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We’re Moving!

5 Aug

Hi All!

This week it’s all happening on our blog as we move to a new website. It means we won’t have any posts whilst we get on with the move but make sure you come back to see our gorgeous new website. On there will be more dates for our wedding planning workshops and we will of course have lots more inspiration and information on how to help you plan your wedding.

Have a great week and don’t forget to come over to www.theweddingdolls.co.uk.

x

Saturday Shopping: Page Boy Cute

4 Aug

There’s nothing cuter at a wedding than a little man in his page boy suit. But when it comes to weddings its all about the pretty. For every five flower girl dresses you seem to get one choice of page boy suit.  So to save you pounding the high streets here’s our pick for today’s shopping list.

This fab little Terry Tux is from Monsoon, sizes start at age 4-5 for £60.00

 

Fantastic Find: We’ve got the Polly Pootles Love Bug

31 Jul

I just love this car. I’ve always been slightly miffed that on my own wedding day I was within easy walking distance so never got to have  a gorgeous vehicle to get me to the church on time. But if I did this would have been first on my list.

Polly Pootles is a classic VW Beetle chauffeur driven service that really stands out from the crowd.  Based in Kent, Helen, the very lovely owner and chauffeuse, used the 1968 VW beetle at her wedding day in 2008. It then underwent a professional restoration and came out the other side looking very sparkly and a gorgeous pearl white in colour.

Helen started using Pootles to chauffeur other couples on their big day and has been pootling to fabulous weddings for the past 3 years. She regularly blogs about the weddings she’s been to so you can get ideas and inspiration on how the VW can be used to make your day extra special.

For more info on prices and booking details click here.

All images: Copyright Polly Pootles

Sunday Summary: Going for Gold

29 Jul

This week has been full of excitement and anticipation. Not least as the Olympics has arrived in London town but that our new website is almost ready to go. That was until we hit a slight wordpress snag. We’re desperately trying to work out how NOT to manually move over 500 blog images from wordpress.com to wordpress.org as it doesn’t seem to want to do it automatically for us. If anyone has any idea there’s free wedding planning sessions in it!

The WD’s rethink their IT strategy

On the blog this week we’ve got caught up with Olympic Fever by having a special Going for Gold blog post which is an inspiration board of all things gold for a wedding. It’s such a great accent colour for anytime of year and you can use it as little or as much as you like to compliment any theme.

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Our designer of the week was the brilliant Claire Pettibone whose dresses we have admired for ages. If you want to float like an Ethereal Queen through your wedding day then these are the gowns for you.

@Claire Pettibone

We just love a lotion or new potion at the Wedding Dolls and just some of our favourite products come from the range by Mitchell and Peach, which is produced right here in Kent. Our Fantastic Find of the week is their miniature set – just perfect for that honeymoon carry case.

Next up was all talk as we looked into Brides making a speech on their wedding day. Traditionally left to the guys, we now find more and more brides want to be part of the speech line up so they can thank their loved ones themselves or pay tribute to their gorgeous new hubbie. Would you? Find out more in Speechless Brides.

This week we also gave you the heads up on the next big thing for Bridesmaids coming to a wedding near you in 2013. Yes it’s bling’s best friend Sequins, and lots of them. See how you can get your Bridesmaids kitted out and bang up to date in next to no time.

Lastly our Saturday Shopping tip this week was for online store Pearl and Earl. It’s got  loads of good little buys to help decorate your venue and is also a great place to buy those latex balloons we were banging on about last week. If you’re bored with the Olympics already you’ve just found something to do instead!

Happy Sunday Everyone

x

Sunday Summary: Light up your Wedding Day

8 Jul

Evening All

It’s been a bit of a long day as I recover from attending a special event held last night in The Swan in West Malling (more to come on this gorgeous restaurant that make a perfect wedding venue!) so I apologise for the lateness of the summary!  While I sit here thinking about what’s been on the blog this past week I’m being side tracked to thinking about what’s coming up next week.  It’s all getting very exciting here at Wedding Dolls HQ, our sparkly new website is nearly ready and plans to launch some very exiting projects are almost finalised, it may be a gloomy, rainy summer so far but we’re definitely feeling bright and sunny and can’t wait to share everything with you all.

