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I’m pretty well acquainted with a particular wedding invitation designer and calligrapher whose eyes roll right back into her head at the first breath of “request the pleasure of your company…”. The thing is – it’s not a phrase anyone would ever breathe, or even dream of saying out loud. If you’re having a party, you tell your friends in person: “we’re having dinner & drinks at mine for New Year – would you like to come?” The only place we seem to use the horribly stilted “request the pleasure of your company” is on wedding invitations. And not the fun, exciting ones.

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I’m a total paper freak. I love exploring art shops and specialist stationery suppliers’ little havens of handmade papers, running my hands along the torn edges of any new stock I can find. I know it’s weird.

But there’s a thing I can’t get out of my head: I read on a wedding blog a week or two ago that one of the key trends for 2018 wedding stationery would be paper.

Calligraphy wedding invitations from UK Calligrapher By Moon and Tide (4)

Photo: Olivia Bossert for a shoot for Wedding Sparrow

Not card, not pocketfolds, not even transparencies. Good old earthy, natural, handmade paper.

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Have you ever considered a destination wedding in the UK? Gathering up your nearest and dearest and spending a weekend somewhere beautiful, idyllic and romantic? There are so many spots you could discover and get married in without having to fly / transport all your wedding bits & pieces overseas – and lovely Tyn Dwr Hall is one.

I would love to travel more, to adventure to far-flung countries like some of my photographer friends do. It makes me smile to see my calligraphy heading to Australia, Norway, Italy, the States and Japan while I write away in my little home office! But I love the land I’m lucky enough to live in, and I’d always choose a UK destination to say my vows.

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2018 brides and grooms, we have wonderful news for you! Rising wedding industry star and artist Amy Swann has developed a range of beautifully illustrated floral wedding stationery to complement her stunning bespoke cakes. Each invitation features hand calligraphy from By Moon & Tide – and I’m delighted to be sharing the Classic Peony wedding invitation with you exclusively on the English Wedding Blog today.

Amy Swann wedding invitations, illustrated wedding stationery (5)

Available now from Etsy, the Classic Peony wedding invitation is affordable, completely personalisable and priced from just £2.50. The design is reminiscent of classic English folk art: with bold florals, stunning colour and soft accents we love.

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Bold florals, textures and accents from nature - autumn wedding styling ideas with Oobaloos Photography (18)

Hey lovelies! I hope you’ve had a fantastic weekend. Before I launch into today’s post I wanted to share a little update I made to the blog last night. The ‘Recommended’ section of our navigation menu has had a little spruce up to make it simpler for you to find those amazing suppliers we love most of all. If you hover over the menu today you’ll see a list of categories and then a list of all those recommended suppliers for you to discover more. Clicking will bring you to a page with ALL of a supplier’s English Wedding Blog features. Try it! Find Photographers –> Oobaloos (see how their county is included too?) and browse through all of Sheryl’s gorgeous features from the last few months! Aren’t they lovely? Speaking of which…