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This week’s Monday Makerie is dedicated to I Am Staggered. Hello fellas!

This week I want to share ideas for all of you creatively minded brides- and grooms-to-be. Whether you want to make your own wedding crafty bits or buy handmade treats for your wedding, you’ll find something to inspire you here!

Table decorations, wedding favours, or just something to make on a dull Monday: Moroccan inspired mini lanterns from Design Sponge

Aren’t they gorgeous? There’s a full how-to blog post over at Design Sponge, and they’re easy to make from sauce or jam jars – it’s just glass paint on the inside and gold paint on the outside (the stuff you get in a little tube that’s quite chunky).

How about some air plant wedding favours to decorate your offices? I found these on the Project Wedding Blog, they’re by Mary Swenson and they’re just mad enough to be gorgeous!

Our very own Star Bride Sally blogged a little how-to feature for origami fortune teller wedding favours. These are so much fun… I followed her instructions and made one in minutes.

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I wrote last week about The Wedding Genie’s Bridal Workshop on the 27th of March – it’s a fantastic idea, and brilliant value for money at just £35. If you could use a little advice about budgeting, planning and staying sane in the run up to your wedding, I’d recommend you check it out!

Have a look at The Wedding Genie’s bridal workshops today. I think they’re a great idea and worth every penny. (For the price of a meal or a bunch of flowers, you can’t go wrong!) Over to Julie Dawson aka The Wedding Genie to tell you more…

Wedding Girl Bridal WorkshopBridal Workshop 27th March: Plan Like a Professional

Spend a fun and practical morning with The Wedding Genie (aka lovely Julie Dawson) learning how to plan your perfect day, without running up your own contribution to the national debt.

  • Have you just got engaged or know a friend who has?
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A very quick blog post for you this afternoon… especially for brides and grooms planning a vintage wedding. You’ve planned it to look fab? Great. Now how about making it sound really special?…

Set the scene for your vintage wedding day

Turn your speakers on and click play first: [mp3player width=300 height=30 config=fmp_jw_widget_config.xml file=http://english-wedding.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/03/Tea-For-Two-mixWS.mp3]

Vintage wedding accessories by Vintage Twee

Credit: VintageTwee.com

As you listen, imagine it’s your wedding day. You’ve got that perfect vintage dress, your hair is perfectly set and beautifully accessorised, and your gorgeous groom is on your arm….

You stroll across the sunny lawn at your wedding venue, chatting to guests as you see them and everyone’s smiling and congratulating you both…

You have a glass of Pimms in one hand, a bijou little bouquet in the other and your arm is interlinked with your new hubby’s – everything’s as pretty as a picture…

Vintage wedding accessories by Vintage Twee

Credit: VintageTwee.com

While all this is going on, you’re listening to love songs from your favourite era – not only is your wedding visually themed around the 1950s, your music creates a wonderful atmosphere of nostalgia.

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Sometimes a breathtaking wedding venue can set the tone for your entire wedding day. If you book The Daffodil in Cheltenham you’ll be whisked right back to the art deco era, as Duncan and Natalie found, much to their delight!

Setting the scene... the beautiful art deco detailing inside The Daffodil

Setting the scene... the beautiful art deco detailing inside The Daffodil

I was completely bowled over by this incredible wedding venue and the beautiful ambience Duncan and Natalie created for their wedding reception.

Inside The Daffodil - beautiful art deco styling

Inside The Daffodil - beautiful art deco styling

Duncan told me, “We love The Daffodil and it sort of dictated the theme, being an art deco cinema. We encouraged fancy dress and were delighted with the effort that everyone went to.”

Vintage art deco inspired bride Natalie - she looks stunning

Vintage art deco inspired bride Natalie - she looks stunning

Enjoy the gorgeous images by Photoglow’s charming and talented wedding photographer Jonathon Watkins and be inspired by the amazing look of this wedding day.

The bar at The Daffodil, Cheltenham by Jonathon Watkins

The bar at The Daffodil, Cheltenham by Jonathon Watkins

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On one of my favourite sites, Cox & Cox, I had seen origami fortune tellers as a conversation piece to put on each table for the guests to play with, I remember making them when I was younger and thought ‘why not?’, they’re simple to do and a nice way to get guests talking.

So, here is my how-to if you wanted to make them yourself, they only take a minute or so each! I bought 6”x6” scrapbook card (you could go larger, just make sure it’s square), easily found in places like Hobbycraft, eBay or art shops, and used my rubber stamps with black pigment. I chose colourful patterned stock but you could make them look contemporary and more bridal with cream or white card.

1. Take the card and fold it diagonally each way, if you keep your folds as accurate at this point your fortune teller will look neater when it’s finished

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Viv flashes a gorgeous smile

Viv flashes a gorgeous smile

Here’s an inspiring wedding for you: Viv and Ben used customs from all around the world to make their wedding celebrations a whole lot of fun. I love the Wife Cakes, napkin waving, shouting on chairs and lining up to kiss the bride and groom! They also chose a venue for the wedding reception in eco-tastic Bordeaux Quay (lots of pics towards the end of this post).

