Wedding Girl Bridal Workshop

When I chat to brides as part of my day job or for all those of you who send me lovely emails about your weddings I’m always impressed and often amazed. Why? Because so many of you are planning your gorgeous wedding receptions with a hundred or so guests… it can be a military operation and it’s almost always a once in a lifetime experience for you – so hats off to you, ladies and gents, for planning your weddings. I don’t think I could do it!

…which is why I’m writing about The Wedding Genie’s bridal workshops today. I know in your shoes I’d feel a little daunted by the prospect of planning a wedding day, and if that’s how you’re feeling then this could be the perfect solution to any wedding planning worries you have. Over to Julie Dawson aka The Wedding Genie to tell you more…

Wedding Girl Bridal WorkshopBridal Workshop 27th March: Plan Like a Professional

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Days to go: 59

I have been deliberating over this for WEEKS.

I have a total of seven earring holes (four in one ear in random places, three in the other in a line) and I’m stuck with what to do for the wedding day. I generally don’t wear earrings in the day unless I want to feel particularly glam – and I generally either wear all studs or five studs and a pair of huge/long/feather earrings. (Yes, a girl of extremes indeed.)

Before I found my tiara, I had images of me wearing HUGE chandelier earrings on the day, and filling the rest of the holes up with very small white diamante studs. However, before I found my tiara, I hadn’t found my perfect chandelier earrings – and then last week I stumbled upon them on the same site as I found my tiara. (In fact, I emailed Kate about them when I found them – and she’d only listed them the night before I noticed them!)

Salma's Perfect Chandlier Earrings - found too late

I LOVE this picture of Denise holding a sunflower

I LOVE this picture of Denise holding a sunflower

It’s easy to see why vintage inspired weddings are so popular. There’s something about vintage decor and accessories – like delving into an old treasure chest, finding beautiful sparkly things which aren’t just beautiful but have histories and memories of their own. I think that’s why vintage weddings have such an appeal, and Denise and Luca’s wedding really captured the essence of vintage for me.

Wedding photographer Heline Bekker submitted these beautiful images, taken at Covent Garden’s Kingsley Hotel (for the bridal preparations), then St Peter’s Italian Church and at the wedding reception at Brown’s Luxury Hotel in London. Bride Denise is gorgeous in her halterneck wedding dress and birdcage veil, and Luca’s chocolate brown suit with a classic pink rose buttonhole fit the vintage styling of their day so perfectly.

Denise's wedding shoes - I love the colour and the flower embellishments

Denise's wedding shoes - I love the golden colour and the flower embellishments


A beautiful vintage inspired wedding bracelet with pearls

A beautiful vintage inspired wedding bracelet with pearls



Happy Monday everyone! Hopefully you’ve got a little spring sunshine where you are, but if not perhaps I can add a little cheer to your day. It’s time for something a little new and different (for me!), and in tune with what the focus of the English Wedding blog, this is all about creativity and gorgeous weddings.

rose garland from not on the high street

Introducing the Monday Makerie on English Wedding

The Monday Makerie is all about making things. It’s for brides and grooms who want to have fun and perhaps save a little money too – but it’s more about fun than finances. The Monday Makerie is a new weekly feature on wedding crafts and ideas, where I’ll show you my favourite things from around the web each week – all to inspire your wedding diy projects.

If you haven’t tried making anything for your wedding yet, don’t be scared to have a go. Crafting is fun – and I’ll try and include links to ideas for all levels of craftiness in this slot. Trust me… as a calligrapher I spend many a happy evening having gold-leafed my glasses and painted my elbows purple by accident. It’s brilliant!


I wanted to personally hand-make as many details as possible for the wedding, I’ve always been quite crafty and enjoy anything hands-on, and what better way to make your wedding day as personal as possible?

The first thing to create was obviously the invitations and RSVP cards; I looked at a lot of professionals’ work, craft websites, how-to’s and DIY ideas for inspiration (the Martha Stewart Weddings website is amazing and provides free print-outs for tonnes of designs), but wanted to keep it quite simple… and also would have up to 100 of some pieces to make!

First port of call was, of course, Hobbycraft (my Mecca) and picked out a few bits to get me started and to experiment with, I bought some patterned scrapbook paper, glue, ribbons, lace, buttons and some card blanks. One problem, my hand-writing is abysmal, how could I make what I wanted and make it look half decent if it looks like I’d written ‘wedding invitation’ during some sort of turbulence? I stumbled upon the idea of alphabet stamps, I discovered the perfect set at Cox & Cox and bought them immediately, along with the ‘dingbats’ collection of picture stamps; it also meant that I can use them for every piece I make to ‘tie in’ all the designs from RSVPs to ‘orders of service’.


Days to go: 63

I almost had a heart-attack on Wednesday. The first truly awful wedding-related stress hit me when my hair and make-up artist cancelled my trial at less than 24 hours notice. I kid you not. My mum had travelled for four hours to join us already and my bridesmaids and I had booked time off work and we had been looking forward to this day since it had been booked in January. I was told by the hair and makeup artist, let’s just call her Failgirl, that I had to remain flexible because she might get called away for a shoot even though the trial was booked. I didn’t think it would actually happen – and I thought she’d be decent enough to let me have AT LEAST 24 hours notice! And she told me in a text rather than having the courtesy to speak to me on the telephone. THE CHEEK!

