National Wedding Industry Awards – What our Clients’ Said …

You may have heard that a couple of weeks ago we won the National Award for the Best Venue Stylist – awarded by the National Wedding Industry Awards.  If you hadn’t heard, then you must have been on the moon or at least away from all social media as it may be have been mentioned a couple of times since then!!

But honestly, if you can’t shout about a national award, then what can you do?!

The judging process is initially based  feedback from brides and grooms that you have worked for over a 12 month period.  Last week I received these comments and it was just the best to read them all.

So here are some of my comments, I can safely and confidently say that all our clients, both past and present, make my days amazing, fun, fulfilling and it is a really privilege to be involved with so many weddings and events.

I have absolutley loved working on all of them and look forward to many more years of growing, learning and creating beautiful weddings.

Thank you.  Karen x

A vintage tea party for 100 at a local village hall.  Canapes, cakes, fizz & £4,000 raised for QMC Children's Oncology Department.


Darby and Joan were superb from start to finish – the day was amazing, even better than we had imagined, with afternoon tea and a lovely styled venue. Our guests commented on the wonderful atmosphere that they had created. They really helped it to be a day to remember!

We chose Darby and Joan as they supplied everything we needed for our big day. I mean everything too! From the smallest teaspoon to the big beautiful camper van called Dolly, who took us very elegantly to our wedding venue! Karen left us with a sense of knowing that we would be in very good hands!

Karen offered us a very personal service – she completely understood the sort of thing that we were looking for and delivered beautifully on the day. She was totally calm and professional which helped a lot because ours was a DIY wedding.

Couldn’t have wished for better service and a better end result! Chuffed!


Rustic table runner, vintage books, vintage crystal


Our wedding day wouldn’t have been possible without the help of Karen and her girls it’s as simple as that!! She shared our vision and worked incredibly Hard to help us to realise it. As well as helping us to plan our day and provide all the gorgeous props on the day itself she was an absolute gem!

Darby& Joan made the tired old village hall into something beautiful!

Karen was so accommodating about what we wanted for the wedding, and was absolutely in sympathy with our needs. She communicated brilliantly, and ended up being more of a wedding planner than a supplier. She made our marquee look amazing, took charge of all the catering, and was lovely to everyone.


Hassop Hall wedding


Karen and her team were extremely professional, enthusiastic and quite simply a godsend for my wedding. They catered, set up, cleaned and re-organised 3 rooms, effortlessly, working consistently through the day. The food was delicious, visually there was so much attention to detail, it was perfect.

Karen was very profesional, warm and friendly bringing a wealth of ideas, which we loved. We had numerous planning meetings and Karen maintained a strong line of communication throughout the whole process. Showing real dedication and enthusiasm to ensure our day was exactly what we wanted.


Why They Booked

Previous portfolio of work and outstanding communication and service from Karen!

Karen gave us a great impression from the word go, and we totally trusted her to deliver what we wanted. Her aesthetic vision is just gorgeous, and really just what we had in mind.

Because I thought their website was inspiring and exactly what I wanted.

Barn wedding 2013


We had our wedding at home on our farm so EVERYTHING was up to us to organise! We booked Darby and Joan both to inspire us and to help us to style our wedding as well as to helpMake sure the day ran smoothly – a huge responsibility but we absolutely couldn’t be happier with all Karen did for us! I would recommend her a million times over and she very much deserves to win the award!!

I always wanted to get married I knew that if I did I wanted Darby and Joan to be part of it

As soon as we met Karen, we knew she was the one we wanted to do our reception, she ‘got’ our ideas right from the start, which is essential when you are planning such a big day in your life. Nothing was too much trouble for her, even though we changed our minds over things a dozen times a week, she still smiled! Her range of vintage china is absolutely superb, everything is covered even down to vintage embroidered table clothes and napkins. The range of sandwiches, canapés, cakes and scones is amazing, and extremely tasty. We would recommend Darby and Joan to anyone.


VW camper van for wedding hire


They seemed to understand our needs, were local and friendly and were very flexible.

I knew Karen would present a visually stunning tea party with great food. Actually, I invested in Karen as well as her company, her enthusiasm and creative original ideas I knew would be perfect for my wedding.

We were initially drawn in by the web-site, which was wonderful and after we’d had the initial meeting with Karen, we knew we’d found the right company. This was due to the fact that Karens sheer sincerity, passion, professionaloism and enthusiasm, confirmed we’d found the right company for our big day.


Darby & Joan are a vintage hire & styling company - we love to style a venue & dress tables.We can help to plan your event too.We have worked on many weddings, garden parties, baby showers, hen parties & added our vintage & nostalgic twist to them. We hire vintage tableware & china, vintage accessories & props including glassware, small furniture, suitcases & typewriters. We are based in the Midlands & cover Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire & travel further afield if needed. We also have waitresses who are fabulously lovely, dressed in floral tea dresses & finished with a vintage apron - for the icing on the cake of your event!



All photographs are our weddings and are taken from our website.


17:28 27 January 2014

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