How is everyone on this beautifully sunny Monday morning? It’s blissful here at English Wedding towers – I’ve been for a walk around my little village, along the seafront and through the fields already! Time now for a bit of inspiration in the form of some papery goodness, I think.

Five great alternative wedding invitation ideas

alternative wedding invitation image (2)Alternative wedding invitation 1: the Lotus Flower

Lotus flower alternative wedding invitation found on Without A Hitch – the flower is cut from blue patterned paper and becomes a stunning, different wedding invitation via the magic of origami. A tag attached to the flower has all the information a guest could need!

alternative wedding invitation image (3)Alternative wedding invitation 2: for book lovers

For paper- and book-lovers everywhere: these alternative invitations styled from books are divine. A discovery from one of my favourite wedding blogs at Oh So Beautiful Paper.
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Alternative wedding invitation 2: invites in a tin!
Wedding invitation in a tin! How cute is this – shiny, retro, thrifty-looking (but not, thanks to Royal Mail!) – worth it if you love to make a splash with your invites! Discovered at Lovely Package.alternative wedding invitation image (5)


I can deny it no longer.  I have become an addict. Deny me my fix and my craving just gets stronger. It’s not drugs or drink or nicotine.  No, I am obsessed with reading wedding blogs and wedding magazines.  And even though we’ve more or less chosen just about everything for our own wedding and don’t really need any more inspiration or ideas, I just can’t stop reading about other weddings.  And I particularly enjoy hearing about brides who have taken up Claire’s call to ‘Think Creative’.  What a lot of talent there is out there!  From brides who stitch their own decorative bunting or ice hundreds of cup cakes to those who hand-write every single invitation or painstakingly thread crystal bead necklaces, I am humbled by those B2B blessed with a creative spirit.


Today’s English wedding blog is dedicated to Trudie. Hello there Trudie! A little while ago I asked for wedding jewellery designers to share their best sparkly creations over on the English Wedding Showcase. It works a little like the wedding magazines: I suggest a theme and ask designers to show off their wares, providing all of you wonderful couples with ideas for your wedding. This time we did jewellery.

Gold wedding jewellery ideas – an inspiration board

English wedding jewellery ideas for brides gold and coloursFallen in love with a bit of sparkle? Click on these quick links to see the wedding jewellery designs on the designers’ websites!


I’m avoiding union jacks and red-white-blue features with every glance at my inbox these days! There are gorgeous ideas out there, and yes a little inspiration from current events is nice… but before we all plan red-white-blue weddings (and before I start buying red-white-blue accessories for my new home!) I’m going to try and win you over today with some regal wedding inspiration done a little differently. Which is what we love here on English Wedding Blog, yes? Enjoy…

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Davenport House wedding inspiration shoot

On English Wedding blog – shared by Big Little Things with photography by Meg Hawkins. All supplier information is towards the end of the page
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Big Little Things needed no encouragement to style a shoot to pay tribute to the Queen and the Jubilee. It is potentially the last time in our life time we’ll celebrate a Jubilee of a reigning Queen – how exciting is that?

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Photo credit: McAvoy Photography. Cakes by Beth

Good morning! Who likes cake? And have you chosen your wedding cake yet? I’ve picked some of my favourite wedding cakes from all the real weddings on English Wedding blog over the last few months, and thought it would be a great way to get a little wedding cake gallery going!

Click on the images to see the full wedding and please – if you’re the wedding cake designer and would like a credit, get in touch. (All of these pictures are taken from my real weddings, submitted by wedding photographers)

My top 14 contemporary wedding cake ideas

Tiered wedding cake ideas

These tiered wedding cakes are a contemporary take on the classic shape (and I’m a poet and I don’t even know it 😉

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Butterfly and white chocolate tiered wedding cake. Photo credit: Norsworthy Photography

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London tiered wedding cake idea Photo credit: Vickerstaff Photography

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Choccywoccydoodah tiered wedding cake Photo credit: Tino & Pip

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Bright lego and buttons wedding cake Photo credit: Lucy West Images


Hello! I have another video blog for wedding suppliers today: how (and why) to get featured on a wedding blog. Once again, ‘scuse the face – but I hope you find the advice really useful. Enjoy the movie – there’s a quick recap in words below the clip for you to cut out and keep as well.

getting your designs featured on wedding blogs from Claire Gould on Vimeo.

As a wedding stationer, jewellery or cake designer you might not have considered submitting your designs to be featured on wedding blogs. This short video explains the benefits of sponsored blog features, and looks at the differences between wedding blog advertising and the printed wedding magazines.

Getting featured on wedding blogs: why and how you can do it!

