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seaside engagement shoot Allison Dench (1)I thought this was a nice weekendy blog post for you, and I have a couple of weddings lined up to blog (gorgeous ones, you’ll LOVE them!) so I wanted to start off with a cute seaside pre-wedding shoot.

seaside engagement shoot Allison Dench (2)Lynette and John braved the English seaside at Southend-on-Sea and created a pretty engagement shoot with deckchairs and balloons in the sunshine. Lynette’s dress is fab, and John brought his straw hat along for fun!

seaside engagement shoot Allison Dench (3)Allison Dench from Magic Photography in Reading sent these photos in to English Wedding for you to enjoy. I hope you love them and – as summer approaches and the beaches look more inviting, maybe this will inspire you to have your own seaside pre-wedding shoot!  seaside engagement shoot Allison Dench (4) 

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seaside engagement shoot Allison Dench (9)Good luck Lynette and John – not long to go now! And thanks to photographer Allison Dench for sharing the images with us today.

I hope you’re having a fab weekend. Remember to stick around, I have a weddingy week planned on the blog for you!

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One thing that has never been a necessity to me was a formal wedding car. Flat-out, we didn’t care, not even a smidge. This is just my opinion, and I totally understand that “it looks nice for photos” and that “you should arrive in style”, but to me it just seems a bit posey (which I hate) and I’d much rather someone I knew drove me to the church than a chauffeur whom I’d never met.

I thought it was all done and dusted. David has said his uncle has a nice ‘Beamer’ or a ‘Merc’ or something along those lines and I just assumed that he’d do the favour and drop my Dad and I off, and David and I back at the reception. Then the thought came to me, (and where the controversy began)… my beloved little burnt-out, flower covered, battered, (technically) convertible VW Polo.

My Polo!!

Days to Go: 321

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It’s not been a busy week wedding-wise this week. I have (finally) got in touch with my florist. I’ve asked him to send me a final quote so that I can update my spreadsheet, but other than that, it’s all  been quiet on the wedding front.

I have made plans to begin the hunt for bridesmaid dresses over my holiday in a week. I like Alfred Angelo 7016, as do my bridesmaids, however I can’t find it at an affordable price. I have 4 adult bridesmaids plus my oldest niece so the hunt continues.

While I’ve not done much for my our wedding, I have been blogging this week!

I wasn’t feeling very bride-like on Monday so I made a post all about how to feel like a bride. Well, it’s difficult to feel like a bride when your wedding planning stretches over two and a half years, and the wedding is still months away!

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I’ve been listening to a debate on The Wright Stuff this morning – what’s the point in getting married? Why do we do it? Is it an outdated concept?

I have so many answers flying around in my head I thought I’d down pens and write a quick blog post on the subject. I have a unique perspective: as editor of the English Wedding blog I live and love weddings; but I’m not married myself. So I can see both sides of the debate and I find it really interesting.

So why do we get married? For love and society

There are two reasons we get married: love and society.

The simple answer is that we marry for love. We find our soulmate, the one we want to spend our life with, and we make a commitment to them. Weddings are a public statement of love. There’s nothing more romantic and wonderful than a wedding celebration!

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Making your wedding tables look special is easy when you know how! Here are seven top tips from one of the experts.

Ann-Marie from Natural Design has written this guest post to show you how to decorate wedding tables with a flair to impress your guests!

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  1. Decide on a theme – this could be a colour, a flower, a season or a style such as vintage. Different colours look good for different seasons – for winter weddings gold, silver and deep reds work well and for summer bright and pastel colours.
  2. Think about what colour the table linen will be – white or cream is very classic, soft green gives a natural country feel and brighter coloured linens offset an exotic look.paper-roses-in-mini-pots-wedding tables by Natural Design
  3. Order samples of your favourite decorations and favours and try them out before committing to a larger order. You could even do a ‘mock up’ table.
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Back in April I splashed out on a vintage pin-up shoot with the retro-tastic Rockabetty Studios. I’d never done anything like it before and thought that the pics would make a nice little wedding gift for Garry… Well when else can you can you throw caution to the wind and ping off you bra in the name of art?!?

The Rockabetty Team are just lovely. The whole day was giggle from start to finish and they put me at ease instantly… Perhaps the free Prosecco had something to do with that and the early bra loss!

I’m really pleased with the photos and I’m now a little undecided as to which one to send Garry on the morning of the wedding…

Our two year engagement has flown by so quickly, therefore I’m ceasing every fun pre-wedding opportunity that I can! Hmmmmm what else can I do before now and the big day (bearing in mind its just over five weeks away?!?)…

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Vintage brides walk this way! Get your gorgeously lace-begloved bridal hands on one of these little bags of loveliness. Our latest competition is dead easy, and the prize is out of this world!

