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A vintage wedding – the right choice for you

Vintage is all the rage at the moment in London and there are countless requests for advice and ideas about dressing your dinner party or event up as a stylish and vintage theme.

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Taking a vintage or shabby chic theme gives you fantastic opportunities to be creative with the décor, accessories and centre pieces at your event, particularly at weddings.

The great thing about having a vintage wedding – it never goes out of date! Vintage weddings never go out of fashion, so you are secure in choosing colours, flowers and accessories in keeping with your vintage or shabby chic theme, you will know that looking back will show your wedding to be timeless.

Planning a shabby chic or vintage wedding gives you great versatility and freedom as you have a wide range of ideas and inspiration available to you. There is a myriad of collection pieces, furniture and themes that you can choose from.

Shabby chic, like vintage, is a very popular wedding choice as it gives a really on-trend vintage feel and theme. It is an interesting and quirky departure from the traditional white wedding, making the day live long in the memory and stand out.

Your table and chair choice must be a considered one, as this can offset the theme and provide a good contrast to the arrangements and colours. Circular banqueting tables or rectangular banqueting tables are a staple at weddings and inner parties, but you can make them more interesting through using different styles of chairs, giving a quirky, vintage twist on the traditional wedding or dinner party uniformity.

Using a range of chairs such as wooden French carver or oak chairs, coupled with chiavari chairs could give set the evening off and underline the vintage and shabby chic theme. Alternatively, using the same banqueting chairs with a mixture of sashes and chair covers could also provide good contrast to the event if you preferred more uniformity.

Delicately choosing items can enrich the wedding, adding romantic lighting to guest’s tables, using warm colour in your theme can make the wedding venue feel more intimate and warm as well as exuding character.

For a wedding like this there are many things to consider that you may not usually consider for, say, a traditional white wedding. An example is that instead of traditional table decorations, maybe you do something different like using a tealight holder, which is becoming a very popular item at many shabby chic occasion, not just weddings.

You can consider a range of accessories for weddings and other events, such as heart shaped items, wirework or woodwork products, vintage candelabras, photo frames and placemats.

So if you are planning on having a vintage or shabby-chic event you have a great range of items to consider and it will be a fun process narrowing down the options. Vintage and shabby chic is a great style and your event will be timeless.


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Cocktails and Neon

cocktailThe recent film The Wolf of Wall Street got me thinking about the Eighties and what a crazy decade that was. I loved it! Even though I was very young I have such vivid memories, and how could I not?! It was the era of fluorescent everything, from bright orange hair to pink string vests and whenever I think of the eighties I think of Soda Streams, permed hair and FAME!

If you think back, Tom Cruise will never look as good as he did in Cocktail. What another great example of a classic 80’s movie, all disco music, testosterone and ‘loadsa money’. The movie helped the nation not only fall in love with Mr Cruise but also helped the rise in popularity of the beloved cocktail too. Americans would have us believe they invented these fine mixes but London’s love of the cocktail has a rich history dating back to the 1700’s when hard liquor found its way out of pharmacies and into public houses.

There is much debate as to who invented the term with references in print on both sides of the Atlantic dating back as far as 1798! Regardless, everyone loves a good cocktail and there are still numerous bars popping up all over London. A really good recent addition is Smiths in Brook Green, W6.To be found in the basement of The Brook Green Hotel, these guys have made a great impact on the local area since opening and the cosy booths, delicious cocktails and great bar food make for a really good evening out.

Everywhere we look there are reminders of the best decade (in my opinion!) and there really is a major industry in nostalgia lights alivewith numerous themed nights, revival tours and festivals, there is no lack of neon nostalgia for the 80’s enthusiast, some might even say that there’s a revival! The popularity of the series Ashes to Ashes most certainly had more to do with the nostalgia of the music than anything else. It was such an eclectic of music and fashion, from Diana Ross to Madness and jumpsuits to neon legwarmers. There is something about neon that makes me come over all sentimental and I think it might have been my fascination with‘Lights Alive’ (pictured left).

Many a night was spent under the bed covers creating neon pictures with Lights Alive and when I recently came across a firm running neon making classes I was completely hooked. Neon Workshops hold the majority of ther sessions in Wakefield Yorkshire but also across the country in places such as London and Brighton. For another complete Neon sensation then look no further than Gods Own Junkyard in Walthamstow. This is truly an amazing collection of neon artistry that really wows the senses.

kerry and wendyFor me neon and cocktails are an inseparable 80’s combination which will never go out of fashion, unlike those legwarmers…


Neon Workshops:

God’s Own Junkyard:

Red Carpet Hire

Table & Chair Hire

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