Castles, peacocks and ostriches

Our second wedding of the Easter weekend took us to nearby Walworth Castle for a colourful contemporary wedding with the tables dressed to impress.

A room decorated in neutral shades like the Cardinals Court is great but a strong colour is sometimes needed in order to ‘lift’ it and this peacock blue fits the bill perfectly. We used the colour in both the table and chair dressing choosing taffeta rather than the more delicate organza to give a bolder , more striking look.

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Top table and cake table swagging complemented the look. When deciding on your venue styling it’s important not to forget about decoration for top table and cake table as otherwise these can end up looking ‘under-dressed’ in comparison to your guest tables.

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Ostrich feather centrepieces make a real statement and can transform an otherwise quite ordinary space into something extraordinary. These are over a metre high so still provide your guests with an unobstructed view.

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Finishing touches can make all the difference and in this case matching coloured napkins tied into the white ones provided by the venue brought the whole colour scheme together.

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Get the look: Chair sashes, napkins, top table swag and cake table swag all in Peacock Blue Taffeta (chair covers are the venue’s own). Ostrich feather centrepieces with white and turquoise feathers aqua balls, LED light and mirror plate. Our taffeta chair and table dressing is available in a wide range of colours.

Please contact us for further information including fees.

A rustic style wedding at Newton Hall

While most of Darlington (and the rest of the UK) enjoyed a bank holiday lie in on Good Friday, it was an early start for us. With extra pairs of hands in tow in the form of my sister, daughter, son and the lovely Sophie from SC Event Styling we to headed up to Newton Hall in Northumberland to style this gorgeous rustic style wedding for Lisa and Daniel.

Newton Hall is the perfect venue for a laid back, relaxed wedding. Don’t you just love these tables! They don’t need much decoration just a few vintage vases filled with fresh flowers placed on wood slices. We used hessian and lace table runners to add some extra interest.

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Chiavari chairs don’t need much dressing so these vintage pink ruffle hoods and ivory lace sashes were perfect. A single rose completed the look.

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Aisle chairs were dressed with hanging jars filled with fresh flowers.

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The unpredictable north east weather meant that the ceremony couldn’t take place outdoors as originally planned so we had to do a quick re-think about where to hang this gypsophilia crown we’d designed to hang in the ‘Birdcage’ in the grounds. A ‘crown’ like this is a great alternative to the usual gypsophilia ball and it looked fabulous dressing the ceiling in ceremony area.

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A wishing tree in place of the traditional guest book and a vintage suitcase for collecting cards from guests.

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The styling was carried through into the finishing touches and the personal details.
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We didn’t just style the venue for this wedding we also provided the bridal flowers. Fresh flower vintage style bouquets for the bride and bridesmaids along with buttonholes, corsages and gypsophlia crowns for the flower girls.

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Get the look: Chairs dressed with vintage pink ruffle hoods and ivory lace sashes with a single rose. Aisle chairs dressed with hanging jars and fresh flowers. Tables dressed with hessian and lace table runners and vintage style vases filled with fresh flowers and tealights on wood slices. Vintage style bridal flowers.

Please contact us for further information including fees.

Dressing your wedding tables – Part 1 Table Linens

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Welcome to the first in this short series of posts helping you to create beautiful wedding tables that will wow your guests. Depending on where you are having your reception you may find that all the table dressing is included in your package and this is certainly the case with many hotel venues. If on the other hand you’re planning a marquee wedding you will quite literally be starting with a blank canvas. But even if table dressing is included in your package you will want to add touches to reflect you own individual style and the design elements of your wedding.

Beautiful Table Linen

We are starting this series by looking at table linen. Beautiful linens can make all the difference to the tables at your wedding breakfast but to get the best impact there are a few things you need to consider.

 

Tablecloths

Most venues, and many caterers , will provide white (or sometimes ivory) tablecloths as part of your package which is great but make sure you see them on the table. Ideally you will want full length table cloths that reach the floor. However most venues will use shorter ones and generally will use 2 square tablecloths on each table meaning you won’t have an even length all the way round. If you have table with beautiful, ornate legs you probably won’t mind them not being completely covered but if they are a bit shabby or downright ugly you are going to want to hide them. If you don’t like the tablecloths provided by the venue then consider hiring some in for the day. This might seem extravagant but a full length tablecloth for a 6ft round table can be hired from as little as £8 and often for less if you are taking a package from a venue styling company.

