This week myself and Joanne got a sneak preview of a gorgeous new magazine hitting the wedding world this weekend.
Doily Days is the new FREE vintage inspired wedding mag from the team, yes you guessed it, behind vintage wedding stylists, Doily Days. Helen Ruff is the lovely editor of the new 56 pager, which is jam packed full of wedding gorgeousness including DIY top tips from Helen herself, as well as Roses All Over and articles from our fellow wedding bloggers, Ooh Mrs James and Festival Brides. There’s also a handmade real wedding for inspiration, features on venues and catering and much more, plus if that wasn’t enough there’s an amazing competition from Mr & Mrs Unique.
Grab yourself a FREE copy at the ‘Something Old’ wedding fair at the Corn Exchange in Brighton this Sunday (3rd March 12-5pm) or look out for it at a wedding fair near you in Kent very soon.
Today on the blog we have some great news for Brides looking for a vintage wedding dress in Kent. Ciara Mullan owner of Dita Florita, normally supplies her vintage dresses by post, on a sale or return basis, but from this month you can visit her showroom in Kent and try on the dresses to your hearts content.
Images from this gorgeous shoot show you just some of the original dresses that Ciara sources for her boutique. For more information about viewing appointments visit Dita Florita.
Vintage dresses: Dita Florita
Photography: Laura Babb
Stylist & Coordinator: Meryl Tabner at Home Grown Bride
Hair & Makeup: Belle of the Ball Hair
Flowers: Blush Floral Design
Stationery: Golden Apple Designs
Headpieces and sunglasses: Rene Walrus
Red flower hairband: Edwina Ibbotson
Model: Frankie Holah
Venue: Plateau, Canary Wharf
This weekend we’re looking forward to the Vintage Wedding Fair at Hollamby’s Sunset Barn in Groombridge.
We’re joining suppliers such as Rebecca Douglas Photography, Frou Frou Bridal, Florist in the Forest, Vintage Rose Cupcakes, Alice and the Teacup, Painted with Love, Powder and Glow and many many more.
It’s a really different kind of wedding fair with a relaxed atmosphere and lots of fun along the way. On the day you can expect to be entertained with live music, a bridal pack with wedding magazines and discounts, a glass of bubbly on arrival, competitions and the chance to meet lots of lovely suppliers who can help you pack a punch when planning your vintage wedding. And of course you can meet us to chat through any wedding worries you might have.
We suggest you bring a picnic on the day and enjoy some breathtaking views across the Kent and Sussex countryside. Plus there’ll be a bar open serving beer,wine and soft drinks and you can even meet the local animals that call Hollambys Farm their home.
We look forward to seeing you there x
One of our favourite shops for wedding outfits is Any Occasion in Tunbridge Wells. We’re always sending Mother of the Brides their way and now there’s another reason to go take a look as they are stockists for Anoushka G, who design fantastic evening and occasion wear.
Anoushka G also designs a bridal range that has some real gems, with gorgeous lines and beautiful details perfect for summer weddings. These are just some of our favourite.
We already love the gowns by Alan Hannah (see our previous blog post) so news of their new prêt a porter label, MiaMia was the source of much excitement.
Marguerite Hannah is the award winning designer behind both the Alan Hannah label and MiaMia and says “the range aims to offer a slice of couture in an accessible, ready to wear option. We are using silk duchesse, silk slipper satin and silk organza, but we also offer other fabrics as alternatives to those used on the sample gowns. Your local stockist can advise you on choice of fabrics as well as offering a professional service for your fittings and alterations.”
The gowns under this label are light and pretty and we really like the fresh quirky feel of them. Whizz over to Abigails in Headcorn for your fitting in Kent.
If you’re looking to float down the aisle like an ethereal queen then you’ll love our designer of the week, Claire Pettibone. With lots of intricate lace detailing her vintage style dresses have a really soft elegant feel.
The closest stockist for you gals of Kent is Blackburn Bridal, which is in Blackheath, London.
All images from Claire Pettibone
Welcome to the final part of our planning a vintage wedding special and what a way to finish – it’s the all important dress!
You have a big decision to make here as you can go one of two ways. Real vintage or well…sort of…. modern vintage i.e. brand spanking new but with a vintage style. You are literally spoilt for choice.
First let’s start on preloved (wedding speak darhhhling for second-hand). A true vintage wedding dress isn’t as easy to find as you’d think. Firstly it depends on what era you are going for, even now the 80′s gets the vintage label in some circles, so you will need to be selective. If you are going way back it’s always going to get more difficult, so unless you have Granny’s dress waiting in the wings prepare yourself for a lot of leg work.
