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A Monday Makerie

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I’ve seen so many bits of pretty wedding craft online this week I have to write a Monday Makerie for you to enjoy.

The Monday Makerie is all about making things for your wedding – I share my best finds from the internet of things you can make for your wedding, or things other people have made that you can buy!

Cardstock flower tutorial by Christie Bryant

Cardstock flower tutorial by Christie Bryant

Pretty paper flowers tutorial – cute, curvy and easier than you’d think! From Pretty Paper Book

Colourful books from Made With Love stationery blog

Colourful books from Made With Love stationery blog

Colourful books for all your wedding plans via Made With Love blog talk about a pretty filing system – you could have one for guests, one for diy projects, one for venue research, one for things to remember, one as a little diary…

Sweetie bar idea via All Things DIY Bride

Sweetie bar idea via All Things DIY Bride

What could possibly be more fun to make than a sweetie buffet for your wedding reception? Finding jars and decorating them, sourcing pretty sweets (and eating them), making labels, stamping and colouring them… bliss! from All Things DIY Bride

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I’ve been super slack on the blogging front lately. I’ve been so wrapped up in the last little bits of planning and I’m still wading through finishing off alllllll the details. I know it will be worth it in the end but I think that my constant quest for perfection (which of course doesn’t exist) puts unnecessary pressure on our wedding and me.

One job jobbed this week was Bertie’s makeover. We decided that my dad and I would head to the ceremony in my car, Bertie Beetle, as he’s cute and quirky. However, our lack of accommodation for Bertie and the cold harsh winters we’ve had recently have taken their toll on him. We decided to splash the cash that we would have spent to rent some swish wheels for a few hours on giving out little love bug a revamp.

I dropped him off at the VW Spa in Welling on Monday morning looking like this (with rust galore and a few car park dents on his front wings)…

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I reckon everyone reading this blog post will know what I mean when I say ‘life before weddings’. Remember before you were engaged, when you’d go out with friends, snuggle up with your fella in the evenings, spend lunch breaks gossiping or in the shops? Somehow you had more time?

I read a great post on The Boho Wedding Blog yesterday. Kelly is a wedding planner and one of the top UK wedding bloggers. She talked about her work life balance and I think so many of us can identify with weddings taking over our lives.

Bride- or groom-to-be, wedding business owner – one thing we all have in common is that we live and probably dream weddings. There’s something very strange in the world of wedding planning where you find life disappears and you can live in a state of constant near-panic, juggling to do lists and spreadsheets, budgets and appointments until you almost pop.

So how can we stop, redress the situation, get our lives back, enjoy wedding planning and have fantastic, stress-free weddings and successful wedding businesses?

300 Days to Go!

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300 seems like such a big number!

Exciting things have arrived in the post!! I got a bit click happy last weekend and bought a few things I’d earmarked for the table decoration.

I took this photo! Yay! I fancy myself a bit of a photographer! lol

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I was very good and stayed inside my budget, I actually bought less that I’d planned! When the bag of diamantés arrived, it made The Wedding seem that little bit closer!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I’m thinking of mixing the two colours together as they’re our wedding colours. The purple ones are a lot more purple than they are in the picture.

Perhaps it was reading the blog post about the best weddings (according to kids) that inspired me to buy loads of sparkles!

 

 

 

 

Kew Gardens wedding
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I’ve enjoyed this week – a few deep and meaningfuls fell out of my typing fingers and we had a couple of good discussions. Not to forget some great photography on the blog for you all to enjoy. Here’s what English Wedding got up to last week:

playful english weddingOn Monday we smiled to see Richard and Laura’s wedding day fun in the park. I also announced the winner of the handmade notebooks by Virginia McArdle. Congratulations Sarah!

bridal shoot with a surpriseTuesday brought you Rach and Dan’s bridal shoot with a lovely little surprise at the end – worth a read if you missed that one I promise! And blogger bride Angharad wrote about her search for alternative wedding accessories.

On Wednesday I banned budget weddings from the dictionary. (I can do that.) And you came up with some brilliant new ideas: my favourites was the ‘more-than-money wedding’, I love that idea!

Gorgeous Cakes wedding detail photography by Lyndsey James
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May I indulge myself today and muse a little? Perhaps you can help answer the questions in my tummy – all about wedding blogs, wedding photography, inspiration and indulgence…

Sometimes an idea just pops in and I run with it. I find myself thinking about different styles of wedding photography and how bloggers feature weddings – ultimately, about how brides- and grooms-to-be read and enjoy wedding blogs.

Details and wedding inspiration

The big wedding blogs – the likes of Style Me Pretty, Ruffled and Love My Dress to name only a few of my favourites – feature weddings full of details: flowers, table decorations, accessories, signs and all those beautiful little ideas we love.

