Hello there! I hope you’re having the loveliest of weeks. If you are one of those lucky people who got engaged on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day, huge congratulations to you! It’s always lovely to see new brides and grooms visiting the blog in January – so do stick around and explore a little, won’t you. For now I thought an introduction to wedding blogs would be a nice start to this morning.

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Photo credit Phil Drinkwater Photography

What are wedding blogs? An introduction

Wedding blogs are simply the equivalent of wedding magazines, on the internet. They’re constantly updated with real weddings, ideas and inspiration, advice and expert help with wedding planning.

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Bruno and Suzy’s wedding at Hengrave Hall – Photo credit Chris Hanley (click image to see the wedding)

Wedding blogs are:

  • Free! There’s no cover price – save money on magazines and spend your time reading wedding blogs instead! Over a year, you’ll save plenty of pennies and they all count when you’re planning a wedding!

Merry Christmas everyone! I hope you’re having a wonderful day with your loved ones. I’m so excited it’s Christmas… a magical time of year and a chance to relax, catch up and indulge in lovely chocolates and Baileys and warm, wintery snuggles with our other halves.

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Magic and sparkle from a Christmas wedding – click to see Katie and Chris’s wedding on the blog. Photo credit Chris Hanley Photography

To every English Wedding Blog reader, I’m sending my warmest hugs and very best wishes for a beautiful Christmas time. Enjoy your day. Keep cosy, stay safe and smile…

Merry Christmas!

With love,

Claire xxx


Hello again! I have a question for you today: when you imagine your wedding day, is it the moments before or after the ceremony which give you that amazingly tingly feeling of excitement?

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Magical moments – my favourite image from dozens submitted by UK wedding photographers. The final moments for a beautiful bride and her bridesmaids, minutes before the wedding ceremony. The photograph captures the anticipation felt by all the girls. Photo credit Martin Hambleton

I can only imagine the excitement and nerves as you both arrive at your venue and prepare, knowing there’s moments to go… but it must be amazing to look forward to the ‘kiss the bride’ moment, or to walking back down the aisle hand in hand and grinning at your guests…

Here are my favourite 10 wedding photos capturing those magical moments before and after your wedding ceremony…


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Magical moments – the bride’s excitement is pain to see. Guests smile and admire the dress; Dad’s arm is strong for her to hold and we all watch over the groom’s shoulder. Photo credit Phil Drinkwater


Morning everyone! Seriously feeling the Christmas vibe today, and I’m going to indulge in a little internet research this morning… curiosity has me looking into proposals at Christmas time. There are some interesting discussions about this online which I thought would be fun to share!

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Photo Credit: documentary wedding photographer Martin Beddall (click to see the real wedding on the blog)

So – if you’re planning to propose or hoping for a proposal of marriage this Christmas I hope these 68 ideas from around the web make you smile!

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These made me chuckle – five creative Christmas proposal ideas from Yahoo. In a nutshell, there’s a very complicated and strange proposal involving little boxes in big boxes with notes about ringing bells. Then you could invite Santa to have your other half sit on his knee and propose to her while she’s perched on “Santa’s” knee (nb you’re on one knee; I’ve no idea who’d be wearing the Santa suit).


English Wedding Blog isn’t always about the blogger – the guest writers who get in touch and share fabulous articles liven this place up no end! Today I have a great feature about celebrity hen nights. celebrity hens hen nights uk (6)

Thankfully there’s not a Kardashian in sight (not that I’d recognise one if it bit me) but some interesting tales of rather cooler celeb hens for you today, by Richard (see his bio at the end of the post!) Hope you enjoy this one, I did! Claire xx

Celebrity hen night ideas to aspire to!

Whether we like to deny it or not, we idolise certain celebrities and no matter if they’re wearing a particular dress out on the red carpet or launching a new perfume, you might be the first out to buy it or try to replicate it. But what about using what celebrities are up to in other walks of their life to inspire you in your own? It might sound a little bit sad but I’m not talking about the heady levels of those parents that named their children after what the Beckhams had called theirs and so on, but instead using the pre-nuptial celebrations of the rich and famous to gain some great hen do ideas!


Hasn’t Friday taken a long time to come around this week?! I’m looking forward to the weekend – and I hope you have a lovely one. Whether you’re shopping or seeing family or friends, have a great weekend. To keep you entertained in the meantime, here are my best wedding blog posts from the last couple of weeks – with thanks to WedWeekly for a couple of ideas here too!

