Do you need a little bit of extra planning help? If the answer is yes then our Dolly Hours are the perfect way to pay as you plan. You simply buy our expertise by the hour and use the hours whenever you them, whatever you need them for. They are great for busy couples who want to do most of the planning themselves but just need a little bit of professional advice here and there.
Dolly Hours can be used for things like sourcing suppliers, obtaining quotes, creating styling boards and setting up planning schedules. It’s completely up to you – it’s like your very own wedding pick and mix!
Each Dolly Hour costs £35 but if you book your Dolly Hours before the end of March 2014 we’ll give you an extra hour FREE for every three hours you book. Simply quote “HelloFreeHour” when you drop us a line.
We think they make great presents for recently engaged couples! Just ask us for a gift card when booking.
Emma & Joanne x
On the blog today we’re sharing with you a fantastic competition brought to you by our wedding friends, super blog Creative Brides and Rebecca Douglas Photography. Head over to Creative Brides for all the details but here is a little snippet to tempt you all……
Today we’re sharing with you a lovely engagement shoot by Rebecca Douglas of cute couple Lisa and Owen. Lisa tells us their engagement story…..
“We first met in 2008 in Canterbury and were introduced by a mutual friend. She made it very obvious that she thought we would be a perfect match and Owen even joked that we should get married! Our paths didn’t cross for a while after that night as I was taking exams but Owen and I kept in touch and then arranged a date – we moved in together just 6 months later! For our anniversary last year Owen gave me a beautiful bracelet. He suddenly dropped to one knee and asked me to look inside the bracelet. Carefully engraved was ‘Will you marry me, Lisa?’! It was such a wonderful surprise!
“It’s been wedding crazy since our engagement and having this shoot in the Bluebell Wood was just like being in our very own fairy tale. We regularly go walking together in the countryside, so the setting couldn’t have been more fitting for us as a couple. Both of us are relatively shy, but Rebecca put us at ease and we had such a fun evening walking through the woods having our picture taken. The scent of the bluebells was just amazing! Planning a wedding together can be such a busy affair, but having that time on the shoot was such an enjoyable and relaxing way to celebrate our engagement and we also have some beautiful images to look back on.”
Massive congratulations to Lisa & Owen and thanks to Rebecca Douglas for sharing the shoot with us.
From Tuesday 9th April to Saturday 13th April, Tunbridge Wells jewellers, Payne and Son, will be holding their Annual wedding event packed full of advice and inspiration for your big day. The five day extravaganza will be at their store in the High Street (number 37) and runs from 9.30am to 5pm each day. There’s loads of fabulous wedding suppliers from in and around Tunbridge Wells taking part including us!
The Wedding Dolls will be there to run a “Wedding Worries” session on Saturday 13th between 2pm and 4pm where you can ask as many questions as you like and we’ll try our best to come up with an answer there and then! Whether it’s finding the perfect venue, juggling the budget, sourcing wedding suppliers or stamping your own style on your big day, we’ll be there to give you instant advice and help.
Other suppliers there to share their inspiration and advice are local Bridal designer, Judy Mott Bridal Gowns, Pour Les Femme Bridal Lingerie and Sue Hill with gorgeous bridesmaid dresses alongside SW1 Hair and Beauty for all your hair and make-up needs.
Brilliant photographer, Kerry McNair can help with professional advice on your wedding photography and there’s chauffeur-driven classic cars and limousines on offer from ER Hickmott. Plus plenty of prettiness from floral designers Flowers at Colonnade and the Brew House Hotel showcasing it’s stunning wedding venue.
Not just for the Bride-to-be, this event gives the whole wedding party a chance to get kitted out with style advice for the big day. With Austin Reed for the Groom and Ushers and for the Mother-of-the-bride all wardrobe dilemmas will be sorted by La Belle Femme and Lynne Meek of Styling Matters.
Browsing in store at Payne and Son you’ll find super gift ideas for your ushers and bridesmaids as well as bridal jewellery and accessories.
There’s also special offers available to any couple who buy their engagement ring during the promotion so make sure you get down there and take a look.
Hopefully we’ll see you there!
Image by Kerry McNair
If you are on the search for your wedding photographer then this is one post you need to read. It’s a fantastic guest post by the very talented photographer, Rebecca Douglas, who is going to give you the low down on what you need to look for when booking your wedding photography. Let’s find out more from the gal herself…….
Rebecca Douglas – In front of the camera for once!
￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼”Hi Everyone, I hope that this quick tutorial will give you enough info to confidently pick your photographer but before we get onto us photographer types remember that to start with its all about you…
What do you want from your wedding photography?
Start by asking yourself some simple questions.
What’s your style? Do you like traditional, documentary, modern and edgy or retro and vintage?
What do you want captured on the day? Is it from arrival at the ceremony until the last dance, longer or less?
Do you want an album or DVD only with all of the images, or both?
What is your budget? Photography is the only lasting reminder of your day so think carefully about what have you budgeted. Is it realistic?
Let the Research Begin
Start by searching for photographers on Google and look at review websites, blogs and social media.
