Hi everyone! I can’t resist writing up this little wedding blog, inspired by last week’s red carpet performances – oh, and some films. Seeing the Oscar winners announced and watching TV news’s analysis of all the best dresses on the night really got me thinking.

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Hollywood glamour is a great inspiration for wedding themes. But let the Oscars inspire your big day too much, and you could have a disaster on your hands! Here’s why.

Have we all lost the plot?

Watching ITV Daybreak (shoot me now) last week, I began to wonder if there was an alternative Oscars, something I hadn’t heard of. I was vaguely puzzled to see a parade of dresses, paparazzi-style flashbulbs and glowing teeth. All very pretty – but aren’t the Oscars supposed to be about films?

Suddenly expensive dresses seemed to take centre stage, and the real stars – the directors, producers and immensely talented actors – were nowhere to be seen. Sadly, I’ve seen the same phenomenon in wedding magazines and across the wedding industry.


Yay for weekends! I’m so pleased we’ve made it through to Saturday – what a busy week it’s been! I’ve had a brilliant time seeing my little sister yesterday, and there are big plans afoot for this weekend as well – very excited!

warwickshire wedding photography blog Vickerstaff

Photo credit Vickerstaff Photography

But of course I can’t leave English Wedding Blog without sharing the best wedding blogs from my reading list. It’s been a busy time for everyone I think, with bloggers, wedding photographers and wedding suppliers all sharing their latest news and designs. Those new years resolutions are still going strong… just! And it’s absolutely the best time to get wedding inspiration from all the blogs because there is so much to see.

I hope you enjoy these links! Claire xxx

UK wedding blog James Grist

Photo credit James Grist Photography

Real weddings – the best wedding blogs


I think perhaps I’m becoming known for my love of sunshine! I live at the seaside, and when it’s cold it’s sooooo cold: but when the sun shines it’s incredibly beautiful. And I talk about it a LOT! Somerset wedding photographer Simon Biffen knows exactly how to get my attention: with an offer of a beautifully sunny Sorrento wedding blog feature!


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Lucy and Joe were married last summer and invited Simon Biffen to be their wedding photographer. Lucy is English and Joe is American, so they chose a destination wedding in Italy as a way of meeting in the middle!

Their theme included purple details and the wedding day was timeless and simple in style, with the location and love creating all the atmosphere you could dream of!

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Lucy and Joe: A sunny Sorrento wedding blog

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Simon told me a little more about Lucy and Joe’s wedding day:


Hello there lovely people of wedding land! I hope you’re having a lovely week and looking forward to the weekend. Do you have lots of lovely things planned? I think I’m due for a quiet one… which usually means I’ll be tinkering with things online and quite possibly with my brand new exciting sparkly thing: the English Wedding Blog shop!

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A very warm welcome to my little wedding blog shop!

You may have seen a little link sneak into the menu at the top of English Wedding Blog recently. You might possibly even have had a peek! But I’ve been waiting to announce the opening of our brand new wedding blog shop until there are a few goodies in there for you to try….

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The English Wedding Blog shop is all about handcrafted, English-made goodies for your big day. I’ve sourced some gorgeous little details from various places, and turned them into pretty accessories for your wedding day. Of course there’s a little calligraphy thrown in there… my alter ego the wedding calligrapher wouldn’t have it any other way!


If Google didn’t tell me I had to start with some words of introduction to my wedding blog posts, I’d launch straight into today’s feature with the beautiful images from Victoria and David’s teepee wedding. There’s so much to show you, and you’ll LOVE this!

Cambridge teepee wedding by Lightworks Photography (1)There is always a certain charm and romance to a wedding in a teepee, especially when you include a stunning bride in a couture wedding dress and details as enchanting as those I’m about to share with you. And wait until you see the cutest flower girl in the world behind the wheel of a vintage wedding car… you’ll just melt!

I’m delighted to share this wedding with you today. If there was a wedding of the week award I’d be rushing to present it to everyone involved in today’s post – so congratulations and the biggest thank you to Victoria and David for sharing their story; and a huge thank you also to Cambridge wedding photographer Andrew from Lightworks Photography for the submission. (

Everyone – enjoy! Claire xxx


The best wedding ideas aren’t necessarily extravagant gestures. Trends and styles don’t have to be hugely expensive, and I love the fact that English weddings are always so varied in style and approach. From the most intimate village hall weddings to luxurious country mansion celebrations, every wedding has its own memorable moments and loving touches.

The best wedding ideas for 2013 – from real weddings

With the hundreds of wedding blogs and dozens of magazines you can read and buy, and in a world where thousands of new Pinterest wedding images appear daily, finding the very best wedding ideas for you as a couple will always be a challenge. Today’s wedding blog might help: members of the UK Alliance of Wedding Planners have shared their very best wedding ideas – from real weddings – for the year. Which is your favourite?


I’m sat here writing today’s wedding blog with a little tear in my eye. Wedding films move me – they do! The nervous moments as a groom waits for his bride get me every time! And then he reaches towards her and has to wipe away a tear… it’s magical, and so lovely. So – a warning: Davina and Dave will make you cry! Enjoy their Sheffield wedding highlights film by Love Gets Sweeter and read Davina’s beautifully written wedding story below (I laughed out loud at Dave and the dolphin trainer!)

