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Bursting bubbles doesn’t always feel good. But today’s article is meant for the bigwigs who exploit us all: brides and grooms, and the hardworking, passionate wedding suppliers who help turn your dreams into reality.

That sort of passion isn’t something I like to see stomped all over.

SOME of the wedding awards bodies here in the UK are a joke. One in particular – which I won’t name – has some shocking business practices which shouldn’t be kept secret. But do remember that others are as fairly run as they can be – so plenty of wedding awards are worth paying attention to.

Don’t blame the suppliers: it’s not their fault. Wedding business owners enter awards competitions on the understanding that they’ll be fairly judged and voted for by real customers: they take pride in their awards as they rightly should.

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I love a humanist ceremony: it’s an incredible way of personalising your marriage and making it suit the two of you – no matter how or where you choose to marry. Add to this the most amazing flowers, a gorgeous couple and a wonderfully sunny day, and you have the perfect wedding. Here are Holly & Dame, in a real wedding film by Just Happy Together. Enjoy!

 

Claire
Video Production: justhappytogether.com
Photography: summerlilystudio.com
Dress: verawang.com by davidsbridal.co.uk
Hair & MUA: bellesbeauty.wordpress.com
Venue: letchworthcentre.org

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It’s invitation time, everyone! Every January I get so many enquiries about envelope and invitation calligraphy: I know you’re all hunting for those perfect invites to set the scene for your day, so here’s a little help in your search!

20 of the best British wedding invitations for 2016

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London themed wedding invitations by the fabulous Bunny Delicious

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Exquisite letterpress: Print for Love Letterpress

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Wonderfully different: Gorgeous Invites

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Unashamedly art deco by Emma Jo Stationery

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Uber pretty English invitation by Vintage Twee

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Flowers and antlers by Paper Charms

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Handwritten calligraphy by Calligraphy for Weddings

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Chalkboard wedding invites: Norma & Dorothy

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Polka dots by Little Indie Studio

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Fun and floral by Knots & Kisses

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Sweet and contemporary invite by Jennifer Wren Designs

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Summer colour by Helen Scott Design

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I love those windmills! By WBD Designer Wedding Stationery

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Gloriously colourful and funky: Bunny Delicious

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Graceful and elegant design by Danielle Bleuse

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Natural and printable: Connie & Joan

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Bold and beautiful: Cherry Pie Paperie   

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I have to confess I have a bit of a ‘thing’ about vintage – or what high street stores are calling vintage these days. Here’s the thing: you can’t buy anything vintage in Bhs, or in M&S, or Debenhams. Vintage comes from thrift stores, antique shops, charity shops and car boot sales… and so styling your wedding takes a little more care if you’re looking for “true vintage” appeal.

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Image credit: Albert Palmer Photography from a styled shoot on the English Wedding Blog. See the full shoot here: magical Highland inspired shoot

It’s all just words really, isn’t it… but I don’t like to see shops labelling birdcages* as vintage when they were made in China this year. Fine: sell pretty accessories painted white, with printed illustrations of faded roses and florals – just change the label!

(*I have another thing about birdcages since someone said to me they’re like little prisons for beautiful birds…)

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Dilini and William’s wedding in the Cotswolds is gorgeous: and I love it because it’s wonderfully personal to them as a couple. Dilini’s Sri Lankan background was a big part of the day, and they even had a wedding cake brought over from Sri Lanka especially!

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Dilini told me, “The best thing we did was to pick a venue that was willing to make it as personal as possible for us. We loved The Matara Centre as we both felt it fitted with both of our backgrounds and personalities well.”

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Images are by Wiltshire-based Kevin Belson Photography. Find out more here:

http://kevinbelson.com
https://www.facebook.com/KevinBelsonPhotography
http://twitter.com/KevinBelson

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The English Wedding Blog Interview: William & Dilini

Wedding photographer’s website:

http://kevinbelson.com

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1. If you haven’t done it on the day, or you’ve forgotten something, it probably wasn’t that important and so don’t spend your day worrying about it. Make sure you benefit from all of your hard work!

~ Katherine & Ben

2. Be philosophical about the details, as much as every detail may have seemed important in the planning, in the grand scheme of the day you will get caught up in the moment and things will inevitably be overlooked. If there are details that really matter to you both, entrust them to someone else, don’t try to do them yourself on the day.

~ Ananda & Darren

3. Don’t feel pressured to do things you don’t feel comfortable with. Alex didn’t want to stand and give a speech so he made a video to play on the day. Me and all our guests were in tears and we get people complimenting us on it even now. It meant that Alex could relax and give a speech he knew he was happy with and it is much more his style than a traditional speech. It goes to show that adapting the rules can give the best results!

