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    Strawberries at this time of year are so delicious. I only really buy them in June as you can guarantee they will be sweet, juicy and HUGE! As part of the baby group my friend Rachael and I run, we have recently made the most of strawberry season by preparing two lovely strawberry teas for the mums and babies! My 11 month old daughter, Pearl, absolutely adores strawberries (and cake when I let her!) so she was in her element, munching away all afternoon. We used Mrs Tea’s vintage crockery too and it looked just the part, and despite being surrounded by babies and toddlers we had no breakages! I’ve posted a few pics on my facebook page – cue cute babies and messy faces!


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    Sorry for the radio silence, I’ve not updated my blog in a while. I hope it’s worth the wait though as Chloe from Pure Imagination has kindly given us a guide to planning your big day… Read on for more…

    Planning your big day can be a daunting task for any couple. Having to juggle budgets, decisions about music, colours, dress, suits, themes and food can be time consuming and stressful if you don’t know where to start. Chloe from Pure Imagination Wedding & Events Management gives us 10 reasons why hiring a wedding planner can help take the burden out of your big day…

    1) Budget
    Wedding planners are experienced and equipped with knowledge of the wedding industry. We are able to create a budget and stick to it, no sneaky costs the day before to ruin your beautiful day. We have access to exclusive discounts, know who to go to and who not to go to (!) and can help make your pennies go further. I worked with one couple who wanted a New York wedding cake for their big day. After being quoted £450 which was way over their budget I helped them find one that was just as good for just £199.

    2) Personal touch
    Wedding planners work with you personally, establishing a comfortable and trustworthy relationship which will ensure your wedding day is not just traditional and that it has more of a special personal meaning to you both. It’s the little details that count!

    3) Excellent Listeners
    The main part of a wedding planners’ job role is to listen, even if it is at 3 o’clock in the morning! We take on board all of your dreams, imagination and ideas and help turn them into reality in accordance with your budget.

    4) Mediation
    Any problems with regards to your wedding are no longer your problems, they are the wedding planners’ problems, and they will be dealt with in the most effective manner, leaving you to enjoy the run up to your big day.

    5) Venue
    Wedding planners will do all the hard work in finding the perfect venue for you according to your budget and ideas and even view the venues with you and contribute their expertise to help with your final decision.

    6) Flowers, DJ/Entertainment, Photography and Stationary
    These are the five key elements to the perfect wedding. A wedding planner will have a long list of the best in the business suitable to your wedding and will find everything you need to make your day as perfect as you imagined.

    7) Decorations
    Wedding décor can make or break a wedding. A wedding planner will ensure your theme and style stays on track as they are fully equipped with attention to detail and creativity to make your venue beautiful. This is the part of the wedding where you can save the most money whilst making your venue look fabulous.

    8) From engagement to honeymoon
    Wedding planners will be with you from the beginning to the end. We provide that extra special service and go the extra mile, not only can we create, design and manage your wedding day, we can organise your hen/stag parties and also your honeymoon!

    9) Touch of Imagination
    Pure Imagination creates unique weddings adding special touches to make your day even better than you imagined. A wedding planner can create the extra ‘wow’ factor for your wedding without exceeding your budget.

    10) Last but not least…
    Hiring a wedding planner allows you to actually enjoy not only your wedding day, but the time leading up to it as well.

    Pure Imagination is offering free consultations – contact pureimaginationevents@gmail.com or visit www.facebook.com/pureimaginationevents
    twitter: @pureimagevents or call Chloe Hobbs on 07881278481


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    On 19 December Mrs Tea will be supplying vintage cups and saucers for the launch of new bridal dress hire shop, To Have and To Hire! Run by the lovely Annie, the new retail space in Castle Arcade is where brides-to-be can rent a designer dress for their big day for a very reasonable price. The dresses are all beautiful – Jenny Packham, Vera Wang and Sassi Holford to name a few – which have all been worn and supplied by other brides. Winner! I’m very excited to be supplying the teacups for the shop’s official launch, particularly as they will be used to serve boozy bubbles!


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    Good morning! Now, I don’t usually make a habit of getting up quite so early on a Sunday morning but today is an exception. I’m exhibiting at Wales’ largest wedding fair today at City Hall! There’s going to be a load of stuff going on by the sounds of it and it almost makes me wish I was a bride-to-be once more. I loved going to wedding fairs, armed with a notebook and an open mind and accompanied by a friend or even better, my ever-trusted mum, whose opinions are always valuable, I would gather ideas, prices and snapshots from the day and decide what sort of things I wanted (and definitely didn’t want!) at my wedding day. It can be overwhelming, particularly in the early stages of wedding planning, when you literally don’t have a date, venue (or in my case, a country!) you want to get married in, but I very quickly worked out that I wanted to ensure my wedding day was personal to me. It was always the stalls that offered something if never seen before that stood out to me, and those that offered something unique and creative that has the individual at heart. I would skip the chocolate fountains, giant loo-roll cover style dresses and seek out the stalls that were less ‘show time’ and more ‘me’. I’m hoping to meet a lot of brides today who are looking for the same thing. I know it can be so difficult making those decisions about what personal touches to incorporate on one of the most important days of your life, so a friendly face, someone who has gone through the process and realistic prices mean a lot! So if you’re looking for inspiration, ideas and you are within easy reach of City Hall, head down between 11-4, grab a goody bag and chat to the exhibitors that catch your eye. Importantly, make sure you stop by the vintage lounge and come and say hello! I’m Mrs Tea and I’ll have some of my crockery on display. Happy planning!