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Why You Should Choose Artificial Wedding Flowers

Monday, September 18th, 2017

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…

budding sesations - artificial wedding flowers

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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 »

7 Signs Wedding Planning Is Taking Over Your Life!

Friday, July 15th, 2016

Planning a wedding is big business, by which we mean…is wedding planning taking over your life? You can deny it all you like but if you’re brushing your teeth while thinking about your guest list then maybe its time to hit the snooze button on your wedding planning. Here we have 7 definitive (by our standards) signs that wedding planning is taking over!

Tom&Susannah wedding planning

Your other half suddenly has not a single clue what half the words coming out of your mouth mean. “I definetely think that the soft lilac dahlias will harmonize better with the maid of honours sheath dress and that the processional music after the signing of the register shoud be less formal”. Say what??

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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 »

Sussex Bride: Wedding Dress Shopping

Wednesday, July 6th, 2016

I know you’re probably thinking WHAT?! She gets married in 4 months and she is wedding dress shopping?! Yes it’s true, I feel ashamed! I would whole heartedly advise shopping for the dress WAY before the 4 month mark but I have said once before…I am the queen of last minute changes!


So my wedding dress budget was only £600 which although seems like a good amount, in the world of bridal it is not! I decided to opt for an online dress I had seen from a well known high street retailer, Phase Eight. The dress arrived, looked beautiful and was only £500 – all done I thought. Well fast forward to a few weeks ago and I suddenly didn’t feel too confident with my wedding dress shopping experience, or my dress. I felt deflated and after trying on my dress again, I felt…fat. I’m not ‘plus size’ but I’m also not skinny, on average I’m a size 14/16 (depending on which store and how stretchy the item is across my chest!!). The dress I had chosen seemed to emphasise all the parts of me that I want to hide, so plan B was put into action.

wedding dress

(Not my dress, FYI)

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Sussex Bride: How to Cope with Wedding Stress

Tuesday, June 28th, 2016

Hi everyone! I hope you are all okay and enjoying my little updates on the wedding planning journey! This week I want to talk about wedding stress and how I’m dealing with it. In turn this will hopefully help you if and when you experience any wedding related stress issues (If you don’t then you must be a SAINT).

sussexbride - wedding stress

Wedding stress can be brought on by many aspects of the planning process and affects everybody in different ways. For example, this week my fiancé and I argued about the wedding. It wasn’t fun and it was SUPER stressful. He thought we were spending too much on the wedding and I thought that was ridiculous, considering our budget is £4000 and the average UK wedding costs around £27’000. However that was his wedding stress, mine has been the organisation of everything. He doesn’t get why I am so worried about how everything will come together (it’s only 4 months away and he still doesn’t have a suit). 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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Real Life Wedding: Julie & Simon’s Simple Rustic Wedding

Friday, April 8th, 2016

On a beautiful day in March Julie and Simon said their vows to one another in a simple rustic wedding. The ceremony was held at St Mary & St Bartholomew’s Church, Hampton in Arden, with a beautiful reception to follow at The Brickmakers Arms in Berkswell. Today we talk to Julie about their wedding day while she shares some top tips and advice…

Julie and Simon Simple Rustic Wedding

Firstly how did Simon and yourself meet?

I had known Simon for a number of years through cricket (he played in the same team as my late husband). We have been in a relationship for almost 10 years.  I was stunned when he asked me to marry him.  We were on holiday in Portugal and had just got back after watching football in a sports bar — who says romance is dead!  I said yes straight away.  It just felt right.  A new start for both of us. Read the rest of this entry »

Wedding SOS: How to Agree on Hen/Stag Do Rules

Thursday, April 7th, 2016

Planning your wedding together can be such a magical time and there are usually only two things you plan without eachother… the wedding dress and the Hen party/Stag do. Now, let’s be honest here, Hen/Stag do’s can cause a little controversy every now and then. So the way to fix it? Lay some rules down…for both of you!

hen party badges Hen/Stag Do

1. Try to set a spending cap on the stag do and hen party. Often a souce of these arguments can come from one person going abroad while the other keeps it low key in town. Obviously if your friends decide to pay for you then this may be a little trickier but try to arrange a suitable budget for you each.

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5 Tips To Increase Your Wedding RSVP Response Rate!

Tuesday, March 22nd, 2016

Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the majority of your wedding planning you will likely have heard how frustrating it is to get people to RSVP! Many guests may simply open the invitation, stick it on their fridge and then they forget about it until you chase them up. Of course chasing up X amount of wedding guests takes time and is not ideal so close to the big day. So, we have come up with 5 ways to increase your wedding RSVP response rate…

CANTONI INVITE -wedding rsvp

1. Give them options – provide your guests with several options on how to RSVP to you. Include a pre-addresses RSVP card, an email address and your telephone number. By giving them options they should have no excuses such as postage costs, RSVP’s getting ‘lost’ in the post or anything else!

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