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.
This Sunday (28th April) is one of Kent’s largest wedding exhibitions at The Kent Showground in Detling, just outside Maidstone.
There’s over 200 exhibitors with a great variety of products and services from Kent’s best wedding specialists. Admission is free and there’s a great selection of prizes to be won on the day. Take a look for further information and to pre-register now for fast-track entrance.
NPhotography who we worked with on Vijay and Leanne’s wedding will be there so go say hello to Nicola and her team!
The Wedding Dolls working with NPhotography
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
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’re planning a vintage wedding then you’d be best to take a little road trip this Sunday (24th March) down to the South Coast to Belle’s Vintage Wedding Fair at Hove Town Hall. There will be over 50 vintage inspired wedding suppliers there, each one really talented and inspiring, who will be happy to give you more than enough advice to create the best vintage wedding ever.
The entertainment is reason enough to visit as acts playing include Johnny Zero, Cherry Morello, Maria Sorian, Mr Tunes Vintage DJ, Noelle Vaughn and finally Anna Sin and the Jukebox Bandits.
Egg & Spoon will be providing a pop-up tea room, so you can stay for lunch as well as get a vintage style change with hair and make-up artists, Coco Belle Styling and Pretty Pout.
A new edition to the fair is the MAKE area where DIY brides can learn how to make special handmade pieces such as jam jar flower displays for your wedding. There’s also vintage transport ideas including the event organiser herself, Kelly Wickson, with her Sussex Love Bug that started the whole wedding fair idea.
Kelly says “I started Belle’s Events in 2012 after a rather disastrous visit as a supplier to a local wedding fair with my Sussex Love Bug. I wanted to create a fair for couples and suppliers to come together under one big vintage inspired roof to chat, enjoy the atmosphere and discover that there are people out there that will love what you do or simply ‘get you’, that’s what it’s about after all, finding the right person to help create your vision. A year on the wedding fairs are becoming ever more popular and attract couples from near and far who are desperate to find something different, unique and really special.”
Like Kelly says this isn’t your average wedding fair – it’s a wedding fair and then some. So even if you’re not getting married but just enjoy vintage life you’ll love this for a fun day out. Plus the first hundred guests through the door get a complimentary glass of Processco.
Entry is £3 and the fair runs from 12noon to 5pm. For more details check out Belle’s Events.
Images by Photo Madly and Tino & Pip
At The Wedding Dolls we definitely feel for the Mother of the Bride (MOTB). Our dear old Mums usually bear the brunt of our planning tears and tantrums plus on top they’ve got their own fashion crisis to sort out when it comes to choosing a MOTB wedding outfit.
So what could be better than spending an evening with your Mum in the company of a fabulous personal stylist at one of the best wedding Bridal shops around, where both of you will be looked after and styled to your hearts content?
Froufrou Bridal Boutique are holding the perfect event for you both on Wednesday 17th April in conjunction with Lynne Meek of Styling Matters, a professional stylist who will be on hand to offer her help and advice on choosing a perfect wedding outfit. Also there are experts from LK Bennett, Laura Mercier and Holly’s Hats, in what promises to be a fun packed evening.
With this set of friendly and fun ladies at hand not only your mum will be looking and feeling sensational come the big day – you’ll have bagged loads of help and advice too! Set in Froufrou’s beautiful, relaxed boutique on the night you’ll also be treated to scrumptious cupcakes, sweet treats and fine bubbly as you soak up the style advice and chat to the boutique owners, Nicole and Helena.
Frou Frou Bridal Boutique
Lynne Meeks of Styling Matters
L K Bennett
Don’t stop at your mum though, bring your friends, your Aunt or the future in-laws for what promises to be a fab night. Tickets (which are unbelievably good value at £10 per person) will go fast and spaces are limited so click here for more info now and hopefully we’ll see you there!
Now if you fancy a little road trip over the next few weeks and are thinking of having a tipi wedding we know just where you need to go.
Event in a Tent are having an open weekend at their Delamere Forest base, where you can see their stunning range of tipis available for wedding hire. There’s nothing like seeing the tipis in all their glory to give you an idea of what you can achieve for your wedding and speaking to the experts about whats involved in the hire and set up.
The event starts on Friday 22nd March and runs through to Sunday 24th. Check out Event in a Tent for opening times and more info.
This week myself and Joanne got a sneak preview of a gorgeous new magazine hitting the wedding world this weekend.
Doily Days is the new FREE vintage inspired wedding mag from the team, yes you guessed it, behind vintage wedding stylists, Doily Days. Helen Ruff is the lovely editor of the new 56 pager, which is jam packed full of wedding gorgeousness including DIY top tips from Helen herself, as well as Roses All Over and articles from our fellow wedding bloggers, Ooh Mrs James and Festival Brides. There’s also a handmade real wedding for inspiration, features on venues and catering and much more, plus if that wasn’t enough there’s an amazing competition from Mr & Mrs Unique.
Grab yourself a FREE copy at the ‘Something Old’ wedding fair at the Corn Exchange in Brighton this Sunday (3rd March 12-5pm) or look out for it at a wedding fair near you in Kent very soon.
Happy Monday All! I’m lucky today that I have a job that involves sitting down as my feet are killing me after spending all weekend at the Bluewater Wedding Fair. The achy limbs are worth it though as we loved giving our workshops and meeting so many of you, our lovely blog readers and Brides-to-be. We hope we managed to teach you that wedding planning should be LOTS and LOTS of fun!
Today we’re bringing you a fantastic bridesmaid dress that we clapped our eyes on for the first time over the weekend. We know kitting out your bridesmaids can sometimes be a bit of headache with different figures and styles to contend with but with this dress you’re pretty much sorted from the start.
Twobirds which launched in 2007, is an ingenious ‘convertible’ design that means each dress within the collection can be worn in 15 different ways. Made from a luxurious jersey blend fabric (in count ‘em nineteen colours and four different lengths), the gowns suit every shape and best of all require no costly alterations.
Twobirds gowns are stocked throughout the UK including The Bespoke Wardrobe in Essex (who gave us our close up look) and FrouFrou in Tunbridge Wells, Kent.
Earlier this week we blogged about the Bluewater Wedding Fair that’s on next weekend. We’re going to be there doing some mini-workshops giving you hints and tips on how to plan a wedding with loads of personality.
It’s going to be a fantastic weekend so if you want to get in on the act early enter our competition to win two VIP Preview Night Tickets for Friday 8th February. The doors open at 5pm with the preview evening ending at 9pm. Simply sign up to our “keep up to date” newsletter at the bottom of our homepage and you’ll be automatically entered.*
This brilliant prize will mean the lucky winner will receive a glass of bubbly, a luxury goody bag and a copy of You & Your Wedding magazine as well as the Wedding Day Venues magazine. You’ll also get to see extended Catwalk shows, listen to guest speakers including a top UK Bridalwear designer and loads of VIP offers.
Come and meet The Wedding Dolls at the Bluewater Wedding Fair
*Entries close at 9pm on Sunday 3rd February and the winner will be notified by email on Monday 4th February 2013.
Good luck and we look forward to seeing you there!