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From 6th to 20th July, designer Sassi Holford will be offering huge reductions of up to 70% off selected sample gowns from her classic English and Couture bridal collections.

The first morning of the sale allows you to just turn up at her London store and it’s a case of ‘first come, first served’. However from 12 noon that day onwards the sale will be by appointment only so you’ll need to book.
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Take a look at www.sassiholford.com for more info.

Happy Shopping!

Emma x

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For todays super wedding snap we have a gorgeous shot by Martin Briggs Photography. As Martin says “I really like it because it contains happy people and that’s really what a wedding is all about – not the shoes, the dress or the decor, just the sharing of a beautiful day between you as a couple and your family.” We couldn’t agree more!

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Have a great weekend!

Emma x

 

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So the lovely ladies at Froufrou have been jet setting over to New York City (ooh a teensy bit jealous everyone?) on a buying trip and now have to make way in their boutique for all their new arrivals. So it’s good news for Brides-to-be if you’re looking for a stunning dress at a fabulous price!

This latest sale includes dresses from current collections showing huge savings of well over £1000! With samples from designers including Caroline Castigliano, Stewart Parvin, Lusan Mandongus, Sarah Seven, Ivy & Aster, Sanyukta Shrestha, Matthew Williamson, David Fielden and Lyn Ashworth.

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So whether you’re after something full or slinky, traditional or relaxed the girls will have it all!

Elbows at the ready as all sale items are sold on a first come first served basis and must be paid for in full at time of purchase. Any dresses purchased can be taken away on the day so the price does not include any alterations. Fittings can be done upon request.

No need to book an appointment just make sure you set your alarm early as the sale starts at 9am on Saturday 22nd June and will close at 6pm.

Happy Shopping!

Emma x

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In part five of this Dream Jobs blog series we meet a cake maker who just adores designing and creating beautiful bakes. Emma Buchanan, is the lady behind the sweet treats at Array of Cakes and today tells us why she loves her job so much. Lets find out more….

How did you become a cake decorator?

I have always baked and studied catering as part of my college diploma but the idea of setting up as a cake making business first came to me when I made roses for my own wedding cake 6 years ago. I loved it so much that from then on I spent every spare moment making cakes and learning different techniques.

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How would you describe your style?

My approach to each design changes depending on the requirements of my couples but my favourite style is definitely vintage. Whether I’m making a traditional wedding cake, something more extravagant or simple cupcakes, I love adding lacing, patterns and soft colours to give the cake an impressive, yet understated visual effect.

What personality traits do you need to be a good cake maker?

First and foremost you need to be a people person and be able to offer clear design advice so couples have a cake that exceeds their expectations. When it comes to actual baking tasks you must be well organised and methodical, especially when you have a number of orders over the course of a week. High standards are extremely important – each cake that leaves my kitchen must be top quality to ensure my customers are satisfied and that I maintain my reputation.

What are the best & worst parts of your job?

The worst thing is the long hours. I often find myself working into the early hours to make sure a cake is perfect, which can be quite lonely. I am very lucky though as I have a fantastic network of fellow cake makers who are always available to offer support and advice when I need it – there are often online chats at 3am to keep each other sane!  The best thing by far is creating a cake you are really proud of and that you have a very happy client at the end of it. It makes the long hours worth it.

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What’s the top three things that wedding couples ask about first?

No two couples are the same but most discussions start on the design, the budget and the logistics – my availability, delivery, etc. The design aspect is very important to get right. Some couples have very specific ideas about what they want, others will have seen my work and what something similar, or occasionally there are couples who’ve not given it any thought at all! Whatever position people are starting from I always take a collaborative approach and offer a free tasting and consultation.

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What tips would you give your couples to help their day run more smoothly?

The best weddings always have someone who is responsible for co-ordinating the day and can be contacted during the run up to the wedding. Whether it’s the venue, a wedding planner, or a trusted friend.  The event doesn’t have to be meticulously planned but the last thing you want to do on your own wedding day is deal with queries and have concerns about all those jobs that need doing, such as whether the room has been prepared properly or the cake has been delivered, etc.

