Candlelit Weddings…

The is nothing like a candle lit room or terrace to create a romantic atmosphere and picture perfect setting. Candlelight is perfect for weddings and whether you are planing to decorate a church, chapel, reception room or outdoor space candle light creates the best ambiance.

Vintage Vibe has some gorgeous candle holders and lanterns that would work well to decorate any setting or their heart themed candle holders make the perfect gift for bridesmaids.

Tall lanterns for a patio or outside area create low level lighting to guide the wedding party to their destination or clustered together they create a brilliant light well to make sure evening guests can mingle in the garden long into the night.

Here are my top three candle holders from Vintage Vibe that can help to set your wedding apart from the crowd…

large-heart-leaf-metal-sconce-candle-holder-189-p[ekm]300x449[ekm]Large Heart Leafed metal sconce candle holder – Imagine this on the wall behind the bride and groom at the top table and you will see why this decorative candle holder is so desirable.

stainless-steel-heart-lantern-36cm-tall-candle-holder-826-p[ekm]300x425[ekm]Stainless steel Heart Lantern – the perfect present for bridesmaids, mothers or even for your wife to be.  This is a classic design and they would look beautiful lining the top table or on garden tables to brighten up the evening.

extra-large-polished-copper-square-lantern-79cm-candle-holder-5011-p[ekm]300x300[ekm]Polished copper square lanterns – I love these lanterns because they look stunning with a highly polished finish.  They also come in four different sizes which means you can create a stepped effect by placing them together.  Height sizes are 79cm, 69cm, 59cm and 49cm.

Once you have used these for your wedding day keep them and home! They are practical, beautiful items and will give you you a permanent reminder of your special day.

A ‘Must Have’ for Wedding Planners

As a wedding planner you know that it isn’t necessarily the big things like wedding cars, cakes and venues that cause the biggest headaches to organise, its the little things – the details that have to be so precise to give your weddings that edge of professionalism and personalisation which will ensure your brides and grooms highly recommend you.

large-ornate-bronzed-silver-display-easel-wedding-event-display-easel-1527-p[ekm]300x449[ekm]For a small outlay it is worth investing in some wedding accessories that you can use again and again and offer to the bride and groom as part of their wedding package – or hire out as you see fit, especially as some wedding venues do not have these to hand!

These little extras help to make the day go smoothly – for example a small silver tray to present the wedding rings on, a vanity mirror to give to the matron-of-honour to ensure the bride always has a mirror at hand, a candelabra for the top table, a gorgeous white wedding letter box for the happy couples cards and gifts and a steady supply of easels!  In fact, easels are my ‘must have’ items for versatility and practicality on the day.

pair-of-antique-cream-of-white-metal-cherub-easels-10509-p[ekm]300x300[ekm]Easels are simply great for display purposes.  Choose a large ornate beautiful easel to display your seating plan (or alternatively a distressed gold painted easel depending on the look of the wedding) or choose twin cherub easels to display the seating plan and menu flanking the doors to the wedding breakfast.

six-small-antique-white-metal-table-top-easels-wedding-display-easels-8917-p[ekm]300x300[ekm]There are also some amazing small easels for table tops to display the menu, name of the table or love quote – whatever the occasion demands! At Vintage Vibe these are sold in packs of 6 and investing in these will ensure you don’t have to rely on anyone else to provide them which make such a difference to the ‘worry factor’ in wedding planning.

By investing in the little things, like easels, you don’t have to rely on venues to provide them and you know the quality and condition of the products in advance.  You can show the bride and groom before the big day to enable them to visualize the little details of their wedding. They will know they are in safe hands with a planner that is so meticulous, so think about making a small investment to help secure more business and take a look at Vintage Vibe’s  wedding products that could be yours to offer brides and grooms (and venues!) for years to come.

Perfect Summer Garden weddings…

large-cream-painted-heavy-cast-iron-vintage-style-garden-bench-10807-p[ekm]300x300[ekm]By Liz White.

