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Morning everyone! We’re about to hit what I’m calling ‘proper Christmas’, and most of you will be thinking about non-wedding stuff for a while – so with that in mind I’m sharing some wonderfully bookmarkable posts from now on. Read now if you’re feeling weddingy, or save for later if you’re rushed off your feet with Christmas prep!

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Scott and Daniella’s luxury Saddleworth Hotel wedding, with Pixies in the Cellar Photography

Today the English Wedding Blog is all about wedding hair. I’m no expert (think of me as an expert on anything carefree and windswept!) but I know someone who is! We all know winter can trash our hair on a daily basis so here are some brilliant tips to help you avoid the wild, snowy look on your wedding day.

Getting your hair right for a winter wedding isn’t as easy as it sounds. As well as having to deal with the wintry weather and central heating, you also need to think about the thicker, more luxurious fabrics you’re likely to wear and the design of your dress.

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Hey everyone, happy Saturday! I hope you’ve had a nice week. Just before you dash out to the shops – because I think we’re all going this morning* – here are a few of the very best wedding blogs you mustn’t miss this week. Real weddings, creative ideas and advice I’ve read, bookmarked and saved for sharing with you today! Enjoy 🙂

*Congratulations to anyone who’s all finished and spending the day under the duvet! You lucky thing!
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Clare and Ian are just incredible. Their wedding is breathtaking! The rustic styling is beautiful and colourful, with gorgeous DIY touches throughout. Via Pixies in the Cellar http://www.pixiesinthecellar.co.uk/

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If anyone actually has booked a dancing swan, I’d love to know… this was actually mentioned in a real wedding blog post featured a few months ago! It’s not something I’ve seen, and while I’m not about to tell you it’s something you NEED for your wedding I’d quite like to have one for my boyfriend’s birthday. I think he’d like the surprise…

Dancing swans aside, what can you learn from all of the brides and grooms who’ve had their weddings featured on the English Wedding Blog in the last year?

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Quite a lot.

I hope you find this blog post useful – and do feel free to add your own advice in the comments box at the end!

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Do your own thing and don’t be swayed by anyone… Lois and Gary

Try to speak to every guest, espe­cially older/close rel­a­tives who love to have you all to them­selves for a while. And don’t sweat the small stuff; the things that go a bit off-plan add to your wed­ding day story! Ryan and Andrea

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Have you found yourself shocked by the prices quoted for wedding flowers? You won’t be alone – seemingly expensive quotes from florists can come as a big surprise and often mean couples have to change their plans for wedding flowers to come in under budget. I wonder if the wedding magazines are misleading us by featuring shoots full of flowers and giving average cost breakdowns which simply don’t match… what do you think?

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Flowers by Jades Flower Design Photo credit Mark Bothwell

Today I’m sharing a very honest and detailed breakdown and explanation of the price you can expect to pay for your wedding flowers. Bernadette Chapman from Dream Occasions is here to tell you more. Read, digest, comment if you’d like to, even ask us a question. I hope you’ll find this advice feature useful! Over to Bernadette…

Part of my role as a wedding planner is to allocate clients’ budgets to the relevant areas of their wedding, i.e from our initial consultation I will have an idea of how much the flowers, entertainment, stationery should cost. I’m normally pretty accurate with my estimations but then I have been doing this for 10 years!

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Have you used Pinterest for your wedding planning? I’m wondering whether I should include some of my favourite boards on this weekly* best wedding blogs feature. I’ve been pinning a lot this week and added a lovely new Pinterest button to the blog too! The old one was a piddly little thing which sat in the corner doing nothing, hehe. Anyway – let me know if you’d like more Pinterest boards in here!

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Photo credit Shaun Taylor Photography – a beautiful wedding with rustic and quirky elements

*you know the drill with this one… my definition of weekly is fluid. 😉

On we go – the best wedding blogs of the week. Enjoy! Claire xxx

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Hello there! As I type, it’s looking nice outside and I’m tempted to dash out to the beach for a stroll and some sea air. I’m sure it’s good for me – the exercise and the smell of the sea certainly make me feel alive and happy! I’m only guessing they’re also great for my complexion… the natural, healthy approach to skin care is definitely my style!

While I’m out, I have a guest blogger here to share some great tips for organic skin care in the run up to your wedding. This is a great article, with advice starting 6 months before your wedding – so if you’re not sure where to start to get your skin feeling and looking great, Karen’s tips will help. Enjoy!

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