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It’s nearly that time again!!

The Wedding Fair, Bluewater is back from the 17th to 19th October and The Wedding Dolls will be there again to offer all visitors wedding planning advice completely free of charge.

Simply turn up to stand K6 and Joanne will do her very best to answer any wedding worries or queries you have there and then!

If free advice isn’t enough we’re also delighted to pass on a special ticket offer.  To save 1/3 on your tickets quote WA33 at www.theweddingfairs.com.

We can’t wait to see you there!

 

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Here at The Wedding Dolls HQ we’ve been busy doing lots of final planning with our Summer couples.

The final few weeks can be a heady mix of hectic running around, growing excitement and flashes of nerves. To help make sure you feel ready and prepared some list making is a must!

Here to help are our top five tips for the final weeks of planning:

1. Planning Timetable

Make sure you have a timed plan of your day. Include every hour from set up right through to the last dance. Email it to all of your suppliers. The more they all know the easier it will be for them to set up on the day and get themselves prepared. It will help the day run smoother if everyone knows when everything is happening.

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2. Mobile Mission

Make sure you have a list of all your suppliers along with their mobile phone numbers on the day itself. Give this to one of your ushers to look after just incase there are any last minute changes and you need to get hold of them. If you can give your suppliers a mobile contact number for the big day itself – again this can be one of the Ushers if you don’t have a Wedding Doll on hand!

3. What to do and when

Include in your preparations a list of everything you need to do in the week before the wedding, the day before the wedding and the morning of the wedding. List out all the jobs and put next to it who is going to do them. Be logical and realistic about what you can achieve in the time available. Don’t expect your Bridesmaids or Best Man to be able to do lots of running around the morning of the wedding – they’ll be busy enough getting themselves ready and getting to the Church too!

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4. In and Out

Make sure you know what time you can access your venue and let your suppliers know. Some venues will let you deliver items the day before but don’t just assume that you can. They may well have another wedding or just don’t have the storage space. Also check when you need to remove all of your items so you can work this into your plan as well. It’s a good idea to nominate someone to deliver and collect and have a list of everything that should be dropped off and picked up just to make sure nothing is forgotten.

5. Photography Timings

Make sure you give your photographer a list of all the shots you want taken on the big day. Listen to their advice about how many shots you can have and when is best to take them. It will help if you can have an Usher on hand to round up family just before they are needed – it will make things feel less rushed and certainly less stressful.

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The more preparation you can do in the lead up to the big day the better. Getting your plans down on paper will make it easier to see what needs to be done and when. It might seem daunting to do so but it will make it clearer and easier. We promise!

Happy Planning x

 

 

 

Later this year we’ll be working at Vic & Alex’s wedding and so we couldn’t wait to share their gorgeous engagement shoot with you. Vic & Alex run the Ferry House Inn and so are fully experienced at managing parties and other couples big days. But like most of us who work in events, we know it’s very difficult to manage everything yourself whilst trying to have a fabulous time, which is why we’re super excited to be working for them both on their wedding day. We’ll be there to make sure everything goes to plan whilst they relax and enjoy their very well deserved big day. We can’t wait!

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Thanks so much to Rebecca Douglas for sharing the shoot with us.

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As most of our regular readers will know by now we’re the preferred planner at St Clere Estate in Sevenoaks. It’s a gorgeous venue with beautiful gardens that is open during the Summer for weddings and events. Their next viewing day is coming up on 17th May 2014 from 2pm – 4pm. Viewing is strictly by appointment only so for more information, please contact Sarah on 01732 761309 or email info@stclere.co.uk.

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The Wedding Dolls have teamed up with Creative Brides to host a series of FREE networking events for wedding suppliers in Kent and surrounding area. It’s a chance to meet other wedding suppliers and small businesses in the area, so bring your business cards, grab a drink and get chatting!

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Date: Tuesday 28th October 2014

Location: The Black Pig, Tunbridge Wells. It’s a 2 minute walk from the station. There’s limited street parking and a small car park at the venue, but ample parking in Morrisons Car park near the train station.

Venue Address: 18 Grove Hill Rd, Tunbridge Wells, Kent, TN1 1RZ

Time: 7pm onwards (finish at 10:30pm)

Hosts: Creative Brides and The Wedding Dolls

Let us know if you would like to attend via our event on Facebook 

Look forward to seeing you all there

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Today on the blog we’re talking rain. Sorry about that.

Joanne has been busy drawing up some wet weather contingency plans for an outside event and whilst it’s okay to stay positive that the sun will shine, having a back up plan, especially if getting married in the UK, is essential so things don’t get to soggy.

