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Days Married: 52

Time really does fly doesn’t it! I know I haven’t been around much but I’m still here lurking about – and today I bring you our wedding video, expertly crafted by Jeff Wood who is an absolute legend of ours. Seriously, if you want a classy, personal and unique wedding video – you want Jeff and his team. Words cannot express how thrilled we are with our video – and I think one of the most special things about it is that he recorded the jazz trio that were playing during the wedding breakfast and used that music as the basis for the soundtrack. He really took the time to know us and what our wedding was about and was able to incorporate everything (and more) into a gorgeous production.

I won’t say anything else because it really does speak for itself. Just enjoy! 🙂

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Wedding Ideas is the best handy sized wedding magazine in the UK. Coming out joint second place in my comparison and review of all the UK wedding magazines, Wedding Ideas has an impressive count of real weddings, a healthy advertising ratio (relative to the other wedding magazines) and plenty of advice pages.

Wedding Ideas magazine: a review

Issue compared: June 2011
Cover price: £2.99

  • 338 pages
  • 43 pages of real weddings
  • 27 pages of advice and feature articles
  • 26 other non-selling pages (contents etc)
  • 98 pages of product ideas
  • 144 pages of advertisements
  • 43% of the magazine pages are ads

Wedding Ideas did brilliantly in my review of UK wedding magazines. With way more than the average count of real wedding pages, advice and feature pages and one of the highest page counts, this is a mag which has plenty inside.

It’s also a very cleverly targeted wedding magazine and focuses on value for money – there are plenty of ideas for brides looking for affordable decorations and themes, and a useful article on 20 ways to stretch your wedding budget.

UK wedding magazine review on English Wedding blog
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I hope you’ve been enjoying the summer sunshine today – this weeks’ little blog review is a little later than normal because it’s been such a lovely day! So – time for a quick recap on the last week and today I’m sharing some of the best little goodies I’ve bookmarked from around the web this week.

Last week on the English Wedding blog

  • Wedding magazines: introduction, the wedding magazine review, and a look at individual wedding magazines. These articles were written to help brides and grooms decide which wedding magazine is best for you, and to provide a useful resource for anyone – businesses included – with questions about the UK wedding press. To find out what this is all about, start here!
  • UK wedding magazine review on English Wedding blog
    A few comments asked what the point of this review was, so I’ve tried to reiterate my reasons for writing about the wedding press: it’s not just to make up for previous bad behaviour(!) – I intended this as a useful reference and if there’s just one person out there who shares my geeky curiosity about wedding mags who enjoys reading these, then I’m happy!
UK Brides magazine cover
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The biggest UK wedding magazine, Brides came joint second in my review and comparison of the best UK wedding magazines. With a whopping (love that word!) 394 pages it’s also one of the most expensive, but has some good content.

Brides magazine: a review

Issue compared: March / April 2011
Cover price: £4.99

  • 394 pages
  • 12 pages of real weddings
  • 24 pages of advice and feature articles
  • 13 other non-selling pages (contents etc)
  • 93 pages of product ideas
  • 252 pages of advertisements
  • 64% of the magazine pages are ads

UK Brides magazine coverBrides magazine has more pages than any other so there is plenty of varied content, and the magazine looks great and feels expensive.

The articles inside are very good, in depth and compelling to read. Advice where it’s given is comprehensive and genuinely useful – it goes further than many other wedding magazines.

A Vera Wang interview which ran across six full pages makes this a very memorable wedding magazine. The quality of the interview and feature was really high, and for this reason Brides stood out as one of the best UK wedding magazines.

Days to Go: 287

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It’s been busy busy on the blog this week!

I’ve been looking into technology in weddings! I found this picture on Twitter:

I’m a bit of a Facebook addict and this is so me! My friends have warned me not to update my Facebook status at the altar!

But it got me thinking about how technology can enhance a wedding, especially if you have guests who can’t make the wedding but still want to be involved. Or, if you’re in Japan or America, you can even be married by a robot!

My recent blog post was an introduction to technology, more coming later.

I’ve also been looking at the entertainment for weddings. DJ or band is the focus. There are huge benefits of having a DJ and a band, so how does a girl choose? I’ve tried to look into all the positives and negatives for both to give a well rounded opinion of both. I’ve also discussed what I chose and why.

Dartmouth Castle Wedding on English Wedding blog
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Real wedding at Dartmouth Castle by Martyn NorsworthyPhew… I think it’s time for a gorgeous wedding today, don’t you? Something to enjoy, smile, admire and swoon a little for.

Martyn Norsworthy fits the bill – an award winning wedding photographer based in gorgeous Devon, he sent me photographs from Maria and Lloyd’s dreamy Dartmouth Castle wedding and I settled back to swoon over these very special moments, images and more from a stunning wedding day.

I really think you’ll love these pictures: half wedding story and half inspiring details with a gorgeous bride in an Ian Stuart wedding dress – this is right up my street for creativity, glamour and elegance!

Wedding photography by Martyn Norsworthy (1)

Wedding photography by Martyn Norsworthy (2)

Setting the scene… Maria and Lloyd went for a vintage inspired theme with a beautifully mixed bridal bouquet and sparkling jewellery.

Wedding photography by Martyn Norsworthy (3)

And for me there’s nothing more exciting than an Ian Stuart wedding dress. I mean wow… the extravagant detailing is just amazing.

