PHP Feeder 1.2 Creative Brides UK WEDDING INSPIRATION FOR CREATIVE BRIDES en SFW Fri, 29 Sep 2017 08:42:08 +0000 Sun, 19 Nov 2017 16:21:15 +0000 60 PHP Venue Spotlight: The Night Yard <p><strong>Tell us about your venue:</strong> Our venue is unique; it&rsquo;s not a barn, it&rsquo;s not a field it is simply The Night Yard! It is a cloistered barn edging a huge grass courtyard, which is sited in the tranquil part of a farm surrounded by apple trees and a wild flower meadow.&nbsp; The farm, which has been in the family since 1928, no longer houses a dairy herd, but is now predominantly apple orchards.&nbsp; Charlotte, our Front of House Manager, is the great granddaughter of the original owner, giving a sense of heritage and tradition to The Night Yard.&nbsp; Nancy, our Back of House manager, joined the team in January 2017.</p> Fri, 29 Sep 2017 00:00:00 +0000 Venue Spotlight: Herons Park Wedding Venue <p><strong>Tell us about Herons Park:</strong> I&rsquo;m Hannah, the wedding coordinator at Herons Park- the venue is a new contender in the Kent weddings scene! We opened our doors after a major renovation spanning 2016-17. Liam (my now husband) painted the entire venue and I chose the furniture/colour schemes throughout. The first wedding here was our own, after ten long years being engaged we thought it only right we kick-start things with our own!<br /> &nbsp;</p> Mon, 25 Sep 2017 00:00:00 +0000 Supplier Spotlight: Miss B's Bubbles <p><strong>Supplier Spotlight: Miss B&#39;s Bubbles</strong></p> <p><strong>Tell us about Miss B&rsquo;s Bubbles: </strong>Miss B&#39;s Bubbles is owned by Mark and Sarah.&nbsp;</p> <p>&quot;Miss B&rsquo;s Bubbles was born out of a love and enjoyment of Prosecco coupled with Italian elegance. On ones of our Italian adventures we came across the beautiful town of Otranto, a commune in the province of Lecce, where Piaggion vans buzzed around cobbled street with effortless flair going about their work. As the sun set behind the Ionian sea we sipped Prosecce and Miss B&rsquo;s Bubbles was born.&quot;</p> <p><strong>Some History: </strong>Piaggion vans have been used as a light goods vehicle in countries such as Italy and India for many years. Their function was/is to transport materials, product and passengers from A-to-B in an easy and efficient manner.</p> Fri, 11 Aug 2017 00:00:00 +0000 Lavender Styled Shoot <p>The team at Adorn Invitations along with a talented team of industry experts have come together to beautifully bring to life a styled shoot influenced by lavender and bohemian touches. The inspiration behind this shoot was to create something daring and disruptive &ndash; something truly different. Set in an enchanting lavender field, the free-spirited bride ran wild and free in renowned designer gowns by Maggie Sottero and Nicole Spose.</p> Wed, 09 Aug 2017 00:00:00 +0000 Date Night - HOW TO MAKE MOHINGA <p><strong>Date Night Dinner: HOW TO MAKE MOHINGA</strong></p> <p>Arguably Myanmar&rsquo;s national dish, Mohinga is a luxuriously rich and creamy fish-based soup with thin rice noodles, typically served steaming hot from massive cauldrons along the roadside.</p> <p><strong>Ingredients:</strong></p> <p>1.5 kg of fresh water fish / 5 sticks of lemongrass, crushed / 100-200g ginger / 0.15g chilli powder / 0.1g turmeric / 0.1g black pepper / 0.5g chopped onion / 0.5g crushed garlic / 2 tbsp or 30ml fish sauce / 2 tsp or 10ml salt / 0.4g chopped peanuts / 0.2g rice powder / 0.5g dhal / 250g coriander / 500g rice vermicelli / oil</p> <p><strong>Optional Seasoning and Garnishes:</strong></p> <p>Fresh Lemon or Lime / Freshly chopped coriander / Hard-boiled egg / Roasted chili flakes / Crisp chickpea fritters (or) Gourd Fritters / Fish Cakes</p> <p><strong>Method</strong></p> <p>1. Soak the dhal and peanuts in separate dishes for 5-12 hours.</p> <p>2. Rinse well and cook together in a pan until the dhal and peanuts are very soft.&nbsp; Cool and blend into a puree.</p> <p>3. Clean the fish and marinate it with a turmeric powder, lemongrass, ginger, garlic, coriander root and fish sauce.&nbsp;</p> <p>4. While marinating the fish, place the crushed lemongrass at the bottom of the cooking pot, place the fish on top, and then add the crushed ginger, garlic and fish sauce. Ensure the fish is covered and bring to the boil, cooking until thoroughly cooked.&nbsp; Once cooked, allow the stock to cool and strain the broth. Do not throw away the liquid stock.&nbsp;</p> <p>5. Cool the fish and gently fillet the fish using your hands or a couple of forks, gradually taking the fish from the bone. Heat oil in a pan and saut&eacute; the chilli powder first, before adding crushed garlic and onion over a low heat. Add the flaked fish and cook for about 30 minutes.&nbsp;</p> <p>6. Bring the liquid stock to the boil before adding the rice powder.</p> <p>7. Gradually add the dhal and peanut puree, then the fish and cook over a slow heat until well blended. Flavour with fish sauce and season according to taste.</p> <p>Ready to enjoy your own homemade Mohinga!</p> Tue, 08 Aug 2017 00:00:00 +0000 The Wonderous Wedding Fair – Styled Shoot <p>The shoot was created to bring together suppliers attending The Wonderous Wedding Fair last November. We wanted it to create an alternative shoot, nothing cheesy just fun. As Southsea is synonymous with the seaside we felt it was an obvious choice to celebration the city; independent businesses with a naughtical twist.</p> <p>We didn&rsquo;t use a specific venue, we were &lsquo;out and about&rsquo; and we were lucky the weather was glorious. Our base was David Western&rsquo;s boutique on Castle Road in Southsea. Southsea has an adundance of creative outlets and iconic landmarks. Pie &#39;n&#39; Vinly was a great location as it provided a unique backdrop with it&#39;s vinly collection and oddities. The models at the Hot Walls created a soft romantic look juxoposed against the strong stone walls that surrounds the sea.</p> <p>Cabbage White Flowers created a beautiful bouquet for us. An elegant yet playful selection of blooms for a saucy seaside shoot. Lotus Floral Art provided dried flower crowns whilst Rosadior gave our quikrly silk flowers accessories.</p> <p>As the shoot was held on one day we wanted to go for a look that could be used in a variety of scenes. We went for striking eyes and pouty pink and red lips. The dresses were provided to us by 4 local and unique wedding dress designers. We wanted a nautical theme without being too obvious or cheesy. Our suppliers really understood what we were trying to achieve. We wanted a nod to the sea without overdoing it with blue and white, anchors etc. We&rsquo;re so pleased with the results, we feel it represents something that&rsquo;s fresh, quirky and lively while still being traditional.</p> <p>A VW campervan was an obvious choice for a seaside shoot.&nbsp; Kelly from Kelly&#39;s Cakeaways came up with more than we could have asked for in a wedding caek; a nod to naval and the sea.</p> <p>The Feather Balloon Company provided giant balloons, a nice alternative to a bridal bouquet. There is a bit of our inner child wanting to have a balloon.</p> <p>Choc n Truffle created some fun chocolate lollypops; we loved the red lips.</p> <p>We brought all of our suppliers together to create as many unique and stlyish looks as possible. It wasnt till we has everything together that we could work out the styling.</p> Wed, 02 Aug 2017 00:00:00 +0000 Bridal beauty: from hair to makeup <p>As every bride knows, there is a lot to do before a wedding: catering to order, invites to send, family squabbles to calm down. Not only is wedding planning time consuming, it&rsquo;s pretty stressful too. That&rsquo;s why it&rsquo;s important not to forget one of the most important parts &ndash; your own beauty regime!</p> <p>A bit of pre-wedding pampering should relax you enough to truly enjoy your big day and it&rsquo;ll also make sure you look a million dollars. Who doesn&rsquo;t want that for the most important day of their life? To help you focus on your pre-wedding beauty plans here&rsquo;s our go-to guide on everything from choosing the right beautician to trying out simple styles, like a fishtail plait, in order to choose the perfect look.</p> Mon, 31 Jul 2017 00:00:00 +0000 Exciting news... <p>Creative Brides are pleased to announce that we have teamed up with One Media, who publish the premium glossy magazines such as So Tunbridge Wells, So Tonbridge and Malling and So Wealden. So Magazines can be found in Waitrose, John Lewis, Marks &amp; Spencer, Fenwick, Hoopers and a further 24 magazines stands across key retails and leisure venues. They also have a growing online presence through their <a href="">website</a>.</p> <p>With a readership of over 43,000+, we know this will give an added boost to the Creative Brides Blog, Directory and Fairs. &nbsp;</p> <p>So Magazines will also be our media sponsor for our next wedding fair at Chafford Park which is on 7th &amp; 8th October 2017. For more infomation about <a href="">The Totally WOW Wedding Fair</a>, please view our <a href="">website, </a>or if you would like to take part as an exhibitor then email <a href=""></a>.</p> Mon, 24 Jul 2017 00:00:00 +0000 Sussex Cutting Garden: Supplier Spotlight <p>I&#39;ve worked with <a href="">Sussex Cutting Garden</a> for a few years now and I love that thei flowers are seasonal and homegrown, which makes their arrangements individual and have a &#39;fresh from the garden&#39; look.</p> <p><a href="">Sussex Cutting Garden</a> grow a wide range of traditional&nbsp;<a href="">cottage garden flowers</a>&nbsp;such as fragrant Sweet Peas and Lavendar,&nbsp;English&nbsp;Roses,&nbsp;Dahlias&nbsp;and a&nbsp;selection of spring bulbs for early season colour. All their homegrown flowers are grown in a paddock on an arable farm close to&nbsp;picturesque Hellingly&nbsp;in&nbsp;East Sussex.&nbsp;An added bonus is the wonderful fragrance that many of our flowers and herbs have.</p> Fri, 07 Jul 2017 00:00:00 +0000 Modern Romance Styled Shoot <p>If you&rsquo;re getting married in a Village Hall, Tent and Tipi, then you have an amazing blank canvas to create something special. <a href="">Starry Eyed</a> have put together a styled shoot to illustrate how incredible these canvases can look, especially when given some thought and imagination.</p> <p><a href="">Starry Eyed</a> chose a local hall to them in Ongar - <a href="">Budworth Hall</a>, which dates back to around 1890. However, prospective brides and grooms hadn&rsquo;t considered it as a viable wedding reception venue.&nbsp; We think it easily rivals the cool town halls of East London, at a fraction of the cost!<a href=""> Budwoth Hall</a> boasts beautifully high ceilings, polished wooden floors and well-maintained original features!</p> Wed, 28 Jun 2017 00:00:00 +0000 Not Your Average I Do - Supplier Spotlight <p>I&rsquo;ve always been amazed by the amount of props Not Your Average I Do have. Over the years I have seen their collection grow and it&rsquo;s great to hear that Kelly and her team will be having their own showroom - Congratulations!</p> <p>Tell us about the Not Your Average I Do: Not Your Average I Do was started as my own personal mission to create unique wedding days for couples. When I got married myself, I went out of my way to find things that were a bit different and unusual to style my venue and couldn&rsquo;t believe how much extra work it added to the day. After 10 years in corporate events I knew that I could really help the wedding industry create some beautiful and unique weddings. I absolutely love my job!</p> Fri, 16 Jun 2017 00:00:00 +0000 Village Hall Real Wedding: Alicia & Luke <p>Alicia &amp; Luke married on Saturday 10th September 2016. I&#39;m really excited about this wedding as it&#39;s in a village hall just down the road from Creative Brides HQ and will (hopefully) be the venue for our &#39;wedding party&#39; next year.</p> <p>Alicia &amp; Luke have given me lots of inspiration, and it&#39;s lovely to see that a village hall can look so stunning, food looks amazing and checkout that beautiful cake. I&#39;m extra excited that the pictures were taken by <a href="">Livvy Hukins Photography</a>, who also captured our wedding in Nov!</p> Wed, 12 Apr 2017 00:00:00 +0000 Mini-Moon: Safari Campers <p>The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge had one, so did Kate and Andy Murray. As lives have become busier, mini-moons have become popular; the chance to get away and be together after all the wedding whirl.</p> <p>At <a href="">New Forest Safari Campers</a> you can hire your own classic VW Camper for two; no restrictions, no meal-times, no interruptions and no screen-time (because our vans don&rsquo;t do Wi-Fi). Just the two of you; going where you want, when you want and staying as long as you want.</p> Mon, 20 Mar 2017 00:00:00 +0000 VENUE SPOTLIGHT: Bassmead Manor Barns <p><strong>Tell us about Bassmead Manor Barns venue: </strong>Bassmead Manor Barns has been owned by the Squire Family since 1845 and is a large moated farmstead containing a Grade II Listed farmhouse and numerous barns. A setting of choice for wedding ceremonies, the wonderful Rickety Barn is 300 years old, and has the capacity for 150 guests underneath its exposed beams and wrought iron chandeliers. Wedding breakfasts take place in the open plan space of the timber-framed Bridge Barn which overlooks the picturesque gardens. The setting provides a delightful contemporary feel and is a warm and welcoming area where guests can be served reception drinks and canap&eacute;s.</p> <p>Dove Cottage is an idyllic honeymoon suite and is located at the eastern end of the long barn and boasts a secluded patio area which benefits from views of the moat and morning sunshine.</p> Thu, 16 Mar 2017 00:00:00 +0000 Real Wedding: Charlotte & Alex <p>Charlotte and Alex added a few little touches to their wedding venue and it lookes lovely. Sometimes you don&#39;t need a van packed with items; simple touches can also change the venue to make it more personal to you.</p> Wed, 15 Mar 2017 00:00:00 +0000 Latest Trend: Pajaki <p>These wonderful &quot;paper chandeliers&quot;, called &quot;Pajaki&quot;, are one of the brightest gems in Polish folk art. Originating in the rural Lowicz region in the eighteenth century, the chandeliers or mobiles were traditionally made by women during winter months when outdoor work was suspended. Literally translated as &lsquo;spiders of straw,&rsquo; the ornate hanging decorations were crafted from humble and easily accessible materials including paper, feathers, yarn, scraps of ribbon and string and brightened Polish homes during long, cold winters. A favourite decoration for Christmas, Easter, christenings and of course weddings, we suggest keeping yours up all year long&hellip;&nbsp;</p> Fri, 03 Mar 2017 00:00:00 +0000 Embroidery obsession <p>My latest obsession is embroidery. Especially embroidery flowers, and it seems that where ever I look, it&#39;s popping up in all manners of products or wearable items. Next week I will share some ways of including embroidery in your wedding, but here are some high street finds (possible honeymoon attire?) that I just love (I&#39;ve put the trainers on my Birthday list!)</p> Thu, 02 Mar 2017 00:00:00 +0000 Real Wedding: Sue & Jon <p>Today we have Sue and Jon&rsquo;s wedding at <a href="">The East Quay,</a> Whitstable on the blog. Photographed by <a href="">Livvy Hukins Photography</a> (who captured my day too!). If you like Ice cream, fun egg races and the seaside then this wedding is for you!</p> Wed, 01 Mar 2017 00:00:00 +0000 Real Wedding: Hannah & Russell <p>Today on the blog I&#39;m featuring Hannah &amp; Russells real wedding. Hannah and Russell tied the knot at St Mildred&rsquo;s Church in Tenterden where Hannah&rsquo;s Parents, Grandparents and Great-Grandparents also got married! It&#39;s a lovley wedding that also includes some of our fab suppliers James Grist Photography &amp; Rusty the VW from Chic&#39;n&#39;Cheerful.</p> Thu, 23 Feb 2017 00:00:00 +0000 Win a Wedding Planning Notebook <div data-contents="true"> <div data-block="true" data-editor="d6qdn" data-offset-key="262is-0-0"> <div class="_1mf _1mj" data-offset-key="262is-0-0"><span data-offset-key="262is-0-0"><span data-text="true">Win a Wedding Planning Notebook</span></span></div> </div> <div data-block="true" data-editor="d6qdn" data-offset-key="dbnb1-0-0"> <div class="_1mf _1mj" data-offset-key="dbnb1-0-0">&nbsp;</div> </div> <div data-block="true" data-editor="d6qdn" data-offset-key="icfn-0-0"> <div class="_1mf _1mj" data-offset-key="icfn-0-0"><span data-offset-key="icfn-0-0"><span data-text="true">When I was planning my wedding last year, I had a little book in my bag that became a place where I would scribble down ideas. It actually became a really good resource for my/our plans over the year. When I was shopping the other day I came across this little notebook, which I thought was a great size to keep in your handbag and do the same &ndash; so I purchased one to give away! </span></span></div> </div> <div data-block="true" data-editor="d6qdn" data-offset-key="7la32-0-0"> <div class="_1mf _1mj" data-offset-key="7la32-0-0">&nbsp;</div> </div> <div data-block="true" data-editor="d6qdn" data-offset-key="2v36u-0-0"> <div class="_1mf _1mj" data-offset-key="2v36u-0-0"><span data-offset-key="2v36u-0-0"><span data-text="true">For the chance to win a this notebook, simply comment on one of our social media pages (<a href="">Facebook</a> or <a href="">Instagram</a>) and let us know one piece of planning advice you would give future Brides. </span></span></div> </div> </div> Mon, 20 Feb 2017 00:00:00 +0000 Chinoiserie Romance <p>The idea for the shoot was pretty simple, set out to show that weddings in rustic situations such as farms and barns don&rsquo;t need to be rustic, so stylist Rachael Yorke (<a href="">Hire Love</a>) put together an inspirational shoot based on maximising the luxe and minimising the rustic.</p> <p>Beautifully captured by <a href="">Malitda Delves Wedding Photography </a>The first piece of inspiration was Pantone Colours of the Year &ldquo;Rose Quatrz and Serenity Blue&rdquo; then taking a look at French interpretations of asian art in the form of Chinoiserie.</p> <p>This came together on mood boards and collaborating with Caroline at <a href="">Wild Rubus</a> the pair collected various Ginger Jars and Bristol Blue glass vessels to set off against the pale key colours, Caroline kept the palette very pale too, beautiful Peonies, Runculas and tea roses in dusty pastel shades. Accents of gold cutlery, brass candle sticks, and pale cream ostrich feather hangings.</p> Tue, 14 Feb 2017 00:00:00 +0000 Monday Must-Haves – Bridesmaid Dresses <p>Monday Must-Haves &ndash; Bridesmaid Dresses</p> <p>When I was planning my wedding to Mr CB back in November 2016, I found it really hard to find bridesmaid dresses that were the correct colour, fitted my bridesmaids (who were different shapes and sizes) and more importantly in stock! I will share my bridesmaid story soon, but after the trouble we had finding lovely dresses I&rsquo;ve picked out a few that might work for your bridesmaids &ndash; not all &lsquo;traditional&rsquo; and could also be worn again for a party, which I think is an extra bonus!