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Venue in Focus: Adlington Hall

Throughout our years of providing wedding chair covers, we have had the fortune to visit many wonderful venues all over the North West. We thought that this was a great opportunity, therefore, to share our knowledge of these venues with you so that you were more informed when it came to planning your own wedding. So, in this article, we are going to take a look at Adlington Hall.

Adlington Hall is a Grade 1 listed country house near Adlington in Cheshire. It is a beautiful building that was constructed in about 1480, with some changes being made to it in 1581, which has led to it being a slight mix of architectural styles on site. However, the magnificent Great Hall, where many weddings take place, is medieval in style with a hammer-beam roof which is decorated with carved angels. There are also many murals in the Great Hall which give it a real wow factor, and the addition in the 17th century of a Renaissance organ really adds to the heritage feel of the place. If any of your guests are music fans, then they might like to know that the composer Handel was a friend of the Legh family (who own Adlington Hall) and he was believed to have played the organ here at least once.

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The other option you can choose for your reception at Adlington Hall is the Hunting Lodge (which has recently been refurbished). This pretty Georgian Mews building can seat up to 140 guests in its first-floor banqueting room which has bare brick walls and a beamed roof for a truly historical feel. There is also a separate elegant lounge area where you can mingle with your guests at your leisure. Overlooking the half-timbered east front of Adlington Hall, the Hunting Lodge is situated near some beautiful water and rose gardens, giving you ample opportunities for some great photographs.

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Talking of photographs, one of the many things that make Adlington Hall stand out from other venues in the North West is its stunning array of gardens. Situated within 160 acres of land, the opportunities for breathtaking photos are second to none. From the Courtyard to the Yew Tree Maze and the Water Garden, the gardens have something to offer you whatever time of year you get married. If you are getting married between April and September, you can now also choose to get married outside as well as, Adlington Hall has a licence which allows you to be married in the Courtyard area or the Rose Garden. There are also plenty of spots around where you can place a marquee if you decide you want your reception to be outdoors as well.

The team at Adlington Hall are really helpful, and will go out of their way to make your day special, so why not take a closer look at their website here.

In the meantime, if you are planning to get married at Adlington Hall, or anywhere else in the North West, and you want to talk to us about our wedding chair cover hire service or any other aspect of wedding decoration, then please get in touch today. You can call us on 0800 830 3000 (tel), 07580 333 000 (mobile) or email us at hello@thevenuestylist.com

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Event Dressing for Corporate Events

According to Eventbrite, the UK events industry is worth £42.3bn per year, with the average budget per event being around £65,943. This is quite a staggering figure when you think about it, and so it should come as no surprise that corporate events are a big business the world over, and it is an industry that is growing.  There are over 1.3 million business events held in the UK every year, which has led to our event dressing services becoming more and more in demand as well. In our experience, the most popular types of corporate events are as follows:

Conferences/Seminars

The purpose of a conference/seminar is to gather a targeted audience into one place in order to provide them with the relevant information. Conferences are typically long events of half a day or more,  with multiple sessions involved geared towards different interests, positions or skill levels. They typically begin with a keynote speech for everyone to attend and then split off into breakout sessions. Seminars, on the other hand, tend to be shorter events that keep all attendees together in the same space.

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Exhibitions/Trade Fairs

The purpose of an exhibition or trade fair is for attendees to generate leads from the other people attending, whether they be customers, prospects or suppliers. Exhibitions within the UK attract around 13 million visitors annually, with exhibitors typically spending around £2.7 billion on goods and services to demonstrate at events.

Appreciation Events

These events can be internally within a business – i.e. employers showing their appreciation for employees – or externally – i.e. employers showing their appreciation for customers. These are typically informal events that allow the two parties involved to build a relationship and learn more about each other in a non-pressurised environment.  Some events we have worked on have included dinner and a dance, sporting events and private parties at music festivals.

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Company Milestones

These are celebratory occasions which offer businesses the opportunity to make a big deal about a milestone, anniversary or other grand events. They tend to be quite similar to appreciation events but can also include the local community depending on the company’s size and stature.

