Last Saturday was my hen ‘do’.  Thanks to my marvellous MoH and all my lovely hens, I had the most wonderful time and you can read all about it by visiting

Mrs Moore-to-be taking tea as part of her hen celebrations!


Now that I am an old hen, I feel well placed to dispense some hen ‘dos’ and hen ‘don’ts’ to anyone who is looking to organise a hen party.  So, cluck, cluck, here goes . . .

Do . . .

  1. Consider adopting a ‘pick ‘n mix’ approach to your hen party which takes into account the different ages and interests of your ‘hens’.  If appropriate, structure the celebrations so that your guests can choose to join in those parts that they would most enjoy.  My hen party comprised: afternoon tea; a visit to the cinema; cocktails; a meal and a spontaneous trip to a local bar for a bit of dancing.   Whilst a hardcore of hens stayed for the duration, the majority just came along for part of the celebrations and, judging from all the enthusiastic text messages I’ve received, that arrangement seemed to work well for everyone.

English Wedding Blog this may be… but it’s a well-kept secret that I simply can’t resist crowds of men in kilts. So it’s with sheer delight and totally inappropriate excitement that I’m sharing this gorgeous and fun English country wedding with you all today.

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Emily and Scott’s wedding is simply beautiful (I’ve stopped talking about the kilts) – the details are sublime. I love the wedding cake: tiers with lovely blue flowers, Emily is a real beauty and her dress is exquisite! The blue theme works so gracefully; the wedding car is sumptuous – and the photography in the ruins is out of this world. All photographs are by fabulous Sussex wedding photographers Tino & Pip.

Such a gorgeous bride and groom as well… this English country wedding has everything. Wonder if there’s a spare usher? Everyone – enjoy!

Emily and Scott’s English country wedding (with kilts)!

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Who proposed, and how? Scott took Emily to a remote beach on Holy Island (just off the coast of Northumberland) and proposed at sunset with the engagement ring and a bottle of champagne. A total surprise to Emily!


I doff my hat to Felicity this morning for the best wedding report of the summer! She married Simon in July. Their Kent wedding – at the Great Barn Rolvenden – is absolutely beautiful, full of wedding ideas for details and creative, rustic touches. And it’s a home made affair with plenty of DIY inspiration for all of you lovely brides and grooms out there.

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Felicity and Simon chose Kent wedding photographer Rebecca Douglas to capture all the glorious details of their day. Before I hand over to Felicity I’d like to thank Felicity, Simon and Rebecca for sharing such a gorgeous wedding on my blog. You’re wonderful, inspiring people and you’ve really made me smile today! Thank you.

Everyone else – enjoy. This is gorgeous…

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The wedding ceremony:

The Ceremony was in the barn itself, with all our guests. We were lucky because the barn has two floors at slightly different heights, so we were able to use a separate area for the ceremony and reception.


How I’d love to get inside the mind of UK bridal designer David Fielden – his latest bridal catwalk to launch the 2013 sposa collection was as edgy as ever – controversial as well. But David’s bridal designs and collections make a bold statement which isn’t something we see too much of in the wedding industry. He makes me think.
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David says, “My collection started with a visit to a theatre to see Shakespeare’s Richard the III. I was struck by the beauty and simplicity of the clothes of the mediaeval period: they suddenly seem relevant; the stripping back and bold detail set my mind flying with ideas using my background in theatre, design and choreography. Music also plays a great emotional part in my fashion shows.

“I became fascinated by the heroism of Joan of Arc and the visual imagery from a 1920 silent film about her. She became my muse and follows on a trend of mine setting my bride in a world of conflict from a visual and design point of view.


If music be the food of love… today’s wedding blog is a treat! Haley and Nick had a Unitarian wedding in London, with music playing a key part in their wedding day. Groom Nick is a former member of legendary influential English post-punk band Killing Joke. It follows that this has to be the coolest wedding ever featured on a UK wedding blog!

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Nick and Haley chose Fiona Campbell as their wedding photographer. Fiona told me, “Nick (now the solo singer of 30,000 Days) and Haley got married in June at Hampstead’s Rosslyn Chapel. Lots of wonderful musicians made it into a memorable day – the couple even had their very own Hollywood love song created for the day. They particularly wanted a relaxed wedding, and focused on stunning flower displays, a cool car and – of course – stunning music.

Fiona has recently won an award with the elite international Artistic Guild of Wedding Photojournalists – if you’re looking for a London wedding photographer visit her website at
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Where should you start when looking for wedding shoes? Do you buy your wedding dress first? Plan the entire outfit including shoes first? Get the shoes before you try on your dress? Maybe you found the perfect pair of Vivienne Westwoods before you met your groom…

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… or maybe he chose his before he met you? If you missed this Sinatra chic wedding, click the image now! Photo credit Chris Hanley Photography

Karen has a guest blog post on choosing your wedding shoes this morning. So without further ado here are some expert tips on when to buy your wedding shoes, which heel heights to select, choosing the perfect colour, shoe dyeing, cost, seasonal footwear and more. Hope you like it!

