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A short weekly round up this week, because I’m dashing around trying to pick up some pieces that WordPress dropped. Don’t ask!

The life of a wedding blogger is never simple, but it’s always a challenge and I do love the geeky stuff… I’ve learnt so much from my wedding blog! (turns out, there’s plenty more to learn) Anyways, here’s a weekly round up of my best bits, and everyone else’s too!

On English Wedding last week: highlights

Braxted Park Essex documentary wedding photography by Martin Beddall 19

The story of a beautiful wedding by one of my fabulous blog sponsors

My absolute highlight had to be Adela – a stunning, elfin beauty of a bride. Adela and Toby’s wedding shot by English Wedding sponsor Martin Beddall is such a beautiful thing. Love love love it!

Paper Bag Wedding Inspiration from Before the Big Day UK wedding blog

Gorgeous paper bags and calligraphy from Before the Big Day wedding blog

I gave you a Wednesday Writes feature – full of paper inspiration, calligraphy and signage for weddings. Thanks for all the twitter feedback everyone, glad you loved this one!

outstanding advertisement in UK wedding magazine
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It’s notoriously difficult to create an advert that you know will work for your business. This applies in every industry, with weddings being no exception. If you’re thinking of advertising in a UK wedding magazine you should read this.

Is there a secret to wedding magazine advertising that really works?

There is.

You need a beautifully designed advert, a standout product with superb photography and you need it to be shown to the right audience in a receptive mood. You need to knock their socks off and get an instant purchase, or a phone enquiry. And then you need them to love your product so much they tell all their friends about you.

That’s the magic formula.

It’s easy to see from outside, and maybe you’ve seen an advertisement in a wedding magazine that really inspired you – perhaps a larger competitor always takes out big, gorgeous looking ads and you wonder if they work… but maybe you won’t have the budget to test an ad that size if it doesn’t work!

UK wedding magazines advertising information and reviews
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The UK wedding magazine review so far has focused on brides, giving an idea of what’s inside each of the best UK wedding magazines. I hope it’s been helpful for some of you and will prove useful for future brides and grooms.

Now it’s the advertisers’ turn. I know a lot of wedding business owners read the blog and you have strong opinions about wedding magazine advertising, based on your own experiences. It’s been very interesting reading your tweets, facebook comments and emails so thank you!

UK wedding magazines: advertising

I’m going to provide you with “the science bit” in this blog post. I have my opinions; but this blog post is about the facts – add your own opinions on the English Wedding facebook page or in the comments below.

As a blogger in the industry I really wanted to write positively about wedding magazines. They provide a valuable service to brides – sales figures prove that. Advertisers are a crucial part of wedding magazines, love them or hate them!

Suitcase for wedding cards - Our Labor of Love via Style Me Pretty blog
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Damn it! Bloggers have rules: every Monday you do this, every Wednesday you do that… and the good bloggers play by the rules and get a buzz going every week. Guess who’s a bad wedding blogger? Haha.

So, after a break of – um – a couple of weeks? I bring you another fabulously papery lettery blog post with wedding stationery, calligraphy, graphic design and type. I hope it inspires you – I hope you enjoy today’s papery goodness.

Suitcase for wedding cards - Our Labor of Love via Style Me Pretty blog

Photo credit: Our Labor of Love Source: Style Me Pretty

I found this gorgeous wedding on Style Me Pretty – lots of lettery details and this picture of the old velvet-lined suitcase with pegged cards saying C-A-R-D-S for you to pop cards inside… well it makes me giggle, it’s so cute! Photo by www.ourlaboroflovebyheidi.com

Vintage wedding invitations

Are you looking for vintage wedding invitations? Read my list of the best 20 vintage wedding invitations on the web!

Paper Bag Wedding Inspiration from Before the Big Day UK wedding blog

Gorgeous paper bags and calligraphy from Before the Big Day wedding blog

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part one of toby and adela's wedding day by Martin Beddall photographerThere is love in every one of these beautiful wedding photographs from Toby and Adela’s wedding day. Of course the bride and groom positively shine with it – they have a sparkling connection you simply can’t miss!

The wedding guests share the same joyful emotions: look carefully at the photographs in this blog feature by documentary wedding photographer Martin Beddall – the little glances just captured, the warm smiles and romantic looks – this wedding day just sings with romance and love.

real wedding reception in Essex, photography by Martin Beddall (21)

It’s why I love a story so much, it’s why for me, wedding photography which focuses on the moments is so very special – and I hope the beauty of these images will show you as you plan your own wedding day that the things you buy don’t matter so much… it’s all about the love, and the day itself.

So, here we have it: following on from yesterday’s real wedding blog post, this is the happy ending to Adela and Toby’s wedding day story. Enjoy!

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Adela and her wedding bouquet by Martin BeddallHow do you imagine your wedding day? Perfect – well of course. It will be! When you picture the day in your mind do you see events, or accessories? Will your wedding day be a constant flow of amazing moments and memories or a display of all the things you’ve found to create a pretty ceremony?

