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google wedding planning tools overview

google wedding planning tools overview

Sometimes I think cynicism is one of my best qualities. Google launches a suite of wedding planning tools… reeeeeeeeeeeeally? Well ok – I suppose they have access to plenty of information, and the manpower to create something really good – but I have two questions.

1. Are Google the right people, with the right mindset, to provide just what brides and grooms need?

2. How much of this new Wedding Planning site at www.Google.com/weddings is relevant to UK brides and grooms?

Oh and 3. What? Seriously? Google?!

google wedding planning tools overview

google wedding planning tools overview

What’s in the Google Wedding Planning tools

It’s nothing new, but the Google wedding planning tools are all nicely wrapped up in one place for brides. These are tools web designers and companies have been using for a couple of years. It’s pretty interesting they’re targeting them for wedding planning… but they will work (and they’re all free). You get:

Google Sites to create your own free website about your wedding. Includes pretty templates and image editing via Picnik.

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If there’s one phrase I use far too often it’s “I’m rubbish at facebook”! If you follow me on twitter you’re probably familiar with that one…. but twitter is a different matter altogther.

English Wedding blog on twitter

Twitter I can do. @english_wedding has 2,735 followers on twitter. I tweet most days, sometimes just to say what’s on the blog that day, sometimes to ask for help with future blog posts and to ask for opinions on wedding topics.

Occasionally, as has happened today (did you spot it?) you’ll see a little snippet of my secret future plans for English Wedding revealed by accident. If you missed that one, make sure you’re following @english_wedding now!

Have you seen English Wedding’s Wedding Traditions in 140 characters? Follow my twitter feed to find out more…

English Wedding blog on Twitter

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Shine on 90s indie wedding band Brighton

Shine on 90s indie wedding band Brighton

For those of us who aren’t overly fond of Michael Buble or wedding DJs, I imagine the prospect of finding music for a wedding reception can be a little bit tricky. But fear not! There are some really good wedding bands around, and from specialist musical genres to covers bands once you begin looking you’re bound to find one you like.

So here’s something special to listen to as you read: Disco 2000

All that said, I’m a tricky customer, fussy about my music and while I’d seen wedding bands I quite like before today, I hadn’t seen any I’d actively pin down for my (albeit imaginary!) wedding day.

If you’re an indie kid like me, if you grew up in the 1990s and love your music – then I think I’ve found something you’re really going to enjoy!

Shine On – the 90s indie and britpop wedding band

Shine on wedding band 90s indie and britpop Brighton

Shine on wedding band 90s indie and britpop Brighton

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Days to go: 73

I was planning on raving how excited I am about my engagement shoot this Friday – but I’ve had to cancel it, as last week I came down with shingles (completely random and meant for people over 60) and my whole face is a complete mess. I have a swollen eye, swollen left side of my face, boils, sores, a constant splitting headache – and every time I stand up I almost fall over.

This is not good. And there are like, two months to go.

So I’m on complete bed rest and anti-viral tablets – and by some stroke of luck Richard has a week off work – and he’s waiting on me hand and foot to ensure I make a speedy recovery. Let’s hope I do. With our schedules I think we’ll have to wait until April to have the photo shoot – but at least the weather should be better!

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fairy liquid royal weddingThis post is for you, dear readers. Because I’m a little at a loss for words: inwardly chuckling, and yet slightly alarmed that I find this funny: “Procter & Gamble is developing a special-edition plastic bottle of Fairy Liquid to commemorate the royal wedding in April“.

Emma Hall, London editor of US magazine Advertising Age, contacted me to ask for a quote and – trying not to be insulting but failing, I think – I obliged and have been quoted in her article here:

Even P&G’s Fairy Dishwashing Liquid Is Part of U.K. Royal Wedding

Personally I won’t be buying a bottle. I will be looking for it to see how it’s priced though! Emma’s article is an entertaining read. I’d recommend it. You’ll enjoy the bit about Crown Jewels’ royal wedding condoms, I’m sure!

http://adage.com/globalnews/article?article_id=148921

So let me know your thoughts. Royal Fairy Liquid: friendly and harmless or mildly sinister?

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Next thing on the agenda was definitely my wedding dress, one problem: I have a massive phobia of wedding dress shops and feeling too ‘fussed’ and ‘done up’. I was nervous, I wanted buying my dress to be a very personal choice, I didn’t want to try my dress on for the first time in front of a room full of people, I wanted buying my dress to be low-key; not necessarily a secret, but I wanted to decide whether I liked it by myself first before introducing it to my own personal judging panel!

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Tammy Willson Magic DustI’m delighted to welcome a new guest blogger, Tammy from Magic Dust wedding planning & coordination. Tammy is a wedding planner with a philosophy I love: she first got in touch with me after reading the Ethical Wedding Supplier Pledge.

