Wedding Planning

Somerleyton Hall Weddings // Kelly + Ben

11 August 2017 / Real Weddings/ Wedding Planning

Kelly and Ben’s wedding was truly elegant. Somerleyton Hall provided the perfect backdrop as guests were welcomed by the bride and groom through the wisteria archway, followed by Prosecco and canapés on the lawn.  Their grey and mustard yellow colour theme added a classic feel to the day but with bright splashes – check out the groom’s cheeky yellow bow tie.

A slightly blustery drive to the reception, speeches that had everyone in fits of laughter and a sparkler surprise added some fun to the day.

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5 Reasons To Get Married in Norfolk

02 August 2017 / Supplier Spotlight/ Wedding Planning/ Latest News

The internet is full to the brim of stunning wedding photography, inspiration and notes on experiences from Brides and Grooms around the globe. When it comes to planning your big day, your to-do list will no doubt run to pages, but lots can’t be arranged until you have a location sorted. Of course, here at Norfolk Brides we’re a little biased, but if you’re undecided, read on for the top five reasons to have your nuptials in Nelson’s county.

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Hush Venues Wedding // Shani + Craig

28 July 2017 / Real Weddings/ Wedding Planning

The perfect woodland setting was enough to make Shani and Craig book their wedding in Norfolk at Hush Venues , miles from their home in Hertfordshire. This was a true DIY wedding, with the couple taking their blank canvas and filling it with a light and airy marquee, bunting made by their own hands, picnic blankets, vintage espresso cups full of lemocello and self-catered hamper boxes containing a number of exciting things from a local artisan bakers.

A word of hind-sight wisdom from the couple: buy your bunting, don’t make it!

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Piggy Back Barns Wedding // Bonnie + Toby

21 June 2017 / Real Weddings/ Wedding Planning

There was plenty of fun to be had at Bonnie and Toby’s picnic wedding. Relaxed and informal was the aim for the day, with a red double decker bus to ferry everyone from the church to the venue, picnic blankets and baskets on the grass, a “most creative pocket square competition” for the groomsmen, and even a sports day! The day was full of sunshine - the couple walked back down the aisle together to “Bring Me Sunshine”, complete with the congregation waving little yellow sunshines at them. 

You can find their big day feature in the 3rd issue of Norfolk Brides Magazine if you have a copy, alterbatively, you can view it for FREE online 

To celebrate their 1st wedding anniversary we thought, we'd share some more gorgeous details with you on our blog too! 

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Warehouse Bohemian Romance in Norfolk

14 April 2017 / Styled Weddings/ Supplier Spotlight/ Wedding Planning

I’m a huge fan of the non traditional wedding! the idea of going to the beat of your own drum, celebrating your love how and where best suits you is one that I really believe in.

I always find myself leaning towards Bohemian vibes, and that was the style inspiration for this shoot. lots of warmer tones, vintage and retro throwbacks, rustic, organic florals for the visuals, and making sure it was DIY Bride and Groom suitable, relatable and not out of anyone’s budget was also an important focus to me for this shoot! 

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WEDDING PLANNING: The Ultimate Wedding Playlist

16 March 2017 / Supplier Spotlight/ Wedding Planning

One of a Brides biggest fears is an empty dance floor. When planning a wedding it is important to think about the music you would like played during the evening as soon as possible. The party is wherever the Bride is. If she is at the bar doing shots throughout the evening, that's where her party will be. To have a successful evening celebration with a dancefloor that is really buzzing with everyone having a great time, it is essential that you choose your music wisely. 

Having a great band or DJ at a wedding is an absolute must. You need someone who will get your party in a great mood and get them on to that dance floor. We have spoken to  DJ Paul Allen, who has some excellent ideas to keep the party grooving… 

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White Elegance : White + Gold Inspired Wedding

24 February 2017 / Styled Weddings/ Supplier Spotlight/ Wedding Planning

I have seen photos from this photoshoot keep popping up on my timeline so I got in touch with Tatum to see if I can get my hands on more images. When I saw those - I absolutely fell in love with the simple and clean look and chic feel of this shoot so I spoke to Holie of Daisy Says I Do and she shared the inspiration behind this gorgeous styled shoot in Norfolk. 

