Friday, 25 November 2016

Winter Brides Hairstyles - What's Hot!

Today we are joined by Marianne from Hair - Marianne Gibb, she has a few suggestions for hair-ups for Winter Brides ......

Winter Brides brrrrr!

After booking our own wedding for December, I'm thinking about the weather mainly - will it be dry, wet or snowing etc.
Well, when it comes to hair, my professional opinion on how to make sure the style will be OK, no matter what the weather, is KEEP IT SIMPLE.

Something up and smooth? There is a huge variety of hairstyles out there but I write to you with my personal choices and how you can jazz them up for that wintry feeling.
How about a low classic and beautifully elegant chignon as pictured below?

This style is normally created with a lot of back combing or padding which gives it extra structure to cope with the North East gales, adding a plait over the top will give some decoration, or you could pop snowflake pins in the hair or even wrap a pretty mistletoe vine around where the plait is placed.
How about a high bun with a few loose curls this is shown on a flower girl in the photo, there again could be holly, snowflakes etc pinned in to the style.

The thing I love most about these two styles is that if you're going for a fur collar, jacket or cardigan to keep you warm at least your 'do' is out of the way as well. They are simple yet very effective, can be decorated in different ways so not for Winter, but they're my favourites.


Monday, 21 November 2016

Would you like to feature on our blog?

We are looking for real-life couples to feature on our blog, are you up for it?

You need to have used at least one of The Little Wedding book suppliers and have been married during 2016. If you can say yes to both, then we'd love to hear from you. Email Debbi at TLWB and she will send out our questionnaire and you could be featured on our blog very soon.

Friday, 18 November 2016

Real Life Weddings - Charlotte & James

Welcome to our very first Real Life Weddings features, and what better way to kick it off than with one of TLWB's own suppliers....

photo credit : Deeside Photographics Charlotte-Jane Mitchell, manager of Papeterie Crafts met James Ainscough in the queue of Aunty Betty's ice-cream boutique in Stonehaven, although they almost didn't meet at all because Charlotte was on the phone to work while she stood in the queue. But cupid struck and James got his chance and charmed Charlotte with his unusual accent - he originally hails from Ormskirk but had travelled widely in the R.A.F,
Fast forward eight months and James whisked Charlotte away for a romantic weekend away to celebrate her birthday at a stately hotel in Edinburgh where he planned to propose at Edinburgh Zoo, but he was so nervous that he couldn't do it there, or later at the restaurant and because he was acting funny, Charlotte thought he was breaking up with her. But once again, cupid intervened and James got them upgraded to the honeymoon suite at the hotel, told the staff he was going to propose so they delivered heart shaped pizzas and champagne on room service and James got down on one knee and proposed.

photo credit : Deeside Photographics

So then the serious wedding planning started and the couple's first priority was securing their venue, they visited Maryculter House Hotel, instantly fell in love and secured it for the May Day holiday weekend to make it easier for James' family and friends travelling up from Liverpool.
The next thing on the list was deciding a theme, and the couple had no trouble with this.... their first date was to the cinema to see Spiderman so they wanted to incorporate that as well as Charlotte's favourite colour being red, which tied in rather nicely with James supporting Liverpool FC and of course Charlotte can't resist a bit of bling.
Because Charlotte works in the wedding industry herself and being manager of Papeterie Crafts, she was always going to be making her own wedding stationery, all featuring their red colour theme and lots of lovely, sparkly bling.

photo credit : Deeside Photographics

The bling carried over into the venue styling, and Alison from North East Events helped Charlotte to choose sparkly table cloths, crystal chandelier centrepieces as well as chair covers and sashes which Charlotte accented with red napkins folded into roses and red glittered wine glasses she had done herself.

photo credit : Deeside Photographics
The creativity didn't stop there and Charlotte managed to create a whole host of clever finishing touches from Hangover kits for guests staying over at the hotel, to Doric to Scouse phrase books to help the guests mingle, and lots of other special touches including her own brooch bouquet.

photo credit : Deeside Photographics

Charlotte organised Hair-Marianne Gibb to style hair for some of the ladies of both families  and the flower girls for the ceremony while the bridal party were getting ready.

