Do you celebrate Halloween? Here at English Wedding HQ I love the old belief in fairies and spirits – it’s said they can reach us more easily tonight than at any other time in the year… so I see it as a time to pray for loved ones lost; to celebrate their lives and look back on precious times and memories shared. It’s also a lovely opportunity to cook pumpkin stuff – I actually spent a few happy moments writing on a little pumpkin in my calligraphy class the other week! Anyway – before I begin today’s blog post I have a request for wedding stylists and photographers – I would love to feature this year’s Halloween weddings on the blog this time next year. If you’re styling or shooting a wedding today, please consider submitting it for publication on English Wedding next year. We don’t need ghosts and goths (although, that would be pretty awesome!) – I’m looking for weddings with orange, autumnal or pumpkin styling ideas to inspire our readers. Thank you!
Hey lovelies! I have something special for all of you crafty brides and grooms – I’ve launched a nice chunky handful of NEW modern calligraphy workshops for 2019, and one of them will be ESPECIALLY for wedding calligraphy. This is the first workshop of its kind in the UK (or anywhere, as far as I know!) and will focus on helping you create beautifully lettered items for your wedding.
If you’re tying the knot in 2019, have crafty tendencies and love lettering, then this is going to be the perfect workshop for you! Why not bring along your bridesmaids, or your mum or your other half – and I’ll introduce you to beautiful modern calligraphy so you can design gorgeous goodies for your wedding day!
We’ll learn how to write a simple calligraphy alphabet and chat about wedding styling ideas with your beautiful lettering skills!
On the day we’ll write –
- Alphabet sample sheets
- Place cards for you and your other half!
- A personal wedding monogram (with my help!)
Two words I’ve been hearing quite often as we approach 2019 are ‘heirloom’ and ‘heritage’ – brides and grooms are looking more to our culture and history than ever before, for inspiration for wedding styling. ‘Vintage’ as a source of wedding ideas is still hugely popular, with couples now looking for venues with their own character and unique history. So this inspirational feature from Doxford Hall has to be one of my favourite shoots of ALL TIME! It’s a perfect fit for English Wedding too of course, with a nod to Jane Austen and such delightful styling touches! The calligraphy is mine – I’m so proud to have been a part of such a beautiful photoshoot (and my paper goodies get to visit such wonderful places!)
Crafted from mellow stone, with its formal gardens and manicured lawns, featuring Europe’s largest yew tree maze, Doxford Hall is a dreamy, romantic and photogenic venue, and Northumbria’s only four red star wedding venue. To celebrate its bicentenary, a creative team channelled their love of beautiful things and shared passion for the finer things in life, to create a Jane Austen-inspired styled bridal shoot to capture the elegance and romance of this beautiful country wedding venue.
This summer has been wonderful already. I’ve written for some amazing couples, worked on fabulous projects for wedding signage and stationery, and designed calligraphy suites for some of my favourite photographers. Tomorrow I’m teaching a calligraphy workshop in Manchester and we have another (booking up fast!) on the 19th of August. If you’d like to come along, you can book places in my Etsy shop now. But first… a few little notes about using calligraphy for your wedding day.
So many brides and grooms contact me looking for a special, personal touch to their day. Calligraphy is more than just writing: it’s art, craftsmanship and creativity – and as such it lends real elegance to place settings and wedding tables. Most of my work over the summer months is writing place names for weddings, and I thought I’d share some tips with you all today.
5 tips for styling your wedding tables with calligraphy
- Keep it simple – use flat cards, linen napkins and plain plates or chargers for a modern, elegant look
Hey there beautiful! I hope you’re having the loveliest week – and I may have just the thing to make your summer even MORE exciting! I’d love for you and a friend (or your mum! bring your mum!) to join me for my next modern calligraphy workshop in Manchester, and I’m offering you £20 off the ticket price if you book your places before the weekend is out.
Summer school: a modern calligraphy workshop in Manchester
Date – 22nd July
Time – 1pm – 4pm
Location – Manchester MCDC
Price – £59 (but book 2 and save £20)
The workshops are fun, and you’ll learn how to write modern calligraphy with a pointed nib and a brush pen – perfect for wedding stationery design and for writing your place names, if you’re of a crafty persuasion! Even better, the workshops are a lovely afternoon out, and we always have a laugh while we learn.
To save £20 you’ll need to book both places together and quote the code ‘SUMMERSCHOOL’ when prompted for a coupon code.
Every word handwritten…
Printed wedding stationery doesn’t necessarily mean mass produced, but you definitely get a very special personal touch when you hire a calligrapher for your wedding.
90% of what I do here in my little studio is by hand, one letter at a time, with an element of alchemy in mixing inks and choosing papers where they’ll sit just so… and every morning when I sit at my desk I fall back in love with my work.
Calligraphy is every bit as therapeutic, rewarding and exciting as you could imagine – and if you don’t fancy having a go yourself you can still just as easily fall in love with delicate modern lettering written especially for you.
