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Article by English Wedding member Bands for Hire

The events of this year have scuppered plans for thousands of soon-to-be-wed couples across the globe, but whether you’re delaying or simply getting on with it, there’s no reason why your big day should be any less special.

Micro weddings have been on the rise for the past couple of years and are sure to increase in popularity as uncertainty around guest numbers continues into 2021.

In case you had any doubts, a Micro wedding is a small, intimate affair with only your nearest and dearest invited to share the occasion – there are no rules with wedding trends but depending on your interpretation, it’ll often be for around 20-50 guests.

So why go Micro? Whilst many couples dream of the big white wedding, it’s not the only way to go. Whether it’s down to your personality, budget or specific circumstances, a smaller wedding has its advantages. With a Micro wedding it’s all about you – and dare I say why not? Do away with the things you don’t need, make the most of those that you do, spend your time with those that matter most and make no compromises!


Thank you lovely Carla Thomas Photography for this contribution to English Wedding.

2020 has been anything but dull and the good news if your wedding is planned for the end of the year, weddings are now allowed to take place. Of course, there are some restrictions in place as the country and world eases back into the new normal.

If you were planning a large wedding and reception, you’re now faced with a hard and emotional decision to make. Do you postpone everything until later next year or 2022 or do you go ahead with a small wedding now and a large celebration later? Couples who have gone through the heartache of postponing their wedding this year will tell you how much of a rollercoaster making this decision is. After all the planning to not get married on a date that likely has some significance. Take your time to process your feelings. The constant changes are unnerving and the uncertainty unsettling. So take your time to feel what you feel.


I know this year’s been a rollercoaster for all of you – Covid has hit us hard, and we still don’t know how or when we’ll come out of this safely. 2020 sucks! I’ve kind of taken it upon myself to share as many micro wedding related ideas as I possibly can. Small, intimate and cosy weddings are magical, I promise. If you’re planning your day for 2021 perhaps it’ll be very different to the wedding you originally had in mind. But the wedding industry is adjusting: photographers are coming up with special packages for smaller weddings; stationers are creating all kinds of “new date” wedding invites – and today I’m thrilled to be sharing some glorious bouquets especially for intimate weddings. Which is your favourite?

With love,“english

Gorgeous seasonal bouquets for small and intimate 2020 weddings (1)
Following multiple requests from couples seeking ready-to-wear flowers delivered for small and intimate weddings at home or in registry offices during lockdown, Nikki Tibbles Wild at Heart is thrilled to introduce Wild at Heart Bride.

A gorgeous elopement in London, with Jordanna Marston Photography

Hey there lovelies. I really don’t know where to begin today’s blog: we had this one planned a few weeks ago, when we expected weddings of 30 guests to be happening by now and for the future. And then we heard the news that the rules wouldn’t change after all. I am SO heartbroken for all of you who were planning a celebration this weekend, or in the coming weeks. If a gathering of 30 of your friends and close family isn’t safe, how is it possible that crowds in pubs, parks and beaches are being allowed to happen? Lovelies, I am desperately hoping the situation changes for you, and the powers that be will allow small weddings soon… in which case, this article WILL apply!

With love,

The year the wedding world changed - and 5 genius ways to adapt! (10)

I’ve been a fan of small weddings from day one. Before 2020 happened, I was already in love with intimate weddings and elopements. We’ve featured plenty on the blog, and every single one has a special place in my heart. Especially for those of you having to face a mini version of the Big Day you’d planned, here are 5 genius ways to adapt to having a smaller wedding in 2020.


You don’t need 100 or more people to watch him put a ring on your finger. You don’t need the stress of a wedding table plan, huge corkage fees or to spend your day in a crowd of distant cousins. All you really need is you. Intimate weddings with only a handful of guests are my favourite, and beautiful bride Liz and Richard’s day is simply perfect. Don’t you just love that Jenny Packham dress?

Jenny Packham and ivory roses for a pretty spring wedding at St Clere Estate, image credit Helen England Photography (13)

Wedding photographer’s website:


“We looked for Kent based photographers online and after looking through a lot of photography we came across Helen’s website and we knew it was the relaxed style we wanted. We contacted Helen to arrange meeting her at a wedding fayre and we instantly clicked – we knew she’d be great at blending in and capturing our special moments.


When it comes to city chic weddings, I think Chester is one of the very best locations for its unique and charming character… and a stroll through the city is almost obligatory for your wedding album! Gorgeous Verity and Tom made the most of this super location with a 2 day wedding celebration: day 1 was an intimate ceremony and lunch with close family, and day 2 is coming up tomorrow!

An intimate wedding in Chester with Clara Cooper Photography (9)

I do love the idea of an intimate marriage followed by a party the day after… it sounds and looks perfect! I also love the idea of taking the pressure off the main wedding day by having a very personal ceremony first. Verity & Tom got married on a Friday at Chester registry office, followed by a lovely stroll down to the River Dee for some fun portraits with their family and friends and then lunch and drinks in the sunshine!

An intimate wedding in Chester with Clara Cooper Photography (8)

Day 2 – where the gorgeous couple had a blessing and a fabulous wedding party – will follow tomorrow. In the meantime please enjoy the wonderful pics of their intimate Chester wedding. They’re by Clara Cooper Photography whose beautiful photography you can discover more of here:


Those of you who follow me on my personal instagram will know I’m lucky to live by the beautiful Lake District. My home is one of the most beautiful places in the world and I’d never dream of getting married anywhere else. Andy and Katie’s wedding is literally right up my street – and instantly shoots to the top of my list of weddings of the year. Their day is charming, full of personal touches and still wonderfully down to earth. Oh and Katie is the prettiest bride with such a wonderful smile… you’ll LOVE today’s real wedding.

