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So many of you loved reading Carolyn’s tips about finding vintage china for your wedding, so I’m thrilled to be sharing another fantastic article from her again today. Carolyn is the wedding coordinator from The Pavilion at Lane End (Bucks outdoor wedding venue) and has some simple, easy and super practical tips for saving money on your wedding. Enjoy!

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Hello everyone!

If you are reading this blog then you are most likely planning a wedding, which would mean you are probably aware by now just how quickly it all adds up! In my daily duties as a wedding coordinator I am often asked about wedding budgets and whether there are ways to save costs and stay within budget.

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I recently read on moneysupermarket.com that the average cost of a wedding in the UK is now £20,000. This is probably one of the biggest investments you will make next to buying your first house, so I would recommend taking your time and consider every decision carefully.

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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!

Make it personal

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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For a perfect, faultless and impeccable wedding day, you’d do well to copy That Royal Wedding – every bride and groom hope their day will go smoothly. From the Aston Martin DB 5 to Kate Middleton’s dress, everything seemed to have been taken care of and went without a hitch.

For those of us without access to footmen or ladies in waiting, getting the details right is all down to the bride and groom. Forewarned is forearmed, they say – so we’ve looked at the Top 5 Wedding Hitches and what you can do to minimise the impact to your Big Day.

Top 5 Wedding Hitches

According to the Guardian newspaper, the top five things that can go wrong at a wedding are:

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I had an email today which has made me smile so much there isn’t room on my face.

Eleanor was one of our shortlisted star brides, and I asked her to let me know how her wedding planning was going – I know so many of you voted for her that I thought I’d share her news with you.

Also – her email is inspiring and uplifting: read this and you’ll feel all warm and fluffy inside I promise!

Hi Claire,

I thought I’d drop you a line and let you know how David and I are getting on planning for our wedding in June. So far, so good and I’m already developing a set of life-long memories and lessons learned about how organising a wedding will prepare us for married life.

* Mums are awesome. They can basically cope with anything, run their own busy lives and take on all your freakish behaviour at the same time.