The South East is glorious place to get married: it’s home to countless fabulous venues, from majestic stately homes, to rustic converted barns, to dramatic coastal retreats, to ultra-chic cosmopolitan spaces in the nation’s capital.

The South East also happens to host a thriving wedding music scene. There’s an abundance of awe-inspiringly talented wedding bands and musicians located throughout the region, all competing with one another, driving the standard of performance ever higher.

As you’d imagine, London is the heart of this vibrant live music scene, but you’ll also find local wedding bands for hire for venues in Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, East Sussex, Hampshire, Kent, Oxfordshire, Surrey and West Sussex.

Why is hiring local musicians important? It isn’t crucial, but by opting for a local South East wedding band you’re getting some very real benefits:

  • Your band won’t have had to endure a mammoth journey to get to you and will thus be fresh to give their best performance
Michelle Cordner Photography on the English Wedding Blog (17)

Good morning, beautiful! Today we’re sharing a key look for 2019 weddings – one that can be recreated easily once you ‘get’ the styling concepts – and one I know will make 2019 a year of weddings to remember. It’s all about understated elegance with careful attention to a few quality details. For me this is a look of almost effortless wedding style – combining simple, minimal details with the smallest touches of real luxury and softness. The florals are absolutely key: delicate and feminine blooms in a soft palette of ivory, nude, blush and soft peach with pops of glorious coral. Texture comes from hare’s tail grasses and striking white anthuriums, while white lilac and butterfly ranunculus bring softness to the look. The colours are what I love most about today’s floral design: those carefully arranged coral blooms really make the arrangements look contemporary and luxurious, don’t you think?


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Farm wedding with a chicken and egg theme, by Catherine Spiller Photography (28)

Happy Monday lovelies! How cold has it been this weekend though?! Even today I’m in my snuggliest jumper and slipper boots (the joy of working from home!) – but as ever, the beauty of a wedding blog is that we can take you back to warm summer days! And I have a beauty of a farm wedding for you today, with a (genius or what?!) chicken and egg theme. The cake is one of my fave details – and our beautiful bride and groom are here to tell you all about their day.

Farm wedding with a chicken and egg theme, by Catherine Spiller Photography (30)

“We used our agricultural barn and the Mother of the bride and her friends used flowers and foliage from their gardens, fairy lights and our handmade bunting to transform the barn. Guests were seated on hay bales with handmade cushions which I made with my cousin and Great grandmothers quilted throws.

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Calligraphy wedding service for place names and more - written by By Moon and Tide Calligraphy - image credit Camilla Lucinda (1)

Do you celebrate Halloween? Here at English Wedding HQ I love the old belief in fairies and spirits – it’s said they can reach us more easily tonight than at any other time in the year… so I see it as a time to pray for loved ones lost; to celebrate their lives and look back on precious times and memories shared. It’s also a lovely opportunity to cook pumpkin stuff – I actually spent a few happy moments writing on a little pumpkin in my calligraphy class the other week! Anyway – before I begin today’s blog post I have a request for wedding stylists and photographers – I would love to feature this year’s Halloween weddings on the blog this time next year. If you’re styling or shooting a wedding today, please consider submitting it for publication on English Wedding next year. We don’t need ghosts and goths (although, that would be pretty awesome!) – I’m looking for weddings with orange, autumnal or pumpkin styling ideas to inspire our readers. Thank you!


Hey there beautiful! Aren’t you so glad it’s the weekend? We’re heading to Media City for a night out but first I have to share some really beautiful and thought provoking wedding loveliness with you all! Our lovely friends and blog sponsors The Hampshire Wedding Club have such a gorgeous and inspiring blog going – if you’re getting hitched in or near Hampshire, then please do check them out – they’re a wonderful bunch of talented wedding creatives who’ve joined forces to inspire your best day ever.

Colourful, classy florals for a Winchester College Wedding

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Emily and Boon’s Winchester College wedding is breathtaking, with pops of colour from the loveliest florals in this magnificent venue. Visit the Hampshire Wedding Club’s journal to see all their images by Cooper Photography, the bride’s dress from Pronovias and flowers by Jenni Bloom. Sam Sham did Emily’s beautiful wedding makeup.

See more from Emily and Boon’s wedding…

Soft pastel tones for Jemma and Chris’s Horsebridge Station wedding

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Pastel balloons for a modern wedding at Shenley, with images by Nicola Norton Photography (47)

They say weddings are all about the love, the romance, the emotions and moments… and then someone shows me THESE BALLOONS and suddenly weddings are all about that instead!! Am I wrong? But aren’t they fun and pretty and brilliant? I’m absolutely thrilled to be sharing today’s wedding because – [balloons, obviously?] – it’s a real family affair, with the little ones even helping to make the wedding favours! The venue is London Shenley Club (Hertfordshire). The pics by our lovely friend and sponsor Nicola Norton Photography are a breath of fresh air, the details are wonderfully creative and Becky and Liam are just the most gorgeous-looking pair too!

Pastel balloons for a modern wedding at Shenley, with images by Nicola Norton Photography (40)

Becky and Liam described their big day as like a big, summer children’s birthday party, with cricket! They included all the best things about summer: the outdoors, sunshine, cricket, Pimms, barbecued food, ice cream, children running around in the grass… and you know what? When a wedding is all about family and children it becomes SO much FUN!