</p> Mon, 30 Jan 2017 00:00:00 +0000 Congratulations on your engagement! <p>A MASSIVE congratulations to everyone that got engaged over the Christmas break and in 2016. We want to hear your stories so email us at <a href=""></a></p> <p>How did they propose?</p> <p>Where did they propose?</p> <p>Include a picture with the email that we can share on our blog and through social media.</p> Wed, 28 Dec 2016 00:00:00 +0000 Bright & Bold 60s Bridal Shoot <p>Flashback to 2013... Three years ago, but still a popular wedding theme</p> <p>Perfect timing...just as I was grumbling about the grey and foggy day outside my office window, some sunshine was delivered into my inbox. Gwenda from <a href="">The Vintage Floral Design Co</a>.&nbsp;and a team of like minded suppliers braved a chilly day in Brighton to collaborate on a 60s inspired bridal styled shoot. And we are lucky enough to feature the bright, bold inspiration that will make your day a sunny one too!</p> <p><em>&quot;There was no luck finding 60s styled dresses, so we hit eBay and pulled the look together ourselves&quot;</em>&nbsp;says Gwenda from <a href="">The Vintage Floral Design Co</a>.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 13 Dec 2016 00:00:00 +0000 DIY Nails: Glitter Glam <p><strong>DIY Nails: Glitter Glam</strong></p> <p>With many&nbsp;of the big nail brands&nbsp;launching&nbsp;nude colours recently, including&nbsp;Revlon having&nbsp;a shade to suit every skin tone! We look at some quirky ways to add something glam to this very pure colour.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 06 Dec 2016 00:00:00 +0000 DIY Wedding on a shoestring <p>Flash Back to 2014 when we featured Joy and Adam&#39;s wedding that was captured by Carly @ Kooky Weddings.</p> <p><strong>DIY Wedding on a shoestring</strong>&nbsp;</p> <p>A DIY wedding is always a winner for&nbsp;me, but when it&#39;s done on a shoestring budget it gets a extra thumbs up. Joy and Adam&#39;s wedding (beautifully captured by Carly from <a href="">Kooky Weddings</a>) in St Ives, Cornwall was a joint effort between family and firends and to me that makes the day extra special.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 05 Dec 2016 00:00:00 +0000 Glam your marquee with colour, flowers & props <p>Marquees are great for weddings, a complete blank canvass for you to create your dream wedding day. Whether you are using a marquee for the whole day, or just for the wedding reception, the styling and detail can turn a marquee from simply being a large tent to a glamorous venue. <a href="">Lindsey Hunter,</a> wedding stylist and detailing guru, shares how you can use colour, flowers and props to glam up your marquee.</p> Tue, 22 Nov 2016 00:00:00 +0000 Get the look: Vintage <p>A theme that is still very popular - in fact we are planning a vintage theme for our wedding party next year. With that in mind I&#39;ve been on a hunt for vintage &#39;style&#39; props to complete the look and came across these items...</p> Mon, 14 Nov 2016 00:00:00 +0000 Italian Style Wedding Breakfast <p>Unsurprisingly, Italy never goes out of fashion as a wedding destination, but here&rsquo;s how to recreate the breezy elegance of a Tuscan wedding reception wherever you are getting married. Italian dining is about using the freshest, fragrant and colourful ingredients and serving them in an elegant yet unfussy way. Food that can be shared from platters, wooden boards or painted ceramic serving dishes will set a relaxed tone and get conversation and conviviality flowing.</p> Tue, 08 Nov 2016 00:00:00 +0000 Bridesmaids with style <p>With my own wedding only a few weeks away, I feel like I&#39;ve been searching high and low for bridesmaids&rsquo; presents. But while searching I came across these lovely items. Unfortunately it&#39;s too late for me to buy some of these, so I decided to post them so you don&#39;t miss buying them!</p> Mon, 07 Nov 2016 00:00:00 +0000 Supplier Spotlight: Charlotte Laurie Designs <p>Today on the blog we meet Charlotte Laurie Designs. Charlotte has been one of our suppliers for many years now and it&#39;s been great to she Charlottes&#39; business grow and grow. Charlotte is very much a &#39;Creative Supplier&#39; and a very nice one at that! You can next see Charlotte Laurie Designs at the Bluewater Wedding Fair in January, which is hosted by <a href="">The Wedding Fairs</a>.</p> <p><strong>Tell us about Charlotte Laurie Designs</strong> / Charlotte Laurie designs is my little bridal bouquet and accessories business making alternative items primarily from hand stitched felt and lots of lovely buttons. It&rsquo;s just me designing and making everything with the help of my glamourous assistants Fletcher, my three year old and Biggles our dog (insider secret -they are not always that helpful) I&rsquo;m based in Kent but have supplied all over the world from Australia to Canada to just down the road.</p> <p style="margin-left:-1.0cm;">&nbsp;</p> Fri, 21 Oct 2016 00:00:00 +0000 Setting up home together? <p>It&rsquo;s exciting choosing key pieces of furniture to go into your new home so<a href=""> Oli &amp; Grace</a> have given you a head start and are offering all our couples &pound;50 off your 1st order when you sign up to their <a href=";id=dc07fe1cf0">newsletter</a> (min spend &pound;350 and offer ends 4th Dec 2016 at midnight). <a href="">Oli &amp; Grace</a> have provided furniture for us at our wedding fairs and have some fabulous on trend pieces.</p> Wed, 19 Oct 2016 00:00:00 +0000 Supplier Spotlight: Rebecca Rees Design <p> <style type="text/css"><!-- /* Font Definitions */ @font-face {font-family:Times; panose-1:2 0 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0; mso-font-charset:0; mso-generic-font-family:auto; mso-font-pitch:variable; mso-font-signature:3 0 0 0 1 0;} @font-face {font-family:"MS 明朝"; panose-1:0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0; mso-font-charset:128; mso-generic-font-family:roman; mso-font-format:other; mso-font-pitch:fixed; mso-font-signature:1 134676480 16 0 131072 0;} @font-face {font-family:"Cambria Math"; panose-1:2 4 5 3 5 4 6 3 2 4; mso-font-charset:0; mso-generic-font-family:auto; mso-font-pitch:variable; mso-font-signature:3 0 0 0 1 0;} @font-face {font-family:Cambria; panose-1:2 4 5 3 5 4 6 3 2 4; mso-font-charset:0; mso-generic-font-family:auto; mso-font-pitch:variable; mso-font-signature:-536870145 1073743103 0 0 415 0;} /* Style Definitions */ p.MsoNormal, li.MsoNormal, div.MsoNormal {mso-style-unhide:no; mso-style-qformat:yes; mso-style-parent:""; margin:0cm; margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:12.0pt; font-family:Cambria; mso-ascii-font-family:Cambria; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-fareast-font-family:"MS 明朝"; mso-fareast-theme-font:minor-fareast; mso-hansi-font-family:Cambria; mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-bidi; mso-ansi-language:EN-US; mso-fareast-language:JA;} p {mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-priority:99; mso-margin-top-alt:auto; margin-right:0cm; mso-margin-bottom-alt:auto; margin-left:0cm; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:10.0pt; font-family:Times; mso-fareast-font-family:"MS 明朝"; mso-fareast-theme-font:minor-fareast; mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman";} .MsoChpDefault {mso-style-type:export-only; mso-default-props:yes; font-family:Cambria; mso-ascii-font-family:Cambria; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-fareast-font-family:"MS 明朝"; mso-fareast-theme-font:minor-fareast; mso-hansi-font-family:Cambria; mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-bidi; mso-ansi-language:EN-US; mso-fareast-language:JA;} @page WordSection1 {size:612.0pt 792.0pt; margin:72.0pt 90.0pt 72.0pt 90.0pt; mso-header-margin:36.0pt; mso-footer-margin:36.0pt; mso-paper-source:0;} div.WordSection1 {page:WordSection1;} --> </style> Today sees the start of our weekly supplier spotlights. It&#39;s a chance for you to meet the AMAZING suppliers that could make your wedding extra special. So let us introduce you to Rebecca Rees who owns Rebecca Rees Design.</p> <p>Rebecca Rees Design specialises in creating beautiful and unique art works to commemorate and celebrate life&rsquo;s important milestones, whether it&rsquo;s a wedding, the arrival of a new baby or a special birthday.</p> <p>Each picture is handmade and personalised in as many ways as possible to make it entirely unique and extra special.</p> Thu, 22 Sep 2016 00:00:00 +0000 Congratulations Caroline Davis <p>Congratulations Caroline Davis on winning one of our Love Signs at the London ExCeL Wedding Fair hosted by <a href="">The Wedding Fairs</a>.</p> <p>Their next wedding fair is in Manchester this weekend. To book tickets visit <a href=""></a></p> Tue, 20 Sep 2016 00:00:00 +0000 Say ‘I do’ to a wedding cruise <p>For those who dream of a totally unique wedding, of tying the knot under a palm tree on a Caribbean island, of saying &lsquo;I do&rsquo; in front of an Alaskan Glacier, or even of being officiated by a captain in uniform, <a href="">Planet Cruise</a> has identified the top cruise lines that cater for the ultimate wedding-on-sea. With the average UK wedding costing upwards of &pound;21,000, more and more people are choosing a ceremony onboard a cruise ship, combining this with the honeymoon as a far more cost-effective alternative. Many cruise lines now offer bespoke wedding packages, often along with dedicated wedding planners, who can plan everything from venue to flowers, and make-up to hair, ensuring the day is nothing short of breath-taking for the couple.</p> Wed, 07 Sep 2016 00:00:00 +0000 Vote for Creative Brides <p>It&#39;s that time of year again when bloggers swap their comfortable slippers (well that&#39;s what we wear in the office at Creative Brides), for their fancy shoes, hot pink lippy and head to the bright lights of London town. This year Creative Brides has been nominated for &#39;Best Big-Day Inspiration - DIY&#39; at the Wedding Blog Awards 2016 hosted by <a href="">Wedding and Wedding Flowers </a>Magazine.</p> <p>To vote for us, simply fill out the from <a href="">here</a> and let us know you have via our social media #creativebrides</p> Wed, 07 Sep 2016 00:00:00 +0000 Win this book - Paper Home <p>To WIN a copy of the book Paper Home <a href="">by Esther Thorpe</a>, simply tell us what you are making for your wedding&nbsp; - it really is that easy! (T&amp;C&#39;s below)</p> <p>Send your answers to <a href=""></a>&nbsp; /&nbsp; Subject: Paper Home</p> <p><strong>About Paper Home /</strong> In&nbsp;Paper Home, <a href="">Esther Thorpe</a> presents a thoroughly modern take on the ancient art of origami. With a distinctly graphic aesthetic, she guides the reader through 15 stunning origami projects to make for the home. By combining papers of different colours and patterns, you can create an endless amount of unique home decorations, with only a minimum of tools required. A paper crane mobile is a perfect decoration for a child&rsquo;s room, while a bouquet of paper daises, roses and lilies will brighten up any mantelpiece. The star garland is ideal for wedding decorations and the party diamonds will add a festive touch whatever the season. With step-by-step instructions and photography for every crucial fold, you&rsquo;ll be creating striking origami home ware in no time.</p> <p><strong>Deadline:</strong> 22nd August 2016</p> <p>Winner will be chosen at random by us and notified on our blog and social media pages, so keep a look out on 31st August 2016</p> Thu, 28 Jul 2016 00:00:00 +0000 Decorating a village hall <p>Deciding how to decorate your venue is an exciting yet daunting prospect. Different types of venues will require different decorations. If you are having your reception at a manor house, you could add details to complement the existing d&eacute;cor, whereas you have a blank canvas when it comes to decorating a marquee or barn, but how do you decorate a village hall?</p> Wed, 20 Jul 2016 00:00:00 +0000 Moon with your furry friend! <p>With our doggy friends often regarded as a much loved part of the family, we&#39;ve discovered these luxurious canine-catered hotels for pre-wedding breaks and honeymoon getaways where you and your beloved (pet, plus perhaps your partner!) can indulge altogether.</p> Tue, 19 Jul 2016 00:00:00 +0000 Tropical Vibes <p>This week we&#39;re bringing a tropical theme straight to your screen. With the weather being a bit temperamental we could all use a little bit of colour today surely? We&rsquo;ve selected some great products straight from the high street and web that could be used to inject those fun tropical party vibes to your wedding or hen party!</p> Mon, 11 Jul 2016 00:00:00 +0000 The Night Yard Styled Shoot <p>Fiona and I recently visited The Night Yard to meet owner, Charlotte. If you haven&#39;t already heard of The Night Yard then check it out. The Night Yard is set within the heart of a working farm just outside Canterbury. The venue, which is a converted dairy herd yard features a central grass courtyard and offers a completely unique and flexible space. The space can hold parties up to 350 people and boasts some unique facilities.</p> Wed, 15 Jun 2016 00:00:00 +0000 Chelsea Flower Show <p>Wow, what an amazing time I had at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show last week! It was a blast of colour, scent and structure in the floral marquee with stunning displays of individual flowers in every colour possible, giant arrangements that pushed the boundaries, headresses created by very talented floristry students and more floral inspiration and ideas than you could imagine - FANTASTIC! Here are a few snaps I took with my phone.</p> <p>Fiona x</p> Thu, 02 Jun 2016 00:00:00 +0000 Winner, Winner! <p>Congratulations Becky Andrews, you have won a copy of Nib + Ink. Please email us at <a href=""></a> so we can arrange delivery.</p> Wed, 01 Jun 2016 00:00:00 +0000 Win this book! <p>To WIN a copy of the book (we have two copies), simply &#39;like&#39; and &#39;share&#39; our <a href="">Facebook page</a> - it really is that easy! (T&amp;C&#39;s below)</p> <p>&#39;Nib + Ink&#39; The New Art of Modern Calligraphy is the new book by&nbsp;<a href="">Chiara Perano</a>. It&#39;s a playful insight into the popular craft of modern calligraphy, with beautifully illustrated step by step instructions and unique project ideas that can be used in everyday life and your wedding.<br /> <br /> Calligraphy as a visual art is having a huge resurgence. In an age of machine-made uniformity there is a renewed modern appreciation for handwriting. This book will reignite a connection with writing and help people discover exciting, creative and interesting ways to develop their own unique style of modern calligraphy. Printed on luxurious paper and with room to practice letters and ideas on the pages, readers can play with type, get creative with letterforms and grasp calligraphy basics by following tips, techniques and easy instructions. <a href="">Nib + Ink</a> will help those who want to design all sorts of different projects - from beautiful invitations and gorgeous stationery to chalkboards and framed quotes.</p> Fri, 20 May 2016 00:00:00 +0000 DIY Workshop: Personalised Tote Bag <p><strong>Bride &amp; Hen Personalised Tote Bags (30 minutes)</strong></p> <p>This pretty tote bag is perfect for either storing your hen party goodies or for the bride to be! A beautiful gift, adorned with a choice of painted script writing that will make anyone feel special during all the pre‐wedding festivities or on their big day.</p> <p>All materials will be provided. Book your space at <a href="">The Wedding Fairs</a></p> Tue, 05 Apr 2016 00:00:00 +0000 DIY Workshop: Personalised Decorative Hanger <p>Personalised Decorative Hanger&nbsp;(30 minutes)</p> <p>A beautiful personalised hanger with wired detailed name and embellished flourish of paper flowers. This will add a unique finishing touch to your wedding dress photos or make a stunning gift for any Bride, Bridesmaid or Groom.</p> <p>All materials will be provided.&nbsp;<span style="color: rgb(73, 73, 73); font-size: 13px;">Book your space at&nbsp;</span><a href="" style="font-size: 13px;">The Wedding Fairs</a></p> Tue, 05 Apr 2016 00:00:00 +0000 DIY Workshop: Flower Crowns <p><strong>Flower Crown&nbsp;(45 minutes)</strong></p> <p>A vintage or boho style headdress with silk flowers soft pastel colours, tied with an ivory satin ribbon. A romantic, dreamy look for your day and a gorgeous keepsake to be admired for many years to come.</p> <p>All materials will be provided.&nbsp;<span style="color: rgb(73, 73, 73); font-size: 13px;">Book your space at&nbsp;</span><a href="" style="font-size: 13px;">The Wedding Fairs</a></p> Tue, 05 Apr 2016 00:00:00 +0000 Confetti Competition <p>Directory supplier &#39;The Real Flower Petal Confetti Company&#39; are running a fab competition.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 18 Jan 2016 00:00:00 +0000 Win your wedding transport <p>If you&rsquo;re looking for a quirky way to arrive at your wedding, then Rusty the VW split screen campervan is a&nbsp;perfect choice. We&rsquo;ve teamed up with Chic&rsquo;n&rsquo;Cheerful to offer one lucky winner(s)&nbsp;the chance to be Chauffeur Driven to their chosen venue. This AMAZING competition is worth up to &pound;300 (see below for the full T&amp;C&rsquo;s). All you need to do is simply email your answer to <a href=" ?subject=Competition&amp;body=Answer%3A%0AName%3A%0AWedding%20Date%3A%0AWedding%20Venue%3A%0APhone%20Number%3A"> </a></p> <p>Please Include: Answer /&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.6em;">Name / Wedding Date / Venue / Phone&nbsp;Number</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Thu, 31 Dec 2015 00:00:00 +0000 Real Wedding: Katie & Ryan <p>A beautiful summers wedding that filled with sunshine, a vintage fayre and lots of love. Katie and Ryan got married at&nbsp;Marleybrook House which is located in Preston, near&nbsp;Canterbury. Their day was captured by&nbsp;<a href="">Livvy Hukins&nbsp;Photography</a>, who is one of our favourite Creative Brides suppliers.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 09 Dec 2015 00:00:00 +0000 Halloween Treat: Spice up your pumpkins <p>With Halloween creeping up we thought we would share with your our favourite DIY tricks that will transform a plain pumpkin into a beautiful decoration that can even be used as decorations in autumnal weddings.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 29 Oct 2015 00:00:00 +0000 DIY Tutorial: Decorated Pumpkins <p>Add a bit of sparkle to your Halloween.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 29 Oct 2015 00:00:00 +0000 Theme Inspiration: Geometric <p>Inspired by patterns found in intricate interiors this theme focuses on simple shapes that once formed in clusters can create beautiful, decorative patterns and installations. We love the idea of keeping the forms clean to reinforce the linear feature of these shapes.