In our third and final part, today of our wedding worries concentrate on adding personality and style to your big day. It’s something many couples really struggle with. From bunting to tea sets, pom poms to lace covers, styling your wedding can start to tip you over the wedding edge.
At our wedding planning workshops we spend time tackling this issue and teaching Brides how to uncover your wedding personality. It can really help you find your own style, stand out from the crowd and ease some of the pressure. We ran these workshops in mini form at The Wedding Fair at Bluewater in February. For those of you that missed them here’s a quick recap of how you can add personality to your wedding.
DIYing is also a brilliant way to stamp on your own style. Our new DIY workshops can help you get the balance right between using the skills of your suppliers verses your own time and talents to get crafty with it. Read our delve into the pro’s and con’s of DIYing here.
A great way to add bags of unique style is to think about the wedding from your guests point of view. Our post Wow your Wedding Guests will give you some ideas to get you started.
Don’t forget we’re back at the Wedding Fair at Bluewater this weekend to run free one-to-one sessions on our stand to help with all kinds of wedding worries. So come see us!
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.
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
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.
Ooh you lucky lot as on Sunday 8th September there are not one, but TWO, fabulous wedding fairs happening a stones throw away in Brighton and Hove.
Marvellous, Mysterious, Nutty, Odd, Outlandish, Peculiar and Quirky are just some of the words used to describe the Quaint Queer Weird wedding show at Brighton’s Proud Cabaret. From 10.30am there will be burlesque dancing and entertainment including body painting with the ’Ring mistress of Ceremonies’, Dawn Gracie, who will be transporting you to the Spectacular through a Narnia inspired entrance!
Along the coast you’ll then find Belle’s Vintage Wedding Fair taking place at Hove Town Hall between 11am-3pm.
Belle’s Vintage Wedding Fair has original and vintage inspired bridal gowns, specialist vintage photographers and masses of quirky vintage suppliers. You can also be entertained by some the best vintage inspired acts around whilst you indulge in a very vintage afternoon tea.
There’s a whole host of wonderfully diverse suppliers at both fairs so make a day of it and head to the seaside for a wedding planning day and then some!
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
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.
LPM Bohemia – Tents & Marquees
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.
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
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.
Simply Bloom Photography
Another superb Kent wedding supplier on the blog today and I couldn’t be happier as it’s all about cake – one of my favourite subjects!
Last month I got to meet the lovely Tina who is the baking genius behind Sprinkles & Swirls for a tasting session and a cuppa. Tina’s cakes were simply stunning and I could have quite happily stayed munching away in her kitchen. Forever. Here Tina tells us about her passion for baking……
“As you can see I love pretty and vintage styles, but I work on all different cake styles. My customers usually want something that is slightly bespoke, which is fantastic as it makes no two days the same for me. It’s such a compliment when people say the cakes are too beautiful to eat but of course it’s always about the taste as well. The best part is when you watch someones face as they see their cake – whether it’s a birthday cake or a wedding cake, it’s just a magical feeling. It makes all the late nights worthwhile!
“After an initial chat on the phone, I first meet my couples at a complimentary consultation when they come to my home kitchen, sample my cakes and talk through their plans. Each couple are unique – some bring mood boards, some have images on their phone and others have no idea where to start! With lots of cakes on display and with my design advice, by the end, I am able to follow up with a quote based on their exact requirements.
“Turning my passion into a business came about when I was made redundant and my sister and sister in law asked if I would make them cupcake towers for their weddings. The comments and positive feedback received made me think about starting professionally and so Sprinkles and Swirls was born! I love meeting new people and really enjoy creating something that brings happiness to others. It’s such a lovely moment when someone sees their cake or cupcakes and I know I have totally exceeded their expectations!
Thanks so much to Tina for sharing her cakes with us and for more on info on Sprinkles & Swirls visit www.sprinklesandswirls.co.uk
Images 1-5: By JMcSweeneyPhotography
Right Ok, we’ve had a bit of sun but NOT nearly enough so we’re taking inspiration today from the lovely team over at Bellaboo and Beau, who have given us some really cute ideas to share about making your wedding sunny no matter the weather. So with a stiff upper lip, get collecting your tin cans and set about making your wedding the brightest one ever.
The styling was all part of Belles Events wedding fair down in Worthing. If you’re planning a vintage wedding the fairs are a great starting point. Shoot Styling team:
Jenny from Bellaboo & Beau
Paula and Michael from Draped
Donna from Fabulous Floras
Last week I went down to sample the workshops at Bake & Crafthouse with the lovely owner and fabulous crafter, Kate Alsanjak. After years working in fashion and design Kate has set up a crafters paradise in the village of Cranbrook, with a beautiful workshop kitted out with everything you’d need to make … well just about anything!
Ideal for hen parties, all age groups are welcome and Kate will arrange a bespoke craft experience for you. This group of happy hens made cupcakes in the morning advancing onto a bit of sewing in the afternoon making some very stylish knickers. All very easy and great fun!
Perfect for all Brides with a creative streak to hone their skills, Kate is a master in guiding you through, whether it’s making your own table place names to bespoke invitations, or favours and much more.
Watch out for Kate on the blog over the coming weeks as she’ll be posting some DIY masterclasses for you all to try at home and introducing new ideas for Brides who are itching to plan a handmade wedding.
If you need something to look forward to then get your diaries ready and make sure you don’t miss “A Gloriously Vintage Day Out and Wedding Fair” on Sunday 12th May 2013.
Held at Mount Ephraim, a fabulous Edwardian Country House near Faversham, this fantastic day out is a must for all vintage wedding fans. The “Just Say I do” vintage wedding section includes cake makers, photographers, florists, event stylists and a range of beautiful wedding dresses to keep any Bride happy plus there will be a “Make, do and mend!” craft area for anyone eager to try their hand at DIYing their wedding.
For “A little of what you fancy”, the retro section has home wares and clothing,
plus outside in the “Mustard & Cress” area you can treat yourself to all kinds of delicious offerings from vintage ice-cream suppliers and sweet stalls set amongst retro caravans and cars. And take the kids along as there’ll be free entertainment all day to keep them happy.
The fun kicks off from 11am and will swing on in true vintage style until 5pm.
Click here for more info.
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
On Thursday I headed down to Brighton to the launch party of the gorgeous Doily Days Wedding Magazine. The vintage inspired do was filled with fabulous music, singers and decor, but what really made the theme was the AMAZING hair and make-up.
If you’re having a vintage wedding or fancy a retro hen do, Ingrid and Lynda, the lovely ladies behind, Vintage Inspired Makeovers, are offering hair and make-up sessions finishing off with a fabulous photoshoot, that is guaranteed to get the party started old school style.
So if you and your hens want to hit the Lanes of Brighton looking like Dita Von Teese, more details are just one, not very vintage, click away!
Images by: Vintage Inspired Makeovers