If you see a photographer you like what is your gut reaction to their images? Do you love, like or just think ok? You should LOVE LOVE LOVE!
Draw up a short list of possibles, then try pinning their images (Pinterest is a great research tool) and keep comparing. Contact them to see if they are free on your wedding date. It’s also a good chance to see what their speed of response is like. Are they efficient and good at getting back to you as the customer?
When you’ve done enough pinning take a good look at the photos and ask yourself the following questions:
Can you see yourself in the images? Are the key moments captured? Are the images sharp? Do the images look well lit? Do the people look comfortable and relaxed? Are the images taken from flattering angles? Hint: all the answers should be YES!
￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼Meeting your Photographer
When you meet with the photographer have a checklist of questions that link to your list of priorities. It’s also important that you strike up an instant rapport and you’re happy that they are focused on you and your day.
Lastly you need to do a bit of admin! Make sure your photographer has public liability and public indemnity insurance as well as professional (full-frame cameras) and back up gear. Read their terms and condition carefully. Also check they have back up on and off site for images so they are not lost forever! It’s also helpful at this point to see what images you will get (how many and what resolution) and your rights to print and upload. It’s worth asking how they will use them and will they Photoshop and edit images, plus you need to find out how quickly you will get the images and/or albums after the wedding.
It’s really important too that you can see yourself smiling at your photographer for the whole of your wedding day and you are super comfortable with them. If so, the experience will be so much more enjoyable especially if you are a bit camera shy. It’s also a great idea to have an engagement shoot to get comfortable as a couple in front of the camera and work with your photographer prior to the day.
Good luck with your photographer and have a fantastic wedding day!”
Massive thanks Rebecca and if you’re just starting out on your wedding planning, we cover how to pick your suppliers in our workshop so take a look here for more info.
All images: Rebecca Douglas Photography
Fabulous photographer, Rebecca Douglas, is offering an exclusive Wedding Dolls offer for a free engagement shoot. Simply book your wedding photography with her in January or February 2013 to claim your engagement shoot.
At the Wedding Dolls we think engagement shoots are a must before your wedding so you can get to know your photographer and feel more relaxed with being ‘papped’ on your big day. Rebecca tells us “Engagement shoots are just wonderful fun! It gives you both time in front of the camera, at a favourite place where you can spend some relaxed time together. It will give you time to take a stroll with me, as your photographer, so we can get to know each other a bit more. I love to build you and your story, hobbies and interests into a shoot so if you fancy doing something to incorporate this, I’d love to hear your ideas”.
A great bonus of having an engagement shoot means you’ll have gorgeous images you can use for save the date cards, invites or signing boards, which the talented Rebecca can help you put together.
Her offer includes a 1-2 hour shoot, a Facebook gallery of a few sneak peeks to share with your friends and family, ten 8 x 6 inch professionally printed images of your favourite shots and an online gallery where you can buy more shots if you wish.
Simply mention this post when you contact her about your booking. Below are just some of her engagement shoots to give you an idea of what to expect.
Your photos also come beautifully packaged when they arrive – we just love the handmade little badges!
Copyright – All images: Rebecca Douglas
For more examples of Rebecca’s Wedding Photography check out some previous wedding blog posts: Great Barn Wedding and Kent Castle Dream
If you’re feeling in need of a winter snuggly treat then you’ll love our happy couple in today’s Share the love. This is a lovely engagement shoot in one of our favourite Kent towns, Canterbury. We asked one half of our happy couple, Laura, to tell us all about the big proposal and the low down on their shoot.
When and where did you get engaged?
It was in December in Canterbury, which is where we met and both studied at Canterbury Christ Church University.
Who proposed to whom?
Chris proposed to me, keeping it traditional on one knee, diamond ring at the ready! We then went for a nice for a cup of tea and a service in the Cathedral. It all came as a complete surprise!
Why did you pick Canterbury for your shoot?
We got engaged on the bridge near the Marlowe Theatre, a bridge that was always on our walk home as students, so it’s very special to us. Then we retraced the steps of the engagement day, going for a drink in Chambers Café before heading into the Cathedral cloisters for some shots there. Then, as a bonus we headed off to Reculver for some photographs. We had to race over as we hoped for some sunset pictures. In spite of it being overcast all day, the sun finally appeared for the last half hour of our shoot!
Did friends and family know in advance or did you tell them after?
Of course my dad had to know! As Chris is training to be a vicar, there’s an old tradition that his ‘boss’, the Bishop, is supposed to know too. A few friends knew too because it’s a big secret to keep! Then we spent the evening phoning everyone else before going out for dinner.
How did you pick your photographer for your engagement shoot?
Rebecca came highly recommended by a friend of ours so we knew just who to ring when the time came! We so made the right choice and we are looking forward to working with her on our wedding day!
And so lastly when is the big day?
Saturday 12th October 2013 at St Stephen’s Church, Canterbury.
Thanks so much to Rebecca Douglas and our couple for sharing their engagement with us.
Happy Wedding Planning! x