Whether you are organising a wedding in your own garden or a business catering for weddings in high season the outdoor space is all important – it is where photographs are taken, reception drinks held and celebrations continue long into the evening.

There are two things that will help to keep your guests happy – comfort and atmosphere.

In the sunshine everyone wants to be outside and the biggest debate is always ‘sun or shade?’ If your outdoor space is lacking in comfort or looks a little weathered then take inspirations from a Vintage Vibe and add garden furniture that is not just all about chairs and tables – use the space you have to maximum effect!

circular-green-metal-tree-bench-vintage-classic-design-8172-p[ekm]300x300[ekm]A great example of space saving garden furniture that is perfect for a wedding is this gorgeous circular green metal tree bench.  What else are you going to do with the space around the base of the tree? It’s fantastic for a social area such as a pub garden and brilliant for a small courtyard space!

butterfly seat 1To reflect the grace and beauty of a wedding, the outdoor furniture can have a look of elegance about it too.  This beautiful butterfly garden bench is in keeping with a wedding and would look amazing in photographs – Vintage Vibe also have a cream cast iron garden bench which would create the same wow factor.

distressed-green-iron-bicycle-penny-farthing-plant-pot-holder-display-stand-9146-p[ekm]300x308[ekm]Adding an element of fun to your garden design is worth while and this Penny Farthing Plant Pot is ideal – a great way to photograph the brides bouquet and if you are dressing the outdoor space with flowers it would look gorgeous with trailing sweet-pea’s or roses in the basket!

vintage-green-painted-metal-garden-pots-on-a-stand-cut-flower-display-stand-9153-p[ekm]300x449[ekm]Vintage Vibe’s flower display stand is brilliant for creating a ‘wall of flowers’ with impact of for practical purposes you could use this to display gift bouquets for the mother’s and bridesmaids.

white-vintage-style-cast-iron-garden-table-10721-p[ekm]300x300[ekm]People always struggle to ensure there is enough table surface for people to put their drinks down upon and a brilliant solution to this is these smart slim, tall, white garden tables – dot them around and see how quickly they gather glasses, cameras and confetti – your guests will be glad of your thoughtfulness.

vintage-style-distressed-green-painted-metal-circular-display-stand-was-260-now-5162-p[ekm]300x449[ekm]Last but not least an outdoor weather proof display stand is a must have – use if for your champagne flutes, cakes, flowers or even as a series of confetti trays to ensure every guest has access to some!  It will look pretty, practical and can be used over and over again.

For people in the business of weddings these are great buys and will guarantee your outdoor space is utilized to the full.  Maximize the practicalities you can offer guests for summer weddings and take inspiration from  Vintage Vibe.

Bring the Outdoors In!

By Liz White.

The gorgeous weather is making us all head into the garden and enjoy some time outside but venturing back inside makes the room seem dark and gloomy in comparison to the great outdoors. To keep that outdoor feeling alive hang some well placed mirrors in the room adjacent to the garden to encourage the sunshine in.

This is a great little trick to brighten up any room – a restaurant, hotel foyer, beauty spa, boutique or even in your own home.  Mirrors reflect the light so on a gorgeous summers day make sure you are getting the most from the weather!

Vintage Vibe have a huge selection of mirrors and I feel their white framed mirrors are perfect for the summer season – see my top five below!

french-style-cream-wall-mirror-2368-p[ekm]300x225[ekm]1. French Style Cream Wall Mirror – the reason why I have given my top spot to this mirror is because it is something a little different.  The mirror is large and because of this the inlay design does not detract from the practicality of the design but adds a different dimension to it.
extra-large-classic-white-rectangular-leaner-wall-mirror-wapping-8532-p[ekm]300x344[ekm]2. The Classic White Leaner Mirror – a large, full length mirror that is amazing for reflecting the light into a room but also so handy to check out your outfit!  If you are a business this is the perfect mirror to encourage your guests to linger longer.

