

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    • Beetle Pops

      Tel: 07720 468331

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    • Taxi Wedding Car

      Email: Email:
      Tel: 07834 813290

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    • Trotters Wedding & Transport Services

      Tel: 07834 813290

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  • Décor

    • Janine's Chair Cover and Prop Hire

      Based in Harwich,
      Tel: 07776 050407

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    • Occasions Covered

      17 Hawthorn Close,
      CM2 9NW
      Tel: 07971 980628

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    • Time To Party - Hire & Events

      42 Wittem Road,
      Canvey Island.
      SS8 8DD
      Tel: 01268 694723

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    • Little Big Things

      8 Watlington Gardens,
      RM13 3FA
      Tel: 07411 953676

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    • Elegant Venue Styling by Balloon Décor

      Studio 20 Barleylands Craft Village,
      Barleylands Rd,
      Tel: 01268 272872

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    • Fairytale Finishes

      1B Rainsford Avenue,
      CM1 2PJ
      Tel: 01245 251479

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    • Sugar Sweet Events

      Tel: 07719 879422

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  • Entertainment

    • Spencer Wood Magic

      15 McArthur Drive,
      Kings Hill,
      West Malling,
      ME19 4GW
      Tel: 07738 555453

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    • Jessi Cooper Vocalist

      Tel: 07730 767993

    • Mr & Mrs Mini Golf

      10 Shipfield Close,
      TN16 2AU
      Tel: 07787 931880

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    • Idreiss Male Vocalist

      Tel:07928 464527

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    • Wedding Entertainment By Aurora Pearl

      Unit 8,
      Braintree Enterprise Centre,
      46 Springwood Drive,
      CM7 2YN
      Tel: 01376 538349

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    • Ultimate Entertainment

      37 East Bridge Road,
      South Woodham Ferrers
      CM3 5SB
      Tel: 01245 328015

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    • Nick Crown - Magician

      Tel: 07747 802748

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    • DLT Entertainment London Ltd

      Tel: 07917 182916

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    • Martin Day &

      Tel: 01702 520020

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    • Duo Merici

      Tel: 07841 907928

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  • Florist

    • Christines of Hockley

      51 Southend Road,
      Tel: 01702 203215

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    • Flowers in the Meadow

      Meadowcroft Garden Centre,
      Woodham Road,
      SS11 7QU
      Tel: 01245 320314

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    • Little Flo Flowers

      CM12 9TR
      Tel: 07936 515236

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    • Olivia's Roses

      586 Rayleigh Road,
      Leigh On Sea.
      SS9 5HU
      Tel: 01702 826680

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    • Flowers Forever by Dee

      Tel: 07848 808704

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    • Re:Creation

      248 Elm Road,
      Leigh On Sea,
      SS9 1SA
      Tel: 01702 476009

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    • Flowers For You

      Tel: 07843 277331

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  • Hair

    • Clare Louise Hair

      10 Victoria Road,
      CM1 3PA
      Tel: 07890 543107

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    • Hair by Michelle Smith

      Tel: 07921 681982

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  • Beauty

  • Hen Parties

    • Brandy Hole

      Kingsmans Farm Road,
      SS5 6QB
      Tel: 01702 230320

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    • Colchester Zoo

      Maldon Road,
      Stanway Colchester,
      CO3 0SL
      Tel: 01206 331292

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    • Lipstick Powder & Paint Hen Nights @ Three Rivers

      Stow Road,
      Cold Norton,
      Tel: 01621 828631

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  • Jewellery

    • The Wedding Ring Gallery

      The Old Post House,
      North Hill,
      Little Baddow,
      CM3 4TB
      Tel: 01245 227443

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    • Alba Rose

      92 High Street, Rayleigh, Essex. &
      Bluewater Shopping Centre &
      Intu Chapelfield, Norwich
      Tel: 0800 862 0762

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    • Coolrocks

      Churchill House,
      Stirling Way,
      WD6 2HP
      Tel: 0208 7360070

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    • Coo Jewellers Ltd

      7A High Street,
      Chelmsford. CM1 1BE
      & 35 Kirby Street,
      Hatton Garden,
      London. EC1N 8TE
      Tel: 01245 263950

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    • Jewellery Design Centre

