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A Jewellery Making Party with Tatty Devine!

I have been a massive fan of Tatty Devine ever since I discovered them as a teenager. I dreamed of one day being able to adorn myself daily with all their pretty plastic creations. That love affair has continued well into adulthood and the Tatty pieces I own will forever be some of my ultimate faves.

So when the babes at Tatty Devine got in contact to ask if I wanted to visit their Brick Lane store to do a Halloween themed jewellery making workshop it felt like all my Christmasses (or should that be Halloweens?) had come at once.

On Tuesday evening Sophie, Ronnie, Lisa, Paige and I excited arrived at their shop just as it was closing for our private party. We were all sat around a table and instead of normal place settings there was a custom spooky glittery name necklace in each spot. I may have audibly squealed.

Ronnie even got TWO because they weren’t sure if she’d prefer Ronnie or Veronica.. and she got to keep them both! Jealous much? I should have casually mentioned in advance that I also go by the name of Kathryn… and Rock n Roll Bride… and Princess of the Manor…

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Join Us at The Eclectic Wedding Extravaganza in November (Who Wants to Win Some Tickets?)

If you’ve been following the blog for a while you’ll know that for the last couple of years we’ve done a LOT of wedding fairs. They’re super fun (I will ALWAYS love meeting you guys!) but also super exhausting. So this year we’ve decided to just do ONE and that one is, in my humble opinion, the best one out there – the Eclectic Wedding Extravaganza in Birmingham!

So why is it so great? We’ll I’m glad you asked…

All the exhibitors are genuinely alternative

Organised by Jo of The Couture Company, Sassy of Assassynation Photography and Yasmin of Curious Coco Designs. this is Eclectic Wedding Extravaganza’s 5th year. They they are returning with an impeccable array of everything that is different, creative and unique in the world of weddings. For half a decade the show has brought together unique exhibitors and couples alike, showcasing the most diverse wedding talent in the country.

This season they’ll be welcoming 70 incredible suppliers including Crown and Glory, Working Clasp, Jamball, Black Cherry Cake Company, Conjurer’s Kitchen, Alternative Ceremonies UK, DiscoWed, The Couture Company, Wish Upon a Sparkle, Gaming4Weddings, Doris Loves, Hardfelt and MANY, MANY MORE!

You can see the full list of confirmed exhibitors on their website.

No teeth whitening/ weight loss/ plastic surgery companies

I’m not gonna lie, I’ve always been intensely unconformable with the presence of companies peddling ways to permanently alter your body in the run up to your wedding at some of the larger shows. Luckily there is NOTHING LIKE THAT at the Eclectic Wedding Extravaganza. Praise the lord!

No pushy sales people

Similarly, the show has a no pushiness policy meaning the exhibitors are encouraged to be chatty, helpful and charming, but not to push offers on you, thrust leaflets in your hand or generally be obnoxious arseholes. I know a lot of you can feel quite anxious about going to wedding fairs, but everyone at this one is lovely, warm, friendly and genuinely interested in hearing what YOU have to say (and not the other way around!) Eclectic Wedding Extravaganza is like a weird little family and I love that about it so much!

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A Lush Hen Party

Did you know that Lush do private parties after hours? I know right, how amazing is that!? When I made this discovery I knew I had to find an excuse to book one, and Sophie’s hen do a couple of weeks ago was the perfect opportunity!

Dressed in our sparkiest finery, we descended on the Canterbury Lush store just as it was closing not knowing exactly what to expect, but sure that it would be a hell of lot of fun. We had the entire shop at our disposal and the two ladies who hosted us were, in expected Lush employee fashion, super welcoming and enthusiastic. They even let us bring in our own prosecco and snacks.

Sophie’s amazing dress is from Missguided, her sash was made by Oh Squirrel.

The evening started by us making a blueberry face mask, which we all got to take home in our goodie bags. Next we were all seated around a large table and each given a hand treatment and massage with the Rub Rub Rub scrub. Soft hands a-plenty we then played a suitably embarrassing hen do game of each having to mould something naughty out of their Fun rainbow soap. We then voted whosee was the rudest as I’m very proud to announce that I was the winner – ha. I even got a prize!

