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Hello everyone! Can you help me with a ‘Flower Power’ feature on the English Wedding Blog? I’ve given it a quick mention on facebook and got some great ideas already, but the more the merrier!

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Photo credit Adam Riley Photography – click to see Callum and Leanne’s wedding on the English Wedding Blog

Don’t be shy… feel free to recommend a wedding supplier, share a Pinterest board, email me with a pic of your handmade wedding invites, or share a photo of anything bright, floral, and exciting with a wedding theme. I’ll share the best with you all next week 🙂

Have a fabulous weekend everyone!

Claire xxx

Wedding cupcakes by Baking Mad

Flower Power? Wedding cupcakes from Baking Mad… yummy. Click the image to see more! And don’t forget to send me your flower power wedding ideas!

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Every bridal collection launch has a story behind it – and for 2014 top UK wedding dress designer Charlotte Balbier has come up with individual love stories to go with every dress in her collection. Charlotte got in touch to tell me about the great reaction this new collection has already received from UK brides – and I’d love to know what you think.

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The design which seems to be getting most attention – and it’s easily my personal favourite – is Beaullea. The exquisite lace back of the dress is just beautiful isn’t it?! I’ll show you the dresses and share Charlotte’s stories with you too. I love the romance of it all… I think Charlotte’s words really demonstrate her creativity as a designer – they’re fantastic!

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Hello everyone! I hope you’re having a lovely day. I’ve been excitedly waiting for the new website from Phil Drinkwater Photography to land on my screen since… ooh, months! And it’s here. Phil has had his weddings featured regularly on the English Wedding Blog as well as on Brides Up North, and has featured on the Wedding Community Blog also.

Phil Drinkwater Photography in Manchester

click to see this Great John Street Hotel wedding in Manchester. Photo credit Phil Drinkwater Photography

Phil Drinkwater wedding Photography

Click the image to see the full wedding feature. Photography credit Phil Drinkwater

Phil Drinkwater is a Cheshire and Manchester wedding photographer and friend and sponsor of the English Wedding Blog. He won Photographer of the Year in 2010, and was recently chosen by the prestigious Chatsworth House as a feature photographer for their 2013 wedding brochure.

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Have you found yourself shocked by the prices quoted for wedding flowers? You won’t be alone – seemingly expensive quotes from florists can come as a big surprise and often mean couples have to change their plans for wedding flowers to come in under budget. I wonder if the wedding magazines are misleading us by featuring shoots full of flowers and giving average cost breakdowns which simply don’t match… what do you think?

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Flowers by Jades Flower Design Photo credit Mark Bothwell

Today I’m sharing a very honest and detailed breakdown and explanation of the price you can expect to pay for your wedding flowers. Bernadette Chapman from Dream Occasions is here to tell you more. Read, digest, comment if you’d like to, even ask us a question. I hope you’ll find this advice feature useful! Over to Bernadette…

Part of my role as a wedding planner is to allocate clients’ budgets to the relevant areas of their wedding, i.e from our initial consultation I will have an idea of how much the flowers, entertainment, stationery should cost. I’m normally pretty accurate with my estimations but then I have been doing this for 10 years!

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Have you bought your wedding invitations yet? I’m very proud to have some of the UK’s top wedding stationery brands as a part of my little team here on the English Wedding Blog and it means I can share new designs and latest collections with you, often even before they appear in the national wedding magazines! Let’s start with a little timeless romance… over to Lisa from Olivia Samuel to introduce a brand new invitation design. I hope you like it! Claire x

Timeless Romance Wedding Invitation

A fairytale wedding theme is probably the most romantic theme you can have, and let’s be honest, if you can’t be romantic on your wedding day, then when can you?  We wanted to create a stationery range that would be timeless, romantic and capture that notion of a fairytale, without being too sugary sweet.

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Today’s real wedding blog is from the very beautiful Lydia and her handsome groom Lloyd at London’s Institute of Contemporary Arts. I fell for their wedding style as soon as I saw the first images of their day. They kept things simple and classy with chic and contemporary flowers, beautiful lace, candles and pretty accessories.

UK London wedding blog images by Amanda Balmain (1)

Wedding photographer Amanda Balmain describes the ICA as having “gorgeous high ceilings, huge windows and elegant white interiors it is a beautiful setting for a romantic, stylish wedding“. It’s a new venue for me as a wedding blogger but looks really lovely. Lydia and Lloyd were impressed as well, and used the venue’s recommended suppliers who they were very pleased with.

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Before I share all the images I want to introduce today’s wedding blog with a quote from Lydia which brought tears to my eyes. Talking about the wedding ceremony, she says, “it was as if the world around us did not exist anymore, it was only HIM and ME. Only when we kissed and everybody started clapping did we realize we weren’t alone at all, and everyone who was important to us, close family and friends, were with us.

