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Another Friday afternoon, another mini-escape from the pressures of the day job for anyone who’s twiddling a pen, gazing into space or watching the clock in the corner. (Do offices still have clocks in the corner? It’s been so long… does everyone just use the clock in the corner of their screen now?) Anyways…

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Wedding photography credit: www.petebarnesphotography.co.uk (click photo for wedding)

This is a guest post from a groom-to-be – Alex shares his personal advice about choosing your wedding party – and the pitfalls to avoid!

For most people, their wedding is one of the (if not the) most important day of their lives, and in most instances, even if you try to keep it a small affair there will be a number of different people involved, with their own roles to play and their own opinions to contribute (often regardless of whether you want them to).

Part of the job of organizing a wedding is selecting the wedding party – bridesmaids, best man, page boys etc… But anyone who has done it will well know that family politics at weddings can be a nightmare.

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Wedding photo credit: www.yvettecraigphotography.co.uk (click photo to see the wedding)

Budget / Attendants

Before we get started with choosing the wedding party, it is worth considering what the budget is and how big the wedding will be. Having 7 bridesmaids might be fine if you have 150 guests, but if your wedding is going to be a small affair you should probably limit yourself more.

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Lauren and Pat’s Wedding Highlights from Love Gets Sweeter on Vimeo.

A little something special for today – 3:44 minutes of romance with Lauren* and Pat’s lovely wedding feature film from Love Gets Sweeter. I love blogging wedding films like this – it’s wonderful to sit back, turn my speakers up, grab a biscuit (just to hold) and smile, giggle and cry a bit along with the movie!

Highlights of this wedding film for me (and for you to watch out for):

  • Hubert the dog is so cuddleable
  • the boys cycling their way around London (a bit wibbly)
  • Lauren’s fabulous dress by Enzoani is amazing on her! Properly elaborate and beautiful – and on such a gorgeous bride it looks incredible. Watch for the swishing through the park…
  • Pat’s nerves during the ceremony – he’s so lovely and adorably overwhelmed by the wedding
  • * briefly known as Louise as Pat said her middle name first by accident, or so I understand from the Love Gets Sweeter blog post!
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If you’ve started planning your hen party then you’re probably thinking first about who to invite. This is a very important part of your hen party, and it has the ability to make or break your hen party. Who you bring on your hen party can make it cool and fun – or it can make it lame and totally pathetic. Now we know we’ve got your full attention! Here’s our advice, on who to bring and who to leave off the invite list to your hen party:

Must Bring: The Best Friend. We probably don’t have to tell you to invite your best friend – but we thought we’d start with the fun stuff first. Inviting your best friend – and inviting her first is so important. Your best friend knows you so well that inviting her nearly guarantees you’ll have a great time. She knows what kind of discos you like, your favorite cocktail, your favorite fun activities and how to keep all of your deepest, darkest secrets!

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One thing: I absolutely can’t possibly let this one get away without making an inspiration board, I thought. Nicola and Chris created a wedding that was true to their personalities, full of creativity and character.

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Nicola and Chris: vintage wedding inspiration board. Photo credits Andy Hook

I’ve blogged their vintage wedding in Derbyshire over the last two days. I didn’t want the blog features to end! So I’ve even kept some of Nicola’s wedding report back for you today.

“In the table setting, each person had one of the 130 vintage cup and saucers that I had been collecting over the last year from car boot sales, flea markets and a good proportion from a little man on Portobello rd market!

I then dotted around the old jars and bottles, containing plain bunches of sweet peas and babysbreath.

The central flower decoration on each table was in a vintage jug and was made up of ‘meadow type’ flowers. Place settings were made up of bunches of dried lavender with luggage tags with names on.

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I’m way over the top excited about this little blog post. Fabulous bridal designer Charlotte Balbier has announced her engagement to the love of her life Teddy Bedford. Having lived a real life ‘Sliding Doors’, growing up around the corner from each other, Charlotte and Teddy are now going to be busy making plans – quite possibly for a gorgeous winter wedding day.

It’s always big news when someone so popular in the wedding industry gets engaged… there’s a real buzz around Charlotte and Teddy’s engagement and we can’t wait to find out more about their plans over the next few months. This is far more exciting for me than any celeb weddings that might have happened in 2011!

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Charlotte Balbier engagement blog (17)

Charlotte Balbier is at the forefront of UK bridal design, with her latest ‘Candy Kisses’ collection a dream of vintage inspired French lace, rose pinks and contemporary styles, slinky red carpet glamour and timeless elegance. I love Charlotte’s designs to bits – and I’m delighted that Charlotte has shared a little exclusive proposal story with English Wedding blog!

