I love sharing good news! Today it’s a quickie, to let you know we have a winner for English Wedding Blog’s Paper Themes competition. A few weeks ago I launched a competition with the guys at Paper Themes, to win £150 of wedding invitations from their collection.

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Congratulations to Alex from Bristol!

The lucky winner was Alex from Bristol. Alex’s wedding theme is white, silver and black, and I have it on very good authority from the competition organisers that she’s chuffed to bits to have won!

Thanks to everyone who entered the competition. I hope you find gorgeous wedding invitations, whether from Paper Themes or elsewhere. Have another look at the collection from Paper Themes or see wedding invitations from English Wedding Blog sponsors here:

And if you’re a wedding supplier with a competition up your sleeves, give me a shout! I love it when people win things on English Wedding – makes us all happy 🙂


Source: via Claire on Pinterest


Morning! I have to confess, this is how I often spend my Sundays: either finishing off calligraphy for a wedding, writing address labels or photographing and packing orders ready to catch the post on Monday. Even before I start working on English Wedding Blog!

Today I have added a little research to my list of jobs, and thought it might help some wedding suppliers out there who are – like me – looking for fresh and innovative ways to photograph wedding products.


Beautiful wedding product photography examples

I’ve spent an hour or so wandering around the internet looking for gorgeous and inspiring wedding product photography. I have 36 menus to photograph today, and I wanted to see what backdrops people are using; whether it’s still popular to include flowers to brighten up an image, if people are still propping things up with vintage teacups etc… and to get some at-a-glance wedding product photography tips.


I keep reading the phrase “wedding vendors” on British wedding websites. It makes my eyes itch. It’s a word which isn’t commonly used in English over here; we’re used to talking about wedding suppliers and wedding businesses instead. And anyway: it sounds funny.

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Photo credit: Lucy West Images. This was a fabulous wedding – click the picture to see David and Rachel’s amazing wedding celebrations on the blog!

I don’t consider myself a wedding vendor. It makes me think of vending machines on station platforms. Pop 50p in my ear and poke me, and a wedding place card will pop out of my mouth… no! I don’t “vend” my products – I write, design and sell them. Buying calligraphy isn’t as soulless as buying a Mars Bar or a can of Coke.

OK, so I’m not setting out to offend anybody here. I love wedding blogs as much as I love the English language. And therein lies my dilemma…


Charlotte Garratt – owner and designer at Charlotte Bridal – sent me this guest blog post about copyright in wedding design and I knew it had to be on English Wedding Blog. Have you ever asked a wedding supplier, “I’ve seen this on another website: can you do one similar?” It’s not a good idea. Charlotte explains why – and she does it thoughtfully and eloquently.

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Hello lovely readers! Recently I’ve been getting a lot of requests along the lines of “I’ve found my dream dress but it’s way out of my budget…could you make me one similar?”. I understand that weddings are really (sometimes stupidly) expensive and every couple should look at ways they can make savings, but I have to tell you this is not the way to do it. There are a number of reasons why.


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I wrote a discussion post on English Wedding Blog recently about wedding inspiration shoots: the ones I love are either creative and challenging, or offer real ideas which couples can actually use in planning their wedding. Of course – they should look damn good too. So here’s one I think you might find really inspiring – all centred around a vintage feather fan… gorgeous. Thanks to the lovely Fabienne from Elian Concept Weddings for sharing!

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Vintage bridal inspiration shoot: feathers and pearls

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An inspirational wedding idea: vintage feathers

This photoshoot was inspired by the beautiful vintage ostrich feather fan with mother of pearl sticks, discovered in ‘All About Eve At Home’ shop, a delightful place full of vintage pieces and jewellery, as well as a enchanting selection of items for the home, which owner Melanie sources mainly in France’s antique fairs and markets.

The idea to use a fan instead of a ‘bouquet’ came from a bride who purchased one of Melanie’s ostrich feather fans for her own wedding.


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As a bit of a paper-lover, I love discovering and playing with new wedding invitations – and when Gary from Special Day Invitations asked if I’d like to try my hand at reviewing some of their cards, I was delighted!
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Wedding invitations from the UK: Special Day Invitations

Special Day Invitations offer a great selection of low cost wedding invitations. With almost a hundred printed wedding invitations at low prices, plus a range of 90 or so luxury hand-finished wedding invitations, they have a selection to suit all wedding styles and themes.
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Low cost vintage wedding invitations

My favourite designs from Special Day Invitations are from their vintage category. The designs are in soft colours with nice typography and a range of themes – from peacock feathers to simple type with flourishing.

The Mr & Mrs invitation was a favourite for me, also the True Love design at the top of this blog post – and prices start around the £1 mark for flat invitations. It’s an affordable way to buy wedding invitations to suit a vintage theme.
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english wedding blog pinterestAre all the ideas you have for your wedding overflowing? Finding it difficult to explain your ideas to other people? Perhaps your scrapbook with torn out magazine pages stuck in it just isn’t cutting it anymore. Never fear, we have the perfect solution… Pinterest! Pinterest is the perfect place to store and organise all of your wedding ideas so you’ll never be left wondering exactly where you found those perfect wedding shoes again!

