CELEBRATING ONE YEAR OF MR AND MRS

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Lora Hull

Please tell me where the last year has gone? I feel like it was literally seconds ago that myself and Chris met at university (7 years ago) and I’ve blinked and missed the last few years. This month I’ve been focusing a lot on wedding stuff, and wedding posts and I thought I’d just write a little something something about my first year as a WIFE as today is our one year anniversary!

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Our Wedding Photographer

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Lora Hull

Chris really isn’t into photography and gets irate with me whenever I stop to take a photo of something but one thing I was really adamant on for our wedding was a quality photographer. We have family and friends who are photographers who we could have asked, but we wanted them to enjoy the day and not feel like they were always needing to ‘get the shot’.

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This Month’s Top Pick of W-Bouquets

Flowers are a key element to any wedding and if, like us, you love flowers, June is the perfect month to get hitched.

June is the most abundant time in the flower calendar, so for a flower loving couple, it is a blooming good idea to get married this month. There are a wide variety of blooms at your disposal, which will all add different textures, colours and of course, fragrances to your bouquet.

We believe it is super important to choose your wedding day bouquet carefully, therefore we have compiled a little list of flowers to choose from if you’re planning a June wedding. Enjoy!

  1. Roses – perfect for couples after a natural, garden-like feel to their special day.

2. Sweet peas – A beautiful, delicate flower, perfect for a warm June wedding. The subtle flower is stunning against a simplistic, ivory wedding gown, wouldn’t you agree?

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3. Jasmine – A fine, delicate flower; very pretty and lovely to have on its own as a fresh-looking wedding bunch, or can be used to add texture to an assorted bouquet! The scent will enchant your guests.

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4. Delphiniums – Tall, delicate beauties will create a sense of scale and a few delphiniums in striking blue may be all you need to create a ‘wow factor’.

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5. Clematis – Originating from the buttercup family, this Chinese/ Japanese originating flower is beautiful and works well in combination with other flowers in a wedding-styled bouquet.

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Let us know which flower you like in particular this month, and if we haven’t mentioned your favourite bloom, we’d love to know what it is and why.

Remember, if you’re after more inspiration, why not head over to our Pinterest boards (@dmywedding) and discover thousands of awesome wedding bouquet idea’s. Take a look at the different flower and colour combinations; the inspiration available is endless!

 

A guide on how to plan your W-day

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If you’ve just said ‘YES’ to your fiancée and now have a gleaming diamond on your finger, you are now, officially able to make a start on creating the W-day of your dreams!

We understand that weddings are very poignant and exciting life events, but the planning process can be very stressful and overwhelming. With so many options and endless possibilities available, it is easy to become overwhelmed; knowing where to start is actually quite a challenge! However, with a little help from DMW, it doesn’t have to be! We have curated the perfect checklist to aid all brides-to-be – ‘How To Plan Your Wedding, From Start To Finish’.

1. Book your wedding venue …

Booking your wedding venue should be the first thing you do, as most venues have waiting lists of up to 2 years. Select a few venues and make sure you take some time out to view them, as pictures can be deceiving. Once you’ve found the venue of your dreams, discuss and set a date with the wedding co-ordinator. After this, you’re free to start planning!

2. Guest lists …

Decide who you’d like to invite and create a guest list… During this time, choose who you’d like to have as your Maid of Honour, bridesmaids, best man, Page-boys and flower girls

3. ‘Save The Date’

Send out, ‘Save The Date’ cards to give your guests plenty of notice. After all, you want everyone you’ve invited to be there; so give them notice and they’ll be there!

4. Wedding Invitations

A few months after you’ve sent out your beautiful ‘Save The Date’ cards, you will need to send out your formal wedding invitations. This will give your guests information about where the wedding will be held, the date of the wedding and what time the ceremony will take place. It’s also a nice little reminder that your big day is getting closer!

5. Dress shopping …

Now, for the very exciting part – lets go wedding dress shopping! You have a lot to think about here. What style dress do you want? For most brides-to-be, they wont know, which is perfectly fine and that’s the beauty of browsing and trying on. The last time you might’ve worn a full length gown was most likely at your high school prom, so fashion and body shapes would’ve changed a lot since that time. You also need to think about a colour theme and co-ordinate it with the groom and best man attire along with bridesmaids dresses.

