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Some of the guest blog post ideas I’m sent for English Wedding are fabulous. This is one. Honestly written, funny and charming – and full of genuine advice for grooms. We’ve heard a lot about looking good in wedding photos from various blogs recently, but never a real focus on the groom. And I like to think I know what men need: practical advice, useful ideas and humour. The other thing men need is Tamara Kuzminski – a full of great advice. She’s the author of today’s guest blog post – so welcome, Tamara, and thank you!

When planning your wedding, most of the advice focuses on the bride. Unsurprising really, when statistically, it’s the brides who do most of the planning and the grooms have (perhaps an unfair) reputation of just turning up, looking smart and saying “I do”. But just because the boys aren’t necessarily as motivated when it comes to collecting ribbon and drying out petals, it doesn’t mean that they don’t want to look their best.

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Afternoon! I’m still running to my bank holiday clock, so Friday came as a bit of a surprise this week – but I’ve still got a lovely list of wedding planning links to share with you, stored up from my favourite wedding blog posts of the last week or two. Hope you enjoy these as much as I did!

Edinburgh wedding photography by Lillian and Leonard

Edinburgh wedding photography by Lillian and Leonard

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posting wedding invites UK advice (5)
Hello! For starters: I’m only cringing a little bit at the title. OK, so it’s not a dire warning about the Royal Mail. Your wedding won’t be flashmobbed by angry postmen; even postal strikes aren’t going to have that much impact on your day. So let’s not panic – this is a sensible blog post with wedding advice for couples and suppliers alike: a few things that can go wrong when you’re relying on our wonderful postal service, and how to make them go right instead. (PS do you like my pink stamps? I love Photoshop! Queen, take note!)

Pay the right postage; save on wedding invitation stamps

For anyone who didn’t know, the price of stamps is going up in April. It’s worth thinking about buying your stamps now to save lots of money. The bigger / heavier your wedding invitations, the more you’ll save by buying stamps before the 3oth of April.

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A quickie wedding blog post for this afternoon, as I sit huddled in my cardie, fingers chillin’ and waiting for sunshine! I’ve picked my winner for the Wedding Cupcakes book this morning – better late than never… Faye is the lucky winner of my competition and her book will be sent in the post very soon.

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Congratulations Faye!

If you missed my wedding cupcakes book review, you really should read it. I’m a natural baker* as well as being reasonable about writing my little wedding blog.

If you’re an author or publisher, please send me your wedding related books to review** and give to my readers as prizes. I promise I’ll try really hard to do them justice. I love reviewing wedding books.

Claire xx

*This is not true.
**I use the term loosely. See previous attempts.

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Another treat directly from my inbox today… The Wedding Institute. This one’s for the ladies (loving the acronym the W.I. there!) – a project created by the lovely wedding stationer Vicky Trainor and photographer Becky Mitchell, both established national and regional businesses in the creative and wedding market.

Vicky’s email had me smiling from the start. “It’s grim up north”, she said. Looking out of my window this morning I have to agree… and yet the “do like to be beside the seaside” feel of the postcard Vicky sent to introduce The Wedding Institute makes me feel quite fond of my northern roots…
the wedding institute new wedding fairs (22)Over to Vicky to tell you what The Wedding Institute is all about and how YOU can get involved with one of their wonderful events…

“In January this year an exciting photo shoot took place in an old manor house in the coastal town of Saltburn by the Sea. A shoot that was to bring together a wealth of creative suppliers who work in the wedding industry, all from the North East/North Yorkshire area, all designers and specialists with a passion for working in creative and interesting ways.

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photo credit Chris Hanley Photography (37)Creative exploration is a marvellous thing for any wedding business. Imagination is why wedding blogs were invented. It’s why we admire top designers who are making waves – the likes of Ian Stuart and David Fielden, the innovators of our industry.

It’s also a hell of a lot of fun.

photo credit Chris Hanley Photography (36)For Vintage Twee‘s Joanne Linder and artist and designer Nia Fiori, creativity is the heart of their wedding businesses. I watched, intrigued, as my two friends, together with the fabulous Chris Hanley Photography, devised a shoot which would explore the very core of their two brands.

Joanne and Nia’s willingness to let their hair down and play was just brilliant. The shoot they dreamed up looks right into the heart of their businesses, painting Vintage Twee in eccentric perfectionism and playing with Nia Fiori’s love of burlesque and fine art.

