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Photo booths

I am pretty certain that we will have a photo booth at our wedding, I love photos and want to get as many as humanly possible of all our friends and family on our big day. But there are so many different ways to do it! Where on earth do I start!? Here are some ideas I found on Pinterest to get the creative juices flowing.

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I must admit, I do like the idea of hiring a photobooth like the one above. You can get some that will print out 2 copies of the photos (1 for us to keep and the other for the guests to take home) and it also saves them as digital photos which you get at the end too. Unfortunately I don’t think this will be an option considering our budget, but this also gives us a chance to create something really unique and wonderful ourselves! When you look at what fantastic boothes other people have made it seems silly to spend so much on a normal one!

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Props will be super important, and I expect we will be making them all ourselves so I’d better get my thinking cap on. The ones above are all lovely and would be easy to re-create ourselves.

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I love this idea so much! A chalkboard as a backdrop! The guests could draw whatever they wanted and make it really silly! I think it is a big priority for me that everyone has as silly a time as possible! Also that all of the guests personalities come across in the photos, which I think this would be perfect for!

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Also, I like that your guests could write you cute messages. Although knowing some of our friends I suspect a lot of the messages will be rude rather than cute! I just love the picture below of Elsie from A Beautiful Mess with her hubby, so simple but lovely.

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The more I think about this the more excited I get! Chris bought me a polaroid camera for my birthday, so we shouldn’t have any trouble DIYing this one, however we decide to do it.

Laura xXx

Music and Photobooths at Portsmouth Guildhall Wedding Fair

A couple of weeks ago I went to a wedding fair at the Guildhall in Portsmouth, but instead of going as a ‘bride to be’ I was helping Chris and his band Mister Kanish who were exhibiting there.

They played two sets, first off they played songs from their vintage band which they call ‘Classic Kanish’. You can see some videos here. My favourite was the Britney Spears medley done in a vintage style, it was very entertaining!

Later they played their usual rocking Mister Kanish set, you can see what that looks like here. Both went down really well! You can see some of the pictures I took below, some of which are now appearing on the brand spanking new Mister Kanish website!

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Chris and I managed to try out a photobooth too! The company was called Shutter Booth, you can see the kind of package you get below. We did enjoy the props that came with this photobooth, and it was a standing up one again which I definitely think I prefer! What do you think?shutterbooth photo boothshutterbooth offer

 Laura xXx

 

My Top 5 Wedding Picks

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Ooh, I’ve got some pretty picks for you today! Let me know what you think, and as always, if you are a wedding supplier I’d love to hear from you!

1. Patterned Paper Plates - £6 for a set of 8 plates from Peach Blossom – Not On The High Street

Don’t you just love pretty paper plates!? I really like the geometric patterns that are in fashion at the moment, so cute!

2. Photo Booth Prop Glasses - £20.04 for 3 from Funny Face Props

These glasses are the best photobooth props I have ever seen! And you can get them in all sorts of different colours

3. ‘I do’ clutch -£16 from Alphabet Bags

Alphabet bags have got a phenomenal range of wedding themed totes and clutches. I love this little one for holding all the wedding day essentials in!

4. Ombre Gourmet Lollipops from Boss Girls Inc

The lollies in this shop look delicious, and not only that but they are beautiful too. My favourite has to be the ‘Mint Choc Chip’ lolly. Sadly they don’t ship to the UK :(

5. Heart Stickers - 36 for £1 from Haus Of Glue 

I spotted these little stickers in fellow blogger Lisa’s shop and thought how handy they would be. You could use them for all sorts of wedding related things. I’d write our initials on them and stick them to save the dates or favours, or you could use them to decorate place cards.

 

Laura xXx

Wedding Fair at the BIC

Chris and I have just returned home from a wonderful weekend away in Bournemouth.  I have really been spoilt as it was all a big surprise organised by Chris! I had no idea what we were doing until we arrived at a lovely hotel in Bournemouth. The woman at reception let it slip that Chris had told them of our ‘recent’ engagement, and that we were staying at the hotel for the Wedding Fair at the BIC.  Then they offered us an upgrade for half price, so we took it! And we got a four poster bed! Hurrah!

The hotel was fantastic, it was called The Langtry Manor and it had a lot of history which was very interesting. They were also having an open day so we got to see how it would all be set out for a wedding. I would highly recommend it for a couple who are looking for a manor or large house to get married in.