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Did you love Nicola and Chris’s wedding on the blog yesterday? I bet you did… although did I perhaps made you a bit angry when I left you partway through, with our gorgeous bride and groom on the way to their wedding reception?! Hee!

It’s ok – they’re back on English Wedding blog this morning with more fabulous pics from wedding photographer Andy Hook, and Nicola’s words are going to make you all tingly – quite possibly to bring a little tear to your eye too.

Enjoy.

Claire xx

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Following the service, we did some pictures outside and on a nearby bridge, then headed towards home. We went for some pictures on the way with Andy the photographer, then arrived back to the guests in my dads open top classic car, which I sat up on the back of with a glass of bubbles in hand as we drove in! The party was in full swing, the bubbles and pimms were flowing and people were loving the games!

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I did a secret little smile when this wedding came in – while it’s become trendy to talk about the end of vintage as a mass market phenomenon, for some couples the whole vintage theme fits like a glove – and Nicola and Chris do vintage their way, very very beautifully indeed.

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Yorkshire wedding photographer Andy Hook submitted the pictures for English Wedding blog – thanks Andy! – and Nicola wrote a wedding report for me to share with you all. It’s one of the best wedding reports I’ve seen – let alone been able to feature on my blog!

Without further ado (as they said, I believe, in ye olde vintage eras…) here’s Nicola and Chris’s gorgeously creative…

vintage themed wedding in Derbyshire – part one

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wedding blog images by Andy Hook (25)

Chris and I are very influenced by vintage 1930’s – 40’s style, in the furniture we buy, the clothes we wear and even in the new business that we are setting up (a prohibition style jazz bar in Chelsea). We really wanted to reflect this style in our day.

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Star Bride Sally gets married! on English Wedding Blog

Star Bride Sally gets married! on English Wedding Blog

Hi again ladies and gents – nearly the end of the week and time to down pens, up feet and slurp a cuppa while I bring you another great blog post full of wedding blog updates I love most from the week just gone. By the time you finish reading these, you can get your coat and grab your car keys / bus ticket / overdue-Friday-afternoon-glass-of-wine-in-the-bar-over-the-road.

Enjoy x

wedding photography by Martin Beddall

wedding photography by Martin Beddall

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Anna and Richard. Photo credit Louise Bjorling

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I love sharing something a bit different. So when I saw Vicky and Neil’s wedding photographs, submitted by lovely wedding photographer Jo Hastings, it was a definite yes from English Wedding blog! Mmmm… firemen.

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Vicky is a gorgeous bride with a fabulous figure – watch out for the full length images of her in her wedding dress which are really lovely. The highlight of this wedding, for me, is the team of firemen: Neil and his colleagues who turned out in full uniform with shiny silver hats and ceremonial axes. I love it!

I was delighted to read Vicky’s recommendation for a friend of mine too: Julie Dawson from The Wedding Genie was her wedding planner, and “did all the ground work and took all the stress away”. Vicky’s written a wedding report to go along with the pics so I’ll leave you to enjoy the feature.

Real wedding at Walton Hall (with firemen!)

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wedding blog photo credit Clare West (29)

Today’s wedding on the blog is very much a story, told through beautiful pictures and with a wonderful focus on the wedding guests, and on fleeting moments in time.

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Emma and Justin were married on the edge of a Scottish Loch – Loch Awe, near Oban. Their wedding day incorporated little touches of true individuality: a bit of Bob Marley in church; African fabric for the guys’ waistcoats alongside kilts and a Cèilidh for the evening reception.

I have a wedding report here from Emma, which I love – and with great wedding photography by Clare West, there’s really not much I can add except, enjoy the blog feature and do leave a comment for the bride and groom if you can!

Claire xxx

wedding blog photo credit Clare West (27)

Justin got his morning suit from a second hand tailor in Fulham called Old Hat. We also had made by a good friend of mine waistcoats from African print. Justin and his 2 bestmen had a certain print and then the ushers had the same but in a different colour.

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Hands up anybody in wedding-land who hasn’t heard about last week’s article on The Huffington Post about the end of the vintage wedding trend? Yeah, I knew there wouldn’t be any hands up. So – what does it mean for the wedding industry? Not much. Trends come and go. But there is one thing…

Does the end of vintage really matter?

It does mean something for a new wave of wedding photographers – and indeed other wedding suppliers – who’ve built a successful business on the back of a very specific trend. It could mean a great opportunity for growth, or it could mean panic. There are photographers who’ve developed a very niche style with cutesy Photoshop filters, quirky trademark shots and vintage styling. While that’s fine as just one option in a quality portfolio, it’s not so good if it’s all that distinguishes someone’s work from the crowd.

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