Pimms O’Clock

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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.


Styling a Vintage Wedding with Darby & Joan | Vintage Prop Hire, Derbyshire | Drinks Dispensers & Jam Jars Perfect for Pimms


credits for our style board – James Melia, Emma Cleveley,




Pimms, glasses, ideas and dispensers


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.


Blackberry Pimms



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.


Pimms ice lolly

credits – Gareth MorgansRuffled, Style me Pretty, Rock my Wedding, Pimms Cocktail Revolution , Kate Henderson

19:55 18 February 2015

Fabulous Wedding Styling tips for 2015 Part II

Tipi festival wedding styling

Hello there 2015 and hello D&J’ers.  Happy new year to you all.

Our first post of the year is Part II of our wedding venue styling tips, Part I is here.


Don’t forget to look up!

If your venue is a blank canvas and it if it allows, the ceiling is a fantastic space for some super pretty styling. A humble village hall can be instantly transformed with some voile marquee draping. A rustic barn adorned with ribbons of lace gives a rustic affair just the right amount of elegance.

A trend taking hold right now is suspension. Think large floral displays hanging from the ceiling, ladders wrapped in fairy lights or a mix of vintage lampshades brings a quirky take on vintage styling.

If your venue can’t accommodate this idea, you could create something similar with a tall photography stand. Simply decorate it with hanging prettiness and when placed behind the top table or cake display it creates a fantastic focal point.

Rebekah J. Murray Photography / Ian Hill Photographers / Mister Phil / A Brit & a Blonde





Dressed to Impress

Round tables, trestles or long banquet style, whatever you choose, those tables are going to need to be dressed in their best outfits.

A growing trend is opting for bare tables and simply dressing it with a stylish table runner. Hessian and lace work well for vintage or rustic affairs or a trend we’re sure to see more of next year is sequins. Glam or vintage, a sequin table runner is both pretty and versatile and will certainly add the wow factor. Of course if your tables do need to be covered up, table runners look fabulous on crisp white linens.

And finally if you want to add a splash of colour, how about adding strips of ribbon to add a colourful, tactile dimension. You can also add splashes of colour by using vintage china or brightly coloured or patterns napkins.  All the images here are from our own events and everything is available to hire.

Christie Graham Photography / Light & Lace Photography / Matt Brown Photography




Sitting Pretty

The great chair cover debate! Full covers and sashes aren’t for everyone and sometimes changing the colour of the ribbon isn’t unique enough, but just like every other aspect of your wedding, there’s always something to suit everyone. You could choose to tie the sashes in a different way, use different materials like hessian or there are company’s who specialise in quirky chair covers, whatever you choose you’re sure to be sitting pretty on your big day.

If you’re chair are pretty enough then it would be a shame to cover them completely. Instead how about using ribbon garlands, attaching flowers, mini pom poms or signage.

Darling Juliet / The Proper Pinwheel / Heather Cook Elliott Photography





There you have it, I hope there are some ideas here that you can incorporate into your plans, Part III is coming soon. We look at succulents, mixed metals and slate.


Featured images – Matt Brown Photography


17:32 8 January 2015

Should you use a Wedding Planner?


Hi everyone, today’s post has been one that has been simmering in the background for a little while, but yesterday I heard a wedding story via another supplier that made me scrunch my eyes up, hold my breath, feel anxious and encourage me to post it.  It may not be everyone’s opinion and of course that is absolutely ok, but here goes…..

The main focus of the story was that a friend of the bride had organised her own wedding a couple of years ago, did a fantastic job and she absolutely loved doing it.  She offered her services to her newly engaged friend, and, as a wedding present to the couple, undertook to take the role of a wedding planner.  Everyone was thrilled with the arrangement – it was a very generous gift, the engaged couple were happy that they would save a substantial amount of money in hiring a qualified wedding planner and the friend was over the moon that she could help, share her personal experiences from her own wedding and could be so involved.



Sadly the agreement didn’t work out as everyone hoped and the wedding planning became increasingly stressful –  the budget wasn’t managed as it should have been, suppliers let them down very close to the wedding weekend, the day did not run smoothly and with hindsight, the couple hugely regretted their decision to use a friend to plan and manage their wedding.

So this post is about the use of a wedding planner  / co-ordinator .  If you are thinking of hiring one for your wedding, why you absolutely should employ an individual who has previous clients you can speak with, genuine testimonials from couples that you get confidence from, a website with their previous weddings shown and finally, someone who doesn’t just have experience but also has the relevant insurances (so important) and is a member of a wedding body in a largely unregulated market.

It is one thing to have organised your own wedding, or managed and co-ordinated the wedding of a family member or friend, but is entirely another to work for clients – a couple who are paying for a service.



I am not saying at all that you absolutely must hire a wedding planner (it is really ok not to!) but I sincerely believe in the value of researching your professional wedding planner.   This can be said of any wedding supplier really.

Ok, so with my personal opinion out of the way (!) here are a few reasons why you may consider hiring a professional wedding planner.

– First things first, every supplier you use for your wedding has to be the right one, whether this is your caterer, dress maker or florist.  You should feel at ease with them, like them and feel confident in their understanding of what it is you are looking to achieve.    You should want them at your wedding and have the moment of ‘you are the one’.  Most wedding planners will offer a free first consultation so it is worth while speaking to more than one.

– You need help focusing your vision.   Geez we all know that Pinterest is the fountain of inspiration but this can have it’s own problems when you are trying to focus on the style, colour, theme or feel for your day.  Too many ideas can be overwhelming and it can be really useful to have help with piecing together the wedding puzzle.

–  You don’t have time to plan your wedding.    I have read more than once that it can amount to a part time job to plan a wedding – which is around 15-20 hour per week!  An average wedding can take around 200 hours of planning to pull it all together.  A dedicated wedding planner can take a sizeable amount of this time off your shoulders.  This can be particularly useful if your own job is a standard 9   – 5  as many wedding suppliers and venues will work around these hours too.    So let your lunch hour be free for wedding shoe shopping and let your wedding planner take some of the stress from you.

–  You are lost with your money , what you have spent and what you have left to spend, have a dislike of spreadsheets and balancing the books.  A professional wedding planner will have vast experience of managing a budget, negotiating the best prices with suppliers and most are a strange breed who are friends with their calculator and Excel.

–  You want to enjoy your day and not be worried about the schedule, ensuring suppliers are there when they should be, dealing with minor emergencies and the little details of the day.  Your wedding planner is there to take all of this away from you and your families, leaving you to really relax and have fun, which is what it is all about.  This is the bit that really cannot be overestimated and is difficult for a bride and groom to plan for as they really don’t know how the day will run and what will happen – this is when I think a ‘go-to’ person is invaluable.  The calm that you need.


There are many super talented and experienced wedding suppliers out there who are truly passionate about their work and, most importantly, have the confidence and experience to back up their offerings of wedding planning.

Over the last four years I have worked with, spoken to and spent time with a handful of pretty amazing ladies who are worth speaking to if you decide you would like to find out more about what they can offer you.  There are many more of course, and a good place to start is by checking their background and their accreditations.    The main body is The UK Alliance of Wedding Planners.

Bennessamy Weddings and Events

Unique Wedding Planning

Carmen Weddings

Pure White Wedding Company

Pretti Gracy Weddings and Events 


Happy planning.


Karen xx


Featured image – Matt Brown Photography

Image one – InvitesWeddings.com 

Image two – Weddingchicks.com

Image three – Ruffledblog.com



17:47 25 November 2014

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