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Hi everyone! I hope you had an amazing long weekend – those of you who partied till you were red, white and blue in the face, what did you get up to? Those of you who had to work over the weekend have my sympathy (I was writing wedding calligraphy orders too!)

new wedding businesses on english wedding blogNow, do you remember just over a week ago I decided to try something new, and asked new wedding businesses to comment on the blog and tell us all about themselves? I had a fantastic response – probably because I offered three winners a month’s free sidebar advert on English Wedding Blog. Those three winners are here: meet my new favourite wedding suppliers for June!

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Michelle Fiedler's wedding invitation website is absolutely perfect - her attention to detail is second to none. Inspiring!

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Helen's Bright By Design origami flowers are gorgeous - definitely a winner for me!

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Modo Creative have designed a wedding countdown calendar print - I love the idea!

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How is everyone on this beautifully sunny Monday morning? It’s blissful here at English Wedding towers – I’ve been for a walk around my little village, along the seafront and through the fields already! Time now for a bit of inspiration in the form of some papery goodness, I think.

Five great alternative wedding invitation ideas

alternative wedding invitation image (2)Alternative wedding invitation 1: the Lotus Flower

Lotus flower alternative wedding invitation found on Without A Hitch – the flower is cut from blue patterned paper and becomes a stunning, different wedding invitation via the magic of origami. A tag attached to the flower has all the information a guest could need!

alternative wedding invitation image (3)Alternative wedding invitation 2: for book lovers

For paper- and book-lovers everywhere: these alternative invitations styled from books are divine. A discovery from one of my favourite wedding blogs at Oh So Beautiful Paper.
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Alternative wedding invitation 2: invites in a tin!
Wedding invitation in a tin! How cute is this – shiny, retro, thrifty-looking (but not, thanks to Royal Mail!) – worth it if you love to make a splash with your invites! Discovered at Lovely Package.alternative wedding invitation image (5)

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Hello! For starters: I’m only cringing a little bit at the title. OK, so it’s not a dire warning about the Royal Mail. Your wedding won’t be flashmobbed by angry postmen; even postal strikes aren’t going to have that much impact on your day. So let’s not panic – this is a sensible blog post with wedding advice for couples and suppliers alike: a few things that can go wrong when you’re relying on our wonderful postal service, and how to make them go right instead. (PS do you like my pink stamps? I love Photoshop! Queen, take note!)

Pay the right postage; save on wedding invitation stamps

For anyone who didn’t know, the price of stamps is going up in April. It’s worth thinking about buying your stamps now to save lots of money. The bigger / heavier your wedding invitations, the more you’ll save by buying stamps before the 3oth of April.

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wedding invitation ideas for summerOn Friday I asked wedding invitation designers from all over the UK to share their best bright and summery invites with English Wedding blog. A cold and frosty day turned into a little ray of sunshine for me as lots of talented designers joined in to showcase wedding invitations with a cheerful spring and summer feel to them.

A new feature on English Wedding blog

This will become a regular feature because it gives you lovely readers out there a chance to see lots of new and exciting designs and ideas, all in one place.

(I’m thinking next time I might look for jewellery and accessories on a theme… if you have a theme, season or style in mind, give me a shout and I’ll ask for ideas for your theme!)

Do pop over to the English Wedding Showcase to see the summery wedding invitations in glorious technicolour (by which I mean: bigger. They also have descriptions and more info from the designers over there). In the meantime, here’s a round up of all the designs shared: two wedding inspiration boards with all the supplier information below each one.

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Hi again! Time for some pretty unique wedding invitation designs to show you – beautiful, creative and standout wedding invites from Wendy Bell Designs.

I featured Wendy’s London wedding on the blog back in 2011 – she’d designed all her own stationery to fit with her choice of wedding venue, and it was absolutely divine! Wendy’s bespoke wedding invitation service promises to be outstanding, so do check out her official website to find out more.

wedding invitation by Wendy Bell DesignsAs a sponsor of English Wedding blog, Wendy Bell Designs now has a dedicated Showcase Page which I think you’ll love – there are more pics on there of her personalised wedding invitation designs, alongside info on the bespoke wedding invitation service.

Watch out for Wendy’s blog posts on the English Wedding Showcase as well – I’m looking forward to seeing what 2012 has in store for this very talented young designer (and lovely, lovely lady!)

Find out more about Wendy Bell Designs on the English Wedding Showcase

Wendy – welcome to English Wedding!

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wedding invitation idea eco friendlyI wonder how many of you brides and grooms out there started the month a day or two ago with a resounding rallying cry of, “Right!” If you’re marrying in 2012, it’s time to get stuck into your planning, and especially time to think about wedding invitations. And if my inbox is anything to go by, plenty of you are investigating your options for stationery already! So I welcomed this guest blog post from Confetti with open arms. I hope you find it useful!

