Today is for any English Wedding Blog readers who haven’t considered an ordinary village hall as a reception venue. I love the idea of a wedding celebration somewhere like this – yes, it takes hours of work. But Gemma and John’s wedding will show you the transformation is more than possible…

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Gemma and John were married earlier this year in Kent. They had a church ceremony and with the help of Gemma’s mum, transformed a village hall into a fairytale wedding venue for a princess bride!

Think pink pom-poms, fairy lights, handmade table decorations, wishing trees… it’s gorgeous. No apologies for this fabulously pink, beautiful dream of an English Wedding. The photography is by lovely James Heffernan at funkypixel; the wedding report is by the beautiful bride Gemma.

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Gemma and John’s English wedding in Kent

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The bride and groom: Gemma and John Meades

Who proposed, and how? John proposed on a family holiday in Menorca 2011, on stage in front of a room full of people! He got down on one knee and pulled out a beautiful ring and of course I said yes!


Hope you’re having a lovely day everyone! I thought I’d brighten all of our days with this fantastic Notley Abbey wedding film by the lovely Deneemotion. Beautiful bride Sarah has also shared her wedding story with you below. Smiles all round 🙂

Sarah & Conor | A Princess’ Tale from Deneemotion HD Videography on Vimeo.

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The bride and groom: Sarah-Jane Hancock (now Murphy) and Conor Murphy

Who proposed, and how? On our two year anniversary Conor took me to Italy. He hired a boat and proposed whilst having a picnic in the middle lake Garda. It was the most amazing setting for the most perfect question

About Sarah & Conor’s Notley Abbey wedding

Wedding venue: Notley Abbey, Buckinghamshire

Wedding film by: Deneemotion boutique wedding cinematography

Wedding photographer: Jeff Ascough

How would you describe your wedding style?

Elegant, Classic, and Beautiful


Hello lovely blog readers – I hope you’re having lovely days, doing lovely things (or at least not working too hard 😉 If you’d like a little distraction for a moment or two, then I have a question about UK wedding fayres you could really help me with.

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Bouquet by Red Floral – famous for stunning, contemporary wedding show displays. Photo credit Damian Hall. Click the image to see more from their Alternative Britannia wedding shoot!

Wedding fayres – love ’em or hate ’em, they are as vital as wedding magazines to the UK wedding industry. A great place to meet essential wedding suppliers in person, and a source of inspiration to couples everywhere.

Our UK wedding fayres need a good shake-up, don’t they?

There are bad wedding fayres out there. (Often the ones who spell ‘fayre’ with a y. As lovely bride Tanya once told me, it’s not even a real old-fashioned word. I’m using it in a slightly ironic way)


Every English wedding should have character, and plenty of it. It doesn’t matter where that character comes from: from yourselves, from the venue you loved at first sight, from the wedding dress you adore or from the speeches or band. Your wedding should fit your personalities. It should be an occasion you will both remember fondly in years to come.

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Cat and Tom’s wedding shows you don’t need to make your own bunting to have a beautiful and personal wedding day which is filled with character. Their Yorkshire wedding is elegant and classically simple, with beauty to be found in Cat’s dress and wedding style (they really are a gorgeous-looking couple!), and in the magnificent wedding venue.

Cat and Tom were married at Yorkshire’s Castle Howard, in The Temple of the Four Winds. It’s stunning. This is how memories are made – and with gorgeous wedding photography by Mark Tierney along with Cat’s wedding report, I’m sure you’ll enjoy taking inspiration from their English wedding blog!

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Hello! I’m so proud: English Wedding Blog now has every wedding idea you could possibly ever need. Today I’m introducing beautiful bridal shrugs by Wrapor to the Showcase pages. The Showcase has a growing community of inspiring wedding suppliers, with updates and information from some of the UK’s very best designers.

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Bridal shrug made in the UK by Wrapor

Introducing the fabulous Wrapor bridal shrugs

A perfect addition to my select group of top quality sponsors, today I’d like you to welcome the lovely Kay from Wrapor as the latest sponsor of English Wedding Blog. Because Kay is a genius and her bridal shrugs and boleros are a revelation!

Wrapor bridal shrugs and boleros, made in the UK

Do you have your shoulders covered? If you’re conscious of your arms then look no further: Wrapor are the perfect solution for your wedding day. Wrapor design unique boleros and shrugs for brides. Their ingenious designs are made to match or compliment your wedding gown. They offer a little cover without hiding detail on your dress.


I love sharing good news! Today it’s a quickie, to let you know we have a winner for English Wedding Blog’s Paper Themes competition. A few weeks ago I launched a competition with the guys at Paper Themes, to win £150 of wedding invitations from their collection.

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Congratulations to Alex from Bristol!

The lucky winner was Alex from Bristol. Alex’s wedding theme is white, silver and black, and I have it on very good authority from the competition organisers that she’s chuffed to bits to have won!

