Image link from Dream Occasions wedding plannerHappy New Year everyone! (I know I’ve already said it but you might not have been back to English Wedding yet!) I hope you’re having a great time launching into your wedding planning, whether you’re newly engaged or a 2011 bride.

With it being time for resolutions and all, I thought this would be a good bit of advice to start off the new year – because setting out your wedding budget is the best way to avoid wedding planning stress. I hope it’s useful for you!

Getting started with your wedding budget

by guest blogger and top UK wedding planner Bernadette Chapman of Dream Occasions

If there is one thing that upsets me greatly, it’s seeing couples struggle to pay for a wedding they cannot afford. Please work out what you can realistically afford to spend and speak to your parents about any contribution they can offer.

You should do this from the outset so you know what venue you can book and what suppliers to hire, you don’t want to book a venue only to discover it blows 70% of your budget, whoops just doesn’t cover it!


I can’t resist a snowy wedding scene, and Claire’s purple dress is a gorgeously creative touch – so here’s a very quick blog post to show you the latest from Cumbria wedding photographer Chris Freer’s own blog.

Claire and Andrew's winter weddingI love the blanket of snow and the open landscape with the mountains behind – and Claire’s purple dress is fantastic for a winter wedding with a white backdrop! Doesn’t she look incredible.

Claire and Andrew's winter weddingFrom time to time I’ll be posting just a couple of pictures of a wedding day with creative touches I love – in this case, Claire’s dress and the snowy scenes. These posts will be filed under a new category: Wedding digest.

See more of Andrew and Claire’s wedding on the Freer Images wedding photography blog.

Looking for a wedding photographer in Cumbria or the Lake District?


I’m not usually keen on making New Year’s resolutions – but this year I’m going public (typing this with one hand while biting the knuckles of the other in nervous anticipation): I am making resolutions and I’m going to try really hard to stick to them this year.

Cindy Crawford exercise dvd

Aiming to at least like her by March. 😉

So, one: I’m going to do at least half an hour’s exercise every morning before work. This should cover all the other resolutions I could make which would be: get thin, get fit, lose 2 dress sizes (I’ll be happy if I can wriggle into a 14 for next Christmas), and the main one: get healthy. If you’re doing the same, please say hello! Moral support would be very welcome 🙂

Happy New Year!


Here’s to a happy, exciting and inspiring 2011 for everyone. I’ll be back in the morning with more, but for now – enjoy your celebrations and take it easy on Saturday morning!

Claire xxx

Happy New Year!


I’d like to wish everyone the most wonderful New Year. Thank you for reading the English Wedding blog: it’s fabulous to have you here, to hear from you and to learn about your wedding planning adventures!

Hatherly manor wedding photography

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If you got engaged at Christmas or even last night, huge Congratulations from me! You’re going to have an amazing year. Enjoy setting out on your wedding planning journey together and have a blast.

For 2011 brides – this is your year, ladies! Excited?! I hope so – and I’d love for you to share how you’re getting on. What have you booked, what are you sorting next, what are you looking forward to most? Remember, if English Wedding can help you (and we have Wedding Experts with plenty of advice up their sleeves if you need them!) we’d love to hear from you.

Have a brilliant year, everyone!

Claire x


One of my favourite real weddings from 2010 was submitted by the brilliant photographer Joseph Yarrow. I always think Joseph gets the very best out of the brides and grooms he photographs because he clicks with them, and the results are always amazing. In the case of Jodie and David’s colourful wedding, I had to write two blog features: this is called…

Wedding Inspiration – Peacocks!

Get the look - colourful wedding

Get the look - a gorgeous colourful wedding. All images by

To see the full post just click Wedding Inspiration – Peacocks!

To see David and Jodie’s wedding click the photograph below. You’ll love it, I promise!

