Advice From the Married Side – Real Brides Advice From Their Wedding Day

advice from the married side

This afternoon it’s time again to dish out a healthy dose of wedding planning advice in our monthly ‘Advice from the Married Side’ feature. I have so many amazing real weddings on the blog and for each one I feature I ask the couple a number of questions, one of these questions being advice for other couples. Sometimes the answers get lost amongst the pretty pictures, so each month I bring you a selection of these brides (and grooms) words of wisdom! I hope there will be something amongst these experiences that help you while planning your own wedding……….Happy Planning!


(Photo credit: Mark Newton Weddings – Full Wedding HERE)

General Advice

  • A wedding doesn’t have to cost a bomb, the focus is the marriage not the wedding day.
  • Don’t sweat the small stuff. Things will go wrong but no one will even notice.
  • Don’t compromise on something you are really passionate about.
  • Wear comfortable shoes – I bought some nice flip flops to change into so I was able to dance and wander around freely!
  • Sit down together and agree your priorities early on… we wanted a relaxed festival wedding, which made it easy to save money by dropping things we weren’t bothered about, like a wedding cake or expensive clothes.
  • Also don’t be nervous as everyone is there for you on the day which is a really special thing!
  • Being surrounded by friends and loved ones is what it’s all about, everything else really is secondary.
  • Invest in a good photographer!
  • Use Pinterest as it’s amazing!

(Photo credit: Paul Joseph Photography – Full wedding HERE)


  • In regards to planning I just say have a good team around you … whether it be your mother, best friend, sister, or wedding planner. My wedding coordinators were so very helpful in helping me to conceptualize what I wanted. They weren’t afraid to tell me something was going to look bad or weird which I really appreciated.
  • Having a planner is great because someone you can rely will be there keeping things moving.
  • For planning: Make sure you have a good plan with options in case things change and a flexible time frame to allow for things to overrun. This means you’ll be less stressed.
  • Enjoy the wedding planning – it is very easy to get wrapped up in the stresses of planning a wedding but make sure you take time out to enjoy each other’s company and have date nights where you don’t talk about the wedding!




Betania and Fred’s ‘Rustic Village’ Portuguese Wedding. By Fabioazanha

Todays wedding is an absolute beauty, a stunning outdoor wedding full of wonderful sunshine all the way from Portugal, courtesy of Fabioazanha. Not ony is this wedding simply gorgeous but so is the photography with warm tones and a great use of light. The couple wanted a spiritual and personal day and they created just that. With flowers donated from each wedding guest to make up the bridal bouquet along with the watering of an olive tree during the ceremony, all go together to make this such a beautiful and personal day, I just love it all.

‘A romantic, relaxed, fun, country and nature loving wedding’

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Boho Loves: Truly Quirky Wedding Venues – Unique, Creative, Crazy Wedding Venues in the UK.

Truly Quirky Wedding Venues

Today I am delighted to introduce you to a wonderful venue sourcing company called Truly Quirky Wedding Venues. If you are looking for somewhere to hold your wedding or reception and are looking for something a little less run of the mill, then you need to get this fantastic wedding site in your life! The website is full of amazing locations to hold your quirky wedding. From the intimate to the massive, on land to on sea, fun to breathtakingly beautiful, there really is a wedding venue to suite everyone’s tastes on this website.


‘Truly Quirky Wedding Venues is the only site that promotes only wedding venues that have something unusual, out of the ordinary and, well, quirky to offer. 

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Smock Alley Theatre Dublin

Solent Forts

Solent Forts

Kelly launched ‘Truly Quirky Wedding Venues’ on January 1st this year off the back of being asked my visitors at her unique creative wedding fairs whether she knew of any really unique places to get wed. She’s been running Belle’s Events for over 4 years now so she had a few awesome venues already on her books, such as the coveted ‘Bell Inn Ticehurst’ but for 4 months during the gloomy winter she searched and delved in to the www for some Truly Quirky Wedding Venues and with her charm and a little convincing she managed to get 10 on board for the launch. Since then, the venues have doubled and she is thrilled with the hit rate on the site.

