Introducing: Crystal Bridal Accessories ~ new Signature collection

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Yorkshire-based Crystal Bridal Accessories have just launched their own range of vintage-inspired statement bridal jewellery, the Signature collection.

My favourite is this ‘Ava’ vintage brooch bridal belt (£249). The collection has a matching ‘Ava’ necklace (£95).

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Wedding photobooth props ~ tutorial and printable templates

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It’s great to have some fun photos of you and your guests to look back on. They’ll keep you smiling long after your memories of the vicar’s gaffe or Uncle John’s dodgy dance moves have begun to fade.

Some form of fancy dress can be a great ice breaker if you have a lot of guests who are meeting for the first time. It’s pretty cheap to come by and can be easy to make your own.

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Real Wedding – Clair and Matt: for the dress and the Dales

It gives me great pleasure to share with you the wedding of Clair and Matt, with thanks to their photographer Barnaby Aldrick.

This beautiful wedding stands out, for me, for Clair’s stunning David Fielden gown, the charming Yorkshire Dales setting and this couple’s transformation of their village hall reception venue.

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Introducing: Sell My Wedding – buy and sell pre-loved wedding items

A new website has been launched which aims to “turn one bride’s something old into another’s something new.” is the only site in the UK dedicated to the buying and selling of used or pre-loved wedding items. You can sell everything to do with the big day from the dress to dressing the reception.

Sellers have to pay £20, but it’s a one off fee and for that you can list as many wedding items as you want, for as long as you want. Even better, the £20 sign-up fee is being waived for the first 100 private sellers.

I asked founder Rebecca Aspin to choose some of her favourite items listed on the site. Take a look at these gems – and the prices!

Channel 1940s glamour with this white lace off shoulder wedding dress featuring a vintage brooch. £150.

Bridal hairband made from vintage brooch. £30.

15 versatile mirrored centrepieces. £15.

80 ivory and white paper lanterns – perfect for transforming any marquee or village hall into a wedding wonderland. £160.

This vintage-style 1940s hair comb was the first item to be sold on the site. The original cost was £135 but one bride snapped up a bargain for just £40.

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Real Wedding – Anna and Mat: first anniversary of our perfect wedding day

I’m not bragging! It just was completely and wonderfully perfect to us. To me that’s what makes a great wedding – when it’s a true match with the bride and groom.

This may be a little self indulgent but I thought it was about time you learned a bit more about me. And come on, it’s my anniversary, so show me some love!

As soon as we set foot in the Crab and Lobster in North Yorkshire we knew it was where we’d celebrate our wedding.

Crab and Lobster

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Friday Fashion Fix… Halo & Co

Luxury bridal accessories brand Halo & Co will soon be entering their 20th year.

Pictured is one of their new designs ‘Bryanne’, an Art Deco-inspired sidepiece.

The company is launching a new website and will be at the British Bridal Exhibition Harrogate from 11th to 13th September 2011.

Real wedding with a touching story: Rebecca and Neil

“Love is a friendship which has caught fire.” That is the perfect description wedding photographer Cat Hepple attached to Rebecca and Neil’s relationship.

It sums this couple up perfectly: this couple who were friends for years without daring to reveal how they really felt about each other. This couple who are clearly so in love and were surrounded by such warmth from family and friends on their special day.

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Introducing… Ruby Blue Cards

Fledgling stationery business Ruby Blue Cards has some of the cutest save the dates I have ever seen. The carnival ticket and bunting styles are my favourites. But it was hard to make a choice!

'Manilla' carnival ticket-style save the date
'Summer' save the date bunting

Sall Clapham began designing invitations a few years ago when she made her own stationery for her wedding in Lake Garda. She had such a great response from her guests she started experimenting with more designs.

“I love design and am always looking for new ideas and inspiration,” Sall says. “I love the imperfection of handmade, shabby chic items.” Definitely girl after my own heart.

'Love Birds' invitation pack
'Summer' invitation

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Magic ‘talking’ beans wedding gift

What a cute wedding gift this would make – and for just £3!

Beanstalk Magic Talking Seeds
Beanstalk 'Magic Talking Seeds'

Available at, you get a pack of five beans with messages and pictures laser-etched in.

I, of course, like the ‘Angel’ pack (the brackets explain the image which appears on the reverse of the bean):

Faith (Dove) Peace (Peace) Hope (Hope) Love (Heart) Joy (☺)

For brides for their grooms, and vice versa, how about:

Cheeky Pack: Hug Me (Teddy Bear) Kiss Me (Lips) Squeeze Me (Hand) Feed Me (Apple) Tickle Me (Hand)

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