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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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Hello All! Today there no ordinary guest books here. Oh No. The ladies over at Illustries have worked their own brand of magic to offer you the chance to win one of their fabulous personalised Guest Books.

The books are absolutely brilliant and so unique, giving your guests the chance to draw pictures, doodle stories, write messages and lots more. They are guaranteed to keep guests entertained and leave you with a very special memento of your big day.

As part of the competition the lucky winner will get to add their names, wedding date and signature colour to their prize. The guest books normally retail at £69 so what are you waiting for! All you need to do to enter is “Like our Facebook page, then share the competition post and hey presto you’ll be automatically entered.

Good luck!

Emma x

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The Small Print: The competition closes on Friday 9th August 2013 when the winner will be chosen at random. Please note that the competition is open to individual Facebook entrants only and not business pages. Winners will be notified through Facebook and a UK delivery address for the book will be required from the winner. No correspondence will be entered into, prizes are as stated, are not transferable and there is no cash alternative. Prizes may be substituted for equal or greater value if the stated prize becomes unavailable. If you are a winner, you must claim your prize within 28 days of being notified otherwise the prize will be forfeited and another winner chosen. The prize will be sent directly from the supplier to the winner. Please allow 28 days for delivery of your prize from the date you contact us to claim your prize.

When planning your engagement shoot returning to the place you fell in love or the scene of the proposal is a great way to really bring out your romantic side. A pre-wedding shoot is frankly a must before the big day. You need to get to know your photographer and be really sure you want them to capture your day and so an engagement shoot ticks all the right boxes.

This engagement shoot, by Funky Pixel, took the couple to Paris, the home of romance, to really bring out the lurveee. Using inspiration from your engagement shoot is a great way to pull elements of your personality into your wedding day, whether you’re bringing Paris to Kent or the other way around!

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Where will you have your engagement shoot? We’d love to hear about it?

Happy Planning!

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Today’s wedding is a lovely Winter warmer. Cheryl and Peter were married last year at Abode Hotel in Canterbury. Not even the rain and dark skies were enough to dampen the wedding colours as we just love the bright blue colour scheme.

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Wedding Photography and Images by: Howling Basset

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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.

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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.

As it’s Valentines Day tomorrow we couldn’t let the week pass without giving it a mention and sharing with you some big hearted wedding lurrvve.

Our real wedding today belongs to Emma & David who were married this time last year at Lympne Castle. We love the traditional Valentine’s Day red mixed with orange tones and the beautiful veil and fur cape. A sophisticated Valentines just the way we like it!

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All images by Catherine Hill Photography – thanks Catherine!

Capped sleeves in our opinion are making a welcome come back within wedding dress design. If like us you love a different neckline to choose from then the range from Justin Alexander will be perfect for you. The new style has been easily captured in one fab blog post from the designer which says, “capped sleeves add a touch of vintage glamour you can’t get with any other accessory. This very ladylike feature frames the face and bust perfectly to achieve a modest, chic, and very elegant bridal look”. We couldn’t agree more. Check out the full blog post here.

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Kent suppliers include Bell’amore in Bexleyheath and Tantrums & Tiaras in Sittingbourne.

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For this weeks shopping pleasure we bring you the fabulous 2013 collection from online wedding accessory boutique, Olivier Laudus, which is all about glamour and romance. The new pieces in the collection are a gorgeous mix of pearl jewellery and art deco inspired headbands using Crystallised Swarovski Elements.

Natasha Flower Headband £94.99

Natasha Flower Headband £94.99

Nerea Diamante and Pearl Earrings £29 .99

Nerea Diamante and Pearl Earrings £29 .99

Marta Pearl and Diamante Side Headband £ 79.99

Marta Pearl and Diamante Side Headband £ 79.99

Lorraine bracelet, £89

Lorraine bracelet, £89

Layla earrings £39.99

Layla earrings £39.99

Jane headband £190

Jane headband £190

Geneva necklace £59.99

Geneva necklace £59.99

Fern headband £140

Fern headband £140

The Olivier Laudus online boutique was established in 2004 by husband and wife team Olivier and Sangeeta Laudus. The brand new Signature wedding collection was designed by Olivier, who’s created a range of beautiful wedding necklaces, bracelets and earrings. The boutique also has an extensive range of wedding tiaras, including crystal and pearl tiaras as well as bridal headbands, jewellery and finishing touches.

