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Niall and Gareth’s Islington Assembly Hall wedding

Niall and Gareth got married at the Islington Assembly Hall in London. They had a great day, delicious food and wishes from Doctor Who himself! Take a look at their fun wedding.

There wasn’t a theme as such, other than “let’s have the best party ever” – but some of inspirations came from the coloured tiles of the Northern Line with a little bit of the Festival of Britain thrown in too. The most important part of the day was having all our family and friends there to see an event we’d been promising for a decade!

 

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Wedding planning advice: Secrets to getting the best from your wedding film

A lot has changed in the wedding videography world. The times of two hour long films with cheesy music are over (hopefully!) and now you can get a beautiful, moving videos that will be a pleasure to watch. Hiring the right video company is really important but you can also help them to get the best results on the day.
Confetti & Silk is a video company that creates an award – winning, cinematic, discreetly shot wedding films. The managing director of Confetti & Silk, Stuart Kinghorn, shares with us some tips on how to make sure you have the best wedding video. 

Tips for choosing your video company

  • Watch previous example films from a range of videographers, see what’s out there. Most couples simply don’t know if they’ve not been married before or work in the video/ film industry. Try to find someone with a style which you could see yourself as the couple fitting into. This will in turn mean you should trust them to get on with it on the day and their decision making during the edit. It’s no secret if a client treats you better and with respect you will work harder for them, no matter what industry in the world.

  • The basics should be choose a professional. Do they have a website? Do they respond to emails without you having to follow up? Are they available on the phone? Will you have to pay a deposit and sign a contract? If any of these things are absent, be careful.

  • Can you find their business across multiple platforms such as social media? These will tell you what the videographers are really like to work with aside from the carefully constructed blurb on their website. Google and Facebook reviews are powerful points of reference. We once worked with, well they didn’t show up so we didn’t work with them, a photographer who had a 1 star review on social media, for not showing up! The bride had missed this but through a little more due diligence it shouldn’t have come as a surprise on the day.

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LIZZIE AND EMILY’S COUNTRY WEDDING

Ahh the details, the tractor, the smiles of gorgeous brides! Lizzie ad Emily put so much heart and skill into their english country marquee wedding and it was wonderfully captured by Jacob Malinski.

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Our wedding, on the 10 June this year, was very personal and DIY! Emily designed all of our wedding stationary – from the invitations through to our wedding favours.

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FRIDAY FAVOURITES: RAINBOW

I did say there would be no pink or rainbows on this blog, but London all dressed up for tomorrow’s Pride Parade got me inspired. The city looks amazing! So here’s some rainbow wedding inspiration.

 

Images & ideas from:
Jimmy Choo / Pixies In The Cellar / Rainbow Wedding Invitations /
via Finding Cupid / Bonbini / Sweettoothsweetie /
Mark Rabbit / via Popsugar / April O’Hare /
Three Nails Photography / Ali Express / via Babble /

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RAUL AND HANNU’S VERY SPECIAL WEDDING IN HELSINKI

March 1st 2017 was a huge date for Finland – that’s when same sex marriage became legal. That day Raùl and Hannu got married along 8 other happy couples at a theatre in downtown Helsinki.
This is what they told us about themselves and their big day. 

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How did you meet?
We met via Instagram in March 2016. We started chatting and fell in love after a while. Hannu visited Mexico in summer 2016 and Raul moved to Finland in October 2016.

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Tell us about the day! What was the theme, inspiration, the most important and most fun part for you?
Our wedding day was very special because it was the day when same sex marriages became legal in Finland.

We were invited to take part in this historical event “Finally getting married” The whole program was planned by a gay friendly theatre Kapsäkki in Helsinki and everything was sponsored by the Koneen Säätiö.
The planner and producer of the wedding event was Petri Pöyhönen.

We also had really fun time with our wedding photo shoot. Our photographer Satu Mali was very nice and she made us feel very comfortable.

Of course the most important part of the day was the actual wedding ceremony. It took place on a theatre stage. We were there together with 8 other couples.

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STYLED SHOOT: The Other Space

This amazing shoot came out of the creative hands of creative director Erin Balfour of Way Out Weddings and stylist Lisa Johnson of Carmela Weddings.

As Erin says it all began with the ICETANK – a venue that reminded her of Stanley Kubrick’s Space Odyssey 2001 and A Clockwork Orange. Then it all fell into place – white futuristic styling, visors made of Perspex, reflective metal, bursts of orange, bridal jumpsuit and a cape. Brides not of this world – hence ‘The Other Space’.

