I’m pretty well acquainted with a particular wedding invitation designer and calligrapher whose eyes roll right back into her head at the first breath of “request the pleasure of your company…”. The thing is – it’s not a phrase anyone would ever breathe, or even dream of saying out loud. If you’re having a party, you tell your friends in person: “we’re having dinner & drinks at mine for New Year – would you like to come?” The only place we seem to use the horribly stilted “request the pleasure of your company” is on wedding invitations. And not the fun, exciting ones.

As the official opening of the eagerly anticipated Wedding Gallery fast approaches we take a closer look at some of the luxury brand partners involved in the project and the expert services on offer to visitors. Here, Roja Dove, Master Perfumer at Roja Parfums available at The Wedding Gallery, shares his insider tips on how to create the perfect mood and lasting memories of your wedding day through scent.

Woodland romance and beautiful bluebells for a Derbyshire wedding shoot with HBA Photography (16)

Photo credit: HBA Photography. See our woodland shoot for full supplier list

So your best friend is getting married. What do you buy as a wedding gift? Shopping for a perfect wedding gift can be daunting, but when it comes to a close friend, there can be even more pressure to find the perfect gift.

A sweet and pretty vintage wedding on the English Wedding Blog. Image by Love in Focus (26)

All images by our lovely sponsor Love In Focus Wedding Photography, Bristol

You not only want to find the perfect gift for the happy couple, but you want one that will also signify the many years of friendship you have shared. The gift should always be thoughtful, but you shouldn’t spend time stressing over it, as sometimes the most meaningful gifts are often ones that are not expensive. Of course, you don’t want to get something that just anybody can buy.

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!

Let’s face it, everyone LOVES Pinterest. I can spend many an hour pinning the perfect boards but for many couples it’s totally overwhelming. There are so many images to pin, and each one is simply amazing.

Tales of the sea - inspirational beach wedding style fromSerpentine Shores and Salt & Sea Photography (24)

Couples can quickly find their boards filled with ideas and inspiration but the images have no cohesive style, colour theme or affordability. It can create total confusion when planning your dream day!

Tales of the sea - inspirational beach wedding style fromSerpentine Shores and Salt & Sea Photography (10)

So I wanted to give you an idea of how the professionals pull together amazing mood boards, ones which make sense, are achievable and make designing your wedding SO much easier.