Planning your wedding is exciting, daunting, adventurous and overwhelming… a bit of a rollercoaster at times, full of thrills and dramas – and a little help can go a long way! Get sensibly inspired – it’s a thing! – today with these simple, down-to-earth and super useful tips from our friends at Launcells Barton in Cornwall.

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{All images by lovely Travers & Brown}

1. Create a day to suit you both, and make it personal

Forget anything you’ve read or heard about the ‘ideal’ wedding, and start from scratch with your own ideas. Ultimately, this is going to be the Best Day Ever for both of you, so having a wedding that reflects your style and tastes is the most important thing.

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2. Watch as your wedding venue changes with the seasons

It’s a really good idea to re-visit your wedding venue at the same time of year as you’ll be getting married.


Ideas junkies… we need you! Today’s beautiful English country garden wedding has so many amazing ideas to Pin, share and get inspired by… you’re going to love this (and you absolutely mustn’t miss it!) Seb and Lisa’s day is sublime… and every smile, moment and detail is perfect.

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“We wanted an English country garden wedding. We wanted all our guests to be relaxed & enjoy the day as much as we knew we would. We didn’t want anything too formal. We just wanted a big party with everyone that we love.

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“Our flowers were provided by the brilliant Ange & her team at Cottage Flowers, Ilmimster. Ange was so helpful from the very first time we met, she knew the style that we wanted & came up with the most beautiful ideas & arrangements!

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Call me weird but… I love bridesmaid dresses even more than wedding gowns. They’re colourful, floaty, super pretty and elegant, and if they’re handmade they’re even better. And there’s nothing prettier than a little colour behind a stunning bouquet, don’t you think? I’d happily get married in a bridesmaid’s dress… and I’d definitely get it from a wonderful, independent designer like lovely Kim from AbideMaids in Devon.

I was thrilled when Kim replied to my Facebook shout out for independent designers to feature on the English Wedding Blog. Her boutique sounds fabulous: Kim has followed her passion for dressmaking, which she fell in love with when she was only 13. She now has a pretty little boutique in Devon offering girls the perfect shopping experience, and makes all the dresses in-house and by hand.

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Photo credit: Yeti Photography

The most exciting part of the process is when the girls first come and see me in my shop. We look at colours, fabrics and styles, all over a cup of tea of course! We design the dress there and then, mixing and matching elements and styles to create the perfect dress!