• 29 July 2010

    Personalisation Personified

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    Been to many weddings recently and now starting to plan your own? Looking to find ways to add a couple of personal touches? Look no further. Here are some suggestions which are easy to incorporate into your day.
    Table Names: Something that can be unique to each couple, whether you choose to name the tables after places you have visited together, your favourite songs or your favourite tipple – this is always something I look out for when I am popping the chair covers on as I love to see what people opt to ‘name their tables’.  My favourite to date?…….’I love you’ in 12 different languages!!

    Cake Toppers: Although I consider the choice of cake to be a very personal statement anyway, whether you go for a highly decorative cake or a refined simple cake, you can also have a bit of fun by including toppers to perch on top of your cake which always raise a smile when they are executed as perfectly as these toppers here.

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    Love Hearts: A popular choice for many couples as you can print your names and wedding date on each tube. Lots of fizzy fun and it won’t break the bank. Who didn’t relish these great love heart sweets as a kid

    Embroidered Sashes;…… of course!! From the hundreds we have stitched it’s always nice to get new wording choices. I love Michael and Valerie’s selection of ..’to have and to hold’.   Other popular words are, Always and Forever. On Our Wedding Day. Each one is stitched individually and is a brilliant keepsake for your special day.

    ……….and the list goes on, personalised printed napkins, candles, engraved cake knife etc etc. So many ways to add personal touches.

  • 27 July 2010

    Going crackers???

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    We recently dressed the chairs for a couple’s wedding in July who chose to have ‘Christmas’ crackers as their favours. I thought nothing of it at the time but later wondered why I had never seen it before (apart from Christmas time weddings)

    There really is no reason not to have crackers in July and although the ones shown in the image here are very Christmasy because they are gold and match with the chair covers and sashes – you could have a lot of fun by making your own and have any colour or pattern you like. Imagine the fun!! Perfect for kids sweets, miniatures, cookies or sugared almonds even!! You could really go to town the the personal gift ideas inside, and why not include a silly hat too!! I dare you.

    In this image you can see that the cracker is labelled with the guests name too, doubling up as their place name card.

    If you feeling like you might want to have a go and make your own then  have a Blue Peter moment with a bit of cutting and sticking.

  • 15 July 2010

    Lacy Days

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    As the trend for lace continues the demand for our lace sashes is becoming more evident. Being based in Nottingham where the history and tradition of the textile trade centred around the manufacture of lace for many years, it makes it more special that we should includes these exclusive lace sashes in our range.

    But don’t just take our word for it here are some other products available which you could team together to achieve that delicate vintage look only lace can give you. Above a delicate lace ‘table cloth’ in white laid over a darker base cloth for maximum impact. Ornate scalloped plates and pretty printed napkins – just imagine how well our lace sashes would have fitted at this table. Lace sashes shown here in pink but also available in white and ivory.

    Timeless lace wedding dress, a real show stopper. So strong on textural detail the simple empress line shows the fabric off to its best.

    There are so many ways to incorporate lace into your wedding theme, demonstrated here with two cake examples.

    And the delicate laser cut work on this wedding invitation mimics lace brilliantly.

    Let your imagination run wild and think of as many ways to include lace as possible.

  • 14 July 2010

    Flower Power

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    High Street fashion is flooded with bold prints and floral designs at the moment so why not jump on the fashion bandwagon and incorporate some of the summer fun into your wedding theme and venue decoration ideas? There are so many opportunities to be bold with colour and print if you venture away from solid colour blocks. Why not take inspiration from this floral board depicting a fusion of floral styles.

    I just love the idea of bridesmaids all wearing knee length floral dresses all in varying designs and styles,  creating an eye catching montage of flowers and colours. Floral wedding stationery can be easily found but why not go bolder with your colour and up scale the pattern size of maximum impact? Florals can translate into many aspect of your wedding, clothing for the bride and bridesmaids, venue styling, stationery, cakes and even pretty floral print shoes. Why not even consider a mini print floral design for your chair covers….ummm now there’s a thought, we haven’t done that one before, but there’s always a first time, so get in touch and see what we can create just for you.