      106 Leigh Road,
      Leigh On Sea,
      SS9 1BU
      Tel: 01702 470450

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    • Mitchells Jewellers

      107 High Street,
      CM9 5EP
      Tel: 01621 859969

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  • Tiaras

    • Vintage Tiaras by Julia Beazley

      26 Littlehurst Lane, Noak Bridge, Basildon, Essex SS15 4JT

      Tel: 07765 250110

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  • Magazine

    • An Essex Wedding Magazine

      Pantile House,
      Newlands Drive,
      CM8 2AP
      Tel: 01376 514000

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    • The Wedding Guide

      45 Belgrave Road,
      Leigh On Sea,
      SS9 5ET
      Tel: 01702 521533

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  • Mother of the bride / groom

    • N.Shelley Of Billericay

      75-79 High Street,
      CM12 9AS
      Tel: 01277 621000

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    • Gladrags

      57 High Street,
      CM4 0AT
      Tel: 07899 897868

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    • Coco Fashion

      210-212 High Road,
      SS7 5LD
      Tel: 01268 756144

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  • Doves

    • White Doves Experience

      18 Thames Avenue,
      CM1 2LW
      Tel: 01245 261228

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  • Facilities

    • Mobile Thrones

      Unit 7 Tabrums Farm,
      Tabrums Lane,
      SS11 7QX
      Tel: 01245 324901

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  • Gifts

    • Best Day Ever Company

      Mascalls Park,
      Tel: 07593 807306

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  • Ice-Cream Cart

    • Stylish Occasions

      High Rd,
      SS17 9HY
      Tel: 01375 640806

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  • Marquees

    • Vicarage Marquees

      Unit One Wadham Park Stables,
      Church Road,
      SS5 6AF
      Tel: 01702 232200

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  • Owl Ring Delivery

    • The Imperial Bird of Prey Academy

      Barleylands Farm Park,
      Barleylands Road,
      Tel: 01268 520176

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  • Toastmaster

    • John Richard, Toastmaster + Magic Circle Magician

      10 Ashdene Close,
      SS5 6JD
      Tel: 07710 585414

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  • Vouchers

    • Wedding Connexions

      4 Spring Bridge Road,
      W5 2AA
      Tel: 020 3393 1002

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  • Wedding Finance

    • The Wedding Collection by Boleyn

      592 Foxhall Road,
      IP3 8NA
      Tel: 0203 862 6780

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  • Wedding Planner

    • Monet Events - Wedding Stylist & Planner

      60 The Meads,
      Tel: 07775 667749

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  • Photobooth

    • Photobooth Party Hire

      2 Glenway Close,
      Great Horkesley,
      CO6 4HB
      Tel: 01206 580136

      Visit our website
    • Reflection Photobooths

      Tel: 07534 411155 / 07887 651768

      Visit our website
  • Photography

    • Neil Fortescue Photography

      4 Fenn Close,
      CO7 7GB
      Tel: 07791 520724

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    • Andy Jones Photography

      16 Chichester Way,
      CM9 6YY
      Tel: 07791 917492

      Visit our website
    • Tracy Morter Photography

      64 Abbotsleigh Road,
      South Woodham Ferrers,
      CM3 5SS
      Tel: 07866 099541

      Visit our website
    • Photo Excellence Photography

      7 Cleave Close,
      Clacton On Sea,
      CO16 8GQ
      Tel: 07960 764913

      Visit our website
    • Visions Of View

      28 Van Diemans Road,
      CM2 9QQ
      Tel: 01245 251445

      Visit our website
    • Goldlight Photography

      199 Avon Road,
      CM1 2LA
      Tel: 07732 843605

      Visit our website
    • Photoweddings

      Essex Technology,
      The Gables,
      Fyfield Road,
      Essex. CM5 0GA
      Tel: 01277 217720

      Visit our website
    • The Edge Photography

      Moulsham Mill Centre,
      CM2 7PX
      Tel:0845 4680 159

      Visit our website
    • SE Photography

      69 Well Lane, Galleywood,
      CM2 8QZ
      Tel: 01245 600967 / 07808 954956

      Visit our website
  • Videography & Photography

    • Inverve Photo & Video

      Tel: 0203 143 3452

      Visit our Facebook page
    • Colmar Film Productions & Smith The Wedding Photographers

