Hi everyone! I hope you’re having a lovely weekend.
I’ve shared a couple of blog posts in the past about copyright in the wedding industry, how to avoid buying cheap copies and fakes – that sort of thing. I know other wedding bloggers have shared similar advice for brides and grooms – like this copyright article on Rock n Roll Bride. But it’s an ongoing debate which seemingly has no solution…
Or does it? I’ve been chatting with some industry insiders on facebook this week. Reputable and established designers I know well and trust have been discussing issues they’ve had with their designs being copied.
Some commenters were quick to blame wedding bloggers for promoting cheap copies of designer bridal accessories, which I found quite insulting! The bloggers I know, and to the best of my knowledge, will never knowingly promote designers who copy other people’s work.
But for all the complaints we hear about jewellery, stationery, flowers, cakes and even photography being copied, it’s very rare that a designer will speak out and name the companies who are copying their work.
My solution? I’ve asked the designers to let me know who the copiers are. One major brand I was already aware of. Others I had no idea… but I trust what I’m told and I’ve started a very secret and personal list of the businesses I will never promote on the English Wedding Blog.
By doing everything I can to avoid promoting the copycats on my blog, I’m trying to protect English brides and grooms from buying poor quality designs or products which aren’t what they’re supposed to be. Designer should mean the maker of an item – an invite or an accessory – has started from scratch with a blank sketch pad and created something unique.
And thanks to my trusted friends in the wedding industry, and to my secret list of not-to-be-trusted suppliers, the English Wedding Blog will be a designer-friendly wedding blog.
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