Margot’s Wedding is For Sale!

December 18, 2021 | Wedding Industry

Happy Christmas everyone! Only a week to go… until it’s all over (I’m such a bah humbug). With school broken up I now enter the phase of not knowing what day it is or what on earth I’m supposed to be doing. I DO know it’s my birthday on Thursday and I’m going to Brighton with my pals for brunch, shopping and cake. I have instructed everyone the dress code is The Birthday Jumper i.e. the antithesis of the Christmas jumper. I’m going to be 42, I started this business when I was 29 (who remembers our old name Doily…

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Hen/Stag Yachting Package from Raggy&Boo

How does a weekend aboard a yacht sailing around the Solent sound to you? Pretty Kardashian-esque if you ask me (I’ve watch A LOT of Below Deck). You and six others will be treated to fizz and goodies on arrival while you settle into your new (nautical) digs in Lymington. Your first night will be in the harbour so you can enjoy the pubs, bars and restaurants in the buzzing Georgian town. Just make sure you make it back to the boat before it sets sail the following day! The next morning you’ll be off on your adventure in the…

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Russian Blooms hits the road!

It’s been so cold lately I’ve regretted getting rid of my mum’s old Russian hat (little-known fact about me, I lived in Moscow when I was four). When I think of Russia I don’t think of flowers somehow but today I’m featuring Hampshire-based Russian Blooms! Sometimes I look at people’s work and I think “how the devil are you so talented?” and Sally Biloshiskaya’s floristry business is no exception. Sally started the business two years ago simply because she wanted to do something she loved. She obviously has passion and raw talent for the industry because her designs have been…

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Supplier Spotlight – Peach Wolfe Stationery

November 17, 2021 | Bridal Inspiration, Wedding Stationery

We all know I’m a sucker for anything retro, especially when it comes to styling, and 70s is my fave era. I can’t get enough of the colours, patterns and general shag pile vibe. When I came across Peach Wolfe on Instagram my heart skipped a beat… Founder Sarah is a self-confessed tea drinking, tie-dying, cat snuggling designer from Worcestershire. She obviously has an eye for that ‘iconic’ look. Not all the styles in her collection are retro – you’ll also find rock n roll, witchy and celestial, holographic etc – but I get the feeling giving retro a modern…

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Personal Branding with Natasha Jay Photography

November 8, 2021 | Photography

If you’re a small business, in any industry, your customers are going to want to see the face behind the brand. You need an ‘about’ page on your website, you need social media content and you may choose to include a photo of yourself on printed marketing material… And quite frankly an iPhone photo taken by your sister doesn’t quite cut it. You need a professional to take the photos. A professional photographer knows the backdrops that will work well, where to shoot in terms of light (and what time of day) and they’ll be able to put you at…

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My Summer with Earth Catering

I joined West-Sussex based Earth Catering as Event Supervisor back in April. I met most of the couples for their menu tastings at EC’s HQ, a beautiful remote barn in Runcton near Chichester, before their individual celebrations in all sorts of venues throughout Hampshire, Sussex, Surrey and Kent. I loved going to wedding venues I hadn’t visited before. My favourite was Elsted Village Hall near Midhurst (pictured below), a real blank canvas space with retro green velvet stage curtains! The views from the cricket field really are exceptional, and there is plenty of space for a marquee, stretch tent, chill…

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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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