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Later this year we’ll be working at Vic & Alex’s wedding and so we couldn’t wait to share their gorgeous engagement shoot with you. Vic & Alex run the Ferry House Inn and so are fully experienced at managing parties and other couples big days. But like most of us who work in events, we know it’s very difficult to manage everything yourself whilst trying to have a fabulous time, which is why we’re super excited to be working for them both on their wedding day. We’ll be there to make sure everything goes to plan whilst they relax and enjoy their very well deserved big day. We can’t wait!

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Thanks so much to Rebecca Douglas for sharing the shoot with us.

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Jackson & Co Photography

As most of our regular readers will know by now we’re the preferred planner at St Clere Estate in Sevenoaks. It’s a gorgeous venue with beautiful gardens that is open during the Summer for weddings and events. Their next viewing day is coming up on 17th May 2014 from 2pm – 4pm. Viewing is strictly by appointment only so for more information, please contact Sarah on 01732 761309 or email info@stclere.co.uk.

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It’s all very exciting here at the The Wedding Dolls today as we are totally proud to be Mulberry Cottages recommended wedding and event planner.

If you’re looking for a unique wedding venue Mulberry Cottages have a fantastic selection of self-catering cottages in Kent and the rest of the UK. There are brilliant locations in town centres, costal resorts and in the countryside, so you can experience fantastic views on your wedding day.

Even if you don’t opt for getting married at one of the cottages they make a great base for wedding guests so you can all carry on enjoying the party long after the last dance. There are cottage complexes which are perfect for larger groups sleeping up to around 30 guests, some including your own swimming pool for the ultimate stylish wedding weekend.

If you are staying in one of their cottages and planning your wedding (or any celebration come to that!) then we can help. Working closely with the Mulberry Cottages team we provide a planning service that will help you create the perfect event. Whether it’s sourcing local suppliers, finding a caterer or private chef, booking transport, hiring entertainers or information about putting up a marquee we can assist you.

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All Mulberry Cottages guests receive an exclusive 10% discount on our services and we have some special one-off planning packages available. Take a look at their website for more about their cottages or call us for info about our services.

Happy Planning!

Emma & Joanne x

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Well Happy New Year everyone! In 2013 we worked in a variety of amazing venues, from village halls and marquees at home to Castles, barns and even a field! In 2014 our venues are just as varied and we can’t wait to work with some fantastic venues that we haven’t worked with before – here’s a sneak peek at just some of them:

We’re also preferred planners at the beautiful St Clere Estate which has only limited dates available for 2014 and was where we created this fabulous Whimsical Snow White inspired shoot that appeared on super blogs Before the Big Day and Secret Wedding. It’s also featured in A Kentish Ceremony magazine this month too. 

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If you’ve booked your venue and think you might need an extra pair of experienced hands on your big day or you’re still looking to find that perfect place then give us a call or click here to see how we might be able to help. 

Joanne & Emma x

 

 

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Well it’s the last day of our Christmas Countdown and what a way to finish.

During the summer it was my absolute pleasure to get to know Janice, who was Mother of the Bride to Jemima. Janice contacted me to help in the run up to Jemima’s big day. I had not been booked by the Mother of the Bride before and so had not totally appreciated just how much our services benefit the whole of the bridal party, not just the Bride and Groom.

When so much effort and money goes into planning a big family event naturally those close to the couple also want to be able to enjoy the experience too. Taking the pressure away from them makes it easier for everyone to really savour the atmosphere and spend time with their guests.

Janice runs her own very successful business and so when she found herself becoming the main wedding planner for her daughter Jemima’s big day she needed some help. She called us towards the end of the planning when she simply had run out of time. Booking some Dolly Hours with us meant we could source the last few suppliers for Janice. She then also hired us for our Dolly on the Day service so we could look after all the little details, keep an eye on timings and manage suppliers. This meant she could really enjoy her efforts to give her only daughter the special day she dreamed of and what a dream this wedding was.

This picture was taken during the drinks reception at the fabulous Hever Castle, by the very amazing Danni Beach.  Janice and Jemima both look so relaxed and happy. Their smiles say it all….

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In December you spend more time in a pub that at no other time of year. So if you’re planning a wedding in 2014 and beyond use your Christmas drinking sessions for doing more than sinking double vodkas and get going with your wedding research. Pubs and restaurants are fast becoming a really popular choice for celebrating your nuptials and now there are so many gorgeous ones to choose from including the The Moat at Wrotham, Kent. Daniel and Katie Wallace were married here earlier this year and today we’re sharing with you their wedding in pictures. Lets take a look…….

