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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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Hello All! Today there no ordinary guest books here. Oh No. The ladies over at Illustries have worked their own brand of magic to offer you the chance to win one of their fabulous personalised Guest Books.

The books are absolutely brilliant and so unique, giving your guests the chance to draw pictures, doodle stories, write messages and lots more. They are guaranteed to keep guests entertained and leave you with a very special memento of your big day.

As part of the competition the lucky winner will get to add their names, wedding date and signature colour to their prize. The guest books normally retail at £69 so what are you waiting for! All you need to do to enter is “Like our Facebook page, then share the competition post and hey presto you’ll be automatically entered.

Good luck!

Emma x

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The Small Print: The competition closes on Friday 9th August 2013 when the winner will be chosen at random. Please note that 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 book will be required from the winner. 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 supplier to the winner. Please allow 28 days for delivery of your prize from the date you contact us to claim your prize.

As we all celebrate the birth of a Royal baby boy, The Wedding Dolls are very proud to announce their very own new arrival. We have teamed up with the Bake and Crafthouse in Cranbrook to bring you DIY Wedding Workshops.

At these very special workshops you will be able to find out how to plan a fabulous DIY wedding. Perfect if you have a dry hire venue or are about to get all creative and make lots of your own wedding pretty. We’ll be there as usual to guide you through the DIY planning process with lots of hints and tips to help you create a handmade wedding, without all the stress!

Craft expert Kate from the Bake and Crafthouse who will be on hand to get you down and dirty with fabulous DIY ideas including stationery, favours and gifts, plus brilliant finishing decorative touches to really make your venue sparkle. You’ll get the chance to get stuck in and have a go and leave for home ready to get creative with oodles of confidence!

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Only limited dates are available so click here now for more info.

Happy Crafting!

Emma x

Ps You can see just some of Kate’s handy work here with her post on three very cute DIY wedding favour bags.

Today on the blog we have an absolutely fantastic offer from the very lovely Claire Lefevre of The Little Posy Print Company. Claire is a fabulous designer of wedding stationery and also makes brilliant custom-made stamps, so you can get all creative with your DIY wedding styling.

Claire is offering The Wedding Dolls readers a free custom designed rubber stamp (worth £44.95!) when you order your wedding invitations with her. Your gorgeous little stamp can be used on all manner of wedding prettiness such as sweetie bags, favours, save the dates and thank you cards – the only limit is your creativity!


Jack and Emily Thank you stamp

The offer is available for invitations from both the pre-made designs and the bespoke service. There are so many stunning designs to choose from. Just take a look below!

There’s a minimum order of 20 invites and the stamp will be a maximum size of 125x125mm. The offer is available until the end of July and please quote “The Wedding Dolls” when enquiring.

Don’t forget to tell us what you do with yours – happy stamping!

Emma x

 

Chances are organising a wedding is your first dip into the party planning pool so no doubt it will seem a bit daunting. But fear not, here’s 8 easy ways to become “Little Miss Organised” and get your planning as near to damn perfect as it can be.

1. You’ve Got Mail

Setting up a new email account is a great way to separate your wedding planning from the rest of your life. You can easily save quotes, keep track of supplier questions, sign up to wedding blogs and other wedding marketing emails as well as manage diary dates for wedding fairs and special offers etc. This way you won’t be reminded of your impending nuptials every time you check your email for the latest deals at Topshop. Plus all wedding related mail can be sorted into handy folders for extra planning bonus points.

2. Box Me Clever

If like me, you’re a leaflet hoarder (I at least have a professional reason for this ….) you will soon find this quadruples during your first few months of wedding planning. If you want to avoid spending at least an hour a week searching for “the card for the singer I saw at Bluewater” get a box and put every leaflet in there as soon as you return home. Don’t get all OCD and try and file everything in alphabetical order, that will just send you nuts.

3. Do the Math

Having a budget in mind will give you a little bit more control over your planning and make it easier to organise. Draw up your budget planner early on and you’ll be searching for the right suppliers at the right price from the very beginning. And don’t be worried about telling suppliers what your budget is. Being all “secret squirrel” can be counter-productive and most suppliers will always try and cut you a good deal, especially if you can be flexible on dates.

4. Easy Style Guide

Finding inspiration and seeing things you like is one thing, putting it in some kind of order is completely another. Get yourself a Pinterest account and start pinning as if the very success of your wedding depended on it. Put the Pins into categories/styles and you’ll soon have little mood boards to organise your thoughts and likes. Once you’ve decided upon a style delete the pins you don’t need until you are left with one wedding board as your ultimate style guide. Your stress levels will thank you for it.

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5. Tickety Boo

Organising a wedding is not something you do everyday, so be prepared for it to get stressful on occasion. Have set times to work on your plans each week so you get the balance right and minimise the stress. Give yourself a to-do list of no more than 3 items each week and tick them off as you go. You’ll be at your most productive in short bursts. As a couple try and organise a wedding meeting each month so both of you are clear on the decisions being made and what’s left to be done.

