The delightful drama of cycling to your wedding…

Imagine hoiking up your wedding dress, straddling your bike and pelting it to the church on a gorgeous vintage bicycle. The romance, the wind in your hair, perhaps a little wicker basket on the front for your shoes and bouquet….

Image credit: Jennifer Sinclair Photography
(This is Jennifer’s bike and she loves it – it’s as much a part of her lifestyle as can be!)


If this is you, and you cycle everywhere and love your bike to the extent you can’t live a day without it, then I applaud you. (You’re a rare gem, I envy your fitness level and the rest of the article doesn’t apply to you!)

Unless you’re fanatic cyclists and having a cycling theme for your day, there probably shouldn’t be bikes at your wedding venue. They became a big trend – riding in, so to speak, on the wave of vintage a few years back.

But for me a bicycle is a prop too far for 2017.

The details on your day should mean something to you. Their beauty is in their personal meaning. By all means make a table plan out of a 1970s tandem if your guests will exclaim “that’s sooooo them!” But if no one knows you’ve a secret passion for bikes then they can be the weirdest thing at weddings.

Wedding stylists, vintage-loving planners… I love you all. But please – it’s time to park your bike in the garage instead of decorating it and sending it to weddings!

The first time I saw a bike at a wedding was kind of cute. It fit with the sporty theme of the day. It was unique – and for me anything a bit unusual is pretty cool. But in 2015 half of the styled shoots on blogs included a – slightly random – bicycle. And the more I saw, the stranger they looked!

So let’s get real and forget about bikes at weddings from 2017 onwards. I’d love to see what will replace them though!


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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