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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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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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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

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

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

The Venue Stylist Glamourous Wedding Theme Guide

Your wedding day is your time to shine and take centre stage, so make sure you have A-list day by having a red-carpet theme.  From your wedding invitations through your wedding chair covers to your wedding flowers here are our top tips for planning a glamorous wedding:

Invitations

To set the tone of the day, make sure your invitations are custom calligraphed to make sure your guests are left in no doubt as to the formality of the occasion or you could even opt for boxed invitations for a real wow factor! The theme of your invitations will also help to steer the rest of your style decisions – such as whether you want to go for old school art deco glamour or a more whitewashed modern day winter style.

Setting

When it comes to a glamorous wedding venue, opulence and boldness are key. Most large hotels will have a ballroom containing ornate elements such as crown moulding which can be enhanced with our uplighters for an instantly glamorous ambience. Other glamorous locations include art galleries, grand estates and historic mansions. Outdoor weddings can be glamorous too – think stunning mountainside locations and gorgeous beachfront.

Outfit

The world of wedding dresses is your oyster if you are looking for a glamorous theme. Nothing is more glamorous than a  full skirted ball gown with a beaded bodice, or go for old Hollywood glamour with a slim-fitting backless sheath.  Hair wise, you could go for long loose waves or a sweeping up do with a sparkling pin. For your groom, you can’t go wrong with a formal tuxedo, or if he is up for something different then why not suggest a velvet dinner jacket which are really on trend at the moment.

Colour Theme

To make a really bold impact, go for a monochromatic scheme – this doesn’t mean black and white but rather shades of one hue. White can look amazingly glamorous, but sultry jewel tones can also be striking. One thing to keep in mind is the current colour of your chosen venue – the last thing you want is your wedding decorations to clash with the wallpaper or carpet!

Flowers

Add extra drama to your day with wedding flower  – such as English roses, Juliet garden roses and spray roses. This keeps the arrangement cohesive, but it still looks interesting. You could also intersperse your more traditional floral arrangements with some nonfloral structure such as manzanita branches or curly willow.

Decoration

This is where we come in. We have a wide variety of wedding decorations for you to hire that will really pump up the glamour. From our new Chiavari Chair Hire and decoration, through our candle centrepieces and chandeliers to add a luxurious vibe and rich texture – we have everything you need to make your space glamorous and really add the wow factor.

For more information on how we can provide you with glamorous wedding chair covers and other wedding decoration hire, please call us on 0800 830 3000 (Tel), 07580 333 000 (mobile) or send us an email to hello@thevenuestylist.com

Collect Your Cards in Style with our Wedding Post Box Hire Service

One of the most special moments of your wedding will be reading the heartfelt messages that have been left by your family and friends. These messages can be kept for a lifetime, and they are something you will cherish forever.  So, you will need to provide a place that your guests can leave their well wishes so that you don’t lose them in the melee of the night. Our wedding post box hire service is ideal for this.

Wedding Post Boxes have become very popular in recent years because they are an excellent way to have a central place for your guests to leave their messages of congratulations and cards. There are lots of quirky and interesting post boxes out there, but this article will focus on the ones that we provide in order to give you some inspiration.

Royal Mail Post Box

       

 

The great thing about this post box is that it looks like a Royal Mail post box and so it should be pretty clear to everyone what it is and what it is meant for. You can go for original red, or match the theme of your wedding with a white or ivory one.  The post boxes that we hire out can also be customised with your names and some details about your wedding, and they are lockable as well.

Vintage Post Box

 

If you are having a large number of guests at your wedding, you may want to think about hiring a vintage post box. They are similar to the royal mail post box but on a larger scale, and they can really give your reception the wow factor. Available in red or white, they can also be personalised and are fully lockable.

Birdcage Card Holder

 

If you are having a vintage theme for your wedding then why not hire one of our elegant bird cage post boxes? A classic and chic way for you to store people’s cards during your reception, they can easily be opened from the front for people to place their cards inside. Pretty as they are, but you can also tie flowers and ribbons around them if you want to customise them even more.

Wedding Card Box

 

If you want to keep things simple, then just go for our wedding card box which has a cut out on the top to slip in cards. We offer our wedding card boxes in a variety of colours to fit with your wedding colour theme, and they can also be decorated as well. One idea we have used in the past is to stack a couple of these boxes on top of each other at different angles, getting smaller as they go up. This gives a wedding cake effect and can look fantastic in photographs.

To find out more about our wedding post box hire services, please give us a call on either 0800 830 3000 or 07580 333 000 or if you prefer you can send us an email to hello@thevenuestylist.com

The Venue Stylist Guide to Planning Your Wedding Ceremony

When it comes to wedding planning, brides can often feel a little overwhelmed. If our years of experience in the wedding decoration hire business has taught us anything, it has taught us that one of the most important things to get right on the day is logistics. What does this mean? Well, if the day doesn’t flow well it can have a negative impact on the overall feel of the day. Don’t worry though; it will be easy for you to get the flow right if you just follow our advice below.

