• 22 May 2010

    How hot?

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    What a scorcher!!  If today was your wedding day I hope you were suitable dressed to withstand the hot temperatures.

    Most wedding dresses which are bought off the peg are made from synthetic fabrics these days, but if you have your dress made or by a designer label chances are your dress will be made of silk. Well here’s a little interesting fact about silk. Edmund Hillary wore silk garments on his expedition to the summit of Everest…. because silk has thermal properties!! Hilliary’s undergarments were a combination of cashmere, merino wool (soft handle) and silk. He is known to have worn close fitting silk gloves in order to keep his extremities warm and of course silk can be woven in such a way that it is very lightweight, an added bonus when climbing to 29,028 feet above sea level. So, if your frock was made of silk today chances are you may have felt slightly hotter than expected, thank goodness for air -con!

    So while I’m rambling on about fabric I’ll just share a couple of other little gems with you. A common misconception is that ‘satin’ is a what the fabric is made of…

    ‘What’s your dress made of?’

    ‘Oh it’s made from satin’

    Well folks satin is not the name of thread used to make fabric, its the method the threads are woven together to create a satin construction.  So you could have a satin fabric made from silk, polyester, nylon etc.. Hope I’m not losing you here, still awake? And speaking of Nylon do you know why it’s called nylon? Because the polymer was developed in New York and London simultaneously. Yes I am a fabric geek!! Oh and just thought of another little bit of info, do you know when I was working in the textile industry, many moons ago, yarns were being developed made from corn, known as PLA, very sustainable. Bamboo, that’s another natural product being used in the manufacture of yarns. I could go on and on….what about the antibacterial properties of silver, yeah, being used in running socks and sports bras already…. have I digressed from weddings?

    ……so of course I couldn’t go without mentioning that our quality fitting covers are made from cotton fabric, see I really am a fabric snob. Would you pop a polyester tablecloth on your table? No, so why sit on a polyester chair cover? Go for comfort every time  – choose cotton!! Lecture over:-)

  • 19 May 2010

    True Blue….baby I love you

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    Well would you believe it but all our weddings this weekend have a blue colour theme.

    That doesn’t happen very often but blue seems to be the colour this weekend. After last weeks rainbow colours we have got three shades of blue sashes brightening up our prestigious local venues this weekend. Richard and Kerry have opted for our luscious two tone peacock blue sashes to add colour to their ceremony on Friday complemented by our matching table runners.

    Two Tone Peacock Sashes

    Shelly and Jason are styling their venue with our satin sky sashes and making the most of our unique embroidered sash service and having their sashes embroidered in cornflour blue thread.

    An example of the satin sky sashes with personalised embroidery

    And finally Karl and Rebecca have opted for our crystal organza sky sashes to add a delicate tint of colour for their wedding breakfast on Saturday.

    Example of our organza sky sashes and embroidered sashes on a very memorable date!!

  • 17 May 2010

    Chair Covers for high chairs?

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    I often get asked if we do chair covers for children’s high chairs. As there are so many different styles and sizes, we regret we cannot offer this as a service. Not only would it be a pattern cutting challenge to get a perfect fitting cover for a high chair, I’m not sure we could get pureed carrot and apple out if there were any spillages!! :-) However all is not lost because we are more than happy to tie a sash around the high chairs, just let us know how many children you have attending and we are happy to supply the extras sashes. We can’t say fairer than that.

  • 10 May 2010

    Chair Covers in Nottingham

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    Our covers have been tailor made to fit the various styles of banqueting chairs utilised at many venues. So just to confirm the many venues that we can cater for, here are a few examples of the venues close to home in Nottingham. Notice the difference in the shapes of these chair and how our covers have been made to fit that shape.

    Lakeside Tower

    White cotton covers with our voile ‘tango’ sashes set for a civil ceremony. Plus embroidered sashes for the bride and grooms chairs. Round top covers for a round top chair.

    Woodborough Hall

    Crisp white covers with organza wine sashes. These chairs have a flat top so……so do our chair covers giving you a perfect fit.

    Cockliffe Country House

    Covers here are dressed on the ‘Cheltenham’ chair with lilac and forest green sashes. An example of a third shape of chair which we can cater for. In total we have 13 different styles of cover, some of which have been made to measure – giving my pattern cutting skills from college an airing!!! However we have to admit there is one style of chair we do not cater for, and that’s the folding chair.

