In The Hotseat, Planning
The Bonkers Box. Fun Fancy Dress Wedding Photo Booth. In The Hotseat
08.09.2014

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Adding personality, fun and entertainment into your wedding is always an essential.

A photo booth can do just that, and I am thrilled to welcome brand new WWW sponsor The Bonkers Box to the blog this afternoon.

Emily from The Bonkers Box provides fun fancy dress, quality photography and a lot of laughs… let’s find out more…

 

Hi Emily, could you firstly tell WWW readers a little bit about you?

 

My name’s Emily and I own the Bonkers Box which specialises in fancy dress photo shoots. We go to weddings and parties with a white screen and a whole load of crazy props and encourage guests to get creative and have fun.

I currently live in Harborne, Birmingham with two rather eccentric but loveable house mates.

 

What do you love/dislike about your job?

 

What’s not to like? I arrive at weddings just as the party gets started and get to take silly pictures of people for a couple of hours. Clients and guests are always lovely and I always end up having a proper giggle at some of the sillier things people do in the booth.

The dislike part is easy too! It takes me forever to iron my backdrop before I go to a shoot. It’s 8ft square and made of muslin, which creases so easily, I hate it! It’s a small price to pay for an awesome job though, so I don’t mind too much.

 

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How did you get into the wedding industry?

 

I set up the Bonkers Box about 18 months ago when my sister, Anna Clarke, decided she no longer wanted to offer a fancy dress photo shoot as part of her wedding photography package. As I was becoming interested in photography at the time, I decided to take on her clients who wanted a booth at their weddings, and things progressed from there.

 

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What do you aim to achieve for your clients?

 

There are lots of companies out there that do photo booths at weddings but I pride myself on providing really high quality photos. Just because they’re silly and light hearted doesn’t mean they shouldn’t look great too! It’s all about creating high quality images with a bizarre twist to them. (more…)

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In The Hotseat, Planning
Mr & Mrs Smith. Boutique Honeymoons. In the Hotseat.
01.09.2014

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The honeymoon is one wonderful way of having some R&R, enjoying your new married status and making memories. But it can be a total minefield, where to go? What to do? How much to spend? To relax or explore?

I asked Sarah Jackson, honeymoon expert at boutique travel company Mr & Mrs Smith, to tell us how she helps couples everywhere book their perfect honeymoon…

 

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Hi Sarah, could you tell WWW readers a little bit about you?

 

I’m on the Travel Team at Mr & Mrs Smith, an online collection of unique hotels perfect for romancing couples – and those who have just tied the knot. I’ve been here for two years, booking hotels and managing trips all over the world from start to finish, whether it’s a beautiful retreat in the Cotswolds or a dreamy overwater villa in the Maldives. I’m fluent in Spanish, which comes in handy with all the Iberian hotels we have in our collection, and, of course, I love to travel. I’m just back from a surfing trip in Devon and a jaunt in South America.

 

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What do you love/dislike about your job?

 

I love helping people plan idyllic holidays: I like finding out their taste, what they want from a hotel in terms of style and design, and matchmaking them to the perfect property. It’s truly rewarding sending people to places where I know they’ll have a really special time. I recently booked a couple’s honeymoon to Bali, a twin-centre trip where they stayed at the breathtaking Alila Villas Uluwatu in the south, home to some of the island’s best surf beaches, and Alila Ubud, surrounded by forest on a peaceful hillside. They had such a great time they sent me a lovely thank-you email, which was very moving. There’s little I dislike, but it’s a real shame I can’t control the weather when it comes to honeymoons.

 

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How did you get into the travel and honeymoon industry?

 

I studied modern languages (Spanish and German) at university and got the taste for living and working abroad during a year out. Before starting my studies, I travelled around five continents on an incredible trip through New Zealand, Australia, Thailand, Namibia and Costa Rica. I interned at Mr & Mrs Smith before joining the Travel Team and now specialise in Central and South America, adventure travel and honeymoons.

 

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What do you aim to achieve for your clients?

 

At Mr & Mrs Smith, we’re all about the details: I want to snap up the best bedroom for my clients, not just the best hotel. I love to organise unusual or one-of-a-kind experiences that are bound to surprise them. At Kasbah du Toubkal in Morocco’s Atlas Mountains, for instance, a mule carries your luggage for the last part of your journey. It’s quirky details like that that really make a trip memorable. (more…)

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In The Hotseat, Planning
MILK Books. Beautiful Photo Books. In The Hotseat
26.08.2014

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Getting a great photographer to shoot your beautiful wedding day is one of the wedding day essentials. But what to do with the images afterwards? Getting them in print is so important.

Which is why today I am thrilled to be speaking with MILK Books, who create the most gorgeous photo books for their customers. They also let me try out the process myself and I was blown away. Not only by the super simple design process and speedy shipping. But by the book itself, it is the loveliest quality, thick heavy pages in a linen covered book with a special box to keep it in perfect condition. It is heavy and feels so luxe. I am over the moon with my Double White Photo Album filled with treasured family memories :-)

Anyway, take a look for yourself…

 

 

Hi MILK Books, could you firstly tell WWW readers a little bit about you?