large-metal-antique-white-french-style-bird-cage-mirror-272-p[ekm]300x495[ekm] (1)3. Metal Bird Cage Mirror – this is quirky, enticing and fun.  The perfect mirror for a conservatory, summer house or garden room.

extra-large-white-gloss-circular-round-mirror-blanche-7457-p[ekm]300x383[ekm]4. White Gloss Circular Mirror – mirroring the shape of the sun this is a stand out piece of design. The mirror will be a centre piece of the wall and be admired by all.

large-rectangular-ornate-cream-louis-style-carved-wall-mirror-louise-cream-258-p[ekm]300x321[ekm]5. Rectangular Louis Style Ornate Mirror – I love a little decoration.  This is elaborate without being whimsical and if you have a luxury brand – high end hotel, spa or boutique – adding a little grandeur never hurts!

Vintage Vibe are specialists when it comes to mirror delivery having trusted couriers that deliver the mirror to your room of choice and give you the opportunity to check the product over before signing for it.  Encourage the outside in this summer and enjoy the Great British Summer!

Time for Business #ticktock

By Liz White.

It’s the countdown to summer and with these fabulous clocks for your business you should have no trouble telling when it is pimms o’clock at the end of a long day!

novelty-vintage-style-cream-distressed-teapot-clock-free-postage-9042-p[ekm]300x300[ekm]For tearooms, cafe’s and diners this cheeky little teapot is perfect for your wall.  This really does tell you it is teatime!

retro-black-time-zones-wall-clock-with-multi-dials-blair-728-p[ekm]300x301[ekm]In the office ensure you have the ultimate time zone clock which not only looks stylish and smart but delivers timings for London, Paris, New York and Sydney.  A highly practical piece. Perfect for international companies or those with international clients.

large-square-gold-distressed-metal-skeleton-wall-clock-herbert-9055-p[ekm]300x305[ekm]In your hotel lobby make a statement with the time with this large square design – time to check in, time to check out, time for that cab to arrive!  Hopefully this would also put an end to that pesky question all receptionists are asked: ‘erm…excuse me…what time is it?’

large-polished-aluminium-mantle-clock-free-postage-4359-p[ekm]300x374[ekm]This traditional mantle clock is perfect for corporate gifts, gastro pubs with a roaring fire or in a reading room. There was a time when no house was without such a clock and that is because this classic timepiece simply never goes out of fashion.

large-black-metal-industrial-style-mantle-clock-with-calendar-9271-p[ekm]300x449[ekm]For something a little less traditional but just as practical, this black metal industrial style mantle clock is for you.  Great for a home office or any bachelor pad this clock is also a calender – the full package!

So many workers rely on their mobile phones, iPads and computers to check the time but having a visual reminder around the office helps people organise their day and you will ensure you never have that age old excuse from your staff when you ask them why they were on their mobile phone “I was just checking the time”. Yes…and I’m a blue monkey!

Dozens of iconic designs are just waiting for you to snap them up at Vintage Vibe and unlike many products we do truly encourage you to leave these on the shelf – that is after all where many of them look their best.  They are vintage, affordable and yours!

Mirrors – Making ‘Practical’ Beautiful

By Liz White.

Want a mirror that is different? A statement? An eye catching design? A focal point? To wow your guests, draw people into your business or have a fabulous focal point for your home mirrors are so flexible. Here are 5 designs from Vintage Vibe I think tick all the boxes.

glorious-large-gold-circular-swirl-metal-mirror-goodwood-8304-p[ekm]300x300[ekm]This is lavish, ornate, artistic and bling! A few of my favourite things…  Perfect for a hallway, bedroom or even a rather exquisite ‘powder room’.

circular-vintage-style-gold-antique-metal-framed-round-wall-mirror-siria-264-p[ekm]300x449[ekm]This is a show stopper of a mirror.  Place this in the reception of your hotel or in the dining room and listen to the compliments flood in.  This is a large mirror and demands attention – so give it what it needs and pop it in your shopping basket!

