• 28 June 2010

    All in a days work.

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    Well the wedding season is now in full swing as we travelled to five venues on Saturday for five happy couples. We packed up the chair covers, sashes in all different shades, embroidered sashes individually stitched, table runners, top table swag, crystals and tea lights all at the ready to hit the road.

    We started with blue two tone sashes, one of my favourites.

    Perfect fitting chair covers every time. These covers are ivory to match the venues table linens.

    From Blue to Pink,  Clare chose to have two sashes tied together on the chair, overlapping the colours and tying at the side. Far more elegant than the deep green chairs now disguised beneath our covers!!

    Combining our wine and pink organza sashes.

    Next colour sage green sashes on ivory chair covers again, this time tying the sashes cravat style, see how versatile we can be!!!


    ..and a matching top table swag and cake table swag ( not shown) in the same sage green .

    The chairs were transferred from the ceremony room into an alternative room for the wedding breakfast.

    Our next colour scheme is one of our most popular, satin wine sashes.

    We dressed the cake table with a matching satin wine sash too. And these embroidered sashes are for Jane and Carl to keep as a keepsake of their wedding day. Stitched with silver thread.

    And finally our final colour of the day was mink, a new colour we have added to our sash collection this year, and proving very popular too. With matching table runner and a few extra bits of sparkle too.

    All matching beautifully.

  • 24 June 2010

    A day to remember

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    As a bit of a sports fan I would say today was rather momentous. History was made on court 18 at Wimbledon, with an epic 5th set unfinished at 59 games each to Isner and Mahut. So here is my little tribute to the honour our sporting heroes. What are the two most popular colour themes so far this year for stylish weddings? Only green and purple, the two Wimbledon Colours. So far this year we have dressed 12 weddings with green sashes and 10 weddings with purple sashes. So I have scoured the web and found this very topical inspiration board in this years two trend colours.

    image:the dessy group

    Cockliffe Country House

    And here are the two colours working beautifully together albeit a paler version with a lilac sash.

    ….oh and one more thing……England made through to the next round of the World Cup 2010…(phew)

  • 20 June 2010

    A weekend of contrasts

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    Its been a busy week for venue styling your weddings and events. More mid-week weddings, chairs to be covered and crystal globes to dazzle. We dashed around Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire and Leicestershire this weekend and it just occurred to me at 6pm on Saturday evening what a contrast of events took place.

    First Stop – Cockliffe Country House

    Dual sash colours of satin red and satin black with personalised embroidery

    A bold colour statement for Lee and Diane who had their ceremony in the house at Cockliffe and then transferred to the marquee in the idyllic grounds.

    On Saturday I was tying delicious cadburys purple sashes in beautiful bows at Risley Hall, Derbyshire

    The chair covers are the venue’s own – sashes provided by Nobility

    Next Stop – Quorn Grange Hotel, Leicestershire for more purple sashes with sparkly diamante rings and crystal globe centre pieces for Kim and Barry’s wedding.

    Flowers by Sarah with our voile plum sashes and diamante rings. The Globes made an appearance for the wedding breakfast

    Next Stop – Stapleford Park for 190 guests at the Prince’s Trust Summer Ball

    Next Stop – home to pick up the children and head back to Leicestershire.

    Next Stop – VW Bus Stop Over weekend.

    Our faithful split screen red and white beauty.

    Within the space of an hour (and as the crow flies) within a distance of 8 miles, I had gone from drinking tea in the finest china at Stapleford Park – thanks to the staff who could see we were wilting slightly after the first 120 covers,  – to drinking tea from camping mugs boiled in a Billly can. Now thats a contrast – from grandour to grass.

  • 16 June 2010

    Wedding App

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    This can be narrowed by if you start to search regionally and one good facility to do this is the  Guides for Brides website.  Quick & easy to use this site can help you through the maze of informtion. Simply search through the online directory by selecting the topic you are researching, cakes etc, and then the region you are in, Hereford, and local suppliers appear.
    Available as an app for your iphone you can use this facility when out and about shopping for bridesmaids dresses or other finishing touches. This app was designed especially for bridal couple marrying in the UK with 60,000 wedding businesses listed.  And it’s always good news to learn that this useful little tool is FREE.
    Why not check out a couple of other useful apps, iDO Planner saves time and money on expensive wedding planning companies by giving you a countdown calander for all the different components of your wedding, and when  you should be researching and booking them at different stages of the planning process. Bargin for £1.79 And I am happy to say the men don’t get overlooked here with the iGroom app with info on outfits and useful information about the various male roles and what is involved ‘on the day’
  • 14 June 2010

    May’s Featured Wedding

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    Many thanks to Louise and Nicholas for sharing their special day with us all. Every moment was captured brilliantly by Geoffrey and Nicola Sumpter and the images are here for you all to enjoy. I think you will all agree it looked like everyone involved had a fantastic day and every element of the day was beautifully coordinated.

    Follow their day here on our  ‘featured wedding’ spot.

  • 11 June 2010

    It will be all white on the night

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    I was so amazed by how much I loved the look of Carriage Hall last week when we dressed the room for Laura and Gary’s wedding with white wedding chair covers and silver sashes. I usually love colour and lots of it, but I felt the need to search out some inspirational images to reflect the simplicity of a monochrome colour scheme with shades and tones of whites and silvers.

