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Today we have a discount offer for you from the fantastic Florist in the Forest. Katherine Craft is offering 10% off all bookings for weddings taking place in October and November 2013. Already booked up for the summer you’ll need to be quick if you want her for your wedding.

To receive the discount just book before the end of February 2013 and there’s a minimum spend of £300. Here is just a selection of some of Katherine’s fabulous work but you can find out more by checking out our previous blog post.

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January is definitely a month of cutting back on the food portions here at Wedding Dolls HQ so we can fit back into our Spring wedding outfits sharpish. So if like us, you’re on any kind of enforced diet then look away now. Well actually don’t because otherwise you’ll miss the completely new and fantastic business that is Cripes It’s Crepes.

Husband and wife team, Martin and Lindsey, with chef Steven, are cooking up a storm from their vintage Citroën H Van called Bertie, who helps them serve up delicious crepes in loads of fantastic flavours. There’s sweet and savoury on the menu including the lush sounding goats cheese, land cress and sweet onion chutney to my personal favourite sweet option of banana and nutella.

The van is definitely a unique way to feed your guests with lots of fun thrown in. Bertie will be fantastic for barn, festival and vintage weddings. There’s a bit more info on the leaflet below or click through to their website for lots more on Bertie.

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To round off our series of wedding day discount posts (look out for more later this month) Steve Fuller Photography is offering an exclusive discount to The Wedding Dolls blog readers. If you book your wedding photography with him before the end of January 2013 you will receive a 10% discount off your chosen wedding package. Make sure you mention The Wedding Dolls when you book to claim your discount.

Steve’s wedding packages start from £1200 and he says “first and foremost, my coverage is discreet and informal with very little in the way of prompting or posing! I love to use natural light wherever possible. Although I’m based in Tunbridge Wells, Kent, I work regularly in Sussex, Surrey, Hampshire, Essex and London and I’m more than happy to cover your day be it anywhere in the UK or abroad”.

For more info about Steve and how he can work his photo magic for your wedding take a look at his full portfolio and client testimonials.

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Another fabulous offer for you today from cake maker Emma Buchanan of Array of Cakes. Emma is offering a 15% discount off a Tiered Cake and 10% off a Cupcake tower, including free stand hire, if you book before the 31st January 2013.

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Emma offers a free consultation service at her kitchen in Tunbridge Wells, where you can try some of her delicious cakes so don’t hang around – book your appointment today!

For full details of the discount offer check out Array of Cakes.

 

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In a week full of special offers for our lovely blog readers today is the turn of Ever Excellent Wedding Films to give you a brilliant discount.  Brendan is offering all Wedding Dolls readers 10% off if you book with him before the end of 2013.

Brendan says “Instead of choosing between different complicated packages, I simply offer couples the choice to commission me for a half or full-day depending on how much of their day they need me to cover. All other costs are included in the rate so there’s nothing hidden or extra to go on top. You’ll simply get 10% off whatever service you book. Just quote the Wedding Dolls when you contact me.”

Take a look at Ever Excellent Wedding Films for more examples of their work or check out the showreel below from Lorna and Sam’s Wedding Film.

 

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Today on the blog Amanda from Distinctly Floral talks us through Olivia and Carl’s Kent Country Wedding. Over to you Amanda!

“When we first met Olivia, we were a little intimidated by how cool, trendy and stylish she was, plus as a designer herself we hoped we’d fit the bill. Olivia and Carl are two of the nicest people and so easy to work with – we had a whale of a time! Their style was relaxed, natural, pretty, romantic and with a strong vintage feel.”

“Their wedding ceremony and reception was in the heart of Kent so we had to give the flowers a distinctly English feel. Nettlestead Church is a stunning intimate old 13th century church so we didn’t want to overdress is. We chose soft tied bunches of flowers for the pews, a single pedestal arrangement at the front of the church and a large terracotta pot arrangement for the window nook in the Entrance Porch. We also put a lovely soft arched arrangement on the lych gate. Carl and Olivia did their handmade confetti in bushel boxes – we think owning a garden centre helped them a little!

