The Wedding Dolls have teamed up with Creative Brides to host a series of FREE networking events for wedding suppliers in Kent and surrounding area. It’s a chance to meet other wedding suppliers and small businesses in the area, so bring your business cards, grab a drink and get chatting!

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Date: Tuesday 28th October 2014

Location: The Black Pig, Tunbridge Wells. It’s a 2 minute walk from the station. There’s limited street parking and a small car park at the venue, but ample parking in Morrisons Car park near the train station.

Venue Address: 18 Grove Hill Rd, Tunbridge Wells, Kent, TN1 1RZ

Time: 7pm onwards (finish at 10:30pm)

Hosts: Creative Brides and The Wedding Dolls

Let us know if you would like to attend via our event on Facebook 

Look forward to seeing you all there



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It’s not every day I get excited about a train. Well actually I’ve never got excited about a train until now. I’ve been chatting with the lovely Russell of Lake and Land Train Hire who has a super cute land train that can be hired for weddings and events.

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Russell tells me “the train is fully road legal so it can go on public highway” (you just need to get a vehicle special order) meaning you can get guests from Church to reception in the most fun and unique way ever. The Land Train has two carriages which can seat around 36 passengers.

The cost of hire is £1995 for one day with an additional £900 for an extra day. This cost includes delivery, all fuel, insurance and a qualified Driver plus your very own Conductor. The cost is slightly less if you just need one carriage. For a full quote email the man himself at

Happy Planning!

Emma x



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Don’t miss Joanne’s wedding advice featured in the January 2014 edition of Your Kent Wedding.

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She gives you her top tips for planning the perfect day including advice on dealing with difficult relatives and making sure you’ve got a timed wedding plan worthy of a professional! You can download the magazine direct from County Wedding Magazines.

Happy Reading!

Emma x

Images: thanks to County Wedding Magazines

tis the season to be dolly


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We first met Carol when she attended one of our creative wedding workshops with her mum. Carol was really into her DIY details and we knew that giving her guests a fun filled time was a very important factor in her wedding plans.

Wanting a relaxed atmosphere the couple booked the very gorgeous Goudhurst Village Hall.  With no on-site manager and lots of elements to pull together Carol needed us to make sure all the set up was done perfectly and all the things she had planned happened at the right time. She booked our Dolly on the Day co-ordination service and together we became a great team.

As with many village halls Carol found herself with a blank canvas to work with and her creativity was just brilliant. Paper pompoms, garlands and bunting made the hall look fantastic, whilst friends and family brought along homemade cakes, a Mexican band serenaded guests on arrival,  Czech fizz was served, garden games kept everyone giggling and the fun of their singing bridesmaids made this wedding a dream to work on.

The Bride and Groom beamed from ear to ear all day and their guests loved every minute. The dancing didn’t just start in the evening at this wedding, oh no, there were guests up on their feet during the wedding breakfast thoroughly enjoying the music and the fun filled atmosphere. Carol loved every minute of her planning and her stunning DIY details were testimony to the loving care she put into making sure her guests enjoyed her day just as much as she did.

With yet another team of great suppliers from Martin Briggs Photography, DJ Lucci, Dine Thyme, The Charcoal Pig, Paladins Classic Car hire, Juliets Catering and Jubilee Hire this wedding was a joy to be a part of.


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Back in September we helped Rebecca and James with our Dolly On the Day Co-ordination service.  I love this picture as it was the first time I’d seen Rebecca on the day. I had been busy setting up at the church and so couldn’t wait to see the Bride arrive. She looks so happy and beautiful and her Dad was full of pride with a lovely beaming smile.

The Church was gorgeous and very close to the family’s heart which made it all the more special. The classic Bridesmaids dresses with stunning lace detail and the top hat and tails were totally in keeping with the traditional family wedding that Rebecca and James chose for their big day. After the Church ceremony they held their reception at Hever Castle to round off this beautifully classic wedding.

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In December you spend more time in a pub that at no other time of year. So if you’re planning a wedding in 2014 and beyond use your Christmas drinking sessions for doing more than sinking double vodkas and get going with your wedding research. Pubs and restaurants are fast becoming a really popular choice for celebrating your nuptials and now there are so many gorgeous ones to choose from including the The Moat at Wrotham, Kent. Daniel and Katie Wallace were married here earlier this year and today we’re sharing with you their wedding in pictures. Lets take a look…….

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All in the Detail:

Photography by Chris Blackledge Photography
Ceremony & Evening Reception: Moat Inn, Wrotham, Kent.

