Vintage wedding ideas at The Great Lodge Essex with Gemma Giorgio Photography (38)
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I love this genius little invention from the guys at Monsoon – they have researched historical weather data and used it to create a nifty little gadget which shows which dates are – historically – the wettest, in the hope that brides and grooms can stock up on brollies and suncream before the big day!

It’s a Nice Day for a Dry Wedding

86 years of Met Office rainfall data helps predict the best and worst days of the year to hold your wedding and avoid the rain.

  • “Wedding Day Weather Calculator” created to help predict % chance of rain on any date, in a specific region of the UK
  • April is the driest month of the year in the UK and the best month for a dry wedding
  • 15th April is the driest day on average for the UK
  • November is the wettest month of the year, with the 11th officially the wettest
  • August is the wettest month during spring and summer
Wedding venue coordinators and wedding planners - what's the difference? Katie Stocks from The Events Designers explains (2)
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When friends tell me they don’t need a wedding planner – there’s one at the venue – I get a little nervous for them. Even the most relaxed of weddings on the surface needs someone behind the scenes making sure everything goes smoothly. The larger your guest list and the more complicated your wedding plans, the more likely it is you’ll need a little help along the way. If you can afford to spend a little to calm your nerves and reassure yourselves that your wedding day won’t be stressful – it’s so worth chatting to a wedding planner. They’re your lifesaver if you need one; and they’re a world away from the wedding coordinator at your venue. Lovely Katie Stocks from The Events Designers explains why.

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Top two images by Will Patrick Photography www.willpatrickweddings.com

 

Our fave Northbrook Park wedding of the year! Images by Married to my Camera (19)
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This article is for all of the wedding photographers out there who would love to be featured (more) on wedding blogs.

I had an email chat with a lovely photographer last week – she submitted a wedding which wasn’t quite right for publication at that time. I explained why (as I always try to do) and she thanked me, saying often she got no feedback from bloggers. I wanted to try and explain in more detail why submitted weddings and shoots might be declined by wedding bloggers.

Note: I can’t speak for all wedding bloggers – we’re all different and have different selection criteria. But do read on: some of these are common sense and will apply to every wedding blogger.

1. ‘Fit’

Every blog has its look and philosophy. If you don’t know the blog and understand what is usually featured, your submission could be a waste of time. Some blogs are very niche; for example Rock n Roll Bride and Love My Dress feature very different wedding styles. Know where your wedding will fit before submitting.

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Guest article by Carl at 166 Photography

What is the worst possible thing you can imagine happening on your wedding day? Your alarm not going off and over sleeping? The wedding car breaking down leaving you stranded? Falling over walking down the aisle? Luckily, these will simply remain anxieties and mainly only happen in gossip magazines and very, very rarely in real life. But what about your wedding photos not turning out very well? How would that make you feel?

Photographs are the most important reminder of your wedding day after the event and looking at them for the first time only to be faced with out of focus images, ones that are too dark or even missing the special moments that you would expect to see must be heartbreaking. When asked after the wedding, the one thing many couples wish they had invested more in was their wedding photography. We totally agree, whilst we spent almost a quarter of our small budget on photos, we wish we had invested more.

Alternative, eclectic, beautifully relaxed wedding by Inbetween Days Photography (27)
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The wedding speech is a big honour and a big part of wedding tradition but it can also be something peppered with fear and confusion (who should speak, how long for, in what order and when?).  There’s no shying away from the fact that a good speech is a highlight of the wedding meal, it can bring tears (of the happy and sentimentally variety) and fill the room with belly laughs of fun.  But… done badly the speech can be remembered for all the wrong reasons.  I don’t know about you but I certainly have ‘that’ speech memory that makes me feel slightly uneasy.

Today I’m sharing my advice on what makes a really good speech – the dos and don’ts – as well as the etiquette low down.

Alternative, eclectic, beautifully relaxed wedding by Inbetween Days Photography (26)

All images in this post are by lovely Inbetween Days Photography (Brighton)

Relaxed bridesmaids, bridesmaid advice, photo by Constance Rose (3)
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A guest article by Emily Andrew Weddings

I hate to say it but more often than not bridesmaids can be one of the largest causes of stress my clients face when planning their big day! Number one of the issues is clothing! These are my top pieces of advice I give my clients to help them navigate this minefield.

  1. Budget:

First up is budget. If you are really tight on budget then it can be an option to ask your best ladies to provide their own outfits. If you select this option then always approach this topic sensitively with your friends as when they were asked to be a bridesmaid they were probably expecting to be provided with a lovely dress.

Be honest with them, and explain that it is so important to you that you can share your special day with them playing a major role but you are worrying about money and affording the whole expense of a wedding. If they are good friends they will be completely supportive and will be more than happy to help you out.

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Guest article by Martina Selvagi – Wed Our Way

It’s not about the frills, it’s about the faces. So many couples I meet today are family-first (or friend-first). What they want more than anything is an intimate wedding day they can fully drink in and enjoy with the people they love – one that isn’t so immersed in excess that the real meaning of the day gets lost.