Pastel balloons for a modern wedding at Shenley, with images by Nicola Norton Photography (25)

Rosalind Miller wedding cakes 2019 (16)

Wedding cakes are crowd pleasers – everyone waits for the ‘cutting the cake’ moment at any traditional wedding. And who doesn’t love that wedding cakes are all sponge and chocolate flavoured layers these days?! I get it. Wedding cakes are one tradition we love to keep (while I for one am perfectly happy to throw nearly every other tradition out the window!) – and Rosalind Miller‘s new wedding cake collection fits the bill perfectly.

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Alternative couples might love these black wedding cakes complete with embroidery detailing and tassels!


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Peonies – a summer classic.

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These pretty wild roses are perfect all year round and suit a classic stately home wedding.


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The sugar paste peonies in this cake make a real statement – but it’s the design on the cake itself which we LOVE!

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Add a little bling and sparkle with a brooch embellishment and your very own gold monogram!


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I’d love to be closer to some of England’s beautiful historic cities – just to be able to explore the architecture and beautiful craftsmanship from days gone by. Seeing news from some of the glorious spaces which are now hosting weddings in Oxford has me yearning to be able to visit – and this sounds like such an exciting event I wanted to share it with all of you.

The Bodleian Libraries is throwing open the doors to its unique wedding showcase at 7pm, Saturday 3 November 2018. The event will take place in the historic Divinity School, Convocation House and Chancellor’s Court, all within the Libraries’ site in central Oxford and at the Sheldonian Theatre next to the Bodleian Libraries.

Guests will be greeted with a glass of fizz on arrival at the free event. A host of Oxford’s finest wedding suppliers as well as the Bodleian’s in-house wedding team will be on hand to inspire and advise prospective brides and grooms on how to achieve their dream wedding in the Bodleian Libraries’ special historic spaces.

Gorgeous modern rustic styling for an English wedding full of charm, with Daze of Glory (29)

When a wedding photographer gets in touch with one of the most magical weddings they’ve ever shot… well, it’s just impossible not to peek, squeal and get reeeeaaallly excited about sharing it with you lovely lot! Rob and Lisa’s wedding absolutely lives up to its introduction from lovely Carla at Daze of Glory Photography, with gorgeous styling touches, beautiful light and a sense of effortless, natural elegance.

Gorgeous modern rustic styling for an English wedding full of charm, with Daze of Glory (24)

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Gorgeous modern rustic styling for an English wedding full of charm, with Daze of Glory (17)

“The Venue – Monks Withecombe in Devon – is owned by Nicky and Simon who are just wonderful people, so welcoming. Tea and coffee were flowing and we were made so welcome. The venue is formed of an art gallery (ceremony room), and a corn barn for the reception. A floral feast of a courtyard surrounded by formal gardens, a spectacular orchard and a glorious field over looking the vast stretch that is Dartmoor. More than that, the special things that caught my eye were the rickety old door, the hand picked sweet peas from the garden and the dry petal confetti.


The English Wedding Directory is where you can find all of our favourite wedding suppliers. Our Facebook page is updated with new vendors when they join us, and the Directory is full of brilliant photographers, stationers, florists, stylists, cake designers… everything you might need for the wedding of your dreams!

These lovely people have joined the English Wedding Directory in the last couple of weeks – and we have more coming up to share with you soon! Do take a moment to discover them, and if you like what you see why not get in touch and even book this week?

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Jessica Grace is a natural documentary wedding photographer in love with the spontaneous moments. “On your wedding day I want to capture the story as it unfolds. The happy tears, the laughter and everything in between. I capture the whole atmosphere for you, all lit up with joy and preserved in beautiful photos to be cherished for the rest of your lives.”

Marina Walker Photography's styled shoot with succulents and affordable details for a minimalist boho wedding (25)

Happy Monday lovelies! Did you have a nice weekend? We were in Manchester – had a lovely time at the folk festival on Thursday night, then shopped on Friday and met up with family, and I had a lovely calligraphy workshop on Saturday afternoon. Coming back into Cumbria was nice… it’s always such a relief to see the sea and mountains again after a trip away! My last calligraphy class this year will be on the 7th of December, and we’re going all festive with lovely ideas for gift tags, Christmas cards etc. Do join me – there’s more info here and as always I’m looking for a wedding photographer to take beautiful pics of the class in return for a massive discount off the ticket price. Get in touch if you can help!

A helicopter treat for Laura & Matt's Upcote Barn wedding with Martin Dabek Photography (7)

Soooo….. who’s planning to arrive at their wedding venue in a helicopter then? Nope? Hadn’t crossed your mind? It wouldn’t have been on my list either until today’s rather exciting Cotswolds wedding landed on my screen. But oh – what an adventure, and what memories to have from your wedding day!! Laura and Matt really did create an exceptional wedding, with vibrant florals and a stunning colour palette. The helicopter ride makes their day really unique!! Lucky for us, our friend Martin Dabek Photography went along for the ride and captured every thrilling moment up in the skies with the bride and her dad on their way to the church!

A helicopter treat for Laura & Matt's Upcote Barn wedding with Martin Dabek Photography (12)

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Martin came highly recommend by our friend group… 5 friends had Martin as their photographer at their weddings so he was tried and tested!!

We couldn’t have been happier with Martin. Martin is very personable, professional and relaxed making the experience as easy as possible on the day.

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