Pinterest vs. Instagram – wedding planning in pictures!

Happy Christmas Monday everyone! (There will be no more boringly named days this side of January, by the way!) Sitting here surrounded by fairy lights and candles made me think of all the pretty visual inspiration you can find online when planning your wedding, and I was considering how amazing – and how different – Pinterest and Instagram can be. One thing they have in common: they’re both essential tools for 2015 couples when it comes to wedding planning.

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Image credit Pixies in the Cellar | on one of my Flowers Pinterest boards | featured on the English Wedding Blog in December 2014


Pinterest – for your ideal wedding

Pinterest is full of Wow! photography. Swoonworthy images, styled bridal shoots, wedding blogs and pro imagery by the very best. Product photography on Pinterest comes from the best Etsy sellers; repins are the creme de la creme. It’s all about photography which makes you wish you lived in Pinterest!

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Secret Garden Ashford wedding of Sam and Jason

Sam and Jason were married in Kent at The Secret Garden wedding venue just outside Ashford. This is a really special little venue – the ceremony was held in the Glass House, a gorgeous sunny spot for intimate weddings with its very own views across the secret garden itself. Today’s bride Sam is simply stunning – I adore her hair ornament and those gorgeous curls, don’t you?


Kent wedding photography at The Secret Garden Ashford

Today’s real wedding has a wonderful wintry theme. Sam’s bouquet of pine cones and silver ferns is perfect for this time of year, and has a delicate sparkle – essential for any winter wedding day! The reception continues in beautiful winter style with pine cone place settings for every guest – such a pretty idea.


Images are by the very lovely Andy from Howling Basset Photography (based in Kent).

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Avoid the wild, snowy bridal look with 5 expert tips for perfect winter wedding hair

Morning everyone! We’re about to hit what I’m calling ‘proper Christmas’, and most of you will be thinking about non-wedding stuff for a while – so with that in mind I’m sharing some wonderfully bookmarkable posts from now on. Read now if you’re feeling weddingy, or save for later if you’re rushed off your feet with Christmas prep!

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Scott and Daniella’s luxury Saddleworth Hotel wedding, with Pixies in the Cellar Photography

Today the English Wedding Blog is all about wedding hair. I’m no expert (think of me as an expert on anything carefree and windswept!) but I know someone who is! We all know winter can trash our hair on a daily basis so here are some brilliant tips to help you avoid the wild, snowy look on your wedding day.

Getting your hair right for a winter wedding isn’t as easy as it sounds. As well as having to deal with the wintry weather and central heating, you also need to think about the thicker, more luxurious fabrics you’re likely to wear and the design of your dress.

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Kraft wedding invitations for 2015

Rustic wedding invitations are going to be huge in 2015 – I’ve seen more and more natural and outdoor weddings over the last few months and it’s a trend I love and can’t wait to see more of! It’s time to think about wedding invitations for 2015 so I’d love to show you one of my own collections today.

Kraft wedding invites uk (3)These kraft invitations are designed especially for you. Names are handwritten in calligraphy, scanned and printed onto every invitation with wording of your choice. They’re affordable and versatile: the plain kraft card is all you need but I love the idea of adding a coloured background, wrapper or tying the invites with a piece of lace. Perfect for DIY brides!

The best bit? They’re only £2 each!

Kraft wedding invites uk (2)Your guests will adore them, and you can continue the kraft and calligraphy theme right through to your wedding day with reception stationery to match your invites.

Matching items are available:

Handwritten envelopes £2.85
C7 Save the Date cards and envelopes £2
C7 RSVP cards and envelopes £1.75
Information cards £1.75

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Andrew and Laura’s relaxed and quirky Belle Epoque wedding with Pixies in the Cellar

Today’s wedding is more than amazing – so many breathtaking images and a fabulous wedding report (with equal doses of advice, emotion and chuckles) from beautiful bride Laura.

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There is a subtle map theme to the day, but overall the style is relaxed, intimate and LOTS of fun! Laura told me “It was like being in a candy-floss cloud…” and when I asked about her Naomi Neoh dress she said “I put her on (blush pink and softer than angel hair) and did not want to take her off… ever.
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I’ve always loved The Belle Epoque as a wedding venue. In the early days of The English Wedding Blog I featured so many weddings there… but it’s been a little while and I’ve missed the place! It’s a quirky boutique venue with tons of character – perfectly fitting for Andrew and Laura.

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Images are by lovely wedding photographers Peter and Sara at Pixies in the Cellar. They’re brilliant and come highly recommended so do check them out:

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Exclusive bridal gift packs from Jenny Packham

All of you lovely brides-to-be will be having the adventure of your lives as you plan your weddings – and a huge part will be wedding dress shopping. There are so many incredible wedding dress designers you might struggle to choose… so one of the very best in the world is about to sweeten the deal! Tempted?

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Stepping inside the Jenny Packham store is only the beginning…

Brides purchasing their gown from Jenny Packham’s London flagship stores will receive an exclusive gift pack of bridal offers from leading industry experts including florists, confectioners, stylists and wellbeing consultants such as Jane Packer, Michael Van Clarke and Fiona Cairns. The gift pack also includes a brand wide discount for your bridal party. Brides purchasing their dresses this December will also receive a beautiful Jenny Packham veil upon purchase, which is wonderful!

Jenny Packham (1)This whole idea makes me smile: this is how it’s done. Special offers delivered with class. A collaboration between high class names in the wedding industry, who are choosing to recommend each other via Jenny Packham’s bridal gift packs.

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