Category: DIY

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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Back Garden Wedding – Nicki and Joel

Recently, Hampshire-based wedding photographer Jason Williams provided a guest blog post for us. His Top Five Wedding Venues in Hampshire. His curve ball suggestion was ‘your own back garden’. “Let’s be real” says Jason, “weddings cost an awful lot, so it’s a great way to save serious moolah”. Jason is booked for three back garden weddings this year and these photos of Nicki and Joel’s back garden wedding last summer demonstrate what you cam acheive. Over to bride, Nicki… Q. What was the theme/style for your big day? A. A ‘summer garden party’. After the ceremony, we held our reception…

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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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The Wonderous Wedding Fair – Portsmouth – 2019

It’s that time again! The Wonderous Wedding Fair has been popping up at the Portsmouth Pyramids (wow, what a tongue twister) since 2016. It’s organised by The Vintage Parade and I’ll be there helping out… it’s always a great day full of friendly faces, cool couples and creative inspiration. The wedding fair is held in the large exhibition space at The Pyramids Centre in Southsea, Portsmouth. It’s a huge blank canvas space allowing up to 40 exhibitors within the world of weddings to strut their stuff. Expect an fun-packed creative event with unique exhibitors, live entertainment, workshops, lively fashion shows…

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My Best Friend’s Wedding

On Sunday I returned from the most amazing wedding in France. To say it was the best day of my life wouldn’t be fair on my son but it was pretty damn close! It was Lou and Ryan’s wedding. Lou and I have been friends for twenty years, we met when we moved in together on the first day of uni in 1999. Despite her moving out to the Alps soon after we graduated we’ve remained the best of friends and have had some amazing experiences together. Lou and her brother ran a bar in Val D’Isere for many years…

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Supplier Spotlight – Hedge Rose Florist

Today we’re pleased to feature new Chichester-based florist Hedge Rose. They’ve just joined our online directory and we’ve visited their gorgeous new shop in Chichester. So, what happens when a florist gets married? We find out about the flowers owner Meg chose for her own wedding at Bignor Park… “I only decided on my flowers three weeks before the wedding” explains Meg “as a florist, flowers were such an important part of my day and after seeing so many wedding flowers, and so many different ideas over the last fifteen years, I just couldn’t decide!” Meg’s chosen colour scheme was pale…

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Top Tips for a DIY Wedding Cake

July 26, 2019 | DIY, DIY Tips, Top tips, Wedding cake

Many brides opt for a DIY wedding cake when it comes to their big day, so we have Lara Kenny of Love from lila xx, a bespoke wedding cake company based on the Surrey/Hampshire border, sharing her best tips: To decide on what cakes you need, look for cutting guides online. For ‘normal’ 3” high tiers, look at 1×2” serving sizes. As an example, an 8” cake will give you about 26 slices. When it comes to filling the cakes, fresh cream and cream cheese are a no-no for quite a few reasons. For my jam layers, I pipe a…

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Wedding Decor

Ceremony Décor Checklist

There is so much to think about when it comes to planning your wedding. So, here’s a ceremony décor checklist we’ve put together for you to use and ensure you do not forget anything when it comes to this important stage of planning. As a DIY couple you’ve come to the right place, you thrive off your creative side and cannot wait to start planning the décor for your ceremony. Pinterest is perfect for inspiring you on what to have incorporate into your ceremony theme, but it doesn’t tell you what it is you need. Welcome Sign Some venues do…

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