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Although your wedding day is one of the most special days in your life, it’s equally as special to celebrate the milestones. After spending your first blissful year as husband and wife, it’s time to celebrate! Here are some ideas on how you can make your wedding anniversary even more magical than your wedding day.

Exchange Thoughtful Traditional Anniversary Gifts

Weddings are the perfect chance to receive some amazing gifts from family and friends. It’s the day you are bestowed expensive dinnerware, kitchen appliances and other titbits for the home. These are great to get your lives together started, but it’s the wedding anniversaries that allow the two of you to exchange your own meaningful gifts.

From cotton to lace, pearl to stone, the traditional wedding anniversary gifts are a special way of showing each other how much your marriage means to you. There’s something really romantic about adhering to a list of gift themes that have been exchanged for hundreds of years. And to celebrate your milestone, combine it with a unique experience you will cherish for years to come.

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I love anniversary gifts. The excitement of receiving them from my hubby. The unwrapping. The warm fuzzy feeling inside as I realise how special the gift is and how much thought has gone into it.

Fast forward a week, and this once unforgettable anniversary gift is now sitting at the bottom of my cupboard, under a heap of clothes. Or worse yet, lying around the lounge, cluttering up my home unnecessarily! While I love to stick to the traditional wedding anniversary gifts by year, I have to admit that they’re mostly filled with nick nacks that seem to take up space in my house (pottery, wooden objects, china). I’m sure I’m not alone… so here are some creative anniversary gifts for those of you who don’t want to follow the whole ‘cotton, paper, leather (hello, fellow vegans!) routine!

With Marie Kondo all the rage, I thought it would be super fun (and conducive to tidying up) to round up a bunch of my favourite ideas for clutter-free anniversary gifts. Spark new memories. Spark new joy. Spark new love!

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Good morning lovely! Were you spoilt on Valentine’s Day? I do hope so 🙂 If you’re new here – as V-Day is pretty popular for proposals! – welcome!! I’m thrilled to meet you and I hope you love following the English Wedding Blog. You’ll find us on social too – we share daily inspiration on Facebook and on our Instagram too.

I’m really excited to introduce you to lovely Siobhan of By Siobhan Louise – a talented lady who can help make your wedding dreams come true. Siobhan’s styling is second to none, and the advice on her website is brilliant. She’s the newest member of the English Wedding blog, and you’ll find her on our Directory pages under Planners & Stylists. Siobhan – welcome!

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Ahhh, the Valentine’s Day proposal. It has romance written all over it. The problem is that it’s so flipping romantic that it can easily turn into a corn-fest. It’s hard to make the occasion yours. It’s even harder to avoid repeating cliché after cliché, until this magical and pivotal occasion becomes a pastiche of itself. So, what do you do? Sink those feet into an ice bucket and hold your horses for a less romantic day? No! Of course not! You just need to take a few precautions to get things right.

Hannah and Mark's RAC Club wedding image credit Danielle Smith Photography (13)
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So your big day is coming up, with so many things to be decided upon the logistics of getting to and from your wedding day might be pushed to the side. Another consideration will be for your guests; it may not be the best plan to assume that everyone will drive themselves. Therefore, it may be a nice idea to make room in your wedding budget to transport yourself and guests! Thankfully, BookAclassic has loads of options for you.

With the trend to make everything as instagrammable as possible it’s time to eschew traditional modes of transport and get creative. Get inspired by these wedding transportation ideas that you may not have considered before…

1. The Classic Sports Car

Our top pick: Jaguar E-Type

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Everybody needs a little romance in their lives. But for newlyweds enjoying their first Valentine’s day, “a little romance” takes on a whole new dimension. Your brand new marriage comes with all kinds of exciting new experiences and memories. Wherever you are, you’ll want to make that first big romantic day special for both of you. Make your first Valentine’s day traditions as a couple exciting, with these seven ideas for a unique Valentine’s Day.

1. Make Your Date A Tradition

It’s tempting to go big on your very first valentines, but if you’re just married bear in mind, there’s something nice about building your own traditions. Maybe you have a favorite restaurant that’s perfect for the two of you. Maybe you both love hiking, or foreign films. On your first Valentine’s day as a couple, try something traditional that’s also completely you. Make it something you can take a day off for, even if you’re still in the exciting throes of your honeymoon, and get reconnected with the humble beginnings of your relationship with a cheesy romantic date that can take you back, and will fit into your new family traditions!

