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Hey lovelies! Did you have a wonderful weekend? Ours was a busy one celebrating my amazing stepdaughter’s birthday so I’m starting Monday feeling happily frazzled and all warm and happy inside. Today’s feature is a little different: as a blogger I’ve seen thousands of weddings from hundreds of photographers over the years, and I’m a huge admirer of the craftsmanship and skill of wedding photographers. I was chatting with Sussex wedding photographer and friend of English Wedding Martin Beddall a few weeks ago, and he very kindly agreed to do a little interview for me. His answers give a fascinating insight into reportage photography – one of my favourite wedding photography styles and one I’d love for all of you to consider for your weddings! I hope you enjoy reading this: of course all of the stunning images are by Martin Beddall Photography.

Documentary wedding photographer in Sussex, photo credit Martin Beddall Photography (6)

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After the months of planning, the spreadsheets, the budgeting and saving and arrangements to be made, when you finally have time to kick off your Jimmy Choos and snuggle up together at home, clinking wedding rings, how does it really feel? What is that ‘just married‘ glow actually like? Is it different? Does everything change? We asked English Wedding couples to tell us, in their expert opinions, the BEST thing about being married. The answers range from stuff about pom-poms to fuzzy feelings, best friends and new adventures. Grab a tissue – these amazing couples brought a tear to my eye more than once!

Header image credit: MIKI Studios

Real wedding at Chateau Impney classic glamorous style, Nicholas Rogers Photography (44)

1. Even though you just go back to normal life together, everything just feels that bit more special knowing that you’ve made the promise to be life partners forever. ~ Serena & Michael // Photographer credit https://www.njr-photography.co.uk

Festival vibes and a gorgeous Devon wedding at Colehayes Park, photo credit Howell Jones Photography (41)

2. For me being married is the icing on the cake of our relationship. It makes you feel extra warm and fuzzy. And I absolutely love calling my husband my HUSBAND! 🙂 ~ Amy & Chris // Photographer credit https://howelljonesphotography.co.uk

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Wedding planning is a journey: one you should take together, and with open minds and hearts, supporting each other the whole way. You will learn heaps of stuff, not just about weddings but about yourselves, your friends and family and the things you love and loathe! It’s really important to maintain a sense of perspective: make time for yourselves and don’t let your wedding rule your lives! But my advice is like fluff in the wind compared to these nuggets of newlywed wisdom from real English Wedding couples. We’re loving the wall of post-it notes, the ‘don’t wing your speech’ tip, and the lessons learned* from things inevitably going a little wrong on the day!

*stay calm, have a giggle. Borrow a ring and just wait for your bus full of guests to come back for you. They’ll realise you’re not there eventually…

Header image credit Anna Beth

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A very wise bride once said wedding planning isn’t about saving money, it’s about spending it wisely! And in life as well as weddings, I’m a huge advocate of less is more: choose quality over quantity, and whether that means focusing your styling touches on one aspect or one area, or just making your wedding the party of a lifetime, that focus will help you through! Save where you can, but remember you get what you pay for – and sometimes it’s important to spend a little more for a quality supplier, a brilliant photographer or an exceptional wedding planner. But what do I know, right? Our wonderful English Wedding couples are back with some brilliant tips to help you spend your wedding budget wisely, based on their own experiences (and a hefty dollop of hindsight!)

Header image credit – Hensol Castle wedding photographer Martin Dabek

Burley Manor for a stunning wedding full of foliage and botanical theme with Robin Goodlad Photography Dorset (23)
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From creative DIY and passing it forward, 22 of the gorgeous couples featured on the English Wedding Blog over the past 12 months share their top tips to help YOU budget for your wedding. There’s always the simple stuff like not buying coffee or lunch at work, putting £2 coins in a money box and having a clean break from your fave takeaway, but our couples share their top tips – based on recent experience! – to help you SAVE when planning your wedding.

I bloody love 5. (for truly unique weddings!) – I’m not sure about 9. (although I love that it’s quite thought-provoking!) Whatever your wedding style, I hope you find some of these tips super helpful as you plan your wedding!

Header image credit: Robin Goodlad Photography

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An article by English Wedding member Bands for Hire. Header image Tiree Dawson (wedding coming soon!)

We all want our wedding to be the happiest day of our lives, and most of us know how strenuous they can be to organise. There are bound to be all kinds of things you’ve never had to sort out before, and even more you didn’t realise you’d have to – such as booking yourself a wedding band. Most people don’t have to book bands often, and if you’re one of them, you’re naturally going to have many questions about how to do it right.

This is where we come in – allow us to present to you our ultimate list of wedding band FAQs. And don’t worry – with any luck, you’ll only have to do this once!

