Today we are very excited as we were asked to be part of the Pin it Forward campaign run by Pinterest to join pinning communities together and get people sharing more.
We love Pinterest as you can discover all sorts of inspiration in one place and then organise all your pins quickly and easily into mood boards and categories to suit you.
We use it all the time to create wedding style boards and pin all our favourite ideas from around wedding world including stuff like decorating a marquee and table names to celebrity wedding styles.
Best of all there’s an option for secret boards so you can share with a select few keeping your pins undercover if needs be until well after your wedding day.
Whether you’re pinning for your wedding, your business or just for fun Pinterest is fast becoming the must go to website for inspiration and all things creative.
As part of the launch I’m sharing with you our English Country Wedding board. The board is full of gorgeous inspiration if you’re planning a wedding in Kent, or actually any countryside location! Here’s just a little taster.
And it’s not just for Brides, your Groom can get right involved in this pinning lark with the team over at IamStaggered. A brilliant blog for all things manly when it comes to weddings who have their own Pinterest boards for inspiration and of course, repinning. Go over and say hello!
A massive thanks to the team at Pinterest for asking us to be involved and we hope the campaign is a huge success. Make sure you share your pinboards with us below as we’d love to follow you too!
You won’t get your vintage wedding planning off to a much better start than popping down to Gravesend’s Old Town Hall on Saturday 13th April.
3 Little Birds are organising this gorgeous little Vintage Wedding Fayre which has everything the vintage inspired bride-to-be could possibly need, from milliners to make-up artists and lots more in between.
A unique part of this fayre are the smart little money saving seminars you can join in including “Build your own bouquet” and “DIY Vintage Hair and Make-up” which are run by some of the fantastic vintage and industry experts exhibiting at the fayre. As well as tea and cakes galore you’ll also get to sample live entertainment in Tea Room as well as find that perfect vintage style with the Walk-In Dress Shop by Vintage Curves.
All Brides receive a free goody-bag on arrival and you’ll also be entered into a prize-draw for the chance to win free room hire for a civil ceremony at The Old Town Hall itself.
For more info visit 3 Little Birds.
Happy Vintage Planning!
All images by James Grist Photography
If you like your vintage look then you’ll be totally in love with shoe designer, Rachel Simpson’s brand new vintage inspired collection for both you and the man in your life.
Agnes & Norman takes it style inspiration from a bygone era with the emphasis on simplicity and quality. As Rachel said at the launch earlier this month, “each pair is designed to fit perfectly, feel indulgent and exude unique character and good old-fashioned quality.”
There’s fifteen styles in the spring/summer collection with gorgeous colours in leather and suede with lots of details and cute bows to create their vintage vibe. Prices start from £85.
The range will be available exclusively online later this month. Just in time for payday!
Lifestyle Images by Emma Case Photography
Your wedding should be your own little love story beautifully told. And these invitations tick all the right boxes to get your story started. Not only do they look really unique but they tell your guests your journey so far. As Wedding Planners we always tell our couples to keep the wedding as personal as you can, as thats what makes it unique to you. There’s no better time to start this than when sending out your invitations.
These cute and fun invitations are made by RSVP Candy and are the story of you, who you are, where you’ve been and how you decided to get married. Quirky, sweet and utterly brilliant for stamping your personality on your wedding. Once you have the words for your story you can then add retro inspired illustrations and the back has all your wedding day details. You can even personalise each invitation with your guests names in vintage font.
Prices start from £299 for 100 invitations and theres the option to add other wedding stationery too.
Go on start your wedding story today!
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.
If you’re big into Vintage Weddings and want to make a real statement on your wedding day make like a Royal and organise your own fly-past.
royal wedding flypast @getty
The team over at Kent Spitfire have a Spitfire IXe TA805 based at the historic former RAF Battle of Britain fighter station, Biggin Hill, that can be hired for weddings and events. The fly-past will give your guests a chance to experience the Spitfire’s iconic shape and unmistakeable noise made so famous above the Kent countryside. What a perfect way to bring back all the memories and emotions of the wartime era to add to your wedding day theme.
Team it with a 1940′s singer, roll out the bunting, wave those Union Jacks and be ready to shout “chocs away” vintage lovers!
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.
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.
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!
Image by Debs Ivelja
Louise and Kees were married back in May this year at the very unique Preston Court, near Canterbury. We asked the fabulous smiling bride, Lou to tell us about their day.