What is your best piece of business advice to aspiring cake makers?

Make sure you have the support of your friends and family. Most cake makers these days are based from home and the business does tend to take over the kitchen so you will need a very understanding family who will support you and understand that they may not get dinner!

What has been your best moment as a wedding cake maker?

I had a wedding cake which unusually I had to deliver the day before the wedding. I dropped the cake off and a few hours later when I was back in my kitchen the Bride turned up in floods of tears with some flowers to say thank you for the beautiful cake. It was an amazing feeling that someone on the day before their wedding would go out of their way to do that, I was really touched.

Thanks Emma for sharing your job with us. Don’t forget to take a look at other posts in the series.

Part One: Wedding Photographer

Part Two: Wedding Planner

Part Three: Wedding Florist

Part Four: Bridal Boutique Manager

The old saying “it’s the little things that mean most” could not be truer for your wedding day. You can spend hours thinking up outlandish ways to wow your guests but going back to basics is always a winning formula. Here’s six ideas to wow your guests without getting your planning pants in a right old twist.

1. It’s a Wonderful Welcome

Make sure your Groomsmen are well up to the task of welcoming your guests and creating a buzz at the very start of your big day. Choose Groomsmen whose personality shines through and are enthusiastic about their role. Then you can be sure your guests will share their excitement and anticipation whilst waiting for their gorgeous Bride to arrive.

2. Sweets for My Sweet

If your budget stretches far enough give everyone a little gift as they wait for the ceremony to start. Little bags with humbugs are great for a winter warmer and sherbet pips for some summer fizz. Don’t’ go all Willy Wonka though with a massive sweet cart – you don’t want your guests crunching their way through your wedding vowels.

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3. Signature Cocktail

Mixing your own wedding cocktail is a great way to bring personality into your wedding day and give guests something other than the usual Pimms or Champagne offering. It doesn’t have to be  worthy of any mixology awards, just think about serving a drink that matches your colour scheme or add a simple cordial to cava (or sparkling water for a non-alcoholic version). Give it a unique name and claim it for your own.

4. Picture Perfect

Photo booths are a great way to add a bit of fun to the evening and a great way to bridge the gap between the end of the wedding breakfast and the arrival of evening guests. As well as a good giggle on the night you’ll have some great guest snaps as the perfect reminder of the day. Check to see if your photographer offers this service as part of a wedding package or book a purpose built booth complete with funny outfits and comic hats galore.

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5. The Old Speech Sweepstake

Wedding speeches are a highly anticipated part of the day; “Who’s going to say what, will the Best Man embarrass the Groom, who’s gonna cry”. Don’t even think about not doing them. You’ll regret it. Forever. One way to bring in a bit of audience participation is doing a speech sweepstake. Everyone takes a guess on how long the speeches will last and puts in £2 to play. Whoever is the closest to the right time wins the pot of cash. Get your Ushers to do the sweepstake whilst the tables are being cleared from the main course.

6. Bring me the Barista

One thing we always hear guests asking for later into the evening is the availability of tea and coffee. Most weddings simply serve one after dinner and sometimes it’s just not enough. Guests who are driving, those who don’t drink or those who need to lay off the free bar will really appreciate something other than a Diet Coke…again. A really fun idea is to have a Barista available to mix different coffees and add a Baileys where necessary. They always go down well with a mini donut (or two) for a late night treat.

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What are you planning to do to wow your guests? We’d love to know!

Happy Planning

Emma x

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Love the camera? Check. Friends and family complete show offs? Check. Want some fun entertainment at your wedding? Check. Then a photobooth could be just what you’re after! Today we’ve got a great offer for you from the lovely George Palmer of You Beauty Photobooths who is offering a fantastic deal that will give you a fabulously fun element to your wedding day.

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Prices for a complete photobooth service start from £495 for a 3 hour package which includes:

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Set up, delivery and take down costs as well as a fully trained staff member present throughout the course of the event.

Fully stocked prop box packed with hats, glasses, wigs and much more.

All photos uploaded to the You Beauty Photo booths Facebook page as well as the website gallery post.