Team Building Days

These days have become more and more popular over recent years, as a way of building employee confidence and morale, as well as building businesses strengths. Team building events provide employers with the opportunity to spend time working together in a non-work environment in order to build stronger teams. In the past, these events have tended to be based on physical outdoor activities such as obstacle courses, but nowadays they can also include workshops on sensitivity training.

Board Meetings

Both private and public companies place great emphasis on board and shareholder meetings as they provide a great opportunity for reviewing business performance and getting business executives together to make important decisions. They can range in size from small internal events to large-scale events encompassing shareholders.

If you are planning on holding a corporate event, and are looking for some help with event dressing, then please give us a call on 0800 830 3000 (tel), 07580 333 000 (mobile) or alternatively send us an email to hello@thevenuestylist.com

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Venue Styling for a Buffet or Sit Down Reception

When it comes to venue styling for weddings, one of the most important questions we ask couples is ‘are you having a sit-down reception or a buffet?’ This may seem like a strange question, but actually, it can have an effect on the way your venue is decorated. Your wedding breakfast is one of the highlights of the day for many people, and so you need to decide whether you are doing the traditional formal sit-down dinner, or you are instead going to have a more relaxed buffet or even canapes and cocktails.

You may be struggling to decide which one is best for your wedding, so in this article, we will look at the pro’s and cons of each to help you decide.

Buffet

Gives you the option of serving a wider menu choice than a formal meal does, meaning your guests can help themselves to exactly the food they want to eat.

You can still include an element of the formal dining style, by seating guests at tables after they have helped themselves to the buffet.

Having a buffet where guests help themselves, means you will save on serving staff, and this can reduce the cost of your wedding quite considerably

Buffets are ideal for summer weddings as you could go for a more informal BBQ with lots of salad options which gives a wonderful visual impact. You could even build on this by incorporating outdoor tables, chairs and floor cushions into your wedding as well.

Buffets are a great way to get your guests to mingle so are a good idea if the majority of your guests are already acquainted.

If money is tight, you can opt for a canape or finger buffet reception instead which is a less expensive option than a seated dinner, and also removes the need for large tables and chairs as well.

Formal Sit Down Meal

This is the more traditional option so is perfect for a more formal occasion

Having a formal meal with a set table plan is good for an event where not everyone knows each other as you can then place people together with other people that they already know.

Having a buffet generally means that people will have to queue which can give rise to a little bit of stress. Having a formal sit down meal means that people are generally more relaxed throughout as they don’t have to move from their tables.

Having a sit-down meal is also a better option for more elderly guests as they won’t relish the idea of juggling a plate, cutlery and a glass which they will have to do at a buffet.

A formal wedding breakfast means that you are in control of the food that is served and the portion size, meaning everyone gets an equal amount (you always get that one person at a buffet who helps themselves to more than they should!)

At the end of the day, whether you go for a sit-down meal or a buffet, we can still decorate your room with beautiful linen and centrepieces that will make everyone go wow! For more information, please give us a call on 0800 830 3000 (tel), 07580 333 000 (mobile) or you can send us an email to hello@thevenuestylist.com

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Event Decoration: Top Tips

When it comes to event decoration, we know what we are doing, but we appreciate it can be quite a daunting task for most people. With the advent of the internet, it is so easy to find amazing images of event decor online and think ‘oh my goodness I would love my event to look like that’, but when it actually comes down to it can be hard to recreate.