Olivia’s bouquet was a gorgeous textured and scented hand-tied bouquet designed to look quite “spriggy” and “just-picked”. It included a range of different roses, hydrangeas, freesias, bouvardia, mint and eucalyptus. It worked perfectly with her dress and didn’t overwhelm her petite frame. We finished the look off with a vintage crocheted doily.

Olivia’s bridesmaids had smaller hand-tied bouquets again with a natural feel to them. We decided on a small posy for her Flower Girl with a simple lace wrist loop to help her carry it.”

“Olivia knew she wanted her marquee reception to have impact with a “chill-out zone” in a separate marquee “room”. She sourced all the furniture herself (with lots of late night driving by Carl to collect her “finds”) and it looked amazing – we were then let loose to dress it with flowers. For the reception tables, we alternated between candelabra with a range of vases at the base and mixed selections of jugs, birdcages, vases, pots, teapots, china etc. A very eclectic vintage look, filled with gorgeous soft flowers and all draped with lace and pearls. We then added hydrangea florets and rosebuds to the tables to finish the look.”

“We even managed to dress the Indonesian Betjak (which belonged to Olivia’s parents) with sprays of flowers and added flowers to the cake, the bar and the tables. Basically if it didn’t move, we dressed it with flowers! We also provided the birdcage post box – all dressed with flowers of course!”

“Olivia and Carl provided the finishing touches with throws to keep knees warm, flip flops for tired feet and little Black Forest cakes for late night munchies….what a wedding!”

Thanks so much to Olivia and Carl for allowing us to feature their wedding and Amanda for doing such a fantastic job of talking us through the day.

Floristry & Images by Distinctly Floral 

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Today on the blog we’re really pleased to introduce Ellie of The Beauty Aisle. Ellie is a make-up artist with bags of experience working with Brides in Kent and East Sussex. She has also worked on editorial fashion shoots, films and advertising campaigns with celebrity clients including Sophie Ellis Bextor, Lily Cole and Miss Dynamite to name just a few.

Coming up in January, we’re super excited as Ellie will be guest blogging for us in her two-part beauty feature that will help you get wedding ready without all the hassle, including insider hints and tips for a great look on your wedding day.

But if you’re looking to tick another wedding job off the list before Christmas then don’t delay as Ellie is currently offering 30% off all trials booked before 31st December. Whizz over to her website for more details including prices and more images of her work.

And don’t forget to watch out for more from the lady herself right here in the New Year!

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This weekend is the first in a series of Designer Weekends at FrouFrou Bridal Boutique, Tunbridge Wells. As well as being able to view full collections by featured designers, there’s super discounts available and your chance to win your dress for free! This Saturday and Sunday (24th & 25th November 2012) features designer Lusan Mandongus. Check out more info on the flyer below or read more about the boutique in our featured blog post.

Happy shopping! x

 

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As wedding planners we get very excited when we can share a wedding with you that we’ve worked on and today’s wedding is a real treat. Our couple Vijay and Leanne had a fantastic theme for their wedding back in June, this year, and were so full of creative ideas we knew that it was going to be such fun helping them with their big day.

Leanne tells us how they started with their planning journey. “As a mixed race couple we wanted a day that reflected both our cultures. We had the structure and the ‘nice’ formalities of an English wedding with the food and party of an Indian Wedding, so you could say we picked the best of both and fused them together.

We had a civil ceremony at Nettlestead Place, Wateringbury. We chose the venue as it allowed us to have the day we wanted without being dictated too. We looked at other venues but our options were limited at many of them. Nettlestead Place offered us the perfect mix to create our fusion wedding – a beautiful old English house with a marquee for our Indian party.”