I love their promo shoot, which for me puts a whole new light on promoting a brand image.

photo credit Chris Hanley Photography (35)

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Exactly six months today I will be walking down the aisle to Mr Moore. My reaction to this fact reminds me of my daily experience of getting ready for work.  One minute I’m luxuriating in the bath with what seems like heaps of time to spare and then, before you can say ‘Mrs Moore-to-be’, I find myself racing around the flat, frantically searching for my keys/purse/gloves in ‘Challenge Anneka’ kind of a way.

Our cuckoo clock - home of Heidi

Before I reach that point of complete panic there is, however, an interim stage when I hear Heidi, the cuckoo who lives in our clock, striking the hour.  At that point, I become aware of the need to accelerate my progress towards the front door so that I can exit in time to catch the train without having to run all the way to the station.

Heidi at the door of her house

Just as Heidi’s cuckooing reminds me that I can dither no longer about heels vs flats or a skirt vs a dress, waking up this morning and realising that we’ve entered the six-month countdown period has made me realise that I need stop prevaricating about such knotty nuptial issues as the choice of wedding breakfast menu and typeface on the invitations and make some decisions. I know it shouldn’t be that hard.  But it is and if you’ll click this way to www.awarwickshirewedding.com I’ll share with you the reason for my vacillation.
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Wendy Bell invitations at the Luxury Wedding Show (13)
Only three weeks ago I was wistfully telling my friend and sponsor Wendy Bell how I’d love to go to The Luxury Wedding Show – if only all the events weren’t so far away from my little base in Cheshire (I know, pitiful isn’t it…)

The Luxury Wedding Show seems to have cornered a niche in the UK wedding market – and not only that, there’s a wonderfully voyeuristic appeal too. From gorgeous designer wedding invitations to flowers and cakes, decor and more – it’s great to see the best in the UK wedding industry. Even if you’re not splashing out on a luxury wedding, wouldn’t it be fun to go and look around anyway, see what the more extravagant brides are buying? I know I’d love to see these shows from a wedding supplier’s point of view as well.

The Luxury Wedding Show: Show and Tell!

So Wendy very kindly said she’d do a little show and tell after the Luxury Wedding Show in London on the 25th of March. I have photos, commentary… it’s all here! Wendy gives a great insight into what the Luxury Wedding Shows are all about – I hope you find it as fascinating as I did!

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Just a dinky little wedding blog for you this morning as I work behind the scenes on various thoughts and future blog posts –  and dinky it is indeed. Here’s something very, very different… Prince William and Kate Middleton made out of paper for starters:

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Unique wedding cake topper from Me, Myself & Te™

They’re the craziest wedding cake toppers I’ve ever seen – beautifully made, definitely a talking point, and wonderfully different. I only wish I had a fraction of the talent of their creator, Collette Te.

These cake toppers are from Me, Myself & Te™. Designer Collette says, “each item is personalized and 100% handmade from JUST ‘paper’. Me, Myself & Te™ was created for those who think outside the box, couples who are looking for wedding toppers & decorations that reflect their personalities making their special day stand out from the crowd.”

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Bridal party wedding cake topper made out of paper by Me, Myself & Te™

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UK wedding blog photo (30)I hope you’re wrapped up all snuggly and warm this morning – not only is it freezing outside, I also have a January wedding to share with you today. Joanna and Angus got married at Kingscote Barn in Gloucestershire at the beginning of the year; a day full of romance, shared glances and elegant, individual style. Joanna’s wedding dress and jacket are gorgeous; Angus looks the part in top hat and tails. I adore the bridesmaids’ capes (want one!) – as soon as they caught my eye, I wanted this particularly wonderful wedding to show you on English Wedding blog.

Joanna’s wedding report is fabulous. Her advice is great: “Decide what you care about and plan, plan, plan. Then on the day: Relax.” There’s more – but I’ll leave Joanna to tell her wedding story in her own words.

Photography is by the lovely Samantha J Photography, based in the West Midlands.
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wedding cupcakes book by joanna farrow
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Morning everyone! Competition time to brighten your Tuesday – who’d like to win my very own copy of Wedding Cupcakes by Joanna Farrow? It’s up for grabs, all you need to do is answer a very simple question and a winner will be picked at random next week.

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Win my copy of Wedding Cupcakes - the book by Joanna Farrow

Despite my misadventures from the day I killed wedding cupcakes, this book comes highly recommended for any couple considering DIY cupcakes for their wedding. There might be a tiny bit of icing sugar on the pages (not much; I ate most of it) but there’s no gin on there, I promise 🙂

To win your copy, answer this simple question in the comments form below. A winner will be picked from the correct answers at random. You must provide a valid email address and check it next week to see if you’ve won!

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