01 MarThe book to help you plan your vintage wedding

Planning a vintage-style wedding? The get you hands on this Vintage Weddings book by fashion expert Marnie Fogg.

The book is a pictorial journey through more than a century of wedding styles and dresses, taking a close look at the diverse styles, iconic designers, different ceremony types, and wedding fashions.

The book also promises to show you how to recognize the silhouette that will best suit your body shape.

It’ll also help you to source everything you need for your retro-wedding, including bunting hire, vintage fabrics, accessories, as well as vintage veils, jewellery, and table decorations.

The book is published by Carlton Books Ltd, and is available at Amazon from May 12.

24 FebCelebrate Fairtrade Fortnight with Bunting!

To mark this year’s Fairtrade Fortnight, the charity behind it is encouraging people to make their own Fairtrade home made bunting.

The Fairtrade Foundation, a non-profit organisation that promotes fair trade through the world with its Fairtrade mark, hopes that the event will raise awareness of the plight of African cotton farmers.

The Foundation is also aiming to break the world record for the longest continual piece of bunting, by stitching everyone’s bunting together once the fortnight is over.

To find out more about Fairtrade cotton, and to read more about how to get involved, visit the Fairtrade Fortnight website.

03 JanCharity shop appeals for vintage clothing

We already know that vintage bunting is in big demand these days. But now an Oxfordshire charity shop is opening a special vintage and retro clothing section. And it needs your old clothing donations to help it get started.

The Sue Ryder charity shop in Abingdon, Oxfordshire, which raises funds for people with  conditions such as motor neurone disease,  MS and cancer, is opening the section on January 17. The charity hopes to raise over £2 million in just one month as part of its Best Month Ever campaign.

Shop manager, Davina Wilkinson, 57, said: “Retro and vintage clothes are very much en vogue these days and we often have people asking for certain items from times gone by.

“We are looking for all types of clothing, bags and shoes from the 1940s, through the 60s and right up to the 80s. Items such as pill box jackets, long tweed coats and 50s-style handbags, through to 60s slip dresses, 70s flares and clothes with shoulder pads which were popular in the 80s and are now very much so again.”

If you’re in the Oxford or Abingdon area, you can take your donations of clothes (including wedding dresses), shoes and jewellery directly to the Abingdon store in Market Place, or to the Sue Ryder stores in Chapel Way, Oxford, and Sheep Street, Bicester.

10 NovMiniature Cars to Add Vintage Look to Weddings

A Lincolnshire company is taking the vintage look to a teeny, tiny level by supplying miniature vintage cars for weddings and other celebrations.

The Cute Little Cars Company even deliver the teeny vehicles in full chauffeur uniform to add another extra touch to your party. The company is the idea of sister and brother, Elaine Appleby and Ian Hutson.

Ian said: “We have been going for about a year. It is spreading by word of mouth and we are working quite hard with the view to going nationwide at some point.

“We find some people understand why the cars are a good idea straightaway and others take a bit longer to come round to the idea.

“It is a great way of entertaining children at weddings, even though they are all designed so they can’t move so you don’t get Wacky Races on your wedding day.

“They look good in photographs as well and add a bit of a vintage twist.”

Ian is a wedding photographer by trade, so moving on to providing this unique service was a natural move for him and Elaine.

The sizes are the cars range from 30ins to around 55ins, making the cars the perfect size for young wedding guests to play in. They also provide an excellent photo opportunity.

They come in a range of cream, pink, lilac, racing green and yellow colours, and can be decorated with wedding bunting, ribbons, and flowers.

14 OctPimped out camping for Brand-Perry wedding?

Where did you stay after the last wedding you went to? Hotel? With friends and family? Nowhere (i.e. you partied through the night)?

Well, guests at the upcoming wedding of ex-lothario Russell Brand, and pop-queen (or should that be princess) Katie Perry will be allegedly be taking their post-nuptial snooze under canvas in “pimped out” tents. (We’re still waiting for confirmation that the tents will be decked out in Vintage Bunting.)

An “insider” (as in someone who overheard something that Russell Brand’s nan said) claims that the wedding will be a six-day affair, culminating in a traditional ceremony. Guests will apparently include Noel Gallagher, Jonathan Ross. and Rhianna.

01 SepVintage Wedding Fairs in Harrogate and London

If you’re planning a vintage wedding, there are two vintage-only wedding fairs coming up – one this month, and a follow-up in November.

The first event in Harrogate near Leeds, promises over 40 exhibitors with treats such as wedding dresses, retro-venues, food ideas, classic jewellery, and even vintage bunting (naturally).

There’s also hair and make-up advice, and a look at entertainment and photography options for your vintage wedding. Plus classic suits and vintage lace lingerie sets are on show.

The Vintage Wedding Fair at Harrogate is on Sunday 19th September at the St George Hotel, Ripon Road from 11.30am. The follow-up fair in London is on Sunday 14th November at Bush Hall, 310 Uxbridge Road. It starts at 10.30am.

25 AugKasabian and Noel G crash weddings

Indie band Kasabian apparently gatecrashed two weddings at the weekend.

The Leicester band, who’ve just recorded their fourth album, crashed the receptions when they returned to their hotel from their gig at the V Festival in Chelmsford, Essex.

And the guests weren’t just treated to an appearance from the band – Oasis legend Noel Gallagher was also in tow.

The band are now going to take time off to spend more time with their families. Let’s just hope that they didn’t spend their last night before their break hanging on the bunting, or eating all the canapes.

03 AugAre you going to Vintage?

The first of what’s hoped to be an annual music and fashion festival takes place later this month.

“Vintage at Goodwood” is at the Goodwood racecourse (naturally) just outside Chichester. The organisers say that it’s a celebration of British cool from the 40s, 50s, 60, 70s, and 80s. So expect anything from Glenn Miller records to massive mobile phones. And maybe even some vintage bunting … although we won’t be there this year.

Acts include Mike Flowers Pop (remember him?), the Buzzcocks, Norman Jay (a fave of ours), Danny Rampling and Alvin Stardust. Plus there’ll be plenty of time to shop, including the opportunity to browse for that special vintage trinket special ‘pop-up’ John Lewis shops.

Maybe we’ll be there next year?

Vintage Goodwood is on 13, 14, and 15 August.

21 JulVintage bunting – perfect for little tea rooms!

Vintage bunting isn’t just great for weddings, nurseries and country fetes. This little tea room for two has strung it up outside for a traditional look, even though it’s anything but traditional!

So, how many tea-drinkers can you fit in a trailer?

15 JulRetailers already in Christmas panic

Many shops in the UK and US are fretting that they’ve ordered too much stock for this year’s Christmas season.

The Associated Press has reported that retailers placed orders for much of their stock at the beginning of the year, when the economy was looking good. But, there are signs that the US and UK economies aren’t growing as fast as expected. So stores might need to cut prices come the festive season.

Still, it shows that you can’t start thinking about Christmas too early, even if you have to take some risks with your predictions. I’m already taking orders for my bespoke Christmas vintage bunting, and I’m already scouting the charity shops and markets for Christmas-style fabrics.

Contact me if you want to a variation to your Christmas decs this year!