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royal wedding place cards from Vintage TweeIt’s been a little while since we heard from alternative royal bride Cat Muddleton, but I really think things are hotting up on the wedding planning front for English Wedding’s very own princess bride – with just three months until her wedding day.

Royal wedding favour box by Vintage TweeThe wedding venue is agreed, guests are having outfits designed and hats made, top UK chefs are having a televised competition to create an exciting menu for the wedding breakfast* and top secret wedding dressmakers have been squirreled away to a top secret workshop full of silkworms, diamonds and elves.

royal wedding lottery ticket holders from Vintage Twee*probably

However, Cat Muddleton is in a quandary. She’s looking for “something fabulous to put on the tables”. We had a chat yesterday and she wanted a little help finding affordable wedding favours to fit a royal wedding theme. Easy peasy…

I showed Cat Muddleton Tuesday’s blog post all about Vintage Twee. Bless her, our alternative royal bride squealed and ran around the house before picking up the phone and gasping her excitement. She LOVED it! The lady clearly has taste.

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Catherine and Kevin's pre-wedding shoot by Chris Hanley Photography

Catherine and Kevin's pre-wedding shoot by Chris Hanley Photography

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Catherine and Kevin's wedding day by Chris Hanley Photography

Catherine and Kevin's wedding day by Chris Hanley Photography

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Catherine and Kevin's post-wedding shoot by Chris Hanley Photography

Catherine and Kevin's post-wedding shoot by Chris Hanley Photography

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I’m super-organised. Always have been – thanks Dad! If I catch a train I’m there 15 minutes beforehand in case there’s a queue for tickets. If I’ve got an appointment I get everything ready the night before…. and the week before a wedding show, I’m googling constantly to see who’s exhibiting, who’s visiting, who’s excited about it all.

I thought: why not share? Pop everyone who’s talking about The Wedding Show this week on this page so you can see who I’m looking forward to meeting and who is busy preparing for Tatton Park this weekend.

My top picks for The Wedding Show at Tatton:

Boho Weddings and Events – I’ve followed wedding planner Kelly Hood from day one. She’s an inspiring, enthusiastic and friendly wedding planner with a real vision for her business and the passion to make your wedding amazing.

Chris Hanley Photography – my favourite top UK wedding photographer. Chris is a creative force, and his wife Claire is the friendliest, most charming lady you’ll meet at Tatton Wedding Show this weekend! I can’t wait to see the Chris Hanley Photography stand.

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I will be blogging about The Wedding Show at Tatton Park on Saturday – the plan is to tweet and blog photos and recommendations throughout the day, with proper write ups about my favourite things on Sunday and next week.

Before then though, I thought I’d share some top tips. Mine, and some from the organisers of Tatton Park Wedding Show themselves!

I had a quick chat to Laura Donnelly, one of the Wedding Show organisers, earlier in the week and she was kind enough to email me afterwards with a few exhibitors to look out for.

Top tips for Tatton Wedding Show 2011

The Wedding Shop (Alderley Edge) – straight from Cheshire’s own lap of luxury, The Wedding Shop will be involved in the catwalk shows on Saturday and Sunday, and all the girls on their exhibition stand are really lovely and friendly.

My Personal Sanctuary – a new exhibitor offering beauty and pampering treatments at luxury holiday cottages throughout the UK – perfect for classy hen weekends! Wedding Show organiser Laura said “they look amazing”.

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A passionate kiss and a fantastic image with vintage processing

A passionate kiss and a fantastic image with vintage processing

How to describe this wedding in a short title… yikes: couldn’t do it! Nicky and Martyn will be familiar to many of you from the English Wedding e-shoot week we did in January. Little did I know when I featured one of wedding photographer Mark Tierney‘s favourite engagement shoots that the couple were already married and that their wedding photographs would blow me away.

And yet I checked out the Tierney Photography blog just to see – and I found this gorgeous wedding which I had to blog! Beautiful bride Nicky’s look is out of this world: she mixes classic and quirky in the most incredibly exciting way. Not only that, groom Martyn is gorgeous and the photographs of their wedding day are knock-your-socks-off fabulous with a cherry on top.

This wedding is already a favourite of mine and I know you’ll love it too.

Nicky's quirky alternative fascinator is what first made me gasp out loud. Doesn't she look incredible!

Nicky's quirky alternative fascinator is what first made me gasp out loud. Doesn't she look incredible!

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The UK wedding supplier mapIt’s been a while since I mentioned the wedding supplier map. If you’re still looking for any wedding suppliers, particularly in your area, then I really recommend you give the map a whirl – it’s a great way of finding local businesses and especially the more surprising ones.

I was just exploring the shipping lanes on the wedding supplier map. Yep, there are wedding businesses working the shipping lanes between Wales, Ireland and Cornwall (actually that’s a lie – all the national wedding businesses on the map are in one place, having a little swim: so you know they supply the whole of the UK).