Top tips for choosing your wedding shoes – a guest blog

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Nina’s wedding shoes perfectly fitted the romantic and classic style of her wedding to Lee. Click to see their Lumley Castle wedding – photo credit Simon Hudspeth Photography


It struck me as I was writing a wedding blog post the other day that perhaps my tastes aren’t the same as the average bride and groom. Perhaps I’m a little bit too old… Maybe I should stop looking at wedding blogs and read about more real weddings. Because wedding experts, the wedding industry and it’s commentators are – well – getting on a bit.

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Photograph from Gemma and John’s brilliant pink village hall wedding by the lovely, lovely James Heffernan at funkypixel – click the image to read the feature

I’d guess the average age of the top ten UK wedding bloggers is at least 30. UK wedding magazine editors… I reckon a bit older. Wedding suppliers – a massive range, from early twenties through to retirement age in all fields. Which makes all of us wedding experts an old bunch!

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The average age of UK brides and grooms? We marry at 30 these days, so at least the wedding bloggers (I’ll get my coat) are the right age… just about! (Unless you consider wedding planning will be done aged 28 & 29!)


Today is for any English Wedding Blog readers who haven’t considered an ordinary village hall as a reception venue. I love the idea of a wedding celebration somewhere like this – yes, it takes hours of work. But Gemma and John’s wedding will show you the transformation is more than possible…

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Gemma and John were married earlier this year in Kent. They had a church ceremony and with the help of Gemma’s mum, transformed a village hall into a fairytale wedding venue for a princess bride!

Think pink pom-poms, fairy lights, handmade table decorations, wishing trees… it’s gorgeous. No apologies for this fabulously pink, beautiful dream of an English Wedding. The photography is by lovely James Heffernan at funkypixel; the wedding report is by the beautiful bride Gemma.

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Gemma and John’s English wedding in Kent

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The bride and groom: Gemma and John Meades

Who proposed, and how? John proposed on a family holiday in Menorca 2011, on stage in front of a room full of people! He got down on one knee and pulled out a beautiful ring and of course I said yes!


Hope you’re having a lovely day everyone! I thought I’d brighten all of our days with this fantastic Notley Abbey wedding film by the lovely Deneemotion. Beautiful bride Sarah has also shared her wedding story with you below. Smiles all round 🙂

Sarah & Conor | A Princess’ Tale from Deneemotion HD Videography on Vimeo.

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The bride and groom: Sarah-Jane Hancock (now Murphy) and Conor Murphy

Who proposed, and how? On our two year anniversary Conor took me to Italy. He hired a boat and proposed whilst having a picnic in the middle lake Garda. It was the most amazing setting for the most perfect question

About Sarah & Conor’s Notley Abbey wedding

Wedding venue: Notley Abbey, Buckinghamshire

Wedding film by: Deneemotion boutique wedding cinematography

Wedding photographer: Jeff Ascough

How would you describe your wedding style?

Elegant, Classic, and Beautiful


Hello lovely blog readers – I hope you’re having lovely days, doing lovely things (or at least not working too hard 😉 If you’d like a little distraction for a moment or two, then I have a question about UK wedding fayres you could really help me with.

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Bouquet by Red Floral – famous for stunning, contemporary wedding show displays. Photo credit Damian Hall. Click the image to see more from their Alternative Britannia wedding shoot!

Wedding fayres – love ’em or hate ’em, they are as vital as wedding magazines to the UK wedding industry. A great place to meet essential wedding suppliers in person, and a source of inspiration to couples everywhere.

Our UK wedding fayres need a good shake-up, don’t they?

There are bad wedding fayres out there. (Often the ones who spell ‘fayre’ with a y. As lovely bride Tanya once told me, it’s not even a real old-fashioned word. I’m using it in a slightly ironic way)


Every English wedding should have character, and plenty of it. It doesn’t matter where that character comes from: from yourselves, from the venue you loved at first sight, from the wedding dress you adore or from the speeches or band. Your wedding should fit your personalities. It should be an occasion you will both remember fondly in years to come.

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Cat and Tom’s wedding shows you don’t need to make your own bunting to have a beautiful and personal wedding day which is filled with character. Their Yorkshire wedding is elegant and classically simple, with beauty to be found in Cat’s dress and wedding style (they really are a gorgeous-looking couple!), and in the magnificent wedding venue.

Cat and Tom were married at Yorkshire’s Castle Howard, in The Temple of the Four Winds. It’s stunning. This is how memories are made – and with gorgeous wedding photography by Mark Tierney along with Cat’s wedding report, I’m sure you’ll enjoy taking inspiration from their English wedding blog!

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Hello! I’m so proud: English Wedding Blog now has every wedding idea you could possibly ever need. Today I’m introducing beautiful bridal shrugs by Wrapor to the Showcase pages. The Showcase has a growing community of inspiring wedding suppliers, with updates and information from some of the UK’s very best designers.

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A perfect addition to my select group of top quality sponsors, today I’d like you to welcome the lovely Kay from Wrapor as the latest sponsor of English Wedding Blog. Because Kay is a genius and her bridal shrugs and boleros are a revelation!

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