Own Your Wedding – FREE Wedding Planning Guide


Own Your Wedding - FREE Wedding Planning Guide

This morning I had the pleasure of sharing with you Hannah and Dean’s gorgeous country fayre themed wedding. Well today they are back with a very special offer for all Boho Readers, a FREE 47 page wedding planning book.

Hannah and Dean set up ‘Own Your Wedding‘ after planning their wedding last year and realising they had so much useful wedding planning information that they wanted to share it with other brides and grooms. Fast forward a year and Hannah and Dean now have 2 amazing, information packed resources on offer and today the book is yours for FREE.

Packed with everything you need to know the book containes information on budgets, planning, where to gain inspiration, timescales and so much more. To gain your FREE copy just pop down to the bottom of the post.

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Why we Started Own Your Wedding

We tied the knot in June 2014 following a relatively short and intense 7 months of wedding planning. Like many couples, we worried about every little detail, but in the end our wedding went without a hitch and was the most fantastic day we could have imagined. So, with lots of amazing memories and a little sigh of relief, we settled into married life.

In early 2015 we finally got round to sorting through some of the bits and bobs from the wedding, including some of the DIY decorations and lots of the paperwork we had collected along the way. It reminded us of just how much work went into it all. We looked back over all the plans and especially the spreadsheets we had put together, thinking it would be a waste to just delete them. We have to admit in hindsight, we spent way too much time fine tuning these spreadsheets, but we like to be organised! We decided they might be something that other couples would appreciate – a fully developed and functioning set of spreadsheets, plus a guide book based on our real-life experience and advice. And so, Own Your Wedding was born – we thought the name emphasised our ethos, which is that this is your wedding, so go OWN it!

7th June 2014. Hannah and Dean's wedding at Middle Ashton House in Oxfordshire.

(Image by Emma Stoner Weddings)

What we offer

At Own Your Wedding we offer the tools and guidance to help couples to take control of their own wedding planning.

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Hannah and Dean’s Handmade Country Fayre Wedding. By Emma Stoner Weddings

Today’s wedding is a bit special as I have invited the couple Hannah and Dean back to the blog this afternoon to talk to you about their new wedding business, but more about that this afternoon. This morning is all about sharing with you their gorgeous wedding photos. Hannah and Dean decided early on that they were going to set a budget and stick to it and that is exactly what they did. With a lot of careful planning and quite a few spreadsheets they kept the budget on track and only spent what they had saved and what they felt was rally necessary for their big day. They managed to call in favours from friends and family and created a lot of DIY projects which really helped keep the budget down. Thanks to Emma Stoner Weddings for the images.

‘A relaxed countryside wedding, with lots of DIY personal touches to share with our closest family and friends’

7th June 2014. Hannah and Dean's wedding at Middle Ashton House in Oxfordshire. 7th June 2014. Hannah and Dean's wedding at Middle Ashton House in Oxfordshire.

Hannah and Dean were married on 7th June 2014 at Middle Aston House, Oxfordshire. ‘The ceremony was outside on the lake-view terrace, with speeches and drinks in the rose garden. The reception was on the front lawn where we had a marquee. I noticed the venue whilst out on my bike, and thought to myself what a great place for a wedding! They were setting up a marquee on the lawn so I dropped in to have a look and pretty much decided there and then that I should ask Hannah to marry me. I even pencilled us in for a date as I didn’t want to miss the chance to book it. Fortunately Hannah felt the same once she has seen it. Because it was so close to our home, it felt really personal. There was a small alcove on the terrace for outdoor ceremonies, which was exactly what we wanted (weather permitting of course). We were able to have a marquee on the front lawn, and the venue was happy to do a BBQ, so it was the perfect venue for a relaxed summer wedding. They have a small boating lake and are surrounded by beautiful Oxfordshire countryside, so the views are amazing. On the practical side, there was on-site accommodation which made life super easy for our guests, many of whom were travelling quite a way to be there. The staff at Middle Aston House were so helpful and friendly – they really took care of us on the day and we couldn’t have asked for more really. We had 76 guests in total – 67 adults, 6 children and 3 babies to be precise. All the guests attended the full day. From proposal to wedding it was just under 7 months. From the date that Dean decided to propose to the wedding was 9.5 months.’

7th June 2014. Hannah and Dean's wedding at Middle Ashton House in Oxfordshire.