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 28 Oct 2015 00:00:00 +0000 Wedding Blog Awards 2015 <p>Last week Creative Brides got the opportunity to get glammed up for the Wedding Blog Awards which were held at the iconic Tower Of London, we loved being able to take in some of the sights of this amazing venue.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 22 Oct 2015 00:00:00 +0000 Treats For My Sweet <p>Long gone are the traditional three tiered, sponge wedding cakes, if you want a truly unique wedding you need a delicious showstopper. Over indulge in amazing desserts that act as your cake whether it be your favourite treat or a crowd pleaser that guarantees happy guests full with sweet stuff.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 21 Oct 2015 00:00:00 +0000 Chanel Exhibition, Saatchi Gallery <p>Here at Creative Brides HQ we love a good exhibition especially if it involves beautiful dresses and inspiration. We were not disappointed with Mademoiselle Prive, the new Chanel exhibition at the <a href="">Saatchi Gallery</a>, London.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 21 Oct 2015 00:00:00 +0000 Real Wedding: Josie and Joe <p>This week&rsquo;s real wedding has a beautiful book inspired theme, with the finer details reinforcing this novel aspect. Capturing their big day and all those special moments was the talented <a href="">Rebecca Douglas</a>. Here&rsquo;s what the couple had to say about their unique, relaxed wedding.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 14 Oct 2015 00:00:00 +0000 DIY Project: Rose Table Numbers <p><strong>DIY Project: Rose Table Numbers 1-12</strong></p> <p>Here&#39;s a little FREE printable for all our&nbsp;DIY Brides. These &#39;Rose Table Numbers&#39; are very simple to do and you can display them how you wish. We&#39;ve stuck ours down&nbsp;on&nbsp;some&nbsp;glitter card and even punched a pattern in the design to add more detail. You can buy these paper punches from your local craft shop. They are A5, so the perfect size to fit on your wedding breakfast tables and still give you enough space for flowers.</p> Mon, 21 Sep 2015 00:00:00 +0000 DIY Project: Sparkler Pouches <p><strong>DIY Project: </strong>Let Our Love Sparkle Forever</p> <p>Our magazine is now working its way across the South East and we can finally blog one of the DIY projects that we&#39;ve featured. So here is, the&nbsp;FREE printable that you will need to make your very own&nbsp;&#39;Sparkler Pouches&#39;. Just follow the simple instructions and let &#39;YOUR&#39; love sparkle forever!&nbsp;</p> Fri, 11 Sep 2015 00:00:00 +0000 DIY Project: Mad Libs Guest Game <p><strong>DIY Project: Mad Libs Guest Game </strong>(perfect little table game for guests)</p> <p>Today we&#39;re very pleased to present the very tallented Mrs Whippy from <a href="">Whippy </a><a href="">Weddings</a>&nbsp;(aka&nbsp;Jennie)&nbsp;on the blog. Jennie has put together a simple DIY FREE printable that will keep your guests entertained at the wedding breakfast, and have&nbsp;you in stitches when reading them back!&nbsp;</p> <p>Jennie is&nbsp;super creative and designs quirky wedidng stationery, so if you get a second, then why not&nbsp;check out Jennie&#39;s&nbsp;re-launched&nbsp;<a href="">website</a> and all the lovely&nbsp;new collections she offers.</p> Wed, 09 Sep 2015 00:00:00 +0000 DIY Make: Pom Pom Place Settings <p><strong>DIY Make: Pom Pom Place Settings</strong></p> <p>If you want to add some handmade touches to your wedding,&nbsp;these mini tissue pom poms are very cute when used as place settings. You can colour co-ordinate with your theme or add a personal message to your guest on the card tag.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 31 Aug 2015 00:00:00 +0000 Vote for us - please! <p>WOW, we&rsquo;re pretty thrilled to be nominated for &lsquo;Best Wedding DIY Blog&rsquo; for a second year running. It&#39;s hosted by the lovely team at <a href="">Wedding Magazine</a>&nbsp;and the awards are at the Tower of London (I&#39;ve always wondered what it&#39;s like in there).&nbsp;It&rsquo;s a great honour to be mixing with fellow fab bloggers from the wedding world&nbsp;and personally I think we all offer great inspiration, advice and showcase some amazing wedding suppliers (ours can be found <a href="">here</a>)</p> <p>It would be totally AWSOME if you could vote for us. We will be sending &lsquo;virtual hugs&rsquo; to you all as a thank you &ndash; we give great hugs so it&rsquo;s worth it!</p> <p><strong>How to vote:</strong>&nbsp;Simply fill out the form <a href="">here</a> and vote for the wedding bloggers you want to be crowned winner in each of the 14 categories. The winner in each category will be picked based on a combination of reader votes and panel decision, with each category also having a highly commended runner-up, too.</p> <p>Let us know if you have so we can say thank you <a href="">#CreativeBrides</a> <a href="">#WeddingBlogAwards</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Fri, 28 Aug 2015 00:00:00 +0000 Competition: Elizabeth Shaw's Special Moments <p>Today we are sharing a delicious Elizabeth Shaw competition. So if you want to win the chance to give the gift of chocolate to someone you love read the below to find out how to enter.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 13 Aug 2015 00:00:00 +0000 Theme Inspiration: Ethereal Beach <p>Dreamy, fragile and ghostly. This ethereal beach inspiration escapes the distractions of the real world and explores a world of airy treasures. Ideal for bohemian brides who want to focus on a paired back style for their big day. Combine romantic inspirations with the minimalistic serenity of a beach for a truly peaceful wedding.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 10 Aug 2015 00:00:00 +0000 The Vintage Parade Events' Supplier Photoshoot <p>Brought to you by the team behind The Vintage Parade Events, the Nostalgic Wedding Fair specialise in creating unique experiences for their discerning clients, and one of the best things about what they do is working alongside amazing suppliers. Earlier this June they met up with a few favourites on a styled shoot, inspired by current trends.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Fri, 07 Aug 2015 00:00:00 +0000 Theme Inspiration: Foliage Fancies <p>For a modern d&eacute;cor approach swap flowers for an abundance of foliage for a leafy twist on your wedding. Full of lush greens this theme is perfect for nature loving brides who want to celebrate the organic lux of plants.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 06 Aug 2015 00:00:00 +0000 Bridesmaid Planner Competition <p>Calling those who have been luckily asked to be a bridesmaid. Want the chance to win a stunning bridesmaid planner that is perfect for those wanting to be an organised helper?</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Fri, 31 Jul 2015 00:00:00 +0000 DIY Tutorial: Heart Aisle <p>Follow your heart.</p> <p>Jazz up your aisle with cute heart edges. It&rsquo;s the finer details that count with these subtle hearts used to decorate your walkway. The great thing about these DIY delights are that they can be used in a number of ways throughout your wedding such as placing them in flower pots for a creative table plan.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 31 Jul 2015 00:00:00 +0000 Real Wedding: Roz and Stuart <p>Who doesn&rsquo;t love a trip down memory lane? <a href="">Cut Above Productions</a> are the perfect for capturing memories to treasure for a lifetime. Here is one&nbsp;of their beautiful wedding videos.</p> Thu, 30 Jul 2015 00:00:00 +0000 Real Wedding: Sarah and Steven <p>Here is a colourful and romantic wedding that can inspire laid back couples wanting to celebrate their love in a relaxed way. With photography by <a href="">Sarah Williams</a> the photos of this autumn wedding perfectly showed the fun nature of the wedding. We love the fact that this couple got their craft on with the help of their family to create bespoke decorations.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 24 Jul 2015 00:00:00 +0000 Theme Inspiration: Aisle Ideas <p>Transform your ceremony aisle with added decorations to create a unique walkway. Whether you are getting married in a church or outdoors these finer details can complement your surroundings and style.&nbsp;</p> <p>Here are some aisle inspirations that have taken our fancy.</p> Thu, 23 Jul 2015 00:00:00 +0000 Real Wedding: Caroline & Yolanda <p>Here at Creative Brides we love a unique beautiful wedding and this elopement does not disappoint. With a sunny setting and a romantic love story this couple made their wedding their own by ditching the stresses of a traditional wedding and focused on celebrating their love.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 17 Jul 2015 00:00:00 +0000 Celebrity Wedding Flowers <p>We are always on the hunt for a beautiful wedding flowers. <a href="">Interflora</a> recently sent us some images from&nbsp;Marc Wright and Michelle Keegan&rsquo;s recent wedding which they&nbsp;had the privilege of proving the flowers for, here are some the photos from the big day which show the glorious flowers they used.</p> Thu, 16 Jul 2015 00:00:00 +0000 Floral Beauties <p>Summer is upon us and the flowers are in full bloom, add some fresh flourishes by incorporating all things floral into your wedding.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 16 Jul 2015 00:00:00 +0000 Real Wedding: Lucy & Ryan <p><strong>Bride &amp; Groom:</strong>&nbsp;Lucy &amp;<span style="line-height: 1.6em;">&nbsp;Ryan&nbsp;Bucknall //&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.6em;">3rd January 2015 //&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.6em;">Warwickshire</span></p> <p>Meet Lucy who made her own wedding dress, the bridesmaid dresses and her mums&rsquo; outfit. With a small budget and a lot of creativity, Lucy and Ryan made their wedding very personal by making a large amount of items for their special day.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 15 Jul 2015 00:00:00 +0000 Livvy Hukins Photography Competition <p>Want to win the chance to have an amazing photographer at your wedding for free? The talented Livvy Hukins is running a competition where one happy couple will win the prize of having a free full day of photography.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 10 Jul 2015 00:00:00 +0000 Theme Inspiration: Neon Brights <p>Perfect for those looking to make a bright, bold statement. Neons are not restricted to the 80s anymore with a new revival of colourful chic. With the right amount of colour this wedding theme can brighten up anyone&rsquo;s big day.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 09 Jul 2015 00:00:00 +0000 Engagement Shoot: Jamie & Hannah <p><strong>Engagement Shoot: Jamie &amp; Hannah</strong></p> <p><span style="line-height: 1.6em;">Today on the blog we have a &#39;Love Shoot&#39; taken by our Directory Supplier Emma from </span><a href="" style="line-height: 1.6em;">Els-Design</a><span style="line-height: 1.6em;">. We asked&nbsp;Jamie and Hannah few questions about their plans and asked how Jamie proposed.</span></p> Fri, 03 Jul 2015 00:00:00 +0000 Brighton Engagement Shoot <p>With the beautiful setting of Brighton, Kerry and Mark&rsquo;s engagement shoot was photographed by <a href="">Richard Murgatroyd</a>. With stunning photos of the couple celebrating their engagement in front of fun and creative landscapes such as a graffiti wall and Brighton&rsquo;s famous pier. The shoot incorporates the scenery of Brighton, from a carousel to the beach. The photos capture subtle moments of happiness shared between the couple, creating a loving style to the shoot.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 01 Jul 2015 00:00:00 +0000 Competition Winner <p>Following on from the competition in our spring/summer magazine, where a lucky reader had the chance to win some hen night beauty essentials, we are announcing the winner.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 01 Jul 2015 00:00:00 +0000 Scandinavian Styled Shoot <p>Weddings inspired by a particular country or continent are becoming increasingly popular, with couples wanting to celebrate their heritage or show their travels they have experienced together. Adding hints of cultural chic to the wedding style allows the theme to be focused and influenced by certain d&eacute;cor and features found in a country.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 26 Jun 2015 00:00:00 +0000 Theme Inspiration: Mexican Fiesta <p>We amor this exotic style of wedding where Mexican culture is celebrated in its unique colourful way. Moving away from a quintessentially English wedding embrace the relaxed nature of this beautiful country.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 25 Jun 2015 00:00:00 +0000 Wedding Inspiration: Beautiful backdrops <p>Whether marrying in a traditional church, dressing up a rustic field or creating an alter in a contemporary venue, wedding backdrops can transform the look of your ceremony. Show off your creativity and personality through a visual installation that will add a wedding wow factor.</p> Fri, 19 Jun 2015 00:00:00 +0000 British Flowers Week <p>As it&rsquo;s British Flowers&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.6em;">Week we thought we would share the florals that have taken our fancy.</span></p> Fri, 19 Jun 2015 00:00:00 +0000 Butterfly Twist Shoes <p>You&rsquo;ve got the dress now for the shoes, heels or flats? Every bride wants to look their best for their big day but instead of compromising style for comfort indulge in both.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 16 Jun 2015 00:00:00 +0000 Theme Inspiration: Crazy about Copper <p>Moving away from the soft pastel palette embrace this metallic colour that will produce an edgy twist on your big day. Perfect for the modern day bride who wants to add some highlights without being overly glitzy and sparkly.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 12 Jun 2015 00:00:00 +0000 Date Night: Drunken Drizzle Cake Recipe <p>Today we have a tasty treat perfect for those in need of an indulgence. Whether baked from love for a romantic night in or you just fancied a delicious cake.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 12 Jun 2015 00:00:00 +0000 ASOS Bridesmaid Collection. <p>Looking for the perfect dresses for your bridesmaids? Look no further, ASOS have launched their exclusive bridesmaid collection and we have fallen in love with their dreamy, chic dresses.&nbsp;</p> <p>Here&rsquo;s a few of the dresses that took our fancy.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 08 Jun 2015 00:00:00 +0000 Creative Brides News <p>At Creative Brides we are always looking at ways to grow and evolve our business for the future.&nbsp;With readership through the website and magazine growing we have decided to focus our attention on that side of Creative Brides. This means that we are taking a step back from hosting our own solo wedding fairs after Scotney Castle on the 26th and 27th September (this doesn&rsquo;t affect our partnerships with external wedding fair organisers in the future). We will of course keep reviewing the business to make sure it develops and offers everyone the best exposure to our amazing readers. We also have some fantastic projects in the pipeline that will benefit all our suppliers. Looking forward to supporting your businesses through these projects.</p> Fri, 05 Jun 2015 00:00:00 +0000 DIY Tutorials: Fringed Garlands <p>A trendy twist on a paper garland.</p> Thu, 04 Jun 2015 00:00:00 +0000 Real Wedding: Oh Happy Wedding Day! <p><span style="line-height: 1.6em;">It was an absolute pleasure for all of us at CB HQ to look through the beautiful and happy photos of&nbsp;Aruna and Henry&#39;s enchanting, colourful and fun wedding day. We are not sure whether&nbsp;we have seen so many big smiles in one photo collection before!&nbsp;We suggest you stop what you are doing,&nbsp;make a cup of tea, grab a hobnob and take a look at these sunny snaps!</span></p> <p>Thank you to <a href="">SMP Weddings</a>&nbsp;for sharing the gorgeous&nbsp;photos and to Aruna and Henry for sharing their wonderful story.&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Wed, 03 Jun 2015 00:00:00 +0000 VENUE SPOTLIGHT: Party till the cows come home... <p><span style="line-height: 1.6em;">More and more brides and grooms are choosing a country setting for their weddings and you can&rsquo;t quite get more country than a beautiful Sussex farm.</span></p> <p>We visited one of our new venue suppliers on our directory,<a href=""> Blackstock</a> in East Sussex, who offer exclusive use of their beautiful barns and grounds for weddings and events.</p> <p><a href="">Blackstock</a> is set within 70 acres of beautiful Sussex countryside. From the wildlife and animals to the bluebells, lakes and woodland, there are lots for you and your guests to enjoy, explore and an array of gorgeous backdrops for your photographs.</p> <p>They also cater well for the younger guests, with both an indoor and outdoor playground to keep them entertained, which is always good to know!</p> <p>Brides and grooms-to-be have a choice of two barns; both are exquisite and fully restored with rustic charm. Not only has each barn got it&rsquo;s own private courtyard where guests can enjoy a glass of bubbly but the barns are encircled by artistically landscaped grounds and colour coordinated flower beds.</p> <p>If you are looking for a high-end barn wedding then you can&rsquo;t go far wrong with Blackstock. The owners describe their venue as &ldquo;country meets quality&hellip; a unique setting&rdquo; and we couldn&rsquo;t agree more.</p> <p>We asked Clare Fitzgerald of <a href="">Fitzgerald Photography</a>&nbsp;(one of <a href="">Blackstock</a>&rsquo;s recommended photographers), to share some of her favourite photos of the venue and tell us&nbsp;what she loves about <a href="">Blackstock</a>. Please see her gorgeous photos and comments below...</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Tue, 02 Jun 2015 00:00:00 +0000 DIY Project: Paper Fan Wheels <p>Fan yourselves with love.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 28 May 2015 00:00:00 +0000 Bags of Love <p>Struggling to find the perfect accompaniment to your wedding outfit, whether you are a bride, bridesmaid or guest the need to find a beautiful bag is always a must.</p> <p>Here are our favourite wedding bags ideal for holding those wedding essentials.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 22 May 2015 00:00:00 +0000 Real Wedding - All You Need Is Love! <p>Kim and Ben&#39;s wedding at Blackstock Farm in East Sussex looked like all kinds of wonderful.</p> <p>From the gorgeous hair and make up to the &quot;Last chance to run Uncle Ben!