Promises, promises hey… but you really can save on your wedding seating plan with very little effort indeed. The answer is astonishingly simple too!

Don’t have one.

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The traditional wedding seating plan… a thing of the past?

What’s the point in a seating plan anyway? It’s something functional which really only serves to prevent crowds of wedding guests bumping into each other searching for tables, and the last unlucky few bursting into tears as they find their place on the table in the corner, watched by everyone else.

OK, if you’re a creative genius and can turn your seating plan into a work of art then go for it, design your masterpiece on an A1 canvas and display it with pride! If you’re scoffing at the notion of saving a measly £75 then please feel free to buy every single item in my calligraphy shop. But if you’re quite sensible, a fan of creative touches and quite fond of the pennies you have left at this stage of wedding planning, then read on.


If anyone actually has booked a dancing swan, I’d love to know… this was actually mentioned in a real wedding blog post featured a few months ago! It’s not something I’ve seen, and while I’m not about to tell you it’s something you NEED for your wedding I’d quite like to have one for my boyfriend’s birthday. I think he’d like the surprise…

Dancing swans aside, what can you learn from all of the brides and grooms who’ve had their weddings featured on the English Wedding Blog in the last year?

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Quite a lot.

I hope you find this blog post useful – and do feel free to add your own advice in the comments box at the end!

Make it personal

Do your own thing and don’t be swayed by anyone… Lois and Gary

Try to speak to every guest, espe­cially older/close rel­a­tives who love to have you all to them­selves for a while. And don’t sweat the small stuff; the things that go a bit off-plan add to your wed­ding day story! Ryan and Andrea


Rainbows – the closest thing to magic we get to see in our English skies. I’ve never lost that girlish excitement I feel when I see one. I’ll stop in my tracks and grin up at the sky every time – and I definitely believe rainbows are lucky omens! So what better inspiration for styling a wedding? Rainbows have it all: luck and happiness, colour and fun!

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Today’s English Wedding Blog feature is all about love and rainbows. Lovely Laura from Perfect Choice Planning got in touch to share this amazing inspiration shoot with me and I was hooked instantly. The images are divine, it features one of my favourite wedding industry friends Beth from Cakes by Beth, and the brides in the shoot are a real life couple –  their images have an exquisite tingly quality you’ll love!

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The shortest of introductions today because Andrew from Lightworks Photography writes beautifully – better than I do. Unmissable reading… an eye-opener indeed! Enjoy. Claire x

On arriving at church to photograph a wedding recently:

Vicar: “You must be the photographer, I can tell because you look like you don’t know what you’re doing”

Me: (having picked jaw up from floor and mentally counted to ten) “Hello, nice to meet you. I can assure you I know exactly what I’m doing, I’ve been photographing weddings professionally for over ten years. What are you worried about?”

Vicar: “That you won’t do as you’re told!”

Me: (struggling now, but outwardly the paradigm of professionalism) “Ok….What exactly would you prefer me to do?”


It’s lovely to stumble across gorgeous and quirky wedding venues. Definitely a perk of my job! I was reading the blog of Berkshire wedding photographer Martin Price this week and found Sarah and Mark’s beautiful wedding. I had to share it with you!

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Tudor Barn wedding photography – photo credit Martin Price

Sarah and Mark were married at The Tudor Barn in Buckinghamshire – over five hundred years old with the most amazing beams and full of character.

See more photos of their wedding day on Martin Price’s blog, and if you’re looking for a wedding photographer in Berkshire or Bucks then check out his full website at


It’s extra special when a groom answers my English Wedding Blog questionnaire, and Andrew’s story of his wedding to beautiful bride Harriette is so romantic – you’ll love it! Such a gorgeous couple, and creative too: Andrew designed all the stationery, and details and accessories came from Etsy, Ted Baker and David Beckham!

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Sorry Andrew… that part of your questionnaire made me chuckle! Love it!

So here’s a fabulous English wedding blog which I know you’ll enjoy seeing more of. The images are by Maureen Du Preez (thanks Maureen!) and words are by today’s rather dashing groom Andrew. Oh! Let’s start with a quote (because it’s a heart-melter…) from Andrew – his memorable moments from the day:

“the moment I turned to see my bride walk in, she took my breath away!!! Also to see my father shedding a tear and the smile on my mother’s face made it so special for me.”

Harriette and Andrew, congratulations and thank you SO much for sharing with us today. Everyone – enjoy! Claire x
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Hello again! What’s your wedding style? UK couples inspired by wedding blogs are styling their celebrations along three key themes this year: vintage (of course!), country garden and afternoon tea. Why are these themes so popular? Because they’re creative and give you so much room to play, and design and add your own style to your wedding day.

