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Tell me about your favourite wedding magazines

Yes, you read that right! I’m writing a feature for English Wedding about wedding magazines and I need your help! Which is your favourite wedding magazine and why?

I’ve been busy researching wedding magazines and have been pleasantly surprised by the content, quality articles and real wedding coverage of a few of the top titles.

It’s also good to see that the wedding magazines are actually quite different in their approaches to editorial and features.

I’d love to hear your thoughts – brides, grooms and wedding suppliers. Which magazine do YOU enjoy most and why?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Claire Gould

Claire spends her days writing - either in beautiful calligraphy or online. She lives on the edge of the English Lake District only minutes away from the beach, where she loves to escape and unwind. Claire's calligraphy can be found at www.byMoonandTide.com. Claire launched the English Wedding Blog in November 2009 - it's been a top 10 UK wedding blog ever since, with a regional focus we hope you LOVE.

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10 COMMENTS
  • Charis
    8 years ago

    When I first got engaged I think I went crazy and bought every wedding magazine out there. After realising if I did that every month I’d end up broke I stuck to buying Wedding Ideas magazine. I liked it because it was only £2.99 and could fit nicely in my bag. The features were fab too I would get so much inspiration from the real weddings {and I secretly want my wedding featured in there}. The girls from Wedding Ideas magazine seem so nice as well. They are always will to help you out via twitter if you have any questions {that is not something I get from the other uk wedding mags I follow}.

    Now I don’t buy any wedding magazine due to the fact that I have a box full and in terms of dresses they are the same in every mag. I’m also trying to cut back on spending so I can save money for the wedding. It’s doesn’t seem much but I can save just over £30 in a year if I don’t buy one magazine a month.

    But thats just me I feel I can search through my old magazines and get the same inspiration I need without buying a new one.

    Charis x

    • Claire
      8 years ago
      AUTHOR

      Thanks Charis,

      Great point about WI mag helping on twitter – yes they’re definitely the most active on there, and it’s great to hear you can get help when you need it from them.

      I’m spotting the same thing with dresses in the mags I’ve bought – actually it’ll be interesting to see what kind of crossover there is with dress ads in two or three of the mags.

      I emailed you this evening by the way… sorry it took soooooo long!

      Claire xxx

  • kelly @ Boho Weddings
    8 years ago

    Wedding magazing without a doubt! best mix of everything, great range of suppliers, brides and artcails and the best real weddings!

    • Claire
      8 years ago
      AUTHOR

      Thanks Kelly,

      There was one particularly great article in the issue of Wedding magazine I picked up… gorgeous models too. At least one looked reeaaally familiar 😉

  • Anne
    8 years ago

    Ooh, favourite topic.

    Some people say to only buy smaller, cheaper ones as they’re better value and fit in your handbag. Meh. I much prefer the big glossies. The evidence speaks for itself as they are the ones I come back to again and again, tear things out, etc. I gave all my little mags (Perfect Wedding and Wedding Ideas) away – whereas you would have to wrestle Cosmo Bride out of my cold dead hands. I find Wedding Ideas particularly chavvy and hate the number of self-congratulatory letters it prints… and the chavyy hen do suggestions.

    I quite like You & Your Wedding and Brides UK, but my favourites are Cosmo Bride and Wedding. Cosmo Bride has the loveliest real weddings, and loads of lovely features about relationships and wedmin. It’s the most “me” by far and I’m a bit gutted as they just ran a real wedding at my venue so will never feature mine now! Wedding is fab too, I probably tear more out of that than anything. I also love Brides US, it’s great, they are so different in their outlook, it seems they’re all obsessed with their gift registries, they have pages and pages and pages on what presents to ask for, and they have all this stuff we don’t, like rehearsal dinners. It’s a great source of ideas.

    Cosmo Bride is my first love though. I may keep buying it when I’m married!

    • Claire
      8 years ago
      AUTHOR

      Hi Anne,

      A great, honest reply – thank you! I must go back to Wedding Ideas and read the letters – so far I’ve been scanning and totting up, not actually reading. I have a lot of work to do poring over content and your comment here is a great help!

      That’s really interesting about the US magazines too. I wonder if they do money poems over there (anyone know?!) – I didn’t realise gift registries were such a massive thing, maybe that’s because I spend all my time looking at DIY ideas on blogs.

      I’ll go back to Cosmo Bride and have a look at their real weddings. Their shoots are gorgeous too, there’s a seventies one in the issue I have here – it’s divine.

      And hey, never say never! They’ll have to cover that venue again one day… start hinting to your photographer to submit it, you never know!!

      Claire xx

      • Anne
        8 years ago

        Trust me, it’s a venue to feature once only (it’s a cinema…)
        I don’t know about money poems but they all seem to register with 4-5 shops! They have ads saying things like “Towels are officially an acceptable gift, so officially accept lots of them!” There was a hilariously brilliant feature with about 5 pages on different kinds of bedding, too.

        I am maybe being harsh on Wedding Ideas, but they have a LOT of letters about how great the mag is and how much better it is than the rest. Ho-hum.

        Oh, and Brides UK need a name and praise. I emailed a question for their etiquette page (do I have to ask my groom’s sister to be bridesmaid when I don’t know her that well) and got a very long email back with loads of great advice!

        xx

        • Claire
          8 years ago
          AUTHOR

          Thanks again Anne – great N&P for Brides UK there, that’s definitely going in their favour in my forthcoming article.

          I’d have loved that feature about bedding varieties, sounds like an essential read (but no, seriously – in amongst all the dress ads I’ve been flicking through… that would have grabbed me!)

          The WI thing is worth me looking into further I think (have already upset them enough on this blog and I know they read features I write about mags!) – interesting point though, and I shall look at all the other letters pages closely too.

          C x

          • Anne
            8 years ago

            Why did you upset them?!

          • Anne
            8 years ago

            Upset? Really? Why?!

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