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Happy Valentine’s Day everyone! (Yes, as a wedding blogger I can officially say that to everyone I know and I don’t think I’ll be in trouble – I love you all.) I’ve jumped very firmly from “I don’t do Valentines” into embracing the occasion with everything I’ve got, and can’t wait for a lovely romantic afternoon and evening. (But you’re not invited… 😉

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A lovely love story – click the image to read about Donna and Paul’s wedding

 

Happy Valentine’s Day!

So what are your plans? Are you going out? Staying in? Celebrating your last Valentine’s Day before you get married? Or maybe you’re a first-time wedding blog visitor (because he proposed over breakfast – in which case congratulations!) – I hope you have the loveliest Valentine’s Day no matter what you’re doing.

There are always newspaper features and stories with a bit of an anti-Valentines focus on the 14th of February – fair enough: it’s not the best day if you’re single. I also understand the argument that it’s an excuse for Hallmark and the likes of Clintons to sell cards. Bah humbug…

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Happy Valentine’s Day everyone! (Yes, as a wedding blogger I can officially say that to everyone I know and I don’t think I’ll be in trouble – I love you all.) I’ve jumped very firmly from “I don’t do Valentines” into embracing the occasion with everything I’ve got, and can’t wait for a lovely romantic afternoon and evening. (But you’re not invited… 😉

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A lovely love story – click the image to read about Donna and Paul’s wedding

 

Happy Valentine’s Day!

So what are your plans? Are you going out? Staying in? Celebrating your last Valentine’s Day before you get married? Or maybe you’re a first-time wedding blog visitor (because he proposed over breakfast – in which case congratulations!) – I hope you have the loveliest Valentine’s Day no matter what you’re doing.

There are always newspaper features and stories with a bit of an anti-Valentines focus on the 14th of February – fair enough: it’s not the best day if you’re single. I also understand the argument that it’s an excuse for Hallmark and the likes of Clintons to sell cards. Bah humbug…

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Hello there! It’s ideas time – and a little explanation about the options for seating your wedding guests on the blog today. Will you choose place cards, escort cards or a seating plan – or should you have all three! The answer is no – and today’s guest blogger Jessica is here to explain all. Enjoy! Claire xxx

There are so many choices out there for how to seat guests on your wedding day. Some brides are lost as to what escort cards are, or at least a little confused about the difference between them and place cards. Aren’t they both there to help your guests find their seats? Yes! But they are, in fact, two completely different things. Simply put, escort cards guide your guests to their designated table, while place cards help guests find their assigned seat or should we say “place”?!! But then there are seating charts too…

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Wedding escort cards ideas – Photo credits: (From the top, left to right) Kolen Photography | design copyright Tantawan Bloom, Inc., 2012, Arnold Brower Photography | Kate Headley Photography

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Hello everyone, I hope you’re having a lovely week so far. Today I want to introduce the lovely London wedding photographer Louise Bjorling to you. Louise is the latest wedding photographer to join English Wedding Blog and I’m delighted to welcome her as a new blog sponsor.

London wedding photographer Louise Bjorling

London wedding photographer Louise Bjorling

Contemporary images by London wedding photographer Louise Bjorling

I love Louise’s approach to wedding photography. When I asked about her wedding photography style and why she loves her job Louise told me she pho­tographs wed­dings for the love of cap­tur­ing peo­ple. She finds excite­ment in look­ing for moments, think­ing cre­atively and telling your story. I think that’s such a lovely attitude – and it certainly shows in the wonderful images on Louise’s wedding photography website as well as on her blog.

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Wedding photography in London by Louise Bjorling

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Hello again! This afternoon we’re talking wedding invitations – and I’m sharing a little luxury with you. Incidentally, I was chatting to a reporter from a regional magazine yesterday, who asked for my thoughts on luxury stationery and the rising cost of weddings. My reply to this question is always the same: couples should prioritise, cutting out less important things (cakes, for example) and spending on quality services which are important to you. If you’re a paper lover like me, bespoke wedding invitations are a beautiful wedding essential! Here’s my lovely friend and blog sponsor Wendy Bell to tell you more! Claire xxx

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Photo credit: WBD Designer Wedding Stationery

New! Bespoke wedding invitations by WBD Designer Wedding Stationery

Designed and printed in London, UK, these gorgeous invitations are perfect for the romantic in any bride or groom!

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Photo credit: WBD Designer Wedding Stationery

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There’s music in the air at English Wedding Blog today – both here at HQ (I’m listening to the incredible Dan Donnelly while I type) and on your very own screens. Today’s guest article is from the lovely Rich at Alive Network – one of the UK’s experts in wedding entertainment. Rich is about to share his top tips for wedding music: time to find out which are the best bands and music styles to make your evening reception a resounding success!

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The most popular wedding entertainment – by Alive Network

When you’re looking for that perfect entertainment for your wedding reception, nothing beats the excitement, energy and sheer fun of a live wedding band. But what type of wedding bands should you choose?

