Good morning ladies and gents, wedding cake admirers and hungry people everywhere. (I’m in 3 of those groups!) Today I bring you – with the intention of bringing some great wedding ideas to my lovely readers – a collection of 16 scrumptious wedding cakes.

16 classic wedding cake ideas

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They’re all from real weddings featured on English Wedding Blog over recent months. Click on the cakes to see the wedding in full! All photos are credited to the photographer; if you’re the wedding cake designer and you see your cake here, please get in touch (comment below) and let me know which is yours, so brides and grooms can get in touch with you too.

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Wedding cake photo credit: Chris Cowley

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Tiered chocolate wedding cake idea Photo credit Kat Forsyth

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Tiered wedding cake idea Photo credit Kirsten Mavric

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Classic tiered cake with a twist! Photo credit Vickerstaff Photography

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Classic tiered wedding cake Photo credit Martin Pemberton


Hi everyone! I hope you had an amazing long weekend – those of you who partied till you were red, white and blue in the face, what did you get up to? Those of you who had to work over the weekend have my sympathy (I was writing wedding calligraphy orders too!)

new wedding businesses on english wedding blogNow, do you remember just over a week ago I decided to try something new, and asked new wedding businesses to comment on the blog and tell us all about themselves? I had a fantastic response – probably because I offered three winners a month’s free sidebar advert on English Wedding Blog. Those three winners are here: meet my new favourite wedding suppliers for June!

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Michelle Fiedler's wedding invitation website is absolutely perfect - her attention to detail is second to none. Inspiring!

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Helen's Bright By Design origami flowers are gorgeous - definitely a winner for me!

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Modo Creative have designed a wedding countdown calendar print - I love the idea!


Before I leave you for the Bank Holiday Weekend Extravaganza (!) I think it’s a great time to introduce you to a little wedding stationery business I’ve fallen in love with – The Tiny Card Company.

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Handmade by The Tiny Card Company (UK)

Designer and owner Rosie designs the most intricately crafted handmade wedding invitations you can imagine – with gorgeous little flower details and beads sewn onto the cards, these are special handmade invitations – made with love and the utmost attention to detail.

It’s definitely time to start ordering wedding stationery as the summer draws ever closer, and I can wholeheartedly recommend these gorgeous handmade wedding invitations by Rosie. Here she is to tell you more about The Tiny Card Company!

Handmade wedding invitations – The Tiny Card Company

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Isabella wedding invitation in antique white – handmade in the UK by The Tiny Card Company


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I think Naomi and Elric are a wonderful couple – individual, glamorous, quirky, creative and exciting. Their wedding is fabulous: from Naomi’s stunning outfit and captivating smile to Elric’s inspired choice of wedding reading and their shared wedding report this is a feature I’m proud to have on English Wedding Blog today! I do hope you love it too.

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Isn't Naomi gorgeous?!

The wedding venue is Birmingham’s Highbury Hall; the images are all by Midlands-based wedding photographers Rob and Sarah Gillespie. I want to rush right in to Naomi and Elric’s wedding report – it’s one of very few I’ve ever had where the bride and groom have written their wedding story together – and so, it’s very special.


Claire x

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Naomi & Elric. Mr & Mrs Bell.


UK Manchester wedding blog (53)Hello there lovely readers! I have a treat for you today – a wedding inspired by and focused around the most delicious food and wine. Jessica and Louis got engaged at their family’s vineyard and planned their wedding reception around the most amazing wines. It’s a beautiful celebration in every way: personal, unique and family oriented.

Jessica wears the most exquisite beaded wedding dress and looks absolutely stunning. The back of the dress is gorgeous – so unusual, delicate and flattering. Louis is her perfect match, looking very handsome indeed in a navy suit with crisp white shirt. All of the beautiful images are by the rather wonderful James Melia Photography.

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wedding photography blog (8)Anyone who knows me at all will be chuckling already – I couldn’t possibly say no to a wedding from The Blazing Donkey* now, could I?! This is John and Lynette’s wedding day, and it happens to be a really lovely wedding with lots of personal touches and a fantastic couple who created something really special with a 1950s wedding theme.

Allison from Reading-based Magic Photography submitted this wedding for my blog. She’s also a friend of the bride – who is a photographer too! – so the intimate moments here are truly relaxed and I feel like I’m leafing through John and Lynette’s wedding album as a friend – all of the photographs are so natural and lovely.

Lynette looks beautiful with her birdcage veil. I adore all the little details she got together and (as well as the name of the venue) I think you’ll chuckle at the location… watch for the sign!

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Thank you to Magic Photography’s Allison for sharing this beautiful wedding. There’s more on Allison’s own wedding photography blog too!
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alternative royal wedding inspiration photo credit Damian Hall (15)Back in the very beginning of English Wedding Blog I wrote my ‘About‘ page to introduce myself. I love pretty things: I adore edgy, provocative and rebellious things as well. My response to the diamond jubilee and Olympics marketing-fest has been halfhearted… until Mat Hepplestone of Red Floral got in touch. Mat’s flower designs are always a revelation – and his flair for the alternative and cutting edge in flower design is unrivalled. With such a top creative team behind this shoot, I’m convinced: Britannia rules!

