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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.

 

Google ‘wedding invitation wordings’ for inspiration and an overwhelming number of options pop up. People you don’t know on the internet have very kindly written infinite versions of “request the pleasure of your company” to accommodate divorced parents, couples hosting their own day, and goats.

If only the variations on all of these prescribed wordings were a little more relaxed, fun, personal and creative, right?!

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Is it too early to wish you all a happy Easter?! I’m feeling excited for the long weekend and desperately hoping for some sunshine and long evenings so I can walk on my beach. What are your plans? Before I clock off this evening, I have a very special offer for wedding suppliers.

Save £20 – join the Directory for only £30 this weekend!

The usual price to join is £50 for a full year. Over the Easter weekend I’m inviting suppliers to apply to join the Directory for just £30 – so what are you waiting for? 🙂

The English Wedding Directory launched last month, and I’m thrilled to have added some wonderful photographers, videographers, designers and wedding bands to our pages over the last few weeks.

The Directory is super easy to navigate and use – do have a peek to see how it works at https://english-wedding.com/the-directory/

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More than anything else I value true craftsmanship and style in the wedding industry. Mass-produced, bland styling touches turn me cold… but show me breathtaking style from independent designers and I fall head over heels in love. Today’s wedding inspo comes from the very best: creatives, artisans and designers whose work I truly adore.

Paper magnolias, calligraphy and dusky blue ethereal beauty - bridal inspo by Jess Petrie Photography (38)

A few simple – but beautifully crafted – details can go a long way on your wedding day. Choose statement pieces and use them sparingly: a stunning dress; a unique and different bouquet and hair accessory – these are the details which will make you feel incredible and ensure your day is truly special. The blue dress is Eden by Claire Pettibone – a stunning favourite from her beautiful Couture Collection, supplied by Yorkshire’s White Room Bridal Boutique. Paper magnolias and the stunning floral hair accessories are by designer and illustrator Amy Swann.

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The images are all by Jess Petrie, a fine art wedding photographer based in the north of England. Her photography is stunning; ethereal and sensuous with the most wonderfully creative edge and style, and the most enchanting film photography you can imagine. Discover more from Jess Petrie here:

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Wedding style inspiration UK Nina Marika and Jess Petrie Photography on the English Wedding Blog (49)

Wedding cake designed by Amy Swann

You know when nature creeps into the cracks of a wall on an old industrial site…? I love that. Life prevails. Beauty wins, and today we show a transformation which will turn your wedding venue world on its head. You really can be married anywhere. I almost wonder if an abandoned warehouse space could become a more beautiful location than a stately home? After all, we’ve kind of done village halls now… Claire

Wedding style inspiration UK Nina Marika and Jess Petrie Photography on the English Wedding Blog (26)

Flowers by the fabulous Swallows & Damsons

Wedding style inspiration UK Nina Marika and Jess Petrie Photography on the English Wedding Blog (3)

The magic is in the contrast. An urban, industrial backdrop filled with handcrafted and botanical details: handwritten calligraphy, botanical illustration, a delicately crafted and stunning wedding cake. There are feather garlands to soften and add texture and hand cut paper flowers for a chic, modern DIY look. Dresses are by the one and only Claire Pettibone, styling is by Sheffield’s gorgeous Nina Marika, and the sublime images are courtesy of lovely Jess Petrie.

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Sometimes it’s easy to find a wedding stationery collection which stands out from the crowd… Something about Lilac & White takes my breath away: perhaps because I love a landscape and sunset, perhaps because I adore minimal, elegant design with beautifully considered typography and spacing. There isn’t a single invitation here I don’t love – and I hope you will too!

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UK wedding stationery by Lilac and White for boho luxe weddings (16)

Lilac & White design personalised wedding stationery and aim to build inspired connections with wedding parties and their guests. Their designs are simple and clear with muted colours and illustrative details to form a bohemian sophisticated style.

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UK wedding stationery by Lilac and White for boho luxe weddings (18)

L&W’s founder Paula Pidgeon says “It’s easy to have lots of different ideas and to try and jam them all on one invite. This can ruin the overall design and elegance a couple is trying to achieve.” This is where wedding branding comes in. What is this? It’s a set of design ideas used consistently across a wedding day. It’s using the same colours, fonts and illustrations in all your stationery and feature graphics. These might be used on signs, wedding favours, table numbers, flowers etc. L&W recommend selecting these elements carefully and use them consistently to achieve a unique and steady style for the day. Consistency is the key.