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The old saying “it’s the little things that mean most” could not be truer for your wedding day. You can spend hours thinking up outlandish ways to wow your guests but going back to basics is always a winning formula. Here’s six ideas to wow your guests without getting your planning pants in a right old twist.

1. It’s a Wonderful Welcome

Make sure your Groomsmen are well up to the task of welcoming your guests and creating a buzz at the very start of your big day. Choose Groomsmen whose personality shines through and are enthusiastic about their role. Then you can be sure your guests will share their excitement and anticipation whilst waiting for their gorgeous Bride to arrive.

2. Sweets for My Sweet

If your budget stretches far enough give everyone a little gift as they wait for the ceremony to start. Little bags with humbugs are great for a winter warmer and sherbet pips for some summer fizz. Don’t’ go all Willy Wonka though with a massive sweet cart – you don’t want your guests crunching their way through your wedding vowels.

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3. Signature Cocktail

Mixing your own wedding cocktail is a great way to bring personality into your wedding day and give guests something other than the usual Pimms or Champagne offering. It doesn’t have to be  worthy of any mixology awards, just think about serving a drink that matches your colour scheme or add a simple cordial to cava (or sparkling water for a non-alcoholic version). Give it a unique name and claim it for your own.

4. Picture Perfect

Photo booths are a great way to add a bit of fun to the evening and a great way to bridge the gap between the end of the wedding breakfast and the arrival of evening guests. As well as a good giggle on the night you’ll have some great guest snaps as the perfect reminder of the day. Check to see if your photographer offers this service as part of a wedding package or book a purpose built booth complete with funny outfits and comic hats galore.

You Beauty Photobooths

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5. The Old Speech Sweepstake

Wedding speeches are a highly anticipated part of the day; “Who’s going to say what, will the Best Man embarrass the Groom, who’s gonna cry”. Don’t even think about not doing them. You’ll regret it. Forever. One way to bring in a bit of audience participation is doing a speech sweepstake. Everyone takes a guess on how long the speeches will last and puts in £2 to play. Whoever is the closest to the right time wins the pot of cash. Get your Ushers to do the sweepstake whilst the tables are being cleared from the main course.

6. Bring me the Barista

One thing we always hear guests asking for later into the evening is the availability of tea and coffee. Most weddings simply serve one after dinner and sometimes it’s just not enough. Guests who are driving, those who don’t drink or those who need to lay off the free bar will really appreciate something other than a Diet Coke…again. A really fun idea is to have a Barista available to mix different coffees and add a Baileys where necessary. They always go down well with a mini donut (or two) for a late night treat.

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What are you planning to do to wow your guests? We’d love to know!

Happy Planning

Emma x

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Love the camera? Check. Friends and family complete show offs? Check. Want some fun entertainment at your wedding? Check. Then a photobooth could be just what you’re after! Today we’ve got a great offer for you from the lovely George Palmer of You Beauty Photobooths who is offering a fantastic deal that will give you a fabulously fun element to your wedding day.

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Prices for a complete photobooth service start from £495 for a 3 hour package which includes:

Unlimited Photos with double prints

Set up, delivery and take down costs as well as a fully trained staff member present throughout the course of the event.

Fully stocked prop box packed with hats, glasses, wigs and much more.

All photos uploaded to the You Beauty Photo booths Facebook page as well as the website gallery post.

 

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For The Wedding Dolls readers there is a special deal available if you book before the end of June 2013. Simply quote “The Wedding Dolls” when enquiring and you will receive an additional extra package (worth over £100) completely FREE which includes:

HD video allowing guests to record personal messages which are supplied on DVD or USB stick

Greenscreen option allowing you to choose the background of your photos

A Guest Book which allows guests to leave a personal message as a great memento of your day

A USB stick of all the images and photo’s

 

For more information and images of the photobooth and the different themes you can book visit You Beauty Photobooths.

Happy Planning!

Emma x

Today on the blog is home-grown Kent talent, Adam Chandler, who we saw singing in style last weekend.

With his cool Rat Pack style Adam has been a wedding singer in Kent for over 8 years in the county where he was born and raised. Adam says “Weddings here are often the most beautiful as there’s so many picturesque venues and locations that only Kent can offer.”

