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A quick note on legitimate wedding designers and copyright

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.

Thoughts? Add your comment below (nothing libellous!) or email me privately at info@english-wedding.com

Claire x

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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5 COMMENTS
  • Tracey Phillips
    7 years ago

    Great post, and well done for making a stand, copying is rife along with a lot of companies claiming that jewellery is handcrafted when it is mass produced in China or similar.

  • Carol Miller Designs
    7 years ago

    Great post Claire. Too many designers having their work copied. I for one have had a massive issue with my designs and photographs appearing on web sites overseas. Easy to prove your work but very difficult to have the images removed.

  • Wonderful Weddings
    7 years ago

    Hi Claire. What about wedding planners? Unfortunately I helped someone with some advice & guidance and then they copied my website!!! Wouldn’t have been so bad but they are only 20 miles down the road.

  • Claire Gould
    7 years ago

    Thanks for the comments 🙂
    The same applies to wedding planners – tell me privately if someone’s copied you, I check them out, their name goes on my little list, I avoid them. Simples!
    Julie, Nikki – I’d like to have the same list going for stationers, there are already a couple I try and avoid from personal experience! I think some very big brands employ very junior or freelance “designers” who nick designs. Can’t prove it but I’ve heard stories and I know the brands…
    Tracey, do share with me privately if you can. I see so many websites and wonder these days if they’re truly handcrafted or cheating! xx

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