You can read more about the creative process from all the amazing suppliers (that we listed below) on Erin’s wedding blog – Way Out Wedding.

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Top 5 wedding planning tips

With more than 15 years stage management experience in the West End, Ever Ever After’s husband and husband team, James & Sam Hayden-Harler, have a unique and unparalleled attention to detail, experience of making everything run smoothly and of course, the eye to make your wedding day uniquely memorable. Today they are sharing some golden tips for planning your wedding.

Top 5 tips for planning your wedding

Planning your dream wedding takes lots of time, effort and organisation. If you’re not sure where to start or are struggling for inspiration, here are our top five tips you’ll need to consider when planning your wedding.

1. Budget and allow 10-15% extra for little surprises
Setting a budget may be boring, but it is an essential that you set this first, as this will influence every decision you make for your wedding. Do plenty of research and set a rough budget before you start planning.  It can be quite daunting when you make a list of everything you need and you’ll be surprised how quickly it all adds up. When shopping around for quotes confirm with the retailer or supplier whether they include VAT. If not, you may find you’ll be hit with an invoice for more than originally quoted. If you are finding your budget is going over, make a list of priority items you must have, as well as another list for ‘would like to have’. This will make sticking to your budget much easier!

2. The Personal Touch
Use the skills of your friends and family to help you make your day individual and special for you.  Once the big things are sorted, think about the details that will make your day special.  What do you enjoy doing as a couple?  How did you meet?  Where were your first dates? Let the inspiration for your day come from the journey you have already taken together.  Guests love a wedding that has a really personal touch. For instance, you may have a mutual love of a particular band or holiday destination.

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FRIDAY FAVOURITES: Watercolour wedding invitations

When you hear ‘watercolours’ you probably think about romantic flowers and pastel colours. But it can get fun and colourful or even dark and stormy. And makes some amazing invitations!

 

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Beautiful stationery by:
Lovely Paper Things / Oh So Beautiful Paper / Jolly Edition /
Empress Stationery / The Lovely Ink Co / She Fox Studio / Hip Hip Hooray /
Paper Thick Ink / Sproullie Designs / de Winton Paper co /
Shoshy Cadoodle / Momental Designs / Dimitria Jordan /

 

ZACH AND DARRYN’S FUN PALM SPRINGS ELOPEMENT

When I saw these guys on Instagram I instantly wished I could hang out with them, just look at these smiles!!

They got hitched in Palm Springs, the mecca of fun and modernist architecture. The couple and their closest friends all stayed at the Airbnb house where they relaxed, swam in the pool and enjoyed some delicious cocktails. The ceremony was held on property and all the guests hung out and enjoyed each other’s company after the intimate ceremony.

Huge thanks to their photographer Ryan Horban who shared his beautiful pictures with us.

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Wedding planning advice: I’m considering a destination wedding – where do I start?

Planning a destination wedding can be very overwhelming and many couples decide not to follow their dreams of a wedding abroad purely because of the amount of work it may take to organise. But let’s remember you can delegate most of this work and enjoy a fun elopement or wedding in our dream place. That is what wedding planners are for! Author of our advice article today is Claire – a UK based wedding planner behind Wed in Central Park, who specialises in organising weddings and elopements in New York City’s iconic park.

For the past five years I have been planning weddings for couples who want to get married in New York’s Central Park. When couples make first contact with me, they can be anywhere in the range between knowing exactly what they want, and when and how, and really only being in the very first stages of considering a destination wedding. Many couples are just looking for advice on where to start. I have planned around one hundred and eighty destination weddings or elopements to date. Here is a brief overview of how I would guide a couple who were in the early stages of considering a destination wedding. Whether you think a Central Park wedding would suit you, or you are interested in marrying in another great city of the world, or you are considering getting married on a beach, or somewhere else outdoors I hope this will be of use to get you thinking.

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There are a few really big questions that need to be answered early on. Firstly, is this a destination wedding with a group of friends and family, or is this an elopement for just the two of you? Either way, you should discuss your tentative plans or ideas with your loved ones. They may have been assuming you would get married at home, or they might not want to travel, or they may not be able to travel for various reasons. Also, they might have some great ideas themselves, and they might be able to help. Continue Reading