Who missed storm Desmond last week? Oh, you lucky things! I heard some heartbreaking stories and in contrast some really uplifting tales of heroes in floods (Gareth from Aqua Salon – I’m talking about you!) – and one fabulous story of a wedding which came together against all the odds. This week I’ve been thinking about rain on your wedding day. I know a lot of brides really worry: equally I see some incredibly beautiful images on my Facebook feed (and there were LOTS last weekend!) – so I wanted to share some tips to reassure you all. I asked my recommended suppliers and blog sponsors for their best advice.

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Image credit: Love in Focus

Bristol wedding photographer Sandy at Love In Focus:

1. Plan for rain – just in case!

Everyone hopes for good weather on their wedding day but unfortunately there really is nothing you can do about the weather! The good news is that rain doesn’t have to spoil your day if you plan for it and can even make for some really beautiful shots. Don’t worry about your photographer, professional camera equipment is weather sealed and clothes dry!


Happy Sunday morning my lovely! I have something extraordinarily special for you this morning: a beautiful real wedding from Lancashire’s Eaves Hall. Gorgeous couple Stephanie and Lyle were married there, and I have a delicious selection of images from their day to share with you.

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There’s more than just gorgeous images and fabulous details though. Stephanie shares some brilliant advice with us all today – for starters, “I would recommend that all future brides go to a wedding fair early on… I went when everything was pretty much booked. It would have saved me a lot of time and research because it was amazing and everything was in one place!

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The beautiful bride told me Eaves Hall is “traditionally beautiful and combines the old with the new so we could have got away with doing nothing. That’s not us though… we had drapes from the chandeliers, a fairly lit back drop, a LOVE light up sign, sweet cart, post box and our own personal touches…” Do read Stephanie and Lyle’s English Wedding Blog interview at the end of the feature to find out more!


Discover somewhere new with me today… or if you’ve been searching for real weddings and reviews of Stubton Hall, stay with me awhile and enjoy today’s wedding venue of the week.

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“The venue was stunning and needed little decoration. The grounds were beautiful and the wedding breakfast room elegant” ~ Natalie & Darren

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Images by lovely Leeds wedding photographer Samantha Ward

As well as asking real brides and grooms, I turn to wedding photographers to find out what really makes a wedding venue special. Back in November I featured Natalie and Darren’s wedding on the blog, and I know you’ll find Samantha’s words on their venue insightful and very helpful in your wedding venue search:

“Stubton Hall is a stunning 19th Century country house set in the Lincolnshire countryside with amazing grounds and fabulous water features. I was privileged to have the opportunity to be a Stubton Hall wedding photographer.

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A grand entrance and an elegant facade to the Hall


I designed these invitations for something entirely different, but don’t you think they’re perfect for a winter wedding? As January looms and the days are crisp and frosty we’re all looking for warming colours: plum and gold are perfect for this time of year. Add a few gold accents and some wonderfully soft duck egg blues… this is styling heaven. If you’re considering colours to warm your winter wedding, this palette is all kinds of magical.

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Images by the fabulous Melissa Beattie Photography

Invitations and stationery which have that unique, personal touch are the very best you can buy. For intimate weddings I recommend calligraphy: whether you order handwritten invitations or envelope addressing, your guests will adore the hand lettered touch.

Calligraphy for a winter wedding Image credit Melissa Beattie Photography (7)

For a larger wedding it’s more cost effective to have your invitations printed, but you can still add beautiful lettering. Choose handwritten place names, escort cards or even envelope addressing for your invites. I offer all of these services to my couples on my other website Calligraphy for Weddings.


Hey everyone! I’m so excited about Christmas and desperate to hit the shops (internet… Etsy 🙂 ) this weekend – I hope you’re all ready for Christmas but just in case you need a little extra something, I have an idea I hope you’ll love!

Yesterday I got to write my first gift voucher for January’s calligraphy workshops, and I’d LOVE to write some more! So many of my students who come to the workshops have been  planning their weddings, I thought this would be a great idea to share on the English Wedding Blog. Maybe it’s right up your street… maybe you have a bridesmaid who has super crafty fingers and would love to learn modern calligraphy.

Why not book a couple of places in my next workshop on January 15th, and give your friend hers as a Christmas prezzie with one of my lovely vouchers?

The workshop runs from 11am until 3pm and costs £59 per person. You can book your place in my Etsy shop – there are more details here as well.


It’s not the formal photos that remind you how great your day was – it’s the natural fun and excitement that is so important to be documented. Amy’s ability not to miss a moment is incredible, and her energy and passion comes across in the photos. Amy is a photographic ninja and we cannot recommend her enough.” ~ by gorgeous bride Hannah

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As a wedding blogger, it’s this passion for beautiful images and enthusiasm and excitement for suppliers which make me sit up and listen. Hannah emailed me to tell me about her wedding to George, and from the moment I saw the first photos of their day I was hooked. Not only are they a stunning couple: they have the most wonderful recommendations and advice to share with you. Today’s Kent wedding is one of the loveliest I’ve seen and I cannot wait to show you all of the beautiful photographs!