One of the best places to start is dedicated online website Preloved Wedding Dresses. They have over 10,000 new sample and used wedding gowns, some of which are truly vintage. You might also find a hidden gem of a vintage style dress that fits nicely into your not so vintage budget. You can also try The Vintage Wedding Dress Company, although they haven’t got a stockist in Kent their flagship store is in Central London. Run by renowned stylist, Charlie Brear, it’s well worth the trip into the big smoke to join its growing number of celebrity fans.
vintage wedding dress company
Vintage Wedding Dress Company
The Vintage Wedding Dress Company
The Vintage Wedding Dress Company
There’s also some vintage boutiques to try closer to home including Bridesdressrevisited in the little Kent village of Otford, where you can make an appointment to view their full collection of preloved dresses.
If second-hand just isn’t you then there are some brilliant designers who offer vintage style dresses. Here are just some of our absolute favourite dresses available now from Charlotte Balbier, Candy Anthony, Claire Pettibone, Charlotte Casadejus and Johanna Hehir.
For more inspiration on planning vintage weddings in Kent then take a look at Vintage Kent Directory where you will find lots of suppliers to help you in your quest.
In case you ‘ve missed them check out the rest of the post in our vintage wedding series here:
Part 1: Vintage Music
Part 2: Hair & Make Up
Part 3: Vintage Shoes
Part 4: Tea Time
And if you are planning a vintage wedding don’t forget to share your experience with us here!
In part two of our Planning a Vintage Wedding special we take a look at creating your own vintage look. We caught up with three industry experts who, just like us, love vintage hair and make-up. ALOT!
Christina Jessel, hair and make-up specialist, says “Vintage is very much requested in my work at the moment. Its fun, classic, glamorous and works with all face shapes and hair textures. Adding a beautiful sparkly hair decoration with jewels or an accessory with fine, small feathers really completes the vintage look.
Caroline from Powder and Glow loves recreating vintage make up. “From mastering a 1940’s starlet, a 1950’s siren pout or a 1960’s smokey eye, we can work with you to get the vintage look you want. We also offer personal vintage styling tutorials so you can learn to create the looks yourself”.
Liz Bower from Simply Beautiful Wedding Hair specialises in wedding hair. “It’s fantastic to create a lovely soft, vintage feel, incorportating Marcel waves and twists, finishing beautifully with the most gorgeous hair comb.”
Here’s some inspiration from the ladies!
If you missed Part 1 of our Vintage Special catch it here and see you next week for Part 3 when we talk vintage wedding shoes.
Have a great weekend x
1 – 5: Courtesy of Christina Jessel 6-9: Courtesy of Powder & Glow 10-14 : Courtesy of Simply Beautiful Wedding Hair
The wedding tradition that Brides wear a garter and then toss it to the men in the wedding party for good luck seems to be hitting a snag at Wedding Dolls HQ. Our round-up of these beautiful garters means no bride will be giving them up that easily.
Whether or not you are going to be adding the ‘blue bit’ into the mix (are you keeping up with this tradition stuff?) these garters should definitely be yours to love forever!
Florrie Mitton, £58 at Etsy
Atelier Rousseau, £39.99
Atelier Rousseau, £29.99
Don’t forget to let us know if you will be tossing your garter, or if this is a tradition you won’t be sticking too! We’d love to hear your thoughts.
Images direct from the designers websites:
Florrie Mitton at Etsy
We have seen growing numbers of couples who want a more eco-friendly wedding. Whether it’s using sustainable printing for stationery or going completely organic for the wedding breakfast it’s a theme that is growing in popularity. At the Wedding Dolls we just love “The Natural Wedding” book which is dedicated to helping you have a completely natural wedding. From stunning vintage dresses to intricately crafted organic cup cakes, this book will provide you stylish solutions with a natural twist.
The author and eco wedding designer, Louise Moon, suggests simple how-tos and insider tips to make your day truly unique. It’s set out into bite sized chapters for each topic and is great to dip in and out of when planning.
Louise says in her introduction “I wanted to write the book to give couples inspiration and advice on every aspect of their greener celebration. Its my eco-chic guide to weddings without hairy shirts or mud in sight!”
If you are anything like us you will love this book and it might just persuade you that eco chic is the way to go for your big day.
The book is published by Alastair Sawday’s and is available to purchase online for £14.99.
Images from Alastair Sawday’s