Don’t panic though, as we are here to help. We have years of experience in wedding and event decoration and have styled many different venues over the years.  To aid you in your next event we have pulled together some top tips to help you achieve the event that you want:

  • Existing Decor – Hopefully the room you are using for your event is decorated in a style that you like, and something that goes with the theme you are hoping to use. Take a good look at everything in the room and work out exactly what works for you and what you might want the venue to remove (within reason).
  • Existing Images – Have a search on the internet or ask the venue themselves, for pictures of the room you have hired dressed for various events. These can help guide you in what you might do for your event based on your likes and dislikes. For example, these pictures might show that low floral arrangements are lost in the room as the ceilings are so high.
  • Tableware – what does the venue provide? and does the tableware the venue provide work with your theme or not? For example, a lot of venues will have tablecloths that you can use, but they tend not to be floor length which isn’t ideal as exposed table legs can detract from the fabulous decorations going on on top. Of course, if you are lucky enough to be provided with floor-length tablecloths by your venue but aren’t sure of the colour, you can also dress them up by hiring runners and other table linens from us.
  • Lighting – Always an important one to consider, and something that is easily overlooked. Think about the time of day your event is taking place, as an event at 4 pm in the summer will be bright and light naturally, whereas in the winter it won’t. Lighting may also affect your colour choices as well, as pale colours may be lost in a dimly lit area and so you may need to change your colour palette to a brighter one instead.
  • Think Outside the Box – Table decorations are getting more and more adventurous, and we have worked with lots of gorgeous ideas recently including birdcages filled with flowers, glass cloches filled with flowers, and even piles of books. Don’t be afraid to really go all out on your theme, we have a wide range of decorations to hire which can really make your venue come to life.
  • Pre-plan – If possible, ask your venue if you can have a pre-event meeting where you can take a look at the linens and the place settings and make sure that they look exactly as you want. If you can get your florist to attend this will be great as well, as they can then get an idea of the venue and the other elements in the room and craft your arrangements accordingly.

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For more information on our event decoration services, please call us today on 0800 830 3000 (tel), 07580 333 000 (mobile) or alternatively you can send us an email to hello@thevenuestylist.com

Ultimate Guide to Wedding Chair Hire

You may be wondering what is so important about wedding chairs? After all of all the things you have to think about when planning your wedding, surely chairs are one thing you can live without. Unfortunately, this is not the case. Our years of providing wedding chair covers have shown us that actually, chairs are important – both in your wedding ceremony and reception room – as if they don’t match your theme it can look a little jarring.

So, what are the main types of wedding chairs?

Chiavari

These have grown in popularity recently, and are seen as a stylish alternative to the normal wedding venue chair you usually see. The Chiavari chair is based on a Ligurian design and tends to be made of Wood. It is sometimes called a Tiffany chair. Style wise it tends to have carved bamboo joints which make it stand out from the rest. Most decoration hire companies will have a Chiavari chair of some sort for you to hire, and they usually come in a range of different colours and finishes to suit your style. You can even add some extra sparkle with some ribbon or beading.

French Chairs

French chairs are often seen as the most elegant option, as they are really beautiful and can totally transform the look of your wedding venue in an instant – but they can be costly. If they will blow your budget totally, but you are really in love with them, why not get them for the top table alone and use elegant Chiavari chairs throughout the rest of the room.

Garden Chairs

If you have opted for an outdoor or festival theme, then garden chairs are the chairs you need for your guests. Offering a more relaxed vibe, you can make them stand out by adding a brightly coloured seat pad to match your chosen colour theme.

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Benches

Another option for a laid-back wedding is benches, and these can be a great way to get your guests mingling and talking! They are also a great option if you are serving a buffet style meal or wedding barbeque as they feel a lot less formal than other options.

Ghost Chairs

If you want a more contemporary feel at your wedding, then ghost chairs are your best bet. These transparent chairs work really well in venues that have really dramatic lighting effects.

Versailles Chair

This chair is similar to the Chiavari but tends to have more rounded edges, and can give your venue an air of sophistication that won’t detract from your elegant decor.

Banqueting Chairs

These tend to be the standard offering from most venues, and if you are not a fan of them, then you can dress them with something from the wide range of wedding chair covers that we offer. From cotton chair covers to Lycra chair covers we have over 25 different styles of chair covers in stock.

