Have you discovered the wedding dress boutique at Phase Eight? If you’re looking for a more affordable alternative to the classic wedding dress from a bridal boutique then Phase Eight could be the perfect solution for you. Today I’m happy to be able to introduce you to the 2013 wedding dress collection from Phase Eight. The dresses are available online, in Phase Eight stores in Brighton and Edinburgh, and at Harrods Oxford Street. I’d love to know your thoughts on these wedding dress ideas: which is your favourite? Claire xxx

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Wedding dresses for 2013 from Phase Eight

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This season, Phase Eight’s enchanting wedding collection twists romantic, whimsical detailing with a modern silhouette, perfect for every fairytale romance. We have made it even easier for Brides-to-be to find their dream dress. The wedding dresses are available in-store at House of Fraser Oxford Street and in our Brighton and Edinburgh stores.

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Evelyn Beaded Lace Wedding Dress

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Louisa Ribbon Tapework Wedding Dress

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Saphia Tapework Wedding Dress


Hi again! I’m guessing most of you will choose your wedding dress before you plan your confetti moment, but today’s guest blogger has news for you! OK so the title might be overstating things a tad… but every wedding album has “the confetti shot” – and in hindsight you’re going to see that photo a lot so it’s worth planning to get it right! With thanks to Emma for today’s guest blog. Enjoy! Claire xxx

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A handful of real petal confetti – photo credit McAvoy Weddings

Why confetti is as important as your wedding dress!

The excitement of looking at your wedding day photos to remember your big day will never go away. One of the most spontaneous and natural pictures will be the moment your photographer captures delicate confetti floating down on the happy newlywed couple.

Throwing confetti over a newly married couple is a tradition that’s been present in British weddings for over two centuries as it symbolises the wish of a fertile marriage. When most people think about confetti they think of small coloured paper shapes which you could buy from a variety of convenience stores.


This morning we have two very personal and traditional weddings in one – with Tamara and Joseph’s wedding at Lympne Castle. With two ceremonies – Church of England and Catholic – over two days, there is plenty here for you to enjoy. Tamara looks so beautiful in both of her wedding dresses and while her very handsome groom Joseph wears a traditional suit with red accessories.

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This wedding is very special because it’s so personal to the bride and groom. Tamara’s mum made both of her wedding dresses, as well as her lace jacket and the red accessories for the men. Tamara made her wedding stationery, and favourite moments include the wedding readings and speeches – all in all, two days to remember for all the right reasons.

I’m delighted to be sharing images by the lovely Kent wedding photographer Aaron Tommasi with you today. Do have a look at Aaron’s own blog of this wedding – he mentions that Tamara and Joseph insisted he join them as a guest for the wedding buffet as well, which is such a lovely thing to do. Thank you to Aaron, and to such a fantastic bride and groom for sharing this wedding with us today! Enjoy! Claire xxx


Hello again! It’s turning into a bumper bonanza kind of week on English Wedding Blog… with so much to share with you I’m blogging more often than ever – and loving it. Today it’s all about weddings and creativity with something really original and different – I absolutely LOVE this! It’s been months since I first discovered Fancy Features and I’m over the moon to be sharing their giant colouring-in with you on the blog today! Enjoy. Claire xxx

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 Unique wedding entertainment – giant colouring-in!

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There are so many wonderful wedding ideas out there but it can be difficult to find something truly unique. If you’re looking for the ultimate original treat, then Fancy Features is the business for you.

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Fancy Features specialises in personalised ‘Giant Colouring-in’ murals and artwork. This is a service where a professional artist paints a black and white outline based around your stories, inspirations and interests. This artwork is then finished or ‘coloured-in’ by your guests to create a vibrant, unique and personalised picture that captures everyone’s creativity.


Good morning everyone! Today’s wedding on the blog is so much fun – and it’s full of creative touches as gorgeous bride Louise made so many of the wedding details herself. As well as the fabulous sunflower theme and homemade Scottish tablet wedding favours, there are Irregular Choice wedding shoes (LOVE these!), an Amanda Wyatt dress and a ride on the back of a tractor trailer for you to see today!

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Louise has written a brilliant wedding story which you’ll find about halfway down the page. All of the images are by Jenna Carpenter, a wedding photographer from Broughton in Furness, Cumbria. This is a wonderfully creative wedding in a village hall – inspiring for couples on a budget and very personal and special.

Enjoy! Claire xxx

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The wedding venue

We got married at St John the Evangelist church at Woodland (Near Broughton In Furness) then we had our reception at the Woodland Village Hall where we had a hog roast. There was no bar but my old friend from primary school, Martin, who runs a local pub, ran a bar for us and did a great job


This is a special wedding film and I have been looking forward to sharing it with you for a little while now! It’s not just the “very cinematic peacock” – although he’s certainly an attention-grabber 🙂 but Debbie and Aaron’s gorgeous wedding film is full of loving looks, captivating and fabulous ideas for a rustic, English country wedding. Oh! And if you like buttons, you’ll LOVE this!

Aaron and Debbie | Preston Court, Kent from Memory Lane Films on Vimeo.

Tom from Memory Lane Films told me, “Aaron and Debbie’s big day in the countryside was a filmmaker’s dream. Everyone was very chilled out, the sun was shining, and there was a very cinematic peacock strutting around in the background.

