Mother of the Bride

Today we have a guest post from magazine contributor Pip O’Neill. She ponders wedding traditions and specifically etiquette when it comes to mother of the bride’s attire. Over to Pip!.. A lot of wedding traditions are lovely. The Something old, something new adage feels like a glorious opportunity to offer the magic of talismans to the next generation. Similarly, someone close to the happy couple standing and saying a few words, thus allowing for a moment of reflection and calm, in a pretty manic schedule, is a tradition that should not be done away with. What the wedding rules of…

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Margot’s 70s Dessert Trolley

I didn’t feel well at the weekend so I spent plenty of time cocooned in a blanket on the sofa. Usually when I’m in this type of hibernation mode I go down an Instagram inspiration rabbit hole. Things I love: fun, parties, food, colour, nostalgia, theatre, quirk. What did I find that ticked all these boxes and got me excited? Retro desserts. Why oh why don’t we still have dessert trolleys like back in the seventies? Well, let me tell you guys, we can. I’m bringing it back for weddings. Big trifles to dig into, black forest gateaus, pineapple upside…

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Rose Tinted Weddings

My business started out as a ‘vintage’ wedding business. It started with a single vintage china side plate and grew to a huge hire collection. The business was called Doily Days back then. I did other things but ‘vintage’ was always the theme holding it together. Two years ago when I rebranded to Margot’s Wedding, the idea was the business would become… well, less vintage. We’d evolved and we wanted the brand to represent that. For me, even at the beginning it wasn’t about being vintage as such, I was never a vintage aficionado. It was just about adding elements…

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Q&A with Hannah Hair UK

Today we hear from advertiser, Hampshire-based Hannah Hair UK. She tells us about her experience (which includes hair for the catwalk models at London Fashion Week!), she talks us through current and upcoming trends (we love the sound of voluminous ponytails with big glamorous waves) and she offers advice/her top tips for brides-to-be… Q. Were you interested in hair from a young age? A. Yes, I started doing dance when I was three-years-old and we did annual shows at a local theatre. It involved a lot of hair and make-up styling and it always intrigued me as to how you…

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Q&A with Lauren Hunt, illustrator and founder of Paper Bear Lane

January 9, 2020 | Unique Ideas, Wedding Stationery

Extracted from issue 16, we’re delighted to bring you a sneak peek into the create brain of talented illustrator, Lauren from Paper Bear Lane… Q. What’s your background/qualifications? i.e. how did you get into illustration?! Have you been drawing since you were young? A. Oh it’s been a long old road to get here. And yet, when I look back on things, it’s honestly as if it’s all been meant to be. I guess you could say it started when I was around five at Rainbows and won a stocking full of chocolate goodies for drawing the best Christmas tree….

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Our Wedding Fair @ The Worthing Dome

We’ve finished putting the tinsel away and we’re well and truly back to work! First on our agenda for 2020 is final preparations for our next wedding fair. It’s being held at The Worthing Dome on Sunday 26th January from 11am-3pm. This is the fourth fair we’ve hosted at The Dome so we’ve firmly established ourselves with the venue and we know the drill when it comes to putting on a good event. About the Venue: The Worthing Dome is located a stone’s throw from the beach in Worthing, West Sussex. As well as the event space, the historic Grade…

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Margot’s Party

Happy New Year! I’m definitely easing myself back in gently… I’m feeling rather fragile. I’ve caught up with my emails and I’m scheduling some blog posts but I won’t be back with full force until next week! Christmas is hectic isn’t it? I think it’s too much. Who do we talk to about toning it down? My December also involves my son’s birthday and my birthday so I get an extra amount of overwhelm! It’s been a brilliant one but my word I’m glad to be getting back to normal. Next week you can expect more news of our next…

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Goodbye 2019… Hello New Decade!

December 24, 2019 | News

Well hello there! I’m writing this on 18th December but it’s scheduled to go out on Christmas Eve. Please spare a thought for my hangover… it was my 40th birthday yesterday! I’ve had a monster hangover every Christmas Eve for the last twenty odd years. I’ll be sharing pics of birthday shenenigans in the new year (dress code: 70s dinner party). I usually dislike Christmas but for some reason my spirits are high this year. Possibly because I’ve been excited about my big birthday party, or possibly because I’m spending Christmas with my bestie and her amazing family in Norfolk…

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Supplier Spotlight – Sparkling Events Hampshire

Have I mentioned it’s my 40th birthday on Monday??? Well Sparkling Events Hampshire are one of the local suppliers contributing to the fun. Yes of course I’m having giant light up letters at my party! When thinking about personalising a wedding, or any event for that matter, light up letters work really well as signage (dancefloor, bar etc), a good size prop (the letters/numbers are 4ft tall!), a talking point and a photo opportunity. For a wedding you could have your initials and an ampersand, your full names, LOVE or think outside the box and have a unique word. How…

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Supplier Spotlight – Great Betley Farmhouse

Kim Stewart from Sussex wedding venue, Great Betley Farmhouse, has been quite a journey over the last couple of years. We caught up with her to find out more, and to see what 2020 and beyond has in store. Q. Hi Kim! Can you tell us about Great Betley Farmhouse, how long you’ve been there etc… A. I have been living at the family-owned Great Betley Farmhouse since November 2007 but have known the farm since the early 1990’s when my husband and I farmed it. The farmhouse itself is a beautiful Tudor house and is set in 200 acres…

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