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Emma and Luke recreated an image from Emma’s parents’ wedding day – click the image to see their wedding on the blog. Photo credit Louise Bjorling!

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Hi again! I love the wedding features I’ve been able to share with you this week – and today’s is ever so special.

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Ryan and Laura’s wedding day is beautiful and mixes vintage elements with classic, timeless styling: from Laura’s graceful Lisa Redman wedding dress to the art deco style cocktail menus and elegant roses used throughout the day. I know you’ll love and be inspired by today’s real wedding blog from Chiswick House.

The images are by the very lovely Benjamin Toms, and beautiful bride Laura has very kindly written a full wedding report to share with all of you today. Watch out for the gorgeous little flower girl leading everyone down the aisle, and the inflatable guitars at the end of the day!

Enjoy! Claire xxx

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Laura and Ryan’s Gatsby inspired vintage wedding

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The wedding of Ryan & Laura Sandilands

The proposal: Ryan proposed during a beautiful holiday in the Maldives, whilst watching a sunset with a cocktail.

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Hey there! I’m afraid I make no apologies for plunging head first into Christmas from this point onwards! We’re going full-on festive here at English Wedding Blog – and I have a perfect article this morning for anyone planning a Christmas wedding to enjoy. Thanks as ever to Kate from Queens & Bowl for sharing this one – it’ll have you feeling inspired, snuggly and festive in minutes. Enjoy!

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Christmas is just around the corner and I’m sure you’re just as excited as I am and hopefully not too stressed with last minute present shopping (take a look at my gift guide if you need any help)!

Despite some of the more stressful aspects of the period, Christmas is supposed to be a time of joy – just like a wedding! As such, there are a lot of marriages at this time of year and for good reason too: a Christmas-themed wedding combines all the joy of the festive period with all the joy of the happiest day of your life.


I didn’t think I could fall for wedding shoes. Then I thought I was an Irregular Choice girl. But no – one glimpse of the creations of Le Soulier and I’m hooked! If you haven’t seen these, then you are in for a treat this morning: wedding shoes which are beautifully crafted and as individual as your dreams

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There was once a young lady, an innovative shoe designer who specialised in creating inspirational, unique shoes. Inspired and driven by brides all over the world to have and to hold their very own piece of art in the form of a shoe. By challenging traditions, embracing modern romantic and refined femininity, Sonia created the most perfect bespoke hand painted shoes.

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Good morning and happy Monday to you! With one week to go until most of us finish for Christmas, I’m feeling festive and I hope you are too. I’m also feeling the love this week, and what better excuse to share another episode from my Focus On series of blog posts.

The best aisle moment of all! by Ed Clayton Photography

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Aisle moments – at the altar. This captures the triumphant spirit of the moment! A magical memory and perhaps one the bride and groom missed on the day but guests will always remember with a smile! Photo credit Ed Clayton Photography

If you read the first of these blog posts – Focus On… the moments that really make a wedding – then you’ll know I’m trying to to rein­force the fact that wed­dings are all about love, moments and mem­o­ries. Details can be impor­tant, yes. But these blog features are here to show you that no matter how many fabulous details you buy, make or hire for your wedding, your memories will be of magical moments.


Just a quick blog post this morning to say a big Congratulations to my second competition winner of the week. Tina won the MILK books competition which ran in November, and wins her very own MILK book!

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MILK books reflect a couple’s unique per­son­al­i­ties by show­cas­ing their spe­cial mem­o­ries in a pro­fes­sion­ally printed and bound book which they have designed and cre­ated them­selves online, with guid­ance from an easy-to-follow design and edi­to­r­ial framework.

I think they’re a genius idea, and you can use your MILK wed­ding book how­ever you like — think cre­atively and pre­serve wed­ding mem­o­ries which will mean the world to you – revisit the article for ideas here:


Hello! Here is a picture of Kirstie Allsopp stroking one of my handwritten calligraphy name tags. So proud…

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Note this is a cheeky screengrab from Channel 4 on demand – the play buttons don’t work, I’m just showing off.

Calligraphy ideas for your own vintage wedding

I’ve just had the loveliest email about my calligraphy from Amy and Craig’s vintage wedding earlier this year. I wanted to share some of it with you, because I’m proud and because I love the way Kirstie Allsopp created something really beautiful from a very simple handwritten luggage name tag!

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The flowers and foliage are incredible, but you can create your own gorgeous place settings with a few simple steps too. If writing your own calligraphy, use a colourful gel pen and add big loops to your handwriting – it will look quirky and suit a vintage wedding theme.

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