If you think you’ve seen Adam somewhere before you probably have. He made it through to the last eight in the X-Factor finals with band Futureproof. Adam has also sang with the likes of Westlife, Shayne Ward, The Sugar Babes, Leona Lewis and Tom Jones to name just a few!

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Find out more about Adam and details of his prices and wedding packages here.

Happy Planning!

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Today on the blog our fantastic find is an entertainment company with over 15 years experience in the industry. We got to see Discologic in action at a wedding a few weeks ago and watch the packed dance floor enjoying the tunes played on the latest computer controlled sound and lighting equipment.

If you fancy adding something a bit extra on top of brilliant music they can also provide special effects such as Smoke, Dry Ice and Computer Controlled Moving Head & Laser systems, as well as colour theming your venue with unique lighting. There’s also an LED light up dance floor to help create the ultimate “wow” factor!

We spoke to Richard who says “our DJ’s are more than happy to play all your requests which we can take at the time of booking but also love requests on the night to make sure you and your guests get the music you want”.

Discologic have got a brand new website which showcases all their services so take a look now for more info and be ready to get your wedding party started in style!

Happy Planning!

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Hurrah it’s my birthday tomorrow! I’ll be celebrating with a glass (or two) of my favourite tipple, Hendricks with a splash of tonic and a slice of cucumber. But no G&T is complete without plenty of ice so big it up for Especially Cool who take their love of ice to the next level!

Especially Cool offers all things Ice for any occasion, from table pieces and sculptures to full ice bars and even live sculpting shows. We love their sculptured vodka luge that would really give your wedding guests a night to remember!

 

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Based in Maidstone the team work all over the Kent and provide a tailor made, professional ice experience. They’ll be showing you exactly what they can do at Bleak House in Broadstairs this Sunday (14th April) so if you fancy making your wedding Especially Cool (sorry couldn’t resist) go see them.

Cheers!

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Today we’re welcoming to the blog our new sponsors the Rocksters whose dance floor fillers will get your wedding party jumping to the max.

From sounds of the 60’s right through to the present day the band’s 5 strong team will crack out fantastic tune after fantastic tune in their lively style for your wedding guests to dance and go wild too. We spoke to band manager, Dov, who gave us the low down on what you can expect, she says “the band normally plays two, one hour sets which gives you plenty of live entertainment throughout the evening. We are flexible and can fit around your running order of the day but generally we usually start the first set around 8:30pm and space the live sets out to end at 12am.”

If you’ve got any budding singers in your wedding party then Dov says “we’re often asked if it’s ok for a guest appearance on stage, or use of equipment for speeches which is fine with us. We’ll just need a bit of prior notice so we can work this into any set and we know what we might be singing and who with! There’s also no need to book an additional DJ, as the band can play iPod music through the PA during breaks in the live music.”

The band not only cover Kent but also Surrey, Sussex, Hampshire, Essex and London. Check out their full list of songs and demos here and start planning your evening entertainment that will be the envy of all!

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To round off this week’s wedding discount days we’re all about entertainment with DJ Terry Lewis. Terry’s natural habitat is over in Essex but this larger than life DJ also covers London and Kent so he can bring you his award winning DJing style and all at a 5% discount for Wedding Dolls readers.

We asked Terry what type of music he plays and he told us “its a question I often get asked and my answer is always the same – it totally depends on the music you and your guests love to enjoy because we all have our favourite hits don’t we? All you have to do is tell me the songs you love most, then leave your wedding entertainment to me.”

Check out the video below where the man himself can tell you more or visit his website for further info.

 

 

 

 

 

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Last week we were searching for some alternatives to DJ’s for a small hotel wedding. Large scale entertainment wasn’t really needed but our bride and groom still wanted to dance to some chosen tunes late into the evening with their guests.

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Wedbeat is the perfect solution that gives you hours of music without all the hassle. You simply pick the tunes you definitely want and the type of genre and Wedbeat will create a CD playlist for you. It’s also a brilliant reminder of your wedding that you can play again and again. Visit their website for more details and get ready to partayyy!

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