&quot; sign the page boy carried and not forgetting the Dance Floor Rules and&nbsp;cosy blankets to keep guests warm outside, we are absolutely&nbsp;head over heels in love with this wedding.</p> <p>We hope you enjoy the photos, and the sheer joy of the bride and groom (and their friends and family) on what must&#39;ve been a magical winter&#39;s day.</p> <p>Thank you so much to <a href="">Teri V Photography</a> for the super snaps and for putting us in touch with the lovely Kim &amp; Ben. If you like the look of this venue we will be featuring a behind the scenes blog post very soon, in the meantime you can find them on our fab supplier <a href="">directory</a>!</p> Wed, 20 May 2015 00:00:00 +0000 Floral Fancies <p>Featuring bright, daring and awe-inspiring blooms and displays,&nbsp;the <a href="" style="font-size: 13px; line-height: 20.7999992370605px;">Chelsea Flower Show</a>&nbsp;opens it&#39;s doors to the public&nbsp;today and is set to, yet again, turn on its head what we believed possible to create using flowers.</p> <p>To mark the opening,&nbsp;we have&nbsp;asked some of our talented and creatively fabulous and passionate florists from&nbsp;our <a href="">directory</a>,&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.6em;">what their floral fancies&nbsp;and also their trend predictions for 2015/16 are. We have pulled out a few of their favourites flowers and trends into a word cloud but the photos and words are all direct from the florists!&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.6em;">With thanks to <a href="">Sussex Cutting Garden</a>, <a href="">White &amp; WInsome</a>, </span><a href="">Bows &amp;&nbsp;Blooms</a><span style="line-height: 1.6em;">, <a href="">Darling &amp; Wild</a> and <a href="">Distinctly Floral</a> for their contribution.</span></p> Tue, 19 May 2015 00:00:00 +0000 Spring Wedding Fair <p>Last weekend we held our lovely Vintage and Unique Wedding Fair at Chafford Park. This was the first fair we have held at this venue and we thought it came together amazingly, it was the perfect wedding venue to complement the exhibitors with its cattle sheds and beautiful views.</p> Thu, 14 May 2015 00:00:00 +0000 The Great Gatsby <p>If you are looking for a fun but sophisticated theme for your wedding then you can&#39;t go far wrong with having The Great Gatsby as your inspiration.&nbsp;Charlotte from <a href="">Vintage Chic Wedding Fairs</a>, along with some super suppliers based in Warwickshire, put together a&nbsp;Gatsby styled shoot to help inspire brides and grooms-to-be who would like a bit of&nbsp;1920s Gatsby glamour added to&nbsp;their big day.</p> <p><strong>Here is what Charlotte had to say about the shoot&hellip;</strong></p> <p>Recently some of my favourite suppliers and I spent a fun afternoon at the <a href="">Pump Rooms</a> in Leamington creating a themed Gatsby wedding photoshoot, and here are the results. I hope you find inspiration for your own wedding or your own work. Thank you to everyone who took part x&nbsp;</p> Tue, 05 May 2015 00:00:00 +0000 Beautiful World Tents <p>With the date for our Vintage and Unique Wedding Fair held at Chafford Park approaching, we thought we would share with you the amazing <a href="">Beautiful World Tents</a>. They will be showcasing their spectacular tipis at the Fair. We asked the team at Beautiful World Tents some questions and here&rsquo;s what they had to say.</p> Fri, 01 May 2015 00:00:00 +0000 Get your craft on. <p>When Creative Brides were asked to hold the craft corner at <a href="">The Wedding Fair</a> held at Excel, London we were thrilled. As a creative team there&rsquo;s nothing we love more than a crafty workshop and we couldn&rsquo;t wait to teach brides some inspired, imaginative ideas.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 30 Apr 2015 00:00:00 +0000 Heart of Bricks. <p>A fab idea for&nbsp;those young at heart: create customised minifigures of you and your partner for your big day!&nbsp;We absolutely love these fun and unique&nbsp;personalised wedding cake toppers made from the classic childhood toy,&nbsp;lego!&nbsp;</p> <p>They&#39;re created&nbsp;by Julie who started her company &#39;Heart of Bricks&#39; in 2014. She currently sells them, along with&nbsp;ring boxes and favours made also from&nbsp;lego,&nbsp;on <a href="">Etsy</a> and Ebay but&nbsp;is looking to launch her new website very soon - so watch this space!</p> <p>To find out more we have asked her a few questions below.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 27 Apr 2015 00:00:00 +0000 DIY Workshops with Make, Do & Trend <p>Thrifty brides to create on-trend decorations at new Handmade DIY Wedding Workshops in West Sussex.&nbsp;Horsham based craft workshop company, Make, Do &amp; Trend, are now branching out into creative wedding workshops after the recent surge in DIY weddings. Thrifty brides (and Grooms for that matter!) can create on-trend decorations and details for their weddings at one of the wedding focused creative workshops.</p> Fri, 24 Apr 2015 00:00:00 +0000 The Vintage Type. <p>Staffordshire based photographer, Danielle Zazulak of &#39;Love Photography&#39; recently sent us some stunning snaps of a vintage styled&nbsp;wedding shoot she put together to inspire brides and grooms-to-be.</p> <p>If you are planning a festival/fete themed, garden party or a marquee&nbsp;wedding with a vintage twist then these are definitely worth a look.</p> <p>We particularly love the idea of using&nbsp;lavender for&nbsp;table place settings, especially as it gives a&nbsp;beautiful contrast to the white table cloth, it smells lovely, it is a nice DIY crafting project, relatively easy and cheap&nbsp;to source plus&nbsp;guests can easily dry at home as a keepsake AND it also has a nice connection&nbsp;to romance as apparently was used for centuries to scent love letters!&nbsp;</p> <p>We are also a fan of&nbsp;the&nbsp;old door and threshold for guests to enter an outdoor ceremony space and of course&nbsp;the groom can then&nbsp;carry the bride over at the end of the ceremony!&nbsp;Jam jars glasses are a must (these are also a fun&nbsp;idea for any older children invited to the wedding) as is&nbsp;having a typewriter for your guests to type you a message of love.</p> <p>The wooden stepladders are a great way&nbsp;to display photos, table plan, cakes etc. They can also help, along with elements such as a door/threshold, to define, divide and structure different spaces for an outside wedding.</p> <p>All in all, lots to inspire all you creative brides! Please let us know what you think.</p> Thu, 23 Apr 2015 00:00:00 +0000 DIY Doily Favour Boxes <p>These are really simple to do and can be used as names settings on your tables and/or favour boxes. Try filling with sweets, confetti, bridesmaid gift or table games.</p> <p><strong>You will need:</strong>&nbsp;Paper doilies (you can pick these up in your local supermarket) //&nbsp;Craft boxes (we got these as Hobby Craft) //&nbsp;Double-sided tape //&nbsp;Scissors</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Wed, 15 Apr 2015 00:00:00 +0000 Tropical POW <p>Winter is behind us, the sun is shining, spring is in the air and summer is finally around the corner, which means&nbsp;it is wedding season (hoorah!)&nbsp;and where there is a wedding there is always a gloriously, superb Hen Do preceding it! &nbsp;</p> <p>If you are planning a hen do and are torn between a more expensive weekend abroad with guaranteed sunshine, beautiful beaches and cocktails on tap or a cheaper, more flexible option of staying in the UK, with equally beautiful beaches, homemade cocktails and fun to be had but the weather might be a slight issue, then we have the solution&hellip; &nbsp;If you can&rsquo;t bring your hens to the tropics why not bring the tropics to your hens!</p> <p>With these fantastic tropical gems&nbsp;you can guarantee that holiday feeling, even if it is raining outside!</p> <p>If you are planning a hen do or would like to shout about your own hen do please do<a href=""> get in touch</a>, we would LOVE to hear from you.</p> Wed, 15 Apr 2015 00:00:00 +0000 Save the Date! <p>Save the Date!</p> <p>We&rsquo;re just about to release details of our autumn Vintage &amp; Unique Wedding Fair which will be taking place at Scotney Castle (National Trust) again for the&nbsp;3rd year.&nbsp; So grab your diaries and we want to see our name in big black pen on&nbsp;26th &amp; 27th September 2015. This year we&#39;re going&nbsp;bigger and better!</p> Tue, 14 Apr 2015 00:00:00 +0000 Our next wedding fair <p>Our Vintage &amp; Unique Wedding Fair Spring (9<sup>th</sup> &amp; 10<sup>th</sup> May 2015 at <a href="">Chafford Park,</a> near Tunbridge Wells) just around the corner and we&rsquo;re really excited about this one. It&rsquo;s our first at <a href="">Chafford Park </a>and it&rsquo;s our first ever fair in spring.&nbsp; We decided to do a fair in spring as we had such a big demand for our autumn show at Scotney Castle, when we stumbled across <a href="">Chafford Park</a> we just couldn&rsquo;t say no.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 13 Apr 2015 00:00:00 +0000 Real Wedding: Hoppy Ever After <p>Hooray, another Real Wedding to brighten up our&nbsp;Wednesday! The beautiful couple, Rachel and Joe, got married in June 2014 at the stunning location of <a href="">Chiltern Valley Vineyard</a>. We love the romantic look and feel of the whole day, captured superbly&nbsp;by the photographer <a href="">Chris Giles</a>. There is lots to&nbsp;rave about with this wedding, from the fab save the dates to the carefully chosen,&nbsp;gorgeous floral blooms - we heart&nbsp;it all!</p> <p>We also love a creative Groom (and Best Man!)&nbsp;here at CB HQ, and think&nbsp;the idea of brewing your own wedding beer is a great one, so well done Joe and Matt for making the favours.&nbsp;</p> <p>We hope you enjoy the pics and interview, if you are a supplier or Bride and would like to share your wedding day with us please email</p> Wed, 01 Apr 2015 00:00:00 +0000 DIY Project: Dream a little dream... <p>Our Fri-DIY make today is a Dream Catcher,&nbsp;inspired by <a href="">Vicky and John&#39;s wedding</a> showcased on our Real Weddings&nbsp;this week.&nbsp;</p> <p>All in all this took 20 minutes to make and would suit a woodland or festival wedding or even a fun, enchanting craft to keep the mini guests at your wedding entertained. We have made quite a simple dream catcher, you can add to it with more ribbon, buttons, feathers, beads or anything else that takes your fancy.</p> <p>(Photo of Dream Catchers from&nbsp;<a href="">John and Vicky&#39;s wedding </a>taken by <a href="">Matilda Rose Photography</a>).</p> Fri, 27 Mar 2015 00:00:00 +0000 Real Wedding: Love Outdoors. <p>Definitely a favourite here at Team CB:&nbsp;Vicky and John&#39;s woodland wedding day&nbsp;included colourful umbrellas dotted with fairylights, friends and family providing&nbsp;entertainment and music, plus dancing, much laughter and beautiful, whimsical finishing touches that made the day unique to the happy couple. The day was captured wonderfully&nbsp;by <a href="">Matilda Rose Photography.</a></p> Wed, 25 Mar 2015 00:00:00 +0000 Colour Trend for 2015 <p>Marsala is a rich tone that&rsquo;s full-bodied and elegant. A stong colour, but when teamed with natural shades it can compliment many wedding themes. From &lsquo;rustic vintage&rsquo; with the combination of wood, raw materials and textures &ndash; to an &lsquo;elegant romance&rsquo; theme that&rsquo;s embraced with golden tones, polished tableware and clean white lines. Marsala can work across many paletts including popular colour themes from past years like purple.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 19 Mar 2015 00:00:00 +0000 Real Wedding: Celtic Charm ♥ <p>In the month of daffodils, St. David&#39;s Day, St. Patrick&#39;s Day and 6 Nations Rugby(!) what better Real Wedding&nbsp;to have a sneak peak at then the Irish/Welsh influenced big day&nbsp;of Dawn and James. We love everything about this creative and&nbsp;Celtic inspired wedding day that&#39;s&nbsp;full of cake and bright&nbsp;red socks and flowers!</p> <p>Dawn and James, along with their family and friends, pulled off a unique, fun and love-filled day.&nbsp;From the homemade dicky-bows and signs to the music and choice of cakes for the guests,&nbsp;there is an abundance of finishing touches to praise and sing about. One of our&nbsp;uttermost favourite&nbsp;bits has to be the choice of reading and getting the kids to join in too - wonderful!&nbsp;Well done to Sarah London Photogrpahy for capturing it all so splendidly!</p> <p>We hope you enjoy the photos and story of the day as much as we did. We are so inspired by all of the homemade elements of the wedding that we are going to choose one or two to make ourselves! If there are any you would like us to have a go at and feature please email us at <a href=""></a>!</p> Wed, 18 Mar 2015 00:00:00 +0000 New Floral Wedding Collection from Alphabet Bags, plus 20% off! <p>The new wedding collection from <a href="">Alphabet Bags</a> are scrumptious and so very pretty and make lovely keepsakes for you and your leading ladies.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 16 Mar 2015 00:00:00 +0000 Mum's the word... <p>Team CB would like to wish our mums and all the wonderful mums out there a very special&nbsp;and happy Mother&#39;s Day.</p> Sun, 15 Mar 2015 00:00:00 +0000 Fri-DIY! <p>Our DIY tutorial today is a nice and simple but very effective one. Taken from the fabulous book, Wedding Flowers by Paula Pryke OBE.</p> <p>These pretty and easy to make confetti cones can also be used for popcorn for your little (and big)&nbsp;guests!</p> <p>Warning: A lot of popcorn was eating during this craft!</p> Fri, 13 Mar 2015 00:00:00 +0000 From Paris to Sheffield, with love. <p>Here at Creative Brides we LOVE hearing about your proposals, engagement parties, wedding plans, creative know-how and, of course, your weddings!</p> <p>So, when Lucy got in touch about her recent engagement party we couldn&#39;t wait to share it with you all. The amount of hard work, attention to detail and brilliant craft that went into making the party a success is a real tribute to the couple, as well as there their friends and family, and shows how fun, personal&nbsp;and&nbsp;rewarding DIY is!&nbsp;</p> <p>If you are a bride or groom-to-be or are just married we would love to hear from you, please email us at <a href=""></a> and say hello! In the meantime, here is Lucy and Arron&#39;s engagement story (so far)...</p> Wed, 11 Mar 2015 00:00:00 +0000 Bridesmaid Classics... <p>After receiving a wedding invite recently asking guests to bring a book or a bottle for their wedding gift, I have been obsessively searching the internet for the perfect book. On my way I have found these beauties on Anthropologie and thought I would share.&nbsp;You should never judge a book by it&#39;s cover -&nbsp;unless they look as pretty as these!&nbsp;</p> Fri, 06 Mar 2015 00:00:00 +0000 Meet Helen <p><strong>Meet Helen</strong></p> <p>Hello Creative Brides! My name is Helen and I have recently joined the fabulous Creative Brides team here at CB HQ. I&rsquo;ve just graduated from Bournemouth University studying Events Management. I&rsquo;m really excited to work with the CB team and organise some amazing events for all you creative brides to enjoy. I have always been interested in art and one of my favourite things to do is wander around a good gallery.</p> <p>I&rsquo;m very fortunate to live in the Ashdown Forest, home of &lsquo;Winnie the Pooh&rsquo;. I love all things crafty and creative and hope to show this in my work. My true love is Nutella, if I could I would eat it with everything! Looking forward to creating some wonderful unique wedding fairs that showcase our brilliant suppliers.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 06 Mar 2015 00:00:00 +0000 Competition: Win this ' Wedding Flowers' book <p>Paula Pryke OBE has been helping brides and grooms plan weddings for nearly 30 years. This&nbsp;sumptuous book showcases the talent and skill that have contributed to making her one of the most sought-after wedding florists.&nbsp;Paula guides you through every decision, from the choice of a theme to the selection of individual flower varieties, offering a myriad ideas along the way.</p> <p>Firstly, a chapter on &lsquo;Wedding Flowers&rsquo; leads you through the different blooms that form key floral choices for many brides, from exotic orchids and lilies to romantic roses, fresh daisies and scented favourites such as sweet peas and stephanotis.</p> <p>&#39;Wedding Themes&rsquo; considers different style approaches, from exploring palettes such as black-and-white, classic white or hot pink, to a do-it-yourself vintage approach or a glamorous hotel ceremony.</p> <p>&lsquo;Floral Decorations&rsquo; gives a host of ideas for the decorations you will be choosing for your big day, from the essential bride&rsquo;s bouquet to buttonholes and headdresses for the flower girls. There are ideas for making the ceremony venue look stunning, including dramatic floral arches and charming pew ends.</p> <p>For the reception afterwards, suggestions for beautiful table decorations, chairbacks and cake toppers will help set the stage for a wonderful celebration. And for those who want to create their own flowers,&nbsp;29 step-by-step projects for bouquets and arrangements will give you all the instructions you need.&nbsp;Packed with gorgeous designs, this is an invaluable sourcebook of stunning and original wedding flowers and will be invaluable to every bride.</p> Tue, 03 Mar 2015 00:00:00 +0000 Meet Lucy <p>Hello Creative Brides! My name is Lucy and I have recently joined the fabulous Creative Brides team here at CB HQ. I am a mum of Henry and Albie, married to Neil and I love bourbons with my cup of tea. I have worked in digital media and advertising since graduating from the University of Sussex in 2005, and after living in London we moved back to East Sussex&nbsp;to bring our boys up here.</p> <p>I can&rsquo;t wait to work with Clair and the team and look forward to hopefully meeting lots of you love creative brides at our various wedding fairs and also hearing from you via our social media pages, blog, email and good old fashioned letters in the post.</p> Fri, 27 Feb 2015 00:00:00 +0000 Heart-Shaped Pancake Recipe <p><strong style="line-height: 1.6em;">Heart-Shaped Buttermilk Pancake Recipe</strong></p> <p>I&#39;m guessing everyones looking forward to getting home tonight, cracking open the eggs and drowning in a mountain of pancakes? Well, before you dive straight in have a look at this recipe. It&#39;s from one of my&nbsp;favourite lifestyle bloggers <a href="">Camille Styles&nbsp;</a>from&nbsp;the US.&nbsp;</p> <p>Enjoy your pancakes and don&#39;t forget to send us some pictures via our <a href="">Intagram page</a>&nbsp;</p> Tue, 17 Feb 2015 00:00:00 +0000 Valentine's cards: Top picks <p><strong>Valentine&#39;s Card Love:</strong></p> <p>It&rsquo;s that time of year when the shops are a wash of pinks and reds. For all the romantics out there, here are our&nbsp;tops picks of paper love from the UK.