You’re imagining the first glimpse of your fiancé aren’t you? Turning around the corner into the ceremony room or glancing down the aisle – or perhaps he’ll wait and turn to look into your eyes when you reach his side. Because it’s beautiful moments that make a wedding day: the precious memories you create together.

Documentary wedding photography Martin Beddall UK

This is why I love wedding stories. This is why the most important thing to me is the love. This is why I imagine you’re reading the English Wedding blog. This is why I’m showing Adela and Toby’s wedding today – it’s all about the love, and it’s everywhere in this wedding for you to enjoy. The beautiful photography is from documentary wedding photographer Martin Beddall.

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Evening everyone, what a fabulous day it’s been! I hope you’ve had a great weekend. I was whisked off to Tatton Park to enjoy a bit of nature – deer, dragonflies and a duck. Oh, and an ice-cream. 🙂

While I was out I realised I’d forgotten to link to my favourite bits of the internet from the past week – and I had some gorgeous blog posts and wedding treats to show you!

So here – a little later than usual but worth the wait!

Weddings on the web – best of the week

A riot of colour with this beautiful real wedding at The Lowry by Chris Hanley Photography

lowry real wedding on Chris Hanley Photography blog

Credit: Chris Hanley Photography

Braxted Park Essex documentary wedding photography by Martin Beddall 19
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This will be a quick blog post as I’ve left my weekly update until…. argh it’s 11:41 on Sunday morning (I like to be organised but it’s just too sunshiney!)

Here we go for weekly readers – the week that’s just flown by:

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Photo Shmoto blue wedding inspirationMorning everyone! Hope you’re having a good day already, I know I am – it’s all systems go with a fab wedding calligraphy order today. I’m feeling sunny inside and loving my work!

Here’s hoping I can pass some of these smiley vibes to you! How? With a bit of wedding inspiration for you…

Yesterday on the English Wedding blog I featured Lisa and Dean’s fab alternative wedding, which Photo Shmoto‘s Laura submitted to me a couple of weeks ago. I loved the style of their day and thought you’d love a separate feature, a ‘get the look’ blog post with those lovely electric and pastel blues and lots of yummy vintage details.

So today English Wedding blog and wedding photographers Photo Shmoto bring you this fabulous mega inspiration board in vintage blues. Enjoy!

electric blue vintage wedding inspiration board

electric blue vintage wedding inspiration board

Get the look! Lisa and Dean’s electric blue vintage inspired wedding tips

  1. Match your vibrant personality with a bold look: smoky eyes, red lippy and vintage jewellery – don’t be shy!

279 Days to Go

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It has been a busy week on my blog but not with my wedding. I was supposed to be receiving a sample wedding invitation this week but it hasn’t come yet. I will post a quick picture when it arrives!

One thing that made me smile this week was seeing my wedding dress in You & Your Wedding! I was just turning the pages and there it was, being used to advertise a bridal salon in Blackpool! That made me smile!

I’ve been looking at wedding photos this week. A friend of mine got married at the end of June at the same venue I’m getting married in next April. It was so lovely seeing all her wedding pictures, it was almost like seeing what my wedding will be like! Plus, she looked stunning and her dress was gorgeous!

So, I was thinking a lot about good wedding pictures. There are a few must have shots for wedding albums that every bride and groom need.

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Right, everything is getting quite (very) busy! I wrote a to-do list off the top of my head and it had around 50 things on it… with only 28 days left AND I’m working full time. Help!

Anyway, here are a handful of new things to share, in no particular order..

Something I’ve been quite excited to share, my guestbook idea! I saw the idea of guestbook cards to fill in on a site somewhere ages ago (don’t ask where I’ll never be able to remember!), and messed around on Illustrator and came up with these instead of a traditional guestbook. We’ll leave them out with a jam jar of pens, ask people to fill them in before leaving them in a vintage suitcase. After the wedding I’ll put them into a scrapbook making a keepsake of our day, hopefully we’ll get some interesting entries!

I got Viv some new red sandals to be our flowergirl, I wanted to ‘funk’ her outfit up a bit and I’m wearing red shoes so thought it would be cute if she half matched! They also go with her headband I showed you all before.

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Dean and Lisa met at a wedding, fell in love and got married earlier this year. Wedding photographers Photo Shmoto jumped at the opportunity to photograph a quirky wedding and likewise I loved all the little touches – and of course Lisa and Dean’s fabulously individual style.

The wedding was at Edes House in Chichester followed by the reception at No 12 wine bar & restaurant in the centre of town.

The colour scheme for Dean and Lisa’s wedding was blue; the theme was most definitely individuality and personality – these two are fab! From this lovely pic of Dean’s thin blue tie and rose / gypsophila buttonhole we skip to…

Trainers! That’s Dean in the middle and I say to hell with formality – if you’re comfy in trainers then don’t torture your feet on your wedding day. If shiny shoes aren’t your thing, then break the rules and wear a sparkling new pair of adidas!

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