  • 13 July 2010

    Patterns Please!

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    When thinking about the colour scheme of your wedding don’t just think in terms of solid colour blocks, the colour of the bridesmaids dress, the grooms cravat, sashes on your chair covers, ribbon on your cake etc etc. Why not try to include some pattern in the mix. When focusing on dressing your venue, there are many components to consider – the one thing that can get overlooked is the decoration of the actual table!! Yes you have booked your chair covers, chosen your sash colour, thought about a top table swag, and added table runners to your table too. But why not think about shaking the table up a bit by adding a patterned table cloth

    credit: Martha Stewart image

    In the example shown here the table cloths have a multi-coloured floral print with charming centrepiece flower pots – the overall look of the setting is changed purely because the of the patterned base cloth. Image how different this would look with a plain white cloth, even a solid coloured cloth would alter the impact of the table setting.

    Another simple but really effective addition to a plain coloured cloth is a use of a patterned table runner as shown below.

    credit: Martha Stewart image

    This example uses wallpaper cut into the appropriate length, very quick and easy but just image how much fun you could have with this simple idea. The choice of wallpaper is so extensive and a couple of rolls should be enough, making it a very budget conscious option. Whether you would  opt for mini patterns or brash bold designs this is an excellent way to add personality to your venue decoration…..and patterns are so very vogue at the mo!!!

  • 12 July 2010

    Access all areas

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    One of the interesting things about offering a chair covers service is visiting all the various wedding venues in the local region. All the local venues offer you something different whether it be in their location, architectural style, package offer, grandeur or simplicity, from the latest modern refurbishment to a stately home or a historic castle. Choosing your venue is one of the most challenging decision you will have to make on your wedding journey.

    12th century Castle dressed with organza midnight blue sashes for Joanne’s ceremony on Friday

    So here’s a little extra thing you may want to consider. What is the access like to your venue? To the room you have chosen to hold your ceremony in – and if holding your civil ceremony and wedding breakfast in one location – will you be having the whole day in one room or will you be transferring between two different suites?

    Bear in mind your guests as well, do any of them require wheel chair access? Does the wedding venue have a lift? Not a glamorous thing to take into consideration but a very important one….and one that your guests will appreciate you taking time over……why do I mention this? This was on my mind this weekend as I was dressing chair covers at a local 12th century Castle -  with very limited access for unloading, I then had a mountain to climb to get to the ceremony room but WOW, when I arrived in the room the views were just stunning over the valley below and the adjacent hillside. What a pity Bolsover Castle didn’t have the foresight to plan a lift all those years ago in the 12th century!!! The plus side…. 75 stairs up and 75 stairs down to unload, and repeat 7 times…means my workout for the weekend was completed without a StairMaster anywhere in sight!!! But, joking aside, would like have been a good choice for elderly guests?

  • 8 July 2010

    Personalising your wedding

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    One of the many ways you can personalise your wedding is with our unique embroidered sashes. These are all one-offs. Each one is stitched just for you, on the fabric you wish and in any colour thread.  The sashes are then yours to take home as a keepsake of your day.

    Here is an example of some of  this weekends embroidered sashes on a variety of fabric bases, satin and organza. Two different designs are shown here, floral design – positioned horizontally across the sash and filigree, positioned to the left of the wording.  Some couples choose to include their venue on their sashes, whilst others add a more personal choice of words as in the example of Micheal above.  I often get asked whats the most popular or typical wording, and that tends to be the christian names of the couple and the wedding date.

    All the embroidered sashes are approximately 6 inches deep and are tied on the chair covers in the same way as the plain sashes. The embroidered sashes really are a talking point for many wedding guests and demonstrate your attention to detail when planning and making your wedding very specific to you.