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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)

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Article by Warble Entertainment
Images by Gareth Newstead Photography

Booking your wedding entertainment is a process. There is a lot to think about, but it can also be one of the most enjoyable and exciting parts of your wedding planning!

There is something special about live music in particular at a wedding. It can generate so much energy and emotion in a room. With this in mind, it’s a good idea to put a lot of thought into what questions you ask your wedding venue before you choose your perfect wedding band.

We loved reading this post with 5 questions to ask a wedding venue and it inspired us to come up with 5 new ones!

If you are yet to start your wedding entertainment search, here are 5 more important questions you need to ask your venue before you book entertainment.

1. Do I have to choose from your supplier list?

Some wedding venues only work to a specific supplier list when it comes to live music and wedding entertainment. Because of this, you need to make sure you are allowed to bring in your own band or entertainers from outside the venue before you book.

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A guest expert article from Elegante by Michelle J. Images by Claudine Hartzel Photography

As a destination wedding planner, more and more couples are coming to me to request a wedding weekend experience, here in the UK.

If you have ever attended a destination wedding overseas, you will no doubt have experienced the wonderfully warm and intimate atmosphere created because the couple and their guests get to spend several days together.

From the initial welcome drink on the arrival night, through to the post-wedding brunch or barbecue, the vibe is palpable and it’s something that can prove difficult to re-create for a one day wedding.

But it’s not always feasible to plan an overseas destination wedding.  If, for example, you have elderly grandparents who would struggle to travel by plane, or if you feel that expecting your guests to expense an overseas trip is just too much to ask, you might want to consider a UK Wedding Weekend.

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Header image by Let’s Frolic Together via Junebug Weddings

What if planning the best day ever didn’t have to be the most stressful process ever? If you’re feeling overwhelmed by color palettes, seating charts, and budget setting, take a deep breath and check out these six tips for stress-free wedding planning. From reaching out for help to remembering the “why” behind your wedding, follow these tips to put your mind at ease as you get ready to tie the knot!

Hire Experienced Professionals

No matter what kind of wedding you’re planning, the easiest way to reduce stress leading up to your big day is by building a team of expert wedding professionals. Experienced wedding suppliers know the ins and outs of what it takes to pull off a successful wedding better than anyone because they do it most weekends of the year! You don’t get a do-over when it comes to moments like your first kiss, so make sure you trust the person you’ve hired to capture and craft your event. In knowing you can count on your dream team of vendors, you can enjoy stress-free wedding planning and focus on the fun!

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A guest post for English Wedding by Belle & Bunty
Photographer Margarita Karenko
Model Naomi Ross

1. Wear Your Everyday Gold Jewellery

Instead of statement sparkly jewels, we’re seeing brides choosing pretty layering pieces to style their big day outfit. The general trend is that brides are wanting to be comfortable and more relaxed on their wedding day and this is a great way to choose jewellery that you can actually wear again long after the day itself. The style is more modern and minimal with just a hint of embellishment such as a decorative pendant. Opt for gold, it’s more luxe and looks great with ivory.

2. Go Natural

Brides are doing their research when it comes to choosing their wedding dress and we are seeing more and more brides wanting a natural option. Fabrics like 100% pure silk & lace are the key to creating a beautiful gown. There are so many amazing choices out there for dresses made in the UK using natural fabrics which can really set the tone for a sustainable wedding. Brands that use zero waste cutting techniques and local manufacturing are a really popular choice for a dress with a conscience.

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Did you catch yesterday’s feature full of advice for kids at weddings? We covered catering, crèches and superhero costumes… but one thing I’d like to talk about more is entertainment for children at weddings. And getting it right is essential if you want those adorable little faces to be smiling on your big day! So our lovely friends at Warble Entertainment have come up with some great pointers to help you out. And whatever entertainment you choose, the benefits are huge and might be a bit of a surprise!

For the most part, weddings have some children attending. Even if it is a small cluster of bridesmaids or page boys, you will normally see a contingent of little people running around looking for something to do, all whilst being chased by a slightly flustered parent!

There are times when looking after kids at a wedding can be challenging. Some children may not cope well with the length of the day (and the inevitable tiredness that follows), so it can be worth having wedding entertainment for kids to keep them occupied during these times.

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Inspired by the fabulous images from London wedding photographer Jordanna Marston

There’s a photo somewhere of a four-year-old me, hiding behind my mum’s leg (and clinging on for dear life while peeking around the side) at a wedding. It’s one of my favourites – who’d have such a cute (but terrified) little monkey would be a wedding blogger in later life? If you’d asked me way back then, I’d have said kids don’t want to go to your wedding. But that makes light of what’s actually a huge talking point all over the interweb: should you invite kids to weddings?

brilliant proof that kids at weddings is a huge win! Photo credit Jordanna Marston Photography (13)

People have asked people – in official surveys – if big people should invite little people to weddings. The result is a surprising 50% split – this is contentious! Half of us (big people) want overexcited, small, messy, super fun people to celebrate with us. The other half would rather enjoy a sophisticated day (off) to relax and celebrate, and leave little ones at home. Which is fine!

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So you’ve made the decision to have a photo booth at your wedding reception – great shout! I guess you want to make it amazing? We’ve all been in a photo booth – they’re at so many weddings these days. So how, exactly, can you make YOUR wedding photo booth the absolute best one folks will be talking about for years to come? Here’s how – you’re welcome!

The photo booth basics

1. Make it stand out – your photo booth should be instantly noticeable in a place all your guests will see it. Think bright colours, streamers, glitter, flashing lights, circus appeal!
2. Keep it busy – the better your photo booth is, the more your guests will want to play in it. So follow all of our tips and make it EPIC!
3. Make it work! Get the practical stuff right: a working camera, a way to print, and no technology fails!
4. Host it. Find or hire brilliant people to manage your photo booth. They need a sense of humour, tech skills and to be sensational at charming all of your guests – from your gran to your best man to your kids!

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Inspired by / images by London wedding photographer Jordanna Marston

I’m half hoping you’re reading this blog post because you think I’m a little insane… who on earth is actually out there looking for wedding photos that aren’t perfect?! Surely we should all be carrying out a careful search for the very best wedding photographer our budgets will allow? And with all the time and effort we’re putting into planning our weddings, we want the day not only to be perfect, but to look perfect in our pictures?

What even is perfect, though?

What does perfect mean, when we’re chatting about weddings?

I like to feel like I know you guys. I know you love indulging in a little wedding pretty on the internet – scrolling through fabulously pretty, beautifully styled wedding editorials and bridal photoshoots on blogs and Pinterest. Hey, so do I! And I imagine you’re reading this post because the last thing you are is Princessy. But maybe you’re still a little unsure about your wedding photographs being less than ‘perfect’. Shall I explain?

Eco styling ideas for a summer picnic wedding with Bohotanical and the Gilded Fern (42)
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All images by One Love Pictures & flowers by Bohotanical

This one’s for all of you lovely brides and grooms considering alternatives to the traditional wedding bouquet and arrangements. Inspired by a press release which landed in my inbox the other week – it was one of those where I disagreed with pretty much every word! – I just had to write a little about wedding flowers.

Too many couples – if the report is to be believed – think wedding flowers are overpriced (they’re not).

And too many couples seem to be turning to artificial wedding flowers – which have some serious downsides of their own. So I thought I’d share a few thoughts, with my humble experience of being a wedding blogger for 10 years and hearing the thoughts of hundreds of couples when it comes to wedding flowers.

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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.

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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.