Yesterday I had a great day over at the RSVP show in Islington. As you might be able to tell from it’s name, the show is all about events and is a great place to meet suppliers and to see what’s new on the block. Although predominantly geered towards the corporate events industry there are always lots of great wedding suppliers to meet, nice food to taste and astonishing things to see (this year featured a very brave, topless, body painted lady!).
Among my favorite suppliers were MYdrap who produce disposable cotton linen that comes on a roll! The company offer a selection of colours and sizes from coasters to placemats and each piece simply tears off just like kitchenroll – a fantastic and really cost effective way of adding a spalsh of colour to your tables. The linen is 100% biodegrabable (the company advise adding them to your fabric recycling) but can be laundered and reused a limited number of times; great for those first few parties as Mr and Mrs!
Another favourite exhibitor were Madhen who sang up an 80s-tastic storm and had a whole aisle of visitors bopping along to a particularly good rendition of Sweet Dreams by the Eurhythmics. Madhen do 5 different acts including a Blondie tribute acts and Helen the lead singer looks so like Debbie Harry that I did a double take!
I also met the lovely ladies from Granger Hertzog, a props company who do lots of beautiful furniture and accesories including the amazing chairs below, perfect if your venue is a ‘blank canvass’ and you’re looking for one or two pieces to make it feel a little more like home.
There is something so beautiful and so special about winter weddings. I think often we can be all too eager to opt for a summer date because we’re counting on the (super unreliable) weather when a winter wedding would be just as beautiful and a fraction of the cost.
Very often the colour palette of choice for a winter wedding is red. Now don’t get me wrong, this can be and very often is, stunning but because I think it’s important to break the mould, the colour palette for this board is something a little different. The rich green and purple used here retain the luxury and warmth of that ever-popular red but are something just a little bit different and I can already hear guests gasping with amazement at bridesmaids in that beautiful shade of green. (The combination of purple and green in all it’s many shades and hues is a fail safe one. Way back when I launched the blog I featured this one which just shows how you can create a completely different feel by simply adjusting the shades of particular colours.)
As for the rest of the wedding I see an uber modern venue just like the fabulous Haymarket Hotel in central London, a super chic cake like this one from April Reed a roaring fire and a twinkling (but ever so chic) Christmas tree. For favours I’d choose modern, minimalist Christmas decorations and for flowers I’d pick something like the beautiful Anenomies pictured above and team them with winter berries and ivy to keep the winter/Christmas feel going. Perfect!
Banqueting room: The Haymarket Hotel
Keira: This is London
Roaring fire and Christmas tree: Flickr here and here
Cake: April Reed
Shoes: Christian Louboutin
Ruby: Gem Affair
Dress: Vera Wang via Brides
Nail varnish: Nails Inc
There is something very special, almost magical about weddings in central London. The contrast of a wedding against the hustle and bustle of the city creates a truly unique atmosphere. This Design Concept is therefore all about contrast. Style wise this wedding is part modern, part retro; a bride with a short dress and bold scarlett shoes, a cage veil, a sleek modern venue, a vintage Routemaster, delicious contemporary food and a fantastic band. I’d like to see a photobooth for some hilarious guests photos and invitations that make the most of the skyline graphic.
Colourwise, this board is all about the red which again would make for a great contrast against the grey of London. It all sounds like a ball to me!
Chocolate bars: Style me Pretty
Venue: The Gherkin
Dhalias: The Bride’s Cafe
Cupcakes: Not Martha
Venue: Snippet and Ink
Tube map and underground sign: TFL
Routemaster bus: BBC
Skyline: Via Kathleen Clancy