Brand new from Calligraphy for Weddings – a collection of wedding signs inspired by the ever-popular English country garden wedding theme. I hope you like these – the samples were a real labour of love and they’re brand new on my website this week.

Wedding table name sign

Wedding table name sign in handwritten calligraphy: romantic and gothic styles.

Personalised wedding sign

Personalised calligraphy wedding signs you can use anywhere!


Quote for wedding Romeo and Juliet

Quotes from Shakespeare as wedding decor: Romeo & Juliet, and Sonnet 18 in calligraphy


wedding menu in calligraphy

Handwritten wedding menus for an English country garden wedding theme on luxury watercolour paper


escort cards

Beautiful little escort cards in calligraphy scripts old and new!


place names wedding

Calligraphy place names for an elegant English country garden wedding

Please take a look around:

Claire x


This is a rare blog post about me – Claire – the owner of the mind and typing fingers behind English Wedding Blog! Written in November 2011 with some edits November 2013. Hello!

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As the blog is growing so quickly at the moment I thought I’d introduce myself to new readers, and update all my old friends on how my life has been turned upside down and plonked firmly back on its feet over the last year.

The incredible photos telling my story are by my good friend and source of endless creative inspiration – Chris Hanley Photography. Before we start… both Chris and I believe wedding bloggers shouldn’t take themselves too seriously. Ahem…

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I’m a part-time wedding blogger, and part-time wedding calligrapher, as you may know. I started English Wedding Blog back in November 2009 at 6am on a quiet calligraphy day! The blog has grown massively (37,000 of you read it each month) with the support of the great friends I’ve made along the way – I’ve been privileged to meet with some inspiring and wonderful brides and grooms, as well as wedding suppliers and other bloggers, along the way.


Hello everyone and a big hug from me to you all – I hope whatever you’re up to today you’re wrapped up warm and looking forward to winter sunshine, kicking leaves and eventually a little snow…

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Click to see Linzi and Freddie’s beautiful Isle of Wight wedding on the blog. Photo credit Mandy Meadows

This is a very quick post from me to say two things: first of all I’m looking for new weddings to share on English Wedding Blog – from couples, photographers, wedding film makers (Charlene, Denis and Sarah are you reading this?) – please send me submission ideas and all of your gorgeous weddings to share with everyone! Oh – and the more stationery details you can share, the better!

Also… today I’m sharing a bit of my story from the last year on the blog, it’s coming up at 11. The last twelve months have been painful for me, but November is a fresh start so I’m sharing some inspiring photos of my new home and also sharing a little about my life this year. Be gentle with me if you comment… I didn’t sleep much last night – nerves.


Oh my… if this isn’t the perfect English Wedding then I’ll eat my top hat… I spotted Vicky and Chris’s wedding at St Audries Park on facebook on Monday (check out Somerset wedding photographer Simon Biffen’s facebook page).

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Photo credit Simon Biffen Photography




I emailed Simon immediately to ask permission to share it with all of you… and then realised he’d already emailed me and offered. Lovely guy. And that’ll teach me to play on facebook before I’ve checked my emails, won’t it…

But do go and check out Simon’s St Audries Park weddings on his website. His work is beautiful – there’s everything from some of our very best wedding venues through to croquet and a lovely bulldog in the best man’s speech, a stunning bride, beautiful dress, delicious sunshine and an orangery wedding – quintessentially English. Beautiful, and recommended reading!



Linzi and Freddie’s Isle of Wight wedding is a dream – an English country garden-inspired day, with elegant details and beautiful flowers, table stationery and accessories. Bride Linzi is stunning and graceful in her wedding dress with delicate lace sleeves – just the photos of Linzi and Freddie’s hands together are so romantic – I love it.

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They make a wonderful couple and this wedding is a real inspiration. When Linzi got in touch to share her day with us all I couldn’t resist – and I’m delighted to be able to share Linzi and Freddie’s wedding story with you today. Linzi has written an amazing wedding report for us all with details of everything from her wedding signs to the surprise flash mob!!… and the images of the wedding are by Mandy Meadows.


