Whatever stage you are at in planning your wedding, chances are you spend a lot of time searching the web for inspiration and help. There’s thousands wedding blogs out there but not are useful and informative. For quite a while I have dreamed of coming up with a comprehensive guide to the best UK wedding blogs, I just never expected it to take this long! After three months crawling Google, here are my Top 20 recommendations. Some of these blogs I check daily and others I discovered along the way. Be warned, every time I visited any of these blogs, I was lost in wedding bliss for hours.
Before visiting the 20 Best UK Wedding Blogs on the list, read about the top three trends in UK wedding blogs as discovered in my research.
For too long there has been a real lack of representation of LGBTQ, black, Asian or other ethnic groups in UK wedding blogs. Thankfully several blogs on this list have made a point of discussing diversity in their feature content and have made an effort to represent all couples in their real wedding posts. Love My Dress, Rock N Roll Bride, Rock My Wedding and Bridebook are among the best, wedding planners Nova Reid (Nu Bride) and Cherelle Joseph (Perfectly Planned For You) are doing a great job too and newcomers LGBTQ Equality Weddings (who we just signed up to) also have their finger on the pulse and plan to roll out a blog of their own soon. Secret Wedding Blog is another must read blog with great coverage of multicultural and interfaith weddings.
As you can see from this list, ‘brides’ are still prominent in the names and marketing of most UK wedding blogs but this is changing and there’s likely to be newcomers on the circuit soon with an even greater focus on diversity and inclusiveness.
This may come as no surprise to Londoners, vegan and organic wedding menus are on trend in most wedding blogs. Further reading via The Knot, Confetti and Wedding Wire. All of Shoreditch London’s preferred catering suppliers offer vegetarian, vegan or organic menus, vegan cakes and can also cater for guests with dietary restrictions or food allergies. According to The Economist and Forbes, 2019 is the year veganism will go mainstream, even in the States!
Environmentally conscious couples are also trending on wedding blogs offering endless ideas to help make your wedding more sustainable. Bio-degradable confetti is always an easy and responsible choice but now there are guides to ‘ethical’ wedding-wear, tips on choosing seasonal and local flowers, plastic-free weddings, hand made wedding favours or charitable donations as wedding gifts, the list goes on. Further reading via Hitched, The Natural Wedding Company and Rock My Wedding.
I hope the following 20 (alphabetical) resources are helpful and inspire you and your partner with your wedding planning. I chose to highlight UK or London based wedding blogs, websites with heaps of new content, blogs with stunning wedding photography curation or useful wedding planning tools. Please leave a comment at the end of the list with your favourite wedding blogs and recommendations.
After a decade working in interior design, Louise Beukes founded B.Loved, a wedding, family and lifestyle blog focused on all things luxe and lovely. B.Loved blog is a well curated and elegant blog for wedding styling with floristry and soft pastel colour palettes taking centre stage. Louise also coordinates B.Loved Hive, a wedding industry network and Facebook group for professionals working in the London wedding industry.
Emily Pettiford and Jessica Turley’s Bespoke Bride is a colourful and fun one-stop-shop targeting brides and bridesmaids. As well as the usual wedding inspiration guides and real wedding galleries, BB’s also have a shop where you can purchase handmade wedding gifts, hens attire, photo booth props, hen party games and a range of champagne glass stickers featuring quotes from popular films and song lyrics.
Wedding planner Alexandra Merri has a background in fashion styling, music PR and film marketing. If you are looking for Bijou wedding inspiration, or an experienced wedding stylist to help plan your wedding, you have come to the right place. Also check Bijou Bride’s stunning Pinterest boards for some beautiful wedding colour palette ideas.
Kelly Hood’s Boho Weddings is one of UK’s most popular wedding blogs. There are hundreds of real wedding galleries for inspiration including an interesting series on Alex & Lisa (pictured). Read their 2 People 1 Life feature to follow the couple as they get married all over the world; 71 wedding ceremonies in 65 countries so far! For couples planning their wedding closer to home, Boho’s Pinterest page has over 200 beautifully curated boards covering everything from luxe to rustic or modern to vintage wedding styles. Time to get pinning!