So as I take a look back, here’s what happened on the blog this week.

Our Frock of the fortnight was a beautiful dress by Mori Lee by Madeline Gardner, AMAZING is all I can think to say about it, the wonderful shape of this dress is definitely my favourite!

Then we featured the wonderful DC Bouquets again to show you an alternative to the usual wedding bouquet and hair accessories.  These creative one of designs will make you feel really special on your big day.

Still trying to decide wether to invite children? we showed you how to make it easy, by calling in the experts Bearstead Babes to take charge of the situation.

We hope you saw the Caroline Castigliano Sample Sale dates 10th-14th July and managed to book your place!

In our inspirational ideas post we shared some beautiful images to inspire you, easy to re-create for your own summer celebrations, there’s nothing like lanterns to light up your wedding.

For anyone getting married this week, Good Luck and Enjoy!

See you next week

x

Caroline Castigliano Sample Sale

5 Jul

This is one sample sale you really don’t want to miss, with limited places be sure to book right away!

Good Luck, we hope you find the dress of your dreams

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Wedding Planning Worries: Getting down with the kids

4 Jul

It’s a question that crops up a lot when planning your guest list; do you invite children to your wedding?

It may come down entirely on the type of wedding you are having and how much budget you have to play with. Extra bums on seats cost you money. Whether it’s a small bum or a big one if you are short on guest list space then leaving the kids at home seems as easy way to cut down on numbers. However, some of you do actually want to include the children in your family on the guest list but are just a bit nervous about how to deal with them.

Fear not. If you are having small people at your wedding there are now loads and loads of ways to keep them entertained at a really reasonable cost.

Create Make & Share is run by two Kent mums, Zoe Wright and Kathryn Handy, who organise children’s party entertainment. Being mum’s themselves means they are well practised in looking after children and have a whole range of ideas and activities to entertain all ages. They will design a bespoke package to suit the needs of your day depending on how many children you have, their ages and the set up of your venue.

The types of activities on offer include face painting, glitter tattoos, themed party and garden games and a pirate and princess activity play which involves lots of dressing up, story telling fun and a treasure hunt. As part of their package they also include party bags and favours especially designed for the little ones. Zoe told us that “all our entertainers are fully insured, CRB checked, reliable and most importantly have bundles of energy and enthusiasm!”

If you need a babysitting service and your hotel or venue doesn’t offer one then try Bearsted Babes. They offer this and more and are great if you have lots of little ones that need one-to-one care away from the hustle and bustle of the wedding. Vicky Cruickshanks who runs the company says “we understand how important it is to feel secure in the knowledge that your children are being cared for in safe, stimulating and familiar surroundings, especially when you want to relax and have a good time”.

So if you are having little ones at your wedding then the best advice is just to plan ahead and where possible give them some entertainment to take the pressure off and make sure everyone can relax and have a good time.

Our Sunday Summary

1 Jul

Is it really Sunday again? Where does the time go!

So Vijay and Leanne have been Mr and Mrs for a whole week now and we hope they are having an amazing honeymoon! We’ve had quite a week telling you about some of the suppliers that worked on their amazing fusion wedding and all this recapping is making us very impatient, we are dying to see the official photographs by N Photography, Hurry back Mr and Mrs B!.

In the meantime here’s a look back at their first week as newly weds.  First we shared the venue, the gorgeous Nettlestead Place, we’re still thinking about the views across the kent countryside, the perfect venue for those wanting exclusive use and a beautiful setting.

This week we also shared the fab Dream Days for You team headed up by Darminder Cheema. Dream Days specialise in Indian, Gujarati and Halal menus but do offer traditional English catering as well. Their portable catering service is great if you have a unique venue in mind as services can include catering staff, cutlery, crockery, linen and waiting staff. We were able to sample some of the menu and it was absolutely gorgeous.

