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We’re so excited to be back at The Wedding Fair, Bluewater in February, where we’ll be offering our wedding advice completely free of charge to all that come and visit our stand. You can either book a slot with us prior to the event by calling Joanne direct or just turn up and we’ll do our very best to answer any wedding worries or queries you have there and then.

At the fair you’ll find so many ideas for wedding inspiration as well as lots of fabulous suppliers – many of whom we have worked with before. A brilliant new addition to the fair are our fabulous friends over at Creative Brides, who are running a Vintage Village so you can get your fix of all things DIY.

The Wedding Fair at Glow, Bluewater

The Wedding Fair at Glow, Bluewater

We can’t wait for the fair and as usual we’ll be running our ticket giveaway in the next few weeks so pop back soon for more details.

Happy Planning

Emma x

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We’re totally over the moon this week as we received a lovely email confirming we’re finalists in the Kent Wedding Awards for Wedding Planner of the Year. It’s lovely to be recognised within your industry for the work you do and the great service you provide to your couples.

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Our aim when we set up the company was to run a boutique wedding planning service that would help couples organise a wedding that’s fun, fabulous and full of personality. Years later I’m still amazed that people always seem to ask “what is it exactly that you do” and really don’t understand the role of a wedding planner. Firstly I’d start by saying most couples will WANT to plan their big day and we don’t in anyway “take over” the planning. We’re there to offer a complete wedding guide from engagement through to the big day and our services include venue searching, sourcing suppliers, designing wedding style guides, themes and decor, venue decoration, workshops and full or partial planning.

By far our Brides tell us our most stress-busting option is our Dolly On-The-Day co-ordination service. It leaves you free to enjoy your wedding day, whilst we worry about all the details, fix any problems, manage suppliers and look after the needs of you and your guests.

We don’t take over the whole planning of your wedding without you. Ever. It’s totally up to you how much we do and you can use our service as much or as little as you need, from Dolly Hours at just £35 to on-the-day co-ordination from £450. There’s an affordable and flexible option for all budgets.

So if you’re still not sure what we do and how we can help you the short answer is …… save yourself time, money and loads of unnecessary nail-biting by giving us a call today for your free consultation.

Emma x

Ps Keep your fingers crossed for us – we find out if we’ve the award won next month!

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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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Today we have a fabulous new business to showcase on the blog from a brilliant Kent supplier. Amanda, the designer and creator of Brooch Bride, is originally a northern lass from Newcastle but has been in Kent for nearly 10 years. Amanda started out as a florist and was in the trade for over 2o years until she launched her new business creating bridal bouquets and accessories completely from buttons and brooches.

Lets find out a little bit more from Amanda…..

“Each Brooch bouquet I make is entirely unique and very much a one off, no two pieces will ever be completely the same. I handcraft the brooch bouquets as a reflection of each Bride. From gothic and dark to colourful or sparkly, the intricacy within the brooch bouquets uses amazing detail taken from the wedding theme itself or simply whatever the Bride loves.

I’m really passionate about my designs and love the fact that a brooch bouquet could become a treasured family heirloom, passed down through generations to use time and time again. Brides can incorporate their own jewellery and family stories as well into the design. From using a loved ones photograph in a locket to adding silver buttons from a cherished coat – it’s so fulfilling to create something that is completely bespoke and highly original.”

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See Amanda’s designs first hand at the Vintage and Unique Wedding Fair at Scotney Castle in September or visit the website to see the full range and order online. Amanda is offering all Wedding Dolls readers an exclusive 10% discount when you pay the deposit before December 2013. Just quote “The Wedding Dolls” when ordering.

Happy Shopping!

Emma x

Photography by Penny Young.

With a busy wedding season now in full swing, we’ve been working on very different types of weddings. From village halls to golf and country clubs, followed by barns and a castle, they all have one thing in common. These couples have decided that they want to have fun on their big day knowing that their plans are in place and they can relax and enjoy the whole experience with friends and family.

