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I’m writing a quick little post at the end of a long but very lovely day out with my boyfriend (who is coming to terms with the notion of being called Mr English Wedding). Being self-employed and free to take a cheeky holiday when we can, we nipped into Manchester today for lunch and a bit of shopping.

I’ll skip to the best bit… Manchester’s northern quarter is one of our favourite haunts but it’s only today I discovered the Sweet Tooth Cupcakery, nestled next door to Cafe Pop. We nipped in for a cappuccino and I couldn’t resist a couple of cupcakes to take home.

Cupcake from Sweet Tooth Cupcakes in ManchesterSometimes you don’t need an overly flashy website or beautiful photography – sometimes simple is all you need. And the Sweet Tooth Cupcakery has simplicity and deliciousness all wrapped up in their perfect little cakey packages. The best news? They do wedding cupcake orders.

Cupcake from Sweet Tooth Cupcakes in ManchesterCupcake from Sweet Tooth Cupcakes in Manchester“What about Cindy Lauper?” I hear you ask.

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Christmas and New Year are busy times for engagements – and I’d like to say a big hello to all the newly engaged couples reading English Wedding for the first time this week. Congratulations to all of you!!!

engagement photography by Chris Hanley

A taster of what's in store for you next week - stunning engagement / pre-wedding photography from some of my favourite photographers

I’d planned an ‘e-shoot week’ on the English Wedding blog for early January… for this week, in fact, but I’m running a day or two behind – so as you read this, I’m on the other side of the screen clattering away at my keyboard and getting ready for a week of beautiful engagement photo shoots to share with you. Sorry to keep you waiting… they’ll be here next week starting on Monday!

If you can’t wait (or if you can spend a minute to boost my facebook ‘Likes’!) pop over to the English Wedding facebook page… because I’ve just put preview pictures of next week’s engagement photos on there. They’re by some of my favourite photographers and I guarantee some truly amazing blog posts for you on e-shoot week next week!

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It’s brilliant to get a debate going on English Wedding, and we’ve had some good discussions this year about the UK wedding industry in particular.

English Wedding blog - the demise of the wedding directoryThe wedding industry doesn’t have the best reputation, and while most of us love what we do and put our hearts and souls into running wedding businesses, there are others who just want to take our money and yours and run off with it.

One example – old fashioned, boring and useless online wedding directories. We had a lively discussion about the demise of the old fashioned directory site here at English Wedding! There’ll be more where that came from in 2011.

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Modern weddings with a vintage theme are wonderful, and I love blogging them and reading about vintage weddings on other wedding blogs. But I’d love to travel back in time a generation or two and see real weddings first hand.

I recently spent a weekend at my parents’ house and had a chat with my Grandma too, and found out loads about their weddings as well as discovering family wedding pictures I’d never seen before.

My parents’ wedding day – in words and pictures

Mel and Dot and the white wedding taxi

My parents' wedding day: Mel and Dot and the white wedding taxi

My parents were married in December 1971. They didn’t organise their own wedding, my Grandma arranged everything for them – and she told me she spent a day or two – in total – planning the wedding. I loved hearing about it: they had the kind of wedding that appeals to me so much nowadays. Both of my parents were very independent and relaxed about the celebrations, so there was no wedding planning stress.

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Image link from Dream Occasions wedding plannerHappy New Year everyone! (I know I’ve already said it but you might not have been back to English Wedding yet!) I hope you’re having a great time launching into your wedding planning, whether you’re newly engaged or a 2011 bride.

With it being time for resolutions and all, I thought this would be a good bit of advice to start off the new year – because setting out your wedding budget is the best way to avoid wedding planning stress. I hope it’s useful for you!

Getting started with your wedding budget

by guest blogger and top UK wedding planner Bernadette Chapman of Dream Occasions

If there is one thing that upsets me greatly, it’s seeing couples struggle to pay for a wedding they cannot afford. Please work out what you can realistically afford to spend and speak to your parents about any contribution they can offer.

You should do this from the outset so you know what venue you can book and what suppliers to hire, you don’t want to book a venue only to discover it blows 70% of your budget, whoops just doesn’t cover it!

