Spring has officially sprung and we’re gearing up for the first Belle’s Vintage and Reloved Fair (formally Brighton Belles). As usual we will be popping up at Old Spitalfields on the 4th Saturday of the month (that’s 26th April for anyone without a calendar near by!) and hopefully the gorgeous weather will stick around so your short walk from Liverpool Street Station should be a sun filled one. As it’s free entry you’ll be able to browse and shop to your hearts content, and there will...

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When Kelly from Belles Events first told me about The Quirky Boutique Wedding Fair in Brighton she asked how Doily Days magazine could be involved. “Live styled shoot?” I said. “Cool” she said and that was that. As the event got closer I thought “blooming heck, I’d better think of a theme”. I’ve always been a fan of quirky style and I especially like to see things you wouldn’t expect in wedding photos i.e. animal masks, brides drinking pints, tattoos…...

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Jasmine Orchard Styling is on an adventure, an exciting, constantly evolving and growing type of adventure! I have been styling for 5 years or so now, for venues, festivals, events, designing b&b rooms, pubs, restaurant, yurts, you name it, I’ve probably styled or designed it. However, my current pathway over the last year has taken me on a new journey, that of wedding venue styling. It is such a fun and creative job, yet equally one that needs such precision,...

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“I love you because you are EXACTLY like everyone else,” is not a marriage proposal to set the heart beating faster. We love each other for our uniqueness and quirks and, as such, traditional wedding receptions involving crisp white tablecloths, salmon for starters and a three-tier white cake aren’t for everyone. Couples are crying out for new ideas, quirky, inspirational suppliers who ‘think outside the box’. Certainly when I was planning my wedding this time ten years ago, I went...

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I always love to find like minded business owners, people that get what you are doing and who you can admire for what they are doing. There are two other wedding fair that always draw my eye when I am researching who else is out there in this world of weddings, one is Tie The Knot, the other is The Most Curious. Both these fairs are happening this very weekend and as always, I wish I was getting married all...

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31 Mar 2014

A bugging great day out…

On Saturday we all hopped in to Belle, our 1965 VW Beetle, love bug of Sussex Love Bug and namesake of Belle’s Events and headed to Sandown Park for Volksworld. We were looking for inspiration and parts for our 1982 T25, Terry, which will soon be available for holiday lets. Well, it was totally overwhelming but I ended up with a few lovely ideas. A book shelve was one, a bottle opener on the outside of the van for when...

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As you will know by now, my wedding fairs are never dull and always offer something out of the ordinary. I love hearing from people with amazing ideas, especially when they are this inspiring, artistic and romantic. When I was approached by budding installation artist Edlyl, I jumped at the chance to get her on board. The installation in question is called ‘Marriage to be’ and will be set up within Belle’s Vintage Wedding Fair at Old Spitalfields on April...

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Hello, my name is Claire and I run a small company called Cat-a-Cake Creations . I create cute & quirky design laser cut jewellery, greeting cards and accessories. I am also a team leader of Brighton Etsy, we are an ever growing team and now have over 500 members! The Brighton Etsy Team are very excited to announce our plans for Etsy’s Craftivism month! Thanks to the lovely ladies at Super Super (Brighton’s most friendliest creative hub) supersuperhq.com/ we will be taking over...

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It’s tough running a small business but equally it’s really bloody brilliant and totally fulfilling! Please excuse some negativity in this blog, I decided to use some bad vibes today for something good, writing a honest blog post. I must be doing something right. Sometimes I feel like I’m not and I don’t understand the praise I receive. I feel often like I am drowning, like I have nobody to call over to and say ‘look at this, what would...

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I’m honoured to have been asked by Kelly from Belles Events to write a guest post to mark the launch of ‘Doily Days Loves Weddings’ issue 3. For those of you who don’t know, I work closely with Belles Events – I’ve previously exhibited at and run tearooms at their fairs, we hold networking events and industry parties together and Joss Wickson, aka Mr Belles Events, does the design for the magazine! So as you can imagine, we all spend...

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