Why wedding magazines aren’t useful any more….

Dearest lovelies,

Wedding magazines: I really don’t like them. I’m sure they have a place in some people’s hearts but to me they are entirely unrealistic. They are expensive, they set your sights ridiculously high and they are very same-y. I would even go as far to say they are outdated for many, many people.

So where should you be looking?

Looking everywhere may feel overwhelming...

Looking everywhere may feel overwhelming…

When I am asked where to start with wedding planning, I always recommend heading to the web rather than buying magazines. The web is free, the web is easy to use and you can do it at work without getting caught!

So on that note, today, I want to talk two of my favourite things: weddings and blogs.

Couple at a beach restaurant in Goa

The photo that helped us win our wedding photography via a wedding blog!

There is a world of wedding blogs out there. I know because at one point I was reading over 100 of them. Judge away (I did), but I gained some very valuable knowledge from this CDO (OCD in alphabetical order) behaviour. Not only did I learn a lot, but due to my enthusiasm for wedding blogs, I won a two hour Skype chat with a wonderful wedding planner and we won our wedding photography! Amazing! This literally saved us thousands of pounds.

Which ones should you be reading to get the best ideas for your wedding?

Before I get to that, if you’d like to know how to get time to read these sites, rather than having to click on each of these sites every day to see if they’ve updated, you can use an RSS reader. I recommend Bloglovin. Create a profile for free and add these blogs. You can access all the blogs you need in one place. Easy peasy!

My wedding feet - the henna and pastel shoes idea was grabbed from a wedding blog!

My wedding feet – the henna and pastel shoes idea was grabbed from a wedding blog! Cute, eh?

Without further ado, here is the list, get a cup of something hot, prepare to wade knee-deep in gorgeousness.

If you think I’ve missed off a good ‘un, please let me know! ;o)

With love,

Maddy

Introducing….

MaddyRedPen has been evolving at a rate of knots in 2013 and now incorporates a whole lot more than what started out years ago as a proof reading and editing service is now a wedsite-creating virtual assistant service, spreading enthusiasm about travel, weddings and blogging!

Coffeepot and cup
Always time for a cuppa…

Travel Blogs & Wedding Blogs – how did I get here?

The year of 2013 saw the launch of Paddy & Maddy’s Adventures which made the move from email PDFs sent from our travels around India to Blogspot in March, and most recently here to WordPress in September. I’ve often enjoyed leaning towards the gung-ho approach, and so it was that our adventures were made public.

My husband & I won a competition with the prize of a wedding photographer through a wedding blog called Under the Vintage Veil and it was here that my passion for weddings became clear. I wanted to share what I’d learned with others. You can read those pieces here and here. As a result, I love to help others with their wedding in a very clear and practical way.

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Link Love

These websites inspire and support me.

Under the Vintage Veil * Condiments on a City Life * Rock’n’Roll Bride * Dooce * Crown & Glory * Everyday Clarity: A Daily Reader Positive News * Gala Darling * 20 Years Hence * Balanced View