I always love that first meeting with the happy couple when they are still slightly ‘bowled over’ by the fact that they are actually going to get married!!! Often they have no idea about the variety of tents available to hire, nor the amount of detail which they can get involved with, if they desire, over the months of planning. I love inspiring clients with so many options available to them in terms of design and colours and style – and I get a real buzz from chatting away and letting all these ideas and thoughts tumble out of my head for them to dwell on or discard!
We perused a multitude of photos of different styles of tents, taken at events I have organised over many years, and I also arranged for us to visit and see a tent ‘in situ’. They decided to book a traditional pole tent made from authentic canvas (not pvc) and unlined – stylish and in keeping with their rural country setting.
Over the months of planning I introduced M & N to stationers, florists, a catering equipment hire company, I obtained numerous linen samples from local as well as national suppliers. Their chosen caterer came to their house and gave us a tasting of the shortlisted canapes and dishes. We discussed the presentation of the food, made some adjustments, looked at and thought about plate sizes and canape presentation dishes – alot of detail but that’s what elevates the event from ordinary to EXTRAordinary!
The Big Day!
M & N got married at a licenced wedding venue a couple of miles from their house; it was important to them that all their guests were in attendance when they said their vows.
As there was no parking at their property, we organised coaches and minibuses to bring guests on to the reception which was held amongst their flourishing herbaceous borders with a jazz trio playing upbeat dixieland music!
A ‘T’ shaped traditional pole tent was set up making space for a bar area (which in the event worked well as half way through the reception it began to pour with rain – but we brought out a large number of umbrellas which we hire out in such circumstances), a dining area for four long rows of tables each for around 30/35 guests, and a spacious stage for a Jazz Band of 20 players! Behind the scenes there was also a Green Room for the large band, and Kitchen area, as well as generators and a fridge trailer, and supplier parking.
Signage, placement and table-names were all created in the same style as the invitations and Orders of Service – something I think is imperative to keeping the event unified and adding to the overall style throughout the celebrations.
Dinner was a true reflection of their favourite foods and was beautifully presented and served by one of their favourite local restaurateurs whom I worked closely with to ensure we had the correct catering hire.
After dinner, and speeches, they stylishly took to the dancefloor, with the 20 piece jazz band playing ‘In the Mood’ by Glen Miller!
The bar was buzzing and the dancefloor was heaving with guests grooving on down!
Our service did not stop there as we were back the following day to assist with removing rubbish and empty bottles, clearing the tent of any lost property and signage, ensuring that it was ready for a swift de-rig by our loyal suppliers.
All photos by @sarathomasweddings
Traditional Pole Tents
Unlined natural canvas traditional pole tents with antique cream tablecloths, cornflower and dusky pink hemstitched napkins, diamond blue water glasses, individual placement candles labelled and sealed for each guest!
Signage throughout the wedding tying in with invitations, menus and orders of service. Placed on the bar which was covered in pink linen fabric.