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.

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.

Iconic Gifts you will want to Keep!

By Liz White.

One of my struggles when it comes to present shopping is finding an iconic gift that stands the test of time, yet has a unique quality about it that will set it apart from the rest and ensure it is a memento to be remembered and treasured.  Presents for brother-in-laws, fathers and teenagers seem to be the hardest presents to gain inspiration for, so if you are the same, here are some ideas for fabulous iconic gifts from Vintage Vibe which I feel hit the target…

large-black-wooden-light-bulb-box-vintage-sign-letter-a--10744-p[ekm]300x300[ekm] (1)1. Large light bulb letters – For theatre lovers and those with a big personality these light bulb letters are designed as wall hangings and run on AA batteries.  Spell out a name or simply some initials to achieve a theatrical look in any teens bedroom – perfect for those who want to see their name in lights!
set-of-three-canvas-and-leatherette-travelling-trunks-10800-p[ekm]300x300[ekm] 2. Canvas and Leatherette travelling trunks – for the bachelor, brother or father/brother in-law this is a great present because it is a gift that either hints at travelling yet to come or compounds the memories of the many countries they have already explored.  They are an iconic pieces of furniture which look great in the home, never go out of fashion and because they are robust they are perfect for storage.

3. Garden ornaments – whether you are buying for family or friends there is always a joke to be shared over garden ornaments.  Vintage Vibe has stripped the traditional gnome of his fishing rod and instead introduced the pixie gnomes – fast asleep as nature intended!  Other ornaments available include small painted robins, multi-coloured zoo animals, sheep, pigs, hippos…I could go on but it’s quicker for you to click on this link to Vintage Vibe’s garden ornaments section!

large-silver-plated-rocket-cocktail-shaker-free-postage-4304-p4. The cocktail shaker – which late teen would have a party without cocktails?  Let them know you think they are responsible with alcohol – or encourage some non-alcoholic cocktail making – by giving them a cocktail shaker that not only looks amazing but will put them in the cool camp when it comes to throwing a party.

decorative-leather-globe-on-a-stand-3911-p[ekm]300x489[ekm]5. Globe – this is a great classic gift and wonder upon wonders this is simply decorative, it is not a drinks cabinet, does not hide anything inside and doesn’t play a tune when you spin it – it is a gorgeous aged leather embossed gift perfect for a home office.

Iconic gifts do not have to be all about fountain pens, cuff links and perfume holders.  Check out Vintage Vibe for more inspired iconic gifts.

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!

Banish January Blues with a New Experience for your Clients!

large-vibrant-velvet-cotton-patchwork-armchair-9529-p[ekm]300x285[ekm]By Liz White.

January Blues? Me too…so how are your clients feeling? It’s that weird time of year when people have spent their money on Christmas and dread the credit card statement.  They hole themselves up at home eating Jaffa Cakes (too much info?) and decide they will not emerge from their grumpiness until February – so how can you entice them out to come to your salon/spa/hotel?

Incentives really work and providing a new experience for your clients will work wonders for your margins.  It is all about how your clients feel so why not offer them something to massage the sole? Re-shuffle the work place and offer clients a beautiful place of zen calm, or a chic boutique to escape to.  Being able to offer clients something new will make you stand out from the rest.  How about the perfect fireside slumber chair to relax in or simply give them a free inexpensive but thoughtful gift.

If you run a hotel this aluminium necklace stand for the ladies and a silver plated cuff link tray for the men is ideal and at these prices pretty much a steal! For salons a free gift a Venetian heart hand held mirror is perfect and if you run a spa then give out silver angel wings to your guests! It is all about that little bit extra and at an average price of £10 you can’t go wrong!

If you want to be remembered for the right reasons really push the boat out to make you clients feel special and banish the January blues in style!

For more inspiration go to www.vintagevibe.co.uk P.S If you spend over £200 you receive a free candle holder!

#Help! Last Minute Christmas Shopping

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By Liz White.

You still have a few days of Pre-Christmas post to ensure you order and receive gifts in time for Christmas but what to buy? Are you having that feeling of panic that floods us all at some point?  Has your Mum bought herself the book you had on order for her present? Did your brother decided he no longer likes wine and you had a vineyard tour planned?  Relax – help is here!  Take a look below for some last minute unique gift inspiration…

For those who love Bake Off! We all have friends who can’t get enough of baking and for those who love to experiment in the kitchen buy them this elegant, white porcelain three tier cake stand.  It is a thoughtful gift and will be used over and over again.

For the host who has everything – turning up on Christmas Day with chocolate and wine is a little like bringing coals to Newcastle so the old expression goes so think of something original.  Why not order this ‘Keep Calm and Drink Wine’ sign, after all it is probably appropriate!

Add a little fun to your drinks cabinet  – cocktail shakers are great for any party so go one step further and buy this silver bell shaped cocktail shaker.  Fantastic fun – especially for a drinks connoisseur; a classic looking ornament with a twist. Made of stainless steel, this will never tarnish.

Dog lovers will love this! – At Vintage Vibe we have a selection of really gorgeous, fun dog print cushions.  My favourites are ‘Dogs in a Vintage Red Car’ and the ‘Gentry West Highland white Terrier Dog‘. A set is fun and if you have a dog lover in your life its a safe bet present.

Something stylish for the desk – this is a great idea for the home desk.  A silver plated pen holder that adds a touch of style to the desk or alternatively it can be used as a cigar holder! Christmas time is an event where the cigars get wheeled out and puffed furiously.  If rotten old cigars are going to be smoked then why not ask them to do it in style?

For the travelers out there – This is a gorgeous present and something that will stay with them through life – no matter where their nomadic tendencies take them!  This leather globe with embossed detail will stand the test of time and remind them of you every time they are missing home.

Don’t panic! Take 5 minutes to browse Vintage Vibe’s website and find a whole world of gifts that could solve your last minute present nightmare!

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