I’m really not kidding… today I bring you five true stories which will have you gasping in surprise, possibly make you nervous, and maybe inspire you to try something very different. This is a fantastic guest blog from Pete – serial wedding gift-giver and whisky lover (see Petey McPete, below!) – enjoy!

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wedding photography by Lucy Turnbull – click to see the full real wedding

5 strange, wacky and unique wedding gift ideas

We’ve all been there, you have a big wedding to attend, the sands of time are running out, and you’re yet to find the perfect wedding gift. Although it often feels like it, buying wedding gifts is not a competition, but if it was the ideas in this post would win hands down. Often the best wedding gifts are those wacky, unusual, original and unique ideas that become the talk of the day!


Oops… while I was planning for my wedding fair last week I didn’t have time to write up my ‘best wedding blogs’ post for the week. And my bookmarks folder is ready to pop! I even have some lined up to share with you for next time already… but for now, here are my favourite wedding blogs for this week. Enjoy!

The best real wedding blogs

  • Love this winter wonderland wedding on London Bride blog! Clemency and Tom – with tons of great details and a really atmospheric venue
  • I used baby’s breath (gypsophila) to decorate my stand at the wedding fair… and I fell in love with it. Lauren & Grant’s wedding uses it so beautifully!
  • Cupcakes, romance and a gorgeous strappy wedding dress: Leanne & Oliver’s Leeds wedding
  • Steph and Jonny’s wedding is fab – the calligraphy a highlight for me 🙂 “She who wears the crown” on Brides Up North
  • A beautiful English countryside wedding: Caroline and Alex’s big day in Kent

I love the romance of soft pink and vintage lace. I love the old English charm of a proper red telephone box, and I love Nic and Ben’s wedding because it has all of these and more. Today’s gorgeous couple were married in the summer at Holme Hall golf club in Lincolnshire and chose wedding photographer Pete Barnes for his relaxed photography style.Lincolnshire wedding blog Pete Barnes (1)

Nichola says, “We had the best day ever, the weather was not looking great all morning, but it was perfect by the time I had to go to the church, the sun came out and was beautiful. We still talk about it every day and 3 months on we would do it again in a heartbeat.”

I can see why – this is a beautiful wedding day and I’m so pleased I can share it with you here today! Enjoy x
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Nichola & Ben’s Lincolnshire wedding

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The bride and groom: Nichola Richardson And Ben Mitchell

Wedding venue: Holme Hall golf club, Scawby, North Lincolnshire


Elegance, grace and beauty are what make English Wedding Blog tick. Add to those a sumptuous National Trust property and wall to wall bookcases, a divine bridal collection and beautiful photography, and you have a truly unmissable blog post.

Somerset wedding photography by Martin Hill

Photo credit Martin Hill Photography, Somerset

This is just one image from a wonderfully inspiring bridal shoot by Martin Hill Photography.

Click on the image, or on this link, to see more. You will love this, I promise! Dunster Castle Bridal Shoot



A lovely parcel arrived in the post this morning – when I shook it, I could hear a tiny bell ringing inside! It was addressed to English Wedding Blog. Now that’s not just me: it’s me and my readers. It’s all of us. Especially you (after all, there are thousands of you and just one little me!)…

Betsy Button stationery (25)And it’s exciting getting presents in the post – so I thought you’d like to join me in opening this little treat from the very wonderful Betsy Button! There was a present in there… and it could be yours 🙂 Keep reading!

A lovely little parcel from Betsy Button… open with me!

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Betsy Button stationery (21) The cute little Save the Date card was first out of the box – gorgeous, quirky and different. I love the button theme!
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Betsy Button stationery (18) Betsy’s Thank You card has lovely lace and pearl embellishments, cute print (love that font) and a little motto on the back.
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Betsy Button stationery (16) How lovely! My “very, very busy day” today is all about vets appointments, posting calligraphy poems (to Eton College!) and blogging some weddings. It was all put on hold for ten minutes to open our present…
Betsy Button stationery (15) I couldn’t say no. I wanted you to see Betsy’s stationery just as I did. Here are those links for you too:


It’s been about four years since I last exhibited at a wedding fair. I forgot how much fun they can be! I was at Muncaster Castle on the edge of the Lake District for their autumn wedding fair and loved every minute – meeting couples and their families, and chatting to other wedding suppliers was loads of fun. I’d do it all again in a flash!

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One of the stars of the show was Sian from Angela’s Attic. Sian makes stunning vintage brooch bouquets and faux flower displays.

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Sian’s stand: Angela’s Attic

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Muncaster’s dining room – elegance, class and history with amazing views of the Lake District fells from your wedding breakfast

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Julie’s cakes were gorgeous and tasted fantastic. I loved the cupcakes, and this tiered wedding cake was eye catching in the sunlight.

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My Dad was taking pictures in a quieter moment at the fair! Look at the setting – what a gorgeous room for a wedding fair.