You’ll have done well to avoid all the hype about this latest social media phenomenon but if you have, Pinterest is essentially a virtual pinboard. It lets you organise and share all of the beautiful things you find on the Internet in a very visual way. ‘Pins’ describe the visuals that you collect and Pinterest ‘boards’ are where you store your pins of the same theme. You can create as many boards as you want. Here are some ideas you might want to create to help plan your wedding

  • My Perfect Wedding Dress
  • Reception Venues
  • Flower Arrangements

Today on English Wedding Blog, a pre-wedding shoot from Chester and a romantic engagement story all the way from Edinburgh – I was totally swept up in the romance of Jayne and Steve’s engagement… I think you will be too!
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The first ‘official’ visitors to English Wedding Blog HQ arrived this weekend… my lovely sponsors, Cheshire wedding photographers and friends Tory and Jamie of Vickerstaff Photography had come further than most on a weekend escape, arriving in the best part of the Lake District – the quiet, charming and idyllic west coast. And they popped in for tea, totally making my weekend! They’re two of the nicest wedding photographers in the North West – and I believe English Wedding Blog HQ was met with approval, cats and all!

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Jayne and Steve’s Cheshire engagement photography

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pre wedding photography UK Vickerstaff Photography (3)Steve and I got engaged in November 2011. He took me for a surprise weekend away, we just got in the car and headed North, eventually arriving in Edinburgh which is where we stayed for the weekend at the Radisson hotel on the royal mile, in a suite!! Edinburgh is one of my favourite cities so when I saw where we were going and the hotel I cried.


Hello! I have news from lovely Sabina at Sabina Motasem Bride to share with you this morning. Fancy a weddingy day out with one of your best girls? Sabina’s asked me if she can tell English Wedding Blog readers about the Luxury Bride Sample Sale – which could be right up your street! Over to Sabina…
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The Luxury Bride Sample Sale, London

The Luxury Bride Sample Sale is a two day sale event of samples and sales with incredible discounts (up to 70% off) to complete your wedding look. There will be experienced designers on hand to help style and complete your wedding look – it’s a great day out and a chance to pick up some of the most beautiful bargains for your wedding day.

Location: Atelier Tammam, 5 Hastings Street, London WC1H 9PZ

Date: 8-9 September 2012 11:00 – 18:00


I’m truly delighted to have Queens & Bowl as brand new sponsors for English Wedding Blog. They’re not just a fabulous and much-admired wedding accessories boutique, they are making my wedding blog look all glitzy and sparkly and wonderful.


Art Deco wedding accessories from Queens & Bowl

That’s not all: you should see the English Wedding Showcase – this is where you’ll see all my favourite wedding suppliers sharing updates and their newest wedding ideas. Queens & Bowl have already published a free Style Guide to vintage wedding hair accessories – and I can’t wait to see what else Kate has up her sleeve!

As one of the UK’s foremost suppliers of vintage inspired wedding accessories, Queens & Bowl have long had a presence on the top wedding blogs. Their designs inspire so many brides to create a dazzling and authentic vintage look with their hair accessories.

I’m absolutely delighted to be able to welcome Queens & Bowl as the latest sponsors of English Wedding Blog. Do visit their Showcase Page to find out more about them; and of course you can buy their vintage inspired hair accessories online at


Happy Friday afternoon, everyone! It’s time once again to share the best of the week’s wedding blogs – from around the UK and a little way overseas. I’m quite proud of my selection this week – hope you love it!

Backyard wedding from Style Me Pretty wedding blog by Jessica Morrisy

Backyard wedding from Style Me Pretty wedding blog. Photo credit

Real wedding blogs and engagements

Danielle and Mark's Crockwell Farm wedding blog by Aaron Collett

Danielle and Mark’s Crockwell Farm wedding blog. Photo credit


A real wedding for you today – and I think for once I might just have to use the word “quintessential” (sorry!)… From the ancient church to the marquee in a field, children playing and vintage details, this is a gorgeous day I know you’ll enjoy.

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David and Rebecca were married at Minster-in-Thanet, Kent. They chose a chocolate and ivory theme, and the day was relaxed, informal and fun. Highlights for me are those “5 small beautiful little monkeys” mentioned in their wedding report; Rebecca’s look – from her hair to her gorgeous wedding dress; and the handmade details of the day. That said, I love it all… and I hope you will too.

The photography is by lovely Kent wedding photographer Tony Gameiro, and David and Rebecca have written a fantastic wedding report to share with us. Enjoy!
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Who proposed, and how?

David proposed in front of all of my friends and family at my 30th birthday. Completely unexpected and beautiful

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Image credit: Oobaloos Photography

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