After a final -ahem- amended game of pin the tale on the donkey (hint, there was no tail and no donkey) we were each handed a shopping basket and told we each had £10 to spend! Oh my goodness, a supermarket sweep in Lush? Yes please! I bought myself some of my favourite Rockstar soap and a couple of bubble bars. Our picks where then added into our individual goodie bags which we all got to take away!

Sorry mum…

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Take the Leap with WedX (Come and Hear Me Speak!)

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WEDx is a brand new seminar for wedding professionals. I am honoured to have been asked to speak at their inaugural event taking place on Monday 8th May at Wyboston Lakes Executive Centre, near Cambridge.

Fair warning: I’m not a professional speaker. I prefer to chat from the heart rather than spiel off an over-rehearsed speech. But if you want to come and hear me share my journey from starting a secret hobby from my laptop, to spearheading a six figure publishing business, then I’m your gal! Specifically I’ll be talking about collaboration and how working with others has been the best thing I’ve ever done for my business and why. After all, no-one can do this shit on their own!

I’m going to be joined by industry heavyweights Amie Bone, Lisa Johnson, Lee Smith, Lina Orsino-Allen and Sammi-Jo Gascoyne. To learn a little more about these incredible people and what they’ll be teaching you, just head over to the WEDx website.

Ticket Discount!

Tickets cost £150, but the first five of you to book using the discount code KAT30 will get £30 off the ticket price, making it just £120 to attend! The cost of a ticket includes free parking, free Wi-Fi, unlimited soft drinks, hot beverages and snacks and a two-course lunch, as well as an opportunity to network over drinks.

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I’m the Key Note Speaker at {Un}Convention, Taking Place THIS FRIDAY!

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Small business owners listen up! Did you know that you’re 35% more likely to be outperformed by competitors if your business is not diverse?* Which is why I am so honoured/ excited/ exhilarated to be the key note speaker at Catalyst Wedding Co.’s {Un}Convention conference, an event dedicated to building community for equality-minded wedding professionals. After taking this event all over the US, their very first UK offering is taking place in London THIS FRIDAY!

The schedule features conversations with leading voices in the wedding industry, breakout sessions to help you grow your business based on your values and better reach, market and appeal to diverse audience.

I’m going to be joined by some incredible speakers including Nova from Nu Bride, Claire from Bridal Musings, Laura from Babb Photos, Karen from Smashing the Glass, Aleisha from The Bridechilla Podcast, Joyce from Joyce Conner Make Up and Chris from Tuck Box Cakes. It will be a packed day full of talks, panel discussions and interactive workshops set to educate and inspire.

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Upcoming Wedding Shows, Workshops & Conferences

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Hey guys! It’s been a longggg while since I’ve written a more personal post (where does the time go!?) so today I thought I’d break that drought to let you know about some events I’ve got coming up. I’d love for you to come and spend some time with me, new braces and all (!)

Most Curious Wedding Fair

March 18th & 19th: London. 

This weekend my team and I are packing our bags and heading just up the road to the Most Curious Wedding Fair at the Old Truman Brewery in Brick Lane. This is the wedding fair for non-traditional babes with discerning taste.

Inspired more by fashion and the hipster-cool vibes of it’s location than the wedding industry itself, this is one of my favourite shows and I’m super excited to be taking part!

Tickets can be bought in advance from just £2.50 or £3 on the door.

FarmShop

March 27th & 30th: Brighton & Glasgow. 

After a few days to recover I’ll be hitting the road solo to speak at Photography Farm’s first ever FarmShop in both Brighton (27th) and Glasgow (30th). Billed as an all star wedding photography workshop where each mentor will lead a section that plays to their strengths (as well as contributing to each other’s to bring a huge pool of knowledge), it’s going to be super fun and really informative.

Specifically I’ll be speaking about harnessing the power of wedding blogs and magazines to book your dream clients as well as sharing some tricks for getting on the radar of editors and (almost most importantly) sharing the things that people do wrong over and over again so that you can avoid them!

You can read about the workshop in more detail on the Photography Farm website. Tickets are currently available at the discounted rate of £300.

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