Why You Should Choose Artificial Wedding Flowers

September 18th, 2017 by Ivy Ellen Tags: , , ,
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Have you considered artificial wedding flowers? According to the most recent Brides magazine the average bride and groom will spend £638 on their wedding flowers. That is £638 on a part of your wedding day that will wilt and die within a few days after the event! We met Rachel from Budding Sensations at the National Wedding Show in February and got her top tips and advice on why you should think about artificial wedding flowers instead…

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5 Totally Stunning Alternative Wedding Dresses

September 11th, 2017 by Ivy Ellen Tags: ,
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Long gone are the days when alternative wedding dresses were snubbed by industry. In todays society many brides are choosing to embrace the more unique look for their special day. Choosing your dream wedding dress is all about what you want – whether that be a classic white wedding dress or a colourful and modern two piece. So we took on the task of finding 5 unique alternative wedding dresses (well actually 3 dresses…) to help give you a little inspiration. We won’t lie it was also really fun to look at so much prettiness all afternoon!

alternative wedding dresses - chotronette

This dress is the stuff fairytale dreams are made of! The intricate embroidery detailing on both front and back of the dress will seriously wow your wedding guests. The mix of soft and bold colours create such a beautiful mix of fairytale and modern wedding. Chotronette create some of the most amazing non-traditional wedding dresses we have ever seen. Plus they are SO affordable it really is quite unbelievable. The designers Silvia and Laura, based in Romania make these stunning dresses in their studio and ship them worldwide. Prices range from just £100-£850. Read the rest of this entry »

Sussex Bride: Reflecting On Our First Year Of Marriage

September 5th, 2017 by Ivy Ellen Tags:
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Hello everyone! Today’s blog is all about reflecting on our first year of marriage. It’s been awhile since I last checked in properly and I am sorry for that! I have still been here blogging away for Ivy Ellen but took a step back after the wedding as Sussex Bride, I guess now I should be called Sussex Wife? As you may well remember my husband and I tied the knot back in November last year. Meaning we will soon be making plans to celebrate our 1st wedding anniversary – boy how time has flown!

sussex bride - first year of marriage

First Year of Marriage

I remember our wedding day like it was yesterday, and each time I do I still get that warm fuzzy feeling of a newlywed. I hope that doesn’t ever stop! However today I wanted to chat a little bit about what we have been up to since the wedding and whether or not anything has actually changed being a married couple…

first year of marriage

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7 Top Tips for Doing Your Own Wedding Day Makeup

August 28th, 2017 by Ivy Ellen Tags:
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Doing your own wedding day makeup can seem duanting – but today we have our Sussex Bride (now Sussex Wife) with us to talk about her experience and give you some top tips. We all know that wedding planning is a very expensive time. Some brides simply don’t have the budget to spend alot of money on a makeup artist. However, with a little bit of advice and some practise you’ll feel confident enough in your own makeup skills to look a million bucks on the big day!

Wedding Day Makeup - bride

Photography courtesy of: Georgi Mabee

So, over to Sussex Bride….

Okay let me just start by saying I am not a professional makeup artist. I have never had any kind of training, however, I have had alot of practise over the years and am some what of a makeup enthusiast. Asking for beauty products for every birthday and Christmas has built me a good collection of products, I also save up and buy good quality makeup products regularly. Spending FAR too many hours watching beauty vloggers means that I and am always learning new skills. My wedding was done on a small budget and therefore one of the things that I couldn’t afford was a proper makeup artist. I therefore decided to do my own wedding makeup and have a few tips and tricks which might help you along the way 🙂 Read the rest of this entry »

5 Ideas For Your Wedding Dress After The Big Day

August 22nd, 2017 by Ivy Ellen Tags:
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In the midst of this busy wedding planning have you thought about what you are going to do with your wedding dress after the big day? Some brides spend £50, others spend £5000, but after the wedding day has come and gone – what do you do with the gown? Today we have researched 5 different options for your to take a look at. Spoiler – our favourite is the 3rd and 4th option 🙂

Wedding Dress After The Big Day

One of the most popular options is of course storing your wedding dress. The best way to do this is to source a reputable company that will professionally store your wedding dress in the correct way. For example many dry cleaners offer to not only properly clean your wedding dress after the big day but also provide wedding dress storage boxes. These boxes should eliminate light, protect from accidents and be made from a breathable material lined with acid free tissue. This offers the safest long term storage and protects the dress from natural elements, preventing the loss of colour or “yellowing” over time. The price of this will vary from company to company but Connoisseurs Dry Cleaners in London usually charge around £150-£200. Read the rest of this entry »

How To Plan A Festival Themed Wedding Day

August 14th, 2017 by Ivy Ellen Tags:
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In recent years you may have seen a festival themed wedding day pop up on your Pinterest or Facebook feed – they are becoming increasingly popular! It’s not hard to see why either, a fun atmosphere and a laid back wedding day – what more could you ask for?! Some festival themed wedding day ideas even include camping for the guests – others are more of a day festival. Either way we have found some great inspiration and ideas for you!

