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November 17, 2018 | News

Hey folks, a bit of a break from tradition today with a quick Saturday morning post from me! I wanted to point you in the direction of a podcast I was a guest on recently. I was interviewed by Lola Hoad for the One Girl Band podcast. Lola is based in Brighton, she’s a coach and speaker and she runs a co-working space for small creative businesses. If only I still lived in Brighton… I’d be there like a shot! We desperately need a cool co-working space in Portsmouth. Our chat gives a bit of an insight into why I…

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Wedding Lights Props

Supplier Spotlight ~ Pink Pineapple Events

November 14, 2018 | News

Some things in the wedding industry have been around for yonks and I can’t see them going anywhere soon. Giant light up letters are one of these things. I think the reason for this is they’re so… versatile. They wear different hats during the reception; the look pretty, they add light, they offer a great photo opportunity and they’re a talking point. Pink Pineapple Events hire their giant LOVE lights and they also offer a bespoke service where they can hand-make any letter or number. I like LOVE letters but I prefer getting a bit creative and imaginative with the…

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Wedding Dress

Weddings with a Conscience; Budget Busting or Simply Raising Money for an Amazing Cause.

November 12, 2018 | News

By Alexandra Harrison, Professional Independent Celebrant. What with the latest budget involving weddings and ‘Hitched’ having recently announced their wedding survey for 2018 (with the average wedding costing a whacking £32,273!), I thought I would take a look at what the costs were made up of, and where savings could be made. While looking at the breakdown of the top ten items I noticed that the average price of a wedding dress was £1321.  I started thinking about all those wedding dresses that get worn just once (and bridesmaid dresses etc). What happens to them? Perhaps some people keep them,…

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Wedding Food

Food Glorious Food

November 10, 2018 | News

Need some inspiration for your big day menu? Will you go for comfort food, sophistication, DIY, exotic or keep it local? (Extracted from issue 12) here are some ideas from our favourite local catering companies… Above photos: Carrie Lavers. “We planned and sourced the whole menu for our own wedding. Starters were British antipasti; cured meats, local cheeses and incredible olives. Main course was slow cooked shoulder of grass-fed hogget, served with slow roasted potatoes and salads picked straight from the farm that morning. Dessert was salted chocolate brownies with New Forest strawberries and organic vanilla ice cream.” – Daniel…

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Wedding traditions

Wedding Traditions

November 6, 2018 | News

Wedding planner Charlotte Hill has been researching her socks off to provide us with today’s guest blog post, all about wedding traditions. It’s so interesting to find out the origins! Over to Charlotte… There are many wedding traditions out there and many we choose to incorporate in to our day, but why? If you are a bride-to-be then you may be thinking that some of these traditions are right for you, or perhaps you want to be daring and break them! Something old, new, borrowed, blue & a sixpence in your shoe. This saying comes from Victorian times to wish…

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Wedding menswear

Snappy Dresser – A Groom’s Guide to Dressing for the Occasion

November 2, 2018 | News

Extracted from our current issue, this expert advice feature was contributed by the dapper folk at Gresham Blake… The groom should always be the best dressed male to the party. Your choice of suit will depend on several important factors: the time of year, the venue and whether you want to wear your suit again. The Traditional City Wedding A traditional wedding demands a crisp and sharp tailored three-piece-suit. Made from Mohair or worsted wool in a dark palette such as French navy, midnight or charcoal. Don’t wear black (it’s not a funeral) unless you’re required to wear a morning…

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Wedding Planners

Throw away the rule book ~ Black Sheep Events

October 31, 2018 | News

If you’re keen to do something unconventional but have only been to traditional weddings, Black Sheep Events can offer expert guidance. They specialise in being creative and ‘thinking outside the box’ and they help couples explore ways to be individual. “Being brave and imaginative doesn’t have to cost the earth” explain Katie and Charlotte “get some help with the day’s itinerary to find out how long things will take, how to keep everyone entertained, where to save money, unique catering ideas and how you can push the boundaries of convention”. If you find yourself overwhelmed by everyone else’s ideas of…

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Heather & Paul’s ‘local’ London Wedding

October 29, 2018 | News

Q. What was the theme/style for your big day? A. When we started planning our wedding we wanted to focus more on a feeling than a look. We wanted our day to be a celebration of love that all of our friends and family could be included in (for example, we had one friend perform the ceremony, and another host a pub quiz in the evening). Our theme was really about having a laid-back day filled with humour and fun (the way we want to continue our married life). We chose a vibrant colour palette of yellow, orange and turquoise…

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Wedding Stationery

Supplier Spotlight ~ Amy Lane Illustration

October 25, 2018 | News

Receiving a wedding invitation is such a thrill isn’t it? Personal post always stands out amongst the everyday junk mail and bills… but a wedding invitation is full of promise. It marks the start of a memorable event; annual leave is confirmed, hotels booked, outfits planned. What will the weather be like? Who will be there? What will the bride be wearing? I think the wedding invitation should set the tone for the event and the design should carry right through from Order of Service to menus, place names etc, and finally to thank you cards. If you’re a fun,…

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Wedding Venue

Featured Venue ~ The Pilgrims Rest

October 23, 2018 | News

The Pilgrims Rest in Battle, East Sussex opened as a wedding venue in 2016. I’d lusted over beautiful photos of the ancient timber-framed building, and featured them in the magazine and on the blog. You can see their feature in our current issue on pages 46-47 and take a look at this beautiful styled shoot we featured on the blog back in February. I hadn’t had an opportunity to visit so when I heard they were having an open day at the beginning of October I planned my weekend around it. Above photos (left and middle): Georgina Piper Photography  My…

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