6. Wedding cake …

Its time to scour all the amazing wedding cake companies and sit down with a cup of tea and eat CAKE! There are so many options available now – you aren’t stuck with a generic fruit cake.

7. Wedding gifts

There are lots of companies, such as John Lewis, Next, Debenhams, etc that allow you to create ‘wish lists’ – meaning you can add all your desired items and guests will purchase them for you. You can even create an account that allows guests to deposit money for your honeymoon, excursions, etc.

8.  Wedding gifts (not for you)

Yes, we know its your special day but buying small gifts to those that played an important role in your day is a really special gesture.

9. Communicating with your venue …

The wedding venue will ask questions on what theme you’d like for your wedding and will ask about table decorations, as they are a key element of a wedding in order to set a theme. Choose chair covers, bowers, flower displays, etc. You will also be able to choose what food you’d like to eat, as well as specific wine and champagne for the tables.

Typically, after the ceremony takes place, guests will arrive at the reception earlier than the newly married couple, so they will be greeted with champagne and canapés. (You can discuss what will be served).

10. Speeches …

Usually the best man makes a speech and the husband of the bride also makes a speech after the main meal. Make sure you’ve prepared, or at least have an idea of what you’ll say as all your guests will be there, listening to your every word. Once speeches are over, you can relax and dance the night away.

Our Top Picks of Wedding Gowns this S/S Season

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Having said, ‘YES’ to your partner whilst he’s down on one knee, is just the beginning of a wonderful journey. We understand the importance of weddings and want to make the planning process inspirational, exciting and stress-free; there’s no room for bridezilla!

When it comes to choosing the perfect wedding gown, the process may seem initially daunting. Questions like, ‘where do I begin?’ ‘Shall I go for ivory or classic white?’ ‘What shape and style best suit my body type?’

DMW have got your back and have selected our favourite wedding gowns for this Spring/ Summer Season.

Yolan Cris
Here at DMW, we are loving the Boho Chic Bridal Collection, at Yolan Cris. We have gathered together our favourite pieces from this collection which we think would look stunning if you’re planning a spring or summer wedding. Let us know which is your favourite by leaving a comment below!

CASIA -Wedding Dress
If you’re looking for a dress, that’s been made with love and attention; this is the gown for you. The designers at Yolan Cris envisioned this dress for the most romantic bride who takes pride in her appearance and wants to be the bohemian chic, centre of attention on her special day. The full length, pleated tulle wedding gown has a delicate neckline made in French Chantilly lace and we are obsessed with the delicate, translucent and light-weight material used on this gown. CASIA, Yolancris, white, lace, chantillí, straps, romantic wedding dress, Barcelona, handmade, A silhouette, tulle,

ACANTO – Wedding Dress
Here at DMW, we love a long sleeved wedding dress, so we instantly fell in love with this elegant, unique and glamorous piece! Inspired by the Romanticism of the Victorian Age, this dress brings femininity and sensuality in a central neckline covered with layers of Chantilly lace. The design of the gown with the open back and beautiful, symmetrical pattern is sure to wow your guests.

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CENTELLA – Wedding Dress
We 100% approve this beautifully designed wedding gown. Perfect for beach and/ or destination weddings, this dress is for the fashion-forward bride. The cut-out bodice and open back is simply stunning and practical for warm weathers. The voluminous multi-layered skirt made of rugged organza gives brides a boho chic, sprinkle of glamour.

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If you’re a bride of sophistication, let me introduce you to David Tutera – We have browsed his stunning S/S collection and given you, what we think are his very best master pieces. 

Mon Cheri
This breath-taking sleeveless, full-length gown is a 10 out of 10 in our books! If you’re a bride-to-be after, class, elegance and sophistication, here is your dress! The beautifully intricate, floral detail and beadwork on the dress is impressive and the overall style and appearance of the gown could easily be mistake for a classic vintage!

ENCHANTING
If you’re after simplicity, with a touch of glamour, this dress fits the perfect purpose! The sleeveless soft satin with narrow scalloped lace straps are beautifully detailed and compliment the lace plunging sweetheart bodice. The subtle gathered sequin tulle and lace chapel train work well with the tight-fitted bodice and create the appearance of a slender-looking bride.