“We run our own Graphic Design business so we designed our own wedding theme and then used this theme to create our stationery including invites, place names and table plan. We named our tables after artists as we met at art college. We’ve designed lots of wedding stationery for our clients, but creating our own took us quite a while – we became super critical and wanted to reflect both our cultures. In the end we used Edwardian British Raj colours including Ivory, Sage Green and Brown with hints of gold.

The Wedding Dolls gave us very clever advice on timings and came up with ideas and solutions for potential problems that we would have never thought of. I was worried about not being able to keep check on everything on the day and so it was fantastic to have them there making sure everything was running on time and dealing with all those last minute issues that cropped up.”

“My dress was from Isabella Grace in Tunbridge Wells. I would highly recommend them as the service was outstanding and you’re made to feel very special – the whole experience of choosing my dress was really memorable. I found the perfect dress by Sophia Tolli that had a touch of ‘bling’ but was still me. The dress was stunning and I haven’t seen another like it – I’m now a big fan of her dresses – she’s a very clever designer.

My veil was also from Isabella Grace, it was a chapel length veil which had two tiers to it. The veil had seed beads and pearls along the scalloped edge, I felt it had a little Indian look to it, like a chunni, especially when it was draped over my shoulders. I asked at Isabella Grace if they could remove the top tier, which they very cleverly did for me, making it a less formal and more like a chunni.

During the day I wore my Nan’s pearl necklace and engagement ring but changed them in the evening to create an anglo-indian look. Typically Indian Brides wear Chura for their wedding, so I created my own version of this with Ivory and Silver sets of bangles for each arm and my mum’s crystal drop necklace and topped it off with a bindi. We also gave out bindis to our guests to wear which they loved.

Vijay wore a Sherwani, which was Indo-Western style, it was a 3 piece tailored silk suit in brown with an Edwardian cut. It was from Geeta Arts in Green Street, Forest Gate.”

“For our reception we had canapes and then our menu included Dhal Tarka, Butter Chicken, Lamb Curry, Saag Paneer, Jeera Rice and Naans. For dessert we had an ice cream cart by Little Gems, with gorgeous handmade ice cream in lovely flavours – she also made our beautiful wedding cake.

During the wedding breakfast we had a singer, Amy-Jayne, who sung mellow songs and then raised the tempo for our first dance and to get the party started in the evening. Later we had an Indian DJ who played a mix of Bhangra and English/American music. They also played the Dhol (an Indian Drum) to our entrance into the marquee and then performed as a Dhol duo on the dance floor once the evening was underway… brilliant!!! It turned into a great big party, as every indian wedding is!”

Finally we asked Leanne what advice she would you give to other couples about planning their wedding day?

“Be realistic! As much as you may want it all, the day is shorter than you think. Ask for help from family and friends and don’t be afraid to ask wedding professionals. We feel we couldn’t have made the day as perfect as it was without the help and advice of The Wedding Dolls, who were brilliant and definitely saved us money and lot’s of stress in the last few weeks.

Make sure you hire a Videographer, there is so much of the day you don’t see and it’s lovely to be able to see your guests enjoying themselves. Also think carefully about your wedding photography and the type of shots you want most. Lastly, if you can take your honeymoon a week after the wedding as this gives you time to reflect on the fun you had on the day with family and friends.”

Thanks so much to Vijay and Leanne for sharing their day with us and for being so much fun to work with. Congratulations to you both xxx

Bride’s Contacts

Brides Shoes: Rainbow Club
Brides Jewellery: Chez Bec and Glitzy Secrets
Photography: NPhotography

Videography: Padgham Productions

Catering: Dream Days for You
Flowers: Chic Weddings

Amy and David were married in September at the gorgeous Speldhurst Church and then had their reception in a marquee at home. We just love the croquet playing Bridesmaids and the intimate feel of the wedding. Enjoy the inspiration and the gorgeous day everyone!

All images by Alan Harbord Photography

Click here to see a beautiful inspirational vintage shoot by Alan Harbord

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