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Now with the Oscars coming up at the weekend most people will be glued to the dresses on the red carpet but I turn straight to the bit in the news coverage that tells me what’s in the post party goodie bag. Now it might be my shallow side or my hours spent shopping for ideal corporate gifts to give clients to trundle home on the train with, but I’m still a little obsessed by what you can put into goodie bags and their value to your guests.

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Now your wedding guests might not be rocking an Oscar and you’re not going to have a budget of $10,000 a pop but giving them a little goodie bag at your wedding is a really lovely way to add some fun (and thought) into your day. Favours have always traditionally done the ‘goodie bag gift’ but try turning it on it’s head and thinking about what your guests will need, and when, and you can transform the favour forever.

Many a time you’ve been a guest at a wedding and stood at the Church, starving and thirsty waiting for the photographs to be done so you can leg it back to the reception to grab a glass of bubbles. So suggestions for a little goodie bag, given out by your Ushers after the Church service, could include a personalised little bottle of water, some juice bottles, a wrapped biscuit or cookie or even an apple with personalised sticker. It’ll keep your guests grumbling stomachs at bay and show that you’ve thought about them whilst you’re having your red carpet moment.

Flower biscuit

Little Boutique Bakery

Or if your guests have travelled a long way have some jugs of water, with cucumber ribbons and lemon, plus some personalised mints on arrival at the Church along with their Order of Service. A little pack of colouring pens and notepaper will also be appreciated for little guests (and their parents) at this point too.

Another fab idea is to put some toiletries in the Bathrooms including deodorant, body spray, baby wipes, Chap Sticks and feet soothers that guests can take when they need them. Or for all out comfort try flip flops for your guests in the summer and some blankets for the evening when the summer chill takes hold.

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These gifts throughout the day will mean all the little needs of your guests are taken care of and when you’re ready to do your Oscar winning speech they’ll be there clapping wildly as your biggest fans.

Have you done something similar for your wedding? If so we’d love to get your ideas?

 

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Today’s style steal are these really cute little pots of honey and olive oil as favours for your guests. You can make your own honey  or flavoured oil olive for some DIY bonus points but be warned the glass jars can be expensive unless you are buying in super bulk!

However the good news is you can buy pots of honey already done from BeeARTisan. Add place name tags to the jars and you’ll have the perfect table settings for a Kent wedding feast.

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In part two of our wedding discount day we’re featuring, My Fayre Favourite, a collection of absolutely gorgeous vintage jewellery and bridal accessories by Maidstone based designer, Charlotte Brown.

Charlotte tells us “I’m obsessed with vintage and love finding old treasures that I can use in my jewellery designs. My pieces aren’t mass produced new items made to look vintage but are true to the genuine article, giving you an individual one-off piece to treasure forever.”

Here’s just some of our favourites but visit the online store for the entire range. And don’t forget to quote WEDDINGDOLLS2013 at the checkout to get your exclusive 10% discount.

Vintage 1950’s Necklace, £24

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Vintage Bridal Hair Comb, £25

Vintage 1950’s Rhinestone Necklace, £20

Silver and White Beaded Hairband £25

Jewellery transformed into a Bridal Hair piece, £25

Handmade wedding garter vintage lace with vintage brooch £25

Handmade wedding garter vintage lace with vintage brooch £25

bridal hair grips £4.50 per grip

bridal hair grips £4.50 per grip

Ivory flower hair comb with birdcage veil, £15

And if you’re feeling really generous you can even buy these gorgeous cufflinks for the Groom – they are just so cute!

Coin Cufflinks, British 1961 Lucky Sixpence, £10

Coin Cufflinks, British 1961 Lucky Sixpence, £10

Happy Shopping x

I need to cut up my credit card because I’ve found a website where I might just spend a fortune. Stella & Dot are a really unique jewellery shop and have a fantastic range of products for your wedding day (and if you’re like me any other occasion!). The Stella and Dot collections are designed by an in-house team over in New York. Fear not though as us English girls have a few ways to buy, either online or through trunk shows. The trunk shows give you a chance to view the collections and have a fun girls night to boot, all with a local Stella & Dot stylist. Here are just two of our favourite pieces but there’s loads more to choose from. Plus it might just set you on a new career path as you can find out more about launching your own business as a Stella & Dot Stylist!

Chantilly Lace Cuff, £85 and matching earings £40

Sofia Pearl Bib Necklace, £95

If you are going for a vintage or a gorgeous English country garden wedding theme you can’t go far wrong with including bunting in your styling mix. It’s a Wedding Dolls favourite and we’re not alone. Sue Maulin, owner of Bunting Boutique just loves bunting and makes gorgeous metres of it for weddings and other special occasions. We met Sue a few weeks ago and whilst we were admiring her handiwork she told us “Now, we may be biased, but we think that our Bunting is just the ticket to finish off any wedding space. We’ve transformed barns, marquees, dancefloors, top tables, Wedding cake tables and much more.”

