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Should You Take Your Children on Your Honeymoon?

Thursday, April 27th, 2017

As more and more couples find themselves getting married and honeymooning once they already have children, the big question arises. Should you take your children on your honeymoon? Traditionally the honeymoon is a vacation that the newlyweds take together after the wedding, a romantic and fun get away to kick off married life. However would this be the same if you took a little person with you? Many companies are now advertising different types of honeymoon – the mini moon (few days away) and even the familymoon. So with that in mind we decided to ask someone who knows a little more about this situation. Ivy Ellen’s manager, Lewis, is soon to be wed to his lovely fiancé Emma and together they have their beautiful boy Jesse. Together they had to look at the decision of taking your children on your honeymoon.

Children on Your Honeymoon - WEDDING

So, over to Emma…Should you take children on your honeymoon?


When we first got engaged one of the main talking points was the American road trip we were going to do for our honeymoon. 4 weeks off work (If Lew’s boss was nice enough), starting somewhere around Memphis and working our way round all the musical cities of the South. Epic. Then plans changed a little when we found out I was expecting Jesse (we put the wedding off for a year to start). Read the rest of this entry »

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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RLW: Emma & Graham’s Stunning Winter Wonderland Wedding

Thursday, April 6th, 2017

On the 11th December 2016 Emma & Graham tied the knot in a stunning winter wonderland wedding. Their very special day was held at The Manor House Hotel in Castle Combe, a beautiful location for such a momentous occasion. The bride and groom may have planned their winter wonderland wedding in just three months, but it was defintely worth it! Today we have Emma with us to chat about their big day and offer some tips too…

Who proposed? How did they propose?

I feel I might of taken the whole proposal thing away from Graham. I know he was going to do something and was waiting for the right moment to pop the question. Our relationship has never been a traditional one, very early on after meeting we went on an incredible ‘honeymoon’ type holiday to South America, soon after that our beautiful daughter arrived and then buying our dream home together. So it wasn’t unusual that we often talked about getting married it just seemed like the natural thing to do, question was when? I knew I wanted our venue as it was already very special to us so I rang to see when they had availability in the summer 2017 but of course a beautiful venue like that gets booked up years in advance! However chatting to the lovely Emma the wedding coordinator it came to light there was a special last minute seasonal offer, I immediately reserved it called Graham and said want to get married in three months? Next thing I know we’re  planning our wedding! Three weeks before the wedding Graham surprised me by whisking me away for a night to a very exclusive hotel just down the road from where we lived, he had arranged everything from a gorgeous suite to a pamper treatment for me. There were flowers waiting in our suite together with champagne he cracked open the bottle took me onto the balcony and got down on one knee and proposed. This close to the wedding he still had to do it all the traditional way! And that’s one of the reasons why I love him! Read the rest of this entry »

RLW: Our Sussex Bride’s Bonfire Night Wedding Day!

Thursday, December 8th, 2016

As many of you know, our team member Stephanie tied the knot with Liam in a beautiful bonfire night wedding. Childhood sweethearts and together for seven years, they said their vows at the stunning Arundel Town Hall in West Sussex.  All of of us here at Ivy Ellen then joined them along with family and friends for celebrations at The Charmandean, Worthing. Today we have the happy couple answering lots of questions and giving some top advice for all your lovely brides and grooms.


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

We met seven years ago whilst at high school, through a mutual friend. We were complete opposites but fell in love instantly. Liam proposed to me five years later. We went for a late night walk down the seafront after dinner and he popped the question at the end of the pier in our hometown. It was a beautiful starry night and could not have been more perfect (even if I did laugh with nervousness and excitement before actually answering him). Our anniversary date is a little unsure but we usually celebrate on the 5th as this was the closest date we can remember – so it seemed only fitting g to have a bonfire night wedding really! Read the rest of this entry »

Top 10 Real Life Wedding Photographs from 2016

Monday, November 28th, 2016

As another year comes to an end we find ourselves looking back at wedding photographs from 2016. We love being able to blog about our customers wedding day’s and seeing their wedding photographs is such a privilege. Therefore we decided to have a quick roundup of some of our favourite images and give a little insight as to why…

First up is this divine wedding photograph from Charlotte & Henry’s big day – beautifully captured by Charlie Campey Photography.  The reason we love this image so much is because of how enchanting it is. The bride and groom look stunning, sharing a kiss on their wedding day underneath a wild and almost fairytale like canopy  – the chandelier just tops it off!


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Sussex Bride: 82 Days Till The Wedding Day

Monday, August 15th, 2016

Yes, you did read that right. It is now only 82 days until the wedding day! Time has absolutely flown by and I feel like everything is now a massive rush – oops! I got engaged over 2 years ago, however we only started planning in December of 2015. Now with the big day looming we are rushing around to get everything done, so here’s a little insight…


This weekend I finally sorted the bridesmaid dresses – word of advice, do not be too relaxed about it! I thought that by being really easy going it would make the shopping experience easier. However as time went on I realised this gave the girls too much freedom and nothing was really getting done. So, I set more of a direct brief and between us all we found a dress that everyone liked. Originally priced at £65.99 I managed to bag all three together online in the sale for £120 – now lets hope they fit! (dress from Chi Chi London if anyone wants to know!) 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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What Is A Grooms Cake and Do I Need One?

Thursday, January 7th, 2016

You may have heard the term ‘grooms cake’ flying around during your wedding planning and be thinking ‘What is it and do I need one?’. If this is correct then look no further! We’ve put the hours in, tasted hundreds of cakes all in the name of research and have your answers below…

Back in the day, guests were given a slice of cake to take home as a wedding favour – however this often meant the bride and groom had to order an entire second cake. It was said that all single female guests were to go home, pop the slice under their pillow and they would dream of their future husbad – hence the name grooms cake. Eventually people realised that if they were going to order an entire second cake then why not make it fun? It became a light hearted tradition, especially in the US, to dedicate this cake to the groom and his interests etc. The two cakes would then sit side by side at the reception almost a ‘his’ and ‘hers’ kind of look. However it has become more common for the grooms cake to now be served at the rehearsel dinner, this gives each cake a chance to shine on its own rather than one stealing the limelight on the day. Read the rest of this entry »

10 Signs You Are Dealing With A Groomzilla

Thursday, November 12th, 2015

We’ve all heard of the ‘Bridezilla’ but with more and more couples funding the wedding themselves, the groom is becoming increasingly more involved. This is great you think…until his inner Groomzilla appears! If your hubby-t0-be is starting to stress you out then check out these top ten signs he’s turning into a groomzilla! We hope you have time to turn him back before it’s too late….

1. He constantly moans about how he doesn’t get an engagement ring. Eugh just get over it already!

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Important Things to Do After the Wedding Day

Wednesday, June 24th, 2015

In the lead up to the wedding day you are inundated with information about what to do and when to do it but what about after the big day? Your suppliers have gone, the bridesmaids are frazzled and your parents are exhausted so who do you turn to? Ivy Ellen – here we have given you a list of all the major things you need to get sorted after the wedding day – some To-Do’s for after your big I-Do’s as it were!

1. Say Thank You – Do not forget to send out your thank you cards! Now we may be a tad biased but we believe this is perhaps the most important thing to do after the big day. Make sure your guests know how much you appreciated them being there by sending out lovely thank you cards. You can see our full range on line here >> Ivy Ellen Thank You Cards Read the rest of this entry »