No festival themed wedding day is truly complete with fun games for your guests to play through the day or weekend! Many of these will be super easy to DIY however you can also hire all sorts of festival inspired games from various companies up and down the country!

festival themed wedding day - games

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NEW: Wedding Milestone Cards – Perfect for Instagram!

August 7th, 2017 by Ivy Ellen Tags: , , ,
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Social media has taken over our lives – and we aren’t ashamed to admit it! So these wedding milestone cards are the PERFECT way to show your Facebook, Twitter and of course Instagram followers what’s happening with your wedding planning! Whether you’re shoppng with your bridesmaids for THE wedding dress or you’ve just booked your fabulous honeymoon… snap a photo with our cards and remember the occasion forever!

wedding milestone cards

Wedding planning is such an exciting time for everyone, all your family and friends will be keen to know what’s happening. Our wedding milestone cards are the perfect way to keep everyone up to date with cute momento pictures! Simply find the correct card from our pack of 13 and then take a beautiful photograph with it to commemorate the occasion! For example snap a selfie with your bridesmaids when you find their dresses or get your partner to take a funny picture on their Stag/Hen Do! Read the rest of this entry »

Rain On Your Wedding Day? No Problem!

August 1st, 2017 by Ivy Ellen Tags: , ,
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You can’t control mother nature – but you can control how you deal with it! Rain on your wedding day might seem like the end of the world but we can 100% assure you that it is not! Some of the most stunning photographs we have come across while blogging weddings have been ones where it is pouring down with rain. So today we wanted to chat a little bit about how to deal with unfortunate weather and how to make the best of it…

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Okay so the first thing you need to do is make sure you have a backup plan for anything that is planned outdoors. For example your ceremony location should either have an indoor alternative that you can use or some kind of shelter should be available. For example if you’re planning to tie the knot in the middle of a field – perhaps a gazebo or even plenty of large umbrellas would be a great way to save the day. Rain on your wedding day does not have to spell disaster! Read the rest of this entry »

NEW: Matching Wedding Stationery Address Labels

July 24th, 2017 by Ivy Ellen Posted in Ask the Experts | No Comments »

Today I am happy to announce the arrival of our long awaited matching wedding stationery address labels! Hoorah! Our busy bee team members have been working on getting these stunning wedding stationery address labels up onto the website for a little while now – but we totally think they’re worth the wait 😉

wedding stationery address labels

Wedding planning can be a very stressful time for many brides and grooms – the money, the organisation and the time it takes up! We can’t and don’t want to imagine how much time and patience would be needed to hand write all of your guest addresses and your own RSVP address onto ALL of your wedding invitation envelopes. That’s why we want to print them for you! Read the rest of this entry »

Lewis & Emma’s Relaxed Music Themed Wedding Day

July 5th, 2017 by Ivy Ellen Tags: , , ,
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Today I have the wonderful privilege of posting a real life wedding blog for Ivy Ellen’s managing director Lewis and his music themed wedding day. Lewis and Emma tied the knot on the 27th May at the stunning location of Pangdean Barn in West Sussex. Of course many of the Ivy Ellen and Blue Eyed Sun team members attended the reception and loved celebrating with the newlyweds! Lewis and Emma chose to have a picturesque outdoor ceremony and their beautiful little boy, Jesse, stole everyones hearts as ring bearer. I asked the new Mrs Early a few questions about their big day and of course have shared some of their truly stunning photographs with you too…

ceremony family music themed wedding

Who proposed and how did they propose? How did you meet?

We’d actually known each other on and off through the years, but never very well. It wasn’t until I joined Lewis’ band in 2011 that we became really good friends. The timing wasn’t right back then though, and we eventually got our act together 4 years ago and things went pretty quickly from there! Lewis proposed in early 2015 – the first weekend we’d moved into our new home. It was a proper ‘Friends’ moment, I came home to a house filled with candles everywhere and a very romantic dinner, and it went from there. Perfect.

…We had just started planning the wedding when we discovered I was pregnant though, so plans got delayed a while! Read the rest of this entry »