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white and green for a gorgeous summer marquee wedding in Herefordshire, images by Richard Skins Photography (27)
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Hey lovely! How are you today? Stay awhile, grab a cuppa because today I have something special… As glorious as wedding details can be, a great wedding photographer is one who can capture the essence of a couple. If you’re not sure what I mean, read on…

white and green for a gorgeous summer marquee wedding in Herefordshire, images by Richard Skins Photography (15)

This beautiful garden marquee wedding in Hertfordshire is filled with joy and laughter; the images capture not just the personal touches and styling, not only the stunning location and the gorgeous bride and groom. After scrolling through the wedding images I feel as though I know these two. The triumph and laughter as the wedding car (a vintage landcover) shudders gleefully into gear, the happiness as Charlotte’s bouquet is thrust into the air over and over again… this is what I’d want to remember from my wedding.

white and green for a gorgeous summer marquee wedding in Herefordshire, images by Richard Skins Photography (18)

Of course – of COURSE – all the details are exquisite. This is a wedding blog after all – the table plan is brilliant, the cake gorgeous, the flowers decadent, soft and full of texture. I can almost smell the bouquet. Charlotte’s dress by Mikaella Bridal is breathtakingly beautiful – and Mike looks the part along with all the guys dressed to kill: I love the shot of them all together.

Fusion wedding in Birmingham, Museum art gallery wedding with images by Clive Blair Photography on English-Wedding.com (27)
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You, lovely reader, are getting married at the most amazing time – the opportunities for hiring a unique venue are endless. So many places – old theatres, cinemas, museums; buildings filled with history and character – are opening their doors to weddings. As a wedding blogger I love discovering new places to get hitched, and when I can share the experience with all of you lovely lot it makes me so happy! Today we join beautiful bride Najma and her gorgeous groom Jeff as they tie the knot at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery. It’s probably the only wedding venue with a touring dinosaur… or is it?! Dippy’s making his way around the UK until 2020, dinosaur fans!

Fusion wedding in Birmingham, Museum art gallery wedding with images by Clive Blair Photography on English-Wedding.com (16)

As fascinating as dinosaurs are, I’m captivated by the beautiful details of Jeff and Najma’s day – the dress is just stunning! All day long these two are smiling, and the atmosphere is full of love and happiness. The showcase pieces are there too: the cake is divine; bridesmaids look gorgeous and the florals are exquisite. Oh, and Najma’s sparkling evening dress is so perfect for the dance floor, don’t you think?

Pretty Norfolk DIY wedding at Binham memorial hall with Grace Elizabeth Photography (32)
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We’re kicking off this week with a gorgeous wedding – all done on a really reasonable budget, but absolutely beautiful all the same! I just adore Jess’s dress – it’s from Monsoon and she looks fabulous, don’t you think? Bridesmaids’ dresses are from Dorothy Perkins, and Tom’s suit is from Next. Together they’re just so perfect – I hope you’ll love their day as much as I do! They were married at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s witnesses with a reception at Binham memorial hall. All the images of their day are by lovely English Wedding Directory member Grace Elizabeth.

The flowers are by Myrtle and Moss, with blush pinks and natural colours with lots of foliage and a long stream of ribbon which flowed perfectly when it was windy. Emily & Sue did such an amazing job of our flowers and we also had some gorgeous hair pieces. Our venue was a blank canvas. We decorated the ceiling with draped fairy lights which made it look so pretty.

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A guest article by Jo at GetFilm, who are members of the English Wedding Directory

You spend hours; days and weeks meticulously planning every detail of your wedding so that it’s the perfect day for you. You hunt down the most beautiful venue, choose the tastiest menu and pick a killer playlist, ensuring the day is handcrafted to your liking.

Charlotte and Chris’s beautiful Woodhill Hall wedding video, by GetFilm

It goes without saying that your wedding video should be all about you too. Some say the best way to get the most true-to-yourself wedding video is to shoot it yourself, but I for one know that, on my wedding day, I wouldn’t want to be holding the camera, worrying about sound volumes and getting the most flattering angles, and I certainly wouldn’t want my guests to be either.

While capturing the perfect wedding video that you’ll love to re-watch for years to come is very important, the happy couple and their guests should be completely immersed in every moment of the big day.

Bright and colourful spring wedding styling at the Matara Centre on the English Wedding Blog with Oobaloos Photography (30)
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Header image credit: Oobaloos Photography

Nowadays, more and more people want a wedding that people will remember, which could mean anything from doing a synchronised first dance that goes viral on social media, or arriving at the wedding on a tractor.

One of the most effective ways to make sure that your wedding gets talked about for years to come is to pick a unique wedding venue — especially if it showcases your personality, and matches your chosen wedding theme.

Luckily, for those of you getting married in Britain, there are plenty of incredible places to get married that will ensure that your wedding is one for the ages.

 

7 British wedding venues that will really wow your guests

1. The Matara Centre, Gloucestershire

How many wedding venues have a Hilarium? Or a fabulously high domed window you can fill with paper lanterns to create the most colourful, contemporary yet whimsical wedding styling?

Relaxed hippie boho vibe wedding at Shustoke Farm Barns with Winnington & Coe Photography (15)
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Happy Friday folks! Do you have plans for the weekend? We’re off on adventures and I’m desperately hoping my back will hold out… turns out blogging is not the best for posture! I’m all achy and rattling full of ibuprofen this morning, yikes! But still… I can’t keep away from my desk as this gorgeous summer wedding is lightening my heart today. Beautiful bride Heather married Houw at Shustoke Barn on a sunny June day – their wedding is perfect for summer and I LOVE how full of colour the images are.

