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Fun and Stylish Hen Party Accessories with The Hen Planner

Wednesday, March 22nd, 2017

Today we have the lovely Claire from The Hen Planner here with us to discuss some super fun and stylish hen party accessories. Our team member Stephanie met Claire whilst blogging at The National Wedding Show back in February and really related to this chic and modern hen party look. Of course Stephanie wanted to share all these goodies that she found with you wonderful brides and bridesmaids so she asked Claire a little more about The Hen Planner…

Team Bride Range Shot- Hen Party Accessories

What is The Hen Planner and what do you provide for brides?

The Hen Planner is an online store focused on selling fun, stylish and modern hen party accessories and decorations. Everything that isn’t your ‘traditional’ hen party items such as tutu skirts or rudely shaped straws etc. We cover a range of themes from classic to boho and fiesta. We also have a range of hen party decorations and party ware that will add more colour and fabulousness to your hen do, bridal shower or bachelorette party. Read the rest of this entry »


Why You Should Have A Cheese Wedding Cake with Godminster

Wednesday, February 15th, 2017

On the blog today I am so excited to welcome Sarah from Godminster (who make the most amazing cheese wedding cake creations!). Whilst exhibiting at The National Wedding Show last year in London I stopped by the Godminster stand in awe of their cheese wedding cake tower. I believe my first words were “Oh my word, please can I have some cheese?”.

After a quick chat with Sarah I realised that everyone needs to know why they should be looking at having a cheese wedding cake for their big day. So here we are…

Celebration-cheese wedding cake

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How To Tell Someone They’re NOT Invited To Your Wedding

Thursday, February 2nd, 2017

How to tell someone they’re not invited to your wedding is tricky. Very tricky. It all depends on how well you know them, what your relationship with them is and how they assumed they were invited! The last thing you need while planning a wedding is more stress. So, we’re here to help. We have come up with a little guide on how to tell someone they’re not invited to your wedding.

First things first, do you know who’s not invited to your wedding? When writing your guest list be sure that you have a defined list of who is invited and how many spaces may be ‘free’. This way when someone starts talking about how excited they are you don’t accidently say “Yes I can’t wait to see you there!”. This is especially common with friends of parents or distant relatives! The next obstacle is being delicate about the topic. You do not want anybody to feel like you don’t care about them, so here are a few scenarios…

CHARTULA BUTTERFLY KISS - not Invited To Your Wedding

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Secrets To A Healthy and Happy Marriage

Wednesday, January 11th, 2017

Husbands and Wives across the world have all kinds of secrets to a healthy and happy marriage – and we want to find them out!  Today we have asked not only a few real life brides from the fabulous Rock ‘n’ Roll Wives facebook forum but also my lovely Grandma who has been married to my Grandad for nearly 60 years!

bride and groom kiss

My Grandma, Yvonne

The secret to a happy marriage is about give and take. You can’t expect the world from eachother, nobody is perfect. John and I have had our ups and downs over the years but we never once gave up. We sat down, talked about the issue and decided what was best, together. We have also always put eachother first, when John needed to move for work there was no doubt in my mind that I would follow. He is my rock, always has been and always will be.
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Wedding Day Decorations with Giant Letter Company

Wednesday, December 7th, 2016

There is a huge variety of wedding day decorations available to all you lovely brides and grooms – however these really set the bar! Today we have the wonderful Ashleigh & Ryan from Giant Letter Company to talk all about their giant light up letters and why you should have them for your big day (spoiler: because the look amazing that’s why!)

LOVE 2 Wedding Day Decorations

First let’s have a little background information about Giant Letter Company….

The Giant Letter Company started in July 2015, as part of a University project which was then brought to life. Ryan had always wanted to run his own business and so used this as a great opportunity to begin. Soon after, Ashleigh was introduced into the mix to help with behind the scenes work, whilst Ryan moved over to designing the products. The props are hand-made and can be customised to suit your individual style; they can also create original products from scratch! They are based in Brighton, East Sussex (one of the best towns ever we may add) but can deliver nationwide.

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How To Create A Belly Band Wedding Invitation

Thursday, July 14th, 2016

In 2014 we brought out  new collection of stunning belly band wedding invitation designs, all of which are super fun and fresh. A belly band wedding invitation is really handy for holding extra information inserts and RSVP cards etc. all in one neat little package. Belly band wedding invitations look simple and contemporary but can hold alot of text too. Our belly band wedding invitations come as DIY. We supply you with the printed cards as necessary and then you create the belly band with the items we give you.

In your order you would recieve; your printed wedding invitation, any other cards you ordered, the bands, printed and cut tags, clear stickers and pre cut twine or ribbon. So today we decided to create a fun tutorial video. You can follow along with when making up your belly band wedding invitation. This simple guide will show you step by step how to create the perfect belly band.

Have any questions, tips or comments? Let us know in the comments below!

See all our belly band wedding invitation designs here >> Belly Band Wedding Invitations

For more wedding stationery tips see: 5 Tips To Increase Your RSVP Response Rate


How To Throw The Best Engagement Party Ever!

Wednesday, July 13th, 2016

So someone popped the big question and here you are, planning your very own engagement party! Woohoo! You might be thinking are engagement parties any different to a normal one? Who should we invite? Should there be a theme? Most people have never planned one before so here we have gathered some handy tips and advice for you…

So let’s start with the basics, a definition: An engagement party is a party held to celebrate a couple’s recent engagement and to help future wedding guests to get to know one another. Traditionally, the bride’s parents host the engagement party, but many modern couples host their own celebration instead.

Julie and Simon Engagement Party

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The 5 Styles of Wedding Invitations at Ivy Ellen

Friday, July 8th, 2016

The world of wedding invitations can be a scary place, and there are so many different styles of wedding invitations nowadays. How do you choose? How do you know which style is best for you? Well fear not, we are here today to explain the 5 different types of wedding invitations that we produce here at Ivy Ellen for all you lovely brides and grooms.

The first style we have is postcard wedding invitations. These are a really simple yet modern style of wedding invitation that are fast becoming the most popular style to go for, they are also one of the most budget friendly! Our postcards come in two different designs, a single flat card and mounted postcards. The single card starts from £1.20 and the mounted from £2.50. Read the rest of this entry »


How To Write Your Wedding Vows

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2016

When you say the big ‘I Do’ to your fiancé you’ll also want to make a few wedding vows to one another – promises about your future together. There are traditional vows included in the ceremony however many couple these days like to write their own personal vows, but where do you start?

Julie and Simon Large Wedding Vows

As a couple you need to decide on the tone of your wedding vows. Do you want them formal, romantic and sincere or would you prefer a few funny and personal stories with a promise or two? You also need to think about how much you want to say in front of your guests, some people are comfortable with mushy love stuff and some aren’t. Are you one of those people?

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FAQ’s – What Is Giving Notice of Marriage?

Monday, June 20th, 2016

During the wedding planning process you will likely be told at some point that you must give notice – but what does giving notice of marriage really mean? Well for starters it will likely cost you around £35 each and most councils only run the service during the week so be sure to book in advance with your work!

Liz and Tom-Giving Notice of Marriage

Image courtesy of Tom Smith Photography

In the UK you and your partner must give notice of marriage in your local Register Office, whether or not you wish to marry in that district. The Registrar will then issue authority for the marriage and you may then marry in any registered premises in any district. In the UK you must give 28 days notice  before the marriage, both partners must be a resident for seven days in England or Wales before notice is given. A notice must state where the marriage is to take place. Read the rest of this entry »