This Sunday (28th April) is one of Kent’s largest wedding exhibitions at The Kent Showground in Detling, just outside Maidstone.
There’s over 200 exhibitors with a great variety of products and services from Kent’s best wedding specialists. Admission is free and there’s a great selection of prizes to be won on the day. Take a look for further information and to pre-register now for fast-track entrance.
NPhotography who we worked with on Vijay and Leanne’s wedding will be there so go say hello to Nicola and her team!
The Wedding Dolls working with NPhotography
You won’t get your vintage wedding planning off to a much better start than popping down to Gravesend’s Old Town Hall on Saturday 13th April.
3 Little Birds are organising this gorgeous little Vintage Wedding Fayre which has everything the vintage inspired bride-to-be could possibly need, from milliners to make-up artists and lots more in between.
A unique part of this fayre are the smart little money saving seminars you can join in including “Build your own bouquet” and “DIY Vintage Hair and Make-up” which are run by some of the fantastic vintage and industry experts exhibiting at the fayre. As well as tea and cakes galore you’ll also get to sample live entertainment in Tea Room as well as find that perfect vintage style with the Walk-In Dress Shop by Vintage Curves.
All Brides receive a free goody-bag on arrival and you’ll also be entered into a prize-draw for the chance to win free room hire for a civil ceremony at The Old Town Hall itself.
For more info visit 3 Little Birds.
Happy Vintage Planning!
All images by James Grist Photography
If you are still looking to book your venue and have a wedding date between 1st October and 31st March then you might be in luck.
Country House Wedding Venues are offering 10% discount on venue hire between those dates in any year! They have two venues in Kent we really like and which might just make the perfect backdrop to your country wedding.
Combe Bank School, Sevenoaks
Set in a fantastic Sevenoaks location and built in 1728, Combe Bank’s fabulous grounds, grand front door and elegant style make it feel spacious and light.
The Adam Room is licensed for civil ceremonies of up to 60 seated guests or 100 guests with 40 standing. The Chapel is also licensed for ceremonies of up to 140 guests and may be used for a blessing.
For receptions the Dining Room can accommodate up to 140 guests with the Main Hall the perfect location for the evening party as it comes with it’s very own stage. The marquee can hold up to 300.
Boxley House, Maidstone
One of their other Kent venues is set in an area of outstanding natural beauty, just outside Maidstone. Boxley House, is a beautiful 17th Century Jacobean Manor and has three main function rooms for you to choose from. The Garden Room and the Terrace Suite can both be used for the Wedding Breakfast with access out onto the terrace and 17 acres of parkland!
It has a license for Civil Ceremonies in the Drawing Room for up to 50 guests and the Terrace Suite for up to 80 guests. There’s also the marquee which seats up to 300.
Both venues would work really well in these traditional “out of season” months as they would look stunning dressed up for a mid-winter ball theme!
Go take a look for yourself by booking a viewing with the team.
All images: Country House Wedding Venues
Today it’s sunny and we’re super excited as we’ve just signed up to be part of Alice and Rose Presents, Vintage Wedding Fair on Sunday 16th September.
It’s a really different kind of wedding fair with a relaxed atmosphere and lots of fun along the way. On the day you can expect to be entertained with live music, a bridal pack with wedding mag and discounts, a glass of bubbly on arrival, competitions and the chance to meet lots of lovely suppliers who can help you pack a punch when planning your vintage wedding. And of course you can now meet us to chat through any wedding worries you might have.
We suggest you bring a picnic on the day and enjoy some breathtaking views across the Kent and Sussex countryside. Plus there’ll be a bar open serving beer,wine and soft drinks and you can even meet the local animals that call Hollambys Farm their home.
The fair is at Hollambys, which is a small organic farm in Groombridge. Their converted Sunset Barn, overlooking Birchden Field, is perfect for a country wedding and is a fabulous place to check out for your vintage wedding.
Image: Sunset Barn by Heather Shuker
Plus did I mention that it’s free entry? So don’t hang about pop over and see Alice and Rose Presents for more information now.