    You can achieve lots of textural interest by playing around with the surface sheen of different elements, the most obvious one is matt and shine contrasts. Pearlescent and patina surfaces can add luxury to a very simple yet sophisticated colour palette. Consider the texture and volume you choose for your floral arrangements, your wedding cake can be elegant and refined with little detail or dramatic in terms of how 3 dimensional it is decorated. Lots to play around with when just using a ‘white’ colour theme. Enjoy.

  • 10 June 2010

    What no chair covers?

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    OK so chair covers are not for everyone, whether that be budget constraints, chairs with arms or you think the chairs at your venue do not need covering, whatever the reason – and it better be a good one – if you’re choosing not to have chair covers on your big day, take a look at these inspirational shots of chairs (albeit uncovered) making a statement all of their own.

    Glamorous, opulent silver and black chairs with show off pink table linen

    Fabulously stripey chairs in bold green and white – perfect if your a Yeovil Town supporter – not so good if your colour scheme is pink or purple!!

    Delicate white rattan chairs with ornamental trim decorated with hot pink flower and ribbon.

    Decorative iron chairs with white padded cushions

    A mix n match collection of chairs, very french!!

    And amazing vibrant turquoise blue chairs, a bit of a show stopper – I love these.

    And I could possibly excuse this bridal couple for not covering these magnificent chairs  because of their elaborate design, beautiful carving and funky fabrics. What no chair covers here…go on I’ll let you off.

  • 7 June 2010

    A Tale of Two Weddings

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    Two Bridal couples, two different approaches to colour.

    Two of the weddings we were invloved in this last weekend were very different in their approach to the amount of colour that was used to decorate the venue. One with an abundance of colour, in deep rioja reds with detailed floral arrangements and the other wedding was stripped of colour and reduced to simple silver and white.

    Ceremony Table Swag in Rioja organza.


    Ivory chair covers to match the venues linens and rioja sashes.

    Floral centre pieces by April Flowers and Contemporary Cakes

    All the accessories on each table were colour coordinated to fit in with the wine/claret and dusky pink colour theme. Tied ribbons around the napkins, ribbons on the cookie favours and table names were all coordinated brilliantly with all the colour culmintaing in the floral centre pieces. The deepest shade in the colour palette was utilised for the chair sashes tied around the ivory chair covers.

    In complete contrast a minimalist approach to colour was displayed in another of the weddings we were ask to work on. A modern minimalist room was refelcted perfectly by the use of silver sashes and brilliant white chair covers. Tall floral arrangments with striking foliage and very little else on the table completed this elegant room.

    Shimmer Satin Satin tied cravat style

    Top table swag in match satin fabric


    Beneath these covers are dark charcoal grey chairs, to say the room was transformed would be an understatment.


  • 4 June 2010

    Mid Week Wedding Packages

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    You may have never considered having a mid week wedding before but there are bonus’s to holding your wedding Monday – Thursday.  Many venues are now compiling attractive packages which include some services in the cost. One such venue is Sutton Bonnington Hall where we dressed the chairs today.

    The conservatory at Sutton Bonnington Hall dresesd for a ceremony

    As this wedding took place on a Thursday the bridal couple had the following services included in their package. Flowers were arranged by Sarah, the day was captured on film by Julie Oswin. The car was provided care of Dennisson Classic Cars.

    More and more venues are offering inclusive packages which can cut down on the amount of time you need to  research the various suppliers.  If the suppliers come recommended then they will be  familiar with the venue and the venue are happy to use them knowing the quality of their services. Often having a mid week wedding means that you can marry with shorter notice. Weekend dates are booked so far in advance that it is not uncommon to book a date 2 years before your preferred date. This isn’t the case with mid week weddings, availability is more or less guaranteed.  And an extra bonus is that your budget won’t be dented too much as there are price incentives to marry mid week.

  • 3 June 2010

    England’s Green & Pleasant Land

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    As beautiful on the outside as they are on the inside, here are some of the venues we visted over the weekend. All of the venues have their own character and charm all of which are enhanced by our venue decoration service. When choosing a venue as decorative as the ones shown below then you wouldn’t want the whole ambience of the room to be spoilt by standard banqueting chairs.  Chair covers to the resue to disgue those unsightly, dirty worn out chairs.

    Beautiful Gardens…and the sun as well.



    Gorgeous exterior to this hall built in the 19th century


    Stunning interior shot, all dressed ready for the ceremony.

    Always bear in mind when booking your venue what use you have of the grounds – are there any areas that are off limits? , if there is any restriction on the use of confetti and if you have exclusive use or is there another wedding on the same day?

    Beautiful manicured lawns

    Perfect finishing touches

    Another consideration when selecting your venue is to spend some time walking around outside and if there are any particular areas that you like, whether it be the open fields in the background or the facade of the house then mention this to your photographer and make sure they capture your venue as you would like to see it in all it’s glory….both inside and out.

    Beautiful even in the rain!!!

    Stunning navy blue sashes