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 Photography, Rebecca Douglas Photography, Jackson and Co, Danni Beach and Martin Briggs
Enjoy and happy researching!
In our third and final part, today of our wedding worries concentrate on adding personality and style to your big day. It’s something many couples really struggle with. From bunting to tea sets, pom poms to lace covers, styling your wedding can start to tip you over the wedding edge.
At our wedding planning workshops we spend time tackling this issue and teaching Brides how to uncover your wedding personality. It can really help you find your own style, stand out from the crowd and ease some of the pressure. We ran these workshops in mini form at The Wedding Fair at Bluewater in February. For those of you that missed them here’s a quick recap of how you can add personality to your wedding.
DIYing is also a brilliant way to stamp on your own style. Our new DIY workshops can help you get the balance right between using the skills of your suppliers verses your own time and talents to get crafty with it. Read our delve into the pro’s and con’s of DIYing here.
A great way to add bags of unique style is to think about the wedding from your guests point of view. Our post Wow your Wedding Guests will give you some ideas to get you started.
Don’t forget we’re back at the Wedding Fair at Bluewater this weekend to run free one-to-one sessions on our stand to help with all kinds of wedding worries. So come see us!
In Part two of our styling a marquee series we look at the theme of the Vintage Tea Party. We’ve seen a real growth in the popularity of couples getting married later in the day and then serving high tea instead of a traditional wedding breakfast. Team this with evening food such as “hog roast rolls” or “fish and chips” and you’ve got a fabulous English feast.
Here’s our five top tips to help you plan the perfect marquee tea party.
1. Me & My Marquee
Choosing your marquee style will impact on the atmosphere. To create that vintage vibe go for a traditional canvas pole tent. To seat around 150 guests (with room for dance floor etc) you’ll need a marquee size of 12m x 18m and don’t forget to add a catering tent too! Add window walls to give you the best view from the marquee and add bags of natural light.
Traditional Canvas Pole Tent from Caron Marquees
2. Choosing Chairs
Seating your guests at long tables will add to the “village hall” atmosphere or you can have round tables to make things feel more intimate. Depending on how long you need your guests to remain seated there are various options to choose from. Pick Chiavari chairs with seat pads for a fairly comfortable option or wooden chairs for a wonderfully vintage fete feel.
LPM Bohemia – Tents & Marquees
Polly Alexandre Photography @stylemepretty
3. Vintage Lounging
When high tea is done and dusted having a lounging area in the marquee really adds a laid back kinda cool. Borrow the contents from your Nan’s house or for an easier option try Vintage Style Hire.
By Distinctly Floral
4. The Tent Goes Back to Basics
Lots of marquee companies now provide marquee linings which lend themselves nicely to adding a splash of colour without over powering the theme. It will also save you lots of extra styling. Ask your marquee company before you book if they have lining samples. Wooden flooring adds to the vintage feel and looks pretty special if the budget allows, if not try coil matting which is a great alternative.
5. The Little Vintage Bits
Whether you feel like bunting and jam jars have had there day or are here to stay, you can’t really do tea party without them. Whether you make your own bunting or source from a bunting expert make sure you have enough. It might seem like alot when it’s stored in the corner of your lounge but when you hang it in the marquee it won’t seem quite as much. Measure, measure, measure and then measure again. Same goes for jam jars. If you are not sourcing from your florist but collecting yourself then start now. It takes an age but it’s worth it when you can group them together to make cute little vintage arrangements. Everyone knows that pretty vintage china table settings work really well for a tea party. We love Alice and the Teacup for beautiful designs and a great service.
Dominique Bader Photography
6. Add a little Twinkle
Don’t forget the lighting as the sun goes down. Those jam jars will come in handy now as tea light holders which can be dotted both in and around the marquee. Tall candles in old bottles also work really well to give extra light vintage style. And if you want some easy to manage outside seating try hay-bales covered with linens and lace.
Simply Bloom Photography
If you are on a tight wedding budget one way to make the most of your hard earned cash is to go second-hand. And now thanks to Sell My Wedding, you can buy all manner of pre-loved wedding prettiness at a fraction of the normal cost. The online wedding marketplace has everything you could possibly need for your big day, from your dress to dressing your venue, all at bargain prices.
We love this website as buying some items second-hand, especially decorative items, can make a huge difference to your overall budget, leaving you more money to spend on the all important stuff like staffing, catering and photography.
So whizz over and take a look at what’s available. And then, best of all, once you’ve had your wedding you can go back and sell everything all over again. Be warned though if you’re anything like us you’ll be totally addicted after your first look!
Images from Sell My Wedding by Simon Kench Photography
If you need something to look forward to then get your diaries ready and make sure you don’t miss “A Gloriously Vintage Day Out and Wedding Fair” on Sunday 12th May 2013.
Held at Mount Ephraim, a fabulous Edwardian Country House near Faversham, this fantastic day out is a must for all vintage wedding fans. The “Just Say I do” vintage wedding section includes cake makers, photographers, florists, event stylists and a range of beautiful wedding dresses to keep any Bride happy plus there will be a “Make, do and mend!” craft area for anyone eager to try their hand at DIYing their wedding.
For “A little of what you fancy”, the retro section has home wares and clothing,
plus outside in the “Mustard & Cress” area you can treat yourself to all kinds of delicious offerings from vintage ice-cream suppliers and sweet stalls set amongst retro caravans and cars. And take the kids along as there’ll be free entertainment all day to keep them happy.
The fun kicks off from 11am and will swing on in true vintage style until 5pm.
Click here for more info.
You won’t get your vintage wedding planning off to a much better start than popping down to Gravesend’s Old Town Hall on Saturday 13th April.
3 Little Birds are organising this gorgeous little Vintage Wedding Fayre which has everything the vintage inspired bride-to-be could possibly need, from milliners to make-up artists and lots more in between.
A unique part of this fayre are the smart little money saving seminars you can join in including “Build your own bouquet” and “DIY Vintage Hair and Make-up” which are run by some of the fantastic vintage and industry experts exhibiting at the fayre. As well as tea and cakes galore you’ll also get to sample live entertainment in Tea Room as well as find that perfect vintage style with the Walk-In Dress Shop by Vintage Curves.
All Brides receive a free goody-bag on arrival and you’ll also be entered into a prize-draw for the chance to win free room hire for a civil ceremony at The Old Town Hall itself.
For more info visit 3 Little Birds.
Happy Vintage Planning!
All images by James Grist Photography
If you like your vintage look then you’ll be totally in love with shoe designer, Rachel Simpson’s brand new vintage inspired collection for both you and the man in your life.
Agnes & Norman takes it style inspiration from a bygone era with the emphasis on simplicity and quality. As Rachel said at the launch earlier this month, “each pair is designed to fit perfectly, feel indulgent and exude unique character and good old-fashioned quality.”
There’s fifteen styles in the spring/summer collection with gorgeous colours in leather and suede with lots of details and cute bows to create their vintage vibe. Prices start from £85.
The range will be available exclusively online later this month. Just in time for payday!
Lifestyle Images by Emma Case Photography