&nbsp;</p> <p>If you would prefer to make your own card, we&#39;ve just uploaded a FREE printable where you can edit the card yourself. Simple <a href="">click here</a> to view&nbsp;</p> Thu, 12 Feb 2015 00:00:00 +0000 DIY Project: Personalised Valentines Card <p><strong>DIY Project: Today I have&nbsp;loved you for...&nbsp;</strong>(perfect to send to a loved one)</p> <p>Today we&#39;re very pleased to have the&nbsp;very tallented Mrs Whippy from <a href="">Whippy </a><a href="">Weddings</a>&nbsp;(aka&nbsp;Jennie)&nbsp;on the blog again. Jennie has put together a simple&nbsp;FREE DIY printable that you can send your loved one this valentines.&nbsp;</p> <p>Jennie is&nbsp;super creative and designs quirky wedidng stationery, so if you get a second, then why not&nbsp;check out Jennie&#39;s&nbsp;<a href="">website</a> and all the lovely&nbsp;collections she offers.</p> Tue, 10 Feb 2015 00:00:00 +0000 Win our hen night essentials <p><strong>Magazine competition:</strong></p> <p>We&rsquo;ve raided the beauty cupboard at Creative Brides HQ and hand picked our favourite beauty products from the high street, and guess what&hellip; you can win them all! One lucky reader will win all these products:</p> <p>Andrew Barton Miracle Frizz Tamer Shampoo - 400ml //&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.6em;">Andrew Barton Miracle Frizz Tamer Conditioner - 225ml //&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.6em;">Batiste Tropical Dry Shampoo - 50ml //&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.6em;">Batiste Blush Dry Shampoo - 50ml //&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.6em;">Revlon &lsquo;Double Wink&rsquo; eyelashes - 1 pair //&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.6em;">Vaseline &lsquo;healthy hand, stronger nails&rsquo; cream &ndash; 75ml //&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.6em;">Impulse &lsquo;Be surprised&rsquo; body fragrance &ndash; 75ml //&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.6em;">Rimmel London &lsquo;Pop art&rsquo; top coat nail polish &ndash; 8ml //&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.6em;">Rimmel London &lsquo;Don&rsquo;t be shy&rsquo; nail polish &ndash; 8ml //&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.6em;">Maybelline New York &lsquo;Baby lips&rsquo; lip balm&nbsp;</span></p> Fri, 06 Feb 2015 00:00:00 +0000 Affordable bridal wear from Phase Eight <p>Straight off the bridal catwalks and onto the High Street. <a href="">Phase Eight </a>have just launched their bridal&nbsp;collection and is available now in selected stores and online.</p> <p>We&rsquo;re pretty impressed by the sequin embellishments and back details that grace our favourite dress &lsquo;The Hope&rsquo; which has a hint of the 1920s with the glamour of Hollywood.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 21 Jan 2015 00:00:00 +0000 Competition Video from Paris! <p>Last year we ran a competition in conjunction with <a href="">Rebecca Douglas Photography</a>, <a href="">Eurostar</a>, <a href="">Florist in the Forest</a> and <a href="">Whippy Weddings</a>. The lucky couple would win an all expenses paid engagement shoot in Paris.</p> <p>With an early start, lots of giggles and a stunning day, we made our way around Paris. With so many beautiful attractions, history and beautiful buildings we weren&#39;t stuck for stunning backdrops.</p> <p>The engagement was featured in our Autumn/Winter 2014 magazine which is still available to read on our website <a href="">here</a>. But for now, take a look at the video below.</p> Tue, 06 Jan 2015 00:00:00 +0000 Join the Creative Brides team! <p><strong>Join the Creative Brides team</strong></p> <p>I&#39;m very proud of the&nbsp;fact that I&#39;m doing my dream job. I&#39;ve always known that I&#39;ve wanted to run my own business and in 2012 I got the chance. Making some major life changes, and by putting fancy holidays&nbsp;and the latest clothes to the bottom of my list. I scribbled down a simple business plan, did some research, then&nbsp;did some more research and suddenly Creative Brides was born (one day I will explain my journey in more detail).</p> <p>Now nearly two years old&nbsp;Creative Brides has grown&nbsp;and now I need some help!&nbsp;I&#39;m looking for a small team with a love for&nbsp;weddings and everything pretty to join my team.</p> Fri, 02 Jan 2015 00:00:00 +0000 Our January Creative Brides are... <p><span style="line-height: 1.6em;">It&#39;s a New Year and time to get planning, get creative,</span><span style="line-height: 1.6em;">&nbsp;and tick off those &#39;to-do lists</span><span style="line-height: 1.6em;">&#39; that have been sitting there while you have been enjoying Christmas and New Year celebrations. </span></p> <p><span style="line-height: 1.6em;">Here at Creative Brides we have lots of amazing plans to reveal, our next magazine is out&nbsp;at the end of January and we&#39;re hosting our 1st wedding fair of the season on 30th, 31st Jan - 1st Feb at Bluewater, Kent. We&#39;re returning for a 3rd time with our &#39;<a href="">Vintage Wedding Village</a>&#39; and it&#39;s&nbsp;full of vintage inspired/original products and services (to book tickets, simply click <a href="">here</a>).&nbsp;</span></p> <p>Our January Brides-to-be are...</p> Thu, 01 Jan 2015 00:00:00 +0000 Merry Christmas from Creative Brides <p><span style="color: rgb(20, 24, 35); font-family: Helvetica, Arial, 'lucida grande', tahoma, verdana, arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 20px;">Wishing everyone a very Merry Christmas and a super New Year. What an amazing 2014 it&#39;s been and we&nbsp;can&#39;t thank everyone enough for all the&nbsp;support. We&#39;re looking forward to working with our fab suppliers in 2015 and inspiring all you stunning brides-to-be.</span></p> Wed, 24 Dec 2014 00:00:00 +0000 FrouFrou Bridal Discount <p>The lovely team at <a href="">FrouFrou Bridal Boutique</a> in Tunbridge Wells, Kent are offering an super 10% off bridal gowns until 23rd December (Christmas Eve). Be quick as appointments are being taken now.</p> <p>Designers include:</p> <div>Charlie Brear</div> <div>Stewart Parvin</div> <div>Elizabeth Stuart</div> <div>Lusan Mandongus</div> <div>Sarah Seven</div> <div>Ivy &amp; Aster</div> <div>Belle &amp; Bunty</div> <div>Kisui</div> Tue, 16 Dec 2014 00:00:00 +0000 Designer Accessories Sale <div><strong><span style="font-size: 13px;">Brides to be Make-up Accessories is having a massive sale - e</span><span style="font-size: 13px; line-height: 1.6em;">verything must go!</span></strong></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><span style="font-size: 13px;">Creative Brides supplier Lauren at Brides to be Make-up and Accessories is having a designer sale. To view Lauren&#39;s full collection please check out her <a href="">website</a>&nbsp;and</span><span style="font-size: 13px;">&nbsp;contact her on 07980 755465.</span></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Everything in stock is half price or less and shoes from the Harriet Wilde and LoveArtWear Art are up for grabs.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.6em;">Including the the lovely Sakura Nude which are normally &pound;449.99 currently &pound;100 plus postage and packaging.</span></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The Wild About Beauty Make-up range bought to you by Louise Redknapp and Celebrity Make-up Artist, Kim Jacob is now half price. Brilliant for all brides that are creating their own make-up or for a present this festive season.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Brides to be Make-up Accessories still has a range of the lovely Donna Crain wedding hair accessories available too which are 50% off RRP.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> Wed, 10 Dec 2014 00:00:00 +0000 Real Wedding: Den & Darren <p><strong><span style="line-height: 1.6em;">Real Wedding: Den &amp; Darren</span></strong></p> <p>When a Bride describes her wedding &#39;with a touch of tequila just for good measure!&#39; you know it&#39;s going to be a wedding full of laughs and good times. Den and Darren worked hard carfting&nbsp;for&nbsp;their big day, making sure is was everything they wanted and reflected their own personalites.</p> <p>Den I&#39;m totally in love with you style and of course both pairs of shoes - congratlations to you both!&nbsp;</p> Wed, 03 Dec 2014 00:00:00 +0000 Colour Palette: Mint and Gold <p><strong>Colour Palette: Mint and Gold</strong></p> <p>Mint and Gold colour schemes are bursting with energy and style. Ideal for brides who want a crisp, clean look. If you&rsquo;re planning to use these colours in your theme, maybe team them with a hint of blush pink or coral.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 27 Nov 2014 00:00:00 +0000 You are my Happy Ending! <p><strong>You Are My Happy Ending!</strong></p> <p>As some of you might know, I&rsquo;m just about to move into a&nbsp;new house with Mr CB. It&rsquo;s been a long time coming and such a crazy process, I can honestly say I&rsquo;m NOT moving house for another 20 years! Apart for the mad house prices you &lsquo;have&rsquo; to pay, it&rsquo;s the whole stress and not knowing has&nbsp;driven me nuts! The flat is packed and I&rsquo;m counting down the hours until we get the keys on Monday (fingers crossed nothing else goes wrong!).</p> Thu, 13 Nov 2014 00:00:00 +0000 Our Autumn Vintage Village <p><strong>Our Autumn Vintage Village</strong></p> <p>I&#39;ve just received some lovely images taken at&nbsp;our vintage wedding village feature at <a href="">The Wedding Fair</a> Autumn show 2014. It was our 2nd year at Bluewater curating the vintage village&nbsp;that showcases Creative Brides Directory suppliers who offer original vintage and vintage style weddings. It&#39;s a brilliant fair that showcases over 150 wedding suppliers from across the South East and I just love our special area.&nbsp;</p> <p>These pictures were taken by <a href="">Frances Carlisle</a> who was one of our photographyers at the fair this Autumn. If you visited our Vintage Village, leave a comment as we would love to hear your thoughts about the fair and all your wedding plans.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 10 Nov 2014 00:00:00 +0000 Get festive with a Christmas DIY Workshop <p>I just love when our suppliers team up to offer something pretty fun for all, and with Christmas just around the corner this one is&nbsp;not to be missed. A Christmas wreath making workshop that involves&nbsp;my 2nd love &#39;tea &amp; cake&#39; provided by <a href="">Chic&#39;n&#39;Cheerful</a>.</p> <p>So if you&#39;re feeling feative like me (yes I&#39;ve bought all my presents, made new decotations for the tree and know exactly how my table is going to look on the day!), then check out what <a href="">Joanne Truby Floral Designs</a> &amp; <a href="">Chic&#39;n&#39;Cheerful</a> are up to.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 07 Nov 2014 00:00:00 +0000 DIY Handmade Wedding Workshops & Crafty Hen Parties <p>Our fab directory supplier &#39;Make, Do &amp; Trend&#39; have just released details about their next wedding workshop. You can make gold rustic Kilner jar centrepiece&nbsp;and Mr &amp; Mrs cake bunting for your big day.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>About Make, Do &amp; Trend:</strong>&nbsp;Make, Do &amp; Trend offer craft hen party packages and handmade DIY wedding workshops based on current trends in wedding styling, fashion, accessories, home and lifestyle so you&#39;ll always create something unique and bang on trend whether it&#39;s for your upcoming wedding or amongst family and friends at your hen party! We also offer a wedding styling service and prop hire.</p> Tue, 04 Nov 2014 00:00:00 +0000 Pumpkin Decoration <p>With pumpkins everywhere I look, I&#39;ve been searching high and low for a pumpkin design that would work across an Autumn themed wedding.</p> <p>Staying away from the normal urge to slice, chop and make some sort of scary face or design. I&#39;ve fallen in love with this simple design that saves on the mess and&nbsp;waste to&nbsp;compliment any wedding table.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 28 Oct 2014 00:00:00 +0000 The Quirky Boutique Wedding Fair <p>Belles Events are famous for hosting fun and unique wedding fairs on the South coast, and guess what? There is one this weekend! - Brighton Centre on 21st September 2014.</p> <p>If you&#39;re looking for suppliers who offer unique, vintage, eclectic, festival, whimscal, kitch, camp and eccentric then plan your weekend around this wedding fair!&nbsp;</p> <p>The Quirky Boutique Wedding Fair is open from&nbsp;11am until 4pm and entry is&nbsp;only &pound;2 on the door!</p> Tue, 16 Sep 2014 00:00:00 +0000 Real Wedding: April & Stuart <p><strong>Real Wedding: April &amp; Stuart</strong></p> <p>This wedding is made with love! From all the little details that were handmade by the bride and her family members, all the way to how&nbsp;the bride and groom&nbsp;felt on that day. This wedding just proves that if you&#39;re relaxed on your big day, so will all your guests - which always makes for a lovely atmosphere.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 04 Sep 2014 00:00:00 +0000 Friday Challenge- Love Notes <p><strong>Personal post: Friday Challenge - Love Notes!</strong></p> <p>I&#39;m one very lucky lady when it comes to the man in my life. Mr CB, (as I often call him on Creative Brides) is my ultimate&nbsp;super star, and I feel very blessed to have him in my life. One day I promise to tell you how we first met...</p> <p>I wouldn&rsquo;t class myself as one of those people who get all soppy when it comes to love, I&rsquo;m not a massive fan of Valentines Day (too commercial) and I always forget to buy a card! But ever since I met Mr CB something&rsquo;s changed and I&rsquo;ve become a complete softy &ndash; yes I would like to apologise now to anyone I laughed at for being so soppy when it comes to his or her other half!</p> Fri, 15 Aug 2014 00:00:00 +0000 Competition time: Win afternoon tea for Four <p>Competition time: Win afternoon tea for four</p> <p><a href="">Chic&#39;n&#39;Cheerful</a> are running a competition to win afternoon tea for four&nbsp;or a host of other delights to celebrate&nbsp;&#39;National Afternoon Tea Week&#39; 11th - 17th August 2014.</p> <p>For your chance to win any of the prizes below,&nbsp;simply enter via&nbsp;their<a href=""> Facebook</a> page or by sending <a href="">Chic&#39;n&#39;Cheerful</a> an email to <a href=""></a>&nbsp;and&nbsp;tell&nbsp;them what makes you&nbsp;&#39;Cheerful&#39;.&nbsp;</p> <p>Closing date is 17th August.</p> Wed, 13 Aug 2014 00:00:00 +0000 Real wedding: Claudia & Peter <p>Real Wedding: Claudia &amp; Peter</p> <p>Photography by:&nbsp;Andrew Stonier, <a href="">Howling Basset</a></p> <p>A colour pallet that I just love, and I think these colours&nbsp;look&nbsp;really lovely teamed with navy. Claudia and Peter have really used these colours well thorughout their wedding, and what a great way to include the&nbsp;garden party theme, then having Preston Court, Kent in the&nbsp;background -&nbsp;afterall Kent&nbsp;is the garden of England!</p> Mon, 11 Aug 2014 00:00:00 +0000 Big Love Weekend <p>Southbank Centre makes its final call-out to all couples who&nbsp;would&nbsp;like to take part in the Big Wedding Weekend, a week before the deadline. The last day couples can sign up is Tuesday 12 August to allow for the legal formalities to be processed. To date more than 75 couples are confirmed to get married or renew their vows on the stage of the iconic Royal Festival Hall.</p> Wed, 06 Aug 2014 00:00:00 +0000 Supplier Spotlight: Chic’n’Cheerful <div>Today we welcome Dianne from&nbsp;<a href="">Chic&rsquo;n&rsquo;Cheerful </a>to the blog. I follow&nbsp;<a href="">Chic&rsquo;n&rsquo;Cheerful</a> on <a href="">Facebook </a>and <a href="">Twitter</a> and I love seeing all the creative projects Dianne works on. If it&#39;s not a lovely cake being baked for a celebration or&nbsp;Rusty her VW camper on route to wedding, it&#39;s something being made or up-cycled&nbsp;- pretty much my dream wedding supplier!&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><a href="">Chic&rsquo;n&rsquo;Cheerful</a> offer a mishmash of&nbsp;beautiful things: Catering, crockery, crafts &amp; a classic camper van that covers&nbsp;the South East, London and beyond. Here we talk to Dianne about her favourite things and why she loves her job!</div> <div> <div>&nbsp;</div> </div> Tue, 29 Jul 2014 00:00:00 +0000 Brides-to-be SALE <p>Brides to be Accessories is having a SALE!</p> <p>If you love shoes and accessories like me, then you will love the offers that are currently on <a href="">Brides to be Make-up asccessories</a>. Lauren is one of our trusted directory suppliers and is now offering a pop-up-shop in your own home - how great is that! Simply email Lauren to place your order and Lauren will include the discount&nbsp;- Code is&nbsp;cbjuly14</p> <p>If you fancy trying on shoes and accessories in the comfort of your own home, then get in contact with <a href="">Lauren</a>.</p> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 00:00:00 +0000 Creating theatre with flowers - Part 2 <p>Creating theatre with flowers - Part 2</p> <p>If the thought of having to put down your beautiful bouquet after the service fills you with sadness, why not consider a flower crown? Gorgeous and fresh, it will look fabulous all day. With extravagance or subtly as you desire, they are truly lovely and can add a trendy boho vibe to the occasion as seen here by <a href="">Joanne Truby</a> (3rd image) - afterall, you are Queen for the day!</p> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 00:00:00 +0000 Creating theatre with flowers - Part 1 <p><strong>Creating theatre with flowers - Part 1</strong></p> <p>From the RHS Chelsea Flower Show to Country Fairs and Festivals, summer is awash with blooming brilliant floral fancy.</p> <p>Once you&rsquo;ve got an idea of colour, (if you&rsquo;re struggling with this, flowers offer the perfect palette to help you choose), it&rsquo;s then deciding how much you want your blooms to feature.</p> Mon, 14 Jul 2014 00:00:00 +0000 Competition time <p><strong>Competition:</strong>&nbsp;A chance to win <a href="">Blend Collective Hand Cream</a> 75ml</p> <p>As a little &#39;Thank You&#39; for supporting us&nbsp;we&#39;re giving you the chance to win a 75ml bottle&nbsp;of <a href="" style="text-decoration: none !important; color: rgb(73, 73, 73) !important; ">Blend Collective Hand Cream</a>&nbsp;(RRP&nbsp;&pound;15.00). All you have to do is <strong>&#39;<a href="">Like</a>&#39;</strong>&nbsp;our&nbsp;<a href="">Facebook Page</a>&nbsp;(unfortunately business pages won&#39;t be counted, but still come along and say hello).</p> Tue, 01 Jul 2014 00:00:00 +0000 Engagement Shoot: Helen & Andrew <p><strong>Engagement Shoot: Helen &amp; Andrew</strong></p> <p><b>Photography by: <a href="">Parkershots&nbsp;</a></b></p> <p>This has to be the best proposal story we&#39;ve had on Creative Brides - EVER! I don&#39;t want to give too much away&nbsp;as it&#39;s Helen and Andrews story, but boy it&#39;s a good one. Well executed Andrew and what a great one to remember!