 

wedding chair coversFor more information on our chair covers, please give us a call on either 0800 830 3000 (t) or 07580 333 000 (m) or send us an email to hello@thevenuestylist.com

Event Planning Checklist

At The Venue Stylist, we get asked for help with event dressing on a daily basis, after all, it is what we do!  Our goal is to make your life easier, and so this is why we have pulled together this article to share the tips and tricks we have picked up over our years of providing an event dressing service.  Our aim is to help make you an efficient event planner, and this checklist will guide you through the whole process from start to finish.

Idea

What is the purpose of your event? Why are you having it and why are people going to want to attend. Think big – this stage is the stage where anything is possible. Not all of your ideas will make it through to the actual day, but in an ideal world what would your event look like? Do a bit of research and see what other people have done for successful events so that you can learn from them. Also, think about who you want to attend your event so that you can identify the ideal person, and cater the event towards them.

Date

Don’t just have one set date in mind, come up with at least three possible event dates and times, in case things don’t pan out exactly the way you would like. Don’t be afraid to survey your target audience in order to find the best date and time for them.  An important thing to keep in mind all the way through planning is budget – time is money after all. Make sure there are no other significant event on the same day, that will clash with yours and keep an eye on the weather if you are planning an outdoor event.

Develop Your Concept

The theme is one of the most important things about your event you need to get right. Where do you want to take your attendees and how do you want them to feel? How can you use the five senses to achieve this?  Why not use Pinterest to create a mood board for your event, so that you have something that everyone involved can see and work towards.

Know Your Budget

When it comes to event planning, you should have two budgets, an actual one and an estimated one. The more you can narrow down your cost, the better you can plan during the process. Keep a running total of what you are spending and what you have made, and also an estimated breakdown of the same.  If you are running an event for a business, then keep a list of all of the ways that you plan to have money coming in, e.g. ticket sales, merchandise sales and so on. Always, always, always have an emergency fund as it is likely that something unexpected will crop up at the end, and so you need to have in your budget.

Entertainment

Whatever event you are planning, you will need to have some kind of entertainment whether it is a DJ, live band or speaker. Make sure you speak to your venue to see if they need any permits to perform. Make sure you have an agreement in place with your entertainment provider which will prevent no-shows and unexpected costs.

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Decor

If you are having a sit-down dinner at your event, then you need to think about the following decoration for your dinner tables:

  • Centrepieces
  • Table Runners
  • Place Mats
  • Silverware
  • Water Glass
  • Candles
  • Table Numbers
  • Chargers
  • Dinner Plates
  • Napkins
  • Chair Covers

For the room, in general, you will need to consider:

  • Lighting
  • Food Displays
  • Lounge seating and side tables
  • Cake stand
  • Overhead Decor
  • Flowers

For more information about our specialist event planning services, please call us on 0800 830 3000 (t) or 07580 333 000 (m), or you can email us at hello@venuestylist.com

Classic Wedding Traditions We’d Like to See Resurrected

As a company who offer wedding venue dressing as a service, including chair cover hire, wedding post box hire, and even wedding centrepiece hire, we are constantly amazed at how weddings have changed over the years. There are so many trends today that we love, such as flower walls and chivari chairs, but sometimes we like to get a little nostalgic and think about some of the old traditions that have fallen out of favour, but we would like to bring back.

Grand Exit

These days most couples head off to the after wedding party or the hotel bar when the reception ends, but we love the idea of the outfit change and heading off in a car with a big ‘Just Married” sign and some tin cans on the back of it! Make a big deal of the fact that you are heading off on your new adventure together. You can always sneak back into the party later!

Plant a Tree

Trees are traditionally thought to symbolise new beginnings, and in some European countries, couples will plant a tree outside their home after their wedding ceremony in order to bring themselves good luck.

Sixpence in the Bride’s Shoe

Everyone knows that old saying “Something Borrowed, Something Blue” but did you know that it actually continues to “and a sixpence in her shoe”?  In the past, it was traditional for the bride’s father to give her a coin to symbolise good wealth and health for the newlyweds. How cute is that idea? Not sure how easy it would be to find a sixpence these days, but I’m sure if you searched Etsy you could find a cute charm or two.