Not done there with all her finishing touches, as well as a "pimp your prosecco" bar, and ice cream cart Charlotte had also enlisted SillySnapz to provide a photobooth, vodka slush machine, popcorn and candyfloss and a hotdog cart for the end of the evening so that the guests had something to eat while they travelled home on the coach.

photo credit : Deeside Photographics

And as a special present for her new husband, Charlotte had secretly organised a Pipe Band from Alba Bagpipes and a spectacular fireworks display from Fireworx Scotland across the river.

photo credit : Deeside Photographics

We asked Charlotte what advice she would pass on to readers who are planning their own wedding and she replied "I would say that if you can get a discount or special offer for your wedding then take it. We saved money using The Little Wedding Book suppliers and it maybe didn’t seem like a big saving at the time but it soon mounted up to a great saving over the course of our wedding."

photo credit : Deeside Photographics

many thanks to Charlotte & James for sharing their special day with us, and wishing them many happy years together x

Wednesday, 16 November 2016

Looking for New Suppliers

Hi there,
we're looking for new suppliers to join us as we plan to expand The Little Wedding Book for 2017. 
Join our hand selected group of professional wedding suppliers for exclusive advertising and promotional opportunities including an exclusive wedding exhibition for TLWB suppliers only at Elphinstone Hall, Kings College, Aberdeen.

For an information pack and an invitation to our special New Suppliers Presentation Evening on 29th November, please contact us via our Facebook Page, or email Rikki.

Monday, 14 November 2016

Meet The Supplier - Silly Snapz

We hope you enjoyed last week's posts, a wee bit of fun. And today we're continuing with our "Meet the Supplier" series. This time I had a wee chat with the lovely Katie from Silly Snapz,Events, even I can't resist a photo booth :)

 Tell us about your business, what services do you provide for weddings?

Photo booths , magic mirrors , selfie pods, candyfloss, popcorn , candy carts,    candy Ferris wheels, pick and mix, slush machines , hot dog machines , chocolate   fountains, retro arcade games machines , post box hire ,  nacho machines

What's your favourite part of your job?

Getting to meet new people

What sets you apart from your competitors?

We have the best equipment  on the market and we always go out of our way to make sure the customer is 100% happy , even if we come across a problem , we always put a 110% in to solve it without the customer ever knowing

Are you attending any wedding exhibitions? if so, where and when?

YWE  at the AECC – 21-22 January
Montrose Wedding exhibition , Park Hotel – 29th January
Craigsanquhar wedding exhibition – 29th January

Have you won any awards or accolades? what for and when? Do you have a claim to fame?

We won A scottish wedding award 2014

Do you have a top tip(s) for couples getting married in the North East of Scotland? (relevant to your business, eg: don't forget to .....)

You get what you pay for , often the "cheaper bargain" catches our eye but more often than not there is always a not so good reason why they are cheaper 

Thank you for taking the time to chat to us Katie x

Friday, 11 November 2016

Most Boring Wedding Ever? Not With The Little Wedding Book! Part 3

Welcome to the final part of our "definitely NOT the most boring wedding" feature. As you know, this was inspired by the wedding that WAS dubbed the most boring wedding ever, that of Whitney and Lee on Eastenders last week. But the suppliers at TLWB can and will ensure that your wedding is anything but boring.

Today we're focussing on all the entertainment and extras suppliers that add the finishing touches to your special day.

So firstly we'll introduce you to Alba Bagpipes, who will supply what every Scottish wedding needs, a professional musician to pipe in your guests, pipe you down the aisle and in to your first meal as man and wife.

While you're off getting photographs taken after the ceremony, or for after the meal or during the reception you'll want to keep your guests entertained, well we have quite a few suggestions for you... 

First up, how about a caricaturist? Lyn at Picky Pencil is a professional illustrator specialising in cartoon work and enjoys nothing better than sketching caricatures for your guests to keep.

What about a magician? Fifth Dimension specialise in close-up, interactive magic to amaze your guests.

A Sweetie Cart appeals to all ages, not just the kids and we have the perfect supplier: The Sweetheart Cart provide a variety of packages to suit all budgets

A photo booth is another popular addition to weddings nowadays, personally I hate my photo being taken, but even I can't resist a photo booth - they're such fun, and we have SillySnapz with their selection of photo booths to suit all themes and occasions.

So now e're moving on to the evening entertainment, and we have a fabulous DJ who will cater to all tastes and make sure the dancefloor is never empty, DJ Stephen Jackson who also works at Original FM

And finally, the fitting end to a wonderful day, celebrate in style with a personalised fireworks display from Fireworx Scotland.

We hope you've enjoyed our wee journey of how to plan a fantastic wedding with our suppliers. And remember all our suppliers offer a discount or special offer as part of The Little Wedding Book.

Wednesday, 9 November 2016

Most Boring Wedding Ever? Not With The Little Wedding Book! Part 2

Welcome to the next instalment of our "NOT the most boring wedding ever" feature, in case you didn't see Monday's post, I was inspired by what was dubbed the most boring wedding ever on Eastenders recently, the wedding of Whitney and Lee. 
Today we're introducing some of the suppliers from TLWB that will ensure your wedding is anything but boring.

So who should you be looking at booking next? well if you don't have the time, or you need a hand with the planning then we have the wedding planner for you, Jill at Taylor Made Events has a host of different packages to suit the level of involvement you need, from a little assistance to a lot.

