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Roll up… roll up… (guess who’s just had an email from The Wedding Carnival?!) it’s wedding fair season. Every autumn and every new year the UK wedding industry ramps things up with hundreds of wedding fairs across the country.

Here’s where you can find one near you – or add one if you are organising a wedding fair or if you know of a great one you’d like to tell us about! I’ll go first… 🙂

Claire x

Wedding fairs around the UK: autumn 2012

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I’m putting my feet up to bring you another guest blog post for you today! Let’s face it: wedding bloggers don’t know everything and Sebastian is better placed to share this wedding venue advice than I am! If you’re a bride or groom struggling to find a wedding venue you can afford, this is for you:

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Photo credit Rebecca Douglas www.rebeccadouglas.co.uk (click to see Felicity and Simon’s Kent wedding on English Wedding Blog)

Claire has some great articles about finding a fantastic wedding venue, which is definitely worth a read, and can be found here. With that in mind, I thought it’d be great to cover something much more narrow.

One of the most specific concerns of engaged couples is, understandably, cost. Never fear! It’s a lot easier than most people think to have the wedding of their dreams without taking out a second mortgage. I’ve come up with a list of five helpful tips geared toward saving money without compromising class.

1. Always accept help

Many venues offer packages including things like entertainment, place cards, flower arrangements and labour.

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Hello! Welcome to one of the most romantic blog posts I’ve ever shared on English Wedding Blog. You’re about to cry, I promise – but in a lovely way – as you watch Derek and Sarah’s wedding film.

I was having a quick chat with Charlene from Love Gets Sweeter when she showed me this little gem – of all her recent weddings this is the most romantic and beautiful day. I had to share it with all of you lovely blog readers! Sarah is beautiful. Derek will win you over and together they’ll make you want to get married right NOW!

Sarah and Derek’s Highlights from Love Gets Sweeter on Vimeo.

Sarah has been so generous with her wedding report for the blog as well – from the proposal (and once again, Derek you Rock!) to the wedding day and this lovely couple’s wedding supplier recommendations – this is fantastic. Over to Sarah and Derek…

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The following clip isn’t safe for work, I should warn you! The latest wedding movie (and Brit flick) The Knot follows the chaotic love story of a bride (Talulah Riley) and groom (Matthew McNulty) as they try to make it to the altar on their wedding day.

Will you #GowiththeGirls or #RidewiththeGuys?

Watching the YouTube trailer which celebrates the release of The Knot won’t give the storyline away… it is intriguing though! Have a peek – and half way through, you get to choose which story to follow: will you click to go with the girls, or ride with the guys?


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MbdgXxLnN5A

This is a girls vs boys trailer to mark the theatrical release of The Knot, released in cinemas nationwide on the 5th October. It promises a fast-paced, funny movie about weddings, relationships and everything in between. Nice idea for entertaining hens and stags maybe?

What do you think of the trailer? And which did you click?!

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I can’t resist featuring this guest blog – take it too seriously and you’ll hate it but it will make you smile, and chuckle – and I’d love a comment from you at the end! The story goes that UK men have forgotten how to be gentlemen. Is it true? Will you be a true gentleman on your wedding day?! How long will it last?

Wedding photography by Tony Gameiro

Wedding photography by Tony Gameiro – click to see the full feature: a wedding in Kent

Here’s Mark with some shocking news:

UK Men Have Forgotten How To Act Like Gentlemen

UK men have forgotten how to be gentlemen, as studies show that overwhelming numbers of men do not abide by even the very basic standards of etiquette.

Unfortunately, in today’s society one only needs to get on a crowded train to witness the fact that there are very few true gentlemen remaining. Recent studies have shown that only 4% of men would be willing to give up their seat for a pregnant lady or elderly person.

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This week has been a creative and thoughtful one in English Wedding Blog land. This week’s best wedding blogs post is therefore full of creative ideas from the blogs I’ve been reading over the last few days. I’m preparing for a wedding fair (as my alter ego, the calligrapher!) and have been investigating the wedding ‘scene’ here in the Lake District. It’s an interesting place to be a wedding supplier… but more on that another time.

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Love vs. Design – gorgeous wedding and design ideas. Photo credit http://danielkiyoi.bigfolioblog.com

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  • The designers behind Love vs. Design share images of their own wedding. The stationery and details are fabulous… so are the skateboards and other creative touches 🙂
  • Sunflowers and cornflowers for a beautiful late summer wedding in Surrey – this is a beauty (and so is the bride, who doesn’t think she’s photogenic… are you kidding?! Gorgeous!)
  • A very unusual vintage wedding, in a barn in Somerset… with dinosaurs. Beautifully done, and such creative thinking – I like it!
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I’m feeling quite proud of English Wedding Blog this week. Today’s real wedding in Dorset is one reason for my pride – it’s such a lovely countryside wedding day, relaxed and happy and full of ideas.

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Andy and Polly were married at Bryanston School Church, Blandford Forum, Dorset. Their wedding reception was in a marquee on the lawn at Hanford School, Child Okeford, Dorset.