Rain definitely doesn’t have to stop play if you follow a few simple rules:

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1. Photography can look stunning in the rain but have a few umbrellas ready so you don’t get drenched. Chat to your photographer beforehand so you’ll both know what to expect.

2. If your wedding is outside and somewhere potentially muddy just work with it. Tell guests to bring cardigans, jackets and wellies so they can plan accordingly. Think Glam Glasto.

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3. Sometimes the wind is worse than rain. Make sure you have rope, ties and grips to secure anything down that might get blown away. Tablecloths and gazebos are the worse offenders.

4. Erecting some shelter, however simple will work wonders. Just so guests can get in the dry should a downpour happen.

5.  If the weather forecast suggests that it might be a tad cold ask your marquee company about heaters and check with your venue about any heating arrangements. They’ll have dealt with it all before and will have lots of suggestions.

Happy Planning!

Emma.

 

Images by Kay Young Photography

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It’s all very exciting here at the The Wedding Dolls today as we are totally proud to be Mulberry Cottages recommended wedding and event planner.

If you’re looking for a unique wedding venue Mulberry Cottages have a fantastic selection of self-catering cottages in Kent and the rest of the UK. There are brilliant locations in town centres, costal resorts and in the countryside, so you can experience fantastic views on your wedding day.

Even if you don’t opt for getting married at one of the cottages they make a great base for wedding guests so you can all carry on enjoying the party long after the last dance. There are cottage complexes which are perfect for larger groups sleeping up to around 30 guests, some including your own swimming pool for the ultimate stylish wedding weekend.

If you are staying in one of their cottages and planning your wedding (or any celebration come to that!) then we can help. Working closely with the Mulberry Cottages team we provide a planning service that will help you create the perfect event. Whether it’s sourcing local suppliers, finding a caterer or private chef, booking transport, hiring entertainers or information about putting up a marquee we can assist you.

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All Mulberry Cottages guests receive an exclusive 10% discount on our services and we have some special one-off planning packages available. Take a look at their website for more about their cottages or call us for info about our services.

Happy Planning!

Emma & Joanne x

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This month’s edition of Your Kent Wedding features a fun and fantastic wedding we worked on last year. Carol and Antonio’s wedding was packed full of personal DIY touches so if you’re thinking of getting creative and doing lots of styling yourself take a look for bags of inspiration.

Here’s a little peek at the article. To download the full edition click here.

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A big thanks to Carol and Antonio for allowing us to share their big day with you all and to Your Kent Wedding and all the suppliers involved.

The next Quaint Queer Weird Wedding Alternative Wedding Fair is being held on Saturday 15th March 2014 from 12pm until 4pm at the Corn Exchange in Brighton. This fair is a celebration of everything alternative, Retro, LGBT and quirky vintage on offer in wedding world.

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With a theme entitled ‘Bygone to Bondage’, this event is 18+ is obviously not your standard wedding fair but great for seeing alternative and daring designers displaying their stunning and most unusual wedding fashion, accessories, photography, cakes and much more. Throughout the day, there will be burlesque dancing and risqué entertainment, but if you think you’ll just go and hide in the corner at this event, think again, as guests are encouraged to ‘dress to impress’.

Sponsors include: Two Brides, The Butch Clothing Company and Crown and Glory.

Tickets are £5 from Dig for Victory on the door. Find out more here.

WIN A PAIR OF TICKETS!!!!  To win a pair of tickets simply email joanne@theweddingdolls.co.uk by midnight on Wednesday 12th March 2014. The winner will be drawn at random from the entries received and notified by email the following day. 

Over the last few months we’ve been helping lots of couples think about their wedding theming and create mood boards from their own personality and style. We know its easier said than done so to keep it simple we’ve got some gorgeous weddings coming up on the blog that will show how you can create your boards based around one colour.

Jade & Ben were married in July last year at the Manor Barn in Bexhill on Sea. Photographer, Teri Vincent, captured all the detail which included vibrant purple mixed with softer more natural tones of the colour to create a really pretty but striking palette. Alongside lots of lace (I love that wedding dress!!) and little personal touches including butterflies and handmade signs, the styling totally suited the venue backdrop.

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Thanks to Jade & Ben for sharing their day with us and Teri Vincent for the fab photography. For more barn wedding inspiration take a look at our portfolio.

Planning Picks:

Brides Dress: Ella
Grooms Outfit: Hugo Boss
Bridesmaid Outfits: Debut
Catering: Circa Events 
Flowers & Table Plan: Flutterby Events 
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