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Regular readers will know I have a love of beautiful stationery (and jump for joy when I see it with an e rather than an a!) – and I love to share the designs of wedding stationery designers on the blog. There’s something really special about the first announcement of your wedding – and invitations with doorstep appeal are such a wonderful special touch. Today I wanted to share some pretty, chic modern designs from Polka Dot Paper. I hope you love them!

Chic and pretty wedding invitations by Polka Dot Paper on the English Wedding Blog (3)

By Christine, Polka Dot Paper

Chic and pretty wedding invitations by Polka Dot Paper on the English Wedding Blog (6)

We create beautiful contemporary stationery featuring pretty blooms, playful patterns, whimsical fonts and vibrant colours.

Couples can choose from our existing collection or have something unique designed for them. Our collection ranges in style from floral to formal, rustic to romantic.

We offer a full range of wedding stationery, including engagement invitations, save the date cards, wedding invitations, gift cards, reply cards and thank you cards.

We also offer matching day stationery, from seating charts to menus and all things in between.

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Joanna and Cajetan’s wedding is a wonderfully sophisticated, elegant celebration with lush winter colours and a real sense of fun. The day focused on giving guests the time of their lives – food and entertainment were key and the images of their day capture every moment so beautifully. Joanna is so beautiful in a bespoke designer dress and I love that this gorgeous couple planned their day together as a team.

Gorgeous blues and a spectacular venue for Joanna and Cajetan's Westminster wedding, Image by Slawa Walczak (3)

“Typically the girls get most of the credit for planning a wedding!? If you have a husband-to-be who is willing to pitch in – use him to your advantage! Cj was absolutely fantastic, we had a shared vision about the day and he did so much of the planning. It was so much easier to plan that way, as the load was shared and we went through the stress and then the satisfaction together! It was great teamwork and by the end he found suppliers and booked them, which is half the battle! We felt like we pulled off a spectacular day! With the added addition of cultural differences and family members flying from all over the world, we had to cater to both sides. We did it!

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Two of the loveliest secrets to styling a romantic, feminine and timeless wedding are fabrics and foliage. Opt for luxe napkins and calligraphy place names instead of favours; and choose ferns, leaves and opulent foliage to create texture and include nature in your day. I’m so in love with this shoot by One Stylish Day – I hope you adore it too!

Soft, romantic blush and grey wedding table styling ideas by One Stylish Day (2)

Blush & Grey is pure and natural with a lightness of touch and sensual undertones, with the innocence heightened by using British florals, creeping foliage and ripe fruit.  Create the look by using antique silver cutlery and sparkling cut glass on tables, teamed with contemporary organic crockery for an indulgent feel.  Use flowers and foliage in abundance, letting them take over tables and trail to the floor.

Soft, romantic blush and grey wedding table styling ideas by One Stylish Day (8)

Pale watercolour blush pink and soft dove grey give a dreamy quality to this look.  Soften the table décor by placing a handful of dried petals in antique silver trays and glass boxes.  When it comes to the cake, less is more; a simple and elegant duo of white wedding cakes with added flowers and fruit is chic and luscious.

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Nearly all of my clients tell me that they want natural looking wedding photos, lots of real emotion, laughter and tears, and nothing too posed or cheesy looking.

Well, there’s no secret to achieving this: basically if you’re relaxed, stress free and having a great time on your wedding day then it’ll come shining through in your photos.

Gorgeous weddings by Kent photographer Penny Young on the English Wedding Blog (51)

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Here’s a few tips that you can put in place before the big day to help you get ready for a wonderful relaxed wedding.

Leave some breathing room in your timeline so that you don’t feel rushed.

In my experience most wedding timelines run behind by at least 15 minutes but normally more. If you pad your timings then everything you’ve planned will happen seamlessly and without stress.

For example, get into your dress 10 or 15 minutes before you think you need to as it always takes longer than you think.