Claire x

bride and groom

Bride and groom Jodie and David, by Joseph Yarrow


Another favourite wedding featured this year was from March – in this case it’s the wedding dress I absolutely adore: the vibrant red is out of this world. Bride Gemma is stunning and wedding photographer Amy Wass is one very talented lady. Enjoy!

red maggie sottero wedding dress

One of my favourite Amy Wass wedding photographs

Rhinefield House

Rhinefield House is a luxury wedding venue with bags of character

wedding ceremony

The wedding ceremony - the opulent setting makes it really special

wedding speech

The wedding speeches embarrass Gemma, just a bit!

To see the full post just click Stunning Red Wedding.


This gorgeous vintage inspired wedding has a special place in my mind – when I think about the weddings I’ve blogged over the year, Vanessa and Michael’s day always makes me smile. Manchester wedding photographer Neil Redfern captured some incredible images of the reception at The Barlow Institute which positively glow with gorgeousness.

Vintage inspired English Wedding

Incredible image of a beautiful vintage wedding reception

wedding speeches

vintage inspired wedding cakes

Beautifully colourful vintage wedding

To see more, please click Vintage English Wedding.


In the spirit of the festive season and in the best tradition of television and radio over Christmas and New Year, I’m going to be writing a little “best of” series of blog posts over the next few days for you. These will be my favourites from the year, and will show you what the English Wedding blog is all about.

A wedding of pure beauty on English Wedding

Belle Epoque Knutsford wedding by photographer Chris Hanley

Belle Epoque Knutsford wedding by photographer Chris Hanley

Catherine and Kevin were married at The Belle Epoque in Knutsford and I featured their wedding day in July. The photographer was English Wedding favourite Chris Hanley Photography, and you can see the full post by clicking A Wedding of Pure Beauty.

Vintage wedding bus Cheshire

fun with the bridal partyThe Belle Epoque in Knutsford wedding venue

I’d love to hear your comments, and if you’d like to see more please pop your email address in the little box at the top right of your screen to get new blog posts delivered straight to your inbox.

Claire x


This blog post is inspired by two of my wedding industry friends who are trying to build their businesses: one a photographer and one a wedding stationer. (I won’t name names: that would be embarrassing!) But seeing the topic discussed on the UK Wedding SEO blog made up my mind: I have to write a little about business blogging.

Wedding business blogging: getting it right

Blogging for your wedding business is easy, and quick, and will attract visitors to your site. You just have to do it right.

It’s not like writing a ‘weddings blog’ – you don’t have to write about anything else aside from your business: your new products, your design ideas, colours that inspire you, customer feedback etc.

I have a calligraphy blog which I feel ‘feeds’ my wedding calligraphy business. The blog generates about 30% of my web traffic. It’s hosted on Blogger, one of the two main FREE blogging platforms (the other being WordPress, which I like better now).


Writing a wedding blog is one of those things that makes you really think about your world. It’s easy to settle inside a little blogging bubble, but more fun to pop your head out and look at the world from time to time.

I want English Wedding to be all about you, and not about me. I encourage comments, emails and tweets (@english_wedding) and I love hearing about your wedding planning triumphs and worries: being able to help you is best of all.

I realised the menu of English Wedding didn’t really reflect this. About Me is all very well, but I feel happier now I’ve added About You! See what you think and please feel free to comment.

Claire x


I wondered for a little while what to post on Christmas day… something festive, or a ‘Happy Christmas’ message (but the Queen has that one covered) – and in the end I thought I should post something YOU would want to see! So here are some of the best things you’ll find on the English Wedding blog, as a nice little introduction to the site.

Real weddings on the English Wedding blog

wedding photography by katy lunsford

Real weddings on English Wedding. This is Sarah and Dan's wedding. Photo Credit: Katy Lunsford

You’ll find some wonderfully inspiring and creative weddings here. While I advocate and admire thrifty and budget weddings, there’s nothing more fun than to gaze at a gorgeous wedding day with stunning photography.

The menu at the top of the page will take you to the latest real weddings featured on the blog, and if you wish you can skip to your favourite kind: vintage weddings, contemporary, alternative, traditional: whatever your taste, we’ve wedding inspiration for you!

Wedding advice from the Experts

Planning a wedding together English Wedding Blog

Planning together: English Wedding Blog

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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