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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 Is it an outdated concept?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?!?)…

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?

Trusting your wedding suppliers

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.

My Story So far

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Wedding things have been in the background a bit this week thanks to a really busy week at work.

However, I have managed to do some wedding things which really cheered me up.

Well, the story so far. I have booked pretty much everything except the bridesmaid dresses, still in search of those.

The venue was booked within about two months of getting engaged with the church soon after. Our photographer was next. To me, these are the most important elements of the wedding. Each bride and groom will prioritise a part of their wedding, be it clothes or flowers or the photographer, our wedding photos are our priority. We both love photos so choosing the best photographer was very important.

Next we booked our florist, then a big red bus to transport our guests from the church to the venue. Cars were next and we booked some lovely classic cars.

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Weddings don’t have to cost the earth, and in Angharad from Edible Glitter blog I found a bride who inspires me so much. A truly creative bride-to-be, Angharad offered to share her wedding planning story so far as a guest blog post. This is all about thinking creatively: cast aside what the industry says about weddings, and do something completely ‘you’. Little did I know from my initial chat with Angharad on twitter just how much I’d love what you’re about to read.

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Paul proposed at the beginning of April on a surprise detour to Paris at the end of our holiday in Brussels. He took me to a secluded square in Montmartre and presented me with a beautiful antique opal and diamond ring. Apparently the poor boy was terrified I would say no! He needn’t have had any worries on that account – I was absolutely thrilled and still am.

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Melanie and Thomas were married earlier this year with a reception at Le Manoir Aux Quat’ Saisons, Raymond Blanc’s idyllic Oxfordshire restaurant in the beautiful English countryside.

I’m sharing this wedding day because it’s just the kind of intimate celebration I love. Melanie’s dress is beautiful, perfect for the occasion, colourful and breaks a few wedding rules. Which is great.

The wedding ceremony in London

Wedding outfits with a difference: Thomas looks great in a grey suit with orange tie and buttonhole. Melanie is dressed fabulously – with a Japanese inspired silk dress, orange floral patterns and a bright bouquet to match.

It’s a colourful wedding so Hip and Funky Photography caught these bright images of a flower seller’s stand to reflect the happy tones of the day.

The reception at Le Manoir aux Quat’ Saisons

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Image credit: Oobaloos Photography

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