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I can’t resist a snowy wedding scene, and Claire’s purple dress is a gorgeously creative touch – so here’s a very quick blog post to show you the latest from Cumbria wedding photographer Chris Freer’s own blog.

Claire and Andrew's winter weddingI love the blanket of snow and the open landscape with the mountains behind – and Claire’s purple dress is fantastic for a winter wedding with a white backdrop! Doesn’t she look incredible.

Claire and Andrew's winter weddingFrom time to time I’ll be posting just a couple of pictures of a wedding day with creative touches I love – in this case, Claire’s dress and the snowy scenes. These posts will be filed under a new category: Wedding digest.

See more of Andrew and Claire’s wedding on the Freer Images wedding photography blog.

Looking for a wedding photographer in Cumbria or the Lake District? www.freerimages.co.uk

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I’m not usually keen on making New Year’s resolutions – but this year I’m going public (typing this with one hand while biting the knuckles of the other in nervous anticipation): I am making resolutions and I’m going to try really hard to stick to them this year.

Cindy Crawford exercise dvd

Aiming to at least like her by March. 😉

So, one: I’m going to do at least half an hour’s exercise every morning before work. This should cover all the other resolutions I could make which would be: get thin, get fit, lose 2 dress sizes (I’ll be happy if I can wriggle into a 14 for next Christmas), and the main one: get healthy. If you’re doing the same, please say hello! Moral support would be very welcome 🙂

Happy New Year!

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Here’s to a happy, exciting and inspiring 2011 for everyone. I’ll be back in the morning with more, but for now – enjoy your celebrations and take it easy on Saturday morning!

Claire xxx

Happy New Year!

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I’d like to wish everyone the most wonderful New Year. Thank you for reading the English Wedding blog: it’s fabulous to have you here, to hear from you and to learn about your wedding planning adventures!

Hatherly manor wedding photography

Photo credit: Photoglow.co.uk

If you got engaged at Christmas or even last night, huge Congratulations from me! You’re going to have an amazing year. Enjoy setting out on your wedding planning journey together and have a blast.

For 2011 brides – this is your year, ladies! Excited?! I hope so – and I’d love for you to share how you’re getting on. What have you booked, what are you sorting next, what are you looking forward to most? Remember, if English Wedding can help you (and we have Wedding Experts with plenty of advice up their sleeves if you need them!) we’d love to hear from you.

Have a brilliant year, everyone!

Claire x

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One of my favourite real weddings from 2010 was submitted by the brilliant photographer Joseph Yarrow. I always think Joseph gets the very best out of the brides and grooms he photographs because he clicks with them, and the results are always amazing. In the case of Jodie and David’s colourful wedding, I had to write two blog features: this is called…

Wedding Inspiration – Peacocks!

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Get the look - a gorgeous colourful wedding. All images by www.JosephYarrow.com

To see the full post just click Wedding Inspiration – Peacocks!

To see David and Jodie’s wedding click the photograph below. You’ll love it, I promise!

Claire x

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Bride and groom Jodie and David, by Joseph Yarrow

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Another favourite wedding featured this year was from March – in this case it’s the wedding dress I absolutely adore: the vibrant red is out of this world. Bride Gemma is stunning and wedding photographer Amy Wass is one very talented lady. Enjoy!

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One of my favourite Amy Wass wedding photographs

Rhinefield House

Rhinefield House is a luxury wedding venue with bags of character

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The wedding ceremony - the opulent setting makes it really special

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The wedding speeches embarrass Gemma, just a bit!

To see the full post just click Stunning Red Wedding.

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This gorgeous vintage inspired wedding has a special place in my mind – when I think about the weddings I’ve blogged over the year, Vanessa and Michael’s day always makes me smile. Manchester wedding photographer Neil Redfern captured some incredible images of the reception at The Barlow Institute which positively glow with gorgeousness.

Vintage inspired English Wedding

Incredible image of a beautiful vintage wedding reception

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vintage inspired wedding cakes

Beautifully colourful vintage wedding

To see more, please click Vintage English Wedding.

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

Image credit: Oobaloos Photography

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