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All in the Detail:

Photography by Chris Blackledge Photography
Ceremony & Evening Reception: Moat Inn, Wrotham, Kent.

Bride’s Dress: Bellamore, Bexleyheath
Hair and Make Up: Dee Hedges of Bridal Beauty, Kent
Bouquet & Flowers: Green on the Green
Catering: The Moat Inn
Cake: Rosie’s Cakery

Finding your venue is one of the most important jobs on your wedding to do list. It’s what you need to book first to make everything else fall into place. Now with so many venues to choose from you’ll be needing some help and we’ve got just the thing.

A very wonderful website, Find Your Perfect Venue, has been created by Rachel Titman, to get your wedding venue research off to a flying start. The site makes exploring venues as easy as possible with a simple search facility, full venue details, gorgeous images and a wide choice of destinations.

Rachel says “We are committed to supporting couples create their dream wedding and we’re developing our website based on real feedback and customer needs.”

Here are just some of the fantastic venues featured on the site:

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Blackdown Events @ The Haymeadow, Somerset

Beach Weddings Bournemouth

Beach Weddings Bournemouth

Broyle Place

Broyle Place, East Sussex

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Clifton Nurseries, London

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Dartington Hall, Devon

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Duncton Mill Fishery, West Sussex

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Great Fosters, Surrey

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Felix Hotel, Cambridge

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Iscoyd Park, Shropshire

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St Clere Estate, Kent
Ooh did you know that The Wedding Dolls are preferred planners here!

 

So let you fingertips do the talking and whizz over to FindYourPerfectVenue.com now!

Happy Planning!

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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After meeting so many of you at the Wedding Fair at Bluewater this weekend who have still yet to find their perfect venue you’ll be pleased to know that the stunning St Clere Estate are opening their doors for viewings. Over the next few weeks you can take a look at this gorgeous new and exclusive venue at two invitation only events on Sunday 29th September and Thursday 3rd October.

For an invitation and full timings of the events drop an email to Sarah@stclere.co.uk

We’ll be there with lots of planning advice so look we’ll forward to seeing some of you then!

Happy Planning

Emma x

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Photography by Jackson & Co Photography

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A big hello from us and Part 2 of our wedding worries countdown! At the beginning of the week we kicked off our countdown to the Wedding Fair at Bluewater with a series of special posts tackling the most common wedding worries. Today we’re concentrating on choosing your venue. Your venue choice is probably the biggest decision you’re going to make and it’s also where most of your budget will go. You’ve probably already got a good idea of the type of venue you want but the worry about whether you’ve chosen the right option can cause sleepless nights.

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The venue and guest numbers is a bit chicken and egg. You can’t really do one without the other so make sure you have a rough idea of how many people you want to attend. You’ll need to consider your budget (yes sorry boring voice of reason I know….) and that’s where the juggling begins.

If you’re not sure where to start take a look at these real weddings we’ve featured on the blog which give you an idea of just how different weddings can be depending on your venue. From little to large, intimate to loud and lively, green to grand you won’t find more (or better… but we’re biased…) options than in glorious Kent so take your time and do your wedding research carefully. All of these venues are completely different and all have varying elements that suited the couples and their guest numbers perfectly.

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English Country Garden – A Wonderful Wedding at Home

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Elegant Asian Fusion Wedding at Nettlestead Place

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Nettlestead Place

If you’re looking for an intimate celebration then you’re in luck because Kent has an absolute abundance of unique places to hold your wedding with hidden gems such as The George in Rye who featured a gorgeous vintage wedding shoot on the blog, The Bell at Ticehurst where quirky and fun is the order of the day and finally The Marquis of Alkham where James and Marika shared their big day with us. And to show how you can adapt a small venue to suit any wedding style we co-ordinated and styled a shoot at The Swan, West Malling – you can find it on our portfolio page but it was featured on super blog Bloved so go take a look for very glamourous inspiration.

Keep an eye out for hot of the press venues where you can guarantee your friends won’t have got married such as St Clere, a stunning estate in Sevenoaks that have just started offering weddings. Take a look at A Kentish Ceremony for one of the best round up of new and well established venues in Kent.

Happy Planning!

Emma x

 

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