Wedding Cake Charm

Talking of charms, there is an old Southern American tradition where tiny charms attached to ribbons were placed inside the wedding cake – a bit like how we used to put coins in our Christmas puddings in the UK.  Before the happy couple cut their cake, guests are invited up to pull a ribbon, and they would then receive the lucky charm that was on end. Kind of sweet we think.

Write A Letter

In this technological age, no-one really writes anymore, do they? Most of our communication is done via text message or WhatsApp. What a lovely gesture then to sit down the night before your wedding and pen a loving letter to your other half, which is then sealed and put away to be opened on your first wedding anniversary.

Not Seeing Each Other

Many couples today have photos done together before the ceremony so that they then enjoy the rest of the day. However, this does mean that you don’t get that special moment of seeing your other half for the first time as they walk down the aisle. 

If you are just starting to plan your wedding and would like to talk to us about our event decoration hire services, then please give us a call on 0800 830 3000 (tel), 07580 333 000 (mobile) or send us an email to hello@thevenuestylist.com

An Event Decoration Companies Tips for Organising the Perfect Christmas Party

If you have been given the job of organising the company Christmas party this year, don’t panic, we are here to help. As an event decoration company with many years of experience, we can help you provide a party that your colleagues will enjoy and remember for a long time. It is never too early to think about Christmas, well not in the event dressing world anyway, and the sooner you start to plan your Christmas event the smoother it will run.

Here are some of our top tips for planning the perfect Christmas party:

  1. Set the Date

You will know from experience that Christmas is a busy time of year for people socially and so their diaries will start to fill up quickly. So, the earlier you can get a date booked in for your Christmas do, the better.   You are never going to please everyone, so just go with when the majority are free and remember that Thursdays and Fridays tend to be popular.

  1. Stick to the Budget

The size of your budget will tend to dictate what type of Christmas party you organise as it will determine your venue, choice of entertainment and food and drink choices as well. Find out what your budget is as early in the process as possible so that you don’t plan something that you can’t afford. Also, try and leave some money in the budget as an emergency fund as unexpected costs can crop up during the event planning process.

  1. Find a Venue

Good venues tend to get booked up quickly, so the earlier you can source and book a venue the better. Make sure the venue you choose is easily accessible for guests and has availability on your date. Go for a site visit and take some photos as this will help with event decoration planning, and also utilise the knowledge of the existing events team at the venue as they will have a good knowledge of the space. Make sure you clarify exactly what items are included in the hire price, and what event decoration items you will need to hire yourself.

  1. Pick a Theme

The theme you choose can make or break your event – so no pressure there! Some ideas that work well at Christmas are traditional Christmas, Vintage Christmas, pantomime, winter wonderland, and Santa’s workshop. Then start to list anything you would associate with this theme, such as lighting, table centrepieces, food and so on. You can always give us a call if you are stuck for ideas, we will be happy to help with inspiration and quotes.

  1. Think Outside the Box

Sometimes just the little things can make a huge difference in making your event as enjoyable as possible. Touches such as putting fresh flowers and good quality soap in the toilets, having a cloakroom for guests to leave their coats, and hiring a photographer to capture people looking their best as they arrive.

For more information on event planning and our event decoration hire services, please telephone us on 0800 830 300 or send an email detailing your requirements to hello@thevenuestylist.com

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Instagram-Worthy Wedding Decoration Hire

Everybody lives their lives on social media these days, and many brides now don’t think their wedding is a success unless their guests have posted a picture of their wedding venue decoration online. As a company who offer wedding decoration hire including wedding post box hire, we are well-versed in providing wedding table decorations that will send social media into overdrive! Here is our pick of the most Instagram-worthy wedding table decorations ideas we have had:

 Blossom Trees

These little pots of loveliness are a great way to bring the outside in. Popping a mini tree on every table will practically guarantee that your guests will be snapping away, and you can even incorporate them as an aisle decoration as well. Ultra-cute.

