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Royal Wedding Day Inspiration – A Right Royal Affair

Tuesday, May 23rd, 2017

As many of you will know there was a *sort of* royal wedding this last weekend! Pippa Middleton, sister of Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge wed her long term boyfriend James Matthews. The ceremony was held at St Mark’s Church in Englefield. Of course the Duchess herself along with Prince William were both in attendance and keeping an eye on flower girl Princess Charlotte and page boy Prince George. After enjoying a wonderful champagne ­reception at Englefield House, guests then reassembled at Bucklebury village hall for security checks before being ushered to the Middleton family home for the evening festivities. A few pictures have been released of the wedding events and we just ADORE the classic and timeless theme. Of course William & Kate also chose a very elegant and classic wedding theme – so we figured lets get a little royal wedding inspiration…

Of course first is the dress. Both Catherine and Pippa chose very elegant and modest wedding dresses for the ceremony and a more modern and sleek style for the evening celebrations. Both formal dresses were embellished with stunning lace details, a sweeping veil and long train. Pippa’s gown was a custom-made, lace Giles Deacon design, which reportedly cost fourty thousand pounds. Kate wore a stunning gown by Alexander McQueen, which cost more than four-hundred thousand pounds.

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Wedding Planning – Top 5 Ed Sheeran First Dance Songs

Tuesday, April 25th, 2017

There is no point trying to deny it, there are many good choices for Ed Sheeran first dance songs. The majority of his music is soft, romantic and oh so sweet. Of course this is no exception for his latest album release. Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock for the past few months you probably will have noticed that the new Ed Sheeran album is EVERYWHERE! Of course as someone who works in the wedding industry I can’t help but listen to songs and wonder how many people had this is as their first dance music, or even to walk down the aisle.

ed sheeran first dance song

So for a little bit of fun, in no particular order, I have put together the top 5 Ed Sheeran first dance songs, enjoy!

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The Best Inspiration From Celebrity Bridesmaid Dresses

Monday, February 29th, 2016

From Rihanna to Taylor Swift and Beyonce, celebrities are often bridesmaids too! On occasion they might even upstage the bride herself – eeek! However their dresses are always wonderful and they rock the look obviously. So today we have for you ….. celebrity bridesmaid dresses that you can totally copy on the cheap!!

Celebrity Bridesmaid Dresses


Stunning everybody in this gorgeous Badgley Mischka lavender gown Rihanna was bridesmaid to her close friend and assistant, Jennifer Morales. The figure hugging dress with a plunging neckline is a bold choice but of course Rihanna rocks it! Although your maids may not be as confident in such a daring dress the colour choice is lush! This is also a great example of how having one colour palette can work for so many different dresses rather than all matching!

rihanna Celebrity Bridesmaid Dresses

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Ivy Ellen’s Top 5 Princess Pink Wedding Invitations

Tuesday, May 5th, 2015

On Saturday 2nd May 2015 at The Lindo Wing, St Mary’s Hospital London, the whole world welcomed a new royal baby – Princess Charlotte Elizabeth Diana. Hooray!!! Time to celebrate! With a media frenzy in full swing and all eyes on the royals we decided to have our very own little celebration right here at Ivy Ellen. We have picked our top 5 Princess pink wedding invitations, maybe one day our Princess will see this list. Of course HRH Princess Charlotte may choose a number of colours but we so hope it would be pink!

 1. Fleur Heart

This Chartula laser cut Fleur Heart design is the perfect pink wedding invitation for her royal highness. This stunningly popular design encapsulates the perfect fairytale wedding look. The Princess is sure to have the most perfect wedding and we feel this invitation would strongly suit! Fleur Heart is also available in six other colours with over 40 finest satin ribbon choices. Price may not be an issue for HRH however this invitation does start from only £4.00 Read the rest of this entry »

The Best Celebrity Weddings of 2014

Wednesday, January 14th, 2015

As we welcome in a new year with plenty of upcoming celebrity weddings we though we would take a look back on the best ones of 2014! (that we know about) Although many stars such as Cheryl Cole married in private (not even one picture!) there were plenty that shared the joy with their fans around the world – and we thank them for it! Celebrity weddings are a great source of inspiration and although their budget may be larger than yours – by a few million – you can definitely steal their style.

First up is the infamously gorgeous George Clooney! The divine Mr Clooney married his human rights lawyer fiancée Amal Alamuddin in September of 2014. Of course their ceremony was beautiful, held in in Venice. Many stars were in attendance. Among these were American Vogue Editor Anna Wintour, Cindy Crawford and Bono.  Amal wore an Oscar de la Renta tulle and lace gown and has officially changed her name to Mrs Amal Clooney!

