Wedding Planning Help

The Unexpected Wedding Budget Items

Thursday, October 20th, 2016

When thinking about your wedding budget most people will focus on a  few main things; the dress, the photographer, the venue, the food and the entertainment. These are of course very important, however we have found that it tends to be the little unexpected wedding budget items that add up the grand total! So today we have our wonderful Sussex Bride here with us to tell us all about her unexpected wedding budget items and how she managed to keep on track leading up to the big day (which is only 16 days away by the way!!)

BRIDE AND GROOM Unexpected Wedding Budget

Hi everyone – so as you know I am tying the knot in just 16 days! My future husband and I set the initial budget back in December 2015 and we are actually very proud of how we have managed it all. However, there have been quite a few unexpected wedding budget changes that needed to be factored in. So I’m going to run through each change we have had to make so far and maybe it will help you when making your budget! Read the rest of this entry »

Sussex Bride: A Guide To Budget Wedding Planning

Thursday, September 15th, 2016

Hello everyone! I may be in the final throws of planning the big day but I’m still here don’t worry! Today I thought it might helpful for some brides and grooms to hear about budget wedding planning. Not everyone has endless amounts of money for that big Pinterest style wedding however that doesn’t mean you can’t have the best day ever. Not forgetting that whatever your budget you will still be marrying the love of your life – and lets be honest, that’s pretty special.


I’d like to share some top tips and advice that I’ve found helpful along the budget wedding planning route and hopefully it will help you a little too!

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What Happens During the Wedding Ceremony?

Thursday, September 8th, 2016

Planning a wedding is a whole new experience for many brides and grooms and can be a little confusing. For example, what happens during the wedding ceremony? What do I need to do for the ceremony? These questions and more have all been answered for you right here…

Liz and Tom-wedding ceremony

When you go to your local council to give notice of marriage they will hand you a booklet which outlines your ceremony and gives you several options. You should take a good look through this and then when you’re ready, go online and fill out the wedding ceremony checklist form. This will consist of the following:

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Wedding Dress Disasters with Brides Beware

Thursday, August 4th, 2016

I’m sure along your wedding planning journey you’ll have seen one or two wedding dress disasters. Well today we have Rebekah from Brides Beware with us. I saw Brides Beware at the National Wedding Show in February when they handed me a leaflet warning brides about counterfeit wedding dresses.

rosina EBAY - Wedding Dress Disasters

How did Brides Beware get started?

The campaign is a BBSA (British Bridal Suppliers Association) initiative set up by Eternity Bridal Ltd to help smaller bridal businesses. Eternity Bridal successfully sued Ebay for using images illegally and decided to help advise the rest of the bridal industry. We were listening to bridal retailers, designers and manufacturers complain about the ongoing problem and the apparent ignorance of brides that think they can purchase a £1000 wedding gown online for £150. We thought we should start trying to inform these brides about the dangers of buying online and a reaching them through Facebook seemed the best way to do this. It is proving a huge success with almost 13,000 followers and daily posts and questions from brides to be. Read the rest of this entry »

How To Plan Your Wedding At Work

Thursday, July 28th, 2016

This may sound super cheeky, and, well it is. However, there is a right and a wrong way to do this whole ‘plan your wedding’ thing while at work. I mean think about it, most people on average spend 8 hours a day sitting in one office while at work, time that you desperately would prefer to be wedding planning! We of course would never advocate skipping work or getting behind but there are a few tips and tricks we feel might help!

formal - plan your wedding

So when the times come to plan your wedding, even if you have a wedding planner there will be ALOT to do.

Our first tip is to create a folder in your browser bar called ‘The Wedding’. Use this folder to drag across and save any links you find throughout the day. Perhaps you’ve found something on your lunch break or a friend has emailed you across a good bridesmaid dress. Simply pop all the links into this one folder. That way they are secure and safe for that time when you do have a proper moment to look at them.

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The Pros and Cons of Pinterest Wedding Planning

Wednesday, July 27th, 2016

Unless you’ve been living under a rock since you got engaged you’ve probaby heard of these three little words: pinterest wedding planning. Pinterest is basically a scrapbook online where you can ‘pin’ all these wonderful images and ideas onto boards. This is fab for getting a good brainstorm going or helping with the craft ideas. However, is pinterest wedding planning really helping or actually hindering your wedding day?

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The Pros


Pinterest has a MASSIVE database of every kind of image, theme or look you could ever imagine. If you need inspiration for anything, you will find it here. Read the rest of this entry »

The Top 5 Wedding Dress Silhouettes

Friday, July 22nd, 2016

Wedding dress shopping can be very overwhelming, and figuring out all the different styles of wedding dress silhouettes even more so. The majority of bridal salons will help you figure out which best suits you. However if you’d rather be a little clued up before you attend the bridal store then be sure to keep reading.

There are many different types of wedding dress silhouettes. However we have narrowed them down to the five main styles which you will come across. Each one works well for different body shapes and give very different looks. Here at Ivy Ellen we think that at the end of the day, if you feel great in your dress then that’s all that matters!


wedding dress silhouettes

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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 »

Why Should You Choose A Mid-Week Wedding

Friday, July 1st, 2016

The majority of weddings are planned on a Saturday, often because most of your guests don’t have work in the morning = PARTY TIME! However, mid-week weddings are becoming increasingly popular due to their discounted suppliers and variety of choice. Many suppliers for Saturday weddings are booked way in advance, and can charge alot more than you might budget for. Peak wedding season is between April-September, this is when a wedding can cost the most to plan, imagine the savings on a mid-week wedding in March!

Of course there are pros and cons to having a mid-week wedding but here are a few pros for you to consider along with a word or two from a real mid-week bride to be!

aisle shot - Mid-Week Wedding

Everything is cheaper! We all know that weddings can become a very expensive affair so saving a penny or two is always a plus. As mid-week weddings are not as popular many suppliers will offer discounts to those wanting one. Venues will also be much cheaper mid-week as they won’t have so any bookings.

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