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Linzi and Freddie’s beautiful Isle of Wight wedding

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I’m so pleased to be able to introduce you to Benjamin Toms today – he’s a wedding photographer from Kent whose business has grown from a lifelong passion for photography – from his darkroom at home as a child to a decade spent travelling the world with his camera.

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Photo credit: Kent wedding photographer Benjamin Toms


Ben is a new sponsor of English Wedding Blog, and now has his own page on the Blog for you to find out all about him – he’s a wedding photojournalist and told me, “I cap­ture the peo­ple, the atmos­phere, the emo­tion, and the love. When seen col­lec­tively, they tell the entire story of the day. Your pho­tos should make you travel back to your spe­cial day every time you look at them.

I love that, don’t you?!

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Find Ben’s page on English Wedding Blog by clicking on Suppliers in the top menu bar or click through directly here: Kent wedding Photographer page.


If there’s one thing I hear from brides and grooms more than anything else, it’s that they’re looking for something “just a bit different” for their wedding. Everyone likes to show a bit of personality or have something as a talking point – so how do you find something different which is still classy, elegant and won’t upset your Nan?

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You don’t need to think outside the box. You need to think: box.

Specifically, think about boxed wedding invites or scroll invitations for your wedding – they’re gorgeous, and just different enough to get people talking about your big day.

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scroll wedding invite (2)All of these scroll invitations are timeless classics, elegant and beautifully made. They’d fit with an elegant vintage wedding theme and can be adapted to suit any colour theme.

Wedding invitation designer Julie from Carol Miller Designs near Chester has been creating these little beauties for years and sells hundreds every year. To find out more about the scroll invitation designs and options read Julie’s blog post Scroll Wedding Invitations.
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From castles, dinosaurs and dancing unicorns (step one) to a realistic and sensible way of creating the wedding you will love, and in budget (step three) – think you can do it? I’m sure you can, and it’s all about having a vision and knowing what you really want as a couple.

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Wedding photography credit: Georgi Mabee. Click to see the rest of this gorgeous wedding on the blog!

Rachel has written today’s guest article for you, and it’s brilliant. Follow her advice and you’ll be well on the way to saving both money and stress as you plan your big day together.

Sticking to your guns: The art of prioritising when planning your wedding.

Every couple planning a wedding (unless they happen to be extremely rich with little or no family) will have to make compromises. This is a fact. But don’t panic! Here is a simple guide to working out your priorities early and then sticking to them with a steely determination in the face of dream venues, pushy mother-in-laws and dwindling funds.


Do I need an excuse to share a gorgeous bridal shoot with you this morning? Or can I just jump in?! To be fair, this shoot needs little introduction. It’s for brides who are perhaps planning an autumn wedding, with a very English and chic style. I love it – and the images speak for themselves…

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All photos are by Dotmoxee Photographers.

“Our English garden shoot is inspired by natural autumnal woodland and a modern vintage style. We aimed to inspire English brides, to show that they can still look elegant in the colder months and that even a woodland or garden can be perfect as a setting.”

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Wedding dress supplied by the amazing Fable and Promise Wedding company from their stunning new collection at

Amy of Dolly Millinery was able to show off her beautiful bridal range for which she took inspiration from the 1950s period. The collection includes a stunning feather headband perfect for autumn and winter weddings.


I love it when couples are brave with their colour scheme, or the structure of their wedding day, or have details which they love so much they know they’ll work! Such was the case with Steph and Dave’s wedding. The colour scheme was red and purple; the theme for the day was travel. And it looks gorgeous, don’t you think?!

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Steph and Dave have shared a fantastic wedding report with us. They chose photographer Andrew Billington to document their day – and he did so beautifully. Enjoy the blaze of lush colours; the magical moments and most of all, the honest and gorgeous laughter of bride Steph. She’s just stunning!

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Steph and Dave’s wedding in Kent

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Who proposed, and how?

Dave proposed to Steph while on a weekend away to Windsor. We had gone to one of our favourite restaurants, Cafe Rouge, and come back to our hotel room where Dave got down on one knee and popped the question with Steph’s Gran’s ring which he had managed to get from Steph’s family in secret. It was a total surprise and after several seconds of complete shock Steph said yes!
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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
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Image credit: Oobaloos Photography

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