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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. 

It is a total privilege helping couples create the wedding of their dreams – if this wasn’t special enough, meeting and working with so many amazing suppliers in the industry is the icing on the (wedding) cake – sorry couldn’t resist!

Without awesome suppliers we wouldn’t be able to give our couples the best day of their lives. So we choose who we work with very carefully and a lot of time and effort goes into building relationships with like-minded suppliers that have the same ethos about weddings as we do. Each supplier gives 100% to every couple, 100% of the time, and so we have loved working with them all.

Recommendation is really key to finding and being able to trust your wedding suppliers. Ask around and make sure you have done your research carefully. Although lots of you tell us you hate going, visiting a few wedding fairs really does give you the chance to meet suppliers face-to-face and get a feel for them and their work. Vital in building a good relationship.

Just like us other suppliers will in turn be happy to recommend other companies you might need and you can gradually grow your network of possibles. Make sure you get quotes before you jump in so you are clear what you are paying for and then contrast and compare carefully. Most suppliers we will  be happy to give you a free consultation before you decide 100% too.

Here are a few snapshots of work created for The Wedding Dolls couples by just some of our fabulous wedding suppliers over the last year and our little chance to thank them all.

Oh and how can we not thank the brilliant photographers who captured our suppliers amazing work!

Kay Young PhotographyRebecca Douglas PhotographyJackson and CoDanni Beach and Martin Briggs

Enjoy and happy researching!

J. x

 

 

 

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Today it’s all about the Bridesmaids and the Sofia Moore range is brilliant if you’ve got glamourous grown up gals to kit out or even sneak in a dress for yourself….

All the dresses are made to measure to give you a perfect fit. All you need to do is pick your favourite design from the three collections, choose your colour and add your measurements. We love that the dress shapes are really flattering and you can mix and match to suit your Bridesmaids figures and what they feel most comfortable wearing, still safe in the knowledge that they’ll look super stylish.

To claim your 20% off simply place your order before 30th December 2013 using the code WeddingDolls2013 at the checkout.

Happy Shopping!

Emma x

 

 

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It’s a familiar cry at this time of year “I’ve got nothing to wear” and I haven’t. My summer skirts and sandals are a distant memory and I need to find something other than my usual uniform of skinny jeans. So if like me you’re after a bit of fashion inspiration for your Winter wardrobe then don’t miss charity event, Rock the Runway on Thursday 3rd October at The High Rocks, Tunbridge Wells from 7.30pm.

You’ll get an exclusive peek at the Autumn/Winter collections from some of Tunbridge Wells’ best loved retailers including Mint Velvet, Pure, Kitch, Bod & Ted,  Minimaya, White Company and Daniel Shoes. There’ll be a range of stands selling clothes, accessories and jewellery which you can browse whilst sipping your complimentary glass of bubbly. Then settle down to an amazing catwalk show and charity raffle.

Every ticket purchased will make a massive difference to a fabulous local charity, chYps* and you’ll have all the fashionista expertise you need!

Tickets are now limited so get yours quick and I’ll see you there!

Emma x

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*chYps enable Children and Young People with life-limiting and life-threatening conditions to receive clinical care and support in their place of choice, which is overwhelmingly in their own home.

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Sometimes getting a group of girls together and just chilling out means a lot more laughs and much less stress. Spa to You is a great way to get pampered and preened in the comfort of your own home with fabulous spa treatments for all the girls.

Lauren Tucker, owner and therapist tells us “Luxury manicures, pedicures, spray tanning, facials and massage are definitely the most popular options for a hen pamper party. We also offer a great Bride-To-Be package so there’s lots of choice for everyone.

 

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Wedding Dolls readers can get a special offer if booking before the end of June where the Bride will receive either a free 30 minute facial or a spray tan when four or more hens attend a party and have a spray tan too! 

See full details of all the packages at www.spatoyou.co.uk where you can also see brilliant feedback about the service.

Happy Hen Planning!

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Todays inspirational style steal is from the unique team that is Bespoke Collective and was shot on location in the Mansion House at Port Lympne Wild Animal Park.

Bespoke Collective is a brand new company made up of Matt Ebbage the photographer, JoJo Pepper the beautician, makeup artist and hairstylist Jessica Hawkins and the jewellery design talents of Faye Holmes.

We really love the vintage vibe in this shoot alongside the sheer prettiness of the gorgeous lace dress.

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To find out more about the Bespoke Collective team visit their website.

