Budget wedding video: shoot it yourself but get it edited by a pro

I’d love to have a wedding video as well as photographs, but I’m not sure I can afford a professional videographer…

Hiring a videographer can be expensive, and if you are on a tight budget it might be out of your reach. You could always get a friend to film your wedding day, but you run the risk of ending up with dodgy shots and ten minutes worth of footage featuring people’s shoes or the church floor, when the camera has been left on by mistake.

But I’ve come across a way that budget-savvy couples can (hopefully!) get a fun, quality wedding video . . . → Read More: Budget wedding video: shoot it yourself but get it edited by a pro

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Vintage elegance for budget-conscious brides… from Topshop!

I love this beaded maxi-dress from Topshop’s new collection, and I think it could make an elegant, vintage inspired wedding dress – perfect for a more informal soiree. At just £225, the Snow Queen Maxi Dress is a steal for brides on a budget, and the loose column style should hide a multiple of sins! It’s probably not the best option for petite ladies like me, but if you are not vertically challenged then I’d suggest you check this out.

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Five summer wedding colour schemes

Last Sunday, Mr CB and I went to an open day at Cambridge Cottage, Kew, where representatives from Peyton Events (who provided the yummiest canapes), Prelude Entertainment and Pollen Nation florists were showcasing their products.

The venue was dressed for a wedding and looked even more lovely the when I saw it last – particularly the dining room, where each table was given a different colour scheme… proving that simple little touches can have quite a big impact.

Have a look below for some ideas:

Pretty in Pink

A simple look with flowers, including voluptuous peonies,  in fresh and summery pinks and peaches. I love the . . . → Read More: Five summer wedding colour schemes

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News round-up: the week in weddings

Because it’s good to learn from the experiences of others…

Brides-to-be, here’s something to think about.

Modern, lavish weddings are just “overblown vanity projects” according to a senior clergyman. Rev Dr Giles Fraser, Canon Chancellor at St Paul’s Cathedral, believes extravagant ceremonies influenced by celebrity weddings threaten the value of marriage.

As reported in Marieclaire.co.uk, he said: “The problem with the modern wedding is that it’s too often a glitzy stage-set, overly concerned with the shoes, the flowers, the napkin rings and performing to the cameras.”

Well, Rev Fraser, CB thinks you are spot-on. But when a girl starts looking at the myriad of wedding . . . → Read More: News round-up: the week in weddings

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How to have an English garden wedding in London…

My wedding research has made me fall in love with the idea of an English garden wedding – the flowers, the sunshine (fingers crossed) and the relaxed atmosphere. Perfect! However, if you live in London like me you probably don’t have the sort of garden that is big enough to swing a cat, or you might not have a garden at all.

Thankfully, the capital is a beautifully green city (a surprise to some), with lovely parks dotted around… most of which will have a central building that is licensed to hold a wedding, or at least is available for receptions. These . . . → Read More: How to have an English garden wedding in London…

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News round-up: the week in weddings

Because the weird and wonderful world of weddings means weird and wonderful news stories…

Bride-to-be Chelsea Clinton should watch her back, after being accused of ruining the pending big day of another bride. Emn Haddad-Friedman is upset after finding out that the former first-daughter and child of Hilary and Bill Clinton is due to get married on the same day as her, July 31, in the same US town.

Brooklyn-based school teacher Emn is reported to have said: “I know she’s not doing it on purpose. But Chelsea Clinton has taken what was supposed to be a special day for me turned it . . . → Read More: News round-up: the week in weddings

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Halal make-up for Muslim brides

Muslim brides in the UK will now have access to Halal make-up, thanks to a business-woman from Birmingham.

Samina Akhter has launched the country’s first range of Halal cosmetics that are free of alcohol and animal products.

Her company Samina Pure Make-up imports the cosmetics from Australia, which are certified by the Halal Certification Authority Australia.

As reported in the BBC, she said: “I was shocked to find that some products contained alcohol and even pig placenta.

“Many Muslim women like me have been frustrated by wanting to look good and follow their faith.”

Since launching the company three months ago, Akhter has already attracted 500 . . . → Read More: Halal make-up for Muslim brides

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Bovine is mighty fine

Since writing my last blog The Big Question: To send or not to send Save the Date cards? I’ve been thinking more about Save the Date cards (some might suggest I have too much time on my hands)…

And messing around online I found moo.com – a printing site where you can create your own cards. Admittedly, the site is primarily for business cards, but there is no reason why it can’t be used to create personalised Save the Date cards.

You can load your own images onto the cards – you are not just restricted to just one picture – and type in . . . → Read More: Bovine is mighty fine

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The Big Question: To send or not to send Save the Date cards?

You’ve set the date and booked the venue, and now you need to let people know all about the wedding. Should you send Save the Date cards, a practice that is becoming as popular here as it is in the USA, or will invites suffice? Are Save the Date cards just an added expense, or are they are great way of ensuring that your nearest and dearests are at the wedding?

Wedding experts Alison Tinlin of Glasgow-based company Plans and Presents, and Bisi Bordley of Love, iara Sanyang in Bournemouth, share their thoughts.

1. Is it necessary to send Save the Date cards, . . . → Read More: The Big Question: To send or not to send Save the Date cards?

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A U-turn somewhere between Lefkada and Kew Bridge…

I am grateful that organising a wedding is nothing like driving down a one-way street – you can make a U-turn and head the other way at any point. Yes, I’m heading for one destination (to get married) but thankfully there are a number of routes to get there.

What does this waffle mean?

Well, a while ago now – pre-knee dislocation (which explains my silence on the blog and twitter-sphere) – I made a massive U-turn in my wedding planning. I had been certain I wanted to get married in Greece, and had even met with a lovely planner, and was trying . . . → Read More: A U-turn somewhere between Lefkada and Kew Bridge…

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