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Alternative, eclectic, beautifully relaxed wedding by Inbetween Days Photography (27)
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The wedding speech is a big honour and a big part of wedding tradition but it can also be something peppered with fear and confusion (who should speak, how long for, in what order and when?).  There’s no shying away from the fact that a good speech is a highlight of the wedding meal, it can bring tears (of the happy and sentimentally variety) and fill the room with belly laughs of fun.  But… done badly the speech can be remembered for all the wrong reasons.  I don’t know about you but I certainly have ‘that’ speech memory that makes me feel slightly uneasy.

Today I’m sharing my advice on what makes a really good speech – the dos and don’ts – as well as the etiquette low down.

Alternative, eclectic, beautifully relaxed wedding by Inbetween Days Photography (26)

All images in this post are by lovely Inbetween Days Photography (Brighton)

Contemporary English wedding with a Kula Tsurdiu bride, images by Martin Makowski Photography on the English Wedding Blog (9)
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I think there are two sides to putting together any amazing wedding: the look and design on one hand and then the planning and ‘making it happen’ on the other. In my book, both are super important. Today, I’m focusing on the planning side of pulling together an unforgettable wedding celebration – the importance of the timings and how on earth it’s all going to flow. Have you ever been to a party billed as “the best event ever” only to feel slightly underwhelmed? Not by the lack of design or “pretty” WOW-factor but by the fact that you weren’t fed in time and/or enough, or it took ages to get a drink? It’s these details that can really dampen an atmosphere. Planning out your wedding day, what will happen and when deserves attention.

Contemporary English wedding with a Kula Tsurdiu bride, images by Martin Makowski Photography on the English Wedding Blog (8)

All images in this blog post are by Martin Makowski – you can see beautiful bride Tig and Piers’ spring wedding on the blog next Wednesday!

Greenery and gorgeous urban chic styling at Manchester Victoria Warehouse with Kate McCarthy Photography (11)
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It’s December, time for festive cheer! So, it probably feels a little strange that today I’m bringing you a piece titled ‘wedding day regrets’ but bear with me, I promise it will be worth it!

Nothing saddens me more than listening to the words “if I could do it all again I wish I would have…” and, if you are a 2018 bride to be heading into the year of your wedding, you have the wonderful luxury of time and the fabulous opportunity that comes with it to avoid those wedding day regrets I hear about too often.

Rusted Rose Photography flower pics for Jenna Hewitt and Ladybird Flowers on English-Wedding.com (1)
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It’s November and we are officially within the 8-month mark before Hannah and Ben’s wedding weekend next summer! With all the big planning pieces ticked off there’s time to focus on the fun stuff and, in my book, the wedding flowers and styling come top of that list! Today I’ve teamed up with Emma Soulsby of Ladybird Flowers to bring you all our floral and styling expertise in a piece about where to start with your wedding flowers.

Rusted Rose Photography flower pics for Jenna Hewitt and Ladybird Flowers on English-Wedding.com (10)

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First, let me introduce Emma. Emma is an experienced wedding florist (as well as being an all round lovely lady). Since starting her business 5 years ago she’s had her work featured across numerous wedding blogs and publications (Wedding Sparrow, Bridal Musings, Way out Wedding and our very own English Wedding Blog, to name but a few). For me, a fantastic florist is one half of any wedding styling partnership and I’ve had the pleasure to work with Emma on a number of occasions. Emma is also Hannah’s chosen florist for her wedding day! Last week we took a trip to London’s Covent Garden Flower Market to catch up on everything floral to bring you this post.

Thank you again to Claire for having me on the English Wedding Blog.  For those of you not following this monthly piece, I’m Jenna (Weddings by Jenna Hewitt) and I plan and style weddings for couples looking for a laid back luxury feel across the UK.  This time I’m talking the dress! How exciting! In fact surely this is the most fun part? The dress shopping is at least billed as fun, a lovely experience, but are you feeling a little overwhelmed at the prospect? Are you feeling the pressure to find something perfect? Back in July I had the pleasure of dress shopping with my lovely bride-to-be, Hannah and I thought I’d share a little bit about the experience and some advice on where on earth to start when searching for that dress!

Tips and heartfelt advice for finding 'the' dress - with Jenna Hewitt at Miss Bush Bridal (2)

All images by Joanna Brown Photography at Miss Bush Bridal

Tips and heartfelt advice for finding 'the' dress - with Jenna Hewitt at Miss Bush Bridal (12)

I’m going to start with a couple of things you really should think about before you even begin.

Hello! I hope you all had an amazing summer of fun in the (surprisingly good) English weather. If you missed me last month, I’m Jenna Hewitt and I plan and style weddings.  Each month I’ll be writing a kind of ‘wedding planning diary’ of help and tips that follows the planning journey of real life couple, Hannah and Ben (very lovely clients of mine).  This month I’m writing some thoughts, musings and general advice on children (and what to do with them) at weddings!

Hannah and Ben have a fair number of children on the guest list – 27 at last count (and 5 of those are their own) so having a plan that included the children was a must.  They were also really clear that both the children and adults should have an amazing time – a tricky balance to achieve (as anyone with children can vouch for).

If you missed Claire’s lovely introduction last month, I’m Jenna Hewitt from Weddings by Jenna Hewitt. I’m a creative wedding planner who loves to work with couples looking for style and a sense of laid back luxury where the focus is all about the atmosphere, the food, the drink and having an amazing party!

