This is a little sneak peek into my other life: when I’m not typing I have an old-fashioned pen in my hand… an ink pot, blots on my face, like in the 19th century. I’m not a monk: I’m a calligrapher. I write wedding place names, address envelopes, calligraphy wedding readings and vows as keepsakes and wedding day gifts, and design bespoke wedding stationery for intimate weddings.

Wedding calligraphy in pale grey handwritten by Claire Gould photo by Susan Arnold (14)

One of my favourite styles for calligraphy suites and wedding stationery this year is pale grey, graceful lettering with a hint of days gone by. I love to write in the style of an old love letter: casual, flowing scripts with elegance and old English charm.

This is a look you can easily incorporate into your wedding – and calligraphy is the perfect finishing touch. I designed and lettered an invitation suite on the palest grey stationery: a beautiful dove grey with ink a shade or two lighter to give the perfect contrast and create a soft look.

Wedding calligraphy in pale grey handwritten by Claire Gould photo by Susan Arnold (10)


A little while ago I asked for any suggestions of wedding loveliness I might feature on the blog, and some of the replies I had – from couples, designers and wedding suppliers – were amazing! One who really stood out from the crowd was lovely Alice Palace, whose wedding invitations are so original and charming I don’t think they will ever date!

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“We design unique eco friendly wedding stationery which is a wonderful way to begin the tale of your wedding day – our designs are original, personal and they tell your story. When you think about your wedding stationery, think about who you are as a couple and what you represent, your history together and then bring your story to Alice Palace and we can create your ideas into designs which will become a memory of the story of your wedding day.”

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Arthur Bear isn’t a wedding stationery designer: he’s still too young and cute even for school… but his mum, who named her business A Bear Draws after him, must be the loveliest, most talented illustrator and graphic designer to hit the UK wedding industry in years!

Gorgeous wedding invites by illustrator and designer Zoe from A Bear Draws (16)

Zoe is the super talent behind wedding stationery shop A Bear Draws. She’s passionate about her work and uniquely skilled in creating invites which are both hand crafted and digitally designed. I love what she does: I’m so sure you will too!

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Gorgeous wedding invites by illustrator and designer Zoe from A Bear Draws (12)

Zoe has spent the past 14 years working in the design industry, honing the application of her drawing and design skills to various surfaces. “Designing patterns for fashion and interiors has helped me to develop a distinctive style and my print knowledge is such that I can offer truly original ideas for wedding stationery printed professionally on to high quality fabric or paper.


Deliciously beautiful wedding stationery is one of my most favourite things… and today I wanted to show you some of the very best. I love to celebrate the work of British designers and crafters: we have some amazing talents in our wedding industry and Emma Jo is one of the best. If you’re looking for a reputable wedding stationer with styles for all tastes and the sort of dedication and passion which guarantees fabulous customer service… then today’s English Wedding Blog feature is especially for you.

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I adore Emma’s designs: their versatility, quality and attention to detail are second to none. I couldn’t pick a favourite: the art deco styling is exquisite; polka dots are playful and fun; calligraphic fonts are chosen with true elegance in mind and the quirky lettering styles are striking and bang on trend. Grab a cuppa and get your Pinterest finger ready – because if, like me, you have a bit of a paper fetish – you’ll LOVE today’s wedding stationery feature. Over to Emma Jo…


As with last week’s Custard Factory wedding, there are some names you just can’t ignore! Crimson Moonshine lands squarely in that category, and when I heard from lovely Amberin and Chloe I earmarked a spot for them on the English Wedding Blog straight away!
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Wedding stationery by Crimson Moonshine UK (1) Crimson Moonshine have created their own very unique, fresh look in wedding stationery. Their suites are creatively named: from my favourite ‘Kate & Andy’ through the quintessentially English ‘William & Mary’ to the chic stripes of ‘Johnny & June’ – I think they’re fab!

Images – above & below: ‘Kate & Andy’

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Crimson Moonshine is a new beautiful wedding stationery company creating designs that are unique and personal to their client’s needs. Take a look at their range and you will find designs to suit any kind of wedding and personalities. If you can’t find something that quite suits your special day they can create a completely bespoke design just for your wedding day. Just bring them an idea of what you like, whether that be a colour or a photo or even a word and they’ll take it from there with your own ideas and input to create something completely unique and meaningful for you.


Today’s blog feature is basically a snapshot of me tumbling head over heels in love with the beautiful wedding stationery I’ve discovered at Oyster & Pearl Design. Join me?

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Designer Casey told me, “Oyster and Pearl is essentially me working from my studio in the heart of the Devon countryside. My passion is creating beautiful stationery, this is the reason I decided to start Oyster & Pearl Design. The opportunity to do something I absolutely love, every single day!

Casey’s designs are understated and simple. She knows how to work fonts into a truly elegant space for invitations, orders of service and every last little bit of your wedding stationery. The presentation on Oyster & Pearl’s website is just delicious… the colours are contemporary, the graphics a delight. Love. And what a story behind the shop! (Read my post about crafting an ‘about’ story to sell your wedding business)


Hello everyone! Have you bought, made or booked your wedding invitations yet? I have some inspiration here for you this morning which should help you pick the perfect invitation for any theme, courtesy of the lovely Matt and Lisa Price at Olivia Samuel.