So cue me almost having a heart attack. The day I had planned with all the travel and work arrangements and all the excitement was fading into the distance. But I had an idea.


Incredible news, and what a privilege to be able to reveal such an exclusive on the English Wedding Blog: Elvis is alive and well and entertaining at weddings in the Yorkshire area…. we have photographic evidence too!

Susie from Booth Revolution got in touch after signing the Ethical Wedding Supplier Pledge to show me some fun pics from the Wedding & Lifestyle Show in February. Booth Revolution hire out photo booths for weddings and are based in Harrogate.

Elvis in a wedding photo booth

Elvis in a wedding photo booth

So who guessed? Elvis is actually Steve Caprice, and is available to perform at weddings all around the UK. My friend Vicky had a surprise Elvis at her wedding a year or two ago and he went down an absolute storm – so definitely check out Steve Caprice’s website at

Brides to be in a wedding photo booth

Brides to be in a wedding photo booth

Booth Revolution seem to have gone down a storm at the Wedding & Lifestyle Show. I love this picture of two visitors enjoying the booth! There’s more on the Booth Revolution facebook page.

Staggered men's wedding directory 2011

Staggered stag logoI am reliably informed that 2011 is the year of the groom. Or perhaps more accurately, it’s the year of the couple: while the traditional wedding industry still has its sights firmly set on the bride, enlightened suppliers are noticing the guy stood next to her too! About time, we think!

Did you know…

… 23% of brides said their groom had turned into a Groomzilla in planning the wedding

… in the 1960s 47% of brides’ fathers were asked for their daughters’ hand in marriage. In the 2000s just 15% were asked (hmmm something to do with wallets?!)

… in the 1960s 44% of fathers paid for their daughter’s wedding. In the 2000s just 17% of dads footed the bill (that’ll be a yes, then!)

(all stats sourced from the 2011 Staggered Directory)

Inside the 2011 Staggered Directory men's wedding advice book

In a nutshell, grooms are very much a part of weddings these days. And while the (lucky?!) chaps don’t have an array of glossy wedding magazines clamouring for their attention in every supermarket and newsagents, there’s far more advice and information out there for grooms than there was ten years ago.


I had my bridesmaids chosen from the word ‘go’; my sister, Olivia, and three of my closest friends, Katie, Elizabeth and Louise (who is also my maid-of-honour). I am also having two flower girls; Evelyn, who is David’s niece, and, of course, Vivienne. I’ve asked them all, they’ve all gladly accepted, now the challenge of finding them all something to wear…

Originally I wanted all my girls to be wearing different colours, SATC style. I imagined a rainbow assortment of girls helping me down the aisle; but, when I started looking at making this a possibility, it seemed so difficult to ‘match’ colours so that they complimented each other, never mind finding nice dresses in the right shades, or the same dress in all desired colours.


This week I’ve popped my Bob the Builder hat on and am doing some construction work. Kinda… well to be honest it’s the web-building kind of construction work. Still counts!

Building a new area for the English Wedding blog

Wedding blogs in the UK are growing in number, in size and in popularity. The top blogs easily rival wedding magazines for readership, loyalty and quality of content.

More and more brides and grooms are switching on to wedding blogs as a new source of inspiration and somewhere to find alternative ideas for more personalised weddings.

Bringing brides and grooms and businesses together

I get a lot of enquiries from small wedding businesses about advertising on the English Wedding blog. As much as couples are searching for forward thinking wedding suppliers, those businesses are looking for a way to reach those couples and showcase their wares.

Traditional blog advertising works well on the big wedding blogs, the likes of Rock’n’Roll Bride, Rock My Wedding and Love My Dress. A sidebar ad on any of those will set you back – but it’s worth it to strengthen your brand and reach thousands of readers every day.


Days to go: 66

Sometimes – mothers do know best.

I spent hours browsing the internet for dress ideas and inspiration. I spent a lot of time in a bit of a crisis – I didn’t like most dresses – and I couldn’t imagine myself wearing any kind of wedding dress. Like, ever.

When I discovered the creations of Ian Stuart, however, I began to believe I could wear a wedding dress. (And interestingly enough, most of his dresses seemed to go very well with my Irregular Choice shoes!) I spent yet more hours poring over every Ian Stuart design I could find, over and over again, trying to imagine myself in each and every dress.

I felt very proud of myself when I thought I’d picked out the perfect selection of three dresses to try on:

Ian Stuart Dresses


A quick post simply to share my smile with you this morning.

I just had a call from a local free Wedding Magazine. The girl who called sounded a little bored, but read her script nicely, explained that the magazine was looking for people who do wedding stationery to advertise in the magazine and they’d “come to me first”… hee, really?

I explained that I don’t do wedding stationery, I only provide a calligraphy service.

Cue a little pause and more interest from the telesales girl: “Ooh, is that where you do the dancing, like the first dance and stuff?”

I’m afraid I said yes. But not to the advertising.


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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