We often get asked what exactly it is that we do as an on-the-day wedding co-ordinator and here’s what we say!

With our Dolly on the Day package we’re there throughout the wedding day to do all those things that need to get done, from overseeing deliveries to setting up tables, styling the venue, being a general timekeeper and keeping the day running smoothly. We assist the bridal party so no-one forgets what they need to say or do and are generally on hand to deal with any problems that may possibly arise. From early morning until usually just after the first dance we’ll be keeping everything flowing as it should.

Many couples choose Dolly-on-the-Day if they have lots of DIY elements to come together or have multiples venues to organise. Dry-hire venues are also perfect for this service as we can set up and clear away, deal with deliveries and help others suppliers on arrival. Even if your venue has an on-site co-ordinator many couples still like to know that they have someone there the morning of the wedding to make sure the Bridal Party are all ready on time and relaxed plus assist the photographer with getting pre-wedding shots of the Bridal party.

As one of our couples recently said “We knew we needed help and assistance on the day but didn’t really know where to turn. We didn’t think our budget would allow for a wedding planner but when my friend told me about The Wedding Dolls they sounded perfect. Joanne helped us pull a schedule together straight away and with her advice in the run up to the wedding everything was calm, considered and way more fun! Previously I had long to-do lists for my parents and friends and was worried about how they would manage it all. Handing it all over to Joanne instead was a huge relief. Come the wedding day we didn’t have to worry, we knew everything was in place and could enjoy ourselves, along with our families to the max!”.

So if you think you need some help but are not sure where to start give us a call!

Emma x

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Last weekend we worked with the very lovely and talented Nicola Hall from Hall of Cakes. With a seven-tier wedding cake to manage there were nerves of steel required, but as usual everything went without a hitch. We got the chance to catch up with Nicola during the preparations and ask her about her work….

Nicola says “I have been making cakes for about 8 years which started with a christening cake for a friend. It just evolved from there and when I started Hall of Cakes I wanted to bring back the original skill and art of Sugarcraft, creating cakes with real grandeur. I wanted my cakes to be totally different and really deliver that wow factor.

“I absolutely love history and have a particular interest in architecture. We have amazing historical buildings in England and much of my inspiration comes from them through cornicing, fireplaces, ceiling roses and all their beautiful detailing. I’ve been to Buckingham Palace three times and find more and more to inspire me every time. Recently I visited Osborne House, the home of Queen Victoria, on the Isle of Wight, which was totally stunning. My notebook was literally full of ideas to try!

“The best thing about my job is when I receive a lovely thank you from a bride and groom – like I did this morning. It makes the sleepless nights, the anxiety of getting it to the venue and the long hours in the kitchen all worth while.

And finally we asked Nicola what her favourite type of cake is “without hestitation it’s got to be carrot cake” says Nicola, “which we double fill with an orange zest buttercream – it is totally gorgeous!”.

Sounds perfect to us! For more info about Nicola and her amazing cakes visit www.hallofcakes.co.uk.

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I love the elegance of a bridal veil. It’s not often you get to wear something that feels so grown up and beautiful. Finding one that suits your style and choice of dress isn’t always easy though. The Couture Veil collection by Sassi Holford is perfect if you’re a little bit scared of a veil but don’t want to miss your chance of wearing one! With stunning styles to choose from you can go from small and perfectly formed to bold and brave. Take a look at just some of the range here…

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Find your stockist in Kent and see more of the range at www.thecoutureveil.com

Happy Shopping!

Emma x

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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

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.

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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.

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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

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.

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Happy Planning!

Emma x

 

The Pantiles Bride in Tunbridge Wells has a fantastic 2 day sample sale coming up on Friday 2nd and Saturday 3rd August 2013. With dresses from the likes of Ian Stuart, Sassi Holford, Suzanne Neville and Jenny Packham, from just £495, you’d be mad to miss it.

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Happy Shopping!

Emma x

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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.

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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.

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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.

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pinterest country 2 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!

Happy Pinning

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