If you’re planning a vintage themed wedding, then their vintage doily and linen bunting is the perfect accessory. We just love the detail involved and it’s so different from anything else we’ve seen.

If you want to personalise your own bunting then Sue tells us “we can hand embroider letters onto linen to create any words or phrases, or we can design and make Bunting to your specification. You can choose the patterns, fabric and colour scheme of your choice to guarantee it fits perfectly wherever it ends up hanging.”

Sue says “Our studio is an Aladdins cave, we are surrounded by a myriad of fabrics, tools, nic-nacs and trinkets. We lovingly sew each piece of bunting, the colour and fabric of every single piece carefully selected.” Just visit their website for a fabulous gallery of bunting images and more information about how you can order yours.

 

 

This weeks wedding website comes from across the pond and we’ve heard some great things about it. The Wedding Paper Divas have a fabulous range of save the date cards, some of which start at 53p for a printed postcard. You can choose from their huge range where you’re bound to find something that suits your theme. You have the option of the traditional postcard or magnets and photo cards. There’s also matching invitations, reply cards and thank you cards if you want to order all in one go.

 

You can get 8 free stationery samples to see some of your favourite options first hand, just enter FREETRY at checkout.

 

 

 

For all you sparkle lovers out there prepare to spend some serious wedge on a new website from Gemini London.

Loved by celebs such as Alesha Dixon, Gemini have been selling their jewellery through House of Fraser but now you can buy online too.

Their really gorgeous, but affordable range includes stunning pendants, earrings, necklace sets, bracelets and hair accessories suitable for all occasions and especially for brides-to-be!  Plus there’s free UK delivery on orders over £50.

Happy Shopping x

Traditional this is not, but come on Brides it’s time to take a stand… how do you feel about making a speech on your wedding day?

Whilst most Brides don’t join the speech line up, your wedding is the only time you will have your closest friends and relatives in one room. Do you really want to miss the chance to speak to them all, tell them how much they mean to you and how much you would like to thank them?

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Nerves might be holding you back, but if you don’t give it a go it may just be one of those little wedding regrets. Just think, you’ve got no pressure to be funny or remember big thank you’s – it’s just you and your guests, and the opportunity to say how you feel on your big day.

Sophie French, who married husband Pete at the London Golf Club, was one such bride who says “I didn’t want to miss the chance to say a special thank you to my parents who had done so much for us as well as my friends, some of whom had travelled a long way to be there. I was a bit nervous but if you tell it from the heart, you don’t need to worry as your guests will be thrilled however you deliver it.”

If you need some extra help then there’s plenty of advice website’s out there with example speeches already done that you can adapt, and we can provide help and delivery training too.

So come on ladies will you be leaving it all to the groom? Let us know what you think?

Today our fabulous find is a local beauty business, Mitchell and Peach, that was recommended to me by a friend and now I just can’t get enough of it. Since having a hand op I’ve needed to keep moisturising my hand and I’m addicted to their hand cream (60ml, £17). From first glance at the fabulous packaging you’ll be hooked too and the cream has a beautiful scent which absorbs really quickly.

I’ve steadily worked my way through the rest of the product range which includes: a handwash (300ml, £19), a cream soap (4 x 100g, £28), a revitalising shower wash (250ml, £20), a relaxing bath oil (100ml, £39) and a rich, nourishing body cream (180ml, £36), all perfumed with a unique lavender and peachy fragrance.

Best of all there is a luxury travel collection (5 x 75ml shampoo, conditioner, bath oil, shower wash and body cream, £31.50) which is just perfect for a honeymoon treat or for a gorgeous bridesmaid gift.

Behind the products are father and son team, Ian and Jod Mitchell, who now manage the business, which was started over 100 years ago from Covent Garden. All their Mitchell & Peach products are hand-blended in England using the finest natural ingredients, including matured essential oils from the family’s lavender fields in Sevenoaks and honey collected from hives on their estate. What’s more the range is free from parabens, mineral oil, sodium lauryl sulphate and synthetic colouring and are not tested on animals.

The products are only available in selected stores including Annabel’s in Chislehurst and Harvey Nics daaarhling, or you can order online. And with a growing celebrity following, including Yasmin Le Bon, you’ll be in good company!

Image courtesy of Mitchell & Peach

Sometimes you find a website that you’re no longer going to be able to live without. And Cox and Cox is it. If you are DIYing your wedding it’s the perfect place to find unique decorations and accessories. It’s one of our favourite places to start when we’re styling weddings (and our houses too!). You’re sure to find something you love in the first few clicks!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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