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Choccywoccydoodah & meeting new people...

Weddingcharlotte twells
Choccywoccydoodah

Happy Halloween!

It's my favourite time of year as we're on the final run in towards Christmas. I love going trick or treating (even though I'm 29), making spooky cookies and carving about eighteen pumpkins.

Last week we were invited to the Choccywoccydoodah Witches Kitchen, their fabulous new magic making area above the super fabulous Brighton chocolate shop.

Greeted with sumptuous dark chocolate cocktails, chocolate straws and strawberries covered in - yes you guessed it, chocolate, we were introduced to the brand new 'Empire Room', a decadent yet intimate space complete with a huge tiger chair!

I'm in no doubt that both the Empire Room and Witches Kitchen would make the perfect setting for your naughty hen do, but even if you cant get to their Brighton Shop, you can shop online for all things Choccywoccydoodah here.

I took the Mr along with me for the ride and we had a blast decorating a SOLID chocolate skull, honestly they weigh about 5kg each so I felt pretty buff after the walk to our car!

Their creations are quite something and if you're ever in the area I suggest you grab yourself a hot chocolate and a slab of Choccy Cake in the 'Bar du Chocolat' - it is their speciality after all! 

Choccywoccydoodah cake

So tomorrow we are up bright and early and off to the Flourish and Prosper Wedding Academy. I'm really looking forward to seeing familiar faces again and meeting new ones too! I'm a huge believer that networking is one of the most important aspects of your business, you can be as fabulous as you like but if you never get out of the door to meet new people - no one will ever know about you.

So if I don't see you tomorrow, I'll hopefully meet you one day!

Charlotte x

Destination wedding advice...

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Destination wedding advice

If you have chosen to get married abroad when it comes to packing your suitcase for a mere seven to fourteen days, it can feel like your taking everything PLUS the kitchen sink. In between the dress, the honeymoon clothes, any decor, cameras and other bits, you've got to remember all the essentials like passports, birth certificates and medical documents (if needed).  

Packing your suitcase for an overseas wedding should not be done in the week before you fly, it needs time and lots of it. It can turn into a huge nightmare if not given enough respect, so follow these top tips to ensure you sleep soundly at night!

  1. Get a list together - write down anything and everything that needs to be packed and organised a few months before you leave. Add to it every time you think of something new and give it the once over the week before you leave. 
  2. Keep clothes and body products separate (and in zip lock/air tight bags) - if you get there and your shampoo has leaked all over your £1000 camera, you'll just be upset. By keeping these items away from each other you can save a lot of heartache.
  3. Carry the essentials - It sounds silly to suggest keeping your dress, your veil, shoes and groom’’s clothes with you in your hand luggage but imagine if your suitcase went missing - it happens! If your suitcase does go for a wander you'll still be able to say 'I do' in your dress.
  4. Wrap up any favours/gifts - If you're taking gifts to give out to guests, wrap them in towels for added protection.
  5. Check your hotel features in advance to save space on packing things like your hairdryer, travel iron or a clock (who knew but people do!)
  6. Don’’t post anything important to your venue and always check customs lists for any prohibited items – Anything can get held up in foreign countries or lost in transit and so won't be there with you on your wedding day. You don't want to be held up for five days in international customs as you've tried to bring in an illicit item! 
  7. Buy insurance and make sure it covers you for an overseas wedding.
  8. Respect the local traditions and policies - you're in a country that isn't your home so be nice, respect the locals and leave with a head full of happy memories.
  9. Take suncream :)

Charlotte x

Image Magnolia Studios via Green Wedding Shoes

Wedding competition...

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Wedding competitors

Competition.

It's a word that seems to bring out the fear in a huge number of us. I started in this industry late last year and have seen many people worry about the number of businesses that do exactly what they want, or hope to do.

But in that very sentence lies the heart of the issue - and the answer.

They don't do what you do and they never will. Sure there will be a million florists, wedding planners or dress designers out there, but does your nearest competitor offer the same service as you? The amazing ideas, the warm fuzzy feeling you provide or the intense listening skills that you have? 

In the early days we use social media as a tracking device. We scan the feeds to see what everyone is up to but as you're told time and time again, people only see what they want you to see. Social media can bring out the very worst in us too, you feel like your efforts are in vain, like you'll never reach the heights of your competitors or that you'll never fit in because there is someone already in your spot. 

But they aren't.

There's room for all of us and I'm saddened by the hostility that some businesses give off. One day, they might just need you.

It's that time of year that the wedding awards are dished out, but a lack of a nominations or not winning an award doesn't for one second mean your business is any less worthy.

It's really hard in business to feel like you've earned your place, but you will. Rome wasn't built in a day and you business won't be either. Keep shaping your future with an honest attitude, and don't let others bring you down. I've always been told to be nice to others, no matter how they treat you and it's a really honest sentiment. 

Stay true to your customers, your brand and ultimately, yourself.

Charlotte x

Image Sunset Girl