6. Research, Research, Research and then more Research

Once you’re off the starting blocks and have done your research TRY AND STOP. Limit yourself to using the odd lunch-break or the train journey home from work for a chance to do a bit of internet trawling and a quick flick through the wedding mags. Keep looking at more and more inspiration will just confuse you (as well as suck up hours of your time) and your carefully organised plans will go out of the window, again.

7. Don’t Paperchase

Once you have your suppliers and everything is booked, treat yourself and buy a gorgeous new notebook. Write down all your contacts in there and keep them with you. That way if you need to make a phone call or sort something out all your info is in one place. It’s a good idea to print off invoices and keep these close at hand so you can work out a diary schedule of the deposits and final payments. This is especially important if you’re saving as you go as these deadlines could be vital for a healthy bank balance.

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8. Plan It with a Pro

If you’re still struggling to get organised then why not speak to us about professional planning help. In just a short session we can help you organise your planning so you’re calm, collected and under control. Our Dolly Hours can really help in getting you on the right track, whether it’s finding suppliers, setting a schedule or just helping with your style guide, we’ll have you back in the planning game in next to no time!

Have you got any tips for getting organised? We’d love to hear them!

Emma x

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Your wedding should be your own little love story beautifully told. And these invitations tick all the right boxes to get your story started. Not only do they look really unique but they tell your guests your journey so far.  As Wedding Planners we always tell our couples to keep the wedding as personal as you can, as thats what makes it unique to you. There’s no better time to start this than when sending out your invitations.

These cute and fun invitations are made by RSVP Candy and are the story of you, who you are, where you’ve been and how you decided to get married. Quirky, sweet and utterly brilliant for stamping your personality on your wedding. Once you have the words for your story you can then add retro inspired illustrations and the back has all your wedding day details. You can even personalise each invitation with your guests names in vintage font.

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Prices start from £299 for 100 invitations and theres the option to add other wedding stationery too.

Go on start your wedding story today!

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As fans of anything gorgeous and paper based our little hearts skipped a beat when we stumbled upon Illustries last month.

The two ladies behind this gorgeous range of wedding albums (with a difference) are Emma Penrice and Samantha Neal. We chatted with Emma who told us that they started Illustries, using their already well honed skills as a graphic designer and copywriter, when she couldn’t find a unique way to keep her wedding memories out of a dusty storage box – and wow what a way!

These bespoke memory books combine photographs and words into one stunning memento from your big day. All the elements of your wedding are in there including vows, speeches, readings, messages and loads more – whatever you want included basically! What’s more every element of your wedding story layout can be chosen by you, from the colours to the graphics and of course the images. We just love this for a wedding album that is totally unique and pulls together everything in one coffee table book stunner.

Besides wedding albums they have other bespoke items such as tea towels, framed prints, posters and guest books so whizz over and take a look. Or if like me you’ve got a tatty wedding memory box and photo CD shoved in the loft pull it out and let Emma and Samantha work their magic!

If you’ve already set the date and are getting ready to send out your “save the date” cards why not add your very own wedding website address to the cards.

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Setting up a wedding website is a great way to keep all your guests up to date with all the wedding gossip as well as deal with practical matters such as car parking and directions, hotel booking info, lift-sharing facility and RSVPs. You can manage your guest list online with food options and table planning if you wish as well as polls and surveys about certain aspects of your wedding day including favourite song choices etc.

What’s more it’s free to set up and you can also help everyone get to know your bridal party through profile updates and links with social networking sites meaning once it gets to wedding day there’ll be no unfamiliar faces in suits telling your nearest and dearest where to sit!

Check out Sarah and Thomas’s example and see if it’s for you!

 

Lauren Armstrong is the owner and designer behind Heart Invites, an award winning wedding stationery business based in Kent.

It’s the perfect one-stop shop for all the stationery you’ll need for your wedding and there’s a really fantastic range to choose from including save the dates, invitations, table plans, names places, menus and much more. But as Lauren herself tells us “if there’s not a design that is right for your wedding any of the designs can be customised to suit you including text, colour, layout and font changes. I’m also happy to do one-off  stationery designs which are bespoke to you and your requirements.”

We absolutely love the option of a “Print From Home Service” and a range of “E-Invites” where you can adapt any ‘off the peg’ design and make fantastic savings on print costs, great for those of you on a tight budget.

Lauren is currently offering Wedding Dolls blog readers 10% off any stationery order made before the end of February 2013!

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This weeks wedding website comes to you from the team behind the fabulous Rock My Wedding blog. Launched towards the end of last year, Rock my Boutique, is a gorgeous collection called Big City Love which includes fashion, accessories and decor. Go take a look as most of the pieces are in collaboration with some of the biggest and brightest names in the wedding industry so you’ll be sure to get something completely different and unique. Here’s just a glimpse of what’s available and some of our favourite pieces.

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1. The Blue Soul Shoes , £200

2. Boudica Bracelet, £25

3. Melissa Bridesmaid Dresses, £225

4.Warrior Headband, £165

5. The Harlot Necklace, £75

6. Big City Love Stationery, from £4.50 each

All photography from Rock my Boutique by Ann-Kathrin Koch Photography Ltd.

 

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