Tammy told me that Magic Dust was launched “to challenge the industry to be different and to always put the couples getting married first. We live by our brand values of being refreshing, simple and invaluable in everything that we do and our clients seem to genuinely love us for it.”

This article is a great read for brides and wedding suppliers alike! Enjoy…

Booking wedding suppliers – a cautionary tale from a wedding planner

by Tammy Wilson, Magic Dust

It always brings a smile to my face when a couple who have booked us for ‘On The Day’ wedding co-ordination tell us how different suppliers have reacted to the news that they’ll be working with a wedding planner in the run-up to the wedding!

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I love the romance of this wonderful wedding photo - Geoff and Steph in the warm glow of a lamp outside Trinity College

I love the romance of this wonderful wedding photo - Geoff and Steph in the warm glow of a lamp outside Trinity College

Yesterday we enjoyed Al and Georgie’s Buckinghamshire wedding, photographed by Geoff Reardon. Within weeks of shooting their day, Geoff took his turn at the altar with his gorgeous bride Steph.

So when a great wedding photographer gets married, who do he and his bride choose to be their photographer? Is there a clamour, a race to get in there first? In these circles I think there’s probably more of a hushed and excited anticipation to find out who gets the job! But I think for Geoff and Steph there was only one choice: top UK wedding photographer Chris Hanley.

Bridal shoes with bags of class and sexy heels

Bridal shoes with bags of class and sexy heels

Cue the usual gorgeous photographs from one of English Wedding’s recommended photographers. Enjoy this beautiful wedding day with the perfect combination of uber-Englishness – in the heart of Cambridge. Steph is Beautiful (capital B for extra emphasis!) and Geoff is sooo cool. Love that cheeky smile!

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Just a brief post, I’m becoming a bit too eager so will probably hold out and post my wedding dress tale tomorrow.

Just a little inspiration board for you to feast your eyes on, I sourced images (and went through my own vast archive of saved pictures) to come up with this compilation; I searched for words including garden, craft, marquee, mismatched, outdoor, handmade, retro and vintage.

I managed to come up with a board which really echoes what we are going for; something colourful, homemade, relaxed, celebratory with a million beautiful little touches.

Let me know what you think!

Sally xx

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This is fab! The ivy on the wall at Horwood House is a convenient heart shape... how cool!

This is fab! The ivy on the wall at Horwood House is a convenient heart shape... how cool!

Georgie and Al were married in the summer at St Bartholomew Church, Wigginton. Their wedding on photographer Geoff Reardon’s blog caught my eye for its very emotive moments and the tenderness between the beautiful bride and groom.

The reception at Horwood House in Buckinghamshire looks wonderful. It’s a magnificent venue, and I love how Geoff captured the essence of the venue’s gardens with some extra photographs of the flora and fauna – keep reading to see!

Most of all I love Georgie for her beauty and elegance, for how she looks just a little nervous at the beginning and how her smile shines like the sun when she’s with her man. And Al is one of the happiest grooms I’ve seen – clearly loving every minute and head over heels in love with Georgie. They make a beautiful couple.

Wedding day card

Wedding day card

A lovely sparkly shot of the wedding rings - the tiny diamonds in Georgie's ring are lovely

A lovely sparkly shot of the wedding rings - the tiny diamonds in Georgie's ring are lovely

The Marriage

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I have so much to tell you all, after writing about three drafts today on various details (saved for later dates), I’ve had to control myself and start where I should: the marriage itself.

When we set upon trying to organise a date for our day, there are decisions we immediately had to make; firstly, and most importantly, what type of ceremony to have and where to hold it. David and I discussed a religious marriage from day one, I am Christian and David is Catholic, which made things easier because we were pretty much on the same page (well, working from the same book!), and both of us felt strongly about being married in church. Our daughter, Vivienne, has been baptised Catholic and regularly goes to mass with David and his family, yet we heard it was tradition to marry in the Bride’s church, therefore we decided to marry in the village church in which I grew up attending.

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Days to go: 78

I chose and purchased my shoes for the wedding in April 2010 – 19 months before the big day! Now these aren’t a problem because I knew these were the shoes for me (even though one of the bridesmaids wanted to bet me £10 that I’d change my mind) – and I knew the dress I was going to choose would match perfectly (even if it would be in a non-matching but matching anyway sense!).

Here are the beauties – Irregular Choice Cortesan:

My Wedding ShoesSo in May 2010 I purchased the bridesmaid dresses. (The mention of the shoes will make sense in a few moments.) I’d decided a while back on a black and ivory theme (despite growing up always imagining having red bridesmaid dresses) and whilst in town with my Maid of Honour, Katherine, we walked casually into Coast and our eyes immediately were drawn to this – the Harmony Maxi Dress in monochrome:

The First Bridesmaids Dresses

Karapürçek Escort Bilecik Escort Bolu Escort

 

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

Image credit: Oobaloos Photography

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