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wedding invitation idea eco friendlyI wonder how many of you brides and grooms out there started the month a day or two ago with a resounding rallying cry of, “Right!” If you’re marrying in 2012, it’s time to get stuck into your planning, and especially time to think about wedding invitations. And if my inbox is anything to go by, plenty of you are investigating your options for stationery already! So I welcomed this guest blog post from Confetti with open arms. I hope you find it useful!

This article is supplied by Confetti.co.uk. To see their range of wedding stationery, visit www.confetti.co.uk/wedding-stationery/

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Ok, you’ve set the date, what’s next? Well, this is where it starts to get really exciting. This is your chance to tell the world, (or your friends and family at least) by inviting them to the big day! Your wedding stationery is the first glimpse your guests will get of your wedding day style, so it’s important to make a good first impression.

When to send?

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wedding film by Marry Me FilmsMorning everyone. Pens down for a sec please: I’m very happy to say it’s movie time!… and I’m going to make you cry. There’s a split second glance in this little wedding film that tells me Jane and Steve both knew they’d be in tears – and they are. It’s beautiful to watch though, and I love seeing a groom covered in happy tears! The film is by the ever-so-lovely Marry Me Films

The Wedding Film of Jane & Steve at Iscoyd Park from Marry Me Films on Vimeo.

Wedding highlights to watch out for:

  • Jane looks gorgeous in a beautiful, figure-hugging strapless dress.
  • Steve’s nerves build from the very beginning – but when he sees his bride, your heart will melt! And from then on, the smiles don’t stop.
  • The lovely ivory and pink rose venue decorations for ceremony which is in a gorgeous white room with high windows
  • They really go the whole nine yards, including white horses and carriage
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This real wedding is bright, exciting and full of colour: from the vintage fire engine, Jezebel, to the striking sunflowers-which-are-better-than-sunflowers… it’s a stunner.

Manchester based Vickerstaff Photography submitted the wedding for our lovely little blog, and I was delighted to see a glorious day unfold through one fabulous image after another. There are some amazing shots here which I know you’ll love to bits. I do – these guys are really special.

When Ivanka sent me her wedding report explaining all the Ukrainian wedding traditions included in her day – well it was more than the icing on the cake. This is a very special wedding and I’m sure you’ll love it – and learn something too*

*I almost called it ‘101 things you didn’t know about weddings’.

Hope you love this one as much as I did. Over to beautiful bride Ivanka to tell you more.

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Reflections…

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I’m not going to follow in others’ footsteps and do a review of the year. I’m pagan – so my new year has been and gone even before Christmas. And while English Wedding has had a lovely year, mine went bad. So: all eyes to the front on this wedding blog!

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Last year on English Wedding – in one paragraph

If you’re looking for my review of the year, then all I can do is point you in the direction of all the gorgeous real weddings on English Wedding blog. A little while ago I featured the 200th real wedding on here, and you can see them all if you click on this link to real weddings. Other than that – I published a marketing guide for wedding businesses in May (it’s still available), did a presentation on blogging for wedding photographers and launched the English Wedding eBook in November.

Days to Go: 98

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I can barely believe it’s only 98 days to go! Our wedding is just around the corner and I’ll soon be Mrs Wong!

I’ve been looking back at what I’ve achieved over the last two years and I’ve been focusing on the what I’ve made myself. I’ve noticed that in a lot of blogs and magazines, they focus on the little touches that the bride and groom make themselves. This is what we made:

I’m also making the table plan but I haven’t started that yet as I’m still waiting for all the RSVP’s to come in.

Favours

I didn’t make but I did buy the favours myself, and I am going to fill them with mini eggs.

 We wanted to have a little nod to Easter, as we’re getting married that weekend, so we have chosen mini eggs for the sweets in the favours. I bought the boxes from Confetti in the sale. They were already put together with the ribbon on, and they were cheaper than if I’d bought and assembled them myself!

I really like them and I think they’re sturdy and pretty.

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Photo credit: ARJ Photography, Cheshire

I hope you’re all having a wonderful Christmas holiday. If you’re working today – ack. Well I hope your boss isn’t in and you’ve brought games. Or if you’re just engaged and exploring the world of wedding blogs – welcome. Enjoy! There’s so much wedding inspiration on the interweb: start with my ‘wedding planning or work‘ features – they’ll keep you entertained for hours.

