Hampshire Boutique – Margaux Mae Bridal

I had a lovely brunch recently with Andrea Dargon of Hampshire-based Margaux Mae Bridal. We chatted about all sorts; how the former PA found her way into the wedding industry through making cakes, her work as Hampshire Brand Ambassador for The Wedding Industry Supplier Network, and the journey that saw her realising her dream and launching her bridal boutique in August. We discussed how Andrea thinks Princess Margaret was the most iconic royal bride. ‘Strong and wild’ is how she describes her. It’s her love for this type of timeless, elegant dress that saw her carefully choosing the designers for…

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What Makes a Hotel ‘Luxury’?

It is easy to get the feeling that ‘luxury’ is an overused word in the travel and tourism industry. Every other hotel you look up proudly describes itself as a ‘luxury’ destination, leaving would-be guests with a very valid question – what actually counts as luxury? When you look up the definition of luxury, the Oxford Dictionary has it as: “a state of great comfort or elegance, especially when involving great expense.” So, it’s no great surprise that so many hoteliers would want to describe their establishment as a luxury venue. Comfort, after all, is surely one of the non-negotiables…

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Q&A with Tarryn du Plessis Photography

Today we have the pleasure of getting to know Hampshire-based photographer Tarryn du Plessis. We find out about her African heritage, how she’s inspired by everyday life and how she loves to capture an emotional story through her wedding photography… Q. Please tell us about when your love affair with photography started. A. While growing up my family would spend each Christmas travelling throughout Africa. During one trip to Namibia I climbed onto the roof of my father’s Land Rover and took a photo of the sunset. It was the most beautiful blend of pinks, oranges and blues. This was…

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Booking Entertainment for an Intimate Wedding

More and more couples are opting to have intimate weddings, and it’s not surprising why. When you have 100+ guests, the day can go by in a blur. You’re so caught up talking to a million people, making sure everything runs smoothly and everyone is happy, that most couples barely remember their day. Plus, let’s not forget how expensive a big wedding can be. Micro weddings allow time for more meaningful moments, more personal touches and more money for the things you really want! That includes music, because even a small wedding needs the right atmosphere. Whether you want a…

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The Wellbeing Benefits of Camping/Glamping

September. How are we all feeling? Personally I am relieved school has gone back. My son and I (and our family and friends) have had a great summer but it’s been a juggling act for sure. It seems very bizarre to me that the sun is shining and it’s scorching hot! When I pictured ‘back to school’ I had long trousers, shiny shoes and brand-new too-big sweatshirts in my mind. But no, he’s off in shorts and Crocs and is emerging a sweaty mess at the end of the day! Today’s blog post is all about the wellbeing benefits of…

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Q&A With Becky from Waves Weddings & Events

August 27, 2021 | Coastal Wedding, Kent Wedding

Q. Hi Becky! We understand you specialise in wedding planning from Margate, Kent to Mobay, Jamaica… that’s quite a combo. Can you tell us a bit about your background and how Waves came about please? A. Yes, it is quite a combo indeed and people often wonder how it all came about, to be honest I have worked in events for years so it’s always been a passion of mine. In 2017 I went travelling and spent some time living and working at an amazing retreat in Jamaica and I literally just fell in love with it there. I noticed…

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Book a Treatment and Wedding Consultation at Margot’s!

Would you like to come round and have a deeply relaxing hour-long energy treatment while talking all about your wedding? As well as my wedding duties I now offer a holistic treatment called Access Bars. Since I trained last month I have done countless treatments and met people from all walks of life. Some like to stay silent throughout the treatment, but some talk throughout and I’ve found the dynamic of a chat in that relaxed environment very powerful. Almost like an informal therapy session!.. For both of us! I have decided to offer the treatment combined with a wedding…

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Would you rent your wedding dress?

  How to save money on the most expensive outfit you’ll only wear once… Your big day can be one of the most expensive events you’ll ever throw in your life, especially with UK couples spending on average an eye-watering £27,000 on their nuptials. This has prompted a new wave of savvy brides on a budget to look at renting their wedding dresses, instead of forking out on a frock they will wear only once. UK waste prevention company BusinessWaste.co.uk found that after speaking to 2100 brides to be, 4 out of 10 brides would be willing to hire a…

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Introducing Audrey! – A Sweet Morris Minor Convertible

Our friend, wedding celebrant Diane Bell AKA Family Tree Ceremonies, is proud to introduce the newest member of the Family Tree tribe… AUDREY! Audrey is a beautiful 1959 Morris Minor 1000 who has been lovingly restored to her former glory. The perfect quirky, non-traditional wedding car for fun-loving couples “I was chatting to one of my best friends Sam about my ideas for expanding ‘Family Tree’ to include a Morris Minor wedding car” explains Diane. “She suggested we take on the challenge together and as fate would have it, we found this beauty in a classic car auction a few…

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From Honeymoons and Hairstyles to Home Help and Holistic Therapy…

July 21, 2021 | News, Updates from HQ, Wedding Fair

Like many of us the last 18 months has changed me. I honestly feel like a different person. I’m in a different place physically, mentally and emotionally. Do you relate? The wedding industry was one of the hardest hit as a result of the Covid pandemic. I had to cancel five wedding fairs, my weddings at the boat shed got postponed and cancelled, and I Furloughed myself. Last year I lived at my sister’s house for months, bought a paddle board, started putting my #sobercurious thoughts into action and moved house in November. Moving into this house was the security…

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