So, you’re engaged! Sue Kwiatkowska shares her top 5 tips for planning a wedding.

  The question’s been popped, you’ve said yes and now you’re officially engaged – congratulations! Planning a wedding is a hugely exciting time but it can turn into a daunting task. To help you navigate your way through what can be a minefield of decision making over the next 12 months or so, here are my top 5 quick tips for what you should do right away! 1 Celebrate! Before you get cracking planning a wedding, first crack open a bottle of bubbly and celebrate! This is a special time in your lives and you’ll want to share your big
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10 fun wedding tips by Lex of Fleming Photo

I’m all about finding the fun and laughter in things. Whether its photographing saucy 1950’s pinups with my company Rockabetty Studios, or photographing kick-ass, awesome couples at their wedding with Fleming Photo, I just love to watch life unfold before my lenses and capture all the positives that come with it. Weddings happen so quickly. It only feels like 5 minutes ago I watched the bride and groom exchange rings and suddenly the bride’s dad is standing to give the first speech. Time races by! The message I’m always sure to impress on all my amazing couples on their big
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Self employment and mental health, the positives, by Daryl of Vintage & Very Nice and other small businesses!

Depression and Bi-Polar disorder are an unlikely starting point for self-employment, but that is how it happened for me.  I had worked for others for years, including as a tax inspector and a claims advisor at the job centre.  You can imagine this didn’t help my mental health! So I decided to work for myself.  From starting to trade in vintage homewares in 2010 I now run Vintage and Very Nice Market Bazaar, a monthly vintage market in Chichester. But I am fickle and get bored easily so I also wanted to get back to my first passion, food!  I
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3TopTips to get your dance floor BOOM-ing by Doris Loves . . .

If anyone I have met over the past 5 years knows about how to create a ‘vibe’ on a wedding dance floor it’s Amanda of Doris Loves, no, she’s not a DJ, she’s no technician, it’s simply because she and her divine husband Darren are the creators of the most awesome ‘LIGHT UP LETTERS’ on the wedding hire market. Doris Loves has exhibited at each and very one of my wedding fairs and the reaction to the light up letters is always the same  . . . W.O.W So, here we go, the lady herself offers her Top 3 Tips
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A sleepover to find out more about Blue Door Barn Events . . .

Blue Door Barns is a stunning array of rustic, unique barns that have been renovated by owner’s Bryony and Emma, snuggled at the foot of the downs just outside Lewes. Helen of Doily Days and I needed somewhere to stay for some planning and gossiping and I wanted to know more about the three venues that are linked to this bolt hole. (Sussex Wedding Venues, Glynde pictured above, Firle below) As I drove up the gravel drive way towards Blue Door Barn I saw a glimpse of what was on offer and I knew instantly that I was going to love this place.
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Getting to know Beth of Madame B’s Boutique…

How did you get into the wedding industry?  I’m a milliner and alternative wedding accessories designer, making hats, fascinators, wedding veils and fabric flowers from vintage and eco-friendly materials. My designs are strongly influenced by 1940’s-1960’s fashion, but with a bit of an alternative, modern edge. I’m still quite new to the wedding industry. I originally trained as an illustrator/animator, and would never have imagined working in the wedding industry, but I have always loved working with textiles and learned to make my own clothes as a teenager. I started selling a few pieces on Etsy in 2011 as a sideline
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Getting to know Jen Smith, Brighton wedding photographer…

Jen Smith | Brighton Wedding Photographer with added quirk. How did you get into the wedding industry? I trained as an actress at drama school (many moons ago!), and was a ‘performer’ from a very early age, so I’ve always had a creative flair. After years of struggling in London going from one admin job to another, waiting for my chance for fame, I realised that being an actress was not going to be a viable career and that i should look to my other talents….. I’d always loved taking and looking at photos (my first cameras were the disposable
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Airbrush make-up this Sunday with Fine to Fabulous…

Calling all brides looking for flawless, lightweight, long lasting vintage style wedding makeup…have you heard of or seen Airbrush Makeup?I hadn’t until Ingrid of Fine to Fabulous came to do make-up at a party we threw with Doily Days. I sat down to have my make-up done and I swear, I looked at least 7 years younger, I am not one to gush over products but this is something else. This Sunday we are lucky enough to have Ingrid offering free trials for all brides to be at The Quirky Boutique Wedding Fair! Ingrid told me that this type of
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India, the lady that turned her passion for wine into a quirky wedding business.

My name is India and I love wine. It’s my passion and I’m lucky enough for it to be my work too. It was after university when I did a round the world trip and visited my first winery in Australia when I fell head over heels for the humble grape. Since that first encounter in Oz I’ve worked in the wine trade for more than 8 years, supplying wine to some of London’s top restaurants, hotels and gastropubs. I’ve visited everything from informal garage vintners in Australia, incredible Chateaux in Bordeaux, slick boutique Californian wineries to huge commercial wineries
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The Brighton Pier CAKE. Be prepared to salivate and stare people!!

When I saw Chocadyllic on Facebook I contacted Evelyn and told her she was right up my street. Obviously I wanted her to exhibit her creations at The Quirky Boutique Wedding Fair and was willing to beg, luckily I didn’t have to and she agreed that her quirky, magical designs would fit right in. I must say that I am truly in awe of this lady, I can barely make a flapjack look nice! You can meet Evelyn and see some of her awesomeness on September 21st, you might even be able to commission a piece for your big day. So, over
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