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.

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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!

Bridal Boutiques: Are you ready for the Wedding Dress Rush?

woburn5By Liz White.

The next two months is prime time for brides to flock to your boutiques to order their wedding dresses for the great British Summer and we have a stunning secret about how to ensure they choose your wedding dresses over a competitors…

It is all about the big reveal and visualizing their parade down that aisle.  The best way to give your potential brides the experience they want is by showing them the dress to the full – if you are a bridal boutique it’s time to invest in exquisite, extra large leaning mirrors.

Why? These are large enough to capture the whole scene – let the bride twirl in your dress and practice for the first dance, she can stand next to her bridesmaids and see how the whole wedding party looks without having to angle mirrors, put several together or even worse take a photo!

Leaning mirrors also give you huge flexibility in your boutique layout as they are movable and Vintage Vibe stock beautifully decorated designs.  Their large silver free standing full length mirror is 180cm x 58cm and only £175 – with such a fantastic price you don’t need to spend a fortune to make a huge difference to your customer experience. I love Vintage Vibe’s beveled glass framed leaner mirror because of it’s clean lines and unobtrusive style and their large rectangular leaner mirror gives full length reflection in a classic romantic design.

You may think your customers won’t care what mirror you use as long as they can see the dress but think again – brides spend time perfecting every detail of their big day and if you can provide the perfect facilities for her to bring her dreams to life she is going to choose your boutique over all others.

Vintage Vibe employ couriers who specialise in delivering fragile goods and they will give you time to check over your delivery before you sign for it – and they are happy to deliver the mirror into a room of your choice.  Little details that make all the difference! Have look online at Vintage Vibe’s mirror selections and start reaping the benefits.

Don’t Get Married (without one of these…)

large-ornate-gold-display-easel-wedding-plan-easel-1528-p[ekm]300x449[ekm]By Liz White

Planning a wedding? It’s a minefield! So many things to think about. Don’t make the mistake of planning your day without thinking of how to convey essential information to your guests.  Overlooking an effective way of displaying the important information – such as the seating plan and venue map – means you are likely to end up with wedding guests getting lost or confused before the drinking begins!

Display easels are the perfect solution! My favourite is the large gold ornate easel and with matching table top gold ornate easels available to display your menus on, you can be design co-ordinated!

The seating plan is the one piece of information you need to convey to everyone within a short space of time and it needs to be highly visible and easily accessible.  As the wedding breakfast draws nearer, there is only one thing everyone is thinking ‘where am I sitting and who am I with?’ That is where Vintage Vibe’s amazing display easels become a necessity for your big day not just a nice little extra.

Display easels are essential because…

– They are eye catching, allowing you to display communication with your guests efficiently and reduce the number of questions the best man is bombarded with!

– Having a focal point displaying the seating plan makes sure your wedding guests will find their seats for the wedding breakfast quickly, allowing the wedding to keep to timing.

– Easels look beautiful, professional and add an air of sophistication to a room – delivering essential information in an elegant way.

– They are portable, fold flat and easy to move so transporting them will be smooth.

– They are versatile.  After being used to display the table plan the easel can be used as part of the speeches if photos are being displayed, to display directions (for example ‘Bar this way’), to show a venue map or for displaying the comments book to ensure this is not a forgotten part of the evening.

– Cute little table top easels are available and are a fabulous way to display the wedding breakfast menu and provide continuity in your delivery of information plus they look gorgeous.  The good news is that Vintage Vibe sell these table top easels in packs of six at a better price then buying them individually – saving you vital pennies on your wedding budget!

With prices from £16, easels are great little investments which usually hold their value – so you can sell them on after the big day!

To browse through all the display easels Vintage Vibe have in stock click here and if you want to chat it over with the Vintage Vibe team don’t hesitate – give them a call on Tel: 01622 629029 they love to help.  Make Vintage Vibe part of your wedding and you won’t regret it.

3 Must Have Items for Wedding Planners

There’s really no escaping the weddings during the summer months! If it’s not some super-celeb couple tying the knot in secret (we’re looking at you Cheryl…) it’s your Facebook feed littered with wedding photos what seems to be like every other weekend from late May to mid September.

 

When the wedding season rolls round we see an upsurge in demand for certain items here at Vintage Vibe as couples, organisers and wedding planners seek the best ingredients for creating their perfect day. And it’s not surprising there’s an increase in sales when the reported average budget for a UK wedding has reached the £18,000 mark! Phew!

 

Now, while the last thing any newly weds want to do is look back on their photos and see a wedding that looks identical to everyone else’s from 2014, there are 3 items we believe should be in any reputable wedding planners arsenal.

 

Item 1: Large Vintage Easels

wedding easel 1

The large ornate easel is a classic wedding accessory. Just like the perfect dress; they are elegant, slender and attractive. And they are also incredibly useful. There’s a variety of ways they can be used at weddings, one of the most popular options is as a seating chart. Position the easel at the entrance or reception of a venue and place your seating plan onto it – it’s a pretty and practical way of giving your guests an easy way to find their seats.

 

Don’t need to guide your wedding guests to their seats? You can still use the easel…why not feature a memorable photo or painting of the happy couple. Designed to be noticed by your guests it’s a good opportunity to add a personal touch to a wedding venue with a nostalgic or humorous memory.

 

Price £72

 

Item 2: Decorative Cherub Wings

wedding wings

Does anything say romance better than cherub wings? They might not be for everyone but if you’re planning that type of wedding – you know the ones – it wouldn’t be right without a pair.

 

Life size and finished in a soft antique gold paint effect these wings are extremely beautiful and can be used to decorate any wedding venue, turning any space into a romantic wonderland. We’re particularly fond of seeing them hanging from gazebo awnings at beach and lawn weddings.

 

Looking for a unique wedding gift? Cherub wings aren’t just good for the big day; bring them home to use as wall hangings that will forever remind the newlyweds of their happy day.

 

Price: £34

 

Item 3: Small Display Easels

wedding table top easel

The smaller cousin to the large ornate easel, these display easels are similarly decorative finished in luxurious antique effect gold and are equally practical. These functional little things are perfect for hosting a wedding guest book, photo album or displaying a menu.

 

Price: £16

 

So, there you have it, our three must have items for your big day. And coming in at a total cost that’s less than 1% of an average wedding budget we think they’re pretty good value too!