“A Christian ceremony set in a renovated English barn was something new, but along with the gypsy caravan, pagoda and hay bales, provided a stunningly cinematic, rustic setting for a lovely couple.

“Despite hearing some very odd comments from our wireless microphones (don’t worry Debbie – they’re not included!) we kept our composure and present the teaser trailer for your viewing pleasure!”


Hello again! Today’s blog feature aims to take a little stress out of wedding planning by shifting the focus of English Wedding Blog away from details for a while – and by looking at the memories you’ll treasure for the rest of your lives.

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Focus on… Friendship in wedding photography. Photo Credit Simon Hudspeth. I love this image of the bride reaching out to all of her friends after the wedding – it makes me smile every time!

This is another episode in my ‘Focus on‘ series of wedding blogs. I was inspired by Kristin Mitchell to consider weddings from a photographer’s perspective. Your wedding will last for one day. Your wedding photographs will keep the day alive in your memories forever.

Think about your wedding for a moment. In the run up to the big day it’s so easy to get wrapped up in details: planning colour schemes, buying accessories and stretching the wedding budget to its limit. But in a year’s time when you look back on your big day you’ll barely remember all the ‘bits’. You’ll remember special moments instead: the ceremony, seeing your family and friends in church, a chat with a favourite auntie and the precious minutes you can spend together as a married couple.


Hi there! How is your day going? I’m busy updating the English Wedding Blog Shop today, and making plans for Valentines Day 🙂 Are you all ready for February the 14th? While we’re talking cards and invitations I thought it would be the perfect time to introduce my new sponsor Artemis Stationery – designer of bespoke wedding invitations with a unique and elegant style.

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Bespoke wedding stationery by Artemis Stationery

Bespoke wedding stationery designed and made in England

Artemis Sta­tionery hand makes bespoke wed­ding sta­tionery and invi­ta­tions for wed­dings and other occa­sions. Mak­ing every­thing from mag­netic Save the Dates to book­let invi­ta­tions to table plans and every­thing in between. Based in Som­er­set they sell sta­tionery all over the UK and beyond.

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Designer Nathan Gardiner is the creative force behind Artemis Stationery – and you’ll have seen him around before I’m sure – Nathan’s comments on English Wedding Blog features over the last few months always make me smile. He’s already part of the team here and I’m delighted to welcome Nathan and Artemis Stationery as a new sponsor of English Wedding Blog today.


Honestly – how cold can it get?! It’s at times like these (note: from November to May in England!) when I find myself tempted to blog weddings from around the world. While English Wedding Blog usually features real weddings from England with the odd trip up to Scotland, across to Wales and Ireland and down to France, today we’re sun seeking and sharing Christine and Alex’s rustic wedding all the way from Greece.

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We need warm sunshine and smiles to brighten up what promises to be another chilly and damp week! So how does 30 degrees in the sunshine sound?… and a long table covered in candles… a vintage white VW Beetle convertible with the roof down…

Sounds perfect to me, and when you see the lovely images by wedding photographer Benjamin Toms I know you’ll agree! Today’s gorgeous bride is Christine, and she and Alex have both shared their memories of the wedding day with you. Congratulations to you both – you make a stunning couple! Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful day with us. Claire xxx


The other day a wedding photographer asked me on facebook why my blog was called English Wedding Blog when it covered the whole of the UK. (He thought he was being clever, I think.) I explained it’s just a name… and I do like to break my own rules now and then, with ventures to Wales, Scotland, Ireland and today a gorgeous wedding in France.
French wedding blog ideas Freddy Fremond (1)It took me a matter of seconds to say yes to French wedding photographer Freddy Fremond when he showed me the images of Laura and Stuart’s wedding. The details speak for themselves… and they’re such a fabulous couple. Best of all, the wedding is in two parts, with a civil ceremony followed by a more formal service. So I bring you two wedding dresses (and I adore the first: Laura’s little shift dress is so beautiful!), tons of amazing detail ideas and bags of French style.

Another favourite wedding… and I know you’ll love it too! Enjoy. Claire xxx

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A beautiful wedding in France! Laura & Stuart

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Whether you love or hate the idea of wedding shows, they’re one of the very best ways to find essential wedding suppliers. I recommend visiting at least one wedding show to meet wedding photographers and film makers, and talk to designers of everything from wedding cakes to invitations and flowers. Today I bring you an offer from The National Wedding Show – I’ll hand over to Amelia to tell you more!

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January Ticket Offer – 20% Off

Plan the day of your dreams at The National Wedding Show, Britain’s most loved wedding event.

Whether you’re dreaming of a traditional fairytale wedding, seeking more of a cutting edge and contemporary affair, or even planning a destination wedding, The National Wedding Show is the ultimate shopping destination. With over 250 wedding experts specialising in everything from stunning wedding gowns to show stopping flowers, charming photography to bespoke accessories and delicious cakes to dream honeymoons, you are sure to find everything you need to plan your big day.


What a week it’s been! From snow through to… well, more snow, and here at English Wedding Blog towers we’ve had some gorgeous weddings and ideas I’m so proud to have been able to share with you. It’s been a week of new sponsors, and lovely brides and grooms, and exciting times for wedding blogs generally – and I’ve seen some brilliant ideas and real weddings online. Want to see?

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Anoushka and Dan’s gorgeous Notley Abbey wedding, with images by Tom Redman – click the image to see lots more from this beautiful day!

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