Everyone did a survey about women proposing. Honestly – I’ve had dozens of emails asking me to publish the results on behalf of various banks, insurance companies, random chocolate shops and national florists. The thing is, everyone asked the same questions, and got the same answers, and came to the same conclusions. So for starters, I won’t be publishing survey results on behalf of any major financial business I don’t like!

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Photo credit Jo Bradbury Photography from a styled shoot on the English Wedding Blog


by Claire Phan

As a little girl I would visit my nan every Sunday, unlock her china cabinet and carefully handle her beautiful tea set. She’d been given this as a wedding gift in 1956. I’d spend hours playing with the tea cups, pretending to hold tea parties. I was enchanted by their delicacy, the pretty rose design and gold gilding.

These were keep for ‘good’ and I loved it when special visitors came and they were used. The tea seemed to taste better, the sandwiches looked daintier, the cakes more elegant, and the whole occasion extra special. It was here that my love affair with afternoon tea and vintage china started.


Timeless wedding style is worth its weight in diamonds. Creating a wedding day look which is timeless means you can look back on your day in 2 years, in 10 years and in 50 years – and you will still love everything about it. Your dress and suit will be elegant, flattering and simple. Your flowers will be breathtaking. You’ll dream of revisiting that amazing venue – and your wedding album will become a beautiful heirloom for generations to admire.

Timeless wedding photography by Fiona Kelly, London wedding photographer


Weddings do the oddest things to time. How often have you heard couples say “it all goes so fast” – and yet it takes aaaages to do everyone’s hair and make up and then lace up the back of a wedding dress! If you do one thing this week, take a little time to consider your wedding day timings. Start planning an itinerary – and chat with your hairdresser, your photographer and your caterers to make sure your day will run as smoothly as can be.

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All the images used in this article are by lovely Tiree Dawson Photography, from Lisa and Richie’s Lake District wedding featured on the English Wedding Blog in July


Hi lovely! Is it just me or is January flying by?! I’ve had a rush of enquiries for calligraphy, and have a bunch of amazing weddings up my sleeve… and still trying to be good and make it outside for a walk on my beach every lunchtime! (While quietly munching my way through the 48 delicious Caramacs my lovely friend Jamie sent me!)…

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Photography credits: Tiree Dawson. All suppliers featured are listed at the bottom of the page.