 

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For The Wedding Dolls readers there is a special deal available if you book before the end of June 2013. Simply quote “The Wedding Dolls” when enquiring and you will receive an additional extra package (worth over £100) completely FREE which includes:

HD video allowing guests to record personal messages which are supplied on DVD or USB stick

Greenscreen option allowing you to choose the background of your photos

A Guest Book which allows guests to leave a personal message as a great memento of your day

A USB stick of all the images and photo’s

 

For more information and images of the photobooth and the different themes you can book visit You Beauty Photobooths.

Happy Planning!

Emma x

Today is the turn of our very own Wedding Doll, Joanne Scott, to tell us more about being a wedding planner. Blog readers won’t need much introduction so we’ll go straight in and find out more…..

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How did you become a wedding planner?

I worked in PR and events but took a break to spend more time with my young children. During this time I got asked to help with a few weddings on an ad-hoc basis and really enjoyed it. It’s so different from corporate events and I love the personality that you add to each day. I got the wedding bug and studied for a professional diploma in Wedding Planning.

How would you describe what you do?

I work with the Bride and Groom to make sure they have the wedding they want and support them throughout with advice and guidance. I would never dream of taking over someone’s plans and telling them what to do! Our wedding service enables couples to make their own decisions and feel completely in control of their plans and ideas. I get to know the couples really well and help them bring their style and personality into their wedding day. After all – it is all about them!

What personality traits do you need to be a good planner?

Obviously being professional, highly organised and good with juggling many different things is a massive bonus! However I do think you need to be compassionate and understanding. Getting married is very personal and you can’t stroll in and start being a Miss Bossy Boots! You need to be able to build solid relationships with suppliers and earn the trust of everyone you work with. Being a fun and friendly face is essential.

What are the best and worst parts of your job?

The best has to be seeing it all come together on the day, I love going home knowing that our newlyweds are on the dance floor having had the best day – that’s what it’s all about for me.

The worst is being on your feet for pretty much 12 hours straight. I hate wearing flats to a wedding but can’t survive the day without them!

What are the top three things that wedding couples ask you about first?

Normally first off is “Can I afford a wedding planner?” The answer is yes. We’ve got lots of different options to help any stressed out couple whether they can afford £50 right up to £5,000.

Usually then they ask about how to go about starting their planning and working out their budget.

What tips would you give your couples to help their day run more smoothly?

We always get couples to imagine being a guest at their wedding and run through the experience of the day from start to finish. It helps to visualise what will be happening and when.

Also don’t give the Bridal Party too many jobs to do. They’ll be busy themselves trying to get ready, be in the pictures and welcoming guests. Be realistic about what time they’ll have come the big day and never give jobs to people that can’t handle the pressure.

What is your best piece of business advice to aspiring planners?

Experience is key. Get involved in the events industry in as many ways as you can. Nothing beats hands on experience of how events run, learning how to get the most out of people and building good relationships.

What has been your best moment as a wedding planner?

No one moment stands out but I do always love taking five minutes every now and again to watch the Bride & Groom looking so happy and just enjoying everything happening around them. It means all the planning and hard work has paid off. We always tell couples to take a moment and look around their wedding to really take in the atmosphere – I do it all the time !

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Thanks Jo and if you missed last week’s Dream Jobs with Photographer with James Grist check it out now!

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If you’re looking for style inspiration this week then make sure you get the May/June edition of Your Kent Wedding which features The Wedding Dolls very own gorgeous wedding shoot, inspired by Swan Lake. We’re super excited as an image from the shoot made the front cover! Here’s just a sneak peek of what you’ll find inside so buy your copy today!

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Many thanks to all the shoot suppliers who were just fabulous to work with as always: Rebecca Douglas Photography Florist in the Forest Isabella Grace Bridal Boutique The Beauty Aisle Little Gems Boutique Bakery The Swan West Malling Chez Bec Prettywild Design The Crop Shop West Malling and our models Jessica, Ria, Sarah & Jodie.

We hope you love it as much as we do!

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Front cover and feature image courtesy of Your Kent Wedding