&nbsp;</p> Thu, 19 Jun 2014 00:00:00 +0000 FEMININE 50’s Style <p>This season it&rsquo;s all about Mad Men chic as super feminine 50&rsquo;s fashion takes centre stage! Think uber elegant full skirts and structured tailored jackets, mixed with statement girly necklaces for a fun modern edge.</p> <p>Words by Lucy Saxton</p> Wed, 18 Jun 2014 00:00:00 +0000 Most Popular Wedding Directory - UK 2014 <p>We&#39;ve won another award, and this time it&#39;s for fab our supplier Directory. The Wedding Experts have awarded us with &#39;Most Popular Wedding Directory for the UK&#39; and we&#39;re really chuffed.&nbsp;</p> <p>If you&#39;re looking for fab suppliers who would really make your wedding day special and non-stressful, then check out our Directory. It&#39;s growing daily with more and more suppliers joining, so keep checking back.</p> <p>Our suppliers cover styles, services and products from something unique to&nbsp;traditional elegance, but most of all they love their business and will offer great service.&nbsp;You can view here: <a href=""></a></p> Tue, 17 Jun 2014 00:00:00 +0000 Free Printable: Country Bunting Thank You Tags <div> <p>Last week we featured a&nbsp;<a href="">FREE</a>&nbsp;printable&nbsp;designed by Beth from&nbsp;<a href="">A Four Letter Word</a>, well this week we have another FREE printable from the same collection - Thank You Tags.</p> <p>Beth designs delightful wedding stationery and this FEE Thank You Tag&nbsp;is from Beth&#39;s&nbsp;signature collection called&nbsp;<a href="">Country Bunting</a>. To see the&nbsp;full collection&nbsp;check out Beth&#39;s&nbsp;<a href="">website</a>, there are&nbsp;also more beautiful designs on there too. &nbsp;</p> </div> Fri, 13 Jun 2014 00:00:00 +0000 Free Printable: Country Bunting Place Cards <p>Todays <a href="">FREE</a> printable has been designed by Beth from <a href="">A Four Letter Word</a>. Beth designs delightful wedding stationery and this place card is from her signature collection called <a href="">Country Bunting</a>. To see the&nbsp;full collection then check out Beth&#39;s&nbsp;<a href="">website</a>, there are also many more beautiful designs on there too - so enjoy!</p> Fri, 06 Jun 2014 00:00:00 +0000 Engagement Shoot: Suzi & Chris <p><strong>Engagement Shoot:</strong> Suzi &amp; Chris //&nbsp;<strong>Photographer:</strong> <a href="">Rebecca Douglas Photography</a></p> <p>This engagement shoot by Rebecca Douglas was taken at the soon-to-be wedding venue of&nbsp;Suzi and Chris. What a nice idea, as it meant&nbsp;they all got to do a reccy of the venue before the big day. Rebecca has managed to use the natural light to stream down on the couple, it&#39;s little touches like this that help make lovely photos don&#39;t you think?</p> Thu, 05 Jun 2014 00:00:00 +0000 Supplier Spotlight: ELS Designs <p><strong>Supplier Spotlight: ELS Designs</strong></p> <p>Today we welcome <a href="">Emma-Louise</a> to our supplier spotlight. With over 10 years experience in creating bespoke&nbsp;stationery, Emma-Louise is a great person to ask&nbsp;advice when ordering your wedding stationery.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 03 Jun 2014 00:00:00 +0000 Engagement Shoot: Kirsty & Andrew <p><strong>Engagement Shoot: Kirsty &amp; Andrew</strong></p> <p>What a gorgeous, tranquil backdrop for an engagement shoot! We love the range of colours and tones brought to life in the stunning spring sunshine, and how this natural, peaceful setting captures a relaxed Andy&nbsp;and Kirsty on camera.</p> <p>Indie looks pleased to have her moment too, and rightly so given her part in the engagement.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 27 May 2014 00:00:00 +0000 Fashion: 'Bold' Guest Attire <p>I&#39;m on the&nbsp;hunt for an outfit to wear to my brothers wedding in August, and to be honest I&#39;m not too sure where to start looking. I&#39;m normally quite a good shopper and can always find something, but&nbsp;the pressure is on to find the right outfit for all those family photos that will be taken, so I&#39;m not feeling very inspired. I don&#39;t want to look like a Bridesmaid or just one of the guests, afterall it is my fab brother getting married and want to stand out a little!&nbsp;</p> <p>Over the next few months I will be sharring some&nbsp;lovely outfits that I&#39;ve found along the way, and hopefully one&nbsp;will what&nbsp;I wear to the wedding - all in the name of research of course!&nbsp;</p> Tue, 13 May 2014 00:00:00 +0000 Winner at National Blog Awards 2014 <p>As many of you might have heard&nbsp;(from the&nbsp;loud &#39;woohoos&#39; that have been coming from&nbsp;CB HQ), we WON&nbsp;best organisation wedding blog at the <a href="">UK&nbsp;Blog Awards</a>. Creative Brides has been a dream of mine for a very long time, and I finally got a chance to make my&nbsp;dream come true. I know everyone says that, but it&#39;s true!&nbsp;</p> <p>Here are a few pics from the awards night. Excuse the &#39;selfies&#39;,&nbsp;but seeing as everyone does it, Mr CB and I couldn&#39;t resist.&nbsp;You can also have a giggle at Mr CB with The Stig, I think Mr CB&nbsp;might frame&nbsp;that one!&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Fri, 09 May 2014 00:00:00 +0000 'Blue Belles' Bridal Shoot <p>Todays styled bridal shoot captures one of my most favourite&nbsp;times of the&nbsp;year that happens in our woodlands. It&#39;s when there&#39;s a sea of bluebells&nbsp;cover the ground&nbsp;with a blanket of purples and blues that change colour as the light passes through. Taking inspiration from this enchanting&nbsp;&nbsp;time of year,&nbsp;<a href="">Suzanna Forrister-Beer MUA</a> tells us where her ideas and creativity came from to create her natural and eco themed &#39;Blue Belles&#39;&nbsp;bridal shoot.</p> <p>&quot;The main inspiration for this shoot was derived from my passion for the environment and the growing interest in Natural &amp; Eco themed weddings; My aim was to bring alive our beautiful Bluebelles and capture their magnificence for future generations to enjoy; cue styled photo shoot&quot;</p> Thu, 08 May 2014 00:00:00 +0000 Real Wedding: Bethany & Keiron <p>Kent is a great county that offers a vast&nbsp;choice&nbsp;of wedding venues.&nbsp;From castles to a rustic barns set within a secret woodland, they all offer different&nbsp;backdrops for you to host the wedding you want.</p> <p><a href="">Solton Manor</a> is a grade II listed house that is pack with&nbsp;history dating back to the time of the domesday survey of 1086. Set in 10 acres of gardens and grounds with wildlife ponds, woodland and paddocks, it&#39;s provided a beautiful backdrop to&nbsp;Bethany &amp; Keiron&#39;s special day.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 07 May 2014 00:00:00 +0000 Supplier Spotlight: Aimee Paints Illustration <p>It&#39;s important that you get to know your wedding supplier, afterall they are part of your &#39;wedding dream team&#39; and are a great source of&nbsp;advice along the way. Our <a href="">Directory</a> is full of great wedding suppliers that will make your wedding unique, so over the next few months&nbsp;we will be showcasing some of the&nbsp;best wedding talent in the&nbsp;industry.</p> <p>Today we welcome our first creative supplier:&nbsp;Aimee Pretty from&nbsp;<a href="">Aimee Paints Illustration</a>. Aimee is a tallented illustartor who custom designs save the dates&nbsp;and wedding stationery that are all personalised and unique to you.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 06 May 2014 00:00:00 +0000 Marleybrook House in an English Country Garden <p>Fancy getting married in 17th Century thatched farmhouse that is set within 5 acres? Then Marleybrook House is the perfect setting for your vintage, quirky or unique wedding. There is a&nbsp;1930&#39;s fully renovated showmans caravan, gypsy caravan, original haywagin, original market stall cart, red phone box, butchers bike, various pieces of antique farm machinery and&nbsp;vintage tractor.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 02 May 2014 00:00:00 +0000 Travel Money <p>I&#39;m pretty excited about next month, as I&#39;m heading off to Italy for a friends wedding. There&#39;s a big group of us heading out together and I can&#39;t wait to see some sun, enjoy some quality time with my friends and of course, see Nadia and Gianni get married.&nbsp;</p> <p>It&#39;s going to be lovely long weekend, but my only concern is do I take cash, use my credit card or take travellers cheques!?!&nbsp;</p> Thu, 01 May 2014 00:00:00 +0000 Real Wedding: Kate & Doug <p><strong>Real Wedding: Kate &amp; Doug</strong></p> <p>Creative Brides photographer <a href="">Penny Young</a> had sent me over an engagement shoot (which we blogged about last week) and today I have the great pleasure of featuring the wedding.</p> <p>A very traditional wedding with top&nbsp;hats,&nbsp;horse and carriage and a beutiful dress. I really like the way Kate tied in the flower details from her dress, shoes and cake.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 30 Apr 2014 00:00:00 +0000 Engagement Shoot: Kate & Doug <p><strong>Tell us about the proposal?</strong></p> <p>We were on holiday in Madeira walking on one of the mountainside levadas. The path was about 1ft&nbsp;wide with a 200ft drop straight down the mountain beside us. When we were next to a waterfall Doug stopped and pretended he was changing the lens on his camera, and when I turned around he was down on one knee holding up the ring in a box. It was perfect!</p> Thu, 24 Apr 2014 00:00:00 +0000 Real Wedding: Jen & Ben <p><strong>Real Wedding: Jen &amp; Ben (<a href="">Bellaboo and Beau</a>)</strong></p> <p>We love showcasing real weddings at&nbsp;Creative Brides, and this one is extra special as it&#39;s one of our fab Directory suppliers. Jen from <a href="">Bellaboo and Beau</a>&nbsp;is a wedding stylist that offers&nbsp;creative styling, so if&nbsp;you&#39;re looking for someone who would be passionate about your wedding and will make it as unique as you, then Jen is your gal! Check out her own creative wedding here...</p> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 00:00:00 +0000 Win your Bridesmaid dresses <p><strong>Win Your Bridesmaid Dresses:</strong></p> <p>Fever London are running a fab competition again to win your Bridesmaid dresses worth up to &pound;300. All you have to do is &#39;pin&#39; your vintage inspiration using&nbsp;#FeverWeddings</p> <h4>&nbsp;</h4> Fri, 11 Apr 2014 00:00:00 +0000 Real Wedding: Jacqui & Ian <p><strong>Bride and Groom:&nbsp;</strong>Ian and Jacqui Roebuck</p> <p><strong>Married: </strong>28th September 2013</p> <p>There wasn&#39;t an actual theme as such to our wedding, it was more an extension of our home decoration. We&nbsp;filled the hall with things that we love from our house, and all the vintage treasure we had found from bootsales and antique fairs over the summer. The inspiration for our wedding was just &#39;us&#39; really, as we wanted to put across as much of ourselves as possible throughout the day and I think that&nbsp;made the day unique.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Thu, 20 Mar 2014 00:00:00 +0000 Purple-Popping Colour <p>The lovely <a href="">Joanne Turby Floral Design</a> sent us over some purple-popping images from a styled shoot she worked on last year, and with <a href=";ca=10">PANTONE 2014</a> colour of the year being <a href=";ca=10">&lsquo;Radiant Orchard&rsquo;</a> we thought we better showcase some inspiring tones from that pallet.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 18 Mar 2014 00:00:00 +0000 Engagement Shoot: Leila & Sam <p><strong>Engagement Shoot: Leila &amp; Sam</strong></p> <p><strong>Tell us about the proposal?</strong></p> <p>Sam proposed on our 3 year anniversary. We had planned a nice night out with dinner and a hotel in London to mark the occasion. Dinner was at Dans le Noir, where you eat in complete darkness, and little did I know that Sam had the ring box tucked into his rugby sock the whole time (apparently he thought that I might find it if it was in his jacket pocket!). After dinner we took a walk down by St Katharine&rsquo;s Docks, and found a deserted promenade just next to Tower Bridge all lit up with twinkly lights. I was admiring the view and then turned around to find Sam fumbling at his feet. I thought he was tying his shoelaces until he pulled out the most gorgeous ring and asked me to marry him!</p> Wed, 12 Mar 2014 00:00:00 +0000 Book Launch By Willow Crossley <p><strong>Book Launch:</strong>&nbsp;<a href="">The Art Of Living With Nature</a>&nbsp;By Willow Crossley</p> <p>I&#39;m a big fan of what I call &#39;coffee table&#39; books. They are the ones that grace my large living room coffe table,&nbsp;the ones that all my guests&nbsp;flick through when over for a cuppa and the ones where the front covers are too beautiful to hide.&nbsp;</p> <p>When I saw this new book by&nbsp;<a href="">Willow Crossley</a>, it was a must for my collection. With signs of Sping making a&nbsp;long-awaited&nbsp;appearance outside,&nbsp;<a href="">&#39;The Art Of Living With Nature&#39;</a>&nbsp;embraces and inspires&nbsp;you to enjoy&nbsp;all that is lovely outside, but in!</p> Fri, 07 Mar 2014 00:00:00 +0000 Top insider tips about getting cheaper flights for your honeymoon <p>With this month being a bumper period for holiday and <a href="">honeymoon</a> bookings, and with budgets and money saving front of mind, the UK&rsquo;s newest <a href="">flight</a> comparison website <a href=""></a>&nbsp;is sharing its knowledge and offering a timely guide to help honeymooners get better value flights.</p> Tue, 25 Feb 2014 00:00:00 +0000 The Wedding Fairs - EventCity Manchester <p>Have you ever wanted to know what EventCity Wedding Fair is like? Here&#39;s a video that gives you a little idea of what to expect.</p> Tue, 18 Feb 2014 00:00:00 +0000 PARIS winners Announced <p><strong>PARIS winners Announced:&nbsp;</strong></p> <p><a href="" style="text-decoration: none !important; color: rgb(73, 73, 73) !important; ">Creative Brides</a>&nbsp;and<a href="" style="text-decoration: none !important; color: rgb(73, 73, 73) !important; ">&nbsp;Rebecca Douglas Photography</a>&nbsp;are delighted to announce that Danielle Clarke and Jason Stokes are the incredibly lucky winners of the Paris Engagement Shoot.</p> Fri, 14 Feb 2014 00:00:00 +0000 The Bluewater Wedding Fair <p>Have you ever wanted to know what The Bluewater Wedding Fair is like? Here&#39;s a video that gives you a little idea of what to expect, but don&#39;t forget&nbsp;this year it&#39;s going to be even better&nbsp;and we&#39;re also there with our <a href="">Vintage Village</a>.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 28 Jan 2014 00:00:00 +0000 Free Printable: Sweetie Bag Label <p><strong>Free Printable: Sweetie Bag Label</strong></p> <p>We&#39;ve been getting crafty at CB HQ again and designed these Sweetie Bag Labels inspired by doilies - cute! They&#39;re a great way to add some prettiness to your sweetie tables and very simple to do, you can even personalise them as favours for your guests.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 15 Jan 2014 00:00:00 +0000 Get creative with your honeymoon gift list <p><strong>Get&nbsp;creative with your&nbsp;honeymoon gift list</strong></p> <p>Your wedding gift list might be one of the last places you&rsquo;d expect to be able to show your creative flair. Traditionally, this is where you simply provide suggestions on the plate designs you might like, or the wine glasses you&nbsp;hope to put in your cabinet. It reveals your tastes, but there isn&rsquo;t a great deal of room for your personality to shine.</p> Fri, 10 Jan 2014 00:00:00 +0000 Real Wedding: Cheryl & Matthew <p>We&#39;re kicking off our&nbsp;2014 blog&nbsp;posts with the&nbsp;bright, bold and creative wedding of Cheryl and Matthew. I&#39;m a big fan of bold colours, as they make me feel happy. So when I received images from&nbsp;<a href="">Katy Ellen Photography</a>, I knew it should be the first real wedding we feature in 2014. &nbsp;</p> Wed, 08 Jan 2014 00:00:00 +0000 Winner announced <p>The&nbsp;<strong>winner</strong> of our <a href="">Fever London Bridesmaid Dress</a>&nbsp;competition is: <strong>Rebecca</strong></p> <p>Congratulations Rebecca,&nbsp;<a href="">Fever London</a> will be in contact with you via email shortly. We wish you all the very best in your wedding planning and can&#39;t wait to see some&nbsp;pictures from your big day.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 23 Dec 2013 00:00:00 +0000 Real Wedding: Lara & Gav <p><strong>Real Wedding: Lara &amp; Gav</strong></p> <p>Wow, what better&nbsp;way to end&nbsp;2013 than&nbsp;share the&nbsp;amazing real wedding of&nbsp;Lara and Gav, that was held in Lara&#39;s parents&nbsp;garden. <em>&quot;The garden&nbsp;has always played host to whimsical parties, and lent itself brilliantly to the occasion&quot;</em>&nbsp;said Lara.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 20 Dec 2013 00:00:00 +0000 Romance & Reflections: a walking styled shoot <p><strong>Romance &amp; Reflections: A&nbsp;walking styled shoot&nbsp;</strong></p> <p>When I heard that <a href="">The George</a> was having an open day with the venue being dressed for a wedding, I thought it would be the perfect opportunity to do a styled shoot at the same time.&nbsp;<br /> I know <a href="">The George</a> very well as I both live in <a href="">Rye</a>, and do the <a href="">design work</a> for <a href="">The George&#39;s wedding fairs</a>.</p> Mon, 16 Dec 2013 00:00:00 +0000 In the woods festival wedding <p>One of the biggest stumbling blocks their readers face when planning a <a href="">festival wedding</a> is finding the right venue. It&rsquo;s such an important decision and one that usually determines all other aspects of a wedding. From experience, <a href="">Laura and Kelly</a> both know that outside venues that lend themselves to a festival wedding are hard to find and the ones that do exist usually come with a huge list of limitations!&nbsp;</p> Tue, 03 Dec 2013 00:00:00 +0000 Product Launch: Anyone for tea? <p>We&rsquo;re big fans of herbal tea at Creative Brides, in fact the kettle is consistently on and we all have our own favourite flavor. Laura is &lsquo;green tea&rsquo; queen and I&rsquo;m one for the berries, as I love the smell. So we were very pleased to hear that <a href="">Neal&rsquo;s Yard Remedies</a> have just launched their new 100% organic and Soil Association certified herbal teas &ndash;&nbsp;more flavours to try!</p> <p>Each tea is infused with a tantilising mixture of ingredients that energise, refresh or calm you. We recommend their &rsquo;<a href="">Calming Tea</a>&rsquo; for those pre-wedding nerves.