FEATURED

Images by Chloe Ely Photography, from the English Wedding archive (full feature here)


I’ve known Bernadette Chapman from the UK Alliance of Wedding Planners since before the English Wedding Blog even began. I know she’s an absolute professional, a true expert in her field and someone who is extremely dedicated to her work. If I had an important question about planning a wedding she is the first person I would ask.

Quality is a huge thing for Bernadette and the UKAWP, as is reputation and customer service. Every wedding planner trained by the UKAWP has integrity, honesty and creativity. And with a wealth of experience and information at her fingertips, who better than Bernadette to give us the low down on finding wedding suppliers who we can absolutely trust!

 

“The majority of wedding suppliers are in this industry because they want you to have your most perfect day. They truly understand how special a wedding is and know they are playing a small part in creating ever-lasting memories.

FEATURED

So you want to give your wedding guests the fabulously fun treat of a photo booth – and you want yours to be just a little bit unique and interesting: a different wedding photo booth from the ones you’ve seen before.

I get it. Photo booths are almost a must-have at weddings these days: we haven’t lost the ability to entertain ourselves by taking photos and pulling faces / dressing up… there’s a five year old in everyone! But as with everything wedding, we NEED to differentiate.

Can you DIY a wedding photo booth?

Well – yeah, you can! And if you don’t overthink it, it’s pretty easy these days. There are tutorials on One Fab Day and A Practical Wedding which give great advice and are chock full of ideas. But to be fair, there are simpler ways to DIY your wedding photo booth if you’re on a budget.

FEATURED

A guest post by our friends and sponsors at Truly Experiences
Header image by Lauren Rader on Unsplash

As months of planning come and go and the wedding day gets closer, stress levels normally skyrocket. Did everyone RSVP? Are the vendors confirmed? Is druncle Stan going to behave? Oh…all the zillion things that can go wrong!

First off: relax…
Breathe…
Let it go…

Not happening? I get it; on top of probably working a full-time job, all your free time and energy is put into planning the most perfect fairytale wedding. I completely understand that not stressing out isn’t something that you can easily do at this point. But it’s so important to relieve all of that tension building up.

A perfect solution is to treat yourself and your betrothed to a pre-wedding pamper. Being refreshed and newly connected with your partner will help you tackle those planning challenges, and prevent a wedding planning burnout.

Photo by Anupam Mahapatra on Unsplash

 

FEATURED

Inspired by / images by Jordanna Marston Photography

You don’t like them*, but you think you probably want them*. For your mum, or your gran, or his auntie and all the people who love the family gathering aspect of weddings above anything else. You dread them* – but secretly you know that in 20 years time you will have a tear in your eye as they* become rare and treasured memories of your loved ones. And you worry a little, because you’re not sure if taking them* is going to be a bore, or a bit shouty and embarrassing, or if your uncle Raymond is going to disappear for a fag while it’s all going on (true story!) – but you know it’s a thing and it has to be done

* You guessed it – “they” are wedding group shots. And they’re a bit of a thing!

Group shots at weddings - fun and quirky alternative wedding photography in London by Jordanna Marston (1)

FEATURED

Have you ever booked a wedding photographer before? Nope – me neither! So it’s tricky to know if you’re asking all the right questions, and to be sure exactly what you need – especially when it comes to timings. Do you need “all day coverage”? Or are you allowed to just book your photographer for a shorter length of time? The standard is for your photographer to capture a few images as you’re getting ready with your girls and best guys, and for him or her to leave just after the first dance. But things are changing… and especially with documentary style photography it’s kind of fun if your photographer can stay a little longer (because seriously, as a couple you’ll be a little self conscious for the first dance… but by the tenth dance you and your besties will ROCK that dance floor, right?!!)

Lovely Annelie Eddy Photography published a great feature on her blog about how long you should book your wedding photographer for. Here’s a version of that post but do, please check out the original too!

Great Fosters Hampshire wedding venue Damion Mower Photography
FEATURED

English-Wedding.com is the ONLY UK wedding blog to have a truly regional focus. The blog is bursting with fabulous real weddings to inspire your own day – probably, if you search the blog, from the very same venue where you’ll be having your wedding! So we wanted to take that local focus a little further today, and with help from Buckinghamshire wedding photographer Damion Mower, we’ve rounded up 8 fabulous REAL home counties weddings from some of the best wedding venues in Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Hertfordshire and Surrey to share with you!

Whether you’re looking for a beautiful barn wedding in Berkshire or a fabulous Hertfordshire stately home, a quirky venue with classic touches or an outdoor ceremony – wedding venues in the home counties have it ALL. Some are on country estates away from the hustle and bustle, while others are closer to major towns and cities – and each has a character all of its own.

Eleni and Shane's stunning Dulwich Village wedding, images by Emily Black Photography (36)
FEATURED

Thank you lovely Ellie Entwistle for this guest article!
Header image credit: Emily Black Photography

When you get married, there are certain things that are going to be there on your big day… A ceremony, a meal, photographs, invitations, but that doesn’t mean it has to be the same as everyone else’s, right?