All orders have free delivery during January so make the most of it and take a look today!

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After this weeks Kirstie’s Vintage Wedding Show on Channel 4 we’ve been involved in a fair few conversations with panicking brides about the DIY aspects of their wedding. In true vintage tradition it’s definitely a case of “Keep Calm and Carry On.”

Whilst some Brides love the idea of DIY weddings it’s not for everyone though. Limited time and a distinct lack of crafty friends can leave some of you feeling a slightly bit… well… uninspired and in some cases downright frazzled.

Bunting. Check. Vintage Flowers. Check. Handmade Wedding Rings. Check. Vintage table settings. Check. Bespoke Invitations. Check. Vintage Outfits. Check. The list goes on and possibly on and on.

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So before you launch head first into buying vintage material for bunting, collecting jam jars and scouring the local jumble sale take a step back and think carefully. Our advice is always the same. DIY can be lots of fun and give you a really fantastic individual wedding but you don’t have to do EVERYTHING yourself.

At the Wedding Dolls I love a bit of DIY and have a room stacked with stuff to prove it. I’ve also got lots of lovely crafty mates who can turn their hand at practially anything and come up smelling of roses. However Joanne is firmly in the non-DIY camp and to quote “if someone sells it then I’m not making it” and sometimes I just have to agree.

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Lots of brides going for a DIY theme will add bunting to their list of things to make without realising just how long it takes and how the costs of material and sewing accessories can soon spiral. It may sound like fun scouring boot fairs for vintage china but when you need place settings for 80 people it will soon become a full time occupation. Having to buy everything from scratch and adding in things like petrol costs and the time involved may mean that your cheap DIY wedding is in fact costing you a small fortune.

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Work out where your strengths lie and stick to your guns. If you know sewing isn’t your strong point and you don’t have someone to help then for the love of god buy the bunting. Or make paper bunting instead, which will look just as effective 8ft up in the roof of the marquee. If you don’t have time to collect vintage china there are some fabulous rental companies who won’t have chipped or stained cups and as a bonus you can give it all back unwashed at the end of the day.

Flowers are expensive to make mistakes with so practising before your wedding is key. Again if you can’t get the hang of flower arranging (and this is one thing even after 3 years as a Saturday girl in a florist I could never master) get your vintage bouquets made professionally, but by all means add your own DIY elements with much easier floral table settings.

Do pick DIY aspects that you can enjoy, either with friends or as a couple, like our wedding ring workshop post last week or by going through old family photo’s to make handmade picture place settings for guests. These types of personal touches will mean far more to you, and your guests, rather than knowing you spent six months sitting in front of EastEnders cutting out bunting triangles.

Like most things to do with wedding planning, do the bits you love and are good at, then get a professional to do the rest! Here’s our top five tips for a DIY wedding:

1. Be warned DIY doesn’t always mean cheap

2. Lots of spare time? Fabulous you’ll need it if you’re making everything from scratch. Do a reality time check. If you work 12 hours a day, 5 days a week things might get a tad stressful for a novice DIYer.

3. Wedding venue a blank canvas? You’ll need lots of help on the day (and in some cases the day before) to pull all your DIY elements together.    Don’t think you can do it all yourself. Or try and leave it to your mum…..

4. Don’t get the hump when your friends won’t get up at 7am every Sunday to help you source vintage birdcages from the bootfair.

5. Be sensible. Make a plan of what you can do and what you need to outsource. Stick to it.

We’d love to hear your views! Are you planning to do it all yourself? Feeling DIY inspired or scared at the prospect of taking on so much yourself? Let us know!

P.S There are some amazing DIY Bridal Blogs out there for inspiration!

 

As wedding planners we get very excited when we can share a wedding with you that we’ve worked on and today’s wedding is a real treat. Our couple Vijay and Leanne had a fantastic theme for their wedding back in June, this year, and were so full of creative ideas we knew that it was going to be such fun helping them with their big day.