For wedding entertainment that gets everyone of all ages up and dancing, choose a four-piece rock and pop function band. If you choose a wedding band from Alive Network that offers a great range of music, whatever they play, at least some of your guests will know it!wedding band UK Alive Network entertainment (2)

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Quite understandably, a top concern for English weddings is the weather. Even in the summer months a shower is likely, and I suspect most couples have an eagle eye on the long range weather forecast in the month before their wedding day. I’ve heard showers referred to by one Lake District wedding photographer as ‘liquid sunshine’ – and I guess positivity is one approach to the prospect of rain on a wedding day!

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The other, which you may not have heard of before today, is to hang a teru teru bozu doll outside your window on the wedding day. They’re known as weather dolls and you can either make one, like Haruna’s mum did, or buy them on Etsy.com! So on Paul and Haruna’s wedding day, this little guy made the rain go away and they had a beautiful English wedding at Yaxley Hall.

I must say thank you to wedding photographer Jessica Roberts for submitting such a quintessentially English wedding for the blog today. I do hope you love it! My congratulations to the gorgeous couple Haruna and Paul, and thank you so much for sharing the details of your day with us all.

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Hello everyone! I hope the weather is treating you kindly… for a moment there I thought February was going to be spring-like – but no. It’s freezing here! My crafting fingers are safely tucked away in fingerless gloves so it’s lucky I have Katie from Artyard Handmade to bring you a bit of genius wedding DIY on the blog today – and I know you’ll love her guest post. Glue and scissors at the ready everyone (or bookmark the page for later!) Enjoy. Claire xxx

wedding place card craft ideas by Artyard

Wedding place card craft ideas by Artyard

Wedding place cards with a handmade touch

Anything handmade takes time. That’s part of the charm. When it comes time to do the place cards for your reception, using plain place cards is an easy way to set the table but if you’re after something special with a handmade touch get your girlfriends together for an evening of crafting. You’ll need scissors, glue and some pretty papers to match your theme or even just pages from old books. Here are a few ideas to get you started.

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This time it’s your fault… I’m sharing another funny article from Socked.co.uk today! You all enjoyed last Sunday’s blog post about men’s brains being wired differently (explaining why they allegedly forget Valentine’s Day and other important dates). Today is all about Prince Harry masks and hats. I have a feeling you’ll be giggling along with me again. Enjoy!

Survey reveals bizarre clothes worn during lovemaking

Gentlemen around Britain have opened up about what they wear during sex in a survey carried out on behalf of sock subscription service socked.co.uk.

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It’ll all become clear if you keep reading!

While many said they wore nothing at all, others admitted they like the comfort of going to bed with their socks on, an act which has provoked female outrage since time immemorial.

Others admitted to wearing a football shirt, fancy dress, underwear (their own or their partner’s), and in one case, a Prince Harry face mask.

“We’re not surprised,” said Mark Hall, Gentleman Creation Officer at Socked.co.uk, “people just don’t seem to understand the powerful attraction and – let’s face it – the essential comfort of the humble sock.”

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Hello again! Regular readers: an apology. I’m not good with time. I’ve realised that I always introduce these “best wedding blogs” features with a little disclaimer that I’ve no idea how long it’s been since the last one. Scheduling some of my blog posts a week or more in advance leaves me a little fluffed-up in the brain department, you see.

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See more of Christine and Alex’s wedding in Greece – click the image! Photo credit Benjamin Toms www.benjamintomsphotography.co.uk

I do see a lot of lovely fluff in my line of work… perhaps it’s the tulle and paper poms which have sent my brain all wonky. Anyways – this is the last time I’ll apologise. Once again though, I’ll redeem myself by sharing the very best of wedding blogs from the last week-ish. Enjoy!

Claire xxx

Real weddings – to inspire and delight (and maybe make you think!)

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Morning! It’s actually really lovely to be sharing Sassi Holford’s wedding dress collection ‘So Sassi‘ with you today. Let’s start with my favourite…

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The So Sassi designs are gorgeous in a very cute, contemporary and graceful way – but there’s way more to this favourite UK bridal designer than that. Let me put it another way: there are a few key messages I’d love to share with every reader of English Wedding Blog:

  1. Choose your ‘fluff’ carefully
  2. Buy handmade, quality and British made, from local suppliers if possible
  3. Focus on marriage: don’t let wedding stress get you down

They all tie in with each other, but the overall message is to buy quality items for your wedding and to choose them carefully. Cue the So Sassi 2013 bridal collection… which has every box ticked.

So Sassi wedding dresses by Sassi Holford

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How many of you have been to Spain? It’s somewhere I’d love to go: for the laid back pace of life, the beautiful countryside and incredible food. I have this ‘thing’ where I’d have to speak a fair bit of Spanish first – it comes from living abroad as a student. But what an amazing country to visit – and how wonderful to have a destination wedding somewhere with such a rich history and culture.

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Emily and Gavin were legally married at a registry office in the UK before heading for Spain with friends and family to celebrate in the summer sunshine. Their wedding ceremony was in the evening, with celebrations continuing into the early hours.

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Emily’s words of wisdom are beautifully said: “Brides – stop worrying about silly little things, they end up not being very important when you’re there experiencing your special moment!

Read the full wedding story about halfway down this blog post, and enjoy the images by the very lovely Berkshire wedding photographer Alexis Jaworski. Claire xxx

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