We’ll look forward to seeing you there!
Featured image on homepage by Tino & Pip
When planning your vintage wedding the styling will ultimately set the scene and create the feel of the wedding. For table settings try Vintage Tea Kent who have beautiful vintage china to hire in Kent and the South East. We caught up with co-owner Emma-Kate who says “you can easily add a touch of vintage charm to your celebration as our gorgeous bone china sets range from early 1900′s, 1920′s Art Deco, right through to 1960′s pretty florals. The collection can accommodate any number up to 140 guests but we are always adding new pieces”.
Your table settings are so important when creating a period feel and we think china tea sets just add that special touch. For more inspiration on all things vintage get a copy of Vintage Life Magazine where you can find loads on styling your own vintage event and lots more.
Image credits: Emma-Kate Photography
With it being St.George’s Day today we thought we would share our England Wed in Red inspiration board with you. We just love red as a wedding accent colour as it can be stand-out striking or classically beautiful depending totally on how you use it. See the full board for more pics and ideas.
Have a great day! x
Image Credits all via The Wedding Dolls at Pinterest
It’s been a busy week at Wedding Dolls HQ. We spent last weekend at the Wedding Fair at Bluewater, which was just fantastic. There were so many local Kent suppliers showcasing their beautiful and gorgeous ideas for making your wedding really special and it was great for getting lots of ideas and inspiration. However, afterwards one of our competition winners told us they felt slightly overwhelmed with the task ahead and all the decisions they needed to make.
But there is no need to panic! We often talk to engaged couples who have been to a few wedding fairs and still don’t really know where to start with the actual planning process. Our initial two-hour wedding consultation is perfect for this as it really helps to gather together your initial ideas and set you off on the right wedding path. After meeting with us you’ll know some of the pitfalls to look out for and common mistakes people make when planning a wedding, as well as how to get the planning and styling stages right, which will save you time and money later.
The more confident ones amongst you will already be clear about what you need to do and have a long list of jobs at the ready, but if have you been engaged for a while and haven’t yet written a wedding related list here’s how to start.
Ok breathe, go slow and take it one step at a time. The first list you need goes from 1 – 6 and will be your basic wedding plan.
1. Set the Date.
You will need to consider what season you want for your wedding as they all bring different pro’s and con’s. Decide on a couple of potential dates, then Google them to check they don’t clash with bank holidays or large sporting events that you would sooner avoid.
2. Set the budget.
You can’t go any further until you know how much you have to spend overall. Then begin to breakdown your budget by using some average costs for the main things such as venue, catering, photographer and outfits. See our blog post next week: Counting the Cost: Wedding Planning #2 to help.
3. Draw up your guest list.
This is going to be tough as you will need to agree on which guests make the grade. The golden rule is the more guests you have, the more money you are likely to need! It’s crucial to define your guest list early on so you know you are well within your budget outline and all your nearest and dearest are on the short list. This will also determine which type of venue you need.
4. Your Wedding Style.
It is here we can touch on the ‘style’ of your wedding. You don’t need to know the exact style and every last detail at this stage but you will want an overall idea. Are you looking for the glitz and glam of a boutique hotel, a relaxed country garden party or do you want something really different like a teepee or a boat. Think about your personalities and any likes and dislikes. You will both want to feel comfortable with the style and venue and it’s important you both agree now to save any upset, or added expense, later on.
Next you need to find a venue that is going to suit your wedding style, budget and can cater for the number of guests you have. It’s no good hankering after the little country pub if your guest list goes over 100 or wanting a top London hotel if you have less than a £30,000 budget. Draw up a short list of no more than five and then visit them all armed with your list of provisional dates.
6. Decision Time!
Now you need to make a final decision on your style, budget, venue and guest list. From here you can send out “save the date” cards and go in search of the all important dress. If you need to start saving for your wedding then get a separate wedding account and work out your budget goals.
If you think you might need wedding planning help then now is a good time to chat with us to see what we can do for you.
