Simple wedding styling ideas for a fine art wedding, image by Lara Rios Photography (4)
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Sometimes I think it’s easier to style your wedding if you leave it almost until the last minute. It amazes me how quickly trends can change, and within eighteen months things like gypsophila, ombre and olive branches can all but disappear from our feeds. So today we’re talking about the top trends for wedding styling in 2018!

The key to a truly beautiful celebration is always to style your wedding to your personality rather than the trendiest looks you find in magazines. As a blogger though, I love to seek out next year’s trends – I kind of know where they’ll appear first and which will appeal to our English sense of style and elegance – and today I’m going to share my predictions for the coming year with you lovely lot.

Of course, I’d genuinely love to hear your thoughts on any upcoming trends I’ve missed from the list. Are there colour palettes or details you’ve seen which are going to be huge? Head on over to our Facebook page to join in the discussion!

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There was a time (and it feels like long ago), when we didn’t have the joys of the internet, social media or Pinterest.  When it comes to wedding style part of me thinks “how on earth did we manage” but the other half of me feels it was possibly a much simpler place.

Styling your 2018 wedding, expert advice by Jenna Hewitt. Photo credit Kitty Wheeler Shaw (1)

Without a doubt the access to the resources we have has placed huge focus/pressure on wedding styling.  There now exist wedding trend reports and predictions and, as a wedding stylist and planner, I eagerly await Pantone’s release of colour of the year – so often linked to the emerging colour trends and choices for the next season.  Most recently we’ve seen rose quartz and grey elegance, metallic and acrylics and, currently, a trend for minimal, white and greenery.  Next year I’m predicting a resurgence of tropical brights (we shall see…).   Anyhow, my point is that today, more than ever, putting your style stamp on your big day is a big deal. But it isn’t always easy to zone in on a style, put it all together, or know where to begin.

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The wedding traditions I like best of all are the simple, fun and creative ones. Something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue is a tradition many of us uphold – and it’s lovely because our mums, sisters, grandmas and closest friends all love to get involved (in a good way!)

Chic modern wedding styling in London, images by Amanda Karen Photography (16)

I have been playing on the internet and discovered so many creative ideas for those somethings old, new, borrowed and blue. Traditionally the items would have been carried, or on the bride’s person during the wedding, but recently brides have been a little more creative in counting things like vintage cars as their ‘something old’ – and we’re all for that! If you’re struggling with any one of your somethings old, new, borrowed or blue, here are some ideas to help!

Chic modern wedding styling in London, images by Amanda Karen Photography (1)

Something old…

1. Think about any family heirlooms – from old champagne glasses to photo frames or candle holders you could use in a display area

2. A vintage clutch to hold your lippy, blister plasters etc. (and all your other ‘somethings’)

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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.

 

Google ‘wedding invitation wordings’ for inspiration and an overwhelming number of options pop up. People you don’t know on the internet have very kindly written infinite versions of “request the pleasure of your company” to accommodate divorced parents, couples hosting their own day, and goats.

If only the variations on all of these prescribed wordings were a little more relaxed, fun, personal and creative, right?!

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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

1. Don’t wear your signature scent on your wedding day

‘When it comes to bridal fragrances, scent acts as an olfactory ode to that special day, transporting us back to the time you said “I do” with just one smell. Scent evokes memories like nothing else – when you have forgotten who sat next to who, what conversation you had with who, who gave you what gift – scent will instantly take you back to that day in olfactory Technicolor.

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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.

As a good friend, in addition to the simple fact that it comes from you, the happy couple will assign a special meaning to your gift. There are literally tons of wedding gift ideas out there, so it really depends on how well you know the couple.

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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!

Tips and heartfelt advice for finding 'the' dress - with Jenna Hewitt at Miss Bush Bridal (2)

All images by Joanna Brown Photography at Miss Bush Bridal

Tips and heartfelt advice for finding 'the' dress - with Jenna Hewitt at Miss Bush Bridal (12)

I’m going to start with a couple of things you really should think about before you even begin.

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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.

