Having recently been to both The Charlotte Street Hotel and The Wolsey for afternoon tea, I’ve become quite obsessed with a Tea Party theme for a wedding. There is something so quirky and British about tea parties, and the fact you get to drink tea AND champagne as well as all your favourite foods whilst being in an relaxed and pretty setting makes for such a fabulous day. Simply Catering have a mouth watering afternoon tea spread. Scones oh yes, sandwiches with the crusts off, of course! The setting wouldn’t be right without a bit of bunting, so take a look at Not on The Highstreet for a good selection, and to add that vintage touch, serve champagne out of coupe glasses (my favourite) available for hire from Crazy Blend Cocktails. The tables can be adorned with floral or dotty vintage oil-cloth tablecloths by Norfolk Textiles, with mix n match crockery, jugs filled with stocks and roses, cake stands and vases all from specialist provider Vintage Party. Of course, you can’t forget the cakes, so fill the vintage stands to the brim with dozens of cupcakes from The Hummingbird Bakery. To dance to a swinging band like The Jazz Berries who even Elton John has raved about, the bride needs to be in a prom dress, by none other than Candy Anthony. Tea-liscious.
Having seen a number of hen-do cliques strolling the streets of London recently with t-shirts stating the brides name and date of hen, I was thinking (and hoping) that there must be a classier way that tacky tight t-shirts. And here’s where the Tote Bag comes in, inspired by those on Wedding Chicks in the US. I’m a huge fan with an ever growing collection of random canvas totes as they really are a girls best friend when carrying extra shoes, mags and general crap on your commute. So visit Zazzle where you can choose existing bags, or create your own just the way you want them. My favourites are the monogrammed bags – just match the letter to the names of the hens then when you hit the clubs, they’ll be plenty of handbags to dance round.
I think the temptation when trying on dresses can sometimes be so pressured (time, money, sales assistants!) that you could find yourself thinking ‘this will do’ as ‘The” dress can sometimes be like trying to find a needle in a haystack. Have you often flicked through magazines thinking, hmm, well I like the back of that dress, I like the detail on this dress, the neckline of that other one and the material of this one but why can’t they all be combined in one dress to fall in love with? Then I think it’s time to consider a bespoke (or couture) dress. A very well known, and reputable designer is Gert Van De Merwe. A consultation with the Cape Town designer discusses your ideas, themes, venue as well as taking you through some inspirational dresses at his studio in Mayfair. No doubt with his twenty years experience he will guide you to the most suitable shape for you, to suit your style and for your wedding. A friend of the family had the most elegant dress designed by him and from all the comments I heard her getting on the day, I think it was well worth every penny.
I always walk past the Peyton and Byrne shop on Tottenham Court Road and as well as admiring the lovely interior and tiles, their cakes and goodies are totally divine and packaged in such an adorable way. So when I heard that they also have a catering company I had to look into it. Petyon Events caters for some of London’s most beautiful venues, such as the ICA, British Library and The National Gallery so clearly, they offer an exceptional service. Their Create and Manage service allows them to assist and advise you on food (of course), flowers, cocktails, wedding cake and even photographers as well as attending on the day to ensure the smooth running. Well, if there food is presented that well, chances are your wedding will be to.