Bridal Musings is a one-stop wedding and lifestyle website posting daily content including 100’s of real weddings, wedding films and wedding dress collections. Bridal Musings also have lists for just about everything wedding related from wedding reception Spotify playlists (which are yet to make the cut in the Shoreditch London office), to more practical wedding planning lists like How To Get Incredible Service For Your Wedding Vendors or 10 Midnight Snack Ideas To Keep Your Wedding Guests Dancing. There’s a lot of sponsored content on the website but you can hardly blame them, they pull some serious traffic and have over 3.2 million followers on Pinterest. Bridal Musings are based in US not UK but I had to include it in this Top 20 as its too comprehensive to leave off any top wedding blogs list!
Elle and Nikki’s Bride & Tonic blog is a must read for ethically minded couples. The blog covers everything from organic wedding menus and sustainable wedding dresses to tips on foraging for your wedding flowers! While the blog focuses largely on advice and features for small homespun weddings, we welcome couples planning sustainable and DIY weddings in our blank canvas wedding venues too. A sustainable wedding is a team effort and a great goal for any couple looking to celebrate their love without the unnecessary waste normally associated with wedding parties.
If you are planning a DIY wedding, I recommend downloading the free Bridebook wedding planning App. Its easy to use and can help with all your ‘Wedmin’ from organising your budget and wedding suppliers to sorting out your wedding guest list and gift list. You can also contact suppliers direct through the app or allocate wedding tasks to friends and family. Download the app via Apple’s App store or Google Play, add your venue of choice Shoreditch Studios or Kachette then you can get planning. Also check our Q&A with Bridebook’s Bethany Wright.
Confetti is an industry leading UK wedding blog and wedding magazine that has been around since 1999. As well as the usual real weddings, supplier listings and wedding inspiration, Confetti also has a shop with thousands of cheap personalised gifts for sale. There is also pages dedicated to menswear and grooms wear which is surprisingly hard to find on most wedding websites. I also recommend spending time on their comprehensive Q&A’s page which is searchable by tags. Confetti are owned by Ocean Media Group who also host London Bridal Fashion Week which takes place at Excel 24th to 26th March and The National Wedding Show at Olympia London 15th - 17th February.
The English Wedding Blog’s founder Claire Guild is based in England’s picturesque Lake District. Established in 2009, EWB has maintained is position as one of the UK’s most popular wedding blogs focusing primarily on regional weddings. I like the blog’s simplistic design and relaxed ‘all couples welcome’ attitude which is reflected in their diverse range of featured weddings. For such a popular blog with a strong social following, none of the blog posts or social feeds read like a sales pitch which is refreshing. It’s easy to see why couples keep coming back to The English Wedding Blog.
Gay Wedding Blog
The Gay Wedding Blog are relative newcomers on the scene. After noticing a hole in the market, wedding photographer Eva decided to create a space for LGBTQ+ wedding inspiration which breaks stereotypes and present gay weddings that are modern, elegant, original and fun. Eva’s blog has already started to build a strong social presence and will no doubt be on everyone’s radar soon. Shoreditch London just signed up as a supplier to show our support!
Love em or hate em, Hitched are the most popular wedding website in the UK and internationally. Since 2015, Hitched has been owned by Immediate Media Co who are responsible for 90% of the magazines on the shelf in the UK including all BBC publications, Radio Times and the popular You & Your Wedding and Perfect Wedding magazines and websites. Why are they so popular? Hitched cover most wedding planning basses with a range of wedding planning tools, a forum (with over 800,000 users) and wedding inspiration posts on various themes including colour and season. Hitched’s moodboard tool is also super handy and can be shared with your wedding planner or venue. The possibilities are endless for design and decor in our blank canvas venues so feel free to send us your Hitched or Pinterest moodboards so we can see your vision and connect you with suppliers to recreate any lighting, decor, or furniture look.
Annabel Beeforth’s Love My Dress is one of UK's leading and most influential wedding blogs and is a goldmine for finding wedding dresses. Love My Dress post daily wedding dress style shoots so if you are yet to find your wedding dress, there is no shortage of inspiration on this website. The Real Weddings To Inspire posts are also a great place to start and include interviews with couples reflecting on their weddings. For further insight on this amazing wedding blog, read our Q&A with Love My Dress.