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I’m forever hopping from one side of the fence to the other when it comes to wedding favours. Yes, it’s lovely to give a little ‘something’ as a gesture – if your guests will appreciate it and if your wedding budget allows. But there are some dull favours out there too! My personal favourites are of the edible variety… handmade cookies in a little packet, rustic jars of jam and the like. I also like the sound of personalised thank you notes, just one of the ideas in this article Carol has written for us all today. Oh, and the lego one. Classic! Enjoy the article, and share your thoughts and ideas below if you have a sec! Claire x

Wedding favours from Style Me Pretty blog – click the images for full credits

11 unique and unusual wedding favour ideas

by Carol

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I’ve worked with brides and grooms for eight years, and never been nominated or put myself forward for an award for my wedding calligraphy. I adore my job and my clients love their calligraphy – so I promise this isn’t sour grapes (hehe) but I wonder whether having an awards badge on my website would make much difference to people. To be honest I doubt it would. What do you think?

I’ve been involved in a minor way with the Wedding Industry Awards for a couple of years, as a consultant judge. It was good while it lasted, and certainly an eye-opener. When the awards began I was impressed with the very fair system of judging and the extensive use of genuine customer reviews in selecting winners. You can read my (honest and very enthusiastic!) opinions on the first Wedding Industry Awards here.

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Hi everyone! Big hugs all round today because it’s party time at English Wedding Blog HQ.

wedding blog Christian Ward Photography

Photo credit Christian Ward Photography

We’re having a birthday… so forgive me for not actually being here right now as you read the blog! I’m either baking myself a Hungry Caterpillar birthday cake, skipping along the beach singing happy birthday to myself or pouring champagne on my coco pops right now (depending on the weather). Anyway, I thought I’d take the opportunity to share some of the best wedding blogs I’ve been reading over the last few weeks with you. Ready? Enjoy! Oh, and happy birthday everyone! Claire xxx

wedding ideas blog photo credit Rebecca Douglas

Photo credit Rebecca Douglas

Real weddings – the best real wedding blogs

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I think Wiz and Jeremy are amazing! I’d love to be called Wiz for starters (it’s short for Elizabeth but way cooler) and this fab couple have such a brilliant sense of style. Having looked through their wedding photos several times already this afternoon, I’m totally hooked and loving everything about their wedding! You will too…

garden wedding Kristian Leven Photography UK (1)

Jeremy is one of the coolest grooms I’ve seen this year in his tailor made suit by Cad and the Dandy, London. Wiz is just beautiful from head to toe with her wonderful beaded hair accessory which complements her Jenny Packham wedding dress like a dream. Her red patent leather shoes are fab – and both bride and groom wear the most infectious smiles! This is bliss. You’ll love it!

Congratulations to Jeremy and Wiz, and thanks for being so fantastic, for sharing your wedding report and for featuring on the English Wedding Blog today. Huge thanks also to wedding photographer Kristian Leven for submitting the images of today’s wedding blog. It’s ace! Everyone – enjoy! Claire xxx
garden wedding Kristian Leven Photography UK (2)

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When I read Vicky’s wedding report and saw all her lovely craft ideas I knew I had to feature her wedding to Ross on the blog. It’s just perfect – a very personal wedding day with lots of amazing ideas you can share. I love Vicky and Ross’s style – they describe their wedding as handmade vintage / romantic and the day itself looks fantastic.

Photo credit Louise Bjorling handmade vintage wedding blog (1)

Huge congratulations then to today’s beautiful bride and gorgeous groom, and thank you for such a fab wedding report! Thank you also to my wonderful friend and wedding blog sponsor the lovely Louise Bjorling. Louise is a London wedding photographer and you can read more about her via her link in the top menu of the English Wedding Blog.

Photo credit Louise Bjorling handmade vintage wedding blog (2)

Louise recently wrote a series of advice articles for couples on choosing the perfect wedding photographer – read How to find the wed­ding pho­tog­ra­pher for you, How to pre­pare your­self for the pho­tog­ra­phy on your day and How to get the best wedding photography on the day itself.

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Morning everyone! Who’s got their hen night all planned then? If you need any help you’ll be pleased to know the English Wedding Blog isn’t just about the big day but everything else that comes with it too – and I do enjoy a good old infographic (which I always read with one eyebrow a little raised… hehe). I’ve shared plenty of great hen party ideas in the past, but if you want to know exactly what the nation’s hens are really getting up to, I’ve got all the facts and figures you need right here…

Girly Night Out (purveyors of some of the country’s ‘finest’ willy straws* and all kinds of other hilarious hen night accessories) teamed up with GoHen to trawl through 40,000 hen weekend bookings from the past 12 months, and they’ve summarised their findings in this awesome infographic.

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