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Bluebells and the warm glow of April’s delicate sunshine… blue skies (remember those?), fountains and woodland glades… a beautiful couple and a great wedding photographer.

Drop what you’re doing just for a minute and enjoy this gorgeous pre-wedding shoot by Adam Johnson of ARJ Photography.Trentham Gardens engagement shoot ARJ Photography

Bec and Andy are a gorgeous couple and I really can’t wait to see their wedding photographs.
Trentham Gardens engagement shoot ARJ PhotographyI love the atmospheric qualities of the woodland: rich emerald greens and the carpet of bluebells give this fun engagement photography a real fairytale feel.

Trentham Gardens engagement shoot ARJ Photography

Trentham Gardens engagement shoot ARJ Photography

Trentham Gardens pre-wedding shoot ARJ Photography

Trentham Gardens pre-wedding shoot ARJ PhotographyBec and Andy just look perfect together don’t they. And so happy! Their engagement shoot was a few weeks ago now, and they got married last Friday – I’m really looking forward to seeing their wedding day photos.

Trentham Gardens pre-wedding shoot ARJ Photography

Trentham Gardens pre-wedding shoot ARJ PhotographyThis black and white image has so much romance – and if there was ever a perfect couple it’s these two! Bec’s engagement ring is really pretty as well, don’t you think?

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I always wonder who hires wedding planners: is it the brides with limitless budgets or is every modern bride hiring a wedding planner? Here we have the answers – and some great insights into the world of the wedding planner, from the First Annual UKAWP Survey. Read on for some very interesting wedding industry stats from one of English Wedding’s recommended wedding suppliers.

UK Wedding Planning Trends 2011

The UK Alliance of Wedding Planners (UKAWP) has undertaken its first annual online survey amongst UK planners, looking into the weddings they plan.

Wedding Planning Survey Results

  1. The average budget clients have for their weddings is between £20,000 and £30,000 say 38% of planners, however nearly 20% spend between £30,000 and £40,000, with 10% each spending £40,000 – £50,000 and £50,000+.
  2. Most planners (54%) use between 5 and 10 suppliers at a wedding, with 27% using 10-15 and 10% using 15-20.
  3. The average number of guests at weddings planned by respondents is 10-150 (63%), with 25% planning weddings for 50-100, 6% planning weddings for 150-200 and only 8% planning weddings for 200+.

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Very exciting day today! We have been planning our honeymoon!

We weren’t entirely sure where to go. We knew we wanted somewhere warm, somewhere with lots of culture and things to learn about, and somewhere we don’t have to think about anything except having an amazing time.

We chatted at length with the lady in the travel agents about our options. I got really excited and a little bit carried away.

One piece of advice would be to go into the travel agents with a clear budget. We told the travel agent that our budget was about £500 less than it really is,  and she quoted us honeymoons around our budget price.

I’m so excited about our honeymoon, almost more than the wedding! I’m planning to learn ‘hello’ and ‘thank you’ and ‘How much is that?’ in the local language.

Also this week I have been researching wedding websites! I used to be a web designer so I’m a bit fussy about the design and functionality of the wedding website I choose. And there are elements that I’m looking for, such as an embedded google map and online RSVP.

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For a perfect, faultless and impeccable wedding day, you’d do well to copy That Royal Wedding – every bride and groom hope their day will go smoothly. From the Aston Martin DB 5 to Kate Middleton’s dress, everything seemed to have been taken care of and went without a hitch.

For those of us without access to footmen or ladies in waiting, getting the details right is all down to the bride and groom. Forewarned is forearmed, they say – so we’ve looked at the Top 5 Wedding Hitches and what you can do to minimise the impact to your Big Day.

Top 5 Wedding Hitches

According to the Guardian newspaper, the top five things that can go wrong at a wedding are:

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I don’t think there’s anything better than a handcrafted, professionally and traditionally bound book. Soft papers, meticulous stitching, tantalisingly touchable covers and bindings… and the moment you open the cover page of a gorgeous journal, sit with a new pen and nibble the end while you decide what your first word will be… bliss.

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Limited edition handmade wedding notebooks by Virginia McArdle

Do you love paper in a slightly worrying way too? Then you’ll adore this latest competition on the English Wedding blog.

Handmade wedding albums and notebooks

Virginia McArdle is a bookbinder making handmade bespoke albums for wedding, honeymoon and guests using both vintage and modern papers, leather and suede.