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 02 Dec 2013 00:00:00 +0000 Goodwood House Real Wedding: Caroline & Ed Steer <p><strong>Goodwood House&nbsp;Real Wedding: Caroline &amp; Ed Steer</strong></p> <p><a href="">Goodwood House</a>&nbsp;plays host to Caroline and Ed&#39;s beautiful wedding. Set within the&nbsp;ancestral home of the Dukes of&nbsp;Richmond and Gordon, Caroline and Ed&#39;s wedding is an intimate and&nbsp;personal wedding that radiates English charm.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 27 Nov 2013 00:00:00 +0000 Win Three Fever London Bridesmaid Dresses <p><strong>Win Three <a href="">Fever London Bridesmaid</a> Dresses</strong></p> <p>With a sweetheart shaped bodice in silk chiffon and one shoulder detailing, the Ivy Dress from Fever London is the ultimate bridesmaid dress.&nbsp;To be in with a chance of<strong> <a href="">winning three</a></strong>&nbsp;beautiful <a href="">Fever London</a>&nbsp;dresses for your own wedding, simply follow the instructions below.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 25 Nov 2013 00:00:00 +0000 Share the wedding dress love <p><strong>Share the Wedding Dress Love</strong></p> <p>You&rsquo;re getting married! Now probably one of the first things you&rsquo;ll do is take to the web and Google &lsquo;<a href="">wedding dresses</a>&rsquo;. With access to global sites, it&rsquo;s great to explore and gather inspiration, but the difficulty can come if you spy a style or designer that isn&rsquo;t readily available through a local or UK supplier.</p> Thu, 21 Nov 2013 00:00:00 +0000 Real Wedding: Ali and Matt <p><strong>Real Wedding: Ali and Matt</strong></p> <p>Alexandra (Ali) and&nbsp;Matt got married in a beautiful <a href="">church</a> in Sussex and held their reception at <a href="">Hendal Manor</a> which was once a derelict dairy farm. When I saw that one of our &#39;super suppliers&#39;&nbsp;Nick from <a href="">Parkershots</a> had&nbsp;photographed their&nbsp;beautiful wedding, I just had to feature it -&nbsp;plus I love the car Ali and Matt&nbsp;hired for the weekend!&nbsp;</p> Wed, 20 Nov 2013 00:00:00 +0000 Win your engagement shoot in Paris <div><strong>Win your engagement shoot in Paris</strong></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><a href="">Creative Brides</a> and <a href="">Rebecca Douglas Photography</a> have teamed up with<a href=""> Eurostar</a> to run an AMAZING competition! One (very) lucky couple will win an engagement shoot (worth over &pound;800) in the city of love that is Paris. We&#39;re pretty excited about this one and have some great plans that will make it a brilliant trip.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>With <a href="">Eurostar</a> making it so easy to just &#39;hop&#39; across the channel and visit <a href="">Paris</a>, we couldn&#39;t say no and thought why not bring a few extra people along to enjoy the fantastic city. We will be visiting many iconic places such as the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame de Paris and the River Seine, as well as some other unique places along the way.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> Fri, 15 Nov 2013 00:00:00 +0000 Traditional Wedding Henna <p><strong>Traditional Wedding&nbsp;Henna</strong></p> <p>Henna,&nbsp;also known as Mehndi, has been a traditional form of wedding decoration for brides since ancient times. Beautiful and meaningful, the patterns and symbols used are traditional for some Hindu and Muslim weddings, but would also make a stunning addition to a beach, boho or festival inspired ceremony.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 13 Nov 2013 00:00:00 +0000 The Tea House Bride <p><strong>The Tea House Bride</strong></p> <p>Traditional or contemporary, it&rsquo;s always nice to put your own stamp on things and nothing pleases us more at CB than seeing just that when it comes to wedding styling. So we were thrilled when <a href="">The Vintage Floral Design Co</a>.&nbsp;shared some snaps from their shoot taken in The Japanese Garden at <a href="">Gatton Park</a> in Surrey.</p> Tue, 12 Nov 2013 00:00:00 +0000 Whimsical Craft Fair <div> <p>Creative Brides super suppliers&nbsp;<a href="">Cat-a-cake Creations</a>&nbsp;is hosting a whimsical craft fair this Saturday (16th) in Brighton.&nbsp;If you&#39;re in the area&nbsp;pop by&nbsp;as it&#39;s free entry, and&nbsp;you might&nbsp;pick&nbsp;up something&nbsp;for members of your bridal party to say thank you!&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="">Cat-a-cake&nbsp;Creations</a>&nbsp;also do fab customised&nbsp;hen party jewellery.&nbsp;</p> </div> Tue, 12 Nov 2013 00:00:00 +0000 Free Printable: Straw Flags <p><strong>Free Printable: Straw Flags</strong></p> <p>We&#39;ve been getting crafty at CB HQ again and designed these little straw flags - cute! They&#39;re a great way to add some prettiness to your wedding drinks and very simple to do.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 08 Nov 2013 00:00:00 +0000 Real Wedding: Bryony and Michael <p><strong>Real Wedding: Bryony and Michael</strong></p> <p>I&#39;m very lucky to receive&nbsp;lots of pretty weddingness in my inbox every morning, but sometimes it&#39;s the simple things that make a wedding stand out to me. From walking to the venues, to the simple giant balloons that floated&nbsp;around the streets of London,&nbsp;this real wedding has some unique&nbsp;personal touches that I&#39;m sure Bryony and Michael&#39;s&nbsp;guests really enjoyed!</p> Wed, 06 Nov 2013 00:00:00 +0000 Photobooth with a difference! <p><strong>Photobooth with a difference!</strong></p> <p>If you missed our Vintage and Unique Wedding Fair at Scotney Castle, here&#39;s another chance to meet the team that run&nbsp;<a href="">Kamper Klicks</a>. <a href="">Kamper Klicks</a> is not just a photobooth within a VW camper,&nbsp;Neil and Theresa&nbsp;make the experience as unique as your wedding, which includes&nbsp;bespoke&nbsp;graphics and&nbsp;an&nbsp;option to create&nbsp;an&nbsp;interior&nbsp;theme to match&nbsp;your wedding.&nbsp;The studio quality&nbsp;images are produced in a flash. Every detail is thought through so&nbsp;guests&nbsp;enjoy an&nbsp;unrivalled&nbsp;experience.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 05 Nov 2013 00:00:00 +0000 Win your wedding photography <p><strong>Win your wedding photography</strong></p> <p>Our fab supplier Kooky Weddings is giving you the chance to &#39;WIN&#39; your wedding photography in 2014 - how cool is that! To enter just click <a href="">here</a>&nbsp;and follow the instructions on Carly&#39;s website.&nbsp;</p> <p>We will be featuring a&nbsp;Kooky &#39;Real Wedding&#39; on Wednesday, so keep&nbsp;an eye out.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 04 Nov 2013 00:00:00 +0000 All a flush with SS14 Fever <p><strong>All a flush with SS14 Fever</strong></p> <p>If you&rsquo;re beginning to feel a little exasperated in trying to find picture-perfect <a href="">bridesmaid dresses</a>, take a peek through an old Instamatic lens at the new collection from British fashion label <a href="">Fever Designs</a> London.</p> Fri, 25 Oct 2013 00:00:00 +0000 Pearl and Queenie <p><strong>Pearl and Queenie</strong></p> <p>Perusing beautiful jewellery and sipping wine by the seaside; Creative Brides was lucky enough to attend <a href="">Pearl &amp; Queenie&rsquo;s</a> preview jewellery collection party in the pretty streets of Hastings Old Town.</p> Thu, 24 Oct 2013 00:00:00 +0000 Engagement Shoot: Rebecca and Robert <p><strong>Engagement Shoot: Rebecca and Robert</strong></p> <p><strong>Tell us about the proposal?&nbsp;</strong>We have been together for 10 years so when Rob finally popped the question it was quite a shock! Rob said he wanted to cook me dinner for Valentine&#39;s Day and as he&#39;s not the greatest or most confident cook, I put his nerves down as being the result of worrying about getting the meal right. But then he got down on one knee! It was a really romantic proposal and we spent most of the evening ringing all our family and friends to share the great news.</p> Wed, 23 Oct 2013 00:00:00 +0000 A perfect backdrop for bridal brilliance <p><strong>A perfect backdrop for bridal&nbsp;brilliance</strong></p> <p>On a mild weekend at the end of September, it would seem that the nuptial season was still in full swing, following the success of the first Vintage &amp; Unique Wedding Fair, with 50+&nbsp;exhibitors and over 193 Brides/Grooms&nbsp;over the two day event, held at The National Trust&rsquo;s Scotney Castle, Lamberhurst.</p> Fri, 18 Oct 2013 00:00:00 +0000 Competition Winner! <p>The&nbsp;winner of our&nbsp;<a href="">Lanc&ocirc;me La Base Pro</a> competition is: <strong>Sherryn Watkin</strong></p> <p>Sherryn please email us on&nbsp;<a href=""></a>&nbsp;so we can arrange delivery. We need to hear from you&nbsp;by 22nd&nbsp;November&nbsp;2013 otherwise we will pass the prize on&nbsp;to another lucky winner.</p> Fri, 18 Oct 2013 00:00:00 +0000 Vintage Elegance Bridal Shoot <div> <p><strong>Vintage Elegance Bridal&nbsp;Shoot</strong></p> <p>A stunning luxe black and shimmering gold bridal inspiration shoot conceived, planned and styled by London based luxury Wedding Planners and Stylists Perfect Events.</p> <p>With their love of all things vintage Perfect Events inspired by the 1920&rsquo;s Art Deco period showcases everything a bride needs to make her wedding day feel and look absolutely amazing, collaborating with leading suppliers and choosing the impressive&nbsp;<a href="">Connaught Hotel</a>&nbsp;as the perfect setting.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> </div> Wed, 16 Oct 2013 00:00:00 +0000 Snow White Bridal Shoot <p><strong>Snow White Bridal Shoot</strong></p> <p>As planners (<a href="">The Wedding Dolls</a>)&nbsp;we wanted to showcase how different styling can work at the same venue. From whimsical to chic and from formal to relaxed there are many types of wedding that work perfectly at St Clere.&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;A <a href="">St Clere</a> bride can really decide on the type of wedding she wants and we wanted to showcase this with two takes on a classic fairlytale wedding.&nbsp;</p> <p>For Snow White we wanted to show the romance of the setting using soft, dreamy styling with lots of lace and pastel flowers. With corn fields, manicured gardens bursting with flowers and a beautiful orangery, the style of the shoot showcases the outside elements of <a href="">St Clere</a>.</p> Tue, 15 Oct 2013 00:00:00 +0000 1950's Hollywood Glamour <p><strong>Styled Photo Shoot: 1950&#39;s Hollywood Glamour</strong></p> <p>A &lsquo;1950s Hollywood Glamour&rsquo; inspired shoot boasting in swoon appeal conceptualised, planned and styled by London based luxury Wedding Planners and Stylists <a href="">Perfect Events</a>, who as with their weddings and events, infuse their creativity and unrivalled attention to detail culminating in absolutely perfect bridal inspiration.</p> Wed, 09 Oct 2013 00:00:00 +0000 Real Wedding: Laura and Jake <p><strong>Real Wedding: Laura and Jake&nbsp;</strong></p> <p>When <a href="">Rebecca Douglas</a> sent&nbsp;over Laura and Jakes wedding photos I got complete dress envy, I really love&nbsp;the lace detail down Laura&#39;s&nbsp;arms. Laura and Jake got married on 27th July 2013&nbsp;at <a href="">Nettlestrad Place</a> in Kent. From the look of the photo booth images,&nbsp;it&nbsp;looks like everyone enjoyed this wedding.</p> Tue, 08 Oct 2013 00:00:00 +0000 Getting hitched! <p>Happily buzzing in the office today, following the wonderful news that my younger brother Adam, proposed to his girlfriend Olivia at the weekend and she said &#39;YES!&#39;</p> <p>Having known for a few weeks that Adam was preparing to pop the question, we could barely contain ourselves, with lots of excitable whispers and chat whenever Olivia was out of the room! Adam even started to do his own wedding research, starting a secret pinterest board to gather his ideas.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 07 Oct 2013 00:00:00 +0000 Competition time <p><strong>Competition:</strong>&nbsp;A chance to win Lanc&ocirc;me La Base Pro</p> <p>As a little &#39;Thank You&#39; we&#39;re giving you the chance to win a 25ml bottle&nbsp;of <a href="">Lanc&ocirc;me Le Base Pro </a>(RRP&nbsp;&pound;28.00). All you have to do is <strong>&#39;Like&#39;</strong>&nbsp;and<strong> &#39;Share&#39;</strong> our <a href="">Facebook Page</a>&nbsp;(unfortunately business pages won&#39;t be counted, but still come along and say hello).</p> Tue, 17 Sep 2013 00:00:00 +0000 Capturing Golden Moments <p><strong>Capturing Golden Moments: </strong>Scotney Castle Bridal Shoot</p> <p>With the first Scotney Castle&nbsp;<a href="">Vintage and Unique Wedding Fair</a>&nbsp;this weekend, I couldn&rsquo;t help but have another swoon over the recent Creative Brides Golden Glory photoshoot taken in and around the castle grounds.</p> Mon, 16 Sep 2013 00:00:00 +0000 Engagement Shoot: Sophie & Tom <p><strong>Engagement Shoot:</strong> Sophie &amp; Tom</p> <p>I just love when an email lands in my inbox and is bursting with sunny images and a happy couple.&nbsp;Fab photographer <a href="">Rebecca Douglas</a> sent me this lovely engagement shoot she did recently, and it&#39;s a perfect way to end our&nbsp;not-so-sunny week &ndash; enjoy!</p> Fri, 13 Sep 2013 00:00:00 +0000 Wedding Fair Map <p>Our wedding fair is only next weekend (21st and 22nd September) and there has been a buzz of energy at CB HQ. This weekend I will be getting crafty making&nbsp;items for the CB stand, doing table plans and packing up boxes &ndash; it&#39;s like my own wedding and I couldn&#39;t think of a better bunch of people to celebrate with!&nbsp;</p> <p>Bridal registrations close next Monday (16th September) and those who register will receive a bridal bag and two FREE tickets into the Scotney Castle Gardens (worth &pound;8.20 each). Simply fill out a&nbsp;<a href="">form</a>.</p> Tue, 10 Sep 2013 00:00:00 +0000 DIY Make: Ceremony Flags <p><strong>DIY Make: Ceremony Flags By <a href="">Brides-Made</a></strong></p> <p>Today we welcome guest crafter Lizi Mercer to our Blog. Lizi runs <a href="">Brides-Made</a>&nbsp;which is a quirky&nbsp;website where you can &#39;craft your journey to your big day&#39;. With a host of inspiring projects&nbsp;you can do on the lead up to your wedding&nbsp;&ndash; fun!&nbsp;</p> <p>Why not go a more contemporary way down the aisle and craft some super&nbsp;cute celebration flags for your guests to wave while you walk down?&nbsp;</p> Thu, 05 Sep 2013 00:00:00 +0000 Lights, Camera, Action! <p><strong>Lights, Camera, Action!</strong></p> <p>As I mentioned on our Facebook page the other day,&nbsp;we&rsquo;re adding some extra fun to the wedding fair.&nbsp;Oh yes, as if it could&nbsp;be any more fun!&nbsp;</p> Tue, 03 Sep 2013 00:00:00 +0000 What's your first dance song? <p><strong>What&rsquo;s your first dance song?</strong></p> <p>Over the next few weeks we want to hear all about your first dance. What song did you shimmer or glide across the dance floor to?</p> <p>Email us <a href=""></a> and we will share the best.</p> Tue, 27 Aug 2013 00:00:00 +0000 DIY Make: Place Names <div> <p><strong>DIY Make: Name Tags</strong></p> <p>The very talented&nbsp;<a href="">Rebecca Douglas</a>&nbsp;has been working her magic again! This time Bex has&nbsp;created a&nbsp;step-by-step guide to making these fab place names. Get your friends together and start creating for your wedding - it&#39;s great fun!&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> </div> Fri, 23 Aug 2013 00:00:00 +0000 Real Wedding: Anneka and Nick <p><strong>Real Wedding: Anneka and Nick</strong></p> <p>Today we are&nbsp;pleased to feature Anneka and Nick&#39;s wedding. Unfortunately&nbsp;their original venue closed down just before the big day, but thanks to the knowledge of one of their suppliers, Anneka and Nick managed to find a venue that exceeded their expectations! Anneka tells us about her perfect day and gives us some great top tips for future brides...</p> Wed, 21 Aug 2013 00:00:00 +0000 Competition Winner! <div> <p>The winner of our&nbsp;Blend Collective competition is: <strong>Becki Lewsley</strong></p> <p>Becki&nbsp;please email us on&nbsp;<a href=""></a>&nbsp;so we can arrange delivery. We need to hear from you&nbsp;by 16th September&nbsp;2013 otherwise we will pass the prize on&nbsp;to another lucky winner.&nbsp;</p> </div> Tue, 20 Aug 2013 00:00:00 +0000 Enchanted Castle Showcase Video <p>Nestled in the Bewl valley of Kent, South East England, Scotney Castle is a truly stunning venue to take your marriage vows. Set within gorgeous flowering grounds, you have the freedom to create your very own fairytale setting on a National Trust site, rich in heritage and natural beauty.</p> Tue, 20 Aug 2013 00:00:00 +0000 DIY Make: Pom Poms <p><strong>DIY Make: Pom Poms</strong></p> <p>There are no limits when it comes to tissue Pom Poms. They are a great way to decorate large spaces and can be as funky as you&nbsp;like! We recommend that you bunch a few together in groups and they also&nbsp;work really well when they are different sizes or colours.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 15 Aug 2013 00:00:00 +0000 Real Wedding: Lizzie & Ben <p><strong>A Family Wedding Affair -&nbsp;</strong>Bringing everyone together for the Big Day</p> <p>Earlier this year, my (I guess not so little anymore) younger Brother tied the knot with the love of his life. Come to mention, Lizzie was and is his first love, adoringly positioned ever so slightly above football and Mum&rsquo;s roast dinners. So, having been together for almost eight years, since meeting at eighteen, as a family - we knew it was going to happen sooner or later.</p> Wed, 07 Aug 2013 00:00:00 +0000 What is a celebrant? <p><b>Words by Independant Celebrant Katie Keen from&nbsp;<a href="">True Blue Ceremonies</a></b></p> <p>These days there are an enormous range of venues where you can get married in either a religious or civil ceremony &ndash; in fact when you&rsquo;re planning your wedding it can sometimes be a pretty daunting task searching.&nbsp; It&rsquo;s certainly the most important factor in your day &ndash; once you&rsquo;ve booked the venue and your chosen wedding date, then all the other arrangements can start to fall into place.</p> <p>Many engaged couples struggle to find the perfect wedding venue that ticks all their boxes, and perhaps end up choosing somewhere that is not completely perfect for them, simply because they don&rsquo;t realise there is another option.</p> Tue, 06 Aug 2013 00:00:00 +0000 Whimsical Craft Fair <p>One of our super suppliers <a href="">Cat-a-cake Creations</a> is hosting a whimsical craft fair this Saturday (10th) in Brighton. I&#39;m going&nbsp;along with a&nbsp;list of people I need presents for (it&#39;s a long list)!&nbsp;If you&#39;re in the area&nbsp;pop by&nbsp;as it&#39;s free entry, and&nbsp;you might&nbsp;pick&nbsp;up something&nbsp;for members of your bridal party to say thank you!&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="">Cat-a-cake&nbsp;Creations</a>&nbsp;also do fab customised&nbsp;hen party jewellery.