Leanne tells us how they started with their planning journey. “As a mixed race couple we wanted a day that reflected both our cultures. We had the structure and the ‘nice’ formalities of an English wedding with the food and party of an Indian Wedding, so you could say we picked the best of both and fused them together.

We had a civil ceremony at Nettlestead Place, Wateringbury. We chose the venue as it allowed us to have the day we wanted without being dictated too. We looked at other venues but our options were limited at many of them. Nettlestead Place offered us the perfect mix to create our fusion wedding – a beautiful old English house with a marquee for our Indian party.”

“We run our own Graphic Design business so we designed our own wedding theme and then used this theme to create our stationery including invites, place names and table plan. We named our tables after artists as we met at art college. We’ve designed lots of wedding stationery for our clients, but creating our own took us quite a while – we became super critical and wanted to reflect both our cultures. In the end we used Edwardian British Raj colours including Ivory, Sage Green and Brown with hints of gold.

The Wedding Dolls gave us very clever advice on timings and came up with ideas and solutions for potential problems that we would have never thought of. I was worried about not being able to keep check on everything on the day and so it was fantastic to have them there making sure everything was running on time and dealing with all those last minute issues that cropped up.”

“My dress was from Isabella Grace in Tunbridge Wells. I would highly recommend them as the service was outstanding and you’re made to feel very special – the whole experience of choosing my dress was really memorable. I found the perfect dress by Sophia Tolli that had a touch of ‘bling’ but was still me. The dress was stunning and I haven’t seen another like it – I’m now a big fan of her dresses – she’s a very clever designer.

My veil was also from Isabella Grace, it was a chapel length veil which had two tiers to it. The veil had seed beads and pearls along the scalloped edge, I felt it had a little Indian look to it, like a chunni, especially when it was draped over my shoulders. I asked at Isabella Grace if they could remove the top tier, which they very cleverly did for me, making it a less formal and more like a chunni.

During the day I wore my Nan’s pearl necklace and engagement ring but changed them in the evening to create an anglo-indian look. Typically Indian Brides wear Chura for their wedding, so I created my own version of this with Ivory and Silver sets of bangles for each arm and my mum’s crystal drop necklace and topped it off with a bindi. We also gave out bindis to our guests to wear which they loved.

Vijay wore a Sherwani, which was Indo-Western style, it was a 3 piece tailored silk suit in brown with an Edwardian cut. It was from Geeta Arts in Green Street, Forest Gate.”

“For our reception we had canapes and then our menu included Dhal Tarka, Butter Chicken, Lamb Curry, Saag Paneer, Jeera Rice and Naans. For dessert we had an ice cream cart by Little Gems, with gorgeous handmade ice cream in lovely flavours – she also made our beautiful wedding cake.

During the wedding breakfast we had a singer, Amy-Jayne, who sung mellow songs and then raised the tempo for our first dance and to get the party started in the evening. Later we had an Indian DJ who played a mix of Bhangra and English/American music. They also played the Dhol (an Indian Drum) to our entrance into the marquee and then performed as a Dhol duo on the dance floor once the evening was underway… brilliant!!! It turned into a great big party, as every indian wedding is!”

Finally we asked Leanne what advice she would you give to other couples about planning their wedding day?

“Be realistic! As much as you may want it all, the day is shorter than you think. Ask for help from family and friends and don’t be afraid to ask wedding professionals. We feel we couldn’t have made the day as perfect as it was without the help and advice of The Wedding Dolls, who were brilliant and definitely saved us money and lot’s of stress in the last few weeks.

Make sure you hire a Videographer, there is so much of the day you don’t see and it’s lovely to be able to see your guests enjoying themselves. Also think carefully about your wedding photography and the type of shots you want most. Lastly, if you can take your honeymoon a week after the wedding as this gives you time to reflect on the fun you had on the day with family and friends.”

Thanks so much to Vijay and Leanne for sharing their day with us and for being so much fun to work with. Congratulations to you both xxx

Bride’s Contacts

Brides Shoes: Rainbow Club
Brides Jewellery: Chez Bec and Glitzy Secrets
Photography: NPhotography

Videography: Padgham Productions

Catering: Dream Days for You
Flowers: Chic Weddings

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