blog

The next Quaint Queer Weird Wedding Alternative Wedding Fair is being held on Saturday 15th March 2014 from 12pm until 4pm at the Corn Exchange in Brighton. This fair is a celebration of everything alternative, Retro, LGBT and quirky vintage on offer in wedding world.

Exhibitor - Victorian Gothic Photo - Silverstar Photographic

With a theme entitled ‘Bygone to Bondage’, this event is 18+ is obviously not your standard wedding fair but great for seeing alternative and daring designers displaying their stunning and most unusual wedding fashion, accessories, photography, cakes and much more. Throughout the day, there will be burlesque dancing and risqué entertainment, but if you think you’ll just go and hide in the corner at this event, think again, as guests are encouraged to ‘dress to impress’.

Sponsors include: Two Brides, The Butch Clothing Company and Crown and Glory.

Tickets are £5 from Dig for Victory on the door. Find out more here.

WIN A PAIR OF TICKETS!!!!  To win a pair of tickets simply email joanne@theweddingdolls.co.uk by midnight on Wednesday 12th March 2014. The winner will be drawn at random from the entries received and notified by email the following day. 

Over the last few months we’ve been helping lots of couples think about their wedding theming and create mood boards from their own personality and style. We know its easier said than done so to keep it simple we’ve got some gorgeous weddings coming up on the blog that will show how you can create your boards based around one colour.

Jade & Ben were married in July last year at the Manor Barn in Bexhill on Sea. Photographer, Teri Vincent, captured all the detail which included vibrant purple mixed with softer more natural tones of the colour to create a really pretty but striking palette. Alongside lots of lace (I love that wedding dress!!) and little personal touches including butterflies and handmade signs, the styling totally suited the venue backdrop.

the_wedding_dolls_barn_eastsussex _TVP0973 _TVP1024C _TVP1038 _TVP1096BW _TVP1110 _TVP1230 _TVP1391 _TVP1415 _TVP1462BW _TVP1482 _TVP1610 _TVP1735 _TVP1752 _TVP1862 _TVP1906 _TVP1924BW _TVP2008C _TVP2096BW _TVP2212 _TVP2406 _TVP2430 _TVP2482 _TVP2544 _TVP2550 _TVP2570 _TVP2608BW _TVP2618 _TVP2846 _TVP2896

 

Thanks to Jade & Ben for sharing their day with us and Teri Vincent for the fab photography. For more barn wedding inspiration take a look at our portfolio.

Planning Picks:

Brides Dress: Ella
Grooms Outfit: Hugo Boss
Bridesmaid Outfits: Debut
Catering: Circa Events 
Flowers & Table Plan: Flutterby Events 

Do you need a little bit of extra planning help? If the answer is yes then our Dolly Hours are the perfect way to pay as you plan. You simply buy our expertise by the hour and use the hours whenever you them, whatever you need them for. They are great for busy couples who want to do most of the planning themselves but just need a little bit of professional advice here and there.

Dolly Hours can be used for things like sourcing suppliers, obtaining quotes, creating styling boards and setting up planning schedules. It’s completely up to you – it’s like your very own wedding pick and mix!

Each Dolly Hour costs £35 but if you book your Dolly Hours before the end of March 2014 we’ll give you an extra hour FREE for every three hours you book. Simply quote “HelloFreeHour” when you drop us a line.

We think they make great presents for recently engaged couples! Just ask us for a gift card when booking.

Happy Planning!

Emma & Joanne x

It’s nearly here!!

We are back at The Wedding Fair, Bluewater from the 7th to 9th 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 fair by calling Joanne direct or look out for our wedding planning wall on Stand L18, simply turn up and we’ll do our very best to answer any wedding worries or queries you have there and then! 

CHALKBOARD the_wedding_dolls

Design by Pretty Wild Wed

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.

If you wasn’t lucky enough to win a pair of tickets in our Facebook competition last week don’t forget you can still save 25% by quoting WB28 when buying your tickets online.

We’ll see you there!

Emma & Joanne x

Comments

Leave a Comment

Categories

Wedding Shows

Well Happy New Year everyone! In 2013 we worked in a variety of amazing venues, from village halls and marquees at home to Castles, barns and even a field! In 2014 our venues are just as varied and we can’t wait to work with some fantastic venues that we haven’t worked with before – here’s a sneak peek at just some of them:

We’re also preferred planners at the beautiful St Clere Estate which has only limited dates available for 2014 and was where we created this fabulous Whimsical Snow White inspired shoot that appeared on super blogs Before the Big Day and Secret Wedding. It’s also featured in A Kentish Ceremony magazine this month too. 

M43A8080-Edit

If you’ve booked your venue and think you might need an extra pair of experienced hands on your big day or you’re still looking to find that perfect place then give us a call or click here to see how we might be able to help. 