Images from Cowley Manor wedding venue and words by wedding stylist planner Jenna Hewitt. Credit Helen Warner Photography (9)

Over the next 12 months I’m really excited to be covering a year in the life of planning a wedding and each month I’ll be sharing the inside, honest track of what it takes to plan your perfect day as well as what to expect and watch out for along the way. In fact I’ll be writing about the planning journey of real life couple and lovely clients of mine, Hannah and Ben. Today I’m starting with the venue search!

No such thing as the perfect venue?

My first tip for the venue hunt is to steer well clear of the word ‘perfect’. It is almost impossible to find the perfect venue in every sense and you could end up quickly frustrated. The trick to making the venue search an enjoyable one is to narrow down your must haves as well as what you are willing to be flexible on.

As a girl who pretty much lives her working life on the internet, it makes such a wonderful difference to my day when I get a phone call from this fabulously inspiring, warm and brilliant lady. I’m thrilled – more than I can say – to be welcoming lovely Surrey wedding planner and stylist Jenna Hewitt to the English Wedding Blog today. She’s brimming with advice and has shared some incredible styling images with us today – there’s a LOT more to come so please, lovelies – read on!

Jenna Hewitt, recommended wedding stylist and planner in Surrey - photo credit Kitty Wheeler Shaw (5)

“Hello!  I’m Jenna of Weddings by Jenna Hewitt.  I create style-led weddings for couples looking for understated, laid back luxury where it’s all about the atmosphere, the food, the drink and having an unforgettable party!

A firm believer in doing things your way, rather than the ‘done’ way, I love nothing more than to avoid the predictable and I work hard to design celebrations with originality and your personality.

Jenna Hewitt, recommended wedding stylist and planner in Surrey - photo credit Kitty Wheeler Shaw (6)

I totally love this idea – an afternoon with your best girls learning how to make macarons in a beautifully styled shoot. I agree with wedding planner Jenna Hewitt, who put together this gorgeous shoot / experience day – it’s all too easy to let planning take over your life, and it’s so important to take a break and have some fun!

Words: Jenna Hewitt | Images: Annamarie Stepney

Styled shoot macaron workshop with Jenna Hewitt wedding planner and Annamarie Stepney Photography (1)

The inspiration for the shoot came from the insight that, all too often, brides-to-be can get so caught up in the “to do list” that they don’t allow time to enjoy the whole planning experience.

Planning a wedding is no small task, most of us are juggling it on top of an already very busy day job, social calendar and family commitments and then there is the pressure for it to be ‘perfect.’  With so much fun to be had in the anticipation and build up, it is a shame to let the pressure of the “to do list” ruin the enjoyment.

Beautiful Essex wedding by photographer Craig Williams on the English Wedding Blog (26)
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With only a few hours until Santa comes, I hope you’re kicking back with Christmas TV and a mince pie… and I’d like to say a special hello if you’re not engaged yet… but hoping Santa will bring a very small box with something sparkly and ring-shaped inside!!! Come on in, indulge yourself with me and enjoy some of 2018’s very best English Weddings. So far we’ve seen James & Keye’s festival wedding and Tig & Piers’ glamorous celebration. Today it’s the turn of beautiful Daisy & Will. Theirs was a relaxed family celebration at The Copse, styled by our lovely friend Jenna Hewitt and captured by Craig Williams.


I’m totally in love with today’s wedding from The Copse, and Daisy and Will are just gorgeous – in fact everything about their wedding is just perfect from Daisy’s dress (wow!!) to the florals and greenery. Images are by English Wedding Directory member and super talented Essex wedding photographer Craig Williams – whose website and instagram are both wonderfully addictive!

Beautiful Essex wedding by photographer Craig Williams on the English Wedding Blog (25)

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We launched the English Wedding Bible last week with TWO lovely prize draws for you gorgeous folks to enter, as well as a plethora (love that word!) of gorgeous style inspiration, advice and ideas to help you plan your best day ever. There’s still time to enter and win prizes, so I thought I’d take a little time out today to tell you more.

WIN… the secret to never losing your wedding rings!

Keep your wedding rings safe with Tile. This brilliant and gorgeous looking gadget could save your entire wedding. Anyone who’s had a wedding dream about losing the rings (it’s a common one! You’re not alone!) will understand just how much of a lifesaver this could be! Basically you pop the tile (which is just a bit bigger than a memory card) into the ring box, download an app, and you can find your rings with your phone forever. Phew! Pop it on your keyring after your wedding and you’ll never lose your keys either! To enter, just sign up to the English Wedding mailing list – everyone who joins us before July 31st will have a chance to win the Tile I have on my desk! More info on page 87 of the English Wedding Bible

Beautiful Essex wedding by photographer Craig Williams on the English Wedding Blog (26)
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This will brighten up your Wednesday – I promise! I’m totally in love with today’s wedding from The Copse, and Daisy and Will are just gorgeous – in fact everything about their wedding is just perfect from Daisy’s dress (wow!!) to the florals and greenery. Images are by English Wedding Directory member and super talented Essex wedding photographer Craig Williams – whose website and instagram are both wonderfully addictive!

Beautiful Essex wedding by photographer Craig Williams on the English Wedding Blog (25)

Daisy and Will’s venue is fabulous. The Copse allows couples to choose their own caterer and bring wine with no corkage – which we think is pretty special! I know it’s a favourite of lovely friend, English Wedding feature writer and wedding planner, Jenna Hewitt. “Jenna ran everything for us and that meant we had much more time to relax and enjoy the day. Having Craig as our photographer and Jenna as our on the day coordinator made all the difference in the world.”

Beautiful Essex wedding by photographer Craig Williams on the English Wedding Blog (14)

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