Relaxed hippie boho vibe wedding at Shustoke Farm Barns with Winnington & Coe Photography (28)

 

Jo at www.solihullweddingcreation.co.uk did our flowers, and they were perfect. A beautiful mix of colourful wild flowers. I was so happy with my bouquet and my bridesmaids’. My flower crown was just incredible. The button holes were awesome and the decorations throughout the barn were perfect, not too much and full of colour.

Relaxed hippie boho vibe wedding at Shustoke Farm Barns with Winnington & Coe Photography (32)

Our venue was a stunning converted barn with a church feel, huge windows and plenty of light. They had candles and fairy lights and indoor plants. We did hire a LOVE sign which gave it a beautiful touch.

Peony wedding inspiration on the English Wedding Blog, images by Heline Bekker (21)
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Guest article by Keely Thompson and Tamryn Lawrence. Image credit Heline Bekker Photography (full shoot here)

Planning a wedding is supposed to be a joyful, wonderful and dreamy time. You should be feeling the love, having fun and generally adoring every minute. However, that’s not always the case. Complicated families, difficult decisions and any number of personal issues can make the build-up to the big day less than easy. 

But planning a wedding when someone is missing can be even tougher. If you’ve lost a parent or parental figure, then the wedding planning process can easily open old wounds and bring back all the grief and emotion that you might have thought had passed. 

If this is the situation that you’re facing right now, we want you to know that you’re not alone. Other brides and grooms are feeling what you’re feeling and today, we’re handing the blog over to Keely Thompson, GreenAcres Marketing Manager who has recently ridden this emotional rollercoaster herself:

Tipi wedding styling ideas from the Hidden Hive, boho wedding on the English Wedding Blog (11)
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I love finding out I’m not the only one who loves our old English traditions – and seeing morris dancers at Katy and James’s wedding made me very happy! You see, my dad was a morris dancer and I spent many sunny days as a baby sat outside a pub in my pram while men danced around with bells on their legs. I still enjoy sunshine and pubs, but it’s harder to find morris dancers these days! There are many things I love about today’s wedding – the cake table with the proud ‘vegan’ sign in the centre gets a big thumbs up; the tipis look amazing and the flowers are little rays of sunshine! Katy and James make the loveliest couple, absolutely gorgeous in their wedding finery and beaming with happiness – this wedding just yells summer to me and I love every little bit of it!

Tipi wedding styling ideas from the Hidden Hive, boho wedding on the English Wedding Blog (5)

Wedding photographer’s website:

https://www.damianburcher.com/

We chose Damian mainly because we really liked the candid pictures he had on his site, we wanted our wedding to be fun and informal so we felt his style would fit in with our theme.

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Happy Tuesday lovelies! Are you getting married in 2019? Will florals be a big part of your styling? Love a bit of greenery? Last question: are you still looking for your wedding invitations? If you said yes just now, then I have a very special offer to share with you, exclusive to English Wedding Blog readers!

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We called the design ‘Serenity‘, inspired by the beautiful artwork, which is reprinted from an original piece by Amy Swann. The florals and colour palette are timelessly beautiful and perfect for a spring to late summer wedding.

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Gatsby vintage wedding at Crockwell Farm, images by Jodie Cooling Photography (26)
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A guest article from Weddings By Mary

Weddings give couples the perfect opportunity to express their unique & individual personalities. Adding personal touches to your day makes it so much more unique and memorable. At Weddings By Mary I completely understand that every wedding is unique and although I offer wedding planning ‘packages’, no wedding I plan is the same as another, as none of my couples are the same. I really encourage brides & grooms to express themselves in whatever way makes them feel like, well, them!

Over the years I have seen so many individual and personal ideas come to fruition, from the homemade touches of Scottish shortbread, lovingly baked and wrapped by the bride, to parents who tenderly nurtured and grew all the flowers in their own garden from which they created beautiful table centrepieces and displays around the wedding venue. Don’t be shy in expressing your wedding day desires. It is also a lovely way to get family and friends more involved in the planning, build up and excitement of your special day.

A gorgeous castle wedding by documentary photographers York Place Studios (9)
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Everyone wants to offer their guests a wedding party to remember. But with so many options on party planning out there, what’s a sure fire way to achieve a party with a pop? It’s easy – pick a class live music act and hit the right note for everyone! Live music creates a sizzling party atmosphere – and offers everyone an opportunity to strut their stuff on the dance floor! When your guests realise they recognise the songs, they can enjoy singing along together! Live music freshens up a daytime wedding party and for the evening, a professional function band or tribute act will know how to work a crowd and get your party into gear.

Here are some examples of how tribute acts can be the ideal entertainment to suit your wedding day and add a dimension of drama and sparkle to your party. No matter what your taste or style, there are consumate performers available, ready to help you create a truly memorable wedding day!

Documentary wedding photographers in Dorset, Linus Moran Photography, Kings Arms Boutique Hotel (1)
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A guest article by English Wedding Directory members Last Minute Musicians

At Last Minute Musicians, we asked ourselves a question – what are the most popular cover songs being played by the wedding bands on our directory? As such, we recently carried out a survey of over 2500 bands to find out what was on their wedding set list.

We came up with a list of 60 of the most popular Rock/Pop hits, and 40 of the most popular Jazz and Classical pieces and it’s from this list that we’ve picked out twenty favourite cover songs other brides and grooms have requested, to help you with the process of selecting music for your big day!

  1. A Thousand Years – Christina Perri
  2. Rolling In The Deep – Adele
  3. At Last – Etta James
  4. Thinking Out Loud – Ed Sheeran
  5. Aint Nobody – Chaka Khan
  6. American Boy by Estelle
  7. Dancing In The Street by Martha Reeves & The Vandellas
  8. Good Times – Chic
  9. I Feel Good – James Brown

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