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A big hello from us and Part 2 of our wedding worries countdown! At the beginning of the week we kicked off our countdown to the Wedding Fair at Bluewater with a series of special posts tackling the most common wedding worries. Today we’re concentrating on choosing your venue. Your venue choice is probably the biggest decision you’re going to make and it’s also where most of your budget will go. You’ve probably already got a good idea of the type of venue you want but the worry about whether you’ve chosen the right option can cause sleepless nights.

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St Clere, Sevenoaks

The venue and guest numbers is a bit chicken and egg. You can’t really do one without the other so make sure you have a rough idea of how many people you want to attend. You’ll need to consider your budget (yes sorry boring voice of reason I know….) and that’s where the juggling begins.

If you’re not sure where to start take a look at these real weddings we’ve featured on the blog which give you an idea of just how different weddings can be depending on your venue. From little to large, intimate to loud and lively, green to grand you won’t find more (or better… but we’re biased…) options than in glorious Kent so take your time and do your wedding research carefully. All of these venues are completely different and all have varying elements that suited the couples and their guest numbers perfectly.

Peach and Chic Manor House Wedding

English Country Garden – A Wonderful Wedding at Home

Kent Castle Tea with all the trimmings

Elegant Asian Fusion Wedding at Nettlestead Place

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Nettlestead Place

If you’re looking for an intimate celebration then you’re in luck because Kent has an absolute abundance of unique places to hold your wedding with hidden gems such as The George in Rye who featured a gorgeous vintage wedding shoot on the blog, The Bell at Ticehurst where quirky and fun is the order of the day and finally The Marquis of Alkham where James and Marika shared their big day with us. And to show how you can adapt a small venue to suit any wedding style we co-ordinated and styled a shoot at The Swan, West Malling – you can find it on our portfolio page but it was featured on super blog Bloved so go take a look for very glamourous inspiration.

Keep an eye out for hot of the press venues where you can guarantee your friends won’t have got married such as St Clere, a stunning estate in Sevenoaks that have just started offering weddings. Take a look at A Kentish Ceremony for one of the best round up of new and well established venues in Kent.

Happy Planning!

Emma x

 

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So following on from the start of our countdown yesterday to the Wedding Fair at Bluewater, part one of our wedding worries special kicks off with choosing your photographer. Always a toughie so click through and have a look at this guest blog post, by Kent photographer Rebecca Douglas, who talks you through the process. A must read for anyone still debating who will capture their big day.

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Oh and we do love an engagement shoot. They are a great way to get to know your photographer and get a feel for the type of images you want taken on your big day. Have a sneak peek at Love in Paris and Bluebells and Fairytales for a bit of engagement shoot inspiration. If you’re still not sure read this useful post from Offbeat Bride which gives you some darn good reasons why you should partake in a shoot, especially if you’re a bit camera shy. Also check out their engagement shoot ideas board.

Plus if you’ve ever wondered how your mate always looks great in pics whilst you’re sporting a double chin and red eye then read this article on iVillage. This way you might actually get tagged in a wedding Facebook picture where you look half human, although after years of trying I’m still yet to perfect that one…..

Happy Posing!

Emma x

PS Don’t forget to book your Wedding Fair at Bluewater tickets with our special discount code and come visit our stand where we’ll help you banish those wedding worries!

Today on the blog we have another fantastic find to share with you, Kent wedding photographer, Helen Schryver of Schryver Photography. Here Helen tells us a little more about her work…..

“My wedding photography is largely documentary-style, with unobtrusive coverage typically lasting from bridal preparations to well into the evening. I believe the best photos come from capturing people unaware as very few people actually enjoy posing for photographs! I make it my mission to seek out all the hundreds of special moments that take place on a wedding day and love taking creative shots of all the little details. I want to make sure I have really captured the whole feel of the day.”

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Helen is offering all Wedding Dolls readers a 10% discount on her Classic and Premium wedding photography packages if you book before the end of October 2013.

For more information about pricing and to view the gallery visit www.schryverphoto.com

Happy Planning!

Emma x

Images by www.schryverphoto.com

 

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Today we have a fantastic competition for you to win complimentary tickets (each ticket is for two people!) to The Wedding Fair, Bluewater, coming up later this month. On our stand we’ll be helping couples with our “Wedding Worries Workshops”. However big or small, share your wedding worries with us and we’ll do our very best to help you solve them during the Fair.

For your chance to win tickets simply like our facebook page and share the post and you’ll be automatically entered.

Can’t wait to see you there!

Emma x

The Small Print: The competition closes on Friday 13th September and winners will be chosen at random. Please note that the competition is open to individual Facebook entrants only and not business pages. Winners will be notified through Facebook so please check the post to see if you have won on the closing date. A UK delivery address for the ticket will be required from the winner. No correspondence will be entered into, prizes are as stated, are not transferable and there is no cash alternative. If you are a winner, you must claim your prize within 3 days of being notified otherwise the prize will be forfeited and another winner chosen. You will need to register your ticket on the Wedding Fair at Bluewater wedding site to validate the complimentary ticket.

