Modern calligraphy workshops – information & online booking

This year has been brilliant – I haven’t hidden behind my computer screen but I’ve been out and about meeting lots of you lovely people at my calligraphy workshops in Manchester over the summer. I’ve loved every workshop, and teaching modern lettering has been amazing!

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So I’m thrilled to say there are two more Manchester calligraphy workshops coming up. If you’re free I’d LOVE for you to come. Dates are:

Saturday 26th September 11am – 3pm

Saturday 17th October 11am – 3pm

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Calligraphy workshops are held in Manchester’s Northern Quarter and the price is £59 per workshop.

To book, email me (Claire): hello@Calligraphy-for-Weddings.com
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You’ll learn:

How to hold, wiggle and write with a traditional dip pen
The basics of contemporary lettering
It’s a hands-on day so I’ll be demonstrating a little, but most of the time you’ll be writing and I’ll be giving pointers and helping you


For the glittery-fingered gals and guys amongst you, the event of the year is nearly here! Wedding shows are fine for sourcing suppliers but when it comes to wedding DIY and craft inspiration we all need something a little bit more… hands on. Join me and hundreds of other more talented people at this year’s Handmade Fair! Here’s lovely Kirstie to tell you more (oh! and spot the calligraphy workshops and a little bit of me!)

This year there will be a whole area for wedding DIY! I’ll be in the wedding tent at the UK’s best craft event, teaching 300 or so of you the basics of modern calligraphy. Plus there are so many wonderful shops to explore and discover – you’ll need a full day to get the most from the Handmade Fair this year.

The Handmade Fair 2015


Calling all arty crafty brides and grooms! Today I have a little creative project I think you’ll love – if you’ve a paper fetish and own a watercolour brush this wedding craft idea is especially for you!

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Watercolour washing cards for your wedding place settings is a fun, colourful and rewarding craft project – and I’ve written you a step by step guide based on how I do these in my calligraphy studio. The watercolour preparation is really easy for crafty brides; the calligraphy lettering requires a little practice and of course the right equipment which you can buy in my calligraphy starter kit on Etsy. Allow yourself a good few hours (not necessarily all at once!) to learn your way around the pen and lettering styles… and then give these a try!


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Hot pressed watercolour paper sheets
Gouache paints
Calligraphy dip pen and Nikko G nib
Black calligraphy ink
Watercolour brush
Stanley knife and ruler
Metallic thread (optional)

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Step by step tutorial:

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I loved featuring June’s series of wedding craft projects and they seem to have gone down a treat – so here is another one… and something a little more involved for craftier types!

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As I’m sure you’ll have noticed I’m running modern calligraphy workshops in Manchester (and loving every second!) so I wanted to share some ideas to do with calligraphy. It’s super easy to try your hand at modern calligraphy, and once you’ve mastered the pen you’ll be itching to write on everything you see… so how about making your own wedding table plan?

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Make your own suspended flower wedding table plan

This modern calligraphy table plan project is quirky, beautiful and only takes a couple of hours to make at home. Its selling point is the gorgeous antique frame; by adding your own hand lettering you’ll give it a personal touch, and the flowers add romance and colour – simply perfect for a rustic, handcrafted wedding!

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Modern calligraphy workshops – information & online booking

Morning lovelies! I have real life news today… I’m really excited to be hosting a calligraphy class in Manchester on the 10th of June – it’s going to be lots of fun and I’d LOVE for you to come and join me for a day playing with pens and learning gorgeous contemporary scripts.

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Learn calligraphy – join my calligraphy class in Manchester

Modern hand lettering is one of the loveliest DIY projects you can do for your wedding – and it’s a skill you’ll never lose! I’ll teach you quirky styles in a one-day workshop and you get to take your dip pen and nib (and some goodies) home with you too!

We’ll be in the Northern Quarter from 11am until 4pm and there are only limited spaces available – early bird booking starts today!
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I’ve been so excited – for weeks – to show you Carly and Harry’s wedding day. Carly is the loveliest bride and our email chats have been an absolute delight. I love her for framing my calligraphy – it looks a hundred times more amazing with her styling touches! – and for sharing one of the best wedding interviews I’ve featured on the English Wedding Blog in the history of all time.

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I adore the bright, summery, colourful styling which was all based around sunflowers. Carly told me, “The sunflower was the starting point for the whole day, which was the one thing I knew was a must for our wedding… Over a hundred decorated bottles formed the basis of the decorations being used as centrepieces and vases filling each mantelpiece and window at Holne Park House.