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Overlays and runners

Generally venues will not include table runners or overlays as part of your package but they can be an inexpensive way of reflecting your colour scheme in the table design. They can be either bought or hired. Unlike with table cloths it’s fine to use a square overlay on a round table just make sure that it is large enough.

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Napkins

As with tablecloths most venues will provide napkins as part of your package generally in white. If you want napkins that tie in with your colour scheme you will usually need to hire or buy these in. If you choose to do this there are a couple of ways you can use them. Try alternating coloured napkins with the standard white on each table or alternatively combine them to each place setting has two napkins, one coloured and one white. This might sound expensive but the napkins you hire/buy don’t need to be high quality linen. You can use something like taffeta because, as you’re only using them for the design element, they don’t need to be functional. For some great ideas on folding napkins check out this website. Ask your florist for ideas on how to use flowers as part of the napkin design as this can give your tables a final elegant touch.

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For further advice on table linens or to ask for a quote contact us.

In the next part of the series we’ll be taking a look at table centrepieces and how to choose the right one for your venue, design and theme.

 

Frequently Asked Questions when planning for your Ceremony…

For all of your ceremony related questions from roles and responsibilities to travel.

 

Travel Arrangements to and from the Ceremony….

 I am looking into our travel arrangements to get to the ceremony, how many cars do I need?

If your getting a carriage, this is usually a pleasure just for the bride and father of the bride travelling to the church, and then obviously the bride and groom afterwards. If you would like your bridesmaids and groomsmen travelling in style, find a car you like and have it pick up the groom and his best man first, then come over for the bridesmaids. If you have seen a car you think is suitable for all of you, it can make 3 journeys. Or if groom has seen something sporty for him and the best man, you can arrange a car for you and the bridesmaids.

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Roles and Responsibilities (family and friends)….

I want us to have our own vows, how shall I go about this?

It is your personal choice to have your own vows. A poem that defines your love for your partner, or a verse from a song. Remember you will need to read this in front of your guests! Don’t worry about memorising it, have it on a keepsake piece of paper, as you want to be relaxed and enjoy the magical moment.

There are special family members and friends in my life who do not have a direct role in the wedding, is there one I could give them?

You can adapt your wedding however you want, you may have a special poem you would like them to read out, or perhaps they could be the ‘master of ceremonies’. Maybe it could just be helping you out with the planning of the wedding.

Ceremony of Tradition and Music….

I am having a civil ceremony; do I need to walk down the aisle to here come the bride?

You can choose whatever song you like, its your day, maybe the music for your first dance, or just a piece of music you both love. Just make sure the registrar knows what music you are having before hand, they usually need to know some days before your wedding date.

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Photographs at the Ceremony or somewhere special….

I have been to so many weddings where it chaos at photo time, what can I do to organise this better?

Needing to get photos done of so many people, who are highly likely to be very excitable and mobile at the time, is difficult in any circumstances. Speak to your photographer and see what order they think is best to do the photos in. Any good photographer will suggest family photos first, so just let your family know the first 30 minutes after the service they need to be there. The wedding couple could then have photos done whilst guests head to the reception for drinks, which is a nice quieter time for you newly weds to get some fabulous pictures.
My partner and I love a local beauty spot and would just love to have photo’s taken there on our special day, is this possible?

It certainly is, in fact some photographers suggest good locations to go to. Just have a chat with your photographer about it your ideas and plans.

Finally don’t forget to have fun and enjoy yourself!

Watch out for our next installment of frequently asked questions in relation to your reception and after the wedding……………………..…click  here to read more frequently asked questions on planning your perfect day.

If you’re looking for some help in getting started then contact us Perfectly You Events here to book your free one hour consultation.

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For all of your ceremony related questions from roles and responsibilities to travel.

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