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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

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

Well Happy New Year everyone! In 2013 we worked in a variety of amazing venues, from village halls and marquees at home to Castles, barns and even a field! In 2014 our venues are just as varied and we can’t wait to work with some fantastic venues that we haven’t worked with before – here’s a sneak peek at just some of them:

We’re also preferred planners at the beautiful St Clere Estate which has only limited dates available for 2014 and was where we created this fabulous Whimsical Snow White inspired shoot that appeared on super blogs Before the Big Day and Secret Wedding. It’s also featured in A Kentish Ceremony magazine this month too. 

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If you’ve booked your venue and think you might need an extra pair of experienced hands on your big day or you’re still looking to find that perfect place then give us a call or click here to see how we might be able to help. 

Joanne & Emma x

 

 

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Back in September we helped Rebecca and James with our Dolly On the Day Co-ordination service.  I love this picture as it was the first time I’d seen Rebecca on the day. I had been busy setting up at the church and so couldn’t wait to see the Bride arrive. She looks so happy and beautiful and her Dad was full of pride with a lovely beaming smile.

The Church was gorgeous and very close to the family’s heart which made it all the more special. The classic Bridesmaids dresses with stunning lace detail and the top hat and tails were totally in keeping with the traditional family wedding that Rebecca and James chose for their big day. After the Church ceremony they held their reception at Hever Castle to round off this beautifully classic wedding.

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In December you spend more time in a pub that at no other time of year. So if you’re planning a wedding in 2014 and beyond use your Christmas drinking sessions for doing more than sinking double vodkas and get going with your wedding research. Pubs and restaurants are fast becoming a really popular choice for celebrating your nuptials and now there are so many gorgeous ones to choose from including the The Moat at Wrotham, Kent. Daniel and Katie Wallace were married here earlier this year and today we’re sharing with you their wedding in pictures. Lets take a look…….

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All in the Detail:

Photography by Chris Blackledge Photography
Ceremony & Evening Reception: Moat Inn, Wrotham, Kent.

Bride’s Dress: Bellamore, Bexleyheath
Hair and Make Up: Dee Hedges of Bridal Beauty, Kent
Bouquet & Flowers: Green on the Green
Catering: The Moat Inn
Cake: Rosie’s Cakery

Whenever we work at a wedding we always take our trusty Wedding Planner Pack with us. The pack has all manner of handy little things that we delve into with alarming regularity. So if you’ve not booking us to work on your wedding day *shame on you face* then you’ll need these 8 things waiting in the wings;

1. Snip It

No emergency pack is complete without scissors.You’ll need this to cut anything from your bunting that’s been tied up too tight, to the hair stuck in your Bridesmaids zip to the plastic tag that’s still hanging off your clutch bag.

2. Tissues

Crying always happens. But happily for all the right reasons. When Bridesmaids, your parents, assorted friends and Nanna George let the floodgates go they’ll all be needing tissues so your wedding photos don’t look like a scene from Carrie.

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3. Wonder Wipe

Whoever invented baby wipes are quite frankly genius with a capital G. Set aside the obvious use on babies bottoms and you have a multi-purpose little gem that’ll get rid of just about anything from small stains on your dress to make-up and deodorant marks.

4. Get Drinking

Now before you go in search of the corkscrew and start knocking back the Prosecco we actually mean water. Mmm not as exciting as you thought but with a nervous top lip stuck to your teeth and wedding vowels to say out loud you’ll be needing some hydration. Task your Ushers to have a bottle of water handy for when you need it.

5. Give it Some Gloss

Remember to tuck your lip gloss in your bag so you can keep reapplying. A handy little pot of Vaseline is always good to for a quick swipe of lip shine without needing a mirror to do a perfect job.

6. Plaster Over the Cracks

Blisters are no fun on your wedding day. Take plenty of plasters so you can dance the night about without hobbling around on your honeymoon.

7. Rescue Remedy

Joanne swears by this stuff to stop those nerves. Get it from your local chemist and take just before the nerves kick in. Personally I’ll go back to number 4 and add a whiskey to the water…..

8. Sew it Up

Pop in your bag a needle and some thread (black and white). Ushers zips always seem to break (what do they do to them….) and usually they’re wearing bright blue pants underneath. Get Auntie Sue to sew them back up in a jiffy with your handy little sewing kit.

Happy Planning!

Emma x

 

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On the blog today we’re sharing with you a fantastic competition brought to you by our wedding friends, super blog Creative Brides and Rebecca Douglas Photography. Head over to Creative Brides for all the details but here is a little snippet to tempt you all……

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Good luck!

Emma x

Back at the beginning of the year we styled a shoot at The Swan in West Malling to showcase how getting married in a pub or restaurant doesn’t mean forsaking any glamour on your wedding day. Choosing your favourite local pub might not seem like the obviously choice but The Swan itself is a fantastic venue and can cater easily for different events, whether it’s a small gathering in one of their private rooms to large events in their peak-season marquee.  We brought together a fantastic team of suppliers for the shoot including the brilliant photographer, Rebecca Douglas and set about using the Swan’s brand itself to inspire the shoot. Using a simple black and white theme we used feathers and touches of pink and purple to soften the look and make the most of the Swan’s elegant backdrop.

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Thanks to all the brilliant suppliers:

Brides Hair  by Annabel The Crop Shop West Malling

Brides Make up: The Beauty Aisle

Dresses: Isabella Grace Bridal Boutique

Stationery: Pretty Wild

Flowers & Props: Florist in the Forest

Cakes & Sweets: Little Gems.

And a special thanks to our four models Jessica, Ria, Sarah and Jodie.

Everything you’ve heard is true – your favourite bridal magazine is coming to life! The fabulous Brides The Show hits London’s Battersea Park this weekend, with hundreds of luxury suppliers and inspiring ideas for your wedding wonder!

There’ll be catwalk shows, top designers, bridal expert workshops, wine tastings, beauty master classes, champagne and much more.

The lovely team over at Brides have given our readers a special 2 for 1 ticket offer to the show. Just enter the code ‘YOUANDME’ when booking your tickets online at www.bridestheshow.co.uk

The show runs from Friday 11th October to Sunday 13th October and we’ll be there at Fridays VIP Preview Evening so if you’re going along and spot us make sure you come over and say hello!

Happy Planning!

Emma x

 

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It’s all going to be a bit quiet on the blog this weekend as we’re having lots of fun at the Wedding Fair, Bluewater. We’re here on our stand helping couples with their wedding worries and lots more besides.

Here’s a little peek at our stand chalkboard wall designed by the fantastic Suzanne of Pretty Wild Wedding Stationery. Pretty special and very gorgeous huh!

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If planning your wedding is getting a tad stressful and you feel like you need a little help then you’re in the right place. Here at The Wedding Dolls we’re like an extra pair of hands that come with a big dose of experience to make your wedding journey so much easier.  From finding the best suppliers to guidance on styling and inspirational ideas, we’ll work together to create a wedding that’s totally unique and all about you.

Our popular packages include “Dolly Drama but Calmer” for help in the final stages and all those last minute preparations, “Dolly-on-the-day” so you can relax and enjoy your big day whilst we make sure everything runs smoothly and our “Dolly Hours” which allows you to use our expertise as much or as little as you need, just when you need it most.

Take a look at our portfolio page to see some of our work and watch out over the next few weeks when we’ll be blogging about some of our summer weddings and giving you all lots more advice and inspiration.

In the meantime we hope to see some of you at Bluewater and have a great weekend!

Emma x

 

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