Bride’s Dress: Bellamore, Bexleyheath
Hair and Make Up: Dee Hedges of Bridal Beauty, Kent
Bouquet & Flowers: Green on the Green
Catering: The Moat Inn
Cake: Rosie’s Cakery

Whenever we work at a wedding we always take our trusty Wedding Planner Pack with us. The pack has all manner of handy little things that we delve into with alarming regularity. So if you’ve not booking us to work on your wedding day *shame on you face* then you’ll need these 8 things waiting in the wings;

1. Snip It

No emergency pack is complete without scissors.You’ll need this to cut anything from your bunting that’s been tied up too tight, to the hair stuck in your Bridesmaids zip to the plastic tag that’s still hanging off your clutch bag.

2. Tissues

Crying always happens. But happily for all the right reasons. When Bridesmaids, your parents, assorted friends and Nanna George let the floodgates go they’ll all be needing tissues so your wedding photos don’t look like a scene from Carrie.

3. Wonder Wipe

Whoever invented baby wipes are quite frankly genius with a capital G. Set aside the obvious use on babies bottoms and you have a multi-purpose little gem that’ll get rid of just about anything from small stains on your dress to make-up and deodorant marks.

4. Get Drinking

Now before you go in search of the corkscrew and start knocking back the Prosecco we actually mean water. Mmm not as exciting as you thought but with a nervous top lip stuck to your teeth and wedding vowels to say out loud you’ll be needing some hydration. Task your Ushers to have a bottle of water handy for when you need it.

5. Give it Some Gloss

Remember to tuck your lip gloss in your bag so you can keep reapplying. A handy little pot of Vaseline is always good to for a quick swipe of lip shine without needing a mirror to do a perfect job.

6. Plaster Over the Cracks

Blisters are no fun on your wedding day. Take plenty of plasters so you can dance the night about without hobbling around on your honeymoon.

7. Rescue Remedy

Joanne swears by this stuff to stop those nerves. Get it from your local chemist and take just before the nerves kick in. Personally I’ll go back to number 4 and add a whiskey to the water…..

8. Sew it Up

Pop in your bag a needle and some thread (black and white). Ushers zips always seem to break (what do they do to them….) and usually they’re wearing bright blue pants underneath. Get Auntie Sue to sew them back up in a jiffy with your handy little sewing kit.

Happy Planning!

Emma x


Main Feature Image: Shooting Hip


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Wedding Planning

Cute Bridesmaids practically make a wedding and you can’t get any cuter than these outfits from Gilly Gray London. An independent shop run by family team Gilly and Freya Gray, they specialise in made-to-measure flower girl dresses and accessories using the finest cottons, silks and satins. They specialise in the more traditional of designs which, rather handily, can be made in any colour to fit with your own wedding palette.

Here are just some of our favourite designs……

Charlestone Flower Girl Dress 600 Dana Grant Ivory Dress 600 Gilly Gray Forget Me Not Dress 600 Gilly Gray Rustic Dress 600 Gilly Gray Wild Silk Dress  600 The Darcey Dress 600 The Duchess Flower Girl Dress 600 The Gatsby Glamour  Headband 600 The Ivory Flower Girl Dress 600 The Kew dress 600 The Victoria Flower Girl Dress 600 The Windermere Flower Girl Dress 600


So cute eh! The difficult part is choosing which one to go for!

For more designs whizz over to their online store now where you can get 10% off if you order before 1st December 2013. Quote AUTUMN 10 when ordering from Etsy or at

Happy Shopping!

Emma. x


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Finding your venue is one of the most important jobs on your wedding to do list. It’s what you need to book first to make everything else fall into place. Now with so many venues to choose from you’ll be needing some help and we’ve got just the thing.

A very wonderful website, Find Your Perfect Venue, has been created by Rachel Titman, to get your wedding venue research off to a flying start. The site makes exploring venues as easy as possible with a simple search facility, full venue details, gorgeous images and a wide choice of destinations.

Rachel says “We are committed to supporting couples create their dream wedding and we’re developing our website based on real feedback and customer needs.”

Here are just some of the fantastic venues featured on the site:


Blackdown Events @ The Haymeadow, Somerset

Beach Weddings Bournemouth

Beach Weddings Bournemouth

Broyle Place

Broyle Place, East Sussex


Clifton Nurseries, London

Dartington Hall

Dartington Hall, Devon


Duncton Mill Fishery, West Sussex


Great Fosters, Surrey


Felix Hotel, Cambridge


Iscoyd Park, Shropshire


St Clere Estate, Kent
Ooh did you know that The Wedding Dolls are preferred planners here!


So let you fingertips do the talking and whizz over to now!

Happy Planning!

Emma x



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