Langdales wedding in Cumbria with images by Tiree Dawson Photography (25)

The colours for the day were kept in line with the Lakeland setting: blues and greens kept the styling consistent, although little decoration was needed. Katie is a keen and talented crafter, and she made 150 metres of bunting to string across the beams of the chapel and reception venue.

Langdales wedding in Cumbria with images by Tiree Dawson Photography (22)


I found this article about intimate weddings last month and loved it – so much, that I wanted to share with you all on the English Wedding Blog. Lots of you will know I’d go for an intimate wedding like a shot – an elopement if I could! – and I’m a huge believer in keeping weddings small, cosy and magical. Those three go hand in hand.

Linda Grace Weddings knows what she’s talking about. She’s trained with the UKAWP and now specialises in intimate weddings across Somerset and Devon. Linda makes intimate weddings sound like the best thing ever… and I’m with her all the way! Here are 9 of Linda’s top reasons for choosing an intimate wedding – I agree with Every. Single. One. Do you?
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“There are many reasons why couples decide they would love an intimate wedding.  The style can take various forms – from destination weddings, to quirky themed events, or purely a smaller gathering of around 50 guests or far fewer.  One size doesn’t fit all of course, but there’s an intimate solution to fit all couples’ ideas and budgets.


Peonies, pastels, roses and ribbons… The most beautiful bride in a fabulous, vintage-inspired belted wedding dress… A great-looking couple with tons of character and style – Oh! and a pretty incredible wedding venue I’ve never seen before.

Cheltenham wedding photography by Liam Smith at Manor by the Lake (3)

This is fabulous – here’s a peek at another gorgeous wedding by London & Milton Keynes wedding photographer Liam Smith.

Cheltenham wedding photography by Liam Smith at Manor by the Lake (4)
Cheltenham wedding photography by Liam Smith at Manor by the Lake (1)
Cheltenham wedding photography by Liam Smith at Manor by the Lake (2)

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Happy Thursday lovelies! How are you this crisp December morning? It’s a special day (my parents’ wedding anniversary – happy anniversary!!!) and I’m celebrating with a really magical wedding on the blog – I think you’ll love it. I love weddings which are stripped bare of fluff and which focus on the true meaning and reason for the day of celebration.

An intimate wedding by the beach with Chris Randle Photography Durham UK (15)

Don’t get me wrong: I’m a lover of fluff… but I adore romance and I sort of think it’s a responsibility of wedding bloggers not to get too carried away. Today’s wedding is everything it needs to be; I’ve said many times here that intimate weddings are my favourites. All you need is each other – and the smiles on beautiful bride Natasha and her hubby Gareth’s faces are testament to that.

An intimate wedding by the beach with Chris Randle Photography Durham UK (19)

Durham wedding photographer Chris Randle got in touch and I had a proper nosey around his blog – so this wedding is one I chose for an English Wedding Blog feature. It’s beautiful, romantic, and special. I feel so lucky that Chris was there as Natasha and Gareth’s photographer: being able to feature intimate weddings with beautiful photography is such a privilege for any wedding blogger.


Ripley Arts Centre wedding blog Simon Biffen Photography (1)Ripley Arts Centre is a gorgeous wedding venue in Bromley – a charming Victorian house tucked away in London’s leafy suburbs… and with the loveliest gardens you’ll see. I adored Nicola and Chris’s wedding when I spotted it on Simon Biffen’s photography blog. Their sense of style is just wonderful – everything from Nicola’s gorgeous dress and Chris’s suit to their cat, smiles and balloons made me smile!
Simon Biffen Photography Ripley Arts Centre (4)Their reception is beautifully and tastefully decorated with jars of gypsophila and vintage china – it’s really lovely and a style that won’t break the bank – I think it’s wonderful.

Images are by lovely wedding photographer Simon Biffen (based in Somerset), who you’ll find here:


Ripley Arts Centre wedding blog Simon Biffen Photography (2)
Ripley Arts Centre wedding blog Simon Biffen Photography (3)

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It’s extra special when a groom answers my English Wedding Blog questionnaire, and Andrew’s story of his wedding to beautiful bride Harriette is so romantic – you’ll love it! Such a gorgeous couple, and creative too: Andrew designed all the stationery, and details and accessories came from Etsy, Ted Baker and David Beckham!

Oaks Farm wedding in Surrey by Maureen Du Preez (1)

Sorry Andrew… that part of your questionnaire made me chuckle! Love it!

So here’s a fabulous English wedding blog which I know you’ll enjoy seeing more of. The images are by Maureen Du Preez (thanks Maureen!) and words are by today’s rather dashing groom Andrew. Oh! Let’s start with a quote (because it’s a heart-melter…) from Andrew – his memorable moments from the day:

“the moment I turned to see my bride walk in, she took my breath away!!! Also to see my father shedding a tear and the smile on my mother’s face made it so special for me.”

Harriette and Andrew, congratulations and thank you SO much for sharing with us today. Everyone – enjoy! Claire x
Oaks Farm wedding in Surrey by Maureen Du Preez (2)