Other credits:

Colette Hawkins – China and table dressing
Victoria Woodbridge – Floristry
Chris Ebbage – Assistant photographer

At The Wedding Dolls we definitely feel for the Mother of the Bride (MOTB). Our dear old Mums usually bear the brunt of our planning tears and tantrums plus on top they’ve got their own fashion crisis to sort out when it comes to choosing a MOTB wedding outfit.

So what could be better than spending an evening with your Mum in the company of a fabulous personal stylist at one of the best wedding Bridal shops around, where both of you will be looked after and styled to your hearts content?

Froufrou Bridal Boutique are holding the perfect event for you both on Wednesday 17th April in conjunction with Lynne Meek of Styling Matters, a professional stylist who will be on hand to offer her help and advice on choosing a perfect wedding outfit. Also there are experts from LK Bennett, Laura Mercier and Holly’s Hats, in what promises to be a fun packed evening.

With this set of friendly and fun ladies at hand not only your mum will be looking and feeling sensational come the big day – you’ll have bagged loads of help and advice too! Set in Froufrou’s beautiful, relaxed boutique on the night you’ll also be treated to scrumptious cupcakes, sweet treats and fine bubbly as you soak up the style advice and chat to the boutique owners, Nicole and Helena.

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Don’t stop at your mum though, bring your friends, your Aunt or the future in-laws for what promises to be a fab night. Tickets (which are unbelievably good value at £10 per person) will go fast and spaces are limited so click here for more info now and hopefully we’ll see you there!

Emma x

 

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On Thursday I headed down to Brighton to the launch party of the gorgeous Doily Days Wedding Magazine. The vintage inspired do was filled with fabulous music, singers and decor, but what really made the theme was the AMAZING hair and make-up.

If you’re having a vintage wedding or fancy a retro hen do, Ingrid and Lynda, the lovely ladies behind, Vintage Inspired Makeovers, are offering hair and make-up sessions finishing off with a fabulous photoshoot, that is guaranteed to get the party started old school style.

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So if you and your hens want to hit the Lanes of Brighton looking like Dita Von Teese, more details are just one, not very vintage, click away!

Happy Planning!

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Todays online shopping extravaganza is courtesy of Britten Weddings and their absolutely gorgeous Art Deco Inspired ‘Circa’ 2013 collection.

The collection ranges from elegant ostrich feather fans to intricately embellished headbands and all the pieces showcase the distinctive Britten style and fabulous craftsmanship.

Since launching in 2011, Britten has created bespoke bridal accessories with a vintage twist. Each and every piece is handmade in the UK by head designer Sarah Jane Bates, who studied the art and craftsmanship of accessory design at London College of Fashion and now works with her team from their workshop just outside Bath.

All pieces in the collection are available to buy online but if you have your mind set on something and just can’t find it anywhere Sarah says ” we can offer a fully bespoke service allowing you to work alongside the team to design your perfect piece”.

So if you missed out on getting something gorgeous for Valentines Day (I for one was just glad for a bunch of flowers!) then go ahead and give yourself a little treat today!

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Last week we were in search of the perfect smoky eye for Brides-to-be and Maidstone based make up artist, Nicola Peen, is here to give us a hand!

Nicola says “the key to successful wedding makeup is about finding the right look for you. If you don’t usually wear a lot of make-up then you won’t to go overboard on the big day, but may want to have a bit more for extra pizazz! For eye make-up that still has a natural look I choose
 browns, corals, creams and
 golds matched with light foundations 
that aren’t too matt. I don’t
 add too much shimmer either as this can give a 
sweaty appearance in photographs and I stick to highlighting the brow bone and the tops of the cheek bone for a subtle yet fresh look.

“For brides that prefer a more dramatic look on their eyes I use greys rather than harsh black eye shadow. Opting for a light grey shadow on the lid and working in a darker grey eye shadow into the socket line gives you a really subtle smoky eye. My favourite eye shadow brands are MAC and Christian Dior for their highly pigmented colours in a wide range of textures and shades – fabulous for perfect blending.

“Eyeliner defines the eyes and can give a number of different effects depending on what sort of look you’re going for. Gel eyeliner in black on the top lid will give a more dramatic and defined look making the eyes appear bigger, while kohl pencil in black, grey or brown on the top lid will give a softer look.

“False lashes are now really popular and they do make the eyes look stunning. After applying mascara I add about six individual lashes dotted along the lash line or sometimes just three to the outer corner of the eye for a natural but very effective look”.

Nicola, who trained at the London College of Fashion, has over 12 years experience
 of bridal make-up and is offering an exclusive discount to Wedding Dolls blog readers of 15% off when you book any package before the end of February 2013.

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Thanks Nicola for all your fab advice – we’re off to try it out for ourselves!

All images courtesy of Wedding Make Up by Nicola

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