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Olivia Samuel promises to provide high quality products at competitive prices and takes pride in every item produced. They want their customers to be as passionate about their wedding stationery products as they are – and with consistent quality, comfortable pricing and beautiful design throughout each collection, their dedication to their family business shines through.

I’d always urge couples to buy from independent businesses and to support British designers when buying wedding stationery – and with Olivia Samuel you really can’t go wrong. Here are ten of their pretty wedding invitations for 2014’s most popular wedding styles and themes. Buy online at www.oliviasamuel.co.uk


Hi everyone! How has your week been? I hope you’re enjoying some sunshine while it lasts… I can’t believe it’s September already. I’m just not ready for Christmas yet, and I’ve already seen tinsel. Yikes! But shall we talk about weddings instead?

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Today I wanted to share some of my favourite wedding invitation designs with you. I’ve been an admirer of Bunny Delicious for years – Zoe’s quirky wedding invitations have character and such a unique style. There’s truly something for every couple in her collection – from the vintage birdcage to delicate snowflakes, London to New York…

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1. Birdcage wedding invitations by Bunny Delicious

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2. London wedding invitations with Big Ben…

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3. Alternative London wedding invitations…

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4. Quirky New York inspired wedding invitations

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5. Flip flop invites for a destination wedding

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6. I love the his and hers flip flops! Invite exclusively by Bunny Delicious

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7. I love New York – wedding invitations made in the UK


Are you making your own wedding invitations? You certainly won’t be alone: more and more couples are taking on the challenge of a bit of DIY wedding stationery to save money and enjoy being creative. But is it really worth it? Sometimes the honest answer is no…

Not all DIY wedding invitations are equal!

I’ve seen bad wedding invitations as well as good – on wedding forums for example. I’d never say so if it would offend someone… but Wedding DIY certainly isn’t easy for everyone! Making invitations often looks easy – even couples with no craft or design experience can be tempted down the DIY route.

If you have a craft or design background then making your own invitations and stationery is almost instinctive – and it’s a must! I’ve seen the most amazing stationery dreamed up in the minds of creative couples, like Jo, Aqua Kat and Farrah who I was chatting to on my Facebook page last week!


Hello again lovely people, I hope your day is going well. ‘d like to welcome a new sponsor to the English Wedding Blog this afternoon – the fabulous Olivia Samuel. If you’re looking for quality wedding stationery with the option of indulging in a little DIY, then Olivia Samuel could be right up your street!

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Quality wedding stationery from Olivia Samuel

Olivia Samuel was founded in 2001 by Lisa and Matt Price, who have been pro­duc­ing time­less and ele­gant wed­ding sta­tionery from their work­shop in Southamp­ton ever since.

Quality wedding stationery made in the UK

Love Birds wedding invitation – at Olivia Samuel

All of Olivia Samuel’s quality wedding sta­tionery is also avail­able as a DIY option. This way cus­tomers who are bud­get con­scious or who sim­ply want to have some cre­ative input into their sta­tionery can do so. It’s a safe way to make your own wedding stationery with the reassurance that you won’t be compromising on quality.


Hello everyone, I hope you’re having a really lovely day. I’m ever so pleased to be able to introduce you to my latest sponsor Wedding Paraphernalia this afternoon! Experts in elegant wedding stationery, Jo and Mandie create timeless designs and specialise in pocketfold invitations which I know you’ll love!

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Elegant stationery by Wedding Paraphernalia


Elegant wedding stationery made in the UK

Wedding Paraphernalia has been a licensed reseller for Envel­op­ments (the leading brand in pocket invitations) since 2004 and has cre­ated a stun­ning port­fo­lio using their dif­fer­ent shapes, colours and tex­tures. The designers at Wedding Paraphernalia are influ­enced heav­ily by designs from the States but love work­ing with cou­ples in order to design some­thing very bespoke for their wed­dings.

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Beautiful pocketfold wedding invitations – WeddingParaphernalia.co.uk

I’ve known Jo and Mandie since launching my own wedding business back in 2005, and they’ve always been wonderfully supportive and inspiring to me. It’s a true pleasure to welcome Wedding Paraphernalia as a new sponsor of the English Wedding Blog today, and I recommend you head over to www.WeddingParaphernalia.co.uk now to browse their beautiful collections.


Straight from my inbox – I had to share this with you! Gorgeous wedding invites made in London by Pepper & Joy. Enjoy! xxx

Hi Claire,

My name is Flore and I am a french designer based in London. I had a lot of friends asking me to do their wedding invites so one day I thought that I should work on my own wedding stationery website, http://www.pepperandjoy.com

wedding invites by Pepper and Joy

wedding invites by Pepper and Joy

At Pepper & Joy, the couples choose the designs and then I customize it with their copy and colours. I can print the stationery for them ( I selected a fabulous art paper), or they can choose to print by themselves at home or to their local print shop.

It’s pretty simple, and of course I do the Save the dates, invites, menus, place cards, magnets and more goodies…

All the best,



If you’re looking for wedding invitation designers please also check out the supplier pages on English Wedding Blog. You’ll find our favourite designers, ideas and photos there to inspire you! Enjoy! Claire xxx