winter wedding fair

New Year Wedding Fair

December 11, 2017 | News

Are you planning a winter wedding and looking for some seasonal inspiration? Then look no further, as Southend Barns are hosting a Winter Wedding Fair on Sunday 21st January 2018. The Wedding Fair has been designed to inspire brides and couples who want to create a winter wonderland themed day for friends and family to remember forever. The handpicked suppliers have all been tried and tested by the venue’s own wedding couples, and will be on hand to showcase their services and answer any questions guests may have. To top the day off, each guest will receive a free goodie…

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Guest Foodie Blog: The Man behind the Menus!

December 9, 2017 | News

We’re thrilled to bring you a guest post from Tie The Knot Catering today; an interview with their executive Head Chef Graham Strong: Here at Tie The Knot we are incredibly fortunate to have an unbelievably talented kitchen team headed up by executive Chef Graham Strong. Graham has been a chef for 22 years and in that time has amassed an astonishing amount of experience in all aspects of the food industry. We thought this would be a wonderful opportunity to tell you a little more about the man behind the menus! Hi Graham, could you give us a bit…

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Flirty fifties-style bridal wear

December 6, 2017 | News

We speak to Louise Allison about her bridal label Louise Rose Couture; fifties styling for the less traditional bride… 1) How did you come up with your business idea? I’ve always loved how glamorous women looked in the fifties and how the styles flatter women of all shapes, sizes and ages, so this inspired the style of my brand. I started off offering fifties-style day dresses and then re-launched my business, offering bridal and occasion wear with support from the Princes Trust when I discovered a love for all things wedding! 2) How would you describe your style? Fifties styling…

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Forget Me Not Designs

December 3, 2017 | News

Katrina from Forget Me Not Designs (on the Isle of Wight) talks to us about 50s styling, lace lace and more lace… and why you should never scrimp on the dress. 1) How did you come up with your business idea? Forget me Not started out as a typical bridal boutique, selling dresses from bought in designers. We always made bespoke dresses for clients as well. After our own brand  became well established we chose to  sell only  our own label gowns which are all made to order on the premises,  which is what sets our store apart. 2) How would…

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The Art of Cocktails

December 1, 2017 | News

We speak to Levi, founder of Cocktail Arts about mixology as an art form and a business… How did you come up with your business idea? The original idea of Cocktail Arts goes all the way back to 2013, when I was the Bar Manager of a prestigious boutique hotel in Southbourne. The hotel’s owner and a friend of mine, Andrew Gosling has already run a very successful catering business in London called Food Show. Andrew’s concept with Food Show was very inspirational for me, as he runs this business by combining traditional catering with fine dining, working together with…

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Vinnie’s Vintage VWs

November 29, 2017 | News

We hear from Karen and Vince from Vinnie’s Vintage Vehicles about nostalgia, pastels and Jamie Oliver! 1) How did you come up with your business idea? We bought a rusty old split screen camper van with money from redundancy and had it fully restored.  After the restoration we took “Sleepy Jean” to a car show and had lots of people asking if we’d hire her out for wedding transport – so it was the public who actually gave us the inspiration for our wedding transport business.  We now have 2 splitties and 2 classic Beetles! 2) How would you describe…

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The Tipsy Tuk

November 24, 2017 | News

We speak to Maddy and Ryan from The Tipsy Tuk about Michael McIntyre, inflatable flamingos and living their dream in a boozy haze… 1)     How did you come up with your business idea? While we were travelling in Sri Lanka there were tuk tuks everywhere, and all sorts of goodies being sold from the back of them. We loved the idea and so the Tipsy Tuk was born… 2)     How would you describe your style? 2 parts quirky, 1 part chic, with a dash of fun for good measure. Shaken not stirred. 3)     Who, in the public eye, suits your brand…

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What’s in a Name?

November 23, 2017 | News

I started business coaching with Lisa Johnson of Just Own This a couple of weeks ago. I didn’t know whether to take the plunge and I went backwards and forwards but in the end I thought that now’s exactly the right time. I’m wanting to take my experiences and everything I’ve learnt and shape the business into something that really works for everyone involved – me, my advertisers and our readers. I’ve only had two sessions with Lisa but one of the main things we’ve focused on is the style of Doily Days. Is it vintage? Isn’t it vintage? Do…

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Pearl Resort

November 22, 2017 | News

We caught up with Bella Hamilton, proud owner of the stunning Pearl Resort and found out what influences her style choices… 1) How did you come up with your business idea? After buying Pearl and getting her home I started thinking of ways I could turn her into a business, I always wanted to hire her out for others to enjoy and as the design and interior took shape it became clear that she was a rather luxury camper… perfect for a romantic get away. 2) How would you describe your style? Modern twist on fifties style with a tropical…

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Dapper & Suave

November 20, 2017 | News

We catch up with two dapper and suave gentlemen about the lengths they go to to make their clients happy, and the things they’d take with them on a desert island… 1) How did you come up with your business idea? We both love accessorising our outfits and found it hard to find something unique at a reasonable price. On a country walk in March 2016 we decided to teach ourselves to sew! 2) How would you describe your style? Our style is Dapper and Suave; vintage meets high street; classic style from a capsule wardrobe. 3) Who, in the…

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