And of course you'll want to talk to a venue styling specialist for all your chair covers, chair hires, table centres, flowers, sweet tables, table linen and everything in between, and we have the amazing Alison at North East Events to help you

Next on our list is a florist, whether it's centrepieces, venue decoration or corsages and buttonholes then the place to go is Sweet Peony in Maud.

Another important part of the day is the cake and Cake That And Party is where Emma's creativity will ensure you get the cake you wished for.

Candles and Favours are something that are often overlooked until later but Andrea at Haven Scent suggests you book early to avoid disappointment.

Turning our attention to Mother of the Bride, Groom and other guests, we have a supplier that can provide the perfect outfit, Encore Dress & Vintage Agency at Fettercairn

Finally for today, no guest, MOB or MOG outfit would be complete without a hat and Jayne at Pear Tree Hat Hire will ensure you get a hat to match your outfit to perfection, 

Look out for the final part of our feature on Friday where we'll be featuring "on the day" entertainment and extras.

Monday, 7 November 2016

Most Boring Wedding Ever? Not With The Little Wedding Book! Part 1

Now, I'm not a soap fan, but I couldn't help but notice all the noise about the recent wedding of Lee and Whitney on Eastenders, it was dubbed the most boring tv wedding ever. 
But one thing I'm sure about is that using our suppliers, you definitely won't have a boring wedding, anything but in fact 

So where do you start? well a bride has to start with the dress doesn't she? We have just the place to find that perfect gown, at Happily Ever After in Ellon, where you can choose from fabulous designers like Christine Dando, David Tutera, Enzoani Beautiful, Tara Keely and Callista Bridal especially for curvy brides.

It's never to early to start the design process of the perfect stationery at Papeterie Crafts at Stoneywood Mill, Aberdeen to set the tone, from Save-The-Dates and invitations, right through to table plans and thank you cards

Another supplier to book early is your photographer, it's important to select someone you can relax with, and Zoe Rae Photography has that covered by getting to know couples and their story, which helps her to bring out the unique character of their relationship.

Because all eyes are on the bride on the big day, it's very important to book professionals to help you with hair, make-up and beauty. 
So our Make Up Artist, Gosia Weiss who is reliable, experienced and can let your inner beauty shine through

Your crowning glory has to be perfect, and Marianne Gibb has the creative mind and artistic flair to create the perfect style for you.

And last but not least today, very few of us have perfect nails, but Mairi at Vanity Nails & Beauty can rectify that situation and leave your finger and toe nails looking amazing 

So that's all for today, on Wednesday we'll be carrying on with suppliers that are part of the wedding planning process and suppliers that you should book next.

Saturday, 5 November 2016

Meet The Supplier - Pear Tree Hat Hire

We had a wee chat over a cup of coffee with Jayne, in her lovely country kitchen out at Insch this week, and caught up with all things hats...

Tell us about your business, what services do you provide for weddings?

For the mother of the bride, mother of the groom,  guests,  graduations or any special occasion. We specialise in matching your hat, fascinator or hatinator to your outfit for that special day.
We also customise your hat and make accessories to match your outfit.
Why buy when you can hire!
I also provide a bridal party dressing service to ensure everyone looks fabulous on the big day.

What's your favourite part of your job?

Seeing the wedding party either on the day or afterwards in all their glory and happy.

What sets you apart from your competitors?

I personalise the service I provide for each client, everybody is different and I will tailor the finished look to suit the client. 

Do you have an unusual or funny story about your business/previous clients?

If I had a £1 every time I heard "I don't suit hats" or "I don't wear hats" I would be very rich. Every client is always surprised at how good they look in my hats.

Are you attending any wedding exhibitions, if so, where and when?

I'm attending YWE at the AECC in January and the The Little Wedding Book Exhibition in February.

Have you won any awards or accolades? what for and when? Do you have a claim to fame?
Melissa from the BBC series This Farming Life has been to Pear Tree Hat Hire for a hat for when she visited the queen. 

Do you have a top tip(s) for couples getting married in the North East of Scotland?

It's never too early to see me for a chat about your hat

Thanks for chatting to us Jayne, and thanks for the coffee x

Friday, 4 November 2016

6th November Wedding Exhibitions

Here's another of our regular Wedding Exhibition round-ups, for the 6th November.

Seeing as the weather's pretty miserable and there is snow forecast for Aberdeen, why not cheer yourself up with a visit to a wedding exhibition or three....
First up this week is the Elite Wedding Show at Ardoe House Hotel

Exhibitors from TLWB include: Gosia Weiss Make Up Artist, North East Events and SillySnapz

Next, just a wee bit further along the south Deeside Road, Maryculter House Hotel are having an open afternoon from 12noon until 4.30pm

And last but not least there is a LoveLocal Wedding Market at the Kintore Arms Hotel in Inverurie from 11am - 3pm