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Carddies Wedding Set - A Review

Keeping children entertained during a wedding can be difficult, especially during the speeches when guests want to be able to hear what is being said. This is why Carddies, a company that make creative colouring sets, have branched out to make a special wedding edition. They kindly sent me a sample to have a look at and I decided to share my thoughts with you.

I’ve seen a lot of similar ideas and sets, and they’re great at occupying children, but they tend to just be pictures to colour in. The set from Carddies are different because they come with small plastic bases for each individual character to stand up in, which means they can be easily played with once they’ve been decorated, and so will keep the children (and maybe some adults!) entertained for longer.

There are twelve different characters to colour in and name, as well as a big background picture of all the characters that can be decorated and kept. There are two adult males, two adult females and eight child characters of various sizes, which is great because it offers a variety of wedding couples, such as a bride and groom, two grooms or two brides. It is inclusive and diverse; perfect for same-sex marriages and breaks away from the typical bride and groom images in other colouring packs. This set also comes with twelve colouring pencils, which is considerably more than the standard four colours of red, blue, green and yellow that are usually included.

One of my favourite features, and it’s only something simple, but I loved the fact that there are details on the back of each character; instead of it just being blank, there’s the back of their hair and their clothes. I thought it was a nice little touch that means that there’s another surface to decorate and when the cards are being played with, you know who’s who from behind!

I gave the set to my four-year-old son to see what he thought of it, and he started colouring the characters in straight away. He named them all and asked what the bases were for; when I explained, he said 'Oh, wow!' and tried to slot one of the characters in to the plastic base, which he did quite easily. He quickly had them all lined up, talking to each other. I don’t think I’m going to get them back!

The Carddies pack retails at £8.99 each, which may be more expensive than other colouring packs, but when you consider what the Carddies set offers, I think they are well worth the money. Carddies also offers the packs in different themes, including fairies, knights, sports and family, plus many more, so there’s something there for everyone! 

I think they are fantastic sets, which will keep children occupied and entertained not only during the meal and the speeches when they tend to get bored and fidgety, but also into the evening reception. They can even be taken home and played with long after the wedding, and they make a great memento of the day.

I think I’m going to get some to keep my children occupied on the plane when we go on holiday!

Note: All thoughts and comments are my own (and my son's!); I was not paid to write this review.

It's a nice day for a summer wedding...

When the weather is beautiful and hot, like it has been for the past few days, I can’t help but think of all the happy couples who got married recently. When you’re getting married in England (or doing anything in England, for that matter!) you can never guarantee the weather. You could decide on an outdoor wedding in a field, with a marquee, in the middle of July, expecting the lovely weather we’ve had recently, but then it may rain heavily for the week preceding the wedding, leading to the field becoming waterlogged and unusable. Or, you could have dreams of a winter wedding with snow on the ground, but the chances of it snowing when you want it to are rather small. You just cannot predict what the weather will do, which is why couples and wedding planners must always have an alternative or ‘wet weather’ plan as a back-up.

The weather can be a cause of a lot of worry for the bride and groom, especially those having outdoor ceremonies, which is usually the most important part of the day. Speaking from personal experience, I can vouch for this! When I got married, we planned on an outdoor ceremony at our venue; I wasn’t keen on the wet-weather option, so I was keeping everything crossed for a hot, sunny day. Our wedding was in the May, so we were expecting dry, mild weather, but the weeks leading up to the wedding were wet, grey and dismal. During this time, our dreams of a hot summer’s day changed into a silent plea of ‘please just be dry for forty-five minutes when the ceremony takes place – then it can rain!’ As it turned out, we needn’t have worried; the day was sunny and warm, and some people even got sunburnt as no one was expecting such good weather. It meant we had the ceremony (and day) that we dreamt of, but it also made me realise how much time I had wasted worrying about the weather; it’s not something I had any control over and my time could have been better spent focussing on some other aspect of the day.

Now, in my role as a wedding planner, I always encourage my couples of embrace their wet-weather plans, so that if they need to be implemented, there will, hopefully, not be too much disappointment or inconvenience. It’s important to remember that it's not the end of the world if you don’t have your ideal weather for your special day. After all, as long as you get to marry your partner/other-half/soul mate/best friend, does it really matter what the weather’s like?

Wedding Fairs: Yay or Nay?

The idea of attending a wedding fair can fill people with feelings of excitement and/or nervousness; the large number of businesses exhibiting can help you plan your special day (and you can talk about your day with people who get just as excited about weddings!), but they can also be quite intimidating, especially if you've no idea where to start. I always recommend to my clients that they attend at least one wedding fair, particularly if there is one on at a venue they are interested in or have booked, as it can help them visualise what their day could look like. 

It can be very useful to compare different suppliers, and being able to do it in one day, in one place, as opposed to making appointments and going from shop to shop, or town to town, can be very beneficial. You also get to see examples of the suppliers' previous work, which can help you decide if they're the supplier you want to use. 

Some businesses hold competitions or offer discounts at wedding fairs, to encourage you to book them. Whilst this can mean you get a good discount, don't rush to book someone just because you want to save money; make sure they are the right supplier for you.

Exhibitors know and understand that it can be overwhelming for couples, both in terms of the information you're given and the ideas available, but they generally just want to have a chat, find out about you and what you want, and try to help. Just remember, you are not obliged to book anyone or make any decisions when at a wedding fair; it is fine to just wander around, get some ideas, maybe talk to a supplier or two, get some business cards or leaflets, and then go home and think about it all as and when you want to.

Wedding fairs are designed to help you meet the businesses who could help you bring your dream wedding to life; so why not check out some wedding fairs that are happening near you soon?

 

Here are some wedding fairs companies covering Kent, with upcoming fairs:

The Wedding Experience - Their next fair is on 18 February at Hop Farm, Paddock Wood

A Kentish Wedding - Their next fair is on 11 February at Discovery Park, Sandwich

Whitesky Events - Their next fair is on 4 March at Priestfield Stadium, Gillingham

Main Event Wedding Shows - Their next fair is on 11 February at Brands Hatch, Longfield

Why should you hire an on-the-day wedding co-ordinator?

So, you’ve got engaged, and you’re starting to plan your wedding; here are some of the benefits of hiring an on-the-day wedding co-ordinator that you might want to consider:

-          We can meet you at the venue prior to your wedding to run through the schedule and layout for the day

-          You can benefit from our knowledge and experience in the industry, as we can take care of any last-minute details and ensure that nothing has been missed

-          You can spend the morning of your wedding enjoying getting ready etc., whilst we can be meeting and liaising with the suppliers and ensuring everything is ready for your special day

-          We can manage the running order for the day, so you relax and enjoy being with your guests without suddenly panicking that something needs to happen

-          Your parents, Maid/Matron of Honour and friends will also be able to relax, happy in the knowledge that someone else if on-hand to deal with any last-minute problems (they will thank you for this!)

-          This is a budget-friendly alternative to hiring a full wedding planner, and it still gives you complete control

-          Some venues provide an event coordinator, but they are usually the person who you liaise with at the venue to make arrangements and discuss timings for the day; they won’t necessarily be on-hand to contact the photographer if they’ve not arrived or let the band know when they need to start performing

-          If you are having a dry-hire venue, marquee or private residence wedding there will be no event coordinator provided by the venue, so we can help you bring everything together on the day

Hiring an on-the-day co-ordinator still gives you the full control of planning your wedding yourself, without having to deal with any of the stress on the day. After spending so much time (and money!) planning it, you should relax and enjoy your day, knowing that someone else is taking care of everything.

Get in touch with me today to discuss your upcoming wedding!