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Wow – I can’t quite believe it’s Friday already! And time to share some of the best wedding blogs of the week just gone. I’ve found you a destination wedding with bubbles, a glamorous Lancashire wedding blog, and a DIY wedding with a vintage flavour. There’s quirky Las Vegas stationery inspiration, alternative wedding dresses and a shock revelation about one of our favourite wedding readings… it’s an exciting week for wedding blogs!

Love Gets Sweeter Vicky Gareth wedding film Cheshire

The Look of Love… I found this gorgeous wedding film (and stills!) on Love Gets Sweeter

The best real wedding blogs…

  • Carol and Ross’s countryside wedding with pink lemonade and lace – and some details I’ll be using for inspiration for my wedding calligraphy stand in a couple of weeks!
  • Into the blue – a gorgeous destination wedding with fabulous accessories by Olivier Laudus on their latest wedding blog
  • An elegant, glamorous and very moving wedding at Lancashire’s Stanley House: just look at Joanne in her wedding dress… divine!
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real wedding blog by Hazelnut Photography on Style Me Pretty

real wedding blog by Hazelnut Photography on Style Me Pretty

Friday afternoon, and anyone who’s new to English Wedding Blog might wonder what this post is about. An introduction: on Fridays at 2pm we all take at least 10 minutes off whatever we’re doing, make sure our bosses can’t see the computer screens, and surf the interweb for weddingy things. Here are the loveliest wedding blog posts I’ve found online recently – all for you to enjoy.

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Fairytale French wedding blog photo credit www.janisratnieks.com

Fairytale French wedding blog photo credit www.janisratnieks.com

This week’s Wedding Planning or Work is dedicated to my new friend Scarlet Blue. Last Friday I skived off WPOW entirely, as I was up to my neck in calligraphy… only to find an email on Saturday from Scarlet (which she’d sent on Friday) saying how much she enjoyed my weekly blog roundups… Oops!

Today I’m not skiving off – I’ve made you a bumper edition of Wedding Planning or Work to enjoy. Happy Friday everyone!

romantic Spanish inspired wedding on Green Wedding Shoes blog

Spanish inspired wedding Photo credit: www.joielala.com

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Somerset wedding photography by Belinda McCarthy

Somerset wedding. Photography credit: Belinda McCarthy http://somerset-wedding-photographer.co.uk

I’ve found some brilliant bits of internet for you this week: real weddings, DIY projects, discussions and – a new bit of Wedding planning or work: wedding business stuff. I’m just going to jump in. Highlights today include Alex Beadon’s business blogging advice, and discussions on beauty from Anna (Far from the wedding crowd).

Enjoy. And have a wonderful weekend xx

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Rustic country wedding on Ruffled blog www.nectarinephotography.com

Rustic country wedding on Ruffled blog www.nectarinephotography.com

Definitely not work. Friday afternoon, are we all gazing wistfully outside at the last vestiges of sunshine as the brightness fades just in time for the weekend? Ah well. Ideally we’d be sat outside a little pavement cafe in a little out-of-the-way place or people-watching outside a bar in the city centre – neither planning weddings or working, while the sunshine lasts!

Here’s a quick weekly round up of my favourite bits of wedding blog. Enjoy – and have a gorgeous weekend.

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DIY Giant flowers for your wedding

DIY Giant flowers for your wedding on greenweddingshoes.com/diy-giant-flowers

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California wedding on 100 Layer Cake. Photo credit tylerbranchphoto.com

It’s been a busy week in the wedding blog world with plenty of discussions and debates getting me thinking, the best of which I’ll share with you today. So this afternoon it’s not just about pretty ideas (although it’s a great place to begin!) – it’s important to stop work for ten minutes and read some of the best from this week’s wedding blogs. Dive in and enjoy!

Claire x

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Wedding label DIY

Wedding label DIY on Rock My Wedding blog

children at weddings
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Texas vintage wedding

via Green Wedding Shoes blog. Photo credit: claytonaustinlovestories.com

Timekeeping is important. I’m crap at it: only this week did I realise my email subscriptions were landing at 3am!!! (thanks to Chris Hanley, who very politely mentioned his iPhone beeping in the early hours every day… Chris I do hope you got up to read my updates!) – and that’s just the start of my organisational problems.