The UK wedding supplier map

The UK wedding supplier map

Anyway… I found Alex The Mind Reader.

Alex the Mind Reader

Alex the Mind Reader

Alex The Mind Reader?

Just in case his name hadn’t got my attention (surely it’s only women who can read minds?!) he’d uploaded a video onto the wedding supplier map via YouTube! And it’s proof positive that he really can read your mind!

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Still very excited about The Wedding Show here in Cheshire – and with 2 days to go I’m planning blog posts and googling for news about the show almost hourly!

I’ve just had an email from The Wedding Show (I’m guessing it goes to all guests, and yes it was all in pink!) –

The Weddinglink team look forward to seeing you this weekend at the spectacular Wedding Show at Tatton Park.

Over the two days of the show, there will be a fantastic opportunity for you to perfect your bridal style… The highly-experienced team from Aqua Rosa will be offering you the chance to have a bridal hair and make up trial from just £5.00
These trials are usually priced at £90.00, so come along to Stand 511 to make sure you don’t miss out!
(If this is of interest, please be aware that we don’t have any ATM machines on site, so it’s best to bring along some cash!)

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So I am getting very excited about the wedding show at Tatton Park this weekend. This Saturday I will be up bright and early on a mission to swoon at stationery, sample cupcakes and enjoy the fantastic catwalk show the show organisers always put on.

I had a lovely chat with Tatton wedding show organiser Laura yesterday and I’m looking forward to some real treats too: the teepee first, the jewellery boutique (a collaboration of four jewellers which sounds fab), and of course the helicopter that will be dropping in – but not literally!

More to come on Tatton Wedding Show this week as I blog about some of the suppliers I can’t wait to meet! Will you be there on Saturday?

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Vintage music sheets wedding confetti conesMy plan today was to write a little post about wedding accessories from Vintage Twee. Owned by the loveliest lady in all of weddingland, as inspiring and gorgeous as it gets, I was excited to hear last week about some new wedding favours and accessories Joanne had just designed.

That was the plan.

Vintage music sheet paper rose table decorationsQuality handcrafted vintage wedding decorations

Joanne had also mentioned a new website for Vintage Twee was on the way. Lovely, I thought. And as I sat down to write – I’ll just have a quick look, open up the website and have all the details to hand of these new rose confetti cones and vintage music sheet cones.

So I went to the Vintage Twee website, took one look at the new design and fell off my chair.

This is the perfect place for any and every vintage bride, a virtual aladdin’s cave of beautifully crafted wedding and dinner party accessories and favours – trust me, take one look and you’ll be there for half an hour or more choosing all your favourite things!

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Laughing bride and groom

Laughing bride and groom

This week is going to be all about smiles and happiness and wedding ideas. What better way to start than with a wedding, hey? So … your intrepid wedding blogger Claire runs off, checks files for smiliest bride and groom and… Oh yes. This is Perfect with a capital P! Nicola and Stewart at Cave Castle Hotel in East Yorkshire.

Nicola and Stewart’s wedding was just before Christmas at a venue I’ve not seen before (but instantly loved!) and their photos are beautiful and inspiring – their wedding photographer is Pete Barnes who’s based in Wakefield.

It made me laugh to read on Pete’s wedding photography blog that it was a freezing cold, snowy day but they were really keen to get some fantastic photos outdoors. It’s a sign of dedication that he soon found himself lying face down in the snow to get that perfect wedding photo!

The prettiest embroidered bridal shoes with a satin ribbon bow

The prettiest embroidered bridal shoes with a satin ribbon bow

A vintage inspired, exquisitely crafted wedding dress with the finest lace detailing

A vintage inspired, exquisitely crafted wedding dress with the finest lace detailing

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Wedding invitation made of magic!

Wedding invitation made of magic! by Hummingbird Cards

This is wedding stationery that will get everyone’s attention – if you want a dash of luxury, a hint of quirkiness and a sackful of originality, let me show you The Hummingbird Card Company!

They’re a bit of a UK wedding blog favourite having featured on some of the very best blogs I subscribe to… Love My Dress, OMG I’m Getting Married, Whimsical Wonderland Weddings… and with very good reason: The Hummingbird Card Company is creative and inspiring, different and unusual with a choice of designs for every kind of wedding – whether you’re a tad alternative or having a classic, luxury wedding day, you’ll find a Hummingbird wedding invitation that is perfect for you!

I love this framed design with the layered filigree butterflies – it’s incredible how complex and delicate a design can be, and then to layer the butterflies so the wings are in 3D as well… beats Avatar any day. This is a beautiful keepsake or gift – even for anniversaries.

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Image credit: Oobaloos Photography

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