I have a confession to make: I avoid big wedding shows like the plague these days. There are only a few wedding events I’d choose to go to… and the open weekend hosted by Big Chief Tipis is one. They’re setting up camp at the historic Holford Hall in Cheshire, on Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th October. If you’re free, and anywhere near Manchester or Cheshire, then GO! It’ll be one of the most exciting and inspiring wedding events of the season.

The weekend will showcase Big Chief Tipis’ unique and high quality wedding tipis. The idea of the open weekend is to give couples an exclusive insight into how a tipi can give their big day a really special touch to make it memorable for all. The tipis themselves can seat more than 500 guests and come in three different sizes allowing couples to mix and match Big Hats, Midi and Baby Tipis to ensure that every wedding experience is bespoke.

Big Chief Tipis wedding weekend 2015 Melissa Beattie Photography (1)


Sunflowers are my favourite… nothing packs a punch quite like a wedding full of glorious sunflowers. Marianne and Sam’s wedding is like summer itself: warming and friendly, bright and cheerful, beautifully floral (of course!) and glorious with colour and sunshine. You’re going to LOVE today’s real wedding feature!

Pendrell Hall wedding blog in Staffordshire with Rob & Sarah Gillespie Photography (60)

Sam and Marianne married at Pendrell Hall in Staffordshire, a superb venue which needs very little additional decor. Pendrell is one of England’s finest country house wedding venues, and I adore the atmosphere and charm of the house and gardens. Our bride and groom are both stunning: Marianne’s designer dress was made especially for her by the supremely talented Zeynep Kartal, while Sam wore Ted Baker.

Pendrell Hall wedding blog in Staffordshire with Rob & Sarah Gillespie Photography (52)

Images are by my lovely friends Rob and Sarah Gillespie Photography, based in the Midlands. They get a glowing review from Marianne and Sam:


Copper is lovelier to me than any diamond could ever be. I love its warm shimmer; and my copper ink is the most exquisite thing in my calligraphy palette. So when I was asked to write some copper hand lettering for one of the most amazing styled shoots of the year, I was ridiculously excited.

Amanda Karen Photography copper sparkle calligraphy ideas (1)

Amanda Karen Photography – based in Essex and specialising in fine art wedding photography – and Nodlaigh from gorgeous new wedding blog Daydreaming Bride, came up with the idea of contrasting grey and copper tones with a city chic wedding style. They arranged a shoot at the fabulous Belair House and recruited an amazing team of the very best local suppliers.

Amanda Karen Photography copper sparkle calligraphy ideas (18)
Amanda Karen Photography copper sparkle calligraphy ideas (33)

I adore the contrast of soft metallic copper with the palest grey; the subtle softness of succulents and leafy fern fronds, the glamorous bridal look (and oh, those sequins make my heart sing!) The cake is divine: the accessories exquisite and the flowers to die for.

Amanda Karen Photography copper sparkle calligraphy ideas (6)


Alice in Wonderland is a story of two sides: Tim Burton captured it perfectly and this styled wedding shoot does too. There’s the sweet, innocent, magical fairytale adventure for children, with Alice playing and then tumbling down a rabbit hole to take tea with the mad hatter. And then the darker side of Alice: the threat of the Queen of Hearts, the desperately exciting escape from Wonderland. It all makes Alice in Wonderland a creative and fun wedding theme to play with! But which Alice are you?…

Alice in Wonderland Mad Hatter's wedding Jennifer Sinclair Photography (10)

I’m sharing two parts of a styled shoot with you now: the pretty fairytale and the darker side of Alice’s adventure. Both lend themselves to a wedding theme and will appeal to very different brides. The images are by Jennifer Sinclair Photography from a shoot inspired by the Radisson Blu Edwardian Hotel in Guildford.

Alice in Wonderland Mad Hatter's wedding Jennifer Sinclair Photography (55)


Are you ready for the very best tips on how to save money for your wedding? Real brides and grooms whose weddings have featured on the English Wedding Blog over the last few weeks have shared their best advice to help YOU save money.

There are 17 tips on everything from recruiting family & friends to shopping around, negotiating with suppliers and focusing on the things which are most important to you as a couple. It’s great to hear from couples whose advice is given in hindsight, after the wedding day.

So here you go – 17 pretty awesome answers to that all important question:

What’s your top tip for saving money on your wedding?


1. “Concentrate on the main things required first and the big costs. Our venue’s pricing structure really helped.” Lyndsey & Dean


I’m all for bicycles on a wedding cake, signature skateboards (only write on the wood, folks!) and wellies tied to pew ends. Today’s is a wedding with a super cute sense of humour and a gorgeous – I mean stunning! – bride and groom.

wedding blog Will Reddaway Photography (23)

Jen and Rob were married in Torquay in spring (hence the wellies – they expected rain!) and held their reception at the fabulous Torre Abbey. I adore Jen’s bridal look: her lace dress was bought at a wedding show and is from Silk Brides in Lichfield. Rob and Jen found suppliers online, through recommendations and had help with lots of DIY projects from friends and family.

wedding blog Will Reddaway Photography (17)

The lovely flowers are by a family friend and stationery was designed by Rob. Signage on the day was made by a friend too – Jen’s told us all about the DIY elements of their day in her English Wedding Blog interview at the end of the feature today.

wedding blog Will Reddaway Photography (4)

Images are by Will Reddaway at WR Photography. Find out more about Will here:


Trust in your own personal style, and I promise your wedding will come together and look amazing on the day. Laura and Arash did – they chose accessories and decor they liked rather than concentrating on a particular theme for their Bristol wedding, and the result is wonderfully chic, elegant and understated.