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Brides the Show 2014 – The Review

Tuesday, October 28th, 2014

This year’s Brides the Show at the Business Design Centre in London was fantastic. I hope you manged to grab a ticket to see top designers and suppliers from across the country come together to create an amazing wedding show – all for you – our lovely Brides to be! If you did miss this year’s show, have no fear Ivy Ellen’s review is here!  We have mapped out the best bits and reasons why you should definitely think about attending next year (if you’re not already married by then!) along with some great photos. We met lots of lovely suppliers and had a lot of fun meeting everyone who came along, the show was bustling and we had a brilliant time.


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There were definitely a large number of suppliers who are a must see on everyone’s Brides list! With over 130 exhibitors all under one roof there was the very best in bridal from designer dresses to jaw dropping cakes, including Ideas Box, Charlotte Mills, Jemma Jade Events and Naomi Neoh – with stunning new collections and free ice cream it was every girls heaven. Our stand was also opposite the brilliant Bobbi Brown – giving tutorials and free make up sessions all weekend long, hundreds of lucky brides to be were all glammed up and could not wait for their wedding day!


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The National Wedding Show 2014 – The Review

Friday, October 17th, 2014

This year’s National Wedding Show at Earls Court London saw top designers and suppliers from across the country come together to create an amazing wedding show – all for you – our lovely Brides to be! If you missed this year’s show, don’t worry, here I will let you in on the best bits and the reasons why you should attend the February show in 2015. Whether you are newly engaged or finalizing the last details for your big day, attending a wedding show should be number one on your list of things to do. Attending a wedding show allows you to fully immerse yourself in wedding planning for a day, taking bridesmaids or your Mum can especially add to the fun, perhaps even the groom! This year we met some great suppliers and had a lot of fun meeting everyone who came along, the show was very busy and we had a brilliant time.


national wedding show catwalk



With over 250 exhibitors this year, the show was packed full of great people to see and meet. The Ivy Ellen stand was situated perfectly, a direct view of the catwalk and opposite the fabulous Rachel Simpson, whose shoes are to die for. I had great fun meeting and interviewing several suppliers including The Distractions Band, Turquoise Holidays, Le Papillion and Cad & The Dandy, whose stand was very popular. The Distractions Band were performing live music regularly, attracting the attention of many, including myself. Singer Joseph Malick explained to me step by step how to and why you should book a live band to perform at your wedding. ” Live music is more interactive, you get a personal feel for the audience and can add character to a song”



live band wedding show

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5 Married Celeb Couples That have it Figured

Tuesday, August 26th, 2014

Being a celebrity comes with all kinds of challenges and the main one being how you can keep your personal life out of the press! Of course there are celebs who decide they want to splash their private matters across OK magazine but when it comes to married celeb couples we are looking at those who have it down to a tee and why! We have all fallen in love with various celeb couples and had our hearts broken; Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman, Jen and Brad…and do we dare mention Justin and Britney! Fortunately we have 5 super hot married celeb couples that are proving to be worth their salt in the Hollywood marriage world!


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1. Beyonce Knowles and Jay Z – Married in 2008

Amidst on going rumours of separation and divorce, we couldn’t not mention the music worlds top celeb power couple! The worlds love for this super awesome couple will never end – especially after Beyonce’s heart-warming family affair at the VMAS 2014, crushing any swirling rumours. Having gotten married in 2008 (although dating since 2001) this couple have never appeared shaken by cheat rumours or other such Hollywood tell tales. The pair brought beautiful baby Blue Ivy into the world in 2012 and have appeared seemingly perfect since. Rock on Jay Z & Bey Bey!

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10 Love Lessons I learnt from Disney

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014

Growing up as a child I was obsessed with Disney films though I could never decide on a favourite. I loved the voice of Pocahontas when she sung but I loved the romantic fairytale of Cinderella. Naturally I guess part of me grew up wishing for the fairytale however as I grew older I realised in fact that all those hours spent watching the knight rescue the fair maiden taught me more than to dream, they taught me love lessons I will never forget.


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5 Invitations Worthy of Kings & Queens

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014

As young Prince George turns one today we are celebrating the Royal Family and all things worthy of them! Here at Ivy Ellen we believe that all our wedding invitation designs are beautiful but here are a few that we would recommend for those of the Royal blood line!

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