Marry Me Ink does what it says on the label, if you have tattoos and want to show them off on your wedding day then you will find some inspiration here. Marry Me Ink is a personal blog, reflecting the taste of its founder Rachel (pictured) who is obsessed with ‘bride with tats’ and ‘alternative couples.’ LQBTQ weddings and themed weddings also get covered on the blog too which is great. Marry Me Ink has slowed down content in recent months, choosing quality over quantity and only sharing one real wedding a month.
Nu Bride founder Nova Reid is a diversity consultant and wedding planner who has been featured on BBC, SKY News, Huffington Post and various wedding blogs promoting the need for greater diversity and representation in the UK wedding industry. Nu Bride targets modern millennial and multicultural couples looking for wedding inspiration or wedding planning guidance. The blog also offers advice and featured content on parenting, relationships, health and wellbeing and more. I highly recommend this blog!
Rock n Roll Bride founder Kat Williams describes her hugely popular wedding blog as the ultimate guide for alternative brides. As well as being an inspirational blog full of alternative and diverse real wedding photo galleries, Rock n Roll Bride is also a bi-monthly magazine. In January 2019 Kat will also release her first book Rock n Roll Bride: The Ultimate Guide for Alternative Brides. This is one of my top three London wedding blogs alongside Love My Dress and Rock My Wedding. Take a look at Alisa & Ben‘s Halloween themed wedding at Shoreditch Studios on Rock N Roll Bride. I look forward to featuring more Shoreditch wedding couples on the blog soon!
Charlotte O’Shea’s hugely popular wedding blog Rock My Wedding is one of the best online resources for wedding inspiration with an endless supply of beautiful real wedding galleries. Each real wedding post includes a breakdown of all the suppliers and a personal interview with couples reflecting on their wedding. If you have not got time to look through all the galleries, highlights are available in Rock My Wedding’s podcasts which you can stream on Spotify or download via iTunes or Google.
Rock My Wedding have featured several weddings in our venues too!
Rock My Wedding - Anne & Chris (pictured)
Rock My Wedding - Lauren & Mark
Rock My Wedding - Sophie & Mike
Rock My Wedding - Joanna & Pete
Rock My Wedding - Smriti & David
Raj Dharar’s Secret Wedding Blog is dedicated to sharing multicultural, fusion and interfaith weddings from UK and around the world. The blog is an inspiring resource for couples who are interested in combining two or more cultures, faiths or traditions in their wedding. Secret Wedding Blog does a great job discussing the struggles interfaith and fusion couples may face in their relationships, families and religious communities. There are some emotional stories of families and religious communities boycotting and cancelling weddings and heartwarming stories of acceptance and love. The blog also features a diverse range of featured weddings searchable by country and religion.
Smashing The Glass describes itself as the worlds most popular Jewish wedding blog. Founded in 2013 by UK wedding planner Karen Cinnamon, the website is an essential resource for Jewish couples. There are thousands of featured weddings from UK and abroad, regular wedding advice features, kosher catering suppliers, chuppah ideas and you can even buy a Smashing The Glass branded glass smashing pouch. Take a look at Lucy & Michael’s Shoreditch Studios wedding (pictured) on the blog.
The Un Wedding is a colourful and modern wedding style and beauty blog focusing primarily on ‘cool bride style’. The Un Wedding Show is also one of London’s biggest indie wedding fairs, a chance for couples to meet a range of independent wedding suppliers including local bridal fashion designers, hair and makeup artists, florists, photographers, wedding planners and more. The Un Wedding Show takes place annually in February. If you love wedding fairs, also check A Most Curious Wedding Fair 1st-3rd March at Old Truman Brewery, Brick Lane.
Sonia Collett was inspired to launch Want That Wedding after planning her own 1930’s inspired wedding. Featuring weddings from all over the world, the site is really user friendly and well organised with tags for each season and a wide range of popular themes from vintage to modern, chic or boho. You can also search for wedding inspiration via colour! As well as the blog, Sonia is also a Pinterest fanatic with over 50,000 wedding pins on her page.