A very quick little blog post from me this morning – just to let you know Perfect Wedding magazine have launched their summer sale.

If you were planning on getting a subscription, now’s the time – it’s nearly half price!

Save 40% if you subscribe to Perfect Wedding magazine

Find out more about Perfect Wedding from my recent UK wedding magazine review – I counted pages and compared all the best UK wedding magazines.

Perfect Wedding was the best UK wedding magazine for advice, great to read on the way to work and not as advertising-heavy as some of the other top wedding magazines!

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Join me, entertain me, chat with me – I’m all over the internet and I want to take you with me! Let me know if you’re on any of these sites via the comments below and I’ll follow you there too!

Claire xxx


A little something new and different for you today – who fancies a real wedding on film? Oh yes, today we have moving pictures to share with you – and a beautiful, classic wedding day at a stunning venue.

Jenna and Paul’s wedding is gorgeous – I loved every minute from the quiet, tranquil laughs and cuddles as the girls got ready (and the boys on a carousel! nothing like being organised, hey?!) to the end of the day. Jenna is a stunning bride – with her blonde hair in a classy up do, her dress is beautiful with sparkle and she looks radiant.

Scarisbrick Hall is a great wedding venue, and the gothic architecture is a perfect backdrop for this super stylish wedding day.

There are tears and laughter through the day. Highlights for me include the gorgeous lensflare in the photography as Jenna and Paul have photos taken in the evening sunshine.
Jenna’s table centrepieces are really fab: tall glasses on every table, sooo sophisticated and stylishly simple.


I’ve not been feeling too well recently, which means wedding planning has slightly been put on the back burner. It’s only two months to go now, but due to our fairly laid back approach and all my mum’s help there’s not actually that much left to do. (Although having said that, Paul doesn’t yet have anything to wear on the day and we haven’t sorted our rings. But that’s what July and August are for).

We’re at the point where everything major (venue, food, dress, car, etc.) is sorted, and we are now turning our thoughts to the little touches. Which is why I was very excited when my Mum emailed me to show me these gorgeous tea light holders from Cox and Cox (newly engaged brides-to-be, Cox and Cox is fab – definitely worth a look). We will be placing scented tea lights in fifty holders and using them to decorate the museum conservatory where the ceremony will take place. One of my mum’s friends loved them so much she asked if she could hire them for her daughter’s wedding next year!

compare uk wedding insurance infographic

I’ve always been a big believer in wedding insurance. For a few pounds – a tiny fraction of any wedding budget – you can insure the lot. A few years ago when I worked in the land of office blocks and suits, my boss very nearly had to cancel her entire wedding due to illness in the family. It was a heartbreaking time.

It goes to show just how important wedding insurance is. I recommend it to every bride who asks me – and before you ask, this isn’t a sponsored post, this is me on my soapbox! Here’s the low down on wedding insurance from

compare uk wedding insurance infographic

Three-quarters of Brides ‘Put Wedding at Risk
With Inadequate Insurance Cover’

With the excitement of dress fittings, table settings and hen and stag parties, it’s not surprising that many couples forget to protect their big day with adequate wedding insurance.

But new figures show three-quarters of brides-to-be are risking losing thousands in lost deposits and last-minute hitches as companies go under in the recession.


It really makes me smile to see how creative you can all be- from your blog comments, emails and when I see which English Wedding features are most popular… it’s clear you love creative wedding inspiration – so today I have a treat for you! (and me!)

vintage lace wedding invitation

As a wedding calligrapher I have a bit of a thing for paper and type – nothing pleases me more than a nice font on warm paper with a bit of a twist to it. And the trend for vintage weddings has inspired a generation of wedding stationers and brides to create some really beautiful vintage wedding invites.

These are my favourite 20 vintage wedding invites

(in no particular order!)

1. Vintage wedding invitations by PrettyWild

Come Fly With Me!… beautiful vintage inspired wedding invitations by PrettyWild set the scene for this feature – aren’t these just the most beautiful idea and perfect match for a delicate, girly vintage wedding theme?

Vintage wedding invitation by PrettyWild UK wedding stationery

Vintage wedding invitation by PrettyWild UK wedding stationery


Monday was a wonderful day: the perfect day for an intrepid wedding blogger to grab her little Vespa and head for the hills. Setting off from my south Manchester base mid-morning I scooted bravely along country roads (at times yelling wheeeeeeee as I went) and went to interview star wedding photographer Chris Hanley at The Riverside Studio.

