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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A Hunger Games Inspired Styled Shoot with A Grimm’s Fairytale Twist

Here at Belle’s Events I champion the unconventional and have absolutely no problem pushing the boundaries, so when this Hunger Games/Grimm’s Fairytale styled shoot, with more than a hint of the futuristic arrived in my inbox I think I punched the air just a little bit! The masterminds behind the styled shoot are Sussex based florist, Brandon Anthony and photographer, Toni Heath. Both come from creative backgrounds, Brandon’s in fashion and the cuttings rooms of Vivienne Westwood and Toni’s in merchandising at Laura Ashley. On the day of the shoot they were very ably assisted by Toni Todd, Hair and
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Telling The Whole Story – Why A Wedding Film Is SO Important

The day couldn’t have been more perfect; a bright sun shining down from deep blue skies upon the picturesque country church and hundreds of brightly-coloured balloons released into the sky by a row of cheering children, as the newlyweds made their exit through the porch to begin their lives as husband and wife. The smiling guests were treated to refreshments from a vintage ice cream van set up in the gardens in country fete style, before the happy couple drove off in their carriage, a red convertible Corvette shining in the sunlight, stopping to take in a breathtaking wildflower meadow
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How A Celebrant Can Change Your Ceremony From ‘Meh’ to ‘YEAH! – by Claire Bradford

You’re getting married! Woohoo! Congratulations! Now you’ve most likely already got a list a mile-long of things to sort before your big day but please allow me to add an item to the very top of that list: your ceremony. As you will probably have discovered by now, it’s very easy to get distracted by Pinterest ideas, family politics about invitations and choosing colour themes and to forget what this whole shebang is really about – you and the love of your life making a commitment to each other for the rest of your lives in a ceremony with your
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Dry Hire Or Full Bar Service?

When organising a wedding, you are open to a world of enormous choice in every aspect of planning to create the perfect day.  However, couples are not always offered choice when it comes to bar arrangements. Dry Hire, which is often not openly offered, could be the answer. Kerry Osmond who runs the fabulous Vintage Bar Box has put together this great post which answers all of your questions and provides you with some excellent top tips 🙂  Firstly, what is Dry Hire? Basically, you hire the facilities of a bar without the supply of drink. If you would prefer not
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Choosing Your Winter Wedding Flowers – Top Advice From Lib At Bettie Rose

Winter weddings are so fabulous – I wish more people would choose to get married at this time! It is assumed that there is a very limited choice of available winter wedding flowers but this isn’t the case at all. You have so many beautiful things to choose from – amaryllis, roses, tulips, anemones, ranunculus, hyacinths, freesia and lilies to name just a few! Adding warm tones to your floral decor can really help create a cosy winter feel, there are many beautiful deep berry shades you can use to create a really rich bouquet. Raspberry and deep claret tones
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5 Ways To Inject Your Personality Into Your Wedding Fair Pitch

In my opinion there is absolutely nothing worse than going to a wedding fair and being confronted with a sea of corporate style tables covered with dingy cloths and a handful of boring flyers scattered on top. Couples want to be inspired by what they have come to see (they are making a huge investment in their big day, after all) but even more importantly, they will want to connect with you and walk away confident that you are totally on their wavelength and will be putting as much effort into their wedding as you have showcasing your work. Here are
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Q & A with River Jones, Independent Celebrant

Nowadays fewer people hold fixed religious beliefs, but this doesn’t make the occasions we’ve always marked with ceremony any less important. Helen of Doily Days holds a Q & A with River Jones, Independent Celebrant 1) Where can my ceremony be performed? Anywhere you want! One of the best things about working with an independent celebrant is you get the freedom to choose. I’ve done ceremonies in people’s homes, on the beach, even on the Brighton Wheel! 2) Is it legally binding? No – you need to deal with the legal aspect separately via your local council. This can be done
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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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Categories: Advise, Getting to know..., Quirky Boutique Wedding Fair, and Suppliers.

Madame B’s Top 10 Tips for Wedding Fair Survival

Wedding Fairs are a mine field, Madame B shares her wedding fair tips to help you make the most of them. Going to a wedding fair for the first time can seem like a daunting prospect, but armed with these 10 handy tips, you can avoid the stress and make it a fun, productive day out instead. 1) Choose the right type of fair for you. In the past few years, the number of wedding fairs has increased dramatically, so make this work for you by choosing one that best suits your needs and personal taste. If you’re a non-traditional
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