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It’s truly spectacular – another favourite wedding of mine and one I’ll never, ever forget. Huge thanks to lovely wedding photographers Katherine and Steve from Nova Wedding Photography for sharing their images with us today. Do check them out, especially if you’re getting married near Devon:


Rustic wedding invitations are going to be huge in 2015 – I’ve seen more and more natural and outdoor weddings over the last few months and it’s a trend I love and can’t wait to see more of! It’s time to think about wedding invitations for 2015 so I’d love to show you one of my own collections today.

Kraft wedding invites uk (3)These kraft invitations are designed especially for you. Names are handwritten in calligraphy, scanned and printed onto every invitation with wording of your choice. They’re affordable and versatile: the plain kraft card is all you need but I love the idea of adding a coloured background, wrapper or tying the invites with a piece of lace. Perfect for DIY brides!

The best bit? They’re only £2 each!

Kraft wedding invites uk (2)Your guests will adore them, and you can continue the kraft and calligraphy theme right through to your wedding day with reception stationery to match your invites.

Matching items are available:

Handwritten envelopes £2.85
C7 Save the Date cards and envelopes £2
C7 RSVP cards and envelopes £1.75
Information cards £1.75


I’ve read so many generic guides to buying wedding stationery on the internet. Some are outdated, many ignore DIY brides and there’s no single article out there which considers all the options – so I’ve put together a simple guide to help you work out when to order your wedding stationery, whatever style you choose and wherever you’re ordering it from!

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Designer wedding invitations, made in the UK by Claire Gould… but when should you order your invites?

A comprehensive guide to ordering wedding invitations: when, what & why

Save the Date?

Save the Date cards are an optional extra. You don’t necessarily need them, but they can be nice if:

  • you’re getting married abroad
  • or in holiday time
  • or just to send to key people who absolutely have to be at your wedding!

Send Save the Dates up to a year in advance. Any longer and you risk guests forgetting all about them.


Send your invitations between 3 months and 6 weeks before your big day. The important thing is to remember you’ll need to buy your invitations weeks beforehand:


Goodbye everyone! I’m off on my travels today, heading for the bright lights of London and to Kirstie Allsopp’s Handmade Fair at Hampton Court, where I’ll be giving calligraphy skills workshops over the weekend. Excited much?! I’m nervous, excited and finding it all a little surreal! I’d love for you to come along – it’s a great opportunity to learn how to use a calligraphy pen to create quirky scripts to write your own wedding invitations – and there’s so much more to see and do over the weekend.


This is every DIY bride’s dream – there will be craft stalls and shops including some of Britain’s top crafters. You can get all of your ribbon, fabrics, paper goodies and more for your wedding day. Learn jewellery techniques, cake decorating and flower arranging… and while you’re there visit the artisan food markets, see lovely Kirstie chatting to stars of the crafting world and be a part of the world pomination record attempt!kraft-wedding-calligraphy-boxes


I was having a fascinating – albeit brief – discussion with a wedding photographer the other week. It was one of those discussions which I could have carried on for hours, sadly cut short by distance and time… email’s not as easy as a proper chat after all. BUT it got me thinking and I haven’t been able to put this one down.

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Image credit Melissa Beattie Photography | quick hand lettering by Claire Gould

We had a lot in common. Let me begin with photography: I said something about “a ‘bloggy’ image – something crafty or a portrait with flare from the sun” – one kind of image I have a total weakness for. He was quick to reply with a positive comment about making images interesting and enticing for blog readers, but told me “flare from the sun is technically inept photography“. I never knew… although it does make sense, in a way.

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The beautiful summer sun adds atmosphere to a romantic wedding photograph | Image credit Howling Basset Photography


Good morning lovely blog readers! Have you found your wedding stationery yet? I have to show you these delicious designs by fabulous Phylecia Sutherland, which landed on my little calligraphy desk a week or two ago. Her stationery is of the highest quality and perfect for calligraphy, and it was a real treat to discover and write out some samples.

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Morning! I would love all of you creative brides and grooms to join me for a rather surreal and magical adventure in September when I’ll be hosting three skills workshops at Kirstie Allsopp’s Handmade Fair.

I’ve been keeping this quiet while plans have been made over the last few months, but tickets are selling like hotcakes and my face is even on the website so the whole thing now feels as official as it does surreal… almost!


I love how weddings have turned into crafty, handmade and creative occasions and it’s amazing to see how couples are rediscovering crafts as part of their wedding journey. The Handmade Fair has so many inspiring exhibitors and workshops so you can learn all sorts of wedding crafts, from paper poms to wedding favours and calligraphy – not to mention the shopping!

My top picks for creative brides at The Handmade Fair