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.

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So here’s a very different blog feature for all of you (and I’m thinking, guys especially!) who are hatching a secret plan to ask a BIG question this Christmas! It’s from our friends at Lily Arkwright, who you’ll have seen on the blog before: they specialise in sustainable and bespoke engagement and wedding rings and we’re proud to support and help share the joys of lab diamonds and moissanite jewellery with them! Find out EXACTLY how your bespoke ring will be made – it’s techy and interesting stuff!

Bespoke jewellery is becoming increasingly popular. Why? It is the ultimate personal touch to give to your partner and loved ones. With personalisation comes the satisfaction of having an engagement ring that is unique only 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)

Turquoise Holidays honeymoon advice
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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)

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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!