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The Vintage Wedding Fair 12th Feb – Plymouth Wed, 08 Feb 2012 06:00:33 +0000

Attn Brides – another date for your diary and this one’s coming round fast! This Sunday 12th The Vintage Wedding Fair will be taking place at Devonport Guildhall Plymouth. Featuring around 25 South West exhibitors showcasing their vintage and bespoke products.

With Vintage Bridal Makeovers from Ninteen68, offering hair, make-up and styling, plus a photograph to take home for just £25.00 per person – there will also be some beautiful vintage wedding dresses to swoon over.

Add to this cocktail tasting and demonstrations by talented barman throughout the event, and live Jazz Music from Becky Brine, who will also be accompanied by swing dancers from Plymouth’s own ‘Mad about Swing’ and you’re sure to enjoy! Thomas Boulden attending will be performing close up card magic, both at his stall in the Main Hall and throughout the venue.

The bar will be open all day serving cocktails and bubbly, and the venue’s Column Cafe will be serving light bites and refreshments downstairs. Devonport Guildhall benefits from free parking, free entry on the day and full disabled access if needed.

Hope you enjoy!

With Love,

Sarah, Boho Bride xx

P.S. For more information, have a browse of The Vintage Wedding Fair Facebook Page

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The Importance of Having Help… Fri, 14 Oct 2011 08:16:06 +0000

{Image Lucy Shergold}

Today’s blog is more of an ode to wedding planners/coordinators/stylists, whatever their title might be and more importantly to my friend Kate Fletcher. Regular readers might remember our ‘exchange of services’ – having met ‘virtually’ and bonded over a mutual love of design we decided that in exchange for my {now} husband creating her blog The Stockman Diaries, she’d act as-on-the-day coordinator at our wedding…

And how glad am I that we made such an agreement! Yes, I adore styling and had very clear ideas about how our day would look. Yes, I was organised enough to have copies of quotes and agreements and payment details. Yes I knew how much was left of the budget and regularly reviewed it with my better half…but despite having more than a little bit of the ‘Monica Geller’ about me – there is no way I’d have been able to cope – or even wanted to have coped with the day before and on the day details Kate assisted with.

In order to execute the look of our day, I needed my ‘team wedding’ with me – it was simply too much work for a single pair of hands…but beyond that, what Kate did was hold my hand and boy did I need that more than I realised. To have someone there, not just as my “ambassador of style” but as my friend too, was amazing. When the venue coordinator went awol in the middle of hanging our lanterns, I was able to concentrate on dressing the tables, whilst Kate tracked him down. When he said a fire pit would definitely be a no-go, Kate made it her mission to hunt down the owner of our venue and got a ‘yes’ directly from the horses mouth…

When it got to 7pm and I still hadn’t finished titivating, Kate took the scissors our of my hands and ordered me home to shower ahead of our 7.30pm pre-wedding dinner!

On the morning of the wedding – I didn’t have to worry about a thing. I was able to feel 100% confident that the cakes would be on the cake bar looking perfect; that the giant balloons would be handed out to guests and that our flower covered heart would be hanging above our heads as we said of vows…why? Because Kate had our backs. She was there to make the whole day seem effortless – and she did. And if we hadn’t had her help – well, I guess we’d have muddled through – but either myself, or my Mum or one of my Bridesmaids would have had to have filled her role…especially when the elements were hell-bent on challenging our outdoor plans!

So here’s my big boho thank you to Kate. And for any Bride out there who’s been in two minds about having that extra bit of help – go for it…I am sure you won’t regret it. One of the best wedding decisions I could have made…aside from marrying my man of course!

With Love,

Boho Bride xx

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Craft Central “Gets Hitched” – London’s Handmade Wedding Fair! Wed, 08 Jun 2011 12:00:49 +0000

As I mentioned earlier today, the lovely Kate Edmondson will be showcasing her gorgeous designs at the Craft Central Get’s Hitched Handmade Wedding Fair; taking place in the heart of London, this fabulous event is “compact and bijoux” and the perfect place to inspire craft-loving Brides!

Offering something ‘a little bit different’ for Brides who love all things arty, the Craft Central Gets Hitched event will bring together some of the finest wedding crafts, gifts and accessories from some of the UK’s most exciting independant designers. Entry is FREE, so all you need to do is print off your ticket from the website, show up…and be inspired!

Hope to see you there! With Love, Boho Bride xx

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The Wedding Sanctuary – London Wedding Show Tue, 08 Mar 2011 08:21:43 +0000

One of the fabulous benefits of writing this blog, is the wonderful people who get in touch…whether it be Brides, photographers or wedding planners, it’s always such a treat to make contact.

