I love my work…
It’s funny when people ask what I do and I reply with Wedding Planner and Caterer. “Wow that must be stressful” they answer. Oh no I say our weddings are a dream to do being vintage they are all very laid back and naturally beautiful.
And that really is how it is. Yes we plan, list and rush around before but on the day come two o’clock. The tables are dressed, we know who will be looking after each table and where the guests are sitting. Reception drinks are ready to go, canapé’s or game pies are warmed and the guest’s arrive.
We don’t mind if you choose to have your toast and speaches, as soon as your guests are seated or if you prefer the traditional way after the wedding tea.
Right now we are writing those list’s arranging times of the day with venue’s and looking forward to pouring our first Pimm’s.
There’s sixteen of us at Serendipity Street. It’s only me that works full time and everyone else is fully committed as and when. We have 3 chiefs, 3 cake makers, 8 waitress and a local pie man. We all throughly enjoy what do and work as a great team together. So part of this blog is to say a big thank you to my team too. I couldn’t do it with out you all.
When we were invited to help with Grayson’s first birthday, we were just as excited as the parents! Grayson’s Mum had created some very cool pinterest boards and we couldn’t wait to be part of it.
After decorating the tables and Grayson’s family and friends did a whizz job with way finding signs.
The guest’s enjoyed a winter Pimm’s which went down a real treat.
The loveliest thing to me at weddings, partys and events, are seeing the children have fun. It reminds me of our large family party’s, when we played till we dropped. Here’s the birthday boy himself exploring and one of Grayson and his gorgeous Mum, Caroline and very cool Dad Stuart.
Our buttery sandwiches were loved by all. We pre dressed the scones and served cakes from a cake table.
At the end of the birthday tea, candy striped bags of sweets were given away to let the party still twinkle. Thank you Caroline and Stuart for letting us share, the most perfect birthday tea for little Grayson Harper.
Photo lines are a great idea not just to tell the story of your lives so far, but as a perfect backdrop for something special on your day. If you haven’t so many pictures to use, grab yourself an original Polaroid it’s perfect with having the space below to write.
Try printing your photo’s in an Instagram tone, for a more flattering and vintage look.
One of the best photo lines we’ve seen was from late last year at Liam and Adele’s wedding. Bet they had a few laughs putting it together and remembering Happy Days.
Button’s are still on trend for 2014 weddings and we want to share with you what we made for our wedding.
Wedding Button Holes fun, quirky and sealed with a kiss from Peter Pan… Hope you all get that one!
I just came across this photo from a 30th birthday party in Norfolk and thought I’d share it. If you are thinking of having a candy bar/table for your event please do get in touch as we have the finest collection of candy jars and candy stripe cloths.
A fine Summers day in Cambridge…
The beautiful couple Carly and Olly, had decided to have their wedding in a field at the back of a friends house. A collection of marques and scattered hay bales in a wild grass meadow set the tone for the day.
The couple had chosen to have the old school look with trestle tables dressed with vintage china meadow flowers and candy cane straws.
Someone had made some very cleaver bunting table numbers which were used on the folding wooden chairs.
The feature table at the end of the marque had an amazing collection of quirky photos and the cutest green suitcase for cards. Carly had bought this suitcase on meetings with me and I fell in love with it. They choose a lovely iced sponge cake with a smaller gluten free cake and a glass bowl filled with love hearts and sherbet saucers.
We filled our apothecary jars with pink lemonade and Pimm’s.
Last year we were asked to help with the spring wedding of Julia and Pete at the Thorpeness golf and country club.
Like a lot of brides and myself too, Julia couldn’t decide on her cake! cupcake tower, traditional fruit or novelty with a quirky twist… Julia had always loved the traditional cakes her Grandma baked, so there we decided let’s have them all. Cupcakes, lemon drizzle, coffee cake, victoria sponge, jam tarts and a lovely iced fruit cake decorated with fresh flowers that was cut infront of the guests, which declared the cake table was open.
