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A wedding blogger and a fraud

It makes me smile to look back on the beginnings of the English Wedding Blog. Most of the top wedding bloggers got started when they were planning their own weddings. Charlotte, Kat and Annabel wrote about their own weddings online and their blogs were born from the experience. But me? I’m not married yet.

In fact, I’ve never really dared to dream about getting married. I don’t know where I’d begin. I wonder sometimes – not because I’ve spent my life wishing for a perfect wedding but because I see so many of yours. ๐Ÿ™‚

And I love being a wedding blogger. I love your ideas and creativity as much as I love those private smiles I see on your wedding pictures. I love hearing about your best moments, and reading what you write about wedding suppliers, speeches and everything else.

The English Wedding Blog is my baby. I can’t imagine working in an office any more, as I have so much fun writing the blog for you. But occasionally I wonder what I’m doing here! And I even wonder if one day I’ll be planning a wedding which I can share with you. Who knows… it could happen! Somehow!

The other side of me wonders if I’d be the most awkward bride in history though… the craving to be unique and different runs pretty strong in me. I’d love to get married but the jury’s still out on having a wedding. At all. Could I elope? Maybe. Could I wear a white dress? Never – it’s just not me. Could I do without a first dance song, or gorgeous invitations, or a teepee full of magical, colourful things hanging from the rafters?* OOooh – perhaps not!

*I don’t know if teepees have rafters either… probably not! But you know what I mean ๐Ÿ˜‰

I guess every wedding blogger has to be different, and that’s what makes us an interesting bunch. My perspective as a wedding supplier and top UK wedding blogger is pretty unique – it means I have some interesting things to say about our lovely wedding industry.

I could even get a little “will she, won’t she” thing going on… what do you think?!

Claire xxx

Claire Gould

Claire spends her days writing - either in beautiful calligraphy or online. She lives on the edge of the English Lake District only minutes away from the beach, where she loves to escape and unwind. Claire's calligraphy can be found at www.byMoonandTide.com. Claire launched the English Wedding Blog in November 2009 - it's been a top 10 UK wedding blog ever since, with a regional focus we hope you LOVE.

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18 COMMENTS
  • Wedding Day Dance UK
    6 years ago

    That’s what makes you unique Claire! Your posts are so refreshing and written from a unique perspective that sets you aside from other wedding bloggers. When I gave birth there was a male midwife – he hadn’t given birth yet he was a fantastic midwife, you haven’t planned a wedding yet, but you sure know how to write about them!

    • Claire Gould
      6 years ago

      Hehe! Now that makes me feel a bit better, Amy! Excellent example ๐Ÿ™‚
      And wow, what a career choice. Hats off to your midwife! x

  • Belinda McCarthy
    6 years ago

    I think it’s actually pretty cool to do what you do without having done the wedding thing first. It takes away the potential for what I’ve seen so many times, which is people who LOVVVVVVED planning their wedding so much that they just couldn’t stop fiddling with other people’s weddings afterwards ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Alexandra
    6 years ago

    There’s a difference between marriages and weddings – you’re in the business of weddings and of writing about them so I don’t think it’s an issue that you haven’t been married. ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m an unmarried wedding photographer, but it doesn’t mean I don’t understand the precious moments between a bride and groom & I feel I understand the level of commitment they offer themselves into.

    I think the fact that you question yourself is good – it means you’re humble. ๐Ÿ™‚ A rare quality!

    • Claire Gould
      6 years ago

      Thanks Alexandra ๐Ÿ™‚
      Pop a link on here to your blog if you like, I’d love to see!
      You make some lovely points. And I love that last bit!
      Humble, insecure, who knows… hehe. I think too much, that’s for sure!
      C x

  • Claire Gould
    6 years ago

    That’s interesting, James – because as much as I love all the weddings I blog on here, I’ve always wanted to do everything in life differently to everyone else. Which would – if I ever did get married – make the whole thing one hell of a (fun!) challenge! I’d go the same way as you though.
    Funny, innit?!
    Thanks for sharing x

  • Caroline Alexander
    6 years ago

    Just because you’ve not had your own wedding doesn’t mean you can’t tell what’s cool or not, what looks fun or not, what works and and what doesn’t. The people that are getting married and are then featured on blogs plan their days having never done it before either.
    I’m like you though, like to be different. Having seen so many weddings (also as an unmarried wedding photographer) I feel my wedding HAS to be different so that it doesn’t feel like ‘work’.

    • Claire Gould
      6 years ago

      Great point that it’s all new to everyone, Caroline ๐Ÿ™‚
      C x

  • Chris Hanley
    6 years ago

    Great post. I’m shooting your wedding if you’ll let me and when we have dinner you can listen to the strange, the bizarre and the quirkyness ideas i have for you to kick start the inspiration. Starting with the proposal you’ll probably make ๐Ÿ˜‰
    C x

    • Claire Gould
      6 years ago

      Ha!!! Oh Chris, you’ll get me in trouble! Thanks for starting my day with a huge spit-tea-out kind of laugh. Great comment xxx

  • Nathan @ Artemis Stationery
    6 years ago

    What brought up this topic? Has anyone said you shouldn’t be!? I think your blog is great and I do read a lot of them. You’re also a experienced wedding professional and if that doesn’t give you a valid point to write from I don’t know what does. Indeed I think this gives you a key insight many blogs and magazines don’t have.

    Nathan from Artemis Stationery

    • Claire Gould
      6 years ago

      Thanks Nathan! I’m not sure where it came from… probably just a random thought that popped into my head. (Don’t tell anyone but that’s where they all start)
      C x

  • Loulabelle
    6 years ago

    Oooooh that blog title was so cryptic I just had to read ;o) I remember the day that I found English Wedding, when it was really new, and I kept checking back every day for more inspiration! I loved it from the off! Fab post, made me chuckle x

    • Claire Gould
      6 years ago

      Cheers Lou, that’s lovely – people like you & Chris H are why my blog is where it is today. *smiles*
      Hope baby is ok today xxx

  • Lina - LinaandTom.com
    6 years ago

    We too are a wedding photography team without being married ‘yet’ and it is a question we are always asked. It’s never negative though, people are fascinated to know what we would do, and the million dollar question – who would do our photography! It’s a great talking point though and at no stage has our expertise been questioned just because we haven’t done it ourselves. It does mean that my brain is like a Pinterest board though, so how the hell we will actually decipher it all to make our decisions when it comes to it remains to be seen!

  • Claire Gould
    6 years ago

    Haha Nathan don’t worry and please try and get some sleep.
    Ah… I do love an elopement. Thanks for the link x

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