Christmas – the dream

So – Christmas. I’m not actually here; I’m spending Christmas with my family. My parents, my sister and her hubby, my Gareth and his kids, his parents, my aunts and uncles and cousins. I genuinely do love spending time with everyone, chatting and playing games, eating food, going out to places. For me Christmas is all about having a really good holiday and lots of family time. My parents live miles away in the Lake District, my sister’s in Durham – so it’s just wonderful to see everyone. It’s not about Jesus for me – I’m a pagan. I respect anyone with Christian beliefs, but for most of us these days Christmas is a sparkly holiday. Nothing wrong with that!

On independence

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A new year really makes you think, doesn’t it? It helps you reflect on what you should be doing better, and plan for the next twelve months. And I’ve been pondering the big things – well, for me. Here’s one I had to get off my chest!

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Photo credit: Mark Carey

English Wedding – an independent blog

Independence is massively important to me, and to my wedding businesses as well – and you might think that’s not the wisest business choice. It’s not the biggest earner for my blog. But is English Wedding Blog a business? I’m not even sure I want it to be.

It’s a passion – my blog exists because I love writing it. I love meeting all of you and hearing what you have to say about all things wedding. It’s a responsibility as well – I’m driven to get as much exposure as I can for my blog sponsors. But it’s not my day job – I love being a calligrapher too much to ever consider giving it up. The blog is something that keeps my inner workaholic very happy indeed!

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Belinda McCarthy is a bit of a famous name for wedding bloggers, I think… one of those lovely, generous people who reads and leaves the most charming comments on so many blog posts – and I’m delighted to welcome her as a new sponsor of English Wedding Blog.

Somerset Wedding Photography

Belinda has her very own dedicated English Wedding Showcase Page where she’s written a little introduction to her business – along with more gorgeous photos from weddings.

Belinda told me, “Weddings are such an amazing platform of emotions, drama, exceptional moments and true tenderness, that they’re a privilege to work on.”

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From her base in Somerset, Belinda offers a varied range of half day and full day packages augmented by a bespoke menu of extras you can choose from to create your perfect wedding photography selection – including engagement and ‘love the dress’ shoots, a variety of different contemporary storybooks and albums, thank you cards, presentation gift DVDs and a host of other delicious items.

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The Elite wedding blog logoCaroline Castigliano is one of the UK’s favourite wedding dress designers and I’m delighted to say she’s joined The Elite on English Wedding with an interview for you today.

With a history of impressively elegant, gracious and luxurious wedding dress collections, the Caroline Castigliano brand is soon to celebrate 21 years in the wedding industry. It’s a fabulous achievement and an inspiration to see such quality and style from a bridal designer at the very top of her game.

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 The Elite: Caroline Castigliano: an interview

Caroline, your gowns are so exquisitely made and with so much thought for movement and grace in the designs – to what extent are your dresses inspired by their wearers? When you design a new collection are you imagining the girls who’ll wear your gowns?

“Yes, I always consider the girl that will wear my gowns, I often pop into my Knightsbridge boutique so I am fortunate to be able to meet and see brides and really visualise exactly how I want them to look when I am designing a new collection.

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Rebecca and Stephen’s November wedding in a village in Cumbria combines warmth and style wonderfully. It’s one of those heart-warming days where the smiles from the bride and groom just get to you – I knew when I saw this wedding on Simon Hudspeth Photography’s blog I had to share it with you.

Rebecca wrote a lovely wedding report as well – the title I used for the blog post is from Rebecca’s own story! Her next line made me giggle though… but let’s start at the beginning and that will come later.

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My wedding dress is Ian Stuart – Inez – Bought from ‘I Do’ in Cockermouth, Cumbria. The dress was made with French lace in a Champagne colour. I would recommend this Bridal shop as they really cared about how I wanted to look and helped me achieve the ‘style’. They were brilliant.

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The pearl necklace was my Grandmothers and is 60 years old. They were an anniversary present from my Grandad to my Grandmother and I still have the original gift box they came in.

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Two questions: who is a wedding day about? who is a wedding day for?

Instinct tells me (I’m writing quickly and from the top of my head) the day is about a bride and groom. But it’s for their friends and family (of which they are a part).

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I think sometimes that’s lost. Sometimes there’s too much “your day, your way” going on. Your guests should be a part of your wedding day: not just spectators, rather very special people in your lives, and those you want to share in your happiness and enjoy it with you.

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Here are some more pictures from Gail and Mark’s wedding which I featured yesterday. The focus this time around is on the wedding guests – captured so beautifully by documentary wedding photographer Martin Beddall.

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Imagine a story: a proper story, written by an author, in a book and everything. Any wonderful story which grips your heart, makes you laugh and cry and think. It’s by someone (the author), it’s about someone (the bride and groom) and it’s written for someone (the reader).

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