They chose Somerset wedding photographer Simon Biffen to photograph their day – and he documents their wedding beautifully. The pictures I have to show you today start with clay pigeon shooting and take us through the wedding ceremony, reception and on to twilight… it’s a beautiful English wedding and I do hope you enjoy the feature!

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Who proposed, and how?

Having met and worked together at The Banda School in Kenya for three years, Andy told Polly they were going on cricket tour to Tanzania for a few days.

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Hi again! Once again I’m happily handing over the reins of English Wedding Blog for the afternoon. This time it’s to Queens & Bowl to show off some of their gorgeous designer winter wedding accessories. Whether you’ll be wearing Jenny Packham or Charlotte Balbier, these gorgeously cosy ideas will show you how to accessorise your shoulders rather than cover up your dress! Enjoy today’s guest blog. xx

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Designer winter wedding accessories from Queens & Bowl

Queens & Bowl have a stunning range of designer winter wedding accessories inspired by vintage glamour. For brides looking to accessorise a designer wedding dress, a glamorous vintage-inspired cape, stole, jacket or shrug is perfect.

Keep warm with designer winter wedding accessories from Queens & Bowl

Every bride deserves beautiful winter wedding accessories. Many of you will be dreaming of a white wedding with snow, crystal clear skies and bright sunshine, though the hope will be that it’s just not raining! It’s around this time of year that brides who have planned a winter wedding will begin looking for the perfect designer accessories.

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Having told you everything you need to know about the perfect (in my opinion!) hen party at home, I imagine my groom-to-be readers will be feeling a bit left out. Never fear, because today I have stag do tips to even the balance a little! These are fabulous – with eloquent guest blogger Glen discussing James Bond, manly banter, and punting… how could you go wrong?

Boys: enjoy!

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English country wedding… photo credit Tino & Pip! (click to see more)

Five tips for organising a stupendous stag do

If you’re organising your stag do then chances are you want an epic, memorable event- a weekend with the excitement of The Great Escape, the adrenaline of a round with Mike Tyson and the sophistication of James Bond.

The normal stag do activities might not make the cut, but do not fear dear stag. There’s a whole range of absolutely stupendous, terrific and downright mind-blowing stag party options that’ll give your stagtastic night the edge, without you ending up semi-clad and tied to a lamp post (which stopped being side-splittingly hilarious some time ago.)

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Hello there, all you lovely brides, grooms and wedding suppliers! Today I am smiling from ear to ear – it’s because I’ve just spent half an hour flicking through these GORGEOUS Northamptonshire wedding photos.

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And today there are two cherries on our wedding-bloggy cake: because along with the lovely images, I’m about to share one of the best wedding reports I’ve ever published on English Wedding Blog.

Danielle – the beautiful (and I mean stunning!) bride – has written a full report of her Northamptonshire wedding to Mark. It’s heartwarming and full of good advice – including a heartfelt plea about having a wedding videographer, which is interesting and makes a lot of sense.

The photographs are by Northamptonshire wedding photographer Aaron Collett, who gets a fantastic review from the bride and groom, which is lovely to see! I’ll leave you to enjoy the story of their vintage-country cottage wedding day. You’ll need a big mug of tea AND a kit-kat for today’s wedding blog by the way… Enjoy!

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There are always hundreds of things happening at English Wedding Blog – one of the loveliest is that I have Deneemotion wedding films as my newest blog sponsor. Denis and Max have joined my select group of sponsors this autumn and I’m delighted to have them on the team.

Sisi & Damita | The Way You Are from Deneemotion Wedding Cinema on Vimeo.

Deneemotion’s approach to film­ing & edit­ing is cre­ative and free of cliches. Their approach is fresh and innovative, and their wedding films are sensitively and beautifully made. Denis and Max are based in Lon­don, but have filmed in Cal­i­for­nia, the Caribbean, Croa­tia, France, Cyprus, Ire­land and Scot­land so far. They’re hot property, having featured on many of the top wedding blogs around the world!

See some of my favourite wedding films by Deneemotion on my favourite wedding blogs:

Deneemotion website: www.deneemotion.com

Five more fabulous wedding films from Deneemotion on English Wedding Blog: english-wedding.com/deneemotion-contemporary-wedding-films

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Here’s an elegant and classical wedding blog for those of you who don’t want a ‘theme’. Haylee and Michael kept their Ansty Hall wedding simple with the beauty of the day coming from the occasion itself.

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With ivory roses and little birdcage details to decorate tables, the result is a relaxed and unfussy wedding celebration. I think it’s richer for having no ‘fluff’ to detract from the romance and sincerity of getting married.

The images are by Derby wedding photographer Chris Seddon, and Haylee and Michael have been kind enough to share their best wedding moments with us as well. I think this is a wedding to browse slowly with a lovely cuppa… it’s beautiful. Enjoy. Claire x

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A classical, elegant and beautiful Ansty Hall wedding

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Who proposed, and how?

Michael proposed by setting up a treasure hunt. He placed clues which led Haylee to all her friends and family till eventually it led her back home where Michael had cooked her favourite meal and lit the place with candles… He proposed over pudding 🙂

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