  1. Readership. Wedding blogs are big these days – far bigger than the magazines. Spend twenty minutes collecting as many media packs for blogs and wedding magazines as you can, and then compare the stats!

photography Hannah Dornford May (1)Morning everyone! Wedding dresses and some behind-the-scenes pictures today… I wanted to tell you a little more about couture dress designer Erica Stacey. Erica has made a real splash in the Manchester and Cheshire wedding scene (if that’s the right word: is there a ‘scene’? Answers on a postcard please…) with the launch of her couture bridal wear brand at the luxurious Tatton Wedding Show in January. I’ve come across her name on Brides Up North wedding blog and seen her dresses featured in fabulous creative shoots by some of my favourite wedding photographers. This lady is making waves – with gorgeous designs and a fantastic commercial launch, allow me to introduce Erica Stacey Bridal Wear.

Erica Stacey Bridal Wear – Promotional Video Shoot with Love Gets Sweeter Films

Erica Stacey Bridalwear from Love Gets Sweeter on Vimeo.

Erica Stacey is a new bridal wear label which launched at the Tatton Wedding Show in January. All our dresses are unique and individual for the bride who wants something different for her big day. Our dresses are handmade in Manchester, England.

Fairytale French wedding blog photo credit

Fairytale French wedding blog photo credit

This week’s Wedding Planning or Work is dedicated to my new friend Scarlet Blue. Last Friday I skived off WPOW entirely, as I was up to my neck in calligraphy… only to find an email on Saturday from Scarlet (which she’d sent on Friday) saying how much she enjoyed my weekly blog roundups… Oops!

Today I’m not skiving off – I’ve made you a bumper edition of Wedding Planning or Work to enjoy. Happy Friday everyone!

romantic Spanish inspired wedding on Green Wedding Shoes blog

Spanish inspired wedding Photo credit:

Real weddings


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I’ve always thought I’d love a handfasting for my own wedding – and when I saw Cat and Jocelyn’s handfasting celebration I loved everything they’d done to create a truly beautiful day. Their civil partnership was at Leighton Moss nature reserve in Lancashire, and images are by Cat and Suz at C. T. Images Photography in Bolton.

The atmosphere on the day must have been wonderful: an outdoor ceremony, the air filled with live music from friends and a traditional handfasting before friends and family. Cat and Jocelyn have written all about their day to share on English Wedding blog – so I’ll hand over the reins to them to tell you all about it.

If you have a wedding or civil partnership to share on English Wedding blog I’d love to hear from you. All the info you need is here: English Wedding submissions

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Who proposed, and how?

Jocelyn proposed over a pint of stout in my favourite pub ‘Callnans’ in Cork, Ireland on a very wet night in September 2008


A guest blog post this morning to make you smile. Fancy stepping in the hallowed footsteps of the floppy-haired secret-crush inducing naughtier-than-he-looks Hugh Grant? Here’s how…

Even if you don’t live in the same parish as the famous UK wedding venues mentioned in this list you could pull a few strings to try and stage your wedding at one of them. It might be a bit tricky to arrange a wedding at number five in the list though!

Luton Hoo Hotel wedding venue by Calotype46 on Flickr

Luton Hoo Hotel wedding venue by Calotype46 on Flickr

Luton Hoo Hotel as seen in Four Weddings and a Funeral. Photo by Calotype46 on flickr

1. Luton Hoo, Bedfordshire

This beautiful place, located just 30 miles from London, was a stately home when it featured as the hotel staging the second wedding reception in the film Four Weddings and a Funeral. Do you fancy yourself as the next Hugh Grant? You do? Then this is the wedding venue for you!


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England in May… where is our sunshine?!! But fear not my hearties because I can show you pictures of some instead! Whether you’re now scowling or sporting a wry smile I can guarantee this beautiful wedding blog will take your mind off the rain and wind for a minute or five (if you click through to see more!)

Lize and Adriaan’s gorgeous South African wedding

You thought I’d say this wedding would make you feel warm inside, didn’t you?! Well it might… have a peek at Lize and Adriaan’s gorgeous wedding in South Africa, with photos by Anneli Marinovich. This wedding first featured on the English Wedding Showcase and I’ve been saving it up for a rainy day to share with you here!

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destination wedding South Africa by Anneli Marinovich (4)I’m teasing you with snippets of this beautiful wedding day: a dash of lens flare here, some romance and a stunning black and white shot to finish. There are more – lots more – on the English Wedding Showcase: A Feast For The Eyes – wedding under the African sun


Since early December I’ve been putting the finishing touches to my book: How to Blog your Wedding Business. It’s meant English Wedding Blog has been a little short on wedding supplier advice (most of my ideas went in the book!) – so today the launch of my book means you get a bumper edition of all the wedding business blogging advice you can handle, and then some!

How to Blog your Wedding Business

How to blog your wedding business

How to blog your wedding business - by me!

I’m on my third wedding business blog. I’m utterly convinced that my blogs have been a huge benefit to my wedding calligraphy business. And I love blogging: it’s quick and easy (when you get used to it), Google adores it and readers enjoy it. Safe to say I love blogging so much I consider myself a bit of an expert. I’m no Darren Rowse, but I know blogging in the wedding industry like the back of my hand. Or the front of my laptop, if I may update an outdated phrase!

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Image credit: Oobaloos Photography

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