Horse and bride lifestyle photography Chris HanleyWhen I met Chris he was beaming with pride at his new premises – a spacious and stylish basement photography studio in a historic mill complex in Cheshire. I had a grand tour and we chatted about kingfishers and developing the studio space, which really took my breath away. It’s great to see someone really in their element and The Riverside Studios couldn’t be more perfect for Chris and Claire Hanley. This much admired photography team are at the very top of their game and with the world – and the riverbank – at their feet, what better time for a Proper Interview!

This is an extract. Click to read the full interview here.


Here’s a fun challenge for the wedding suppliers out there: how many of the top 10 wedding advertising mistakes have you made?! I’ll admit mine right now: 6 out of 10 ain’t bad… is it? See how you compare!

This guest blog post is by Alison Wren, editor of Wedding Business Success.

The top 10 wedding advertising mistakes!

Despite the growth in on-line advertising and social media, print advertising can still be very effective. But only if it’s done well. To make the most of your advertising, here are the 10 most common mistakes to avoid:

1.    Not measuring results.

Spending money on advertising without finding out how many enquiries and sales you receive as a result is pointless. Always ask customers how they heard about you.

2.    Typos

Always proof read your advert and get someone else to do it too. Spelling mistakes make you look unprofessional. Errors in your contact details mean you have wasted your advert.

3.    Making your business name the main headline

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Wedding suppliers: If you have a new product to tell UK brides about, a fabulous competition or a discount offer you’d love to share, then I have some good news for you this morning!

Instead of emailing me all your details and waiting for me to write a blog post for you, I’m going to start giving you a backstage pass for the blog: your own login and password so you can write your very own sponsored post on English Wedding!

It’s dead easy and I can talk you through getting started if you like – so if you have something to shout about that you think English Wedding readers would love, then please get in touch!

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Simple! email me if you have an idea for a promotional blog post and we can take things from there 🙂

Days to Go: 271


Things have not been going according to plan. 

I’m trying not to panic because I do have over 270 days for my Plan B’s and Plan C’s, but it is a bit worrying.

H2b is taking it all in his stride. If it were closer to The Day, I know h2b would be panicking just as much as I am, but he is fairly calm.

I don’t want to panic about small things, especially as we do have so much time to go, plus I think it’s really important to keep things in perspective.

Hopefully everything will sort itself out and these little creases will be quickly forgotten. If not, h2b and my dad have promised to help sort things out if they don’t. Plan B and Plan C are ready for action and I am staying calm! Sort of.





Just one click will have you smiling and feeling great – it did for me! When I first found the Alter Ego Portraits website I loved it instantly. If I wasn’t glued into Manchester I’d be there now, pouting and giggling for a fantastic photoshoot. The lovely Erica can show and tell you more about Alter Ego Vintage Photoshoots than I can, so here she is for an inspiring guest post!

english wedding guest blog alter ego portraits vintage photoshoot

Whoosh. One minute it was Christmas and now, here we are, deep in the heart of wedding season – all in the blink of an eye. Everyone we know who isn’t planning their own big do is picking outfits, debating headwear (de rigueur since Kate & Wills’ do) and snaffling up nude court shoes for their next outing.

However, while the congregation tends to approach wedding-dressing in a fairly conservative manner, the brides we meet tend to all want something truly individual. This is why we love English Wedding, Claire always manages to find something to inspire us – and we were honoured when she invited us to write a guest blog. We’re very lucky to have met many brides here at Alter Ego Studios – all of whom are gorgeous, creative and inspirational themselves.


A short weekly round up this week, because I’m dashing around trying to pick up some pieces that WordPress dropped. Don’t ask!

The life of a wedding blogger is never simple, but it’s always a challenge and I do love the geeky stuff… I’ve learnt so much from my wedding blog! (turns out, there’s plenty more to learn) Anyways, here’s a weekly round up of my best bits, and everyone else’s too!

On English Wedding last week: highlights

Braxted Park Essex documentary wedding photography by Martin Beddall 19

The story of a beautiful wedding by one of my fabulous blog sponsors

My absolute highlight had to be Adela – a stunning, elfin beauty of a bride. Adela and Toby’s wedding shot by English Wedding sponsor Martin Beddall is such a beautiful thing. Love love love it!

Paper Bag Wedding Inspiration from Before the Big Day UK wedding blog

Gorgeous paper bags and calligraphy from Before the Big Day wedding blog

I gave you a Wednesday Writes feature – full of paper inspiration, calligraphy and signage for weddings. Thanks for all the twitter feedback everyone, glad you loved this one!

Karapürçek Escort Bilecik Escort Bolu Escort


Modern blue styling ideas with calligraphy for an alternative beach wedding (18)

Image credit: Oobaloos Photography

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