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It’s every bride and groom’s worst nightmare – a last minute crisis when a supplier you’ve had your heart set on suddenly can’t be there for your wedding.

As a supplier myself, I totally get it. I also know those last few weeks before your wedding are busy, stressful and the LAST thing you need is to be let down by one of your suppliers.

All is not lost.

There are things you can do, and ways of handling the situation:

Prevention

  1. You get what you pay for – so before you book a ‘too good to be true’ supplier who’s charging half of what others do, think really carefully. Good, experienced suppliers may charge more – but you’re paying for reliability, great communication and the peace of mind that comes with experience.
  2. Deposits and agreements in writing – always make sure your booking is in writing with dates confirmed and any deposits paid as soon as your supplier asks. Most won’t reserve your date without a deposit – and being ‘pencilled in’ is NEVER confirmation of your booking. Putting off payment of a deposit can lose you that first-choice supplier.
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2017 brides get to surround themselves with the most lush flowers imaginable – and the trend for exciting, statement flora is growing in momentum. “Flora”? Like, Latin? Yes – because I mean everything that’s gorgeous and green in nature – bouquets and arrangements are so much more than bunches of flowers. Today’s inspiration showcases the most stunning blooms and tendrils of leaf and stem; succulents, ferns, varieties of everything like we’ve never seen before.

This inspiration is more than just flowers of course. It’s full of wedding ideas for the botanicals-loving bride: with stationery attuned to this key theme (by the fabulous Gooseberry Moon) and amazing styling by Nina Marika (whose name is just one of those you’ll find in our fabulous new supplier directory).

Bridal make up by lovely Aimee Chorley and divine hair by Daniel Gray make this one of the prettiest bridal shoots I’ve seen so far  this year, and I really hope you love it too! Images are by the always-fabulous Tiree Dawson, and there’s a full supplier list for you below.

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I was chatting with a friend yesterday and the words “like a princess” came into our conversation – and we chuckled. Neither of us are princessy girls… and yet, doesn’t everyone want to be the centre of someone’s universe sometimes?

Legend Bridal Designs alternative wedding blog with Tiree Dawson Photography (16)

That feeling of “like a princess” applies to relationships as much as it does to weddings. I’ve heard so many stories from brides-to-be finding their dress: ‘The One” – and having that princess feeling! Until now I’ve always felt a little apart from that; I’m no Cinderella, I’ve never worn a cocktail dress or ballgown – it just isn’t me. And when it comes to wedding dresses, I’d go as alternative as I could get away with!

This last month or so I’ve come to realise that alternative and princess aren’t worlds apart: you can be both. There are more princesses than Cinderella and Kate (yawn!) – and turning to those with fiery characters and exciting styles means you can look amazing, and like your gorgeous, alternative self, and still feel like a princess on your wedding day!

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Weddings do the oddest things to time. How often have you heard couples say “it all goes so fast” – and yet it takes aaaages to do everyone’s hair and make up and then lace up the back of a wedding dress! If you do one thing this week, take a little time to consider your wedding day timings. Start planning an itinerary – and chat with your hairdresser, your photographer and your caterers to make sure your day will run as smoothly as can be.

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All the images used in this article are by lovely Tiree Dawson Photography, from Lisa and Richie’s Lake District wedding featured on the English Wedding Blog in July

I learn something new every day I write the English Wedding Blog, I really do! I read a lot of photographers’ own blogs, and one of the very best (I have a secret top 5!) is Lake District wedding photographer Tiree Dawson‘s. This is probably her second-best blog post: read it and you’ll learn a few things about wedding timings too! (Tiree’s best blog post is here – be warned, it will have you on the edge of your seat)

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I love this place; Broadoaks is one of my favourite local wedding venues (how lucky am I to live so close to the Lakes?!) and the couple featured today are fabulous and gorgeous and romantic. This is one of those wedding films which captures the atmosphere of the day and will have you smiling along – with me – possibly with a little tear in your eye. LOVE this!

 

The beautiful bride and groom: Nina & Sam

Wedding film by: Nathan at Redfield Media
Venue: Broadoaks Country House
Photographer: Tiree Dawson www.tireedawson.co.uk

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Not everyone dreams of being a princess. I never have; and if I’m honest the classic bridal style isn’t for me. I love dresses which are different, creative, and which make a real impression. A dress has to have ‘wow’ as well as being beautiful. And in an ideal world, a dress has to have a story behind it. Enter the awesome Legend Bridal Designs along with an impressive cast of north west wedding suppliers for today’s alternative styled shoot…

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I’m a little obsessed with Game of Thrones. I was excited to hear that the girls at Legend Bridal Designs have recently created custom wedding gowns for brides who love the series and found the inspiration for their day there. Legend are bespoke dressmakers with a very different kind of bridal shop – their dresses are out of this world. I was over the moon to see this magical, unique bridal shoot featuring their gorgeous designs. Images are by lovely Tiree Dawson Photography.