Anyway, the wedding fair was great too. The most fun was all of the photo booths that we got to try out! I thought I would do a little review of the 3 that we tried. You can see the magnificent photos below!

This one was from a company called Say Fromage. You could probably only fit 2 or 3 people in a picture, but on the upside the technology was wonderful and it was by far the easiest to use! You could choose to print any 4 pictures you wanted on a page, so if you took a couple of bad ones it wasn’t the end of the world. We also really like the quality of the photos, the colours are vibrant and the lighting also seemed pretty nice. You get to print out unlimited photos and you can make 2 copies, one for the bride and groom and one for the guests to take home!I think you get more bang for your buck with this one as you get to have it for 6 hours, and I think the others are only 4 hours for a similar price.

I love the branding and look of The Photo Lounge. It is quirky and has a vintage style, as well as the colours being very ‘me’. There is the opportunity for you to have more guests in one photo from this company. They can make it as big or small as you want and can customise the backdrop to your match your event. They also provide lots of wonderful props. Again you get 2 copies print out, one for the guest and one to put in the bride and grooms photo album/guest book.

Unfortunately we couldn’t quite get the hang of the timing when using Smiley Booth, also I am looking in the wrong direction which doesn’t help! Whoops! The one thing that this booth had which the others didn’t is the option to change the back drop curtain to a green screen, so you could potentially have any background you wanted!  However, I think this is my least favourite of the three, mainly because it seemed less easy to use, but also because you had to sit down to use it. I do think photos with people standing look much more natural, but it really depends on what kind of event you are having and what is most important to you!

As we were wandering around we got chatting to the photographer from I Make Your Day. He very kindly took our picture and made it into a little keyring for us to take away. I haven’t really thought that much about a photographer yet, but I think it is going to be one of the most important decisions I make! I think that the work of  this company looked very professional, but I probably want something a little quirkier with a vintage twist. So, the search continues!

Before I go I’d just like to show you these lovely cakes I spotted from Sweetcheeks Bakehouse. I really love the colours they have used and they are certainly very photogenic!

As you can tell we have had a very wedding heavy weekend, but now I am even more excited! I want to sit down tonight with all the things I collected from the fair and make myself a little mood board. Hurrah!

As always, I’d love to hear from you if you are doing any wedding planning or have seen any wedding ideas that you like.

Laura xXx

Vintage Wedding Ideas

Vintage Tea Party

A Vintage Tea Party is cute, kitsch and comfortable!

Perfect for; Weddings on a budget, Intimate weddings, Green Couples.

Locations

  • In your own garden.
  • In a marquee -
  • At a manor house.

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Decorations

  • Use mismatched cups and saucers. Find these yourself in charity shops and car boot sales, or check in your granny’s attic! There are also lots of fabulous companies who can hire these out to you, some also provide the catering. MyVintageParty.co.uk
  • If putting together your own mismatched tea set, consider giving the cups and saucers to your guests as favours at the end of the night.
  • Hang lanterns on trees.
  • Use old birdcages or candelabras as centrepieces.

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  • As well as cups and saucers make sure you show off your pretty cakes and sandwiches on tiered serving plates for that authentic look.
  • Hang bunting on trees and around tables. You can make this easily yourself if you are on a budget.
  • Make tea bag tabs with each guests name on as place markers.
  • Use country flowers from friend’s gardens.
  • Use vintage jugs or tea pots with flowers in as centrepieces.
  • Use old glass bottles (again you can collect a variety of these from charity shops) and put a single flower in each. Line these up as decoration.

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  • Use vintage music sheets to wrap the bouquet.
  • Hang or stand large painted letters spelling out words to capture the mood.
  • Go for a summer picnic theme and use picnic baskets filled with goodies as centrepieces.
  • Pick flowers that compliment the mood. Have a look at TheUrbanFlowerFirm.com.

Music and Entertainment

  • Hire a band that dress in vintage clothing or that play music from specific decades such as the 20′s or 50′s and 60′s.

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“The Charleston Charlies” a 20s style band.

This band captures the heart of the Roaring 20′s with their fun loving, mischievous performance. The band are known for playing the best in 1920′s  Jazz that will get you dancing like cats on a hot tin roof!

Click here to find out more.