This is a wedding industry shoot which stands out from the crowd of red, white and blue-bedecked blog features. And while I might sample a cupcake and wave a bit of bunting come jubilee weekend (I’ve moved back to a little Cumbrian village – my Dad will make me!), inside my heart this is the Britannia I can relate to. The story behind the shoot is just as inspiring – over to Mat to tell you more.

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It’s a perfect day to have an afternoon off – if you’re not even at work today I salute you! Enjoy that sunshine if you can! I have a quick Wedding Planning or Work blog for you today, because while I’ve been moving house I haven’t had as much time as usual this week to peruse wedding blog land. These are selected highlights of my recent wedding blog adventures! Enjoy x

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Coombe Lodge wedding blog Capture It Photography (36)Beautiful brides and gorgeous grooms aside for a moment, fans of English Wedding Blog may have noticed I’m a sucker for a cute page boy or flower girl… and I’ve a feeling today’s little star might have the same effect on you! This entire wedding is beautiful, happy and full of little moments with family which will tug on your heartstrings as much as they did mine.

Harry and Natasha married at the very beautiful Coombe Lodge wedding venue in Somerset (I had a flurry of submissions from Coombe Lodge wedding photographers recently, which was fabulous!) and chose some of my favourite wedding suppliers – Cardlab you know I love you! – for their day. The images are all by the lovely Richard and Sarah of Capture It Wedding Photography.


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Who proposed, and how?

Harry took me on a steep, muddy walk to the top of Burledge Hill overlooking Chew Valley Lake on a bright, wintry morning in November 2010. A spontaneous walk and wellies in the car may have raised my suspicions slightly! He got down on one knee and presented me with the most beautiful diamond. He even smuggled a small bottle of champagne up there with him!


Red Floral wedding flowers app UKIt seems like years since we were all saying, “there’s an app for that”! When apps were invented, and our iPhones were all brand spangly new, apps were everywhere. English Wedding Blog was on an app which collated wedding blogs, for example. Now wedding apps are smarter, sleeker and better for couples. They’re full of information, image galleries for ideas, and offer a means to contact your favourite wedding suppliers instantly for appointments and consultations.

One of my most top favourite (seriously, I love him!) wedding flower designers has just launched an app. Mat Hepplestone of Red Floral has caught the attention and imaginations of celebrity couples, OK magazine and dazzled crowds at wedding shows with his architectural creative flower design. Did you see his feature on Rock n Roll Bride last week? He’s a leading light in wedding floristry and with an app to share with his couples, Mat is once again setting a trend for the rest of us to follow!

Creative flower sculpture shoot Red Floral by Chris Hanley

Red Floral on our Afternoon Twee shoot with Chris Hanley Photography



I’ve very rarely used English Wedding Blog to show off my own work, but today I hope you’ll forgive me for sharing my wedding calligraphy here! Summer’s finally arrived and it really feels like wedding season now – I’m sure there are lots of very excited brides, grooms and wedding suppliers out there!

Calligraphy for your Wedding

It’s time to think about the special touches you’ll have at your wedding reception, and time to think about ordering any wedding reception stationery and indeed calligraphy – if you’re someone who loves paper and stationery and sees the beauty in handwritten wedding calligraphy. Would you believe even wedding calligraphers get booked up over the summer?! It was a lovely surprise to me too, at first!


I have a few slots left for wedding calligraphy bookings over the summer months, from June through to September. But early booking is always wise – whether you’re only looking for wedding place card calligraphy or you’d like handwritten wedding menus, signs or an alternative wedding table plan – perhaps I’m your girl!


Wedding suppliers – new and old (I know most of the ‘oldies’ so I hope you won’t be offended… hee!) I need your help! And I’m offering free advertising on English Wedding Blog.

Free advertising on English Wedding Blog

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Good morning folks and folkesses out there in wedding land, I hope you’re all well and sparkly and have your suncream on for later. What a fantastic week we’re having! I’ve been feeling inspired, not only by the sunshine but also by some of the wonderful people I have around me. One of whom (thanks Adam) mentioned something in an email about blogs, and advertising, which got me thinking about how blogs are growing and in some cases becoming very much like print wedding magazines.

I don’t think it’s cool to have too many advertisers or sponsors on a blog. I also don’t think it’s cool to run a blog as a business without real enthusiasm and passion behind it. What we do shouldn’t be all about money. Blogs’ initial appeal came from their independence, and from being able to promote and support independent wedding businesses and not just those who could afford advertising space. While most wedding blogs now earn money, there must be ways to continue that support for indie businesses, right?

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