Real wedding at Greenwich Park, image credit London Photographer Emily Black (25)
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Choosing an engagement ring is a massive deal – it has to be perfect, and whether your guy chooses the ring or you head to the shops together after he’s popped the question, it’s a biggie! In contrast, shopping for your wedding rings (often simpler designs than your engagement ring) is a quieter affair for you both. While the engagement ring can be taken as an independent piece of jewellery, most of us want a wedding ring which goes with our engagement ring AND matches the one on our partner’s finger. That’s why so many people are now deciding to design their own.

So how do you go about designing the perfect wedding rings? Where do you even start?

What You Need to Know About Creating Your Own Custom Wedding Rings

The thing about wedding rings is they’re the one thing you own that you will wear for the rest of your life. They’re heirlooms and created to last, so it pays to put time into your early choices.

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Your wedding day. It’s the end – and the beginning – of the greatest love story you’ve ever told. It deserves an epic soundtrack! And because music makes memories, it’s a soundtrack that will stay with you for the rest of your life. So, you know, no pressure or anything, but you might want to put some effort into getting it right!

You have a variety of options open to you, ranging from an iTunes playlist to a 12-piece orchestra, stopping at DJ and string quartet along the way. It’s a decision that depends on your personal tastes, budget, the style of your wedding and your choice of venue. But, one of the best ways to create ambience, get your guests dancing, and ensure a soundtrack that not only lives up to your expectations but exceeds them, is to hire a live wedding band.

4 Live Wedding Bands to Bring Your Personal Soundtrack to Life

1. Motown Gold

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What comes to mind when you picture your dream live wedding entertainment? Are you caught up in the pageantry and glamour of extravagant wedding bands, or the romance and traditionalism of enchanting classical ensembles? When we picture our romantic day, it’s easy to leave a great many alternatives out of mind. Well, as wonderful as floor-filling function bands and romantic string ensembles are, we’re placing another praiseworthy wedding artist in the spotlight – the acoustic solo artist!

There’s a minimalist beauty in an acoustic singer-guitarist that’s often underestimated. Imagine a lone singer delivering heartfelt vocals with nothing but their own charisma (and an instrument honed by 4,000 years of history, of course) to captivate an entire audience – an incredible performance using only what is absolutely necessary. Have an unaccompanied virtuoso make your big day exceptional, and you experience a unique connection that you’ll remember for the rest of your life.

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Hey there beautiful! Are you in London? Near London? Getting wed in London? Then my lovely, I have something wonderful to share with you today. English Wedding is growing, and I count all of our lovely members as a part of the English Wedding team. We’re proud to showcase beautiful weddings, creative and exciting modern suppliers and true talents from all over the UK. Today I’d love for you to check out London wedding photographer Annelie Eddy Photography – her style is documentary, and her images are all about you and your family and friends – captured in Annelie’s uniquely gorgeous and captivating way.

 

Natural and authentic photography that doesn’t take you away from your wedding day.

I’m Annelie and I am a London-based documentary wedding photographer.

Photographing people is one of my favourite things in the world. This is especially true for weddings, where so much beauty, love, and emotions are packed into one day.

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You’re about to get hitched. You’re happy. You’re head-over-heels in love. But you’re heavily distracted by one not-so-tiny, crucial detail – where to go on your honeymoon!

The way I see it, honeymoons are a personal reward for you and your new life partner. After months of wedding stress, the two of you can stop worrying about your friends and family, and just focus on yourselves. It’s a wonderful opportunity (before the realities of life start again) when you can splurge on unique honeymoon destinations and experiences and not feel guilty. So make the most of it!

Sure, you can fly off to a white sandy beach and lounge around with a Pina Colada in your hand. But why not rather spend your time (and money) on a bucket-list-worthy experience? An out-of-this-world location you’ve always wanted to visit, or an adventurous escape you’ve always wanted to do. Something that you’ll never forget. Something that you can look back on and say wow, remember how we started our lives together?

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Planning the entertainment for your wedding can be stressful at any time, but a Christmas wedding? How do you strike the right balance? Do you go fully Jingle Bells, or ignore the festive feeling and stick to the songs and sounds that matter to you? The thing is, with those blazing log fires, mistletoe, and frosty weather – all the better for snuggling close – winter is an incredibly romantic time of year. So, whatever theme you choose for your wedding, it has the potential to be magical. Your wedding entertainment is that little sprinkling of fairy dust on top, that makes the whole thing sparkle.

So, grab some spices, mull some wine and have a little read through our guide to choosing the best entertainment for your winter wedding.

The Earcandy Christmas Band