London wedding photographer Jordanna Marston on the English Wedding Blog (20)
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Planning your ‘best day ever’ is the most amazing rollercoaster ride – and now is a fantastic time to get married! Some time ago we threw away the wedding rulebook, and couples are celebrating their commitment in creative, personal and truly individual style. I’ve been a wedding blogger for eight years and seen so many exciting changes in how we get married – and you know the very best thing about weddings now? They’re all so very different and those personal touches every couple include make every day special and magical in its own unique way!

There’s no ‘one-size-fits-all’ wedding any more. I love that guest lists can be anything from two to five hundred of your nearest and dearest. Dresses and suits can be as formal or as boho as you like – and you can choose to be married in a centuries-old church or the field behind your house. What’s not to love about all this freedom… but where on earth do you start?

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Nina from Fine Style Events is a gem of the wedding world. She has the most wonderful eye for those special touches which can make a wedding unique and beautiful. Not only that, Nina has the expertise, contacts and experience to save you from all the stresses and dilemmas of planning a wedding. Were you looking for a wedding planner in Surrey or the South East? Look no further!

http://finestyleevents.co.uk

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Wedding planning in Surrey by Fine Style Weddings & Events

“Nina took over the organisation and more importantly the worry from us, right from our first meeting. We finally had the confidence to move forwards and get our wedding planned! Whenever we had any questions, Nina was quick to respond and find a solution / supplier to match our wishes. We were able to choose from carefully selected suppliers for bands and photographers, which to us were so important. We felt supported and at ease during the whole process and I can’t imagine how different the experience would have been without Nina. On the day itself, Nina took care of everyone and everything and made sure the venue was on track with timings. The day went seamlessly and neither we, or our families, were aware of any issues if they cropped up. Nina was invaluable! Thank you for making our special day all that it was.”

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This article is especially for all of you lovely newly engaged brides-to-be! Congratulations and welcome to Weddingland 🙂 It’s a magical whirlwind of a wonderful place to inhabit, but it can also be freaky-scary, expensive and overwhelming. So let’s ease ourselves in to proceedings with the help of a very wonderful friend of mine. I asked Bernadette if I could reblog an article she wrote for her own wedding planning blog, because I find her advice reassuring, positive and encouraging – I hope you will too! Over to Bernadette…

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Image credit Karen Flower Photography www.KarenFlowerPhotography.com

1. Start dreaming

Yes, you have permission to start dreaming about your wedding. Go wild, what would you have if money was no object?

2. What’s your style? 

Buy every wedding magazine to work out which one matches your style. Each magazine has a different target bride/wedding and you’ll quickly discover which ones are right for you.

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I had a little chuckle when Lydia from Kalms offered me some freebies – I already have plenty! (I took my driving test and my motorbike test this summer… I also run my own wedding business and I’m sure I’m not the only self-employed creative person who will recommend Kalms!) Nonetheless, this is a very interesting – and worrying – survey about the stress of planning a wedding. I would love to hear what you think of the results. Any surprises? Are you and your other half feeling the stress of wedding planning?

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Sophie and Jonathan’s top tip: “Keep calm and enjoy it. You have done everything you can so just let things flow…but do have delegated responsibilities for the best man / maid of honour etc… It will take most of the stress away.” (Click the image to see their wedding)

Kalms reveals the stress factors of getting married

  • Nearly a fifth of Brits rank getting married as the most stressful life event
  • Wedding planning puts more strain on men than women
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From castles, dinosaurs and dancing unicorns (step one) to a realistic and sensible way of creating the wedding you will love, and in budget (step three) – think you can do it? I’m sure you can, and it’s all about having a vision and knowing what you really want as a couple.

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Wedding photography credit: Georgi Mabee. Click to see the rest of this gorgeous wedding on the blog!

Rachel has written today’s guest article for you, and it’s brilliant. Follow her advice and you’ll be well on the way to saving both money and stress as you plan your big day together.

Sticking to your guns: The art of prioritising when planning your wedding.

Every couple planning a wedding (unless they happen to be extremely rich with little or no family) will have to make compromises. This is a fact. But don’t panic! Here is a simple guide to working out your priorities early and then sticking to them with a steely determination in the face of dream venues, pushy mother-in-laws and dwindling funds.

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Wedding planning: can you be too organised? Photo credit: CG Weddings, Cheshire www.cgweddings.co.uk

I have admiration and astonishment in equal measure for couples – and let’s face it, mainly brides-to-be – who plan their weddings. Co-ordinating everything from guest lists to menu choices, sending invitations and remembering to order everything from top hats to garters… I can’t even begin to imagine how you do it.

It takes 18 months to plan your perfect day… or does it?

The average time to plan a wedding in the UK is 18 months, I believe. Wedding magazines, websites and books offer wedding planning checklists and guides telling you what needs to be done when: have you taken out wedding insurance? ordered buttonholes for the ushers? Do you know when to order your wedding invitations?

Can you plan your wedding too far in advance?

I read a thread on the Hitched wedding forum this week, asking how early was too early to book a wedding photographer. My experience tells me that the very best get booked up anywhere from two years in advance.

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by Cassie Cooper, wedding planner of Three Graces Weddings

It goes without saying that every bride deserves a wedding day which is beautiful, stylish and stress-free. But it seems to me that somewhere along the way we’ve all got a bit lost in the idea of everything being flawlessly perfect and we’ve forgotten to do the most important thing of all: enjoy ourselves!

Stay optimistic and plan your wedding your way

I have a natural inclination to want to organise everything to within an inch of its life; but my driving force is not the desire to make everyone’s wedding look like a spread from a magazine but the hope that everyone will just be happy on the day. ‘Just’ indeed!

I wonder how many couples have the same optimism but get slowly and surely dragged down by ‘shoulds’, tensions and too much sweating of the small stuff. Has this happened to you?

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When I chat to brides as part of my day job or for all those of you who send me lovely emails about your weddings I’m always impressed and often amazed. Why? Because so many of you are planning your gorgeous wedding receptions with a hundred or so guests… it can be a military operation and it’s almost always a once in a lifetime experience for you – so hats off to you, ladies and gents, for planning your weddings. I don’t think I could do it!

…which is why I’m writing about The Wedding Genie’s bridal workshops today. I know in your shoes I’d feel a little daunted by the prospect of planning a wedding day, and if that’s how you’re feeling then this could be the perfect solution to any wedding planning worries you have. Over to Julie Dawson aka The Wedding Genie to tell you more…

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  • Have you just got engaged or know a friend who has?
  • Don’t know where to start with your wedding planning?