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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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Your Beautiful Day and Pamela Brise Floristry

 

 

 

At the beginning of the year we organised a photo shoot with an amazing team of suppliers because we wanted to show that weddings don’t always  have to be held in typical wedding venues.  There are some beautiful restaurants in Kent that can provide the perfect background to your big day.  We took four very different brides, with four different styles and set about proving that getting married in a stunning restaurant doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice style, in fact you can make your wedding day totally special and unique to you.

The Swan in West Malling was our chosen venue but it quickly became our inspiration for the shoot theme. We had so many ideas and so did the suppliers which meant on the day of the shoot we had so much fun creating different shots.

This one was the last shot of the day and seeing our Brides together gave us all a great sense of satisfaction. For the full shoot take a look here

 

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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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Tis the wedding season of sparkles and bold colours and so Rainbow Club’s launch of a new bridal shoe range couldn’t have come at a more perfect time. The new gorgeous additions include these very glam jewelled bow red shoes – we love them!

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Visit the Rainbow Club where you can find more of the new range alongside accessories, veils, handbags and headwear.

Happy Shopping!

Emma x

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Perhaps it’s our ever growing obsession with all things dark and gothic, from True Blood to the Vampire Diaries, as we’re loving black Bridesmaid dresses more than ever.

Here’s our pick of the six best ones currently available. What’s more your Bridesmaids will get to wear them again after the wedding to those fabulous Halloween parties!

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1. Wynn Gold Belted Maxi Dress, House of Fraser, £110.00

2. Black Dress by Pearl, ASOS, Now £38

3. Damsel in Distress, John Lewis, £219

4. Metal Plate Maxi Dress, Mint Velvet, £159

5. Spectacular Sparkle, French Connection, £180

6. One Shoulder Sparkle, Evica, £69.99

Happy Halloween!

Emma x

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Back at the beginning of the year we styled a shoot at The Swan in West Malling to showcase how getting married in a pub or restaurant doesn’t mean forsaking any glamour on your wedding day. Choosing your favourite local pub might not seem like the obviously choice but The Swan itself is a fantastic venue and can cater easily for different events, whether it’s a small gathering in one of their private rooms to large events in their peak-season marquee.  We brought together a fantastic team of suppliers for the shoot including the brilliant photographer, Rebecca Douglas and set about using the Swan’s brand itself to inspire the shoot. Using a simple black and white theme we used feathers and touches of pink and purple to soften the look and make the most of the Swan’s elegant backdrop.

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Thanks to all the brilliant suppliers:

Brides Hair  by Annabel The Crop Shop West Malling

Brides Make up: The Beauty Aisle

Dresses: Isabella Grace Bridal Boutique

Stationery: Pretty Wild

Flowers & Props: Florist in the Forest

Cakes & Sweets: Little Gems.

And a special thanks to our four models Jessica, Ria, Sarah and Jodie.

Today we have a fabulous new business to showcase on the blog from a brilliant Kent supplier. Amanda, the designer and creator of Brooch Bride, is originally a northern lass from Newcastle but has been in Kent for nearly 10 years. Amanda started out as a florist and was in the trade for over 2o years until she launched her new business creating bridal bouquets and accessories completely from buttons and brooches.

Lets find out a little bit more from Amanda…..

“Each Brooch bouquet I make is entirely unique and very much a one off, no two pieces will ever be completely the same. I handcraft the brooch bouquets as a reflection of each Bride. From gothic and dark to colourful or sparkly, the intricacy within the brooch bouquets uses amazing detail taken from the wedding theme itself or simply whatever the Bride loves.

I’m really passionate about my designs and love the fact that a brooch bouquet could become a treasured family heirloom, passed down through generations to use time and time again. Brides can incorporate their own jewellery and family stories as well into the design. From using a loved ones photograph in a locket to adding silver buttons from a cherished coat – it’s so fulfilling to create something that is completely bespoke and highly original.”

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See Amanda’s designs first hand at the Vintage and Unique Wedding Fair at Scotney Castle in September or visit the website to see the full range and order online. Amanda is offering all Wedding Dolls readers an exclusive 10% discount when you pay the deposit before December 2013. Just quote “The Wedding Dolls” when ordering.

Happy Shopping!

Emma x

Photography by Penny Young.

Today on the blog we have an absolutely brilliant competition that you won’t want to miss. The Rainbow Club has a stunning range of gorgeous wedding shoes and accessories with stockists all over Kent and the UK. For one lucky lady, they are giving you the chance to win accessories of your choice up to the value of £150.

All you need to do to win is whizz over and “Like” The Wedding Dolls and Rainbow Club Facebook pages, then share the post and you’ll be automatically entered.

For the lucky winner there’s so much to choose from including hair accessories, veils and handbags. Here are just a few of our favourites….

Anemone, £125

Orchid, £125

Chinita, £125

Cristobal, £149

Pinto, £85

Doria, £65

Visit their website to see the complete range of sparkling and pretty bridal shoes and accessories and to find a local stockist.

And don’t forget to enter the competition today – good luck!

Emma x

 

The Small Print: Please note that shoes are not included, the prize is for accessories only. The competition is open to individual Facebook entrants only and not business pages. Winners will be notified through Facebook and a UK delivery address for the prize will be required from the winner. The winner will be picked at random on 6th September 2013. No correspondence will be entered into, prizes are as stated, are not transferable and there is no cash alternative. Prizes may be substituted for equal or greater value if the stated prize becomes unavailable. If you are a winner, you must claim your prize within 28 days of being notified otherwise the prize will be forfeited and another winner chosen. The prize will be sent directly from the Rainbow Club to the winner. Please allow 28 days for delivery of your prize from the date you contact us to claim your prize.

 

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I love the elegance of a bridal veil. It’s not often you get to wear something that feels so grown up and beautiful. Finding one that suits your style and choice of dress isn’t always easy though. The Couture Veil collection by Sassi Holford is perfect if you’re a little bit scared of a veil but don’t want to miss your chance of wearing one! With stunning styles to choose from you can go from small and perfectly formed to bold and brave. Take a look at just some of the range here…

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Find your stockist in Kent and see more of the range at www.thecoutureveil.com

Happy Shopping!

Emma x

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