An expert advice article from English Wedding members Jam Hot Band

Your wedding will be one of the best days of your life. Marrying your perfect partner surrounded by everyone you hold dear makes for a truly wonderful experience – couple that with choosing to tie the knot in a jaw-dropping foreign destination, and the magic is increased ten fold! There are so many exciting aspects when it comes to planning a destination wedding – but also a few more elements to consider than if you get married at home in the UK.

Photographer credit Marion Botella calligraphy kit by Moon and Tide Calligraphy

Header image by the fabulous Marion Botella Photography for By Moon & Tide Calligraphy

So. Lockdown. Here we go… and I’d like to send out a massive hug to all of you. I know this is hard. I know it’s not just about weddings – it’s about loneliness, and fear, and financial crises, and missing people so much it hurts. I know.

I’m staying home. I will do whatever I can to keep our grandparents, parents, neighbours and healthcare workers alive this winter. I only wish we had a government that was more in touch with the rest of us, that would understand the support we all need, and find a means to provide it.


A treat from pre-lockdown times! I LOVE how Andrew and Camilla casually mention that they gatecrashed their own daughter’s christening… to get married! Surprise weddings are the best thing in the world… and the images from this gorgeous pair’s day tell such a lovely story. This is such a heartwarming story, and I hope in this week of turmoil for everyone, it will bring a smile. Andrew and Camilla are gorgeous – I love everything about their day. A few of my personal highlights – Camilla got changed behind the organ. Godparents found out about the wedding the day before – with a surprise stag / hen meal – where they found out they were best men & bridesmaids too! Their dog is with them every step of the way… The photos are wonderful – they bring a tear to my eye every time I see them. Huge thanks to English Wedding member and talented Cambridge wedding photographer Damien Vickers Photography for sharing his images with us. I hope you love them.“english

Gemma Randall is a Buckinghamshire wedding photographer and family photographer

Header image credit: Gemma Randall Photography

I beg every couple out there, every bride and groom planning ahead for a 2021 or 2022 wedding – keep speaking to suppliers. Keep reaching out to photographers, venues, florists, dressmakers and all of the wonderful people who make weddings happen. We all need each other right now. I’ll be completely open with you: wedding businesses need your support. We need to know there are weddings being planned for the coming years – and by booking and even enquiring now, YOU WILL KEEP THE WEDDING INDUSTRY GOING.


Forgive me, lovelies, for having no words to share with you this morning. For every bride and groom left in limbo by this weekend’s announcement, and for every supplier in our beautiful industry – I am so, so very sorry. While I’m lost for words, I’d like to remind everyone about the #whataboutweddings movement. If you haven’t already seen it (and I know 58,000 of you already have) – their A Million Moments video is a heartwrenching watch. You can find it here.

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

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