Review of Busy B wedding planner

I love wedding planning and I love stationery (who doesn’t?) so I was super pleased to get my hands on a Busy B wedding planner.  This hard back, spiral bound planner has everything you need to get started on making your dream wedding a reality.

Take a look at our video review of the planner. You can get your hands on your own copy at and Vintage Chic Wedding Fair blog readers can get 15% off their first order by quoting  BB15 on their order.


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Real wedding! Tea party-tastic


As much as we like themed photo shoot, you just can’t beat a real wedding.  Seeing another bride and groom’s big day is the perfect inspiration for anyone who is engaged as you get to see exactly how someone did it in the real world.


Today’s blog features a wedding photographed by Charlie Flounders  and we think you’ll agree that this Mad Hatter’s Tea Party themed event is not only very pretty, but also very personal to the couple.


Charlie explains:


This was such a lovely relaxed, cheeky and fun wedding to be involved in.


The Bride (Amy) was warm and relaxed throughout, despite the fact she must have put a HUGE amount of work into the look and feel of the day.


The wedding was in September and the whole day was at the exclusive use farm venue Wethele Manor Farm in Warwickshire.


The ceremony was outdoors, and the reception in the large marquee they have out back.


Amy had handmade all of the décor. This included: bunting, loads of gorgeous pastel tissue paper pom poms of all sizes, eat me and drink me tags for centerpieces and table décor/favours, signs, card collection “suitcase”, memory dictionary, sweet cart decor…. The list goes on!


Amy also handmade her own button bouqet, and 2 for the bridesmaids, and collected all of the crockery from local vintage shops and markets.  Since the wedding she has setup a business making all of these things for others and renting out her vintage crockery to other couples (Vintage n Vows)


They had a buffet wedding breakfast all sourced from M&S pre order service and a hog roast in the evening provided by the venue.


Her gorgeous dress was from Proposals bridal studio in Coventry.


Sparklers finished the evening, but not for all guests as most were very enthusiastically tearing up the dance floor by then.


Amy specifically asked me for vintage feel sepia finished photos to match with the theme of the wedding.



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Champagne is always a good idea, or is it?

Food and drink form a big part of your wedding day so it’s worth thinking about what you’d like to offer your guests while making sure this fits in with your budget.

Lots of couples have a clear idea of their menu food choices, but selecting the liquid refreshments can be more difficult, especially as the costs can vary massively.

What most people do want are some bubbles, but should you be picking prosecco, choosing champagne or selecting something completely different?


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Christopher Walkey, founder of Glass of Bubbly magazine, advises;

“Consider how to wow your guests at your wedding with bubbly that is not only from Champagne. There is a wide and interesting choice out there and some are just on your doorstep.

“I have attended many a fine wedding, where budgets are rarely an issue and guest lists are prestigious and glamorous. Yes, Champagne takes the limelight and the more recognised the label, for the majority, the more delighted the guests will be. I do urge people to though look at other fine sparkling wines out there, especially to study English Sparkling Wine where there is a fantastic and growing choice on offer.

“English bubbly is made in the same way as Champagne and importantly, in recent years, has been receiving awards above its across the channel rival. At weddings Champagne is the most popular, but also consider other sparkling wines such as Cava and Franciacorta plus English sparkling wines.

“A great touch is to go to your local English wine yard, which I am sure there will be one closer than you think, and surprise your guests by serving local fizz! If you are looking at some English Sparkling Wine recommendations, then take a look online at Exton Park Vineyard and Fox & Fox.”

Your venue or caterers should offer you a wine tasting session so take advantage of this and you can be sure you will be happy on the big day, plus of course you get to enjoy a few free drinkies.


Bridal picks for 2017

With the start of a new year everyone is thinking about which wedding trends will continue this year, and none more so than bridal trends.
Lynette Turner from Boho Bride gives us her thoughts on this year’s predicted fashions:
“It looks to me looks like festival vintage weddings are still going to be popular. Short wedding dresses and separates, such a lace bolero jackets, will all feature.
“Generally brides are steering away from the uniform look and wanting to add their own individuality to their gowns with bespoke accessories that reflects their personalities. Lace is still big along with silk chiffon skirts for a more floaty romantic look.”
Boho Bride offer a bespoke design service and hope to launch a seperates collection this year to allow brides to mix and match tops, bodices and skirt details.
Ivory & Co,  one of their designers has also just created a separates collection. 
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Starry night styled shoot

Gold continues to be one of the key trends for weddings as we step into 2017 so I’m delighted to share this styled shoot with you from Nancy Poller of Good Egg Stationery.
Joined by photographer Laura Buoy and a collection of super talented suppliers, Nancy has created a dreamy and dazzling vintage styled shoot.
Nancy comments: “I’m so excited to share our styled shoot with you. Earlier this month a group of fabulous wedding suppliers got together with photographer Laura Buoy at the unique Elmore Court, Gloucestershire, to create a glittering starry night-themed evening look.

“The Gillyflower at Elmore Court with its modern feel and stunning lightshower installation lent itself perfectly for our shoot. We wanted to inspire couples looking for a glamorous winter evening celebration that they could dance under the stars with an original twist.

“Navy and gold were the central colour palette for our main sweetheart tablescape with strong emphasis on metallic gold accents. Glistening gold china wrapped with twinkle lights, shimmering linen mixed with soft ruffles, jewel-toned natural British-grown flowers and a vintage shop gave an ethereal tea-party vibe for our starry wonderland.

“The dresses were created by Rebecca Elizabeth Occasionwear of Stafford, who specialise in vintage gowns reminiscent of bygone eras, designed, made and finished by hand with fine fabrics, French lace and a sprinkling of crystals and pearls.”


Venue – Elmore Court –  Gloucestershire

Photography – Laura Grace Photography

Shoot styling – M Style

Dresses – Rebecca Elizabeth Occasionwear

Shoes – Rachel Simpson

Stationery – Good Egg Stationery

Cake – The Vanilla Pod Bakery

Flowers – Bride and Bloom

Sweet shop – Emily’s Best Travelling Sweet Shop

Hair and makeup – Sarah Russell MUA

Accessories – Hey Jules

Vintage china – Delight Vintage Tea Set Hire

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