Did you see the genius that was Hannah and Ian‘s wedding cake table at the beginning of the month? They had three ‘cakes’ – beautifully displayed to fit the styling of their autumn wedding, but while the tiers were all there, these weren’t traditional wedding cakes by any means.

Some of us don’t like cake so much. Some of us would rather have a savoury snack than spend £300+ on a wedding cake. That’s fine… especially when, like Hannah and Ian, you can substitute pork pies (tiered – so they’re beautiful!) or a cheese selection. Yum, right?

A few weeks ago I had an email from the guys at The Fine Cheese Co. It’s been a couple of years since their last mention on the English Wedding Blog, and they offered to send me some cheese to sample and review for the blog. Who could possibly say no?!


Apologies everyone for the cheesy title to this blog post. I’m overheating and in a giggly mood! I have a very special blog feature this morning for you – delicious and money-saving, written (and styled and photographed!) by wedding experts and with beautiful images. And for cheese lovers, this is just perfect. Tasting box, anyone? Oooh….

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Imagine a tiered tower of artisan cheeses, hand-selected to create a perfectly balanced cheeseboard, and cared for by their dedicated cheesemongers to arrive in peak condition for your wedding day. What a fabulous centrepiece with a difference for your wedding breakfast!

The Fine Cheese Co.

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Flowers by Jill Jeffries

Photography by Lucy McGrath

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The Fine Cheese Co. have just launched their new Cheese Wedding Cake Brochure. They certainly love their cheese. They know what tastes fabulous and how to make it look stunning. Cheese deserves to be the centre of attention too!

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“If you want your cake to be all English, then try their Georgina; a striking cake made entirely from English cheeses, both traditional and modern.”


I really should have breakfast before I write blog posts… these photos are making me hungry! Today – an article for those of you who don’t have a sweet tooth or a taste for traditional wedding cakes. Learn how to build the perfect cheese wedding cake with Andy Swinscoe of The Courtyard Dairy, Settle, owner of the best job title ever:

2013 World Cheese Awards ‘Cheesemonger of the Year’

Imagine introducing yourself at a party… “So what do you do for a living?” “I’m Cheesemonger of the Year. What do you do?” Awesome…

How to make your perfect Cheese Wedding Cake…

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Whether you are looking for a cheese wedding cake for the main meal, a replacement for a classic wedding cake, or simply something to help keep the after dinner drinkers more sober, a stunning cheese wedding cake is definitely in vogue at the moment.  Andy Swinscoe of The Courtyard Dairy (recently awarded Cheesemonger of the Year at the 2013 World Cheese Awards, and with plenty of previous experience creating his own unique range of farmhouse cheese wedding cakes and helping to develop John Lewis’s online cheese wedding cakes) can help you ensure that your cheese wedding cake is perfect in every way.


Cake, cheesecake or cheese cake? When it comes to alternative wedding cakes these days you can have anything your tastes and budget allow: from a six foot croquembouche to a mini cupcake tower and everything in between. It might be all about the looks: tiers and flowers or a cake table maybe. Or perhaps your top priority is taste. If you don’t have a sweet tooth, then a cheese wedding cake could be right up your street!

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Alternative wedding cakes – Purely Wensleydale cheese. Photo credit Yorkshire Dales Cheese Co.

Cheese wedding cakes are the latest trend for weddings and are getting more popular by the day with cheese manufacturers across the country experiencing increased demand for these savoury delights. A few enlightened individuals first enjoyed a cheese wedding cake way back in 2004 and the trend really started to take hold in 2006 – now there are over two dozen British companies creating cheese wedding cakes for couples up and down the country all reporting either steady or increased sales.