Enchanting by Mon Cheri 
We adore this lace and tulle fitted gown with beautifully detailed lace sleeves and stunning jewel neckline. David Tutera is known for creating elegant, deep plunging sweetheart bodices and we are simply obsessed with his work on this dress! The illusion lace back with covered buttons, along with the horsehair hemline and chapel train with delicate floral beadwork complete this gown.

Hayley Paige Bridal

KENNY – Style 6701
This beautiful A-line bridal gown has a prismatic illusion bodice with bateau neckline and intricate, V-neck beaded detail. It has a stunning open net back with stardust frame, with full organza skirt with slit. This dress is also available in Ivory.

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LANEY– Style 6703
This eye-catching twilight tulle bridal gown has delicate metallic lattice detail which is stunning and utterly unique. The sprinkled hologram accent, deep V-neckline with side nude cut with an open keyhole back is beautiful. The full layered skirt has a horsehair trim. This dress is also available in Ivory.

MAVERICK – Style 6706
We are obsessed with this Ivory beaded fit to flare bridal gown with an embellished sweetheart neckline and low open back. The detailed beaded strap, along with full godets and cashmere lining is stunning and ever so comfortable to wear – You’ll never want to take it off.

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SOTTERO AND MIDGELY

BEXLEY
Modern and romantic, this lace sheath wedding dress with spaghetti straps and V-neckline highlighted with opal beads is unforgettably feminine and chic. Finished with illusion lace halter back and covered buttons over the zipper closure.

Sottero and Midgley - BEXLEY, Modern and romantic, this lace sheath wedding dress with spaghetti straps and V-neckline highlighted with opal beads is unforgettably feminine and chic. Finished with illusion lace halter back and covered buttons over zipper closure.

MELROSE
We love the lace on this dress, the illusion long sleeves, fitted bodice, and scalloped hemline of this crosshatch tulle over jersey fit and flare wedding dress. Complete with illusion sweetheart neckline, double illusion keyhole back, and dramatically sweeping train. Finished with crystal buttons and zipper closure – how perfect!

Sottero and Midgley - MELROSE, Modern lace appliqués adorn the illusion long sleeves, fitted bodice, and scalloped hemline of this crosshatch tulle over jersey fit and flare wedding dress. Complete with illusion sweetheart neckline, double illusion keyhole back, and dramatically sweeping train. Finished with crystal buttons and zipper closure.

NINA
This dress, with modern beading featuring Swarovski crystals decorates the fitted bodice of this ultra-feminine all over lace fit and flare wedding dress, complete with soft sweetheart neckline and weightless tulle and lace skirt. Finished with illusion lace back and covered buttons over zipper closure; we are loving this design.

Sottero and Midgley - NINA, Modern beading featuring Swarovski crystals decorates the fitted bodice of this ultra-feminine  all over lace fit and flare wedding dress, complete with soft sweetheart neckline and weightless tulle and lace skirt. Finished with illusion lace back and covered buttons over zipper closure.

 DIY DRESS – KAREN WILLIS HOLMES

Take back your bridal style with the new Design Your Gown collection by Karen Willis Holmes. With 13 bodice styles, from £699 and 16 skirts, from £870 to choose from (that’s over 200 combos!). You can mix and match to your hearts desire.

BASE – Alexia SkirtBASE – Frances SkirtBASE – Joni SkirtHere is how you match it up…

1- Blake Bodice and Julianne Skirt
2-Abbey Bodice and Nina Skirt
3-Kitty Bodice and Mimi Skirt

Which wedding gown is your favourite? Please leave a comment below!

5 Hand-Selected Spring Wedding Venues

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We have scoured the country and carefully selected the very best, British wedding venues. We have a variety of fantastic venue types to match all couples needs and desires.

If you are dreaming of a fairy-tale wedding, we have many beautiful castles to chose from, all set in beautiful, rural countryside. However, if you’re after something quirky and unusual, sit tight, as we will have your guests lost for words by our whimsical city venues. If you’re a couple looking for something traditional, relax, as we will transport you back in time and present you with tranquil, religious settings, such as peaceful churches and breath-taking, historic cathedrals. If you’re an outdoorsy, adventurous couple, we have many garden wedding venues that could be right up your street. From bohemian styled tipi’s to beautiful, fairy-lit marquees; creating intimate and romantic celebrations.