Firstly, a wedding day can be broken up into three sections: The Ceremony, The Pre-dinner Reception, and the Dinner and After-party. In this article, we will focus on the ceremony:

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Essentials

When you have decided where you are going to hold your wedding ceremony, make sure you walk through each section and get a rough idea of timings. Check out whether there is parking nearby, and if there is parking you have a plan to let the guests know. You may also want to consider placing a couple of ushers nearby to help guests to find their way to the entrance.

Seating

When setting up for the ceremony, make sure you have an usher reserve some seats at the front for your wedding party, the readers and anyone else you want. This makes sure that all the important people are sat where they need to be and saves other guests the embarrassment of sitting in the wrong place.

Wedding Party

Another thing to think about when it comes to the ceremony is the order in which everyone will walk down the aisle. Traditionally, the bride goes first, but nowadays many couples have adopted the American tradition of the bridesmaids going first. It’s entirely up to you, but make sure everyone knows when to walk and where to sit before the big day.

Decoration

The theme you chose for your wedding will dictate your wedding decoration, and we have a wide choice of decorations to hire to really dress your space up. From Aisle Runners to Lanterns, Bay Trees and Candelabras, we can help you to dress your room in whatever way you like.

Confetti

This may sound like a ridiculous thing to think about, but it is quite a serious item! A lot of churches and wedding venues will have a confetti policy, as they don’t want it inside. You will need to check with your chosen ceremony venue as to whether you are allowed it at all, or whether you can only have it outside. The best way to control it is to have an usher who is responsible for arranging your guests at the chosen location and then handing the confetti out.

For more information about our wedding decoration hire services, please call us on 0800 830 3000 (Tel), 07580 333 000 (Mobile), or if you prefer you can email us at hello@thevenuestylist.co.uk

 

 

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How to Decorate your Wedding Reception Tables

Some girls dream about their wedding their whole lives, growing up knowing exactly what dress they want, where they want the reception to be, and have every single detail nailed – right down to the type of wedding chair covers they want. Some girls don’t though. If you’re in the second group and have no idea where to start, then you have come to the right place.  In this article, we are going to share some tips for decorating your wedding reception and hopefully inspire you with some stunning table decoration ideas.

When styling a wedding reception, there is a huge range of options to choose from to help you to achieve your preferred look. If you are really stuck for inspiration why not take a look through our ‘Venues & Galleries’ photos.

When you have chosen your preferred theme, and are thinking about how to decorate your tables, then keep this checklist in mind:

Table Size and Shape

A quick look at any furniture store website will show you that tables come in various shapes and sizes – however, wedding venue tables tend to be standardised. Round tables are popular at the moment, but if you have a large group of guests, you may want to opt for long rectangular tables instead. You should also consider the shape of the room if you have an option on tables – round tables are best for more uneven shaped rooms while long tables work better in a narrow room.

Table Linen

You may be lucky enough to get access to tables that are so beautiful that you want to show off their style. For example, a Manor House type venue may have heavy wooden tables that are just too gorgeous to hide away under tablecloths.

However, we know from experience that these occasions are few and far between but whether your tables are round, square or rectangular, we have the tablecloths, overlays, runners and napkins you need to make them stand out from the crowd.

Chair Covers

Sometimes brides have been disappointed in the style of chairs that their reception has offered them, feeling that they will bring down the look of their reception. This has led to the rise in the popularity of chair covers which can help to dress your room, fitting in with your theme whether it is classic and elegant or a bolder look.

Place Settings

Once you have decided on your table linen style, you then need to consider you place settings. This is the glasses, cutlery, and crockery that you want your venue to use when serving your guests. You may not have a choice of course, as many venues nowadays just have one set and that is what you are stuck with – but if you are lucky enough to be offered a choice, then you should go with the one that fits your chosen theme – be it formal or informal. Of course, you may want to do without a place setting if you are having a cocktail reception.

Centrepieces

There are a broad range of wedding centrepieces available from bird cages, lanterns, votives, and ostrich feathers – or you may want a mix of all of these. There are so many beautiful things to choose from it can be hard to narrow it down, so just try and stick with things that match your chosen theme and also think about your guests when they are sat eating their meal – you don’t want to block their view of the rest of the people at the table.

Place Cards & Table Numbers

Having a formal table plan makes it easier for the waiting staff at your reception venue to deliver specific meals to specific people – for example if you have guests who want vegetarian or gluten free meals. You can have subtle table numbers, place cards and menu cards or you can use them to help you make a statement.

For more wedding decoration ideas or to discuss what we can do for you, please give us a call on 0800 830 3000 (tel), 07580 333 000 (mob), or by email on hello@thevenuestylist.com