Joanne & Emma x

 

 

Comments

Leave a Comment

Categories

Venues

Back at the beginning of the year we styled a shoot at The Swan in West Malling to showcase how getting married in a pub or restaurant doesn’t mean forsaking any glamour on your wedding day. Choosing your favourite local pub might not seem like the obviously choice but The Swan itself is a fantastic venue and can cater easily for different events, whether it’s a small gathering in one of their private rooms to large events in their peak-season marquee.  We brought together a fantastic team of suppliers for the shoot including the brilliant photographer, Rebecca Douglas and set about using the Swan’s brand itself to inspire the shoot. Using a simple black and white theme we used feathers and touches of pink and purple to soften the look and make the most of the Swan’s elegant backdrop.

The Swan West Malling Bridal Wedding Styled Shoot Kent by Rebecca Douglas Photography 056 The Swan West Malling Bridal Wedding Styled Shoot Kent by Rebecca Douglas Photography 059 The Swan West Malling Bridal Wedding Styled Shoot Kent by Rebecca Douglas Photography 067 The Swan West Malling Bridal Wedding Styled Shoot Kent by Rebecca Douglas Photography 074 The Swan West Malling Bridal Wedding Styled Shoot Kent by Rebecca Douglas Photography 126 The Swan West Malling Bridal Wedding Styled Shoot Kent by Rebecca Douglas Photography 130 The Swan West Malling Bridal Wedding Styled Shoot Kent by Rebecca Douglas Photography 146 The Swan West Malling Bridal Wedding Styled Shoot Kent by Rebecca Douglas Photography 200 The Swan West Malling Bridal Wedding Styled Shoot Kent by Rebecca Douglas Photography 216 The Swan West Malling Bridal Wedding Styled Shoot Kent by Rebecca Douglas Photography 218 The Swan West Malling Bridal Wedding Styled Shoot Kent by Rebecca Douglas Photography 226 The Swan West Malling Bridal Wedding Styled Shoot Kent by Rebecca Douglas Photography 233 The Swan West Malling Bridal Wedding Styled Shoot Kent by Rebecca Douglas Photography 234 The Swan West Malling Bridal Wedding Styled Shoot Kent by Rebecca Douglas Photography 235 The Swan West Malling Bridal Wedding Styled Shoot Kent by Rebecca Douglas Photography 253 The Swan West Malling Bridal Wedding Styled Shoot Kent by Rebecca Douglas Photography 264 The Swan West Malling Bridal Wedding Styled Shoot Kent by Rebecca Douglas Photography 279 The Swan West Malling Bridal Wedding Styled Shoot Kent by Rebecca Douglas Photography 300 The Swan West Malling Bridal Wedding Styled Shoot Kent by Rebecca Douglas Photography 303 The Swan West Malling Bridal Wedding Styled Shoot Kent by Rebecca Douglas Photography 304 The Swan West Malling Bridal Wedding Styled Shoot Kent by Rebecca Douglas Photography 324 The Swan West Malling Bridal Wedding Styled Shoot Kent by Rebecca Douglas Photography 333 The Swan West Malling Bridal Wedding Styled Shoot Kent by Rebecca Douglas Photography 346 The Swan West Malling Bridal Wedding Styled Shoot Kent by Rebecca Douglas Photography 348 The Swan West Malling Bridal Wedding Styled Shoot Kent by Rebecca Douglas Photography 350 The Swan West Malling Bridal Wedding Styled Shoot Kent by Rebecca Douglas Photography 386 The Swan West Malling Bridal Wedding Styled Shoot Kent by Rebecca Douglas Photography 397 The Swan West Malling Bridal Wedding Styled Shoot Kent by Rebecca Douglas Photography 398 The Swan West Malling Bridal Wedding Styled Shoot Kent by Rebecca Douglas Photography 399 The Swan West Malling Bridal Wedding Styled Shoot Kent by Rebecca Douglas Photography 409 The Swan West Malling Bridal Wedding Styled Shoot Kent by Rebecca Douglas Photography 412 The Swan West Malling Bridal Wedding Styled Shoot Kent by Rebecca Douglas Photography 417 The Swan West Malling Bridal Wedding Styled Shoot Kent by Rebecca Douglas Photography 419 The Swan West Malling Bridal Wedding Styled Shoot Kent by Rebecca Douglas Photography 426 The Swan West Malling Bridal Wedding Styled Shoot Kent by Rebecca Douglas Photography 427 The Swan West Malling Bridal Wedding Styled Shoot Kent by Rebecca Douglas Photography 429 The Swan West Malling Bridal Wedding Styled Shoot Kent by Rebecca Douglas Photography 437 The Swan West Malling Bridal Wedding Styled Shoot Kent by Rebecca Douglas Photography 441 The Swan West Malling Bridal Wedding Styled Shoot Kent by Rebecca Douglas Photography 450 The Swan West Malling Bridal Wedding Styled Shoot Kent by Rebecca Douglas Photography 465 The Swan West Malling Bridal Wedding Styled Shoot Kent by Rebecca Douglas Photography 468 The Swan West Malling Bridal Wedding Styled Shoot Kent by Rebecca Douglas Photography 485 The Swan West Malling Bridal Wedding Styled Shoot Kent by Rebecca Douglas Photography 510 The Swan West Malling Bridal Wedding Styled Shoot Kent by Rebecca Douglas Photography 511 The Swan West Malling Bridal Wedding Styled Shoot Kent by Rebecca Douglas Photography 516 The Swan West Malling Bridal Wedding Styled Shoot Kent by Rebecca Douglas Photography 526 The Swan West Malling Bridal Wedding Styled Shoot Kent by Rebecca Douglas Photography 527

