Category: News

Southsea bridal shoot

Eco Seaside & Skate themed styled shoot

December 22, 2017 | News

Vicky Heard, wedding planner from Hampshire-based Hooray for the Day organised a quirky seaside & skate-themed shoot using local independent suppliers. They focused on being as eco as possible; using recycled paper, Tropic cruelty-free make-up and DIY decor using seaweed, stones and driftwood which was also incorporated into the flowers.  The Bridal Suite in Fareham specialises in plus sizes and model Chantelle beautifully shows off one of their gowns. “I love the street art in Southsea” says Vicky “so I wanted to utilise this as much as possible in the shoot”. Photos were taken in Southsea, Portsmouth at the Hot…

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Competition Time!

December 19, 2017 | News

WIN bunting hire for you wedding day from Quirky Covers  ABOUT QUIRKY COVERS:  Quirky Covers is a chair cover hire company with a difference. Founded by Marsha Bennett, a soft furnisher, in 2015, It came about when she saw a gap in the market for chair covers that were not traditional lycra covers with organza bows. They make covers, bunting and napkins, from cherry-picked vintage fabrics, in their workshop by the river in West Sussex.  They have 150 covers available to hire, all glorious mis-matched prints as well as plain white ones made from vintage tablecloths. They fit the Cheltenham and Chavari chairs and they…

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Neon & Blush wedding decor

Decor by Neon & Blush

December 15, 2017 | News

We catch up with the Neon & Blush ladies about work/life balance, Fizz Fridays and girl crushes… How did you come up with your business idea? Individually we all had wanted to do something within the wedding industry for years. We knew it complemented all of our backgrounds in styling, visual merchandising and gifting. Plus we all actually loved planning our own weddings and other life events such as baby showers, children’s birthdays etc and couldn’t shake that void left once the events had come and gone. After months of talking about starting something up,  brainstorming products and business plans…

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Wedding First Dance

The First Dance – 5 simple steps

December 13, 2017 | News

When thinking about your first dance here’s a few planning tips from First Love Dance to get you started: 1.SONG So many couples stress about song choice for the first dance, especially if you don’t already have a special song. As a wedding choreographer I have heard plenty of first dance songs, and can honestly say anything goes. I have worked with couples that chose songs by Nickleback , The Darkness, Ed Sheeran, Goo Goo Dolls, Savage Garden and more. So don’t panic if you like a song that doesn’t automatically scream the typical first dance. 2. DANCE After choosing…

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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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Tie The Knot Wedding Catering

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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vintage wedding dress

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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vintage wedding dress isle of wight

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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