Sunday, 20 March 2016

Tips and Ideas for the Perfect Styled Vintage Wedding

Traditionally newlyweds would leave for their honeymoon midway through their weddings reception, often catching the late steam train or boat. Capturing the romance of travel from a bygone era can be a visually stunning way to great your guests. This is especially true if you, like many couples these days have asked for a contribution towards your honeymoon as a gift.

To do this use wartime leather suitcases, not only do these look great, but they offer a very practical place for you guests to leave their wedding cards and gifts. Grouping items together will have more impact, therefore its worth thinking about which items complement each other. For example adding a vintage parasol, a folding camera and an old map, ideally of the honeymoon destination to the suitcase display would look great.  To achieve more visual depth, it's useful to add layers of detail with smaller interesting objects, such as glass paper weights, magnifying glasses or a pair of vintage binoculars.

Guest books are very popular at modern weddings, if you'd like to incorporate one into your vintage themed wedding, I suggest it's grouped with a pile of vintage books and a vintage typewriter. To add an extra layer of detail it's nice to incorporate some wedding photos of older relatives, especially if they are unable to make your special day. Make sure you use frames that are aligned to the vintage theme.

Whether you are serving afternoon tea or morning breakfast, there are some styling ideas that work for both. Vintage books make beautiful centrepieces, these can be enhanced with candles or flowers. Using particular glassware, for example champagne saucers instead of flutes will add some 1930s glamour. Tea and coffee served from vintage china is a sure way of boasting the vintage theme as well as injecting colour to your wedding tables. Greater depth can be achieved by layering smaller details, such as silver sugar tongs and linen napkins.

If you're serving drinks in an outside area, glass drinks infusers work really well. They look beautiful filled with colourful drinks and guests can help themselves. My favourite is homemade lemonade or gin and elderflower. Serve drinks in jar glasses with stripy straws to complete the look. Add some outdoor games, such as croquet, a quintessential garden party must to complete the look.

Vintage Tea Party offer a fantastic styling service, they have a wonderful collection of authentic vintage props and a beautiful collection of vintage crockery.

Tuesday, 8 March 2016

Play That Funky Music

I'm super excited for summer, apart from the obvious warm weather and more cheery disposition of Londoners, I'm looking forward to attending two amazing weddings. These will be very different, one is a country garden wedding in the Cotswolds, the other a grand hotel reception in Edinburgh. Having chatted with both couples, they share a common theme, they are yet to decide which music to include in their special day.  

Music is an important element to any wedding. Most couples will take time to choose which piece of music they wish to include in their wedding service. Whether that be a piece of classical music, their favourite song, or a hymn they like.  

For some, that's where the thought stops. I once attended a wedding where the same song was played on a continuous loop for the duration of the whole meal!  

I wasn't going to put our guests through that. Luckily both my husband and I love music and have eclectic tastes, which came in handy when trying to include a little bit of everything to please our guests. After months of 'hard work', (term used very loosely), we'd put together a playlist that would last 3 days. (We were a little greedy and stretched our wedding out). 

So last week, whilst slurping my chicken pho, I was asked by one bride-to-be, if I had a song request to add to their list. Only 1 song, so difficult to choose. 

After which started an hour long discussion with the soon to be married couple, myself and my husband, about top wedding songs. The four of us sat around the restaurant table discussing the merits of each song and have come up with a list of 30.  

To clarify these are not the best songs ever written, these are in our humble option, some of the best songs to be played at an evening wedding reception.  

We made the following assumption; that you like your guests and wanted them to have a good time. That your guest list would be of a mixed demographic. (Some songs may not be for you, but someone at your wedding will love them). T

These songs are in no particular order (as we couldn't agree, so I’ve listed them alphabetically).

Top 30 Evening Wedding Reception Songs 

9-5 (Dolly Parton)
Bright side of the road (Van Morrison)
Brown Sugar (Rolling Stones)
Dancing on the ceiling (Lionel Richie) 
Dancing Queen (Abba)
Don't stop me now (Queen)
Footloose (Kenny Loggins)
I wanna dance with somebody (Whitney Houston)
Livin' on a Prayer (Bon Jovi) 
Love Machine (Girls Aloud)
Lucky Star (Madonna) 
Moves like Jagger (Maroon 5ft Christina Aguilera)
My Generation (The Who)
Proud Mary (Tina Turner)
Sex on Fire (Kings of Leon)
She bangs the drum (Stone Roses)
Stayin' Alive (Bee Gees)
Superstitious (Stevie Wonder)
Surfing USA (Beach Boys)
Sweet home Alabama (Lynyrd Skynyrd)
The way you make me feel (Michael Jackson)
Together in Electric Dreams (Philip Oakey & Giorgio Moroder)
Twist and Shout (The Beatles)
Uptown Funk (Mark Ronson ft. Bruno Mars)

With only 30 slots to fill, this has been incredibly difficult, we were unable to include many amazing artists.

I'm not saying these are the best songs ever written, or that they are the only good songs to play at a wedding reception.  I'm however pretty sure if you want to please your guests and have them up dancing, you won't go far wrong playing a few from the list above. 

I’m know a lot of these songs will be played at the weddings this summer and I can't wait to hit the dance floor. There is already talk of a dance off. Given a few drinks and I may even join in.