Davina and Daves Highlights from Love Gets Sweeter on Vimeo.

Davina and Daves Highlights from Love Gets Sweeter on Vimeo.

Dave and Davina: a beautiful Sheffield wedding blog

When Dave proposed after 5 years together I knew that we weren’t going to have a long engagement and eagerly got stuck into planning our big day. Although we had no idea where we wanted to get married we knew that it had to be big enough for our family and friends without being cold and uninviting.


Are you looking forward to your hen night? Whether you’ll be karting or dancing the night away, at a cupcake class in the Cotswolds or sipping cocktails ’til the sun goes down, it’s more than likely you’ll be sporting a rather attractive motoring accessory. The more you think about the weirdness of L-plates on hen nights, the stranger it gets! Why, for example, are L-plates for girls, while stags generally avoid such cute little props? (Although one classic exception with stags in fake boobs springs to mind!)

My friend and fellow learner driver Joel has all the answers – after all, who better to explain the story of hens and L-plates than a wedding expert preparing for his driving test?! Today’s wedding blog will make you chuckle and wonder. Enjoy!

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Learning the Ropes: Why Do Hens Wear L-Plates?

Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue. This ubiquitous wedding day tradition has been around for decades; as long as the bride has all four ‘somethings’ on her person when she arrives at the altar, her marriage will be long and happy. The original poem also recommended that she have “a silver sixpence in her shoe”, but that part was presumably swept under the rug sometime in the seventies.


From my first days reading the top US wedding blogs I’ve always loved Hello!Lucky for their unique wedding invites so it’s a real pleasure to welcome them as the latest sponsor of English Wedding Blog.

unique wedding invites from Hello Lucky

Unique wedding invites from Hello!Lucky in the UK

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Sisters Eunice and Sab­rina, who founded Hello!Lucky in 2003, have had their work pub­lished and show­cased in dozens of mag­a­zines and blogs in the US and UK, includ­ing Martha Stew­art Wed­dings, Brides, You & Your Wed­ding and Per­fect Wed­ding …as well as all the best blogs on both sides of the pond!!

It’s an absolute joy to welcome Hello!Lucky as sponsors of English Wedding Blog. As with every blog sponsor you can now view a dedicated page all about the brand here: Hello!Lucky on English Wedding as well as seeing more of their fabulously unique wedding invites on the blog.


Morning everyone, and Happy Friday! I’ve been saving today’s gorgeous Cheshire wedding blog for this morning – it seems to fit with that whole Friday feeling thing. There’s sunshine and romance, and a stunning bride and groom – in fact wedding blog subscribers will recognise Karen and Simon from their wedding highlights film which I was so proud to feature back in January (see an autumn wedding in Cheshire).

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I love this quote from the happy couple:

Try to leave yourselves as much time as possible between all the day’s activities to spend with family and friends, after the day those will be the moments you cherish the most.

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Karen wears a fabulous dress by Sassi Holford and the day has a purple theme because it’s the ribbon colour for – a cause very close to the hearts of the bride and groom. This is all explained in the wedding report which Karen and Simon have shared with us today, and you’ll see some really beautiful images from Cheshire wedding photographer Martin Hambleton – with unexpected and wonderful moments captured as well as some magical portraits. I know you’ll love this! Grab a Crunchie (after all, as Wendy always tells me, we should celebrate Fridays in style!!)
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What do you make of flamboyant proposals of marriage? Would you wither up and die if he arranged for a choir to confront you on the tube, or would you love it?! I was astonished to hear about proposal planners in the UK recently – seriously? Do we need to include a stranger in such a special moment? Well… I’m all for intimacy and old-fashioned romance. I think you can guess my personal opinion about extravagant proposals so I won’t spell it out (to avoid getting in trouble!)

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What I do think is wonderful is the element of surprise. Every proposal has that: and while you might suspect he (or she) is hiding a marry me ring in a back pocket, you can only really guess when you’ll hear that very special question.

Or is there more to it? Can past proposals give us more than a little clue into where and when he’ll pop the question? Would you want to know, or be prepared just in case? Read on… and if you’ve got a holiday booked, maybe there’s a clue in today’s feature! Enjoy xxx


Hello there! What a quick month February turned out to be! The wedding season is well on the way now, and I’m getting ever so busy with calligraphy orders for some of you lovely brides and grooms out there! It’s wonderful to see so many new visitors to English Wedding Blog this month, and if you’re a new subscriber I’d like to say a special big hello and welcome! There’s so much going on in wedding news right now – and I have lots of amazing ideas and features to share with you over the next few weeks so do stick around!

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For today it’s over to Sassi Holford and I’m sharing the fabulous 2013 Couture Collection with you. I adore this collection for its elegance and grace – the gowns take inspiration from brides themselves, which is such a lovely thing to hear.

The designs are classic English in style, with timeless elegance and a contemporary edge. Whatever your venue or wedding style, whether you’re marrying in a cathedral, a country house or a boutique hotel – there’s something from the Sassi Holford Couture Collection for you!

Karapürçek Escort Bilecik Escort Bolu Escort


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Image credit: Oobaloos Photography

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