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Guest post: Save the date the eco way with Paperless Wedding

Although I was always going to have my dream wedding, no matter the cost, I wasn’t willing to blow money on things which weren’t important to either of us. Save the Dates, for example, were not something we spent any time considering. A simple text to our nearest and dearest had our wedding date secured in the important diaries. But, it turns out, there is a middle ground, with Paperless Wedding ( offering online save the dates – simple AND eco-friendly!

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Guest blog: 2015 wedding trends

Along with weddings comes lots of traditions. But, each year also brings the latest trends and fashions brides are choosing to make their big day on-trend.

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Bridwell Park ( is Devon’s newest wedding venue and is gearing up for its first year hosting brides and grooms. Its wedding team therefore has its finger on the pulse of what’s new for 2015 weddings.


Handing over the blog to Laura Cornick, on behalf of Bridwell, to outline the top ten wedding trends of 2015…
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Guest blog: 10 things to consider when choosing wedding flowers

Who knew there were so many aspects to consider when choosing your wedding flowers? I’m lucky to have a mother-in-law whose hobby has been floristry for many years so she could help us with our decisions. I knew from the start that I would like white avalanche roses, white calla lilies and gyp to keep things simple against our bridesmaids’ pale silver dresses, but it’s not that easy for everyone.

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Hollie of Flowers Make Scents ( is giving brides a huge helping hand by offering ten super useful tips to consider when choosing wedding flowers.
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Guest blog: Adore Brides offer one-stop shop for bridalwear

Buying a wedding dress is generally a whole new experience for a bride. Taking along your mum or best friend is always a good idea, but buying from experts who really know their stuff is vital. If you can buy your dress in a one-stop shop which will kit you out with everything you need, even better!

Kelly at Adore Brides

Luckily, I found my dream dress at Adore Brides ( and was able to piece together my outfit with their professional guidance.


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Guest blog: What to ask of a venue before booking

It’s one of the most important bookings you will make for your wedding day, so it’s vital to know exactly what you’re getting when you choose your wedding venue.

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Zeenat Sabur, of The City Rooms (, a Georgian venue in Leicester, has some valuable advice for couples checking out venues to book for their big day.


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Stationery: What to send out and when!

It doesn’t matter how many years you’ve spent dreaming about your big day. It doesn’t matter if you think you know what your dress will look like, what your first dance will be to and what your new husband will say in his speech. When that ring is on your finger and the planning begins, there are lots of questions you simply do not know the answer to.


One being, when on earth do we send out the invitations?

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Luckily, Heart Invites ( reveal all for you here! Handing over to Lauren, of Heart Invites…
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Guest blog: Catering ideas from Big Roast

I love the idea of food being casual at a wedding. We opted for the traditional sit-down wedding breakfast, but were tempted by a hog roast or BBQ option.


If you fancy the catering at your wedding being the something different you are craving, have a read of these top three suggestions by Big Roast ( Handing over the blog to Christine Kleyn…


When you think about the weddings you’ve attended so far, you inevitably think back to the food. Maybe you’ve attended some with sublime designer dishes, complete with a sushi bar, caviar and champagne. On the other hand, you might have experienced the half-baked efforts of some last-minute caterer, the result of a couple realising their budget was wearing thin. And, to be honest, nothing ruins a reception more than stale buns, limp lettuce and dry, tasteless meats.


Getting an exceptional caterer on a budget can be challenging, but it can be done. Below, we’ve compiled a list of three unique and different wedding catering options that will look appealing, as well as impress and satisfy your guests without breaking the bank.

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Winner! Sarah Carr wins tickets to The Wedding Fair at ExCel London!

Huge thanks to those of you who put your names in the hat to win the pair of tickets for this year’s The Wedding Fair at Excel London.


Lucky bride Sarah Carr took a friend along to the show at the weekend to see what the best of the best in the wedding industry have to offer for her big day.


Thanks to Mercury Events, Sarah and her guest got free entry into the show with access to more than 150 wedding supplier and experts.


Congratulations – I hope you took lots of inspiration from the show!

Hair: Style ideas for shorter bridal hair

When I got married, I knew I simply wanted to look the very best version of myself. I wanted fairly natural make-up and for my short, graduated bob to just be given some oomph. So, I asked my hair stylist to give me a trendy big blow dry on the day, keeping the style familiar but with just a bit more body to it.


I always knew that’s how I wanted my hair. I’d had it this length for a few years and didn’t want to suddenly look different on my wedding day – after all, this look is what my husband fell in love with!


However, I have become intrigued at what the options could have been, purely as it never really dawned on me there was anything you could do with hair this short. I’ve discovered the options are endless for brides with shorter hair – the experts can even turn your short bobbed hair into an up-do, with or without the use of extensions!




I went along to The Strand ( to see Jodie who treated my appointment like a bridal hair trial. The results blew me away and made me look like I had far more hair than I actually do.
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Last-minute places on wedding photography course!

Are you hoping to carve a career out for yourself as a wedding photographer? Or, are you relying on a member of your family to take your big day photos?


Either way, there’s a wonderful opportunity for you this weekend.


My photographer friend Jeff Turnbull ( over at Excel Photography Training ( has availability on his wedding photography course in Essex this weekend!

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You – or your nominated photographer friend or relative – can attend the two-day course on Saturday September 13 and Sunday September 14 for just £195, a saving of £130. You can go along just for the Saturday for £125, saving you £70 on the usual price.
Even better, if you’ve attended the course before, you can have a special Refresher Course price of on £95 for the Saturday and £150 for attending Saturday and Sunday. Details of the course are here…

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