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Boho Loves: Elegance 50s – 50s Inspired Made to Order Dresses


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This afternoon the blog I am here to tell you all about a wonderful wedding dress designer offering 50s style wedding gowns and bridesmaids dresses at a price that won’t break the wedding budget. Lawrence Aitken from Elegance 50s set up his wedding dress company in 2012 and since then has gone from strength to strength designing and creating made to order 50s inspired wedding dresses. His designs are simple, elegant and perfect for any bride looking for a 50s style dress for her wedding.

‘Specializing in 50s inspired gown design and made to order dresses’

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I asked Lawrence to tell me a bit more about his business……………

What made you start your business?
My mother has been crafting gowns for over 40 years. Many of the designs we offer have been perfected by her over the past two decades! My upbringing has been a flurry of fashion shows, small shops in the Camden and Portobello markets, sewing machine workshops in the garage and volumes of fabric rolls in the dining room! Working alone part time while raising my brother and I here in London, she never had great success, but I’ve always had an admiration for her talent, and loved the way her work makes people happy! When I graduated and finished Uni, I looked at our situation (her now living on the other side of the world in her home town of Bani in the Philippines), and I realized there was a business to be had. She had friends and family she had been training to produce quality designs, and the world wide web would allow us to work together and serve people internationally. And that’s what we’ve loved doing since! (more…)



Kate and Danny’s Country Tea Party Wedding By Tiree Dawson Photography

Todays wedding is perfect for this time of year, a gorgeous sunny country wedding full of fun, smiles and some cracking vintage inspired outfits. Kate the bride just loves Audrey Hepburn and wanted to reflect this in her choice of bridal gowns, and this 50s style tea length dress does just that. The bridesmaids in their gorgeous flowed dresses are equally as stunning and I am loving the groomsmen in their fun relaxed outfits, bow ties and braces, perfect for a country wedding. With a relaxed BBQ at their local pub as their reception, this wedding is effortlessly chilled and bursting with personally. Big thanks to Tiree from Tiree Dawson Photography for these gorgeous images.

‘It was the most perfect day, it couldn’t have gone better. Everyone had an amazing day’

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Kate and Danny were married on 30th May 2015 at St Mary’s Church, Crosthwaite and The Punch Bowl, Underbarrow. ‘We wanted a fun and relaxed wedding in the village that we lived in. We had 115 guests in total. We booked it around 12 months in advance, everything else took around 6 months.’

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DIY Tutorial: Table Centre Arrangment with Garden Grown & Locally Sourced Flowers.

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Flowers really can lift a wedding, personally I am a big fan of adding as many flowers as you can to your wedding ceremony and reception, I think they are super pretty and such a lovely way to add your own personality to your day. Today Claire from Plant Passion is here to show you how to put together a beautiful table centre arrangement for your wedding reception. It’s so easy and in a bid to move away from the smaller arrangements that jam jars give, this arrangement is substantial and will take up more space on your table. 

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  • Flowers we used: White Sweet Williams, Campanulas, Tritelias, Cornflowers and Roses
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Jam jars are fantastic for table centre arrangements, but if you’ve got more than 6-8 placings on a table, a single jam jar is going to look rather lonely. – Rather than have a batch of them, – go big with this DIY table arrangement.

  • Before you start condition your flowers well, this will mean they will last the whole party and still be ready to be given as presents at the end.




Rebecca and Ryan’s Nice and Simple Pub Wedding By Matt Parry Photography

Happy Monday to you all and welcome along to another fun packed week on the Blog, how was your weekend? Mine was good, nice and chilled so I feel revived and ready for what ever this week has to throw at me. Todays wedding is brought to you courtesy of the incredibly talented Matt Parry Photography. It’s gorgeous to look at but simple in detail and a great example that you don’t need loads of fuss and decor to have a really special day. Rebecca and Ryan concentrated on the three things that mattered most to them when they were wedding planning; booze, band and the photographer and with this in mind managed to keep the planning fuss free and within budget. A perfect example of wedding planning done right!

‘A beautiful day spent with great family and friends’

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Rebecca and Ryan were married on 21st March 2015 just a short walk from their home, at Henley on Thames Town Hall, followed by a party at the local pub The Little Angel. ‘We can see the Town Hall from our back door, and it is such an iconic building for Henley locals – it felt really exciting transforming our everyday surroundings into something so special! We also wanted the day to be as fuss free as possible for our guests, and this ticked all the boxes. We had 150 guests in total for the ceremony and party and the wedding took 6 months to plan.’

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