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My lovely friend and sponsor Alix from Lumiere Photography, and Val from Benessamy Events have created three styled shoots to inspire you with ideas for each of these popular wedding themes. First of all – country elegance wedding style ideas. Val can tell you more. Enjoy! Claire x
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Country elegance wedding style ideas

The idea behind this shoot was to bring both glamour and elegance to the country. The pretty blossom tree provides a beautiful focal point, dressed with pearls and crystals and sprinkled with love notes. The guest tables are dressed with soft lace and the bride’s bouquet is full of gorgeous white peonies.


Hannah and Steve chose this beautiful prose as one of their wedding readings (along with the lyrics from Something Changed by Pulp!). They were married at Sheffield’s Crucible Theatre, a contemporary venue in the heart of the city. I wanted to share this beautiful reading with you as a blog feature on its own, as I think it’s incredibly powerful.

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Steve and Hannah’s Crucible Theatre wedding in Sheffield. Photo credit


by Robert Fulghum

You have known each other from the first glance of acquaintance to this point of commitment. At some point, you decided to marry. From that moment of yes, to this moment of yes, indeed, you have been making commitments in an informal way. All of those conversations that were held in a car, or over a meal, or during long walks – all those conversations that began with, “When we’re married”, and continued with “I will” and “you will” and “we will” – all those late night talks that included “someday” and “somehow” and “maybe” – and all those promises that are unspoken matters of the heart. All these common things, and more, are the real process of a wedding.


Kelly’s beautiful smile will brighten your morning – there’s a promise! She’s just gorgeous, and groom Anthony is her perfect match. Their wedding at Wasing Park in Berkshire is modern with a rustic twist.

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Kelly wears a wonderful dress by English designer Kate Sherford, and Anthony’s suit is a smart herringbone style from Stafford Tailoring. They used simple but very elegant white flower bouquets and decorations, and a deep teal colour for bridesmaids and table decor throughout the venue. The light in the glass ceremony room is fabulous, and the rustic converted barn where the wedding breakfast takes place is warm and welcoming.

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All today’s images are by the very lovely Karen Flower Photography. Karen is a Surrey wedding photographer known for her contemporary reportage style. You can find out more about her at

Huge congratulations to Kelly and Anthony! I’m so proud to have you on the English Wedding Blog this morning. Thank you so much for a wonderful wedding report and for allowing me to share your beautiful wedding with everyone today. Claire x


Never let anyone tell you your wedding has to be unique! Your wedding should be personal, reflecting both your personalities and enjoyable for your guests. But for those of you who are looking for that little extra something to surprise everyone, here are 16 creative and unusual wedding entertainment ideas. Fire jugglers not exciting enough for you? Well then…

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There is nothing better at a wedding reception than a great band, great food and great friends. However, entertainment for weddings is now branching out beyond anything ever seen been before. Brides and grooms all over the UK are opting to have their entertainment reflect themselves, their hobbies or bring back memories from their relationship to share with guests. Entertainment ideas range from a fire show at the end of the night to bring back memories of that perfect holiday in Thailand, a football freestyler as a gift for your soccer mad fiancé or a Del Boy look-a-like to astound your ‘Only Fools and Horses’ loving family during your wedding breakfast.


Hayley and Joe chose this very popular reading for their countryside wedding in Cornwall. It’s a beautiful celebration of love and partnership, of how being with someone you love can only change you for the better.

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Hayley and Joe. Photo credit Evolve Photography, Cornwall


by Roy Croft

I love you,
Not only for what you are,
But for what I am when I am with you.

I love you,
Not only for what you have made of yourself,
But for what you are making of me.

I love you for
the part of me that you bring out;
I love you for
putting your hand into my heaped-up heart
And passing over all the foolish, weak things
that you can’t help dimly seeing there,
And for drawing out into the light
All the beautiful belongings
that no one else had looked
Quite far enough to find.

I love you because you
Are helping me to make
Of the lumber of my life
Not a tavern, but a temple;
Out of the works
Of my every day
Not a reproach
But a song.


OK – I admit defeat. If we can’t have any actual sunshine (as I type it’s nowhere near as gorgeous outside as it should be in mid-June!) then let’s make our own. Out of lemons.

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I may have lost the plot just a little there, and it reminds me of summer evenings as a teenager trying to ‘organically’ make my hair blonder by putting lemon juice on it. Every day. But indulge me for a few moments and you’ll see! Today’s feature of quirky lemon wedding ideas is bright and pretty – and what better way to rebel against our unreliable English weather than to use lemons as summery wedding decor? They really do look fab!

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Wedding photographer Kelly Weech decided to run a ‘rock the dress’ competition for a bride to wear her dress again. Today’s beautiful model Natalie was the winner of the competition as she suffered with a migraine on her wedding day and honeymoon, has lost weight since getting married and wanted more from her photographs.

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