Bridal Indulgence luxury wedding dress boutique in Hampshire
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The nervous excitement is just bursting from your heart: the person you love popped the question; you said YES!!! and you’re planning the celebration of a LIFETIME! There’s so much to think about – and What To Wear is a biggie. You only get to do this once: the time in your life where you can spend ten times as much on a dress as you EVER would in a normal year. The excitement of wearing a dress SO special that everyone will turn and look as you walk into a room. The pressure to get it right… and the joy of owning something so wonderful, special and beautiful as your very own wedding dress.

Inside Bridal Indulgence - photo by Lauren Barber

Inside Bridal Indulgence – photo by Lauren Barber

So yeah, wedding dress shopping is a huge deal. And you’re basically juggling excitement in one hand with the pressure to get it right in the other hand. Aaargh, right?! Wedding dress shopping should be an amazing adventure. Plan it just right, and I promise it will be! But if you go into it without a little forethought, the pressure can take over and before you know it you’ve tried on 50 dresses in 10 boutiques… and you’re all shopped out, stressed and tearful. I get it. Overshopping the dress is REAL – and you CAN avoid it happening to you.

Tess and Tom at their marquee wedding in Swallowfied by Richard Skins Photography
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This is a guest article from Bands for Hire, with header image by Richard Skins Photography

Choosing the right music for your special day is as important as any other aspect of your ceremony and reception. Not only do you want your favourite music as a couple to characterise this celebration of your new life together, but you also want music that all of your guests, young and old, will enjoy. Music is a highly personal experience – we all associate the songs we hear with different things, so you’re going to want to make sure the music you provide helps keep the joy and love your friends and family felt at your wedding alive in their memories.

This may seem like a tall order, especially if you’re new to event planning – after all, there are so many options vying for your attention all the time, so it can be hard to know where to start. Don’t worry – help is at hand! In this article, we’ll break down the various stages of your wedding day and suggest which live music acts would be the most effective and the most practical for these special moments.

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This is a guest article from our friends at Entertainment Nation

At Entertainment Nation we help arrange the music for thousands of weddings each year, so it’s crucial for us and our clients that we keep up to date on what’s most popular and what works best at a wedding reception.

In our experience, most couples want to be sure of two things from their evening entertainment: reliability and the ability to get the dance floor heaving. At Entertainment Nation, we only work with top quality professional bands who we trust to give an exceptional performance every time. This frees you up to focus on the style of music you want for your reception instead of worrying whether the band will turn up!

Read on to find out more about the top styles of wedding band to supply the soundtrack to your big night.

All images in this post are by Forget Me Knot Images, based in Newcastle. See Niamh and Dave’s wedding from our archives by clicking here

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Getting married abroad will be a dream come true. The joy of blissful sunshine, scenery and a relaxed environment is just so perfect for a wedding – if you’re a destination wedding couple then you are just the luckiest things, truly!

Planning the perfect destination wedding does require a little talent and flexibility on your part when it comes to finding suppliers though! Venue packages might not be quite the right mix for you; overseas planners might not have everything you need. Especially when it comes to wedding photography, do shop around – because the memories of your wedding abroad are so very precious, and it’s really important to find someone to capture your day in a style you will LOVE for years to come.

UK photographer for weddings abroad - advice by Damion Mower Photography (3)

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A guest article by Turquoise Holidays

We know what it’s like. After the wave of excitement of your engagement has settled down, your mind turns to planning your wedding. While that’s a huge and important project, at Turquoise Holidays we believe your honeymoon also needs that kind of attention early on. But it’s hard to know where to even start – the destination, style of honeymoon, budget and activities are all common topics couples discuss. We try and answer some of those questions, so you can get your honeymoon plans off to a flying start…

1. What is the best way to plan a honeymoon?

We’d recommend writing down a list of three things that are on each of your bucket lists. Then, look to find somewhere that ticks a few, if not all, of these boxes. Establishing a budget early on will help narrow down your search further, as well as looking at the various good weather windows for the destinations you’re considering. Taking all those factors into account will mean you’re not overwhelmed when you’re looking at where to go and what to do!

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Inspired by London wedding photographer and confetti-moment-nailer Jordanna Marston

When I’m asked about wedding traditions, the one golden oldie I can’t let go of is confetti. I bloody love it: the joyful moment when you’ve said your vows, finished the nervous bit of the day and are finally surrounded by your guests – and then a rainbow of bits of loveliness is released into the sky for you. It looks amazing – it looks like it feels amazing! And you know what? I always find myself grinning back at the screen when I see a brilliant confetti photo. Right now, I have face ache from smiling at the gorgeous pics we’re decorating this blog post with!

Image credit London wedding photographer Jordanna Marston (6)

Your confetti moment – and your confetti photos – can be really great. Or they can be epic and exciting and bursting with fun and colour and laughter!

Here are 20 tips to help you nail your EPIC confetti moment!

 

Image credit London wedding photographer Jordanna Marston (14)