Viv and Ben’s wedding photographer was Izzy Hudgins (who’d travelled from Madrid to shoot the day!) and I have to thank Izzy for sharing the images, as well as lovely bride Viv for sharing her story of the wedding.

Enjoy! (I’ll leave the words to Viv this time 🙂

 

Viv's beautiful wedding dress

Viv's beautiful wedding dress

“Many people say that the wedding day is the most stressful day of their life – you hardly have any time to spend as a couple, you don’t get to talk to many of your guests who attended, and you’ll be running around from place to place.  I think this is true to a certain extent.

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Days to go: 56

Tomorrow we are meeting with our videographer and florist to finalise arrangements and plans for the day so I’ll let you know the score when I do!

Also, I hit upon a legendary idea yesterday when I went to meet Emma Gore at Frill Designs who will be designing and making a bespoke bracelet for me. I don’t know whether I can pull it off, or if I ever will, but the ideas have started and the research has begun and the light bulbs are ON ON ON!

All I will tell you is that I think I’m going to be one of those people that doesn’t stop with the whole wedding this after she is married.

Toodles!

(does anyone say that anymore?)
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This is just a short post because of an accidental discovery! I’ve been in the back garden spray painting the inside of jars with a cream paint to create a ‘milky’ effect (when they’re done there’ll be a post on this!), and for no real reason decided to be experimental, and sprayed the hydrangea plant next to me, which had dried out and started shedding its whole, ball-like flower heads.

I loved the effect! The flower heads looked like intricate hand-made paper flowers, antique-white and pale brown. I’d been thinking of having hydrangeas as part of the table decorations, and I’d heard of people using dried hydrangea instead of fresh, but I’d never seen anything like this. I experimented with a few of the jars I’ve been collecting for the table decorations and I think they look pretty good, especially the metal bucket plant pot. If I can make them last without shedding their petals I’ll definitely be using them mixed in with fresh flowers on the day!

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I had an email today which has made me smile so much there isn’t room on my face.

Eleanor was one of our shortlisted star brides, and I asked her to let me know how her wedding planning was going – I know so many of you voted for her that I thought I’d share her news with you.

Also – her email is inspiring and uplifting: read this and you’ll feel all warm and fluffy inside I promise!

Hi Claire,

I thought I’d drop you a line and let you know how David and I are getting on planning for our wedding in June. So far, so good and I’m already developing a set of life-long memories and lessons learned about how organising a wedding will prepare us for married life.

* Mums are awesome. They can basically cope with anything, run their own busy lives and take on all your freakish behaviour at the same time.

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Imagine the scenario: you’ve booked your wedding date, chatted to the vicar and are looking forward to getting married in a picturesque little church that probably means a lot to you… would you move over if another couple wanted it more?

the Canongate Kirk in Edinburgh

the Canongate Kirk in Edinburgh - from the BBc

Or, would you move over if another couple just wanted it, and were more famous? Or if they had more money?

The road to Scotland’s first royal wedding in 20 years

The story that Zara Phillips and Mike Tindall are getting married this summer in a church that was already booked by another couple is really making me think this morning. Read the full story on the BBC website.

Zara Phillips and Mike Tindall wedding

Zara Phillips and Mike Tindall - from the BBc

Apparently what happened is that the vicar called the bride and groom who’d already booked, and asked them politely if they’d consider changing their plans for the royal couple. They said yes as a gesture of goodwill. I think that’s an incredibly generous thing to do…

GI Jane Bootcamp - on the beach
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GI Jane bridal bootcamps get fit for your wedding UK
If toning up for your wedding or losing weight is a challenge I might just have the perfect answer for you here. GI Jane got in touch last week with a guest blog post – sounds to me like a great way to kick-start yourself into wedding day fitness! See what you think:

GI Jane Bootcamps for brides

GI Jane Bootcamp – the intense residential fitness programme is a favourite amongst top celebrities including the likes of Kerry Katona and is famous for changing the lives of women, both physically and mentally.

Future bride and businesswoman Tiffany, 38, attended GI Jane bootcamp in the run up to her dream wedding.

GI Jane Bootcamp - on the beach

GI Jane Bootcamp - on the beach

After her boyfriend of twelve years finally proposed to her, Tiffany knew she only had a year to shape up. In her own words ‘like any bride I wanted to look the best I possibly could on my wedding day – I knew I had to go for something tough like GI Jane.’

Beautiful boxed calligraphy invitations for luxury weddings by Urbis Scriptores
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Bella Figura pink letterpress stationery theme

Bella Figura pink letterpress stationery theme

There are lots of words that start with W. It took a while to come up with the right name for this weekly feature – but I think Wednesday Writes covers it nicely.

Wednesday Writes on English Wedding

Every Wednesday I will be indulging my love of papery things and sharing my favourite new invitations, paper accessories, calligraphy and more with you. I know I’m not the only one here with a passion for paper and letters – so I hope you enjoy Wednesday Writes from today.

So to kick off…

Wanderlust cards couture stationery

Gorgeous aquatic blues from Wanderlust Cards

Wanderlust cards couture stationery

Beautiful pearl jewelled wedding invitation from Wanderlust Cards

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Modern blue styling ideas with calligraphy for an alternative beach wedding (18)

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