If you are considering having white and gold themed wedding - read on for more! 

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WEDDING PLANNING: How to look good in your wedding photos?

13 January 2017 / Supplier Spotlight/ Wedding Planning/ Latest News

Everyone wants to look amazing on their wedding day, with make-up and hair trials, dress appointments, and an exercise and diet plan that Jessica Ennis would be proud of. But it’s also worth taking some time to think about your photos and how to ensure they capture the best angles of your day.  We asked Ella and Jorge, from The Wedding Story Tellers, who recently moved to Norwich from Portugal, to suggest some things to consider. 

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Bartles Lodge Wedding // Elizabeth + Harley

06 January 2017 / Real Weddings/ Wedding Planning/ Latest News

It is about the time we start thinking about the beautiful summer days and get back in to the full swing of wedding planning. We love the English country feel that Elizabeth and Harley had created for their big day. 

Read on to find out some more details about this fab Norfolk Wedding; list of suppliers Elizabeth & Harley used; and of course, the beautiful images takenb by Bigphatphotos, which, we hope will get the creative wedding planning juices flowing. 

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Spring 2017 Wedding Dress Trends

16 November 2016 / Supplier Spotlight/ Wedding Planning/ Latest News

If you are lucky enough to have picked up the brand new copy of Norfolk Brides Magazine, you would have seen the huge 12 page ‘Fashion Edit’ photoshoot.

We have joined forces with a bunch of some of the most talented wedding suppliers to give you a glimpse of what to expect from bridal trends for 2017 and I am so excited to be sharing the gorgeous images by Esther Wild.  Our fashion editor Abi Gray found some of the trends at the local wedding dress shops in Norfolk so you won’t have to travel far to get that trendy bridal gown of yours. 

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DIY WEDDING: Pro's & Con's

21 September 2016 / Real Weddings/ Wedding Planning

DIY weddings are SO in right now. There are many couples who are attempting to do the whole thing from scratch and some, just add a few small touches and details to make it feel more personal. 

It may look fairly easy and straight forward, to pull off right? 

Read on to find out about the Pro's and Con's of planning a DIY Wedding straight from our real-life bride Bonnie!

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WEDDING PLANNING: Lawfully wedded?

06 September 2016 / Supplier Spotlight/ Wedding Planning

A wedding ceremony is without a doubt one of the most romantic occasions of your life but there is also a legal aspect to it, with partners agreeing to become each other’s “lawful wedded” wife or husband.

So aside from the ceremony itself, what other legal implications are there to getting married and should you be considering these in the run up to your big day?

We aksked for some clarification from Amanda Owens, the Head of Family Team at Steeles Law Solicitors

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WEDDING PLANNING: 10 Tips for Choosing your Wedding Venue

12 June 2016 / Wedding Planning/ Latest News

Choosing a wedding venue is like buying a house. You check it out online, make an appointment to visit and then when you find the one that feels like “home”, you agonise over the price before deciding to put in an offer. However, if you ultimately don’t like the house, you can always move again – not so with a wedding!

We’ve come up with 10 top tips to help you find your forever wedding venue.

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Bluebell Wood Bride

12 May 2016 / Styled Weddings/ Supplier Spotlight/ Wedding Planning

When I first saw images from this shoot on Janie’s Facebook page, I knew it was something I really wanted to share with our readers.

I found the colours, the context and the composition of images so rich and so inspiring. I really could see how it could work for bridal shoot for an alternative bride, or even better - a creative and a little moody,  seductive  session to get the best  wedding present for the hubby to be.

I thoroughly enjoyed it and I hope you will too! Let us know what you think!

