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Merry Christmas!

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Have a wonderful Christmas everyone. I hope Santa’s been and left you many wonderful things under the tree – and I hope you have a wonderful day.

christmas starterThere’ll be another blog post later, but for now I just wanted to wish you a very Happy Christmas.

Enjoy your prezzies, your dinner and your time with family today.

I’ll be blogging every day so please check back for more if you can (and especially if you’ve new internet-type gadgets to play with!)

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Modern bride and groom in gorgeous wedding attire

Modern bride and groom in gorgeous wedding attire

Here’s another gorgeous wedding from London photographer Matt Parry. He says (on his blog), “aidan and sarah’s wedding was another lovely laid back and informal affair with just a few traditional trimmings…just the way I like it!“… and you know what, it really shows when you ‘click’ with your wedding photographer like this.

My tip of the day then: meet your wedding photographer. If they ask about your wedding, your style, your personalities… and if you can really identify with them – book them! Matt Parry is right up my street.

In Matt’s own blogging style, I’ll show you all the gorgeous photos from Aidan and Sarah’s wedding day and finish up with Matt’s YouTube slideshow of their day at the end. Enjoy!

The wedding dress: beautiful vintage style lace

The wedding dress: beautiful vintage style lace

Bridal preparations go swimmingly with a little bubbly to help along the way!

Bridal preparations go swimmingly with a little bubbly to help along the way!

And for the hairdressers, concentration on their craft!

And for the hairdressers, concentration on their craft!

Sarah is beautiful - and this photograph is divine.

Sarah is beautiful - and this photograph is divine.

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Vintage and retro weddings are still big news and as we approach the beginning of 2011 I have to ask my burning question. Perhaps you can help me answer it.

Why are we still spending so much on vintage-inspired wedding days?

Vintage wedding

Credit: FashionEra.com

I can’t deny I love a vintage wedding theme, with inspiration from a few generations ago, gorgeous gowns and retro stationery and accessory designs. But isn’t it funny how our 21st century wedding budgets are still stretched when we plan a vintage wedding celebration?

I’d love to know – and I’m secretly hoping – whether vintage-inspired brides are the thriftiest and most inventive out there. Pre- and post-war brides were making their own wedding dresses and more, before most of us were even born.

Your vintage inspired wedding

Have you made your own wedding bunting, stationery, jewellery, flowers, cake… dress? I’d love to hear about your wedding plans if you have a second.

Vintage wedding budget top tips

1960s wedding photo

Credit: www.fashion-era.com

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singing waiterHow about a little peek into the lives of the rich and famous? Did you see Nicola and Charlie’s gorgeous luxury wedding at the Palace of Westminster and Institute of Directors on the blog yesterday? Let’s go behind the scenes…

Wedding planner Andri Benson of Always Andri Wedding Design, who had the privilege of working with Nicola and Charlie to coordinate their wedding day, has shared some extra little bits with English Wedding. Find out who worked all the magic on their wedding day – from singing waiters to a gospel choir and more… it’s great to know who top wedding planners recommend!

Always Andri: On The Day Coordination

I have to mention wedding planner Andri first, of course. I’ve followed @AlwaysAndri on twitter for the last year and would recommend her to any bride – not only is she an expert wedding planner full of great tips and advice, she also has her own UK wedding blog where she posts endless inspiration for everything wedding.

Wedding Planner London, Surrey, Kent Always Andri Wedding Design

Always Andri Wedding Design

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Ethical-wedding-supplier-badgeJust a quick note for today, as over the festive season I will be making some changes to the English Wedding blog.

The ethical wedding supplier pledge has been one of our successes of 2010 and with many suppliers signing up to the pledge, I’m a little worried the huge page might break WordPress. Which could be embarrassing.

So! Today I’m updating the ethical wedding supplier lists and splitting the lot into separate categories. There’ll be a page for ethical wedding accessories suppliers, one for jewellery, photographers, planners… etc.

If you’re interested in supporting the ethical wedding supplier pledge, we’d love to have you on board. It’s all about running a trustworthy, honest wedding business. Have a read… and I look forward to hearing from you!

Read the ethical wedding supplier pledge and sign up!

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Gorgeous London wedding photography by Matt Parry

Gorgeous London wedding photography by Matt Parry

The thing about London is it has those fantastic visual icons: the red phone box, buses and top class wedding venues like One Whitehall Place. We just don’t have quite the same accessories up north! So I do love a London wedding when I see one.

The thing about wedding photographer Matt Parry is his sense of fun and eye for a gorgeous photo and an unforgettable moment. And I love these photos of Avril and Chris’s wedding day.

Avril and Chris are both from Canada. They had a beautiful wedding day with bags of style. I love Avril’s shoes (which match London! … you’ll see!) and the way this couple just smile and smile and smile. And One Whitehall Place is a standout wedding venue: wow.

Chris gets ready for his wedding

Groom preparations

Groom and best man in That London

Groom and best man in That London

Groom and best man enjoying that London

Groom and best man enjoying that London: the Thames

Avril's wedding dress

Avril's wedding dress

Champers for the ladies

Champers for the ladies

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I had an email from the lovely royal-bride-alike Cat Muddleton this week: she’s a little overwhelmed by wedding budget woes and was looking for advice.