Win your very own POSH party bag - for bridesmaids and wedding day gifts

Gorgeous Pretty POSH Party Bag with contents! Photo Credit: www.katylunsford.com

This is a Pretty POSH party bag. POSH party bags make ideal gifts for bridesmaids or any special ladies on your wedding day or hen do.

The label on the front can carry a personal message, or the recipient’s name, and inside they will be spoiled with pretty, pearly, vintagy loveliness!

Lianne from POSH Party Bags explains, ‘Traditional bridesmaid gifts are often items that can be used on the day of the wedding itself, such as a necklace, so we have selected a beautiful long pearl and crystal necklace, a flower corsage, a sample of Prada perfume, champagne bubbles, a hanging heart and some bonbons in a vintage box.”

Order Pretty POSH Party Bags for your wedding day and each bag will cost just £20. (RRP on the necklace is £20 alone!)

Marketing Your Wedding Business - The Guide
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If you’re a wedding business owner, this is for you.

Wedding Industry blog posts on English Wedding have always met with a great response from the small businesses out there. Advice and quick tips for marketing a wedding business are an integral part of this blog.

As of this week, they’re all available in print: my very own guide to Marketing Your Wedding Business will help you to boost your wedding business’s performance: improve your web presence, perfect your marketing and watch your business grow!

Marketing Your Wedding Business - The Guide

Marketing Your Wedding Business - The Guide

A big part of the English Wedding Blog is my perspective on weddings from inside the industry. My own wedding business, this blog and my Marketing background give me a pretty unique insight into marketing and promoting a wedding business.

Marketing Your Wedding Business: The Guide

This 52 page guide to marketing your wedding business talks you through promotion and business strategies specifically focused on the wedding industry.

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Despite saying that the Royal Wedding “is sooooo last month” recently on my own little blog (a bold statement I know) I have to confess that I’ve stocked up on the Kate & Wills memorabilia. As well as collecting the Daily Mail’s free souvenir I also snapped up the Royal issue of Hello, the Sun and the Royal Mail Collectors Stamps (oh how very OAP of me). I thought that it would be nice to keep a few mementos from the Windsor’s big day as they decided to get wed in the same year as us… I’ve phrased it this way as we’ve been planning our DIY nuptials since Garry popped the question on Bognor Beach on 13th June 2009 (so at the risk of sounding like a school girl, we started planning first).

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Thanks everyone who entered the competition to win a copy of ‘One of a Kind Handmade Weddings’ over the last couple of weeks.

The winner is JoS – plucked at random from a magic internet randomiser gadget earlier today. Congratulations Jo!

Jo – I’ll send you an email to get your postal address later tonight. Well done! (If you try it, do be careful!)

The book One of a Kind Handmade Weddings is available on Amazon now so if you didn’t win you can still get hold of a copy. Read my review to see what it’s all about if you missed the original competition.

Speaking of competitions… there’s a new one coming up in a day or two, and I think you’ll love it!

Trusting your wedding suppliers
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The relationship you’ll have with many of your wedding suppliers is different to other shopping experiences – to say the least! It’s more like the relationship you’ll have with other departments at work: you’re relying on them for some really, really important things!

But you’ll have more invested in this relationship, so it’s crucial that you can trust everything to run smoothly. How?

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How to trust your wedding suppliers

In a nutshell both you and your important suppliers should be completely honest and open, share information up front and ask even the silliest questions so it’s all completely clear. Knowledge is half of the battle.

Feeling comfortable is also essential. Those suppliers who’ll either be with you on your wedding day, or who will be providing a service at the venue, have to be great at their job. They have to be dedicated and committed to your wedding and determined to make sure their part of it is perfect. So you need to be confident you’ve hired the right kind of people.

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Here’s a quickie to brighten up any eco-warrior-bride’s Sunday afternoon! Is your wedding helping to save the world? Here’s a quick check – Top Green Wedding Tips from Without A Hitch!

top tips for a green weddingWe at Without A Hitch love a great wedding, and we want you to have the day of your dreams.

We also want to help brides and grooms discover that it doesn’t have to cost the Earth, small things can make a big difference so check out our top five tips for making your big day more eco friendly – and you never know you might even save some money in the process……

Top Green Wedding Tips

  1. Use in season flowers for your decorations or alternatives such as fruit, herbs or sweets that can be used and eaten after the wedding.
  2. Have your ceremony and reception as close as possible to cut down on travel between locations, if it is unavoidable encourage car sharing or hire a coach/vintage vehicle so everyone can travel together.

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