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Charlotte and Daniel’s Vintage Inspired Farm Wedding. By Bloom Weddings

Today I Have a super cute wedding for you courtesy of Chris and Anneka from Bloom Weddings.  It’s a farm wedding filled with lots of lovely lavender details, along with other pretty pastels. Gorgeous flowers and wonderful DIY projects all inspired from the brides love of vintage.  With an amazing location and an abundance of sunshine this wedding is just brimming with English country charm and so much love. A gorgeous bride and groom and a whole lot of fun makes this wedding a wonderful collection of beautiful photography and a whole load of wedding inspiration.

‘A Relaxed vintage boho wedding with lots of food and drink! Emphasis on the relaxed feel to the day and a lot of love!’

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Charlotte and Daniel were married on 5th July 2014 at Old Brampton Church – Chesterfield – and their reception was at a friends Farm. ‘I have always wanted a traditional wedding and the church was so beautiful and very local to us, our original location for the reception let us down so we were very lucky for our friends to offer their farm for the day and it was perfect for our style of wedding! We had 120 guests and it took 10 months to plan.

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Josephine and Emile’s DIY Wedding with a Handmade Wedding Dress. By John Barwood Phototgraphy

Happy Bank Holiday Monday everyone!  I do hope you are having a lovely one.  Is it sunny where you are?  It is glorious here so I am off to enjoy a day in the sunshine as I have been working all weekend, getting the blog ready for my trip to Ibiza next week. We have anther bunch of amazing weddings for you this week starting off with this gorgeous wedding from John and Soph from John Barwood Photography. It’s a wedding full of DY projects and amazing handmade decoration, from the table plan to the table numbers, the wedding signs to the headband and bouquets, along with the Wedding dress and the bridesmaids dress, which were made by Josephines mum. It’ great to see a wedding with so much Character and personality.

‘It felt very surreal but was great fun’

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Josephine and Emile were married on 18th October 2014 at Paintworks in Bristol. The venue was a great big blank canvas, and gave us the feeling that we could really make it ‘our own’. We also liked that fact that we could have both the ceremony and the reception there, and so didn’t have to think about the logistics of getting everybody from A to B. We had 90 guests attend. As for the planning and organising – For the big things (for example, finding venue, arranging the ceremony, choosing food, sorting the band, finding photographers), these were arranged probably over the course of a few months at the beginning of the year. We then went away travelling for 5 months and came back one month before getting married, which I spent making things.

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Boho’s Best Bits’s: W/C 27th April

Boho's Best Bits

Happy Sunday everyone and how are you all today? Well what a weekend! I’d like to say a Massive congratulation to Princess Kate and Prince William on the birth of their beautiful baby girl, we have another princess, what lovely news! How are you enjoying your bank holiday weekend? Mine has been pretty much work focused as I am away on holiday next weekend, so I am frantically trying to get enough blog posts written to keep you all occupied while I am away! I’m getting there though, so don’t worry you will have still have you daily fix of wedding pretty while I’m away! Blog wise, Kelly C is currently in St.Lucia carrying out a very exciting assignment for the blog, you can follow her #bridalblogathon journey HERE. The new blog design is coming along nicely. I had another meeting with the designer yesterday and all is going well, I can’t wait to share some sneak peaks with you.

Now though it’s time to put your feet up and enjoy this weeks best bits, my weekly round-up of the best the wedding world has to offer.

Best Wedding of the Week

I just love this wedding from 100 Layer Cake, The dress, the geometric stationery design, mixed with the minimalist decoration are all just gorgeous. A wonderful location for a laid back wedding. Photo by Adrian Tuazon Photography

Intimate Australian Garden Wedding – From 100 Layer Cake

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Best DIY

DIY Silk Flower Crown – From Green Wedding Shoes

DIY Emoji Clutch – From A Beautiful Mess

DIY Watercolour Table Runner – From Ruffled

DIY Lip Balm – From Style me Pretty

DIY Tutorial Spring Wreath – From Boho 

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Best Photography

Hargate Hall Wedding – From S6 Photography

Clare and Dan Married at Bolton Abbey Priory – From Jess Petrie

Panda and Rich – From York Place Studios

A Bride in teh Grit – From The Willinghams

Cordi and Foxy – From Matt Parry

Upwaltham Barns Wedding – From Samuel Docker

A Fun and Stylish Wedding at the Victoria Baths – From Claire Penn

Edinburgh Castle Wedding – From Photos by Zoe

New Orleans Inspired Wedding – From Toast of Leeds

Jessica and George – From Albert Palmer