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Coming up Roses

Keeping with the floral theme, you can inject so much personality into your wedding tables with an overflowing rose centrepiece matched with little rose wreaths on each place. Blooming gorgeous.

Run Away With Me

Table runners are making a bit of a comeback, and we have plenty to choose from. From standard chiffon to lace in various colours, we have plenty to choose from, but our new sequin table runners have really captured our hearts. The way they drape across the table and add a touch of sparkle to the day is just beautiful.

Light it Up

From illuminated blossom trees to centrepiece lighting effects and fairy lights there are loads of ways to illuminate your tables in a way which will wow your guests. You can use a mix of hurricane vases and lanterns to create a beautiful glow when the lights are dimmed.

Gold Digger

One of the prettiest trends we have seen this year, which always comes across well in photographs, is luxury gold pieces on the table paired with huge green foliage-filled centrepieces. A stunning contrast.

White Out

Some people are really taking the term white wedding to the extreme and using this one colour for everything. From white table linen, through white blossom trees and white florals, this chic theme will ensure your day oozes luxury.

Hanging Around

If your venue will allow it and you are feeling brave, why not hang your flowers from the ceiling instead? Amaranths is very popular at the moment and can look stunning hung over the top table.

For more amazing wedding decoration ideas, or to inquire about our wedding post box hire service, please call us on 0800 830 3000 (tel) or 07580 333 000 (mobile). You can also drop us an email to hello@thevenuestylist.com if you prefer.

The Wedding Decoration Hire Trends for 2018 You Need to Know Now!

Believe it or not but we are already getting enquiries about wedding decoration hire for 2018. So, exciting as this means we can start looking at a whole new load of wedding trends for the next 12 months.  Timeless themes are always popular, but there are some new event decoration trends that are emerging that you can incorporate into your wedding day to make your day stand out from the rest. From new decoration trends to new floral ideas and food trends, here is The Venue Stylist round up of the 2018 wedding trends:

Smaller Guest Lists

We have noticed a trend over the last few years for weddings and events to be smaller more intimate affairs, with many couples choosing to leave relatives that they haven’t seen for years of the invitation list. This not only gives the day a lovely atmosphere as the couple are surrounded by the people they love the best, but it also means the wedding itself costs much less than normal!

Invitation Only

Although weddings are getting smaller, the invitations themselves are getting more ornate and creative. A lot of couples are shunning traditional paper invitations for more adventurous materials such as Perspex wedding invitations, wood invitations and even fabric. Don’t be afraid to think outside the box and really give your guests a taste of what to expect on the big day.

Fabulous Food

Along with the ditching of big formal weddings, many couples are also ditching the traditional wedding breakfast and opting for food they love to eat, such as pizza and sharing food. Our increased love of ethnic cuisine in the UK will be reflected in Mexican, Japanese and Peruvian food appearing on more wedding menus next year.

Transparency

There is a real trend towards Scandinavian design and clean lines in interiors at the moment, and this is reflected in wedding decor next year with a real move towards transparency. Couples are opting for more light-filled venues with floor to ceiling windows, and even glass houses. Transparency is creeping into decor itself, with glass printed seating plans and lots of glass details on table tops as well.

Floral Fever

In 2018, there is a trend towards focusing more on the actual vessel the flowers are in and not the flowers themselves. Brides are opting for a mix of modern and vintage vessels, with coloured glass and vintage cut glass featuring highly. With the flowers, the bolder, the better really.

Another interesting floral trend for 2018 is the introduction of wedding wreaths as a decoration whatever the season. These tend to have a bohemian feel and are created using eucalyptus, wildflowers and wispy grasses.

Whatever trend you go for, be it one of the new trends we have outlined above, or a more traditional feel, we offer the wedding decoration hire service you need. For more information, please call us on 0800 830 3000 (tel) or 07580 333 000 (mobile) or send an email enquiry to hello@thevenuestylist