How to use wedding blogs – an introduction for brides and grooms-to-be!

If you’re new to wedding blogs, welcome! If you’re a blog expert then perhaps you’re about to learn something you didn’t know… I can certainly show you something brilliant and exciting in the archives you’ve missed – and help you to discover more! Grab a cuppa, come and see…

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Images used in this article are all by Penny Young Photography

Where to begin

The home page of the English Wedding Blog – – shows the most recent articles I’ve published. Most are real weddings, with the occasional styled ideas shoot or supplier feature. They’re organised by date with the most recent at the top, and there’s a link at the bottom of the page to ‘older posts’.

Reading the blog this way is lovely… like flicking through a magazine where you know you’ll stumble across something wonderful 🙂

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Looking for something specific? Use the top menus…

If you’re searching for wedding ideas, the best place to find inspiration is from the real weddings I’ve featured on the blog. The category menus at the top of the page will help you find weddings by style and season: vintage weddings, for example, or alternative weddings. You can use the same menu to find summer weddings, autumn weddings and so on.

The menu will also help you find weddings featured in your own county. Click on real weddings: region for a scroll down list of most English counties (and some cities, regions, oh and Scotland and Wales too!). I love the Lake District weddings category but there are plenty to explore!

If you still need to find suppliers then check out my recommended suppliers in the top menu. They’re all pretty fab, and are handpicked supporters and sponsors of the English Wedding Blog.

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Exploring wedding blog archives

Q. With printed wedding magazines it’s simple. You buy your mag, flick through, and keep a pile of old editions in the corner. With blogs it’s so much tidier… new features are published every single day, and I keep them tidy here for you. But how do you find older features in the pile, or ones you might have missed?

A. By clever searches. Here’s how!

Have you chosen your venue? I might just have featured a real wedding there…

There’s a clever way to see if your venue has been featured: type this into your browser:

replacing your-venue-name with your actual venue name, hyphenated – like this:


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How about your photographer? Using tag search you can see all the real weddings she’s submitted…

Type this into your browser:


If you’re pondering themes, styles and colours or looking for things to buy there are ways to scroll through the features you can take ideas from…

Try some random searches:

Start with

and add anything you like…


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You can also check out my beautifully organised (I’m so proud of these!) Pinterest boards… where I have categories for colour themes, stationery, styling, cakes, flowers and so much more!

I’ve published over 2,000 articles on the English Wedding Blog so there really is something for every bride and groom here. Take your time to explore!

Some words of wisdom:

Wedding blogs are aspirational, full of ideas and the most amazing photography. Bloggers are here to show you what’s possible; not what you “should” have, buy or make. Everyone is different; we all have different wedding budgets and in the end, your wedding should be about you, not designed to look good on a blog!

Take wedding blogs with a pinch of salt. Take a few ideas and run with them; but don’t try to have it all. Discover a few amazing suppliers, listen to other brides’ advice. Your wedding will come sooner than you imagine and at the end of the day you’ll be married to the love of your life… which is really all that matters!


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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 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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