Kings Weston House English Wedding Blog, images by Kevin Belson (44)

This is bliss. A modern wedding with a focus on family and “having a really good party” – oh boy, didn’t they just! Suppliers were found online and through personal recommendations, and money was saved by skipping chair covers and favours on the day.

Kings Weston House English Wedding Blog, images by Kevin Belson (27)

Laura is gorgeous; Arash is super handsome. Together they’re a knockout couple with the best modern style and the loveliest of outlooks on life! Laura told me they still talk about the wedding and have the best memories. “We just enjoyed having a big celebration with all of our friends and family.”

Kings Weston House English Wedding Blog, images by Kevin Belson (24)

Images are by the fabulous Kevin Belson Photography, based in Wiltshire and photographing weddings throughout the UK. Find out more here:


Modern calligraphy workshops – information & online booking

This year has been brilliant – I haven’t hidden behind my computer screen but I’ve been out and about meeting lots of you lovely people at my calligraphy workshops in Manchester over the summer. I’ve loved every workshop, and teaching modern lettering has been amazing!

Photos by Catharine Noble Photography, Manchester calligraphy workshops (18)

So I’m thrilled to say there are two more Manchester calligraphy workshops coming up. If you’re free I’d LOVE for you to come. Dates are:

Saturday 26th September 11am – 3pm

Saturday 17th October 11am – 3pm

Photos by Catharine Noble Photography, Manchester calligraphy workshops (15)

Calligraphy workshops are held in Manchester’s Northern Quarter and the price is £59 per workshop.

To book, email me (Claire):
Photos by Catharine Noble Photography, Manchester calligraphy workshops (19)

You’ll learn:

How to hold, wiggle and write with a traditional dip pen
The basics of contemporary lettering
It’s a hands-on day so I’ll be demonstrating a little, but most of the time you’ll be writing and I’ll be giving pointers and helping you


Adventures and discoveries are what life for me is all about. I explore as much in my life outside of work as I do for the blog, so when I can combine both I’m super happy! In August I was invited to one of the Lake District’s most charming wedding venues, The Wild Boar near Windermere – and I’ve been telling people ever since how I’ve fallen in love with the place!

weddings at the wild boar

I’d heard so much about The Wild Boar. Wedding industry friends rave about it; the atmosphere is enchanting and all of the surroundings are so cosy and quirky. I’d heard about the wedding showcase there last year and am really excited to go along in a few weeks’ time myself (wedding showcase info) – I’d also heard wonderful things about the venue itself, and I had the loveliest time looking around!


Squeeeeeal!!! Today’s wedding is a little bit like living inside a rainbow. There are as many colours as there are surprises, as many glorious details as there are moments and smiles and beautiful memories. I honestly don’t know where to begin!

Summer Fete Berkshire wedding by Benjamin Stuart Photography (55)

Lucy and Dan are the loveliest couple, with their own super sense of style and outfits which reflect their personalities (which are, clearly, awesome!) to a T. Their day is styled for a summer fete, with lots of DIY ideas to inspire you all, and was put together with lots of help from friends and family.

Summer Fete Berkshire wedding by Benjamin Stuart Photography (18)

Images are by lovely Berkshire wedding photographer Benjamin Stuart, who got in touch after I’d seen his sneak peek of the wedding on Facebook. Thank you Ben!!! You can find out more about Ben here:

Summer Fete Berkshire wedding by Benjamin Stuart Photography (31)

Scroll down to see rainbow cake, an aerobatic display, paper poms, bouncy castles, summer fete games, a ridiculously gorgeous bride and groom, and a first dance which took my breath away. Enjoy.


Have you been to the Midland Hotel in Morecambe? It’s fabulous: an art deco hotel on the seafront, lovingly restored and restyled with so much character, and a superb wedding venue. I was there for the very first time only a month or so ago but the hotel has featured on the English Wedding Blog many times…

Midland Hotel Morecambe wedding blog Lisa Hindle Photography (14)

And so today I’m over the moon to have a fabulous wedding from the Midland Hotel to share with you. The details are classy and understated: flowers are white; stationery is stylish with a dash of art deco, and our brides are absolutely gorgeous!

Midland Hotel Morecambe wedding blog Lisa Hindle Photography (22)

Amy and Krysta found their suppliers online, at wedding fairs and through recommendations from the venue. They loved their bridal boutique in Preston for the super helpful advice they received – and for being able to choose dresses which worked well together even though they couldn’t see each other’s until the wedding day! Don’t they look amazing?!

Midland Hotel Morecambe wedding blog Lisa Hindle Photography (35)


I shared a sneak peek of Cindy and Jacques’s wedding… I couldn’t resist: it was too beautiful! And then lucky meHampshire photographer Heni Fourie got in touch to see if I’d like to show you more. Oh, yes!!

Hampshire wedding blog photography Heni Fourie (19)

The venue is stunning: Buckinghamshire’s West Wycombe Estate is a Grade II listed Palladian villa set in 5000 acres of parkland – and the house has been used for filming indoor scenes in Downton Abbey! Some of Heni’s photos show the magnificent decor of the house… those ceilings!!!

Hampshire wedding blog photography Heni Fourie (54)

Images are by Heni Fourie Photography: Do check out Heni’s website and social media if you’re looking for a wedding photographer for your own wedding in Buckinghamshire or the surrounding area:

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twitter – @henifourie
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Hampshire wedding blog photography Heni Fourie (29)The stationery is a highlight for me: the printed illustrations are fab – and the lettering on the table plan cards has SO much character! For me this is the perfect example of home made done well – the ladder table plan looks fantastic, and I’d happily have this at my wedding!

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