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A summer wedding - dolls' house style!

9 August 2013

The plans were made a year ago, the invitations are just a memory and the bright, sunny weather has arrived to turn this wedding day into one to remember!

A sizzling celebration is always a hit and this mini version gives you a chance for perfection every time.

A summer wedding

Warm sunshine and longer days means there’s more time to party – and the dream of getting married outdoors or having a reception in a wonderful setting can become a reality at a mini 1:12-style summer wedding.

What would YOU have at the perfect wedding? Take a look at our inspirational scene starring Naomi and Earnest to pick up some tips to start you off.

The right flowers are a must. And we have plenty in store at The Dolls House Emporium. Pimm’s on the lawn? What else for an outdoor party! Sum up the perfect summer with some of your own favourite choices. Maybe a game of croquet… certainly music and dancing. Perhaps a parasol to keep elderly aunts cool in the heat of the day.

Speeches and toasts will be order of the day but not too much Dutch courage to get things going!

Choosing the best wedding photographer is also vital. Take a look at our wedding album on these pages for the best moments from a busy – but fantastic – celebration!

The beautiful bride arrives at last! The beautiful bride arrives at last!

A summer dolls wedding The bride tosses her bouquet – which lucky lady will be next up the aisle?

Naomi and Earnest make their vows in front of the priest. Naomi and Earnest make their vows in front of the priest.

Surrounded by flowers – the guests look on as our bride poses for pictures. Surrounded by flowers – the guests look on as our bride poses for pictures.

A moonlight kiss to round off the evening. A moonlight kiss to round off the evening.

Here are some of the miniature items we used for this project, all available at

Here are some of the miniature items we used for this project

A truly inspiring wedding present!

6 July 2010

Inspired by our “Design a Wedding Dress” competition, Janice Curtis decided to create a very unique keepsake to give to her daughter on her wedding day.

Before the big day, Janice locked herself away behind closed doors and beavered away building her gift.  The result is this stunning miniature bedroom.  It is the perfect preparation room for the bride-to-be - from the full length mirrored wardrobe and dressing table, to the beautiful bouquet and white lace veil!

The piéce de résistance of the room is the perfect 1:12th replica of her daughter’s wedding dress – which is why Janice had to build the room far away from prying eyes!  The beautiful white satin dress comes complete with silver beading around the neckline and down the back of the skirt, together with a stunning pair of sparkling white shoes, perfect for her daughter’s walk down the aisle!

As you will see from the pictures, Janice’s daughter absolutely loved her present – as did all of the other wedding guests!


Dress the Bride Competition – Joan Smith’s entry

1 July 2010

Wedding preparations on a miniature scale!
Joan Smith’s traditional white bride is stunning and we especially loved how she photographed her in her beautiful bedroom preparing for her big moment!
“This bride is one from my Wedding Shop, which I made from The Market Cross kit from The Dolls House Emporium – I have a number of brides and wedding gowns in the shop, but this is my favourite!

The dress is a miniature version of a dress I made for a friend of my daughter.  We designed the dress together, as she wanted one made out of satin and in a similar style to the one her mother wore at her own wedding. – the only difference we made was to the length and we made this dress long rather than mid-calf, which was the style in the 60s.
I photographed the bride in a room box I have just completed, so she is surrounded by everything she needs to make herself look beautiful for her big day.”

Dress the Bride Competition – Rebecca Smith’s Entry

29 June 2010

Our Design a Wedding Dress competition was so popular that we thought we would show you a few more of our favourites.

Rebecca Smith’s simple yet elegant design for a wedding dress, with those beautiful added touches, really stood out.

“I wanted to design a dress that was plain, but elegant with a beautiful long train.  I chose a deep cream material, which was finished off with small, clear beads, pearls and sequins – not too fussy, but just enough to add that all important sparkle!

I made the skirt first before adding an elegant train.  I then designed and created the bodice to attach to the skirt and the train.  I sewed small clear beads around the neckline of the dress and sequins around the hem.  I also added a tiny cream rose, together with two pearls, to the back of the dress.

The veil is made from a cream voile which I attached to the bride’s hair before adding a tiara, which was made from the same clear beads and pearls on the dress, and threaded onto a fine wire. The finishing touch is the beautiful bouquet of small pink flowers, bound together with a narrow ribbon and tied to the bride’s hand. She is also wearing a small pearl engagement ring.

I think she is now ready to walk up the aisle!

Dress the Bride Competition – Shelia Gilbert’s Entry

8 June 2010

Such a beautiful, blushing bride!
We really loved Shelia Gilbert's dress for its versatility!  The idea of a very simple dress, which can be worn after the big day that can be transformed in to a stunning wedding gown – genius!
My bride is one of the dolls from The Dolls House Emporium family and she wanted a very simple dress that she could wear after the wedding.  I started by creating a simple white silk dress with a beaded bodice and a shell embroidered hem.

For the wedding day itself, I added an overskirt of white silk with a matching shell embroidered hem, but this time I added beads and a jewelled design on the back of the skirt.  This skirt is then attached to the main dress with a belt of ribbon and jewels - but it can be detached after the wedding if the bride wishes!

She also wears white jewelled shoes and carries a bouquet of cream roses which I made from tissue paper wound around a cocktail stick and then wired.

Her veil is a triangle of net, which I have gathered a third of the way down and added beads all around the edge. The head dress is two strands of beads on wire, twisted together to make a hoop which sits round her hair. I styled her hair in to a pony tail to add a touch of elegance!

She also has a necklace of matching beads – and a cheeky garter of gathered ribbon!  She’s now ready for her perfect wedding!
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