Hello D&J’ers. How is everyone?
We are getting back into the swing of things and our wedding season is slowly starting. We have had a few consultations over the last couple of weeks with couples who have already booked us to cater for their wedding and we have met up again to discuss the finer details of their day, mainly their drinks reception and catering options.
It seems a good and opportune time to talk about Pimms. This is still the reception drink of choice for many of our couples as it fits so well with our Afternoon Tea, nothing says ‘Summer Wedding’ more than this flavoursome long drink.
We have masses of pieces for you to hire to create a stylish drinks station for your Pimms – drinks dispensers, jam jars, wooden crates and we can create bespoke labels for your straws and glasses. See our full hire inventory here.
We often get asked how much to provide for guests – we can all quickly throw together a jug at home, but trying to work out specific quantities and costs for a guest list of 100 is a little tricker.
My own Pimms is usually laced with a glug of gin (Hendricks or Bloom are my favourites) but you may need to tread carefully with that at your wedding!
One part Pimms to three parts lemonade is the usual guide. If you like yours a little less sweet, then try substituting half of the lemonade for ginger ale.
For more ideas on a summer wedding, read our blogpost here
For 100 guests, each having two 70cl tumblers
4 x 1 litre bottles of Pimms
12 x litres of lemonade
Mint, strawberries, cucumber, oranges, ice and a straw
For 100 guests, each having two 200ml jam jars
10 x 1 litre bottles of Pimms
30 x litres of lemonade
Mint, strawberries, cucumber, oranges, ice and a straw
If you don’t like the taste of traditional Pimms, then do give their Blackberry and Elderflower a whirl.
And oh my, what could be better for a balmy summer’s evening (here’s hoping we get a few of those!) than a Pimms ice lolly.
Inspiration shoots are great fun to work on and it gives all wedding suppliers a chance to explore ideas and themes that we wouldn’t necessarily get the opportunity to do whilst working on a real wedding.
The shoot was the idea of the slightly eccentric and fabulously glamorous Elizabeth from Bespoke Vintage Castle. I absolutely love her and her business. Nothing is too much and more is definitely more for this accessory designer. You can see her bespoke creations on Etsy.
Decadent and fairytale was the brief and we pulled together inspiration from Alice in Wonderland and Marie Antoinette to create lavish and opulent images.
It really was a full house at our stunning venue, Hoar Cross Hall (who were by far the most accommodating and lovely hosts I have ever worked with, so thank you again), with around 20 people involved in making the magic. Models, make up artists, caterers, nail technicians, florist, two photographers, cake designers, stationers, hair dresser and wedding dress designers.
I guess in lots of ways, the brief should have been, go big, or go home. The hair, the dresses, the venue, the size of the shoot were all big! And all the more wonderful for it.
Have a super weekend, Karen x
Shoot concept and all accessories – Bespoke Vintage Castle
Photography – Nellie Photography
Props and styling – Darby and Joan
Outdoor tree props and styling – Fabric Theatre
Hair – Alison Jenner
Makeup – Bettie Lottie
Nails – Diamond Dolls Beauty
Stationery – Best Day Ever
Flowers – Tineke
Cakes – Miss Lolas Bakehouse
Models – Natasha Pizarello (Miss Derby / Derbyshire 2013 – 2014), Milli Jenner, Lizzie Sainsbury, Teddy Reddish, Sinitta Kalotti
Venue – Hoar Cross Hall
Good morning everyone. How are we? It’s a little chilly and frosty in Derbyshire and I am sat in my office waiting for the underfloor heating to kick in, wrapped in a blanket with a pint of tea.
I wonder how many of you are sat there right now searching Pinterest and wedding blogs for inspiration for your own big day. Planning your wedding is so exciting but can be a little overwhelming. I really hope that our little style and inspiration posts go some way to help you to pull some ideas together.
This is the third part of our wedding styling tips – Part I was all about bunting, table centre pieces and paper decorations. Part II was looking at ceiling decorations, dressing your tables and chairs.
Today we check out our love of succulents, the soft metallic tone of rose gold and ways to incoprorate slate
A growing trend
From seeds as favours, fragrant herbs as centrpieces to brides growing their own wild flower bouquets, there’s no denying the botanical trend is a popular one. There’s so many way to incorporate this look into your wedding day but here’s one little plant that has really taken the wedding industry by storm – The succulent. With mint being such a gorgeous wedding colour and looking great teamed with every colour under the sun, succulents minty hue are a perfect addition to your wedding décor and last a long time too. Add them to your bouquet, buttonhole or centrepieces, gift them as favours for your guest to grow and treasure or even wear as jewelry.
Metallics have been so popular this wedding season and moving through to 2015 they are still here to stay and we’ll see a lot more of bronze tones like rose gold and copper. Perfect for summer and winter weddings alike, this elegant colour palette is fab for adding a touch of sparkle for you big day. DIY brides it’s time to get your spray paint out and up-cyle those jam jars, vintage candles sticks and other fabulous trinkets.
For those wanting to create a subtle fresh and rustic feel, slate is the perfect material to add to your wedding day. Chalkboard signage will be going nowhere in 2015 and from your invites to your place settings to serving platters for canapés; you can incorporate chalk and slate in so many ways. Team with a palette of neutral hues and add lots of greenery for a stunning organic feel.
Be sure to check back with us in a couple of days as we will have our final part to share with you.
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