Gorgeous Cakes wedding detail photography by Lyndsey James

Cake: gorgeous-cakes.co.uk Photo: Lyndsey-James.co.uk

We read wedding blogs and swoon at the real wedding photography because it inspires our own wedding plans and helps us find and buy all the lovely little things to make the day look pretty.

Kew Gardens weddingPhotography copyright Martin Beddall
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Claire and Nick chose the gorgeous setting of Kew Gardens for their wedding and were blessed with glorious sunshine for their elegant celebration.

Claire chose a simple theme with pure white hydrangeas to complement her flowing wedding gown, which is a stunning white dress with a jewelled, plunging neckline and exquisite back detail: the loose back of the dress makes for a ‘Greek goddess’ designer style with the backdrop of Kew completing the naturally elegant feeling for the day.

Documentary wedding photographer Martin Beddall submitted these beautiful images for the English Wedding blog. I love them: Martin’s informal reportage wedding photography style means there’s a relaxed feeling to the pictures.

With reportage wedding photography the focus is always on you and the story of your wedding day, as told in fleeting glimpses of emotions, key moments and the enjoyment of the occasion. Martin Beddall is, for me, one of the best.

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I can’t stand the phrase “budget wedding” – it makes my toes curl and my teeth itch. Brides and grooms: if you’re planning a wedding for less than £5,000 we need to think of a new word to get across your creativity and independence!

“Budget wedding” is a dreary phrase, a wedding industry standard that everyone uses to describe less expensive weddings.

Hip and Funky Wedding Photographer LondonIt sounds awful though doesn’t it… we need a more upbeat phrase for everyone out there who is thinking creatively and spending less on their wedding day. Something that doesn’t sound faintly disappointing, but inspiring and clever!

What’s wrong with “budget weddings”?

It’s become an industry phrase with too many negative connotations and I hate it!

Spending £5,000? Oooh, you’re having a “budget wedding” then.

Making your own bunting? Ah, you’re a “budget bride”…. well done.

Ick, ick and more ick. You’re creative, intelligent and not caving to industry pressure. You’re a “bright bride”, planning your own wedding – I refuse to use the phrase “budget wedding” any more.

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The first thing most newly engaged women think about (after the romance of the proposal has had time to sink in, of course) is the dress. If you are anything like me, you’ll have been imagining wearing a wedding dress since you were a young girl, and the likelihood is you already have an idea in mind of the sort of thing you are after. Accessories, however, are a whole different ball game. Most little girls dreaming of marrying their prince don’t pay much attention to what shoes they are going to wear, or what jewellery to match to their dress. It can therefore be a bit daunting when you realise that you have the dress of your dreams but have absolutely no idea what to put with it. After some careful consideration, here’s what I’ve ended up choosing to accessorize my vintage 1970s maxi dress with on the big day:

Shoes

bridal shoot with a surprise
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Short and sweet – this is a blog post purely to make you smile.

Meet bride and groom Rach and Dan…

Bridal photography Matt Ethan UK wedding photographer (3)

Bridal photography Matt Ethan UK wedding photographer (4)

 

Bridal photography Matt Ethan UK wedding photographer (1)A family friend took Rach and Dan’s wedding pictures and they decided after the wedding they’d like some professional photographs as well. They chose wedding photographer Matt Ethan to take these lovely quirky bridal photos.

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Bridal photography Matt Ethan UK wedding photographer (5)

Bridal photography Matt Ethan UK wedding photographer (7)

You can just tell how happy these two are – and what lovely photos to treasure in years to come. All the more poignant because…

Bridal photography Matt Ethan UK wedding photographer (8)Just one week after the shoot Dan got back in touch to tell Matt that Rach was expecting their first baby! So not only do they have a lovely set of photos, but their baby is hiding away in the pics as well…. and that’s a really beautiful little thing to have and to know.

Bridal photography Matt Ethan UK wedding photographer (2)Congratulations Dan and Rach, and thank you to wedding photographer Matt Ethan for sharing the images with us today.

Hope we made you smile…

Paper hearts by Virginia McArdle
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I had a fantastic response to the competition to win handmade wedding notebooks by Virginia McArdle. It was lovely to read all of your comments and particularly those from and about grooms – thank you boys for dispelling the myth that weddings are basically for girls…

Handmade wedding notebooks winner!

I waffle. The winner of the competition is Sarah W. Congratulations Sarah – I’ll send your details to Virginia and she’ll sort out your prize for you. Enjoy the books… I’m very jealous!

Paper hearts by Virginia McArdle

Paper hearts by Virginia McArdle

For those of you who didn’t win (sorry, boys!) do remember that the fabulously talented Virginia McArdle is a member of Craft Central and will be at the Craft Central Gets Hitched event (it’s central London’s handmade wedding fair) on the 23rd-25th of June.

More details are here: www.craftcentral.org.uk/craft-central-gets-hitched

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Image credit: Oobaloos Photography

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