She has made a series of limited edition ‘Wedding list’ notebooks, sold in sets of two: one for the bride and one (perhaps optimistically? you tell us!) for the groom. You can win a set of your very own by answering the question at the end of this blog post!

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Time for a wedding, and this one is a real treat which I found thanks to Jenny and Keith McAvoy’s excellent blogging on the English Wedding Showcase. The wisteria wall as a backdrop for the beautiful bride and groom absolutely blew me away.

Cambridge Wedding by McAvoy Photography (12)It turns out that our wonderfully odd English weather caused the wisteria to flower early in Cambridge this year! What a great omen for bride and groom Luisa and Chris. The flowers even made it onto the local news in Cambridge.

Cambridge Wedding by McAvoy Photography (11)

Cambridge Wedding by McAvoy Photography (1) I love the way all the details in the images capture the city of Cambridge – with the studenty bicycles and a lovely mix of quirky and quintessentially English backdrops! McAvoy Photography capture the atmosphere really well.

Cambridge Wedding by McAvoy Photography (2) These are some great shots of Chris before the wedding. I love the crowd scene, and the bikes as a backdrop.

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Cambridge Wedding by McAvoy Photography (4) The vicar – an essential part of the day, but vicars don’t get their fair share of the limelight on wedding photographs as a rule! (Possibly because they have a naughty habit of sending photographers to the back… haha)

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Yes, you read that right! I’m writing a feature for English Wedding about wedding magazines and I need your help! Which is your favourite wedding magazine and why?

I’ve been busy researching wedding magazines and have been pleasantly surprised by the content, quality articles and real wedding coverage of a few of the top titles.

It’s also good to see that the wedding magazines are actually quite different in their approaches to editorial and features.

I’d love to hear your thoughts – brides, grooms and wedding suppliers. Which magazine do YOU enjoy most and why?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Days married: 19

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Yes, I am back! I am slightly nervous to be back. I don’t know why. Perhaps it has to do with not wanting to accept it’s all over – or perhaps because being ‘on the other side’ has changed my perspective about a lot of things, and caused me to realise I became quite a wedding monster during the run up to my wedding! I don’t want to say ‘Bridezilla’ – because I’m a nice girl and I wasn’t mean to anyone. I say wedding monster because I became greedy for validation. I wanted my wedding to be everywhere and I wanted everyone to know about it. I wanted my wedding to be featured on EVERY BLOG IN THE WORLD.

I totally missed the point. All that doesn’t actually matter. When you spend hours looking at other weddings you want to envisage your wedding being celebrated and appreciated by the whole world in the same way. But I don’t need that now. No one really needs that. I have my own memories. I have my own validation. I have the words from my friends and family that mean more to me than any stranger’s words could ever mean. And more importantly – I have my husband.

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The next big thing I’m really, really, REALLY looking forward to is my hen do! I know this isn’t really a wedding-y post as such, but it’s the one major happening before the big day itself.. plus I am completely excited to have one big girly weekend away!

David, his mates and their testosterone are heading off to Berlin at the beginning of July (not long enough for his hair to grow back before the wedding, I know) and have been planning their do since we got engaged (originally it was, of course, Vegas). I’m pretty worried. I genuinely like every single of one David’s friends, but it’s part and parcel of a stag do to torture the groom, isn’t it? To say that David is ‘one of the lads’ is a bit of an understatement. When we met he (drunkenly) introduced himself as ‘Crazy Dave’, and the second time I met him he was a skinhead as he had shaved a bald patch into his hair for his sister’s 21st party. As a bit of torture for David from me here’s the (only acceptable to show on English-Wedding) picture:

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There are new faces on English Wedding – and my funny old one too. I’ve added the little widget in the sidebar on the right of the page which you’ll see when you click on a single blog post – to make it clear who’s writing what on the blog.

I thought it’d be nice to reintroduce everyone: some familiar friendly faces and some new guest bloggers who are bringing their stories to the blog. So by way of an introduction, this is us!

Claire on English Wedding blog - editorMe – Claire – the original English Wedding blogger. I’m the girl behind the wedding blog, and I’ve been here since November 2009 writing everything from wedding planning advice and real wedding features to wedding business tips for the blog. I also have a calligraphy business which keeps me busy in the daytime, while the blog is my evening and weekend job.

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Star Bride SalmaEnglish Wedding Star Brides Sally and Salma. Salma’s off on her honeymoon at the moment – she was married on the 6th of May after sharing her wedding planning story on the blog.

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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!!

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