Here at English Wedding we have plenty of down to earth, sensible wedding budget advice and our friends in the wedding industry are always happy to share their best tips to help brides on a budget.

Here’s Cat Muddleton’s email:

Hey Claire, hope you’re ok. I wanted to pick your brains about my wedding budget as I’m getting in a bit of a pickle. This whole ‘royal wedding’ theme is doing my head in. So basically my family feel like they should pay, for tradition and stuff. But they’re not as rich as Willy’s family and so his family feel like they should pay which makes my mum & dad feel bad. And then apparently we’re having some of it paid for by “the public” which is a bit weird – but I don’t want to overspend on anything and I don’t know where to start. My parents have said they’ll supply streamers and party tricks. Willy’s parents have ‘connections’ (bit worried… sounds dodgy to me) and they’re getting the venue for us. For the rest I want to keep costs down but I don’t know how. You know what Willy’s like, he calls money his “spendy buttons” and loves giving them out! Cat Muddleton xxx Sent from my iPhone

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Mia Sposa - High Street bridalwear collection

It’s been a few days since I’ve heard from my newest best friend and royal-bride-alike Cat Muddleton. Now rumour has it she’s been looking for a wedding dress… and naturally she came to English Wedding for some down to earth advice.

Cat told me she’s seen hundreds of wedding dresses online and is frankly a little dazzled by the choice. It’s something I hear again and again: there are so many wedding dress styles to choose from, and you can browse online till you’re dizzy, find a few you love but still be wondering whether they’ll suit you.

My advice to brides is always to put the laptop down and go and try wedding dresses on. Find a good bridal store, book an appointment, and go and see what suits you and what you really love.

I suggested Cat visit Mia Sposa (who’d very usefully just sent me a press release) – they’re a high street brand so prices are affordable for most UK brides. They stock traditional wedding dresses with contemporary designs. Pretty pictures for you first (these are Cat’s favourites from the Coco Couture collection) and then the press release is below.

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One for the wedding businesses – in a world where networking has come to mean Twitter and facebook, here’s an excellent reminder that real relationships with other wedding suppliers are worth their weight in gold. Stephanie is from the US but her advice is relevant to any wedding business, no matter where you’re based.

2 Cheap Marketing Strategies That Built Our 6 Figure Wedding Business

By guest blogger Stephanie Padovani

Stephanie Padovani“When my husband Jeff and I started our wedding entertainment business, we had little more than an idea and a dream of breaking out of the corporate world.

As a small business with ZERO start up capital; we needed to get business as quickly and cheaply as possible.

Fortunately, we stumbled on two super cheap but highly effective marketing strategies that jump started our baby business.

Steph & Jeff Get a Break

Back in 2000 when we started our business, Jeff and I were working 12 hours shifts for a Fortune 500 company who shall remain nameless. (Hint: Think Big Blue.)

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I’m making a few little changes to English Wedding – and no time like the present, first is the new header cooked up with wedding photographer extraordinaire Chris Hanley. I hope you love it as much as I do!

The second little change for this evening is the option to subscribe to the blog via email. I was asked to add an easy link for subscriptions so there it is… just on the right over there ——-> you’ll never miss an update!

More coming soon – and more from the unstoppable Mr Hanley very soon indeed.

Claire x

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I love that wedding photographers are compiling show reels and slideshows of their favourite weddings of the year – it’s great to sit back, feet on my desk and watch so many gorgeous wedding photos fly past my toes!

Kevin Mullins‘s favourite wedding images from 2010… so far (as he still has two December weddings to shoot!) is beautifully constructed, a real showcase of his best bits.

I admire Kevin’s documentary style photography for the genuine emotions he captures: real, loving hugs, smiles and tears of happiness, laughter and pride, nervousness and excitement from brides, grooms and guests alike.

Enjoy this wonderful compilation and watch out for my favourites: the little girl and boy with a whistle and a tambourine, the bell ringers in church, the outdoor jenga on its way down, the gorgeous bride skipping down from a vintage bus…

Wedding Photography from Kevin Mullins on Vimeo.

Wedding photographer Kevin Mullins is based in Malmesbury, in the Cotswolds. He photographs weddings throughout the UK and internationally – and is one of the UK’s most sought-after photographers.

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Caroline Castigliano - HoneycombHow exciting… the Caroline Castigliano brand is 20 years old in January and you’re invited to the birthday party!!! That’s if you’re quick…

Happy 20th Anniversary Caroline Castigliano!

Suzy from Caroline Castigliano sent me all the information this evening and I’m simply going to share it, so over to Suzy to tell you more!

“I have some fantastic news to share with you and your readers! Here at Caroline Castigliano we are extremely excited to be celebrating our 20th Anniversary! January 2011 sees Caroline celebrating 20 years at the forefront of luxury designer bridal wear!

The celebrations are set to begin with a spectacular evening of bridal fashion as Caroline’s exquisite 2011 collection is unveiled at an exclusive birthday party, held in association with Brides Magazine, at the Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park on 20th January 2011.

Guests will be treated to a champagne reception as they enjoy bridal beauty advice and makeovers from Christian Dior and Paul Edmonds, view stunning accessories from De Beers diamond jewellers and Aruna Seth designer shoes; bridal stationery from Smythson, beautiful bridal flowers from Moyses Stevens and a treat of a goodie bag worth £75!!

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

Image credit: Oobaloos Photography

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