Don’t forget the most important thing is to enjoy it all and don’t worry – if you follow our simple plan you can’t go wrong!
Good luck xxx
For your chance to win a pair of tickets to the Wedding Fair at Bluewater either comment below or visit our Facebook page. Please include the words Bluewater Wedding Fair in your comment along with the date of your wedding. Or for another way to enter retweet our competition message here @theweddingdolls.
The giveaway will run from 12 noon on Monday 23rd January 2012 until 6pm on Friday 27th January 2012. The winners will be chosen at random and announced on our blog on Saturday 28th January 2012.
Good luck x
The Wedding Fair at Bluewater is on from the 9th to 12th February, at the brand new Bluewater exhibition centre, Glow.
As well as getting hundreds of ideas from a fantastic range of exhibitors there will also be wedding experts, stylists, designers, event planners and budget gurus to give you hints and tips on planning your wedding.
The show features a Catwalk Bar, where you can sip on a glass of bubbly while you watch the runway unfold around you, then in-between shows take a look at the wedding gown gallery.
From the quirky to the classic, everything about styling your wedding is covered in the real life Style Showcases, where you can get lots of ideas direct from the experts, as well as join the professionals in the Master Class Seminars.
During the show you’ll also have a chance to check out inspiration stations and wedding entertainers and finally before you go home, relax in the The Honeymoon Hideout. This beachside hangout will give you tonnes of expert honeymoon advice to make sure you have a holiday of a lifetime.
For more information about the show, opening hours and a list of exhibitors visit Bluewater Wedding Fair
Phew we did it – after a summer full of planning we were glad to finally get our blog going in November 2011 – here’s a quick look back at what we have done so far.
We got to post some beautiful pictures of one of our couples who got married in Malta and loved featuring bridal wear and accessories galore with Isabella Grace, Cherish Jewellery, Myla, and DC Bouquets.
Had fun meeting local suppliers, brides and friends at wedding exhibitions including The Luxury Wedding Show, where the fabulous catwalk show featured designer wedding dresses from the likes of Vivienne Westwood and Candy Anthony to name just a few of our favourites. We’ve also reviewed dresses by Caroline Castigliano and Alfred Angelo’s Disney Bridal range.
Our beauty reviewer, Emma O’Connor, went to the launch of Lauren Goodger’s (The Only Way is Essex), range of tanning products, as well as sampled products from Mitchell and Peach.
Then just before we wrote our Christmas list for the year, the Wedding Dolls had their very own Rock the Dress shoot. With thanks to Kay Young Photography, model Clare Atkins, and Powder and Glow’s Caroline for a brilliant day. And a special thank you goes to our little Wedding Dolls who behaved perfectly throughout – much better than their older counterparts!!
For 2012 there’s much to do and we have a real variety of weddings to plan. This alone goes to show that weddings are now becoming completely unique – no two are ever the same!
This year we have an extra challenge as we’ve signed up for the London Moonwalk in May. To get fit we’ll be trying all manner of exercise from boot camps to pole dancing and lots more in-between! We’ll share our journey with you but watch out for our blog post later this week which will give you a head start on getting Wedding Fit!
Happy new year everyone and to all our brides and grooms who are getting married this year – a very wonderful and happy filled 2012!
Photography Credits: Kay Young Photography
We had a really tiring but fun day at the Leeds Castle Wedding Show and it was such a great way to meet all the local suppliers whilst sipping champagne! With such a unique and brilliant range of friendly and knowledgable Kent suppliers on tap that we feel very glad indeed that it’s our stomping ground.
We caught the last catwalk show of the day (which was minus Claire Sweeney). The catwalk show was fun and the models did a great job – however the goody bag certainly lacked a little bit of oomph and the large amount of empty audience seats made it feel a bit half-hearted. However it was a good way at seeing some of the dresses and wedding outfits in action which you wouldn’t have got otherwise.
Overall the show is worth a visit if you are in the area but some of the free ones offer just as much info and ideas (albeit without a catwalk show). It seems to be a case of good but try harder next year Leeds Castle!