Fakery, dodgy copies and stealing designs is a big issue within the wedding industry. You might have stumbled across a cheap and nasty veil on ebay (I did once!) or seen online retail sites with too-good-to-be-true prices for accessories and jewellery. While this can have a devastating effect on small craft business owners, it can also have a real impact on your wedding day – so here’s my guide to fakery and copyright in the wedding industry, with examples from my friends on facebook and tips to help you avoid getting scammed by the fakers.

I’d love to hear your stories on this feature as well, so please use the comments form at the end of the blog post to share. The only thing I ask is that you don’t ‘name and shame’ any suppliers here for legal reasons. Thank you!

How fakery in the wedding industry could affect your big day

From buying something that falls apart, to getting a call from a designer who’s seen your wedding photos online and claims you’ve stolen ideas… what copyright means for you:


Charlotte Garratt – owner and designer at Charlotte Bridal – sent me this guest blog post about copyright in wedding design and I knew it had to be on English Wedding Blog. Have you ever asked a wedding supplier, “I’ve seen this on another website: can you do one similar?” It’s not a good idea. Charlotte explains why – and she does it thoughtfully and eloquently.

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Hello lovely readers! Recently I’ve been getting a lot of requests along the lines of “I’ve found my dream dress but it’s way out of my budget…could you make me one similar?”. I understand that weddings are really (sometimes stupidly) expensive and every couple should look at ways they can make savings, but I have to tell you this is not the way to do it. There are a number of reasons why.