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saving money for your weddingI get a lot of emails with suggested features for my blog. Some are OK, some are great. This little feature is a quick read, but stood out from the crowd because the advice here is so good. Simple, easy – and really sound advice about money. Although as a wedding calligrapher I’m not sure about a paper-free wedding!

Wedding Planning Tips – save money on your big day

1. Reuse floral pieces: Using flowers for your ceremony decorations? Think about designs that will easily translate from ceremony to reception to cut back on floral costs. Many pieces that you have for the ceremony can easily be used into the reception décor, such as your bridesmaids’ bouquets and aisle flowers.

2. Try DIY: The possibilities for DIY projects for your wedding are endless. From invitations, to programs, to iPod playlists, think about what you can do yourselves before you shell out dough. If you’re not as crafty, enlist the help of a few family members or bridesmaids to help with you get the projects done well ahead of the big day!

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I can’t tell you how much I’d love to be sat here with my laptop, wearing a few choice pieces of beautiful designer bridal jewellery as I type. Sometimes a wedding blog post feels like an occasion, and this is another one of those where I’d rather be dressed up before I start typing.

Still – it’s not about me. I write English Wedding Blog for all of you lovely people, and not just because I love it! Today’s blog post is all about wedding jewellery inspiration and comes from the lovely Trudie Arnold – designer at Tiaras by Trudie Arnold.

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Trudie submitted this recent photo shoot which involved her bridal tiara and jewellery designs as well as an amazing vintage car from the Classic and Vintage Car company, 1930s Hollywood inspired hair and make up by Vivienne Moore, and a beautiful ivory lace wedding dress provided by Cloud 9 Bridal Wear in Surrey. Photographer Dean Whiting captured all the images.

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Some people like gritty realism and enjoy that whole ‘fly on the wall’ thing. But not me.  Far from it. My world came pre-loaded with a rose-tint filter and I eschew anything that threatens to shatter my lovely illusions.  Nevertheless, when things aren’t going quite to plan, it’s sometimes reassuring to know that you’re not alone. So, if you’re struggling prevent your usually sunny self from morphing into Bridezilla and are feeling bad about wanting to tear your hair out during what everyone says is the most exciting time of your life, take heart! You’re not alone.  Mrs Moore-to-be may not know you, but she’s with you in spirit.

A few months ago A Warwickshire Wedding was shaping up so nicely and everything seemed to be on track. We’d got heaps of time and were way ahead of schedule. Back then, I could almost have been described as feeling relaxed about it all.  Now, as the three month countdown clock is about to start ticking, ‘relaxed’ isn’t a word which springs to mind when describing the state of my emotions.  ‘On edge’, frustrated and permanently hassled might be more accurate.

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Snow White wedding inspiration via Calligraphy by Jennifer. Photo credit Corina Van Sluytman

Happy Friday afternoon, everyone! We had a little break from wedding planning or work last week (as my head is all over the place with my house move!) so I assume you worked through the afternoon without a break last week. Which means, I think, that your boss should let you have the rest of the afternoon off. I wouldn’t even bother checking… just drop your pen, and enjoy some of these gorgeous real weddings, and wedding blog posts from the last week or two!

A beautiful ranch wedding blog via Style Me Pretty

A beautiful ranch wedding blog via Style Me Pretty by Hazelnut Photography

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top UK wedding photography blog Chris Hanley (25)Today’s real wedding blog is a true feast for your eyes and heart: with exquisite photography from one of England’s top wedding photographers, and so many romantic moments – Rick and Karen are head over heels in love and it shows. They married at Rookery Hall in June and chose my friend Chris Hanley Photography to capture their day. The images are simply out of this world – Chris is a master photographer whose images are used by Queensberry to sell the most luxurious wedding albums money can buy.

There’s more! Karen is a designer, and the wedding stationery is all her own work. The typography is gorgeous; the art deco feel of her designs is elegant and fashionable, and I love a wedding where lettering and type are a key feature of the decor and styling.

Karen and Rick take centre stage as today’s bride and groom, with Karen looking stunning in her bespoke David Fielden wedding dress and Rick so very handsome in his military uniform. You will love these two – with an outstanding collection of wedding photographs and a fantastic wedding report to enjoy – this is one of the very best. Enjoy!

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There’s something special about quiet London streets; flags left hanging proudly after all the excitement of the jubilee, when the crowds have dispersed. I prefer a little peace and quiet, don’t you? Sarah and Rich made the most of their surroundings on this romantic engagement shoot with Eddette from Purple Apple Studios.

I haven’t featured any engagement shoots on English Wedding Blog recently, but I think that’s about to change. I couldn’t resist this one: it’s about as ‘English Wedding’ as it gets! Sarah even works at Buckingham Palace!
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I’m always on the lookout for new weddings, engagement photography and inspiration shoots to feature on English Wedding Blog. If you’re a wedding photographer based in England or the UK I’d love to hear from you. Click on Submit in the top menu for more information or email me: info@english-wedding.com with a link to your blog post.