I couldn’t fit the word beautiful into the title of this blog post, but it should definitely be there: Linh and Tom’s wedding is absolutely Beautiful with a capital B! There are gorgeous details, light and summery themes and styling, and moments to make your heart melt.

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From the illustrated stationery to the lovely little bubbles, through to the adorable little boy in a suit and then the magical first dance, the details of Linh and Tom’s wedding day are caught so beautifully by Peterborough wedding photographer Georgi Mabee.

Linh and Tom have written a great wedding report to share with you, so I’ll leave you to enjoy their story along with Georgi’s lovely pictures. This is fabulous – I hope you love it too.

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Linh and Tom’s Cambridge wedding

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Who proposed, and how?

Tom proposed at Gidleigh Park, a Tudor style country house hotel in Devon, situated on the banks of the North Teign River, surrounded by Dartmoor National Park. It was supposed to be a “birthday” surprise weekend away.


Meeting with couples to chat about wedding stationery always inspires me. (You’re all brilliant, you know that?!) A question that came up again and again at the Muncaster wedding fair was “how do escort cards work?”.

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These wedding escort cards tied to apples are rustic, quirky and fun! A table full of decorated apples looks fab too. They were so popular at the wedding fair that a gorgeous little girl called Robyn even ate one! (not the tag)

I’ve written a quick post over on my calligraphy blog to introduce escort cards to anyone who isn’t familiar with them. They’re basically a more creative, cheaper, interactive and flexible alternative to a formal wedding seating plan. Find out more here: my wedding escort cards article



Morning everyone! Today’s wedding blog comes from Oulton Hall near Leeds in Yorkshire and is a gorgeous and spectacular day from beginning to end. Basia and Scott’s wedding was classic, classy and very cool indeed. This couple are ever so stylish, their wedding is divine and the dancing and laughter is a highlight of the whole day!

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Photography is by Sheffield wedding photographer, the lovely Mark Tierney. He captures such fantastic images – in this case, from the bride and groom getting ready right through the ceremony to the first dance and beyond.

Watch out for my favourite pictures: lacing the wedding gown and, in another room, the groom’s waistcoat. A lovely take on the traditional ‘bridal prep’ photos! Smile with me at Marge Simpson; sigh at the cute little flower girl watching Basia and Scott dancing; grin to see Granddad having a great time – he’s a brilliant dancer and almost steals the show!


Today is the first day I’ve ever wished (briefly!) I lived in Birmingham. It’s not that I don’t like my home by the sea on the edge of the Lake District… but there is a Big Exciting Thing happening in Birmingham on the 4th of November.

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Cherry Pie Lane sign, photo credit Assassynation

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Cherry Pie Lane sign, photo credit Assassynation

If you read UK wedding blogs you probably know all of this already. And if you live near Birmingham and read UK wedding blogs I’m incredibly jealous. You’re going to the Eclectic Wedding Extravaganza, aren’t you?

For the reader (hello, you!) who hasn’t already heard about this, I am delighted to be able to share the news of this new breed of wedding fair with you. Here goes…

The Eclectic Wedding Extravaganza – It’s all about EWE!!

Sunday 4th November 2012 in Birmingham

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Luxe Bridal by Louise Holgate

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Liliia bridal designs Photo credit Assassynation

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Laura and Mike’s wedding. Photo credit Assassynation


Are you buying handcrafted wedding invitations from one of those fabulous designers you see on Etsy, or at vintage wedding fairs? If you are, you’ll know how much more enjoyable and exciting it can be to buy from a small creative business than a corporate giant. It’s something I feel passionately about too.

The experience: buying handmade

There’s something really special about the personal relationship you’ll develop with your wedding invitation designer. From the first chat or email… “Can you make me something with a monogram / our venue in the design?” to the arrival of your first invitation proof in the post – it’s a wedding experience which builds up to the day and makes it special.

Beats nipping down to Marks & Sparks for 6 packs of 12 invites in a little plastic wallet thing, doesn’t it?

I’m passionate about supporting small businesses in the wedding industry. There’s so much creative talent out there: independent designers who are passionate about every design they create, and artists and graphic designers who turn their hands and talents to exquisite design for the couples they work with.


It’s been said that details at weddings aren’t that important. It’s a fair argument and one I understand: the focus of a wedding should be the marriage itself, and celebrating with friends and family. However…

Dorset wedding by Simon Biffen Photography

Polly and Andy’s gorgeous Dorset wedding by Simon Biffen Photography – click to see the real wedding

Relatively speaking, the little details shouldn’t really matter… the stationery, wedding signs, accessories, ushers’ colour-coordinated socks and cufflinks. Or should they?

Little things hold their own special memories

Wedding blogs and magazines have been criticised for focusing on the minutiae of wedding decor. Our “real weddings” share too many images of DIY details – or so some have said. I’m referring of course to the infamous ‘Dear Wedding Bloggers, You Suck‘ on Mountainside Bride blog.

But for some reason, a year later this letter is still making me think. Why should we dismiss the little details which have taken couples so long to create or source from creative wedding suppliers?

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