These little pieces were written by me, in my little calligraphy studio on the edge of the Lake District. The gold ink shines gently in sunlight; the black hand-torn card is perfect for a boho or country wedding – and ideal for darker or wooden tables where a little more impact is needed for your guests’ place settings.
It’s been too long – I’ve missed you lovely lot! But in only a fortnight we’re back out on the road for another modern calligraphy workshop in Manchester. I’m so excited, it’ll be a brilliant day and I’d LOVE to meet some of you there! Modern calligraphy workshops – information & online booking
Writing modern calligraphy is easier than you might think – and it’s perfect for making wedding invitations with a real personal touch. If you love crafting but hate glitter and glue, a little home-grown calligraphy could be the perfect thing for your wedding!
Back in February my lovely friend Paul from pkprophoto.uk joined us to film part of a workshop – I’m thrilled with this little film which shows just what happens in a modern calligraphy workshop – and I wanted to share it with you! If you’re interested in learning a little lettering and calligraphy for your wedding day, join me in Manchester on the 29th of April – it’ll be fun!
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Modern calligraphy workshops – information & online booking
I wonder if any of you lovely ladies and gents might have ‘learn calligraphy’ down as a new year’s resolution? If you do – or if I’ve just inspired you to try it! – then I can help! I’ve been hosting modern calligraphy workshops in Manchester for a year now, and I’d love to invite you to the next one on Friday the 26th of February. This is the kind of writing I teach…
… and once you know your way around the pen and nib, it’s surprisingly easy to do! My calligraphy workshops are held in Manchester’s Northern Quarter and the price is £59 per workshop.
- How to use a traditional calligraphy dip pen
- The basics of contemporary lettering and flowing scripts and letter forms
- 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
Good morning lovely blog readers, how are you today? I hope you’re really well and having a great time planning your weddings. Are you collecting and making things for your big day? Because I might be able to help with that…
You’ll have heard me wittering on about calligraphy before: hand lettering is my passion and there’s nothing better than writing a beautiful-looking name or quote in calligraphy. My daily life involves a lot of meticulous and creative writing, and I’m so lucky to do what I do for a living! I’d love for everyone to try calligraphy… especially YOU!
The quirky calligraphy starter kit
I made up this starter kit for quirky calligraphy because I know so many brides and grooms who don’t like their handwriting, but adore contemporary calligraphy. If you look for a beginner’s calligraphy kit on Amazon or other generic store you’ll find kits with chunky nibs, horribly old fashioned examples and boring instructions. I wanted to make something for the lovely people I get to know through the English Wedding Blog, something more modern and creative to help you enjoy your first experiments in calligraphy – and here it is!
Hello everyone! I have a special offer for all of you lovely English Wedding Blog readers today. I’ve been very busy in the calligraphy studio over the last couple of weeks with some gorgeous wedding orders and new designs as well!
Calligraphy wedding tags – £1.50 each or £1.35 exclusively for English Wedding Blog readers!
I wanted to share my latest little wedding place name tags with you here today, and offer you an exclusive discount as well. You can save 10% off these tags if you order before the end of October 2013.
The heart wedding tags are available in my Etsy shop to buy now. To claim your discount enter code ENGLISHWEDDING12 at the checkout – simple!
Free samples of the wedding tags are available. Just email me with your wedding date, both of your names and tell me a little about the style of your day. Oh! And don’t forget to include your postal address for the sample!
Promises, promises hey… but you really can save on your wedding seating plan with very little effort indeed. The answer is astonishingly simple too!
Don’t have one.
What’s the point in a seating plan anyway? It’s something functional which really only serves to prevent crowds of wedding guests bumping into each other searching for tables, and the last unlucky few bursting into tears as they find their place on the table in the corner, watched by everyone else.
OK, if you’re a creative genius and can turn your seating plan into a work of art then go for it, design your masterpiece on an A1 canvas and display it with pride! If you’re scoffing at the notion of saving a measly £75 then please feel free to buy every single item in my calligraphy shop. But if you’re quite sensible, a fan of creative touches and quite fond of the pennies you have left at this stage of wedding planning, then read on.
Is it just me or is everyone suddenly happier when the sun comes out? It’s been such a gorgeous week and I can’t wait for a lovely sunny weekend. And being full of good spirits I have made up an exclusive offer for you gorgeous readers!
10% off your wedding place names – all colours, all styles!
I spent a big part of this week adding my full collection of wedding heart tags to my Etsy shop – I think there were about 80 photos to take, upload and describe on Wednesday! (And all that lovely sunshine beckoning from the other side of my laptop…)
My online shop is now fully stocked and brides and grooms around the world* can buy place name hearts in every colour under the sun! Readers of the English Wedding Blog, being more attractive, clever and nicer people than everyone else, can also claim a 10% discount on every order over £50. Woohoo!
*I shipped my first calligraphy tags to Australia this spring! Happy days 🙂