This article is supplied by Confetti.co.uk. To see their range of wedding stationery, visit www.confetti.co.uk/wedding-stationery/

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Ok, you’ve set the date, what’s next? Well, this is where it starts to get really exciting. This is your chance to tell the world, (or your friends and family at least) by inviting them to the big day! Your wedding stationery is the first glimpse your guests will get of your wedding day style, so it’s important to make a good first impression.

When to send?

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I promised you gorgeous, glamorous, bright and sexy wedding invitations, and here they are. Designed by Wendy Bell, whose wedding I featured on the blog yesterday, these invitations are pretty special – and right up my street.

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Roof Gardens Flamingo Design: www.WendyBellDesigns.com

Wendy’s Flamingo design was created for her wedding. She coordinated the wedding invitations to tie in with her wedding venue – the Roof Gardens in Kensington. The funky invitations take inspiration from the colourings of the wedding venue. The flamingos are found in their gardens and the dots symbolise the beaded curtains in the Roof Gardens club area. Wendy offers a bespoke invitation design service… and you can see just how much thought and attention to detail goes into the design process!

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Peacock Spots wedding invitation: www.WendyBellDesigns.com

Above, Peacock Spots wedding invitation. Intricately dotted designs evoke the natural patterns of peacock feathers, in cool pink and grey… so sophisticated.

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Monochrome Hearts wedding invitation: www.WendyBellDesigns.com

Monochrome Hearts wedding invitation. I love the grungey hearts, the textures and beautifully messy design with such a lovely typeface. Yummy.

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I have pet names for only a very select few wedding stationers. Zoe from Bunny Delicious just happens to be top of my list, and in more ways than one. I can’t remember quite where ‘Miss Delicious’ came from, but I like the sauciness of it… and it makes me smile whenever I see a Bunny Delicious design! I’ve known Zoe via the miracles of our modern interweb for years – and I’ve watched her creativity with growing delight.

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Bunny Delicious is one of the UK’s top wedding stationery companies, appearing regularly in top wedding magazines and leading the way with a distinctive and unique artistic style. Wedding invitations from Bunny Delicious are instantly recognisable, Zoe’s guest books and photo albums are inspired and exciting, and Zoe herself is just brilliant.

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An outspoken, creative and genuine lady, Zoe Rusga is one wedding stationery designer you have to find out more about. I’m very pleased to have Bunny Delicious as my newest sponsor on the English Wedding Blog. Find out more and see some of my favourite contemporary wedding invites and accessories on the new Bunny Delicious Showcase Page.

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Morning everyone! I’m on a mission today and I need your help. I’m looking for wedding stationery – the latest designs, newest trends and most exciting invitations in particular. So I’m searching for wedding invitation designers: get in touch and share your favourite designs!

Wedding invitation by Dragonfly; calligraphy by Wedding-Calligrapher.com

Wedding invitation by Dragonfly; calligraphy by Wedding-Calligrapher.com

Wedding invitations showcase

I’m looking for as many UK wedding invitation designers as I can find to log in to the English Wedding Showcase this month and share latest, bestselling and favourite designs. It’s a unique chance to showcase your best work – and to share it with UK brides and grooms.

Then I’ll be running a competition to find the nation’s favourite, here on English Wedding blog, throughout November. The winning designer will get six months’ free advertising on English Wedding!

looking for wedding invitations in the UKDon’t be shy! Enter now: choose your favourite design and upload it to the English Wedding Showcase to join in the competition. And good luck!

Claire xx

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Paper Themes, an independent wedding stationery company with an impressive 100 years of history behind the brand, have relaunched their website and I’m delighted to share their offer of 30% off wedding invitations with English Wedding readers. The team behind Paper Themes are here as guest bloggers today to share a little more about the brand with you.

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Striking "Purple Sash" invitation design - www.PaperThemes.co.uk

Paper Themes wedding invitation offer

This month, we’re celebrating the launch of the brand new Paper Themes site by offering 30% off absolutely everything. Yes, that includes wedding invitations, wedding stationery and wedding favours.

What’s more, the new site allows you to personalise all your wedding stationery from the comfort of your home, meaning you can make sure your designs are truly unique.

About Paper Themes wedding invitations

Paper Themes has been a personalised wedding stationery name for over 100 years. With the growing need for time-saving devices as our schedules get fuller, we recognised a need for a service that includes more than just stationery, but accessories, advice and much, much more.

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I’ve written a list of the best 20 vintage wedding invitations on the web – perfect for inspiration and ideas for your wedding stationery

 

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Part two of the new weekly* feature every Wednesday on the English Wedding Blog: Wednesday Writes.

This week on Wednesday Writes:

*I missed it last week because I’m naughty. I was so busy writing calligraphy I couldn’t write a blog post so I have to apologise for that one. Oops.