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I do love a loaded question! Opinions abound on creative shoots – wedding industry friends and peers getting together to have a day out, a picnic, and a bit of a laugh. Is that all it’s about? Of course not!

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The Future of Vintage! Click to see more. Photo Credit Jonny Draper Photography

Do you, as a bride or groom-to-be, think creative shoots are useful, give ideas, entertain or provide good eye candy?

Or do you look at inspiration shoots on wedding blogs and in magazines and wonder why wedding photographers, dress designers, florists, cake designers, stationers and jewellers seem to spend all their time on creative shoots?

Outdoor wedding inspiration shoot on English Wedding Blog

Outdoor wedding inspiration shoot on English Wedding Blog. Photo credit Mark Tierney

My thoughts on bridal inspiration shoots

I’ve heard lots of opinions on the subject of creative shoots. Engaged couples and industry insiders alike differ in their views. Some think creative shoots are a waste of time while others love the creativity they promote and explore.

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Here’s an interesting question and one which I can’t answer on my own – so I need your help, lovely couples and wedding suppliers alike. There are two perceptions of wedding supplier discounts, and I’m no longer sure which side of the fence I’m on here!

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Original photo credit: Tony Gameiro. Click to see the full wedding feature

So – as a bride or groom-to-be, or as a wedding supplier: what do you think of discounts?

Are discounts great, a way to save on quality wedding goodies?

There’s no getting away from how hideously expensive weddings can be. For couples choosing to have all the bells and whistles to help celebrate their marriage, budgets can easily grow and get out of control. All too often a wedding budget which starts at £8,000 can leap to £12,000 by the time your big day comes around.

If you’re on a tight wedding budget, and a top supplier who is just out of your price range offers a great discount, then you’re in luck. Discounts like this are a way to get wedding accessories and treats you couldn’t otherwise afford.

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Achieving the opulence of a rich gothic style for your wedding is a challenge; it’s a look which I’d have thought would need an extravagant wedding budget – gothic being indulgent, artistic and lush.
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The great thing about English wedding venues is their history; finding a venue with a gothic style, ornate picture frames and decorative features means you’re already halfway there. And with a few special touches from creative wedding suppliers, you can create a gothic theme for your wedding without breaking the bank!

Laura from Perfect Choice Planning submitted this moody gothic wedding inspiration shoot for English Wedding Blog – along with words to introduce you to some fabulous wedding suppliers (several already great friends of the blog!) so I’ll hand over the reins to her now. Enjoy – and I hope this gives you some ideas for your own gothic inspired wedding!

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Have you heard of Fearless Bridal? It’s an intriguing name for a really cool idea – all about wearing your wedding dress again but in a setting and scenario which contrasts with your wedding day.

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Fearless Bridal with London wedding photographer Yolande De Vries

Fearless Bridal means you get to have a great time doing whatever the hell you like in your wedding dress – but definitely not drinking champagne and eating canapes on a perfectly maintained lawn!

London wedding photographer Yolande De Vries describes Fearless Bridal as “one of my secret guilty pleasures… it is the perfect opportunity for a bride to wear her wedding dress again and have a fun and individual photography session in a location and setting that contrasts her wedding day.
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Why choose Fearless Bridal?

The star of this particular Fearless Bridal shoot is wedding photographer Anneli Marinovich, who says “I always knew I wanted to wear my wedding dress again after our wedding day, so when Yolande (dear friend and fabulous photographer) suggested a Fearless Bridal Shoot late last year I instantly knew that it would be very different from the setting we had for our very pretty seaside wedding in Cape Town.

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You are all making my heart melt this month with your proposal stories – truly, every real wedding blog submission is bringing me close to happy tears! Hannah and Dave’s wedding report begins with their own proposal story – and all I’ll say is: imagine how Hannah felt as that particular day unfolded. It’s wonderful!

Their wedding is another very special day full of love for family and friends, with a relaxed and deliriously happy feel to it – the wedding photographs from Taylor Barnes Photography (based in Bristol) really capture the emotions of the day (and some gorgeous details too!) – while Hannah and Dave’s wedding report captures the excitement and is guaranteed to bring a big soppy smile to your face! (I’m doing mine now!)

You’ll love this real wedding blog – with the most stunning bride in Maggie Sottero ‘Tracey’ and her adoring (and handsome!) groom who just doesn’t stop smiling all day – it’s an amazing day and I’m so glad to be sharing this wedding with you today.

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A quick, simple and very beautiful wedding blog post for you this morning everyone – Aaron from Reel Weddings emailed me with a little compliment about my calligraphy and this little message “thought I’d send you this little email to see if you wished to pop this film on your blog. It’s a little bit vintage and 60s inspired with a chilled and relaxed day with lots of shots of the sun. We like the sun. We miss it.”

I miss it too. But it’s lovely to remember what it was like! More to the point this is the most delightful little wedding film from one of my favourite venues. The story of the ‘other lovely dinosaur’ sets a lighthearted and romantic tone, and everything about Caroline and Warren’s wedding appeals to me – I’m still smiling to myself, ten minutes after watching their wedding film.

Wedding Highlights | Caroline & Warren from Reel Weddings on Vimeo.

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