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Tuscany Wedding // Natasha & Matthew

25 April 2016 / Real Weddings/ Wedding Planning

The pictures say it all! Natasha and Matthew’s Tuscany wedding was everything that a destination wedding should be: beautiful weather, stunning scenery, a romantic atmosphere, and all the people closest to them sharing in their love.

Having only 35 guests meant it was a truly intimate wedding, with Matthew’s 13-year-old son and best man ensuring there wasn’t a dry eye in the place during the speeches. 

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2016 Wedding Trends you can expect to feature at the Most Curious Wedding Fair in Norwich

19 March 2016 / Supplier Spotlight/ Wedding Planning/ Latest News

With the Most Curious Wedding Fair returning to Norwich THIS Sunday ( 20th March) we are thrilled to feature some if the most prominent wedding trends that you can expect to find at this event. From latest bridal fashion, accessories, wedding invitations and of course - wedding venue decor ideas (and suppliers). 

Read on if you want to get a taste of what's to come to St Andrews Hall in Norwich this Sunday. 

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VOEWOOD Wedding // Hannah & Paul

26 February 2016 / Real Weddings/ Wedding Planning

Having met at work over 8 years ago, Hannah & Paul chose VOEWOOD as the venue to celebrate their marriage back in May 2015. It was a fun yet relaxed affair in the stunning North Norfolk country house with their closest and dearest.

We spoke to the couple a while ago and we are SO excited to share this gorgeous wedding with you! 

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Great Yarmouth Town Hall Wedding // Gemma & Bully

19 January 2016 / Real Weddings/ Wedding Planning

I am so thrilled to be finally able to feature the wedding of Gemma & David Bull who won the competition of a free venue hire at the Great Yarmouth Town Hall back in 2013. With our 3rd wedding fair at the Great Yarmouth Town hall just days away, it is delightful to see how Gemma & David ( Bully) celebrated their nuptials with the loved ones.

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Narborough Hall - Wedding Venue for the Ultimate Bohemian Chic Bride

05 November 2015 / Supplier Spotlight/ Wedding Planning/ Latest News

Do you love outdoors and are on the hunt for a venue with the tranquil woodland, romantic fields or a rustic lake? Bohemian and hippie weddings has always been 'your thing' and the informal style suits you down to a T? 

For the free-spirited Bride like you, wedding venue plays a key part in getting the look and feel you are after. For that gorgeous wedding setting in Norfolk, you must consider Narborough Hall. Read on to find out all about this stunning venue and get a very special offer for your 2016 / 2017 wedding. 

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WEDDING PLANNING: 8 Things to consider before you part with cash

03 November 2015 / Wedding Planning

Are you a newly engaged Bride  or Groom - to- be? 

Now you are faced with the HUGE task of planning one of the most important ( and expensive)  days of your life and we don't blame you if you don't know where to start. We asked for some top tips from our local wedding planner Emily Andrews, of Your Norfolk Wedding to get you started with planning your wedding. Read on, to find out what you should consider BEFORE you make arrangements and start putting hefty deposits down. 

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Beautiful Boudoir

25 April 2015 / Styled Weddings/ Wedding Planning

What I love about this styled shoot is the feminine and romantic vibe. Soft pastel colours, luxurious surroundings and fresh flowers… Just a though of this puts you in a mood of something natural and not overly fussy. A fresh cup of coffee, naturally tussled hair and seamless make up offers you the fresh bridal look.

Isn’t this what many brides aspire to achieve for the morning before and after their wedding day? 

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Hautbois Hall Wedding // Helen & David

24 February 2015 / Real Weddings/ Wedding Planning

A beautiful love story of Helen & David who went to school together and have ended up tying the know at the gorgeous wedding venue near Norwich with some of their nearest and dearest witnessing and sharing their special moments. Read on to find our more about their big day at Hautbois Hall and check out couples advice to all Brides and Grooms to be!