Another example would be Friday afternoons: you know when it’s nearly the weekend and you just can’t be bothered finishing work you could do on Monday morning? That’s what I do. But then again… a little break, a breather, ten minutes of wedding planning instead of work… can’t do us any harm, can it? It might do us good: fire our creativity, perhaps.

Time for a bit of weddingness for our Friday afternoon treat! Enjoy, everyone!

Claire xx

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Time for a little Friday afternoon blog hop, anyone?

wedding dress cake

wedding dress cake from Foodista.com

I have to confess: I’m out and about this week and writing this blog post in a bit of a hurry. But I still have to share a few of the best bits of internet I’ve been enjoying over the last week or so.

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Love my dress wedding blog

Wedding on Love My Dress blog. Photo credit: Lillian & Leonard

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Surrey wedding photography by Martin Beddall

Surrey wedding photography by Martin Beddall

Hang on a minute… where did the week go?! You know sometimes the days just slip by and you feel like you’ve missed one?! Yep – that’s me, right now. But – well it’s nearly Christmas now. So I’ve definitely got that Friday feeling and it’s time to relax and forget about work (yes I know it’s 2 o’clock) until Monday morning.

Time for some wedding treats from around the web…

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Manchester monastery wedding photography by Neil Redfern

Manchester monastery wedding photography by Neil Redfern

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Ruth and Rick's Just One from Nutfield Priory - Shooting Hip

Beautiful image at www.shootinghip.com (click to see full size)

Another Friday afternoon, another mini-escape from the pressures of the day job for anyone who’s twiddling a pen, gazing into space or watching the clock in the corner. (Do offices still have clocks in the corner? It’s been so long… does everyone just use the clock in the corner of their screen now?) Anyways…

Welcome to the land of weddings, blogs and pretty things.

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Charlotte Balbier engagement blog (15)

I’m way over the top excited about this little blog post. Fabulous bridal designer Charlotte Balbier has announced her engagement to the love of her life Teddy Bedford. Having lived a real life ‘Sliding Doors’, growing up around the corner from each other, Charlotte and Teddy are now going to be busy making plans – quite possibly for a gorgeous winter wedding day.

It’s always big news when someone so popular in the wedding industry gets engaged… there’s a real buzz around Charlotte and Teddy’s engagement and we can’t wait to find out more about their plans over the next few months. This is far more exciting for me than any celeb weddings that might have happened in 2011!

Charlotte Balbier engagement blog (16)

Charlotte Balbier engagement blog (17)

Charlotte Balbier is at the forefront of UK bridal design, with her latest ‘Candy Kisses’ collection a dream of vintage inspired French lace, rose pinks and contemporary styles, slinky red carpet glamour and timeless elegance. I love Charlotte’s designs to bits – and I’m delighted that Charlotte has shared a little exclusive proposal story with English Wedding blog!

email from mother in law to bride june 2011 daily mail
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The Telegraph and Daily Mail are today reporting on an email sent from a mother in law to her son’s bride. It’s not a nice story but one that gets me thinking and I’d love to hear your opinions on this one!

email from mother in law to bride june 2011 daily mail

Source: the Daily Mail (mother in law email to bride article)

Allegedly the mother in law emailed her son’s fiancée with a list of complaints about her behaviour saying:

  • she lacked good manners
  • she should attend finishing school
  • she’d be a great candidate for Ladette to Lady
  • she didn’t try hard enough to fit in with the family
  • hiring a castle for the wedding was ‘brash, celebrity style behaviour’
  • her parents should have saved more for their daughter’s wedding

The girl was shocked to receive the email and forwarded it to a couple of friends… and so the story began – it’s now being shared all over the world!

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2009518/Bride-left-red-faced-email-criticising-future-mother-law-goes-viral.html

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/howaboutthat/8607132/Mother-in-laws-email-about-future-brides-uncouth-behaviour-goes-viral.html