wide-venetian-antique-style-frameless-mirror-vintage-design-with-crest-landscape-clarisa-341-p[ekm]300x311[ekm]This frame less mirror is elegant and contemporary.  People will look twice at this design and it will sit superbly over a mantle, chaise lounge or over a reception desk.  This is understated design making practicality beautiful.

large-plain-venetian-glass-mirror-with-bronze-mirrored-frame-charlie-9460-p[ekm]300x322[ekm]A classic mirror style.  The stepped, beveled edge is a clever design because not only does it create a large frame to grab the attention, the design actually draws the eye into the mirror.  The term ‘eye catching’ is perfect for this mirror.

ornate-carved-antique-silver-large-square-wall-mirror-joanna-back-in-stock-mid-june-2316-p[ekm]300x448[ekm]This mirror is out to impress.  It is decadent in design and as this is a large mirror, it will dominate the room – a stand out piece perfect for over a fireplace or for creating a talking point in your salon, spa, hotel, boutique or beauty parlour.

Mirror’s reflect light, entice people into a space and are missed if they are absent.  If you are looking for a mirror then make sure you make a statement with what you buy.  If you are not looking to buy a mirror why not?  It is an inexpensive way to boost your custom on a subconscious level.

Iconic Black is Back!

By Liz White.

Black never goes out of fashion but there are some things that have never really been associated with the colour black and mirrors are one of those things!  A current hot trend has seen the spotlight of mirror design turning to the dark side – black mirrors are all the rage.

There are a huge range of black mirrors in contemporary, vintage, Gothic, designer and classic styles on the Vintage Vibe website.

The look is extremely versatile and black mirrors look just as great in a smart office setting as they do in a boutique clothes stores or funky nightclub. Here are my top five:

large-black-clear-venetian-rectangular-deco-wall-mirror-langton-4742-p[ekm]300x393[ekm]A black and clear Venetian Deco wall mirror has the 1930’s design twinned with a contemporary look.  Just the mirror for a monochrome design theme and if you want a sophisticated look to your hallway then look no further.

extra-large-silver-black-leaner-mirror-with-angel-cherub-crest-lucian-10396-p[ekm]300x420[ekm]This large silver and black leaner mirror is perfect for boutiques.  It is decadent, luxurious and a fantastic centre piece in a room.  This gives the practicality of a full length mirror but the width of an over mantle mirror and ensures you get maximum refection of the surroundings.  A clever mirror to have in a bridal boutique as bridesmaids and the bride can line up next to each other to see the full effect of their dresses and in a hotel lobby this would be perfect to reflect any feature staircase.

large-black-free-standing-full-length-dress-mirror-or-antique-style-cheval-mirror-maurice-6934-p[ekm]200x200[ekm]Just as every woman needs an amazing LBD, every woman also needs an amazing FLM (full length mirror).  A full length, free standing mirror is a beauty essential.  This mirror is designed in an antique style but without the overly fussy design details. It is not too heavy so you can move it around with ease – making this a great mirror for bridal boutique changing rooms.

large-antique-black-oval-rococo-mirror-rhea-8330-p[ekm]300x300[ekm]This Rococo design is lavish, decorative and fits in anywhere you want to impress.  From boutique hotel bathrooms through to neat beauty salons.  The design is a piece of art in itself and would be the perfect decorative piece in a neutrally designed room.  This mirror stands out, catches the eye and says ‘you know you want to use me!’ to any one who passes by!

large-antique-style-black-rectangular-leaner-floor-standing-full-length-mirror-amelia-black-8194-p[ekm]300x449[ekm]A classic wall/leaner mirror, this full length design is a must have piece of furniture for any hotel. Ensuring a full length mirror gives your guests the whole picture is one way of ensuring they feel comfortable.   Some full length mirrors (inside wardrobes for example) only reflect from the knees up – frustrating and pointless.  This ensures your guests have the reflection they need to dress up for their night on the town and reflects from top to toe – just as a full length mirror should do!

Vintage Vibe have a large selection to choose from so take a look – the black mirror really is essential vintage.  It’s iconic and could be yours…