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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.

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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This month’s edition of Your Kent Wedding features a fun and fantastic wedding we worked on last year. Carol and Antonio’s wedding was packed full of personal DIY touches so if you’re thinking of getting creative and doing lots of styling yourself take a look for bags of inspiration.

Here’s a little peek at the article. To download the full edition click here.

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A big thanks to Carol and Antonio for allowing us to share their big day with you all and to Your Kent Wedding and all the suppliers involved.

The next Quaint Queer Weird Wedding Alternative Wedding Fair is being held on Saturday 15th March 2014 from 12pm until 4pm at the Corn Exchange in Brighton. This fair is a celebration of everything alternative, Retro, LGBT and quirky vintage on offer in wedding world.

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With a theme entitled ‘Bygone to Bondage’, this event is 18+ is obviously not your standard wedding fair but great for seeing alternative and daring designers displaying their stunning and most unusual wedding fashion, accessories, photography, cakes and much more. Throughout the day, there will be burlesque dancing and risqué entertainment, but if you think you’ll just go and hide in the corner at this event, think again, as guests are encouraged to ‘dress to impress’.

Sponsors include: Two Brides, The Butch Clothing Company and Crown and Glory.

Tickets are £5 from Dig for Victory on the door. Find out more here.

WIN A PAIR OF TICKETS!!!!  To win a pair of tickets simply email joanne@theweddingdolls.co.uk by midnight on Wednesday 12th March 2014. The winner will be drawn at random from the entries received and notified by email the following day. 

It’s not every day I get excited about a train. Well actually I’ve never got excited about a train until now. I’ve been chatting with the lovely Russell of Lake and Land Train Hire who has a super cute land train that can be hired for weddings and events.

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Russell tells me “the train is fully road legal so it can go on public highway” (you just need to get a vehicle special order) meaning you can get guests from Church to reception in the most fun and unique way ever. The Land Train has two carriages which can seat around 36 passengers.

The cost of hire is £1995 for one day with an additional £900 for an extra day. This cost includes delivery, all fuel, insurance and a qualified Driver plus your very own Conductor. The cost is slightly less if you just need one carriage. For a full quote email the man himself at russell.lakeandland@gmail.com.

Happy Planning!

Emma x

  

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So most of our lovely blog readers will know by now that we were at the Wedding Fair, Bluewater a few weeks ago and were awestruck by just how many of you have a secret desire to be a wedding planner. Now we know what a fabulous job it is but we also know just how hard it is to establish yourself in a very competitive industry. So whilst we can’t profess to know the best route to achieving your dream job, to help those of you out there who want to get into the wonderful world of weddings, here are our top tips.

1. Get some experience

Easier said than done I know. Between myself and Joanne we have nearly 20 years experience working at and managing events (god that makes us sound ancient) but experience is what counts. You’ll always learn with every event you do but the basics will give you a good idea as to what it takes. We would love to be able to give work experience to everyone that asks, but as a small business our time is spent directly with clients or doing really boring admin stuff. See tip 4!

We have two wedding assistants that work with us when we need an extra pair of hands, and we have spent time and lots of energy training them for exactly what we need. Most small companies will be the same but it doesn’t mean you can’t get good experience elsewhere. See tip 2!

 

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2.Look for alternatives

From jobs in catering, to floristry and window dressing we both had Saturday jobs that filled our passion for creativity and fuelled our desire to work in marketing and events. Going straight in as a wedding planner might not be an option but waitressing or working behind a bar can give you a basic insight into customer behaviour, what makes a good party and how to deal with the demands of a busy crowd.

3. Paid Experience Counts

Lots of you have the wedding planning bug from organising your own wedding and its a great start on the experience ladder. However paying clients will tell you exactly where you’ve gone wrong, one of your own wedding guests is unlikely too.

4. You’ll have to learn how to run your own business

This means delving the murky depths of excel spreadsheets, invoicing, the dreaded HMRC and managing sales projections and expenses claims. You’ll also need basic marketing, SEO and PR skills, lots of creativity and live in the knowledge that you won’t be earning enough to buy a Mulberry handbag each payslip for the foreseeable future.

 

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5. Start talking

You will need the major desire to tell everyone about your business at every opportunity you get. Bar staff, the gym instructor, your hairdresser (very important) the sales assistant in Topshop, Mrs Goggins at the Post Office and the delivery blokes from Ocado are just the tip of the iceberg. So when I say everyone I really do mean everyone. You’ll need to spread the word far and wide.

6. Try before you buy

You won’t be able to afford to hire in services to begin with so until you earn enough to be able to pay a professional to do the bits you can’t, you’ll have to do it yourself, learn as you go and die trying. Quick it isn’t.

All we can say really is don’t give up. There are so many brilliant suppliers who we work with who have struggled to establish their businesses and like any other industry there really is no quick route or substitute to experience and good old fashioned hard work.

If you want more info about being a wedding planner than read Joannes interview here.

Good luck and let us know how you get on!

Emma x

 

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Do you need a little bit of extra planning help? If the answer is yes then our Dolly Hours are the perfect way to pay as you plan. You simply buy our expertise by the hour and use the hours whenever you them, whatever you need them for. They are great for busy couples who want to do most of the planning themselves but just need a little bit of professional advice here and there.

Dolly Hours can be used for things like sourcing suppliers, obtaining quotes, creating styling boards and setting up planning schedules. It’s completely up to you – it’s like your very own wedding pick and mix!

Each Dolly Hour costs £35 but if you book your Dolly Hours before the end of March 2014 we’ll give you an extra hour FREE for every three hours you book. Simply quote “HelloFreeHour” when you drop us a line.

We think they make great presents for recently engaged couples! Just ask us for a gift card when booking.

Happy Planning!

Emma & Joanne x

It’s nearly here!!

We are back at The Wedding Fair, Bluewater from the 7th to 9th February, where we’ll be offering our wedding advice completely free of charge to all that come and visit our stand.

You can either book a slot with us prior to the fair by calling Joanne direct or look out for our wedding planning wall on Stand L18, simply turn up and we’ll do our very best to answer any wedding worries or queries you have there and then! 

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At the fair you’ll find so many ideas for wedding inspiration as well as lots of fabulous suppliers – many of whom we have worked with before. A brilliant new addition to the fair are our fabulous friends over at Creative Brides, who are running a Vintage Village so you can get your fix of all things DIY.

If you wasn’t lucky enough to win a pair of tickets in our Facebook competition last week don’t forget you can still save 25% by quoting WB28 when buying your tickets online.

We’ll see you there!

Emma & Joanne x

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Don’t miss Joanne’s wedding advice featured in the January 2014 edition of Your Kent Wedding.

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She gives you her top tips for planning the perfect day including advice on dealing with difficult relatives and making sure you’ve got a timed wedding plan worthy of a professional! You can download the magazine direct from County Wedding Magazines.

Happy Reading!

Emma x

Images: thanks to County Wedding Magazines

We’re so excited to be back at The Wedding Fair, Bluewater in February, where we’ll be offering our wedding advice completely free of charge to all that come and visit our stand. You can either book a slot with us prior to the event by calling Joanne direct or just turn up and we’ll do our very best to answer any wedding worries or queries you have there and then.

At the fair you’ll find so many ideas for wedding inspiration as well as lots of fabulous suppliers – many of whom we have worked with before. A brilliant new addition to the fair are our fabulous friends over at Creative Brides, who are running a Vintage Village so you can get your fix of all things DIY.

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The Wedding Fair at Glow, Bluewater

We can’t wait for the fair and as usual we’ll be running our ticket giveaway in the next few weeks so pop back soon for more details.

Happy Planning

Emma x

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