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This month has flown by already, and plans to keep the English Wedding Blog publishing over the Christmas period are well underway! Once again I’d like to say a huge thank you to my amazing sponsors as well as to all of our friends in the wedding industry for your support, submissions and shares. You’re the best.

You’ve one last chance to join as a sponsor before the January rush, so if you want to get your business in front of the 800,000 (really?!!! source) newly engaged couples in the next few weeks, now is the time to join the English Wedding Blog and start sharing regular features with us!

Current sponsors of the blog are:

Bunny Delicious (do check out Zoe’s facebook page – she’s been a super busy bee recently and we love Betty Scribbles…)

Summer Lily Studio – I’m so thrilled for Terri: she’s a Rock My Wedding star!

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Image credit Summer Lily Photography via Rock My Wedding Blog


I spend my evenings (and far too much of my working days, if I’m honest!) poring over the most amazing flowers on Instagram. I’d love to create the arrangements I see there, but I know there’s tons more to floral design than meets the eye…

Today’s feature is especially for brides and grooms (and mothers of brides!) who would love to save money on wedding flowers without sacrificing quality. Ruth from Natural Favours, who has recently launched a DIY flower service, is here to share 7 super tips with you – I think they’re brilliant!

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“The cost of your big day floristry can creep up to around 10% of the entire budget which can be a significant chunk when the average cost of a wedding can be upwards of £20k.  Here at Natural Favours HQ we are strong believers that it is perfectly possible to have the day of your dreams without the hefty price tag.  If you’re feeling a little bit creative and a lot savvy, then DIY flowers could be the way to go!


Good morning, beautiful! I’m blogging at the very last minute every day this week… Christmas orders for illustrated cards and calligraphy family trees are coming in by the dozen and my writing fingers are sore! My blogging fingers, on the other hand, 😉 are revitalised daily with so much wedding pretty I could even forget Christmas is only weeks away… and today’s wonderful blast of colour will brighten your screens and your hearts, I promise!

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Laura and James are the loveliest couple ever. I’ve wanted to blog their Kent wedding since the summer – but having it to share with you now is better because it feels as though my Christmas has come early. They’re gorgeous; their day is magical; the images are superb and the flowers… I don’t think I even have words for how much I love the flowers.

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The only way to guarantee a unique wedding dress – if that’s what you’re looking for – is to discover an independent designer who will design something bespoke. Wedding blogs are an amazing place to find those little-known, rising star wedding dress designers… and I will be sharing more from Sienna Von Hildemar very soon. She’s based in North London, and has an incredible talent for ethereal, floaty, individual and breathtaking gowns…
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Photographer – Emma Davies Photography

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Love and luxe wedding style at The Vermont Hotel in Newcastle – today I have an ultra glam wedding to share with you all. Caroline & Mark’s big day is a classic celebration with chic styling touches to suit the art deco theme of their city venue.

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Contact & bookings: Duncan McCall Photography

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Mixing traditional elements with modern styling can work beautifully – and an expensive wedding look doesn’t have to cost a fortune. Caroline’s florist teamed mercury glass with simple blooms for the tables, which complemented just a few more elaborate displays from the ceremony room.

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Stationery was kept very simple and elegant: place settings are small and sweet while printed menus are tall and minimalist in style. Each table was named after a Hollywood star: Audrey Hepburn, Marilyn Monroe and Judy Garland smile from chic frames on each table.

The overall look of the day is luxe and classic. If you fall for a venue – whatever your style may be – then use it to inspire your day. Caroline and Mark did, and it worked so beautifully!


A sense of normality returns to English Wedding Blog HQ as I have one of the loveliest weddings of the year to share with you. David and Jodie’s art deco inspired Norfolk wedding is just so beautiful… The bride is stunning; the groom looks fabulous, the atmosphere shines through their images. You’ll love every moment!

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Such an amazing wedding blog only gets better with brilliant advice from the bride and groom. “Don’t try to save money, but don’t spend more than you need to.  My advice is set a budget and work to it. If you can’t afford it, then don’t do it/have it.  Focus on the main areas and spend as much as you can afford on the important parts.”

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Beautiful bride Jodie told me many of their wedding suppliers were recommended by their venue, St Giles House Hotel: the flowers and entertaiment, for example. She already knew of the bridal boutique where she found her gorgeous dress, and said everything else was scoured via the internet, such as invites, place cards, place card holders etc. On the day stationery was beautifully homemade, and Jodie was glued to Etsy & Pinterest for favour ideas!

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Image credit: Oobaloos Photography

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