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As months of planning come and go and the wedding day gets closer, stress levels normally skyrocket. Did everyone RSVP? Are the vendors confirmed? Is druncle Stan going to behave? Oh…all the zillion things that can go wrong!

First off: relax…
Breathe…
Let it go…

Not happening? I get it; on top of probably working a full-time job, all your free time and energy is put into planning the most perfect fairytale wedding. I completely understand that not stressing out isn’t something that you can easily do at this point. But it’s so important to relieve all of that tension building up.

A perfect solution is to treat yourself and your betrothed to a pre-wedding pamper. Being refreshed and newly connected with your partner will help you tackle those planning challenges, and prevent a wedding planning burnout.

Photo by Anupam Mahapatra on Unsplash

 

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A guest post by our friends at Truly Experiences

“Actually, the best gift you could have given her was a lifetime of adventures.”

– Lewis Carroll 

After you’ve tied the knot, it’s tradition that you’re whisked away by your new spouse on an extensive and magical getaway. But these trips have become increasingly expensive over the years, especially during the popular wedding months when prices surge. Going on a honeymoon isn’t as appealing to younger generations, or just isn’t financially viable. 

Enter the minimoon! The minimoon has become increasingly popular because of the brevity and low prices. These 3 to 4-day trips are a chance to escape on a beautiful adventure and celebrate your marriage without breaking the bank. Need some inspo for your romantic minimoon? I’ve got you covered! 

 

Michelin-Starred Foodie Getaway in the Lake District

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If you’re at that age when it seems like every friend, cousin and their hamster is getting hitched, I’m sure you’ll agree – boozed up, wild hen and stag dos are getting old very quickly. The penis straws are kitsch, the ass-exposed waiters are degrading, and the hangovers just aren’t worth it.

Luckily for you (and your liver), there are plenty of unique party ideas to celebrate your mate who’s about to get married. Workshops are an excellent way to have fun, get to know the rest of the bridal party, and pick up a new craft, all at the same time. What’s not to love about that?

Take your pick from these some somewhat quirky, but still unbelievably fun hen, stag and sten ideas that’ll be a total hit with everyone from the conservative Gran to the crazy out-there best friend.

Mixology Masterclass

This workshop is for those who want to get a little loosey-goosey, but not by knocking back shot after shot of tequila. 

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A guest article by our sponsors Truly Experiences

“Cherish forever what makes you unique, ‘cuz you’re really a yawn if it goes.” – Bette Midler

Crafting a wild and wonderful wedding, one that is unique and pleasing for both you and guests alike is a growing trend. Offbeat weddings are fun, exciting and create a sense of anticipation for all involved. Indeed, weddings today don’t need to follow the traditional path, and if you choose otherwise, know that you’re not alone.
Today, engaged couples have so much at their disposal to create the perfect, personalized wedding. A wedding that not only stands out from the crowd but represents their interests, philosophies or values. These weddings can be as romantic as hosting an authentic Regency era Jane Austen wedding in Goodnestone Park, to throwing an all-out cabaret shindig for your guests to enjoy. You can make all aspects of your wedding follow a particular crazy theme, from the location to the dress code to the wedding gifts you want to receive.
To help you get started on your journey of a one-of-kind wedding, here are some totally unique ideas ranging from 100% wacky to seriously obscure. Hey, you get married once (hopefully) so make sure you start your married life with a bang!

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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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A guest article by Truly Experiences

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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A guest article by Bibi at Truly Experiences; Images from the English Wedding archives by Amanda Karen Photography

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!

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A guest article by Bibi at Truly Experiences

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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The English Wedding Directory is where you can find all of our favourite wedding suppliers. Our Facebook page is updated with new vendors when they join us, and the Directory is full of brilliant photographers, stationers, florists, stylists, cake designers… everything you might need for the wedding of your dreams!

These lovely people have joined the English Wedding Directory in the last couple of weeks – and we have more coming up to share with you soon! Do take a moment to discover them, and if you like what you see why not get in touch and even book this weekend?

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It’s happened. Your best mate in the whole world is getting married. He’s found the partner of his dreams and now he’s bestowed you with one of the greatest honours a man can receive – being the best man.

This is not something your friend has done lightly. Out of all of his pals, he’s chosen you to be by his side during one of the biggest days of his life. It’s not just a title; it’s a testament to how much your friend loves and appreciates you. (You feeling the pressure yet?)

But with great power comes great responsibility. There’s a lot you’ve got to consider. If you’re puzzling over how you can do your friend proud, you’ve come to the right place. I’ve put together nine killer tips on how you can put ‘best’ in ‘best man’.

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If you’re busy planning your own wedding, chances are – like us – you’re going through that phase where all of your friends are tying the knot as well! We’re on a steady run of 2 weddings per year… and that means 2 outfits, 2 weekends away and 2 wedding gifts! When Truly Experiences got in touch I was delighted: they’re going to be a great place to find those unusual wedding gifts we’ve been looking for in the run up to all of our friends’ weddings! So with a warm welcome from me, our newest English Wedding team members are here to share their story with you today.

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Finding the perfect wedding gift is no easy task. It takes a lot of thought and consideration to find that unique present for newlyweds that’s not just another boring kitchen appliance off the wedding registry.

No-one knows this more than our CEO and founder of Truly Experiences, Jack Huang.