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 05 Aug 2013 00:00:00 +0000 Real Wedding: Melissa & Jason <p><strong>Real Wedding: Melissa &amp; Jason</strong></p> <p>Today at Creative Brides HQ&nbsp;we&#39;ve been swooning over Melissa&#39;s stunning Ronald Joyce Dress (<a href=""></a>).&nbsp;The details are just beautiful, and we really think this dress was designed with Melissa in mind- I&#39;m sure you&#39;ll all agree!</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Wed, 31 Jul 2013 00:00:00 +0000 The Perfect Pout <p><strong>The Perfect Pout:</strong></p> <p>I&rsquo;m rummaging through my make-up bag, it&rsquo;s jam-packed with lipsticks. Lip colours in every hue from nudes to deep burgundy reds. So needless to say I LOVE lipsticks, because after all who wouldn&rsquo;t admire a perfectly executed pout?</p> <p>But what about choosing the perfect lipstick for your wedding day? We need something elegant, romantic and photogenic&hellip; So to get you started Creative Brides have done some of the hard work for you! Here&rsquo;s our low-down on some of our favourite wedding-conscious colours for brides and bridesmaids.</p> Mon, 29 Jul 2013 00:00:00 +0000 Vintage & Unique Wedding Fair <p>Join us for a weekend of wedding inspiration and live entertainment with the glorious backdrop of an enchanted castle.&nbsp;With 40+ wedding exhibitors, free parking, tearooms, picnic area and complementary bridal bags bursting with wedding loveliness, we look forward to seeing you there!</p> <p>Register to receive two&nbsp;<strong>FREE</strong>&nbsp;tickets into the Scotney Castle Gardens on 21st or&nbsp;22nd September. These are worth &pound;8.20 each!</p> Wed, 24 Jul 2013 00:00:00 +0000 Unique Venue: HMS Warrior 1860 <p><strong>Unique Wedding Venue: HMS Warrior 1860</strong></p> <p>What could be more memorable than tying the knot on a spectacular British navel ship! The HMS Warrior 1860 in Portsmouth (Hampshire)&nbsp;provides the perfect setting for a navel themed wedding or indeed for anyone looking for a venue that is truly unique and breathtaking.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 19 Jul 2013 00:00:00 +0000 QQW Wedding Spectacular <p>The first ever Quaint, Queer or Weird Wedding Spectacular is coming to Brighton and opens its doors on Sunday September 8 at Proud Cabaret in St George&rsquo;s Road, Kemptown.&nbsp;</p> <p>The 18+ event is themed &lsquo;Bygone to Bondage&rsquo;, with alternative and daring designers displaying their stunning and most unusual wedding fashion, flowers, photography, cakes and much more. Guests, who are being encouraged to &#39;dress to impress&#39;, will be transported to the event through a Narnia inspired entrance, with welcome shots on the door for the first 100 paying guests.</p> Fri, 19 Jul 2013 00:00:00 +0000 Competition Time <p><strong>Competition time:&nbsp;Blend Collective&#39;s Enlivening Hand and Body Lotion</strong></p> <p>We&#39;re giving you the chance to win a 200ml bottle&nbsp;of Blend Collective&#39;s Enlivening Hand and Body Lotion&nbsp;. All you have to do is jump on to our <a href="">Facebook Page</a> and &#39;Like&#39; us.</p> <p>See the competition&nbsp;T&amp;Cs for more details (at the bottom of this page). Closing date is Friday 16th August 2013, the winner will be selected at random and notified via our <a href="">Facebook Page</a> and website on Monday&nbsp;19th August&nbsp;2013.</p> <p>Click to like: <a href="">Creative Brides Facebook Page</a></p> Thu, 18 Jul 2013 00:00:00 +0000 DIY: Mini Paper Bunting <p><strong>DIY: Mini Paper Bunting</strong></p> <p>Today I decided I needed some bunting in my life!&nbsp;I love bunting as it&#39;s a great way to decorate&nbsp;&nbsp;a marquee, naked wall or even&nbsp;a cake. We have a very &#39;cream&#39;&nbsp;office at&nbsp;Creative Brides,&nbsp;so over the next few wekks we will be injecting some colour and crafty decorations that you can also use&nbsp;for&nbsp;your wedding.</p> Wed, 17 Jul 2013 00:00:00 +0000 Styled Shoot: Colourful Vintage <p><strong>Styled Shoot: Colourful Vintage</strong></p> <p>A few weeks ago we teamed up with some of our super suppliers from our Directory and from the local&nbsp;area to create a whimsical wedding shoot. The venue was a&nbsp;National Trust property called Scotney Castle in Kent which&nbsp;is playing host to our &#39;Vintage and Unique Wedding Fair&#39; in September. Scotney Castle is normally seen as a &#39;traditional&#39; venue, but it lends itself to a fun and quirky wedding too. With winding paths, little streams, giant trees and hidden hideaways, it&#39;s bursting with great photo opportunities and is&nbsp;the perfect place for the odd toadstool or two!&nbsp;</p> Tue, 16 Jul 2013 00:00:00 +0000 Sing a Rainbow <p><strong>Sing a Rainbow</strong></p> <p>Glittering with crystals, embellished with lace or decorated with pretty satin pleats, what Rainbow Club don&rsquo;t know about the perfect wedding shoe is not worth knowing. Headed by Diane Hassall Rainbow Club have been busy hand-making and hand-colouring their elegant shoes for over twenty years, beloved by celebrities and fashion magazines alike. Having worked with the likes of Jimmy Choo and Emma Hope prior to launching her own company, it&rsquo;s fair to say that Diane is very well versed in the art of beautiful shoes. Opening one of their signature candy-stripe boxes containing your very own pair of bespoke shoes inside is a true luxury, but how to choose!</p> Mon, 15 Jul 2013 00:00:00 +0000 Real Wedding: Michelle & Andrew <p><strong>Real Wedding: Michelle &amp; Andrew (Macca)</strong></p> <p>With the sun shining and everyone walking around with&nbsp;happy smiles on their faces, what better way to compliment&nbsp;such&nbsp;stunning weather, than to share&nbsp;an equally&nbsp;happy and fun real&nbsp;wedding!&nbsp;With lots of handmade details,&nbsp;bright colours and quirky finishing touches, Michelle is the ultimate&nbsp;&#39;Creative Bride&#39;.</p> Fri, 12 Jul 2013 00:00:00 +0000 Decoration Idea: Paper Cranes <p><strong>Decoration Idea: Paper Cranes</strong></p> <p>To make a thousand paper cranes is indeed a true feat of patience, but with a justly inspiring result. A beautiful ancient Japanese tradition, paper cranes are a symbol of longevity and togetherness and make for a really gasp-worthy decoration on your wedding day.</p> Wed, 10 Jul 2013 00:00:00 +0000 Competition Winner! <p>The winner of our&nbsp;Lanc&ocirc;me Eclat Miracle competition is: <strong>AMY HAWKINS</strong></p> <p>Amy please email us on <a href=""></a> so we can arrange delivery. We need to hear from your by 5th August 2013 otherwise we will pass the prize on to another lucky winner.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 05 Jul 2013 00:00:00 +0000 Real Wedding: Rebecca & Dave <p>Real Wedding: Rebecca &amp;&nbsp;Dave</p> <p>Rebecca and Dave got married in Buckinghamshire surrounded by the beautiful English&nbsp;countryside. Guests were greeted by&nbsp;a jazz band, Pimms and canap&eacute;s while everyone enjoyed the sunshine.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 04 Jul 2013 00:00:00 +0000 News: Marc Wallace Suits <p><strong>Hand Tailored Suits: Marc Wallace</strong></p> <p>If you are looking for a suit that is tailor&nbsp;made for your wedding.&nbsp;Marc Wallace is one of our favourite designers&nbsp;who offers a growing collection of styles in&nbsp;luxurious&nbsp;fabrics and trimmings.&nbsp;From &#39;English Gent&#39; to &#39;Quirky&nbsp;Colours&#39; there are&nbsp;design details that will match any&nbsp;Grooms character.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Note:</strong> If your wedding is&nbsp;before the 14th September 2013.&nbsp;Marc Wallace will need to see you by&nbsp;10th July 2013</p> Thu, 04 Jul 2013 00:00:00 +0000 Events: The Vintage Parade <p>The Vintage Parade is a vintage inspired events company. They run unique and inspiring vintage and retro events, wedding fairs and boutique markets across Hampshire and Sussex.&nbsp;</p> <p>Here are some pics from their recent event: The Nostalgic Wedding Fair,&nbsp;Winchester which was on Sunday 16th June 2013.</p> Wed, 03 Jul 2013 00:00:00 +0000 Super Supplier: Cat-a-Cake Creations <p><strong>Super Supplier: Cat-a-Cake Creations</strong></p> <p>Claire Montgomery, the designer behind Cat-a-Cake Creations and organiser behind The Fairy Tale Fair Brighton speaks to us about her inspirations, how it all&nbsp;began and her hopes for the future...</p> Mon, 01 Jul 2013 00:00:00 +0000 DIY: Speech Bubbles <p><strong>DIY: Photobooth Speech Bubbles&nbsp;</strong></p> <p>Another great DIY project by the very talented photographer, Rebecca Douglas...</p> <p>I am always thinking about ways to grow and personalise my offer to my lovely brides and grooms. I really loved images that I was seeing from wedding photo booths and wanted to develop one, and this idea coincidently happened at the same time I was asked to shoot a photo guest book. The bride &amp; groom wanted guests to write messages on blackboard speech bubbles and hearts for them to keep as a lasting photo memory of their day.</p> Fri, 28 Jun 2013 00:00:00 +0000 Petty as a petal <p><strong>Pretty as a petal</strong></p> <p>A romantic touch to any wedding day, petals are natural, bio-degradable and of course beyond beautiful.</p> <p>Inspired by their hazy hippie days drying delphinium petals on their farm, Shropshire Petals now lovingly hand-pick, not only their iconic delphiniums, but also rosebuds, cornflowers, lavender and hydrangeas in a rainbow of colours to suit any wedding day theme.</p> Thu, 27 Jun 2013 00:00:00 +0000 A coat of Vintage <p><strong>A coat of Vintage: Colour Swatch Inspiration</strong></p> <p>A worthy addition to any mood board, these nostalgic hues work together beautifully to define former decade style.&nbsp;Amongst all the wedding wonder, we do have a penchant for Interior Design at CB, so whilst not new to the market, we couldn&rsquo;t resist sharing these sumptuous shades created by Crown Paints.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 25 Jun 2013 00:00:00 +0000 The Colour Conundrum <p><strong>The Colour Conundrum</strong></p> <p>Red and yellow and pink and green, purple and orange and blue&hellip; I still remember the words to the Rainbow song from when I was 6 years old, so why is it that today these same colours are on a non-stop loop in my head? Brides out there will know why &ndash; it&rsquo;s the colour scheme conundrum.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 24 Jun 2013 00:00:00 +0000 Love is in the air! <p><strong>Love is in the air: Bubblegum Balloons</strong></p> <p>Balloons are always a popular decoration choice for any celebration. What better way to brighten up your Monday, than a colourful collection of creative, fun and whimsical balloons from the team at Bubblegum Balloons?&nbsp;</p> Mon, 17 Jun 2013 00:00:00 +0000 Real Wedding: Dot and Cass <p><strong>Real Wedding: Dot and Cass</strong></p> <p>A truly magical affair, Dot and Cass&rsquo;s unique wedding day features a 50&rsquo;s dress, a giant teepee, a dressing-up booth and a flurry of groomsmen all wearing Converse trainers. We had a little catch-up with Dot about the personal touches that made her special day stand out&hellip;</p> Wed, 12 Jun 2013 00:00:00 +0000 DIY: Letters of love <p><strong>DIY Project One: Letters of Love</strong></p> <p>One of our favourite photographers, Rebecca Douglas, is also a MASSIVE fan of anything crafty&nbsp;(another reason why we&nbsp;LOVE her!). Rebecca&nbsp;married her lovely&nbsp;hubby Mark&nbsp;on&nbsp;27th October 2007&nbsp;and to celebrate every year Rebecca makes Mark something meaningful based on the theme of the anniversary (nice idea). For their 5th wedding anniversary she made some art from some wooden letters &#39;M&amp;R&#39;.&nbsp;Here&#39;s Rebecca&#39;s&nbsp;DIY project which is&nbsp;perfect for wedding decorations, gifts and 1st (paper) and 5th (wood) anniversaries.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 12 Jun 2013 00:00:00 +0000 Super Suppliers: Ash MUA <p><strong>Make-up and Hairstylist- Ashni Shah</strong></p> <p>We talk to the&nbsp;London based&nbsp;&#39;Super Supplier&#39; Ashni Shah, about what inspired her to become a make-up artist and hairstylist. She also shows us a&nbsp;bridal&nbsp;shoot&nbsp;she&#39;s been working on.&nbsp;</p> <p style="font-size: 13px !important; color: rgb(73, 73, 73) !important; margin-bottom: 10px !important; ">&nbsp;</p> Mon, 10 Jun 2013 00:00:00 +0000 Competition Time <p><strong>Competition:&nbsp;Lanc&ocirc;me Eclat Miracle</strong></p> <p>So we&#39;ve blogged about it, and now you have the&nbsp;chance to win it for yourself!&nbsp;</p> <p>We&#39;re giving you the chance to win a 20ml tube of Lanc&ocirc;me Eclat Miracle (RRP&nbsp;&pound;16.00). All you have to do is jump on to our Facebook Page and &#39;Like&#39; us&nbsp;(unfortunately business pages won&#39;t be counted, but still come along and say hello).</p> <p>See the competition&nbsp;T&amp;Cs for more details (at the bottom of this page). Closing date is Monday 1st July 2013, the winner will be selected at random and notified via our Facebook Page and website on Friday 5th July 2013.</p> Thu, 06 Jun 2013 00:00:00 +0000 Bridesmaid Brilliance <p><strong>Top tips for Bridesmaid brilliance</strong></p> <p>So you&rsquo;ve got the call, your best friend is bouncing high on cloud 9 at the news of her engagement and she&rsquo;s asked you to be her Bridesmaid &ndash; roll on fabulous dresses, fizz at any given time and more girly chats over cups of tea than a Vicar&rsquo;s Tea Party for The Biscuit Appreciation Society (this actually exists).&nbsp;Depending on the length of the engagement, it could be that things getting pretty full-on from here on in, so you need to be ready!</p> Thu, 06 Jun 2013 00:00:00 +0000 Let down your hair... <p><strong>Rapunzel, Repunzel, let down your hair...</strong></p> <p>This year wedding hair has taken a fairytale turn with ethereal new styles inspired by the magical and mythical. Hair tumbles over the shoulder, cascading with flowers and blossoms that evoke pure romance. Curls are more wild and locks are wreathed with flourishing tiaras straight from nature.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 29 May 2013 00:00:00 +0000 Baking Beauties <p><strong>Cosmetics meet cake couture</strong></p> <p>If the long weekend and return of (yet more) wet weather has left you reaching for a sweet treat to get you through, don&rsquo;t despair! Cosmetics icon M.A.C has a sumptuous new range to revive your step into Spring.</p> Wed, 29 May 2013 00:00:00 +0000 The House Meadow <p><strong>The House Meadow Open Weekend: </strong>Sunday 26th May 11-4pm</p> <p>A few pictures from todays stunning wedding venue - <a href="">The House Meadow</a>.&nbsp;Come visit us tomorrow,&nbsp;as we will be there from 11-4pm&nbsp;along with some other brilliant wedding suppliers.&nbsp;</p> Sat, 25 May 2013 00:00:00 +0000 Chic Boutique Events <p><strong>Supplier Focus: </strong>Chic Boutique Events</p> <p>Planning your dream wedding with your partner is one of the most exciting times of your lives. You&rsquo;ll be planning the wedding of the year with a vision that is completely your own.&nbsp;We know all too well that life is busy and because of that, we offer our time and expertise to make your event the seamless big day that you&rsquo;ve always dreamed of.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 16 May 2013 00:00:00 +0000 Relax at Utopia Spa <p><strong>Hen Do Idea: </strong>The Utopia Spa at Alexander House&nbsp;</p> <p>Hidden at the end of a winding drive is Alexander House <a href=""></a>&nbsp;where its Spa offers a world of pampering. The hotel is Grecian inspired and has been designed to take guests on an intimate spa journey. It is the perfect place to relieve the everyday stresses and strains. I managed to experience this first hand with a group of my dearest friends a few weeks ago. We were celebrating my friend Amy&rsquo;s 30th Birthday and found the perfect escape from daily emails and general work worries.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 15 May 2013 00:00:00 +0000 A Roaring Success <p><strong>A Roaring Success</strong></p> <p>Party like it&rsquo;s 1929! In anticipation for this year&rsquo;s Hollywood re-telling of Fitzgerald&rsquo;s enchanting &lsquo;Great Gatsby&rsquo;, we&rsquo;re all about to fall even deeper in love with all things deco, jazz and 1920s. What&rsquo;s more it makes a truly dazzling wedding day theme.</p> Wed, 15 May 2013 00:00:00 +0000 Lancôme’s Eclat Miracle <p><strong>A Must Have: </strong>Lanc&ocirc;me&rsquo;s Eclat Miracle</p> <p>One of our favourite make-up trends of the moment and mini obsession of mine is hyper-real, glowing skin. It&rsquo;s that porcelain glow, that inner radiance that so many red-carpet beauties seem to be emitting recently. To put my finger on it, it&#39;s more like a flawless pearl, where the light bounces off the cheeks at just the right moment. This image had been on my mind for some time, it&#39;s soft, it&#39;s romantic, it&#39;s ethereal, it&#39;s a delight for photographs... it&#39;s perfect wedding skin.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 15 May 2013 00:00:00 +0000 Real Wedding: Lizabeth and Kevan <p><strong>Real Wedding: </strong>1950s Inspired</p> <p>What better&nbsp;way to celebrate your birthday&nbsp;than to get married! Lizabeth did just that and married Kevan on her 50th birthday&nbsp;(Happy Birthday Lizabeth!). Inspired by&nbsp;1950s Hollywood glamour, Lizabeth and Kaven tell us about some of the&nbsp;details that made their wedding special.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 09 May 2013 00:00:00 +0000 Nautical Nails <p><strong>DIY Tutorial:</strong>&nbsp;Nautical Inspired Nails&nbsp;</p> <p>I&rsquo;m really excited to be doing some nail tutorials for Creative Brides. It&rsquo;s pretty far removed from my day job! I run&nbsp;<a href="">;</a>where we sell vintage furniture, accessories and curiosities from the Mid-Century era.&nbsp;I can often be found hefting furniture around, sanding, varnishing, rummaging around antiques fairs and shaking hands with sweaty deliverymen!&nbsp;</p> Fri, 03 May 2013 00:00:00 +0000 Butcher for a day <p><strong>Stag Do Idea: Be a butcher for a day</strong></p> <p>Looking for new, different ideas for your stag do? Here&rsquo;s a quaint idea, ever thought of becoming a butcher for a day? Thanks to programmes like &lsquo;River Cottage&rsquo;, learning about where our food comes from and the traditional skills involved in bringing it to our tables is more popular than ever!</p> Fri, 03 May 2013 00:00:00 +0000 Northdown House <p><strong>Venue Spotlight: </strong>Northdown House, Margate</p> <p>We were pleased to be involved with a styled shoot a few weeks ago. The location was the very grand venue Northdown House and a combined collaboration with some wonderful wedding suppliers, the day turned out to be (and in the words of the photographer Rebecca Douglas) &#39;EPIC&#39;!</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Fri, 03 May 2013 00:00:00 +0000