Morning everyone! I hope you like the changes I’ve made to my blog header and colours this week – a redesign was long overdue! And while I’m in introspective ‘wedding blogger’ mode it strikes me that wedding bloggers have a big responsibility to all of those we feature – to the brides and grooms whose weddings we share, to photographers and suppliers, and to our readers.
But it’s an incredibly delicate balancing act to get it right for everyone.
Balancing a wedding blog – getting it right for brides and grooms, photographers and readers
I love the real weddings I feature on the blog, and it’s a real privilege for me to be able to share such a personal event as a wedding. For every bride and groom I feature on the blog I try and make sure I show the best bits of their day. I’ll focus on how beautiful the bride looks in her dress, how their love shines out on the photos – and of course try and share as many of the details of the day as I can. After all, couples and their families spend countless hours and days crafting everything from bunting to cakes, stationery and flowers. The least I can do is share all of their hard work with my readers.
With each real wedding on the blog I also try and feature the best images in a way that will help the wedding photographer to promote their business. There’s a never ending debate about details in wedding photography: photographers argue that the moments, glances, romance and atmosphere of a wedding is crucial, and details are often seen as “just fluff”. I can see both sides of the debate: in ten, twenty, fifty years’ time the details won’t matter. But right now, when I blog a wedding just weeks after the big day, all of those details are a fondly remembered labour of love. So they matter a lot!
And then I think of you, my lovely blog readers. I know you browse wedding blogs for ideas – to see how other people have styled their weddings and inspire your own big day. I want to share as many details as I can with you, so I share images of bouquets, cakes, bunting, and wherever possible I feature stationery too. That doesn’t mean to say that weddings on the English Wedding Blog are all about the details – they’re only a part of what I share with you.
Above all, real weddings are just that: real brides and grooms, usually in England and around the UK. I’ve often heard comments about “bloggable weddings”. There’s a feeling that weddings have to be crammed with expertly handcrafted details to be considered for a wedding blog.
Yes, I love to feature details of stationery and all the trimmings – but only in a realistic way. I want to share weddings which are achievable for everyone. And that’s why it’s YOU who help me more than anything else to find the balance for the English Wedding Blog. I look for romance and love, for creativity and emotion, for memories and for the truth in the weddings I feature. We don’t all knit our own wedding venues, but every wedding is worthy of being on a wedding blog.
So thank YOU. Keep sharing, keep commenting and keep in touch! Because you make this place what it is, not me.