Marriage, weddings, love, hugs, French kisses and closeness…

The Coronavirus pandemic has left the wedding industry hanging in the air. When can we have weddings again? Is 2020 a complete write off? Can we have a small wedding? Will next year be ‘back to normal’? Will we still have to social distance? How will that work in practice? This got me thinking back to last August when my best friend got married in France. How lucky they were it was last year not this year, how much ‘closeness’ there is at weddings, how much we took for granted. Flying High I wrote my ‘best woman’ speech on the…

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Wedding Industry Personal Branding Event

Back in February (when I still had a brain), I hosted a personal branding networking event with my good friends at Wagner Hall in Brighton. My favourite small businesses are the ones where the owner’s personality shines through and I’m always interested to get to know the person behind the brand… which is why I do ‘supplier spotlight’ and Q&As with wedding suppliers on the blog. I want to know who they are, how they live, what inspires them. I want to know about their background, how they got started, what future plans they’ve got. Am I just plain nosey?…

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Hampshire Wedding Venue – The Boat Shed

Ok so we’re nearly into June and this summer is looking VERY different to the summer I imagined. I think it goes without saying that everyone’s summer/year is looking very different to the one they imagined. My heart goes out to everyone who has had to postpone/cancel their wedding. The thing about the Covid-19 outbreak is how everyone’s been affected in their own way and I just hope those planning 2020 weddings have managed to put a suitable plan in place. We don’t know yet how it’s all going to affect the wedding industry in the long term but it’s…

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Bridal Inspiration – Southsea Styled Shoot

Today, extracted from our current issue, we’ve got an uber-cool inspirational shoot for you. Shot in my hometown of Southsea, Portsmouth and involving some of my very favourite supplier folk, this shoot was a no-brainer for our issue 17 cover. The only problem was choosing which image to use! The shoot was organised by my good friend and colleague Alex Cvijovic who runs The Vintage Parade and The Wonderous Wedding Fair. With a background in art and design, Alex always comes up with unique concepts and executes them perfectly. This shoot took place at The Queens Hotel in Southsea, a magnificent…

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Lets Talk Wedding Bell Tents…

Great British Bell Tents offer bell tent hire in Sussex, Surrey and surrounding counties. We caught up with director Kieran to find out a little more about the business… Q. How long have you been running GBBT? A. This was meant to be the start of our fourth season but obviously due to the current situation this has been put on pause.  However, we are still hopeful we can still set up some bell tents for a few weddings and festivals towards the latter part of the season. Q. What’s your background and how did the idea for the business…

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Taco Home Delivery Kits (Portsmouth)

Cooking and eating good food has become part of my lockdown routine, as has supporting local independent businesses who are stepping up and diversifying. So when I heard our advertiser Grate Catering & Events were offering taco delivery kits, I had to get involved! I realise this delivery offering is very local to me in Portsmouth, and if your mouth is watering elsewhere… I’m sorry! But Norm and Iris offer event catering further afield, check out the recent Q&A we featured to get a better idea of them and their business. Taco home delivery kit for two people includes: 10…

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Theatrical Styling & Planning

Wedding planner and stylist Sally Gallis previously worked in theatre. She’s been a drama teacher, director, producer and set designer. We caught up with her to find out how she’s transferred her experience to the marvellous world of weddings… How it all began Sally is a self-confessed creative magpie, so after planning her own wedding, and a friend’s, she decided to change career. She launched Events by Design just two years ago. “People ask whether the job is massively different” says Sally, “and honestly, I don’t think it is. I still get to lark about with pretty things and make…

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Girl’s Night In Virtual Hen Party

May 5, 2020 | Hen Party, Wellness

How are we all adapting to the new normal? Whose social life is better than it’s ever been? Who has thrown themselves into Zoom in a big way? Me! We have more time on our hands and there are so many online resources to get involved with. I for one am making the most of them when I can. I love supporting small independent businesses and I think now more than ever it’s very important. I champion people who are diversifying their offering during this time and working hard… not just sitting about watching Tiger King! Since meeting Maxine Bailey-Green,…

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Duncton Mill – Under New Management

Duncton Mill near Petworth in West Sussex is a fishery and beautiful lakeside marquee venue. Caroline and Martin have been running the venue for years but as they’re due to retire, Carole from The Naked Food Company is taking over… and she’s got BIG plans. Carole’s catering business has been based on the estate at Duncton Mill for years. The award-winning company creates bespoke menus to suit a variety of tastes, styles and budgets. Choose The Naked Food Company to cater for your lakeside wedding (think grazing tables under the trees and desserts on the jetty) or bring in a…

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Q&A With Freight Train Runners

If you’re looking for a wedding band in Hampshire you must check out Freight Train Runners. They’re amazing! The video at the bottom of the post is testament to their talent… and a brilliant first dance song choice. Q. How long has Freight Train Runners been around? A. We’ve been together since 2016. Q. How did the band form?  A. I put the band together myself by inviting musicians I had worked with previously to join. I wanted to start something with a fresh and different take on set list choices. Q. What are your backgrounds? And do you all…

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