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Hey there beautiful! I hope you’re having the most brilliant weekend ever! I thought I’d take this quiet moment to ask you if you’d be so lovely as to follow my brand new Instagram? Over the last year or so I’ve shared quite a bizarre mix of personal, calligraphy and wedding images on my own account, and I’ve been determined to set up a brand new Instagram for the blog. It’s going to be – well, let’s say about a million percent more weddingy, which I hope will suit you down to the ground!

Follow me: Instagram.com/Englishweddingblog

It’s brave and scary to start from scratch but I really hope you’ll join me and enjoy sharing all the gorgeous pics I’ll be posting!Claire

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Modern calligraphy workshops – information & online booking

I wonder if any of you lovely ladies and gents might have ‘learn calligraphy’ down as a new year’s resolution? If you do – or if I’ve just inspired you to try it! – then I can help! I’ve been hosting modern calligraphy workshops in Manchester for a year now, and I’d love to invite you to the next one on Friday the 26th of February. This is the kind of writing I teach…

… and once you know your way around the pen and nib, it’s surprisingly easy to do! My calligraphy workshops are held in Manchester’s Northern Quarter and the price is £59 per workshop.

Click here to book your place now!

You’ll learn:

  • How to use a traditional calligraphy dip pen
  • The basics of contemporary lettering and flowing scripts and letter forms
  • It’s a hands-on day so I’ll be demonstrating a little, but most of the time you’ll be writing and I’ll be giving pointers and helping you
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Yay! We all survived the first week back at work… and it’s time for a well-deserved restful weekend 🙂 But first, this week’s wedding photo of the week. A beautiful smile is all it takes to brighten my week, and Emily’s smile for her husband speaks of pure happiness in this pic!

 

Photo credit: Barber Photography for Aspire Photography Training
From a styled shoot in the English Wedding Blog Book!


I publish a wedding photo of the week every week on the English Wedding Blog.

Submit your image for next week:

  1. Make sure you’ve Liked the English Wedding Blog Facebook page
  2. Upload an image you love to Facebook, and link to our page from the comments (@English Wedding – Inspiration, resources and advice for your UK wedding – it will usually type itself!)
  3. Check the English Wedding Blog from 3pm Friday to see the winning image!
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I have to confess I’ve neglected my little Vespa over recent months: but seeing today’s wedding makes me desperate to go and play out again! Lovely Suffolk photographer Ayshea Goldberg knows me too well: send me a gorgeous wedding with a Vespa and I simply can’t say no. I love this so very much!

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The venue and its floral decorations are super pretty: I know those of you with a love of traditional weddings will adore this. Rosanne is absolutely stunning; Isaac is ever so handsome and that grin for his bride and his Vespa have kept me smiling since the moment I first saw this amazing wedding!

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Glemham has a beautiful staircase in the Grand Hall, which our amazing florist decorated with flowers –  but we let the rest of the venue speak for itself. The Rose Garden in particular was stunning when we got married in September. The reception meal was held in the marquee outside, but we kept things fairly simple with tall, elegant centre pieces.

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The last thing I want to do is suggest anyone fall in with the crowd and style their wedding for this year’s fashions. And yet… there’s a wonderful appeal to creating something new for your wedding, something your friends and family didn’t see at last year’s weddings, right?

I don’t follow trends in fashion; but what I see online does influence my tastes. I love messy foliage, tumbledowny style and design, upcycling and art. They impact on my home life, my calligraphy studio, the things I buy.

The same applies with weddings: we’re exposed to so many beautiful things online that we can’t help wanting a little piece of them… and this is what we’ll be seeing more of in 2016.

Feel free to run with these ideas and create something magical, or to ignore them entirely and pour your own fabulously creative style into your day.

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I’m so excited for 2016 – with our book launch this morning and lots of exciting plans for features and adventures over the next few months I can’t wait to share with you! For now though, a new friend for us all: lovely Oxfordshire wedding photographer Carol Elizabeth has joined the English Wedding Blog as our latest sponsor.

Carol Elizabeth Photography provides informal wedding photography in Oxfordshire

Contact & Bookings: Carol Elizabeth Photography

Web: http://www.carol-elizabeth-photography.co.uk
Email: carol@carol-elizabeth-photography.co.uk
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/carol.elizabeth.photography.uk
Twitter: https://twitter.com/CarolEliz_Photo
Google Plus: https://plus.google.com/+CarolelizabethphotographyUkweddings
Pinterest: https://uk.pinterest.com/carolelizphotos/

Carol Elizabeth Photography provides informal wedding photography in Oxfordshire

Carol’s style of wedding photography is informal, natural and enjoyable but also unique to each couple. “I get to know my clients ahead of their day so that they are relaxed in front of the camera. I am based in Oxfordshire and love the range of beautiful venues in my home county – from stately homes to barns, old hotels to boat houses.”

I am more classical than contemporary or quirky, and a lot of the day is reportage photography of the day as it unfolds. I feel it’s important for the bride and groom to have some beautiful and natural portraits after the ceremony as well as plenty of informal images capturing the guests and venue.”

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