The BoShow Wedding Festival 2016 at the Cathedral of Trees

We’ve never actually been to a wedding show before – they’ve just never really appealed to us. But when we heard about the Bohemian Dreams wedding show at the Cathedral of Trees in Milton Keynes, we thought it would be worth a look.

We’re glad we did – it was far from the glossy wedding magazine sales type event that had put us off shows in the past. This was a relaxed event, in the open (and the sun even came out!) with loads of like minded and friendly suppliers. 

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5 Ways to Own Your Wedding

Getting engaged is VERY exciting – all you can think about is how amazing your wedding day is going to be. It’s a wonderful thing 🙂

But, beware! There are people out there who want to take control of your wedding. I know what you’re thinking – who are these monsters and why would they do this?? Well, OK maybe calling them monsters is being a bit harsh, but the fact is, whether it’s a well-intentioned family member, bridesmaid, dressmaker, venue, or perhaps even your favourite wedding blogger (d’oh!), sometimes they forget what the wedding is all about… YOU!

The reason we created this website (and even wrote a book about it) is to help you, yes YOU dear engaged person, to navigate the wedding planning journey without being pushed and pulled by those around you, so you end up with a wedding day that makes you happier than than a happy thing.

So, here are our top tips for truly owning your wedding…

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How to Savour Your Wedding Day Memories

When you’re planning your wedding it’s all about looking forwards to the big day, but there will be a time when it’s in the past and you’re heading off on your merry way into married life, and it will all be a distant memory…

I’m sure any married couple will tell you that the wedding day itself goes by sooooo very quickly. It’s almost cruel how time seems to speed up, just when you need it to slow right down. It’s well worth thinking beforehand about how you’ll remember it.

Here are some of our suggestions – some obvious, some maybe not so. Let us know if you have any of your own!

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Real Brides Talking…Wedding Dresses

This week we thought we’d have a little look at wedding dresses, so we caught up with OYW’s chief bride Hannah to find out how she went about finding hers – take a look at the video below!

Hannah finally decided on the hand made silk and lace Nicola dress from the wonderful Minna (

Dress By: Minna
Design: Nicola
Style: Boho
Colour: Cream
Price: £650 for the dress + £40 for the silk belt
Delivery time: 16 weeks

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Wedding Day Checklist

As your big day approaches, you may begin to feel a slight feeling of panic. Don’t worry, this is perfectly normal! Instead of pacing around worrying about all the things that could go wrong (but almost certainly won’t), why not put all that nervous energy into writing a wedding day checklist. That way, you’ll be able to relax knowing that nothing will be forgotten when the time comes. Here are some simple tips and tools to help you along the way…

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