Gorgeous weddings by Kent photographer Penny Young on the English Wedding Blog (12)

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So if you haven’t spotted this in the navigation menu at the top of the blog – I have a new thing. It’s so exciting for everyone here, and destined to be a wonderful, super-quick visual treat for all of you: a brand new wedding supplier directory for the English Wedding Blog.

So many amazing suppliers have featured on these precious pages of ours, and I wanted to build a place where you could find them – easily, quickly, and enjoyably. Every month I’ll introduce new Directory members on the front page of the blog, so you’ll know what’s new and discover new faces along with me!

Latest recruits to join this month include some wonderfully talented photographers whose style I love. Discover Teresa C Photography, based in the north west, and Ellie Lou Photography from Somerset – fabulous photographers and lovely, lovely people too!

While the English Wedding Blog Directory grows, I’d love to invite you to discover those suppliers who are already there: my friends, sponsors and supporters, a handful of my closest allies in the world of weddings. These early birds are some of our very favourite people….

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Wonderful British flowers for a Cornish wedding inspiration shoot at Tregothnan with Olivia Bossert Photography (3)

I’m lucky being able to do what I do, travelling the country virtually through all the fabulous weddings and shoots which land in my inbox every day. Cornwall is one of my favourite parts of the UK and I’ve gotten to know some incredibly inspiring Cornish wedding suppliers over recent months. I adore discovering Cornwall’s coves and beaches – there seems to be something new and exciting around every corner of the landscape. To learn that there’s a beautiful botanical garden with acres of tea plantations was a wonderful surprise to me… the Tregothnan estate is the home of British tea, (who knew?! over a hundred acres of tea plantations!) and a perfect setting for today’s gorgeous wedding inspiration shoot filled with beautiful botanical styling. I adore the calligraphy by Megan Riera, and oh, that cake….

Wonderful British flowers for a Cornish wedding inspiration shoot at Tregothnan with Olivia Bossert Photography (20)

Words and images by the fabulous Olivia Bossert Photography

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Hannah and Darren’s wedding is really pretty and the bouquet is wonderful – often a bouquet is what draws my attention to a wedding to share on the blog: I adore flowers and when a bouquet is this stunning it has to be shared! Beautiful bride Hannah made it herself, isn’t it fabulous? This intimate and stylish wedding with a big sprinkle of gold is right up my street and I hope you love it too!

Simple styling and elegant colours for a Newcastle city wedding with Andy Hudson Photography (9)

We didn’t really want a set theme or style, but as the planning got under way the wedding evolved into a base pallette of cream and gold, with a green foliage being the accent. We chose various textures of gold and cream throughout the table decoration, using natural wool, glitter and matte sprays as finishing touches.

Simple styling and elegant colours for a Newcastle city wedding with Andy Hudson Photography (25)

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Do you ever feel as though Instagram has opened up whole new worlds for you? I love being part of a tribe of wedding creatives, and following some amazing floral designers, seeing their beautiful creations and daily inspiration.

Wonderfully creative Wild Bunch flower workshops, image Lisa Webb Photography (31)

One of my favourite things is seeing craft workshops, and when I saw images from a recent class by Wild Bunch I was hooked. If there’s one thing I’d urge you to do while planning your wedding, it’s to attend a workshop and learn something creative and wonderful – anything! I asked lovely photographer Lisa Webb if I could share these images with you, and I was thrilled when she said yes. I hope they inspire and brighten your day as they have mine!

Wonderfully creative Wild Bunch flower workshops, image Lisa Webb Photography (25)

Images: Lisa Webb Photography | Words: Tammy, Wild Bunch

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Jack and Catherine’s wedding shone from my inbox – their images are so fabulously vibrant, and their day is full of joy, laughter and love. I adore Catherine’s bespoke dress, the floral styling and the ambience of the day which makes me smile every time I look at their photographs. This is amazing and I hope you love it as much as I do!

