The wedding speech is a big honour and a big part of wedding tradition but it can also be something peppered with fear and confusion (who should speak, how long for, in what order and when?).  There’s no shying away from the fact that a good speech is a highlight of the wedding meal, it can bring tears (of the happy and sentimentally variety) and fill the room with belly laughs of fun.  But… done badly the speech can be remembered for all the wrong reasons.  I don’t know about you but I certainly have ‘that’ speech memory that makes me feel slightly uneasy.

This time next week I’ll be on my way to sunny Manchester, pens and inks in my little bag, ready to meet lovely creative folks and teach them the basics of modern calligraphy. It’s one of my favourite things, and I’m excited already (I’ve started packing. A week early. I know!!) February’s calligraphy workshop sold out super quick, so I wanted to let you know the details for April as soon as I could!

Learn calligraphy in Manchester - workshops throughout the year with By Moon & Tide Calligraphy - image credit Inbetween Days Photography (10)

I know a lot of guys who’d agree with me that Rushia and David’s wedding is damn near perfect. There’s a bathtub full of cold Budweiser bottles, a chilled out firepit, music, a BBQ buffet – the groom looks awesome in a skull patterned waistcoat and his groomsmen are rocking very cool, mismatched (ie their own) suits! Of course perfection comes from having such a beautiful bride with the prettiest bouquet, gorgeous Sophia Tolli dress and bridesmaids in pink sparkly dresses… this is a really amazing wedding and I just know you’re going to love it! Watch out for creatively-named place settings(!), vintage vehicles and a confetti cannon!

Hey lovelies! I hope you’re having a wonderful week. I’m spending today making up my little calligraphy workshop packs for Friday – and I’m still getting enquiries about the class. I thought I’d post here to say this week is full (to bursting!) and I’m so sorry I can’t take any more students – but I’d love to book you in for my 6th October workshop, which still has 6 spaces.

Learn calligraphy for beginners in Manchester. Image credit Inbetween Days Photography (4)

Every workshop is for absolute beginners, and covers lettering with a dip pen and nib as well as brush pen lettering. I also bring along my little pop-up shop so you can stock up on inks, nibs and even buy my book on the day!

Hi lovelies! I’ve literally just got back from the most amazing holiday in Switzerland – which I totally recommend! – and I’m thinking about plans for the next few months. I’m so excited to be teaching another modern calligraphy workshop next Friday, which has completely sold out while I’ve been away! We’re going to have the best time, I can’t wait!

Claire Gould calligraphy workshops for beginners, Manchester Craft and Design Centre (1)

For any of you who had your hearts set on coming but haven’t yet booked (we always get a few last minute enquiries but we really can’t squeeze any more in, I’m so sorry!) I thought I’d share next dates.