Thanks to everyone who entered the competition. I hope you find gorgeous wedding invitations, whether from Paper Themes or elsewhere. Have another look at the collection from Paper Themes or see wedding invitations from English Wedding Blog sponsors here:

And if you’re a wedding supplier with a competition up your sleeves, give me a shout! I love it when people win things on English Wedding – makes us all happy 🙂


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Morning! I have to confess, this is how I often spend my Sundays: either finishing off calligraphy for a wedding, writing address labels or photographing and packing orders ready to catch the post on Monday. Even before I start working on English Wedding Blog!

Today I have added a little research to my list of jobs, and thought it might help some wedding suppliers out there who are – like me – looking for fresh and innovative ways to photograph wedding products.


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I’ve spent an hour or so wandering around the internet looking for gorgeous and inspiring wedding product photography. I have 36 menus to photograph today, and I wanted to see what backdrops people are using; whether it’s still popular to include flowers to brighten up an image, if people are still propping things up with vintage teacups etc… and to get some at-a-glance wedding product photography tips.


I keep reading the phrase “wedding vendors” on British wedding websites. It makes my eyes itch. It’s a word which isn’t commonly used in English over here; we’re used to talking about wedding suppliers and wedding businesses instead. And anyway: it sounds funny.

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Photo credit: Lucy West Images. This was a fabulous wedding – click the picture to see David and Rachel’s amazing wedding celebrations on the blog!

I don’t consider myself a wedding vendor. It makes me think of vending machines on station platforms. Pop 50p in my ear and poke me, and a wedding place card will pop out of my mouth… no! I don’t “vend” my products – I write, design and sell them. Buying calligraphy isn’t as soulless as buying a Mars Bar or a can of Coke.

OK, so I’m not setting out to offend anybody here. I love wedding blogs as much as I love the English language. And therein lies my dilemma…


Charlotte Garratt – owner and designer at Charlotte Bridal – sent me this guest blog post about copyright in wedding design and I knew it had to be on English Wedding Blog. Have you ever asked a wedding supplier, “I’ve seen this on another website: can you do one similar?” It’s not a good idea. Charlotte explains why – and she does it thoughtfully and eloquently.

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Hello lovely readers! Recently I’ve been getting a lot of requests along the lines of “I’ve found my dream dress but it’s way out of my budget…could you make me one similar?”. I understand that weddings are really (sometimes stupidly) expensive and every couple should look at ways they can make savings, but I have to tell you this is not the way to do it. There are a number of reasons why.


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I wrote a discussion post on English Wedding Blog recently about wedding inspiration shoots: the ones I love are either creative and challenging, or offer real ideas which couples can actually use in planning their wedding. Of course – they should look damn good too. So here’s one I think you might find really inspiring – all centred around a vintage feather fan… gorgeous. Thanks to the lovely Fabienne from Elian Concept Weddings for sharing!

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Vintage bridal inspiration shoot: feathers and pearls

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An inspirational wedding idea: vintage feathers

This photoshoot was inspired by the beautiful vintage ostrich feather fan with mother of pearl sticks, discovered in ‘All About Eve At Home’ shop, a delightful place full of vintage pieces and jewellery, as well as a enchanting selection of items for the home, which owner Melanie sources mainly in France’s antique fairs and markets.

The idea to use a fan instead of a ‘bouquet’ came from a bride who purchased one of Melanie’s ostrich feather fans for her own wedding.


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As a bit of a paper-lover, I love discovering and playing with new wedding invitations – and when Gary from Special Day Invitations asked if I’d like to try my hand at reviewing some of their cards, I was delighted!
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Wedding invitations from the UK: Special Day Invitations

Special Day Invitations offer a great selection of low cost wedding invitations. With almost a hundred printed wedding invitations at low prices, plus a range of 90 or so luxury hand-finished wedding invitations, they have a selection to suit all wedding styles and themes.
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Low cost vintage wedding invitations

My favourite designs from Special Day Invitations are from their vintage category. The designs are in soft colours with nice typography and a range of themes – from peacock feathers to simple type with flourishing.

The Mr & Mrs invitation was a favourite for me, also the True Love design at the top of this blog post – and prices start around the £1 mark for flat invitations. It’s an affordable way to buy wedding invitations to suit a vintage theme.
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english wedding blog pinterestAre all the ideas you have for your wedding overflowing? Finding it difficult to explain your ideas to other people? Perhaps your scrapbook with torn out magazine pages stuck in it just isn’t cutting it anymore. Never fear, we have the perfect solution… Pinterest! Pinterest is the perfect place to store and organise all of your wedding ideas so you’ll never be left wondering exactly where you found those perfect wedding shoes again!

You’ll have done well to avoid all the hype about this latest social media phenomenon but if you have, Pinterest is essentially a virtual pinboard. It lets you organise and share all of the beautiful things you find on the Internet in a very visual way. ‘Pins’ describe the visuals that you collect and Pinterest ‘boards’ are where you store your pins of the same theme. You can create as many boards as you want. Here are some ideas you might want to create to help plan your wedding

  • My Perfect Wedding Dress
  • Reception Venues
  • Flower Arrangements
Karapürçek Escort Bilecik Escort Bolu Escort


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