How did you choose your wedding venue?
It was the first and only venue we looked at. We knew it was the right venue for us straight away. We booked it shortly after getting engaged just over 18 months before our wedding. We wanted to get married somewhere a bit different. I absolutely love planning things so was in my element and Anna and Jenny at Preston Court were very helpful.
There were 70 guests during the day with another 40 in the evening.We had an informal ceremony which was conducted outside with our guests sitting on picnic blankets. Two friends did readings from “No Matter What” and “Captain Corelli’s Mandolin”.
Who were your wedding photographer and videographers?
We chose Laura and Jody from Lollypop Photography. We did lots of research online into different styles of wedding photography, we looked through tons of photographer’s websites. We then met with Laura and Jody and felt that they understood what we wanted to achieve and they really put us at ease.
We also had a video by Andy and Nigel from Cine8. We got on well with Andy and Nigel and loved the vintage style of super 8 film. They even provided a guest Cine camera so our guests could have a go at filming too!
Did you have a theme for your wedding?
We had a ‘vintage’ them but basically we fell in love with the venue and fitted it around that. We just tended to buy things that we liked and hoped that it would all come together!
I handmade our table plan, place cards, table numbers and signs for the confetti cones and sweetie bar. I also made personalised colouring in books for all the children and letters out of gypsophelia for the backs of mine and Kees’ chairs. Our wooden directional signs were handmade by my sister and her husband and my mum and I sourced all vases and jars we needed from various places over 18 months. I made a basket of flip-flops, tied with bows for our guests to kick off their high heels and dance in the evening!
I painstakingly handmade all of our favours and most of our stationery using a personalised stamp. We wanted the colours to compliment the fairground organ in the barn so we used pastel pinks, blues, greens and greys.
Who did your wedding flowers?
My (very talented) mum did all the flowers, table centres, buttonholes, all floral decorations and bouquets, including a Jack Daniels bottle of flowers in the men’s loos! I had white peonies, Pink O’Hara roses and lamb’s ears (Stachys byzantina) as foliage. I picked flowers that I loved, my grandparents used to have lamb’s ears in their garden when I was a child. I spent many a weekend choosing flowers with my mum!
What did you have to eat?
Canapes: Fish and Skinny Chip Cones, Mini Hog Roast Burgers, Paneer Tikka Naans, Goat’s Cheese and Red Onion Tartlet.
Starters were Poached Scottish salmon on potato & chive salad with watercress crème fraiche & balsamic dressing or
Tomato & Mozzarella Salad with rocket, and a drizzle of olive oil and balsamic. Main course was Chicken breast in a basil & honey cream sauce garnished with beetroot crisps, sautéed new potatoes and a medley of seasonal vegetables or Potato and Leek Tart with a butternut squash puree. We had a trio of desserts with Banoffee Pie, Baileys Eton Mess and Lemon Tart. The children had Garlic Doughballs, Chicken fillets with homemade potato wedges and fruit trifle. The food was amazing!
How did you celebrate in the evening?
It was a reasonably big party! Everyone was either dancing or on the carousel. As it was a lovely warm evening lots of people were relaxing outside plus trying the sweetie bar or photo booth. A memorable moment for me, was late in the evening when me and Kees were going round on the carousel. It was a lovely view point to watch all of our friends and family having a good time.
If you could change one thing about your wedding day what would it be?
I’d try and stop the day flying past so quickly! Also I would have had USB sticks available for guests to put their photos on and post to us while we were on honeymoon!
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Brides Dress: Maggie Sottero from Jodi Bridal in Canterbury
Brides Shoes: Dune. Plus pink spotty converse – although I didn’t get round to wearing them!
Brides Jewellery: A necklace from Dower & Hall and a bracelet from Cornells in Maidstone. Engagement and wedding ring Fitzgeralds
Grooms Outfit: Next
Cufflinks: A gift from the Bride by Mary Fellows
Flower Girls: Monsoon
Vintage postbox: Temptation Towers
Caterers: Relish - the food was amazing!
Wedding cake: Creative Cakes
Transport: Fiat 500 Hire
Band: The Redfords, who did an acoustic set in the day and then the full band in the evening. They were brilliant, everyone loved them. Our first dance was to JJ Heller – When I’m With You.
Personalised items including Cake toppers and wedding dress hanger: Etsy
Make Up: Bridal Make Up by Danielle Parish (Facebook)