Tales of the sea - inspirational beach wedding style fromSerpentine Shores and Salt & Sea Photography (11)

Read on to discover my top tips…

  1. Create a board for each section of your wedding – pull together a board for each individual element so attire, shoes, flowers, special details… anything and everything!
  2. Pin, pin, pin! –Pin everything you love regardless of colour, style and affordability. Go wild for any images you like or love.
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Wedding chairs are a big thing for 2018. It’s rare nowadays to cover chairs; instead brides and grooms are sourcing their own chairs with a look to fit the style of their day. You’ll very rarely see a chair cover on a wedding blog – and I’ve featured so many wonderful shoots with ghost chairs, chiavari chairs, crossback wooden chairs and eclectic collections of chairs from chic city venues I thought it was about time we looked into the wedding chair mystery a little further!

Wedding chairs from Wedhead.co.uk and image credit Lucy Davenport at Sezincote

I spotted a great piece on alternative wedding chair styles on Wedhead‘s blog (which is a beautiful part of the internet all on its own, and highly recommended reading) which taught me so much about wedding chair styles. Lovely Anastasia explains that chair covers can be just as expensive (as much as £10 each!) to hire as chairs themselves – and someone has to spend an hour or five wrestling them onto the chairs… is it really worth it? (And then they come off… I’ve even seen people wearing chair covers at the end of one evening do! As ghosts. Not even kidding…)

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There will be plenty of times during the planning stages of your wedding where things get a little bit tricky and you feel like throwing in the towel. You may think that you are the only one experiencing this, but trust us when we say that most couples struggle with exactly the same dilemmas!

Black and white elegance with pops of winter colour, image credit Shane Webber Photography Chester (27)

Images by Shane Webber Photography – watch out for this beautiful wedding we’ll be featuring on Thursday at 1pm!

Your wedding entertainment in particular is such an important part of your day and your wedding experience as a whole. Here are 5 of the most common wedding entertainment dilemmas that we deal with most often – and exactly how to solve them.

1. Band or DJ?

Probably the most common quandary you’ll face is this age old bone of contention. A good DJ will know how to read a crowd and will be armed with the perfect tracks to keep the dance floor alive. They can often be more cost effective than a live band but can also be less engaging. If you want to hear all your favourite tracks on the night then a DJ is a great choice as they are extremely accommodating to your tastes!

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If you saw my last post here on the English Wedding Blog you’ll know I love extending a wedding celebration to an entire weekend. So many couples after their wedding day will say that it went way too quickly, so why not consider adding a Friday evening welcome drinks and BBQ or Sunday walk and brunch?

Beautiful floral wedding inspiration at South Stoke Farm Arundel with Jason Williams Photography (34)

All images by Jason Williams Photography – this gorgeous wedding will feature here on Friday!

Love the idea of extra time with your guests but wondering how to do it without breaking the bank? Here are a few tips!

Pick a venue with flexibility

If you are in the early stages of planning, look at venues which allow you to hire them from Friday until Sunday. Personally, I love a country house wedding and there are so many that allow you to have the venue for the entire weekend.

Often with these venues they give you flexibility and aren’t as expensive as you might think, they also allow you to bring in elements yourself, like your own bar which saves on costs.

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Planning a wedding today, finding amazing suppliers and gathering inspiration and ideas is so much easier than for any generation before. The internet is a world of discovery, filled with blogs and style inspo you can soak up like a sponge.

Gorgeous country wedding styling in Lancashire, images by Rachel Joyce Photography (21)

Image credit Rachel Joyce Photography – see end of post for more info

It only really became a thing with the birth of wedding blogs that you should look for a wedding photographer you’d “click” with. Before 2008 couples had a different choice to make – image quality and the technical side of photography was key. Things changed, and there’s now a wonderful rainbow of wedding photographers to choose from. It means you can shop around for a photographer who

  • ‘gets’ you. They share your style and culture
  • is female. If you’re more comfortable this way, it’s cool
  • has that ‘insta’ look with their editing
  • understands that you love details. And loves them too
  • will recommend other suppliers they know and trust
  • fits your budget and your wedding style