Alternative wedding inspiration with Tiree Dawson Photography on the English Wedding Blog (13)

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Hi lovely! Is it just me or is January flying by?! I’ve had a rush of enquiries for calligraphy, and have a bunch of amazing weddings up my sleeve… and still trying to be good and make it outside for a walk on my beach every lunchtime! (While quietly munching my way through the 48 delicious Caramacs my lovely friend Jamie sent me!)…

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Photography credits: Tiree Dawson. All suppliers featured are listed at the bottom of the page.

Last year I was working to an editorial calendar with the English Wedding Blog, and scheduling feature posts up to a fortnight in advance: they were all written and ready to publish and I was checking in once a week or so… but this year I’m flying by the seat of my pants, getting up at 6:30 every day and writing posts to publish the very same day. It’s kind of more exciting… but I’m working in panic mode a little!

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This morning we shared the first of three fabulous Viking inspired bridal looks, and you’ll have glimpsed some of the most amazing table styling in the banqueting hall at Lowther Castle. This afternoon I’m sharing my very favourite parts from this shoot: the tablescape – and it’s so much more than just a table! Let’s take a closer look at the tablescapes, floral design, wedding cake, stationery suite and bridal styling from this morning’s Lowther Castle shoot.

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Wedding tables are changing: the last thing they are is flat… tablescapes now include fabulous hanging decorations and sumptuous design from floor to ceiling. The banqueting tablescape from Lowther Castle was one of the loveliest I’ve EVER seen – and it’s so exciting to be able to share it with you on the English Wedding Blog.

Here’s how to create a unique and exciting look for your Viking inspired wedding celebration. It’s perfect for any castle wedding reception, and especially suited to the winter months when you’re looking to add colour to your tables. Enjoy!Claire

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You’re about to have a brilliantly inspiring Monday morning. (You’re welcome!) I’ve fallen head over heels for today’s style inspiration: we’re about to journey into a world of Viking style, via a shoot which embraces amazing lighting, decor and beauty. There’s a fabulously creative tablescape the like of which I’ve never seen before: it’s simply out of this world.

Viking wedding inspiration on the English Wedding Blog image credit Tiree Dawson Photography (36)

The first bridal look is my favourite: those long braids and striking accessories are more than gorgeous – and the dress and accessories work beautifully. It’s an alternative look for a bride with real character: a chance to embrace your creativity and dress up – knowing your bridal look will be unique, and oh so you.

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I adore the shape of this dress as much as I do the detailing: the delicate lace and hand cut suede flowers in the shoulder detail make it such a magical style to wear – bliss!

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Those of you who follow me on my personal instagram will know I’m lucky to live by the beautiful Lake District. My home is one of the most beautiful places in the world and I’d never dream of getting married anywhere else. Andy and Katie’s wedding is literally right up my street – and instantly shoots to the top of my list of weddings of the year. Their day is charming, full of personal touches and still wonderfully down to earth. Oh and Katie is the prettiest bride with such a wonderful smile… you’ll LOVE today’s real wedding.

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The colours for the day were kept in line with the Lakeland setting: blues and greens kept the styling consistent, although little decoration was needed. Katie is a keen and talented crafter, and she made 150 metres of bunting to string across the beams of the chapel and reception venue.

Langdales wedding in Cumbria with images by Tiree Dawson Photography (22)

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I’m going to remember July… when I look back on the English Wedding Blog features for the year I’ll be like, “oh July… that was when I shared that amazing Lakes wedding with Wainwrights and walking boots!” and quietly noted it as one of my favourite weddings of the year so far. I’ve always said weddings should be personal to you, whoever you are and whatever your crazy loves and hobbies may be! And if that’s muddy boots and cairns (Instagram friends will know it is for me!) then you’ll adore today’s wedding blog.

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Lisa and Richie’s big day rocks. The details are fabulous – and for those of you who don’t know the Lakes like the back of your hands, just enjoy the cute little books and other fab details (and be grateful I didn’t show you every single Wainwright table name… because I wanted to!). There’s so much more to see, and the photos are superb!

A beautiful Lake District wedding on the English Wedding Blog photographed by Tiree Dawson (45)

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Wedding inspiration doesn’t get any more exciting… with an amazing team, big ideas and incredible styling talents today’s styled shoot is out of this world. It has all of my most favourite things: creatively messy oversized flowers, great big glowing lightbulb stars, fabulous photography, divine dress detailing and exquisite photography…

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The best thing about today’s shoot – as with every shoot I feature – is that it could be all yours. Shoots are all about showing couples how amazing a wedding can look when you hire the right team to style your wedding day. Every supplier featured today comes very highly recommended because I’ve seen and loved their work over and over again.

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Whether you choose a single statement piece – a shining star, a stunning bouquet, a dress dripping with back jewels – or a combination of the elements from the shoot, you’re guaranteed wow factor. Personally I would start with the flowers… Katie Laura is one of the best wedding florists I’ve seen on blogs this year and she’s going to be ridiculously popular, I just know it!