 

MILK Tailor Made Books was created by PQ Blackwell to enable anyone to make their own printed and digital memoirs, photo books, and albums.

PQ Blackwell is an award-winning originator of internationally bestselling books, distinguished by their editorial excellence, design, and production quality.

Long before MILK became an online photo bookmaker, it was a highly successful publishing project founded on a touring exhibition of evocative photographs that portrayed human moments of intimacy, laughter and kinship from 164 countries.

 

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What do you love/dislike about your job?

 

We love helping our customers to create stunning photo books. We don’t like it when things go wrong as they sometimes can when technology meets print but we always strive to supersede our customers’ expectations and print beautiful books.

 

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How did you get into the wedding industry?

 

Having spent the past decade publishing beautiful illustrated books that have inspired and touched the hearts of people around the world, we decided that new technology had reached a point where we could draw together all that experience to help people experience the wonder and delight of making their own books – a pleasure that we have been lucky enough to experience throughout our working lives. MILK Books allows newlyweds to create their own exquisite wedding album with our software, designed by them and delivered to their door.

 

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What do you aim to achieve for your clients?

 

We aim to offer our customers the ability to create their personal photo album that is beautifully designed and produced to stand the test of time, to give our customers a book that they will treasure and hand down through the generations.

“As photographers we want to capture and preserve our clients’ memories. A wedding book or album isn’t an investment in an item; it’s an investment in your existence, your memory, your story, future children, grandchildren, and every generation that follows after that. It is because of this (and if I’m honest, my desire to see my images in a MILK Book) that we’ve recently decided to offer MILK Photo Books and Albums to our clients.” Tania from Sadie & Co

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In The Hotseat, Planning
Function Central. Live Music for Weddings. In The Hotseat.
11.08.2014

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I don’t know about you but I just love a wedding with live music and entertainment. It creates a real party atmosphere like nothing else. If you are thinking of booking a brilliant band for your party, then I recommend checking out Function Central. They have just about every style and genre of musician to make your reception personal and fun.

Let’s get to know them a little better….

Hi Function Central, could you firstly tell WWW readers a little bit about you?

 

We’re a leading wedding music booking agency. We’ve sought out the very best wedding bands, musicians and DJs from all across the UK so you don’t have to!

 

Every act’s profile on our site is packed with audio demos, pictures, videos and reviews, to help you make an informed decision about which act to book. We have hundreds of hand-selected live music acts available, searchable by price, genre and location.

 

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What do you love/dislike about your job?

 

First and foremost, we never get bored of reading glowing testimonials from our customers.

 

Secondly, we often book live music for celebrity weddings or other high profile events, which are always fun. Highlights were Paul McCartney’s office booking a gypsy jazz trio for his garden party and 19 Management booking a function band for a surprise birthday party for David Beckham.

 

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How did you get into entertainment and into the wedding industry?

 

We started out as a humble two-man show with only one function band on the books – our own. We’re now a team of ten, working with the very best bands, musicians and DJs available from London to Manchester and beyond.

 

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What do you aim to achieve for your clients?

 

We want our bands to deliver real “wow” factor to our clients’ events and exceed all expectations! (more…)

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Decor, Planning
26 Wedding Place Names Ideas
30.07.2014

Place names are a small detail of your wedding day décor, but can be totally fun and unique. You can really add your personality through even the smallest of touches.

Today I have trawled the WWW archives to bring you some brilliant place name ideas. From luggage tags, pebbles, logs and fruit; there is something to suit any wedding table. Think about your loves and hobbies as a couple and inject those ideas into your decoration…

 

 

Luggage Tag

 

Rustic Natural Fern Linen Place Name Setting http://mbmaher.com/

Image | Mitch Maher, full wedding here.

 

Dried Flowers

 

Luggage Tag Dried Flowers Place Name Setting http://campbellphotography.co.uk/

Image | Campbell Photography, full wedding here.

 

Map Hearts

 

Heart Map Place Name Setting Wedding http://www.eleanorjaneweddings.co.uk/

Image | Eleanor Jane, full wedding here.

 

Photo

 

Polaroid Place Setting Wedding Name Photo http://bigbouquet.co.uk/

Image | Big Bouquet Photography, full wedding here.

 

Fruity

 

Apple Fruit Place Names Setting Wedding http://www.cottoncandyweddings.co.uk/

Image | Cotton Candy Photography, full wedding here.

 

Pebble

 

Wedding Place Name Setting Pebble Stone http://www.philippajamesphotography.com/

Image | Philippa James, full wedding here.

 

Cork Boats

 

Cork Boat Place Names Setting Wedding Decor http://www.marcsmithphotography.com/

Image | Marc Smith, full wedding here.

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