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Designer of the Week – Maggie Sottero

30 Jul

Today we have a little look into the wedding design world of Maggie Sottero and her Spring 2013 collection. We just love the soft pink colour of this first fishtail dress launched at New York International Bridal Fashion Week. The collection is not yet available in stores but what’s to stop you taking a look at all her other gorgeous gowns whilst you wait!

Maggie Sottero is available in Kent at Bridal Gowns at Jodi in their Maidstone and Canterbury stores, as well as Go Bridal in Tunbridge Wells.

All images from First View

firstVIEW is an online fashion magazine with fashion show photos from around the world. See all the the top models and top designer fashions from the runways of the world.

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.

Counting the Cost: Your Wedding Budget

19 Jun

One of the first things many couples need help with is working out their budget.

It sometimes depends on where in the planning process you are as to what money you have available.  Some couples book their date 18 months in advance and then start saving towards it with a final budget in mind, others already have their budget in place and want to book a date as early as practically possible.

Whichever camp you are in here is a rough outline of how you can start your budget planning. Be warned it does not include a honeymoon, designer wedding dress or glittery Louboutin’s, for those you will have to work extra hours or and tell absolutely no-one we said this…… use the contingency :0)

When working out a budget we use the following percentages to help break it down:

  • Reception Venue & Catering 45%
  • Photographer 7%
  • Videographer 7%
  • Brides Outfit 5%
  • Grooms Outfit 1%
  • Wedding Planner 5%
  • Bridesmaids 2%
  • Florist or venue decoration 5%
  • Entertainment 7%
  • Stationery 3%
  • Wedding Cake 2%
  • Wedding Make Up & Hair 1%
  • Wedding Cars 2%
  • Ceremony & Legalities 3%
  • Contingency 5%

After an initial look there maybe some things you won’t be having and some other stuff you need to add.  This is entirely up to you and will depend largely on the type of day you want.  You may have friends who can help them out with different aspects of your wedding but Bridezilla’s take note! Before embarking on getting friends to help you just be sure they are reliable enough to deliver on the day and that you won’t end up falling out if it doesn’t go exactly to plan.

Once you have juggled the percentages then you can start getting quotes. Suppliers will usually give you a quote based on the number of guests you have or the budget you have allocated. Once these are in you can then start putting actual costs against your percentages to give you a fully costed plan.

If you are struggling with this or need to find ways to reduce your budget, then hey, get us involved! We have lots of suppliers who happily offer discounts to stretch your budget a bit further and we have ways and means of helping you juggle your budget to make it work for you.

We offer special wedding planning workshops that can help you get started with budgeting or make the most of what you’ve got left. For more information of dates and times click here.

Getting down with the kids: Wedding Planning #3

8 Mar

It’s a question that crops up alot. Do you invite children to your wedding?

The answer is not a simple one and will depend entirely on the type of wedding you are having.

Extra bums on seats cost you money. Whether it’s a small bum or a very big one it doesn’t really make a lot of difference and 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.

Counting the Cost: Wedding Planning #2

2 Mar

One of the first things many couples need help with is working out their budget.

It sometimes depends on where in the planning process you are as to what money you have available.  Some couples book their date 18 months in advance and then start saving towards it with a final budget in mind, others already have their budget in place and want to book a date as early as practically possible.

Whichever camp you are in here is a rough outline of how you can start your budget planning. Be warned it does not include a honeymoon, designer wedding dress or glittery Louboutin’s …..for those you will have to ask the Groom very nicely or, and tell absolutely no-one we said this, use the contingency.

When working out a budget we use the following percentages to help break it down:

  • Reception Venue & Catering 45%
  • Photographer 7%
  • Videographer 7%
  • Brides Outfit 5%
  • Grooms Outfit 1%
  • Wedding Planner 5%
  • Bridesmaids 2%
  • Florist or venue decoration 5%
  • Entertainment 7%
  • Stationery 3%
  • Wedding Cake 2%
  • Wedding Make Up & Hair 1%
  • Wedding Cars 2%
  • Ceremony & Legalities 3%
  • Contingency 5%

After an initial look there maybe some things you won’t be having and some other stuff you need to add.  This is entirely up to you and will depend largely on the type of day you want.  You may have friends who can help them out with different aspects of your wedding but Bridezilla’s take note! Before embarking on getting friends to help you just be sure they are reliable enough to deliver on the day and that you won’t end up falling out if it doesn’t go exactly to plan.

Once you have juggled the percentages then you can start getting quotes. Suppliers will usually give you a quote based on the number of guests you have or the budget you have allocated. Once these are in you can then start putting actual costs against your percentages to give you a fully costed plan.

If you are struggling with this or need to find ways to reduce your budget, then hey, get us involved! We have lots of suppliers who happily offer discounts to stretch your budget a bit further and we have ways and means of helping you juggle your budget to make it work for you.

A two-hour consultation and follow up information pack costs only £150 and will help you get started on the road to wedded bliss!