If that sounds like you, then you’ll love the tips I have in store for you on how to create a perfectly personalized destination wedding that splurges in the areas you care about, but is simple enough to hold true to your values, priorities and budget.

1. Release Expectations

To really embrace the notion of a simple, intimate destination wedding, you need to first ditch the mentality of perfection and competition, including what you expect of yourself and what others expect of you.

On perfection

How to style your wedding with British grown flowers, with Alexandra Rose and Bethany Stanley Photography (23)
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Today’s feature is a little different – and an absolute must-read, we think! It’s already one of our faves here at English Wedding HQ and I hope you love it too! Lovely Alexandra from Alexandra Rose Weddings wrote it for us, working alongside a fabulous creative team with images captured beautifully by Bethany and James who specialise in Fine Art photography and film making. Alexandra’s floral styling is just wonderful – she applies an imaginative way of thinking when working with garden grown flowers, allowing the shape of the flowers themselves to dictate the overall design. Her style is beautifully naturalistic and sculptural too.

How to style your wedding with British grown flowers, with Alexandra Rose and Bethany Stanley Photography (3)

“I want to inspire couples to be more aware of the seasons when choosing flowers and reflect the patterns of wildlife.  Part of the charm and excitement of using British blooms is working with nature and what is available at the time.  I thought our perfect setting would suit a quintessentially English venue situated in the Cotswolds and right along the River Windrush, The Old Swan and Minster Mill. The beautiful, historical features of the ‘inn on the river’ really tied everything together beautifully.  I really couldn’t think of a more perfect countryside setting with acres of stunning gardens filled with lavender, Willow trees and English Roses.

fine art wedding photography explained, with Amanda Karen Photography (6)
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When you’re planning your wedding, it can feel as if you’ve stumbled into a room where everyone is talking a language you don’t understand. There are conversations around dry hire, corkage, guipure, Mikado and so many other things besides. Of course, when it comes to your wedding photography, it’s exactly the same. Fine art, reportage, editorial and fashion… the list goes on. Well I’m here with a language lesson and I’m answering the question – can you have it all?

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Fine art photography – light and dreamy, often using natural light and also capturing the smallest details of your day in the most romantic images

Words and images by Amanda Karen Photography

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Let’s start with the terminology. Reportage photography has been a phrase that’s been used for a while now and it appeared around the millennium to mark out the ‘new style’ photographers of the time. Instead of a limited number of posed photos, reportage photographers documented the day as it unfolded, captured those ‘real’ moments and told the whole story of the day. Reportage is a documentary style, the shots are edited for sure but they’re also a little more ‘real’ and a little more ‘raw’ than other styles.

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There’s no better way of celebrating your newlywed status than by losing yourself in music, surrounded by the smiling faces of friends and family on the dance floor. So how do you encourage your guests to join you on the dance floor for a wild wedding reception filled with fun and dancing? Hiring a pop and rock function band, that’s how!

Pop and rock bands are versatile acts who often perform an eclectic range of songs, spanning genres and time periods, making them ideal for the mixed crowd found at most wedding receptions. Arriving at your venue with all the skills and equipment to give you a stunning live concert experience on your big day, a pop and rock band is a sure-fire way of whipping up the atmosphere into the early hours.

Discover the best pop and rock bands for lively, all night weddings below:


Dirty Pop

Naturally simple and beautiful #weddinginspo with Eva Tarnok Photography on the English Wedding Blog (7)
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Peter and I got engaged in May 2017 whilst on holiday in China – Peter proposed on the very first day of our three week holiday, so it was a good job I said yes! As I spend every day talking about and planning weddings, we agreed not to make any plans until we arrived home, so after an amazing holiday, a 24 hour delay and a 12 hour plane journey, our wedding planning began…

For Peter and I, 2019 had to be our year. I have always wanted a spring or summer wedding, and when we took into consideration our day-to-day schedules and other plans we were already committed to, getting married in 2018 would have been too close for comfort. This led to a bit of a problem – my fiancé is adamant that he wants to be married before he is 30 and he is 30 in June 2019! Which meant May 2019 was our best option – longer days, trees and greenery in full bloom, and (fingers crossed) some sunshine!

the best uk rock bands for weddings from warble entertainment (2)
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Speculative weather, incredible vibes and stunning music. Festival season is something we all go mad for and it has sewn its way into the ever growing tapestry of British pop culture. Festival themed weddings or ‘wedstivals’ are no surprise then as couples strive to recreate that festival atmosphere on their big day.

Guest article by Joey Burdon of Warble Entertainment

Live music is one of the main staples of a good festival wedding. It’s all about the entertainment and making sure that everyone has a good time! Here are 5 of the best Rock & Pop bands available for your festival themed wedding this summer.

Gentlemen Of The Road

This Surrey quartet can be described as the perfect festival wedding band. Treading the line between festival favourites Mumford & Sons and big rock anthems from bands like The Killers and Kings Of Leon, Gentlemen Of The Road are ideal for bringing that festival fever to your day.

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