Some people like to stick to tradition and that’s great! But why not break the mould, venture off the beaten track, go your own way and put a unique twist on some of the biggest wedding must-haves?

With that in mind, here’s seven things that every wedding has, and how to make yours more modern and more unique.

1. Vows – make them your own

It’s not just about the after party. Before you can celebrate, you first have to tie the knot itself.

Nowadays the only parts of a wedding ceremony that you can’t change are those that are legally binding. When you walk down the aisle there are certain things that just have to stay the same, because if you or the officiant deviates from the script, then the ceremony wouldn’t be legal.

FEATURED

A guest post by our friends at Truly Experiences

“Actually, the best gift you could have given her was a lifetime of adventures.”

– Lewis Carroll 

After you’ve tied the knot, it’s tradition that you’re whisked away by your new spouse on an extensive and magical getaway. But these trips have become increasingly expensive over the years, especially during the popular wedding months when prices surge. Going on a honeymoon isn’t as appealing to younger generations, or just isn’t financially viable. 

Enter the minimoon! The minimoon has become increasingly popular because of the brevity and low prices. These 3 to 4-day trips are a chance to escape on a beautiful adventure and celebrate your marriage without breaking the bank. Need some inspo for your romantic minimoon? I’ve got you covered! 

 

Michelin-Starred Foodie Getaway in the Lake District

minimoon ideas from Truly Experiences (3)

FEATURED

A guest feature by our friends and Essex wedding photographers Amanda Karen Photography


When you think of lavender fields your mind probably instantly wanders to Provence, at least mine does. But time and time again I am reminded of the beautiful, almost destination wedding-esque vibes that we have here in the UK. This was definitely the case when Danielle and Joe wanted to have their engagement shoot in the lavender fields in Hitchin (others are available!)

Beautiful UK lavender fields for engagement photography with Amanda Karen Photography (6)
Now, much like blossom season, lavender season is also a finite period and slightly fickle due to the weather, so we were on lavender alert so that we could pick the right time in the summer. As luck would have it, on the day of the shoot, the weather was perfect and getting there early meant that we had rows upon rows of lavender to ourselves. It was the perfect setting for Danielle and Joe, and actually they used some of the images to complement their wedding décor too, which I always love to see!

FEATURED

This is a guest article from our friends at Truly Experiences

If you’re at that age when it seems like every friend, cousin and their hamster is getting hitched, I’m sure you’ll agree – boozed up, wild hen and stag dos are getting old very quickly. The penis straws are kitsch, the ass-exposed waiters are degrading, and the hangovers just aren’t worth it.

Luckily for you (and your liver), there are plenty of unique party ideas to celebrate your mate who’s about to get married. Workshops are an excellent way to have fun, get to know the rest of the bridal party, and pick up a new craft, all at the same time. What’s not to love about that?

Take your pick from these some somewhat quirky, but still unbelievably fun hen, stag and sten ideas that’ll be a total hit with everyone from the conservative Gran to the crazy out-there best friend.

Mixology Masterclass

This workshop is for those who want to get a little loosey-goosey, but not by knocking back shot after shot of tequila. 

FEATURED

While we twiddle our thumbs and wait for summer, let’s think about honeymoons for a change! The lovely folks from 101 Honeymoons (who you will find in the English Wedding Directory) have shared some fave destinations with us today… and while I’m a Sugar & Loaf style, UK glamping girl at heart, those stunning blue seas and skies of the Maldives are looking pretty appealing right now! Which is your dream honeymoon destination?

1. The dreamy islands of the Maldives and the exciting buzz of the Arabian Gulf make a great combination, particularly for a winter honeymoon. Many flights to the Maldives now include a change of aircraft in Dubai or Abu Dhabi so it’s easy to add on a few days of dining, shopping and sightseeing. Find the best two-centres with Barefoot Traveller.

honeymoon ideas on English-Wedding.com with 101 Honeymoons (6)

2. For a gorgeous eco-friendly honeymoon close to home, check out Sugar & Loaf which has a charming collection of romantic cottages for two, yurts in summer meadows and boho-style boutique hotels, mostly in rural Wales.

honeymoon ideas on English-Wedding.com with 101 Honeymoons (8)

HD Moments wedding videography UK
FEATURED

This article is by our friends at HD Moments, luxury wedding videographers based in the UK.
Photo by Roberta Facchini via HD Moments

There are a couple of important events in your life which deserve to be captured on film forever, with your wedding undoubtedly one of the most important ones.

But what can you do to make sure your wedding video captures the true beauty, love and emotion of your special day?
Your wedding day can feel like a blur, with nerves and excitement making the day pass in a flash. That’s why it’s important that your video can crystallise the parts of the day you may have missed forever.

The tips below will help ensure your wedding video goes smoothly:

5 Top Tips for Planning a Wedding Video

Research Suppliers

Finding the right wedding videographer is, of course, the most important step to ensuring the perfect video for your big day. If you are working with a wedding planner ask for their recommendations, but if you are planning the wedding yourself there’s still a huge range of suppliers to be found online to suit different budgets. You may also want to contact the venue to see if they have any recommended suppliers.