Wedding photography by Martyn Norsworthy (4)

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Wedding photography by Martyn Norsworthy (6)

Wedding photography by Martyn Norsworthy (7)

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Wherever you are and whatever your plans – festival-goers, tennis fans and brides and grooms – I wanted to wish you all a lovely weekend.

I have that Friday feeling: I’ve just finished a calligraphy commission, I’m surrounded by papery ideas to play with over the weekend, and there’s a bottle of wine and a little Galaxy bar waiting for me in the fridge.*

Dartmouth Castle Wedding on English Wedding blog

Norsworthy Weddings - blog feature for tomorrow so come by & see!

I have a gorgeous wedding to share with you tomorrow, so if you’re about do have a peek at the blog over the weekend! Remember if you’re travelling you can still read English Wedding on your mobile (it’s how I get my blog fix!).

Claire xxx

*that’s a wild Friday night out by my standards!

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If you’re in or near Yorkshire and looking for a wedding photographer, why not enter this fab competition to Win Your Wedding Photography?! First seen on Blue Lights Photo’s website, the competition is still open for couples to enter until 30th June 2011… over to Adele to tell you more about entering the competition:

Who are Blue Lights Photography?

Blue Lights Photography is a female, Award Winning Wedding Photographer from Barnsley, covering the Yorkshire area and beyond. Run by Adele, she specialises in making images to treasure forever. Also a finalist for a Wedding Ideas award within her first year of business, you can be sure of a great service.

 

Why are you running the competition?

Adele is running the competition to enable couples getting married from 1st October to 31st March to WIN their Wedding Photography. Adele believes that everyone should have images to treasure forever and most people who get married in the winter months do so because they want to either have a beautiful winter wedding or their budget will not stretch to an in-season wedding.

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As I’ve said before, I’m a complete sucker for sentiment. Every day I wear my engagement ring, my mum’s silver ring that she bought when she was a girl, the ring David bought me for my 21st, and the earrings he bought me from Italy. Until it recently broke, I also used to wear my great grandmother’s ring that she brought back from Russia for my grandma (who said it was hideous, which is why I have it!). None of them ‘go’, they are all different metals, stones, styles… but I have to wear all of them on my wedding day! The way I see it is I am wearing a piece of jewellery from each corner of my family, and the sentiment means so much more than having everything ‘matchy-matchy’.

(l-r) Renee's russian ring, mum's ring and my engagement ring

You and Your Wedding UK magazine review
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You & Your Wedding came out top in my comparison of UK wedding magazines. With top quality features, shoots and advice for brides (and a nod to grooms!) this would be the wedding magazine I’d buy above all the others.

You & Your Wedding magazine: a review

Issue compared: May / June 2011
Cover price: £4.99

  • 284 pages
  • 24 pages of real weddings
  • 18 pages of advice and feature articles
  • 9 other non-selling pages (contents etc)
  • 81 pages of product ideas
  • 152 pages of advertisements
  • 54% of the magazine pages are ads

UK wedding magazine review You and Your WeddingArticles in You & Your Wedding magazine are beautifully written, sensitive and interesting. For example, ‘Clamour for Glamour’ talked about a bride’s decision not to wear make up on her wedding day. It was a really positive piece of writing and won me over for putting across an alternative opinion.

Through the magazine advice features with input from Penny Cullen (Tigerlily) and Mark Niemierko kept the inspiring ideas coming – and they were different ideas which appealed to me: creative and imaginative.

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Just a quickie blog post this evening to follow up the A Alicia wedding accessories competition. Congratulations to Steph who wins the £25 voucher to spend at www.aaliciawedding.bigcartel.com.

Craft Central Gets Hitched

For any London brides to be, remember A Alicia will be part of Craft Central Gets Hitched, a unique and wonderfully intriguing wedding event in London towards the end of June. Craft Central Gets Hitched is the ultimate shopping treat to tackle those wedding ‘to do’ lists. This intimate and exclusive 3 day event will showcase a wide variety of distinctive craft and design products by 30+ UK designer makers.

10% Discount for English Wedding readers!!!

A Alicia is also happy to offer all English Wedding blog readers 10% off their first order at www.aaliciawedding.bigcartel.com with discount code EW10 – just quote the code at the checkout when you place your order. How fab is that?!

A Alicia handmade wedding accessories - discount for English Wedding readers

A Alicia handmade wedding accessories - discount for English Wedding readers

You and Your Wedding magazine
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The results are in, the wedding magazines are back on the shelves, and I can now officially reveal the result of my UK wedding magazine review. Drum roll please….

The best UK wedding magazine

Properly objectively analysed, pages counted and compared with other top UK wedding mags… The best UK wedding magazine is You & Your Wedding. With the best quality content, valuable advice, inspirational and exciting shoots and comparing well for every criteria I considered – You & Your Wedding magazine is far and away the best UK wedding magazine for brides.

Joint second best UK wedding magazines are Brides and Wedding Ideas. Brides is a top quality magazine for design and with a great standard when it comes to articles and features. Wedding Ideas is the best magazine for more affordable weddings, with plenty of real weddings, advice and articles to inspire.

This is my objective review of the top UK wedding magazines. See how your favourite compares!

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

Image credit: Oobaloos Photography

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