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Have you ever been to a wedding where everything was homemade… only not so well? I hear from so many brides who’ve felt pressure to get their craft on but didn’t enjoy the process or love the results. I hate to say it, but I feel there’s too much focus on essential wedding DIY these days, and it’s kind of spoiling the fun for those of us who really do love getting all gluey and covered in moss and glitter spray!

Craft because you’re crafty. Craft because you love it!

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All this articles images are by the fabulous Parkershots Photography, and are taken from Rod and Kirsty’s handmade wedding on the English Wedding Blog

If you craft to save money, because you’re on a tight budget, because you can’t afford to hire someone – for any reason other than you LOVE doing it… it’s not going to work.

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Win a copy of Mollie Makes: Weddings – the latest publication from the UK’s favourite craft curators! As a wedding blogger I’m lucky enough to get free copies of some brilliant books, and this one has to top my list.

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Give your wedding a really personal touch with craft projects written by some of Mollie Makes’ favourite experts. The projects are designed for people who love crafts: be prepared to spend hours making some of these, and know you’ll be rewarded with gorgeous keepsakes of your day.

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Morning lovelies! Are you feeling the pressure to get your craft on in the run up to your wedding? I have the perfect thing for you – Kirstie Allsopp’s three-day craft fair, the biggest in the UK by a mile, with tutorials and ideas from dozens of wonderfully talented people.

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Learn how to make paper poms and garlands with the fabulous PaperPoms!

The Handmade Fair is perfect for creative brides and grooms whether you’re looking for inspiration, help or supplies. You can learn how to make perfect tissue paper garlands, paper poms, streamers and more….

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Image credit http://howlingbasset.com/ from Claudia and Peter’s wedding

There are cake decorating lessons, or you could attend a demonstration of flower arranging with sought-after wedding florist Kitten Grayson.

I’ll even bring some calligraphy pens for you to play with, and we can practice writing names in my calligraphy skills workshop every day at 2pm. After the workshops I’ll be around to answer any wedding craft questions you might have, or share calligraphy tips for your place names and invitations!

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Hey everyone, happy weekend! What are you up to this morning? I’m doing a little bit of work behind the scenes here at English Wedding Blog HQ, and looking forward to cooking up a storm with my man for dinner tonight. I have a little treat for you first though: these lovely personalised wedding stamps by Noolibird!

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They’re pretty awesome aren’t they… and even more so if you imagine the potential. Just one stamp can tie your whole wedding together, from save the dates and invites through to your orders of service, escort card display, place settings… you could even use them for wedding signs for your sweetie buffet or cake table, for little labels on favours and for thank you cards after the big day!

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It’s been said that details at weddings aren’t that important. It’s a fair argument and one I understand: the focus of a wedding should be the marriage itself, and celebrating with friends and family. However…

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Polly and Andy’s gorgeous Dorset wedding by Simon Biffen Photography – click to see the real wedding

Relatively speaking, the little details shouldn’t really matter… the stationery, wedding signs, accessories, ushers’ colour-coordinated socks and cufflinks. Or should they?

Little things hold their own special memories

Wedding blogs and magazines have been criticised for focusing on the minutiae of wedding decor. Our “real weddings” share too many images of DIY details – or so some have said. I’m referring of course to the infamous ‘Dear Wedding Bloggers, You Suck‘ on Mountainside Bride blog.

But for some reason, a year later this letter is still making me think. Why should we dismiss the little details which have taken couples so long to create or source from creative wedding suppliers?