      36 Planton Way,
      CO7 0LB
      Tel: 01206 303764

      Visit our website
  • Videography

    • Full Focus Weddings

      22 Widgeon Place,
      CO5 9LS
      Tel: 01376 619517

      Visit our website
  • Stationery

    • Butterfly Art Wedding Stationery

      Scarletts Chase Offices,
      Scarletts Chase,
      West Bergholt,
      CO6 3DH
      Tel: 07891 729255

      Visit our website
    • Brambles Stationery

      CM1 3SB
      Tel: 01245 422959

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    • Aimee Willow Designs

      Great Dunmow,
      Tel: 07508 348600

      Visit our website
    • Oh...So Precious Designs

      Tel: 07786 877689

      Visit our website
  • Travel

    • Exclusive Yacht Weddings (Cyprus)

      The Wedding House,
      1 Morfou Street,
      Paphos 8260,
      Tel: 07516 251348

      Visit our website
    • Jamaica Tourist Board

      1-2 Prince Consort Road,
      SW7 2BZ
      Tel: 0207 2259090

      Visit our website
    • Encore Travel

      8 Magnolia Close,
      CM2 9HU
      Tel: 020 3457 7190

      Visit our website
    • Sandals & Beaches Resorts

      36 Ives Street,
      SW3 2ND
      Tel: 08000 22 30 30

      Visit our website
  • Venues

    • Cliffs Pavilion

      Station Road,
      Southend On Sea,
      SS0 7RA
      Tel: 01702 344553

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    • The Compasses At Pattiswick

      Compasses Road,
      CM77 8BG
      Tel: 01376 561322

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    • Cressing Barns

      Cressing Barns,
      Witham Road,
      Tel: 07732 028633

      Visit our website
    • Greenwoods Hotel & Spa

      Stock Road,
      CM4 9BE
      Tel: 01277 829990

      Visit our website
    • The Rayleigh Club

      Hullbridge Road,
      Tel: 01702 232377

      Visit our website
    • Colchester Events Company

      High Street,
      Tel: 01206 506905

      Visit our website
    • A Kentish Ceremony

      James Whatman Way,
      ME14 1LQ
      Tel: 03000 414004

      Visit our website
    • Channels Estate

      Belsteads Farm Lane,
      Little Waltham,
      CM3 3PT
      Tel: 01245 440005

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    • REIDS

      66-68 Laindon Road,
      CM12 9LD
      Tel: 01277 632378

      Visit our website
    • Warley Park Brentwood

      Magpie Lane,
      Little Warley,
      CM13 3DX
      Tel: 01277 224891

      Visit our website
    • Woolston Manor Golf & Country Club

      Abridge Road,
      IG7 6BX
      Tel: 0208 500 2549

      Visit our website
    • Vaulty Manor

      Goldhanger Road,
      CM9 8BQ
      Tel: 01621 842884

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    • Park Inn Palace Hotel

      Church Road,
      SS1 2AL
      Tel: 01702 455155

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Mark Wright'sWedding Playlist

Heart presenter & Essex favourite Mark knows how to get the party started. So here's his ultimate 'Club Classics' wedding playlist!

Tune into 'Club Classics' with Mark Wright from 7pm to 9pm every Friday and Saturday night on Heart.

Mark Wright
  1. Candi Staton – Young Hearts Run Free
  2. Sister Sledge – We Are Family
  3. Robin S – Show Me Love
  4. Black Eyed Peas – I Gotta Feeling
  5. KC And The Sunshine Band – That's The Way I Like It
  6. Chic – Good Times
  7. Corona – Rhythm of the Night
  8. Barry White – You're The First The Last My Everything
  9. Michael Jackson – Don't Stop Till You Get Enough
  10. Ce Ce Peniston – Finally
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Our next show is the 24th and 25th of February 2018.

Find us

Brentwood Centre, Doddinghurst Road,
Brentwood, Essex, CM15 9NN

Contact us

Whether you're interested in attending or exhibiting, We'll get back to you promptly.

For further information, whether you are a bride or an exhibitor, contact Jane Ellis on 01245 524519 or email: