This afternoon, Jen Middlehurst of our very favourite wedding catering company, Kalm Kitchen, shares her ideas about how to get the best out of working with a wedding caterer. This feature is part of our ‘Catering Ideas by Kalm Kitchen’ series.
DO be honest! It’s important to be up front about your budget and your expectations. A good caterer will be able to work within your budget, but they need to know what you’d like to spend. Getting things straight from the outset is crucial. The last thing you want to do is to have to make changes or cut backs a week or two before your wedding day.
DON’T be afraid to ask. If you’ve got your heart set on serving something unusual but it isn’t on the menu selection, ask whether it’s an option. Most caterers can offer flexibility but if you don’t ask, you’ll never know.
DO arrange a tasting before making any final decisions. This gives you the opportunity to confirm the quality of the food from and also to choose the menu. Be clear beforehand about what you would like to try, and also make sure you know whether there is a cost involved for the tasting.
I love this wedding for all it’s laid-back, good old-fashioned fun and all the authentic vintage details that the couple put so much of their time and energy in to collecting prior to their wedding day.
“We decided to use a vintage travel theme because we love all things old and quirky, however we wanted our day to reflect ‘us’ too. I love colour, so I didn’t want one or two single colours to stand out, so we opted for a multi-coloured scheme. My grandmother left an attic full of fabric that I sewed into bunting during the year prior to the wedding. The material came from off-cuts of work dresses, bridesmaids dresses and wedding dresses she had made during her life so it was a really nice personal touch. We also collect maps of places we’ve been so we thought vintage travel would be a perfect theme to sum us both up.”
“Bouquets and buttonhole and one suitcase arrangement of flowers from Jane Carlton Flowers Bolton. She was amazing and even followed my wedding board on Pinterest so she could get the right flowers for the theme! Fantastic.
The huge mountains of flowers and the 30+ small arrangements at the reception were created by my mother and my Dads cousins’ wife! After a trip to Clog Flower Wholesale, they spent two days prior to the wedding filling all the vases and tins we’d picked up from charity shops over the past twelve months with flowers. The result was like a garden. They also provided the flowers for the ceremony, along with my mother’s friends who all brought their potted plants to the church from their gardens the day before so the church had a garden feel!”
“In the weeks before the wedding I was working in India and the middle east, so I spent my spare time collecting fabric and accessories for the big day to give it a real travel feel. We love going for picnics when we’re home so we decided the wedding breakfast should be a help yourself picnic.
We collected vintage suitcases from flea markets, vintage markets and charity shops and re-lined them with gingham fabric. We then covered them in vintage travel stickers and filled them with food so they would be quirky picnic hampers. The favours were all based on maps! Globes and plaques with travel quotes on them. We named each table after places we had been and tagged the suitcase for each table accordingly.”
“Our photographer was Libby Christensen. Libby had been my photographer at various times during my career and always delivered amazing headshots and stage shots. When I saw her wedding work I knew we had to have her again! She arrived at breakfast and didn’t leave until the reception venue closed its doors! Her attention to detail was amazing and her eye for pictures is fab! She also included an engagement shoot to get my husband more used to being photographed!”
You didn’t think we were going to let Friday slip by without sharing an actual wedding did you? Ooohhhh no. In fact, we’ve been saving something rather a little extra special and different for you today. Diana, who is Marketing Assistant for Marc Jacobs in the Asia Pacific region, married her beau Renaud, a Wealth Risk Manager at HSBC on 10th May this year at the beautiful Manoir D’Aulnay in Saint Sebastien de Morsent, France.
Of course, it was a certain dress (Diana wore two, as you will see) that stole my heart when I received this particular submission. I was so keen to learn more about that incredible purple ombre design with flowers…
“Our wedding was very much inspired by our favorite fashion designers. We wanted a Spring wedding, an English inspired ceremony and a very elegant Gatsby/Ralph Lauren feel throughout the reception. Once this was established, we started researching dresses and flowers.”
“I wore a bespoke dress by designer Thai Nguyen - the inspiration for which came from Dior’s Fall 2012 campaign, in which actress Natalie Portman wore a similar gown. I was also inspired by my very favorite designer Alexander McQueen’s Spring 2007 floral dress.”
“We were unsure about having wedding favors until we found the right idea! Sticky supply bright coloured candies that you can personalise with small designs, words or letters. We ordered 4kg, and got personalised stickers via OrangeUmbrellaCo. on Etsy. The tricky part was transporting them from Hong Kong – 120 jars are rather heavy!”
“Our photographer Thao Vu Archey is the definition of a professional. She is so patient and knew exactly how to capture the love and atmosphere during our wedding day. Thanks to her magic, we are now able to re-live all those special moments throughout our wedding every time we view our picture. It really was a dream to be working with a photographer that knew exactly what she wanted before she even spoke about it!”
I must admit that I’m a little out of practice when it comes to shopping for myself, particularly with two children to look after and a home needing some decorative attention, I always come last! So, when Annabel asked if I’d write this little feature and up a wish list of my most covetable items I was completely stumped. Then I started to turn my thoughts towards autumn which I’ve been doing a lot of lately, it’s my favourite season – I can’t wait to see the burnished bronze of the trees, smell the wood smoke in the air and whip up a cozy casserole or two. Let’s not be forgetting the beginning of Season 5 of Downton Abbey either! And quite suddenly, a warm, snuggly and tactile wish list was written. Hope you enjoy my selection and find a gem or two for yourself!
1. I’ve just painted my workspace a glorious, crisp white from rather boring magnolia and whilst I’ve still got the shelves to install and my desk to complete (I gave it a make-over) I’ve been turning my thoughts to soft furnishings to keep it cosy in the colder months. Loaf are producing some gorgeously stylish homewares at the moment and I particularly love their embroidered ‘Hiccup’ cushion from their Rhubarb & Custard collection. Soft, muted colours (I love the addition of the dusky pink) and intricate stitches. Mine.
2. Working as a stylist, I’m very lucky to be able to meet some incredible designer-makers and Mourne Textiles are close to my heart as they’re a traditional, family run workshop. Based at the foot of the Mourne mountains in Northern Ireland they hand weave these incredible textiles from local yarns and turn them into the most beautiful throws and cushions I’ve ever seen. As I’m an autumn/winter girl who loves to hibernate, a mound of their soft cushions and snuggly throws to bury myself under for the afternoon with a hot chocolate would be heavenly.
Hello you lovely lot! It’s the Pocketful of Dreams girls here again this morning, sharing with you the design and styling guide from a stunning garden wedding we had the recent pleasure to plan, design and style for our clients. With the end of a glorious summer starting to approach, what better time to reflect back on the gorgeous sunny days and weeks we’ve enjoyed, and for us, 2014 as really been the year of the outside wedding.
We’ve had the great pleasure of working with a range of outdoor settings from low-fi woodlands to farm estates, manicured gardens to rustic fields and most recently, the most beautiful of family gardens; a secret gem that unfolded to reveal mature trees and shrubbery, wild flowers and secret nooks and crannies. It really was a dream come true for us to have the opportunity to design and plan a wedding in such a beautiful – and personal – setting and today we’re sharing with you a small sample of the outdoor garden wedding concept that we executed.