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“Lipstick on His Collar” a 50′s 60′s style rock and roll Band

Lipstick On His Collar are an exciting 50′s / 60′s showband, specialising in bringing the Classic Pops hits from the Golden Era of music back to life. With authentic vintage style costumes to add to the sense of occasion. Classic music from Connie Francis, Buddy Holly, The Ronettes and The Beatles to name but a few!

Click here to find out more.

  • Or maybe think about hiring a gypsy jazz band that could play outside while your guests mingle.

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Click here for “Belle” a Gypsy Jazz style Acoustic Act

For other wedding entertainment ideas go to The Band Boutique

Favours

  • Buy or make hanky’s/napkins embroidered with each guests initial.
  • Bake up some little gingerbread boys and girls, cupcakes, or biscuits in the shape of tea pots and cups, then ice them in pretty pastel colours.
  • Get hold of some old fashioned sweets and put them in a little box tied with a bow.
  • Make fortune tellers to keep your guests entertained – open to reveal fortunes and riddles. Perfect if you’re taking inspiration from Alice in Wonderland’s Mad Hatters tea party!
  • Mini pots of jam with a personalised label – DoilyDays.co.uk
  • Put different flavoured tea bags in little cards with a fitting poem.
  • Buy small bars of chocolate and replace the wrappers with your own personalised ones.
  • Instead of throwing the bouquet make it so that you can divide it up, and give a single flower to all your unmarried friends as a sign of happiness for the future.

Food

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Clothes and Accessories

  • Take a vintage vogue wedding dress pattern to a dressmaker and have them make you an authentic and one off dress.
  • Wear your mothers wedding dress or accessories.
  • Buy a vintage style dress at Circa Brides
  • Buy replica vintage jewellery at The Vintage Sparkle Company

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Extra Touches

  • To keep the kids entertained have old fashioned games such as skittles, hoopla and hopscotch. On the tables smaller games such as tiddley winks.
  • Hire a face painter or caricaturist.
  • Take a Polaroid picture of each guest and get them to write a message on the bottom. After the wedding make these into your guest book.
  • Hire an old fashioned ice cream van to keep your guests cool over the day. SplitScreenIceCream.com

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Vintage Wedding Fair in Newbury

I have really been slacking on my wedding blog recently, but life has just been so busy! If you want to take a peek at some of the things I have been doing you can pop over to my non wedding blog Wrapped Up In Rainbows.

Anyway, a couple of months ago, I was lucky enough to once again accompany the lovely Mister Kanish to a VINTAGE wedding fair hosted by Fusion Wedding Events, and it was awesome! I met some really lovely people and had some great conversations about weddings, and obviously the boys were fantastic. I went home absolutely brimming with ideas and excitement about our wedding! Here are some pics I took…

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Here are Mister Kanish doing their thing.

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Just look at this beautiful display by Peach and Jo Photography. I love all their cute vintage details, and they were super friendly which of course is incredibly important when picking a photographer! Plus you get two of them!

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These sweet little invitations were made by the equally friendly Jo from Tea and Doilies. As well as wedding stationery Tea and Doilies can provide tea set hire, and even food! I spent a long time chatting with Jo, she even helped me come up with some ideas for my wedding, completely unrelated to stationery!

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Of course we managed to find another photobooth. This one was called Prints Charming, and was owned by the very bubbly Hana Laurie. I liked this one for a few reasons… it was a stand up one rather than a sit down one, the colours are pretty and the props were great. If you had it at your wedding you could have your name in place of the Prints Charming and writing at the side, and you would usually get 4 pictures all the same size on one sheet. I think you can specify how they sit on the page though.

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The Flying Ducks are a catering company that run out of the cutest caravan I ever did see! I would love to have this on our wedding day if the budget will allow. It would fit perfectly with our festival feel.

Another exhibitor that caught my eye was The Reel Sixty, a wedding film company specializing in films shot in 8mm. They had a really lovely nostalgic feel to them.

I hope you enjoyed my virtual wedding fair today! I have another one for you soon, so keep your eyes peeled!

Laura xXx

 

 

 

 

Awesome Invites!

This week I have been thinking about the perfect wedding invite. I want ours to be pretty, but quirky. It needs to be original but fitting with the feel of the event.

Of course this has meant much time scouring Pinterest for inspiration, so here are some of my favourite ideas. Click the picture to see the original source.

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Laura xXx