Without further ado, here are our top 5 hand-selected wedding venues, perfect for a spring wedding

  1. Eastnor Castle – Wedding Venue, Ledbury, Herefordshire.
    (Venue Type: Castle, Country House, Historic Building, Hotel)
    (Capacity: 0- 150)

Once upon a time, nestled at the foot of the Malvern Hills, there stood your fairy-tale wedding venue. Eastnor Castle is licenced for civil wedding ceremonies and is an elegant and inviting setting, fit for a princess! The parkland estate is situated in 5,000 acres of rolling countryside, with picture perfect views across Herefordshire’s area of outstanding natural beauty.

Full of romance, luxury and charm, Eastnor Castle pride themselves on being one of the best castle wedding venues in Herefordshire. Their team of wedding planners understand how important every detail is, and will help organise a bespoke day for you to treasure. The service you will receive will be personal, discreet and attentive to ensure that all of your wedding dreams come true.

They understand the need for privacy, so only hire out the Castle on an exclusive-hire basis. This allows you and your wedding guests to relax in the opulence of the sumptuous surroundings and take in the magnificent views, with total exclusivity.

2. Long Acres – Wedding Venue, Lingfield, Surrey
(Venue Type: Field, Lodge, Marquee, Nature Reserve, Woodland)
(Capacity: 30 – 200)

Long Acres specialise in unique and bespoke outdoor events hosted in a range of beautiful tipis and marquees. There are plenty of idyllic areas around the Surrey grounds to capture some wonderful, intimate moments.

This venue would be perfect for a spring/ summer wedding and the outdoor, countryside setting is a great place for live music and entertainment, with fairy-lights, candles and a bright, roaring bonfire.

Being located within the grounds of Long Acres Caravan and Camping park gives wedding guests the option to stay on site. They have log camping pods and bell tents for those wishing to enjoy Glamping. Although this location is set in a rural Surrey village, it is only 45 minutes from London and just 15 minutes from Gatwick airport.

3. The Deck, National Theatre – Wedding Venue, Greater London.
(Venue Type: Restaurant, Theatre)
(Capacity: 0-150)

The Deck is a sophisticated wedding venue situated high above London’s South Bank and The National Theatre. This prime venue location is a picture-perfect spot, overlooking the River Thames for lovers of all things ‘London’. With breath-taking views of some of the most iconic sites in the Capital, The Deck is the perfect place to say ‘I do’.

Couples seeking a ‘city chic’ wedding venue will have the perfect photographic backdrop as they step out onto The Deck’s private outdoor terrace. During the spring and summer months, guests can sip champagne and enjoy canapés in the grand, outdoor space, overlooking the city. A dedicated event manager will be on hand to assist couples in all aspects of their wedding, ensuring the day runs as smoothly as possible.

4. Alexander House Hotel – Wedding Venue, West Sussex
(Venue Type: Hotel)
(Capacity: 0-150)

Alexander House is an unforgettable wedding venue, with seamless grounds, exclusive spaces and a beautiful reception suite with its own private, well-maintained garden, overlooking the peaceful countryside. There is even an outdoor wedding gazebo, perfect for spring/ summer weddings.

Set in the heart of West Sussex, this Country House Wedding Venue has many perfect, photographic backdrops, such as by the exquisite, crystal lake, or under the branches of the grand oak trees. Guests can enjoy  this historic venue and during the crisp season of spring, the grounds can be explored in all its glory. Alexander House is renowned for its award winning traditional cuisine and bespoke menus so speak to their friendly and attentive staff who will cater to your needs and ensure couples experience the best day of their lives.

5. Dreamland, Margate – Wedding Venue, Margate
(Venue Type: Amusement Park)
(Capacity: 10-1000)


Dreamland, amusement park, in Margate is a completely unique and magical wedding venue, unlike any other place to get hitched in the UK. This venue is licensed for weddings, civil partnerships and marriage blessings! Being close to the beach, you’ll find a wonderful sense of seaside magic ready to sprinkle across your special day.

This venue is a great place for a spring/ summer wedding and is the only place where you’ll find an ‘old fashioned, yet oh so fashionable world’ where vintage cool hold hands with modern design and goes for a lovely seaside stroll. Imagine saying ‘I do’ in a quirky, chic amusement park before you and your wedding guests take to the retro-fitted rides from the Golden Age of the British seaside.

Brides-to-be, please leave a comment below and let us know which wedding venue is your favourite!