Last week I had the pleasure of receiving the most exquisite invitation through the post, designed by the talented stationery company Cutture, it was inviting me to The Wedding Sanctuary; a new London wedding show with a difference! Organised by UKAWP, the UK Alliance of Wedding Planners – it offers selected number of really top end wedding suppliers, creating a more “nurturing” environment for those attending…

The Wedding Sanctuary is leading the way in creating an innovating event that will really benefit us Brides-to-be in the midst of planning; with practical ‘ how-to’s’ and snippets of inspiration to create beautiful wedding style that’s attainable for all!

Those exhibiting are the real ‘tour de force’ of the wedding industry, with Julia Boggio, Emmy and I Am Staggered to name but a few… My own ‘on the day’ wedding co-coordinator Kate Fletcher will also be on hand to help with any wedding advice you might need and she is joined by a whole host of highly experienced and talented wedding planners. View the full list of exhibitors here

Taking place withing the grounds of the stunning Somerset House on the 20th March 2011, single tickets cost £10, doubles £15. You can find out more about this new and exciting event and purchase tickets, by clicking here

Credits: Logo by Cutture

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Modern Bride Mon, 08 Nov 2010 12:13:14 +0000

Yesterday I had the pleasure of attending Modern Bride. Billed as a ‘contemporary wedding show’, I was unsure as to whether it would be my cup of tea, but was pleasantly surprised. I guess the description of ‘contemporary’ shouldn’t be taken literally, as the exhibitors showing, aptly represented our modern attitude to weddings rather than simply displaying modern ‘goods’.

My first port of call was Madeline Isaac-James to have a peek at the new collection of wedding gowns I recently blogged about. In the flesh, these dresses are even more beautiful, with the graceful Claudia being my firm favourite…

I then sat down to watch the catwalk show, featuring beautiful gowns from the likes of Alan Hannah, Charlotte Balbier and Ritva and Chenca Design amongst others. Surprise of the show for me, was the stunning Eve gown from High Street store Phase Eight. Flattering and feminine, it costs a mere £350 and easily looks like a designer dress…

Other stand-out wedding gowns were Benjamin Roberts 50′s inspired Danbury Dress, Naomi Neoh’s graceful Dita and the Kirsten from Mia Mia.

The standard of the photographers were awesome, with most showing off the informal documentory styles we’ve all come to favour. I loved seeing the contemporary wedding albums up close and personal, with talented photographers Matt Tyler, Matt Pereira and Pearl Pictures really turning my head!

I also feel compelled to mention Dottie Photography and their incredible Pinup Shoots (so Mad Men!) and The Wonderwall Print Company, who create fun and impactful collages of your wedding pictures.

For stationary, the bold and quirky should head to Dotty Creations and for those who adore vintage inspired and classic designs, Ivy Ellen is a must, with the Vintage Floral design winning my heart!

A smaller show than I anticipated, this actually worked in favour of the exhibitors and visitors of Modern Bride; I had the chance to have a good nose at everything on offer and the opportunity to really chat to those who’s stands caught my eye.

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Getting Started – The Guest List Sun, 03 Oct 2010 11:39:58 +0000

Whether it’s a big and bold celebration or an intimate and small affair, your wedding guest list and numbers are going to be one of the first things you look at…and there’s two ways of doing it that I’d recommend…

Set your ideal number and choose venue accordingly, or find your ideal venue and let that dictate your numbers!

Either way, the guest list is a collaborative task and there needs to be good communication amongst you and your other half.

Firstly, I’d say if your folks are contributing to costs, they might have set their heart on inviting certain people, so it’s always worth asking (and perhaps negotiating!) ahead of creating you own lists…

Now I could go into the formal ‘nitty gritty’ of how traditionally, the Brides family would pay and therefore invite more guests blah blah, but I just don’t agree with all that hullaballoo…

For our guest list, we initially created three lists and it worked really well.

The “Defo List” included our parents, siblings and ourselves of course…I say ‘of course’ but we actually missed ourselves off the list initially!!!

“His list”, the Grooms list included everyone he’d like to invite if budget and numbers weren’t a factor.

“Her List”, same as the Groom list above.

We then sat down together and set about creating the “Ultimate List” based on the kind of wedding we hope to achieve…small and informal.

It wasn’t too painful, though we both had to compromise…in fact, we were ruthless in some cases! There is a teeny tiny reserve list too, which I’d recommend doing…just make sure the ‘reserves’ don’t out who they are!

Just remember, it’s ultimately your day, your way…team ‘Mr and Mrs’!

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