Today we have a fabulous new business to showcase on the blog from a brilliant Kent supplier. Amanda, the designer and creator of Brooch Bride, is originally a northern lass from Newcastle but has been in Kent for nearly 10 years. Amanda started out as a florist and was in the trade for over 2o years until she launched her new business creating bridal bouquets and accessories completely from buttons and brooches.

Lets find out a little bit more from Amanda…..

“Each Brooch bouquet I make is entirely unique and very much a one off, no two pieces will ever be completely the same. I handcraft the brooch bouquets as a reflection of each Bride. From gothic and dark to colourful or sparkly, the intricacy within the brooch bouquets uses amazing detail taken from the wedding theme itself or simply whatever the Bride loves.

I’m really passionate about my designs and love the fact that a brooch bouquet could become a treasured family heirloom, passed down through generations to use time and time again. Brides can incorporate their own jewellery and family stories as well into the design. From using a loved ones photograph in a locket to adding silver buttons from a cherished coat – it’s so fulfilling to create something that is completely bespoke and highly original.”

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See Amanda’s designs first hand at the Vintage and Unique Wedding Fair at Scotney Castle in September or visit the website to see the full range and order online. Amanda is offering all Wedding Dolls readers an exclusive 10% discount when you pay the deposit before December 2013. Just quote “The Wedding Dolls” when ordering.

Happy Shopping!

Emma x

Photography by Penny Young.

With a busy wedding season now in full swing, we’ve been working on very different types of weddings. From village halls to golf and country clubs, followed by barns and a castle, they all have one thing in common. These couples have decided that they want to have fun on their big day knowing that their plans are in place and they can relax and enjoy the whole experience with friends and family.

We often get asked what exactly it is that we do as an on-the-day wedding co-ordinator and here’s what we say!

With our Dolly on the Day package we’re there throughout the wedding day to do all those things that need to get done, from overseeing deliveries to setting up tables, styling the venue, being a general timekeeper and keeping the day running smoothly. We assist the bridal party so no-one forgets what they need to say or do and are generally on hand to deal with any problems that may possibly arise. From early morning until usually just after the first dance we’ll be keeping everything flowing as it should.

Many couples choose Dolly-on-the-Day if they have lots of DIY elements to come together or have multiples venues to organise. Dry-hire venues are also perfect for this service as we can set up and clear away, deal with deliveries and help others suppliers on arrival. Even if your venue has an on-site co-ordinator many couples still like to know that they have someone there the morning of the wedding to make sure the Bridal Party are all ready on time and relaxed plus assist the photographer with getting pre-wedding shots of the Bridal party.

As one of our couples recently said “We knew we needed help and assistance on the day but didn’t really know where to turn. We didn’t think our budget would allow for a wedding planner but when my friend told me about The Wedding Dolls they sounded perfect. Joanne helped us pull a schedule together straight away and with her advice in the run up to the wedding everything was calm, considered and way more fun! Previously I had long to-do lists for my parents and friends and was worried about how they would manage it all. Handing it all over to Joanne instead was a huge relief. Come the wedding day we didn’t have to worry, we knew everything was in place and could enjoy ourselves, along with our families to the max!”.

So if you think you need some help but are not sure where to start give us a call!

Emma x

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I love the elegance of a bridal veil. It’s not often you get to wear something that feels so grown up and beautiful. Finding one that suits your style and choice of dress isn’t always easy though. The Couture Veil collection by Sassi Holford is perfect if you’re a little bit scared of a veil but don’t want to miss your chance of wearing one! With stunning styles to choose from you can go from small and perfectly formed to bold and brave. Take a look at just some of the range here…

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Find your stockist in Kent and see more of the range at www.thecoutureveil.com

Happy Shopping!

Emma x

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Last week we told you all about the The Wedding Fair, Bluewater, coming up in September, where on our stand we’ll be helping couples with our “Wedding Worries Workshops”. However big or small, share your wedding worries with us and we’ll do our very best to help you solve them during the Fair.

What’s more you can now save up to £20 using our Wedding Dolls exclusive code BW86 at www.weddingfairatbluewater.com and get two standard tickets for £20 or two VIP tickets for just £30.

So don’t miss out on this fabulous offer so book your tickets today!

Can’t wait to see you there!

Emma x

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For all you craft loving Brides out there go over and check out the all new Creative Brides blog. Full of great ideas about how to DIY your wedding day as well as supplier info and lots more besides.

Plus you’ll find The Wedding Dolls (yes it’s a shameless plug) in the wedding planner section as well as info on our DIY workshops so another reason to go say hello and get creative!

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Happy Planning!

Emma x

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

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.

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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.

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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

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.

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Happy Planning!

Emma x