Then in other wedding news we showed you our frock of the fortnight, one of our favourite designers Johanna Hehir has launched her new diffusion collection, Mae by Johanna Hehir. This gorgeous new range features soft georgette, silk crepe and vintage style lace in the dress designs. Dresses range in price from £1000 to £1500in our frock of the fortnight feature.

Our Real Kent WeddingInspiration came from Chris and Katie’s Wedding Safari at Port Lympe, with photography once again by the amazing Kerry Anne Duffy.

Finally we finished up with a fantastic vintage photoshoot at the very lovely Upnor Castle, Kent. The shoot was set up by Margate based photographer, Robert Marriott with the help of Maxine Gregory of Tea-licious and Sandra Andrews of Vintage Curves.

Here’s hoping for a hot and sunny July!

Make sure you pop by next week, we’ve got lots more inspiration to share with you .

 

Sunday Summary: Calm before the storm

17 Jun

Welcome to Sunday! This weekend has seen some peace and quiet in the Wedding Dolls households as our other halves are occupied with Le Mans 24 hour racing and Euro 2012 – it does leave you wondering who makes more noise, kids or husbands…. It’s been just what we needed really as the next few weeks for the Wedding Dolls is pretty full on. With trips abroad, exhibitions, the launch of our new blog, as well as the small matter of organising weddings to get stuck into, we are so glad there are two of us on the case!

bride and groom in grounds

Kelly & Scott, by Emma Knapp Photography

On the blog this week was the new bridal range from Topshop which seems to be dividing opinion in the wedding world! See what you think right here.  We also took a look around one of our favourite boutique hotel wedding venues in Kent, Hotel du Vin Tunbridge Wells. If you want understated luxury, fabulous food and gorgeous rooms to round off your wedding day this promises to make it onto your shortlist as well.

Next up was the Wedding of Kelly and Scott with a classic purple colour scheme and gorgeous detailing all set in the beautiful grounds of Turkey Mill, Maidstone. To round off the week we posted some of the most popular and alternative first dance songs that we’ve seen over the last year. If you don’t ‘have a song’ then this might just help narrow down the choices.

We’re super excited too as it’s countdown for our next Bride and Groom, Vijay and Leanne, and their gorgeous indian fusion wedding at Nettlestead Place on Saturday. We’ll share a little preview with you on Sunday but other posts coming up on the blog this week include our designer of the week, an overview of how to set your wedding budget plus a beautiful wedding at Cooling Castle Barn.

Happy Sunday!

x

Sunday Summary: All things bright and beautiful

10 Jun

Wow what a week! We hope you all had as much fun as we did with all the Jubilee celebrations going on in Kent. We had a brilliant time at a Jubilee ball but incase you were wondering we’ve still managed to get a bit of work in….

We’ve been busy finalising our new website and getting ready for another wedding in two weeks. How quickly the wedding season seems to be going! We started the week with our homage to the Queen looking at wedding dresses throughout her reign. From the 50’s right through to 2012 wedding gowns have come full circle and back again. If you missed it and want some vintage inspiration see what your favourite era was right here.

There was also little whistle stop tour of quirky Kent venue, Finchcocks in Goudhurst. If you’ve never been then go for a very English Cream tea and enjoy, if you’re looking for for something that little bit different you won’t be disappointed.

We then shared with you the wedding of Marika and James, who got married back in May at the Marquis of Alkham. With fun races, gorgeous outfits, stunning food and fantastic views this wedding has something for everyone to take inspiration from. We also gave you a little peek at some of their photobooth pictures from their evening celebrations. We love a photo booth at The Wedding Dolls and it was great to round off this busy week with lots of fun and giggles to share.

Image by Fleur Challis Photography

See you next week where we will be sharing another Kent wedding at Turkey Mill in Maidstone, as well as taking a little look at the new Bridal range from Topshop, sharing a fabulous find and five of the best First Dance tunes. It’s also countdown to our new website launch. Beyond. Excited.

Happy Sunday x