Garden party with a modern twist for a chic English wedding blog in Manchester with ZT Photography (32)

Our wedding flowers were arranged by Sian and the team at The Flower Lounge, Didsbury. We really cannot recommend them enough, their creations are absolutely stunning and they surpassed any expectations we had. We were overwhelmed by how beautiful the bouquets and table centre pieces looked.

Garden party with a modern twist for a chic English wedding blog in Manchester with ZT Photography (17)

We created a “draw your own self portrait”, inviting guests to draw a little doodle of themselves on a giant gold framed easel, as an alternative to a guest book. We sprayed jam jars gold to hold tea lights and flowers. We hung gold frames from trees so guests could pose behind them for selfies and filled a three tier garden planter with nibbles and treats to keep the guests going throughout the day. They went down really well and we enjoyed creating all the homemade elements of our wedding. Also, with it being late September we knew it could get a little chilly, so provided a basket of blankets to keep our guests warm and cosy.

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This year has flown by – I’ve been burning the candle both ends and hopping around on a broken foot while I do it (I know – nightmare!). The new Directory and Shop on English Wedding are happily taking over my life and I can’t believe it’s going to be April in just a few weeks’ time! I’ll soon be taking to the road with my calligraphy workshops and I’m thrilled to say we’ve added a new date to our diaries. Would you like to join me on the 19th of May? It would be lovely to meet some of you… and of course there’s a discount for any pro photographers who’d like to join us and take some pics we can use on the blog over the summer. (Message me!)

Learn modern calligraphy in Manchester with Claire Gould 2017 (2)

Book your calligraphy workshop places here!

I’ll be teaching at Manchester Craft & Design Centre from 1pm on Friday the 19th of May. The workshop is two and a half hours long, and in that time you’ll learn how to write a modern calligraphy script with a proper old school dip pen, nib and ink pot (all of which you can keep and take home in your calligraphy kit when we’re done!)

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Morning lovelies! Would you care to join me for a little trip back in time, courtesy of lovely Lemontree Photography? We’re talking art deco wedding inspiration (with a wonderful modern twist) and fabulous gowns by Charlie Brear, Suzanne Neville and Chanticleer. This is all kinds of beautiful and I hope you love it too!

Fabulous art deco wedding inspo for 2017 with Lemontree Photography (8)

Images: Lemontree Photography | Words: Frances Moore MUA

“It was important to us as suppliers to use modern elements that had a certain ‘feel’ for the 1920’s era. We wanted to avoid using vintage clothing and hair accessories, which were unlikely to be available for purchase. We literally wanted couples to stumble across the shoot and perhaps piece together what they loved from it, helping them create their own art deco wedding theme.

Fabulous art deco wedding inspo for 2017 with Lemontree Photography (17)

Dresses from Chanticleer, Charlie Brear and Suzanne Neville provided that unique touch of being modern, yet with a certain ‘feel’ for the 1920s. Brides of Winchester provided the beautiful wedding gowns for the shoot.

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I know it’s too early to start talking about 2018 wedding trend predictions… but every time I see a shoot like this I want to sing from the rooftops! Darker colours are going to be big next year: we’ll see a dramatic shift from pastels and neutrals to really rich shades of everything. Midnight blues, moonlit greens and opulent plum colours with metallic accents are going to be the hottest trend going… and so today I’m thrilled to be sharing this gorgeous tablescape shoot by lovely Louise at One Stylish Day with you.

moody wedding style ideas for 2018 with One Stylish Day on the English Wedding Blog (20)

Images by Kate McCarthy Photography (see full supplier list below)

Moody Hues is dark, theatrical and bold, softened by layering deep shades of navy and mauve with black, and bathing the whole look in delicate candlelight. Create the look by using black crockery, gold cutlery and dark, elegant glassware, and team with long trailing black table linen to enhance the high drama effect.

moody wedding style ideas for 2018 with One Stylish Day on the English Wedding Blog (14)

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