There was a lovely candy table with photographs behind, this was a great feature table that attracted everyone.
It was a beautiful day with games on the seafront. Our drinks urns where filled with lemonade and Bucks Fizz.
We also set up some deckchairs and a champagne stand for some photo opportunity’s.
Julia and Pete used our shabby chic photo frame for their seating plan. This was based around the local beers from Adnams.
Spot the couple.
We have a beautiful Remington vintage typwriter to hire. With it’s quirky keys and black ink it’s one of those must haves at a vintage wedding. We love displaying our typewriter on the gift table, where guests can wish you all the best. Some couples use their own headed note paper, by drawing a picture on the header.
These American made machines were among the most popular and widely produced typewriters in history. Most other brand machines followed the lead of the Remington.
Our Remimgton was a gift from one of our lovely brides, Danielle Bourden back in July last year.
Thank you Danielle it is well loved x
It’s so romantic to be marrying in the warm sunshine and later beneath the evening stars. But there’s a few extras that you’ll need to consider, to make sure everything runs smoothly.
Firstly check the best options for lighting the outdoor space in the evening. Landscape lights for example solar, lanterns or candles are subtle and ideal to light pathways as they have a lovely atmospheric feel. You’ll need to protect your guests and furniture from the great British weather. The usual way is with a marquee or by creating your own tented area around your reception. Many couples take a risk with the ceremony because it only lasts a few minutes. When the time comes for the reception, they cover the areas for eating and dancing. You might want to consider heating/cooling the marquee.
Creating the mood of your outdoor wedding is the time to get creative and have fun. You can choose the same variety of elements for an outdoor wedding as you would for an indoor event, and in some cases you can even incorporate your surroundings in an elegant way. Many brides enjoy having natural elements at their wedding and having the wedding outdoors is a great way to do this in a savy manner.
And onto the music! this sets the tone just as much as the style. Choose a mix of music that appeals to a wide variety of people and include a few songs that are special to you both. Make sure the sound system is protected from the weather and that you have good surround sound.
Finally, serve food that is just as delicious as what you would offer at an indoor wedding. Most importantly, make sure the food is protected and served in a way that keeps it safe from the outdoors. If possible, have your buffet in a temperature controlled indoor space and allow guests to go indoors to fill their plates. You can also have food served by staff, so it all runs a little smoother. If food must sit outside, choose items that will not spoil in warmer temperatures and cover the items so they are not exposed to insects.
But most of all have fun, it’s a marvellous night for a moondance.
It’s not often when you get the chance to work with some of your lovely twitter friends. In the summer (yes, I know very bad at blogging lately-but now I have some amazing weddings to show you) so… I worked with the passionate florist Clare from love blooms, Laura McCluskey a beautiful photographer, who I’ve worked with before and the talented Katie from Golden Whisk. I first meet these lovely ladies at the Essex Vintage Wedding Fair and to have a chance to be together was very exciting.
So deep in the heart of South East London, Clare had dropped her beautiful wild flower displays in vintage cream ceramic jugs. I draped our new style red bunting along the 80ft fence. Made a peg line of photographs on the other. Decked the 18ft wide trellis at the bottom with ivy and flowers tied with rafia. The tables were set with white linen and our lovely vintage china. There was lime cordial in 1950′s glass jugs and red candy strip straws in glasses. Kamran the groom had sauced some lovely hand finished napkin ties.
We had an old fashioned WI style cake table, with the usual victoria sponge, mini chocolate cakes, iced biscuits and cupcakes. A guest had made a traditional pink Polish cake as Aleks the bride was Polish. We had some macaroons for colour, all finnished off with vintage glass cake stands and silver servers.
When the buffet curry and the cakes had been eaten. I had chance to talk to the newly weds as it was just an afternoon affair and what a lovely couple they are. There wedding was on a budget, but for all the frills, the lovely speeches and great friends, It was one of the most special weddings I had been at, true love…