    We do not subscribe to one size fits all – that would never do.

    Other venues we can cover are, Bestwood Lodge Hotel, Ruddington Grange Golf Club, Country Cottage, The Nottingham Gateway, Cotgrave Gold Club, Thrumpton Hall, Holme Pierrepont Hall, Colwick Hall, The Albert Hall, Rutland Square Hotel and many more.

  • 5 May 2010

    Election Day Special

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    I thought as tomorrow is obviously an important day it would be appropriate to comment on the Election. This had me struggling as to what to write!!! However a flash of inspiration came to me when I considered what would happen if you voted for the party represented by the sash colours chosen by our brides and grooms over the last 12 months. Therefore indepth Nobility Chair Cover analysis has been undertaken by my husband (he’s a numbers man!!) in counting the weddings of red, blue, yellow and green colour schemes.

    From May 2009 – 2010 one colour dominated our chair cover bookings and if the results tomorrow night go the same way as our most popular colour, many of you will be surprised that Caroline Lucas of the Green party will be occupying Number 10.

    Green, yellow, blue and red sashes

    Sashes in accordance to our main political parties.  Green Party – Green Sash, Liberal Democrats – Yellow Sash, Conservatives – Blue Sash and Labour – Red Sash…….. but don’t let our chair covers sway your vote!!!

    Just a bit of fun!

  • 29 April 2010

    The Personal Touch

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    It may sound like a bit of a cliche to say that all weddings are individual, but really they are. The more personality you can inject into your wedding day the better as far as I am concerned. Personal touches that are relevent to you always make great talking points at a wedding and the things that people will remember in years to come.

    Our embroidered sashes always make great headlines at a wedding and we created this theme board just to show how you can add that extra special touch to your chair covers.

    Embroidered sashes for chair covers

    Calligraphy and wording features so much in many other parts of your wedding from your table numbers,  invitations, favour boxes and cakes so why not follow that through into your venue decoration and have embroidery stitch for your sashes.

    We can stitch any wording on your sashes (within a limited space!!) and some of the favourite we have been asked for in the past are:

    ‘Soulmates’

    ‘From this day forward’

    ‘Forever & Always’

    ‘On our wedding day’

    Embroidered sashes

    And the great thing is about these individually made sashes is that you can includes as many of your wedding party as you like. What a fabulous keepsake.

  • 20 April 2010

    Ash claims first Nobility postponement

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    Icelands volcanic eruption has claimed our first victim with one of our Saturday bookings being postponed.  It is not all bad, as the wedding still took place in Bali and the booking was for a celebratory party back here.  Nevermind, once it is rearranged our fantastically well fitting wedding covers will have the opportunity to transform the venue as always.

  • 31 March 2010

    Colour Me Happy

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    Aimee’s sunny Easter Wedding held today was a pleasure to do. The room was filled with hundreds of bonny yellow tulips.

    The meaning of tulips is generally ‘Perfect Love’

    Sunny Yellow

    Aimee's Easter Wedding

    The meaning of yellow tulips has evolved somewhat, from once representing hopeless love to now being a common expression for cheerful thoughts and sunshine.

    Sunshine Satin Bows

    The 11th wedding anniversary flower, it’s said that the tulip’s velvety black center represents a lover’s heart, darkened by the heat of passion. With the power to rival roses in their red variety and the sweet charm to express simple joy when yellow, it’s no wonder that in addition to all its other symbolism, in the language of flowers, a tulip bouquet represents elegance and grace.

    If your are interesed to know what your chosen flower symbolises or what the meaning of the various colours mean check out Teleflora at http://www.teleflora.com/about-flowers/flower-meaning.asp?topnav=Flower%20Guides

  • 29 March 2010

    The Wedding Gift List

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    During ‘Woman’s Hour’ on BBC Radio 4 ‘the art of gift giving’ was discussed.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00rl8m8#p0073mxc

    Needless to say the ‘Wedding Gift List’ was mentioned.

    Do you have one?  What was your approach to drawing up that list?

  • 26 March 2010

    Wedding Boots

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    I stumbled across this website for wedding accessories only to find some absolute gems if you are looking for something a little bit different. Personal favourites are the Clara Wedding boot, just imagine how creative you could get if you had these boots dyed!!!

    Another favourite is these delicate lace gloves, and you know if you are featuring lace in your wedding we have the perfect sash to coordinate with this.

    The site is henrykaye