 

Thanks to all the brilliant suppliers:

Brides Hair  by Annabel The Crop Shop West Malling

Brides Make up: The Beauty Aisle

Dresses: Isabella Grace Bridal Boutique

Stationery: Pretty Wild

Flowers & Props: Florist in the Forest

Cakes & Sweets: Little Gems.

And a special thanks to our four models Jessica, Ria, Sarah and Jodie.

It’s all going to be a bit quiet on the blog this weekend as we’re having lots of fun at the Wedding Fair, Bluewater. We’re here on our stand helping couples with their wedding worries and lots more besides.

Here’s a little peek at our stand chalkboard wall designed by the fantastic Suzanne of Pretty Wild Wedding Stationery. Pretty special and very gorgeous huh!

CHALKBOARD BACKDROP

If planning your wedding is getting a tad stressful and you feel like you need a little help then you’re in the right place. Here at The Wedding Dolls we’re like an extra pair of hands that come with a big dose of experience to make your wedding journey so much easier.  From finding the best suppliers to guidance on styling and inspirational ideas, we’ll work together to create a wedding that’s totally unique and all about you.

Our popular packages include “Dolly Drama but Calmer” for help in the final stages and all those last minute preparations, “Dolly-on-the-day” so you can relax and enjoy your big day whilst we make sure everything runs smoothly and our “Dolly Hours” which allows you to use our expertise as much or as little as you need, just when you need it most.

Take a look at our portfolio page to see some of our work and watch out over the next few weeks when we’ll be blogging about some of our summer weddings and giving you all lots more advice and inspiration.

In the meantime we hope to see some of you at Bluewater and have a great weekend!

Emma x

 

bluewatersign

Today we have a fantastic competition for you to win complimentary tickets (each ticket is for two people!) to The Wedding Fair, Bluewater, coming up later this month. On our stand we’ll be helping couples with our “Wedding Worries Workshops”. However big or small, share your wedding worries with us and we’ll do our very best to help you solve them during the Fair.

For your chance to win tickets simply like our facebook page and share the post and you’ll be automatically entered.

Can’t wait to see you there!

Emma x

The Small Print: The competition closes on Friday 13th September and winners 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 so please check the post to see if you have won on the closing date. A UK delivery address for the ticket 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. If you are a winner, you must claim your prize within 3 days of being notified otherwise the prize will be forfeited and another winner chosen. You will need to register your ticket on the Wedding Fair at Bluewater wedding site to validate the complimentary ticket.

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.

Screen Shot 2013-07-23 at 11.56.47 Ian Stuart suzanne neville suzanne neville suzanne neville

Happy Shopping!

Emma x

Comments

Leave a Comment

Categories

Bridal Wear

As we all celebrate the birth of a Royal baby boy, The Wedding Dolls are very proud to announce their very own new arrival. We have teamed up with the Bake and Crafthouse in Cranbrook to bring you DIY Wedding Workshops.

At these very special workshops you will be able to find out how to plan a fabulous DIY wedding. Perfect if you have a dry hire venue or are about to get all creative and make lots of your own wedding pretty. We’ll be there as usual to guide you through the DIY planning process with lots of hints and tips to help you create a handmade wedding, without all the stress!

Craft expert Kate from the Bake and Crafthouse who will be on hand to get you down and dirty with fabulous DIY ideas including stationery, favours and gifts, plus brilliant finishing decorative touches to really make your venue sparkle. You’ll get the chance to get stuck in and have a go and leave for home ready to get creative with oodles of confidence!

Dolly DIY Workshops Cranbrook

Only limited dates are available so click here now for more info.

Happy Crafting!

Emma x

Ps You can see just some of Kate’s handy work here with her post on three very cute DIY wedding favour bags.

Get Blog Updates

Enter your email address to subscribe to the Wedding Dolls blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.