Doily Days

A Brand New Website

October 18, 2017 | News

Our brand new website launches today!.. It’s been a long time coming and it now ties in with the look and feel of the magazine (we re-branded last year). We’ll be blogging regularly on the new site, to give our magazine advertisers added value and more exposure. This is a rushed post as I’m busy preparing for a networking event tonight. It’s in Southsea and it’s for our exhibitors at The Wonderous Wedding Fair which we work on with The Vintage Parade. The show is just a few weeks away on Sunday 5th November. We’ve already done a styled shoot…

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Issue 9 launches

Issue 9 launches!

March 12, 2017 | News

We’re launching issue 9 TODAY (!) at The Happily Ever After Creative Wedding Fair in Brighton. All attendees will receive a copy of the issue, hot off the press, and we’re also giving away 50 copies of our special ‘gold’ issue in the VIP bags. Issue 9 is the second issue of our ‘new look’ – new design and new uncoated paper stock – so I feel like we’re really ‘settling in’. The logo’s finally been updated on the website too and issue 9 is available (for anyone and everyone, all over the world!), to read online. I’m going to…

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Commer Camper/van Opportunity

November 26, 2016 | News

So… after buying out the ex I am now the proud sole-owner of a very beautiful, charming 1968 Commer camper/van. This van was purchased two years ago for nostalgic/sentimental reasons as my grandparents owned a very similar vehicle back in the day and spent many happy weekends in the ‘passion wagon’ on the beach in Lyme Regis and the like. It’s a rare van, a British van that was previously used by British Telecoms and The Post Office as delivery vans. You don’t see many of these on eBay… VWs a-plenty! The American company Dodge bought out Commer in the…

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What a Year!..

November 24, 2016 | News

… I know it’s not over but with The Wonderous Wedding Fair behind us and issue 8 officially ‘out there’ I’m winding down, reflecting on a crazy year and planning for 2017. 2016 started in a new home in a new town with a two week old babe in arms; nappies, feeding, washing and all the craziness that goes with new parenthood. Doily Days special issue was under-way but, to be honest, the business was the last thing on my mind… as was showering, leaving the house and attempting to make a proper meal. Cut to March and I was…

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Come and network with us this September!

July 20, 2016 | News

Who’s heard of Dawn Gracie? EVERYONE has right? Well I knew about her when I lived over Brighton way and I got to know her better when I moved closer to her base in Chichester. If you’ve been living under a rock somewhere and haven’t heard of her, Dawn Gracie is a one-woman dynamo; she’s a vintage singer/entertainer/compere, she puts on cabaret shows, she teaches burlesque and she’s organising a ‘camp as Christmas’, kitschtastic vintage weekender at the beginning of September. For more details and to find the link to buy tickets please click here. In Dawn’s other life (how…

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Getting Hitched in a Field

June 1, 2016 | News

What a scorcher of a bank holiday weekend! And what a lovely one we had. Me, Fred and Rupert packed our bags and took Rupert off on his first ‘glamping’ trip. A mere 15 miles up the A3 from our home in Southsea and we were at Wriggly Tin campsite in Hambledon. I know the site well because I actually worked there for a bit last year. That was before I realised how bad (and slow) I was at cleaning and just before I found out I was pregnant! But I loved the peaceful, secluded site and the shepherd’s huts…

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We’re organising The Wonderous Wedding Fair in Southsea!

May 26, 2016 | News

We have some exciting news to share with you! We’re delighted to be collaborating with the Pyramids, Portsmouth and Vintage Parade to bring you The Wonderous Wedding Fair on Sunday 6th November 2016. (please click images to enlarge) It’s set to be a day full of unique/vintage inspiration with around 40 suppliers showcasing their products and services. There will be a fashion show in the afternoon and there’s a retro tearoom to enjoy ‘a proper brew’ whilst taking in live entertainment from the likes of jazz singer Amy Baker. The Pyramids will be dressing The Glass House so, if you’re…

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Doily Days are seeking partnerships for company rebrand and restructure

May 19, 2016 | News

Doily Days is a vintage/alternative wedding business founded (in Sussex) by Helen Ruff in 2009. Starting life as a vintage china hire company, additional services were added and it soon became a one-stop-shop for a vintage-style wedding. Helen launched ‘Doily Days loves Weddings’ magazine in 2013 and has published a total of seven magazines to date (two a year). The magazine is designed to be a refreshing change to the traditional bridal magazine; it’s full of quirky, colourful photography, unique, inspiring ideas and supplier’s adverts (who all fit with the Doily Days ‘ethos’). Helen moved to Southsea in November 2015…

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Beautiful Belle’s Wedding Fairs

May 11, 2016 | News

  I first heard about Belles Events wedding fairs in 2010. I found out that owner/founder Kelly Wickson lived round the corner from me in Shoreham by Sea. We arranged to meet for a festive glass of wine and the rest is history. Kelly and I have a lot in common; a love for vintage/retro/quirky style, a keen interest in weddings and events and brains that don’t really switch off! We’re both Capricorn, our birthdays are two days apart, maybe that’s got something to do with it… Anyway, I exhibited at Belles Events first fair and the working relationship went…

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Doily Days is for sale!

April 23, 2016 | News

Where do I even start with this blog post? If you’d said to me this time last year I’d be preparing to sell Doily Days I wouldn’t have believed you. I started the business in 2009 and since then it really has been an extension of myself. But SO much can change in a year. This time last year I was living alone in Chichester in a fully styled vintage apartment. I spent my time quaffing fizz and cocktails, social networking my arse off, dressing up for parties, and the business was basically my life… and then I fell pregnant….

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