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Alexandra Wood Bespoke Tailoring made Modern

26 January 2015 / Supplier Spotlight/ Wedding Planning/ Latest News

Alexandra Wood launched her business with the simple mission of creating beautifully tailored suits that would make each and every customer look and feel incredible. Never settling for anything less than perfection, she has swept aside the traditional view of the Savile Row tailor seamlessly (forgive the pun) combining impeccable style and cut with warmth, approachability and humour!

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How to write a Wedding Speech // 13 Useful Tips

10 January 2015 / Wedding Planning

How to give the perfect wedding speech is probably one of the biggest worries for many men – whether they are being allocated best-man’s duties or they are father of the bride/groom or even the groom himself!

Not forgetting that these days we get many brides and mums wanting to say a few words too. I did at my own wedding, and you know what – I fluffed it! Seriously, I did. And that is because I didn’t follow my own advice from below. It wasn’t horrendous, but I didn’t prepare, practice and blabbed a lot stuff. I literally repeated everything that my husband had said a few short moments ago… Awkward! 

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Muscat London Bridal Collection // AW'14

03 December 2014 / Wedding Planning/ Latest News

I am in love with this minimalist, modern yet inspired by vintage pieces; ‘Muscat London’ is an eclectic, unique, award-winning brand that has had an instant impact on the bridal world. This bridal collection is for the fashion forward bride who is not afraid to make statement on her wedding day.

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Choosing Your Engagement Ring // 8 Helpful Tips

19 November 2014 / Wedding Planning

So you have decided to propose. You think up a dream scenario, easy! But then the panic sets in - you need to buy an engagement ring, but how, where, what and how much should you spend? Whether you have decided to surprise your partner or choose a ring together; read on.

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Feminine Vintage Boudoir Lingerie for a Modern Bride

17 November 2014 / Styled Weddings/ Wedding Planning

The delicate fabrics, soft colours and feminine lace offers a really romantic and seductive selection of vintage boudoir lingerie for a modern bride who is looking for a selection of nightwear and underwear for her wedding night or, perhaps for a surprising boudoir shoot. 

Fantastic collaboration between some of the Norfolk's finest showcasing the beautiful Lingerie Parlour selection!

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Alternative Wedding Catering Ideas

10 October 2014 / Wedding Planning/ Latest News

Everyone loves food at weddings, be it a roast, buffet or a 5 course luxurious feast. To make our lives easier, many wedding venues offer pre-set Wedding Breakfast menu’s. But what if you want something different and the Sunday roast and chicken in a bed of gravy is not quite what you are after?

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Michelle & Peter's Ickworth House Wedding

06 September 2014 / Real Weddings/ Wedding Planning

I am so excited to finally be able to showcase this beautiful Ickworth House wedding at Bury St Edmunds in Suffolk captured by Rob Dodsworth photography. It has been sat in my inbox for quite some time now and due to never-ending 'to-do' list I never seem to have found time to share it with you. 

Michelle and Peter got married on a bright sunny winter’s day on Saturday 22nd February 2014 and  here is their beautiful wedding day described in their own words...

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The Preview of Ellis Bridals Collection

02 September 2014 / Wedding Planning/ Latest News

A rose is a classically British flower, one of nature’s embellishments and a symbol of romance throughout the ages. It serves this season as a reflection of the brand new collection and also a nod to Ellis’s illustrious history – name checking Rose Ellis one of the founding members of the label. She serves as a constant inspiration for Ellis guiding the brand and keeping it true to its artisanal roots.

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Sandringham Woodland Picnic

09 May 2014 / Styled Weddings/ Wedding Planning

I have always loved the romantic, bohemian style wedding. The seemingly effortless bridal glow, relaxed style and plenty of nature. Fields, wild flowers and woodland. Yes. Perfect. Those are exact reasons why I fell in love with this styled shoot – a labour of creative minds and sheer styling talent by Penny of The Little Lending Co. and Darina of DS Photography.

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